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  1. strider

    A movie watchers blog

    The Purge (2013, Netflix) Once a year Americans have 12 hours to commit any crimes they wish, including murder. It's an interesting premise but very little is done with it and it turns into yet another low budget home invasion movie (albeit a very successful one from a box office perspective). Much of the story involves the cast making incredibly stupid decisions, while there's an over reliance on jump scares to provide tension and atmosphere. Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey are decent enough as the beseiged parents, but you can see the story unfolding from another continent and the ending is rather unsatisfying. Interestingly, in today's Trump America aspects of it feel worryingly possible, which was probably the most terrifying aspect of it. My daughters love it, so what do I know? 2.5/5
  2. strider

    A movie watchers blog

    Get Out (2017, 4K Blu-Ray) Well this was a pleasant surprise. Jordan Peele's directorial debut effortlessly slices humour and horror, turning the simple act of meeting your girlfriend’s parents into a truly terrifying experience. Mike (a brilliant turn from Daniel Kaluuya) is already uneasy about how his girlfriend’s wealthy parents will respond to their daughter dating a black photographer and his unease isn't made any easier when he finally meets them. There's some strong social commentary at the root of Get Out, with themes of slavery, submission, paranoia and arrogance constantly bubbling to the surface, which will no doubt make uncomfortable viewing for some. Peele handles it all with a skill beyond what you’d expect from a directorial debut offering a deft touch as he expertly ratchets up the tension as Mike's building paranoia spills to the audience and you get to realise that things definitely aren’t as they seem. While the final act might stretch the realms of credibility for some, it doesn’t stop it from being a gut-wrenching finale that will leave you constantly second guessing what will happen. Wisely moving away from jump scares (for the most part) Get Out is a surprisingly intelligent horror that will never make you look at suburbia in quite the same way again. 4/5
  3. strider

    The Rllmuk Photography Thread

    I've not been out for ages so I've resorted to simply looking at my old photos. I've tweaked this one as there was some crap in the bottom corner. Great White Egret by Darran Jones, on Flickr
  4. strider

    A movie watchers blog

    John Wick (4K Blu-Ray) Derek Kolstad's story of an ex-assassin out to avenge the death of his dog is as ridiculous as its action is amazing. It's a silly, pulpy story with flimsy, largely one-dimensional characters that really shouldn't work, but somehow it does. It's largely thanks to directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski who give John Wick a frantic energy with tightly choreographed fight scenes that call to mine the high octane nonsence of John Woo when he was making films like Hardboiled and not bullshit like Paycheque. Taking inspiration from anime and martial arts movies, there's a pace to John Wick that feels fresh and exciting compared to other action films of the time. And then of course there's Keanu Reeves who not only gives his character a sense of quiet dignity as he goes about his ridiculous mission but looks cool as fuck as he kills anyone foolish enough in his way. There's a hypnotic way he goes about his workmanlike business, effortlessly dropping bad guys with routine headshots and simply brutal efficency. It takes a little while to get going and some of the dialogue is simply laughable, but there's some interesting world building and the action is phenomenal. 4/5
  5. strider

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout (July 2018)

    I'm cautiously optimistic about this. I've found every single film has gotten progressively worse, but the trailers for this look amazing. I also want to see more arm reloading from Henry Cavill.
  6. strider

    4K Blu Ray - anyone collecting?

    If you're a Pure member you can get an additional £5 off HMV's 2 for £30 offer. A lot of the titles from previous weeks have been cut, but there's still some great films to be had. I got Groundhog Day and Get Out.
  7. strider

    Alien: Isolation

    Every time I see this on the first page I think there's been an update for PSVR
  8. It's the main news in the issue we're working on at the moment.
  9. strider

    vinyl lovers

    Got this today. It's lovely.
  10. strider

    A movie watchers blog

    We're The Millers (2013) Prime When low-life drug dealer David Clark (Jason Sudekis) loses a bunch of his suppliers cash, he's strong-armed into smuggling a "smidge" of cocaine across the border in a winnebago. He teams up with stripper Rose (Jennifer Anniston) homeless Casey (Emma Roberts) and the lovable but dim Kenny (Will Poulter) in order to pose as an all-American family. Created by the same director who made Dodgeball so entertaining to watch, We're The Millers is a fun romp which trades a little too hard on mawkishness but does deliver plenty of gross out and belly busting scenes. There's some decent character development, the core cast has some strong support, particularly from Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn as a pair of fellow travellers) and it's never afraid to push the boundaries of good taste. Sudekis works well as a leading man, while Aniston continues to highlight how good she is at dry comedy. Only Ed Helms feels miscast as a psychotic drug baron. 3/5
  11. strider

    4K Blu Ray - anyone collecting?

    I've never had custom duties from Deep Discount.
  12. strider

    A movie watchers blog

    Hereditary (2018) Hereditary may be Ari Aster's first full-length movie but you'd never guess it. Beautifully shot and filled with incredibly strong performances, Hereditary is a chilling horror with dozens of unsettling moments and a final act that will delight just as many as it annoys. Hereditary focuses on a family coming to terms with the death of their estranged grandmother and how each person copes with that loss. While Gabriel Byrne puts in a solid performance as the helpless dad, it's Toni Collette and the two child leads that steal the show. Collette is a revelation, slowly falling apart as she tries to hold both her family and slowly eroding sanity together. Filled with tense moments, Hereditary is a masterwork in sound design, turning the most innocuous of sounds into terrifying moments that will make your skin crawl and force you to peek from behind your fingers as the slowly building sense of dread continues to unfold. The screen is just as important as the sound, hiding things until the last possible moment and daring you to peek into the many deep shadows that Aster's camera points to. As much a film about dealing with loss and it is a supernatural horror, Hereditary certainly isn't the most original of movies (it riffs heavily of the likes of the exorcist and Rosemary's baby) but that doesn't stop it from being a complete masterclass in slow-burning tension. One of the best debuts of recent years that I can think of. 5/5
  13. strider

    4K Blu Ray - anyone collecting?

    It's going to take a fair amount of time to arrive but you can get Incredibles from here for just under £17 including postage. https://www.jbhifi.com.au/movies-tv-shows/movies-tv-shows-on-sale/family/incredibles-the/638760/ It's supposed to look great in 4K
  14. strider


    I made rank 12 with recruit hunter which is the best I've ever done. It seems to be dropping a bit now, though.
  15. strider

    Pinball Games - Pinball FX, Pinball Arcade, etc

    Balls. I love playing the stern collection and pinball FX 2 on Switch.

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