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Title: Recent viewings
Post by: trekgeezer on August 17, 2007, 06:42:25 PM
Monster on Campus (1958)- A college professor studying evolution get "bitten" by a dead coelacanth  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coelacanth)and devolves into a neanderthal with a lust for killing people. Earlier a German Shepard was transformed into a sabertooth Shepard from lapping up some of the water from the thawing fish. Luckily the effects are only temporary.

At first he doesn't realize it's him that's killing people, so he borrows a remote cabin and sets up cameras with a criss-cross of twine to trigger them. He then injects himself with the coelacanth plasma and goes on another rampage.

Not a waste of time, but nothing to write home about either. The film makers did a pretty good job with the transformations and they had a pretty good looking rubber fish.



Live Free or Die Hard (2007)- Bruce Willis is at it again, this time fighting a group of cyberterrorist who are taking down the nations infrastructure starting with the government. At the same time they are killing off the computer hackers who unwittingly helped them.

Bruce teams up with one of the hackers, Justin Long, who you might remember from Galaxy Quest.

The action is pretty good, but goes way over the top sometimes, especially the last 15 minutes of the film.

Good popcorn movie.



Shooter (2007)- Mark Wahlberg plays a retired Marine sniper who gets duped into an asassination plot by a clandestine group run by Danny Glover. There is an involved plot involving a pipeline in Ethiopia and Wahlberg get blame for taking a shot a shot at the president.

He goes on the run and is helped by his spotter's widow and a young FBI agent who thinks things about the case don't add up.

Lots of over the top action in this one too.



The Running Man (1987) - Arnie takes the fall for a massacre and then breaks out of prison. He is then caught and put into the ultimate reality show.

Arnold is, well Arnold. I have to say Jesse Ventura is the gayest you every see him as one of the trackers named Captain Freedom.

I also always suspected Richard Dawson was a closet a***ole, I think that came through here.



Enemy Mine (1985)- Earth expands into the galaxy and gets into a war with the Drac, a reptilian race who happen to be asexual. Dennis Quade is a hot shot fight pilot who crashes on a barren planet while pursuing a Drac fighter (Lou Gossett).

After a couple of attempts at killing each other, the two enemies realize they must cooperate to stay alive on the hostile world where they crashed. Eventually they learn to trust each other and become friends.

I always thought Lou Gossett should've gotten an award for this part, especially for the female persona he takes on when he becomes pregnant. He did a great job of expressing himself under all that makeup. He actually suggested the Drac's gurgling voice (something he did as a kid).

I've always liked this movie, although some may be turned off by it's almost preachy approach to tolerance.


 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Shadow on August 17, 2007, 07:06:32 PM
Monster on Campus (1958)

they had a pretty good looking rubber fish.

They must have been proud of it, considering how often they haul it out and devote screen time to it. Any normal fish would have thawed out and stunk up the place worse than a one dollar brothel.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on August 19, 2007, 12:14:29 AM
FRACTURE (2007) - See thread here. (http://www.badmovies.org/forum/index.php/topic,115420.0.html)
Good movie overall.

YELLOW (2006)
Aside from seeing Roselyn Sanchez (Rush Hour 2) naked this movie didn't have much to offer. Wannabe dance flees crappy life to find better life as a dancer, but looks for love and finds it then must choose between love of guy and love of dance, even if it's not the dance she wants to do ... a stripper. Cliche start to stop and fair acting at best. Watch it only if it's free.
(http://www.askmen.com/specials/2005_top_99/celebs/20_roselyn_sanchez.jpg)
See what I mean ... worth looking at!

DECOYS II (2007) - Almost as good as DECOYS I ... and that ain't saying much. If it wasn't for the random nudity this film would have nothing to offer. It qualifies as a truly Bad movie.

THE MESSENGER (2007) - Another good one ... spooky scary with a nice twist at the end. Overall predictable as most horrors are, but that's ok it was still a decent movie and worth watching.

Seen quite a few others too, but that's the short list of a few I've seen lately.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: AnubisVonMojo on August 19, 2007, 12:52:02 AM
300 (2007) - Crazy machismo fights and Gerard Butler going balls out. Lots of fun to watch, an orgasm for the eyes. My only regret: we never get the see the big mongoloid with the blades for arms do any fighting!  :thumbup:

Pathfinder (2007) - Karl Urban sucks, Clancy Brown was wasted (his face was covered the entire time and his lines were all spoken in Norwegian!?) and the pacing came to a screeching halt about half way through the movie. Plenty of violence though to keep my from turning it off. Brains, blood, impalements and even a severed eyeball! Overall? Meh.  :thumbdown:

Hard Candy (2005) - One big brutal mind-f*ck of a movie that still had me scratching my head over a few parts by the time the end credits rolled. A great concept executed excellently with stellar acting and eye candy direction. Not for the squeamish though. This is how Dateline's "To Catch a Predator" shows should be done!  :thumbup:

Pink Flamingos (1972) - Yes, I finally got around to seeing John Waters' infamous exploitation classic. It's every bit as unsettling and grotesquely charming as I'd heard. Horribly acted in that almost endearing way and so disturbing at times even I found myself putting up a hand to block my eyes from being tortured. Not to be viewed by pregnant women, people with weak hearts, or anyone with any semblance of good taste in their bodies. Otherwise, everybody else is good to go!  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: hellbilly on August 19, 2007, 01:48:16 AM
Logan's Run (1976) - Always loved this movie. This was my first time viewing on DVD. I'm surprised no remake of this sci-fi classic has been announced, but on the other hand I'm glad it didn't happen yet. Just leave the classics alone, damnit.

Don't Look In The Basement (1973) - First time viewing, even though I had the (budget) DVD sitting on my shelf for ages. Surprisingly fun and well made mental-terror with a kick ass ending.

Daredevil: Director's Cut (2003) - First time viewing of the Director's Cut, which appeared to be a bit more violent than the Theatrical version. Daredevil is pretty slick and Affleck is even tolerable. Its not in the Spider-Man league but had its fun moments.

Relentless IV: Ashes To Ashes (1994) - First time viewing. Always had a soft spot for Relentless & Relentless II. Part III didn't really suck but I enjoyed IV just a tiny bit more. Must be my fondness for Famke Janssen :)

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) - Still holds up and delivers the Slasher goodies. Haven't seen this one in a while so I totally forgot how bad of an actor Ryan Phillippe really is. His wooden performance didn't hurt the movie though, rather providing more fun cheese which made IKWYDL even better in my opinion.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on August 19, 2007, 04:06:19 AM


Don't Look In The Basement (1973) - First time viewing, even though I had the (budget) DVD sitting on my shelf for ages. Surprisingly fun and well made mental-terror with a kick ass ending.

                                         I first saw this one in the mid-80's on NY's channel 9 Chiller show. One of the most underated movies of the 7O's,and a classick,IMO. The toungless old lady,the horny basket case,Danny , the Judge, Sarge, and especially the "You stole my BAYYYY-BEEE! " lady-all crack me up!   :bouncegiggle:  And of course,Popsicle guy!!!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Scott on August 19, 2007, 07:19:43 AM
Monster On Campus - I remember renting a mildly liking this film. The guy cuts himself on the fish as it's being delivered. Turns him into a monster. Fun b/w monster film.  :thumbup:

The Running Man (1987) - One of my favorite Arnold films. Not just because it's Arnold eithier, but because of the whole future world concept.  :thumbup: :thumbup:

Logan's Run (1976) - Another great future world Sci-Fi film concept. When citizens come of age they must die.  :thumbup: :thumbup:

Don't Look In The Basement (1973) - Wacky low budget crazy film. Worth a look.  :thumbup:

300 (2007) - Great film for what it was. One of the best of 2007.  :thumbup: :thumbup:

Pink Flamingos (1972) - Saw it in the 80's and still haven't had the chance to finish it.

Been wanting to see Shooter, Pathfinder (I felt it was going to be bad), and Yellow looks good.

[youtube=425,350]http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ao3TYlbkHUQ


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: AnubisVonMojo on August 19, 2007, 09:29:58 AM
The Running Man (1987) - Arnie takes the fall for a massacre and then breaks out of prison. He is then caught and put into the ultimate reality show.

Arnold is, well Arnold. I have to say Jesse Ventura is the gayest you every see him as one of the trackers named Captain Freedom.

I also always suspected Richard Dawson was a closet a***ole, I think that came through here.

Awesome movie. Probably my favorite Arnold flick thanks to the shear over-the-topness that tips the scales nicely. How can you go wrong with a movie about a gameshow where convicted criminals are hunted through an apocalyptic cityscape by other killers, each with their own action figure theme! Buzzsaw, the chainsaw wielding biker tuff! Sub-Zero, the ice hockey goalie from the rinks of Hell! Dynamo, the big fat opera singer with light-up armor (mohawk included!) that shoots electrical blasts from his fingertips and comes with his Dynamo Golf Cart of Doom!

And yes, Captain Freedom was probably Ventura's gayest looking role with his bad toupee and mustache. However, I think his part in the "Tag Team" pilot along with Roddy Piper may have been just a little bit more all around homo-erotic.

Also, I never thought Richard Dawson was a closet assh*le, I figured he was always a boozing, womanizing, self-absorbed prick... but in the "I wish I was that prick" kinda way. Speaking of penises, has anyone else seen Superbad yet? On to add to my recent viewing list:

Superbad (2007) - Holy crap, I don't think I've laughed this hard at a movie since... well... last year when I saw Clerks II. I know that "the funniest movie I've seen in a year!" isn't nearly as impressive as "the funniest movie I've seen in a decade!" or "the funniest movie I've ever seen!", but don't let that dampen my praise. Seth, Evan and Fogell are three high school friends who do nothing but hang out watching internet porn together ("Vagtastic Voyage" anyone?) and letting life generally dump all over them, wind up invited to the biggest graduation party of the year. The only catch: they've agreed to pick up the booze. Now, with their final days together waining (Fogell and Evan are going to college together in the Fall while Seth was rejected), they need to rely on the wormy "wanna-be a gangster while still wearing a Metallica shirt" Fogell to convince the lady at the liquor store that he's a 25 year-old Hawaiian organ donor named "McLovin" (because calling himself Mohammad would've just been stupid...). He gets punched out by a robber before things can come to a viable conclusion, the cops are called, and Seth and Evan leave Fogell to deal with his side of the story while they head off in search of a suitable alcoholic replacement... without fake IDs of their own and without any money since Fogell had their entire booze budget. Seriously, this is the funniest damn movie and it makes me wish I'd seen Knocked Up when I had the chance instead of being scared off by the "heartfelt child raising" crap that the trailers threatened me with. There are two words I'm going to leave everybody with and I recommend everybody stay for the first half of the end credits when I say this: dick drawings.  :thumbup: :thumbup:





Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on August 19, 2007, 09:43:14 AM
Kiki's Delivery Service - a story about a 13 year old witch who must live on her own in another city for one year.  An excellent film from Studio Ghibli.  This film was also the last voice acting job done by the late Phil Hartman.  A good movie for children or animation fans in general.
 



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Andrew on August 19, 2007, 10:05:35 AM
Kiss Me Quick - Lots of women in black lingerie stripping for the camera as a faux Dracula/Dr. Frankenstein narrates for a hideously, smugly, stupid alien.  The camera work is first notch, some of the women are good eye candy, but parts of the movie do drive you nuts.  Watching the one woman on the huge rubber band, shake the booty fat off machine, was one such scene.  Who found that attractive?  Oh, and I wanted to punch the alien guy in his mouth.  That urge lasted the whole darn movie.

The Day After Tomorrow - This film had more problems than I could count.  It also went hugely heavy on the glurg, especially at the end.  The plain fact that the temperature could drop hundreds of degrees in moments, without any wind, might have sprained my brain.

The Host - Good monster flick.  I really loved the creature's design and its opening rampage was great.

Undead - This film tried to hard to make the alien conspiracy nut fisherman into a cool character.  Case in point:  the triple shotgun.  And, while the plot twists and things were interesting, I have to wonder why anyone would suspend thousands of people in the air on a planet that was home to a species which had invented air travel.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on August 19, 2007, 10:24:14 AM
Kiss Me Quick (1964) is great it is one of, if not my favorite nudie cutie from the 60's ... yes it is stupid and often times makes little sense but does that really matter? And Sterilox in his rather sad Stan Laurel impersonation he wasn't that bad was he? IF you have not seen this film I highly recommend it as a standard of it's genera.
 :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on August 19, 2007, 10:29:30 AM
Kiki's Delivery Service - a story about a 13 year old witch who must live on her own in another city for one year.  An excellent film from Studio Ghibli.  This film was also the last voice acting job done by the late Phil Hartman.  A good movie for children or animation fans in general.
 



A good anime film and a good introduction to Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki, who has been compared favorablely to our own Walt Disney. If one liked that film, one might like to try some of Miyazaki's other films "Howl's Moving Castle," "Spirited Away," "Princess Mononoke," "My Neighbor Totoro," etc.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: indianasmith on August 19, 2007, 02:46:14 PM
This weekend I saw -
SERAPHIM FALLS - A beautifully photographed but overly artsy Western starring Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson.  Watchable but SLLOOOWWW and the ending is rather anticlimatic.

KILLER KILLER - Seven serial killlers wake up to find their maximum security prison has been replaced with a crumbling old asylum they cannot leave, and are stalked by a pretty young blonde who takes on the form and garb of their last victim, before killing them in the fashion in which they had dispatched their victims.  Watchable but not great.

O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU - Seen it multiple times, and still love it.  The whole idea of setting the story of the Odyssey in 1930's Mississippi was sheer genius, and the Cyclops, the Sirens, and the evil Sheriff are all over-the-top awesome!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on August 19, 2007, 03:03:20 PM
Kiki's Delivery Service - a story about a 13 year old witch who must live on her own in another city for one year.  An excellent film from Studio Ghibli.  This film was also the last voice acting job done by the late Phil Hartman.  A good movie for children or animation fans in general.
 



A good anime film and a good introduction to Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki, who has been compared favorablely to our own Walt Disney. If one liked that film, one might like to try some of Miyazaki's other films "Howl's Moving Castle," "Spirited Away," "Princess Mononoke," "My Neighbor Totoro," etc.

I've seen My Neighbor Totoro and loved it.  I have Howl's Moving Castle on DVD and have not watched it yet.  I have not seen Princess Mononoke, nor Spirited Away but I plan to soon. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Scott on August 19, 2007, 05:58:28 PM
Been wanting to rent SERAPHIM FALLS also and O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU has been on my long list for a long while now.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on August 19, 2007, 09:22:35 PM
Assault on Precinct 13 (2004 version)- Meh.  I thought it was okay, not great.  I'm not a big fan of Ethan Hawke, but the movie wasn't terrible.  Others might disagree, but I haven't seen the original yet, and now want to, just to see how they match up. 

The Pacifier (2005)- Vin Diesel in a comedy where he takes care of a bunch of kids.  Disney flick.  Based off of this and Fast and The Furious, I'd say Vin isn't that good of an actor, but of the two flicks, I'd pick this over the Fast and The Furious. 

Forrest Gump- Probably my favorite Tom Hanks movie ever.  Gary Sinese was great as Lt. Dan.  Really can't say much about this, since most people seem to have seen it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Andrew on August 20, 2007, 11:06:07 AM
Kiss Me Quick (1964) is great it is one of, if not my favorite nudie cutie from the 60's ... yes it is stupid and often times makes little sense but does that really matter? And Sterilox in his rather sad Stan Laurel impersonation he wasn't that bad was he? IF you have not seen this film I highly recommend it as a standard of it's genera.
 :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

Overall, the ladies were not hard to look at.  However, the one black-haired girl who was part of the trio kept making me say stuff like, "Ah!  Turn around!  Turn around!"  I did notice that the director enjoyed watching women strip off black lingerie, especially garters and stockings.

Sterilox drove me completely nuts.  It's surprising that I didn't run up to the TV and put my fist through the screen; I wanted to punch him in the mouth that badly.  Yes, in the mouth.  There was just something about his characterization that set me off.  From what I can tell, it was his trying to act that part, because I chuckled when he said his final line at the end (which was out of character).


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Shadow on August 20, 2007, 03:42:19 PM
Attack From Mars - This was a trade I got from Andrew. I think waxing my wedding tackle would have been less painful. Still, I can't blame Andrew. He did warn me it was bad (the movie, not waxing...stuff).


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on August 20, 2007, 11:19:41 PM
Kiss Me Quick (1964) is great it is one of, if not my favorite nudie cutie from the 60's ... yes it is stupid and often times makes little sense but does that really matter? And Sterilox in his rather sad Stan Laurel impersonation he wasn't that bad was he? IF you have not seen this film I highly recommend it as a standard of it's genera.
 :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

Overall, the ladies were not hard to look at.  However, the one black-haired girl who was part of the trio kept making me say stuff like, "Ah!  Turn around!  Turn around!"  I did notice that the director enjoyed watching women strip off black lingerie, especially garters and stockings.

Sterilox drove me completely nuts.  It's surprising that I didn't run up to the TV and put my fist through the screen; I wanted to punch him in the mouth that badly.  Yes, in the mouth.  There was just something about his characterization that set me off.  From what I can tell, it was his trying to act that part, because I chuckled when he said his final line at the end (which was out of character).

Which one Boobra? Yeah if that's the one she has a couple of short films in the extras of the SWV copy. Not a one of them could dance, but hey who cares? Her name was/is Natasha ... that's it just Natasha. That movie was a lose parody of Dr Strangelove. It's just so stupid you can't help but like it a little.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Andrew on August 20, 2007, 11:59:20 PM
Attack From Mars - This was a trade I got from Andrew. I think waxing my wedding tackle would have been less painful. Still, I can't blame Andrew. He did warn me it was bad (the movie, not waxing...stuff).


You mean that you didn't like watching the one girl sneeze and blow snot for the whole film, until she was actually creating fried egg out of her nose?  And the fat woman eating everything was not funny?  Hideous flick.  Once you get past the last segment of the "movie inside a movie," there is no reason to keep watching, unless you are a completest.

http://www.badmovies.org/movies/attackmars/index.html


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: indianasmith on August 21, 2007, 06:38:37 PM
I finally got to see VACANCY last night.  LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: AnubisVonMojo on August 21, 2007, 10:26:34 PM
Serial Mom (1994) - Yep, I finally watched it. Fun movie. It lacks the extreme crudeness of John Waters' earliest stuff, but I think once you've shocked people with some of the worst grotesqueries you can come up with, you're better off stretching your creative legs and showing people you're not just a one trick pony. You can still tell it's a John Waters movie what with all the glamor and celebrity given to violence and the lampooning of the media for doing as such. A fun flick with plenty of memorable quotes and a thousand times better acted than any of the early stuff too. Then again, when you're shooting legitimate actors, you pretty much expect that. Sam Waterson is awesome.  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on August 21, 2007, 10:33:19 PM
The Good Girl.   **1/2 out of ****.   I was expecting a straight up comedy but this movie was more sad than anything else at times. It is about a woman (Jennifer Aniston in a fantastic performance) who is 30, in a boring marriage to what she deems to be a boring man, is in a dead end job and just feeling trapped.  She ends up having an affair with a younger check out clerk at the store she works at and then the problems start.   The 1st half or so of the movie is really strong but then it gets less sturdy as it goes along.  The performances are uniformly great, but the movie never really comes together the way that it should.  I think that this movie got more attention  at the time of its release due to it featuring some fleating Aniston topless activity, but her performance really surprised me.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: wtffilm on August 23, 2007, 01:38:23 PM
THE INVASION [2007]

Ostensibly 90 minutes of trailer for a film you're already watching, this version of Jack Finney's novel THE BODY SNATCHERS has less soul than the pod-people (sans pods this go around) who serve as its antagonists.  Connections with 28 DAYS/WEEKS LATER are too numerous to list, but the back-lit and quick footed "infected" who spread the alien organisms through vomit should ring a few bells.  Agonizingly awful quick-cut editing (blatantly attempting to cover up the movie's lack of viability from the start) and more unannounced flash-backs/flash-forwards than I can ever recall having seen in a film are just icing on the cake. 

A message behind the madness is insinuated throughout, but all I got out of it in the end was that the pod-people are considerably better equipped to take care of our planet than us - leading me to wonder why the conversion into them (which, this go around, leaves the host completely intact and ready for a happy vaccination ending) is such a bad thing.  Note to Warner Brothers - car chases, explosions, and gross-out effects do not a worthwhile scifi/horror film make.

This is easily the worst new release I've seen this year and I sincerely hope it never makes back the $50,000,000 spent on it.  What a waste.  There will be more said about it once I get to it in my upcoming five-part retrospective on the Finney novel and it's cinematic adaptations.

Kindest regards,

Kevin P.
http://www.wtf-film.com


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on August 23, 2007, 07:50:47 PM
Amelie.  **** out of ****. One of the best movies that I've ever seen and I usually despise most French cinema. Audrey Tatou is adorable in the title role and this movie can put a smile on anyone's face.

High Tension.  ***1/2 out of ****.  I realize that this French horror flick is one that people usually either love or hate with not much middle ground.  I happened to like it a lot the 1st time I saw it and my appreciation for it has only grown since then.  As for the infamous and highly controversial twist, I thought that it was well done and adds an extra layer to the film that warrants repeat viewings.

The Saddest Music in the World.  ***1/2 out of ****.  Not a lot of people that I meet have ever seen this movie but it's one of my favorites of the last 10 years.    Isabella Rossellini (who has never been better) plays a very wealthy woman who decides to hold a contest during the Great Depression era to see what the saddest music in the world might be.  Not for all tastes but I've always found this flick to be a little seen treat.   


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on August 23, 2007, 09:06:41 PM
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors- Decent enough sequel, better than part 2.  I've been watching the Nightmare series in order, enjoying my box set dvd's.  Nice seeing Laurence Fishburne before he made that stupid Matrix crap.  Still liked him better on Pee Wee's Playhouse, but nice.  Best part of Nightmare 3 for me was Freddy on tv, and the "Welcome to prime time, b*tch!"

The Substitute 2- I guess it's a decent sequel.  I mean, the series pretty much has the same formula, so it can't be hard to make a bad sequel here.  Treat Williams is pretty enjoyable in this.  Nice seeing B.D. Wong before he was on Law and Order: SVU.  But the only gripe I had, was more about why USA network showed this last.  They showed Substitute 4, then 3, then 2.  Eh.  Either way, I liked the series with Treat Williams a bit more than with Tom Berenger.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on August 23, 2007, 09:39:27 PM
Night Listener - Meh- got bored with it and turned it off.

Elizabeth - Great period piece, very well done and surprisingly close to the truth on key issues, some liberties and fluff, but very real for a movie. Seen it dozens of times.

Wild Hogs -  it was ok being a middle aged biker myself I can relate to it, I ride with a few friends. but down the road from my house is a Hells Angels clubhouse and they are great guys, invite us in when we roll by even though we're not members. So the story to me was a little contrived from I've seen. Few funny moments but it's not a keeper.

 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on August 24, 2007, 06:00:09 AM
PROM NIGHT-
 
 Watched this last night...ehhh. Jamie Lee Curtis is good in it. Lotsa VERY cheezy disco dancing-in fact...it's laffably bad!
The ONE (count em-ONE) gore scene is a decap of a guy who was pulling a nasty prank on Jamie,the Prom Queen. The head rools onto the runway. It was an ok time waster,I guess. Eh. The best part was the dance scene,which had my son Eddie cracking up!

  [youtube=425,350] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDhMp7lvR9I

  It looks like the actors had fun with it,though!  :thumbup: Jamie is hot,too!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: dean on August 24, 2007, 06:47:39 AM
Night Listener - Meh- got bored with it and turned it off.
 


I saw this at the DVD store the other day and couldn't help but laugh at how lame the title was.  I mean, it's the Night LISTENER!!!!!!

OOOHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH!

Meh yeah...


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: hellbilly on August 24, 2007, 02:56:04 PM
Desert Commandos (1967) - First time viewing. Umberto Lenzi's WWII action/spy/mission adventure wasn't bad but very very tame. It could've used a few fistfights and sex to spice things up. The Brentwood DVD presents the movie in horrible pan & scan.

Cannibal Ferox (1981) - Long time fave - First time viewing on DVD. The movie is still repulsive (animal violence) but also fun (Giovanni Lombardo Radice). The rest remains a mix of corny acting and bad but bloody effects. Not as shocking as it used to be though.

Stone Cold (1991) - The most underrated action movie from 1991. If one doesn't mind Brian Bosworth's funky mullet and William Forsythe's incredible fat belly then good times are guaranteed.

Grand Theft Auto (1977) - Nice car demolition but yow, the comedy was not very funny.

Hannibal Rising: Unrated (2007) - Enjoyed this. Probably more than I should though.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on August 25, 2007, 11:54:46 AM
Seed of Chucky (2004)- Pretty decent sequel.  Shows how Chucky adapts to being a father, and the marital strifes that go with that.  Decent enough parody of both the family dramas like Kramer vs. Kramer, and a spoof of it's own franchise.  Nice reference to an Ed Wood classic, "Glen or Glenda."  Makes me want to see a new Chucky movie, if anything to see how he adapts to being a grandfather or something.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on August 25, 2007, 12:45:05 PM
SHOOTER - pretty decent film for ole Marky Mark ... but for the life of me why does ever damn movie of this type have to have the girl in peril chiche? I'll give it
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Eddie Izzard - Unrepeatable
-- funny he always cracks me up.

Man on the Moon - caught this one late last night in Starz.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on August 25, 2007, 10:12:40 PM
My Boss's Daughter- Okay, not good or great comedy flick.  Ashton Kutcher has a crush on his boss's daughter, both of whom think he's gay.  He housesits for the night, with very strict rules.  Then throughout the night, people show up and cause all sorts of hyjinx, including Andy Richter as the drug dealing son with a restraining order and Michael Madsen as the psycho Andy owes money to.  Okay to watch on tv, but I wouldn't buy the dvd or anything.

Malbu's Most Wanted- Jamie Kennedy stars as the white, wannabe gangsta rapping son of California governor candidate Bill Gluckman, played by Ryan O'Neil.  I actually thought it is pretty decent and underrated.  Very funny, and worth checking out.  The two 'thugs' that kidnap Jamie are great.  Plus, any chance to see Kellie Martin on tv is fun. :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: hellbilly on August 26, 2007, 01:43:24 PM
The Woods (2006) - Not a perfect film, but entertaining enough. Looking forward to Lucky McKee's next movie "Red".

Primeval (2007) - Made for an ok watch. My fifth favorite killer croc/gator flick after Alligator, The Big Alligator River, Lake Placid and Blood Surf.

Escape From Women's Prison (1978) - Lots of sleaze and cheese. Loved it.

Deported Women Of The SS Special Section (1976) - Pacing was rather slow but John Steiner made up for it. His performance was excellent.

Hellgate (1989) - Has about an equal amount of sucky bad and fun cheese. Very bizarre at times.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on August 27, 2007, 08:47:56 PM
Private Parts (1997)- Autobiographical movie of Howard Stern's rise to the top of the radio airwaves, and subsequent claim of being the "King of All Media."  Howard turns in a pretty decent performance as a lead actor, but considering it's based on his life, that shouldn't be too surprising.  He's charismatic, funny and at times sweet.  Well worth a look, even for people who don't like Stern all that much.

Zoolander- Ben Stiller stars as obnoxious male model Derrick Zoolander, with Owen Wilson as his enemy/friend.  Will Ferrell also stars, as a fashion designer who is angry over being ousted as the bass player of Frankie Goes To Hollywood.  Pretty decent comedy, but not for everyone either.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on August 27, 2007, 09:15:23 PM
Hard Boiled.  ***1/2 out of ****
My personal favorite John Woo flick. One of my favorite action films of all time. Chow Yun Fat has never been better or more cool.

The Replacement Killers.  *1/2 out of ****
A completely wasted opportunity that was supposed to be a vehicle to break Chow Yun Fat into American cinemas.  Mira Sorvino is hot but that's about the only good thing I can say about this piece of crap. Chow deserved much, much better.

The Devil's Rejects.  *** out of ****
Rob Zombie redeems himself after the debacle that was House of 1000 Corpses.  The movie tends to drag a bit in spots and Sheri Moon Zombie is clearly out of her acting league being alongside the always great Sid Haig and Bill Moseley. The infamous hotel scene featuring Priscilla Barnes is the most disturbing scene in the entire film.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on August 29, 2007, 08:06:58 PM
Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part IV- Well, off the bat Troma apologizes for Toxic 2 and 3.  So that's always a good sign.  The Toxic Avenger 4 is apparently the "Real" sequel to the 1985 classic film by Lloyd Kaufman.  The Diaper Mafia takes hostage the Tromaville School for the Very Special, and it's up to Toxic Avenger and his sidekick Lardass to stop it.  In the school we are introduced to some of Tromaville's 'special' people, including Sweetie Hunny and Tito the Retarded Rebel.  An explosion occurs and an alternate reality ensues, where the Toxic Avenger is sent to Amortville, Tromaville's exact opposite.  In turn, The Noxious Offender shows up in Tromaville.  The Noxious Offender is evil and starts destroying Tromaville.

Pretty decent flick.  Liked the appearances by Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD.  Plus, there's the celebrity cameo's, including obviously Ron Jeremy, Lemmy Kilmister and Corey Feldman, as well as the late Hank The Angry Drunken Dwarf, of Howard Stern fame.  Plus the Sklar twins, who are comedians.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Shadow on August 29, 2007, 10:11:45 PM
Once Upon A Time In The West - Sergio Leone's spaghetti western masterpiece. Sure it moves slow, but damn it is just shot so beautifully.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: IzzyDedjet on August 29, 2007, 11:40:25 PM
I finally got to see VACANCY last night.  LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!  :teddyr:


Are you mad?  Put the crack pipe down man.  Seriously, the only thing good about this film was Kate Beckinsale.  I can't believe I went and blew about $25 on this.  2 adult tickets, popcorn, 2 sodas...

To each their own I guess.

This IS a site for bad movies, but in reality, there are limits.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on August 31, 2007, 11:26:09 AM
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure- Probably Keanu Reeves' best work, acting wise.  Notably, because I don't think it was so much his acting as it was his just showing up to the set and them putting a camera on him.  I don't think he's that far removed from the character in his real life.  But it's an enjoyable flick nonetheless, and him and Alex Winter have a good chemistry together.

An Evening With Kevin Smith- Not so much a movie as a 3 hour long standup performance/question and answer segment featuring writer/director Kevin Smith.  Very much reccomended for anyone.  Very funny, and somewhat insightful.  The stories about Superman Reborn and Prince alone make it enjoyable. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: hellbilly on August 31, 2007, 12:40:22 PM
Ringu (1998) - I'm finally watching the DreamWorks Ringu set/collection I bought ages ago. The first one still packs a punch and is a modern day horror classic in my opinion.

Commandos (1968) - Co-written by Dario Argento but don't expect any witches, gore and maggots though ;) Entertaining WWII action-drama that is well shot and acted.

Full Eclipse (1993) - Long time no see, first time viewing on DVD. Too bad HBO didn't release the unrated version.

Skinwalkers (2006) - I snatched the German R2 which contains the unrated or R-Rated version. Skinwalkers wants to be so many things, like, The Covenant, Near Dark, The Lost Boys and Underworld. Had its moments but doesn't add anything new to the Werewolf genre.

The Night Of The Werewolf (1980) - I've seen this under the title The Craving back in the day of video rentals. Very atmospheric Paul Naschy horror worth checking out.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on August 31, 2007, 10:41:39 PM
I just watched Picnic at Hanging Rock.  It's a very strange film, and it kind of frightened me at times.  I liked it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Andrew on September 01, 2007, 12:44:40 AM
"Superfly"
I couldn't feel sorry or support the mail character, Priest, in any way, but the film was entertaining.  You see, Priest runs a big ring of drug pushers and wants to make one last score, so he can retire.  He is quite the antihero.  Plus, he has huge lambchops, a constantly angry face, and snorts cocaine from the cross he wears around his neck.

The soundtrack was a lot of fun.  "I'm Your Pusher, Man!"  Now, that is a song.

Something else I noticed was that it was very New York City.  A lot of the city footage made me remember being in the city. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on September 09, 2007, 09:13:37 AM
"Mr.  Bean's Holiday" (2007)

Because of my work schedule, it is hard for me to get tp the cineplex tp see a new film, but I finally did get to see this last night. I must admit with some trepidation, as I also saw "Mr. Bean" and did not enjoy it. So, somewhat to my surprise, I did enjoy this one.

Rowan Atkinson is more of a physical comedian, than a verbal comedian, so this one played up to his strengths, as it was more of a physical comedy than a verbal comedy. Unlike "Mr. Bean," which I remember as being more of a verbal comedy.

Also unlike "Mr. Bean," I did find this one funny.

I also found the ending of the film, on the beach at Cannes, to be surprisingly satisfactory and warm. I think that had alot to do with the music for the scene, as good use was made of the music throughout the film.

*** out of *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on September 09, 2007, 11:27:42 AM
The Green Glove: story centering around the mysterious reappearance of a valuable religious artifact, a green jewel encrested gauntlet. As our hero WW2 veteran Mike Blake (Glenn Ford) pursues its trail which he had learned off during the war in France, mysterious individuals likely connected to a Nazi collaborator/art dealer named Paul Rona (George Macready) are in pursuit. Suddenly a dead man who was trailing Blake is discovered and he finds himself a murder suspect. Along the way he meets and falls in love with a French tour guide played by Geraldine Brooks who adds another twist to the story as she refuses to be left behind.

The mystery, murder and mayhem actually proves secondary in this movie and only occasionally proves as exciting as it sounds. Here, it's the romance that steals the show. Everytime Brooks is on the screen, she heats it up with her realistic flirting and terrific on-screen chemistry with Ford and Macready. If you're a bit of a hopeless romantic like me, you'll probably enjoy this as much as I did.  *** out of *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on September 09, 2007, 12:17:47 PM
Jungle 2 Jungle- Disney flick from 1997 starring Tim Allen.  Tim Allen goes to the Amazon jungle to see his wife to get divorced, and finds out he's got a 14 year old son.  Tim brings him back to New York, and along with Martin Short they end up on the run from the Russian Mafia.  Fun stuff for a kids flick.

Dumb and Dumber- In my opinion the best of the Farrelly Brother movies.  Any movie where a guy sells a dead bird with no head to a blind kid is hilarious.  Un-PC, but works given the context of the movie. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on September 09, 2007, 08:37:27 PM
The Second Woman (1951) : Ellen Foster (Betsy Drake) is a young woman determined to stand by her man, architect Jeff Callohan (Robert Young) when everyone else seems to think him going crazy. All the signs do point to him being targeted by someone as everything close to him, anything he ever loved seems to be killed or destroyed. Is someone really out to get him or is he really going bonkers after all? Another mystery/romantic drama, this one tends to drag its feet quite a bit trying to achieve some type of melodrama style brooding atmosphere. While it doesn't quite hold up or achieve the sweeping romantic feel it seems to be going for, it does have its enjoyable moments and I love how aggressive Ellen Foster is here in showing her affections for her man, even if it's a little unbelievable at times and hard to see just what she sees in Jeff, which might have been considered a little racy for 1951 standards.  ** 1/2 out of *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on September 10, 2007, 11:17:05 AM
Two more viewings from the Treeline Mystery Classics 50-pack (which I cannot recommend high enough, great set of films at about the same quality as the Alpha releases).

Fog Island (1945): Stars George Zucco as Leo Grainger, a man living on an isolated island whose sole remaining purpose in life is to exact revenge against those he believes responsible for the death of his wife. He invites the various suspects to his island for a weekend well aware they well be tempted by the rumors he has a secret stash of loot hidden away there. Your basic old dark house mystery thriller, this one proves fairly predictable as is never quite as satisfying as one wants it to be. Still it does give us the chance to see Zucco and Lionel Atwill interact, albeit only briefly. Has some good moments here and there though and Sharon Douglas proves a pleasing presence throughout the film. What a looker she was in the 1940s! The print on the Mystery Classics set does clock in at only 69 instead of 72 minutes so some footage is presumably missing here. **1/2 out of *****


They Made Me A Criminal (1939) : Stars John Garfield as a bad boy boxer Johnny Bradfield who finds himself on the run after being accused of a murder he didn't commit.  On the run, changing his identity, he eventually comes across the Dead End Kids and falls hook, line and sinker for  Tommy's pretty sister Peggy who brings out the best in him. The kids are all living on a ranch but the money is starting to run out so Bradfield has to decide whether or not he should risk stepping back in the ring for one more time in an attempt to garner enough doe to buy a gas pump to help support the ranch.  Johnny knows full well a wily detective, played by a miscast Claude Rains, is hot on his trail. While not entirely believable on many levels, this is one of those movies that helped create the cliche of the bad boy hero who goes straight for the sake of the good-hearted girl and the little kids who look up to and idolize him. For what it is, it's surprisingly good and involving. Only Rains as the detective proves disappointing as he never seems quite human enough. *** out of *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on September 10, 2007, 11:25:50 AM
Sky High- Fun movie.  Bruce Campbell rocked as the gym teacher, and it was nice seeing two of the Kids In The Hall reunite.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: hellbilly on September 10, 2007, 01:05:36 PM
Body Rock (1984) Lorenzo Lameass playing "Chilly D" - a poor breakdancer and hip-hop artist struggling with new found fame and fortune was a hoot.

Unhinged (1982) First time viewing. A bit slow paced but had some nice atmosphere (at the beginning) and a few decent kills & 'surprise' twist ending. Damn those chest hairs ...

Black Christmas (1974) Watched this with my sister who has never seen this classic before. She loved it.

Black Cobra (1987) First time viewing. I've expected a bit more, as in fun cheese. This was pretty dull but Fred Williamson made up for it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RapscallionJones on September 10, 2007, 03:36:29 PM
An Evening With Kevin Smith- Not so much a movie as a 3 hour long standup performance/question and answer segment featuring writer/director Kevin Smith.  Very much reccomended for anyone.  Very funny, and somewhat insightful.  The stories about Superman Reborn and Prince alone make it enjoyable. 
I'm with you on the last part.  Very funny stories. 

Every movie needs a fight with a giant spider in the third act.

The only thing I would suggest about those talking DVDs is that they cut the run time in half.  The lesbian who objected to the plot of Chasing Amy and all the ultra-fans and Jay & Silent Bob lookalikes deserved no screen time.  An entire 90 minutes of stoners asking Kevin if he wanted to get high with them after the show could have been trimmed and made the whole thing much better.

I watched:

Hatchet: Big hype indie slasher movie that promises to put the balls back in horror.  It doesn't quite keep its promise and it's really not the genre saving feature that all of these websites want you to think it is but it is tons of fun and it's gory as hell.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on September 10, 2007, 07:41:42 PM
Those two could have been cut.  Although, I liked when he was asked about reccomending Affleck for DareDevil, and Kevin looks at the kid and is like, "I reccomend Affleck for everything.  If they make JAWS 5, Affleck plays the shark."


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on September 10, 2007, 08:46:42 PM
Soldier of Orange.  ***1/2 out of ****
One of Paul Verhoeven's earlier Dutch movies  and one of his best directorial efforts. Rutget Hauer turns in the performance of his career.  The movie lags a bit during the mid section but overall is highly recommended.

Dolls.   **1/2 out of ****.   
Stuart Gordon's 3rd movie that was filmed back to back with From Beyond.   The movie is very short at  only 77 minutes and it pretty much flies by. Lots of fun but some of the performances are very bad and the puppet/doll effects could have been done better at times but still well worth a rental. Just don't expect another masterpiece like Re-animator.

In the Cut.  *1/2 out of ****.
Seeing Meg Ryan butt naked was pretty cool as she still looks fantastic for her age.  But sadly, this movie is a complete mess.  I watched the unrated version which has some surprisingly explicit sexual content in it that might catch unsuspecting viewers the wrong way.  Jennifer Jason Leigh is completely wasted in this piece of crap.

   


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: daveblackeye15 on September 10, 2007, 11:59:04 PM
*spoilers to both movies below*

Hulk: After loving Marvel's Essential "Hulk" vol.1 I had to see this. I was told it was utter crap and boring and I can't blame anyone that said that. I'm glad I heard them downplay this one because I could have my expectations low. And that's why I enjoyed it and I think it's quite underratted. Betty Ross and General Ross are certainly more interesting characters than their comic book counterparts. I got use to the Hulk and I there was enough action for me. What Ang Lee tried to do was put his heart into this, I can see he tried to but it feels like something is missing. I really do like that he tried to make it an emotional tale with action. A little more Hulk Smash wouldn't have hurt but I was satisfied. I wish Banner Senior (as a nod to the Absorbing Man) got to run through a few more elements. His actor was a little over the top but it kind of helped the rather insane character.

The Punisher (2004): I liked this, Thomas Jane made a great Punisher and I'm saddened to hear he won't be returning. Another underrated movie. People seem to think that killling off his ENTIRE family rather than just his wife and kids detracted from it. I see where they're coming but what they did in the movie didn't detract me. I loved Nash as the Russian, I liked how Frank's neighnors defended him in a rather dire hour, good action. The only thing it was missing was the Punisher didn't have quite the amount of action I expected, what we got was good. I'll just lay it on that it was the Punisher's opening year. Travolta was good just because he fit the roll of the a***ole and he's gets totally owned in the end, so does his son, and it feels GREAT. Something about this feels old school, maybe it's the amount of action and how it's carried.

I give three stars to both movies. Not in the Spider-Man 2 or Batman Begins league but still good Super Hero/Comic book films.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on September 12, 2007, 11:19:15 AM
Fat Albert- I watched this last night on FX.  I gotta say, I really enjoyed it.  I'm not overly familar with the original cartoon, though.  But Keenan did a decent enough job as Albert, and the script wasn't terrible.  Lots of funny parts as well.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on September 12, 2007, 11:39:54 AM
More from the Mystery Classics pack:

Jigsaw (1949) : By the numbers, obviously low budget murder mystery film in which as assistant D.A. (Franchot Tone) while investigating the murder of a journalist friend uncovers a conspiracy centering around a secret facist style racist hate group. Aside from some bright moments from Jean Wallace in her performance as troubled singer Barbara Whitfield, this one feels pretty routine and predictable. Keep a sharp look out though and you'll see a lot of famous people making cameos here including Marlene Dietrich, Henry Fonda, Burgess Meredith and John Garfield to name a few. ** out of *****

Algiers (1938): The police are determined to get a notorious criminal bandit/jewel thief named Pepe Le Moko (Charles Boyer), who's holed himself up inside a seemingly  invincible labyrinth of supporters in the Casbah section within Algiers. The police know they must trick him into coming out of the Casbah if they are to ever capture him. Meanwhile a beautiful young French woman named Gaby (played by the then delectable Hedy LeMarr), engaged to a wealthy man she doesn't love, hopes to find adventure and escape within the Casbah and is intrigued by and instantlly attracted to the mysterious, dashing Le Moko. The two dare to fall in love but  when the police learn of this, they use Gaby as a lure to bring Le Moko out. Will he risk all for love? This sweeping romance is very well executed. The chemistry between Boyer and LeMarr is terrific. A very moving film, this one really pulls its strings masterfully.  **** out of *****



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on September 13, 2007, 04:25:22 PM
Glory was on AMC earlier so I watched that.   I think it's scientifically impossible for a movie to suck if Denzel Washington AND Morgan Freeman are in it.

Last night I watched Dr. Cyclops.  The effects are fairlyimpressive, especially considering that this was made in 1940.  It's pretty hokey and not as thrilling as I'd hoped, but it's a good way to kill some time, and the villain is interesting.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on September 13, 2007, 07:11:44 PM
Glory was on AMC earlier so I watched that.   I think it's scientifically impossible for a movie to suck if Denzel Washington AND Morgan Freeman are in it.

It is shocking it is as good as it is with Matthew Broderick in it.


Recent viewings for the Cheeze ...

Dead Like Me


Season 1 and 2

 :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on September 13, 2007, 07:51:54 PM
I was watching Glory.  Decent flick.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on September 13, 2007, 08:36:30 PM
From Beyond  *** out of ****.   Stuart Gordon's followup to his amazing directorial debut Re-Animator re-teams Barbara Crampton and Jeffrey Combs from that 1st film in addition to Ken Foree.  While not as good as Re-Animator it is still a whole lot of fun, especially in it's unrated version on the very recent unrated DVD.  Barbara Crampton fans should note that she gets into a really sexy S&M leather outfit at a certain point in the movie and also has some topless activity.  Pretty good gore effects and lots and lots of slime all over the place.  Jeffrey Combs is a hoot.


Ginger Snaps.  ***1/2 out of ****.  One of the best werewolf movies that I've seen and it's awesome in that it tells a werewolf tale from a female perspective.  Great performances all around and some ferocious attack sequences.  The sequel was decent and the 3 film (a prequel of sorts) was terrible but the 1st is a near classic.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Shadow on September 13, 2007, 10:12:12 PM
Barbara Crampton fans should note that she gets into a really sexy S&M leather outfit at a certain point in the movie and also has some topless activity.

How does it compare to her brief boom-boom scene in Body Double?


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on September 13, 2007, 10:49:34 PM
Burial of the Rats (1995)

I caught this on Showtime ... man stupid movie but enough skin to keep watching it. Skin lots and lots of skin.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on September 14, 2007, 09:37:01 AM
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995)- Decent enough adaption of the televison series.  Somewhat new costumes, good villian, and the Hitchiker from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre played Lord Zedd.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: hellbilly on September 14, 2007, 01:04:53 PM
Afraid Of The Dark (1991) - Creepy, unsettling and a bit twisted. Loved it.
It's the type of movie David Lynch should've made. And yeah, totally forgot Catriona McColl was in this!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on September 14, 2007, 08:21:35 PM
Blow- Decent flick, with Johnny Depp, Paul Reubens and Ray Liotta.  Johnny Depp is a coke dealer who keeps screwing up.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl- Watched this afternoon.  Johnny Depp is hilarious in it.  Keira Knightly is cute, but could stand to gain like, 10-15 pounds.  Great flick.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Mr_Vindictive on September 15, 2007, 07:27:46 PM
From Beyond  *** out of ****.   Stuart Gordon's followup to his amazing directorial debut Re-Animator re-teams Barbara Crampton and Jeffrey Combs from that 1st film in addition to Ken Foree.  While not as good as Re-Animator it is still a whole lot of fun, especially in it's unrated version on the very recent unrated DVD.  Barbara Crampton fans should note that she gets into a really sexy S&M leather outfit at a certain point in the movie and also has some topless activity.  Pretty good gore effects and lots and lots of slime all over the place.  Jeffrey Combs is a hoot.


Ginger Snaps.  ***1/2 out of ****.  One of the best werewolf movies that I've seen and it's awesome in that it tells a werewolf tale from a female perspective.  Great performances all around and some ferocious attack sequences.  The sequel was decent and the 3 film (a prequel of sorts) was terrible but the 1st is a near classic.


I'm still waiting on my copies of From Beyond and The Burning from Amazon.  I really need to learn to not pre-order from them anymore as it normally takes a week or two for me to get my DVDs where as sites like Buy.com get me my DVDs on or before their release date.  I didn't really care for From Beyond my first time around with it, but that was years ago on a torn up VHS.  I'm hoping a better DVD transfer will make the film more enjoyable for me.

Ginger Snaps is a modern classic.  It's a great little retelling of the classic werewolf story.  I have yet to see either of the sequels, but I've heard the 2nd is decent with the third being trash.  I need to get around to netflixing them sometime.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on September 15, 2007, 08:57:01 PM
Vegas Vacation (1997)- I gotta say, being the fourth "Vacation" flick with the Griswold's, I feel this is still a decent flick.  I loved Wallace Shawn as the Blackjack Dealer. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on September 16, 2007, 08:17:04 PM
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians- I watched the dvd today.  Gotta love Dropo.

Coyote Ugly- Eh.  Decent enough I guess.  But two hours of Tyra Banks, Piper Perabo and other hot chicks dancing on a bar makes up for the lack of a plot.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on September 22, 2007, 04:04:36 AM
Yesterday afternoon I watched The Creature with the Blue Hand (comments in the "recent purchases" thread).   I also watched Godzilla vs. Hedorah for the first time and it was a wonderful thing.  I absolutely loved how odd and bizarre it was.  One brief review I've read compared it to a Seijun Suzuki film, and while I've only seen Branded to Kill, it seems like a good way of describing it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on September 22, 2007, 11:07:30 AM
An Evening With Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder- Not as good as the first.  But, some decent questions/answers.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3- Saw this bad boy in the theater when it came out.  Worst of the three, I suppose.  I liked it though.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on September 25, 2007, 05:09:07 PM
Ginger Snaps is a modern classic.  It's a great little retelling of the classic werewolf story.  I have yet to see either of the sequels, but I've heard the 2nd is decent with the third being trash.  Isometime.

The 2nd one is decent and the 3rd one is complete crap.  You are correct!





Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on September 25, 2007, 05:12:03 PM
Knocked Up.   *** out of ****
Not quite as laugh-out-loud-funny as The 40 Year Old Virgin and about 30 or so minutes too long, but still very funny.  Great performances all around and most of the regulars from 40 Year Old Virgin are here in new roles. I had read that Knocked Up was originally intended to be a sequel to 40 Year Old Virgin but following Seth Rogen's character, but they decided to just make it it's own movie.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on September 25, 2007, 07:25:40 PM
Freaked- Funny, funny movie.  Underrated classic.  "Styrofoam Cup."

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest- Good stuff.  Moved up to my top ten list.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on September 26, 2007, 03:15:52 PM
The Brave One.  *** out of ****.

Jodie Foster turns in a ferocious performance in this vigilante tale that doesn't necessarily reinvent the cinematic wheel but is very entertaining.   Terrific performances all around overcome some of the plot holes and contrivances that are unfortunately part of the vigilante genre.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: wtffilm on September 26, 2007, 03:24:58 PM
HOUSE [1977]

Probably the weirdest haunted house film you'll ever see - 7 Japanese school-girl friends take a trip through the glory of forced perspective sets and absurd optical effects to a house that eats unmarried women.  Some highlights include a kung fu battle between a girl and a bunch of firewood and an entirely bizarre sequence in which the most musically inclined of the group is devoured by a piano.

Highly recommended for weird cinema enthusiasts, this one is definitely getting a review from myself in the near future.

Kindest regards,

Kevin P.
http://www.wtf-film.com


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Shadow on September 26, 2007, 05:17:19 PM
The Black Dahlia (2006)

And here I thought it was going to be a realistic look at the case. WRONG. I felt it tried too hard to be noir-ish and the made up ending was just bogus IMO.

2 out of 5


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: the guyver on September 26, 2007, 05:47:24 PM
Shadow, I think you are being to generous. I unfortunately saw it in theaters. Why-oh-why?! :thumbdown: :thumbdown:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: hellbilly on September 27, 2007, 12:05:19 PM
Snoop Dogg's Hood Of Horror (2006) ***1/2 out of *****
What can I say, I was entertained. There are really worse movies out there.

The Last Round (1976) **** out of *****
Excellent crime/action from Italy. Some nice sleaze and bloodshed (at times).

The Heroin Busters (1977) ***1/2 out of *****
Well made action with music by The Goblin.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on September 27, 2007, 07:16:47 PM
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- Decent adaption of the comic book.  Good costumes by Jim Henson.  Funny, action, etc.

The Rise and Fall of ECW- Not necessarily a 'movie', but a documentary type on ECW.  ECW is a now defunct wrestling organization based in Philly that pushed the envelope both with storylines and action never ever seen before in America.  Then they went out of business.  Long too, like 3 hours.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on September 27, 2007, 09:06:58 PM
The Black Dahlia (2006)

And here I thought it was going to be a realistic look at the case. WRONG. I felt it tried too hard to be noir-ish and the made up ending was just bogus IMO.

2 out of 5

That movie was easily my pick for worst film of 2006.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on October 02, 2007, 08:53:34 PM
The Muppets Take Manhattan- Great flick.  Muppets rule.  Plus it had live-action Muppet Babies, as well as Big Bird and Bert and Ernie.   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on October 03, 2007, 10:07:32 PM
Bram Stoker's Dracula  (1992). *** out of ****.
Still ranks IMO as one of the most visually grand and gorgeous movies to ever be released by a major studio.  Too bad they didn't spend quite as much time on the script problems as they did on the look of the film.  Coppola's direction is very flashy but never overpowers the acting.  Keanu Reeves is painfully wooden but the rest of the cast is great with Gary Oldman making a great Dracula, Anthony Hopkins getting  a fun turn as Van Helsing and Winona Ryder looking so gorgeous and sexy at times that it almost takes my breath away during some of her big scenes.  One case in which style definitely triumphs over substance.

1408.  *** out of ****.
Based on a Stephen King short story of the same name, this could almost at times be viewed as a horror movie version of Cast Away as John Cusack for a good portion of the film is putting on an excellent one man show.   The film is visually spectacular and can get pretty creepy at times but it is hurt somewhat by a rushed and poor ending. The direction is really nice and avoids the problem of the way-too-quick-cutting type style that plauges many modern films, horror movies in particular.  If you get the 2 disc set the alternate ending on the extended director's cut is much better IMO.  Not the best that I've seen but it kind of works as a hodge podge of The Shining, Silent Hill and Jacob's Ladder. 



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on October 04, 2007, 03:14:55 PM
TROY: director's cut .  *** out of ****.
Gladiator with brains.  While the extended director's cut still has some problems mainly in the narrative area, it is still a pretty big improvement over the shallow theatrical cut.  In particular, the battle scenes are much, much more gory and bloody in comparison to the rather bloodless theatrical cut.  I didn't really like Gladiator that much but Troy came across to me as that movie with actual brains behind it.

Kingdom of Heaven:  director's cut ***1/2 out of ****.
I never saw the truncated theatrical cut but the director's cut with nearly 50 minutes reinstated was quite good.  I can't recall a good movie being made about the crusades and this movie does the trick. While not always historically accurate, it does manage to paint a great picture of what those times were like.  Ridley Scott's direction is flawless and the movie suffers just slightly from Orlando's Bloom performance. While not bad per se, it pales in comparison  at times to the rest of the great cast.   



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on October 05, 2007, 06:53:08 AM
My recent vieing over the last week

Ramob 3 7/10

At this point I think someone just decided to say f*** it and went out on a limb.  The idea of Rambo being in a monastary is just absurd.  I mean he was in prison in Rambo 2 so after he got done he decided not to go back to jail.  Action wise it was a good movie, and the script was pretty good, I just think that the monastary part could have been done away with.

Philadelphia 9/10

Now, I'm not a real emotional person, but this film nearly had me in tears.  One of Tom Hanks best roles that he has played.  Everyone did a good job in this film, and you couldn't help but feel sad for Tom Hank's character and what he was going to thru.

Tron 6/10

Cheesy at best.  A good idea, just I think with technology at the time, it wasn't a god time to make it.  I didn't like the whole concept of programs looking like people in the games.  Script was corny at times too.

Glengarry Glen Ross 8/10

Wow, Awesome movie.  While the profanity is way over the top it's a good story about trying to make it in a cut throat business. 

right now I'm working on Sixteen Candles and I might either go for Hoffa, The Naked Gun, or something else today.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on October 05, 2007, 07:04:12 AM
Glory was on AMC earlier so I watched that.   I think it's scientifically impossible for a movie to suck if Denzel Washington AND Morgan Freeman are in it.

It is shocking it is as good as it is with Matthew Broderick in it.


 :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

I though Glory was good, I just didn't think Matthew Broderick was the best choice for the Colonel.  I mean he did a good job, I  think someone else could have done a better job overall.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Snivelly on October 05, 2007, 08:44:11 AM
My latest viewings:

Matandos Cabos : funny and action-packed film from Mexico about a kidnapping gone wrong.  Includes a former lucha libre wrestler with some serious issues and a cannibal midget, what more does a film need?  Lots of fun, reminded me of films like Go and Snatch.

The Prestige : Michael Caine, Christian Bale, and Hugh Jackman in a film about rival stage magicians who turn on each other after a trick goes terribly wrong.  Started a bit slow, but made up for it when it started gaining momentum, with a great ending.

Blades of Glory : Not the movie I would have picked, but turned out to be funnier than I expected.  Figure skating is so over-the-top anyway that making fun of it is just too easy, but the film stayed funny the whole way through.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on October 05, 2007, 03:54:14 PM
The Shining.  (1980).  ***1/2 out of ****
One of the rare moments in which a movie based on a book actually improves on the book a bit.  One of my favorite Kubrick films and one that really gets under your skin no matter how many times you've seen it. Jack Nicholson is gloriously over the top in a career defining performance.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: indianasmith on October 06, 2007, 06:16:14 PM
I watched FANTASTIC 4 - RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER  last night and really liked it.  Of the various superhero movies of recent years, both of the FF movies have worked well for me.  Not quite on par with BATMAN BEGINS or the SPIDER MAN trilogy, but light years ahead of the incredibly dull SUPERMAN RETURNS.  I love the guy who plays Ben Grimm.  I never can remember his last name.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on October 06, 2007, 06:51:53 PM
Without A Paddle- Dax Shepard, Matthew Lillard and Seth Green are three guys stranded in the woods.  Then Burt Reynolds saves them.  Seth Green is hilarious in the movie.  He saves it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Snivelly on October 06, 2007, 10:36:11 PM
Without A Paddle- Dax Shepard, Matthew Lillard and Seth Green are three guys stranded in the woods.  Then Burt Reynolds saves them.  Seth Green is hilarious in the movie.  He saves it.

I had planned to see this one but I keep forgetting the title, thanks for bringing this one up.  I like Seth Green, and this one did look funny.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on October 07, 2007, 12:56:59 PM
Ringu - 8/10

I though it was good, wasn't as scary as I though it would be.

Underground Comedy Movie -600/10

Worst MOVIE ever.  I only watched 25 mint of the film, and I feel I've seen 25 min too much.  Stupid humor and stupid unfunny jokes.  It's like a bad episode of SNL and MadTV combined but the jokes are replaced with tasteless toilet humor.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on October 08, 2007, 08:19:53 PM
BLACK SHEEP (2007)  *** out of ****.
How can you go wrong with killer sheep?  This movie is quite a lot of fun and the premise alone (killer sheep on the loose in New Zealand) makes it worth a rental for fans of bad movies.  Peter Jackson's WETA effects shop did the effects work in the movie.

I Spit on Your Grave  **1/2 out of ****.
Memorable mainly for the prolonged rapes and a man getting his wang doodle cut off in a bath tub by the female lead, the movie really drags in places and maybe with about 15 minutes being removed making it a tight 85 minute exploitation flick, I could rate it *** instead.  Worth a look however.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on October 10, 2007, 10:23:16 PM
Wrong Turn 2: Dead End  (unrated)  *** out of ****
While not a great move by any means, it is still a lot of fun.  Henry Rollins rules in his performance as usual as a survivalist fronting a survivor type reality game show called The Apocalypse.  There are some fantastic kills in the movie and only one reeks of CGI though it is a well staged and gruesome effect.  I thought that it was a bit better than the 1st movie and as a slasher film of sorts, it works. And thanks to the flick's unrated status, it is very brutal and very bloody as well.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on October 13, 2007, 09:24:57 PM
The Wackiest Wagon Train in the West (1976)

Stars Bob Denver as Dusty, a clueless cowpoke helping Skip...a wagon master named Callahan (Forrest Tucker reduced to playing a wannabe Skipper). Basically Gilligan goes west only Gilligan is the only member of the original "Gilligan's Island" gang on board. The rest of the cast does include characters just like those on the show...a rich man and his wife, a young spunky brunette, a hot blonde saloon hostess,  and a smart educated man who basically acts like a professor. There's really nothing new here to be found. One is much better off watching some reruns of the real "Gilligan's Island".

* out of ***** stars.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on October 14, 2007, 11:34:36 AM
Clerks 2- 2 and a half stars.  I'd probably rank this higher, but the first is probably my all time favorite comedy, so in my mind, it's very hard to live up to.  But Clerks 2 isn't bad either.  New guy Elias is hilarious, and Pillow Pants is the oddest scene in the movie.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on October 14, 2007, 05:45:20 PM
The Wackiest Wagon Train in the West (1976)

Stars Bob Denver as Dusty, a clueless cowpoke helping Skip...a wagon master named Callahan (Forrest Tucker reduced to playing a wannabe Skipper). Basically Gilligan goes west only Gilligan is the only member of the original "Gilligan's Island" gang on board. The rest of the cast does include characters just like those on the show...a rich man and his wife, a young spunky brunette, a hot blonde saloon hostess,  and a smart educated man who basically acts like a professor. There's really nothing new here to be found. One is much better off watching some reruns of the real "Gilligan's Island".

* out of ***** stars.


 Somebody  must have liked it...it was made into a Saterday morning TV show in the 70's! (It sucked too.)

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Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on October 14, 2007, 06:46:45 PM
Yeah the movie is apparently 4 episodes of the TV Series smashed together. Still one's better off watching "Gilligan's Island".


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: trekgeezer on October 14, 2007, 06:50:08 PM
The Amazing Transparent Man  (1960) -  A master safe cracker gets broken out of prison by a mysterious benefactor.  His liberator wants him to steal "fissionable materials" for him to use in his quest to create an army of invisible so he can hold the world hostage.   

Just another take on the invisible man, only this time set in the atomic age.


The Phantom Planet (1961) - Space Hunk Frank Chapman is sent to discover what's happening to those missing earth ships.  Frank end up on a planet full and 6" high people.  When exposed to their atmosphere Frank turns small too, and just in time to get two horny space babes fighting for his attentions.  Oh, and there's also one the girl's jealous would-be boyfriend to contend with .

The monsters in this one are called Solarites and they look like the film makers were going for the Metaluna Mutant look and ended up with something that looked like it came from Barney and Friends.

This one has few not-so -bad effect scenes.


Gerry (2001) - Directed by Gus van Sant, Casey Affleck and Matt Damon play two morons who wander off  of a nature trail in Death Valley. The movie mostly consists of the two walking endessly trying figure out where they started out.  There isn't much dialogue and most of it seems to be adlibbed

A pretty boring way to spend a couple of hours.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on October 16, 2007, 08:00:54 PM
Cannibal! The Musical- *** out of ****.  Great little flick.  I go quoting it all the time.  Just wish others knew what the hell I was mumbling to myself.  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on October 17, 2007, 10:30:51 PM
I just watched Day of the Animals and I'm suprised how enjoyable it was.  Now that I've seen a couple of Girdler films I want to see the rest!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: dinosaur_jr. on October 19, 2007, 10:23:12 PM
The Black Dahlia (2006)

And here I thought it was going to be a realistic look at the case. WRONG. I felt it tried too hard to be noir-ish and the made up ending was just bogus IMO.

2 out of 5


I bought that movie in a videogame store(mint condition),because i was interested and it was cheap(was new at the moment,so the store prices were higher) and I can understand now the reason hehe, I only saw half of the movie i guess..someday i´ll finish it..but without any hope.



About TRON...I like that movie. :teddyr:



Continuing the Topic.

Los Violadores(Mad Foxes) -  yuppie vs. nazi biker  gang ...funny crappy movie.


Suicide Club - really i didn´t finish it (I´m kind of lazy lately), but i like it so far.




Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on October 20, 2007, 08:46:53 AM
TransFormers- I really liked it.  I'm not much for Michael Bay's movies, outside of Coyote Ugly, but this was really well done.

Freaks- Good movie.  Saw it on TCM last night, part of their Friday Fright Fest thing all month.  First time I saw it.  Good stuff.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on October 20, 2007, 03:51:33 PM


Freaks- Good movie.  Saw it on TCM last night, part of their Friday Fright Fest thing all month.  First time I saw it.  Good stuff.

  I watched it too! Also watched MARK of the VAMPIRE before hand. Wanted to stay up and watch DEVIL DOLL and the UNKNOWN-but I hadda get to bed...being I knew I would be doing duct work for my furnace today...which I just finished...dam! Whatta job! I got what they call a Michigan basement...half fruit cellar and half crawl space. Whatta pain in the ass dragging pipe through a dirt and stone crawl space!

 Oh...MARK of the VAMPIRE: I like this movie...the cinematography is beautiful...but Lionel Barrymore overacts  and babbles waaay too much. And I HATE the cheat ending. On the up side...Lugosi looks great...and Carol Borland looks greater! In my opinion-she steals the show!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on October 20, 2007, 07:35:43 PM
Child's Play 2 (1990)

Well this managed to exceed my low expectations for a sequel. While it never really comes close to recapturing the creepy, unsettling eerieness of the first film, it has its fun moments. The exciting conclusion in particular is an entertaining actionfest with some great FX work even if it does perhaps owe something to THE TERMINATOR.  That said, there's loads in this movie that doesn't really hold up to close scrutiny such as it never being explained how Chucky escaped from the basement at one point but couldn't at another and Chucky's slowness to take action at times. Still better than I expected it would be. ** 1/2 out of *****.

Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

The overall premise is great fun. Giant leeches infest a backwoods Southern swamp and begin chowing down on the white trash locales. Unfortunately lead Ken Clark is unbelievably wooden and the FX is laughable making this film often tough slugging. Nice to see the then gorgeous Yvette Vickers getting a chance to show off some skin and getting a chance to play an early scream queen. Still when a film that runs 62 minutes feels a lot longer than that to watch, well something is amiss. Still this bad movie can be fun if you're in the right sort of mood to have some fun with it. ** out of *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on October 20, 2007, 09:40:04 PM


Freaks- Good movie.  Saw it on TCM last night, part of their Friday Fright Fest thing all month.  First time I saw it.  Good stuff.

  I watched it too! Also watched MARK of the VAMPIRE before hand. Wanted to stay up and watch DEVIL DOLL and the UNKNOWN-but I hadda get to bed...being I knew I would be doing duct work for my furnace today...which I just finished...dam! Whatta job! I got what they call a Michigan basement...half fruit cellar and half crawl space. Whatta pain in the ass dragging pipe through a dirt and stone crawl space!

 Oh...MARK of the VAMPIRE: I like this movie...the cinematography is beautiful...but Lionel Barrymore overacts  and babbles waaay too much. And I HATE the cheat ending. On the up side...Lugosi looks great...and Carol Borland looks greater! In my opinion-she steals the show!

They showed the Monkees classic HEAD at 2, but I didn't get to watch cause I had to get up early for work.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on October 20, 2007, 11:09:13 PM
I just watched Day of the Animals and I'm suprised how enjoyable it was.  Now that I've seen a couple of Girdler films I want to see the rest!

 Try ABBY-I'ts a blaxpliotation version of the EXORCIST...great stuff! And for pure BAD movie fun...ASYLUM of SATAN! Whatta godawful mess! Bad acting,silly fx, uncomprehensible plot....a great crappy flick!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on October 22, 2007, 10:16:43 PM
Dr.Strangelove: or How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb  **** out of ****
Pure genius. Never gets old. Kubrick's best film and  my #2 favorite film of all time.

Ultraviolet  **1/2 out of ****
Fun almost nonstop action sequences, a super hot Milla Jovovich and an almost at times incomprehensible story add up to an enjoyable time waster that wasn't as bad as a lot of people have made it out to be.

The Matador  ***1/2 out of ****.
Pierce Brosnan's best performance to date and the rest of the cast is equally terrific,  especially Greg Kinnear.  Lots of fun and worthy of repeat viewings.

D.O.A.: Dead or Alive  **1/2 out of ****.
Hot chicks kung fu fighting in bikinis or next to nothing, a slumming Eric Roberts hamming it up and some fun action sequences help overcome a pretty bad story. So silly that you can't help but crack a smile while watching it. Actually one of the better video game  film adaptations that I've seen, though that's really not saying much. Like Ultraviolet, a fun time waster.  The film is like Charlie's Angels, Mortal Kombat and Enter the Dragon all thrown into a PG-13 blender.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on October 23, 2007, 10:15:49 PM
Eyes Wide Shut  ***1/2 out of ****.
While this film really polarized Kubrick's fan base, I found it to be sort of a return to form for him.  Tom Cruise actually turns in a great performance and Nicole Kidman is amazing as usual (in terms of acting and her gorgeous looks).  I got this in the recent box set and it's so nice to finally get to see the uncensored orgy scene.  The only thing that I think ruffled the MPAA's feathers was how much thrusting was going on in that scene.  But I've seen far worse in some other hard R rated movies.  But anyway, the movie's very deliberate pacing turned off many people, some claiming that what wound up in theaters was just a rough cut as Kubrick was known to work editing on his films right up to release and sometimes after their premiers (2001 and The Shining in particular). 

Who knows if he might have tightened up the movie more but we'll never know with his death on March 7, 1999.   The movie was released on July 16. 1999. Many state that this was presented to Warner Bros. as his final cut and Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman have both gone on record that it was as well.  A lot of people claimed that the movie was really cold emotionally but I really think that this movie shows Kubrick at his most playful since Dr. Strangelove.   The ending is a bit too abrupt for me which is why I can't quite give it a perfect 4 stars,  but I think that this was a great ending to an amazing directorial career that will probably never be equaled. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on October 25, 2007, 06:53:17 PM
Hellbound: Hellraiser 2- Well, I liked it.  Decent sequel, compared to later films in the series.

The Punisher- I'd say it's pretty decent.  Then again, I'm not too familiar with the comic series.  I've known who he is from appearances in other books.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on October 25, 2007, 06:56:01 PM
The Punisher- I'd say it's pretty decent.  Then again, I'm not too familiar with the comic series.  I've known who he is from appearances in other books.

Are you talking about the new Jane/Travolta movie or the Dolph version?

I sorta liked the Jane version.  I thought it could be better.  They are making a sequel...I'll probably check it out when it comes out.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on October 25, 2007, 09:50:17 PM
Rituals (1977)

Hal Holbrook and Lawrence Dane raise this cheaply made Canadian thriller a slight notch in quality as two men battling to survive after their group, a bunch of doctors on a fishing trip, becomes the target of someone with dastardly and evil intentions. The interplay between Holbrook and Dane as they struggle to cling on to hope and their sanity in the face of something they never expected is surpisingly good. Unfortunately the rest of this film is not, being largely a combination of the psycho killer stalking through the woods combined with elements of Deliverance.  It's too bad it lighting is horrible as many scenes are dark, the sound tends to suffer greatly too and the direction is often a bit misguided. Still if one has the patience to stick with this one, it's not too bad of its type. The other thing that most stood for me is there's lots of cussing in this one.  ** out of *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on October 25, 2007, 11:27:55 PM
I just watched Day of the Animals and I'm suprised how enjoyable it was.  Now that I've seen a couple of Girdler films I want to see the rest!

 Try ABBY-I'ts a blaxpliotation version of the EXORCIST...great stuff! And for pure BAD movie fun...ASYLUM of SATAN! Whatta godawful mess! Bad acting,silly fx, uncomprehensible plot....a great crappy flick!

I've noticed that there are a few Abby DVDs out, now, but I suspect they're not exactly official.  I'll probably pick it up sometime.  Same with Asylum of Satan.  I've seen bits from both and they look pretty crazy!

I just finished watching Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?.  This isn't a spoiler since it's the very first scene, but it would've been much better if the bit where Shelley Winters is singing a lullaby to the corpse of her daughter had come later in the film, but instead the audience is shown that she's a bit nuts at the beginning of the movie!  Plus Winters gave a silly performance, otherwise I liked it.

Along the same lines (Curtis Harrington directed this and the Auntie Roo flick, plus Shelley Winters plays a wacko in both), I watched What's the Matter with Helen? yesterday, but it was disappointing.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on October 26, 2007, 08:38:31 AM
The Punisher- I'd say it's pretty decent.  Then again, I'm not too familiar with the comic series.  I've known who he is from appearances in other books.

Are you talking about the new Jane/Travolta movie or the Dolph version?

I sorta liked the Jane version.  I thought it could be better.  They are making a sequel...I'll probably check it out when it comes out.
I saw the Travolta/Jane version recently.  I wasn't too familiar with the comic series, so overall I liked it.  Whereas, the Spider-Man and X-Men films, I was a fan of the comics and could sit there and nitpick, etc.

I saw the old Captain America flick from 1990.  Good stuff, that was. :lookingup:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on October 28, 2007, 11:11:14 AM
Camille (1936)

Stars Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor as a pair of star-crossed lovers who have to try and overcome a major test given Taylor's lack of wealth and Garbo's many debts owed to a rich Baron played by Henry Daniell in order for their love to survive. This is a very moving story that really gets the veiwers emotionally because we are made to care so much about its leads even if the story is a little bit dated thematically. Keep the tissues handy for this one if you have a soft heart. ***** out of *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on October 28, 2007, 11:58:10 AM
D2: The Mighty Ducks-- :thumbup:.  Good Times.  Any movie with Wayne Gretzky and Kareem Abdul Jabar is a decent flick.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on October 28, 2007, 03:51:12 PM
The African Queen (1951)

Highly entertaining romance adventure set on an African river during World War I. Leads Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn are superb and have sizzling romantic chemistry on screen together. The high adventure aspect of the story is sometimes really hard to accept but if one allows oneself, this is high escapism at its cinematic best as Bogart and Hepburn set out to use the steamship the African Queen to fight German forces taking over Africa. **** 1/2 out of *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on October 29, 2007, 07:30:46 PM
Friday the 13th  **1/2 out of ****

Friday the 13th: Part 2  *1/2 out of ****

Friday the 13th: Part 3   ** out of ****

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter   **1/2 out of ****

Friday the 13th: Part 6 Jason Lives  *** out of ****

Friday the 13th: Part 7 The New Blood  *1/2 out of ****

Friday the 13th: Part 8 Jason Takes Manhattan  * out of ****

Jason Goes to Hell  **1/2 out of ****

Jason X   *1/2 out of ****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on October 29, 2007, 11:35:59 PM
Cool and the Crazy (1994)

A TV movie directed by Ralph Bakshi of all people. Surprisingly this one is live action and not animated. Anyways Bakshi's direction as usual is all over the place and the story never seems to find a good clear direction. Set in 1950s America, it does have some interesting things to say about the American Family Ideal. Alicia Silverstone stands out a young woman who suddenly finds herself slave and servant in a much too early marriage and struggles and tries to come to grips with what she needs in order to be happy as do really all the characters in this story. This does have its moments but ultimately if falls short of really convincing an audience of which answer is right I guess leaving things up to the viewer to decide. This conclusion proves somewhat unsatisfactory in this case. ** 1/2 out of *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on October 30, 2007, 07:26:42 AM
Blood Relic - about some kids who are finishing up work on an aerospace museum before it opens.  But 20 years earlier a pilot had an evil little figurine and he killed everyone in the base, then tossed the figurine in an electrical box in the building.  Now the kids have found the figurine, and the pilot has just been released from the insane asylum.  This wasn't too bad, drinking a few beers helped to disguise the nearly zero budget aspect of it.  Acting was passable, the action moved along okay, atmosphere was descent, and there was T&A o'plenty.

Friday the 13th part 7.  Finally saw this one!  It was fairly okay.  The editing was sort of an amateurish mess, and they spent far too much time on the girl, her mom and her therapist.  Not nearly enough time with the kids partying next door.  The kills got rather humorous.  Jason kills someone with a machete, the next guy with a tree trimmer, the next one with a weed eater (you read that right - a weed eater), the next person with an axe.  There must be some very P.O.'d gardener somewhere wondering who the hell stole all his stuff   :teddyr: 

It left me wondering - why does AMC display that stupid "TV14 - LSV" box in the corner when all the language, all the sex and a fair bit of the violence have been edited out?


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on October 30, 2007, 10:39:17 PM
Day Watch  ***1/2 out of ****.

I liked the Russian fantasy/action/horror film Nightwatch and was looking forward to the sequel in a planned trilogy of films. From what I've read, the filmmaker actually combined the planned 2nd and 3rd films into just one film, Day Watch.  The movie runs 2 1/2 hours long and features stunning visuals, crazy action sequences, fun performances and hyper kinetic directorial style.  If you didn't like Nightwatch , I still recommend catching Day Watch as it really builds on the promises shown in Nightwatch that some people feel like they didn't accomplish.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on November 01, 2007, 08:23:31 AM
The Invisible Ray - Starring Boris Karlof and Bela Lugosi.  About a scientist who discovers "Radium X", an element that allows him to immediately build a death ray, and with a bit more research, it can also cure just about any known ailment.  Unfortunately, the scientist was irradiated during its discovery, and now he glows in the dark and anything he touches dies.  His mind also goes a little coo-coo, and he gets it in his head that other scientists stole his discovery, and someone else stole his wife! 

Pretty good overall.  The one special effect was vastly superior to anything you'll see in today's CGI movies - he turned the death ray on a large boulder and the thing just fell to pieces.  Plot moved along nicely, characters were fleshed out nicely, quite interesting really.  Now I've got to add the Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi DVD collections to my wishlist  :teddyr: 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: trekgeezer on November 01, 2007, 05:15:19 PM
I've been downloading a lot of public domain stuff from archive.org.


The Killer Shrews (1959) - A scientist on an isolated island experimenting with the metabolism of the small rodents unleashes a horde of giant shrews. Once the shrews have devoured all the other food on the island they start coming after the humans.

Enter cargo ship Captain Roscoe P. , huh, I mean  Thorne Sherman (James Best).

This is pretty straight forward drive-in fare.  The shrews are just dogs with a piece of shag carpet on their backs. A shrew head with big gnarly teeth does most of the damage.

The big treat for me was watching Ken Curtis (Fetus from Gunsmoke) as a mean tempered alcoholic SOB (he's responsible for the shrews getting loose).



Dementia 13 (1963) - The new American wife of the oldest son of an Irish matriarch, watches her husband die of  a heart attack while they're in a row boat on the local pond. Realizing that if his family finds out he's dead, she won't get any inheritance when the old lady croaks. So she dumps him overboard and tells the family he went to New York on business.

When she learns of the old lady's obsession with her the death of her young daughter seven years before, she starts plotting her demise. Little does she know the little girls accident wasn't one and the killer doesn't want anyone snooping around the pond.

This one is Psycho with a bit of a twist. It also benefits from being directed by Francis Ford Coppola when he was under the tutelage of Roger Corman.



The Snow Creature (1954) - A couple of botanists are looking for new plants in the Himalayas and end up getting taken hostage by their Sherpa guides who force them go on a Yeti hunt with them.  When they catch the creature, the two scientists get the upper hand and keep the Sherpas from killing him.

They ship the Yeti back to the US in a big glass doored fridge. Their only problem is the Immigration service won't let them have the Yeti until they determine if it's human. Of course,as any good movie monster does, the Yeti gets tired of sitting around and breaks out causing all kinds of chaos. He seem to have predilection for human women.

This movie was directed by the famous director Billy Wilder's brother, W. Lee Wilder who was also responsible for the Phantom from Space.



The Wild Hogs (2007) - John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, and William Macy are all middle aged guys who ride Harleys and call themselves the Wild Hogs.  Travolta's supermodel wife leaves him and his business goes bust, so he convinces the others to go on a bike trip to the west coast.

On the way they have several goof misadventures and run afoul of a real biker gang lead by Ray Liotta.

This was a mildly entertaining movie with a few very funny parts. Whether you like it or not may be dependent on your age.






Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on November 01, 2007, 08:19:09 PM
 My halloween viewing has been exhausting!!!
 >TONIGHT I'LL POSSESs YOUR SOUL -Coffin Joe...a weird GREAT MOVIE!!! A lot of people don't like coffin Joe...I LOVE HIS WORK!!!
..CREATURE From the HAUNTED SEA-a cheezy Roger Corman comedy...-I really enjoyed it!!! In fact,I thought it much better than LITTLE SHOP of HORRORS...but not as good as BUCKET of BLOOD.
.PIT and the PENDULUM-Vinnie and co. in my favorite Poe/AIP flick. My brother Mike used to torment me with this movie. We had an old room in a house back in 1969...when I was a wee geek of 7...he threw me in it, leaned into the door and quoted,in his best Price imatation-"NO ONE SHALL EVER ENTER THIS ROOM AGAIN." Which,of course,threw me into a fit of pure terror!
.The HAUNTING- I own this movie...and,as a tradition, watch it every Halloween Eve...if you have never read the book by Shirly Jackson...dammit whattaya waitin' for?!?!?


 Some choice scences of COFFIN JOE horror!

 [youtube=425,350] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nznbTrNetV0


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on November 05, 2007, 11:26:42 PM
Jurassic Park.  *** out of ****.
I hadn't watched this one in a few years as it used to be in the laser disc player when I worked at Circuit City in the mid 90's.  I got sick of the movie and as a result haven't watched it too much since then.  It still holds up quite well particularly in the CGI department.  Some of the stuff with the kids still grates on my nerves, but it's not quite annoying as what they did with Jeff Goldblum's daughter character in the sequel.  The T-rex sequence is still amazing.  While I know that a lot of people hated the 3rd movie, I felt that at least they trimmed off most of the fat and gave people what they wanted, people running from and getting eaten by dinosaurs for 90 minutes.   :teddyr:

1941   **1/2 out ****.
I have the extended cut on DVD and while the movie is still a complete mess, it's a glorious mess at that.  Way too long and filled with lots of scenes that go nowhere, the movie still manages to entertain due to how over-the-top it is at about every moment. This movie is LOUD as well.  Watch this on a cranked sound system and bug your neighbors!  A mammoth and terrific cast gets overwhelmed by the non-stop clutter going on around them, but they make do with what they were given.    Treat Williams has never been better, Ned Beatty is hilarious and Slim Pickens is his usual great self.  John Belushi appears to have been coked out in all of his scenes which adds to his normal lunacy.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on November 06, 2007, 12:03:54 AM
1408
Not bad.

Knocked Up
Riot!

Aliens Gone Wild
Meh it's ok


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on November 06, 2007, 07:54:01 PM
The Toxic Avenger- ** out of ****.  Probably higher than most would give it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on November 07, 2007, 06:14:02 PM
COMPANY OF WOLVES (1984).  A girl on the verge of puberty has a nightmare in which she is Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf is a wolfman.  Featuring a good performance by Angela Landsbury as a fussy, prudish grandma.   Early Neil Jordan arthouse werewolf pic is full of great images and a none too subtle sexual coming-of-age subtext.  Some dog-for-werewolf shots.  4 out of 5.

MERLIN'S MYSTICAL SHOP OF HORRORS (MST3K VERSION):  Ernest Borgnine relates two rejected Twilight Zone scripts to his grandson, linked for some reason by Merlin the Magician.  The movies bad but not that laughable by itself, and the riffing and host segments seem to lack inspiration.  Still, no MST3K episode is worse than a 3 of 5.

THE SCREAMING SKULL (1958):  Like all neurotic wealthy women in bad movies, Jenni leaves the sanitarium and marries with a man whose previous wife died under mysterious circumstances.  They move to his isolated mansion in the country where he plans to scare her to death by placing skulls in the cabinets.  Precitable and tedious; the filmmakers offered a free burial to anyone who died of fright while watching the movie.  They were too smart to offer the same deal to anyone who died of boredom.  1 of 5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on November 07, 2007, 08:08:33 PM
Major Payne - seen it a dozen times and I still bust up every time I watch it. Great goofy film.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on November 07, 2007, 08:17:37 PM
Major Payne - seen it a dozen times and I still bust up every time I watch it. Great goofy film.
My favorite part is the "Little Engine that Could" story.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on November 07, 2007, 09:23:17 PM
Just watched Ruby.  It's far from flawless, but it's a decent film except for an atrocious and abrupt ending that was added in by one of the producers.

This trailer is beyond misleading and has a handful of spoilers:

[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De7es8HMevw


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on November 09, 2007, 10:12:58 PM
Quote
COMPANY OF WOLVES (1984).  A girl on the verge of puberty has a nightmare in which she is Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf is a wolfman.  Featuring a good performance by Angela Landsbury as a fussy, prudish grandma.   Early Neil Jordan arthouse werewolf pic is full of great images and a none too subtle sexual coming-of-age subtext.  Some dog-for-werewolf shots.  4 out of 5.


That's a great flick. One of my personal favorites. I don't think that it's come out on DVD yet has it? I know that they just go around fairly recently to releasing The Butcher Boy on DVD.

EDIT: My bad. I just checked on Amazon.com, and Company of Wolves is on DVD though it's a bit pricey. I just ordered it nonetheless.

http://www.amazon.com/Company-Wolves-Sarah-Patterson/dp/B00006G8H3/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1194664407&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Company-Wolves-Sarah-Patterson/dp/B00006G8H3/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1194664407&sr=1-1)


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on November 09, 2007, 10:23:18 PM
Y Tu Mama Tambien   ***1/2 out of ****.
Excellent coming-of-age film from Mexico also doubles as a sort of travelogue along Mexico's lesser seen areas.  The acting is great and the film while sexually explicit never seems dirty or exploitative of its cast.   Some critics/viewers have issues with the "twist" at the end of the film in terms of what happens to the female lead but if you go back and pay attention to early scenes with her it completely makes sense as to why she makes the choices in the movie that she does.

 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: hellbilly on November 10, 2007, 01:21:50 AM
Sam's Lake (2005) - Independent Slasher that got some sort of festival buzz. I bought the R2 and was a bit underwhelmed. Technically it's not a bad movie - gorgeous scenery and location that reminded me of Friday The 13th. The build up is interesting and well made but the second act kind of falls flat. Still, better than the usual Slasher crap out there. ***/*****

Fragile (2005) - Ally McBeal doing horror? Why yes, and great it was. Since I'm a sucker for good ghost stories taking place in old creepy hospitals this one won me over right from beginning to end. Calista Flockhart was great as the last-minute replacement night nurse investigating bone-breaking shenanigans in the children's ward. ****/*****

Ils (Them) (2006) - Amazingly effective terror flick done with so little. Highly recommended! *****/*****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on November 10, 2007, 11:00:31 AM
the filmmakers offered a free burial to anyone who died of fright while watching the movie.  They were too smart to offer the same deal to anyone who died of boredom.  1 of 5.

I remember in the MST3K version of that, Servo requested and received a free coffing from the film makers.  Good stuff!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on November 10, 2007, 10:13:03 PM
Who Framed Roger Rabbit- Still holds up after all these years.  Good stuff.  Bob Hoskins rocks.

Mallrats- Better than people give it credit for.  Granted, it's not as good as Smith's films Clerks or Chasing Amy, but it's better than people give it credit for.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on November 12, 2007, 11:00:01 PM
Carrie   (1976)  *** out of ****
Terrific performances and taut pacing help overcome Brian DePalma's at times annoying and intrusive camera/directorial tendencies.  The ending is still a chiller.  Sissy Spasek and Piper Laurie are tremendous in Oscar nominated roles.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on November 13, 2007, 10:24:55 PM
FIVE DEADLY VENOMS: A dying master's last pupil is sent to a town where five former students are congregating.   Each is master of a different style of kung-fu named after a venomous animal, and the identities of each, and whether they use their powers for good or evil, are unknown.  Surprisingly inventive torture scenes are a highlight, as is the final four-combatant brawl.  I thought that given all the possibilities for intrigue, there could have been more double-crossing, backstabbing and surprises than there were.  I guessed the identity of the "good" venom pretty quickly.  This may be a case where I was disappointed by high expectations after hearing what a masterpiece this movie was, but if I had watched it without hearing the hype, I would have thought it was an above average Shaw Brothers picture with too much plot getting in the way of the ass-kicking.  3 of 5 slimes.

MST3K SHORTS VOLUME 2:  These shorts are always fun, but a disc full of them is like a meal composed only of appetizers.  Get all your driving, dating and personal hygiene advice here ("In the 50s, people responded well to authoritative, disembodied voices," Mike observed).  The strangest one to me was "The Days of Our Years," a doom-laden pro-safety short sponsored by Union Pacific.  A melancholy pastor wanders around the most hope-foresaken town in America, recalling the terrible tragedies that befell the townsfolk when they forgot to put safety first, EVEN FOR A SECOND.  And these are not everyday tragedies either, like shearing off a finger in a buzzsaw. These are grandiose  ironic tragedies that leave a wake of shattered lives, like when a shop worker gets a telephone call announcing the birth of his first child and is immediately blinded for life when he taps a welder on the shoulder to pass him a celebratory cigar.  I think they adapted this short from a lost manuscript of Dostoevsky.  3 of 5 stars.       


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Andrew on November 13, 2007, 11:06:30 PM
FIVE DEADLY VENOMS: A dying master's last pupil is sent to a town where five former students are congregating.   Each is master of a different style of kung-fu named after a venomous animal, and the identities of each, and whether they use their powers for good or evil, are unknown.  Surprisingly inventive torture scenes are a highlight, as is the final four-combatant brawl.  I thought that given all the possibilities for intrigue, there could have been more double-crossing, backstabbing and surprises than there were.  I guessed the identity of the "good" venom pretty quickly.  This may be a case where I was disappointed by high expectations after hearing what a masterpiece this movie was, but if I had watched it without hearing the hype, I would have thought it was an above average Shaw Brothers picture with too much plot getting in the way of the ass-kicking.  3 of 5 slimes.

I like this one a lot, but people really hyping a film can definitely screw with your enjoyment when you finally see it.  I'd call it a 4 out of 5 slimes movie.  There are some good fights and the idea behind each of the Venoms is kinda fun.  I still like to say stuff along the lines of, "You're the Toad!" when we do close combat training.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on November 14, 2007, 12:35:54 AM
FIVE DEADLY VENOMS: A dying master's last pupil is sent to a town where five former students are congregating.   Each is master of a different style of kung-fu named after a venomous animal, and the identities of each, and whether they use their powers for good or evil, are unknown.  Surprisingly inventive torture scenes are a highlight, as is the final four-combatant brawl.  I thought that given all the possibilities for intrigue, there could have been more double-crossing, backstabbing and surprises than there were.  I guessed the identity of the "good" venom pretty quickly.  This may be a case where I was disappointed by high expectations after hearing what a masterpiece this movie was, but if I had watched it without hearing the hype, I would have thought it was an above average Shaw Brothers picture with too much plot getting in the way of the ass-kicking.  3 of 5 slimes.

I like this one a lot, but people really hyping a film can definitely screw with your enjoyment when you finally see it.  I'd call it a 4 out of 5 slimes movie.  There are some good fights and the idea behind each of the Venoms is kinda fun.  I still like to say stuff along the lines of, "You're the Toad!" when we do close combat training.

Yeah, high expectations definitely damaged my enjoyment.  But ironically it was also a little too "good" for my tastes, tried a little to hard to make sense and have a meaningful plot.  I prefer my chopsocky consistently absurd, like MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on November 15, 2007, 11:15:17 PM
The Full Bottom Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson's early-mid 90s comedy series. Christopher Ryan, also of Young Ones fame, is on board as clueless old codger Dave Hedgehog who along with his fat friend Spudgun are Eddie Hitler (Edmondson)'s only friends. Richard Richard (Rik Mayall) is the thoroughly unlikable and detestable, slovenly sweaty lead who wants nothing more than for some woman to finally have a shag with him only he's positively too revolting for that to ever happen. Thoroughly offensive (what do you expect from the former Young Ones?), this show was ahead of its time only unlike today's series, this was actually laugh out loud funny more often than not. Also the usual level of looniness one expects from Mayall and Edmondson. **** 1/2 out of *****

The Young Ones: Every Stoopid Episode The series that started it all for Mayall and Edmondson. Groundbreaking and widely influential. The first series to portray realistic unlikeable characters getting up to various hijinks. Sure there's a lot of weirdness with this one as elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror creep their way into the series and the show does just about everything it can to defy the censors. Hilariously funny if you don't mind in your face comedic hijinks. Not for the weak or faint hearted but brilliant to those who are able to appreciate it's wonderfully vulgar charms. ***** out of *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on November 18, 2007, 11:14:31 AM
Brides of Dracula - the old Hammer Horror movie.  A young girl is travelling through Transylvania on her way to a teaching assignment.  She gets stranded and ends up staying the night at the castle of a spooky old woman.  Turns out the woman's son is a vampire, and she keeps him chained in his room.  The young girl unwittingly releases him, and I wish I could say he goes on a killing spree, but in reality he just bites one girl.  Then like an hour later he bites a second one.  Then he gets engaged to the young teacher.  Peter Cushing shows up as Van Helsing, and hunts down the evil bloodsucker.

This was pretty good, with all the Gothic atmosphere you'd expect from Hammer.  Fairly good performances, though Cushing takes the whole "understated" thing a bit too far.  I especially liked the crazy old maid character, she stole every scene she was in.  Unfortunately it was really slow moving, not picking up until the end.  I also found it a bit cheesy, probably due to my modern cynicism, but when somebody holds up a crucifix and the vampire recoils in pain and hides behind his cape, I kinda gotta chuckle.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on November 18, 2007, 12:32:47 PM
Orgazmo- Matt Stone and Trey Parker's second live action flick, about a Mormon in Los Angeles trying to convert people, only to be hired to act in a Superhero based Porn flick.  Then the movie becomes the second highest grossing movie after Titanic.  Downright hilarious, and Dian Bachar shines as the sidekick.  Features a cameo by Troma Pictures founder Lloyd Kaufman in the final scene.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: BlackAngel75 on November 19, 2007, 01:29:15 AM
Not really movies per se but, given the inspiration from Akira's '80s cartoon thread, I've been searching for some of those old school shows.  I watched the whole C.O.P.S. ("It's crime fighting time") series, and The Silverhawks series.  And now, through the miracle of the Big Apple Comic Convention that finished up yesterday, I'm now in the middle of watching the Mighty Orbots series and Bionic 6, both of which were burned to dvds.  And as a bonus, I also got the Robotix movie.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on November 21, 2007, 09:57:43 AM
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians- Good flick.  Dropo rocks. :smile:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on November 21, 2007, 10:08:48 AM
BLACK BOOK - good film from the Netherlands about WWII and the plight if some of the Jews. Really good film I though.
4.5 out of 5

(http://chud.com/nextraimages/black_book_ver4.jpg)



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on November 23, 2007, 08:22:29 PM
BLACK BOOK - good film from the Netherlands about WWII and the plight if some of the Jews. Really good film I though.
4.5 out of 5

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I thought that Black Book was great as well.  I'm glad to see Verhoeven back making great films again in his native country.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on November 23, 2007, 08:25:54 PM
Live Free or Die Hard  (unrated version)  ***1/2 out of ****
Surprisingly great and I agree with Bruce Willis that it's the 2nd best film in the series  next to the 1st one.  The action set pieces are great with the filmmakers thankfully opting to do everything as old school and real as possible only resorting to CGI when they had to do accentuate scenes.  The fight between Willis and the sexy Maggie Q was great.  Anyone like myself doubting them making a 4th Die Hard flick should really check this one out.    Great stuff IMO!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on November 25, 2007, 02:37:55 PM
The Screaming Skull (1958): Dull, predictable, cliched. That said, buried deep within this are some decent scare attempts that don't fully succeed because of a limited budget. Still there's moments here that certainly could give some viewers the willies. The best and by far most exciting part of this movie is what happens after we hear the repeated pounding knocks at the door. Unfortunately it proves rather hard to stay awake through until we get to this final bit. The whole plot of a dashing widow marrying a rich but mentally unbalanced woman was ridiculously overdone in this era and the whole thing plays out in pretty much expected fashion. Laughably bad at times and dreadfully dull at others, this does have its moments. Enough for me to give it ** out *****

Lightning: Bolts of Destruction (2003) (TV): A modern era dull, predictable cliched film, this one runs through every expected twist typically used in the disaster formula. While the cast here including Joanna Pacula, Nick Mancuso, Ellen Dubin and Noel Fisher do the best they could and prove rather likable for the most part, nothing could save this poorly written film with FX and a plot about as convincing as those of Ed Wood's films, maybe even less so. Just simple-minded pointless escapist fare that comes across as way too wholesomely clean and PC on every level. * out of *****

The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961): Undeniably one of the worst films I've ever seen, there's something mindbending about this viewing experience. Tor Johnson stars as a scientist who gets caught in the aftermath of an A-Bomb explosion and becomes an hulking monster whose sole desire is to kill. Meanwhile police on the hunt for him seem just as intent on killing as ole Tor himself. How this all ties to a mysterious voluptuous woman getting strangled as this one opens is anyone's guess? The movie plays pretty much the same way a silent film does only this movie has completely ridiculous and downright demented surreal narration. That said, the desert night setting creates an unsettling iolsated feel and one wonders how this might have played without the narration but then again, the narration is bizarrely entertaining in its weird fashion, almost zen-like as my old buddy Dr. Mality described it. * 1/2 out of ***** just for entertaining me on some weird b-movie loving level.

The Terror (1963): Not even a cast of favourites including Boris Karloff, Jack Nicholson, Sandra Knight, Dorothy Neumann and Dick Miller can save this turkey. Basically it stars Jack Nicholson as wandering French soldier Lt. Andre DuValier during the turn of the 19th century. He encounters a mysterious girl who has an odd habit of disappearing and tracks her to a spooky castle inhabited by a kooky old eccentric named Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe (Boris Karloff). Eventually the mystery unravels and we learn of murder, witchery and a plot of revenge. Unfortunately it's complete dullsville sitting through this movie. It's mainly focuses on people wandering around. Going for an eerie chilling atmosphere believe it or not isn't aided by padding a film with scene after scene of people walking or riding on horseback. Still it's amazing this is as good as it is given director Roger Corman made this film in like 2 or 3 days. However it's very tough slugging unless you have incredible patience. I often find myself lulling into sleep while watching this to be honest. Tough one to stay awake throughout. * out of *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on November 27, 2007, 08:44:51 PM
Revolt of the Zombies (1936): A follow-up zombie film from the Halperin Brothers following their success with WHITE ZOMBIE. Follows more of less the same plot only this time the lead jealous protagonist learns the ancient art of turning men into zombies via an hidden in ruins South American formula. This lacks all the chilling impact of WHITE ZOMBIE and suffers greatly for a lack of Bela Lugosi or someone equally effectively eerie. Even the zombies here seem too much like ordinary people. In fact, they are more like individuals mass hypnotized although there's one startling scene featuring a small army of zombie soldiers. Way too bland and dull with no truly effective leads. * 1/2 out of *****

The Giant Gila Monster (1959): Laughably silly when it's not flat out dull. Has to be seen to be believed. Teen leads, who look much older than teens in reality, are the only ones who can be counted to get anything effective down in small backroads country towns it seems. Lead Chase Winstead (Don Sullivan) is a 1950s Buckaroo Banzai who speeds around in his car, gives everybody valued and solid advice, sings and plays completely inappropriate tunes at just the right times (albeit most of his songs are pretty bad), all while eventually being the only man to tackle a giant Mexican beaded lizard posing as a giant gila monster. However not even Don gets as many close-ups as said monster. A true bad movie experience everyone should have at least once. ** out of *****

The Fatal Hour (1940): Boris Karloff returns yet again as Mr. Wong. This time he joins Captain Street (Grant Withers) and reporter Bobbie Logan (Marjorie Reynolds) as they try to track down the killer of police officer and friend Dan O' Grady who was getting close to cracking a smuggling case from the Orient wide open. While Karloff as one might expect is never fully convincing as an Oriental, this movie proves a likable enough murder mystery than should keep most guessing until the very end. More enjoyable than perhaps it should be, perhaps due to a very likable set of leads. At least it is for me. ** 1/2 out of *****

Dead Men Walk (1943): George Zucco really gets an opportunity to shine here playing both lead hero and lead villain as a pair of long feuding brothers, one good and one evil. The evil brother eventually manages to return from the grave and aided by a manical henchman named Zolarr (the one and only Dwight Frye) plots to feed on the blood of the living to quench his vampire taste. Eventually he sets his sights on his own daughter as he knows her habits while her good uncle, who greatly loves her, sets out to try and save her. This is really in essence yet another variation of the Dracula story. However while there are some plot similarities, this one proves wholly unique in its approach. Could have perhaps been a bit better and less predictable in places but certainly worth a watch for Zucco, who proves convincing in both his roles, and Frye, who's always entertaining. **1/2 out of *****

The Mad Monster (1942): George Zucco again, this time in perhaps his most over-the-top but nevertheless very entertaining mad scientist role, a role he played often and in fact may have somewhat become typecast for him to perform. This time he's turning country bumpkin Glenn Strange, another familiar face to most horror fans, into a menacing werewolf in a plot of revenge against those other scientists who discredited him and scoffed at his idea of creating an army of wolfmen. I kid you not! Sadly this film proves at times a bit more dull than exciting although I think a lot of people are too hard of it. I rather enjoyed it for the most part myself, especially for the wild expressions and antics of Zucco's Dr. Cameron and Strange's reluctanct hillbilly werewolf.  ** 1/2 out of *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on November 27, 2007, 10:56:14 PM
Art School Confidential  *** out of ****
A very strange film that isn't as much a straight up comedy as it was advertised. There's some very funny stuff in this film but there's also a subplot about a serial killer offing students as well that makes the movie a weird concoction, but it somehow works thanks to the talented cast and director.

The Dreamers  (NC-17 version)   ** out of ****
Bernardo Bertolucci's sexually explicit and daring film is too pretentious to be all that entertaining.  While the movie is very erotic at times (thanks in large parts to an almost always nude Eva Greene) the movie moves as slow as molasses and it really doesn't seem to say all that much at all.  It's almost like he was trying to make another film like Last Tango in Paris (which is his best film) but missed the point of what made that movie truly one of the greats of all time IMO. BTW, anyone who saw Casino Royale and wondered what Eva Greene would look like sans clothes, check this one out.   :tongueout: 

Hard Boiled  ***1/2 out of ****
One of my favorite action films of all time and IMO John Woo's best film to date. Chow Yun Phat has never been better (or cooler) and the rest of the cast is fantastic.   The extended shoot out in the hospital is one of the most intenese and hypnotic action set pieces ever put on film.

The Princess Bride  **** out of ****
IMO Rob Reiner's best film and still one of the most entertaining and delightful films of all time. So many quotable lines and situations in this movie to count. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on November 28, 2007, 12:16:42 AM
This weekend I saw

Wedding Crashers
Wasn't sure I'd enjoy this one, but it was pretty funny.  Vince Vaughn's character was suitably over the top and it amazed me how fast he could talk and still make sense.  I'm not surprised he ended up in that crazy family, he fit right in.  I didn't think there was much chemistry between Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson though.

From Dusk Til Dawn
Absolutely HATED this one.  It was recommended to me by a friend who knows my taste and said I would love it.  I usually love the vampire genre, but this one sucked hairy dog's balls.  That surprised me because I really thought I'd love it.  The special effects were pretty good, but I didn't find any of the characters sympathetic.  Maybe my prejudice against anything Tarantino spoiled it for me.  And I really don't like George Clooney.

X-Men: The Last Stand
Love, love, love anything X-Men.  And Hugh Jackman is a babe of epic proportions.  Special effects:  good.  Storyline: good.  Shock value at character development:  good.  Hugh Jackman shirtless with claws out:  swoon   :thumbup:     :teddyr:



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on November 30, 2007, 01:35:03 AM
The Screaming Skull (1958): Dull, predictable, cliched. That said, buried deep within this are some decent scare attempts that don't fully succeed because of a limited budget. Still there's moments here that certainly could give some viewers the willies. The best and by far most exciting part of this movie is what happens after we hear the repeated pounding knocks at the door. Unfortunately it proves rather hard to stay awake through until we get to this final bit. The whole plot of a dashing widow marrying a rich but mentally unbalanced woman was ridiculously overdone in this era and the whole thing plays out in pretty much expected fashion. Laughably bad at times and dreadfully dull at others, this does have its moments. Enough for me to give it ** out *****

Lightning: Bolts of Destruction (2003) (TV): A modern era dull, predictable cliched film, this one runs through every expected twist typically used in the disaster formula. While the cast here including Joanna Pacula, Nick Mancuso, Ellen Dubin and Noel Fisher do the best they could and prove rather likable for the most part, nothing could save this poorly written film with FX and a plot about as convincing as those of Ed Wood's films, maybe even less so. Just simple-minded pointless escapist fare that comes across as way too wholesomely clean and PC on every level. * out of *****

The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961): Undeniably one of the worst films I've ever seen, there's something mindbending about this viewing experience. Tor Johnson stars as a scientist who gets caught in the aftermath of an A-Bomb explosion and becomes an hulking monster whose sole desire is to kill. Meanwhile police on the hunt for him seem just as intent on killing as ole Tor himself. How this all ties to a mysterious voluptuous woman getting strangled as this one opens is anyone's guess? The movie plays pretty much the same way a silent film does only this movie has completely ridiculous and downright demented surreal narration. That said, the desert night setting creates an unsettling iolsated feel and one wonders how this might have played without the narration but then again, the narration is bizarrely entertaining in its weird fashion, almost zen-like as my old buddy Dr. Mality described it. * 1/2 out of ***** just for entertaining me on some weird b-movie loving level.

The Terror (1963): Not even a cast of favourites including Boris Karloff, Jack Nicholson, Sandra Knight, Dorothy Neumann and Dick Miller can save this turkey. Basically it stars Jack Nicholson as wandering French soldier Lt. Andre DuValier during the turn of the 19th century. He encounters a mysterious girl who has an odd habit of disappearing and tracks her to a spooky castle inhabited by a kooky old eccentric named Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe (Boris Karloff). Eventually the mystery unravels and we learn of murder, witchery and a plot of revenge. Unfortunately it's complete dullsville sitting through this movie. It's mainly focuses on people wandering around. Going for an eerie chilling atmosphere believe it or not isn't aided by padding a film with scene after scene of people walking or riding on horseback. Still it's amazing this is as good as it is given director Roger Corman made this film in like 2 or 3 days. However it's very tough slugging unless you have incredible patience. I often find myself lulling into sleep while watching this to be honest. Tough one to stay awake throughout. * out of *****

JaseSF, I can see you're working your way through that Horror Classics 50 pack too. I gave SCREAMING SKULL 1 of 5, see next post for THE TERROR.  Didn't review YUCCA FLATS because I'd seen it before, but I'd give it 3 of 5 just because everyone should see it as an example of jaw-droppingly bad filmmaking, because it's mercifully short, and for the ambiguous ending.  Was Tor trying to strangle the bunny with his last ounce of strength, or cuddle it?  Coleman Francis masterfully leaves the audience wondering...

I may fall behind you because of my busy schedule, but I look forward to comparing notes on REVOLT OF THE ZOMBIES soon.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on November 30, 2007, 02:03:43 AM
I'm in the process of moving, so I haven't had much time to post.  But I have snuck in a few unsatisfying movie viewing experiences.

THE TERROR (1963): A beautiful ghost lures Jack Nicholson into Baron Boris Karloff's castle.  Jack wanders around a bit, opening drawers and picking up random items and placing them back on the table, until it's time for the climax.  There's actually a twist ending that surprised me.  Didn't interest me, but surprised me.  With Jack & Boris acting, and Corman directing with the help of regulars F.F. Coppola, Jack Hill and Monte Hellman, there's no excuse for this to be as dull as it was.  One reviewer said the script was improvised, though I think it was probably just rushed to take advantage of the availability of the sets of the RAVEN and Karloff's schedule.  1 out of 5 slimes.  LESSON LEARNED: If a witch is suddenly struck by lightning out of nowhere, Jack Nicholson will register mild surprise.

SERPAHIM FALLS (2006): Liam Neeson chases Pierce Brosnan across some gorgeous Western scenery to avenge a mysterious wrong.  Fairly enjoyable, if highly implausible, adventure-western features some excellent cinematography and keeps you guessing as to who the good guy is.  Unfortunately, in the final reel the director feels it necessary to add some clumsy symbolism to give it that "existential" feel.  Nothing prepares the viewer for this sudden reality shift.  2 of 5.  LESSON LEARNED: Hollowed out horse carcasses make excellent hiding places from which to launch sneak attacks.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on November 30, 2007, 09:42:22 AM
Fred Claus- Decent enough performances.  Vince Vaughn is hilarious, and Paul Giamatti always is great.  Great cameos by Frank Stallone, Stephen Baldwin and Roger Clinton during a scene, and a funny fight scene between rapper Ludacris and Vince Vaughn in the North Pole.

Monster Squad- Great flick from my childhood.  Shame though, cause I found out during the dvd extras that the kid who played Horace passed away like ten years ago.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on November 30, 2007, 09:51:52 AM
Fred Claus- Decent enough performances.  Vince Vaughn is hilarious, and Paul Giamatti always is great.  Great cameos by Frank Stallone, Stephen Baldwin and Roger Clinton during a scene, and a funny fight scene between rapper Ludacris and Vince Vaughn in the North Pole.

I made a pledge a long time ago to boycott all Vince Vaughn movies since the horrible remake of one of my favorite Hitchcock movies Psycho.  Vince as Norman Bates?  C'mon!

I did see Old School against my will (movie night at a friend's house) and I still found him grating.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on November 30, 2007, 09:20:14 PM
Fred Claus- Decent enough performances.  Vince Vaughn is hilarious, and Paul Giamatti always is great.  Great cameos by Frank Stallone, Stephen Baldwin and Roger Clinton during a scene, and a funny fight scene between rapper Ludacris and Vince Vaughn in the North Pole.

I made a pledge a long time ago to boycott all Vince Vaughn movies since the horrible remake of one of my favorite Hitchcock movies Psycho.  Vince as Norman Bates?  C'mon!

I did see Old School against my will (movie night at a friend's house) and I still found him grating.
I'm judging by the response you haven't seen Dodgeball, Anchorman or Wedding Crashers then?

The Psycho remake was a terrible idea all around.  Haven't actually watched it myself, because I'm a big fan of the original.  I'd like to believe it's not 100% his fault the movie was terrible though, although he'd have to take some of the blame as well. 

Essentially though, I don't think he acts.  He's basically the same character in every movie, and just reacts to what's happening.  He's great in Dodgeball and Anchorman though.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on December 02, 2007, 11:01:41 PM
Since we've finally gotten a Netflix type service here is Aussie land, I've been going crazy watching movies I either haven't seen before or not seen in a long time:

In no particular order

Ginger Snaps
Minority Report
Both Tomb Raiders
Flightplan
The Host
Music and Lyrics
Underworld
Underworld Evolution


On order now are:
Ginger Snaps 2
American Beauty
The Usual Suspects
Decoy
Cube 2
Undead
Raw Feed: Sublime
Deja Vu
Derailed
O Brother Whereart Thou


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on December 03, 2007, 12:03:00 AM
Did monkey-fest here this weekend, to raining and cold to do anything else.

Mighty Peking Man
Mighty Gorga
Mighty Joe Young
King Kong (Orig, 1976 and new)
Son of Kong


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 03, 2007, 09:26:51 AM
Jason X- Jason goes to space.  I'm just waiting for the flick where he builds a time travelling DeLorean and goes back to the mid '50s and takes his mom to the dance.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on December 03, 2007, 06:41:32 PM
I watched...
For the first time...GLEN or GLENDA!!!

 EGADS!!! Whatta  f#cked up movie! I have a new respect for Ed Woods ineptness at constructing sentences that make NO DAM SENSE whatso ever! It was quite surreal to hear Bela mouthing Wood's mindles  psycho-babble. Excellent!!!!
Also watched a dubbed Argentine WIP from 1984  called CONDEMENDED to HELL. Despite the title...not so great. A few boobies...but mostly boredom. The end was ok when the herione excapes the prison and shotguns some of her tormentors...but blah for the most part. Oh-one good line-"Go puke in your panties,you turd!" :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on December 04, 2007, 05:04:40 PM
Superbad  *** out of ****.
Not as consistently laugh-out-loud-funny as The 40 Year Old Virgin or Knocked Up, but still a very funny movie.  The main problem is that they strecthed what at the most should have been a 90 minute movie into almost a 2 hour film. The performances are all winners though especially with the kid who plays McLovin.  Every single thing he says or does in the film will have you in stitches.  A very funny film though but just don't expect it to be on the same level as the 2 other films I mentioned.   


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on December 05, 2007, 10:52:42 PM
Boogie Nights  **** out of ****.
A truly fantastic movie in every sense of the word. Terrific acting all around, wonderful writing, great direction and editing, Burt Reynolds being Burt in the best way possible and full frontal Heather Graham nudity.  Yeah, the story may follow the typical type of story arc for this film but when it's done with as much style and filmmaking savvy as this it makes it all new again.

Munich  ***1/2 out of ****
A great movie from Spielberg that unfortunately got ignored by most of the movie going public during it's initial theatrical run.  Eric Bana turns in an Oscar worthy performance and the movie is just fantstic and nerve wracking throughout. My only reason for knocking off a half of a star is the middle of the movie drags a bit compared to the 1st and 3rd acts.   


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 06, 2007, 11:16:04 AM
Ed Wood- ***.  Great performances from Johnny Depp and Martin Landau, especially.  Virtually an unknown flick, which kinda surprised me, considering the stars in it.  Didn't necessarily surprise me either, considering Ed Wood's work in real life either.  Because of this flick I actually went out and bought Plan 9. 

Boogie Nights  **** out of ****.
A truly fantastic movie in every sense of the word. Terrific acting all around, wonderful writing, great direction and editing, Burt Reynolds being Burt in the best way possible and full frontal Heather Graham nudity.  Yeah, the story may follow the typical type of story arc for this film but when it's done with as much style and filmmaking savvy as this it makes it all new again.

 
I love Boogie Nights.  Great cast, too.  Don Cheadle, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Phillip Seymore Hoffman and Heather Graham naked.  Haven't really checked out the director's other works though.  I've only seen this and Punch Drunk Love.  Have 0% interest in Magnolia.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Sister Grace on December 06, 2007, 06:58:54 PM
Monster On Campus - I remember renting a mildly liking this film. The guy cuts himself on the fish as it's being delivered. Turns him into a monster. Fun b/w monster film.  :thumbup:

The Running Man (1987) - One of my favorite Arnold films. Not just because it's Arnold eithier, but because of the whole future world concept.  :thumbup: :thumbup:

Logan's Run (1976) - Another great future world Sci-Fi film concept. When citizens come of age they must die.  :thumbup: :thumbup:

Don't Look In The Basement (1973) - Wacky low budget crazy film. Worth a look.  :thumbup:

300 (2007) - Great film for what it was. One of the best of 2007.  :thumbup: :thumbup:

Pink Flamingos (1972) - Saw it in the 80's and still haven't had the chance to finish it.

Been wanting to see Shooter, Pathfinder (I felt it was going to be bad), and Yellow looks good.

[youtube=425,350]http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ao3TYlbkHUQ


pink flamingos is great, anything by john waters is awesome, he's a guilty pleasure


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on December 06, 2007, 09:19:30 PM
I love Boogie Nights.  Great cast, too.  Don Cheadle, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Phillip Seymore Hoffman and Heather Graham naked.

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Speaking of Heather Graham really quick, man does she still look fantastic at 37!

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  Haven't really checked out the director's other works though.  I've only seen this and Punch Drunk Love.  Have 0% interest in Magnolia.


His first film Hard Eight is great though I would really like to see his original director's cut of it as it was taken out of his hands during the editing stage and lost a ton of great scenes.

Magnolia was actually good (though a bit overwrought at times IMO) except for the ending which I thought was too much of a blatent Short Cuts ripoff of sorts.  That movie ended (or I should say just stops) with an earthquake that affects all of the characters while Magnolia tries for something much more profound and thought provoking that IMO just came across as stupid.

Punch Drunk Love is a flick that I have never quite liked that much though Adam Sandler's perforance in it was quite good as I usually can't stand him.

I saw the trailer for the newest PTA film that stars Daniel Day Lewis about something to do with oil back in the 1800's I believe.  It looks pretty interesting.
 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on December 07, 2007, 06:56:11 AM
I finished Castle in the sky which is a great animated film, and I also watched The Truman Show again.  The Truman show has become one of my favorite films of all time.  I think I'm going to start watching Manos: Hands of Fate tonight.  I need a bad movie to get me out of my depression, and I feel this movie would do it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 07, 2007, 09:34:47 AM
I love Boogie Nights.  Great cast, too.  Don Cheadle, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Phillip Seymore Hoffman and Heather Graham naked.

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Speaking of Heather Graham really quick, man does she still look fantastic at 37!

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  Haven't really checked out the director's other works though.  I've only seen this and Punch Drunk Love.  Have 0% interest in Magnolia.


His first film Hard Eight is great though I would really like to see his original director's cut of it as it was taken out of his hands during the editing stage and lost a ton of great scenes.

Magnolia was actually good (though a bit overwrought at times IMO) except for the ending which I thought was too much of a blatent Short Cuts ripoff of sorts.  That movie ended (or I should say just stops) with an earthquake that affects all of the characters while Magnolia tries for something much more profound and thought provoking that IMO just came across as stupid.

Punch Drunk Love is a flick that I have never quite liked that much though Adam Sandler's perforance in it was quite good as I usually can't stand him.

I saw the trailer for the newest PTA film that stars Daniel Day Lewis about something to do with oil back in the 1800's I believe.  It looks pretty interesting.
 

As for Heather: age difference be damned, I'd tap that.

Punch Drunk was just an odd flick.  I didn't hate it, but it was just like, "Okay.  That's one dvd I won't buy, but I might watch if it comes on tv."  I don't know if I'd like Adam in dramas.  He's good when it comes to playing the "idiot man-child/yelling at people/falls in love" type guy he plays in most of his comedies.  Obviously by my name, I'm a fan of his flicks. 

I want to see Hard Eight though. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on December 07, 2007, 10:05:07 AM
Watched Paranoiac last night.  Another Hammer horror film, this one in black and white.  Was a tiny bit disappointed that it didn't have any of the Gothic atmosphere of most of their films, it just seemed like any other British film from that time period (had about the same atmosphere as an episode of The Avengers).  And no supernatural elements at all, though the ending sort of bordered on the supernatural.  It's about a family, a brother and two sisters.  Their parents were killed long ago, and their other brother committed suicide soon after.  One of the sisters is going insane, and she thinks she sees her dead brother walking around.  Just as she's about to commit suicide, the brother everyone thought was dead shows up and saves her.  The other brother (the one who didn't commit suicide) is a drunken nutcase, and is very upset that he'll be losing a good chunk of his inheritance now that another sibling is around (they are living on trust funds, and the entire inheritance is coming to them in three weeks).  Anyhow, plenty of plot twists and turns, made for an interesting story.  It just spirals deeper and deeper into depravity as it goes.  Good acting as usual in Hammer films.  I enjoyed it quite a bit.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on December 07, 2007, 04:15:46 PM
I watched...
For the first time...GLEN or GLENDA!!!

 EGADS!!! Whatta  f#cked up movie! I have a new respect for Ed Woods ineptness at constructing sentences that make NO DAM SENSE whatso ever! It was quite surreal to hear Bela mouthing Wood's mindles  psycho-babble. Excellent!!!!

Strange what slips through the cracks sometimes.  I'm shocked a Bela fan like you never saw this particular gem in his crown, GLEN OR GLENDA!  This is my favorite Wood movie, by a wide margin.  "Bevare! Bevare of the big green dragon that sits on your doorstep. He eats little boys... Puppy dog tails, and big fat snails... Bevare... Take care... Bevare!"  Words to live by.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on December 07, 2007, 07:29:08 PM
I watched...
For the first time...GLEN or GLENDA!!!

 EGADS!!! Whatta  f#cked up movie! I have a new respect for Ed Woods ineptness at constructing sentences that make NO DAM SENSE whatso ever! It was quite surreal to hear Bela mouthing Wood's mindles  psycho-babble. Excellent!!!!

Strange what slips through the cracks sometimes.  I'm shocked a Bela fan like you never saw this particular gem in his crown, GLEN OR GLENDA!  This is my favorite Wood movie, by a wide margin.  "Bevare! Bevare of the big green dragon that sits on your doorstep. He eats little boys... Puppy dog tails, and big fat snails... Bevare... Take care... Bevare!"  Words to live by.


It's just one of those I never got the oppurtonity to see!I saw a Fuzzy pink Ed Wood VHS set at the Mall in Kalamazoo some years back...but I had BRIDE of the MONSTER and PLAN 9 already...so paying $35 dollars or so seemed a bit too much at the time...still kicking my own corn for passing it up...!!! A few other Lugosi films I've yet to see...
.RETURN of the APEMAN
.BOWARY at MIDNIGHT
.The PHANTOM SHIP (a very early Hammer film!!!)
.any of his silents.
...and of course...the long lost LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS (50's) and also lost German version of Jekyll and Hyde...with Conrad Veidt as the good Doctor and Bela as his trusted servant...DER JANUSKOPH (directed by F.W. Munrou of NOSFERATU fame.)
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Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 07, 2007, 09:46:28 PM
Clerks 2- Good flick.  Works well for a sequel, performances are top notch.  Dante having two girlfriends still seems a bit far-fetched, but Elias, the new Clerk was a good find.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on December 07, 2007, 11:04:20 PM
Bad Santa (unrated version)  ***1/2 out of ****
This has quickly become probably my favorite Christmas movie of all time. I guess that might say more about me than I would like  :teddyr: but the movie DOES have good message buried deep beneath all of the vulgarities and obscene behavior.  Billy Bob Thorton has the role of a life time, Lauren Graham is hot and sweet as well as funny and the rest of the cast is pure gold.  John Ritter is particularly good in what would sadly be his final role after an unknown heart condition would kill him in his late 50's.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on December 09, 2007, 07:17:07 PM
13 GOING ON 30 (2005): Predictable remake of BIG (and about a hundred other movies) where a teenaged girl wishes to be an adult, finds her wish magically granted.  A few chuckles and Jennifer Garner ain't bad to look at, but for most people on badmovies.org it would rate a skull, or even negative slimes.  For its intended audience of teenaged girls and people nostalgic for dance numbers featuring bad 80s pop songs, it's probably 2 out of 5.  LESSON LEARNED: There is no possibility of learning a useful lesson from such pablum.

Before anyone jumps on me for my movie choices, I should mention that I'm trapped at my parent's house for about a week while my furniture is en route to Louisville from Las Vegas.  Based on the first 5 minutes of the flick my mom, bless her heart, thought this tripe would be "cute."   


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on December 10, 2007, 08:34:11 AM
Over the weekend, I watched 4 movies.

Manos, Hands of Fate.  Now I see why it's so BAD.

Tremors - It was a good film, and I'll probably watch the 2nd film tonight or sometime next week.

The Untouchables - A great film, aminly b/c I have a strong interest in Prohibition era America, I find it intersting to say the least.

Tommy Boy - Very funny film, I've sene it before, but it was a long time ago.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 10, 2007, 11:29:58 AM
Over the weekend, I watched 4 movies.

Manos, Hands of Fate.  Now I see why it's so BAD.

Tremors - It was a good film, and I'll probably watch the 2nd film tonight or sometime next week.

The Untouchables - A great film, aminly b/c I have a strong interest in Prohibition era America, I find it intersting to say the least.

Tommy Boy - Very funny film, I've sene it before, but it was a long time ago.
Ah, Manos.  That wonderful little gem.  Egad.  I think when you go to watch it and are blasted with 5 minutes of a non dialouge driving around scene just looking at trees, it says an awful lot about how awful the rest of the flick will be.

Tommy Boy- Classic comedy in my opinon.  I even have Chris Farley's line about the head up the butcher's ass as my ringtone on my cell phone.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on December 10, 2007, 02:32:10 PM
Over the weekend, I watched 4 movies.

Manos, Hands of Fate.  Now I see why it's so BAD.

Tremors - It was a good film, and I'll probably watch the 2nd film tonight or sometime next week.

The Untouchables - A great film, aminly b/c I have a strong interest in Prohibition era America, I find it intersting to say the least.

Tommy Boy - Very funny film, I've sene it before, but it was a long time ago.
Ah, Manos.  That wonderful little gem.  Egad.  I think when you go to watch it and are blasted with 5 minutes of a non dialouge driving around scene just looking at trees, it says an awful lot about how awful the rest of the flick will be.

Tommy Boy- Classic comedy in my opinon.  I even have Chris Farley's line about the head up the butcher's ass as my ringtone on my cell phone.

Manos was something that I was looking foward to for a while, knowing how bad it was I went in with an open mind, and still nearly fell asleep watching it.  My favorite was the couple making out, since they had NOTHING to do with the plot.

We used to spew lines from Tommy Boy when I was till in grade school. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 10, 2007, 07:53:23 PM
That teen couple must have been an easy sell to be in the movie.  I can see the director now: "I'll give you ten bucks to sit in a car and make out."  Teens: "Okay."

Even Dr. Forrester and Tv's Frank from MST3K apologized for making Joel watch it.  Twice an apology came out.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Andrew on December 10, 2007, 08:02:42 PM
That teen couple must have been an easy sell to be in the movie.  I can see the director now: "I'll give you ten bucks to sit in a car and make out."  Teens: "Okay."

Even Dr. Forrester and Tv's Frank from MST3K apologized for making Joel watch it.  Twice an apology came out.

See, this is why I am bitter.  Most people are familiar with "Manos" due to MST3K.  I am familiar with "Manos" sans any sort of comedy buffer between me and the film.  The effect of "Manos" on your average human being...is not pleasant to watch.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on December 10, 2007, 08:27:20 PM
That teen couple must have been an easy sell to be in the movie.  I can see the director now: "I'll give you ten bucks to sit in a car and make out."  Teens: "Okay."

Even Dr. Forrester and Tv's Frank from MST3K apologized for making Joel watch it.  Twice an apology came out.

See, this is why I am bitter.  Most people are familiar with "Manos" due to MST3K.  I am familiar with "Manos" sans any sort of comedy buffer between me and the film.  The effect of "Manos" on your average human being...is not pleasant to watch.

I first saw Manos (like most other people) on MST3K but a couple of years after that a mom & pop video store was going out of business and I got an actual uncut VHS copy of the movie itself for only a dollar.

I can only imagine someone watching this first without the MST3K treatment. I was able to place the jokes in my head so seeing it afterwards was of a waste.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on December 10, 2007, 08:37:51 PM
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Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on December 10, 2007, 08:40:25 PM
Sleepy Hollow
I'm not a huge fan of Tim Burton's movies.  He's pretty hit and miss and in my book. And although I love Johnny Depp, he seemed to be overacting a little.  Christina RIcci was quite emotionless like she was on a sedative or something.  But Miranda Richardson was delightfully wicked as only she can be.  And kudos and much karma to the ever wonderful Christopher Walken as the bad guy.  Overall the story was okay but it's not one I would watch again.

Coneheads.
A classic that I haven't watched for a while.  We don't get Saturday Night Live here, so it was a long time before I found out that this was originally an SNL sketch.  Not a fan of Chris Farley, all that jerking of his head he does is annoying.  But he played his pat well.

Jeepers Creepers 2
Love this franchise.  I'm hoping they'll make another one maybe set in the past but I don't know if that will happen.  And even watching the special features making of didn't deter me from feeling scared when I saw Jonathan Beck in the Creeper make up.

Kelly's Heroes.
One of the few war movies I can tolerate.  Great performances all round by a stellar cast.

In The Mouth of Madness
I happened upon this gem whilst shopping one day.  We are huge Carpenter fans in our house and when I saw his name plus Sam Neill on the one box and the miniscule price of $10 I took a chance, sight unseen.  Brilliantly acted by all concerned, great story and I would have been happy paying double the money for this great find.  I was VERY pleased with myself for buying this one.

Viewings coming up in the next few days:

Ginger Snaps 2
Rosemary's Baby
Hoodwinked
Cube 2 Hypercube

Haven't seen any of these movies before.  Should be awesome


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on December 10, 2007, 08:48:15 PM
In The Mouth of Madness
I happened upon this gem whilst shopping one day.  We are huge Carpenter fans in our house and when I saw his name plus Sam Neill on the one box and the miniscule price of $10 I took a chance, sight unseen.  Brilliantly acted by all concerned, great story and I would have been happy paying double the money for this great find.  I was VERY pleased with myself for buying this one.

I'm a big fan of horror movies (duh) and this movie actually gave me the chills when I first saw it.  It still creeps me out when I watch it today.  I think it's because they never really explain everything and show you just enough of the evil to creep you out and let your mind fill in the blanks.

It is far and away the best Lovecraft homage movie out there and, IMO, Carpenter's last great horror movie...And you gotta love the Charlton Heston cameo for no reason.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on December 10, 2007, 09:12:18 PM
The 1st Ginger Snaps flick is awesome.

The 2nd one is merely good but the 3rd one is a train wreck IMO.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on December 10, 2007, 09:49:17 PM
The 1st Ginger Snaps flick is awesome.

The 2nd one is merely good but the 3rd one is a train wreck IMO.

I almost ... ALMOST bought the 2nd one today. I looked at it and looked at it, and opted to buy the Batman - The Movie (Adam West/Burt Ward) and Might Joe Young (the original one) instead.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Sister Grace on December 11, 2007, 07:01:56 AM
I watched Shadow Puppets the other day..the props were mediocre except for the deprevation chamber looked kinda realistic..the story was easy to figure out like within twenty minutes, the only thing different was the nerd didn't meet his end right away and for once tony todd wasn't the bad guy. Don't buy this, don't rent this, maybe watch it if you have to choose between it and dr phil...maybe..


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on December 11, 2007, 07:12:35 AM
That teen couple must have been an easy sell to be in the movie.  I can see the director now: "I'll give you ten bucks to sit in a car and make out."  Teens: "Okay."

Even Dr. Forrester and Tv's Frank from MST3K apologized for making Joel watch it.  Twice an apology came out.

See, this is why I am bitter.  Most people are familiar with "Manos" due to MST3K.  I am familiar with "Manos" sans any sort of comedy buffer between me and the film.  The effect of "Manos" on your average human being...is not pleasant to watch.

I first saw Manos (like most other people) on MST3K but a couple of years after that a mom & pop video store was going out of business and I got an actual uncut VHS copy of the movie itself for only a dollar.

I can only imagine someone watching this first without the MST3K treatment. I was able to place the jokes in my head so seeing it afterwards was of a waste.

I watched it first without the MST3K treatment.  I bought the DVD earlier this year for real cheap, and decided I need a bad movie to end the work week on.

Watched Casino Royale (2006) last night.  That was one of the best James Bond films every made.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 11, 2007, 09:45:13 AM
That teen couple must have been an easy sell to be in the movie.  I can see the director now: "I'll give you ten bucks to sit in a car and make out."  Teens: "Okay."

Even Dr. Forrester and Tv's Frank from MST3K apologized for making Joel watch it.  Twice an apology came out.

See, this is why I am bitter.  Most people are familiar with "Manos" due to MST3K.  I am familiar with "Manos" sans any sort of comedy buffer between me and the film.  The effect of "Manos" on your average human being...is not pleasant to watch.
MST3K helped open the floodgates for me.  The movies they had on, some at least, I do actually like without them ripping on it.  For all of it's flaws, I still do like the movie.  Well, at least the Torgo character.  Beyond that, it's brutal.  For me at least.

For me, I probably wouldn't be watching half the movies I do without things like MST3K, USA Up ALL Night, or MonsterVision.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on December 11, 2007, 11:49:43 AM
That teen couple must have been an easy sell to be in the movie.  I can see the director now: "I'll give you ten bucks to sit in a car and make out."  Teens: "Okay."

Even Dr. Forrester and Tv's Frank from MST3K apologized for making Joel watch it.  Twice an apology came out.

See, this is why I am bitter.  Most people are familiar with "Manos" due to MST3K.  I am familiar with "Manos" sans any sort of comedy buffer between me and the film.  The effect of "Manos" on your average human being...is not pleasant to watch.
MST3K helped open the floodgates for me.  The movies they had on, some at least, I do actually like without them ripping on it.  For all of it's flaws, I still do like the movie.  Well, at least the Torgo character.  Beyond that, it's brutal.  For me at least.

For me, I probably wouldn't be watching half the movies I do without things like MST3K, USA Up ALL Night, or MonsterVision.

A former co worker opened the flood gates for me, and that's how I got into B movies.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 11, 2007, 08:50:34 PM
That teen couple must have been an easy sell to be in the movie.  I can see the director now: "I'll give you ten bucks to sit in a car and make out."  Teens: "Okay."

Even Dr. Forrester and Tv's Frank from MST3K apologized for making Joel watch it.  Twice an apology came out.

See, this is why I am bitter.  Most people are familiar with "Manos" due to MST3K.  I am familiar with "Manos" sans any sort of comedy buffer between me and the film.  The effect of "Manos" on your average human being...is not pleasant to watch.
MST3K helped open the floodgates for me.  The movies they had on, some at least, I do actually like without them ripping on it.  For all of it's flaws, I still do like the movie.  Well, at least the Torgo character.  Beyond that, it's brutal.  For me at least.

For me, I probably wouldn't be watching half the movies I do without things like MST3K, USA Up ALL Night, or MonsterVision.

A former co worker opened the flood gates for me, and that's how I got into B movies.

I showed Cannibal! The Musical to a friend of mine, who went to school for psychology.  He began to question my sanity.  I was at an uncle's and he saw it.  He was like, "Get this crap out of the dvd player.  It's not even a 'b' movie, it's like, an L level movie."


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on December 12, 2007, 09:36:35 AM
Watched Shapeshifter again last night, for about the fourth time.  It's one of my favorite Alien type movies, about a creature locked in a prison, chasing the convicts and the really, really sexy guard babe around.  Very good performances by the cast, good setting, and just a fun watch every time.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 12, 2007, 09:49:45 AM
South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut- ***.  Great movie.  I liked the fact that they kinda went after the MPAA, and the line about "horrible senseless violence is okay, but naughty language is a no-no" part.  Besides, what's better than an R-Rated animated musical?  Especially when it targets parents who'd rather blame the media for their messed up kids, then look in the mirrors and point the finger at themselves.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on December 12, 2007, 09:54:33 PM
I watched Hoodwinked (animation) last night.  Very funny.  The animation was pretty clunky compared to what we're used to with movies like Shrek and Monsters Inc, etc.  It reminded me a little of Jimmy Neutron in texture.

But someone should tell Jim Belushi that he can't do a German accent and shouldn't really bother trying.  I"m sure they could have found somebody else to do a better job for the Woodsman's voice, even if it meant going with an unknown voice actor.  But that's really the only bad thing I can say about it.

My fave character was the mountain goat with the detachable horns.  He had me in hysterics and he totally stole the whole show.

Also watched Cube 2: Hypercube.  I loved the first one and was looking forward to this one.  I"m pleased to say I wasn't disappointed.  The story moved along quickly and even with the weird time dilation aspect it made sense.  Definitely a purchase to keep the first movie company on my shelf.

Tomorrow night I will be watching Rosemary's Baby with Mia Farrow.  I keep hearing about what a horror masterpiece it is, so I thought I'd try it out.  I just hope it's as good as everyone raves.  It's got a huge reputation to live up to.

What did you all think of it?


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 12, 2007, 10:04:16 PM
Coneheads.
A classic that I haven't watched for a while.  We don't get Saturday Night Live here, so it was a long time before I found out that this was originally an SNL sketch.  Not a fan of Chris Farley, all that jerking of his head he does is annoying.  But he played his pat well.

Coneheads- classic.  I wasn't alive during that era of SNL, but have seen a few of the Conehead sketches through syndication.  I grew up with SNL during the late '80s and '90s cast, like Mike Myers, Adam Sandler etc.

Of the SNL related movies, I'd probably put Coneheads at number 3, which is decent considering there's been like, 15 movies or so based off their sketches.  Only two I'd put ahead of it are Wayne's World and Blues Brothers.

Good selection. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on December 17, 2007, 05:19:23 PM
Offered for free on my cable systems "On Demand" channel:

THE BAD & THE BEAUTIFUL (1952):  A director, an actress and a writer tell three bitter stories in flashback about a cutthroat Hollywood producer (Kirk Douglas).  Some of the individual scenes are perfectly done, but the whole seems less than the sum of its parts.  Though Douglas gets pretty nasty at times, its more a character study than a savage Hollywood satire.  Lana Turner (as a slutty, boozy, unmotivated actress) and Douglas each get a chance for some Oscar-quality hysterics (though Turner mysteriously wasn't even nominated, and Gloria Grahame won best supporting actress instead for a cartoonish role as a Southern belle).  Not much for B-movie fans to chew on, but is a cool homage to Val Lewton when Kirk is paying his dues cranking out horror movies on the studios B-unit.  4 out of 5.  LESSON LEARNED: Lana Turner's mood can change a sunny cloudless day in LA into a hurricane within minutes.

THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1966):  The camera follows the rise and fall of an insurgent leader in Algiers, fighting a secret war against the French occupation.  Shot in a neorealist, pseudo-documentary style, this pic is full of cold-blooded assassinations, street shootouts, riots, terrorist bombings and torture scenes, and is consistently fascinating to watch.  More sympathetic to the rebels than the occupiers, but shows the warts of both sides.  It's full of eerie parallels to Iraq, and the Pentagon actually screened the film for some of its top brass as a lesson in "How to win a battle against terrorism and lose the war of ideas".  5 out of 5.  LESSON LEARNED:  The lesson of this film may well be unlearnable.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on December 18, 2007, 03:59:46 PM
HATCHET  (unrated version)  *** out of ****
Genuinely funny characters, lots of boobies, gloriously over-the-top & gory kill scenes and Kane Hodder as the monster being his usual bad @ss self.  Not original in any way and takes a bit too long to get going but once it does it's really cool old school style horror.  Worth a look for people wanting to see old school gore effects without any CGI with none of that quick MTV style cutting either.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on December 18, 2007, 05:37:09 PM
I picked up the 4-disk Blade Runner edition.  (The briefcase edition looks cool but I decided against it).  I can't wait to see Blade Runner with improved effects and better sound!   :smile:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on December 18, 2007, 07:08:42 PM
I just love British comedy (being an Aussie and all), and nobody does it better than those Young Ones boys Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmonson.  One of my faves is the Bottom series.  Richard Richard (Rik Mayall) and Eddie Hitler (Adrian Edmonson) are two complete and utter losers - scruffy, rude, violent and sad.  They live for the day when they will finally score with somebody - anybody., and their whole lives are about trying to do just that.

The series always has me laughing so hard I can't breathe.  So imagine my surprise when, the other day I discovered that they'd actually made a movie with their characters called Guest House Paradiso.  This is what I watched last night.

Guest House Paradiso has the boys running a dirty, derelict guesthouse a la Fawlty Towers, but much worse and with lower hygiene standards.  The guesthouse is situated high on a seaside cliff next to a nuclear power plant that also looks like it's seen better days.

Of course with the boys' lack of social skills, any guest brave enough or stupid enough to stay there is in for a shock!  There was one major change I noticed in that Richard Richard's last name is now Mr Twat (although he pronounces it "Thwait") but of course all the guests call him "Twat".

The supporting cast of characters is quite hilarious.  They include, but not limited to:  eAn old and senile grande dame who gets afforded their best "service" because she's rich, and the boys do everything they can to con as much money out of her as possible whilst subjecting her to the most horribly funny physical assaults.

The chef who is Eastern Europen, stinking, greasy, heavy smoker, quite possibly insane and quits early in the piece to leave the boys to run things themselves.  The head waiter who never makes an appearance but you see Richie on the phone to the local insane asylum asking if he shows up to send him back to work.

The couple with two school aged children seem normal enough, but the dad has a fetish for bondage and piercing and all manner of sex toys.

And the piece de resistance is the famous Italian movie star Gina Carbonara who ran away from her wedding to a cheating Italian playboy and is hiding out in the hotel.  Of course the boyfriend shows up and all hell breaks loose.

What these boys get up to is insane and hilariously funny.  There is much physical violence, endless sight gags, wall to wall projectile vomiting and voyeurism on a grand scale.

So if you like slapstick, random physical violence, puns, sight gags, and lots of bodily fluids in your humour, this is the movie for you.  It's definitely my next purchase.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 19, 2007, 10:07:49 PM
Back To The Future Part 2- ***.  Great movie, with decent performances by Michael J. Fox, who plays 3 different characters, and a good performance by Christopher Lloyd.  Small appearances by Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame, and an early appearance by Billy Zane, who later starred in Titanic, The Phantom and other movies.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on December 19, 2007, 11:44:50 PM
Evil Dead a thon here last night.

EVIL DEAD
EVIL DEAD II
Amry of DARKNESS


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on December 20, 2007, 07:58:36 AM
Back To The Future Part 2- ***.  Great movie, with decent performances by Michael J. Fox, who plays 3 different characters, and a good performance by Christopher Lloyd.  Small appearances by Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame, and an early appearance by Billy Zane, who later starred in Titanic, The Phantom and other movies.

Don't forget Demon Knight!   :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on December 20, 2007, 10:58:50 AM
I finished watching Blade Runner (The Final Cut) yesterday.  I haven't watched it in years and I've always liked it but I really like it now.  It's one of those movies that means something different to you when you watch it at different stages of your life.

The sound mix is excellent and the remastered print makes the colors and scenery pop off the screen (even on regular DVD).  I liked the updated special effects.  No, Ridley didn't pull a Lucas by shoehorning a bunch of crap that wasn't in the original into this cut.  All he did was clean them up and subtlety enhanced them.

In the "Final Cut" the editing is tighter as some scenes are slightly shorter while others are longer.  It really helps the narrative...and yes, there are no voiceovers.

The 4-disk edition contains three (remastered) alternate cuts.

This is a must-have for your DVD collection!  Worth every penny!

TRIVIA:  The Blade Runner who is killed at the beginning is played by Morgan Paull a.k.a.- Mistretta from the Joe Don Baker opus Mitchell!   :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 20, 2007, 11:08:05 AM
Back To The Future Part 2- ***.  Great movie, with decent performances by Michael J. Fox, who plays 3 different characters, and a good performance by Christopher Lloyd.  Small appearances by Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame, and an early appearance by Billy Zane, who later starred in Titanic, The Phantom and other movies.

Don't forget Demon Knight!   :teddyr:
Demon Knight rocks. :smile:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on December 20, 2007, 05:23:21 PM
Evil Dead a thon here last night.

EVIL DEAD
EVIL DEAD II
Amry of DARKNESS

Great minds think alike apparently, I did the exact same thing last night after I got off work.

Here's how I rate them individually on a B movie grading scale:

THE EVIL DEAD *** out of ****
EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN   ***1/2 out of  ****
ARMY OF DARKNESS (theatrical cut)  ***1/2 out of ****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on December 20, 2007, 06:52:09 PM
I watched Dark City last night (Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Jennifer Connelly).

I really liked this movie. Dark, atmospheric, put me in mind of Sin City a lot.  Good premise, well acted, even though Jennifer Connelly isn't one of my favourites.   The aliens were interesting and creepy, especially the little kid. Decent special effects which were well done, but Kiefer's character annoyed me a little with the constant sharp intakes of breath.  Still, it suited his character.

Overall a 4 stars out of 5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on December 20, 2007, 07:36:56 PM
Maniac (1934)

A film every true bad movie film fanatic should experience in their lifetime. This is one of the best examples of unintentional hiliarity I've ever seen. It's way over the top performances feel like something you might see at a local play, a bad local play. A mad doctor's assistant is threatened into using his impersonation skills to aid in said mad doctor's diabolical plans of creating life after death. Eventually when the assistant fails, the mad doctor sets his sights on him as his next victim! What happens after that is even crazier. This movie has an unbelievable cat eyeball eating seqeunce, a fight between two people armed with hypodermic needles and even more insanity. It's certainly far from being a dull 51 minutes. Recommended mainly to bad movie lovers, I'd give this 5 slimes. However, for normal folks, I'd be hard pressed to give it more than ** out ***** and I'm only giving it that because it holds one's attention and manages to be quite shocking. I can only imagine how freaky it was in its time.

Metropolis (1927)

Well I watched both the altered version contained in the Horror Movies 50 pack and the Restored Version the last couple days. Clearly the restored version is a much more complete and superior version of the film. The restoration is beautifully done from what remaining elements they could find. The film is still missing a quarter of the original footage but text has been added to explain what was going on in these missing seqeunces. In the restored version, Rotwang becomes a much more interesting and complex villain and his motivations are finally sufficiently explained whereas in the altered version he's little more than Joh Frederson's lackey. In the restored version, he's in actuality a villainous rival of Frederson. This makes one better appreciate the performance given by Rudolf Klein-Rogge in the role. The only element in the altered version I liked better is I felt they slowed down Freder's emotional reactions to the worker's plight which perhaps helped better get across his compassion. Metropolis is one of those films that is a wonder to behold and the restored 75th anniversary version does keep the action moving more briskly. There's always something interesting and fascinating on screen and the sets and special effects are still wondrous today let alone how they must have come across in 1927. ***** out of ***** for the restored version. ***1/2 out of ***** for the altered one.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on December 20, 2007, 07:52:28 PM
Maniac (1934)

A film every true bad movie film fanatic should experience in their lifetime. This is one of the best examples of unintentional hiliarity I've ever seen. It's way over the top performances feel like something you might see at a local play, a bad local play. A mad doctor's assistant is threatened into using his impersonation skills to aid in said mad doctor's diabolical plans of creating life after death. Eventually when the assistant fails, the mad doctor sets his sights on him as his next victim! What happens after that is even crazier. This movie has an unbelievable cat eyeball eating seqeunce, a fight between two people armed with hypodermic needles and even more insanity. It's certainly far from being a dull 51 minutes. Recommended mainly to bad movie lovers, I'd give this 5 slimes. However, for normal folks, I'd be hard pressed to give it more than ** out ***** and I'm only giving it that because it holds one's attention and manages to be quite shocking. I can only imagine how freaky it was in its time.


Seconded.  I was amazed at this.  Not only is the plot insane (there's even more crazy stuff Jase left out), but it features every species of bad acting known to man, from maniacal scenery munching to reading the lines off a cue card.  Every bad movie fan owes it to themselves track down a copy.  If all that's not enough to get you excited, it even has B&W boobies!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on December 20, 2007, 08:11:13 PM
Great minds think alike apparently, I did the exact same thing last night after I got off work.

Here's how I rate them individually on a B movie grading scale:

THE EVIL DEAD *** out of ****
EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN   ***1/2 out of  ****
ARMY OF DARKNESS (theatrical cut)  ***1/2 out of ****


 :thumbup:

I'd agree with those rating. I guess it's about my 20th or 30th viewing of these classics.

I ordered a bunch of box sets from Full Moon, can't wait to get those.

Tonight feast of bad cinema is Murder Party (http://amazon.imdb.com/title/tt0878695/).


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 20, 2007, 09:48:04 PM
Alvin and The Chipmunks- Surprisingly, a very funny, sweet movie.  Much better than I expected.  A bit better than the Scooby Doo movies.  I guess about equal to Garfield, although I didn't see all of Garfield to judge.  Reccomended.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on December 20, 2007, 11:28:05 PM
Great minds think alike apparently, I did the exact same thing last night after I got off work.

Here's how I rate them individually on a B movie grading scale:

THE EVIL DEAD *** out of ****
EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN   ***1/2 out of  ****
ARMY OF DARKNESS (theatrical cut)  ***1/2 out of ****


 :thumbup:

I'd agree with those rating. I guess it's about my 20th or 30th viewing of these classics.

I ordered a bunch of box sets from Full Moon, can't wait to get those.

Tonight feast of bad cinema is Murder Party ([url]http://amazon.imdb.com/title/tt0878695/[/url]).


I've seen Murder Party for sale at the local Wally World. The plot synopsis looked interesting and it's gotten some pretty solid reviews, particularly from horror sites. I might have to check that out at some point.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on December 21, 2007, 03:33:33 AM
Maniac (1934)



Metropolis (1927)


Two fine examples of how to make a classic and how to f$ck up in every way possible....thus making an anti-classic!!!  :cheers:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: trekgeezer on December 21, 2007, 08:46:19 AM
Maniac is brilliantly twisted, although that may not have been Dwain Esper's intention.

Metropolis is a silent masterpiece, but sadly some idiots are going to try and remake it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on December 21, 2007, 09:54:49 AM
Watched Club Dread last night.  It was sort of cute;  A parody of slasher flicks.  There's a resort on a tropical island, and the employees are turning up dead.  Everyone suspects everyone else.  The characters are quite entertaining, you've got the hot babe main girl, some English dude with dreadlocks who likes her, but she likes the martial arts guy (his skills include a nerve pinch which induces instant orgasm).  Then there's a washed up rock star from the '70s, his album titles include stuff like "Sea Shanties and Wet Panties".

Nothing spectacular, but it made me laugh a few times.  Sort of in the vein of Scary Movie, same crude humor, but it's not nearly as silly as those movies.  Pretty silly, but not that silly.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: BeyondTheGrave on December 21, 2007, 02:24:43 PM
Maniac (1934)

A film every true bad movie film fanatic should experience in their lifetime. This is one of the best examples of unintentional hiliarity I've ever seen. It's way over the top performances feel like something you might see at a local play, a bad local play. A mad doctor's assistant is threatened into using his impersonation skills to aid in said mad doctor's diabolical plans of creating life after death. Eventually when the assistant fails, the mad doctor sets his sights on him as his next victim! What happens after that is even crazier. This movie has an unbelievable cat eyeball eating seqeunce, a fight between two people armed with hypodermic needles and even more insanity. It's certainly far from being a dull 51 minutes. Recommended mainly to bad movie lovers, I'd give this 5 slimes. However, for normal folks, I'd be hard pressed to give it more than ** out ***** and I'm only giving it that because it holds one's attention and manages to be quite shocking. I can only imagine how freaky it was in its time.


Seconded.  I was amazed at this.  Not only is the plot insane (there's even more crazy stuff Jase left out), but it features every species of bad acting known to man, from maniacal scenery munching to reading the lines off a cue card.  Every bad movie fan owes it to themselves track down a copy.  If all that's not enough to get you excited, it even has B&W boobies!


Thats funny I actually bought Maniac for $1 about a month ago. Still have to watch it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 21, 2007, 09:50:24 PM
UHF- Good, fun little movie, starring Weird Al Yankovic and Michael Richards amongst others.  Not to mention Kevin McCarthy of Invasion of The Body Snatchers fame.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on December 21, 2007, 09:53:41 PM
UHF- Good, fun little movie, starring Weird Al Yankovic and Michael Richards amongst others.  Not to mention Kevin McCarthy of Invasion of The Body Snatchers fame.

Yes, an unheralded comedy classic!  I love the Yappy's Dog Treats scene and the old bum.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on December 21, 2007, 11:14:25 PM
A CHRISTMAS STORY   **** out of ****
My favorite Christmas movie  of all time.  It never gets old.  Classic stuff.

THE REF  *** out of ****
Very underrated and I think that this has Denis Leary's best performance to date in it.  Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis shine as the married couple who almost succeed in driving Leary crazy.  Lags a bit but overall has quite a bit of funny stuff in it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on December 22, 2007, 08:55:31 AM
Dark Queen - sort of like a Cinemax After Dark film, but with only 1/10th as much sex.  So what would be the point of such a movie, you ask?  Well, that's a really good question.  This hot babe college professor is studying ESP, and there's an evil dude in a mental institution that has made some sort of breakthrough - he's got a secret formula that can let you read people's minds.  Hot babe is depressed because she's in love with her teaching assistant, but he's out boinking a cheerleader, so she drinks the secret potion.  She turns evil and begins killing people.  In a black leather S&M type outfit.  The script and the acting are Z-grade, I think half the actors were actually set builders or other crew members.  Lots of hot babes, and you'll see every one topless, so there's that. 

All Souls Day - After 2 or 3 prologues, we meet a young couple who are travelling through Mexico.  They have an accident and end up stuck in a small village.  Turns out there's zombies inhabiting the village, and they need a sacrifice.  The plot moves at a fairly agonizing pace, but I thought the characters were likable enough to keep me entertained.  Overall it was fairly okay.  Things learned:  All cheerleaders can do Kim Possible style cheer-fu. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 22, 2007, 09:49:06 AM
UHF- Good, fun little movie, starring Weird Al Yankovic and Michael Richards amongst others.  Not to mention Kevin McCarthy of Invasion of The Body Snatchers fame.

Yes, an unheralded comedy classic!  I love the Yappy's Dog Treats scene and the old bum.
I love that the old bum asks for change, counts it out to a dollar, then gives Al a one dollar bill.

WTH is that? :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on December 22, 2007, 10:06:42 AM
I love that the old bum asks for change, counts it out to a dollar, then gives Al a one dollar bill.

WTH is that? :bouncegiggle:

The bum was asking for change for a dollar rather than begging for change.  It's a brilliant joke.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 22, 2007, 06:32:32 PM
I love that the old bum asks for change, counts it out to a dollar, then gives Al a one dollar bill.

WTH is that? :bouncegiggle:

The bum was asking for change for a dollar rather than begging for change.  It's a brilliant joke.
It is a brilliant joke.  Al's underrated sometimes, in my opinion.  Between his album's, that movie, etc. he's got a lot of funny material.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: D-Man on December 23, 2007, 06:08:13 AM
UHF has one of my all-time favorite movie quotes:  "You get to drink from...THE FIRE HOOOOOOOOOOSE!"  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 23, 2007, 12:47:57 PM
I liked Crazy Ernie.  "Club a seal to get a better deal.  That's right, I'm gonna club a seal to get a better deal."

Or Conan the Librarian, "Don't you know the Dewey Decimal System?"


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on December 23, 2007, 01:25:44 PM
Last night I watched WARNING from SPACE...an early Japenese sci-fi film. I assumed it would feature giant aliens from space.

Boy...was I WRONG!
Here's a pic of the aliens:
(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l79/RCMerchant/945889131_824431ab73.jpg)

Now-the stpry is about aliens from space to save us from ourselves.All well and good. And no toungue in cheek is invloved. But the aliens are so STUPID looking and fake...it's hard not to laff at them waddling around!



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 24, 2007, 10:10:11 AM
Shrek- I love Shrek.  Gingerbread Man and Pinocchio are the most funny and underrated characters in the flick.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on December 26, 2007, 12:19:20 PM
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY. 5/5:  Not much needs to be said about this classic, except that it may be the ultimate "guy" movie.  I started a thread about it here (http://www.badmovies.org/forum/index.php/topic,117324.0.html).

JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (1963). 4/5: Fun family fantasy flick, reasonably faithful to Greek mythology.  The main attraction is Ray Harryhausen's stop motion animation.  I watched this with a 7 and an 8 year old.  The 8 year old was a fan of Greek myth and stayed interested throughout; the 7 year old complained that the special effects were "bad" (damn CGI!) and left after the giant bronze titan appeared.

A CHRISTMAS STORY: This could (should) have been an unbearably saccharine nostalgic movie, but the humor redeems it and turns it into a classic.  Surprisingly rewatchable, in season.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on December 26, 2007, 02:43:27 PM
Well after all this UHF talk I dusted off my copy and me and the Misses watch 3 imagination movies Christmas eve while waiting for Santa to do his jolly thing.

We watched...

UHF
Better off Dead

and the classic imagination film ...
The Christmas Story

Hardest we've laughed in a while, which does nothing to get the kids to sleep! (What?!, what's so funny? What are you doing in there? etc etc ... Go to sleep or Santa's going to skip this house!)


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on December 26, 2007, 09:23:00 PM
My most recent viewings.

Karate Bullfighter - Interesting movie about Mas Omaya the founder of Kyokushin Karate.  Sonny Chiba really does a good job in portraying his instructor Master Omaya.  It's notr dub which is good since it still holds some goodness of the film.  The camera work imo could have been better and some times the camera is all over the place. m It's violent, but it's not like other Martial arts films that are commonly seen. 

Battle Royale -   Excellent film, however though at times it's hard to watch.  Not as detailed as the book, but it's close to what the book has in it.  I would recommending reading the book first, as it gives you A LOT of background story that may not be in the film, such certain people's relationships in the book are giving a lot of depth to it. 

 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on December 26, 2007, 09:34:01 PM
Ed Wood- ***.  Great performances from Johnny Depp and Martin Landau, especially.  Virtually an unknown flick, which kinda surprised me, considering the stars in it.  Didn't necessarily surprise me either, considering Ed Wood's work in real life either.  Because of this flick I actually went out and bought Plan 9. 

I loved Ed Wood.  I found it quite interesting to say the least.  My only complaints were that Jeffrey Jones couldn't pull off Criswell that well.  He just didn't jump out as Criswell to me.  I also felt that Sarah Jessica Parker was kinda wooden at times.  I really think that if the film would have been released today instead of 1994 I think it would have done really well.  The reason I think this is that more people know about Ed Wood and his "films" now then they did back in 1994. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 26, 2007, 10:09:36 PM
Ed Wood- ***.  Great performances from Johnny Depp and Martin Landau, especially.  Virtually an unknown flick, which kinda surprised me, considering the stars in it.  Didn't necessarily surprise me either, considering Ed Wood's work in real life either.  Because of this flick I actually went out and bought Plan 9. 

I loved Ed Wood.  I found it quite interesting to say the least.  My only complaints were that Jeffrey Jones couldn't pull off Criswell that well.  He just didn't jump out as Criswell to me.  I also felt that Sarah Jessica Parker was kinda wooden at times.  I really think that if the film would have been released today instead of 1994 I think it would have done really well.  The reason I think this is that more people know about Ed Wood and his "films" now then they did back in 1994. 

Honestly, I like this movie despite Sarah.  I've never been a fan of hers honestly, and can name this movie and Hocus Pocus as the only two I'll watch her in.  As far as the movie goes, I wish it was more well known, because when I mention it to people, they look blankly like, "What?"

It would've been a hit today I think, due in part to the fact that more people are aware of Ed's movies, and the fact that Johnny Depp is now 'bankable' as an actor, as opposed to being the odd co-star type he was then.  Now, between Pirates, Willy Wonka, Sweeny Todd he's broken that barrier, apparently.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: ulthar on December 26, 2007, 10:16:45 PM
For our Christmas night movie, we finally sat down and gave FRANKENHOOKER a look.

(http://www.badmovies.org/movies/frankenhooker/frankenhooker6.jpg)

What a fun film, and Andrew's review is a load of laughs as well.   :smile:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on December 27, 2007, 08:31:50 AM
I watched Eastern Promises (*** and 1/2 out of ****) last night.  Very, very good film.  It's a nice mob thriller by David Cronenberg.  It's not his usual weird gross-out fare (although the killings in the movie are pretty graphic) but he hits this one out of the park.  Lots of twists, turns and tension.

I highly recommend this movie.  One of the best of '07.  (BTW, I watched it with a friend who is not a movie buff and he loved the hell out of it.)


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 27, 2007, 11:54:02 AM
Cannibal! The Musical

http://youtube.com/watch?v=4i3vw4Qwbwg


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on December 27, 2007, 02:18:18 PM
Watched a Double Feature dvd last nite...CIRCUS of FEAR with Christopher Lee and Klaus Kinski and WEB of the SPIDER with Tony Francious (whatever happened to him,anyway?) and Klaus Kinski as Edgar Allen Poe...meh. !st was kinda blah...second had a nice atmosphere...but was a convoluted mess. But...I only spent a dollar on the thing so...


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on December 27, 2007, 07:06:40 PM
Conan The Barbarian
I've never seen the whole thing start to finish.  My son bought it for xmas and he watched it on his own and loved it.  Then we watched it together and I started giving it the old MST3K treatment.  After that, the kid couldn't look at the movie in the same way.  He actually said, "I didn't realise how funny it really is!".  Then he started and we were in fits for the whole 2 hours.  Awesome way to spend an evening when there's nothing on telly.

Law And Order Criminal Intent Season One
Watched the first four episodes.  Apart from the fact it's a brilliant show and Vincent D'Onofrio is VERY yummy, I bought the box on sale for $25!!!!!  Normally these shows are $50 +.  So, majorly enjoyable all 'round.

I, Robot
Will Smith does a great job being himself and the scene when he's in the shower, I keep yelling, "turn around, turn around!" but he never does.  *sigh* Oh, well, it's still a great movie.

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
I'm not a fan of artsy farsty movies and the same holds true with this one.  It's confusin and annoying, even though Jim Carrey is good in serious roles.  The ending was a little too abrupt for my tastes, but I couldn't tell you how it should have ended.  At the end, I just said, "huh?"  One of those films that doesn't really have a point.

Cypher
Rollicking adventure that had me glued to the telly.  Lucy Liu looked frightful in a short wig, but Jeremy Northam was brilliant as always.  It wasn't until nearly the very end that I sussed out what was going on.  Good value in my book.  Enjoyed it immensely.

Robots
Funny and well done.  Robin Williams was amusing, but not over the top which I appreciated.  Jennifer Coolidge as Aunt Fan was delightful as always.  Her voice really suited the character.  The animation was brilliant and I just loved the express public transport *lol*


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on December 28, 2007, 07:10:48 AM
Karate Bearfighter ** 1/2 out of ****

Decent film that hit the camp button late in the film.  The fight scenese were good and the acting is interesting as well.  The dialouge was odd at times, and it gave the impression that US military just wants to kick peoples ass when ever they get a chance.  The camp vaule of the film came when the main character had to fight a bear.  Well it's not a real bear, but a man in a bear costume.  It was still fun to watch, but it's not as good as the first.

I still have the last movie is the box set to watch, then I have my two Netflix rentals Leonard Part 6 and It's Pat the Movie to watch, so I'll watch them this weekend.  Plus I also have the Toxic Avenger coming on Saturday as well from Netflix.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 28, 2007, 09:42:05 AM
Law And Order Criminal Intent Season One
Watched the first four episodes.  Apart from the fact it's a brilliant show and Vincent D'Onofrio is VERY yummy, I bought the box on sale for $25!!!!!  Normally these shows are $50 +.  So, majorly enjoyable all 'round.



Good show.  Slowly becoming my favorite of the Law and Orders.  Did you see the episode where he goes into the prison recently and acts crazy to see if the jail is really drugging prisoners and whatnot?  I hope they do another episode like that, cause they need to finish the story.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on December 28, 2007, 11:02:49 PM
Just watched the WILD RIDE (1960) with a VERY young Jack Nicholson. And Jack plays an amoral, self centered hot-rodder and cop-killer! Not too shabby for a Z-budget movie...and Jack's first starring movie! Give it a look!  :thumbup:

 http://youtube.com/watch?v=3iRme1eR5Cs


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on December 29, 2007, 09:15:41 AM
Just watched the WILD RIDE (1960) with a VERY young Jack Nicholson. And Jack plays an amoral, self centered hot-rodder and cop-killer! Not too shabby for a Z-budget movie...and Jack's first starring movie!

So basically Jack Nicholson plays himself in this movie.   :wink:   :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on December 29, 2007, 10:13:39 AM
Just watched the WILD RIDE (1960) with a VERY young Jack Nicholson. And Jack plays an amoral, self centered hot-rodder and cop-killer! Not too shabby for a Z-budget movie...and Jack's first starring movie!

So basically Jack Nicholson plays himself in this movie.   :wink:   :bouncegiggle:

Uhmmmm...yeah!  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 29, 2007, 09:43:11 PM
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back- Hilarious movie. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on December 29, 2007, 11:20:55 PM
The Trollenberg Terror (1958) (AKA: The Crawling Eye)

Deserves way better than the 4.0 rating it currently has at IMDB. A grand example of 1950s Sci-Fi as Forrest Tucker leads a team of scientists into battle with alien eyeball creatures capable of controlling certain people telepathically. Loaded with Lovecraftian style atmosphere, this one delivers the goods in terms of shocks and surprisingly gory thrills and is way ahead of its time (THE MIST owes this one big time just as one example). Overall I'd have to give it a **** out ***** only knocking it a point because it's ending feels somewhat tacked on and is in that way disappointing and of course, its cheap FX, are not always up to par even though there's an effectively chilling moment or two. Favourite moment: the little girl and the ball with the Crawling Eye peaking in.

Transformers (2007)

Well I went into this with low expectations given Michael Bay's past crappola efforts but this one proved a surprisingly entertaining, if somewhat mindless, popcorn summer blockbuster. It's a huge dumb comic book brought to life. Lots of action, explosions and surprisingly likable leads keep this afloat and of course it has giant honking robots which is always a plus! It's stupid yes and one could drive an Optimus Prime truck through its plot holes and lack of believability but nevertheless, pretty much shut off the old noggin aside from keeping a scorecard of various Transfromers handy, and this is not half bad entertainment. Plus it's got giant robots. Did I mention that? ** 1/2 out of *****

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

Basically an extra long episode of the series, one slighty better than usual from the series the last several years or so. However it ultimately disappoints because it tries to cram too much in to its running time in terms of characters making short cameo appearances which of course leaves one unsatisfied and craving more of said characters and also somewhat distracts from the film's basic overall plot. Its story too feels lifted from some other source to me although I can't place it off the top of my head or maybe it's just that it really kind of lacks overall in terms of originality. ** 1/2 out of ***** as it still has some decent laughs then and again.

Treasure Island (1950)

Highly entertaining Disney feature film should appeal to everyone who as a youth perhaps dreamed of pirates and adventures on the open seas. Robert Newton is perfectly cast into the role of Long John Silver, the cutthroat pirate who one cannot help but empathize with more and more as out story unfolds. Bobby Driscoll is also quite good as young Jim Hawkins, the brave young lad who finds himself tangling with a band of dastardly theiving pirates. This movie likely set up many of the stereotypes of pirates we have to this day and is highly entertaining even if it does require much suspension of disbelief and feels more like a TV adventure than a big screen movie. Still I'd have to give it a solid **1/2 out of *****.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on December 30, 2007, 01:29:44 AM
Queen of Outer Space
Head of the Family
Dead and Rotten
Starship Troopers 2


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on December 30, 2007, 10:18:28 AM
Intermedio - four young people decide to buy a bunch of pot, and the deal goes down in some tunnels running beneath the US / Mexico border.  Little do they know (or maybe they do know?  Ah, who the hell cares) that the tunnels are inhabited by goofy looking CGI things, a really bored looking guy, and some kid that appears and disappears.  This is one baaaaaad movie, you could make a drinking game out of spotting all the continuity errors.  Edward Furlong (the kid from Terminator 2) has apparently spent all his time since that movie drinking and putting on weight.  His acting in this could best be described as bizarre.  Instead of acting like a scared and desperate young guy, he acts like a drug addict going through extreme withdrawals.  And listening to him hyperventilate every time he has to get up off his fat butt and walk three feet is just...kinda funny and sad I guess.  Cerina Vincent is in it, looking sexy as always.  I give her a B for effort, nobody could have done anything with this awful mess of a movie but at least she tried. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on December 30, 2007, 08:01:32 PM


Good show.  Slowly becoming my favorite of the Law and Orders.  Did you see the episode where he goes into the prison recently and acts crazy to see if the jail is really drugging prisoners and whatnot?  I hope they do another episode like that, cause they need to finish the story.
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No, haven't seen that one yet.  Our free to air tv stations are complete bastards because they are always changing program days and times and if you don't have a paper guide, trying to find out what's on is a nightmare.

I'll just buy the DVDs and catch up that way.  I didn't even see the ep where Goren's arch nemesis Nicole's fate was decided by tv poll.  I assume she survived because I saw a bit of an ep later down the track where she came into it and kidnapped some young kid.

This is also my fave franchise of the L & O series.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on December 30, 2007, 08:05:19 PM
Intermedio - four young people decide to buy a bunch of pot, and the deal goes down in some tunnels running beneath the US / Mexico border.  Little do they know (or maybe they do know?  Ah, who the hell cares) that the tunnels are inhabited by goofy looking CGI things, a really bored looking guy, and some kid that appears and disappears.  This is one baaaaaad movie, you could make a drinking game out of spotting all the continuity errors.  Edward Furlong (the kid from Terminator 2) has apparently spent all his time since that movie drinking and putting on weight.  His acting in this could best be described as bizarre.  Instead of acting like a scared and desperate young guy, he acts like a drug addict going through extreme withdrawals.  And listening to him hyperventilate every time he has to get up off his fat butt and walk three feet is just...kinda funny and sad I guess.  Cerina Vincent is in it, looking sexy as always.  I give her a B for effort, nobody could have done anything with this awful mess of a movie but at least she tried. 

I saw Edward Furlong in a movie where he gets sucked into an interactive video/tv game where he's not sure if he's awake or asleep.  It had aliens or monsters or something it it.  Can't remember the name, but it was a brilliant movie and I enjoyed it immensely.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on December 30, 2007, 08:06:42 PM
20000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Classic Disney Adventure was the first live-action film from them made in the U.S. I believe. Has an all-star cast including Kirk Douglas, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre and James Mason. The Special Effects work and Set Design is top notch and overall, this is a very entertaining adventure with a somewhat epic scope. The battle with the giant squid though is the real show stealer here and really everything else that follows after that cannot help but feel somewhat anticlimatic in comparison. Plus this does feel just a tad overlong and a certain amount of Disney cuteness, particularly Nemo's pet seal Esmay, ultimately brings this down a notch or two IMO. James Mason gives a terrific performance as Nemo and Douglas and Peter Lorre are quite fun in their somewhat unlikely roles. ***1/2 out of *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on December 31, 2007, 10:13:16 AM
Karate for life *** 1/2 out of ****

This was a good finish for the Mas Oyama trilogy of movies.  More violent and more blood than previous films.  The dialouge is quite good, but some of the stuff I didn't like.  Like Oyama helping a bunch of war orphans seemed out of place.  The fight scenes were really good, and the director did a really good to show the infulence of the US military on Okinawa in the 1950's and some of our culture bleeding out in there.

 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 31, 2007, 12:51:17 PM
Black Sheep- (2007) ***.  Any movie with killer sheep = greatness.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Yaddo 42 on January 01, 2008, 12:26:47 PM
Eastern Promises - The Cronenberg movie about Russian mobsters in London. Good, but I liked it less than A History of Violence. Still brutal, absorbing and intense, but just lacked something for me to call it great instead of good. Effective use of violence, though, as always Cronenberg manages convey how ugly and unglamourous or exciting/titilating death and violence are.

Are You Scared? - cheap and stupid Saw ripoff with an obvious and unlikely plot twist that reminded me of a Lifetime Movie for Women. Dumb characters with awful dialogue to say in stupid unbelievable situations, it took the one girl how long to even remember to even think to use her cell phone? Who can tell if the actors are any good since all got to do was complain and scream?


Married 2 Malcolm - a cute, if slight comedy about a lovable bigamist in Blackpool, England married to two women who he loves equally. Reminds me of lots of US sitcoms in that both wives would be usually considered too attractive for him in real life. Both women become involved separately in an upcoming concert by Noddy Holder of the rock gorup Slade, and the husband leaps through comedic hoops trying to keep both wives satisfied and unaware of each other. Probably funnier if you're British and can appreciate some of the jokes that relate to regionalism, Slade and Holder being bigger names there than in the US (where they had two minor late career hits and are virtually unknown outside of music buff circles here, loved or hated by those music buffs) or digs at how drab and crude Blackpool is supposed to be. Is it like the UK version of Cleveland? Cast includes some familiar faces like comedienne Josie Lawrence from Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Mark Addy from The Full Monty and some others who's names I may not know but I've seen them in other UK films and TV shows. A decent enough little time waster I picked up in a grocery store discount rack. If nothing else you can make an excellent drinking game out of everytime the name "Noddy Holder" or an image from his Slade days appears on screen on posters, flyers, tickets, etc.

I have a couple of more but I'll check back.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on January 01, 2008, 06:26:45 PM
Ghost Rider
Enjoyed this one immensely.  I could tell it was filmed in Australia.  I've never been to Texas, but there's no way you could ever mistake outback Victoria for the Texas countryside.  Still, it's a minor issue and I guess if you didn't know beforehand, you may not be able to tell.  But you can't fool an Aussie when it comes to our countryside!

I didn't know much about this movie when I started watching it - I was never a comic book fan.  I also deliberately avoided all mention of the movie so that I could enjoy it or not on my own.  So I was expecting to be entertained and I wasn't disappointed.

One little complaint:  I didn't think Eva Mendez was a good love interest for Nicholas Cage.  There wasn't much chemistry between them and she's not that great an actor.  Also, she's not overly attractive and I wish she would stop wearing those low cut tops that squish her boobs together.  They look fake (who knows, maybe they are?)  I guess that's not issue to the male population of moviegoers, but it irks me no end.  It's almost as though she using that look to mask the fact that she's not a good actor and not very attractive in the way that some Latina women are (Salma Hayek case it point - beautiful girl).

The special effects were well done and I was pleasantly surprise when Cage's head became a skull and caught on fire.  (I'll leave that inference to anyone who wants to make one!!)  But I'm glad it didn't stay on fire the whole movie, that would have been boring.  I loved the morphed motorbike and Cage looks uber-cool in black leather.  I also liked the way the story moved along at a fast pace.  He was very believeable as Johnny Blaze and I liked the way he played the guy a little flaky.  I also liked that fact that he embraced what was happening to him and used it to his advantage instead of spending the whole movie trying to get back to his normal, pre-Mephistopheles self.

I would give this 4 out of 5 stars for sheer entertainment value and the fact that he did away with all the bad guys in a firey storm of death.  A rollicking adventure all around.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on January 02, 2008, 12:43:50 AM
The Night Stalker (1972)

Darren McGavin stars as ever-determined, irascible reporter Carl Kolchak, who's out to get the facts and his story out to the public despite the best efforts of seeming everyone around him, including his editor, the police, the District Attorney and seemingly everyone else to keep him in check.

This movie is just plain entertaining. It's fun, has great moments of chilling horror and suspense and a nice subtle sense of comedy in addition. It's colorful, lively and far better than one expects from a Television film effort. Of course it helps that those behind this one seemed to be less reigned in as to what they could do than perhaps most TV film productions are nowadays.  Also aside from McGavin's terrific lead performance, this is filled with great character actors such as Claude Akins, Kent Smith, Ralph Meeker and Charles McGraw. It even boosts great character actors in bit parts including the always entertaining Elisha Cook Jr. and Stanley Adams. The only off-putting element here is Carol Lynley as Kolchak's unlikely girlfriend Gail Foster. She just doesn't seem to fit in with the Kolchak character at all. Also the vampire villain feels a bit undeveloped but honestly I think they did the right thing keeping him mysterious and having him be a bit more like the vampires of legend, a little more akin to Nosferatu perhaps than Lugosi although they seemed to blend the two together a tad as well. It's interesting to note that when I was doing the "Best Of" Series (Voting on Genre film of the Year for each year), The Night Stalker beat out Solaryis in the popular vote to take top spot. ****1/2 out of *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on January 02, 2008, 01:25:39 AM
I just saw No Country for Old Men a short while ago, and it was an amazing film.  Very intense, and rather poetic.

I've also seen Juno and Sweeny Todd within the past week and I recommend them both.  Juno has a bit of an obnoxious soundtrack, and some of the dialogue sounds like the writer was trying really hard to be hip, but it's good.  Sweeney Todd is probably one of Tim Burton's best.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on January 02, 2008, 05:26:14 PM
THE SIMPSONS MOVIE   *** out of ****.
While still not as great as the show was during it's 1st 9 seasons or so, this was still funnier than anything they've done in about the last 10 years.  I was surprised after the Family Guy "movie" that the Simpsons people actually made a movie with an actual story arc that went logically throughout the entire movie.   It does kind of run out of steam near the end but overall it's very funny stuff.

SHOOT 'EM UP   ***1/2 out of ****.
Should be the new definition of escapist action entertainment.  The movie literally never stops moving and approaches the level of absurdity of a cartoon many times, though that's more of an asset in this case than a liability.  Clive Owens is his usual great self, Monica Bellucci does what she does best (incredible physicality and sex appeal) and Paul Giamanti has never been given a chance to cut loose like he does here as the villain.   


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 02, 2008, 07:09:51 PM
A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (4/5): Clint Eastwood inserts himself between two warring gangs in a lawless Mexican frontier town.  Entertaining but occasionally absurd, and really a Leone/eastwood warm-up for the great spaghetti westerns to follow.  The scene where 'the man with no name" makes the desperadoes apologize to his "mule" is a classic and set the tone for the character.

FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (5/5):  Two bounty hunters (Eastwood & Lee Van Cleef)  track a bloodthirsty, bankrobbing bandito, and each other.  A fantastic adventure full of twists, double-crosses and oneupmanship.  Also probably the funniest of the "Dollars" movies.  The scene where Eastwood and Van Cleef demonstrate their marksmanship using each others' hats is completely over the top, but Leone sells it.  This scene is what made me fall in love with Leone's westerns in the first place.     


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on January 02, 2008, 08:57:54 PM
THE SIMPSONS MOVIE   *** out of ****.
While still not as great as the show was during it's 1st 9 seasons or so, this was still funnier than anything they've done in about the last 10 years.  I was surprised after the Family Guy "movie" that the Simpsons people actually made a movie with an actual story arc that went logically throughout the entire movie.   It does kind of run out of steam near the end but overall it's very funny stuff.

   
I've yet to see this, considering how big a fan of the show I was.  Still am, but unfortunately with work I don't get to watch it much, cause I don't get home from work on Sunday until about 10.

Overall though, worth picking up?


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on January 02, 2008, 10:43:24 PM
Godzilla - Destroy All Monsters and Godzilla -v- The Cosmic Monster

This was a double disc feature.  What can I say?  I enjoyed the hell out of these movies and my son and I had riotous fun poking holes in everything!

I didn't realise that the cosmic monster was actually MechaGodzilla.  That was one well done metal suit!  Unfortunately due to tiredness from work, I feel asleep half way the cosmic monster and didn't get to find out what happened(!) but I'll rewatch it tonight

These are awesome B-movies.  Sometimes all we could do was say "huh?" at the plot holes and dodgy continuity, but that's the fun of the whole thing I guess.

An amusingly good time was had by all and I will definitely be buying these babies on DVD/


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on January 03, 2008, 08:36:25 AM
The Toxic Avenger -*** 1/2 out of ****

A true b movie classic.  It was funny at times and had all the right aspects to make it a b movie.  The only problem I had was the blind girl who you can obviously tell she is not blind.

I have two movies to watch tonight It's Pat and Leonard Part 6.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on January 03, 2008, 09:04:12 AM
Watched the REAPING last night. Meh...
It was ok,I guess...but not very suspenseful....some of the visuals were interesting. The river of blood was the coolest thing for me. The rest left me blah. The only interesting charecter for me was the preist in Africa. And he was barely in the film! I recognized him (can't remember the actors name off hand) as the detective tracking down the cannibal serial killer in CITIZEN X.

 And of course it was left wide open for a part 2. Was one made yet?  :question: Not that I'll be in any rush to see it.

 Soon-very soon...I'll be able to finally see PLANET TERROR-as Angel (Tara Sue's daughter) asked her boss at the video store to order it! YAY!  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Yaddo 42 on January 04, 2008, 12:47:05 AM
Watched the REAPING last night. Meh...
It was ok,I guess...but not very suspenseful....some of the visuals were interesting. The river of blood was the coolest thing for me. The rest left me blah. The only interesting charecter for me was the preist in Africa. And he was barely in the film! I recognized him (can't remember the actors name off hand) as the detective tracking down the cannibal serial killer in CITIZEN X.

 And of course it was left wide open for a part 2. Was one made yet?  :question: Not that I'll be in any rush to see it.

 Soon-very soon...I'll be able to finally see PLANET TERROR-as Angel (Tara Sue's daughter) asked her boss at the video store to order it! YAY!  :teddyr:

Stephen Rea? Good actor, even in bad films.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on January 04, 2008, 07:37:44 AM
It's Pat * 1/2 out of ****

It's just bad, but it's kinda funny as well.  The whole movie based on one simple thing is Pat a Man or a Woman.  The dialog is corny at times and some of the sterotypes are just werid too.  I liked it, but it's not my favorite film out there.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on January 04, 2008, 09:27:56 AM
It's Pat is a movie I would say is definitely not a better SNL produced flick.  Then again, when they put out Blues Brothers and Wayne's World, that's a lot to live up to.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on January 06, 2008, 12:46:50 PM
Ghostbusters- ***/****.  Bill Murray has so many quotable and classic lines in this.  Very funny flick.

Batman-Jack Nicholson rocks as Joker.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Andrew on January 06, 2008, 01:12:55 PM
"Casshern" (2004)
Highly stylized Japanese science fiction film with an array of robots, mechanical apparatus, and super humans having swordfights.  I really liked this movie, both in the visuals (not always true for completely stylizing the film) and the message - the latter of which is brought to fruition by a plot that was interconnected beyond what I had thought.  And it has a very thoughtful message about war, hate, and selfishness.  Four slimes, perhaps five.

"Slaughter" (1972)
He's a black ex-Green Beret out to make the mob pay for killing his mother.  The best part is when he teaches the nervous white detective, "This is how you pick up a fine white woman."  The woman in question is Stella Stevens.  Seeing her, I wonder if she was the template for Mrs. Thistlewhite in "The Year Without A Santa Claus."  If so, Ignatius Thistlewhite's mom has got it going on!  Three slimes.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on January 06, 2008, 06:12:01 PM
It's Pat is a movie I would say is definitely not a better SNL produced flick.  Then again, when they put out Blues Brothers and Wayne's World, that's a lot to live up to.

The bar was set quite high, so there was a HIGH chance that a movie based off a SNL skit after BB and WW would not be as good.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on January 06, 2008, 07:45:48 PM
(http://www.doorfromhell.com/thelair/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/fido_l200705241819.jpg)

Fido - a new zombie flick set in the 1950's and it is FUNNY!

First off some alien thing happens that when people die they turn into zombies, along come ZOMCOM that tames the zombies with electronic collars and turns them into domestic helpers. Well the Robinson's are the only family on the block without a zombie so Mrs Robinson (Carrie-Anne Moss who's smokin' hot in this flick) goes out and get a zombie, that her zombie fearing and hating hubby (Dylan Baker) is none to pleases with this, but who can you turn down Carrie-Anne Moss in a little red dress with a 3 olive martini waiting for you, well you can't.
So zombie guy stays much to Mr. Robinson dismay and everyone is happy, Little Timmy decides zombie guy needs a name and calls him "Fido" (Billy Connolly)
Well this and that happen until one day Fido's collar malfunctions and he eats the mean old neighbor women Mrs Henderson and the antics begin.

Will they figure out it was Fido that ate Mrs Henderson? Will Timmy and Mrs Robinson protect him from the zombie hunters? What will happen next?

You'll just have to watch Fido to find out!!

Easily 4.5 out of 5  :thumbup:

This is a must have flick and is bound to be a quirky movie classic!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on January 07, 2008, 03:02:46 PM
Leonard Part 6 * out of ****

Just awful to watch.  Animals being controlled by vegetarians and killing people is just stupid.  The idea of them terrorist being afraid of meat products was also stupid.  There wasn't really any funny parts, just lots of dumb areas.  It was painful to watch, but I managed to watch it to the end.

Airplane Ii: The Sequel ** 1/2 of ****

Funny at times but not as good as the first Airplane was.  Jokes are the same as before and the returning characters act the same as before.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on January 07, 2008, 05:32:14 PM
The Night Strangler (1973)

Darren McGavin returns as Kolchak once again given the earlier popularity and success of "The Night Stalker" TV movie. This time, Dan Curtis, who was producer on "Night Stalker" takes over the directing reigns.  It starts off great and all the humor and those small moments featuring great old stars and character actors the likes of John Carradine, Margaret Hamilton, Wally Cox, Al Lewis and Scott Brady prove terrific fun. Personally I prefer the tighter paced and shorter "Night Stalker" film. This feels a bit overlong, especially featuring too many scenes of people walking dark streets (not that it isn't appropriate for building suspense, it's just done a bit too much here to the point it really feels like padding to make the film's time run its full 90 minutes). Plus this relies a little too much on the tired element of having the villain explain all his actions to the hero. I should also add the story is basically just a repeat of "The Night Stalker" with some slight alterations here and there and personally I feel this one's villain never truly feels as terrifying as the one in the Night Stalker although the character is perhaps more fully realized here. My favourite moments here actually feature Kolchak and his interactions with Simon Oakland's Tony Vincenzo (which would also prove one of the most entertaining aspects of the follow-up TV series), Scott Brady's Captain Schubert and Wally Cox's Mr. Beery, a small man who suddenly finds himself unexpectedly important in Kolchak's world. Still better than average for a TV film. ***1/2 out *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on January 08, 2008, 09:20:27 AM
It's Pat is a movie I would say is definitely not a better SNL produced flick.  Then again, when they put out Blues Brothers and Wayne's World, that's a lot to live up to.

The bar was set quite high, so there was a HIGH chance that a movie based off a SNL skit after BB and WW would not be as good.

Sadly, you'd think with the 14/15 movies they've done, they'd actually be worth watching.  Wayne's World was great, Blues Brothers was great.  Beyond that, Coneheads was tolerable but nothing to write home about.  Beyond that, they've got stuff like Stuart Saves His Family and It's Pat.  Ladies Man I felt was funny, but didn't compare to Wayne's World or Blues Brothers.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 08, 2008, 11:35:10 AM
It's Pat is a movie I would say is definitely not a better SNL produced flick.  Then again, when they put out Blues Brothers and Wayne's World, that's a lot to live up to.

The bar was set quite high, so there was a HIGH chance that a movie based off a SNL skit after BB and WW would not be as good.

Sadly, you'd think with the 14/15 movies they've done, they'd actually be worth watching.  Wayne's World was great, Blues Brothers was great.  Beyond that, Coneheads was tolerable but nothing to write home about.  Beyond that, they've got stuff like Stuart Saves His Family and It's Pat.  Ladies Man I felt was funny, but didn't compare to Wayne's World or Blues Brothers.

SNL skits are usually 1-2 joke affairs that struggle to be entertaining for their five minutes slot.  I think it's remarkable that they've produced ANY good movies (BB, WW) from such less-than-promising stock.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on January 08, 2008, 09:26:59 PM
It's Pat is a movie I would say is definitely not a better SNL produced flick.  Then again, when they put out Blues Brothers and Wayne's World, that's a lot to live up to.

The bar was set quite high, so there was a HIGH chance that a movie based off a SNL skit after BB and WW would not be as good.

Sadly, you'd think with the 14/15 movies they've done, they'd actually be worth watching.  Wayne's World was great, Blues Brothers was great.  Beyond that, Coneheads was tolerable but nothing to write home about.  Beyond that, they've got stuff like Stuart Saves His Family and It's Pat.  Ladies Man I felt was funny, but didn't compare to Wayne's World or Blues Brothers.

SNL skits are usually 1-2 joke affairs that struggle to be entertaining for their five minutes slot.  I think it's remarkable that they've produced ANY good movies (BB, WW) from such less-than-promising stock.
I think it's kinda remarkable they've really produced any movies.  I love SNL, but to think a five minute skit can last for 2 hours is kinda pushing it.  I think Mike Myers is funny and did a good job with Wayne's World.  The Austin Powers franchise was kinda annoying, but I much preferred the Dr. Evil character and wished the movie was kinda just about him.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on January 08, 2008, 09:32:47 PM
Ernest Goes to Africa- Ernest P. Worrell stumbles upon a valuable piece of property, gets kidnapped because they think he's a secret agent, and winds up in the jungles of Africa.

I liked it, but it's not the best Ernest flick.  A few laugh out loud moments though.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on January 08, 2008, 09:51:08 PM
JACOB'S LADDER  ***1/2 out of ****
Easily my favorite Adrian Lyne film and my favorite Tim Robbins performance to date.  A truly haunting film and (depending on your outlook on life) uplifting at the same time in an odd way.  I remember the first time I saw this film and it scared the living hell out of me.  Ending is a bit abrupt but overall it's a terrific landmark film IMO.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: ulthar on January 08, 2008, 09:58:09 PM
Last night we watched DEATH RACE 2000:

(http://www.badmovies.org/movies/deathrace/deathrace2-ic.jpg)

 :cheers:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on January 09, 2008, 06:06:44 AM
Saw 1408 last night-One of the BEST movies I've seen inna looong time!  :cheers:

And I finally seen GRINDHOUSE!!!!

PLANET TERROR- Wow. So over the top gruesome...what's not to love. ONE quibble-the ripping and burning of the film was almost as annoying as when it happened to me in real life at the movies.
 Otherwise...great. Loved seeing ol' Tom Savani up on screen! And surronded by such lovely gore and body parts!

As for DEATH PROOF...I loved it too. I can see where some might be felt let down by comparing it to the first film...expecting more of the same ultra violence of PT,but this is a different kind of creature all it's own. A great tribute to all those Terror on the Highway and FASTER p***y CAT type movies! Kurt Russell was priceless!!!!

I wish they would make MACHETE into a REAL movie!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on January 09, 2008, 07:34:48 AM
Soylent Green **** out of ****

I already know how it ended before I watched it, but I had to watch this classic film.  I really enjoyed it a lot and now it's become one of my favorite films.  The script was well written and the Nature scene at the center was just amazing. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on January 09, 2008, 01:21:26 PM
Sunshine **1/2 out of ****

I liked 2/3rds of this movie.  It has a great old school style sci-fi plot and characters.  The special effects are top notch and (IMO) rival 2001 insofar as showing planets and ships moving in space like the probably do in real life.  The ship design is spot-on.  The tension in the movie comes from the tension between the characters and the director plays it straight up...asking the audience what would they do in these quasi-realistic situations.

And then they decide to tack on a scary monster at the end apropos of nothing.  They never explain it and it doesn't make sense because of the "realism" in the rest of the story.  In story about a ship flying towards the sun, the "villain" should be the intense heat and radiation from the sun...not some out-of-focus boogeyman (you never really get to see it because the director decided to make the monster all shaky and out of focus).  That really dragged the film down for me.

I recommend it but be warned about the WTF factor when the monster arrives to chase nubile crew members around the Icarus.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on January 09, 2008, 09:29:48 PM
Sunshine **1/2 out of ****

I liked 2/3rds of this movie.  It has a great old school style sci-fi plot and characters.  The special effects are top notch and (IMO) rival 2001 insofar as showing planets and ships moving in space like the probably do in real life.  The ship design is spot-on.  The tension in the movie comes from the tension between the characters and the director plays it straight up...asking the audience what would they do in these quasi-realistic situations.

And then they decide to tack on a scary monster at the end apropos of nothing.  They never explain it and it doesn't make sense because of the "realism" in the rest of the story.  In story about a ship flying towards the sun, the "villain" should be the intense heat and radiation from the sun...not some out-of-focus boogeyman (you never really get to see it because the director decided to make the monster all shaky and out of focus).  That really dragged the film down for me.

I recommend it but be warned about the WTF factor when the monster arrives to chase nubile crew members around the Icarus.

Spoilers Ahead!!


I agree there Oldskool.

I trie really hard to like the movie.  I was fully expecting it to be a favourite.

It was good until the bad guy showed up.  I was expecting it to be like Alien or Event Horizon.  My son loved this one, but even he wanted to know how the guy survived alone for 7 years before the rescue.  And I kept expecting them to show the guy up close and hideous.  Sure he was burned, but you barely got to see it.  And what's the deal with making disfigured/retarded/inbred villains super strong and super agile?


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on January 09, 2008, 10:35:42 PM
ZODIAC  (director's cut)  **** out of ****
David Fincher's best film to date and just an all around fantastic film.  It's slow pace and attention to the smallest detail won't be for everybody, but I found it to be fascinating stuff. I had read the book Zodiac years ago but it was something to see it all made into a film.    A magnificent cast and the murders are genuinely unnerving and unsettling at times.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Shadow on January 09, 2008, 10:37:02 PM
I've been on a Full Moon kick these days, as I got several box sets from them lately. I've been working my through them, jumping from one set to another. All ratings are out of a possible ***** (5). Some I am seeing for the very first time, others for the first time in many, many years.

Shadowzone ****
Netherworld **
Seed People ***
Bad Channels **
Dollman ****
Demonic Toys ****
Doctor Mordrid ****
Crash and Burn ****
Subspecies ****
Arcade *


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on January 10, 2008, 12:01:35 AM
I've been on a Full Moon kick these days, as I got several box sets from them lately. I've been working my through them, jumping from one set to another. All ratings are out of a possible ***** (5). Some I am seeing for the very first time, others for the first time in many, many years.

Shadowzone ****
Netherworld **
Seed People ***
Bad Channels **
Dollman ****
Demonic Toys ****
Doctor Mordrid ****
Crash and Burn ****
Subspecies ****
Arcade *

I bought every BOX Set they had when they were half price with free shipping in Dec, I got them quick, but Subspecies and Trancers were on back order. I haven't started watching them yet, I still have dozens of other movies I haven't watched yet.

But I'm watching now ...

Wishmaster I, II, III, IV


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on January 10, 2008, 11:49:59 AM
Spoilers Ahead!!

It was good until the bad guy showed up.  I was expecting it to be like Alien or Event Horizon.  My son loved this one, but even he wanted to know how the guy survived alone for 7 years before the rescue.  And I kept expecting them to show the guy up close and hideous.  Sure he was burned, but you barely got to see it.  And what's the deal with making disfigured/retarded/inbred villains super strong and super agile?


****SPOILERS*****

I was getting a Event Horizon vibe from the last third of the movie, too.  Having the "monster" be the captain of the Icarus One made no sense...because even if he survived 7 years on his own ship (horribly burned and insane) how could he have sabotaged the airlock and made it on board the Icarus Two...and not be noticed by the other crew members.

Plus, I don't know why they had to go back to the Icarus One right away.  Why not complete the mission first and if it fails, go back and get the other nuke.

However, seeing these special effects makes me want to see a remake of The Black Hole (minus the cutesy robots) in the worst way.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 10, 2008, 06:08:40 PM
DUCK, YOU SUCKER (1971): A bandito (Rod Steiger) and an Irish terrorist and master dynamiter (James Coburn) cross paths during the Mexican revolution of 1910.  An attempt by Leone to remake his spaghetti western style to fit a lighter buddy movie template, against a backdrop of terrible slaughter; there a constant problems achieving a consistent tone.  I started a thread here (http://www.badmovies.org/forum/index.php/topic,117508.0.html).  LESSON LEARNED: James Coburn should not be allowed to have theme music. 

2/5 slimes.

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994):  In 1947 an innocent man wrongly accused of murder is sent to a penitentiary full of life-affirming symbolism and free of racial tension.  Well-crafted and engaging, especially in the third act when it takes on the character of a thriller with clues dropped earlier coming together in a truly satisfying resolution.  Easily one of the top ten movies of 1994, but I'm baffled that it's #2 in the IMDB's all time movies.  People need to see more movies!  LESSON LEARNED: Morgan Freeman has a secret power that prevents characters in historical dramas from noticing or acknowledging that he is of African descent.  (see also: UNFORGIVEN).

4/5 slimes.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on January 11, 2008, 01:03:53 PM
Till the Clouds Roll By (1946): Slightly overlong biopic about the life of songwriter/composer Jerome Kern. Its best moments come from the musical performances of such stars as Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbusy, Lena Horne, Judy Garland, Tony Martin performing music Kern had written for some of his fantastic stage plays including SHOWBOAT, LEAVE IT TO JANE, OH BOY and SALLY. The story of Kern's life ultimately proves far less captivating than his music although Robert Walker does well in the role and this movie proves to be for the most part an uplifting, positive experience. *** out of *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Dawley on January 11, 2008, 08:49:33 PM
Godzilla (1998) 3/5

I'm guessing that everyone knows the plot: a giant lizard/dinosaur rampages through a large city, destroying famous landmarks and asphalt roads in abandon. This one, though, is the infamous Roland Emmerich-Dean Devlin production, a remake of the original Japanese Gojira film. In this one, an irraditated iguana swims from the French Polynesia islands to New York City in order to nest, and a bunch of scientists and reporters have to stop it.

Anyways. I saw this movie at the movies back in '98, so that might explain why I don't really understand why people hate it so much. I watched it again mostly for the nostalgia factor.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on January 11, 2008, 10:31:29 PM
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie- A sequel film to the movie "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie."  Basically, a space pirate wants to marry an evil warlord, so she kidnaps a wizard to open the Nemesis triangle.  Then she kidnaps two former Power Rangers, who happen to still be friends with one or two of the current rangers, and a chase ensues between the Rangers and Divatox. 

I gotta say, the villain and the female rangers are HOT.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on January 12, 2008, 03:28:11 PM
I saw most of Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster on AMC last night.  Insanely bad, but amusing.  I liked the apparent disregard of night and day.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on January 12, 2008, 03:34:56 PM
Class of Nuke 'em High ** 1/2 out of ****

Decent film, but not one of my favorites.  The breasts shots were to say the least interesting.  It was nice to see how the Power Plant covered up the accident like nothing ever happened.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on January 12, 2008, 04:47:38 PM
The Medicine Man (1930): Betty Bronson stars Mamie Goltz, a young girl hoping to, along with her baby brother Buddy (Billy Butts), escape the influence of their horribly abusive shopkeeper father (played by E. Alyn Warren). When a medicine show run by Dr. John Harvey (Jack Benny is an unlikely role) comes to town, she hopes this might provide a way of escape for them both. This film wasn't terribly good and is a pretty creaky early talkie but E. Alyn Warren's portrayal as the abusive father should prove memorable for most bad movie fans. ** out of *****

Disorder in the Court (1936): Three Stooges short. The trio were certainly at their best here. In this story, they get called as witnesses in a murder trial. Memorable chaos and hijinks are the result. Curly has a great bit on the witness stand and then later with a water hose while the "intelligent, broad-minded" jury also provides some hilarious moments as does the attorney who keeps losing his toupee. **** 1/2 out of *****

Malice in the Palace (1949): Another Three Stooges short, this one a much later one featuring Shemp. Here the comedy tends to feel a lot more forced especially the bit in the palace with the Sultan of Schmo. The best bit comes earlier with Larry as a chef who everyone mistakenly comes to believe has cooked the restaurant's cat and dog for dinner. While this scene is disturbing on some levels, it's always clear to the viewer the cat and dog are actually unharmed even if it's not to the characters in the scene. A well executed bit. ** 1/2 out *****

Brideless Groom (1947): And yet another Three Stooges short, again featuring Shemp. Of all those featuring Shemp I've seen, this is my favourite performance by him in a Stooges short. The basic plot is that Shemp must get married by 6 o'clock that very evening if he's to inherit the half a million dollars a rich uncle left him in his will. So Shemp sets out to get himself a bride but finds it a tougher road than expected, that is until they learn of his inheritance money. Best bits here involve Shemp shaving, Shemp and Moe in a telephone booth and Larry on piano as accompaniment to Shemp's voice-training session. Also the sequence where Shemp is mistaken as Cousin Basil and its outcome proves hilarious.  *** 1/2 out *****

Let's Get Tough! (1942): Propoganda pro-American war effort film that came out in 1942 has the East Side Kids getting tough against any Japanese they spot in their own neighborhood when they learn they're too young to enlist. Ultimately they learn they were mistaken in their mistrust of some individuals but also happen to stumble across a spy ring they then set out to bust. The print of this film on the Family Classics Movie Pack is missing 8 minutes or so of footage which makes one wonder what's been cut out, quite possibly some jingoistic remarks given the time. The film is harmless enough in its fashion although some may well take offense given how innocent Asians really did get singled out during the Second World War. Overall though, it's a pretty generic effort and both Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall would have better moments, the best of which tend to come here when they ad-lib. ** out *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on January 12, 2008, 09:09:03 PM
Gamera vs. Gaos- Can't go wrong with this folks.  Giant turtle fighting a giant bat.   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on January 13, 2008, 01:15:37 PM
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954): Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson star as a pair of tragic, lovestruck Americans who fall in love in Paris following the end of World War II. Johnson's character, a newspaper correspondent, is haunted by the fact he can never seem to get that first novel published while Taylor's character is youthful and wants only to live each day to the fullest. The film glosses over bits and pieces of their lives together using a flashback as the key means of accomplishing this. At times, it seems a bit too melodramatic in terms of its emotional presentation and really too much of the story is quickly brushed over and not examined in enough depth but there was a lot of ground to cover here and no doubt they wanted a tighter paced film. Overall it's a pretty good movie with some quality performances from Van Johnson, Elizabeth Taylor, Donna Reed as Taylor's sister who's disppointed Johnson didn't pick her over Taylor, Walter Pidgeon as the girls' father who also embraces the live every day as though it were your last philosophy and finally Eva Gabor and Roger Moore as infidelity temptation for the married couple. *** out of *****

Jane Eyre (1934): Stagey early version of classic Charlotte Brontë novel stars Virgina Bruce as Jane Eyre and Colin Clive (of FRANKENSTEIN fame) as Edward Rochester. While not a great adaptation of the novel, this movie focuses on select elements in the story to cover (showing us glimpses of Jane's life before the orphanage and then as a teacher in it before briskly moving along to her life as a governess assigned to care for the ward of Rochester) and in that way never fills completely whole or complete, its ending also feels somewhat abrupt and doesn't quite match the expectations it builds up in its viewing audience and no doubt will disappoint many in that regard. Also our leads prove somewhat miscast. Nevertheless, I have to admit to enjoying this one at times. I felt there was some good humor at work in some of the early scenes featuring young Jane and later when she stands up to David Torrence's Mr. Brocklehurst at the orphanage and also on her way to Thornfield Hall that serves to make Bruce's character very likable. Also there's some appeal to the way the romance is presented here even if it is somewhat fanciful. And I wouldn't be surprised if some horror/mystery fans didn't enjoy the terrible secret of the house and the way it gets presented, almost like something out of an Horror film. Actually the film does have that feel on occasion. Honestly had they not called this JANE EYRE, given it really is a terrible adaptation in terms of that novel, but changed some of the names and identities, it might be a bit more highly regarded. ** 1/2 out of *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on January 14, 2008, 08:53:20 PM
A Star is Born (1937): A young country girl named Ester Blodgett (Janet Gaynor) arrives in Hollywood filled with dreams of becoming a famous movie starlet. However, she gets nowhere until she's noticed by famous movie star Norman Maine (Fredric March), a performer on his way down in terms of popular appeal. The two fall in love but just as Ester's star, under the stage name Vicki Lester begins to rise, Maine's begins to fade.

The best thing about this film is the performance given by Fredric March as actor Norman Maine. He nails the inner emotional turmoil going on inside his character and makes him always sympathetic to the viewer even as Maine falls in and out of sobriety. It's Maine's character that proves most interesting to the viewer here as March completely steals the film away from star Janet Gaynor.

Gaynor doesn't prove quite as appealing or convincing in her lead role as Ester Blodgett/Vicki Lester and honestly it's hard to see why the public should favor her so. Maybe this was to symbolize the fickleness of the public in that they should prefer a pretty new face over a talented older one. Who knows? Nevertheless Gaynor just doesn't ever prove as appealing here in her role as she should. *** out **** stars.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on January 14, 2008, 09:06:59 PM
Terminator 3- Not as good as Judgment Day in my opinion, but I liked it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Inferno on January 15, 2008, 12:03:31 AM
Hellraiser I've been familiar with Pinhead and his boys for awhile, but this was the first time I've actually seen the movie.
Could have gotten a better actress as the woman who kept seducing people though. Then again, she was attracting middle aged buisnessmen so, meh.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on January 15, 2008, 01:29:17 PM
The Racketeer (1929): A beautiful, down and out former social débutante named Rhoda Philbrooke (Carol Lombard), who fell out of favor when she left her wealthy husband for a musician, is helped by a racketeer/mob boss named Mahlon Keane (Robert Armstrong), a man who seems to find his only real happiness in helping others with his ill gotten gain. Rhoda needs help to cure her musician Tony Vaughan (Roland Drew)'s alcohol addiction.

Not surprisingly the story soon turns into something of a romantic triangle cliché as Keane falls in love with Rhoda too. As early talkies go, this movie is better done than most. It moves pretty briskly and is an interesting curio in that it shows so much sympathy to the plight of a divorced débutante and an unhappy, unsatisfied gangster boss. Overall though, it's never credible enough to be fully satisfying but still its story makes for some good melodrama. **1/2 out of ***** stars.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on January 15, 2008, 06:46:35 PM


Disorder in the Court (1936): Three Stooges short. The trio were certainly at their best here. In this story, they get called as witnesses in a murder trial. Memorable chaos and hijinks are the result. Curly has a great bit on the witness stand and then later with a water hose while the "intelligent, broad-minded" jury also provides some hilarious moments as does the attorney who keeps losing his toupee. **** 1/2 out of *****




If you watch the scence when Curly is playing with his gum on the Stand...he gives the jury box (and us,the audiance ) the Finger...not once,but twice!!!  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on January 15, 2008, 11:40:04 PM
Gulliver's Travels (1939): Lemuel Gulliver, his ship wrecked in a fantastic storm, washes ashore on the island of Lilliput, inhabited by people so tiny that Gulliver is a giant in their eyes. Soon Gulliver finds himself entangled in a war between Lilliput and neighboring Blefuscu, all brought about because the two kings of these lands couldn't decide which song was to be sung at the wedding of their two beloved children, who happen to be deeply in love with one another.

The animation is often breathtaking here especially when it focuses on the fairytale like romance between Prince David and Princess Glory. Unfortunately we never fully learn their back story or get to see much of them at all except when it's absolutely necessary to advance the plot. The rotoscoping process used for Gulliver is also fascinating to watch both in terms of its historical significance and the interesting visual impression of realism it creates on screen.

However Jonathan Swift's satirical story is almost completely sacrificed here in favor of fairytale fantasy which arguably borrows more from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet than it does Gulliver's Travels. Its main focus also is on the wrong character, a town crier named Gabby who isn't particularly appealing to the viewer. Too many of the other far more interesting and fun characters get sacrificed to make room for him. Actually the best fun here comes the two kings and their interactions with one another not to mention the hijinks that goes on between Belfuscu spies Sneak, Snoop, and Snitch. Gulliver himself is reduced to friendly giant peacemaker. Prince David does get a great moment towards the end. Of course, it would have had far more impact if the viewer was actually made to care about him. **1/2 out of *****

Managed Money (1934): Mary Lou (Shirley Temple)'s older brother Sonny (Frank Coghlan Jr.) wants desperately to go to a coveted military school along with his buddy Sidney but his Dad cannot afford it. This doesn't deter Sonny however who hatches up a scheme to go prospecting for gold so his Dad will have money to pay for his education at the institute. Mary Lou, ever getting into trouble, decides to stow away in the back of Sonny's old car.

This whole short is built on and relies on the prospect of Temple's being cute enough to entertain most viewers and get a laugh because there's sure very little else here to really laugh about. Temple's meeting with the crazy "gold prospecter" in the desert is more often uncomfortable than funny and all attempts made here at comedy feel far too forced to be the least bit effective. Only required viewing if you like to see a young Shirley Temple being cute. ** out of *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 16, 2008, 07:44:54 PM
MASTER WITH CRACKED FINGERS [AKA TEN FINGERS OF DEATH and many others] (1971):  Evil kung fu ninjas kill Jackie Chan's father and years later... well, you know the rest.  Comic kung fu sequences include a man defeating his opponent by passing gas on his fists.  Chan's first movie: his athleticism is top-notch but he hadn't developed his on-screen charisma in this standard chop-socky that drags whenever there's no fighting on the screen.  2/5.  LESSON LEARNED: If you defeat the kung fu master who killed your father, you win a large blue flag.

THE SKYDIVERS (MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 version):  Yes, Coleman Francis (THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS) tried to make an exploitation film centering around skydiving.  "Seems like they forgot to have things happen in this movie,"  Mike sagely observes, but the few things that do happen are depressing---multiple affairs, joyless sex, and a murder by way of acid in the divers chutes that seems motivated by boredom as much as by badness.  This badly acted mix of boredom punctuated by senseless tragedy seems too much like real life for me; I wouldn't want to sit through Coleman's existential nightmare without the aid of wisecracking bots.  Host segments include the swing choir competition, Crow accidentally sawing himself in half, Crow hanging himself up by his jock strap, Crow being strafed by Tom.  4/5.  LESSON LEARNED: "Sex for sundries is fun!"     


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on January 16, 2008, 08:38:07 PM
Sleeping Dogs - Don't know how many of you are familiar with the works of Lloyd A Simandl, but he's filmed some scenes and used them in about four or five movies now.  In this one, set in the future, there's a guy who is sort of a low-rent James Bond type, except he's a jewel thief.  In the future, emeralds are used for currency.  Anyhow, the bad guy runs some sort of illegal emerald processing warehouse (?), and to process the stones he's got these girls.  They wear some sort of gag that needs an electronic key to unlock, and a matching bikini bottom.  And a really thin T-shirt.  So yeah, um...where was I?  The James Bond dude steals some emeralds and one of the girls tags along with him.  There's a big gunfight and they hide in a freight container.  The cops catch the bad guy and put him on a spaceship, headed towards a prison on the moon of some planet.  Well, wouldn't you know it, the freight container ends up on the same spaceship!  So our two protagonists fight the bad guys and run around on this ship for the rest of the movie.  It's bad, but it's one of those low budget things that at least tosses in some occasional T&A because they know full well that the "action" isn't going to make anyone buy this.   The exact same emerald girls and all the spaceship footage can also be seen in Lloyd's other movies, such as Lethal Target, Last Stand and Fatal Conflict.  One of those movies also includes every single special effect shot from one of the Xtro movies.  Apparently the guy is really into recycling, good for the environment you know.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 18, 2008, 11:38:17 AM
Sleeping Dogs - Don't know how many of you are familiar with the works of Lloyd A Simandl, but he's filmed some scenes and used them in about four or five movies now.  In this one, set in the future, there's a guy who is sort of a low-rent James Bond type, except he's a jewel thief.  In the future, emeralds are used for currency.  Anyhow, the bad guy runs some sort of illegal emerald processing warehouse (?), and to process the stones he's got these girls.  They wear some sort of gag that needs an electronic key to unlock, and a matching bikini bottom.  And a really thin T-shirt.  So yeah, um...where was I?  The James Bond dude steals some emeralds and one of the girls tags along with him.  There's a big gunfight and they hide in a freight container.  The cops catch the bad guy and put him on a spaceship, headed towards a prison on the moon of some planet.  Well, wouldn't you know it, the freight container ends up on the same spaceship!  So our two protagonists fight the bad guys and run around on this ship for the rest of the movie.  It's bad, but it's one of those low budget things that at least tosses in some occasional T&A because they know full well that the "action" isn't going to make anyone buy this.   The exact same emerald girls and all the spaceship footage can also be seen in Lloyd's other movies, such as Lethal Target, Last Stand and Fatal Conflict.  One of those movies also includes every single special effect shot from one of the Xtro movies.  Apparently the guy is really into recycling, good for the environment you know.

Sounds like a cut-rate Andy Sidaris.  This could be promising. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on January 19, 2008, 12:33:38 PM
The General (1927): Buster Keaton stars in this classic silent film, which he also helped write and direct, as Johnny Gray, engineer on the General, a train that runs the railroad throughout the South. When the Civil War moves into his territory, Johnny wishes to enlist along with his main squeeze's father and brother. However finds he cannot because they consider him more valuable to the South as an engineer aboard his train. Eventually, when Union soldiers, disguised as Confederates steal his General, Johnny takes off in pursuit after them and soon finds himself one man against an army of Union soldiers!

With Buster Keaton involved in a silent era film, you know it's more than likely going to deliver the laughs and this does aplenty. Never does it fail to amuse even when it's slowly building up to its next big laugh. Plus this also has thrills, excitement, romance, and all the elements you could ever want in any action thriller all with a lead whose so funny and ingeniously entertaining that it's hard to take one's eyes off of him even when he's just sitting around doing nothing. His expressions and body language insure we always have a good idea of what's going through his mind and his heart at practically all times making this arguably one of the best films ever made. The only issue with the copy I own in the Family Classics 50 Movie Pack from Treeline is the score seems all wrong. In fact, the Blue Danube is even used at one point?! ***** out of *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on January 19, 2008, 10:33:55 PM
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of The Ooze- Turtles are homeless, living with April.  Shredder returns, finds out about the mutagen that transformed the turtles and steals the last cannister, hoping to use it to create new mutants.  A series of battles ensues, with Vanilla Ice rapping a song and Shredder using the ooze on himself to grow about 3 feet, bringing his height to like, 7'.  Overall a good movie.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on January 20, 2008, 01:26:17 PM
The Kid (1921): Charlie Chaplin is a Tramp in this one who suddenly finds himself unexpectedly saddled with the unwanted responsibility of looking after an orphaned child. At first resistant to such an idea, the Tramp eventually comes to love and appreciate the child's happy presence in his life, an otherwise dark and dreary existence. However things get complicated when the child's birth mother comes looking for him.

This enjoyable comedy romp also has lots of drama and delivers not only laughs but gut-wrenching sad moments and delightfully happy ones. This isn't just comedic silliness but deals with real world serious issues such as poverty demonstrating how love can surpass most any bounds and/or limitations. Jackie Coogan as the five-year old version of the kid is an absolute delight and plays off of Charlie and his Tramp character wonderfully. Just a terrific job from a young talent who never once becomes annoying or irritating to the viewing audience as so many children in films often seem to do. *** out of ***** stars.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: threnody on January 20, 2008, 03:39:34 PM
Shock (1946)

Vincent Price plays a psychiatrist named Dr. Cross who, in the beginning, has a fight with his wife and kills her with a blow to the head. This takes place in a hotel room. A young woman named Janet Stewart is waiting for her husband in her suite because she hasn't seen him in years, and she witnesses the murder on a balcony. She goes into shock and collapses with her eyes wide open. Her husband comes in the next day to find her in that state and calls a doctor. The doctor confesses that there's nothing he can do, so he recommends a psychiatrist. Dr. Cross is called in and discovers that she may have seen him kill his wife. She is sent to his sanitarium and left to his mercy. He is having an affair with another woman named Elaine, and Elaine finds out about the witness, Janet, so she starts putting pressure on Dr. Cross in a way that reminded me of Lady Macbeth. Will he become a tragic hero, or will he avoid punishment?

It was a good movie. My copy wasn't the best quality, but I'm happy that I saw it. It wasn't scary, but it was thrilling. If you like the story of Macbeth, you will probably enjoy this one.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: threnody on January 20, 2008, 07:35:08 PM
Invisible Ghost (1941)

Charles Kessler's wife is supposably dead, but sometimes at night he sees her outside the window and it makes him insane. Through his insanity he is driven to commit murder. There have been several murders in his house over the years, and he is oblivious as to who's the killer. He genuinely wants to find the culprit, and because he doesn't know it's himself, an innocent man is tried and hanged. Charles Kessler is played by Bela Lugosi.

It's almost comical when he goes insane. His eyes bug out, his arms become outstretched and he shambles towards his next victim. Strangling is always the preferred method of homicide. If your arms are outstretched anyway, why not use them? I found that highly amusing. Despite the madness, the viewer is set up to sympathize with Mr. Kessler. He may have been a murderer, but he was the last one to find out about it. It's tragic.

One of my favorite characters was Evans the Butler, played by Clarence Muse. I admired him for telling his story about Ralph Dickson and the maid. It was the right thing to do. I like how he was treated so well by the family. That is probably what kept him alive for so long. The other two victims seemed to have it coming. Had Mr. Kessler killed Evans or his daughter, the ending would have been less tragic in a way. Perhaps it would have been a different, convoluted kind of tragedy. I am thankful that they kept up the simplicity.

It was an interesting film. Bela Lugosi's performance was quite good, despite being comical at times. The warmth and feeling coming from his character when the insanity was absent made me smile.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on January 21, 2008, 12:39:17 PM
School Of Rock- Jack Black is hilarious in this movie.  He basically gets kicked out of his band right before a battle of the bands, and takes the opportunity to teach at a school so he could get the kids to be his 'band.'  Cute movie.

Little Nicky- Adam Sandler is Nicky, the 'nice' son of the devil, played by Harvey Keitel.  Rodney Dangerfield is Lucifer, Reese Witherspoon is his mom, an angel in Heaven.  Not a lot of people seem to like it, but I thought it was downright hilarious.  The cameos include Carl Weathers (reprising his Happy Gilmore character), Quinten Tarantino, Henry Winkler, Ozzy Osbourne, and Rob Schneider.

Spy Hard- 1996 movie with Leslie Nielsen as a spy, who's long thought dead enemy, played by Andy Griffith, returns with no arms and kidnaps an agent of the government.  I felt it was a pretty decent flick.  Might not have compared to Naked Gun or Airplane, but Leslie carries the flick and is pretty hilarious in it.  Hard to believe he started off doing drama and horror flicks.  Plus, I loved the cameos by Weird Al Yankovic and Hulk Hogan, as well as Mr. T and Ray Charles. :smile:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on January 21, 2008, 02:11:51 PM
Long John Silver (1954): "Argh! A Land Lubber I'll Never Be!!"

Robert Newton returns once again to his famous role from TREASURE ISLAND, that of Long John Silver. Once more he chews the scenery with gusto and is just grand fun to watch in this particular role any time you can catch him.

This time Long John sets out to save young Jim Hawkins (played by Kit Taylor who sadly doesn't possess the memorable screen presence that his predecessor Bobby Driscoll put into the role) from a cutthroat pirate named "El Toro" Mendoza (Lloyd Berrell) but also added into the mix are a slightly more memorable crew of pirates following after Long John's lead and Long John's frequently comedic interactions with his main squeeze Purity Pinker (Connie Gilchrist), who has her eyes firmly set on marriage and settling down the old sea Captain. Things become truly adventurous when the band of pirates set out for a return to Treasure Island and meet up with some most unexpected surprises and obstacles along the way.

In many ways, this unofficial sequel to the classic Walt Disney film, has a more gritty, real down to Earth feel about it although it really adds little new to the mix. Still any boy who ever dreamed of pirates and searching for lost treasure should find much to enjoy here. Great fun overall, Newton is just a pure delight to watch in this entertaining, surprisingly well-written and executed boys fantasy brought to life. *** out of ***** stars.

The Scarlet Letter (1934): In 1642 Puritan America, a woman named Hester Prynne (Colleen Moore) is forced to wear a mark of shame, a Scarlet Letter "A" on her chest after being found guilty of adultery after bearing a child two years after her husband disappeared thought lost at sea. The truth is known to only two others, the town's beloved Reverand Dimmesdale (Hardie Albright) who happens to be in reality secretly the child's father and Hester's returned husband Dr. Roger Chillingworth (Henry B. Walthall), who assumes that identity rather than be shamed by a cheating wife. Chillingworth is determined to gain a measure of revenge by trying to make the lives of Hester and the Reverand as miserable as he possibly can.

While this movie may be faithful to its source material, it's overall a dreary, melodramatic bore for most of its running time. Albright's sometimes hammy performance as Dimmesdale seems particularly overdone. Moore does try as Hester Prynne but ultimately the role proves fairly plain, simple and unmemorable overall. Only those comedic bits featuring Alan Hale and William Kent added here and there to lighten the mood makes this the least bit viewable at all.  ** out of ***** stars.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 21, 2008, 04:36:33 PM
SUBLIME (2007): A man goes into a hospital for a routine colonoscopy, and wakes up with strange scars, drugged out of his mind on morphine, and having difficulty distinguishing reality from paranoid fantasy.  Slightly more misses than hits in this direct-to-DVD psychological horror.  2/5.

FANTASY MISSION FORCE (1982): A ragtag band of conmen and criminals fights through the wilds of Canada to rescue captured general Abraham Lincoln and comrades from the Japanese.  This jaw dropping intentional kung fu comedy features Jakie Chan and Brigitte Lin, and moves seamfully from musical numbers to rejected Benny Hill skits to capture by a tribe of Amazons wielding bolts of brightly colored cloth to a haunted house inhabited by hopping vampires and disembodied hands offering rolls of toilet paper to a demolition derby where all of the characters except Chan and his girlfriend are killed in operatically tragic and bloody fashion by Japanese Nazis.  The review by Max Gardner (http://www.badmovies.org/othermovies/fantasymiss/) is pretty accurate. A pulp surrealism classic filmed in some previously unknown movie universe at the conjunction of the Shaw Brothers, Luis Bunuel and the Three Stooges.   5/5.

CATALINA CAPER (MST3K version):  A very fun season 2 episode.  The feature film is a beach party comedy with some sort of stolen scroll serving as the brain dead MacGuffin.  The real plot is the tasty chickees in sixties bikinis gyrating provocatively ("this is the kind of padding I like!", Crow observes) to the music of a squiniting Little Richard ("I see a promising young artists who's hepped up on goofballs!" Joel remarks) and far less talented rock n' roll bands.  Host segments include Joel's nostalgic/bitter diatribe about the sixties; Tom Servo's lovesick doo-wop ballad dedicated to the mysterious "Creepy Girl"; and a Tupperware party hosted by Frank, with mole people Sylvia and Jerry as the guests.  Sci-fi and horror films can be easy to mock, so its lots of fun to see the gang stretching by taking on an extremely inept beach comedy.  5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on January 22, 2008, 09:50:32 PM
THE ORPHANAGE   **** out of ****
Terrifice Spanish ghost story.  Don't want to say too much about it other than anyone who likes a great ghost story should seek this one out.

TOTAL RECALL  ***1/2 out of ****
One of Paul Verhoeven's best movies and also one of AHNOLD's best flicks as well.  Sharon Stone is great and the movie manages to be ultra violent and nihilistic while also being thoughT provoking at the same time.  The effects are great throughout.

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Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on January 22, 2008, 09:58:33 PM
Beavis and Butthead Do America

I haven't seen this for a loooong time.  I'd forgotten how gut bustingly funny it is.  Great little story about the guys going on an epic trip across the good ol' US of A to find their stolen TV.

One of my favourite comedies and well worth a look if you haven't seen it yet.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on January 22, 2008, 10:14:00 PM
Beavis and Butthead Do America

I haven't seen this for a loooong time.  I'd forgotten how gut bustingly funny it is.  Great little story about the guys going on an epic trip across the good ol' US of A to find their stolen TV.

One of my favourite comedies and well worth a look if you haven't seen it yet.
:thumbup:

Great movie.  I love it.  Also love the fact that Greg Kinnear, David Letterman, Bruce Willis and Rob Zombie are involved in it, as well as Robert Stack.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: threnody on January 23, 2008, 08:19:15 PM
La Sirène du Mississipi (1969)

Jean-Paul Belmondo plays Louis Mahé, a rich tobacco plantation owner. He asks a woman to marry him who he's never met before. They converse through the mail. Catherine Deneuve plays the woman, supposably named Julie Roussel. Louis Mahé finds that something is amiss. Julie isn't telling the entire truth. He stupidly puts his name on both her bank accounts. This film is full of clichés, and sometimes that doesn't bother me, but in this case it made it even more boring. It's entirely in French, though I think it made it more interesting. Had it been in English I probably would have turned it off sooner.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on January 23, 2008, 10:02:26 PM
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3- Decent sequel, which features time travel and equal mass replacement (basically, whoever holds the magic scepter in the past, and is of equal proportions to somebody of the present, switches, or something to that effect.)  So April gets transported from 1993 New York to feudal Japan, and the Emperor's son is transported to 1993.  So the Turtles have their friend Casey babysit Splinter and they head back to feudal Japan, and in turn, send 4 honor guards to New York.  My favorite part is Casey showing the Honor Guards hockey on tv, and he puts on a goalie mask and attempts to play with them, but all they do is fight, cause that's what they saw on tv.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on January 23, 2008, 10:09:34 PM
To Die For  (1994)  ***1/2 out of ****.
Nicole Kidman at her most drop dead sexiest as well as turning in an Oscar worthy performance. The movie is very darkly funny and the pseudo documentary type approach in parts of the movie ( in regards to the interviews of certain characters) actually adds to the proceedings nicely.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Shadow on January 23, 2008, 10:44:55 PM
D-War aka Dragon Wars - What a complete and beautiful mess. Giant monsters, ancient prophecies, otherworldly armies, terrible dialog, bad acting and not a single lick of sense.. I loved it! :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on January 24, 2008, 10:36:49 PM
Watched Eragon last night.  Quite a nice little film.  Jeremy Irons, as always, is a pleasure to watch.  A lot of people make parallels between this and Lord of the Rings, like this is a rip off or something.

Of course there will be similarities but that is natural when the times and societies are similar.  The acting was well done, the dragon was kick arse and the bad guys were really ugly and evil and needed killing.

John Malkovich plays the evil king effortlessly.  He doesn't even have to try hard and you just want to punch him.  But such is his talent I guess.

All in all a film worth a look-see if you want a decent well paced adventure story that you can just enjoy for it's own sake.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on January 24, 2008, 10:41:55 PM
John Malkovich plays the evil king effortlessly.  He doesn't even have to try hard and you just want to punch him.  But such is his talent I guess.

For all you Kubrick fans out there check out Colour Me Kubrick starring John Malkovich.  It's directed by one Kubrick's close friends and cinematographers.  It's a great homage to the master (lots of similar shots and music from all Kubrick's classics) and is based on a true story about a guy who pretended to be Stanley Kubrick to con a bunch of people even though he looked and acted nothing like him.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on January 25, 2008, 09:44:12 AM
The Muppets Take Manhattan- ***/****.  Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and the gang are just out of college and have a show they'd love to sell on Broadway.  They head to New York with limited money and attempt to sell it, but meet shady agents and get rejected by every producer, so the gang splits up and get real jobs to earn money.  Great movie, and directed by Frank Oz.  I loved the Gregory Hines cameo and the live action "Muppet Babies" sequence that, apparently, worked as a 'pilot' to see if Muppets as babies would work. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on January 25, 2008, 01:04:52 PM
The Inspector General (1949): An illiterate buffoon named Georgi (Danny Kaye), part of a traveling Gypsy medicine sideshow in Eastern Europe somehow winds up mistaken for the all-powerful, visiting Inspector General whose assignment from Emperor Napoleon is to root out all evil and corruption in every town he visits. Of course, the town's officials, thoroughly corrupt to the core, are terrified by his presence and do everything they can to impress him and throw him off their trail. Georgi meanwhile is thoroughly confused but not above accepting the good hospitality especially given how hungry and down on his luck he's been. Of course, being an Inspector General also means you're a target and much danger looms for Georgi.

No mistaking this is the Danny Kaye show all the way. The rest of the cast including Elsa Lancaster, Gene Lockhart, Alan Hale and Walter Slezak are all good no doubt but it's Kaye's singing, dancing and comedy routines that prove this film's main focus. How much you enjoy it probably depends on how much you enjoy Kaye's brand of humor. I have to admit at times it goes on much too long, almost to the point of annoyance, but there's a kind of innocence about Kaye's Georgi character here that one is able to ultimately forgive this more often than not. Favorite bits: The "Be Arrogant, Be Elegant, Be Smart" section and the Gyspy drinking song. *** out of ***** stars.

The Paleface (1922): After having their land unscrupulously stolen from them by greedy oil sharks, a tribe of Native American Indians vows to kill the next white man who comes into their presence. Said white man turns out to be an unknowing Buster Keaton seeking butterflies for his collection.

This movie is basically a live-action cartoon. It features the type of chase and stunt sequences one more expects from Looney Tunes only here its accomplished in live action via a series of daring stunts and surprisingly well accomplished special effects sequences. These are pulled off much better than I though would be even possible for the time and era.

Overall this short may not be as humorous as many of Keaton's other efforts but it sure doesn't lack in terms of its overall entertainment value due to the above mentioned dangerous stunt sequences that seem more fitting for a cartoon than live action, the best of which involves Buster being thrown over a cliff and creating a makeshift bridge across a gorge. **1/2 out of ***** stars.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on January 27, 2008, 01:41:38 PM
That Gang of Mine (1940): Streetwise Muggs Maloney (Leo Gorcey) has dreams of becoming a world class jockey and finally gets his chance after befriending a kindly old poor black man named Ben (Clarence Muse) who just happens to possess and take care of a championship thoroughbred race horse.

This movie proves far more dramatic than most East Side Kids films with a fine performance from Clarence Muse as wise old Ben, who acts as a sort of adviser/mentor for Muggs and shows considerable care for him, something which is not lost on Leo Gorcey's Muggs either. The type of friendship displayed here was arguably ahead of its time in many respects. Leo Gorcey too does surprisingly well in this more dramatic role displaying the inner struggle going on in Muggs when he has to try and come to grips with his fear of racing and also his fear of letting everyone down.

While no doubt some may be a bit disappointed the humor more or less takes a back seat to the drama in this one, it actually proves a far more effective drama, and director Joseph H. Lewis does manage to keep an exciting focus on the horse racing too, than I thought was possible from many involved. *** out of ***** stars


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on January 28, 2008, 12:49:45 PM
Blood Monkey - a Sci-Fi Channel original.  Some college kids are taken to a remote jungle where they're going to do their internship under a professor, examining flora and fauna and other harmless stuff.  Well, the professor has discovered a new species of primates, giant monkeys with large brains, and he's willing to do anything to capture one and get recognition for the discovery.  Up to and including using the college kids for bait.

I found myself rooting for the evil professor and his Asian henchbabe.  They were the only characters who were even the slightest bit interesting in the movie.  The college kids are straight cliches:  jock dude, nerd boy, quiet guy, pretty girl, homely girl, and "what up?" girl.  I correctly guessed who would be the last to survive about 20 minutes into the movie.  There's some camcorder footage throughout the movie, and they also ripped off the ending to Blair Witch just for good measure.  Overall, I'm somewhat amazed I stayed awake through the whole thing.  The cinematography was the best part, there was some beautiful jungle scenery and it didn't feel as if the whole thing was taking place on a sound stage.  The giant monkeys were bargain basement CGI, but we saw very little of them.  Mostly just red tinted POV shots.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on January 28, 2008, 04:12:19 PM
Rambo  (2007)   ***1/2 out of ****
The Terminator   **** out of ****
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (theatrical cut) ***1/2 out of ****
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines   *** out of ****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 28, 2008, 06:17:50 PM
SLEEPER (1973): Health-food store owner Miles Monroe (director Woody Allen) is accidentally frozen for 200 years and wakes up in a weird future dystopia where Diane Keaton is not considered too annoying to be a female lead. It's a lot of fun as a collection of one liners ("I haven't had sex for 200 years... 204 if you count my marriage") and slapstick bits that recall the great silent comedians, though the plot is little more than a framework to hang "bits" off of.  LESSON LEARNED: 166 years in the future, cars will look like those plastic eggs they sell pantyhose in.  4 of 5 slimes.

EXCALIBUR (1981): A gory, sexy, beautifully photographed epic retelling of the legend of King Arthur and Merlin (a memorable comic/tragic performance by Nicol Williamson).  An A-movie cast and budget but with the heart of a B-movie, it bulls its bloody way forward, driving the helpless audiences before it.  LESSON LEARNED: In the Dark Ages, sperm were so powerful they could easily penetrate plate mail armor to father an heir. 5 of 5.

THE CREEPING TERROR (MST3K version):  The movie features a Chineese-dragon style alien  monster that may have been made out of discarded mattresses.  It truly does creep, VERY slowly, so slowly in fact that it is totally incapable of arousing terror.  "Didn't anyone in the 50s ever think of running?," Mike wonders, although a brisk trot or simply not climbing directly into the monsters' mouth should be a sufficient escape plan.  The monster attacks on their own are hilarious, and the bots commentary helps through the slow patches, of which there are many.  Host segments, which include the Mads doing laundry and Mike listening to the film's music on a high-end stereo system, are nothing special.  4 of 5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 28, 2008, 06:20:32 PM
Rambo  (2007)   ***1/2 out of ****


Sorry, Torgo, I have to admit I'm skeptical of that rating without further explanation...


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on January 28, 2008, 08:45:01 PM
Nightwatch (the Russian one)

This was a weird arse movie.  I'm still not sure whether I liked it or not.  The story was a little slow and hard to follow because not much was explained.  When I thought about the plot after it was over, I got it, but it was hard work watching it.  The dubbing kind of put me off as well and the subtitles weren't that great.

The sfx were amazing and much better than I thought the Russians could do.  But I didn't realise the movie biz in Russia even existed.

All I can say is, I'm quite mystified by the whole experience.


Pan's Labyrinth
This was a wonderful movie. Even though it had subtitles, I liked this one better than Nightwatch.  The story was well done and the little girl who played Ofelia did a great job.  The Captain was a prick and played the part well, and the movie ended quite satisfactorily for me.  I felt emotionally fulfilled and it stayed with me for a few days.

It was beautifully shot and the story moved along at a decent pace, so I didn't feel bored or restless.  I wasn't sure if I'd like this movie because it got such a great rap from so many people.  That's usually when I find that I don't like the movie at all.  But I was pleasantly surprised and I thought "del Toro has done it again!"

This one I can highly recommend.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on January 30, 2008, 06:03:12 PM
Rambo  (2007)   ***1/2 out of ****


Sorry, Torgo, I have to admit I'm skeptical of that rating without further explanation...

I was short on time and didn't have a chance to explain.

Anyone wanting a return to the full blooded (and bloody) action flicks of days gone by will love this one. If avoids the pitfalls of the 2nd and espcially 3rd Rambo films and like Rocky Balboa it bookends the series in great fashion.

The story was well done, Stallone's performance was cold faced but nuanced when need be (well, as much as  a Rambo movies calls for), the action scenes were extremely well orchestrated and the last 30 or so minutes of the movie is gory balls to the wall action that I haven't seen like that in quite some time.

Hope that explains a bit!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 30, 2008, 06:31:06 PM
Rambo  (2007)   ***1/2 out of ****


Sorry, Torgo, I have to admit I'm skeptical of that rating without further explanation...

I was short on time and didn't have a chance to explain.

Anyone wanting a return to the full blooded (and bloody) action flicks of days gone by will love this one. If avoids the pitfalls of the 2nd and espcially 3rd Rambo films and like Rocky Balboa it bookends the series in great fashion.

The story was well done, Stallone's performance was cold faced but nuanced when need be (well, as much as a Rambo movies calls for), the action scenes were extremely well orchestrated and the last 30 or so minutes of the movie is gory balls to the wall action that I haven't seen like that in quite some time.

Hope that explains a bit!

Didn't mean to challenge you Torgo... your tastes seem to match mine most of the time.  You also do I nice job summing up why you liked a movie in a few sentences, and I missed the commentary.

It seemed to me that if RAMBO was a ***1/2 movie, that would make it the best of the series by far.  Sounds like you thought it was.  I may check it out when it comes out on DVD.  Thanks for elaborating!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on January 30, 2008, 11:01:17 PM
Didn't mean to challenge you Torgo... your tastes seem to match mine most of the time.  You also do I nice job summing up why you liked a movie in a few sentences, and I missed the commentary.

It seemed to me that if RAMBO was a ***1/2 movie, that would make it the best of the series by far.  Sounds like you thought it was.  I may check it out when it comes out on DVD.  Thanks for elaborating!

I didn't take it as a challenge, no worries.  Yes, I do think that it's the best of the series.  Whereas I thought that Rocky Balboa was the 2nd best of the Rocky series with the original being the best still.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on January 31, 2008, 09:31:43 AM
Didn't mean to challenge you Torgo... your tastes seem to match mine most of the time.  You also do I nice job summing up why you liked a movie in a few sentences, and I missed the commentary.

It seemed to me that if RAMBO was a ***1/2 movie, that would make it the best of the series by far.  Sounds like you thought it was.  I may check it out when it comes out on DVD.  Thanks for elaborating!

I didn't take it as a challenge, no worries.  Yes, I do think that it's the best of the series.  Whereas I thought that Rocky Balboa was the 2nd best of the Rocky series with the original being the best still.
What about 4?  That had Drago.  He owns.   :buggedout:



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on January 31, 2008, 09:34:19 AM
Moontrap - Bruce Campbell and Walter Koenig (Chekov from Star Trek) battle alien robots on the moon.  I love this movie, it's weird, doesn't take itself terribly seriously, and really manages to create an atmosphere of desperation when the nearly helpless earthlings are stranded on the moon. 

Ninja 3:  The Domination - A dead Ninja possesses the sole of a hot babe, and she goes on a killing spree, taking out all the cops who killed the Ninja.  She also dates a cop, and he can't figure out that his girlfriend is killing all his friends.  It's part Ninja movie, part Exorcist, with a bit of Flashdance thrown in on the side.  A seriously silly, enjoyably bad film.

Manticore - a Sci-Fi Original with that guy who played Chakotay on Star Trek Voyager as an Army Sergeant in Iraq.  His squad is sent to investigate the disappearance of a reporter in a remote town, but they run into the Manticore, a giant CGI dog with wings thing.  Not bad for a Sci-Fi Original.  The ending is sure to make anyone chuckle, but it has the requisite amount of bad CGI explosions, people running around scared, and occasional Manticore attacks.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on January 31, 2008, 07:53:42 PM
The Devil's Rejects- Great movie.  I loved House of 1,000 Corpses, so I wanted to see this.  Great soundtrack, action, etc.  Rob Zombie is a good director in my opnion.  He's improved, House was okay, this was an improvement.

The Mighty Ducks- **.  Classic movie in my opinon. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on January 31, 2008, 11:16:06 PM
THE KING OF KONG: A Fistful of Quarters   **** out of ****

The best documentary that I've seen in quite some time.  I'm an old school gamer myself but nowhere even remotely close to the  level that a lot of the guys in this movie are.   Steve Wiebe's family seems really cool BTW.  He's actually  someone that you can really get behind in this flick in his quest to prove himself the king of the game Donkey Kong by breaking Billy Mitchell's long standing 1982 record on the game.  Billy Mitchell BTW I had heard of before when he played the 1st perfect game of Pac-Man back in 1999. I just didn't realize that he was as big of a pompous narcissistic jerk as he was in real life.  This is definitely a case where truth is stranger than any fiction.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 05, 2008, 09:25:40 PM
THE DEAD ZONE: High school English teacher Christoper Walken falls into coma while sporting an awful bowl haircut, and wakes five years later with a slightly better haircut.  Oh, and the ability to tell ironically tragic futures. A nicely doomed performance by a bedraggled Walken and a strong finish make this psychological horror loom in the memory longer than it perhaps deserves.  3 of 5

FIVE EASY PIECES: Nicholson mesmerizes as a musical prodigy who seems to prefer the life of a drifter in this subtle meditation on talent squandered---or on the tragic inability of talent alone to secure happiness. Angry, angsty and extremely literate, it's far more than a memorable chicken-salad joke.  5 of 5.

BLOODLUST (MST3K version): The main film is another uninspired MOST DANGEROUS GAME ripoff, with a Vincent Price wannabe and his gang of "counter workers from Long John Silvers" using a teenaged Mike Brady and his friends for crossbow target practice on a deserted island.  The gangs riffing makes it barely watchable.  The host segments are nothing special either: Tom psychoanalyzes Crow, Dr. Forrester receives a visit from his mother in Deep 13 (she's more interested in tequila shooters with TV's Frank), and the three sketches involving a veggie stand, a square dance and a murder mystery dinner theater go nowhere.  Not one of the premier episodes. 3 of 5.       


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on February 05, 2008, 11:40:54 PM
The Marsh with Gabrielle Anwar.

This movie was good in principle.  A children's writer suffers from recurring nightmares which are getting worse.  She takes a break at an old house in the country surrounded by a marsh where scary supernatural stuff starts happening. She has to figure out why.

I was very disappointed with this movie.  It was slow and cumbersome and Anwar looked like she had taken a very high dose of sedatives and botox.  She moved around the movie like she was in a trance and her facial expression didn't change.  Even when spooky stuff started happening, she didn't blink.  Talk about phoning in a performance.

I got the feeling that there were scenes cut out that shouldn't have been because the story forced you to imply things that you really had no way of knowing if you were 100% correct or not.  The assumptions I made fit in with the story, but I could have come up with any number of them and still been right.

The ending was satisfactory, but there was no twist and no "ahhh!" moment were things finally click into place.  I found out and then thought "where did I put my knitting again?"

The special effects were well done and there were some moments that made me jump, but on the whole it was a good story that wasn't told well.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on February 06, 2008, 07:11:55 PM
Creep

Excellent British film from the maker of Severance, Christopher Smith.

Kate (Franka Potente) is a German girl in London who goes to the underground to catch a train home after a party.  But she falls asleep on the platform and gets locked in.  She then finds herself in nightmare with something nasty after her and she has to stay alive until morning when the underground opens for business again.

Really great creepy atmospheric movie.  Right up there with Dog Soldiers, Severence, 28 Days Later etc.

Highly recommend it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: moman on February 06, 2008, 07:13:54 PM
Watched Night of the Living Dead yesterday, think I'm gonna watch Slither tonight.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on February 06, 2008, 09:15:52 PM
Bride of Chucky- Pretty decent sequel in the Child's Play franchise, and definitely a step up from Child's Play 3.  By the fourth flick, they pretty much needed to add the humor, because, in my opinion at least, killer dolls only go so far in the 'fear' department.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on February 06, 2008, 10:23:49 PM
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow **** out of *****

Am I the only person who likes this movie?  It's pure fun and has an old school sci-fi plot.  Sure, it's all green screen and CGI but it never pretends to be anything but what it is.  I wish they would have made a trilogy or series of Sky Captain movies....Oh well, at least I have one.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on February 06, 2008, 10:27:32 PM
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow **** out of *****

Am I the only person who likes this movie?  It's pure fun and has an old school sci-fi plot.  Sure, it's all green screen and CGI but it never pretends to be anything but what it is.  I wish they would have made a trilogy or series of Sky Captain movies....Oh well, at least I have one.

 I saw this one originally in theaters and I also subsequently purchased the DVD later on.

Very underrated IMO.  I enjoyed the hell out of it as well.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: indianasmith on February 06, 2008, 11:28:57 PM
Maybe it was because I watched it while really, really tired, but I got little out of it.  The scenery was beautiful, but I couldn't make head nor tail of the plot . . . .


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on February 07, 2008, 07:10:53 AM
Maybe it was because I watched it while really, really tired, but I got little out of it.  The scenery was beautiful, but I couldn't make head nor tail of the plot . . . .

Give it another shot.  It's a fun action adventure movie with great production design.  It's the type of film Lucas and Spielberg forgot how to make.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on February 07, 2008, 05:43:50 PM
I watched Fistful of Dollars for the first time yesterday, and it was pretty darn good.  Earlier today I watched Four of the Apocalypse which wasn't quite so good, but it's unique enough to watch if you're into Spaghetti Westerns.  I plan on watching For a Few Dollars More tonight.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on February 07, 2008, 06:58:01 PM
Watched Night of the Living Dead yesterday, think I'm gonna watch Slither tonight.

Slither kicks arse!   :thumbup:      :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on February 10, 2008, 12:48:07 PM
Since I haven't posted in three weeks, since I couldn't sit, I watched some movies in my spare time and I watched quite a few.

Superman III *** out of ****

It was corny at times, but I enjoyed it for the most part.

Showgirls **** out of ****

It was so bad at times, but I just loved it though. 

Flesh Gordon * 1/2 out of ****

I watched and really couldn't stand it.  Maybe it was just all the nudity that was in the film that made me dislike so much.  I though at first I was watching a porn film by mistake.

Bully * out of ****

I agree with Indianasmith on this one.  I really ended up not liking it at all.  I got tired of seeing rape and pubic hair every 5 min and the use of the f word like it was going out of style.

Kids * 1/2 out of ****

Not as bad as Bully but still not enjoyable.  It was heavily over rated imo

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace ** out of ****

It was funny how bad this film turned out, and it had such great potential.  I'm considering giving it the MST3K in the near future.  Other than that I still enjoyed it.

The Ladies Man (2000)  ** 1/2 out of ****

Another SNL skit made movie.  It was decent, but had a lot more potential.

Superbad Unrated *** 1/2 out of ****

Funniest movie that I have seen in a long while.  At times I think it could have been better, and I though there would have been some more nudity in it, but I was mistaken.

Lawnmower man 2: Jobe's War ** 1/2 out of ****
 
It was funny that they showed the lab being destroyed from the first film, but I guess they missed the part that Jobe's body becomes flat and that he took over the cyber world.  It was bad at times, but I think if Jobe would have never come in a physical body like he did, it would have probably made the film better.

Austin Powers *** out of ****

I loved the film when it came out, and it was years since I seen it last, so I had to watch it again.  It was funny in 97 and today it's still pretty good.

Austin Powers 2 ** 1/2 out of ****

Good, but not as good as the first.  Some of the jokes were funny, but some seemed forced to be done.

Tootsie **** out of ****

I enjoy Dustin Hoffman as an actor.  The cross dressing idea to get a part was very funny and I really felt like that if I didn't know that he crossed dressed as a women to get a acting part, I really would have though that his character was a women, not a many trying to be a woman.







Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on February 10, 2008, 08:06:06 PM
I just finished the first disc of Season One of Stickin' Around.

I saw this cartoon when I lived in Canada a few years ago and it was hilarious!  I didn't know it was available here so when it came in the mail I was looking forward to much enjoyment.

Alas, it was over all too quickly, but the second disc of season one should be arriving any day.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Sister Grace on February 10, 2008, 08:40:48 PM
Rambo  (2007)   ***1/2 out of ****



Sorry, Torgo, I have to admit I'm skeptical of that rating without further explanation...


I was short on time and didn't have a chance to explain.

Anyone wanting a return to the full blooded (and bloody) action flicks of days gone by will love this one. If avoids the pitfalls of the 2nd and espcially 3rd Rambo films and like Rocky Balboa it bookends the series in great fashion.

The story was well done, Stallone's performance was cold faced but nuanced when need be (well, as much as  a Rambo movies calls for), the action scenes were extremely well orchestrated and the last 30 or so minutes of the movie is gory balls to the wall action that I haven't seen like that in quite some time.

Hope that explains a bit!


This is the only time Rambo ever interested me, guess i'm just not a big fan...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n1hKQULa9Y


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: BeyondTheGrave on February 11, 2008, 12:47:47 AM
The Simpsons Movie (2007)-Had its moments that had me laughing and probably alot better than any recent episodes. Just wish they would keep the quality for the show.

3.5/5


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 11, 2008, 11:05:42 PM
BANANAS (1971): Trying to get over his breakup with Lousie Lasser, nebbish Fielding Mellish (Woody Allen) winds up in the fictional banana republic of San Marcos, eventually (and reluctantly) rising to the position of El Presidente. A minor gem from back in the day when Woody wanted nothing more than to make the audience laugh by any means possible (witness the Howard Cossell "Wide World of Sports" segments that bookend the movie).  4 out of 5.

CLOVERFIELD (2008): A jerky, panicky camcorder captures a gargantuan reptilian beast's rampage through the streets of New York City. Cleverly assembled and with unusual character depth, but those qualities aren't huge assets in a giant-monster-eats-Manhattan movie.  3.5 out of 5.

FEMALE TROUBLE (1975): The criminal career of Dawn Davenport is documented in an attempt to prove the thesis "crime equals beauty," in typically gross Waters fashion featuring psuedo-rape, tacky wallpaper, child abuse, absurd makeup, a woman imprisoned in a bird cage, beehive hairdos, mainlining eyeliner, Divine as a go-go dancer, implied paedophilia, puke, murder, and Edith Massey's saggy naked breasts.  Waters holds up a distorted lens to the unique stylistic and moral ugliness of the 1970s and creates a uniquely nightmarish world.  If you only see one early John Waters movie, make it this one.  (By the way, you should make it a point to only see one early John Waters movie).  3 out of 5.

THE MACK (1973): Returning from prison to the streets, Goldie decides to create a pimping empire, fighting racist cops, a drug dealing kingpin, rival pimps and his socially conscious brother along the way. Despite the injection of fresh blaxploitation themes into a tired rise and fall of a crimelord script, the film winds up more cliched than campy. Exceptional for the sartorial pimpwear and occasionally funny musings on the mackin' life only.  2 out of 5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on February 13, 2008, 11:27:25 PM
STORM WARNING  (unrated)  *** out of ****.
Nasty and mean little piece of survivalist horror from the director of such turds as Urban Legend and Valentine. Needless to say I wasn't expecting much but this movie (while it takes a while to get going) eventually turns into one of the most mean spirited type revenge movies that I've seen in a while.  The gore is really quite brutal and I was pleasantly surprised at the viciousness of some of them. While nothing original worth checking out for horror fans into extreme gore/violence.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on February 14, 2008, 07:54:31 PM
The Breed (exec prod Wes Craven)  Some mild spoilerage!




Anything with Wes's name is usually pretty good.  But this was disappointing.  I expected it to be in line with Freddy Kruger, but it was just a drama.

Nice little plot about mutant dogs attacking a bunch of 20 somethings on a some island somewhere.  But the dogs were just survivors, albeit a little vicious.  They weren't superstrength or anything like I expected.

And what's with the dogs biting those few people?  They felt "weird" but didn't change or mutate themselves, apart from having hair trigger tempers.  And what's that all about them finding a doctor to "cure" them when they got back to civilisation?  Cure them from what?  Bad tempers?   :question:     There weren't even any physical changes, no extra limbs, no fangs, not even an oddly coloured iris or two.

I kept waiting for something gory or horrific to happen but the movie was over before I knew it.  If you're looking for something as a first step to horror this one is a nice intermediary between regular drama and supernatural/horror themes.  But if you're looking for killer mutant creatures (like I was) - forget it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on February 15, 2008, 04:53:43 PM
Lewis & Clark & George  *1/2 out of ****
Rose McGowan topless!  That's pretty much all this atrocious 1997 Tarantino ripoff has going for it. It's about two male low life's who break out of jail and go in search of a fabled gold mine. They run into an astonishingly sexy mute woman played by Rose.  Her performance is actually really good as she doesn't have to say a word and has to play the role to the hilt with her facial expressions and amazing body. But other than her this movie is just plain painful to sit through.   


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on February 15, 2008, 09:27:57 PM
UHF- Such a good movie.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on February 16, 2008, 06:05:39 PM
Just watched the Spaghetti Western Keoma featuring Franco Nero as a half-breed with a lot of hair and an Italian accent.  It's famous for its crazy soundtrack that prominantly features awful singing that describes what's happening or what characters are feeling.  At first I wasn't too bothered by it (reminded me a little of the band Comus) but as the film goes on the singing becomes intrusive.  Otherwise, the soundtrack sans vocals is very cool. 

Regardless of the music, it's a decent and entertaining film.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 17, 2008, 01:10:13 PM
THE DECAMERON (1971): Pier Paolo Pasolini stitches together nine stories from Boccacio's "Decameron", focusing on the bawdy and anti-clerical. Slow and arty, and several of the tales fizzle at their climax; rarely have graverobbing, infiltration into a convent of sex-starved nuns, and dong shots been made so boring.  LESSON LEARNED:  In 1971, men would sit through almost anything if they thought there was a chance of seeing a boobie.  2 out of 5.

BLOOD SIMPLE (1984):  When a Texas roadhouse bar owner hires an ethically challenged cowpoke detective to spy on his cheating wife and her bartender boyfriend, jealousy, greed, mistrust and fate cause events to spiral into a crazy, bloody finale. The opening scene, shot from a low angle against a rain-spattered windshield as blurry headlights rush towards the viewer, sets a tone of unease that never eases up.  LESSON LEARNED: Never hire a hitman who works out of a Volkswagen Beetle and wears a canary suit with a cowboy hat.  5 out of 5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on February 17, 2008, 08:39:30 PM
Venom - an old voodoo lady gets killed while transporting evil snakes.  A guy tries to save her and ends up getting bitten by the snakes, which turns him into an evil zombie sort of dude.  He stalks some hot babes and their boyfriends around Louisiana.  Not bad, the plot was pretty thin but the pretty girls made up for it.  The ending is just hilarious.

Boa - stars Dean Cain, and if it's not a Sci-Fi original, it should be.  Giant boa gets loose at a maximum security prison on the south pole.  Cain and his dwindling band of co-stars get chased around until the comical climax.

Boa vs. Python - ahhhh, Angel Boris.  She's so cute!  You get to see her topless in this one, or at least you would if you purchased the actual DVD.  I've just got a recording from the Sci-Fi channel.  Some guy gets a giant python and him and his buddies are going to hunt it.  But it gets loose so the CIA guy gets a giant Boa to track it and kill it.  Cute blond chick accompanies the Boa, along with that smart-aleck scientist from Stargate Atlantis.  Pure cheese, I enjoyed it immensely.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: threnody on February 17, 2008, 10:05:26 PM
The Jerk (1979)

Steve Martin at his finest. I thoroughly enjoyed this film. He plays a young man who finds out he's never going to turn black like the rest of his family, so he goes out into the world to make a new life for himself. The sniper part was quite good.

"He hates these cans! Stay away from the cans!"


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on February 18, 2008, 12:41:22 AM
The Constant Gardner - Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz

This is slow moving at the beginning but actually turns into quite a nice little story.  It's a terrible subject that I didn't even know existed and I hope the movie makers are just twisting it for drama's sake.

Ralph and Rachel are husband and wife who go to Africa for his Ralph's work, he's a British diplomat of some sort.  Rachel gets involved with the AIDS effort and helps an African doctor distribute medicine amongst the poor.  Medicine that gets donated "generously" by pharma companies.

There's a lot of betrayal and murder and experimentation on the disenfranchised of African society (ie, the unimportant ones).  Ralph's character is very boring and painfully shy at first, but he really comes into his own as the movie progresses and finds a strength and dignity in himself he didn't know he had.

You definitely need time to get invested in this movie to do it justice.  So don't look at it as a throw away 2 hours or so.  I really enjoyed it much to my surprise but I wouldn't buy it or watch it again.  It's a little too heavy for my comedy and horror soaked brain to deal with.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: glidewell on February 18, 2008, 01:38:55 PM
Hatchet (Unrated Version) an excellent horror movie. Its got a gnarly villain, probably one of the best villains I've seen in a longtime. The kill scenes are just absolutely amazing, I really hope they release this flick in HD. And most important thing about the brand of horror found in Hatchet is that it dosent it take itself too seriously. I'm not saying its campy it just that its not pretentious

I also saw He Was A Quiet Man recently...I really liked this movie as well. The DVD has several alternate endings which is usually something that urks me about films vs DVD releases. But for this type of movie its perfect. This is one of those flicks that really makes you reflect on the nature of perception and thats why I like it most. I dont want to give away any plot elements cuz this is really a movie  about the individual drawing his own conclusions based on the versions of Reality presented.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on February 18, 2008, 06:06:29 PM
National Lampoon's Vacation *** 1/2 out of ****

I got the good laugh that I haven't had in a long time.  One of the funnier films that I've seen in my day.

National Lampoon's European Vacation ** 1/2 out of ****

I enjoyed some parts of the films, but though it was slightly overrated.

National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation *** out of ****

Much better than EV in many ways.  The acting was top notch and it was very enjoyable to watch.





Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on February 18, 2008, 09:52:21 PM
Vegas Vacation was very underrated in my opinion.  In fact I'd say European was the worst of the bunch.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on February 19, 2008, 05:49:59 AM
Vegas Vacation was very underrated in my opinion.  In fact I'd say European was the worst of the bunch.

I still have yet to see the Direct to Video film Christmas Vacation 2.  Vegas Vacation was good to watch, and I saw a little bit of myself in that movie.  Watching Clark gamble his family's savings away is something that almost happened to me.  Some time ago I went to a casino and I didn't have much money at the time maybe $300, and I nearly ended up gambling it all away. 

I tend to get out of hand with that kind of stuff at times, so that is why I rarely gamble or play the lottery.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on February 19, 2008, 09:32:54 AM
If you take Christmas Vacation 2 into account, then that'd be the worst.

I haven't seen it in a while, but I remember not really liking it initially.

But of the big screen films, European is the worst.

I only went gambling once.  Broke even about.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on February 19, 2008, 04:50:40 PM
Run Fatboy Run **1/2 out of *****

I've been waiting for this to come out in the States but it never did...Now I know why.  I'm a big Simon Pegg fan and I'll watch anything he's in because he's one of the funniest guys in the biz right now (IMO).  I love his sad-sack persona but he turns it up to 11 in this movie.

Plot-wise, it's you're standard 80's-90's type comedy.  Boy loses girl.  Girl gets new boy.  First boy tries to win her back by competing in a physical contest with the new boy.  New boy proves to be a douche.  Boy gets girl.  The End.

There are a couple of funny parts but there are a few gross-out jokes that seem out of place for a Pegg film.  That kind of stuff is better suited for Sandler or Ferrell.  I'd say rent it if your a Pegg fan...if not don't bother.


Live Free or Die Hard ***1/2 out of *****

This was a fun action romp.  I liked it.  Yeah, computers can't do all the stuff the bad guys do in the film but, hey, it's a Die Hard movie.  Realism, isn't really what they were going for.  Bruce Willis still can pull off the grizzled action hero roll.  Turn your brain off and enjoy.  Film loses points because it's PG-13.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: threnody on February 19, 2008, 04:53:57 PM
Live Free or Die Hard ***1/2 out of *****

This was a fun action romp.  I liked it.  Yeah, computers can't do all the stuff the bad guys do in the film but, hey, it's a Die Hard movie.  Realism, isn't really what they were going for.  Bruce Willis still can pull off the grizzled action hero roll.  Turn your brain off and enjoy.  Film loses points because it's PG-13.

The unrated version is much better than the theatrical version. John McClane is funnier when he's excessively profane.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on February 19, 2008, 10:02:20 PM
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy- ***.  Hilarious movie with Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, and a slew of cameos from the "Frat Pack."

Don't know how anyone can not laugh during this.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on February 19, 2008, 11:54:34 PM
Zoolander

It took me a long time to "get" this movie.  I didn't understand why it was so funny.  To me, it was just a documentary on the fashion industry.  Now that I'm hip to message, it's a fun bit of whackiness to while away some time.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on February 20, 2008, 02:47:59 AM
Zoolander

It took me a long time to "get" this movie.  I didn't understand why it was so funny.  To me, it was just a documentary on the fashion industry.  Now that I'm hip to message, it's a fun bit of whackiness to while away some time.

The first time I saw it I didn't think it was funny.  I saw it a second time with one of my friends and it was hilarious.  Many people seem to have the same experience.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on February 20, 2008, 09:41:56 AM
Zoolander is such an outstanding movie.  Hilarious.  Loved it the first time I watched it, but then again, I'm a big Stiller fan, and the fact that Will Ferrell, Jerry Stiller and Owen Wilson are in it only made it funnier.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on February 20, 2008, 09:57:22 AM
Species - fun Alien type movie, good cast, interesting story, and Natasha Henstridge topless.  Rather light-hearted and gruesome at the same time.  Monsters by H.R. Geiger.

The Librarian:  Quest for the Spear - A TNT original.  Totally cheesy Indiana Jones style movie.  Bob Newhart is a kick-ass marine, gotta love it.  At one point our heroes are in an ancient Aztec complex, and arrows are flying out of the walls.  They need to get past the arrows, and they figure out that the arrows come out with a ONE-two-three ONE-two-three rhythm.  The same rhythm as a waltz.  So they actually waltz their way through.  It's goofy as hell, but a fun watch.

Raptor - Jim Wynorski swiped a ton of footage from the 3 Carnosaur films and made a fourth film out of it.  It's actually better than the first three in my opinion.  Mad scientist creates dinosaurs and they roam free killing people in reused footage.  Favorite parts:  three different commando teams are called in, the first in black uniforms, the second in camouflage, and the third in red raincoats.  The battle at the end has a guy fighting a T-rex with a Bobcat front end loader, that changes into a much larger forklift in every-other scene.  It also suddenly becomes night at one point in the movie.  Oh, who am I kidding, my favorite part was Melissa Braselle in her undies  :teddyr:




Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on February 21, 2008, 11:24:27 PM
ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL   ** out of ****
This movie couldn't decide on what kind of movie it wanted to be. It's part art school parody, part triangle romance and part murder mystery.  The movie really seemed liked it thinks that it's more clever than it really is in a lot of scenes.  The acting is good but the plot is just a complete mess at times.  Sophia Myles looks great in the nude BTW.   :tongueout:   


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on February 24, 2008, 02:46:43 AM
The Son of Monte Cristo (1940): Dashing Edmund Dantes Jr. (Louis Hayward), the son of the famed Count of Monte Cristo, uses the masked guise of the Torch to come to the aid of his beloved the fair Zona (Joan Bennett), royal grand duchess of Lichtenburg in an attempt to rescue both her and her country from falling into the hands of a determined dictator named General Gurko Lanen (George Sanders) who would be king and force poor Zona to be his queen.

While this is pretty typical fare of its type, that doesn't make this swashbuckler any less entertaining. This certainly manages to capture one's interest and imagination throughout, its supporting players even proving more than up to said task particularly Ian Wolfe as Stadt and Montagu Love as Baron Von Neuhoff. In the end, while this does deliver the expected goods in terms of lush scenery, a dashing daring do lead hero in Hayward and a devious, devilishly clever lead villain in Sanders, exciting climactic swordplay and further action and intrigue and even perhaps some symbolism of the political intrigue at work in the world at the time this was filmed, it really offers up very few actual surprises and proves far too predictable overall. Regardless, this proves a most enjoyable film experience.  *** out of ***** stars.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 24, 2008, 08:55:42 PM
MEET THE FEEBLES (1995): Peter Jackson's notorious sick joke Muppet Show parody, with a rabbit MC who fears he has AIDS, a heroin addicted Vietnam vet frog knife-thrower, and a rat drugging and date-raping a poodle.  I first watched this years ago and hated it.  I found the irony far too cheap and the jokes not nearly funny enough to compensate for the meanspiritedness.  On second viewing the shock value was gone and I was able to appreciate a few of the jokes, especially the "Lyndon Johnson bad egg!" sign and the sodomy song.  And by the climax (if you can make it that far) it becomes so wacky and extreme that you have to buy in.  Definitely a bad movie, but others seem to think it's a lot funnier than I do.  Among obscene puppet shows it's a touchstone movie, so I can mildly recommend it to bad movie fans who are sufficiently jaded, but I also sympathize with "normal" people who want to hold up a crucifix to this movie.  3/5 slimes.

MILLER'S CROSSING (1990): Scheming Irish consigliere Tom (Gabriel Byrne) gets caught in the middle of a gang war in Chicago in 1929 in this reverent homage to 30s gangster films.  Directed and produced by the Coen brothers, with an intricate slinky script and a cast of colorful Windy City lowlifes played by Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, John Turturro, Steve Buschemi, and character actor Jon Polito in his finest moment as an ethics-obsessed fight-fixer, this should have been a masterpiece on the level of THE GODFATHER or CHINATOWN.  The only reason I can see that it isn't is that we're asked to accept a morose Gabriel Byrne (who does little more than slug back whiskey and get slugged in the gut by various thugs) as the hero.  4/5 slimes.

CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH 3: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE SUBHUMANOID (1994):  After about a ten minute recap of the first two movies, we find that the last subhumanoid on earth has an evil twin brother trained by a corporate genius and a sexy mad scientist with a Marge Simpson hairdo.  In typical late-Troma fashion, the wild plot and twists on B-movie cliches could have been a lot of fun if played relatively straight, but juvenile fart humor, knowing winks to the camera, senseless references to other Troma movies, and silly falsetto voices added to the soundtrack in postproduction sap most of the fun out of it.  Ron Jeremy has a cameo and is by far the most accomplished actor in the cast.  There are plenty of boobies to look at, though, and that counts for something.  Lloyd Kaufmann used to make these things for about $25, then sell them to Cinemax for $75---a 200% profit!  2/5 slimes.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on February 25, 2008, 04:06:42 PM
There Will Be Blood -- I watched this late at night and it ended sometime after 4am, so I was kind of tired, but it held my interest.  I didn't like it as much as I had hoped to but it's certainly unique and worth seeing.  There're some strange and wonderful scenes, it looks pretty, and it's well-acted.  I think Day-Lewis earned his Oscar.  However I think it's a little longer than it needs to be.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on February 26, 2008, 10:53:59 AM
American Kickboxer 2 ** 1/2 out of ****

It was cheesy at times and Dale Cook really over acted his part too much.  The fight scenes were good for the most part.

The Protector (Jackie Chan US version) ** 1/2 out of ****

When I rented this I though this was the version that I heard was supposed to be really good.  Found out that this was the mediocre US version.  The fight scenes were okay, but I've seen better.  The acting at times is just stupid, especially Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, who looks like he got the thousand yard stare the entire film.   


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on February 26, 2008, 11:10:30 AM
"bela lugosi meets a brooklyn gorilla"  ****

ultra retarded but entertaining.  "being here really makes ya feel full a pepsi!"


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on February 26, 2008, 05:29:35 PM
SEX & LUCIA  (unrated version)  *** out of ****.
Extremely erotic and well acted Spanish movie that is probably most well know for featuring full frontal Paz Vega nudity.  :tongueout:  The downside to this movie that thematically and plot wise it tries to bite off a bit more than it can chew and during the 2nd half of the movie gets weighed down by what is fact and what is fiction in terms of what happens to the characters.   But it is still well worth a watch by anyone wanting to see something truly original and genuinely erotic to the hilt.

This is what Paz Vega looks like BTW for the uninitiated. 
(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p202/Apollo3000/paz-vega_09.jpg)

She's a great actress BTW in addition to being stunningly beautiful.

 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on February 27, 2008, 12:06:26 AM
Captain Kidd (1945): Fictionalized account of Captain Kidd has him looking to gain entry into favored English society after tricking the king to commission him as escort to a ship coming from India loaded with treasure. Of course, Kidd (here played with gusto by Charles Laughton) has his eyes set firmly on gaining much of said treasure for himself without the king even realizing what's he done.

Despite Laughton's best efforts and boisterous acting performance and an all star cast including Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton, John Carradine and even Henry Daniell in a short role as the King, this never rises above being just average at best. In terms of a swashbuckler, this has one sword fight that's much too short. In terms of action of the high seas, the sea battles prove all too brief. Mostly this features talking between characters to further advance the plot. In short, there's way too much posturing and talk and nowhere near enough action. Overall, it's surprisingly dull.  ** out of ***** stars.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on February 27, 2008, 11:24:58 AM
30 Days of Night ***1/2 out of *****

An enjoyable vampire flick.  Lots of blood and an interesting take on the vampire myth...although the plan to kill all the vamps at the end was kind of a cop-out but in a movie like this you have to shrug your shoulders and go with it.  There are homages to movies like Evil Dead/Army of Darkness and The Thing (among others) but they aren't in your face.  A student of horror movies should be able to pick them out.   :teddyr:  Props to Ben Foster as the Renfield character.  (The head vampire looked like my step-dad when I was a kid...minus the fangs, black eyes and bloodlust.  So that was kind of weird for me on a personal level).

Total Recall (Blu-ray) ***1/2 out of *****

Yes, the Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi opus...in HD!  HD is great, IMO but some movies (usually older FX heavy ones) suffer because you can see how they accomplished each stunt/effect.  Total Recall has/had some great effects shots but 99% of them are animitronic and you can tell...really good animitronics but animitronics nonetheless.

It's kind of dated as well.  It's the future as it would be if the 80's never ended...which is both cool and lame at the same time.

But despite most of it's "flaws", it stands as a rollicking sci-fi piece of it's era.  The makeup work by Brian "The Thing" Bottin is top-notch.  The plot is rather cool if you think about it.  Matter of fact, the entire movie itself plays out like a memory implant.  It seems like kind of a high minded concept for a movie that features Arnold stabbing people in the neck with part of a chair he was tied to.  Recall features my favorite Arnold one-liner:  "See you at the party, Richter!"


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on February 27, 2008, 10:34:01 PM
Chasing Amy- ***.  Guy likes girl, girl likes girls, what to do here?  Then we find out about a hidden past, the obligatory Jay and Silent Bob cameo, and a great performance by Jason Lee.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on February 28, 2008, 01:12:17 AM
Epic Movie - Unrated

This had some really funny bits and really lame bits.  But it was a relaxing waste of a couple of hours and great way to unwind after the hassles of the work day.

Jayma Mays played the ditzy Lucy so well and was a pleasure to watch.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on February 28, 2008, 08:38:04 AM
Robot Jox - hadn't watched this in years, I'd forgotten how fun it is.  In the future, "war has been outlawed", and they instead have guys pilot these gigantic robots and fight each other.  The robots are just cool as hell, and the story is interesting and filled with little subplots.  I'd heartily recommend this one to everybody here.

Grim - now here's a great cure for insomnia.  A monster lives in a cave.  No explanation whatsoever is given for it.  Some people go into the cave.  They spend a good hour talking about stuff that doesn't advance the plot one iota.  Despite all this talking, no character develops even the slightest bit of personality.  Eventually the monster grabs one of them.  We get about ten minutes of the monster looking menacingly at his victim, then dragging her through the caves.  Lots of red tinted POV shots, occasionally even with a fish-eye lens.  The other people don't realize a monster has carried off one of their party, they think she just wandered off.  So the prattle continues unchanged.  I can't believe I stayed awake until the end.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on February 29, 2008, 01:44:51 PM
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie ** out of ****

I wasn't expecting much going into this film since it's Power Rangers and I stopped watching that show like 10 to 13 years ago.  It was an ok film, but I probably would have enjoyed it more if I was little kid again, but alas I am not a kid anymore.  It was corny as ever which I didn't like too much, for this film.  I finished it, but I don't think I could watch it again.
 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on February 29, 2008, 09:19:20 PM
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie ** out of ****

I wasn't expecting much going into this film since it's Power Rangers and I stopped watching that show like 10 to 13 years ago.  It was an ok film, but I probably would have enjoyed it more if I was little kid again, but alas I am not a kid anymore.  It was corny as ever which I didn't like too much, for this film.  I finished it, but I don't think I could watch it again.
 
I felt it was a 4 star movie, personally.  Only thing that would've made it better was if the zord fight at the end of the flick was a person in a costume like the show as opposed to badly drawn CGI.  But the pink ranger was hot.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on March 01, 2008, 07:06:07 PM
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie ** out of ****

I wasn't expecting much going into this film since it's Power Rangers and I stopped watching that show like 10 to 13 years ago.  It was an ok film, but I probably would have enjoyed it more if I was little kid again, but alas I am not a kid anymore.  It was corny as ever which I didn't like too much, for this film.  I finished it, but I don't think I could watch it again.
 
I felt it was a 4 star movie, personally.  Only thing that would've made it better was if the zord fight at the end of the flick was a person in a costume like the show as opposed to badly drawn CGI.  But the pink ranger was hot.

I'll agree with you on the ending on that one.  Your right the Pink Ranger was hot.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on March 02, 2008, 01:43:37 AM
The Time of Your Life (1948): Nick's Saloon, Restaurant and Entertainment Palace sure attracts some strange and eccentric characters, some looking for employment but many just looking for entertaining ways to pass away their day.

This film proves surprisingly charming and endearing most likely because it rings true. The bizarre set of characters that occupy Nick's dive seem all too plausible in some weird fashion. Maybe it's because so many eccentric characters seem to populate our world today that makes me think this one ahead of its time. James Cagney steals the show here as Joe, a man whose hobby is people but really it's the interaction between all these different slices of life that grabs the viewer's interest. *** out of ***** stars.

A Farewell To Arms (1932): Gary Cooper stars as Lieutenant Frederic Henry, an American ambulance driver serving in the Italian army during World War I. There he meets and falls in love with a nurse named Catherine Barkley (Helen Hayes) but the war looms heavy over the couple's chances for happiness.

While this movie feels a bit dated and the war scenes go on too long and seem to be too darkly lit, this is epic romance that ultimately proves hard to take one's eyes off. You root for the characters and want to overcome the odds despite all that stands in their way making the final reality of what ultimately happens all the more potent. A real tear-jerker for the soft hearted this one. Great romance! Let's love tonight for we may not have tomorrow...the harsh reality of war. *** out of ***** stars.

I should note that the version of A Farewell to Arms (1932) included in the Family Classics 50 Pack from Treeline is the edited 79 minute version. Really would like to see the original in its time quite controversial original 89 minute version of that one.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on March 02, 2008, 09:08:55 AM
The Flesh Eaters (1964) - three people have to make an emergency landing at a remote island, and encounter a scientist who is conducting some sort of research.  There's some glowing, flesh-eating stuff out in the water, and maybe the scientist is involved with this stuff in some way?  This was a really enjoyable film.  I love the characters, they've got a drunken Hollywood starlet, her secretary (ooh what a body!) and the no-nonsense pilot.  Just a good fun drive in feature, luckily there's an excellent DVD of it available that I plan on picking up very soon.

Dangerous Worry Dolls - this is Full Moon's latest movie, I give it a bit "meh".  A women in prison flick with very little nudity (the trailer made it look really sexy, but of course ALL the sexy bits are in the trailer), it's got the typical nice girl being abused by her fellow inmates, raped by one of the guards, and treated badly by the warden.  Her daughter comes to visit and gives her some "worry dolls", she's supposed to tell them her worries, put them under her pillow, and when she wakes up in the morning all her worries will be gone.  Well, one of them crawls in her ear and sets up housekeeping in her forehead, creating a great big zit.  She takes revenge on everyone who wronged her.  In addition to the lack of anything sexy that I hadn't already seen in the trailer, the movie really lacks an ending (the big fight between our lead girl and the nasty inmate takes place off camera).  Might be good for a rent, but don't even consider paying full price for the DVD like I did.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Andrew on March 02, 2008, 01:18:29 PM
The Flesh Eaters (1964) - three people have to make an emergency landing at a remote island, and encounter a scientist who is conducting some sort of research.  There's some glowing, flesh-eating stuff out in the water, and maybe the scientist is involved with this stuff in some way?  This was a really enjoyable film.  I love the characters, they've got a drunken Hollywood starlet, her secretary (ooh what a body!) and the no-nonsense pilot.  Just a good fun drive in feature, luckily there's an excellent DVD of it available that I plan on picking up very soon.

That movie was blood-chilling to me as a child.  The flesh eaters turn people into skeletons!  I still remember being terrified when the silly beatnik was almost eaten (though the organisms only get his sandals).  Wrote a review for this one a while back.  The DVD is, as you said, excellent for an old b-movie.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on March 02, 2008, 08:43:21 PM
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie ** out of ****

I wasn't expecting much going into this film since it's Power Rangers and I stopped watching that show like 10 to 13 years ago.  It was an ok film, but I probably would have enjoyed it more if I was little kid again, but alas I am not a kid anymore.  It was corny as ever which I didn't like too much, for this film.  I finished it, but I don't think I could watch it again.
 
I felt it was a 4 star movie, personally.  Only thing that would've made it better was if the zord fight at the end of the flick was a person in a costume like the show as opposed to badly drawn CGI.  But the pink ranger was hot.

I'll agree with you on the ending on that one.  Your right the Pink Ranger was hot.

Apparently the director felt a guy in a suit was cheesy and would've detracted from the flick.  The CGI wasn't done well.  Part of the camp factor of the show was the costumes, effects, etc.  As for the pink ranger, she was hot, but I'm not sure if I like her or her blonde replacement better.  If you haven't seen her look her up.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 02, 2008, 10:39:31 PM
BARTON FINK (1991):  After one successful Broadway hit, pretentious playwright Barton Fink (John Turturro) moves to Hollywood and is assigned to write a wrestling picture for Wallace Beery.  He holes up in an eerie art deco hotel with bellhop Steve Buscemi and boisterous next door neighbor John Goodman.  Fink encounters Hollywood phonies and drunken Southern novelists as he suffers an increasingly severe case of writer's block, and things start to head into ERASERHEAD territory halfway through the movie.  This thing reverberates with anyone who's ever suffered writer's block or artistic self doubt.  It's my favorite Coen Bros. film, pending viewing THE BIG LEBOWSKI and NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.  5/5 slimes.

DEADLY PAST (1995):  This is a movie that asks the question "can you build an entire 90 minute plot around fashion model Carol Alt's hooters?," but gets an incomplete for using stunt breasts.  All these made-for-late-night-pay-cable erotic thrillers were horrifyingly predictable and dull and usually promised lots more sex than they delivered.  This one is no exception.  There's one laugh out loud moment as the "heroes" make their "thrilling" escape across a border guarded only by an English billboard proclaiming "Welcome to Mexico!"  1/5 slimes.   

13 TZAMETI (2005): This is a very worthwhile, intense thriller, about which the less you know going in, the better.  The trailer gave away too much.  Suffice it to say it's about a desperate, poor Georgian immigrant in France who takes a bad gamble and finds himself in a very bad place at a very bad time.  A bit slow to start and lacks a "goctha!" stinger ending, but the middle section is about as tense as you'll find.  4/5 slimes.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on March 03, 2008, 03:05:58 PM
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie ** out of ****

I wasn't expecting much going into this film since it's Power Rangers and I stopped watching that show like 10 to 13 years ago.  It was an ok film, but I probably would have enjoyed it more if I was little kid again, but alas I am not a kid anymore.  It was corny as ever which I didn't like too much, for this film.  I finished it, but I don't think I could watch it again.
 
I felt it was a 4 star movie, personally.  Only thing that would've made it better was if the zord fight at the end of the flick was a person in a costume like the show as opposed to badly drawn CGI.  But the pink ranger was hot.

I'll agree with you on the ending on that one.  Your right the Pink Ranger was hot.

Apparently the director felt a guy in a suit was cheesy and would've detracted from the flick.  The CGI wasn't done well.  Part of the camp factor of the show was the costumes, effects, etc.  As for the pink ranger, she was hot, but I'm not sure if I like her or her blonde replacement better.  If you haven't seen her look her up.

Hmm, I don't remember her blond replacement for the pink ranger.  That is something I will have to research to find out.

Edit:

After some research I found who you were talking about.  Her blonde replacement was Catherine Sutherland.  She is quite attractive IMO.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on March 04, 2008, 09:52:46 AM
She's blonde and Austrailian, and I like that. :buggedout:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on March 04, 2008, 10:59:28 AM
She's blonde and Austrailian, and I like that. :buggedout:

Karma for you on that one. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on March 04, 2008, 09:46:03 PM
Wedding Crashers- ***.  Saw this in theaters when it was initially released and haven't thought about it in a while.  Recently saw it on tv and have to say that Vince Vaughn is really hilarious in it, and Isla Fisher, who plays his love interest, is really cute and funny.

Halloween (2007)- Unrated directors cut- Two and a half stars.  With remakes/reimaginings you either are completely disappointed or really pleasently surprised.  Halloween is such a loved classic that most were disappointed but I watched it with an open mind and felt it was good.  I saw it in theaters and saw some scenes in the directors cut that obviously weren't in the theater version. 

One question I have, and I hope somebody can answer this, is Michael back to kill Laurie or just be with her cause he loves her?  How does he know it's his sister, as he hasn't seen her since she's 2 years old and he's had no contact with her?  I'm not sure if it's explained much in the original either, as he just randomly shows up.  In Rob's version he kinda leaves it open as he's there cause he loves her, cause he gives her a baby picture of her and him and drops his knife.

She's blonde and Austrailian, and I like that. :buggedout:

Karma for you on that one. 
Thank you.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on March 04, 2008, 11:47:56 PM
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934): Sir Percy Blakeney is leading a secret double life. Pretending to everyone in the public eye, including his own wife, that he is a silly British fop, he is in reality the dashing Scarlet Pimpernel, a man devoted, despite the threat to his own head, to helping free the innocence condemned to the guillotine during the French Terror!

Overall this is very well done and features a very capable cast particularly lead Leslie Howard in the challenging dual role and Raymond Massey, who has a great turn as lead villain/spy for the French Republic Citizen Chauvelin for which he seems perfectly cast. Merle Oberon too does quite well and looks quite fetching as Blakeney's befuddled wife.

The problem with this is it feels a bit too static, a bit too talky as was often the case with many early sound pictures. There's just a bit more exposition at times than really seems necessary. This slows the action down a bit to the point things actually get a little dull on occasion. That said, there's enough fun to be found in this one that makes it well worth watching especially those scenes featuring Howard's Blakeney, especially when he uses some means of disguise or another to fool those pursuing him or uses his foppish charm to throw Chauvelin off his trail. *** out of ***** stars.

The Black Pirate (1926): Douglas Fairbanks Sr. stars in this exciting, action-packed swashbuckling pirate adventure yarn, as a young man seeking revenge on a band of pirates after they ransacked and destroyed his ship, killing his father. In trying to achieve his goal, he tricks the pirates into thinking he wants to join their band. Will this ruse work?

This delivers all the thrills and cutthroat pirate action anyone could ever hope for and even more. It has all the elements one looks for and wants from today's big blockbusters: impressive stunts mostly performed by Fairbanks himself, sword fights, pirate treachery, explosions, daring underwater scenes, a damsel in distress, the works. There's a few plot holes and questionable plot twists here and there but it all holds up incredibly well after all these years although in today's world lead actress Billie Dove would have been given more to do. That's a minor nitpick at best. If you like pirate yarns, check this out. Believe me, they just don't get much better than this.  **** out of ***** stars.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on March 06, 2008, 10:26:40 PM
I recently picked up my boxed set of Star Trek Voyager that was on layby.  The box is HUGE and heavy and I started watching season one last night.  Got through 4 eps before tiredness and the late hour got the best of me and I had to go to bed.

For something made in the 90s, it hasn't dated at all like Next Gen has (for me anyway).  I thought there would be lameness and cheese, but it's free of all that.  This weekend will be a Voyager fest of massive proportions. 

My son is very excited because he was only little when it was on and he doesn't remember most of the episodes.  Of course, the season when Seven of Nine comes in is the one he's waiting for   :teddyr:



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on March 06, 2008, 11:10:22 PM
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936): A nine year old Brooklyn boy nicknamed "Ceddie" (Freddie Bartholomew), beloved by all who know him due to his kindly nature, finds himself in for a most unexpected change of lifestyle when he learns he's to be heir to the estate of his grandfather (C. Aubrey Smith), a British Earl and has to move in with him. A bigger challenge for the boy to overcome though is to bring down the barrier between his stubborn, set in his ways grandfather and Ceddie's mother "Dearest" (Dolores Costello), who the Earl resents his son marrying as she's an American.

This one really grabs you by the heartstrings and doesn't let up. Freddie Bartholomew is simply wonderful as "Ceddie", wonderfully capturing his character and winning over the viewing audience's hearts in fairly short time, no easy feat for a child star. C. Aubrey Smith too is just marvelous as the crotchety old grandfather who finds his stubborn, hard-hearted, icy exterior being worn away just by being in the presence of such a terrific young lad who loves him unconditionally. Dolores Costello too was nicely cast and delivers the goods when she's called upon to do so. It's the likable performances given by these stars that make this a real winner in that we're truly made to care about these characters and what happens to them.  ***1/2 out of ***** stars

The Eagle (1925): Russian lieutenant Vladimir Dubrovsky (Rudolph Valentino) vows vengeance against a man named Kyrilla (James A. Marcus) after Kyrilla used treachery to steal Dubrovsky land, which left his father a dying, ruined man. Eventually hiding his face under a mask and assuming the identity "The Black Eagle", he and his band of followers set out to bring down Kyrilla. However Dubrovsky has even more reason to hide his face because having offended the Czarina of Russia by spurning her affections, she has issued a warrant for his arrest dead or alive for desertion from his regiment. Further complicating Dubrovsky's plans is he unexpectedly winds up falling in love with Kyrilla's daughter Mascha (Vilma Bánky).

Well it's certainly unpredictable, you have to say that. This one certainly has plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing what might befall our hero next. Valentino it cannot be denied is excellent in the lead role as an heroic bandit with irresistible charm. This does deliver romance and some tense moments for our ill-fated lovers. The problem here is that really "The Black Eagle" never quite seems to deliver the goods when it comes to action, his most impressive moments firing a shot at a key moment and as expected coming to the rescue of his damsel in distress time and time again. Also the ending doesn't quite seem to ring true given previously established events in our story. Still certainly not bad of its type, just a straightforward romantic adventure, almost fairytale-like, in a fashion. *** out of ***** stars.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on March 07, 2008, 05:30:16 PM
30 DAYS OF NIGHT   **1/2 out of ****.
While being skillfully made and acted, the filmmakers took what at the most should have been an 85 minute movie and stretched it out to 1 hour and 52 minutes instead.  There's only so many scenes you can watch of the same characters running from one building to another before it gets extremely repetitive. Some of the dialogue was pretty bad as well though the actors did a good job with what they were given.  The ending in particular was pretty bad in addition to the script having some characters do some extremely stupid things. But even with those multitude of problems, it's still worth a rental for fans of vampire movies or horror movies tired of PG-13 rated crap and wanting some blood in their movie diet.  The skillfull direction really keeps my rating from sinking any lower.     


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on March 07, 2008, 06:19:09 PM
30 DAYS OF NIGHT   **1/2 out of ****.   

It's a good rental for horror movie fans that are looking for modern R rated fare.  I liked it more than I hated it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 08, 2008, 05:26:21 PM
A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (1966):  The universal theme of a man standing upon his principles, even at the risk of his life, is so moving and well-executed that people tend to forget this is a dialogue driven historical drama concerned with sometimes arcane points of 16th century religious politics.  It's also a mobbing tribute to the power of the rule of law.  A fantastic job by Paul Scofield, who played the part on stage.  With Orson Welles and a young John Hurt in memorable roles.  "Why Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Wales?"  5/5.

RAISING ARIZONA (1987):  The Coen brothers' funniest movie, and one of their best overall.  When a good-hearted ex-con H.I. (Nick Cage) and an emotionally needy ex-cop Ed (Holly Hunter) find they are infertile, they hatch a plan to kidnap one of an unpainted furniture magnate's quintuplets.  But raising a critter is harder than expected for a screwed up young couple, especially when they also have to deal with H.I.'s old jail buddies and a bounty-hunting biker with supernatural powers.  Full of hilarious exchanges and choreographed mayhem.  "It's a crazy world."  "Someone ought to sell tickets."  "Sure, I'd buy one."  5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: glidewell on March 09, 2008, 03:10:43 PM
Just saw 30 Days of Night on DVD so I dont know if it was unrated or not, but geez what a freakin gore fest this movie is. If you like Vampire movies you'll love 30 Days. We're not just talking 2 holes in the neck, theese guyz will bit you in the face, rip your neck out and disembowel you, just for starters. This movie was very intense and is only recommended for those who are not faint or heart.

On a completely differnt note , I also saw City of Men theatrically recently, excellent. Just as good if not better than the original. Completely makes we want to go back and watch the show. Well writen, directed, acted, just all around solid.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on March 12, 2008, 05:06:17 PM
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN  **** out of ****.
I originally gave this movie 3 1/4 stars as I had an issue with the scene at the end of the movie between Tommy Lee Jones and his on-screen wife while being well acted questionable to the point of the movie.  Upon watching this fantastic movie on DVD again last night, the ending made complete sense now, hence I increased my rating to a perfect 4 stars.  The ending is still highly subjective to each viewer and I won't take the time to explain my new feelings about it as the movie was made to be pondered and for each person to take something else from the ending from another person.  I just can't believe how well made this movie is. Easily the Coen Brothers best movie to date IMO.

HITMAN  (unrated)  *** out of ****.
While this movie is a narrative mess throughout most of it's 94 running time, it's still highly enjoyable. The action scenes are very well executed and avoid the quick cutting the ruins a lot of modern action movies.  Acting is solid enough throughout and the female companion to our title character is one of the hottest women that I've seen lately in recent movies. Just try not to think about the movie too much and just set back and let the action set pieces wash over you and you'll like it. The unrated DVD is about a minute longer and features a bit more blood/gore (especially in the arm chopping sequence) as well as a longer torture sequence with female full frontal nudity that wasn't present in the R rated theatrical cut.     


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on March 12, 2008, 07:19:00 PM
Just started Season 4 of Star Trek Voyager.  I'm really surprised by the number of episodes I HAVEN'T seen.

Also, Tobe Hooper's Malevolence.  This was actually quite good.  The film looked dirty and freaky and had some genuinely scary bits and even though I could see them coming, it still made my heart leap out of my throat. 

Ice Queen.  Don't bother with this one, it's lame and very unscary and the Ice Queen herself looks like Pamela Anderson on a PCP rampage.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on March 12, 2008, 09:15:40 PM
...........Pamela Anderson on a PCP rampage.



That could  be a highly entertaining movie actually..........   :teddyr: :tongueout:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 15, 2008, 01:00:06 PM
PLEASURE IN PARADISE (1992):  Softcore porn trash with moderately attractive people and a lame stab at a real-estate-developer-tries-to-steal-unknowing-innocents-inheritance plot.  Perversely pleasurable to fast-forward through the lengthy sex scenes to get to the plot, watching the lead actresses (obviously strippers thinking they were getting their big shot in Hollywood) desperately try to sell dialogue that was probably written on a cocktail napking the night before shooting began.  I put a more thorough plot synopsis in the movie reviews section.   

1/5. 

DONNIE DARKO (2001):A demonic bunny rabbit tells disturbed teen Donnie that the world will end in 28 days.  A loveable jumble of a plot bringing in teen alienation, sci-fi wormholes, parodies of John Hughes teen flicks of the 1980s.  Could have been great if it had been less scattershot, but Frank the Bunny is really scary. 

4/5.

DEAD OF NIGHT [AKA DEATHDREAM] (1972):  After being informed by the army that their son had died in Vietnam, the boy suddenly shows up at the family's door, a little bit changed... People seem to like this for some reason, but I found it dull, badly acted and suspense-free.  It might have worked better if there had been an attempt to create some sympathy for Andy, the returning zombie veteran.  I wonder if returning Vietnam vets appreciated being portrayed as antisocial, soulless killing machines.   

2/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on March 17, 2008, 06:51:36 AM
Toxic Avenger Part II  ** 1/2 out of ****

Wasn't bad but it still wasn't as good as the first film was.  I think the idea of Toxie going to Japan was a good idea but could have been better.

Toxic Avenger Part III *** out of ****

I personally liked this one better than Part II.  I liked the idea of how Toxie was taken in by evil and show that's no matter how good someone is, they can still be deceived by evil into doing evil things.

Toxic Avenger Part IV ** out of ****

Personally I didn't like this as much as I thought I would.  I did like having Sgt. Kabukiman in the film which I though was a good addition to the film.  The whole doppleganger alternate universe story was nothing impressive to me.  I though the fight scenes were okay but could have been better.


Too Wong Foo, Thanks for everything Julie Newmar ** 3/4 out of ****

I though this was actually a decent film in it's own right.  It is odd seeing actors who play more macho roles in films doing drag queen in this film.  In my opinion everybody played their parts very well and the script was well written.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on March 18, 2008, 10:32:45 PM
GHOST DOG: WAY OF THE SAMURAI ***1/2 out of ****.
Probably my favorite Forrest Whittaker performance to date. A very quirky movie that is unlike almost any other that I've seen over the years.  The movie has a really offbeat feel that will not be to some people's liking, but for those who appreciate original independent cinema will probably love it. the only place the movie falters for me is the ending. While it's the only logical way that the film could have ended, it just misses some of the emotional punch that I feel that it could and should have had.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on March 19, 2008, 10:38:55 PM
I bought Volume 1 of Beavis and Butthead for my son last night.

These guys are hilarious, although I can only watch about an hour of them before I have to go to something else.  My 16 yo son, however, can watch them endlessly.  I woke up this morning to laughter from behind his closed bedroom door.  B & B at 6 am is a little much, in spite of their humour.

An unfortunate side effect is that my son, with his gift for mimicry, is now walking around the house pretending to be Cornholio, complete with vocal spasms and weird bursts of nonsense phrases.  Of course there's only so much I can deal with before it's, "ENOUGH with Cornholio, already!"


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Joe the Destroyer on March 20, 2008, 04:11:35 AM
Returner- Sat through most of it until my DVD player decided to start frying.  Despite the English acting, I think I actually like the film.  Surprising, considering how badly bashed it was.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on March 20, 2008, 08:27:08 AM
The Cutting Edge - hadn't watched this in a long time and had forgotten how excellent it is.  A snotty figure skater (Moira Kelly) has pretty much gone through every male partner who's willing to tolerate her, so her coach decides the only option is to recruit an ex-hockey player (D.B. Sweeney) to skate with her.  Many hundreds of insults follow, while their romantic relationship grows and their quest for Olympic gold is pursued.  Just a fun, fun movie.  Lots of humor, great characters, did I mention it's fun?

Deathlands - Sci-Fi Original I believe.  After WWIII, everything has way too much contrast and all the colors are way over saturated.  As annoying as it is to look at on the TV, I can only imagine the horror of living in it.  Anyhow, a small group of people are roaming the Deathlands:  Guy with a secret past, hot babe, "mutie" boy (white makeup), and a guy who looks like he'd be at home tying fishing lures.  They find out about the secret past of the "guy with a secret past", he's the son of the ex-ruler of some hell hole, and his evil brother and sister-in-law (Tracy Lords) just need to be taken down.  It actually wasn't too bad for the most part, though the climax was overly stupid and the epilogue dragged on a bit as if they were expecting this to be the pilot for a TV series or something.  Hot babe looked really, well, hot.

The Night Before - '80s comedy starring a surprisingly human (pre-matrix) Keanu Reeves, and Lori Loughlin (Ahhhh, I love Lori).  Lori loses a bet and has to go to the prom with the school nerd (Keanu).  On the way there, they get lost and end up on the wrong side of the tracks.  Low on gas money, they end up at a bar and the bartender spikes Keanu's drink.  The rest of the story is told through flashbacks.  A drugged up Keanu sells Lori to a pimp, insults the pimp and has a showdown scheduled for dawn, has his car stolen, and overall has a rather bad night.  Now he has to save the girl, get his car back and deal with the pimp.  And get Lori back home before her father - the chief of police - finds out about any of this.  Overall it was mildly amusing, though it did get downright funnhy at the end.  I've always thought Lori has excellent comedic timing.  Worth a watch if you're a fan of '80s comedies, or a fan of Keanu or the lovely Lori Loughlin. 





Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 20, 2008, 07:29:59 PM
GHOST DOG: WAY OF THE SAMURAI ***1/2 out of ****.
Probably my favorite Forrest Whittaker performance to date. A very quirky movie that is unlike almost any other that I've seen over the years.  The movie has a really offbeat feel that will not be to some people's liking, but for those who appreciate original independent cinema will probably love it. the only place the movie falters for me is the ending. While it's the only logical way that the film could have ended, it just misses some of the emotional punch that I feel that it could and should have had.


Hey Torg, have you seen Suziki's BRANDED TO KILL (1967) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061882/)?  It's a surreal, B&W movie about a Yakuza hitman, and Jamursch lifted a couple of scenes verbatim for GHOST DOG.  Highly recommended.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on March 21, 2008, 04:49:52 PM
An unfortunate side effect is that my son, with his gift for mimicry, is now walking around the house pretending to be Cornholio, complete with vocal spasms and weird bursts of nonsense phrases.  Of course there's only so much I can deal with before it's, "ENOUGH with Cornholio, already!"

 :bouncegiggle:

That's great.  I remember when I was a teenager doing that all the time.  It's still hilarious today but in small doses.  Too bad they didn't have the music videos included in the episodes.  That was really the point of the show...you know, back when MTV used to these things called music videos.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Shadow on March 24, 2008, 01:29:36 AM
Had a 50's movie fest this weekend:

Queen of Outer Space
Forbidden Planet
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Revenge of the Creature
Missile to the Moon
War of the Worlds
Attack of the Puppet People

Weekends are never long enough.  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on March 24, 2008, 06:16:32 AM
Had a 50's movie fest this weekend:

Queen of Outer Space
Forbidden Planet
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Revenge of the Creature
Missile to the Moon
War of the Worlds
Attack of the Puppet People

Weekends are never long enough.  :teddyr:

MISSLE to the MOON-Is it me,or do the rock monsters look like an army of evil Gumbys?

Watched an old film noir last night called the RED HOUSE,with Edward G. Robinson. WOW!!! Whatta great picture!!! Almost a horror film! And a young Rory (MOTEL HELL) Calhoun is in it too! Highly recommended!  :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on March 24, 2008, 06:20:18 AM
Lethal Weapon **** out of ****

I truly loved this film.  All the action and story fit in nicely and make for an excellent movie that I enjoyed with all my heart.

Pink Flamingos * out of ****

I felt so dirty after watching this film.  I struggled to finish the film and I watched the whole thing, now I wish I hadn't seen the film.  This was one of the most disgusting things I have ever watched in my life.

This film is not yet rated **** out of ****

I'm not a huge documentary fan, but I really enjoyed this one a lot.  It did catch me off guard on how biased the MPAA is towards the big name film companies. 



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on March 24, 2008, 08:08:06 PM
An unfortunate side effect is that my son, with his gift for mimicry, is now walking around the house pretending to be Cornholio, complete with vocal spasms and weird bursts of nonsense phrases.  Of course there's only so much I can deal with before it's, "ENOUGH with Cornholio, already!"

 :bouncegiggle:

That's great.  I remember when I was a teenager doing that all the time.  It's still hilarious today but in small doses.  Too bad they didn't have the music videos included in the episodes.  That was really the point of the show...you know, back when MTV used to these things called music videos.

I hear that.  I like the lads, but only in small doses.  However, I can watch Daria til the cows come home. 

In the DVD pack it has some of the music videos with them, and they are hilarious in themselves.  There is more obvious comedy and less of the staring-into-space-laughing like on the actual episodes.  And the thanksgiving special is comedy at it's finest.  I have to say Beavis is my favourite of the two.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on March 24, 2008, 08:14:40 PM
Wallace and Grommit and The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit.
Love Nick Park's work with the Wallace and Grommit movies.  This one is hilarious and I never tire of watching it. Lady Tottington is brilliantly voiced by Helena Bonham Carter and is a toff clueless upper crust British character of the finest calibre.

Season 7 of Star Trek Voyager.
This is my favourite of all the Star Trek franchises.  Can't say enough great things about it - the scary and wonderfully rendered Borg, Seven of Nine, cute Chakotay (of course!), and Captain Janeway.  I would follow her into the delta quadrant any day.  She's exactly the kind of leader worthy of a following.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas
One of Jim Carrey's best movies and fine retelling of the Dr Seuss classic.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on March 26, 2008, 06:09:21 AM
Superman II (Original version, not the Richard Donner cut), ** out of ****

I didn't like the original version of Superman II, I felt that the pacing was was really off at times.  I also didn't like how some of the various scenes played out, like the whole Lois finding out Clark is Superman in the hotel, I felt the RD cut did a far superior job with that how Lois found out Clark is Superman.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on March 26, 2008, 08:41:50 AM
"A league of ordinary Gentlemen"


hilarious documentary abuot the (sucesful?)  revival of the Professional Bowlers Association a few years back


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on March 27, 2008, 07:13:25 AM
Police Academy 1 *** out of ****

Very funny film to watch.  I haven't laughed that hard in a long time, so it was good for me to see it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on March 27, 2008, 08:42:52 AM
Moonbase - Watched this again last night and enjoyed it.  Some convicts escape from an orbiting prison, and make their way to a garbage dump on the moon.  Shortly afterwards, a shuttle of military people arrive to retrieve some sort of super bomb that's stashed away in the dump.  The lead garbage guy's ex-girlfriend just happens to be along.  It's cheesy, set in the basement of some building, and the special effects are less than stellar, but the acting is okay and I liked the characters.  The lead bad guy introduces himself as the "Horseman of the apocalypse".  Later someone says "Um, excuse me, Mr. Apocalypse?"   :smile:

The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007 remake) - This is one of the best horror movies I've seen lately.  Some National Guard recruits are supposed to deliver supplies to some scientists, but the scientists are missing and they go into the hills (which have eyes  :teddyr: ) to look for them.  I liked the characters, especially the sergeant who berates his troops in the most entertaining of ways.  Great suspense, some really gory kills, and the hot babe was really hot.

Snakes on a Plane - Well, it was exactly what I expected (There are snakes, on a plane, Samuel L. Jackson says Motherf***er), so I was neither pleasantly surprised nor especially disappointed.  Ho hum.

Alien Incursion - Some giant space monsters are loose in the woods, threatening some poor campers.  As if that's not bad enough, some black ops military guys are out there too, and they'd be perfectly happy to kill everybody just so long as they get a specimen to take back.  It was entertaining in that they turned all the usual conventions on their head - the b***hy woman lives almost to the end, the hero woman gets killed, the military guys are somewhat competent.  Unfortunately the alien creatures are bargain basement CGI and downright silly looking.  It also starts out being very silly but then decides to be dark and serious by the end.  Overall, not too bad.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on March 27, 2008, 10:25:11 PM
Beware - ahead be spoilerage!



30 Days Of Night
Loved, loved, LOVED this movie!!  Creepy, desolate atmosphere.  I just love horror stories set in the snow (The Thing, Alien -v- Predator).  Strong, well rounded characters.  Snappy dialgoue.  Logical plot development.  No stupid decisions by characters.  Creepy, nasty, scary demons.  Lots of gore but within the bounds of the story.  Good ending, but surprising.  I didn't expect the main character to sacrifice himself the way he did.  But it left room for a sequel, so looking forward to that if it ever happens.  I also wasn't upset that we didn't get any background story on where the demons came from, how they came into being, who they were before.  Normally that bugs me, but this time - no problem.


Blades of Glory
Will Ferrell is a hit or miss affair with me.  Stranger Than Fiction was brilliant, but The Legend of Ron Burgundy wasn't.  But this was completely hilarious.  And I was pleasantly surprised.  It was very Zoolander-like, but with Ben Stiller as one of the producers, I'm not too surprised.  Jon Heder was great as the wussy guy.  Ferrell did a wonderful job as the over the top Chazz Michael Michaels, but he wasn't dicky with it.  Just funny. 

I highly recommend both movies


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on March 31, 2008, 06:25:10 AM
Knocked Up: Unrated *** out of ****

A Clockwork Orange **** out of ****

A truly interesting film to watch.  I was engrossed the whole time by how good the film was.  It was better than the used the ending for the US version of the book instead of the original ending which I don't think would have worked at all for the film.




Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JJ80 on April 01, 2008, 01:39:36 PM
"Hercules In New York" - Bland early vehicle for one 'Arnold Strong' as the classical hero. He defies the will of Zeus by descending to the Big Apple circa 1969 and causes chaos. This is rather dull but some set pieces like the athletics scene, the bear fight and the chariot chase have a certain camp charm lacking in the dud characterisation.

"King Of The Zombies" - The Third Reich joins forces with the walking dead in this charming forerunner to Scooby Doo. Wide-eyed funnyman Mantan Moreland totally steals the show as Jeff, the jittery manservant to hero Bill Summers (John Archer).  His best scene is probably when Momba the butler attempts to zombify him by hypnosis. The crazed plot revolves around spy Dr Sangre using zombies as data carriers for Nazi agents. Hero Bill Summers and pilot Mac McCarthy along with Mantan crashland on his island (right inside the cemetery!) and are drawn straight into his diabolical scheme. Great fun if VERY dated!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on April 01, 2008, 07:47:31 PM
Meet the Feebles

Oh dear.   :buggedout:

This was.......interesting and amusing in a completely gross kind of way.  I wasn't expecting Shakespeare, but it was done very cheaply and had a raw unpolished aspect to it.

I didn't find it consistenly funny.  But it was good to see Peter Jackson going all out without any concessions to decency or good taste.  All social taboos were completely smashed and steamrollered over.  I would really like to see what he could do now with a bigger budget and better production guys.

I found the characters difficult to understand.  The sound wasn't clear and it seemed like the dubbing was a little off in some parts.  But the songs "Garden Of Love" and "Sodomy" were funny and entertaining and it was worth watching the movie for those alone.

The ending was interesting and a nice little wrap up of the story.  If you have "out there" taste in movies, I recommend it.  But the fact that my 17 year old son didn't like it or find it funny, says volumes about how bad it was.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 06, 2008, 05:57:52 PM
I have some catching up to do.

LIPSTICK (1976): Annoying and cynical attempt to exploit the injustices of pre-rape shield law trials by showing a graphic rape and an adding an implausible courtroom drama.  Starring the supremely untalented Margaux Hemmingway.  Dino de Laurentiis, leave the exploitation films to the low-budget folks! 1/5

FARGO (1996):  Everyone probably knows this kidnapping-gone-wrong black comedy from the Coen brothers.  Great roles for William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi, and the role of a lifetime for Frances McDormand as the pregnant cop.  5/5

LOVE LETTERS OF A PORTUGESE NUN (1977):  A really odd nunsploitation movie from Jess Franco.  This has a standard type of women-in-prison plot, only set in a convent with devil worshipping nuns.  Very heavy on sex, nudity and sadomasochism.  But, considering it's from Jess Franco, it's technically amazing, with great costumes, locations, and sacred music that's used both atmospherically and ironically. 3/5.

SPIDER BABY (1968):  A family of three childlike adults, one of whom is obsessed with spiders,  is taken care of by family chauffeur Lon Chaney Jr. in a dilapidated house, until some outsiders come calling.  The unsettling atmosphere created by director Jack Hill is utterly unique and almost impossible to convey: horrifying, surreal, humorous, touching, and supersaturated with sublimated sexuality.  A cult classic that you definitely need to see if you haven’t already. 5/5.

THE DEVILS (1971):  In 17th century France, a hunchbacked nun accuses a chick-magnet priest of being a warlock. "Based on historical fact," like the little known historical fact about the famous 17th century rock-n-roll exorcist with the sleeveless vestments and lavender-tinted John Lennon granny glasses.   Fun if you take it as a surrealistic "nuns gone wild" comedy, rather than as the metaphor for "authentic" religious faith director Ken Russell sometimes seems to be preaching.  3/5.

TEENAGE TUPELO (1995): This John Michael McCarthy released-to-video feature is one of the strangest films I’ve ever seen, and that’s saying a lot.  The story involves D’Lana, a young woman in 50s Tupelo, MS who gets pregnant by a no-good rockabilly singer, and is also a dead ringer for fictional sexploitation star Topsy Turvy.  There’s also a girl gang called the Manhaters, disgusting “birth of a baby” footage, and a film inside the film called “Trashus Trailerus” which involves nuclear weapons and edible panties.  And supercool rockabilly throughout by a band called “Imapla.”  This is really a surrealist tribute to sexploitation films of the 40s-60s. 4/5, for oddity value alone. 

SCREAM DREAM (1989): Shot-to-video horror about a heavy metal band fronted by a Satan-worshipping witch.  Some boobies, but not nearly enough to make this dreck watchable.  When wannabe scream queen Melissa Moore is by far the most accomplished actor in the cast, you know you’re in serious trouble.  SKULL.

PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE (1985):Bowtied man-child Pee Wee loses his bike, and travels across America to find it, encountering a bizarre cast of characters.  Pee Wee's voice and mannerisms can be grating to adults, but debuting director Tim Burton manages to keep things interesting for all ages with incredible detail, visual style, and sophisticated two-layer humor.  4/5.

EVIL DEAD 2 (1987):  Another one most people here are probably intimately familiar with.  I showed it to my 60 year old mother, who loves old Universal horror movies and hates nearly everything done in the horror genre after HALLOWEEN.  She loved it.  5/5.

GRASS (1999): Documentary detailing the American government's often absurdly hyperbolic campaign of misinformation about marijuana.  The archival footage and clips from REEFER MADNESS and other (non-government sponsored) exploitation films are often hilarious, but if you lack a sense of righteous indignation over pot prohibition, the joke wears thin before the movie ends.  With celebrity stoner Woody Harrelson narrating, it’s obvious that the filmmakers aim is to preach to the potsmoking choir.  3/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on April 06, 2008, 07:12:46 PM
Fragile with Calista Flockhart

This was a good old fashioned ghost story.  Good pacing and scary creepy atmosphere and believeable characters.  And any movie that has that Aussie hunk Richard Roxburgh is always gold. 



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on April 07, 2008, 06:14:51 AM
Die Hard 2 *** out of ****

Die Hard: With a Vengeance *** out of ****

 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JJ80 on April 07, 2008, 08:58:39 PM
"Dual Alibi" (1946) - Interesting British 'Noir' thriller about twin circus acrobats (both played by Herbert Lom) who plot revenge after they are swindled out of an immensely valuable winning lottery ticket by a crooked promoter and his girlfriend. Told in flashback we don't discover which twin fired the fatal shot until the end. Unusually the film allows the plot's murderer to survive (albeit as a physical and psychological wreck) and cheat justice in a trial. No classic, but well acted and strongly atmospheric if lacking in visual appeal aside from a nicely done montage sequence when the circus employees first learn about the winning ticket.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: glidewell on April 08, 2008, 10:00:14 AM
Just finished watching the first of like 10 maybe 15 DVD's I have, but have yet to make time to view. So I watched Wrestlemaniac first, simply because it has been sitting on my shelf by far the longset. I can honestly say that this movie was'nt that bad at all dude. It had freaking gnarly kill scenes, it had porno chicks all over the place and rogue lucha libre stars. For what it was worth, this film definitely shocked me, hopefully the others hold up the way this one did. Up next just to name a few i got Southland Tales, Revolver, The Lost, I am Legend, No Country, Tripping the Rift and a bunch of other stuff.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on April 09, 2008, 08:08:13 AM
The Return - Sarah Michelle Gellar wanders around Texas looking really confused.  After 45 minutes I had to turn it off, I was bored out of my freakin' skull.  Couldn't have cared less about the character (there was only one), and there was no plot. 

300 - Wow!  Marvelous Hollywood-ized story of tremendous courage in the face of insurmountable odds.  Some of the fight scenes were truly amazing. 

The Shaft - New York's Millenium building has a problem:  it's elevators are killing people.  Could it be haunted (rumor has it that Manhattan was built upon ancient Indian burial grounds)?  Or maybe it's terrorists?  Or maybe, just maybe, the computer for the elevators was designed by a guy who used to work for the military, building computers controlled by living brain tissue, until they went out of control?  Well, obviously it's choice #3.  I really enjoyed this.  The plot is utterly absurd, but the team of the the elevator repairman and the reporter (Naomi Watts) were fun to watch, and the plot moved along well, building to the ludicrous conclusion.

Star Wars Attack of the Clones - well, considering that it was apparently written by a sixth grader, and the acting would have made Ed Wood proud, it actually wasn't too bad.  There was usually enough stuff flying around or blowing up to keep me entertained.  It brought back some of the Star Wars fun that was missing from the first and third installments in this trilogy.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: glidewell on April 10, 2008, 08:21:44 AM
Holy Crap, I was totally not expecting this but I randomly figured I'd watch a few minutes of a documentary called Steep that I would care much about while I ate my dinner before I put in No Country. And I eneded up watching all of the documentary. If you've never heard of it Steep is this new extreme skiing documentary they just released. And its freaking dope man. This is one of the freshed Skiing/Snowboarding flicks I've ever seen. It was exhilarating, death defying, action packed, inspiring and so much more. I really wasnt expecting this. You guys gotta check this one out, makes me want to go play with fire or dodge cars on the freeway or something, man I'm pumped now.




Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on April 10, 2008, 09:42:10 AM
JFK **** out of ****

This film has now become one of my all time films to watch.  I really enjoyed it from start to finish and the entire investigation process was interesting as well.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on April 10, 2008, 08:17:25 PM
Near Dark

This was a great little vampire movie far removed from the usual vampire genre.  Lance Henricksen and Bill Paxton are always a delight to watch.  I love it when Lance is being menacing and scary and Bill is being manic and violent.

Highly recommended.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on April 10, 2008, 08:27:08 PM
JFK **** out of ****

This film has now become one of my all time films to watch.  I really enjoyed it from start to finish and the entire investigation process was interesting as well.

It's a little too tin-foil hat for me but not a bad flick.

For a movie like this I like last year's Zodiac.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 11, 2008, 09:17:15 AM
"who wants to kill jessie?"


this was the second czech movie from the 60's I've seen and it was less annoying than the other one "daisies" .    cartoon characters come to life and romance and hijinks ensue.  both films feature a generally experimental approach to filmaking, especially visually


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 13, 2008, 04:55:31 PM
THEY SAVED HITLER'S BRAIN (1963): They did do that thing the title says they did. But when they filmed it, it turned out to be too short, so several years later unrelated parties filmed some extra barely related spy footage and tacked it on to the beginning of the original. The result is one of the most boring and confusing movies ever made, with only some outstandingly hammy acting by Hitler's mute head (carefully preserved in a spacious jar) enlivening things at the very end.  I mean to do a full reader review of this next week, God help me.  1/5 slimes.

THE GREAT YOKAI WAR (2005): Aided by friendly Yokai (spirits), a cowardly boy must overcome his fears to avert the destruction of Tokyo. Fun and visually impressive family fantasy from "extreme" Japanese director Takashi Miike; the best part are the dozens upon dozens of Yokai, each unique, from a turtle man to a woman with an infinitely extensible neck to a living umbrella. Amereican kids would love it, except for the subtitles.  My first Miike movie, and his visual sense is exciting even if this subject matter isn't typical.  4/5 slimes.

THE RED BALLOON (LE BALLON ROUGE) (1956): A red balloon follows a 6 year old boy around Paris. This short, simple, essentially silent fable about friendship is universally beloved for good reason.  Only 38 minutes.  If your cable system offers on-demand movies, this is available free this month from Turner Classic Movies. 5/5.

PEEPING TOM (1960):  A shy but demented cameraman is obsessed with the idea of documenting fear, and takes it upon himself to gather the footage he needs. This pic is as much an intense character study as a stylish thriller; it was Powell's audacity in forcing the audience to understand and even sympathize with the killer, rather than the perverse depiction of voyeurism, that destroyed the director's career.  5/5 slimes.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on April 13, 2008, 11:36:39 PM
Flash Gordon
Flash - ah ahhhhh - saviour of the Universe!  I totally forgot how over the top everything is in this movie.  Including the fact that Dale and Flash were engaged two minutes after getting captured.  And they didn't even know each other!  My 17 yo son now counts it as one of his favourite movies.

Thir13en Ghosts
I haven't seen the original, just this one with the lovely Shannon Elizabeth.  I fell in love with the all glass house and the ghosts were pretty scary too.  One of my faves.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on April 14, 2008, 06:13:26 AM
Jaws ** 1/2 out of ****

It was an okay film, but I though it was a bit overrated.

The King of Kong: A Fistful of quarters **** out of ****

Once upon a time in America *** 1/2 out of ****




Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: glidewell on April 14, 2008, 09:24:07 AM
Jack Ketchums, The Lost. Such a perfect title for this film cuz its titular character Ray Pye is such a vehement looser. This movie is scary in ways rarely seeen on film. Its Silence of the Lams sort of scarry, Damer scarry, Jaws scarry, Its the fact that this ish is real that really delivers and drives the story home. I literally sweat  during sequences in this movie. Definitely watching this one a second time  but with the lights on for sure.

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I was able to find this trailer  on YT...jeez you have no idea how hard it is to search for something with a name as generic as "the lost"...but this did turn up and I'm pretty sure that its the official trailer:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5uKmN3mwQ0


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 18, 2008, 05:20:26 PM
bedtime stories-  wacky way out there soft core starring illona Staller aka Ciccolina, italian porn goddess turned politician.  it's really something else.  Shee wears this crown thing all the time and dresses in a little piece of fabric she lifts up constantly.  the dress is as thin as the plot, which is about a dirty radio show she does, kind of like sassy sue or whatever.  she performs some ridiculous pop songs, seduces a very skinny guy, gets saved from a gang rape by a ventriloquist lesbian and carries a dirty looking blue teddy bear.  You'd think Italy was heaven watching this and it may well be I've never been there.

Lone Wolf mcquade-  if you haven't seen many chuck norris movies and don't know where to start definately check this out.  the cliches are piled on pretty high, but it kicks ass.  straightforward in way they don't make anymore.  bites heavily from spaghetti westerns and Bruce Lee in places.  featuring Billy Dee Williams and David Carradine. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on April 19, 2008, 08:35:38 AM
Tinman - the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries.  Loosely based on The Wizard of Oz.  This was actually pretty good.  Some girl and her parents are swept away by a tornado to "the O.Z." or "Outer Zone".  Girl sets off to search for her parents, meets some people, has a series of adventures and a few too many flashbacks, and discovers all sorts of stuff that deepens the plot.  My favorite part is the evil sorceress:  She's hot, wears this crazy gold outfit, and gets all the best lines.  Would have been a somewhat boring movie without her.

Within the Rock - there's a runaway moon hurtling towards Earth (Doing about warp 9 judging by how fast it's whippin' past other stars).  A team of miners is sent to drill tunnels into it, after which they'll set off some C4 next to the reactor, which will turn it into a nuclear bomb and the explosion will be routed through the tunnels, causing the moon to change course (by about 45 degrees).  But little do they know, there's actually a big scary monster imprisoned "within the rock".  Yup, they unknowingly release it, mayhem ensues.  This could have been a fun cheese fest, but never really achieved that lofty goal.  The heroine is unlikable, the other characters...seemed like the writers were just sort of stewing around and never did figure out what to do with these people.  There's a tough girl who starts pouring out her heart to the heroine;  she's not really tough, she's a delicate little flower!  I thought they were going to start kissing or something.  Overall, I paid 85 cents for the VHS tape, and got my money's worth.

Pan's Labyrinth - some critic somewhere said this was good, so I watched it.  It was enjoyable.  Spanish film, hope you like subtitles.  In WWII Spain, a young girl and her mother move to a military compound where mom's new husband is in command.  He's a real SOB, killing rebels without mercy and that sort of stuff.  Half the movie is about the husband and his military exploits, the other half about the young girl and her fairy tale adventures with fairies and fauns and the quests they send her on.  I actually liked the military stuff better than the fantasy storyline.  Overall, pretty cool, nice downbeat ending you never get with American films.  High production values, well developed characters, the whole deal.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 20, 2008, 02:12:11 PM
HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982): A doctor and his new girlfriend investigate a Satanic plot to place devices in kid's Halloween masks that either blow their heads up or turn them into a mass of snakes and cockroaches.  This mix of the imaginative, the inept and the downright silly turns into good dumb fun by the third act, but there are lots of horror-movie cliches to wade through first to get to the good stuff.  3/5.

RABID DOGS (1974): Fleeing a bloody payroll heist, three criminals abduct two adults and an unconscious, possibly dying child. Basically a five character hostage drama set almost entirely inside a cramped car, strong characterizations make this involving despite plot holes and a too-obvious twist ending.  Mario Bava directs.  Beware the inferior re-edited, re-dubbed version entitled KIDNAPPED, available on the same disc.  4/5.

THE INCREIBLE PETRIFIED WORLD (1957):  Three scientists and a gal reporter luck out when their errant diving bell falls near some underwater caves.  The undersea world they discover is hardly petrified and certainly not incredible. Remarkably action-free.  The aquatic documentary shown at the very beginning is actually being watched by characters in the framing story: in other words, this is that rare who's padding actually has its own padding. As much fun as the bends. 1/5.

MARVELOUS (2006):  When a mopey divorcee discovers she has mystical healing powers, her in-laws and various friends, hangers-on and manipulators ride her coattails to prominence as a cult-like figure.  Slow to start, abrupt to end, and sometimes too subtle where it should be outrageous, this celebrity satire nonetheless has an authentic bite, like a minor NETWORK.  3.5/5.

SOM AND BANK: BAGKOK FOR SALE [AKA ONE TAKE ONLY] (2006):  Drug runner Bank and teen prostitute Som, essentially orphans, develop a romance in the Bangkok underworld.  Fun as a seedy Bangkok travelogue, but everytime the underprivliged-teen-lovers-against-the-world drama starts to take off, director Oxide Pang Chun throws in another music video style dream sequence with thumping techno music to kill the momentum.  3/5


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on April 20, 2008, 07:56:28 PM
Poltergeist
Since everyone knows this movie, I won't do a mini-review.  I did think that it would be ho hum after not watching it for years, but the scare factor is still there.

Red Dwarf Season 5 - A classic in British humour.  I've seen all the eps before but because each season is so expensive, I'm having to buy them at the rate of one every few pay days.

Shrek - I love this franchise.  Mike Myers does a passable Scottish accent and the humour is excellent.  Can't wait to see Shrek 3.

The Gate - Oh, man this was LAME!  Stephen Dorff as a 10 year old, complete with a bad haircut and lame acting abilities.  He certainly got better as he got older.  I ended up fast forwarding through the odd plot.  Something about a hole in the backyard unleashing demons.  Thankfully after 90 mins you finally get to see the demons and all the action is contained in the last 15 mins or so.  They had the trailer for the movie in the special features.  Watch the trailer instead.  It's more action packed and you'll get a better wrap of the story.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on April 21, 2008, 06:05:31 AM
It came! I watched it! ALUCARDA (1975)!

DAM! Really bizzare devil poosesion movie from Mexico. If you like the sound of screaming....really hysterical screaming,this is the movie for you.

 A girl named Justine is placed in a convenet where the nuns all dress in what seems to be filthy,bloody rags.Her roomie is a weird girl named Alucarda,who is obssesed with death. They meet up with some weird gypsies,rifle through what seems to be an old tomb,and both become possessed by demons.

Some really silly dialouge,weird imagery,and lotsa blood. LOTS of blood. It seems like someone is bleeding every other minute in this movie! Not quite the classic I expected,but a wild movie nevertheless.

BEST SCENE: Justine is found in a blood filled coffin by one of the nuns....and the crazy demon girl slashes the poor Sister up with her fingernails like a wild animal! Lotsa blood and screaming ensues!
 



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: trekgeezer on April 21, 2008, 07:16:54 AM
Beowulf (2007)  - Robert Zemeckis' 3D all CGI movie of the classic tale.  Didn't see any reason for this being all CG, but it was a pretty good film.

I Am Legend (2007) - Will Smith does an excellent acting job, but the stupid director went video game CG on the mutant/vampires and totally missed the point of the original story.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: glidewell on April 21, 2008, 09:42:16 AM
Damn, I just watched Jimmy Carter Man From Plains on DVD and I am so inspired, I like totally want to go and save a cat in a tree or something. Who would have ever thought that at 80 years old this guy would still give a crap about the world particularly in its current state. Not only that but maintain as much composure around so much controversy, this guy is a pro and truly a nobel peae prize deserving philanthropist.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: enemy on April 21, 2008, 01:46:03 PM
Hands of Steel - A cyborg, created to kill a influential leader has a change of heart at the last minute.  On the run from his creators, he hides out in a roadside bar/hotel and earns his keep doing odd jobs and arm wrestling truck drivers that stop by.  A great entry in 80's Italian cinema; it borrows a few ideas from the Terminator and lifts the arm repair scene directly.

I thought it was really fun and enjoyed it the whole way through. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 22, 2008, 08:16:37 AM
seance on a wet afternoon (1964) -  suspension of disbelief and tolerance of showy british acting styles required, but overall good story about a phony medium who is also insane. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on April 22, 2008, 03:54:49 PM
CLOVERFIELD   *** out of ****.
Expected to hate it, ended up liking it. While the movie has some issues, its strengths outweigh it's weaknesses and it ends up being lots of fun.  The characters wind up doing some dumb things throughout the movie but I'm sure I would as well if I was trapped in a city with a giant 350 foot monster rampaging around.  Great extras on the DVD BTW.

12 MONKEYS   ***1/2 out of ****.
Terry Gilliam was working as a director-for-hire on this 1995 time travel/dementia sci-fi epic starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt.  The movie gets a little too out there at times but that's to be expected with a visionary and extremely quirky/non-conventional director like Gilliam at the helm.  Great stuff and a movie that sticks with you for a while after the 1st time you see it. I was lucky to see this in theaters originally.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on April 22, 2008, 08:01:31 PM
Resident Evil - Extinction
Yet another fabbo offering in this wonderful franchise.  Stark and bleak with enough flesh eating zombies to keep your interest up.  I like the premise that the T-Virus destroyed everything on Earth, not just people.  I'm glad to see that they left things open for another film in the franchise.  Milla Jovovich kicks arse as usual and good old Aussie advertising commerial guru Russell Mulcahy is at the helm directing.  And the very yummy Oded Fehr makes another appearance as Carlos Olivera. :wink:

Interesting sidebar:  when AIDS first hit public awareness in the 80s and scared the bejeebles out of everyone, Russ did a commerical about protecting yourself against the virus.  It showed a bunch of people in a bowling alley used as ten pins, men, women, old people, kids.  And the Grim Reaper was the bowler.  He'd bowl the ball and all the people, including the scared and crying kids were knocked down dead.  Then they'd be dragged away like discarded pins and a new set of people would be set up.

It caused a huge stir back then and he was both villified for the violence and praised for his ingenuity.  When I see it now, it's nothing.  But back then the imagery was frightening and pretty gory.

He did well with this movie.  Tight direction, good story line, brilliant visuals and very scary even though it was shot in broad daylight in the desert.

Highly recommended.   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: glidewell on April 23, 2008, 10:08:07 AM
Man I feel really fortunate to have come across the quality movies I've been watching lately, they're has been a few duds in the mix but suprisingly alot of good ish has been coming out. Last Night I watched Revolver the Guy Rithcie movie. All I can say is that if you havent seen this go see it, its not what you'll expect it to be and the concept behind it is really f-ing poignant. This film really reps the conceptual evolution of man depicted thru the medium of film. I dont want to say too much, cuz well I really dont want to ruin this one. I think I'm going to watch Southland Tales next and then perhaps Val Kilmers new movie Conspiracy, which I heard was much better than its critical reception.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 23, 2008, 02:22:39 PM
monster from the ocean floor (1954)-    a vactioning woman who looks like Grandpa al lewis from the munsters hooks up with a scientist who has a pedal powered one man submarine and they look for the monster, who resides at the oceans floor.  The scientist is a goofball and the monster is goofy but it's a fun movie that's like a tropical vacation.  spanish stereotype characters are in poor taste.

they dn't cut the grass anymore- ridiculous ultra low budget gore fest, filmed in a long island backyard.  There are some sort of cute LI ladies but they are largely ignored infavor of really long really cheap looking gore scenes.  the head weirdo lawn care killer guy is supposed to be from texas but the actor doesn't do a southern accent.  it's really weird.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Andrew on April 23, 2008, 04:14:55 PM
they dn't cut the grass anymore- ridiculous ultra low budget gore fest, filmed in a long island backyard.  There are some sort of cute LI ladies but they are largely ignored infavor of really long really cheap looking gore scenes.  the head weirdo lawn care killer guy is supposed to be from texas but the actor doesn't do a southern accent.  it's really weird.


That is from Nathan Schiff, the same guy who did "Weasels Rip My Flesh" - one of my personal demons.  From one of the interviews I've seen, he used to raid his mom's freezer for meat to use as special effects.

The "Weasels Rip My Flesh" review:
http://www.badmovies.org/movies/weaselsrip/


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on April 24, 2008, 06:13:49 AM
The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear *** out of ****



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 24, 2008, 08:20:05 AM
andrew-  the commentary track is preposterous


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on April 25, 2008, 12:48:19 AM
Tonight's eye fest is "Delta, Delta, DIE" and "Phil the Alien" this one should kill about 1,000,000 brain cells.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: moman on April 25, 2008, 01:15:15 PM
Kill Bill vol.1+2, I really liked it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 26, 2008, 10:04:14 AM
linda blair in "born innocent".  she's awesome.  the movie is real downbeat but good and has a great finale.  very edgy for tv and good quality print.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: trekgeezer on April 27, 2008, 04:37:58 PM
Le Pacte des Loups (aka Brotherhood of the Wolf)   Some of us have talked about this before. It is a unique movie.  If you haven't seen it, it's set in pre-revolution France. A beast of unknown origin is killing the citizens of the Gevaudan province so the king dispatches his Royal Naturalist/Taxidermist. Accompanying him is his Iroquois blood-brother Mani.

The two become imbroiled in political/religious conspiracy involving said beast. It features a unique beast, an incestuous brother, an undercover hooker working for the Pope, and everybody is kung fu fighting.

This movie has several genres thrown into the blender.  It is a monster, kung fu,  love story, political thriller.

It's good, if you haven't seen it do so, you won't regret it.

I just rewatched last night for the first time in about three years.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 27, 2008, 05:48:28 PM
A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS (2006):  An autobiographical tale of shiftless toughs growing up on the mean streets of New York.  With Robert Downey Jr., Chazz Palmienteri, and a cast of exciting fresh faces, it's well acted but adds little to the genre.  3/5.

DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN (2005):  Someone knew I liked weird, bad movies and thought I should see this.  They were wrong.   It's difficult to explain the difference between a fun-bad and soul-destroying bad to people.  This is a confused mess that tries to be a revenge drama, romantic comedy, and uplifting spiritual tale all at the same time.  It also has the egotisitical screenwriter playing three roles, including a painfully unfunny gun-toting granny in drag.  Just a freaking mess.  AVOID!  SKULL.

SHUTTER (2004):  Thai ghost story about a photographer and his girlfriend who hit a young woman on a deserted road and flee the scene of the accident.  Soon, a ghostly female figure starts to appear in his photographs.  Very obvious and only mildly spooky for the first half, but it picks up in the second half after the identity of the ghost is slowly revealed.  Decent.  3/5.  This has been remade in English this year, but I have no faith in Hollywood to improve on the original.



 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on April 27, 2008, 07:33:00 PM
Beware:  Some Mild Spoilerage Ahead




Dracula II: The Ascension

I didn't really like the first one, thought it was a bit lame.  So I wasn't expecting much from this one.  However, I liked the bejeebles out of this one!  It was entertaining and the story was pretty good.  The acting was well done and there was blood and stuff, but not heaps.  Just enough to be in keeping with the story.

Diane Neal (Law and Order SVU) was a nice surprise.  I especially liked the way they didn't cure her and she ended up a vamp.  Makes way for another film in the series.


Beavis & Butthead Volume 2

What can I say about these lovable idiots?  They have me laughing and shaking my head sadly all at the same time.  I also liked the interviews with Mike Judge and the list of music clips that the guys "narrate".  Highy recommended.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on April 28, 2008, 08:32:04 AM
Waiting...- ***/****.  This is a comedy from 2005 starring Chi McBride (great actor), Luis Guzman, Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, Justin Long, Dane Cook and David Koechner.  Basically can be called "Clerks in a restaurant", but it very much hits the nail on the head as far as how it is in a restaurant, and that's coming from somebody in that line of work.  One favorite scene is when the restaurant is about 3 minutes from closing and the cooks are lined up counting down when 2 customers come walking in and the cooks start flipping out and cursing them to hell.  I've been there myself.  When you work a 10/11 hour shift and want to get home and that one or two last customers show up, you want to punch them in the head. :smile:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on April 28, 2008, 10:10:40 AM
Killer Klowns from Outer Space ** 1/2 out of ****

It was funny at times, but I though it was an okay film.

Batman (1989) *** out of ****

The only complaint that I have is that I couldn't see Micheal Keaton as Bruce Wayne.  I just felt he couldn't capture the full essence of his character.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on April 28, 2008, 04:17:01 PM
The Matrix   ***1/2 out of ****.
The Matrix Reloaded   **1/2 out of ****.
The Matrix Revolutions   *** out of ****.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on April 28, 2008, 11:19:39 PM
FREAK OUT - British Gen X comedy horror slasher flick.

Per IMDB

Quote from: IMDB
Merv Doody (James Heathcote) is a true horror aficionado. He's seen it all. That's when fate delivers an inept psycho killer to his doorstep. At first, Merv is interested in not getting killed, but then it becomes something more. He must transform this bumbling reject from the local asylum into the ultimate killing machine. Enlisting the aid of his best friend Onkey (Dan Palmer), they set about making the best slasher in the world. Forget Jason and Freddy. They're losers. The man with the spatula (that's right, I said spatula. You wanna make something of it, Sissy?) learns his lessons too well. It isn't long before the man with the hockey mask and orange jumper is carving a path of destruction through the sleepy town of Redwater Cove. Merv and Onkey find that they are the only two who can stop the murderous rampage of their own creation. The only question is how do you destroy an unstoppable machine of utter madness?

IMDB says the budget was £30,000, where did the money go? The plot outline sounds far better than the movie actually is, it's worth is a look if you've been drinking all day.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Hammock Rider on April 29, 2008, 03:44:47 PM
I watched Wanted: Dead or Alive with Rutger Hauer and Gene Simmons. Nothing says 80's b action like ol' Rutger. He was fairly out of shape in this one, no Roy Batty abs for Nick Randall.
But it's a fun movie. Rutger delivers a heavy dose of justice and also has one of the coolest bad ass pads in cinema.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: indianasmith on April 29, 2008, 05:06:18 PM
FREAK OUT - British Gen X comedy horror slasher flick.

Per IMDB

Quote from: IMDB
Merv Doody (James Heathcote) is a true horror aficionado. He's seen it all. That's when fate delivers an inept psycho killer to his doorstep. At first, Merv is interested in not getting killed, but then it becomes something more. He must transform this bumbling reject from the local asylum into the ultimate killing machine. Enlisting the aid of his best friend Onkey (Dan Palmer), they set about making the best slasher in the world. Forget Jason and Freddy. They're losers. The man with the spatula (that's right, I said spatula. You wanna make something of it, Sissy?) learns his lessons too well. It isn't long before the man with the hockey mask and orange jumper is carving a path of destruction through the sleepy town of Redwater Cove. Merv and Onkey find that they are the only two who can stop the murderous rampage of their own creation. The only question is how do you destroy an unstoppable machine of utter madness?

IMDB says the budget was £30,000, where did the money go? The plot outline sounds far better than the movie actually is, it's worth is a look if you've been drinking all day.

Isn't that the one where their killer in training goes rampaging through a crowd, and one of the guys yells at the other:

"He's killing a bunch of innocent Larry Hagman fans!"

and his buddy replies - "Dude, there ARE no innocent Larry Hagman fans!" 

I think I reviewed this one on here last summer.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on April 29, 2008, 05:17:01 PM
Isn't that the one where their killer in training goes rampaging through a crowd, and one of the guys yells at the other:

"He's killing a bunch of innocent Larry Hagman fans!"

and his buddy replies - "Dude, there ARE no innocent Larry Hagman fans!" 

I think I reviewed this one on here last summer.

I don't recall that line, but that is not to say it's not there. I sort of, kind of watched it. I had trouble paying attention to it, it had a few funny lines and a few funny moments, but nothing really all that memorable. It was a British film with only one American in it that played the sheriff, he did wear a cowboy hat so maybe it was the same movie. Larry Hagman ... cowboy hat ... possible. I'm not going to suffer through it again to fine out. :teddyr:
If this helps the killer dressed in a orange jail jumper wearing a hockey mask killing people with a spatula. Sounds funny right? Well it was only marginally humorous.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: moman on May 01, 2008, 08:55:03 PM
I just watched Freak Out as well, was OK but nowhere near as good as I thought it sounded.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on May 05, 2008, 09:07:09 AM
The Lost World: Jurassic Park ** 1/2 out of ****

It was fine, the CGI work was really good, but I didn't like some of the script and I felt the kids that were int he film acted like movie kids.

Jurassic Park III ** out of ****

unneeded sequel.  Too short for it's own good and CGI was corny at times.

Apocalypse Now: Redux *** out of ****

It wasn't bad, I liked it, but it felt like it took forever to get to the ending.  The plantation scene was not needed in my opinion.

Friday the 13th Part VI ** out of ****

Corny as the series it, but not bad.  It's better than some of the previous films, but I don't think I'll watch it again.

The Simpsons Movie *** out of ****

I though it was quite good.  Not the funniest things I have ever watched but still enjoyable.  I wasn't super crazy on the idea of have the film be like a 90 min episode as much I though I would be.  Stewie Griffan: The Untold Story did a much better job with this premises years earlier.

 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on May 06, 2008, 10:04:23 AM
the Seduction (1983)- starring Morgan Fairchild:   This was nominated for a few razzies in 1983.  Fairchild is sort of like a hot blonde female versin of the Tin man from Wizard of oz.  I know it's hard to picture but that's the best I could do.  it's a stalker thriller with some trashy interludes.  suspension of disbelief required. it's no "fatal attraction" but I enjoyed it andi it's an excellent print.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: trekgeezer on May 06, 2008, 12:26:40 PM
the Seduction (1983)- starring Morgan Fairchild:   This was nominated for a few razzies in 1983.  Fairchild is sort of like a hot blonde female versin of the Tin man from Wizard of oz.  I know it's hard to picture but that's the best I could do.  it's a stalker thriller with some trashy interludes.  suspension of disbelief required. it's no "fatal attraction" but I enjoyed it andi it's an excellent print.

Is this the one with Andrew Stevens as the stalker and then Morgan ends up turning the tables on him?  It was pretty dumb as I remember. Morgan Fairchild was one of those plastic women.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Hammock Rider on May 06, 2008, 01:49:18 PM
Morgan comes across as plastic and sometimes even icy and aloof. I've talked to her on conference calls and thought she was actually just a calm cool character. She's pretty smart and has a decent sense of humor. She's just not much of an actress. Still, pretty MILFy if you ask me.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on May 06, 2008, 02:01:09 PM
trek/ hammock -  yes that's the one.  the company that rereleased this also did "superstition" which is a very rare, watchable but somewhat laughable early 80's horror flick.  weird niches getting filled that's capitalism!  "I'm really in the mood for an ultra rare pretty bad but kinda good early 80's demento thriller starring someone from falcon crest or something"


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on May 06, 2008, 05:27:46 PM
OPEN YOUR EYES (ABRE LOS OJOS) (1997):  Well-scripted mindbender, remade as VANILLA SKY.  Nice dream imagery.  4/5.

CANDY STRIPERS (2006):  I thought this T&A horror might be fun.  Turns out I'm not 15 years old anymore.  2/5 if your mind is totally turned off or if you're a 15 year old boy, 1/5 otherwise.

THE EVIL DEAD (1981):  Classic "Spam in A Cabin" movie.  I'm shocked Andrew only gave this 2/5 slimes, but I'm sure he's taken enough grief for that over the years.  4/5.

IRMA LA DOUCE (1963):  Billy Wilder directs Jack Lemmon as a reluctant Parisian pimp?  Not as much fun as it sounds, and it's over 2.5 hours long.  3/5.

 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on May 06, 2008, 09:52:09 PM
Filthy, Rich and Catflap

The Young Ones boys do it again.  Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmonson and Nigel Planer are hilarious as the Richie Rich the z-grade "celebrity", Eddie Catflap,the vicious, slovenly minder and Ralph Filthy, the alcoholic no hoper agent, respectively.

I got the complete series (only 6 eps!) on DVD on the weekend for $15.00.  Been laughing myself silly all weekend.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: indianasmith on May 06, 2008, 09:54:22 PM
My wife and I watched Episode I of the second season of ROME Sunday night.  One of my favorite of the whole series . . .  Lucius Vorenus is a BEAST when he's ticked off!!!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on May 07, 2008, 06:07:22 AM
Porky's Revenge ** out of ****

Not really funny at all.  There were a few times where it was funny, but overall just kinda dull.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on May 08, 2008, 12:59:52 PM
Courage Under Fire: *** 1/2 out of ****

I really though this was an amazing film.  I really enjoyed how the same story was told slightly different by different people.  I also enjoyed the character development in the film as it really made the film come fully circle and seem very realistic.
 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on May 10, 2008, 09:10:43 AM
Creature Unknown - some kids get together at a cabin to commemorate the disappearance of one of their friends.  They were going for a real Breakfast Club feel here, unfortunately I found all the characters completely uninteresting.  Even the b***hy girl didn't manage to annoy.  A guy in a rubber monster suit shows up and starts killing them.  In broad daylight, so no suspense or scares.  The female scientist who created the beast shows up and tries to help the kids.  Aren't scientists who create monsters supposed to be evil?  This one was good.  Would have been much better if she was evil.  There was a "shocking revelation" at the end. 

Cathy's Curse - from a Brentwood set.  A woman abandons her husband and child, dad shows up and grabs the girl, they drive until a bunny rabbit crosses the road.  They swerve to avoid it, car bursts into flames, they die.  Then a couple and their daughter move into the house, kid gets possessed by the spirit of the dead kid.  They do an amazing amount of housework, etc.  The second half wasn't all that bad, but after the first half it was all I could do to keep my eyes open. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on May 12, 2008, 12:50:30 PM
Cliffhanger - *** out of ****

One of Stallone's better action films, not as good as First Blood but still enjoyable to watch.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on May 15, 2008, 05:52:34 AM
Once upon a time in the West ** 1/2 out of ****

I'm not super crazy for Westerns but I did enjoy this film.  The reason for the so so score?  The pace was so slow.  I didn't think it was needed to focus on two characters on the screen for 3 minutes before something happened.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on May 15, 2008, 09:00:58 PM
I started watching Season 2 of Father Ted last night.

I'd forgotten how funny Irish priests can be.  If you haven't seen this show, I highly recommend it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on May 18, 2008, 09:09:27 AM
abdul the damned-  unique historically accurate but not very interesting.  from 1935, based on the fall of the sultan of turkey.  too talky, some phoned in art deco sets and weak busby berkely harem dancing


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on May 18, 2008, 06:53:08 PM
THE GENERAL (1927):  Buster Keaton's train chase movie.  More an adventure than a comedy.  I'm not sure this holds up as well as other classic silent movies, but it's exciting enough to keep most folks watching.  3/5, 4/5 if you have a love of silent films and stuntwork.

CLAVAIRE (2006):  Weird surrealistic French horror flick with serious pacing problems.  Some very nice scenes but overall tedious and queasy.  2/5 (though many consider it a skull).

SILK (2006): Taiwanese story about scientists investigating ghosts.  Turns out ghosts are created by burying disturbed kids in strong magnetic fields.  Promising at first but gets tedious as it goes on.  Some nice images.  2/5.   

THE PRODUCERS (1968): Classic Mel Brooks farce starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder about two men deliberately producing a flop Broadway play (a musical about the life of Hitler) to bilk old ladies out of their investments.  Everyone should see this.  The play's director is a transvestite (shades of Ed Wood?) 5/5.

 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on May 18, 2008, 07:00:56 PM
Frailty

Bill Paxton starred in and directed this one.  I'd heard lots of good things about it but it took me a while to actually see it.  Now I'm glad I did.  It was a great movie.

Paxton plays a single dad of two young boys who gets a vision from an angel telling him there are demons among us dressed as humans and they must be destroyed.  The emotional impact it has on his kids and himself is very real.  Paxton's directing hand is just right in this one.  It wasn't melodramatic and the sense of unease and dread builds subtly and you feel like you're sliding into madness along with the characters.

4/5 stars.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JJ80 on May 19, 2008, 04:59:53 PM
"Bandolero!" (1968) - James Stewart and Dean Martin play the Mace Brothers who are reunited after serving on different sides during the American Civil War. A passable western from Andrew V McLaglen with semi-interesting characters, picturesque desert scenery, and plenty of action including a massive shootout with a gang of Mexican bandits in the finale. However, the two attempted rape scenes on Raquel Welsh's character leave a somewhat bitter taste in the mouth. Andrew's old pal George Kennedy plays a decent but limited sheriff who chases the brothers and their gang after their failed bank robbery/near execution.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on May 19, 2008, 07:43:23 PM
SHOWGIRLS  (NC-17 version)   *1/2 out of ****.

On a rating scale in terms of unintentional comedy, I would have to rate this movie a 3 1/2 though. Don't quite know what was going through director Paul Verhoeven's head when he decided to follow up his guilty pleasure Basic Instinct with this turkey.   So hard to take seriously, I can now only hope to think that they weren't really taking this as seriously as people thought that they were when making it.  Gina Gershon seems to be the only one in on the joke however as she gives a tongue in cheek performance that is quite fun and others should have taken a cue from while also looking absolutely ravishing (as usual). And say what you want about Elizabeth Berkley, but while miscast, dang it if she did look super hot IMO.

(http://images.zap2it.com/20050930/elizabethberkley_showgirls_240.jpg)

(http://www.cinemovies.fr/images/data/films/Pfilm34911753258782.jpg)

Watch at your own risk!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on May 20, 2008, 06:45:02 AM
SHOWGIRLS  (NC-17 version)   *1/2 out of ****.

On a rating scale in terms of unintentional comedy, I would have to rate this movie a 3 1/2 though. Don't quite know what was going through director Paul Verhoeven's head when he decided to follow up his guilty please Basic Instinct with this turkey.   So hard to take seriously, I can now only hope to think that they weren't really taking this as seriously as people thought that they were when making it.  Gina Gershon seems to be the only one in on the joke however as she gives a tongue in cheek performance that is quite fun and others should have taken a cue from while also looking absolutely ravishing (as usual). And say what you want about Elizabeth Berkley, but while miscast, dang it if she didn't look hot IMO.

([url]http://images.zap2it.com/20050930/elizabethberkley_showgirls_240.jpg[/url])

Watch at your own risk!


This is one of those films that if you take seriously you will miss just how funny it can be and it's not even trying.  I do agree with you about Gina Gershon being in on the joke, it just seems like she always had some kind of smirk on her face like she knew this film would be a big old turkey.  This film really deserves the MST3K treatment to probably enjoy it so much more. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: indianasmith on May 20, 2008, 04:29:58 PM
You know, when they show that one on TNT or USA, it is about 45 minutes shorter than in its theatrical version . . . and they STILL have to blur parts of some scenes!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on May 20, 2008, 06:03:11 PM
LEPERCHAUN  3- This is the first time I have ever seen a Leperchaun movie. I didn't know whether to life or cry in anguish. My emotions ran the gamut of"Whatta pile of sh!t" to " gee-that's funny as hell...for some duma$$ reason!"


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on May 20, 2008, 06:13:40 PM
LEPERCHAUN  3- This is the first time I have ever seen a Leprechaun movie. I didn't know whether to life or cry in anguish. My emotions ran the gamut of"Whatta pile of sh!t" to " gee-that's funny as hell...for some duma$$ reason!"

There's a 3 pack you can get for only 9.99 of the 1st 3 Leprechaun movies. I have thought about picking them up as they work wonders as unintentional comedy.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on May 20, 2008, 10:19:37 PM
Dawn of the Dead  (2004 unrated version) *** out of ****.

This movie should have been a complete disaster but it managed to be a quite fun zombie romp that really has not much to do with the Romero original other than the mall setting, zombies (of course) and the title.    The uber cute Sarah Polley shines in the title role and Ving Rhames is his usual badass self. The running zombies are much more of an immediate threat but they lack much of the creepiness of the slow moving Romero zombies.  The gore is quite plentiful (more so in the unrated version) and there is even some female nudity thrown in to quench horror fans' demands.  The movie starts to  lose some punch a bit once they leave the mall, but still, this is a lot of fun for horror/zombie fans.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on May 25, 2008, 04:47:27 PM
GULLIVERS'S TRAVELS (1996): Made for TV miniseries with Ted Danson as Gulliver.  Pretty entertaining, with good sepcial effects, and they say it's the most faithful adaptation of the book ever filmed.  4/5

AUDITION (1999): I finally got around to seeing this one.  Every bit as disturbing as I had been told.  Not perfect because of the (deliberately) slow start, but still lingers in the memory.  5/5 (for horror fans).

QUEEN OF THE AMAZONS (1947):  A "white goddess" movie: a group of civilized Europeans heads into the jungle to track down a missing Caucasian, who as it turns out is living happily in an all-female society of white female shipwreck victims.  Rudimentary storytelling arranged around avaiable stock footage.  Would have been prime MST3K material. 1/5, though the lame action scenes are stupid enough to provide some amusement.

MOON OF THE WOLF (1972):  This made-for-TV talkfest set in the Louisiana bayous has to be one of the most boring movies ever made.  The werewolf makeup is horrible, but only visible for about 30 seconds.  This is devoid of entertainment value.  Skull.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on May 25, 2008, 05:33:38 PM
Man, I haven't watched anything in a while.  The last movie I watched was The 'Burbs and that was over a week ago, and before that it was Iron Man when it first opened.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on May 25, 2008, 07:05:13 PM
Beowulf
Surprisingly, not as crappy as I expected.  The animation didn't hurt my eyes like A Scanner Darkly did and the story was fast paced enough that I didn't get bored.  I thought overall the story was a bit thin, but then I didn't expect miracles when I started watching it.

Overall, an okay kind of movie, but not good enough to purchase.



The Mothman Prophesies
This was on sale for $9 so I thought what the hell.  I had seen it before, but it was ages ago and I'd forgotten what happened.  I have to say that I enjoyed it immensely and it was well worth the money.  I like Richard Gere as an actor.  He does the emotional everyman thing very well and when he's tortured you can believe it.  It's made me want the buy the book even more than I did before.


Cloverfield
My son saw this in the cinema and raved about it.  I thought I'd hate it with the jerky camera thing that is inexplicably popular these days.  My tv is only 52 cm (20") as well, so I thought it would lose something.

I liked this movie a lot.  It wasn't as scary as it would have been on the big screen but that didn't detract from it.  Also, the jerky camera thing didn't bother me at all.  I thought the story was solid and the special effects amazing.  And the characters didn't do anything overtly stupid which was a refreshing change.  But I thought that everyone going onto the bridge to get out of the place was kind of dumb.  I've never been to New York so I don't know how the geography works, but it just seems common sense to keep away from any structure that's not stable and can kill you if it gets destroyed.

Overall 4/5 stars.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on May 27, 2008, 06:38:43 AM
Friday the 13th part VII ** out of ****

I couldn't think this film franchise could get any dumber, sadly I was mistaken.  It was dumb on how Jason got revived AGAIN.

Friday the 13th Part VIII * 1/2 out of ****

Worse than the previous one.  Jason in New York and the 80's teenagers was just awful.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on May 27, 2008, 07:44:34 AM
Ritual - one of those Tales From The Crypt movies.  A female doctor has her license suspended and the only work she can get is to move to Jamaica and be a personal physician for a rich guy's brother.  He believes a voodoo curse has been put on him, making him a zombie.  The doctor spends the movie investigating the island's voodoo culture and befriending the locals.  Fairly good overall.  The doctor was very likable and very, very hot.  The story moved quite slowly and was only moderately interesting.  The whole "This is Jamaica mon, we drink and smoke dope and have sex 24/7" was overdone to the point of annoyance.  But did I mention the doctor was hot?

Venom - some kids in Louisiana are stalked by a zombie killer dude.  If you've ever seen a slasher, you've seen this plot.  However, I though the characters were excellent - quite likable, decently developed, and sympathetic.  The atmosphere was another high point, out in the woods at night or in a creepy old house.  The zombie guy was creepy as hell, and drove this huge ugly truck that was almost a character in itself.  The directing was top-notch, well worth a watch.  Now I just have to buy the DVD again since the first one I bought is defective.  Got it used for six bucks, now I just ordered another used copy for seven bucks.  We'll see if that helps.  They want $26 for it new, so I'm still only up to half price.

How to make a monster - totally cheesy horror movie about some video game designers trying to finish a project on time.  There's the heartless manager, the hulking stupid guy, the a-hole intellectual and the shy nerd.  Their motion capture suit comes alive after a power surge and starts killing them.  But the real story is about the intern (Clea DuVall) who starts out all sweet and nice but eventually goes over to the dark side of nasty corporate culture.  Kind of hit and miss, the underlying theme was rather well done but the comically cheesy characters made it impossible to take anything seriously.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on May 27, 2008, 03:22:31 PM
INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL  ***1/2 out of ****

Had a blast seeing this. IMO, it ties with Temple of Doom in terms of 2nd best of the series.  I heard some grumping and growling of some people who didn't like it but I had a great time watching and already can't wait for the DVD.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on May 27, 2008, 03:54:06 PM
"the last laugh" (1924) -  by the guy who did "Nosferatu" Marnau.  It was good and unique in that there were no titles.  like, it was silent, but there weren't even any pieces of dialogue.  now thats expressionism!  ironically,  the plot was, I thought, exceedingly simple but then it would sort of have to be.  cool movie though

"africa addio"  (197?)  I really liked Farewell Uncle Tom.  this was of similar quality, but I had to fast forward through the scenes where animals were being killed.  I'm not an animal rights nut, I just couldn't take it, though it got it's point across.  it's very goodand the overall point,  that colonialism was bad but ending it brought new problems for africa, was made well, but having skipped so much of it I got a little lost.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 01, 2008, 12:26:21 PM
EVIL (2003):  A movie about bullies in a Sweedish boarding school.  Not bad but very predictible.  For some reason it was nominated for a best foreign language film Oscar.  Must have been Sweeden's turn. 3/5.

SHE GODS OF SHARK REEF (1958): Two fugitives wash up on an all-chick, shark-worshipping island. Dumb but watchable due to nice scenery and surprisingly gripping underwater photography.  2/5.

UN CHIEN ANDALOU (1929):  Everyone should see this once.  It's only 17 minutes long and it's of enormous historical importance.  5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Killer Bees on June 01, 2008, 11:39:03 PM
The Queen

I've always wanted to see this movie.  Helen Mirren as HRH Elizabeth II is just breathtaking.  The main reason I watched this movie is for the infinitely yummy Roger Allam, who gets HEAPS of screen time.  So not only candy for my eyes, but a truly good movie. 

This is the movie that just keeps on giving:

1.  Helen Mirren and cast all do a fabulous job.
2.  The story is interesting and quite touching.  I was crying in places.  Visually spectacular.
3.  The yummy Roger Allam is in it all formal and wearing a suit.... :thumbup:
4.  And the sticker price said $29.48, but when I got to the check out it was actually $12.99.  K-Mart, you rock!


And for a complete contrast:


Shoot 'Em Up
I LOVED this movie!  Clive Owen is to die for anyway and Monica Bellucci is gorgeous as always.  And Paul Giamatti is excellent as the bad guy.

Seriously, how could you NOT love a movie where there is only about 5 mins in total that doesn't involve guns and shooting and where Clive is giving it to Monica in full nudity whilst killing bad guys at the same time :buggedout:

THAT guy I'd love to meet!   :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on June 02, 2008, 03:48:18 PM
(out of 4 stars)

ROCKY  ****
ROCKY II  ***1/2
ROCKY III  ***
ROCKY IV  **1/2
ROCKY V   *1/2
ROCKY BALBOA  ***1/2 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 08, 2008, 07:36:14 PM
KRULL (1983):  I rembered seeing this one about the Cyclops and the glaive from my childhood.  Turns out, seeing it as an adult I was a little shocked at how blatantly it ripped off STAR WARS.  Neither good nor bad, really, but has nostalgia value and it's intended audience of kiddies won;t notice the plot holes.  3/5

FIDO (2006):  The premise is the star in this light black comedy about an alternative past where brain-eating zombies are subdued and kept as slaves.  Very much like a 1950s sitcom, but with decapitations.  The human-zombie love stories are quietly disturbing.  4/5

ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968):  Some may think it's too slow, but this is probably the most horrifying expose of how difficult it can be for a Satanic cult to find a healthy white baby to raise.  5/2


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on June 09, 2008, 07:10:25 AM
Empire of the Sun: ** 1/2 out of ****

A good film about a about being a POW during WWII.  The only thing I didn't like about the film was that the pace of the film was so slow.  It seemed like it took forever for something to happen.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: enemy on June 09, 2008, 12:29:44 PM
Tales from the Quadead Zone - A no budget flick filmed on a camcorder from 1987.  It has a Tales from the Crypt kind of feeling, composed of three different story each with their own twist.  Everything about it was awful, in the best way of course.

Equalizer 2000 - A post apocalyptic film where everyone is short on oil or water, but weapons are aplenty.  Enter the Equalizer 2000, an M-16 with a bunch of rocket launchers screwed onto the sides of it. Lots of costumes consisting of either Camouflage, Shoulder pads, black leather, or ponchos and jeans.

Ferocious Female Freedom Fighters - Originally a Filipino women's wrestling movie that's been overdubbed by Troma.

The Machine Girl - A Japanese schoolgirl avenges the deaths of her brother and his friend with a gatling gun attached to her arm.  It lives up to the hype.  Watch the trailer on youtube and you'll get a good idea of what you're in for.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on June 10, 2008, 04:15:05 PM
KUNG FU PANDA    *** out of ****.

The plot is pretty basic and by the numbers for the most part but the action is extremely well done and Jack Black is great as the title character.  In fact, the action scenes in this animated CGI flick are more well done than a lot of recent live action films that I've seen in a few years.  while not the best animated flick ever, it's a lot of fun and is very funny. A good flick for the whole family to check out together. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on June 11, 2008, 06:28:50 PM
HULK (2003)    **1/2 out of ****.

In preparation for the release of the The Incredible Hulk reboot this Friday, I thought I would go back and re-watch Ang Lee's 2003 attempt at the character to see what my opinion was of it a few years after my last viewing of it.  While not quite the disaster that a lot of people make it out to be IMO, the whole is still not nearly the sum of the parts either.  While it's admirable that Ang Lee took a Greek tragedy approach to the material, this is still the Hulk we're talking about which is exactly the deepest character in the Marvel universe.  Eric Bana and Jennifer Connelly look kind of blank throughout a lot of the movie like they didn't know what to do and Nick Nolte (while distractingly over the top) seems to be the only one trying to have fun.  Sam Elliott does his usual great work and the CGI isn't as bad as a lot of people made it out to be.  The CGI looks it's best during the desert scenes on up towards the end IMO.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on June 13, 2008, 07:52:41 AM
Heatstroke - The Sci-Fi Channel knows how to make a movie full of babes in bikinis and tight tank tops, and still have it suck.  Some aliens (bargain basement CGI raptors) are on an island.  They kill anyone who steps foot in the woods, however no one is aware of their existence even though they've been there since the '70s.  Some mishmash of characters are investigating the aliens, and the writing has them all acting in the most unbelievable ways possible.  At one point an alien puts its clawed hand through a girl's back and out through her stomach, but due to her main character status, after 36 hours lying on a stretcher she makes a full recovery.

The Dark (1994) - Some giant mole creature is rooting around a cemetery eating freshly buried bodies.  A couple of ex-government operatives are after it, the main guy wants to capture it alive (it secretes a liquid that heals wounds), while the bad guy want to kill it because it killed his partner.  Good guy teams up with a waitress, and there are a couple of grave diggers for some light comedy relief.  Neve Campbell does a pretty lousy job as a local cop as well.  This is very character based, and the characters are pretty good, so that works all right.  No suspense or scares, meh...not bad to watch on a boring Thursday evening.

Backwoods - Spike TV original.  Take the various Hills Have Eyes movies, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Wrong Turn, swipe ideas liberally from all of them, stew it up into a big low budget mess, and this is what you get.  Wasn't too bad at the beginning, but by the end it was an unintentional laugh fest.  Characters were undeveloped and the plot, well, it's pretty hard to actually get into this movie when you're constantly noticing which movies all these things were ripped off from.

Exorcist The Beginning - and ancient church is discovered buried in the sands of Africa (or someplace).  It was built long before Christianity came to the area, so it's all very mysterious.  An ex-priest is called in to investigate.  Very good characters and excellent atmosphere.  However the first part is all about this spooky church, but then around the halfway point it seems to shift focus to a demonic possession story, which is done fairly well but I liked the spooky church thing better.  The ending has CGI and is way overdone, which is a big black mark against the movie.  Overall however, I really enjoyed it.  One of the best jump scares in recent memory.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on June 13, 2008, 09:45:43 AM
Film Geek- 5/5  edgy, but not pretentious and embraces alot of what my generation (generation x) would have considered corny or sexist. Seinfeld/ Simpsons-like silly/ observational humor is what really carries it though.  Some amateurish acting aside I really enjoyed it but... don't want to say anymore for fear the director will somehow contact me and want to discuss this and other films.

some appreciation of "Happiness" or "Closer"  is probably advised


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on June 16, 2008, 06:21:12 AM
The Happening ** out of ****

Saw this yesterday with my date.  Didn't like the film too much.  Some miscasts mainly the female lead character who was played by Zooey Deschanel.  I've called her the thousand yard stare girl in this film.  It looks like she's not really focused on what she is doing in the film.  I also found the film to be predictable especially the ending.

Alien 3 *** out of ****

While not as good or or deep as the previous films I still enjoyed the film a lot.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: moman on June 16, 2008, 07:02:22 AM
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels - 4.5/5, very fun movie to watch


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on June 16, 2008, 07:18:54 AM
The Faculty - Watched this again for about the 7th time last night.  It's an Invasion of the Body Snatchers plot set on a high school campus.  Really, really good characters - sort of got a Breakfast Club thing going, but without any of the cheesiness.  Nice dark humor throughout, really added to the entertainment value.  Plot had plenty of stuff going on which kept it interesting.  One of those movies that sits on the shelf forgotten about, but every time I watch it I'm just amazed at how well done it is. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on June 16, 2008, 02:59:25 PM
THE INCREDIBLE HULK  (2008)   ***1/2 out of ****.

A big improvement over the 2003 Ang Lee film.  Great effects, great Hulk Smash action, across the board good performances and quick and taut pacing.   As good as Iron Man IMO.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Monkeyface on June 17, 2008, 12:10:06 PM
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels - 4.5/5, very fun movie to watch

One of my favorites, along with Snatch!  Has anyone seen Revolver yet?


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on June 19, 2008, 09:22:16 AM
Nightmare - this is from the Hammer Horror pack.  Every one I've seen so far has been very good, but this one was awful.  Some woman is having nightmares, her mother went insane and now she's bound and determined that she's going insane as well.  All day long people tell her she's in good health, etc.  Then she goes to bed and has a nightmare about her insane mother, and wakes up convinced she's going to go insane as well.  Then all day long people tell her she's in good health, etc.  By about the fourth repetition of this cycle, I could barely keep my eyes open any more.  This woman isn't the least bit sympathetic, she's just pathetic. 

The Hollow - sort of a Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the teenage version.  The main girl is completely unlikable, the epitome of what gives teenage girls a bad name.  She's got a boyfriend, but then some new guy comes along and she's all over him in a heartbeat.  Boyfriend can go to hell.  Some headless horseman dude is menacing people in a graveyard, and Stacey Keach apparently needed more money to buy coke so he's in here as the drunken graveyard guy.  Bah, this was crap.  Dumb story, played like a Disney Channel movie except it had three swear words which got it an R rating (huh?).


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 21, 2008, 09:09:04 PM
MAD LOVE (1949): Demented surgeon Gogol (Peter Lorre) grafts new hands onto a concert pianist who is also the husband of the woman he loves. Trouble is, he chooses hands that once belonging to a murderer. Lorre's hammy yet tragic performance is the main attraction here. 4/5.

THE DEVIL-DOLL (1936): A revenge-minded escaped convict lucks into a process for miniaturizing people, then controlling them with his mind. With it's shrunken murdering Frenchies and Lionel Barrymore in drag (!) this should have been a campy creep classic, but it flounders on the obtrusive subplot about the convict reconciling with his daughter (Maureen O'Sullivan). 3/5.

NEAR DARK (1987): A roving gang of psychotic vampires turn a young redneck into a fellow bloodsucker, but he doesn't take to the murderous nocturnal lifestyle as well as he might. For the first 2/3 this is an atmospheric and original tale about the internal politics of the clan, but for act three the director abruptly hits the reset button and turns it into a standard nosferatu hunt complete with randomly exploding vehicles.

MST3K: MONSTER-A-GO-GO: Wow, the underlying movie is a serious contender for the worst movie ever.  Bad acting, sound, lighting, makeup, and a plot where nothing happens.  In the infamous ending, ('SPOILER') the monster simply disappears without any explanation (/SPOILER).  I wouldn't want to sit through this without the quips.  Funny host segments as usual during the Joel Hodgson era; my favorite is when Gypsy doesn't "get" Crow.   4/5.

MST3K: RING OF TERROR:  Another horrible movie.  In this one a med student in his 40s appears to be very slightly afraid of corpses.  After an endless hour he finally dies of fright when grave-robbing in a fraternity stunt.  Not totally technically inept, but the story is dull and dumb.  Also includes a Phantom Creeps short, which is a lot higher energy and would be fun on its own.  Includes the finale where Frank sings the unforgettable, "If Chauffeurs Ruled the World" ("I'd have the complete respect/Of everyone on the planet/Including intellectuals/Even David Mamet.")  Add the "MST3K Jukebox Volume 2" with 10 sings from the series--including "A Very Swayze Christmas", the only Christmas carol with its own a fight scene and the line "I think that jolly old elf better make out his will"--and it's a very fun disc overall.  4/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JJ80 on June 24, 2008, 05:14:54 PM
-"Outland" - Sean Connery puts in a solid performance in this watchable sci-fi re jig of "High Noon". I thought that the basic concept of space gangsterism was reasonably well handled along with a depiction of the possible adverse psychological effects of living in space. That said, this is really just a tough crime drama with futuristic trappings. The special effects were actually quite effective, especially the miniatures of the settlement itself. The violence here was pretty strong with gory decompression deaths and plenty of shooting. (Oddly featuring shotguns not lasers). Steven Berkoff puts in a very intense performance as a miner who is driven homicidally insane by performance enhancing drugs supplied by his bosses.

-"The Return Of The Incredible Hulk" - I thought that this T.V movie was surprisingly good given the obvious limitations of the acting, writing and effects. Here the Hulk faces both viking warrior deity Thor and a criminal gang whose members include Tim Thomerson in a decent part. Bill Bixby and Lou Ferringo do well in their trademark parts and there are plenty of wild 'Hulk Outs' including a highly destructive tussle between Thor and the Hulk. The cheesy scene where Thor parties in a biker bar is actually a highlight of the movie.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: glidewell on June 26, 2008, 09:34:15 AM
If you spent any amount of coherent time in the 80's I suggest you check out The Lather Effect, definitely one of the biggest suprises for me of the year so far. I was expcecting absolutely nothing from this movie, and it f-ing delivered. Performances are spot on and the  feel of the movie  just rocks!!! Long live the 80's man!!!!!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JJ80 on June 26, 2008, 04:57:51 PM
"Psychomania" - Mad, bad British biker horror filled with bizarre scenes and imagery. A group of posh thugs terrorize a rural section of England while the leader's mother dabbles in the occult. The gang makes a pact with a satanic frog idol and commit suicide in various graphic ways to gain invincibility complete with homicidal superhuman strength! They end up *Spoiler* becoming part of the scenery at an ancient stone circle. 
  Not really a terribly good film with pretty horrid characters but eccentric enough to be genuinely memorable. The eerie opening with bikers riding in the stone circle was the films best scene. I did notice John Levine (Dr Who's Sergeant Benton) as a Policeman at one point.

"Troll" - A true "Bad" movie which comes across as a curious amalgam of "Gremlins", "Poltergeist" and "Invasion Of The Body Snatchers". A furry but malignant Troll creates a hoard of his brethren complete with a sylvanian habitat in the basement of an average American apartment block. Almost a children's film but with a bit of nudity and suggestive content. I enjoyed the silly but enthusiastic performances but the 'special effects' were poor even for 1985/6. The animatronic trolls looked like parts of a weird Christmas grotto and the visual effects were fifties/sixties standard. Competent enough fun which passed the time agreeably enough.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 01, 2008, 09:28:43 PM
THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (1968): A jaded playboy businessman (Steve McQueen) expands into masterminding heists for kicks, and bumps into a sexy tough-cookie insurance adjuster (Faye Dunaway) who's investigating his latest crime.  Are they falling in love, or just playing cat and mouse?  Cool performances from sexy leads, a masterful seduction over a chessboard, and hip "mod" direction from Norman Jewison (featuring gratuitous split screens and a martini-jazz soundtrack) make this an irresistibly fun time capsule.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on July 01, 2008, 10:38:12 PM
WANTED  *** out of ****

WALL-E  ***1/2 out of ****

DEAD ALIVE  (unrated)   ***1/2 out of ****

DAY OF THE DEAD   (1985)  *** out of ****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 02, 2008, 09:15:59 PM
THE NUN (2006):  The aquatic (!) spirit of a dead nun returns to haunt and kill her now middle aged former students and the photogenic teens investigating the slayings.  Well made and plotted, but unfortunately it's none too scary rather than nun-too-scary.  (I know...) Seriously it's not as bad as people seem to say, but like everything Brian Yuzna's involved in it leaves me a little cold.  2/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: indianasmith on July 03, 2008, 12:12:44 AM
Let's see - I watched one of the AFTER DARK HORROR FEST movies this week entitiled TOOTH AND NAIL - post apocalyptic survivors hiding in an abandoned hospital fighting off a cannibal tribe called the Rovers.  Pretty lame but better than the other ADHF film I watched a few weeks back, UNEARTHED.

Tonight I tried to watch a movie off my Mills Creek VAMPIRES AND MORE 20 pack called AFRICAN VOODOO EXORCIST or something like that.  Instead I wound up catching part of a movie called MURMUR OF THE HEART on IFC, about a 14 year old French boy who falls in love with his mother.  It was made about 1972 or so, which, added with its French origins, made it very, very weird.  The mom was hot though.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 03, 2008, 04:53:59 PM
HIGH TENSION (2005):  A young student with a butch haircut (no points for guessing what that subtly reveals about her character) travels to a school chum's country home, where a French redneck (or something) starts chopping up the family. Not really a thriller as the title suggests, but a slick slasher movie.  I hate twists that don't play fair with the audience, but there are still some nice thrills.  It's one of many "love-it-or-hate-it" movies that I'm pretty much neutral about.  3/5.   


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 04, 2008, 07:04:31 PM
THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN (1960):  A master safe-cracker is busted out of jail to help rob banks, but has ideas of his own.  An interesting mix of invisible man and caper flick, with lots of double-crosses among the gang and scenes of characters grappling with air.  Fun and fast--it's only about 60 minutes.  From underrated B-movie master Edgar G. Ulmer (THE BLACK CAT, DETOUR).  3.5/5. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on July 06, 2008, 02:08:00 PM
rev powell-  if you haven't heard it, check out Dusty Springfields version of "windmills of your mind".  It's much better than the version from TC affair.  it's on her album "Dusty in memphis" which is one of the best albums ever made in my opinion.

I'm definately in the "hated it" camp for high tension.



Land of Death (2003)-  one of Bruno Mattie's last films.  it's sort of predator meets cannibal holocaust but way too much army talk/ mission dialogue and not enough cannibals and hot native babes, though there is some.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 06, 2008, 05:52:17 PM
Thanks for the tip, Lester.  Will check it out when I get the chance---which could be years given my schedule. 

MST3K: THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN: The experiment involves a movie where rogue scientists bring executed killer Lon Chaney, Jr. back to life.  The process involves his skin becoming hard enough to deflect bullets and makes him mute, meaning he can only overact with his eyes.  Not a particularly good or bad movie, but a pretty dull one, and most of the riffing involves getting bored at expository scenes.  The host segments aren't very memorable either, making for a fairly "meh" episode.  Devoted fans of the series would probably give it a 3/5, casual fans maybe a 2/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: indianasmith on July 06, 2008, 08:10:57 PM
I saw a Vampire movie called DESERT OF BLOOD last week. It was pretty so-so - not terrible, but not that great either.  And watched 10,000 BC this afternoon.  It was VERY cheesy!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JJ80 on July 12, 2008, 07:04:02 PM
"The Hostage" - A rather basic little thriller about a young boy who hides in a removal van driven by a violent killer and his brownbeaten accomplice (Harry Dean Stanton) and is eventually taken prisoner. This was very average with relatively poor scripting and acting for the most part and actually felt like a TV movie. Still Don Kelly was rather good as 'Bull' the hulking murderer and Stanton is very effective. John Carradine has a decent part as a local drunk but disappears all too quickly.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Unda Fiya on July 13, 2008, 02:06:33 AM
Since i just registered, i'll just post all of the movies i've seen so far this Summer vacation and my thoughts on them:

Videodrome - Pretty cool, haven't seen much Cronenberg, but The Fly is still my favorite

Cube - Very involving and a good "mindf**k" experience. Definitely some bad acting and dialogue, but still, it delivered.

Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan - I still enjoy watching IV and VI more, but this one really is still the best ST movie with all of it's pathos.

The Signal - Kind of intriguing, but at the same time you could tell that the people behind it didn't exactly know what to do with their idea.

Scanners - I'm afraid i didn't really find this one that interesting. And the incredibly unenthusiastic acting didn't really help.

Inferno - I thought it was actually a pretty decent follow-up/spiritual sequel to Suspiria. Strictly a "for-the-fans" movie though, not good for a casual watch.

Opera - RULED. Probably my favorite Dario Argento film i've seen thus far.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on July 14, 2008, 08:40:05 AM
Basket Case-  embarassed to admit I hadn't seen thisone before.  I thought it was great, definately one of the top super low budget horror movies of the 80's and not so low budget because the specialeffects were pretty awesome in places.  totally over the top and excellent.

Brute Force-  this is often venerated as a classic film noir but I found it really preachy and convoluted.  the writer was probably some kind of communist or something


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 14, 2008, 03:13:23 PM
MST3K: TORMENTED.  Another somewhat disappointing experiment.  The movie is a rare Bert I. Gordon movie with absolutely no giganticism.  It's a ghost story about a jazz pianist who stands by as his ex-girlfriend falls to her death off a lighthouse.  Her ghost then tries to wreck his wedding to his fiancee.  Riffing and host segments are uninspiring, although I liked the Mads drinking jacket (complete with rats and cockroaches to simulate the DTs).  Extras include a fairly pathetic segment with Mr. B.I.G. about the making of TORMENTED (not addressing the MST3k version) and the welcome wraparound segments from THE MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER HOUR.  For fans of the series only.     


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on July 14, 2008, 04:19:23 PM
Sphere - a huge spaceship is found at the bottom of the ocean - it's been there for hundreds of years.  Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone and Samuel L. Jackson are called in to investigate.  Pretty good suspense and a plot that unfolds nicely, at least if you're watching it for the first time.  This was about my third time, and I just though a good half hour could have been lopped off the movie and it would have speeded things up nicely.

Doomed - in the future, Survivor will still be popular on TV (sigh...).  Prison convicts are dropped off on an island inhabited by zombies and if they make it to the other side, they get their freedom plus 50 million bucks.  This is all done in Survivor-like TV show fashion.  About the only thing this movie has going for it is a few hot babes in sweaty tank tops.  You could make a drinking game out of spotting when the patterns of sweat on the tank tops changes from scene to scene.  Notably, there's never any armpit sweat.  Those convicts may be killing each other and betraying each other at every turn, but at least they use antiperspirant.  Strictly run of the mill stuff.

Ghosts of Mars - Mars is colonized by a half million people or so, luckily one of them is Natasha Henstridge, because that's about the only reason I can see for going there.  Anyhow, ghosts get loose and turn the colonists into Road Warrior rejects.  Henstridge is a cop, and she and her team go to pick up some rapper, but get attacked by the Mad Max dudes.  Lots of flashbacks, they even toss in the not-nearly uncommon enough flashback-within-a-flashback.   Henstridge finally gives us a quick scene in her skin tight tank top and panties at the end.  Not a bad movie overall, one of those you can pull out of the DVD collection once a year when you're really bored.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: VogNhymn on July 14, 2008, 05:14:12 PM
Just watched the new Russian Film PHILOSOPHY OF THE KNIFE. Sort of a art film blended with interviews and a take on the history of the Japanese WW2 bio warfare unit 731. Very gory and very disturbing and difficult to watch. But at the same time, if taken in context a masterful film.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on July 15, 2008, 10:47:47 PM
SLITHER   *** out of ****.

While the 1st half is better than the somewhat-problematic-at-times 2nd half, this is still a lot of fun.  Michael Rooker is a hoot (why doesn't this guy do more comedy?) and Elizabeth Banks is gorgeous and strong as well.  Most of the effects are practical and there are a few scenes involving CGI that still out like a sore thumb but don't really detract from things.  Pretty gory for a R rated movie at times as well. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on July 21, 2008, 07:10:40 AM
Total Recall ** 1/2 out of ****

I though it wasn't a  bad film overall, but a tad overrated.  I though the fight scenes were really well done, but just the story seemed goofy.  I didn't like how it left the ending open ended.  The effects also look stupid at times as well. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on July 21, 2008, 09:05:19 AM
the Klansman (1974)- I was really blown away by this.  the director made a bunch of Charles Bronson movies and doesn't shy away from violence and brutality.  The story really gives both sides of the story of the town so that yo uunderstand the motivations of the various players, even if you don't agree with them.  OJ kicks ass!!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on July 21, 2008, 03:06:03 PM
BATMAN (1989)    *** out of ****

BATMAN RETURNS   ***1/2 out of ****

THEY SAVED HITLER'S BRAIN  NO STARS out of ****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: indianasmith on July 21, 2008, 03:43:08 PM
Last week I watched FOOL'S GOLD with my wife- it's a chick flick with just enough action to keep the guys involved, a good date movie, fun but without much real substance.

That same night I saw SHUTTER,  a fairly cool Japanese ghost story with a good twist ending and a couple of really scary moments.  Not up there with THE RING or JEEPERS CREEPERS, but some very pleasant spooky moments.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 21, 2008, 07:29:17 PM
NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955):  A true classic that shouldn't be missed and the source of my avatar.  See this thread (http://www.badmovies.org/forum/index.php/topic,120172.msg204506/boardseen.html#new).  5/5.

MST3K: THE DEAD TALK BACK:  "Please press 1 to speak to the dead."  After viewing a couple mediocre episodes in a row this was a nice change of pace.  The guys are in top form riffing on the movie, a dull police procedural/mystery with a psychic twist--a scientist has invented a phone the dead can use to call in and report their murderers (maybe).  In the host segments, the bots develop their own psychic phone and get calls from Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill, who want to debate whether the Bills will make it back to the Superbowl.  4/5.

NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1986):  An alien fugitive shoots some sort of parasite onto the earth, where it infects a madman who is later cryogenically frozen and thawed out by some nerds rushing a fraternity at Corman University, leading to a zombie plague.  A crazy plot and lots of little tributes to B-movies from the 50s to the 80s.  A minor classic.   4/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: CheezeFlixz on July 21, 2008, 11:25:07 PM
In the last week I've seen ...

BLOOD SIMPLE
DARK SECRETS (Julie Strain, Indiana)
VANTAGE POINT
THE BANK JOB
BAD GIRLS ARE FROM MARS
SHEENA


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: glidewell on July 22, 2008, 12:20:28 AM
Just saw the movie The Cottage, man that ish was crazzzzy. I've never seen a horror film that captured the essence of fear and comedy so well. To be honest I wasnt really looking forward to seeing it but now that I've seen I can definitely say I would reccomend it hands down.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: moman on July 22, 2008, 05:04:46 AM
Casino. Loved that film.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on July 28, 2008, 04:47:00 PM
KILL BILL Vol. 1  ***1/2 out of ****
KILL BILL Vol. 2   **** out of ****

http://youtube.com/watch?v=wdjuS17DGlA
My dream woman, Uma, kicking @ss.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on July 28, 2008, 04:57:44 PM
Casino. Loved that film.


Don't know if you've seen this or not, but it's great.  They've done similar ones for Reservoir Dogs, Scarface, The Big Lebowski and a few others.

BTW, I agree that Casino is a great (and vastly underrated ) film.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=3j_B-GhvPgU


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on July 28, 2008, 05:25:34 PM
(http://www.critcononline.com/images/shock%20'em%20dead%20academy%20vhs%20ad.jpg)
This film is cool.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on July 30, 2008, 06:35:58 PM
DARK CITY: Director's Cut    **** out of ****.

Truly a magnificent piece of filmmaking IMO.  I'm with Ebert on this one.  Been a while since I've seen the theatrical cut so I'm going to have to go back through that one to see what was added (I heard that they have a marker you can turn on for the additional footage on the Blu-Ray version but I just got the standard DVD).  But the movie still remains very powerful and just as cool as when I first saw it in a theater back in 1998.     


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 30, 2008, 08:36:43 PM
TEARS OF THE BLACK TIGER (2002): Childhood sweethearts are tragically separated. One becomes an infamous bandit, and the other is arranged to marry a police captain who plans to hunt him down. A campy Thai spaghetti Western with slick arthouse visuals, this flick screams, "Look at me! I'm a cult movie!"  I'd give it 4 slimes counting curiosity value, Andrew gave it 3 for entertainment value.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on July 31, 2008, 10:31:24 AM
torgo-  completely disagree.  I thought the plot was re hashed twilight zone.  all the leads were miscast and the whole "dark" tone was cheesy!!  thumbs way down



also saw "targets" (1968)   boris karloffs last movie.  it's more interesting and  discussable than actually good.  there are two components:  boris karloff is trying to retire from the movies and his management want him to make more drive in hits.  Karloff tries to come across as a nice guy and it doesn't work.  they shuold have had him more ornery and more like he is in his movies.   as in "the fan" starring lauren bacall, the second element of the film is ther more compelling and that is of the psycho who for some reason goes from an all american super normal suburban guy to a serial killer.  the director Peter bagdonavitch has a particularly ridiculous remark in the commentary there is a shot that if you look very closely is a book about the painter Renoir.  You probably wouln't even notice it but Boggy says that he put it there as a tribute to the director jean renoir, who he claims loved "targets" when he saw it. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on July 31, 2008, 12:35:07 PM
More like rehashed "Outer Limits" as the plot is largely similar to "A Feasibility Study".


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 31, 2008, 03:08:04 PM
MST3K: THE PHANTOM PLANET: A space pilot crash lands on a planet full of tiny women jurors and dog-creatures that shoot fire.  A so-so episode.  3/5.

MST3K: HOBGOBLINS:  “Help, somebody’s rubbing puppets on us!”  This inept PG-rated GREMLINS ripoff, much of which takes place in the punk-rock/topless bar called “Club Scum”, is a perfect episode to riff on: ridiculous and entertaining on its own, but not so entertaining that the commentators step on the movie’s few good parts. Host segments are memorable to, especially Crow’s “search for Bigfoot” style short, “Let’s Talk Women”!  I looked forward to seeing this episode for a long time, and I wasn’t disappointed.  4/5.

THE BLOB (1988):  Small town teens battle the titular goo.  With action, good special effects and the minimal characterization we expect from monster movies, it’s at least as entertaining as the overrated [ducks] original.  3/5.

SHEITAN (2006):  French, subtitled.  Obnoxious amoral twentysomethings party at a creepy French provincial estate where the caretaker has a permanent unsettling grin, and nothing is as it seems.  Ambitious attempt at a ROSEMARY’S BABY type atmosphere, but the young protagonists are intolerable and live to annoy the audience for far too long, and the multiple false endings were a bad idea.  2/5.

THE BODY SNATCHER (1945):  Karloff is hypnotically evil as Gray, a carriage driver who sidelines in grave robbing and blackmailing the local medical school dean, in this eerie adaptation of a Robert Louis Stevenson story.  Gray may be Karloff's most sinister performance, but with the notable exceptions of Henry Daniell's Dr. MacFarlane, and a very good if too small bit by Bela Lugosi, the supporting performances aren't up to snuff in this horror/drama. Still, a minor horror classic from legendary producer Val Lewton and future Oscar winning director Robert Wise.  5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on August 04, 2008, 05:17:59 PM
Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay    (unrated) *** out of ****

The Love Guru     *1/2 out of ****

The X-Files: I Want to Believe   ** out of ****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Allhallowsday on August 04, 2008, 09:21:10 PM
THE GOLD RUSH and parts of A WOMAN OF PARIS, THE CIRCUS, CITY LIGHTS and MODERN TIMES, all shown on TCM Saturday (I've seen most of them previously)  As I worked on making spaghetti sauce I listened to CHAPLIN's scores and in some cases, his own narration. 

BAD COMPANY starring JEFF BRIDGES, one of my favorite Westerns, and A MAN CALLED HORSE following, were both shown on TCM this past week. 

PAN'S LABYRINTH: finally got around to looking at my own DVD copy... well, I need to mull that dark one over and will certainly spin it again soon.  Certainly not a one-size-fits-all movie. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 05, 2008, 05:07:19 AM
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Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Sister Grace on August 05, 2008, 08:04:15 AM
over the past couple of days, i've watched....

The Proposition- **** out of *****. Really cool and Nick Cave done the soundtrack!

Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanomo (sp?) Bay- *** out of *****. had some really funny moments, but a few of the jokes were way too juvenile; but then again it is Harold and Kumar so what do you expect?

Doomsday *** out of *****

Sea of Fear ** out of *****, if someone was killing off my friends in an area as small as a thirty or fourty feet boat, it shouldn't be this difficult to figure out. all the characters were complete morons and reminded me why i never dated frat guys.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on August 05, 2008, 12:59:18 PM
Anaconda 3 - Sci-Fi Original.  Wasn't too bad;  I hated - detested - the second one, so this was much better.  About average for a Sci-Fi Original.  Had the babe in the tank top, and it followed the typical formula to a T.

Heatstroke - Sci-fi Original.   Really god-awful CGI aliens are on some island, killing people, and some other people are trying to kill the aliens.    So many plot holes and pointless subplots and just dense nonsense that it barely even qualifies as stupid-funny.

Dragon Wars D Wars (or something like that).  Some cool special effects towards the end, otherwise the first two-thirds were boring as hell.  Really awful casting, bad acting, bad script.  Guess they sent the whole budget over to the special effects house and just tried to make do for the rest of it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on August 06, 2008, 05:07:56 PM
***1/2 out of ****.

I just got a chance to watch the DVD of this flick last night.

If you're a guy this movie will have you cringing and covering your eyes multiple times throughout.  The plot involves a high school girl who is coming of age but just happens to have a mutant set of teeth in her vagina.  The girl named Dawn is played the gorgeous   Jess Weixler (who is 27 years old actually).   She turns in a tour-de-force performance IMO and the rest of the cast is solid throughout as well.  The movie shows surprising restraint throughout but goes for the gore jugular when it needs to and those moments are ones that I'm really surprised that this movie got through the MPAA uncut, especially with how goofy they are when sex is mixed with violence of any sort.

(http://www.collider.com/uploads/imageGallery/Teeth/teeth_movie_image_jess_weixler__2_.jpg)

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Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 06, 2008, 05:22:11 PM
MIAMI VICE SEASON 2 [1985]

(http://www.girl.com.au/graphics/miamivice_dvd.jpg)

Around 1122 mins of Don Johnson for my viewing pleasure...


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 07, 2008, 12:31:12 PM
MST3K: THE HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND: Eight fashion models wash up on an island moderately haunted by a giant spider creature and fight over the three available men.  Crow: "And people complain that there aren't any strong roles for women!"  Riffing and host segments are forgettable by the cast's usual standards.  3/5.

DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE (1931): Attempting to "segregate the soul of man," Victorian scientist Dr. Jekyll invents a potion that accidentally turns him into a sadistic sex maniac who looks like a cross between an ape and an ethnic minority. he draws are inventive visuals, naughty near-nudity from sexy starlet Miriam Hopkins, and an Oscar-winning performance from Frederic March as the demonic Mr. Hyde (he could have played the dull Dr. Jekyll in his sleep).  4/5.

DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE (1941): Spencer Tracy assays the schizophrenic Jekyll/Hyde role in this remake of the 1931 hit. A notch below its model, but it does feature the memorable image of Ingrid Bergman's head as a champagne bottle cork.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 10, 2008, 12:56:01 PM
VAL LEWTON: THE MAN IN THE SHADOWS (2007):  Documentary narrated by Martin Scorcese.  A nice review of the classic Lewton films like CAT PEOPLE, CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE and THE BODY SNATCHER.  A good overview to get the newcomer exicited if they haven't yet seen any of Lewton's poetic B-horrors from the 1940s.  The sad thing is that while Lewton was producing these materpieces, he was wishing that he could move on to "serious" movies.  3/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Joe the Destroyer on August 10, 2008, 05:56:01 PM
Step Brothers- Pretty funny, but awkward at times.  Worth a look .  :tongueout:

The Dark Knight- Second viewing.  Took my newphew.  Still just as good the second time through.  :cheers:

Shaolin Deadly Kicks- Couldn't get all the way through it.  Just didn't have the fun and camp that bad kung fu movies are supposed to have. 

The Cave (2005)- Boring, awful, by-the-books tripe. 

I just ordered The Cavern as well.  Here's hoping it won't suck as much as The Cave. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on August 11, 2008, 07:10:05 AM
The Gorgon - Hammer Horror film.  Pretty dull actually.  There's a Medusa type creature living in a castle.  Seven of the local villagers have been turned to stone in the last five years.  Everyone in the village is trying to cover this up for some reason.  The most recent victim is the son of a professor, so dad comes poking around.  After he gets turned to stone, the other son shows up.  There's a doctor in town who is investigating what's going on, and he has a beautiful assistant that the professor's son falls in love with.  It lacked any suspense (or even romance) and the characters weren't the least bit interesting.  As always with Hammer Films, the sets and general atmosphere were excellent.

Wild Wild Planet - Italian sci-fi from the '60s.  In the future, some babes and their evil henchmen are going around killing people, or maybe just shrinking them down to 6" tall and making off with them.  Why?  Because the babes are aliens!  I guess this must be Plan 10 from Outer Space.   Lots of pretty women, they get in a fight with the cops and it's panties galore  :teddyr:  The special effects throughout the movie are truly some of the most comical looking model work ever put to film.  If you're into so-bad-it's-good, this is a must see.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on August 11, 2008, 08:07:41 AM
The thin red line ** out of ****

It was an okay film but it could have been shortened and it would have been better.  I mean do I need to spend 30 seconds looking at POW's?



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on August 11, 2008, 08:22:06 AM
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Pineapple Express was very funny and well worth the price of admission.  James Franco is hilarious and steals some of the movie from Rogen.  Hilarious.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on August 11, 2008, 09:03:24 AM
chained for life (1951)-  starring the conjoined Hilton sisters.  I'm glad i saw this but I would never watch it again and not because the tranfer quality is so awful.  why not have them on a safari?  or outer space?  instead they are ruminating about life as conjoined twins and having ne'r do wells pray on them.  a little over an hour it feels like forever.   this is no "freaks".  to reiterate, the tranfer quality is incredibly awful too,  people look like ghosts half the time it's so bright.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on August 11, 2008, 08:24:46 PM
DOOMSDAY   (unrated)   **1/2 out of ****

THE ADVENTURES OF HERCULES  (1985)   *1/2 out of ****

21    **1/2 out of ****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on August 13, 2008, 02:49:38 PM
gun crazy (1940's) kind of  by the numbers but very entertaining  film noir.  I liked the scene where the two meet and have this sort of sexually charged shooting contest.  but I thuoght the male lead was too jimmy stewart like and the whole production in general lacked nuance and believability. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on August 13, 2008, 08:22:29 PM
You Don't Mess with the Zohan   **1/2 out of ****

Hancock   ** out of ****

Critters 2   ** out of ****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on August 17, 2008, 07:23:29 AM
Boogeyman 2 (2007).  Slasher with some kids in a mental institution.  They each have a fear of something and are killed in ways that play off those fears.  The female lead was very likable and cute, and the film could have been twice as good if they dressed her in the requisite tight tank top, but no;  she's in multiple layers of clothing.  The atmosphere in the nut house was very good, but other than that, this fails on every level.  The killer appears and disappears at will, usually he's already got one of his victims captured and ready to die.  So there's no stalking, no hope of escape, no buildup of tension, and therefore no suspense whatsoever.  The characters were so obviously just there to die, I mean, it's a slasher and we know that's going to happen, but they need to make some effort to make the audience think they've got a slim chance of surviving.  But they didn't.  I figured out who the killer was an hour before the end, and I'm usually terrible about that stuff.  The killer wasn't the least bit menacing, he was just sort of there.  Cool mask though.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 17, 2008, 09:07:35 PM
DON'T LOOK NOW (1973):  In the wake of their daughter's drowning death, a young couple go to Venice to restore a church and meet a blind psychic who says she can see the child. Gothic Venetian locations and an intriguing ending partly redeem this otherwise slow-as-molasses psychological horror/drama. 2/5.

THE DARK KNIGHT (2008): Conflicted vigilante Batman must save Gotham City from the machinations of a sadistic, scarred anarchist calling himself the Joker. The pic delivers the expected summer blockbuster thrills and visual atmosphere, but it's the unexpected psychological (and even philosophical) depth that makes it the greatest superhero movie ever filmed. 5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on August 18, 2008, 04:06:24 PM
TROPIC THUNDER   *** out of ****.
The 1st half was consistently funnier than the 2nd half but when this movie is funny you'll be almost crying you're laughing so hard.

OTIS  ***1/2 out of ****.
Highly original and really turns the whole serial killer/torture porn/capitivity movies on their head with some plot twists that I really didn't think the movie would go with.   


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 19, 2008, 02:30:08 PM
(http://findmearobot.com/Pages/Required%20robots/Images/RoboCop.jpg)

I still think the scenes in the last 20 mins of this film are some of the best in cinema history.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on August 20, 2008, 03:05:56 AM
JUNO    ***1/2 out of ****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on August 20, 2008, 08:47:16 AM
The Monster That Challenged The World - black & white atomic monster movie from the '50s.  I actualy thought the monster was quite cute  :teddyr:  Moderately interesting characters, moderately interesting plot.  If you're in the mood for some retro-cheese, this isn't too bad.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on August 20, 2008, 09:33:39 AM
charlies angels season 1 box set-  the one thing you have to know about this series is it jumped the shark when farrah fawcett left.  as usual, the first season is the best despite the corny dialogue and plot holes.

also, there are ALOT of episodes.  25 on 5 dvd's each like 45 minutes long. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: vrock on August 20, 2008, 06:37:12 PM
I saw Cannibal Holocaust for the first time yesterday. It wasn't as gross as I expected (except the turtle scene) but it was still very brutal. I actually thought it was probably the best grindhouse movie ever made and one of the most well made horror movies of all time as well as one of the most disturbing. I loved it. 5/5


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: ToyMan on August 20, 2008, 07:33:34 PM
finally saw nothern promises last night. i was really impressed with a history of violence, and i thought it would be interesting to see if the dynamic between cronenberg, as the director, and viggo mortensen, as an actor, had expanded.

it was really quite good, i thought. despite the lack of cronenberg's signature paranormal/metaphysical happenings, everything held together quite well.

i have complicated preferences when it comes to "mob movies", in that i can't stand most of the ones that are made here in america. on the other hand, i really enjoyed lucio fulci's contraband (aka: the naples connection). i guess this one won me over because, while it does carry a lot of the conventions of italian mafia flicks, the eastern european characters seemed fresher.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on August 21, 2008, 12:49:34 AM
CLERKS 2     ***1/2 out of ****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 21, 2008, 05:53:21 AM
WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S [1989]

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Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on August 21, 2008, 11:24:29 AM
THE HIDDEN   ***1/2 out of ****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 21, 2008, 02:25:54 PM
DON'T LOOK NOW (1973):  In the wake of their daughter's drowning death, a young couple go to Venice to restore a church and meet a blind psychic who says she can see the child. Gothic Venetian locations and an intriguing ending partly redeem this otherwise slow-as-molasses psychological horror/drama. 2/5.


I have to disagree with myself.  My first impression after watching this "classic" was overwhelming boredom, relieved a little bit by the ending.  Later, however, I felt compelled to go back and re-watch some key scenes, which I don't feel the need to do with truly boring movies.  Having had time to think about it--and the movie makes you think about it after it's over--I'll give it a 4/5.  The needlessly slow pacing at the beginning knocks one star off what should have been a classic. Trim 20 minutes or so out of it and it's a masterpiece.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 21, 2008, 02:39:08 PM
DON'T LOOK NOW (1973):  In the wake of their daughter's drowning death, a young couple go to Venice to restore a church and meet a blind psychic who says she can see the child. Gothic Venetian locations and an intriguing ending partly redeem this otherwise slow-as-molasses psychological horror/drama. 2/5.


I have to disagree with myself.  My first impression after watching this "classic" was overwhelming boredom, relieved a little bit by the ending.  Later, however, I felt compelled to go back and re-watch some key scenes, which I don't feel the need to do with truly boring movies.  Having had time to think about it--and the movie makes you think about it after it's over--I'll give it a 4/5.  The needlessly slow pacing at the beginning knocks one star off what should have been a classic. Trim 20 minutes or so out of it and it's a masterpiece.

Watched this film not long ago after hearing it was some kind of masterpiece. I do agree, completely. "Don't Look Now" is an excellent film, but some of the scenes are dragged out with nothing much going on. Everything is established to the viewer, but it is all too long and needed trimming for sure. I'd give it 4/5 too Rev.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on August 22, 2008, 04:21:32 AM
THE CRAFT   *** out of ****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: ToyMan on August 22, 2008, 12:42:54 PM
it's not really a film, but i watched 42nd street forever, volume 3: exploitation explosion last night.

if you haven't seen any of these, they're trailer collections. lots of drive-in, double-feature, softcore type stuff. unlike the others that i've seen, though, this one offered a commentary track! it was pretty awesome to have three movie geeks rambling on, letting me know whether what i was seeing was as good, or bad, as it looked.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 22, 2008, 01:14:57 PM
Scent Of A Woman

(http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/mmpo/503508~Scent-of-a-Woman-Posters.jpg)

Lt. Col. Frank Slade: Clear them little bottles off. And when I get off the phone here, call up Hyman and tell him I want it wall to wall with John Daniels.
Charlie Simms: Don't you mean Jack Daniels?
Lt. Col. Frank Slade: He may be Jack to you son, but when you've known him as long as I have... that's a joke.

Brilliant, brilliant film.  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on August 23, 2008, 01:09:22 AM
KISS OF THE DRAGON  *** out of ****                                  One of Jet Li's better American films. Fun fight scenes, an above average storyline for a martial arts flick, solid acting and a smoking hot Bridget Fonda.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 24, 2008, 12:02:38 PM
THE BLOB (1958): Interstellar space goo lands in rural America and eats people. Teenage time capsule where the plot is interrupted by backwards drag races and other hijinks; decent nostalgia with a little suspense, and McQueen is charming as the teen the adults won't believe.  I was bored stiff by this the first time I watched it years ago, but on a second viewing it wasn't so bad.  Still, I think it's no classic.  3/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on August 25, 2008, 07:53:31 AM
Virus - alien computer program downloads itself into the computer system of a Russian research ship, and Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Sutherland are left to deal with the situation.  There are two DVD's of this, one with extras and the other with a DTS soundtrack.  I got the DTS version (contains the Dolby Digital 5.1 track as well), and the soundtrack was very good.  Nice enveloping surround sound when they're stuck in the hurricane.  Overall a very good movie with good characters, lots of action and an excellent setting.  Kudos for the creative take on the aliens as well.

Rise blood Hunter - Lucy Liu is killed by vampires, and of course she comes back to life and takes revenge on the other vamps.  The trouble is, there are only about 6 other vampires, and she kills the first 5 just by showing up unexpectedly, so there's little excitement.  Overall a dark movie devoid of any fun.  I recorded it and thought I hadn't seen it, but as soon as I started watching it I realized that I must have seen the first half of it before.  That's not good, when you turn it off halfway through and then completely forget you ever saw it.

Wild Things - an old favorite of mine, watched it again the other night.  Denise Richards and Neve Campbell are high school students, they accuse their guidance counselor (Matt Dillon) of raping them.  He hires Bill Murray as his lawyer.  Kevin Bacon is the cop who investigates.  There's a million plot twists, no one is quite what they seem.  I love this movie.  Hot and steamy, completely twisted plot, slick photography, excellent theme music. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Sister Grace on August 25, 2008, 09:57:36 AM
Fangoria Blood Drive II- was composed of five short films. some were rather good; some not. One of the short films was called Disposer and it had a really great premise ( i won't give it away incase some of you haven't seen it yet). Another one of the shorts had a very 'eraserhead' feel to it and it was rather enjoyable. 2.5/5


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: ghouck on August 25, 2008, 10:55:01 PM
Virus - alien computer program downloads itself into the computer system of a Russian research ship, and Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Sutherland are left to deal with the situation.  There are two DVD's of this, one with extras and the other with a DTS soundtrack.  I got the DTS version (contains the Dolby Digital 5.1 track as well), and the soundtrack was very good.  Nice enveloping surround sound when they're stuck in the hurricane.  Overall a very good movie with good characters, lots of action and an excellent setting.  Kudos for the creative take on the aliens as well.

I've seen reviews of this move ripping it to shreds, I think it's all right. I've not heard the DTS version, , sounds good though. I didn't like the double-take ending though. .


I also saw "U-Turn" for the first time. Pretty good movie, , you can feel Sean Penn's frustration throughout.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on August 27, 2008, 07:27:45 AM
It! the Terror From Beyond Space (1958) - black and white, the original Alien movie.  Some people go to Mars, a creature gets on the ship, and on the way back to Earth it starts attacking them.  This was a disappointment, probably because I read some good reviews of it and had high hopes for some real suspense.  It was pretty cheesy.  The monster wasn't bad, but his face looked silly, like his mouth was just painted on the mask.  I couldn't get over the fact that they went to Mars expecting to meet the crew of the first ship, and yet for some reason they had a load of firearms, hand grenades, and even a bazooka.  What for?  I mean, great planning I guess, always ready for the unexpected, but I just found it odd.  The worst part was that there was absolutely no character development.  The one thing I usually expect from black and white movies is excellent, well developed, unique characters.  This one had none of that.

In the Spider's Web - Some people are hiking through the jungles of Northern India, one of them gets bitten by a poisonous spider, and they take her to the nearest remote village for help.  The doctor there is Lance Henrikson.  Nobody really seems to care about this woman, they're all in fine spirits even though she's apparently in a coma.  Two of them go off exploring a cave, and find it filled with spiders.  Three others go to a larger town to get help, but mostly the girl and the guy just flirt with each other.  The girl is just...bizarre.  In one scene she's flirting with the guy, in the next she can't seem to stand him, in the next she's changing clothes in front of him.  After several life-threatening adventures together, he gets trapped on the other side of a gorge, and she just takes off without so much as as a "We can't just leave him!".  He's lucky he gets a glance over her shoulder.  Bad, bad acting.  Overall it wasn't all that awful, better than watching political speeches on a boring Tuesday night.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on August 27, 2008, 02:15:02 PM
Just watched The Old Dark House (1932) and I thought it was fairly brilliant.  It works well as a weird comedy but the sinister elements become greater towards the end.  The Femm family are a wonderful bunch of characters.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on August 27, 2008, 09:03:29 PM
Psycho- Hitchcock classic that never gets old.  Stellar performances, I'm sure we've all seen it.  Perkins knocks it outta the ballpark.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back- Fifth movie in Kevin Smith's Askewniverse franchise.  Two drug dealers who have comic book characters based on them find out that a movie is being made about the comic.  Instead of going to collect their money they're owed, they decide to stop the movie cause fans are making fun of them on the internet.  Good cameos by George Carlin, Tracy Morgan, Wes Craven, Jason Lee, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and about a dozen or so other actors, including Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on August 27, 2008, 10:15:28 PM
Virus - alien computer program downloads itself into the computer system of a Russian research ship, and Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Sutherland are left to deal with the situation.  There are two DVD's of this, one with extras and the other with a DTS soundtrack.  I got the DTS version (contains the Dolby Digital 5.1 track as well), and the soundtrack was very good.  Nice enveloping surround sound when they're stuck in the hurricane.  Overall a very good movie with good characters, lots of action and an excellent setting.  Kudos for the creative take on the aliens as well.

I've seen reviews of this move ripping it to shreds, I think it's all right. I've not heard the DTS version, , sounds good though. I didn't like the double-take ending though. .


I also saw "U-Turn" for the first time. Pretty good movie, , you can feel Sean Penn's frustration throughout.

I had the misfortune of seeing Virus in theaters during it's extremely brief theatrical run.  There was a ton of potential there along with a great cast but the movie just stunk IMO.

U-Turn is one of Oliver Stone's more underrated movies IMO.  Jennifer Lopez was oh so hot in this one and Billy Bob Thorton was his usual great self as the scuzzy auto mechanic. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on August 28, 2008, 03:39:46 AM
9 Songs   ** out of ****. I watched the uncut version and this was definitely the most sexually graphic mainstream film that I've seen to date.   The two leads offer nice & brave performances but at only 65 minutes long the movie shortchanges them. The film mainly consists of them either having hot, kinky (unsimulated) sex or going to see live rock bands. There's some brief glimpses into the male lead's on screen profession and some brief relationship exchanges. But it winds up going nowhere which is a shame as there's a ton of untapped potential here. Most definitely not for prudish sensibilities BTW.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on August 28, 2008, 07:00:25 AM
The Descent - a group of women go into a cave to do some exploring and get attacked by creatures.  Overall very very good movie.  The claustrophobic atmosphere was done wonderfully and the action scenes rocked.  Only two complaints:  The women all had such thick accents I couldn't make out half of what they were saying.  I watch a lot of British TV and never have any trouble understanding anyone, so I don't know why that was necessary.  Also the last 10 minutes or so really went downhill, violating my suspension of disbelief, having characters act completely irrationally, and then throwing in an  unnecessary twist.  Kind of left a sour taste after an otherwise really entertaining experience. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 28, 2008, 11:33:33 AM
THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE (2001):  During the Spanish Civil War, a boy deposited at an orphanage must deal with a ghost and the deadlier evil posed by a ruthless war opportunist. Well-characterized and atmospheric pre-hash of themes that would explode in director del Toro's followup, PAN'S LABYRINTH.  4/5.

My giving the movie only 4 out of 5 stars actually makes me one of the film's biggest detractors; it's pretty much universal praised.  I can't help but wonder if I would have been more impressed if I'd seen it before PAN'S LABYRINTH.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 31, 2008, 12:08:13 PM
OLDBOY (2005):  A man is imprisoned for 15 years by an unknown enemy; when he is released, he's obsessed with finding the man who wronged him, and the reason why.  A stylish, complicated and sadistic warning about the consuming power of revenge.  Ultraviolent at times, with a surprising fight scene in a corridor that seems almost to have come from a different movie.  4/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Joe the Destroyer on August 31, 2008, 09:28:28 PM
Well, I finally sat down and watched two more movies in the Mill Creek Gore and More collection.  Oh god help me...

Night Train to Terror
I tried watching this movie before, but couldn't get past the first segment.  I tried again this week, only to find that the movie sucked so much that every DVD player in the house rejected it.  On the bright side, the disjointed segments make me want to buy the movies that were edited into them... Anyway, I did finally get this movie to work on my Polaroid portable DVD player, and oh god how agonizing it was.  I am now having a meeting in the back of my head, in which all my different tangents are trying to decide if this really is the worst film I've ever seen.  The current reigning champ is Superbeast.  Can this film actually be as bad as Superbeast was boring?  I'm beginning to think it's just a hair under Superbeast's awfulness, but I still have not reached a verdict.

Let's see... 1) Pointless bad music at the beginning.  I know, some people find the music appealing in a kitschy sort of way. I found it like having my spleen removed, sans anesthesia.  2) The segments were basically extended trailers for better movies, except they tried to work them in as "mini-stories" with a horrible sense of editing and resolution.  Many of the segments just felt like they stole random scenes without rhyme or reason.  Finally, 3) the band dies at the end, you're really excited to see this, and it's utterly disappointing!  How could they possible hose a scene as potentially awesome as one of the most irritating in-movie bands to walk the face of the Earth dying?!  Argh!  The movie makes me hurt!  It burns us!  It burns us! 

The Pyx
I suppose it didn't help that the blurb spoiled this movies secret, thereby making this hour-and-forty-something-minute film feel about 90 minutes too long.  The cheese, feel, and dialog are great in a bad sense, which is what I was looking for, but holy cow did I feel bored and apathetic about the whole thing already knowing what they were trying to build up to, simply because Mill Creek posts spoilers in their blurbs.  Only watch it if you know nothing about this film, simply because it'll feel like a total wash. And why the hell was this on the Gore and More box set anyway? 

I also showed my girlfriend Dark Crystal recently.  She told me she hadn't seen that, Labyrinth, or Neverending Story, so I've decided to open a mini-movie school for her to see those, oh, and South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on September 01, 2008, 07:38:49 AM
Deep Blue Sea - Some killer sharks get loose in an underwater research lab (that's quickly becoming under water on the inside too).  Overall a fun movie with good special effects and plenty of good action sequences.  Only thing that partially ruined it was some of the characters.  Their whole personality consisted of them self-righteously criticizing the head researcher for everything going wrong.  Hey, people, you've been working on this project for years, you obviously have very in-depth knowledge of everything.  Bad enough to claim ignorance, but being sanctimonious about it is downright offensive.   Then there's a rapper, who's the cook, but halfway through he becomes a preacher and starts quoting the bible.  I have no idea what that was about.  I really loved the way the sharks could break through steel doors, really big, strong, heavily reinforced steel doors, but it took them 5 minutes to break through the window on an oven door.

Night Skies - read a good review of this on another site.  I would like to get some of what that guy was smokin'  :teddyr:  The complete absence of any sort of plot was a tad off-putting.  Some kids are taking an RV trip, and they see strange lights in the sky.  Then they run into a telephone pole and, despite the fact that their buddy is dying because he fell on a knife that was lying on the floor (?), they pretty much just argue about their relationships and stuff.  Then the aliens attack.  There was some moderately good suspense for a while.  Then the two survivors wake up on an alien spaceship.  At this point I thought we were a good 10 - 15 minutes from the climax, but no...the damned thing ends right there.  Gigantic WTF moment there.  Like the old saying goes, there's no worse excuse for making a bad movie than claiming that it's true.  Never mind the strange lights in the sky were conclusively disproven years ago - they were a group of signal flares.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 01, 2008, 10:57:01 AM
THE CRAWLING HAND (1963): An astronaut dies in space, but his murderous hand return to earth to interfere with teenage love affairs and elude incompetent sheriff Alan Hale.  A nice assault scene set to the novelty rock n' roll song "The Bird is the Word", but otherwise disposable early 1960s sci-fi.  1/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on September 02, 2008, 05:17:33 AM
THE BIG EASY - Awful  :thumbdown:

RAMBO - Awesome  :teddyr:

HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD - Okay  :smile:

ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS 3 - Very Cool  :drink:

Also caught some old episodes of Ray Bradbury Theatre which were really good and a few Columbo tv movie things.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on September 03, 2008, 07:36:44 AM
Heavenly Bodies - Some girls take out a lease on an old warehouse and turn it into an aerobics studio.  They're "Short on money, but high on energy and enthusiasm" (actual quote from the movie).  All the aerobics look like complex dance routines.  Two-thirds of the movie is dance montages accompanied by uber-cheesy '80s pop music.  The main girl meets a guy, we get more montages accompanied by more cheesy music.  Then she gets her own workout show on a local TV station.  More montages, more cheesy music.  But then there's the evil girl, who works for the big evil health club across town.  She's sleeping with a guy who knows the director of the TV show, and she thought she would get the job.  So, the owner of the big evil health club buys the little aerobics studio, with plans to throw the good girls out on the street.  The main girl challenges the evil girl to a dance-off.  Ten people from each health club compete in a marathon aerobics session, the last babe in spandex left standing wins.  Yup, you gotta see this to believe it.  Especially the part where the main girl gets real tired, but then she has a flashback to dance montages we saw earlier in the movie, which fill her with renewed energy...oh yeah.  I feel like I've just been to the Wisconsin State Fair and eaten every last bit of cheese in the entire place.  I was going to watch Laker Girls as a double feature, but man, my stomach is still in knots from all the cheese.

Cheese cheese CHEESE!!!

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Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on September 03, 2008, 07:48:39 AM
Heavenly Bodies - Some girls take out a lease on an old warehouse and turn it into an aerobics studio.  All the aerobics look like complex dance routines.  Two-thirds of the movie is dance montages accompanied by uber-cheesy '80s pop music.  The main girl meets a guy, we get more montages accompanied by more cheesy music.  Then she gets her own workout show on a local TV station.  More montages, more cheesy music.  But then there's the evil girl, who works for the big evil health club across town.  She's sleeping with a guy who knows the director of the TV show, and she thought she would get the job.  So, the owner of the big evil health club buys the little aerobics studio, with plans to throw the good girls out on the street.  The main girl challenges the evil girl to a dance-off.  Ten people from each health club compete in a marathon aerobics session, the last babe in spandex left standing wins.  Yup, you gotta see this to believe it.  I feel like I've just been to the Wisconsin State Fair and eaten every last bit of cheese in the entire place.  I was going to watch Laker Girls as a double feature, but man, my stomach is still in knots from all the cheese.

Cheese cheese CHEESE!!!

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I think I'll be checking that one out!  :wink: The more spandex and cheesy 80s pop in my movies the better!
Are there equal amounts of hairspray and neon Jack?  :tongueout:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on September 04, 2008, 12:30:12 AM
FEEDERS &  FEEDERS 2: SLAY BELLS ------  no stars out of ****.     What a bunch  of boring unwatchable crap. Avoid at all costs.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on September 04, 2008, 08:04:07 AM
I think I'll be checking that one out!  :wink: The more spandex and cheesy 80s pop in my movies the better!
Are there equal amounts of hairspray and neon Jack?  :tongueout:

Are you sure you know what you're getting yourself into?  I would advise caution  - extreme caution :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 04, 2008, 10:45:30 AM
DRACULA'S DAUGHTER (1936):  Picking up exactly where DRACULA (1931) left off, this sequel has Drac's "daughter" seeking to liberate herself from the curse of vampirism by seeking the help of a psychotherapist.  Some interesting twists (Countess Zaleska is both the first tragic vampire and the first openly bisexual vampire), but matter-of-fact vampiress Gloria Holden has none of the sinister charisma of Lugosi.  2.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on September 05, 2008, 09:08:03 PM
Saw Werner Herzog's new film Encounters at the End of the World a little while ago.  It's a documentary that's mostly about the people who spend time working in Antarctica.  If you've seen any Herzog documentaries this one fits comfortably with the rest, and if you haven't, this would be a nice place to start.  It's got a lot of great footage, a great soundtrack, is a little bit cynical, and is often very funny.  Perhaps my mind was in some sort of fragile state but I found many scenes to be strangely moving and I wanted to cry.

Here's the trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MImYM87jOtU


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on September 06, 2008, 08:06:02 AM
Miner's Massacre:  Kind of a minor favorite of mine.  Some kids go looking for gold up in dem dar hills, are attacked by a cheesy Miner 49er guy.  Fun, likable characters (even the b***hy girl was amusing), plot moves along well.  Good slasher.

Bloody Pit of Horror:  Bloody pit of goofiness is more like it.  Some models and photographers go to a castle for a photo shoot, and are attacked by the Crimson Executioner.  The theme music in the first third of the movie belonged in a Doris Day romantic comedy, totally ruined the "horror" mood.  Most of the dialog was ridiculous.  Plot was pretty ridiculous too, not in concept so much but the execution was laughable.  Oh well, got to see some hot babes in sexy outfits getting "tortured" LOL.  I got the Something Weird Video version of the DVD.  Picture quality was quite nice considering the age of the film, but the audio sucked.  The volume was very low, and if you turned it up to normal listening levels, there was an annoying hiss throughout the whole soundtrack.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 08, 2008, 01:07:16 PM
SPANISH VERSION OF DRACULA (1921): Filmed at night using Spanish-speaking actors on the same sets the Tod Browning/Bela Lugosi crew used in the day, this is an alternate version of the Dracula story. Melford's variation is more eerie and atmospheric than the English language version, and less stagebound; if Lugosi had starred in this one, it could have been the greatest horror movie ever made. 4/5.

BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN (2006):  Kazakh journalist Borat (Sacha Cohen) goes to America to make a documentary for his home country, clumsily interacting with average Americans at dinner clubs, rodeos, and Pentecostal tent meetings. This laugh-a-minute extended prank, largely improvised "Candid Camera" style with civilians unwittingly playing the straight man, is a masterpiece of characterization, and of totally unfair satire. 4.5/5


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Allhallowsday on September 08, 2008, 05:43:53 PM
SPANISH VERSION OF DRACULA (1921): Filmed at night using Spanish-speaking actors on the same sets the Tod Browning/Bela Lugosi crew used in the day, this is an alternate version of the Dracula story. Melford's variation is more eerie and atmospheric than the English language version, and less stagebound; if Lugosi had starred in this one, it could have been the greatest horror movie ever made. 4/5...
You mean 1931...  :wink:

And thinking of you, REV, I recently sat through:
THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (again) No matter how creaky it gets, it just gets better for me.  This time, I was really taken with JAMES GLEASON...  :thumbup:
THE DEVIL'S REJECTS  Stoopid.  I revived an old thread dedicated to this film in which I placed my comments.   :thumbdown:
HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS This is what we crave.  The greatest kind of badness; schlock!   :thumbup:
CINEMA PARADISO One of the great films about loving movies.   :thumbup:
THE SPIDERWICKE CHRONICLES though NICK NOLTE is fun in there as that Goblin what's it, special effects do not a story make... pointless.  :thumbdown: 
THE BRIDGE TO TARABITHIA Much better than SPIDERWICKE, though hardly uncontrived.  Not at all what it's marketed as, I found it dark and unsatisfying.   :thumbdown:




Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Raffine on September 08, 2008, 05:57:20 PM
BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! (2006)

Guy Maddin's 'autobiography' film invloves some mysterious goings on at a light house/orphanage on a deserted island. What evil is Guy and Sis' domineering mother and mad-scientist father up to in the cellar? What is making those strange marks on the back of the orphan's heads? What really caused Poor Neddie's disturbing tics? Is there anywhere to hide from the eerie aereophones? Can intrepid teen brother and sister detectives Helen and Chance solve the mystery before it's too late?!?

Maddin's latest weird, unsettling, but often hilarious silent film was originally screened with a live orchestra, several foley artists, a narrator, and a castrato! Criterion's DVD includes several alternate narrators, including Isabella Rossilini, Crispin Glover, and Maddin himself. Too bad they didn't include Barbara Steele's version of the narration, but she's glimpsed briefly in the documentary. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zP9JLSghD4


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on September 08, 2008, 08:34:16 PM
Walk the Line- A solid movie with great performances by Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 08, 2008, 09:27:36 PM
And thinking of you, REV, I recently sat through:
THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (again) No matter how creaky it gets, it just gets better for me.  This time, I was really taken with JAMES GLEASON...  :thumbup:


It's endlessly watchable, isn't it?


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on September 09, 2008, 03:08:13 AM
THE VIRGIN SUICIDES   ***1/2  out of 4.   A deeply engrossing film that sticks with you. Fantastic performances and the film only stutters a bit near the end. Kirsten Dunst has never looked prettier.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on September 09, 2008, 09:07:48 AM
sign of the cross (1934) - big budget cecile demille epic about persecution of christians in Rome.  It is moderately infamous for a few risque scenes of roman debauchery, but they are mild by todays standards and in fact make the movie seem alot less dated.  ironically it has a strong pro christian message.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: schmendrik on September 09, 2008, 09:29:35 AM
Thanks to this forum, I have Kekko Kamen (1991) coming to me from Netflix, with Gymkata (1985) and Glen or Glenda (1953) in the queue.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on September 09, 2008, 09:43:33 AM
glen or glenda is really bad.  it's an hour long but it feels like 8


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on September 10, 2008, 08:57:00 AM
international house (1933)

WC Fields is definately the best part of this corny old fashioned slapstick n gags comedy that classic film buffs will call "wonderful" but  is a little too silly for me.  Still, There are some funny lines  like George Burns as a doctor goes "have you seen my stethoscope?" and the ditzy nurse played by Gracie Allen goes "I'll look at it later".  Bela lugosi is great and Cab Calloway does a song about "the reefer man" but again Fields really steals the show.  DVD comes with a fascinating A & E biography of the man.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on September 11, 2008, 07:40:32 AM
Tormented (1960) - A man is trying to dump his girlfriend because he's engaged to another girl.  Girlfriend won't take no for an answer.  She falls to her death from a lighthouse;  the guy could have saved her but chose not to.  So he tries to live his happy little life with his fiancé, but of course the ghost of the dead girlfriend comes back to haunt him.  This was okay, mildly interesting characters, mildly interesting plot.

The Bee Girls - There's a rash of deaths in a small town, all men, all dead because of excessive physical exertion during sex.  The deaths seem to be centered around a government lab, so a gov't investigator shows up to look around.  Turns out some women have genetically crossed themselves with bees.  Why would they do that?  I've seen this movie three times and I haven't got a clue.  Tons of plot holes, but it's balanced with tons of nudity.  Overall it's okay.  I've got this under the name "Graveyard Tramps", which is a horrible print of the film.  Just bought the MGM Midnight Movie double feature -  Invasion of the Star Creatures/Invasion of the Bee Girls - was so happy to find out I already had this movie  :hatred:  Oh well, it's a vastly better print.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on September 11, 2008, 07:55:31 AM
I watched Starcrash (1979)  in French!  :buggedout:

It makes it even funnier especially the character of Akton  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Raffine on September 11, 2008, 12:37:36 PM
"Looks like another long, hard one!"

Tried to rewatch BLOOD FEAST last night.

I have to say this film contains some of my favorite rotten performances.

Fell asleep after about ten minutes, though.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: schmendrik on September 11, 2008, 01:27:29 PM
Thanks to this forum, I have Kekko Kamen (1991) coming to me from Netflix, with Gymkata (1985) and Glen or Glenda (1953) in the queue.


Well I just finished Kekko Kamen disk 1. That was... different. What is it about the Japanese and schoolgirl fantasies? And I still haven't decided yet whether Kekko is or isn't shaved.

I started out saying "I think my daughter would like this, she likes anime, and an evil-teacher anime would be fun". I finished saying, "No way am I going to tell my daughter I saw this thing." But yes, KK fans, I do admit it was fun if a bit tiresome.

I think Gymkata will be next. Or possibly Freaks (1932) which I just mentioned in another post.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on September 13, 2008, 07:24:28 AM
Invasion of the Star Creatures (1963) - dopey comedy about some bumbling nincompoops who encounter a pair of Amazon space babes.  They're planning on taking over the world, but the goofballs push all the buttons on their spaceship and cause it to take off without them, stranding them on earth.  They become the girlfriends of the nincompoops.  I didn't think it was funny at all, one of those totally goofball comedies that do absolutely nothing for me.  The space babes were pretty hot though, made it worth the watch.

Cemetery Gates (2006) - A genetically engineered Tasmanian Devil (about the size of a grizzly bear) gets loose in the woods and kills a bunch of people.  This was actually a pretty fun movie;  Enjoyable characters, comically over-the-top gore effects, a bit'o T&A, and the monster was pretty cool.  No CGI at all, just a guy in a suit.  Looked nice, but of course it moved like a guy in a suit.  Got a little slow in parts (It depends on a constant stream of gratuitous violence and gratuitous nudity;  If these elements are missing for more than a couple of minutes, it gets boring), but otherwise enjoyable.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on September 14, 2008, 12:57:01 PM
Single White Female (1992): The good: Bridget Fonda is gorgeous, Jennifer Jason Leigh does well as a nutcase, the killings prove surprisingly shocking and gruesome despite a lack of a lot of gore; The bad: the film apparently borrowed a lot from the superior Apartment Zero; the ugly: the film seems to have a real man-hating feel with only the gay man not being a lecherous two-timer, there's a certain overall nastiness that permeates the film that may well turn off some; the fact that gay Graham survives an incredibly nasty beatdown to pop up later at just the appropriate moment. ** out of *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on September 15, 2008, 07:42:06 AM
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This film is so freakin' awesome! 5/5


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 15, 2008, 02:44:51 PM
SILENT HILL (2006):  When her little girl constantly mumbles the name "Silent Hill" while sleepwalking, a mom takes her to the titular ghost town where an underground coal fire has been burning for years--oh, and there's also an unspeakable evil. The complicated storyline is confusingly told, but director Christophe Gans powers his narrative train quickly from one impressively apocalyptic set piece to another so that the viewer hardly feels the bumps from the plot holes.  4/5.

THE PRESTIGE (2006): In the age of Houdini, two rival magicians become obsessed with topping each other by sabotaging performances and stealing secrets. A fantastic and dramatic game of cat and mouse, although it goes one magical realist trick too far at the end.  4.5/5.

MST3K: THE CRAWLING HAND:  This is the only officially released episode from Season 1, so I had to check it out, out of curiosity if nothing else.  It's not as bad as I feared, although the humor isn't quite up to the standards of the later years, and the purple and green color scheme on the Satellite of Love take some getting used to.  The movie itself is bad in a dull way, with only a few crazy moments to liven things up.  The riffs depend heavily on puns ("Good thing she brought her HAND-gun", "Be advised: he's ARM and dangerous.").  A good pickup for fans of the series only.  2.5/5.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on September 15, 2008, 03:23:28 PM
small town gay bar-  the title is like a poem almost.  conveying dread!  good documentary put out by Clerks guy Kevin Smith for some reason about two gay bars  in the bible belt and how important  they are for the local gay communities.   not as harrowing as you'd expect and in fact funny and uplifting in places.  some of the music is sort of random and it was obviously made pretty cheaply but fascinating nonetheless.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 18, 2008, 12:24:54 PM
HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES (2003): Four college aged kids stumble into the web of family of bizarre, yet cliched, backwoods killers. First time director Rob Zombie tries to cover up the lack of a story with an excess of crazy style.  The result looks a lot like what you would get if you took THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974), removed all the scary, and replaced it with annoying. 2/5. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on September 18, 2008, 12:58:06 PM
The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) - A man arrives at a castle to investigate the death of his sister.  He meets his sister's husband (Vincent Price), as well as Price's sister, played by (the adorably cute) Luana Anders, and the local doctor.  Price isn't terribly stable to start with, and once it's discovered that his wife is apparently haunting the castle, he slips farther and farther towards insanity.  Wonderful Gothic style, good performances, and a great twist ending.  The MGM Midnight Movies DVD is very nice, complete with a "theatrical prologue" which is pretty cool.  Commentary track by Roger Corman.  The picture quality was nice with rich colors, but a bit too contrasty for my tastes (darks were too dark, lights were too light). 

Lady Frankenstein (1972) - Quite an interesting story about Dr. Frankenstein.  He creates his monster, which then kills him and goes poking around town killing people at will.  His daughter (also a surgeon) shows up and basically picks up where dad left off, trying to perfect his experiment.  There's romance, there's nudity (My god, Lady Frankenstein has a marvelous butt, a perfect 10 out of 10), there's lots of Gothic style and the story certainly doesn't drag.  The Hollywood Horror Collection DVD has pretty good picture quality, once I set my TV to the "mild" picture setting.  Dialog was a bit muddled by the theme music, but once I went through about 10 different surround sound modes on my receiver I finally found one that cleared it up.

Where Have All The People Gone (1974) - Made for TV movie, I remember seeing it when I was about 10 and it stuck with me all these years.  There's a big solar flare from the sun, causing just about all the people on earth to disintegrate.  Peter Graves and his two kids are among the survivors, and they set out to find the mother of the family, who is a few hundred miles away.  Along the way they meet a child who's parents were killed, and a woman who is so traumatized by something that she's no longer able to speak.  They have to find food and transportation, and deal with wild dogs and another survivor who steals their car.  This is mostly about the psychological turmoil experienced by these people, and happily it doesn't slip into melodrama too often.  Overall rather interesting, very well acted, though don't expect too much excitement. 

It! (1966) - A museum warehouse burns down, and all that's left is an evil looking statue of a golem.  The statue is put on display in the museum, and the assistant curator (Roddy McDowall) eventually learns how to bring it to life and control it.  He's a small man, suddenly granted unlimited power, and he doesn't quite know what to do with it.  Roddy gives an excellent performance, and so does the rest of the cast.  This has always been a favorite of mine, very much like a Hammer horror film, with wonderful atmosphere and very, very British.

The Night of the Werewolf (1981) - My first Paul Naschy film.  Some girls go to Transylvania to revive an ancient vampire.  There's also a werewolf, he falls in love with one of the girls and has a big showdown with the vampire at the end.  Visually, this is a feast for the eyes.  Just beautiful, artistic scene after beautiful, artistic scene.  Plotwise it's a typical B movie, with lots of plot holes and the whole thing is told in an abrupt and confusing manner.  Dialog is as cheesy as some of those goofy Italian sci-fi movies from the '60s.  The Bci / Eclipse DVD has absolutely stunning picture quality, I guess it was remastered for Blu-ray and it looks fabulous on standard DVD.  Wish I could say the same about the sound quality, it's a weird mono-through-all-five-channels mix. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on September 20, 2008, 10:43:18 AM
I highly recommed the MST3K version of Tornented if you haven't seen it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 20, 2008, 03:00:54 PM
THE DEVIL'S REJECTS (2005): Two members of the Firefly family of serial killers improbably escape a police raid by sneaking out the back door and go on an abduction and torture spree.  HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES was a spectacular failure, but at least you could laugh at it; the sequel is a sick, slick, soulless and pointless torture montage.  1/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on September 21, 2008, 10:29:42 AM
Bog Creatures - some college students go out in the woods to dig up some bog bodies, of course they come to life and eventually start chasing them around a bit.  This adds some sorely needed forward momentum to the movie, but not until the last 20 minutes.  Ever get the feeling you're not watching a "real" movie?  Even Sci-Fi Originals at least seem like real movies - this thing really didn't.  A combination of bad acting, bad script, theme music that didn't set any sort of mood, camera-mounted microphones, crummy locations, boring camera work, etc.  Absolutely no effort to establish any sort of atmosphere - I mean, it's a bog, at least break out the smoke machines.  No real plot and what there was, well, don't think about it for more than 5 seconds or you'll realize it doesn't make any sense at all.  Overall a pretty weak effort. 

Die Monster Die! (1965) - A nice Gothic horror movie.  A guy goes to visit his girlfriend out in the country.  In the nearby town, everyone acts terrified at the mere mention of the place he's going to.  Once he arrives, the girlfriend's father (Boris Karloff) practically kicks him off the property, but luckily the girlfriend shows up just in time and welcomes him in.  There's strange doings at the household, the mother is apparently disfigured, the area around the house is devoid of life and all the plants are charred, and the greenhouse glows at night!  Leave it to the boyfriend to get to the bottom of it all.  Overall a pretty good film, though the big reveal isn't terribly satisfying.  The conclusion is rather exciting though.  Good performances by everyone involved, good atmosphere, somewhat disappointing plot. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Oldskool138 on September 22, 2008, 03:55:33 PM
Speed Racer (2008) - Wow!  Go out and rent this movie.  Get the Blu-Ray version if possible.  This movie is a visual treat and just an all-around good time.

First the negatives - It's a little long coming in just over 2 hours.  It's almost drags in some places but the pace is brisk and they get back to the action rather quickly.  Some people might not like the visual style and bright colors.  The hi-jinks of Spritle and Chim-Chim (Speed Racer's younger brother and his pet monkey) might annoy people but they behave much like they do in the source material...and come very close to ruining the very end of the movie.

Now the positives - The movie creates is own world and the characters and races fit into it.  The plot is reminiscent of Saturday morning cartoons.  It's not complicated but it fun.  The dialog is crisp and maybe a bit hackneyed but it works in this kind of story.  Unlike most kids fare out these days, Speed Racer has a non-dysfunctional family.  But they story is not just for kids, it's a great morality tale.  The acting is great esp by Mathew Fox (Racer X), John Goodman (Pops Racer) and Roger Allam (as the sneering corporate villain Royalton)

Long story short, this one should be seen on the best home theater system you can find.  This will be a movie you will either love or hate.  There doesn't seem to be any gray area.  I loved it!  But, don't go into it thinking you're going to see a movie...look at it like you're sitting down early on a Saturday morning in front of the TV with a bowl of cereal getting ready to watch a cheezy but fun action cartoon.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on September 22, 2008, 10:11:15 PM
THE DEVIL'S REJECTS (2005): Two members of the Firefly family of serial killers improbably escape a police raid by sneaking out the back door and go on an abduction and torture spree.  HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES was a spectacular failure, but at least you could laugh at it; the sequel is a sick, slick, soulless and pointless torture montage.  1/5.

I thought that The Devil's Rejects was quite good. I didn't really care much for House of 1000 Corpses with the exception being Sid Haig's performance.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on September 23, 2008, 07:33:07 AM
Evil Unleashed:  The Mummy - Oh my god, this is truly the worst movie I have ever seen in my life.  And I'm a frightening Fanatic of horrible cinema, so this statement should carry some weight.  We begin with not one, but two prologues, both featuring some of the most awful "acting" that has ever been captured on film.  "Read your lines in a clear and distinct voice" must have been the only direction given to these folks.  Then we meet four college kids in a scene that can only be described as horridly embarrassing.  Then the title character comes to life and starts killing people.  One of the "special" effects during a kill scene includes a guy with squiggly marks from a red pen drawn on his face.  Ancient Egyptian warriors use spears - these are actually those little posts that surveyors use to mark a roadway, about 2" wide by 1/2" thick.  Yup, couldn't even afford broom handles.  Painfully dull, putrid acting - good lord, any six people from this board could do a better job - a budget that would have filled my car with gas twice.  This thing makes movies by the Polonia brothers look well conceived and highly professional in comparison.  How can crap like this actually get distribution?  It boggles the mind.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 23, 2008, 12:31:41 PM
THE DEVIL'S REJECTS (2005): Two members of the Firefly family of serial killers improbably escape a police raid by sneaking out the back door and go on an abduction and torture spree.  HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES was a spectacular failure, but at least you could laugh at it; the sequel is a sick, slick, soulless and pointless torture montage.  1/5.

I thought that The Devil's Rejects was quite good. I didn't really care much for House of 1000 Corpses with the exception being Sid Haig's performance.

Yeah, I know I'm in the minority on this one.  Even Ebert liked DEVIL'S REJECTS.  I thought both were bad movies, but to me HOUSE was bad in a bombastic way that made it entertaining.  I just found the torture/shock scenes in REJECTS grating, like nails on a chalkboard.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on September 24, 2008, 07:05:23 AM
The City of the Dead (1960) - A college student wants to do some in-depth research on witchcraft, so her professor (Christopher Lee) suggests she go to a small, permanently fog-shrouded town in Massachusetts, where a witch was burned at the stake back in the Puritan days.  Of course, the witch problem certainly isn't finished with, and after a couple of weeks the girl's brother goes to the town to investigate what happened to her.  Unfortunately, he spends the whole middle of the movie discovering things that the audience already knows, which isn't very interesting for the audience.  It does have an exciting conclusion though, and excellent atmosphere throughout.  The VCI DVD is excellent, with superb picture quality and nice clear mono sound.  You get a commentary track with Christoper Lee, as well as a fairly long interview.  His opinions are quite entertaining and informative, however he does tend to ramble - a lot.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on September 25, 2008, 03:32:21 PM
strait jacket (1964)-  I had never heard of this and i understand why.  as a horror movie, it stinks.  but as a "rocky horror picture show"  camp thing it is actually pretty incredible, mainly for the performance of Joan Crawford, who reminds me of none of than the crimson executioner from Bloody Pit of Horror.  or Wings hauser from "Vice Squad".  Of all the movies I've read or wrote about on this site this one is probably one of the most appropriate to be discussed here.  It's like the first ridiculous b slasher movie.  the reviews on netflix for it are all 5 stars and like half from homosexuals.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 25, 2008, 03:42:15 PM
BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR (2003);  Dr. Herbert West may be serving a life sentence, but when the prison doctor hands him his old glowing green syringe he quickly gets his groove back and starts re-animating corpses once more, leading to another gory holocaust. Jeffery Combs as Dr. West is hammy but in control in this third entry in the series, which captures trangressively comic atmosphere of the insane original better than BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR did. 4/5 stars.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on September 26, 2008, 08:21:03 PM
THE DEVIL'S REJECTS (2005): Two members of the Firefly family of serial killers improbably escape a police raid by sneaking out the back door and go on an abduction and torture spree.  HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES was a spectacular failure, but at least you could laugh at it; the sequel is a sick, slick, soulless and pointless torture montage.  1/5.

I thought that The Devil's Rejects was quite good. I didn't really care much for House of 1000 Corpses with the exception being Sid Haig's performance.
I agree. Devil's Rejects was quite good.  Even about House.  I did like House, but Sid saved that.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on September 26, 2008, 08:27:43 PM
Killer Tomatoes Strike Back- Third film in the Killer Tomato series.  For years, I couldn't find it on dvd until recently, as I had only seen "Attack" and "Return", respectively.  I felt Strike Back was better than I thought it would've been.  Rick Rockwell, later of Who Wants to Marry A Multi-Millionaire fame, did a halfway decent performance in it as a cop investigating a series of murders, seemingly perpetrated by tomatoes.  Finletter makes an appearance, as the police chief, parachute in hand.   :wink:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on September 27, 2008, 08:22:37 AM
Tower of Blood - this could have been a nice little 30 minutes slasher but they padded it out to 75 minutes with epic-length opening and closing credit sequences and a bunch of other irrelevant scenes.  Some kids go to party in an an abandoned hi-rise and are killed off by a slasher.  It actually had great atmosphere inside the building, but we're talking 5 minutes out of a 75 minute yawn fest.  The characters were unsympathetic, it had no plot at all.  The killings were dull, it just kind of stank overall.  Too bad, there was the potential to have a pretty darned good movie, but the people involved obviously just didn't give a damn.  Take advantage of the excellent location to do some really atmospheric and terrifying stalk sequences?  Nah, screw it, let's just make the opening credits a quarter of an hour long.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Andrew on September 27, 2008, 08:41:47 AM
The Educational Archives:  Social Engineering 201
We learned all about shopping for groceries, and I promised my wife that the next time she asked me to stop at the store for "something for dinner - whatever looks good" I was going to buy 3 quarts of oysters, 2 turnips, and a cake (a man actually does this).  There is also a cartoon about two fraternal twins who encounter more pedophiles in a single day than police detectives who investigate pedophiles deal with in their entire career.  These were along with films about the importance of getting along with others and personal hygiene.

Lambada
The forbidden dance!  An Indian princess comes out of the rain forest (because Richard Lynch ran over her apple tree), teaches a spoiled rich boy how to dance the Lambada, and then wins a dance competition so that she can appear on TV and talk about saving the rain forests!  Sid Haig is her witch doctor!  His biggest trick is handing people his "snake bag."  If you take the snake bag your hand is wracked by paralyzing pain.  Personally, I wouldn't take the bag from him.

Citizen Kane
I had not watched this film in years, but suddenly Amazon had the 2-disc SE DVD for something like $8.  The print is gorgeous, and the film is still excellent.  The acting is acceptable (I think many of the people were from Welles Mercury theater), but the story and just the way the film was done are the reasons it is a classic.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on September 27, 2008, 08:59:13 AM
lambada was directed by the guy who did "Black Shampoo" and "Joysticks"


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 27, 2008, 06:51:08 PM

Lambada
The forbidden dance!  An Indian princess comes out of the rain forest (because Richard Lynch ran over her apple tree), teaches a spoiled rich boy how to dance the Lambada, and then wins a dance competition so that she can appear on TV and talk about saving the rain forests!  Sid Haig is her witch doctor!  His biggest trick is handing people his "snake bag."  If you take the snake bag your hand is wracked by paralyzing pain.  Personally, I wouldn't take the bag from him.


This is also known as THE FORBIDDEN DANCE.  I remember three lambada films came out in 1990, and this was the best (worst?) of the lot.  I recall it as being silly fun and wouldn't mind seeing it again, though my memory of it may be a little gauzy.  Are you planning to review it, Andrew?


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on September 28, 2008, 07:44:29 AM
Curse of the Devil (1973) - another Paul Naschy film from Spain.  A witch is burned at the stake, but not until she puts a curse on the descendants of those who executed her.  At some point in time after the prologue, we meet Waldemar Danninski (Naschy), a rich property owner who is a descendant of the witch burners.  He meets some satanic Gypsy girl who of course puts the werewolf curse on him.  Luckily there's also a murderer roaming the mountains, and the werewolf killings get blamed on him.  Waldemar falls in love with some girl, and the middle part of the movie is spent with this romance.  This is a very slow moving movie, and unfortunately the characters are pretty underdeveloped, which makes it drag.  It does have some gorgeous Gothic scenes though, one in particular has three bodies of werewolf victims laid out by the villagers, and they pluck their eyeballs out in the belief that it will blind the werewolf.  It's just scrumptiously Gothic.  The Spanish don't mess around when it comes to nudity, just give you some full frontal stuff and get on with it  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on September 28, 2008, 10:20:00 AM
CHILD'S PLAY    *** out of ****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on September 29, 2008, 01:55:48 AM
RIGHTEOUS KILL  **1/2 out of ****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on October 01, 2008, 07:47:41 AM
Memorial Day - basic Friday the 13th ripoff, done on a budget that makes the Friday films look like mega-budget blockbusters in comparison.  Or maybe they were just less clumsy.  Some kids go out to a cabin by a lake, they're stalked and killed one by one.  The characters really weren't that bad;  well, one of them was overly morose and it was pure drudgery sitting through any scene with her in it.  Two of the females gave good performances, the males tended towards overacting.  Though they kind of came off as believably obnoxious.  Overall, I sort of liked these folks.  The plot was handled clumsily, with characters having unbelievable reactions to things.  They kept taking refuge in a brightly lit building which killed any atmosphere the film might have had.  It did keep my interest all the way to the end though.  There were some dark comedy elements which worked surprisingly well.  Compared to other zero-budget movies I've seen lately, this was actually kind of good.  However, compared to what you expect to see when you buy a DVD, presumably made by professional movie makers, it basically sucked.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: indianasmith on October 01, 2008, 04:27:04 PM
let's see . . . last weekend I watched LEATHERHEADS, which was pretty cute and had some clever repartee between  George Clooney and Renee Zellwegger.  A bit slow, but worth the rent.

Then I saw two abysmal zombie movies . . .  THE VEIL and VANGUARD.  Both unwatchably bad; avoid them like the plague!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on October 01, 2008, 11:24:32 PM
The Apartment (1960): Jack Lemmon has been moving up the executive ranks in a most unusual way: by lending his apartment out to cheating higher-ups at the company he works with. Things take an unexpected twist however when Lemmon's crush Elevator girl Shirley MacLaine turns out to be one of those using said apartment. Surprisingly this film turns out to be a charming romantic comedy perhaps far ahead of its time. It's quite good although I do wonder at it winning Best Picture for 1960. Sure it's good but it was overrated in its time and still is. Lots of good lines and plot twists sure to keep viewers on their toes. *** 1/2 out of *****

The Fortune Cookie (1966): the first time Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon teamed up making it significant to this long time fan of the pair. Anyways the film itself stars Matthau as a scheming con artist lawyer who convinces his brother in-law Lemmon to feign a serious crippling injury after getting accidentally tackled while handling a camera for a Cleveland Browns football game. Has some great lines and features fine performances by Matthau and Lemmon with nice support from Ron Rich as football player Boom Boom Jackson who greatly befriends Lemmon's Harry Hinkle after he thinks he's hurt him. Only marred down by a somewhat unsatisfying conclusion.  Worth a watch but not quite as funny as a lot of other efforts by this pair possibly because some of the character's, while played brilliantly in many respects, prove rather unlikable. ** 1/2 out of *****

American Splendor (2003): This film, like the comic book series on which it was based, follows the real life trails and experiences of average joe/everyday curmudgeon Harvey Pekar, here played fairly true to life by Paul Giamatti although the real Pekar himself appears too throughout the movie adding his own commentary and further insights into the proceedings. This is one freakin' brilliant movie! While its lead character may not have a life everyone will envy (in fact far from it), what he does have and what makes him a hero so easy to root on is the ability to stay true to himself. He doesn't sell out his principles and ideals (well maybe a little on Letterman but he turns that around eventually too) and especially not his right to self expression. Pekar's take on the comedic frustrations of everyday living frequently proves true to life and downright funny in its fashion (who came first anyways, Pekar or Seinfeld?). In the film, we see real life at its most raw and ugly yet at the same time, there's so much of it that remains truly beautiful, wondrous and heartwarming.  ***** out of *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on October 03, 2008, 07:23:55 AM
Resident Demon (2005) - yet another $100 home video that's promoted as an actual "movie".  Some people move into an apartment, throw a housewarming party, and the spirit of the witch that used to live there starts jumping from one body to another, killing off the guests one by one.  The characters are boring as hell, undeveloped, a severe case of under-acting by everyone involved.  There's some vague interest developed by trying to figure out which body the spirit is in.  It goes into the kitty cat at one point.  That was kind of cute.  The video is really grainy, worse than VHS quality.  Sounds like the guy who did the theme music put a good hour's worth of effort into the project.  At one point he holds a single note for about a minute.  Probably 97% of it doesn't have any music at all.  At least the dialog doesn't have any reverb off the walls, that's kind of professional of them.  You do get two different girls who strip down to their bras (yeah, guess why I bought this?).  Anyhow, this is basically the type of movie you would expect to find in one of those 10 movies for $12 sets. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 03, 2008, 02:05:16 PM
REPULSION (1965):  When her sister/caretaker takes a well deserved vacation, mentally fragile Carole (Catherine Deneuve) holes up inside her lonely apartment and retreats into her head, which is haunted by irrational fears about men. Deneuve's portrait of a terrified and tormented mind barricading itself away from the world is simply magnificent, one of the most realistic and frightening portrayals of mental illness ever captured on film. 4.5 out of 5.  1/2 star off for the too-slow start.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 05, 2008, 04:36:25 PM
DR. STRANGELOVE: OR, HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (1964): Can world leaders overcome their petty differences and stave off Armageddon after a rogue US general obsessed with the purity of his precious bodily fluids unleashes a nuclear-armed bomber wing on the Soviet Union?  Peter Sellers plays three roles, but George C. Scott's jingoistic General Buck steals the show.  The Cold War may be over, but decades later fears about the power of our technology coupled with the fallibility of our leaders still make the hilarious yet horrifying jokes in this black comedy resonate still.  5/5.

MST3K: I ACCUSE MY PARENTS:  Great riffing makes this snoozer melodrama about a "kind of stupid" kid with "drunk folks" who somehow gets involved with the mob into one of the most memorable epsidodes in the series.  Highlights include the mobile of Jimmy's unconious used to illustrate the roots of his psychosis, and Servo's lyrics for the theme song: "They laughed when I accused my parents..."  5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on October 06, 2008, 08:54:34 AM
Prom Night (1980) - one of the better slashers.  Some kids accidentally cause the death of another kid, then a few years later they're all in high school, prom night is approaching and they start receiving threatening phone calls.  Once the big prom arrives, we get some great stalking sequences, the one where the killer chases the bad girl, Wendy, through the darkened school is a classic.  Wendy steals the show, her character practically makes the movie.  There's one scene that just cannot be forgotten, LOL.  Wendy walks into the prom, and Jamie Lee Curtis grabs her boyfriend and says "Let's show her what we can do".  They proceed to the disco dance floor, where of course everyone backs off and gives them plenty of space to do their fabulous dance routine.  Good grief...let's just say they ain't no John Travolta  :teddyr:

Backlot Murders - Think "Bill and Ted's Excellent Slasher Adventure".  A bunch of idiots in a band go to shoot a video on the backlot of a movie studio.  Some guy in an Elvis mask starts killing everybody.  As a horror comedy, I guess it didn't work too badly.  The video director actually made me laugh a couple of times.  As a slasher, well, it's too much of a comedy to have any suspense at all.  Plenty of jiggly girls though.

Shadow Hunters - some demon hunters are going through an abandoned hospital, tracking down some demon.  At the same time, a bunch of girls - in their bras and panties - are going through their sorority hazing in the hospital.  All manner of gratuitous violence and nudity ensue.  For a Brain Dead picture, it was surprisingly un-awful.  Acting was bad, but the action moved along fast enough that it kept me interested. 

Castle of the Walking Dead - Christopher Lee is an evil count / mad scientist.  Years ago he was drawn and quartered because he was sacrificing 13 virgins to create an immortality serum for himself.  Of course, a little drawing and quartering isn't going to keep Christopher Lee down for long, and he comes back to life and grabs himself another virgin.  The son of the guy who executed Mr. Lee is also there, and Chris isn't too happy with him either.  Other than the really inappropriate theme music, I absolutely loved this movie.  Truly scrumptious Gothic atmosphere - these guys out-Gothicked Hammer studios.  Good performances, a plot that sometimes doesn't make much sense, and oodles and oodles of atmosphere.  Five stars.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on October 06, 2008, 09:59:12 PM
THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN   *** out of ****

Probably the best film version of Clive Barker's famous short story of the same name that could have been made.  Might have worked better as a like an episode of Masters of Horror instead of of a 90 minute movie though. The movie is where this movie suffers in terms of padding. But the 1st 3rd and last 3rd are  great and Vinnie Jones makes a terrible Mahogany a.k.a. The Butcher.  Recommended.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on October 07, 2008, 06:31:03 AM
Enter the Ninja *** out of ****

Decided to end some time on Saturday night where I wasn't doing anything I decided to watch this film.  Out of all the films I have seen lately this one easily gets the MST3K treatment next time I see it.  At times it was just really corny but I enjoyed it a lot even though it wasn't the best ninja movie that I have ever watched.

   


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on October 08, 2008, 08:15:01 AM
Motel Hell (1980)- Well, this was different.  Farmer Vincent sells smoked meats, and they're way more tasty than any other meat.  Guess what the secret ingredient is?  Yeah, he sets little traps on the road and causes motorists to crash.  then he takes them, still living, and plants them in his garden.  To ripen...or something.  Then he slaughters them.  One of his intended victims is a cute dingy blond, and he decides to nurse her back to health.  Then they decide to get married.  How will she react when she finds out Farmer Vincent's secret?  Overall, too tongue-in-cheek to be taken seriously, but it did have a few spooky scenes.  entertaining, but not something I'd watch again.

Night of the Bunny Rabbits - No, wait, Night of the Lepus.  There, that sounds much more scary  :teddyr:  Some rancher is having problems with too many bunnies on his land, so he calls in some scientist who decides to inject some unknown hormones or something into them, to make them sterile.  But his cute little daughter lets one of the bunnies out of the lab, it breeds and they all grow into huge man eating bunny rabbits.  They're so cute!  This is a bad movie classic.  Pretty good budget, good acting, and they somehow managed to make the great killer bunny stampede look sort of real. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: bladerunnerblues on October 09, 2008, 06:47:06 PM
EMBRYO:Rock Hudson?!Yes.Better than I expected.Had a made for TV look to it but considering there was some nudity,I really doubt this aired on NBC :wink:
And that ending with the fake baby? :question:

ULTRAMAN THE NEXT:Went on a bit too long.I think it could have been edited by at least 12 minutes.How come they didn't show the scene where Maki was a boy and saw the "meteor"?

WAXWORKS:Okay,I only caught some of it.Something about that title always turned me off a bit.Kind of sounds like an old Micheal Cain movie.It took me all of these years to realize,oh..wax..like wax museum..okay i get it now.Plenty of cool non-CGI monsters.Any movie featuring a scene with a guy getting his head torn off by a werewolf is okay by me.

ACE HIGH:This was at least the 4th time I'd seen it.Strange to see Terence Hill in a serious role before he became the always smiling acrobatic character we all know and love.A very underrated SW.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on October 10, 2008, 07:13:01 AM
The Burning (1981) - I guess a lot of people consider this a classic slasher, I thought it was just okay.  Very much in the style of Friday the 13th, some kids at summer camp are killed off by a horribly disfigured slasher.  At least the Friday movies focused on the counselors, who were a bit more mature, but this is all about the kids.  The only characters that are even the least bit developed are a weird little perv and a total a-hole.  Not much in the way of sympathy for their plight, to say the least.  The whole thing takes place in broad daylight, which really kills any chance at atmosphere or suspense.  And the killer has a weird way of doing impossible things.  In one scene, some kids are on a raft, and paddle up to a canoe.  Suddenly the killer is standing on the raft.  How the heck did he get up there?  In another scene, he kills a girl in a sleeping bag, then crawls in there next to her.  When her boyfriend comes along, not only does he not notice that there are two people in the sleeping bag, but when he opens it up, the killer is instantly standing up.  Huh?  Anyhow, it's certainly not a bad slasher, just not anything above average.  Three stars out of five.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on October 10, 2008, 07:44:49 AM
Wake Of The Red Witch (1948)

Set in the early 1860s, John Wayne stars as a 19th century sea captain out for revenge against a wealthy shipping magnate in this 1948 offering from Republic Pictures. Wayne plays Captain Ralls with a convincing bitterness, and his grim portrayal of Ralls hits a high point when Ralls purposely wrecks his enemy's prize treasure ship. Gail Russell delivers a memorable performance as the tragic Angelique. Gig Young stands out as a crewman who eventually learns the truth about Ralls. I don't usually sit through films this old, but I did and I liked it very much, the story was simple and the acting was top notch - plus Gail Russell was beautiful! 4/5


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 10, 2008, 01:48:41 PM
MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939):  An honest rube of a boy scout leader is appointed senator and sent to Washington where he uncovers political corruption, which he defeats using "Robert's Rules of Order."  Some great moments, both subtle and crowd-pleasing, although in the end this sappy civics lesson is too blatantly manipulative to rank as a real classic.  4/5.  (Disclaimer: Frank Capra's corny optimism really rubs me the wrong way, though I admit he can tell a good story). 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on October 11, 2008, 02:47:00 PM
I watched Waxwork and Waxwork II last night (they're both on FearNet On Demand if you happen to have that available from your cable service).  They're mostly a bunch of nonsense but are very entertaining films.  I'm gonna have to pick up a copy of the DVD sometime.

I started to watch Eaten Alive a short while ago but I stopped about 30 minutes into it.  It's so damned unpleasant and annoying!  I might finish later if I have nothing better to do.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JaseSF on October 11, 2008, 07:52:41 PM
Koyaanisqatsi (1983): This film, directed by Godfrey Reggio, is basically just a collection of images following one another that with a lot of help from the music of composer Philip Glass, symbolizes man's movement away from the natural world towards a world in which technology is practically everywhere.

I have to say at least this made me think. What struck me is the movement of humanity, basically in circles where we all basically become cogs in a machine ourselves...each fulfilling some function. Lives spent going and coming, but most never truly doing anything significant. Some unique visual perspectives and some interesting little tricks using signs in the background are things worth keeping one's eyes on the look out. Still I'm sure there's many who will think this is a pile of crap...just sped up everyday footage. For me personally, the cinematography and music make for an interesting viewing experience likely to make an unique impression upon different viewers. Still this is very "artsy" so be warned if you hate that kinda stuff. *** out of *****

The Canterville Ghost (1996) Neve Campbell and her dysfunctional family move into an haunted English castle belonging to the Canterville clan. There she must deal with the ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville (played by Patrick Stewart) whose curse it is to roam the castle and its grounds at night not to mention perhaps even worse a disbelieving father whose convinced it's actually Campbell herself whose faking the haunting in hopes her family will want to leave and return her to all her friends back in America.

This actually turns out to be an entertaining family friendly movie. Stewart and Campbell both prove enjoyable in their roles and for the most part, the movie doesn't descend into syrupy territory. There's some good humor and for very young kids, there might even be a fright or two. Still this will prove much too tame I suspect for most serious horror fans. I liked it for what it was even if it did remind me of a Disney TV movie. **1/2 out of *****

Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981): Despite having a very impressive cast including Peter Ustinov as Charlie Chan, Richard Hatch as # 1 Grandson Lee Chan Jr., Roddy McDowall as a demented butler in a wheelchair, Michelle Pfeffier as Lee Chan's clueless girlfriend/fiancee, Angie Dickinson as the Dragon Queen and Lee Grant as Lee's demented mother, this film never lives up to its potential and pretty much is an unfunny disaster. The whole idea of turning Charlie Chan into a comedy was bad to begin with but this film just gets more and more messed up and confused as it goes along. That said, it has many of those so bad as you've just got to see them to believe them moments (Richard Hatch as a walking disaster reminscent of Jackie Chan, he and Michelle Pfeiffer in the face of peril calming a savage dog with "Happy Birthday" ?! and more). In the end though, there's way too many ridiculously overlong ridiculous chase sequences which prove this film's biggest flaw. ** out of ***** stars. That said, the extras on the American Cinema DVD are pretty good entertainment in themselves and in fact prove far more entertaining than the film itself including a look at the history of the American Cinema company that put out many classic B-movies such as THE OCTAGON and GOOD GUYS WEAR BLACK in the late 70s and early 80s.

Creepers (1985): Well first off, I still need to see the more complete PHENOMENA version of this movie as the CREEPERS version I watched, put out on DVD by Legacy Entertainment is a much shortened version. That said, this starts off like your basic slasher with a female tourist left behind on a bus tour winding up in a place she sure wishes she hadn't. Eventually it moves to student Jennifer Connelly and entomologist Donald Pleasance teaming up once Jennifer discovers she has unlikely control over insects to find the gruesome killer who's been killing girls in the area and leaving body parts behind. The first half of this actually proves enjoyable as the mystery builds up. That said, the conclusion ends up being a big disappointment going the pretty much expected Friday the 13th-esque route. Of course, one could tell there's more missing from this story and one does wonder if the more complete version of PHENOMENA wouldn't have fleshed the movie out better and moved things along at a better pace. Of course it might not have and may in fact have proved every bit as disappointing in terms of its ending. Whatever the case, this made me curious enough I'd like to find out. ** out of *****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 11, 2008, 08:33:23 PM
GRAVEYARD ALIVE: A ZOMBIE NURSE IN LOVE (2003): This low-budget movie tells the story of a mousy nurse who finds her sexual calling after being bitten by a zombie, and infects the rest of the hospital. Filmed in black and white, with poorly synched dialogue added later, this shows some talent and style but ultimately the blend of horror, comedy, camp, and arthouse visuals fails to work.  Still, it's obvious the folks involved had fun making it, and the audience they had in mind was probably the people on this board.  Brief male nudity and minimal gore.  2/5 stars.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: indianasmith on October 11, 2008, 09:02:07 PM
I saw that.  It could have been so much better, but it was still funny.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on October 13, 2008, 07:53:42 AM
Incubus - Tara Reid and friends have a car crash out on a back road.  As they're walking back to the highway, they come across an industrial building and decide to break in to use the phone.  They find some dead bodies inside, and of course they can't get out.  Then they find a guy in a glass room, he's a psycho killer and he has mind control powers.  This had excellent atmosphere, the cinematography was great and really set the mood.  Unfortunately the script was utterly retarded, some of the dialog just took me completely out of the movie and left me wondering how damned stupid the screenwriter could possibly be.  Acting was so-so, Tara Reid looked cute and the rest of the characters were just sort of there.  I found it impossible to get involved with this thing after some of that ridiculous dialog.  2 out of 5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Fishasaurus on October 14, 2008, 05:44:37 PM
Hard Candy
Shikoku
A Tale Of Two Sisters
Unknown Island
Lost Continent


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on October 15, 2008, 02:21:21 PM
Madman (1982) - pretty much a straight Friday the 13th rip off, except all the male characters have apparently just attended a sensitivity training seminar (some of the dialog will make you gag), and the lead female is one of those people who's soooooo nice it makes you want to give her a good boot in the a$$.  First she b***hes out her boyfriend for singing a scary song around the campfire, then she chastises the head counselor for telling a scary story, saying it made the little kids cry.  Never mind that there were no crying little kids, in fact there's about 8 counselors and only 4 kids, but whatever.  Yup, a real fun bunch to spend 90 minutes of your life with.  They're stalked, and thankfully killed, by Madman Marz, world's slowest serial killer.  Any movement at all on the part of the intended victim leaves the Madman clutching at empty air.  A person has to stand still for a good 30 seconds for Marz to have any chance, and even then he may very well lose his train of thought and go wandering off into the woods.  The whole thing takes place in the woods at night, and they've got it lit up like it's almost daylight.  In one scene, after we're shown a clock letting us know it's midnight, someone's walking outside and you can see the sky is nice and red, like it's sunup or perhaps sundown.  I guess it has some suspense in the second half, but still a very weak and overly cheesy effort.  2 out of 5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on October 17, 2008, 10:18:02 PM
SEED   * out of ****

ZOMBIE STRIPPERS  **1/2 out of ****

IRON MAN   ***1/2 out of ****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on October 18, 2008, 07:04:40 AM
Heartstopper (2006)  - A psycho killer is executed in prison, of course, they have a hard time electrocuting him but he eventually seems to die.  At the same time, our lead female character is contemplating suicide - she's a slut and all the girls who's boyfriends she's slept with are picking on her.  So after her unsuccessful suicide attempt, she's taken to a hospital.  The same hospital that the serial killer is taken to for his autopsy.  Of course he comes back to life, kills just about everybody, and chases the girl and another young kid around the hospital.  This was pretty good.  Nothing great but it had decent atmosphere, decent characters, and an okay plot.  The ending was a bit unbelievable, but otherwise it's a perfectly enjoyable waste of 90 minutes.  3 out of 5.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003 remake) - Some kids are driving through Texas on their was to a Skynyrd concert.  They pick up a hitchhiker, and she kills herself in their van.  They call the cops, the sheriff (R. Lee Ermey) turns out to be one of the planet's larger a$$ holes, and as if that isn't bad enough, one of the sheriff's family members happens to like to chop up people with a chainsaw.  I love this movie, it's probably the scariest movie I've ever seen.  Very good acting, great plot, great atmosphere, keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time.  Of course it isn't perfect, but about the only real problem I have with it is the over reliance on the cliché of the final girl being really good.  They could have made her a normal person very easily, and it would have made the movie darned near perfect.  5 out of 5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Andrew on October 18, 2008, 07:54:02 AM
Winterbeast - Confusing, though the stop-motion monsters were cool.  The huge rotting vulture/turkey monster was great.  However, when the stop-motion monsters were not on the screen the result was pretty rough.  Watching the short "about" interview explained why: they were never able to finish shooting.

Future War - Time-traveling cyborgs abduct humans (who only speak Bible) and dinosaurs from Earth's past.  Then one of the human slaves get loose in Los Angeles.  The cyborgs and dinosaurs chase him.  People wear a lot of flannel shirts and the set manager obviously wanted to get his money's worth out of the empty cardboard boxes that were purchased.

Chinese Super Ninja - Ninjas destroy a martial arts school.  The only survivor studies to learn the Japanese art and take revenge.  Lots of quirky ninja powers (like hiding inside latex trees and burrowing underground).


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 18, 2008, 01:15:16 PM
MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN (1994): Dr. Frankenstein creates a new life from stitched together corpses, and his ungrateful monster haunts him, seeking revenge for making him an outcast abomination. A well-intentioned, if occasionally sloppy, attempt to tell the story as Mary Shelley originally wrote it, but mainly it illustrates why Universal chose to dramatically simplify the story when making the classic 1931 adaptation.  Branagh's script does bring out some of the more philosphical elements in Shelley's story--it's a fascinating concept to allow the creature to confront his maker and ask, "Why?"--but it doesn't seem to know whether it wants to be a literary adaptation, or a horror movie (should have gone the literary route, 'cause it's not good at being a horror movie).  Helena Bonham Carter does make a suprisingly cute corpse.  3/5.

THE HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND (1960): A dozen female dancers are stranded on a tropical island infested by a radioactive spider whose bite turns the male manager into a raving spider-man.  Then the spider dies and bleeds claymation blood. (?) This bizarre, badly dubbed, seemingly improvised catalogue of 1960s male chauvinist fantasies is a treat for admirers of the Ed Wood school of filmmaking.  It doesn't make you say, "They don't make 'em like this anymore!" so much as "I can't believe they EVER made 'em like this."  Wouldn't be surprised if this near-classic bad movie was in Andrew's review queue.  3/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on October 19, 2008, 07:45:41 AM
The Zero Boys (1986) - This starts out like a teen action adventure movie, with some people engaged in a serious game of paint ball.  Except it's made to seem as if they're using real guns, until the end where all the "dead" people get up and start walking around.  The Zero Boys are a paint ball team, and after winning the game, they take their girlfriends out to the woods for some partying.  When they arrive, they catch glimpses of a girl running through the woods, and hear screams.  They find a cabin and search for her there, but since they can't find her, they decide to stay at the cabin and party.  Now the movie turns into a slasher, with an unknown number of bad guys lurking about.  They've got video equipment set up in the barn, and play a video of the mysterious girl being tortured.  Eventually the kids get in their truck and try to drive away, but the bad guys have booby trapped the road.  So they proceed on foot through the woods, running into an occasional trap set by the bad guys.  Overall I'd have to say this was pretty good for a teen slasher.  The characters were quite well developed, they were certainly a likable bunch, and the atmosphere in the dark woods was top notch.  Quite a few shots of the kids silhouetted against the fog in the background, very cool.  On the down side, it had all the utterly illogical nonsense you'd expect from a movie aimed at teens, which made it really hard to take anything seriously.  However, I'd still count it as somewhat of a lost gem.  For such an old, obscure movie, the DVD is exceptional, obviously mastered from a pristine original print, and there's a nice Dolby pro logic surround track to boot. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 19, 2008, 09:41:01 AM
ASYLUM OF SATAN (1975):  A beautiful young woman is transferred against her will to an asylum where the patients dress like Klansmen and sing hymns to Satan. Through a combination of fog machines, rubber snakes, and talk, talk, talk, a vaguely movie-like substance eventually congeals on screen.  One half star bonus for having the least scary Lucifer ever to appear onscreen: it's an actor in the worst Halloween mask they could find.  1.5/5.

ABBY (1974):  A conservative pastor's wife is possessed by an evil African spirit and turns into a blaspheming slattern. Carol Speed does well playing the split personalities of title character, but the film begs the question: since it's such a blatant rip-off of "The Exorcist" with a mostly black cast and co-stars William "Blacula" Marshall, why not just title it "The Blacorsist"? After Michael Weldon praised this to the skies, I expected to like it a lot more than I did.  2/5.

One weird thing about this double feature is, after watching ASYLUM OF SATAN, I thought it was clear that by ABBY William Girdler had really grown a director: the editing, acting, and pacing were all more professional looking.  Then today I realized that ABBY was made before ASYLUM, meaning that Girdler actually regressed!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Andrew on October 19, 2008, 10:41:40 AM
One weird thing about this double feature is, after watching ASYLUM OF SATAN, I thought it was clear that by ABBY William Girdler had really grown a director: the editing, acting, and pacing were all more professional looking.  Then today I realized that ABBY was made before ASYLUM, meaning that Girdler actually regressed!


His best is probably "The Manitou," though I also have a soft spot for Day of the Animals (http://www.badmovies.org/movies/dayanimals/).  Abby has a couple of really over-the-top high points, but you're right that it pretty much motors along for much of the film.

Hey, give "Asylum of Satan" props for one thing: the awful hero who apparently saved the day by taking the girl's virginity.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 19, 2008, 10:57:49 AM
One weird thing about this double feature is, after watching ASYLUM OF SATAN, I thought it was clear that by ABBY William Girdler had really grown a director: the editing, acting, and pacing were all more professional looking.  Then today I realized that ABBY was made before ASYLUM, meaning that Girdler actually regressed!


His best is probably "The Manitou," though I also have a soft spot for Day of the Animals ([url]http://www.badmovies.org/movies/dayanimals/[/url]).  Abby has a couple of really over-the-top high points, but you're right that it pretty much motors along for much of the film.

Hey, give "Asylum of Satan" props for one thing: the awful hero who apparently saved the day by taking the girl's virginity.


THE MANITOU is currently #2 on my Netflix list.  After that I think I'll be done with Girdler!   :twirl:

To me, ABBY suffers from the same problem that most EXORCIST flicks do--too much character devleopment before the spirit possesses the body!  Get that demon in there in 15 minutes, tops!

I thought the love scene in ASYLUM OF SATAN was just another of the heroine's nightmarish halluicinations. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on October 19, 2008, 01:37:55 PM
I was at that same show last night.  It's cool that the print of Asylum of Satan was the original one from the premiere but good God it was in awful shape.  There was so much ineptitude in this film that I found it to be pretty entertaining.  Martine, the "woman" who kept checking on the girl cracked me up!

It's a shame that they had to project a shoddy DVD-R (the print arrived missing the first reel) of Abby, it was nearly unwatchable at times.  I'm sure that the print wouldn't have been great, but I would assume it would've been an improvement.  I agree that he movie was kind of a letdown.  One would think that the exorcism scene would be a highlight but it was awfully uneventful.  I found Asylum of Satan more amusing for its absurdity.

Oh, and I'm pretty sure that IMDB has the dates wrong.  According to www.williamgirdler.com Asylum of Satan was filmed in 1971.

Now I've seen 4 of Girdler's films, the other 2 being Grizzly and Day of the AnimalsDay of the Animals is my favorite one, but I haven't seen The Manitou.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 19, 2008, 02:22:42 PM
Not to turn this into a William Girdler thread, but I wanted to add that my rating of the movies doesn't reflect my enjoyment of the evening.  Seeing the films in an audience, where laughter is infectious, made these dumb movies more enjoyable than the otherwise would have been. 

But the guy behind me during ASYLUM who was trying to MST3K the thing was a little annoying (hope it wasn't you, Pilg  :wink:).


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on October 20, 2008, 08:21:02 AM
Spawn ** out of ****

Didn't think this film was that great overall.  The CGI was awful and it reminded me of the CGI that was uesd in Fantastic Four (The unreleased 1994 version, not the recent ones).  If the film was longer or split into several movies I think it would have been better.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on October 20, 2008, 08:29:44 AM
I loved Abby and the Manitou. 



the collins kids at town hall party-  this was not produced by William girdler or anybody for that matter.  this is a kinoscope, which is basically where they woud put a camera in front of a tv to record it for prosperity as there was apparently no other way to do so or something.  Town Hall Party was like a cuontry American Bandstand.  the kids are great.  Laurie seems mature beyond her years and has an elegence to her playing almost like jacquline Onassis or something.  It's a perfect counter to the  ridiculous ecstatic showboating of younger brother larry who can't stop smiling and clowning around ...or rocking!!  They do silly but good rock songs like chantilly lace, great balls of fire and a blues number during which laurie really seems like she is about to strangle larry for messing up the song and playing the thing for laughs. 


blonde in bondage- he ridiculously overblown title doesn't do a very good job in describing this but isn't that always the way.  this is a decent late 50's pg exploitation title that has good seedy elements and likeable characters but is too long and nondescript to hold your attention unless you are a die hard fan of the style and era. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JJ80 on October 20, 2008, 05:17:33 PM
"Distant Drums" - A decent little period adventure/western movie from 1951 which feels a little like "Northwest Passage" transplanted to the Florida Everglades. Gary Cooper plays 'Captain Quincey Wyatt' who leads his elite troops on an attack on a fort held by gunrunning pirates and renegade Seminole warriors. This feels quite routine but there are some pretty good moments. The big nighttime attack on the fort is well handled as is the scene where a straggling soldier is pulled into a swamp by an alligator(prompting an early 'Wilhelm Scream'). The most memorable scene perhaps comes when Cooper discovers that the Seminoles have fed a few of his men to alligators when he finds their hats floating in the water. All in all dated but rather entertaining.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on October 20, 2008, 08:38:51 PM
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- 1990 live action movie starring Elias Koteas as Casey Jones, Judith Hoag as April O'Neil and a few stunt actors as the Ninja turtles.  In this movie, it sort of tells the tale of the ninja turtles and how they came to be, as well as their first encounters with April and Casey, their two human friends.  We also meet the Shredder for the first time, who has a bit of a backstory with the Turtles and their mentor Splinter.  The movie was well done, and tried to bridge the gap by taking elements from the underground comic book and elements of the tv show, which was vastly different.  Jim Henson's Creature Shop did the effects for the Turtle suits.  The jokes were great, the action as good as could be expected for a kids flick.  ***.  Most people, I would imagine, pretty much are aware of the turtles by now, so there's no real need to go into it.  I heard this was one of the highest grossing movies of 1990 or something, and was one of the highest grossing 'indie' flicks for a little bit, but I can't seem to find anything to verify that.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on October 20, 2008, 10:13:35 PM
But the guy behind me during ASYLUM who was trying to MST3K the thing was a little annoying (hope it wasn't you, Pilg  :wink:).


Sorry, but that wasn't me.  I sat in the second row I believe.

Recent viewing:

Queen of Blood -- I admire Curtis Harrington's stuff, and while this wasn't a favorite, it's still pretty enjoyable.  It takes place in the future world of 1990, where some astronauts recieve signals from Mars or someplace, and they're led to a crashed alien ship and they end up rescuing a green-skinned female alien.  She of course ends up being a danger to the crew, hence the "Queen of Blood" title.  This is sort of one of the precursors to Alien.  It's super low budget and uses footage that Roger Corman aquired from Nebo zovyot aka Battle Beyond the Sun.  Most of the film is original work from Harrington, though.  As I said I enjoyed it, and it has some eerie moments, but it's pretty cheesy for the most part.  I wish that there was a good DVD release of this (it's available on a region 2 PAL disc, but I know nothing about it otherwise).

(http://i2.iofferphoto.com/img/item/493/332/61/o_DVD_20080502155811.jpg)


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on October 21, 2008, 07:36:09 AM
Offerings (1989) - your basic Halloween ripoff.  Not that there's anything wrong with that if they do something interesting with the premise, but they don't.  A kid is picked on by the other kids because he doesn't talk.  He eventually falls down a well and although he survives, he's brain damaged and spends ten years in an institution.  Then one night he escapes and makes his way back to Haddonfield or wherever to take revenge on the kids who teased him.  Two-thirds of the movie is spent with the police investigation.  There's just nothing more exciting than spending an hour watching the cops figure out stuff that the audience already knows.  As far as the teens who are victimized by this guy, the kills are very weak and almost funny in their stupidity.  The two female leads are totally hot, but there's no nudity, not even any sexy outfits, hell, not even so much as a bra strap.  The guys come over for a makeout session, but have to leave early so they can get a good night's sleep because they're going "critter hunting" in the morning.  Oh yeah, these people know how to give the slasher fan what he wants  :lookingup: The killer looks about as menacing as your typical Special Olympics participant. 

(http://scaredstiffreviews.com/images/news/Offerings_header.jpg)

There's no suspense at all, whatsoever...  2/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on October 22, 2008, 03:16:55 PM
Blade Runner (1982)

The film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles in November 2019 in which genetically manufactured beings called replicants – visually indistinguishable from adult humans – are used for dangerous and degrading work on Earth's "off-world colonies". Following a small replicant uprising, replicants become illegal on Earth and specialist police called "blade runners" are trained to hunt down and "retire" (kill) escaped replicants on Earth. The plot focuses on a brutal and cunning group of recently-escaped replicants hiding in Los Angeles and the semi-retired blade runner, Rick Deckard (Ford), who reluctantly agrees to take on one more assignment. All I can say is - WOW! I had never actually seen this film before and it lived up to the hype after all these years. This is the most visually stunning movie I have ever had the pleasure of laying eyes upon! My only possible gripe is the pacing of the film (I watched the "Final cut"), some more action scenes or a sub-plot thrown in may have added to the overall story, but it's still wonderful.

5/5  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Allhallowsday on October 22, 2008, 08:36:14 PM
His best is probably "The Manitou," though I also have a soft spot for Day of the Animals ([url]http://www.badmovies.org/movies/dayanimals/[/url]).  Abby has a couple of really over-the-top high points, but you're right that it pretty much motors along for much of the film...


THE MANITOU is currently #2 on my Netflix list.  After that I think I'll be done with Girdler!   :twirl:...
That's for sure! 

I recently watched LA DOLCE VITA which I've had cued for about a year.  I've seen it, but had forgotten how devastating it can be.  What a wonderful, cynical, disturbing and astounding film!   It spooks me, though.  :bluesad: 

Blade Runner (1982)  The film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles in November 2019 in which genetically manufactured beings called replicants – visually indistinguishable from adult humans – are used for dangerous and degrading work on Earth's "off-world colonies". Following a small replicant uprising, replicants become illegal on Earth and specialist police called "blade runners" are trained to hunt down and "retire" (kill) escaped replicants on Earth. The plot focuses on a brutal and cunning group of recently-escaped replicants hiding in Los Angeles and the semi-retired blade runner, Rick Deckard (Ford), who reluctantly agrees to take on one more assignment. All I can say is - WOW! I had never actually seen this film before and it lived up to the hype after all these years. This is the most visually stunning movie I have ever had the pleasure of laying eyes upon! My only possible gripe is the pacing of the film (I watched the "Final cut"), some more action scenes or a sub-plot thrown in may have added to the overall story, but it's still wonderful. 5/5  :thumbup:
I, too, recently watched BLADERUNNER (the director's cut.)  I prefer the theatrical release, believe it or not.  BLADERUNNER is one of the few films I went to see multiple times when it was in theatres, new.  Despite some problems, it is visually stunning.  And I really like VANGELIS' score.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on October 23, 2008, 07:17:33 AM
Death by Engagement - A woman leaves her husband-to-be standing at the alter, but he tracks her down and kills her, and is then killed by the cops.  The cop needs a big engagement ring for his girlfriend, and these people don't seem to have any further use for the big rock on the dead girl's finger, so he makes a little exchange - his little ring for their big one.  After giving it to his girlfriend, a psycho killer shows up and kills her.  The ring then makes its way into the hands of several other couples, with the same results each time.  A pair of detectives investigate the case.  This is a slasher/comedy, and I'm not a fan of these sort of things, but thin one actually works very well.  It made me laugh several times, as all the comedy consists of extremely witty characters.  The story is also pretty good, with some complexity and the cops contribute to the storyline in the end.  The acting is also top notch, which makes the whole thing work really well.  The only problem is that it gets a tad slow in places, probably ten minutes could have been edited out of the last half of the movie.  Being a comedy, it's completely lacking is suspense as well.  Overall, 3.5 out of 5.  A bit too good to get a 3, but too forgettable to get a 4.

The Stay Awake (1987) - A murderer is executed, but before he dies he gives an evil laugh - Mwahahahaha - and promises to return.  Some years later, we're at a girl's school in, I dunno, France maybe.  There are about 8 girls there, and a few of them are in spandex outfits doing aerobics!  They're participating in a "stay awake" to earn money for the school.  There's a teacher present of course, and she hears strange noises in the chemistry classroom.  We get about ten minutes of POV shots of the evil...whatever he is.  We look at hallways, from both ends, and more hallways, as the spooky music plays.  Then we meet the caretaker, he's got an apartment on campus.  We spend a great deal of time with this old guy as he watches MTV, then comments "music...huh", and puts on an old record.  Yeah, anyhow, this is pretty much the movie.  Lots and lots of POV shots, like 1/3 to 1/2 of the movie.  The young girls manage to get on screen once in a while.  They take a shower!  But instead we get to watch the old guy watching TV.  The killer finally makes his presence known, he looks like Kermit the Frog's evil twin.  Seriously.  Once Kermit shows up, the girls start acting like they're in the exciting part of a Lizzie McGuire movie.  It does rate pretty high on the so bad it's good scale.  The scene where the they throw javelins at Kermit, and the teacher tells them to aim for the eyes, LOL.  They're lucky if they can hit the other end of the hallway.  The theme music in the second half is WAY too upbeat for a horror film, which almost makes it into a comedy all by itself.  I'll give it 3/5.

Sometimes They Come Back...For More - There's trouble on an arctic research station, one person has gone mad and started killing the rest.  Two MP's are called in.  They arrive to find two survivors, and apparently the killer is lurking about in the tunnels under the base.  Okay, that part wasn't too bad, but the last two-thirds of the movie are just a joke.  Turns out the killer has found a Satanic altar under the base, and if he sacrifices enough people he can bring Satan to life or something.  And one of the MP's is the brother of the killer, and they're both like 100 years old or something.  And the bad guy has turned his victims into zombies, and the female survivor falls in love with the good guy, even though she's only known him for a few hours.  Blah blah blah.  This is just a mess, way too many plot elements introduced way too late in the story, and most of them don't even contribute anything to the story, other than that it kills time as they're explained to us.  It's just a sloppy jumble of ideas that end up not working at all.  2/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 24, 2008, 03:43:17 PM
ANGEL HEART (1987):  Detective Angel (Mickey Rourke) is hired by a mysterious, sartorial client (Robert De Niro) to track down a missing man, and the search leads him to new Orleans and a voodoo cult. Supernatural film noir with a very chilling twist, if you don't guess it early on.

Actually, my main question about the movie is the twist.  When I first saw it, I didn't see it coming, but I was relatively new to thrillers.  On a second viewing it seemed like there was a pretty blatant clue given very early on that would give the whole thing away.  Since the effect of a movie like this largely depends on the twist, I'm upset that I can't watch it again with my memory wiped clean and see whether it was as easy to figure out as I know now it to be.

Still, it's atmospheric and has the then-infamous Lisa Bonet sex scene.  4/5.  Someone whose never seen this before should watch it and tell me if it's as obvious to them as it is to me now. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Allhallowsday on October 24, 2008, 08:11:06 PM
ANGEL HEART (1987):  Detective Angel (Mickey Rourke) is hired by a mysterious, sartorial client (Robert De Niro) to track down a missing man, and the search leads him to new Orleans and a voodoo cult. Supernatural film noir with a very chilling twist, if you don't guess it early on...
I hate that movie. 

I watched FRIDAY THE 13TH Pt 3 DREAM WARRIORS on IFC last night.  Of course, I'd seen it.  I hate Freddy.  But, I enjoyed it. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on October 25, 2008, 08:23:29 AM
Rush Week (1989) - Yet another painfully unfunny slasher/comedy, this one plays out like a third rate Animal House knock off.  The two main characters are dull and duller.  A real chore to sit through, in fact, I turned it off with probably a half hour left.  I started out thinking that there were all these wonderful slashers from the '80s, just waiting to be discovered.  Now I'm finding out there's an extremely good reason why they're so well and truly forgotten.  Most of them really suck.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on October 25, 2008, 09:35:08 AM
the snorkel-  hammer rarity shown on tcm.  if you like early 60's black and white horror/ thriller type stuff this is definately worth a look.  likeable characters and a simple but good story.  They tell us right away who is guilty but it's a matter of proving it and the games back and forth between the one who knows and the guy.  one of those.


midnight blue- porn stars of the 70's.  -  the ultimate sleazy 70's artifact.  interviews with seka, bambi woods from debbie does dallas and others as well as disco fueled strip routines and ads for various gross looking brothels and swingers clubs in NYC.  netflix has it.  highly recommended


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 25, 2008, 03:09:03 PM
ANGEL HEART (1987):  Detective Angel (Mickey Rourke) is hired by a mysterious, sartorial client (Robert De Niro) to track down a missing man, and the search leads him to new Orleans and a voodoo cult. Supernatural film noir with a very chilling twist, if you don't guess it early on...
I hate that movie. 


Why?


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on October 26, 2008, 07:55:58 AM
The Dark Power - some totally unlikable, and totally undeveloped characters move into a house.  They argue a lot.  Lash Larue drones out a load of exposition.  Eventually the Toltec warrior comedy troupe shows up and kills a few of the arguing people.  Unfortunately a couple of them survived, I was kind of hoping for a clean sweep.  Lash cracks his bullwhip about 150 times and the thing thankfully comes to an end.  One girls walks around in her panties for a couple of short scenes, that's about all this movie has going for it.  2/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 26, 2008, 02:05:27 PM
ONE FLASE MOVE (1991): As two psychotic murderers and their sexy bi-racial moll make their way across Texas towards Star City, Arkansas, the enthusiastic but inexperienced police chief prepares eagerly for the arrival of the big-time crooks.  Well-scripted and executed thriller/drama with a twist on the stock character of the hick sheriff and a surprisingly emotional climax. 4/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on October 27, 2008, 09:14:45 AM
Pumpkin Karver (2006) - a guy has psychological problems due to killing a guy who was attacking his sister, but it turned out to be her boyfriend pulling a prank.  Anyhow, a year later and sis takes him to a Halloween party out in the desert.  The guy keeps having hallucinations that his sister's ex-boyfriend is still alive.  People start turning up dead.  Is the kid a psycho killer?  Or maybe it's the creepy old man?  This had some pretty good characters, one especially, the girl that the guy's sister fixed him up with.  She's so sweet and cute that any guy watching this will have an immediate crush on her.  The screenplay was pretty dodgy, it seemed the writer couldn't really integrate the whole "Pumpkin Karver" thing into this Halloween party slasher, and it's just clumsy and doesn't really make any sense.  Still, a fairly enjoyable waste of a couple hours.  3/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on October 28, 2008, 07:47:01 PM
UHF       *** out of ****

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n1hKQULa9Y


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on October 29, 2008, 06:00:38 AM
Fantastic 4: Rise Of The Silver Surfer

I was very bored yesterday, found myself sitting through this utter piece of garbage that makes a total mockery out of some of the best Marvel characters. What the hell is up with Dr. Doom - he's a total wimp, his voice hasn't even broken! ...AND - he steals the Silver Surfer's board, why!? Stoopid! Oh, and the Silver Surfer is rubbish, here's hoping that his own spin-off film is better, as he is the only Marvel character I can tolerate in CGI. As for the rest of the film, the CGI is bad (I hate CGI!) and wow, Jessica Alba looked dog-rough  :buggedout:  0/5  :thumbdown:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on October 29, 2008, 06:59:11 AM
Harvesters (2001) - A gang of murdering thieves is on the run from the cops, and they invade a home because they need a place to hide out for the night.  However, the people who live there make their money by killing people and selling their organs on the black market.  A very low budget production - everyone involved has a regular day job and just worked on the movie in their spare time.  They did a marvelously good job considering that.  Camera work, lighting and sound was all quite good.  Acting ranged from fair to poor.  The movie even had a musical score, throughout the whole thing!  However, it had one huge problem:  the "hero" character was the most unlikable person in the whole movie.  What can you say about a movie where there's some woman you're hoping will die, but instead she's like Rambo and kills all the other characters?  2/5. 

Countess Dracula (1971) - An aging countess discovers that by bathing in the blood of young virgins, she may regain her youth.  She has a lover who's her own age, but of course once she discovers the secret to youth, she takes on a younger lover.  A love triangle develops.  The youth-giving effects don't last long however, requiring a constant stream of young virgins to be killed and drained.  The way that the nobility is completely unconcerned with the fate of these commoners almost adds a low key dark humor aspect to the movie.   The sets are lavish and spectacular, and being a Hammer film, the acting and everything else is top notch.  Unfortunately it's a slow moving movie - there's really no horror aspect to it, and as a love triangle story, well, you pretty much know it's going to end badly, so it didn't keep me interested in that way either.  Still, the very original characters kept it fairly interesting.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on October 30, 2008, 09:03:14 AM
the gay deceivers (1968) -  Heres a ridiculous and, yes, campy comedy about two guys who pretend they are gay to get out of going to vietnam.  to keep up the charade they move into a gay neighborhood.  your suspension of disbelief would have gone off even before then but you have to realize people were not too picky about this stuff until fairly recently.  I mean,  look at Knight rider, a talking intelligent car.  that's ridiculous if they had that kind of technology they could take over the world or cure cancer but we go along with it because we want to see the movie.   It's over the top and resembles a broadway play a la  Joan Crawfords "strait jacket" thuogh no one here is quite up to that level of sheer muscular melodrama.  Visually it lis like an episode of the psychedelic late era "bewitched".  not great, but entertaining. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 31, 2008, 12:49:02 PM
WAXWORK (1988): An evil waxwork proprietor uses his occult powers to send teenagers into a lame nightmare worlds inhabited by famous film monsters, which will somehow enable him to take over the world. Competent production values and a tiny bit of humor can't save the tepid teen terror tableaux.  There were a few cool scenes, like the final brawl where the famous wax monsters of filmland come to life, and some eye rolling plot exposition to provide unintentional humor, but I kept checking my watch and thinking I'd rather be watching a rerun of Scrubs.  I know this film has its defenders but I really don't think it's that great.  2/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on October 31, 2008, 05:36:10 PM
Freaks- Tod Browning's 1932 classic about a circus and the sideshow performers that work the 'freak show.'  Classic tale of love gone wrong and revenge served sweet.  Notable for starring actual sideshow performers in their respective roles.  Definitely worth a watch, and judging by the people on this board, most have probably seen it by now. 3 Stars. :teddyr:

Rocky Horror Picture Show- Classic musical/horror/comedy film from '75 starring Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon and the perfectly cast Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-n-furter.  Tim Curry basically made this worth watching, but I've seen it so many times it doesn't matter what I'm doing, I'll still sit and watch. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on November 01, 2008, 05:48:26 PM
BEDLAM (1946): A tender-hearted secretary and a bribe-refusing Quaker unwisely make enemies of the sadistic and unscrupolous warden (Boris Karloff) of London's notorious 18th century asylum, Bedlam.  Good hearted if a bit preachy historical drama, but Karloff is always fun to watch and cuts through the treacle whenever he's onscreen. 3/5.

THE HAUNTED PALACE (1963): When the great-grandson of a warlock (Vincent Price, in both roles) inherits a crumbling palace in Arkham, Massachusetts, bad things are sure to follow for local villagers whose ancestors burnt the magician at the stake.  A fun, eerie and artificial atmosphere and a good performance by Price, but like most Roger Corman-directed products of the era it has poor effects and drags at times. From a story by H.P. Lovecraft.  3/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on November 03, 2008, 07:41:36 AM
Death Wish ** 1/2 out of ****

I didn't think it was that bad of a film, but I though it could have been slightly longer overall and went more in depth with Paul's character overall and his idea to shoot muggers.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on November 03, 2008, 10:22:39 AM
breezy (1973) -  directed by clint eastwood.  I knew Breezy wasn't going to be easy but it ended up being much more difficult than I anticipated and in the end I just cuoldn't finish it.  the obstacles were

1.  it's a woman's movie.  and

2.  it's a movie by a middle eaged guy about a middle aged guy banging a much younger girl and is obviously the writer/ directors progression of his own yuckiness (a ls ghost world). 


       though it's from 1973 people speak oprah language "  when you were here i was gone and when I was gone you were here and now what we had is not what we wanted" or whatever.  new agey relationship talk to a backdrop of carole king type soft rock.   

         Elements of the drama aspect are good if a little unrealistic in places (a guy would not have a discussion with a topless 18 year old and then finish talking and go to the kitchen  and make somehing to eat and think about something else)  and I like how all the middle eaged women are completely insuffereable but I simply don't speak this language.  sorry breezy!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: HappyGilmore on November 03, 2008, 09:56:42 PM


I watched FRIDAY THE 13TH Pt 3 DREAM WARRIORS on IFC last night.  Of course, I'd seen it.  I hate Freddy.  But, I enjoyed it. 
Don't you mean Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3?  Cause I don't remember Jason being anywhere in that hospital with the kids.   :wink:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on November 05, 2008, 09:49:35 AM
Hell raiser : ** 1/2 out of ****.  I though it was a decent film overall.  At the beginning I was half confused on what was going on at times, but towards the end it got better.
 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Caronte on November 09, 2008, 04:37:06 AM
- Shark on Venice. A product of  "nu image", sharks, Venice...and medieval knights. 1.2/5.

- Planet of Vampires. Mario Bava's travel to outer space. 2.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on November 09, 2008, 07:35:04 AM
Yeti - Sci-Fi Channel premiere last night.  We begin with a college football team on an airplane, traveling over the Himalayas.  They encounter a storm.  The plane is CGI.  Yes, we're off to a laughably lousy start.  They crash, and the team mascot declares that "that was awesome!"  or some such crap.  Yup, hit rock bottom already.  So the kids argue for the whole freakin' movie.  If you see them not arguing for 30 seconds, it's the prelude to an argument.  The Yeti, well...it looks like the costume was stiff as a board and the guy could hardly walk in it.  They CGI it sometimes, which is immediately obvious.  The face, which you see a lot, almost looks more like a space alien than anything you might imagine a Yeti looking like.  Oh, back to our kids.  Here's a typical scene:  They're hungry and decide to eat the people who died in the crash.  After much arguing, one guy goes to cut up the bodies.  They've been lying in the snow for days, one would think they'd be frozen.  But they make squishy sounds when he cuts into them.  He goes for the guts, I guess he finds intestines rather tasty.  He returns to the survivors with these bite-size little nibbles of meat.  One guy pulls out what looks like a cookie sheet, and a girl asks him where he got that.  He says he made it out of the wreckage.  How does one "make" a flat piece of metal?  Anyhow, there's this one chick who finds cannibalism to be morally reprehensible, so she decides to sentence everyone to death by burning the remaining corpses.  Yup, she puts at least 6 frozen corpses on a teeny-weeny little fire and they burn up in no time.  She announces that if they eat people, they're no better than the Yeti.  It's not always just about survival, she says.  At this point I reached into my television set, grabbed her by the neck, and snapped her idiotic head right off.  It was by far the best part of the movie.  Well, anyhow, I have no idea how it ended.  Hopefully they all died.  1/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on November 10, 2008, 07:12:10 AM
Juno *** out of **** - I though it was a good film.  I would say it's a tad overrated as I didn't think it was an Oscar winning film, I felt there were some things that could have been better with the film such as more character development for the married couple.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on November 10, 2008, 07:34:52 AM
THE BEAST (1988)

In 1981, a Soviet tank unit in Afghanistan destroys a Pashtun village, before one of the tanks commanded by the ruthless Commander Daskal (George Dzundza) gets separated from the unit, and enters a dead end valley. Taj (Steven Bauer) returns to discover the village destroyed, and his brother gruesomely executed by being crushed under the tank by the retreating Soviet forces. As the new khan, following his brother's death, Taj is spurred to seek revenge by his cousin, the scavenger Mustapha - and together they lead a band of mujahideen fighters into the valley to pursue the separated tank, counting on their RPG-7 to destroy the tank.

As the remaining three members of the tank crew begin to realize they are trapped in the valley, a Soviet helicopter appears and offers to rescue them. Daskal, caring more for his tank than his men, refuses the offer and simply refills the vehicle's oil and gasoline. They get their bearings from the helicopter pilot and head back into a narrow mountain pass, looking for the way out of the valley. The mujahadeen and Konstantin catch up with them and fire their last RPG round, but hit only the main gun. Just as it seems the tank will escape, an explosion in the cliffs above the tank sets boulders rolling onto it, disabling it at last.

The film had some pretty violent moments, especially within the first 15 minutes. One scene where an Afghan is crushed by the tracks of the tank. I thought this film was just "okay", it didn't really hold my attention all of the time and I didn't really care for any of the characters. My biggest gripe was that all of the tank unit were supposed to be Russian, yet they all spoke with clear American accents!?  3/5




Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on November 10, 2008, 09:47:59 AM
Cronenberg's "Spider"-  The problem with this movie is it looks like a horror movie but is really a dark drama and a pretty confusing one occasionally.   for a horror movie the acting and directing are very good but as a drama it is a little overwrought.  BUt if you are a cronrnberg fan you'll want to see it.  it gets better as it goes along.  kind of excercises a part of your brain you don't normally use.  the one that waits and waitsd and slowly but surely gets ...somewhere.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on November 11, 2008, 04:11:19 PM
EYES WITHOUT A FACE (1960): With his daughter forced to wear a blank porcelain mask to hide the scars from an automobile accident, a brilliant plastic surgeon will go to any lengths to find a cure for her disfigurement. The pace is a bit too measured at times (they could have squeezed in one more victim), but the images are beautiful and haunting. 4/5.

THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN (2008): A photographer finds himself on the trail of a mysterious killer who butchers his victims in empty subway cars. More style than suspense or sense in this disappointing adaptation of a Clive Barker story.  All it really has going for it is gore effects, so if those make a movie for you, go for it.  2/5.

A DIRTY CARNIVAL (2006):  (No, it's not a clown porn movie).  A desperate young gangster moves up the criminal ladder while simultaneously trying to reignite relationships from his more innocent school days. It desperately wants to be the Korean GODFATHER, but the characters/scenario/milieu aren't unique enough to justify its epic running time.  Features some nicely choreographed brawls.  2.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on November 12, 2008, 10:03:14 AM
pet semetary- in my version of how this project came togather,  stephen king is so full of himself that he gives a couple million to an agent and orders them to find the most mediocre director and non descript cast he can, so assured is he that his story can make lemonade of it.  Are there people who think this is as good as The Shining or Misery?  they are certainly wrong.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on November 13, 2008, 10:09:20 AM
the man who could cheat death-  solid early hammer mad scientist  flick.   they don't show the hot girl nude but they show an unfinished STATUE of her.  that's a good trick.  more care than usual taken with the philisophical nature of the dialogue , but it's still pretty predictable.  but not in a bad way.   it's really just....  a solid early hammer mad scientist flick!!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on November 13, 2008, 03:04:28 PM
Just watched Christmas On Mars.  Not nearly as entertaining as I'd hoped.  I'm a huge fan of The Flaming Lips, and they put on a wonderful live show, but Coyne and co. haven't made much of a movie.  It's pretty weird and somewhat entertaining, but it's not weird enough, or funny enough, or profound enough, etc.  The soundtrack is cool, though.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on November 14, 2008, 06:16:09 PM
MINDWARP (1992):  A headstrong young girl seeking "real experiences" gets what she asked for when she is exiled from a safe society where everyone spends the bulk of their lives hooked into virtual reality pleasure machines, and is forced to fend for herself on a post-nuclear surface world filled with cannibal mutants. Fast-moving and surprisingly thoughtful; would have been better if co-star Bruce Campbell's charisma had been put to better use.  It appears to have one of the strangest morals I've ever seen in a movie: reality sucks, and anyone who doesn't try to escape it is a sucker.  3/5


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on November 15, 2008, 08:45:54 AM
Van Helsing - I've seen parts of this various times on TV, but could never make it through it due to all the commercials.  Finally picked up the DVD.  Van Helsing goes to Transylvania to kill Dracula, and along the way meets a hot Transylvanian princess, along with Frankenstein and the wolf man.  This is just a big dumb effects-laden blockbuster type thing.  The action is non-stop and it makes for a pretty fun ride.  Plenty of problems though - the protagonists are super-cool and although they have some personality, it's not nearly enough to keep a person interested.  Dracula is a complete goof and his wives, though totally hot, have such comically overdone accents it's groan inducing.  The comedy didn't come off very well either, a movie like this needed a more low key approach, but instead they got dopey.  The CGI is non-stop and although the budget was very high, it still looks very cheesy a lot of the time.  By the end everyone's getting knocked 300 feet through the air and suffering no ill effects.  I really liked Stephen Sommer's other movies, The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, but this one isn't nearly as good as those.  I got the feeling the actors were just there to give the special effects people something to work around.  It was long too, 2 1/4 hours.  Ninety minutes would have been better.  3/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on November 22, 2008, 03:28:45 PM
NOWHERE TO HIDE (2000): Brutal but bland Korean cops chase crooks through a generic plot. With its blaring soundtrack, flashy editing and pointless camera trick, it seems like a 112 minute music video, with all the depth of characterization typical in that genre.  A few decent fight scenes and moments of intentional humor help soften the blow a little bit.  1.5/5

RAODSIDE PROPHETS (1992): While biking across the Nevada desert in search of a particular spot to cast a buddies ashes, stoic factory worker Joe runs into annoying but decent youngster Sam. The carpe diem message would have worked better if their quirky mini-adventures had been a bit more interesting or added up to a whole greater than the parts, but the aimless neo-hippie idealism (witness cameos by Arlo Guthrie and Tim Leary) makes for a mildly pleasant ride. 2.5/5.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on November 24, 2008, 10:07:56 AM
Super Noypi-  teen action movie, with the accent on teen, from the phillipenes.  It steals from Lara Croft, X men , spy kids,  and probably some other stuff,  none of which i've ever seen believe it or not.   I twas lively and colorful but I couldn't shake the feeling that i had no business watching it.

God's Country-  great documentary abuot life in small town minnesota circa 1979.  I'm 33 and thuogh I'm from the east coast  i remember this America, thuogh not the polka dancing and famring specifically.   The director loius Malle is very good and does an excellent job showcasing the innocence changes and challenges in the heart of middle america.  The movie opens wth a woman gardening while wearing a hat this is lke a cross between a tableclothe and a mailbox.  it' is "god's hat".  the ending is sad because it comes back a few years later and infaltion has done a number on the family farms and most seem very pessimistic about the future.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on November 24, 2008, 10:09:21 AM
Patton *** out of ****:  A good film but overrated to an extent.  I though it was too long and some of the scenes could have been cut from the film that I felt were not needed at all. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: WilliamWeird1313 on November 24, 2008, 03:01:11 PM


Freakshow - horror anthology starring Gunnar Hansen as the proprietor of a midway sideshow... not to be confused with the Asylum movie of the same name... total crap, but flamboyantly so... easy to have a good time with this flick if you're hanging out with a couple like-minded friends and you crack jokes the whole time... otherwise? ugh

Grim Prairie Tales - poorly acted, mostly boring horror anthology starring Brad Dourif and James Earl Jokes (huh???)... most of the stories are bland and uninteresting... one, involving a man devoured by a vagina, is fun... because it features a man being devoured by a vagina... other than that? ugh




Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Sister Grace on November 24, 2008, 07:57:01 PM
Vacancy 2: unlike most people, i liked the first Vacancy for what it was. I didn't go into the first one with high expectations, but still enjoyed it. When I watched Vacancy 2 today, i went in with low expectations and was still disappointed. I kept praying that the main character would be killed off cause she was so annoying. two-thirds through the movie she was still alive (and still very much annoying) that I finally just turned it off without finishing it. The only good thing about this movie was an insight into how the owners of the motel became involved in the snuff business.

Joy Ride 2: I must just be punishing myself with sequels...

Mother Knows Best: watched this a few days ago. not too bad. Why am I watching Lifetime Movie Network? Is something wrong with my horomones? This was your basic mother with 'control issues' movie. The acting wasn't all that great, but the story line was juicy...again, why am I watching LMN?


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JJ80 on November 25, 2008, 02:59:54 PM
"Grizzly" - Not a bad little "Jaws" ripoff from William Girdler. The film did seem a little drawn-out with the action being too sporadic but I enjoyed it as a minor monster-on-the-loose flick.

"Chato's Land" - Decent little Michael Winner western with Charles Bronson as the eponymous 'Breed' wreaking havoc on the posse who are chasing him after he killed a sheriff (who is also despised by most of the posse's members!). This is raised above it's routine nature by a good cast including Bronson, Jack Palance, Simon Oakland, Ralph Waite and Paul Young. "Vital Spark" star Roddy MacMillan steals the show as Malachi, the outmatched voice of reason amid all the seething rage and hatred.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on November 25, 2008, 03:29:45 PM
Rock N' Roll High School Forever [1991]

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2c/Rock-n-Roll-High-School-Forever-Poster.jpg)

3/5: Pretty much the same deal as the first film, with exactly the same ending. I was also very dissapointed with the soundtrack for this film, which was a total let down considering the title and the personalities of the characters involved. A few funny moments, but all in all pretty bland and predictable.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on December 01, 2008, 10:31:32 AM
The Cat from Outer Space-    this is a more comedic, no child actors, but similarly enjoyable and funky cousin to disney's "escape to witch mountain".  would I rather see Sandy Duncan in a a tawdry career destroying exploitation cheapie?  of course, but this is good too.   It's funny to watch the cat.   unfortunately the lead actor went on to star in the unfortunate "mama's family".  I think there are people from MASH in this.  just watch it.   :cheers:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: WilliamWeird1313 on December 02, 2008, 04:49:04 PM


watched a sub-z-grade shot-on-betacam less-than-nonexistent budget movie last night called The Hollows... thank god I watched it with friends or I would've killed myself

ugh



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on December 03, 2008, 07:46:55 AM
Tremors II ** 1/2 out of **** - Not the best sequel ever made, but it helped explain a bit more about the grabnoids and their process of evolution.  The writing could have been better overall and the CGI was awful when it was used.

Spartacus *** out of ****, while I though it was a good film I didn't think of it as great as people make it out to be.  It just seems like it took forever to get to the action scenes and the pace of the film was too slow and could have been a bit faster.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on December 03, 2008, 09:59:49 AM
Manowar: Hell on Earth concert dvd -  I'd never heard these guys before.  the first word that came to my mind after viewing their concert and videos is "McDonalds".  at their best, they offer a harder Spinal Tap or bargain basement Maiden/ Motorhead type stadium hard rock with good if silly throwback stage moves and "offensive" cuss filled banter.  In appreciation for their german audience they do a song in german which is nice of themI think.  It's not a very good song though.  The bass player does an interesting Lightning Bolt style distorto bass solo.  between the camp value and the loud songs it's worth seeing if you keep your expectations low.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on December 04, 2008, 08:29:12 AM
Vampire Lovers (1970) - Some moderately hot looking vampire chick befriends a couple of rich girls and slowly starts sucking the blood out of them, while having mostly hinted-at lesbian relationships with them.  Absolutely gorgeous sets and locations, really Gothic and beautiful.  Peter Cushing has a relatively small part, as he and the father of one of the rich girls eventually hunt down the grave of the vampire babe and put an end to her reign of terror.  I found this movie rather confusing and not exactly exciting, but it moved along well enough and featured a bit of nudity, and the awesome locations were worth the price of admission.

Gotta hand it to MGM and their Midnight Movies series, this looked fantastic on our HDTV, which tends to make any imperfections stand out like a sore thumb.  A real joy to behold.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on December 04, 2008, 03:38:07 PM
THE HOWLING (1980: After a traumatizing encounter with what she believes to be a serial killer in a peep-show booth, a female investigative reporter goes to a strange resort to recuperate, where things get even worse.  Suspenseful horror movie with an atmosphere of oddly erotic evil.  I'm blinded by nostalgia for this movie, which started my love affair with horror movies when I saw it in the theater, but I still think it's worth at least 4/5 for anyone. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on December 05, 2008, 10:22:32 AM
MST3K legend of Boggy Creek II-  Arkansas.    as neil hamburger once said I can't help but think of a store that sells arks and saws.  This is a combination of a cash in on the early 80's horror boom and a cinematic ego trip for charles pierce the director.  He's the star, director, narrarator, hero thankfully not of the romantic variety.   The story has some alright tension here and there though like many films chosen by this crew everyone is for the most part constantly miserable, a telling pattern one of these guys himself once noted on their website.  As with alot of the later episodes, it seems like they are often alot more concerned with their jokes than watching the movies but  complaining about quality is a little ironic isn't it?


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on December 06, 2008, 05:52:07 PM
The Cat from Outer Space-    this is a more comedic, no child actors, but similarly enjoyable and funky cousin to disney's "escape to witch mountain".  would I rather see Sandy Duncan in a a tawdry career destroying exploitation cheapie?  of course, but this is good too.   It's funny to watch the cat.   unfortunately the lead actor went on to star in the unfortunate "mama's family".  I think there are people from MASH in this.  just watch it.   :cheers:

Just to answer Lester's question: "Yes. Both Maclean Stevenson and Harry Morgan appear in this film."


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on December 06, 2008, 09:26:02 PM
HABIT (1996): Sam, a functional alcoholic who has just lost his father and his girlfriend, meets a mysterious, beautiful woman at a Halloween party, and finds himself becoming progressively sicker as he gets more and more involved with her.  Interesting indie horror/drama that can be occasionally pretentious; it's at it's best when showing us the streets of Lower Manhattan as seen through the eyes of an incerasingly depserate, one step away from the gutter drunkard. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: ToyMan on December 08, 2008, 12:01:13 AM
trick baby (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhvuflds7Yo). :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: indianasmith on December 08, 2008, 07:25:22 AM
I watched HANCOCK this weekend.  It was pretty good, although I could have done without some of the language.  Also struggled through a film called GHOULS; it was pretty awful.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rat-Bat-Spider on December 08, 2008, 08:07:25 AM
I watched HANCOCK this weekend.  It was pretty good, although I could have done without some of the language.

I also watched Hancock, though I had never admitted told anyone about it 'til just now. It was such a blase experience in the theater that the memories fell out of my head and took a vaycay to Cabo San Lucas for a few months 'til the DVD arrived. I had not gone to a regular theater (Mega-plex) in quite a while. It was either the Alamo Drafthouse (Great place, great food) and the Angelika (Greater place, no food) for me. So I went to AMC, thinking, "Duh, how bad could it be? Uh-hyuck!" Let me tell ya, folks. The film was dirty (IT WAS A NEW MOVIE), the staff was fully stocked with teenage indifference, and the movie was so terribly inept that it could not sell to me the concept that Charlize Theron was attractive. So boo, Hancock, double boo, AMC, and triple boo, me, for thinking that Mega-plexes and Mega-plex movies would ever change.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on December 09, 2008, 10:24:26 AM
Aparahan -  Bollywood does Godfather or Chow yun Fat.  The sort of sanitized nature of Indias films doesn't really lend itself well to this genre,  nor does it's format of 8 hour long movies.  WHile I like plots that move along quickly, this is like an entire trilogy every hour.  I mean, one minute the guy is walking aruond the next he's this massive crime kingpin.  If you are a big fan of either Bollywood or gangster movies you may be interested in this and the directing and acting are good but it didn't work for me.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on December 10, 2008, 07:36:51 AM
City Slickers *** out of **** - Overall a funny movie that I enjoyed, but I felt the ending was quite predictable overall.  Could have cut some of the scenes out in the film and it would have been better overall.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on December 10, 2008, 07:53:55 AM
The Brain that Wouldn't Die (1962)- a very well padded movie, no scene missed the opportunity to be as long as possible.  Nice catfight, liked that  :teddyr:  Jan did a surprisingly good job of acting, for a head in a lasagna pan.  That scene where her head apparently fell off (?!?!) and her fiancé just picked it up off the car seat was too funny.   Pretty slow though.  2/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on December 10, 2008, 10:05:59 AM
Blacula (1973)-  :thumbup:  low budget generally pg-13 rated but likeable earlier blaxploitation effort features lots of white people being killed,  rather attractive black ladies,  good soundtrack and is almost scary here and there but generally just fun, though it  lacks the sleaze and wild abandon of the best of the grindhouse flicks unfortunately.  If you think about it,  this could have really stunk and it doesn't and is one of the more accesible examples  of the genre I can think of so big thumbs.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on December 10, 2008, 11:26:50 AM
Babar the f**king french elephant-  50 billion episodes free on On demand.  pretty insipid but keeps kids mroe or less sedated.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on December 10, 2008, 04:13:22 PM
ZACK & MIRI MAKE A PORNO   *** out of ****.  Not Kevin Smith's best to date, but still pretty funny stuff. Some of the movie is a little forced in terms of the interpersonal stuff, but it was really funny for the most part. Elizabeth Banks shines in this one.

SUPERMAN RETURNS   **1/2 out of ****.  The movie peaks too early with the whole plane thing in the baseball stadium and then doesn't know where it should go from there. Has its moments but overall a wasted opportunity to bring back my favorite superhero to the public conscience.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on December 11, 2008, 08:45:34 AM
The Haunted Palace (1963) - One of the Roger Corman AIP movies.  Vincent Price stars as a warlock conducting satanic rituals, until the angry villagers show up, tie him to a tree, and light him up!  Of course, he curses them and all their descendants.  Moving ahead 150 years, the descendant of Price, also played by Price, shows up.  He's recently inherited the castle, and knows nothing about its past.  The townsfolk are quite hostile, as their children are deformed and they blame it on the curse.  Once Price arrives at the castle, he's taken over by the spirit of the warlock, and takes up where he left off with the satanic rituals.  He wreaks a little revenge on the villagers as well.

Very nice Gothic atmosphere and mood.  The story was rather straight forward, I've seen this basic setup quite a few times now.  The secondary characters were a bit weak though, which kept it from being too interesting.   One of those movies I was trying to like, but it just didn't do much for me.   3.5/5. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on December 12, 2008, 07:19:47 PM
ADAPTATION (2002): "Adaptation" tells two stories: in one, a "New Yorker" journalist becomes obsessed with her subject, a trashy but passionate collector of orchids. In the other, a depressed screenwriter struggles with writer's block while attempting to adapt the journalist's nonfiction work into a movie, while fending off his chipper and vapid twin brother, who desires to be a screenwriter as well. The witty script twists with a sly intelligence and contains echoes of "8 1/2" and "Barton Fink", and the acting from the three principals (Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper) is superlative. This is the first meta-fiction movie I've ever seen, and is definitely NOT for all tastes, but I give it 4.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on December 13, 2008, 01:42:13 PM
Had a friend round last night and today and we got through; Masters Of The Universe, Class Of Nuke 'Em High, Dead Heat, Big Trouble In Little China, The Funhouse, Planes Trains & Automobiles, Return Of The Living Dead Part 2, Trick Or Treat and Ghostbusters 2.....phew!  :buggedout:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on December 15, 2008, 10:44:00 AM
Willie Dynamite (1974)- this movie reminded me of chick tracts,  the once ubiquitous born again christian comic book series.  It was sort of spiritual porn.  You'd see some evil person stopped in their tracks and shown the error of their ways and brought into the fold of God in one conversation.  during the seventies, it was drawn by another guy who was a way way better artist than Chick himself and featured pimps, gangsters, bikers and all sorts of characters.  This isn't really a blaxploitation movie.  In fact, it's preachiness is darn near intolerable at some points, but it is still pretty funky.   Willie is a compelling villain and he and his star trek like multicultural stable are very colorful even if they are doomed at every turn due to the writers heavy handed script.  It doesn't get overtly religious though.  BUt if this were really blaxploitation Willie would be the hero or more of a hero.    has that amateurish blaxpolitation feel with not enough editing / music/  production filling in the gaps between words and actions. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on December 15, 2008, 02:31:32 PM
Tank Girl.
A girl with cool threads and a seemingly unlimited supply of beer and cigerattes goes up aginst Malcolm McDowell. :cheers:
Great stuff, I've seen it over 5 times in the last two days.
I'll think I'll watch it again later.

Mutant kangeroos, too.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on December 16, 2008, 03:57:03 AM
Just watched The Serpent and the Rainbow.  I like the premise, and there are some nice creepy bits (the zombie bride hallucination is great), but it gets pretty hokey towards the end and features a really goofy showdown between Bill Paxton and his nemesis.  But it's perfectly good for a late night film.

A few nights ago I caught most of Judge Dredd on TV, but I got too sleepy to finish it.  It's dumb as dirt, but I find it strangely enjoyable.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on December 17, 2008, 08:37:04 PM
I'M A CYBORG BUT THAT'S OK (2006): In a Korean insane asylum, a kleptomaniac helps a woman who believes herself to be a cyborg. This "romantic comedy" from the director of shockfests such as OLDBOY goes beyond offbeat into the realm of decidedly strange, as the principals try to solve universal human problems such as loneliness and a sense of puproselessness using their own delusional logic.  The imagery in the hallaucination sequences is fantastic.  It had all the elements to be a classic, but for some unknown-to-me reason it didn't completely jell.  3.5/5 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on December 18, 2008, 10:20:09 AM
Vanessa-  this german soft core obscurity had the exact same plot as "Felicity" a different soft core movie from the same era,  but wasn't as good due to worse acting, directing and babe quality.  at it's best it resembled a penthouse photo shoot. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on December 18, 2008, 06:02:26 PM
1. Kingpin.
2. Candyman Farewell to the Flesh.
3. Elvira Mistress of the Dark.

1, Very funny, underrated in my opinion.
2, Not as good as the first, a lot better than the third. A worthy sequel.
3, All the Elvira talk got me watching this again. (like I needed an excuse). y'know, what ? It's actually quite funny. Definitely better than anything Adam Sandler's been in.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on December 22, 2008, 09:33:05 AM
a Child Called Jesus- (80's Italian television production) -   this is pretty substantial for a made for tv movie.   a 3+ hour 2 part series based on new testament apocrypha such as the infancy gospels of Thomas and Luke.  I think in America we were watching stuff like "killdozer" or the texas cheerleader whose mom kills the other cheerleader.  actually those are from the 70's and 90's respectively but you get the idea.   
 
                            Though it won some sort of international emmy it was famously or infamously panned by Variety magazine for it's corny dubbing,  ridiculous length, and dull production.  defenders noted the "critics" response to Star Wars and the massive popularity of that and it's all quite fascinating if you have the time to google about it.  Both sides are kind of right.    The dubbing, music, amd elements of the direction are pretty perfuctory in some places and the second half does wear on ones patience as the quizzical-faced Jesus journeys and walks and journeys some more to good ol gallilee.   I wasn't familiar with alot of these stories and don't buy that they are real for various mundane reasons but they are almost as old as the new testament so with the historical value and natural looking sets (it was filmed in tunisia) i give it a thumbs up.



Journey Among Women (1977) -  I can't really recommend because the quality of the film is really awful.  It looks like coal was rubbed on it.  There is a copy of "poor pretty Eddie" out there that is almost as bad as this, but in general this is really really bad.  Which is a shame because this is pretty interesting and unique.  It's basically a feminist women in prison movie.  redcoats british soldiers circa I guess 1700's?  have a bunch of women in a shack / prison alot liek the one in Amazon Jail where they accost and brutalize them all the time.  the women,  who are not models or actresses,  have no good options as escaping means tackling the aboriginal outback.  Eventually they go for it.  They steal a boat from to guys and one of the women says "go ye and be fishers of men"  little biblical joke there.   The rest of the movie features nudity, violence and creepy seance thingies  not of the type you'd read in HP Lovecraft or Aleister Crowley but acedemic feminists of the late 60's and early 70's like Monica Wittig or Andrea Dworkin or somethign (I'm not an expert on this genre, I have a copy of Wittigs "les Warriores" that this slightly resembles without the constant vocus on the vulva (never mind ) ) . 


      So cool movie bad print.  for the adventorous only.  didn't work in:  Survivor, Thelma And Louise.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: indianasmith on December 22, 2008, 12:21:26 PM
Sounds like an interesting pair of films.  The Gnostic "I and II Infancy" gospels that A CHILD CALLED JESUS was based on aren't "nearly as old as the New Testament," though.  The four canonical Gospels were composed, roughly speaking, between 50 and 100 AD - while there was plenty of eyewitness testimony still around.  The earliest Gnostic Gospels, "the Gospel of Thomas" and "The Judas Gospel" date from the middle of the Second Century, while the "Infancy" Gospels were dated from the mid to late 3rd Century AD. 

In relative terms; the Biblical Gospels are about as chronologically far removed from the life of Jesus as we are from the Viet Nam War; the Infancy Gospels are about as far removed from Jesus as we are from the American Revolution.

But the Infancy stories are neat, whether they are charming myths or if they reflect some real oral history about the life of Jesus as a child.  I like the story where He makes the little birds out of clay, then blows on them and they come to life and fly away.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on December 22, 2008, 02:35:36 PM
Heroes of Telemark (1965) - One of my favorite WWII movies.  Based on a true story, the Germans have set up a heavy water plant in Norway, and a small band of Norwegian Resistance fighters (led by Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris) set out to sabotage it.  Fabulous winter scenery throughout.  The scene where they slowly make their way into the German facility, sneaking past the guards, into the building, planting the charges, etc. is a huge favorite of mine.  Makes me feel like I'm right there with them, experiencing every bit of tension along the way.   They "touchy feely" up the ending somewhat over what happened in real life, which was sort of a mistake in my opinion.  My only complaint is that they have to throw in a romance.  Why do they always do that in an otherwise perfectly good war movie?  I can't believe this hasn't received a decent DVD release yet.  There's a DVD available, but according to the reviews on Amazon it's got horrible video and audio quality.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on December 22, 2008, 11:41:57 PM
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION   *** out of ****
A CHRISTMAS STORY   ***1/2 out of ****.
BAD SANTA  (unrated version)   ***1/2 out of ****
THE REF    *** out of ****
GREMLINS   ***1/2 out of ****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on December 23, 2008, 07:07:02 AM
Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (MST3K version) ** out of ****.  I though the episode was quite funny to watch since I don't normally watch MST3K.  The movie it self was really crappy but so bad it's good in a way.  The regular version of the film the non MST3K that I got from Netflix didn't work so I sent it back to get this version instead.  I would probably enjoy the movie more if I had downed a few beers while watching it.  I was trying to explain to my dad the movie and he kept telling me to stop otherwise he would be laughing to hard.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on December 23, 2008, 10:14:26 AM
indianasmith-  the sparrow story was in the movie.  it's in the Quran as well, along with other "incorrect" information.  3rd century is kind of close to 1st century relatively speaking  :smile:


also,  a crazy thing  about "journey among women" is that the director went on to be a "cinematographer"  for Survivor which the movie heavily resembles in many places. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on December 23, 2008, 04:34:25 PM
EL TOPO (1970): A killer fights four mystical master gunfighters in the desert, then becomes a pacifist and helps freaks trapped in a cave to tunnel their way to a fascistic Western town. Jodorowsky's impossible to describe mix of spaghetti Western and art-house surrealism is jaw dropping, obscene, pretentious, and brilliantly inventive; whether you end of loving or hating it, it's a movie that demands to be seen once.  5/5 for bad/weird movie fans.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on December 24, 2008, 10:08:32 AM
el topo is one of those movies with such a huge reputation that it's hard to just rent it and watch it like yo would any other so  iam I guess "building up" to it in some way



The Entertainer (1960) -  my ongoing struggle with british cinema continues.  I loved the backdrop of the "Carnival of Souls" type run down beach front area but it was about 45 minutes of british chattering before I kind of zeroed in on what the movie was about.  It beame easier to follow but also incredibly depressing.   I was alot more interested in the pretty dancing girls in the variety show than this alcoholic vaudeville melodrama itself though it is as you can imagine quite venerated in cinema phile quarters.  Laurnece olivier gives a strong performance as the entertainer hisself.


MSTK3K Werewolf-  by this point in the series these guys were pretty much picturing themslves on a beach somewhere and mentally phoning in their lines but it's still about as good as any other episode.  "werewolf" is an incredibly useless re telling of the werewolf legend with unusually bad acting from some european actors.  the disk also came with a half hour long documentary about the history of mystery science theatre that is interesting for about 20 minutes then you learn about all the people behind the scenes and all the nice people they met over the years and on and on and on. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on December 24, 2008, 02:39:17 PM
el topo is one of those movies with such a huge reputation that it's hard to just rent it and watch it like yo would any other so  iam I guess "building up" to it in some way


I'd suggest you jump right in... the longer you let the film's reputation build up in your mind, the more likely you'll be disappointed.  I've seen some of the other weird stuff you pick out (GLOBOLINKS), so EL TOPO shouldn't be too bewildering to you.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on December 24, 2008, 03:08:36 PM
Wes Craven double feature...

THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW (1987):  An anthropologist travels to Haiti in search of the legendary "zombie drug" and gets mixed up in voodoo and third world politics. Sadly, horror movie cliches eventually overtake the unique premise and vivid nightmare sequences. Zakes Mokae's black voodoo priest steals the show. 3.5/5

THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS (1991): A good-hearted ghetto youth nicknamed "Fool" is dragged along to a burglary inside a mazelike house of psychosis and horror. Interesting but uneven update on the haunted house theme; the attempts at black comedy are often mood-breakers, and the young lead isn't quite ready to tackle the role. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on December 27, 2008, 08:46:14 AM
House of Dracula (1945) - Dracula shows up at the doctor's office, looking for a cure for his vampirism.  A short time later, the Wolfman also appears, also looking for a cure for his affliction.  And then they find Frankenstein, lying unconscious in a cave.  So we've got three monsters and what do they do with them?  Pretty much nothing.  Wolfie only turns into a werewolf for about one minute, after he's taken the precaution of having himself locked in a cell.  Frankenstein is only reanimated for a couple of minutes at the end of the movie.  They may as well have left those two out entirely.  Dracula, played by John Carradine, is fantastic, and the doctor is a fine character as well.  Personally I would have preferred a good story with one monster instead of three monsters and no story, but I guess they were going for ticket sales and not necessarily quality.   2.5/5


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on December 28, 2008, 05:00:36 PM
KUNG FU ARTS (1980):  Amidst a background of Chinese Imperial intrigue, a woman is forced to marry a benevolent chimpanzee.  Starring "Sida, the French monkey star"!  Abundant monkeys + kung fu = cheesy chopsocky fun.  3/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on December 29, 2008, 10:43:03 AM
did you like the globolinks at all?


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on December 29, 2008, 11:08:36 AM
Skeleton Coast-  There's no real reason to rent this unless you like to talk about movies on message boards.  There are far better action movies that cost the same to rent or buy.  Anyway, it's a bit of a misfire with an elderly Ernest Borgnine the unlikely leader of a group of mercenaries he's hired to help free his son from some sort of drug army or something.  There are two pretty girls who get about 2 lines a piece.  the pacing is quite poor, the dialogue is pretty dumbed down though not neccasrily unrealistic and Borgnine seems like at thispoint in his life he'd be better off playing the granpa in a Disney adventure.   It does have some cool shots of the desert and authentic African locations where I'm guessing it was filmed so that seperates it somewhat from other low budget 80's actioners.    oliver reed is good as a despicable villain who engages in villainry as such characters tend to do.  If you are for some reason interested in African smuggling movies why not see this I ask?


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on December 29, 2008, 03:55:53 PM
did you like the globolinks at all?

It's still in my Netflix queue, I expect it to arrive in the 2nd half of January.  I'll let the board know what I think of it then. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on December 29, 2008, 09:52:41 PM
TROY: director's cut   *** out of ****.   
Still a bit of a mess structucally, but an improvement over the theatrical cut.  There's some stunning images in here and it's noticeably bloodier than the cut released in theaters but the performances are still all over the map.  Worth watching for the direction in the war/action scenes.

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER    ***1/2 out of ****.
I don't really care for disco but have always liked this classic John Travolta film....go figure.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Andrew on December 29, 2008, 10:17:55 PM
TNT Jackson (1975)

It just motors along for a while, in the standard 1970s low-budget good person vs crime syndicate kind of way.  There are a couple of funny scenes with Jeannie Bell kung fuing people so hard that they knock down walls.

Where it shines is about 15 minutes from the end.  All heck breaks loose!  TNT is locked up in a jail, but her friend (Joe) busts in with a bunch of drunk Filipino mummers and liberates her from the jail.  Then she is chased into an alley and she uses Gymkata to knock the men down and jump over a wall! 

Meanwhile, the afro-wearing 2nd in command crime boss makes his move to take over the operation.  He busts out with loud screaming kung fu at a meeting of drug dealers!  After that is done, the afro-boss and TNT face off in a night club turned dojo arena of death.  There is an awesome "she leaps in the air like a descending tiger" scene, and an even better finish as she uses the 9th deadly style to martial arts her hand through the bad guy. 

To top it all off, even though you know the end of the film is coming, it still happens so fast that you are caught off guard.

The first part of the film is 2 slimes, a weak 2.  However, those last 15 minutes are 3 slimes, hands down. 

Oh, and a lesson learned: 

Somebody could make a 3 hour movie with nothing but footage of Jeannie Bell running up and down stairs, and men would pack the theaters.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on December 31, 2008, 10:25:00 AM
I think TNT Jackson was still in theatres when I did this in depth review (http://www.badmovies.org/forum/index.php?topic=7493.0;wap2)


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on January 02, 2009, 02:56:37 PM
I was just watching K-9 again. I haven't seen it in at least 10 years, made me cry like a baby when Jerry Lee gets shot.  :bluesad:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 02, 2009, 03:25:24 PM
CHRISTMAS EVIL [aka YOU BETTER WATCH OUT] (1980): After he sees a man dressed as jolly St. Nick make love to his mother one Christmas Eve as a child, a man grows up obsessed with Santa Claus, going so far as to spy on neighborhood kids and keep his own list of who's been naughty and nice.  One Christmas Eve, he snaps.  A character study and not a slasher film, despite the marketing.  It alternates between atmospheric and darkly witty, and just plain ridiculous.  Still, it's easily the "best" killer Santa movie I've seen.  3/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 03, 2009, 02:58:14 PM
I just saw Sexy Beast, again.
Sir Ben Kingsley (?) is the best villian ever.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Sister Grace on January 04, 2009, 08:30:35 PM
Slayer- *1/2 out of **** how could lynda carter disgrace herself by starring in this piece of sh%&?


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: JJ80 on January 04, 2009, 08:40:08 PM
"The Naked City" (1948) - "Quiet Man" star Barry Fitzgerald stars as Lieutenant Dan Muldoon, leader of a highly publicized investigation into the murder of a model. Filmed documentary-style with an authoritative narration this is as much a story about New York as a locale as it is a whodunnit but it still feels like a precursor to almost every modern Cop Show. The ending is very striking with a well-filmed chase sequence.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on January 06, 2009, 07:19:45 AM
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls ** 1/2 out of ****.  I didn't think it was that bad of a film overall, but I don't think 20 years later I will think of this film as a classic in the series.  I enjoyed it, but the CGI effects were not always so great as to make something look life like.

Midway ** 1/2 out of ****.  Wasn't bad, but wasn't that great either.  Could have cut back on the stock footage and used some filmed footage instead and make it more consistent with the stock footage used.
 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 06, 2009, 11:50:06 AM
"sleeping dogs lie"  free on demand  -  grace you might like this one.  in the "spanking the monkey", solondz. sarah silverman tradition with a completely gross premise given a story and actors who have to be good enough to keep a straight face.

or a sicker "there's something about Mary"


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 06, 2009, 06:47:10 PM
I saw Young Sherlock Holmes on Film4 on Sunday, missed the first half hour but it was still good.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 07, 2009, 11:19:12 AM
doggett-  me and my friends LOVED that movie.  I saw it 3 times when it was in the theatres


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 08, 2009, 10:29:24 AM
tomorrow never comes (1978)  :thumbup:   One of my new years resolutions was to lay off the ultra obscure 70's drive in stuff so what do I do:  rent the most obscure 70's formulaic action drive in ready movie there is.    of course, I pretty much loved it.   it's  a stand off movie with Oliver Reed as the cop trying to play mind games to get the guy out of the house where he is keeping Susan George his hooker girlfriend hostage and some method actor guy as the psycho.  He's about as good as brando or James Dean or any other of those vaunted guys but he didn't make it for some reason, probably because he looks more like an extra than a star.   big surprise, it's Reed's "last day on the job" too!  His gold rimmed eyeglasses would make him the envy of any NYC breakdancer circa a few years later.   

                   It resembles a straight to cable action movie from the 80's more than most of the movies from it's era though their is a little "Taxi Driver"  and  "lone wolf MCquade" in there.  Also borrows some of the tension from the disaster movies that were popular at the time.    It got lost in the shuffle because it's a little non descript and I would guess it's available in one of those mill creek 50 packs but it's directing and acting are better than average and quite good in places.

 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Sister Grace on January 08, 2009, 08:13:20 PM
"sleeping dogs lie"  free on demand  -  grace you might like this one.  in the "spanking the monkey", solondz. sarah silverman tradition with a completely gross premise given a story and actors who have to be good enough to keep a straight face.

or a sicker "there's something about Mary"

I'm gonna have to check that out; hopefully tonite.

Today I watched Triloquist... this movie was aweful. The dialogue was so overdone with excessive swearing that it became pointless. The death scenes were also weak. And while I usually find skinny, frail, mute guys sexy...norbert was just annoying  :question:.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 08, 2009, 08:45:37 PM
CUBE 2: HYPERCUBE (2002): Eight strangers wake up in a mysterious cube just as in the 1997 hit, although this second generation "hypercube" has some new and deadly tricks to play on its captives.  CUBE 2: HYPERCUBE captures a reasonable amount of the atmosphere of paranoia and existential dread from the original, although the acting is down a notch and the hypercube's new features (involving alternate realities) are too hyperbolic.  May please fans of the original (like me), or it could just tick you off as it's understandably not as effective as the first one, which had a completely unexpected existential feel to it.  Playing Fearnet on demand for free along with CUBE ZERO, which I'll check out soon.  3/5.

DONNIE DARKO: THE DIRECTORS CUT (2001):  A demonic bunny rabbit tells emotionally disturbed teen Donnie the world will end in 28 days.  I was well warned about the "remixed" director's cut, and prepared to be disappointed.  It wasn't as bad as I feared.  The new footage (especially the pages from "The Philosophy of Time Travel") actually make the movie slightly more confusing, but basically it adds little to the film's impact, just makes it take longer to get to the same place.  Richard Kelly's commentary (he's interviewed by Kevin Smith) convinces me he's not really insane, as I feared: he understands the film's resolution is absurd, and deliberately designed it using "comic book logic."  It's an inferior cut to the tighter theatrical release but it's basically the same movie and a nice supplement for fans of the original.  4/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: ToyMan on January 09, 2009, 03:38:58 AM
just finished watching sukiyaki western django (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nluPs-nGngk). it was very good, in my opinion. most people would be really turned off by the awkward line delivery, but since i'd already seen miike having his actors do this in imprint, it didn't bother me. it was sort of like city of lost souls, thrown into a time machine, into some sort of alternate history, but it had much more mood.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Sister Grace on January 09, 2009, 05:19:13 PM
just finished watching sukiyaki western django ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nluPs-nGngk[/url]). it was very good, in my opinion. most people would be really turned off by the awkward line delivery, but since i'd already seen miike having his actors do this in imprint, it didn't bother me. it was sort of like city of lost souls, thrown into a time machine, into some sort of alternate history, but it had much more mood.


This is on my NetFlix que, I've really been wanting to see it. I liked Imprint along with most of his films....


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 09, 2009, 07:12:28 PM
Barb Wire
AVP R...to the end, this time.

Wish I hadn't bothered.

Still, at least you can see what's going on in Barb Wire. :smile:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on January 10, 2009, 09:01:47 AM
The Ring - Naomi Watts investigates a killer videotape.  This had pretty good suspense and some interestingly bizarre scenes.  It moved along well, with the exception of any scene involving Watts' morbid creepozoid of a kid.  Watts is so utterly gorgeous, but somehow they managed to make her look pretty plain in this.  At least she fell in the water at one point :teddyr:  I really have to hand it to her, I've seen her in three films now, playing three entirely different characters, and she pulled them all off with complete believability.  The girl can act!  My big complaint is that the movie seems to come to an end, but wait - we've still got ten minutes worth of plot left, please bear with us if you'll be so kind.  Video quality of the DVD was surprisingly mediocre considering the relative newness of the film.  Overall, 4/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Dennis on January 10, 2009, 11:11:28 AM
"Cat Girl Kiki", A young man rescues a stray kitten and takes it to his apartment, the next morning the kitten has turned in to a girl, but not completely, she still has cat ears. Japanese movie with English subtitles, I got it because it sounded like a comedy, it's not. Even though the first part of the film is about the young man dealing with the cat that's now human there's a little more to the movie than that. No big surprises or plot twists but I found that I wanted to see the end just to know what happened.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on January 10, 2009, 11:16:02 AM
"Cat Girl Kiki", A young man rescues a stray kitten and takes it to his apartment, the next morning the kitten has turned in to a girl, but not completely, she still has cat ears. Japanese movie with English subtitles, I got it because it sounded like a comedy, it's not. Even though the first part of the film is about the young man dealing with the cat that's now human there's a little more to the movie than that. No big surprises or plot twists but I found that I wanted to see the end just to know what happened.

Does the young man get jiggy with the cat-lady at any point? Just curious... :wink:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 10, 2009, 12:24:13 PM
MST3K the starfighters -what can you say?  it's another good episode!  it's not NOT a good episode.  Also, I thinking, this whole movie is an unbelievably boring portrait of life on an air force base.  what if it had a twist ending where they all started speaking russian and we learn that it was all a spy training center and they were then to be sent to America to infiltrate our armed forces!!  Then it would be brilliant!!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on January 10, 2009, 12:53:37 PM
Does the young man get jiggy with the cat-lady at any point? Just curious... :wink:

Me too  :teddyr:  Cats go at it pretty fast and furious, 12 times an hour I've heard!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Dennis on January 10, 2009, 12:55:44 PM
"Cat Girl Kiki", A young man rescues a stray kitten and takes it to his apartment, the next morning the kitten has turned in to a girl, but not completely, she still has cat ears. Japanese movie with English subtitles, I got it because it sounded like a comedy, it's not. Even though the first part of the film is about the young man dealing with the cat that's now human there's a little more to the movie than that. No big surprises or plot twists but I found that I wanted to see the end just to know what happened.

Does the young man get jiggy with the cat-lady at any point? Just curious... :wink:

Actually the cat girl gets jiggy with him, as does his last and future human girlfriend, it's kind of a strange movie, interesting, but strange.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on January 10, 2009, 06:51:57 PM
I've just finished watching "To Live & Die In L.A." on DVD, that I ordered from Amazon and came yesterday. Wow! Wow! Wow! It's possibly the best film I have ever seen!!!!  :thumbup:

I have been left completely stunned by it. It's basically a film about a cop (William Peterson) and his partner tracking a counterfeiter, the partner gets killed and he teams up with this other guy to nail him. The plot doesn't really give much away (in depth) about each character, you just get a feel for them as events unfold and kind of gauge their respective personalities. Willem Dafoe is in it as the main "bad guy". All the visuals are great, the acting is top notch and this movie contains the greatest, most intense car chase I have ever witnessed. The way the cameras have been utilised is pure genius. Plus, there is a massive, shocking twist about 15 mins from the end, then another, then another!  :buggedout:

Seriously, I was literally on the edge of my sofa and at one point leapt up and down, whilst constantly rambling "Holy f***" and "This is so awesome!" Phew! What a rush....  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 11, 2009, 09:54:52 AM
Friday the 13

2/5
Wasn't as bad as I thought it would be but it's still rubbish.

Why watch Friday when you could watch Halloween ?


Bride of Frankenstein

4/5

This is the good stuff  :smile:


Killer Klowns

4/5

If it had slightly better human characters this film would be pretty much unbeatable.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 11, 2009, 04:54:30 PM
LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (1972): Two teenaged girls are kidnapped by a gang of lowlifes and raped and abused. Zero suspense, zero comic relief, zero art, only a willingness to depict naked sadism in loving detail.  SKULL.

CAVE DWELLERS (MST3K):  Ator and a hot valley girl wander around in a fantasy world cursed with a lack of special effects until it's time to climb into his hang glider and drop grenades on the evil wizard's castle.  I don't think the cast was on their "A" game for this outing, but the movie (which may be better known under the title ATOR THE INVINCIBLE) is absurd and entertaining.  3.5/5 stars.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 11, 2009, 05:52:53 PM
Fright Night

3/5...just for this female vamp.

(http://www.lazydork.com/movies/frightnight.jpg)

I don't like vampire films but this was alright. One big issue I had with it was the fact that the teenager's girlfriend looked like she was in her early 30's.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: ToyMan on January 11, 2009, 10:27:39 PM
LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (1972): Two teenaged girls are kidnapped by a gang of lowlifes and raped and abused. Zero suspense, zero comic relief, zero art, only a willingness to depict naked sadism in loving detail.  SKULL.

personally, i love it, and all of the spin-off roles that david hess milked out of it. looking forward to the upcoming 3-disc treatment it'll be getting because of the remake, but i'll probably avoid the remake like the plague unless it has some wildly good casting choices.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Iseuelt on January 12, 2009, 04:36:09 AM
I had to endure "P.S. I Love You" this weekend as my sister was visiting and I had to provide entertainment that wasn't filled with brains being splashed here and there, gratuitous nudity, or any type of zombie apocalypse. Being a girl myself, it is expected of me to enjoy a nice romantic comedy in which no one gets decapitated, I found it merely tolerable (maybe it was the beers I had), which is better than I had expected. I also had to endure "Mrs. Pettigrew Lives for a Day" which both my sister and watched and waited for something to happen and finally nothing did.  We also watched "Kicking it Old School" Don't ask why, it just happened.  :cheers:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Sister Grace on January 12, 2009, 08:33:34 AM
Day of the Dead 2: Contagium-  1/5 for bad acting, bad plot, lack of nudity...

The Death Wish Trilogy: 5/5 last night AMC played the all three death wish movies. Charles Bronson is a bad ass...

Edmond- 2/5 while everyone knows my affection for movies involving psychotic breakdowns, this movie just didn't do much for me. I really didn't need to see William H. Macy bald or involved in a prison-love relationship....oh, my eyes!! They Burn!!!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on January 12, 2009, 08:34:58 AM
Boogeyman 2 - a bother and sister see their parents killed by the boogeyman.  Years later, they're both still traumatized by the experience, and the guy has just spent three months in a mental institution undergoing a therapy program.  It seems to have helped, so the sister enrolls in the program.  We meet the other patients, each of whom has a fear of something.  Then the boogeyman shows up and starts killing everyone in ways which correspond to their fears.  Pretty good overall, fairly well developed characters, good atmosphere in the institution, but a whole lot of plot holes.  Still worth a watch if you're really bored some night.  3/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 12, 2009, 10:51:07 AM
hawk: the slayer = jack palance is a sucky darth vader imitation in this medieval travesty that the band Manowar must have seen.    the only girls in it are the nuns.  yeah that's some realy eye candy there,  if you are from saudi arabia maybe.  Probably inadvertant Bruce Cambell type color and goofiness  in places has made it a cult hit.  I rented "there goes the bride" by the same director from the year before and it is horrible in a compltetely different way


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 12, 2009, 11:06:25 AM
The Brood 3/5
Too slow but it has a really weird messed up central idea that's too gross not to like :smile:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 13, 2009, 10:34:50 AM
there  goes the bride (1980)   :thumbdown:     this was made by the guy who did "Hawk: the slayer"  but is absolutely nothing like it.   Did you ever see "pink Lady and jeff"?  it was a short lived tv series that has developed a cult following because it was so bad.  What made it's nondescript   variety show songs and jokes bearable is the empathy you have for their live audience and the looks on the performers faces:  extreme discomfort and depression in the face of Jeff, and glazed over smiles on the part of the duo Pink Lady.  This is like a bland pre recorded no pink lady or jeff "pink lady and jeff".  Tom Smothers can't tell a joke properly.  He imagines he sees a flapper, played by anarexic model Twiggy, everywhere.  They never get tired of telling the same joke over and over where he sees her and everyone else is like "who were you talking to?"  Again, There are song and dance numbers with canes and top hats.  I read two different reviews bemoaning the fact that the reviewer had to pay less than a dollar for it and still felt ripped off and technically speaking so did I and I agree.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 13, 2009, 01:28:59 PM
Dead and Buried
3/5
Good idea poorly done. Shame.
This could've been really, really good.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on January 13, 2009, 02:07:14 PM
Fright Night

3/5...just for this female vamp.

([url]http://www.lazydork.com/movies/frightnight.jpg[/url])

I don't like vampire films but this was alright. One big issue I had with it was the fact that the teenager's girlfriend looked like she was in her early 30's.


The "teenage" girl freind  was Amanda Bearse, (she played Marcy,the Bundy's neighbor on the TV show MARRIED WITH CHILDREN),and she was 28 in 1985. So yeah...she was no teen!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on January 13, 2009, 02:55:43 PM
Incubus (2006) - watched this not too long ago, must have forgotten how awful it was, so I watched it again last night.  Tara Reid and friends wreck their SUV, but it's too far to walk back to the main road so they cut through the woods, coming across a building on the way.  Seeing as 8 floodlights come on when they approach, one guy announces that "It looks abandoned".  Yup, and it's only downhill from there.  Inside they find a guy in a glass box, who can apparently control everyone else's minds.  Character development?  One girl doesn't want to get her $500 boots dirty, another guy mentions something about the Lord Of The Rings.  That's the sum total of the character development.  Tara Reed...I guess she mostly just plays herself, and not too convincingly.  Most of the characters reactions to things make little or no sense.  The dialog also makes little to no sense.  Reid knows that the guy in the box is in a coma - not sleeping - because people who are sleeping wake up.  Well, he's got about 8 tubes running into him, maybe he's sedated?  They all think it's vitally important to have working flashlights, even though the building is fairly well lit.  Best part - one guy is taken over by the mind of the guy in the box.  He tries to kill the rest of the characters, then he bites his own tongue off.  What do Tara and company decide to do?  Tie up one of the other people and let them fall asleep so that the guy can take over her mind.  She is taken over, immediately bites her own tongue off, and then they untie her.  She tries to choke Tara.  So what does the big strong guy do?  Pull her hands away from Tara's throat and tie her up?  No, he puts a plastic bag over her head and kills her.  Well...guess that didn't work out too well.  We're told several times that the guy in the box has bitten his own tongue off, but by the end of the movie he's talking perfectly well.

Yeah...well...at several points in the film you could see Tara Reed's bra right through her shirt, plain as day.  So, it wasn't totally without its good points.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 13, 2009, 05:41:58 PM
Thank you for Smoking
4/5
This was the good stuff.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Sister Grace on January 13, 2009, 06:06:13 PM
Wieners- 1/5 why did i torture myself by sitting all the way through this

The Entrance- 2/5 good idea, badly done, the road to terrible movies is paved with good ideas....


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Fishasaurus on January 13, 2009, 07:46:51 PM
Black Christmas, finally got around to it and it was a delight.

I also reacquainted myself with C.H.U.D. -- some movies just get better with age, although I was painfully aware that the actors in the underground scenes were all using flashlights despite the bright lights already there...


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on January 14, 2009, 08:21:44 AM
Dirty Harry *** out of ****.  Since I never seen Dirty Harry I decided to rent it.  It was enjoyable to watch and I didn't feel that I wasted my time with it. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on January 14, 2009, 08:28:51 AM
Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold - A centerfold model takes a beauty enhancing drug in order to better her chances at becoming centerfold of the year.  Of course she takes way too much and ends up 60 feet tall.  This was actually pretty boring.  The humor was extremely lame, and half the scenes were only in the movie to be funny - doesn't exactly equate to an interesting movie.  But there was lots of nudity, so I stuck it out to the end  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 14, 2009, 11:52:19 AM
The Invasion (2007)

2/5 A great story told badly is still watchable.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 14, 2009, 02:39:29 PM
Tomorrow Never Dies

4/5 one of my favourite Bonds


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on January 15, 2009, 09:01:23 AM
Fear Chamber (1968) - One of Boris Karloff's last movies.  Scientists discover a living rock, and it promises to give them great knowledge.  However, it needs to be fed with the blood of terrified women, so they create a "fear chamber" to terrify them.  Not actually too bad, the high point was some guy with a scar on the side of his head (I assume that's where they removed his brain and replaced it with a wind-up toy), he runs around announcing he wants to be the King of the World!  Just like Leonardo DiCaprio.  3/5.

Lake Dead (2007) - yet another Texas Chainsaw Massacre type movie;  three sisters inherit a motel out in the woods, unfortunately the local inbred mutant hillbilly population wants to get jiggy with them.  The girls are completely uninteresting anorexic bleach blondes with names like "Brielle".  There was one interesting one, who took the time to walk around in her panties during her one scene (HOT!), but of course they killed her off immediately.  Favorite scene:  The kids have just escaped from their captors and are walking down the road - towards freedom!  Just then one girl twists her ankle.  Doesn't trip, doesn't step in a hole, just announces that she can't go any further.  This is during the day, and eventually the sheriff finds out they've escaped and goes looking for them.  This is at night.  He arrives to find them still squatting in the middle of the road with twisted ankle girl, as if they haven't moved an inch in hours.  2/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 15, 2009, 10:47:42 AM
monsters crash the pajama party (1965) -This is definately the strangest packaging I've ever seen. You put on the DVD and the first page has 6 easter eggs or whatever. 3 of them go to the same thing: the main feature. Then there are weird trivia things and old promos and stuff. The Monsters crash the pajama party itself is a light hearted haunted house sort pf spoof with guys in cheap costumes and beach blanket bingo type teens and is like a half hour long. But then there are like 3 other rooms you can flip over to where you can find strange old footage of haunted huose movies from the 30's, the stupid ghost movie "tormented" in it's entirety, and 15 second clips of random stuff with crazy jazz music in the background. Whoever made this DVD is nuts!! I especially liked the puppet skeleton who dances then when the song gets really crazy the bones break apart.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 15, 2009, 03:35:25 PM
Dracula 1972 A.D.

4/5
A guy who reviewed this said it was dated by 1975 :bouncegiggle:
Everyone says "man"

"Look out, man"

Dracula only has 3 scenes in it.

It's hilarious. A must Buy!!!
It seems to be written by some middle aged guy who desperately is trying to be"down with the kids".


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on January 16, 2009, 02:51:36 AM
TOKYO GORE POLICE   **1/2 out of ****.  Not as good as The Machine Girl despite the blood/gore/violence quotient being about twice the amount of TMG.  But the plot is pretty boring and pedestrian in addition to being  told in a most cofusing way.  The movie does deliver on the gore though and the film is quite perverse.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Sister Grace on January 16, 2009, 05:55:23 AM
TOKYO GORE POLICE   **1/2 out of ****.  Not as good as The Machine Girl despite the blood/gore/violence quotient being about twice the amount of TMG.  But the plot is pretty boring and pedestrian in addition to being  told in a most cofusing way.  The movie does deliver on the gore though and the film is quite perverse.

A friend of mine told me it had a pace alot like Meatball Machine, I'd like to see it but its not on my NetFlix que, did you find it to be anything like meatball machine?


Lake Dead (2007) - yet another Texas Chainsaw Massacre type movie;  three sisters inherit a motel out in the woods, unfortunately the local inbred mutant hillbilly population wants to get jiggy with them.  The girls are completely uninteresting anorexic bleach blondes with names like "Brielle".  There was one interesting one, who took the time to walk around in her panties during her one scene (HOT!), but of course they killed her off immediately.  Favorite scene:  The kids have just escaped from their captors and are walking down the road - towards freedom!  Just then one girl twists her ankle.  Doesn't trip, doesn't step in a hole, just announces that she can't go any further.  This is during the day, and eventually the sheriff finds out they've escaped and goes looking for them.  This is at night.  He arrives to find them still squatting in the middle of the road with twisted ankle girl, as if they haven't moved an inch in hours.  2/5.

This movie was Baaad! They tried way too hard at developing the character of the drunken sister. Her opening scenes in her filthy apartment didn't really make her seem hard-core, just nasty and bad english.
I also hate it when movies try to hard to be cool by inserting useless pop-culture references...one line that should never be used in a movie: "Is that why I'm in your top ten (Myspace)" Who Cares!!! you (the character) is just going to be hacked to pieces very soon by some hill-jacks...
I also hate it when lines in movies (although I dont' think any were used in this one) include jargon such as: OMG! TTL! BFF!
am I alone on this?


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on January 16, 2009, 09:39:58 AM
I also hate it when movies try to hard to be cool by inserting useless pop-culture references...one line that should never be used in a movie: "Is that why I'm in your top ten (Myspace)" Who Cares!!! you (the character) is just going to be hacked to pieces very soon by some hill-jacks...

I didn't even know what that "top ten" thing was about, I assumed they were talking about presets on their telephone.  Ah, I'm always about ten years behind the times  :teddyr:

Anaconda 3 (2008)- Scientists create giant snake, giant snake gets loose, professional hunters (the Hoff!!!) track it down, shoot it approximately a million times with their unlimited ammo assault rifles, etc.  About the only good thing about this movie is the lead scientist, played by Crystal Allen.  Wow!  Totally hot and the movie makers were nice enough to dress her in a variety of sexy outfits throughout the movie.  Oh, her character really isn't the least bit likable, but whatever.  Some of the CGI is good for a chuckle, and they don't even make it to the first commercial break before they're showing flashbacks to what happened earlier in the movie, featuring the same laughable CGI.  Basically this is indistinguishable from about five dozen other Sci-Fi Channel Originals.  I'll give it a (very) charitable 2.5/5. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 16, 2009, 07:10:22 PM
CUBE ZERO (2005):  Soldiers observing prisoners navigate a booby-trapped prison Cube start to question whether the Cube's builders have humanity's best interests at heart.  The atmosphere of mystery and paranoia from the first two CUBE films is jettisoned in favor of explicit gore, elaborate traps, and a cartoonish villain with a glittery metal implant for an eye. This entry probably deals a fatal blow to the CUBE franchise, because the mystery as to the Cube's origin and purpose is explained, but it's not a terrible movie strictly on a Movie level.  2.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Sister Grace on January 16, 2009, 07:24:08 PM
Pineapple Express- lets just say I fell asleep after 45 minutes and didn't bother to try and watch it again... I"d give it 1/5.

The Entrance- (not sure what year) watched this on FearNet yesterday, it wasn't too bad, it had some interesting parts and I was suprised in the end of the reason why the occult picked out one particular police-woman. This movie loves circular reasoning though and can get sort of repetitive at points. Its worth checking out online, but i wouldn't waste money on buying it. 2/5



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on January 17, 2009, 08:48:12 AM
Unearthed (2007) - Some archaeologist does something that causes an ancient beast to be released (looks almost identical to an Alien), and it proceeds to chase after the inhabitants of a small town.  Emmanuelle Vaugier plays the drunken sheriff.  I saw this on the Sci-Fi Channel and thought it had excellent suspense.  Watched the DVD yesterday and I'm like "What the hell was I thinking?"  The action scenes are terrible, with a thousand edits.  Apparently done by a hyperactive 9 year old.  The plot is explained in such a way that's it's indecipherable, and it's not helped by the fact that this is one of those movies that it's almost impossible to actually pay attention to.  Gives your subwoofer a good workout though.  2/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 17, 2009, 12:15:16 PM
Crossing the line-  amazing documentary free on demand.  about a guy who crossed over the DMZ into north korea some 47 years ago and stayed.  north koreais relly freaky and austere.  he seems to have had a pretty good life there.   his life in america was prety bad, he'd been abandonded by pretty much everyone he cared about.    he notes there was horrible starvation in the 90's in north koreabut he still got his rations.  yeah great for you dude, whatabout everyone who starved and died!! 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 17, 2009, 04:31:42 PM
POD PEOPLE (MST3K):  Great movie for MST3K, one of those that has a few WTF scenes worth viewing but would be just too boring to watch without running commentary.  A French/Spanish ET ripoff, only this time the anteater-faced alien the "adorable" moppet adopts may be bumping off members of a Eurotrash karaoke band.  Host segments weren't that funny, up until the completely out of left field musical finale, "Clown in the Sky" ("will there still be a clown in the sky... for... me?")  IT STINKS!  4/5. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on January 18, 2009, 12:40:40 AM
MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3-D   ** out of ****.  Not as good as the original. It has some cool moments but overall is only worth seeing in 3-D as that element is used to good effect.  The twist ending in particularly  is handled poorly.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on January 18, 2009, 05:52:10 AM
FROST/NIXON  ***1/2 out of ****.  Riveting political drama from director Ron Howard.  Falters a bit during the final act, but overall extremely well done if not at all times historically accurate.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on January 18, 2009, 08:58:00 AM
Starship Troopers 2 - Despite what 99% of the people who have seen this say, I thought it was really good.  Some Mobile Infantry are stuck on a desolate planet, hold up in a fortress surrounded by bugs, while unbeknownst to them the bugs have a more insidious plan to get at them, from the inside!  Good characters, likable (or unlikable, as the case may be), well developed, good action, gruesome gore, boobies, you name it, this movie's got it.  You even get your choice of Dolby 5.1 or DTS soundtracks - I thought the Dolby track was much better.  4/5.

Flu Bird Horror - Some kids from juvenile hall are on a "wilderness adventure" type thing out in the woods, and are attacked by pterodactyls.  Actually I guess they're mutated condors, whatever.  I was initially put off by the kids with all their hip-hop dialog and crap, but once the movie got going, they actually turned out to be fairly interesting.  They think little of leaving the wounded guy out as bait for the birds so the rest of them can get away.  It's much more interesting than the usual bunch of Dudley Doorights screaming and whining for 90 minutes.  3/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: indianasmith on January 18, 2009, 09:59:00 PM
EDMOND - A slightly better than usual IFC offering.  William H. Macy plays a mild-mannered accountant type who gets bored with his wife, ditches her, tries to score with a series of prostitutes, gets robbed, pawns his wedding ring, cuts up a would-be mugger, seduces a waitress, kills said waitress, verbally terrorizes an elderly black woman, then tries to get up and testify in a black church when the police arrest him.  He goes to jail, gets sodomized by his black cellmate, bawls out a preacher, writes a wistful letter to his high school prom date's mother, and ends the movie philosphizing about the meaning of life for ten minutes, then spooning with the black cellmate who sodomized him his first night in prison.

On second thought, this movie contained just about every single theme I hate about independent films . . .


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 19, 2009, 04:32:11 PM
Jurassic Park

5/5

Flawless. :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: vanlutz on January 19, 2009, 08:57:03 PM
Man of the World 4/5
We're Not Dressing 5/5

Carole Lomabard was absolutely gorgeous. There was an extra added surprise of Burns and Allen in We're Not Dressing.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 20, 2009, 08:59:19 AM
Mary Shelly's Frankenstein

4/5

Much better than it's reputation.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on January 21, 2009, 08:43:53 AM
Dr. No (1962) - Sean Connery stars in the first, the original James Bond movie.  Ahhhh...the good old days when movies were made for adults, and if the kiddies fell asleep because there wasn't a ginormous CGI effects sequence every 5 minutes, well, so be it.  A time when films were made by film makers - not by teams of accountants running spreadsheets on the buying power of various demographic groups. 

These MGM Ultimate Editions are awesome - the frame-by-frame restorations look spectacular on our HDTV and the soundtrack is rich and powerful - not that tinny mono sound I'm used to hearing on these movies.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 21, 2009, 10:11:33 AM
sex is zero (2002)-  oh boy.  this is the korean take on the american teen movie.  I watched the whole thing with the commentary from the guy from mr skin.com  who accurately points out which movie each respective scene is borrowed from either intentionally or not.  Bring it On, Fast times at Ridgemount High, Last American Virgin, all reaer their juvenile heads.  I tend towards the more anarchistic side of this genre like NOt another teen movie,  Revenge of the Cheerleaders, and so forth moreso than say American Pie so I was a little disspointed with the blandness of the characters and general mainstream friendly  romantic comedy sort of approach.   the high point of the commentary was the two guys salvo against the PG 13 rating and agree  strongly that it made stuff like "bring it on" less classic than it could have been.  bring back nudity!!  this has it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 21, 2009, 10:26:32 AM
The Transporter
4/5 Jason Stathams accent ia a complete mystery...

Star Trek 2 The Wrath of Khan
4/5 I could've done with out the Kirk's son thing.

Severance
2/5 I could've done with a better film. :smile:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on January 21, 2009, 07:51:25 PM
LAKEVIEW TERRACE      *** out of ****.  Samuel Jackson is great in this flick about an LAPD cop that is trying to force out the newly moved in interracial couple that has moved in next door.    The movie gets a bit far fetched as it goes along, particularly in the final act, but is still entertaining and fairly thought provoking.    Would have worked better though if it had been made as an R rated film though.  


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on January 22, 2009, 08:35:34 AM
Miner's Massacre (2003) - a favorite of mine.  Some sexy babes and their boyfriends are chased around by the Miner 49er, who's ticked off about them stealing all the gold out of his mine.  Good characters, just a fun little movie. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 22, 2009, 10:26:44 AM
Darna Ang Pagbabalik (1994)  -   :thumbup:   here's something new:  a superhero movie that has a great story and charismatic star but clunky action sequence and laughable special effects.  usually it's the opposite.    from clunky to chunky,  Darna's marilyn monroe style curves seem a poor fit for an action diva at first, but she really wins you over after you get to know her, mainly as the alter ego Narda.  Darna is a eastern version of Wonder Woman and the story recalls the nazi era Wonder Woman stories but it set in modern day Manilla, where an evil snake woman masquerading as a televangelist has much of the country under her spell with her melodramatic sermons predicting the end of the world.  The one decent special effect is this gross snake little monster woman thing.   the main downside is really the special effect where Darna flies, which is about up to 1950's  tv standards. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 22, 2009, 10:41:58 AM
Se7en
4/5 - Uber cool.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 22, 2009, 12:15:43 PM
Evil Dead 2
5/5 Brilliant  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 22, 2009, 12:18:25 PM
doggett-  have you ever seen "the game"?


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 22, 2009, 12:19:39 PM
doggett-  have you ever seen "the game"?

If it's the thing with Michael Douglas...I saw a little and got bored.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 23, 2009, 10:28:45 AM
I think it's by the guy who did seven.


tiyanak (1988) - who doesn't like a nice baby?  But what if the baby is not so nice and is actually a monster baby?  then you have to talk to the voodoo lady and try to look past it's protective cuteness and kill it!  that's the challenge for these guys in thailand circa 1988.   Unfortunately, the fact that the monstoddler  is obviously a rubber doll with fangs makes this more laughable than scary.  the print is atrocious and at 2 hours it's about an hour too long.  Rare horror fans may want to check it out and the cast gives it their all but I'd at least wait for a better print.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 24, 2009, 08:25:25 AM
Vampyres 3/5
The film has little to no plot. Also it contains the worst sex scene I have ever scene!!!!
But the lead actress is just so sexy :smile:

Striptease 4/5
Very funny.
The only thing I don't like, ironically, is the stripping :question: There's something very odd about Demi's body...


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 24, 2009, 10:17:04 AM
hubog (2001)-  this was an early directorial effort by a guy named joel Lanagan who did a recent favorite of mine called "Zsa zsa Zaturnah"  a colorful super hero movie from the phillepenes.  This is something much different and decidedly darker.  With abusive boyfriends and a story centered around a girl and her autistic younger sister,  I guess you'd have to call it a chick flick but I liked it anyway.   The cover is very misleading and, like all foreign films, is supposedly "erotic" .  How people still fall for that is beyond me.  Actually, I guess I did too.  foreign films promise eroticism and give you some unbelievably depressing story abuot say a guy riding a schwinn bicycle through some dilapdated village and he gets to his hut and everyone is dead.  That's what I have found to be the case anyway.   I liked the two girls and the boyfriends were Lifetime ready brutes.  There is a backdrop of rich vs poor and manilla politics and something involving boats and shipping.  it adds a layer of commentary to the film, like how the state is perfectly happy to allow people to live in poverty and have corrupt police and then they want to "rescue" the autistic girl from her sister because she can't offer her the things they can at the fancy government center for mentally ill children.  nice priorities, no wonder the people are seen rioting in the streets.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 24, 2009, 02:59:57 PM
Die you zombie Bastards!
?/5
I really don't know what to make of it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on January 24, 2009, 03:19:30 PM
Die you zombie Bastards!
?/5
I really don't know what to make of it.

I bought it from HMV for £10!  :buggedout: It's pretty out there, but really....it's rubbish.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 24, 2009, 03:23:58 PM
Die you zombie Bastards!
?/5
I really don't know what to make of it.

I bought it from HMV for £10!  :buggedout: It's pretty out there, but really....it's rubbish.

That's what I did yesterday  :smile:
It could have done with more of those green women...I'm pretty sure that would have made it more bearable :smile:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on January 24, 2009, 03:56:04 PM
It could have done with more of those green women...I'm pretty sure that would have made it more bearable :smile:

Oh yeah, that was pretty much the reason I bought it  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 24, 2009, 03:58:46 PM
It could have done with more of those green women...I'm pretty sure that would have made it more bearable :smile:

Oh yeah, that was pretty much the reason I bought it  :bouncegiggle:

We both need a life  :bouncegiggle:
I would have liked more chick scientists at the beginning looking for that monster guy...If the whole film was that I'd be happy. But it wasn't. :bluesad:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 24, 2009, 09:59:12 PM
ROBO-C.H.I.C. (1989): A super-sexy-cyborg (Kathy Shower/Jennifer Estrada after Kathy quits the role) must stop a nerd from setting off a series of nuclear bombs while fighting off drug kingpins and an incompetent biker gang.  Scattered boobies keep up male interest of this goofy, watchable b-movie farce.  You’ll get it for Kathy Showers’ breasts, but you’ll keep it for Peter Johnson’s engrossing “hot-dog-ordering” scene!  It wasn’t good, but I liked it better than almost everyone else, judging by Andrew’s ‘skull’ review and the reader comments (http://www.badmovies.org/movies/robochic/).  2/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on January 25, 2009, 08:09:40 AM
Miami Blues  (1990) :thumbup:

When Fred Frenger gets out of prison, he decides to start over in Miami, Florida, where he starts a violent one-man crime wave. He soon meets up with amiable college student/prostitute Susie Waggoner. Opposing Frenger is Sgt Hoke Moseley, a cop who is getting a bit old for the job, especially since the job of cop in 1980's Miami is getting crazier all the time.

Rating: 1 billion out of 10!  :wink:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on January 25, 2009, 08:42:31 AM
No Contest (1994) - A Die Hard type movie, with Playboy Playmate Shannon Tweed in the Bruce Willis role.  Andrew Dice Clay is the head terrorist, and Rowdy Roddy Piper is one of the bad guys.  This was actually pretty good!  No nudity from our playmate, but she does run around in a pair of plum colored leggings for the second half of the movie.  I liked that a lot  :teddyr:  Plenty of ridiculous fight scenes, idiotic cops, and a ludicrous ending.  Just a good time all around.  Goes to show that if you rip off a good movie, you can at least make something moderately fast paced and entertaining.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 25, 2009, 11:26:20 AM
Star Trek III The Search for Spock
2/5
Other than the destruction of the Enterprise there's not really much to recommend.

Star Trek IV The Voyage Home
4/5
80's time travel comedy :thumbup: When Kirk got demoted to captain, I cried. AWESOME.





Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 26, 2009, 01:27:52 PM
Ruthless People
4/5 80's classic


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on January 27, 2009, 09:29:16 AM
Return to House on Haunted Hill (2007) - So as it turns out, all the ghostly activity in the previous movie was due to a small statue located in the "heart" of the insane asylum.  A college professor has spent his whole career trying to locate the statue, and he takes a couple of his students (one of whom is Cerina Vincent) to the asylum to search for it.  At the same time, a bad guy who wants to sell the statue for $5 million shows up, along with his gang of thugs, and a couple of people he's kidnapped.  So, the asylum locks them all in, and they're picked off in order, starting with the people who only got one or two lines, and working their way up to the folks who got three or four lines, and finally the main characters.  This was pretty good, with enough character development to keep me interested in the plight of these people.  The atmosphere in the asylum was pretty spooky, and the action moved along at a good pace.  It was more an action/horror movie, with little suspense.  3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on January 28, 2009, 08:48:28 AM
The Woods (2006) -  a girl is sent to boarding school, and she eventually figures out that the place is run by witches (the audience has figured this out about an hour earlier).  The woods around the school are, I dunno, haunted or something.  The trees can send out roots and tendrils to grab people.  Two girls are abducted in this way, then finally the main girl is taken away and the witches try to conduct some sort of ceremony with them.  I have no idea what they're trying to achieve.  The main girl is the only developed character in the thing, the rest are your most basic stereotypes - the shy unpopular girl, the b***hy snob girl, the headmistress with a dark secret, blah blah blah.  The plot is slow moving and doesn't seem to have any point to it - it's just all very mysterious.  Production values were top notch, camera work, sound, lighting, sets, theme music, all very good.  The lack of story or characters sort of dragged it down though  :lookingup:  2/5. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 28, 2009, 06:23:42 PM
Shalimar (1978) -  imagine if  "enter the dragon" didn't have bruce lee  and had a collection of jewel thieves instead of martial artists.  that's kind of what this entertaining flop is like and it has John Saxon from "Enter.." to boot.  A rich criminal guy, well played by Rex Harrison who thankfully doesn't do any of his famous talk singing,  invites a bunch of colorful famous burglers to  steal his prize emerald the Shalimar, from behind his elaborate security apparatus of an army of soldiers and hi tech cameras and so forth.  The odds are stacked against them and you'd be a fool to try but they all do.  The songs are by the famous hindi film guy RD burman and they are pretty good for the most part.  I especially liked the tribal scenes (it takes place on an island).  The lead actress is very attractive and there are some zany bits here and there but it doesn't quite get there. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 30, 2009, 10:22:22 AM
the outrageous keith deltano live -   :bluesad: christian stand up comedy performed in a high school auditorium with a pro abstenence and anti evolution message.   the guy is spastic and sweaty and not even funny enough to be on comedy central very late at night.  He brings 3 very cute christian girls on stage and asks them if they ever have to urinate when they go clothes shopping.  they answer in the affirmative then he lets them off the stage and explains that waiting to go to the bathroom is the way you shold wait to have sex.  like, don't go in the middle of the store, wati till you are home or on a toilet = wait till you are married to have sex.  If this guy came to my high school with his dane cook on crack antics and condescending attitude he would have been punched in the face then everyone really would have laughed!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 31, 2009, 04:00:13 PM
who gave you all the day off?  let's get to it

Mr Warmth: Don Rickles -  I knew rickles reputation as a sort of harsh old school comic but had never really seen his act.  Most of this documentayr shows him performing today and not back in the old vegas days, which is too bad because that is when all the stories he tells are from so it's kind of incongrous.  and his act today is a little corny and nostalgic relative to what it must have been like back then(before "the jews came" as bob newhart uneloquently describes the post mafia corporatization )  clips from movies like "X The mand with X Ray Eyes" and "the Rat Race" definately made me want to see those.  "Beach Blanket Bingo" not as much.


taking out the trash/ faces in the trash  -  if the "Uh Oh!"  episode of Sealab 2021 ("Quinn's Vacation )  had been 10 hours long it probably would have started to look like this after a while.  weird probably drug influenced dag glo colors and shapes interlaced with toy ads from the 80's.  The attempts at an actual cartoon were tossed off and less succesful but there is definately something going on here and wouldn't be surprised to see it on cartoon network soon in some form.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on January 31, 2009, 07:54:17 PM
Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country.
4/5

Thoroughly enjoyable


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on January 31, 2009, 08:45:37 PM
Offerings (1989) - Pretty much a straight Halloween ripoff.  We start with some little kids, one of them doesn't speak, and he's friends with a girl.  The rest of the kids pick on him, he falls down a well.  Ten years later - apparently the fall didn't kill him, but he's brain damaged, killed his mother, and has been in a mental institution for the last decade.  Well, tonight he breaks out and makes his way back to the town he grew up in.  He starts killing the kids (now teenagers) that picked on him, and leaving their fingers, ears and noses as "Offerings" for the girl he used to be friends with.  He even makes a pizza topping out of human flesh for them.  "It's not sausage, but it's good".  Anyhow, we get a whole lot of cop investigation, the girl and her friend sitting around the house being worried, etc.  No suspense I'm afraid.  No gratuitous nudity.  Not much of anything.  It's watchable, and not half as bad as a lot of the crap '80s slashers out there, but still only gets a 2/5.

Doomed (2007) - In the near future, prison inmates are given the chance to gain their freedom by competing in a Survivor type game.  They're dropped off on an island, and if they can get to the other side, they're free!  But the island is inhabited by zombies.  In the last 9 games, no one has survived.  Yeah.  Well...some pretty decent looking babes in tank tops sweating a lot.  You know, the sweat that changes completely from one scene to another.  Lots of teamwork, betrayal, swarms of really cheap looking zombies picking somebody off every ten minutes or so.  The characters are okay.  Not really any plot.  2/5.

Witchcraft XII: In the Lair of the Serpent (2002) - Some evil girls hang out at bars and pick up guys, bringing them back to their warehouse and having sex with them, then some even more evil dude comes out and shoots cheesy looking electricity out of his eyes and kills them.  The sister and the best friend of one of the victims team up to get to the bottom of it all.  Hmmm...three sex scenes consume the first half of the movie.  The second one, let's just say that if you wake up with a girl like that, you're not a social drinker - you have a drinking problem.  Janet Tracy Keijser stars, I think she's adorably cute.  She shows up in a variety of sexy outfits, and no outfit at all.  Real Z-grade movie, but I think I've watched it 3 times now  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Mr. DS on January 31, 2009, 10:10:26 PM
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I found it to be graphically violent and entertaining.   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on February 02, 2009, 07:19:52 AM
Resident Evil: Degeneration ** out of ****.  While I enjoyed the violence and how beautiful everything looked, the thing that got me mostly was the faces.  Everyone seemed so well emotionless.  Certain things that should have given people different reactions didn't and I didn't enjoy that.

Citizen Kane *** 1/2 out of ****.  One of the better films that I have seen in  while.  I really liked it, though at times it seemed like the pacing would slow down to the point of stop altogether.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 02, 2009, 04:52:12 PM
JACOB'S LADDER (1990): A Vietnam War veteran (Tim Robbins) starts seeing demonic faces and hallucinating, while at the same time some of his old army buddies are turning up dead.  He becomes paranoid that the Washington brass are hiding a secret revolving around the day he was wounded as his squad was slaughtered in the field.  Psychological drama is worthwhile due to some intense hallucination sequences, but the film would have benefitted from more misdirection in the early reels to make the big revelation fell like a climax instead of an anticlimax.   3.5/5.

KUNG FU HUSTLE (2005):  With the help of an incompetent wannabe criminal and his fat bumbling sidekick, a gang of dapper axe-wielding criminals tries to take over a Shanghai tenement where every other resident seems to be a legendary kung fu master with mystical powers.  Insanely fun popcorn action/comedy with genuinely hilarious sequences and bizarrely inventive battles.  This is a keeper.  4.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on February 02, 2009, 07:22:35 PM
NIGHT of the DEMON-No...not the 1958 classic with Dana Andrews...the Bigfoot/bloody mess classick! Big foot runs around killing people in gory and imaganitive ways. A GREAT film. After all the kudos I've heard from this board on the movie...I was NOT disappointed! Thanks,guys!  :thumbup: I yam a happy camper....unlike the shmucks in this movie...who were NOT very happy at all!!!  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on February 03, 2009, 09:03:18 AM
Convict 762 - six girls are on a spaceship and they run into an asteroid and lose a lot of fuel.  So the only place they can refuel is at a penal colony.  When they get there, they find everybody is dead except for two guys.  Which one is the murderous convict and which is the last remaining guard?  This movie is just one act of wanton idiocy after another.  We start with the navigator, who is supposed to check to make sure the course they set is safe.  She doesn't actually have to do anything, just wait for the computer to finish computing.  But she's bored with waiting, so she tells the captain that everything is okay.  So they immediately run into an asteroid field.  Then they get to the prison - this place is big, it must have held thousands of prisoners.  And they're all dead!  Might be a good idea to not go wandering around in there, eh?  But then they pick up a distress call from deep within the facility, and go running right out there to investigate.  As if that's not bad enough, one of the girls decides to wander off from the group and ignore the radio calls from her captain.  For no reason whatsoever.  At the same time, another girl is left behind, safe inside the ship.  But then a guy comes along, a guy they've previously discovered is probably a convict.  But she thinks he's handsome, so she lets him in.  Etc.

I could tolerate all this idiocy if the girls were at least sexy, but oh no - they're all dressed in these baggy shirts that are about as attractive as potato sacks.

I would suggest not wasting your time with this one.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on February 04, 2009, 07:22:47 AM
Old School *** out of ****  It was fun to watch and I got a lot of enjoyment and I didn't waste my time with watching it.  The only thing I felt that could have been done better was making the film longer, as to get more of the story rounded out.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on February 04, 2009, 11:30:29 AM
MST3K The Crawling Hand -   This wasn't quite as good as the later episodes as you can see they were still kind of working the whole concept out.   it doesn't go as quickly as usual and is slightly sub par but still worth seeing.  goofy movie is from the 50's and features a cute swedish girl and james dead type method acting by the star.    the skipper from gilligans island lends ....his expertise  in locating the villain indicated in the title after abuot a half hour of two scientist talking to each other, some teen romance and a gothic,  or is it "emo", black eye makeup afflicted space malady guy who arm crawls and strangles aruond.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on February 04, 2009, 03:54:01 PM
Ghostbusters.
4/5
Classic 80's comedy.

However, I think I'd like the sequel more if it wasn't for the fact that they change the theme is the second one.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: InformationGeek on February 04, 2009, 09:20:21 PM
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Verison of Hobgoblins.  Man, that film is bad, but at least the guy and robots made the film bareable.  Would it be normal to actually want to watch the film in its regular format?  I sort of want to.

Signs: This was a good film and I liked the fact you didn't see the alien most of the time or didn't get a real good look at it until the very end.  I think this is the director's best film (I'm not a fan of The Sixth Sense).  The movie is, however, slow at some points and can seem to drag on for too long between good and exciting points in the film.

The Thing From Another World: This was an awesome sci-fi classic for me to watch.  The characters were very likeable (Besides that doctor guy), the special effects were very nice for the time, the script was good, and the alien was very cool (I actually got spooked by a scene when the alien appeared).  The only thing I found very off about the film was the fast pace talking.  I had to rewind to hear what they had to say.  Anyhow, keep watching the skies!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on February 05, 2009, 08:51:20 AM
Raging Sharks (2005) - I only made it about two-thirds of the way through this.  Sharks attack an underwater research facility, chewing off the air line and power line going to the surface.  The people inside stand around and talk about what a terrible predicament they're in, and the two guys who are in charge of fixing the damage are too lazy and obnoxious to do their jobs, so there's lots of arguing.  Meanwhile, the guy who was in charge of the project is on a Navy submarine, heading to the base.  Some IDIOT thought it would be a good idea to include a prosecuting attorney type guy who constantly barrages the project leader with accusations of running an unsafe facility.  Finally the sub arrives at the base, they're all saved!  No wait, just then the sub's engine room spontaneously combusts - for no freakin' reason whatsoever - so they have to wait another 25 minutes (they can estimate this precisely) before being rescued. 

Turned it off at that point.  1.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on February 05, 2009, 10:20:31 AM
The X Files : Fight The Future
3/5 
Terrific ending, but could've done with more monsters.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 05, 2009, 03:17:00 PM
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Verison of Hobgoblins.  Man, that film is bad, but at least the guy and robots made the film bareable.  Would it be normal to actually want to watch the film in its regular format?  I sort of want to.



You might want to check out Andrew's Rick Sloane interview (http://www.badmovies.org/interviews/ricksloane/).  He talks about HOBGOBLINS and about the MST3K version. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on February 06, 2009, 02:08:07 PM
hobgoblins is a great episode.


female yakuza boss (1973) -    I'm new to the japanese region of the international grindhouse but I was very impreessed with this.  there  was  atime when people were positive japan was gonig to take over the US as the world superpower.  fortunately for us they screwed it up by going overboard in some real estate specualtion bubble, something that will never happen here of course,  but you can see why people were kind of afraid of them.  Though working with a small budget this has great direction and solid acting, though with most of the action taking place in these little tent/ fort / house things in some sort of underground neighborhood it is certanily lacking in scenery.  Mainly this is remarkable for it's over the top, and that's no misuse of that phrase, sex and violence.  men in this movie are constantly  sucking on womens tattooed breasts and inserting drugs in their private regions for smuggling.  they all act baudy and awful and have dep awful laughs 'harharhar".   finale is stupendous.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on February 06, 2009, 02:24:38 PM
Finally saw The Brain That Wouldn't Die.  Why did I wait so long to see this wonderful flick?!  The gory climactic scenes do not disappoint, and I can only imagine what audiences thought when this was first released (I was actually taken by surprise by the neck-biting part).  It's good, goofy, somewhat sleazy fun!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on February 06, 2009, 02:31:57 PM
Ghostbusters 2
4/5
Bustin' makes me feel good  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on February 07, 2009, 10:40:08 AM
return of the living dead -  I hadn't seen this since it came out, i was 11, and it is just as great the second time around.  Alot of it is funny but it somehow doesn't take away from the horror, probably because the acting is so good, it doesn't just feel like someone voicing some smarmy screenwriters jaded inabliity to write a good horror movie.  It's crazy 80's energy is expressed perfectly by linnea quigley's iconic nude punk girl in a graveyard.  the punks are cartoonish in a way that didn't really make sense at the time but sort of does now, since all the piercings and so forth have been a part of the mainstream for at least a decade.  the commentary track reveals an absurd attention to detail and I think hugely unwarrented self doubt on the part of the director.  a classic.  If I wanted to explain to a martian what a movie was I'd show them this.  5/5


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Paquita on February 07, 2009, 01:41:01 PM
return of the living dead -  I hadn't seen this since it came out, i was 11, and it is just as great the second time around.  Alot of it is funny but it somehow doesn't take away from the horror, probably because the acting is so good, it doesn't just feel like someone voicing some smarmy screenwriters jaded inabliity to write a good horror movie.  It's crazy 80's energy is expressed perfectly by linnea quigley's iconic nude punk girl in a graveyard.  the punks are cartoonish in a way that didn't really make sense at the time but sort of does now, since all the piercings and so forth have been a part of the mainstream for at least a decade.  the commentary track reveals an absurd attention to detail and I think hugely unwarrented self doubt on the part of the director.  a classic.  If I wanted to explain to a martian what a movie was I'd show them this.  5/5

I love Return of the Living Dead!!!  I'm normally against talking zombies (they can say '"brains", or sentences involving brains, but thats all), but the half zombie lady was really scary and the guy that says "send more paramedics" over the CB radio was golden.  I never really understood (or actually bothered to research) the relationship of Return of the Living Dead and Return of the Living Dead 2, if there even is one.  I just thought they were the same movie for a really long time because at least one of the actors is in both and the only part from 2 that stood out to me was when the girl lets her zombie boyfriend at her brains, because it was really romantic.  I thought that happened in the first one and then I watched it and didn't see that part and thought I made it up but then I saw part 2.

I know theres run-on sentences there, but eh!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on February 07, 2009, 05:08:03 PM
paquita- I'm sorry, but don't remeber the scene where the girl lets her boyfriend eat her brains!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 07, 2009, 08:50:36 PM
ZEBRAMAN (2004): When amorphous green aliens invade Yokohama, a wimpy schoolteacher dons the costume of an obscure TV superhero to fight them.  A bit too much drama and character development for an action/comedy, but there are enough of director Takashi Miike's trademark weird sequences, without his sometimes off-putting perversity, to make this (mostly) kid-friendly effort interesting.  As always, the best scenes are when Miike lets his imagination run wild: the deliberately campy recreations of the fictional Japanese "Zebraman" TV show (sort of like a crazier "Ultraman") and a dream sequence where the teacher imagines an intriguing sidekick, Zebranurse!  Obviously, fans of Japanese superheroes will have to check this one out.  3/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on February 08, 2009, 08:45:03 AM
Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) - This is the Asylum version of this story.  Some hot babes are supposed to be teleported to the other side of the planet, unfortunately they wind up 600 km beneath the earth's surface, where there's ample sunlight, and dinosaurs!  Greg Evigan teams up with his ex-wife, who luckily has one of those machines that can bore through the earth, and they're off on a rescue mission.  The girls in dino-land run around in their tight tank tops sweating a lot, being attacked by dinosaurs, whining about how they're all going to die, telling each other to quit whining, etc.  Good fun, I love this sort of movie.  Evigan's wife (Dedee Pfeiffer?)  actually does a really good job with her character. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on February 08, 2009, 10:28:27 AM
Kangaroo Jack.....don't ask  :bluesad:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on February 08, 2009, 11:32:23 AM
Kangaroo Jack.....don't ask  :bluesad:

I saw that on ITV yesterday !!!!




Why do I bother getting up in the morning :bluesad:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on February 08, 2009, 11:36:23 AM
Kangaroo Jack.....don't ask  :bluesad:

I saw that on ITV yesterday !!!!


Why do I bother getting up in the morning :bluesad:

So did I, I went to see my grandparents and my grandad had it on. It was awful, but I ended up sitting through it because Estella Warren might be the most smoking hot female in the history of mankind!  :tongueout:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on February 09, 2009, 08:11:03 AM
Hoffa ** out of ****.  Not bad, but not great wither.  I think instead of using all of the flashbacks to tell the story it should have just started at the ended then go right to past then works it's way back into the time the film started at.  I though that would have worked better overall.  Also the profanity could have been cut back a bit as well.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on February 09, 2009, 08:32:52 AM
Elvira Mistress Of The Dark
4.99 recurring /5

As much as I love this film, it always slightly bothers me that it ends on tassel twirling :bluesad:
They should have it at the beginning or the middle.
It's kinda out of place at the end.
Especially for a family film.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on February 09, 2009, 08:37:16 AM
The Blob (1988)
4/5
This was great, okay, so the male lead comes across as camp as opposed to tough, which is what I think he was going for. But it was so much fun and I couldn't help but think of the mood slime from Ghostbusters II. Great 80s effects, you couldn't ask for more...


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on February 09, 2009, 08:59:39 AM
Fugitive Rage (1996) - A mob boss apparently tries to have his girlfriend killed, so he's in court on attempted murder charges.  His lawyer gets him off, but the girl's sister walks up to him and puts six rounds into him at point blank range.  But he lives  :teddyr:  The woman is put in prison, but the FBI offers her freedom if she'll kill the mob boss.  So they take her to a safe house where she's given about two minutes of training.  She was apparently some sort of skilled commando in the past, I dunno.  Did I mention she put six rounds in this guy from point blank range and didn't manage to kill him?  Anyhow, this junk consumes the middle part of the movie, while the mob dude's idiot henchmen try to kill her.  It's too stupid to explain.  Okay, I'll try.  The woman is walking down the street, the mob guys run into her with their car.  Apparently they weren't going fast enough to hurt her, so she winds up on the hood of the car.  They drive down the street for a while, eventually coming close to the curb and going slow enough for her to jump off uninjured.  They're so busy looking at her out the back window of the car that they run into a parked car in front of them, roll over, and the whole thing erupts into a huge fireball.  They then get out of the car - uninjured - and try to shoot her.

Uh, yeah.  The woman eventually attacks the mob boss' house, easily going through all his blind, deaf and moronic guards.  The biggest problem with this movie is that the mob boss is fairly well acted and interesting, while the good girl is poorly acted and dull as dirt.  Next problem is that it's fairly boring overall.  There's a smattering of gratuitous nudity, but that really doesn't help much.  Last problem is all the fight scenes - there are a lot of them, and they're all laughably stupid.  If you're looking for something to do an MST3K routine on, this might fit the bill.  Otherwise I think it's pretty safe to skip it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: InformationGeek on February 09, 2009, 05:07:41 PM
I've been watching Monster A Go-Go now that I have gotten it.  I've been taking breaks after every 10 minutes to make it through it.  The plus side of watching this movie is that my review of it is looking rather good and pretty funny.  Anyways, I'll finish watching the movie today.

Speaking of Monster A Go-Go, I've also watched the Mystery Science Theater verison of it recently.  It was pretty good.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on February 09, 2009, 06:34:41 PM
info geek-  man I hated that movie.  do you have the version with "psyched by the 4 d witch"?  I hated that movie even more


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: InformationGeek on February 09, 2009, 09:07:41 PM
info geek-  man I hated that movie.  do you have the version with "psyched by the 4 d witch"?  I hated that movie even more

I have that verison with that movie.  I will not watch though because it doesn't sound like my kind of thing and it sounds extremely dumb.  After finishing Monster A Go-Go, I can't take watching another stupid movie for a while.



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 09, 2009, 09:13:25 PM
THE GUY MADDIN COLLECTION

ARCHANGEL (1991):  In frozen Archangel in 1919, a one-legged lieutenant meets a woman whose husband has amnesia and believes it is always their wedding day, while the local militia fights both Germans and Bolsheviks, not realizing that both World War I and the Russian Revolution are over.  A dreamlike and melancholy meditation on forgetfulness, ignorance and confusion, done in the style of an early sound film.  Watch for the humorous scene where a dying coward uses his own intestine to strangle a Bolshevik.  3.5/5. 

TWILIGHT OF THE ICE NYMPHS (1997): A prisoner returns to his childhood home on an ostrich farm, and becomes involved with two mysterious women.  An uninspiring protagonist in an uninvolving plot leads to a slow slog through a surrealist bog, thankfully livened by wonderfully stylized sets with brash, clashing color schemes that make the film work (somewhat) as a kind of slideshow with (too much) dialogue. 2/5.

THE HEART OF THE WORLD (2000): State scientist” Anna studies “the heart of the world” and learns it is in desperate shape, all while trying to chose between suitors: brothers Osip (a mortician) and Nicolai (an actor playing Christ in a passion play), along with “dark horse” industrialist Akmatov.  Director Guy Maddin pulls out all the stops in this dreamlike, hyperkinetic 6 minute tribute to silent films (especially Soviet Constructivist films such as AELITA, QUEEN OF MARS). At only 6 minutes, this award-winning short is the place to start for anyone wondering about the weird world of Guy Maddin.  5/5. 

Overall, I'd give the set a 4/5, and advise watching TWILIGHT OF THE ICE NYMPHS with the sound off.   


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on February 11, 2009, 09:40:48 AM
Heartstopper (2006) - A really evil dude is executed in prison.  He's taken to a hospital to be autopsied, unfortunately he was into the black arts so he comes back to life and starts ripping people's hearts out.  There's also a young guy and girl at the hospital, Mr. Evil wants to transfer his soul into the girl, so he chases those two around for the remainder of the movie.  Robert Englund also has a part as the sheriff.  A very "okay" movie overall, nothing especially bad about it, but nothing noteworthy either.  The two kids are a bit bland to carry the movie, the killer's a fairly typical evil dude, atmosphere in the hospital is okay.  One good gore scene.  A very run-of-the-mill 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on February 11, 2009, 02:48:26 PM
Frankenhooker. 5/5
Brilliant.
I gotta admit, I found the zombie hooker kinda attractive.  :bluesad:

I'm worried.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: mlnick on February 12, 2009, 12:33:54 AM
It came! I watched it! ALUCARDA (1975)!

DAM! Really bizzare devil poosesion movie from Mexico. If you like the sound of screaming....really hysterical screaming,this is the movie for you.

 A girl named Justine is placed in a convenet where the nuns all dress in what seems to be filthy,bloody rags.Her roomie is a weird girl named Alucarda,who is obssesed with death. They meet up with some weird gypsies,rifle through what seems to be an old tomb,and both become possessed by demons.

Some really silly dialouge,weird imagery,and lotsa blood. LOTS of blood. It seems like someone is bleeding every other minute in this movie! Not quite the classic I expected,but a wild movie nevertheless.

BEST SCENE: Justine is found in a blood filled coffin by one of the nuns....and the crazy demon girl slashes the poor Sister up with her fingernails like a wild animal! Lotsa blood and screaming ensues!
 






Just found this site searched for one of my favorites and found this post good taste in movies sir


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on February 12, 2009, 06:50:28 AM
info geek-  man I hated that movie.  do you have the version with "psyched by the 4 d witch"?  I hated that movie even more

I have that verison with that movie.  I will not watch though because it doesn't sound like my kind of thing and it sounds extremely dumb.  After finishing Monster A Go-Go, I can't take watching another stupid movie for a while.



Though I enjoyed MONSTER A GO-GO, PSYCHED BY THE 4-D WITCH is really,really an excrutiating experiance! BE AFRAID.BE VERY AFRAID.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Mr. DS on February 12, 2009, 08:51:47 AM
paquita- I'm sorry, but don't remeber the scene where the girl lets her boyfriend eat her brains!
I think Paquita is thinking of Part 2.  Same cast, different situation. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on February 12, 2009, 02:18:44 PM
Elvira's Haunted Hills 3/5
Bad acting, special effects, and boob jokes that were old fashioned by the l80's. The third worst film I own. Ever.

Body Snatchers 4/5
Here's the problem, surely we should see people before they turn into pods ?
Isn't that were the scares and chills come from ?
To dump people in the middle of an invasion seems a bit pointless, don't we have to watch the familiar, human, surroundings change to pod surroundings. As it's an army base,would we tell the difference between pod routine and military routine ?


The last half an hour is terriffic. :smile:
Best ending of all the pod films.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 12, 2009, 06:03:50 PM
BAD BOY MADE GOOD: THE REVIVAL OF THE BALLET MECANIQUE:  A documentary originally shot for PBS.  In 1924 "bad boy" anat-garde composer George Anthiel wrote a composition scored for "two grand pianos, three xylophones, four bass drums, and a tam-tam, 16 synchronized player pianos, sirens, bells and 3 airplane propellers."  The piece could never be performed the way Anthiel imagined it, however, because the existing technology at that time couldn't synchronise the player pianos.  Decades later, with the help of modern MIDI technology, the piece was finally performed as Anthiel intended.  This documentary is the story of Anthiel, the avante-garde scene in Paris in the 1920s, and the use of modern technology to recreate an artist's dream.  If any of those subjects interest you, its worth seeking out.  3.5/5.

The composition was originally meant to be performed together with an experimental film created by Fernand Léger, but again they were never performed together as intended because of synchronization problems.  Of course, through the miracle of modern technology, you can now see them together, if you're brave enough.  It's still pretty freaky stuff today, you can imagine how people might have reacted in the 1920s.

Ballet mecanique part I: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SgsqmQJAq0&feature=related
Part II: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEBCJjQKoh0&feature=related


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on February 14, 2009, 11:06:55 AM
The Phantasm Sphere:

All four of the series nicely packaged in a silver sentinel. I liked the first film in the end after initially being baffled and annoyed at all the bad cuts and editing. The scene in the garage with the hammer, is quite possibly the funniest thing I've ever watched and The Tall Man is one scary SMF! I hated the whole "Jawa" slave concept and the sqaushing of dead bodies...that was too stupid, but the scenes with The Tall Man at the end completely make up for it! More balls needed too!  :teddyr:

As for the rest....Blah! Pretty much the same cast (why won't Reggie die!?), same story (only more confusing), lots of driving around and nobody ever dies!! More balls needed again!!  :bluesad:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on February 14, 2009, 04:34:58 PM
Brubaker (1980) Robert Redford-  I'd been watching to many fun psychedelic new wave roller skatey movies lately so I figured it was time for something gritty and somewhat punishing.   This is a  2 hour plus movie about an idealistic warden trying to reform an extremly corrupt and depressing rural prison.  The guards beat the prisoners,  steal all sorts of stuff and the surrounding town sells second rate stuff to the prison paid for by the state.  It's all a big web of corruption and many have tried and failed but Brubaker is going for it.  The state government flunkies are right out of a conspiracy movie, always covering up and getting stammering mad when someone mentions the thing they are covering up.    In fact, It maybe borrows to much from the conventions of the conspiracy genre in an effort to make the whole thing more exciting.  Without redford and Yaphet Katto it would be more obscure than it already is.  "Agency" and "tomoroww never comes"  are other good movies from this era that have some phoned in conspiracy/ disaster elements but are generally good.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: InformationGeek on February 15, 2009, 12:13:34 PM
I just watched Dick Tracey last night and it's very good.  I love the all star cast, colorful setting, amazing makeup work on the mobsters, and the humor.  It's just annoying that IMBD only has it at an 5.9 rating.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 15, 2009, 08:15:49 PM
WISHMASTER (1997) A malevolent Djinn released into modern times will rule the world if he can trick a woman into asking him to grant her three wishes.  Fun enough horror outing that could have been much better if it put as much effort into the cat-and-mouse aspects of the wishing game as it does the (admittedly pretty good) special effects. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on February 15, 2009, 11:47:09 PM
MY NAME IS BRUCE     *** out of ****.   The script could've used some more work at times.  But overall it's a lot of fun for Bruce Campbell fans. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on February 16, 2009, 09:05:28 AM
Splinter (2008)  A couple is out camping, but they get carjacked by an escaped prison inmate.  They have car trouble so they stop at a gas station.  Unfortunately there's a creature lurking about, sort of a cross between a porcupine and John Carpenter's "The Thing".  Pretty gory and gruesome special effects.  So they spend the whole movie trapped in the gas station trying to keep this thing from getting in.  Pretty good characters, though the guy is too wimpy to be believed, but he gets all heroic in the end.  The whole thing with them being scared of the convict and eventually working together with him against the creature is done pretty well.  Overall, not great but maybe a little better than average.  3.5/5.

100 Million BC (2008) - No, not the big budget Hollywood movie, but The Asylum's low budget knockoff.  Some people go back to 80 million BC (hence the title), but they get stuck there because their time travel thingy gets broke.  The guy in charge of the project spends about 50 years trying to perfect the technology, and in the present day he takes a team back in time to rescue the first group.  Of course there's dinosaurs galore, and once they've eaten their fill the surviving people come back to the present day.  Unfortunately, so doe a T-Rex.  The rest of the movie is spent with the dino loose in Los Angeles (or some big city, I dunno).  This is pretty comical actually.  The people who have been living in the past can run really fast because there's twice as much oxygen now as there used to be, they can also jump out of a helicopter that's 20 feet in the air without even spraining an ankle.  The plan is to get the T-Rex into a highway tunnel.  I couldn't figure out why, it could just walk out the other end.  But they never get it into the tunnel anyway.  Instead, some guy from the past - I've seen this movie about three times and I still can't figure out who the hell this guy is - shows up and sends the dino back where he came from.  Greg Evigan, the military guy, refers to a WWII half track as a "tank".  Yeah, anyhow, pretty silly movie but it had a hot babe in it so I of course bought the DVD.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on February 16, 2009, 11:37:11 AM
A Nightmare on Elm Street.............................................3/5
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 The Dream Master.................2/5
Attack of the 50ft Woman.............................................4/5  -I really liked this!!!!
Striptease.Again..........................................................4/5    -Yeah, I know you hate it.
Elvira's Haunted Hills....in b/w.Again.................................4/5    -It's a lot better if you turn off the colour on the TV. For fans only.
Frankenhooker...again...................................................4/5
Bodysnatchers. again....................................................4/5


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on February 16, 2009, 03:00:21 PM
frankenhooker is good but I think Basket Case is a little better


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on February 17, 2009, 11:18:52 PM
Transmorphers - Alien robots conquer earth, and at some point in the future, a small group of humans decide to fight back.  I think.  This movie is utterly stupefying.  Let's start with the screenplay - I can only guess the writer was on a five day methamphetamine high when he came up with this rubbish.  Three quarters of the dialog is just nonsense.  Example?  Some people are in one room, while two robots are shooting at them from the next room.  One guy takes off his earring and tosses it into the room with the robots.  He explains that it's a bio-sensor, and that it's located in the next room.  In the next scene, the robots are forgotten about, and a guy gets into a blue capsule.  I have no clue.  The whole damned movie is this way.  Characters say the most bizarre things imaginable.  The editing is nice as well, some scenes are just terminated halfway through, leaving the viewer wondering what the f***.  One of my favorite things about the DVD is that the audio and video are about a half second out of synch with each other.  Someone will start saying something, and a half second later, their lips will start moving.  Of course, their lips keep moving until well after their dialog has stopped.  Then there's the special effects - in all honesty, this stuff would be refused by the Sci-Fi Channel.  My favorite bit is the guns;  about a quarter of the time you get a laughable muzzle flash effect and a silly ray gun sound.  The other three-quarters of the time you get nothing.  Just somebody holding a plastic gun, pretending to feel a recoil, with no sound and no muzzle flash.  I wanted to listen to the director's commentary, just to hear what this meth addict had to say for himself.  I went into the special features and chose "Director's Commentary".  Even though it's on the menu, it doesn't actually exist.

Wow...just...wow.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on February 18, 2009, 12:12:42 PM
Boogeyman (1983) -   cheap unscary horror movie that steals openly from much much better ones, namly the Exorcist and the Amityville Horror.     It's carried by lead actress Suzanna Love , who mostly looks great.  I wonder why she wasn't a bigger star she is a natural beauty who is way less annoying than, say, Julia Roberts.   the whole thing: plot, script, story, is  silly but actually rather enjoyable for those who don't want to think much and have low expectations.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on February 18, 2009, 08:21:11 PM
Fat Albert Halloween Special (1977) -   This was just a run of the mill Fat Albert Episode with a HAlloween theme.  the DVD has 2 other mildly "spooky" episodes, one about a guy who does pranks and another about a guy who thinks he is a jinx so he does all this superstitious stuff.  People from Ark II worked on this show so you get that same type of heavy handed moralizing, mainly in the Fat Albert Character, plus Bill Cosby's involvement insures everything will be super positive.  somehow it's still pretty fun thoiugh unfoirtunately not Brown Hornet adventures were featured.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on February 19, 2009, 03:13:35 AM
DOOMSDAY  **1/2 out of ****.  I  am a big fan of writer/director Neil Marshall's previous two films Dog Soldiers and The Descent. But he missed the mark a bit with this one.  It still manages to be watchable trash just due to how all over the map the film is both in terms of how many genres are getting mashed up here or how over the top most of the performances are. Just make sure to turn your brain completely off prior to watching.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on February 19, 2009, 09:32:55 AM
DOOMSDAY  **1/2 out of ****.  I  am a big fan of writer/director Neil Marshall's previous two films Dog Soldiers and The Descent. But he missed the mark a bit with this one.  It still manages to be watchable trash just due to how all over the map the film is both in terms of how many genres are getting mashed up here or how over the top most of the performances are. Just make sure to turn your brain completely off prior to watching.

I really like that film!!!
The Two Tribes bit was awesome!!!! :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Dawley on February 20, 2009, 01:28:46 AM
Cliffhanger

Just rewatched it after buying it, and the last time I saw it was when I was about twelve, so it was a lot of fun. It's also made me realise just how awesomely fun those violent action flicks in the late '80's and early '90's were, either out of genuinely fun moments or the cheese factor.

I give it... 7/10


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on February 20, 2009, 03:40:36 AM
IN BRUGES  ***1/2 out of ****.  Pitch black comedy mixes with a modern crime film with an end result that is quite original and highly entertaining. Great performances all around. This film was marketed wrong. The trailers played it up to be this wacky Coens type film but it is much darker than that.  Quite violent and bloody at times as well.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on February 20, 2009, 10:51:54 AM
hare rama hare krishna (1971)  famous or infamous bollywood movie depicting drugged out hippies in Katmandu and the struggle of a brother to rescue his long lost sister from this sort of life.  I enjoyed the setting alot,  despite the hippie presence the village seems like a fun place and there is at least some comraderie between the mainly foreign hippies and the locals.  Also, there are two extremely attractive women:  the sister Jasbir aka Janice and Shanti, the brothers village love interest who fills out her green native dress thing rather spectacularly (though this is pg so don't get too excited).  there is something about a dress shop and a stolen idol but mainly just hanging around the town and having a fun time at all hours.  Why doesn't the brother tell janis he is in fact her brother?  Because they need the tension and mystery to round out the flimsy plot.  It's not shakespeare but it's worth seeing.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on February 22, 2009, 05:13:17 AM
KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE   *** out of ****. Slightly uneven but overall very funny spoof movie from 1977.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on February 22, 2009, 08:57:37 AM
Alien vs. Hunter - some uninteresting people walk through a tunnel for about an hour.  The alien is a giant spider, as big as an SUV.  As the people are walking through the tunnel, which is about 8' high and 6' wide, the spider (big as an SUV) is hiding on the ceiling and picks one off.  The survivors exit the tunnel in good spirits.  One guy is at the back of the line of people going through the tunnel, he stops for a moment and forgets if the rest are ahead of him or behind him.  He gets killed.  By the spider that's three times too big to fit in the tunnel.  The Hunter is a guy in a black armored suit.  He moves in slow motion and judging by all the point-of-view shots, he's nearly blind.  Dedee Pfeiffer's wardrobe keeps changing in every other scene.  Overall a boring and pointless waste of time - 1.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Dennis on February 22, 2009, 10:59:36 AM
Taking Chance, excellent film about escorting a deceased marine home to be buried, in my opinion this film is the 21st century version of "The Best Years of Our lives" and is every bit as good. It can be seen on HBO tonight.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehWAxdLSoQM


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on February 23, 2009, 04:33:04 AM
SMOKEY ANDTHE BANDIT  *** out of ****


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on February 23, 2009, 07:37:48 AM
Nixon *** out of ****.  Not so bad of a film IMO.  Not one of my favorites, but I did enjoy watching it.  I felt it could have been shorter with a lot less of the constant switches between black and white and color shots.  I just didn't think it needed to be so much for the whole film.  I mean I don't have a problem with b&w and color shots being in a film, but I think just think that the more it switches, the more I think it becomes annoying.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on February 23, 2009, 08:50:51 AM
Hydra (2009) - a group of criminals are dropped off on an island so a group of rich guys can hunt them.  There's of course a hydra on the island.  Painfully predictable.  Every time a hunter is about to kill a criminal, the hydra shows up and eats him.  How laughably punctual of him.  Never really bothers the convicts at all though.  They've got enough problems running right up to hunters without seeing them.  Luckily the magic sword that can kill the hydra is also on the island.  Characters were okay, they had some development to them.  The Hydra actually looked okay.  The ending was good for a chuckle.  Hell, every action scene was good for a chuckle.  It didn't distinguish itself in any way whatsoever from the other 50 or so creature features the Sci-Fi Channel has put out.  An extremely ho-hum 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on February 23, 2009, 10:08:28 AM
My Super Ex Girlfriend.
2/5

My Super Waste Of Time.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 25, 2009, 07:55:52 PM
TROMEO AND JULIET (1996):  Troma's version of Shakespeare's beloved tragedy is just like the original, only with incest, Motorhead's Lemmy as a slurring narrator, bad punk hairdos, explicit nipple piercing, gratuitous nudity, fart jokes, cheezy gore, lesbian sex, Shakespearean porn CD-ROMs ("As You Lick It"), exploding crossbows, alien monster penises, punks caught in the windows of speeding cars, vegetarian propaganda, self-mutilation, outrageous costumes, references to other Troma movies, bad vaudeville routines, a popcorn pregnancy, a plexiglass isolation booth used for "time outs" when Juliet has sex dreams, 500 lb. male phone sex operators, urination, tattoo needles in the eyeball, Hitler statuettes embedded in brains, severed heads, car crashes, child abuse, opium dens, acid trips, cow-faced women, puking, pedophile priests, a "happy" ending, and occasional iambic pentameter. 4/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: indianasmith on February 25, 2009, 10:09:34 PM
TROMEO AND JULIET (1996):  Troma's version of Shakespeare's beloved tragedy is just like the original, only with incest, Motorhead's Lemmy as a slurring narrator, bad punk hairdos, explicit nipple piercing, gratuitous nudity, fart jokes, cheezy gore, lesbian sex, Shakespearean porn CD-ROMs ("As You Lick It"), exploding crossbows, alien monster penises, punks caught in the windows of speeding cars, vegetarian propaganda, self-mutilation, outrageous costumes, references to other Troma movies, bad vaudeville routines, a popcorn pregnancy, a plexiglass isolation booth used for "time outs" when Juliet has sex dreams, 500 lb. male phone sex operators, urination, tattoo needles in the eyeball, Hitler statuettes embedded in brains, severed heads, car crashes, child abuse, opium dens, acid trips, cow-faced women, puking, pedophile priests, a "happy" ending, and occasional iambic pentameter. 4/5.

Really.  I think Bill should have sued them.


This movie had NO redeeming characteristics whatsoever.  Why did I watch it again?


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on February 26, 2009, 08:41:57 AM
Little Farm - an interesting little short, you can watch it here:  http://www.atom.com/funny_videos/little_farm/
Lots of swearing, probably not safe for work.  Good atmosphere and characters.  It's worth ten minutes  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on February 26, 2009, 10:08:07 AM
the man who laughs (1928) - many are dissapointed with this german expressionist silent film because it appears at first glance to be a horror movie but  actually isn't.   A boy has his face cruelly disfigured into a permenent nancy pelosi style rictus smile and grows to become a famous clown.  Though it is cruel for people to taunt him for his face,  the viewer who is particularly peeved about it not being a horror movie may be able to relate, as it is a good but none too scary telling of a classical victor hugo literary creation.  You can almost see college film 101 students fidgeting in their chairs.  conrad veidt is very good as the clown and I loved the trashy duchess who takes an interest in him, but this is purely for cinephiles and is not accesible a la " the phantom of the opera" or something.  He also kind of reminded me of Jerry Seinfeld


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on February 26, 2009, 12:05:10 PM
Class of Nuke 'em High
3/5
It's rather restrained for a Troma pic' little nudity or violence. Very 80's punk feel to it.


The Avengers
2.5/5
I love the ending and the bad guys dressed as teddies. Raph* Fiennes has the creepiest smile ever. And the swearing was well out of order...


*If he isn't gonna pronounce the "L" then I'm not gonna write it.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 26, 2009, 10:44:47 PM
REINCARNATION (2005): An actress is haunted by visions of a young girl, then finds herself cast in the role of the real-life murder victim who is haunting her. Atmospheric J-horror that plays out like a subtler version of THE SHINING. 4/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: schmendrik on February 26, 2009, 11:01:00 PM
Finally watched Casino Royale. Daniel Craig kind of grew on me, it's a pretty good movie. I'll give it 4 **** out of 5. A lot of the action was so over the top it made me laugh, but you gotta love taking out a bad guy with a nail gun. And (spoiler, sort of) will buildings in Venice really sink like that if you do that? And Eva Green -- whoa.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on February 27, 2009, 11:08:45 PM
Universal Soldiers - that's Soldiers, plural.  This is the Asylum knockoff.  Quite an experience.  Some people, apparently they're military?  I'm guessing they were all told to wear whatever olive drab and/or camouflage clothing they owned.  Normally uniforms are, you know, uniform.  There's not a single piece of clothing on any of these folks that is the same as any other piece of clothing that anyone else is wearing.  One guy has a green dress shirt with a button down collar.  Anyhow,  there's apparently some bad guys lurking about.  Cyborg soldiers?  Genetically modified soldiers?  I have no idea.  There was an earthquake and now they're on the rampage.  So our group of people need to get somewhere.  Either to the mainframe or to the armory.  They argue about where.  Walk for a minute, fight for ten minutes.  One gets killed by a spear thrown by someone off camera.  So they walk for a minute, then they sit down and bond for five minutes.  Somebody else gets killed by a spear thrown by someone off camera.  So they walk for a minute, then they fight for ten minutes.  Someone gets killed by a spear thrown by someone off camera.  A guy hides behind a tree.  Unbeknownst to him, another guy is hiding on the other side of the tree.  They both circle the tree, wondering who's on the other side.  Guy A punches guy B, guy B shoots guy A.  Yes, the Asylum is ripping off Scooby Doo now.

Did I mention that the sound is all f'd up?  The microphone used for this was obviously broken.  Yes, a group of film makers couldn't even find someone to BORROW a working microphone from.  All the dialog sounds like it's coming out of a walkie talkie, and we're a bit too far from the transmitter to get a clear signal.  So yeah, the guy who's apparently in charge makes repeated speeches about how he won't leave anyone behind, even as he repeatedly leaves everyone behind.  At one point they encounter one of the bad guys, draw their weapons, and they're all out of ammo.  So then a few seconds later, one guy shoots a boulder (out of ammo, remember?) which causes it to roll on top of the bad guy.  Then he shoots another bad guy (out of ammo), and yet a third bad guy.  Jeez, I could write another 500 words just pointing out the ridiculousness of it all.

One of my favorite scenes is when they finally get where they're going.  They enter a small building, one of the Universal Soldiers tries to break down the door.  A guy desperately holds the door shut, the soldier pounds on it, trying to open it.  This goes on for a while.  There's a big freakin' window in the door.  It's quite obvious that there's not even any glass in it.

I have to say, this ranks right up there with the most ridiculous pieces of crap I've ever seen in my life. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on February 28, 2009, 10:29:39 AM
TROMEO AND JULIET (1996):  Troma's version of Shakespeare's beloved tragedy is just like the original, only with incest, Motorhead's Lemmy as a slurring narrator, bad punk hairdos, explicit nipple piercing, gratuitous nudity, fart jokes, cheezy gore, lesbian sex, Shakespearean porn CD-ROMs ("As You Lick It"), exploding crossbows, alien monster penises, punks caught in the windows of speeding cars, vegetarian propaganda, self-mutilation, outrageous costumes, references to other Troma movies, bad vaudeville routines, a popcorn pregnancy, a plexiglass isolation booth used for "time outs" when Juliet has sex dreams, 500 lb. male phone sex operators, urination, tattoo needles in the eyeball, Hitler statuettes embedded in brains, severed heads, car crashes, child abuse, opium dens, acid trips, cow-faced women, puking, pedophile priests, a "happy" ending, and occasional iambic pentameter. 4/5.

Really.  I think Bill should have sued them.


This movie had NO redeeming characteristics whatsoever.  Why did I watch it again?

What!!!
Are you mad!!!!

"NO redeeming characteristics whatsoever"

Didn't you read the Rev's glowing review  :wink:
Nothing short of a masterpiece.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Andrew on February 28, 2009, 11:57:50 AM
"The Invisible Ray" - Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff are scientists.  Karloff discovers a way to capture cosmic rays to look back in time, and he also finds a meteorite of "Radium X."  Radium X is capable of curing just about any ailment, including blindness, but it is very dangerous.  Karloff is poisoned by the radioactive element and cannot touch anyone without killing them.  Lugosi creates a serum that counteracts the poisoning; unfortunately, treatments only last for limited periods, and the poisoning slowly causes dementia in the brilliant scientist. 

Karloff eventually loses his mind and blames his condition on his ex-wife (he abandoned her for his work, and because his Radium X poisoning scared him), her new husband, Lugosi, and some others.  He fixates on six church statues that, in his mind, represent this group of people.  After he kills a person by strangling them (and leaving glowing hand prints on their necks) he uses a raygun powered by Radium X to melt the corresponding statue.

There are lots of times with Karloff's glowing face or hands, and the build-up to his eventually madness and associated destruction is fun.  I still like Karloff and Lugosi in "The Black Cat" more, but this is a good feature to see if you admire both of them.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 28, 2009, 01:01:51 PM
MST3K: MITCHELL:  The feature stars Joe Don Baker as a paunchy cop who’s pulled off John Saxon’s murder case and put on Martin Balsam’s even less comprehensible heroin smuggling case, all the while believing that Linda Evans is sleeping with him FOR FREE.  (Favorite riff, during a thrill-free car chase sequence: “This makes DRIVING MISS DAISY look like BULLITT.”  Meanwhile, back on the Satellite of Love, Gypsy mistakenly believes the Mads plan to off Joel, and tries to find a way for him to escape back to Earth.  Great riffing, and I still remember how shocked I was when Joel unexpectedly left the show in mid-season.  4/5 (5/5 for MST3K fans).


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on March 01, 2009, 08:39:55 AM
Anaconda 4 - Trail of Blood.  I actually liked Anaconda 3, it had some interesting characters and the lead babe ran around in a tight tank top for most of the movie.  This movie fails to live up to the lofty standards set by its predecessor.  Characters are as generic as can be, all of their personalities can be fully described with either the word "good" or "bad".  Same hot babe who starred in the last movie, and she is wearing a tight tank top, but just because the people who made this had absolutely no regard for their viewers, she wears a shirt over it for 99% of the movie.  Plot:  Some scientist is growing flowers which hold the secret to immortality, can cure all diseases, etc.  Golly gee, wonder where they got that idea from?  Good characters want to stop the project, because one side effect of the miracle drug is that it produces giant, man eating snakes.  Bad guys want to get some of the serum from the scientist, because their employer (John Rhys-Davies, in little more than a cameo appearance) is dying of bone cancer and wants this secret to immortality thing.  Gosh, would I be giving too much away if I said that when Davies finally takes the miracle drug, he's eaten by a snake seconds later?  There's just a complete lack of creativity, interest in the project, or talent of any sort displayed by everyone involved.  The only amusing part was when the main good guy gets shot in the shoulder, and recovers completely in about 30 seconds.  Then, minutes later, the lead good babe gets shot in the shoulder, and she recovers completely in about 30 seconds.  She even hangs from the roof of a truck, using both arms, to kick the main bad guy out the back.  Then he's, gosh, I don't want to spoil it for you.

Overall, as hum-drum an effort as you can get.  Just turn out another spec' movie for the Sci-Fi Channel, collect your paycheck, and consider yourself a film maker.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on March 01, 2009, 12:37:48 PM
Peter Pan (2003)
5/5
I love this film !
No point in explaining the plot, you know it.

Die You Zombie Bastards !
1/5
There are some naked chicks and the villian made me laugh once. That's about it...
No point in explaining the plot, there isn't one.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on March 02, 2009, 08:26:27 AM
I'm currently attempting to listen to the Director's Commentary to Universal Soldiers.  This ranks right up there with enduring Manos, Hands of Fate.  The director was apparently under the impression that the audience would be able to hear the movie during his commentary, which of course we can't.  80% - 90% of the track consists of listening to him breath through his mouth.  He develops a throat whistle at one point.  We can hear him swallow with perfect clarity.  Lots of saliva sounds, you can basically hear every time he moves his tongue in his mouth.  On those rare occasions when he does say something, he tells us that the script was so bad that the actors rewrote major portions of it each evening after filming was completed for the day.  Then they added more stuff during rehearsal.  I'll give them an A for effort, though unfortunately a F for results.  He says that one thing he wishes he had more time for in pre-production was to research military techniques and procedures, as he has no knowledge of such things, and of course the whole movie is about soldiers. 

At one point he says that if anyone can identity the nationality of a certain actor, e-mail him and he'll give you ten free Asylum movies.  I can't imagine that anyone has ever made it this far into the commentary track - maybe I've got a good chance of winning? 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on March 05, 2009, 12:55:42 AM
Saw Coraline in the theater last week and I loved it.  The story isn't anything too remarkable, but it's full of visual wonders and I adore stop-motion animation in the first place.

I've been on a bit of a horror kick and over the last few days I've watched the following:

Witchfinder General -- A historical horror/drama that's fairly nasty as its reputation suggests, but not quite as harsh as I expected.  The violent elements look pretty fake when there's blood involved, but the cruelty is such that it kind of cancels out the phoniness.  If you're in the right mood it's a decent film.

Phantasm -- This seemed to be a pretty uneven movie with some parts being laughably bad, but it unfolds in such a bizarre and unique way that it's strangely entertaining.

Prince of Darkness -- Cripes, I've been meaning to see this for a while!  John Carpenter almost tapped into something truly special with this flick (the dream transmissions for example), but the last bit of the film didn't quite live up to the excellent parts before it.  Regardless of that it's really creepy, and it's now one of my favorite Carpenter flicks.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on March 05, 2009, 08:23:10 AM
Agree about Prince of Darkness - the whole first part was awesome, but the ending just didn't really live up to what came before.

Dracula 2000 - Dr. Van Helsing owns some sort of high class antique dealership, and also has a huge vault in his basement.  One of his employees gets the idea that there must be something extraordinarily valuable in the vault, so she gets together with some professional thieves to clean it out.  But all they find is some old coffin  :bluesad:  Yeah, things don't go well for the thieves.  Van Helsing and his young protégé track down ol' Drac' and his minions.  Some interesting Biblical subplots, really made it more absorbing than your usual vampire flick.  Jeri Ryan (7 of 9 from Voyager) shows up in a small part, and there's other hot babes as well.  4/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on March 05, 2009, 10:49:02 AM
1990 bronx warriors-  the best italian rip off movie I've seen thus far.  great stuff with a gang of bikers roaming the Bronx of the future, now distant past 1990.    They have run ins with all sorts of weird gangs like the dirty strange hopping around Scavengers and these other guys with all this hockey gear who I can't remember their name.  Theres no sex and not as much violence as you'd expect but it makes up for it with attitude and cheap awesome vibe  :cheers:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on March 05, 2009, 03:07:54 PM
TROMEO AND JULIET (1996):  Troma's version of Shakespeare's beloved tragedy is just like the original, only with incest, Motorhead's Lemmy as a slurring narrator, bad punk hairdos, explicit nipple piercing, gratuitous nudity, fart jokes, cheezy gore, lesbian sex, Shakespearean porn CD-ROMs ("As You Lick It"), exploding crossbows, alien monster penises, punks caught in the windows of speeding cars, vegetarian propaganda, self-mutilation, outrageous costumes, references to other Troma movies, bad vaudeville routines, a popcorn pregnancy, a plexiglass isolation booth used for "time outs" when Juliet has sex dreams, 500 lb. male phone sex operators, urination, tattoo needles in the eyeball, Hitler statuettes embedded in brains, severed heads, car crashes, child abuse, opium dens, acid trips, cow-faced women, puking, pedophile priests, a "happy" ending, and occasional iambic pentameter. 4/5.

I watched this and I agree.

also...

Shattered Glass.
It's about some annoying git who made up his stories for the New Republic magazine. Then he got caught, it's about how how his lies led to his downfall. It's great.
4/5


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Wag on March 05, 2009, 03:46:49 PM
I've not viewed anything recently - I have not been able to fit any films in cos I've spent most of my free time on here since I joined  :thumbup: :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on March 06, 2009, 03:36:11 AM
WATCHMEN  *** out of **** 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on March 06, 2009, 08:42:17 AM
Detour (2003) - Basically a Hills Have Eyes remake, with kids coming home from a rave out in the desert.  Pretty good characters, they were wisecracking and very entertaining.  Except the white rapper guy.  If I ever hear anyone begin a sentence with the word "Yo" ever again, I swear I will disembowel them with a rusty meat hook.  Of course this loon lives to the end.  The story was standard:  Inbred mutants kill off the kids.  Oddly, only a couple of the baddies are mutants, the rest appear to be normal guys.  Just murderous.  This movie could have rated a 3.5/5 if it hadn't been for Mr. suburban homeboy making a joke out of every "terrifying" scene.  I mean, why don't they just have a Valley Girl saying "Barf out, gag me with a spoon!" every time one of her friends get slaughtered?  2.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on March 06, 2009, 09:04:45 AM
I've not viewed anything recently - I have not been able to fit any films in cos I've spent most of my free time on here since I joined  :thumbup: :teddyr:

That's what we want to hear, Wag. :thumbup:

JOIN US...



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on March 07, 2009, 03:51:17 PM
Crazy Eights (2006) - Some dismal characters get locked in an abandoned insane asylum.  They immediately abandon any hope of getting out, and sit around acting pathetic and withdrawn.  When one of them occasionally gets off their a$$ and wanders around a bit, they're attacked by some unseen force.  The attack itself is unseen as well.  This causes the others to have quiet nervous breakdowns, making them vaguely more pathetic and withdrawn than before.  That's pretty much it.  1.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Wag on March 08, 2009, 04:35:06 AM
Despite an earlier claim to the contrary, I did manage to watch Ronin yesterday. It was not really a film that I have ever wanted to see based solely on the cover, but was "encouraged" by a friend to see it. He claimed it had the best car chase scene ever, and since Circus already made this claim of To Live And Die IN L.A., I thought I would watch it and decide for myself.

I am glad I did. I really enjoyed the film. It was nothing like I thought it would be, very action packed and even had Robert De Niro dressing like Columbo at the start. The driving scenes? Very good, although I am sitting on the fence when it comes to choosing the best (I recall a good car chase scene in The Bourne Identity too, so may need to watch all three back-to-back)


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on March 08, 2009, 04:48:25 PM
Mulholland Drive.
5/5
I love this film, even though I don't know what's going on in the last 20 mins. It involves a woman (Rita) who loses her memory in a car accident and then hooks up with a woman (Betty) who just moved to Hollywood in search of stardom. Then Betty and Rita go off to find Rita's real identity, in the course of which they become lovers. There is also some stuff involving a director, a blue box, a cowboy, and miniature old people.

In the end it all goes a bit mental !


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on March 08, 2009, 10:16:29 PM
War Wolves (2009) - A co-ed group of American soldiers are in Iraq.  They're attacked by "dog men", basically regular Iraqi guys in fancy clothes.  Six months later, they're all back in America, gone their separate ways, leading rather depressing lives for the most part.  We eventually - and I do mean eventually - find out they're sort of werewolves.  They grow fangs, their ears stick out, and their noses turn brown.  The nose thing actually looks pretty funny.  It'll take about two-thirds of the movie before any of this happens.  Apparently the girl werewolves want one of the guys to be their leader, but he's not so keen on the idea.  There's a fight and...I dunno.  Nothing much really gets resolved.  We meet Elvis and it just sort of ends.  If you're one of those people who proudly announces that you watch INDEPENDENT films, you'll probably like this.  It's scatter-shod, weird, can't decide if it wants to be a Lifetime movie of the week, a comedy, or a cheesy Sci-Fi Channel Original.  If you're someone who watches movies, hoping you'll see a good one, and the movies you favor just happen to be independent, you'll probably wind up rather befuddled by this mess.  It's truly pointless.  2/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on March 09, 2009, 09:20:16 AM
first blood two: rambo -   I had never seen this.  I knew it was probably pretty good but something about it repelled me.  It's not going to become one of my all time favorites but it's pretty amazing.  It's like one of those really new really hi tech video games that, if you are like me,  you have no idea how to play.  very expensive with alot of attention paid to detail and so forth.  but overall the thing it reminded me of the most was 24.   That's an understatement really. Besides the fact that rambo has bigger muscles than jack bauer this is exactly like 24:  inward searching stuf with anger towards the government and patriotism at the same time,   enemies who respect what a great guy he want him dead, and some very unlikely good luck, in this case his cute thai sidekick lady.  and of course the plot twists.    It's commonly labeled right wing but it's alot more complicated than that. 5/5


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: InformationGeek on March 09, 2009, 04:14:33 PM
The entire weekend, I watched nothing but Mystery Science Theater episodes, so I'll get to what I watched:

The Beast of Yucca Flats: 4 out of 5 (Good short clips, but kind of boring unfunny at some points)
The Giant Spider Invasion: 5 out of 5 (As a resident of Wisconsin, this was a pretty good one.  Though I don't really know where I would find rednecks like those in the movie.  Part of the original film was shot in my hometown)
Hobgoblins: 4 out of 5 (I already watched this one previous, so there isn't much to go into detail)
Space Mutiny: 4 out of 5 (I loved the part where they ripped on the chase scene with the floor buffers, I couldn't stop laughing.  Though it slowed down seriously when it reached the end.)

I also watched the two episodes I got on my Essenitals DVD as well

"Manos" The Hands of Fate: 4 out of 5 (Though said to be one the best episodes, it didn't really live up to the hype I like wanted.  Still good, but not the best)
Santa Claus Conqueors the Martians: 4 out of 5 (It had a bit of a slow middle which sort of dragged it down for me, but the first and final part of the movie were awesome.  I love the polar bear costume part.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Sister Grace on March 09, 2009, 08:23:16 PM
Dance of the Dead- zombies take over a highschool at prom. It really wasn't that bad, but i didn't think it was as funny as it could have been. I can't help but sometimes like a movie that makes fun of its ownself.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Hammock Rider on March 10, 2009, 09:49:28 AM
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Gas Pump Girls

I know in the IMDB this movie is listed with a release year of 1979 but plenty of the jokes are from the early 20th century. The story and dialogue read like the producers hired some dirty old men who had once possibly worked in a vaudeville theater, possibly as janitors, to expand a porn script into a full length feature film suitable for drive-in theaters. Seriously, many of the jokes sound like something your creepy Grandpa Joe would tell down t the VFW post when Joey Heatherton would pop in on the Merv Griffin Show.

The movie is about a gas station run by Huntz Hall which is going out of business because of a shiny big new gas station, which opens across the street. Huntz has a heart attack and his niece June and her friends decide to take over running the station in order to keep it from closing. They decide they can beat the new station with all its amenities by sexyin' up their joint. If the story were any thinner you could serve it at McDonalds between two buns and a pickle.

But you know what? The darn movie grows on you. The jokes eventually become more charming in a corny way. For example, after Uncle Joe's heart attack, his doctor walks away from Uncle Joe's sick bed shaking his head. As he approaches the family, still shaking his head vigorously from side to side, they grow anxious and one of them blurts out," Doctor, what's wrong?" The doctor massages the back of his neck with his hand and says, " My neck, I've had a terrible crick in it for almost a week".

This movie has some laughs, some dirty jokes, a bit of naive 70's charm and a little topless nudity. There are worse ways to spend an evening.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on March 10, 2009, 10:07:43 AM
hammock rider-  what format is that


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Pilgermann on March 11, 2009, 01:08:43 AM
Tale of Despereaux -- Saw it this past weekend.  It was a very enjoyable movie for the most part, lots of great visuals, but there was a horribly obnoxious child in the theater.

War of the Roses -- A dark comedy about a bad marriage and an even worse divorce.  Kind of bordered on being too mean-spirited at times, but overall I found it amusing.

Cameron's Closet -- Holy crap, I didn't know what I was in for.  This tells the story of a boy named Cameron whose father honed his telekinetic powers, but accidentally unleased an ancient demon.  This movie is pretty darn funny (except for one scene that scared the pee outta me) with a rediculous and hole-filled plot, bad acting, horrible effects, a man with a mustache that changes size and shade (aka it was a real mustache at one point and false at another), and a hilarious beheading.  It free on FearNet on demand, and I recommend it for a laugh.  Here's the trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eM8Z2Dj9wPE


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on March 11, 2009, 07:23:36 AM
The Stay Awake (1987) - Watched this again.  Some girls at a boarding school in France (where everyone speaks with Aussie accents) are menaced by a hilarious green monster.  The first half of the movie is mostly people walking through hallways while the scary music plays.  The second half is like an After School Special gone terribly wrong.  One of my favorite "so bad it's good" movies.  You could make a great drinking game out of spotting the red fire hose at the end of the hall - it's in half the scenes.  Acting is bad, dialog is humorously awkward.  Some lines are guaranteed for a chuckle.  The movie does have some good atmosphere though.  If you were 12 years old and at a sleepover party at a friend's house, this would be the perfect movie!  4/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on March 11, 2009, 03:19:08 PM
COMMANDO   *** out of ****.   Classic Schwarzenegger!



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 11, 2009, 08:11:27 PM
BLOOD DINER (1987): Two restauranteur brothers must assemble a vessel to receive the spirit of the ancient Egyptian goddess Sheetar from various parts harvested from immoral women, and the rest just sort of writes itself. With a talking brain in a jar and a nude aerobics massacre, it can't be all bad, but it tries hard by adding excedingly lame humor and gratuitous Nazi imagery to the mix.  I remember people HATED this when it came out, because they were expecting a BLOOD FEAST remake, but now it's considered a cult classic because of the insane plot and comic gore.  I'm not crazy about it but think it's memorable and worth a look, and I imagine most people in this forum would like it.  It's not on DVD, though.   :bluesad: 2.5/5. 

GIRL SLAVES OF MORGANA LE FAY (1971):  After stopping for a bout of lesbian sex, two beautiful young girls stumble upon the castle of the witchlike Morgan, who, in exchange for their souls, offers them eternal youth, luxury, and all the lesbian sex they can fit into a day. Shot in an actual castle, with diaphanous gowns, readings from Baudelaire and other decadent trappings, it's perfect for the lesbian sex fetishist who likes a little art with his/her lesbian sex.  2.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on March 12, 2009, 07:34:48 AM
Dead and Deader (2006) - This starts out as a zombie movie, actually very original and interesting.  Dean Cain awakes on the doctor's table, unfortunately the doctor is a pathologist - Dean is dead.  He's in the military, and starts looking for the other members of his squad, who are also thought to be dead.  So then we get the comedy relief character.  That knocks the movie down a notch, like I say it was pretty original and interesting and now we're into tired cliché territory.  By the halfway point, it becomes and outright comedy.  Not a horror movie with comedic overtones, I'm talking ditch the horror aspect completely and go straight to idiotic.  It makes a couple of attempts to go back to funny-horror before the end, but let's face it, this thing is toast.  Nothing can be taken seriously.  2/5. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on March 12, 2009, 09:41:03 AM
GI Executioner-   :thumbdown:   When I saw this was directed by Joel M Reed (the brilliant "the career bed" and...also "bloodsucking freaks")I thought I might be discovering some kind of lost classic but it was not to be.   While there are many fantastic shots of swingin' Singapore circa 1975 , some hot girls, and a cool sountrack, the movie itself just doesn't work.  The main problem is the star, who is horrendously miscast.  He is like some sort of cross between Tony Randall and Dean Martin and we are supposed to believe he's this big time ladies man.  John Saxon or someone like that would have been perfect.  It thoroughly sinks the pretty rote storyline of CIA and revenge and so forth.  dissapointing. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on March 13, 2009, 07:19:29 AM
Unrest (2006) - Some medical students are beginning their gross anatomy class, dissecting cadavers.  Our main characters get a corpse that's not only really spooky looking, but everyone who comes into contact with it seems to meet a grizzly end.  The rest of the movie is spent with Alison (Corri English) trying to get to the bottom of the mystery, before she also winds up dead.  This was quite good.  The main babe is really likable, and really easy on the eyes.  The atmosphere in the hospital is appropriately uneasy, and the level of suspense kept me pretty interested.  The only problem is the story - it's a great idea, but the execution isn't so hot.  The movie gets pretty slow in places, and the big reveal at the end was way too rushed.  Building up to it slowly would have been much more effective.  Still, enjoyable enough to get a 4/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on March 13, 2009, 10:52:15 PM
Alive or Dead (2008) - Two girls get kidnapped and taken to a large house out in the desert.  They wander around exploring the place, then some fat retard who's also wandering around finally remembers that he's supposed to kill them, so he chases them around for a while.  It would be fairly easy to get away from this guy, but the girls only have about a half an IQ point advantage on him.  Anyhow, this plays out to its inevitable Hills have Eyes ripoff conclusion, then they toss in a pathetic twist ending.  Hmmm...terrible script, all the dialog is unrealistic, and even though the whole freakin' movie is about these two girls, there's no character development at all.  Boring.  Yup, really boring.  Not a hint of suspense, no atmosphere, this has got nothing at all.  Seriously, I've put more effort into taking a dump than was put into any aspect of making this movie.  1.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 14, 2009, 06:36:19 PM
DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944): A lecherous insurance salesman (Fred MacMurray) allows himself to be seduced by a woman (Barbara Stanwyck) who wants her rich husband out of the way. All the classic film noir elements--light and shadow, a femme fatale, a complex but doomed scheme--appear here in their purest form.  4.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: InformationGeek on March 14, 2009, 07:23:51 PM
Naruto: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow

I am a fan of the series and I wanted to do my own review on it, so I decided to watch this movie again.  It's just basic filler, nothing more and nothing less.  With some good battles, an alright script, and likeable characters, this was an ok movie.  However, this movie uses every trick in the book from an evil person running a country to a princess, this movie isn't that original.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on March 14, 2009, 10:52:38 PM
The Slaughterhouse Massacre (2005) - Some kids go out to an abandoned slaughterhouse to party.  Legend has it that the local slasher, Marty Sickle, still inhabits the place.  The plot is straight out of chapter one of The Idiots Guide To Writing A Slasher.  Characters are highly original, you've got the jock douchebag, his b***hy girlfriend, the jock-not-so-douchebag, and his bubble headed girlfriend.  Jock Douchebag brings a camcorder along, so we're treated to lots of lousy quality shots through that piece of crap.  There's a fair amount of nudity, at least in the first part of the movie.  The sound is crappy, can't make out quite a bit of the dialog.  Acting, directing, etc., all fairly substandard.  2/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Psycho Circus on March 15, 2009, 07:39:28 AM
Hollywood Rocks! (2007)

Documentary about the 80's sunset strip metal scene. It's the visual companion to the awesome 4-cd box-set of the same name put out a couple of years back. This film was a massive, massive let down for me. Deadline have put no effort into this at all, as I thought I was going to see alot of footage from the 80's. Hell No! It was just interviews taken from other bands DVD's, most of the footage was about 5 years old anyway and really boring, with an awful disinterested narrator over it all. Small music segments are played with the camera panning over the same flyer about 20 times, zooming in and out. It's like this was put together on someone's computer for a youtube vid. Very sub-standard indeed. The worst part is that the whole thing ends up all about the rise of Guns N' Roses. Plus, quick clips of old videos by the likes of Keel and Jetboy that are all dated wrong!!

All in all, this film pales in comparison to the mighty "DOTWC II: Metal Years".


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: indianasmith on March 15, 2009, 09:06:20 AM
I watched the 2008 version of DEATH RACE with Jason Stathem that was pretty good - lots of nice action sequences and a lovely snarling warden as a villain.  Then, for good measure, I watched The Asylum's knock-off DEATH RACERS . . .  oh, the pain!  It was horrible!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: dean on March 15, 2009, 09:10:59 AM

Am currently watching in the background Wrath of Khan whilst I'm cleaning the study.  Needless to say so far I've been only partially successful.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on March 16, 2009, 02:28:53 AM
BACK TO THE FUTURE   **** out of ****     BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II  ***1/2   BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III   ***


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on March 16, 2009, 07:59:27 AM
Nightmare Man (2006) - Two couples are having a party at a house way out in the woods.  An insane girl shows up, screaming and claiming she's being attacked by someone.  At first they don't know whether to take her seriously or not, but of course the title of the movie is Nightmare Man, so you can imagine what happens.  Pretty good movie overall, Tiffany Shepis is in it and does a fantastic job with her character, and the rest of the actors are pretty good as well.  The plot was decent, it had a few twists that, although fairly predictable, at least added some interest.  A bit cheesy at times, but that fit the overall tone of the movie well.  Pretty good atmosphere, and the ending was downright terrific.  4/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on March 16, 2009, 09:20:19 AM
blast of silence  (1961) - this guy figured  the 50's are over, let's go back to the 40's.   this is a very spare low budget film noir that has alot of the cliches of that genre but so what?  It still kicks ass.  and it has some updating, mainly in some "downtown" ish sort  bohemianism  lifestyles and nightlife and so forth (including a particularly silly bongo drum singer guy).  Not full on swingin 60's of course but not a pure throwback either.  like if the guy who did "carnival of souls" had made "taxi driver".  it's like ..urban alienation...or something  5/5


loves of a blonde-  the aren't all that many romantic comedy's that come from the euro arthuose so Criterion was I think wise to snatch this one u.p  Now maybe us film geeks can feel like we are part of society for just a moment.  relatively accesible though still "substantial"  ie it's in black and white and foreign, and actually funny in some places.  I would do anything to get meet a girl like the "blonde" here.   Where is czechoslavkia?  do they still have it?  or is it something else?   the czech republic right?  5/5



Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on March 19, 2009, 03:13:03 AM
ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES   (1991)  *** out of ****.   Goofy Kevin Costner starring re-telling of the classic tale.  Movie is all over the map tone wise which actually adds to the proceedings. Alan Rickman rules the movie with a scene stealing and scenery chewing performance as the evil Sheriff of Nottingham.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: asimpson2006 on March 20, 2009, 09:36:44 AM
His name was Jason (2009) *** out of **** - Basically this was a documentary of the Friday the 13th series, including talking from producers and directors from the films and other horror films that have been impacted by the Friday the 13th movies.  Overall not that bad, I wish they did get a bit more into some of the special effects and some of the ideas of the films, but overall still pretty good.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Chang Saam on March 20, 2009, 02:55:16 PM
A Boy and His Dog - it's been reviewed here so I can't add much.

Diary of the Dead - Well, it was better then Land of the Dead. Romero is right up there with Lucas; give it a rest. You peaked in the 70's.

Full Contact - Yun Fat Chow flick with some other familiar faces. Very good action flick.

Attack Girls' Swim Team vs. the Undead - another run-of-the-mill movie from Japan released this decade. Nothing special. But you may like it if you liked Tokyo Gore Police or Machine Girl.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on March 20, 2009, 10:33:07 PM
Shadow Puppets (2007) - Eight people awake in an insane asylum.  No one has any memory of how they got there or who they are.  They explore the place, and find there's some sort of shadow monster lurking about.  It occasionally picks one of them off.  This was really quite good overall.  Excellent suspense and atmosphere.  Unfortunately, like almost every movie with a very mysterious plot, the ending wasn't nearly as clever or satisfying as I had hoped.  Acting was good for the most part.  The first three quarters of this movie were darned excellent, but the last quarter really knocked it down a notch.  I'll still give it 4/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on March 21, 2009, 07:50:18 AM
Slumber Party Massacre - 3/5
The Long Kiss Goodnight - 4/5
The Fly (1986) - 5/5
Lovesick Sicklove - 1/5
Return to OZ - 3/5
Kung Fu Hustle - 4/5
Hoolywood Chainsaw Hookers - 2/5


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on March 21, 2009, 10:33:15 PM
Alien 51 (2004) - Some monster (guy in a cheesy rubber suit) gets loose from Area 51.  It runs around killing people, while some other people try to chase it down.  It's all pretty tongue-in-cheek.  There are some hot babes in this movie, though little actual nudity.  Plot?  I have to say that if you're sober enough to care about stuff like plot, you perhaps should watch a different movie.  Acting is uniformly bad.  Heidi Fleiss gets lead billing, but she's just a secondary character.  Judging by her performance, I'd guess they paid her in vodka and cocaine.  After about an hour of this junk I found myself checking the DVD display, wondering how the hell much of it was left.  It wasn't horribly bad, just dull and stupid.  2.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 22, 2009, 09:47:16 PM
THE EYES OF LAURA MARS (1978):  Photographer Laura Mars begins literally seeing murders through the eyes of a serial killer—a curse that turns her effectively blind at tense moments, such as when the killer begins stalking her.  A fine cast of Faye Dunaway (Laura), Tommy Lee Jones (as the cop), Rene Auberjonois (as the gay best friend) and Raul Julia (as the ex-husband) buoy this otherwise preposterous thriller.  Be forewarned: there’s lots of obnoxious disco music and (even worse) Barbara Streisand on the soundtrack.  2.5/5.

STEPPENWOLF (1974):  Suicidal Harry Haller withdraws into a symbolic dream world where he comes to terms with his dual nature as man and beast, his destructively cynical assessment of Goethe, the fact that he desperately needs to get laid and smoke some dope, and other problems facing 1920s German intellectuals.  A reverent and faithful adaptation of Herman Hesse’s classic novel with some cool moments, but the performances are too restrained and languid, some of the accents of the international cast are impenetrable, and many of the “money shot” psychedelic effects in the Magic Theater finale seem campy and dated today. 2.5/5.   


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on March 23, 2009, 12:00:40 AM
MR. BROOKS  *** out of ****.  Extremely well acted Kevin Costner/William Hurt starring film that suffers from an overstuffed plot at times. But the movie still works thanks to the excellent cast that also includes Demi Moore and comedian Dane Cook.  Taut direction, good use of extreme bloodletting  and a slightly unique take on the serial killer makes this worth checking out.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Torgo on March 23, 2009, 01:32:51 AM
THE HOWLING   *** out of ****.  Not quite as good as An American Werewolf in London but just as in important in the history of horror. Nice pacing and a quirky sense of humor make this stand out. Dee Wallace Stone is adorable in this.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 23, 2009, 07:14:22 PM
THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES (2002): A Washington reporter loses his wife in an automobile accident, then finds himself spirited away to a West Virgina town where the residents are spotting monsters and undergoing horrifying precognitive hallucinations.  Creepy, bloodless "based on true events" chiller builds fine suspense through a series of unsettling, unexplained occurrences, and Gere is effective as a grieving widower who seems fated for even greater tragedy.    4/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Jack on March 23, 2009, 09:28:06 PM
Sea Beast (2008) - Some sea monsters attack people in a small fishing village.  This actually wasn't too bad for a Sci-Fi Original.  The creatures were moderately cool looking, characters were sufficiently likable, and they acted in a reasonably intelligent manner.  Of course, it had it's moments:  At one point a lamp cord was used to electrify an entire steel roof, resulting in CGI electricity effects dancing over the sea creatures.  There was enough action to keep it adequately interesting.  I'll be generous and give it a 3.5/5.  When it comes to Sci-Fi Originals, I've seen much, much worse.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Wag on March 24, 2009, 01:53:56 AM
Resident Evil: Degeneration Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield coincidentally reunite to stop another outbreak of T and G viruses. Aside from a few bits odd ropey hair that doesn't flow like real hair, this CGI animated movie is fairly impressive if you are impressed by CGI. It's no Advent Children though, and not quite as nerve shattering as actually playing the games, but entertaining enough. Just don't watch the self indulgent "voice bloopers" extras. They are not funny. 3.5/5


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Joe the Destroyer on March 24, 2009, 05:17:08 AM
Caught Doomsday, and I have to say it's my least favorite Neil Marshall movie, but still decent.  It's fun, but it moves a little too fast at times.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 29, 2009, 07:01:02 PM
CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962):  Dang, this creepy classic gets better everytime I view it.  I think the first time I saw it I gave it 4/5, several yars later I would have given 4.5/5 out of 5, and now I rate it a perfect 5/5. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Doggett on March 29, 2009, 07:09:09 PM
CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962):  Dang, this creepy classic gets better everytime I view it.  I think the first time I saw it I gave it 4/5, several yars later I would have given 4.5/5 out of 5, and now I rate it a perfect 5/5. 

The dancing in the abandoned amusements chills the spine everytime...

I've been watching lots of Red Dwarf DVDs, especially VI and VII


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: InformationGeek on March 29, 2009, 08:14:11 PM
DOA: Dead or Alive: Not finished yet, so I'll tell you what I thought later.  So far, the movie is only staying alive because of the sex appeal of the female leads and some cool fights.  Get rid of them all and I would be bored out of my mine.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop: This was a good comedy for me.  I'm so tired of all these rated R adult comedies that never appeal to me, so I liked the fact that this one was far more tame and didn't need the use of the f bomb or sexual innuendo or what not to be entertaining.  It had it's dumb moments, but I would give it a 4 out of 5 in my book.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 31, 2009, 08:26:32 PM
TIDELAND (2005): A girl left alone in an old country house retreats into a fantasy world after being left to her own devices by her junkie father, all the while not recognizing the dangers posed by her mentally challenged adult playmate and his bizarre, vindictive sister. A sinister, shocking and fantastic movie about childhood's oblivion towards the dangers of the adult world that flirts with greatness but never quite reaches it. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: InformationGeek on March 31, 2009, 08:31:39 PM
Alright, I finished DOA: Dead or Alive and I already did my review on it.  But to say what I thought about it hear, here's what I have to say.  The only thing that keeps this film afloat is the hottest actresses and the fight scenes, otherwise this film falls flat on its butt.  It's as bad as Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat the movie, but it is a slight step above them.  Anyways, the film is below average, enough said.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 01, 2009, 09:18:08 AM
In the bonus materials on "Carnival of Souls"  they mentioned that some of the film was destroyed, a scene where the ghouls are seen emerging from the ocean.


MST3K I accuse my Parents - classic early episode.  This film is unique in that it isn't that bad.    It doesn't have that patented painful dullness.  The show was still rudimentary in some respects but this ranks highly if not at the very top. 


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: RCMerchant on April 02, 2009, 05:55:25 AM
THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES (2002): A Washington reporter loses his wife in an automobile accident, then finds himself spirited away to a West Virgina town where the residents are spotting monsters and undergoing horrifying precognitive hallucinations.  Creepy, bloodless "based on true events" chiller builds fine suspense through a series of unsettling, unexplained occurrences, and Gere is effective as a grieving widower who seems fated for even greater tragedy.    4/5.

I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Gere's charecter hit very close to home with me. And having read John Keel's book made it all the more interesting.

BLOODY PIT OF HORROR-Hilarious! The Crimson Executioner's obbssesion with his 'perfect body' had me rollin'! A classick!!!


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 02, 2009, 09:23:18 AM
I always thought jim carrey would be great in a "bloody pit" remake.  He'd have to work out alot first.


the 70's dimension (2007)  -  this is nothing more than a compilation of tv ads from the 70's.  most of these you could find on youtube I'm sure, but I enjoyed it.  I watch a lot of movies so I have been seeking out things that aren't strictly 90 minute / regular movie experience and this fit the bill.  I'm not a cultural anthropoligist but you can't help but notice the difference between then and now.  "Swank, cheesy, simple"  were words that came to mind.  much less hyper.  most of these were new to me though as a child of the 80's a remember "ring around the collar" and the "palmolive: you're soaking in it" one.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: schmendrik on April 02, 2009, 12:49:59 PM
DORORO (Japanese, 2007) - I WANT MORE LIKE THIS!

Basic plot sketch: In some weird magical fantasy future ("the year 3048") where the whole world seems to be Japan, a warlord makes a pact with demons, selling his son's body piecemeal (each of 48 demons gets a piece) in exchange for taking over the world. The son is now an adult, killing demons to get his body back piece by piece.

The way I stumbled across this was somebody asked what it was in the "what was that movie?" area and posted a screen shot of the opening. I managed to decode "the year 3048" from it and a web search turned up this movie. It's been in my Netflix queue ever since.

That was a f-ing great movie. I need to figure out why I loved it so much so I can even figure out what "more like this" means. Let's see:
  - fight scenes: Though Bruce Lee is still the king, I think I actually like kendo best of all the martial arts to watch. There's something so graceful about that level of Japanese sword fighting.
  - main characters: they're kind of cliche (the tough chick in fantasy literature is always a thief, isn't she?) but I loved them and their relationship.
  - other characters: the demons are great. The demonic special effects are great. The bad humans are suitably complex and interesting. The mysterious bard is suitably mysterious. We also manage to work in some ninjas and what I think are various samurai types.

Apparently this movie is based on a manga. I'm not a huge fan of manga or anime. I don't think I would have enjoyed this at all as an animated film. But it was just fantastic as live action.

So maybe the genre is "Asian live-action fantasy"? "Japanese demon films"? I'm wide open for suggestions.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: schmendrik on April 02, 2009, 12:55:40 PM
I always thought jim carrey would be great in a "bloody pit" remake.  He'd have to work out alot first.


the 70's dimension (2007)  -  this is nothing more than a compilation of tv ads from the 70's.  most of these you could find on youtube I'm sure, but I enjoyed it.  I watch a lot of movies so I have been seeking out things that aren't strictly 90 minute / regular movie experience and this fit the bill.  I'm not a cultural anthropoligist but you can't help but notice the difference between then and now.  "Swank, cheesy, simple"  were words that came to mind.  much less hyper.  most of these were new to me though as a child of the 80's a remember "ring around the collar" and the "palmolive: you're soaking in it" one.

Here's a weird thing. According to my wife, manicure places actually will soak your hands in Palmolive as part of the manicure. I remember making fun of a neighbor kid doing that back when the "Madge" commercials were current. I couldn't believe someone would actually take that seriously.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: metalmonster on April 02, 2009, 06:54:31 PM
HORROR HOTEL

It's about a girl doing a report on witchcraft in new england
and she runs into a cult of modern witches


THE MONSTER MAKER

a mad scientist injects a man with a disfiguring disease and offers him the cure in exchange for letting him have his daughter


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 02, 2009, 09:07:52 PM
SHAOLIN DEADLY KICKS (1977): A man hunts 8 criminals, each of whom posseses a piece of a treasure map.  Some inventive weapons (like a metal claw attached to a chain) and decent fight choreography garnish the predictable story. The second  movie in the Martial Arts 50 pack.  2/5.


Title: Re: Recent viewings
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 03, 2009, 10:36:17 AM
The Pawnbroker (1965) -  Excellent Arthur Miller (death of salesman )  ish tale of a tumultous day or so in the life of a  Professor Nazerman played by Rod Steiger, a  concentration camp survivor eaking out a living in his pawnshop in Harlem.    There's not alot in the way of cinematography but the story and dialogue are very strong, though it may seem a little stagey at first.   This has some of the shocking urbane elements of "blast of silence" or even "lady in  a cage" but it's focus is less exploitative and more about the holocaust itself and the effect it had on a generation of jews.  non jews can't understand, other jews understand all too well.  Money, not any sort of humanity, seems