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What ELSE (other than KUNG FU) has everyone been watching?

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6 hours ago, DrNgor said:

And judging from this film, Billy Elliot, and Alien 3, I can only surmise that all British people swear non-stop like drunken sailors with no exception.

Only as much as Brazilians speak Spanish.:tongueout

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On 04/12/2017 at 2:54 PM, DrNgor said:

And judging from this film, Billy Elliot, and Alien 3, I can only surmise that all British people swear non-stop like drunken sailors with no exception.

From my experience, this is sadly true in many cases, if you watched Ben Kingsleys expletive laden monologue in Sexy Beast, it would only strengthen your opinion.

That said, not every one in the U.K, cant talk without swearing.

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I revisited The Spirit of '76. Directed by Lucas Reiner (brother of Rob, son of Carl) and co-written by Reiner and Roman Coppola (son of Francis), this was a time travel/nostalgia trip about three time travelers from the year 2176 who are tasked with bringing back the history of the United States by going to the year 1776. Unfortunately, a glitch in the time warp lands them in 1976. David Cassidy, Olivia D'Abo, and Geoff Hoyle play the time travelers named after a cop TV show (Adam-11), a perfume (Chanel-6), and ketchup (Heniz-57). Cassidy isn't the only 70's star to emerge in the film as there was Leif Garrett as Eddie Trojan, a self-proclaimed disco king who has eyes for Chanel; Tommy Chong in a cameo as a stoner (because why not LOL); Don Novello as a translator at a motivational seminar led by Rob Reiner in a cameo. Devo plays the Ministry of Knowledge, the McDonald Brothers of Redd Kross play best buds who befriend the time travelers and the Kipper Kids play CIA agents who think the trio are aliens. Lots of nostagia and comedy. Sofia Coppola designed the costumes for the film.

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Silent Running (USA, 1972) [DVD] - 3/5
The world's last surviving greenhouses float through the space (attached to a spaceship) in a thematically interesting, slow paced hippie sci-fi film. The human characters - all 4 of them - can be a bit frustrating at times, but the film gets better towards the end and saves the best for the last.

What Have You Done to Solange? (Italy, 1972) [BD] - 4/5
Excellent, moody giallo with a beautiful Morricone score, strong storyline and good characters. I'm not especially a giallo super fan, and I was concerned about this film leaning too much towards drama, but those fears turned out to be unwarranted as the film is terrific.

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (USA, 1984) [VoD] - 2.5/5
One of the most popular films in the series, this is indeed quite watchable with passable characters, mostly decent pacing and plentiful nudity. The final act goes on a bit too long with Jason just walking around and killing people, though there are a couple effective moments.

Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (USA, 1986) [DVD] - 2.5/5
Part 6 tries to pump more "fun" into the series, and occasionally succeeds at it (e.g. the sex scene, a very cool Alice Cooper theme song). Unfortunately the most painful moments tend to be those with humour rather than violence. But it could certainly be worse. Kevin Williamson has admitted the film('s self-aware approach to horror) as major influence for Scream.

Prince of Darkness (USA, 1987) [DVD] - 4/5
Atmospheric, under-rated John Carpenter film tackles satanic horror thru science. Not quite among his masterworks - the parts with possessed people taking out their victims in slasher fashion feel a bit lame considering Satan himself is lurking behind the corner - but it really is quite a good film.

Jason X (USA, 2001) [DVD] - 1.5/5
Friday the 13th meets Alien with a bit of Star Trek. Jason is the Alien. This actually has a pretty cool first 10 minutes. Gone are the usual teens, replaced by soldiers guarding the captured Jason on a space ship... which made me chuckle all the more when

Spoiler

they still found a way to introduce "space teens" a bit later

. Unfortunately it's downhill from there on with incredibly irritating characters you wish Jason would kill immediately and turn the film into a short movie. Visually the film looks like a mixture of late 90s low budget sci-fi TV series and a porn film. A couple of cool gore effects save the movie from being a complete waste of time.

And no, I'm not a  Friday the 13th fan. So far seen part 1, 4, 6, 10 and "remake", and the "remake" is the only good one. Hah!

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Once a Thief (Hong Kong, 1991) [DVD] - 3.5/5 
John Woo's fun and stylish caper where, surprisingly enough, Chow Yun Fat is the weakest link. I used to love the film but seeing it again now I must say Chow is more irritating than charming with his comedy act. He does have his moments though, and there are times when the dumb humour works in the "only in Hong Kong" sense. Otherwise the film is quite enjoyable with cool cinematography, fun action and occasional master class scenes, such as the encounter in front of a grocery store, and the wonderful dance scene which ranks among Woo's finest moments.

Exodus (Hong Kong, 2007) [DVD] - 4/5
A police officer (Simon Yam) begins to suspect women are conspiring to kill all men from the face of earth. Brilliant mixture of satire and paranoia thriller is mostly played straight, without underestimating the viewer, much in the sense of 70s cinema that could be playfully outrageous yet take itself seriously enough not to wink its eye at the viewer every bloody 10 seconds. The latter only happens a few times in Exodus, mainly the poor opening scene and some bits near the end in an otherwise excellent film. Watching the film kept thinking if Twitch Film's Todd Brown has seen the it and taken offence. He had, and he did. Oh, and the cinematography is lovely as well.

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Exposed (Sweden,1971) [DVD] - 2.5/5
Early Christina Lindberg film serves as a passable 70s Sweden zeitgeist, despite a lacklustre storyline and a 5 minute Tarzan movie clip seen during a movie theatre scene being the most exciting part of the film. What the film does have is Christina with her natural assets on display, a wonderfully ridiculous nudist hippie couple, and lots of 70s Sweden. That may not count to terribly much, but it's enough to justify a viewing, and certainly more than that one Nikkatsu Sweden Porno I saw had on offer. Speaking of Japan, this film was released in Japan in early 1972, followed by Maid in Sweden later the same year. Lindberg was later "scouted" by a Toei representative and brought to Japan in 1973 for Sex & Fury and Journey to Japan.

The Right Stuff (USA, 1983) [35mm] - 4.5/5
Terrific epic about the US aviation and space program in the 50s and 60s. Some of the effects are a bit dated, but the film is wonderfully written, directed and acted with loads of edge-of-your-seat moments. 193 minutes flies by.

Kong: Skull Island (USA, 2017) [Flight] - 3/5
Surprisingly decent monster island adventure is suitably violent (even with a Cannibal Holocaust reference) to create a sense of peril - the kind of film they used to make for sons and dads in the pre pg-13 era. There are two other things that help as well: setting the film in the aftermath of the Vietnam War in 1973, and casting people like John C. Reilly, John Goodman and Sam Jackson. Much better entertainment than the Marvel and D.C. boredom theatres are full of these days.

The Hitman's Bodyguard (USA, 2017) [Flight] - 3/5
A film so true to its title and casting (Samuel "Motherfucker" L. Jackson bodyguarded by Ryan "Deadpool" Reynolds on a road trip to court while targeted by killers) that any further plot summary is unnecessary. Moderately funny buddy action comedy with some unexpectedly good action and stunt sequences, as well as some unnecessary brutality and CGI bits that didn't need to be in the film at all. Salma Hayek has a great supporting role as a foul mouthed inmate.

This poster cracks me up

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Trancers (1984) - Not bad for a low-budget sci-fi actioner from the 80s. The Brazilian title is "O Exterminador do Século 23" (Terminator from the 23rd Century), a riff on the Brazilian title for The Terminator: "O Exterminador do Futuro." Both films deal with assassination plots from the future being carried out in the past, although this one uses psychic zombies instead of cyborgs. Helen Hunt is on deck for one of her earlier roles. Occasionally funny and runs only 77 minutes, so it never gets old. The climax is rushed, though.

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Dead Man's Card's(2006) - Dark, atmospheric, and brutally realistic look at life as a doorman, at a run down club in Britain. Directed and co-written by James Marquand(I Agains I). James McMartin(Going Off Big Time) is Tim, another wasted boxing talent, that gets dragged into the seedy crime underworld. He's offered a job at a nearby club owned by Billy The Cowboy, played convingly by veteran actor Tom Bell. Paul Barber(The Magnificent Eleven, The Long Good Friday, Only Fools &Horses), plays the veteran hard nut and ex soldier come doorman. He befriends Tim and introduces him to the world of a clubland peackeeper. Things get's out of hand when the Chongi, the head of the bigget local secruity firm, shows interest in the small time club Tim and Paul work at each night. Samantha Janus, plays Tim hard done to wife, who doesnt want him to get involved with the local club scene. If you like British cinema, this is a little gem of a movie, its nothing flash, but its features some great performances. Filmed on location in Merseyside, Liverpool, I'm not even sure they used any sets for this production?.

 

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Kick-Ass 2 -I caught the second half of this last night while wrestling with insomnia. It came across as thematically muddled, like there's a lot of talk of how super-heroes don't exist, how violence has its consequences and death is not something you can retcon like in comic books, and all that jazz. That is, this film is set in THE REAL WORLD and Kick-Ass's attempts to be a super hero in the real world only create more problems than it solves. But then you have a scene where Mother Russia kills almost a dozen cops with butane tanks and a lawn mower, or an over-the-top shoot-out with Hit-Girl atop a moving van where the fact that the guys could fire an AK-47 through the roof and not hit her stretches credibility quite well. In other words, you get the feeling this film wants to have its cake and eat it, too. Which in the end means that I really don't know what the movie is (or should be) about.

The Great Wall (2016) - It's not bad as a fantasy-action-adventure. The battle scenes needed more traditional Chinese sword n' spear choreography, but that's just me. The story is exceedingly simple, with a few kinks thrown in to complicate the main conflict. The major elephant in the room is inclusion of a couple of gwailos in an otherwise Asian story. The reason for their inclusion is sort of believable (European mercenaries chasing after stories of gunpowder in the East), although I'm not sure how things would pan out in real historical context. While Matt Damon is portrayed as being a better fighter than his Chinese compatriots, they Chinese soldiers occupy a higher moral platform than the Baak Gwai do, so I guess that evens the playing field. In the end, its his fighting bravado and the advanced Chinese military techniques that combine to save the day, so I think it's all together fair.

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Eastern Promises(2007) - Acclaimed director David Cronenbergs superb London set crime film, starring Viggo Mortensen(Apppaloosa), Naomi Watts and Vincent Cassel. Gripping and well paced ganster film, from the man behind Videodrome(1983) and 1980's The Fly re-make. This might move a little slow for some modern audiences, but I felt it was great to watch a movie, where the editing doesnt make you feel sick. Over ten years since I first watched this one, and the film still holds up very well. A nurse called nurse Anna(Naomi Watt), obtains the dairy of a dead patient. Who happens to be a fourteen year old girl, who gave birth to her child, before tragically dying in hospital. This bring the nurse into contact with an Eastern European crime family, run by the sinister, evil Seymon(Armin Mueller-Stahl). Stalh gives a really dark and convincing performance as the high ranking crime lord. Along the way, Anna befriends the mysterious and charismatic driver for Seymon, Nickolai(Viggo Mortensen). Mortensen is covered in symbolic tatoo's, which his character doesnt sort to be stylish or in fashion. Watts is great as the caring and driven nurse, pulled into a crazy situation through her job. If you enjoy the crime genre, then this is a movie you have to see. It's by means action packed, and unlike some movies, it never glamorises the violence, that takes place.

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The Commuter (Jaume Collet-Serra): Saw this on my birthday this past weekend. Liam Neeson is Michael, a former cop turned insurance agent who is fired from his current job after ten years on the job. That day, on his way home, he comes across a mysterious woman (Vera Farmiga) who asks him to do one simple thing: someone on the train (which is the Metro North Hudson Line...a train line I am personally familiar with...matter of fact, my hometown gets mentioned in the film) doesn't belong. He basically makes the choice of taking $25,000 to find the person and will be given $75,000 more if he finds the person...however, if he takes too long, people close to him get threatened or killed. People have called this Non-Stop on a Train, but for me, the story kept me intrigued and had me along with Neeson's character as he attempts to find this mysterious person.

There are a few fistacuffs in the film, including a one-take fight scene that lasts about 3-4 minutes between him and a passenger who is actually revealed to be working for Farmiga's character, there to make sure Neeson does his "job". And Neeson doesn't go as the invincible elder action hero type....far from it. He is clearly having not just a bad day...but an even worse afternoon and night.

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Bugs 3-D (2014) - Essentially a Made-for-SyFy crapfest produced by Mainland China. Women in bikinis and all manner of dorky men at a resort are threatened by a tsunami and ravenous insects. When the survivors from the first onslaught head out to sea to find a friend, they find a ship inhabited by a very large bug (a cross between an ant and one of those man-eating worm things from Peter Jackson's King Kong). So yeah, the plot (such as it is) is full of holes, the acting is subpar, and the CGI is atrocious. The smaller bugs are always filmed a distance, and it looks like people are getting attacked by sentient yellow marbles. This is no Them!, or They Nest, or even Empire of the Ants

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Charles Bronson Double Bill

Death Wish 2(1982) - Michael Winner's once controversial re-make/sequel to his box-office hit Death Wish. Still pretty raw and uncomfortable to watch in parts, and I was watching the cut version. Led Zeppelin guiatarist Jimmy Page who lived near Winner in London at the time, agreed to create a soundtrack for the film. This was during Page's heavy drug and drinking phase, and he delivered a late sub-par and in-complete score. The film is one of Charles Bronson's 70's classics, that feels like the closet he ever got the exploitation genre. Not in the same league as the original, but still better directed than the third and later installments. Look out for a young Laurence Fishburne among the leery and sexually perverse gang of hoodlums, who invade architect Paul Kerseys home. The craggy faced crime reducer's on screen love interest, is played by real life wife Jill Ireland.

 

"Do you believe in Jesus?" -PK

"Yes I do" - Thug

"Well your gonna meet him" -PK

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Death Wish 3(1985) - The ace shot architect is back, and he's returned to New York The location of the first installment in the film series. The direction weaker, the budget even smaller, and they filmed some of the movie in London, to save on production costs. Though I never realized it was filmed mostly in the U.K, until finding out about it online. The film up the anti and is even more wild and over the top than the sequel. The sexual violence has thankfully been toned down here, and its more of a straight up action film. With one hell of a bullit riddled finale, that sees Bronsons on-screen chracter brandishing a M1919 Browning World War 2 sub machine gun. The ever reliable Ed Lauter is the local cop with a hate of cock roaches, both insect and human. Jimmy Page is credited for the score, even though he had no invovlment in the film. Winner, just re-used his Death Wish 2 music, in another attempt to reduce costs. Worth watching for Bronson fans, who's gives John Rambo a run for his money, when it comes to bodycounts.

 

"Its like killing roaches, you have to kill them all, or they come back" - P.Kersey

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Circus(2000) - Rob Walker directed British crime thriller, that manages to stand from the crowded genre, thanks to a really strong story. Featuring an interesting cast that includes John Hannah(Sliding Door's The Mummy), Famke Janssen(Goldeneye), Fred Ward(Tremors, Remo Williams) Peter Stormare(Fargo, Lockout), Tiny Lister(Posse, Barbed Wire) and British comedians Brian Conley and Eddie Izzard. Hannah and Janssen, play a con artist couple, who become the target of a local gangster, who wants them gone. Strong performances all round, and a plot that leaves you guessing right until the end. There's even a small supporting role from Amanda Donohoe. Also never thought I'd see a rampaging Tiny Zeus Lister, tearing from the streets of Bournemouth.

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On 15.12.2017 at 2:38 AM, Gaijin84 said:

Gomorrah the TV series... holy shite.

If you liked this, may I recommend the movie "Suburra (2015)" from the same director. IMDB link here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4025514/

It's a great modern crime movie from Italy with a great soundtrack by M83.

On another note, being in the mood for some laughs I've watched Daddy's Home 2 the other night. Whilst the first one was mildly entertaining this one only gave me a few light chuckles. Also it includes many failed attempts at physical comedy. Clearly they've tried to cash in on the whole holiday movie stuff. Also the ending is crinch worthy. Only worth mentioning is the Liam Neeson reference :coveredlaugh

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Jarhead 3: The Siege (Will Kaufman): From the director of Sinners and Saints (and its upcoming Scott Adkins starring sequel) and The Marine 4 comes this in-name third installment of the Marine action film series. When a thought to be dead terrorist and his insurgent group attacks the U.S. embassy, a band of Marines led by Charlie Weber (as hot-headed graduate Albright) and Scott Adkins (as Gunnery Sgt. Raines) must do what it takes to protect both the Ambassador and the reformed brother of the lead terrorist. Just what you would expect from a B-movie military action film. Don't expect Adkins to do his flashy martial arts and he lets his acting (pulling off a Midwestern/Southern American accent) and gun skills do the talking in his scenes. The only big fistacuffs involves Weber and another cohort against two of the insurgents. The film has a small connection to the original film (which was a biopic): Dennis Haysbert reprises his role as he attempts to head over to the attack zone before it's too late.
 

Woody Woodpecker (Alex Zamm): Yes, the classic Walter Lantz film has a live action version, voiced by Eric Bauza. The film meshes Furry Vengeance with Woody taking on a former lawyer who is given land from his late grandfather with the idea to make a house and flip it. There are also two hillbilly poachers who want to kill and stuff Woody. Just what you would expect from a kiddie film in terms of gags and lessons learned. The film is an American film but the character is extreme popular in Brazil so the film came out there first to appeal to their market and just was released on DVD last week here and is on Netflix. Furry Vengeance was horrible and Yogi Bear I do like...Woody Woodpecker is in the middle of that road for me.

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Chasing the Dragon (2017) - 8/10

Rocky (1976) - 10/10

Rocky II (1979) - 8/10

Rocky III (1982) - 8/10

Rocky IV (1985) - 7.5/10

Rocky V (1990) - 5/10

Rocky Balboa (2006) - 9/10

Creed (2015) - 8.5/10

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The Human Condition (1959-1961) - This was the hardest movie I've ever watched in my life, and I'm not talking about the 6 hour running time, it's a movie you want to forget after watching but can't, it's a movie that should make you question everything you've ever believed in. One of the truest war movies ever made, Kobayashi's masterpiece and cements in my mind why Tatsuya Nakadai is one of the greatest actors that will ever be. Had no idea Kubrick lifted the training camp scenes for Full Metal Jacket, like to touch more on this movie in the Japanese section but it will warrant another watch when I can bring myself to do so.

 

The Brood (1979) - Picked up the criterion over the sale, always been a Cronenburg fan but this one, along with shivers, bypassed me for years. Great horror concept with some freaky moments, solid cast - Oliver Reed just oozes charisma. Ending kind of fizzled out but I guess due to budget restraints, still solid flick in the body horror canon.

 

The Devils (1971) - Oliver Reed made such an impression I wanted to seek out more of his movies, this is one I've heard about over the years and had to stream the uncut version, which frustratingly kept loading towards the end, had to stick it out as I was so enthralled. How in the fuck this movie got made on the year I was born is beyond me, based on an actual event in history in France in the 17th century during an outbreak of the plague it holds nothing back, excellent direction and cast, especially from Reed and Vanessa Redgrave.

 

Possession (1981) - Watched this on video as a teenager with a bunch of friends in the 80's, didn't remember much about it except the freak out scene and the monster and was probably wanting something more like Evil Dead, but now, after several failed relationships, I fully understand the impact and realize it's not really horror. It's a whirlwind of a movie, the arguing scenes where they're talking over each other and other various noise is what it's like when communication ends and there's no saving the relationship, this film deserves more praise.

 

Surf 2 (1984) - Another movie I caught sometime in the 80's, after watching the 4 movies above my mind needed something less taxing, this fit the bill, just a goofy comedy it was a who's who of hollywood with many cameos and bit parts filled by veteran actors/actresses, with a young fresh Eric Stoltz, Eddie Deezen plays the villain, not for everyones tastes but harkens back to the 80's T&A movies that didn't take anything seriously and were just a lot of fun, you can watch this one on Youtube.

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