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Old 10-20-2018, 02:43 AM   #7451
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Presenting The Princess Bride tomorrow at the library as part of my swashbuckler series. Here's the retrospective I did on it.

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Old 10-20-2018, 01:09 PM   #7452
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Still at Monster Bash and watching

The Bride and the Beast (1958)

"Weird."

King Kong (1933)

"I hear it's a kind of a gorilla.
-Gee, ain't we got enough of them in New York?

KK and NotLD were actually film prints owned and projected by the guy who convinced Mom and I to try this con and whom we casually knew from another con. Fun to see these movies that I'm real familiar with on actual film and with a crowd of fans.
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Old 10-21-2018, 04:42 AM   #7453
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Rad (1986)

"You look like something I stepped in...and I don't like the smell of it."

I watched Cinemassacre's Rental Review of this, and when Netflix didn't have it, I hit up eBay and found a decently-priced copy. Cover is shit to the max, eye-bleeding neon negative or some crap like that, and not only does it have a hokey tagline about the main character needing a miracle to win this big race, but it has a quote praising the film as being a pinnacle of BMX filmography...and yet there's no attribution. I shit you not: they slapped a made-up quote on there to make the film seem more legit. And before you worry your pretty little head, they do balance the karma out by quoting Archer Winsten of The New York Post on the back...right before they shoot themselves in the foot via the laughably-mediocre description of the plot.

Anyway, this film is definitely trying to be a formula-abiding success, but it feels really half-assed. You get a lot of the standard elements of a "talented teen who wants to score big on his talent but misunderstanding adults just don't understand his needy talents" flick, but the writers (Sam Bernard and Geoffrey Edwards) drop the ball. Namely that Cru Jones (Bill Allen, introductory role) is generally well-liked by the community and only Burton Timmer (Ray Walston) seems to dislike him until later in the film; hell, even the biker cop Sgt. Smith (H.B. Haggerty) thinks highly of Cru. (Side note: Haggerty does indeed resemble Sgt. Slaughter/Dr. Robotnik, just as James & Company said).

The love interest that Cru is burning for? Yeah, you'd think he'd pick her up for the school dance only for her to flash eyes and swing hips with the pro racer Bart Taylor (Bart Conner), but that never really happens, which makes the failed romance staple pointless. Oh sure, we get Lori Loughlin from Full House (looking damn cute in this film, I must confess) replacing her and completing the rest of the romantic subplot, but it feels pretty undercooked because of the noted failure of the first love and Loughlin doesn't get shown much of a discarding by her teammates in the Mongoose-sponsored crew, which makes her falling for Allen a little too easy.

The rival, Bart Taylor (Bart Conner), is also awkwardly handled. You'd think he'd be written with a bit more arrogance to really drive in the bloated ego, or with a nicer personality to show that fame doesn't buy integrity, but we just get to see him as a snobby jerk and then he eventually gets suspicious of his sponsor Duke Best (Jack Weston, the bad guy from Short Circuit II) before turning into a reluctant good guy.

Conner's teammates are hilariously bad. I again agree with Cinemassacre, because they are 100% Tomax and Xamot from GI Joe. They even dress the same for this bizarre (and bizarrely sexual) dance during the "BMX Boogie" scene. Whereas Conner eventually turns into an ally, these two Goombas just stay as stooges for Weston's evil executive; there's no sense of betrayal or strained loyalty between them, Conner, and the company.

Jack Weston was almost M. Emmet Walsh (the loan shark bounty hunter-type dude TR Polk from Camp Nowhere, who was chasing after Christopher Lloyd), but that was my mistake before I looked his name up. Weston does a passable job as the crooked executive Duke Best of the Mongoose BMX company, but his "I'll pay you to throw the race" private chat with Allen is both poorly contrived (Allen is told to walk off work, go up the street, and then get into a car with a total stranger) and almost completely unseen (they only have the very start and very end of the talk, which is fucking awful filmmaking even to an idiot). Oh, and then he keeps changing the race's rules to force Allen to fail because his contract regarding Conner only pays out if Conner wins first place. It really undercuts the weight of the race in terms of thematics and story structure when the villain keeps switching things up on a whim and nobody else seems to take issue with it.

Lori Loughlin was pretty good (but then again, she was on a hit sitcom, so she's got chops). A bunch of the scenes involving her and the other riders could have been improved to actually show them off to the town (aside from that one dude performing tricks atop a moving semi), and the dance scene just has her standing around outside next to the grand prize car (seriously, why is the car even there? And why isn't she inside with her teammates?) She isn't as poorly written as she could have been, actually exhibiting some intelligence and critiquing Allen so that he improves, but the effort is half-baked because she at no point expresses the desire to be in the race despite her teammates being in it (I'm not even sure the twins actually earn their spots, because the qualifying races aren't well tracked aside from showing Allen's efforts). The writers apparently couldn't decide if they wanted an actual Strong Independent Woman or not, so they wrote both and handicapped Loughlin. At least she isn't terrible.

The girlfriends of the twins and Conner were very weird. They act like prissy, high-class call girls but then they flirt with Allen and soften up in a scene, and then they just kind of drop from the radar completely. Aside from the three-way dance, why are they even in the film?

Oh yeah, before I forget, fuck that diner owner who charges five bucks for a table just to kick out regulars so he can suck up to a one-time visiting snob. I swear you can even see his rotten teeth.

I thought Walston was actually very amusing in this. He goes from being this cranky old man to a cold, shrewd business affiliate of Weston's, and then a staunch ally of Allen's. Him flipping the bird several times was also a total riot.

Talia Shire and Laura Jacoby (Mom and little sister Wesley, respectively). They were not done very well, with the sister being a pushy and confrontational brat and the mom being given the short end of the stick when it comes to having the Big Talk with her son about why he should choose education over sports (they have Round 2 as predictable for these types of films, but Round 1 was barely there and Allen just steamrolls her the second go of it).

The Helltrack. I'm not sure what I expected, but a fucking cereal bowl wasn't it. No, seriously, KIX Cereal was a sponsor for the film (so were 7-Eleven and Chief Auto Parts, as seen on a goddamn fence, of all places!), so the final racetrack has a huge cereal bowl the racers have to bike into and then ride off the spoon handle. It's like something from one of those "ginormous house" sets people used to design for Unreal Tournament.

The ending is a mixed bag through and through. Weston loses the deal because Conner basically throws the race, but other than that he isn't really outed as a crooked asshole, when any competent company would fire the shit out of him for what has to be blatantly illegal conduct. Conner himself is said to lose his Mongoose sponsorship, but that doesn't make sense because Weston is clearly corrupt and the company would lose its shit over this whole affair coming to light, so what the fuck? If anything, Allen would be offered a spot on the team, but I suppose the "feels good, man" vibe had to be maintained.

The copy I bought was burned and only had a couple of visual/audio blips, but during the qualifiers for the final race, you can see a channel logo pop up in the corner, because the seller apparently got this on HD demand and recorded it from there instead of transferring from VHS or something.

Overall, despite the incredibad writing, this was fun and you do get to see a ton of cool stunts and tricks. My dad thought it was both awful and amusing, so I think I won out this time around.
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Old 10-21-2018, 05:26 PM   #7454
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The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)

"Is Tamara home?"

Demon Wind (1990)

"Can't you hear it.
-Hear what?
Death.
-But I loved you."

Alright, but not great young-people-besieged-in-a-house horror flick. Feels like a less fun Evil Dead (the victims get turned into demons creatures), but with more Satanism and less fun.

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Rad (1986) . . . I watched Cinemassacre's Rental Review of this, and when Netflix didn't have it, I hit up eBay and found a decently-priced copy . . . Overall, despite the incredibad writing, this was fun and you do get to see a ton of cool stunts and tricks. My dad thought it was both awful and amusing, so I think I won out this time around.
You question my Netflixing Uwe Boll movies and then buy a movie based off a review where the majority of the reviewers said it wasn't even worth watching?
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Old 10-21-2018, 09:10 PM   #7455
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That wasn't entirely the impression that I got, mostly that it was poor but somehow mildly entertaining. I did enjoy parts of it, but I went into it knowing that it was one of those "so bad it's almost okay" films. We both know criticizing a film doesn't mean finding it unwatchable, and that was the cheapest I could get it.

Which isn't unlike you knowing Boll films are bad but sometimes enjoyable, and you did say you'd spend money on them. Some small things make a bad film worth having. Personally, I feel like Boll's stuff is worse than most and the way he tarnishes video games with his terrible adaptations makes me feel especially bitter towards him. Didn't mean to sound like I was judging you earlier, sorry.

Anyway:

The Plague of the Zombies (1966)

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

A small Cornish village in the English countryside is besieged by a mysterious illness, and local doctor Peter (Brook Williams) is stumped. In comes renowned London physician and former mentor Sir James Forbes (Andre Morell) and lovely daughter Sylvia (Diane Clare) to solve the riddle. In doing so, they run afoul of the village's squire, Clive Hamilton (John Carson).

A Hammer gem of the day, and I have to say it really works the witchcraft (voodoo) angle well. I like the character of Forbes, older and relentless in his pursuit of the cause of all the madness consuming the village. Williams plays a distraught former student well, and Carson is a ruthless and monstrous manipulator. Clare plays a surprisingly strong-willed young woman, outright arguing with Carson when first meeting him (gotta admire her nerve, especially after being attacked, abducted, and nearly attacked again).

And I have to say the ending would make Universal proud, ending it in a classic horror film fashion. Grisly way to go, I think most would agree.

I was going to take this down my dad's last night instead of Rad, and he might have enjoyed it a bit more considering it comes from a higher-quality studio, but he also dislikes horror, so I think the end result would have been the same.

Watching the "world of Hammer horror" extra on the DVD now, it's pretty interesting...although it's spoiled The Mummy's Shroud for me now. Eh, I'll still watch it.
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[Wes Craven's] New Nightmare (1994)

"Just because it's a love story doesn't mean it can't have a decapitation or two."

Zombi 3 [aka Zombie Flesh Eaters 2] (1988)

"Well, I think nature is something that should be considered sacred. That's all.
-Okay, but let's not make a big deal of it. I like smoking. I take a toke on a joint every now and then and once in a while I like to piss on a bush. Am I going to go to hell for that?"

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That wasn't entirely the impression that I got, mostly that it was poor but somehow mildly entertaining. . .
Well, it's a bit long of a video to re-check. If I recall, the one guy with the glasses generally enjoyed it, but James was the one who pretty much said he was hoping for a so-bad-it's-good-movie but didn't get that.

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...Personally, I feel like Boll's stuff is worse than most and the way he tarnishes video games with his terrible adaptations makes me feel especially bitter towards him...
Yeah, it's a weird twist that although I play video games, Boll has not yet struck one I'm familiar with.
Another twist is that his trailers make the movies look much better than they are. I've fallen into the trap of either not knowing it was a Boll film (Tunnel Rats) or thinking it might be worth the watch (Alone in the Dark). But he certainly doesn't have the obvious gonna-be-fun quality like a Trolls 2 or Miami Connection has.

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Didn't mean to sound like I was judging you earlier, sorry...
Just giving you a hard time, but the facetiousness didn't come through, I guess. I neither felt judged nor was really judging. Truthfully, I searched for Rad to stream after that review, but not finding it, I stopped there.
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It's a big old mess in a lot of ways, and most of the supporting characters are really kinda bland, plus the film's shift from a horror-ish film to a superhero film is jarring, but in spite of all of its fault it's really carried by a fantastic and awesome Tom Hardy performance, clearly having a ball as Eddie Brock, who is like 70% of why the film works for me at all. I enjoyed it largely because of him. - 6.5 / 10
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México Bárbaro (2014)


Mexican horror anthology. Some are confusing and a couple are really messed up (like when a goblin--known for stealing things--steals a young woman's virginity).
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