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« Reply #90 on: March 23, 2020, 10:23:21 AM »

"Vice Academy Part 2" (1990)
Ditzy rookie cops Holly (Ginger Lynn Allen) and Dee Dee (Linnea Quigley) have graduated from the academy and are given their first "real" assignment - to track down the super villainess "Spanish Fly," who plans to spike the city water supply with a lethal aphrodisiac.
...I swear, I am not making this up.
Obviously you don't watch ultra-cheap sex comedies like these for realistic plots or great performances, you watch 'em for the eye candy, which this flick delivers in spades. Casting former porn queen Ginger Lynn as the uptight, prim & proper half of the lead duo is also good for a few chuckles. Otherwise, this series is mainly for those who think the "Police Academy" flicks are too cerebral.
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« Reply #91 on: March 23, 2020, 12:33:31 PM »

is that Glenn Danzig one  BounceGiggle
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« Reply #92 on: March 23, 2020, 12:35:29 PM »

OCEAN'S ELEVEN (2001)

Danny Ocean and his ten accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.

Get ready for an unpopular opinion...

I enjoy scam movies a lot. I decided to give this one a chance, even when it's filled with actors hated by me, since it's quite famous and generally regarded as a great movie, and by many as the ultimate con movie. Boy I was disappointed.
First of all, my biggest gripe with this film: I don't care about any of the characters. I don't even know the names of most of them, the only one who has a little bit of development is Ocean himself but since he's played by George Clooney it doesn't matter because that man can't act - he's literally smiling in every single scene. The only character for whom I cared a little was Saul, but after thinking about it I realized that his job is completely unnecesary: why go through all the effort of bringing the explosives into the vault when they had a man inside? Why not just give them to the chinese fella and avoid the whole suitcase drama?

The whole movie is filled with plot holes like this one that only serve to pad the film, like the romantic interest that it's 100% useless, and full of "what if" situations. What if the EMP didn't worked? What if the tech guy got caught while lost? What if the entered the room where Ocean was getting beaten? The amount of chance this plan was based on is so ridiculous that borders in the realm of magic. I like my scam movies to be rooted in reality, that's why they're fun, because they can easily happen around us.

And what's up with the uplifting music after they commited a robbery like this? Am I supposed to feel good about these criminals? They're thiefs for f**k sake. I actually cheered the whole movie for Benedict. I waited for a nice twist at the end that salvaged this whole mess but it never came. Instead, it was filled with cliches: girlfriend goes with the bad guy but at the end she stays with the "good" guy, bad guy is bad because he has money and therefore he must be evil and do evil stuff, no one ever caughts them even when the government itself may be after them, they're all so incredibly good at what they do that not even the entire staff at the casino can even stop them, etc.

I felt like this movie was the GOODFELLAS of scam films: flashy and cocky, but with crappy plot and even crappier characters. And like GOODFELLAS, it's held like some sort of sacred piece of art. Sorry, but to me, it's more like a piece of crap.

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« Reply #93 on: March 23, 2020, 02:46:59 PM »

is that Glenn Danzig one  BounceGiggle

Yeah, I'll have a brief writeup/warning on my site in a couple of days.
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« Reply #94 on: March 24, 2020, 02:24:34 AM »

The Stand (1994)

A deadly virus kills most of the population except for a group of people immune to the disease. However, the survivors must take a stand and face an evil force.
I've actually never seen this even though it was omni-present in video rental stores back in the day. The Stand was released to blu-ray last year remastered and restored (they had to fix special effects since they didn't translate well to HD) and it looks quite nice. Shot on 16mm which gives it an undenial slight "cheap" amateurish look and feel but I got used to it as it went along. Acting is strong with only a few awkward moments. Entertaining time capsule and with a running time of six hours perfect for quarantine-viewing. 4.5/5
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« Reply #95 on: March 24, 2020, 05:53:20 PM »

MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE (1935): Having nothing to do with the title, this W.C. Fields vehicle has the Great Man as a henpecked husband who only wants to see a wrestling match, but gets himself into disaster after disaster instead. It's a patchwork collection of gags, from drunk burglars singing in the cellar to Fields getting 4 different traffic tickets in the space of five minutes, but you really have to root for a hardworking guy who only wants to watch wrestling and drink homemade applejack in his spare time. 3.5/5.
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« Reply #96 on: March 24, 2020, 09:39:51 PM »

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Been out for almost twenty years now and it's still a delight.
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« Reply #97 on: March 24, 2020, 09:46:12 PM »

"Annabelle" (2014)
Creepy-cool spin off from "The Conjuring" set in the late 60s, with a young couple battling to keep their newborn daughter safe from a demonically possessed doll that wants her soul. A nicely done period piece that owes more to vintage flicks like "Rosemary's Baby" than the "Chucky" style killer doll schlock I'd expected.
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« Reply #98 on: March 24, 2020, 10:52:56 PM »

"Annabelle" (2014)
Creepy-cool spin off from "The Conjuring" set in the late 60s, with a young couple battling to keep their newborn daughter safe from a demonically possessed doll that wants her soul. A nicely done period piece that owes more to vintage flicks like "Rosemary's Baby" than the "Chucky" style killer doll schlock I'd expected.

Growing up I had a neighbor who was raised in a strict backwoods type of Bible faith in West Virginia, and she used to tell me people should not have dolls because putting human features on them violated the graven images prohibitions in the Bible. She could get creepy telling about dolls being a focal point for evil spirits who came to have a draining effect on the children who loved the dolls.

She never got into anything as hokey as the scary dolls shown in movies, them moving, talking, any of that, but she told some spooky yarns she said were true, about children coming to love their dolls more than people and the dolls influencing their minds and alienating people around them, spirits residing in the dolls and things like that.

She was a sweet lady but man when she got going she could tell me stuff in a way that'd scare me later in bed at night, lol.
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« Reply #99 on: March 25, 2020, 08:57:31 AM »

ONWARD (2020): An elf quests to resurrect his father for one day in a fantasy world of centaurs and dragons, but where magic has been forgotten and suburban technology has taken over. Missing a breakthrough character, but its more Pixar magic with exciting action scenes, detailed worldbuilding, and positive messages. 3.5/5.
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« Reply #100 on: March 25, 2020, 01:46:33 PM »

Missing Link (2019)

Bigfoot lures an explorer to America so he can help him travel to the Himalayas to live with his Yeti relatives.
Funny stop-motion adventure from Laika Studios ("Coraline"). Nominated for best animation feature at the Oscars, Missing Link was a box office bomb and one can only wonder why. It is pretty original, charming and beautiful to look at. Some of the jokes are aimed at adults and are really hilarious. I enjoyed this quite a bit. 4/5
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« Reply #101 on: March 26, 2020, 12:06:24 PM »

"Slave to the Grind" (2018)
No, this is not a movie about the Skid Row album - it's a documentary about grindcore, the ultra-extreme offspring of hardcore punk and thrash/death metal which exploded all over the globe during the mid to late '80s. The genre's long, sometimes bizarre history is examined via vintage clips, photos and interviews with members of Napalm Death, Brutal Truth, Carcass, Agothacles, A.C., Repulsion, and many more. I'm not even a grind guy, but I enjoyed this entertaining, informative doc.
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« Reply #102 on: March 26, 2020, 01:17:21 PM »

POPPY (1936): W.C. Fields is a carnival con man who schemes to get a widow's fortune, while his daughter Poppy falls in love with a rich boy. Pretty standard comedy, but it's always fun to see Fields play a scoundrel with a heart of gold. 3/5.
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« Reply #103 on: March 27, 2020, 02:15:24 AM »

Planet of the Female Invaders (El planeta de las mujeres invasores) 1966

Continuing my exploration of silly 60s movies, I stumbled upon this, attracted by the title and the costumes of the titular invaders. Judging by the photos, it is a sequel of sorts to Gigantes Planetarios, which might explain some things (but not all). It would seem that someone saw Cat Women on the Moon, and thought that it would make a good movie for kids, but then without the gritty realism of the original. The result is incredibly goofy, and doesn't make any sense at all. Interestingly, the aliens land their flying saucer at an amusement park and disguise it as a carnival attraction to lure unsuspecting earthmen. Also, although this is a Mexican movie, the hero is a boxer and not a luchador.
Oddly, the basic plot is pretty bleak. The aliens abduct humans, so they can harvest their lungs, because the aliens can't breathe very long on earth. The aliens find out that children's lungs are much better suited, so they target a school with a death ray that zaps the adults, and capture a bunch of kids. This could be quite the horror movie, but these aliens are the most ineffectual and non threatening villains I have ever seen. This is silly on a Solarnauts level.
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« Reply #104 on: March 27, 2020, 09:37:21 AM »

"All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records" (2015)
A bittersweet documentary (directed by Tom Hanks' son, Colin) about the iconic record store chain, tracing its long and sometimes wild history -- from humble beginnings in early '60s Southern California through its massive growth in the '70s and '80s into a globally recognized music-biz brand, before sadly ending with Tower's swift demise at the dawn of the Napster era. Interviews with longtime Tower employees (and famous customers like Dave Grohl, Elton John, and Bruce Springsteen) confirm that Tower was the coolest record store ever to exist in the known universe, as if we didn't know that already.

Dammit, I miss Tower Records. :(
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