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post #144051 of 144085

Watched LAW ABIDING CITIZEN. First time since catching in theaters when it first came out. Butler is a real hoot here. Foxx is fine even though he's stuck with the uptight role. Some genuinely funny scenes, especially once Butler is imprisoned. The reveal of how extensive his plan was is completely bonkers. On the one hand it's stupid as hell but I also sort of respect the film for having the balls to try and sell it with a straight face.

 

Forgot how big a role Colm Meaney had in this one. Top notch sarcastic cop work from him.

 

I was watching the "Unrated" blu of the film. It was definitely gorier in a few scenes than I recall from the big screen. The scene where Butler introduces his cellmate's neck to a steak bone looked like something out of KILL BILL in this version.

post #144052 of 144085
Originally Posted by jhp1608 View Post

Two versions of Thief and three (!?) of Manhunter? I've got these on DVD but I don't remember anything about them being different versions...

 

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes...

 

http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=665044

http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=1299

http://www.movie-censorship.com/news.php?ID=10427

 

 

Originally Posted by jhp1608 View Post

I've heard the current blu ray isn't anything to write home about so I've never picked it up. If this is a remastered version of the theatrical with *gasp* a commentary, I'll be in like Flint.

 

That would tip me over into positivity, too.  Love a good commentary and Mann gives good ones.  Love to hear him speak on HEAT for a screen-specific three hours.

 

 

Originally Posted by felix View Post

John Carpenter celebrates his 69th Birthday today!

 

Two recent podcasts on THE THING and ESCAPE FROM L.A...

 

http://projection-booth.blogspot.com/2016/12/special-report-thing-1982.html

http://www.earwolf.com/episode/escape-from-l-a-live/

 

 

 

And one more potentially positive thing occurred to me this morning about SILENCE...

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I might be reaching for this, misreading Scorsese's - and original novelist, Shusaku Endo's - intentions, no geo-political expert am I...  But I think the mistake might have been mine in reading the movie as too much of the story of one man's faith being tested by mankind (though it is largely that), and not enough of a story of the western world spreading influence across other cultures and those other cultures, understandably, fighting it.  (Although the cruel killing of Christians by the Japanese Inquisitor was of course a terrible thing.)  As the novel was written in 1966, maybe this was a direct response to things that happened during the previous war.  Admittedly, I haven't done enough research on this and might be way, way off.   Also, the western world does seem to spend what might be referred to as "too much time in other people's backyards" to this day (and with the upcoming administration, I don't see this changing), so seen under this possible light, SILENCE becomes, at least for me, a bit more interesting.  Not to assign "right," "wrong," "good" or "evil" to any of this in terms of the film, though again, cruel and vicious murder does fundamentally tend to fall on the "evil" side.
post #144053 of 144085
Walking through Boston the other night, bundled under my winter hat and scarf to combat the freezing cold, I happened by a group of millennials coming out of a hotel bar. As they passed onto the sidewalk and I was walking by, one woman said, "Put it on Underhill!"
 
A guy in their group: "Who the fuck is Underhill?!"
 
The woman responded, "I don't know... My Dad says it all the time and it drives me crazy. Put it on the Underhills!!"
 
I sensed my moment.
 
I walked up to them quietly, pulling down my scarf and looking at them. One woman noticed, regarding me. There was a split second of silence, as it looked as it they expected me to ask for some spare change. I piped up, all friendly-like...
 
"It's from a Chevy Chase movie called FLETCH. Trust me. I'm a movie guy."
 
As I turned to walk away, all their eyes lit up like I'd just helped them solve a lifetime riddle and opened the gates to the Heavens of Universal Truth for them. And as I turned and walked off again, smiling, I heard the guy shouting aloft to me as I, the Masked Movie Man slipped back into the night... "He... is a watchful protector! A DARK KNIGHT!!"
 
No need to thank me, sir... Just doing my part.

 

post #144054 of 144085

Finished S3 of JUSTIFIED, now about halfway through S4.

 

Loved, loved, loved S3.  My favorite so far, mainly for the NcDonough.  Digging S4 so far, and it's funny seeing Gerald McRaney show up in a small role.  The mini-DEADWOOD reunions in this show have got me itching for a re-watch.

post #144055 of 144085

S4 and definitely S5 started a bit of a dip for me with the show. Still certainly good television but not up to snuff with S2 and 3. I'll get into my gripes with S5 when you get to it.

 

Thankfully it did rebound well for the final season.

post #144056 of 144085

One S4 complaint: the two episodes spent with the female bartender and her fighter ex-husband.  They were completely unnecessary and stopped all forward momentum on the pretty interesting main storyline of the missing Drew Thompson.  Seasons 2 and 3 were laser focused on their main storylines without any real padding.

post #144057 of 144085
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Originally Posted by felix View Post

John Carpenter celebrates his 69th Birthday today!

 

Awesome.

 

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Originally Posted by jhp1608 View Post

I've heard the current blu ray isn't anything to write home about so I've never picked it up. If this is a remastered version of the theatrical with *gasp* a commentary, I'll be in like Flint.

 

Well, it IS supposed to have a Mann commentary.

 

It should be said that at least at first, the disc is only being released in several European countries. But I will presume it won't be too long before it is a Region 1 release.

 

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Originally Posted by Engineer View Post
Walking through Boston the other night, bundled under my winter hat and scarf to combat the freezing cold, I happened by a group of millennials coming out of a hotel bar.

 

It's great you got to help out some random people like that. I've never had that sort of situation happen to me before, but I'd love to one day.

post #144058 of 144085

Pardon me if this was brought up the last couple days but Shout Factory announced collector edition blus of SLITHER and THE LAWNMOWER MAN are due this summer.

 

Since LAWNMOWER MAN was originally a New Line/Warner title there was speculation that Shout had struck a deal to put their films out on blu. Looks like that's not the case and it's just a matter of the video rights for LAWNMOWER MAN lapsing and they snatched them up. Too bad, they'd be a natural to put out a blu for THE HIDDEN.

post #144059 of 144085
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Originally Posted by Moltisanti View Post
 

 Too bad, they'd be a natural to put out a blu for THE HIDDEN.

 

Want.  So very glad and lucky to have actually seen this in the theaters when it came out.

post #144060 of 144085

INTO THE BADLANDS Season 2 Trailer.

 

post #144061 of 144085
@jhp1608 and @Engineer Mann recorded a HEAT commentary for the 2005 DVD special edition. This was also on the Blu-ray, as were the docs which were pretty good. The commentary was interesting, if a little dry at times.

The Blu-ray audio was decent but the picture was just adequate. Looking forward to the remastered version.
post #144062 of 144085

Oh!  I have that DVD and blu and I'm not sure I noticed there was a commentary.  Will give that a spin this week for sure!  Thanks!

post #144063 of 144085

Birthday Shout Out John Carpenter

 

In Celebration/ Tribute My Top 10 JC

 

1. ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13

2. HALLOWEEN

3. ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

4. THE THING

5.  BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

6. CHRISTINE

7. STARMAN

8.  THE FOG

9. THEY LIVE!

10. ESCAPE FROM L.A.

post #144064 of 144085

In honor of the man's birthday, here's my top 10.

 

The Thing

Halloween

Big Trouble in Little China

Assault on Precinct 13

They Live

Escape from New York

In The Mouth of Madness

Vampires

The Fog

Christine

post #144065 of 144085

New JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 image.

 

post #144066 of 144085

Listening to that HEAT commentary now.  It seems I have heard it before but I very much need a refresher and am having a ton of fun listening to Mann speak on the film.  He mentions that the famous shot of McCauley at his beach house window was inspired by a painting that "kept me interested in making the film more than anything else."  Man, I'd love to know what painting that is.

 

 

post #144067 of 144085
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Originally Posted by Fat Elvis View Post

Birthday Shout Out John Carpenter

 

In Celebration/ Tribute My Top 10 JC

 

I don't have a Top 10 list but The Thing is my favorite, as I've said at least a few times before.

 

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Originally Posted by felix View Post

New JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 image.

 

I am glad it won't be too long before it comes out. I'll be happy to see the first one again before seeing the new one.

 

This upcoming week will be interesting for me. A sister and her boyfriend are down here during that time on vacation, so that is different. Today them, my parents and me went to a fancy African-themed buffet at one of the Walt Disney World hotels. I had been there before; it's certainly not cheap but I didn't have to pay for it, and they do have good food & dessert. 

post #144068 of 144085
post #144069 of 144085
Originally Posted by felix View Post

New JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 image.

 

 

The first thought that came to my mind would make a nice little b-movie tagline, if that were the poster...

 

ONE OF THESE MEN HAS AN EXTREME TACTICAL DISADVANTAGE...

THE ONE WHO ISN'T JOHN WICK.


Edited by Engineer - Yesterday at 11:16 pm
post #144070 of 144085

Oh, I wish that you did movie posters or hell, just worked in Hollywood. Maybe you could try and fix some of its problems.

 

Tonight I saw another excellent movie: Alien. I hadn't seen it in a few years so I figured this was the time to do so. I saw the Theatrical Cut as it seems to be the one Old Ridley prefers. I am lucky in that I also got to see it on the big screen, although that was like in '09 and it was the Director's Cut. I don't need to tell you guys why the movie is still great so I'll just say that even in 2017 it's still beautiful, thrilling, breathtaking, and dramatic.

post #144071 of 144085

4-film WISHMASTER blu set to be released by Lionsgate on March 28th:

 

http://videoeta.com/movie/products.html?id=41211

 

Never saw any of these but I'm curious if they'd put this out would Lionsgate ever be similarly compelled to put out a box set of THE SUBSTITUTE franchise?

post #144072 of 144085
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Originally Posted by Moltisanti View Post
 

4-film WISHMASTER blu set to be released by Lionsgate on March 28th:

 

http://videoeta.com/movie/products.html?id=41211

 

Never saw any of these but I'm curious if they'd put this out would Lionsgate ever be similarly compelled to put out a box set of THE SUBSTITUTE franchise?

 

I saw a few of those Wishmaster movies a long time ago.  Not great but Andrew Divoff is fantastic as the Djinn.

post #144073 of 144085

Rupert Pupkin Speaks: Favorite Film Discoveries '16

 

<A Colonel Mortimer List>

 

"Matt Lynch is Marketing Co-ordinator at the wonderful Scarecrow Video, one of the greatest stores known to cinephile-kind(It is a place I have yet to visit myself, but I hope to correct that before the year 2020). To say Matt watches a metric shit-ton of movies would be an understatement. Following his film watching exploits on twitter,tumblr& Letterboxd, is highly recommended. "

 

http://www.rupertpupkinspeaks.com/2017/01/film-discoveries-of-2016-matt-lynch.html

 

1. HANDGUN aka DEEP IN THE HEART(1984; Tony Garnett)
Should also be AKA TRIGGER WARNING
 

"Very blunt, very straightforward rape/revenge film, about a meek young woman who arms herself after a sexual assault. Clinical, with an almost industrial-film-like simplicity in its depiction of not just the rape itself (an absolutely harrowing sequence on its own, so be warned), but also its forensic aftermath, the patriarchal dismissal of the crime and her trauma, and even gun culture. Doesn't have the searing punk fire of something like MS. 45 but just as sharp a cutting tool."

 

3. SHOOT IT BLACK, SHOOT IT BLUE (1974; Dennis McGuire
 

"Cheap little burner about a black kid who proceeds to clandestinely make a documentary about a corrupt, racist cop (a typically unhinged Michael Moriarty) after witnessing his hands-up-don't-shoot murder of an unarmed mugger. Slows way down to savor good old thwarted masculinity, the universal motivator, before letting cinema itself take its revenge. Never quite blisters the way you wish it would but tantalizing and irresistibly prescient. "
 

post #144074 of 144085

Just finally ordered that awesome looking Shout Factory blu-ray of John Carpenter's THE THING...

I love a good romantic-comedy about people snuggling up on a cold night in front of a warm fire.

post #144075 of 144085

Video game ad directed by John McTiernan.

 

Automatically the best video game movie ever.

post #144076 of 144085

Has there ever been a cogent explanation provided as to what to the hell happened to McTiernan? Did he just get old?  His movies fell off a cliff, quality-wise.  

post #144077 of 144085

Well, he did some time due to the wiretapping thing.  And when he got out his last five projects stalled out, sadly.  I'm hoping for a big return for McT.  He's one of the all-timers.  Even his lesser films like ROLLERBALL have their moments of kinetic action goodness.

post #144078 of 144085
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Originally Posted by Engineer View Post
 

Even his lesser films like ROLLERBALL have their moments of kinetic action goodness.

post #144079 of 144085

Yeah, agreed with Overlord on that one.  I like McT, but his ROLLERBALL remake is utterly devoid of anything redeemable.

post #144080 of 144085

I liked the opening street luge stuff.  Despite the film, it was really well-shot.

 

post #144081 of 144085
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Originally Posted by Engineer View Post
 

I liked the opening street luge stuff.  Despite the film, it was really well-shot.

 

 

I must respectfully disagree on the quality of this sequence.  There's no tension, there's no real sense of where they are, and the editing is all over the place.  Add in the utterly terrible music and it doesn't work in the slightest for me.

 

To each their own.  This isn't a personal attack.

post #144082 of 144085

Never caught ROLLERBALL. Remember being put off by the PG-13 rating. Guess they tried to bloody it up with an R-rated version on disc but by then I'd lost interest entirely.

 

I did see BASIC. That was junk.

post #144083 of 144085

It's too bad that he never got that sequel to THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR made (which was to be based upon TOPKAPI).

post #144084 of 144085
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Originally Posted by Judas Booth View Post

It's too bad that he never got that sequel to THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR made (which was to be based upon TOPKAPI).
McTiernan's sequel was never based on TOPKAPI. Brosnan's production company developed the TOPKAPI angle, and Verhoeven was attached for a bit.

McTiernan wrote a separate sequel while in prison entitled THOMAS CROWN AND THE MISSING LIONESS.
post #144085 of 144085

I'm still livid he never followed through with MEDICINE MAN: REVENGE OF THE LOGGERS.

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