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« Reply #1695 on: January 23, 2022, 09:45:10 AM »

"Swordfish" (2001)
A master criminal (John Travolta) lures a skilled hacker (Hugh Jackman) out of retirement to help him pull off a robbery that will net them billions in forgotten government funds, if they can keep the FBI off their backs.
This slick, high-tech thriller has some impressive action sequences, but it's probably best remembered for featuring Halle Berry's first-ever topless scene. Halle (who, it must be noted, was at her absolute peak of hotness at this time) was reportedly paid an extra half million dollars for the ten second boob flash, and I'd say it was money well spent. :D

"Easy Money" (1983)
A slovenly New Yorker (Rodney Dangerfield) and his family will receive a $10 million inheritance if he can give up all of his "vices" - drugs, gambling, drinking, smoking, etc. - for one year. Of course, chaos ensues as Rodney tries to stay on the straight and narrow. This early 80s cable TV staple is my second favorite Rodney movie, right behind "Caddyshack." It's loaded with quotable bits and slapstick laughs.
Fun fact: Anthrax's rap hit "I'm the Man" was inspired by a line in this movie (when Rodney's sleazy new son in law tells his wife, "I'm de man! I'm so bad I should be in detention!").

"Life Stinks" (1991)
A real estate tycoon (Mel Brooks) makes a bet with a rival that he can survive 30 days living on the streets with no money, among the homeless on Skid Row. During his ordeal, Mel falls in love with a bag lady and eventually sees the error of his greedy ways.
This movie was a rare misfire for Mel; there's a few laughs here and there, but it never quite finds a way to balance the slapstick and the drama. Maybe it's just tough to make homelessness funny. Either way, "Life Stinks" was a box office failure and is considered to be Brooks' worst movie. Skip it unless you're a Mel completist.

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« Reply #1696 on: January 23, 2022, 02:22:14 PM »

Akira (1988)

I hadn't watched this in a long time, so I was a bit surprised to see that it took place in 2019. The animation and effects have aged, but the story and scope remain impressive.
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« Reply #1697 on: January 24, 2022, 12:21:33 AM »

"Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon" (2008)
Documentary on porn icon Jack Wrangler, who grew up in a showbiz family, became the biggest star in 70s gay adult films, before crossing over and conquering the straight porn scene. Eventually he left the sex biz behind and spent the last 30 years of his life in a mostly celibate relationship with Margaret Whiting, a old-timey torch singer two decades older than him. Jack (who passed away in 2011) seemed like a pretty cool dude, with a self deprecating sense of humor about often bizarre twists and turns his life has taken. An entertaining profile of a true original.
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« Reply #1698 on: January 24, 2022, 02:23:54 AM »

Idol/Woosang (2019)

A rising politician comes home to find that his son has killed someone in a hit and run accident. He convinces his son to turn himself in, although whether that is from a sense of justice or to save his own career, remains uncertain. The politician is then confronted by the father of the victim, who reveals that the victim was mentally defective and there on his honeymoon. The wife is an illegal Chinese immigrant, who is now a fugitive.

So we have a fairly familiar set of characters: the charismatic but utterly Machiavellian politician, the blunt and impulsive working class man, and the tough as nails survivor. It doesn’t end well for any of them, as their past decisions catch up with them. Very few make it out alive.

The plot is extremely convoluted. Things are never as they seem, and there are constantly wheels within wheels. Most of the more than two hour runtime is taken up by plot complications. I’m not saying that it all doesn’t add up, but a number of things clearly happen because of plot convenience. Also, the movie uses a very indirect way of storytelling: many things (notably the violence) are not shown, but you see the aftermath and have to piece together what happened. I watched it on Mubi and had to pause and rewind it a couple of times.
The baffling storytelling and unrelenting bleakness make for some very negative reviews. However the tension between the characters is very well done. I quite liked it.
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« Reply #1699 on: January 24, 2022, 09:04:17 AM »

"Partners in Crime" (1984)
Two women (Lynda "Wonder Woman" Carter and Loni "WKRP" Anderson) who were both married to the same recently-deceased P.I., are summoned to San Francisco for the reading of his will. After some initial "he loved me best, we'll never get along" back and forth, they become unlikely partners to solve the mystery of their ex's murder. Eventually they decide to continue working together and take over his detective agency.
This was the pilot film for a short-lived TV series, which I have only the vaguest memory of. IMDb sez it was cancelled after only 13 episodes, and I can see why. Carter and Anderson are easy on the eyes, of course, and make an appealing team, but this "mystery movie" was drawn-out, talky, and dreadfully dull.
The entire series appears to be on YouTube, but I don't think I'll bother with any more installments.
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« Reply #1700 on: January 24, 2022, 10:32:30 AM »

THE IDIOTS (1998): A Danish commune finds meaning and community by acting like "idiots" (i.e. pretending to be mentally disabled in public). An episodic series of pranks and idiocies that become somewhat tiresome, until a minor twist at the end invites an emotional response. 3/5.
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« Reply #1701 on: January 24, 2022, 11:53:24 AM »

^ I didn't really know what to make of it. Except it was strange. I did like the dinner table scene!

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« Reply #1702 on: January 24, 2022, 03:16:18 PM »

Black Sun tv series is still a little confusing but I'm enjoying it. Everything takes place in this weird outdoor ghetto in Belgrade. It's a joint production from Macedonia, russia, and Serbia.

It's basically "Law and Order: Serbia in the 1920's" but with more gangster panache and its all one big case
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« Reply #1703 on: January 26, 2022, 08:03:32 AM »

"The Scrooge Mystery" (2018)
Documentary profile of Kentucky comic book artist Don Rosa, who went from fanboy to professional in 1987 when he got the chance to pick up where his artistic idol, the great Carl Barks, left off on the adventures of Uncle Scrooge and the Disney Duck family. Though he remains a relative unknown in the US, Rosa's work is revered in Europe, where Duck comics have become part of the international fabric. Features lengthy interviews with Rosa (who seems like a pretty cool dude) as well as his friends, associates, and fans (including Tuomas Holopainen of the Finnish symphonic-metal band Nightwish, whose 2014 solo album was a concept record about the life of Uncle Scrooge!).
I'm not sure why the title of the movie is "The Scrooge Mystery" since there's nothing particularly mysterious about it (this is a French production; maybe they meant "Mystique" and it got lost in translation?), but this was an enjoyable portrait of a gifted creator.
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« Reply #1704 on: January 26, 2022, 11:22:48 AM »

The Last Outlaw - stacked cast for a made-for-TV western.  Grimly bleak, tries to have a tone and feel a bit like Chato's Land where they're being pursued...  But Mickey Rourke's character is a bit too ridiculous, there's too many underdeveloped characters, it doesn't really gel, none of it is particularly entertaining even though it's not exactly boring either.  4/10.
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« Reply #1705 on: January 26, 2022, 09:31:44 PM »

"Working Trash" (1990)
Two janitors (George Carlin and Ben Stiller) at a Wall Street firm start playing the stock market, using tips from information they find in the trash. Just as their scheme starts to pay off, they discover that a company big-wig is plotting to loot the employee pension fund to bankroll a hostile takeover, and they have to out-maneuver him to stop it. Stiller also gets to romance a hot stock broker babe and George (as you might expect) gets all the good punch lines in this silly, slobs-against-the-snobs office comedy. An OK time waster.
Useless trivia: this was the then-new FOX Network's first ever made-for-TV movie.
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« Reply #1706 on: January 29, 2022, 02:43:03 PM »

ORGAN (1996): A detective investigates an organ harvesting cult. A few moment of imaginative imagery, like a serial killer's fantasy of a schoolgirl in a chrysalis, can't overcome the blah shot-on-video cinematography, clumsily garish gore, and the nearly incoherent storytelling that leaves you with little reason to care about the characters or their fates. 1.5/5.

RIFFTRAX PRESENTS: JUNIOR PROM: The underlying film is some kind of failed B-movie series from the starring "Freddy," a short guy with a lovely girl's voice who's inexplicably big man on campus, and his gang of bad comic relief sidekicks. Comic commentators Bridget and Mary Jo, though, have great chemistry, with Mary Jo's passive aggressive comments about how she didn't go to prom becoming a running joke through their commentary track. 3/5.
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« Reply #1707 on: January 29, 2022, 04:11:38 PM »

Black Sun (tv series) - this was 10 episodes that were all like an hour long. In the 1920's, Macedonians, Serbians, and Russians come together to be gangsters and power players and do intrigue to each other in lovely downtown Belgrade. Our main character is a seen-it-all cop who's trying to discover first who killed a local priest and then trying to find who "The Monk" , a local gang leader whose identity is kept secret, is. Along the way there are some hot girls and bloody murders, sometimes both at once.



but wait, there's more.

The title comes from the insignia of a group called Thule, who provide Da Vinci code type intrigue by wearing masks and having weird ceremonies. They're in pursuit of the Lance of Longinus  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Lance , a relic that allegedly was the spear used to kill Jesus. They figure that if they have it, it can magically make them and the white race (it was a proto Nazi group) invulnerable.

The action takes place mostly in the middle of the dirty main area of Belgrade where whores and peasants pass the time. or in fancy houses outside this area

5/5 on tubi as always. definitely took a while for me to understand who the like Macedonians were and what they wanted. I don't know anything about eastern Europe at all. Also, a major part of the plot is this blackmail photo of the King enjoying opium or homosexual relations or both? never quite figured that out but hey it's free right
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« Reply #1708 on: January 29, 2022, 10:26:10 PM »

"American Psycho" (2000)
It's 1987 and a wealthy, handsome yuppie Wall Street exec by day (Christian Bale) moonlights as a serial killer by night. Over time he finds it harder and harder to keep the two sides of his personality separate, which leads to a bloody breakdown of epic proportions. Bale is a total hoot in this mean-spirited horror comedy/satire, he's clearly having a ball throwing himself into the role. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis ("Less Than Zero") and followed by a mostly-unrelated direct to video sequel starring Mila Kunis of "That 70s Show" (!) for some reason.
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« Reply #1709 on: January 30, 2022, 09:46:59 AM »

Dune (2021)

Finally had a chance to see it, and it is amazingly beautiful. Timothée Chalamet also does a great job as Paul Atreides. Adaption-wise it is heavy on explosions and swordfights and low on cunning and scheming. Given the needs of a blockbuster, this is understandable. However, this means that the function of the mentats has disappeared for all practical purposes, and that characters like the Baron and Lady Jessica lose much of their depth. People who haven't read the book must also wonder what the rodent is about.

Some random remarks (minor spoilers)




No Feyd Rautha?
The hand signals are a neat touch
Having Piter De Vries stab Dr. Yueh in the back seemed to me more in character with the Baron, rather than having him dirty his hands himself.
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