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Just now, Ginko said:

@BOF is in my bad books for insulting Baby Driver and Schindler's List within the same page :angry:

Didn't find Schindler's List or Godfather I or II boring, quite the opposite in fact, but I did struggle through The Deer Hunter. Apocalypse Now is another one I tried in my youth and got bored, though I suspect I'd enjoy both AN and TDH a lot more if I watched them now.

I watched Chinatown a couple of years ago and still found it all a bit dull, though. I guess I'm not all that cultured.

You took my Baby Driver review as an insult?  Glowing, hardly, but insult?  No.

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2 minutes ago, BOF said:

You took my Baby Driver review as an insult?  Glowing, hardly, but insult?  No.

I wasn't being totally serious in all fairness, though I adored it so I guess any criticism, no matter how minor, is going to be viewed as an insult by me ;)

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1 minute ago, Designer1 said:

Chinatown is **** brilliant.

I really wanted to like it. In many of the screenwriting books I've read it's hailed as the perfect script and story, but i just didn't love it like I knew I should.

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2 minutes ago, Ginko said:

I wasn't being totally serious in all fairness, though I adored it so I guess any criticism, no matter how minor, is going to be viewed as an insult by me ;)

Actually I've read it back and I think it probably sounds harsher than I wanted.  The musical start straight up terrified me though.

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1 hour ago, Shropshire Lad said:

@BOF Not seen baby driver, but the waitress is Lily James isn't it? If so, then it's also a :wub: from me.

 

I thought that her look was a homage to the waitress in the original Twin Peaks (Shelly Johnson).

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13 minutes ago, MakemineVanilla said:

I thought that her look was a homage to the waitress in the original Twin Peaks (Shelly Johnson).

Wow, she looks the spit of her.

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I thought the universally loved ( it seems ) Baby Driver was total and utter garbage.

I just left the theatre in a state of confusion, was it a comedy, was it a musical, was it action, was it a heist film. What were they going for, what am I supposed to make of it all?  At the very least as it went on and got a bit more sillier I thought it was building towards an epic finale but it was all just so flat and cliche.

I must be out of touch or getting old because I thought it was just a total mess.

 

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9 minutes ago, rodders0223 said:

I thought the universally loved ( it seems ) Baby Driver was total and utter garbage.

I just left the theatre in a state of confusion, was it a comedy, was it a musical, was it action, was it a heist film. What were they going for, what am I supposed to make of it all?  At the very least as it went on and got a bit more sillier I thought it was building towards an epic finale but it was all just so flat and cliche.

I must be out of touch or getting old because I thought it was just a total mess.

 

I'm stunned that anyone could call that film garbage

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I really don't see how Baby Driver could be considered a musical. It uses music in an imaginative way, but it's hardly West Side Story! 

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It's as much a musical as Guardians of the Galaxy is.

 

I thought it's use of music was brilliant. John Hamm's shotgun blasts in time with the music was beautiful.

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1 hour ago, dAVe80 said:

I really don't see how Baby Driver could be considered a musical. It uses music in an imaginative way, but it's hardly West Side Story! 

I would have walked out very early if it was a musical, and that is not a joke. 

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6 hours ago, Stevo985 said:

I'm stunned that anyone could call that film garbage

I enjoyed it though a tad overhyped but I think its definitely a film that will be divisive among most with nothing in the middle

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6 hours ago, BOF said:

@rodders0223 did you read my review on the previous page?

Or even mine a few pages earlier that has similar concerns to yours ...

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I dunno, maybe it was the mood I was in or the fact I don't get to the cinema too often, I wanted something entertaining and I got it and wasn't looking at what type of film it was supposed to be. For me it had great choreography on the car speeding scenes, and a simple plot around which the humour and set pieces took part. May not have been flawless, but I thought the main lad was engaging, Jon Hamm was clearly having a blast ( yes, that's an intended pun B) ) , there were some good laughs. Plus I loved the music involved, it really tied the film together, a bit cheesy maybe at times, but within the self aware confines of the film it was foot tappingly kinetic. Never a dull moment.

Not saying there aren't criticisms:

Spoiler

Spacey's character's volte-face at the end was a bit out of the blue for example.

 

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Beauty and the Beast. I can't imagine how they could have a live action adaptation of a classic Disney cartoon, meshed with a Broadway musical, any better for the big screen. They seem to be getting better at it, although I must admit I haven't seen all the previous adaptations. If they can keep their production values as high as they have with this one (which it seems they will), then I dare say they'll be churning out live action remakes for literally decades. Probably for the entire back catalogue.

I'm looking forward to The Aristocats myself. Hopefully with real animals.

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They could have made the beast look more like his animated counterpart. They tried to make him more graceful and less animal, so he looks wrong.

Also, not cast Hermione.

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See, I'm usually a stickler for a film needing to have an identity, so I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it if I didn't think Baby Driver knew what kind of a film it wanted to be. It's an action/heist film with a romance running through the middle and the occasional gag. It never tries to take itself seriously and I think that's pretty clear from the outset. It's not a musical, but it incorporates the music more directly into the film and uses it in imaginative ways.

Anyways, I saw Spider-Man: Homecoming last night. Was okay. I'm a big Spidey fan and I didn't dislike it, but it didn't really do much for me either. I can't think of any criticisms really, but I can't say I was all that wowed. I do like Tom Holland though and Keaton was a good villain.

War for the Planet of the Apes is up next. Love the first two films so hoping this will end it on a real high. I was a bit pissed off that the newest trailer I saw last night at Spider-Man seemed to show the entire film, though.

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