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"After breaking out with “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour likely had a few open doors, and could’ve pivoted toward mainstream. Instead, she decided to double down on her unique storytelling voice and make “The Bad Batch,” and make no mistake, it couldn’t have come from any other filmmaker."

 

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I remember watching Dredd one afternoon in theaters.

 

Some of the best uses of slow mo 3D here. Besides me there was only 2 other people in the entire hall.

 

Yeah, that was similar to the attendance at many screenings in the United States. I am still sad that failed at the box office.

 

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Holy Cow, how I enjoyed Dredd! I saw it in 4DX and I was dazed after getting out of the theater. :)

 

You mentioning 4DX reminds me of how recently I mentioned how 4D wasn't really a thing in the U.S. Now, there's one screen in Orlando which is 4DX. One day I'll try it out.

 

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Leonard Part 6 (1987, Paul Weiland)

 

To me, a hipster defense of terrible movie; "insulting the reader" doesn't seem like a good way to explain why the movie actually isn't bad.

 

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Also watched HELL OR HIGH WATER. Can't say it really wowed me, I thought it was just ok. I think someone here said that it's just a DTV-movie with a slightly better cast and that's how it felt to mee too mostly. But it was ok.

 

It was Rene who said it was like a DTV film. At least he shares your opinion.

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Here's a topic I saw discussed on Twitter That I thought would be cool for us:

 

Name a film that you slept on and wish you would've seen earlier in life?

 

Someone said VICE SQUAD, and I think that is how I roll, too.

 

I thought this topic would've gotten at least a few responses.....

 

Here's another one:

 

"If you could experience one movie again for the first time, what would it be?"

 

THE TERMINATOR

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Something that I saw late?

 

I think it would be The Exorcist. It's a funny choice maybe, but I always avoided it after hearing how much it freaked ppl out.

 

Feels like the first time?

 

Maybe Memento? A film like that, something that is spoiled after you see it the first time. Maybe The Sixth Sense might be another choice.

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Heads up: I sat down for an hour last night with a couple friends to discuss Street Kings on their Keanu-centric podcast.

 

I also did their episode on Face/Off (for their Nic Cage podcast) and on Johnny Mnemonic. I'm sure you know what Keanu movie I'll be discussing with them in the future.

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Another project lined up for Adkins:

 

http://deadline.com/2017/03/scott-adkins-indie-incoming-julia-jones-hard-powder-1202053923/

 

 

They are making this in Serbia as we speak...just couple of days until they wrap it up. Friend of mine is working on this movie, he told me about it couple of days ago, and told me some inside stuff. But until couple of days ago, this was a secret project because Adkins was waiting for approval from the producers of another apparently big project (cant say anything about it yet, but if its true, its will be huge), but they couldn't wait so the shooting started before...

Anyway...they have built sets for the interior of this space station, and they have a model of the space station, and there will be a lots of fighting and violence. My fired id make up artist and VFX artist, and he said hat he was doing lots of blood splatter effects during the fights scenes...

 

When he will be allowed to share some photos, will share it here with you guys...

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Originally Posted by HunterTarantino View Post
 

Heads up: I sat down for an hour last night with a couple friends to discuss Street Kings on their Keanu-centric podcast.

 

I also did their episode on Face/Off (for their Nic Cage podcast) and on Johnny Mnemonic. I'm sure you know what Keanu movie I'll be discussing with them in the future.

 

Cool. Will have to give that a listen as I finally came around last year to form an appreciation for STREET KINGS.

 

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They are making this in Serbia as we speak...just couple of days until they wrap it up. Friend of mine is working on this movie, he told me about it couple of days ago, and told me some inside stuff. But until couple of days ago, this was a secret project because Adkins was waiting for approval from the producers of another apparently big project (cant say anything about it yet, but if its true, its will be huge), but they couldn't wait so the shooting started before...

Anyway...they have built sets for the interior of this space station, and they have a model of the space station, and there will be a lots of fighting and violence. My fired id make up artist and VFX artist, and he said hat he was doing lots of blood splatter effects during the fights scenes...

 

When he will be allowed to share some photos, will share it here with you guys...

 

Intriguing. Was worried that it had been filming for a while before Adkins and that he only signed on for a few days to be a "name" to sell the flick. Glad that's not the case. Hope that other project gets off the ground.

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No, no...he is there from the start. But to be honest, I was told that this is a cheap movie, and short filming...15-20 days. I was also told that he plays the main character, although, I was surprise when I read the synopsis when it says that he is not playing a shuttle pilot or a rookie doctor who are apparently guys who are trying to stop the terrorist. But I guess we will have to see the movie to see how his character fits the story.

I'm not sure how big is the budget for this movie...I'm guessing its $1-2 mill...but in Serbia that money is 100 times more worthy. $2 mill exchange to Serbian dinars worth $229 mil! That's a big money in Serbia...so hopefully movie will look good. I saw a picture of set, part of the set, that friend sent me, and it looked cool...

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Cool. Will have to give that a listen as I finally came around last year to form an appreciation for STREET KINGS.

 

Hopefully, it'll be up soon.

 

Check out the other episodes I did though!

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Couple films I noticed now on Netflix.

 

OFFICER DOWNE: Seems like the bulk of the thread reaction to this one was not too hot but it's there if you're interested.

 

BACKCOUNTRY: This one I've seen. Pretty good "Couple on a Romantic Camping Weekend Vs. Bloodthirsty Bear" flick. A lot better than that INTO THE GRIZZLY MAZE picture with Thomas Jane and Billy Bob.

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Originally Posted by Moltisanti View Post
 

Couple films I noticed now on Netflix.

 

OFFICER DOWNE: Seems like the bulk of the thread reaction to this one was not too hot but it's there if you're interested.

 

BACKCOUNTRY: This one I've seen. Pretty good "Couple on a Romantic Camping Weekend Vs. Bloodthirsty Bear" flick. A lot better than that INTO THE GRIZZLY MAZE picture with Thomas Jane and Billy Bob.

I'll give Officer Downe a spin. I started watching it before, but didn't get to finish it.

 

It's funny we have opposite views of the bear movies. I liked the one with Billy Bob better. Mostly because I think it had more bear carnage.

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Really? The CGI in the MAZE picture just killed it for me. Dug the more subdued approach they went with in BACKCOUNTRY.

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I think I just get more of a kick out of those goofy, shoddy, CGI things sometimes.

 

I watch every shark/whale/croc/python thing that SyFy cranks out. None of it's any good, but I'm a sucker for it.

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For myself, i can't even sit through 5 minds of that SyFy shlock.

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Originally Posted by Moltisanti View Post
 

Couple films I noticed now on Netflix.

 

OFFICER DOWNE: Seems like the bulk of the thread reaction to this one was not too hot but it's there if you're interested.

 

BACKCOUNTRY: This one I've seen. Pretty good "Couple on a Romantic Camping Weekend Vs. Bloodthirsty Bear" flick. A lot better than that INTO THE GRIZZLY MAZE picture with Thomas Jane and Billy Bob.

 

 

I used a free rental on Officer Downe and really didn't care all that much for it in the end. It had so really crazy stuff in it, but it just didn't wow me as much as I was expecting.

 

Backcountry sounds interesting. I did like that other film Into The Grizzly Maze. Sometimes I feel like I shouldn't even bother renting movies at the Redbox when they hit streaming soon enough.

 

 

 

 

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I actually hadn't heard of him doing either movie. It is a shame neither happened as if nothing else it would have been interesting.

 

I just finished rewatching something that most of us love: Dredd. I don't need to explain why it's still fuckin' awesome. I am glad it's as enjoyable in 2D as it was in 3D back when I saw it theatrically in 2012. 

 

 

 

Dredd. Now there's a film that I went contrary to just about everyone here and basically everywhere else. I left that film really unimpressed. Sure I loved Urban in the film, but the film just didn't do much for me until the arrival of the DIRTY JUDGES, and that was too little too late. Had there been more cool stuff like that, I probably would have liked it more. I've also said in the past that I wasn't wowed by the villainess either. She's put up as this insane creature, and she spends most of the film zonked out of her mind on that drug.

 

 

 

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Also watched HELL OR HIGH WATER. Can't say it really wowed me, I thought it was just ok. I think someone here said that it's just a DTV-movie with a slightly better cast and that's how it felt to mee too mostly. But it was ok.

 

 

As Perfect said, that was me, and I'm glad I'm not the only one here that shares that thought. I know Dude Hallenbeck and Anderson also share the same opinion of the film. I dug it, but it was serviceable. Nothing so incredible that I was going to put it on my end of the year list.

 

 

Got the Firestarter soundtrack on LP in the mail yesterday, and today I got The Cabinet Of Doctor Caligari in the mail. That's one I've never seen and have always wanted to. Today I went into town to get a few things from Home Depot as our toilet in the master bathroom wasn't flushing properly anymore and needed a new fill valve. I'd fiddled around with the old one last summer and got it working, so I know a thing or two about that. It really is easy to install. Just messy as water gets everywhere even with a receptacle to catch it once the water line is disconnected. Also there at Home Depot I saw lots of people buying TONS of charcoal. I saw two people I knew from High School with one of those flat carts with wheels with a whole bunch of double packs of bags piled up. It must have been 10 or so! I asked one of the workers who was hauling a huge pallet what the big deal was, and he said it was 2 for 10 bucks and these are nearly 20 pound bags each. Naturally I grabbed a two pack for the 10 bucks, as that will last me for a while since we don't cook out all that often. Went by the comic shop to get a few comics this week, and just prior to that I picked up some KFC for us for dinner, and that set up my evening of eating KFC, finishing up the last episode of The Strain season 2, replacing the fill valve, and seeing at least some of West Side Story on blu-ray for the first time.

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Originally Posted by Fat Elvis View Post

Here's another one:

 

"If you could experience one movie again for the first time, what would it be?"

 

THE TERMINATOR

 

Oh, there are plenty. The original Star Wars films, Aliens, Die Hard, etc. It would be difficult for me to pick just one.

 

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Dredd. Now there's a film that I went contrary to just about everyone here and basically everywhere else. I left that film really unimpressed. 

 

I do seem to remember you saying that in the past. I have noticed others elsewhere on the Internet say they weren't fans either so you aren't the only one.

 

Remember how I had to have my car jump-started Tuesday night? Today I found out "a bad battery" was the only issue and it wasn't something more serious... or more expensive to fix. I was relieved when I heard the news. Otherwise, today was a nothing day and I may not even watch anything tonight.

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HELL OR HIGH WATER would've fit better in the underrated era of the 90's, like RED ROCK WEST or FRANK & JESSE.  As it stands now, I felt like I'd watched it many times before over the past 20 years.  It's forgettable but for Ben Foster.  Jeff Bridges phones it in.

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HELL OR HIGH WATER is one of the most politically relevant films of the last few years.  It's angry, funny, and full of a melancholy sadness. It captures desperation of rural poverty, the corruption and inhumanity of capitalist system eating its tail, and defiant fuck you outlaw spirit of refusing to be chewed up and spit out.  

 

All the performances are fantastic - Pine, Foster - but ESPECIALLY Jeff Bridges. He's amazing during the extended sniper shoot out sequence and in moments of quiet existential crisis.

 

In my top 5 of last year.

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“Don’t Ever Ask Me For A Shot List”: Walter Hill on The Assignment

 

http://filmmakermagazine.com/101981-dont-ever-ask-me-for-a-shot-list-walter-hill-on-the-assignment/#.WN4Bbul1qM8

 

"America’s greatest living action filmmaker returns in top form in The Assignment, the deliriously entertaining new film from director Walter Hill. The premise, from a screenplay co-written by Hill and Denis Hamill, is pure lurid pulp: male assassin Frank Kitchen (Michelle Rodriguez) runs afoul of a brilliant but deranged surgeon (Sigourney Weaver) who has him abducted and knocked unconscious. When Frank comes to, he discovers that he’s been surgically altered and now has the body of a woman – a revelation that only briefly slows down his obsessive quest for revenge.

 

It’s a provocative conceit that might be offensive in other hands, and indeed Hill has already been hit with criticism that the movie’s premise is transphobic. Yet the director isn’t just being self-serving or disingenuous when he says that the film is its own defense, for The Assignment’s narrative – its actual narrative, not the one imagined by people who haven’t actually seen the film – splinters off in a number of progressive directions, both sociologically and aesthetically. The only way in which The Assignment looks backward is in its sublime sense of action moviemaking craft, which has more in common with the classically composed perfection of Kurosawa and Peckinpah than the frantically cut hand-held style of most recent thrillers. Like Hill’s best work (The Warriors, Streets of Fire, Johnny Handsome), the film strikes a unique and effective balance between serious moral inquiry and the giddy pop pleasures of comic books, crime fiction, and disreputable genre flicks, and it has a propulsive structure that strips everything down to what’s essential, fulfilling Hill’s ideal of elegant simplicity. I spoke with Hill about the movie, which is currently available on multiple VOD platforms and will receive a limited theatrical release on April 7, on the eve of an American Cinematheque tribute to his work. If you’re in Los Angeles, you can see Hill in person at that tribute along with screenings of The Assignment and several Hill masterpieces, including a 70mm presentation of Geronimo: An American Legend."

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Filmmaker: Well, in my opinion the movie is very successful when it comes to showcasing Rodriguez in a kind of classic, iconic way; it’s something I’ve always responded to in your films, whether it’s Charles Bronson in Hard Times or Bruce Willis in Last Man Standing or Michael Pare in Streets of Fire…the list goes on and on. All of these actors take on a larger than life, slightly heightened quality in your movies that recalls the way classical directors like Ford and Raoul Walsh used to shoot their performers. Is that quality something that’s done in the writing of the characters, or is it how you frame and light the actors, or simply how you cast?

Hill: Oh, I think it’s all of the above. One of the most important things is to remember not to ask actors to do things they can’t do. Emphasize what they do well and show it off within the text or construct of your narrative. You want to show them in a way that will advertise their virtues.

 

Filmmaker: Something else you have in common with those old Hollywood guys like Ford and Walsh is a real sense of clarity and force in your action sequences. The viewer is always totally acclimated to the space, so that even when something is chaotic and kinetic it’s never confusing. What’s your overall philosophy when it comes to directing action?

Hill: Jim, I hate to fail you, but I don’t know that I have a philosophy. A lot of it is simple common sense and instinct. Some of it comes from having worked on sets long before I had a chance to be a director, and a great deal of it is seeing what’s possible via the wonderful efforts in other people’s films.

 

Filmmaker: Let me put it another way. Are you the kind of director who plans the action out very precisely,via storyboards like Hitchcock, or are you closer to someone like Blake Edwards, who used to just show up on set and look at what the actors were doing and then come up with a plan?

Hill: Well, I’d sure like to put myself up there with Blake Edwards! Of course, Hitchcock’s great too – there’s no one way to do it. But I remember years ago that Kurosawa said he didn’t understand a certain kind of preparation. He said, “Until I’m on the set and see the actors and rehearse it and get the scene right, it’s very difficult to say how I’m going to shoot it.” That’s more or less the way I feel. I always tell my assistant director, “Don’t ever ask me for a shot list. If you ask me for a shot list you’re fired, because you’re not gonna get one, you’ll just piss me off.” But I also always tell them, “You’ll never wait for me.” We rehearse, we get it where we like it, and then I can tell you what the shots are at that point. I will say this about action though – while the shooting is obviously important, an awful lot of it is editing.

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Well, I can say that I happen to be in the "love" camp for Hell or High Water but I don't begrudge those who don't like it. As for The Assignment, while I may not like the movie if I ever see it, at least I can't complain about how the action was done, which is always a big hang-up for me. As I predicted, I focused on a fantasy baseball draft-of all things-so tomorrow night I'll watch something.

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Watching Scott Adkin's CLOSE RANGE right now.

 

Really dig the western theme music in the opening credits.

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I haven't seen it yet but it is on my "to miss only if I'm six feet under"list. Isaac Florentine and Scott Adkins are a good combo.

I saw Hard Target 2 with Scott last night -fairly enjoyable flick.

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Hard Target 2 is a far cry from the first film. But still a worthy action entry.

 

It's impressive what they were able to achieve with such a short shooting time.

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Belated Anniversary Shout Out:

 

 

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HELL OR HIGH WATER is one of the most politically relevant films of the last few years.  It's angry, funny, and full of a melancholy sadness. It captures desperation of rural poverty, the corruption and inhumanity of capitalist system eating its tail, and defiant fuck you outlaw spirit of refusing to be chewed up and spit out.  

 

 

 

All of this is true. I just didn't think these themes had much emotional power to them in this case. As millennium said above I too have seen this story too many times for it to really knock my socks off. And not just in the last 20 years but since the 70s at least. Sam Peckinpah had these themes in his films. Not that it's fair to compare anyone to Peckinpah, I just used him as an example.

 

I guess it just surprised me that after all the accolades it has received I couldn't get much out of it. But at least it's a film worth talking about and that's more than you can say about most of the crap that comes out of Hollywood.

 

edit: that last sentence came out weirdly. I was thinking about all those cheap movies I've rented lately, mostly horror movies. Last night I watched one called LEMON TREE PASSAGE. Total crap, not worth talking about.


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Time for someone new anyway.

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Wonder if they'll try to do it with Statham as the leader or if they'll try to bring in a new cast completely. My guess would be the former.
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Harsh as it is, i've always felt the series suffers a bit with Sly at the helm.

 

Credit to him for casting Van Damme in TE2 though.

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Keep Statham and bring in Donnie Yen as a co-lead. That's the best direction to go to insure it does big business in China.
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My take is at least some of the cast will leave as well if Sly is out... which will make them in a bad position to make the film as a "big movie".

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If there's another Expendables it'll probably be straight to video..
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Doubt that. If the last MECHANIC could be theatrical than I'm sure another EX film would be as well. It'll just do the bulk of its business overseas. That's the case for a lot of action franchises now. Look at XXX3. Flopped here but raked it in outside the U.S.
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Same logic should put Escape Plan 2 in theaters.
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Belated Anniversary Shout Out: 

 

As I've said before, one day I'll watch that and The Jewel of the Nile.

 

 

Sigh... I knew it'd be problems with producers even before I read the story.

 

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Keep Statham and bring in Donnie Yen as a co-lead. That's the best direction to go to insure it does big business in China.

 

I'd be happy with that, although I do have fears that they'll (Lionsgate and Millennium) fuck it up like they fucked up the third one.

 

This weekend is Wrestlemania weekend, and as the show is in Orlando this year, there are plenty of smaller independent wrestling events in the area. That's been a thing for awhile now but this year, there's really an oversaturation of shows. I used to go to small shows like that in the past but that hasn't been a regular thing in years. I went to a show this late afternoon as it fit my schedule the best. I saw some people there I knew, which was nice. The show itself was what I expected... at times it was overkill, too many dangerous/over the top moves were used and it also seemed overly choreographed a few times. Yet, while that is not my bag it doesn't mean I can't be entertained by it if I see it once in awhile. I don't plan on going to Wrestlemania this year (as I've never been less interested in WWE) and who knows if I'll see other small shows or not. At least I had a good time at that show today.

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Here's hoping that Sly and Avi Lerner hash things out. Sly getting a big upfront paycheck deal means that if he does take it after all, this film will once again fall prey to "70% of the budget goes to cast salaries" and the other 30% is for the action stuff. Luckily shooting in Bulgaria means they'll get a lot of bang for their buck.

 

Either way, this franchise will continue on. There was all that talk way back about the franchise eventually becoming a vehicle for other older action stars, and that's what they can do.

 

 

Took Renata to see Kong: Skull Island, or as I like to call it APOCALYPSE KONG. We both had a blast with it. Before the movie started she needed to go to the bathroom, and as we were returning there were two small boys not much older than her. They said to Renata "Oh, you're seeing it too? Be careful It's really scary!" Well, Renata spent most of the movie CLAPPING for King Kong! She loved everything in the movie once they got to Skull Island, and she didn't get scared. Once it was over she said "That wasn't scary right, Dad?" I said "No, it was awesome!" then she replied with "Yeah, it was awesome!"

 

So yeah, we both loved it a whole lot. I'm definitely getting it when it comes out on blu-ray. I may even spring for the 3D version as I could tell watching the 2D version that there's plenty in there that would play well in 3D. I particularly liked all the first person shots whenever they'd aim or fire a gun.

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I am glad that you and Renata both enjoyed the movie.

 

Tonight, I watched a movie definitely not for Renata. For the first time in a few years, I saw MEET THE FEEBLES. Understandably it's a polarizing film but it's always made me laugh and laugh ever since I first gave it a viewing back in college. It's not just seeing Muppets engaging in all that debauchery; there are many funny lines and hysterical moments.

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I am glad that you and Renata both enjoyed the movie.

 

Tonight, I watched a movie definitely not for Renata. For the first time in a few years, I saw MEET THE FEEBLES. Understandably it's a polarizing film but it's always made me laugh and laugh ever since I first gave it a viewing back in college. It's not just seeing Muppets engaging in all that debauchery; there are many funny lines and hysterical moments.

 

 

 

We hadn't seen a movie together since Monster Trucks, so this was definitely long over due. I'd been waiting to see it with her because I knew she'd enjoy it.

 

Ah, Meet The Feebles. I saw that one on vhs way back in either 2004 or 2005. It's certainly something!

 

 

Last night I had the last two Miller High Lifes I had leftover from my birthday when Vanessa bought me a 12 pack (that's how slow I am in drinking booze sometimes), and I revisited The Duellists via the Shout! Factory blu-ray. The new interview with Keith Carradine was interesting, especially with how he went into detail about the training they had with the different swords, and how they achieved the sparks during the duel in the barn. As well as explaining that the braids they wore were authentic to the period, and actually served a practical purpose. They were there to protect their faces during sword fights as the heavier the braid, the more likely it would save their face from being cut. The vintage one on one between Sir Ridley and Kevin Reynolds was also interesting where Reynolds fawns all over the film, and Sir Ridley goes into detail on how they achieved a whole lot on such a low budget.

 

It's a shame that the blu is out of print and going for astronomical amounts, and even the old dvd is going for quite a bit. This movie should be seen by more, because it's beautiful to look at, and has some great performances.

 

It also has Pete Postlewaite in his first onscreen role as a valet, and this actor named Maurice Colbourne who reminds me of Michael Shannon.

 

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Yeah, I can't wait till Despicable Me 3 comes out. Every one of my nephews have always been taken by me to the movies for their first time. My youngest nephew is almost 4. I think Despicable Me should be his first one. He loves those and the Minions. I think he's old enough now to go. And if he starts getting restless or disruptive....no sweat. We can leave. It'll have been worth a try. But I think he'll be okay. I love introducing the kids to all these movies that I grew up with and watching them experience them for the first time..
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It was weird to hear Trey Parker's voice in a kid's movie. His character looks like fun. I think I'm going to be taking my twin girls to their first movie this Summer!
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I'm definitely taking Renata to see War For The Planet Of The Apes. I know she'll enjoy that one. We'd taken her to movies when she was very small, but the first significant movie we was last year when I took her to see Mad Max: Fury Road at the dollar theater. Since I'd bought the blu-ray the previous September and she loved it. I knew taking her to see it at the theater would be good as she would get to enjoy it on the big screen. Since she still refers to it affectionately as BABY MAD MAX.

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The setting of Kong: Skull Island during the end of the Vietnam war was a good call on their part. That stopped it from being like the Jackson remake which was set in the 30's like the original, and brought a fresh take to it. It also worked for the plot since Samuel L.'s Colonel obviously hated that the war was ending, and got a chance to extend that when he got the offer to go to Skull Island.

 

Plus the soundtrack was full of great 70's tunes. We both enjoyed hearing all of them. As soon as The Chamber Brothers started playing Renata was dancing around.

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Belated Anniversary Shout Out: 3/31/1999

 

 

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Boy, seeing The Matrix that opening day without having a clue what it was about was just one of my favorite moviegoing experiences ever. I hadn't even seen a trailer. Nothing. Was incredible..
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My first time viewing of The Matrix was sullied by some asshole in the seat behind me who kept overreacting to everything. I saw it at the dollar theater with my parents, and that asshair just ruined the whole movie for me that it wasn't until about two years later that I finally got what was so great about it, and that was after buying the vhs tape in 2000, and then getting the first dvd release in 2002. Believe it or not, it was of all things SWORDFISH which cribbed the bullet time effect that got me wanting to see The Matrix again, and it finally clicked with me.

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Belated Anniversary Shout Out: 3/31/1999


 

I remember that newspaper ad! Had it cut out from The NY Times.
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Due to the weather being bullshit today, I stayed in.  Watched a couple of NY/LA movies...

 

WOLFEN (1981, Amazon Instant) was, for me, a combination of effective and silly.  The early 80s New York locations, especially the formerly burnt-out Bronx, were terrific.  I thought Edward James Olmos, Gregory Hines, Diane Venora and Tom Noonan all did well and it's really interesting to see how elements from this film, particularly the solar-vision and the free-floating villain-POV stuff, ended up influencing John McTiernan's PREDATOR in a big way.  But what keeps it from greatness for me are two things: (1) the ridiculous ending that tries to have it both ways and (2) the performance of Albert Finney.  He's game and gives it his all but I just never fully bought into him as the cop with the checkered past. I felt like his performance was basically a "going through the motions" one that never quite connected.  And with that ending, once all the questions are answered it just felt goofy.  Also, the Amazon download went from the proper aspect ratio of CinemaScope 2.35 down to simple fill-your-monitor screen 16x9, which in this day and age is a slap in the face to cinematographers everywhere.  Still, not a bad film to watch on a terrible weather night.  (Keep an eye out for a quick bit part with Reginald Vel Johnson!)

 

THE OMEGA MAN (1971, DVD): After having already seen THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (1964) and I AM LEGEND (2007), I finally got around to this 70s Los Angeles edition. Liked it, though, like WOLFEN, it did tend to get a little silly with all the bad guy stuff, especially Anthony Zerbe, who I found equally enjoyable and kooky.  Like I AM LEGEND, I feel like this film is best in its first act when it's just Charlton Heston tooling around them empty streets (like deserted parking garages and gas stations, empty streets in sci-fi films are so perfect).  Charlton was solid, Rosalind Cash and Eric Laneuville (I can't believe I remembered him from St. Elsewhere) were both great, as well as Paul Koslo (FREEBIE & THE BEAN).  of all the adaptations of Matheson's book, this one might be my favorite with I AM LEGEND a close second.


Edited by Engineer - 4/1/17 at 4:38pm
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The cold opening with Chuck cruising around quiet city, only to suddenly stop and blast away with a machine gun might be the ultimate pure Heston moment.


Edited by Fat Elvis - 4/1/17 at 7:08pm
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