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Jai White is so better than this. 

I know he is, but he was also in Android Cop, which was terrible.

 

A man has to pay his bills.

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Let's hope TRIPLE THREAT knocks it out of the park.

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I'm watching Joy Ride right now on blu-ray. I haven't seen this in several years. Since Paul Walker passed away. It's a really well made film and a testament to how just a VOICE can be so creepy. Especially since it's Ted Levine's unmistakable voice. I've always liked the special feature where they had samples of some of the guys who they got to try out for the role of Rusty Nail, with one of them being ERIC ROBERTS, and none of these guys even came close to being as great and memorable in the role as Ted Levine was.

 

It's a shame that they didn't get him back for the second and third films. It's just a voice gig, so it would have been easy money for him.

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Finally watching something I've been wanting to get to for a couple of years, AARON LOVES ANGELA (1975), a 70s gritty New York film starring Irene Cara, Moses Gunn and Kevin Hooks, who went on to become the director of STRICTLY BUSINESS, PASSENGER 57, BLACK DOG and FLED.  Couldn't find a trailer but here's a scene of New York's movie theaters of the day.

 

 


Edited by Engineer - 10/19/17 at 8:38pm
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This looks...okay, i guess?

 

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Update: AARON LOVES ANGELA was not the best thing I ever saw.  Sluggishly paced and unconvincingly written, it bounces back and forth from awkward youth romance to hard crime and mafia shenanigans and only comes alive during the latter.  Moses is fine as the manic depressive father who takes out his frustrations on Aaron.  By the time things come to a head in both plots, the big finish is so laughable it's right out of a Disney movie.  New York looked great and old-school gritty but that was little reward for sitting through a snoozer that I shut off and went back to at least four times.  It meant well, but it just didn't know how to stay interesting for more than a few minutes at a time.  Ah, well.


Edited by Engineer - 10/19/17 at 10:41pm
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Farewell Umberto Lenzi, King Of Italo-Exploitation

 

That wasn't the lengthiest of articles but it was still informative. Sometime in the next few days I need to watch one of his films to pay tribute to the man.

 

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Looks like another by the numbers flick for Michael Jai White. 

 

Yep, it's pretty shitty that he isn't a bigger star, as he really should be.

 

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Finally watching something I've been wanting to get to for a couple of years, AARON LOVES ANGELA (1975)

 

It's one of the many hundreds of movies I've known of for awhile now but actually haven't watched; judging by your response, I needn't bother with it... even if this movie randomly has a Jose Feliciano soundtrack and it's odd as it's Jose Feliciano actually getting funky; yes, I've heard a few songs from it.

 

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This looks...okay, i guess?

 

I saw a trailer for that on the big screen recently. I will presume it will be at least average, although it'd be nice if it was good.

 

I think I'll be busy with things the next few days so who knows how many movies I'll get to watch. I know I won't watch anything tonight. At least I was in Orlando today and I was at a few spots. I'll mention that I got some beer from Total Wine & More (a truly great chain of stores) and I ate at a Florida chain of bar/restaurants known as the Brass Tap. As they are all about craft beer of course I'd eventually make my way there. I had some drinks and a small pizza made out of pretzel crust, which was quite tasty.

 

By the way, Geostorm did not even have any preview screenings tonight (which can't be a good sign); hell, The Snowman did and everyone says that's shockingly bad... although I am a sucker and still want to see it. What a weekend of films between those and the new Madea flick.

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This looks...okay, i guess?

 

 

Movie looks halfway decent, but thank God Tom Petty isn't around to hear that "Won't Back Down" cover.

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The new Lara Croft doesn't look bad.

 

This is an extended trailer, so there is some BTS stuff there too.

 

Walton Goggins is in here also as the bad guy, which he usually has fun doing.

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Here's one for you...   What are your Top Ten films set in "The Future?" 

 

2001: A Space Odyssey

Blade Runner

Akira

Brazil

Alien / Aliens

Ghost in the Shell (1995) / Innocence: Ghost in the Shell 2 (2004)

Back to the Future Part II

Escape From New York

They Live

The Fifth Element

 

Runners-Up: Metropolis (1927), The Matrix Trilogy, Cloud Atlas, The Mad Max series, Robocop, Total Recall, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Minority Report, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Outland, Trancers, Robot Jox, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Gattaca, Moon, Idiocracy, Sleeper, Interstellar, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Natural City, 2009: Lost Memories, 2046, Runaway, Firefly/Serenity, A Scanner Darkly, Solaris (both versions), Southland Tales, The Time Machine (both versions), Forbidden Planet, THX-1138, Until the End of the World, Wall-E, Wonderful Days, Tomorrowland


Edited by Engineer - 10/20/17 at 2:06pm
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Here's one for you...   What are your Top Ten films set in "The Future?" 

 

2001: A Space Odyssey

Blade Runner

Akira

Brazil

Alien / Aliens

Ghost in the Shell (1995) / Innocence: Ghost in the Shell 2 (2004)

Back to the Future Part II

Escape From New York

They Live

The Fifth Element

 

Runners-Up: Metropolis (1927), The Matrix Trilogy, Cloud Atlas, The Mad Max series, Robocop, Total Recall, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Minority Report, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Outland, Trancers, Robot Jox, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Gattaca, Moon, Idiocracy, Sleeper, Interstellar, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Natural City, 2009: Lost Memories, 2046, Runaway, Firefly/Serenity, A Scanner Darkly, Solaris (both versions), Southland Tales, The Time Machine (both versions), Forbidden Planet, THX-1138, Until the End of the World, Wall-E, Wonderful Days

 

RoboCop

Aliens / Alien

Mad Max: Fury Road / The Road Warrior

They Live

Blade Runner / Blade Runner 2049

Streets of Fire ("Another time, another place...")

Strange Days

Total Recall

Escape from New York

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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Saw XXX: State of the Union last night.

 

If you can get behind Ice-Cube being the lead, this was a fairly entertaining time waster. Didn't regret watching this.

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The new Lara Croft doesn't look bad.

 

I am not surprised that the image of the video is her boobs hanging out of her shirt.

 

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Saw XXX: State of the Union last night.

 

That goofy piece of crap isn't any better or worse than the first one. Return of Xander Cage I thought was a lot of fun and definitely better than The Fate of the Furious but I know I am in a tiny minority with that opinion.

 

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A History of Violence - The Raid

 

I am glad I was able to see the movie theatrically, as it's awesome. The sequel had great (if overlong and too preposterous) fight scenes; I just wish I would have enjoyed the actual plot...

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Got this on German blu ray couple of months ago...but will be getting this too...

 

BTW, speaking of Adkins...just out of curiosity...if NINJA 3 would be in the making...who would you like to see in the movie, besides Adkins, of course?

 

Personally, I would love to see either Gary Daniels or Mark Dacasos, or both, as the bad guys, or henchmans...also, I would add Michael Dudikoff ina small mentor type of role, as a homage to American Ninja. And Maybe Kelly Hu as the female lead. Plus, bunch of bad guy ninjas in the final fight...

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I'd want the heavy to be Yayan Ruhian from THE RAID films. Him squaring off with Adkins would make for some great fight scenes.

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Caught Frank Grillo starrer WHEELMAN on Netflix last night. I give it a solid recommendation. It's like the Tom Hardy in a car drama Locke by way of Walter Hill and heavy doses of Collateral, it's light on actual action but it's made up for by the constant tension and Grillo's commanding presence. Carnahan's Action Blumhouse label is off to a good start.
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I'm looking forward to seeing Wheelman soon, so I'm glad to hear it's a solid film, Dude.

 

I'm watching a throwback horror film called The Barn. I got the blu-ray signed by various cast and crew as I backed the blu-ray release on their Indie GoGo page. It has a cool synth score, and is set in 1989, so that's awesome. It's a decent little film about a group of kids who unwittingly awaken 3 demons that take the form of a scarecrow, a pumpkinhead "man", and a miner. The demons go about town killing various people, including a massacre at a HOOTENANNY that is happening. The film has horror genre "cred" in the form of LInnea Quigley and Ari Lehman (he played Jason in the first Friday The 13th) doing extended cameos. More Lehman, since Quigley only shows up for one scene that I can remember, and there's a few scenes with Lehman since he is a radio host named DR. ROCK. I thought it was a fun throwback, and I don't regret spending the 20-some odd bucks in backing the blu-ray edition.

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Here's one for you...   What are your Top Ten films set in "The Future?" 

 

2001: A Space Odyssey

Blade Runner

Akira

Brazil

Alien / Aliens

Ghost in the Shell (1995) / Innocence: Ghost in the Shell 2 (2004)

Back to the Future Part II

Escape From New York

They Live

The Fifth Element

 

Runners-Up: Metropolis (1927), The Matrix Trilogy, Cloud Atlas, The Mad Max series, Robocop, Total Recall, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Minority Report, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Outland, Trancers, Robot Jox, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Gattaca, Moon, Idiocracy, Sleeper, Interstellar, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Natural City, 2009: Lost Memories, 2046, Runaway, Firefly/Serenity, A Scanner Darkly, Solaris (both versions), Southland Tales, The Time Machine (both versions), Forbidden Planet, THX-1138, Until the End of the World, Wall-E, Wonderful Days, Tomorrowland

 

1. PLANET OF THE APES

2. ROAD WARRIOR

3. TOTAL RECALL

4. BLADE RUNNER

5. CHERRY 2000

6. ROLLERBALL

7. DEAD END DRIVE-IN

8. A BOY AND HIS DOG

9. THE OMEGA MAN

10. DEATH RACE 2000

 

Honorable: SILENT RUNNING, SECONDS, MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME, BATTLE ROYALE, 12 MONKEYS

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Saw BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 last night and was completely blown away by how brilliant Vince Vaughn is in the role.  This is absolutely a career best performance.  There's not a lot of action but when it happens it's stunning in both its effectiveness and brutality. And the violence is off the hook.  What he does to the Wing Chun guys head is fucking unreal.  I loved everything about this movie and it's immediately taken the top 2017 spot for me this year.  

 

With only two movies under his belt, director and writer S. Craig Zahler is proving to be one of the most powerful new voices in cinema.  BONE TOMAHAWK and BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 are a one,two punch of greatness and I can't wait to see DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE.   

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BTW, speaking of Adkins...just out of curiosity...if NINJA 3 would be in the making...who would you like to see in the movie, besides Adkins, of course?

 

There's plenty of people I'd like to see. The main dudes from The Raid, Tony Jaa, Michael Jai White, that sort of thing. Adding women would be neat... someone like Gina Carano or Amy Johnston could be great.

 

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Caught Frank Grillo starrer WHEELMAN on Netflix last night. I give it a solid recommendation. It's like the Tom Hardy in a car drama Locke by way of Walter Hill and heavy doses of Collateral, it's light on actual action but it's made up for by the constant tension and Grillo's commanding presence. Carnahan's Action Blumhouse label is off to a good start.

 

Interesting. I hope that WARPARTY FILMS doesn't become like the actual Blumhouse and both shit out what seems like 500 low-budget movies a year and require that most of their films use a bunch of tired, lame cliches. 

 

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I'm watching a throwback horror film called The Barn.

 

I remember hearing about it at the time but I completely forgot about it. It's a relief that the money you spent supporting the movie did not go to waste.

 

Today, I did go and get a much-needed haircut. Otherwise, I only have to mention what I saw tonight; I did pay tribute to the late Umberto Lenzi by seeing one of his giallos. It was 1972's Seven Blood-Stained Orchids; it's classic giallo, what it's named, and actual blood-stained orchids do play a part in the film. The most famous names present are Antonio Sabato, Sr. and Marisa Mell. It's not too flashy but I can still say the film is good. There's a black glove-emblazoned killer, so even though the mystery aspect is stressed, I don't regret checking the movie out. Yes, there is the type of sleaze you expect from Lenzi... several topless women and a few scenes involving hippies (some of which are homosexual men) are the most notable examples.

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There's plenty of people I'd like to see. The main dudes from The Raid, Tony Jaa, Michael Jai White, that sort of thing. Adding women would be neat... someone like Gina Carano or Amy Johnston could be great.

 

Carano has never showed much charisma even in Haywire. But Amy is truly a talent that deserves more exposure and recognition.

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Official Motion Poster for THE PREDATOR

 

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Watched WHEELMAN. I appreciate Grillo trying hard to keep it engaging but it didn't quite work for me. Needed more of a payoff to make good on all the set-up.

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I am not surprised that the image of the video is her boobs hanging out of her shirt.

 

I noticed the same thing, but I did mean that the trailer made the movie look decent. Just a little adventure romp.

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Official Motion Poster for THE PREDATOR

 

 

Nice!  Can anyone make out that skyline down there?  Los Angeles?  Vancouver?  Wikipedia says it was shot in Vancouver.

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Watched WHEELMAN. I appreciate Grillo trying hard to keep it engaging but it didn't quite work for me. Needed more of a payoff to make good on all the set-up.

I kinda agree here. 

 

I thought it might be a gritty Transporter riff when it started, but wasn't quite that.

 

I will say that Grillo did some decent work, as the whole movie was basically him in a car talking on a phone.

 

The ending was kinda just there. Not sure what I expected, but there it is.

 

Another problem I had is a pet peeve of mine more than anything. That was him arguing with his wife and kid. Especially when he is trying to get them to safety. They argue about why they need to go. JUST GO DAMMIT!!!

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I also saw Baby Driver last night.

 

I enjoyed it. It has some pretty good stuff in it. Jonny Hamm was good in it. Foxx was a major sociopath A-hole. I saw what was going to happen to him as soon as they stopped behind that truck, and I'm glad it did.

 

I didn't flip out as some did, but I think it was pretty good and something I'll watch on a regular rotation.

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Carano has never showed much charisma even in Haywire. But Amy is truly a talent that deserves more exposure and recognition.

 

That is a fair criticism. I haven't seen Lady Bloodfight yet but I have heard rave reviews about Johnston and her skills which is why I brought her name up.

 

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I noticed the same thing, but I did mean that the trailer made the movie look decent. Just a little adventure romp.

 

Oh no, I knew what you meant and why you posted the video. Not too many people here even ogle her... which is fine, as it means she's left for me!

 

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I kinda agree here. 

 

I thought it might be a gritty Transporter riff when it started, but wasn't quite that.

 

I will say that Grillo did some decent work, as the whole movie was basically him in a car talking on a phone.

 

As I've seen Locke before (and I thought it was fine and I had no problem with the gimmick; Tom Hardy's performance was a big help as parts of the plot I had issues with) I'll know what to expect here.

 

Today... another meh day. It's been a blah week; I won't get into why. At least next week should be better. I may not watch any movies until tomorrow night.

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Yo, Molt: did you listen to the commentary track? Evidently the movie started out as a big budget vehicle for Costner- it's fun to imagine him going GRACELAND level dark.

 

 

CineSavant

City of Industry

 
"In 1997 filmmakers were falling all over each other trying to emulate Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. Ken Solarz’ screenplay isn’t interested in hipster cinema tricks, and neither is it an ironic neo-noir, riffing on an old romantic form. It’s a straight heist followed by a grindingly relentless vengeance ordeal. The dialogue isn’t fancy but it gets the point across. When Famke Janssen suggests that Harvey Keitel go to the police, his answer is, “I’m my own police.” That might have made a better title than ‘City of Industry.’"
 
"I wasn’t worried for a moment about the technical storytelling ‘mistakes’ called out by Roger Ebert, for I found City of Industry to be a nail-biting experience all the way through. By the 1970s caper thrillers always came with a gimmick, either a comic touch or some sci-fi gadget wrinkle. Solarz and Irvin’s movie sticks to the basics of pro criminal expertise. As is the tradition (and probably the reality), we have to admire the nerve and audacity of the thieves during the heist. But what they do when things go wrong and details have to be improvised? At perhaps the halfway mark of City of Industry the show takes a left turn into darkness. No more camaraderie, no more brotherly buddy stuff; from that point forward it’s one man on his own. Roy carves a path through Chinatown and intimidates a mob lawyer in his pursuit. His quarry retaliates by engaging a street gang to back him up. But the black crooks also recognize an opportunity when they see it, which leads to real fireworks."
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Belated Anniversary Shout Out:

 

10/21/ 77

 

 

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Just finished up a double feature.  First was Rupert Sanders' GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017, blu-ray), the live-action film with ScarJo as "The Major."  Now, as a longtime GHOST IN THE SHELL fan in all it's varying forms (films, TV series, soundtracks, manga, videogames) and of Japanese film and culture, you\'d think I'd have hated this even before the first frame.  Trying to keep an open mind, I started it up and you know, it's not the worst thing I've ever seen by any stretch even if it ends up being less than what was required or desired.  First, the negatives.  ScarJo alternates between just fine and not-right, scene by scene.  She owns Marvel's Black Widow in a way that she just doesn't own her character here, though there are moments in which her humanity comes through just right.  I would've enjoyed seeing a Japanese actress in the role (Eiko Koike from 2LDK and UNFORGIVEN would've been my pick).  The future cityscape of New Port City, Japan is well-rendered but never gets the chance to come alive as anything more than a colorful backdrop.  Fan favorite character Togusa, the one Section 9 agent with a spouse and family, never gets a chance to shine or interact with anyone, really.  The film moves far too quickly, glossing over everything that makes the original properties special.  And for a movie supposedly shot using Super PanaVision 70 (according to the closing credits, probably for effects work), the aspect ratio of 1.85 doesn't do the composition any favors.  There's lots of sound and fury but only the briefest touches of soul, no stillness nor chance to breathe in between moments, no sense of reality in what we're seeing.  I can only assume this comes from either director Sanders' relative inexperience (before this his only credit was SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN) or studio meddling.  If there's a wealth of footage on a hard drive somewhere that gets found and the film is re-imagined in editing, I might be up for another shot at it.  All that said, positives include Takeshi "Beat" Kitano, who's always entertaining and gets a great moment or two, Pilou Asbæk eventually won me over as Batou, though I wish he'd showed up in the final action finale.  I also enjoyed Juliette Binoche and the always-entertaining Kaori Momoi (MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO) And the villain starts off as a combination of a couple different GITS baddie figures and ends up to be quite a good addition to the narrative.  So, yeah, again not the worst thing I've ever seen.  The filmmakers stumble by trying to contain too much in one film.   There's not much here in terms of theme and action that's all that different from, say, BLADE RUNNER 2049, except that BR2049 is a movie that knows how to tell a story in a visually sumptuous way and how to take its time doing it.

 

Finished up with Alfred Hitchcock's last film, FAMILY PLOT (1975, blu-ray), a light entertainment that feels like an alternate world TV pilot than a proper suspense film.  We're given a bickering con-artist couple who get involved in a millionaire kidnapping scheme.  There is no single noteworthy suspense scene of classic Hitch caliber, though the film gets mileage from the image of the bleach-blonde black leather-clad villain who looks like a classic character even if she doesn't add up to much.  We do get some kooky work from Bruce Dern and William Devane and occasionally Karen Black and Ed Lauter.  (Barbara Harris' character left me cold, though.)  This might've been better suited to being a TV-film, although it does have a fair share of sexual-innuendo that was fairly daring at the time.  With it's scenes involving life after death, graveyards and making peace with those you love, Hitch surely knew his time was near, so he seems to have decided to have some fun with it.  It's not an all-timer, but there are moments of fun here and there.

 

 

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Belated Anniversary Shout Out:

 

10/21/ 77 

 

As I've mentioned before, I saw that once before, many moons ago, and I definitely should watch it twice as I remember it as amusing.

 

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Just finished up a double feature.

 

Well, they can't all be winners... I was able to see a movie tonight. It was Altered States, one of those films I knew best for its VHS cover back when I was a kid. It was pretty weird... but also pretty good, pretty over the top and definitely pretty mature in its themes. What a trip it was.

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Originally Posted by The Perfect Weapon View Post

Well, they can't all be winners... I was able to see a movie tonight. It was Altered States, one of those films I knew best for its VHS cover back when I was a kid. It was pretty weird... but also pretty good, pretty over the top and definitely pretty mature in its themes. What a trip it was.

 

I kind of love ALTERED STATES.  Having revisited it about a year ago, I was happy to have rediscovered that it co-starred Charles Haid, Bob Balaban and partially took place in Boston!  Blair Brown is quite good and - perhaps weirdly - I've always felt sort of close to William Hurt in this, EYEWITNESS, THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST and SMOKE.  

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Learning how they are going to reboot MAGNUM PI makes me feel sad.

 

The show was a favorite of mine when i was a kid.

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On This Day In 1982.....

 

 

 

Anybody old enough to see this theatrical run? I saw a lot of movies that year, but somehow not this.  I guess my folks shied away from it because of the 'R' rating, but disappointing my uncles who took me to BLADE RUNNER didn't bring me to this one. I totally would've LOVED it.  Do think I saw ROCKY IIII, though.


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Old enough, yeah, but didn't. I did see Ghostbusters, Blade Runner, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Arthur, Tootsie, 9 to 5, Rocky III, TAPS, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Superman 2 & 3 and all three Star Wars films in their original releases, though!
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I feel like every 80's Sly classic plays best as a kid age 8-12.

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I kind of love ALTERED STATES.  Having revisited it about a year ago, I was happy to have rediscovered that it co-starred Charles Haid, Bob Balaban and partially took place in Boston!  Blair Brown is quite good and - perhaps weirdly - I've always felt sort of close to William Hurt in this, EYEWITNESS, THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST and SMOKE.  

 

Well, as long as you never take any psychotropic drugs from Mexico or have an arrogant, haughty attitude... yeah, that film was quite enjoyable.

 

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Learning how they are going to reboot MAGNUM PI makes me feel sad.

 

I am disappointed, but not surprised. It's been rumored for years so who knows if it'll actually happen this time.

 

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On This Day In 1982.....

 

Anybody old enough to see this one theatrical run? 

 

I am not, although I did see it in revival screening like 10 years ago; that was a pretty cool night. It was one of those deals presented by someone like Fathom Events although I don't think it was them; it was a nationwide thing, I know that.

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Well, as long as you never take any psychotropic drugs from Mexico or have an arrogant, haughty attitude... yeah, that film was quite enjoyable.

Nah, no drugs for me. Not a fan. That said, you know how Hurt walks into a room and sort of seems like he's reacting to and studying the others in the room? Sort of like an alien? Like, everyone acts as if they're seeing in black and white but he's seeing in color? Sort of like that.

At least that's how I feel in a room full of what I'd call "regular people." When I'm in a room full of "movie people" I feel right at home.
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Had myself a great day yesterday. We went out and tried a new restaurant. A seafood place called PAPPADEAUX'S. Some of you may have heard of it. It's a more "upscale" Red Lobster. I'd heard of it, but had never gone to it before. Vanessa has been wanting to try out some place new, and she wants to try a new place out each month. Which sounds cool. This one was a winner for us. It was quite expensive, but we loved it. We had some delicious seafood, a great waiter, and we had a nice time there. Afterwards we went by the nearby Best Buy and Walmart. I picked up John Wick Chapter 2 and Clown, both on blu-ray at Best Buy, and we all had some fun trying on the headphones they have nearby the movies. They really are noise cancelling! We got a few things at the Walmart, but not everything we needed, so we then decided to go to another Walmart that's right off the expressway. We got everything we needed there, and then we came back home.

 

As for movies, I saw several between friday night and today. After finishing The Barn on friday night, I revisited Teen Wolf. It's still a classic comedy film, and I've always liked the angle where Fox and James Hampton turning into werewolves really doesn't phase people all that much. Rather than be scared, most people are intrigued. I was going to watch the documentary that is on the new blu disc, but it's 143 MINUTES! Yes, it's longer than the damn movie! I'm saving that for another day.

 

Yesterday after we got back, I saw Adam West's final turn as Batman in Batman Vs. Two-Face. Renata saw it with me. It was a fine swan song for Adam West, and William Shatner was pretty great as Harvey Dent/Two-Face. Not long after finishing that one, Vanessa joined us and we all saw Kong: Skull Island. A revisit for Renata and I, but a first time watch for Vanessa. She wasn't expecting to like it, and she did end up being very entertained. It's still my favorite movie of the year. That was followed by Death Race 2050. I'd picked up the blu on thursday as it is a Roger Corman production, and it's really impressive that he's still actively producing films when most people are in retirement homes. It was a blind buy, because I like the Death Race films, and who knows how many more Roger Corman produced films we might get? I wasn't expecting the newer Death Race type films, and this one was totally in line with the original Death Race 2000. Right down to the vehicles looking similar. Manu Bennet and Malcolm McDowell knew exactly what type of film they were in, and they had lots of fun in it. I figured that if it had been made back in the 70's before Sly had become a big actor, he would have probably returned as JED PERFECTUS. A pompous driver who is pretty buffoonish to boot. He'd have had fun with that role. I closed out the evening with a viewing of Teen Wolf Too as I'd also purchased that blu. It has a toxic reputation, but I think it's not that bad of a film. I liked it well enough. Especially since Jason Bateman does a decent job as the lead.

 

Today I received a rent 1 dvd, get another for free text message from the Redbox, so I decided to rent the Scream Factory promoted film Jackals, and Open Water 3: Cage Dive. Jackals was alright. It has an interesting premise, but peters out towards the end. It's definitely a rental or streaming option rather than a purchase. Right now I'm about to see the season premiere of The Walking Dead season 8.

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Just finished tonight's double.  First was the evergreen classic, John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN (1978, Criterion LaserDisc).  I picked this LD up some time ago and was waiting until this week for a revisit.  Yep, still as great as it ever was and the disc was the first to feature the commentary by Carpenter, Debra Hill and Jamie Lee Curtis, as well as being widescreen, featuring excellent audio, what is said to be the best color reproduction based on the original theatrical presentation, the alternate television broadcast footage, a vintage look at the film by Siskel & Ebert and more.  Still works like gangbusters.

 

 

Then I checked out SHIN GODZILLA (2016, blu-ray).  Can't say I loved this one.  While it might most accurately reflect the true bureaucratic ridiculousness of a government response to a G-attack, I can't say it made for compelling drama or likeable characters.  With a ratio of twenty minutes of people in suits standing around talking per five minutes of monster destructo action, this sedate entry left me wanting in a big way.  That said, that first Godzilla attack was all kinds of amazing. Seriously just "wow."  But, rather than spend money on the blu, I'm more likely to revisit that sequence on YouTube, which I'm certain wasn't the filmmakers' goal at all.  

 

Otherwise, it was an okay weekend.  Yesterday I took my bike in for some repairs, which I'll not have the use of until it's finished later in the week.  Then I walked over to see the Charles River Regatta, then snagged some pie and coffee at a quiet little diner before hitting a record store for a sweet deal on Vol. 2 of the Season One soundtrack to STRANGER THINGS on vinyl LP.  Got up very late today and went for a walk, grabbing a quick bite at a nearby Greek coffee shop (a coffee and a burger with feta, tomatoes, peppers and onions) and stopping into a couple of used media stores but not finding anything else I needed.  Then home for some soup and the double feature listed above.  Got lots of exercise, ate (mostly) right and watched a few movies.  Not a bad couple of days for me.

 

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I got up "late" myself today. It was a little after 11 when normally it's between 8-10 in the morning on the weekends. I hadn't mentioned this in my previous post, but today I went to see the Cinemark Classics showing of A Nightmare On Elm Street. It's still a horror classic, and my showing went fairly well. I say fairly well, because I ended up with a group of well let's call them FRED-HEADS after a term used for Fred Krueger cultists that made it through a whole bunch of drafts for Freddy Vs. Jason. They were wearing Freddy Krueger shirts and several looked to be in their late 30's/early 40's, and every so often I'd hear them whispering loudly and laughing, but I turned several times without having to shush them or tell them to be quiet. I also was getting "pre-annoyed" as I figured with them being FRED-HEADS and all, that they would start quoting lines from the film, and that did not happen. That eased my "annoyedness" and as I already had mentioned, the showing went well as the theater was quiet. I went to the mall and picked up the original Willard on blu-ray at FYE, and then got a few things at the nearby Big Lots. I headed home and beat a rainstorm with heavy wind by about 2 minutes. Seriously. I had walked into my house and then it started raining heavily. That was some great luck for me there.

 

I saw my second dvd rental of Open Water 3: Cage Dive. Despite the subtitle hinting at this being a knock off of 47 Meters Below, the cage diving barely even factors into the film. It is about 3 friends who are auditioning for an EXTREME REALITY SHOW and the boat they were cage diving from gets capsized and they end up in the water for the rest of the 71 minute (it's 80 with credits) run time. The film is fairly boring, and really late in the film a VERY STUPID thing happens that annoyed me greatly. It's a found footage film, so right from the start it's obvious the three characters are dead, so when they come across a life raft, I started to think "Ok. What happens to it?" Well, it turns out the girl in the group freaks out at one point, and fires a flare in the life raft after one of the other characters struggles with her to wrestle it away as it was their last flare and they needed to save it. Naturally the raft burns down, and sadly with a person they had rescued from the water with it. Needless to say when she's eaten by a shark not long after that, I wasn't to sad. Didn't help that she and the other guy from their trio were awful people and had been cheating behind the back of the third guy who was the girl's boyfriend, and he had hoped to propose to her too.

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I saw my second dvd rental of Open Water 3: Cage Dive. 

 

That does sound dopey.  About as much as OPEN WATER 2, in which they way the characters get stranded is that they all jump into the ocean, forget to anchor the boat and it drifts away faster than they can swim after it, if I remember it right.  I liked the first OPEN WATER quite a bit but I checked out of that sequel very quickly.  At the video store we joked to customers that Costner's OPEN RANGE was actually an OPEN WATER sequel in which two people were stranded in a Montana field until they were attacked by angry rogue cows.

 

Cramming in one more movie tonight before bed.  Larry Cohen's PERFECT STRANGERS (1984, DVD), a Gritty Old New York piece of boringness about a Hitman who romances the Mother of a three year old that witness him murder someone for the Mob.  Starring Nobody of Interest (except for the star of LIQUID SKY Anne Carlysle and supporting player Ann Magnuson) in a film that took an hour and thirteen minutes to become interesting when the Hitman takes the kid to the park for the swings, pushing the kid higher and higher while saying "Fly, kid, fly!" trying to send the kid into the air and impale him on a nearby fence.  (It plays a lot more ridiculously and funnier than it sounds.).  Not sure how I made it through.  At least New York looked legit.  That's the best I can say for this thing.

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Nah, no drugs for me. Not a fan. That said, you know how Hurt walks into a room and sort of seems like he's reacting to and studying the others in the room? Sort of like an alien? Like, everyone acts as if they're seeing in black and white but he's seeing in color? Sort of like that.

At least that's how I feel in a room full of what I'd call "regular people." When I'm in a room full of "movie people" I feel right at home.

 

I can say that at times I feel a similar way when I am among a lot of people in general; I am a rather unusual sort anyhow and I get the impression plenty look at me cross-eyed or treat me unfairly anyhow... but that's OK.

 

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Had myself a great day yesterday.

 

That does sound like a quality day for you. I hadn't heard of that restaurant before; I looked it up and it's mainly a Texas thing.

 

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Then I checked out SHIN GODZILLA (2016, blu-ray).  Can't say I loved this one.

 

I understand why there was no shortage of people who felt "meh" about it. It was nice I got to see the film theatrically but I was both amused by the bureaucracy stuff and enjoyed those different characters coming together to fix this problem. I actually rate it pretty high myself, along with the 2014 Godzilla. I imagine not too many think of both that way, but again note how I am an unusual sort.

 

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I got up "late" myself today. 

 

Nothing wrong with sleeping in, I say. I am glad the screening wasn't as bad as it could have been.

 

Today, it was a lazy day. The reason why I am still up at this hour: I did not feel tired a few hours earlier so I decided to see a classic that was on TCM: Diabolique. Yes, it is great. No surprise that Hitchcock wanted to adapt the novel too as it's totally in his wheelhouse and those who love his films need to see this. The ending 10 or so minutes: tremendous. I was also reminded and remembered for the first time in like 20 years there was a 1996 Hollywood remake, which-shock of shocks-I understand is no good. 

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I think I did this Photoshop terror.

 

To be clear, I am not good at Photshop.

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