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Donnie Yen is the best thing in the new XXX movie. I regret watching it in 3D as the effect wasn't well done.

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Bad Moms is pretty funny so far. I'm not doubling over with laughter, but it's pretty damn funny.

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Went out early to the theater to see ALIEN: COVENANT.  All in all, I\d echo the thoughts of many.  While it might be a step up from PROMETHEUS in terms of character and entertainment - and like that film, its best moments come in its first hour - the second half ends up playing it by the numbers that I get just as annoyed as I did back in 2012...  Big spoilers now, so strap in and read no further if you haven't seen it or just like surprises...

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1. Love that Franco was basically cut from the film.  Sorry but I'm not a fan and this picture's a testament to his being the most effective when he's not actually there.

2. Katherine Waterston/Daniels might be the third best hero character we have now behind Ripley and Hicks.  Likeable, not a moron, well-crafted and fun.  I really hope they don't fuck that up next.

3. Fassbender as David & Walter: terrific.  I didn't like how their stories ended up but you can't have everything.

4. Everybody Else: Crudup was fine but the religion shtick got on my nerves by the seventh and eighth mention.  Demian Bichir was cool.  Carmen Ejogo was a highlight.  Even Danny McBride worked for me for me ("mostly...") and how long has it been since we actually cared about the crew in one of these damn movies?  Since 1986?  Liked these guys.  Well done there Ridley.  Especially in the first hour up until it all goes to hell, they worked well as a team and didn't behave like total idiots.  That said, when two people slipped in blood in the same scene I got a little "Take it easy, Ridley, this isn't a comedy here."   Going by that prologue "The Last Supper" that was released online some time ago that showed the crew partying, I was worried that we'd be getting another bunch of hamheads who wouldn't even last a night at a sleepaway camp let alone the furthest reaches of outer space.  Thankfully most of that was gone.

5. Basically it all started sliding to me when the ProtoAlien showed up.  Whatever happened to hiring really tall really thin people in suits?  This is the fifth or sixth CGI attempt at an Xenomorph monster (A3 Assembly, A4, AVP, AVP2, PRO still had the squid baby and the deacon)...  And CGI Xenomorphs just don't work and never will.  They're awful.  They're the worst.  They're not scary, they're stupid and boring and the only way to make them marry to the film is to surround them with even more CGI bullshit that sinks everything down to a waste of time.  Basically, I can write off the whole McBride rescue, the tether rope bullshit and the hit-by-a-truck-in-spaaaace stuff and FF right through it all once the blu comes out.  For me it had zero effectiveness.  

6. The Narrative:  Yeah, it's basically ALIEN'S GREATEST HITS (as was the original score, but in the film I didn't mind so much).  And once again they treat my three favorite characters eventually all like shit.  Walter gets presumably wasted by an inferior model,  Shaw gets preg-sploded and Daniels gets to enjoy cryonightmares for the forseeable future.  Not cool.  For all the advance word Scott got on COVENANT for going all old-school and rerun happy, I find it annoying that he forgot to bring back the Capable Female Lead on this one.  While I liked the ending for the bleakness, it would've made for sense and been more resonant for me if David had revealed himself to McBride at the last second and then left us (and Daniels) in the dark.  She deserved better.  back in 2012 I wrote a piece that I posted here in the room in which I asked after seeing PROMETHEUS if people thought David was evil.  Well, we damn sure know now.  And you know what?  I can't help but think that if Ripley had been around, David would get his ass handed to him before the end of Act Two.

 

Anyway, I liked it with some major third act reservations.  We'll see if it holds up.

 

I came home and then re-watched PROMETHEUS.  Still feel the same way after five years.  The bads are so bad that they spoil too many of the goods.  Plus, I fell asleep.  

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I heard plenty of good things about the latest XXX via Dude Hallenbeck and Bob Plissken, so I'm really looking forward to seeing it!

 

Yeah, we don't have DVRs at either house, and actually, the reason I have so many vhs tapes, is because there were a whole bunch of them on clearance at Target last year, and my Mother wanted a set of tapes so she could record cartoons for Renata off of Nickelodeon! So we're putting vhs tapes to good use!

 

I am glad that they enjoyed the movie too. It is good that you are getting good use out of tapes that you got in a great deal and they are for your daughter. I know that my twin nephews enjoy watching Nick Jr. shows.

 

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Donnie Yen is the best thing in the new XXX movie.

 

Yes I agree.

 

What I watched tonight was something I did not know of until yesterday. Long story short, someone I follow on Letterboxd did a deal where someone gave them a number and from it they picked a movie from a page from the Joe Kane book The Phantom of Movies' Videoscope guide. I decided to participate and what I got was 1993's Beretta's Island. I accepted the challenge and thankfully I found the movie... nevermind how.

 

The star, co-writer and producer was Franco Columbu, someone that most of us should know: an old bodybuilder who was in Pumping Iron and has been Arnold's friend for decades now. Movie-wise he is best known for being Future Terminator in The Terminator. There's an opening crawl which explained that he did this movie because there started to be a drug problem on his home island of Sardinia so he wanted to do a bad action movie where much of it is set and filmed in Sardinia and Franco is an ex INTERPOL agent who tries to stop a big drug dealer. The other people in the cast that anyone would possibly know was Ken Kercheval, the greatly named VAN QUATTRO (he was in the 5th Silent Night, Deadly Night movie) Jo Champa, Abdul Salaam El Razzac (i.e. Gibbons the Cyberdyne security guard in T2: Judgment Day), and Elizabeth Kaitan, who I know some will know as Robin from Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood. She plays a cop who teams up with Columbu. Now, the movie is pretty inept, and the most hilarious moment was when out of nowhere, Franco suddenly shows up shirtless with some wine and he tries to have sex with her! She denies him but of course, later they do bang and in fact you get to see her boobs.

 

The movie was made with good intentions but it is pretty shitty. It's bad especially when it comes to such things as storytelling and plot progression. It's not as hilariously bad as Samurai Cop yet I did get plenty of solid unintentional laughs. At least it was interesting to see Sardinia and some of its local customs. I also was greatly amused by the early 90's soundtrack and the early 90's fashion. Oh, and there is also one of our heroes who appears, albeit only in one scene:

 

 

The quality sucks, but it's the only video on YouTube of this scene which isn't dubbed. It was nice that Arnold helped out his pal by doing that cameo.

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Speaking of Ah-nuld, KING CONAN finally happening?

http://movieweb.com/legend-of-conan-movie-script-rewrite/
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Had a fair bit of alcohol while watching Bad Mom, and then a tall can of Pabst while finishing watching Ouija 2: Origin Of Evil, and even that didn't really get me all that into the movie. Basically I was sitting on my green recliner eating peanuts from Texas Roadhouse while downing some beer and being so bored by the "creepy possessed little girl who says scary shit." horror archetype. It's so played out that I was annoyed until the one real bright spot, a possessed Henry Thomas, is literally about 45 seconds. Other than that, the only thing that I really liked was that the movie was steeped in feeling like it was made in the late 70's even though it was set in the late 60's.

 

In other news, I'm seeing XXX: Return Of Xander Cage, and this thing is really fun already. Along with also being a hell of a lot more fun than the first film which was fairly lousy and badly paced.

 

felix is right. Donnie Yen is the standout.

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Went out early to the theater to see ALIEN: COVENANT.  All in all, I\d echo the thoughts of many.  While it might be a step up from PROMETHEUS in terms of character and entertainment - and like that film, its best moments come in its first hour - the second half ends up playing it by the numbers that I get just as annoyed as I did back in 2012...  Big spoilers now, so strap in and read no further if you haven't seen it or just like surprises.

 

But didn't you find the Covenant Crew really dumb? 

 

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The way nobody questions David much. Or even mentions THE ENTIRE CITY of Dead Aliens in front of them. 
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Originally Posted by felix View Post

But didn't you find the Covenant Crew really dumb? 

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The way nobody questions David much. Or even mentions THE ENTIRE CITY of Dead Aliens in front of them. 
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The whole David thing felt so Dracula to me from the get-go.  "Come on into my dark, weirdo castle on this stormy night.  Get comfy.  I'm totally normal and not an evil liar or anything."  Crudup though, he's a dummy.  He'll become an Unexplained Badass for thirty seconds and then suddenly follow you into a crypt keeper basement with no lights while you show him a bunch of three foot tall eggs full of face pregnancy.

 

Up until that point, I'll assume that since Walter is so altruistic that maybe they figure that David must be too.  They have no concrete reason not to believe a synthetic yet, I suppose.  But I have to wonder if this whole thing could've been avoided if Peter Weyland has just taken three minutes to program Asimov's "three laws" into David's code routines.

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Return of Xander Cage is a frontrunner for guilty pleasure of the year. When a certain crazy motherfucker showed up with a grenade launcher, I was out of air laughing. I'd expect nothing less of you to enjoy it, Rene.

It's also D.J. Caruso's best film since The Salton Sea.
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Return of Xander Cage is a frontrunner for guilty pleasure of the year. When a certain crazy motherfucker showed up with a grenade launcher, I was out of air laughing. I'd expect nothing less of you to enjoy it, Rene.

It's also D.J. Caruso's best film since The Salton Sea.

 

 

I'm just about done with the film, and thus far it's the action movie of the year for me. It's so much dumb fun that it feels like a Roger Moore Bond movie on steroids. I love it.

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Logan and John Wick: Chapter 2 are on the line, Rene...

 

Please tell me you've gotten to THE RETURN OF DARIUS STONE.

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Logan and John Wick: Chapter 2 are on the line, Rene...

 

Please tell me you've gotten to THE RETURN OF DARIUS STONE.

I knew he was going to show, he had to since they were doing a XXX reunion. A good laugh when he did.

 

It's a silly action movie, but pretty fun anyway.

 

Yen was the best thing about it.

 

Jaa was underused, but they had the Expendables problem, too many people to give them all a shot.

 

I don't know what use that DJ guy was.

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Went out early to the theater to see ALIEN: COVENANT. 

 

I do agree with a lot of what you said. I thought it was enjoyable but boy does it have its share of faults and dumb moments.

 

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Speaking of Ah-nuld, KING CONAN finally happening?

 

That'd be nice but this may be something that we are speculating about for years to come.

 

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But didn't you find the Covenant Crew really dumb? 

 

Yeah, that is a valid complaint. They didn't do some obvious things they should have done on the planet, because otherwise the plot wouldn't have progressed the way it did.

 

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I'm just about done with the film, and thus far it's the action movie of the year for me. 

 

While it doesn't have the best action scenes, overall in terms of entertainment value it is also the action movie of 2017... so far.

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This weekend's viewings included the last three episodes of season 2 of THE LAST KINGDOM. I really enjoy that show, it's too bad the seasons are so short (just 8 episodes).

And today I watched the action classic STONE COLD starring Brian Bozworth and his most fantastic mullet in the history of mullets. The movie is violent as hell and Lance Henrickson and William Forsythe are both excellent as the villainous bikers. My favorite line from Henrickson: "It's times like this I'm reminded of my daddy's last words, which were, "Don't, son, that gun is loaded!" Pure awesome.
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Logan and John Wick: Chapter 2 are on the line, Rene...

 

Please tell me you've gotten to THE RETURN OF DARIUS STONE.

 

 

 

I thought Logan was pretty good, but the overall depressing atmosphere dragged it down a bit for me. That's not saying I didn't enjoy all the action scenes, because they were very well done. Same with John Wick: Chapter 2. That one has some really spectacular action, but things don't start right off the bat like the first film. Aside from the intense opening where he goes back for his car, the film drops down until things pick up in Rome, and at that point it becomes full blown action.

 

So if we're just talking fast pace and nearly nonstop action, XXX: Return Of Xander Cage fits the bill for me for action movie of the year so far.

 

 

So earlier today I went to see Smokey And The Bandit at the theater. It was a nice medium sized audience, and once again, they were very respectful of the film, and laughing at everything Jackie Gleason said or did. It was a fun time, and there was a commercial at the beginning of the film that had Burt himself talking about us having the chance to win a 1977 Trans Am that looks brand new and has autographs all over it from Burt, including an autographed Stetson! That seems really cool.

 

Before the movie I went to Big Lots and bought a few things there. Clearance dvds of Major League ($1.50!), The Matrix: Revolutions (I hated the movie the one time I saw it, but for $1.25 I'll give it another look), and a digibook blu-ray of the Fantastic Four movie that was much maligned when it came out. I bought the blu for about 4 bucks during Black Friday, but as I thought it wasn't too bad, and this is bizarrely enough the Target exclusive blu and $5 at that, I wanted to get it.

 

They had some other blus there, but I decided to hold off on them as I didn't want to buy too many things. After the movie I stopped off at the grocery store to get something to take home to eat, and now I'm continuing what I started on friday. Heat.

 

 

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I knew he was going to show, he had to since they were doing a XXX reunion. A good laugh when he did.

 

It's a silly action movie, but pretty fun anyway.

 

Yen was the best thing about it.

 

Jaa was underused, but they had the Expendables problem, too many people to give them all a shot.

 

I don't know what use that DJ guy was.

 

 

The simplest reason for that DJ guy being there is because he's like Donnie Yen. A MAJOR draw in China. The area of the world where the movie made the majority of its big money at. He's apparently a singer, DJ, actor, but he's also starred in several hits in China.

 

 

 

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While it doesn't have the best action scenes, overall in terms of entertainment value it is also the action movie of 2017... so far.

 

 

Yeah, that's mostly why I said action movie of the year. It doesn't have the best action scenes, but it's fast paced, has plenty of action throughout, and as you said, it's the entertainment value that warrants me coining it as that so far.

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Originally Posted by The Perfect Weapon View Post

I do agree with a lot of what you said. I thought it was enjoyable but boy does it have its share of faults and dumb moments.

 

Some more good points here...

 

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Nearly done with Heat. This time around I totally get why it's held in such high regard. It really is a well made film with tons of great performances. It certainly doesn't feel nearly 3 hours either. Reading up about the weapons used on the IMFDB (Internet Movie Firearms Database), it had a section talking about how the famous bank robbery sequence was watched over and over by the two guys who did the North Hollywood shootout back in 1997. I'd forgotten about that until reading it there, and then I remembered it being all over the news. Looking it up, there is a dvd, but it's out of print and goes for a lot. I go to eBay and find someone had just listed a copy for a total of 8 bucks and change shipped. It's on Youtube also, but I figured paying less than 10 bucks for a dvd that is going for over 40 bucks online is worth getting instead of seeing it on Youtube in "ok" quality.

 

The film has an interesting cast. Michael Madsen, Ron Livingston, Mario Van Peebles, and Andrew Brynarski and Oleg Tarktarov as the shooters.

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And today I watched the action classic STONE COLD

 

Oh, nice.

 

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So earlier today I went to see Smokey And The Bandit at the theater.

 

Before the movie I went to Big Lots and bought a few things there.

 

I am glad that your theatrical experience was a good one, and that there are other Big Lots stores that now have a clearance rack of DVD's.

 

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Some more good points here...

 

I'll have to take a look at that video on Monday, when I'll have more time.

 

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Nearly done with Heat.

 

I am also glad you enjoyed the movie more this time around. The film that you are referring to is the 2003 made for cable movie 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out.

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Logan and John Wick: Chapter 2 are on the line, Rene...

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Nearly done with Heat. This time around I totally get why it's held in such high regard. It really is a well made film with tons of great performances. It certainly doesn't feel nearly 3 hours either. Reading up about the weapons used on the IMFDB (Internet Movie Firearms Database), it had a section talking about how the famous bank robbery sequence was watched over and over by the two guys who did the North Hollywood shootout back in 1997. I'd forgotten about that until reading it there, and then I remembered it being all over the news. Looking it up, there is a dvd, but it's out of print and goes for a lot. I go to eBay and find someone had just listed a copy for a total of 8 bucks and change shipped. It's on Youtube also, but I figured paying less than 10 bucks for a dvd that is going for over 40 bucks online is worth getting instead of seeing it on Youtube in "ok" quality.

 

The film has an interesting cast. Michael Madsen, Ron Livingston, Mario Van Peebles, and Andrew Brynarski and Oleg Tarktarov as the shooters.

 

I remember that movie's existence! It aired right on the cusp of FX's transition from reruns and schlock to the prestige network we all know and love (The Shield broke the mold). GTA V took from that shootout as well, if memory serves.

 

Heat is arguably the quickest feeling three-hour movie ever. I want the new Blu-ray, but I want to wait and see if a 4K release gets announced so there's no double dipping. Future proof!

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If you're interested in the behind the scenes and BS of film restoration and producing Blu-rays, here is a fantastic podcast interview with Don May Jr of Synapse Films on making his new PHENOMENA and SUSPIRIA releases...

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More on ALIEN COVENANT...


 

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I was reminded of something while re-watching the prologue film with Shaw and David.  When I first watched it, it looked to me like David had some sort of epiphany while Shaw was working on him and then while she was in cryosleep -- that perhaps partially out of new respect for Shaw, partially to make up for his PROMETHEUS doings, possibly to protect Earth and possibly out of revenge -- and destroyed the Engineer Paradise Homeworld for what might be called "good reasons."  Rather than doing it to play God and see what would happen by releasing the Black Oil Weapon onto the Engineers, the impression I got from the prologue was that he was doing it as a sort of Avenging Angel - which might've fit in better with the religious aspects of both PROMETHEUS and COVENANT.

 

Imagine Shaw waking up from her cryosleep to find David happily showing off his handiwork as the Lone Horseman of the Engineer Apocalypse.  That the creation of Man (David) had destroyed the creators of Man (Engineers) possibly to protect Man.  That might've been more interesting.  Maybe he then decides that all organic life is the problem and turns dark.  Or maybe stretch the timeline and have Shaw getting older and dying while David remains the same.  Maybe David tries to save her by then experimenting with her DNA and creating a Queen...

 

I dunno.  Sounds more potentially interesting to me than what we were given.

 

 

To me that look on David's face above screams "vengeance."

 

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Agreed.

As a PROMETHEUS apologist, I really dug the kinda sweet-but-unstable bond Shaw and David developed in the end. Of course he needed her, but he seemed utterly sincere in those final moments.
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Right?  I like the idea of an Avenging David doing wrong for the right reason than an Evil David doing it on purpose.  If he is a creation of man, then he might be as conflicted day to day as we can be.  Just a thought from a literal Monday morning quarterback, here.

 

Amusing aside:  In the alternate ending scenes on the PROMOTHEUS blu, she calls him a "fucking robot" and then basically stuffs his head in the bag with a bit of anger.  Funny stuff but I'm glad it was cut.  At the time I was also like, "Are you sure you want to get on a spacecraft with David again?  Just 'cause his head's severed doesn't mean he's any less a threat."  

 

I liked the potential concept that he'd possibly come to some sort of regret and maybe tried to act more selflessly.

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"Film Score Appropriation:" When a franchise continues from a single great film with a great original score through sequels with scores not by that original composer but borrowing elements from it.

 

The LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD and A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD scores by Marco Beltrami borrowing elements from Michael Kamen's earlier work.

The PREDATORS score by John Debney lifting so much from Alan Silvestri's scores from PREDATOR and PREDATOR 2 that I wonder why they just didn't get Silvestri.

The PROMETHEUS score by Mark Streitenfeld borrowing Jerry Goldsmith's ALIEN theme for the "Old Weyland" scene.

The ALIEN COVENANT score borrowing liberally from Goldsmith again, as well as Streitenfeld's PROMETHEUS score once or twice.

John Williams' classic JURASSIC PARK themes ending up in Don Davis' JURASSIC PARK III and Michael Giacchino's JURASSIC WORLD.

The score of the remake of THE THING (2011) taking Carpenter/Morricone's THE THING (1982) music for the closing credit sequence, coincidentally the most effective part of the remake.

 

Just a mental list.  Trying to come up with other examples.  SUPERMAN II, III, IV and RETURNS borrowing from Williams, of course.

 

I wonder how it makes a composer feel when they're told to make music "like that other guy" on these projects.  


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Michael Giacchino did a nice job of borrowing some of James Horner's Star Trek material in Abrams' first film.

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I remember that movie's existence! It aired right on the cusp of FX's transition from reruns and schlock to the prestige network we all know and love

 

I've mentioned many times before my TV viewing habits... I do remember way back when FX had such "great" original shows as Son on the Beach.

 

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If you're interested in the behind the scenes and BS of film restoration and producing Blu-rays, here is a fantastic podcast interview with Don May Jr of Synapse Films on making his new PHENOMENA and SUSPIRIA releases...

 

I am a nerd so I definitely will read that tonight.

 

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More on ALIEN COVENANT...

 

Those are very interesting thoughts and I wouldn't have minded it either if they would have picked one of those directions instead.

 

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"Film Score Appropriation:" When a franchise continues from a single great film with a great original score through sequels with scores not by that original composer but borrowing elements from it.

 

That is a cool idea for a list, although I unfortunately cannot add any examples myself.

 

It was not the plan but late last night I ended up watching something I'd seen before, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It's a pretty good movie, even with Engineer's "favorite" actor James Franco as a genius scientist. It sets up Dawn very well and I'll be happy to see that again too, as I remember it as being awesome. Also, real soon I'll finally start watching the original Planet of the Apes movies, as it seems like the right time for me to do so.

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Randomness:  You know those ridiculous Sci-Fi Channel/SyFy movies that we love to hate like SHARKNADO and SHARKTOPUS and such?  I was trying to remember from my days at the videostore...  What were the first ones in this ridiculous genre?  I don't mean just "giant creature movies" like ANACONDA, which had popular actors and a higher budget, but that particular direct-to-cable and video strain of them with the low low budgets, the more than questionable CGI, the b-and-c-level stars, the terrible writing.  Not necessarily combo monsters or versus movies, but surely the precursors to those ones too, if you can say that...

 

The first one I recalled off the top of my head having actually seen (on DVD from my video store job) was BOA VS PYTHON (2004), with two giant-ass snakes.

 

 

But it might go back to PYTHON (2000), with Casper Van Diem and Jenny McCarthy.

 

 

Any I've forgotten?  Watching these trailers, they actually look sort of well-made by comparison.

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How the hell does Asylum manage to make the Sharknado films for under a million dollar budget?

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They still have some wiggle room after they cut that $238 check to Ian Ziering.

 

Take that, Ian!

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They still have some wiggle room after they cut that $238 check to Ian Ziering and Tara Reid.

 

Fixed!

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Attention WARLOCK franchise fans (I'm not judging)! Cover art and details on the 3-film set coming from Lionsgare on 7/25:

 

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=21371

 

 

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 DISC ONE: WARLOCK

CONTENT AND SPECIAL FEATURES:

Synopsis: In 17th-century New England, witch hunter Giles Redferne (Richard E. Grant) captures an evil warlock (Julian Sands), but the conjurer eludes death with supernatural help. Flung into the future, the warlock winds up in the 1980s and plans to bring about the end of the world. Redferne follows the enchanter into the modern era and continues his mission, but runs into trouble in such unfamiliar surroundings. With the help of a young woman (Lori Singer), can Redferne finally defeat the warlock?
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Director Steve Miner
  • NEW Isolated Score Selections/Audio Interview with Author Jeff Bond
  • NEW Interviews
    • "Satan's Son" with Actor Julian Sands
    • "The Devil's Work" with Director Steve Miner
    • "Effects of Evil" with Make-up Effects Creators Carl Fullerton and Neal Martz
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Vintage Interview Segments with Cast and Crew
  • Vintage Featurette with Make-Up Effects Creators Carl Fullerton and Neal Martz
  • Vintage Featurette with Visual Effects Supervisors Patrick Read Johnson and Robert Habros, Animation Supervisor Mauro Maressa, and Matte Artist Robert Scifo
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Video Trailer
    • TV Spots
    • Still Gallery

 

DISC TWO: WARLOCK THE ARMAGEDDON

CONTENT AND SPECIAL FEATURES:

Synopsis: He's back and meaner than ever! Satan's only son, the "Warlock", is plotting even greater mayhem in this spine-tingling, pulse pounding shocker! The Warlock's single goal is to free his father from the fiery chains that imprison him and unleash Satan's wrath upon the world. The only ones who can prevent complete world destruction are two warriors who alone possess the supernatural powers to challenge the Warlock and stop the inevitable Armageddon. They must outsmart and defeat the Warlock before the prophesied eclipse, sending Satan and his son back to Hell.

  • NEW Audio Commentary with Director Anthony Hickox
  • Vintage Making-of Featurette Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Extended Vintage Interview Segments with Actor Julian Sands, Director Anthony Hickox, and Actress Paula Marshall
  • Theatrical Trailer
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DISC TWO: WARLOCK III THE END OF INNOCENCE

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Synopsis: Over 300 years ago, a demonic Warlock tried unsuccessfully to sacrifice the offspring of a witch in an attempt to create his eternal bride of darkness. But his plan failed and he was banished, until now...

Determined to learn more about the family she never knew, Kris Miller decides to spend her weekend in the abandoned 16th century mansion that was left to her as an inheritance. Haunted by disturbing visions and nightmares, Kris attempts to flee the eerie mansion, until the unexpected arrival of her college friends eases her fears and persuades her to stay. When their weekend getaway is interrupted by a mysterious stranger claiming to be interested in the house, they are deceived by his suave exterior. But his architect guise soon gives way to his inhuman agenda as he preys on each of Kris' friends, manipulating their vulnerabilities and weaknesses with individualized, horrific . Yet his true unfinished business lies with Kris..

Trapped in a living hell, Kris must escape the Warlock or become the ultimate sacrifice for the satanic race.

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Come on, Lionsgate. I know THE SUBSTITUTE franchise has gotta be in line for this sort of package. Make it happen.

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Asylum is the Blumhouse of ultra low budget filmmaking. They make movies for such low budgets and it seems a lot of actors just like to do these films for laughs or just to be noticed, because it's certainly not for the pay. I have to say though, some of their more recent films are not that bad.

 

 

I saw two Netflix dvds, yesterday and today. The first was a David DeCoteau film from 2001 called Final Stab. Nothing really worth noting. It's about a murder mystery game that goes awry when people start getting offed for real by a masked killer. Today I saw THE ICE CREAM MAN with CLINT HOWARD as the titular character. I'd read that the movie was laughably bad, and i have to say it pretty much is. It has some surprisingly notable actors in it. Olivia Hussey and David Warner are among the cast, and in flashbacks, BOB ROONEY from Married With Children shows up too. It's worth seeing for a few laughs, and seeing how the kids dressed gave me fond memories of how I used to dress back in the 90's too. Final Stab and the clothing and hairstyles there also reminded me of how I had my hair and dressed in the early part of the last decade.

 

A little while ago I revisited Beverly Hills Cop II on dvd. Hadn't seen it in a while, and I've been listening to some songs from the soundtrack lately, so I figured I was overdue a revisit. Renata saw most of it with me, and she loved what she saw. The second adventure in Beverly Hills of Axel Foley is still the best as far as I'm concerned.

 

Right now I started up Runaway. Haven't seen this since I bought the dvd in 2008, and I've been a Tom Selleck fan since I was a kid. I remember seeing this one on one of the recorded tapes my brother would send us back in the day. I've always liked it. Funny how during the tense sequence with the house robot that went crazy, they send in a "floater" to do surveillance in the house, and it pretty much looks like the drones that people can buy in stores now.

 

That Michael Crichton. Always ahead of everyone else when it came to thinking up futuristic devices.

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This is nice.  A piece of fan scoring set in the world of replicants...

 

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Vern reviews ALIEN: COVENANT (Spoilers)

 

That is definitely a review where I agree with many of the points brought up.

 

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Randomness:  You know those ridiculous Sci-Fi Channel/SyFy movies that we love to hate like SHARKNADO and SHARKTOPUS and such?  I was trying to remember from my days at the videostore...  What were the first ones in this ridiculous genre? 

 

That is a good question which I know I cannot adequately answer. I know that there were monster movies in the 90's like Ticks or those made for broadcast cable flicks like Silent Predators (which despite the name, is about rattlesnakes) but those were practical effects rather than terrible CG; like I said I can't answer the question.

 

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Attention WARLOCK franchise fans (I'm not judging)! Cover art and details on the 3-film set coming from Lionsgare on 7/25:

 

I've never seen any of them but I presume there are enough fans out there to where Lionsgate won't lose their ass on the release.

 

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Right now I started up Runaway. 

 

I've talked about that movie before, as I've seen it a few times. What you said about the proto-drone, that's a good point.

 

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This is nice.  A piece of fan scoring set in the world of replicants...

 

Sweet. I hope the film is not a letdown.

 

I did not do much of note today. Tonight, due to what's gone on in the world, I thought it'd be best if I saw some light entertainment. I chose 1933's Footlight Parade. A silly yet very good musical comedy with excellent Busby Berkley musical numbers did the job in taking my mind off of senseless tragedies and relaxing for a bit. It was nice seeing James Cagney doing some singing and dancing, too.

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Press Release for Tony Jaa's Triple Threat.

http://theactionelite.com/2017/05/new-press-release-for-triple-threat/

 

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Arclight Films announces the Cannes World Market Premiere of the new English-language action film, TRIPLE THREAT. The film stars martial arts masters Tony Jaa (ONG BAK 1, 2 & 3, upcoming XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE, FAST AND FURIOUS 7), Tiger Chen (MAN OF TAICHI,) and Iko Uwais (THE RAID 1 & 2, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS). Rounding out the cast is Scott Adkins (DOCTOR STRANGE, EXPENDABLES 2), Michael Jai White (UNDISPUTED 2, FALCON RISING), Celina Jade (ARROW SERIES, SKIN TRADE, WOLF WARRIOR 2), Michael Bisping (XXX: RETURN OF XANDER) and JeeJa Yanin (CHOCOLATE).
 
The film is based on a hit contract taken out on a billionaire’s daughter intent on bringing down a major crime syndicate. A down and out team of mercenaries must take on a group of professional assassins and stop them before they kill their target.
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RIP




This one really hurts a lot. Dalton was and still is the best to me, but I grew up watching Moore's run and anyone who knows me knows I love Octopussy and A View To A Kill a whole lot. Last Bond movie I saw was The Spy Who Loved Me. A few months back because I had this sudden urge to see that amazing shootout on the Liparus.

Renata also got to see Live And Let Die when she was a little over a year old and the main theme song had her dancing around.
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Moore will always be my preferred Bond.  Nobody brought the charm quite like he did...I suppose you could say, nobody did it better.

 

And it can't be stressed enough: his charity work with UNICEF was astounding.  It says a lot that he felt that his work with that organization was his best achievement.

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Thanks to Molt, I watched EXTREME PREJUDICE last night for the first time in...maybe 20 years?  Give or take?  A long time, regardless.

 

Better than I remembered.  Just an ass-kicker in the best sense of the term.  Pretty sure that my testosterone levels went up while watching it.

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Moore will always be my preferred Bond.  Nobody brought the charm quite like he did...I suppose you could say, nobody did it better.

 

My first Bond movie was Moonraker. Roger Moore WAS James Bond to me and many kids my age. His passing today brings a cloud of sadness to my heart.

 

RIP Roger. I'll miss you.

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Glad you had a good time revisiting EP, Judas! Just an incredible assortment of sweaty thespians.

 

Sorry to hear about Roger Moore but his is a life to be celebrated. Nothing but respect for his work in front of and away from the cameras.

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