✅ Streaming recommendations/warnings ?
Best film of the year so far is on Prime - yes, I'm talking about Everything Everywhere All At Once. Kicks all other multiverse movies (even including the good Spider-Mans) out of the park.
hehe ... I thought this rang a bell ... here's your post over on TDF >
It's tremendously good and I'm waiting to find out if it's getting a UK 4K disc release so I can buy it. It's not the sort of film that wins big awards, which is a pity because Michelle Yeoh deserves to win something big. But the whole cast is great, with Jamie Lee Curtis putting in a career best. Although it's not that complex (for a multiverse film) hearing it described doesn't do it justice, and it requires more than one viewing; and on the subject of the multiverse, which will undoubtedly be milked by Marvel for every possible cent, this kicks the pants of any Marvels.
If I had one criticism, it's that the third act could be trimmed a bit. But this must be seen. It's the only film in recent memory that's had me bursting into laughter on several occasions. It also (surprisingly given the plot) never, never ever overwhelms you with pointless cgi (yes, Dr Strange, I mean you). While I'm fully aware that some folk just won't get it, I can't recommend it highly enough.
... and here's mine (so it's a 'warning' from me!) >
Despite being really excited for this, largely down to the off-the-scale reviews, I now apologise for being 'that guy' (and I'm not being the contrarian to get attention) ... but I was very disappointed by this.
I just thought it largely daft, with a few good bits. And that's LOUD on a BIG screen. Although yes, JLC was excellent.
Yes, I know I posted that - but it wasn't available on Prime then!
The gorgeous Portrait of a Lady on Fire is on Netflix. Lumped in the LGBTetc category, but don't let that put you off.
^ I watched this a while ago but, due to the incredible reviews and high expectations, was left disappointed.
I had to watch the trailer again to remind myself - yes, it's a beautifully shot, well acted slow burner, but there are several small but very unrealistic things in the first 10 mins that really put me off.
Overall, for me it was merely middling in everything: dialogue, plot, intrigue, sexiness. But it scores in subtlety, atmosphere, cinematography. 30 mins too long, 6/10
Another Round on Netflix. Superb Danish comedy drama about 4 jaded pals approaching middle age who decide to test the theory that adults function better with a constant level of alcohol in their blood. It's not an uproarious 'drunk' comedy, though there is a very funny drunk scene, and I'll watch Mikkelsen in anything (his best work is in his native tongue, certainly not shit telly things about serial killers). The final scene alone makes it worth watching.
We watched Everything, Everywhere, All at Once a few weekends ago. Fairly simple story with the multiverse angle being the gimmick that makes it interesting. Poignant and funny in a brilliantly silly way and I absolutely loved it. The missus wasn't so keen.
Pinocchio on Netflix. This is not Disney's remake of their own classic, which is probably on Disney+ where it will remain unwatched by me, but Guillermo Del Toro's new version of the story. And it's a big thumbs up from me. It's stop-motion, and I was sitting there thinking that the facial expressions and other tiny details must surely have been cgi, but nope, I found out I was dead wrong when I watched the half-hour making of (I'd recommend this too). Some of it is unbelievably intricate, proving stop-motion has come a long, long way since Morph. While kids can still watch it, they should be a bit older than the Disney audience as some of the design is pretty nightmarish (freaky death-bunnies, I mean you) and the themes of death, grief and war are prominent. Superb design, fine voice cast (though if I'm being picky, Ron Perlman sounded a tad out of place as the rest of the voices were British and European, but that's a minor caveat.) And although there are songs in it, they are very short and far between so it never feels like a conventional musical. Grand stuff.
I'll watch Mikkelsen in anything (his best work is in his native tongue, certainly not shit telly things about serial killers)
Hey ... I really enjoyed Hannibal! (apart from that weird labyrinthine start to the final series).
We watched Everything, Everywhere, All at Once ... I absolutely loved it. The missus wasn't so keen.
I'm with your missus on this! And I remember the old thread at TDF was split down the middle. For me, it was a unique viewing experience, with some good bits, but it was just too silly for me (sausage fingers?!) and a massive missed opportunity. 5/10 ... We watched it with another couple, and both wives rated it even lower.
I watched the half-hour making of (I'd recommend this too)
Yes! This is amazing (2 mins) ...