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  1. #401
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    Caught the new Saw film this past weekend. I doubt it will do much for anyone who isn't a fan of the series, but I've always really enjoyed the franchise so it was pretty cool for me to finally have a new installment. I know many dismiss it as "torture porn" but I always disagreed with that label, at least to some extent. Saw films are all about people who have a chance to escape unscathed (or only partially scathed) but fail to do so through their own selfishness or bad choices. Yes, sometimes people die badly, but at least there's an element of struggle and conflict. It's not like Hostel or something, where the film is mostly close ups of horrible things happening to people with no real chance of escaping them, just a loving tribute to actual torture.

    Anyway, the new one pretty much had the elements I look for in a Saw film. Creative traps, a story that unfolded in an interesting way with at least one unexpected element, and a nice balance between those trapped and those trying to solve the mystery. I'm not sure what I think of the prospective new protagonist, as their attitude didn't seem quite in line with the original themes of the series, but I also think that's something that might be addressed further in future installments. Another thing the series has been good at historically is continuity and interconnectivity between films, so I'm hoping that continues as well.

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    Watched Murder on the Orient Express. Sort of thing that if you fancy it, go see it. Delivers everything you would expect. No great surprises but ticks the boxes.

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    Off to see Murder on the Orient Express tomorrow night. Mildly looking forward to it, I'd say. It'll make a nice change of pace from a lot of the FX heavy stuff I seem to have been watching a lot of recently.

    Lord knows I need a palette cleanser after Thor.

    Prime, did you ever see Death of Stalin? That has to be one of my favourite films of the year I think. Haven't laughed that much at a film in a long time; but then I love Thick of It, In The Loop and Veep so no real surprises.
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    I did see The Death of Stalin, yeah. Would recommend it to anyone. Some great comic performances mixed in with the horrors of it all.

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    So with us hitting a quieter period at the cinema before the release of the big Christmas movies (especially The Last Jedi) I'd love to know if anyone has seen anything slightly more obscure they feel is worth checking out? Even if it's just a trailer!
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    I saw Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri on Wednesday. Excellent flick. I'm a big fan of Martin McDonagh's movies. Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell should definitely get Oscar nominations.

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    I think most recently I saw Murder on the Orient Express. Not a flat out great film, but the way it was shot and stylized was really beautiful, even surprisingly so. The resolution of the mystery felt a little silly but apparently it was loyal to the book, which I haven't read, so fair play on that. Some good performances too, definitely enjoyed it.

    If you want obscure, I did recently watch The Red Turtle, which was very stylized and visually gorgeous. Very unique and interesting film, though definitely "arty", if you take my meaning.

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    As far from obscure as it gets but after a satisfying Thanksgiving with the family I saw Justice League. Very fun movie. The mid-day fight in the second act is probably my favorite action scene from the DCEU so far. I marked out for a certain dialogue call back to BvS.

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