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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 08 Aug 2018, 19:10

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Unfriended: Dark Web (2018)

Like the previous movie in the series, you are watching a computer screen through the entire movie. Also like the first, it works pretty well, at least until the concept of evil, omnipotent dark webbers who can see and hear everything you do and can be anywhere and everywhere gets out of hand.

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Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)

I love this movie because it has incredible, borderline superhero-type action but doesn't fall into that post-Matrix trap of making the action look easy, with heroes shooting with pin-point accuracy while doing double backflips, or whatever. There's real grit and danger portrayed. The characters and dialogue still aren't particularly memorable, and there are sufficient twists and turns, rogue double agents stolen nukes and platitudes about helping people to make it a comfortable Hollywood blockbuster.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

A truly soulless and surprisingly flat action/adventure featuring characters and plot that could have been knocked off by any hack Young Adult writer in 30 minutes. While watching this, I was actually having a mental conversation with myself along these lines: Me: "Remember 'Wizard of Oz'? That was a good move." Me: "yeah. Remember 'Fellowship of the Ring'?....etc.
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Postby Matt Wilson » 09 Aug 2018, 02:03

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Convoy

Night two of my region B blu ray fest: Peckinpah's unfortunate Convoy gets the Brit treatment with a fine transfer and plenty of extras. The film is a muddled mess with a reported original 3 1/2 hour cut reduced to its less-than-two hour theatrical version. Honestly, the movie is crap, and only a masochist could sit through a longer cut. Even Kristofferson in his ultra-cool '70s days couldn't redeem this.

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The Ipcress File
Considered a classic in its day, it holds up fairly well I guess. There's that silly '60s spy stuff concerning brain washing and Caine makes a pretty good anti-Bond (he was really on a role in the mid '60s through the mid '70s, wasn't he? Zulu, this, Alfie, The Italian Job, Get Carter, Sleuth, The Man Who Would be King, etc.). Transfer is okay, though it could probably do with a bit of freshening up. Another region B disc from the UK.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 10 Aug 2018, 10:05

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Polish comedy-horror, that isn't really a horror at all, and as a comedy is so black as to be ashen. The wedding-day celebrations of an Israeli and his Polish bride appear to be slightly marred by the apparent possession of the groom by a dybbuk. Of course, the family don't want anything to seem remiss on the big day, so as the groom becomes more unpredictable, the more alcohol is served, the more devastating the party becomes. Bacchanalian excess, ghost stories, and holocaust references, all tied up in one oddly entertaining film.

As if to underline how bleak this film is, the director committed suicide during his stay at a film festival where he was on promotional duties.
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Postby Matt Wilson » 11 Aug 2018, 06:24

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The Samurai Trilogy

Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai trilogy has been called Japan's Gone with the Wind, and it's easy to see why. Not that there's much of a romance to this historical epic but the sweep and grandeur of these pictures are as entertaining as anything Mifune did with Kurosawa. The movies center on a real life ronin samurai named Musashi Miyamoto who lived to duel and sharpen his technique. Apparently, he's more famous in Japan than virtually any other historical figure. Anyway, this upgrade of my old Criterion DVDs was long overdue and it makes me want more Japanese cinema in my home video library.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 12 Aug 2018, 04:38

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Just lovely.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Snarfyguy » 13 Aug 2018, 20:42

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Seemed almost like more of a war movie with a super hero in it than a super hero movie proper. But my seven year-old liked it (except for the parts with kissing) and it's more aimed at her than me, so I'm not complaining when I say I found it predictable and 1/2 an hour too long but otherwise okay.


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Very enjoyable, although I confess that, between the characters' stoned mumbling and the show's use of slang/dialect, my comprehension of the dialogue is probably around 75%.
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Postby Jeemo » 13 Aug 2018, 22:14

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Seemed almost like more of a war movie with a super hero in it than a super hero movie proper. But my seven year-old liked it (except for the parts with kissing) and it's more aimed at her than me, so I'm not complaining when I say I found it predictable and 1/2 an hour too long but otherwise okay.



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Postby Snarfyguy » 14 Aug 2018, 00:12

^^^ Well done. They looked very, er, lifelike.
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Postby Jeemo » 14 Aug 2018, 16:51

Snarfyguy wrote:^^^ Well done. They looked very, er, lifelike.


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Postby Matt Wilson » 16 Aug 2018, 04:55

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The Dead Zone
Another one of my region B blus. I like the movie, one of Stephen King's better film adaptations, and certainly Walken's best leading performance. I hadn't seen it in decades, since it came out probably. It's been almost forgotten now since other, glitzier King pictures like It, The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption succeeded it. One of Cronenberg's better efforts too. The transfer could be better, and there's no subtitles.

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Queimada
Brando himself considered this one of his best performances, and this 129 minute version (the original theatrical version ran 132 minutes) is the best home video version available. It's in German with English subtitles, and the English language version is strangely available as a bonus feature. The print is a bit washed out and the whole endeavor could use a restoration but we should be glad to have it as such. As a film it's okay, there are better movies about English imperialism and the creation of banana republics, but its importance in the Brando myth is important to me and as such, it comes recommended.

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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Finney's breakthrough and one of the finest British films of the era. Is this the best kitchen sink drama? I dunno, is that term even in use anymore? Britain's new wave might not have panned out as much as the French one, but pictures like this, Look Back in Anger, A Taste of Honey, This Sporting Life, Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, etc. have certainly stood the test of time. This is why I switched to a region-free disc player - this particular movie isn't even available in America on blu.

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The Addiction

Ferrara's little high IQ bloodsucker B&W movie from the '90s still holds up. It's not Bad Lieutenant (or even King of New York) but it does have a Christopher Walken cameo, lots of cool photography, and enough Nietzsche, Nazi, philosophy, and deconstructionist existentialism to make you ponder its meaning for days. Are vampires really Übermensches? Hmmm....
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Postby driftin » 24 Aug 2018, 17:44

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Not only one of the best action films of the decade but one of the best films period. The action scenes are superb and will remain so but the level of detail in its world building, its characterisation and arcs, its rich themes all interwoven into its fabric just become so much more apparent with every viewing.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 25 Aug 2018, 17:46

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Queimada
Brando himself considered this one of his best performances, and this 129 minute version (the original theatrical version ran 132 minutes) is the best home video version available. It's in German with English subtitles, and the English language version is strangely available as a bonus feature. The print is a bit washed out and the whole endeavor could use a restoration but we should be glad to have it as such. As a film it's okay, there are better movies about English imperialism and the creation of banana republics, but its importance in the Brando myth is important to me and as such, it comes recommended.

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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Finney's breakthrough and one of the finest British films of the era. Is this the best kitchen sink drama? I dunno, is that term even in use anymore? Britain's new wave might not have panned out as much as the French one, but pictures like this, Look Back in Anger, A Taste of Honey, This Sporting Life, Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, etc. have certainly stood the test of time. This is why I switched to a region-free disc player - this particular movie isn't even available in America on blu.


These are both great movies.

Do you actually buy all of these blu rays you post about?
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 25 Aug 2018, 17:48

Of course.
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Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 25 Aug 2018, 18:00

My wife would kill me.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 25 Aug 2018, 18:24

Don't have one of those anymore.

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This Sporting Life

Another one of those classic British films not available in America on blu. It has by far the best Richard Harris performance I've seen. Too bad he didn't do more acting like this, though I quite enjoy him in many other things. There's a Brando-like feral quality to his acting which seemed like a blueprint for his entire career. Except he only seemed to tap into it in other roles, never to fully engage in this kind of physicality again. Definitely as good here as Finney was in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, or O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia. Rachel Roberts is great here as well, better than she was in Saturday Night...
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby mentalist (slight return) » 26 Aug 2018, 05:53

Dragged out one of my storage boxes of DVDs .In the mood for westerns. Starting off with the first of Ford's cavalry trilogy, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon.

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Postby Matt Wilson » 26 Aug 2018, 15:38

Not a bad collection, I counted 12 titles I don't own.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Jimbo » 27 Aug 2018, 20:39

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I was quite impressed with this, though I think it walks a fine line between attempting to be an articulate insightful film, and remembering to actually entertain the kids, and sometimes gets the balance wrong. The whole debate about whether laws are moral in and of themselves didn't seem to amuse Tom as much as the baby kicking the shit out of a racoon, for instance. Still, it's definitely a vast improvement on all the Marvel shit that gets vomited onto our screens at the moment.


Don't see many films these days because of the dearth of smaller US/UK films shown in Japanese theaters. Films like this get shown, however, and I'll go just for the fun house ride they offer. And this is a hell of a ride. I am awed by the amount of work and creativity that went into its making.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Jeemo » 28 Aug 2018, 10:59

I watched Bronson, starring Tom Hardy. Really not sure why this film was made. Violent guy does violent things, goes to prison and is violent in prison. Pointless.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 28 Aug 2018, 19:57

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Absolutely dreadful. But that's kinda what we expected, given the 3.3 rating on imdb. Strangely, we watched it to the bitter end.
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