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Title: Boyle, Danny
Post by: Ronan on February 20, 2009, 03:02:10 PM
I think he is one of the best around today even if he gets his endings wrong. What's your favourite?
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: NedMeier on February 20, 2009, 03:04:45 PM
Sunshine was such a unique film. I really love all of Boyle's movies but there is something magical about this one.
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: pixote on February 20, 2009, 03:08:15 PM
Best soundtrack of the 90s!

pixote
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: 1SO on February 20, 2009, 03:09:09 PM
I think he is one of the best around today even if he gets his endings wrong.

This applies to most of his films, but it applies most to...

Sunshine was such a unique film. I really love all of Boyle's movies but there is something magical about this one.

Sunshine was a pretty excellent movie until the final act when they introduce...

[MAJOR SPOILER]

...a man exposed to too much sunlight. Rather than fry him into ash, it turns him into a murderer and the film becomes Jason in space (which I already saw 5 years ago.)

Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: Bill Thompson on February 20, 2009, 03:12:10 PM
28 Days Later..., and it featured the perfect ending.
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: pixote on February 20, 2009, 03:16:07 PM
28 Days Later..., and it featured the perfect ending.

LOL!

pixote
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: FLYmeatwad on February 20, 2009, 03:21:17 PM
I've only seen Slumdog, so I shall not vote yet.
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: Melvil on February 20, 2009, 03:44:36 PM
Slumdog, 28 Days, Sunshine, Trainspotting. I've decided I will give Sunshine another watch at some point.
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: roujin on February 20, 2009, 04:00:27 PM
Choose life.
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: winrit on February 20, 2009, 04:04:21 PM
Sunshine baby!
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: duder on February 20, 2009, 04:47:52 PM
*raises hand*

I need to change my vote, please.
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: pixote on February 20, 2009, 05:50:51 PM
*raises hand*

I need to change my vote, please.

...and the impossible was made possible.

pixote
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: Kevin Shields on February 20, 2009, 06:09:49 PM
So far:

1. Trainspotting
2. Slumdog Millionaire
3. 28 Days Later
4. Millions
5. Sunshine
6. The Beach
7. A Life Less Ordinary

I still haven't seen Shallow Grave in its entirety and I never saw the Alien Love Trilogy.
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: gateway on February 20, 2009, 07:12:38 PM
It's a really tough choice, as I'd say Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire are all pretty much equal, and Sunshine is just barely behind those three. I'll give the slight edge to 28 Days Later, as it completely reinvented the zombie film, and is still one of the few movies that can scare me on repeat viewings.
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: Wilson on February 20, 2009, 07:14:31 PM
The one with the good ending.
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: zarodinu on February 20, 2009, 07:45:24 PM
Sunshine, can't defend it, but really love that movie.
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: FifthCityMuse on February 20, 2009, 08:34:37 PM
Sunshine just edges it out for me, but there are some mighty impressive films on that list. He certainly is a talented man, if his style doesn't put you off.
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: oneaprilday on February 20, 2009, 08:45:17 PM
Sunshine baby!
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: 'Noke on February 22, 2009, 09:04:09 AM
Sunshine baby!
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: ¡Keith! on February 22, 2009, 09:36:03 AM
Choose life.

1. Drugs & Money
2. Zombies & Murder
3. Space & Murder
4. Murder & Money
5. The thing with James Franco
6. Someone spent a lot of money on the London 2012 Opening Ceremonies
7. Saints & Money
8. India & Money & Muder
9. Amnesia & Murder
10. Beach & Murder
11. Angels (barely remember this plot but there has so be some cash problems or casual killing right?)
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: sdedalus on February 22, 2009, 02:12:29 PM
1. Trainspotting
2. Shallow Grave
3. A Life Less Ordinary
4. Slumdog Millionaire
5. The Beach
6. Sunshine
7. 28 Days Later
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: Thor on March 05, 2009, 12:54:30 PM
1. Trainspotting
2. Shallow Grave
3. A Life Less Ordinary
4. Slumdog Millionaire
5. The Beach
6. Sunshine
7. 28 Days Later

Wow. That's my list exactly, except I haven't seen Sunshine.
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: sdedalus on March 05, 2009, 02:58:17 PM
Great minds, etc.
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: FroHam X on March 05, 2009, 04:43:42 PM
Where is the love for Slumdog?
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: Tequila on March 05, 2009, 04:44:59 PM
Hiding over here (http://oscar.com/).
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: FroHam X on March 05, 2009, 04:46:01 PM
Hiding over here (http://oscar.com/).

 :'(
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: m_rturnage on March 05, 2009, 04:47:50 PM
1. Trainspotting
2. Shallow Grave
3. A Life Less Ordinary
4. Slumdog Millionaire
5. The Beach
6. Sunshine
7. 28 Days Later

I'd switch 1 and 2, but other than that agree completely.
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: 'Noke on March 05, 2009, 05:33:18 PM
Hiding over here (http://oscar.com/).
actually there's some over here (http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/reviewcomplete.asp?FID=135721)
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: THATguy on March 05, 2009, 11:35:37 PM
I haven't seen Life Less Ordinary, Shallow Grave, or Alien Love Triangle.

1. Slumdog
2. Millions
3. Trainspotting
4. 28 Days Later
5. Sunshine
6. The Beach
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: MartinTeller on October 04, 2010, 02:40:50 PM
1. Slumdog Millionaire
2. Shallow Grave
3. 28 Days Later
4. Trainspotting
5. 127 Hours
6. Sunshine
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: 'Noke on October 04, 2010, 02:42:31 PM
1. Sunshine
2. 28 Days Later
3. Slumdog Millionaire
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: Mike Shutt on October 04, 2010, 09:53:11 PM
Trainspotting is his ONLY good film.
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: oneaprilday on October 05, 2010, 12:44:48 AM
Love
Sunshine

Really like
Trainspotting
Slumdog Millionaire
Millions


Must see the others sometime (28 Days Later is on its way from Netflix right now actually).

Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: Beavermoose on October 05, 2010, 12:47:55 AM
So little love for 28 days makes me a sad beavermoose. :'(
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on October 05, 2010, 06:11:33 AM
Went 28 Days Later, but it was close for Trainspotting and Slumdog.
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: 'Noke on October 05, 2010, 06:12:33 AM
Trainspotting is his ONLY good film.

What others have you seen?
Title: Re: Directors Best - Danny Boyle
Post by: pixote on February 09, 2011, 03:30:08 PM
127 Hours is now an option.

pixote
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: Totoro on March 02, 2011, 12:53:38 AM
I listen to filmspotting...


...and yet I haven't seen Trainspotting yet.  :P
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: roujin on March 05, 2011, 05:03:45 PM
(http://i55.tinypic.com/xcqdqb.jpg)
127 Hours Danny Boyle, 2010

Franco plays some douchebag weekend warrior who ignores everyone else and goes backpacking thru some random outside place that apparently exists. After he's done macking on two chicks, he runs off all cool and stuff. Then he falls down a hole, gets stuck in a rock, and suffers. Yay! Survival! I don't think there's a sense of observation at place. When he first falls down, he struggles, he tries to devise a way to get out of here, that's all good. But then Franco is essentially buried by the editing, which is essentially makes him another object in the frame, not an actual person. His struggle is viewed at a remove and made less important (or a physical fact - you don't feel that stillness?) as we spend increasingly more time in his piss-filled water bottle or in his fantasies and memories. I suppose that would make a more entertaining film for some. Not for me. Whatever transcendence was possible at film's end was undercut by the film's fascile revelations that "people need people" or whatever. Don't get me wrong. Franco is solid. Often very good. But he's let down by Boyle. Big time.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: AAAutin on March 09, 2011, 12:25:07 AM
9.) THE BEACH
8.) 127 HOURS
7.) 28 DAYS LATER
6.) SUNSHINE
5.) A LIFE LESS ORDINARY
4.) SHALLOW GRAVE
3.) VACUUMING COMPLETELY NUDE IN PARADISE
2.) TRANCE
1.) TRAINSPOTTING
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: Antares on April 04, 2011, 02:44:43 PM
Trainspotting

Slumdog Millionaire

Millions

Sunshine


Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: Rothwyn on April 10, 2011, 02:42:29 PM
Sunshine

And he doesn't get his endings "wrong" at all.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: IDrinkYourMilkshake on June 03, 2011, 01:30:46 PM
I chose not to choose Slumdog Millionaire. I chose something else....

Trainspotting!  ;D
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: MP on June 03, 2011, 04:02:34 PM
1. Trainspotting (1996) 3/5
2. Shallow Grave (1994) 2/5
3. 127 Hours (2010) 2/5
4. The Beach (2000) 2/5
5. Slumdog Millionaire (2008) 1/5
6. Sunshine (2007) 1/5
7. 28 Days Later... (2002) 1/5
8. Millions (2004) 0/5
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: Bondo on June 03, 2011, 04:23:38 PM
 >:(

Danny Boyle is the best director ever!
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: MP on June 03, 2011, 06:09:14 PM
I always feel as if I'm too harsh on paper, but then I find myself eye-rolling and fidgeting whenever I actually sit down to watch his films. They're never without their moments, and they're always conceptually interesting, but on the whole they irritate me. I haven't seen Trainspotting or Shallow Grave in about 7 or 8 years, though, and Millions only once at an advanced screening.

I watched four quite recently, though, and this is what I wrote on them:

28 Days Later...

Boyle's last-man-alive zombie film makes fine use of an impossibly empty London, but ruins it all by shooting on ugly DV and in self-consciously askew camera angles. It's a treat for zombie film fans - here the undead run faster than any of Romero's ever did - but it isn't helped at all by an eye-rolling final third, in which a military retreat turns out to be a master trick to get women to dress up as Victorians and perform sexual acts for the neanderthal soldiers; add to this other curiosities and you have an all-flash Boyle special: Cillian Murphy is allowed to speak Irish but Brendan Gleeson has to act his way through a bad Cockney impression; the lass playing his daughter puts in the worst performance seen in a British film this century; worst of all, Danny Boyle is a needle-dropper, and equates post-rock with thoughtful, empty streets and Brian Eno's 'Ascent' (which had already found its material match in For All Mankind and provided a suitably hopeful ending to Soderbergh's Traffic) with abandoned English motorways.

Sunshine

Sigh… This sci-fi opens well, never quite giving us much to care for in terms of the cosmic significance of a failing sun, which might sound like a pitfall but it actually aids character and whatever technical potential might have drawn Boyle to the project in the first place - it certainly looks nice, and the whole thing has a slickness familiar to a spaceship setting such as this. But the second half nosedives into a clumsy, half-hearted thriller that goes nowhere and makes even less sense than it initially suggested. It goes from a half-engaging and -original film into something frankly rather dull, though it's of note for not being laden with obnoxious musical choices.

The Beach

Boyle's postcard thriller is a cautionary tale and an exciting adventure in equal measure, beginning with clips of Apocalypse Now and a shot of a revolving ceiling fan; its second half recalls Coppola's film and the Conrad novella from which it was taken even more, with DiCaprio - compelling as ever - turning half mad in an extended sequence that allows for the director's usual quirky visual gimmickry (here, our protagonist's world and descent into a heart of darkness becomes a video game, almost as if Boyle wants all of his films to echo the popular trends going at the time). It seems only half successful at whatever it attempts - here a travel story, here a sexy drama, here a traumatic horror, and so on - and doesn't quite combine its differing elements convincingly.

And I reviewed 127 Hours here (http://idfilm.blogspot.com/2011/01/127-hours.html).
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: Bill Thompson on June 03, 2011, 08:32:47 PM
Yeah, I'm going to disagree with all the hyperbole you used to describe 28 Days Later....
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: MP on June 03, 2011, 08:37:30 PM
Yeah, I wrote it very soon after it had finished, so my reaction was strong.

In retrospect, I'm not sure if Gleason's on-screen daughter gives the worst performance this century.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: StudentOFilm on November 07, 2011, 01:54:49 PM
Judging by some of your rankings, this could go in the unpopular opinion thread...

1. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
2. 127 Hours (2010)
3. Trainspotting (1996)
4. 28 Days Later (2002)
5. Sunshine (2007)
6. Millions (2004)
7. Shallow Grave (1994)
8. A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
9. The Beach (2000)
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: Bondo on November 19, 2011, 04:17:30 PM
28 Days Later 5/5
Trainspotting 5/5
Sunshine 5/5
Slumdog Millionaire 4/5
127 Hours 4/5
Shallow Grave 4/5
Millions 4/5
A Life Less Ordinary 3/5
Strumpet 3/5
The Beach 2/5
Vacuuming Completely Nude In Paradise 1/5
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: mousterpiece on December 06, 2011, 11:38:54 AM
1. Millions
2. 28 Days Later
3. Tranispotting
4. 127 Hours
5. Sunshine
6. Slumdog Millionaire
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: Bondo on December 06, 2011, 12:11:46 PM
Not sure how you like those but you've got all of my top 7 accounted for except Shallow Grave, so if you are a fan of Boyle's, you should check that one out.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: mousterpiece on December 06, 2011, 12:37:38 PM
Yeah, I've always been curious about Shallow Grave, but outside of Millions, I don't love Boyle's work (and I straight-up loathe Slumdog).
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: smirnoff on December 06, 2011, 05:29:58 PM
The Beach is a wicked fun ride, yall. Into the Wild meets Gosford Park! Say goodbye to boredom, say hello to Boyledom.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: oldkid on December 16, 2011, 08:30:05 PM
I think my list is the real unpopular thread one.

Favorite:
Millions

Very Good:
Sunshine
Slumdog Millionaire

Okay:
Trance
Trainspotting
127 Hours

Uninspired:
28 Days Later
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny
Post by: 1SO on January 02, 2013, 01:57:07 AM
1. Trainspotting
2. T2 Trainspotting
3. 28 Days Later...
4. Morse - "Masonic Mysteries"
5. 127 Hours
6. Steve Jobs
7. Yesterday
8. Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise
9. The Beach
10. Slumdog Millionaire
11. Shallow Grave
12. Trance
13. Sunshine
14. Millions
15. A Life Less Ordinary
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: Totoro on July 23, 2013, 05:18:42 AM
28 Days Later (B+)
Trainspotting (C+)
127 Hours (C)
The Beach (C)
Slumdog Millionaire (C-)

Eh. I could take him or leave him.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: verbALs on February 16, 2014, 06:55:17 AM
1. Sunshine
2. Trainspotting
3. 28 Days Later
4. Slumdog Millionaire
5. Shallow Grave
6. Trance

When people criticise the last third of Sunshine, I wonder if they watched the first two thirds. That's a great top 5.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: jascook on June 27, 2014, 08:20:59 PM
Slumdog Millionaire:  6/10
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: roujin on August 12, 2014, 05:27:36 PM
1. Trainspotting (1996)

The Beach (1999)
28 Days Later... (2002)
Sunshine (2007)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
127 Hours (2010)
Trance (2013)
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: DarkeningHumour on May 12, 2015, 05:49:44 PM
1. Trainspotting (I seem to remember it inspired some podcast's name...)
2. Sunshine (smart, beautiful, what more can one say ?)
3. Shallow Grave (I don't get the negative reviews à la Roger Ebert, it's a great movie)
4. Trance (a very good thriller by any account, even if it never goes beyond being entertaining)
5. Slumdog (meh...)
Millions
127 Hours


Considering I still have a few to watch, I think this makes for a pretty decent top 5. Boyle is a mostly underrated director as far as I'm concerned.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: Junior on May 12, 2015, 05:51:16 PM
You gotta check out 127 Hours. One of the most intense movies I've ever seen.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: DarkeningHumour on May 12, 2015, 05:53:25 PM
I did see it, it's just not in my top 5. It obviously didn't agree with me (or I didn't agree with it, whichever).
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: Junior on May 12, 2015, 05:54:19 PM
Oh. Well, no accounting for taste, eh? Anyways, anybody who has Sunshine in a top spot is good enough for me.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: DarkeningHumour on May 12, 2015, 05:56:51 PM
Oh good, I was afraid we would have to do battle to determine the rightful authority on Boyle, Highlander style. I haven't been brushing up on my Scottish accent so that would not have done.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: Junior on May 12, 2015, 05:59:56 PM
I, on the other hand, have an impeccable Spanish accent, so I probably would have won.

(https://joeartistwriter.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/highlander-ramirezpromo.jpg)
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: DarkeningHumour on May 13, 2015, 03:12:07 AM
A French accent trumps a Spanish one, surely ?
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: Paul Phoenix on June 16, 2015, 01:35:30 AM
Trainspotting
28 Days Later
Slumdog Millionaire


Same case with Ridley Scott. I like zombies a lot. I like the movie that gave zombies steroids a lot more. Trainspotting's still a much better movie (the contrast in quality between these two is far bigger than the one between Alien and BR, naturally).
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny
Post by: jmbossy on October 28, 2015, 11:51:17 PM
4.5 Stars
127 Hours
Steve Jobs
4 Stars
28 Days Later
Sunshine
Trainspotting
3.5 Stars
Trance
3 Stars
Slumdog Millionaire


Turns out I like Boyle a decent amount. Not the most consistent director, but he's definitely thrilling in his own way. I imagine this is how people with inner children feel about Wes Anderson.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny
Post by: DarkeningHumour on October 29, 2015, 02:13:30 AM
This means you have no inner child ?
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny
Post by: jmbossy on November 04, 2015, 05:38:12 PM
This means you have no inner child ?

The evidence suggests not.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: chardy999 on March 16, 2016, 09:51:47 PM
Slumdog Millionaire
Trance
28 Days Later
Trainspotting
The Beach
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny
Post by: Corndog on March 29, 2016, 01:42:15 PM
1. Slumdog Millionaire (4)
2. 127 Hours (3.5)
3. Steve Jobs (3.5)
4. Sunshine (3)
5. Trainspotting (2.5)
6. The Beach (2.5)
7. Trance (2)
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: DarkeningHumour on March 29, 2016, 11:18:34 PM

Trainspotting
Sunshine
Shallow Grave
Steve Jobs
Trance
5. Slumdog Millionaire
Millions
127 Hours

Title: Re: Boyle, Danny - Director's Best
Post by: IDrinkYourMilkshake on February 22, 2017, 07:40:52 PM

3. Tranispotting


Begbie had a problem with this.


Trainspotting

Shallow Grave
Steve Jobs
Sunshine
T2 Trainspotting
(though I'm still mulling it over, and need a second viewing)
127 Hours

28 Days Later
Slumdog Millionaire
Trance

A Life Less Ordinary
The Beach
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny
Post by: philip918 on February 23, 2017, 05:51:47 PM
28 Days Later
Sunshine
Trainspotting
Slumdog Millionaire
127 Hours
The Beach
Trance
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny
Post by: Teproc on August 28, 2017, 03:15:50 PM
Steve Jobs
28 Days Later...
Slumdog Millionaire
Trainspotting


Been a while since I've seen Slumdog though.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny
Post by: Will on August 29, 2017, 02:32:44 AM
Trainspotting 9/10
Shallow Grave 8/10
Steve Jobs 7/10
Trainspotting 2 7/10
Slumdog Millionaire 7/10
Sunshine 7/10
127 Hours 6/10
The Beach 6/10

Average: 7.1

I don't love his style but his stories are always fascinating.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny
Post by: DarkeningHumour on August 29, 2017, 06:22:43 AM
Am I the only one who hears Danny Boy in his head everytime he sees Danny Boyle's name?
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny
Post by: Knocked Out Loaded on September 27, 2017, 01:04:09 PM
The Beach, 40°
28 Days Later, 40°
Sunshine, 30°
127 Hours, 30°
Trainspotting, 25°
Slumdog Millionaire, 20°
Trance, 15°
A Life Less Ordinary, 10°
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny
Post by: smirnoff on September 28, 2017, 10:52:10 PM
Am I the only one who hears Danny Boy in his head everytime he sees Danny Boyle's name?

It is common (http://forum.filmspotting.net/index.php?topic=1028.msg430194#msg430194).

The image was the part where the film goes full video game, in case you're wondering.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny
Post by: 1SO on February 25, 2018, 07:05:40 PM
(https://imgur.com/Xsg45fT.jpg)
T2 Trainspotting (2017)

This movie's existence is a minor miracle, the continuation of a story that needed no furthering, made by the original people who aren't doing it to regain commercial credibility. Danny Boyle attempts to recapture lightning in a bottle, and he mostly succeeds by admitting it's not possible. Everyone is older, more experienced, they're just not the same people. Boyle uses that to create a cool remix of the original film's core elements, one that evokes the first film enough but doesn't ignore all the wisdom and new technology gained in the time off. Visually, this is one of the best looking films that doesn't try to hide its digital look. (This has the texture Michael Mann has been trying for without all his low grade graininess.) Look at the cool way the artificial colors pop in a shot that's only there to establish location.

(https://imgur.com/JVdpIg4.jpg)

Have you ever seen a car look like it could just disappear in a ghostly stream of light?

(https://imgur.com/24fVtHL.jpg)


I don't know how to even get into the substance of the film, which is overly-reliant on montages but also dense enough to be good for a dozen discussions. I keep coming back to the way Boyle ties everything to the first film, not just continuing the story but sometimes folding back into reflection of why certain things happened. It's a nostalgia trip that pulls every emotion but nostalgia. They were the best of times and the worst of times and the demons of the past are still demons. Older and wiser doesn't always add up to being a better person.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ - Very Good

I was going to mention as a negative that I don't see myself re-watching this one like I did with Trainspotting, but I've seen this twice this weekend. I might be slightly dazzled by just how well made it is. Danny Boyle's abilities are incredibly strong right now.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny
Post by: DarkeningHumour on March 07, 2018, 05:58:56 AM
I couldn't disagree more. That movie made me depressed. It's up there in the list of the Most 2017 Movies.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny
Post by: 1SO on September 05, 2019, 11:16:25 PM
"Masonic Mysteries" (1990)
★ ★ ★ - Very Good
While I think I'm pretty knowledgeable about Danny Boyle, I forget his extensive television work before Shallow Grave. This is an episode of the BBC series Inspector Morse, often cited as the best of the series. It's easy to see why. I love a good Moriarty story, where our hero finally meets his intellectual equal. After stumbling onto a murder scene, all clues point to Morse, but we know it can't be him and follow the hunt for a master criminal jailed by the Detective. While this is a consistently good series, Boyle's talent puts this one on a whole other level, up there with the best of Sherlock. While it's still television and can't compete with his cinematic style, the hyper-edits are present along with some clever suspense scenes, surprises that pop more than any other time in the series and the clever casting of similar-looking people that muddy the suspects. It's worth mentioning that Ian McDiarmid is one of those people, and while his voice is distinct, its tone is shared by the rest of the suspects. Really well done.

Except for one line of dialogue referenced in the Pilot, this episode stands completely on its own if you choose to watch it.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny
Post by: smirnoff on September 08, 2019, 11:29:11 PM
Nice deep dive. I'm impressed that it had something to offer. There isn't much 90's television that holds up, is there?
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny
Post by: 1SO on September 09, 2019, 10:33:43 AM
There isn't much 90's television that holds up, is there?
This is a Thread worth of discussion because I could give you lists of Individual TV episodes and TV Movies, like Pirates of Silicon Valley. It may seem like Television isn't as quality as movies, but if you factor in the thousands of terrible films, percentages come out about equal.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 09, 2019, 11:06:26 AM
Star Trek was pretty good in the '90s.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny
Post by: Teproc on September 09, 2019, 11:11:46 AM
The West Wing, ER and the Sopranos all started in the 90s.
Title: Re: Boyle, Danny
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on September 10, 2019, 02:27:40 AM
RE: TV shows of the 1990s
Buffy; and Jonathon Creek both still stand up (watched a lot of them again a couple of years ago). I have not revisited Twin Peaks, but I would not be surprised if it stood up. Same for Vicar of Dibley; Midsomer Murders; Pie in the Sky; and Cracker. (I must admit I do enjoy my murder mysteries)

I doubt ones like Drop the Dead Donkey and Spitting Image (1984 to 2014) do, but they were very topical comedies, based a lot on current (even the week of release) affairs.

RE: Masonic Mysteries

I watched this a couple of nights ago and it was a good episode, but my memory of the show has the episode being not any different to usual. Still I should probably watch some other episodes to see where memory and reality diverge. John Thaw was very watchable, he had a nice set of shows covering law and order. His was the "Gov" in The Sweeney (Inspector in the flying squad, a serious crimes division),  then Inspector Morse; then Kavanagh QC (barrister). I really should watch some of the old episodes of The Sweeney again, great TV.