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« Reply #210 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.
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« Reply #211 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!
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« Reply #212 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.
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« Reply #213 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.
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« Reply #214 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
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« Reply #215 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
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« Reply #216 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.
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« Reply #217 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.
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« Reply #218 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 . . .
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« Reply #219 on: May 13, 2020, 12:31:33 PM »

what would Jesus do...in that situation
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« Reply #220 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.
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« Reply #221 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.
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« Reply #222 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!
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« Reply #223 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
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« Reply #224 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."
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