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Started by Rev. Powell, February 15, 2020, 10:36:26 PM

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THINGS HEARD AND SEEN (2021)
Amanda Seyfried stars in this slow burn ghost story that I found on Netflix.
Nicely developed characters, beautiful setting, mediocre scares, and a rather surprising ending made this one a decent but not overwhelming experience.
Overall, 3.5/5
"I shall smite you in the nostrils with a rod of iron, and wax your spleen with Efferdent!!"

lester1/2jr

#2341
Suburbia (1983) - Penelope Spheeris directed this around the same time she did the first "Decline" documentary. It would make a nice double bill with "Skaterdater (1965)" though maybe slightly less wholesome.

Various kids from bad home live life as punk rockers in an abandoned house. Local townies hassle them, though in their defense the kids do steal from their garage refrigerators and generally aren't the best neighbors. Musical highlights include some very colorful performance by The Vandals, D.I. and T.S.O.L. Spheeris uses her sociological knowledge to good effect, nailing all the types in the punk crowd: the kid with the rat, the couple who make out all the time, etc.

I hadn't seen this is in a long time and it held up better than I thought it would. At it's best it's a kind of crazy comedic exploitation movie, similar but less violent and overwrought than, say "Romper Stomper" (1992). The lack of "emo" is certainly refreshing

5/5

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"Conan The Barbarian" (1982)
A muscle bound warrior (Arnold Schwarzenegger) escapes from slavery and embarks on a quest for revenge against the cult leader (James Earl Jones) who destroyed his people. Lots of asses get kicked and heads get chopped along the way.
This fantasy/action epic was Arnold's breakout starring role, based on the character from Robert E. Howard's pulp novels (and a long running Marvel Comics series). He couldn't act worth a damn at this stage, which is why he had so little dialogue, but the action scenes are impressively staged and Basil Poledouris' soundtrack is badass. I hadn't seen this in a long time, but it's still loads of cheesy fun.
Followed by a sequel (1984's Conan The Destroyer) and countless low budget knock-offs (see: Conquest, Deathstalker, The Beastmaster, Barbarian Queen, Red Sonja, etc, etc.).
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THE MADS ARE BACK: DEVIL BAT: Bela Lugosi starts as a perfume inventor who trains giant bats to kill his enemies. Lugosi always provides plenty of fodder for jokes, so it's a little surprising that no riff troupe had tackled this one before, but now it's off the list. The post-show guest is a comedian I'd never heard of, they talk a lot about stand-ups they all knew (most of them are famous) and a lot of fishing talk. 3/5.
I'll take you places the hand of man has not yet set foot...

lester1/2jr

#2344
Skinhead Attitude (2003) - Whatever happened to skinheads? My theory is the shaved head hairstyle caught on in the mainstream so there goes their whole way they are recognized. This documentary focuses on skinheads in mostly Europe and Canada and on the boring rift between left wing, right wing, and more moderate ones.

The best aspect by far is Karole a cute french girl one. The director seems to get this so he puts her in as much as he can, even bringing her to some of the places with him.  I've never been much of a joiner and racism and related issues aren't really my thing either so none of this appeals to me, but I guess if you like punkish sort of music but have outgrown mohawks it could work.

Nowadays, the type of people who were skinheads here are probably in groups like Antifa and the Proud Boys doing all this same sort of tedious LARPing and big scary street brawls while Chicago has 40 murders a weekend. It all feels a little outdated, in other words. At it's best, some of the skins have a shaolin monk sort of fashion sense that works, formally. The skinheads from the southern US are clearly tweekers or something

4.5 / 5

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"Showgirls" (1995)
A troubled young woman (Elizabeth "Saved By The Bell" Berkley) arrives in Las Vegas intent on becoming the star attraction in a big casino revue, no matter who she has to sleep with, screw over, or push out of the way. Fresh off the success of "Basic Instinct," director Paul "RoboCop" Verhoeven's cranked the filth meter into the red with his semi-legendary softcore erotic drama that's essentially an old fashioned "girl makes it big in showbiz" MGM musical, sleazed-up and coked out for the 1990s.
Rated "NC-17" when it was first released due to the wall-to-wall nudity and sexual situations, the movie tanked at the box office before becoming a camp cult classic later on thanks to home video. "Showgirls" proved to be a career killer for most of those involved (especially poor Berkley, who's in WAY over her head here). It's a terrible movie, but it still manages to be watchable in an enjoyably sleazy way due to the outstanding eye candy.
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"Murder In The Front Row" (2018)
Members of Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Laaz Rockit, Megadeth, and many more re-live the glory days of the early 80s Thrash Metal explosion in the San Franscisco Bay Area. A very cool documentary loaded with great stories, photos, and classic clips. A must see for all mosh heads.

"Godfathers Of Hardcore" (2018)
The long working relationship between Vinnie Stigma and Roger Miret of Agnostic Front, who've been at the forefront of the hardcore punk scene for nearly 40 years, is examined in this interesting doc about a couple of scene veterans who've seen it all and done it all.
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"Clambake" (1967)
Elvis Presley is the privileged son of a millionaire who runs out on the family business to take a lowly job at a Miami resort hotel. He wants to see if he can "make it on his own" and find a girl who'll fall in love with him, not with his money. He romances a foxy hotel guest (Shelley Fabares), takes part in a high stakes powerboat race against a villainous Bill Bixby, and of course, sings a bunch of terrible songs while surrounded by girls in bikinis.
...in other words, this is pretty standard Presley musical-comedy fluff, though reportedly the King hated the movie, only did it for the paycheck, and considered it his worst film.
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"Blood Tide" (1982)
A treasure hunter on a Greek island accidentally frees an ancient evil from its underwater prison, prompting the locals to demand a human sacrifice to satiate the beast's centuries-long hunger. A couple of newlywed tourists are caught in the middle of the sea-monster shenanigans.
A slow moving horror flick with some nice Mediterranean scenery, a cast that's probably better than the movie deserves (James Earl Jones, Jose Ferrer) and plenty of female eye candy courtesy of Lydia "Too Close For Comfort" Cornell and Deborah "Dallas" Shelton.
I've seen this one before and I think I liked it better this time around but it's still far from essential viewing. 
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"They Live" (1988)
A drifter (Roddy Piper) comes into possession of a pair of special sunglasses that allows him to see the "truth" behind our reality - the world is run by skull-faced aliens intent on keeping the human population obedient and asleep. Once his eyes have been opened, he joins a resistance movement to take the planet back.
John Carpenter's cult classic, tongue in cheek sci-fi/action satire is tons of violent fun, and features one of the all time greatest fight scenes ever put to film, when Roddy and Keith David throw down for a solid five minutes of bare knuckle brawling in an alley way.
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Freddy- have you ever seen "Harem Scarem" ? it's really something. Elvis one

Rev. Powell

Quote from: lester1/2jr on November 17, 2022, 12:56:03 AM
Freddy- have you ever seen "Harem Scarem" ? it's really something. Elvis one

I love HARUM SCARUM. The only Elvis movie I ever enjoyed.

INCREDIBLE BUT TRUE: A French couple buy a new house with a time-travel tunnel in it; the wife becomes obsessed with it, while the husband is more concerned with work, where his boss' strange new body modification is causing friction. A relatively restrained Quentin Dupieux absurdist comedy that restricts itself to only two crazy ideas, but does feature a bit of formal narrative experimentation as he wraps things up with a 10+ minute montage (and an epilogue quoting from "Un Chien Anadalou.") 3/5.
I'll take you places the hand of man has not yet set foot...

lester1/2jr

#2352
Walk East On Beacon (1952) - I live and work in Boston so this was interesting, but I'm not sure how much it would be to anyone else. It was filmed here and there are lots of recognizable shots but then again it all still looks the same. There are lots of "The Good Shepherd" type things were someone puts a bag down and someone else picks it up and code words and stuff are spoken.

Communists are trying to steal some sort of mathematical equation some guy is in the process of coming up with. They snoop around and are disciplined and are all fifth column-y everywhere. These sort of things are often called "police procedural" and there's a lot of procedure going on. The police are constantly setting up secret cameras and observing people and having tons of officers covering every person the suspect sees and so forth. The communist chicks aren't bad looking but they could have done more in that area. It's a crime movie with some mild noir aspirations

4.25 /5

Law and Order:Boston basically. circa red scare

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Quote from: lester1/2jr on November 17, 2022, 12:56:03 AM
Freddy- have you ever seen "Harem Scarem" ? it's really something. Elvis one

My Dad was a huge Elvis fan, and would watch any of his movies whenever they were on TV, so I am fairly sure I must have seen Harem Scarem at some point... though I don't remember anything about it.

My wife and I watch "Clambake" whenever we come across it because it's a running gag between us that would take too long to explain :D
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"Conan The Destroyer" (1984)
In the sequel to "Conan the Barbarian," the muscle bound warrior is enlisted by a queen to guide a princess across dangerous territory to recover a priceless jewel, battling a variety of beasties and bad guys along the way. Of course, late in the film Conan learns that the queen has her own nefarious plans for the girl and the powerful artifact.
Lighter in tone than the first film, "Destroyer" still has its fair share of butt kicking and features a better supporting cast (Grace Jones, Wilt Chamberlain, Olivia D'Abo), some of whom can actually act. The special effects may not have aged well but otherwise, an entertaining fantasy flick.
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