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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Earl E. Eel » 20 Sep 2018, 19:52

Yeah.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 20 Sep 2018, 21:30

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Notorious for the ways in which director Çetin İnanç edited footage from Star Wars into his own film, along with music from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Flash Gordon, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (1982) is the “holy grail” of remakesploitation cinema.

The Man Who Saves the World revolves around two Turkish space pilots who crash- land on a desert planet enslaved by an evil wizard. Memorable sequences involve the heroes battling robots inspired by Battlestar Galactica and Forbidden Planet — plus mummies, skeletons, and multi-coloured yetis. Another sees them in starfighter “cockpits,” wearing motorcycle helmets, as footage from the Star Wars Death Star battle is projected behind them.


Saw this at the cinema. Horribly incompetent, weird, cheap, stupid, illogical... and amazing.


That sounds awesome.
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Postby Samoan » 21 Sep 2018, 11:42

Gone Girl

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I had to switch it off after 7 minutes the dialogue was so corny and affected.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby The Modernist » 21 Sep 2018, 19:41

Eddie Shah environment wrote:Great scenes, but (maybe) not a great film - right?


I get where you're coming from. You wouldn't call it a particularly great story..but the performances and the kind of raw guerilla shooting that Scorcese was pioneering (albeit heavily influenced by Cassavetes) make it a classic of its kind for me.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 22 Sep 2018, 03:40

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driftin wrote:Image

https://vimeo.com/283467024

Notorious for the ways in which director Çetin İnanç edited footage from Star Wars into his own film, along with music from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Flash Gordon, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (1982) is the “holy grail” of remakesploitation cinema.

The Man Who Saves the World revolves around two Turkish space pilots who crash- land on a desert planet enslaved by an evil wizard. Memorable sequences involve the heroes battling robots inspired by Battlestar Galactica and Forbidden Planet — plus mummies, skeletons, and multi-coloured yetis. Another sees them in starfighter “cockpits,” wearing motorcycle helmets, as footage from the Star Wars Death Star battle is projected behind them.


Saw this at the cinema. Horribly incompetent, weird, cheap, stupid, illogical... and amazing.


That sounds awesome.

It's right up your alley I reckon. There's lots of bad bootlegs available everywhere, even YouTube, but if possible try and see this with lots of other people at the cinema. The raucous laughter and atmosphere just makes all the ineptitude much more entertaining.



Look at this. How brilliantly dumb is this?

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 22 Sep 2018, 03:53

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Paul Schrader's greatest film still resonates precisely because its message concerning union corruption is relevant today. As a teacher, I thank God for unions and the protection they provide, but I'd be blind if I said that corruption isn't widespread across America and hasn't been for decades. This, from the glory days of the 1970s, is prescient in a way I couldn't have predicted as a kid. Pryor (in a career best), Keitel, and Kotto (wasn't he great?) all deliver virtual career bests (okay, maybe not Harvey) in a picture that was fine in 1978, but is remarkably modern in its tale of three friends who are under the thumb of bills and monthly payments and decide to rob their union office and consequently suffer the ill effects of their actions. This region B blu is more proof positive (as if I needed more) that we all need a region-free disc player for home video satisfaction. Do you hear me, bitches?
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Snarfyguy » 23 Sep 2018, 06:07

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Family movie night.

The worst thing I've seen since Moulin Rouge, and it's possibly even worse than that.

The kids loved it, and it reminded me that when I was a kid, my dad took me took me to see Tod Browning's Freaks, so I guess I have to do better for my kid.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 23 Sep 2018, 18:55

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Family movie night.

Then worst thing I've seen since Moulin Rouge, and it's possibly even worse than that.

The kids loved it, and it reminded me that when I was a kid, my dad took me took me to see Tod Browning's Freaks, so I guess I have to do better for my kid.


I saw that on HBO. I don't recall seeing a musical with such unmemorable songs before. I think I would have preferred a story about P.T. Barnum the huckster, rather than P.T. Barnum, the magical sprinkler of fairy-dust into our mundane lives.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 23 Sep 2018, 20:48

Matt Wilson wrote:Image
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Paul Schrader's greatest film still resonates precisely because its message concerning union corruption is relevant today. As a teacher, I thank God for unions and the protection they provide, but I'd be blind if I said that corruption isn't widespread across America and hasn't been for decades. This, from the glory days of the 1970s, is prescient in a way I couldn't have predicted as a kid. Pryor (in a career best), Keitel, and Kotto (wasn't he great?) all deliver virtual career bests (okay, maybe not Harvey) in a picture that was fine in 1978, but is remarkably modern in its tale of three friends who are under the thumb of bills and monthly payments and decide to rob their union office and consequently suffer the ill effects of their actions. This region B blu is more proof positive (as if I needed more) that we all need a region-free disc player for home video satisfaction. Do you hear me, bitches?

It's been ages since I've seen that, but it's one of those films that's always stuck with me. Saying it's Pryor's best film performance is almost underselling how good he is in a largely straight part, it seems a shame he never took on other roles of this quality. I mean, I guess he'll always have something of a reputation in comedy to fall back on [/understatement], but he really showed how he could relate to the audience in a part with something to say.
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Postby Matt Wilson » 23 Sep 2018, 21:59

In rereading my review, I notice I used the phrase 'career best' twice. Precisely the kind of thing an editor would've caught because I'm too lazy to read the whole thing before I hit 'submit.' But yeah, the three leads were interesting. And it's particularly fascinating to note that they hated each other while filming. Fighting was (even physical altercations) rampant during production. Schrader had a bit of a meltdown one day right in the middle of work. Pryor called him a pussy!
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 24 Sep 2018, 13:01

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The wife bought this DVD to watch while on holiday, and we forgot about it. Sadly, we found it the other day, and chose to watch it last night. There's absolutely no point to it being in London, nothing is made of the location apart from some really shoddy CGI set-pieces. The plot is stupid beyond belief, and the levels of sheer xenophobia and Islamophobia are mental.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 24 Sep 2018, 16:35

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Probably my two favourite films of the year and I just saw them back to back which was bloody lovely but considering their intense style I think I need to lie down. Jesus christ.

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Big Wednesday

John Milius directed this, the finest surfing movie ever made, before he wrote Apocalypse Now but after he scripted the first two Dirty Harry films. An autobiographical effort about his time as a young man in Malibu, it contains the finest performances (or at least my favorite) of both Jan-Michael Vincent and Gary Busey. Of course, it's not just about surfing, its themes include friends growing older, the passage of time, responsibilities, etc. It resonated with me at a very young age, so it's almost impossible for me to assess it now at middle age. I dunno, maybe it helps to have grown up in San Diego.

The Hired Hand
After the success of Easy Rider, Peter Fonda could've done anything in Hollywood. He chose to make a western. His first directorial effort and it's pretty damned interesting. Vilmos Zsigmond's first real job shooting a picture, with a soundtrack by Bruce Langhorne (yes, Mr Tambourine Man himself), the film deals with themes of friendship, marriage and responsibility. It's also feminist in its depiction of a lonely women's sexuality in a house with no husband. I also think it's beautiful to look at. Warren Oates is in it too, what else do you need?

Seven Psychopaths
Most of the films I review here I've already seen, but this one was new to me. I'm a big Chris Walken fan and always wanted to see this one. Dunno how I feel about it. It's a post-Tarantino talk-fest about a guy writing a Hollywood screenplay about psychotics and the people he encounters. It's amusing, but I'm not sure it's anything more than that.

Wings of Desire
Wenders greatest film? Probably. It certainly created the biggest wave at the time. I never saw the sequel, but I'll never forget the first time I saw this. Forget the Hollywood version and stick with the original. You'll actually believe Columbo is an ex-angel.
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Postby Matt Wilson » 30 Sep 2018, 04:49

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Tender Mercies

Christ, I'd forgotten how good this was. Duvall was a god at one time, wasn't he? Keep in mind this is a guy from San Diego, where I was raised. He's not a country guy at all. Yet you'd never know that to see him in this film. None of the other guys I dote on could've pulled this off. Not Brando, DeNiro, Pacino (God forbid), Nicholson, Beatty, Hoffman, etc.

Respect.
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Postby Jeemo » 30 Sep 2018, 08:56

There's a great bit about Duvall in William Goldmans book Adventures in Screenwriting. It's about his acting in The Great Santini. The character bullies his own son to achieve sucess in basketball. Duvall plays it straight down the line. Goldman writes about if the film had starred Redford there would've been an additional scene where Redford would acknowledge that he'd been hard on his son but it was for his own good in the long run, etc. So that Redford wouldnt come across as a total arsehole.
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Postby Earl E. Eel » 30 Sep 2018, 09:52

:)

sounds like Clooney
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 30 Sep 2018, 14:40

The Great Santini (along with The Apostle) is another one I'd love to own which isn't on blu anywhere in the world that I know of. You know who could've pulled off the Duvall role today? English actors. Tom Hardy, say. And Redford did play assoles early in his career, check out Downhill Racer, Tell Them Willie Boy is Here, Big Fauss and Little Halsey, etc. He was a murderer in The Chase (that one even had Duvall and Brando) and homosexual in another one I can't recall. Somewhere along the line he became the big moviestar he is today and his roles were less interesting.
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Postby Jeemo » 30 Sep 2018, 17:26

I've seen all the ones you mention, Matt. I liked Little Fauss and Big Halsey a lot but havent seen it in years.
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Postby echolalia » 01 Oct 2018, 23:11

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"By the Bluest of Seas"

A big-screen opportunity - I saw it on Saturday night. The sea photography - not just during the day but at night too, with black surf – is great and I never get sick of watching it. The best bit is when they see the girl, Masha, crawling ashore, then they triumphantly present her at her own wake and everyone goes batshit with joy and they do this mad dance, and then inexplicably but perfectly the picture cuts to seagulls plucking fish out of the waves, and then back to more resurrection mayhem.

The sailor in the photo Masha shows of her husband-to-be looks old enough to be her dad – I reckon her real beau is the guy who was leading the mourning in the clubhouse. He’s kind of a combination of the other two.

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Postby driftin » 04 Oct 2018, 19:40

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One of the 21st Century's best films.