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« Reply #7290 on: March 09, 2014, 01:48:34 PM »

Last night I watched a British "found footage" film called A WARNING TO THE CURIOUS.
It took a very long time to get going, and when you combine very thick British accents with the main character's tendency to mumble and very poor sound quality, that left about half the dialogue incomprehensible.  The ending was sort of cool, but it did not make up for what a pain this film was to watch.
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« Reply #7291 on: March 09, 2014, 04:07:18 PM »

Have you seen Last Day On Mars?
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« Reply #7292 on: March 09, 2014, 04:53:41 PM »

Alone With Her (2006) -  A voyeur guy sets his sites on a hot Spanish chick. He begins spying on her heavily so he can learn what she likes and pretend he likes them when he oh so accidentally happens upon her at a coffee shop. As a bonus he gets lots of footage of her hanging out scantily clad and so forth. Sounds like a pretty good plan right? The only problem is, hard to believe, he's creepy and has an off putting personality. Can he use technology to make up for his personality defects? Should we feel ashamed we are actually rooting for him at some points?

It's a cool movie and it's gimmick where pretty much the whole thing is seen through spy cams is different. I think the lady would have been a little suspicious about this guy having the exact same likes and dislikes as her all the time among other spoiler ish things that I won't get into. I liked it and got worked up about some of the stuff "NO please don't tell me he killed the dog. I'll kill myself if he killed the dog." Not to be confused with "Talk To Her" the Almodovar movie



4.25 /5
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« Reply #7293 on: March 10, 2014, 12:12:12 PM »

The Monster Squad (1987) (Blu-ray)

Rude, a bit offensive, shallow unsympathetic cliche characters (the obese kid is simply called "the fat kid"), great production values and f/x, rip-off plot (The Goonies, Explorers), borderline R-Rated gore and horror violence. Too graphic for a Family film, too childish for grown ups. The Monster Squad breaks every rule, and that's why it is a cult movie. 4/5
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« Reply #7294 on: March 11, 2014, 09:49:31 AM »

GOODBYE UNCLE TOM (1971): Italian filmmakers travel back in time to make a scathing documentary about slavery in the American South. With underage rape, teeth knocked out for force feeding, mass enemas, massacres of both blacks and whites, bizarre comedy routines, and characters speaking lines from actual pro-slavery texts of the 1800s, this experiment from the makers of MONDO CANE is a baffling mix of tasteless exploitation and biting satire. 3.5/5, but beware---this is strong, gross, disturbing "slavesploitation."
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« Reply #7295 on: March 11, 2014, 04:14:22 PM »

It said a lot about the moral degradation and even the economic inefficiency of the institution of slavery.
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« Reply #7296 on: March 11, 2014, 04:35:56 PM »

It said a lot about the moral degradation and even the economic inefficiency of the institution of slavery.

It raises a lot of questions, but since everyone is already against slavery most of the questions I had revolved around the filmmaker's techniques and motivations. The ending was actually kind of courageous filmmaking. All of Franco & Prosperi's movies are like this: very cynical, with tons of exploitation sitting alongside some serious artistic content.
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« Reply #7297 on: March 12, 2014, 06:38:00 AM »

Mansquito (2005) - so there's a new virus that's being spread by mosquitoes, and a scientist (Musetta Vander) is working on finding a cure. Unfortunately a convict breaks into her lab and shoots the place up, exposing himself to something that turns him into...Mansquito!!! So the scientist teams up with her boyfriend (Corin Nemec) who just happens to be the chief detective on the police force and they try to track down Mansquito before he kills more people. This started out kind of slow with too much time spent on the totally unconvincing romance between Vander and Nemec, but picked up pretty well in the second half. Surprisingly gory in parts, and with a nice sense of fun about it. 3.5/5.

Mutant aka Night Shadows (1984) - a couple of guys are on vacation out in the country and get stranded in a small town. As luck would have it there's a chemical company dumping toxic waste into the water supply and causing the local residents to turn into some pretty comical looking zombies.  



Will the police arrive just in time to save the day? This was decent, the characters were interesting and the plot was weird enough to keep me watching. 3.5/5.
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« Reply #7298 on: March 12, 2014, 08:43:57 AM »

Rev- well, it's easy to say you're against slavery but they actually show WHY, showing rather than telling is real art.

Fatty Girl goes to New York (Cicciabomba ) (1982)  - Speaking of real art this certainly isn't. I thought it was going to be a sex comedy. There's no sex and it's not funny. There were a couple times I laughed but only because it was so bad. When I say "no sex" I don't mean just no nudity. The Jerry Lewis style cornball comedy completely eradicates any sexuality AT ALL. Pamela's Prayer is more sensual than this.



A fat radio DJ at a Catholic high school or something gets teased all the time for being fat. She even gets set up in a terrible popular guy pretends to like her only to humiliate her thing. She goes to New York and loses weight. The less fun second half is her revenge on the guy and whatnot.

There are some pretty girls even if they aren't showcased very well and some of the slapstick comedy is amusing but it was a hard road to make it to the end. Anita Ekberg has a cameo but she's like 70. one funny thing is how cheap all the New York shots are, obviously like 4 of them went there with one camera.

2.5 /5  ugh
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« Reply #7299 on: March 12, 2014, 05:51:38 PM »

I recently discovered that the Toronto public library has just about every criterion collection dvd available to order for rental. I have been taking advantage of this and have a ton heading to my branch ready for watching. One of the first I watched was...

The Lost Honor of Katherina Blum (1975) A young women has a one night stand with a stranger and the consequences destroy her. The man is a suspected terrorist and the very next day government and media wage an all out war against Katherina's past, future and present.

A pointed attack on media manipulation and it's affect on the public this one is hardly subtle in its intentions. Restored by criterion it certainly doesn't look dated, and its relevance in a post 9/11 world is instantly apparent. This is kind of a hard film to review. On one hand its very well made and gets across its point loud and clear. On the other there's nothing really entertaining about it which is likely by design. As it is it's a film that I appreciate rather than enjoy.
Katharina Blum trailer
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« Reply #7300 on: March 12, 2014, 06:05:37 PM »

Criterion rereleased Carnival of Souls, Nightmare Alley, and Ace in the Hole just of the top of my head
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« Reply #7301 on: March 13, 2014, 06:24:25 AM »

Tried watching Crimson Force (2005) last night but turned it off two-thirds of the way through. Some people go to Mars and aren't the least bit surprised to find people living there in a big pyramid (even though this is the first manned Mars mission). Heck they even know which button to push on the Martian control panel to open a door and stuff like that. The head of the Martian warrior caste wants to kill the head of the other caste and wants the Earthling guy to do it, blah blah blah. It's all ripped off from Stargate SG-1. None of the characters really take any of this junk seriously, even when the Martians are trying to kill them they escape and a couple minute later are chatting about minutia as if they're just spending the day in the park or something. Most annoying is that some of the characters are like "Hi I work for a corporation, so I'm evil" and some are like "Hi I work for the government so I'm good." They don't even say which branch of the government they work for; wouldn't most astronauts say they work for NASA, not "the government"? The whole thing is just terribly written and terribly directed. 1.5/5.
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« Reply #7302 on: March 13, 2014, 06:46:50 AM »

Hole just of the top of my head

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« Reply #7303 on: March 13, 2014, 08:37:04 AM »

it's just off the top kind of near my ear. vhs input
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« Reply #7304 on: March 13, 2014, 10:31:42 AM »

GRETTA [AKA DEATH WISH CLUB, THE DARK SIDE TO LOVE] (1984): A med student falls in love with a piano-playing porn star, then her Platonic sugar daddy invites them to join a club where the members play elaborate versions of Russian roulette. There's another twist. This starts out as a sleazy melodrama, then turns into a bad (and still sleazy) episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." This was edited down into the second episode of NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR. The full movie is a bonus feature on the DVD but I didn't realize it for a long time and just discovered it last night. It's a terrible movie but a pretty strange one, and fans of bad writing (the script seems improvised), bad acting, and frequent nudity may enjoy it. 3/5 on a bad/curiosity scale.
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