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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:18 am

^ The Black Christmas remake at least has a cool writer behind it: April Wolfe, who hosts Switchblade Sisters, a cool podcast where female filmmakers are interviewed about their favorite horror and action films.

Horror certainly is killing it now. It feels like there's a big one coming out every month or so, and it's the most... I don't know, 'reliable' genre? We even have several directors who are gaining quite a bit of prestige as horror movie directors, essentially forming their own brands independent of relying on franchises. This feels like a massive leap for the genre.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby superhedorahsaiyan » Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:33 am

finally got around to see Audition. fantastic and disturbing movie. put me off acupuncture for life.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby sentaison » Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:17 pm

War of the Worlds, the 1953 version. Still the best updated retelling of Welles classic. Even with the now dated f/x it still has a punch in the scenes where the Martian war machines deal out destruction. Admittedly I have a bias as this was a favorite to watch on tv growing up, but it's still got classic designs on the Martian invaders and their tech.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby O.Supreme » Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:05 pm

^ Agreed, it is a classic, and still an amazing film. Around the time of the Tom Cruise/Spielberg version (which admittedly I don't hate), there were a bunch of Asylum level rip-offs. One of them however, was a *probably* nearly 3 hour version that was pretty faithful to the original novel. Set in 19th century England etc... Unfortunately the effects were PS1 level looking, so I eventually got rid of it. I'd still like to see a faithful adaptation of the original novel done right. With the increased budget offered by various streaming platforms, one would think this would be a ripe candidate for a micro series, maybe 3-4 hour long installments?
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:05 pm

superhedorahsaiyan wrote:finally got around to see Audition. fantastic and disturbing movie. put me off acupuncture for life.


I never got into that movie. Everyone ranted and raved about it and I found it to be utterly boring.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:22 pm

superhedorahsaiyan wrote:finally got around to see Audition. fantastic and disturbing movie. put me off acupuncture for life.


One of my favorite films. It's one of those movies I can just watch over and over and not get tired of.

I think the entire third act is terrifying, not just the torture stuff.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:35 am

It 2 - "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!"!!!! 10/10
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby O.Supreme » Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:55 pm

MIB International. A lot of critics stated it seemed everyone acting in this film was just *phoning it in* to collect a paycheck. I don't agree. I think they had fun. The plot is at least different, whether it's better or worse I'll let each person decide for himself. It certainly is the weakest in the franchise, but not a terrible film. In an age when there are so many awful films. A *boring* film I'll take as a victory if nothing else.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby superhedorahsaiyan » Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:26 am

recently rented Nightmare Cinema. Like with most horror anthologies, the stories are going to be hit or miss. has some decent directors behind it. 3 out of 5
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:34 pm

It 1990 - Oh boy, where do I start? First, I guess I should give you a spoiler warning since I'm going to be mentioning things from Chapter 2 of the new movie.

Anyway, okay...

1. Where the friggin hell is Bill's guilt over Georgie's disapp... uh... death? None of that was present at all.

2. Henry served absolutely no purpose in this thing at all. It doesn't help that he was a bumbling idiot. Hell, Bulk and Skull were far more threatening than this turd wad and his goons.

3. No horocrux search.

4. No Lepers, no derelict house, no headless creatures, no deformed face picture monster, no giant statute of Paul Bunyan coming to life, no trio of Scary doors, no disembodied kids that were taken, no George taunting Bill, no backstory to Pennywise or even the arrival of the Dead Lights, no Losers Club breaking up for a month, no first encounter with Pennywise as a group, etc.

5. They never actually did anything to go into detail on Beverly's dad. All it seemed like was he was a jerk, not a molestering abusive monster.

6. They hardly did "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" with the history of Derry itself. Most of the stuff about it was just some quick passing comments and nothing more.

7. No pacing. The scene where George meets Pennywise had no build up whatsoever. In fact, it felt like the scene was sped up.

8. They beat Pennywise with a rock and their fists. ARE YOU "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" KIDDING ME?!

9. Ben's poem makes no sense since Beverly was not a red head.

10. No funhouse scene. Or amusement park at all.

11. Mike's parents are alive, destroying his entire character arc as a child.

I could go on and on but holy "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" did this suck. Even without comparing it to the newest movies it lacked any sense of suspense or tension. The clips I saw over the years told the truth, Pennywise was just some dumbass who thought he was scary, but there wasn't a single shred of atmosphere to make him scary. It was just Tim Curry in a clown suit, that's it. He got beat by a rock. A ROCK! Twice no less.

The acting was pretty awful too as Young Bill and Adult Beverly were bad, really bad. Furthermore, neither actor for Bill was able to pull off the stuttering as it felt forced. Like in the new movies, Stan is by far the most worthless character of the club, which explains why he is the one to die as an adult. His whole purpose was just to be there to die.

I guess this is definitely one of these movies you had to watch when it first came out in 1990, though with such amazing suspenseful films like The Thing, Alien, Halloween, and The Fog, I have no idea how anyone would find this the least bit scary. Maybe I would think differently if I had any sort of nostalgia for this film, but I just can't take anyone seriously that says this one is better than the new ones. The only scene I can really praise is when all of the fog surrounded the kids when they were in the sewer towards their "climatic" battle with Pennywise.

Overall, my entire response to this movie is summed up by Pennywise's laughing scene in the library that is used as a joke in YouTube reviews. This adaptation was a joke. 5/10.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:48 am

My review for Ch 2:

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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:23 pm

It: Chapter II

Not as good as the first by virtue of how the chunk of the story adapted into movie #1 was perfectly streamlined into movie form. In having to adapt the rest of the story the form is... lumpier, not as elegant - but the amiable cast and amiable storytelling make you not mind much and the three hours manage to go by not feeling like three hours at all. James Ransone and Bill Vader are terrific. They carry the film.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby klen7 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:28 pm

Crying Freeman - If I had seen this when it came out, it would have been my favorite movie for years. Now the action is a bit dated compared to the films it inspired (interestingly a key scene in John Wick 2 is almost verbatim the climax of this film, also the main actor, Mark Acascos stars in John Wick 3) and it feels very 90s (which had me smiling throughout) but there's a visual sense that Christophe Gans (Silent Hill, Brotherhood of the Wolf) manages to capture in his films that elevates it into a pleasant viewing experience to date. This has been a movie I have wanted to watch for years, but had trouble tracking down for one reason or another, which had to do with some legal issue that kept it from ever being released on home video in the US. It's on Amazon Prime streaming now but there are no subtitles for the Japanese or Chinese dialog (which are in regular supply) -- interestingly this movie seems to transition language to language in the same conversation. The more i think about, the more I like this flick, I wish there was a decent release with more complete subtitles.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:14 pm

Went to see It 2 again. Still a near perfect masterpiece.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby EricDent » Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:48 pm

O.Supreme wrote:My kids never watched Dora except one time at my aunt's house, I recall a pretty horrendous "I'm the Map" song which Brian Regan famously riffed on. Please tell me they reference that bit in the film.


Yeah they make fun of the various songs a bit in the movie.

Anyhow I watched a bunch of stuff recently (I get busy & forget about this site).

National Treasure, All 3 recent Narnia movies, & the 4 BBC Narnia TV movies.
Along with stuff mentioned in the anime topic.

Then I did a Redbox night:

The Banana Splits Movie: Yeah, this was WEIRD! Very bloody, and just random as heck to make a movie based on such an old property.
While I realize they were most likely trying to make a movie based on Five Nights at Freddy's, this actually kinda worked with these characters.
The only small issues that I saw were that some of the Splits looked a bit off, especially Fleagle (the dog).
The weird thing is that they even set-up for a sequel...

Brightburn: What if Superman was evil? That's basically what this movie was about. A boy starts getting more & more powerful, and his adoptive parents didn't teach him the values that Clark Kent has. So he starts killing people just to cover up his problems. Like being interested in a young lady, and he sneaks into her room, and she freaks out at school.
Again pretty bloody & dark (make sure to watch during the credits).
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:23 pm

It Chapter 2- I thought it was ok. It was a bit to long for my tastes and I probably would have enjoyed it a bit more if the drunk guy sitting two seats next to me on his date would have kept his mouth shut for the entire movie, but no he had to blabber on and get REALLY loud. I should have gotten up complained to the theater staff and got my money back as well as get that "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" kicked out of the theater but I guess I'm a bit nicer than that. I really hope that was his first date and the dbag ruined any chances of a second date with the girl.

Brightburn- Again I thought this was okay, pacing was good and the plot was interesting but it could have been better. I am interested in seeing where they take this franchise if they decide to continue it.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:05 am

Twilight Zone The Movie - I have no idea what the hell they were thinking with this one, but it was bad, really bad. The opening segment with Brooks and Akroyd was fun. The first story was interesting at first but the dude had no redemption arc at all. The Twilight Zone is supposed to give any of its main douchebags a chance to redeem themselves, but they dropped the ball big time here. The second story was an okay take on Kick the Can. It wasn't bad as Crathers really made it enjoyable. On the other hand, this piss poor whatever the hell you call this "adaptation" of It's a Good Life was hardly recognizable. Though, it just got worse with that joke of an adaptation of Nightmare at 20,000 Feet. Good god was that dreadful. There was absolutely no suspense, no tension, no atmosphere at all. In fact, that is the biggest issue, this movie lacked any atmosphere. It was just some modern filmmakers saying, "Hey, let's take a masterpiece and "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" all over it, but audiences will eat it up." I'm not mad I watched it, as I'm glad I did, I just expected so much better. I'm going to give it a generous 4/10.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby H-Man » Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:11 pm

The first story was interesting at first but the dude had no redemption arc at all.


That would be because they had to use whatever footage was already shot to salvage the segment after the accident that cost Vic Morrow his life.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:50 pm

^ and Steven Spielberg, wanting to wash his hands of the whole sordid affair but contractually obligated to direct a segment, switched she his segment from the more meaty and dramatic Monsters Are Due on Maple Street into a kinder, gentler story in Kick the Can.

Totally disagree with Kain there about the last two segments. They are definitely the highlight of the movie, and while they don't have the subtlety of the original TV versions The over-the-top, EC Comics inspired madness of them is quite appealing.

Started this year's Halloween viewing. Started with Scream, which I have never seen before because the popularity of it and the movies that came after it had created just before my teens. It's quite good, and Wes Craven is such a master of manipulation that even though I knew the twist ending the movie somehow convinced me my knowledge was wrong and I got to be suprised by an ending I already knew!

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) came next. One of the greatest of all time.

Saw the original Child's Play and, having been used to the later, more comedy oriented incarnations of Chucky I was surprised by just how scary and effective this first movie is. The moment where he comes to life for the first time onscreen in the mom's hands had to be a great moment to see in a theater the first time!
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:12 pm

H-Man wrote:
The first story was interesting at first but the dude had no redemption arc at all.


That would be because they had to use whatever footage was already shot to salvage the segment after the accident that cost Vic Morrow his life.


I get that, but it still doesn't help the narrative itself. Frankly, they should have just scrapped that entire segment entirely and shot something else considering that entire thing was done with illegals.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby XvGojira » Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:00 pm

Child's Play 2019 - Way better than expected. I had low expectations to begin with and It's not anything grand or ground breaking but for being a remake of a slasher franchise it does exactly what it intends to do. I was surprised at how much of Chuck was practical effects, although his mouth movements are mostly crude open/close but there's a literal magical reason voodoo Chucky's mouth can do more than what the "real" Good Guy dolls can do in either film. Mark Hamill is adequate for the most part as an advanced children's toy AI. Some of the murder quips aren't really up to snuff. Having him say "This is for Tupac" before a kill because the kids were making him say it earlier made some narrative sense but felt like a waste of an opportunity and a lame joke. Hamill shines best though when Chucky is overly protective, overly jealous, that's when he starts getting psychotic. Neither version of Chucky want to harm Andy but for different reasons, although I could, if sequels happen, see AI Chucky going Kathy Bates in Misery on Andy. Also Bear McCreary's theme is awesome. I had it playing on a loop for like a week straight.

Although I wish this wasn't a total reboot. I would have loved it if the post credit stinger was OG Chucky seeing the news and getting pissed some robo schmuck was stealing his thunder. But I'm sure I'm in the minority with that.

[Edit] Wrong Kathy Bates movie.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby lhb412 » Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:19 pm

^ A mid-credits scene where OG Chucky flips out about some imposter would've been great!

Horror Noire is a great horror documentary about black people in American horror films where all interviewees are black. The only problem with this movie is that it's too short! They have so many interesting things to cover and at an hour and twenty minutes or so you just wish that it was an hour longer (and more Ken Foree and Keith David talking to each other!).

Pieces is a Spanish/American slasher film from the director of Pod People. It also stars the same guy who played Rick in Pod People. You see his dick and later his balls explode.

C.H.U.D. is pretty dull.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby Dr Kain » Fri Sep 27, 2019 12:40 am

Batman Hush - What a crock of "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" this was. It is by far the worst adaptation of any Batman story I have ever seen. Hell, it makes the Adam West show look amazing. I'm not even sure where to start with this bastardization. No Killer Croc, no Talia, no Ra's al Ghul, Lex Luthor is a member of the Justice League despite him not even being in the comic, Waller is a super model, Batgirl was there, Damien was there, what the friggin hell kind of bullshit adaptation is this? It should have been called SHUSH because it was not even remotely trying to be faithful to the source material at all.

Should I even get into the bullshit reveal of Hush's identity? Who was the dumbass moron that thought THAT was a good idea? It completely diminishes a top notch Batman villain and turns them into the most generic garbage ever. Jesus this thing was utter "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!".

It also doesn't help that the music was beyond forgettable. Hell, it was barely even noticeable which is NOT how I should be feeling about a Batman movie. The best thing about this movie was the development of Catwoman because no one else had even a single shred of development at all. Batman was the same jackass "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" at the end of the movie that he was in the beginning. I'm done talking about this wretched waste. 3/10.

The Sgt Rock Showcase short was quite enjoyable though. I loved getting to see the Creature Commandos in animated form. This short gets an 8/10 from me.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby O.Supreme » Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:12 am

^ That's what happens when they try to shove everything in a *contrived* new 52 continuity. I wish they would just make these stand alone films more faithful to the source.
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Re: Recently watched movies!

Postby XvGojira » Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:04 pm

O.Supreme wrote:^ That's what happens when they try to shove everything in a *contrived* new 52 continuity. I wish they would just make these stand alone films more faithful to the source.


Like they did when they started their DTV run after JLU ended. They switched up their cast and art style with each movie.

But sticking to mostly one style is probably easier on the animators (less chance of making something off model if they've worked with those designs/that style of long periods) and thus cheaper.

I wouldn't mind if they made a style and mostly stuck to it, but I don't think sticking with the New 52 versions was a good idea. While I haven't read comics regularly in ages, my impression based on my recollection of the headlines about the series was that is wasn't the most well received. While Marvel may have upset fans with Spider-man sacrificing his marriage to save Aunt May, it seemed like DC's problems were more about the whole thing than a few rouge story lines. It seemed like it wasn't long before they rebooted again with the Rebirth stuff. Before this it seemed like the comics stuck with their timeline/era for about a decade before rebooting.
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