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« Reply #6180 on: April 08, 2013, 08:06:02 PM »

Terror in the Jungle (1968) - some people are flying on a plane to South America. For some reason the scenes of the airplane are really, really blue. Like you can't even see the plane until the camera is 20' away from it because it's so blue. I guess the people who made this don't know that air is transparent. Anyhow the plane is full of people that A) all need to die ASAP and B) seem to have been written by a group of people in an old age home who tried to make them hip and with-it for the the young people. They're spectacularly awful. I'm going to use the word awful about 20 more times before I'm done here. The extremely fake little model plane crashes and everybody gets eaten by alligators - everyone except for this awful kid who stands around and cries a lot. He's taken in by a tribe of headhunters. At first they worship him because he's got blonde hair, and the sun is golden and they worship the sun. If you're too thick-headed to make the connection yourself, they were nice enough to spend $10 on this golden arc special effect that appears over his head to emphasis the goldenness of the hair. They realized this sh!t wasn't going to consume nearly 90 minutes so we get no less than 4 native ceremonial dances (Don't worry, you'll be comatose by this point anyway). This whole time the kid's dad is traveling to South America and meeting this guy and that guy and eventually he arrives at the headhunter's village just as they're preparing to kill the awful little turd.  

Prepare yourself for a level of boredom henceforth unknown to modern man. Seriously, this gives Manos a run for its money. The DVD player should spit out a crisp new $20 as a reward to anybody who finishes this. 1.25/5.
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« Reply #6181 on: April 09, 2013, 06:43:07 PM »

Don't Answer the Phone! (1980) - cop drama about a psycho who's killing and then raping women. Leaving quite a trail of mutilated bodies all over LA. The two cops on the case don't seem to take the whole thing too seriously, which comes off as a bit odd in the context of the movie. The killer chooses his victims from the patients of a psychiatrist who also does a mental health call-in show, which I guess is where the title comes from. She also happens to be the cop's girlfriend - gosh I wonder if the cop will arrive just as the killer is about to strangle her? This was fair. Typical late '70s / early '80s cop drama, gritty and dark and looking like it could use a good spraying with Febreze. Characters were fair, the killer was really psycho, and there were boobies. 2.5/5.

Guru, the Mad Monk (1970) - some crazy monk with a split personality is running a sort of prison / church type deal where all the prisoners of Central Europe are sent for execution (he says a little prayer for them first). Anyhow this cute girl is going to be executed but this other guy who works there falls in love with her over the course of about two minutes, so the monk gives him a potion that will make her appear to die and then she can be revived later. But then once she's back on her feet the monk wants this guy to be his servant for three months, and there's also a crazy vampire lady and a hunchback running around. Things come to a head when a couple of other priests show up to tell the crazy monk he's being replaced. This whole thing is like a community theater production, with terrible acting and cheap sets etc. The IMDb says it was made for $11,000. Oddly entertaining Smile I mean, entertaining to me, not to a normal person. The girl was quite cute too. And it's mercifully short at 56 minutes. 3/5.
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« Reply #6182 on: April 10, 2013, 03:10:03 PM »

     FEEDING GROUNDS (2006)

     DON'T BOTHER. This is the best advice I can give about this movie.

     Nothing happens, other than that the really unlikeable characters in the movie whine, yell, use the "F"-word a lot, vomit,  and occasionally disapppear, obstensibly due to some reptillian beastie in the desert, but you don't ever really see it.

     You'd think Echo Bridge could pick 'em better.
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« Reply #6183 on: April 10, 2013, 04:28:20 PM »

House of the Long Shadows
Tales of Terror
Momento
Fawlty Towers episodes
Death at a Funeral (original)
Bernie

Probably more, but can't think of them now
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« Reply #6184 on: April 10, 2013, 08:46:46 PM »

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951): classic masterpiece of science fiction still holds up considerably well after all these years. In fact, it's only real flaw IMO is the FX aren't always convincing but the story is so good and in ways mesmerizing one really doesn't notice too much. Terrific performances by Michael Rennie and Patricia Neal definitely help a great deal as does its fantastic and wholly appropriate music score. Gort is unforgettable here. One of the all-time best science fictions film there is. ***** out of ***** stars.

Forbidden Planet (1956): this one is every bit as great as was TDTESS. Another true science fiction classic that would prove like TDTESS highly influential for years to come but not only in terms of science fiction storytelling (particularly "Star Trek") but also in terms of horror storytelling. I love the twist reveal with regards to this movie's monster and this features a terrific performance from Walter Pidgeon as Dr. Morbius. Also quite memorable here are leads Leslie Neilsen and sidekick Warren Stevens and of course Anne Francis as Morbius' beautiful daughter Altaira.  And who could ever forget the unforgettable Robby the Robot? This may borrow from Shakespeare but it sure does a great job with it. Another one of the absolute best science fiction films.  ***** out of ***** stars.

The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961): Thoughtful and reflective account of the world facing impending doom in the face of an approaching potential apocalypse. This film focuses mainly on characterization and how people are affected on a personal level in the face of such a challenge with the lead character being a burnt out news reporter named Peter Stenning (Edward Judd) who alongside fellow veteran reporter Bill Maguire (Leo McKern) decides to break the story and follow it through to the very end.

While this movie lacks somewhat in terms of the expected action one typically gets from a disaster film, it nevertheless proves fascinating as it focuses primarily on the ordinary citizen and how people react to the news of a possible impending apocalypse not to mention the way it portrays the road to hell as the heat rises out of control and water becomes the most rare and valuable commodity on the planet. Likely an influence on later films but more quietly reserved than most of its type. Probably a somewhat underrated sci-fi film from director Val Guest.  **** out of ***** stars.

Big (1988): A thirteen year old boy makes a wish from a bizarre fairground machine on the outskirts of a carnival. His wish is simple. He wants to be "big". However, when he wakes up, he finds himself suddenly a man (Tom Hanks) and unexpectedly thrown into the larger world to try and survive on his own. He struggles quite a bit but finds some success working with a toy company only is he really ready and equipped to deal with the adult world?

Actually I watched the Extended Edition of this film for the first time. It does flesh out the story a little bit more but it also makes it feel a tad overlong. Still I rather like this unusual little story that's part romantic comedy, part fantasy adventure, part drama of maturity and its real value. The story is at times rather fanciful and seems to stretch credibility quite a bit in some areas as things stay more positive than I personally believe would be possible or likely in reality if one were thrown into such circumstance. Also the romance between Hanks child-man character and Elizabeth Perkins' Susan character is slightly disturbing on some levels but to the actors credit, they manage to keep it fairly sweet and caring for the most part. Getting past the film's flaws, it's really an enjoyable escapist fantasy and teaches the old lesson that one shouldn't wish to grow up too soon and maybe grown-ups shouldn't be so grown-up all the time. **** out of ***** stars.

Abbott and Costello Go To Mars (1953): In arguably one of the silliest Abbott and Costello movies of them all, Abbott and Costello are two bumbling handymen named Lester and Orville who are working at a rocketship site who accidentally set off in the rocket. They wind up in New Orleans which they mistake for Mars and Venus which they mistake initially for Earth along the way getting tangled up with a pair of escaped convict bank robbers (Jack Kruschen and Horace McMahon). Of course Venus, like many films of the 1950s, just happens to be inhabited by an Amazon-like tribe of women who haven't seen men for hundreds of years. Naturally the love starved gals have quite a reaction to the four new men in their presence and even crown Costello's Orville unlikely enough as their king. However, Queen Allura (Mari Blanchard) isn't too trusting of men and has means of discovering whether their intentions are honorable or not. A very silly early 50s sci-fi parody that actually isn't too far removed from the real thing of the era and arguably superior to some of them. Mari Blanchard, also stunning and attractive, is fun as the Venusian queen as is the rest of the film, more fun than it by rights should ever be. The rest of the Venusian gals came from a Miss Universe contest from the era including a young Anita Ekberg. The stuff in New Orleans during Mardi Gras is a bit of a gas too but don't think too much about any of this film as its pretty much utter nonsense ...albeit fun nonsense. *** out of ***** stars.
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« Reply #6185 on: April 11, 2013, 06:39:15 AM »

The Keep (1983) - in WWII, German soldiers occupy a keep in a small Romanian village. It's not long before they find that it wasn't built to keep anyone out, but instead, to keep something...in  Buggedout  This is a huge favorite of mine, like a visual masterpiece of moody and atmospheric cinematography. Great soundtrack by Tangerine Dream that sets a mysterious '80s mood as well. Jürgen Prochnow puts in an excellent performance as the commanding German officer, and Ian McKellen is outstanding as the Jewish professor of medieval history who's called in to help figure out what's going on. I find the story very interesting as well. It's a slow moving movie and the special effects are a bit dated (though very cool) now. 5/5.
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« Reply #6186 on: April 11, 2013, 10:52:46 AM »

The Fantasist (1986)

Not ready to take over her parents farm yet, 30-something Patricia decides to spend a year teaching class in Dublin. She moves into an apartment with a roommate and spends her nights drinking Guinness in pubs, or dancing to a live performance by Level 42 at the disco. Apparently Patricia doesn't mind to flirt and soon enough she can take her pick between three men. When news report about a serial killer Patricia suspects one of her three dates is the maniac ...

Unusual Irish drama from the original Wicker Man director about a woman trying to enjoy life. So we get lots of footage and insight about Irish culture, talks about relationships and so on. Bearable because of Moira Sinise playing Patricia in such a different manner. It was interesting to see how her character reacted to certain things (sometimes unintentional funny) as the movie went on. Timothy Bottoms is also in this playing one of her love interests. Bottoms is very over-the-top playing a fun-crazy sarcastic guy to the point of annoyance. 3.5/5
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« Reply #6187 on: April 12, 2013, 07:16:46 AM »

Vincent Price double feature night

The Last Man on Earth (1964) - Vincent Price is the last man on earth - everybody else has been turned into some sort of zombie/vampire things. This didn't do anything for me. Price brings his usual Priceness to the part, but the character is generic and lacking any depth. He goes through his daily routine, boring and depressing...that's about it. There's a big flashback in the middle that explains how everyone was turned into these bumbling dolts - it's completely uninteresting. And then you get the fully expected ironic ending. 2/5.

The Haunted Palace (1963) - Price's great grandfather was burned as a warlock and his castle left abandoned for over 100 years. Now Price and his wife come to the village and find the inhabitants still suffering under the curse that his descendant put on them. It's not long before he's taken over by the spirit of his evil great grandfather, and picks up where he left off with his demonic work. Great atmosphere, great characters, beautiful cinematography. The plot wasn't anything we haven't seen before, but it was done well. 4.25/5.
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« Reply #6188 on: April 12, 2013, 08:22:17 AM »

I keep wondering if I've seen The Keep  Smile

Song of Russia (1944) - Worst movie I've seen in quite a while. It shouldn't have been made. It was I'm guessing largely to promote the US - USSR alliance against Hitler but come on, people knew what Stalin was about, no need to whitewash it, hold your nose and do the alliance if you must but don't insult peoples intelligence.

A orchestra conductor goes to Russia for some reason and falls in love with a pretty Russian pianist. They fall in love in like 2 seconds, I've seen porn relationships that take longer to build. He goes to her stupid village and everyone is very salt of the Earth. It's sickening. The war starts, at this point you're rooting for the Nazis, and he has to find his way back to the village to help her deal with all the stuff. This is actually more compelling than the immediate courtship part but then anything would be. A little kid can't hear a machine gun plane directly over his head. The war part is okay but it's the kind of script that makes everyone look stupid. The youtube uploader got mad at me for making fun of it. 1.5 /5 highly recommended

Splitz (1984) - This is more like it! Ridiculously cheap and cliche yet spirited early 80's college girl spoitation cash in.  It won me over, I'm embarrassed to admit. Girls who form a passable cheesy 80's rock band somehow then join a nerdy girls type sororrity to do a contest to "save the house" from the mean dean a la Animal House. There's A LOT of stuff that doesn't make sense. The popular girls one are dressed as cheerleaders, but then there's a foot race and she's wearing a  cheerleading outfit while running?? It gets better in the second half with a bit of not that great but fun nudity sneaking in to the mix. The print is straight off VHS. 4/5 Also Highly recommended

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« Reply #6189 on: April 12, 2013, 09:00:29 AM »


The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951): classic masterpiece of science fiction still holds up considerably well after all these years. In fact, it's only real flaw IMO is the FX aren't always convincing but the story is so good and in ways mesmerizing one really doesn't notice too much. Terrific performances by Michael Rennie and Patricia Neal definitely help a great deal as does its fantastic and wholly appropriate music score. Gort is unforgettable here. One of the all-time best science fictions film there is. ***** out of ***** stars.


Did you happen to listen to the director's commentary?  Excellent, and included some interesting comments comparing making this movie to the 'style' of modern movies.
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« Reply #6190 on: April 12, 2013, 11:09:37 AM »

The Blob (1958)- It was OK, but my main complaint is that we don't get to see the monster as much, and the final part of the movie when the people see that there really is a monster is too short. It felt like watching a monster movie without a monster. Anyone else felt this way?
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« Reply #6191 on: April 12, 2013, 11:40:50 AM »

The Blob (1958)- It was OK, but my main complaint is that we don't get to see the monster as much, and the final part of the movie when the people see that there really is a monster is too short. It felt like watching a monster movie without a monster. Anyone else felt this way?

Yeah,  I don't like how directors in Hollywood think that it is better when you don't see the monster a la Jaws.
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« Reply #6192 on: April 12, 2013, 11:54:46 AM »

The Blob (1958)- It was OK, but my main complaint is that we don't get to see the monster as much, and the final part of the movie when the people see that there really is a monster is too short. It felt like watching a monster movie without a monster. Anyone else felt this way?

Yeah,  I don't like how directors in Hollywood think that it is better when you don't see the monster a la Jaws.

Maybe when the monster is a mystery, but we already know the monster in question here, we've seen it, just not enough of it, and the police and other people react to it like the thing is SUPPOSED to exist, not like it is something mysterious and unknown to them.
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« Reply #6193 on: April 13, 2013, 02:47:37 AM »

The Poughkeepsie Tapes- Wasn't really effective, well, I knew it wasn't real, even if you aren't familiar with the mockumentary genre you can still realize this by the video shots, they look like the tapes have been stored underwater  BounceGiggle anyway it was a bit fun to watch, didn't creep me out, only the scene with Cheryl's interview where we see she doesn't have a hand  Buggedout
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« Reply #6194 on: April 13, 2013, 07:21:07 AM »

Last night I watched RED DAWN (2012) and a new slasher film called PRESIDENT'S DAY.
RED DAWN is of course a remake of the 1984 movie, and I really enjoyed it - it's been long enough since I saw the original that I had forgotten a lot of the story, so I don't know how much was changed. Overall, it was pretty awesome though.
PRESIDENT'S DAY was a fun slasher romp - candidates in a student council election are being murdered by an axe-wielding killer dressed in an Abraham Lincoln costume.  It was pretty fun overall; some fairly gory kills and an interesting twist on who the killer was at the end.  I enjoyed it.
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