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NIGHTMARE SISTERS  - I guess all of us have seen at least 1 movie where college guys are after girls. This is such with some exorcism added. I swear in every other college movies actors look like oscar winners compared to bad actors in this, guys are either over the top irrating wimps or bad overacting studs, and women do not get praise either. There is no gore at all, victims literally disappear like smoke in the air. f/x consits few beams and one demon which appears at very end. So bad movie it`s not even fun. One worst movies ever made for sure.

MURDER WEAPON - Very bad horror movie where most of the time absolutely nothing happens and no tension. It has some kills tho and overall it`s not as bad torture to watch as Sisters tho.

DEADLY EMBRACE - And yet again weak movie. Thriller where wealthy man wants to get rid of his wife without paying lot $. Again flick where you wait and wait and wait for something to happen but none...Well at least music is quite good but wasted here. Would have deserved better flick.

 

88 probably shopped around cheapest flicks to get this wreck released. Although got it at discount complete waste of money and time. Would throw it into trashcan but at least when take to trade can have something back.

 

Garbage.

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Got in a couple of films that have been in my Netflix queue.

Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski (2018) documentary.

Stanislav Szukalski (1893-1987) was a Polish-American artist. Glenn Bray, a California art aficionado, happened upon a book of Szukalski's work when he was young, and then in 1971 discovered the artist only lived LA just a few miles away. They became friends over time, and Bray began recording the artist using Betamax video tapes, amassing about 200 hours worth of film of Szukalski setting forth his ideas and philosophy about art, culture, and history. Szukalski is almost unknown today, but in the early 20th century (pre-WW2), he was beginning to gain recognition for his talent and work. He was proud, opinionated, and thought no one knew more than he. With such a personality, he tended to grate a lot of people's nerves, and sometimes shot himself in the foot career-wise. But the man was an absolute artistic genius, and it is heartrending what he underwent while in Poland when the Nazis started bombing his village. As a sculptor, the guy is in a league with Da Vinci & Michelangelo. It's kind of sad that such a talent wasted away in virtual anonymity. 

 

Under the Skin (2013) starring Scarlett Johansson; directed by Jonathan Glazer

The movie is set in Scotland, and Johansson plays an alien being of some sort. She rides around in a van, looking for single men with no attachments whatsoever. She then lures them into a ride under the pretense of a possible sexual liaison, and takes them back to an abandoned building, where she then leads them into a vast dark room. As both she and the men strip, she walks away, and they follow, sinking into a murky dimension to never be seen again. Eventually, she begins to seemingly doubt what she's doing, and starts trying to behave in a more human manner, which does not go well.

Okay, this movie is weird, man. I like arty films. I don't remember any soundtrack to this, except whenever music is playing in the background or part of the scene. There's also no spoken dialogue for almost the first fifteen minutes, and then it's rather sparse throughout the rest of the movie. It's very moody and dark, which is fine, but nothing is ever explained. I think it's based off a book, so maybe you need to have read it in order to watch this. There are a number of disturbing moments in this, not in a graphic sense (though one scene comes close), but in the mood of the film, which to me is an asset towards excellent film-making. However, the story is just too cryptic, and when it was over, I was left thinking, "Oooooookay. That was that." I can't decide if it was a worthwhile viewing experience or not. I will say this: I do believe this is the only film in which Johansson has ever done nude scenes (yes, plural). And they're not just glimpses, and they're not erotic, which may be why she did them. According to the IMDb page for the movie, it was 10 years in the making, and she must have had very strong interest in it to remain obligated to be in it for 4 years before production started.

Still...it's a weird movie, man.

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Triple Frontier - Super solid heist film with a great cast and a really enjoyable concept (when you steal more money than you can ever imagine, how do you get it from point A to point B?). I actually think this is one of the best of the year so far, for me. It’s nothing mind blowing but it’s massively enjoyable.

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On 3/17/2019 at 10:56 AM, Takuma said:

 

Rome Armed to the Teeth (Italy, 1976) [DVD] - 2/5
Over-rated Italo crime with an admittedly kick ass score. Merli is good as a hard fisted cop, but the script and Lenzi’s direction are strangely void of highlights.

 

This is getting american release..Should I avoid it if(and likely it will be) expensive? Not huge fan of Merli either although it has Milian too and Lenzi rarely made bad movies but such things have happened...

 

 

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8 hours ago, Tex Killer said:

This is getting american release..Should I avoid it if(and likely it will be) expensive? Not huge fan of Merli either although it has Milian too and Lenzi rarely made bad movies but such things have happened...

 

It's a relatively popular title so don't skip it based on my opinion alone. But I thought it was a failure.

I just managed to sell my German DVD for a good price before the official US announcement came :BL-Exclamation:

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The Magnificent Seven(2016)- The 1960s Western re-make of Akira Kurosawa masterpiece Seven Samurai, directed by John Sturges, gets its own re-make. Well there's been a number over the years, re-makes/sequels, films that just borrowed the same basic idea. Did the original movie set of the future trend for gangs of hired talents, featuring multiple tars in one film?. Later in the decade we got The Professionals(1966) and The Dirty Dozen(1967), to name two big budget movies that use a similar theme/story.

When I sat down to watch the 2016 movie, directed by Antoine Fuqua, I really have any expectations. It's not a film I've read that much about from fans or critics. You were never going to top the cast of the original, which was over flowing with machismo. Here's it more rained, but that’s no bad thing, the new cast of seven heroes, don't do a bad job at all. Watching the film, some of the violence looked heavily edited?. Maybe the movie was toned down in post-production?. The fight between the two Native American warriors, looking like its being cut in places?.

Chris Pratt's hard drinking gunslinger, teams up with the stoic Chisolm, played with class and style by Denzel Washington. Byung-Hun Lee, is the master of the short blade, playing a homage to Robert Vaughns character in the original. Ethan Hawk is good as the sharpshooter, who lost his never for gun battles. Stand-out performance among the seven, has to go to Vincent D'Onofrio softly spoken, strong as ox, mountain man character Jack Horne. Martin Sensmeier, is Red Harvest, the Native American character, who looks to be a nod to Woody Stroudes role in The Professionals, both being armed with a bow. Rounding out the team, is Mexican Vasquez, brought to life by actor Manuel Garcia-Ruflo.

The iron willed Emma Cullen(Haley Bennett) is really the eigth member of the team, and also the one who hires them to protect her small town. She stands side by side with them as equal, without having to make a big song and dance about it. Replacing the gang of Mexican bandits, led by Eli Wallach in the original. Is the cold hearted greed ridden industrialist Barthlolmew Bogue(Peter Sarsgaard). I prefer Wallach in the original, but Sargaard still delivers a great performance, with what little he's given.

By no means a classic must see movie, the 2016 version still delivered an entertaining hour and thirty minute's. If you are just looking for a big budget action film, that doesn’t take itself seriously. The cast might not be up there with the original, how can to recreate that kind of entourage?. Yet I never once sat there wishing, it was Steven McQueen, Yul Bryner, James Coburn etc, playing these new roles. It's by no means Unforgiven, Tombstone or The Wild Bunch. It's not trying to be those film, itt delivers a more fun film, acton-wise. With some nice nods to the Westenr of the past.

 

 

Haley Bennett, as the stand up Emma Cullen, fighting for her town.

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The character name of "Red Harvest" is an homage to the Dashiell Hammett story of the same name, which Akira Kurosawa borrowed for the plot of his other great samurai tale, Yojimbo (1961). Kurosawa wrote and directed the movie Seven Samurai (1954), upon which The Magnificent Seven (1960) is based. The Red Harvest plot was also used as the model for A Fistful of Dollars (1964). -IMDB

 

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Later in the movie, Chris Pratt uses a shortened lever-action rifle. This unique firearm (nicknamed "The Mare's Leg") was made popular by Steve McQueen in his series Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958). Pratt's character is McQueen's character from The Magnificent Seven (1960). -IMDB

 

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I watched Jean Epstein's 1923 film, Cœur Fidèle, but was t largely engrossed or impressed by it. Not too sure why. (maybe a rewatch wil do sometime)

I watched this after seeing the Netflix film, Paris is Us, and then becoming interested in french impressionist cinema. I absolutely loved this movie. I just rewatched it and cant wait for a third seeing soon. It has some of the flashiest filmaking Ive seen since viewing Bangkok Dangerous (original) also quite recently.

Paris is Us is an idiosyncratic head trip dealing with different coming of age and related existential pondering. After loving this film so much and thinking about it also makes me want to revisit the similarly trippy Enter The Void movie. 

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I delved into some indie comedies as of late:

Finding Steve McQueen (Mark Steven Johnson, 2019): Based on the true story of the 1972 United California Bank Heist, considered the biggest bank heist in US History, this was more than a biopic about its getaway driver, Harry Barber, who had an obsession with Steve McQueen, but his ability to hide out for 8 years until he finally fesses up to his longtime girlfriend the truth about who he really is. The film has the heist, romance, and in the case of the gang, laugh out loud moments. Their constant bickering was the comic highlight of the film.

Kathryn Upside Down (Allie Loukas, 2019): A film that relies more on improvisation opposed to scripted, I enjoyed this film after having a bad morning and I couldn't stop laughing. It was about a miserable woman who at a social function for her mother and domineering stepdad gets the shock of a lifetime when the plumber she calls in to fix the toilet turns out to be the biological father she never met. Loukas did virtually everything (direct, produce, wrote, 2nd unit cinematography and star) and she is great to watch. I really enjoyed this film.

Lost & Found (Liam O Mochain, 2019): An Irish comedy-drama that involves seven stories that connect through one character, played by O Mochain himself. The stories involve O Mochain working at the lost and found at a train station, a beggar at the same train station, the proposal of our connection's best friend and his girlfriend, the grand opening of a bar that doesn't go as planned, the discovery of a childhood heirloom for our protagonist's grandmother, the beggar's funeral, and the wedding between the best friends (or is it?) Lots of laugh, some good drama, some shocking twists. O Mochain took five years to shoot the entire film in various segments during each summer.

 

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The phenomenal Love, Death & Robots on Netflix. While some episodes can be skipped, the show is largely incredible. Action-packed, original and, at times, very beautiful. I definitely recommend this to those that enjoy a bit of really good animation.

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21 hours ago, Drunken Monk said:

The phenomenal Love, Death & Robots on Netflix. While some episodes can be skipped, the show is largely incredible. Action-packed, original and, at times, very beautiful. I definitely recommend this to those that enjoy a bit of really good animation.

Yeah, some of the episodes have been really good!

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Savage Streets (United States, 1984) dvd 4/5

Infamous American exploitation movie from the mid-80’s featuring a very young looking Linnea Quigley (she was 26 at the time) as a deaf-mute younger sister to a too-old-to-be-in-high-school Linda Blair (she was 25 at the time).

A cartoonish looking gang of four expelled teens brutally rape the younger sister and leave her for dead, while Linda Blair tries to figure out who it is.  Holding her back is a regular string of problems at school (fights in the girl's shower!) where she’s reprimanded by the slimy but tough Principal played by John Vernon (Dean Wormer from Animal House).

Eventually, she exacts her revenge on the gang, though it’s not nearly as violent or creative as everything leading up to it.

The hair, the music, the clothes, the bad acting, and even a Linda Blair nude scene highlight this American Exploitation classic that’s still entertaining and watchable.

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Vigalante Force(1976) - 1970's actioner, written and directed by George Armitage(Grosse Point Blank, Hit Man). In the vain of Clint Eastwoods The Gauntlet(1977), this movie goes for the over the top action approach. Through logic out the window, because it just wont sit wel with this movie experience. When a big oil company sets up outside a small town. With the big wages, comes the big gambling dens and pop up brothel's. The town looks like to be in a constant state of un-rest, with mass brawls and crime spree's. The local sheriff just cant handle the situation. It's a fun, but certainly not a tightly directed movie. When the late Jan Micheal Vincent(Airwolf). Plays Ben Arnold, a local hard working man who gets so sick of the local thugs and holligans. He decides to bring his tough, fearless ex Vietnam soldier/brother Aaron Arnold(Kris Kristofferson) and his buddies.

This is no classic, but still worth the time of action cinema fan's. Especially if you like old school CGI free stunt-work, of which there's plenty on display here. It's the stunt team who are the real stars of this production. There's some unintentional comedy here and there, but how serious can you expect this to be?. There's more lead flying in the finale, than seen in the entire Vietnam war. There's also some stuff, which the makers of First Blood(1981), might have borrowed?. Though I know the Rambo script was kikcing around Hollywood from the early 70's.

 

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Five for Hell(1969) - Low budget Elsio Studios World War 2 themed actioner, starring an eye twitching Klause Kinksi, John Garko and Margeret Lee. Filmed entirely on location in Italy. Directed by Gianfrnaco Parolini, credited here as Frank Kramer. John Garko(Sartana) was an established spagehtti Western star, when he made this Dirty Dozen style war fick. English actress Margeret Lee, plays the German Helger Richter. Lee spent her career being a leady lay in mostly Italian films?. Garko's plays honorable American Lt Glenn Hoffman, who puts together a unique fighting force. That doesnt consists of crminals or highly trained soliders. No instead, he drives around in his jeep picking up all the Military odbballs and non comformist's. The teams mission is to get some secret Nazi war plans, that are held up in a safe in some Itlain villa. Ony the Villas owned by one of the cruelest and most feard SS offices Col Han's Muller(Kinski). Kinski steals the film, as the sadistic chain smoking Colonel.

Recommended to fans of Itlain action cinema from the 1960's. There's no shortage of creativity and plenty of energy in the performances. They clearly didnt have much money to play with, but the cast appeared to be having a lot of fun with this one. Don't expect much in the way of Political correctness either. With the word Kraut usually yelled just before some German soldiers get machined gunned down. It's all accompanied by both and up-beat and meloncholy Italiann style soundtrack by Elsio Manucuso.

 

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Some William Lustig movies :

Maniac Cop I-III : Awesome slasher-like trilogy with Tom Atkins, Robert Z'Dar and Bruce Campbell

Uncle sam : Lustig satire.

Relentless: Badass thriller.

Lustig (now the founder and CEO of Blue Underground) is definitely a fantastic director.

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Aquaman(2018) - James Wan directed high adventure, under, and over the seven sea's. Not to mention, a few small adventures on dryland too. A huge box-office success, it's not hard to see what attracted audiences to this movie. I don't know anything about the comic book version of the title character. However, the movie did what it was intended to do, and thats entertain. Persoanlly, I think they could have got two movies out of this one. There was a lot of stuff to digest in the just over two hour runtime. This appears to be the current Hollywood mdel, higher cinema prices, with an increase in longer runtime on major movies. Maybe it's just me, but so many major blockbuster films appear to be aiming for at least a two hour runtime?.

Jason Momoa and Amber Heard were really good, as were Yahya Abdul-ateen II, William Defoe, Dolph Lundren and Temura Morrison. Nicole Kidman has managed to break the spell of aging to quote a Red Hot Chilli Pepper's lyric. Thanks to the aid of some CGI enhancement, and they even made her look like a real ass kicker in that early scuffle. Where she uses a heavy duty Trident to defend her family with. Cool to see Graham Mctavish(Outlander) in a supporting role as King Atlan. Look forward to seeing more of Yahya Abduls Manta in the sequel, liked the old school tinge they gave his costume.

With a spectacular finale, that takes big action Hollywood set peices to another level. There's a lot to enjoy here, even if the directions a little weak at times. It's hard to be overly critical of a fun pop-corn movie like this one.

 

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Dexter season 7 - revisit. Traded it away years ago as rarely watch series twice but as saw this in charity shop for 1€ had to grab it as knew it was best season. Ukrainian mob boss who is after dexter for his personal reasons brought quite a lot new life after weaker ssn6. Nice plot twists also as deb knew dexters dark secret...

Collateral - re++visit. Tom cruise is really cool as hitman who forces taxi driver (jamie fox) to take him to targets. It`s probably only cruise movie I really like and he does good job here, most of other his movies I have seen falls to wrong role/script but here nail is hit. One of Michael Manns finest hours...

Game of thrones season 6(premiere). 1,5 years since watched season 5 so was time to take this off from plastic. Bit slow tempo perhaps as big war is coming but had it`s moments. Was nice to see one very bad and sadistic guy ends up to dog food.

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Re-watched Upgrade last night. Loved it even more than the first time I watched it. A really fun slice of sci-fi. I'm not in love with the ending but the rest of the film more than makes up for it.

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Critters quadrilogy and the new Binge.

Definitely an underrated franchise, I feel nostalgic of practical effects, that really had a charm. Ironically, most of the cgis done not a few (months?) years ago are already outdated and ugly, but the 80's movies like Critters and Gremlins still rocks! All hail handcrafted effects!

Thanks to shudder for having the balls to make a critters sequel.

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The Golden Job - Boy oh boy. This is a fun-yet-nothing-special film let down by its awful reliance on unnecessary CGI. Blood, fire, debris, explosions and even car chases are entirely CGI enhanced and it really is off putting. In fact, it’s a pain in the bloody arse.

Otherwise, the film is fine. Average. Definitely worth a watch but it might be one you toss in the “watched” pile and never revisit again. When the action rolls around, it’s well put together. Nice camera angles, clear editing etc. Although, every car chase (even when it’s suped up sports cars) feels like it’s moving at 25 mph. 

Some nice shootouts and a fantastic fight cameo by Yasuaki Kurata are sprinkled throughout make way for, weirdly, an absolutely blistering final 20 minutes. Honestly, it’s like two different films. No hand to hand stuff but the action feels like Schwarzenegger’s Commando. In a very good way.

As for plot; it’s all very paint-by-numbers. Brotherhood ruined by betrayal. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

So, it’s an enjoyable watch for the most part. It is marred massively by its flaws but the action manages to keep the film’s head above water. It’s mediocrity, albeit rather fun mediocrity.

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Black gloved killer murders women and leaves half moon medallion to crime scenes......One of the best giallo movies considering script, as couple starts to investigate reason of deaths viewer naturally gets a grip to storyline too. Too often in these flicks watcher is in completely darkness why violence happens and then in last minutes when killers identity is revealed police arrives and tells motive for murders was money or sth...

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Back and forth revisiting Shaws and eurohorror...

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Templar knights who were after immortality on dark ages are back...Very good spanish horror, and have to admire how expert lights crew were on those days. In every nighttime scene was easy to see what`s going on. You can`t say same about many movies made today.

Blind dead series have 4 movies so still lot to re-watch on that area...

 

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A massively overlooked horror, it seems. In fact, it's one of the best films I've seen this year. Dark, intriguing, original, well acted...it's an absolute treat. If you're a horror fan but like your "haunting" films a little different, I highly recommend this one. It might not be the scariest thing you'll see this year, but it's wonderfully mysterious. It's on US Netflix right now.

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^Several think this is best of quartet but I like part 1 more. Return has lot more action but loses in atmosphere little bit and think some characters were scripted bit too silly. This time lights team were not up to standard of first movie at times was bit hard to see what was going on and lots of night scenes in flick. Good, but can`t say is it even 2nd best of 4 before revisit last movies.

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And yet again revisit, should start to watch new stuff soon....Very clever giallo which features hanged&slashed xxx dolls, greed twin brother and illness of the mind with coll and twist. Directing is great, some locations are great and intense atmosphere....only average thing in movie is ennio morricones soundtrack, it`s not bad but he has done many times lot better..

 

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7 hours ago, Tex Killer said:

only average thing in movie is ennio morricones soundtrack, it`s not bad but he has done many times lot better..

 

Thats not something you read every day, an average Ennio Morricone soundtrack.

 

Hey @Tex Killer, have you watched the Italian horror film Fifve For Hell(1969)?.

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5 minutes ago, DragonClaws said:

 

 

 

Hey @Tex Killer, have you watched the Italian horror film Fifve For Hell(1969)?.

Does it have any alternate title or do you remember director? I Cannot recall atm any horror but many movies are released under different names..

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4 minutes ago, Tex Killer said:

Does it have any alternate title or do you remember director? I Cannot recall atm any horror but many movies are released under different names..

 

Sorry dude, got you looking for a horror that doesnt exist. I meant the Itlaian War movie, with Klause Kinski as the German general.

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