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Viewings 81-90 here:


First Viewing



Home Video


Oct 11: California Typewriter. Charming documentary with some great Bay Area flavor.


Oct 14: False Confessions (Les fausses confidences). Largely incomprehensible cinematic exercise, redeemed by a rare comedic turn from Isabelle Huppert.


Oct 15: Seven Men From Now (1956). Budd Boetticher wasn't generally one to indulge his actors, but the camera loves Lee Marvin here.


Oct 21: Victoria & Abdul. A superficial and simplistic telling of a fascinating history. Pity the distinguished actors reduced to saying "What the hell?" every other line.


Oct 25: Despicable Me (2009, 3D). Rushed storytelling keeps this from being more than a collection of sight gags and manipulative moments.


Nov 1: Big Time (1988, 35mm). Tom Waits' concert film is deliberately distancing, but shows him at his peak and on his own terms.


Nov 8: Thor Ragnarok (3D). Spends too much time on franchise housekeeping to stand on its own. Blanchett is a riot and Goldblum needs to play more villains.


Nov 11: Hugo (2011, 3D). Once it gets to the film-history stuff I'm a goner. Every time.


Nov 20: The Florida Project. One more like this and Sean Baker gets a spot on my very short list of directors whose films I'll watch on the strength of their name alone.


Nov 21: Jane. Almost as notable as Goodall's years of groundbreaking research: van Lawick's years of exceptional film coverage.

Edited by Hammerhead - 11/21/17 at 10:17pm
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The Wolf Man: This was the Lon Chaney classic, and I thought it was pretty good... even with his character acting pretty creepy towards leading lady Gwen Conliffe.


Child's Play: I haven't seen the entire franchise by any means but I can say this first film works even with such a wacky premise.


Blade Runner 2049: Oh, how I wish I could think it was great (like most other people do) instead of just good. I won't spoil what story stuff it was that made me feel this way, but it's a shame as I enjoyed the performances, how it looked and sounded, and even the polarizing score.


The Tin Star: This was a random Western from Anthony Mann where Anthony Perkins was a nebbish new sheriff and Henry Fonda was a grizzled veteran; it was cast well and I found it pretty enjoyable. Oh, and Betsy Palmer is the lead gal.


Bring 'Em Back Alive: I couldn't fall asleep one night so I was up at an odd hour watching this now obscure 1932 "documentary" (which is more staged than a Kardashian show) about animal trapper Frank Buck, who bragged about not being an animal hunter but he was an A-hole who took baby animals from their mothers so F this guy, right? There's no need to see staged fights between various animals in Malaysia while he delivered dippy narration and you hear amazingly fake animal sounds.


Billy the Kid vs. Dracula: I had watched this silly 60's film long ago and it is bad, but it is a cheap dopey piece of crap so I can't get too mad at it. At least there was John Carradine.


Boogie Nights: Here's an excellent film I was happy to revisit again; I was happy it was as great as I had remembered and I still think it's the best thing P.T. Anderson has done.


I Walked with a Zombie: This Tournier chiller ended up being quite good and I am glad I saw this layered story which was not a traditional zombie movie but was still effective.

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Bones: Yes, this is the horror film starring Snoop Dogg and Pam Grier. It is dumb but I can still say the film is average as it is stylish and flashy and the general idea of the story was at least good.


The Foreigner: Complaints can be made about the story and its structure and yet I still thought this was good. I was entertained and Pierce Brosnan getting more and more angry was pretty amusing.


Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan: Yes, the movie is really stupid and the slashed budget is clear. Yet I don't hate the movie as there's still fun to be had and while not gory, some of the kills are cool.


Honeymoon: I finally got around to seeing this horror film that got buzz a few years ago. Shame on me for not seeing it sooner as it was pretty good. The two leads (both performance and how they interacted with each other) is a big help for making the film work.


Amityville: The Awakening: I only saw this long-delayed film as it was released-for free-on Google Play. It's really bad. Speaking of really stupid movies... it's not terrifying at all, there are too many bad recent horror cliches, there are too many annoying characters, and they even go meta by having the original book and the 1979 movie being canon in this universe. We even see footage from the '79 film in this, and I'd much rather watch that again instead. While I am sure there's even worse out there with the Amityville name attached to it, don't bother with this garbage.


Who Framed Roger Rabbit?: I am glad I still find this to be great. The cartoon stuff is awesome but as an adult I definitely appreciate the noir story as I sure as hell never saw any noir when I first watched the movie as a 7 year old back in '88.


Savageland: This faux documentary horror film was recommended in another thread and I thought it was pretty good. The plot revolves around an illegal immigrant being the scapegoat for a tragedy where all the residents in a tiny Arizona town are either killed or missing, but he took photographs and what they reveal... I won't give any spoilers. For something microbudget, it seemed authentic and the film ends up being pretty haunting.

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Oh, and I greviously forgot to mention one important film I saw recently: Suspiria. This time it was the 4K print and due to a promotion done by some Regal Cinemas across the country, I got to see it theatrically. I understand not paying the cost to get the limited edition Blu (although like I heard others say, eventually that print will come out in a regular Blu without most of the special features) but if you love the movie, I say it's well worth the cost. It looks and sounds incredible. I certainly made a wise choice in watching Suspiria theatrically and I am glad it drew a nice sized crowd. Synapse Films is still showing the movie at various screenings across the country and Canada; if you're able to go...

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Unfortunately I have been lax in keeping up to date with this. Some days in the past month I've watched various Three Stooges shorts, which I won't go into detail on but I was happy to see them as I've been a Stooge fan since I was a little kid.


Seven Blood-Stained Orchids: Yes, I saw this giallo to pay tribute to the late Umberto Lenzi. It wasn't the best example of the genre but I still found it to be good.


Altered States: This was pretty good, and also pretty weird, although not by Ken Russell standards. It was just a coincidence that I saw this right before I finally watched the first season of Stranger Things, as the movie was one of its many inspirations. As for ST as a whole, I don't love it like most people do but I can still say it's pretty good and the kids are great.


Diabolique: This is the best movie Hitchcock never directed. It is still effective and the final act is still tremendous.


The Snowman: Yes I saw the movie even after the toxic buzz it received. I was in disbelief that all the talent involved could create something so awful. Well, it is as bad as you've heard. When you don't film a decent percentage of the script... what a disappointment.


Chillerama: I hated this film the first time I saw it, and now I hate it even more. It's a puerile and tone-deaf horror anthology where the filmmakers act like Troma's movies are too sophisticated for them.


Dying Breed: Here's a rarity: a movie I know I watched within the past 10 years and yet I remembered nothing about it, and even after seeing it again, I still remember nothing from the initial viewing. This Aussie export is pretty bad, mainly because it's dull and one of the main characters is an asstagonist, someone I couldn't stand at all.


M: No, this isn't the Fritz Lang movie; Hollywood actually remade it as a film noir in 1951, and it actually works. It's not legendary but as they follow the original pretty closely, it is still very good. The obscure nature of the motion picture is a real shame.


The Thing: No, not the much-derided film from 2011. I have always loved this and I was happy to watch the movie again as among all the great things Carpenter has done, this is my personal favorite.


Poltergeist: Another revisit. I still say the movie is very good.


Have Rocket, Will Travel: This 1959 movie is Moe, Larry, and Curly Joe as The Three Stooges. The movie (where they go to Venus) is quite silly yet I can still call it average.


Super 8: I was meh on the movie back in 2011 and I still feel the same way now. I now realize how similar Stranger Things and the 2017 It are to this, except those did it better. As I always thought, 8 was best when it was kids only... kids with adults was meh and adults only was pretty bad. What a misguided final act to boot.


Murder on the Orient Express: This is both the '74 version and the new version. I prefer '74 as I thought it told the story better, although I can still say the new version is fine.

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The Supernaturals: This is an obscure 1986 movie which is hilarious in that it has both LeVar Burton and Nichelle Nichols, but boy is it bad. You'd think that a story where zombie Confederate soldiers rise from the grave to attack a regiment in 1986 doing training exercises would be fun... this movie is boring as shit, the "gore" is pretty much trickles of blood, the regiment is full of young punks who belong in a Police Academy film and not even Nichols as the drill sergeant make this worthwhile. Not even it being free on Amazon Prime means you should ever watch that crap.


Sex and Fury: This cult pinky violence Japanese movie finally came to Amazon so a rental is what I did. It's not the best exploitation film of its type... I can still say "fine" as my assessment. It definitely had memorable moments, especially the one Tarantino ripped off used for Kill Bill and I am always happy seeing 1970's Christina Lindberg.


Hit Man: This blaxploitation movie was recently on TCM Underground. Believe it or not, the flick is a remake of Get Carter. Not that this is a high bar to leap over but Hit Man was better than Stallone's remake. Bernie Casey was the lead and was convincing as a badass. The final act is pretty awesome after the first two acts took its time telling the story.


Haywire: Yet another rewatch for me. I understand why plenty were meh about the movie or felt disappointed. I always found the movie to be quite enjoyable, with an entertaining story, great cast, Gina Carano being a striking lead and great MMA-influenced fights which were filmed in a coherent manner so you could tell how brutal they were.

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Viewings 91-100 here:


First Viewing



Home Video


Nov 23: The American President (1995). The Sorkin signature is already fully formed, accompanied by a world view that looks more shockingly naive with every passing second.


Nov 25: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993). I think my favorite part is when Bruce sees a concept car at a futurist exhibition and knows he's found his Batmobile.


Nov 29: Bullitt (1968). Yes the car chase is great but the airport chase is pretty hairy too.


Nov 30: The Peanuts Movie (2015, 3D). A genuinely respectful adaptation that checks off all the iconic bits from the old strips and animations while never losing sight of the heart.


Nov 30: Last Flag Flying. Cranston and Fishburne have the showy roles, but Carell quietly commands the screen.


Dec 6: Gods of Egypt (2016, 3D). I'll never get tired of Geoffrey Rush fighting the night monster. Chadwick Boseman is fun too.


Dec 7: The Square. Lots to think about and unpack. But would pickpockets that slick really give in so easily?


Dec 8: Megamind (2010, 3D). A couple of plot twists I legitimately didn't see coming (no thanks to disc menu spoilers). Many residual DreamWorks cliches though.


Dec 11:  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012, 3D). What gets lost in all the noisy digressions is how absurdly perfect Martin Freeman is as Bilbo.


Dec 13: Von Ryan's Express (1965). Minor entry in the "WWII men on a mission" genre boasts some fine performances and unexpected plot twists.

Edited by Hammerhead - 12/19/17 at 1:13am
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Beyond the 7th Door: A film I stumbled upon in an article about obscure Canadian flicks, what lunacy this 80's movie was. A couple break into a "mansion basement" that looks like the bowls of an industrial foundry and have to deal with various traps set up in order to acquire "treasure". The highlight is the lead guy, who not only acts & sounds like TOMMY WISEAU but looks like an unholy combination of him, Billy Drago, Moe from The Simpsons, and Jeff Goldblum. His acting is truly astounding.


The Detached Mission: Another oddity that can be found on Amazon Video, this is the Soviets doing a low-budget 80's action movie, except it was from an actual studio (Mosfilm) and the loose cannon American damaged by Vietnam is the villain while a hardy group of comrades are the heroes. There isn't a lot of action but what is present is fine, and needless to say the entire film is a surreal experience.


Firecracker: A Filipino action film from the legendary Cirio H. Santiago, the 1981 picture is pretty entertaining, and I saw a better version of Santiago's T.N.T. Jackson. A woman who is a karate expert goes to The Philippines to find her missing sister, and plenty of insanity happens, including a rather blatant scene where the heroine magically has more and more of her clothes ripped off as she fends off a pair of guys wanting to sexually assault her. As it's from New World Pictures, that explains why some of the soundtrack is lifted from Shogun Assassin.


Into the Storm: Blah, Twister was better and I don't even love Twister. At least that film wasn't filled with A-hole characters and the cliches are actually worse here.


Coco: That is a very good film from Pixar, with some beautiful animation. Olaf's Frozen Adventure, not so much. That should have remained an ABC special instead of something that played theatrically for no real good reason.


Titanic: Would people believe I hadn't seen this movie before? I swear, it's true. Seeing it at a Dolby Cinema at AMC was a great way to have that virgin experience. Even with obvious flaws (such as the cliche-filled story) I can say it is pretty good. DiCaprio, Winslet, and their chemistry together helps, as does Billy Zane doing a swell job playing a reprehensible human being.


Deadly Prey: God Bless Amazon Video for having films like this available. It is as hilarious and wacky as its reputation says it is.


Mondo Cane: I know this was shocking at the time and spawned an entire genre but this is overlong, filled with smug narration, has too many racist/sexist moments, and is just dull too often. Blah. At least the score (including More) is much better.


Fat City: A 70's movie from John Huston about boxing (but is about much more than that) featuring Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Susan Tyrrell and Candy Clark-all are great-yes, please. I give it high marks.

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Viewings 101-110 here:


First Viewing



Home Video


Dec 16: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (3D). When it comes to franchise maintenance there's housekeeping, and then there's cleaning house. But really, more comas?


Dec 18: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Stunning performances and killer dialogue from wall to wall. Emotionally exhausting. Maybe too much tonal shift.


Dec 20: The Other Side of Hope. Kaurismaki's deadpan whimsy is as effective as ever, but I'm not sure the parallel plotlines mesh properly.


Dec 24: The Shape of Water. Pretty sure this is a visionary masterpiece but I'm gonna let it... soak in first.


Dec 27: TRON (1982). Because I had this inexplicable urge to watch it using Chromadepth glasses. A couple of shots work really well in that pseudo-3D format.


Dec 28: Men in Suits (2012). Came back to this for the Doug Jones interviews (thanks to Shape of Water), stayed for Bob Burns.


Dec 31: Resident Evil: Extinction (2007). I don't know how I ended up watching these in reverse order, but Jovovich's animal magnetism is a constant.

Edited by Hammerhead - 1/1/18 at 7:08pm
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The Doll: This was another random Amazon Video discovery. This is a horror movie... from Mongolia. The story is total The Monkey's Paw and I can say the movie is average. There was a great (and bloody) moment where a real awful guy becomes possessed and self-harms himself to a greatly absurd degree.


The Villainess: I wish I could have loved this recent Korean film like many do... but I did not like the story or the GoPro-like way the action scenes were filmed, as I thought it ruined the action scenes.


Predators: I disliked this as much as the first viewing 7 summers ago. The movie is a crappy version of Predator.


Serpico: I was happy to watch this very good film again once it came on Amazon Prime. Pacino was so great in the title role.


The Maltese Falcon: This is the 1931 version. Yes, there were actually TWO previous takes before the famous one. This was fine but as it is pretty similar to '41, the comparison is easy and '41 is a classic.


The Postman Always Rings Twice: This is the original. A pretty good noir with some nice twists & turns.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi: I have been a fan of the franchise since I was a kid and except for the prequels, I rate the films quite highly... maybe too highly at times but I look at it quite fondly. Well, I can only rate TLJ as average. I had many problems with the story but what turned me off the most was how they tried to make it as joke-filled as Guardians of the Galaxy and it just did not work and was not needed at all. A shame as there were some strong moments.


Real Life: This is the 1979 Albert Brooks film which is a mockumentary of reality TV years before reality TV became a thing. As I loathe reality TV with a burning passion, that being skewered would of course be favorable to me. It's much funnier than TLJ.


Two Seconds: This is a 1932 Edward G. Robinson story where we find out why he is executed in the electric chair and OF COURSE it's a woman's fault. Pretty over the top and melodramatic and yet I can say it's fine. Robinson and Vivienne Osborne (as the evil woman) are big reasons why.


Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out!: What a preposterous and goofy horror film, where the killer is Bill Moseley wearing an elecric salad bowl over his head as it covers his otherwise-exposed brain and the lead girl is psychic. I at least can say it's average.


Color of Night: I saw the 140 minute Director's Cut of this nonsense. This erotic thriller isn't technically good yet it's hilarious due to all the over the top moments and overacting going on.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas: I saw this while on Christmas vacation at a sister's house. My twin nephews watched this and it was as much a first time watch for them as it was for me. What a garish film that just wasn't right and had too many Uncanny Valley/nightmare fuel moments. No wonder I hadn't watched it before; my preconceived notions were right.


Taxi: This is the French movie and not the apparently atrocious American remake. I'll say this was fine. The movie is dumb as shit yet there were entertaining moments and nice action scenes.


Fantasia: This will be off of Netflix Instant in a few days so it was time to see this again (after many years). While I understand the criticisms and there are naturally uneven moments, overall it is great and I am glad such an experiment to create something highbrow was attempted.


What Have They Done to Your Daughters?: This is a giallo/poliziotteschi hybrid I decided to watch again (the first time was a few years ago) for the purpose of a better Letterboxd review. Pretty good, and also pretty sleazy; it's about a prostitution ring filled with teenaged girls, after all.


I always enjoy participating in this thread and I am glad there will be one for 2018.

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