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Sleep No More (Phillip Guzman, 2018): A sort of anti-Flatliners about medical grad students who, after the supposed suicide of a fellow student who was part of their experiment to prove that after 200 hours of sleep, your brain will be re-wired to "start all over", decide to take on the experiment themselves...with disastrous results. Set in the 80's, there's a good soundtrack, great performances from the young cast (Christine Dwyer's Holly reminded me and even sported a look similar to Brat Pack-era Demi Moore), and in a nod to the era, director Guzman made a film within a film in "Night Vulture", a cheesy slasher film viewed by one of the students.

Housewife (Can Evrenol, 2018): After seeing Mandy, I found this Can Evrenol film almost just as insane but with one major difference. In this film, a wife, still traumatized from a terrible childhood memory, goes to a seminar run by a cult known as the Universe of Love and Magic. Unlike Linus Roache's Jeremiah Sand in Mandy, the ULM leader Bruce O'Hara, played by David Sakurai, is more charismatic, starting with a dance scene that reminded me of his role in Liza the Fox Fairy (which he plays a Japanese rock star ghost...I saw a few clips and laughed my butt off) . It is disturbing sporadically until the final ten minutes, where it becomes so insane that my mouth dropped throughout the entire sequence and if a scene can do that without making myself vomit, then I consider the film good for what it was. I would put this film in a double bill with Mandy. LOL

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Dr. No (1962) - 8.5/10

From Russia With Love (1963) - 9/10

Predator (1987) - 9/10

Rear Window (1954) - 10/10

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Had a bit of a movie marathon today. Trying to get through some movies that I've bought and never got around to watching(Or haven't watched in a long, long time). 

Dream House (2011) Great Psychological Thriller movie staring Daniel Craig. I really enjoyed this one. 

Secret Window (2004) I know this film gets a lot of hate online, but I love this movie. Probably my favorite Johnny Depp movie. 

House (1986) One of my all-time favorite Horror/Comedy films. Its was really nice to go back and watch it again after all this time(Close to ten years since the last time I've seen it). Still holds up well and is a lot of fun. I actually noticed that it seemed very similar to Evil Dead 2, which is most likely one of the reasons I love it so much. 

 

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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (USA, 1970) [DVD] - 4/5
An absolutely insane 60s hippie party skin flick Hollywood satire musical shocker about a girl band taken under his wings by a crazy music producer while the protagonist is seeking her share of family inheritance in a soap opera storyline, all played with a poker face as it should be! Rated X by MPAA upon its release, presumably for "excess" because there isn't really anything X rated (one bit of hard violence, frequent but brief topless nudity, no graphic sex). I can hardly believe this film even exist. Would make a great double feature with Spring Breakers.

What Have They Done to Your Daughters (Italy, 1974) [BD] - 3.5/5
Cynical follow-up to What Have You Done to Solange sees schoolgirls in peril again. This one, however, trades away all the romanticism and is also more of a poliziotteschi that giallo. Effective and political, but also depressingly dark and void of Solange's magic. I suppose I'm getting old as some of the cruelty is getting hard to take.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 (USA, 1985) [DVD] - 3.5/5
Unexpectedly good horror sequel full fun effects and homosexual subtext, once it gets past the dull opening 30 minutes. I'm not sure if it stands the test of logic, but it's so original compared to your average slasher sequel that it's better not to think about that.

Child's Play (USA, 1988) [Hulu] - 2/5
Seminal but frustrating piece of 80s horror, occasionally entertaining but full of irritating characters acting like idiots. Amazingly enough, this was banned in Finland back in the day (Finland had its own "video nasty" craze that extended to both video and theatrical releases in the late 80s / early 90s, probably influenced by the UK) despite being remarkably tame in terms of violence.

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49 minutes ago, Gaijin84 said:

Once Were Warriors (1994) - Depressing but excellent film dealing with some heavy subjects: alcoholism, domestic violence, poverty, etc

 

It's a great film, but one I'd pass on watching again.

 

There's a sequel if you are interested @Gaijin84?, which I've never got round to viewing.

 

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20 minutes ago, DragonClaws said:

There's a sequel if you are interested @Gaijin84?, which I've never got round to viewing.

 

Been attempting to find it for a somewhat reasonable price, but the general reviews were not very good... i think I'd rather read the book

There is a third book too, Jake's Long Shadow, that completed the trilogy in 2002.

 

I knew he looked familiar, but I didn't realize Morrison played Jango Fett until I dug a little bit more.

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17 minutes ago, Gaijin84 said:

I knew he looked familiar, but I didn't realize Morrison played Jango Fett until I dug a little bit more.

 

If you watch the Empire Strikes Back, they've even re-dubbed Boba Fett's character with his voice. Not that Fett said a lot, two lines at the most?.

Morrison is an actor, who turns up in a lot of varied roles, from DTV stuff, to Hollywood blockbusters, and everything in between. He's set to appear in the up-coming D.C flick Aquaman next, with Jason Momoa.

While he doesnt star in The Tracker with Ray Winstone, he's still very good in a supporting role. The last thing I watched him in, was Hrd Target 2, playing yet anohter villian.

 

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Goldfinger (1964) - 9/10

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) - 9/10

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) - 8/10

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Fast & Furious 8(2017) - a.k.a The Fate of The Furious - Charismatic International terrorist Cipher(Charlize Theron), deviantly acquires the high-speed skills of Dom Toeretto(Vin Diesel). Forcing him to turn against the very team/family that's backed him up for all those year's. Cue lots of big action set pieces and explosions aplenty, in this two hour plus actioner from Director F.Gary.Gray(Law Abiding Citezen), who worked with Diesel on one his best movies, Man Apart(2003).

Despite being accustomed to the new F&F film making approach, since catching the franchise reviving Part 6. This movie certainly delivers, in terms of even more far fetched adventure's. There's a great supporting cast in the fiesty form of Michelle Rodgriuez with Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Kurt Russel, Scott Eastwood. and even a minor cameo by Helen Mirren. Whom I'm guessing will return for next years's Hobbs and Shaw spin-off flick?. There's a very faint plot line that runs through this, but ita hard to be overly critical. You know what you’re getting yourself into, when you seek out one the films in this franchise. The presence of series Stalwart, the late Paul Walker, and his on-screen partner, are sorely missed. This-movie, was clearly going for a more downbeat mood, but this only add's to it.

Fans of the series will enjoy this, it's like Michael Caine’s Italian Job, after being put on a six week intensive cross-fit training program. I'm probably the only one still waiting for a F&F cameo by Herbie.

 

Guns out, Vin Diesel, in a promo still from the film, you dont get arms like that, from simply fixing racing cars.

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Iron Clad 2: Bound by Blood(2014) - The epicly bad, and very loose sequel to the popular hit IronClad(2009), with wooden Tom Austin standing in for James Purefoy as Guy the Squire. Joining him is a gormless, poker faced Hubert(Tom Rhy's Harries), who's face never changes, wether someone attacking him with an axe, or he's watching someone get their head lopped off. Huberts ask Guy, and his only friend Berenger(David Caves), to help him defend his dying father's small castle. Actor Tom Austin challenges Rhy's Harries, in a who can act the most wooden. It says a lot, when your film prop sword, steals more scenes than you do. If you haven’t guessed already, this DTV sequel, is very little going for it.

It's a fantastic example of bad movie making, with more shakey cam than a McG/Paul Greengrass triple bill. Making the action un-watchable, maybe some of it was nicely staged?, you just cant tell, amid the zooming, quick cuts and CGI gore. The movie just fails on every level, it's not even entertaining in a bad way. Do yourself a big favour, and just re-watch the first movie, there's nothing to miss here. Even excellent Shakespearean actor Danny Webb(Henry V), really struggles to breath life into his role. Spending most of the runtime pulling funny faces, when he's not bashing anyone over the head with his mace.

 

Tom Austin, and his award winnng movie prop.

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Ghost Ship- Eh, pretty lame and boring in my book. The cool lenticular cover makes up for its contents.

A Ghost Story-If you thought the screaming mask from scream or hocky mask from Jason were classic depictions of a horror killer (come to think of it Micheal Myers and Freddy are really simple as well). This film takes it a step further and goes for the classic simple sheet over body with cut out holes for eyes halloween costume. Which may seem like an easy shtick or cash grab if it hasnt been done to death already, but as the movie plays out it is cleary apparent that thats not the case. Also the movies not really even a horror, despite the feeling of dread and existentialism it may cause its viewers.

It explores the wanderings of a soul after its life in the world and in between a next life (whatever that may be) trapped reminiscing over loss and confused about whats next, AKA a ghost.  

Some scenes play out what seems far too long, particularly near the beginning, but as it comes nearer to the end, those long scenes become more justified. With very little dialogue, I felt it could have done with even less (didnt find the party scene that necessary, though it could have been).

Anyway, Ive developed a bad habit of screwing around on my phone near the beginnings of films if Im not positive how promising theyll be or not attached to the story/characters (pretty much did this all the way through Ghost Ship). I can tell a movie is good, or at least doing something interesting for me when Id rather watch it than whats on my phone, and this is no exception, I started to become very glued to the story near the 3/4 mark. Nothing too mind blowing, however, Im glad I watched this one.

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Johnny Gruesome (Greg Lamberson, 2018): What happens when a heavy-metal, horror film loving teenager is on the deep end only to be murdered and yet has his death made look like an accident? Come back from the dead and seek revenge of course! Lamberson adapted his own 2008 novel and did triple duty as writer, producer, and director of the film. There are some zany one-liners from the titular Johnny, played by "young Jack Sparrow" Anthony de la Torre (he played the young version of the Johnny Depp character in the last Pirates film) and some pretty interesting methods of death, one left with some comic relief. Now I'm definitely planning to read the novel.

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Murder on The Orient Express [2017]- Well I wanted a good train movie to immerse myself in, it was between this, train to busan, and finishing Railroad Tigers. I decided to choose this after being curious since seeing the trailer and because Johnny Depp and Daisy Ridley were in it. Turns out I would have been better off choosing either of the other two. I was barely immersed in a 'train' sort of film experience, as soon after the ride gets going the train breaks down. I was also very unimpressed with all the shots in the film that saw. 

What I really wasnt impressed with in the film was the fact that its essentially a detective mystery, the definition of one. Of which the original probably came out in a time where that was more prominent? This is okay but what doesnt work for me about this is that we dont meet or see any background of the characters suspected of the murder. Takes away any of the fun or interest of suspecting who committed the crime. Also the person murdered early on the movie is Johnny Depp, which takes away from his screen presence. 

I have a high tolerence for sitting through lackluster films or ones Im not too interested in, but because of the issue I had of the characters not being introduced before investigated for murder by the detective, I couldnt.

First Man- Very dry and impersonal movie. What scenes are personal come across as so insignificant and out of place in regards to the rest of the movie that they felt like they coukd have been cut. 

What the movie is, and what I also appriciate about it in some ways is a succession of missions leading up the landing on the moon. Which makes the story told in a way similar to a book of some sort. This method of story telling was put in place in a way that ended up taking up a lot of time. There were times where I was watching it unaware that the current mission they were on wasnt the one to the moon landing, which could have been me just not paying enough attention, Im not sure. 

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I've had a 4-day weekend and a giant monster movie marathon for it (just copying my Facebook remarks):

Colossal (2017) - So I'm having a post-Halloween, pre-Day of the Day giant monster marathon today, so I started off with this film. Despite being labeled as a comedy in some places, it's really a dark (in some places) drama in which the giant monster is a metaphor for both alcoholism and abusive relationships (director Nacho Vigalondo claimed it was a metaphor for Gamer Gate).

Anne Hathaway puts in a great performance as a woman who tries to overcome her own failings as a person, only for the men in her life to bring her down at every turn. In the end, she rises to the occasion to save her own existence, and the city of Seul, South Korea while she's at it. The more feminist types will enjoy watching the female protagonist come out on top without help from a stronger male, while giant monster fans should appreciate that director Vigalondo understands that giant monsters don't need to be a stand-in for only nuclear weapons/Hiroshima/Nagasaki.

Kong: Skull Island (2017) - The marathon continues with KONG: SKULL ISLAND, which I hadn't seen since it was in the theater. This movie was intense enough that I think it barely skirted away with an PG-13 rating. I like how the filmmakers had the unmitigated gall to throw in a shout-out to CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST of all things. The action sequences are excellent by any measuring stick and I'm glad we didn't get the usual menagerie of prehistoric beasties roaming the island. I still think GODZILLA '14 was a better *movie* movie, but this was a lot of fun. Plus, two out of the three black guys in the movie survive. Huzzah!

Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom (2018) - Movie #3 is JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM. While the initial press for this was positive, there was a lot of fan backlash after it came out. Most of it has to do with characters making rash and dumb decisions in the third act, like how Ted "Buffalo Bill" Levine just *has* to get a indoraptor tooth for his necklace...he should've suffocated it with a sphinx moth first. Strangely enough, although movies often use a night setting to mask the inadequacies of the CGI, the CGI in the last act feels choppier than the earlier scenes on the island. I'm glad that we got an allosaurus, a carnotaurus and a baryonyx. And releasing a pachycelphalosaurid on a crowd of shady types during a dino auction is comedy gold.

So, we have a huge laboratory beneath a mansion filled with monsters. Sounds like RESIDENT EVIL to me. But then, we already had RESIDENT EVIL with dinosaurs, it was called DINO CRISIS. Shall that be the subtitle of the third film in the trilogy?

Power Rangers (2017) - This one surprisingly wasn't terrible. It's certainly the best of the three Power Rangers movies I watched this year. It's thankfully bereft of the dialog that made me want to kill myself in POWER RANGERS: NINJA STORM and the dated CGI that made the 1995 film so goofy. It's true that the movie starts out as The Breakfast Club, then becomes Super Hero Origin Story #753, and doesn't have any real action until the last 30 minutes. The martial arts is limited (sorry Author Scott Blasingame) to a brief fight against some rock monsters and a few flashy kicks, although much of it is dressed up with CGI. That said, I found the characters surprisingly endearing.

Jason the Red Ranger is essentially Emilio Estevez from The Breakfast Club. Kimberly the Pink Ranger reminds me A LOT of Amy Jo Johnson circa 1993, and her character is something of Molly Ringwald. Billy the Blue Ranger is now a black kid who comes across as a Sheldon/Asperger's type (in three of the four movies I've watched today, the black guy is the nerdy character). Trini the Yellow Ranger is now a Latino girl who's also a closet lesbian; I wished they would've explained her name by saying it was Maria de la Trinidad, and thus prefers "Trini" for short. Zack the Black Ranger is an underachieving Asian kid who sacrifices good school performance to take care of his bed-ridden mother. The last two get a few moments to emote, but the emotional crux of the film is Jason and Billy, with the latter shining.

Pulgasari (1985) - So I wasn't able to watch any movies yesterday (although I did go to the temple), but my giant monster marathon continues with PULGASARI, the infamous 1985 movie produced by North Korea, more specifically, by the late Kim Jong-Il. I'll post a review that has the story of the film's production in the comments.

Long story short, the government (circa 1200 AD, judging from the headware people use) is oppressing the farmers as they are wont to do. There's been a famine and now the government wants the blacksmith to transform all the farm tools into weapons to fight the rebels. A blacksmith creates Pulgasari, an indestructible minotaur-looking golem who eats iron, to protect the downtrodden peasantry. But as the monster gets bigger, the quantity of iron it consumes overwhelms the protection it offers.

I find this film interesting metaphor for government bureaucracy, which exists to provide services to the citizens and lives on our taxes, but without producing any actual wealth for the State. However, as the bureaucracy grows (especially in Brazil, where public servants have very high salaries and receive their full salary on retirement, as opposed to the rest of us, who have a salary cap for retirement), the public projects for the people's benefit that should be funded by our taxes, aren't, because of the money needs to fund the machine.

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Warning: This may contian spoilers, for those who havent seen the film.

Liability (2012) a.k.a The Hitmans Apprentice - Jack O'Connell, Talulah Riley, and Tim Roth, star in this better than average British crime film. O'Connell is an obnoxious deliquent teenager, who gets his only kicks stealing car's. His hard done to mum(Kiersten Wearing), is married to a small time gangster(Peter Mullan), with a holds a very dark secret. Tim Roth is the nameless aging hitman, whom O'Connell is tasked with driving around. In an attempt to get him away from the joy riding. That might bring un-wanted attention, to his stepfathers business.

This is not a gun blazing actioner, but a well paced, solidly directed film, with strong performances, from all the cast members involved. Talulah Riley and Peter Mullan having two stand-out performances. Mullans is great as nasty, sadistic gangster, with only money and sick perversion on his mind. Actress Riley is also great as the strong minded and very capable character, who is never given a name. She soon set to appear alongside Vin Diesel in Bloodshot, which is currnetly filming. Certainly onne for fans of indiependent British cinema.

 

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Watched a couple on Netflix.

Apostle (2018) Directed by Gareth Evans. The only actor I recognized was Michael Sheen.

The movie is set in the early 1900's. A cult has set up a community on an island, and a man infiltrates it in search of his sister who is being held for ransom. Having to fake his way through knowledge of their beliefs, he soon discovers that they worship a ancient pagan deity which the cult leaders also happen to have captured, forcing it to provide for them while exercising their will over the commune.

The trailer looked good and I was sold on the fact that Evans directed it. The cinematography is good using a palette of muted tones to capture the harshness of this cult commune on a stony island. Initially the story is quite intriguing and suspenseful, too. The acting is very good. The end becomes tension filled with the collision of subplots. However, ultimately I was left underwhelmed. For me, there was a lot left unexplained and portions that just didn't make sense to the plot. Things like that always irk me. I, for one, don't like movies where I'm left trying to figure out just what was going on. Filmmakers aren't doing me a favor leaving me with a story that I have to fill in with suppositions. 

Hold The Dark (2018) Stars: Alexander Skarsgard, Jeffrey Wright, Riley Keough, James Badge Dale. Directed by Jeremy Saulnier.

A retired naturalist and wolf expert is summoned to Alaska by a woman who has lost her son to a pack of wolves. While the naturalist hunts for the boy, the woman's husband returns home from serving in the Iraqi War. But as the truth of the boy's disappearance comes to light, the father goes on a rampage.

Again the trailer looked good. It's another film shot with muted tones depicting the harshness of a poor community that dwells in the wilderness and tundra. Skarsgard, as the father, exudes killer calm in every scene. The plot is pretty intriguing as it unfolds, and yet, once again, there are things that don't add up or are left unexplained. So I am underwhelmed and disappointed at the end of another movie.

 

I nabbed a DC animated film that I didn't even know was suppose to be coming out.

Constantine: City of Demons (2018)

This is the character John Constantine, a private investigator specializing in the occult. He's hired by a friend from the past to find and free the soul of his daughter. It's a very interesting story, full of wildly garish creatures, and some neat depictions of sorcery in action. I'm probably one of the few who enjoyed Keanu Reeves' Constantine, so I've always been interested in the character, though I confess to never having read any of the graphics or comics he's been in. I did enjoy seeing him used in DC's animated Justice League Dark. However, there are no other standard DC characters featured here, except those associated with the Constantine story line. This is a much darker tale with some rather adult themes, and it has a really "crime noir" essence to it. If you're into animated features, I think you'll dig this one.

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6 minutes ago, ShaOW!linDude said:

Hold The Dark (2018) Stars: Alexander Skarsgard, Jeffrey Wright, Riley Keough, James Badge Dale. Directed by Jeremy Saulnier.

A retired naturalist and wolf expert is summoned to Alaska by a woman who has lost her son to a pack of wolves. While the naturalist hunts for the boy, the woman's husband returns home from serving in the Iraqi War. But as the truth of the boy's disappearance comes to light, the father goes on a rampage.

Again the trailer looked good. It's another film shot with muted tones depicting the harshness of a poor community that dwells in the wilderness and tundra. Skarsgard, as the father, exudes killer calm in every scene. The plot is pretty intriguing as it unfolds, and yet, once again, there are things that don't add up or are left unexplained. So I am underwhelmed and disappointed at the end of another movie.

This film annoyed the shit out of me. I thought there was going to be some interesting twist (or even point) to the film and it was basically, “We’re all a bit like wolves sometimes.” No pay off whatsoever. Not to mention the film was mundane and meandering.

It did have one of this year’s best shootouts though.

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Deadpool(2016) - Very late to the Deadpool party, what little I knew about the character, came from fan comments on this forum. My better half came home with the DP 1&2 box-set, and we decided to give the DVD a whirl last night. By no means a bad movie, found it far more entertaiing than I thought it would be, being a newbie to the whole character etc. Thought this might grab the hearts of more non Marvel fans?. You could see Troma studios producing this back in the 80's, though I'm sure they would have gone all out. It clear this wasnt aimed at the younger fans of Marvel, though I doubt many parents will have realized this. I don't mind crude jokes, but making a joke of molestation and a certain joke involving a small hand, were a step to far for me. Hypcritically I enjoyed the shock humour of the Bad Santa films, but it here it just seemed different here, some-how?. Gina Carano, gets little to do, yet again, other than look mean and nasty. Ryan Reynolds was clearly having the most fun out of everyone. They should have ditched all the four wall breaking, though thats just my opinion. I dont feel this deserved the hype it got, but at the same time, I dont understand why it was ripped apart so much either, by the Marvel haters appreciation society. Not sure what other fans think, but some of the violence looked toned down in places too. Felt it also borrowed a lot from the style and humour featured in the Kick-Ass flicks. British actor Ed Skiren made for a strong villian, in AJAX. With Morena Baccarin also supplied strong support, as a very different kind of love interest, as stripper Vanessa.

 

Deadpool, the super assassin, who's like a suped up ninja, with a sense of humour like George Carling.

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22 hours ago, DragonClaws said:

They should have ditched all the four wall breaking, though thats just my opinion.

 

That's Deadpool's thing. He's well known for his fourth wall breaking in the comics. If they'd left that out I imagine fans would have been upset.

I watched Crazy Rich Asians last night and for a film that really isn't my "thing," I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not only was it a well told story, the film felt important. Not a white (or black) face in the entire thing.
Michelle Yeoh was great as the matriarch of the family and the two leads put in real solid performances. I'd be happy if Awkwafina never got another film role but I fear she's just going to go on to bigger and better things sadly. She's bloody horrendous.
All in all, a very enjoyable film. Low on comedy but high on romance and drama. I definitely recommend it to those who don't mind a slice of the lovey dovey stuff.

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On 11/12/2018 at 2:04 PM, Drunken Monk said:

That's Deadpool's thing. He's well known for his fourth wall breaking in the comics. If they'd left that out I imagine fans would have been upset. 

 

That's cool, like I said, my knowledge of Deadpool, was limited to fan comments here.

Are you a fan?, and do you think the sequel is an improvement, or just more of the same?.

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Night of The Demon(1957) - Atmopsheric British horror classc, from French director Jacques Touneur, trimmed from 95-minutes to 83-mins, for its U.S release. I caught the longer, original British print. The story is based very loosley on the M.R James short story, Casting The Runes, released in 1911. Despite a troubed prodution, with the Director and Writer, having very different artisitic visions, to that of the Producer, the film still turned out really well. It's dated now, which you would expect from a movie of its age, but it still manages to muster up some menace. The special effets, though very brief, must have scared people senseless, back in 1957. They still look better, than some CGI, you get in more recent films.

American actor Dana Andrew's, plays Dr John Holden, who comes to England, to invistigate the death of a close frind, and the sinister cult he was studying. The leader of the dark diciples, is played superbly by the late, ace actor, Nial MacGinnis. With Peggy Cummins putting in a decent turn, as the Dr's friends daughter Joanna. Well worth a look, if you enjoy classic British cinema and horror.

 

Dr John Holden(Dana Andrews), reads the runes, at Stonehenge, in a scene cut from the first U.S release.

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Sing Street(2016) - Directed and adapted for the screen by Irish director, John Carney(Once). A tale of the stress's and joys, of teenage life and escapism through music. Not to mention how the bullying, can effect young people. It somehow manages to do this, without being preachy about it. Set during the recession blitzed Ireland, of the mid-1980's. Conor(Ferdio Walsh-Peelo), is a young lad who plans to impress the girl of his affections, the aloof and mysterious, Ann, played with aplomb, by actress Kelly Thorton(Life's a Breeze). He invites her to appear in a music video, for a band that he hasnt even joined, or even formed yet. This movie somehow manages to escape a lot of the pitfalls and tropes, of teenage set films, set in the past. There's no weak link's among the cast, feautring strong performances from Aiden Gillin, Maria Doyle Kennedy, as Conors parents, who's marriage is falling apart. If you enjoy British indie cineam, you will want to give this movie a chance. It can be comical, touching, sad, and thought provoking, all within its hour and forty minute run-time. The film opening with a Motorhead song, lent it a lot of favours with me, as I'm very shallow that respect.

 

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Fly Me (USA/Philippines, 1973) [DVD] - 1.5/5
Stewardesses vs. the world's most incompetent kung fu killers! Inept action / skin flick combo about American girls getting involved with a woman trafficking syndicate in Asia. And one of the girls has brought her babbling mother with her...  Locations (Hong Kong, Tokyo, Philippines), plentiful skin and slight b (actually, make that c) film appeal are the only things this piece of sloppiness has going for it.

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Cover Girl Models (USA/Philippines, 1973) [DVD] - 1.5/5
Another Cirio H. Santiago film offers better kung fu but even more nonsensical storyline than Fly Me. The boring plot is something about a microfilm and American models in Hong Kong and Singapore accidentally getting involved. Plenty of (unspectacular) skin again, and thankfully no comedy characters. Mercifully short at 73 minutes - any more off this dullness would've been hazardous.

The Arena (USA/Italy, 1974) [DVD] - 2/5
Regrettably lame peplum with Pam Grier and Margaret Markov captured by the Romans and forced to fight as gladiators. There's a bit of appeal to the cast and concept, which however soon wears off due to the mediocre filmmaking and poor action. Too soft and light-hearted to work as proper exploitation with its goofy Romans and silly supporting girls.

Foxy Brown (USA, 1974) [BD] - 4/5
Ultra groovy blaxploitation with Pam Grier taking revenge on a drug and prostitution ring lead by a young white woman! Great soundtrack, plenty of kick ass Grier and fantastic costumes, though you wish Pam would show skin a bit more generously. Also, not too much dumb humour despite a brief Sid Haig appearance. Better than Coffy.

The Human Tornado (USA, 1976) [DVD] - 1.5/5
Tongue-in-the-cheek blaxploitation flick is positively nuts, but unfortunately an amateurish mess. The joke wears off fast and the plentiful action is painful to watch. Some fun lines and a ridiculously over the top racist sheriff character just barely kept me from falling asleep.

Rolling Thunder (USA, 1977) [DVD] - 4/5
Excellent, gritty action thriller about two Vietnam vets who return home after enduring years of torture in Vietnam. Screenwriter Paul Schrader famously complained that the studio had turned an anti-fascist story into a fascist movie. I think he's going too far; some of his intended commentary may be missing from the film, but any viewer with a brain could only interpret the movie as a powerful, critical portrayal of two men who have lost their minds. It may not be another Taxi Driver, but as an action film it is interesting, well acted and directed, easily above the likes of it by lesser filmmakers.

 

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Black Christmas (1974) - 8/10

Halloween (1978) - 9/10

Halloween II (1981) - 6/10

Halloween (2018) - 8.5/10

A Nightmare on Elm street (1984) - 8/10

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) - 9/10

Brother (2000) - 8/10

First Blood: Rambo (1982) - 8/10

Edited by DiP

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