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T2 may be a step up in quality and entertainment... but T1 will always have my cold mechanical heart.  That film still dreads. 

I'm pretty sure it was talked about on here before about how the first act of the film plays out like a slasher film. It's hard to ignore that opinion as it really does play out like a slasher film until they get to Tech Noir. Then it turns into sci fi action until the tanker truck and factory sequences at the end. Where it returns to bring a horror film.

Now I'm itching to revisit it, and I'm pretty sure I saw it earlier this year.
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T2 The Terminator. But they're equals on different planes.

 

Which reminds me that I played the T2 arcade game this weekend. I got to where you have to freeze the T-1000, when my date and I gave up because his temperature accelerates faster than you can shoot holes in the liquid nitrogen truck.

 

Whoever thought that level up should have had a Terminator sent after him. 

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Oh, Uwe Boll. I gave up after just a few of his films...

HOUSE OF THE DEAD: unwatchable garbage
ALONE IN THE DARK: watchable garbage
BLOODRAYNE: garbage with a sexy lead actress
IN THE NAME OF THE KING: A DUNGEON SIEGE TALE: enjoyably silly garbage, but watchable somehow
BLOODRAYNE 2: can't even remember it

Someday I should try to catch up on a few but I just don't know if I have it in me.
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I saw a whole bunch of his films on Netflix Instant a few years ago.

Rampage is legitimately good.
Assault On Wall Street is also fun.
Far Cry has good action and Til Schweiger in the lead.
Seed is such a messed up and disturbing movie. It's the best Rob Zombie film never made.
Postal is straight up Troma by way of Dr. Boll.

Check at least Rampage out.

Just discovered that this Saturday they will be showing Halloween at the movies. A 9 showing and a midnight showing. I'm definitely going to one of those. Probably the one at 9. They've shown it several times over the years and I never got around to seeing it theatrically. I'm not letting this chance slip by.
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Ah, yes. The Macaroni Grill. I love that place.

 

That is good to hear.

 

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Just discovered that this Saturday they will be showing Halloween at the movies. 

 

Awesome. I am lucky in that I've seen that on the big screen before, which was a good experience. That is something you should do, Rene. As I've mentioned before, years ago I saw Halloween 4 and 5 on the big screen back to back; then and now, I am amused that someone did this and it played in theatres across the country. Those movies aren't great yet they certainly provide a lot to laugh at.

 

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RANDOM ROLES WITH NICK NOLTE

 

Excellent. I'll have to read that in full later, i.e. tomorrow since I've been up too late tonight as it is. Skimming through it, of course I wish that certain roles would have been brought up but him talking about his early TV work sounds interesting and Return to Macon County is one of the movies he is asked about.

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T2 may be a step up in quality and entertainment... but T1 will always have my cold mechanical heart.  That film still dreads. 

T2 cannot be reduced to mere "entertainment", it's actually quite deep and very moving in several scenes. Many action films or blockbusters (especially after the mid-90s) don't have that to brag about.

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Looking forward to Dolph's appearance in ARROW, Jox!

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Rupert Pupkin Speaks: thoughts on MURPHY’S LAW & REMO WILLIAMS

 

http://www.rupertpupkinspeaks.com/2016/10/twilight-time-murphy-law-and-remo.html

 

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RANDOM ROLES WITH NICK NOLTE

 

http://www.avclub.com/article/nick-nolte-dropping-acid-and-putting-porno-mags-an-244416

AVC: In another instance where you worked with the same actor in two projects more or less back to back: You did an episode of The Rookies with Don Johnson, and then the two of you were also both in Return To Macon County.

 

NN: "Yeah, which was the very first film of Louis Arkoff, Sam Arkoff’s son. Don said, “We’ve got [director] Richard Compton. You play this role, we can take over the film and make something really good!” [Laughs.] We were doing quite well till Sam Arkoff sent this girl Robin Mattson down to replace Karen Lamm.

 

They fired Lamm, and all of a sudden this other girl was in the car, and right away she told us how bad we were and that we were badly behaved. So at one point, I… let one go. Silently. Ooh, she just collapsed. She goes, “Oh, geez!” and piles out of the car. [Laughs.] Louis had to go talk to her.

 

Sam Arkoff knew how to keep things budgeted in the right area. But I knew Donnie, and we picked up one day and went to a little country store in town. Donnie came over to me and said, “You know the guy that was in the store? He wants to ride in the back seat.” I said, “What, that kind of farmer kid?” He said, “Yeah! You know who that is?” I said, “No, but it’s all right if he wants to ride back there.” He said, “That’s Dickey Betts!”"

 

AVC: From the Allman Brothers?

 

NN: Yeah! "So Dickey rode in the back for a few shots. And then we hooked up with the Allman Brothers, and… then I think Donnie hooked up with a commoner’s wife, and then we were all in trouble!"

 

AVC: Well, just the idea of you, Don Johnson, and the Allman Brothers hanging out would seem to spell trouble. Especially in the ’70s.

 

NN: [Laughs.] "Yeah! Gregg [Allman] still looks at me to this day and says [Uncertainly.] “I know you, don’t I?” And I say, “Well, I don’t know, Gregg. I don’t know.” Those were the old days…"

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T2 cannot be reduced to mere "entertainment", it's actually quite deep and very moving in several scenes. Many action films or blockbusters (especially after the mid-90s) don't have that to brag about.

 

I wasn't putting T2 down. 

 

I'm just saying it's missing a lot of the original creativeness T1 presented (T2 is not the first, go figure), not to mention a lot of the dread of the future. T1 is much darker and depressing than T2. This comes down to preference. 

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Jacob Knight: "HACKSAW RIDGE: a contradictory marriage of commitment to faith-based anti-violence and war theater phantasmagoria. Pretty special."

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I wasn't putting T2 down. 

 

I'm just saying it's missing a lot of the original creativeness T1 presented (T2 is not the first, go figure), not to mention a lot of the dread of the future. T1 is much darker and depressing than T2. This comes down to preference. 


For sure the tone of T1  is very different and has its own singularity and freshness.

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If I were a multi-millionaire, I'd have so much fun in Hollywood.  Not only producing my own pictures but issuing Lars Von Trier "Five Obstructions"styled challenges to other filmmakers.  One challenge I'd issue would be to challenge James Cameron to make one last great TERMINATOR film, but with the following caveats...

 

1. The budget must be 75 million or less.

2. With no -- or at least very, very little -- CGI.  If Cameron's still got it creatively, he'll find a way.

3. With Arnold as the full-on villain again.

4. Rated R.

5. Make it scary and make it smart.  

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Rupert Pupkin Speaks: thoughts on MURPHY’S LAW & REMO WILLIAMS

 

Murphy's Law, I am still amazed that a boutique label put it out on Blu.

 

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If I were a multi-millionaire, I'd have so much fun in Hollywood.  Not only producing my own pictures but issuing Lars Von Trier "Five Obstructions"styled challenges to other filmmakers.

 

Lars Von Trier... no thank you. That's my general opinon on him, and I won't go into detail as to why, except that he's the worst of the stereotypes I have of European directors. But otherwise I'd love to see the pictures you'd produce in Hollywood.

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For those following along at home, here's what QT is programming in November!

 

 

 

I've never seen THE LONG DUEL Might seek it out.

 

I love the election nite screening of SHAMPOO + THE CANDIDATE!

 

THE DEER HUNTER on the big screen is a holy grail.

 

GLORIA + MACHINE GUN MCCAIN would be really cool.

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I was fortunate enough to see the first at a horror con when the praise was solid but not yet huge. I liked it enough but didn't revisit in its theatrical run.

But I did see the first sequel in theaters and hated it. It was just too similar to the first film to warrant existing. The creeping dread of the first film that it tried to copy came off is slow, with a bum payoff. There was no invention. I never gave the rest a shot, despite some high praise for 3 and MARKED ONES.
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My uncle is coming over tonite to watch THE THING! Will a new Kurt fan be born?!!!!

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Dolph is here!

 

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ARROW

“Vigilante” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, V) (HDTV)

DOLPH LUNDGREN "ROCKY" GUEST STARS - When the bodies of two criminals are dropped at SCPD, Oliver (Stephen Amell) realizes there is a new Vigilante in Star City. The team is split about whether they should stop someone who is helping keep the city safe. Diggle (David Ramsey) is frustrated with his new situation and Thea (Willa Holland) fights for Lance (Paul Blackthorne) who confesses a shocking secret. Meanwhile, in the flashbacks, Oliver finally sits down with Konstantin Kovar (guest star Dolph Lundgren) (#507). Original airdate 11/16/2016.

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I was fortunate enough to see the first at a horror con when the praise was solid but not yet huge. I liked it enough but didn't revisit in its theatrical run.

But I did see the first sequel in theaters and hated it. It was just too similar to the first film to warrant existing. The creeping dread of the first film that it tried to copy came off is slow, with a bum payoff. There was no invention. I never gave the rest a shot, despite some high praise for 3 and MARKED ONES.

 

 

The only one I saw theatrically was the first sequel, and that was a waste of time and money. I really enjoyed the first film too. I thought the third film was over praised and found it to be a boring slog, and the 4th one is even worse. The Marked Ones changed things up a bit, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed that one. I wish they'd have continued that angle. The "final" film in 3D is ok, but that's because aside from the first film, and The Marked Ones, all the others before it are boring and lousy. It really didn't have much competition.

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For those following along at home, here's what QT is programming in November!

 

Interesting. Two years ago I talked about the Robert Forster film Walking the Edge. I enjoyed it, and it would work as a double bill with Vigilante.

 

Here's highlights of what I said about it at the time:

 

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What if I were to tell you that I saw a 1983 film starring Robert Forster and featuring Joe Spinell and a Jay Chattaway soundtrack, and tells a tale involving vigilantism? You'd of course think that I'd be talking about William Lustig's Vigilante, and that would be a correct answer... but not the only one. There's also this film, which I did not even know of until Tuesday night when I was randomly looking at Spinell's filmography and noticed this film. What I heard about it here on Letterboxd, it sounded like something I needed to see, and nevermind how but I found a copy to watch. Lord, what a film!

 

The film is set in Los Angeles and deals with a taxi cab driver/collector for the mob (Forster) who unwittingly gets involved with a lady (Nancy Kwan) who is looking for revenge on the man (Spinell... not that I likely needed to clarify that with his involvement he'd be the villain) who murdered her husband and son. A Martinez is also there.

There are some incredibly wacky moments while I'll recap in a moment but I heard this movie described as “gritty” and it is a gritty exploitation film, with a lot of scummy lowlife characters and Forster is a flawed protagonist. He's an ex-baseball player who allegedly didn't make it because “he had no balls”, and he even has the sort of trouble in the bedroom that Viagra would fix. He helps Kwan but they don't always get along.

Along with the wacky moments there's also some gruesome ones. It's not light-hearted cheese. The plot, the performances and yes the odd moments all worked together in making me decide to give this 3 and a half stars...

The opening, where Nancy Kwan's family gets gunned down by Joe Spinell and his goons... well, the goons are buffoons who can't get along. They argue with each other and for some reason, they recite the old children's ditty of “Beans beans, the magical fruit; the more you eat the more you toot”! After Nancy escapes, they try looking for her but are unsuccessful; they also think it's a good time to start smoking joints. Two of them also have a homoerotic relationship with each other. Oh, and why is there an old refrigerator in someone's backyard by their fence?

The movie has some rather colorful dialogue. The examples I can list include “piss-brain”, “wheelbarrow-sized tits”, and a woman saying “burly black ass”.

A scene of driving where you see giant billboards advertising Paul Mazursky's Tempest, Creepshow, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, An Officer and a Gentleman, and Rocky III. Awesome.

Two characters have a dinner of McDonald's, wine and a blue can of Dr. Pepper.

Joe Spinell ends up at a batting cage. He actually tries to bat. He beats someone up then utters the phrase, “Tree frogs are green!”, which sounds hilarious out of context and and is like Storm's infamous line from X-Men; do I even need to clarify which line I'm talking about?

 

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My uncle is coming over tonite to watch THE THING! Will a new Kurt fan be born?!!!!

 

Hopefully so.

 

I've talked about the Paranormal Activity series many times before and why I am fond of it; I understand why most would be "meh" on it but at least we can all agree that the 4th one is pretty rancid.

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Well, mixed bag with my THE THING screening tonite. I loved watching again of course, but my lame-o uncle had almost every problem with it that Carpenter mentions on the commentary audiences had with it in '82. He was confused about who was who, didn't understand how the blood test worked, and was generally bewildered and  kind of grossed out. He tried to be polite after it was over, but it obviously wasn't his thing. Worst of all he dodged my question when I asked him if his Kurt appreciation level went up. I'm dumbfounded, because I don't see how anyone can be underwhelmed, even non-Horror people.

 

As he left, I said try this, and lent him my copy of Kaufman's INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS.

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Belated Anniversary Shout Out: The Mr. Peel look at Brian De Palma's BODY DOUBLE released on this day [yesterday] in '84

 

http://mrpeelsardineliqueur.blogspot.com/2010/10/deep-personal-commitment.html

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I'm watching The Shallows right now. Seeing a bit of it anyway before I go outside and exercise. I had no idea it was a Jaume Collet-Serra film. The man has yet to let me down with entertaining horror or action movies.

 

Skimmed through Halloween II because I'd been thinking about the movie this week, and it was also the first Halloween movie I saw back around 1992 or 1993. Still a good sequel and (would have been) a fitting end to the Michael Myers rampage of Halloween 1978. The best sequel is still Halloween III. It's great too that that particular Halloween sequel has grown over the past few years from maligned to loved film. I always saw it as a solid sequel, and it's cool that there's more people sharing that. Even younger ones!

 

 

As for getting people to enjoy movies you like, Elvis, it's nice when they appreciate it, but don't feel bad if it's not their thing. i rarely try to get people to like the stuff I like anymore, because I know not everything is for everyone. Probably the only time I was dumbfounded over someone not liking something was when my wife said she didn't care too much for Mad Max: Fury Road. I was stumped because it's something that's definitely in her wheelhouse. She likes action movies with cars, and I was shocked when she said it wasn't something she loved all that much. Naturally my Renata LOVES the movie and asks to watch it a whole lot, so that evens things out. Plus Vanessa does enjoy Once Upon A Time In America, and The Thing, so that evens out too.

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John Carpenter: ‘A lot of purists want to go back to using film, but you’ve got to keep moving with the times’

The cult director talks remakes, his love of early synthesisers and why nostalgia works in mysterious ways.

 

http://lwlies.com/interviews/john-carpenter-lost-themes-halloween-tour/#.WBIpRn3jPak.twitter

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Carpenter will be producing the new Halloween film as well. Hopefully he'll be more involved in the production there.

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I finally got around to completing my re-watch of the 4 disc Dirty Harry Blu Ray. Tonight I saw Sudden Impact. 


This is the first Dirty Harry movie I ever saw, and I saw it in the theater. 

 

It's hard to convey how much this film, and Harry, permeated the culture in 1983. For a whole generation, "Dirty Harry" means this film, and more particularly, "Go ahead, make my day" as the ultimate badass line of dialogue (and that was even before Reagan appropriated it). 


So how does it hold up?

 

Dirty Harry in this film is now a Movie Monster, not too much different than Jason and Freddy Kruger (but a hell of a lot better looking!). The movie plays Harry like a Slasher, and crooks are the "horny teens", except here they're horny for crime!

 

Sudden Impact opens with an aerial panorama of 1980's San Francisco, like The Enforcer, and it's some beautiful photography. 

 

As in previous entries in the series, we first see the Big Bad commit her first crime: in this case, Sandra Locke shoots a man in the dick, then the head. 

 

Other than that scene establishing the main arc and criminal in the movie, the first quarter of the film is focused on Harry being a Proto-Punisher, or as I wrote above, the Jason Voorhees scourge of crime. 

 

First he wipes out a Black Gang that's taken over his favorite diner (this is where he tells a crook holding his waitress, a women he's known for 10 years, hostage, to "Go ahead, make my day". The crook wisely decides not to. The Waitresses reaction to this is not shown). 

 

Next, Harry crashes the West Coast's top Mafia don's daughter's wedding. The Don, played by none other than Godfather Part II's Michael Gazzo, looks 10 years younger than he did in Coppola's movie, even though he's at least 10 years older. Harry tells the Don, in front of his wife and daughter, that the hooker he had murdered wrote up a long list of info before she died, and mailed it to Harry. 


As Harry speculates on all the pillow talk she may have shared with the Don before he had her whacked, he has a heart attack and drops dead!

 

This of course means War! The Mob sends a 4 man hit team after Harry, who leads them into some sort of Nautical structure ( I can't tell if it's a boat, part of a pier or the port). 

 

An ongoing theme in this film is that criminals are border line Retarded: 3 of the hit men go after Harry, assume (for some reason ) that he's hiding in a wooden locker, and proceed to shoot 10,486 rounds of bullets and shotgun shells into the locker without even trying to open it. 

 

Harry of course is hiding in a steel barrel behind them, and pops up and blows them all away. 


The way this scene is shot, scored, lit and edited like a Slasher movie, with Harry as the Slasher and the Hit Men as the scared teens. They even bunch together and look apprehensively around them before they find that locker. 

 

Oh and there's a "gang" of three white guys, headed by Kevin Major Howard ("Rafterman" from Full Metal Jacket) who look like they escaped from the set of Happy Days. They get released from jail since Harry didn't bother to follow even the most basic police procedure. Later on, they decide to get some payback, driving up beside Harry on the road, knocking out his windows with crowbars, then throwing two Molotov Cocktails in his car. Harry stops the car as they drive up, then throws one of the Molotov Cocktails at their car, causing it to crash in the San Francisco Bay. 

Harry's body count at this point, maybe 30 minutes into the movie, is 7. 

 

Harry is told to go on vacation, and also while doing so to check the rap sheet of the guy who got his dick blown off in the first scene. 

 

He goes to "San Paulo" which is really Santa Cruz, where a second man gets his dick shot off, then gets capped in the head. 

 

I won't spoil the movie's main plot, except to say from this point on the film is a weird kind of prelude to Unforgiven, with Sandra Locke acting to get revenge for a horrible crime committed against her and her sister in the past, and Pat Hingle as the Corrupt Local Sheriff covering up for some bad people. 

 

This is an amazingly un-politically correct movie. In the past crooks in these movies were white, or an inter-racial gang.

 

Not here: we have the Black Gang mentioned above, Sandra Locke's character at one point is harassed by a bunch of Latino teenagers, and there's a stereotypical "Dyke", who is called a Dyke, but who oddly only comes on to men (I think she was just a crude vulgar woman who was lonely). 

 

The real "Big Bad" appears late in the movie, and you can tell he's a Psycho because he cackles incessantly and rolls his eyes a lot. And is impotent and quite sensitive on the topic. And shoots people. 

 

Harry also acquires a pet mini Bulldog in this film. The dog pisses and farts a lot, but also helps Harry meet Sandra Locke and foil another Mob Assassination attempt (hilarious line of dialogue happens when Harry questions Pat Hingle about the second murder, and Hingle counters by asking "just what happened in your hotel this morning?" What happened is Harry shot a Mob enforcer like half a dozen times!). 

 

By now the San Francisco Police Dept know better than to assign Harry a partner. He does have a friend on the force; do you want to guess what happens to him?

 

People today don't recall how violent street crime dominated American society from the 1970's when the first Dirty Harry film came out, through the 90's when Clinton signed a major crime bill into law. 

 

For people watching Sudden Impact in 1983, this was a call to arms (literally), more importantly a call to law and order, and Harry was a huge cultural icon at the time. 

Which is interesting, because the text of the film, despite the obvious "Rah rah" moments and dialogue for Harry, also has some pretty dark meditations on revenge and justice and how the two can get blurred. 

 

One last note; Eastwood does a lot with minor characters in his films. The crook who gets told "Go ahead, make my day" is played by a really good actor: you see him look desperate, think it through, weigh his chances, and decide to surrender, all with no dialogue. 


When Harry's in an elevator with Rafterman and the later mocks him, Harry grabs him by the throat and tells him he's Dog shit, and recounts various unpleasant things that happen to dogshit. Behind Harry there's a woman extra who's just seeing and hearing this and processing all this, and the camera briefly lingers on her as the other people leave the elevator. 


It's  little touches like that that make Eastwood really shine and make the audience suspend disbelief while watching his movies. 

 

I'd rate Sudden Impact third best in the series, after Dirty Harry and #1 Magnum Force. 


Edited by Cylon Baby - 10/30/16 at 5:24pm
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As for getting people to enjoy movies you like, Elvis, it's nice when they appreciate it, but don't feel bad if it's not their thing. i rarely try to get people to like the stuff I like anymore, because I know not everything is for everyone. Probably the only time I was dumbfounded over someone not liking something was when my wife said she didn't care too much for Mad Max: Fury Road. I was stumped because it's something that's definitely in her wheelhouse. She likes action movies with cars, and I was shocked when she said it wasn't something she loved all that much. Naturally my Renata LOVES the movie and asks to watch it a whole lot, so that evens things out. Plus Vanessa does enjoy Once Upon A Time In America, and The Thing, so that evens out too.

 

My uncle is a pretty hardcore nerd. I mean straight out of REVENGE OF THE NERDS. Or more like Buscemi in GHOST WORLD (only not as awesomely obsessive). He's a bit uptight. He doesn't seem to be able to kick back and have fun with genre stuff. He went with me to THE SHINING, and liked it, so I had high hopes of turning him onto this.

 

My philosophy is if you're going to be a nerd, be a nerd about awesome stuff. Chase your passions, and be open to new things and directions. Have a sense of adventure. Go all in.

 

Unfortunately, he has the taste of an accountant.

 

I surprised him about what movie I picked, and I think he partly made up his mind he wasn't going to like it and kind of shut down mentally because it wasn't in his wheelhouse.

 

I thought the film was so cool it would punch through all that, but alas....

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Well, mixed bag with my THE THING screening tonite.

 

Oh, that's unfortunate.

 

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I'm watching The Shallows right now. Seeing a bit of it anyway before I go outside and exercise. I had no idea it was a Jaume Collet-Serra film. The man has yet to let me down with entertaining horror or action movies.

 

You must have been out of the loop not to know he was the director. But, at least it wasn't that guy at your Expendables 2 screening who was shocked that Van Damme was in the film.

 

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I finally got around to completing my re-watch of the 4 disc Dirty Harry Blu Ray. Tonight I saw Sudden Impact. 

 

Nice. I still need to rewatch the other movies in the franchise. I haven't made it past the first one yet, and I saw that like a few months ago.

 

Today I did not do anything of note, which was fine by me. Tonight, I did see a movie on TCM, and it was actually a first time watch. Yes, I had never seen The China Syndrome before. It was a quality paranoid conspiracy 70's thriller. I could laugh about such things as Jane Fonda having a GOOSE LAMP in her apartment or how a bearded Michael Douglas was a loose cannon, but instead I'll note that Jack Lemmon really was great in his role.

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I'd rate Sudden Impact third best in the series, after Dirty Harry and #1 Magnum Force. 

 

This is how I'd go as well. If all of SUDDEN IMPACT had been Harry driving around San Francisco just getting involved in random melees I might put it over MAGNUM. But they had to go and actually put Harry in a plot and it loses some steam.

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I'm of the age that SUDDEN IMPACT was HUGE. My parents wouldn't let me see it, but all my friends did. Eastwood was an absolute god at that point. At this place where he was a favorite of everyone's dad, but also cool to kids.

 

I was thinking just the other day, that Eastwood's my favorite Action star of alltime, and I love a lot of his 80's stuff (BRONCO BILLY!), but he didn't really have a stone cold Action classic on par with his 70's prime. SUDDEN and FIREFOX are like a tier below. TIGHTROPE is a favorite, but it's a Thriller. I know we had one brief poster who championed PINK CADILLAC, but that's several tiers below. And I've never warmed to PALE RIDER.

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Hmm...maybe it'll look better with the right gear.

 

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IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE - caught this on VOD. Despite suffering the same cheapness and lack of directorial style that hampered BONE TOMAHAWK, it still had feel of a Costner Western. Like if he knocked off a B Western quickie old school  Budd Boetticher style. Ethan Hawke isn't the Cos, but he's kind of channeling him -not a lone gunfighter, but a man broken by war and the killing he's done. (It's very DANCES with a touch of Eastwood) His only companion is a ROAD WARRIOR level awesome dog. Just how awesomely cool you find out right away.

 

The tone of the movie is interesting. Melancholy, almost somber in its reverence for the B Western, and seemingly playing out like something like THE HOMESMAN, until it gets wildly crazy in the third act. Suddenly it becomes bizarrely hilarious; almost a parody of OPEN RANGE. Travolta in particular is hysterical.

 

These last couple of years or so have been a treat for fans of the Genre.  This isn't DJANGO or TRUE GRIT, but it's ultimately about as effective as SLOW WEST, which I mean as a compliment.

 

James Ransone rules in this.

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I feel I should address one "elephant in the room" in regards to the Dirty Harry movies: the charge by Pauline Kael that the original Dirty Harry movie is Fascist. 

 

IMO that charge is not true of the first movie at all: instead, that first Don Siegal movie is an expression of the frustration many Americans felt about the shift towards "Criminal's rights"

 

It is true that Harry harasses the Killer (that is now the character name on IMDB!) but he technically doesn't violate any laws. 

 

But Eastwood clearly took Kael's criticism to heart, and incorporated it into Magnum Force. One reason that film is my favorite Dirty Harry movie (and in the top 5 Eastwood films) is that it plays with the idea of Police becoming vigilantes and what that might mean. 

 

The Enforcer is pure satire of Bureaucracy and Women's Lib, so I can't draw much of anything in the way of conclusions about that. 

 

Sudden Impact though? Harry guns down crooks without a warning, sets up and stalks those Mobsters, enters homes without even knocking, demanding information than arresting people (without reading them their rights natch), is only pulled back when a superior officer tells him to shut up, (then goes behind their backs), orders a junior officer around even though he's with a different police dept. 

 

And he gets away with all of it because he's right, dedicated ("Pure") to fighting for Justice, and well, because it's a movie. 

 

I think Eastwood had a great feel for the pulse of the American people from the late 60's up to the early 90's. 

 

Like Spielberg and Stephen King, he seemed to sense the cultural Zeitgeist and commented on it, sometimes openly, sometimes obliquely in his films. 

 

Again IMO his "inner eye" seemed to get blurry after Unforgiven, and he started chasing Oscar Bait and generally making movies for Hollywood types vs. his Blue Collar fanbase (Gran Torino being a notable exception...still need to see that one). 

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Again IMO his "inner eye" seemed to get blurry after Unforgiven, and he started chasing Oscar Bait and generally making movies for Hollywood types vs. his Blue Collar fanbase (Gran Torino being a notable exception...still need to see that one). 

 

The Oscar chasing seemed to come about much later than UNFORGIVEN. He followed that up as an actor with IN THE LINE OF FIRE which, while getting good reviews, was still a thriller for the masses. Later on in the decade he churned out ABSOLUTE POWER, TRUE CRIME, and then hit the 00's with SPACE COWBOYS which definitely weren't made with much awards ambition.

 

MYSTIC RIVER is where I mark the time that he sorta left that blue collar vibe behind. Other than GRAN TORINO, and to a lesser degree TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE as an actor, pretty much all his films seem to aim for prestige.

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Good call/catch! I totally forgot about those movies. Maybe Clint read the Box Office/industry tea leaves and adjusted. Or maybe he got a new wife :)

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That plus Clint is one of the most humanist and least violent-minded artists in the industry today.  Like Akira Kurosawa and even John Woo, he's a filmmaker that has made intense and often violent work who didn't necessarily always believe in the negative and destructive aspects of it...  Going back to his great film BIRD, the biopic of Charlie Parker, he's always treated his non-genre subjects with more than average sensitivity and respect.  So once Clint said goodbye to that sort of thing creatively with UNFORGIVEN, showing the dark and negative toll the concept of revenge can be, he moved on different subjects, like the pursuit of truth in a case of racial injustice (TRUE CRIME), aging and neighborhood youth and gangland crime (GRAN TORINO), self-actualization and death (MILLION DOLLAR BABY and HEREAFTER), war from both sides of the conflict (LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA and FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS), and heroes of the modern age (INVICTUS, SULLY).  Even BLOOD WORK (a dull potboiler) and J. EDGAR (decent but non-riveting), two films I'm not crazy about, still have some solid moments here and there.

 

I still need to see AMERICAN SNIPER, JERSEY BOYS and CHANGELING one of these days.  But latter-period Eastwood as a director has rarely let me down.

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IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE - caught this on VOD.

 

I am glad you saw it and enjoyed it; I know you had high hopes.

 

I did my one activity for the day: going to Walmart. I got some random items. On the way back I stopped at a Racetrac gas station. About a week ago I had a Monster Mutant soda that was green; today I got the other flavor, which was red in color. When I got back home I noticed that this red soda has the name of RED DAWN. Of course I had to drink it right away. I'll have part of it today, the rest tomorrow... it does taste pretty good.

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So...apparently there's going to be a Rambo reboot.

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Trailer for THE WARRIOR'S GATE (2016)

 

Reminds me a lot of Jackie Chan/Jet Li's The Forbidden Kingdom.

 

 

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Trailer for THE WARRIOR'S GATE (2016)

 

Reminds me a lot of Jackie Chan/Jet Li's The Forbidden Kingdom

 

It sure does. I hope it's better than The Forbidden Kingdom.

 

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So...apparently there's going to be a Rambo reboot.

 

Unfortunately, that is what they're planning. Siiiggggghhh.... that's my only reaction, besides hope that it never comes to fruition.

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Cool Kim Morgan write up:

 

 

Warren Oates: Dixie Dynamite

They got 'em mad - now there's no stoppin 'em!

 

"When Warren Oates leaves a certain kind of movie, you notice.  You miss him. You feel a sense of longing, the way you feel about a character actually dying in film or literature too soon like Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, or, worse, Josh Brolin never returning in No Country For Old Men. With Brolin, we are ill prepared for this loss and find ourselves processing his absence while watching the rest of the movie (I, did, anyway). For a delusional time we even wonder if Josh Brolin is ever going to come back. He’s killed off screen. Maybe something else happened? Maybe? Nope. He never returns. He’s dead. Warren Oates, in Dixie Dynamite, does return, thank god (I am not ruining anything here). He’s not dead. And he’s only gone for about fifteen minutes. But even in that short amount of time, you feel it, and you just want him there. And you begin to worry. Where the hell are you Warren Oates?"

 

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So...apparently there's going to be a Rambo reboot.

 

This was inevitable with Millennium holding the rights.  As soon as Stallone was certain he wasn't going to anymore, the remake would have been given the green-light.

 

Guaranteed to be shit.  I would like to be proven wrong on this, but have a feeling I won't be. 

 

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The Oscar chasing seemed to come about much later than UNFORGIVEN. He followed that up as an actor with IN THE LINE OF FIRE which, while getting good reviews, was still a thriller for the masses. Later on in the decade he churned out ABSOLUTE POWER, TRUE CRIME, and then hit the 00's with SPACE COWBOYS which definitely weren't made with much awards ambition.

 

MYSTIC RIVER is where I mark the time that he sorta left that blue collar vibe behind. Other than GRAN TORINO, and to a lesser degree TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE as an actor, pretty much all his films seem to aim for prestige.

 

I like that he has been trying different things over the years. I can't say I have enjoyed all of his prestige films, though.

 

I'm still looking forward to Sully, even though it appears to have resorted to fiction to get it to feature length. . 

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If I were a multi-millionaire, I'd have so much fun in Hollywood.  Not only producing my own pictures but issuing Lars Von Trier "Five Obstructions"styled challenges to other filmmakers.  One challenge I'd issue would be to challenge James Cameron to make one last great TERMINATOR film, but with the following caveats...

1. The budget must be 75 million or less.
2. With no -- or at least very, very little -- CGI.  If Cameron's still got it creatively, he'll find a way.
3. With Arnold as the full-on villain again.
4. Rated R.
5. Make it scary and make it smart.  

You're almost right, but $75 million is still too much. $25 million or less.
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I just came back from Dr Strange and thought I'd give you my thoughts.

 

This was a fun, but lightweight film. The majority of the success is in the realisation of things; the cast, the sets, the effects etc. Everything works in that regard. The film is really tightly paced and it was over very quickly (didn't feel like nearly 2 hours).  I had a lot of fun with it.  I am a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch and he carries the film nicely. There is a nice twist to the usual Marvel climax.

 

On the downside, McAdams got a case of 'Portmanitis', where a very capable actress is given a thankless role.  Scott Adkins gets zero lines, but a reasonable amount of action (no more than 10 minutes from what I remember).  Mads Mikkelson is a great actor, but you wouldn't know it from this film; he isn't stretched at all. I would have liked some hamming, but don't expect anything of the sort.  Oh, and there's a new Marvel Studios intro; it goes on a bit too long.

 

Overall, don't expect a revelation, but lots of weird and wonderful fun. 

 

As for the post-credit scenes:

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
We get two.  The first relates to an upcoming Marvel film and features a cameo by an Avenger and the second to a Dr Strange sequel.  
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Thanks, Macready. I am seeing it in a few hours as well.

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I kind of really appreciate that while Eastwood might've moved past Dirty Harry and The Man With No Name, he hasn't trotted them out again just for nostalgia value. Spielberg went back to Indiana Jones even though he no longer even wants to depict gun violence, so he gave us a bunch of sanitized CGI bullshit. Eastwood isn't interested in The Expendables or For A New Fistful of Dollars, he's just doing what interests him. I respect that.

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Got out from work early today and went into town. Not much to say. I picked up The Purge: ElecItion Year from Best Buy and used two $5 gift certificates I had to get it for 10 bucks. I also went to Walmart like Perfect and got a few things there. Including some steak meat that was 11 bucks because it was on clearance and needed to be sold before the 30th. I also picked up the Mimic trilogy on blu there. Price matched it to Best Buy's price of $5.99 and got digital copies of all three movies too. Went by Target as well and picked up some workout gloves because I need them for that full body workout machine. Damn if it hasn't been making my hands hurt when I use it. Picked up some stir fry Chinese food on the way back too.

 

Came back home, doused the steak meat in Soy sauce and put it in a zip lock bag to marinate until tomorrow, and finished watching The Shallows. I had quite a bit of fun with the movie. Blake Lively is still far from being a good actress, but the movie around her was a whole lot of fun. That's all due to Jaume-Collet Serra.

 

Right now I'm watching another SRS Cinema film. It's called MASSAGE PARLOR OF DEATH. It's laughably bad and is only just over an hour. This thing has acting that would make High School Drama Plays look Oscar worthy, and the effects are about the same as you'd expect in a High School Drama Play. Movies like this one are most definitely intended to be seen with an audience who will laugh at the ridiculous nature of the film.

 

Once again I've been left home alone (and I'm only 32! *Slaps hands on cheeks* AHHHHH!!!), and aside from going to see Halloween tomorrow night, I have no plans to do anything else other than to watch more of the movies I've got sitting there. I'm also going to rent and see that extended cut of the Evil Dead remake. I really don't care much for the film, but the curiosity of the extended cut in that it has stuff from the trailer that wasn't in the theatrical cut has me vaguely interested.

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Blake Lively is AMAZING in THE SHALLOWS. Maybe my favorite performance of the year.

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