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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 14 Jun 2018, 22:42

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Silverado

Kasdan's mid '80s attempt to resurrect the western is only partially successful. A fine cast of up-and-coming actors and good photography can't save an overstuffed screenplay where there are too many characters all with back stories with a slightly overlong running time.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 15 Jun 2018, 16:18

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Hereditary (2018)

This is pretty much full-tilt supernatural horror, though a slow burn through the first hour or more while tension is carefully ramped up. The start of a new wave of this genre, along with 'The Witch' (2015)?
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Goat Boy » 15 Jun 2018, 16:24

A strong first half with a couple of great moments let down by a cliched second half and too much exposition.

Good but not great and considering the reviews rather disappointing. Do these people even watch horror?
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Twang » 15 Jun 2018, 17:05

What's been better in the last 5-10 years? Genuinely curious. It's not "my" genre, and I tend to be underwhelmed by it.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Goat Boy » 15 Jun 2018, 17:19

Off the top of me head...

Antichrist
Cabin In The Woods
Let The Right One In
It Follows
Raw
I Saw The Devil
Martyrs
Rec 1 and 2
Kill List
The Babadook
Green Room
Under The Shadow
The Loved Ones
Don't Breathe
Under The Skin


I really think with Hereditary your reaction will be more positive if you're not that much of a horror fan. Kermode hits on this in his review which I think sums it up really well.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Twang » 15 Jun 2018, 17:44

Thanks. I've been meaning to check some of those out. I wasn't all that impressed by It Follows but liked Let the Right One In and Green Room well enough.

Just listened to Kermode's review. Horror movies have to overcome a lot to really get to me I think because I generally find them stupid and ridiculous from the start (i.e., put me in the not really a horror fan camp). I have such low expectations for their endings that I tend to be impressed when they can land it cleverly or in a way I didn't see coming. I thought Hereditary did both but I agree that it was a letdown from the earlier scene(s). I disagree that it was worse than The Witch, though, and It Comes at Night was kind of shit, wasn't it?

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Goat Boy » 15 Jun 2018, 18:07

Not all those movies have the same high points Hereditary has but I think they are more satisfying as movies, you know?
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 15 Jun 2018, 21:12

I felt that it compared favorably to 'The Babadook' and 'Under the Shadow.' Yes, it features some horror cliches, but sometimes cliches still work.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 15 Jun 2018, 21:27

Properly Good
Let The Right One In
I Saw The Devil
Martyrs
Rec 1
The Babadook
Don't Breathe

Pretty Good
Antichrist
Rec 2
It Follows

Ruined by really, really pathetic endings
Cabin In The Woods - Most egregious example of "throw some CGI shit at the screen" in recent history
Kill List - Hunchback lolz

Not seen
Green Room
Under The Shadow
The Loved Ones
Under The Skin
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 15 Jun 2018, 22:01

'Green Room' is excellent. Not sure I'd call it horror, though.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 18 Jun 2018, 09:15

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Visually gorgeous black and white vampire film, dialogue entirely in Farsi, though the locations are all in the US. Some really, really good scenes; the girl pushing the drugged-out dracula down the street on the skateboard, the slow bedroom scene with the mirrorball. The only major flaw is the same as with a lot of art-house stuff, there's no commitment to seeing through the narrative, which usually feels like a cop-out to me.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 18 Jun 2018, 15:27

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Visually gorgeous black and white vampire film, dialogue entirely in Farsi, though the locations are all in the US. Some really, really good scenes; the girl pushing the drugged-out dracula down the street on the skateboard, the slow bedroom scene with the mirrorball. The only major flaw is the same as with a lot of art-house stuff, there's no commitment to seeing through the narrative, which usually feels like a cop-out to me.

I love that, it's one of the coolest films I've seen in recent years.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 23 Jun 2018, 16:21

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Five Tall Tales: Budd Boetticher & Randolph Scott at Columbia, 1957-1960

Five of the Boetticher/Scott Ranown films are here from British label Indicator. Transfers are good (for some reason only Ride Lonesome was given a new scan). All of these pictures are beloved by western buffs and are best considered as a series of movies rather than taken individually. Same leading man, same director, same locations, etc. All low-budget and written with economy and style. Now if someone would do Seven Men from Now and Westbound, then all of the Ranown movies would be in hi def.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 24 Jun 2018, 17:01

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Hotel Artemis (2018)

Fairly simple, but original premise. Engaging cast of characters, although no great effort made to give them any original backstory. Decent action, some funny bits. Almost shocking to see Jodie Foster sliding into a matronly role, though I suppose it shouldn't be. B minus.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 29 Jun 2018, 03:37

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The Seven-Ups
This son-of-The-French-Connection is actually pretty good if you love '70s cop thrillers filmed in NY as I do. The Scheider character is based on Sonny Grosso, who was Jimmy Doyle's (Gene Hackman) partner in The French Connection. Both characters were played by Roy Scheider. The directer produced both the previous film as well as Bullitt. Yeah, a Matt movie, in other words.

Underworld USA
Another hard boiled noir from Sam Fuller, who had no shortage of manly-man films of similar pedigree.

The Big Country
Wyler's beautifully photographed movie has never looked this good. A most European and liberal perspective pervades and there's plenty of extras - including a wonderful commentary by Christopher Frayling. It was filmed in something called Technirama - which provided a sharper image than Cinemascope. The transfer floors me.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 30 Jun 2018, 16:08

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Sicario: Day of the Soldado

When I heard that there was going to be a Sicario 2, I asked myself "why?" The original movie pretty much summed up the ugliness of the drug war in Mexico with an unflinching look at its results and victims. What more could a sequel do than bring back its primary characters for more gun play and carnage? Having watched it last night, the answer is: not much. As a mere action/thriller kind of movie, it's okay. It suffers from stilted dialogue that seems like it was written by hack "tough guy talk" script doctors, and cliched moments with angry superiors pounding on desks and yelling at their out-of-control law enforcement subordinates. That "yeah this seems wrong but it's necessary isn't it?" tension from the original is gone, out the window with the gritty realism of the original. And the dramatic tension in the final scene is driven by a very improbable coincidence.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 30 Jun 2018, 21:22

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Decent enough French horror black-comedy thing, with occasional arthouse pretenses. I thought it was going to go down the vampire route, which would've made more sense in the scenes of absolute craving for meat/blood (such as the weird party/morgue bit), but I'm also glad it shied away from the supernatural, if just because something attempting to be grounded in the real world is normally scarier. However, the depiction of life in Vet School is much more horrific than any of the body-horror butchery on display. What's that about?
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Postby Matt Wilson » 04 Jul 2018, 18:11

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Bullfighter and the Lady

Probably the best film Budd Boetticher made which isn't a western, the film examines the lives of matadors in Mexico through the eyes of American Robert Stack. Producer John Wayne had John Ford remove about a half an hour for its theatrical release in the early '50s (and it still netted Boetticher an oscar nod for screenplay), but it's been restored to its original 124 minutes for this hi def release. Yes, I see the brutality inherent in Bullfighting, yet I also am swept up in the bravery of these guys who could get in the ring with an animal which can weigh over 2,000 lbs.
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Postby Jeemo » 04 Jul 2018, 19:11

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Another wildly successful director goes mad in the jungle. After mega success with French Connection and The Exorcist. Friedkin is given carte blanche to make what he wants. He chooses to adapt the book of The Wages Of Fear, not the earlier film, he is at pains to say. He regards the film as a classic. He has casting problems as various names come and go. Steve McQueen and Marcello Mastroianni were cast at one point. Friedkin films most of the movie in Dominican Republic, like Coppola in The Philippines being away from the studio led to problems with studio heads later.

The Sorcerer is claimed to be a lost masterpiece in an interview on the bluray, its not that but its very good, with some great performances. Roy Scheider is brilliant in the main role, with a few nods to Bogart in Treasure of The Sierra Madre. Scheider is one of those actors that is never flashy or hammy, its all about the character. Did he ever give a bad performance?

The film was released at the same time as Star Wars and tanked. I love it and can watch it over and over. Tangerine Dream did the soundtrack as well.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 04 Jul 2018, 19:23

Yeah, I remember that one, Jeemo - saw it theatrically in fact. Wouldn't mind seeing it again - though I know it's not half as good as the original Wages of Fear.
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