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  1. A movie watchers blog

    @Goose have you seen The Friends of Eddie Coyle? One of Peter Boyles best. Hanna https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0993842/ A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives. I'm not sure how I missed this one first time round, maybe I skipped it because I'm not a big fan of Joe Wrights work. But I saw it mentioned a few times in this thread recently so watched it on Netflix on Friday. A pre-superstardom Saoirse Ronan is Hanna. The film opens with her and her Dad Eric Banna living in an isolated, winter location. They hunt, train outdoors and generally live off the land. We learn they're hiding out from the CIA. Hanna longs for a bigger life and after a chat with her Dad she decides she wants to contact the CIA and let them come to her. I thought this was absolutley superb. It looked and felt nothing like these kind of euro spy-thrillers normally do. It had a hypnotic and surreal atmosphere that made it felt like watching a fairy-tale. There's a banging electro soundtrack that's really good. The cast are superb - Ronan and Banna in particular but Cate Blanchett, Jason Fleming and Olivia Williams put in fantastic turns. The plot is nicely twisty and takes a couple of really fun swerves. It looks fantastic, the locations and the interiors are tremendous. And there's a couple of action sequences that are worthy of any blockbuster. Best film I've watched for ages. Highly recommended. 4.5/5
  2. Arsenal

    Totally agree. Both his goals today were one touch and shoot but he threw away several chances by over complicating and taking too many touches. Edit. ha - snap!
  3. Arsenal

    Good ovation for Welbeck going off, best match for a long time for him.
  4. Arsenal

    A goal from a set-piece. What a world.
  5. Arsenal

    Elneny looks badly hurt here. That's a real pity, he always seems to play well in Europe. And I'm trying like Iwobi, I'm really trying but he doesn't make it easy.
  6. Documentaries

    I found Vince and Hogans crocodile tears a bit hard to take. But it was a great docu.
  7. EFL Championship 2017/18 - All Welcome!

    10 goal thriller there between Bristol and Hull. Good stuff.
  8. A movie watchers blog

    Strange Days is superb. The most 90's film imaginable.
  9. Football Thread 2017/18

    Not Rogers. Or an English, Welsh or Scottish manager. Allegri, Patrick V, Arteta would do for me.
  10. Arsenal

    Arsène Wenger has issued the following statement:
  11. Arsenal

    BBC reporting the boss is leaving this Summer.
  12. Documentaries

    I watched the first part of the new HBO Elvis documentary Elvis Presley: The Seacher last night. It covers from his birth up until he gets out of the army. There's no talking heads on screen, just archive footage and still pictures with voice overs playing. So it feels like people from the past who are long dead are speaking in the same era as the living. It comes across like Tom Parker is being interviewed at the same time as Priscilla - and it works really well. This was quite good but felt like it was authorized by the Presley estate. So it was never going to go too in-depth or look at any of the difficult aspects of his life. Some of the photographs and the early footage of him performing are amazing though. And you can really see the talent and the power coming across. The whole thing is beautiful to look at and is very well made and edited but maybe one for Elvis fans only. There's nothing new here.
  13. Sci Fi recommendations

    Finished Embers of War tonight and it was really good. Sentient space ships, mysterious space objects, human characters who are not always what they seem to be and a good central mystery. Superior space opera for sure.
  14. Archer

    Did you want Dr. Kreiger to be a parrot this season? Well good news, Archer Danger Island is the show for you. Trailer starts @ 3.00.
  15. Arsenal

    Well that went exactly as an away match after an away match in Europe tends to go. Hard to care but frustrating to lose and throw away a lead.
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