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The Pledge

A Reno, Nevada detective played by Jack Nicholson delays his retirement to chase a serial killer of blonde preteen girls. The killer turns into his white whale as he becomes consumed by a promise to the latest victim's mother to bring him to justice. On finally retiring to a rural Nevada setting, Nicholson takes over a gas station and moves into the lodgings behind it while developing a relationship with a troubled local woman and her young blonde child. Nicholson never believed the lead detective caught the real murderer - a mentally challenged Native American man, assumed to be the killer, was coached into a confession and was incarcerated when other similar murders were committed. Meanwhile Nicholson continues to follow leads and sees potential threats all around him.

Sean Penn is great at directing these kind of Americana movies with these kind of situations (The Indian Runner and The Crossing Guard are other good ones), and he assembled a great ensemble cast for this one filled with recognisable actors, highly memorable cameos (Mickey Rourke in a role that got his career back on track) and incredible performances; this is one of Nicholson's best roles IMO, a tour de force performance that has your eyes glued to the screen for the duration. 

It's not perfect. It's a bit meandering and rudderless for a solid chunk through the middle, it's heavy-handed and in need of a defter touch in others, and some of the story threads going through it do stretch belief at times, but I stayed away from my phone for the full two hours and my patience was rewarded with a rather brave and ballsy ending.

Watch it on Netflix. Now!


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Originally posted by Hotlips_Hoolahan Hotlips_Hoolahan wrote:

The Pledge

A Reno, Nevada detective played by Jack Nicholson delays his retirement to chase a serial killer of blonde preteen girls. The killer turns into his white whale as he becomes consumed by a promise to the latest victim's mother to bring him to justice. On finally retiring to a rural Nevada setting, Nicholson takes over a gas station and moves into the lodgings behind it while developing a relationship with a troubled local woman and her young blonde child. Nicholson never believed the lead detective caught the real murderer - a mentally challenged Native American man, assumed to be the killer, was coached into a confession and was incarcerated when other similar murders were committed. Meanwhile Nicholson continues to follow leads and sees potential threats all around him.

Sean Penn is great at directing these kind of Americana movies with these kind of situations (The Indian Runner and The Crossing Guard are other good ones), and he assembled a great ensemble cast for this one filled with recognisable actors, highly memorable cameos (Mickey Rourke in a role that got his career back on track) and incredible performances; this is one of Nicholson's best roles IMO, a tour de force performance that has your eyes glued to the screen for the duration. 

It's not perfect. It's a bit meandering and rudderless for a solid chunk through the middle, it's heavy-handed and in need of a defter touch in others, and some of the story threads going through it do stretch belief at times, but I stayed away from my phone for the full two hours and my patience was rewarded with a rather brave and ballsy ending.

Watch it on Netflix. Now!

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Originally posted by Patman Scoop Patman Scoop wrote:

Originally posted by Hotlips_Hoolahan Hotlips_Hoolahan wrote:

The Pledge

A Reno, Nevada detective played by Jack Nicholson delays his retirement to chase a serial killer of blonde preteen girls. The killer turns into his white whale as he becomes consumed by a promise to the latest victim's mother to bring him to justice. On finally retiring to a rural Nevada setting, Nicholson takes over a gas station and moves into the lodgings behind it while developing a relationship with a troubled local woman and her young blonde child. Nicholson never believed the lead detective caught the real murderer - a mentally challenged Native American man, assumed to be the killer, was coached into a confession and was incarcerated when other similar murders were committed. Meanwhile Nicholson continues to follow leads and sees potential threats all around him.

Sean Penn is great at directing these kind of Americana movies with these kind of situations (The Indian Runner and The Crossing Guard are other good ones), and he assembled a great ensemble cast for this one filled with recognisable actors, highly memorable cameos (Mickey Rourke in a role that got his career back on track) and incredible performances; this is one of Nicholson's best roles IMO, a tour de force performance that has your eyes glued to the screen for the duration. 

It's not perfect. It's a bit meandering and rudderless for a solid chunk through the middle, it's heavy-handed and in need of a defter touch in others, and some of the story threads going through it do stretch belief at times, but I stayed away from my phone for the full two hours and my patience was rewarded with a rather brave and ballsy ending.

Watch it on Netflix. Now!

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Originally posted by Patman Scoop Patman Scoop wrote:

Originally posted by Hotlips_Hoolahan Hotlips_Hoolahan wrote:

The Pledge

A Reno, Nevada detective played by Jack Nicholson delays his retirement to chase a serial killer of blonde preteen girls. The killer turns into his white whale as he becomes consumed by a promise to the latest victim's mother to bring him to justice. On finally retiring to a rural Nevada setting, Nicholson takes over a gas station and moves into the lodgings behind it while developing a relationship with a troubled local woman and her young blonde child. Nicholson never believed the lead detective caught the real murderer - a mentally challenged Native American man, assumed to be the killer, was coached into a confession and was incarcerated when other similar murders were committed. Meanwhile Nicholson continues to follow leads and sees potential threats all around him.

Sean Penn is great at directing these kind of Americana movies with these kind of situations (The Indian Runner and The Crossing Guard are other good ones), and he assembled a great ensemble cast for this one filled with recognisable actors, highly memorable cameos (Mickey Rourke in a role that got his career back on track) and incredible performances; this is one of Nicholson's best roles IMO, a tour de force performance that has your eyes glued to the screen for the duration. 

It's not perfect. It's a bit meandering and rudderless for a solid chunk through the middle, it's heavy-handed and in need of a defter touch in others, and some of the story threads going through it do stretch belief at times, but I stayed away from my phone for the full two hours and my patience was rewarded with a rather brave and ballsy ending.

Watch it on Netflix. Now!

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Saw this years ago. The Ending occasionally, randomly pops into my head every now and again. 
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Originally posted by Salzburglilly Salzburglilly wrote:

Originally posted by Patman Scoop Patman Scoop wrote:

Originally posted by Hotlips_Hoolahan Hotlips_Hoolahan wrote:

The Pledge

A Reno, Nevada detective played by Jack Nicholson delays his retirement to chase a serial killer of blonde preteen girls. The killer turns into his white whale as he becomes consumed by a promise to the latest victim's mother to bring him to justice. On finally retiring to a rural Nevada setting, Nicholson takes over a gas station and moves into the lodgings behind it while developing a relationship with a troubled local woman and her young blonde child. Nicholson never believed the lead detective caught the real murderer - a mentally challenged Native American man, assumed to be the killer, was coached into a confession and was incarcerated when other similar murders were committed. Meanwhile Nicholson continues to follow leads and sees potential threats all around him.

Sean Penn is great at directing these kind of Americana movies with these kind of situations (The Indian Runner and The Crossing Guard are other good ones), and he assembled a great ensemble cast for this one filled with recognisable actors, highly memorable cameos (Mickey Rourke in a role that got his career back on track) and incredible performances; this is one of Nicholson's best roles IMO, a tour de force performance that has your eyes glued to the screen for the duration. 

It's not perfect. It's a bit meandering and rudderless for a solid chunk through the middle, it's heavy-handed and in need of a defter touch in others, and some of the story threads going through it do stretch belief at times, but I stayed away from my phone for the full two hours and my patience was rewarded with a rather brave and ballsy ending.

Watch it on Netflix. Now!

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Exactly LOL

It was a strange one alright! 
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All Quiet on the Western Front on Netflix. Harrowing watch, 10/10
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All Quiet on the Western Front on Netflix. Harrowing watch, 10/10


I've been meaning to watch this. I might give it a go later.
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Originally posted by notpropaganda73 notpropaganda73 wrote:

All Quiet on the Western Front on Netflix. Harrowing watch, 10/10


You weren't wrong with 'harrowing". It gets 7.5/10 from me.
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Originally posted by notpropaganda73 notpropaganda73 wrote:

All Quiet on the Western Front on Netflix. Harrowing watch, 10/10
8/10 Pretty solid film and some scenes that were fairly graphic alright. It was a horrific war and when they say it was a human slaughter house they were not wrong.  Always enjoyed movies from a German point of view, Stalingrad (1993) and Downfall are stand out ones.
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Glengarry Glen Ross

One of my favourite movies. Every performance is off the charts, right down to the cameo by that actor you see in everything but probably don't know the name of, Bruce Altman. Jack Lemmon as desperate washed up salesman, Shelley "The Machine" Levene is one of my favourite movie characters, and performances, of all time. Edging out Al Pacino who's also excellent as the unscrupulous Ricky Roma. In summation, Alec Baldwin has been sent by Mitch and Murray to "motivate" a team of real estate salesmen. They're all given two leads. First place on the leaderboard by the month's end wins a Cadillac El Dorado; second place a set of steak knives; third place means you're fired.

It takes brass balls to sell real estate.
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Originally posted by Hotlips_Hoolahan Hotlips_Hoolahan wrote:

Glengarry Glen Ross

One of my favourite movies. Every performance is off the charts, right down to the cameo by that actor you see in everything but probably don't know the name of, Bruce Altman. Jack Lemmon as desperate washed up salesman, Shelley "The Machine" Levene is one of my favourite movie characters, and performances, of all time. Edging out Al Pacino who's also excellent as the unscrupulous Ricky Roma. In summation, Alec Baldwin has been sent by Mitch and Murray to "motivate" a team of real estate salesmen. They're all given two leads. First place on the leaderboard by the month's end wins a Cadillac El Dorado; second place a set of steak knives; third place means you're fired.

It takes brass balls to sell real estate.
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Midsommar

Unsettling movie reminiscent of The Wicker Man in subject matter. About an hour too long, several scenes are needlessly protracted and it's full of unnecessary camera techniques, lofty credit sequences and other directorial flourishes from someone who has clearly bought into his hype and likes the smell of his own farts. Deeply pretentious and self-indulgent, nonetheless it's an interesting treatise on grief, acceptance and the danger of indoctrination, such as the one at the center of this movie celebrating a summer solstice among a pagan cult in Sweden, which our main character was lured to with her friends under false pretences. Florence Pugh is outstanding, and our Jack Reynor is also impressive, especially in the latter stages as he believably portrays the effects of a bad acid trip/drugging. I'd say it's worth sticking with for its uncanny valley vibes, layered suspense and unsettling aesthetic. But it's not going to be for everyone. 

Florence Pugh's arse BTW. Chef's kiss 😘. Could watch her walk around in trackies or sweats all day. That girl thicc. 


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