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Old 09-13-2019, 02:04 PM   #8051
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Plague of Zombies (1966)

"I find all kinds of witchcraft slightly nauseating and this I find absolutely disgusting."

Got this Hammer horror from Netflix and then remembered I had seen it, but it was worth the re-watch. Revolves around a mystery of Cornish Voodoo.


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Stir of Echoes (1999)

"It doesn't surprise me that there's another woman. Of course, the fact that she's dead gives one pause."

Fight Club (1999)

"This is your life and it's ending one minute at a time."

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...I could see why it didn't do well at the time, it's about miserable bad characters doing miserable bad things. I believe it's failure was in part because it was originally supposed to be released in 1981, but the company that made it, went bankrupt, or something.
Yep. I only really got into it when I let go of trying to identify or sympathize with the main characters. At that point, I could see the satire and the critique of celebrity culture that could lead to stalking and other dangerous obsessions.
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Old 09-13-2019, 02:18 PM   #8052
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Yep. I only really got into it when I let go of trying to identify or sympathize with the main characters. At that point, I could see the satire and the critique of celebrity culture that could lead to stalking and other dangerous obsessions.
Yeah. It's great look at obsession, and Rupert Pumpkin is such a fascinating figure to follow too. One of those "I wanna be famous", mama boys! It's also one of those movies you appreciate more and more on rewatch as well.
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Old 09-14-2019, 12:26 PM   #8053
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The Polka King (2017)

"Mr. Lewan, do you know why I'm here?
-No, but I so happy to have you because we never get black person here, except UPS lady."

Netflix movie based on a real-life Polka band leader who started a Ponzi scheme and was eventually convicted. It presents it in a way that he had great intentions (like to pay his band) but caught up in stupidity and a cycle of lies. Good watch. I'm not particularly a Jack Black fan, but I also don't hate him and once in a while a role of his stands out like this.

Fury of the Wolfman (1972)

"You have to promise to act like a real man."

A Paul Naschy werewolf flick for the full moon. And for the date:

Friday the 13th: Part 2 (1981)

"What's brown and sits on a piano?"
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Old 09-15-2019, 02:27 AM   #8054
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Just realized you saw Plague of the Zombies, Space Cop. Damn good film.


Dr. Seuss's The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)

"I don't think the piano is my instrument."

A young boy being forced to learn piano by a horrible teacher falls asleep (again) and dreams he is trapped in a bizarre world of terrible music. Story, sets, and music by Seuss himself.

I caught this thing playing on the TV in the dementia ward, and saw the channel icon pop up so I later checked their schedule and voila, this gem was discovered. My dad had never heard of it either.

The main character, Bart (Tommy Rettig), is a reluctant student of a prestigious piano teacher, Dr. Terwilliker (Hans Conried, who gave me the impression of Peter Cushing). Bart's mother (Mary Healy) disapproves of the plumber (Peter Lind Hayes) telling Bart that Dr. T is running a music racket and is a fraud. Rettig has a bad habit of nodding of, and when he does so a second time, he imagines being trapped in the Terwilliker Institute, where Dr. T is a power-crazed maniac who wants 100 boys to play his best song on a gigantic piano.

I can't even begin to describe this film. The set is like an Escher drawing, the songs come in every variety, there are dance fights, there are real-life twin roller skaters with a conjoined beard, there's a dungeon for non-piano players (which has an AMAZING musical performance), there are separate piano instruction books for both the left and right hands, and more. My dad thought the film was totally mental, and I agree, but holy shit was this a sight to behold. Hans Conried was the best performance in the film, absolutely hilarious, and it's a shame the producer Stanley Kramer reshot the beginning, because "Dr. T. was not Bart's personal piano teacher, he was simply the author of a musical instruction book. In that version, Bart doodles on the picture of Dr. T on the front of the book, which then comes to life and pulls him into a dream world. Hans Conried was vehemently opposed to the new scene, feeling Kramer was robbing the story of some of its fantasy element by making Dr. T. a real-world character." (IMDB)

Also, this hysterical bit of trivia: According to Dr. Seuss, the film's creator and co-writer, one of the 150 boys vomited on the piano while filming. This caused a chain reaction and they were left with 150 vomiting boys. Dr. Seuss said that the film's reviews were similar.

Oh, and the dungeon's second floor has a jewelry department.

Highly recommend.
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Sunset Song (2015)

"Her heart would beat in this land."

Watched it because it's a Scottish period piece, but so depressing.

Looker (1981)

"Hi. I'm Cindy. I'm the perfect female type: 18-25. I'm here to sell for you."

A Michael Chrichton-written and directed thriller where LA plastic surgeon Albert Finney investigates the fact that patients of his are mysteriously dying and happen to work for a state-of-the-art company that is digitally storing and recreating their images. Interesting prediction of some things that are common now.



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Yep. Can't believe I forgot it, but that was probably because I watched it on TCM (with my mother) or something and therefore didn't have the record on Netflix. I realized it like a minute in and was certain within three minutes, but figured it was good enough to re-watch before returning.
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Old 09-16-2019, 02:30 PM   #8056
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The main character, Bart (Tommy Rettig), is a reluctant student of a prestigious piano teacher, Dr. Terwilliker (Hans Conried, who gave me the impression of Peter Cushing).
Tommy Rettig had a fairly short life and wasn't involved in movies or television for long, but he was a very interesting and intelligent guy. There are some excellent interviews with him posted online.

The cheesy Timmy episodes of Lassie with Jon Provost are the ones that everyone has seen, but the Jeff episodes with Rettig are much better, largely because of him and producer-writer Robert Maxwell.

Rettig stood 5'4" as an adult, which made him difficult to cast, so he moved into software engineering and had a very successful career there.

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[Rifftrax:] The Happening (2008)

"It's okay, movie, we'll wait."

A Howling in the Woods (1971)

"I've never seen a clothes horse before."

Alright TV-movie mystery about a woman who goes back to her childhood home during a separation from her husband only to find out she's getting the cold shoulder from the town, who is covering up something. Notable for reuniting Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman right after I Dream of Jeanie (unrelated) ended. [Free on Youtube.]
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In watching Rettig's early episodes of Lassie, I realized that Claire Kennedy was a first-rate writer. I had trouble finding any information about her online, but finally discovered that this was a pen name that Robert Maxwell used.
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Alien Arrival [aka Arrowhead] (2016)

"Sometimes you have to break something to make it better."

Timecop (1994)

"He must have read my mind.
-The way you speak English, he'd have to."

Turned 25 last night. Pretty sure I saw this in theater. Fun. They could've done a little more with the time travel. Too much of it takes place in '94 DC.
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Marvel's the Avengers



"We've got a Hulk"


Was thinking about doing an Avengers week, so naturally, we start with this one...
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Out for Justice (1991)

"Who's this one over here?
-Which one?
The one with nipples you could dial a phone with."

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Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)

"Professional assassination is the highest form of public service."

I liked this, but it felt like it didn't know where to be tonally---action adventure or comedy. And while those two can be successfully merged (a la True Lies), this felt more like it oscillated between the two. For instance, it's supposed to be a very light adventure, but this organization totally kidnapped "Remo," destroyed his life, and then threaten to murder him if he doesn't kill without question. And those are the good guys that we're supposed to joke about?

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Perhaps a little long (2h1m) but a decent way to pass the time. My dad hated the synth music though.
The running time was definitely too long. There's a fair amount that can be cut. Oddly enough, I thought the soundtrack was a strength (though slightly derivative), especially the theme.

Over all, the training stuff is the best part of the film. The Remo/Chiun relationship is the most interesting.
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Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015





"Guy's multiplying faster than a Catholic rabbit."


Not too long ago, I saw a bayhaters meme of Ultron and Megatron from TLK. Now I totally see the resemblance. Heh.


In the movie timeline, I was wondering if there were too many other franchises installments that would
D make it hard to connect the first 2 avengers films, but much to my surprise, they tag team quite nicely. I'm also curious if the same can be said for the time between Ultron and Infinity War. We shall see.
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Attack of the Beast Creatures (1985)

"What were those things?"

Really bad, low-budget flick where castaways are stranded on a mysterious island that includes acid pools and little killer creatures that look like rejected concepts for the Zuni doll in Trilogy of Terror. [They're sort of cute in a pathetic way.] The tautological title also humorously reminds me of the bit in The Simpsons where the studio execs proudly explain their reasoning behind titling their show Police Cops.

Masters of the Universe (1987)

"What the hell is that?"
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