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Anybody seen Fright Night? This was on the other night and it was a damn good horror comedy about a teenager that has a vampire move in next door, check it out if you get the chance. I wish they would show the Jeff Goldblum version of The Fly between now and Halloween on cable, used to love that gross out movie and haven't seen it in a long time!

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On 10/13/2019 at 5:09 PM, Secret Executioner said:

Today's (unpleasant) horror watch - Lucio Fulci's The New York Ripper (Italy, 1982)

 

I remember getting this one on DVD a decade ago and it was gross with those slasher scenes and that raunchy "toe" sex scene. Definitely fits the bill when you're in the mood for trashy exploitive entertainment though I found it offputting too.😎

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@CT KID  Yeah, that scene with the latinos made me REALLY uncomfortable - I think I mentionned it in my review. and I guess being even more offputting than the very brutal and gory murders occuring in the movie is kind of an impressive feat.

 

Tonight's viewing - a pre-The Room Greg "Mark" Sestero movie called Retro Puppet Master (USA, 1999)

 

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On 10/23/2019 at 11:04 PM, CT KID said:

Anybody seen Fright Night? This was on the other night and it was a damn good horror comedy about a teenager that has a vampire move in next door, check it out if you get the chance. I wish they would show the Jeff Goldblum version of The Fly between now and Halloween on cable, used to love that gross out movie and haven't seen it in a long time!

The original 80s one is a great film if that's the one you mean.

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18 hours ago, Graeme Of Death said:

The original 80s one is a great film if that's the one you mean.

Yeah that's the one, I didn't even know it had been remade!

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Devil's Junction: Handy Dandy's Revenge. I saw the film last Friday with the film's official release set for today. The film revolves around a former TV station that becomes a house of horrors when a group of college-age kids go in as the dad of one of them has bought it and plans to turn in into condos. The TV show shot there, a 1960s era children's show called the Handy Dandy and Mr. Jolly Show, was also a crime scene with supposed child killings that ended when Mr. Jolly committed suicide. However, Jolly isn't dead but is actually a black magic wizard hellbent on revenge and brings to life Handy Dandy and his puppets to begin killing the kids one by one. It can be more seen as a homage to the slasher/ghost movies with the typical characters and kills.

Bill Oberst Jr. is great as Mr. Jolly and Bill "Chop-Top/Otis" Moseley makes the most of his screen time as the father of one of the kids, who has a more hidden agenda in buying the building. Oberst actually commented on my review of the film and it made my day!

https://worldfilmgeek.com/2019/11/01/devils-junction-handy-dandys-revenge-2019/

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Knives Out and Black Christmas- didnt even particularly want to see either of these but have been in situations where I had to kill a couple hours and catching a flick didnt seem like a bad idea. IP Man 4 and Star Wars Rise of Skywalker where you at? lol

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Black Christmas (Canada, 1974) [VoD] – 4/5
Excellent, gritty Christmas slasher with a bunch of non-objectified, charmingly foul-mouthed women as protagonists. Rather exceptional in the genre.

Terror Train (USA, 1980) [VoD] – 1.5/5
Regrettably dull graduation party / revenge slasher with Jamie Lee Curtis, only in a train this time. David Copperfield plays a magician! Sort of works for the 1st hour, then you realize you really don’t give a shit. Pedestrian on the technical level as well.

Sleepless (Italy, 2001) [DVD] - 1/5
Argento returned to giallo... with this piece of shit. Ugly, completely nonsensical and with atrocious English voice acting. Goblin did the music but you'd never guess it. Max Von Sydow is the only good thing about the film. You feel sorry for him being in this.

Summer of 84 (Canada, 2018) [VoD] - 4/5
Four 15 year olds begin suspecting their neighbor is a serial killer. Thrilling 80s / childhood throwback thriller with a phenomenally good ending. 10 times better than the same filmmakers' Turbo Kid.

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All the Colors of the Dark (Italy, 1972) [BD] – 2/5
Frustrating, insanely over-rated 90 minutes of Edwige Fenech screaming and running from a killer who may be real, or just her imagination (you’ll never know, ha-ha-ha). It’s a shame since the “Satan worshipping hippies” story context has its moments, the score is nice, and there are visual sequences that work. But Martino has done much better films, like Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972).

Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (Italy, 1972) [BD] – 3.5/5
A marriage drama on acid, gone giallo. Captivating, beautifully filmed, with great score and terrific lead performances by Luigi Pistilli as a violent husband and Anita Strindberg (absolutely stunning) as the suffering wife. The plot could do without some of the Poe / Black Cat stuff that feels a bit shabby, as do some other plot developments towards the end.

Torso (Italy, 1973) [BD] - 3/5
A slightly uninvolving giallo with exceptional amounts of nudity, turns into a fantastic slasher/thriller during its final third. Worth seeing for the last 30 minutes.

Once Upon a Time in the West (Italy / USA, 1969) [DCP] - 5/5
Leone's grand epic and finest picture, an endlessly inspiring piece of filmmaking and the one film where men are allowed to cry. There was a 35mm screening in Finland some years ago, but me being in Japan I had to settle for a DCP celebrating the film's 50th anniversary. It was the latest in a series of nationwide theatrical re-release in Japan, following Dawn of the Dead and Blade Runner this year, The Thing, Sorcerer, Last Tango in Paris and a few others last year.

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JP HP with a nice re-release trailer:
http://onceinthewest2019.com/

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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (USA, 2019) [Flight] – 1.5/5
Dull, overlong superhero film with Johnson and Statham battling a flying super villain. I guess they tried to get a piece of the Marvel / DC cake. Even the action scenes are boring, minus a slightly inventive vehicle bit near the end. Some nice laughs from Johnson and Statham picking fun of each other is the only positive. Also, the film mostly does away with the elements that seem to have made the series so popular: the car porn and the multicultural family / friendship bonding soap opera.

Angel Has Fallen (USA, 2019) [Flight] – 3/5
A smaller, slightly less outrageous but still entertaining entry in the Fallen series which has got to be the most bone-headed, honest 80s / 90s esque action franchise out there today. They’re fun despite the shitty CGI, and better than Stallone’s “wink-wink, we’re making fun of ourselves” Expendables series.

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43 minutes ago, Takuma said:

Angel Has Fallen (USA, 2019) [Flight] – 3/5
A smaller, slightly less outrageous but still entertaining entry in the Fallen series which has got to be the most bone-headed, honest 80s / 90s esque action franchise out there today. They’re fun despite the shitty CGI, and better than Stallone’s “wink-wink, we’re making fun of ourselves” Expendables series.

I genuinely like the first two movies (quite a bit, actually), but I've yet to rent the most recent outing. I'm glad to hear it falls in line with the rest of the series. Could be a fun one for me.

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Watchmen (tv series) - A slow start causes audible cries of "What the fuck is going on?" But once it gets going, it really gets going. A wonderful puzzle of a series and one you might not be able to put together until it allows you. Episode 6 may be my favorite episode of television ever.

Glass - A good attempt by M. Night but one that ultimately doesn't work. It plods along and, even once it gets to its "big finale," it doesn't accomplish much. A distinctly mediocre effort if ever I saw one.

Rambo: Last Blood - Call me a Neanderthal but I thoroughly enjoyed this. Not very Rambo-y and the first half moves a little slow, but once it devolves into ultra-violence, I was along for the ride. Good stuff.

Anna and the Apocalypse - Lame horror/musical blend I couldn't get all the way through. a few catchy numbers here and there but, all in all, a boring pile of shite. 

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On 12/15/2019 at 8:54 AM, Takuma said:

Sleepless (Italy, 2001) [DVD] - 1/5
Argento returned to giallo... with this piece of shit. Ugly, completely nonsensical and with atrocious English voice acting. Goblin did the music but you'd never guess it. Max Von Sydow is the only good thing about the film. You feel sorry for him being in this.

Let me guess... It has at least one scene where we see Asia Argento naked ? Cause it seems to be the only reason Dario Argento is making movies nowadays - show off his daughter's butt. Otherwise, they're really poor (his recent Dracula film with the giant mantis was ridiculous...)

 

5 hours ago, Takuma said:

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (USA, 2019) [Flight] – 1.5/5
Dull, overlong superhero film with Johnson and Statham battling a flying super villain. I guess they tried to get a piece of the Marvel / DC cake. Even the action scenes are boring, minus a slightly inventive vehicle bit near the end. Some nice laughs from Johnson and Statham picking fun of each other is the only positive. Also, the film mostly does away with the elements that seem to have made the series so popular: the car porn and the multicultural family / friendship bonding soap opera.

The trailer sounded interesting but I didn't see this one in the end. I'm a bit surprised, the movie came across as a rather fun venture - the departure from the main series' car show feel in favor of something that looked like an action comedy with The Rock and Jason Statham having to team up against a common foe seemed promising. I was puzzled when I saw some trailers as the villain seemed superpowered, thanks for confirming this bizarre element (for such a series that I don't recall including anything supernatural).

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4 hours ago, Drunken Monk said:

Watchmen (tv series) - A slow start causes audible cries of "What the fuck is going on?" But once it gets going, it really gets going. A wonderful puzzle of a series and one you might not be able to put together until it allows you. Episode 6 may be my favorite episode of television ever.

Glass - A good attempt by M. Night but one that ultimately doesn't work. It plods along and, even once it gets to its "big finale," it doesn't accomplish much. A distinctly mediocre effort if ever I saw one.

re Watchmen: does it follow (at least partly) the background we get from the original graphic novel ? I recall the main plot was interlaced with a lot of background elements on the original team and how superheroes became a thing in this universe. Or is it a more creative story loosely based on the property ?

 

re Glass: I believe it was an attempt by M. Night at making an extended universe using the characters from Unbreakable and Split and putting them together IIRC. I find the idea interesting, but rather clichee nowadays (Samuel L. Jackson pits Bruce Willis and the guy from Split against each other and they work like Luthor/Supes/Batman in Daw of Justice, right ?) when next to every movie is part of a big franchise, if not a whole universe covering countless different titles.

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38 minutes ago, Secret Executioner said:

re Watchmen: does it follow (at least partly) the background we get from the original graphic novel ? I recall the main plot was interlaced with a lot of background elements on the original team and how superheroes became a thing in this universe. Or is it a more creative story loosely based on the property ?

I will say that it is very much tied into the original graphic novel. However, it is very much its own tale. It is very unique. I'm not sure about the specific backgrounds of the characters being addressed though. Many characters from the graphic novel are only fleetingly mentioned.

With that said, it feel...this won't make sense...small-time epic. Like, so much is going on but it all involves a small cast of characters. 

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This movie looks at the last years (not days, as implied in the title) of famous outlaws, Frank and Jesse James. The film opens in 1877 with the brothers trying to settle down after 15 years of thievery. Frank is shown to be a book-loving and family-oriented man, while brother Jesse is a money-hungry womanizer. The movie follows their lives through Jesse's death at the hands of the "rotten little coward" Bob Ford and Frank's death in 1915. - IMDB

 

Here's one of many films I've sat through over the last week. Very watchable two hour T.V movie Directed by William A.Graham. Starring musicians/actors Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson , as farmers turned outlaws Frank and Jesse James. Despite being a little old to play these two roles by 1986, tha pair have some natural on-screen chemistry. Which might come from their real life friendship?, Cash helped Krisofferson break into music business. When Kris was still just a cleaner at Sun records where Johnny Cash and others were signed at the time. Maybe Kris returned the favour and got his old friend some movie parts?. Country muisc fans should look out from cameos from Willie Nelson, June Carter Cash  and David Allan Coe. With strong supporting strong from Gail Youngs and Marcia CrossFor note to music fans, Johnny Cash sings the films main theme. Cash sings his version of the old folk song Jesse James. Which appeared on the movies soundtrack, alogside fellow artists including ace drummer Levon Helm(The Band) sweet vocalist Emmylou Harris, and Charlie Daniels. This is by no means a must see film, but if you fan of th genre and cast. It's an easy two hour viewing experience. It's not a perfect production, and Johnny Cash didnt have the same fire on camera as he did on records. That said, it's a decent attempt at re-telling well told story and the events surrounding it.

 

 

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Musicals period, the return !😃

A real fiesta of Musicals, these last days...

Calamity Jane, with Doris Day and Howard Keel 

My Blue Heaven with Betty Grable : a touching story about a couple of dancing and singing stars who loose their baby and they want to adopt one, and finally end with three babies among which one of their own.

Hit the deck with my favorite tap dancer and singer Ann Miller, Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds and one of the stars of West Side Story, Russ Tamblyn. A very funny movie about three sailors who find their loved ones during a permission, with a lot of twists, gags and of course, lots of songs and dances.

Athena with Jane Powell or how a rich and strict man falls in love with an unconventional beautiful girl who says what she thinks without any shame.

Small town girl with Jane Powell, Ann Miller and Farley Granger, or how a rich "son to his mother " is imprisoned by a strict judge and falls in love with the judge's daughter.

New faces of 1937 with Ann Miller at 14 years old !: a very funny movie about a director who wants his show to be a flop and get the money of his sponsors (who won't know each other and think that they are the unique sponsor), has to flee away and let one of his sponsors take the directing of the show. I can't calculate how many times I laughed during the movie with all the highs and lows of the new director !

Time out for rythm with Ann Miller 

She's getting her way through college with Virginia Mayo, Gene Nelson (another talented tap dancer that I had never heard of until now), Patrice Wymore and Ronald Reagan , or how a stage dancer and singer succeeds in entering the university in the class of her ancient teacher (Reagan), finds love and faces a jealous rival (Wymore).

Starlift with Doris Day, Jane Wyman, Janice Rule, Patrice Wymore and a lot of other stars performing songs and sketches for the soldiers on an air base.

Painting the clouds with sunshine with Virginia Mayo, Virginia Gibson, Dennis Morgan and Gene Nelson, or how three singing and dancing sisters go to another town to get a fortune and finally find love.

She's back on Broadway, with Virginia Mayo, Gene Nelson, Steve Cochran and Patrice Wymore, or how a stage dancer and singer who has left the stage shows to do movies 6 years ago and is now without any role in a movie, returns on a stage show directed by her previous lover (Cochran), with whom  she finally reunites after a lot of highs and lows.

The princess and the pirate, with Virginia Mayo and Bob Hope. I laughed a lot in this one too, in which Bob Hope plays a coward transformist lead into a crazy adventure with a princess escaping a forced marriage on a boat that is caught by pirates. One of them helps them to escape and gives the map of a treasure to Hope (without telling him, of course !) and tells them to go to an island find his cousin. What they won't know, is that the governor of the island is an accomplice of the chief of the pirates !

Frankly , if you don't know what to watch, just watch this one ! Bob Hope is excellent and so funny in it !

 

Texas carnival with Ann Miller, Esther Williams, Howard Keel and Bob Hope, or how a brother and sister (Hope and Williams) are mistaken for another multi millionnaire brother and sister couple, which leads to a lot of funny situations. The chariot race at the end of the movie alone is worth watching !!

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Blood Fest by Owen Egerton

 

Mediocre 2019 teen horror movie trying to be clever. Even worse than a tarantino movie, if that level of mediocrity is even reachable. It barely deserves to be mentioned anywhere, so I won’t write more about it.

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