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My older brother took me to ESCAPE FROM L.A.! Along with CASINO and THE BIG LEBOWSKI. Boy did I hate those two when I was in grade school!
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Originally Posted by felix View Post

I don't think people give enough credit to the RE films.

 

I've never given the movies a chance. I've heard various things about them, from how they are totally different from the game to how Alice seems too powerful; as I've never played any of the games before, only the latter would really matter to me.

 

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Originally Posted by Fat Elvis View Post

Nice write up by the legendary Michael Gingold:

 

Indeed. I figured that things wouldn't be too different now than they were back then, at least when it came to "the fanboys".

 

Tonight I watched an old slasher I somehow had never seen before: Happy Birthday to Me. I was hoping I'd enjoy this as the producers here also did the original My Bloody Valentine. Thankfully, I did. Sure, it's ridiculous (and that's even before the final act twists, which thankfully were never spoiled for me) and at 110 minutes it did seem overlong at times. Otherwise though, I had fun with the movie and its obvious giallo influences. "The Top 10" was comprised many of assholes, but at least they were funny assholes. The kills were pretty great and some things made me laugh, such as how Alfred was pretty much "Young Norman Bates"; being a weird loner with dark hair who does taxidermy is pretty obvious, but I know they made it as obvious a red herring as possible. As for Glenn Ford being in this, I can't be too surprised, as he had already done The Visitor by this point.

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I saw Casino also. My Parents took me to see it at the dollar theater. Even then as a kid I recognized how great it was, and I wasn't bored at all while watching the 3 hour movie.

 

I hadn't been on here that much the past few days, but that's mostly because I had two final projects for two of my classes that took up a whole lot of my time. Got everything done last night, and I spent today relaxing. Yesterday afternoon I spent with my Mother. She went with me as I was shopping for new sneakers, and I found two great pairs. We then picked up Renata and went to eat some delicious KFC as that's where Renata wanted to go. Today I treated Vanessa to lunch, and picked up a new door handle for the door to our bedroom. Spent about 45 minutes putting that one on, as I ran into various problems, including locking myself in the room without the handles placed on yet! Quick thinking led me to putting the handle that still wasn't attached on there, and turning it to unlock the door. That was a "whew!" moment for me.

 

As far as movies are concerned, I watched The Ten Commandments over two nights due to length. It's still a classic and as I hadn't seen it in a very long time, I've got a new found appreciation for it. It also put something into perspective for me. All these years, I didn't know the scene where the Bishop gets zapped by lightning used music from The Ten Commandments. That makes that scene even more hilarious!

 

I also caught the latest episode of Vice Principals. Boy, once they got doused with LSD, one of the funniest sequences of the year occurred. "This is our home now." was the perfect line to end that episode. No shortage of genius Goggins in there.

 

I've been continuing The X-Files season 7. Right now I'm watching what is easily one of the greatest episodes of the series. X-COPS. That's right. The time where The X-Files did an episode filmed like the show COPS. It's a Vince Gilligan penned episode, and is brilliant in the unique perspective of being filmed in the "real world". Mulder comes off like a madman at the beginning and a lot of humor is derived from that and throughout the episode where Scully is constantly irritated by the COPS filming crew.

 

Met a health goal yesterday. My Mother remarked at how much weight I have appeared to lose, so she had me get on the scale at their house, and I now weight what I weighed when I was at my fattest in college! It's worth a laugh, but that means that I'm 20 pounds away from meeting my goal, and who knows? I may even go past that.

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Revisiting Michael Mann's THE KEEP (1983) tonight on glorious widescreen laserdisc, and realizing something pretty wild... I'm thinking Bryan Singer might be a big, huge fan of Mann's film. There are several sizable similarities between it and X-MEN: APOCALYPSE.

 

- The look of the creature villains is somewhat similar.

- In both films, the villains are imprisoned beneath rock until released by humans.

- In both films, the villains require allies to reach full power.

- In both films, the villains brace at talk of the scourge of mankind and how "we" have imprisoned and killed his brethren.

- Both films reference the Nazis and camps

- In both films, the villain melts people into walls.

- In both films, we have one character in each either played by or were once played by Ian McKellen.

- X-MEN: APOCALYPSE takes place in 1983. THE KEEP was released in 1983.

 

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE might be the biggest Michael Mann fan film of all time. Has Singer ever mentioned THE KEEP in interviews? Maybe he's just a fan of the original novel. But there's way too much here to be mere coincidence.

 

 


Edited by Engineer - 8/10/16 at 12:12am
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Have you read  THE KEEP novel by F Paul Wilson?

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No... But I'm really wanting to now, though.  

 

There's a documentary about the making of the film that's been in the works since 2011.  I've been champin' at the bit to see it since I first read about it.

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Forgot to mention that I got the blus of Death Wish II and Jeepers Creepers in today. Death Wish II has reversible cover art that has the alternate poster with Bronson aiming two pistols and the title in white. I've always thought that was a cool exploitation type poster. It's just Bronson on the cover as large as life. It's not a collage like the main cover art.

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Originally Posted by Engineer View Post
 

Revisiting Michael Mann's THE KEEP (1983) tonight on glorious widescreen laserdisc,

 

How's the laserdisc looking ? 

 

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Originally Posted by Engineer View Post
 

There's a documentary about the making of the film that's been in the works since 2011.  I've been champin' at the bit to see it since I first read about it.

Yep ! It's now on pre-order...

http://www.thekeepdocumentary.co.uk

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Originally Posted by Jox View Post

How's the laserdisc looking ? 

 

It's an oldie, printed in 1993 with fine quality for the day but not great by today's standards.  The music sounded good and strong.  

The film really needs an HD boost.

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The version of The Keep that has been on Netflix Instant before is in widescreen and looks great. Glad I got to see it that way. I still have the vhs tape though, as this HD version shows up only so often. I don't know if it's on Amazon Instant Video, but it's definitely worth checking out for those that haven't seen it before, or those that do like it, and want to see it in its original aspect ratio.

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International Trailer

 

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Originally Posted by felix View Post

International Trailer



I have only seen the first film, in the theatre, and I somewhat enjoyed it.

Yet not enough to watch it again...

That trailer (and the last several posts about the franchise) make me want to watch ALL OF THEM.

I have a hacked Amazon Firestick, so can I get a list from Chewers of franchise best to worst?
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Originally Posted by Moltisanti View Post
 

Interesting. Seems like Lionsgate is finally putting their toes in the water to release more catalog titles. Hope they get on NARROW MARGIN and fast.

 

Hamburger Hill is a pretty arbitrary one to throw out. Not a great movie, merely decent, although Erix told me once that he considers it superior to Platoon. That said, Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket are the superior 'Nam films.

 

Stoked we're finally getting Glengarry Glen Ross from Lionsgate. I hope for Narrow Margin, but we need Extreme Prejudice to get a disc even more.

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Yeah I've never understood any affection held for Hamburger Hill. It always struck me as kinda pedestrian..
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Elvis, if you get the Sony Movie Channel, The Squeeze with Michael Keaton is on tomorrow morning. Hell of a gonzo 80's movie.

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Haha already have my DVR set!

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Originally Posted by Call Me Roy View Post

I have a hacked Amazon Firestick, so can I get a list from Chewers of franchise best to worst?

I've just watched them all the past couple days!

RETRIBUTION (5)
AFTERLIFE (4)
RESIDENT EVIL (1)
EXTINCTION (3)
APOCALYPSE (2)
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Here's my ranking

 

1) RESIDENT EVIL

2) AFTERLIFE

3) EXTINCTION

4) APOCALYPSE

5) RETRIBUTION

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Originally Posted by Fat Elvis View Post
 

Nice write up by the legendary Michael Gingold:

 

I'm friends with Gingold and will have to share this with him. I think he would find it funny to be described as "legendary"!

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A look at the Making of BOYKA: UNDISPUTED

 

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JACKIE BROWN and OUT OF SIGHT

THE WARRIORS and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

DIRTY HARRY and THE ROOKIE

MYSTERY TRAIN and NIGHT ON EARTH

LA FEMME NIKITA and LEON

KING OF NEW YORK and BAD LIEUTENANT

HALLOWEEN and THE FOG

BEVERLY HILLS COP, BEVERLY HILLS COP II and METRO

ANNIE HALL and MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY

BLUE VELVET and TWIN PEAKS


Edited by Engineer - 8/10/16 at 4:20pm
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Originally Posted by Engineer View Post

Revisiting Michael Mann's THE KEEP (1983) tonight on glorious widescreen laserdisc, and realizing something pretty wild... I'm thinking Bryan Singer might be a big, huge fan of Mann's film. There are several sizable similarities between it and X-MEN: APOCALYPSE.

 

I haven't seen either and I never heard anyone else make the comparison. But, based on what you said, I think you're on to something there...

 

Today, what I did was go to Walt Disney World; I went to EPCOT and I renewed my annual pass. Overall things were fine there and I can't toot my own horn too loudly; someone referred to me as "a motherfucker"! I was waiting in line to go on the new version of the ride Soarin', where you sit in a seat that moves and it feels like you are flying pass various scenic landscapes. Well, I was a single rider so when they asked if anyone was available to fill one last seat, I volunteer and thus my wait in line was cut by at least a few minutes. This upset someone, so he made that remark, thinking I couldn't hear it but I definitely did. Don't worry, I wasn't offended; I am amused more than anything else. He got THAT upset over such a little thing. 

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Something I heard about over a month ago, and would have never believed, has become even closer to reality: Brad Pitt has convinced David Fincher to possibly direct the seque tol WORLD WAR Z.

David Fincher, directing a sequel to a zombie film.

Months ago it was just rumblings, but now Fincher has had several meetings with both Pitt and the studio, and major progress has been made with a deal.
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Originally Posted by Engineer View Post

 

BEVERLY HILLS COP, BEVERLY HILLS COP II and METRO

 

Metro is the Beverly Hills Cop III we rightfully deserved.

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My Dad hated it. Though i haven't seen Metro myself.

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Took Renata and my Mother to see Batman '89 earlier today at the theater. Renata had a blast with it as I was hoping she would From the museum sequence to the end of the film, it had her attention. She started shaking the chair she was sitting in and nearly started dancing during the parade sequence with TRUST blaring out of the speakers. It is an infectious tune. Afterwards we went to Mr. Gatti's and had dinner there. It was nice eating some pizza and pasta. Which I exercised off about an hour later when I did my running. Already going back to work tomorrow for trainings that will last until next thursday. So it will be back to the daily workload for me. I'm taking the fall off from College so I can focus back on work and will start back up in the spring. A few months off from constantly having to check the online eCollege and doing assignments will be a much appreciated and relaxing break.

 

Vanessa, Renata, and some of her family members are going again to visit Vanessa's sister upstate, so it will be me here for a few days on my own. Already have some plans that include heading to Best Buy to get Microsoft Office since I realize that I will need it, and that as much as I like Open Office, I need the official version. Thankfully Best Buy offers college students deals on software and hardware, so that will be helpful. Need a new printer too, and it happened to conk out at the right time, since new all in one wireless printers are fairly inexpensive right now.

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I've seen Dawn of the Dead. The Zach Snyder one as well.

 

Also.

 

I know there's a lot of people who hate these movies, but not me.  I am a huge fan of these films.  I know they're not great but damn they are entertaining.  Trailer for this looks really good. Hopefully Paul W. Anderson has put together an explosive closer to the franchise.  

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I haven't seen an unfamiliar silly 80s movie in a while and find myself wondering about CHERRY 2000.  Now, I've seen it before back when it was first released to VHS and did not like it, though I've been a huge MIRACLE MILE fan since it was also first released.  But I just might have to try an Amazon rental despite my initial instincts.  One thing from the trailer: they sure had some balls borrowing music from both TAXI DRIVER and THIEF to promote this thing.

 

 

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Playing from tomorrow night through Monday on big screens in the Boston area...

 

WARGAMES
POLICE STORY II
THE LAST STARFIGHTER
ALLIGATOR
THE BIG LEBOWSKI
JAWS

TOY STORY

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2: THE SECRET OF THE OOZE
GET CARTER and POINT BLANK (double feature)

 

Maybe, maybe, I'll get to one of these.  

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I blind bought the dvd of Cherry 2000 a few years ago, and I didn't have much interest in it either, Engineer. I've been clearing out a lot of dvds that I intend to offload for whatever I can get for them. Even if it's only a few bucks, I just want to clear up space. Anyway, I found the dvd and I was thinking of giving it another shot, in case I want to get rid of that and eventually get the blu if I'm interested in it. I'm a fan of Miracle Mile as well.

 

If that was me, and I had to choose just two of those movies you listed, Engineer, I'd easily go with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret Of The Ooze and The Big Lebowski. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret Of The Ooze is the only one of the original trilogy of Turtles films that I didn't see theatrically, and The Big Lebowski is something I'd want to see theatrically as I've been a big fan of the movie since 2003 when I gave it another shot, as when I rented the vhs tape the previous year, I wasn't wowed by it.

 

I'm watching The X-Files season 7 right now. Finishing up an episode that I don't remember seeing seeing. I thought I'd seen all of the episodes of this show whether when they first aired, or in reruns, but this one I don't remember. It's called "Chimera". It's not surprising to me though that I missed the episode, as during this season, there were times where I missed a few episodes here and there. I eventually saw them as reruns, and maybe I have seen this one at least once, and I just forgot about it. Either way, at least I've now seen it.

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Originally Posted by Rene (Mr.Eko) View Post

I blind bought the dvd of Cherry 2000 a few years ago, and I didn't have much interest in it either, Engineer. I've been clearing out a lot of dvds that I intend to offload for whatever I can get for them. Even if it's only a few bucks, I just want to clear up space. Anyway, I found the dvd and I was thinking of giving it another shot, in case I want to get rid of that and eventually get the blu if I'm interested in it. I'm a fan of Miracle Mile as well.

 

If that was me, and I had to choose just two of those movies you listed, Engineer, I'd easily go with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret Of The Ooze and The Big Lebowski. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret Of The Ooze is the only one of the original trilogy of Turtles films that I didn't see theatrically, and The Big Lebowski is something I'd want to see theatrically as I've been a big fan of the movie since 2003 when I gave it another shot, as when I rented the vhs tape the previous year, I wasn't wowed by it.

 

Yeah, I think I'll do the Amazon rental if it's in HD.  I'd rather potentially lose a couple of bucks than twenty on a pretty much blind-buy.

 

If I do see one of them, it'll be wither ALLIGATOR (which sounds nuts) or THE LAST STARFIGHTER (which I've never seen theatrically), having seen both TMNT2 and THE BIG LEBOWSKI in theaters before (the latter, several times actually).  I just wish they were double featuring WARGAMES with STARFIGHTER.  As they're both "video game movies," it's a double I could really enjoy.

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Something I heard about over a month ago, and would have never believed, has become even closer to reality: Brad Pitt has convinced David Fincher to possibly direct the seque tol WORLD WAR Z.

David Fincher, directing a sequel to a zombie film.

 

I heard that earlier in the day, and "baffled" is a good word to describe my feelings on it. I am not the biggest Fincher fan and even then, WHY would he do such a thing... besides getting a shitload of cash, that is?

 

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Metro is the Beverly Hills Cop III we rightfully deserved.

 

I haven't seen either in many years, although I remember the former definitely being better.

 

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Playing from tomorrow night through Monday on big screens in the Boston area...

 

That's quite the variety of older movies. Speaking of theatrical pictures... I wish that The Wailing would be playing somewhere closer than Jacksonville, as that's just too far a drive from me; I'll have to wait until it hits a streaming service to check out something I hope I love. However, I was looking at what was playing locally starting on Friday, and there are several obscure movies, although not necessarily to us. There is one location playing Blood Father, so I definitely WILL be seeing that. Some places are showing Anthropoid, which sounds like a great true life story from World War II, except that apparently the movie is not so great.

 

I also noticed that I will have the chance to see another South Korean movie on the big screen. It is Operation Chromite; I had to look it up but it's the code name for the Battle of Inchon during the Korean War. The reason why it has a limited release here, Liam Neeson (!) is playing General Douglas MacArthur (!!) Around here, I probably don't need to explain why even now it's probably a good idea they weren't more specific with the title... in fact, as I plan on checking out Operation Chromite, I figured it was about the time to actually sit down and watch 1981's Inchon, which I've known of for years and and a copy of the one time it showed on a network that was once owned by the Unificiation Church has been on YouTube since early 2012... like I said, it was about damn time I saw this infamous movie.

 

While not the worst thing I've ever witnessed... it's still pretty bad. It's an incoherent mess and it's obvious to me there were production problems, where there was plenty of. The talented cast & crew (Terence Young, Mifune, Roundtree, Janssen, Sharif, etc.) can't save a bad and confused script, where they admit right at the beginning that much of this is a fictionalized version of what happened in the Korean War, and thus it's poppycock. All the human drama is boring and cliche; while I enjoy looking at Jacqueline Bisset, I'd rather follow the battles and the strategy going into the battles rather than the broken marriage between her and Ben Gazzara. And why REX REED has a small role, I do not know. As for Olivier as MacArthur, under all that makeup, I am glad he got paid well, which is literally the only reason he did this. I can excuse his less than stellar performance on his really bad health at the time.

 

Needless to say, the behind the scenes making of this (between who financed the picture, the chaos of production, how all those millions of dollars weren't well-spent) is a lot more entertaining than the actual movie.

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Although... I should mention that Jerry Goldsmith did have a nice-enough score for it, even if it's not the best thing he ever did and he & his orchestra had to record it in a space too small for everyone.

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CHERRY 2000 rules.

 

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The Mike Twitter Truth: "Do you ever have that thing where you're watching something by an actor/director but all you can think about is something else they did?" "Like, I'm watching MANHATTAN BABY and it's not bad but I'm just thinking "You know, I could have watched THE BEYOND...""

 

"It's like going to a restaurant that has the same food as your favorite restaurant but your favorite restaurant is still sitting RIGHT THERE"

 

"Sort of like how I like ESCAPE FROM LA a lot but ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK exists so......"

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"REMATCH!"

 

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Birthday Shout Out:

 

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Originally Posted by The Perfect Weapon View Post
 

 

I heard that earlier in the day, and "baffled" is a good word to describe my feelings on it. I am not the biggest Fincher fan and even then, WHY would he do such a thing... besides getting a shitload of cash, that is?

 

He did do that Dragon Tattoo remake. So there's precedence. 

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Originally Posted by felix View Post

He did do that Dragon Tattoo remake. So there's precedence. 
Nah, that's apples and oranges.

DRAGON TATTOO was a high-profile adaptation of an edgy bestseller, not some follow-up to a zombie movie that nobody likes that much.
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Nah, Fincher went into "Gimme the paycheck" mode back at DRAGON TATTOO. And even before that his films were generally schlocky genre-based exercises with stupid or problematic scripts (PANIC ROOM, THE GAME).

 

The exception is ZODIAC, which is Fincher's only truly great movie.

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Fincher has made five high profile films based on popular literature so that's not the issue. More that it's a zombie sequel.
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I think Gone Girl is the biggest indicator of his inclination towards feeling the need to succumb to a more broadened, mainstream, "pop" sensibility.

The book may well have been somewhat of a lesser "airport novel", but it dealt with themes that anyone who has heard of Nancy Grace is familiar with.

Him doing the sequel to a zombie movie based off a popular novel, starring one of his longtime collaborators is not too surprising to me at this point.

PS- I may be embittered towards Fincher at this point in my life somewhat considering I couldn't stand Gone Girl, found Dragon Tattoo merely enjoyable enough for one sitting and remember next to nothing about Benjamin Button.
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Originally Posted by Engineer View Post
 

I haven't seen an unfamiliar silly 80s movie in a while and find myself wondering about CHERRY 2000.  Now, I've seen it before back when it was first released to VHS and did not like it, though I've been a huge MIRACLE MILE fan since it was also first released.  But I just might have to try an Amazon rental despite my initial instincts.  One thing from the trailer: they sure had some balls borrowing music from both TAXI DRIVER and THIEF to promote this thing.

 

 


A woman gets blasted in the face with a gun and then a narrator voice over "And then the adventure begins!"

 

Wow! LMAO

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Cherry 2000 is great. Got the Blu-ray for Christmas.

 

One of my Sci-Fi Draft picks!

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Originally Posted by Malmordo View Post

Nah, Fincher went into "Gimme the paycheck" mode back at DRAGON TATTOO.
Fincher has said he regards DRAGON TATTOO as a real film and that he regards it more highly than something like THE SOCIAL NETWORK. It wasn't just a cash grab for him.

As far as I'm concerned, the two Fincher masterpieces are THE GAME and GONE GIRL.
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Fincher Round-Up:

 

Top Shelf: THE GAME, PANIC ROOM, ZODIAC, THE SOCIAL NETWORK

Also Damn Good: FIGHT CLUB, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

Fine Films I Can't Watch Repeatedly: SEVEN, GONE GIRL

Decent:  ALIEN 3 (somewhere in between the Theatrical Cut and the Assembly Cut is a really solid film)

Not For Me: THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

 

The prospect of a new Fincher film is always a good thing for me.  I may not love everything he's done but he's let me down far less than most.

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I've really fallen out of love with SE7EN.

 

My Top 5:

 

1. ZODIAC (Director's Cut)

2. THE GAME

3. PANIC ROOM

4. FIGHT CLUB

5. GONE GIRL

 

I may be the only person in the world who loves BENJAMIN BUTTON.

 

I've still never seen THE SOCIAL NETWORK.

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Had to take my Dad to the doctor (they can't seem to get all his kidney stones), so with time to kill I finally hit this store that was recommended to me a few years ago, a place called Secondhand & Charles. It was pretty neat, about the size of a Big Lots : old books, old comics, DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, and vinyl. I spent an hour browsing and left with Mamet's LANSKY, Besson's THE MESSENGER, and the Boss  box set "Live 75-85". I was hoping to find some out of print stuff, and looked to find the Costner/ Elijah Wood drama THE WAR and AMERICAN BUFFALO, but no go.

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