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« Reply #165 on: April 20, 2020, 10:57:44 AM »

"The Substitute 2: School's Out" (1998)
Treat Williams takes over from Tom Berenger in this direct-to-video sequel, as a special-ops mercenary badass who takes a job at a crime-ridden NYC high school to find the gangstas who killed his teacher brother. Predictable shoot-em-up mayhem follows.  
...sooo, yeah, you might as well call this "The Punisher Goes Back to School." It's pretty much a retread of the first movie, with a different leading man and a new locale. Still, it's entertaining enough for a generic action flick.
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« Reply #166 on: April 21, 2020, 08:41:06 AM »

PREDESTINATION (2014)

For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos.

Expecting a cool sci fi thriller, I bumped into a deep exploration of a time paradox and self identity that baffled and confused me for an hour and a half, but strangely my eyes couldn't get away from the screen. Most of the movie is made of flashbacks and talking, yet it's never boring.
You haven't heard confusion until you watched this movie, I actually spent a lot of my sleep time thinking about the ramifications of the whole paradox thingy.

Extremely recommended if you want to entertain yourself and think at the same time. 9/10  Thumbup
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« Reply #167 on: April 21, 2020, 08:56:14 AM »

I second Gabriel's recommendation of PREDESTINATION above.

Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All Time – Vol. 1: Midnight Madness (2020): First volume of a three-part documentary covering cult films, with future installments examining "horror and sci-fi" (vol. 2) and "comedy and camp" (vol. 3). This documentary is purely introductory stuff, but features an impressive lineup of commentators (including critics, directors, famous actors, and of course, John Waters). Nothing revelatory here, but it is charming when you look at it as just a bunch of smart fans yakking enthusiastically about some of the wildest and weirdest movies ever made. 3/5.
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« Reply #168 on: April 21, 2020, 12:41:23 PM »

"Vice Academy 3" (1991)
Ginger Lynn is back and breaking in a new partner in the 3rd round of no-budget T&A shenanigans. This time the inept vice cops grapple with a crime wave committed by the green-haired super-villainess "Malathion," who's played by super-hot adult film star Julia Parton (who is supposedly a distant cousin of Dolly's). As usual for this franchise, the plot is threadbare, the jokes are lame, the sets are cardboard, and the acting is terrible... but the eye candy is outstanding.

"Hitler Goes Kaput!" (2003)
Ooookay, I think I have officially found the weirdest movie on TUBI. This is a Russian slapstick comedy (with sub-titles), about the misadventures of a Soviet spy masquerading as a Gestapo official during the waning days of WWII. When he and his lovely code-breaker partner/girlfriend attempt to escape from Berlin back to the Motherland, they encounter a series of wacky obstacles that lead to a final "couples" showdown with Hitler and Eva Braun!
...I'm not gonna lie, I probably only understood about half of what went on in this movie due to the language barrier (and a lot of what I assume were references to Russian pop culture that would be unknown to Western viewers)... but after the opening credits, which were full of big-boobed girls and explosions (scored to a Russian rap version of Britney Spears' "Oops I Did It Again") I couldn't take my eyes off of it, either.
I bet the guys who went on to make "Iron Sky" saw this movie and said, "We can do that too." The Nazis in this movie have dance-offs, throw gang signs, and use modern conveniences like flat screen TVs and e-mail. Hitler has a "personal DJ" whose name is "50 Shillings." After a while the movie stopped making sense completely, but I kept watching cuz leading lady Anna Semenovich was astoundingly, shall we say, "gifted" in her chest area.
Obviously this was a unique viewing experience. Your mileage may vary if you understand Russian, I get a feeling that a lot of the humor is lost in the translation.
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« Reply #169 on: April 21, 2020, 01:11:12 PM »

Fat Freddy - that sounds great. have you ever seen Chicken Park? the Italian Jurassic Park parody. its so unbelievably stupid


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The Monster - really awful Netflix instant horror movie. A young single Mom and her daughter get stuck in on a remote road waiting for a tow truck and a demon thing menaces them. In between occasional shots of the nondescript thingy lurking around the Mom and daughter have an extended acting class. None of the backstory has anythign to do with the monster, its not like a product of their nightmares or something. We used to call stuff like this a "tax shelter" avoid

1/5

The Ritual - still more dreck from netflix (dreckflix?) . This one is a bit better. Some fairly funny British guys go on a hike in the woods in like Sweden or something and encounter a demon thing and also confront their guilt over various things and so forth. both of these movies are just glorified Syfy monster things, without the "we know this sucks" modesty and crazy guest stars. Some okay medieval talisman type imagery and color. The ending seems improvised and not very profound

2/5
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« Reply #170 on: April 22, 2020, 08:56:17 AM »

PORNO (2019): Five Christian teens watch a cursed art film and unleash a sex demon who traps them in the theater overnight. Just unique enough to keep you watching; the best part is the recreation of the faux-Kenneth Anger Luciferian ritual film. Stick around through the slow start for lots of nudity and gore (particularly male genital trauma---ouch!). The teens are believable, and although the perspective is clearly secular they're not as much a target for easy mockery as they might have been. 3.5/5.
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« Reply #171 on: April 22, 2020, 03:53:27 PM »


"Hitler Goes Kaput!" (2003)
Ooookay, I think I have officially found the weirdest movie on TUBI. This is a Russian slapstick comedy (with sub-titles), about the misadventures of a Soviet spy masquerading as a Gestapo official during the waning days of WWII. When he and his lovely code-breaker partner/girlfriend attempt to escape from Berlin back to the Motherland, they encounter a series of wacky obstacles that lead to a final "couples" showdown with Hitler and Eva Braun!
...I'm not gonna lie, I probably only understood about half of what went on in this movie due to the language barrier (and a lot of what I assume were references to Russian pop culture that would be unknown to Western viewers)... but after the opening credits, which were full of big-boobed girls and explosions (scored to a Russian rap version of Britney Spears' "Oops I Did It Again") I couldn't take my eyes off of it, either.
I bet the guys who went on to make "Iron Sky" saw this movie and said, "We can do that too." The Nazis in this movie have dance-offs, throw gang signs, and use modern conveniences like flat screen TVs and e-mail. Hitler has a "personal DJ" whose name is "50 Shillings." After a while the movie stopped making sense completely, but I kept watching cuz leading lady Anna Semenovich was astoundingly, shall we say, "gifted" in her chest area.
Obviously this was a unique viewing experience. Your mileage may vary if you understand Russian, I get a feeling that a lot of the humor is lost in the translation.

This is amazingly silly. Apparently it is a parody of a Russian spy series, so it probably makes more sense if you have seen the original. This does make Spaceballs look serious.
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« Reply #172 on: April 23, 2020, 12:41:16 PM »

SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO (2007): A lone gunslinger rides into a town where rival gangs of outlaw samurai fight over a treasure. This spaghetti western directed by Takashi Miike is exactly what you'd expect a spaghetti western directed by Takashi Miike to look like: oversaturated colors, insane gun battles, impossible to follow plot, a very thin fourth wall, goofy comic relief, stylistic changes every five minutes, etc. In another odd choice, the Japanese cast speak heavily-accented English, and Quentin Tarantino shows up as... someone or other. 3/5.
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« Reply #173 on: April 24, 2020, 12:52:11 AM »

SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO (2007): A lone gunslinger rides into a town where rival gangs of outlaw samurai fight over a treasure. This spaghetti western directed by Takashi Miike is exactly what you'd expect a spaghetti western directed by Takashi Miike to look like: oversaturated colors, insane gun battles, impossible to follow plot, a very thin fourth wall, goofy comic relief, stylistic changes every five minutes, etc. In another odd choice, the Japanese cast speak heavily-accented English, and Quentin Tarantino shows up as... someone or other. 3/5.

If I hadn't turned on the subtitles on my DVD, I'd never have known that some of the dialogue was actually in English
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« Reply #174 on: April 24, 2020, 10:20:18 AM »

PHONE BOOTH (2002)

Publicist Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle. Unable to leave or receive outside help, Stuart's negotiation with the caller leads to a jaw-dropping climax.

From a simple premise and nothing more than a phone booth in the middle of the street, this movie managed to grab my attention for its duration. Farrel does an amazing job, although I felt a little bit disappointed by the whole motives behind the sniper - he's pretty much comparing a corrupt politician and a pedophile to a guy who lied to his wife. Seriously?

Definitely a very entertaining and engaging thriller. 8/10  Thumbup

QUICK CHANGE (1990)

Three thieves successfully rob a New York City bank, but making the escape from the city proves to be almost impossible.

The classic bank robbing with an unusual scam involved, the first and only directed/produced/starred movie by Bill Murray is a great way to have a few chuckles, not to mention, your sarcastic dose of that man himself. The movie starts amazingly but starts to fall short as soon the whole romantic garbage shows up. Luckily, it gets salvaged by the constant bad luck of the gang, which grants tons of chuckles.
I do have to say tho that the character of Randy Quaid was absolutely annoying, and I couldn't stand it. Was he retarded or something? I really didn't get it.

Fun but forgettable, in my opinion. 7/10  Drink

EXAM (2009)

Eight candidates for a highly desirable corporate job are locked together in an exam room and given a final test with just one seemingly simple question. However, it doesn't take long for confusion to ensue and tensions to unravel.

An interesting promise, that's for sure. I tend to enjoy those movies which happen in a single room, and this one was no exception. My main gripe with this was that the characters didn't really acted like normal human beings. Why everybody was so quick to follow White directions? Why nobody stopped Brown immediately when he started torturing a woman? Not to mention, some plot holes, like for example the fact that nobody got disqualified after soaking their papers in water.

Apart from that, the movie is really engaging and you're totally commited to find out the question like the rest. Sadly, the final answer turns out to be really disappointing, like a silly kids trick.

Good and fairly unique movie tho. 7/10  Thumbup
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« Reply #175 on: April 24, 2020, 01:54:03 PM »

Gabriel - I saw Exam. I liked it more than you but I think i was so taken with the premise that I ignored all the stuff you mentioned.


Dark Places (2015) - theres a scene in this where someone hits someone in the head to knock them out to prevent them from leaving. I got to thinking: that happens a lot in movies, definitely more than in real life. No one has ever done that to me.

Anyway, butched up Charlize theron is the grown up sole survivor of a massacre of her whole family perpetrated by her brother...or did he? She meets up with a couple of true crime/ serial killer enthusiasts and starts to question her memory of the event. Its a little longer than 90 minutes but you want it to be and it does a great job of fleshing out the case while also not being self indulgent.

The story itself bears some superficial resemblence to the Tennessee 3 or whatever it was: the kids who got convicted of murder and rape for being metalheads. you gotta love Christina Hendricks too as the Mom

5/5
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« Reply #176 on: April 25, 2020, 12:10:38 PM »

In the shadow of Iris (2016) - video stores used to have a foreign section and all of them would have a review that said "sexy" or "erotic" so people would rent it. this is is one of those. a little confusing and the guys beard is distractingly bushy but overall 👍
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« Reply #177 on: April 25, 2020, 03:38:40 PM »

Beyond Skyline. A follow up to a dull sci-fi movie whose best part was during the end credits. This takes the film in more a familiar direction, with a disparate group trying to survive the invasion. It is that rare thing, a sequel which is better than the first film.
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« Reply #178 on: April 26, 2020, 10:07:49 AM »

"Silent Rage" (1982)
Chuck Norris is a small town Texas sheriff who must protect his lady love from a seemingly indestructible psychotic killer, created by a science experiment gone wrong.
An odd mix of the action and slasher genres, "Silent Rage" never quite finds a balance between the two sides, but the non-stop violence kept me entertained. Essentially it's Chuck Norris vs. Michael Myers (it even borrows/steals the last shots of the original "Halloween" for a climactic scene!). I loved this movie when I was 13, but it hasn't aged very well. 
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« Reply #179 on: April 26, 2020, 02:55:48 PM »

"Extraction" (2020)
India's biggest drug lord hires a mercenary (Chris "Thor" Hemsworth) to rescue his teenaged son, who's been kidnapped by a Bangladeshi rival. Bullets fly, people die, cars crash, stuff blows up.
There's not much plot in this Netflix original, but the action sequences and stunt work are top notch and the body count is astronomical. Not a classic but a decent enough butt-kicker for a rainy Sunday afternoon.
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