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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Minnie Cheddars » 06 May 2018, 21:23

Over the weekend we watched the Maysles "Salesman" which was an extraordinary time capsule.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Snarfyguy » 07 May 2018, 21:27

^^^ Great one, that Maysles doc.

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Slow and quiet, but confidently mesmerizing, this is probably Reichart's best work yet. It's certainly the most accomplished cast she's worked with.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Jimbo » 08 May 2018, 04:53

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I had seen already seen the Exorcist and it scared the shit out of me but one late afternoon I was hanging out with my recently divorced - and bored - older sister and her two boys 6 and 7 years old. Sis suggested we go to a drive-in movie. She and I could watch the movie while the boys slept in the back of the car. We looked in the paper and she spied The Exorcist. I said, "Oh no, sis. You don't want to bring the boys to that one. It's too scary." The boys hearing me say this were now interested and my sister insisted they'd be asleep before we knew it. So we went to the drive in, hung the speaker in the window and seconds after the music started the boys started crying in fear. I felt sorry for the kids but sis was hard. "Go to sleep!" she screamed at them but when the idol statue appears from the Iraqi desert they screamed and cried even more frantically. While she could handle their crying, only some minutes into the film I couldn't and took command. I started the car and drove off. (Yes, I replaced the speaker.)
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Postby Matt Wilson » 08 May 2018, 05:35

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The Rocky Heavyweight Collection

I was just going to show my daughter the first one, but the box was only 20 bucks so I figured... Anyway, here's my breakdown of the six pictures:
Rocky - The first is still easily the best. Stallone really had something here. He was wise to make the character likeable - he never talks shit about anybody, and he's nice. Still one of the best sports films ever.
Rocky 2 - Not a bad sequel, except he wins this time, which was the only thing different about it. Nice chemistry with Talia Shire in both movies.
Rocky 3 - The cartoon aspect of the series starts here. It's the eighties, and Stallone looks better with a more streamlined body and he doesn't seem so stupid anymore. And Paulie is completely obnoxious. It's apparent he's never gonna have any redeeming qualities.
Rocky 4 - Equally cartoon-like, but possibly even more so. The patriotism makes this possibly the weakest of the series. But still entertaining. It probably should have stopped here.
Rocky 5 - I'm gonna say this is the worst. Rocky trains a younger fighter because he's now too old but of course he has to fight the younger guy at the end of the picture.... and win. LOL...
Rocky Balboa - Overlook the completely unbelievable plot, where Rocky, as a guy in his late '50s fights the current boxing champion and almost wins, and focus on the pathos and pain, and it's surprisingly good.

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Postby Darkness_Fish » 08 May 2018, 09:36

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Just about tolerable pointless adventure flick. For a film which seems aimed at particularly young kids, it sure does concentrate a lot on knob gags.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

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Superb.

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Postby Matt Wilson » 17 May 2018, 04:58

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Mystery Train
Interesting Jarmusch picture which I hadn't seen since it came out. The three stories are no more than perfunctory with the Memphis ambience carrying the entire endeavor. Joe Strummer, Screaming Jay Hawkins and Rufus Thomas all make appearances. Worth the time if you're a fan - had the screenplay been better with some snappy dialogue it could've been a minor classic.

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Postby Jeemo » 19 May 2018, 08:29

I watched Citizen Kane last night. God knows how many times I've watched this. A masterpiece.
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Postby Matt Wilson » 20 May 2018, 02:15

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Suspiria

As someone who first saw this on a VHS cassette, let me assure you - it has *never* looked this good. The colors are blinding in their saturation. And folks, color is what Suspiria is all about. The story is barely there, the acting nonexistent. Goblin's music is fun, and even memorable, but sometime it overpowers the scenes. But the color scheme is unlike anything you've ever seen before. The picture's dream logic is entirely dependent on the cinematography. Fans of Eurohorror will eat this up.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 20 May 2018, 03:23

Jimbo wrote:
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I had seen already seen the Exorcist and it scared the shit out of me but one late afternoon I was hanging out with my recently divorced - and bored - older sister and her two boys 6 and 7 years old. Sis suggested we go to a drive-in movie. She and I could watch the movie while the boys slept in the back of the car. We looked in the paper and she spied The Exorcist. I said, "Oh no, sis. You don't want to bring the boys to that one. It's too scary." The boys hearing me say this were now interested and my sister insisted they'd be asleep before we knew it. So we went to the drive in, hung the speaker in the window and seconds after the music started the boys started crying in fear. I felt sorry for the kids but sis was hard. "Go to sleep!" she screamed at them but when the idol statue appears from the Iraqi desert they screamed and cried even more frantically. While she could handle their crying, only some minutes into the film I couldn't and took command. I started the car and drove off. (Yes, I replaced the speaker.)


I was 8 when my babysitter took me to see it. Somehow it didn’t bother me much, so I ended up going again a few weeks later. That time it freaked me out...causing me nightmares for years after.
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Postby DRUGS SNAKE » 21 May 2018, 11:50

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(again) - good fun, not quite classic. I might start a thread on Jack soon. Always enthralling, but always the same act



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a blast, with two spectacular lead performances (and everybody else was lots of fun), but I got completely lost in the dialogue at times which was possibly the fastest I've ever seen in a film - almost a gimmick, really



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codswallop, I turned it off half an hour before the end. I'd been led to believe it was really good, but all the well-worn modern crime thriller tropes were present and correct, and a confusing plot just fucked me off. I really hate modern film-making sometimes

Emily Blunt is fucking gorgeous, tho'. Just my type. Kind of a distraction really
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 21 May 2018, 16:09

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I didn't want to feel happy anyway.

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Postby pcqgod » 21 May 2018, 21:11

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Fahrenheit 451 (HBO, 2018)

Lackluster new adaptation of the classic Bradbury novel. Michael B. Jordan as Montag is fine but his character arc seems too rushed. Michael Shannon, playing Montag's superior, should display a certain amount of conflict about his job based on the things he does in the movie, but Shannon never adequately conveys this in his acting. The new ideas don't add much to the story. The director wanted to make the internet a target but largely misses the mark; there was a recent episode of "The Orville" that was actually a better satire of internet culture. And two movie adaptation of 'Fahrenheit 451' down, and we still don't have a robot dog like in the book!

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A Sound of Thunder (2005)

I hate to pan a movie largely because of terrible special effects, but f/x here are piss-poor, like something you would have seen on "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys." It's hard to believe that over a decade after 'Jurassic Park' and two years after the last 'Lord of the Rings' movie that a studio would have bothered to release something so amateurish looking into theaters, especially when special effects are integral to pretty much every single scene in the movie. The main thing that seems to have been added to the original story is having the main characters run from mutant baboon-lizard things and giant bat things, so this is another case of the writers failing to add anything new ideas of interest to Bradbury's source material.
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Postby harvey k-tel » 22 May 2018, 14:46

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Ridiculous. Spielberg should've known better. So the aliens suddenly start dying at the end for no apparent reason (if you've read the book you know why, but there's absolutely no explanation for it here) and then we're left with a voiceover saying "it was the microbes wut dun it". Tom Cruise was horrible.

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Aside from Britt Walford being a reluctant interviewee, this was great to see, and to finally have all the pieces of this band and album put together was pretty satisfying.
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Postby gash’s trollish obsession » 22 May 2018, 18:11

Worth it for the rehearsal footage alone.
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Postby harvey k-tel » 22 May 2018, 18:27

Oh, for sure. Walford's such a great drummer, and he just makes it look effortless.
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Postby Geezee » 23 May 2018, 13:51

pcqgod wrote:
A Sound of Thunder (2005)

I hate to pan a movie largely because of terrible special effects, but f/x here are piss-poor, like something you would have seen on "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys." It's hard to believe that over a decade after 'Jurassic Park' and two years after the last 'Lord of the Rings' movie that a studio would have bothered to release something so amateurish looking into theaters, especially when special effects are integral to pretty much every single scene in the movie. The main thing that seems to have been added to the original story is having the main characters run from mutant baboon-lizard things and giant bat things, so this is another case of the writers failing to add anything new ideas of interest to Bradbury's source material.


Ben Kingsley really has been in some awful stuff.
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Postby northernsky » 23 May 2018, 14:59

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Postby Matt Wilson » 25 May 2018, 02:44

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Gun Crazy

One of the great films noir and an awesome example of man-and-woman-on-the-lam movies which would include They Live at Night, Breathless, Bonnie & Clyde, Badlands, and Natural Born Killers. Matt movies all. Not to mention Peggy Cummins is sexy as hell.

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Postby Darkness_Fish » 29 May 2018, 21:43

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Another from the cheaply-made horror flick department. A slow moving, fairly gentle film, which is based around the relationship between a teenage girl and her mother, following the recent death of her father. The mother can't cope surrounded by the memories the family home brings, and moves house to an isolated location, taking the girl away from her friends. The girl, raging against the injustice of it all, performs an occult ritual wishing her mother dead. And as mother and daughter become closer again, there's a growing indication that something sinister may be about to happen. Not quite in the same class as the likes of The Babadook, but trying to come at things from the same angle, if with much less overtly disturbing scenes. Worth seeing, certainly.
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