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Old 08-29-2018, 05:50 AM   #7351
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My Crazy Rich Asians review.

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Silent Rage (1982)

"I don't care if he killed 100 people! We are scientists; not moralists!"

Indigenous (2014)

"This is not a joke."

An actual chupacabra movie, though said monster isn't just a sheep killer here, of course. Alright.
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...Oh god, I remember that film.
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MST3K: Fugitive Alien (1986/1991)

"He's in more trouble than Hudson Hawk at the box office!"

MST3K: Star Force [Fugitive Alien 2] (1986/1991)

"All quiet on the boring front."


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It scared the crap out of me as a kid (my dad let me watch it too young).
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Old 09-02-2018, 03:55 AM   #7355
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Constantine (2005)

"Sonny, I've got a whole theme park full of red delights for you."

Found this to be pretty interesting, though it did make me wish for a more visually-appropriate actor to play the lead (I'm not a Hellblazer fan, never have been, but I think it would have been a nice move all the same for him to at least wear the trench coat). Keanu did fine, came across as a cynical dick, just fine and all.

I liked the plot, this murder mystery with major inter-planar religious involvement, end-of-the-world shit. The film had a helluva visual flair.

And I found the actors very appropriate (aside from John not looking like John, as mentioned above). I think Peter Stormare, for all his brief appearance at the end, really stole the show, but Tilda Swinton's Gabriel was a perfectly-played bitch.

Overall, very pleased I finally took the chance to see this. My dad was in disbelief I hadn't yet, and I was surprised at his surprise (he mentioned he's seen it on TV on and off, but the intensity was always drained by the commercials and it's already 2h1m long).
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Old 09-02-2018, 04:42 PM   #7356
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Dead of Night (1977)

"Ha ha, Mommy! You gotta find me!"

A TV horror anthology movie from Dan Curtis (creator of Dark Shadows). It was alright.

The Pelican Brief (1993)

"So you're the little lady who started this great brouhaha."
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Old 09-02-2018, 07:56 PM   #7357
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Really good stuff. Given the subject matter it's quite funny at points as well. For a two hour plus film, the pacing is great. One of Lee's best.
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Old 09-05-2018, 03:25 AM   #7358
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

"Absolutely I will not interfere!"

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"Does it concern you that your daughter's just run away from home?
-That's a loaded question."

This is expiring on Instant Netflix and yesterday I was thinking I wasn't in the right mood for a Wes Anderson movie, but it was so good (except for the kind of uncomfortable suggestion of pubescent sexuality).
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Old 09-05-2018, 06:30 AM   #7359
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BlacKKklansman Review

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Boogie Nights (1997)

"You know this is the film I want them to remember me by."

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

"In L.A. we call that look Nickelodeon Chique."

I didn't intend to do a double feature yesterday on the making of porn movies. The former was the only Burt Reynolds flick I could stream on Netflix and the latter Smith movie (which is actually quite charming despite the vulgarity) turned 10.
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Old 09-09-2018, 02:24 AM   #7361
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011)

"Rodrick, you want to explain to me what you're doing in this picture?"
"...That's not me."
"That's not you, huh?"
"...Nope."

I'm a little surprised that this came out so long ago, because I remember when it first hit theaters and I wanted to check it out. Only took seven goddamn years!

I never read the books nor saw the first film (or any film other than this one). My first attempt at watching this was partially successful, because I got to watch the first half, but then the DVD stopped being readable (disc must have been slightly damaged or something, player couldn't do anything other than spit it out), so I mailed it back to Netflix and forgot about it for years.

Recently another member of my comic shop said he wanted to get rid of a ton of DVDs and Blu-rays he had, so he brought in a bag full of them and me and the store clerk took everything between ourselves. This meant I gained a Blu-ray of Wimpy 2, and when Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers came in the mail today and I found the disc was cracked in half, I made a substitution for tonight's viewing with my dad.

Overall the film is kind of cliche but at the same time funny. You've got main character Greg and his attempts to overcome awkwardness and get cool friends; Rowley his best bud, who hates lying and love magic tricks; Fregley, this clueless dork; Rodrick, the complete moron older brother who treats Greg like dirt; Mom (Rachel Harris) who believes in the best of her boys; and Dad (Steve Zahn), whose expression of barely-restrained outrage are priceless.

Personally I liked Zahn the most: the dude has the most hilarious expressions ever, like he wants to just lay into someone in a burst of pure anger and disbelief but just barely manages to hold it together; perfect dad actor. Rowley was also hilarious (god, he plays the perfect molly-coddled kid!).

I'm not gonna lie, I want "The Foot" to be a real film you can watch, this tongue-in-cheek spoof on horror flicks about haunted houses, done a bit in the old Hammer style, maybe.

Overall a good film, makes me think of a live-action story set in the Disney's Recess universe (shares a load of the undertones).
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The Dark Tower (2017)

"Do the animals still talk in your world?"

I thought this was alright (not great), but I haven't read any of the books (even though I think I have a copy of Gunslinger) so I don't have that it's-not-like-the-book baggage.

(Rifftrax) Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

"Scotty lumbers into action!"

(Rifftrax) Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

"Fully half of science fiction is looking at stuff."

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

"You mean I have to die to discuss your insights on death?"

Part of the Star Trek Day festivities; watched it with my folks at dinner.

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You know you can report a problem and have them send a replacement disc when that happens, right?
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Yeah, I know; I did that today for H5. I didn't get a replacement then because I wanted to keep moving through the list back then, so I just reported it and moved on. Not like it matters much now, since I got three versions for free (BR, DVD, digital).
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Dredd (2012)

"It's all the deep end."

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"You can't say 'dragon' over the radio."

An unintentional Karl Urban double feature.

[1968] Tunnel Rats (2008)

"Don't get stupid on me."

This wasn't that bad considering it was a Uwe Boll movie (a fact I didn't know until it arrived from Netflix). The dialogue is still trite and relies a lot on war movie cliches (there is no black and white blah blah), but there was one kind of practical small moment about being a tunnel rat in 'Nam I hadn't considered and which they did well.

Predator (1987)

"You lose it here, you're in a world of hurt."

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Yeah, I get two discs at a time and usually watch 2-4 a week. I'd say once every other month (maybe slightly more) I get a bad disc and need replacement. I pretty much always do it since I have no real hope of defeating my Netflix queue anyway. I maxed out the 500 spaces allotted and keep another list of movies that can't fit in the queue (or aren't on Netflix at all). That's separate from my lists of movies to check out from the local library and movies I can stream on Youtube.
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Old 09-10-2018, 06:11 AM   #7365
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Hosting a Swashbuckler series at the Norwich library starting Saturday. The first film is The Adventures of Robin Hood. I was recommended to write a review / retrospective of it, and here it is.

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Ronin (1998)

"Tell me about an ambush. I ambushed you with a cup of coffee!"

Le Samouraļ (1967)

"I never lose. Not really."

It's funny, I was re-watching Ghost Dog and thought, "I should watch Le Samouraļ again" because it reminded me of it and I happened to buy it about a month ago. While watching, it brought to mind Ronin (which I plan to watch tomorrow anyway for the 20th anniversary) and particularly Walter Hill's The Driver. On a whim, I googled movies influenced by LS. An essay listed 6 movies strongly influenced by LS. Of those, 3 were the ones I just mentioned. I've seen all 6 of the movies and own 5 (with the 6th being in my Wish List). I guess this movie is really sympatico with my tastes.

For those unfamiliar with it, it's a classic French Crime Drama by Jean-Pierre Melville following a hitman on a job and the resulting police investigation in which he becomes the prime suspect despite a witness who lies and a false alibi. The connections to actual samurai (besides a fictional quote at the start) are much more subtle (left to the audience) than in GD. The film itself was heavily and obviously influenced by film noir though it's not pure film noir itself, strictly speaking. I'd recommend LS to pretty much anyone who likes good films, but particularly fans of the French New Wave, neo-noir, or hitman movies. However, it's a bit of a slow burn, so not a good choice if you're in the mood for an adrenaline-rush actioner.

Ghost Dog (1999)

"You know, in ancient cultures, bears were considered equal with men.
-This ain't no ancient culture here, mister.
Sometimes it is."
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Unfortunately it lacks the enjoyment or scare factor of either of The Conjuring films, or that recent Annabelle Origins film. As it stands, it's a very standard modern horror film, with some surprisingly strong and interesting cinematography, but on the whole is very uninteresting, and average as well. - 5 / 10
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Skin Trade (2014)

"Never underestimate a pervert."

Probably a mid-grade actioner (international cop revenge against slavers) except that it stars Dolph Lundgren and Tony Jaa with Michael Jai White and Peter Weller in supporting parts and Ron Perlman as the baddie. Ups the quality and certainly the fights are good.

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Unfortunately it lacks the enjoyment or scare factor of either of The Conjuring films, or that recent Annabelle Origins film. As it stands, it's a very standard modern horror film, with some surprisingly strong and interesting cinematography, but on the whole is very uninteresting, and average as well. - 5 / 10
Huh. My mother and I were talking about seeing this in a week or so because we've seen the others, but maybe it would be best to wait. IMO, Annabelle Creation was only mediocre anyway. If it doesn't live up to that, that's not saying much.

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What else did you show? Captain Blood? Modern stuff, like PotC?
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Saw this at the tiff screenings at Dartmouth. Great. It's awesome to see Melissa McCarthy in a different role then usual, and she's very good, but Richard E. Grant was especially outstanding as the best friend. I didn't even know who Lee Israel was all that much beforehand, and I still found the art forgery story very interesting.
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What else did you show? Captain Blood? Modern stuff, like PotC?
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It's a series I'm just starting. Each month I show a film. Aside from The Adventures of Robin Hood, I'm also showing The Princess Bride, The Mask of Zorro, and Stardust. I considered POTC, but decided upon doing one-off films or at least films with just one sequel, and not movies that are part of say a larger franchise.

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Huh. My mother and I were talking about seeing this in a week or so because we've seen the others, but maybe it would be best to wait. IMO, Annabelle Creation was only mediocre anyway. If it doesn't live up to that, that's not saying much.
I really can't recommend it. It lacks any of Annabelle Creation's fun factor for me, and in general it's just a bog standard uninteresting horror film. So basically yeah, it's not that good.

I'm writing a review, so I'll have my overall thoughts laid out in a more concise manner soon, hopefully.
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Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2017)

"Humans have a hunger for heroes."

This could have been a little more in-depth for a "definitive" look at something as large as He-Man (e.g., they didn't even show or discuss the wacky designs of the '86 and '87 lines), but it was still interesting and worth the watch for fans or those with enough 80s nostalgia to want to know the background.

Dark Signal (2016)

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Very cool. All fun choices. The link worked. I asked because I really like that movie (and have a friend for whom it is his favorite). It's cool that you highlighted the final fight scene. The bit where they go into silhouette is brilliant and they really use the space well. I'd have to agree with you that Hollywood could still learn from AoRH. Certainly parts are dated, but I think much less than people would expect for a movie that old. It has a great pace and characterization for an adventure flick.
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Very cool. All fun choices. The link worked. I asked because I really like that movie (and have a friend for whom it is his favorite). It's cool that you highlighted the final fight scene. The bit where they go into silhouette is brilliant and they really use the space well. I'd have to agree with you that Hollywood could still learn from AoRH. Certainly parts are dated, but I think much less than people would expect for a movie that old. It has a great pace and characterization for an adventure flick.
Plus it's under two hours long. You don't need to clutter modern action / adventure film with loads and loads of backstory. Just get to the point, and audiences won't be lost at all. Really Hollywood can learn a lot from AoRH.
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Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

"And you people, you're all astronauts on some kind of star trek."

Vintage Tomorrows (2015)

"I have no problem being a jester for the world."

A documentary on steampunk. Fairly short, so it's a good intro for people who are interested. Reminded me of things I did and didn't like about it when I was more into steampunk and that community.


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That is an annoying trend of modern action and genre movies (one James Rolfe often comments on). There's a lot of good movies out there that could be much tighter.
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Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 (2017)

"I have sensitive nipples."

Drax is fucking hilarious in this film. Easily the best character.

I had been told before that this was a side adventure and didn't add much to the overall MCU, and I didn't have a problem with that pretty much being the case (nothing wrong with having a story about a cog that isn't part of a machine, after all; it's what most of the actual issues are). I was also told I would be mildly annoyed at the changes made to various characters, but since I'm unfamiliar with a lot of the stuff displayed, then I didn't notice and thus barely cared. (I'm supposing my LCS clerk meant the changes made to Ego/Celestials, but I'm not terribly familiar with either so I wasn't bothered).

That aside, I did greatly enjoy this. It may not quite be the first one, but it did a very satisfying job telling a good story all the same and I liked the interactions between the characters (Drax/Mantis, Yondu/Ravagers, Quill/Ego). I think other than Drax, Yondu was the most impressive character this time around, seeing him at odds with his own people because of all the hard choices he made, and him furthering his parental relationship with Quill. (Not gonna lie, I'd totally spend some time with those strangely-sexy robo-strippers).

I thought Kurt Russell was great as Ego. Certainly a very talented actor and he portrayed a megalomaniacal space god as well as can be expected of a man, really creating a great personification and embodiment of a ruthless villain. And I mean, come on, we did get to see a planet with a face all the same, you know.

I also rather liked how Gamora and Nebula connected a bit, setting things up for the Infinity War films. Man, Karen Gillan is a scary lady.

Overall a solid addition to the MCU.
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The Front Runner - Just got out of the film, so I'm still processing my opinion, but overall it's mixed. Hugh Jackman is great as a candidate who's personal life and problematic opinionated response, completely destroys his presidental ambitions (ironic if he was running as a Republican today, that would be a plus), but the overall film feels a bit dour. I did enjoy discussing about just how worse the media has gotten since 1988, after I saw the film, but overall I can't say the movie floored me. - 6 / 10
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