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My son who turns 30 soon and was diagnosed with Aspergers in mid 1989 which wasn't that long after Aspergers was officially recognised as a character trait(although Dr Asperger published much material

This production had a life changing effect upon me, well worth viewing and hasn't aged one minute in all this time. Highly recommended.     Seriously, @YCC good pick and yes, a lo

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If I walk into a scary house and I’m indeed scared, full of emotions, doesn’t mean the house is haunted.......

 

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It doesn't mean it's not either, mua ha ha ha!!!

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Stuber 

 

On the hand, this movie was quite unnecessary and I felt it was a bit draggy 

if someone was an eye surgeon I think he would be squirming and I guess only Uber will be happy with this show about a cop who corrals his Uber driver to fetch him around as he hunts down a criminal. He needs the driver who is a lot like the taxi driver from Deadpool, as he just had refractive surgery and can’t see well. 2/5

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On 29/03/2019 at 4:08 PM, stevoz said:

That explains a lot! I actually think that most of the world's leading scientific researchers and genius's in general have Aspergers.....they are so focussed!

And in my experience, many top endurance athletes. Being on the spectrum often makes training to a set plan/power numbers comforting, as is the routine of long hours training solo. A friend of our family is undiagnosed but hates holidays away unless they are for a cycling event. Even on a recent holiday he had to disappear to the local gym for several hours each day, the power of routine and hitting his numbers is just too strong.

 

I've met Cadel Evans and to me he appears to be on the spectrum. To enjoy the solo hours of training takes a dedication and focus mere mortals are not capable of.

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Joker

very thought provoking film. 
if someone / society cared would the character have emerged. If people were kinder, looking out for one another would the character have emerged. If his stepfather hadn’t molested him (his mother was complicit) and as he grew up so emotionally crippling him would the character have emerged?

JP played Arthur/Happy/Joker so well. 
Great script, good music in parts, well directed. 
 

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Joker

very thought provoking film. 
if someone / society cared would the character have emerged. If people were kinder, looking out for one another would the character have emerged. If his stepfather hadn’t molested him (his mother was complicit) and as he grew up so emotionally crippling him would the character have emerged?

JP played Arthur/Happy/Joker so well. 
Great script, good music in parts, well directed. 
 

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Yes I really enjoyed it, made me squirm in some parts and was a more complex and 'modernised' joker with a mental health twist, easy to pull off as the mental hospital has always loomed in the Gotham background. I like the more sinister and traditional joker of Ledgers more but as a stand alone story/movie, this was fantastically dark and thoroughly enjoyable for me.

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Hellboy 2019

 

Sigh... now why do they need to remake this.....

The positives:

The new one has solid CGI, the lead really tries to be the Hellboy and the action sequences aren't half bad. The BR disc is likely to be a demo disc, but...

 

The bad:

Well, they lack one big thing... the story... the old Dr Broom had emotion, he connected with his son, and the son had issues, and we emphatise with him. He even had typical youth issues, with boy girl problems, being a bum, and making his home a mess, and yes, even issues with using his powers. The monsters and action were the icing on the cake, the cast worked well together there, whereas here, it's hard to connect with this lot.

 

2/5 

Grab the BR disc for a spin when it ends up in the sale bin... 

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Cold Pursuit 7/10

Not your typical Liam Neeson movie with a fair bit of dark humour...

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Ford vs Ferrari: somewhat cliched, two mavericks up against the system (Ford)


only * * * I’m afraid, worth a look I suppose, some fun wisecracks through the movie, Christian Bale quite good.

Some background reading

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1966_24_Hours_of_Le_Mans
 
the GT40 was a cool looking machine, but god, those Ferraris looked fantastic!
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First Man Movie Review

I recently picked it up on 4k UHD and well, it's a blast

Now astronaut movies tend towards the heroic, with great bravado, and many last minute by the skin of your teeth moments, and yes it does deliver in this aspect in heaps, but this movie is a lot more than just thrills and spills. 

My first impression of astronaut movies was "The Right Stuff" a movie which chronicles the adventures of early space exploration, and Apollo 13 starring Tom Hanks and co reinforced this impression of astronauts as cool dudes who performed well under pressure and can do crazy calculations to save their crew with just a slide rule. 

But this movie gives a different perspective and gave me a new found admiration of men in space and Neil in particular.

 

They may have taken some artistic license with his moments on the moon but the movie focuses on him as sensitive man, a family man and a quiet man. If there was a strong silent type, I now associate it with Neil Armstrong. Buzz on the other hand was portray in a less than positive light and I hope it was just the movie makers trying to give some contrast, but it seems he resented not being first on the moon instead of appreciating that he was the second man.

 

Action and surround sound fans will not have to worry. Despite the dramatic moments, there are many reason to get this as a demo disc. Not only for the booming rockets, but for the moments of silence and the claustrophobic moments in the capsule and the test flights. The soundtrack is another highlight and it's worth your money to get it.

 

The role of his wife went to Claire Foy and she does more than just play a wife. With the few moments she has, she steals the show and they play off each other nicely. 

 

A solid 4.5 and for space movie lovers, this is a keeper. 

 

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Just play the landing scene... gripping to the 10th degree and the emotional ending was a very poignant moment 

 

 

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Uncut Gems -

 

This movie has been getting a lot of praise as of late. I think it really is deserving for the most part. Adam Sandler kills it here and it really reminds us of what he is capable of when he takes on a decent role and when he works with competent people who know what they are doing. It shows us the ugly side of a gambling addiction, moreso than I feel we get to see in most movies about this topic. A lot of it works but then theres some instances where I was ready to zone out, some of the supporting cast are also great. Having never seen a Safdie brothers film before I was pleasantly surprised by this. I'd recommend this to anyone who was thinking of it, but maybe reigning in some of your expectations.

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Extraction - 7/10

A little simple, but some good action sequences. I should maybe go 6½ as I did get a little distracted with my phone at times, so I was totally gripped, but worth a watch.

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Extraction - 7/10

A little simple, but some good action sequences. I should maybe go 6½ as I did get a little distracted with my phone at times, so I was totally gripped, but worth a watch.

I'd give it a solid 7 :)

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So this one caught me by surprise.

 

In short: A documentary on surfing.

 

It focuses on the surfers who came on the scene in the 90's and subsequently took over and shaped surfing as most now know it.

 

This is coming from someone who doesn't watch surfing and only knows (well..knew) the name, "Kelly Slater."

 

It was funny, real, rough, inspiring and ultimately, a damn good watch.

 

 

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Lockdown and plenty of time for movies

A gift subscription of Netflix allowed me to catch a few movies:

 

In this difficult period, I prefer the no brainer, leave the IQ at the door type of shows, so here's what I watched:

 

(bear in mind some of these shows have some gratuitous and IMHO, unnecessary sex scenes)

 

Polar
Retired hitman gets targetted by his employer to save on his super... 

Good acting by the reliable Danish with some decent action and some indecent bits, not for viewing with the kids

 

Underground 6

Rich Ryan Reynolds funds a hit team who takes out baddies

Some very cool driving and fancy stunts. The ensemble cast is MNC and I wish they replaced the actors in Money Heist.

 

Extraction
Chris  Hemsworth takes off his Thor cap and does the Man Under Fire movie sans the fancy acting, replace Dakota Fanning with Rudhraksh Jaiswal and keep the budget down, but don't scrimp on the stunts and action. This one is the best of the lot IMO.

 

 

 

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I watched this film last night. I remember hearing about this film back in 2012 and really wanted to see it but never got round to it. I'd forgot all about the film and noticed it as a cheap rental on Apple TV. 

 

It's an intense and uncomfortable film about a stalker. 

 

3/5

 

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Any one else noticed the plentiful bass rumble sprinkled liberally throughout the Stan Film "Relic"good for house shaking horror effects, an Aussie film to be proud of, 6 channel sound track too....

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The Invisible Man.

 

A harrowing film about domestic abuse with a great performance from Elizabeth Moss.  It can be rented for $2.99 on the Apple TV store this week. 

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I'm a bit late to the Stranger Things franchise, but I highly recommend it.
Good acting from the mainly kiddie cast, and strong performances from the adults too. It's a sci-fi plot, with monsters, other worlds and such, but it's also a small town story so think Super 8 mated with Orange County mated with Stand By Me and it pays homage to other sci-fi works too.
The kids are really good and Winona Ryder was also a casting coup.
The second season starts a bit slow, but I will still recommend it.

4/5

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This is a wonderful movie and continues MBB's run of successes. It was a refreshing take on Holmes, and her wide-eye innocence was magical: https://peteswrite.blogspot.com/2020/09/enola-holmes-movie-review.html

 

What a rousing soundtrack too... 

 

 

 

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Watched The Lighthouse last night and boy what a ride!

 

Set in the late 19th century, it stars Willem Dafoe as the lighthouse keeper and Robert Pattinson as his subordinate. 
 

They arrive at the New England island where they're stationed for a 4 week stint, never having met before. As time goes by, the keeper tends the lamp during night, while the subordinate looks after the running of the lighthouse machinery and errands around the island by day. 
 

As the weeks go on it gets weirder and they get madder. 
 

The performance by Dafoe is one of the best I've seen. Simply outstanding and Pattinson is excellent too.

 

It's a bizarre account based around greek mythology and old sea shanties.

 

The almost square format and black and white aid in the uniqueness of this brilliant film.

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Watched The Lighthouse last night and boy what a ride!

 

Set in the late 19th century, it stars Willem Dafoe as the lighthouse keeper and Robert Pattinson as his subordinate. 
 

They arrive at the New England island where they're stationed for a 4 week stint, never having met before. As time goes by, the keeper tends the lamp during night, while the subordinate looks after the running of the lighthouse machinery and errands around the island by day. 
 

As the weeks go on it gets weirder and they get madder. 
 

The performance by Dafoe is one of the best I've seen. Simply outstanding and Pattinson is excellent too.

 

It's a bizarre account based around greek mythology and old sea shanties.

 

The almost square format and black and white aid in the uniqueness of this brilliant film.

Thanks for the review - been meaning to watch this so reckon I will do that tonight.

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I’m not going to review it but strongly recommend seeing Spike Lees movie length film of David Byrnes ‘ American Utopia’ Broadway show. 

Breathtaking. I don’t think you need to be a Talking Heads fan. The musicianship, choreography and singing from Byrne himself as well as the  rest of the cast  was amazing. BIG SCREEN AND SOUND. SYSTEM (if you can)

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12 Years A Slave. (Not sure if this has already been mentioned.)

 

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This was on SBS World Movies on New Years Eve. Started watching it as I had nothing planned that evening. Probably not the most uplifting movie to pick to see in the new year, as there are some fairly harrowing scenes, but I became rather engrossed in it, so watched it to the end.

 

It is based on the true story of an African American man named Solomon Northup. He was born in New York state as a free man, but was abducted then sold into slavery while in Washington in 1841, then transported to Louisiana where he lived as a slave for 12 years. He eventually regained his freedom and returned to his family. In 1853 he wrote about his experience in a memoir called Twelve Years A Slave, and became active in the abolitionist movement. Apparently he attempted legal action against those who abducted and enslaved him, but that failed due to racist laws at the time that prohibited him from testifying. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomon_Northup

 

The movie covers the period from immediately before his abduction until his release and return to his family, mostly focusing on his time while in slavery. It does not cover his activities following his release (other than a few postscript texts just before the end credits).

 

I think this is fine, and the film is probably the better for it. It very effectively builds up a strong feeling of the injustice of his situation, and there is a huge emotional release when he is eventually reunited with his family, which is where the film ends. I believe there is a documentary that was made about him which I expect would cover the period following his release.

 

I hunted around for a copy on blu-ray, but online searches were not very helpful. Eventually took a drive down to JB HiFi at Gepps Cross  and picked up a copy there for $16 (you can't always trust their website, only shows the DVD version).

 

Watched it properly again last night, and I found it had much more impact 2nd time around (and minus the ads of course).

 

I have also placed an order for Solomon Northup's book, which is available in hardcover, paperback and kindle formats. There appear to be a number of different releases of the hardcover and paperback versions at various prices. I placed an order for a hardcover version for around $20 (one of two copies available).

 

 

 

 

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Wind River--Jeremy Renner  Elizabeth Olsen.

Missed this on original release--watched it last night --excellent thought provoking film--based on true event

of Rapes and murder of American Indian Girl in Wyoming and the tracking and Justice.

A  movie to watch and absorb--excellent acting and the terrific snow scenery and excellent screenplay--the same dude that wrote Sicario!

When it explodes --all hell breaks loose:S

Recommended.

 

Willco

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