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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 22 Apr 2018, 21:01

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Still one of my favourite horror films. Never got around to watching any of the crappy sequels yet, despite being something of a connoisseur of shitty horror franchises.
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 25 Apr 2018, 08:39

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Absolutely ages since I last saw this. A nice, slow moving romance between a middle-aged business man who lost his wife young, and a lonely twenty-something from a troubled background. Delightful.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Snarfyguy » 25 Apr 2018, 14:42

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Doc Tydon: All the little devils are proud of hell
John Grant: You mean you don’t think The Yabba is the greatest little place on earth?
Doc Tydon: Could be worse
John Grant: How?
Doc Tydon: Supply of beer could run out


That’s the thing about fictional outback town The Yabba. It is hell, the locals are proud of it and like hell, you can never leave. John Grant is a primary teacher working in the middle of nowhere, which in Australia really does mean the middle of nowhere, as part of some government programme whereby teachers have to work a fixed amount of time at the behest of the government. Grant is resentful, bored of his job and dreams of escaping to Sydney and beyond but his only hope of escape is to buy himself out of his contract which would cost $1000 so he’s stuck here. Setting off for a holiday to visit his girlfriend in Sydney he travels to The Yabba, a small mining in order to get a flight. The locals are hospitable in that typically Australian way (take a drink!) but there’s an immediate undercurrent of tension not helped by Grants obvious dislike of the place rooted in his own intellectual snobbery and class unease.

There’s nothing to do in the Yabba except drink (and drink) and gamble and sensing an opportunity to escape his job he ends up losing all his money in some simple gambling game and so he’s stuck here for the foreseeable future until he can figure a way to get the money together for a flight. Things start to get worse rapidly as he stumbles upon a group of friends who take him under their wing. One of the friends is the enigmatic Doc Tydon (played with typical brilliance by Donald Pleasence) a disgraced alcoholic doctor who has embraced his base instincts and self-destructive nature of the Yabba and sees it as an opportunity to express his true nature. Grant obviously doesn’t fit in with these men and there’s a threat of violence but he decides to embrace the Yabba and full off drink they go hunting kangaroos. At this point the movie becomes increasingly delirious and strange and this scene in particular, which uses footage of an actual kangaroo hunt, is unlike anything else I’ve ever seen a movie. There’s a level of cruelty, debasement and horror here which is really taps into something deeply uncomfortable as Grants shadow self and primal nature emerges under pressure from his new friends culminating in a bizarre (almost) initiation ceremony where he ends up stabbing a wounded kangaroo to death. In the aftermath Grant resolves to finally leave Yabba but of course leaving hell isn’t quite that easy.

Like a lot of Aussie horror it deals with the tension between city and rural, something which it shares with contemporary films like Deliverance and Straw Dogs and it also shares with the latter the clash between “intellectual” and “working men”. But it goes deeper than this too, delving into Australian masculinity and its relationship with the natural world (the director was horrified when he witnessed the kangaroo hunt and used the footage to highlight its barbarism after consulting wildlife organisations). It’s hardly a flattering portrait of rural Australia but it’s not patronising either. There is community in Yabba, friendliness, generosity but at its heart is something dark and troubling and Grants confrontation with this leaves him irrevocably changed.

Amazingly this wasn't restored until 2009 but it's a great (Australian) film and well worth watching if you want something a bit challenging and disturbing.

Thanks for the recommendation. I really enjoyed it (if that's the right word - its realism is brutal), although the DVD I watched was damaged and the last 20 minutes or so weren't playable. I suppose it was inevitable where Grant would wind up, but I don't know how he got from the "big debauch" back to where he started. Anyway, it kind of put me mind of Heart of Darkness.

The gambling scene alone was worth the price of admission and the hunting scene is, well, yeah, pretty singular.

EDIT: per Wikipedia, quite a lot happens in those 20 minutes. :x

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Jeemo » 27 Apr 2018, 14:51

saw the new Avengers movie last night with the boys, great fun if you like that sort of thing, which I do.
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Postby Goat Boy » 27 Apr 2018, 15:13

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Absolutely ages since I last saw this. A nice, slow moving romance between a middle-aged business man who lost his wife young, and a lonely twenty-something from a troubled background. Delightful.


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Postby pcqgod » 27 Apr 2018, 15:34

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Paterno (2018, HBO)

Clearly not really a movie about the disgraced college football legend so much as the scandal that brought him down, which explains why Paterno himself seems such a minor character in the overall story. Al Pacino plays him as a somewhat doddering, short-sighted man whose focus on winning football games has clearly left him unable to see important things happening around him. Near the end of the movie, someone being interviewed about the fall of Paterno tersely asks (paraphrasing from memory), "Why is anyone even talking about Paterno? You hear about someone doing something inappropriate with boys, you tell someone right away. Of course he gets fired."
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Postby sloopjohnc » 28 Apr 2018, 06:44

Jeemo wrote:saw the new Avengers movie last night with the boys, great fun if you like that sort of thing, which I do.


The movie reviewer in my paper said there was just too much there there. Too many plots and too many characters.
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Postby sloopjohnc » 28 Apr 2018, 06:45

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Where the Damned film bummed me out, this one makes me bounce around.


Yeah, I liked it a lot. I've seen it a couple times.
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Postby Matt Wilson » 28 Apr 2018, 16:03

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 29 Apr 2018, 21:13

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Avengers: Shark Jump. To be fair, it's better than the last Thor or Guardians film, it doesn't quite suffer from the same level of smug indifference to narrative. However, it does essentially takes us right back (cue Annie Wilkes rant in Misery) to the old Flash Gordon/Rocket Man serials, as no doubt everything that happened in this one will be rolled back by some macguffin or other. If they had the guts to stick with the ending(s), retrospectively you could claim it as a brave film. But they won't.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Jimbo » 30 Apr 2018, 13:55

sloopjohnc wrote:
Jeemo wrote:saw the new Avengers movie last night with the boys, great fun if you like that sort of thing, which I do.


The movie reviewer in my paper said there was just too much there there. Too many plots and too many characters.


Indeed the new Avengers movie was overstuffed with battles, characters, and where the fuck did those wheelie things come from? That aside, it was one of the best movies I ever saw. Maybe it's my old man emotions but it was so good I had tears and a runny nose throughout almost the entire movie. All those old friend reunions killed me, as did the deaths, rebirths, jokes, humanity and magic. The politics were interesting, too with none too subtle shades of 9/11, the Holocaust, ISIS and Syria. And while Captain America is in the cast he doesn't brandish his famous shield implying to me that America is no longer the heroic nation it was. But the effort, artisanship, craft, overall cleverness and downright psychedelic effects made for a wonderful evening at the movies. And I mean at the theater. I couldn't imagine seeing this on my living room flatscreen.
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Postby driftin » 30 Apr 2018, 16:32

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I liked both of these quite a bit.

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Postby pcqgod » 30 Apr 2018, 23:14

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Violet and Daisy (2011)

Setting aside that critics at the time rightfully pegged this movie as a weak Tarantino knock off, there are so many things wrong here, so many things that flat don't make any sense. The titular characters would be the world's worst assassins in the real world, and their rivals almost as bad. The conceit of the deadly assassins who are ordinary teenage girls might be good for a laugh or two, but we can't buy the "assassins with hearts of gold" crap when we also know that they're bloodthirsty sociopaths who glory in killing and reveling in gore.
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Postby driftin » 02 May 2018, 17:48

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Decent modern exploitation film that harks back to nasty 1970s thrillers like Deliverance and Straw Dogs but with a modern feminist twist.

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Postby pcqgod » 04 May 2018, 19:47

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War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

The Caesar saga continues, as men continue to de-evolve and apes (improbably, given their small breeding base) continue growing in numbers. I found this movie pretty dreary. Woody Harrelson is good in it, but he's good in everything, isn't he? The first in this series was an interesting reboot, but I don't think we needed the sequels.
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 05 May 2018, 21:37

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Probably about the 300th time I've seen it, whichever version this particular poster is referring too. I was that wound up by my ignorant cunt of a brother that I just wanted something ... er ... cosy and familiar.
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Postby Matt Wilson » 06 May 2018, 01:08

Showed The Exorcist to my eldest daughter last year after building it up to be the scariest movie ever, blah, blah, blah. I probably should've shut my mouth because she wasn't scared at all.

Kids.

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Postby Darkness_Fish » 06 May 2018, 20:41

Matt Wilson wrote:Showed The Exorcist to my eldest daughter last year after building it up to be the scariest movie ever, blah, blah, blah. I probably should've shut my mouth because she wasn't scared at all.

Kids.

Funny thing is, I've never really considered it particularly scary at all. However, as a film, I think it's shot superbly, its pacing is spot on, and for a horror film to have such a fully realised, coherent narrative is pretty rare. From start to finish, it works, and leaves no openings for a crappy sequel. Which they then made anyway. It's also probably quite weird for a supernatural film concerning obscure frowned-upon practices to have such a buy-in from the Catholic church, too. Makes you wonder what they thought they'd get out of it.
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Postby Matt Wilson » 06 May 2018, 21:16

Well when I was a kid we did think it was the scariest movie ever. And as a Catholic I guess it did have more resonance for me than your average moviegoer. Of course seeing it now it’s just a little girl with make up on. It is an extremely well directed Film though as you say.
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