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Your Year of Living OCD: 2017 Edition

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I want to break 150 this year. My viewing count actually decreased last year.


First Viewing



Home Video


Jan 4: Elle. Verhoeven in the mode of his early work. Full of sick behavior and people who all have their own deals.


Jan 4: Jackie. Aesthetically aggressive, with Portman strong in an impossible role. But the MVP is Oleg Cassini.


Jan 11: Underworld: Blood Wars (3D). Talk talk talk until the last half-hour or so. Not one but two room-full-of-weapons fight scenes.


Jan 18: What's Up, Doc? (1972). Q&A with Bogdanovich. Great crowd and good stories.


Jan 18: Noises Off! (1992). I forgot how spectacular the cast is in this. Highlight: what might be John Ritter's greatest pratfall.


Jan 25: 20th Century Women. An ideal companion piece to Diary of a Teenage Girl. Avoids the usual coming-of-age tropes.


Jan 26: The Duke of Burgundy (2014). The kind of Capital-A Art Film I didn't think anyone was making anymore. Terrific performances.


Feb 6: Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008). The movie is effectively over the second Mila Kunis shows up with that flower in her hair. Sarah who?


Feb 13: Man In the Dark (1953). Technically impressive for early 3D, but the plot is half-baked and the dialogue overly hard-boiled.


Feb 17: Shock Labyrinth (2009, 3D). Cleverly-constructed Japanese thriller that uses a couple too many cliched images.

Edited by Hammerhead - 8/17/17 at 1:42am
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I am glad that there's another year of this list as I always enjoy mentioning what I see here, even though on my Letterboxd page I go much more in depth on each film.


Manos: The Hands of Fate: Yes, the original version and not the version with Joel and the Bots. It does deserve its reputation.


Blade Runner: This is The Final Cut version. I hadn't seen any cut of the film in years. This does deserve its reputation, of being a classic.


The Big House: An obscure 1930 prison movie starring Robert Montgomery, Wallace Beery and Lewis Stone. It may not be the most realistic look at jail but the themes presented are still relevant and the final act riot is pretty cool, so I am glad I saw it on TCM.


The Girl Who Knew Too Much: This is a rewatch for me; I realize I need to see more giallo so why not watch this Bava film, which people say is the first in the genre. It's good, although it's more Hitchcockian than giallo.


Riot on 42nd Street: This late 80's trash movie I found out about on Letterboxd from a mutual and it's easy to track down. It's technically awful, although it's from the auteur that gave us such "classics" as Robot Holocaust and Breeders, so that is no surprise. Yet it's hilarious to watch, in the same way that Miami Connection is. It was actually filmed on the still sleazy at the time 42nd street in New York City and the movie (about feuding adult nightclub owners) is definitely sleazy. At least there is a riot at the end (some of the participants are underaged kids!) and in a rather thankless supporting role he probably filmed in a day, Jeff Fahey.


Princess Mononoke: Talk about a contrast between the last movie and this one. I got to see this on the big screen (and subbed to boot); it is not only an excellent animated movie, but an excellent movie, period. Between the great story, the stunning visuals and awesome soundtrack, I am glad I got to watch it that way.

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I wonder how long I'll manage this for:

1. Lethal Weapon: a re-watch obviously. I'm stuck with the Director's Cut and a fast forward button.

2. Moana: second time. Love this film, the first I could genuinely share in the joy of with my two boys.

3. Star Wars OT (original versions): an absolute pleasure.

4. Wayne's World 2: harmless fun but less engaging that the first.

5. Withnail and I: a longtime companion that felt strangely dated for the first time.

6. Legend: Hardy as the Kray twins is a great couple or performances, but I struggle with the inevitable romanticisation of Reggie in particular. They were vicious, narcissistic thugs without an ounce of humanity between them.

7. Resident Evil: Aftermath: yeah, didn't really follow this on any kind of narrative or thematic level. I haven't seen any since the first one, which I sort of liked mainly for the kills, and this was utter gobbledygook.

8. Resident Evil: Retribution: slightly more coherent, the single location with the high concept of separate areas mocked up to look like different parts of the world worked much better than the more expansive structure of the last one. There was a nice recap at the beginning and some fun stuff with clones and tone, and the final fight wasn't too bad.

9. Flash Gordon: introduced the boys to it; Vultan an immediate favourite. They got scared in exactly the same place I did when I was a kid (tree stump). I only just picked up that Dale was a travel agent; which is utterly redundant to the story, but there you go.

10. The Gambler (Wahlberg): decent enough with good acting all round; the ending was too pat and unambiguous, retrospectively validating the character's own excuse for his behaviour in a way that feels unrealistic.

11. Welcome to the Punch: Solid b-movie wannabe with decent performances but an iffy plot and a wonky structure. Shot almost entirely around the area of London I work in and one of the few British films that really tries in a big def age to make the most of the London night sky glittering with electric light.

12. The Place Beyond the Pines: well acted, well shot, and a fairly engaging plot, but I did struggle to piece together quite what the film was trying to say.

13. The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey: far, far better the second time around and divorced from the expectations as a prequel to the LOTR films. I think it suffers from a more artificial look and setting than the more "enhanced naturalism" of the earlier films, and the CGI can get a bit overloaded. The eponymous hero didn't feel as sidelined this time, and I got a better sense of individual dwarves in the company. The set piece under the mountain was a bit dreary, and deus ex aquilia is getting silly. Gripes aside, though, this was entertaining.
Edited by jhp1608 - 1/16/17 at 3:56am
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In the Mood for Love: Shamefully this was a first-time watch for me. It is as excellent as everyone says it is.


The Green Slime: It's definitely goofy but it's still fun. I dug the groovy 60's sci-fi setting and of course, the theme song will never not be great.


Days of Heaven: While I don't love this like many do, I am still glad I saw it as the story was still compelling and seeing it on TCM HD meant I could enjoy the beautiful visuals.


Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives: I hadn't seen this in years and I am not sure why but even though it's not as gory as it should be, it's still a lot of fun.


The Autopsy of Jane Doe: The general buzz I heard about this new release horror film was right: this is a creepy movie worth watching, even if the ending is not a home run.


Sleepless: While not awful, this isn't good either and the original French movie Sleepless Night is much better.


Aliens: This is one of my personal favorites so for years I was hoping I could see it on the big screen. Last night I finally got the opportunity to. While it was the theatrical cut, I had no complaints as both versions are great to me and I loved the experience.

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Alien: I figured this was a good time to see this classic again. I saw the theatrical cut, as that is what even Ridley Scott prefers. I still think that both versions are excellent movies.


The 14 Amazons: I hadn't seen a Shaw Brothers movie in months. This one is more elaborate and bigger than a typical movie for them. It is about a group of women (and some dudes that tag along) who wish to get revenge on the rival clan that killed their husbands. It's wacky and over the top (especially when a literal human bridge is formed) yet it's also greatly entertaining.


V/H/S: This is a rewatch; turns out, I still don't really like the movie overall, despite a segment or two that is cool.


DeepStar Six: Yes, I saw this because of Miguel Ferrer passing away. It's no Levithian and this is really stupid at times, but overall I can call it average as it's acceptable entertainment and the big bad creature was interesting.


The xXx movies: I had never seen any of these movies until last weekend. The first one is hilariously dated and as Xander Cage was a real asshole in a nonsense bullshit story... at least the action scenes were amusing in how goofy they were. The second one is also quite silly and yet again, it is watchable... although the CG in the final act is amazingly bad. The new one, I was surprised as how much I enjoyed it. Still stupid, but at least it's a lot of fun. I enjoyed the various elements that were borrowed from the Fast & Furious franchise.


Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach: It's exactly what you expect it to be. Tremendously juvenile; yet, maybe because of nostalgia I still found it to be alright.


The Children: This 2008 UK horror I had seen once before; I still like it as much as I did back then. Pretty creepy, and as others have noted, the editing and sound design do help, even if they aren't exactly subtle.

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Spaceballs: This may be the movie I've seen the most in my life. I am not sure what that says about me but I love it nonetheless.


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: I did see this because of John Hurt passing away. I did dig this low-key and intelligent spy thriller. I certainly did not mind how I had to pay close attention throughout.


Apocalypse Now, both the original and Redux: The original is still an all-time great. Redux, some of the new material is neat, but the French plantation section is still overlong and not really needed.


V/H/S: Viral: The first two I did not love but at least they had a decent segment or two each. This... awful all around and there's no need to ever see it.


Wild Beasts: Yes, the infamous Italian movie from the 80's where animals in a Frankfurt zoo ingest PCP-laced water and go berzerk. The premise is amazing, the movie less so. There are some hilarious moments but the story and many scenes were pretty bad, and as if the moments where animals were obviously distressed wasn't bad enough, the scene where a girl who looked to be about 12 was shown topless... "gross" is the best term to use.


Annie Hall: I hadn't seen this in a few years; it's still a very good movie about relationships and two flawed people who you still wish could work past their differences and stay a couple, told in an unconventional yet entertaining way.


Blow-Up: I hadn't seen this before. Afterwards, I wish I hadn't. I know it's controversial but I did not get much enjoyment out of this. I hated the lead and the story was absolutely pointless and the movie was a gigantic waste of time, even with the "Herbert Hancock" music and the scene with The Yardbirds. The very similar Blow Out is MUCH better, IMO.


The Hallow: This and the movie below I saw in my own double bill last night. I did pick those two specifically as they were Irish horror. This film, it is ridiculous, has obvious homages and requires some dumb character moments. Yet I enjoyed it overall. The rural Irish setting was nice, there were some good scares and there being a lot of practical effects was nice.


The Canal: I should have seen this sooner. While I wasn't surprised by the story, it was still enthralling, and a rather macabre tale at that. This also having nice practical effects was appreciated. The fact that the little boy wasn't written to be precocious and that kid's performance was actually good... that was a relief to me.

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Cop Out: Yes, the Kevin Smith movie. Cripes, was this ever awful. I mean, even more awful than I expected. It does everything wrong and is not enjoyable or entertaining in the least.


King Kong (the '76 version): It's not great but I can still say that it's fine.


Gang War in Milan: This was a new to me poliziotteschi, involving Antonio Sabato Sr. He was a pimp who feuded with a French gangster. Yep, there was no likable protagonist but it was still pretty entertaining for what it was.


King Kong (the 2005 version): I saw the extended edition for the first time. While I did not think the theatrical cut needed to be even longer, I can say that I dug the movie, despite its various faults. I never got bored through all 200 minutes, which is a high compliment.


Alien 3: This was the Assembly Cut. While the movie has its issues even in that version, I can say it's fine overall. I just wish that David Fincher would have been dealt a better hand before he got to the set then had all those production problems and feuded with FOX.


John Wick: Chapter 2: The last time I posted I should have mentioned that I rewatched the original Wick, which is something I still get a lot of enjoyment out of. Regrettably, Chapter 2 I did not enjoy as much. Sure, the action is still awesome and it has its share of amazing moments. Unfortunately, I really did not care for the story and found it to be pretty unpleasant and unenjoyable. A massive shame.


The Admiral: Roaring Currents: I saw this Korean movie because it was about to expire from Netflix Instant (it's now gone). It's a pretty good and pretty entertaining historical drama based on a real life moment where because of currents in a body of water, 12 Korean ships were able to do battle with 300 plus Japanese ships (this was in the late 16th century) and it wasn't a massacre. Pretty much the entire second half is the ship combat, and it's a lot of fun.


All three Taken movies: I've seen the first one a few times. It's still a blast. I saw the unrated cut of the second one for the first time, and no matter the form, it's still pretty shitty. I hadn't seen the third one until Wednesday evening... it's somehow worse than the second one. The story is a shitty riff on The Fugitive and Olivier Megaton's action scenes are shot even more incoherently than in 2. Let's not even talk about how bagels are an important plot point. Those sequels are a travesty.

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Originally Posted by The Perfect Weapon View Post

Cop Out: Yes, the Kevin Smith movie. Cripes, was this ever awful. I mean, even more awful than I expected. It does everything wrong and is not enjoyable or entertaining in the least.

It's kind of amazing that this isn't Kevin Smith's worst movie. Bruce Willis oozes contempt in every scene.

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Viewings 1-10 here:

First Viewing



Home Video


Feb 21: 2017 Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (Animated).  Should win: Pearl. Will win: Piper.


Feb 21: Toni Erdmann. The rare comedy that requires one to pay attention to small details. A slow build, but rewarding. The birthday-party scene is terrific.


Mar 2: The Mad Magician (1954, 3D). Pretty much exactly what you'd hope for from a Vincent Price thriller where he uses stage illusions to actually kill people. Good times.


Mar 8: Gravity (2013, 3D). I wish all big-league art films shared this one's good sense to keep the running time under control.


Mar 8: Paterson. So lightly played and gently constructed it almost isn't about anything. Almost.


Mar 11: Kong: Skull Island (3D). Now that's more like it. Yes, stay through the end.


Mar 17: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009, 3D). An unexpected treat, smartly written with some inspired voice-casting.


Mar 21: Raw. Gruesome and surprisingly funny. Not sure what, if anything, it's trying to say about college, sisters, and/or cannibalism.


Mar 22: The Lego Batman Movie. Endlessly, almost exhaustingly inventive. Might be more of a Sad Grownups movie than a Kids movie.


Mar 25: John Wick (2014). Fun how everyone who knows Wick seems to genuinely like him. Also the film's portrayal of a NYC populated entirely by hitmen and gangsters.

Edited by Hammerhead - 8/17/17 at 1:41am
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Originally Posted by Mangy View Post

It's kind of amazing that this isn't Kevin Smith's worst movie.


I agree. I haven't seen Yoga Hosers (nor do I ever want to) but I have seen Red State, and I do think that is even worse than Cop Out.


Last weekend I saw 5 movies on the big screen in a span of about 24 hours. Four of those were Best Picture nominees, as AMC Theatres does a marathon over 2 Saturdays of those movies each February. 


The Great Wall: The movie is pretty dopey, has some painful English dialogue, is incredibly cliche and the CG doesn't look great. Yet I still found it enjoyable. Plenty of wacky action happens and the film both looks and sounds great. Plus, I enjoyed the colorful costumes, so I thought this was inoffensive.


Manchester by the Sea: I realize most won't agree, but I can only rate it as "fine" overall, due to some great scenes and quality performances. The movie being about a guy struggling with a horrific incident that happened to him... that is fine with me and it's understandable if he acts like an asshole. Unfortunately, I thought most of the main cast were complete assholes who yelled at each other and constantly cursed. I did not find that enjoyable.


Fences: While obviously based on a stage play, I was OK with that as this melodrama was compelling, despite it dragging at times and it having a rather odd ending. The cast as a whole does a swell job, but most impressive were the two leads, especially Viola Davis. There are some tremendous scenes, for sure.


Hell or High Water: I saw this last summer on the big screen and I rated it high then; I still rate it high now, even though I had forgotten how blunt it is in telling its message.


La La Land: Another unpopular opinion: I did not love this movie either. Again, I can rate it as "fine" overall. It's certainly charming, it always looks & sounds great, and there are unforgettable moments. Unfortunately, I wish they wouldn't have been so slavish to the aesthetic of old musicals that the plot was also a copy of it, meaning a nonsense fluffy story. Plus, it's really dumb at times and worst of all, I did not care too much for the leads or their romance. A shame, as I thought the final number was aces. At least I got to see it theatrically, which of course is the best way to experience a film like that.

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Originally Posted by The Perfect Weapon View Post


I agree. I haven't seen Yoga Hosers (nor do I ever want to) but I have seen Red State, and I do think that is even worse than Cop Out.

A friend of mine worked on Yoga Hosers. She visited us a while back, and hadn't seen the movie yet, so we watched it on Amazon. After it was over, she turned to us and apologized. 

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Oh wow, Mangy. I hope your friend is able to work on better movies.


Five Dolls for an August Moon: I had seen this average giallo movie before. I gave it another shot; it's still average, which is a shame as it's from Mario Bava. Not even Edwige Fenech could save it.


The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go: Here's a bizarre movie I stumbled upon. It's from 1970 and is all about a half-Mexican, half-Chinese man in Hong Kong (naturally played by... James Mason; believe it or not, he's known as Yin Yang Go) who acquires a superweapon. It has such things as an Irish writer who loves James Joyce (Jeff Bridges! This was his first starring theatrical role), a stereotypical old gay man, a stereotypical attractive lesbian woman, a soundtrack that sounds like the 5th Dimension doing the music for a travelogue of Hong Kong, Broderick Crawford, Burgess Meredith (playing a Chinese man! Would you believe he also wrote and directed this? It's true), and for some reason, King Hu; yes, the Shaw Brothers actor/director. Oh, and Buddha not only factors into the plot, he occasionally provides narration. It's all very strange, and unfortunately average.


Never Say Never Again: Yeah, this isn't good. A lame plot and a lame old James Bond is no fun. A shame, as it has some decent elements and I wish I could have seen Bernie Casey and Barbara Carrera in an actual 007 film.


House of 1,000 Corpses: It's definitely uneven but I can still say that it's fine.


Next of Kin: Another movie that I can say is fine. Even though Bill Paxton (RIP) has a small role, he still did well. It's not as awesome as it probably should have been, but it's still watchable.


Force Majeure: This was not the easiest movie to watch, by any means. Even with an ending I thought was a little odd, overall I am glad I finally saw this; I did appreciate the restrained direction.


Southern Comfort: A pretty entertaining Walter Hill film, this is. The score from Ry Cooder and the Cajun songs you hear, both pretty damn awesome.


[REC]: I have seen this before, but not in awhile. It's still quite enjoyable, especially for found footage. It has some great moments, especially the final 10 or so minutes.


The Silent House: No, not the remake with Elizabeth Olsen. This is the original from Uruguay. Boy did I not like it. It's not even the twist ending. It was the faux shot in one take/real time gimmick which I did not enjoy, or how it lead to long stretches of boredom. A shame, as I actually don't have an issue with the general plot or what it's about.


Fantastic Planet: This and the next movie played on TCM Underground back to back. What a weird psychotronic double bill it was for me, but I am glad I saw both. This, the classic archetypical story among the bizarre trappings and great score... pretty bitchin'.


Belladonna of Sadness: As odd as FP was, this was all the stranger. I was not expecting such an erotic and sensual tale... or all the imagery of genitalia, either. What a wild movie this was, which also has a great score and I thought was pretty bitchin'.

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I still prefer Never Say Never Again to Thunderball. Klaus Maria Brandauer is a far superior Largo.

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Originally Posted by The Perfect Weapon View Post

Oh wow, Mangy. I hope your friend is able to work on better movies.


Force Majeure: This was not the easiest movie to watch, by any means. Even with an ending I thought was a little odd, overall I am glad I finally saw this; I did appreciate the restrained direction.


It ended up being the last movie she worked on before leaving LA. I don't necessarily blame Kevin Smith, but I'm not ruling it out.

Force Majeure is such an odd duck. The direction is so controlled that it's mesmerizing, but like you, I think the last scene is a bit strange, almost feeling like one scene too many.

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Honestly, Thunderball has never been my favorite and I do agree that Klaus Maria did a very nice job with his role. I'll also agree that the last scene in Majeure wasn't even really needed.


Lake Mungo: I had seen this once before and I was "meh" on it. My opinion hasn't changed. I wish the story would have been different as the cast does a nice job, there's a great jump scare, and it does have an unsettling vibe throughout.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl: I hadn't seen any of the first three Pirates movies in almost 10 years. Now, I see that the bugaboo which ruined the second and third movies (being overplotted, too convoluted) was started here, albeit in a minor way (the fourth one was thankfully simpler, but unfortunately was incredibly forgettable). At least this first movie is fun and has a nice adventure in scenic settings. From what I remember, Captain Jack Sparrow was more of a caricature in the sequels. I will eventually rewatch 2-4, but I am not looking forward to it, and nothing about 5 looks like "must-see".


The Vampire's Coffin: This is a Mexican film from 1958 I just finished watching on Netflix Instant. Its original title is El Ataud Del Vampiro. It has silly moments like the strings being visible, gunshots being fired in a hospital but no one else hears it, and a macabre wax museum. Yet, it's entertaining for what it is. It's a sequel to El Vampiro, which of course Netflix Instant doesn't have but it's not difficult to figure out what's going on. It does have nice atmosphere and a great death. Like Halloween II, part of it takes place in an almost abandoned hospital. Like I said, it's fine.

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Rewatches in bold.


High Anxiety - B-

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds - B

Hell or High Water - A-

Cape Fear (1962) - A-

Jackie - B

A Monster Calls - B

Paterson - A-

The Dark Backward - A-

Silence - A-

Safe Men - B-

A Cure for Wellness - B+

John Wick: Chapter 2 - B

Get Out - B+

Moonlight - B+

Ghost in the Shell (1995) - A

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) - A-

Combat Cops aka The Zebra Killer - B

Frailty - B+
The Love Witch - C

Leave Her to Heaven - A-

Badlands - A

Days of Heaven - A

Rosemary's Baby - A

Diabolique - A-

Duck, You Sucker! - A

T2 Trainspotting - B

Logan - A-

This Gun For Hire - B+

Quiet Please, Murder - C+

Memories of Murder - A

Following - B

Ghost in the Shell (2017) - C-

Raw - B+

Belly - B-

David Lynch: The Art Life - A-

Free Fire - B-

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - B

Stalker - A

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me - B

Pee-wee's Big Adventure - B-

Ed Wood - A+

The Panic in Needle Park - B+

Scarecrow - A-

Cream - B

It Comes at Night - B+

Tag - B-

The Autopsy of Jane Doe - B

Razzia sur la chnouf - A-

Le desordre et la nuit - B+

The Lost City of Z - B+

The African Queen - A-

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison - A

Baby Driver - B+

The Little Hours - B+

Okja - B

A Ghost Story - B+

Dunkirk - B+

Eastern Promises - B+

Maniac (1980) - A

The Last House on the Left (1971) - (D- on a technical/storytelling level, B+ on an entertainment level)

Atomic Blonde - B+

The Big Sick - B+

Ingrid Goes West - A-

Two-Lane Blacktop - A-

Vanishing Point - A-

In the Mouth of Madness - B+

The Whip and the Body - B

Baron Blood - C+

Tokyo Drifter - B+

Dying Laughing - C-

Museum - C

The Glass Castle - C

Logan Lucky - B+

The King of Comedy - A+

Dawn of the Dead (1978) - A-

Wind River - B+

Good Time - A

Kingpin - A-

It - B-

mother! - B

American Made - B+

Good Time - A

Blade Runner 2049 - B-

The Incredible Jessica James - B+

The Omen (1976) - B+

Casino - A-

The Killing of a Sacred Deer - A-

The Haunting (1963) - B-

Ingrid Goes West - A-

Contracted - D

The Killing of a Sacred Deer - A-

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - B+

His Kind of Woman - A-

Thunder Road - B

Some Like It Hot - A-

The Seven Year Itch - A-

The Great Escape - A

Lady Bird - B+

The Disaster Artist - B

Edited by Inkblades - 12/17/17 at 1:07pm
post #17 of 60
Thread Starter 

Viewings 11-20 here:


First Viewing



Home Video


Mar 28: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). The kids' performances aren't quite there yet. The climax is choppy and awkward. Branagh and Isaacs are MVPs.


Apr 3: Resident Evil: Retribution (3D, 2012). Every action franchise should be allowed to introduce or re-introduce Michelle Rodriguez at will.


Apr 4: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). Such a leap forward in quality. The rest of the series never quite tops it.


Apr 7: Your Name. (2016). Starts out like any other supernatural teen romcom, and slowly reveals serious depth and ambition. Definitely a re-watch.


Apr 10: Ghost In the Shell (3D, 2017). Pretty good, actually. The guy who plays Batou steals it. Some surprisingly bad 3D conversion errors.


Apr 11: Edge of Tomorrow (3D, 2014). If I could rewind three years, helping this movie become the hit it should have been wouldn't be top of my to-do list, but it'd be up there.


Apr 15: The Last Word. Anne Heche walks in and delivers the one scene in the whole film that doesn't feel like a storytelling crutch. And then she's gone.


Apr 15: The Pirates! Band of Misfits (3D, 2012). The Albino Pirate was voiced by Anton Yelchin? Aw...


Apr 19: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). A fearless adaptor would realize that cutting the tournament would make the narrative a lot cleaner.


Apr 23: The Fifth Element (1997). Appreciated the cross-cutting and scene transitions this time around. Besson really keeps the story moving.

Edited by Hammerhead - 4/25/17 at 2:31am
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Hell's Ground: This is basically a riff on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre... except it's from Pakistan (!) and while I remember it getting buzz from playing at some U.S. film festivals around 10 years ago, I completely forgot about it until recently, and discovered it could be rented from Amazon. The movie isn't great but it's still watchable and it has some nice gore. The unique touches from the film's country of origin were interesting, at least.


Nightlight: This is yet another found footage movie of events in the woods... except that the perspective is not a camera but... a flashlight. No shit. It was inspired. It's not awful but it's not good either, and it's a shame as it could have been at least OK.


The Suspect: I usually like South Korean movies, but this one was only about average. A big problem is that it comes off as a Bourne sequel, including it being shot and edited Greengrass-style. The story is an absolute mess also.


Kong: Skull Island: It's definitely not the original '33 film and yet I thought it was a lot of fun, and had some great giant monster action.


From the Dark: This is an entertaining Irish horror film where the plot is generic as can be (a couple's car breaks down in the middle of nowhere and something chases them)... but it has some good ideas and I appreciated how they successfully stretched out a gimmick and The Big Bad mainly being hidden in the shadows, I appreciate such things.


Planet of Storms: This is a Soviet sci-fi movie that was used THREE times by Roger Corman (for Queen of Blood, Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet, and Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women). It was entertaining.


The Devil's Rain: I once saw this years ago and thought it was only OK. It's still only OK, despite a quality cast and memorable melty finale.


Confusion Na Wa: This is one of those movies where you follow various characters and they all meet up in the final act. The hook of this dark comedy is that it's from Nigeria. It was sufficiently entertaining for me.

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The Gong Show Movie: I once saw this movie years ago; this was before it ever came out on disc, so nevermind how. I did watch it again because Chuck Barris had just passed away. This movie is still pretty shitty and dumb, unfortunately.


Don't Torture a Duckling: I saw this because Tomas Milian had just passed away. I was quite entertained by this giallo. It has both a memorable ending and an unforgettable opening scene from Barbara Bouchet.


Don't Bother to Knock: This is a fun film noir from 1952 which sadly is now gone from Netflix, although it can still be found elsewhere. It not only has Richard Widmark playing exactly the character you'd expect him to, but also Marilyn Monroe in what is likely one of her best performances. It's an entertaining movie set during one night at a fancy hotel. Also, this was Anne Bancroft's debut.


The Holy Virgin vs. The Evil Dead: Of course I had to watch a movie given this title, even if this 1991 Hong Kong movie's original title was not this at all and there's no Deadites nor even virgins. Considering it's about a monster known as THE MOON MONSTER (who is a tall Asian dude with long flowing hair and his eyes sometimes glow green) and the star is DONNIE YEN, it's not a must-see and yet it's entertaining.... although the version on Amazon is a tame version, as the original has more violence, sleaze, and far more nudity.


Life: Yet another movie that I can say is "fine" and nothing more. At least the movie looked nice, had a cool score, and had a cool (if completely telegraphed) ending.


Severance: I was happy to see this horror/comedy again. It's not my favorite of the genre and yet it's still fun.


Dredd: This is still pretty awesome, even in 2D. This failing so badly at the box office still makes me sad.


Meet the Feebles: While this may say something about me, the movie has always made me laugh and laugh. It's not just seeing Muppets engaging in debauchery; the situations and dialogue are filled with great moments.

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Smokey & The Bandit II: Yeah, this isn't too good. What a disappointment that it isn't much fun.


Smokey & The Bandit Part 3: This also wasn't good, and it was obvious to me that plenty of reshoots were done. I'd love to see a previous version, but I am realistic and know that all the footage was likely put in a dumpster back in 1983... it'd at least be nice to know if Jackie Gleason was going to play Buford T. Justice AND The Bandit or if it was something else before we got this bad motion picture.


Underground Aces: A forgotten film from 1981, it's understandable why this isn't known, despite featuring the likes of Frank Gorshin, Jerry Orbach, Michael Winslow, Dirk Benedict, Melanie Griffith, Nicky Katt, Sid Haig, T.K. Carter, and Ernie Hudson: it's a shitty movie where we follow young people working in the parking garage of a fancy hotel, but the kids are obnoxious assholes. At least there's a tremendous title song from The Commodores (!) and Gorshin dresses like a film noir detective and his character is named FRED KRUGER (!!)


The Gallows: Yes, this movie was as bad as everyone said it was. When three of the four teenagers you follow are absolutely loathsome... it's not scary at all either.


Act of Valor: This was a rewatch. I understand those that despise the movie but I can at least laugh at it and enjoy it for what it is.


Demons/Demons 2: I had seen the first one before, but never the sequel. The original definitely has flaws but it's a blast, especially the Fast as a Shark scene. The sequel has a nonsense story (even by the standards of old Italian horror) and its influences are obvious yet I can say it's fine, and does have some great moments.


Picture Snatcher: This is a random 1933 movie where James Cagney is a gangster out of jail who tries to go legit and does so by joining a tabloid rag of a paper. Sadly, its comments on such things as tabloid journalism are still relevant today. Plus, some valid comparisons can be made to Nightcrawler.

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The Midnight Meat Train: This was another rewatch. The CGI mostly has not aged well at all but at least I can say this gonzo movie was entertaining. I saw the unrated version on Instant, which definitely has plenty of graphic gore.


Supercock: Yes, this is a legit movie called SUPERCOCK. It doesn't star John Holmes or Ron Jeremy. Instead, it's a mid-70's cockfighting movie directed by the guy who gave us The Hellcats where the star of The Hellcats goes to The Philippines and has trouble with the local cockfighting champion. It's fine. It's on Troma's YouTube channel under the name Bet to Kill. It once was re-released under yet another title, where it was marketed as a FAMILY movie. Amazing, considering what it's about and all the puns involving the word cock that you get to hear. Oh, and a supporting character is named G.I. Joe and the opening credits are pretty much a ripoff of those to Disney's Robin Hood, except not good.


The Grapes of Death: I was hoping this movie would be better, due to its premise. Instead, this Jean Rollin joint is meh.


Hatchet for the Honeymoon: It was a rather interesting giallo. Not the best, and yet still fun.


Ben-Hur (the '59 version and the one from last year): The 1959 movie is still a classic, and despite its length I say is a must-watch. The newest version, it's not good. They made some key changes, and not for the better. Really, there's no reason to ever watch.


The Devils: This was the version put on Shudder a few weeks ago. While not exactly "uncut" as first claimed, it's still as crazy and out there as you'd expect from Ken Russell. I am glad I finally saw the movie as it's greatly compelling and the performances from both Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave are excellent.


The Fate of the Furious: Christ, this movie... I've seen the entire franchise and some are definitely better than others... I can say that 5 through 7 are really stupid and yet are at least fine and I can say are a blast to watch (especially 5 and 6). This movie, it's an entire new level of stupid, where the story is so bad it's broken and I felt like my intelligence was insulted often, especially a certain scene in the middle of this picture. Theron was completely wasted and a moment at the end actually betrays the entire franchise. This movie sucked and while I know most will disagree, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage was a lot better at being a dopey yet fun piece of shit like Fast Five was than Fate.

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Originally Posted by The Perfect Weapon View Post



Smokey & The Bandit Part 3: This also wasn't good, and it was obvious to me that plenty of reshoots were done. I'd love to see a previous version, but I am realistic and know that all the footage was likely put in a dumpster back in 1983... it'd at least be nice to know if Jackie Gleason was going to play Buford T. Justice AND The Bandit or if it was something else before we got this bad motion picture.



Some background. Sounds like stories differ on whether Gleason was playing dual roles or not.

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Viewings 21-30 here:


First Viewing



Home Video


Apr 25: My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea. Exciting combination of lo-fi animation techniques and offbeat writing. Maybe misses the mark on emotional impact.


Apr 27: Their Finest. Swerves from light comedy to stark tragedy but the tone is well-managed and the 'movie-vs-reality' moments are very thoughtfully handled.


Apr 29: Avatar (2009, 3D). The visuals don't look dated yet, but they will soon. And wow, Cameron's dialogue is worse than I remembered.


Apr 29: Rogue One (2016, 3D). Plays better the second time around but that first act is still awful lumpy. Tudyk nails every one of his lines.


May 2: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). For some reason, this installment's focus on political corruption and autocratic paramoia stood out tonight.


May 2: The Lost City of Z. Perhaps the definition of "the journey, not the destination". Goes interesting places though.


May 4: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (3D). A million airbrushed vans come to life.


May 6: Colossal. A true original, even if it doesn't articulate its premise as cleanly as it might have. Strong work from Hathaway and Sudeikis.


May 14: Pina: Dance, Dance, Otherwise We Are Lost (3D, 2011). Wenders' commentary on the Criterion disc is exceptionally informative.


May 23: Angkor Awakens. Documentary tries to make a case for a new generation leading to a brighter future but doesn't actually find much evidence. People will suck.

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Originally Posted by Hammerhead View Post

Some background. Sounds like stories differ on whether Gleason was playing dual roles or not.


Interesting. Thanx for the link.


Night of the Lepus: I saw this on TCM the night before Easter. It's a goofy as hell movie but it's not unwatchable.


Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise: It's not as funny as the original but it's still fine.


Never Too Young to Die: I had seen this several times before, but I was happy to see this goofy piece of 80's crap via the new Shout Factory Blu. It's a movie where John Stamos plays someone named Lance Stargrove, Vanity is Danja Deering, and Gene Simmons is a villain named Velvet Von Ragnar; need I say more?


Let Us Prey: I know many enjoyed this British Isles horror film; it just rubbed me the wrong way and that is unfortunate as the premise was solid on paper.


Samurai Cop: This movie is now on Amazon Prime; it will always be awesomely bad.


Silver Streak: It's still a fun Hitchcockian mystery-comedy where Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor (in a supporting role) are both awesome.


In Order of Disappearance: I finally saw this dark Scandanavian comedy. I will presume Hollywood will screw it up, even if casting Liam Neeson in the Stellan Skarsgard role sounds like a good idea. 


Long Live Robin Hood: This was a random 1971 Italian movie I discovered was on Prime. The version there is truncated so even though it was average there is no real need to see it... unless you want to watch Mario Adorf play Friar Tuck.

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Tango & Cash: This movie is still goofy as hell, but I can still say it's fine.


Prometheus: Sadly, I still think the movie is ProMEHtheus, which is a crying shame as the general idea is still solid, the cast is nice, as are the visuals and music. It's just that there are way too many stupid moments for me.


Suspect Zero: Yes, the 2004 movie with Aaron Eckhart, Carrie-Anne Moss and Ben Kingsley. It's pretty bad, which sucks as the original Zak Penn script was leagues better than the atrocious rewrite they gave it.


68 Kill: I saw this at the Florida Film Festival. It's a rather dark and sleazy comedy about a home invasion robbery gone wrong, but then again it's from the guy who gave us Cheap Thrills so it's probably not a surprise. At least with a midnight crowd it was quite enjoyable. The women having stronger and more dominant roles than the male characters was a nice role reversal; AnnaLynne McCord-who was actually there in person-delivers the best performance.


Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss: All five of the movies in the series are on Prime, so it was about time for me to watch the first one, which I just finished about an hour ago. It's uneven at times but overall it's still a fun tale about a girl gang and the trouble they're in when they get involved with a fixed boxing match gone wrong. In the future I'll watch the rest of those groovy movies with its sometimes unconventional-for the time-filmmaking techniques.


Bad Black: This was the other movie I saw at the Florida Film Festival. It was the second of two screenings and I am sad the crowd wasn't bigger; it's from Nabwana I.G.G., the Ugandan filmmaker who gave us Who Killed Captain Alex? Alan Hofmanis (who is from New York but as lived in Uganda for a long while, helping out I.G.G.) was there in person. Hearing him before and after the movie gave me even more appreciation for Wakaliwood, where they make all those movies for the residents of the small village and some of those films gained notoriety because of YouTube. Despite all the limitations they have, their love of movies is quite obvious, the actors making their own props and providing their own clothing.


As for the movie itself, it's the same sort of insanity that will be familiar to those that have seen Captain Alex, like I have. It has several interconnected stories revolving the titular Bad Black, there's the universal struggle between the rich and the poor, there is plenty of melodrama, and Hofmanis plays an American doctor who gets advice from a small child who has the character name Wesley Snipes. Quite often you'll hear nods to the 80's and 90's action heroes. It was an awesome theatrical experience and I give it my highest recommendation for those that have the opportunity to see it in the future. Sure, the CG is charmingly terrible, but it's the best that they could do and as Hofmanis explained, it is OK to laugh at the movie as the locals are the ones who laugh the loudest at them.

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Originally Posted by The Perfect Weapon View Post


Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss: All five of the movies in the series are on Prime, so it was about time for me to watch the first one, which I just finished about an hour ago. It's uneven at times but overall it's still a fun tale about a girl gang and the trouble they're in when they get involved with a fixed boxing match gone wrong. In the future I'll watch the rest of those groovy movies with its sometimes unconventional-for the time-filmmaking techniques.

I watched Machine Animal on a whim a few weeks and enjoyed it. As you said, uneven but fun in a late 60s Pop Art sort of way.  Looking at Letterboxd, the first 4 films of the series came out the same year!

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Oh yeah, I did notice that when I looked up the series in the past.


The Bye Bye Man: Yep, this was pretty bad... and I saw the unrated version, which is the original version of the film before they edited it down to PG-13. From what I understand, what was shown theatrically was real bad. In short, the various urban legends surrounding the character are a lot more interesting than what they did here, and unlike the movie, the stories actually explain the character and how that goofy-looking dog looked that way because it was supposed to be made out of pieces of Bye Bye's victims.


Guardians of the Galaxy: I am not a comic book guy so me seeing it on the big screen in 3D on a double bill with the new GotG was my first time seeing this. Thankfully it was something I enjoyed; I was amused and I was not irritated by any of the disparate characters as they have to join together and them being weirdos with no friends bonds them together. I certainly do see the long-standing complaint of how Marvel villains are typically not that great.


Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2: I can only say that this was fine. To me, the humor was not as funny as in the original and there were some real dumb moments. A shame, as the focus on family was interesting, all 255 million colors of the rainbow were used, and it was nice to see pros like Michael Rooker, Kurt Russell and Sly Stallone in the same movie.


Snake Eater II and Snake Eater III: I have seen the first one a few times before-including as a kid-but the sequels were a first-time watch for me, via the El Rey Network. They both are only about average. Both are goofy as hell. The second has Snake in a nuthouse and it's not exactly One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest but that shouldn't be a shock considering it's a low-budget Canadian trilogy starring Lorenzo Lamas. The third one is a revenge tale involving a lot of sleaze, and more than one nod to the Death Wish sequels. The fact that it has the late pro wrestler Bam Bam Bigelow as a biker named GOOSE does give it a few points, as does the villain looking like modern-day Kid Rock in the midst of a bender.


Creature from the Black Lagoon: It was the first time I had seen this since I was a kid, meaning "a long time ago". Thankfully I still think it's an enjoyable creature freature with nice underwater photography.


The Bird with the Crystal Plumage: I had seen this once before, a few years ago. It's a giallo that I like; it definitely has many of the trademarks you'd expect from the genre.


Saturday Night Fever: I did not see it on the big screen in its "Director's Cut" guise, as I had other plans. I already had it on DVD and I was happy to see it in its original form, as it's a very good movie about mature themes which is a lot more than "just a disco movie", even if its dancing scenes are still magical and the soundtrack is still an all-timer.


Rodan: I saw it on TCM a few nights ago, where Dennis Miller did the intro and outro for it; that was as surreal as you'd expect. As for the movie, I'd love to see it in its original form instead of the shorter dubbed American version they showed. What I saw was only average; I did know beforehand that the first half of the movie was actually about giant bugs.


The Longest Day: This was a rewatch so I could give it a better review on Letterboxd. It's still a great 1960's look at D-Day which is never boring despite being 3 hours long and what an amazing cast it has.

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Blackhat (The Director's Cut): I enjoyed-if not loved-the theatrical cut and because the DC played on FX in TV-MA form, I saw it that way. I don't feel too differently about the new version, and I only noticed the big change of moving the opening to the middle of the film, where it was supposed to be and it works better that way.


Blood Simple: I saw this on TCM and I still think it's a very good movie.


Rapid Fire: RIP Powers Boothe, indeed. For an American martial arts movie, it's a lot of fun.


Alien: Resurrection: I hadn't seen this since watching it on VHS almost 20 years ago. Turns out, it's still not good. There's an interesting moment or two (and I don't mean the xenomorph/human hybrid at the end) and it's shot well, but otherwise it's not even a fun movie to watch.


Alien: Covenant: Even with some real dumb story moments, I enjoyed this more than Prometheus. This does not reach as high as that did, but at least it wasn't as frustratingly stupid. As before, Fassbender was the highlight and the movie at least looked and sounded great. Unfortunately this wasn't legendary like Alien or Aliens.


Beretta's Island: It's a long story how I saw this random early 90's action film, but in short it was because of Letterboxd. It stars old bodybuilder Franco Columbu as an ex-Interpol agent who goes to his home in Sardinia to take out a big drug operation. This is pretty bad and yet it's not as ineptly hilarious as something like Samurai Cop so there's no real reason to see it and the highlight (a cameo by Arnold Schwarzenegger where they work out for a few minutes) can be found on YouTube.


Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Thankfully I still like this film. It's not awesome like Dawn of but it's solid.


Footlight Parade: A charming early 30's movie which is not only pretty funny and has a lightning fast paced, but stars James Cagney and has some awesome Busby Berkeley musical numbers.


Cloak & Dagger: Movies in the 80's were different, weren't they? This is something I remember watching when I was real young, and thankfully I dig it now. Certainly, a film like this where children are in constant peril and some bad guys almost shoot them would not fly in 2017... unfortunately. As an adult I can appreciate how this was a Hitchcockian tale and the twists you'd expect from his films and the presence of the sheriff of Psycho (John McIntire) in a supporting role were nice touches.

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Originally Posted by The Perfect Weapon View Post

Cloak & Dagger: Movies in the 80's were different, weren't they? This is something I remember watching when I was real young, and thankfully I dig it now. Certainly, a film like this where children are in constant peril and some bad guys almost shoot them would not fly in 2017... unfortunately. As an adult I can appreciate how this was a Hitchcockian tale and the twists you'd expect from his films and the presence of the sheriff of Psycho (John McIntire) in a supporting role were nice touches.


Never doubt Dabney Coleman.  Or Henry Thomas, for that matter.

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Viewings 31-40 here:


First Viewing



Home Video


May 30: Obit. Wonderful profile of obituary writers at the New York Times. I'm particularly intrigued by the 'advance' articles and the old file cabinets.


June 4: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). I may have to come up with a different color for movies I've rewatched more times than I can count.


June 5: Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984). DeForest Kelley never got enough praise for his performance in this one.


June 6: The Adventures of Tintin (2011, 3D). Watched it in French this time, just for fun. I do hate the daddy-issues plot they grafted onto Captain Haddock though.


June 7: Wonder Woman (3D). Would have liked to see more emphasis on compassion and empathy, but the no-man's-land sequence is stunning.


June 15: Your Name. As expected, a repeat viewing pays off big time.


June 22: Those Redheads From Seattle (1953, 3D). Handsome production and a beautiful restoration. As a movie, it's all over the place with countless subplots.


June 24: Letters From Baghdad. Interesting documentary about a fascinating woman. Depressing to see how little we've learned.


June 29: Baby Driver. I think it's safe to say nothing else this year is going to top it for pure cinema. Endless, relentless invention and some great music choices too.


July 1: The Movie Orgy. Joe Dante's Rosetta Stone. On the one hand I wish it was easier to see, on the other hand it really needs to be seen with a live cult audience.

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Viewings 41-50 here:


First Viewing



Home Video


July 1: Amazon Women on the Moon (1987). A minor entry in the Pop-Culture Grab Bag subgenre, but the title sketch, the Invisible Man bit, and "Reckless Youth" are all-timers.


July 3: 2016 Oscar-Nominated Shorts (Live-Action). Finally got around to these. Liked Time Code the best but it was a strong field.


July 4: Wreck-it Ralph (2012, 3D). Was just going to test the disc and it sucked me right in. So perfectly structured-- everything pays off.


July 4: The Big Sick. After the scene with the heckler I almost said out loud to nobody in particular, "And THAT'S why you cast Holly Hunter."


July 14: Lost in Paris. Charming whimsy, marked by accomplished clowning. Love that tango. Not as satisfyingly structured as The Fairy.


July 14: The Little Hours. Low budget hurts a little, but this is an inspired concept and the cast is outstanding.


July 16: Knightriders (1981). There's no other movie quite like it. RIP George Romero.


July 19: Spirited Away (2001). Can't get enough of that train sequence.


July 20: Koyaanisqatsi (1983). I was suddenly compelled to put this on. It's become quite a time capsule-- great bits of BART and the Embarcadero Freeway.


July 21: Tropic Thunder (2008). Does this movie even know how many layers of meta it has going on? Did Stiller know he was lampooning himself?

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Originally Posted by neil spurn View Post

Never doubt Dabney Coleman.  Or Henry Thomas, for that matter.


Always good advice, I say.


Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite: This was a random Russian movie from a few years ago I found on Amazon Prime. It wasn't made poorly but this horror film is amazingly derivative of many more famous genre works. Some hilarious loony moments are present but I can't really recommend it.


Runaway: This is the movie with Tom Selleck and Gene Simmons. I wish I could like this more, but alas... at least it predicted a few things present in 2017... even drones.


Wolfguy: Enraged Lycanthrope: This is a movie I've known of for a few years yet before Arrow released it recently, it was pretty much impossible to track down. It's Sonny Chiba as a werewolf, which sounded incredible. Well, he doesn't turn into a werewolf, but me saying "Sonny Chiba is pretty much Wolverine" will also be appealing to many. It's pretty off the wall, which makes it great.


Killbillies: This is another random recent foreign horror movie. This time it's from Slovenia, of all places. While its title was a bad one put on it by its American distributors, you want to talk about derivative... the plot is pretty much Wrong Turn, and you are better off watching that film.


The Dark: I always had heard bad things about this. Turns out, they were right. This was a pretty bad film which is pretty boring and unexciting. It's production troubles and trying to figure out if the killer (before it was changed to an alien at the last minute) was supposed to be a zombie, an autistic man escaping from the house he's been trapped in for his life, a zombie who used to be that autistic man, or something else. Some wacky moments aside, this is not good.


The Spy Who Loved Me/For Your Eyes Only: Some AMC locations across the country showed this soon after Roger Moore died. Of course I saw these two great movies on the big screen, and I was happy I took advantage of that opportunity.


The Man Who Knew Too Much: This is the 1934 version. It's good but considering the director... I will presume the 1956 version is better.


The Muthers: I saw this Filipino trash on TCM Underground. It was silly and goofy, which made it enjoyable.


Who's Harry Crumb?: I hadn't seen this movie since I was a kid. There are some laughs and I always enjoy seeing John Candy but overall it's not too good.


Wonder Woman: I am not a comic book person but the movie was pretty good. I hadn't seen the past few DC movies but I will presume I would find them to be disasters. I was glad this was fun, even with some goofy stuff and the seemingly required big boss battle at the end.


Siren: This movie spun off from V/H/S could have been better; at least I can say it's OK.


Hot to Trot: This was another movie I saw in my childhood. It's pretty dumb yet I can say it's average as I sometimes laughed. The movie being more ribald than I remembered and realizing that Bobcat's initial success came because a talking horse engaged in insider trading with him... as an adult I can chuckle at such things.


Soylent Green: This was a first time watch. For me at least, in 2017 it was a bleak watch, with how most of those people had to live, and how some things in our society seem to mirror the film. Of course I've known the big twist for years now, and that did not affect my enjoyment.


Foxbat: This again was on Amazon Prime. Talk about an off the wall late 70's movie. It's made in Hong Kong and was co-directed by Terence Young. I couldn't begin to try and describe it, but basically Henry Silva has a camera in his fake eyeball and because of reasons, a buffoon cook accidentally swallows the eyeball, which is a problem as it has the plans for a special airplane. The film has everything from Silva fighting a sumo wrestler and mind control to a disco fashion show and some impressive setpieces. I guess it's fine but it is pretty bizarre.

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Omega Cop: This is a goofy low-budget B-action movie from 1990 which happened to have Adam West in a small supporting role which he obviously filmed in one day; he stays in one room. I was happy to see this silly crap before because it's fun. Note that it sometimes features what is the late 80's version of doo-wop.


Two Thousand Maniacs!: I also had seen this before. While it runs out of steam in the final act, it's still a good time, especially those increasingly over the top deaths and the amazing opening/end credits song The South is Gonna Rise Again.


Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood: I am still not a fan of this. It's a shame what the MPAA did to the movie, but it had more problems than that. At least the final battle is a blast... until the dopey denouement.


Avatar: This is another rewatch. I understand those that hate this and I certainly enjoy some Cameron movies more than this one, yet I can still say it's good.


Black Magic: This is a Shaw Brothers horror film which isn't as over the top as some of the infamous ones they did, like Seedings of a Ghost. I'll also say this is good, and it has some charmingly bad special effects.


An American Werewolf in London: I hadn't watched this in a real long time. I still think it's very good.


The Assignment: Yes, this is the recent Walter Hill movie where Michelle Rodriguez plays a man before she gets an unwitting sex change operation. This was incredibly boring and cheap w/ not exciting action beats. Although, seeing Rodriguez as a nude hairy man was as absurd as it sounds.


Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man: This may be the craziest politiziotteschi film I've seen, which is no small feat. The director being Ruggero Deodato and the two heroes being ambiguously gay cops who act no better than the villains are big reasons why.


The Racket: This 1928 silent was like a precursor to the early 30's gangster films. It's not great like those were, but I can still say it's good.


Freaks: I had seen this a few times before, and while always perverse, it's always been a blast.


Eating Raoul: This was another first-timer for me. Thankfully I enjoyed its unique qualities and thought it was quite funny.


The Long Riders: Thankfully I find this Walter Hill Western to be a lot better, and definitely more than a film which features a few sets of brothers and they were all played by sets of real-life brothers.


Planet of the Apes (both the original and the Tim Burton movie): I hadn't seen either before, shame on me. The original is still effective today even if you know what the ending is, which I thought was telegraphed rather obviously. The remake, it's obvious how it was rushed into production without even a finished script. What a mess that was, and the less said about Paul Giamatti's character, the better. At least I know the infamous final scene in context and why most despise it.


Countdown: This was a random sci-fi movie from the late 60's starring James Caan and Robert Duvall, and directed by... Robert Altman! While it has some of his flourishes, it's not all that exciting, even with some pretty tense moments. It's more about preparing for a journey to the moon than the actual journey or spending a lot of time on the moon.


Beneath the Planet of the Apes: This is a pretty goofy movie with some things that make absolute no sense, but what an amazingly bizarre second half it has, and talk about a bleak ending.


Whew, I am finally caught up here.

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A neat thing about the original Planet of the Apes is that the dialogue in the opening scenes actually lays out the 'twist' in its entirety. The ensuing madness just prompts us to forget that for a bit.

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Yes, that was something I noticed when I watched the film.


Malone: I had seen this Burt Reynolds film before, a long while back. It's fine. It's Burt against what you could call either the Alt-Right Movement or the Patriot Movement; it definitely is frighteningly more plausible now than it was 30 years ago. At least I can laugh at how Malone stays at a random person's house in a tiny town and he has an odd relationship with Cynthia Gibb (playing someone who at most is 17 years old) where it's not hard to see that those two characters may have done some less than legal things in her bedroom.


Baby Driver: I know this is blasphemy, but I did not really like the movie. Sure, the soundtrack is awesome and there are some nice scenes. But when you can't stand the lead character nor how he is a walking nervous tic full of quirk and you have big problems with the story...


Revolution: Yes, this is the 1985 Al Pacino movie that was an infamous flop so costly it did damage to the British film industry for awhile. I saw the theatrical cut. It is not good; talk about a boring-ass film. No wonder this made Pacino retire for a few years.


The Manxman: This is the Hitchcock silent. It's fine. It's a standard love triangle story but at least it was never boring.


Escape from the Planet of the Apes: While it is silly seeing human-sized bipedal talking chimpanzees walking around early 70's Los Angeles, the movie was more thoughtful than expected (such as the discussion over if some people in power should try to change history now that they know what the future is) and as is common with the franchise, there's plenty of bleakness.


Number Seventeen: It was obvious Hitchcock was forced to do this. The story is an utter mess and you don't care about anyone, so all the plot twists are meaningless. At least the finale was entertaining and also quaint in the effects they used to bring that big moment to life.


Area 51: This was on Amazon Prime so I gave it a shot, knowing it would probably be bad. It was. Three goofball young adults making it to the buildings at Area 51 is pretty silly, but realizing that this movie made it clear that Area 51 has no indoor security cameras... what a crappy, stupid film that wasn't even thrilling, let alone scary.


Conquest of the Planet of the Apes: While the movie is not exactly subtle, I was entertained, especially with the final act. I saw the unrated version, which definitely has a better ending.


Battle for the Planet of the Apes: This wasn't too good. It was cheap and the plot is underbaked. And I saw the unrated version.


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: I hadn't seen this since watching it theatrically in 2014. Shame on me, as at the time I thought it was great and now I still think it's great. It's a rare modern summer blockbuster that is actually enjoyable to watch and isn't stupider than shit.


War for the Planet of the Apes: This is also a modern summer blockbuster I rate highly-it's also great. I am glad that Rise, Dawn, and War were all different from one another. Things could have gone awry here with such elements as the Nova character and there being more comedy but things went well there (considering what happened to the apes, some chuckles were needed) and I already know this will be one of the best new releases I see in 2017.

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I post stuff on Letterboxd that I always forget to post here, but I saw some pretty interesting films recently:


The Silent Partner -A Canadian noir from 1978 starring Elliot Gould and Christopher Plummer. A little slow, but the story is so intriguing that it pulled me past the slow spots. Surprisingly violent and clever. I had never heard of this until it popped up on Filmstruck; glad I saw it.


A Star is Born - the Garland/Mason version. Both leads are amazing, and I was kind of shocked at how dark and grim this was, but it's pretty fantastic, even though it does feel about 3 days long. Remove a couple of musical sequences and it's perfect.


Le Cercle Rouge -fairly slow-paced, which knocks it below Rififi for me, but it's one of the great French crime films. SO good.


Black Sun - A wonderfully odd Japanese noir. Kind of New Wave-y, but done in ways I personally prefer to Godard. I prefer Japanese weirdness to French weirdness, I guess.

Edited by Mangy - 7/16/17 at 8:57am
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I much prefer the 1937 A Star Is Born. Fredric March's Norman earns our sympathy without begging for it.

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Viewings 51-60 here:


First Viewing



Home Video


July 22: Dawson City: Frozen Time. 'Found footage' with a novel angle-- most of it was actually found in the same place. I wanted more detail on the preservation effort.


July 28: Gravity (2013, 3D). I always think I'm just going to watch the opening shot and before I know it I've sat through the whole thing again. Landing is launching.


July 29: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (3D). DeHaan has no presence and the Rhianna subplot stops the movie dead. Otherwise, it's fine.


Aug 8: Streets of Fire (1984). "Oh you're dumb. And you're short. Real short."


Aug 8: A Ghost Story. Movies with perfect endings are rare. This one knocked me out.


Aug 9: Evolution (2016). Deeply, hauntingly weird. Like, Terrence Malick meets David Cronenberg weird.


Aug 11: Hidden Figures (2016). While a telling of this story is long overdue, I wish it had been better told.


Aug 15: Dunkirk (70mm). Pretty sure the only reason for the nesting-timeline plotting is to keep the Spitfire action running throughout the film.


Aug 15: Brigsby Bear. If you haven't heard anything about it, go in cold. This goes past the usual nostalgia quirk into something special.


Aug 16: Landline. Doesn't have the hook of Obvious Child, but the period details are on point and Slate is uninhibited as ever. Plus, actual '90s indie Suture gets a nod!

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The Lego Movie: I saw this once before and was not a fun. Regrettably, I still feel the same way after a second viewing. I just don't think it's that funny or entertaining; just judging from trailers, I have never been amused by anything from Lord/Miller.


Creepshow: I did see this because of Romero passing away. I still think it's a mixed bag but it's good overall and all the talent involved does help, for sure. The Crate is the best story overall.


Sliver: I only saw this because it was free on Prime and I need to see more erotic thrillers. It's goofy and tawdry but at least I can say the film is average.


Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: This movie flopping is unfortunately unsurprising. I admit the film has flaws, but despite not being familiar with the source material, I still loved its weirdness and cheesiness and the magnificent worlds that are shown.


The Wrong Man: This is the Hitchcock movie that is like a docudrama as it's based on a true story; thankfully it's pretty good, and having Henry Fonda and Vera Miles as the leads is a big asset.


Until the End of the World: Last month TCM showed this film late at night... and it was the almost 5 hour long Director's Cut. Wim Wenders was definitely at his most self-indulgent. Even then, I can't say it was bad by any means, as it had a nice cast and there were some quality moments; it just shouldn't have been that lengthy. Also, they definitely were eerily accurate in predicting people of the future becoming obsessed with a handheld piece of technology...


Predator/Predator 2: I recently got via Amazon Prime Day all the Blu discs for all the films involving the Predator character. The first movie is still a classic and I still think the second is pretty good.

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Inception: As unpopular an opinion as this is, I don't think I'll ever enjoy Chris Nolan. This was a first-time watch and I thought it was wasted potential, a ridiculous story where I did not care at all about any of the characters and I thought it was just nonsense. A shame, as the general idea of Cobb & Mal and their relationship was a good one.


TRON Legacy: The only other time I saw this was on the big screen back in December, 2010. I still think this is an unfortunately lousy film, as the digital world looked and sounded incredible. The story and most of the characters really were that bad. Also, at the time de-aged Jeff Bridges did not leave much of an impression on me. In 2017, I was flabbergasted at how TERRIBLE it looked, especially those dead eyes. Thankfully that technology has improved since then.


Magnum Force: I am glad this Dirty Harry movie is still quite enjoyable; to think that Milius, Malick and Cimino all came together to create this story; what strange bedfellows.


The Running Man: The movie has its flaws, for sure. Even then, I can still say it's fun. Of course, they nailed it when they cast Richard Dawson; that helped the film a lot. Long after the fact, they sort of nailed some aspects of current society, such as our obsession with "reality" television.


Dunkirk: Meh. If Nolan can't win me over with a World War II movie, then I guess it's a lost cause. I only saw it as it sounded like something I'd think of even less on the small screen, so it was viewed on a LieMax screen as a 70mm IMAX or an IMAX With Laser showing was not close by. The deliberate lack of characterization and the non-chronological timeline sunk it for me; I am not sure why either thing was done, especially the latter... I thought it ruined all chances for momentum or having a good pace.


House of the Dead: It's now on Amazon Prime. I am glad it's as hilariously bad as it was the first time I watched it more than a decade ago.


Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx: Now this is awesome. Plenty of spurting blood and awesome badass moments. No wonder this made up most of Shogun Assassin


Delgo: I saw this lousy computer animated film once before; would you believe it was at a drive-in with PUNISHER: WAR ZONE? I swear it's true. There is no need to see it once, let alone twice.


Atomic Blonde: I understand those who felt disappointed by the movie; me, it ticked off many boxes and despite the actual spy stuff not being spectacular, I thought it was very good. Between the incredible action, the 80's aesthetic, the Cold War setting, all those crappy Communist cars, and the quality soundtrack, I usually felt like the film was made for me. When an awesome moment happens during a crescendo in the the original German version of Peter Schilling's Major Tom (Coming Home), I was sold.

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I still think Tron: Legacy should have saved a couple bucks and just cast Breckin Meyer as Young Flynn.


Edited by Hammerhead - 8/7/17 at 6:47am
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Hahaha. Yeah, that would have been better and not so incredibly creepy. Then again, I wish that he would have been in a movie with Harrison Ford where they were father and son or otherwise related to each other.


Masters of the Universe: I saw this on 8/7/17, as the movie came out on 8/7/87 and I actually saw it theatrically as a 6 year old. There is nostalgia but I can say it's fine due to its 80's charm and Frank Langella being great as Skeletor.


The Battleship Island: I went to Tampa on Tuesday so I could watch this brand new Korean movie at an AMC Cinemas. It has mixed reviews but I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's set in World War II and it's an only partially true tale where Koreans have to escape a coal mine island controlled by the Japanese. It definitely is a movie from that country, including the character of "crying child". It helped seeing this in a big way, as there are crazy action scenes and carnage. The small crowd of mostly Korean people, a few of them were obviously emotional by the end, so it worked for them.


The Lion King: I saw this at the same AMC right before The Battleship Island. This was another movie I saw on the big screen with my mom (and younger sisters) at the time. Thankfully I still think it's a great movie, for reasons I likely don't have to mention.


Ghost Dad: Believe it or not, another movie I saw with my mom and sisters. All I remembered about it before last night was that none of us liked it, but hell if I knew why. After seeing it for only the second time ever, no wonder we thought it was bad... not only was it poor, the movie was dark and just bizarre. A lot of strange things are in it, and even though I did laugh a few times, it was just misguided all around. Although, there was quite the shock from me when there's a scene involving Cosby in a taxi cab being driven by a lunatic who worships Satan... the song you hear in that scene was Tangerine Dream's Betrayal... yep, the theme to Sorcerer.

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Viewings 61-70 here:


First Viewing



Home Video


Aug 19: Zelig (1983). Maybe even more technically impressive today, knowing as we do that its illusions were all achieved photochemically. The themes are still relevant as well.


Aug 25: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, 35mm). Roadshow print with the intro and intermission music. Still holds up-- especially the ape-man performers.


Aug 30: Patti Cake$. Slow to start and overlong, but builds goodwill along the way. The last couple of rap numbers are effective, at least to this non-fan.


Sep 4: Spy Kids: All the Time In the World (2011, 3D). Well, I don't know what I was expecting. Aside from some decent 3D, and I sure didn't get that.


Sep 7: It. Don't know the book, never saw the miniseries. I assume there's more connective tissue there because this felt really scattered amongst the various characters.


Sep 7: Logan Lucky. Nothing (too) deep, just terrific entertainment. I knew Soderbergh couldn't stay retired.


Sep 8: April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le Monde Truqué, 2015). This really is the movie Sky Captain could have been.


Sep 8: Ingrid Goes West. Superb showcase for Aubrey Plaza. I'm not sure if the last bit really works- I get that it's supposed to be troubling, but still.


Sep 13: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982, director's cut). I still think the theatrical cut flows better.


Sep 14: Son of Paleface (1952). "You're a dear." "And you're an antelope. Wanna go out on the range and play?"

Edited by Hammerhead - 12/11/17 at 11:29pm
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Creature From Black Lake: This was a random movie I discovered was for free on Amazon Prime. It's a mid 70's movie that is exactly what you'd expect from the plot of "two of the oldest college kids ever from Chicago go to rural Louisiana to investigate a Bigfoot-like creature" and yet I can say it's OK. The two most famous faces are Dub Taylor and Jack Elam in supporting roles. I just wish the copy on Prime wasn't a VHS rip that was fullscreen when the film was 2.35:1.


Jurassic World: I saw it in June 2015 and hated it; viewing it again, I still hate this stupid, annoying, soulless, brainless waste of time. Ooh, those two brothers, they were the worst. The older horndog one... this movie sucks so much, he has raging hormones and yet when he's escorted around the park by hot adult woman Katie McGrath, he's only not drooling over her, he successfully runs away from her? That's the most improbable part of the movie!


Killer Klowns from Outer Space: I hadn't seen this in years. Yes, it's still fun.


Mystery Street: I saw this 1950 noir on TCM. Massachusetts State Police Officer Ricardo Montalban teams up with a Harvard forensics expert to investigate a murder... although forensics are only a small part of the plot. It's still a pretty good movie.


It Happened at the World's Fair: I had to watch an Elvis movie on the 40th anniversary of his death. This was a little better than most of his films. And of course it was amusing to see kid Kurt Russell in his debut.


Dark of the Sun: I had to see this late 60's cult movie again; it's still great, and pretty brutal even by 2017 standards.


The Mighty Peking Man: What an utter mess the American dubbed version is. I know the original cut is longer; here, scenes would happen with no buildup at all and it was jarring. That said, at least I was entertained by its goofiness, the miniature sets getting wrecked, and Not Kong even stops a sexual assault.


The Nutty Professor: This was the original, and this was watched this past Sunday night. It's still a very funny movie; what an amazing asshole Buddy Love was. Considering the state of comedy these days, the movie misdirecting all the time and having unexpected things happen seems especially fresh and not obnoxious. Personally, I would wear all of Love's clothing.


Wind River: I rate highly Sicario and Hell or High Water so when that screenwriter both wrote and directed this, I had high hopes. Thankfully I can say this is very good, although not great. I was always interested in the plot, the rural snowy Wyoming scenery I was always captivated by and there is some high quality acting.

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American Violence: What a movie (one released recently; at the time it was only a 99 cent rental on Amazon) I discovered thanx to Letterboxd, when a mutual liked a scathing review of this. A director who has only done obscure DTV action movies did this, which tries to be more serious... a criminal on Death Row talks to a psychologist before he's executed and she has to decide if he's worth saving or not. The dude was molested by a kid by his uncle... yeah, not very pleasant. Plus, it's a lame and dull story. Don't ever see this, despite the presence of Bruce Dern, Patrick Kilpatrick, Nick Chinlund, UFC Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, and ROB GRONKOWSKI (yep, the American football player), there's no reason to check it out and the character actors have all done plenty of flicks much more worthy of a viewing. Oh, and that psychologist, she was played by DENISE RICHARDS. 'nuff said.


Of Unknown Origin: Sure, this Canuxploitation movie's a little silly and yet it's quite enjoyable. Peter Weller has to deal with a rat in his townhome and he loses his mind in the process.


Suspiria: The print on Amazon definitely isn't close to the 4K scan that will be released by Synapse soon. Yet that is OK as I was happy to revisit this giallo classic again.


Gone Baby Gone: Somehow I hadn't watched this before. Shame on me as it's great. It's not the easiest thing to watch but it was always enthralling and it not taking the easy way out was a breath of fresh air.


Salem's Lot: This was another first time watch and it was me paying tribute to Tobe Hooper. I was happy that this was very good and was an easy 3 hour watch. I enjoyed how creepy it was and the final half hour or so was unforgettable but of course I laughed at the love triangle of a woman named Boom Boom Bonnie, an alcoholic George Dzundza, and real estate agent Fred Willard, who wears hilarious 70's suits and in one scene, only a pair of red silk boxers.


The Goonies: In contrast, this is a film I have watched many times in my life. There definitely are flaws but due to nostalgia, I'll always think of it highly.


The Slumber Party Massacre: I was glad I was finally able to see this. Women being the director and the writer is definitely unique for a slasher and it was pretty entertaining. I enjoyed there being more humor than usual for a slasher. The 80's Casio keyboard synth soundtrack was pretty dope.


Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Believe it or not I had never seen this before, despite watching plenty of Spielberg movies as a kid and loving most of them. My parents not liking it when they saw it in '77 was a reason, along with things I heard as an adult. It was nice to see it on a Premium Large Format screen (Dolby Cinema, to be exact) as there were some great shots, especially during the ending. Before anyone asks, the version playing theatrically now is the 137 minute Director's Cut, originally released 20 years ago. 


Unfortunately, a lot of the movie I downright hated. The whole "the Devils Tower is imprinted in various random people's minds so they are all driven crazy" was not something I liked, and I could never stand Richard Dreyfuss's Roy, even before he saw the UFO. Afterwards, I couldn't stand him or his loathsome sons. The toddler daughter and Teri Garr were fine. Heck, I had little problem with Melinda Dillon or her toddler son and the team of Francois Truffaut and Bob Balaban was actually pretty bitchin'... but when you have that atrocious scene where Roy throws shit from his backyard (and the yards of his neighbors too), no way can I rate this highly or even understand why the film is so beloved.


Scanners: It was years since the last viewing so I did watch it on TCM Underground this past Saturday. I still think this is very good, despite some low budget flaws and the acting not always being the best. The story is great and so is Ironside's performance. The film is a lot more than just one famous .gif.


Wither: This 2012 film is best described as "Swedish The Evil Dead" as it's a rather blatant ripoff. Yet while it's not great like the original, I thought it was far better than the insufferable Fede Alvarez remake. It doesn't have much humor, the origin of the Not Deadites is only barely explained and our hero is no Ash. Yet I can still say it's fine. There are various exciting/tense moments and for those that love gore, there's a lot of gruesome practical effects. Gallons of blood is spilled and there are plenty of OOT graphic moments.

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Unfortunately, a lot of the movie I downright hated. The whole "the Devils Tower is imprinted in various random people's minds so they are all driven crazy" was not something I liked, and I could never stand Richard Dreyfuss's Roy, even before he saw the UFO. Afterwards, I couldn't stand him or his loathsome sons. The toddler daughter and Teri Garr were fine. Heck, I had little problem with Melinda Dillon or her toddler son and the team of Francois Truffaut and Bob Balaban was actually pretty bitchin'... but when you have that atrocious scene where Roy throws shit from his backyard (and the yards of his neighbors too), no way can I rate this highly or even understand why the film is so beloved.

Isn't that atrocious scene only in the director's cut?

I had read that this was released, but didn't realize it wasn't the original cut. Is that the one where we see inside the spaceship?

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Roy throws shit through the kitchen window in the Theatrical. There's more of him collecting materials in the Special. Going inside the mothership is only in the Special.

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Viewings 71-80 here:


First Viewing



Home Video


Sep 16: Starship Troopers (1997, 35mm). Still holds up. How come Dina Meyer isn't a bigger star?


Sep 17: Edge of Tomorrow (2014, 3D). Decided to make an underappreciated-alien-invasion-war-flick double feature out of the evening.


Sep 19: Superman (1978, extended cut). Because I just heard the TV version is getting an official Blu release and that's as good an excuse to re-watch as any.


Sep 19: Columbus. Quiet, and very deliberately paced. Well acted. I learned things.


Sep 21: Gun Fury (1953, 3D). Surprisingly brutal western, with fine location work and casting. Lee Marvin steals it: "I don't wanna die rich..."


Sep 23: Brad's Status. Strong, uncomfortable performance from Stiller. Movie takes a bit too long getting to its turning point.


Sep 27: Epic (2013, 3D). Beautiful design and animation, but the character beats just don't hit.


Sep 28: Once Upon a Time In the West (1968). Noticed that when Jill and Cheyenne are puzzling over where McBain's fortune is, there's a model train sitting right there.


Oct 4: Blade Runner (1982, Final Cut). In places, the refinements make it even clearer how loosely the whole thing hangs together. It shouldn't work as well as it does.


Oct 8: Blade Runner 2049. For all its extravagant digressions, this wraps up a little too tidy. Sure is pretty though.

Edited by Hammerhead - 10/9/17 at 1:22am
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Originally Posted by Mangy View Post


Originally Posted by Hammerhead View Post

Roy throws shit through the kitchen window in the Theatrical. There's more of him collecting materials in the Special. Going inside the mothership is only in the Special.


Yep, what Hammerhead said. The version that played on the big screen was the Collector's Edition as first released on VHS 20 years ago and that's been the "official" version since then. The IMDb explains the differences between the three versions. No matter which one I saw, I know I wouldn't have loved the movie like most others do.


Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D: I should have mentioned seeing this on the big screen in my last post. It is not a film which needed to be in 3D but I certainly did love being able to watch it theatrically again as it's great.


Good Time: Letterboxd users loved the movie so I decided to give it a shot. Thankfully I found that unnerving and intense movie with an awesome soundtrack to be very good. This was my first Pattison movie and he was great in the role as a pretty terrible person who was still a compelling character.


Long Weekend: This is the original late 70's film and not the remake. I also thought this was very good. It was creepy as shit throughout and even though the leads were pretty lousy human beings, they were also compelling characters.


A Fistful of Dollars: It had been a long time since I had seen any of these films. I still think this is awesome, even though the other two are even better.


Carry On Cabby: Those in the UK may be surprised to hear this but the Carry On films are pretty much unknown in the United States. I hadn't seen one until TCM showed this recently. Thankfully I found it to be pretty funny so I'll track down some of the other ones.


Stephen King's It: This was something else I hadn't seen in years. I thought it was good overall, even though the second half isn't as good as the first. Of course, Curry is still incredible as that version of Pennywise.


Shogun Assassin: Yep, hadn't watched it in a long time either. While Lone Wolf & Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx was better, I still find it to be very good as it has its charms, such as the goofy dubbing and the great synth score.


It: I saw this at a drive-in, of all places. I thought it was very good. It was scarier than the miniseries and that version of Pennywise was memorable in its own ways. The kids all being enjoyable and having great chemistry with each other definitely helped.


Annabelle: Creation: This was the second half of the double bill at the drive-in. This movie felt like old hat to me but maybe I am tired of all the ghost/haunting/possession wide release horror films the past few years. Even then I can still say that it's fine (even with the obvious jump scares) as it was well-made, the cast was swell, and I appreciated how silence was used effectively and there were some moments where they went against expectations to create new gags/scares.


Paris, Texas: Around these parts, I am sure I don't need to explain why this is excellent. This was watched to pay tribute to the late Harry Dean Stanton, who was outstanding here. The final act is especially incredible.


Dark Spirits: A random Czech movie made in that country where they had the actors speak English for the Western market... this boring as shit movie can be found on Prime but don't bother. This ghost story is so dull there is no reason to give it a shot. Then again, what do you expect from a film which brags that it's from a producer of both A Knight's Tale and... Dragonball Evolution?!


Pumpkinhead: Now here's a pretty good horror film with great atmosphere and mood. I wish Stan Winston would have had more chances to direct. Of course I loved the ghoulish aspects and Henriksen as the lead.

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Cat People (the original and the remake): Both are enjoyable, for entirely different reasons. I say the original is better as the cinematography is incredible and the story can be interpreted more than one way, but the remake is rather bold in its sexuality and the Moroder score is great.


Stunt Squad: A random poliziotteschi which isn't as good due to its muddled story but I can still say is good overall.


Sharky's Machine: This Burt Reynolds film is pretty good. It's dark and over the top yet always interesting and a great cast helps.


Storage 24: A British horror film from a few years ago that I thought was pretty terrible... because of reasons I watched it again and well, I still think it's terrible.


The Vampire Doll: This was the first of three Toho vampire movies that they released in the 70's. Interesting because it was inspired by Western ideas of horror (especially Hammer) rather than traditional Japanese horror.


Paranormal Activity: I know many don't like it, but I'll always enjoy this film for what it is.


Tommy: This is a new ESPN 30 for 30 documentary about the late boxer Tommy Morrison. What a crazy life he had.


American Made: While I know the story presented is as much fiction as fact and I'd probably prefer a book about Barry Seal's insane real life exploits, I can still say it was pretty good and such things as Cruise's charisma helps a lot.


The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires: This is the wacky Hammer/Shaw Brothers collaboration which unfortunately isn't awesome but at least is fine and is carried by both its camp charm and Peter Cushing's presence.


Nosferatu: This is the great original silent from Murnau. While there are several weird-looking people in the movie, nothing compares to Max Schreck as Count Orlok; he's still horrifying almost 100 years later.

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