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    HAYSEY'S 2018 Good & Bad Cinema Thread

    Welcome to Haysey's Good & Bad Cinema Thread 2018!
    Following on from last years thread (which you can still find Here for all of my 2017 reactions) it's time for a new thread for 2018!

    I will be trying my best to see as many films this year, and beat last years 41, as possible. I'll post my reactions/mini reviews below and list each film in one of 4 easy category's like last year based on how i rated them, these are Must See, Check It Out, Maybe Skip and Avoid. Feel free to agree/disagree/recommend films.

    Here is a list of films out this year i will be checking out (providing i can get to a cinema showing them all) Orange being ones i'm most excited for (i'll cross them off as i see them)...
    Darkest Hour, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Black Panther, The Shape of the Water, Lady Bird, Pacific Rim Uprising, Ready Player One, Rampage, Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Incredibles 2, Alita: Battle Angel, Venom, Wreck-it Ralph 2, Mortal Engines, Phantom Thread, The Post, The Commuter, Downsizing, Early Man, Tomb Raider, A Winkle in Time, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Solo: a Star Wars Story, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Mission Impossible 6, The Predator, Ant-Man and the Wasp, The Equalizer 2, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, The Jungle Book, Halloween, Xmen: Dark Phoenix, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Bohemian Rhapsody, Captive State, Skyscraper


    So far i have seen 6/52 films this year...

    Must See
    The Shape of Water

    Check It Out
    Black Panther
    Black PantherThree Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
    Early Man
    The Post
    Darkest Hour

    Maybe Skip


    Avoid

    Last edited by Haysey; 02-14-2018 at 03:39 AM. Reason: Added 'Black Panther'

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    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

    First film of the year, went to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri last week and...it was good!
    Very dark tone but at places very VERY funny. The acting was A+ across the board, story was well paced and just an all round good piece of film making. Only reason i'm not having this as a must see is that, compared to last years must see's, it didn't leave quite the same impression (and with what's out this year i don't wanna blow my loud too soon) but it is worth checking out.

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    Darkest Hour

    Not to be confused with 2011's The Darkest Hour (please don't see that one) Darkest Hour was pretty good!
    I'm not really big on the Oscar films, they tend to be all about the acting and i can get pretty bored with them, but Darkest Hour held my attention. In fact a good way for me to judge how much i enjoyed a film is how quickly time passes, especially in longer 2-3 hour films, and this did not drag.
    Gary Oldman is excellent, in fact everyone is, and i enjoyed myself just as much as i did for Dunkirk (the film, not the event)
    It did feel like it ends just as it's starting to get going, but this didn't spoil what was a decent film.

    Check it out.

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    The Post

    Following on from the other big Oscar films this season i saw The Post, and it was very decent.
    And quite timely given the nature of films plot and what's happening in the real world. It was very well shot, acted and written, and keep my attention for the whole hour and 50 minutes (though i was busting for a pee towards the end) It's pretty understandable why this is getting so much critical acclaim.

    Worth Checking out.

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    Early Man

    Went to see Caveman football Wallace and Gromit at the weekend, it it was very good!
    If you're already a fan of Wallace and Gromit, like me, then it's safe to say you'll enjoy this. Also fans of football (or soccer for US chums) will get a lot of the little in jokes. It's still very much in it's British humour, i did get a kick out of one of them being called Asbo, and it was a lot of fun.

    Check it out if you can, and take the kids.

    ...starting to wonder when my first dud of the year will be, hopefully it won't be tomorrow for The Shape of Water.

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    Having to remove a couple of films from my must see list. New Mutants has been pushed back to next year (boo) and Annihilation is only going to be in cinemas in the US and China, everywhere it's on Netfilx...boo! (I don't have Netflix as i have a cinema card to 1) see new releases in a nice air conditioned comfortable room and 2) to get me out of the house at least once a week, so this move has completely nerfed any intention of watching it)

    There's also rumours the next Cloverfeild film might be Netflix for outside the states too...again, BOO!

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    The Shape of Water

    So i went to a preview screening (in the UK) of The Shape of a Fish Man's Butt and it was freaking fantastic!
    I'm not really all that big on Oscar-bait films, i normally see they're good films but i just find most of them pretty boring, with the odd acceptation, and man is this an acceptation! It was so stylish and weird and dark and downright wonderful. The acting is spot on, the sets look fantastic, the music and style all add to the experience, and the dark comedy parts are just so up my street i was grinning the whole time.
    By far the best film of the Oscar films (that i've seen) for me and setting the bar pretty high for the rest of this years films.

    A must see!

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    Agree completely. The only spot they lost me was with the musical/dance dream sequence. That was the most egregious example of Oscar-bait crap in the movie, and was completely unnecessary. But it was quick, so it was forgivable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbie solo View Post
    Agree completely. The only spot they lost me was with the musical/dance dream sequence. That was the most egregious example of Oscar-bait crap in the movie, and was completely unnecessary. But it was quick, so it was forgivable.
    yeah, that scene was a bit odd, but it was over fairly quickly and i almost forgot about just as fast.

    ...that cat scene though

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    Black Panther

    I went to catch Marvel's Batman last night and.....................it's good.
    The film is very different from other Marvel films of late, it's very much it's own thing, which is a welcome change of pace. It's have cameo's for the sake of cameo's, in fact it has very little reference to the rest of the MCU. The film only use's it's connections to the larger universe when it need's too, and it's all the better for it. It also handles the "why aren't the rest of the avengers helping" question well by keeping the story firmly around Wakanda and it's secrecy.
    The action is pretty good too, the bits in South Korea are especially fun. All the characters are well done, but special mention goes to Shuri, T'challa's younger sister, who is the best character in the film! She is super fun. My only criticism would be the End credit scenes which are probably the weakest of all the movies so far and not really worth sticking around for.

    Overall it's a good watch and worth checking out!

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    In some rather annoying anime adaptation news, Alita : Battle Angel has apparently been moved from July to December 21st

    https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/dai...ber-21/.127741

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