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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby O.Supreme » Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:50 am

Had a fun movie night on Saturday, just a bunch of friends, all in our 40's watching old movies, and my son, who had to endure our "old guy" talk....

Tron -I had not seen this in so long, I definitely have more of an appreciation of it now.

Tron Legacy- A way better sequel than I believe it gets credit for. Its one of the many late sequels, nobody asked for, but it does a really good job of creating a compelling story, and of course the updated effects are amazing.

Krull I still love this film. James Horner's score is about 80% the same as Wrath of Khan though, which is itself a great movie score, but we had a lot of fun with that. :wink:
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:59 am

Considering how much people drag on it nowadays I think Godzilla '14 is rapidly becoming one of the most underrated Godzilla movies.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby jellydonut25 » Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:11 pm

lhb412 wrote:Considering how much people drag on it nowadays I think Godzilla '14 is rapidly becoming one of the most underrated Godzilla movies.

People dragged on it a bit back when it first came out too....but I think the more vocal supporters have just kinda let it go now.

One big knock on the movie is that the home video transfer is so hideous, it kinda cuts out on people re-watching it much at home.


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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby klen7 » Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:51 pm

jellydonut25 wrote:One big knock on the movie is that the home video transfer is so hideous, it kinda cuts out on people re-watching it much at home.

This. It looked fine on my 1080p when i first got it, but it is pretty rough to watch it on my 4K TV only a couple years later
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby eabaker » Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:26 pm

Suffered through Insidious: the Last Key last night.

Lousy structure, painful exposition, repeated expectation that we'll be emotionally invested in reveals involving characters we have no reason to care about, agonizing attempts at comic relief, and... jesus "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" christ... in the end it turns out that the real "last key" was family...
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Wed May 02, 2018 9:22 am

Night of the Demons (1988)

This is such a Halloween movie, you know? All latex and cobwebs - it's like a Goosebumps episode with gore and nudity. I watched this film because the VHS cover scared me as a kid (and '80s VHS covers are the scariest thing ever), and I appreciate how the cover didn't mince about with the some hide-the-monster bull and just said "lets just show off the best makeup effect in the movie."
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby eabaker » Wed May 02, 2018 1:37 pm

lhb412 wrote:Night of the Demons (1988)

This is such a Halloween movie, you know? All latex and cobwebs - it's like a Goosebumps episode with gore and nudity. I watched this film because the VHS cover scared me as a kid (and '80s VHS covers are the scariest thing ever), and I appreciate how the cover didn't mince about with the some hide-the-monster bull and just said "lets just show off the best makeup effect in the movie."


I think if I'd seen this flick as a kid I probably would have some nostalgic affection for it, but I didn't see it until it was in my twenties, and it just didn't seem to offer anything I hadn't seen done better/more enjoyably in other movies (probably most notably Demons [1985]).
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby XvGojira » Fri May 04, 2018 3:59 am

Had fun watching junk with some friends on a projector.

The Stabilizer - An Indonesian movie about cops busting up a drug smuggling operation that's part kung-fu, part Rambo, and uses Count Floyd's dungeon set.

XXX - Return of Xander Cage - Stupid but fun. Also they do their best to hide how flabby Vin is in this film.

Kung Fu Yoga - Didn't watch the whole thing. But the Lord of the Rings meets Dynasty Warriors complete with CGI Jackie Chan opening was great. We are fine with dumb, but not dumb and borning we moved on to....

Die Another Day - Aside from some wonky CGI, I honestly don't see why this one gets such a bad wrap compared to some of the other Bonds. But I guess when your "serious" spy movie is as ridiculous as the Mike Meyer's spy-spoof movie it might turn some people off.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Fri May 04, 2018 11:56 pm

Lupin III The Castle of Cagliostro - What a damn good movie that was! It had a few slow parts in the middle as that first hour did drag a little, but other than that, it was fantastic. 9/10.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Sat May 05, 2018 12:47 am

The Beyond

Lucio Fulci movie about an old hotel being renovated, only for a portal to hell to be discovered in the basement. By the end of the movie it's about zombies. Lots of extended gore sequences, some rather creative and interesting, but there's just so much of it that by the end I was a bit sick of it. You can only have so many scenes of people having their eyes gouged out.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby O.Supreme » Sun May 06, 2018 4:33 pm

Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell. I guess Michael Gross needed another payday. :lol: . But seriously, it almost seems like this film was made just to make sure there are more films in this franchise than in the Sharknado series. Admittedly, these still seem somewhat professionally done, even if still schlocky (Universal still puts their logo at the beginning) . Admittedly it was different, sending them to the Canadian Arctic this time, with a supposed Bio-weapon twist, and Gummer's life on the line in this one (has Graboid poisoning...) . I guess the next Logical step is Tremors in Space. C'mon Kevin Bacon, stop teasing the fans and just make your comeback....
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Postby lhb412 » Sun May 06, 2018 4:40 pm

^Kevin Bacon was supposed to come back in a new Tremors TV show. I think they even shot the pilot (I've seen pics of Bacon in costume as the older version of his character - complete with Graboid tattoo) but recently it was announced SYFY wasn't going to pick up the series.

Maybe they'll shop it around to other networks/streaming services?
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby klen7 » Sun May 06, 2018 6:27 pm

Alec Gillis posted on his instagram that he had pitched Graboids in the subway system of New York for Tremors 2 - with the tagline "The Big Apple has worms" - it apparently climaxed with a scene involving the graboids rushing up the elevators of the Empire State Building.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby XvGojira » Mon May 07, 2018 4:20 am

klen7 wrote:Alec Gillis posted on his instagram that he had pitched Graboids in the subway system of New York for Tremors 2 - with the tagline "The Big Apple has worms" - it apparently climaxed with a scene involving the graboids rushing up the elevators of the Empire State Building.


That's kind of terrifying to me actually.

I haven't the new Tremors but I wasn't a fan of the re-design of the graboids in the last movie and it seems like the designs in the new movie are similar.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby eabaker » Mon May 07, 2018 4:18 pm

lhb412 wrote:The Beyond

Lucio Fulci movie about an old hotel being renovated, only for a portal to hell to be discovered in the basement. By the end of the movie it's about zombies. Lots of extended gore sequences, some rather creative and interesting, but there's just so much of it that by the end I was a bit sick of it. You can only have so many scenes of people having their eyes gouged out.


I have fallen asleep literally every time I tried to watch this movie (three times now).
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Mon May 07, 2018 7:59 pm

eabaker wrote:I have fallen asleep literally every time I tried to watch this movie (three times now).


I saw the very end of this movie many years ago on TCM in the middle of the night and thought it was really cool.

... the very end is indeed really cool. Best thing in the movie!

Ready Player One

Really enjoyable! I mean, it's Spielberg, so his baseline of competency means even at his most middling he's a more effective and affective storyteller than pretty much everyone else. Is Ready Player One a better movie than Avengers: Infinity War? Eh, hard to say, but is it better directed and more effectively told? Yeah, yes it is.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Tue May 08, 2018 12:12 am

lhb412 wrote:Is Ready Player One a better movie than Avengers: Infinity War? Eh, hard to say, but is it better directed and more effectively told? Yeah, yes it is.


Nah, not even close. RPO was great, but it's story has been done many times before. Infinity War, on the other hand, has not. We've never had a movie that focused on a super villain like this before. Not to mention a movie that put in all of the characters that had been developed over the last 10 years before. Sure, we've had crossovers before with Destroy All Monsters and House of Frankenstein, but they didn't bring back the main characters, just the monsters.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Tue May 08, 2018 12:22 am

^I just mean that Spielberg is better at scene geography and composition and editing and all the other little things that are so important especially in an adventure movie.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby klen7 » Thu May 10, 2018 2:06 pm

Netflix has the live action Full Metal Alchemist movie. I haven't seen the anime and only read the first volume of the manga 15+ years ago - so i really didn't remember much about it beyond what happened with the kids mother and the arm and leg. So i didn't really have a bias on this one like my friend that is into anime (who said it was terrible) - There were plenty of visually interesting effects shots and it would be easily described as horror in a few spots. I think the last 15 minutes of the movie lasted about 30 minutes too long on account of not actually accomplishing much, and as a standalone film we didn't really get a satisfying arc, mostly just the first film in series. Ultimately that is the movies biggest flaw, and an unfortunate pattern i feel like is showing up more often, imho each movie needs to stand on its own, its why i typically prefer movies to television - just give me a satisfying story and i will be back, dont string me along in hopes that you make enough money to complete the story years from now. I will say that the CG work, was plentiful, creative and well used moreso than a lot of other Japanese flicks.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Thu May 10, 2018 10:34 pm

^I heard that they tried to cram the entire storyline of FA into that one movie... and I was like "that can't be right?"
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Thu May 10, 2018 11:58 pm

After Death Note, Ghost in the Shell, and Attack on Titan, I have no interest in FMA. I'm tired of Asian washing my white characters and white washing my Asian ones.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Sun May 13, 2018 12:24 am

Infinity War again - 10/10

Deadpool - Getting ready for the second one, so had to watch it. 10/10
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby klen7 » Thu May 17, 2018 3:22 pm

ZËIЯAM 2 - It had been a while since I had seen Zeiram, so I rewatched it first. It still holds up pretty well despite feeling little derivative at times, which is a little disingenuous as a criticism because it is pretty uniquely original in more ways than not... Anyway, the second movie seems to embrace all the things good about the first film and runs with them. Iria is even more badass this time around and the action choreography has improved. Yukijiro Hotaru hams it wonderfully once more. Teppei and Kamiya still play off each other well. Keita Amemiya's unique designs and eagerness to blend many different special effects techniques continues to be reason enough to check out his films. I am looking forward to checking out "Moon Over Tao"
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby XvGojira » Fri May 18, 2018 1:31 am

Deadpool 2 - It was good. I think the pacing in the first was better. While there are some great laughs I feel like I laughed more consistently and throughout the first. But that's because the second one has a plot that wants to be serious (or at least more serious than the first) causing longer patches of "serious plot" between jokes about genitals and 80's references. And it's the whiplash between the comedy and the scenes trying to making an emotional connection with the audience that disrupts the flow of the movie, like if a roller coaster suddenly shifting to a log flume for long stretches.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby O.Supreme » Fri May 18, 2018 11:13 am

klen7 wrote:ZËIЯAM 2 - It had been a while since I had seen Zeiram, so I rewatched it first. It still holds up pretty well despite feeling little derivative at times, which is a little disingenuous as a criticism because it is pretty uniquely original in more ways than not... Anyway, the second movie seems to embrace all the things good about the first film and runs with them. Iria is even more badass this time around and the action choreography has improved. Yukijiro Hotaru hams it wonderfully once more. Teppei and Kamiya still play off each other well. Keita Amemiya's unique designs and eagerness to blend many different special effects techniques continues to be reason enough to check out his films. I am looking forward to checking out "Moon Over Tao"


I love the ZËIЯAM duology, and the animated series. I'd love to see a 3rd entry, not sure what sort of story they could come up with, but it couldn't be any worse than Terminator Genysis :lol: . Yûko Moriyama is such a wonderful actress, and the comedy duo of Kunihiro Ida & Yukijirō Hotaru is a nice distraction from the more heavy action/violent parts. Oh and the music in both these films is great as well, now I want to listen to the soundtrack.
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