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You lot on Dunkirk, mostly. And monkeys, for some reason.
A glance at the DVD section of my local supermarket revealed a glaring omission from your splendid mag… I know, I’m as surprised as you! It’s just that I noticed a whole display of unreviewed movies that I had almost, sort of, heard of, but not quite, with titles and even the covers somehow familiar, such as Darker Shades Of Elise, Galaxy Raiders, Sunday School Musical, Atlantic Rim, Frozen Land… Can I suggest you cover such titles in another section, for the benefit of the confused, elderly or those on a budget for people they feel obliged to buy for? You could call it DoppelRingers DeadGangers. We used to have a section covering lots of those ‘me-too’ titles, but it read like some missing spread from the Book of Revelation; the sub-editor still gets that funny twitch if you mention it. Oddly, we don’t get sent so many of those discs any more (unless the sub’s filing them in an incinerator); any readers out there willing to be canaries and tell us what to watch (out for)? Ellie and everyone with a letter printed here will receive a copy of the excellent The Bleeder, out now on DVD and Blu-ray via Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Didn’t send a bleedin’ address? Bleedin’ email it!
THIS TIME IT’S ROAR
Having just seen Michael Bay’s new Transformers movie The Last Knight, I’d like to make a couple of points: 1) he’s certainly thrown the kitchen sink at this one – quite literally
– every action scene sounds like he’s tossing a metal sink down an iron fire escape off a 200-storey building. This is definitely the loudest movie I’ve ever seen (heard). And 2) sort of links with this, as every scramash between the autocons and deceptibots was not only deafening but confusing and disorientating as to precisely who was doing what to whom.
It felt like we needed a points score in the top corner of the cinema screen to help us know what the heck was happening! Good call. A referee and a few stern linesmen wouldn’t have gone amiss, either. And though the noise level made it more like Transformers: The Last Knight Of The Proms, it’s inspired a new challenge: what’s the loudest movie you’ve ever seen? Not including any audience chatters, wrapper-rustlers or nacho-crunchers turning every mouthful into King Kong in a Walkers factory.
Itook my son to see the Captain Underpants movie this weekend. After Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul I didn’t hold out much hope. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was it a fantastic adaptation of the source material, but a great superhero origin story, which, if we’re honest, tend to be the weak link in superhero series. It even had a mid-credits scene.
Justice League take note! We were pleasantly surprised too; fingers – or legs – crossed for a franchise expansion; Justice Loo-gue, perhaps? Avengers Arse-emble (UK title, obviously)? Certainly the best ‘Captain’ movie since Captain Fantastic (aka Captain Lack-Of-Underpants).
I’m just out of watching Nolan’s Dunkirk and felt compelled to write and say that I’ve never had an experience quite as intense, emotive
Ihad the great pleasure of watching Dunkirk in all its IMAX glory on opening day and enjoyed it immensely. A true blockbuster in every sense, with stunning ground, sea and aerial photography, an intense soundtrack and a clichéfree approach to a famous WW2 story. Christopher Nolan continues to produce great cinematic spectacles in a world rife with prequels, sequels (The
Dark Knight trilogy is the exception to the rule) and remakes. One thing though, did anyone else notice the ever-changing weather during scenes through the film?
Was the Dunkirk you reviewed the same one I saw at the cinema today? How you could give it five stars and say it warrants repeat viewings is beyond me. If you want to do a film that has a non-linear timeline, look to Tarantino for a lesson! Rant over. Have to say we didn’t notice any underpopulated beach/ weather continuity issues; but then we were busy ducking to avoid a strafing from Tom Hardy’s Spitfire. As for repeat viewings, we can confirm that the film does hold up; between us, the TF staff have seen it more times than there are 2017 films about Churchill, quoting Churchill or featuring cartoon Churchill doppelgängers (hello, Boss Baby).
It’s always great to be reminded of the splendidness of hats (‘Top 10 Movie Hats’, TF261), but I was distraught that you left out my favourite, Fitz’s Small Bewhiskered Mammal Hat from The Revenant, a hat so cute I’m starting a fan club for it. Next please, top 10 movie sheepskins.
A look pioneered by Bane, it’s popping up everywhere, on Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman, Arthur in Legend Of The Sword and warming the manly shoulders of dashing Spitfire ace Farrier in Dunkirk. Even Birdman himself, Michael Keaton, is rocking it in Spider-Man: Homecoming, although his reminds me of that matted hippie yak in Zootropolis. And don’t forget Shaun the Sheep; he wore that wool to the manner born. Curious how the ’70s football manager/Del Boy look is suddenly all the rage in Hollywood; what next, Flat-Cap-tain America?
The Mummy: oh dear. Epic fail. Tom Cruise: sorry bud, but a monkey would have been better. We assume you’re not saying
The Cruiser gave a sub-simian performance, but that the antagonist should’ve been a primate with an ancient beef against mankind. In which case, hell yes. Replace that silly dagger with an enchanted ’nana and the sandstorm with Nobby’s Nuts and we’re talking Bafta shortlist.
loud and proud michael bay, filming Transformers: The
Last Knight, calls for more kitchen sinks.
captain underpants has plenty to be proud of.
and real as that. I’m exhausted but figured if the British forces had to go through what they did, I can sit in a cinema and allow such brutal realism to overwhelm me. An absolute masterpiece of modern cinema, even if my mate noted, “I don’t understand why there were only three people on the beach.” Nothing like an amusing qualm to offset a moment of greatness! nolan’s Dunkirk has been splitting opinion. despite the fact it’s brilliant…