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Collins’ Crypt: Peter Weller Is Great, In Case You Needed A Reminder

He doesn't make a ton of horror/sci-fi films, but when he does show up in one you best pay attention.
 

 

 

"Weller excels at playing villains with a conscience or good guys who turn out to be bad, which has served him well throughout his career. Regardless of the films' quality or lack thereof, he's at his best when there's a certain quirk to the character - even in RoboCop 2, when constricted by the suit and erratic script, you can see him really sinking his teeth into the "reprogrammed" section of the film, whereas throughout most of the rest it might as well just be a stunt guy wearing the thing.

 

And he had a knack for finding such roles even at the beginning of his career. After years of theater and bit parts, he got his first lead in a feature with Of Unknown Origin, a favorite of mine that cast Weller in what might be his most "normal" role ever: Bart Hughes, a New York banker and loving family man who is pretty happy with his life until a rat starts destroying his gorgeous home. The family goes on vacation early on, so except for the work scenes and the building's handyman the movie is pretty much a one-man show, with Weller completely falling apart as he battles this (large, but not monstrously-sized rat) who has seemingly taken personal interest in destroying his life. When the film starts Bart is a perfectionist who will pick a stray piece of lint from a coworker's clothes, but by the end he's decked out in poor man's makeshift armor, looking like total shit, and screaming at a rat - and it's glorious. It's the kind of role that you can see some actors passing on because they might look stupid getting outsmarted by a rodent, or would be played for the cheap seats by some comedic actor like Kevin James, but Weller makes it believable. It gets intentionally funny at times (his response to the rat chewing out his electricity is legendary), but the actor manages to maintain a sense of class, allowing the film to actually be scary when necessary, but also wholly believable that a seemingly simple problem would drive a normal man insane."

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I couldnt wait to grow up and leave small-town life behind. Now that I'm older I do have more of a love and appreciation for the old hometown, but you know... Still today, there is something to be said for those city lights.

 

I do understand that feeling. I grew up in a city of between 15 thousand and 20 thousand people. Moving down here and going into Orlando often... it's definitely different. I do miss my town (and its people) but at least there's plenty to do in Orlando.

 

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Whoa!

 

I've talked about the failed 1981 television pilot The Best of Times a few times before. It's amazing. Nothing beats hearing Crispin Glover and JACKIE MASON discussing The Talking Heads album Remain in Light, and how Jackie is not a fan of the new wave.

 

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"Nothing is obscene provided it is done with bad taste." -- Russ Meyer, born on this day in 1922.

 

A hero to some of us, indeed. As I've said before, I need to see more of his films... and not just for the obvious reasons.

 

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A Bit of Random: "Amazing unused artwork for "Raiders of the Lost Ark""

 

I agree, those are very nice.

 

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No movies for me tonight

Great directing by RZA.

 

While I doubt I'll ever watch the show, at least in the future I can listen to its soundtrack. "Great directing by RZA" is a phrase I never thought I'd see, to be honest. I also did not see any movies tonight, mainly because I am too darn tired to.

 

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Collins’ Crypt: Peter Weller Is Great, In Case You Needed A Reminder

 

It's another movie I've had on disc for many years yet because I am me I haven't gotten around to seeing Of Unknown Origin; I need to fix that soon.

 

I at least know I'll be watching The Gong Show Movie tomorrow night. About time I got around to that Blu. I once saw the movie a long time ago and it's not good... but because Chuck Barris passed away tonight, it seemed the best time to do so.

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Here is an unused alternate cover for my PUNISHER making of book

 

(English version update from Frank Castle himself: "work in progress")

 

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David Ellison today on the TERMINATOR franchise:

“I will say we have resolved the future of the franchise and believe me its an incredibly bright future. I think where it’s going will be the continuation of what the fans really wanted since ‘T2'. We have something this year that we will be announcing for the franchise. It’s something we’re incredibly excited about and we think is the direction it needs to head.”

Rumor has it Cameron has handpicked a very exciting director.
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Here is an unused alternate cover for my PUNISHER making of book

 

(English version update from Frank Castle himself: "work in progress")

 

 

Very cool. Glad the gears are still in motion for the English version.

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Watching Maximum Conviction.

 

I miss Stone Cold Steve Austin. He needs to be in more movies.

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I think Stone Cold's the best foil Seagal ever had.  Watching MAXIMUM CONVICTION, I said I hoped they'd make more movies together.  I'd even watch a documentary of them driving around the country doing nothing.  Just visiting diners and bars.  In fact, get me Steamroller Pictures and The Food Channel on the line.  

 

MAN FOOD starts production this August. 

 

 

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And with a mention of the 80s synth sound, hey now, IRON FIST just blipped on my radar!  Here's hoping the DAREDEVIL, JESSICA JONES and LUKE CAGE scores are doing well on vinyl for Mondo, at least enough to get any synthy-good IRON FIST music on that hot wax.  I'll give it a listen...    http://www.nme.com/news/tv/iron-fist-soundtrack-anderson-paak-2022061

Thanks for the heads up on that.

I knew you'd love that! I'm just happy to spread around some positive word on the show and its great score.


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A hero to some of us, indeed. As I've said before, I need to see more of his films... and not just for the obvious reasons.

While I doubt I'll ever watch the show, at least in the future I can listen to its soundtrack. "Great directing by RZA" is a phrase I never thought I'd see, to be honest. I also did not see any movies tonight, mainly because I am too darn tired to.


It's another movie I've had on disc for many years yet because I am me I haven't gotten around to seeing Of Unknown Origin; I need to fix that soon.

I at least know I'll be watching The Gong Show Movie tomorrow night. About time I got around to that Blu. I once saw the movie a long time ago and it's not good... but because Chuck Barris passed away tonight, it seemed the best time to do so.

Yes. I didn't get to mention it last night, but Russ Meyer is indeed a hero to some of us. Even though I'm a fan of his, I still have yet to see any of his films due to their being fairly scarcely available for decent prices. Over here in the states anyway. I read once that someone called in an order for some of his films since here in the states he owned the rights and would self distribute, and Russ Meyer himself answered the phone and took the order!

Yeah, RZA sure does know how to shoot action scenes. His Man With The Iron Fists movies are a good example of that.

I look forward to reading your thoughts on Of Unknowm Origin. It's a solid horror film and one of my favorites. It's virtually a one man show for Peter Weller towards the end.

I read about Chuck Barris earlier and that reminded me I need to see The Gong Show Movie sooner rather than later. Even if it is really awful.


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Here is an unused alternate cover for my PUNISHER making of book

(English version update from Frank Castle himself: "work in progress")



Glad to see the English version is still being worked on. I'm brimming with anticipation to read it once it's done and released.


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David Ellison today on the TERMINATOR franchise:

“I will say we have resolved the future of the franchise and believe me its an incredibly bright future. I think where it’s going will be the continuation of what the fans really wanted since ‘T2'. We have something this year that we will be announcing for the franchise. It’s something we’re incredibly excited about and we think is the direction it needs to head.”

Rumor has it Cameron has handpicked a very exciting director.

A response was definitely going to happen today and if not at least before the end of the week. Stuff I've read has seemed like Paramount was slagging the franchise, so it's great to hear that there will be an announcement for the next film later this year.

It's just a shame for us who were fans of the latest film, that we won't get to find out answers to some of those questions they left dangling in this last one. Since there was quite a bit of set up for another film.


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Watching Maximum Conviction.

I miss Stone Cold Steve Austin. He needs to be in more movies.

I agree. He brings a lot of fun to the films he is in due to his natural charisma. I loved his line in Maximum Conviction where he's threatened by a guy with weights and he says "Are you gonna work out, or are you gonna fight?" The Package was another good film too.
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I think Stone Cold's the best foil Seagal ever had.  Watching MAXIMUM CONVICTION, I said I hoped they'd make more movies together.  I'd even watch a documentary of them driving around the country doing nothing.  Just visiting diners and bars.  In fact, get me Steamroller Pictures and The Food Channel on the line.  

 

MAN FOOD starts production this August. 

Now that is a million dollar idea.

 

Stone Cold was great in Nash Bridges too. Always a highlight when he was on.

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THE RUNNING MAN is one of those movies like DEMOLITION MAN that I wish I enjoyed as much as other people.

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Late last nite: Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly

 

(On YT) Not the incendiary cultural blast of Rock's Bring the Pain but still hilariously Pryor-esque. Working my way up to his new Netflix specials, tonite For What It's Worth.

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Watched the first of Chappelle's new specials last night. Good stuff. Some of the material landed with a thud but that's bound to happen in an hour-plus concert. His bits on Flint, MI and his meetings with O.J. were gold.

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Glad to see the English version is still being worked on. I'm brimming with anticipation to read it once it's done and released.

I don't remember if I mentioned it but I got excellent and raving reviews for the French version, which has been very satisfying and rewarding so I can't wait for you guys to read it and to spread it farther. Finger crossed for landing an official publisher...

 

 

 

One of the best things about THE RUNNING MAN, this Harold Faltermeyer synth theme:

 

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THE RUNNING MAN is solid. Not up there with Arnold's classics but certainly in the top 10.

 

Wasn't until whenever I watched it last that I heard the extra dialog from the game show announcer during the credits. Nifty little bonus.

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THE RUNNING MAN is solid. Not up there with Arnold's classics but certainly in the top 10.

 

Next to Commando, it has the highest quantity of Arnold one-liners and Steven E. de Souza's zany meter is bursting with weird humor. The problem is that Paul Michael Glaser isn't quite the humorist to make the blend of kitsch and dystopia a classic. He made some of Miami Vice's best episodes and the underrated Band of the Hand, but this isn't in the Michael Mann vein. It's a shame that this was one of many projects Alex Cox turned down to go his own way.

 

What makes it sing is Richard Dawson. Not only one of the best Arnold villains but an outright brilliant exercise in self-awareness. You could only do that then. Nowadays, we'd get stuck with Chris Hardwick playing himself, killing contestants with his interview skills and incessant selfie snaps.

 

Plus, who remembers the other Hunger Games contestants? Give me Dynamo, Sub-Zero, Buzzsaw and the rest any day.

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The most evil moment for Dick Dawson is when he orders his underling to fire that janitor.

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He probably did much worse. Sexual harassment lawsuits everywhere.

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Originally Posted by Jox View Post

One of the best things about THE RUNNING MAN, this Harold Faltermeyer synth theme:

 

 

 

To hear Faltermeyer talk - very shortly - about his RUNNING MAN experience, FF to 3:02:10 in the most recent episode of The Projection Booth podcast...

 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/projectionbooth/2017/03/21/episode-315-beverly-hills-cop-1984

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I've always been a huge fan of The Running Man.

 

Gotta love when they start betting on Ben Richards to make the next kill.

 

"Richards is a runner! You have to pick a stalker!"

 

"I can choose whoever I want. And I choose...Ben Richards. That boy's one mean motherfucker!"

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Count me as a fan of The Running Man. The Richard Bachman book as well.

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The "Director's Definitive" Blu Ray of HEAT has a U.S. release date of May 9th:

 

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=20995

 

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The release will be sourced from a NEW 4K REMASTER of the film, supervised by director Michael Mann.

Supplemental features to be included on this upcoming release have not yet been detailed.
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Visual History with Walter Hill

Interviewed by: Robert Markowitz

 

https://www.dga.org/Craft/VisualHistory/Interviews/Walter-Hill.aspx?Filter=Full%20Interview

 

This looks to be pretty comprehensive. Will dive into in this weekend.

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The "Director's Definitive" Blu Ray of HEAT has a U.S. release date of May 9th:

 

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=20995

 

 

I told you I was never going back... to buy this again!

 

And I will. Dying to see that Christopher Nolan-led panel that reunited most of the cast and crew.

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I suppose I'll get it for the extras and improved picture. Not thrilled this version still has the scene between Pacino and Hank Azaria altered but those are the breaks.

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Someone gets killed by being bludgeoned to death with a metal ice cream scoop on Iron Fist.

 

 

This is supposed to be a bad show?

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Yeesh, nothing quite like double posting a HEAT reference and then losing internet for a half hour so you can't fix it.

 

Anyway...   Just finished reading the new GHOSTBUSTERS 101 comic (IDW) and like it so far.  It's all set-up, in which the scenario of interdimensional travel is begun between the 1984 "classic" GBs and the 2016 "reboot" GBs.  Not too joke-heavy yet other than some Venkman quips and Holtzmann nuttiness, but there are a couple of references to GHOSTBUSTERS II, THE THING, TRANSFORMERS, NINJA TURTLES, STARGATE and BACK TO THE FUTURE.  This would probably be a Duke Fleed all-timer.

 

Got my blu-ray of the Robert Blake film ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE today.  Won't have time to see it till tomorrow or the weekend, though.  Hit a used-media shop and snagged two items I thought were already gone.  Vintage (and it feels weird to say that) Widescreen VHS tapes of TRUE LIES and THE ABYSS: SPECIAL EDITION.  Those bronze/copper color-covered ones from the mid-90's, when widescreen first started being pushed by the studios for home viewing.  You know the ones.  Saw them and got a tinge of nostalgia for the old renting-VHS-at-Tower-Video-for-99-cents days, so I snagged 'em.  For 99 cents, even.  Plus I'm wondering how they'll look on an HDTV when upconverted to HDMI though a Panasonic DVD-R.  Always experimenting.

 

 

Also won an eBay auction for a LaserDisc of John Badham's THE HARD WAY, which will probably arrive next week.  Always liked that one.


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Originally Posted by Moltisanti View Post

I suppose I'll get it for the extras and improved picture.  Not thrilled this version still has the scene between Pacino and Hank Azaria altered but those are the breaks.

 

Ferocious, isn't it?

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I suppose I'll get it for the extras and improved picture. Not thrilled this version still has the scene between Pacino and Hank Azaria altered but those are the breaks.

 

Could be worse. You could get killed walkin' your DOGGIE!!!

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I think Stone Cold's the best foil Seagal ever had.  Watching MAXIMUM CONVICTION, I said I hoped they'd make more movies together.  I'd even watch a documentary of them driving around the country doing nothing.  Just visiting diners and bars.  In fact, get me Steamroller Pictures and The Food Channel on the line.  

 

MAN FOOD starts production this August. 

 

Oh, if only. That'd be a television show I'd actually watch.

 

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I look forward to reading your thoughts on Of Unknowm Origin.

 

I'll try to get around to seeing it sooner rather than later.

 

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Working my way up to his new Netflix specials, tonite For What It's Worth.

 

It reminds me that late last night on Twitter, Richard Pryor was actually trending. It was because apparently some people are bemoaning the new Chappelle specials due to some of its content... and people were (accurately) saying that if they were offended by that (and note that I do not know what the alleged controversial remarks were), they'd be horrified by some of the things Pryor said back in the day, which is definitely true.

 

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THE RUNNING MAN is solid.

 

There's another movie I haven't seen in many years, but I need to revisit.

 

Today, I went out and saw a college basketball game. It was a game in a "lesser" tournament. The University of Central Florida (as seen in The Miami Connection) Knights faced off against the University of Illinois. UCF won 68-58. It was an entertaining time and I can't really complain. Also, UCF's arena is decent enough. The Knights have a player and his name is Tacko Fall, from Senegal., His first name is pronounced TACO. He's beloved, as he is 7'6, i.e. 2.29 meters! Even in basketball, people that tall are quite rare. Anyhow, movie watching will be later tonight for me.

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So, tonight I saw The Gong Show Movie for the second time in my life, this time in HD. While I know it has its cult of fans, I think it's pretty bad. It doesn't work as a wacky comedy nor a dark docudrama about the price of fame. It's hard to care about the problems of a successful producer who gets to appear on TV and has achieved fame for a bizarre show and happens to have a young attractive statuesque girlfriend. Not to mention, it's obvious it was done to include some highlights of the show, banned moments, and weird auditions. Even if Robert Downey Sr. contributed to the script, I found it to be more irritating and annoying than entertaining or fun. Even brief appearances from the likes of Ed Marinaro, Phil Hartman, Rip Taylor, Vincent Schiavelli, and-believe it or not-Danny DeVito do nothing to save it. I can't say I didn't laugh a few times, though. There are some amusing vulgar jokes. At least I finally got around to seeing it, and I can get to all the other damn movies I've been putting off for months or to be honest, years.

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I suppose I'll get it for the extras and improved picture. Not thrilled this version still has the scene between Pacino and Hank Azaria altered but those are the breaks.

What did Mann change about the scene between Azaria and Pacino? Thats sacrilege!
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For the blu that came out a few years ago (and I assume the one coming in May) Mann snipped Pacino's line of "Ferocious, aren't I?" after he does his "GREAT ASS!" routine to Azaria.

 

It's a little thing but it makes no sense to cut it.

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For reference, I've never seen Thief, Manhunter, or The Last of the Mohicans in their original forms and have caught every Mann film from The Insider onward theatrically.

The differences are negligible and nitpicky at best, but it's a testament that Mann's remixes and recuts have never weighed down their power.
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Rupert Pupkin Speaks: Underrated '87

 

http://www.rupertpupkinspeaks.com/2017/03/underrated-patrick-bromley.html

 

"Patrick Bromley is Editor-in-Chief at fthismovie.net and host of the F This Movie! podcast. He also contributes to Daily Dead and Blumhouse.com. He loves all kinds of movies. Especially the good ones. Follow him on Twitter at @patrickbromley.

As a lifelong lover of genre movies — horror, action, sci-fi, exploitation — the 1980s were a Golden Age of Greatness. Between the proliferation of genre films getting made within the Hollywood system and the explosion of VHS that demanded a glut of low-budget, sensationalistic titles, so many of the movies I love and continue to watch to this day were released during the decade. By 1987, though, that trend was beginning to wind down, making it the last best year for a certain kind of movie. Some of them, like RoboCop and Predator, were big box office hits and are still rightfully regarded as classics. Some of them, though, fell through the cracks but are no less deserving of our attention. Here are but a few of those movies."

 

Number One With a Bullet (dir. Jack Smight) "I’m a huge fan of both buddy cop movies and the movies released by Cannon Films in the 1980s, so of course I have to include Cannon’s 1987 buddy cop movie starring Billy Dee Williams and Robert Carradine as a pair of mismatched narcotics detectives attempting to bring down a drug lord. I can’t tell if the screenplay — credited to none other than Jim Belushi, among others — is meant to play straight or if it’s intended to be a spoof of buddy cop movies. Carradine seems miscast as Det. Nick Barzack (aka Ber-zerk), but that's part of the fun. Billy Dee Williams gets nothing to do but be cool, sleep with women and play the jazz trumpet like he just walked off the set of a Colt .45 commercial and no one told him he was shooting a movie. It seems to be a legitimate entry in the buddy cop genre, but then we'll get Doris Roberts playing a cartoon of a mother or a shot of Carradine cutting up pieces of raw steak with his pocket knife for dinner and chasing it with swigs of Worcestershire sauce straight from the bottle and I'm convinced it's all supposed to be funny. You know that scene in Cobra where Stallone cuts up a piece of pizza with scissors and eats it? That’s Robert Carradine’s entire character here. Fun fact: the music for the movie is done by Alf Clausen, best known for scoring 25 years of The Simpsons. This one comes and goes from streaming services and an MGM Vault DVD is available, but it’s the kind of movie that’s perfect for a Kino Lorber Blu-ray release."

 

Enemy Territory (dir. Peter Manoogian) "This solid little siege movie from the heyday of Empire pictures finds Gary Frank and Ray Parker Jr. (in a rare acting role) trapped in an apartment building while a gang called the Vampires -- led by Tony Todd -- tries to take them out. Parker Jr. is not a natural movie star, but this is a tight and tough little movie that has some things to say about race and class (Frank has a stack of cash he has to burn through as he navigates his way through the building). Jan-Michael Vincent and a young Stacey Dash show up as well. It's never been released on DVD and can be a little hard to come by, but worth seeking out if low-budget '80s action movies are your jam."

 

Vicious Lips (dir. Albert Pyun) "I can’t imagine making one of these “underrated ‘80s” lists without including a title from ever-prolific Albert Pyun, an oft-dismissed filmmaker who made a series of low-budget genre movies in the 1980s. By the late ‘80s and early ‘90s his aesthetic and personality really became clear thanks to films like his sci-fi horror/comedy musical Vicious Lips tells the futuristic story of an all-girl rock band who book a gig at a club on another planet, but they're stopped en route to the gig by a killer mutant who has boarded their ship. Though it sounds like a sci-fi horror movie, Pyun plays it mostly for laughs -- it's more Earth Girls are Easy than Alien. It's got the futuristic post-apocalyptic setting, the emphasis on musical numbers, the dream-like narrative -- all things we would eventually come to associate with Pyun's work. While it's not necessarily one of his best movies (though it is a lot of fun), Vicious Lips is one of the purest early expressions of an Albert Pyun movie. As proof that we are living in the Best Timeline for collectors of cult and genre movies, Vicious Lips — a title long unavailable on DVD at all — is now getting a Blu-ray release courtesy of Scream Factory. Lunar Madness indeed."

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Dolph's scenes in tonight's ARROW.

 

The one last night was the first chance for him to really cut loose as a "comic book" villain. Hopefully he's even more over the top the next time he appears.

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Had a good day today. I went to a doctor appointment early and he said my blood sugar levels are much better, so that's a relief. Of course right after that I went to lunch and cheated on my diet big time with a burger and fries at a local BBQ joint. At least it was delicious!

Then I went to the mall AMC and saw JOHN WICK CHAPTER 2. I thought it was awesome! I think I liked it even more than the first one. I was pleasantly surprised by the appearance of a couple big names. The action scenes are great and it's really a beautifully shot movie. The lighting in particular (especially the scenes in Rome) is amazing. I'm down for Chapter 3!
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Rupert Pupkin Speaks: Underrated '87

 

Honestly, it has to be years since The Barbarians has been discussed this much in such a short amount of time.

 

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Then I went to the mall AMC and saw JOHN WICK CHAPTER 2. I thought it was awesome! I think I liked it even more than the first one. I was pleasantly surprised by the appearance of a couple big names.

 

While I am in a tiny minority that did not love the movie, I was surprised too by some of the people that showed up, and I am glad that wasn't spoiled for you.

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The Barbarians is one of those perfect bad movies. Like The ones I keep pimping on here that I wish everyone would watch like Death Spa and Hands of Steel. If a blu of it came out...I'd buy it..
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Had a good day today. I went to a doctor appointment early and he said my blood sugar levels are much better, so that's a relief. Of course right after that I went to lunch and cheated on my diet big time with a burger and fries at a local BBQ joint. At least it was delicious!

Then I went to the mall AMC and saw JOHN WICK CHAPTER 2. I thought it was awesome! I think I liked it even more than the first one. I was pleasantly surprised by the appearance of a couple big names. The action scenes are great and it's really a beautifully shot movie. The lighting in particular (especially the scenes in Rome) is amazing. I'm down for Chapter 3!

 

Congrats on the good Dr. visit! Glad you dug JW2.

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From the mind of Luc Besson.

 

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Congrats on the good Dr. visit! Glad you dug JW2.

Thanks. I just need to keep eating right and walking.

Yeah, I was thinking even the pre-credit sequence has more action in it than most entire action movies now days.
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Glad to hear everything went well at the doctor visit, Falcon! It's never a bad thing to treat yourself once in a while.

 

 

Finished watching Iron Fist earlier. I nearly got done with the show last night, but sleep hit me, and I literally had 33 minutes left on the final episode. It was worth it when I got back from work today. The show was pretty great, and I loved it. It's easily in second place after Daredevil for me. There was a whole lot of martial arts action from episode 6 and up. That's not knocking the first 5 episodes, as they have their fair share of action scenes as well.

 

Earlier I saw the special features on the Firestarter blu I got in the mail a few days ago. Pretty interesting stuff, but nothing that was a huge surprise. It was cool to hear how they had a whole bunch of stunt men that they hired as bit actors for The Shop's muscle and that's how they did the fire stunts. Instead of revisiting the film, as I haven't seen it since June 2012, I decided instead to see something new, so I put on one of the last two H.G. Lewis films I have yet to see. The Gore Gore Girls. I'd read that this was his take on the Italian Giallo, and I totally see it with the unseen black gloved killer.

 

I also read some great news about the new House Collection blu-ray set coming from Arrow's UK arm. Here in the states we're only getting the first two films, and in the UK they're releasing all 4. Well, it was posted on blu-ray.com that the 3rd and 4th films are playable at least on US PS3's! I'm definitely ordering the set in the near future.

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MOJAVE - William Monahan's film is one i'm kind of undecided on whether I like it or not. It's engaging, and, with dueling performances of Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac, charisma of both goes a long way in carrying viewer along, but in the end I was left thinking stakes /intensity of situation never felt as high as should have.

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The AV Club's A History of Violence - Face Off (1997)

 

Special mentions for that year - Con Air, The Fifth Element, Alien Resurrection, Fire Down Below, Double Team, Speed 2: Cruise Control, The Saint, The Jackal Remake, Tomorrow Never Dies, Mr Nice Guy

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The Barbarians is one of those perfect bad movies. Like The ones I keep pimping on here that I wish everyone would watch like Death Spa and Hands of Steel. If a blu of it came out...I'd buy it..

 

I definitely should see all three. I imagine they'll all make me laugh often.

 

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From the mind of Luc Besson.

 

That looks pretty weird; I have no idea what to make of it otherwise.

 

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The Gore Gore Girls. I'd read that this was his take on the Italian Giallo, and I totally see it with the unseen black gloved killer.

 

I'd never heard that movie described in such a manner. I imagine I should watch it sometime in the distant future. At least I saw a giallo myself, and it was from one of your favorite directors, as I'll elaborate on in a moment.

 

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MOJAVE - William Monahan's film is one i'm kind of undecided on whether I like it or not. It's engaging, and, with dueling performances of Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac, charisma of both goes a long way in carrying viewer along, but in the end I was left thinking stakes /intensity of situation never felt as high as should have.

 

What I've heard of the movie, it's rather odd; seeing what you said, I am in no rush to see it myself.

 

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1997 was quite the year, for sure. As I've said a few times before, Fire Down Below isn't great but at least it entertained me with its wackiness.

 

Unfortunately, the movie I watched again was again due to someone passing away. For you old European genre fans, you'll be disappointed to hear-as I was-that Tomas Milian has passed away at the age of 84. I know him from a few poliziotteschi films I've seen in the past couple of years. It's not hard to find his work online so I went with a giallo. It was Fulci's Don't Torture a Duckling, which I had never seen before. What a madman Fulci was! I mean that in a good way. What a loony story that nonetheless was definitely enjoyable, although the film was definitely unsettling and odd. There definitely were some amazing moments; the final fate of the killer and how over the top it was, that was one.

 

Another one involved Barbara Bouchet. She's still a lovely lady now but back then... she was very pretty. It was a memorable performance from her, and I am not saying that from the astounding sleaze of her first scene. I definitely was not complaining about her being fully nude, but who she was talking to and what she said, holy shit! Why couldn't I have met a lady like her at that age?

 

Anyway, I was definitely entertained by the movie so it was a good choice for me to tip my cap to Milian (and the great mustache he had in the picture).

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I thought it was dead... think again! The MANIAC COP remake produced by Nicolas Winding Refn / William Lustig and directed by John Hyams is finally a go with a shoot slated this summer.

 

Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Maniac Cop’ Greenlit; Wild Bunch to Handle World Sales

http://variety.com/2017/film/global/nicolas-winding-refn-maniac-cop-wild-bunch-sales-1202014803/

 

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Børglum told Variety that “Maniac Cop” will not be a pure horror film but rather a contemporary and realistic action thriller. Børglum said that the long-gestating project took several years to get off the ground because it took some time to secure the film rights, find the right director and partners, and get the financing in place. Christopher Woodrow’s Vendian Entertainment was previously involved in the film.
 
Although Refn will be creatively involved in the film, “Maniac Cop” will showcase Hyams’ directing style. “The reason why we wanted to work with John Hyams is because we love his visual style and his ability to work extremely well on a limited budget,” Børglum said.
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