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« Reply #7635 on: June 12, 2014, 12:33:14 PM »

Last night's double feature . . .
ROBOCOP (2013) It's not a bad movie.  Really it's not. There are some great performances, especially by Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman.  That being said, it's just NOT Robocop.  It's too clean, to sanitized, and not nearly violent or gritty enough to come anywhere close to the original film - one of the most violent yet compelling pieces of sci-fi I have ever seen.  But, if you wanted a version of ROBOCOP you could show to your 10 year old, I guess this would serve.

Next on the list was BUCK WILD - Four best friends head for a Texas hunting lodge for a long weekend of drinking, hanging out, and shooting wild animals. Unfortunately, they arrive just as a zombie outbreak is hitting, and one of them gets bitten . . . pretty good zom-com, actually, with moments of hilarious dialogue, and some decent gore effects here and there. Not a bad way to kill an hour and a half.
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« Reply #7636 on: June 12, 2014, 01:59:53 PM »

Batman(1989)

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope(1977)

Indiana Jones & the Kingdom Of the Crystal Skulls(2008)

Predator(1987)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter(2012)
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« Reply #7637 on: June 12, 2014, 03:50:15 PM »

^ I was less taken with China Syndrome than brother Jasesf. I thought it was pretty standard non descript disaster genre claptrap

Blue is the Warmest Color (2013) - This is a great movie. It's 3 hours long, but it's just the director's laid back sort of style. He lets dialogue play out for a long time. They show the girl teaching a kindergarten class and it goes on and you're like "okay she enjoys teaching the class and the kids like her and this has been established".

A hot girl tries to date but realizes she doesn't really like guys that much. She comes across a lesbian with blue hair who tickles her fancy and then they get it on in the grand manner. This movie is controversial for it's sex scenes. It centers around one in particular that is about 10 minutes long and leaves nothing to the imagination. Folks, they are doing it. They're both very pretty and they are in there doing porno sex in a regular movie. It's disorientating. The director went all in and you have to give him credit for that. If this movie had sucked it probably would have been very embarassing for the two (straight ) leads but it's a great picture.

I'd highly recommend this one. The guy is a really good filmmaker and the actresses know what they're doing. 5/5
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« Reply #7638 on: June 12, 2014, 09:56:23 PM »

"RoboCop" (2014) Big budget remake of the 1987 cult classic (which also happens to be my favorite movie of all time) is slicker and more high tech than the original, but it's not nearly as much fun. This could've used a dose of the '87 version's black humor, cuz this "Robo" takes itself way too seriously.
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« Reply #7639 on: June 13, 2014, 05:58:07 AM »

Arctic Predator (2010) - imagine The Thing as a Sci-Fi Channel Original starring Dean Cain. Do you want to imagine such a thing? The monster was the most blatantly bargain-basement piece of CGI imaginable. Up in Boa vs. Python territory. Dean Cain did his usual acting job and the rest of the performances ranged from average to poor. I guess it wouldn't have been too bad of movie if not for, well everything but mostly that goofy ice creature. 2.5/5.
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« Reply #7640 on: June 13, 2014, 08:47:59 AM »


Blue is the Warmest Color (2013) - This is a great movie. It's 3 hours long, but it's just the director's laid back sort of style. He lets dialogue play out for a long time. They show the girl teaching a kindergarten class and it goes on and you're like "okay she enjoys teaching the class and the kids like her and this has been established".

A hot girl tries to date but realizes she doesn't really like guys that much. She comes across a lesbian with blue hair who tickles her fancy and then they get it on in the grand manner. This movie is controversial for it's sex scenes. It centers around one in particular that is about 10 minutes long and leaves nothing to the imagination. Folks, they are doing it. They're both very pretty and they are in there doing porno sex in a regular movie. It's disorientating. The director went all in and you have to give him credit for that. If this movie had sucked it probably would have been very embarassing for the two (straight ) leads but it's a great picture.

I'd highly recommend this one. The guy is a really good filmmaker and the actresses know what they're doing. 5/5

Surprised you liked this one lester. I watch more slow-paced French movies than most people and this one was boring to me. The acting was great, though, and I did cast my vote for Adèle Exarchopoulos as Best Actress.

HANDS OF DEATH [AKA THE TONGFATHER] (1974): Two king fu cops investigate an opium smuggling ring with an endless supply of henchmen to thrash. Decent fighting and a couple of surprising scenes make this acceptable second-tier martial arts entertainment. 2.5 or even 3/5 for chopsocky fans.
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« Reply #7641 on: June 13, 2014, 04:39:01 PM »

I liked the director's style. The couple drifting apart for reasons the viewers could see was riveting.
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« Reply #7642 on: June 13, 2014, 04:49:29 PM »

I liked the director's style. The couple drifting apart for reasons the viewers could see was riveting.

The last couple of scenes were great, but personally I never would have made it to them if I hadn't committed to watch the film.

This is funny, obviously very NSFW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIjJ_VtU9PA (real lesbians react to BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR sex scene: "like an infomercial for a kitchen product")
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« Reply #7643 on: June 13, 2014, 04:52:24 PM »

Lester, I liked China Syndrome for its acting (particularly Lemmon, Fonda & Douglas although Douglas's character could have perhaps been fleshed out a little more), its portrayal of the media seems spot on, and it deals with a very timely issue in its day (safety of nuclear power)...wasn't long after this film that the Three Mile Island accident happened. Does sometimes feel a bit dated, i.e. your 70s message movie, but I still like it
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« Reply #7644 on: June 13, 2014, 07:47:58 PM »

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« Reply #7645 on: June 14, 2014, 07:21:41 AM »

"13 Ghosts" (1960) - a down on its luck family inherits a huge mansion, then has to deal with its large number of spectral occupants, in this charmingly cheesy drive-in fave directed by gimmick kingpin William Castle.
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« Reply #7646 on: June 15, 2014, 09:47:57 AM »

Static (2012)

Young married couple living in isolated area get nightly visit from a young woman with car trouble. She is desperately seeking shelter because she is being chased by a group of strangers wearing gas masks. Soon enough the strangers appear and drag the young woman into the woods. The married couple must now fight for their life...
The legacy of The Strangers lives on but wait, there is more. How much more is for the viewer to find out because spoiling the surprise is a bad bad thing.
Anyway, this is a very low key home invasion thriller-drama with the focus on the drama. I get what the makers were aiming for but the film doesn't seem as smart as a certain movie they got the "inspiration" from. If anything you'll get decent performances and a few creepy moments. 3.75/5
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« Reply #7647 on: June 15, 2014, 07:59:27 PM »

Centennial (1978) - episode 1. This is a 12 part miniseries about life in Colorado in the late 1700's. Or maybe 1800's.  Long time ago anyway. This first episode follows Robert Conrad, who plays a fur trader who ventures into Indian territory, making friends with some tribes and enemies with others. We also spend a lot of time with the leader of one tribe, played by Micheal Ansara (you may remember him as Kang from the Day Of The Dove episode of Star Trek.) I didn't find Conrad's character very likeable; I didn't get the impression that he went into Indian territory out of any courageous lust for adventure, but just because he was greedy to get rich and too stupid / full of himself to realize how much danger he was in. And Ansara's character arc was all too predictable.

This episode was 2:20 long but seemed like 4 hours. Some stuff happens but not nearly enough to fill 2+ hours. But it was decent I guess, the characters were somewhat interesting and...  I've got 24 more hours of this stuff to go  Buggedout

3/5.
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« Reply #7648 on: June 16, 2014, 09:06:35 PM »

"The Heat" (2013) Bullets and F-bombs fly in this predictable but fun buddy-cop action comedy, with Sandra Bullock as a tight-assed FBI agent who teams up with a crude, foul mouthed Boston policewoman (Melissa McCarthy of "Bridesmaids") to take down a major drug ring.
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« Reply #7649 on: June 16, 2014, 10:21:18 PM »

The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968): A down on his luck advertising executive named Fred Bolton (Dean Jones) has two major problems in his life. His boss wants him to come up with a winning campaign for an antacid called Aspercel by tomorrow and his daughter Helen (Ellen Janov) wants him to buy for her an horse he can't possibly afford. He dreams up a scheme whereby he will buy a horse with his boss's approval and name it Aspercel in hopes said horse ridden by his daughter will win prizes and help sales of Aspercel so as to please boss Tom Dugan (Fred Clark). Also on hand for this light Disney comedy/drama is Diane Baker as potential love interest Suzie S.J. Clemens, Lloyd Bochner as Suzie's ex, a very young Kurt Russell as a possible love interest for Helen and Morey Asterdam in a silly role as a publicity man.

This proved much more enjoyable than I was expecting. It features beautiful horses and some great show jumping scenes (I used to watch show jumping when I was younger but the safety of the horses always worried me). That said, the best bit in this film involves Jones unexpectedly riding Aspercel while being chased by the police in a wild and hilarious sequence. Of course your tolerance for this movie might be tested by if you can watch and enjoy show jumping. If you can, you'll probably enjoy this one a bit more. I did. ***1/2 out of ***** stars.
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