What was the last movie you saw?

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Fantabulosa - Martin Sheen puts in a fantabulous performance as Kenneth Williams in this BBC Biopic, based on Williams' own meticulous diaries. Sometimes he gets the voice spot on - other times not so much. Williams is somewhat of a tragic character, and this covers his close relationship with his mum, Louie, his struggles with his sexuality, his loneliness, narcissism and his rise to fame. It is very much warts and all, and very sad in parts.

Whilst I wouldn't call myself a carry on fan - nowadays I find the ones I've seen again borderline unwatchable - but I do have fond memories of them as a kid - particularly Carry on Screaming. It is interesting to see behind the curtain into William's life, and how he was cheated out of a decent wage.
 

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Prime has just flagged up The Torture Chamber of Dr Sadism which looks like a ripe piece of 1960s Hammer with Vincent Price and a brilliant title. Might save that for the weekend.

You sure about that? The The Torture Chamber of Dr Sadism that I know has Lex Barker and Christopher Lee in not Vincent price and is pretty terrible and German not hammer.

Meanwhile I just finished Annihilation - which was going great guns and had me right up to the 'cardboard stereotype butch lesbian goes bonkers and gets killed' sequence. Whereupon I fell out of the movie and just watched it. Someone, I thought at one point, has read a lot of episodes of the Swamp Thing. Roadside Picnic meets Swamp Thing. I did have a trouble settling into the film once we'd established the ground rules. There's this zone of weird shimmeriness that people enter but don't return from. You can see into this zone of weird shimmeriness. But no radio signals have come out from any of the teams that have gone in. Why, I immediately asked myself, didn't anyone think to have someone standing just outside the zone, someone just inside, someone a bit further in but within sight of the first, and another further still and so on and have them signal each other with semaphore flags or naval signal lights? Took some time for my "we wouldn't have a fecking movie otherwise" filter to fuzz that out of my head.
 
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I don't think Annihilation makes a lot of sense when you think about it, and in terms of tone it seemed to be all over the place, but it had some amazing scenes. I wonder if it was trying to do too much, but it deserves credit for at least trying.
 

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I don't think Annihilation makes a lot of sense when you think about it, and in terms of tone it seemed to be all over the place, but it had some amazing scenes. I wonder if it was trying to do too much, but it deserves credit for at least trying.


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Yup. I guess I was expecting too much as Alex Garland's previous film, Ex_Machina, was utterly brilliant. I also had a "please don't do the 'glowing eyes letting the audience know' thing" moment in the final scene. (And was disappointed.) If I was editing it I would have cut the final two over the shoulder shots with that in and ended with the two of them just standing there - before the clinch - with the "are you still Lena?" unanswered.
 

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Meanwhile I just finished Annihilation - which was going great guns and had me right up to the 'cardboard stereotype butch lesbian goes bonkers and gets killed' sequence. Whereupon I fell out of the movie and just watched it. Someone, I thought at one point, has read a lot of episodes of the Swamp Thing. Roadside Picnic meets Swamp Thing. I did have a trouble settling into the film once we'd established the ground rules. There's this zone of weird shimmeriness that people enter but don't return from. You can see into this zone of weird shimmeriness. But no radio signals have come out from any of the teams that have gone in. Why, I immediately asked myself, didn't anyone think to have someone standing just outside the zone, someone just inside, someone a bit further in but within sight of the first, and another further still and so on and have them signal each other with semaphore flags or naval signal lights? Took some time for my "we wouldn't have a fecking movie otherwise" filter to fuzz that out of my head.

It definitely worse its influences on its sleeves. I must admit to liking some of the imagery in it, but it wasn't a triumph by any means.
 

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100,000 Dollars for Lassiter - 1966 More of a comedy than a serious story but it was amusing at times. Many familiar faces from spaghetti westerns appear in it.
 

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You sure about that? The The Torture Chamber of Dr Sadism that I know has Lex Barker and Christopher Lee in not Vincent price and is pretty terrible and German not hammer.
Yep German and absolutely terrible, like a very bad Hammer ripoff. So clicheed it is amusing. Correct about the players.
 

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Operation Dames (1959)

Given the title, the opening scene with a couple of GIs ogling a curvaceous blonde through binoculars, and the song played over the opening titles ("Girls, Girls, Girls," not to be confused with the Mötley Crüe song of the same name), you'd think this was a military comedy. It actually turns into a serious, albeit extremely low budget, war movie. Some USO entertainers get stuck behind enemy lines in Korea in 1950. They run into some equally trapped soldiers, and the no-nonsense Sergeant has to lead them to safety. Cue tension and romance. Some attempt is made at characterization. Folks get killed when I wasn't expecting it. The cheapness definitely shows -- people talk about "the middle of the night" during scenes that are in bright sunlight -- but it's not the worst film I've ever seen.
 

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