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Gimli The Avenger wrote:
I was really disappointed by Toy Story 4 and there was much of it I genuinely hated.

WOAH!! What did you hate about it? Shocked
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Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), after the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, it was inevitable that this incarnation of Spider-Man was here to stay, as Sony had got Marvel onside, and a sequel would definitely happen. This one takes Spidey out of America and on a European Vacation, but still facing danger and trouble along the way, the result is breezy, exciting and a lot of fun. A few months later after the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is going on a 2 week school trip around Europe, and he wants to put Spider-Man behind him for those two weeks, no heroics and no trouble, and he wants to get close to fellow student MJ (Zendaya). However, as soon as he gets to Venice, trouble emerges and an alien lifeforce known as the Elementals attack Venice, but before Spider-Man can swing into action, superhero Quentin Beck AKA Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), who comes from a different reality in the Multiverse, appears and defeats the Elemental. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) briefs Parker on what's going on and why Beck is there to help, before long Elementals soon hit Prague and London. It's a very good superhero sequel, and it makes up for the last few lacklustre Spider-Man sequels from the previous incarnations and this doesn't make the same mistakes those sequels made by shoehorning in villains, this sequel has intrigue, suspense and a few deceptive twists, and it sets the scene for a sequel, which might happen if Marvel and Sony stop arguing. 4/5

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Yesterday (2019), directed by Danny Boyle and written by Richard Curtis, this is a very likeable if particularly silly romantic comedy with a big "what if?" scenario at it's heart. Yesterday might not have the visual flair or flashiness of Bbeoyle's previous films, but this is a more contained and focused film, putting it's performances and characters and music first. In Lowestoft, Jack Malik (Hamish Patel) is a struggling singer-songwriter who wants to hit it big, but can't get a break, despite the support of his manager and childhood friend Ellie Appleton (Lily James), while cycling home after a gig, there's a worldwide global blackout, and Jack is hit by a bus at the moment it happens. He gets out of hospital to find out no-one has heard of The Beatles, and finding out no-one has heard of their songs. Jack begins performing their songs, writing down as many of them he can remember, and passing them off as his own. He gains a lot of local acclaim, and soon gets the attention of Ed Sheeran (as himself) and ruthless record agent Debra Hammer (Kate McKinnon), global fame beckons for Jack, but at a price. It's a very clever concept, one riddled with plot holes, but thanks to some spirited performances and nice covers of The Beatles' songs, you overlook all that. It's a love letter to their music and songs and how they have an enduring popularity. Boyle's tight, focused direction puts the music and performances front and centre, and there's some good laughs in there as well. 4/5
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Hell Is A City (1960), written and directed by Val Guest (The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961), Casino Royale (1967)), and made for Hammer Films, this police thriller was based on the 1954 novel by Maurice Procter, it has a brilliant cast in it, and makes good use of locations in and around Manchester, most of which are now long gone. In Manchester, Inspector Harry Martineau (Stanley Baker) is a dutiful but world-weary police inspector who has seen it all before, he has a nagging wife Julia (Maxine Audley) who doesn't understand the seriousness of his job, and their marriage is on the rocks. However, when criminal Don Starling (John Crawford) escapes from prison, he immediately goes back to his criminal ways by robbing a bookies owned by Gus Hawkins (Donald Pleasence), and the robbery ends in murder and Starling ends up on the run, but staying within the Manchester area, at one point hiding in the house belonging to Hawkins, (as Starling knew Hawkins' wife Chloe (Billie Whitelaw), in turn Chloe was once in a relationship with Martineau, and he is suspicious of her behaviour. This is a British film noir, very moody and stark shot in a striking Black and White, and it showcases what a great actor Stanley Baker was, and it shows what a versatile director Val Guest was, he could just about turn his attention to any subject on any scale and deliver the goods. It's got a brilliant who's who of British actors in the film as well, and a great climactic chase. 4/5

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Hell Drivers (1957), directed by Cy Endfield (Zulu (1964) and Universal Soldier (1971)), this is a tense and unnerving thriller about the high stakes world of haulage drivers. That might not sound like much on paper, but this was based on how truck drivers used to do things back then, with tight deadlines to meet, this is also benefitted by a great supporting cast. Ex-convict Joe Yately (Stanley Baker), has just been released from prison, and he wants to start a new life, so he gets a job with haulage company Hawletts, ran by Mr Cartley (William Hartnell), which collects gravel from a nearby quarry. The drivers need to be fast to collect as much gravel as they can, and the company has a bonus system in place for however much gravel they can collect and get it back to Hawletts the quickest, and they have to keep their trucks clean and in working order. Yately befriends the other truckers including Gino (Herbert Lom), Johnny (Sean Connery), Scottie (Gordon Jackson) and Dusty (Sid James), however Yately ends up in a serious rivalry with Red (Patrick McGoohan), who is Hawletts best trucker. It's very well made, with some great performances and good cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth, it shows what haulage used to be like before health and safety came along, although truckers now still have tight deadlines to meet. But, you get so see so many actors who went on to greater things here, including a pre-Bond Sean Connery, and Sid James before the Carry On films. 4/5

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The Lion King (2019), directed by Jon Favereau (Elf (2003), Iron Man (2008), The Jungle Book (2016)), this is another in Disney's current brief of remaking all their animated films in live action. Well, live action in the sense the scenery is live-action and all the characters are CGI, but this pulls the same trick as Aladdin (2019), it's almost a shot-for-shot remake, with some differences. Young lion cub Simba (JD McCrary/Donald Glover) is crown prince of the Pride Lands of Africa, which is ruled by his father Mustafa (James Earl Jones), however Mustafa's brother Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor) covets the throne and believes he's the rightful heir to the throne. Eventually he leads Simba and Mustafa into a trap by putting them in a gorge where a stampede of wildebeest come towards them, but Scar murders Mustafa, and Scar tells Simba that it's all Simba's fault and he has to run away and never return. Now king, Scar pillages the Pride Lands with the hyenas. However, Simba is saved by meerkat Timon (Billy Eichner) and warthog Pumbaa (Seth Rogen), who help him to live a carefree life, but Simba is encouraged to return by Nala (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter) to defeat Scar. It's well made, and it looks lovely, but that's it, despite a few subtle changes to the beat, this is like Gus Van Sant's Psycho (1998) all over again, as was the case with Aladdin. If Disney want to continue this trend, they'll have to do more than copying the original films, some will be better suited for the screen than others, but this is nothing more than a cynical cash-in, but they do it very well, which is a saving grace at least. 3/5|

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Gunman's Law (1958), directed by Phil Karlson, (The Silencers (1966), Ben (1972) and Walking Tall (1973)), and written by Frank S. Nugent (The Quiet Man (1952) and Mister Roberts (1955)), this is a by the numbers western which gave it's star to show that he was more than just a pretty face and he could do more challenging, meaty roles, and it worked. In Wyoming, Davy Hackett (James Darren) and his hot tempered brother Ed (Tab Hunter) are to help their father Lee (Van Heflin) with a cattle drive across Wyoming. Along the way, they meet Clee Chouard (Kathryn Grant), who is half-French, half-Sioux. Ed takes a liking to her, but Davy scolds him. Clee's brother Paul (Bert Convy) joins them on the cattle drive. While Ed goes after a white mare, Paul competes to catch the mare too, then Ed pushes Paul off a cliff, killing him. The incident is witnessed by two Indians, however, Lee wanting to protect his own son, bribes a man called Sieverts (Ray Teal) to lie in court, ensuring Ed's freedom. However, when Sieverts takes the white mare Ed caught as payment, Ed kills Sieverts, going on a rampage. Tab Hunter was a huge heartthrob of the 1950's and early 60's, and this was his chance to show he could do more serious roles, and it's a shame he didn't hit the heights of say Paul Newman or Marlon Brando, bad luck and the studios attitude to actors like Hunter saw an unfair career decline, but he really puts in a very good performance in this film, showing real grit. 3.5/5

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Easy Rider (1969), the one little film that did. This was the film, which for a meagre budget of $360,000 which apparantly saw out the old Hollywood regime of dated comedies and big overblown musicals, and the beginning of the well-intended but ultimately ill-fated "New Hollywood" era. It's still a brilliant time piece all these years later, and it sums up the disappointment of the counter-culture generation of that time, like the other productions by BBS showed. This little biker flick is a simple road movie about Wyatt (Peter Fonda) (also known as Captain America) and Billy (Dennis Hopper), who do a spot of drug-smuggling from Mexico, then sell the cocaine to The Connection (Phil Spector). Then, with the money they've earned from the drugs deal, head off across America from California to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Along the way, they pick up a hitchhiker (Luke Askew), who takes them to a hippy commune. Later, after they interrupt a town parade, they're thrown in jail and they encounter and befriend boozy lawyer George Hanson (Jack Nicholson) who, sick of his position in life, comes along with them for the ride. A powerful statement on 60's America, with nice cinematography of the American landscape by László Kovács, with a brilliant soundtrack. Hopper directed and Fonda produced and they both co-wrote with Terry Southern, while Nicholson stole the show with his cameo, and it's still a powerful film now as it was back then. 4/5

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019), Quentin Tarantino returns, with this very personal and mature comedy-drama set in a Hollywood that was dying out and a new guard coming in. Tarantino calls the film his Roma (2018), he grew up in Hollywood at that time and this is how he allegedly remembers it, although with a lot of artistic licence but great performances. Hollywood 1969, actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) was a successful TV actor on a show called Bounty Law 10 years previously, but he wanted to make it big in films, but the transition to cinema didn't go as planned, now he guests on other people's shows, with his stunt double and good friend Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), who does work for Rick. Meanwhile, Rick has been approached by agent Marvin Schwarzs (Al Pacino), who offers him work in Italy, which Rick dreads, as he see's that as a dead end. Meanwhile, Rick's neighbour Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) is on the rise in Hollywood and married to Roman Polanski (Rafał Zawierucha), plus Cliff spots some shady people hanging around the house and surrounding neighbourhood. It's very well made, and it's an oddly moving film, which has Tarantino being less outrageous and over the top, he dials it back a notch, even if parts of it are overlong, but it's benefitted by brilliant performances by DiCaprio and Pitt, as well as capturing the era with a brilliant soundtrack heard on car radios, but this is one of Tarantino's most grown up films. 4.5/5

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Gimli The Avenger wrote:
I was really disappointed by Toy Story 4 and there was much of it I genuinely hated.

WOAH!! What did you hate about it? Shocked


Mainly the ending, because it goes against everything else that the Toy Story films have told us. The Woody from previous films would not have left his mates or his child behind. And then there's Buzz, who went to save Woody in the second film and was willing to die in the third, decides to leave Woody to go back into the antiques shop by himself because his "conscience" tells him to. Crap. Then Rex, Slinky, Hamm, Potato Head, the aliens, Bullseye. They may as well have not been in the film, they added nothing at all. This wasn't Toy Story 4, this was Woody's Solo Movie. And what happened to RC? He and Bo Peep weren't in the third film. Bo Beep was a major part of this and after the opening scene were we see RC I thought we'd find out what happened to him, but nope. He just disappears. Again. There was a section in the middle of the film that seemed to last for about an hour and it was just toys running, escaping and rescuing in an endless loop., And that bloody doll. Worst character in any Pixar film ever.

I didn't have much hope for the film based on the trailer, I kind of figured it would end with the gang splitting up but even I was surprised how much I disliked this. Most disappointing film I've seen in the cinema since probably Attack Of The Clones. Duke Kaboom was the sole saving grace of the film.

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