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« Reply #6990 on: December 02, 2013, 11:35:10 AM »

I Need That Record! (2008)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OePVFP7NJrQ

A documentary about the endangered species known as the independent record store, which (as we all know) is disappearing from the American landscape at an alarming rate.

According to the comments from high powered indie rock types like Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Mike Watt (the Minutemen) and Ian MacKaye (Fugazi) the loss of the corner record store isn't just a symptom of the problems in the music business, but of the corporate, big-box homogenization of American culture in general.

(In other words, kids: Music = good. Big Business = bad. Mmmm-kay?)

Obviously this flick isn't gonna tell you anything you don't already know, but it's a fun watch due to the various 'characters' that are interviewed (shop owners, customers, musicians, etc.) ... plus the clips of people happily rooting through stacks of dusty LPs and CDs will bring back pleasant memories of the pre-digital age for music junkies...



I always thought the vinyl business was (still) blooming. Though word has it that collecting vinyl is something that "hipsters" do  TeddyR
A little story I always like to share: My niece used to work for a German company manufacturing record players. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt sent in an order for a (expensive) record player system while they where staying in Berlin when Pitt was filming Inglourious Basterds.
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« Reply #6991 on: December 02, 2013, 01:57:52 PM »

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I always thought the vinyl business was (still) blooming. Though word has it that collecting vinyl is something that "hipsters" do


I haven't bought anything on vinyl since the late 80s, so I wouldn't know...I don't even have a turntable to play it on anymore, haha. It's CDs or nothin' for me.

But seriously, as I understand it vinyl sales have been growing fairly steadily over the past few years but vinyl is still mainly a niche/collector kind of thing, it's not moving enough product to save the music industry, which has been on a near constant downward spiral since the late 90s.
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« Reply #6992 on: December 02, 2013, 07:40:13 PM »

certain things can sound amazing on vinyl. I have some Morricone and jazz stuff I wouldn' t even attempt o listen to on anything else.

Twisted Nightmare (1987) - Friday the 13th rip off w/ decent atmosphere and one funny guy who for some reason is p**sed at everyone and is like f**k you throughout the whole thing and has a mustache (and a hot blonde girlfriend). The rest lacks originality and suspense. watched on youtube, dubbed from vhs and my player is messed up so even worse quality. like my life 2.5/5
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« Reply #6993 on: December 03, 2013, 10:15:43 AM »

Continuing with the "Movies about Record Stores" theme (which began earlier this week with "I Need That Record")....

High Fidelity (2000)

http://www.youtube.com/v/Svn3TDuSnIk

After being dumped by his latest girlfriend, a list-obsessive music junkie and Chicago record store owner (John Cusack) re-evaluates his many disastrous attempts at finding love in this dryly amusing comedy. Cusack's constant breaks through the 'fourth wall' where he addresses the viewer directly are hilarious, and so is Jack Black as an insanely elitist rock-snob  record store employee (who proudly wears a Yanni tour shirt!).

Romantic comedies are not usually my 'thang' but this one gets a pass because of the excellent performances and its rock 'n' roll edge.
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« Reply #6994 on: December 04, 2013, 12:06:46 AM »

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

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In this oddball holiday fantasy/adventure flick (with just a teeny hint of horror) from Finland, a mining expedition atop a Finnish mountain has uncovered the long lost burial site of the original Santa Claus... who, as it turns out, isn't quite as dead, or as jolly, as they expected. Now it's up to a group of local yokels and one brave kid to save Christmas, and the world from the evil that's been unleashed...

If you can imagine John Carpenter's 'The Thing' re-imagined as a holiday special, you're almost in the ballpark of this totally weird, yet totally enjoyable, flick.
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« Reply #6995 on: December 04, 2013, 03:14:06 AM »

Lurkers (1988)

Washington Heights, New York 1973: ten year old Cathy must endure night terrors in form of zombified ghosts visiting her bed every day. If that wasn't enough the evil spirit of a pale ghost girl is trying to kill her, and her crazy mother almost succeeds in stabbing her. 15 years later, Cathy is now a musician about to get married, but her soon-to-be husband is cheating on her. Cathy's old nightmares are back haunting her, plus a mysterious lady is trying to warn her NOT to visit her old childhood apartment. But Cathy visits the place anyway and soon enough learns the reason why she is tormented by demons...

Loosely based on The Sentinel (1977), director Roberta Findlay unleashes the cheese in this cheap supernatural horror film. Findlay has the gift of making all her films look like amateur porn. They have this sleazy gutter feel to it, and production values resemble home video quality. Lurkers has always been my least favorite of Findlay's 1980s horror output, but it has grown on me over the years. 3.25/5
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« Reply #6996 on: December 04, 2013, 07:35:17 AM »

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1973) - another one from that Dan Curtis collection I bought. A guy has a portrait painted of him and for some unknown reason, when he commits evil acts it's reflected in the portrait instead of on his face, so he stays young and good looking. We only made it halfway through this, it's positively the most boring movie I've seen in years. It's sort of done as a stage play with some characters talking in this room, then some characters talking in that room, etc. It's utterly bereft of any drama whatsoever and the main character is "stiff as a board" as my wife put it. Needless to say there aren't any likable or sympathetic characters; Gray is just an empty shell who, well saying he talks makes it sound too lifelike - he produces dialogue. Half of which is him narrating the thing. I guess Dan Curtis was looking to save a few bucks so all the theme music is lifted directly from the Dark Shadows TV show. We had to take a break after half an hour just to stay awake for the next half hour, and there was still 50 minutes to go Lookingup 1.5/5.
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« Reply #6997 on: December 04, 2013, 10:01:45 AM »

AKIRA (1988): Government experiments turn a punk biker into a raging telekinetic maniac who trashes the depraved future city of Neo Tokyo. Never mind the plot, this groundbreaking anime is a neon feast of ultraviolence, hallucination and destruction; the Japanese have been trying to remake this gory cyberpunk classic for over two decades now, but nothing really matches the original. 4.5/5.

PHILOMENA (2013, theatrical viewing): A cynical journalist, recently sacked after a spin-doctoring scandal, agrees to do a human interest story to get back in the game: the tale of Philomena, a simple Irish matron searching for the son who was adopted from her when she was a teenage girl living at a home for unwed mothers. Tear-jerking drama, some comedy from Judi Dench as the guileless Philomena, and even a touch of mystery turn this based-a-on-a-true-story weepie into a superior diversion. 3.5/5.
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« Reply #6998 on: December 05, 2013, 08:15:22 AM »

Dr. No (1962) - Bond (Sean Connery) goes to Jamaica to investigate the murder of one of their agents, and soon finds a mysterious bad guy, Dr. No, is somehow disrupting the flight of various NASA rockets. Classic Bond all the way Thumbup Oh it's a bit on the cheesy side and there's probably not as much action as later movies, but Connery more than makes up for that just with his presence on the screen. And then there's Ursula Andress running around in a bikini too TeddyR 4.5/5.

Voices of the Andes (2009) - sort of a documentary of sorts about the old Inca trail that winds its way through the Andes mountains. We get interviews with residents in various villages along the way. We only hear the interviewees, never the interviewer, and they just talk about whatever they feel like. It gives you a real feel for what life is like in these tiny, poor villages. Between interviews we get lots of slow camera pans of the beautiful scenery accompanied by some pretty darned good music, very moody. I really liked this, it's extremely relaxing as well as informative.  Almost has a Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii feel to it. 5/5 - if you're in the mood for it.
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« Reply #6999 on: December 06, 2013, 07:40:27 AM »

Seedpeople (1992) - Full Moon's take on the Invasion of the Body Snatchers story. A guy goes to a small town to see if he can dig up the remains of a meteorite that fell there hundreds of years ago. Of course he stays at a bed and breakfast run by his ex-girlfriend and her daughter. The daughter thinks the housekeeper is a monster, and it's not long before they notice various townsfolk getting together in the woods at night and digging something up. This was okay; I've never been much of a fan of the whole body snatchers story, I guess I just don't find it too interesting. At least this threw in some extra stuff, like the body snatched people could turn into cool and cheesy monsters. The characters were likable enough I guess. A pleasant enough waste of 90 minutes. 3/5.
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« Reply #7000 on: December 06, 2013, 09:15:49 AM »

Humanoids from the Deep (1980
http://www.youtube.com/v/enKt54W9P7I

Scientists messin' with the DNA of salmon accidentally produce a horde of horny mutant fish-men who invade a Pacific Northwest fishing village and start matin' with the wimmen folk (!!) in this classic drive-in sickie from Roger Corman's New World Pictures. This dirty-minded update of Creature From the Black Lagoon was notorious in its day for its graphic gore and rampant misogyny.

Fun facts: Humanoids was directed by a woman (!), but according to the DVD bonus features, the more rape-tastic scenes were supposedly shot after the fact by an assistant director and spliced into the film without her knowledge at the request of Corman himself, who thought the original cut didn't have enough sex in it. When the horrified lady director saw the final product she unsuccessfully sued to take her name off the picture, and one of the female cast members took to the talk-show circuit to denounce the film.

...this, of course, is why we love Roger Corman. Way to stay classy, Roger!!  BounceGiggle
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« Reply #7001 on: December 06, 2013, 10:59:42 AM »

Black Christmas (European Version) (2006) (Blu-ray)

Sorority sisters must fight for their lives on Christmas eve: deranged Billy who used to live in the same sorority house escaped the mental institution and is heading back home.

Loud, fast and bloody. This over-the-top remake makes for a fun watch if you view it as cheese. The killings are rather vicious and brutal, but the female cast is quite likeable even though they play mostly b***hes. 5/5
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« Reply #7002 on: December 06, 2013, 12:28:10 PM »

A HIJACKING (2012): Somali pirates seize a Danish freighter and demand millions of dollars in ransom for safe return of the crew. This worthy companion to CAPTAIN PHILLIPS focuses equally on the experience of a hostage cook and the tense negotiations between the captors and the CEO of the freight company.  4/5.
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« Reply #7003 on: December 06, 2013, 02:12:09 PM »

Lovelines (1984)

Two rivaling high schools are preparing for a battle-of-the-bands event with a possible record deal for the winner. There's the girl band "Firecats" sounding like a mix between Olivia Newton-John & Pat Benatar, and there's the all-guys "metal" group "Racer" sounding like Rick Springfield. The two lead singer of each band fall in love but the girl's giant protective muscle-head boyfriend (or brother?) interferes with two-fisted arguments.
Typical 80s comedy with nudity and raunchy sex jokes (including infantile prank at porn theater), but there's also a tender romance "Romeo & Juliet" style. Sympathetic cast, lots of cheese. I actually enjoyed the songs. A bit corny but catchy for sure. 4/5
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« Reply #7004 on: December 07, 2013, 07:06:32 AM »

Where the Boys Are '84 (1984)

Four girlfriends spent ten days at Ft. Lauderdale during Spring Break. They party, they have fun and they are willing to have sex but life can be complicated and love and sex are two different worlds.
Very reserved teen comedy, as in hardly any nudity and sex at all. There is a continuing "let's get crazy & paaarty" vibe throughout, but the movie never goes beyond that. They talk about relationships and doing the right thing and worry if they did the wrong thing. So, in the end this film is a mixed bag of some sorts. Not good enough to be taken seriously, not bad enough to dismiss. There is plenty of 80s cheese so that is better than nothing. 2.75/5
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