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  1. Stigweard

    Rian Johnson Star Wars trilogy

    NO BENNY, he killed their childhoods. He's a murderer of childhoods.
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    Wrestling PPV Predictions

    ELIMINATION CHAMBER PPV PREDICTIONS 1. No DQ - Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin - 100 points 2. Cruiserweight Championship - Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Akira Tozawa - 125 points 3. Handicap match: Intercontinental Championship - Bobby Lashley (c) and Lio Rush vs. Finn Bálor - 125 points 3. SmackDown Tag Team Championship - The Miz and Shane McMahon (c) vs. The Usos - 125 points 5. Raw Women's Championship - Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Ruby Riott - 175 points 6. Elimination Chamber: Women's Tag Team Championship - Nia Jax and Tamina vs. The Riott Squad vs. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville vs. The IIconics vs. Bayley and Sasha Banks vs. Naomi and Carmella - 200 points 7. Elimination Chamber: WWE Championship - Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton vs. Samoa Joe vs. Kofi Kingston - 250 points
  3. Stigweard

    Rian Johnson Star Wars trilogy

    This pretty much sums up TLJ for me too. It had some good stuff in there I really liked, but let down by some baffling decisions elsewhere.
  4. Stigweard

    Liverpool Football Club Thread

    Look at those In we got with those Outs. Excellent business.
  5. Stigweard

    Your Name - US remake

    Your Name is one if my favourite films. I adore everything about it. This will be like all western remakes of Japanese films....shit. Of course my morbid curiosity will get the better of me and will end up watching it, but seeing as though the director is a guy whos main work are music videos and the amazing Spider-Man I have no hope in this.
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    Dune - Denis Villeneuve to direct!

    If he doesn't fight Batista I'm out.
  7. Really where has that come from? Frozen was actually set in Summer anyway. I'm presuming that now Elsa has control over her powers everything just thawed out. Or it's entirely possible they aren't even in Arendelle.
  8. Stigweard

    Spider-Man PS4 - Insomniac swings into action!

    Just finished this and whilst I agree with the repetition in parts, overall I thought it was great. It's looks amazing, swinging around is great fun, the fighting is fluid and the writing is suberb. Some proper gut punch moments on there. The production values on it are amazing. That mid and after credit scenes had me proper grinning and I'm really looking forward to the sequel. I don't think I'm gonna bother with mopping up any of the side stuff, I did a fair bit of it all as I went along the main story. Likewise with the DLC, I dont think I'll bother, I've had my fill and been extremely happy the main game.
  9. Stigweard

    A movie watchers blog

    Amadeus (1984) This is one of those films I've known about for ages, heard talked about on Kermode and Mayo (it's Simon Mayos favourite film) but just never bothered to watch. Last night I decided to rectify that and sat down to watch all 3 hours of the directors cut. Put this is the same bracket of Jaws, Chinatown and 12 Angry Men (to name but a few I've watched the last couple of years) of masterpieces that I should have watched a long long time ago. I think the thing that probably put me off was that I thought it was some stuffy old period piece with people sat around being pompous. And whilst it certainly has those elements to it at times everything else is just a joy to behold. The story is so chocked full of different elements (betrayal, jealousy. love, the pursuit of perfection and remorse) that it keeps you hooked throughout and the 3 hours run time didn't drag at all. Tome Hulce is brilliant as the title character, portraying a young brash Mozart, a man who knew himself that he had the skills to produce the finest music and operas the world had ever seen but driven to the breaking point through the jealously of someone he considered a friend till his dying day. His descent from a happy go lucky, fun loving youth to a broken down alcoholic in the space of several years is played fantastically. He also produces one of the most unforgettable laughs I've heard in any film (although I'm unsure if that's a good or bad thing in this case). But it is F. Murray Abraham that steals the show with his perfect portrayal of a bitter, jealous man, bent on seeing the downfall of a rival. He wears a mask throughout that never slips, but behind it is a cold manipulative man, which ultimately becomes his undoing. Everyone remembers Mozart, he is a house hold name, but Antonio Salieri, who is this man? He's left knowing in life that what he did means nothing. It's easy to see why FMA won the Oscar. Outside of the performances though, the world is rich with lavish sets, costumes and amazing music. It's not hard to get the music wrong when you're doing a film about Mozart, but the use of it is perfection. I was also extremely impressed with the time and effect gone into showing some of the operas on the stage. They weren't just quick glimpses, we were treated to whole sections of scenes that lasted up to and beyond 5 minutes. We were shown the work that the main characters were striving for which I think is important for the audience (us) to see. To borrow a phrase from Salieri, this film was 'Sublime' 5/5
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    The Worst Characters Committed to Screen

    The little twat from One Tree Hill. The 5 year kid who knew more about life, love and the world than all the adults around him and for some reason all the adults turned to for advice. Fuck off, 5 year olds don't talk like that. Jamie Scott
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    The Worst Characters Committed to Screen

    I disagree because I think Rupert Grint nailed it, but I can see why youd think that because they turned him into the comedy sidekick. He became less relevant in the films compared to the books.
  12. Stigweard

    The Lego Movie 2 - The Second Part

    The first was written and directed by Lord and Miller. This one used a Lord and Miller screenplay but was directed by the guy who brought us Duece Bigalow and Shrek 4.
  13. Wish other actors wouldn't hold back on this ridiculous decision the academy has taken.
  14. Stigweard

    A movie watchers blog

    Triple bill of Oscar films yesterday The Favourite I was a bit weary about this because as someone who hated The Lobster I went into this with trepidation, especially when I saw some people describing this film with words like weird and odd. But whilst it is those things it's also really great too. It doesn't feel weird for weird sake, which is how I felt with The Lobster. The characters are bonkers, almost schizophrenic at times (especially with Queen Anne), particularly with their mannerisms and the way they speak and even though sometimes it feels like parody it works really well. I think anyone expecting a typical period piece about Queen Anne and her lesbian lovers will be very surprised when they see this. I thought the three central performances were all brilliant and I can see exactly why they are winning all the awards. 4/5 Green Book This is probably my favourite of the Oscar nominations so far. It feels like such a simple story that's been told a millions times about an uneducated prejudiced white man sparking up a beautiful friendship with a POC and whilst on the surface it is just that, its the storytelling surrounding it all that I really enjoyed. It does feel soft in its depiction of racism, there's a few fights, a few instances of white people dismissing him entry to places and whilst this is enough to get you angry, its not that hard hitting. I guess it's not like we really needed to see anything truly horrible to see the backwards thinking back then. I just enjoyed going along with these two on their journey and how each man changed the other for the better. Was it as rosy in real life as the films makes out? Probably not, but there was enough tension and frustration between them at times to make it compelling. I also found it really funny too, a lot funnier than I was expecting it to be. In my head, before I watched it, I was expecting a real hard hitting drama about racism, so was quite surprised that it's not really that at all (I'd not seen any trailers or read any reviews on it). Both leads are fantastic too, but it's no more than I'd expect from these two heavy weights. I don't think I've ever seen a bad performance from either of them. 4/5 A Star is Born I'll admit, this one had me least interested out of all the Oscar films. I'm not sure why I felt like that, maybe it's because on the surface it just felt like such a basic plot and set up. However I was presently surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I'd say behind Green Book it's my second favourite of the Oscar films. I think I'm still right in saying the plot was fairly basic but again, like Green Book I just enjoyed watching the story of Ally and Jack. The pacing feels a little off at times with things seeming to move at breakneck speed, but with a 2 hour run time I don't feel like anything was missed or that it didn't give the characters time to develop. I enjoyed the songs and the performances and to say that this is Lady Gaga's first lead role is astonishing, she absolutely knocks it out the park. I'm guessing playing the life of a superstar singer made it a little easier and that aspects of Allys life probably reflected her own. But even so she brings a real emotional punch to the part and has great chemistry with Cooper. Cooper plays the part of a man struggling with addiction and depression really well too. It's not just in his movement, it etched on his face and in his voice too, and it makes the conclusion of the film a real gut punch. Its also a great directorial debut for him too, he can be very proud of himself. 4/5
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    Aladdin - Live Action

    The internet keeps on giving.

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