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Old 07-06-2020, 01:21 PM   #8551
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Fear and Desire (1953)

"Well, we have nothing to lose but our futures."

Stanley Kubrick’s first feature (though barely since it’s just under 62 minutes) and his first of several) anti-war flicks. Not bad, but far from his best. Follows a group of soldiers behind enemy lines and the choices they make. Neither country is named to keep it universal. There’s also an interesting casting choice to emphasize this. Now, I’ve seen all his movies.
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Old 07-06-2020, 03:34 PM   #8552
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Watched the first half of Hamilton on Disney+ this weekend (waiting to watch the second half when everybody in the family can stay catch it without having to stay up too late).

I guess I'm just not cool and hip, because I felt like the decision to do almost everything as rapid-fire rap/hip-hop lyrics made it largely incomprehensible. I feel like I caught enough to mostly follow the story (and the choreography was cool), but I found the musical choices to be a real detriment to the production. It was well performed, and sounded nice, but as a means of actually conveying information in a production that has NO lines that are simply spoken, it was not up to the task, IMHO.
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Old 07-06-2020, 04:39 PM   #8553
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Hot Shots! (1991)

"If I was joking I'd say 'What do you do with an elephant with 3 balls? Walk him and pitch to the rhino.'"

Re-watching Top Gun put me in the mood to re-watch this too; then Riff it.

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“I really think we should consider disbanding the Navy.”

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Watched the first half of Hamilton on Disney+ . . .
I guess I'm just not cool and hip, because I felt like the decision to do almost everything as rapid-fire rap/hip-hop lyrics made it largely incomprehensible. . .
I don't have Disney+ anyway, but an all-hip hop soundtrack is enough to turn me off especially for a musical. I can endure it if music isn't the main focus like say in Ghost Dog, which I like despite it's soundtrack, but not if its the medium.
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Old 07-06-2020, 06:43 PM   #8554
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If I'm not mistaken, based on things I've heard Lin-Manuel Miranda say about it, Hamilton was originally conceived as a historical concept album, and eventually got turned into a musical stage production as it became overly complex. It's approach to the material is thus designed to be a rapid fire retelling of important events, rather than a typical musical narrative, and it's praise largely comes from its unique handling of such, as well as the undeniable catchiness of its tunes.

It's essentially a rap opera chronicling a man's life.

The opening song is actually a great example of the entire production, as it quickly goes over his childhood, while setting up the importance of the other characters in the play. I would suggest giving it a listen before deciding not to watch it based on its description.

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Old 07-06-2020, 07:33 PM   #8555
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Well, I found it largely incomprehensible.

Very polished, beautiful production. Horrible at actually conveying the story in any detail, since most of the details conveyed go by too fast to register well.

King George III was hilarious, though (and I could actually understand what he was saying).

EDIT: Watched the rest last night. Second half had a larger proportion of songs that were easy to follow, so that’s something. Definitely isn’t just an idealized portrayal of Hamilton, as he really seems like a jerk at times.
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Species (1995)

"We decided to make it female so it would be more docile and controllable.
-More docile and controllable, eh? You guys don't get out much."

Turned 25. Funny connection to the below: the guy who's nice to Sil (from the hot tub scene) is Slider from Top Gun.

Predators (2010)

"This is hell.
-Last time I looked, you didn't need a parachute to get there."

Turned 10.
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Fun movie, but much thinner than I remember.
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Cross of Iron (1977)

"Steiner is a myth. Men like him are our last hope and in that sense, he is a truly dangerous man."

Trying to watch all the Sam Peckinpah I haven't yet seen (which isn't a whole lot). Sadly the only copy of this one (which follows WWII German officers on the Russian front with competing aims) in America is a pan and scan, but it was still a good story.

Savage Streets (1984)

"Go f**k an iceberg!"

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Fun movie, but much thinner than I remember.
Yeah, I haven't seen that in years, but I had seen it many times and seem to recall it just being a fun little diversion.
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Old 07-11-2020, 09:40 AM   #8559
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Enjoyable little family film with a great cast.
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A couple more expiring on Instant Netflix:

Locke (2013)

"I want to know that I'm not driving in one direction."

Better than I would’ve expected. It literally only stars Tom Hardy (as far as onscreen acting); covering 85 minutes in real-time in which he drives through London and takes and makes phone calls that change his life. It’s nothing world-shattering. No one kidnaps his daughter or anything. Just a slice-of-life piece showing the consequences of our actions and how our lives can change in minutes. Wouldn’t recommend it if you’re looking for something to keep you up or a quick, fun diversion, but it was good.

Enemy (2013)

"Chaos is order yet undeciphered."

Cryptic, but good. Looked up some interpretations that confirmed some of my thoughts, but also pointed out stuff to which I didn’t pay enough attention.
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Old 07-12-2020, 12:27 AM   #8561
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Since my dad isn't a horror fan I decided not to take Dark Was The Night, I'll watch it alone. Instead we watched an hour-long YouTube video covering the history of the Batmobile in both comics and film/TV. It was absolutely fascinating, had tons of stills and recordings and showed some really incredible designs that were dreamt up for the various cars and their design philosophies.

One of the '66 designers, George Barris, revealed he was only given 15 days and $15,000 to make the car for the show. He bought a Ford concept car for a buck and began remodeling it, it was an ugly gray with white trim and when they drove it out of the cave he took it back to the shop, painted it gloss black with neon red/orange trim, and used a five-gallon paint can for the jet exhaust's shape on the back.

Also revealed was that the Keaton Batmobile wasn't black, it was a Japanese paint called flip-flop, which shifted colors between black and dark blue-purple, and would easily scratch. And Keaton's cowl's ears would get stuck in the closing roof so they had to trim the ears down.

Adam West almost teared up when he talked about how the most important letters he received were from kids whose fathers were not with their families anymore, so they had adopted his Batman as their father. Another deep moment was one of Tumbler's designers talking about enduring cancer treatment and vowing to take the Batmobile to a children's cancer center afterwards.

Definitely worth the watch.
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Raiga: God of the Monsters (2019)
[aka Raiga: The Monster from the Deep Sea (2009)]

"The town and my face are devastated!"

I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)

"And so, I want you to be prepared for excessive screaming, hysteria, hyperventilation, fainting, fits, seizures, spasmodic convulsions, even attempted suicides. All perfectly normal. Merely means that these youngsters are enjoying themselves."

Robert Zemeckis' first film, which covers one day in the life of 4 girls and 2 boys from NJ trying to get on the Ed Sullivan show that premiered the Beatles in the US for different reasons and by different methods. Reminded me of the later comedy Detroit Rock City, but a little more wholesome (not 100% so) and heartfelt.
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Entirely predictable, but a fun movie all the same.
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Ultraman Cosmos vs. Ultraman Justice: The Final Battle (2003)

"Just create and dreams will come true."

Some of the people involved with G-Fest that would've been this weekend held an online-only convention called Kaijuconline. This included a streaming channel that had a bunch of Ultraman stuff. Although I didn't watch this series, I did watch and like the movie. It's on Youtube. The subtitles are not professional and are kind of loose and funny.

X-Men (2000)

"Where am I supposed to go?
-I don't know.
You don't know or you don't care?
-Pick one."

20 years old yesterday (or tomorrow by general release).
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Easily the best live action adaptation of an anime/manga to date.
Plus it's just a generally fantastic samurai film, to boot.
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Perfect Creature (2006)

"I would wear a mask if I were you."

New Zealand alternate-history vampire movie, where in a kind of steampunk 1960s vampires are religious leaders, but don't prey on people, except one, who starts a plague. It's weird how many pandemic-type references I've come across accidentally in my entertainment during lockdown.

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Mortal Kombat (1995)

"I wonder what the bathroom looks like.

I should've saved this for the 25th anniversary coming up in July, but I'll be away and I always get in the mood to re-watch the movies when I'm into playing an MK game (as with #11 now)...
So, when I posted this Monday was the planned day to return from GFest in Chicago. Since that didn't happen, I figured I'd 'celebrate' the anniversary anyway (despite it only being 6 months).
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It's sad/funny to see how Dougray Scott's career has tanked since he made the decision to play a villain in a Tom Cruise movie instead of Wolverine in the first X-Men film.
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Grizzly (1976)

"But there's something I'm not doing!
-Sure, you're not killing the bear."

Love this movie. How can you not respect a PG movie where a little kid gets his leg taken off by a bear? And the next night, I Tubied it with riffs.

[Rifftrax:] Grizzly (1976/2017)

"That sounded like her arm hitting the ground."

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I never heard that. I like him and he does seem underrated.
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Claws has a better opening credits sequence than Grizzly, but Grizzly is to me the superior film (insofar as ripping off Jaws allows for any degree of genuine quality).
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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

"Don't you ever say anything encouraging?
-I encourage you not to die."

Redeemer (2015)

"Cowboy up."

Chilean revenge flick. Not sure how it got in my Netflix queue, but it was alright.

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I don't remember Claws well, but do recall liking Grizzly more.
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A great follow up, even though the adaptation begins showing some flaws.
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Clueless (1995)

"I want to do something for humanity.
-How about sterilization?"

Turned 25 today. Forgot how funny it was.

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Easily the best live action adaptation of an anime/manga to date.
Plus it's just a generally fantastic samurai film, to boot.
Today I happened to watch a Youtube video where a real katana master evaluated movie (and one TV) samurai fights and he covered that film too.

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Sherlock Holmes: Terror by Night (1946)

"Teapots!"

A valuable diamond is targeted by thieves, and the owner's son employs the Great Detective to protect the jewel, but things get dark when the son is murdered and the jewel stolen.

Reminds me of Murder on the Orient Express. I was watching this a while back on my phone but never got very far, and decided instead of a horror film that my dad and I would see this, and one YouTuber uploaded a colorized version which wasn't too shabby.

Stock footage was a little meh, some of the model train shoots were actually good though. Other than the absurd shouting match between Watson and the math professor, I found the film pretty enjoyable (okay, the shouting match put Watson on the hot seat which I was a little glad to see, he's full of himself in this series, but again that's just bad writing).

One character vaguely resembled William H. Macy, and the murder tool is actually fairly clever.
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Arachnophobia (1990)

"Would anyone object if I tore this floor out?
-I would.
False alarm then. Lead on."

30th anniversary. Really enjoy this one. Goodman is great here.
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Fantastic finale to the trilogy. It probably could've been longer, but hey, it's not like there wasn't a 95 episode anime with 3 OVAs and a movie already.

I heard they were planning to do a prequel, tackling the revolution in line with the Trust & Betrayal OVA, but I don't know if that's every going to happen. I'd personally like to see them do it alongside the Reflection OVA, as the two stories are so tied together, that you could functionally tell the former via flashback to the latter. But whatever we eventually get should be good, regardless.

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Neat.
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