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  1. Edmund Meinerts wrote
    Timmer wrote
    We Were Soldiers 5/10 Score 1/10

    Goodness, that bad the score?


    The score was decent I think, I actually liked the film
    waaaaaahhhhhhhh!!! Where's my nut? arrrghhhhhhh
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeJul 4th 2021
    Edmund Meinerts wrote
    Timmer wrote
    We Were Soldiers 5/10 Score 1/10

    Goodness, that bad the score?


    It truly irritated me. It was layered on with treacle.
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2021
    Thomas Glorieux wrote
    Edmund Meinerts wrote
    Timmer wrote
    We Were Soldiers 5/10 Score 1/10

    Goodness, that bad the score?


    The score was decent I think, I actually liked the film


    Intense battle scenes with some shocking moments that didn't really hit home. None of it had the visceral effect of an Apocalypse Now or Platoon or Good Morning Vietnam. Plus Mel Gibson's Catholicism has a theme running through it that reeks of his own beliefs and rubs me the wrong way, I wouldn't be surprised if he insisted on this. The score is layered on too thickly. I found myself thinking for cripes sake shut the fook up! It was over egged sentimental crap.

    Btw, this film was NOT my choice.
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2021
    Thomas Glorieux wrote
    Ted Lasso: season 1

    Wow. I love soccer and few movies have treated this well. Somehow it doesn't feel the same to recreate the same feeling as other films can of other sports. So I want to thank the makers solely for getting it almost right. The authenticity I mean. However everything's right about this series. It's so funny, it's so witty, and it's so love-able. It's been done before yes, but when it's done right I do not care about it at all. I just open my heart and let it all sink in.

    Damn brilliant and utterly memorable, the characters made this a hoot from start to finish.
    Go team Richmond.

    Thor and Alan, somehow (you as a fellow soccer fans) might love this too.


    Sorry for the late response. I think I checked out TED LASSO when it came out, but it didn't impress me enough to continue. Perhaps I'll give it another shot!
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2021
    Timmer wrote
    A list of my recent viewings with film and score ratings according to me.

    Dirty Harry 8/10 Score 10/10

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence 10/10 Score 10/10

    We Were Soldiers 5/10 Score 1/10

    Elysium 8/10 Score 6/10

    The Hateful Eight 0/10 I just couldn't take anymore after about 20 minutes. The score is good, 7/10

    Red Heat 3/10 Score 2/10

    Sorcerer 10/10 Score 8/10

    Enemy At The Gates 9/10 Score 5/10

    Jaws 10/10 Score 10/10

    The Lord of The Rings ( all three ) 10/10 Scores 10/10

    Cool Hand Luke 7/10 Score 8/10

    The Pianist 10/10 Score ( there isn't much ) 10/10


    How are you watching these things in Nepal? If internet is shoddy, streaming can't be much of an option. Are we talking old-school DVD rentals?
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    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2021
    I may have given a wrong impression Thor, the cities and large towns have decent Internet, sometimes it's excellent. I was most likely referring to the high altitude villages where it's usually dismal. I watched the films on Netflix using VPN to cast my choices wider.
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
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      CommentAuthorBobdH
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2021 edited
    THE MORNING SHOW (S1)

    An AppleTV+ series about the politics surrounding a morning show in America, in the wake of one of the anchors’ firing due to sexual harassment allegations.

    What I found most interesting about the show is how it shows the culture in which sexual harassment can happen, in which those who let it happen or even encourage it by laughing off allegations (“words matter”) are just as guilty, and the far reaching consequences of it. The tone is sometimes a bit all over the place (being populated by a large number of comedians in its cast it tries to find a balance between drama and comedy at times), but especially the final episodes make this well worth a watch.
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      CommentAuthorBobdH
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2021 edited
    THE GREEN KNIGHT (David Lowery, 2021)

    Loved it, LOVED it. Which came as a surprise to me, as I wasn’t the biggest fan of Lowery’s previous films Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and A Ghost Story. The film impressed through its hauntingly beautiful cinematography and (in film) gorgeous score, drawing you into this mythological tale of a Knight on its quest and the people and creatures that come onto his way along the way. This film is all about its atmosphere, Lowery definitely taking his time to tell his story. If you love mythology and melancholic poeticness, this is for you.

    So yeah, this is definitely the kind of score that needs to be heard in picture, as Daniel Hart’s music fits the film like a glove, is a major presence and elevates the whole thing tremendously, especially the chorale combined with that cinematography.
  2. BobdH wrote
    THE MORNING SHOW (S1)
    [...] especially the final episodes make this well worth a watch.

    I couldn't agree more. My whole family was glued to the TV.
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      CommentAuthorBobdH
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2021 edited
    IN THE HEIGHTS (Jon M. Chu, 2021)

    This didn’t do much for me. I love musicals, but the salsa/rap songs all started to sound a bit samey after a while. The direction is fine, with a pretty impressive dance sequence on the wall of a New York appartement building, but it started to bug me that the cast was clearly lip syncing (poorly, at times) instead of actually singing. The whole thing is also pretty saccharine.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2021 edited
    BobdH wrote
    THE GREEN KNIGHT (David Lowery, 2021)


    Missed the press screening of this due to a flat tire on my bike, but I hope to see it in some form later. From your description, and others I've spoken to, it very much sounds like a film up my alley. Even if I wasn't that thrilled with the score.

    BobdH wrote
    IN THE HEIGHTS (Jon M. Chu, 2021)


    Haven't liked anything Chu has done so far. So I was kinda nervous when he was attached to the new WILLOW series awhile back. But also curious, since he seemed to have a close connection to the original film. The proof is always in the pudding, after all. But he was booted off anyway, so the point is moot now.
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      CommentAuthorBobdH
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2021
    Thor wrote
    THE GREEN KNIGHT (David Lowery, 2021)


    Missed the press screening of this due to a flat tire on my bike, but I hope to see it in some form later. From your description, and others I've spoken to, it very much sounds like a film up my alley. Even if I wasn't that thrilled with the score.


    I was able to watch it on Amazon Prime, which is with €2,49 a month a pretty okay deal here in the Netherlands. Isn’t it available on streaming yet in your country?
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2021
    I haven't checked. Could be. But was hoping to see it on the big screen.
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      CommentAuthorBobdH
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2021
    Thor wrote
    I haven't checked. Could be. But was hoping to see it on the big screen.


    You’re right, this is definitely a big screen-film.
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      CommentAuthorBobdH
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2021 edited
    THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD (Barry Jenkins)

    Really excellent adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s novel. About America’s history of slavery, told through the eyes of Cora, a young slave woman who manages to run away from her plantation but discovers other states of America and their gross intolerance towards POC. Told through 10 episodes, in which many episodes show a different state, this is often harrowing viewing, but an important story to tell nonetheless.

    Nicholas Brittell’s score is excellent in capturing the right emotion on a scene by scene basis, oftentimes giving the series an intense soundscape or gorgeous colors with strings or vocals, but fails in establishing any memorable theme. Sure, there are some thematic ideas, but nothing will truly stick.
  3. Jungle Cruise

    Man this movie goes on and on and doesn't stop to relax for a moment. The Bad guy is a laughable joke, and don't get me started on the Pirates of the Caribbean 2 subplot, which irritated the hell out of me (not the plot itself but that it's basically Pirates 2 in its look, they don't even hide it). I ... enjoyed it but was frustrated the whole time too. What a mess, people comparing it to the Mummy must seriously have seen another movie. The Mummy was so perfect in its popcorn entertainment, it also knew when to stop and take a breather, or build some suspense.

    the chemistry between Blunt and Johnson could have worked if they took a breather too. Again The Mummy with Fraser and Weisz did that perfectly

    The score by Howard does sounded nice though, and that Dwayne Johnson theme sounded uber cool. The action though sounds exactly like what the movie required, no chance of taking a breather and a bit all over the place. Will have to check out the score though, wanted to hear this one in the film first

    5 out of 10
    waaaaaahhhhhhhh!!! Where's my nut? arrrghhhhhhh
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2021 edited
    Thomas Glorieux wrote
    What a mess, people comparing it to the Mummy must seriously have seen another movie. The Mummy was so perfect in its popcorn entertainment, it also knew when to stop and take a breather, or build some suspense.


    I think the comparison is more in approach than actual same-level quality. As you say, Sommers has a whole other, more sophisticated grasp of the classical B movie adventure tropes, whereas it's all new to the otherwise interesting Collet-Serra (who tends to operate more in the territory of his mentor Luc Besson).

    The film is currently on my 29th place (out of 59) of 2021, and got 2 out of 5 stars on MUBI.

    As for score, I still need to set aside time to properly make this a decent listening experience playlist, like I did with RAYA. But I have soooooo many others I need to do this with as well, so it will have to get neatly in line.
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      CommentAuthorBobdH
    • CommentTime3 days ago edited
    THE LIGHTHOUSE (Robert Eggers, 2019)

    After the also excellent The Witch, Eggers is quickly becoming one of my favorite new directors. Stunning black/white cinematography and great sound design creates a haunting mood in which this tale enfolds of two lighthouse keepers slowly losing their sanity during a heavy storm. With excellent acting from Dafoe and Pattinson and a lot funnier than you think it is.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTime3 days ago edited
    Alas, I didn't care for that, which surprised my colleagues, because I'm usually very much into mood and places in film, and this nurtures both heavily. But I guess it was something about the scene chewery from Defoe and the general, static, unfulfilled drama of it that bordered on pretentious.

    I didn't care for THE VVITCH either, first time I saw it, but after a recent re-viewing, I liked it better. There is an incredible "hole" in film history in regards to Colonial America films, which is an era I am particularly interested in, so that's explains some of my growing appreciation of it.

    That being said, I'm curious about his upcoming viking film THE NORTHMAN. I'm expecting and dreading another VALHALLA RISING-style film, but hoping for something better. There still doesn't exist a good/credible viking film or tv series out there.
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      CommentAuthorBobdH
    • CommentTime3 days ago edited
    Yes, from what little I know about you and your tastes, it does surprise me too that you didn’t like it. I have the same interest in New England and folk tales, which is why Eggers strikes me exactly in my sweet spot, and I’m very much looking forward to The Nortman (but I also loved Refn’s Valhalla Rising, so either way I’m good) (also, watched VR after midnight, which I think is the perfect time to watch it).

    I get a little bit what you said about The Lighthouse being pretentious, and there were some parts I did not really like (mainly the overly sexual parts, and it came apart a bit when the storm settles), but in the end I see it as Eggers going out on a limb and doing his own thing, being ambitious, and I love that ten times over a director who plays it safe. Also, I really liked that in the end credits it said the film was loosely based on actual seafaring diaries and writings from Herman Melville, just like The VVitch was based on actual diaries. I love that authentic kind of ghost tales.

    Didn’t you at the very least just love the look of the film?
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTime3 days ago
    Yes, the look was great. Lynchian.
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  4. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    I don't know, but this all begins to look the same. I know this has been going on for quite some time, and I actually enjoyed it. But the second I walked out of the cinema it was like, OK but where was the novelty, the emotion, the fresh approach? This should have been right up my alley, I love kung-fu and it looks spectacular. But then you reach the finale and it's another mega fest of unbelievable action and zero emotion. Sad really.

    The music was ... OK but again seriously lacking in the emotional part. Where are the goosebumps you had during The Avengers when you heard that theme explode? When the dragon rises from the lake, you expect something grand like that, giving you goosebumps because something's unbelievable is going on. But no ... it was like an everyday experience. Goosebumps Powell threw at us during his Dragon films.

    6 out of 10

    Free Guy

    The second movie I saw right after that, and I feared it was going to be the same. Cool beginning but oh so formulaic. And then suddenly there was heart. Due to the real world characters, a baddie which was at least devious enough you were scared what he was going to do and actual interesting game concept ideas. It kinda felt like The Truman Show but then for games. But saved through the actual guilt coming from the real world characters. And while it was over the top again visually, at least here it didn't feel out of place because it's what games need to do. It actually elevated the emotional experience at the finale. Really enjoyed this one.

    8 out of 10
    waaaaaahhhhhhhh!!! Where's my nut? arrrghhhhhhh