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Hyams did direct a movie this year. It's called ALL SQUARE. Stars Michael Kelly from House of Cards. Plot is a change of pace for Hyams:

 

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A down-on-his-luck bookie befriends an ex-girlfriend's son and begins taking bets on his little league games, creating chaos in the community.

 

Guess it'll be out sometime in '18.

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Hanging out tonight kicking through some more episodes of STEVEN SPIELBERG'S AMAZING STORIES: SEASON TWO (1986, DVD).  This latest bunch hasn't been so strong, with some fairly un-amazing stories written with too much obviousness, but there were still pleasures.  Aside from Brad Bird's now-classic Family Dog, the episodes I watched last night and tonight were directed by such luminaries as J. Michael Riva, Ken Kwapis, Paul Michael Glaser, Nick Castle and Paul Bartel and include performers like Jeffrey Jones, Max Gail, Kathy Baker, Robert Townsend, Michael Horse, Carrie Fisher, Bob Balaban and also Bartel.  There's one episode, What If...?, about a little boy who can't figure out why his parents are ignoring him that seems to be meant as cute and mysterious but actually ends up feeling creepy and unsettling.  Season Two also clearly doesn't have the budget of the superior Season One.  I've seen one set used three times as an upscale home, a computer science lab and then as a location for a hostage scenario.  Ah, well.  Still three or four more left to go.  We'll see if things get a little more amazing as the series comes to a close.

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So I have seen a few things lately

 

You definitely have. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

 

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In memoriam...

 

I only heard that news once I got home from my cineplex adventure (more on that in a moment) and I was saddened as I remember him from movies & TV and when I was real little I watched Magnum PI.

 

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How has Ben Ramsey not directed a feature since BLOOD AND BONE? Doesn't seem right to me.

 

You are right. That is FUCKIN' POPPYCOCK.

 

I dealt with some poppycock today. The traffic to my destination and back was bad, it took a few minutes for the trailers to even play, some things played twice and there was a hiccup at the beginning of the film, although thankfully that was it. Still, I don't plan on going back there anytime soon and that's fine as I have many different places around Central Florida to see a film. What I saw was Murder on the Orient Express. As I heard it wasn't better than fine, I got what I expected as it was only fine and it did not eclipse the Lumet version. That told the story better than this did, that was my main takeaway. There's some nice cinematography and the cast does well with what they're given, but the 1974 movie is better.

 

At least there were some positives. Beforehand I had dinner at a restaurant which served a variety of items, so I had a chesseburger and some garlic knots; that was a wise choice on my part. It was clear they did not know which trailers would be best for the movie, so I was delighted at the strange bedfellows trifecta of Downsizing, Lara Croft, and... FIFTY SHADES FREED. That looked so rancid, but none of us should be surprised by that development.

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Watched PAYCHECK. Saw it once before back in the day but thought I'd give it another shot. What was Aaron Eckhart trying to do?

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trying to engage in a CHIN/OFF with affleck?

I love Woo, but paycheck?

john woof
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Such a whack ending.

 

"YIPPY! I WON THE LOTTERY"

 

Giamatti standing around grinning like a dolt.

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"DON'T YOU BELIEVE IN SECOND CHANCES???"

still, i love colm feore's delivery of

"I WAS EATING... PIIIIIE."
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Watched PAYCHECK. Saw it once before back in the day but thought I'd give it another shot. What was Aaron Eckhart trying to do?

 

I haven't seen it since the theater. I'm sure it doesn't hold up.

 

I'm with nooj: John Woof. It's a hired-gun effort.

 

Molt: does that John Hyams movie descend into madness worthy of the Motor City Muskrats?

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still, i love colm feore's delivery of

"I WAS EATING... PIIIIIE."

 

Haha, that actually was funny.

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Molt: does that John Hyams movie descend into madness worthy of the Motor City Muskrats?

 

I wish but by all accounts is a straight-up drama. Here's a photo of Michael Kelly on the set happy in the knowledge he's nowhere near a certain TV show co-star:

 

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All i remember of PAYCHECK is Affleck twirling a staff.

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not even John "I make actors look like MOVIE GODS" Woo could make that look cool
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Affleck also does some futuristic stick fighting in the beginning:

 

 

Giamatti: "YEEHAWWW!"

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He even spars with Two-Face!

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They were so innocent back then!

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Too bad about that too. I was hoping we'd get Dolph as Matt Cordell.

Hyams and Dolph have a project in development but who knows if or when it's gonna happen... 

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At least he isn't dubbed.

 

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Have I got a Friday treat for you guys! Latest episode of "I Must Break This Podcast" is now up. For this installment I join the host, my buddy Sean, for a spirited discussion of RED SCORPION.

 

So sit back and enjoy:

 

https://imustbreakthispodcast.wordpress.com/

 

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Very awesome, Molt! Will give it a listen. Should we be expecting you to return on this? And is the bizarre ad campaign music choice discussed?

Not to be outdone, my Cage/Keanu friends have started a Charlize Theron podcast. I’ve just recorded a guest spot for Watch the Theron, where they find out just why a crazy Miami Vice fan like me really wanted to get to business on Hollywood Confidential.

It’s their Christmas episode to boot, so expect it December 22.
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Very awesome, Molt! Will give it a listen. Should we be expecting you to return on this?

 

Oh yeah I'll be back. Probably will be on the I COME IN PEACE episode. Stoked for that one!

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Fingers crossed that gets a Christmas release.
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Yeah, I'm really liking how the plot is very straight forward and there's no big twists and turns. The film surprised me at the Rambo levels of carnage that are on display in the second half. It gets VERY bloody and with real squib work too! I'm glad I decided to see the film tonight.

 

I've got to see Adkins' film that he did for the WWE, Eliminators. I got a digital copy for free when I bought Dead Again In Tombstone, so that's one I'll have to see in the near future.

 

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Have I got a Friday treat for you guys! Latest episode of "I Must Break This Podcast" is now up. For this installment I join the host, my buddy Sean, for a spirited discussion of RED SCORPION.

 

So sit back and enjoy:

 

https://imustbreakthispodcast.wordpress.com/

 

 

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Oh yeah I'll be back. Probably will be on the I COME IN PEACE episode. Stoked for that one!

 

Ooooooo, yeah!!!!!!

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Hyams and Dolph have a project in development but who knows if or when it's gonna happen... 

Hey, Jox. You hear any news on if we will get another Universal Soldier film? It has been too long since the masterpiece that was Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning was released.
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Oh yeah I'll be back. Probably will be on the I COME IN PEACE episode. Stoked for that one!

And I shall be back next to discuss THE PUNISHER... :cool:

 

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Hey, Jox. You hear any news on if we will get another Universal Soldier film? It has been too long since the masterpiece that was Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning was released.

Who knows but as of now it really doesn't seem to be in the pipeline...

What I'm scared of is some sort of remake / reboot or TV series later down the line with of the original cast and crew involved...

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Ellen Page and Anna Paquin tear Brett Ratner a new one (also Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, etc), and rightfully so...

 

"I want to see these men have to face what they have done. I want them to not have power anymore. I want them to sit and think about who they are without their lawyers, their millions, their fancy cars, houses upon houses, their “playboy” status and swagger. What I want the most, is for this to result in healing for the victims. For Hollywood to wake up and start taking some responsibility for how we all have played a role in this..."

 

Much more:  http://variety.com/2017/film/news/ellen-page-brett-ratner-slur-woody-allen-1202612134/

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Just ordered: (DEATH FORCE)

 

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"📺CBS Primetime, November 10, 1976: — Network premiere of 'Death Wish'"

 

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Ellen Page and Anna Paquin tear Brett Ratner a new one (also Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, etc), and rightfully so...

 

As I figured, there will be many more people revealed in this wave of scandals before things die down. I mean, when George Takei has been accused of doing something awful many years ago... there will be plenty of names and I know I'll be disappointed with more than a few of them.

 

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Just ordered: (DEATH FORCE)

 

I've seen some Cirio H. Santiago but not that movie. At least it's on Amazon Prime for me to see in the future.

 

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"📺CBS Primetime, November 10, 1976: — Network premiere of 'Death Wish'"

 

I am old enough to remember the days when a popular movie debuting on broadcast TV was a big F'N deal; boy have times changed now.

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Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa. Sammo Hung

 

Also check out the 6.32 min mark.

 

 

http://filmcombatsyndicate.blogspot.sg/2017/11/gong-shou-dao-jack-ma-vs-martial-arts.html

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Meet the fighters.

 

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Watched Sam Elliott in the 1996 cop thriller DOG WATCH:

 

 

 

Elliott plays Det. Charlie Falon, a tough-as-nails San Francisco cop. After his partner is killed he is assigned a new one portrayed by Esai Morales. Together they investigate a murder that will blow the lid off corruption within the department.

 

A lot of DOG WATCH is conventional cop movie tropes. Hanging around crime scenes, roughing up perps, and of course crooked officers. What makes DOG WATCH stand out is Elliott. Wow! He's completely unhinged in this movie. Early on you think this is going to be Elliott's DIRTY HARRY but as the film goes on it turns into being more his BAD LIEUTENANT. He gets to deliver all sorts of hardass cop lines, my favorite being "You got the right to remain silent, so shut the fuck up."

 

Paul Sorvino co-stars in DOG WATCH as Elliott's captain. Those two share one of the greatest "Captain chews out a detective" scenes of all time. Sorvino devours the screen in this scene.

 

You also get to see Elliott wear a yarmulke at his fallen partner's funeral.

 

So while the plot of DOG WATCH is been-there-done-that, it's an easy recommendation to any fans of Elliott. He's mesmerizing.

 

If anyone has the Sony Movie Channel they're gonna run it again this Friday.

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Belated Anniversary Shout Out: 11/10/ '89

 

 

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Got up early today (10:00am, which for me is early for a Saturday) to get up and out for an early show of Kenneth Branaugh's MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, which didn't end up happening.  See, I signed on the that new MoviePass and was waiting until something came up on the right day and time to use it and today seemed like the day.  It wasn't.  Because after "checking in" at my local MegaCineplex, selecting the movie and walking up to the ticket booth, I was told the film was sold out and that the MoviePass should not have been even able to secure a seat for it in the first place.  This MegaCineplex is playing MURDER on one of their smaller screens (maybe 95 seats) and vastly underestimated - as did I, actually - the public's desire to see it.  I'm used to being one of maybe seven or eight in the audience for the first show of even a new film, so this was a surprise.   Not thinking I'd have the time to stop back for the next un-sold-out show, which was six hours later, I walked.  I thought about another film but couldn't reach MoviePass LiveChat via the lamer-than-lame app feature to make sure I could see another film on the same day.   

 

Stopping by the Manager's Booth on the way out I told them about my problem and they suggested that as long as a ticket was not issued, it shouldn't have counted as my one-a-day MoviePass purchase, so we tested that and instead I caught a mid-afternoon show (two hours later) of THOR: RAGNAROK.   I found the film to be decent to very good  An entertaining story with big laughs and action. That said, I wish it were easier for me to identify with some of these characters more.  Lately I've been souring on the whole superhero genre as not being adventurous enough or taking enough chances.  And as far as characters I really care about, Spider-Man, Star Lord and to an extent Tony Stark are getitng to be the only ones these days, most-to-all others becoming interchangeable.  I'm a Marvel kid from the age of five, so it pains me to say it, but while I always have fun watching these big flashy Marvel movies in-the-moment, I'm realizing their re-watch value is starting to fall to lacking for me.  Still, I'm not beating up on THOR: RAGNAROK.  I liked it just fine and had a lot of laughs, which I needed...  And God bless Jeff Goldblum.

 

Other than that, had a bargain basement breakfast sandwich at a Dunkin' Donuts (ugh, l like their to-go coffee but I much prefer diners), walked around a lot between showtimes and then after, basically just getting footsteps in for exercise.  Hit the used media store but picked up nothing, probably won't at this year's Criterion Collection B&N sale, unless inspiration strikes me.  Home now, don't feel like having dinner.  Don't know what to do until bedtime.  Movie?  Music?  I dunno.  We'll see.

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You're not alone. With the exception of WINTER SOLDIER, i've never felt the need to re-visit any of the Marvel films (though i do usually enjoy them).

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Marvel Series Ranking So Far (including Fox, Universal and Columbia ones):

 

1.   Spider-Man - The Amazing Spider-Man - Spider-Man (2017)

2.   X-Men

3.   Guardians of the Galaxy

4.   Iron Man

5.   Captain America

6.   Thor

7.   The Avengers

8.   Hulk - The Incredible Hulk

9.   Fantastic Four

10.  Ghost Rider

 

Ant-Man, Deadpool and Doctor Strange not placed due to only being one movie each.

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Interesting curios:

 

The Female Bunch & The Murder Gang

 

http://thenewbev.com/blog/2017/11/the-female-bunch-the-murder-gang/?utm_content=buffer1927a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

 

 

"When “Twin Peaks: The Return” began airing this past summer, millions of fans were happy to see Russ Tamblyn return as dodgy Dr. Jacoby, and delighted in his conspiratorial podcast alter ego Dr. Amp and his inspirational message of “Shovel your way out of the shit!” That maxim is quite applicable to our Grindhouse Tuesday event on November 14th, where we will be presenting two collaborations between Tamblyn and director Al Adamson, because in real life, director Adamson provided direct assistance to Tamblyn during a difficult period, and on screen, Tamblyn’s characters find themselves in some pretty deep shit indeed!"

 

 

"The irresistible women who comprise this deadly collective were frequent colorful presences in offbeat projects. Regina Carroll, dubbed “the Freak-Out Girl” in Satan’s Sadists, later married Adamson, and the couple worked and lived together until her death from cancer in 1992. Jennifer Bishop, playing the conniving Grace, was a featured cornfield girl on “Hee-Haw,” had been in two Adamson films, Blood of Dracula’s Castle and Horror of the Blood Monsters, and returned to make Jessi’s Girls with him in 1975. Leslie McRay, the honey trap Dennise, was a billboard model that had been in Adamson’s Hell’s Bloody Devils and later played Cleopatra to Martin Kove’s Nero the Hero in Paul Bartel’s Death Race 2000. Aleshia Brevard (billed as A’lesha Lee), the sadistic redhead Sadie, was one of the first transgender performers to have a long mainstream career, though she did not publicly acknowledge her transition until 2001 in her first autobiography, The Woman I Was Not Born to Be. As a performer at San Francisco club Finocchio’s, her mimickry of Marilyn Monroe led to a visit from Monroe herself to see it. The pioneering performer, professor, and author passed away earlier this year on July 1st."

 

"In a deeply detailed article by Chris Poggiali for Temple of Schlock, producer and Independent-International Pictures co-founder Sam Sherman described the unusual manner he and Adamson conceived this project. They were both fond of former Philadelphia Eagles running back Timothy Brown, who had worked with Robert Altman in M*A*S*H and Nashville, and had already done a film for them, Dynamite Brothers. But they had observed films for black audiences had generally great first week attendances but dropped sharply after, and did not always play well in certain markets, so they wanted to figure out how to extend and expand the theatrical run of another star vehicle for Brown. Their ingenious solution was to edit different opening reels for each demographic, and create separate names and ads for each version. The primary urban audience got a suspenseful opening under the moniker Black Heat, while drive-in patrons got a sexy-girls-at-play opening under the title Girls’ Hotel. In addition, the Black Heat edit was retitled The Murder Gang for overseas release, and performed so well that in the early ‘80s, the film was reissued in New York and other cities with that title. “[Even] after it had played [a city] first-run as Black Heat, we went back into the same market as The Murder Gang, like it had never played at all!” recalled Sherman."

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I got up around 6:30 today for work related stuff, but once that was over, I got to come home and relax at the house to see the last two Hammer films from the Universal Hammer Collection on blu that I picked up back in September. The first film I didn't care too much for it, but the second one which was the last in the set, The Evil Of Frankenstein was a hoot. Peter Cushing is Frankenstein and sets about creating the creature. Only in this version, the creature runs off into the mountains near the beginning due to the police being after him and Frankenstein. Frankenstein is jailed and then exiled from the town. He returns with his assistant Hans to the village where his castle is located and eventually discovers the Monster frozen in ice! He thaws him out and sees that he suffers from brain damage. He hires on a sleazy hypnotist called ZOLTAN who can make the Monster do whatever he commands, so naturally he uses him for personal gain. Frankenstein catches wind of this and violently throws him out, only for Zoltan to return and try to get the Monster to kill Frankenstein. Things really go off the rail after this as Zoltan is killed by the Monster, and then THE MONSTER GETS DRUNK AND DESTROYS FRANKENSTEIN'S LAB. This leads to the lab burning, Hans and the mute red headed girl who had been helping the Monster, and The Monster seemingly burning to death while Frankenstein may have joined him..or not. We don't see what happens after that.

 

I have to say, some of the films in the set weren't all that great, but this one and a few others were pretty great.

 

We went out to eat earlier, and then we decided to rent The House on dvd from the Redbox. It was pretty funny. It's not top tier Will Ferrell, but it was still pretty funny. Right now we're watching Why Him? on HBOGO. This is also a pretty good comedy. I'm actually glad though that I didn't spend any money on these as this was before I got MoviePass, as they're decent films, but not anything I'd want to spend a first run ticket price on.

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Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa. Sammo Hung

 

Also check out the 6.32 min mark.

 

 

I have no idea what to expect of that short film, and I saw that long trailer. As seeing it doesn't require a lot of time, that is something I should do soon; how can I turn down something with that cast?

 

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Watched Sam Elliott in the 1996 cop thriller DOG WATCH:

 

That's a film new to me; I am glad to hear it was not a waste of time.

 

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Got up early today (10:00am, which for me is early for a Saturday) to get up and out for an early show of Kenneth Branaugh's MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, which didn't end up happening. 

 

I am sorry you had to deal with such a rigmarole; at least you saw something else and it wasn't a bad film. But yes, I've seen many people as of late complain about the MCU, mainly how bland and unoriginal it is. I am glad I have mainly ignored much of this superhero wave, to be honest. As for the new Murder, I saw that on Thursday night and while it was an odd screening (trouble getting it started, and I did not mention this at the time but as I walked out there were three cop cars around and the cops were talking to a few people about something. I wish I knew but I figured I shouldn't stick around to figure out this quandry), that does not affect my opinion of it being fine, but the '74 version is better.

 

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Interesting curios:

 

I remember you bringing up that movie before. I can only imagine how it is considering who the director was.

 

Me, this will be another weekend of watching Three Stooges shorts. That may extend into the start of next week for all I know.

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Originally Posted by The Perfect Weapon View Post

I am sorry you had to deal with such a rigmarole; at least you saw something else and it wasn't a bad film. But yes, I've seen many people as of late complain about the MCU, mainly how bland and unoriginal it is. I am glad I have mainly ignored much of this superhero wave, to be honest. As for the new Murder, I saw that on Thursday night... but the '74 version is better.

 

I really should revisit the original ORIENT EXPRESS.  Too much to do today around the house to catch the remake but I did start off by finishing up my run of AMAZING STORIES: SEASON TWO.  The Final Four Episodes actually turned it around a bit.  Such Interesting Neighbors was a silly suburban comedy that borrows from Joe Dante and POLTERGEIST co-starring Marcia Strassman, Without Diana was a sad one I could've passed on, Moving Day was more interesting with Steven Geoffreys from FRIGHT NIGHT and MOON 44 and the final episode, hooo boy.  Directed by Tobe Hooper doing a pretty great Joe Dante impression, it co-stars Weird Al as an alien called The Cabbage Man who tries to influence a second-rate "Miss Stardust" beauty pageant.  Co-starring Laraine Newman (SNL) and Dick Shawn (IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD) it might now be my favorite Tobe Hooper offering.  Short, concise, vaudevillian, corny as hell and fun.

 

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Yeah, I've got quite a bit to do around the house as well. I'm fitting in a movie right now. Another revisit of Bram Stoker's Dracula via the "new" blu that came out a year or two ago. It looks great, and it's still a solid film. Even with Keanu's spotty accent which really just adds charm to the film. Plus it has Anthony Hopkins going full blown theatrical as Van Helsing.

 

I forgot to mention the other day that Scream Factory announced a blu release of the final "Blind Dead" film, Night Of The Seagulls. For those that don't know, Spanish director Amando De Ossorio made 4 loosely connected films in the early to mid 70's that focused on the Knights Templar. In his vision, they are a ruthless group of religious nutzoids who kill anyone (mostly women) for engaging in impure activities. They were subsequently destroyed by the people in the town they were located in, and their eyes were plucked out, leaving them as the BLIND DEAD. I've had the Blind Dead collection on dvd since 2010 when I saw each film just once, and with the announcement of the final film hitting blu (their reasoning for not releasing all together, or just the first film, is that the licensor they got it from only had the rights to Night Of The Seagulls) it got me wanting to revisit the entire series.

 

I saw the first film, Tombs Of the Blind Dead back on thursday, and it was pretty much a first time viewing as I remembered next to nothing after 7 years. The film was very slow moving for the most part, and I did find myself a bit bored aside from the 70's beauties on display, but things did perk up here and there as the atmosphere was thick and creepy, and things did pick up towards the end. The Blind Dead themselves are skeletal creatures who act like vampires when their grounds are disturbed and the rise from their graves to ride their undead horses(!) and go after anyone that disturbs their grounds. I can't say I'm a huge fan of the first film or that I loved it, but I definitely liked the atmosphere that was in it, and the design of the titular creatures. It was enough to have me looking forward to seeing the second film. RETURN OF THE EVIL DEAD. Yes, that's the actual U.S. title. Other titles for the second one are Return Of The Blind Dead and Attack Of The Blind Dead. I'm just glad that Blue Underground gave us the option to see the first two films in their original Spanish cuts or the truncated U.S. versions that were released.

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Last Nite:

 

Jacob Knight - "Now seated for the 4K restoration of THRILLER: A CRUEL PICTURE (‘73) w/ Christina Lindberg Q&A."

 

 

"Worth noting that THRILLER (‘73) may be the greatest work of pure exploitation ever made. It’s a history of violence; a step-by-step revenge procedural. Not a single wasted frame. The 4K restoration is utterly gorgeous."

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Local library borrows...

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So I wonder who bankrolled the 4K restoration of Thriller? I've heard that the Vibenus guy who directed the film is notoriously prickly about licensing the film, and that's why there hasn't been any release (stateside anyway) other than the two different cuts that Synpase released on dvd about 10 years or a bit more than that ago. Even with the dvd release, there was stuff that was happening behind the scenes that made him out to be an asshole that the Synapse guys didn't want to have to deal with ever again.

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I forgot to mention the other day that Scream Factory announced a blu release of the final "Blind Dead" film, Night Of The Seagulls. 

 

Oh, cool. I've only seen the first two Blind Dead movies, and those were the shorter American cuts. One day I should purchase all those movies so I can see them in full.

 

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Last Nite:

 

Jacob Knight - "Now seated for the 4K restoration of THRILLER: A CRUEL PICTURE (‘73) w/ Christina Lindberg Q&A."

 

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So I wonder who bankrolled the 4K restoration of Thriller? 

 

I searched online and it was none other than the Swedish Film Institute that did the 4K scan. As the director is a dick, who knows when or if that scan will be on disc. I wish I could've gone to the Alamo Drafthouse (despite what those people have done this year) to see that movie; getting to meet Ms. Lindberg in person would be nice too...

 

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Local library borrows...

 

Wow, that is quite the mix of movies right there. My local library has mainly old titles and hardly any recent releases. You'll have to share what you thought of those films, as I've seen 4 of the 6.

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Originally Posted by The Perfect Weapon View Post

Wow, that is quite the mix of movies right there. My local library has mainly old titles and hardly any recent releases. You'll have to share what you thought of those films, as I've seen 4 of the 6.

 

Will do.  I've actually seen GOTG2 and LA LA LAND before and loved both.  I borrowed them just to watch the bonus feature stuff.  The rest, I will watch and advise in time!

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"Here’s an Army booster production that got way out of hand: it’s a semi-docu using real soldiers, and filmed in Korea near the real combat zones – and filmed in full-scale 3-D. The soldiers, the equipment, everything is real — even the ammunition used is live, not blanks."

 

CineSavant

Cease Fire! — 3-D

by Glenn Erickson Nov 11, 2017
 
 

 

"The Korean Police Action was a tough sell to the American public, which was all for holding the line against Red aggression as long as somebody else’s son did the fighting. The duty was performed by service regulars and draftees. The 1948 desegregation of all the armed service had been promoted as a move for equality, but it mostly opened up conscription to a much wider pool of young men.

 

Not knowing how to help promote such an amorphous war, the studios instead made movies about WW2. One of the first pictures set in Korea (Samuel Fuller’s The Steel Helmet) was so honest that the Pentagon would have liked to shut it down, but it was an independent production and out of reach. After hostilities ended with a cease-fire in 1953, serious dramas about the war either stressed its futility (The Bridges at Toko-Ri) or took the attitude that our forces were betrayed by pacifists (One Minute to Zero).

 

Writer-Producer Owen Crump had Signal Corps experience and had run a film unit in WW2. When the Defense Department liked a short Crump had made about Korea, he got the opportunity to pitch the idea for Cease Fire!   Crump proposed a ‘you are there’ documentary to be filmed on and near the front lines in Korea. Finding support with producer Hal B. Wallis, a screenplay was written and a ‘guerilla’ camera crew was assembled. Adding to the drama and ensuring broader news coverage, Paramount announced that Cease Fire! would be filmed in the cumbersome 3-D process. On the surface this sounds absurd. Daring war cameramen captured amazing footage from the front lines, but they acted independently and carried small wind-up cameras. 3-D was a cumbersome process that required the full attention of a specialized camera crew, just to get a useable shot.

 

But it really happened. Filming began in May of 1953, when combat was still in progress. The full article by Ted Okuda at the 3-D Film Archive tells the story of the shoot, with plenty of images."

 

 

 

"At the level of the platoon, the realism is quite good. The film was shot not far from the front, and the men, equipment and weaponry we see is authentic. I would assume that a filming site would be chosen that had never seen action or been occupied by the enemy, so as to not lose anybody through accidents with unexploded bombs or enemy mines. But no blank ammunition was used in the battle scenes, a scary thought indeed. Using blanks only works on a film shoot when nobody has live ammo — under these circumstances it was surely safer to have live rounds and just be damned careful. There are no wide action shots with people firing at each other, anyway, although the editor manages to give the action a good war-movie polish."

 

"But the 3-D overall is quite good. I’m not sure it imparts a ‘you are there’ realism to the combat scenes but it is impressive to see all this authentic ‘costuming’ and gear in action — tanks rumbling around, real mortars firing, startlingly close shots of Navy jets catapulting off the decks of an aircraft carrier. And it is different when one is aware that the grenades hanging from the soldiers’ jackets, are live, 100% real."

 

 

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This was on my FB timeline from Twilight Time:

 

"Just a heads-up that Oliver Stone's lovely HEAVEN & EARTH, the third in his Vietnam Trilogy following PLATOON and BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, will be going OUT OF PRINT on Blu-ray very soon...we have specially priced it at $9.95 in our current sale, and the last 250 copies are only available at www.screenarchives.com - we'd rather give fans an opportunity to have the title inexpensively than to needlessly destroy the extant stock, so get it while you can!"

post #151500 of 151736

Heaven and Earth is the only 80's/90's Oliver Stone I've never seen. Always heard mixed word. I remember it just suddenly appearing at the video store; barely a theatrical release.

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