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Old 05-31-2021, 09:59 AM   #8951
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Was planning to watch these over the coming weeks to countdown to the US release of F9, but wound up burning through them all over the weekend. Most of them were actually better than I remembered. This was also the first time I ever watched them with Han's first film among the lot, and it impressively makes his storyline hit all that much harder.
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Old 05-31-2021, 01:16 PM   #8952
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In Search of Darkness: Part II (2020)

"Horror is personal."

Dove a little deeper than part I; covering more cultish films and more themes. Some of the latter felt overly political and an act of eisegesis, but still good.

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. . . Was planning to watch these over the coming weeks to countdown to the US release of F9, but wound up burning through them all over the weekend. Most of them were actually better than I remembered. . .
I've done the catch-up thing a few times before in prep for the next movie. Have to admit, I spaced them out though. I like the series, but I don't know if I could watch more than two a a day for more than two days running without getting a little burned out. However, I have seen them all multiple times (probably only saw #8 twice) with the exception of Hobbes and Shaw, which I have yet to see.

[I will probably just buy the BD to finish my collection, but I think I skipped it because I didn't like how sci-fi/comic-booky it looked to be going and because I resent Shaw as a hero (see below).]

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. . . This was also the first time I ever watched them with Han's first film among the lot, and it impressively makes his storyline hit all that much harder.
I know the next film is going to excuse Shaw for Han's death by bringing him back, but I have yet to hear anyone explain the multiple innocents Shaw murdered at his brother's hospital.
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Old 06-01-2021, 03:52 AM   #8953
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I know the next film is going to excuse Shaw for Han's death by bringing him back, but I have yet to hear anyone explain the multiple innocents Shaw murdered at his brother's hospital.
I get what you mean, but I think I figured it out this last time over the films. While it's obvious that they meant for him to have killed all those people when F7 was made, they can easily retcon it so that he merely knocked out and/or maimed them with bullets to put them down and out of his way. This also aligns with the fact that Hobbs was left alive and hospitalized, even though it would've been very simple for Shaw to finish him off. They can then play it well enough that the only person he really wanted to kill was Dom, if anyone at all, as they could even play it off as though he just wanted to cripple them for crippling is little brother. Thus having Han be hospitalized after the crash, likely comatose, would become a simple explanation of intent and allow his eventual heroics to be in line with his moral compass.

Of course this begs the question: who did they bury? We'll just have to wait and see.
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Old 06-01-2021, 04:06 AM   #8954
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Chinatown (1974)

"Hollis seems to think you're an innocent man.
-Well, I've been accused of a lot of things before, Mrs. Mulwray, but never that."
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I know the next film is going to excuse Shaw for Han's death by bringing him back, but I have yet to hear anyone explain the multiple innocents Shaw murdered at his brother's hospital.

I'm sorry, I just had to share this funny moment...I read that quote and I'm thinking Shaw from Prometheus and Han from Star Wars, then I'm like "is there an Alien/Star Wars crossover I missed? Is he getting his films mixed up?" Then I figured out I had no idea what you guys were talking about.



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Old 06-01-2021, 10:59 AM   #8956
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Lucifer s5 very very good
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Old 06-01-2021, 12:34 PM   #8957
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UHF (1989)

"We don't need any stinking badgers!"

Although I'll probably buy this on disc one day, I wanted to re-watch it before it expired on Tubi. Also expiring was

White Line Fever (1975)

"This ain't the ladies room. Come on in."

This was much darker than I was expecting ... like the reverse of Smokey and the Bandit.
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Old 06-03-2021, 08:46 AM   #8958
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Despite a slightly anti-climatic ending, this was actually a pretty great character drama.
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Old 06-03-2021, 01:01 PM   #8959
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[Rifftrax:] Berserker: Hell's Warrior (2004/2018)

"They need all the torches to investigate why their last four rickety wood camps mysteriously burned to the ground."
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Kinda fun, kinda weird, kinda offensive, kinda good, kinda bad.
I've never done acid, but I imagine these are what it feels like.
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Old 06-04-2021, 07:39 AM   #8961
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Jurassic Park III (2001)


Billy: You like computers, right?
Dr. Grant: I like the abacus, Billy.




For some odd reason, I've been thinking about the fight scene between the T Rex and Spinosaurus for a couple days, so I decided to watch it. Not the best of the JP movies by any means, and the whole "step son and step dad flying near the island" angle was weak to begin with. Throw in the Kirbys and its just a mess, but once they found Eric, things really started moving along. Plus I've had a crush on Laura Dern since the first movie. She is absolutely gorgeous and I still want to take her out for a nice dinner in Boston.
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Mulan (2020)

"Your deceit weakens you."

So far, this is by far my favorite of the live-action remakes and I probably like it more than the cartoon, but (to be fair) that was never a favorite of mine.
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The Artist (2011)

"With pleasure."

A renowned silent film star begins to see his career die when Hollywood embraces talking pictures, and a young woman's career takes off as the trend grows.

This deserves all five Oscars. Seriously. Jean Dujardin is a goddamn marvel, and it was a treat seeing James Cromwell and John Goodman again. And the dog was wonderful.
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Trog (1970)

"You know what they'll say? They'll say that Trog has a very nasty temper. But what can you expect from a slimy beast? Go ahead, missing link; if that's what you are you should be missing. You bloody monster!"

Not good, but not totally horrible British horror that ended up being Joan Crawford's final film. Follows the discovery of a missing link (whom pretty much everyone but three scientists want to kill immediately) in a cave and carnage that results. Crawford plays the lead scientist who wants to study him, which basically means teaching him to play with toys.

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Agreed. I really need to buy and re-watch it. I haven't seen it since it was in theaters, but I did love it right away.
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Old 06-07-2021, 05:12 PM   #8965
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I've been meaning to see this since it came out but never did until now.
Not as scary as I thought it would be from the trailer, but still pretty decent.
At least it was better than most other horror films these days.
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The Expendables 3 (2014)

"I could do that.
-You wanna slip on a dress and give it a shot?"
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Far better than the first, imo, and truly unsettling at times. I also really liked that they managed to touch on Amittyville and its importance to the Warren's career without letting it outshine the rest of the film -- indeed, even making it super important to the plot, without it being the actual focus.
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City Slickers (1991)

"She says, 'thanks' and you say, 'I'm married'?"

Watched again for its 30th anniversary Monday.
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Terminator: Genisys (2015)


"Nice to see you. Get out."


Never cared for what the critics said about this movie, I thought it was great that it took the whole "John Connor is our saviour" thing and flipped it, dipped it, made something new and interesting instead of the same old boring stuff. This movie also got me back into the franchise, and dare I say, was better than Dark Fate. And Arnold finally survived this time along with the gang, so we sort of got a happy ending. I thought the woman playing Sarah was hottstuff, too. She had charisma, her own unique charm that hadn't been embittered behind umpti-nine years of sadness.
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Not bad, not great. It felt like a completely different kind of movie from the first two, and not just because it had a different director. There were some nice visuals, but for the most part it just seemed to exist rather than really do anything. I think they approached the story all wrong; it should have tackled the haunting of the little boy in more detail rather than having it just be the prologue to a story that jumped away from the Warren's actual case with a bunch of invented mumbo jumbo. Ultimately not a bad movie, but also not a great successor to the first two.
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Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)

“End this black sabbath. By the blood of Cavalry, I command it.!”

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Also saw it yesterday (in theater with my mother) and ditto. I actually thought it was going to focus on the case and be more like The Exorcism of Emily Rose. It wasn’t bad and it was still interesting, but it wasn’t scary. Near the beginning, when the priest came by taxi, I laughed and said to my mother “he’s going to stop under the street light” and he did.

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Yeah, I liked Genisys more than DF also (though I did love grizzled, old Sarah). There was good stuff there (love the redone observatory scene) and the John retcon bothered me less there because it was this convoluted rewritten timeline. In DF, it’s like who we were told was key for years doesn’t even matter.
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Tmnt 1990. Still holds up
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Evolution (2001)

"There's always time for lubricant!"

On Tuesday night, watched for its 20th anniversary (reminds me how old I am since I drove to see this in my college years). Not really a film I'd have to "celebrate" (it's ok), but I owned a copy (used DVD) and hadn't seen it years. My father has lived in the area it was filmed and told me some stuff back when it was being filmed.

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Yeah, the first one is good. The second is fun, but not great. I also liked the cartoon movie TMNT.
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Evolution brings back memories. Saw that in theaters, people loved it.
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Super 8 (2011)

"Guys, I have never had a teacher aim a gun at me!"

Re-watched for the tenth anniversary. I liked Abrams more before he took on franchises. I can't unsee the lens flare now, though.

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It's not bad, but it feels like it should be funnier. There's a lot of set-ups that don't feel like they pay off or the joke just isn't that good. My father, who lives in that area of Arizona knew when they filmed there and told me about some of the locations.
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