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  2. omarcomin71

    Monday Motor Mayhem Mischief and Merriment

    Just cleared the RSVP list. I think I forgot to clear it from last week. If not and I cleared your name please forgive me. As far as this week any chance we could get a few races for the upcoming head to head? https://socialclub.rockstargames.com/member/captainholt85/games/gtav/ps4/playlists/playlist/7kHyL-q-6ESqHmnWSAFANA
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  4. Con

    RSC Film Club

    Hahahaha you see what I was saying....so many quality ones. Like Lime said, you can cover many genres under the biopic umbrella.
  5. Spinnaker1981

    RSC Film Club

    Haa ok. Never had heard that specific term used. I nominate “The Blind Side” from 2008. I just realized that “the pianist” fits in this genre as well... I am torn between the 2, but I still choose The Blind Side. It is a great movie that actually gave Sandra Bullock her Oscar!
  6. Con

    RSC Film Club

    A biographical film.
  7. Spinnaker1981

    RSC Film Club

    Help me out here, what is a biopic?
  8. Squirrel

    RSC Film Club

    I actually watched Bronson for the first time over the road from the shop he robbed that sent him to prison.
  9. Con

    RSC Film Club

    There are so many good ones in this genre!!! I don't know what to pick. I mean some of them are truly fantastic.Like I, Tonya -- I watched it last year and it was so much fun. American Splendor is one I watched a long, long time ago before I was into film. I havent watched Straight Outta Compton yet so there is that one! Im like a kid in a Blockbuster in the 90s right now. lol
  10. djw180

    Rate the Last Film you Watched

    The Warrior. Starring the late Irfan Khan, who's recent death was, I assume, the reason this was on Film 4 (co producers) last week, as the title character. It's set in medieval India. It's in Hindi but most of the time you don't really need the subtitles as there isn't a massive amount of dialogue and when there is you can usually tell what is going on from the context. Looking on IMDB the warrior is named but I never caught that, and it didn't seem to matter, so I'll just stick to calling him Warrior. He isn't really much of a warrior, more of a hired sword to kill whoever the local lord wants killed. We learn he is doing the job his father did and that he fully expects his son to do one day. Towards the beginning the local peasants are paying their taxes to the lord. One of them only has a few coins to hand over, explaining the harvest was bad this year. The lord couldn't care less, waves a hand, two guards pin the old man down and our Warrior cuts his head off. The lord wants to make a bigger example so sends the Warrior leading half a dozen others to burn, r*pe and kill their way through the man's village. Whilst the others clearly enjoy this, the Warrior starts to see things differently and catching site of an emblem on a the necklace of a girl he nearly kills has a vision of himself back in his home village in the mountains. He puts down his sword, goes home and tells his son they are leaving. The other warriors are now looking for their former leader, ordered to bring back his head or lose their own. They find someone who looks vaguely the same and take his head back. They also capture our Warrior's son when he foolishly goes back to the family home to retrieve his Grandfather's dagger. The next day the son confirms to the lord that the head is that of his father, falsely obviously, but is still killed. Our Warrior witnesses this but is prevented from doing anything by the large crowds and helped to escape by the town's blacksmith. The rest of the film is a kind of road movie. The Warrior returning to his home in the mountains, joined on the way by Riaz, a young man run away from a hated job smashing rocks, an old blind woman going to a holy lake and finally some sort of travelling merchant who gives them a lift in his cart. They all get to where they are going in the end. The other warriors have guessed where their old leader is heading though and get there first, doing to his village what they clearly have done to so many others before. But their new leader wants to end this one-on-one, so confronts the Warrior, handing him his old sword. The Warrior has no desire to fight and it is Riaz, hiding under a building who seizes it and cuts into the man's legs. Our Warrior then takes up a weapon one final time, I assume, to put his former comrade out of his misery. You might expect a film like this to have stunning scenery, especially in the mountain scenes. But mostly it's quite dirty and drab, I think reflecting what life was like then. Even the lord who presumably has the best things money can buy seems to live quite a dull and boring life. It's good, simple story, well made. 8/10
  11. LimeGreenLegend

    RSC Film Club

    And the winner is... A lot of choice in this category, and you could probably cover most of the other nominations in the biopic genre. I'm going to nominate Bronson (2008) I mentioned it the other day when thinking about Tom Hardy's p*nis and I'd quite like to see it again. The film that is, not his p*nis. Film nominations will be open until Wednesday when @Con will spin for the winner.
  12. LimeGreenLegend

    Rate the Last Film you Watched

    Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) dir. Céline Sciamma Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a French period romantic drama written and directed by Céline Sciamma and starring Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel. The story sees an artist, Marianne (Merlant) hired by the mother of a woman in order to paint her portrait. The daughter, Héloïse (Haenel) is to be married to an Italian nobleman, but before that can happen he needs to see a portrait of her. The only problem is that she doesn't want to get married, refusing to sit for the previous painter her mother had hired. This is why her mother has told her that she has hired Marianne as her companion to keep her company after the recent suicide of her sister. Marianne is to accompany Héloïse on her walks near the cliffs of the isolated island on which they live, observing her face, her features, and painting her in secret. What follows is an intense slow burn of a romance that is more raw and real than any romance that I've ever seen in a film. What starts as quick stolen glances in order to observe an earlobe, or the fold of her hands turns into a caressing gaze as Sciamma's camera lingers on her subjects like the touch of a lover. This film is full of long takes, giving us time to examine the characters like portraits in a gallery, the same with the gorgeous landscapes of turbulent waves and treacherous rocky cliffsides. The colours in this film are vibrant and full of life. The screen is dominated by bold bright reds greens and blues in the costumes, making the characters stand out against the pastels of the house in which most of the film takes place. The best thing about this film are the two lead performances from Merlant and Haenel. I could not take my eyes off of the screen, especially when they are on screen together, in the same way they couldn't take their eyes off of each other. This is a film about a real love that could never be and it is absolutely heartbreaking in the most real of ways. The last few minutes of the film, which is just one shot, left me breathless and is one of the best last shots in any film that I've ever seen. This is the best thing France has produced since @Fido_le_muet 😉 10/10
  13. Sinister

    Coronavirus, go get you some...

    Welcome to the USA.
  14. VALL_es

    Coronavirus, go get you some...

    First, I would like to send my condolences and a virtual hug to Lime, so sorry to hear that. After almost 3 months with the lockdown, it seems the virus is "controlled" (there are 100-200 infected each day, like in March, and deaths have decreased a lot, considering 400-500 people died every day a few months). The government has divided the process to go back to normality in 4 phases (0, 1, 2 and 3), each one with a bit more of freedom, and there are some schedules to get out of home (which are a bit ridiculous, because for example I can't go running after 23:00 but I can stay in a bar even until 1am). Where I live we are in phase 1, and tomorrow we'll be in phase 2. Theoretically there are big differences between each phase, but in really it isn't like that. Since phase 1 people are acting like normal days, social distancing doesn't exist and bars and beaches are plenty of people. As you know, Spain is divided in some "regions" (more or less like an state in USA), and Madrid is one of them. Madrid is the most affected zone, and since last week they are doing lots of demonstrations because they don't agree about how the government is managing the situation and because they think it isn't fair to be in an advanced phase, even they live in the most affected zone.
  15. Trashbags

    VANS Chat

    aint got no thousand pound prize though
  16. Squirrel

    Coronavirus, go get you some...

    I’ve been avoiding this thread recently. It’s very clear my country doesn’t have a handle on the situation at all. Something actually tells me that the government don’t even want to stop the spread, they just don’t want to be blamed for it and they fear the economic damage more than the human cost. Easing the lockdown is good in someways, I managed to get out for some exercise in the park today with my housemate and a friend however on the way back we passed a grave yard and there was a large amount of fresh graves. We as a country have certainly messed things up.
  17. JustHatched

    Wrecked Em, Damn Near

    For the next one be sure to set up a D class race car and demo car @Dodge @D-Rocks @omarcomin71 @Con and anyone else who might join
  18. JuniorChubb

    VANS Chat

    Sorry @Trashbags, I knew you would never flashbang yourself! Aslo can we play spot the Trashbag with your pic?
  19. Schumi6581

    Coronavirus, go get you some...

    You sure it wasn't Rockstar tech support?
  20. Spinnaker1981

    Coronavirus, go get you some...

    What is that program and what is it supposed to be?
  21. Trashbags

    VANS Chat

    i also do this them busehes where my home for 21 days
  22. doubleg213

    VANS Chat

    Pfft, I flash bang myself all the time. Although my speciality is to throw a grenade through the window of a building I am storming and then run inside just in time to blow myself up with it.
  23. doubleg213

    VANS Chat

    Why have you posted a picture of some bushes?
  24. doubleg213

    RSC Film Club

    Been mega busy and/or not really feeling like interacting with the world so not done anything with Max Manus. I'd like to nominate fantasy, if anyone is wondering what that category nomination means, it's basically an excuse for me to the nominate Pan's Labyrinth as my film choice. As an aside, does anyone else call going out of the house to see a film in a building that specialises in doing so as "the pictures" or am I just an old f*ck?
  25. LimeGreenLegend

    Rate the Last Film you Watched

    The Peanut Butter Falcon dir. Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz The Peanut Butter Falcon is a road trip drama about a young man with Down syndrome named Zack (Zack Gottsagen) who has no family, so the state put him in an old people's home. He's sick of his boring life there, and dreams of being a wrestler like his hero, the Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Hayden Church), so with the help of his roommate, played by the brilliant Bruce Dern, he escapes one night and goes on the run, off to the redneck's wrestling school. On the way he meets the troubled and angry fisherman Tyler (Shia LaBeouf) who is also on the run, and the two soon form a bond and a partnership. This, along with Honey Boy, again shows the acting chops of Shia LaBeouf. He's fantastic in this, slowly opening up to Zack and warming to him before forming a brotherly relationship with him, filling the hole left by his dead brother, played in flashback by John Bernthal. Zack Gottsagan is his equal in every scene, and really carries the entire movie. You can feel his yearning for adventure at the start of the film, and his unflinching optimism and lust for life is infectious. Dakota Johnson is solid as the social worker sent out to find Zack after he goes missing, and wrestling fans will mark out over seeing Mick Foley and, in a pretty substantial role as an absolute *sshole, Jake "The Snake" Roberts. The direction is nothing special here, but it does its job well. The cinematography is great however, the whole film having a sun bleached washed out feel that perfectly encapsulates the deep south setting. This is a feel good film that doesn't rely on sentimentality or cheap tricks to elicit your emotions, and you will feel better about life after watching it 8/10 ================================================= Murder on the Orient Express dir. Kenneth Branagh Murder on the Orient Express is the latest adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie murder mystery directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also stars as the legendary sleuth Hercule Poirot. The story sees Poirot taking the Orient Express as he needs to return to London as soon as possible. His journey, which he expected to spend drinking and reading his Dickens, is interrupted by the murder of one of the passengers and he must make use of every one of his "little grey cells" to solve the case. This isn't made easy however, as everyone is a suspect and everyone is acting suspiciously. This is a slick looking film, almost too so. Branagh seems to have used a really wide lens to shoot most of this film, so the gorgeous sweeping landscape shots of the train hurtling across mountain ranges are expansive and even the interior shots of the train have a feeling of openness and space to them, which makes it feel more luxurious. The set and costume design are on point the whole way through. I've never seen the inside of the actual Orient Express, but this is exactly what I imagined it to look like. The performances from the huge ensemble cast are all at least solid, but some do feel underdeveloped due to having to cut out a lot of the book to fit into 2 hours. This is especially true of Willem Dafoe, Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley. The actors given time to develop their character really make the most of it though. Johnny Depp is great as the slimy art dealer, with an exasperated Derek Jacobi as his ever present valet. Judi Dench is coldly regal and dismissive as the Russian princess. The real star is Branagh who relishes every moment he spent behind that fantastic moustache. He has a playful whimsy to him at times, but can easily switch it up to sharp, incisive logic when he needs to. Ni spoilers here, but I'm not sure whether I like the conclusion or not. I have never read the novel, nor seen any other adaptation of this story so I went into this cold, and when everything was revealed I had the reaction of "hmmm that seems far fetched." I won't say any more, but if anyone else has seen this I'd like to know your thoughts. That aside, this was an enjoyable romp that was pretty to look at and full of great performances from a star studded cast 8/10 ============================================================== On The Waterfront dir. Elia Kazan On The Waterfront is a classic crime drama directed by Elia Kazan and starring Marlon Brando in one of his early roles, cementing his place as one of the greatest actors of all time. He plays Terry Malloy, an ex-boxer and dockworker, whose brother is the right hand man to the mob connected union boss, Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb). The film starts with Terry tricking a fellow dockworker into an ambush where he is killed to stop him testifying against the union. Terry thought he was just gonna get beaten up, so is conflicted by this. This is worsened when the dead man's sister Edie (Eva Marie Saint) starts to fall for him, not knowing his part in her brother's death. This leads to a conflict between Terry and Friendly, culminating in an epic showdown at the dock where Terry becomes an almost Christ like figure. This is an incredible movie on all fronts, the direction is great, the music is great, the script is fantastic, but what you watch this movie for is Brando. He practically burns off of the screen with his presence. If you've only seen the classic later Brando films, The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, even Superman, then do yourself a favour and check this out. Everyone else in this film is great, especially Cobb as the sleazy union boss, but Brando is clearly several levels above everyone else here. The way he holds himself, and the way he moves across the frame is different to what the other actors are doing, it's more natural. He also uses his face as a tool more than everyone else, accentuating his dialogue with a shake of his head or a shrug of his shoulders. The classic scene is the "I could'a been a contender" scene, where he admonishes his brother for telling him to take a fall in a boxing match early in his career. I mean, just watch this. This is a fantastic film that still holds up in all respects, with an standout, show stealing performance from arguably the greatest actor of all time 9/10 ================================================================ Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief dir. Alex Gibney Going Clear is a documentary feature from Alex Gibney covering the history and controversy surrounding the "religion" of Scientology. This film doesn't come at it from a place of neutrality, they start out presenting this thing as a weird and dangerous cult, and they have compelling evidence to back that up. This is structured in a standard documentary format with several talking head interviews with mostly former members of the church intercut with archive footage. I don't think any original material of the actual church or their meetings was shot for this, not that they would've given permission anyway. This whole thing is insane. If you believe what these people are saying, and I do, then you will be amazed throughout this film. I don't really know what else to say, these people are mental. David Miscavige is a creepy man who probably killed his wife and I can't believe he's a real actual person. It's just all so mad. A pretty standard documentary about an absolutely unbelievable modern cult 8/10
  26. Jjss924

    Coronavirus, go get you some...

    Are they still hiring? I like Netflix too.
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