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Watched 'A Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji' which is superb. Not really an action film at all until the last 10 minutes when all hell breaks loose. This weekend I've got Yojimbo and Sanjuro lined up for my Toshiro Mifune fix. Tried to get the other half interested in jidageki films but after watching the first Lone Wolf and Cub, she decided against watching any more.

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Had my first trip to the cinema since before lockdown. Glorious experience, only about 10 people in my showing of Tenet. All spread out as per social distancing guidelines. Anyway! Spoiler-free thoughts:

I’m a big fan of Nolan’s films, Inception being my favourite, Dark Knight Rises and Dunkirk ranking at the bottom of my list.

It was- “standard”, as in the standard Nolan fair. The tone and themes were familiar to me and the mood derivative of his other works, but I never connected with it in the way I have with Interstellar, The Prestige or even Memento. I think the “love” theme of his films are key for me to remain invested and Tenet didn’t have that theme running through it as much as the films just mentioned.

It’s a humourless affair, but clever and gripping at times and demands you to keep up all the way along. There is a moment about half way through where Nolan drops the little hand-holding he gives you and just runs away- this is where the film just explodes and your brain scrambles like egg in a pan. Some very impressive set-pieces, and the score by the Black Panther composer, can’t remember his name, excellent.

I thought John David Washington and Pattinson were great, and Brannagh too. But by the time it got to the final act I found I was just waiting for it to end, not emotionally gripped with my blood pumping in my ears and heart almost ripping out of its chest, overwhelmed with emotion and glee like it was during the last few moments of Inception.

I guess what I am saying is I think I may be all-Nolaned out? I feel like Tenet exposes the limits of his “powers”- his last two films in a row now leaving me a bit cold.

6/10

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I'll Sleep When I'm Dead with Clive Owen and Malcolm McDowell. Pretty brutal film with an almost-unwatchable male rape scene. The ending is ambiguous but leaves you hoping for the best. Saw The Way of the Dragon again. The fight between Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris lifts this above the usual cliched martial-arts flick. Going to be on my own for a few days next week so I'll watch The Sleepy Eyes of Death films again with Raizo Ichikawa in his most famous role as the amoral ronin, Nemuri Kyoshiro.

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39 minutes ago, ddrblue said:

Just watched Kes for the first time in 30+ years and it was that good i watched it again > here is 7 mins long 

football scene from the said film  Manchester United 1 Spurs 2 >

 

A brilliant film. The football match is one of the funniest film scenes I've seen. Brian Glover was superb as the teacher.

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1 hour ago, Boyne said:

A brilliant film. The football match is one of the funniest film scenes I've seen. Brian Glover was superb as the teacher.

‘’ we will be Spurs sir so there is no clash of colours ‘’ 

‘’ penalty who do you think you are bremner ‘’ 

‘’ you big fat Get ‘’  

 

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'A Colt Is My Passport' and 'Cruel Gun Story.' Both vehicles for the great Jo Shishido. If you've never seen any Japanese noir flicks, these are two superb films to start you off. The Criterion Collection put out a compendium of films from Nikkatsu Studios who specialized in low budget yakuza films. 

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