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Ghosts of Mars? :lol: Must be because you watched both films closely together, I don't see how else you would compare those two. I never bought the BR though, nor did I go in with any kind of expectations. Maybe that helped.
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sol wrote: March 24th, 2021, 1:08 pm The film was probably more of a disappointment than anything else (I blind bought it on Blu-ray since it was in the They Shoot Zombies canon). I don't actually remember a lot of the film off-hand, but I re-read my review and I compared it to Ghosts of Mars there. And I really didn't like Ghosts of Mars. But I liked Mars more than Prey. :shrug:
Not sure I see the similarity with Ghost of Mars that you refer to, but I put that one out my brain pretty quickly as I didn't like it at all. It's down there with Vampires as being among my lowest rated of Carpenter's. I don't recall it being anything like 'Prey...but that don't mean much. :shrug:
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I probably did see Ghosts of Mars at around the same time. I've dug up my review from March 2017 if either of you are curious to read and can make more sense of "sol from 4 years ago" than I can. :shrug:
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As a young police officer witnesses a drunken youth hit an old man with his car, only for the old man to mysteriously vanish from the scene of the crime, Let Us Prey gets off to a promising start. Things get even more interesting as the youth denies the accident and the policewoman's superior even starts to doubt her testimony despite there being blood on the young man's car, and when the injured old man is minutes later tracked down and brought in for questioning the film reaches its utmost fascinating. All of this solid build-up is, however, unfortunately used up on a familiar story that blends possession and retribution elements and is perhaps best thought of as a cross between Ghosts of Mars and Devil. More problematic than the familiarity of the tale though is the plethora of unanswered questions that come with it (especially why the old man wants to draw the process out) and the frantic, frenetic pacing of the material. The film is loaded with flashbacks as the old man manages to stimulate memories in those he encounters, but the extremely quick flashes that we get never allow us to bask in the gravity and seriousness of the situations being remembered. It does not help that none of the characters are particularly likeable either. The film is topped off with an excellent final scene though and there is a lot to like in the basic concept of flawed individuals being brought together for punishment (think Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians), but this has been better done elsewhere, so one's mileage with the film may vary.
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Looks like this might be turning into the shrugging emoticon thread. :shrug:
Just went you thought it was safe to stop watching Irish films...
1. Citadel (2012) Ireland
2. Mystics (2003) Ireland
3. Greta (2018) Ireland
4. Rat (2001) Ireland
5. Taffin (1988) Ireland
6. Stitches (2012) Ireland
7. The Stag (2013) Ireland
8. Red Mist (2008) Northern Ireland
9. Sea Fever (2019) Ireland
10. His House (2020) England
11. The Canal (2014) Ireland
12. Fractional (2011) Ireland
13. Eden Lake (2008) England
14. Belle (2013) Isle of Man
15. Gozo (2016) England
16. Rocks (2019) England
17. The Hallow (2015) Ireland
18. Get Duked! (2019) Scotland
19. Emma. (2020) England
20. Animals (2019) Ireland
21. Isolation (2005) Ireland
22. To Dream (2016) England
23. Grand Slam (1978) Wales
24. Crone Wood (2016) Ireland
25. Cherry Tree (2015) Ireland
26. Black Death (2010) England
27. Brackenmore (2016) Ireland
28. Rawhead Rex (1986) Ireland
29. French Exit. (2020) Ireland
30. Irish Destiny (1926) Ireland
31. Dream Demon (1988) England
32. Without Name (2016) Ireland
33. Extra Ordinary (2019) Ireland
34. The Souvenir (2019) England
35. The Riot Club (2014) England
36. From the Dark (2014) Ireland
37. Rock-A-Doodle (1991) Ireland

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The story is second-rate here, and unlike the tagline suggests, it is not about "the world's first rockin' rooster" since the rooster is only ever a supporting character and his Elvis-like songs are never in focus. The film looks great though with Don Bluth providing several beautiful neon-infused shots of the Big City (see above), a rad trailer home and some great shots that blend live action and animation together - particularly the first meeting with an evil owl.
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Well, unlikeable characters and lack of explanations are often positives in my book, so my mileage clearly varies :)
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Todays post: 2 L's, 2 60s Bond-clones and Sean Connery as a Scandinavian.

20. Poor Cow (1967, Ken Loach): 8.0 While Loach's first cinematic movie already deals with his usual themes, it's more episodic and impressionistic in style than most of his later movies.

21. Hidden Agenda (1990, Ken Loach): 7.5

22. Riff-Raff (1991, Ken Loach): 8.0

23. Deadlier Than the Male (1967, Ralph Thomas): 7.5 - Very enjoyable Bond rip-off that revises Bulldog Drummond as a Bond-clone. Starring women hired killers it has a nice subversive touch. Due to a too early reveal of the major baddie the movie loses some momentum in the later half. Plus I didn't like how this reveal undoes the subversiveness of the movie.

24. Raining Stones (1993, Ken Loach): 8.2 - Loach knows how to mix his depressing plot with some realistic humor, cause real people aren't just all doom and gloom but mostly go joking about their days to forget their sorrows. The plot ends up being surprisingly suspenseful and touching at the end.

25. Some Girls Do (1969, Ralph Thomas): 5.8 - A much lesser sequel to Deadlier than the Male. The tongue-in-cheek humor is replaced with more painful overt attempts at humor, the pacing is off and the plot not even half as engaging.

26. Ladybird Ladybird (1994, Ken Loach): 8.2 - This one was almost too much to bear with so much suffering and heartbreak going on. Unlike Raining Stones and Riff-Raff this is devoid of much humor, leaving me just wanting to curled up in a corner and not watch anything else for that evening. I mean this in the most positive way, but probably not a movie I will revisit soon.

27. Route Irish (2010, Ken Loach): 6.5 - Surprisingly for a Loach movie with the word Irish in the title this is a movie about a guy who investigates the death of his friend, a private security contractor, in Iraq. The positive is that the movie takes a very nuanced approach to the work of private security contractors, without painting them as simple bad or good. Like all Loach movies the characterization is done well. Loach and his writers seem to understand that most people are emotional instead of rational beings, doing some times stupid stuff and reaching the wrong conclusions because of their emotions. The negative is that unfortunate the pacing of the movie is off, it never really engages as much as it should.

28. The Criminal (1960, Joseph Losey): 8.2

29. The Damned [These Are the Damned ] (1963, Joseph Losey): 7.5 #MS 33 - Losey's Hammer movie, which is a surprising combination. And a surprising movie it also is. Consisting of two halves that are almost completely different movies. The first half it's more like a biker/youth gang movie with Oliver Reed as the leader of a gang, while his sister takes of with an American (not-Anthony Quinn) against his wishes. In the second it develops into a horror-mystery when that sister, not-Anthony Quinn and Reed take shelter in a bunker to discover a group of lone children, that are experimented on by the army. It's in this second half the movie gets better. Still the movie has three problems that keeps it from being better. The first is that the age difference between not-Anthony Quinn and the girl is distracting large, which kept me from being able to suspense my belief. The second is the the fact these kids are radioactive and therefor dangerous to be around for our protagonists is revealed to late, while revealing this sooner could have upped the suspense.
The third is
that Losey with his unauthoritative streak paints the antagonist, the leader of the experiments, too simple as the bad guy without having a more ambiguous approach to the fact that having radioactive kids run lose in the world might indeed not be a great idea.
30. Ransom [The Terrorists] (1974, Caspar Wrede): 5.8- It's only half way this movie about the hijacking of a plane I realized Sean Connery's security officer is meant to be Scandinavian and not Scottish. Still Connery's charisma is the major reason that keep this not very thrilling movie still watchable.

31. Secret Ceremony (1968, Joseph Losey): 4.5

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1. The Full Treatment [Stop Me Before I Kill!] (1960, Val Guest): 6.8
2. The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961, Val Guest): 6.0
3. A Field in England (2013, Ben Wheatley): 8.5
4. The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958. Terence Fisher): 6.8
5. The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959, Terence Fisher): 6.5
6. The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960, Terence Fisher): 6.5
7. The Gorgon (1964. Terence Fisher): 6.8
8. The Earth Dies Screaming (1965. Terence Fisher): 6.0
9. Night of the Big Heat (1967, Terence Fisher): 5.8
10. This Happy Breed (1944, David Lean): 8.0 #MS 14
11. The Sound Barrier (1952, David Lean): 6.5 #MS 13
12. Song of Paris (1952, John Guillermin): 6.8
13. The Crowded Day (1954, John Guillermin): 6.8
14. I Was Monty's Double (1958, John Guillermin): 6.5
15. Guns at Batasi (1964, John Guillermin): 8.0 #MS 15
16. Death on the Nile (1978, John Guillermin): 7.5
17. Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965, Freddie Francis): 5.5
18. The Deadly Bees (1967, Freddie Francis): 5.2
19.The Skull (1965, Freddie Francis): 7.2
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Cor blimey, the OP has been updated!
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RogerTheMovieManiac88 wrote: March 23rd, 2021, 9:09 am I think I'll pretty much only be viewing short films from the Republic and Northern Ireland. I could just provide a breakdown of minutes watched at challenge end. I rather agree with Sol here.
Thanks, Roger, please do so. But could you also say for each short batch from now on already for which country you want it to count? At the end I will compare your tally with mine to be sure it's correct. I declared all your short batches so far for Ireland. You can only declare a batch (or movie) for one country btw.
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...And now for something completely different.

3. Ratchatcher (Ramsay, 1999). A slice of life drama set in the early '70s Glasgow. Bits of it were a little too close for comfort, having elements from my own childhood (groups of big boys harassing anyone they could out of boredom, the interactions of some of the adults).

Carry On... Watching
1. Carry On... Up the Khyber (Thomas, 1968).
2. The Mouse That Roared (Arnold. 1959).
3. Ratchatcher (Ramsay, 1999).
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39. Taryn Barker: Demon Hunter (Ireland, 2016)

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40. Clay (England, 2008)
Wot's All Dis Den
1. On a Clear Day (England/Scotland, 2005)
2. Tony (England, 2009)
3. School for Sex (England, 1969)
4. Play for Today: Red Shift (England, 1978)
5. The Mind of Mr. Soames (England, 1970)
6. My Name Is Joe (Scotland, 1998)
7a. Apaches (England, 1977)
7b. The Finishing Line (England, 1977)
7c. The Ash Tree (England, 1977)
8. The Secret Life of Words (Ireland, 2005)
9. Virgin Witch (England, 1972)
10. Heartless (England, 2009)
11. Elizabeth (England, 1998)
12. What the Peeper Saw (England, 1972)
13. A Taste of Honey (England, 1961)
14. The Beast in the Cellar (England, 1971)
15. I'm All Right Jack (England, 1959)
16. Goodbye Gemini (England, 1970)
17. Harry Price: Ghost Hunter (England, 2015)
18. The Starfish (England, 1952)
19. Nil by Mouth (England, 1997)
20. Anchoress (England, 1993)
21. Corruption (England, 1968)
22. Tower of Terror (England, 1941)
23. The Headless Ghost (England, 1959)
24. Brassed Off (England, 1996)
25-26. Escape Into Night (England, 1972)
27. The Souvenir (England, 2019)
28. Unearthly Stranger (England, 1963)
29. See No Evil (England, 1971)
30. First: The Official Film of the London 2012 Olympic Games (England, 2012)
31. Home Before Midnight (England, 1979)
32. The Turn of the Screw (England, 2009)
33. The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live (England, 2011)
34. Vampira a.k.a. Old Dracula (England, 1974)
35. Citadel (Ireland, 2012)
36. Red Road (Scotland, 2006)
37-38. Safe House Season 2: The Crow E1-4 (2014)
39. Taryn Barker: Demon Hunter (Ireland, 2016)
40. Clay (England, 2008)
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Islands in the Stream
1. Kes (1969, UK)
2. Gregory's Girl (1980, Scotland)
3. Withnail & I (1987, UK)
4. You Were Never Really Here (2017, UK)
5. The Imposter (2012, UK)
6. Secrets & Lies (1996, UK)
7. Attack the Block (2011, UK)
8. Ratcatcher (1999, Scotland)
9. Local Hero (1983, Scotland)
10. Orlando (1992, UK)
11. Where Eagles Dare (1968, UK)
12. The Gold Diggers (1983, UK)
13. I Am Belfast (2015, Northern Ireland)
14. The Wild Geese (1978, UK)
15. Escape to Athena (1979, UK)
16. Bloody Sunday (2002, Ireland)
Gritty and realistic, but I would have benefited from more context surrounding this to really feel it.
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35. Fires Were Started (1943, Humphrey Jennings) United Kingdom
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1. The Italian Job (1969) 7/10 UK
2. Performance (1970) 7/10 UK
3. The Ipcress File (1965) 8/10 UK
4. Orlando (1992) 8/10 UK
5. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) 8/10 UK
6. Bad Timing (1980) 8/10 UK
7. Billy Liar (1963) 7/10 UK
8. Walkabout (1971) 7/10 UK
9. Hobson's Choice (1954) 6/10 UK
10. I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) 5/10 Scotland
11. A Taste of Honey (1961) 7/10 UK
12. The Servant (1963) 8/10 UK
13. A Hard Day's Night (1964) 7/10 UK
14. Georgy Girl (1966) 7/10 UK
15. Ratcatcher (1999) 6/10 Scotland
16. The Selfish Giant (2013) 8/10 UK
17. Victim (1961) 8/10 UK
18. Priest (1994) 6/10 UK
19. Sons and Lovers (1960) 6/10 UK
20. Red Road (2006) 8/10 Scotland
21. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962) 7/10 UK
22. Hell Is a City (1960) 7/10 UK
23. A Kind of Loving (1962) 8/10 UK
24. An Education (2009) 8/10 UK
25. Ravenous (1999) 6/10 UK
26. The Knack ...and How to Get It (1965) 6/10 UK
27. Ginger & Rosa (2012) 5/10 UK
28. Wuthering Heights (2011) 7/10 UK
29. The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) 7/10 UK #MS 51
30. Girl with Green Eyes (1964) 7/10 UK
31. Beat Girl (1960) 7/10 UK
32. Good Vibrations (2012) 5/10 UK
33. The Gold Diggers (1983) 4/10 UK
34. Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966) 5/10 UK
35. Taste of Fear (1961) 7/10 UK #MS 32
36. Hue and Cry (1947) 5/10 UK #MS 21
37. The Entertainer (1960) 7/10 UK
38. The Secret Garden (1993) 6/10 UK
39. Look Back in Anger (1959) 7/10 UK
40. Dead of Night (1945) 8/10 UK #MS 42
41. Culloden (1964) 6/10 Scotland
42. It Always Rains on Sunday (1947) 6/10 UK #MS 18
43. Under the Skin (1997) 6/10 UK
44. The Innocents (1961) 8/10 UK #MS 44
45. Promising Young Woman (2020) 7/10 UK
46. The Blue Lamp (1950) 6/10 UK #MS 23
47. Kes (1969) 8/10 UK
48. Ripley's Game (2002) 7/10 UK
49. The Man in the White Suit (1951) 6/10 UK
50. Tiger Bay (1959) 7/10 Wales
51. Whisky Galore! (1949) 6/10 Scotland
52. Dead Man's Shoes (2004) 8/10 UK
53. Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982) 7/10 UK
54. Play for Today: Penda's Fen (1974) 6/10 UK
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59. Happy New Year Colin Burstead (Ben Wheatley, 2018) 7/10
60-64. Shetland season 4 (BBC, 2018) 8/10 ... 4 minutes carried over ... #Scotland
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Lonewolf2003 wrote: March 24th, 2021, 5:48 pm
RogerTheMovieManiac88 wrote: March 23rd, 2021, 9:09 am I think I'll pretty much only be viewing short films from the Republic and Northern Ireland. I could just provide a breakdown of minutes watched at challenge end. I rather agree with Sol here.
Thanks, Roger, please do so. But could you also say for each short batch from now on already for which country you want it to count? At the end I will compare your tally with mine to be sure it's correct. I declared all your short batches so far for Ireland. You can only declare a batch (or movie) for one country btw.
Yes, that's fine. I'll declare the allocation that carries majority in future posts.

I looked through my four posts here in the challenge and my points for the bonus challenge should be the following (I hope I understand and have applied sol's 41-minute rule correctly):

Ireland: 18 points
Northern Ireland: 1 point (61 minutes out of the 80 minutes in my first batch of shorts (viewtopic.php?p=696512#p696512) are to be assigned to NI)
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(Scereenshots from 'Welcome II the Terrordome', 'Fragment' & 'The Lake')

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25. Sacred Hearts (Barbara Rennie, 1984) 8/10
26. Welcome II the Terrordome (Ngozi Onwurah, 1995) 8.5/10
27. The Other Lamb (Malgorzata Szumowska, 2019) 6/10 (Ireland)

A collection of shorts,

(A little tribute to Norman J. Warren, RIP)

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28-32. Lock Your Door (Anthony Gilkison, 1949) 6/10 (15 min), The Reformation of St Jules (Anthony Gilkison, 1949) 6/10 (14 min), The Tell-Tale Heart (J.B. Williams, 1953) 7/10 (21 min), Death Was a Passenger (Theodore Zichy, 1958) 7/10 (18 min), Portrait of a Matador (Theodore Zichy, 1958) 7/10 (24 min), Incident (Norman J. Warren, 1959/2007) 7/10 (15 min), The Pit (Edward Abraham, 1962) 8.5/10 (26 min), Vampire (George Harrison Marks, 1963) 6/10 (7 min), Fragment (Norman J. Warren, 1965) 7.5/10 (10 min) (RV), Twenty-Nine (Brian Cummins, 1969) 7.5/10 (26 min), The Sex Victims (Derek Robbins, 1973) 5/10 (37 min), The Girl Chewing Gum (John Smith, 1976) 7.5/10 (12 min), Stepping Out (Saxon Logan, 1977) 7/10 (10 min), The Lake (Lindsey C. Vickers, 1978) 9/10 (33 min), Working Surface: A Short Study (with Actors) in the 'Ways' of a Bourgeois Writer (Saxon Logan, 1979) 8/10 (13 min), The Errand (Nigel Finch, 1980) 8/10 (29 min), The Pledge (Digby Rumsey, 1981) 8/10 (22 min), V. (Richard Eyre, 1987) 7/10 (38 min), And Still I Rise (Ngozi Onwurah, 1993) 8/10 (31 min) (Total: 401 min)

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1. The Poorhouse Revisited (Frank Stapleton & Michael Higgins, 1995/2011) 7.5/10 (Ireland)
2. Temenos (Nina Danino, 1998) 8/10 (United Kingdom (England))
3. Animal Kingdom (Dean Kavanagh, 2017) 7.5/10 (Ireland)
4. Phantom Islands (Rouzbeh Rashidi , 2018) 8/10 (Ireland)
5. The Whalebone Box (Andrew Kotting, 2019) 7.5/10 (United Kingdom (Scotland))
6. Autumnal Sleeps (Michael Higgins, 2019) 8/10 (Ireland)
7. Secret Lives (Edmond T. Gréville, 1937) 8/10
8. Brief Ecstasy (Edmond T. Gréville, 1937) 9.5/10 #MS4
9. To the Public Danger (Terence Fisher, 1948) 7.5/10 #MS12
10. Johnny on the Run (Lewis Gilbert, 1953) 7/10
11. Cosh Boy (Lewis Gilbert, 1953) 7/10
12-14. Lobsters (László Moholy-Nagy & John Mathias, 1935) 7/10 (16 min), Real Time (Anne Rees-Moog, 1974) 7.5/10 (33 min), Living Memory (Anne Rees-Mogg, 1980) 8/10 (39 min), Transmogrification (Anne Rees-Mogg, 1980) 7.5/10 (9 min), That Has Been (Nicky Hamlyn, 1984) 9/10 (38 min), Messages (Guy Sherwin, 1984) 9/10 (35 min), Qâf (Jamil Dehlavi, 1985) 8/10 (27 min), A Cold Draft (Lis Rhodes, 1988) 8/10 (29 min), The Mulch Spider's Dream (Karel Doing, 2018) 7/10 (14 min) (Total: 240 min)
15. Adventure in the Hopfields (John Guillermin, 1954) 8/10
16. Thunderstorm (John Guillermin, 1956) 7.5/10
17. The Salvage Gang (John Krish, 1958) 7/10
18. Please Turn Over (Gerald Thomas, 1959) 7.5/10
19. West 11 (Michael Winner, 1963) 8/10
20. Just Like a Woman (Robert Fuest, 1967) 7.5/10
21. A British Picture (Ken Russell, 1989) 8/10
22. I Dreamt I Woke Up (John Boorman, 1991) 7.5/10 (Ireland)
23. Is That All There Is? (Lindsay Anderson, 1992) 8/10
24. The Falconer (Christopher Petit & Iain Sinclair, 1998) 7.5/10
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Just went you thought it was safe to stop watching Irish films...
1. Citadel (2012) Ireland
2. Mystics (2003) Ireland
3. Greta (2018) Ireland
4. Rat (2001) Ireland
5. Taffin (1988) Ireland
6. Stitches (2012) Ireland
7. The Stag (2013) Ireland
8. Red Mist (2008) Northern Ireland
9. Sea Fever (2019) Ireland
10. His House (2020) England
11. The Canal (2014) Ireland
12. Fractional (2011) Ireland
13. Eden Lake (2008) England
14. Belle (2013) Isle of Man
15. Gozo (2016) England
16. Rocks (2019) England
17. The Hallow (2015) Ireland
18. Get Duked! (2019) Scotland
19. Emma. (2020) England
20. Animals (2019) Ireland
21. Isolation (2005) Ireland
22. To Dream (2016) England
23. Grand Slam (1978) Wales
24. Crone Wood (2016) Ireland
25. Cherry Tree (2015) Ireland
26. Black Death (2010) England
27. Brackenmore (2016) Ireland
28. Rawhead Rex (1986) Ireland
29. French Exit. (2020) Ireland
30. Irish Destiny (1926) Ireland
31. Dream Demon (1988) England
32. Without Name (2016) Ireland
33. Extra Ordinary (2019) Ireland
34. The Souvenir (2019) England
35. The Riot Club (2014) England
36. From the Dark (2014) Ireland
37. Rock-A-Doodle (1991) Ireland
38. Son of Rambow (2007) England

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A pre-We're the Millers Will Poulter and Bill Milner are excellent in the lead roles here and the gradual friendship between them feels real. Milner also has a great way of doing everything from shoplifting (see above) to simply saying hello in a socially awkward yet charming manner. The amateur filming scenes are pretty fun too, full of youthful enthusiasm. The film is less successful when it attempts to be serious, but this is great when filming is at the forefront.
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Just went you thought it was safe to stop watching Irish films...
1. Citadel (2012) Ireland
2. Mystics (2003) Ireland
3. Greta (2018) Ireland
4. Rat (2001) Ireland
5. Taffin (1988) Ireland
6. Stitches (2012) Ireland
7. The Stag (2013) Ireland
8. Red Mist (2008) Northern Ireland
9. Sea Fever (2019) Ireland
10. His House (2020) England
11. The Canal (2014) Ireland
12. Fractional (2011) Ireland
13. Eden Lake (2008) England
14. Belle (2013) Isle of Man
15. Gozo (2016) England
16. Rocks (2019) England
17. The Hallow (2015) Ireland
18. Get Duked! (2019) Scotland
19. Emma. (2020) England
20. Animals (2019) Ireland
21. Isolation (2005) Ireland
22. To Dream (2016) England
23. Grand Slam (1978) Wales
24. Crone Wood (2016) Ireland
25. Cherry Tree (2015) Ireland
26. Black Death (2010) England
27. Brackenmore (2016) Ireland
28. Rawhead Rex (1986) Ireland
29. French Exit. (2020) Ireland
30. Irish Destiny (1926) Ireland
31. Dream Demon (1988) England
32. Without Name (2016) Ireland
33. Extra Ordinary (2019) Ireland
34. The Souvenir (2019) England
35. The Riot Club (2014) England
36. From the Dark (2014) Ireland
37. Rock-A-Doodle (1991) Ireland
38. Son of Rambow (2007) England
39. The Gentlemen (2019) England

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Populated by vulgar and uncouth characters, this is not the easiest film to get into and the framing device of Hugh Grant narrating what he knows as part of a blackmail scheme is initially irksome. As the film plods along though, various bits and pieces fall into place and the framing device gets very interesting in the final third of the movie. Playing massively against type, Grant delivers very well too. Colin Farrell is also quite funny in support. Great foot chases too.
I am really surprised by how much I liked this one because I hated Ritchie's Lock Stock and Snatch. :think:
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4. Morvern Callar (Ramsay, 2002). I'm not even going to pretend I have the slightest idea what Morvern thinks at any point in the movie, but it's a fascinating watch nonetheless. Gorgeous cinematography (just like in Ratcatcher). I think I like Lynne Ramsay's movies.

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1. Carry On... Up the Khyber (Thomas, 1968).
2. The Mouse That Roared (Arnold. 1959).
3. Ratchatcher (Ramsay, 1999).
4. Morvern Callar (Ramsay, 2002).
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05. The Descent (2005) - United Kingdom
06. The Descent: Part 2 (2009) - United Kingdom
07. Juno and the Paycock (1930) - United Kingdom
08. The Dam Busters (1955) - United Kingdom
09. Britannia Hospital (1982) - United Kingdom
10. Inside I'm Dancing (2004) - Ireland

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01. The Battle of the Somme (1916) - United Kingdom
02. Aventure malgache (1944) + Bon Voyage (1944) + I Think They Call Him John (1964) - United Kingdom
03. Solomon and Gaenor (1999) - United Kingdom
04. The Pleasure Garden (1925) - United Kingdom
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(Screenshots from 'Turn of the Tide', 'Lovers of the Lake', 'Rógairí' and 'Echo')

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23. Turn of the Tide (1935, Norman Walker) - 8/10 / UK (England)
24. Lovers of the Lake (1983, Tony Barry) - 7.5/10 / Ireland | UK / I'm going with Ireland
25. The Other Side of Sleep (2011, Rebecca Daly) - 7.5/10 / Ireland | Netherlands | Hungary / I'm going with Ireland
26. The Camino Voyage (2018, Dónal Ó Céilleachair) - 7/10 / Ireland
27. Dirty God (2019, Sacha Polak) - 6/10 / Netherlands | UK | Belgium | Ireland / I'm going with UK
28. Ordinary Love (2019, Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn) - 6.5 or 7/10 / Ireland | UK (Northern Ireland) / I'm going with NI

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A batch of shorts (2 points for Ireland):

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29-30.
This Was England (1935, Mary Field) - 5.5/10 / UK (England) / 20 minutes
The Wind (1998, Alan Friel, Billy O'Brien) - 7/10 / Ireland | Canada / 3 minutes
A Man of Few Words (2000, Terence White) - 7.5/10 / Ireland / 13 minutes
Rógairí / Villains (2005, Tom Cosgrove) - 7/10 / Ireland / 16 minutes
Peidhleacán solais / Butterfly Light (2008, Dónal Ó'Céilleachair) - 7.5 or 8/10 / Ireland / 7 minutes
Moore Street Masala (2009, David O'Sullivan) - 6/10 / Ireland / 5 minutes
Small Change (2010, Cathy Brady) - 7 or 7.5/10 / Ireland / 18 minutes
Echo (2012, Ela Gas) - 8/10 / Ireland / 14 minutes
Angela's Christmas (2017, Damien O'Connor) - 5 or 5.5/10 / Ireland | Canada / 30 minutes
An Island (2017, Rory Byrne) - 8/10 / Ireland / 13 minutes
I Am Not a Monster (2018, Grace Quilligan) - 6/10 / Ireland / 17 minutes
Asparagus Tips (2019, Samuel Bailey) - 5/10 / UK (England) / 4 minutes

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Side challenge tally: IE - 23, NI - 2
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65. The Rolling Stones Olé, Olé, Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America (Paul Dugdale, 2016) 7.5/10 ... crazy to think about how things change over time, they interviewed a guy at the Stones' 2016 concert in Cuba who claims he was arrested in 1965 for listening to one of their songs in a park. It's probably impossible to appreciate from a longstanding democratic society the impact attending that concert would have for him. It's also hard for me to imagine how a society thinks it could come out ahead by censoring/suppressing artistic expression, but so many have tried over many centuries ...
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sol wrote: March 25th, 2021, 3:39 pm
39. The Gentlemen (2019) England

I am really surprised by how much I liked this one because I hated Ritchie's Lock Stock and Snatch. :think:
I'm pretty much on the same page. Loved The Gentlemen when I saw it early this year, which was a really pleasant surprise since most of Ritchie's previous work (other than maybe the first Sherlock Holmes) really didn't work for me.
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1. Cucumber Castle (1970)...curious but awful Bee Gees vehicle. Long before their disco phase, of course. I can't believe I was the first to check it.
2. Leo the Last (1970)...really frustrating film. Initially fits in well with simultaneous social satires by folks like Hal Ashby, Milos Forman and Robert Altman, and then it goes really, really over the top in the final half-hour. No saving it.
3. Play for Today: The Long Distance Piano Player (1970). I never knew about this until I came across it in the recently created "Psychedelic Celluloid" list. Being a major lover of early Kinks, I HAD to see a film starring Ray Davies in his prime. IMDb page says it's 80 minutes, but it was actually 61 and I don't think it was edited. It wasn't so good, but I was excited to find it online. A quiet, melancholy guy (being quiet saved Ray from doing much acting) with a loving wife is trying to break the record for marathon piano-playing. He's intending to play for four days straight. And he has a sleazy manager promoting the event, but no one cares. Ray does sing one little song in the middle, though the credits indicate he didn't do all the piano-playing.
4a. Les Bicyclettes de Belsize (1968, 29 minutes)...cute romantic, musical short with little or no dialogue a la "Umbrellas of Cherbourg." I've been obsessed with this song ever since:

4b. Grave New World (1972, 29 minutes): promotional film for the same-named Strawbs album. I love Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention from that era, but this group just doesn't quite get there for me. [YouTube]
4c. Dolly Story (1968, 25 minutes): documentary about swinging London, with a lecherous emphasis on the young "dollies." There's a solid music clip of Chris Farlowe singing the Stones' "Out of Time," and Sammy Davis Jr. inexplicably pops up for a second. Some interesting footage of the young Vidal Sassoon working in his salon. [YouTube]
5. Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs (1974)...unusual film, very play-like with only five speaking parts. George Harrison produced. Easily the most ballsy, masculine performance I've seen from the usually wispy John Hurt. He's an expelled art student who recruits three pliable friends to launch a fascist political party called The Party of the Dynamic Erection. They vow to take over the world, but it's all just a posturing game and the story seems designed to take the wind out of impotent, armchair revolutionaries who are all talk and no action. It's also an incel film before its time. Arguably, David Warner gets more good lines in a supporting performance than Hurt does as the lead. But I had trouble deciphering the accents at times -- the sound quality was less than ideal. Directed by Stuart Cooper, better known for "Overlord" (1975). This was on my watchlist, and I would have watched it in the near future regardless of any challenge.
6. All My Loving (1968)...55-minute film made for British TV tries to figure out what's happenin' with today's music and comes off a bit square. There are plenty of interview clips with big names like Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Burdon, Donovan and Pete Townshend, but it's not easy to tell whether it's exclusive to the film or just recycled from elsewhere. Adds a solid dose of live Cream footage.
7. Home Sweet Home (1982)...early Mike Leigh film for the BBC. About three postmen and their women.
8. Who's Who (1979)...even earlier Mike Leigh. About stockbrokers. Both of these Leigh films already were on my watchlist but, in hindsight, "Who's Who" wasn't really a must-see. Not impressive.
9. Jamaica Inn (1939)...off the top of my head, I can't think of a Hitchcock film except "Topaz" than I enjoyed less than this one.
10. Christine (1987)...Alan Clarke project for the BBC, just 52 minutes. About a circle of bland teenagers who are casually hooked on heroin.
11. Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971)...the title is self-explanatory. Why, oh why, did I think this movie starred Oliver Reed?? I was eager to see Reed cavorting in drag. I should have directly checked the cast listing. Instead it's a no-name actor as Jekyll, and "Sister Hyde" is played by a separate actress (Martine Beswick, who had been in a couple of James Bond films). I almost bailed out of the film altogether, but I managed to finish it. Barely. How a story like this could be presented with such a complete lack of self-awareness and humor, I'll never know. Lousy. It's not even sexy, though Beswick contributes a quick breast flash in one scene. At least it had Hammer's typically good cinematography, costumes and sets.
12. Henry V (1944)...I'm pretty sure this one counts as a UK film. Strange...I was really enjoying most of it, but it suddenly turned into a crashing bore in the final 25 minutes of denouement. I don't know whether to blame Shakespeare or the adaptation's editing.
shorts, with three minutes of carryover from the first set
13a. Paradigm (1970, 10 minutes): experimental short designed to show the ravages of age on the mind. One actor portrays an aging person throughout his lifespan, speaking in a nonsense language that has appearances of being erudite. [Ubu Film]
13b. Death May Be Your Santa Claus (1969, 36 minutes though IMDb/ICM says it's 50). Wanted to like this more than I did. The film follows a young Black militant, but it's more about vignettes than a linear story. The psych-rock score by the Second Hand is initially interesting but turns a bit unwelcome by the end. [rarefilmm]
13c. Experience (1968, 29 minutes)...early film about Jimi Hendrix. Has more atmosphere than insight. I'm really just the second to check this?
13d. Stanley Pickle (2010, 11 minutes)...It's on YouTube. I wish the story was a quarter as good as the visual imagination and effects. This completes another set of shorts, with nine minutes extra.
14. Ryan's Daughter (1970)...I can see why this was regarded as a failure. Just didn't hang together right or create enough empathy for anyone.

shorts, with nine minutes carryover
15a. Next (1990, 5 minutes)
15b. The Pearce Sisters (2007, 9 minutes)
15c. The Black Dog (1987, 18 minutes)
15d. Over (2015, 14 minutes)
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AB537 wrote: March 26th, 2021, 3:06 am
sol wrote: March 25th, 2021, 3:39 pm
39. The Gentlemen (2019) England

I am really surprised by how much I liked this one because I hated Ritchie's Lock Stock and Snatch. :think:
I'm pretty much on the same page. Loved The Gentlemen when I saw it early this year, which was a really pleasant surprise since most of Ritchie's previous work (other than maybe the first Sherlock Holmes) really didn't work for me.
Interesting to hear that -- all the more so since Sherlock Holmes is a film that I have actually avoided for years due to knowing that Ritchie was behind it and my fears of it completing destroying what made the classic Holmes stories so fascinating in the first place. :unsure:
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Just went you thought it was safe to stop watching Irish films...
1. Citadel (2012) Ireland
2. Mystics (2003) Ireland
3. Greta (2018) Ireland
4. Rat (2001) Ireland
5. Taffin (1988) Ireland
6. Stitches (2012) Ireland
7. The Stag (2013) Ireland
8. Red Mist (2008) Northern Ireland
9. Sea Fever (2019) Ireland
10. His House (2020) England
11. The Canal (2014) Ireland
12. Fractional (2011) Ireland
13. Eden Lake (2008) England
14. Belle (2013) Isle of Man
15. Gozo (2016) England
16. Rocks (2019) England
17. The Hallow (2015) Ireland
18. Get Duked! (2019) Scotland
19. Emma. (2020) England
20. Animals (2019) Ireland
21. Isolation (2005) Ireland
22. To Dream (2016) England
23. Grand Slam (1978) Wales
24. Crone Wood (2016) Ireland
25. Cherry Tree (2015) Ireland
26. Black Death (2010) England
27. Brackenmore (2016) Ireland
28. Rawhead Rex (1986) Ireland
29. French Exit. (2020) Ireland
30. Irish Destiny (1926) Ireland
31. Dream Demon (1988) England
32. Without Name (2016) Ireland
33. Extra Ordinary (2019) Ireland
34. The Souvenir (2019) England
35. The Riot Club (2014) England
36. From the Dark (2014) Ireland
37. Rock-A-Doodle (1991) Ireland
38. Son of Rambow (2007) England
39. The Gentlemen (2019) England
40. A Doctor's Sword (2015) Ireland

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Fascinated by a samurai sword that her father was given during World War II, a woman decides to investigate its origins in this indie documentary. Her search is pretty interesting, but over half of the film just involves herself and others recounting her father's wartime experiences, full of reports of all the "death and carnage" that are hardly new or insightful. The sword investigation and meeting the descendants of the Japanese man who gifted it are great.
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sol wrote: March 26th, 2021, 10:55 am
AB537 wrote: March 26th, 2021, 3:06 am
sol wrote: March 25th, 2021, 3:39 pm
39. The Gentlemen (2019) England

I am really surprised by how much I liked this one because I hated Ritchie's Lock Stock and Snatch. :think:
I'm pretty much on the same page. Loved The Gentlemen when I saw it early this year, which was a really pleasant surprise since most of Ritchie's previous work (other than maybe the first Sherlock Holmes) really didn't work for me.
Interesting to hear that -- all the more so since Sherlock Holmes is a film that I have actually avoided for years due to knowing that Ritchie was behind it and my fears of it completing destroying what made the classic Holmes stories so fascinating in the first place. :unsure:
I wouldn't say it's close to the best Holmes adaptation out there - for example, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jeremy Brett jump to mind - but it's enjoyable enough, at least for me.
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AB537 wrote: March 26th, 2021, 12:49 pm
sol wrote: March 26th, 2021, 10:55 am
AB537 wrote: March 26th, 2021, 3:06 am

I'm pretty much on the same page. Loved The Gentlemen when I saw it early this year, which was a really pleasant surprise since most of Ritchie's previous work (other than maybe the first Sherlock Holmes) really didn't work for me.
Interesting to hear that -- all the more so since Sherlock Holmes is a film that I have actually avoided for years due to knowing that Ritchie was behind it and my fears of it completing destroying what made the classic Holmes stories so fascinating in the first place. :unsure:
I wouldn't say it's close to the best Holmes adaptation out there - for example, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jeremy Brett jump to mind - but it's enjoyable enough, at least for me.
I just checked, and the film actually isn't tagged as a Comedy on IMDb, which is promising, I guess - but Robert Stephens, Peter Cushing, Basil Rathbone - these guys will always be Holmes for me, while I have a hard time thinking of Downey as anything other than a comedy or Iron Man actor.
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Just went you thought it was safe to stop watching Irish films...
1. Citadel (2012) Ireland
2. Mystics (2003) Ireland
3. Greta (2018) Ireland
4. Rat (2001) Ireland
5. Taffin (1988) Ireland
6. Stitches (2012) Ireland
7. The Stag (2013) Ireland
8. Red Mist (2008) Northern Ireland
9. Sea Fever (2019) Ireland
10. His House (2020) England
11. The Canal (2014) Ireland
12. Fractional (2011) Ireland
13. Eden Lake (2008) England
14. Belle (2013) Isle of Man
15. Gozo (2016) England
16. Rocks (2019) England
17. The Hallow (2015) Ireland
18. Get Duked! (2019) Scotland
19. Emma. (2020) England
20. Animals (2019) Ireland
21. Isolation (2005) Ireland
22. To Dream (2016) England
23. Grand Slam (1978) Wales
24. Crone Wood (2016) Ireland
25. Cherry Tree (2015) Ireland
26. Black Death (2010) England
27. Brackenmore (2016) Ireland
28. Rawhead Rex (1986) Ireland
29. French Exit. (2020) Ireland
30. Irish Destiny (1926) Ireland
31. Dream Demon (1988) England
32. Without Name (2016) Ireland
33. Extra Ordinary (2019) Ireland
34. The Souvenir (2019) England
35. The Riot Club (2014) England
36. From the Dark (2014) Ireland
37. Rock-A-Doodle (1991) Ireland
38. Son of Rambow (2007) England
39. The Gentlemen (2019) England
40. A Doctor's Sword (2015) Ireland
41. Spooky Stakeout (2016) Ireland

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A live action Scooby-Doo with younger kids and no dog. As the kids keep trying to scare each other during their investigations and as they keep alternating between what they remember of their past adventures, this is relatively fun stuff. The young actors and actresses deliver well and interact like real kids. The movie is less interesting though whenever it tries to explain what was really go on with each place that they investigate. The film ends abruptly too.
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11. Jamaica Inn (1939) - United Kingdom
12. Black Narcissus (1947) - United Kingdom

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01. The Battle of the Somme (1916) - United Kingdom
02. Aventure malgache (1944) + Bon Voyage (1944) + I Think They Call Him John (1964) - United Kingdom
03. Solomon and Gaenor (1999) - United Kingdom
04. The Pleasure Garden (1925) - United Kingdom
05. The Descent (2005) - United Kingdom
06. The Descent: Part 2 (2009) - United Kingdom
07. Juno and the Paycock (1930) - United Kingdom
08. The Dam Busters (1955) - United Kingdom
09. Britannia Hospital (1982) - United Kingdom
10. Inside I'm Dancing (2004) - Ireland
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Feels so weird to count this here, but BAFTA Award winner for Best British Film and all, y'know.
Just went you thought it was safe to stop watching Irish films...
1. Citadel (2012) Ireland
2. Mystics (2003) Ireland
3. Greta (2018) Ireland
4. Rat (2001) Ireland
5. Taffin (1988) Ireland
6. Stitches (2012) Ireland
7. The Stag (2013) Ireland
8. Red Mist (2008) Northern Ireland
9. Sea Fever (2019) Ireland
10. His House (2020) England
11. The Canal (2014) Ireland
12. Fractional (2011) Ireland
13. Eden Lake (2008) England
14. Belle (2013) Isle of Man
15. Gozo (2016) England
16. Rocks (2019) England
17. The Hallow (2015) Ireland
18. Get Duked! (2019) Scotland
19. Emma. (2020) England
20. Animals (2019) Ireland
21. Isolation (2005) Ireland
22. To Dream (2016) England
23. Grand Slam (1978) Wales
24. Crone Wood (2016) Ireland
25. Cherry Tree (2015) Ireland
26. Black Death (2010) England
27. Brackenmore (2016) Ireland
28. Rawhead Rex (1986) Ireland
29. French Exit. (2020) Ireland
30. Irish Destiny (1926) Ireland
31. Dream Demon (1988) England
32. Without Name (2016) Ireland
33. Extra Ordinary (2019) Ireland
34. The Souvenir (2019) England
35. The Riot Club (2014) England
36. From the Dark (2014) Ireland
37. Rock-A-Doodle (1991) Ireland
38. Son of Rambow (2007) England
39. The Gentlemen (2019) England
40. A Doctor's Sword (2015) Ireland
41. Spooky Stakeout (2016) Ireland
42. Three Billboards (2017) England REVISION

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Viewed for a second time, some of the coincidences are a bit hard to swallow here, but then this is a film about fate and chance. Especially impressive is how we see the ramifications of her billboards from multiple perspectives with all concerned coming off as a sympathetic and relatable by the end of the movie. The conclusion is a bit uncomfortable, but intentionally so; will they will remember that anger "just begets greater anger" and learn from things?
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36. Career Girls (1997, Mike Leigh) United Kingdom
37. Sabotage (1936, Alfred Hitchcock) United Kingdom
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06. 3.0* - Brooklyn by John Crowley (2015)

Decent drama. Brooklyn is typical Oscar material, with its glorification of the past, the US and romance. It's an easy film to love, but it's just as easy to dislike, depending on what you want from a film and how forgiving you're feeling towards its faults. Personally, I had a pleasant time with it, but I was hardly blown away. The story revolves around a young Irish girl who sets off to America to start a new life. She gets herself an education, finds a job and marries a bloke. Disaster strikes though and she has to return to Ireland to attend a funeral. Once there, she begins to forget the life she had built for herself in the US. The tone is light, the drama is decent and Ronan's performance is strong. Her character's somewhat shady and even a little unlikable though, strangely enough the film doesn't really acknowledge that and pretends this is just a sweet little romance. It didn't really bother me that much, but it is quite remarkable. As for the presentation, it's pretty polished and slick, but hardly attractive. All in all a sold film, though not enough that jumped out for me.

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02. 2.5* - The Heiress by Chris Bell (2021)
03. 3.5* - Possum by Matthew Holness (2018)
04. 2.5* - Victor Frankenstein by Paul McGuigan (2015)
05. 2.5* - Infinitum: Subject Unknown by Matthew Butler-Hart (2021)
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41. The Ballad of Tam Lin (England, 1970)

42. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (England, 2016)

43. Miss Marple: At Bertram's Hotel (England, 1987)
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1. On a Clear Day (England/Scotland, 2005)
2. Tony (England, 2009)
3. School for Sex (England, 1969)
4. Play for Today: Red Shift (England, 1978)
5. The Mind of Mr. Soames (England, 1970)
6. My Name Is Joe (Scotland, 1998)
7a. Apaches (England, 1977)
7b. The Finishing Line (England, 1977)
7c. The Ash Tree (England, 1977)
8. The Secret Life of Words (Ireland, 2005)
9. Virgin Witch (England, 1972)
10. Heartless (England, 2009)
11. Elizabeth (England, 1998)
12. What the Peeper Saw (England, 1972)
13. A Taste of Honey (England, 1961)
14. The Beast in the Cellar (England, 1971)
15. I'm All Right Jack (England, 1959)
16. Goodbye Gemini (England, 1970)
17. Harry Price: Ghost Hunter (England, 2015)
18. The Starfish (England, 1952)
19. Nil by Mouth (England, 1997)
20. Anchoress (England, 1993)
21. Corruption (England, 1968)
22. Tower of Terror (England, 1941)
23. The Headless Ghost (England, 1959)
24. Brassed Off (England, 1996)
25-26. Escape Into Night (England, 1972)
27. The Souvenir (England, 2019)
28. Unearthly Stranger (England, 1963)
29. See No Evil (England, 1971)
30. First: The Official Film of the London 2012 Olympic Games (England, 2012)
31. Home Before Midnight (England, 1979)
32. The Turn of the Screw (England, 2009)
33. The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live (England, 2011)
34. Vampira a.k.a. Old Dracula (England, 1974)
35. Citadel (Ireland, 2012)
36. Red Road (Scotland, 2006)
37-38. Safe House Season 2: The Crow E1-4 (2014)
39. Taryn Barker: Demon Hunter (Ireland, 2016)
40. Clay (England, 2008)
41. The Ballad of Tam Lin (England, 1970)
42. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (England, 2016)
43. Miss Marple: At Bertram's Hotel (England, 1987)
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66. Down Terrace (Ben Wheatley, 2009) 7/10
67. King & Country (Joseph Losey, 1964) 7/10 ... thematically very similar to Paths of Glory, but from a British perspective
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Just went you thought it was safe to stop watching Irish films...
1. Citadel (2012) Ireland
2. Mystics (2003) Ireland
3. Greta (2018) Ireland
4. Rat (2001) Ireland
5. Taffin (1988) Ireland
6. Stitches (2012) Ireland
7. The Stag (2013) Ireland
8. Red Mist (2008) Northern Ireland
9. Sea Fever (2019) Ireland
10. His House (2020) England
11. The Canal (2014) Ireland
12. Fractional (2011) Ireland
13. Eden Lake (2008) England
14. Belle (2013) Isle of Man
15. Gozo (2016) England
16. Rocks (2019) England
17. The Hallow (2015) Ireland
18. Get Duked! (2019) Scotland
19. Emma. (2020) England
20. Animals (2019) Ireland
21. Isolation (2005) Ireland
22. To Dream (2016) England
23. Grand Slam (1978) Wales
24. Crone Wood (2016) Ireland
25. Cherry Tree (2015) Ireland
26. Black Death (2010) England
27. Brackenmore (2016) Ireland
28. Rawhead Rex (1986) Ireland
29. French Exit. (2020) Ireland
30. Irish Destiny (1926) Ireland
31. Dream Demon (1988) England
32. Without Name (2016) Ireland
33. Extra Ordinary (2019) Ireland
34. The Souvenir (2019) England
35. The Riot Club (2014) England
36. From the Dark (2014) Ireland
37. Rock-A-Doodle (1991) Ireland
38. Son of Rambow (2007) England
39. The Gentlemen (2019) England
40. A Doctor's Sword (2015) Ireland
41. Spooky Stakeout (2016) Ireland
42. Three Billboards (2017) England REVISION
43. The Death of Stalin (2017) England REVISION

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Still as fresh and as funny as ever after three viewings, this gloriously depicts the madness that ensues when Stalin unexpectedly dies without a clear successor. While based on actual historical events, Iannucci takes a delightfully exaggerating view on things, emphasising the petty squabbling of Stalin's leadership team following his demise as they hilariously suck up to his daughter, argue about where to stand during a funeral and backstab one another.
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Just went you thought it was safe to stop watching Irish films...
1. Citadel (2012) Ireland
2. Mystics (2003) Ireland
3. Greta (2018) Ireland
4. Rat (2001) Ireland
5. Taffin (1988) Ireland
6. Stitches (2012) Ireland
7. The Stag (2013) Ireland
8. Red Mist (2008) Northern Ireland
9. Sea Fever (2019) Ireland
10. His House (2020) England
11. The Canal (2014) Ireland
12. Fractional (2011) Ireland
13. Eden Lake (2008) England
14. Belle (2013) Isle of Man
15. Gozo (2016) England
16. Rocks (2019) England
17. The Hallow (2015) Ireland
18. Get Duked! (2019) Scotland
19. Emma. (2020) England
20. Animals (2019) Ireland
21. Isolation (2005) Ireland
22. To Dream (2016) England
23. Grand Slam (1978) Wales
24. Crone Wood (2016) Ireland
25. Cherry Tree (2015) Ireland
26. Black Death (2010) England
27. Brackenmore (2016) Ireland
28. Rawhead Rex (1986) Ireland
29. French Exit. (2020) Ireland
30. Irish Destiny (1926) Ireland
31. Dream Demon (1988) England
32. Without Name (2016) Ireland
33. Extra Ordinary (2019) Ireland
34. The Souvenir (2019) England
35. The Riot Club (2014) England
36. From the Dark (2014) Ireland
37. Rock-A-Doodle (1991) Ireland
38. Son of Rambow (2007) England
39. The Gentlemen (2019) England
40. A Doctor's Sword (2015) Ireland
41. Spooky Stakeout (2016) Ireland
42. Three Billboards (2017) England REVISION
43. The Death of Stalin (2017) England REVISION
44. Bad Day for the Cut (2017) Northern Ireland

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With many bouts of pure brutality, this is a pretty compelling ride, and after the crazy circumstances under which the protagonists (failed assassin and his intended target) meet, the two pair form a mentor/mentee relationship very well. Much of the film though is powered by the mystery over why the farmer's mother was murdered in the first place and the answers when revealed feel a little too mundane. For the most though, this really works.
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1. Cucumber Castle (1970)...curious but awful Bee Gees vehicle. Long before their disco phase, of course. I can't believe I was the first to check it.
2. Leo the Last (1970)...really frustrating film. Initially fits in well with simultaneous social satires by folks like Hal Ashby, Milos Forman and Robert Altman, and then it goes really, really over the top in the final half-hour. No saving it.
3. Play for Today: The Long Distance Piano Player (1970). I never knew about this until I came across it in the recently created "Psychedelic Celluloid" list. Being a major lover of early Kinks, I HAD to see a film starring Ray Davies in his prime. IMDb page says it's 80 minutes, but it was actually 61 and I don't think it was edited. It wasn't so good, but I was excited to find it online. A quiet, melancholy guy (being quiet saved Ray from doing much acting) with a loving wife is trying to break the record for marathon piano-playing. He's intending to play for four days straight. And he has a sleazy manager promoting the event, but no one cares. Ray does sing one little song in the middle, though the credits indicate he didn't do all the piano-playing.
4a. Les Bicyclettes de Belsize (1968, 29 minutes)...cute romantic, musical short with little or no dialogue a la "Umbrellas of Cherbourg." I've been obsessed with this song ever since:

4b. Grave New World (1972, 29 minutes): promotional film for the same-named Strawbs album. I love Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention from that era, but this group just doesn't quite get there for me. [YouTube]
4c. Dolly Story (1968, 25 minutes): documentary about swinging London, with a lecherous emphasis on the young "dollies." There's a solid music clip of Chris Farlowe singing the Stones' "Out of Time," and Sammy Davis Jr. inexplicably pops up for a second. Some interesting footage of the young Vidal Sassoon working in his salon. [YouTube]
5. Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs (1974)...unusual film, very play-like with only five speaking parts. George Harrison produced. Easily the most ballsy, masculine performance I've seen from the usually wispy John Hurt. He's an expelled art student who recruits three pliable friends to launch a fascist political party called The Party of the Dynamic Erection. They vow to take over the world, but it's all just a posturing game and the story seems designed to take the wind out of impotent, armchair revolutionaries who are all talk and no action. It's also an incel film before its time. Arguably, David Warner gets more good lines in a supporting performance than Hurt does as the lead. But I had trouble deciphering the accents at times -- the sound quality was less than ideal. Directed by Stuart Cooper, better known for "Overlord" (1975). This was on my watchlist, and I would have watched it in the near future regardless of any challenge.
6. All My Loving (1968)...55-minute film made for British TV tries to figure out what's happenin' with today's music and comes off a bit square. There are plenty of interview clips with big names like Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Burdon, Donovan and Pete Townshend, but it's not easy to tell whether it's exclusive to the film or just recycled from elsewhere. Adds a solid dose of live Cream footage.
7. Home Sweet Home (1982)...early Mike Leigh film for the BBC. About three postmen and their women.
8. Who's Who (1979)...even earlier Mike Leigh. About stockbrokers. Both of these Leigh films already were on my watchlist but, in hindsight, "Who's Who" wasn't really a must-see. Not impressive.
9. Jamaica Inn (1939)...off the top of my head, I can't think of a Hitchcock film except "Topaz" than I enjoyed less than this one.
10. Christine (1987)...Alan Clarke project for the BBC, just 52 minutes. About a circle of bland teenagers who are casually hooked on heroin.
11. Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971)...the title is self-explanatory. Why, oh why, did I think this movie starred Oliver Reed?? I was eager to see Reed cavorting in drag. I should have directly checked the cast listing. Instead it's a no-name actor as Jekyll, and "Sister Hyde" is played by a separate actress (Martine Beswick, who had been in a couple of James Bond films). I almost bailed out of the film altogether, but I managed to finish it. Barely. How a story like this could be presented with such a complete lack of self-awareness and humor, I'll never know. Lousy. It's not even sexy, though Beswick contributes a quick breast flash in one scene. At least it had Hammer's typically good cinematography, costumes and sets.
12. Henry V (1944)...I'm pretty sure this one counts as a UK film. Strange...I was really enjoying most of it, but it suddenly turned into a crashing bore in the final 25 minutes of denouement. I don't know whether to blame Shakespeare or the adaptation's editing.
shorts, with three minutes of carryover from the first set
13a. Paradigm (1970, 10 minutes): experimental short designed to show the ravages of age on the mind. One actor portrays an aging person throughout his lifespan, speaking in a nonsense language that has appearances of being erudite. [Ubu Film]
13b. Death May Be Your Santa Claus (1969, 36 minutes though IMDb/ICM says it's 50). Wanted to like this more than I did. The film follows a young Black militant, but it's more about vignettes than a linear story. The psych-rock score by the Second Hand is initially interesting but turns a bit unwelcome by the end. [rarefilmm]
13c. Experience (1968, 29 minutes)...early film about Jimi Hendrix. Has more atmosphere than insight. I'm really just the second to check this?
13d. Stanley Pickle (2010, 11 minutes)...It's on YouTube. I wish the story was a quarter as good as the visual imagination and effects. This completes another set of shorts, with nine minutes extra.
14. Ryan's Daughter (1970)...I can see why this was regarded as a failure. Just didn't hang together right or create enough empathy for anyone.
15. Whistle Down the Wind (1961)...kinda lost momentum for me, and didn't turn dark enough. Lovely score and a great Hayley Mills performance, though.

shorts, with nine minutes carryover
16a. Next (1990, 5 minutes)
16b. The Pearce Sisters (2007, 9 minutes)
16c. The Black Dog (1987, 18 minutes)
16d. Over (2015, 14 minutes)
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45. London to Brighton (2006) 7
46. Saint Maud (2019) 8
47. The Go-Between (1971) 7
48. The Child in Time (2017) 6
49. The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) 6
50. Barry Lyndon (1975) 7
51. Trainspotting (1996) 9 (rewatch)
52. Calm with Horses (2019) 7
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1. Whiskey Galore! (1949) 7 Scotland
2. 24 Hour Party People (2002) 7
3. Sabotage (1936) 6
4. Gwen (2018) 7 Wales
5. I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) 5
6. The Nanny (1965) 7 #MS1
7. Bloody Sunday (2002) 8 Northern Ireland
8. Deep End (1970) 9
9. Went the Day Well? (1942) 8 #MS6
10. Rasputin the Mad Monk (1966) 6
11. Great Expectations (1946) 7
12. The Lady Vanishes (1938) 8
13. The Witches (1966) 6
14a. Listen to Britain (1942) 20min 6
14b. Little Favour (2013) 22min 6
14c. Elephant (1989) 39min 8
15. The Creeping Flesh (1973) 7
16. The Rainbow (1989) 5
17. Blackmail (1929) 7
18. Shopping (1994) 6
19. Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) 8
20. Citadel (2012) 7 Ireland
21.The Lodgers (2017) 6 Ireland
22. Attack the Block (2011) 6
23. Third Star (2010) 7
24. Rocks (2019) 8
25. In Which We Serve (1942) 6
26. Unlocked (2017) 5
27. Genevieve (1953) 6
28. '71 (2014) 7
29. The Bed Sitting Room (1969) 6
30. Wreckers (2011) 5
31. Pride (2014) 8+ Wales
32. Velvet Goldmine (1998) 9 (rewatch)
33. The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) 8 Ireland
34. Ladybird Ladybird (1994) 7
35. Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) 7
36. Scars of Dracula (1970) 5
37. The Italian Job (1969) 7
38. A Room for Romeo Brass (1999) 8
39. The Red Shoes (1948) 9
40. The Duke of Burgundy (2014) 7
41. The Courier (2020) 8
42. Red Joan (2018) 6
43. Jabberwocky (1977) 6
44. The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009) 8 Isle of Man
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Just went you thought it was safe to stop watching Irish films...
1. Citadel (2012) Ireland
2. Mystics (2003) Ireland
3. Greta (2018) Ireland
4. Rat (2001) Ireland
5. Taffin (1988) Ireland
6. Stitches (2012) Ireland
7. The Stag (2013) Ireland
8. Red Mist (2008) Northern Ireland
9. Sea Fever (2019) Ireland
10. His House (2020) England
11. The Canal (2014) Ireland
12. Fractional (2011) Ireland
13. Eden Lake (2008) England
14. Belle (2013) Isle of Man
15. Gozo (2016) England
16. Rocks (2019) England
17. The Hallow (2015) Ireland
18. Get Duked! (2019) Scotland
19. Emma. (2020) England
20. Animals (2019) Ireland
21. Isolation (2005) Ireland
22. To Dream (2016) England
23. Grand Slam (1978) Wales
24. Crone Wood (2016) Ireland
25. Cherry Tree (2015) Ireland
26. Black Death (2010) England
27. Brackenmore (2016) Ireland
28. Rawhead Rex (1986) Ireland
29. French Exit. (2020) Ireland
30. Irish Destiny (1926) Ireland
31. Dream Demon (1988) England
32. Without Name (2016) Ireland
33. Extra Ordinary (2019) Ireland
34. The Souvenir (2019) England
35. The Riot Club (2014) England
36. From the Dark (2014) Ireland
37. Rock-A-Doodle (1991) Ireland
38. Son of Rambow (2007) England
39. The Gentlemen (2019) England
40. A Doctor's Sword (2015) Ireland
41. Spooky Stakeout (2016) Ireland
42. Three Billboards (2017) England REVISION
43. The Death of Stalin (2017) England REVISION
44. Bad Day for the Cut (2017) Northern Ireland
45. Beautiful Creatures (2000) Scotland

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The premise is solid here and the way everything gradual spirals out of control is well handled, with the nastiness of every male character further fueling the chain of events. That said, the film never quite feels angry enough about women mistreated by men. The tone of the project is wildly inconsistent too. Whatever the case, this still has a lot of interest as a film about women standing up for themselves, and a platinum blonde Rachel Weisz is just electric.
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