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  1. On 2/19/2020 at 10:13 PM, saltysam said:

    Dragon Force

    A Princess gets kidnapped by ninjas, CIA Operative Bruce Baron is sent on the rescue mission, he comes across a group of crime fighters called Dragon Force headed up by our boy Bruce Li. He proves himself to the team and they allow him to join, the team set out on the mission to rescue the princess. Interesting curio, one of Ho Chung Tao's last film roles. This movie has pretty much disappeared from sight,would be nice to find a remastered version. The chinese language subbed laserdisc rip i watched wasn't the best.

    Okay, when I saw Ninjas and Bruce Baron as a CIA guy I expected this to be another of those Godfrey Ho cut-and-splice films. Seems not from the rest of the summary and technicals.

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  2. On 2/4/2020 at 10:47 PM, Secret Executioner said:

    Nobody like me (CD) (1995 ?)

    Seems I made a mistake here as there doesn't seem to be a known year of release for this one. The 1995 date actually applies to a different release called Freak Out Song (Prime Cuts) that has a similar artwork.

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    On another subject, my latest finds from this past couple of weeks

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  3. Has anybody heard of a HK-based company called Omni Productions ? I heard a mention of it - as well as stuff having to do with Malaysia, apparently a market for an English dub ? - in this video about the Japanese cartoon Transformers Headmasters (Japan's alternative to season 4 of the 1980s Transformers cartoon) whose English dub they are responsible for. Lots of characters and elements got their names altered or butchered (lots of items become "powerpacks", characters have their name changed or some of their names misused), with some glorious stuff like Fortress Maximus being called "Spaceship Bruce" or Sixshot's job being "Ninja consultant" for the Decepticons... (the company is mentionned at 09:40 in the video and some of the dub's consequences make up the first point AKA number 20)

     

    And in case some of you wanna watch the second part, here it is:

     

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  4. 1 hour ago, AlbertV said:

    At least it won't be another boring origin story. It is said the film is set just two years after Bruce Wayne becomes Batman

    That's a big plus. While an origin story could be good (Batman begins is a great movie), I feel characters like Batman, Superman or Spider-Man have had their backstory told so often that we no longer need movies focused strictly on their background.

    Having the movie set a couple of years into his "carreer" can be a great choice IMO. I enjoyed the cartoon series The Batman (at least the first couple of seasons) and Batman begins partly for the evolution of Gotham once Batman becomes established - Batman is still relatively new (the first episode of The Batman starts with the third anniversary of his debut as a crime fighter) but the fact the crime masters in Gotham switch from regular thugs and the mafia to supervillains is kind of an aftermath of there being a Batman. As Gordon puts it in the end of Batman begins it's an escalade wherein whenever a new force emerges on the good side, the bad side replies with an attempt at overcoming said good force.

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  5. @AlbertV That Instagram link isn't working. :( Still, talking about "controled" when discussing someone playing a character like Carnage feels rather funny.

    Also, since this is a Sony production... Any chance of a crossover with the Amazing Spiderman Spidey at a point ? IIRC this is taking place in the same universe, though with Spidey joining the MCU this version of the franchise may be pretty much dead now (in spite of projects like a Sinister Six movie).

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  6. I'm not too onboard with the female Thor or the black Valkyrie, but it seems to be how the MCU is "reinventing" itself: girlpower and blackpower FTW.

    However, Christian Bale's involvment sounds interesting.But  I'm not familiar with Thor comics so I can't really say which villain he should be or will likely be. BTW, how many actors who formerly played DC heroes have yet to be in a MCU film ? Val Kilmer and George Clooney are two that come to mind, though I have no idea what parts they could have in the MCU.


  7. Saw it last night as I had been curious about it but missed its first run and it got back in theaters (at least my local theater) thanks to the Oscars. At first glance when the camera started following Blake and Schofield, I was like "geez, following people walking for two hours ? About as ground-breaking as Gus Van Sant's Gerry." But then I quickly put that feeling aside when the realism and the details in the reconstitution of the trenches and the no man's land were on display - mud, barbed wires, holes resulting from blasts, corpses... Looked pretty much like what they told about WWI in history class and man are some of those details gruesome (and as @KUNG FU BOB said, the reconstitution feels realistic to the point you can't pinpoint special effects like CGI)... Overall, the characters are all quite unique and colorful in their own ways. There's some good chemistry between the two leads, and the people they meet on their journey are all fairly unique and often have colorful traits.

    In its second half, the movie delivers more reconstitution of WWI with a town being a battlefield and I felt the character involved had literally gone to Hell - fire and ruins everywhere, enemies trying to shoot him... I felt though that while emotional and more poignant (as @Drunken Monk pointed out, this movie can wear you out on an emotional level with how strong it is), the second half also delivered a lot of clichees of the genre - there's an encounter with a civilian woman (and as often she's French - a very touching scene though, reminded me a bit of a similar scene from Sands of Iwo Jima), the attempt to find one of the protagonists' brother felt a bit Saving Private Ryan-like and the officer refusing to obey and sending soldiers to unavoidable doom could be reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory - though this scene's eventually followed by some dialogue that feels grim and pessimystic, but is also sadly realistic on what was going on and how the strategic thought process was at the time (a point that was kind of made fun of in Blackadder goes forth when Blackadder suggests the "strategy" is sending everybody out of the tranches to get slaughtered again and again hoping that maybe at one point there'll be a different outcome).

    The narrative device of constantly following the characters also reminded me of The 317th Platoon, where there's focus mostly on the main characters and the audience doesn't know more than them. Both films have a more realistic and grounded approach, resulting in attacks or bad stuff being more startling and emotional than in movies where you know of the stuff in advance. Actually, the attack in 1917 not only startle you because you don't expect them, but also because I felt the sound of the gunshots and of the explosions was very crisp and seemed to have been made very loud to be even more startling and apocalyptic.

     

    Definitely a very solid and investing film, you're really caught up with the leads in their attempt to succeed, and it's technically very spectacular. I noticed there was little to no soundtrack in this one, except for a few songs and a musical theme playing towards the end (making it even more of a tear-jerker) and as the ending credits rolled. Well worth seeing.

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  8. On 2/11/2020 at 5:21 PM, AlbertV said:

    Even though the film is already released, Warner Bros. announced that the title of the film has undergone another change. It is now the shortened Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey

    https://www.darkhorizons.com/birds-of-prey-scores-a-new-title/

    Seeing the trailers focused on her and she's front and center on the poster, they might as well call it Harley Quinn: the movie. :bs_coveredlaugh:

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  9. Peter Criss - Out of Control (vinyl) (1980)

    Kiss' drummer Peter Criss' first solo album following his departure in December 1979 (though it was made public only several months later, hence his appearance on the cover of Kiss' Unmasked). The album is fairly similar to his 1978 "solo" album, mixing ballads, bluesy numbers and a few rockers though the album feels more pop-oriented and isn't blues/jazz oriented as Peter Criss. The similarities could be due to the involvment of writer/composer/guitarist Stan Penridge who was an important contributor to the 1978 album and was very essential to this album's creation.

    Even though Peter never reached the success Kiss got with his song "Beth" - part of why he wanted to go solo and of the tensions with fellow Kiss members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons in the late 1970s -, I think Peter's 1978 album and this album here are well worth a listen - even though Kiss fans mostly hate Peter's 1978 album and put it towards the bottom, if not very last in their rankings of the band's albums.

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  10. On 2/3/2020 at 5:57 PM, AlbertV said:

    OMG! We'll get to see Elizabeth Olsen sport the classic Scarlet Witch outfit in the series...a grab from the Marvel Disney+ Superbowl Ad:

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    Either the costume does not translate well to live-action, or it will be more of an in-joke like her wearing this for Halloween or something.

    Anyway, I don't think it looks that great here.

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  11. Since today (February 4th) is his birthday, spent the day listening to some - maybe a lot of ? - Alice Cooper stuff (can you believe he is 72 ?!)

    School's out (vinyl) (1972)

    A classic mostly for the titletrack as the rest seems overlooked. Very solid material with the introduction of the phrase "Remember the Coop'" in "Alma Matter" and songs inspired by cartoons ("Luney Tune"), the musical West Side Story ("Gutter Cats vs the Jets") or school memories ("Alma Matter" mentions a teacher and a school from some of the members' past)... Broad spectrum if you ask me.

     

    Muscle of Love (vinyl) (1973)

    Final album for the Alice Cooper Group. I find it often gets overlooked, probably because of how huge its predecessor Billion Dollar Babies was. A notable track is "Teenage Lament '74" (based on its recurring inclusion on compilations), but a noteworthy (IMO) song would be "Man with the Golden Gun", a number written because Alice loved James Bond and then-newest film Live and let die had teased the next Bond film would be called that. 

     

    Alice Cooper goes to Hell (CD) (1976)His second album as a solo act. Liner notes suggest a link to Welcome to my Nightmare as this would be something told as a bedtime story to Steven. I enjoy the cheesiness of this one, though the songs are genuinely good - "Go to Hell" has been a live staple since the late 1970s and songs like "I never cry" or "Guilty" (the hardest rocker on the album) randomly find their ways in live setlists.

    The instrumental at the end of this video is a bit from "Wish you were here" (also from this album).

     

    DaDa (CD) (1983)

    One of his most bizarre and obscure albums, a favorite of mine but a lot of people seem to hate it. From the art - a part of a Dali painting whose title literally says that you're supposed to see French author/philosopher Voltaire's face in the middle of that market - to the musical direction to the songs' lyrics, everything is quite weird here.

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    I find "Former Lee Warmer" is my favorite number, and one that can summarize most of the album with its broody, haunting mood, a heavy focus on emotions and bizarre characters.

     

    The album was produced at possibly the worst time in Alice's life as he had fallen back into alcoholism and had been taking various kinds of drugs since some time during the Special Forces Tour (circa 1981/1982) - much like its predecessor Zipper catches Skin (1982), DaDa is an album Alice doesnt remember the recording of and didn't support with a tour. By the time the album came out, Alice's condition had degraded to a point he barely ate and drank heavily, his marriage was also crumbling, but Alice ultimately pulled through, quitting his bad habits for good (yup, he remained sober from then on) thanks notably to a new found passion for golf. 

    Speaking of sports, Alice mentions in the song "I love America" - a song one could say is at odds with the rest of the album - that "he loves the Tigers". Not surprising considering he grew up in Detroit, but he is apparently quite a fan of baseball IRL and especially of said Tigers - his favorite player is HOF member and former Tiger right fielder Al Kaline, he is friends with former Tiger player and 1984 champion Kirk Gibson and he threw the ceremonial first pitch of a game between the Tigers and the Blue Jays in Toronto in 2013 -, though his residing in Phoenix, AZ and recent footage (2016) seem to suggest he also loves the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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    Another personal nod is a reference to his uncle who introduced young Vincent Furnier to rock n roll music in "Enough's enough" ("Hey Dad... Why'd you hide your brother ?")

     

    Prince of Darkness (CD) (1989, compilation)

    A compilation containing mostly material from his "comeback" albums Constrictor (1986) and Raise your Fist and yell (1987) - I put comeback in quotes as DaDa was intended to be his final album, Alice having considered retiring at the time.

    Decent song selection from two albums that were aimed at the current Metal crowd enjoying the likes of W.A.S.P., Twister Sister and other acts obviously influenced by Alice. The album contains the most noteworthy songs from the time ("He's back" from the slasher film Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason lives, "Teenage Frankenstein", the singles "Freedom" and "Prince of Darkness"...) as well as "Lock me up" (that includes a spoken part by Robert Englund, so you get a Jason song and a Freddy song (well, sorta) on the same disc) and a rarity in the form of a live B-side - this supposed 1976 live recording of "Billion Dollar Babies" is actually a 1982 re-recording for a French TV special with fake audience sounds.

     

    Nobody like me (CD) (1995 ?)

    One of the gazillions releases of barely 20 minutes from the Alice Cooper Group's set at the Toronto Rock N Roll Revival festival in 1969. As with the vast majority of the recording's releases, the artwork is completely off, the song titles in the tracklist mostly bogus (save for "Nobody likes me") and the last two songs aren't even Alice Cooper songs but instead studio cuts by a Canadian singer named Ronnie Hawkins recorded in 1964 (and the live stuff with those two songs make the album's runtime a whooping 25 minutes). The quality isn't that great, but it could be considered some interesting piece for being a very early Alice Cooper performance that includes material from Pretties for you (1969) as well as Easy Action (1970) (one song each: "No longer Umpire" and "Lay down and die, Goodbye"), the non-album tracks "Nobody likes me" or "Don't blow your mind" (and were made available on the Life and Crimes boxset in 1999), and "Fields of Regret" having different lyrics than the version off Pretties for you somehow. I'm not 100% certain, but from memory I'd say this early ACG stuff would completely disappear from the live setlist and not appear on compilations (save for the aforementionned Life and Crimes boxset) after Love it to Death came out in 1971.

    From what I recall reading it can't be considered a bootleg but it's also not an official release because of some loophole, hence why so many releases (mostly by obscure labels) exist with such a broad variety of titles and artworks on various formats - I know of a couple of vinyl releases (notably Toronto Rock N Roll Revival 1969 Volume IV, supposedly the original release and one of the very few releases with the proper titles IIRC) and I've seen a handful of releases on cassettes and CDs (Ladies Men, Freak Out, Freak Out Songs (Prime Cuts), Science Fiction...).

     

    Collections (CD) (2005, compilation)

    One of the many Sony-era (1989-1994) compilations out there. Nothing particularly of note, though I'd give kudos to this release for appearing more focued on The Last Temptation (1994), the most obscure and least commercial of the three albums - the singles "Lost in America" and "Stolen Prayer" are here of course, but adding the very cool "Sideshow" and the rather dark "You're my Temptation" is a nice touch. Trash (1989) is represented by 3 songs (including the smash hit "Poison" of course, but the other two are the always enjoyable titletrack and the not-so frequently present on compilations "Why trust you"). Finally, Hey Stoopid (1991) is represented by its titletrack but they got creative and put the beautiful "Might as well be on Mars" instead of the usual "Feed my Frankenstein". We still get "Love's a loaded Gun" though.

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  12. Damn, and here I thought they were gonna make it a Christmas film.

    I hope they'll be able to have Bruce Willis in there, if anything just for the joke that he was in the most closely Christmas-related action film of all... Die Hard.

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  13. Alice Cooper - Brutal Planet (CD) (2000)

    Six years after his previous effort - six years where he heavily toured, briefly reunited with members of the original Alice Cooper and that saw the release of a live album and a 4-CD, 80+ songs boxset - Alice returned with an album that remains eeriely relevant and topical 20 years later. The music is agressive, the mood is dark and broody, and the lyrics... They deal with a dystopic world - SPOILER ALERT: it's (again) a concept album - where the elite is in a little paradise ignoring the suffering of the common people ("Brutal Planet"), society is ruled by statistics and rules that turn people into robots or zombies ("Sanctuary", "Cold Machines"), violence reigns and is inflicted by brain-washed extremists ("Wicked young man", and in response to the Columbine murders and the controversy regarding the shooters' inspirations he mentions "it's not the music [he] dig(s), the games that [he] play(s), the movies [he] see(s)"), intolerant people ("Blow me a Kiss" where someone is to be blown a kiss because they're black or gay) or random people abusing their spouse ("Take it like a Woman", a modernized version of the 1975 classic "Only Women bleed") or causing untold destruction ("Pick up the Bones" where an unnamed place has been burnt down and all that remains are some items and bones), sometimes for petty reasons ("It's the little things"). Over commercialism is also discussed with overeating ("Eat some more") and the possibility of being able to buy anything one wants ("Gimme", which may also address a deal with the devil). As a result, people are left "Pessi-mystic".

    This album really emphasizes an aspect of the Coop' I've grown more aware of as I grew up - behind the theatrics and the make-up was a very intelligent man whose material went far beyond being "in your face" for shock value. His songs often have undertones, usually addressing serious topics such as abuse ("Dead Babies", "Only Women bleed"), depression and suicide attempts ("Hey Stoopid") or simply more personal issues (see the album From the Inside). And eerily, even songs from the 1970s are still very relevant in today's world... But I feel Brutal Planet and its follow-up Dragontown are actually very relevant and spot-on depictions of our world.

     

    Saxon - Power and the Glory (vinyl) (1983)

    Some good ol' Saxon for you. Not as good and memorable as Strong Arm of the Law, but songs like "This Town rocks" or "The Eagle has landed" are classics. :thumbsup 

     

    VA - The Rock Album (vinyl) (1980)

    One of them compilations I mentionned having issues with concerning the "zero" year thing. A really cool compilation nonetheless, lots of classic stuff with 16 songs released between 1974 and 1980, from artists as varied as Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Foreigner, Blue Öyster Cult, AC/DC, Styx, Boston, Journey, Kansas or Toto. The perks here are a live track from AC/DC ("The Jack" from their 1978 album If you want blood) and an exclusive Jethro Tull track called "Something's on the Move" - exclusive in that I haven't been able to figure out what album it came from, so maybe a JT specialist could help here ?.

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  14.  I gotta say I didn't find the trailer that engaging - feels like a slow movie that loves to take its sweet a$$ time. And I don't know why but it also came across as unoriginal in both its story (people pretending to be what they aren't and abusing others, yay) and execution - the shot with blood splaterring over some objects while someone was axed off-screen felt so clichee.

    Guess I'll be supporting my good friend @Drunken Monk here.

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