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About Funky_Gibbon

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  • Birthday 23/11/1977

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  1. The Cloverfield Paradox - 4/10 A Cloverfield film that started life as an unrelated film script but got retconned into the franchise with minimal effort later. A ridiculously star-laden cast for a movie and script that's so bad they don't even bother to try and explain some of the weirder plot points.
  2. Everything Everywhere All at Once - 8/10 Chaotic LSD-trip multiverse weirdness with occasional martial arts and laugh out loud moments. Utterly pointless trying to describe the plot.
  3. If you want to get angry about land and property stolen from the people you don't have to go back a few hundred years for examples. The last decade has seen massive amount of land owned by the public for the benefit of the public being sold off for a song or just given away for nothing. The most obvious example of this was all the land given away for nothing to those companies that set themselves up as academy/free schools where LEAs were forced to sign over the land deeds wholesale to the directors of the companies set up to run the schools, who immediately sold the school playing fields off to property developers for a nice fat profit. Or the considerable amount of lands, parks, colleges, social housing and public buildings sold off at substantially low prices at the insistence of the Government or by Councils/NHS Trusts etc disposing of assets to try and keeps services running after another year of funding cuts. The stealing from the common people is still going on, they just call it something else these days and tell you that you voted for it.
  4. Haven't they always done this? They always produced the episodes in blocks of 8, had a mid-season break and then returned a few months later with the rest of the reason. For Season 11 and the 24 or so episodes they said they were doing to finish the series they've just broke it into 3 chunks. Andrew Lincoln is going to be back for the movie they're making to finish the story post-season 11 (at least according to IMDB).
  5. Not sure about that. I remember some years ago having to spend months on tram replacement buses between Meadowhall and Shalesmoor. Sometimes this stuff just takes time.
  6. Halfway through James Ellroy's latest, 'Widespread Panic: Freddy Otash Confesses', in which the titular character recalls the prime of his life as an ex-cop, sleazy private eye, blackmailer, pimp and the number one source for celebrity scandal rags in Hollywood as he mixes with the biggest names of the 50s and 60s. Based (probably quite loosely) on a real-life man who was also the inspiration for Jack Nicholson's character in 'Chinatown'.
  7. Spiritwalker (Korean) - 7/10 One part Bourne Identify, one part Memento (ish), one part John Wick. Man wakes up after a car crash, a bullet in his shoulder and no memory. He looks in a mirror and his reflection is someone else. Suddenly he's in another body, in a another place, and he has no idea what is happening but has to try and figure it out.
  8. The Northman - 9/10 Dark, beautiful, extremely violent and gory in parts (how this got a 15 rating I'll never understand) and yet even for that it's an art house film at heart. Based on the legend of Amleth, which was also the inspiration for Shakespeare's Hamlet.
  9. All The Old Knives (Amazon) - 5/10 A spy 'thriller' that is quite sedentary for a thriller. Two CIA agents (and former lovers) meet to review a terrorist event that happened 8 years earlier. Well made and acted but the story itself is extremely predictable.
  10. The Bubble - 5.5/10 A 'meta' comedy about a group of actors trapped together in a hotel at the start of the Covid pandemic where they'll film the 6th film in a terrible but wildly successful dinosaur action franchise for a film studio that doesn't care about anything but finishing the movie. A bit too navel-gazing and Hollywood in-jokey for its own good but there were some decent laughs. I doubt I'll ever want to watch it again though.
  11. Tolkien - 8/10 I know it's not a completely accurate biopic about the early life of J.R.R. Tolkien and some liberties were taken but I really enjoyed this story about love, friendship and war and the influences they had on his later writing. Nicholas Hoult is great in it.
  12. Mulholland Falls - 6/10 A young woman is found murdered in the desert in mysterious circumstances. An LA police detective called to the scene realises he had an affair with the murder victim. Soon after he is sent a film showing the same woman secretly filmed with another man and wonders whether the same thing happened to him. Great ensemble cast for a neo-noir crime thriller that doesn't quite manage to have enough mystery to work but is entertaining enough.
  13. Black Crab (Netflix) - 7/10 Swedish film set in a Sweden that has been torn apart in a brutal civil war and the general collapse of civilisation. Noomi Rapace is one of six soldiers selected for a desperate mission by the side that is losing to cross 100 miles of frozen archipelago sea ice to avoid the enemy and deliver a package behind their lines. Ticks about every cliche for movies about people crossing ice or on a mission that you can think of and the final third just isn't as good as what comes before but the story and performances are reasonably good, the visuals and action are also good and the almost John Carpenter-esqe soundtrack fits it perfectly.
  14. Three Days of the Condor - 7/10 Classic 70s conspiracy movie with Robert Redford as a CIA researcher who returns from a lunch break to find everyone who he works with murdered. There something about all those 1970s paranoia conspiracy movies that came out during or just after Nixon's time in power and the evidence of criminal conspiracies within the US Government that I love.
  15. Station Eleven (based on the novel by Emily St. John Mandel) A series about a number of people whose lives are all linked in some way to a failing actor who died on stage during a rendition of King Lear, on the same night that the world realised that a deadly flu virus was spreading, and an unpublished philosophical science fiction graphic novel created by an ex-wife of the actor that has a profound influence on future events for those same characters. The narrative switches between the lives of the characters in the early days and years of the pandemic, as civilisation collapses and the few survivors try to stay alive, and 20 years after it where life has settle down in this new world and a troupe of musicians and actors constantly travel between survivor communities to provide entertainment, performing Shakespeare and try to keep the embers of culture alive. I read the book some years ago and thought it was ok but it didn't really grip me. The series is just as slow paced and thoughtful but I think it worked a lot better, possibly helped by some great actors.
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