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  1. Bazjam

    A movie watchers blog

    Guess some actors are less hindered by it than others, and Stringer Bell is a great example. I always think of Ewan McGregor. He seems to be twice the actor when he doesn’t have to do an accent.
  2. Bazjam

    A movie watchers blog

    I thought they were both great in this. But on the whole, I always find that actors tend to give their best performances when using their own accents.
  3. Bazjam

    A movie watchers blog

    How did you find the accents from Buckley and Walters? Heard some criticism of them, but wouldn’t know myself not being Scottish. Also, that scene with the birthday candle just destroyed me. Really looking forward to watching this again with my wife.
  4. Bazjam

    A movie watchers blog

    Wild Rose (2019) A musician from Glasgow dreams of becoming a Nashville star. Nearly gave this a miss, as I’m no fan of country music. Glad I didn’t though, as I found it really enjoyable and moving. I mainly wanted to see this because of Jessie Buckley. I was blown away by her in the telly show I’d Do Anything about 10 years ago. It was one of those silly singing contest shows, but she absolutely shone out above everyone else, and it was a travesty that she didn’t win. She gives an absolute tour de force performance of in this, totally living up to that early promise. I genuinely think it’s a star making performance. Both Julie Walters and Sophie Okonedo are also great in the supporting roles. The story is fairly standard fare, but it’s well put together and pushed all the right buttons for me. 4/5
  5. Worked for me. Can’t wait.
  6. The Leftovers. Not currently on streaming, but definitely worth buying.
  7. Another vote for Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (and Inside Number 9, but that’s a given).
  8. Bazjam

    A movie watchers blog

    I thought Beale Street was a superbly made film, but as with Moonlight I found it very difficult to warm to. His films just leave me a bit cold, and I can't see myself ever rewatching them. I can see why people love them though.
  9. Bazjam

    Jordan Peele's 'Us'

    Yeah, that’s a really good point Kermode made. I love the fact that it’s left with a level of ambiguity.
  10. Bazjam

    Amazon Prime Video

    It has the Greek myth ones as well. Been wanting to rewatch those for years.
  11. Don’t care what anyone says, Only God Forgives is a stone cold classic in my books.
  12. Bazjam

    Jordan Peele's 'Us'

    I would count Funny Games as a horror. Home invasion is one of people's worst fears. The line between horror and thriller is often blurred. But Lynch has always been a horror director for me. It's more obvious in films like Lost Highway, Fire Walk With Me, Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire. I fully acknowledge that most people would disagree with me on Blue Velvet though. It's one of the few films that scares me. Blue Ruin I remember as more of a thriller, but it's not fresh enough in my mind to pinpoint why. My last definition definitely needs to be worded better. Its something along the lines that a horror will give you a sense of dread or unease in a more horrific or creepy way, whereas a thriller can do the same but in a more plot driven or natural way. Green Room had loads of horror troupes, but in a very grounded relatable way so would be a thriller. Something like Kill List however is creepy as hell, and very much the horror.
  13. Bazjam

    Jordan Peele's 'Us'

    That is tougher to pin down to be fair. But I’ll give it a go. One or more of the following. Supernatural. Occult (any kind of evil worship) Violence that’s out of its usual context and shown to unnerve (like Raw for instance) The main thrust of the film is intended to scare or build a sense of heightened dread or unease. Again I’m no doubt forgetting some, and for me it is a wider stretching genre than SF. And within those settings most of the troupes or themes mentioned earlier can be explored. Most horror films wear their badges pretty clearly on their chests, but others more open to interpretation. For me something like Blue Velvet is a horror. It’s genuinely scary, and the prevailing thrust of the film is one of mounting fear and unease.
  14. Bazjam

    Jordan Peele's 'Us'

    My narrow list is the settings which I believe make a film sci fi. Within those settings there are of course hundreds of themes of troupes that can be explored

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