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Title: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 15, 2020, 10:36:26 PM
Continued from http://www.badmovies.org/forum/index.php/topic,115439.msg642320/ (http://www.badmovies.org/forum/index.php/topic,115439.msg642320/)

THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE (2019): After being mugged, an accountant joins a karate dojo run by an ultra-macho instructor. As a satire, it's on-target, but a bit too obvious; I was always one step ahead of the script. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: VenomX73 on February 16, 2020, 01:10:58 PM
Joker (2019)

meh. it was ok I guess... it didnt feel like a DC movie or Batman prequel at all...

however some parts were pretty good. Imo Very dark and sad movie.

Funny thing, My coworker asked me - "so did you like the reboot of Falling Down (1993)?" LOL!!!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on February 16, 2020, 05:27:12 PM
"Terminal Force" aka "Galaxis" (1995)
A bad-ass lady space warrior (Brigitte Nielsen) comes to Earth to find a sacred crystal that can save her planet, before a Darth Vader style bad guy (Richard "Night Court" Moll) can get his hands on it.
A cheese-tastic, direct to video sci-fi/action flick bolted together out of parts borrowed from "Star Wars," "Highlander," and especially "The Terminator." Brigitte, as usual, can't act her way out of a paper bag, but that's OK because Moll over-acts enough for the two of them. It's fun to watch Nielsen beat up on bad guys for a while, but eventually the movie turns into a slog.
AVOID.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on February 16, 2020, 09:45:25 PM
"Big Bad Mama II" (1987)
Angie Dickinson's back as lovable outlaw Wilma McClatchie, machine-gunning her way across 1930s Texas with her two daughters while a big city reporter (Robert Culp) trails behind her all the way. Cheaper looking than the first film, but T&A kingpin director Jim Wynorski makes sure there's still plenty of gun battles, car chases and cleavage. Silly, action packed fun.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on February 18, 2020, 01:47:49 PM
Stakeout on Dope Street - a bunch of neighborhood teenagers who spend their lives in the back of one of their's dad's store find a bag with heroin in it. as you can imagine, everything turns out just fine. No, its the usual moral and legal issues involved with selling heroin and the mobsters looking for their stuff.

Ostensibly a film noir, it definitely has a Something Weird feel in places, especially the cute girls. they should have been shown a lot more, points off for that. I had more than enough of the brooding 30 year old teenager getting all worked up over stuff.

As always with these things, theres a chase scene in a factory with big silos and walkways.

a lot better and more fun to watch than a lot of these "rare" thigns TCM has. cheap looking 4.5 /5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on February 18, 2020, 04:43:02 PM
the FIELDS (2011)
Advertised as a horror film-it's not. More a psychological thriller.
A young kid moves to his grandparent's farm when his ma and dad break up.
While their, he is warned by his foul-mouthed (but kinda sweet) gramma to "stay out of the corn!"
Of course the kid wanders out their, and at the end of the rows finds a women's dead body.

Real, slow, but real spooky too.
Set in  Pennslyvania in 1973, it looks like 1973. The kid has a plastic Godzilla toy, the local dime store  with penny candy and gum cards looks like one I went to!

Cloris Leachman is spot on as the Grandmother who loves to watch old horror movies and the Manson trial on TV.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on February 23, 2020, 03:56:39 AM
Wonderland aka Birthday Wonderland (2019)

I saw this because I liked Keiichi Hara's Miss Hokusai. This one is a teenage coming of age story of a moody school girl who is transported into a steampunkish magical alternate dimension, where it turns out she is the Chosen One and has to save the world from a major ecological catastrophe. From there on, no surprises.

It is clearly inspired by the Ghibli movies, and the shadow of The Cat Returns hangs heavily over it (which is a better movie).

Plot and characters are OK, though nothing to write home about. Even considering it is aimed at a younger audience, the stoyline is pretty much par for the course. It is, however, visually stunning. The story mainly serves as a support for a series of set pieces which are incredibly beautiful. In this it continues the line of Miss Hokusai, where scenes and visual artistry were more important than actually telling a story.

As such, you mileage may vary. If you want dialogue, lively characters and plot, it is rather meh. If you want to look at marvelous imagery, this is one for you. And it has cats.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on February 23, 2020, 05:36:19 PM
"The Evil that Men Do" (1984)
A professional assassin (Charles Bronson) is lured out of retirement to track down a notorious underworld torture specialist known as "The Doctor," who killed his friend.
This was a pretty standard Bronson butt-kicker, but the south-of-the-border settings give it some international flavor. For Chuck completists only.
Fun fact: this was the only movie Bronson made in the '80s that wasn't produced by Cannon Films.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 24, 2020, 10:12:45 AM
DISAPPEARANCE AT CLIFTON HILL (2019): Returning home to Niagara Falls after her mother's death, a woman remembers a childhood incident that haunted her---witnessing a one-eyed boy being abducted in the woods---and decides to investigate. Modest but clever thriller that slowly (and purposefully) undermines its own narrative. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on February 26, 2020, 09:05:03 AM
SLEEPAWAY CAMP (1983)

Angela Baker, a traumatized and very shy young girl, is sent to summer camp with her cousin. Shortly after her arrival, anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions gets their comeuppance.

An overall generic slasher movie, it almost feels like a bad copy of FRIDAY THE 13TH. That's it, until the ending strikes, and my balls shrinked. That scene alone redeemed the whole movie, otherwise it would be the mere nothingness.

I recommend it for some laughs and bad acting, but watch it until the end for some real chills. 8/10


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 26, 2020, 10:26:55 AM
HORSE GIRL (2020): A young woman with a family history of mental illness becomes paranoid that aliens are affecting her behavior. Allison Brie is good, though her character is hard to identify with, and the script keeps you reasonably involved, even while it misses opportunities for ambiguity and psychological debt. On Netflix. 2.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on February 26, 2020, 06:58:30 PM
It's rare for me to actually go to the theater twice in one week, but as it happened, that's exactly what I did this week.

Tuesday I went to see 1917 for the second time and found that it held up very well - I paid more attention to the details this time and was even more impressed with the extreme care that went into making this movie such an accurate portrayal of the Great War.  This is definitely one to see on the big screen if you can! 5/5

Then today our 7th and 8th grade students went to see CALL OF THE WILD, and I really enjoyed it.  Not as gritty or depressing as the book, and the CGI dog is obviously fake in some scenes (and incredibly lifelike in others), but overall it was worth the cost of admission and I was thoroughly entertained. 4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on February 28, 2020, 06:26:23 AM
"Kentucky Fried Movie" (1977)
The Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker team (later of "Airplane!" fame) wrote this gag-a-minute sketch comedy compilation that parodies TV news ("I'm not wearing any pants. Film at 11."), commercials, kung-fu flicks ("A Fistful of Yen"), classroom films and more. Silly fun directed by John "Animal House" Landis.




Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: VenomX73 on February 28, 2020, 02:19:33 PM
The Brides of Dracula (1960)

I enjoy anything with vampires... this movie however was a little different I didn't see the Baron as Dracula so I was kind of confused... hmmm...

Still good atmosphere, the women were very beautiful, great acting, Van Helsing is tough-as-nails and the holy water was overpowered LOL

Whatever happened to the last two Brides did they burn down in the old mill or they still alive?  :question:




Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on February 29, 2020, 06:39:05 PM
"The Groove Tube" (1974)
A pre-"SNL" Chevy Chase co-wrote (and makes several blink-and-you'll-miss-him appearances in) this sketch-comedy parody of '70s television that riffs on kids' shows, cooking shows, public service announcements, the evening news, and more. A young Richard Belzer also turns up in several roles.
"Kentucky Fried Movie" is still the superior '70s sketch-compilation flick in my book -- quite a few of the gags in "Groove" fall flat, but there was still enough silliness to keep me entertained for most of its short run time. I particularly enjoyed the commercials for the network sponsor, "Uranus Corporation," makers of "Brown-25." :D


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on February 29, 2020, 11:57:47 PM
THE LIGHTHOUSE - A tale of horror, madness, and paranoia featuring only two characters - played by Willem Defoe and Robert Pattinson - stranded by storms in a remote lighthouse.  How much of what ensues is real, and how much is a product of isolation and paranoia (fueled by LOTS of whiskey!), is left up to the viewer.  A bit overlong but still a masterful work.  And, imaginary or not, the mermaid is HOT.  4.5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on March 01, 2020, 07:48:26 AM
"Clinton Road" (2019)
Another cheap horror movie based on the supposedly-haunted country road in New Jersey. A group of annoying twenty-somethings pay a visit to Clinton Road hoping to find out what happened to their friend who disappeared there a year earlier. You can probably guess how well that turns out for them.

This is now the second "Clinton Road" movie I've seen (the other being the godawful "The Lake on Clinton Road") and they've both been terrible. I happen to live in the town where Clinton Road is located (West Milford, NJ) and at least this flick tried to tie some of the local legends into the story (unlike the other movie, which was just standard haunted-house crap) but it's a poorly written and acted, mostly incomprehensible mess. 

You're 0 for 2 on the Clinton Road legend, Hollywood. Please don't go for 3. AVOID.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 01, 2020, 10:30:48 AM
MST3K: ROBOT HOLOCAUST: A bunch of post-apocalyptic weirdos go after "the Dark One" in a feature that rips off ALIEN, STAR WARS, CONAN, MAD MAX, and probably others. This is a Season 1 episode, so it's kind of ragged (especially the forgettable sketches), but the movie is hilarious and it's one of the more watchable Season 1 episodes (in fact, it may be my favorite). One of the few MST3Ks I had yet to see. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: VenomX73 on March 01, 2020, 08:57:15 PM
Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People (1963)

30th time watching, I love this movie.

(https://66.media.tumblr.com/acd77c292eb59f1ba8615876fe009802/tumblr_pencdja58k1uejrjoo4_400.gif)


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on March 02, 2020, 11:52:10 AM
"Cannibal Ferox" (aka "Make Them Die Slowly," 1981)
A New York anthropologist and her team must form an alliance with a pair of cocaine smugglers in order to escape from a tribe of p**sed-off, flesh-eating primitives deep in the Amazon jungle.
Murder, mayhem, mutilations, castrations, and (unfortunately real) scenes of animal cruelty abound in this notorious sleaze fest from Umberto "Nightmare City" Lenzi that was supposedly "Banned in 31 Countries," if the film's posters were to be believed.
I've seen my share of flicks like this yet I still felt like I needed a shower when it was over.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Trevor on March 02, 2020, 02:04:10 PM
Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People (1963)

30th time watching, I love this movie.

(https://66.media.tumblr.com/acd77c292eb59f1ba8615876fe009802/tumblr_pencdja58k1uejrjoo4_400.gif)

"Open the cupboard door: there's not mush room inside!"  :wink:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: VenomX73 on March 02, 2020, 05:45:36 PM
Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People (1963)

30th time watching, I love this movie.

(https://66.media.tumblr.com/acd77c292eb59f1ba8615876fe009802/tumblr_pencdja58k1uejrjoo4_400.gif)

"Open the cupboard door: there's not mush room inside!"  :wink:

youre a 'funguy'!  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: chefzombie on March 03, 2020, 04:24:41 PM
Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People (1963)

30th time watching, I love this movie.

(https://66.media.tumblr.com/acd77c292eb59f1ba8615876fe009802/tumblr_pencdja58k1uejrjoo4_400.gif)

you love this too? how cool!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: VenomX73 on March 03, 2020, 05:15:42 PM
Yep, I love this movie  :thumbup:

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/57/9a/03/579a03bc7c6bb4f68e23f1eebf5843fb.gif)


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on March 03, 2020, 07:58:18 PM
Panic in the Streets -  I liked earlier, crazier Richard Widmark a little better than he is here, playing a cop, but this suddenly apropros noir is worth seeing anyway. some sort of vessel that sometimes brings illegal things into some exotic port somewhere is infested with rats. This leads to what we used to call The Plague. Plague is like when someone s**ts in the pool: you can't just clean it up and go about your business. Society comes to a screeching halt. unfortunately, modern times being what they are, people are reluctant to pay it all any mind, especially if they are involved in neferious activities somewhat related to said ship.

The most memorable aspect of this film is definitely Jack Palance.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b9/Jack_Palance_-_1954.jpg/220px-Jack_Palance_-_1954.jpg)

He plays one of the crook bosses in whatever weird universe this is. He is like Fu Manchu or something. Whenever he's on the screen you just think evil. elia kazan directs this not amazingly great but very watcheable artifact

4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: chefzombie on March 04, 2020, 12:21:31 AM
Yep, I love this movie  :thumbup:

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/57/9a/03/579a03bc7c6bb4f68e23f1eebf5843fb.gif)


a favored quote in my house.." and then....I ATE THEM!!! "  :cheers:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 04, 2020, 10:46:58 AM
TERROR FIRMER (1999): A serial killer picks off members of a film crew making a Troma-style movie (the movie-within-the-movie stars the Toxic Avenger and is directed by a blind Lloyd Kaufman). A cavalcade of goofy costumes and blood, poop, urine, vomit, and rape jokes; like most Troma movies, it confuses being busy and offensive with being witty. I know people's opinions on Troma vary widely, but generally, I can't stand them. Your mileage may vary. 2.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 05, 2020, 10:44:59 AM
YOU'RE TELLING ME! (1934): W.C. Fields is Sam Bisbee, a hard-luck inventor who gets his daughter married into a snooty high society family through the intervention of a European princess. It's not the most memorable plot, but Fields is at the height of his physical comedy here, beginning with a five-minute sequence of him returning home stumbling-drunk and ending with a virtuoso ten-minute routine where he tries to hit a golf ball. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on March 05, 2020, 02:34:46 PM
Yep, I love this movie  :thumbup:

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/57/9a/03/579a03bc7c6bb4f68e23f1eebf5843fb.gif)


a favored quote in my house.." and then....I ATE THEM!!! "  :cheers:

Watched this for the first time last night.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on March 05, 2020, 09:11:47 PM
GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS   My wife decided to work till after 7 on what was supposed to be our night at home together, so I watched this one again.  I am actually quite fond of this movie!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: VenomX73 on March 05, 2020, 10:14:07 PM
did you enjoy 'burning Godzilla'?  :wink: :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on March 05, 2020, 10:24:41 PM
did you enjoy 'burning Godzilla'?  :wink: :thumbup:

That scene was pretty cool!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: chefzombie on March 06, 2020, 04:13:35 PM
Yep, I love this movie  :thumbup:

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/57/9a/03/579a03bc7c6bb4f68e23f1eebf5843fb.gif)


a favored quote in my house.." and then....I ATE THEM!!! "  :cheers:
  and did you love it? of course you did.
Watched this for the first time last night.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on March 06, 2020, 10:39:41 PM
"My Bloody Valentine" (1981)
A small town's Valentine's Day dance is threatened by a pickaxe-wielding nut job in a miner's outfit, who may have a connection to a series of murders from 20 years ago.
"MBV" makes the most of its unique setting (those mines are scary as hell) and has a bigger mean streak than most of its contemporaries, which results in one of the better holiday-themed slashers from the early 80s.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on March 07, 2020, 09:59:32 AM
"Daybreakers" (2009)
Stylish sci-fi/horror set in the year 2019 (ha!), where a viral plague has turned most of the world's population into vampires. As the number of "real" humans dwindle, creating a global vampire-food shortage, a scientist (Ethan Hawke) discovers a cure for the bloodsuckers' condition... but he soon learns that some vamps in positions of power (headed by a wonderfully evil Sam Neill) aren't quite ready to give it up.
This is at least the 3rd or 4th time I've seen this underrated flick, and it's a cool, gory, action packed ride every time. Recommended!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on March 07, 2020, 10:21:29 AM
"Daybreakers" (2009)
Stylish sci-fi/horror set in the year 2019 (ha!), where a viral plague has turned most of the world's population into vampires. As the number of "real" humans dwindle, creating a global vampire-food shortage, a scientist (Ethan Hawke) discovers a cure for the bloodsuckers' condition... but he soon learns that some vamps in positions of power (headed by a wonderfully evil Sam Neill) aren't quite ready to give it up.
This is at least the 3rd or 4th time I've seen this underrated flick, and it's a cool, gory, action packed ride every time. Recommended!

Just out of curiosity Freddie, have you seen Priest and if so what did you think of it?


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: VenomX73 on March 07, 2020, 09:14:36 PM
The Firm (1993) 

good movie... but I really didn't understand the ending lol


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on March 08, 2020, 06:43:01 AM

Just out of curiosity Freddie, have you seen Priest and if so what did you think of it?

I did see that quite a few years ago, it was sorta like a Catholic "Blade" if memory serves.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on March 08, 2020, 10:00:13 AM
THE VELOCIPASTOR - I finally got around to watching this one  on Amazon Prime last night; cheesy silly goodness for the most part.  A priest named Doug sees his parents murdered, travels to China, scratches his hand on an ancient dinosaur tooth, and then morphs into an INCREDIBLY fake dinosaur when confronted with danger or injustice.  Oh, and he falls in love with a prostitute along the way.  Reasonably fun, short run time, could have benefited from some nudity. 3/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: chefzombie on March 08, 2020, 02:32:17 PM
TWIXT
directed by francis ford coppola, stars val kilmer, bruce dern, elle fanning and ben chaplin.
  this is a FABULOUS movie! all of the actors are incredible, but ben chaplin absolutely blew me away as edgar allan poe.
  i love ghost story movies, but especially this kind, virtually no guts/gore, just a REALLY GOOD story. it drew me in within the first 5 minutes and there were some nice twists i didn't expect that just added to my enjoyment. elle fanning is already very ethereal, and the cinematography drew that out wonderfully.
  and a cool thing for me, curtis had never heard " the big rock candy mountain", so i got to sing it to him because i grew up with it. he loves stuff like that, it was a real pleasure to introduce him to a song he loves that i've loved ever since i can remember .
5/5  WATCH THIS MOVIE!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Trevor on March 09, 2020, 07:15:01 AM
could have benefited from some nudity. 3/5

Not mine, definitely  :buggedout: :wink:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Trevor on March 09, 2020, 07:18:34 AM
Thor Ragnarok: good fun and Cate Blanchett was Hela hawt  :hot:

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/7a/91/14/7a9114ed58d2a32445aa951eace0f760.gif)


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on March 09, 2020, 09:28:48 AM
"Airplane II: The Sequel!" (1982)
Ted Striker and Elaine are back, and this time they've got to stop the first-ever commercial space shuttle flight from crashing into the sun. ("The sun? What is it?" "it's a large fiery ball of gases in the center of our universe, but that's not important right now.")
William Shatner almost makes up for the lack of Leslie Nielsen with his scene-stealing performance as the ultra-uptight lunar base commander, Buck Murdock.
I know it's pretty much just a retread of the first movie, but I still enjoy this one just as much as the original.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: VenomX73 on March 09, 2020, 04:01:34 PM
Thor Ragnarok: good fun and Cate Blanchett was Hela hawt  :hot:

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/7a/91/14/7a9114ed58d2a32445aa951eace0f760.gif)

yes. shes smokin!  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on March 09, 2020, 06:16:46 PM
Yep, I love this movie  :thumbup:

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/57/9a/03/579a03bc7c6bb4f68e23f1eebf5843fb.gif)


a favored quote in my house.." and then....I ATE THEM!!! "  :cheers:

Watched this for the first time last night.

I made a comic book once -the hero was named MATANGA!

(https://i.imgur.com/SMfiK5p.jpg) (https://lunapic.com)


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: VenomX73 on March 09, 2020, 06:56:53 PM
whoa! too dam cool RC!  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on March 09, 2020, 10:19:35 PM
Tonight my daughter and I went to see THE INVISIBLE MAN together.  I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, from start to finish.  Some cool jump scares, yes, but also an engaging plot and very believable and sympathetic protagonist.  I was completely sucked in!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on March 10, 2020, 02:09:32 AM
Godzilla 2014 (yeah, that one)

Why can't Hollywood just let the Godzilla franchise be, and leave it to the Japanese? They are better at that. Not that this is a particularly bad movie. It has its moments and the concept of the monsters just wanting to make a nest and are hunting for nukes to eat them, is a nice touch. However, this is such an uninspired by the numbers monster movie that it is hard to remain interested.
Also, this is not a Godzilla movie at all, but more of a generic disaster movie, with monsters in the background. Very little is done with Godzilla, except for the occasional cameo. You are about an hour in before you catch your first glimpse of Godzilla, and I use the word 'glimpse' advisedly. Most of the monster scenes are so dark, it is hard to make out what is going on. Now, I totally get the idea of building up tension and working towards the great reveal, but that is not how Godzilla movies work. It is almost as if you were to make a Batman movie and spend an hour working towards the moment that the viewer finally is shown that yes, Bruce Wayne and Batman are the same person.



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on March 10, 2020, 11:48:24 AM
^ he is???  mind = blown


Invincible Armor - I just hooked up my roku and watched 2 kung fu movies from the wu tang collection. This one was basic but good with good fights. The plot is very typical: a power struggle between various kung fu masters, the head baddy is a master of the titled technique, where he can't be hurt except for one point in his body. it wasn't invincibly entertaining but it was good enough 3.75 /5

Shaolin v Ninja - another one with a thin plot and lots of fighting. not as ridiculous as a lot of Godfrey ho movies and the fighting is pretty good. The idea of Shaolin monks fighting monks for the Japanese (??) Shaolin temple is absurd. the Japanese guys didn't seem to use karate techniques either. 3/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: claws on March 10, 2020, 12:18:23 PM
Midsommar (2019)

A traumatized young woman joins her on and off boyfriend and friends on a vacation in Sweden where they visit a cult community preparing for a midsummer festival.
Ari Aster's follow up to his much praised scary outing Hereditary is a somewhat unusual viewing experience. It is off beat and weirdly engaging but compared to Hereditary lacking a strong lead even though Florence Pugh as the traumatized has a few outstanding moments, but only in the movie's first half.

Midsommar is very bright, white and out in the open whereas Hereditary was more of a dark affair. Still, I'll rate it 4/5 and it is nothing like The Wicker Man as I first expected. Recommended.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: VenomX73 on March 10, 2020, 06:43:36 PM
Invincible Armor

yeah did you like that ending? did it make you cringe lol?


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on March 10, 2020, 07:27:29 PM
yeah that was a great special effect. the eggs


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: chefzombie on March 10, 2020, 10:03:56 PM
lester, check out "fantasy tv" on roku, lots of fun old movies i love.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on March 11, 2020, 12:55:04 AM
chef - thanks for the tip

Cam (2018) - I'm embarrassed to say I've never face timed with a cam girl. I'm too paranoid about my credit card I think, not to mention I live at home with my mom and my cat. Anyway, it doesn't look like I was missing much. Vapid girls teasing horny guys into giving them money. I shouldn't knock it till I try it I guess.
  
A cam girl named Lola is doing well, slowly climbing up the charts despite attempts by catty backstabbing other camgirls to steal her thunder. One day, something really strange happens: she sees her channel going when she's not on it! The rest of the movie is figuring out what 's going on.

The plot resolution is really really good but the ending, the very last scene, seems like the director doesn't quite understand what he's done. it's a great comment on the phoniness of pornography, on how the "personality" we give ourselves in person to person oriented jobs  ( as a rideshare driver i kind of do it too) are corny, etc

 maybe I just didn't get the ending

enjoyable and different though 4.25/ 5  



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 11, 2020, 09:18:08 AM
THE OLD FASHIONED WAY (1934): W.C. Fields is the Great McGonigle, a peripatetic theatrical flim-flam man putting on the play "The Drunkard" in a small town while his daughter is romanced by a wealthy beau. Fields doesn't booze much in this one, though he does scheme and mumble put-downs; the best parts are the over-the-top melodramatics of "The Drunkard," the play within the movie. Directed by William Beaudine, back when he cared. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on March 11, 2020, 03:49:03 PM
"Black Dynamite" (2009)
A tough as nails kung-fu brother from the 'hood seeks vengeance when mobsters kill his brother in this dead-on parody of /homage to the blaxploitation flicks of the '70s -- it was even filmed in 16mm rather than 35mm to give it that proper, grainy, grindhouse look. Michael Jai White is hysterical as the title hero, who's pretty much a combination of Shaft, Jim Kelly, Fred Williamson, and Dolemite as he whoops bad guy ass all the way from the ghetto to the White House. An action packed hoot.

"Things Are Tough All Over" (1982)
Cheech and Chong play dual roles in this wacky road movie --as their standard stoner characters and also as a pair of Arab mobsters. The stoners are hired to drive a car full of the Mobsters' laundered money from Chicago to Vegas. Naturally they lose the cash well before they reach their destination, and spend the rest of the movie on the run from the p**sed off bad guys. Not C&C's best flick, but it's fast moving and silly enough for a few good laughs.

"Stripped to Kill II: Live Girls" (1989)
In this extremely low-budget sequel to the '87 cult hit, someone is murdering strippers at a run down gentlemens' club. One of the dancers is having dreams about the deaths, which makes her the main suspect, but a police officer isn't convinced that she's the killer.
Nobody in this flick can act, the story is a muddle and none of the girls are particularly hot, either. The original "S.T.K." was a classic slice of entertainingly sleazy crap, unfortunately this one is just crap.
AVOID.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on March 12, 2020, 11:25:49 AM
"Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage" (2010)
I've been meaning to revisit Sam Dunn's endlessly entertaining documentary on Canada's favorite power trio since Neil Peart's passing earlier this year. This is at least the 3rd time I've seen it, and it's still a fun trip through the band's long and mostly proud history through extensive interviews, vintage clips and photos. I think this may be my favorite "rock doc" ever at this point.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on March 12, 2020, 02:42:34 PM
"Shock Treatment" (1981)
In this ultra-bizarre pseudo-follow up to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," a now-unhappily-married Brad and Janet take part in a TV game show that lands Brad in a mental hospital, and leaves Janet to be groomed by a scheming fast food magnate and TV preacher to be the Next Big Celebrity Thing. All of this is played out on live TV in front of their friends and neighbors in a television station that no one seems to want to leave.
...so yeah, this flick is even weirder than its predecessor, which is really sayin' something if you've ever seen "RHPS."  A few of the musical numbers are kinda cool in that early '80s new-wave-y sort of way, and if you think about it, this movie actually predicted the rise of reality TV, but overall it never quite comes together. It's watchable enough as a curiosity item, especially for "Rocky Horror" fans, but even they might find it to be a bit of a slog.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: claws on March 13, 2020, 11:51:46 PM
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

Three friends in 1968 find a cursed book in a haunted house on Halloween. The book starts writing by itself scary stories about the kids greatest fears that become real. In order to survive they must dig in the past to break deadly happenings.
Norwegian film director André Øvredal teams with Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro for his U.S. debut after wow-ing critics and genre fans with Trollhunter (2010) and The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016). SSTTITD fits in nicely with the current trend of 'retro kids' facing horror spearheaded by Stranger Things, the It remake, Summer of 1984 and more. It took me a while to warm up to the movie as it felt rushed, a bit annoying and not scary at all. Once the kids do research in the R.E.D. room Scary Stories finally delivers the goods and becomes a solid effort thanks to André's talent and keen eye for the creepy stuff. 3.5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on March 14, 2020, 07:01:48 AM
VENOM (2005)  A garage owner gets bit by magic voodoo snakes and turns into a homicidal zombie, killing teenagers left and right.  Seriously, that's about it, plot-wise.  A by the numbers "immortal slasher".  3/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: chefzombie on March 14, 2020, 10:03:43 PM
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

Three friends in 1968 find a cursed book in a haunted house on Halloween. The book starts writing by itself scary stories about the kids greatest fears that become real. In order to survive they must dig in the past to break deadly happenings.
Norwegian film director André Øvredal teams with Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro for his U.S. debut after wow-ing critics and genre fans with Trollhunter (2010) and The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016). SSTTITD fits in nicely with the current trend of 'retro kids' facing horror spearheaded by Stranger Things, the It remake, Summer of 1984 and more. It took me a while to warm up to the movie as it felt rushed, a bit annoying and not scary at all. Once the kids do research in the R.E.D. room Scary Stories finally delivers the goods and becomes a solid effort thanks to André's talent and keen eye for the creepy stuff. 3.5/5
loved it. recommended it. just bought it. 4.5/5, simply because i was stupid and bought a lionsgate copy with no CC. the movie itself? 5/5 all the way.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: claws on March 15, 2020, 08:23:09 PM
Ma (2019)

Underaged teens befriend lonely vet assistant Sue Ann who lets the young people party at her house. Soon enough things turn sour when Sue Ann's true motivations shine through.
Silly Blumhouse horror with a weak script teasing with horrible things to come, but is ultimately not really going anywhere. Octavia Spencer as Sue Ann delivers a great performance and the only reason to watch Ma. Bonus: Juliette Lewis playing a young mother. Extra bonus: cool 1980s soundtrack. 2.5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: chefzombie on March 16, 2020, 01:27:59 PM
mother! (2017)
  i don't think i have the ability to describe how much this movie horrified me. and i don't mean that i would call it a scary movie. i'm glad my brain isn't wired to write a script like this one.
   i don't deny that it's very well made, but i DO NOT recommend it.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 17, 2020, 10:01:17 AM
mother! (2017)
  i don't think i have the ability to describe how much this movie horrified me. and i don't mean that i would call it a scary movie. i'm glad my brain isn't wired to write a script like this one.
   i don't deny that it's very well made, but i DO NOT recommend it.

I DO recommend it... but only to a select few.  :wink:

ROBOGEISHA (2009): A pair of geisha sisters are abducted by an evil arms corporation, who plays on their sisterly rivalry to turn them into cyborg killing machines. It's cheap, mildly sleazy, and often juvenile, but you can't deny that the Noboru Iguchi and his collaborators put their unique spin on B-movies: this one has deadly breast milk, eyes gouged by fried shrimp, and the most ridiculously choreographed swordfight you will ever witness. It's my favorite of Iguchi's movies I've seen (I prefer the work of his protege, Yoshihiro Nishimur). 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on March 17, 2020, 12:30:02 PM
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).

I really wanted to love this one and went into it with high expectations. Afterall DC movies have been getting better.

So what did I think? Well, I liked it. Not love though. I figure with this kind of movie you can go one of two ways. Very dark and grim, underbelly of society type drama or campy high action heist movie. It sort of tries to walk a line between these, but not overly successfully. In my opinion anyway. It has its moments, but it just wasn't quite what I was looking for. At this point, I am thinking that maybe DC should just think about winding up its movie franchise. It can spin out Wonder Woman for a few more films, maybe Shazam! And then be put away quietly.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on March 17, 2020, 04:13:50 PM
Frankenstein Created Bikers.

Well, it has plenty of boobs, bullets and bad acting along side the occasional bout of bad taste and terrible accents. Can't say much more about it than that.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on March 18, 2020, 01:14:50 PM
THE DEAD DON'T DIE (2019)

This film had an all star cast and some great moments, but in the end, it couldn't decide if it was a quirky horror movie, or a dark comedy - and in trying to be both, it failed. Too many boring stretches, fourth wall breaks that make no sense, and completely unexplained plot twists.  Still worth watching if you can catch it for free.  Lots of star power - Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and Rosie Perez are some of the cast.  Wish they'd had a better script. 3/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on March 18, 2020, 01:50:19 PM
THE DEAD DON'T DIE (2019)

This film had an all star cast and some great moments, but in the end, it couldn't decide if it was a quirky horror movie, or a dark comedy - and in trying to be both, it failed. Too many boring stretches, fourth wall breaks that make no sense, and completely unexplained plot twists.  Still worth watching if you can catch it for free.  Lots of star power - Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and Rosie Perez are some of the cast.  Wish they'd had a better script. 3/5

As I said elsewhere on this forum, somehow the sum is less than its parts.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on March 18, 2020, 03:11:45 PM
THE DEAD DON'T DIE (2019)

This film had an all star cast and some great moments, but in the end, it couldn't decide if it was a quirky horror movie, or a dark comedy - and in trying to be both, it failed. Too many boring stretches, fourth wall breaks that make no sense, and completely unexplained plot twists.  Still worth watching if you can catch it for free.  Lots of star power - Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and Rosie Perez are some of the cast.  Wish they'd had a better script. 3/5

As I said elsewhere on this forum, somehow the sum is less than its parts.

Did anyone watch this one and find it a great movie? I know my thought on it align with both of you and anyone else I know who has seen it has said the same. Not totally terrible, but not worthy of the cast.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: claws on March 18, 2020, 04:33:00 PM
Ready or Not (2019)

A young woman marries the son of a wealthy family and must play a game of hide and seek on her wedding day. She's told that is part of an old family tradition. She soon realizes that the family is out to kill her once they find her.
Clever horror with moments of well made humor and plenty of red juice. Ready or Not actually flew under my radar until I saw a pic of Samara Weaving from the film, who I had mistaken for Margot Robbie. I thought it was a new film with Margot and checked out the trailer only to learn it was Samara heh. Anyway, worthy film 4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: claws on March 18, 2020, 04:37:04 PM

Did anyone watch this one and find it a great movie?

I believe it was chefzombie who enjoyed it?


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on March 18, 2020, 05:28:37 PM
Leviathan: The Making of Hellraiser 1 & 2.

No great insights into the making of either film or great revelations on the movie except perhaps for the most hardcore fan. At almost three and a half hours long, it comes off as a 15 minute DVD extra that just wouldn't stop.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: chefzombie on March 18, 2020, 06:37:36 PM
THE DEAD DON'T DIE (2019)

This film had an all star cast and some great moments, but in the end, it couldn't decide if it was a quirky horror movie, or a dark comedy - and in trying to be both, it failed. Too many boring stretches, fourth wall breaks that make no sense, and completely unexplained plot twists.  Still worth watching if you can catch it for free.  Lots of star power - Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and Rosie Perez are some of the cast.  Wish they'd had a better script. 3/5

As I said elsewhere on this forum, somehow the sum is less than its parts.

Did anyone watch this one and find it a great movie? I know my thought on it align with both of you and anyone else I know who has seen it has said the same. Not totally terrible, but not worthy of the cast.

nuh UH!!! i stated quite clearly that we LOVED it!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on March 18, 2020, 09:28:20 PM
the Endless - I liked the dialogue an acting in this spooky sci fi type thing a lot. A guy and his brother (friend? i can't remember) leave a weird UFO cult at a young age. they try to make it in the world but come up pretty short, so they head back if only to say hi. when they get there they get a warm welcome but something is definitely off. The rest of it is interesting but I like the human aspect more than the sci fi part. and there needed to be more sex 4/5

Sweetheart - I enjoyed this teen desert island horror. The girl was born to play this role. something happens where some teens are washed up on shore. As the titular sweetheart attempts to survive, she keeps getting bothered by a horrible monster who comes at night. She and the others have english accents they try to hide. The ending could have been more creative and i didn't believe the two leads were romantically involved. 4/5

girl on the third floor - at first this seemed like a cringey film festival type film with too much pop culture and humor and so forth, but it takes a dark turn and evolves into a decent horror movie. The story being what it is, it wasn't going to be a masterpiece but they made the right choice having it be accessible like that. i liked the other two movies better but this was a little more mature in some ways. the more popular, less interesting "cool kid" of the three 3.75/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on March 19, 2020, 08:41:15 AM
"Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl" (1982)
The Pythons' 1980 live stage show is captured in a riotous concert film shot at the legendary L.A. venue. Skits include "The Argument Sketch," "Crunchy Frog," "Ministry of Silly Walks," and of course, "The Lumberjack Song." Tons of fun.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on March 19, 2020, 09:10:12 PM
"Hot Moves" (1984)
Four dorky Southern California teens make a pact that they will all lose their virginity by the end of summer. Hilarity is supposed to ensue.
...as you might expect from such a generic plot and title, this is another low budget, by-the-numbers '80s raunchy sex comedy. It has a few chuckles here and there and features lots of pretty girls in various states of undress, therefore I was entertained.
Actually, the main reason I sat thru this flick was because there are two non-album songs by the 80s metal band Raven (one of my favorites) on the soundtrack -- "Hot Moves," which resurfaced on 1999's Raw Tracks compilation, and "Ladykiller," which I'd never heard before tonight!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on March 19, 2020, 10:28:07 PM
My wife and I just watched READY OR NOT.  This was supposed to be a horror comedy but it was a lot darker than I expected - not too dark for me, but my wife didn't like it much at all.   Solid performances all the way around in this story of a family curse and the young bride who unwittingly becomes its victim, with just enough humor to relieve the grim parts. 4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on March 20, 2020, 06:24:31 PM
THE DUST WALKER - An Australian sci-fi/horror film in which the residents of a remote Australian town are taken over by some sort of body-snatching alien spores that drive them to kill their fellow townspeople.  A second alien shows up and begins "collecting" all the possessed townspeople - but why?  Is he there to help or make things worse?  This one was a bit confusing and hard to follow in places, but I still enjoyed it. Then again, any entertainment is welcome right now!  3.5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 21, 2020, 10:34:25 AM
MST3K: THE BLACK SCORPION: The feature is a by-the-numbers giant insect flick about giant scorpions coming out of a Mexican volcano; the only memorable thing is Willis O'Brien's stop-motion work. In Deep 13, Dr. Forrester and Erhart's self-experiments have gone awry; it also ends with a very funny reader letter providing an (unflattering) psychoanalysis of Crow. Overall, this late season1 episode never gets off the ground comedically, but better things are coming soon. 2.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on March 21, 2020, 02:38:06 PM
THANKSKILLING - OK, I have wanted to see this one for years, ever since seeing the trailer nearly a decade ago.  This is one of the WORST bad movies I have seen in a long time; and by WORST I mean most awesome!!!   Cheap special effects, incredibly stupid plotline, the dumbest college students in history, a topless pilgrim wench, and a radioactive killer turkey!  This one was just cheep cheesy fun from start to finish.   4.5/5

GRAVE ENCOUNTERS - I love this low-budget found footage horror masterpiece; it's proof that you don't need a multimillion dollar budget to make a genuinely scary horror film.  What would happen if the cynical, skeptical hosts of a GHOST HUNTERS-style reality show really did meet some malevolent undead spirits?  Watch and find out!  5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on March 21, 2020, 09:58:02 PM
"Pet Sematary" (2019)
Remake of Stephen King's saga of a country doctor, a dead cat, and a mystical Indian burial ground follows SK's original story pretty faithfully for a while, then unexpectedly flips the script into something quite different in the second half. As remakes go, it wasn't terrible, but it wasn't nearly as creepy as the '89 film and didn't have its emotional punch either. Overall, a pretty unnecessary exercise.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on March 21, 2020, 11:25:56 PM
AXE MURDERING WITH HACKLEY (2018)  Being homebound and not having any papers to grade (yet, we start distance learning next week), I've been watching a TON of movies this weekend.  Tonight it was AXE MURDERING WITH HACKLEY - a hilarious mashup of THE OFFICE, 9 TO 5, and FRIDAY THE 13TH.  Hackley had been the dominant slasher on the scene since the year 1980, but now the corporate world of serial killing, with its suffocating company policies, endless status meetings, and petty office feuds is simply too much for him.  Hackley longs for the good old days when he could simply go out and axe up teenagers at will, but that's against protocol these days.  This is a hilarious film with homages to many of our favorite slasher films; what they did with Jigsaw is worth the watch all by itself.  This was a hilarious send up of the whole slasher genre, and it's free on Amazon Prime!  4.5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on March 22, 2020, 09:13:03 AM
"Piranha" (1995)
Low rent, made for cable retread of the 1978 Joe Dante/Roger Corman killer-fish classic stars Alexandra "Baywatch" Paul, William "Greatest American Hero" Katt, an all grown up and spectacularly busty Soleil ("Punky Brewster") Moon Frye, and a pre-teen Mila Kunis (in her film debut). 
Large portions of the dialogue (and many of the fish-attack FX shots) were lifted right out of the '78 film, so it felt like I was sitting through a re-run. Stick with the 1978 version.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on March 22, 2020, 09:32:45 AM
Argoman (1967)

This one goes by a variety of titles, so I stuck with the most memorable (and easiest to google). This is essentially a European James Bond ripoff/parody, but with a Diabolik-style superhero. All very stylish and tongue in cheek. There is some influence of Adam West's Batman, but even more from British series The Avengers in the Emma Peel era. It pits the honourable gentleman-thief with superpowers Argoman against Jenabell, the Queen of the World, a classic supervillain with a spectacular wardrobe (often with gravity defying cleavage). The movie has the same approach to plot as Starcrash: let's shoot a bunch of cool scenes and hope that it somehow adds up to a movie. Great fun, if silly.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: claws on March 22, 2020, 09:43:31 AM
Rocketman (2019)

Elton John bio that's part musical. Taron Egerton as Elton John wasn't as captivating (but still great) as Rami Malek playing Freddie Mercury but then again they both are different in character. My only gripe - no "Little Jeannie" which is my favorite Elton song. 4.5/5

The Dark Tower (2017)

Based on Stephen King novel. Fantasy Action Adventure Western (!) with a bit of Sci-Fi and a touch of supernatural horror. Idris Elba is good but Matthew McConaughey obviously steals the show - one of the better villain performances in recent years. Anyway, I enjoyed this. 3/5

Child's Play (2019)

Remake of a classic with a few modern adjustments. I thought it worked out well. Far from perfect but not a disgrace to the original. I doubt they will make a sequel though. 3/5





Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on March 22, 2020, 09:49:51 AM
THE DISASTER ARTIST (2017)

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

I think we all know THE ROOM. Personally, I don't think it's that bad, I've seen much worse. The only particularly weird thing about it is Tommy himself, who appears to be from another planet, or maybe another dimension - without him, the movie would be just another crappy drama. THE DISASTER ARTIST explores the making of the film and the inspiration behind it, in a very kind and funny way. I never felt like they were mocking the wooden duo, but rather celebrating them and their friendship. In many ways, this movie felt a lot like ED WOOD, although I prefer the latter, even when it's less accurate.
Overall, a great movie. I honestly didn't realize it was James Franco until halfway the movie, which is a testament of the transformation the actor (and director!) went through for this particular role. Recommended for both fans of THE ROOM, and for those who haven't watched it yet, because they will certainly will feel compelled to do it.

A well deserved 9/10.  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on March 22, 2020, 10:58:17 AM
BEASTER DAY - A giant carnivorous rabbit is wandering through a small mountain town, devouring scantily clad (and unclad) females and everyone else in its path while the stoner mayor wonder what to do about the situation, and whether or not to cancel the Easter parade.  It makes absolutely no sense and the rabbit is a goofy giant puppet, and basically reeks "badness" from every pore.  I loved it! 4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on March 22, 2020, 11:56:56 AM
Witching & b***hing. A Spanish language horror comedy which starts off with a robbery going wrong and ends up with the robbers getting into a lot of trouble with their attempted getaway to France. A bit like From Dust Til Dawn only with witches instead of vampires. It didn't make me laugh once, but was moderately enjoyable.

Season of the Witch (1972). A bored housewife starts flirting with witchcraft in an attempt to liven up her humdrum life. This has a very similar pacing to director George Romaro's 'Martin' (what many people would call slow). I am two thirds into the films run time and she has only just picked up some stuff to learn how to be a witch. It establishes very early on that the lead is dissatisfied with her life. Then it establishes it some more (oh gods, does it keep establishing this) and keeps on going in the same vein. Anyway, she ends up a happy and confident woman.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 23, 2020, 08:48:05 AM
VEROTIKA (2019): Three vignettes of "violent erotika." With lethargic acting, stupid dialogue, zero scares, and stories without any real resolution, it's just as torturous as you've heard. By the end, you're praying for the sweet release of death. 1/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: claws on March 23, 2020, 08:50:41 AM
VEROTIKA (2019): Three vignettes of "violent erotika." With lethargic acting, stupid dialogue, zero scares, and stories without any real resolution, it's just as torturous as you've heard. By the end, you're praying for the sweet release of death. 1/5.

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2,1/10 IMDb

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Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on March 23, 2020, 10:23:21 AM
"Vice Academy Part 2" (1990)
Ditzy rookie cops Holly (Ginger Lynn Allen) and Dee Dee (Linnea Quigley) have graduated from the academy and are given their first "real" assignment - to track down the super villainess "Spanish Fly," who plans to spike the city water supply with a lethal aphrodisiac.
...I swear, I am not making this up.
Obviously you don't watch ultra-cheap sex comedies like these for realistic plots or great performances, you watch 'em for the eye candy, which this flick delivers in spades. Casting former porn queen Ginger Lynn as the uptight, prim & proper half of the lead duo is also good for a few chuckles. Otherwise, this series is mainly for those who think the "Police Academy" flicks are too cerebral.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on March 23, 2020, 12:33:31 PM
is that Glenn Danzig one  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on March 23, 2020, 12:35:29 PM
OCEAN'S ELEVEN (2001)

Danny Ocean and his ten accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.

Get ready for an unpopular opinion...

I enjoy scam movies a lot. I decided to give this one a chance, even when it's filled with actors hated by me, since it's quite famous and generally regarded as a great movie, and by many as the ultimate con movie. Boy I was disappointed.
First of all, my biggest gripe with this film: I don't care about any of the characters. I don't even know the names of most of them, the only one who has a little bit of development is Ocean himself but since he's played by George Clooney it doesn't matter because that man can't act - he's literally smiling in every single scene. The only character for whom I cared a little was Saul, but after thinking about it I realized that his job is completely unnecesary: why go through all the effort of bringing the explosives into the vault when they had a man inside? Why not just give them to the chinese fella and avoid the whole suitcase drama?

The whole movie is filled with plot holes like this one that only serve to pad the film, like the romantic interest that it's 100% useless, and full of "what if" situations. What if the EMP didn't worked? What if the tech guy got caught while lost? What if the entered the room where Ocean was getting beaten? The amount of chance this plan was based on is so ridiculous that borders in the realm of magic. I like my scam movies to be rooted in reality, that's why they're fun, because they can easily happen around us.

And what's up with the uplifting music after they commited a robbery like this? Am I supposed to feel good about these criminals? They're thiefs for f**k sake. I actually cheered the whole movie for Benedict. I waited for a nice twist at the end that salvaged this whole mess but it never came. Instead, it was filled with cliches: girlfriend goes with the bad guy but at the end she stays with the "good" guy, bad guy is bad because he has money and therefore he must be evil and do evil stuff, no one ever caughts them even when the government itself may be after them, they're all so incredibly good at what they do that not even the entire staff at the casino can even stop them, etc.

I felt like this movie was the GOODFELLAS of scam films: flashy and cocky, but with crappy plot and even crappier characters. And like GOODFELLAS, it's held like some sort of sacred piece of art. Sorry, but to me, it's more like a piece of crap.

3/10  :thumbdown:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 23, 2020, 02:46:59 PM
is that Glenn Danzig one  :bouncegiggle:

Yeah, I'll have a brief writeup/warning on my site in a couple of days.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: claws on March 24, 2020, 02:24:34 AM
The Stand (1994)

A deadly virus kills most of the population except for a group of people immune to the disease. However, the survivors must take a stand and face an evil force.
I've actually never seen this even though it was omni-present in video rental stores back in the day. The Stand was released to blu-ray last year remastered and restored (they had to fix special effects since they didn't translate well to HD) and it looks quite nice. Shot on 16mm which gives it an undenial slight "cheap" amateurish look and feel but I got used to it as it went along. Acting is strong with only a few awkward moments. Entertaining time capsule and with a running time of six hours perfect for quarantine-viewing. 4.5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 24, 2020, 05:53:20 PM
MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE (1935): Having nothing to do with the title, this W.C. Fields vehicle has the Great Man as a henpecked husband who only wants to see a wrestling match, but gets himself into disaster after disaster instead. It's a patchwork collection of gags, from drunk burglars singing in the cellar to Fields getting 4 different traffic tickets in the space of five minutes, but you really have to root for a hardworking guy who only wants to watch wrestling and drink homemade applejack in his spare time. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: ER on March 24, 2020, 09:39:51 PM
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Been out for almost twenty years now and it's still a delight.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on March 24, 2020, 09:46:12 PM
"Annabelle" (2014)
Creepy-cool spin off from "The Conjuring" set in the late 60s, with a young couple battling to keep their newborn daughter safe from a demonically possessed doll that wants her soul. A nicely done period piece that owes more to vintage flicks like "Rosemary's Baby" than the "Chucky" style killer doll schlock I'd expected.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: ER on March 24, 2020, 10:52:56 PM
"Annabelle" (2014)
Creepy-cool spin off from "The Conjuring" set in the late 60s, with a young couple battling to keep their newborn daughter safe from a demonically possessed doll that wants her soul. A nicely done period piece that owes more to vintage flicks like "Rosemary's Baby" than the "Chucky" style killer doll schlock I'd expected.

Growing up I had a neighbor who was raised in a strict backwoods type of Bible faith in West Virginia, and she used to tell me people should not have dolls because putting human features on them violated the graven images prohibitions in the Bible. She could get creepy telling about dolls being a focal point for evil spirits who came to have a draining effect on the children who loved the dolls.

She never got into anything as hokey as the scary dolls shown in movies, them moving, talking, any of that, but she told some spooky yarns she said were true, about children coming to love their dolls more than people and the dolls influencing their minds and alienating people around them, spirits residing in the dolls and things like that.

She was a sweet lady but man when she got going she could tell me stuff in a way that'd scare me later in bed at night, lol.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 25, 2020, 08:57:31 AM
ONWARD (2020): An elf quests to resurrect his father for one day in a fantasy world of centaurs and dragons, but where magic has been forgotten and suburban technology has taken over. Missing a breakthrough character, but its more Pixar magic with exciting action scenes, detailed worldbuilding, and positive messages. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: claws on March 25, 2020, 01:46:33 PM
Missing Link (2019)

Bigfoot lures an explorer to America so he can help him travel to the Himalayas to live with his Yeti relatives.
Funny stop-motion adventure from Laika Studios ("Coraline"). Nominated for best animation feature at the Oscars, Missing Link was a box office bomb and one can only wonder why. It is pretty original, charming and beautiful to look at. Some of the jokes are aimed at adults and are really hilarious. I enjoyed this quite a bit. 4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on March 26, 2020, 12:06:24 PM
"Slave to the Grind" (2018)
No, this is not a movie about the Skid Row album - it's a documentary about grindcore, the ultra-extreme offspring of hardcore punk and thrash/death metal which exploded all over the globe during the mid to late '80s. The genre's long, sometimes bizarre history is examined via vintage clips, photos and interviews with members of Napalm Death, Brutal Truth, Carcass, Agothacles, A.C., Repulsion, and many more. I'm not even a grind guy, but I enjoyed this entertaining, informative doc.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 26, 2020, 01:17:21 PM
POPPY (1936): W.C. Fields is a carnival con man who schemes to get a widow's fortune, while his daughter Poppy falls in love with a rich boy. Pretty standard comedy, but it's always fun to see Fields play a scoundrel with a heart of gold. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on March 27, 2020, 02:15:24 AM
Planet of the Female Invaders (El planeta de las mujeres invasores) 1966

Continuing my exploration of silly 60s movies, I stumbled upon this, attracted by the title and the costumes of the titular invaders. Judging by the photos, it is a sequel of sorts to Gigantes Planetarios, which might explain some things (but not all). It would seem that someone saw Cat Women on the Moon, and thought that it would make a good movie for kids, but then without the gritty realism of the original. The result is incredibly goofy, and doesn't make any sense at all. Interestingly, the aliens land their flying saucer at an amusement park and disguise it as a carnival attraction to lure unsuspecting earthmen. Also, although this is a Mexican movie, the hero is a boxer and not a luchador.
Oddly, the basic plot is pretty bleak. The aliens abduct humans, so they can harvest their lungs, because the aliens can't breathe very long on earth. The aliens find out that children's lungs are much better suited, so they target a school with a death ray that zaps the adults, and capture a bunch of kids. This could be quite the horror movie, but these aliens are the most ineffectual and non threatening villains I have ever seen. This is silly on a Solarnauts level.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on March 27, 2020, 09:37:21 AM
"All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records" (2015)
A bittersweet documentary (directed by Tom Hanks' son, Colin) about the iconic record store chain, tracing its long and sometimes wild history -- from humble beginnings in early '60s Southern California through its massive growth in the '70s and '80s into a globally recognized music-biz brand, before sadly ending with Tower's swift demise at the dawn of the Napster era. Interviews with longtime Tower employees (and famous customers like Dave Grohl, Elton John, and Bruce Springsteen) confirm that Tower was the coolest record store ever to exist in the known universe, as if we didn't know that already.

Dammit, I miss Tower Records. :(


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on March 27, 2020, 11:03:58 AM
Headcount - I liked the dorky quiet-ish guy in this. just an interesting and different sort of character. He and his hippie brother go for a hike and run into a group of people including girls which is always a good thing. At some point, they arouse the wrath of some sort of otherwordly beast who begins to pick them off.

Hard to describe without giving a lot of it away. Its a drunk/ stoned teenagers on a getaway thing. One problem is the monster itself isn't really revealed and we aren't told that much about it. ( spoiler : Also, if the beast can be conjured by reading something of a popular website, isn't everyone who reads it gonna die?)

The teenagers seemed more realistic than usual and there's some cool stuff. 4/5

Dave Chappelle - sticks and Stones. there needs to be a thousand more things like this. movies, shows, specials etc 5/5

Don't be Afraid of the Dark - Everyone knows the real Grimm fairy tales or whatever are darker than the ones we ended up hearing as kids. This is kind of like what someone imagining what those are like would come up with. Katie Holmes, who I for some reason feel bad for even though she has tens of millions of dollars, is the standout as the new stepmom trying to make good in a tough situation with the new fam. They moved into an old house and it has all these secrets. it looks every inch the spooky old house and is IRL probably some famous house in Scotland or something. I'm more into sordid pirahna beach movies but this worked and I especially liked the ending, which is a rarity nowadays
4.25/ 5



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on March 27, 2020, 11:12:39 AM
it looks every inch the spooky old house and is IRL probably some famous house in Scotland or something.

Surprisingly, I believe the house is in Australia. I seem to remember watching a making-of documentary and hearing that.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 29, 2020, 09:14:16 AM
THE PLATFORM: Prisoners are sentenced (although some perversely volunteer) to a social experiment: the live in a pit with many levels (they randomly move to a new one each month). Each day a banquet descends from the top to the bottom. If everyone eats just what they need there will be enough for everyone, but those at the top gorge themselves and all the food is always gone well before it gets to the bottom. This movie, which is both a political allegory and by the end a strange religious allegory, resembles a mix of of CUBE and SNOWPIERCER and explores every aspect of human brutality in some fairly shocking ways. On Netflix only. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on March 29, 2020, 10:06:00 AM
THE BOYS (2019) - A darkly humorous Amazon Prime series about a world where superheroes are real, have major corporate sponsorships, and are not at all nice in private!  Filled with memorable characters like Homelander, Starlight, and A-Train among the "Supes" and Billy Butcher and Mother's Milk among The Boys, an informal team determined to bring down the Supes, this is a gritty, gory, enjoyable send-up of the shiny, happy Marvel Universe.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on March 29, 2020, 11:19:00 AM
"DOA: Dead or Alive" (2006)
Four lovely female fighters receive invitations to a secret no-holds-barred martial arts tournament on a secluded island, with a $10 million dollar prize for the winner.  
This cartoony kung-fu junk (apparently based on a video game series, with which I am unfamiliar) stars Jaime ("My Name is Earl") Pressly, Devon "Sin City" Aoki, Holly "Neighbours" Valance, and Sarah "Smallville" Carter as our heroines, who pretty much spend the whole movie beating the crap out of an endless stream of bad guys (and occasionally, each other) till they eventually reach the Big Boss, who's played by... (wait for it) Eric "Julia's Brother" Roberts. (His presence is *always* the sign of a quality film.)
...soooo yeah, this is basically the generic store-brand version of a "Mortal Kombat" flick, with waaay more/better T&A. Therefore I was entertained, even if it was for all the wrong reasons.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: chefzombie on March 29, 2020, 05:12:45 PM
THE BOYS (2019) - A darkly humorous Amazon Prime series about a world where superheroes are real, have major corporate sponsorships, and are not at all nice in private!  Filled with memorable characters like Homelander, Starlight, and A-Train among the "Supes" and Billy Butcher and Mother's Milk among The Boys, an informal team determined to bring down the Supes, this is a gritty, gory, enjoyable send-up of the shiny, happy Marvel Universe.

i plan to start this tonight, since alex mentioned the umbrella academy as similar. LOVED the umbrella academy!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on March 29, 2020, 06:06:02 PM
"Alice, Sweet Alice" (1976)
A tightly wound Italian-Catholic family comes apart at the seams in 1961 New Jersey, when their youngest daughter is murdered on the day of her first Communion and her weird, withdrawn older sister becomes the prime suspect.
This psychological thriller is known mainly as the film debut of a young Brooke Shields (who plays the pre-teen murder victim). The posters make it look like just another slasher flick, but it's more of a murder mystery in the vein of Hitchcock, or the Italian "giallo" thrillers of the 60s and '70s. Weird, loaded with disturbing religious imagery/symbolism, but also very atmospheric and effective. They don't make'em like this anymore.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on March 29, 2020, 09:26:30 PM
"Looney Tunes: Back in Action" (2003)
Bugs, Daffy and two human pals (Jenna Elfman and Brendan Fraser) set out on a globe trotting adventure which takes them from the Warner Bros. movie lot in Hollywood to the Louvre in Paris and even to darkest Africa, as they try to keep a priceless treasure away from the evil head of the ACME Corporation (Steve Martin).
Joe "Gremlins" Dante directed this high energy, low brow live action/animation mix which has a lot of funny bits but overall is stuffed with way too many side gags, pointless celebrity cameos and mugging, overacting performances by its human cast (esp. Martin).
Warner Brothers had hoped that this flick would re-introduce the Looney Tunes brand to 21st century kids, but when it tanked at the box office, it sent Bugs and friends back to TV purgatory instead.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on March 30, 2020, 06:32:02 PM
The Forest - I don't know why, but I have to work myself up to write these things, even though they are like two sentences long and just very very general thoughts on something I just saw. A woman's twin sister is missing in that forest in Japan where people go to kill themselves. Thats the hook, if you will, this forest that apparently exists. She is warned about the dangers of the forest and how it can make play tricks on your mind a la The Geto Boys "my minds playing tricks on me". Helping her out is some guy she met at a bar who she has minimal sexual tension with (she's married). This movie was "great" in the sense that it was a great example of a movie that is really good but not quite great. 4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 31, 2020, 10:11:40 AM
BACURAU (2019): A group of killers isolate a small Brazilian village intending to massacre the residents for recreation, but find the peasants are more resourceful than they anticipated. A lot of drama up front as we get to know the many villagers; the action never gets too hot, but there are touches of Leone and Kurosawa in the third act. A bit unnerving, considering the political situation in Brazil at the moment. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on March 31, 2020, 12:45:22 PM
BLADE RUNNER (1982)
WARNING: SPOILERS AT THE END

A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Since I'm not a huge sci-fi fan, I never cared too much attention to this classic. I finally watched it and I have to say, the scenery in this movie is incredible. The overall dystopian look fully takes you into this strange world, and I wasn't bored at all like a lot of people claims to be. My main grip is that the whole idea of the movie has been explored before, especially by Rod Serling in THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Honestly, I didn't understood the big deal about the plot, I actually thought it was kinda generic at that point.
Still, it's a charming movie and Harrison Ford is quite believable as a blade runner, although not as much as a replicant, as Ridley Scott confirmed years ago. To be honest, it sounded really stupid to me. I actually toyed with the idea while watching the movie, but many things disuaded me from reaching to that conclusion, mainly the fact that Deckard gets his ass handed to him easily by the antagonists. Shouldn't he be able to fight in more even terms? He was trained in combat as well.

A fun movie and a beatiful piece of art to look at. 8/10  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 02, 2020, 10:44:55 AM
"The Avengers" (1998)
Ultra-posh gentleman secret agent Steed (Ralph Fiennes) and his foxy new partner Emma Peel (Uma Thurman) must stop a mad scientist (Sean Connery) who has figured out how to weaponize the weather, and plans to use it to hold the world for ransom.

Obviously not to be confused with the Marvel super-hero "Avengers," this is a high tech update of the cult British TV spy series from the swingin' Sixties. Former 007 Connery seems to be having fun playing a Bond-style villain, and of course Uma looks great squeezed into Mrs. Peel's trademark skin tight leather suit, but the story is a muddle, going around in circles till things finally start blowing up in the finale.

This flick was a major box office flop when it was released and legend has it that its failure hastened Sir Connery's decision to retire from acting. I can't say I blame him.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 02, 2020, 12:31:08 PM
EXECUTIVE KOALA (2005): A koala in a business suit works for a Japanese pickle company, and is also accused of killing his wife and girlfriend, and can't defend himself because he's got selective amnesia. This manga come to life almost stands on its own without the anthropomorphic gimmick; it's just goofy enough to keep you entertained for a brisk 90 minutes. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on April 02, 2020, 12:39:11 PM
"The Avengers" (1998)
Ultra-posh gentleman secret agent Steed (Ralph Fiennes) and his foxy new partner Emma Peel (Uma Thurman) must stop a mad scientist (Sean Connery) who has figured out how to weaponize the weather, and plans to use it to hold the world for ransom.

Obviously not to be confused with the Marvel super-hero "Avengers," this is a high tech update of the cult British TV spy series from the swingin' Sixties. Former 007 Connery seems to be having fun playing a Bond-style villain, and of course Uma looks great squeezed into Mrs. Peel's trademark skin tight leather suit, but the story is a muddle, going around in circles till things finally start blowing up in the finale.

This flick was a major box office flop when it was released and legend has it that its failure hastened Sir Connery's decision to retire from acting. I can't say I blame him.

I thought the one that led him to retire was THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, which I personally loved and it's one of my guilty pleasures in the world of cinema.  :twirl:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 02, 2020, 01:12:23 PM

I thought the one that led him to retire was THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, which I personally loved and it's one of my guilty pleasures in the world of cinema.  :twirl:

L.X.G. (which I also enjoyed) may have been the bomb that finalized his decision to step down, but "The Avengers" probably helped. :D


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: chefzombie on April 02, 2020, 01:27:56 PM
i liked league too, i'm glad i'm not alone!  :cheers:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on April 02, 2020, 01:49:10 PM
Yeah, I liked the League too. I believe the reason Connery retired though was because of how the director treated him on set rather than the film's lack of success. There was at least one point where the pair were reported to have been close to blows. Shame really.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on April 02, 2020, 08:11:06 PM

I thought the one that led him to retire was THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, which I personally loved and it's one of my guilty pleasures in the world of cinema.  :twirl:

L.X.G. (which I also enjoyed) may have been the bomb that finalized his decision to step down, but "The Avengers" probably helped. :D

You too liked it? Man, that movie is so strange, it seems that everybody enjoyed it, yet it's somehow universally hated.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: chefzombie on April 03, 2020, 01:12:44 PM
yeah, it's kind of the opposite version of citizen kane, lol!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on April 04, 2020, 07:36:24 AM
DEADLY INSTINCTS (1997)  A meteorite lands at a Boston girls' school, discharging a slimy alien and his captive human female.  This bizarre mashup of HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP and INSEMINOID features plenty of violence and mayhem, occasional nudity, and a thrown-together plot that is laughable but keeps the story moving.  A good way to spend a quarantined evening, especially since it was free on Amazon Prime.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 04, 2020, 09:33:17 AM
MST3K: ROCKETSHIP X-M: The movie is quite dumb without really being easy to mock because it's also drab and talky. It's about mankind's first rocket to the moon that goes off course and lands on Mars instead where they have a brief encounter with some cavemen (groan). The real attraction of this episode is the introduction of TV's Frank, who steps completely into his role from the very first ("I'm the God!") and gives the series that piece it was missing in season 1. It's also the first time Mike Nelson appears on the hexfield screen. Not a great episode, but a huge leap forward from Season 1. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 04, 2020, 09:40:36 AM
"Vinylmania: When Life Runs at 33 Revolutions Per Minute" (2012)
A record collector and DJ travels the world visiting record stores and pressing plants, and talking to fellow vinyl junkies about why the LP format continues to thrive and survive.
This seems a bit artsier and more pretentious than usual for this sort of doc, but it's still a fun watch. Maybe it's just me, but I always get a kick out of seeing a copy of one of my favorite albums randomly hanging on the wall of a record shop in Tokyo, or wherever.
This was apparently the "Official Film of Record Store Day" in 2012, for whatever that's worth.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 04, 2020, 04:32:23 PM
"You Only Live Twice" (1967)
James Bond travels to Japan, where SPECTRE is stealing U.S. and Russian space capsules out of the sky in order to kick start WWIII. Over the top, action  packed fun.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 05, 2020, 10:05:35 AM
"Hired Gun" (2016)
A highly entertaining and enlightening documentary about the often-unsung, anonymous rock musicians who make a living by renting out their talents to superstar artists, on tour and in the recording studio. Lots of great stories are told by longtime road warriors like Jason Newsted, Nita Strauss, Rudy Sarzo, Eric Singer, and many more. This was worth watching just to learn how badly Billy Joel screwed over the members of his '70s backing band. Not cool, Billy, not cool.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 05, 2020, 11:44:54 AM
The OA - Netflix series about a girl with mysterious powers working with a group of random people from her town to try and rescue some people somewhere. Pretty vague description but its heavy on twists and turns so I don't want to give them away.

If you were a fan of Medium and/or Brit Marling's other work like Another Earth its definitely a must see. going in cold it might come of as too slow and a little girly. excellent villain

4.5 /5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 06, 2020, 09:27:08 AM
"Dead Heat" (1988)
While investigating a string of bizarre robberies committed by seemingly-indestructible goons, a pair of wisecracking L.A. cops (Treat Williams and Joe Piscopo) learn that a mad scientist (Vincent Price!) has invented a way to re-animate dead criminals.
This action packed (and quite gory) buddy cop/horror spoof totally missed a bet by not calling itself "Beverly Hills Zombie."


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on April 07, 2020, 12:27:34 AM
ATTACK OF THE TATTIE-BOGLE (2017) A group of friends meet to spend the 4th of July weekend at a remote lake cabin in Wisconsin.  None of them are particularly memorable; the conversation seems more like something from 2016 than 2017 - the two liberals, for example, comparing George Bush to Hitler and questioning whether the 4th is worth celebrating any more while a redneck conservative pushes them to wear flag bandanas - but all of that is forgotten when a masked stranger shows up and starts killing them.  That's really it - he is killing everybody he finds, they are scrambling to survive.  Minimal gore, no T&A, unlikable characters - and yet the story is entertaining by its sheer simplicity and short run time (1 hour).  And you never find out what on earth a "Tattie-Bogle" is or why the name is in the movie's title.   2.5/5 - I've seen worse films on Amazon Prime, and at least this one was free.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on April 07, 2020, 02:47:47 AM
A Tattie-Bogle is a local thing around here. It is along the lines of a scarecrow. One of the villages near by has a festival based around them where homemade versions are hung outside their houses.

https://sco.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tattie-bogle (https://sco.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tattie-bogle)


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 07, 2020, 08:54:42 AM
THE OTHER LAMB (2019): Young Selah starts having doubts about the nomadic cult she's grown up in, which is divided into "wives" and "daughters" and led by a single male "Shepherd." Well-shot and well-intentioned, but it really should have picked up the pace; it seems a lot of opportunities for drama and character development were avoided in favor of scenes of walking, or Selah staring portentously. 2.5/5. 


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 07, 2020, 08:45:53 PM
"Warlock" (1989)
A powerful male witch (Julian Sands) escapes the gallows in the 1620's by casting a spell that launches him forwards in time to 1980s Southern California, with a witch hunter in hot pursuit.
Essentially a supernatural spin on "The Terminator," this '80s video store fave hasn't aged particularly well but Sands is an appropriately nasty bad guy and Lori "Footloose" Singer adds some comic relief as a Valley Girl who gets caught in the middle of the battle. Followed by.two sequels.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on April 08, 2020, 08:28:09 AM
THE DOLL FACTORY - Ultra-low budget Amazon Prime movie, featuring a bunch of teenagers who decide to read some incantations from a book of witchcraft in an abandoned factory and bring a bunch of murderous dolls back to life.  Stupid, bad effects, racial stereotypes, pretty much bad everything. 2/5

AGE OF SUMMER -  A surprisingly good coming-of-age flick about a kid from up north who moves to California and tries to become a junior lifeguard, juggling friendship, a stolen bike, and an unrequited crush on one of his fellow lifeguards.  This was better than I thought it would be. 4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 09, 2020, 10:05:14 AM
"KISS: Beyond the Makeup" (2001)
...this VH1 documentary traces Kiss' history from their humble New York beginnings, through the '70s rise and fall, the '80s resurrection and the '90s reunion, up to the then-current "Farewell Tour" (which of course ended up being only a "Farewell" to the reunited original lineup!).
I'm pretty sure I saw this when it first aired years ago, and even though it's obviously quite out of date now, it was still a cool trip down memory lane, loaded with vintage performance clips and interviews.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 09, 2020, 01:05:58 PM
the OA season two - a little more conventional and a lot more complicated than the first season. Now, the action is in two different dimensions, as the OA, reemerging as a Russian heiress, attempts to stop the evil HAP from doing whatever he's doing. The group of kids from the first season try to make sense of it all without the help of their ostensible leader and a new character is introduced: a detective investigating a mysterious house around which all the plots come together. like I said, its kind of complicated.

Netflix apparently didn't promote the show very much and it was cancelled after this. Too bad, I was riveted and could certainly have watched another season if not many more

5/5 in memoriam


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on April 09, 2020, 09:36:37 PM
AXE GIANT (2013) - A group of juvenile delinquents are sent to a boot camp style reform course in the mountains, and one of them defiles the grave of a giant ox, bringing a wrathful Paul Bunyan rampaging down on them with his huge axe.  I'll be honest; this was better than I thought it was going to be - cheesy gore effects, unlikable teenagers, a whacked-out Joe Estevez, and a cameo by Dan Haggerty (AKA Grizzly Adams).  Totally worth the hour and a half it took to watch it! 2/5 on a real movie scale, a solid 4/5 on the bad movie scale!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on April 11, 2020, 03:04:50 AM
READY OR NOT (2019)

This has been on my watch list since I first saw the trailer, and then when I saw that Indy recommended it, I sought it out. This is an absolute hoot. An unsuspecting bride is falls victim to an ancient tradition, where she has to be sacrificed before dawn to avert the family curse. There is not a lot of mystery (we know the set up before the credits roll) and it is mainly played for suspense. One of the aspects I liked is that the family are not your standard Evil Cultists/Conspirators. They are often as baffled by the situation as the bride, all they know is they have to kill her to save themselves. It does get quite bloody at times


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 11, 2020, 06:59:11 AM
"Warlock: The Armageddon" (1993)
Julian Sands is back for another round as Satan's son, trying to bring about the end of the world (again) by collecting six sacred stones that will open a portal to Hell. Fortunately there's a pair of powerful teenagers standing in his way, who've been trained by Druids for just such an occasion.
The first "Warlock" flick had a cast of decent actors but mostly-terrible effects; this time it's the other way around. "Armageddon" is faster-paced and much gorier than the first movie, but the performances are mostly atrocious (even Sands seems to be phoning it in). The few attempts at early 90s CGI are laughable as well. Still, if you liked the first "Warlock" you'll probably dig this one.
As an added metal-nerd bonus, the end credits theme song is "Something Wicked" by Nuclear Assault!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on April 11, 2020, 07:32:47 AM
DEVIL TIMES FIVE (1974)  So I discovered this channel on Amazon Prime called POPCORN FODDER, in which the host (who would be a good fit here, BTW) plays classic bad movies and comments on them.  I'd never heard of this one, but it's a hilarious 70's horror featuring a pre-teen Lief Garret as the leader of a pack of homicidal children who survive a wreck (the van was taking them to a mental hospital) and come to a mountain lodge, where they kill the group of unsuspecting adults residing there.  It's a cheesy delight, and the host's commentary makes it all the more fun! 4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 11, 2020, 12:03:00 PM
The Invitation (2015) - LA weirdos invite people over to try and make them join their cult... or are they just annoying? Why the normal seeming main guy knew all these people or goes along with it doesn't make tons of sense, but whole situation is sordidly great 5/5 the bald guy is terrifying


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: chefzombie on April 11, 2020, 04:04:44 PM
indy, is that a free channel on prime?


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on April 11, 2020, 07:05:04 PM
indy, is that a free channel on prime?

The first season is free.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: claws on April 12, 2020, 03:00:59 PM
47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019)

Two stepsisters and two friends explore an underwater temple/cave/maze in Mexico. Soon they are trapped and must face hungry blind (!) sharks.
Dumb sequel with cliche dialogue and bland/annoying actors. They threw in a bit of teen-bullying that goes nowhere, and added mild tension between the stepsisters (one is hot, the other is not) to spice things up I guess. I was surprised they recreated the best fright bits from the first film. It just shows how lazy this sequel is. Also, nobody  has a cell phone and the soundtrack consists of 1990s songs which seems well, odd. The shark design is actually creepy and the f/x are good. During the final half they managed a few well staged thrilling action scenes, and the tacky never ending ending is so over the top ridiculous that it's almost good. 2/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: chefzombie on April 12, 2020, 03:42:34 PM
had my mind seriously blown last night, by a silent movie starring mary pickford called " poor little rich girl".  it's based on my all time childhood fave book of the same name, and it is BRILLIANT!
  it compresses the story down to the essentials, and the effects were excellent, considering the era! i can't believe i never knew this existed, as much as i love the book.
    watching it felt like reliving the dream i had after reading the book at age 8, and it felt like a good omen too. i don't quite know how to express that...it gave me hope, somehow.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 12, 2020, 06:29:30 PM
"On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969)

James Bond (played for the first and only time by previously-unknown Aussie George Lazenby) romances a Countess and foils SPECTRE's latest germ-warfare plot in the snowy Swiss Alps.
Bond fans have been split on this movie for years. Some think it's the best film in the series, while others dismiss it altogether, due to Lazenby's lack of acting experience/ability. I think it's a bit overlong and drags in the midsection, but the last 40 minutes are just one cool action sequence after another.  
Lazenby (a former male model) may not have been much of an actor at this time, but but he definitely showed some promise in "OHMSS" -- if he hadn't followed the terrible advice of his manager (who said that Bond was a Sixties fad and the character would be "passe" in the '70s) and done at least one more 007 film, movie history might have been quite different.

I've always found George's story fascinating - he was a nobody who essentially walked in off the street, bulls**tted his way into the most coveted movie role in the world, and then went "OK, I'm done" after only one film. Even if you think he was crazy or stupid (or both) you gotta admit he had steel cojones!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on April 13, 2020, 06:20:41 AM
Tales from Earthsea (2006)

This. is. SLOW. This is the movie by Miyazaki Jr. and where Hayao Miyazaki's movies are exciting and imaginative, Goro's is predictable and portentous.  The simple plot is cobbled together from Ursula K. Le Guin's Earth Sea stories, and can't sustain a two hour movie. Also, while Hayao Miyazaki delights in world building, here you have a handful of characters and a few, largely empty settings. Only for Ghibli completionists.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 13, 2020, 01:25:18 PM
chef zombie - I've never seen that one. when silent movies "work" it can be a really unique, enjoyable experience. I guess that can be said of any movie though!



It Comes at Night (2017) - suddenly apropos thriller about people living off the grid to avoid a corona virus like virus. The central thesis: that being super paranoid about germs and only hanging out with your family all the time isn't much fun, has largely been confirmed

4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: chefzombie on April 13, 2020, 06:29:25 PM
i think you'd like it lester.  :smile:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 14, 2020, 01:06:14 PM
"The Substitute" (1996)
A mercenary (Tom Berenger of "Platoon") takes an undercover gig in a gang-infested Miami high school after his teacher girlfriend is victimized by some of the students.  You can probably figure out the rest yourself.

There's nothing in this so-'90s-it-hurts mash-up of the "hood movie" and action genres that you haven't seen in dozens of other cheap shoot-em-up revenge flicks, but it's an entertainingly silly slab of ultra-violent nonsense.

Followed by three (!) direct-to-video sequels, with Treat Williams taking the place of Berenger.

Fun fact: the teenage gang leader is played by Marc Anthony, who would later marry Jennifer Lopez!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 14, 2020, 02:12:02 PM
BUTT BOY (2019): I.T. specialist Chip becomes obsessed with sticking items into his rectum; years later, he becomes an Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor for a police detective who grows to suspect Chip is involved in a child’s disappearance. What makes the experiment work, to the extent it does, is its dedication to remain absolutely deadpan up until act three, when it goes all the way to the end of its alimentary canal of a premise. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 16, 2020, 07:19:21 AM
"Rat Skates: Born in the Basement" (2007)
Original Overkill drummer Lee "Rat Skates" Kundrat (who left the band in 1987) compiled this entertaining documentary about the early days of his band, and of the thrash metal scene in general, loaded with vintage pix and video from his archives. Rat seems a bit full of himself (he never mentions any of the other guys' names when talking about Overkill - it's always "I," "me," etc.) and the fact that none of his former bandmates appear in it makes the narrative a bit one-sided, but it's a cool trip down memory lane anyway.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 16, 2020, 09:16:25 AM
SLAY THE DRAGON (2019): This documentary follows a group of Wisconsin citizens as they propose and create a state ballot initiative to end gerrymandering by creating independent bodies to redraw congressional districts, while the Republican-dominated legislature tries to stop them. Gerrymandering is a pernicious problem in American democracy, one that is only growing worse due to modern analytics and computerized information gathering, and this documentary does a great job explaining it. Although I accept that the Republicans are the villains in this round of gerrymandering, this practice is a bipartisan evil, and the makers really needed to bend over backwards to make that clearer---as it is, "Dragon" may lose some of its effectiveness because it will be viewed as a left-slanted call to action, despite the fact that the reforms it advocates are essential to democracy. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pennywise37 on April 17, 2020, 03:20:41 AM
there's a movie called Butt Boy? what the hell? who names these movies?  anyways i watched 2 of the MCU movies this week last night i watched 'Thor: The Dark World (2013) a film that is i think far far better than the 1st one even if the cast and it's director don't much care for it cause apparently they didn't have a good time in making it. i loved it 10/10


than i watched "Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014) that one is 10/10 i think it's a better film than the 1st one and i loved the first one. it's also a far better film than Thor: The Dark world as well but than Thor has never been one of my favorite heroes anyways


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 17, 2020, 08:47:02 AM
SAVAGES (1972): A tribe of "mud people" find a croquet ball, follow it to an abandoned mansion, put on the clothes they find, host a dinner party, then fall back into savagery. An obscure attempt at a Buñuelian allegory about civilization that's especially surprising because of who made it: the Merchant/Ivory team, who of course would go on to make Oscar-nominated realist dramas romanticizing the types of manners this movie so thoroughly savages. Too long, but an interesting experiment. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 17, 2020, 12:18:48 PM
As Above, So Below (2014) - the "found footage" format can be gratuitous, but really works here. One of the most nerve wracking, claustrophobic movie experiences ever. all you want is for them to get out of the freaking tunnels and be free 5/5

The Blackcoat's daughter (2015) =  probably the worst horror movie I've ever seen, a least in terms of plot. The director made Legally Blonde in 2001 and should definitely go back to that sort of work.

Two girls are left over during a break at private school. At the same time, another girl who looks a lot like one of the other girls is going somewhere too. Its totally confusing. There are lots of scenes where people are doing nothing in particular but there's loud, dark incidental music playing.

The acting is decent and I like how there wasn't lots of dialogue, but actually it might have helped if they'd had more because there was nothing going on, action or tension wise. I had no motivation to care about anything that happened. Horror movies often shock you, make you examine your soul, and just do all kinds of things none of which are found here  1/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 18, 2020, 07:11:53 AM
"Diamonds Are Forever" (1971)
After an unsuccessful attempt at transplanting George Lazenby into the series, O.G. 007 Sean Connery was briefly lured back to the James Bond role (for the supposedly "last" time) in this so-'70s-it-hurts adventure. 
This time out, Bond travels to Amsterdam and Las Vegas as he infiltrates a ring of diamond smugglers who are (of course) working for SPECTRE. 
Connery was clearly only in this for the paycheck (he looks quite out of shape too) and the slightly campier tone foreshadows what would come later in the Roger Moore era. "Diamonds" is watchable but it's definitely not a top drawer Bond flick.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 18, 2020, 09:58:34 AM
"The Rainbow" (2019)
The history of the famed Hollywood rocker hangout on the Sunset Strip, the Rainbow Bar & Grill (and its sister venue, the Whisky a Go-Go), which has been operated by the same family for three generations, is told via vintage footage and interviews with many of the stars who've called it home, including Ozzy, Slash, Lemmy, Micky Dolenz, Ron Jeremy (!), Lita Ford, and many more. A fast and fun documentary about an iconic site that should be on every rock fan's bucket list of places to visit.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: chefzombie on April 18, 2020, 06:33:56 PM
santa claus and the fairy queen( found on classic movies and tv, a roku channel i found last week)
may i just say... O! M! G! i am SO grateful i didn't see this as a child, we're talking MAJORLY nightmare inducing! the brownie, snoopy, is WAY  creepier than mr. B natural, and that is saying something. and santa is an obvious stoner, lol! if you can find it, watch it, but DON'T show it to kids, PLEASE!  :cheers:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 18, 2020, 08:25:04 PM
"Band vs. Brand" (2019)
A cheap looking documentary that examines the importance of "branding" in the current music industry, and the various methods bands use to keep their names out there. Features words of wisdom  from a diverse group of performers including Dave Ellefson, Nadir D'Priest, Jean Beauvoir, Jack Russell, Marc Ferrari, Nik Turner, and many more.
This flick may possibly be of interest to those studying marketing, but for the average joe-schmoe viewer it's pretty dry stuff. Not recommended.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on April 19, 2020, 08:30:05 AM
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Still loads of fun.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: zelmo73 on April 20, 2020, 02:46:27 AM
"The Substitute" (1996)
A mercenary (Tom Berenger of "Platoon") takes an undercover gig in a gang-infested Miami high school after his teacher girlfriend is victimized by some of the students.  You can probably figure out the rest yourself.

There's nothing in this so-'90s-it-hurts mash-up of the "hood movie" and action genres that you haven't seen in dozens of other cheap shoot-em-up revenge flicks, but it's an entertainingly silly slab of ultra-violent nonsense.


http://youtu.be/NdwrDIHE4XY (http://youtu.be/NdwrDIHE4XY)


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 20, 2020, 07:11:41 AM
"Nightmare City" (1980)
A TV news reporter and his wife try to escape a city full of radiation-poisoned, blood-drinking, homicidal maniacs spawned by an atomic spill.
Umberto "Make Them Die Slowly" Lenzi's late-inning entry into the "Dawn of the Dead" knock off sweepstakes is a gloriously inept clusterf**k of atrocious acting, "Engrish" dialogue, awkward dubbing, and cheap gore. It sucks, but it sucks so awesomely that you can't take your eyes off of it. Essential Eurotrash!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 20, 2020, 10:57:44 AM
"The Substitute 2: School's Out" (1998)
Treat Williams takes over from Tom Berenger in this direct-to-video sequel, as a special-ops mercenary badass who takes a job at a crime-ridden NYC high school to find the gangstas who killed his teacher brother. Predictable shoot-em-up mayhem follows.  
...sooo, yeah, you might as well call this "The Punisher Goes Back to School." It's pretty much a retread of the first movie, with a different leading man and a new locale. Still, it's entertaining enough for a generic action flick.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on April 21, 2020, 08:41:06 AM
PREDESTINATION (2014)

For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos.

Expecting a cool sci fi thriller, I bumped into a deep exploration of a time paradox and self identity that baffled and confused me for an hour and a half, but strangely my eyes couldn't get away from the screen. Most of the movie is made of flashbacks and talking, yet it's never boring.
You haven't heard confusion until you watched this movie, I actually spent a lot of my sleep time thinking about the ramifications of the whole paradox thingy.

Extremely recommended if you want to entertain yourself and think at the same time. 9/10  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 21, 2020, 08:56:14 AM
I second Gabriel's recommendation of PREDESTINATION above.

Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All Time – Vol. 1: Midnight Madness (2020): First volume of a three-part documentary covering cult films, with future installments examining "horror and sci-fi" (vol. 2) and "comedy and camp" (vol. 3). This documentary is purely introductory stuff, but features an impressive lineup of commentators (including critics, directors, famous actors, and of course, John Waters). Nothing revelatory here, but it is charming when you look at it as just a bunch of smart fans yakking enthusiastically about some of the wildest and weirdest movies ever made. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 21, 2020, 12:41:23 PM
"Vice Academy 3" (1991)
Ginger Lynn is back and breaking in a new partner in the 3rd round of no-budget T&A shenanigans. This time the inept vice cops grapple with a crime wave committed by the green-haired super-villainess "Malathion," who's played by super-hot adult film star Julia Parton (who is supposedly a distant cousin of Dolly's). As usual for this franchise, the plot is threadbare, the jokes are lame, the sets are cardboard, and the acting is terrible... but the eye candy is outstanding.

"Hitler Goes Kaput!" (2003)
Ooookay, I think I have officially found the weirdest movie on TUBI. This is a Russian slapstick comedy (with sub-titles), about the misadventures of a Soviet spy masquerading as a Gestapo official during the waning days of WWII. When he and his lovely code-breaker partner/girlfriend attempt to escape from Berlin back to the Motherland, they encounter a series of wacky obstacles that lead to a final "couples" showdown with Hitler and Eva Braun!
...I'm not gonna lie, I probably only understood about half of what went on in this movie due to the language barrier (and a lot of what I assume were references to Russian pop culture that would be unknown to Western viewers)... but after the opening credits, which were full of big-boobed girls and explosions (scored to a Russian rap version of Britney Spears' "Oops I Did It Again") I couldn't take my eyes off of it, either.
I bet the guys who went on to make "Iron Sky" saw this movie and said, "We can do that too." The Nazis in this movie have dance-offs, throw gang signs, and use modern conveniences like flat screen TVs and e-mail. Hitler has a "personal DJ" whose name is "50 Shillings." After a while the movie stopped making sense completely, but I kept watching cuz leading lady Anna Semenovich was astoundingly, shall we say, "gifted" in her chest area.
Obviously this was a unique viewing experience. Your mileage may vary if you understand Russian, I get a feeling that a lot of the humor is lost in the translation.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 21, 2020, 01:11:12 PM
Fat Freddy - that sounds great. have you ever seen Chicken Park? the Italian Jurassic Park parody. its so unbelievably stupid


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The Monster - really awful Netflix instant horror movie. A young single Mom and her daughter get stuck in on a remote road waiting for a tow truck and a demon thing menaces them. In between occasional shots of the nondescript thingy lurking around the Mom and daughter have an extended acting class. None of the backstory has anythign to do with the monster, its not like a product of their nightmares or something. We used to call stuff like this a "tax shelter" avoid

1/5

The Ritual - still more dreck from netflix (dreckflix?) . This one is a bit better. Some fairly funny British guys go on a hike in the woods in like Sweden or something and encounter a demon thing and also confront their guilt over various things and so forth. both of these movies are just glorified Syfy monster things, without the "we know this sucks" modesty and crazy guest stars. Some okay medieval talisman type imagery and color. The ending seems improvised and not very profound

2/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 22, 2020, 08:56:17 AM
PORNO (2019): Five Christian teens watch a cursed art film and unleash a sex demon who traps them in the theater overnight. Just unique enough to keep you watching; the best part is the recreation of the faux-Kenneth Anger Luciferian ritual film. Stick around through the slow start for lots of nudity and gore (particularly male genital trauma---ouch!). The teens are believable, and although the perspective is clearly secular they're not as much a target for easy mockery as they might have been. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on April 22, 2020, 03:53:27 PM

"Hitler Goes Kaput!" (2003)
Ooookay, I think I have officially found the weirdest movie on TUBI. This is a Russian slapstick comedy (with sub-titles), about the misadventures of a Soviet spy masquerading as a Gestapo official during the waning days of WWII. When he and his lovely code-breaker partner/girlfriend attempt to escape from Berlin back to the Motherland, they encounter a series of wacky obstacles that lead to a final "couples" showdown with Hitler and Eva Braun!
...I'm not gonna lie, I probably only understood about half of what went on in this movie due to the language barrier (and a lot of what I assume were references to Russian pop culture that would be unknown to Western viewers)... but after the opening credits, which were full of big-boobed girls and explosions (scored to a Russian rap version of Britney Spears' "Oops I Did It Again") I couldn't take my eyes off of it, either.
I bet the guys who went on to make "Iron Sky" saw this movie and said, "We can do that too." The Nazis in this movie have dance-offs, throw gang signs, and use modern conveniences like flat screen TVs and e-mail. Hitler has a "personal DJ" whose name is "50 Shillings." After a while the movie stopped making sense completely, but I kept watching cuz leading lady Anna Semenovich was astoundingly, shall we say, "gifted" in her chest area.
Obviously this was a unique viewing experience. Your mileage may vary if you understand Russian, I get a feeling that a lot of the humor is lost in the translation.

This is amazingly silly. Apparently it is a parody of a Russian spy series, so it probably makes more sense if you have seen the original. This does make Spaceballs look serious.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 23, 2020, 12:41:16 PM
SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO (2007): A lone gunslinger rides into a town where rival gangs of outlaw samurai fight over a treasure. This spaghetti western directed by Takashi Miike is exactly what you'd expect a spaghetti western directed by Takashi Miike to look like: oversaturated colors, insane gun battles, impossible to follow plot, a very thin fourth wall, goofy comic relief, stylistic changes every five minutes, etc. In another odd choice, the Japanese cast speak heavily-accented English, and Quentin Tarantino shows up as... someone or other. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on April 24, 2020, 12:52:11 AM
SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO (2007): A lone gunslinger rides into a town where rival gangs of outlaw samurai fight over a treasure. This spaghetti western directed by Takashi Miike is exactly what you'd expect a spaghetti western directed by Takashi Miike to look like: oversaturated colors, insane gun battles, impossible to follow plot, a very thin fourth wall, goofy comic relief, stylistic changes every five minutes, etc. In another odd choice, the Japanese cast speak heavily-accented English, and Quentin Tarantino shows up as... someone or other. 3/5.

If I hadn't turned on the subtitles on my DVD, I'd never have known that some of the dialogue was actually in English


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on April 24, 2020, 10:20:18 AM
PHONE BOOTH (2002)

Publicist Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle. Unable to leave or receive outside help, Stuart's negotiation with the caller leads to a jaw-dropping climax.

From a simple premise and nothing more than a phone booth in the middle of the street, this movie managed to grab my attention for its duration. Farrel does an amazing job, although I felt a little bit disappointed by the whole motives behind the sniper - he's pretty much comparing a corrupt politician and a pedophile to a guy who lied to his wife. Seriously?

Definitely a very entertaining and engaging thriller. 8/10  :thumbup:

QUICK CHANGE (1990)

Three thieves successfully rob a New York City bank, but making the escape from the city proves to be almost impossible.

The classic bank robbing with an unusual scam involved, the first and only directed/produced/starred movie by Bill Murray is a great way to have a few chuckles, not to mention, your sarcastic dose of that man himself. The movie starts amazingly but starts to fall short as soon the whole romantic garbage shows up. Luckily, it gets salvaged by the constant bad luck of the gang, which grants tons of chuckles.
I do have to say tho that the character of Randy Quaid was absolutely annoying, and I couldn't stand it. Was he retarded or something? I really didn't get it.

Fun but forgettable, in my opinion. 7/10  :drink:

EXAM (2009)

Eight candidates for a highly desirable corporate job are locked together in an exam room and given a final test with just one seemingly simple question. However, it doesn't take long for confusion to ensue and tensions to unravel.

An interesting promise, that's for sure. I tend to enjoy those movies which happen in a single room, and this one was no exception. My main gripe with this was that the characters didn't really acted like normal human beings. Why everybody was so quick to follow White directions? Why nobody stopped Brown immediately when he started torturing a woman? Not to mention, some plot holes, like for example the fact that nobody got disqualified after soaking their papers in water.

Apart from that, the movie is really engaging and you're totally commited to find out the question like the rest. Sadly, the final answer turns out to be really disappointing, like a silly kids trick.

Good and fairly unique movie tho. 7/10  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 24, 2020, 01:54:03 PM
Gabriel - I saw Exam. I liked it more than you but I think i was so taken with the premise that I ignored all the stuff you mentioned.


Dark Places (2015) - theres a scene in this where someone hits someone in the head to knock them out to prevent them from leaving. I got to thinking: that happens a lot in movies, definitely more than in real life. No one has ever done that to me.

Anyway, butched up Charlize theron is the grown up sole survivor of a massacre of her whole family perpetrated by her brother...or did he? She meets up with a couple of true crime/ serial killer enthusiasts and starts to question her memory of the event. Its a little longer than 90 minutes but you want it to be and it does a great job of fleshing out the case while also not being self indulgent.

The story itself bears some superficial resemblence to the Tennessee 3 or whatever it was: the kids who got convicted of murder and rape for being metalheads. you gotta love Christina Hendricks too as the Mom

5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 25, 2020, 12:10:38 PM
In the shadow of Iris (2016) - video stores used to have a foreign section and all of them would have a review that said "sexy" or "erotic" so people would rent it. this is is one of those. a little confusing and the guys beard is distractingly bushy but overall 👍


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on April 25, 2020, 03:38:40 PM
Beyond Skyline. A follow up to a dull sci-fi movie whose best part was during the end credits. This takes the film in more a familiar direction, with a disparate group trying to survive the invasion. It is that rare thing, a sequel which is better than the first film.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 26, 2020, 10:07:49 AM
"Silent Rage" (1982)
Chuck Norris is a small town Texas sheriff who must protect his lady love from a seemingly indestructible psychotic killer, created by a science experiment gone wrong.
An odd mix of the action and slasher genres, "Silent Rage" never quite finds a balance between the two sides, but the non-stop violence kept me entertained. Essentially it's Chuck Norris vs. Michael Myers (it even borrows/steals the last shots of the original "Halloween" for a climactic scene!). I loved this movie when I was 13, but it hasn't aged very well. 


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 26, 2020, 02:55:48 PM
"Extraction" (2020)
India's biggest drug lord hires a mercenary (Chris "Thor" Hemsworth) to rescue his teenaged son, who's been kidnapped by a Bangladeshi rival. Bullets fly, people die, cars crash, stuff blows up.
There's not much plot in this Netflix original, but the action sequences and stunt work are top notch and the body count is astronomical. Not a classic but a decent enough butt-kicker for a rainy Sunday afternoon.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on April 26, 2020, 04:02:03 PM
RABID (2019)  A remake of the late 70's classic with Marilyn Chambers; less nudity and more gore than the original.
Good makeup effects, some impressive kills, a rather incoherent plot.  Overall, not a bad way to spend a quarantine evening. 3.5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on April 26, 2020, 05:41:50 PM
IDENTITY (2003)

Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one.

Very entertaining movie, with a rather unusual multiple personalities plot accompanied by a nice twist at the end. The whole scenario with the neverending rain is really creepy and the overall feel of the movie is great. John Cusack, like always, kick ass.

Totally recommended for a fast paced and suspenseful watch. 8/10  :thumbup:

EXECUTIVE DECISION (1996)

When terrorists seize control of an airliner, an intelligence analyst accompanies a commando unit for a midair boarding operation.

What can you say about this movie? It screams 90's in every one if its cliche ridden scenes. The bonkers plot and incredibly slow but thrilling action will keep you in your seat to the end.

While nothing special, it is definitely an enjoyable ride! 7/10  :drink:

SOURCE CODE (2011)

A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train within 8 minutes.

Whoa, this was a damn good movie. Right off the bat the confusion you're submited to hooks you in, and like the protagonist, you're given information piece by piece, which I think it's what makes it so appealing. Plenty of moral and metaphysics discussions can arise after watching this amazing movie.
Another hit from Duncan Jones, I need to see MOON now. 9/10  :hot:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: chefzombie on April 26, 2020, 06:11:32 PM
stephen king's storm of the century

i'm guessing this was a tv miniseries? it was surprisingly good, since none of the other stuff he produced himself has impressed me. and btw, there IS the advantage with netflix DVD rental when your #1 keeps getting marked "wait" , you get an extra dvd, so we got both discs  and binged the whole thing at once! i may need to read the original story.... :cheers:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 27, 2020, 11:32:06 AM
"Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana" (2019)
In the early '90s, an underground cartoonist named Mike Diana was hauled into a Florida court over the disturbing images of sex and violence in his self published comic book 'zine, Boiled Angel. After a brief trial, Diana was the first (and still only) artist ever to be successfully prosecuted for obscenity in America.

This intriguing documentary (directed by Frank "Basket Case" Henenlotter and narrated by Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys) examines how Mike's right to free artistic expression clashed with local community standards, via vintage news footage of the case and interviews with legal experts and comic book historians.

I'm not gonna lie, Mike Diana seems like a weird mo-fo and his comics were indeed quite sick (the examples shown in the film are definitely not for the faint of heart), but in the end, I don't think he was guilty of anything other than bad taste, which last time I checked, was not a crime.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 27, 2020, 01:52:56 PM
fat freddy - have you ever read Eletric Retard comics? similar content  http://archive.is/hs2yw (http://archive.is/hs2yw)

The Gift - not the demented Perry Farrel experimental film, instead Teen Wolf too Jason Batemen plays a guy who gets harassed by a weirdo from his old high school...or does he? Could use some more sex, comic relief, color, etc and a few less red herrings but  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 27, 2020, 04:57:33 PM
fat freddy - have you ever read Eletric Retard comics? similar content  [url]http://archive.is/hs2yw[/url] ([url]http://archive.is/hs2yw[/url])


Never heard of 'em but I love the name! Haha.

I was only vaguely familiar with the Diana case, I was a comic book fan in the 80s and 90s so I guess some info must have made its way into comic book newsletters/etc...


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 27, 2020, 05:28:13 PM
fat freddy - have you ever read Eletric Retard comics? similar content  [url]http://archive.is/hs2yw[/url] ([url]http://archive.is/hs2yw[/url])


Never heard of 'em but I love the name! Haha.

I was only vaguely familiar with the Diana case, I was a comic book fan in the 80s and 90s so I guess some info must have made its way into comic book newsletters/etc...


I wrote an article about the case for my own 'zine back in the 90s. I read Diana's comics fro the assignment. It's like serial killer/child molester fanfiction. Utterly horrible, nihilistic stuff that will make you hate humanity. They have scarred me to this day. Should he have been prosecuted? No. Should anyone read the comics? No.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 27, 2020, 07:09:06 PM
in the one interview he gave, the electric retard guy listed Diana as his only influence


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 28, 2020, 12:31:33 PM
Creep - pretty decent found footage ish horror movie thats done well enough or was thought to be good enough to garner a sequel, not that thats saying much nowadays. A broke film maker gets a lucky break: filming a guy for one day for a thousand bucks. The guy unfortunately is a total weirdo and 1000 starts to seem like peanuts relative to what he has to put up with.

I was initially put off by the by now pretty played out lo fi touch, but ultimately it works well enough.

4/5 its as good as it can be. I'm kind of burnt out on "awkward guy won't leave me alone" movies though



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 29, 2020, 09:23:34 AM
EXTRA ORDINARY (2019): A man who is haunted by his nagging dead wife tries to coax a medium out of retirement, but a pop star trying to summon Satan to revive his stalled career interrupts their burgeoning romance. Given the setup, the plot's surprisingly predictable, but there are a couple of chuckles to be had. I think people will like it well enough to spend 90 minutes with it, then forget it. However, personally I had to deduct 1/2 star because I kept imagining Melissa McCarthy starring in the Hollywood remake. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 29, 2020, 12:44:52 PM
Creep 2 (2017) - In this one, the creep meets his match in the form of an unflappable young filmmaker who is so desperate for youtube hits she doesn't seem to believe or even care that he's a strangling mangler :thumbup: she is one tough customer. ending wasn't quite as epic as part 1


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 29, 2020, 09:57:03 PM
Live and Let Die (1973)
Roger Moore's first mission as James Bond sends him to Harlem, New Orleans, and the Caribbean, where the prime minister of a small island nation is also in charge of a major heroin smuggling ring. The influence of the then-current "blaxploitation" film craze is all over this one, so it hasn't aged particularly well, but it's a fun adventure anyway.



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 30, 2020, 11:04:35 AM
"Comic Book Confidential" (1988)
Cool (though a bit dated now) documentary that takes viewers through the history of American comic books, via interviews with legends like Jack Kirby, William M. Gaines, Al Feldstein, Robert Crumb, Frank Miller, and many more. Neat stuff for fanboys.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on May 01, 2020, 09:05:08 AM
MURDER DEATH KOREATOWN (2020): An unemployed man becomes obsessed with a murder that happened in a nearby apartment complex, but his investigation quickly becomes paranoid as he imagines a wide-ranging conspiracy. It's presented as "found footage" (though someone put in a soundtrack) and submitted anonymously. A laudable experiment in low budget character study, though it has some pacing issues (the protagonist goes from zero to schizo in under twenty minutes) and with zero action the interest often sags. Rating is on entertainment and artistic value alone, but if you're the type to give bonus stars to productions for overcoming low-budget obstacles, you'll want to bump this up, since the makers created something capable of keeping your interest at a budget well under $1000 (maybe under $100, not counting sweat equity). Made it to Amazon Prime and I bet they will turn a small profit. 2.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on May 02, 2020, 02:11:45 AM
The Babysitter (2017)

Cole (Judah Lewis) is an overprotected boy, whose parents insist he still has a babysitter. Luckily for him, that is Bee (Samara Weaving) who is not only gorgeous and cool, but the only person who takes him seriously. But then Cole finds out that Bee is really the leader of a satanic cult, and the movie quickly turns into a very gory version of Home Alone.

This is good fun. The movie sets its sights low: it just wants to provide entertainment for 90 minutes and it delivers. It is by no means perfect, there are strange gimmicks and with its combination of snarky dialogue and scares it tries very hard to be Buffy, and doesn't succeed. However, Samara Weaving and Judah Lewis are excellent. They have a real chemistry and their performances make the movie more than a run of the mill horror comedy.

If you liked Samara Weaving in Ready or Not, and see her turn the tables, this is the movie for you.



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Trevor on May 02, 2020, 05:15:14 AM
Live and Let Die (1973)
Roger Moore's first mission as James Bond sends him to Harlem, New Orleans, and the Caribbean, where the prime minister of a small island nation is also in charge of a major heroin smuggling ring. The influence of the then-current "blaxploitation" film craze is all over this one, so it hasn't aged particularly well, but it's a fun adventure anyway.



The dumb ass apartheid censors cut out the sex scenes between Sir Roger Moore and Gloria Hendry  :tongueout:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on May 02, 2020, 07:19:19 AM
The dumb ass apartheid censors cut out the sex scenes between Sir Roger Moore and Gloria Hendry  :tongueout:

I've read that the Moore/Hendry love scene wasn't particularly well received in the Southern part of the U.S. at the time, either.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on May 03, 2020, 09:56:49 AM
"A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman" (2012)

Highlights of the late Graham Chapman's life and career are presented via recordings of his voice (taped during the '80s, from his book of the same name) and brought to life in a series of animated sketches. It's an interesting idea, but the animation styles vary from segment to segment and the clashes between them (going from ultra-realistic to artsy/surreal, cartoony, and sometimes downright ugly) eventually becomes a distraction. Most of the surviving Python members (except Eric Idle) have voice parts in the film, which is a nice touch, but I was bored long before it ended. Even Python diehards will probably find this to be a tough slog. Disappointing.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on May 03, 2020, 05:08:11 PM
"We Are The League" (2019)
A wildly entertaining documentary about The Anti-Nowhere League, the raunchy, obnoxious early '80s English punk legends best known for the tracks "Streets of London," "I Hate People," and of course, "So What" (later made famous by Metallica). Lead singer "Animal" (the only original member still in the band) comes off like a punk Lemmy, and he and his mates mix lots of foul-mouthed, gross and hilarious stories with a bunch of never-before-seen vintage performance footage. A cool portrait of a band that's still bad ass as ever, nearly 40 years on. Long live the League!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on May 04, 2020, 10:48:58 AM
Hush - a deaf mute woman is under siege in her house by a guy with an ironically happy face mask. Hey, at least shes not pregnant, too. A little shorter than 90 minutes was a good idea. It was tense and entertaining enough for that amount of time.

one thing 's for sure: If I am ever straddling someones chest with the intent of finishing them off I will closely watch their hands to make sure they don't grab a wine cork or other object that happens to be within reach!

4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on May 05, 2020, 09:40:09 AM
"Welcome To Your Funeral: The Story of Rigor Mortis, Part One" (2015)
A charmingly cheap documentary (narrated by Phil Anselmo) about the semi-legendary Texas speed/thrash band, who rose from the underground and achieved instant cult stardom when they became the first Texas metal band to sign a major label deal, beating their cross town rivals Pantera to the punch by a couple of years.
I was never a particularly huge Rigor Mortis fan and hadn't heard them in years, but this was a fun trip back in time. The band members tell lots of hilarious stories of their days thrashing, drinking and brawling across the Texas club scene, supported by loads of vintage photos, concert flyers, live videos, and other cool stuff.
The film is sub-titled "Part One" but considering that two of the Rigor Mortis members have passed away (guitarist Mike Scaccia and vocalist Bruce Corbitt, who directed this doc), I wonder if there will ever be a "Part Two."


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on May 05, 2020, 02:05:21 PM
DEERSKIN (2019): A middle-aged man becomes obsessed with his new deerskin jacket and enters into an unhealthy symbiotic relationship with it. The concept pushes the limits of absurdity, but DEERSKIN is actually more restrained and focused than the Quentin Dupieux's usual black comedies, an approach perhaps taken to best utilize the talents of the movie's top asset---Oscar winner Jean Dujardin, whose aging, delusional narcissist is as believable as the scenario is ridiculous. 3/5. 


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pennywise37 on May 05, 2020, 05:11:30 PM
i bought a bunch of movies recently at drug mart for a buck and this isn't the thread to post all of those but i did watch one of them and that's (2017)'s

Wind River  10/10 a must see peeps and my folks rented it when it came out because at drug mart you still can rent movies but i dunno about now though during the virus  threat... anyways they both enjoyed it and the ones i bought were ones i haven't seen And Wind River was one of them.


we had showtime for free this past weekend and i dvr'd a crap load of movies, i watched "American History X' (1998)  the other night and i really loved it i had never seen it before and had always wanted to see it. 10/10. than i watched one i wish i did buy and i will this one you guys have to watch it's called

Trumbo (2015)  with Bryon Cranston  and it had a fantastic cast about Dalton Trumbo and him being blacklisted in hollywood during the 50's.  though i could have lived without seeing Bryon Cranston's ass though.  the film was simply Brilliant though 10/10


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: chefzombie on May 05, 2020, 06:10:14 PM
i've been meaning to watch trumbo( yes, i have a huge list of those, lol!) , good to see you enjoyed it, penny. :cheers:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on May 07, 2020, 10:10:21 AM
"The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All" (1999)
Treat Williams is back for another round of readin', writin' and corporal punishment. This time a college-campus visit to an old war buddy's daughter leads him to uncover a mob-run, school-supported steroid manufacturing operation on campus. The usual mayhem and destruction follows. Cheap & cheesy but entertaining direct-to-video action junk.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on May 08, 2020, 01:03:16 AM
They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

Peter Jackson's monumental documentary using a truly massive amount of restored and colourised archive footage to accompany the stories of veterans. If I have to make a minor quibble, it largely sticks to the accepted narrative of the British experience of  the Western Front, and doesn't explore other aspects. That being said, it is truly impressive and doesn't pull any punches, neither about the horrors of war, nor about the seedier aspects of front life. If you want to see the reality behind the movie 1917, this is a must see.

Also, about every ten minutes there is a mention of tea.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on May 08, 2020, 10:28:27 AM
MOON (2009)

Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.

Decided to watch the first directing work from Duncan Jones, I went with high expectations and came out even more surprised. This movie is simply amazing.
Talking too much about it would break the plot, but the whole situation really makes you feel like you're in the moon with Sam Bell. The scenery is amazing and you can feel the effect of his prolongued solitude and particular situation as if you were there with him.
For fans of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY this is a must. I actually think it's better, to be honest I never really enjoyed the snobish, boring and pretentious works of Kubrick.

I do have to say that this movie needs a lot more of GERTY. HAL sucks compared to him. 10/10 :thumbup:

CONTACT (1997)

Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.

What can you say about this classic? I never had the chance to watch it fully but now that I did, whoa, what a movie. The constant struggle between science and religion is discussed in depth here, and it will make you think about it for hours, if not years to come. Jodie Foster is simply incredible.

Truly, a movie that can make you meditate about the very nature of our existence. 10/10 :thumbup:

BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017)

Young Blade Runner K's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former Blade Runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.

Not long ago I watched the original BLADE RUNNER for the first time and I liked it a lot. I mean, it was nothing original, but the scenery and effects were marvelous, as well the protagonist by Harrison Ford. The sequel is simply garbage in my opinion. What was the point of the virtual chick? What about that ridiculous threesome, and why they give it so much screen time? What? Why? What?
The main point of the plot makes no sense: why would you go through the effort of letting replicants reproduce, when it's much more time consuming and expensive? Just by answering that question you'll realize the whole "searching for the secret" it's ridiculous.
The ending doesn't solve anything, like, at all. Any question you had will remain unanswered. How do they reproduce? Did they got away? Did the rebellion worked? Good luck figuring that out.

The worst thing about this movie is the pacing. Literally, every scene seems to go in slow motion. Now, the first one had this slow pacing, but it worked because it actually server a purpose - here, it's just to pan the whole movie. I was bored out of my skull with this, and couldn't care less about anyone except Lieutenant Joshi, who sadly was nothing but a secondary character. Harrison Ford was just there for the paycheck, he looked even more bored than me. Jared Leto was the most cheesy and ridiculous villain I've seen in a while; his monologues were terrible and made no f**king sense.

Terrible movie and an insult to the original. It's silly to think that the first one looked way better and had only a fraction of its budget. 4/10  :thumbdown:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on May 08, 2020, 08:42:22 PM
"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" (2017)
In a high-tech update of the '90s hit, four kids boot up an old video game and suddenly find themselves trapped inside it. To return home, their "avatars" (Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan) must battle a variety of bad guys and survive numerous perils to finish the game. Fast, funny, action packed, family friendly popcorn fun. My video game crazed 12 year old loved this one.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on May 09, 2020, 03:41:08 AM
Mayhem (2017)

Continuing my series of watching Samara Weaving kick ass, I saw Mayhem (2017). A big office building of a law firm is infected by a virus that turns people into raving maniacs. Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving are trapped inside and fight their way to the top to obtain justice.

It is a satire about corporate greed and the unscrupulous behaviour of law firms, and a very heavy handed one at that. This is the kind of movie where the director constantly worries whether he has made everything sufficiently obvious. It is also very lazy, things happen purely for plot convenience, the effects of the virus vary as and when required, there are repeated infodumps by voice off...
This is not a bad movie, it has its moments. However, it never strays from the formula.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on May 09, 2020, 12:05:11 PM
14 Cameras - A guy films people in airbnb type houses he rents out and sells the footage on the darkweb. Why anyone would want to do that when theres free porn online is a mystery but awesome movie. the guy is so sick. plot is simple and it doesn't reach any amazing heights but timely and creepy 4.25/5

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EXlv4DOXYAM7xe2?format=jpg&name=small)


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on May 09, 2020, 05:59:57 PM
"Demolition Man" (1993)
A two-fisted, all-guns-blazing 20th century cop (Sylvester Stallone) cryogenically frozen in 1996, is thawed out in the year 2032 when his arch enemy (Wesley Snipes, clearly having the time of his life) resurfaces in the ultra-PC, docile, safe-as-milk California of the future. Bullets fly, cars crash, and things frequently explode as Sly shows the wimpy future cops (incl. a young, cute-as-hell Sandra Bullock) how real police handled crime back in the day.
This elaborate, satirical sci-fi action flick gets a lot of laughs out Stallone's attempts to adjust to the dystopian 21st century, but doesn't hold back when it comes to action sequences, which are still impressive today. One of Sly's better mid-career efforts.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on May 09, 2020, 06:20:16 PM
"Demolition Man" (1993)
A two-fisted, all-guns-blazing 20th century cop (Sylvester Stallone) cryogenically frozen in 1996, is thawed out in the year 2032 when his arch enemy (Wesley Snipes, clearly having the time of his life) resurfaces in the ultra-PC, docile, safe-as-milk California of the future. Bullets fly, cars crash, and things frequently explode as Sly shows the wimpy future cops (incl. a young, cute-as-hell Sandra Bullock) how real police handled crime back in the day.
This elaborate, satirical sci-fi action flick gets a lot of laughs out Stallone's attempts to adjust to the dystopian 21st century, but doesn't hold back when it comes to action sequences, which are still impressive today. One of Sly's better mid-career efforts.

Given the current toilet paper shortage, I just wish someone would explain to me how to use the three shells!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on May 10, 2020, 08:29:31 PM
"The Substitute 4: Failure Is Not an Option" (2001)
Treat Williams' third and final go-round as the avenging educator sends him to an exclusive military academy, where a crazed commandant is recruiting the school's elite cadets for a white-supremacist army.
Treat and the supporting cast do their best, but the action is hampered by the movie's obvious made-for-cable budget restraints.
I guess if you've seen the other 3 "Substitutes," you might as well watch this one to run the table, but otherwise there's no real need to bother with it.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on May 11, 2020, 10:55:12 AM
PANDORA AND THE FLYING DUTCHMAN (1951): A cruel seductress falls for a ship captain who may in fact be the Flying Dutchman, a sailor cursed to wander the seas forever until he can find a woman willing to die for him to break the curse. A bit too slow-paced and obvious, but it does have James Mason and Ava Gardner and a s**t ton of class. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on May 11, 2020, 12:44:20 PM
Given the current toilet paper shortage, I just wish someone would explain to me how to use the three shells!

Maybe they'll explain it in the sequel that Stallone sez is supposedly in development right now... :D


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on May 12, 2020, 01:00:51 PM
13 cameras - for once, this prior installment is NOT as a good as the sequel, which avoids all the formality and just gets to the squirm.  3/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on May 12, 2020, 01:04:53 PM
At The Earths Core. Peter Cushing & Doug Maclure meet Caroline Munro beneath the earth. Campy but enjoyable adventure.

Tales from the Crypt. More Peter Cushing, along with Joan Collins, Ralph Richardson and Nigel Patrick is a set of portmanu stories from Amicus.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on May 13, 2020, 08:56:20 AM
ASSASSIN 33 A.D. (2020): Muslim extremists use a time machine to go back to 33 A.D. to try to assassinate Jesus; with the encouragement of his Christian girlfriend, an agnostic genius tries to fix the time stream. I wouldn't say its impossible to make a good Christian time travel movie; but I am pretty sure it is impossible to make a good Christian time travel movie that involves strike teams with assault weapons going back to 1st century Judea to kill Jesus. 1.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on May 13, 2020, 11:56:13 AM
ASSASSIN 33 A.D. (2020): Muslim extremists use a time machine to go back to 33 A.D. to try to assassinate Jesus; with the encouragement of his Christian girlfriend, an agnostic genius tries to fix the time stream. I wouldn't say its impossible to make a good Christian time travel movie; but I am pretty sure it is impossible to make a good Christian time travel movie that involves strike teams with assault weapons going back to 1st century Judea to kill Jesus. 1.5/5.

This one sounds like a real groaner, but at the same time I'm a bit curious . . .


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on May 13, 2020, 12:31:33 PM
what would Jesus do...in that situation


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on May 13, 2020, 02:59:07 PM
ASSASSIN 33 A.D. (2020): Muslim extremists use a time machine to go back to 33 A.D. to try to assassinate Jesus; with the encouragement of his Christian girlfriend, an agnostic genius tries to fix the time stream. I wouldn't say its impossible to make a good Christian time travel movie; but I am pretty sure it is impossible to make a good Christian time travel movie that involves strike teams with assault weapons going back to 1st century Judea to kill Jesus. 1.5/5.

This one sounds like a real groaner, but at the same time I'm a bit curious . . .

There are so many problems with it my head is spinning. It's hard to make an action movie with lots of gun battles and still be a "faith based" movie about a pacifist who preached to "love your enemies." The script's solution, I guess, is that Jesus is just fine with automatic weapons as long as you only shoot Muslim terrorists.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on May 14, 2020, 12:56:20 AM
ASSASSIN 33 A.D. (2020): Muslim extremists use a time machine to go back to 33 A.D. to try to assassinate Jesus; with the encouragement of his Christian girlfriend, an agnostic genius tries to fix the time stream. I wouldn't say its impossible to make a good Christian time travel movie; but I am pretty sure it is impossible to make a good Christian time travel movie that involves strike teams with assault weapons going back to 1st century Judea to kill Jesus. 1.5/5.

I'm not qualified to comment on theological points, but given that the death and subsequent resurrection of Jesus is a central tenet of the Christian faith, how does this even make sense? The whole point is that Jesus died for our sins.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on May 14, 2020, 11:01:26 AM
"Freejack" (1992)
A 1990s race-car driver (Emilio Estevez) is teleported out of a crash a split second before he would have been killed, and finds himself on the run in the dystopian New York City of 2009 (hah!), where rich elites routinely pluck healthy bodies out of the past to transfer their minds into.

This fast paced, dumb but fun sci-fi action thriller is worth a watch mainly for the stunt casting of Mick Jagger (!) -- he plays a bounty hunter who pursues Estevez's character, with a "What the hell am I doing in this movie? Remind me to fire my agent" look on his face the entire time. Sir Anthony Hopkins, fresh off of his triumphant turn in "Silence of the Lambs," shows up for a quick paycheck playing the film's Big Bad, and Renee "Lethal Weapon Babe" Russo, as Estevez's love interest, doesn't do much besides stand around and pout.

The "virtual reality" special effects were  pretty whiz-bang for the time period, but have aged horribly, and as an added Metal Nerd Bonus, the end credit theme is the Scorpions' "Hit Between the Eyes." A time capsule of early '90s cheesiness!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on May 14, 2020, 12:58:33 PM
MAD MAX (1979)

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

I gotta say, this movie didn't aged well in my eyes. Still, the simple premise works, and the young Mel Gibson does make a good job as the broken interceptor.
My main gripe with it is that it barely feels post apocalyptic and certainly not futuristic. There's zero background for the current state of the world, and nobody seems to have serious issues getting water, fuel, or anything else to be honest. Heck, they even go in a vacation to a beatiful place and have ice cream, wtf.

Entertaining but nowadays it's only good to serve as a trampoline for the sequel. 6/10  :lookingup:

MAD MAX II (1981)

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich community escape a horde of bandits.

This is it, now we're talking. The movie begins with a great introduction about the world and its people, setting the tone just right. Max is clearly defined as a violent but noble wanderer, and the rest of the characters are just amazing, especially the Gyro Captain. The plot is rather bland but enough to keep you entertained, and doesn't try to take itself too seriously, which works great because there's plenty of delicious cheesyness around.

Great movie, and a total classic that spawned a million copycats. 8/10 :thumbup:

MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME (1985)

After being exiled from the most advanced town in post apocalyptic Australia, a drifter travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town's queen.

When this movie started I was actually really hooked. The whole idea of Bartertown, the deceiving queen, and the crazy characters was awesome. Master Blaster looked great and everything went flawlessly... until someone lost the script and had to come up with something else, and quick. So it begins Mad Max Meets Peter Pan, and it goes downhill from there, never to recover again.
If you enjoyed the violence and somber tone of the previous movies, get ready to be disappointed with this ridiculous garbage. And please, please tell me something: why would they cast Bruce Spence again for an exactly looking role than MAD MAX II, but changing the character altogether? Are you saying that you have another guy who flies, looks and dress exactly the same, but he's a completely different person? Why would they do that will always be a mystery to me.

Avoid this like the plague, it's a complete disaster. Or just watch until the Thunderdome scene is over, at least you'll enjoy that. 4/10  :thumbdown:

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015)

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

I try to avoid reboots but decided to give this one a chance, since, like MAD MAX II, it was made by George Miller. I gotta say, the guy did a great job, although there are some problems with this movie. First, there's no plot. Like, at all. It's not until 60 minutes in, when they meet the biker grannies, when something resembling a plot starts to show, but there's not much else that "they escape from point A, reach point B, and go back to point A". That's right: the first hour is nothing more than a big, huge, crazy car chase.
Along the way we have very little character development, enough for us to care for the characters. Max barely talks, although I think Tom Hardy did a good work trying to emulate Mel Gibson. Charlize Theron kicks ass and she's probably the best of the bunch, honestly the movie would fall apart without her commanding and empathic presence.

One thing I absolutely loved about this movie it's the looks. Every character is completely different, and it tells a story of its own; hell, you could make spinoffs of pretty much everyone involved, even the guitar guy. The rigs are pure badass and the practical effects are amazing; it's only when they use CGI that the movie starts to look like a videogame, like when they go into the thunderstorm.

You'll find plenty of nods to MAD MAX II, like the musical box, Max's broken leg, the failing shotgun, and even the Gyro Captain skull, all which show the love of its creator., and may bring you for a second viewing. A very fun movie, but you'll probably forget about it the following week. 7/10  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on May 14, 2020, 01:36:34 PM
The guitar guy actually got a back story.

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There are two different back stories for Coma. George's version was Coma lived in an abandoned mine with his mother. He survived eating rodents and drinking water from the sea bed. Immortan Joe came past the mine one day and heard Coma playing guitar. He was taken in and from there rose to the position of bugler, calling everyone to war.

Iota expanded on that: he was a child musical prodigy brought up in a happy environment by his mother, who was a musician herself. Then Coma and his mother were attacked. His mother was dragged away and days later someone dropped her head in Coma's lap. Immortan Joe found Coma clinging to the head of his mother. Joe took him in. There are two different stories about the origin of his mask. The first story notes that Coma made a mask from his mother's face, which he sliced from her skull himself.[1] The second story differs, claiming that Immortan Joe made the mask for him, a battle singer, to "Enact Joe's revenge on the world with his mother's screaming face on."


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on May 14, 2020, 02:49:37 PM
The guitar guy actually got a back story.

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There are two different back stories for Coma. George's version was Coma lived in an abandoned mine with his mother. He survived eating rodents and drinking water from the sea bed. Immortan Joe came past the mine one day and heard Coma playing guitar. He was taken in and from there rose to the position of bugler, calling everyone to war.

Iota expanded on that: he was a child musical prodigy brought up in a happy environment by his mother, who was a musician herself. Then Coma and his mother were attacked. His mother was dragged away and days later someone dropped her head in Coma's lap. Immortan Joe found Coma clinging to the head of his mother. Joe took him in. There are two different stories about the origin of his mask. The first story notes that Coma made a mask from his mother's face, which he sliced from her skull himself.[1] The second story differs, claiming that Immortan Joe made the mask for him, a battle singer, to "Enact Joe's revenge on the world with his mother's screaming face on."

I am the only person I know who hated the guitarist. When I mentioned hating him I found out I was apparently the only person in the world who hated him. I still think he belongs in a KISS video, not a Mad Max movie.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on May 14, 2020, 03:34:24 PM
ASSASSIN 33 A.D. (2020): Muslim extremists use a time machine to go back to 33 A.D. to try to assassinate Jesus; with the encouragement of his Christian girlfriend, an agnostic genius tries to fix the time stream. I wouldn't say its impossible to make a good Christian time travel movie; but I am pretty sure it is impossible to make a good Christian time travel movie that involves strike teams with assault weapons going back to 1st century Judea to kill Jesus. 1.5/5.

Not gonna lie, that sounds (pun intended) god-awful, but I'd watch it anyway.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on May 14, 2020, 07:13:27 PM
I am the only person I know who hated the guitarist. When I mentioned hating him I found out I was apparently the only person in the world who hated him. I still think he belongs in a KISS video, not a Mad Max movie.

Well, to be fair, I don't particularly love the character, just the looks of it. I too believe electric guitars have no place in a Mad Max movie, and actually I thought about it while watching it, since the idea was very funny to me. Did Immortan Joe gathered his men and said "all right, now I want one of you to stand in front of a car and play a flaming guitar day and night! That's an order!"? I wonder if he personally selected the speakers too, lol.

Having said that, I do think the character fits the whole mood of this particular film. Honestly, for some reason the movie kept bringing the figure of Eddie from Iron Maiden to my mind, so a guy with a guitar made sense to me. And to be fair, considering there's biker grannies and super agile rastafari guys throwing bombs, the guitar guy just blends in.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on May 15, 2020, 12:30:17 PM
Killer klowns from Outer Space - I hadn't seen this since it came out. like Elvira Mistress of the Dark and Pee Wee's Big Adventure it has that big comic book-y feel that the 80's uniquely delivered. obviously a bit of 50's/ midnight movie nostalgia is implied 5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on May 15, 2020, 01:21:50 PM
Killer klowns from Outer Space - I hadn't seen this since it came out. like Elvira Mistress of the Dark and Pee Wee's Big Adventure it has that big comic book-y feel that the 80's uniquely delivered. obviously a bit of 50's/ midnight movie nostalgia is implied 5/5

With a remake on the way.  :question:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on May 16, 2020, 01:00:52 PM
the Klowns will bring everyone back to their rural cabin and torture them for 5 years then stupidly let them escape


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on May 16, 2020, 08:23:04 PM
"Moving Violations" (1985)
A crew of misfit drivers must graduate from the city's traffic school to regain their licenses, but the hard-ass police officer in charge of the course has no intention of letting any of them back on the road anytime soon. Wacky hijinks and low-brow laughs ensue.
This silly but fun variant on the "Police Academy" formula (it's from the same producers) stars Bill Murray's younger brother John (in his first and only lead movie role), supported by an impressive cast that includes Jennifer Tilly, Wendy Jo Sperber, the late Fred Willard, and even Clara "Where's the Beef?" Peller. I've enjoyed this movie since it was an HBO staple back in the '80s, yet it seems like I'm one of the few who even remembers it after all these years.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on May 17, 2020, 04:08:43 AM
The Battle of the Worlds (1961)
 
Another Italian production that tries to be American (Original title Il pianete degli uomini spenti - the planet of the extinct men). It has a lot in common with the War between the Planets (in fact, some of the spaceships and props look remarkably similar) in that a rogue planet comes into our solar system, and crates general mayhem. This time the planet turns out to be the last remnant of a long dead race (hence the Italian title).

While War between the Planets is all about daring adventures in space, this one takes a more 'intellectual' approach. It consists mainly of an insufferable know it all professor arguing with the authorities about what to do with the planet, and not agreeing on anything. In a curious way, the movie resembles a romantic opera: all tension is artificially created by stubborn adhesion to principles and a refusal to communicate, while the action mostly takes place off stage. Only this hasn't got any music. Instead, there is a lot of talk about Truth, and Science and Calculus, which seems to hold the key to the mysteries of the universe.

The space scenes are nothing to write home about, and acting is wooden all round, except for veteran Claude Rains as the professor, who takes it upon himself to compensate for the rest of the cast.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on May 17, 2020, 02:29:27 PM
"Bad Channels" (1992)
Alien invaders take over a radio station and use its signal to miniaturize Earth girls in order to bring them back to their home planet. Earth's only hope lies with an intrepid DJ trapped inside with the critters and a TV news reporter (MTV's Martha Quinn!) on the outside.
Cheesy on purpose sci-fi/comedy schlock from Full Moon Studios, featuring music from Blue Oyster Cult and Ron Keel's Fair Game. Good for a few chuckles but that's about it.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pennywise37 on May 18, 2020, 08:14:08 AM
moving violations WOW i just love that movie so much, i watched it all the time as a kid, no i never really got the S&M jokes back than but than i don't remember asking either. it was either that or i just wasn't thinking about it at all i think that's about it cause it was done for comedy pretty much.

it's also got Stacey Keach's Brother as well in it. i in fact own this sucker on VHS. i really need to get it on blu-ray if it's even on it that is! i honestly can't remember. Killer klowns from outer space is a favorite of mine as well, the film is utter cheese fest and i love it, ICP though i doubt any fans of their music is on here but me lol. use John Vernon saying, Sgt can i help ya? i forget his name off hand? and it's the phone call he takes to that women saying she's got a killer clown at her front door and he doesn't believe her. the end of it has always been my favorite part to be honest, i had forgotten they were doing a remake
uh WHY exactly?


the film is perfect as it is i think. Bad Channels i have seen and it's simply awful i love Charles Band's films but that one is one of his worst. anyways,
i watched some bad ones myself lately. (1981)'s Final Exam holy F... is that an awful film, than i watched "The Initiation  from (1984) a really awful film with a great twist ending i did not see coming but than i really didn't think about either.


i watched on you tube in fact "Murder by Phone' and oldie from (1982)  aka Bells if you watch it in Canada.  a pretty good film actually and one i'm never gonna watch again but i liked it, it was different on you tube they had oh they so need to remake this, my question is WHY? not everything needs to be remade.


go after the really awful ones and remake those they need to leave the good ones alone ya know? but i good one i watched a few days ago you all should check out is (1981)'s The Burning' i had never seen it but i really loved it. 1st kill was about 40 minutes in and that surprised me but it worked because it had character development and we got to spend some time with them before they were killed off. well worth a watch for those who haven't seen it.

reading older posts Free Jack another classic from (1992)  is a favorite film of mine i haven't watched it in a few years so i dunno how good or bad it's aged to

be honest. though Mick Jagger was freaking awesome in it


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on May 18, 2020, 10:03:05 PM
"Rambo: Last Blood" (2019)
 Stallone's 5th (and final?) go-round as Rambo, Johnny is now living the quiet life on his family farm in Arizona, until his adopted daughter is kidnapped by human traffickers in Mexico, forcing him to head south of the border.
This one took a little while to get going but once the bodies start dropping, the violence is gloriously brutal. It's a decent butt kicker but its relatively small scope doesn't really feel like a "Rambo" movie, if that makes any sense -- it's a fairly generic revenge saga that could have starred just about anybody. Sly is looking kind of leathery nowadays so it may be time to put this franchise to rest.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on May 19, 2020, 07:49:23 AM
LOGAN (2017)

In a future where mutants are nearly extinct, an elderly and weary Logan leads a quiet life. But when Laura, a mutant child pursued by scientists, comes to him for help, he must get her to safety.

WARNING: SOME SPOILERS AHEAD

Apart from the original trilogies of SPIDER-MAN and X-MEN, I'm not much into super heroes movies. I watched X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE and I tought it was really good, not sure why everybody trashed it. In contrast, I consider THE WOLVERINE and DAYS OF FUTURE PAST complete garbage, and made me move away from the franchise altogether. I had the disgrace of watching stuff like BATMAN V SUPERMAN and one of the AVENGERS (don't ask me which), and I regret it to this day.
I decided to give this one a shot because I heard good things about it, and they weren't wrong. The movie does have some problems tho: it's extremely bleak and depressing, it has some plot holes, some things came out of nowhere, like the Logan clone, and it doesn't follow any of the other movies, since it's a stand alone film; this may be considered a good thing because someone who is not familiar with Wolverine or the X-Men franchise can follow the plot without any issues.

But these things are minor when you face amazing roles from the main leads, especially the young Dafne Keen as Laura. Unlike the previous films the gore is ranked up high, which I think it's fitting for the role of Wolvie, although it's weird seeing the Professor saying "f**king". Speaking of him, they gave a great ending to the main character but not to one of the most important ones in the whole franchise, they could've put more effort on his death I think. Still, Logan did had a good treatment, and his farewell from the screen was a satisfying one, ending with a note of hope.

A well done and powerful movie. 8/10  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on May 19, 2020, 08:50:03 AM
THE WOLF HOUSE [A CASA LOBO] (2018): Stop motion animation from Chile, telling the dark fairy tale story of a girl who flees a cult, finds an abandoned house in the woods, and raises two piglets as her children. The experimental animation traps us in a constantly shifting nightmare dollhouse; Maria merges into and out of the walls, conjures human features for her pigs, and even the religious paintings on the walls can't hold their forms for more than a second or two. 4.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on May 20, 2020, 08:58:46 AM
THE LIVING IDOL (1957): A Mexican woman is inexplicably terrified by the sight of a stone idol; her adoptive father, an archeology professor, thinks it's a "racial memory" of an Aztec human sacrifice ritual. There's a lot of fevered nonsense in the second half of this ridiculous adventure yarn, but since the heroine starts off by falling in love with the movie's white-bread narrator, you have to sit through forty-five minutes of tepid romance before they let loose the jaguar and things heat up. 2/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on May 21, 2020, 12:23:49 PM
The Heretics (2017) - Its not a masterpiece, but this movie has some really good EVIL in it, and thats high praise for a horror movie. At its best, it recalls the kind of late night devil worship movies I used to watch on Elvira and similar such programs. At its more mediocre , it'ss like so many of the quickly made, predictable looking and feeling movies of the current age. hard to derive much meaning from it all but you love to see someone who acts nice then has secret devil worship stuff in their closet. you know you do!

4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on May 23, 2020, 12:50:23 PM
Terrifier - This had a bit of the classic slasher movie vibe, but the main actress is annoying and unlikeable and in retrospect it all makes very little sense. opening scene was really strong

2.5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: claws on May 23, 2020, 03:53:14 PM
Underwater (2020)

At the bottom of the ocean researchers experience an earthquake (seaquake?) and strange lifeforms attacking their damaged facilities.

Sci-fi horror that borrows from Alien (1979). With a budget of $80m Underwater looks great but Kristen Stewart looks ...weird. Underwater delivers the goods at times and has a decent cast, creepy sea creatures and dazzling special effects but the film somehow still feels uneven and rushed. It kinda needed a final polish, and one has to wonder why Underwater was shelved for three years. For a double feature it makes for an entertaining warm up paired with Life (2017) as both are similar in character. My rating: 3.5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on May 23, 2020, 10:23:34 PM
JOHN WICK 3: PARABELLUM   Keanu Reeves is back as the world's deadliest assassin in this third movie of the series.  This time they pretty much dispensed with all pretense of a plot and simply got straight to the killing; Wick has been declared "Excommunicado" and is being hunted all over the world.  Lots of blood, bullets, and bad acting.  The first installment was fun and entertaining, the second one had its moments, this one was just plain tiresome by the end. 2.5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on May 24, 2020, 05:55:13 AM
Byzantium (2012)

A mother and daughter vampire couple are hunted down by the other vampires because they have broken the Code of the Brotherhood (mainly by being women). This is an original take on vampire lore (including a pretty convoluted way of becoming a vampire), the effects of immortality and the attempts to escape to a better life. Well worth seeing and beautifully filmed.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on May 24, 2020, 07:07:27 AM
"Nightwatch" (1997)
A young law student (Ewan McGregor) takes a new job as the night watchman at the city morgue. Meanwhile, a necrophiliac serial killer is carving up local prostitutes and leaving clues at the scenes that point to McGregor's character. Can he clear his name before the psycho strikes again?
A fairly "meh" horror/thriller that wishes it was "Seven," apparently based on a Danish film from a few years earlier. Skippable.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: chainsaw midget on May 24, 2020, 09:14:25 AM
The Best Little Whore House in Texas. 
Bury Reynolds is a good ol' boy Sheriff with a  temper and a regular patron of The Chicken Ranch.  The Chicken Ranch is local Whorehouse that's seen by the town, the sheriff, and the Mayor as providing an importan community service.  It's run by strict standards by Dolly Parton as place where people can go for "good clean wholesome fun".  When a TV expose reporter, played by Dom DeLuise, sets his sights on shutting it down for ratings, the sherrif has to fight to keep it open. 

It's not a great movie, but it's fun.  There's a few good musical numbers in it.  I especially like the governor singing "sidestep." 

It's a nice fun movie with a title that might put some people off, but nothing too out there. 


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on May 24, 2020, 10:22:29 AM
ESCAPE FROM THE 'LIBERTY' CINEMA (1990): A Communist censor is increasingly frustrated when the characters in a movie refuse to play their parts and start talking back to the audience instead. It's Poland's glasnost version of THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO---the filmmakers steal from Woody Allen's film as literally as you could imagine, but with a political purpose in mind. Unpredictable. 4/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on May 24, 2020, 01:56:58 PM
Terrifier - This had a bit of the classic slasher movie vibe, but the main actress is annoying and unlikeable and in retrospect it all makes very little sense. opening scene was really strong

2.5/5

Is that the one with the clown cutting the woman in half at the start? I keep meaning to track that one down.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on May 24, 2020, 04:28:31 PM
"The Devil's Rejects" (2005)
In the follow up to Rob Zombie's "House of 1000 Corpses," the mass murdering Firefly "family's" home base is raided by police, which sends Capt. Spaulding (Sid Haig), Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) and Otis (Bill Mosely) on the run through the Texas badlands -- pursued by a revenge-obsessed sheriff (William Forsythe) who might be just as crazy as they are. This ultra-violent, action packed and occasionally quite funny ode to Rob's favorite grindhouse splatter flicks of the '70s is a vast improvement over the first movie.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on May 24, 2020, 07:14:09 PM
Alex - yeah it's on Netflix instant. That was a high point for sure


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: chainsaw midget on May 24, 2020, 09:44:01 PM
Terrifier - This had a bit of the classic slasher movie vibe, but the main actress is annoying and unlikeable and in retrospect it all makes very little sense. opening scene was really strong

2.5/5

Is that the one with the clown cutting the woman in half at the start? I keep meaning to track that one down.
Yeah, it's the one with the black and white clown.  I love the clown's design but the movie itself felt like it needed more substance to it.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on May 25, 2020, 12:10:03 PM
The Girl Next Door - this was the 07 horror movie not the one with the girl from 24.

I got about halfway through and saw where it was going. not for me _ / 5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on May 25, 2020, 12:50:05 PM
LINCOLN (2013) - Rewatched one of my favorite films of all time last night; Spielberg's screenplay is brilliant and highly accurate, and Daniel Day Lewis brings Abraham Lincoln back to life with eerie authenticity.  Great supporting cast, especially Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln.  The focus of the film is on the legal battle to get the 13th Amendment through Congress before the end of the war, to make sure slavery was abolished forever, and how Lincoln used every political trick in the book to get the votes he needed to accomplish what he called the "King's Cure" for the evil of slavery.  One of my favorite films of all time, and I still tear up at the end.  5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on May 25, 2020, 07:10:13 PM
Boo!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: claws on May 26, 2020, 12:45:26 AM
Color Out of Space (2019)

A family of hipster farmers (the mother works from home from her computer, the daughter is sort of into the occult and they have Alpacas in the barn) encounter a meteorite that lands in their front yard. Soon enough a purple, pink and blue nightmare begins.

British director Richard Stanley (Dust Devil, Hardware) returns to the big screen with his version of H.P. Lovecraft's tale of madness from outer space. It is quite trippy and Nicolas Cage certainly adds to the insanity. This is beautifully shot with amazing color f/x. The plot doesn't always run smoothly but that's just a minor issue. If anything, it proves that Richard Stanley hasn't lost his skills at making good cult movies. I'm sure Color Out of Space already has a following. 4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on May 27, 2020, 10:40:54 AM
"Deadlier Than THe Male" (1967)
One of the best James Bond knock-offs to come out of the mid Sixties"Eurospy" craze, this slick flick stars Richard Johnson (whom, legend has it, was a candidate to play 007 in "Dr. No," but he turned it down) as the suave, globe trotting investigator Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond, on the trail of a pair of lovely female assassins (Elke Sommer and Sylva Koscina) who are killing off the executives of a major oil company.
"Deadlier" is a fairly lavish production that raises it above the usual cheap-o Eurospy fare, with lots of gorgeous Riviera scenery and female eye candy. Seriously fellas, just watch this one to ogle German mega-babe Elke Sommer. She was so hot back then, it's ridiculous.
Followed by a 1969 sequel, "Some Girls Do."


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on May 27, 2020, 12:36:26 PM
Phantasm - I had never seen this somehow. I had seen a prior movie made by the director which was a pretty fun kids movie. There are elements of that genre in this, in fact its a pretty strange mashup of after school special teen drama and drive in style horror with some weird the Manitou style sci fi thrown in. The director might want to check out  my "Like Normal people vs Zombies" movie suggestion it would be right up his alley.

3.75 / 5





Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on May 28, 2020, 09:41:55 AM
BIG MAN JAPAN (2007): A cameraman follows around Big Man Japan, who protects Japan from various kaiju attacks by growing to enormous size; far from enjoying the glamorous life of a national hero, he's paunchy and depressed, deserted by his wife and child and suffering from plummeting ratings. The main attraction here is the imaginatively cheesy monster design: the stink monster mating dance is crazy enough, but have you ever seen a giant kaiju with a combover? This was recommended to me by Mofo Rising not long after it came out and I'm just getting around to it. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: chefzombie on May 29, 2020, 01:01:58 AM
" i am the pretty thing in this house", or whatever the title is. this was SO BAD. not only for the acting and the film work, but IT IS SO BORING. it took me 3 days to get through it because i kept falling asleep. in the afternoon. and i DON'T nap. AVOID LIKE COVID 19!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pennywise37 on May 29, 2020, 06:21:07 AM
really you never saw Phantasm?  i have a fan edit of it that's l really need to look at the time but it's i think around 5 minutes longer or so cause it's got a few deleted scenes put back in. such as the Ice Cream fight that was cut, or Jodie at the bank that was extended with his Girlfriend showing up.

it's also got a bit longer of a scene between Reggie and Mike  singing as well. and than the hanging scene in the dream that was cut, anyways, i watched a pretty good one from (1971) called When Eight Bells Toll (1971) it 's also Anthony Hopkins 1st Lead role apparently and what it really is a Bond Clone but a pretty good one actually and it's well worth watching at least once.

i watched it on you tube and it was the Earliest Anthony Hopkins film i had since of his the Earliest i had seen of his films before was (1978)'s Magic which i have on VHS and it's a decent film.

this one the one i watched i give it a 8/10 check it out it's not that long of a movie either.

anyways i do have a workprint of Phantasm 2 in fact and it's weird to watch because the film is pretty complete but there's no music in it at all it's just Surreal to watch without it and it's not bad but it's amazing how when you watch any movie that's got music no matter how much or little there is and you don't think about it at all, than you watch a film that's got none at all and it's the workprint it just weakens the film i think, the difference it makes is just so Surreal

anyways

and i just got to say one more thing Boooooooooooooooooooooooy! 


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on May 29, 2020, 08:05:08 AM
THE GHOST OF PETER SELLERS (2020): Director Peter Medak looks back at 1973's "The Ghost in the Noonday Sun," a pirate comedy so bad that the studio refused to release it, revealing how star Peter Sellers erratic behavior--firing producers, refusing to work, demanding on-the-spot rewrites by his pal Spike Milligan---destroyed the film. The entire fiasco is kind of funny, except that it's clearly not funny to Medak, whose career was nearly destroyed, and it suggests that Sellers suffered from severe depression, or worse. An exorcism. 3.5/5. 


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pennywise37 on May 29, 2020, 03:10:49 PM
Peter Sellers was a really talented guy but he was they say a horrible human being, a terrible husband, a worse father and a really unpleasant guy in general but when it comes to his movies.... it's  just a shame that he was such a horrible human being, i hadn't realized that he even had any movies at all that didn't get released


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on May 29, 2020, 03:25:27 PM
Sadly comedians seem to be really messed up one way or another in their private lives.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: claws on May 30, 2020, 04:03:18 PM
Haunt (2019)

A couple of friends hook up with others for a joyride on Halloween night. They eventually come across a haunted house attraction and decide to enter. Once inside they are separated and stalked by disfigured "employees" while looking for a way out.

Well made low budget slasher with creepy scares, decent cast and a few surprise twist and turns. Haunt is pretty much doing the same Hell Fest (2018) did a year before but Haunt did it better. My rating 4/5



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on May 30, 2020, 06:12:20 PM
"Some Girls Do" (1969)
In this sequel to "Deadlier Than The Male," Richard Johnson returns as swinging investigator Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond, assigned to find out who's sabotaging the test flights of Britain's latest supersonic aircraft. The trail leads to Drummond's zillionaire arch-enemy Carl Peterson, who's holed up on his own private island surrounded by an army of scantily clad robotic females. Shag-a-delic, baby!
This one is much more tongue in cheek than the first Drummond adventure and plays more like a spoof,  but it's goofy, action packed fun with plenty of lovely female eye candy.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Jack on May 30, 2020, 06:48:26 PM
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) - take "The Road Warrior", remove all trace of character or story, and stretch the car chase scenes out to 2 hours.  Except replace the exquisite brutality of the real car crashes in Road Warrior with the typical "looks pretty fake" CGI crap.  And replace the bad guys with cartoon caricatures of themselves.  Good grief.  Plot points, and I'm being totally serious here, consist of things like "truck engine sputters and dies." 

So Max...oh give me a break..."some guy" gets captured by a bunch of screwballs who I'm guessing are the 10th generation of inbred descendants of the bad guys from The Road Warrior.  Meanwhile a one-armed, grease-smeared Charlize Theron takes one of the screwball's trucks and makes a run for it.  A big group of screwballs follow in various vehicles, lots of crashes take place (the tornado within the sandstorm thing was actually kind of cool), and wouldn't ya know it, Max is one of only two survivors among the group of pursuers.  He meets up with Theron and a half dozen girls who I'm guessing were supposed to be in the "Slave Girls From Beyond Infinity" remake that never got made.  They speak two, possibly three sentences to each other.  Many car chases and unimpressive crashes follow.  Two or three more lines of dialogue are spoken!

Meh, I made it all the way to the end, so I'll give it a 2/5.  I've liked Charlize Theron in pretty much every thing I've seen her in but she never got the opportunity to do any acting here.  Tom Hardy as Max...I'm not sure he was actually in this, might have been CGI judging by the performance.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on June 01, 2020, 08:43:32 AM
ABNORMAL ATTRACTIONS (2019) This was a funny and kind of cute film about fairy tale monsters and the humans who love them.  I ran across it on Amazon Prime and found it pretty amusing; the costumes are cheap but the performances are effective and the story keeps moving.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on June 02, 2020, 09:33:01 AM
"Killer Fish" (aka "Deadly Treasure of the Piranha," 1979)
A team of professional jewel thieves (including Lee "Six Million Dollar Man" Majors and Karen "Trilogy of Terror" Black) pull off a massive jewel heist in Rio de Janeiro, and hide the loot in a local lake till the heat dies down. When they come back to retrieve the goods, however, they discover that the lake is home to hordes of hungry flesh eating fish, which may make recovery impossible. Don'cha hate when that happens?

Don't go into this one expecting a water logged gore fest ala "Piranha," because even though the "Killer Fish" get top billing, they don't really come into play till the last third of this entertainingly schlocky Italian-French co-production, which starts out as a crime/caper/heist flick, then briefly turns into a disaster movie (when a hurricane strikes the thieves' island hideaway) before finally becoming a creature feature as promised in the title.  

Lee Majors displays all the charm of a plank of wood, as usual, and just in case this movie wasn't '70s enough already, Margaux Hemingway also turns up as a fashion model to give us some eye candy.

"Killer Fish" is far from essential viewing, but Lord knows I've seen worse.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on June 03, 2020, 07:22:10 AM
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981)
Harrison Ford makes his debut as whip crackin', pistol packin' archaeologist/adventurer Indiana Jones, racing around the globe to beat the Nazi regime in a search for a precious Biblical treasure. Lucas and Spielberg's ode to the serials of the 30s and 40s is still one of the best action/adventure movies ever made. I've lost count of how many times I've seen this, but I never get tired of it.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: chefzombie on June 04, 2020, 12:46:00 AM
ABNORMAL ATTRACTIONS (2019) This was a funny and kind of cute film about fairy tale monsters and the humans who love them.  I ran across it on Amazon Prime and found it pretty amusing; the costumes are cheap but the performances are effective and the story keeps moving.
i tried this one, but the T&A became overwhelming in 15 minutes. being a straight female, NOT into that. BUT. because i trust you indy, i'll try again and see if i can see the storyline you say is there. *meanwhile, men here, GO FOR IT, BIG BOOBS GALORE, LOL!*


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on June 04, 2020, 04:52:11 AM
ABNORMAL ATTRACTIONS (2019) This was a funny and kind of cute film about fairy tale monsters and the humans who love them.  I ran across it on Amazon Prime and found it pretty amusing; the costumes are cheap but the performances are effective and the story keeps moving.
i tried this one, but the T&A became overwhelming in 15 minutes. being a straight female, NOT into that. BUT. because i trust you indy, i'll try again and see if i can see the storyline you say is there. *meanwhile, men here, GO FOR IT, BIG BOOBS GALORE, LOL!*

I did look for this one on Amazon, but I'd need to pay extra to watch it, something I refuse to do since I am already paying for Amazon Prime.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on June 04, 2020, 09:14:55 AM
Not the same film I watched - mine had no nudity.  Some innuendo, but no actual nekkid people.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on June 04, 2020, 09:15:42 AM
ABNORMAL ATTRACTIONS (2019) This was a funny and kind of cute film about fairy tale monsters and the humans who love them.  I ran across it on Amazon Prime and found it pretty amusing; the costumes are cheap but the performances are effective and the story keeps moving.
i tried this one, but the T&A became overwhelming in 15 minutes. being a straight female, NOT into that. BUT. because i trust you indy, i'll try again and see if i can see the storyline you say is there. *meanwhile, men here, GO FOR IT, BIG BOOBS GALORE, LOL!*

I did look for this one on Amazon, but I'd need to pay extra to watch it, something I refuse to do since I am already paying for Amazon Prime.

The one I saw was free with Amazon Prime.  Strange.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on June 04, 2020, 09:35:22 AM
ABNORMAL ATTRACTIONS (2019) This was a funny and kind of cute film about fairy tale monsters and the humans who love them.  I ran across it on Amazon Prime and found it pretty amusing; the costumes are cheap but the performances are effective and the story keeps moving.
i tried this one, but the T&A became overwhelming in 15 minutes. being a straight female, NOT into that. BUT. because i trust you indy, i'll try again and see if i can see the storyline you say is there. *meanwhile, men here, GO FOR IT, BIG BOOBS GALORE, LOL!*

I did look for this one on Amazon, but I'd need to pay extra to watch it, something I refuse to do since I am already paying for Amazon Prime.

The one I saw was free with Amazon Prime.  Strange.

You have an account with Amazon US, while mine will be with Amazon UK. Different licenses and so on.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on June 04, 2020, 12:17:52 PM
Paranormal Investigation - while blandly watchable this was as boring and useless as its title would indicate. A kid gets inhabited by a spirit while playing with a Ouji board. A paranormal investigation follows! there's an exorcist and its done exactly like the movie exorcist. No character development and while it has a spooky atmosphere they don't do anything with it. file under "tax shelter"

1.5/5



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on June 04, 2020, 11:51:01 PM
"The Beastmaster" (1982)
Don "Phantasm" Coscarelli's charmingly cheesy sword and sorcery epic stars Marc "V" Singer as a swordsman who can talk to animals, on a quest to destroy the evil wizard who killed his family. Tanya Roberts' boobs and some cool creature effects helped make this '80s cable staple into a cult classic that spawned two sequels and a TV series.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on June 05, 2020, 08:16:57 AM
PRIMAL FEAR (1996)

An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

The first movie starring Edward Norton is proof of how awesome he is. The plot itself is built around cliches that you will guess as soon the film begins - maybe the twist at the ending is cool, but literally the whole thing is carried by Norton. There's absolutely no other reason to watch this except for his amazing performance.

Richard Gere SUCKS, I can't stand that guy. 7/10  :smile:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on June 06, 2020, 02:00:48 PM
This is Not A Test (1963) - watched on youtube. this is one of those older movies that is actually pretty good, but would also make an excellent MST3K episode.

A cop starts pulling people over on street in the mountains outside of town. He wont't tell anyone why, but they figure it out: its a nuclear war. The cop, who is a jerk and an idiot, orders everyone around and for some reason they do what he says. The people are colorful enough and there is drama between them as the bomb makes its way to town.

The jealousies and breakdowns and whatnot aren't done super creatively or carefully but its a good time. Nowadays this would be done with a plot twist where the bus driver was a Stasi agent or something. pretty short I'd say check it out

4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on June 07, 2020, 01:30:49 AM
Colossal (2016)

This one is a bit weird. Anne Hathaway is Gloria, who has failed to make it in New York and returns broke to her home town. There she meets her friend from school Oscar (Jason Sudeikis) and starts work at his bar. So will she stay in her hometown or return to her ex in New York and take up her life again? The twist is that for reasons that aren't quite explained, if Gloria and Oscar are at a particular spot in a particular time, they also materialise as respectively a Kaiju and a giant robot in Seoul.

If you expect a kind of kaiju movie, you'll be disappointed. It is basically a straight up drama about relationships and life choices. So does the kaiju gimmick add something? For me, well yes, sort of. It does provide a handy metaphor for the power dynamics in the couple. What weakens the movie for me, is that the main story is played absolutely straight and realistic, as a slice of life in small town US. Given the use of fantastic elements, I think the film would have been better if the director had cranked up the weird and made it pervasive, like, say Yorgos Lanthimos in The Lobster or David Robert Mitchell in Under The Silver Lake.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 07, 2020, 10:00:54 AM
LUCID DREAMS (2018): Hong Kong director Teddy Robin Kwan either films four short dreams, or dreams of making four films: a gangster arranges a fake wedding, an employee deals with a sadistic boss, a children's writer returns to her family home, and a bus driver cruises a haunted route. Two of the shorts are comedies and two are like "Twilight Zone" episodes; the dream theater wraparound conceit is halfhearted, never explaining why these four competently made stories belong together. 2/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on June 07, 2020, 08:52:54 PM
"Our Man Flint" (1966)
The first of two tongue-in-cheek spy spoofs starring James Coburn as super-swingin' agent Derek Flint, who's drafted by the U.S. Government to stop a cabal of mad scientists who've figured out how to weaponize the weather. One of the better James Bond knock offs of the shag-a-delic Sixties.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pennywise37 on June 08, 2020, 03:42:06 AM
Primal Fear (1996) is one of my favorite movies of all time i just love that movie. if you don't like Gere why watch it? Norton is brilliant in it i 100% agree.
it's hard to believe he as so young when he did it ain't it?

anyways i just watched a favorite of mine Puppet Master (1989) 10/10  my only complaint is my blu-ray is the 88 minute version of it going by what my player says. and not the 90 minute version. well i at least have that on dvd that i Transfered from VHS years ago and that's the 90 minute version.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: claws on June 08, 2020, 05:44:37 AM
The Lighthouse (2019)

Two lighthouse keepers drift into insanity thanks to longer than planned "isolation" on an Island. Psychological horror that's more psychological than horror. The Lighthouse was inspired by Poe's The Light-House, with director Robert Eggers stripping away typical Poe elements.
Eggers The VVitch (2015) had a somewhat broader appeal, The Lighthouse feels like it was made for selected few. There's some great acting from Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, speaking late 19th century English which is interesting but a bit difficult to understand at times. For some reason I thought the movie had a, well, bigger message or meaning and I caught myself thinking "what was the point?" when the end credits rolled, because I had super-high expectations?
Still, I wasn't let down and enjoyed it quite a bit. 5/5



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 08, 2020, 08:45:57 AM
QUEEN OF PARADIS (2020): Documentary following surrealist artist Reine Paradis as she travels across the U.S. creating her latest photographic series (which almost always involves trespassing). An excellent peek at her work process if you happen to be a fan of the photographs, but you can't escape the feeling that this movie (directed by Paradis' husband and collaborator) is less a documentary and more a heavy-handed advertisement for the artist. It should be viewed in a museum setting, not on Amazon Prime. 2.5/85.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on June 08, 2020, 01:01:56 PM
Convict's Code (1939) - another one on youtube. I just looked up the director, he did a lot of Westerns and also some obscure Chaney and Karloff stuff.

A wrongly convicted man gets out of jail and is set on clearing his name. That entails getting drunk with gangsters, keeping a gun under his bed at a boarding house, and other fun stuff. It had more substance and surprises than "This is Not a Test" which i watched the previous night. Being much earlier (1939 as opposed to 1963) it had more of that rough and tumble early Hollywood flavor. very cool. likeable well cast lead, story doesn't drag about an hour long

4.5 /5



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on June 09, 2020, 01:15:03 PM
"The Car" (1977)
A murderous, apparently demonic automobile is cruisin' around a small western town, running over random residents, and the only one who can stop it is the local sheriff (James Brolin).
The last time I saw this movie I was about 11 years old, and of course I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I was expecting it to have aged horribly of course, and it did, but in spite of (or perhaps because of) its absolutely ridiculous premise, "The Car" turned out to be a pretty fun, watchable slice of '70s supernatural cheese.
Followed by a decades-too-late sequel (!), "The Car: Road To Revenge," in 2019, which I have added to my watch list too, since I'm apparently a glutton for punishment :D


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on June 10, 2020, 11:19:55 AM
"City On Fire" (1979)
An explosion at an oil refinery creates a chain reaction of blazes that eventually threaten an entire city, which a variety of characters played by the usual assortment of Hollywood has-beens (incl. Ava Gardner, Shelley Winters, a pre-"Airplane" Leslie Nielsen, and even Henry Fonda) must struggle to survive.
This enjoyably cheap late-inning entry into the '70s disaster-movie craze (which was already on its way out by the time this was released) takes a while to get going (and of course, the silly personal dramas between characters are there just to pad out the run time), but once things started burning down and blowin' sky-high, my inner ten year old was entertained.

"The Mad Bomber" (aka "Police Connection," 1973)
Vince "Ben Casey" Edwards is a tough L.A. cop who must capture a serial rapist (Neville Brand) because he's the only one who can help I.D. a mysterious mad bomber (Chuck "The Rifleman" Connors) in this sleazy-but-fun exploitation flick from Bert I. Gordon of "Empire of the Ants" and "Food of the Gods" fame. The movie's nothing special, but the fashions, the vintage cars and the ancient police technology are outasite, man.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on June 10, 2020, 12:24:30 PM
Patterns (1956) - Anyone ever see this? Written and directed by Rod Serling, it bears very little resemblance to Twilight Zone. Instead, its a pretty interesting if a little cliched diatribe against/ about capitalism.

An engineer gets transferred from Ohio to the Big Apple. After settling in to his huge office with sophisticated decoration that he doesn't understand, he soon realizes something is a little weird with the workplace dynamic. Briggs, who strikes him as a wise and affable guy, is at odds with the boss. Its a liberal/ conservative sort of split and you can guess which one is the sympathetic character.

On the one hand, he wants to do whats right, on the other he's been at his new job for like a minute and its a great job that he's good at. Yeah, not exactly "Nightmare at 20,000" feet.

Error 404 (Not Found)!!1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMnU4faUMUY#)


It's pretty awesome. not sure what you'd call it: "business noir"? The cinematography is nonexistent it could probably have been a play. It works up a good head of steam for its purposes. The biggest drawback is probably the opening section which is too long and meandering. Also, The whole concept which may have been novel at the time is pretty familiar now

 4.75 /5


Also watched The Creeper (1948) - a horror movie featuring a cat named The Creeper who is more comic relief than anything else. some good dream seqences with a giant cat's paw and general dark atmosphere, but I wasn't watching it all that closely so can't really comment on the plot and so forth


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on June 11, 2020, 01:20:11 AM
War of the Robots (1978)

Another cheap Italian cash in off the success of Star Wars, cheap being the operative word. While a lot of these knock offs have enough script for about 30 minutes, and have to make up the runtime by needless complications and padding, this one has a lot happening. It is full of action, very ineptly filmed action, but action nevertheless. In fact, this could have been quite an enjoyable action romp, had the director known how to inject pace into the movie, and had the budget been bigger than that of an episode of Blake's Seven. They can't even keep the lettering in the opening credits steady.
The titular robots must be the least effective force in the universe, and are mainly there to be shot down in droves.

Fun fact, the ship is called the Trissi, and the crew have these jump suits with 'Trissi' marked on them. Turns out the costumes were provided by a company called Trissi Sport. That is how cheap it is.
Another notable point is that, to make it look like an American production, the cast and crew are listed under the kind of obvious pseudonyms, one usually associates with erotic productions.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on June 11, 2020, 08:29:09 AM
BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999)

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

Well, well... this was some hell of a ride. I wasn't sure what to expect with this movie, but certainly not this drug fueled trip. I really wanted to like this film, but sadly it has so many flaws that, at least for me, ended with a sour taste in my mouth.

First of all, the good things: I liked the concept, the acting (I recognized Cameron Diaz but I had to check it out to make sure), John Cusack is great as the loser hopelessly in love, and the puppet work is amazing - probably the best part of the movie. I loved all the comedy that had nothing to do with the main plot: the silly office, the deaf secretary, the crazy boss, Charlie Sheen cameo... basically, after the first half of the movie, it had its moments of laughs. Sadly it went downhill from there.

Now, the bad: the plot went nowhere. I was hoping for some kind of conclusion or idea behind the ego or something like that, but it never came. It basically dwelled 100% in the sexual side of the characters, and never moved away from there. For example, when Craig takes full control of John and he performs in front of Maxine, I was really hoping for him to discover that his skills with the puppets were gone, since he was using another body and his fingers weren't the same, but sadly that didn't happened. That would've been amazing to show us that, regardless of how bad our lives are, everything that makes us "us" is unique and personal, yet here it seems that if you're very strong and transport to a skinny guy, your strenght goes with you, in your mind I guess. Stupid.
The whole old-people-trying-to-live-forever thing was plain retarded. Who took control of John's body after all? Just the main guy? The rest of the people were just prisoners in his mind? What kind of eternal life is that?
While I think the actors were good, the characters sucked. Maxine is really cruel and mean, then suddenly she's nice, she hates Craig's puppets, then she asks him to perform for no reason, she doesn't like Lotte physically, then she spends her life with her. Craig only wants to perform with puppets, then he completely forgets about them because he "fell in love". Lotte is simply bizarre. At the end, I didn't cared about any of them, because they didn't cared about themselves.
The ending is just bitter, at least for me. Basically, nobody learned anything, except that the chicks are lesbians. Nobody seemed to care about John like, at all. Why not a single one of the hundreds of people going into his mind managed to take hold over it, by the way?

So, whatever. I'm pretty sure this movie doesn't get bad reviews because it's "psychological, original, and deep", therefore if you say anything bad about it it's because "you didn't get it". I'm sorry, I think it's just a mess. Great idea, but poorly executed and went nowhere. It does have its moments tho, but they're short and crammed in the beginning. 5/10  :bluesad:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 11, 2020, 08:47:18 AM
WHY DON'T YOU JUST DIE! (2018): Matvey goes to Andrey's apartment with a hammer, intent on killing him, but finds the task harder than he bargained for; flashbacks explain why the young man is trying to kill this stranger. Memorable gruesome melees, a truly despicable villain or two, and a heaping helping of twists and suspense make this ultraviolent Russian thriller, mostly set in a single apartment, a noteworthy low budget debut for writer/director Kirill Sokolov. He should move on to bigger things; with the way he directs fight scenes, I wouldn't be shocked if Hollywood called.  4/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on June 11, 2020, 12:49:58 PM
the 27th Day (1957) - Some high ratings on IMDB but ehhh....not quite. A pretty interesting set up: an alien abducts 5 seemingly random people and gives them the power to destroy the whole world with these little box things. The print is really nice and the acting is decent, it just doesn't go for the jugular the way you want it too and there's never any real tension. and the ending was not satisfactory.

Imagine "demon With A Glass Hand" if it ended up being an ad for Wheaties or something.

3/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 12, 2020, 09:43:33 AM
IMPOSSIBLE MONSTERS (2019): A psychiatrist sets up a (very small) sleep study for people who suffer from sleep paralysis and nightmares; one of the subjects turns up dead. The eerie music is good, if comically overused in just about every scene; the rest, right up to the eye-rolling final twist, is not so good. 1.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on June 12, 2020, 12:42:24 PM
the Finger Man (1955)  - no, its not a doc about my time in the Northeastern U dorms, instead its a really solid 1930's style flim noir made in the 50's. The reason its not more well known is the probably the basic ness of it and also the lead, while talented, is not really leading man material. It's a typical story about a guy who gets out of jail then has to turn stoolie for the cops in order to yadda yadda

The most memorable character by far is Lou, the bizarre sidekick of the main villain.


the actor, Tim Carey, is somewhat of a legend in Hollywood. He actually turned down roles in godfather and godfather 2 and Reservoir Dogs is dedicated to him. very interesting IMDB page if you have the chance. He was in that Monkees psychedelic movie

4.5 really good but the plot is extremely basic and the casting is nondescript. The lead villain reminded me of Alex Trebek more than say, Atilla the Hun






Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 12, 2020, 01:07:20 PM
the Finger Man (1955)  - no, its not a doc about my time in the Northeastern U dorms


 :buggedout: :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pennywise37 on June 12, 2020, 02:59:37 PM
i have seen City on Fire the MSKT3000 in the KTMA episodes that's a good episode and a good flix actually


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on June 13, 2020, 09:04:37 PM
"Running Scared" (1986)
Two wise-cracking Chicago cops (Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines) want to retire and head to Florida, but first they have to take down a drug dealer (Jimmy Smits) who's still holding a long time grudge against them.
This is pretty typical for the '80s shoot-em-up buddy cop genre, but Crystal and Hines made a great team so it was fun to watch.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on June 14, 2020, 12:05:20 AM
THEY REMAIN (2017)  Two scientific researchers are occupying a mobile lab in the middle of nowhere, in an area where a cult once murdered dozens of innocent victims.  They're studying the environment trying to find clues in animal behavior as to why this cult became so murderous.  And they slowly go crazy.  In between lengthy stretches of ABSOLUTELY NOTHING HAPPENING and brief flashbacks to cultists playing and killing in the woods.  This movie put me to sleep repeatedly; it was shooting for "taut psychological thriller" and somehow achieved "deathly boring snoozefest" instead.  Avoid.  2/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pennywise37 on June 14, 2020, 03:39:32 AM
wow i haven't seen Running Scared since Sh*t since the 90's i don't think. anyways, i'v e just been watching some old episodes of "The Cinema Snob' i dunno if anyone here is a fan here but i've been a massive fan since i'd say March i think or April of (2011)


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 14, 2020, 09:14:10 AM
BUSTER'S MAL HEART (2017): Rami Malek plays three characters: a hotel night clerk, a renegade mountain man, and a shipwreck survivor adrift on a boat in the ocean. How are they connected, and how are they all related to an apocalyptic event called "the Inversion"? Expect great performances, don't expect easy answers. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on June 14, 2020, 03:51:09 PM
WHY DON'T YOU JUST DIE! (2018): Matvey goes to Andrey's apartment with a hammer, intent on killing him, but finds the task harder than he bargained for; flashbacks explain why the young man is trying to kill this stranger. Memorable gruesome melees, a truly despicable villain or two, and a heaping helping of twists and suspense make this ultraviolent Russian thriller, mostly set in a single apartment, a noteworthy low budget debut for writer/director Kirill Sokolov. He should move on to bigger things; with the way he directs fight scenes, I wouldn't be shocked if Hollywood called.  4/5.

I was planning to see that in the Brussels BIFFF festival, but the corona virus decided otherwise


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on June 15, 2020, 12:51:25 PM
"Religulous" (2008)
Stand-up comic, talk show host, and noted skeptic Bill Maher wonders why the world still clings to religion in this sarcastic pseudo-documentary, in which he travels the world and talks to a variety of people of many faiths. His conclusion: no matter if it's Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Scientology, or whatever, religion in and of itself is pretty much insane. I doubt that Maher has ever been very popular among the devout, and "Religulous" certainly won't change that, but if you've ever questioned your faith (or anyone else's), it makes for an interesting, funny (and occasionally frightening) 90 minutes.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 16, 2020, 08:56:29 AM
VAMPIRE BURT'S SERENADE (2020): Burlesque stars and drag queens team up to defeat a douchey vampire, singing forgettable songs along the way. Who would have guessed that someday Kevin Richardson would be working with even weaker material than he did in the Backstreet Boys? In it's defense there are a few chuckles and the ending is exciting and gory, if you can make it that far. And it is free on Amazon Prime. 1/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 18, 2020, 08:43:52 AM
COME TO DADDY (2019): A recovering alcoholic (Elijah Wood, in a bad haircut and pornstache) receives a letter from the father who abandoned him as a child and goes to visit him at his remote beach house; of course, all is not as it seems. Begins as a drama, slowly introduces black comedy elements, and ends as a thriller; too slow to get started, but gains momentum with the third act twist. Stephen McHattie is great as the crusty alcoholic, but unfortunately not on screen enough. Also free on Amazon Prime. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pacman000 on June 18, 2020, 11:34:35 AM
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Needed a patriotic film. Capra's drama of the U.S Senate pits an idealistic young man against a corrupt political machine, which puts him in power as a stooge, then tries top break him when he finds out the truth.

Something about the soundtrack: scenes with Smith & his supporters use bits of American standards, like Yankee Doodle & My Darling Clementine; scenes focused on the Taylor Machine use more modern music.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on June 18, 2020, 11:28:54 PM
EXPOSURE (2018) - A young couple, James and Mira, head up to his grandparents' cabin in the mountains to spend a secluded holiday and patch up their shaky marriage.  Little do they realize a malignant, lurking force there will turn them against one another and transform James into a monster.

This one looked promising, but was honestly very slow in developing, and short on explanation.  Was the malignant, transforming force alien in origin, or supernatural?  Why did Mira come back when she had nearly escaped?  Overall, not terrible, but not great, either.  2.5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 19, 2020, 08:49:45 AM
IN FABRIC (2018): What appear to be a coven of witches working at an upscale department store sell a cursed dress first to a bank teller divorcee; the "artery red" frock later passes to a washing machine repairman and his fiancee. Enter the "prism of retail" in this strange horror/comedy/satire from Peter Strickland; the combination of dry and absurd humor mixed with stylish surreal horror may not be for everyone, but if you're in the target demographic, you won't need a hard sell. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on June 20, 2020, 02:36:26 PM
TRAIN TO BUSAN - I had heard of this movie for several years; last night I finally decided to give it a watch and I was not disappointed.  Most of the movie takes place aboard the titular locomotive; as the train is leaving the station, an infected girl stumbles aboard and soon the train is crawling with bloodthirsty zombies as a handful of passengers try to survive.  Well developed characters, intense survival drama, and some pretty spooky zombies of the "rage virus" variety make for an excellent viewing!  5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: claws on June 21, 2020, 02:49:16 PM
Doctor Sleep (2019)

The Shining's Danny "Doc" Torrance is all grown up but his life is a mess. Things get more complicated when he befriends a teenage girl also gifted with the shining. When the girl interferes with an evil group of energy eating "psychics" Danny must return to the Overlook hotel one more time.

Technically Doctor Sleep is great with amazing stuff going on. Whenever they recreated moments from Kubrick's The Shining with lookalike actors (Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers and the creepy twins) it gave the movie a cheap feel that just didn't sit right. Besides that, the big showdown was actually pretty weak in my opinion. I will have to rewatch the theatrical version, and will watch the extended director's cut as well before I'll give Doctor Sleep a rating.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 21, 2020, 03:00:56 PM
CAN'T KILL THIS [AKA f**k YOU IMMORTALITY] (2019): An old hippie couple tries to track down an old friend, who, it seems is unable to die. Sometimes amusing quirky comedy, but brought down by some weak performances, and with serious tone issues--you wouldn't normally expect this much silly gore in an elderly stoner comedy, and no one was asking for that cynical ending. 2/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Trevor on June 21, 2020, 03:16:22 PM
CAN'T KILL THIS [AKA f**k YOU IMMORTALITY] (2019): An old hippie couple tries to track down an old friend, who, it seems is unable to die. Sometimes amusing quirky comedy, but brought down by some weak performances, and with serious tone issues--you wouldn't normally expect this much silly gore in an elderly stoner comedy, and no one was asking for that cynical ending. 2/5.

Just that title makes me  :teddyr: :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Trevor on June 21, 2020, 03:17:23 PM
I watched Welcome Home, Soldier Boys on Youtube the other day: weird flick indeed.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 22, 2020, 11:08:54 AM
JESUS SHOWS YOU THE WAY TO THE HIGHWAY (2019): A CIA agent (who also happens to be a hunchbacked dwarf and pizza connoisseur) accepts a mission to go into "Psychobook" to combat the virus "Stalin" released by the Soviet Union. Meet the President of Ethiopia (a kung fu supervillain) and Jesus himself inside this virtual reality world inside which is itself nestled in an alternate reality where the Cold War never ended, and technology is simultaneously stuck in the 1990s and decades ahead of where we are today. You've never seen anything quite like this absurdist psychological thriller/camp comedy. 4.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on June 22, 2020, 09:25:14 PM
"Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984)
Prequel to "Raiders of the Lost Ark" sends Dr. Jones, his kid sidekick, and a ditzy nightclub singer (future Mrs. Spielberg Kate Capshaw) into battle against an ancient Indian death cult. This non-stop action film is darker and has a way bigger mean streak than the first "Indy" film --  some scenes of mayhem were so over-the-top and horrific that it led to the creation of the PG-13 rating!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 23, 2020, 08:53:04 AM
SEVEN STAGES TO ACHIEVE ETERNAL BLISS (2018): Claire and Paul figure out why their new L.A. apartment's rent is so low: their bathtub is a sacred site for a bizarre cult whose members break in to commit suicide there. Moderately amusing black comedy that lacks a killer instinct. 2.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on June 24, 2020, 06:58:15 AM
"Gremlins" (1984)
A small town's quiet Christmas Eve is rudely interrupted by a horde of mysterious creatures who start out cute n' fuzzy, but don't stay that way for long. The "Gremlin" puppets and effects in Joe Dante's classic slapstick horror comedy are still quite impressive even after all these years. Tons o' fun.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 24, 2020, 08:52:35 AM
KNIVES AND SKIN (2019): Jennifer Reeder's feature debut is a "Twin Peaks"-inspired study of a high school girl's disappearance, decorated with a capella versions of 80s pop hits and lots of soapy subplots. Better in its parts than in its whole--the slow, sad atmosphere is effective in small doses, but it could have used a bit more comic relief and changes of pace, and a bit less on-the-nose feminist commentary.  2.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on June 24, 2020, 08:55:24 AM
SEA BEAST (2008)  A sleepy little fishing town is terrorized by venom-spitting, amphibious monsters who can turn themselves transparent at will and have an insatiable appetite for human flesh.  Relatively tame "creature feature" with a made-for-television vibe, but still has some decent acting and the creatures are cool-looking, if only the CGI was done better.  3/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on June 24, 2020, 09:43:33 AM
"The Car: Road To Revenge" (2019)
A bizarre pseudo-sequel to the 1977 cult hit, set in a cyberpunk near future. When a crusading D.A. is murdered by a gang of high-tech psychos, his consciousness takes over his luxury automobile, turning it into a murderous machine on a mission of vengeance.
Aside from re-using the killer-car plot, "Road to Revenge" doesn't seem to be have any connection to the '77 film aside from a brief cameo by Ronny Cox, who played a minor character in the original and plays a totally different minor character in this one.
Loaded with over the top action sequences, carnage and gore, this is certainly not a "good" movie by any means but it's enjoyably silly, ultra-violent junk.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on June 25, 2020, 08:31:09 AM
REPO MEN (2010)

Set in the near future when artificial organs can be bought on credit, it revolves around a man who struggles to make the payments on a heart he has purchased. He must therefore go on the run before said ticker is repossessed.

While the concept sounds rather generic, the setting and overall mood of the movie is very well done. At certain points, the city has this BLADE RUNNER kinda vibe, which is great. The parallels between the plot and pharmaceutics and banks aren't very sutil, but still allows for much analysis. Perhaps if they toned down the violence and gore it could've been a more cerebral movie, but the fun factor is certainly off the roof the way it is.

Jude Law is awesome as always, and you totally believe his change of mind. I don't particularly like Forest Withaker but he does a great job portraying this unstable and mindless drone of The Union. Alice Braga sucks, she's like the token latina chick that is just there so the main character can fall in love. In fact, this whole sudden relationship thing was a complete failure, not to mention the "sexual surgery" scene, which almost killed the movie for me of how ridiculous and bad it was. Luckily, the excellent ending salvaged the whole thing, otherwise I would've ended up really p**sed.

Tons of action and cool fighting scenes, a nice plot, great lead character, and a sweet ending made this a very fine watch! 8/10  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on June 25, 2020, 10:30:42 AM
"Blazing Saddles" (1974)
Mel Brooks put a fork in the Western genre with his hilairous, jaw-droppingly tasteless send up of cowboy epics. Cleavon Little stars as the first black sheriff of the racist little town of Rock Ridge, who teams up with a has-been gunfighter (Gene Wilder) to fight off some land-grabbin' railroad barons. Every time I watch this, I always think how Mel would never be able to make this movie today, which somehow makes the whole thing even funnier.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: claws on June 25, 2020, 11:20:59 AM
There was recently a rallying cry on Twitter saying to ban Blazing Saddles, after Gone with the Wind  :buggedout:
HBO has Gone with the Wind back in program, but it comes with a 4 1/2 minute disclaimer at the beginning.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on June 25, 2020, 11:44:22 AM
Have these people actually watching that movie? Think its the ones complaining that need a warning sign.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on June 26, 2020, 01:16:08 PM
Our House, friend Request - netflix instant horror stuff with decent atmosphere but highly unoriginal content. so derivative its hard to even assign a number.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on June 27, 2020, 01:13:44 PM
SLEUTH (2007)

On his sprawling country estate, an aging writer matches wits with the struggling actor who has stolen his wife's heart.

This movie felt like if I was deliberately scammed, at the end it was like some kind of s**tty play at your local theater. It started as an interesting, albeit strange, murder mystery, but then it quickly went downhill into some kind of weird homosexual... stuff. I honestly have no idea WTF I watched, it was awful. It is commendable that the entire movie is only carried by two great actors, but sadly they're wasted in two characters that never, not a single minute, behave like actual human beings.

I don't want to talk about this thing any longer. As the great reviewer Andrew said, "I cried for about an hour after watching this film, not proud about it either". 3/10  :thumbdown:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on June 27, 2020, 11:16:42 PM
MAGIC (1978)   A very young Anthony Hopkins stars alongside Anne Margaret and Burgess Meredith in this psychological thriller about an unbalanced ventriloquist whose dummy tells him what to do one time too many.  Dated, yes, but still a lot of fun, and Hopkins is absolutely over the top as the ventriloquist Corky and his dummy, Fats.  Watching them descend into madness and murder is eerie after the rather comic beginning of this film, and Anne Margaret is at her most lovely.  4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: zelmo73 on June 28, 2020, 03:43:25 AM
"Blazing Saddles" (1974)
Mel Brooks put a fork in the Western genre with his hilairous, jaw-droppingly tasteless send up of cowboy epics. Cleavon Little stars as the first black sheriff of the racist little town of Rock Ridge, who teams up with a has-been gunfighter (Gene Wilder) to fight off some land-grabbin' railroad barons. Every time I watch this, I always think how Mel would never be able to make this movie today, which somehow makes the whole thing even funnier.

Richard Pryor was supposed to be the original black sheriff in the movie, hence all of the n****r jokes that were written by him for the part. But Pryor couldn't do the film because of prior commitments and so they went with the other guy who was actually the better actor between the two. Thankfully, they kept Richard Pryor's jokes in the script.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on June 28, 2020, 09:28:28 AM
"The Control Group" (2017)
Five annoying college students wake up trapped inside a creepy abandoned hospital, with no idea how they got there. As they search for a way to escape, they slowly realize they're part of a bizarre scientific experiment, and they also discover that the old building has some supernatural secrets of its own.
...this ultra-cheap horror/thriller had a promising premise, but it quickly fell apart thanks to a hopelessly muddled story, atrocious acting by everyone involved (even the usually-dependable Brad Dourif, who's playing yet another mad scientist type), and amateurish, laughable FX. 
In other words...AVOID.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 28, 2020, 10:45:17 AM
THE AERIAL [LA ANTENA] (2007): Silent Argentinian experimental film about a city ruled by "Mr. TV" where only one woman ("the Voice") can speak. Extreme wackiness (rat Nazi chauffeurs, eyeless boys, constant tributes to classic b&w films) counters the heavy-handed symbolism effectively, making this a fun weird film, like a lighter-hearted expedition from Guy Maddin. Showed up on Netflix for some reason. 4/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on June 29, 2020, 07:37:36 AM
"Get Thrashed" (2006)
Members of Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Dark Angel, Overkill, and many more get nostalgic about the early days of the 80s thrash metal movement, with lots of vintage clips and photos. Longtime fans of the genre aren't likely to learn anything new but this doc is a nice trip down metal memory lane.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 29, 2020, 08:58:55 AM
VIVARIUM (2019): Gemma and Tom accept an invitation from an overly-friendly real estate agent to view a suburban tract home; they find themselves trapped in a labyrinth where every house looks exactly the same, and then things get strange. The horror of adulthood expressed as a "Twilight Zone" episode. User ratings on this are surprisingly low (5.8 at IMDB); not sure why, except maybe viewers thought it was slow to get started and were hoping for something more straightforward with explanations spelled out at the end. Some also might think the attack on suburban life was a little too obvious. I liked it; the "creepy little mutant" was genuinely disturbing. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on June 29, 2020, 10:08:21 AM
"Tank Girl" (1995)
Lori Petty ("A League of Their Own") stars as the butt kickin', punk-rock chick action heroine from a British comic book series. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, she leads a band of fellow mutants and misfits in a rebellion against the evil mega-corporation that controls the world's water supply.
This is one of those quirky-on-purpose, so '90s it hurts flicks that hasn't aged very well, but Petty is a hoot to watch and it's always good to see Malcolm "Clockwork Orange" McDowell in a villain role. This flick tanked (pun not intended, I swear) at the box office in '95, but it's become a bit of a cult item in the years since. Worth a look if you're in the mood for something slightly off center.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on June 29, 2020, 12:54:51 PM
Athlete A (2020) - netflix doc about the Women's olympic scandal involving trainer Larry Nasser. it doesn't answer every question you ever had ( like why didn't they get another trainer at some point??) but it does a good job showing the oppressive atmosphere at the training camps and so forth.

Romanian coach Bela Korolyi is a jerk and a slavedriver but he gets US gymnstics what they want: medals. He first gains fame for making Nadia Comaneci totally miserable and winning a gold medal in the 70's. This was supposed to be some kind of demented rebuke of capitalism or something or it was to some people there.

The US then imports him and he starts working his black magic on increasingly younger girls who are of course more pliable and also heal faster. Larry Nasser ingratiates himself with the gymnastics people (he works for free) and with the gymnasts by being a good cop to the korolyis.

One girl who reports on him gets left off the olympic team even though she scores higher than another girl who made it. I have no idea why they did all this. The Olympics are a sideshow, the athletes are amateurs it should not be like jail or something. Winning isn't everything, but there was a lot of money and ambition involved too I guess.

4.5 /5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on June 30, 2020, 01:15:01 AM
The Phantom Planet (1961)

Youtube seems to think I like movies about wandering planets and keeps suggesting them to me. In this one, all is not well on the moon base. Ships are disappearing and Captain Chapman is sent to investigate. Turns out the trouble is a wandering asteroid inhabited by miniature people. Conveniently, the atmosphere of the asteroid miniaturises Chapman as well, who regains his size as soon as he breathes normal air. The inhabitants of the asteroid have gained control over gravity using a technology that seems to be entirely based on theremins. They are threatened by the Solarites, who are among the silliest aliens of the era (played by a young Richard Kiel, no less). There is some tension, but when Chapman chooses the Elizabeth Taylor lookalike and leaves the blonde princess to the heir apparent of the asteroid, all ends well.

This could have been quite an entertaining adventure movie. There are some good ideas in there, and the script looks good on paper, but it is let down completely by the execution.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 30, 2020, 07:34:02 AM
The Phantom Planet (1961)

Youtube seems to think I like movies about wandering planets and keeps suggesting them to me. In this one, all is not well on the moon base. Ships are disappearing and Captain Chapman is sent to investigate. Turns out the trouble is a wandering asteroid inhabited by miniature people. Conveniently, the atmosphere of the asteroid miniaturises Chapman as well, who regains his size as soon as he breathes normal air. The inhabitants of the asteroid have gained control over gravity using a technology that seems to be entirely based on theremins. They are threatened by the Solarites, who are among the silliest aliens of the era (played by a young Richard Kiel, no less). There is some tension, but when Chapman chooses the Elizabeth Taylor lookalike and leaves the blonde princess to the heir apparent of the asteroid, all ends well.

This could have been quite an entertaining adventure movie. There are some good ideas in there, and the script looks good on paper, but it is let down completely by the execution.

You just have to fix your attention on the good and the beautiful--if you'll just take the time to look at it.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on June 30, 2020, 09:07:13 AM
THE LAST MOVIE STAR (2017)

    Burt Reynold's last movie, filmed shortly before his death, places him alongside teenage hottie Ariel Winter from  the MODERN FAMILY TV series.
Reynolds plays Vic Edwards, an aging Hollywood legend who has fallen on hard times, who travels to Tennessee to receive a lifetime achievement award at a local film festival - which turns out to be more of an amateur fan club.  The organizer's teenage sister, played by Winter, has been talked into being Edwards' "personal assistant" for the weekend.  Edwards is furious he's been duped into attending such a cheap, tawdry little affair, but over the course of his film we see him remembering his life and career, revisiting his childhood home, and coming to terms with his own mortality, as the hapless Winter is forced to chauffeur him down memory lane.  Touching at some moments and funny in others, I found this to be a marvelous little film.  Winter is quite attractive in a tattooed teenybopper sort of way, and seeing Burt Reynolds - one of the icons of my youth - as a frail old man was just hard to watch sometimes.  I highly recommend this film!  4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pennywise37 on July 01, 2020, 05:00:07 AM
i've been wanting to see that one, ya know with Burt you look at him at some point of his life and it's hard to believe he was a star football player and nearly went bro in college. but he messed his ALC i think it's called? after that he turned to acting


you can correct me if i'm wrong i don't mind


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on July 01, 2020, 08:28:52 AM
One interesting thing in the film was the scenes where they had the elderly Vic Edwards talking to his younger self - i.e., Burt Reynolds in some of his classic roles.  He was quite the physical specimen in his youth!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 01, 2020, 08:42:32 AM
DREAMLAND (2019): A good-hearted hitman (a very cool Stephen McHattie) is asked to cut the pinky off a heroin-addicted jazzman (also a very cool Stephen McHattie), but chooses to save a girl from a supernatural fate instead. It tries too hard, to be sure, but as a goofy collision of cliches, it kept my interest. QAnon thinks this is a documentary. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 01, 2020, 09:53:29 AM
"Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs" (1966)
Cartoonish Sixties spy spoof starring Vincent Price as the evil Dr Goldfoot, a mad scientist who  assassinates world leaders via bikini-clad female robots packed with explosives. A pair of bumbling European secret agents team up with their American counterpart (60s pop singer Fabian) to stop him before he can drop a "Girl Bomb" on Moscow and start World War III.

This Italian/American co-production (a sequel to the previous year's "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine") wants to be a swinging, "with-it," pop-art jam ala the "Batman" TV series. There's lots of pretty girls in day-glo colors, wacky set pieces, and a hip, jazzy soundtrack...but the movie itself is a train wreck.

The utterly-unfunny Italian comedy duo of Franco and Ciccio (imagine Abbott & Costello, if they were irritating) gets WAY too much screen time, and Fabian couldn't act his way out of a wet paper bag. I'd be willing to bet that this movie was an influence on the "Austin Powers" series, but the difference is, "Austin" was actually funny.

Vincent Price would later call this flick "the most dreadful movie I've ever been in." I'm inclined to agree with him.  AVOID.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on July 01, 2020, 12:16:13 PM
International Crime (1938) - fun, hour or so mystery featuring The Shadow, a radio broadcaster who helps solve crimes. a variation on the "who knows what evil lurks in the heart of men" guy. The tone is light and comedic which can be awful, but they pull it off.

The mystery itself isn't super well put together. An attempted robbery results in a murder, but The Shadow thinks the robbery is just a cover for the murder and an attempt to pin it on a local infamous safe cracker. They don't really explain the significance of the crime very well, but the script is punchy enough that it doesn't matter. The ditzy sidekick lady is funny. A pizza flix choice on the youtube

4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on July 02, 2020, 07:11:18 AM
AFTER HOURS (1985)

I had to get up early this morning, and I missed the first 10 minutes or so of this trippy 1985 dark comedy, but once I started it I couldn't turn it off.
A guy named Paul meets a girl named Marcy at a café and goes to Soho that evening to take her out on a date.  One thing leads to another, and before the night is over, Marcy is dead from an overdose, a spurned waitress is circulating his sketch throughout the neighborhood, Paul winds up going home with a gay guy, then he is mistaken for the neighborhood cat burglar,  gets pursued by an angry mob, and winds up being encased in papier-mache and being stolen by burglars who mistake him for a sculpture.

Like I said, trippy.  4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 02, 2020, 08:39:44 AM
AFTER HOURS is great.  :thumbup:

A SHIP OF HUMAN SKIN (2019) isn't. A rural woman kills her drug dealing pimp, then becomes a religious icon when she performs a (minor) miracle in prison. The title is the best thing about this low-budget experimental Southern Gothic with a vague and muddled philosophical/spiritual message. 1/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on July 02, 2020, 08:12:20 PM
THE CLONUS HORROR (1979) - MST3K VERSION

Politicians scheme to clone themselves, assuring immortal life.

I was actually surprised by this movie. The premise is great, but sadly it's filled to the brim with bad acting, awful audio, boring scenery, and I think I saw a boom mic like ten times on screen. The weirdest part was that the plot was almost exactly like THE ISLAND, although a lot more grim, which worked out great in this case because it ended like good sci-fi should. Strangely, THE ISLAND claims to be a remake of LOGAN'S RUN. After investigating a little I found out the following:

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Robert S. Fiveson, director of The Clonus Horror (1979), brought a copyright infringement suit against DreamWorks and Warner Brothers. The lawsuit cited almost one hundred points of similarity between "Clonus" and this film, and the court ruled that Fiveson made a prima facie case for infringement. Before the case could go to trial, DreamWorks settled with the plaintiffs for an undisclosed seven-figure amount.

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In an interview filmed for the DVD release of the Mystery Science Theater version of the film director Robert S. Fiveson mentioned that the settlement for the lawsuit with the makers of The Island (2005) involved the official sale of remake rights, and even mentioning that fact was technically against the confidentiality agreement made as part of the settlement. Fiveson also mentions that fans of the MST3K episode provided a lot of support and encouragement as the copyright infringement case progressed.

So yeah, they ripped off THE CLONUS HORROR. No wonder Michael Bay actually managed to make a decent movie... he stole it!  :twirl:

Regarding the MST3K episode itself, the riffing was good, although the segments sucked, I miss the times when the jokes were related to the movie itself. Kevin Murphy as Bobo rocks, Observer is also very funny, even the new voice of Crow is good, capturing the snarky essence of the character to almost perfection. But this Mary Jo Pehl lady, my God... I still consider her the most unfunny person ever. Her very presence on my screen is annoying.

Flawed but still a good movie, check it out. 7/10  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on July 02, 2020, 09:20:51 PM
I saw the non MST3K version and enjoyed it and agree on mary Jo piel. she had some okay things but I feel like she forced her way onto the show and is annoying


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on July 02, 2020, 10:48:00 PM
DOCTOR SLEEP (2020)  This long-awaited sequel to THE SHINING worked on multiple levels for me.  Ewan MacGregor was brilliantly cast as the adult Danny Torrence, working to overcome his alcoholism and past demons, who winds up helping a young black girl who also shares "the Shine" escape from a sinister band of vampire gypsies who feed on telepaths - "they eat screams and drink fear," is how the ghost of Dick Holloran puts it.  Well done all the way around! 5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 03, 2020, 08:54:24 AM
SHADOWPLAY (2019): A detective in Kuala Lumpur accepts a job searching for a missing girl, but instead finds a dreamworld reflecting his own psychology. Far too confusing a film for a character we don't really care about---but the setting is cool and I would now like to see a good film set in Kuala Lumpur. 1.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 03, 2020, 10:05:44 AM
"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989)
In Harrison Ford's third spin as the adventuring archaeologist, Indy and his estranged father (Sean Connery, perfectly cast) race against the Nazi regime to find the Ultimate prize - the Holy Grail. As usual, lots of fists are thrown, stuff blows up, and things crash into each other. Tons of action packed fun.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on July 03, 2020, 11:06:30 PM
TONIGHT SHE COMES (2018)

This was a freebie on Amazon Prime; I went into it with no real expectations.  The beginning was really rather slow and I was about to write it off as another low budget, one star piece of shlock.  But then . . . the plot took a hard left turn and ramped up the gore and suspense and awfulness till the end left me literally squirming in my chair!  Naked young women aren't supposed to be scary, but the killer in this gruesome tale of supernatural terror will leave you wanting to run whenever she pops onto the screen.  Brilliantly done; not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach!  5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 04, 2020, 08:14:46 AM
"Slaughter High" (1986)
A fiery high school prank gone wrong permanently scars the campus nerd "Marty," both physically and mentally. Five years later, those responsible are invited back to their now-abandoned school for a "class reunion," and soon they're being picked off one by one by a masked slasher. Gee, I wonder who the killer's gonna turn out to be?
This ultra-cheap "Friday the 13th" knockoff was filmed in the UK with a mostly-Brit cast (including one time Hammer Horror babe and Bond Girl Caroline Munro, still looking fabulous), though they're all pretending to be Americans. The set up is cartoonishly silly and it takes for-damn-ever for bodies to start dropping, but once the kill spree officially gets goin' the pace picks up and there's some pretty nasty gore, so the last half is entertaining enough.
Your mileage may vary depending on the depths of your obscure 80s slasher movie addiction.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 04, 2020, 04:03:49 PM
"Mortuary" (1983)
A young girl, despondent over her father's recent suspicious death, starts poking around the mystery with her boyfriend and they discover murderous goings-on happening around the local funeral parlor.
This cheap but effective '80s teen horror flick is notable mainly for the appearance by a very young Bill Paxton (in what I believe is his film debut) as the funeral director's creepy teenage son.  I didn't have very high hopes for this flick at first, but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 04, 2020, 08:43:14 PM
This seemed appropriate for July 4th viewing...

"Uncle Sam" (1996)
A U.S. serviceman killed in Kuwait is shipped back to his home town, where he mysteriously re-animates and goes on a killing spree during the annual July 4th celebrations, murdering anyone who isn't "patriotic" enough. The only ones who can stop him are his annoying kid nephew and former soldier Isaac "Chef" Hayes.
This tongue-in-cheek slab of horror cheese reunites writer Larry Cohen and director William Lustig of "Maniac Cop" fame, but unfortunately it's nowhere near as good as the "MC" films. The "Uncle Sam" character looks ridiculous as hell and though the movie has a couple of good gory bits, overall it's just too goofy to take seriously.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on July 04, 2020, 09:27:21 PM
Shadows of the Orient (1935) - first: Regis Toomey who plays the inspector has one of the longest IMDB things I've ever seen https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0867538/?ref_=tt_cl_t2 (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0867538/?ref_=tt_cl_t2) . I remembered him from a very early gangster movie called "Alibi". He said "you're a great little guy...when it comes to stabbin in the BACK" . In this one he's a cop working to stop an illegal immigrant smuggling ring. Why anyone cared about that in 1935 is beyond me, wasn't America just going crazy with the depression and bootlegging and so forth at that point? it's decently entertaining
3.75/ 5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 05, 2020, 11:12:09 AM
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (2005)
A perpetually-confused Englishman is whisked off of Earth moments before it's destroyed by aliens, and joins a crew of space-faring misfits on an mission to find the answers to Life, The Universe, and Everything.
This lavish adaptation of Douglas Adams' surreal comedic sci-fi novel has a great cast, impressive visuals, and a fair share of laughs, but if you're not familiar with the source material, it may feel like you're watching an elaborate private joke that you're not "in" on.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 06, 2020, 08:44:00 AM
THE SHASTA TRIANGLE (2019): A young woman and her four female friends investigate mysterious happenings in Mount Shasta, California. Low budget mumbo jumbo about magnetic fields, secret government experiments and alternate dimensions leads to ho-hum results. 1.5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 06, 2020, 09:15:28 AM
WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES (2019): After meeting at a funeral parlor, four emotionless orphaned children run away and form a pop band. High-energy, carnivalesque pop-psychedelics enliven Nagahisa's genre-bending feature debut, which wrings a surprising amount of empathy from its tale of children whose defining characteristic is that they have no strong feelings. Catch it if you can. 4/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 06, 2020, 11:07:15 AM
"The Man With the Golden Gun" (1974)
Roger Moore's second turn as 007 jumps on the then-current kung-fu movie craze, as James Bond travels to Hong Kong and Thailand on the trail of Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), the underworld's most elite assassin, in order to recover a stolen solar-energy device. There are some cool action sequences and exotic scenery, as usual (plus, Britt Ekland is one of the hottest Bond girls ever) but the comedic bits feel forced (and the unnecessary return of annoying redneck sheriff J.W. Pepper from Live and Let Die is a series low point). It's an entertaining watch, but I'd have to rank this one near the bottom of the Bond pile. The series was clearly still trying to find its groove with Roger Moore in the lead.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on July 06, 2020, 12:40:40 PM
The Atomic Brain/Monstrosity (1963)

A rogue scientist is perfecting a method to transplant a human brain (using a cyclotron, no less). His work is financed by grumpy elderly women with immense fortune in order to put her brain in a young body. Three girls are lured into the mansion with the pretext of working there as a housemaid. Where will this all lead to?

For all its failings (and there are many), I found this oddly watchable. This is another one of those movies who don't have enough script to fill the runtime, and instead has the characters taking forever to do anything.

Curiously, the mad doctor is called Otto Frank. I'm pretty sure Anne never mentioned any brain swapping experiments in her diary.

What intrigued me was that, although it is shot in the 60s, the lighting, cinematography, pacing etc are very much that of a 1920s silent movie, except that you have a narrator instead of text panels.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pennywise37 on July 06, 2020, 07:36:22 PM
well i have The Man with the Golden Gun and i've never heard anything bad about it, in fact all i hear is that it's one of the best in the series. Trivia Note though back when Christopher Lee was filming it they had i think 3 different guns for him to use and each for a different use of course and while he never regretted taking the role he hated that damn gun cause in order for him to learn how to do it he could not look at it while they were filming and that makes sense cause normally if you are gonna put together a gun in a film and it's a Villain than well he would know how to put a gun together.

and when he was promoting the film he had to carry the damn thing with him and it of course wasn't real and he hated it because each time he showed up at any airport he's have to explain to them that it's fake and who he was etc... why he was carrying it and so on and so forth.  he freaking hated it and i can't say that i blame him either. anyways i watched a couple the 1st one i watched was "Bad Boys For Life (2020) a really damn good flix too for me i thought the 2nd one was far better than the first and the newest one is i think better than the last one.

anyways, than i watched "The Avengers (2012) a damn good movie 10/10 oh and the same goes for Bad Boys 10/10.

next up Ant-Man i also give that 10/10. i pretty much love all these Marvel films the only  ones i didn't give a 10/10 are 'Thor" (2011) which i'd say is about a 8/10

that one is a good movie but it just wasn't one of the best ones, than you have Black Panther that i'd also give 8/10 a good movie but not among my favorites.

anyways i loved Ant-Man i watched that and Bad Boys last night in fact. The Avengers i watched the other day actually. i grabbed all my blu-rays i haven't watched yet of the ones that i have bought and haven't touched at all and put those in boxes so i can have something ya know to do. why not ya know?


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 07, 2020, 08:49:11 AM
BIG RIVER MAN (2009): Slovenian Martin Strel is 53, overweight, and a functional alcoholic; he's also the world's greatest endurance swimmer, and this documentary follows his attempt to set a new world record by swimming the entire length of the Amazon River. As Martin deals with parasites, high blood pressure, an amateur navigator who turns into a crazed disciple, and his own growing insanity, BIG RIVER MAN turns into a real life AGUIRRE: THE WRATH OF GOD. 4/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 07, 2020, 10:13:13 AM
"Don't Go In The House" (1979)
After the death of his abusive mother, a repressed Mama's Boy builds a private crematorium in his house and starts taking his issues with women out on local females with the help of a flame thrower. Think "Psycho," if Norman Bates had a pyromania fetish.
This notorious late '70s grindhouse sickie isn't terribly gory, but it's certainly disturbing, with a strong performance by the guy playing the he-man woman hater. The title led me to believe this was going to be just another junky, generic slasher flick, but it turned out to be an effectively grimy psychological study of a person slowly losing his sh*t, ala "Maniac" or "Ms. 45," not for the faint of heart. They really don't make'em like this anymore.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on July 07, 2020, 10:27:55 AM
BLUE VELVET (1986)

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.

Why do I this to myself? The premise sounded really good, since I love murder mysteries, but too late I realized it was a David Lynch movie. This was my first experience with that director, and the only good thing I got from it was to dismiss my curiosity about TWIN PEAKS, because it says it was inspired by this movie, and I'd rather drink my own vomit than watch anything similar again.

Let's see... first, and most importantly, it fails as a mystery. The plot is constantly padded by the whole sexual thing between Jeffrey and Dorothy, which makes no sense at all. By the end I couldn't care less about her husband, since she clearly never gave a damn about him either (your partner is missing and you go and f**k some random guy in your home? Sure...), and the kid, well, if it wasn't because they showed him at the end, I would've believed he never existed in the first place. I waited for a cool twist at the end to salvage the whole thing but it never came, instead the corrupt cop stood there somehow dead but moving, I don't know. We never get straight answers about the main premise of the movie, instead the focus is on the "romantic" part, and I use the term very loosely because it's more twisted than anything.
Nobody acts like normal human beings. The ones who aren't completely bonkers are more robotic than the bird at the end. Who the hell talks like that? "I can't figure out if you're a detective or a pervert", "that's a human ear all right", "why are there people like Frank?", and other stupid lines that seems to come from someone who never talked to another person or had any kind of experiences in life. The decisions the characters make are completely crazy: why would you agree to sneak into someone else's apartment just like that? Why Dorothy never called the police when her family was missing? Why nobody ever tried to stop Frank and his gang going 100mph all night?

Speaking of the characters, it's like a parade of weirdos. I've read that Frank is supposed to be scary and disturbing, but I find Dennis Hopper over-the-top acting actually hilarious. Buffalo Bill would look at this guy with a confused expression. "Baby wants to f**k! Baby wants to f**k Blue Velvet!" What the hell I'm watching right now? It's this a spoof and somehow I didn't get it?

I could keep on and on ranting but it's pointless, it's David Lynch. Everyone is going to praise it as a masterpiece just for the name. To me, it's artsy fartsy garbage that failed to entertain and thrill me, and its unnecesary long running time made it worse.

To quote Andrew again: I just know that they were trying to be artsy and avant-garde. The director made this, and then he would say things like, "I just wanted the world to know how much I love my cat." WTF is that supposed to mean? 4/10 Extra points because at least it has some cool music. :bluesad:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 08, 2020, 07:43:21 AM
"The Doors" (1991)
Troubled poet Jim Morrison leads his band out of the L.A. clubs to the forefront of 60s counter culture, but ultimately pays a terrible price for fame.
Oliver Stone's lavish bio-pic of the 60s rockers features an absolutely amazing performance by Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison, who completely loses himself in the role.

I've read that none of the surviving Doors members were happy with the film taking numerous dramatic liberties with their story. So it may not be totally historically accurate, but "The Doors" is still an intense, trippy, and rockin' journey back in time.



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 09, 2020, 08:38:53 AM
THE OUTPOST (2020): Based-on-a-true-story tale of  Combat Outpost Keating, a base established by US army to attempt to forge good relations and collect intelligence from local Afghani tribes, but placed in a valley that made the soldiers sitting ducks for constant Taliban raids. Don't get too attached to any of the characters because you never know who's going to die, or when. The best modern war movie since THE HURT LOCKER. It's a real shame more people won't be able to see this on the big screen, where it belongs. Excellent use of Sensurround. 5/5 if you're a war movie connoisseur, worth checking out if you're not.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 09, 2020, 10:21:26 AM
"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (1008)
Twenty years after his last outing as Dr. Jones, Harrison Ford returns in an adventure set in 1957, at the dawn of the Cold War. This time out he's racing to beat some very determined Russians (led by stone-cold beeyotch Cate Blanchett) to a powerful artifact that may not be from this earth. As usual, lots of stunts, crashes, and fistfights are in order.
I've been avoiding this fourth installment for years because I've always heard how terrible it was -- but honestly, aside from some unconvincing CGI (esp. at the end) and couple of cringe worthy moments involving the annoying Shia LeBeauf (or however you spell it) as Indy's kid sidekick, I enjoyed this flick. It was good to see Indy back in the saddle again, older but just as tough as ever.
I'll agree that "Crystal Skull" is the weakest of the Indy series, but I still had fun. Maybe I'm just a fan boy. :D


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 10, 2020, 08:54:17 AM
MY HINDU FRIEND (2015): Semi-autobiographical story of a director's (Hector Babenco) battle with cancer, complete with morphine-induced hallucinations of death (who's a pretty regular guy just doing his job). Babenco died soon after completing this (ironically, he survived cancer but died of a heart attack), so it seems uncharitable to rate his final statement so low; but although Willem Dafoe is good and gaunt, the parts don't fit together or flow gracefully, and the film never justifies its own narcissism. 2.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 10, 2020, 09:08:50 PM
"Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock N Roll" (2019)
An engrossing documentary about the long, strange history of Asbury Park, the famed Jersey Shore town whose legendary live music scene in the 50s and 60s gave birth to Bruce Springsteen, Little Steven, Southside Johnny, and many more. A 1970 race riot turned the town into a barren wasteland, but after several decades of neglect the newly-revitalized Asbury is starting to shake off the ghosts of its past and begin to heal -- thanks to its music community.
As someone who remembers going to Asbury in the '90s when it was little more than a deserted ruin aside from its rock clubs like the Stone Pony and the Fastlane, it did my heart good to see this rise-from-the-ashes saga. Jersey still rocks!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on July 11, 2020, 10:33:41 AM
the Man Who Cheated Himself (1951) - kind of an odd title but good movie, especially if you are a fan of a particular type of tension, which I'll explain.

A detective is having an affair with a married woman. As Eddie Mueller points out in the introduction the casting is a little weird. the main guy looks like a 70's sitcom character moreso than a 50's leading man. Jane Wyatt isn't generally cast as a femme fatale and the sidekick guy seems like he'd be happier in a western.

That said, they pretty much pull it off. The hook is the detective and his sidekick get assigned to a murder case that the detective himself had a part in. It's the husband of the lady! The whole movie you know but he has to try and investigate himself and not let on.

I enjoyed it. The final scene shot in some sort of weird outdoor building is very typical film noir but cool nonethless

4.25 /5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 11, 2020, 02:47:37 PM
"Winchester" (2018)
This spooky period piece is set in 1906, when a New York psychiatrist is summoned to the famed Winchester Mansion in California to.determine if the house's elderly matron, the rifle heiress Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), is in her right mind. At first the doc thinks the old gal is crazy -- she claims the constant construction on her massive home is to please "the spirits" of those who've been killed by her family's business... but the longer he stays, the more he suspects something sinister may actually be roaming the halls.
Not terribly "scary," but a well made, atmospheric flick based on a supposed true story. Better than I expected.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on July 12, 2020, 07:19:09 PM
SLAUGHTER STUDIOS (2002) - Once famous for the B-movies filmed there, Slaughter Studios was shuttered after an actor was killed in a mysterious, on-set accident.  20 years later, the night before the place is set to be bulldozed, a young filmmaker inspired by the place's prolific turnout decides to film one last, epic B-movie - NAUGHTY SEX KITTENS VERSUS THE GIANT MANTIS - on the crumbling set.  Of course, his actresses are all young film students who hate each other, he's filming without permission, which means they have to keep an eye out for the deaf night watchman, his lead actor keeps shouting all his lines, his girlfriend is mad that he won't put her in the film - and, of course, there's a serial killer snuffing them out one by one throughout the marathon filming session.  Silly, filled with over the top ham acting and gratuitous nudity, this movie punched all the classic bad movie buttons!  Free on Amazon prime, and cheap at half the price!  5/5 on the bad movie scale, 2/5 on the regular movie scale.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 12, 2020, 09:13:23 PM
"The Target Shoots First" (2000)
This unique music-biz documentary was shot by Chris Wilcha, an early '90s college grad and alternative-music fan from New Jersey who brought a video camera every day to his marketing job at the Columbia House Music Club headquarters in New York. Over the course of his relatively short time there, he documented the constant class warfare between the marketing and creative departments, learned the inner secrets of how Columbia House could give away so many free CDs and still make money, and watched with amusement at how clueless the corporate suits were as they tried belatedly to jump on the alternative-music bandwagon. A fun, snarky time capsule of a particularly weird time in the music business.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on July 14, 2020, 12:35:21 AM
"It's alive" - It's a crappy movie. A guys wife gives birth to an insane demon baby. Why? We have no idea. maybe it's because of the Dad's 7'0's method acting.

If it had been made 10 years later it might have been a cool special effects thing, like that one with the head thing in the laundry hamper. Instead its more like Chupacabra. ending was okay

2/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on July 14, 2020, 08:51:37 AM
12 ANGRY MEN (1957)

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

I'm not usually into black and white movies, I guess it's because I didn't grew up with them so I feel a little off. I decided to give this one a try, based on the premise itself, and boy I was glad. The entire movie happens inside the same room, which is getting hotter and smaller with each passing minute. Even when we never know the names of the twelve characters (well, that until the end, when for some reason they reveal two names, I would've cut that out), we have huge development of each one of them, and we know them enough to understand their points of views.

The main guy, Juror #8, stands against the rest, and takes a shot at the chance of convincing them of his own reasonable doubt. An amazing character study which pulled me in from the beginning to the end.

If you're into court dramas, this one is a must. 10/10  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 14, 2020, 09:02:57 AM
RELIC (2020): A mother and granddaughter check up on the family matron, who lives alone in the family's old homestead; dementia may be the least of the old woman's problems. For the first hour, it's mostly straightforward drama with a few spooky bumps in the night, but the final act delivers some scares (and heavy symbolism). And you thought your mom put up a fight when you put her in the nursing home! 3/5 (I suspect many will find it too boring, but since my mom has dementia, I identified with it).


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on July 14, 2020, 10:50:40 AM
RELIC (2020): A mother and granddaughter check up on the family matron, who lives alone in the family's old homestead; dementia may be the least of the old woman's problems. For the first hour, it's mostly straightforward drama with a few spooky bumps in the night, but the final act delivers some scares (and heavy symbolism). And you thought your mom put up a fight when you put her in the nursing home! 3/5 (I suspect many will find it too boring, but since my mom has dementia, I identified with it).


Ive kept hearing about how scary this film is (which I put down as the usual over/hyping). This is the first time I’ve actually heard what the film was about.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 14, 2020, 10:56:34 AM
RELIC (2020): A mother and granddaughter check up on the family matron, who lives alone in the family's old homestead; dementia may be the least of the old woman's problems. For the first hour, it's mostly straightforward drama with a few spooky bumps in the night, but the final act delivers some scares (and heavy symbolism). And you thought your mom put up a fight when you put her in the nursing home! 3/5 (I suspect many will find it too boring, but since my mom has dementia, I identified with it).


Ive kept hearing about how scary this film is (which I put down as the usual over/hyping). This is the first time I’ve actually heard what the film was about.

I enjoyed it well enough, but it's not very scary. Final scene is a little weird/eerie.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 15, 2020, 08:52:57 AM
THE MAD FOX [AKA LOVE, THY NAME BE SORROW] (1962): A fantasy set in medieval Japan involving prophecies, court intrigue, magic scrolls, madness, fox spirits and tragic romance. A sumptuous spectacle for the eyes, it starts slow but grows on you once Yasuna's madness hits, turning into a kind of Japanese fairy tale VERTIGO with three Madeleines. Arrow Video found and restored this forgotten minor classic and re-released it on Blu-ray this year.   4/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 15, 2020, 11:18:12 AM
"Grindhouse Presents: Planet Terror" (2007)
When a zombie outbreak grips a small Texas town, it's up to a one-legged go-go dancer and her ex-military ex-fiancee to lead a group of survivors to safety. Bullets fly, stuff blows up, and gallons of blood splash across the scratched-up screen.
Robert Rodriguez's action packed half of the "Grindhouse" two-fer is a pitch perfect ode to the ultra-violent B-Movies of the 70s, with an excellent cast (incl. Josh "Thanos" Brolin, Michael "Terminator" Biehn, gore makeup guru Tom Savini, and Bruce Willis) somehow managing to keep a straight face through all the guts, gore, and goop. Rose "Charmed" McGowan was at her peak of hotness (even if her character is missing a leg for most of the movie) when she made this flick. Tons of gonzo, over the top, gross-out fun.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pennywise37 on July 15, 2020, 11:06:29 PM
i'm Currently watching Jaws  (1975) and while i do agree it's a great film it's not the greatest horror film ever made like some horror movie list it as as i've seen far far better horror films. but that sure doesn't mean i don't give it a sold 10/10.   

anyways the mayor reminds me that douche bag in Florida who refuses to close Florida or any of it cause Trump don't want him to and he wants to Bone Trump.
not that much of a difference between the mayor and this mayor. but if i recall someone saying that he's doing it cause their is a mafia subplot i used to have the book and i never got around to read it but a flood in our old house ruined that for me so i never got a chance to read it. anyways, man that still p**ses me off.

anyways leaving Trump out of course this Mayor is just like is it the mayor or the governor i forget which? and the people wanting to go swimming and so on etc... reminds me of the idiots who refuse to acknowledge that this virus is freaking real and not wearing masks etc... it's funny as i said this on another site how a film shot in (1974) pretty much is made about the Covid-19  virus years and years before we got it that's what it feels like to me in both cases it's a killer shark but of course substitute the shark for a virus.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on July 16, 2020, 12:29:26 AM
The bit about the mafia subplot in the book is right.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on July 16, 2020, 12:31:17 PM
I never could past the first 15 minutes of that movie, way too boring and uninteresting. One day I'm going to suck it up and watch it to give an honest opinion.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 17, 2020, 07:40:25 AM
"Hangar 18" (aka "Invasion Force," 1980)
A space shuttle mission encounters a UFO, which then crashes in the Arizona desert. When the shuttle crew returns to Earth and tries to tell the world what they've seen, they find out the U.S. Government has covered up the entire incident. The only way they can expose the truth is to reveal the alien craft's hiding place, at Hangar 18.

This charming, cheap little sci-fi/conspiracy thriller is well written and features a cast of dependable B-list veterans like Robert Vaughan, Darren McGavin, and Gary Collins, but it's let down slightly by the obvious budget restraints -- it may have been released theatrically, but it looks like a made-for-TV flick. I hadn't seen this since I was a kid, and it was fun revisiting it.

Of course, it also inspired a certain Megadeth song that you might know!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on July 17, 2020, 09:18:39 PM
I'm watching Lathe of Heaven right now. the BBC taped over all their original copies of things so this is from some random affiliate in boogie on the nose snot england. mediocre qual  :thumbdown: but great story


okay so this is a Monkey's paw variation featuring a ton of ugly but awesome post ww2 architecture. A guy can change fate by having dreams about things. He goes to see a psychiatrist to get some help. Unfortunately the shrink is a power hungry ideologue who wants to play God and cure all the problems in the world.

5/5 on yt I have seen a DVD version and it's exactly the same


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 18, 2020, 09:55:34 PM
"Evil Dead" (2013)
In this 21st century "re-imagining" of Sam Raimi's 1981 splatter classic, a group of twenty somethings gather at a secluded cabin, muck around with a spell book they find in the cellar, and awaken something evil in the forest. Hilarity, of course, does not ensue.
I usually don't have very high hopes for remakes, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one, which wastes no time getting to the nasty stuff and keeps a frenzied, grimy, balls-to-the-wall pace all the way through. Finally, a horror remake that doesn't suck! Who knew?


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pennywise37 on July 19, 2020, 01:58:40 AM
Jaws (1975) is a film that starts off slow there's not a doubt about that but it's a slow start and it's within 20 or 25 minutes of the film where the Mayor wants the beaches open. it's a solid movie and i can see why people love it don't get me wrong but it's not the best horror movie ever made like so many lists have it as.

i'm a bigger fan of say "Tourist Trap' (1979) or Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) which isn't the best either but it's one of my favorites Hangar 18 i have seen that one
but i saw the MSKT3000 KTMA years when they did i didn't think it was that great of a film, but actually the film has 2 versions of it and i saw one of them and they both have different endings as well if i recall.  i'm willing to watch the 2nd version though i dunno which one i did watch but i hope it's better than the one i did watch. as for the Evil Dead remake (2013) that movie is 7 years old already? Damn i didn't realize it and i dunno why i just haven't seen that one yet.



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pennywise37 on July 19, 2020, 02:00:32 AM
oh the Jaws films is my nephews 2nd favorite film of all time he's only 8 by the way, his other is Finding Nemo (2003) but he loves the Jaws films.

i don't think he's seen that many horror films to be honest but him being only 8 it's understandable ya know? i can't see him watching Friday the 13th though well any of them for that matter not at age 8.  some of you prolly did but i don't remember what age i did but i doubt i was 8 at the time


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on July 19, 2020, 05:05:36 AM
Brazil (1985).

Terry Gilliam's triumph of style over substance. Absolutely stunning vision of a bureaucratic nightmarish world, but he spends so much time setting it up that we are a full hour and a half in before the story properly speaking sets in. Even then the story kind of meanders along to take in as many visual set pieces as it can manage. Magnificent, but after a time I got indigestion. Shoutout for the Messerschmitt Kabinenroller, though.

The movie takes place at Christmas, so does that make it a Christmas movie?


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 19, 2020, 10:04:00 AM
HUMAN LANTERNS (1982): A lantern-maker gets revenge on his arch-enemy by turning his loved ones into lanterns. A ridiculous plot (which some may find a plus), but the Shaw Brothers spent a lot of money on this one: the sets are eye-catching, and the fight choreography is amazing. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 19, 2020, 10:45:23 AM
"Battle Star Wars" (2020)
Some space pirates, a couple of cute girls in tight outfits, and a mystic warrior type protect a planet of innocent refugees from a galactic bad guy and his evil forces.
In case the title didn't make it immediately obvious, this is The Asylum's attempt to ride the coat tails of the latest Star Wars trilogy and it's enjoyably bad.
On the plus side, the sets don't look like they're made of cardboard for a change, and there are even a couple of halfway decent CGI space-battle sequences... but as usual, the acting is atrocious and the costumes look like they were bought off the clearance rack at Party City the day after Halloween. (The "Darth Vader" character is just an ordinary looking guy in a long robe which looks like a smoking jacket, so I dubbed him "Space Hefner.")
Apparently this flick was shot in a mere six days (!) and there's already a sequel in the works. Lord knows I'll probably watch that too, because I'm a glutton for punishment.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 19, 2020, 05:14:16 PM
"The Final Level: Escaping Rancala" (2019)
More mock-buster fun from our friends at the Asylum!
Ten years ago, a girl's brother mysteriously disappeared without a trace while playing a vintage video game at the local arcade. Now, she and two of her gal pals fire up the same game and are drawn into its virtual world, where they must battle a variety of enemies in order to rescue him and bring him home.
...Asylum pulls off a two-fer with this flick, cuz it's ripping off "Ready Player One" and the recent "Jumanji" reboots. As usual, the script is a mess, the acting is totally amateur night, and the special effects are cheap crap, but on the other hand, there's three times the cleavage (Seriously fellas, the redhead in this movie is a stone cold fox).
My video game obsessed 12 year old bailed on this before it was over, but I enjoyed this cheesy fun flick. Asylum movies are like potato chips, you can't have just one.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pennywise37 on July 19, 2020, 05:25:42 PM
you Do know there are 2 versions of Brazil don't you? one is the European cut and it's i think got an unhappy ending and the US one has the happy one i don't remember which one i've seen but they are both different cuts apparently.

also Planet Terror (2007) is simply Brilliant i think. i watched last night 2 films i watched "The Matrix (1999) another great film i hadn't seen in years. and than i watched/listened to the audio Commentary to "Field of Dreams' (1989) which is one of my favorite films of all time and damn i can't believe it's over 30 years old now it just makes me feel so old as i'm sure all of you have felt like that.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 20, 2020, 09:29:14 AM
LITTLE DEATHS (2011): A three-story independent British horror anthology united by a sexual deviance theme: a rich couple play games with the homeless, a recovering junkie and prostitute gets involved with a strange prescription drug, and one of the pair in a psychological S&M relationship goes too far. The first short relies on a lame and obvious twist while the third is largely pointless, but the second, which has a truly bizarre premise that's sort of similar to UPSTREAM COLOR, could make this worth a watch. 2.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on July 20, 2020, 09:38:33 AM
you Do know there are 2 versions of Brazil don't you? one is the European cut and it's i think got an unhappy ending and the US one has the happy one i don't remember which one i've seen but they are both different cuts apparently.

also Planet Terror (2007) is simply Brilliant i think. i watched last night 2 films i watched "The Matrix (1999) another great film i hadn't seen in years. and than i watched/listened to the audio Commentary to "Field of Dreams' (1989) which is one of my favorite films of all time and damn i can't believe it's over 30 years old now it just makes me feel so old as i'm sure all of you have felt like that.

I saw the European version of Brazil, full length with a depressing ending. I understand there was also a theatrical cut which was much shorter.

And Planet Terror is indeed brilliant.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 20, 2020, 10:21:13 AM
"Lost Heroes: The Untold Story of Canadian Superheroes" (2014)
A very cool documentary that examines the ups and downs of Canadian comic book heroes, a tradition that goes all the way back to World War II (when wartime import/export limits prohibited American comics from coming into Canada, thus sparking a short lived homegrown industry of now-mostly-forgotten Canadian comics) and has continued into the into the present day thanks to higher-profile North of the Border heroes like Captain Canuck, Wolverine (of course!) and Alpha Flight. A very cool doc that introduced me to numerous creations that I had no idea existed, even though I was a comic book nut for most of my youth. Enlightening and entertaining stuff.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on July 20, 2020, 01:59:29 PM
PRESIDENT'S DAY (2017)  A new installment from Brain Damage Films features a group of grossly stereotypical teenagers going to a cabin in the woods (of course) for the long President's Day weekend.  A ritual read from an old book given to them by a creepy tollbooth operator brings the ghosts of all America's past Presidents back from the dead for one purpose: to kill them all!  Cheesy one-liners and Presidential puns ensue, with enough gore to be entertaining, and some scantily clad escapades but no actual nudity except for a stoner dude's butt.  The James K. Polk zombie was particularly entertaining!  This was a perfect bad movie: it knew it was bad and made no attempt to be anything else, and had a LOT of humor thrown into the mix. 4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on July 20, 2020, 09:57:42 PM
I did a thread once that was like "has anyone ever actually been to a cabin in the woods?" I think one guy did


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on July 21, 2020, 02:22:50 AM
First Spaceship on Venus aka Der schweigende Stern (1960)

Another boring space exploration adventure. I stuck to the end because it is an East German-Polish coproduction, and I was curious how it would play out. The basic premise is OK: an alien artefact is found in the Gobi, and from that scientists somehow deduce that the Tunguska meteor was in fact in Venusian spaceship that exploded. So an expedition is sent to Venus, to find that the Venusians were developing a super weapon, that however got out of control and turned the planet into a radioactive wasteland. It is, apparently, adapted from a story by Stanislas Lem.

However, there is not enough plot to fill even this short runtime, and when things do happen, the movie utterly fails to create any tension. It doesn't help that the script is unnecessarily wordy, with exchanges like 'I think I've discovered something interesting. - Have you? Tell me all about it' Also, potentially interesting elements are introduced like the proto-R2D2 robot Omega, or the past love story between Sumiko and Brinkmann, but nothing much is done with them. 


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pacman000 on July 21, 2020, 05:11:22 PM
Bluebeard - One of the few "good" movies put out by PRC. Well shot, but the VHS to DVD transfer Alpha Home Video put out had bad sound, which made it hard to follow.

A Dog of Flanders - 60's version. A sentimental family movie. Good, but I think it's too slow & sad for kids. It does have a happy ending tho, & is less weird than the 90's version.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 22, 2020, 09:19:22 AM
DEAD DICKS (2019): Mentally ill and suicidal, Richard tries to off himself but finds every time he does, he's reborn though a vagina that's growing on his wall, leaving him with corpses of his last self to dispose of; his sister and a neighbor get drawn into the vortex. Cool premise, but with only three actors and a single apartment set, it gets bogged down in the middle in sibling drama; fortunately, the last act picks up the pace wit a couple of twists and salvages some entertainment value. 2/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 22, 2020, 10:27:39 AM
"Mountaintop Motel Massacre"
(aka "Mountaintop Motel" and "Horrors At Mountaintop Motel," 1986)
Crazy ol' Evelyn is released from the mental hospital, and goes back to her old job managing the run-down family motel business. When she catches her daughter practicing witchcraft in the cellar, she snaps and takes it out on the various guests inhabiting her establishment. Yup, that's the whole plot of this cheap, cheesy, gender-swapped "Psycho" variant that has a nice dark-n-stormy-night setting but everything else - acting, story, dialogue, gore effects - is total amateur night.
"M.M.M." may not the worst slasher flick I've ever seen, but you can probably skip it unless you absolutely have to see every movie with the word "Massacre" in the title.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pennywise37 on July 23, 2020, 06:29:52 AM
First Spaceship on Venus (1960) i think i did see that one i don't honestly remember what i thought of it off the top of my head.

Bluebeard (1944) a decent movie that i do have on dvd and i have watched it a few times. it's also John Carradine few leading roles i think i read somewhere he had 32 of them? or was it 27? i forget anyways it was his favorite movie of his and i believe his than wife was in it playing i think the female lead i think?

it's just going by guesswork to be honest. well Mountain top motel Massacre (1986) if i'm not mistaken Corman did this one it was shot in (1983) and put out in (1986) i saw this one a few years ago i think it was? my GOD was it awful Plan 9 from outer space is a masterpiece compared to this film it was so bad.

it was so bad that i think i'm not sure what was worse this one or "The Mutilator (1985) that was equally a great big pile of Dog Sh*t.  and i went in with high hops for both of them actually.

anyways i watched 'The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay  Part 1 (2014)  i have all these on blu-ray and it's been awhile since i last watched any of them.
but this one while watching it honestly Donald Sutherland's Character President Snow made me think of Trump to be honest.

i dunno what else to say other than that if you've seen the films regardless if you like them or not you may even agree with me.

the things that do happen in this film thankfully are fiction but these days it sure doesn't feel like it anymore


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on July 23, 2020, 08:17:46 AM
anyways i watched 'The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay  Part 1 (2014)  i have all these on blu-ray and it's been awhile since i last watched any of them.
but this one while watching it honestly Donald Sutherland's Character President Snow made me think of Trump to be honest.


That is a bit unfair on President Snow.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 23, 2020, 08:45:44 AM
PALM SPRINGS (2020): A man caught in "one of those infinite time loops you might have heard about" where he relives the same day over and over gets company when a female is accidentally dragged into his private vortex. A breezy GROUNDHOG DAY variant with likeable leads Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti; not incredibly original, but entertaining. If not for the virus this might have been a small hit in theaters; instead, it debuts on Hulu. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 23, 2020, 10:12:40 AM
"The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot" (2018)
Set in the late '80s, an unsung World War II hero (Sam Elliott, bad-ass as ever) is called back to active duty for one last mission - to find and kill the elusive Bigfoot. Yes, really.  
Going strictly by the title, I thought this movie was going to be a schlocky, tongue-in-cheek genre mashup, but it's actually a great deal deeper and more dramatic. There is a bit of monster mayhem so the film lives up to its title (however briefly), but the heart of the movie is about the Elliott character's reflections on his life of service to his country and how much it's cost him personally.
It's a very well acted, very odd little movie that may not have been what I expected, but I still enjoyed it.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 23, 2020, 10:16:06 AM
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Mountain top motel Massacre (1986) if i'm not mistaken Corman did this one it was shot in (1983) and put out in (1986) i saw this one a few years ago i think it was? my GOD was it awful Plan 9 from outer space is a masterpiece compared to this film it was so bad.

IMDb sez the film was made independently and played the drive-in circuit in the Southern U.S. under the title "Horrors at Mountaintop Motel" in 1983-84.

Corman simply purchased it, added "Massacre" to the title, and gave it a wider release under his New World Pictures banner in '86.

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it was so bad that i think i'm not sure what was worse this one or "The Mutilator (1985) that was equally a great big pile of Dog Sh*t.  and i went in with high hops for both of them actually.

Oh yeah, "The Mutilator" was crap too. A lot of the late-in-the-game slasher flicks had extremely thin premises, but "Mutilator" was probably the worst of the batch.  It did have one of the best tag lines of the era though: "By Sword... By Pick... By Axe... Bye bye!" :D


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on July 23, 2020, 10:55:32 AM


Corman simply purchased it, added "Massacre" to the title, and gave it a wider release under his New World Pictures banner in '86.

The genius of Corman summed up in one sentence


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on July 23, 2020, 11:56:06 AM
Kristy (2014) - passably entertaining horror movie. a girl stays at school over thanksgiving break for some reason and is stalked by guys wearing masks made of tin foil led by a meth looking chick in a hooded sweatshirt. There are much better variations of this out there, but this has that bland anonymously made quality that netflix seems to like for their instant offerings.

2.5 /5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on July 23, 2020, 01:23:47 PM
MAGGIE (2015)
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the father of a girl who is infected with a virus that slowly turns people into zombies. If your expecting the typical Arnold action movie-nope. A slow moving, thoughtful movie about how a father has to deal with the slow death of his daughter.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pennywise37 on July 24, 2020, 04:52:48 AM
your prolly right he prolly did Distribute it he has done that to a lot of things such as 'The Story of O" (1975) one of the funniest things about that film was Christopher Lee was offered the film and he said O" NO nice eh? i haven't seen that one to be honest,  there's another film Corman bought i cannot remember the name of but it was a HUGE hit in the states and it was a Foreign film that i believe it was in (1971) where he gave the director who i forget who it was

a huge release i mean he put his films in drive-ins!  opening night he had a crap load of roses ordered to hand to each woman walking in the door for promotion now that's just freaking Genius. anyways. he did all this cause he's a fan of Foreign movies and he saw a market here in the states.

anyways i watched 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015) and i liked it far better than part 1. yeah he reminded me of trump and so did that one chick that took over from him at the end.  the only difference was that Trump doesn't drop bombs on any children, tear gas yes but not bombs .

thankfully and hopefully never. anyways 10/10.  i've been a Donald Sutherland since i was a kid and i'd say my favorite film of his is the masterpiece Animal House (1978) best line in the entire movie well it's my favorite one anyways. i've been working on a novel for the past 3 years, how's it coming along? it's a piece of sh*t.

i just love that line and yeah there are more but that's my favorite


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on July 24, 2020, 12:17:20 PM
The Movie Murderer (1970) - made for TV mystery/ detective type thing about an arsonist who keeps burning down film studio archives. Starring pre mustache Tom Selleck and some old guy we're probably supposed to know.

As the future Magnum and his Dad figure try and figure things out, we get a profile of the arsonist himself as he struggles with the nature of his job and tries to get into the pants of the lady owner of the hotel he's staying at. Unfortunately for him he has some stiff competition: The professor from Gilligan's Island! He's a happy go lucky bachelor also staying at the Inn. Not only does he not like the guy moving in on his territory, he thinks our villains cover as a "salesman" is full of s**t, which of course it is.

It's not amazing but I enjoyed it. 1970 was kind of an in between year culturally speaking. aspects resemble the 60's but also the 70's. duh!

4/5 great title too obviously



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on July 25, 2020, 04:39:00 AM
Russian Ark (2002)

Another triumph of style over substance. Visually stunning, but to me disappointing. Another example of the 'let's do a bunch of cool scenes and hope they somehow turn into a movie' approach. Great set pieces, but less than the sum of its parts.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on July 25, 2020, 06:46:18 AM
TUSK (2015)  What a bizarre, mind-bending film this was!  An American podcaster travels to Canada to do an interview and winds up finding this old sailor who promises to regale him with tales of a lifetime of adventure.  However, instead, the geezer drugs him, cuts off his legs, and tries to surgically convert him into a walrus.  I remember renting this movie at Hastings the year the store closed for good; it was bizarre then and it's bizarre now.  Great performances, and a trippy soundtrack.  5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 25, 2020, 09:40:31 PM
"The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films" (2014)
Israeli-made documentary about the legendary filmmaking team Menahem Golan and his cousin Yoram Globus, who pretty much invented Israel's movie industry in the '60s, then came to America in the '70s with plans to take the '80s by storm by cranking out lots of crowd pleasing, low budget movies featuring Ninjas, Chuck Norris, and Charles Bronson.
Yoram Globus' current company produced this flick, so it's more personal and less snarky than Mark Hartley's "Electric Boogaloo" Cannon documentary, which was released the same year (and which focused mainly on the Cannon catalog's penchant for boobs, blood, and explosions).
Take note, Golan and Globus speak Hebrew during most of their interview segments in this one, but as long as you don't mind sub-titles, "Go-Go Boys" is an enjoyable look at two outsiders' adventures in the movie business.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on July 25, 2020, 09:57:10 PM
^ I saw the other documentary. very demented story


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 26, 2020, 10:36:07 AM
THE ENDLESS (2017): After receiving a videotape, a pair of brothers return to the UFO cult they grew up in looking for answers, but only find the mysteries deepening. A bit ragged and obviously low-budget, but full of high stakes and thoughtful surprises (including characters from the directing team's previous movie). 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on July 27, 2020, 08:44:15 AM
Weekend double feature:
SLEEPAWAY CAMP 3: TEENAGE WASTELAND  Pamela Springsteen is back as Angela, the transgender serial killer who murders her way through the entire population of a summer camp for troubled teens.  This is a silly, unrealistic slasher film that doesn't take itself too seriously; the campers and counselors are pretty much all overacted caricatures and Angela is her usual wisecracking, judgmental self.  Not as disturbing as the first film or as gory as the second, but not a bad conclusion to the franchise.  4/5

CHRISTMAS BIKINI BLOODBATH  was a freebie on Amazon Prime, and it was about as bad as it sounds.  Lots of girls in bikinis, girls out of bikinis, cheesy kills, and fake gore, without much plot to get in the way.  I had a hard time staying awake.  3/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 27, 2020, 08:53:16 AM
AMULET (2020): Tomas, a bright but haunted ex-soldier who's now homeless, accepts an arrangement working as a live-in handyman for a lonely woman and her mother, who is slowly and painfully dying in her attic apartment. Slow to start, though there are enough mysteries about the old woman and Tomas' past to keep you watching; sags a bit in the second act, but builds to a wicked ending. I'm shocked to see this at 4.4 on IMDB; I can see some folks thinking it's too slow, but that's a ridiculously poor score. Me, I give it 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 27, 2020, 10:25:39 AM
I found a YouTube channel over the weekend full of those irresistibly schlocky made-for-TV thriller movies from the '70s and '80s so I'm probably gonna go down a serious rabbit hole with these over the next few weeks, haha. Started the binge with:

"Death Car on the Freeway" (1979)
A crusading TV news reporter (Shelley "Charlie's Angels" Hack) makes it her mission to stop a psycho killer who's been running women off the L.A. freeways with his souped up van. Lots of cars crash and stuff blows up along the way.
Fun junk directed by Hal "Smokey and the Bandit" Needham and featuring a supporting cast that includes such familiar faces as Frank Gorshin, Dinah Shore, George Hamilton, Peter Graves, and Sid Haig.
They don't make 'em like this anymore!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on July 28, 2020, 09:15:17 AM
TRIANGLE (2009)

A group of friends suffer a yachting accident and take refuge on a cruise drifting on the open sea, but quickly realize they were better off on the upturned yacht.

An interesting concept, although much better explored in THE TWILIGHT ZONE like a million years ago. Basically, a group of friends get stuck in an abandoned ship and one of them discovers she's in some kind of time loop. The girl acts like she's on drugs or something, it's pretty bad, and the insane amount of plot holes made this, at least for me, a rather bad experience. Discussing these flaws would basically spoil the whole twist of the movie, which is pretty much the only reason to watch this failed attempt at horror / mystery.

I guess it's a good time killer, that's for sure. 6/10  :lookingup:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 28, 2020, 12:39:53 PM
"Warrior Queen" (1987)
In ancient times, a beautiful emissary from Rome (Sybil Danning) arrives in Pompeii, where she is wined and dined by the sleazy Emperor (Donald Pleasance), watches some gladiator battles, and then helps a bunch of female slaves escape when the city is hit by a volcanic eruption.

...that's pretty much all that happens in this virtually plotless, ultra-cheap swords & sandals flick, which moves at a snail's pace despite being only around 70 minutes long. There's plenty of T&A of course, and lots of lousy acting and cheap gore.

Strangely, even though she's supposedly the "Warrior Queen," Sybil's character doesn't do very much warrior-ing. She spends most of the movie standing around, looking bored, and has about three lines of dialogue in total.

I'd also love to know how the hell they roped Donald Pleasance into this thing -- did he lose a bet? He looks like he's drunk as a skunk the entire time.

After a while, I felt like I was watching a porn movie with all the porn parts cut out. According to IMDb, director Chuck Vincent did do a fair share of adult films, so who knows, maybe that was actually the case.

Final analysis: AVOID.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on July 28, 2020, 02:07:19 PM
I found a YouTube channel over the weekend full of those irresistibly schlocky made-for-TV thriller movies from the '70s and '80s so I'm probably gonna go down a serious rabbit hole with these over the next few weeks, haha. Started the binge with:

"Death Car on the Freeway" (1979)
A crusading TV news reporter (Shelley "Charlie's Angels" Hack) makes it her mission to stop a psycho killer who's been running women off the L.A. freeways with his souped up van. Lots of cars crash and stuff blows up along the way.
Fun junk directed by Hal "Smokey and the Bandit" Needham and featuring a supporting cast that includes such familiar faces as Frank Gorshin, Dinah Shore, George Hamilton, Peter Graves, and Sid Haig.
They don't make 'em like this anymore!

I seen this back in '79!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on July 28, 2020, 02:19:09 PM
GREEN INFERNO (2013)

I bunch of activist collage punks go to Peru to protest the ravaging of the rain forests. But thankfully they're plane crashes and the do-gooders are kidnapped , tortured, and eaten by cannibals.
It's an old '80's Italian cannibal movie updated.
Dumb as f**k, but gory.
 Gimme LET THEM DIE SLOWLY any day.

Oh yeah, it's by Eli Roth. The HOSTEL guy? I hate that movie.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 29, 2020, 09:14:26 AM
DEADLINE (1980): A popular Stephen King-type horror writer endures a rocky marriage and neglects his kids, while struggling to come up with shocking new ideas: we see some of his gruesome discarded  sketches play out, as his family life goes to hell. The "work-in-progress" scenes allow the filmmakers to skip the setups and resolutions and just get straight to the cheesy gore; they also distract from the main story's characters, who are both unlikable and unbelievable. 2/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 29, 2020, 10:04:41 AM
"The Bees" (1978)
In this absolutely cheese-tastic '70s eco-horror from Mexico, "Africanized Killer Bees"  are smuggled into the U.S. by an unscrupulous corporation, which then breed with local bees, creating a new mutant strain that starts swarming into major cities and stinging everyone to death. Fortunately a crusading bee scientist (the late great John Saxon) and his research team are on the case, trying to stop the angry buggers before they replace humans as the dominant species on Earth (yikes!).

There's a *lot* to unpack in this movie -- it starts out as a pretty standard nature-run-amuck flick with the usual hammy acting and ultra cheap special effects (the bee swarms look like big clouds of smoke in long shots, and like Rice Krispies blown by a fan in close-ups). Then it suddenly takes a turn into totally bats**t crazy sci-fi territory when Saxon's character figures out how to communicate with the bees (!), learns why they're so p**sed, and ends up presenting their "demands" to the United Nations!  Yes, really.

Fun fact: According to IMDb, the producers of Irwin Allen's big budget, all-star killer-bee movie "The Swarm," which was made the same year as this flick, paid the makers of "The Bees" a bunch of $$ to delay the release of their movie so it wouldn't damage "The Swarm's" box office potential... but if memory serves, "The Swarm" tanked anyway.

It's been a while since I've seen "The Swarm" but if I had to choose between it and "Bees," I think I'd go with this one -- it's shorter than "The Swarm" and its unintentional comedy factor is absolutely off the charts. This one's a total hoot.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 30, 2020, 08:59:08 AM
SPINDRIFT'S HAUNTED WEST (2020): A visual album covering the psychedelic/western band Spindrift's "Ghost Town" tour, where they visit remote parts of the American west to play their songs. Great Monument Valley-style scenery and psychedelic imagery; if you dig the band's mix of Ennio Morricone, acid rock, traditional folk, and noisy punk (Jello Biafra guests on one number), this is quite watchable. Also would make a great background for your next peyote session. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on July 30, 2020, 11:54:42 AM
Death Car on the Freeway - If you like stuff like Charlies Angels and CHIPS definitely check this out. It would have made a fantastic episode of either of those shows, probably tighter and more fun than this just okay made for tv movie.

A crazy guy is running women off the road. Since this is 1979 there are no cameras anywhere. I love old movies where its super easy to do crimes and get away with it. To convey how out of control this guy is, he is repeatedly shown putting in an 8 track of what they keep calling country music but sounds like an insane free jazz freakout of some kind. (maybe they should go after whoever made that music, not the guy?) A not particularly charismatic TV reporter who must have been famous in 1979 works to find him before he kills all the women in cars in the world.

George Hamilton is awesome as her jerkwad ex husband. Some good detective type stuff toward the end and the ending itself was classic.

3.75 /5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 31, 2020, 10:29:07 AM
SHE DIES TOMORROW (2020): Amy is convinced that she will die tomorrow; she spreads this irrational belief to everyone she meets. A melancholy and oddly compelling thought experiment about what life would be like if we constantly lived with consciousness of our own death; similarities to the current pandemic are accidental, but reflect the nation's darkest doubts at the moment. 4/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on July 31, 2020, 09:27:40 PM
"Kingdom of the Spiders" (1977)
Before "Arachnophobia" or "Eight Legged Freaks," this was the Big Kahuna of killer-spider movies. William Shatner stars as the veterinarian of a small Arizona desert town under siege by hordes of p**sed off tarantulas, who've added humans to their menu since their usual food supplies have been killed off by pesticides. This long time drive-in fave and late night TV staple has aged surprisingly well. Creepy, crawly fun!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pennywise37 on August 01, 2020, 04:35:09 AM
The Swarm (1978) tanked hard yes but if i'm not mistaken Michael Caine considers it his worst film even though it's not by far. The Bees also (1978) is a great film that's a lot of fun. John Carradine with a really good size role for a change is good in it though why he plays Russian isn't it? 


i have no idea. i went in with low expectations when i first saw it and ended up loving it.

anyways i watched Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1988) i listened to the audio commentary and that's a must watch but check out the one with the director and it's cast. i haven't heard the other one yet to be fair.

i watched  Jurassic Park 3 (2001) tonight and i really enjoyed it more than i thought i would to be honest, i have heard nothing but how bad the 2nd and 3rd one are and i watched the 2nd one last night i liked it but i didn't love it, i think i gave it 7/10 i think or an 8/10  i forget which that one was overlong i think and needed more work on the script but it wasn't as bad  as i thought it was going to be. the 3rd was a lot better than i thought it was going to be i loved it.10/10 i  don't think it's the best one though i haven't seen them all to be honest. i still need to see the last one to be fair but the hate these films get is shockingly 

huge. 


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on August 01, 2020, 07:03:06 AM
DEAD MEN WALK (1943)
George Zucco plays dual roles of an undead vampire and his brother who hunts him down to destroy him.
So-so PRC cheapie, with Dwight Frye as a Renfield type (of course) in one of his last roles.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on August 01, 2020, 09:09:45 PM
"Batman: Mask of the Phantasm" (1993)
In this theatrical spin off from "Batman: The Animated Series," there's a new vigilante in Gotham, picking off the leaders of the city's underworld -- and Batman is the prime suspect. To clear his name, Batman will have to re-connect with a lost love from his past, and battle (who else?) The Joker for the millionth time. Cool, action packed stuff with the usual excellent voice work.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on August 02, 2020, 03:07:41 AM
Cosmic Voyage 1936

This is a Stalin-era movie to spur interest in the great adventure of space flight, with Tsiolkovski himself as a scientific adviser. It is not a particularly good movie, but is has a more grounded take on space flight than many other movies of the era. In many ways I was reminded of Tintin's Objectif Lune. The story takes place in 1946, when an intrepid crew land on the Moon and rescue a cat (really). Not doing things by halves, they go straight to the far side of the Moon.

The crew consists of Professor Sedikh, his assistant Marina and bright young lad Andrej (who looks like a young Chico Marx). Marina takes no nonsense from anyone. When her fiancee Viktor, who was supposed to make the trip, gets cold feet, she is happy to replace him. When he tries to stop her, she knocks him down and enters the rocket ship. That is how you get female astronauts on the Moon!

(On a terminological note, the text panels talk of 'astronauts' and not of 'kosmonauts').

A must watch if you like historical SF



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on August 02, 2020, 09:36:52 AM
"Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics" (2010)
Documentary on the long and occasionally bumpy history of DC Comics, home of Batman, Superman, and many more. Interviews with comics pros old and new and vintage photos & films trace the company's rise from humble pre-WWII days to its current status as a publishing and multi-media powerhouse. Fanboy fun.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on August 02, 2020, 10:55:16 AM
Bluebeard (1944)

John Carridine in a rare leading role where he plays an artist who feels compelled to murder the women he paints. Still a good watch more than three quarters of a centuary since it was made.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 02, 2020, 03:47:23 PM
MY NEIGHBOR WANTS ME DEAD (2019): Menaced by the mystical neighbor outside his door, a man trapped in his apartment keeps dying over and over. It intends a narrative of sorts, but it's really more of a collage of small-scale experiments involving VHS artifacts, psychedelic green screen, and dark humor. Less than an hour long and free on Prime. I didn't hate it, but you might. 2/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on August 02, 2020, 04:15:05 PM
"Joker" (2019)
A shunned loser slowly descends into madness on the mean streets of Gotham City circa 1981, and becomes the face of rebellion against the urban elites along the way.
This controversial new take on the "origin" of Batman's nemesis is essentially "Taxi Driver" set in the DC Universe with Joaquin Phoenix giving a career defining performance as the future supervillain. This is a comic book movie for people who hate comic book movies. It's the feel-bad movie of the year!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on August 02, 2020, 08:49:28 PM
"Best Worst Movie" (2009)
In 1989, child actor Michael Stephenson landed his first major movie role, in the notorious turkey Troll 2 ... which is now considered one of the Worst Films Ever Made, and which pretty much totaled his acting career.
Nearly twenty years later, he discovered that the film had somehow developed a rabid cult following... so he directed this charming documentary in which he tracked down many of his former co-stars, visited a number of "Troll 2" retrospective screenings, and hit the convention trail with George Hardy, who played his father in the movie (and is now a small town Alabama dentist), to try and figure out why their terrible movie still resonates with so many people.
This doc was lots of fun and actually made me want to give "Troll 2" another go-round. If memory serves, I bailed out about halfway through it on HBO years ago so I've never seen the whole thing. It might be time to rectify that.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on August 03, 2020, 06:28:18 AM
"Best Worst Movie" (2009)
In 1989, child actor Michael Stephenson landed his first major movie role, in the notorious turkey Troll 2 ... which is now considered one of the Worst Films Ever Made, and which pretty much totaled his acting career.
Nearly twenty years later, he discovered that the film had somehow developed a rabid cult following... so he directed this charming documentary in which he tracked down many of his former co-stars, visited a number of "Troll 2" retrospective screenings, and hit the convention trail with George Hardy, who played his father in the movie (and is now a small town Alabama dentist), to try and figure out why their terrible movie still resonates with so many people.
This doc was lots of fun and actually made me want to give "Troll 2" another go-round. If memory serves, I bailed out about halfway through it on HBO years ago so I've never seen the whole thing. It might be time to rectify that.

I liked that documentary, although I did worry quite a lot about the woman who played the mother.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 03, 2020, 08:58:49 AM
A JOURNEY TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME (1955): Czech educational fantasy spectacle. Four boys take off downriver, traveling backwards through time as they row along, first encountering woolly mammoths, then dinosaurs. At times, plays more like a trip to the natural history museum than a rousing adventure yarn; but the kid actors are surprisingly good and Karel Zeman's stop-motion animation is every bit the equal (if not better than)  his American counterpart Ray Harryhausen. Also available in a dubbed English version with different wraparound sequences. I think boys today---especially ones obsessed with dinosaurs---would still enjoy this, as long as they had good attention spans. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on August 03, 2020, 12:31:10 PM
I liked Best Worst movie and also enjoyed Troll 2. what can I say? I thought it was colorful.

Invitation to Hell (1984) - It's the Stepford Wives/ Get out plot with everyone trying to get this guy to join a local (always in the suburbs isn't it?) country club. Soap opera star Susan Lucci kills it as the clubs director who tries to get everyone to join and mainly succeeds. Robert Urich isn't so sure this is in his best interest, so he tries to find out whats going on before it's too late. Awesome made for tv movie directed by the great Wes Craven

In retrospect, the opening scene doesn't make tons of sense. Punky Brewster plays the daughter. It's on youtube and tubi but obviously the tubi version is better quality

5/5 very entertaining

(https://thetelltalemind.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/invitation-to-hell1.jpg)


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on August 03, 2020, 02:37:07 PM
MICROWAVE MASSACRE (1983)
I have seen lotsa bad movies...this has to be on the top of the list. Lame stand up comic Jackie Vernon plays a shmuck who hates his wife's cooking. So he kills her and eats her for lunch.
Some of the worst acting ever recorded to film by every one involved. I can't believe this was made.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on August 03, 2020, 04:09:34 PM
MICROWAVE MASSACRE (1983)
I have seen lotsa bad movies...this has to be on the top of the list. Lame stand up comic Jackie Vernon plays a shmuck who hates his wife's cooking. So he kills her and eats her for lunch.
Some of the worst acting ever recorded to film by every one involved. I can't believe this was made.

That is one of my early favorite bad movies!!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on August 03, 2020, 08:06:02 PM
HOBGOBLINS (1988) - MST3K VERSION

A young security guard must track down diminutive aliens who kill people even as they make their fantasies come true.

Wow, what can you say about this? It was clearly made completely aware of its own crappyness, which kinda takes away the fun for me. I mean, they deliberately made this film to be as ridiculous and cheesy as possible, so of course the result will be this incoherent mess.
The puppets are most of the times just static, and when they jump on people the actors (and I use that term very loosely) grab them and shake them as if they were attacked, it's just dreadful. The plot is beyond stupid, the whole bar scene last forever, and all the characters are a disgrace. You really can't put this movie in any genre also, because it fails in every level imaginable. I don't think a single person dies in the whole movie, not even the guy who gets completely engulfed in flames, so even the synopsis is a lie.

This movie is terrible, and honestly, I don't mean it in a so-bad-it's-good kind of way, because for me, in order for that to happen, the director has to be honest in the first place. BIRDEMIC and JACK-O are good examples of this, they really tried, but luckily for us, failed miserably. HOBGOBLINS is just a bad rip off of GREMLINS meant as a cash grab, taking advantage of the bad movies cult. The trivia even confirms that the director personally contacted the MST3K crew so they showed one of his films, but eventually sent them this one.

Avoid this crap unless it's in the MST3K format, because to be fair the episode was truly hilarious. 1/10  :thumbdown:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on August 04, 2020, 10:19:23 AM
"Black Enforcers" (aka "The Black Gestapo" and "Ghetto Warriors," 1975)
A black "Neighborhood Watch" group in the Watts section of L.A. successfully drives out a protection racket run by local white mobsters. The group's leader then has to deal with his power-mad second in command, who breaks away from the organization, forms his own Nazi-esque army of thugs, and takes over the mob's operations.
...this jaw droppingly tasteless combo of the Blaxploitation and Nazi-sploitation genres certainly won't win any awards for political correctness, but it totally delivers on the ultra-violent sleaze front. Worth a look just to see Charles P. Robinson, who would later become known as the nice-guy court clerk "Mac" on "Night Court," as the would-be ghetto Hitler bad guy. A bizarro, yet strangely fascinating, '70s time capsule that would never get made today!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pennywise37 on August 04, 2020, 04:54:54 PM
ya know it's funny my brother cracked on Troll 2 (1989) for years and years and i stood up for it cause at the time i believed it was a sequel to (1986) film which is a film that is bad but a lot of fun. but the 2nd one i tried to watch when i was in my 20's i think it was? it was so bad and the acting was so painful to watch that i looked up online to see if there was anyone at all who i like that worked on it and when i saw there wasn't i shut it off and never went back to it. 

what's funny is that at a convention i hear i dunno the year the cast know it's a bad film but yet it's director doesn't think that and in fact when the cast was saying it was bad he was really p**sed about it out in the hallway. he really believes that's a good film well he's the only one i think cause it's just plain bad

and not fun bad like some movies but bad bad so bad that it belongs in the sewers where the rats can get to it and in fact the rats i don't think would even touch it, cause it's  so bad.

i watched late last night 'SAW 2" (2005) that's a favorite of mine 10/10 for me cause it's my favorite one in the entire series and honestly they did get carried away with the gore in later sequels i love gore films don't get me wrong but sometimes less is more.  plus i'd rather  have more story sometimes it just depends on the film i guess


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on August 05, 2020, 08:26:54 PM
POOL PARTY MASSACRE (2017) A spoiled rich brat invites some of her equally spoiled friends (and the one obligatory nice, less rich one) over to her house for a pool party while her parents are out of town, and they get picked off one by one by a killer in overalls, who uses a variety of tools from the garage - hanging them back up, neatly, when he is done.  Stupid screenplay, bad acting, gratuitous nudity, creative kills - this is bad movie GOLD!  And it's free on Amazon Prime!  5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pennywise37 on August 06, 2020, 12:43:50 AM
i just watched for the 2nd time "Rocket Man (2019) i'm a big Elton John fan and i have been since the 80's in fact, but though i thought the movie is great i do wish they had used the right music for the era. it drives me nuts that they aren't faithful to watch actually happened,  and them having him have Border Song in (1967) or (1968) is a good example when their 1st song they ever wrote together is called Scarecrow and it's decent it's on you tube somewhere.

just like in the film they have him fighting with Bernie Taupin and he's never had an argument in over 50 years he's known him no joke. 10/10 but i'm just picky on i wish it was a straight bio that's all. but i did love that it's star sang the songs and it wasn't dubbed over with Elton's Vocals


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 06, 2020, 09:02:23 AM
CASINO ROYALE (1967): James Bond done as spoof: the "real" James Bond (David Niven) comes out of retirement to train other James Bonds (including Peter Sellers) to confound a ridiculously convoluted plot by SMERSH. As a comedy, CASINO ROYALE misses a lot of its comic targets, but it's still fascinating for its cast (which also includes Woody Allen, Orson Welles and Ursula Andress), its psychedelic/pop art/expressionist production design, and its general 1960s excess. You might consider it so-bad-it's-good; I just think it's carefree and fun. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on August 07, 2020, 09:41:32 PM
BLOOD CLOTS (2020) - A nice collection of seven short indie horror films bundled together in one neat package, free on Amazon Prime!  I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed the whole set; the last two were probably my favorites, but all of them had some charm.  From a "human statue" trying to survive the zombie apocalypse to a swarm of mutant carnivorous jellyfish, this set had me thoroughly entertained from the get-go!  Highly recommended! 5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on August 08, 2020, 03:05:18 AM
Aerials (2016)

I caught this on Netlix. As an alien invasion movie set in Dubai, I thought it might be silly fun. It is not. This is the most boring movie I have ever seen. I kept on watching it with the feeling that eventually something would happen, but nope. The story, such as it is, is that alien motherships arrive all over the planet (as in Independence Day) and then shut  down all technology (as in The Day The Earth Stood Still) and then suddenly leave. They do seem to have fixed global warming in the meantime.

However all of this 'action' and I use the term loosely, is completely off screen. The movie mainly follows a married couple staying at home and arguing with eachother, wondering what is happening at what it all means. The movie is all dialogue and very little of it makes any sense. Also the acting is atrocious and there is so much padding. We get shots of the guy making an omelet, or carefully adjusting his headscarf before leaving. The only bright point is the insurance salesman who sells coverage for the alien apocalypse.

This makes something like The Phantom Planet look like Star Wars and 2001 rolled into one.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on August 08, 2020, 11:37:49 AM
Night of Terror (1972) - Donna Mills and a guy who looks like Ernest Borgnine but isn't star in this made for tv movie. I've seen a bunch of these lately and they are all about as good as each other. Gangsters are looking for some sort of object that they lost. They are murdering people and terrorizing nice ladies to find it. what is it??

The first half is pretty good and tense with the gangsters, led by Chuck Connors, menacing the women and car chasing them around. the second half seems more geared to women, involving the fake Ernest Borgnine detective and Mills bonding in a jovial way. ugh. it could be worse but it's not what I wanted to see.

The ending is pretty ridiculous. 1 hour 15 minutes went by more or less smoothly

3.75 /5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on August 08, 2020, 06:39:55 PM
"Alien Predator" (2018)
An elite black-ops team is sent to investigate the crash of an apparent extra-terrestrial craft in the wilds of Honduras. After a long slog through the jungle they finally meet the ship's occupants, who naturally are not in a very good mood. Much blasting and zapping ensues.
This was The Asylum's attempt to ride the coat tails of 2018's "The Predator," though the plot actually resembles the original "Predator" flick from '87 - without the budget, the cool special effects, or a cast with acting ability.
By the time the "aliens" were finally revealed (nearly an hour into the movie!) I was so bored that I just wanted them to kill off the remaining human characters so the film would be over. Even by Asylum standards, this one is pretty poor.
AVOID.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on August 09, 2020, 10:36:34 AM
"Death Is Nimble, Death Is Quick" (aka "3 Golden Cats," 1966)
Two American agents are sent to the island paradise of Ceylon to protect a lovely U.S. diplomat from a mad scientist and his criminal organization of karate killers. Chop-socky, butt kickin' fun.
This stylish German/Italian James Bond knock off was the second of seven (!) "Kommissar X" films, based on a popular series of European pulp crime novels. This movie obviously had a higher budget than your average "Eurospy" cheapie. The story's a bit of a muddle (which is not unusual for these 007 wanna-bee's) but there's lots of exotic locations, elaborate stunts, and (of course) plenty of pretty girls. This was my first time seeing any of the "Kommissar" flicks, but I'm definitely interested in checking out more.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on August 10, 2020, 09:54:17 AM
"We Summon The Darkness" (2019)
It's 1988, and three girls travel to a heavy metal concert, where they meet a couple of nice guys in the parking lot, invite them home for an after-show party... and then things take an unexpectedly sinister turn.
I can't say much more without spoiling the movie's "twist," but honestly, most viewers will probably see it coming from a mile away, anyway. Despite that, I enjoyed this B-grade horror/thriller, which captures the '80s metal/Satanic Panic vibe nicely (and the girls are cute too!).


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on August 10, 2020, 12:32:42 PM
Kill The messenger (2014) - fact based drama about the plight of journalist Gary Webb, who wrote an expose of the CIA's involvement in the cocaine trade circa the contras and all that stuff then was subject to a backlash over it.

the first part involves Webb making the trek to South America, risking his life and bribing and journalisting his way to the story. the "Kill the Messenger" happens in the second part. As he's riding high, a friend informs Webb of whats gonna happen: the CIA and other happy with the status quo people will make the story about HIM and pull out all the stops in doing so.

Its like the Gospel of Mark, everyone abandons him and its all unrequited heroism and so forth. Did the CIA really do this? I don't know. I don't doubt it. Ollie North was involved. its just the sort of thing that would happen during the wacky cold war. Logic went out the window "hey the Soviet Union is evil, lets goad them into building thousands of nukes pointed at al our major cities!"

likeble but mostly educational, wikipedia come to life movie a la "Straight Outta Compton"

4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on August 12, 2020, 05:24:23 PM
"So Darling, So Deadly"
(aka "Kommissar X: In The Clutches of the Golden Dragon," 1966)
In the third installment of the "Kommissar X" Eurospy series, the "International Bureau" sends swingin' agents Walker and Rowland to Singapore to protect a scientist and his lovely daughter from a criminal gang called the Golden Dragon, who want to steal the professor's high tech laser weapon.
There's not much plot in this one, but there sure are lots of car chases, fistfights, and pretty girls. An entertaining time killer for a lazy summer afternoon



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on August 12, 2020, 09:53:31 PM
The Signal (2014) -  first let me say this: in one scene in this movie there is a pay phone. Why? It wasn't vital to the plot in any way. just pointless nostalgia or something from the director that takes the audience out of the movie. There are no pay phones anymore except one in Chinatown in Boston for some reason. That aside, this was a cool movie. Hackers are having a hacker war with a guy called Nomad, who has an uncanny ability to find where people are and use their computers as cameras and so forth. Things escalate and the hackers have to use their hacker ingenuity to get out of a trap in the woods and to surpass other obstacles.

a little different than what I'm used to but enjoyable. the more or less attractive girlfriend character certainly doesn't do very much. there's even a bit of a sci fi element toward the end

4.5 /5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 13, 2020, 08:48:20 AM
INVENTION FOR DESTRUCTION (1958): In a story based on multiple Jules Verne tales, a band of pirates kidnap a scientist who has developed a super-explosive (possibly an A-bomb prototype) to use his invention for destruction. The story is slight, but the visual style mixes cutout animation with live actors on stylized sets, and the effect is like viewing a woodcut come to life---fascinating and tremendous fun. Czech, b&w. 4/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on August 13, 2020, 04:57:11 PM
"Vivarium" (2019)
A house-hunting young couple (Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots) take a tour of a seemingly tranquil suburban development called "Yonder," and soon find themselves trapped and alone inside the seemingly endless labyrinth of identical houses, unable to find their way out.
...and then it gets even WEIRDER.
A strange, artsy, surreal sci-fi/horror hybrid with a heavy "Twilight Zone" feel. It's not so much scary as it is unsettling. Stuff like this is not usually my kind of meat but it kept my interest throughout. Worth a look if you're in the mood for something out of the ordinary.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 13, 2020, 06:01:38 PM
"Vivarium" (2019)
A house-hunting young couple (Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots) take a tour of a seemingly tranquil suburban development called "Yonder," and soon find themselves trapped and alone inside the seemingly endless labyrinth of identical houses, unable to find their way out.
...and then it gets even WEIRDER.
A strange, artsy, surreal sci-fi/horror hybrid with a heavy "Twilight Zone" feel. It's not so much scary as it is unsettling. Stuff like this is not usually my kind of meat but it kept my interest throughout. Worth a look if you're in the mood for something out of the ordinary.

I recommend it.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pennywise37 on August 13, 2020, 10:05:57 PM
here's one ladies and gents that i didn't expect to ever say this too, Halloween 6 The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) but the Producers cut NOT the Theatrical cut.

i watched that late last night and freaking LOVED IT! i did not expect to and it would have been an interesting film if done right and with the right script if Loomis had been maybe a villain in the next one had he not died and had they not went with the cut they ended up using. i posted this elsewhere apparently they had kept that ended but than a bunch of 14 year old boys didn't like the ending so... i didn't like it either but it was a freaking masterpiece compared to what we did end up getting


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on August 14, 2020, 06:50:32 AM
"Parker" (2013)
A high-end thief (Jason Statham) is double crossed by his "crew" and left for dead after a big heist. He then follows them to their next score in Palm Springs to teach them the error of their ways. Needless to say, it doesnt end well for his former partners.
Statham is his dry-as-usual self and Jennifer Lopez adds some comic relief as a gal who gets caught up in the revenge scheme and becomes Statham's unwilling partner. A decent butt kicker.



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on August 14, 2020, 07:33:03 AM
"Vivarium" (2019)
A house-hunting young couple (Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots) take a tour of a seemingly tranquil suburban development called "Yonder," and soon find themselves trapped and alone inside the seemingly endless labyrinth of identical houses, unable to find their way out.
...and then it gets even WEIRDER.
A strange, artsy, surreal sci-fi/horror hybrid with a heavy "Twilight Zone" feel. It's not so much scary as it is unsettling. Stuff like this is not usually my kind of meat but it kept my interest throughout. Worth a look if you're in the mood for something out of the ordinary.

Oh dear, Jesse Eisenberg. As soon I read that name I instantly think in doing anything else but watch a movie. How much I hate that guy can't be calculated by normal means.  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 14, 2020, 09:11:59 AM
CAPONE (2020): Impressionistic biopic covering the last year of Al Capone's life, when he was paranoid and dying of dementia, with much of the action seen in flashbacks and hallucinations. You may have heard people talking about Tom Hardy's "interesting" performance choices, which include croaking most of his dialogue incoherently and adopting a blank death stare for most of the film. Integrated into the film's fluid and sometimes disturbing alternate realities, these choices lead to some very odd collisions of camp with genuinely startling images. 2.5/5 as a bad movie.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on August 14, 2020, 12:03:29 PM
Super reverend Monk - I think they mean reverent but its a very cool movie at any rate. This I believe is a Mainland as opposed to HK kung fu offering which often means really excellent kung fu but so so film making. it's definitely low budget, but the strong story sees it through.

Green Dragon and White Tiger village hate each other and things come to a head one day. A plan is hatched for 2 recently born children to fight each other in 18 years and this will decide everything. Since the one kids parents are dead he goes and lives in the local Shaolin style temple. His training is kept secret for the 18 years. He is guarded by a weird monk who has incredible drunken style kung fu.

really enjoyed this. one funny thing is how people keep attacking the secret kung fu kid trying to see what they are teaching him and he just goes "buddha bless you"

5/5 would probably a good one to play the kevin bacon game with. remember stolen bible? it had the most degrees. rev powell found it I think


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on August 14, 2020, 09:36:57 PM
HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD (1982)
Typical Italian zombie flick. Pretty run of the mill until the end when our heroine gets her tounge ripped out and her eyeballs squeezed out of her head.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on August 14, 2020, 10:17:46 PM
"Jurassic Park III" (2001)
Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) sat out the previous "JP" movie but he's back for this third go-round, in which he gets shanghaiied into helping a couple find their child who's lost on Dino Island. As usual, lots of stunts, narrow escapes, and gory dino-munchings occur.
"JP III" is usually dismissed as the worst of the series, but I actually kinda like it. It's not as bloated or pretentious as Spielberg's entries, it's just a no-frills, fast moving action adventure/creature flick. Underrated and enjoyable.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on August 14, 2020, 10:54:56 PM
JOJO RABBIT (2019)  Ten year old JoJo is finally old enough to join the Hitler Youth even as Germany is crumbling before the Allied onslaught.  He may be small, skinny, cowardly, and slow, but he has the help of a powerful imaginary friend - none other than Hitler himself!  However, his relationship with his BFF (Best Friend Fuhrer) becomes more complicated when JoJo discovers his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic.

Beautifully filmed, wistfully sad and silly by turns, this coming of age wartime drama was nominated for Best Picture, and deserved it!  Powerful performances all around, I was completely sucked in.  5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 15, 2020, 10:34:15 AM

5/5 would probably a good one to play the kevin bacon game with. remember stolen bible? it had the most degrees. rev powell found it I think

Heh. Yeah, STOLEN BIBLE was a crazy Nollywood movie. The absolutely insane trailer went viral and then they took it down.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on August 16, 2020, 11:05:55 AM
"Everly" (2014)
Salma Hayek has spent the past four years in forced servitude to a brutal Japanese crime lord. When her "boss" gets wind of her plans to escape, he sends wave after wave of hired killers to her apartment building. You can probably figure out how well that goes.
"Everly" may not have the most original plot, but it's a gloriously gory, ultra-violent non-stop shoot'em up that's kinda like a mash up of "Kill Bill" and "Die Hard." A more accurate title for this flick would've been "Bullets, Boobs & Lots of Blood," cuz Salma still looks hot even after she's been shot and stabbed a few times and spent half the movie covered in grime, gore, and gunpowder.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on August 16, 2020, 12:42:01 PM
The Forgotten (2014) - more of an foreign indy than a horror movie. It succeeds well on the first score, much less so on the latter.

A dorky kid lives in what we used to call a squat with his Dad, a ne'er do well. His Mom is in a psychiatric institution and life would be pretty unbearable if he doesn't slowly befriend a hot waitress. It's an unlikely relationship to say the least, but the actress * (everyone is British btw) is definitely the high point of the thing.

There are mysterious scrapings and poundings coming from the apartment next door. what are these mystery sounds and how do they fit into the history of everyones lives??? This stuff is confusing and I didn't get the ending at all.

3.75 /5

enjoyed as a well acted, colorful indy not horror

* she was in Harry Potter and also the Blade runner remake


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on August 16, 2020, 03:46:23 PM
"Truth or Dare" (2017)
A group of twenty somethings spend Halloween night playing "Truth Or Dare" inside a supposedly haunted house. This, of course, turns out to be a spectacularly bad idea, as it awakens an evil force which then follows them all home and makes them continue the ultimately-fatal "game."
Pretty standard direct-to-video horror junk with a few decently cringy, gory bits. One of the girls is played by Cassie "Sharknado" Scerbo, who can't act worth a damn but she has absolutely spectacular cleavage, so I had no complaints.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: JaseSF on August 17, 2020, 01:56:44 AM
Some brief thoughts on some recent viewings:

Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane (2007): A zombie outbreak occurs on a plane. Who, if anyone, will survive? An action-packed zombie flick with some clever moments here and there, this film turns somewhat predictable and repetitive before the end. There are some fun moments featuring zombies in some unexpected places inside and outside a plane though.

The Stranger (1999): Weird, somewhat boring/somewhat pretentious film about a woman who suddenly finds her deeply buried memories/dreams/nightmares awakened along with her arguably repressed sexual desire after meeting a slightly pudgy pony-tailed stranger who mostly spouts arty nonsense.

Suck (2009): A struggling rock band suddenly finds their popularity starting to surge when their female bassist gets turned into an undead vampire. Best thing about this is its soundtrack with many familiar rock star faces appearing as part of the cast. Still this thing inevitably becomes sadly predictable and forgettable fare with few real surprises. In many ways, feels like some weird dragged out, strung together series of music videos featuring vampire and horror imagery.

Closet Monster (2015):When not  caring for/talking to his closest friend/pet hamster, a young teen boy comes of age struggling with sexual identity, artistic future plans, crazy dysfunctional parents, plus a desire to leave the limits of Newfoundland. Moments in this are really hard to sit through and watch. It really pushes the boundaries of discomfort into arguably the horror realm although it's never truly an horror film. At times tough to sit through but good performance by the lead.

Red: Werewolf Hunter (2010): A family of werewolf hunters comes across a new challenge - werewolves who can transform at will even without a full moon. In some ways, this feels like a TV series pilot but not quite (it is a TV movie). The leads prove somewhat more likable than I expected as did the lead villain Gabriel played by Stephen McHattie but this story seems to lack depth and the production and effects seems poorly done despite a clever concept.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on August 17, 2020, 04:15:43 PM
Evils of the night. How this slice of 80's cheese escaped my notice until now I have no idea. Some famous actors and actresses slum it here, clearly not that interested in being in it. Plenty of naked women which sort of makes up for the death scene effects.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on August 17, 2020, 09:00:03 PM
"Heavy Metal Road Dog" (2016)
Lower-than-low budget rock doc that follows Chris Knudsen, the road manager and guitar tech for the all-girl tribute band The Iron Maidens, as they embark on a European tour.
Behind-the-scenes stuff like this can be fun if your subject has some good stories or at least some charisma, but Knudsen has neither. He shows all the personality of a wet mop as he tunes up guitars, consumes a lot of sausages and beer, gets lost in an Amsterdam train station, and navigates airport security. Watching paint dry is more exciting.
Maybe the filmmakers should have focused on the Iron Maidens instead -- they seem like a fun bunch of gals, though they don't really get to say much. Even more puzzling, you don't even get to hear any of their performances -- all the concert scenes are dubbed over with canned, generic widdly-widdly Euro power metal music. So what's the point?
In short: this is the least interesting rock doc I've ever seen
AVOID.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on August 18, 2020, 01:10:55 AM
"Heavy Metal Road Dog" (2016)
Lower-than-low budget rock doc that follows Chris Knudsen, the road manager and guitar tech for the all-girl tribute band The Iron Maidens, as they embark on a European tour.
Behind-the-scenes stuff like this can be fun if your subject has some good stories or at least some charisma, but Knudsen has neither. He shows all the personality of a wet mop as he tunes up guitars, consumes a lot of sausages and beer, gets lost in an Amsterdam train station, and navigates airport security. Watching paint dry is more exciting.
Maybe the filmmakers should have focused on the Iron Maidens instead -- they seem like a fun bunch of gals, though they don't really get to say much. Even more puzzling, you don't even get to hear any of their performances -- all the concert scenes are dubbed over with canned, generic widdly-widdly Euro power metal music. So what's the point?
In short: this is the least interesting rock doc I've ever seen
AVOID.

I've met more than one backstage crew member who thought they were the star. Sounds like this doc is a missed opportunity.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 18, 2020, 08:50:17 AM
MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS (2020): Someone steals Yuta's temple offering of a squid, an octopus, and a crab, and soon giant versions of these three creatures begin terrorizing Japan; a squad is formed to combat the menace. A few amusing moments, but even granting the spoofy nature of the project, the extreme lack of budget proves disastrous. After building the goofy rubber seafood monster suits, there's not enough money left over to destroy the scale model cities. 2.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on August 18, 2020, 01:01:50 PM
I've met more than one backstage crew member who thought they were the star. Sounds like this doc is a missed opportunity.

Seriously, the whole time I watched it I kept thinking, "who the hell decided that THIS guy should be the focus of their documentary?" :D


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on August 18, 2020, 01:46:48 PM
terror from the year 5000 - this was mis-labeled as an Outer Limits episode. it's too silly for that, but If you can imagine a cross between campier Outer Limits ( say Corpus earthling) and Astounding She monster it would look exactly like this.

Scientist make a Tardis like time traveling machine in order to get artifacts from ancient history. They are so stupid though they program it backwards and get a weird statue from the future. They try to carbon date it but the carbon shows it like doesn't exist. Not long after that, a buxom future woman comes and wreaks havoc and everyone is forced to rethink the whole thing and figure out what to do.

Apparently this was a MST3K episode. I must have missed it. I didn't catch certain details like what was the point of the calcified cat in the suitcase at the bottom of the pond, but no matter. fun for all

5/5



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on August 18, 2020, 11:23:49 PM
SHOCK WAVES (1977)

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John Carradine is piloting a small cruise boat to-it never tells us where- when a WWII ship rises from the bottom of the sea and rams them. The folks on the boat get shipwrecked on an island inhabited by old Nazi Peter Cushing, and the island is overrun by Nazi zombies, and everyone dies except Brooke Addams. It's real disjointed- but the scary Nazi zombies made up for it. They live in the water- ! They surface and sink like sneaky alligators! And if you pull their tinted googles off they shrivel up and die. It's kinda like a slighter bigger budget ASTRO ZOMBIES.
Carradine and Peter are great- but don't get a lot of screen time.

http://youtu.be/XEXN4FLGtBk (http://youtu.be/XEXN4FLGtBk)



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on August 20, 2020, 01:20:27 PM
The Chase (1946) - a down on his luck guy gets a dream job as a gangsters chauffer. Soon though, he encounters the guys wife who is a hot European MILF. Thing escalate quickly from there.

Pretty decent film noir type thing which features some good shots of the ocean and what I'm guessing is a studio approximation of Havana. pretty baffling (for me) plot twist aside its solid and enjoyable crimey deal

Peter Lorre is awesome as the sidekick gangster. He's a little more tough and less weird than usual

4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on August 21, 2020, 01:08:43 PM
Hurricane Strip (2007) - has it really been 15 years since Katrina?

doc about normies who turn to stripping to make ends meet in the post apocalypse. director wisely focuses on the girl with the biggest boobs, who makes a fortune while p**sing off her grandma and doomed boyfriend. Girls Gone Wild 5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on August 21, 2020, 03:33:16 PM
ABSURD (1981)
Big George Eastman plays a psycho who has amazing regenerative abilities. So you can't kill him unless you bash his brains in. He never speaks and is pursued by a priest. It seems to have been inspired by HALLOWEEN (1979), but oh so much gorier. A nurse gets a surgical drill threw her brain, a man gets his head stuck in a band saw, a woman gets her head stuck in a lit oven, etc...etc.. you get the picture.
Eastman is a scary monster! I just wish he killed the whiny little brat that pollutes this movie!
Another Joe D'Amato messterpiece!

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Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on August 22, 2020, 10:17:26 AM
APOLLO 18 - A fake documentary purporting to show footage from a final, secret mission to the moon in 1974 - in which the astronauts discover that the Russians have landed on the moon, only to meet a horrible fate at the claws of an indigenous life form that the earlier missions had missed.  Slow at first, but surprisingly tense and believable by the end.  Fun flick!   4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 23, 2020, 08:40:03 AM
MURDER PARTY (2007): A group of NYC art students decide to kill a stranger on Halloween night as a performance art piece, but prove to be incompetent killers. Executes its goofy premise pretty well and is done in a brisk 80 minutes. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on August 23, 2020, 08:33:03 PM
I thought Murder Party was pretty good ^

Phobia 2 - I've never seen phobia 1 but this thai horror collection is way above par for netflix instant horror.

part 1 - a troubled kid gets sent to juvenile Hall: the thailand equivalent which is living with monks in the woods. Unluckily for him, its almost time for the Festival of the Hungry Ghost so he has to deal with all kinds of sinister forces. hate it when that happens. This was the strongest and most thailandish offering

2- an illegal immigrant smuggling operation goes horribly, horribly wrong. guilt seems to be a running issue in these. I like when horror movies have meaning but when its all about comeuppance it can be like a chick comic

3 - a used car dealer doesn't tell drivers when the cars have been in accidents. I think this might connect with people in thailand more than here? It's one thing to be a crook, but I don't know that you are like disrespecting the dead by fixing their cars and re selling them.

4- A Scream type horror comedy that's a breath of fresh air from all the moralizing. Enjoyable if not laugh out loud funny with some insider horror jokes


While the execution isn't great they have the right approach. I will definitely watch the first one if I can find it

4.25/ 5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on August 24, 2020, 06:40:31 AM
BLOODEATERS (1980) aka TOXIC ZOMBIES

A group of motley hippie pot growers get sprayed with some experimental paraquat and turn into cannibalistic   zombies, and start killing unlucky campers in a remote area of federal land. Judy Brown is the biggest name in this very low budget flick, along with a minor role played by John Ampalas (the Captain who screams "Choke on 'em!" as he's getting his guts ripped out in DAY OF THE DEAD!). Passable, gory stuff by director Charles McCrann, who died in the WTC collapse.

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Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on August 24, 2020, 11:38:03 AM
"Kiss Kiss Kill Kill" (1966)
First film in the German "Kommissar X" series of 007 knock-offs, with suave private eye Joe Walker and his police captain buddy Tom Rowland assigned to locate a missing nuclear scientist. The trail eventually leads them to the secret island fortress of a gold-hoarding super-villain (hey that sounds familiar) called "Oberon" and his private army of brainwashed, machine-gun toting females.
Shag-a-delic, baby!
As usual for these cheap spy flicks, "Kiss Kiss" doesn't have the most coherent story, but there's lots of two-fisted action, gorgeous European scenery, and (of course) plenty of pretty girls. Joe Walker is so cool that he even has his own swingin' theme song! This is the third "Kommissar" film I've seen and I'm really enjoying them, they're silly as hell, but lots of cheesy fun.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on August 24, 2020, 01:20:57 PM
the DEAD NEXT DOOR (1989)
Holy fvcking sh!t! Sam Raimi backed a 19 year old J.R. Bookwalker's Z budget opus about a future of a world overcome by flesh eating zombies!  His only good film! Yeah- it's been done a hundred times, but this film is so low budget and so over the top gore (good F/X too!). A goverment Zombie extermination group vs. weird cultists (lead by a Rev.Jones, no less!) who use the zombies to attack our heros! Fast paced, bloody as hell. Decapitation by hand grenade, disembodied zombie heads biting people, blood squirting like a drinking fountain on meth- awesome!
Bruce Campbell dubs the main character of zombie hunter Raimi! Why? I don't know!
One of my favorite zombie movies of all time now!


http://youtu.be/l6ChpQhCnvo (http://youtu.be/l6ChpQhCnvo)


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 25, 2020, 10:32:36 AM
LABYRINTH OF CINEMA (2019): Japanese teenagers find themselves thrown into the movies screening at a cinema on the last night before it closes. Nobuhiko "HAUSU" Obayashi's final movie is an exuberant, monumental, poetic, and confusing ode to the power of cinema; at an epic three hours, it arguably could have used some editing, but much of the movie's ramshackle extravagance would have been lost. 4/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on August 25, 2020, 01:49:08 PM
The Flesh Easters (1964) - A long time ago I gave this 5 stars. I think I was won over by the initial Tarantino ish decadence (or his various influences'). Upon second viewing, the middle part could have been punched up a bit, but it's still pretty awesome.

An "I'm not flying into that storm, are you crazy?" straight laced pilot gets offered more money and does indeed fly into that storm. Soon, they make an emergency landing on an uncharted desert isle, but without Gilligan or even the Skipper. Hampering their escape efforts are flesh eating lightning bug things in the water.

This is like a slightly later, proto grindhouse version of The Killer Shrews. The version on youtube included the "Nazi experiment" scene, which featured a swastika and vats of acid. The director definitely saw which was things were going in the exploitation movie world.

I could tolerate the beatnik but the Nazi doctor guy was annoying. The assistants ultra innocent sexuality and quality genetics made her an easy favorite, but I appreciated the bitter Judy garland ish so done with the world drunk actress too.  

4.5 /5  I will no doubt watch it again


edit - This was the directors only film. He was mainly a voice actor on Speed Racer. Thank you for taking the time out of your day, dude!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on August 25, 2020, 03:51:54 PM
^ I LOVE that movie! I just re-watched it again on Tubi! I love when the Nazi gets his face eaten!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on August 25, 2020, 08:32:34 PM
I just watched the final episode of MYSTERY SCIENCE TEATHER 3000, which happens to be DIABOLIK, a quite bad and morally inept movie about some kind of thief who, among other incredibly feats, manages to lift a 20ton lingot with balloons. Honestly, I have no idea what they were tring to accomplish with this. Should I cheer for that murderer for some reason? Just stay away, it's generic garbage.

As I commented long time ago, I had a rough time getting into this show. The first two times I tried it stroke to me as incredibly dumb and stupid, which usually doesn't bother me but in this case it did. Yet somehow, after picking MONSTER A GO-GO, I became addicted to it. I think having watched the movie previously helped a lot.
I never recalled hearing about the show except from this very site. Back then I didn't had cable and as far as I know it never got dubbed into spanish, so it wouldn't mattered anyways (remember that the Sci-Fi channel we got in LA was different, everything was dubbed, not sure if it's still the same nowadays).

These are my final observations about the show:

* Even when I think they're both great, I prefer Joel over Mike. Somehow I think the whole premise of the show, explained in detail in the intro, was somewhat lost when they changed leads, and it felt in the segments. Most of the Mike era are terrible, and for some reason very rarely they actually made jokes about the movies or actors.
* Kevin Murphy's voice is far better than Josh Weinstein's. In fact, I think the latter isn't even funny. Like, at all. Also Kevin sings like a champ; while I don't enjoy the musical segments, I really loved his love song to Creepy Girl. Also Bobo was amazing.
* Crow was always my favorite character. When they changed his voice I thought everything was lost, but I actually barely noticed. Bill Corbett did an excellent job at capturing the witty personality of the robot. He was also great as the Observer.
* I still consider Mary Jo Pehl as a terrible comedian, and simply awful to look and hear at. Her presence in the screen was boring and completely forced. It's sad how in the episode in which she spends her time in the first segment "riffing", Crow says to her "you're funny" and she replies "you bet I am". It felt as if they were trying to remind the audience that she was supposed to make them laugh.
* My favorite episode is still MONSTER A GO-GO, followed closely by POD PEOPLE. I never considered MANOS, THE HANDS OF FATE that great of an episode, not sure why everyone raves so much about it.
* TV's Frank was stupid but lovable, and I really felt sad when he had to go. The episode SOULTAKER, in which both him and Joel make a cameo visit, was a real treat.
* I still think they handled the goodbye from Joel like crap. It felt so cold and distant, even his previously mentioned visit felt too short. I know it's just a show and I should really just relax, but come on, we get attached to those characters, make them show some emotions goddammit!
* One of the best riffings I recall was in MONSTER A GO-GO when, in the movie, they use their voice to make the telephone ring. I bet the laughs of the crew were genuine.

Welp, now to start over I guess. It's been 10 seasons, I don't remember the older episodes!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on August 25, 2020, 09:52:35 PM
RC- he fooled them all with the tape recorder playing the beatnik screams on the raft. that was clever


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on August 27, 2020, 01:46:05 AM
Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)

During a test flight of a space plane, the pilot is hurled into the distant future of 2024! He finds a postapocalyptic world, where the few survivors are besieged by mutants. All but two of the survivors are deaf mute, and they strangely seem to have forgotten not only the use of sign language, but even that of writing. How they manage to run their city is beyond me. There is also the paranoid military commander, whose beard sticks out in way to make any pharaoh jealous, and the benign supreme leader, complete with granddaughter who falls for the pilot. With the help of some scientists who likewise got stuck there from other times, he tries to get back to 1960 to warn the earth of the impending doom. 

This is another one of those scripts that would have been effective enough for a 30-40 minute episode of a TV series, but is hopelessly drawn out to movie length. Still, there is some nice footage of an F102, as the high speed space plane. Also, in the distant future of 2024, the M1 carbine is still in service.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on August 27, 2020, 07:46:24 AM
^  The mutants!

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Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 27, 2020, 08:42:26 AM
THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN [BARON PRASIL] (1962): An astronaut discovers Baron Muchausen living on the moon, and they fly back to earth on a sailing ship drawn by flying horses to rescue a woman abducted by a sultan. Karel Zeman advances his craft by taking the visual style of INVENTION FOR DESTRUCTION---a mix of cutout animation and live actors on highly artificial sets---and adding vivid color and a dashingly comic Baron. 4.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on August 27, 2020, 08:46:30 AM
THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN [BARON PRASIL] (1962): An astronaut discovers Baron Muchausen living on the moon, and they fly back to earth on a sailing ship drawn by flying horses to rescue a woman abducted by a sultan. Karel Zeman advances his craft by taking the visual style of INVENTION FOR DESTRUCTION---a mix of cutout animation and live actors on highly artificial sets---and adding vivid color and a dashingly comic Baron. 4.5/5.

I LOVE Zeman! He's like a latter day George Melies.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 27, 2020, 08:49:24 AM
THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN [BARON PRASIL] (1962): An astronaut discovers Baron Muchausen living on the moon, and they fly back to earth on a sailing ship drawn by flying horses to rescue a woman abducted by a sultan. Karel Zeman advances his craft by taking the visual style of INVENTION FOR DESTRUCTION---a mix of cutout animation and live actors on highly artificial sets---and adding vivid color and a dashingly comic Baron. 4.5/5.

I LOVE Zeman! He's like a latter day George Melies.

And you can see that Terry Gilliam stole quite a bit from him for his Monty Python animations.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on August 27, 2020, 08:52:46 AM
THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN [BARON PRASIL] (1962): An astronaut discovers Baron Muchausen living on the moon, and they fly back to earth on a sailing ship drawn by flying horses to rescue a woman abducted by a sultan. Karel Zeman advances his craft by taking the visual style of INVENTION FOR DESTRUCTION---a mix of cutout animation and live actors on highly artificial sets---and adding vivid color and a dashingly comic Baron. 4.5/5.

I LOVE Zeman! He's like a latter day George Melies.

And you can see that Terry Gilliam stole quite a bit from him for his Monty Python animations.

Oh yeah! The man was a genius at his craft!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: ER on August 27, 2020, 10:40:57 AM
Doctor Who versus the Daleks.

Wow.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on August 27, 2020, 10:46:39 AM
"The Unholy" (1988)
A Catholic priest (Ben Cross) with a troubled past is assigned to re-open a run-down parish in New Orleans, and proceeds to do battle with the demonic force that killed his two predecessors.
A throwback to the "devil" movies of the '70s (think "The Exorcist" or "The Omen," updated with lots of flashy '80s music-video style lighting and dry ice), featuring the always dependable Hal Holbrook and Ned Beatty in supporting roles. There's some splashy gore and some hilariously cheesy creature effects, but in the end "The Unholy" turned out to be an entertaining slab of '80s B-horror.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on August 27, 2020, 06:59:40 PM
Doctor Who versus the Daleks.

Wow.

My favorite Dr.Who is Peter Cushing.  :thumbup:

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Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Allhallowsday on August 27, 2020, 07:52:05 PM
...My favorite Dr.Who is Peter Cushing.  :thumbup:
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I saw the end of LAURENCE OLIVIER's HAMLET (1949) yesterday and was delighted to see a very young PETER CUSHING in a part there !!!  I like PETER CUSHING!!!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on August 27, 2020, 08:35:42 PM
He was also in Laurel and Hardy's A CHUMP AT OXFORD (1939)! 

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Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Allhallowsday on August 27, 2020, 10:49:02 PM
He was also in Laurel and Hardy's A CHUMP AT OXFORD (1939)!  

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Oh cool!!!  

Here he is in HAMLET (1949) :

(https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/peter-cushing-as-osric-in-the-1948-production-of-hamlet-directed-by-picture-id3171103) 



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on August 28, 2020, 12:03:42 PM
1 Br (2019) - The scenario isn't remotely believable, but luckily they made sure to not have any humor, sex, or interesting cinematography either. blandly watchable, passionless, cliched... netflix instant par excellence  1/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on August 28, 2020, 10:26:41 PM
CAROUSHELL (2016)  I must say, this was the best movie about a carousel unicorn serial killer I have ever seen, and I think I have seen them all.
Blood!  Decapitations!  Unicorn sex!  Bad puns!  Irate pizza delivery guys!  A goofy cowboy mascot!  A kid named "Lunchbox!"

 Throw away your Picassos, CAROUSHELL is the only art you will ever need!!!!   5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on August 30, 2020, 01:44:20 PM
NINJAS VS. VAMPIRES - A group of wisecracking ninjas take on an evil vampire lord with the aid of a witch and a good vampire.   A couple of local teens get sucked into the conflict and the guy decides to join forces with the ninja to protect his lady love.  This was low-budget, but done with a lot of heart.  The swordplay and martial arts are impressive, and the vampire effects were surprisingly goof for a movie made on a shoestring.  Turns out this is the middle movie of a trilogy; I'm motivated enough now to go watch the other two.  Free on Amazon Prime, but I woulda paid the $3 rental fee for this one!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 30, 2020, 01:59:06 PM
SHAKESPEARE'S s**tSTORM (2020): Very loosely following the plot of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," the story involves a party ship packed with pharmaceutical executives washed up on the shores of Troma, New Jersey, after a storm of whale feces. "s**tstorm" may not be quite as surreal as "Tromeo & Juliet," but it represents a capstone Troma's transgressive punk aesthetic; it may just be their most offensive movie yet---and one of their smartest and funniest. I saw it via Fantasia Festival online; not sure when it will be widely available, but a lot of folks here should remember to look for it. 4/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on August 30, 2020, 02:06:27 PM
"Friday the 13th: Vengeance" (2019)
30 years after the events of "Jason Lives," a now-grown Tommy Jarvis has gone missing in the woods around Camp Crystal Lake, prompting his teenage daughters to mount a search mission. Of course, a certain hockey masked maniac will eventually crash their party, but he's not the *only* Voorhees family member out there causing mayhem...

This elaborate feature length "fan film" (funded via Kickstarter and viewable for free on YouTube) suffers from a few scripting issues (there are enough characters and sub plots in this thing to fill three movies, so it gets a bit muddled by the three quarter mark) and the acting is amateur night at best, but otherwise this is a fairly impressive production, with lots of gory kills and an all around professional look.

Since the future of the "real" F13 franchise is currently held up in copyright court, fan films like this and "Never Hike Alone" are doing a nice job of filling the void. Apparently a sequel to "Vengeance" is already in the works. I say "bring it on."


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Trevor on August 30, 2020, 04:41:45 PM
SHAKESPEARE'S s**tSTORM (2020): Very loosely following the plot of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," the story involves a party ship packed with pharmaceutical executives washed up on the shores of Troma, New Jersey, after a storm of whale feces. "s**tstorm" may not be quite as surreal as "Tromeo & Juliet," but it represents a capstone Troma's transgressive punk aesthetic; it may just be their most offensive movie yet---and one of their smartest and funniest. I saw it via Fantasia Festival online; not sure when it will be widely available, but a lot of folks here should remember to look for it. 4/5.

That sounds as good / bad as "Up Yours, Brutus": the other version of what Caesar said when Brutus stabbed him  :wink:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on August 30, 2020, 06:11:00 PM
JOKER (2019)

In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.

I finally made some time to watch this incredibly overhyped film, and boy was it painful. Grab a cup of coffee my friends, this is going to be a long ride. Wanna join?

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

1) First, I'm going to address the title character: it has nothing to do with the infamous villain. The movie can be called anything you like, just remove the three names from the comic, which are Joker, Gotham, and Wayne, and it has nothing, and I mean nothing to do with it. I'm convinced that this was a movie about some crazy guy and they just slapped the title at the last minute as a marketing ploy, since it was the whole craze at the time. It clearly worked like a charm.
But it goes even further than that: by using the name Wayne to portrait a selfish rich guy, you undermine the whole story of the comic that has been built for generations, in which Thomas Wayne was always a wise and generous man, and Bruce tried to keep that legacy going in the form of Batman. So basically they not only made the movie nothing like the comic, they also took a huge dump on it. And that's coming from someone who doesn't even read comic books.

2) Now, the other constantly mentioned thing, the "cinematography". The movie is composed mostly by grey buildings, dull faces, and boring insides; you will only see some color when the main character paints himself. It's so grim to look at, and I understand that that was maybe the whole point, but it's just dreadful. I was sick of watching those mind-numbing streets filled with random people while hearing a constant and depressing chelo as a soundtrack - and by constant I mean 80% of the film. Yes, when it's not that chelo, it's some kind of inappropriate song in the background, and that's it. My ears hated me for two hours.
Other stuff placed by the director are simply hilarious, and I felt like an idiot just for watching this movie. For example, when the lead character discovers that his whole relationship was an illusion created by his mind, the simple use of the dialog already told me that. Yet for some reason the director felt the need to show me each indivual scene of him with the girl and without her, just to remind me that OMG she wasn't there!!1. Like, could he spoonfed me more this stupid and extremely overused twist?

3) The other thing that everyone raved about: Phoenix's acting. That forced laugh he uses the entire movie is terrible, terrible bad. I actually cringed every time he did it - just try right now to laugh out loud and record yourself. Now hear it... do you feel how stupid you sound? Now make that half of the dialog in this movie. A lot of scenes are taken straight from other movies, like when he talks by himself with the gun like TAXI DRIVER, or the relationship with the girl, very similar to THE KING OF COMEDY. Hell, even the whole visit to the show reminded me of that movie. At no point I felt sad for the character, or any character at all for that matter, it was impossible for me to connect with anyone.

4) The character is completely unbelievable. Are you telling me that he suddenly took the courage to go and kiss the girl just because he killed some guys? Like, he could barely speak normally before that, but then he became a total stud; I understand that it only happened in his mind, but he clearly didn't knew that, since his surprise later in the movie is genuine, so in his mind, he did went and kissed her.
Not to mention... he was on seven medications, stopped taking them, and no side effects, like, at all? Hell, with seven medications you wouldn't even be able to remember where you live, imagine stopped taking them just like that. And this guy, who's clearly rather dumb because he can't do anything properly, somehow became the mastermind that is the Joker? The villain who could manage to confuse the best detective in the world? Yeah right. Not to mention, he would be pretty much an old guy by then. No wonder he dyes his hair.

5) And last, yet the most important issue to me: I felt that the whole point of the movie was not to entertain or move me, but instead just to make politics. Now, I don't want to turn this thread into a political discussion, so feel free to write me a PM if you like, I'm just sharing my feelings about this particular movie. It's a huge vehicle for socialist propaganda, which sadly I can see every day of my life, destroying my society from the core for generations to come. From the very start you'll see how the garbage pickup service is suspended because union protests, turning the city into a huge dump (you never know why they're doing that, only that it's the rich's fault somehow); you'll see constant approval of rioting, destroying of property, violence (especially against the authority), a complete disregard for human life, and a total hate for everyone who has money, who apparently are responsible for every problem anyone could have in this city. Funny how this hate machine for capitalism is brought to us thanks to capitalism, isn't it? I truly wonder if the $1,074,251,311 that this movie made worldwide was donated to some charity or country with problems much more serious than "people are mean to me!".

So, is there anything good about this? Well, there's no shaky camera, except for one scene, because it's oh so deep I guess and totally needs to shake. Other than that, it's one of the worst movies I've seen in a while. I ended up feeling bored and depressed, and not a good depression like the one you feel when a hero dies after an epic battle in which he manages to save his friends, but more the depression you get after watching a ten hours golf match. A soul crushing need to go and do anything else to forget this mess.

Avoid this garbage like the plague! 1/10 :thumbdown:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: zelmo73 on August 31, 2020, 04:08:23 AM
Deepwater Horizon (2016). I avoided this movie for a few years even though I've owned it for about that long. I just can't get too crazy about Mark Wahlberg anymore since he's making a lot of forgetful films these days. He was on a roll of good movies back in the 2000s decade, but he kind of fell south after The Happening (2008); even though I 100% blame M. Night Shymalan for that hot mess, it did something to Wahlberg's career that he never seemed to be quite able to recover from. So imagine my surprise when I finally sat down and forced myself to watch Deepwater Horizon (2016) and found myself entertained by it; not necessarily Wahlberg's performance per se, but the scope of the movie itself, which had its faults to be sure but all in all it was not a bad movie. I'm normally not a big fan of dramatizations of real-life disasters, but this one was decently done. I was actually impressed with John Malkovich's portrayal as the "bad guy" of sorts, even though he was more of just an ignorant bureaucrat than an actual villain in the movie. This movie reminded me a lot of the Chernobyl (2019) HBO miniseries because of the way that the movie portrayed the response to the disaster, which both powers-that-be (Soviet Union and British Petroleum, respectively) seemed to try to cover up and downplay at first before finally admitting that they had a real problem on their hands. Some of the special effects and visuals in Deepwater Horizon (2016) seemed a bit on the cheap side and cheesy, but for the most part I thought that the movie worked.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on August 31, 2020, 01:12:35 PM
Nightmare (1981) - unlike modern horror movies this one really seems to have a voice behind it. I wish the story itself had been a little clearer, but the elements left a strong impression for sure.

When he was a little kid, a guy sees his father tied up by a hooker and, thinking he's in danger or just generally being disturbed, attacks the woman with an axe. Years later, a psycho is let out of a mental institution and tries to survive in the NYC of that era. good luck!

Most of the action takes place in Florida or something, where the psycho guy hangs around on the beach and seemingly infects a random family with his sinister urge to kill. The atmosphere is really on point. If you are in a bad mood you will really really enjoy this.

4.5/ 5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 31, 2020, 03:30:08 PM
GEMINI (1999): A successful doctor with an amnesiac wife discovers he has previously unknown twin brother, who causes him lots of problems. Based on a story by Edogawa Ranpo (the "Japanese Edgar Allan Poe) and directed by Shinya Tsakomoto in his typically surreal style, it's often confusing, but that's what gives it its psychological power. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on September 02, 2020, 09:05:06 AM
"One Last Time: Live in New York City" (2020)
A fan-made documentary (free on YouTube) about KISS' "End of the Road" Tour, culminating in the band's umpteenth sell out show at Madison Square Garden in NYC.

I haven't seen KISS since the '96 Reunion Tour, but from the  "End of the Road" live footage on display here, it looks like their stage show is as spectacular as ever. However, it's hard not to notice how much Paul Stanley's voice (and stage moves) has deteriorated.

Since the Coronavirus pandemic put a premature stop to the tour, only time will tell if the date promised in the film for the last-ever KISS show (supposedly it will take place in July of 2021 in New York) will truly be "the end."


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on September 02, 2020, 11:58:11 AM
Lake Mungo (2008) - very interesting Australian horror movie that will probably divide viewers. It's a found footage/ documentary style for one and it also has ...well I won't give it away.

A young woman tragically drowns and film footage of her former home reveals there may be a supernatural presence. The grieving family consults a psychic and attempts to figure it all out. We're mostly left with a backstory of a young woman who faces some sort of mysterious issue in her life that may or may not be related to her tragic death.

While not perfect, its a thousand times better than most of the dreck on netflix instant ( I watched it on Tubi) though more on the "dark psychological "  than slasher side

4.25/ 5


edit: in fact it does divide viewers. IMDB reviews were 3-1 either a 9 or 10 or a total "this sucks" drubbing



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on September 03, 2020, 12:26:38 PM
the St Francisville Experiment (2000) - I can appreciate the formal integrity: it very much feels like a bunch of college kids doing a project in a haunted house and it gradually works up a decent head of steam, but a LOT depended on the ending and the director just wasn't up to the task.

3/5 I enjoyed it for the most part but this was the kind of project they should have come up with the ending FIRST. It's found footage style


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on September 03, 2020, 04:46:42 PM
MARK OF THE DEVIL (1970) Udo Kier stars as the underling of Witchfinder General Herbert Lom, who is in a power stuggle with a rival witchfinder, scary looking Reggie Nadler. Lots of torture, burnings, and such grue. For it's time, it was very shocking and bloody.
Great acting between Lom and Nadler; watch for the scene when the General attacks his fellow torturer after calling him impotent. Udo is his usual brooding self, the luscious Olivera Katrina is his main squeeze! (drooling emoji here!)


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Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on September 05, 2020, 08:34:17 AM
"Burial Ground" (aka "The Nights of Terror," aka "Zombie 3," 1981)
An archaeologist opens an ancient tomb, which unleashes a horde of zombies (don'cha hate when that happens?). The undead soon find their way to a country estate, where three jet setting couples have just arrived for a weekend of fun and fornication. You can probably figure out the rest.  
This below-average slice of Italian zombie schlock doesn't have much plot, but it's got plenty of cheap, splattery gore, sleazy T&A, terrible acting/dubbing, and idiotic characters who deserve everything that happens to them.
"Burial Ground" is probably best remembered for the creepy child character "Michael," whose Oedipal fixation on his boob-a-licious Mom results in the movie's most memorable/disturbing scene. (The "kid" was played by a 25-year-old midget, which makes the whole thing even more bizarre!)
"Burial Ground" was not a great movie by any means, but it was certainly entertaining, in a "What the f*** did I just watch?" kind of way.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on September 05, 2020, 08:54:59 AM
^ That's one of my favorite zombie movies of all time! OF ALL TIME.

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Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on September 05, 2020, 12:07:25 PM
^ oh man I remember that one with the guy and his Mom


Slumber Party Massacre - I remember reading about how this movie had feminist overtones. There's one scene where the guy's drill is positioned so it looks like its his dick and this sort of comparison is made a couple times. That and the fact that the girls are not cheerleaders but basketball players are about it for the feminism, the rest is a pretty typical and enjoyable slasher film. I watched it before and Ill watch it again.

4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on September 05, 2020, 05:27:07 PM
"The Faculty" (1998)
A group of small town high school misfits must battle against the alien parasites that have taken control of their teachers and the rest of the student body before they can conquer the world (yikes!).
... Kevin "Scream" Williamson wrote this action packed sci-fi/horror thriller that's essentially an update of "Invasion Of The Body Snatchers" set in a high school, directed by Robert "From Dusk Til Dawn" Rodriguez and featuring an impressive cast that includes Robert "Terminator 2" Patrick, Salma Hayek, Jon Stewart, Elijah Wood, and more. Lots of fun.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on September 06, 2020, 11:09:25 AM
"Death Trip" (aka "Kommissar X: Three Green Hounds" and "Kill Me Gently," 1967)
In the fourth "Kommissar X" adventure, swingin' P.I. Joe Walker and his police captain pal Tom Rowland are in Istanbul, where a criminal cartel has stolen a large amount of LSD (!), and plans to use it as a weapon against NATO troops.
As usual for these cheap James Bond wanna-bees, the story/dubbing is mostly a mess, but the movie is campy fun anyway, thanks to its combination of exotic scenery, impressive stunt work, and hot Sixties babes.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on September 06, 2020, 11:51:55 AM
Zombie Pirates.

You know, with a title like that I was expecting a much more fun movie. Seems to be a vague tribute to the Blind Dead movies. Not finished it so far. Amateur acting, some boobs and someone who may or may not be Colonel Sanders.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on September 06, 2020, 07:25:42 PM
"Primal" (2019)
Nicolas Cage is a big-game hunter who's booked space on a cargo ship to transport his latest batch of dangerous critters (poisonous snakes, mean tempered monkeys, and a white jaguar) back to America, where he plans to sell them to a zoo.
Unfortunately, the same ship is being used to bring an even more dangerous federal prisoner back home for trial. Naturally, the bad guy gets loose in mid-voyage, lets all the animals out of their cages, and spends the rest of the movie playing cat-and-mouse with his FBI handlers and finally with Cage himself.
The CGI animals look like crap, but otherwise this was an enjoyably cheesy "B"grade action movie, bolted together from parts of "Under Siege," "Die Hard," and Cage's own "Con Air." 


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on September 07, 2020, 02:07:08 PM
"Dead & Buried" (1981)
A sheriff (James Farentino) is puzzled by a string of random murders in his small town -- and even more concerned when the victims don't stay in their graves. I can't say much more than that without ruining the movie's twist but it was worth the wait.
This one took a little while to get going, but by the half way point I was hooked by its "Twilight Zone" vibe, the cool makeup FX by the great Stan Winston, and the performances by Farentino and Jack Albertson ("Chico and The Man"), who plays the town's kindly old coroner/funeral director, who may not be so kindly after all. Another 80s cult classic off the never ending list...


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: zelmo73 on September 07, 2020, 04:53:35 PM
"Dead & Buried" (1981)
A sheriff (James Farentino) is puzzled by a string of random murders in his small town -- and even more concerned when the victims don't stay in their graves. I can't say much more than that without ruining the movie's twist but it was worth the wait.
This one took a little while to get going, but by the half way point I was hooked by its "Twilight Zone" vibe, the cool makeup FX by the great Stan Winston, and the performances by Farentino and Jack Albertson ("Chico and The Man"), who plays the town's kindly old coroner/funeral director, who may not be so kindly after all. Another 80s cult classic off the never ending list...

I’ve only seen parts of the movie on TV but I imagine all the cool parts were edited out. However, I did read the book a bunch of times when I was a little kid, and yes, that big twist at the end was hella cool and clever to a 3rd grade kid.  :thumbup: :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 08, 2020, 09:02:57 AM
I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS (2020): A young woman goes on a trip to meet her new boyfriend's parents at their farmhouse on a night when a blizzard is brewing; the night grows increasingly strange and unsettling as it becomes unclear what is real and what is imaginary. This maze of memory and uncertain identity is Charlie Kaufman's most surreal film, with an ending that appears to throw all rational logic out the window. A lot of people on here would absolutely HATE this one, lol. Netflix exclusive. 4.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on September 08, 2020, 10:28:18 AM
The Circle. A reasonable low budget horror. A group of archaeology students go on a field trip with a teacher to a Scottish island. Hijinks ensue as internal stresses threaten to destroy the group when faced with an external threat to their lives. There is a twist in the story, but I think most viewers will see it coming well in advance.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on September 08, 2020, 12:57:55 PM
Sudden Fury (1975) - A guy in a Herb Tarlick suit gets in an accident with his wife, who he also hates and pretty much wants to kill. Seizing the moment, he tries to leave her there but a passerby helps her. uh oh. Now whats he gonna do?  

It started off "good" but took a while to get going. Eventually I got involved though, and the twist and turns and stuff were done pretty well and naturally. In the second half things pick up and all in all its unique and worth checking out. I especially liked the wife of the farmer they run into. Her obedient sort of nature might not be PC but it brought me into the whole scenario quite well.

4.25 /5

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Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on September 08, 2020, 06:09:47 PM
BIRDS OF PREY AND THE FANTABULOUS LIBERATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN (2020)

I finally caught this on HBO the other night, and found it fairly enjoyable.  The storyline could have profited from being more linear and less dependent on flashbacks, but it was fun and Margot Robie is always cute as the adorable psychopathic supervillainess.  4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: ER on September 08, 2020, 08:35:48 PM
The Song Remains the Same, on TCM. I'd never seen it in such a beautiful format, only on VHS.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on September 10, 2020, 12:55:07 PM
Maniac (1980) - It doesn't get much better than this. A solitary man in Pre Guliani NYC murders people, then attempts to fall in love. Is the modern age the way it is because we've abandoned tradition? or is it because we've exposed that it was a hoax based on appearances all along? I guess I'll never know, but the dystopian post 60's US city was surely a great place to be alienated and unaccountable.

Enough with the sociology, this movie rocks. It's low budget but features special effects by the great Tom Savini and a clear artistic vision from the director. HG Lewis and the general expectations of the grindhouse crowd must have been the prime influence, but so many of those types of movies are boring as Hell. This one brings it all together and is satisfying artistically and also is fun to watch.

5/5 highest recommendation


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on September 13, 2020, 12:14:31 PM
Time Lapse (2014) - I enjoyed this modestly budgeted sci fi time travel - problem sort of movie. A dorky hipster ish guy, his girlfriend and their ne'er do well roomy discover a now dead neighbor invented a machine that takes pictures 24 hours into the future. The ne'er -er of course takes the lead in making horse racing bets and the situation immediately gets out of control. Along the way, there's some Adrian Lynne eque romantic tension and turbulence, but no cinematography to speak of. Its mostly just them in the house and a few visitors.

The ending showed the proper care one should take when endeavoring to conclude a cinematic moving picture experience!

4.5 / 5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on September 13, 2020, 01:38:57 PM
JEXI - A lovable loser's life is turned upside down when his new smartphone tries to "Make His Life Better" by helping him in the areas of self-confidence and romantic appeal - but then, when he finally manages to achieve a relationship with the girl of his dreams, JEXI, the phone's artificial intelligence, becomes jealous and tries to break them up.  Cliched but funny, with some wild moments scattered throughout.  4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on September 13, 2020, 02:04:50 PM
Time Lapse (2014) - I enjoyed this modestly budgeted sci fi time travel - problem sort of movie. A dorky hipster ish guy, his girlfriend and their ne'er do well roomy discover a now dead neighbor invented a machine that takes pictures 24 hours into the future. The ne'er -er of course takes the lead in making horse racing bets and the situation immediately gets out of control. Along the way, there's some Adrian Lynne eque romantic tension and turbulence, but no cinematography to speak of. Its mostly just them in the house and a few visitors.

The ending showed the proper care one should take when endeavoring to conclude a cinematic moving picture experience!

4.5 / 5


I watched it recently and while the movie it's not bad, I thought the characters were awful, which eventually kinda killed it for me. Also, the plot it's nothing special, it's basically a remake of the TWILIGHT ZONE episode A Most Unusual Camera, but not as good.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: zelmo73 on September 13, 2020, 06:36:17 PM
BIRDS OF PREY AND THE FANTABULOUS LIBERATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN (2020)

I finally caught this on HBO the other night, and found it fairly enjoyable.  The storyline could have profited from being more linear and less dependent on flashbacks, but it was fun and Margot Robie is always cute as the adorable psychopathic supervillainess.  4/5

The director did a fantastic and clever job with portraying all the absolutely loony parts of the movie from Harley Quinn’s loony perspective. I didn’t read the Birds Of Prey comics so I couldn’t argue with any of the comic fanboys that dissed the movie, but the movie made me laugh and enjoy it in the movie theater back in February. I knew that I was watching a bad movie, that’s why, and the filmmakers obviously had a lot of fun with it.  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on September 13, 2020, 08:15:21 PM
Gabriel - I liked the girl, but the guy was too big of a dork. suspenders? come on. and the painting were trash


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on September 14, 2020, 01:15:21 AM
Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012)

A fox spirit imprisoned in the ice escapes after 500 years and needs someone to give her his heart in order to become human. At the same time a princess who is supposed to be married off to a barbarian prince but who is in love with a general guarding the border tries to escape her fate. Perhaps they can work something out, but it turns out the barbarians have plans of their own.

This is a sequel to the original Painted Skin which I haven't seen. This one is your basic par for the course Chinese action/fantasy movie. It has got everything you expect, without being exceptional. Although it is not really a low budget movie, it is a bit too ambitious for the means at its disposal, so you sometimes feel let down by the production values. Entertaining, nevertheless.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on September 14, 2020, 08:47:10 AM
UNFORGIVEN (1992)

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny (Clint Eastwood) reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) and a young man, The "Schofield Kid" (Jaimz Woolvett).

SPOILERS ALERT


Man, this movie was a disappointment. I'm not much into westerns, but nevertheless I recently decided to watch the "dollars trilogy", and boy did I loved it. So coming into this modern take on the genre, and with a cast like that, I was expecting a great movie, but sadly it was quite the boring drama which did nothing for me.

First, the direction. I usually love Clint Eastwood's movies, but this one was rather bland. Everything was too clean and polished for such a harsh time, if you watch the Sergio Lione movies, everyone was dirty, sweaty, and had bad teeth. The shooting scenes are few, short, and nonsensical, extremely far away from the awesomeness of the movies of old - how the hell did Little Bill didn't shoot Munny after he took down the bartender, I will never know.
It has too many rainy scenes, which are dark and murky. It's cool to have action scenes in the rain (as unoriginal they are), but this one goes too far. It takes two hours to get to the last and pretty much only fight, but by that time I was almost snoring. I know there's at least two more shootouts, but they're not between two sides, more from one to another and then running away. I was expecting a cool duel like the times of old, but the movie was trying to steer away from the epicness of those scenes, because killing is bad or something about that.

Now, the script. I understand that they were trying to take on the cowboys as more real human beings, with their own problems and weights in their souls, but this one is simply lame. It's like everyone's Mother Teresa or something. Most of the characters are huge cliches: prostitutes with hearths of gold, a hot-shot kid who lie about how many men he killed to impress others, a ruthless sheriff, and so on. The town was hilarious because not only was compossed by a couple of houses, but it seemed to have more security than actual people living in it. At the end I couldn't care much about anyone, not even Munny, because his dialog was always the same: "oh woe is me, I did bad things in the past", "my wife straigthened me up", "ain't gonna drink or kill anyone else", then proceeds to get drunk and kill everyone because his friend died.

Overall, it's not a bad movie. I understand what they were trying to do, but sadly I felt bored and couldn't care about anyone. Perhaps I needed to be in a different state of mind, right now I want closeups of squinting eyes and hands reaching for guns. 6/10  :drink:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: zelmo73 on September 15, 2020, 01:32:56 AM
Two things:


UNFORGIVEN (1992)

It has too many rainy scenes, which are dark and murky.

If you can, buy the 4K version of the movie if you have a 4K HDR TV. The HDR clears up the dark scenes quite a bit, and the 4K detail cleans up the crap resolution that you would otherwise get on a DVD.

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Overall, it's not a bad movie. I understand what they were trying to do, but sadly I felt bored and couldn't care about anyone. Perhaps I needed to be in a different state of mind, right now I want closeups of squinting eyes and hands reaching for guns.

If you had watched it in 1992 when it was first released, then you might have looked at the movie differently. We had crap for western movies in the late '80s and early '90s. The best one out of that era was Quigley Down Under (1989). Otherwise we had bargain bin movies like Young Guns (1988) and Young Guns II (1990) to put up with. It wasn't until a year after Unforgiven (1992) that we finally had an epic western film in Tombstone (1993).


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on September 15, 2020, 01:39:39 PM
MY FRIEND DAHMER (2017)
This is disturbing. I watched about a half hour and turned the channel. Don't get me wrong- it is a very well made film. But it's real f**ked up and scary as hell.
Has anyone else seen it? Should I watch the rest?


http://youtu.be/jmnuC7tn9D4 (http://youtu.be/jmnuC7tn9D4)


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 16, 2020, 09:46:08 AM
FILM ADVENTURER: KAREL ZEMAN (2015): A documentary about the Czech animator consisting of clips, interviews, and scenes of film students trying to recreate some of his famous practical effects. Zeman's life wasn't particularly interesting, but his art was amazing; this doc will tell you just about everything you need to know, and make you want to hunt down some of the rarer movies. Included on the Criterion Collection Zeman set. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on September 16, 2020, 12:26:12 PM
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" (2019)
The latest Star Wars trilogy comes to a close, as Rey finally unravels her mysterious past and the Resistance deals with a newly-revitalized Emperor Palpatine, who has plans to launch an all-new, even more brutal Galactic Empire. As usual, the special effects are first rate and the action zips along at a breakneck pace. Tons of fanboy fun.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on September 17, 2020, 02:33:50 PM
"Avengers: Endgame" (2019)
It's five years after the "Thanos Snap" that eliminated half of all living things, and the surviving Avengers think they've figured out how to go back in time to un-do the damage. Naturally, ol'  Thanos isn't going to let them do it without a fight. Cue the blasting, zapping, and exploding.
"Endgame's" three hour (!) running time might seem like a bit much (I had to "pause" it around the mid point for a lunch break and to take my dog for a walk), but it never bogs down or gets boring. Thanks to the non stop action and cameos by pretty much every superhero in the Marvel Universe, "Endgame" brings this "phase" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a mostly-satisfying conclusion.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 18, 2020, 10:50:10 AM
SPREE (2020): Obsessed with collecting social media likes, rideshare driver tries to generate followers by livestreaming a murder spree. This satire's insight is almost entirely contained in the one-line synopsis, and although the plot gets wild (after a slow start), there aren't enough laughs or thrills here to recommend. 2/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on September 18, 2020, 05:03:45 PM
"Spider-Man: Far From Home" (2019)
Picking up after the events of "Avengers: Endgame," Peter Parker/Spider-Man just wants to have a normal summer vacation with no super-hero action. A class trip to Europe sounds like the perfect diversion, but naturally trouble still finds him across the ocean, and he ends up tangling with the illusionist super-villain Mysterio.
Of course, the movie's got plenty of wall to wall action, but it's also quite funny, and its light hearted tone makes a nice counterpoint to the dark-n-serious Endgame.  
Marvel's winning streak continues!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on September 19, 2020, 11:56:05 AM
No Hands on the Clock (1941) - rather likeable if not super ambitious crime- mystery- comedy deal. A just married private investigator gets a case involving a missing guy and his new wife insists on coming along on all the dangerous missions. He'll do something like locker her in their room and go to a bar to do undercover work but he always drinks milk so she'll show up and see the empty glass of milk and know he was there and get mad. She's like Curly from the three stooges always fuming then getting over it quickly.

The comedy works and it moves quickly enough but I wasn't able to follow the mystery. I could never remember who the person was they were talking about so the big reveal was pretty lost on me.


4.25/ 5  I wonder what the porn adaption would be called?


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on September 19, 2020, 12:30:01 PM
SOCIETY (1989)

A 17 year old boy's rich family are not what the seem. Are the from outer space, or something far more creepier?
Being this a Brian Yunzna movie, don't expect it to all make sense.
Do expect some gruesome Screaming Mad George f/x and twisted humor!

(https://i.imgur.com/0fo4zEe.jpg) (https://lunapic.com)


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on September 19, 2020, 02:26:58 PM
SOCIETY (1989)

A 17 year old boy's rich family are not what the seem. Are the from outer space, or something far more creepier?
Being this a Brian Yunzna movie, don't expect it to all make sense.
Do expect some gruesome Screaming Mad George f/x and twisted humor!

(https://i.imgur.com/0fo4zEe.jpg) (https://lunapic.com)


The poster alone makes me want to see this movie!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on September 19, 2020, 02:40:44 PM
SOCIETY (1989)

A 17 year old boy's rich family are not what the seem. Are the from outer space, or something far more creepier?
Being this a Brian Yunzna movie, don't expect it to all make sense.
Do expect some gruesome Screaming Mad George f/x and twisted humor!

(https://i.imgur.com/0fo4zEe.jpg) (https://lunapic.com)


The poster alone makes me want to see this movie!

I rented this one when it first came out on VHS. After my mum watched it she told me I was never to bring something like that into the house again.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on September 19, 2020, 03:22:24 PM
SOCIETY (1989)

A 17 year old boy's rich family are not what the seem. Are the from outer space, or something far more creepier?
Being this a Brian Yunzna movie, don't expect it to all make sense.
Do expect some gruesome Screaming Mad George f/x and twisted humor!

(https://i.imgur.com/0fo4zEe.jpg) (https://lunapic.com)


The poster alone makes me want to see this movie!

It's on Tubi!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on September 19, 2020, 09:09:23 PM
"The Babysitter: Killer Queen" (2020)
Sequel to the 2018 Netflix horror comedy hit. Two years after the events of the first "Babysitter," young Cole is having a hellish time in high school and suffering from flashbacks. The girl next door invites him for a weekend at her family's lake house to get his mind off of it, but his undead "friends" from the first film crash the party to finish the ritual they started back then.
The first "Babysitter" wasn't a classic by any means, but at least it was entertainingly dumb. This sequel is mostly just dumb. The cartoonish gore is worth a few chuckles, but otherwise this one is skippable.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on September 20, 2020, 09:36:23 AM
"Kill, Panther, Kill!" (aka "Kommissar X: Three Blue Panthers," 1968)
An international thief escapes from police custody and heads to Canada (?), to reclaim a hoard of priceless jewels he'd stashed away before his arrest. Swingin' P.I. Joe Walker and his lunkheaded police buddy Tom Rowland just happen to be in the area for the Expo '67 World's Fair in Montreal (which provides plenty of stock location footage for padding) and they inevitably get mixed up in the shenanigans involving double-crossing gangsters and murder.
This was the fifth installment of the German/Italian "Kommissar X" series and it was clear by this time that they were running out of gas. The "Eurospy" craze was on the way out by this point so the globe-trotting spy-and-counterspy elements are mostly dropped and the result is a pretty basic slap-sticky cops & robbers action comedy.
Fortunately, there are still plenty of pretty girls to ogle while Tony "Joe Walker" Kendall and Brad "Rowland" Harris beat up  an endless stream of bad guys. Below average for this series, but still an enjoyable bit of nonsense on a chilly Sunday morning.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on September 20, 2020, 05:20:15 PM
"Halloween" (2018)
Blumhouse Productions (of "Insidious" and "Paranormal Activity" fame) reboots the Michael Myers saga (for the second time) with this 40th anniversary remix that erases everything but the 1978 original from series continuity. Laurie Strode has spent the last 40 years preparing for Michael to return to Haddonfield, and when he escapes on Halloween night she goes all Sarah Connor to protect her estranged daughter and granddaughter from the horror.
...this was my 2nd viewing of this flick and while I still feel the whole exercise was fairly unnecessary, I actually liked it better this time around. I guess if you gotta watch a "Halloween" installment this time of year, you could certainly do worse than this one.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on September 22, 2020, 11:39:04 AM
horsehead (2014) - I like the concept here about dreams and seeing weird stuff and having it mean something, but this ran out of steam pretty early and kind of frittered away the whole concept.

2.5 /5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 22, 2020, 11:49:09 AM
horsehead (2014) - I like the concept here about dreams and seeing weird stuff and having it mean something, but this ran out of steam pretty early and kind of frittered away the whole concept.

2.5 /5

That one seemed tailor-made for my taste, but word-of-mouth was so bad I never got around to it.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on September 22, 2020, 10:34:11 PM
one weird thing about it was it was French but in English.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 23, 2020, 08:56:44 AM
COMA [KOMA] (2019): A man wakes up in a dreamlike world with no memory, and discovers he's in a coma and living in a shared reality with others in the same situation. An effects movie where the CGI is a notch below Hollywood quality--but closer to that standard than I've yet seen in a Russian flick---but the imaginary landscapes up INCEPTION, with entire city blocks of morphing buildings springing up at right angles to each other (and sometimes randomly growing out of pastures). Honestly, the characters were cardboard and the plot had some issues, so it wasn't perfect by a long shot, but I enjoyed it as much as TENET. 3/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on September 23, 2020, 09:22:00 AM
"Heart of Batman" (2018)
A behind-the-scenes documentary looking back at "Batman: The Animated Series," the early '90s show whose distinctive look and vibe picked up where Tim Burton's "Batman" films left off and became what some consider the best-ever adaptation of the character. Interviews with cast and crew members, plenty of trivia for Bat-geeks and animation nerds.
This was originally a bonus feature on the "Batman: T.A.S." Blu-Ray collection but it's now available for free viewing on Warner Bros.' YouTube channel.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 24, 2020, 08:42:35 AM
TOMASSO (2019): An aging American director living in Rome goes to AA meetings and struggles to relate to his much younger Moldavian wife, with the occassional fantasy scene (a la Fellini). It's embarrassing when your self-indulgent semi-autobiographical tale is boring, which, despite Willem Dafoe's best efforts, Abel Ferrara's TOMASSO too often is. 2.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on September 24, 2020, 09:52:49 AM
LA HABITACIÓN DE FERMAT (2007)

4 mathematicians are invited to solve an enigma. Once there, they're locked in a mechanically shrinking room and given 1 minute to solve each puzzle via cellphone while also figuring out why they're there.

This spanish movie, which translates to FERMAT'S ROOM, starts really good. The characters are clearly defined, and the mystery hooks you in really quickly. Despite its low budget, the single room trick works really well, as it quickly turns from a nice and cozy place to a death trap, and basically that's all you need.

Sadly, the resolution of the movie doesn't make much sense, and to be honest the whole plot is overly complicated, I'm not going to get into details in order to avoid spoilers. My main gripe is that the movie doesn't exploit the mathematicians enough, you barely know what the extent of their skills are and the riddles aren't all really... mathematics. Still, they get you on your toes, which it's what they're for, so they do the job.

It's a rather short movie so it's good for a quick and fun ride, check it out. 7/10  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 25, 2020, 08:45:07 AM
DIVA (1981): A postman finds himself chased by multiple parties when his bootleg tape of an opera diva is surreptitiously switched for a tape that implicates a mob boss. Very stylish, has a great (if unlikely) chase sequence, and you'll enjoy it more if you don't think too hard about the plot machinations. A cult film in France. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pacman000 on September 25, 2020, 11:29:40 AM
Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

Fun old adventure movie made by Disney, similar feel to their adaption of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.

It's not a literal adaption of every scene from the book, but the movie still manages to capture the right feel. Also, good FX work, on par or better than a lot of stuff done today.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on September 26, 2020, 09:09:52 AM
#Alive (2020)

Sometimes you inadvertently make a movie that comes at just the right moment. This zombie-comedy romp is entertaining and very watchable, but doesn't add that much to the genre. However the theme of the internet savvy nerd with no particular life skills being holed up in his flat while an epidemic rages outside, certainly struck a chord in these times of lockdown, making it far more popular than it would have been otherwise. Full marks for the performance of Yoo Ah-In and, as the movie is basically just him and a bunch of zombies. His character is no cool Charlton Heston in the Omega Man, but a guy who makes up in determination what he lacks in general competence. Similarly Park Shin-Hye does a great job as the level headed half of the duo.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 26, 2020, 03:11:55 PM
MST3K: EARTH VS. THE SPIDER: The experiment is a very dumb, formula Bert I. Gordon giant monster movie (though the special effects are better than usual), preceded by a short about public speaking. It's a solid episode with a lot of laughs and some memorable bits in Crow's screenplay "Earth vs. Soup" and the ever-quotable line "lots of lip and tongue action." One of about 10 original run episodes I'd never seen before. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on September 27, 2020, 06:02:25 PM
"Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)" (2020)
Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn in the pseudo-follow up to "Suicide Squad." After a messy breakup with the Joker, Harley strikes out on her own, eventually teaming up with three other female badasses in an all out battle against a Gotham City crime lord.
Loud, dumb, and occasionally funny, "Birds" seems to be trying to cop the comedic ultra-violent style of the "Deadpool" flicks. Margot Robbie is clearly having tons of fun beatin 'the crap out of dozens of bad guys (and of course she looks smokin' hot while doin' it) but the movie isn't nearly as clever as it thinks it is.
Watchable, but disposable.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on October 01, 2020, 12:00:10 PM
Sennentuntschi (2010) - ahh Switzerland: cuckoo clocks, folk dancing, and wholesome mountaineering. "not this time..." Hillbillies make a sex doll that comes to life. They forgot to read the fine print of the local legend tho. advocates for traditional marriage will find some good ammunition here 5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on October 01, 2020, 12:46:41 PM
#Alive (2020)

Sometimes you inadvertently make a movie that comes at just the right moment. This zombie-comedy romp is entertaining and very watchable, but doesn't add that much to the genre. However the theme of the internet savvy nerd with no particular life skills being holed up in his flat while an epidemic rages outside, certainly struck a chord in these times of lockdown, making it far more popular than it would have been otherwise. Full marks for the performance of Yoo Ah-In and, as the movie is basically just him and a bunch of zombies. His character is no cool Charlton Heston in the Omega Man, but a guy who makes up in determination what he lacks in general competence. Similarly Park Shin-Hye does a great job as the level headed half of the duo.

I just watched it. I liked it a lot! Mostly for the performances of the two leads.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 02, 2020, 04:45:48 AM
"The Hunt" (2020)
Wealthy "elites" kidnap a group of "ordinary" citizens, turn them loose on the grounds of a palatial estate, and hunt them for sport. Unfortunately, one of their targets turns out to be tougher and smarter than they expected.
This ultra-violent, heavy handed social satire is part "Purge" and part "Most Dangerous Game," but it's trying too hard to be edgy and controversial. It started off promising but just got sillier as it went along. Skip it.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 03, 2020, 09:21:06 AM
"Black Metal Satanica" (2008)
Billed as "The Most Haunting and Evil Documentary Ever Made" (woooo, spooky!), this cheap looking doc on the Scandinavian Black Metal scene is pretty standard stuff -- you get a quick overview of the Mayhem/Burzum saga and the early 90s series of murders and church burnings, then lots of interviews with current purveyors of "the scene" like Watain, Mordichrist (?),  Shining, and Rimmfrost, all of whom ramble on endlessly about how much they hate Christianity, modern society, humanity in general, yadda yadda yadda. We get it, guys, you're all way evil 'n' brutal 'n' stuff.
I'm not a black metal fan at all but for some reason I still find docs like these interesting, in a "Why-the-f*ck-are-these-people-walking-around-loose" kind of way.
A better title for this movie would've been "Black Metallers is the Craziest Peoples."


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 03, 2020, 09:53:49 PM
"Ready Or Not" (2019)
On the night of her marriage into a very old fashioned, very wealthy family, a young bride (Samara Weaving) learns that her new in laws have an unusual wedding tradition - attempting to hunt and kill the newcomer, who must survive until sunrise.
A fast moving, dark-as-hell horror comedy that's kinda like an old style Agatha Christie murder mystery, but with a way bigger mean streak. Lots of sadistic fun.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on October 04, 2020, 03:45:34 AM
"Ready Or Not" (2019)
On the night of her marriage into a very old fashioned, very wealthy family, a young bride (Samara Weaving) learns that her new in laws have an unusual wedding tradition - attempting to hunt and kill the newcomer, who must survive until sunrise.
A fast moving, dark-as-hell horror comedy that's kinda like an old style Agatha Christie murder mystery, but with a way bigger mean streak. Lots of sadistic fun.

This one is a hoot!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on October 04, 2020, 03:56:18 AM
Blues Brothers (1980)

When it came out, it was all the rage at school, but it never really appealed to me. So 40 years later, I finally gave it a go. I found it a bit disappointing. It drags along from one set piece to another, it is not particularly funny and the acting tends to be wooden. It does get a lot better in the last 40 minutes or so, when things really kick off.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 04, 2020, 10:01:32 AM
"Inmate Zero" (aka "Patients of a Saint," 2020)

Death row inmates at a remote island prison off the coast of Ireland are used as medical test subjects, which of course is never a good idea. When a viral outbreak fills the place with homicidal rage-filled zombies, a small band of survivors has to fight their way out.

Think "28 Days Later" (fast zombies) crossed with "Alien 3" (prison setting, shaven-headed female badass lead character).

This British horror flick starts off strong -- there's lots of splashy gore and it makes the most of its creepy-cool setting (the movie was filmed in an actual prison)  -- but it starts running out of gas about an hour in, and by the end it's just spinning its wheels.

Not terrible, but not a must-see.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on October 04, 2020, 11:07:19 AM
I just finished watching MY FRIEND DAHMER (2017)
I tried to watch it a while back- but it was just too much. It's a very well made film.
They took something that you would see on Lifetime or ID and made a very disturbing look into the psyche of a young man going insane. If a movie is too disturbing for me, you know something is going on.
I don't know if you ever seen GUMMO (1997), but it's at that line of good or really f**ked up.

Here it is to the tune of PSYCHO KILLER

http://youtu.be/CKti7QixnJI (http://youtu.be/CKti7QixnJI)


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on October 04, 2020, 12:02:15 PM
Creepshow 2 - 80's classic remains so


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 06, 2020, 10:00:28 AM
THE DEAD ONES (2019): Four seniors are locked inside their high school at night; characters dressed as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse stalk them. It introduces an alternate timeline and things start to make little sense trodding a shaky line between sloppy surrealism and incoherence, but I like that it's not afraid to go full weird. Very divisive: it has a 3.1 IMDB rating (way too low), but was also named the best horror movie of 2019 by Film School Rejects. 2.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 06, 2020, 12:58:15 PM
"Blue Thunder" (1983)
An L.A.P.D. helicopter pilot (Roy Scheider) is assigned to test fly a new, high tech, heavily armored chopper code-named "Blue Thunder." At first he's amazed by all of the new machine's bells and whistles, but when he discovers a plot to use it against civilians, he goes rogue and hijacks it, leading to a series of aerial battles against shady government goons (led by the delightfully evil Malcolm McDowell) in the skies over the city.
John "Wargames" Badham directed this tight action-thriller that was a favorite of mine as a teenager, when it seemed to be in a constant loop on HBO. It had been years since I'd seen "Blue Thunder" but it's held up pretty well.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pacman000 on October 06, 2020, 02:45:32 PM
Alpha

A boy falls off a cliff on his first hunt, & survives the winter with a wolf/dog he caught & tamed. Sometimes slow, but still interesting.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Alex on October 06, 2020, 02:55:21 PM
The Mansion.

I was going to watch a French movie tonight, but when I hit 'Advance' on my remote to skip through the adverts, it waved a white flag. So I went with a Belgian movie instead. Nothing overly original here, a bunch of friends head off to a mansion they've rented for a new years party together. Someone starts killing them off one by one. It is one of those movies where you start wanting certain characters to get killed off because they are just annoying.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 07, 2020, 08:58:09 AM
OLIVIA (1983): Young Olivia saw her prostitute mom's murder and grows up with both man and mommy issues, until she meets an engineer Prince Charming who's planning on moving the London Bridge to Arizona. OLIVIA wants to be grindhouse Hitchcock, drowning ideas from PSYCHO and VERTIGO in a river of sleaze. 2.5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on October 07, 2020, 11:11:08 AM
TRUTH OR DARE (2017)
A flock of 20- somethings spend the night in a haunted house which forces them to play a deadly game of 'truth or dare.'
It's kinda fun sometimes in the middle, but reverts to torture for thrills.
I don't like torture movies.
Except MARK OF THE DEVIL (1970) which has Herbert Lom and Reggie Nadler.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 08, 2020, 09:52:34 AM
"Dead Ant" (2017)
A has-been '80s hair metal band are headed to a desert music festival, for what they hope will be their big comeback gig. Along the way they accidentally violate an ancient Indian curse that awakens hordes of huge, man-eating ants. Think "Spinal Tap" meets "Them!" with a bit of "Big Ass Spider!"

This tongue-firmly-in-cheek creature comedy barely scrapes the lower end of the "So-bad-it's-good" meter, thanks to the hair metal connection. I think I can guarantee that this is the only monster movie you'll ever see where the world is saved by a terribly played cover of Kix's "Blow My Fuse." Yes, really

Your mileage may vary depending on your tolerance for cheap special effects and the acting of Tom Arnold (who plays the band's manager).


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 08, 2020, 09:25:07 PM
"Jumanji: The Next Level" (2019)
The kids from the last "Jumanji" return to the dangerous video-game world once again to rescue one of their own, and they bring a few new friends along for the ride. Just as much fast-paced fun as the original.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 09, 2020, 08:57:10 AM
SUBURBAN BIRDS (2018): In China team of engineers investigate the appearance of sinkholes which are forcing them to condemn buildings; the story changes to follow a group of suburban elementary schoolers, with parallels developing between the two tales. Done with skill but it takes far too long in developing its enigmas, which don't seem worth the journey. Very art-house, not for folks here. 2/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 09, 2020, 04:29:18 PM
"The Beyond" (aka "7 Doors of Death," 1981)
A woman inherits a run-down hotel in the Louisiana bayou, but her attempts to renovate and re-open the old place are marred by a series of bizarre deaths, which may be tied to a murder at the site 50 years ago.
Lucio Fulci's artsy splatter fest is lovely to look at, even if the story has more holes in it than Swiss cheese. It may not make much sense but "Beyond" totally delivers on the gross-out gore front, with plenty of eye gougings, disembowelments, exploding heads and other assorted nastiness.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 10, 2020, 04:45:44 PM
"Dark Night of the Scarecrow" (1981)
A posse of small town yokels (led by the great Charles Durning) kill a local mentally-handicapped man, under the mistaken assumption that he harmed a little girl. The four men aren't found guilty of any crime, but then one by one they are picked off by a mysterious figure in a scarecrow outfit.
A spooky little Halloween treat, originally made for TV in 1981, which has gone on to become a cult classic.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on October 10, 2020, 04:51:37 PM
HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE - I had seen snippets of this movie, but never the whole thing.  Two stoners experience a strange odyssey of R-rated adventures as they make their way to the legendary fast-food establishment and munch off their high.  A runaway cheetah, a leprous auto mechanic with a hot wife, a horny Neil Patrick Harris, and a runaway cheetah are among the perils they face on the quest to consume junk food.  This is a wonderfully bad and hilarious film!  4/5

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD - A cynical journalist with a bitter past is sent to interview the saintly children's TV host, Fred Rogers, and experiences first hand the force of niceness incarnate.  A little slow at the start, but very well done and deeply moving by the end.  Tom Hanks is marvelous as Mr. Rogers! 4/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on October 11, 2020, 08:45:14 AM
Wavelength (1983)

This starts off SLOW. Just when you've resigned yourself that you are watching a no budget movie with lots of padding, it suddenly takes off and both the pace and the production values improve dramatically. The plot is basically ET, but with some twists and a a clever use of stock footage to make it watchable. There are even some SFX towards the end. Apart from having a washed up folk rock musician in the Canyon as its male lead, there are other links with music: the female lead is played by Cherie Currie of Runaways fame, and the score is by Tangerine Dream.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 11, 2020, 11:39:22 AM
HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE PALACE - I had seen snippets of this movie, but never the whole thing.  Two stoners experience a strange odyssey of R-rated adventures as they make their way to the legendary fast-food establishment and munch off their high.  A runaway cheetah, a leprous auto mechanic with a hot wife, a horny Neil Patrick Harris, and a runaway cheetah are among the perils they face on the quest to consume junk food.  This is a wonderfully bad and hilarious film!  4/5


You mean White "Castle," lol. Never seen the movie but I love White Castle! They're only in the Northeast and Midwest.

THE ANTENNA [BINA]: A building supervisor deals with strange occurrences after a satellite antenna is installed in his apartment building to broadcast new government-sponsored news bulletins. This Kafkaesque nightmare, inspired by life in Erdogan's Turkey, can be hard to follow, but contains some great spooky imagery and has a vibe dimly reminiscent of VIDEODROME. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 11, 2020, 09:30:29 PM
"Matinee" (1993)
In 1962 Florida, a producer of gimmicky low budget horror movies comes to town to premiere his latest creature feature ("MANT! Half Man, Half Ant!"). The kids can't wait to see the movie, while their parents are panicked by the ongoing Cuban Missile Crisis.
John Goodman is great as the William Castle-esque schlock mogul in this fun period piece by Joe "Gremlins" Dante. The goofy black and white movie-within-the-movie is fun too.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on October 12, 2020, 08:07:05 AM
WITCHES IN THE WOODS - A group of college students take a shortcut over the mountain on their way to a ski cabin, and wind up stranded in a patch of woods where a group of witches were hung back in the 1600's.  As the sun sets and the mercury drops, one by one they descend into madness and violence.  Is it an ancient witch's curse bearing fruit once more, or are they all a bunch of crazy, unlikable paranoids?  Moderately entertaining.  3/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 12, 2020, 11:25:51 AM
"Sleepaway Camp" (1983)
Foul mouthed Ricky and his strange, withdrawn cousin Angela arrive at Camp Arawak for the summer, but their fun is interrupted by a mysterious killer who starts picking off campers and counselors one by one.
...for most of its length, this cheap, cheesy slasher saga is little more than a generic, store-brand ripoff of "Friday the 13th," but it has developed a loyal cult following thanks to its infamous twist ending, which is still one of the most enduring "what the f*ck?" moments in horror film history.  It's so bad, it's almost good.
Followed by numerous sequels and at least one "reboot," none of which have been seen by me.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 13, 2020, 09:09:12 AM
"No. 1 of the Secret Service" (1977)
Suave British secret agent "Charles Bind" is assigned to find out who is murdering England's wealthiest financiers in this cheap, corny, hopelessly unfunny spoof of the James Bond series. Nicky Henson seems to be having fun parodying Roger Moore's take on Bond, but the TV sitcom-level production values and near-total lack of action made this an extremely tough slog. Imagine if they'd tried to make an "Austin Powers" movie in the '70s but forgot to make it funny, and you're in the ballpark.
AVOID.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Gabriel Knight on October 13, 2020, 03:40:38 PM
"Sleepaway Camp" (1983)
Foul mouthed Ricky and his strange, withdrawn cousin Angela arrive at Camp Arawak for the summer, but their fun is interrupted by a mysterious killer who starts picking off campers and counselors one by one.
...for most of its length, this cheap, cheesy slasher saga is little more than a generic, store-brand ripoff of "Friday the 13th," but it has developed a loyal cult following thanks to its infamous twist ending, which is still one of the most enduring "what the f*ck?" moments in horror film history.  It's so bad, it's almost good.
Followed by numerous sequels and at least one "reboot," none of which have been seen by me.

That frozen expression at the end freaked me out for sure.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 15, 2020, 08:51:09 PM
"Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers" (1988)
After four years in the looney bin, Angela's free, and working as a counselor at a new summer camp full of horny teenagers. You can probably guess how well that works out for everyone. In an odd bit of stunt casting, "Angela" is played by Bruce Springsteen's younger sister, Pamela!
Sequel to the '83 slasher shocker is much more tongue-in-cheek than the original, leaning towards horror-comedy territory, with lots of blood and boobs. It was dumb as a box of rocks, but at least it was entertaining.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on October 15, 2020, 08:56:31 PM
I really liked Sleepaway Camp not just the ending. I didn't care for the Cropsy one whatever it was called. as far as post Friday the 13th camp movies


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on October 16, 2020, 01:15:09 PM
Man in the Orange Jacket (2014) - laid off worker sneaks into the bosses house and kills him. Too bad that house is haunted or something!

message = respect the negotiating process? or is it a warning against the intoxicating power of obscene wealth? from Latvia of all places 4.5/5

(slight spoiler: that said, I didn't need not one but TWO being-killed people reaching for a knife exactly one arms length away.)

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/BsuI0mjWbhQ/movieposter.jpg)

on Tubi


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on October 16, 2020, 01:41:34 PM
^ That looks good! I'll have to watch it!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on October 16, 2020, 01:43:58 PM
It seems like Tubi is like the late night tv shows of yore, they buy whatevers cheapest and a lot of it is crap, but you can get a few movies that aare decent just unpopular


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on October 16, 2020, 01:48:56 PM
It's all I watch lately!  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on October 17, 2020, 12:45:46 PM
me too

The Woman Who Wasn't There (2012) - Def my favorite documentary I've seen in a while. A woman makes up a harrowing 9/11 escape story AND a lost her husband on 9/11 story to become involved in a victim's support group. She ultimately takes over the whole group and becomes a media star.

She cares so much about the survivors so much that she pits them gainst each other for her own advancement. unbelievable but real. She didn't technically break any laws so she's still out there somewhere 5/5

(https://elcomercio.pe/resizer/ufcHwNS7V7S16uHyCcizysSCpeU=/580x330/smart/filters:format(jpeg):quality(75)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-elcomercio.s3.amazonaws.com/public/PDYLOTSEKBDD7MDXPXB5KWHWAY.jpg)


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on October 17, 2020, 12:56:34 PM
 ^ I seen that one. What a dirtball.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on October 17, 2020, 01:12:33 PM
one review made the point that nowadays she probably would be found out a lot quicker. with twitter and "doxxing" and so forth.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on October 17, 2020, 03:08:16 PM
Maybe someday a large heavy piece of flaming concrete will fall on her head. That would be karma.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 17, 2020, 09:09:50 PM
"The Funhouse" (1981)
Four teens visit a run-down carnival and get locked inside the title attraction after closing time. If that didn't suck badly enough, it turns out that there's a homicidal, deformed something-or-other in there with them. Mayhem ensues.
Tobe "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" Hooper's stylish but ultimately pretty goofy horror flick seemed a lot scarier when I was twelve. Not only is it short on plot, but it takes for-EVER to get into gear.
The old fashioned funhouse animatronics and mechanical creatures are creepier than anything that happens in the actual movie. Sorry, Tobe.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 18, 2020, 09:19:57 AM
WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE (2018): The Blackwoods--an ailing uncle and his two shy daughters--live in a manor overlooking a New England town, shunned by the townsfolk for a dark scandal in the past. Solid, straightforward adaptation of the twisted Shirley Jackson novel. On Netflix. 3.5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 18, 2020, 11:49:36 AM
"The Stepfather" (1987)
A teenage girl suspects there's something odd about her Mom's new husband, a seemingly too-perfect man who's obsessed with maintaining old fashioned "family values."
This tight low-budget suspense thriller (with a hint of slasher-flick nastiness) has a great cast that includes Terry O'Quinn ("Lost") as the psycho Dad, Shelley "Charlie's Angels" Hack as the unsuspecting Mom, and '80s scream queen Jill Schoelen as the troubled teen.
Loosely based on the real-life case of New Jersey murderer John List -- who killed his entire family in 1971, relocated to a different state under a new name, and started a new life with a new family. He was finally caught after seventeen years (!) thanks to TV's "America's Most Wanted."
Followed by two sequels (only one of which starred O'Quinn) and a 2009 remake.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Allhallowsday on October 18, 2020, 02:34:49 PM
Maybe someday a large heavy piece of flaming concrete will fall on her head. That would be karma.

 :bouncegiggle:   :hatred:  I can't believe that made me laugh...  :bouncegiggle:  Whaddadumbiatch.   :thumbdown:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Allhallowsday on October 18, 2020, 02:43:03 PM
WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE (2018): The Blackwoods--an ailing uncle and his two shy daughters--live in a manor overlooking a New England town, shunned by the townsfolk for a dark scandal in the past. Solid, straightforward adaptation of the twisted Shirley Jackson novel. On Netflix. 3.5/5

We Have Always Lived In The Castle is my favorite piece of SHIRLEY JACKSON's writing. 


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on October 18, 2020, 03:42:51 PM
How many Shirley Jackson film adaptions are there?


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on October 18, 2020, 03:44:01 PM
WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE (2018): The Blackwoods--an ailing uncle and his two shy daughters--live in a manor overlooking a New England town, shunned by the townsfolk for a dark scandal in the past. Solid, straightforward adaptation of the twisted Shirley Jackson novel. On Netflix. 3.5/5

We Have Always Lived In The Castle is my favorite piece of SHIRLEY JACKSON's writing.  

Mine is the Haunting of Hill House- because I read it when I was 10 years old. I still think this is the scariest novel I ever read in my life.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 18, 2020, 05:44:41 PM
"Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland" (1989)
Pamela Springsteen is back for one more round as the perpetually dorky, gender-confused slasher Angela, running around the woods killing off a fresh batch of counselors at yet another summer camp. Pointless and silly.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 18, 2020, 05:59:23 PM
WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE (2018): The Blackwoods--an ailing uncle and his two shy daughters--live in a manor overlooking a New England town, shunned by the townsfolk for a dark scandal in the past. Solid, straightforward adaptation of the twisted Shirley Jackson novel. On Netflix. 3.5/5

We Have Always Lived In The Castle is my favorite piece of SHIRLEY JACKSON's writing.  

Mine is the Haunting of Hill House- because I read it when I was 10 years old. I still think this is the scariest novel I ever read in my life.


I haven't read the novel, but I'm guessing you guys wouldn't think this movie adaptation was as good as the book. My rating is for someone going in blind. You should still check it out if you can.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on October 18, 2020, 07:02:54 PM
LIFECHANGER - A shapeshifting entity moves from one body to another, killing humans in order to assume their form, but then he falls in love with a woman and pursues her through several consecutive bodies, as his host forms are lasting less and less time with age.  Cool concept, but I was so tired I didn't get much out of it. 3/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 18, 2020, 09:27:28 PM
"Terminator: Dark Fate" (2019)

Sarah Connor and a warrior woman from the future team up to protect a young Mexican girl (who as usual is Humanity's Only Hope) from the latest shape shifting Terminator model. Arnold Schwarzenegger turns up as a geriatric prior model "T," lots of things crash and explode, but in spite of all that I was still bored stiff after about an hour. This was a slog.

I think we can officially stick a fork in the Terminator franchise, it's done. Well, actually it was done at least two movies ago, but maybe they'll get the message now, cuz this one tanked at the box office and lost a metric sh*t ton of money...

(Do I need to say it?)
AVOID.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Allhallowsday on October 19, 2020, 12:45:01 AM
How many Shirley Jackson film adaptions are there?

Of course everybody knows THE HAUNTING which is a superb adaptation of SHIRLEY JACKSON's novel.  I think there's a short story for TV adaptation of The Lottery which was the story that made her famous... 

Here it is I think :

http://youtu.be/vQQoMCaUz5Y (http://youtu.be/vQQoMCaUz5Y) 



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 19, 2020, 08:55:48 AM
SHINING SEX (1975): A pair of swingers invite a stripper back to their apartment for a threesome, then possess her in order to... well, I never really figured that part out. Luscious starlet Lina Romay and her steamy, mostly lesbian sex scenes (which go right to the border of hardcore) are clearly the attraction here, and the wraparound story is... strange, and slow, and interruptive. I don't really know how to rate this, but I'll settle on a 2.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on October 19, 2020, 09:02:08 AM
How many Shirley Jackson film adaptions are there?

Of course everybody knows THE HAUNTING which is a superb adaptation of SHIRLEY JACKSON's novel.  I think there's a short story for TV adaptation of The Lottery which was the story that made her famous... 

Here it is I think :

[url]http://youtu.be/vQQoMCaUz5Y[/url] ([url]http://youtu.be/vQQoMCaUz5Y[/url]) 




I looked it up...there are actually versions from 1950, '51, '60, '69, '96, '07, and '08!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Allhallowsday on October 19, 2020, 10:49:38 AM
How many Shirley Jackson film adaptions are there?

Of course everybody knows THE HAUNTING which is a superb adaptation of SHIRLEY JACKSON's novel.  I think there's a short story for TV adaptation of The Lottery which was the story that made her famous... 
Here it is I think :
[url]http://youtu.be/vQQoMCaUz5Y[/url] ([url]http://youtu.be/vQQoMCaUz5Y[/url]) 

I looked it up...there are actually versions from 1950, '51, '60, '69, '96, '07, and '08!


I think what you're seeing are episodes titled "The Lottery" from various TV shows that are not adaptations of JACKSON's story. 


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on October 19, 2020, 12:40:16 PM
^ No- they ARE adaptions. It's on Shirley Jackson's imdb listings.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0414047/ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0414047/)


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on October 19, 2020, 02:15:34 PM
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

This is basically Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers, or perhaps more accurately the experience of playing a computer game, and getting to higher and higher levels as you gain experience, before you inevitably die. That being said, it is entertaining enough. The basic premise makes just enough sense to carry you along and the films knows its strengths and sticks to those. It is about defeating the aliens and very little else. Even the inevitable love story barely gets any screen time. Perfect if you are in the mood for a well made action/heist type movie with aliens and things exploding. The actors don't have much to do, but Tom Cruise was very convincing as a smug bastard in the beginning. He should play more bad guys.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 19, 2020, 08:34:18 PM
"Never Hike in the Snow" (2020)
The search for a missing hiker leads a sheriff's deputy into a cold-weather encounter with Jason Voorhees in the wintry ruins of Camp Crystal Lake.
This cool, well made half hour fan film is a worthy follow up to  2017's impressive "Never Hike Alone." Viewable for free on YouTube.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 20, 2020, 11:21:10 AM
SYNCHRONIC (2020): New Orleans paramedics discover that a series of bizarre deaths are linked to a new designer drug called “synchronic.” I really liked the characters and setup, but the problem is that when the sci-fi twist arrives, it’s basic and contrived, not bizarre enough to compensate for its unbelievability. 2.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Allhallowsday on October 20, 2020, 11:47:33 AM
^ No- they ARE adaptions. It's on Shirley Jackson's imdb listings.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0414047/ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0414047/)
Right you are!  I hope you can look at the 18 minute I posted; it's good!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 20, 2020, 12:14:37 PM
"Stepfather 2: Make Room For Daddy!" (1989)
The psycho Dad (Terry O'Quinn) escapes from the looney bin, adopts yet another new identity, and starts over with his efforts to build the perfect All American family, in a new town with yet another lonely divorcee. Once again, it doesn't end very well.
O'Quinn is great in this entertainingly silly, ultra-violent sequel that tweaks the original's premise just enough to keep it from being a complete retread. Unfortunately, he didn't come back for the third installment, which I have yet to see.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 21, 2020, 08:49:08 AM
TAMMY AND THE T-REX (1994): Mad scientists transfer Tammy's boyfriend's brain into a t-rex. This has a real "USA Up All Night" vibe. Unpretentiously self-aware monster comedy. Wow, was Denise Richards hot! Hard to defend on any filmmaking or artistic level, but it's an easy watch and kind of fun. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on October 21, 2020, 10:07:42 AM
^ No- they ARE adaptions. It's on Shirley Jackson's imdb listings.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0414047/ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0414047/)
Right you are!  I hope you can look at the 18 minute I posted; it's good!
I did watch it. It is good!


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 22, 2020, 09:14:35 AM
WORLD OF TOMORROW EPISODE 3: THE ABSENT DESTINATIONS OF DAVID PRIME (2020): A time-traveling clone appears to David Prime and to warn him of future danger. The characters are comically simple stick figures placed into cosmic, psychedelic backgrounds; this installment is much more plot-oriented than previous episodes, forgoing much of the philosophy but keeping the social satire (David's memories are sponsored by annoying pop-up ads for, among other things, "holograms that yell at you"). Continues the story started in the Oscar-nominated WORLD OF TOMORROW, though it could probably be watched as a standalone without any additional confusion. 30 min long, available for on demand rental only. 4/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on October 22, 2020, 12:24:17 PM
Viy (1967) -If you know one classic Russian horror movie its probably this one. The story is decent and concise, but the most appealing aspect is probably how different it looks from other movies of the era.

A monastery that's full of drunks and louts (is this accurate? or did they just not want to offend communist censors by showing actual Christians) lets out for some sort of vacation and one of them gets dragooned into reading the last rites for a witch. It ends up being a pretty harrowing task. You may have seen the gifs of painted gray hands and weird folktale skeletons around. In fact, I think they were posted here the other day!

If you're looking for a slick modern horror with Illuminati figures being a cabal behind major world regimes and so forth skip this. If you have a tolerance for older movies and want to see something different check it out. Tubi's print is excellent and the attractive younger version of the witch sweetens the deal.

4.5 /5



Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on October 22, 2020, 01:29:05 PM
^ I seen that movie some years back. Fantastic.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 22, 2020, 03:06:58 PM
I love VIY.

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/80/81/fa/8081fa729d2a5a49856a74b600521870.jpg)


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 24, 2020, 07:06:06 AM
"Tales of Halloween" (2015)
This cool anthology flick consists of ten short stories of Halloween terror, all of which take place in one small town. Segments include killer kids, a Jason-style slasher who meets his match, jack-o-lanterns with a taste for human flesh, and a kidnapping scheme that goes very wrong.
Not every story is a home run but overall this is a fun, goofy, gory flick that's become a Halloween season perennial for me. Lots of fun.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on October 24, 2020, 08:39:46 AM
the EVIL (1978)
Richard Crenna (of the RAMBO movies fame) and friends rent an old creepy house for the summer.
Of course it's haunted. Some real cheesy tropes, but watching Andrew Prine cut his hand in half with a table saw, and afterwards running around like it was nothing was funny. Real cheezy. I liked it anyway.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 24, 2020, 02:10:48 PM
WORLD OF TOMORROW EPISODE 2: THE BURDEN OF OTHER PEOPLE'S THOUGHTS (2017): Don Hertzfeld's independently-released animated sequel to the Oscar-nominated "World of Tomorrow" sees another time-traveling clone visiting little Emily (voiced by 6-year old Winona Mae), seeking to replace her purposeless mind with a copy of her original's. A bit more obviously sentimental than the original, but still with great moments of absurd humor ("It is very important that you don't think of a baby dinosaur later"), and Winona's babblings about Kittyland and such are as charming as ever. 4/5.

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER: THE SAGA OF THE VIKING WOMEN AND THEIR VOYAGE TO THE WATERS OF THE GREAT SEA SERPENT: This is the episode where, for some reason, all of the host segments are about waffles. Despite the impressive title and some actual special effects, the movie itself is a barely less boring than the usual Roger Corman cheapie of the era, but the home economics short gives Joel and the bots some excellent opportunities to turn chaste 50s gals into teenage rebels ("will she smoke thin black cigarettes and reject the triune God?") 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on October 24, 2020, 07:56:50 PM
Nightmare Castle - Barbara Steele looks very nice in this black and white horror flick, but the plot is not exactly Hitchcock level. A weird count or lives in a castle with his wife Muriel (Steele) and their maid, who is actually some sort of witch or something. That aspect isn't really explored at all. He does dastardly deeds and gaslight Muriel's sister, als0 played by Steele. It seems like the director really didn't understand what to do with the supernatural elements so you're left with a pretty bland crime story. There a shorter version I'd opt for that one

3.25/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: indianasmith on October 24, 2020, 09:48:47 PM
WASHING MACHINE (1999) - This is an Italian giallo (which, as near as I can translate, is Italian for "Boobs and bodies") about a police inspector who gets called when this girl supposedly finds a dismembered body in her washing machine - but passes out from shock, and when she wakes up, the washing machine is empty and all the blood is gone.  In the course of the investigation, the inspector meets all three of her sisters, and winds up breaking up with his girlfriend and having sex with all four sisters at one time or another.  Pretty much every woman in this film appears nude at some point, and the plot is a muddled mess, but the cinematography and the women are beautiful, even if the English dubbing is rather poor.  Still, free on Amazon Prime, so it's worth a watch.  Who puts a dismembered body in a washing machine, anyway?

4/5 on the bad movie scale, 2/5 on the "regular" movie scale.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: RCMerchant on October 24, 2020, 10:21:19 PM
Nightmare Castle - Barbara Steele looks very nice in this black and white horror flick, but the plot is not exactly Hitchcock level. A weird count or lives in a castle with his wife Muriel (Steele) and their maid, who is actually some sort of witch or something. That aspect isn't really explored at all. He does dastardly deeds and gaslight Muriel's sister, als0 played by Steele. It seems like the director really didn't understand what to do with the supernatural elements so you're left with a pretty bland crime story. There a shorter version I'd opt for that one

3.25/5

Ah- I would disagree with that assesment. I think it's a great Italian horror film.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: El Misfit on October 24, 2020, 10:44:58 PM
Finally saw Beetlejuice from the beginning, usually I catch it at the dinner table scene. Fun movie to sit through.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on October 25, 2020, 05:11:13 AM
Beyond the Rising Moon (1987)

This is apparently also known as 'Outerworld' (which doesn't fit the movie any better). This could have been a decent SF action movie, but is completely let down by the execution. The plot is very straightforward. A derelict spaceship is discovered and sinister corporation sends Penta their synthetic superhuman assassin in to prevent another corporation from claiming the ship. However, the Penta sees this as a chance to gain her freedom, so she sets off with a Han Solo rip off to claim the derelict for herself, chased by the sinister corporation.

A lot of effort has gone into the photography, set design and scale models, which are quite good for a film of this era, especially as it is the director's debut. In fact, he likes the sets so much that there are quite a few shots of the empty sets. And of spaceships landing. Which leads into the main problem: the director can't do an action scene to save his life. Fight scenes are basically just Penta throwing one punch in the general direction of the goon, at which the goon crumples up and never moves again. Even the worst fights in Blake's 7 are more exciting. Gunfights and space battles aren't much better. As for the acting, while not painfully bad, it is not very inspiring either, and the script doesn't help. Tracy Davis (who starred in just this one and then did not much else) certainly has the visual presence for this role, but fails to make the 'robotic killer finding her humanity' aspect work.

Finally, there are some strangely dated aspects. 8000 dollars in cash will pay for instellar travel with no questions asked. And in what is now my favourite scene in cheap SF: at one point the Han Solo rip off decides to call the cops. To do this, he has to locate a pay phone, only to discover that he doesn't have any small change on him.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pacman000 on October 25, 2020, 12:25:11 PM
I generally liked Beyond the Rising Moon, but it is kinda slow. There’s an interview with the director on this site! Here: http://www.badmovies.org/interviews/philcook/ (http://www.badmovies.org/interviews/philcook/)


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: pacman000 on October 25, 2020, 04:00:40 PM
Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald, Larry Buchanan, 1964

Docudrama Purporting to examine the evidence against Oswald in a fictional jury trial. Starts out feeling rather weighty, but drags on & becomes as fun as real jury duty. Some nice old-time shots of Dallas. At the end of the movie an attorney comes out & says Oswald was most likely going to be convicted. The evidence may have been circumstantial, but it was strong. Decent acting, tho the prosecutor was a bit hammy & some witnesses were a bit wooden. Occasional editing goofs; characters looking the wrong way after a camera angle change, etc.

Buchanan could’ve become a good director, but from what I’ve seen he got worse with each movie he made.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 25, 2020, 08:33:13 PM
"Monster Dog" (1984)
A rock star (a sickly looking Alice Cooper, who was fresh outta rehab at this time) returns to his old family estate to shoot his latest music video. A pack of wild dogs has been killing people all over the area, and the video crew soon learns that it may he tied to the rocker's troubled past.

...this notorious Spanish/Italian "Howling" wanna-be was written and directed by Claudio Fragasso, later of "Troll 2" fame, which should tell you everything you need to know. The story is virtually incomprehensible, the dialogue is wooden, and the dubbing and special effects suck. (The only time you hear Alice's real voice is during his two musical numbers; the rest of the time, his lines are dubbed by another actor.)
This one's a slog, even for the most diehard Alice Cooper fans and/or B-Movie masochists.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Dr. Whom on October 26, 2020, 03:03:44 PM
I generally liked Beyond the Rising Moon, but it is kinda slow. There’s an interview with the director on this site! Here: [url]http://www.badmovies.org/interviews/philcook/[/url] ([url]http://www.badmovies.org/interviews/philcook/[/url])


Thanks for pointing that out. I fully agree when he says
"On the artist side, I love building these places; caverns, aircraft, spacecraft, tunnels, robots, all this stuff. "

It shows in the movie. There is a lot of miniature stuff, matte paintings and the like, lovingly filmed and remarkably good for so small a production. The internet informs me that for the DVD release under the title Outerworld, he went all George Lucas and cleaned up the original effects, adding CGI and the like. I saw the original version, which is knocking about on Youtube somewhere.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 27, 2020, 01:59:19 PM
IT WAS A COLOSSAL TEENAGE MOVIE MACHINE: THE AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL PICTURES STORY (2015): If you ever wanted to know the history of the independent studio that brought the world such titles as I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF and the BEACH PARTY series and launched the career of Roger Corman, among others, this specialist documentary will scratch that itch. Although AIP movies seem cheap, campy and innocent, it's interesting to see how cynical the studio was in finding a niche (movies aimed at the new teenage demographic) and exploiting it in the most cost-effective way possible. Buried as a special feature on the VIKING WOMEN AND THE SEA SERPENT MST3K disc, where it will find a small but appreciative audience. 3/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 27, 2020, 02:48:29 PM
"Tunnels" (aka "Criminal Act," 1989)

Tubi bamboozled me on this one. I had never heard of this movie, but I was intrigued by their capsule plot description, which said "Beneath the streets of New York, two reporters investigate sightings of giant rats in the city's sewer system." From that, I was expecting to see some cheap subterranean monster action ala C.H.U.D. or Alligator. No such luck.

Instead, this dull as dirt, no budget pseudo-thriller features two lady reporters whose pursuit of the rat legend ends up with them stumbling into a plot by a crooked land developer to kidnap the local homeless population and sell them to human traffickers ... or something like that. No giant rats, no monsters. Boooooo! Well, at least one of the reporters was played by Catherine "Daisy Duke" Bach, who still can't act her way out of a paper bag, but she wore a short skirt for the whole movie.

So unless you're still maintaining that boyhood crush on Ms. Bach (like me) there's absolutely no reason to sit through this flick, which fails at being a horror film, a suspense thriller, or even a "good" bad movie.

AVOID.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 28, 2020, 09:17:58 AM
 (inspired by a discussion thread on this forum)

"Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship, and Video Tape" (2010)
A documentary about the "Video Nasties" hysteria that gripped Britain during the early '80s home video boom. When certain moral guardians and government stooges decided that gory horror films like "I Spit On Your Grave" and "Evil Dead" were going to turn England's children into serial killers or criminals, they attempted to classify them as "obscene" so they could be banned. Interviews with important figures on both sides of the argument, some unintentionally hilarious vintage news clips, and lots of gory highlights from various "Nasties" illustrate this bizarre censorship saga.
I guess this could be considered the British equivalent of the PMRC controversy that was going on in America at the same time, when Tipper Gore and her bored-housewife pals were trying to keep Motley Crue records out of the nation's K-Marts. :D


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: lester1/2jr on October 28, 2020, 02:19:22 PM
Fascination (2004) - IMDB reviews are polarized: most either 1 or 9-10. They're both right. awesomely cheesy and sordid drama/ thriller with genuine suspense, strong plot and really corny dialogue and embarrassing acting. Adrianne Lynne with a lobotomy. It reminded me distantly of that movie Blue Crush anyone remember it? a tropical guilty pleasure

http://youtu.be/-32R9_PedPo?t=2764 (http://youtu.be/-32R9_PedPo?t=2764) "what does that f**king mean!" 5/5


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 29, 2020, 09:40:49 AM
BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM (2020): Disgraced Kazakh journalist Borat returns to the U.S., daughter in tow, to deliver a bribe to some high-ranking member of the Trump administration. Partly scripted and partly improvised with unsuspecting dupes, Sascha Baron Cohen does a good job of returning a character who's all too familiar, using new disguises and his daughter Tutar (Maria Bakalova) to put one over on unsuspecting yahoos. This one is explicitly political and, needless to say, Trump fans can give it one star without bothering to watch it. 3.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Trevor on October 29, 2020, 09:07:58 PM
(inspired by a discussion thread on this forum)

"Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship, and Video Tape" (2010)
A documentary about the "Video Nasties" hysteria that gripped Britain during the early '80s home video boom. When certain moral guardians and government stooges decided that gory horror films like "I Spit On Your Grave" and "Evil Dead" were going to turn England's children into serial killers or criminals, they attempted to classify them as "obscene" so they could be banned. Interviews with important figures on both sides of the argument, some unintentionally hilarious vintage news clips, and lots of gory highlights from various "Nasties" illustrate this bizarre censorship saga.
I guess this could be considered the British equivalent of the PMRC controversy that was going on in America at the same time, when Tipper Gore and her bored-housewife pals were trying to keep Motley Crue records out of the nation's K-Marts. :D

I just watched that: I thought the apartheid censors were bad but this lot: Eish. Graham Bright comes across as a class 1 a hole.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 30, 2020, 08:52:58 AM
PSYCHOMAGIC, A HEALING ART (2019): Alejandro Jodorowsky (EL TOPO, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN) describes his own form of psychotherapy, which involves patients smashing pumpkins with family member's faces on them, covering themselves in gold paint and wandering around the town square reciting poetry, or recreating their own births. Undoubtedly engaging in rituals can help with some psychological issues---among those who don't mind looking ridiculous---but despite one impressive case (the stutterer) this doc doesn't convince that psychomagic is the psychotherapeutic revolution Jodorowsky wants us to believe in. 2.5/5.


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Trevor on October 30, 2020, 01:39:32 PM
My neighbors, doing the wild thing  :wink:


Title: Re: Recent Viewings, Part 2
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 30, 2020, 03:52:37 PM
This one was so memorable I forgot to write it up after I watched it last week.

WELCOME TO THE CIRCLE (2020): After a bear mauling, a man and his daughter encounter a strange cult in the woods. Some possibly interesting musings about the ways ideology might affect reality get lost in a barrage of confusing, on-the-cheap horror-surrealist twists. 1.5/5.