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Old 06-21-2020, 07:55 PM   #8526
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Backtrack (2015)

"I wouldn't be bringing this up if I didn't think it was crazy myself."

Brody plays a psychiatrist in Australia who recently lost a daughter to an accident and now is going crazy or seeing ghosts leading him to uncover a mystery. Better than I expected.

Desierto (2016)

"Welcome to the land of the free."

Follows border jumpers as they're hunted by a guy (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) over the edge.

Fast Company (1979)

"What are you gonna do now?
-We will enjoy our life.
Yes, at least for one week."

An uncharacteristic early Cronenberg film, which is not body horror but instead covers a midsize drag racing team dealing with corporate politics, rivals, and relationships. Stars William Smith and John Saxon.
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How was Scorpion's Revenge? Thinking about getting it outright since Netflix decided not to have it for disc or streaming, it's save only.
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Old 06-25-2020, 02:25 PM   #8528
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Chisum (1970)

"You know, there's an old saying, Miss Sally. There's no law west of Dodge and no God west of the Pecos. Right, Mr. Chisum?
-Wrong, Mr. Pepper. Because no matter where people go, sooner or later there's the law. And sooner or later they find God's already been there."

Watched for its 50th anniversary yesterday.

Kenny & Co. (1976)

"I sure am a dummy."

Don Coscarelli's second movie and the one before Phantasm (which it shares 4 actors with, IIRC). It's just a slice-of-life flick for tween boys in mid-70s suburbia. Alright.

D.C. Cab (1983)

"Why don't you get off the street and get a decent job?
-Cause I need the bread!
Then get a job at the bakery."

R.I.P. Joel Schumacher, for whom this was his second feature. Not hilarious and the plot is loose until the 3rd act (rather like a Police Academy movie), but fun. Adam Baldwin (Animal Mother from Full Metal Jacket or Jayne from Firefly) decides to break into the cabbie business at his uncle's service in the capitol, but they're full of characters (like Mr. T) and about the worst in town. So, an underdog comedy.

I actually meant to watch Robocop 2 for its 30th anniversary, but my VCR (which I trashed today) ate the tape (and another I was willing to test) and it's not on Netflix or Tubi.


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It's worth the purchase. It's not perfect, but it's the most true to source so far in MK depictions if you're looking for the combination of story and hardcore violence (including x-ray style kills). Has a decent number of special features too (like 45 mins or something). I got mine (BD/DVD combo) for $18 at Walmart. Seemed reasonable.
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Old 06-25-2020, 09:55 PM   #8529
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William Smith was a big, scary guy.

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Jojo Rabbit.

A lot less funny than the trailers made it look, but an absolutely stunning movie. Stephen Merchant as the Gestapo guy is absolutely terrifying. Sam Rockwell is amazing as usual. And the girl whose name I forgot is an epiphany. She has a huge career ahead of her.
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[Rifftrax:] Wonder Women (1973/2015)

"Guys, is this movie kind of stupid?"

Geostorm (2017)

"Thank the Mexican."

Neruda (2016)

"Communists hate working. They'd rather burn churches."

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William Smith was a big, scary guy.
In the features, he talked about loving to play the baddie (which wasn't the case here).
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Old 06-27-2020, 12:14 PM   #8532
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One of the first westerns I ever truly enjoyed, and it's only gotten better with age. The Estevez brothers are both pretty solid, and this is probably my second favorite role for Keifer Sutherland, plus Terrance Stamp is always a win.
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Hunt to Kill (2010)

"This is going to suck."

For a direct-to-DVD flick starring a wrestler it's good enough for a watch . . . or a skip.

Click (2006)

"Once again, Michael left Donna in bed, confused and unsatisfied.
-Shut up, James Earl Jones!"

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One of the first westerns I ever truly enjoyed, and it's only gotten better with age. The Estevez brothers are both pretty solid, and this is probably my second favorite role for Keifer Sutherland, plus Terrance Stamp is always a win.
I like that one (and the sequel), but I’ve always been pretty fond of Westerns in general. It overlaps with the movie I watched this week for its anniversary (Chisum). Both cover the death of Tunstall, the real life event that sparked the Lincoln County Cattle War and most likely the event that pushed Billy the Kid into full outlaw status (though some stuff I’ve read about him make me think he may have been a sociopath anyway).
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Old 06-28-2020, 11:06 PM   #8534
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The Post (2017)

"'In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.' "

God, this film was brilliant. I'm not much into Vietnam films (or even scenes), and thankfully the beginning of this was fairly quick so the rest of the story could be told. The acting, scripting, camerawork, so much of this was so well done that I'm going to have to make sure to get this for myself one day.
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The Duchess (2008)

"This will be the mistake of your life.
-No, I made that many years ago."

Better than I expected, though not great. Chronicles the unhappy marriage of real-life Georgian-era Lady Georgiana Cavendish.

Automata (2014)

"To die, you have to be alive first."

Shares a lot of concepts from I, Robot; Bladerunner, etc, but done well especially for a smallish indie.
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Not as good as the first, but still a solid movie with an interesting wrap around.
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Summer Rental (1985)

"Well, you can't win 'em all!
-But you'd like to win one, right?
One would be nice."

R.I.P. Carl Reiner, who directed.

Unfriended: Dark Web (2018)

"It is game night."

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Not as good as the first one, but certainly more realistic and unsettling.
I think if it didn't carry the "Unfriended" title, it would've been better.
I actually liked it more, but that probably is solely due to the realistic and unsettling factors you mention. And although I predicted the body count, I did not
see the overall twist coming, though I should've since I multiple times I thought things like 'these guys wouldn't lose a laptop or fail to listen in.'
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Fantastic tear jerking drama with a poignant message.
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Airplane! (1980)

"Captain, how soon can you land?
-I can't tell.
You can tell me. I'm a doctor.
-No. I mean I'm just not sure.
Well, can't you take a guess?
-Well, not for another two hours."
You can't take a guess for another two hours?"

Happy 40th to one of my favorite comedies.

Julie & Julia (2009)

"I have to murder and dismember a crustacean."

Just watched this because it was expiring on Instant Netflix and I remember the Oscar buzz and such. Liked it more than I expected considering I'm not particularly a Julia Child fan or too big into rom coms.
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Looks like I'm watching Airplane! this weekend.
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London Has Fallen (2016)

"What are you made of?
-Bourbon and poor choices, sir."

[Rifftrax:] Honor and Glory (1993/2016)

"I think this movie just failed the Turing test."

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I probably watched within the past year or so, but it was a good excuse anyway.
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Fantastic stage production committed to film. Disappointed that Disney chose to censor some of the lyrics (they just can't have them F-words on their family service), but at least most of them weren't overly noticeable. I really hope they release it on BD with the full audio intact.
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The Tourist (2010)

"You wish to report a murder.
-Attempted murder.
That's not so serious.
-Not when you downgrade it from murder. But when you upgrade it from room service, it's quite serious."

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Disney+ censors? Do the Marvel movies have censored bits?
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Disney+ censors? Do the Marvel movies have censored bits?
I don't think so, but I haven't watched them on there, so I can't be sure. There are other films that have been censored, though, I do know that. I imagine anything that had the F-word fully spoken will have it dropped, now, so a few of the X-Men films are sure to be censored once they're all put on there. And anything with any amount of nudity has has it removed or covered up.
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Top Gun (1986)

"And if you screw up just this much, you'll be flying a cargo plane full of rubber dog s**t out of Hong Kong!"

Wanted to watch this again because (1) I recently upgraded it from VHS to BD; (2) Rental Reviews (now sadly on indefinite hiatus) covered it a couple weeks ago; and (3) I downloaded the Rifftrax for it but wanted to watch it clean again (it had been several years) before that.
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Death Wish (2018)

"Stick to saving lives. You're good at it."

The 1974 original with Bronson may indeed hold up to this day (and I say that as someone who watched it), but the remake is not to be easily dismissed. I honestly feel, for example, that the police procedure is better spotlighted in the remake whereas in the original it did not receive such treatment, which is not necessarily a weakness of the original but it is a strength of the remake (especially being that the remake has decades of police TV shows that the audience is now familiar with and loves to see).

We do get a convincing story as to how Willis goes from being a mere doctor and family man to a vengeance-driven killer. He doesn't play an unstoppable badass but at times makes mistakes and even doubts himself. Vincent D'onofrio plays a great second to Willis here, and it's a relief seeing him in a role other than Bobby Goren or Wilson Fisk. The detectives were also good.

I remember this getting billed as an action film, really it should have been marketed as a desperate man film. The beginning of the trailer, where the radio host says "We got to talk about what's happening in Chicago" is at the beginning of the film but isn't about Willis like the trailer made it appear, and I think that was a missed opportunity.

The action, though, was satisfying. We get Willis in a hoodie with a gun, as Plainclothes Punisher as it gets, no costume or catchphrase and everything said about him being the "Grim Reaper" (including the memes, which were kinda funny) is from the public, blown up even more so than the Vigilante from the original.

I know remakes have a bad reputation most of the time, and often with good reason, but that isn't the case here. Story is cohesive and well-executed, and performances are to be commended. Film deserves praise, it really does.
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Ollie Hopnoodle's Have of Bliss (1988)

"For crying out loud."

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Death Wish (2018) . . . The 1974 original with Bronson may indeed hold up to this day (and I say that as someone who watched it), but the remake is not to be easily dismissed. I honestly feel, for example, that the police procedure is better spotlighted in the remake whereas in the original it did not receive such treatment, which is not necessarily a weakness of the original but it is a strength of the remake (especially being that the remake has decades of police TV shows that the audience is now familiar with and loves to see). . .
Yeah, I liked the remake. I gotta pick it up some day. It's the only one of the series I don't own. It's interesting that in the original film series the second one took the approach of Paul actually tracking down the responsible parties (not just criminals in general); it seems more like satisfying the audience.

BTW: if you've never seen it, the author's sequel (which I have yet to read) was also adapted as a movie (Death Sentence) starring Kevin Bacon. I'd say it's even darker, but it plays as a one off.
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Vincent D'onofrio plays a great second to Willis here, and it's a relief seeing him in a role other than Bobby Goren or Wilson Fisk. The detectives were also good.
You should watch the newest remake of The Magnificent Seven.
His character in it is unlike anything else I've ever seen him in.
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An American Werewolf in London (1981)

"A naked American man stole my balloons."

My full-moon pick this month. Seemed in keeping with the holiday too since an American kills a bunch of Brits.
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You should watch the newest remake of The Magnificent Seven.
His character in it is unlike anything else I've ever seen him in.
The one with Denzel, or is there a third one I don't know about? I saw the one with Denzel but it's been a while.

edit -- Just remembered which character he was. Yeah, he was very good in that role.
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