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After a long week I had some time to watch something and I chose a dollar DVD purchase I made a few weeks back, Brain De Palma's MISSION TO MARS (2000).  I'd seen it before, both in the theater and on DVD back when it was released to home viewing, but not since.  Of course I remembered key elements like the Sand Vortex, the final scenes and the death of a certain key character, but had also forgotten almost the entire first act, that Don Cheadle and Jerry O'Connell were in it and the micrometeorite bit.  When it played theaters there was a specific moment in which the film lost the audience, at least at out screening - the one involving a retrieval cable.  This time around though, I was struck the the formal, sort of classic quality style of the film.  Somewhere between the calm, take-its-time narrative speed of 2001 and the inquisitive resourcefulness of APOLLO 13, this time the film put me in mind of older sci-fi offerings like FORBIDDEN PLANET, though it does suffer when it turns from science-fiction to science-fantasy.  I appreciated the intelligence and reserve of the main characters, despite an overall vibe of fakery that kept things from feeling like anything more than any other well-rendered Hollywood product.  What was lacking in reality was made up for by intent.  Example: the zero-g sequence doesn't seem impressive at first until you really watch it and admire the sheer amount of craftsmanship of it.  That sort of thing.  Still not an all-timer but a decent time passer for me this evening. 

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What happened to Dengar? When is he coming back? Talk about wasted potential.

 

Hahahha. I laugh because it's such a random reference, although the way he looked in Empire is worthy of giggles.

 

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From the above interview. Jai White talks about his relationship with Seagal.

 

I am not surprised that is the case. What a bizarre human being Seagal is.

 

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Don Johnson celebrates his 68th Birthday today.

 

Boy, does that make me feel old.

 

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A Bit of Random:

 

It's funnier to me not knowing how this picture came about.

 

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Q: "When was the last time you watched a movie for the first time and thought, "I genuinely think that's one of the ten best movies I've ever seen?""

 

I don't know; it's been a long while. I can definitively say, I did NOT think that thought after I finished watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Today was not a great day in general but that does not impact my opinion of the film. There's a Post-Release Thread for the movie where I'll go into detail on why I thought it was only average at best; I know it's general knowledge now that the film is different from what you typically expect from the franchise. I was willing to give the movie a chance and there were strong moments present. But there are also some really bad moments. I realize I am not unbiased when it comes to the films (excluding the poor prequels) and it is better than Episode I and II; but to say I am massively disappointed I feel this way is an understatement. No surprise there are many who don't like it either. Hopefully you all like it better than me.

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Loved, LOVED The Last Jedi. Never expected something like this after how narratively limp and derivative Force Awakens was and how obviously watered down Rogue One was. I wonder if Rian Johnson was just lucky to slip through the cracks. Totally can't wait for Johnson's trilogy now, especially if he recruits his old Looper alumni Bruce.
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Watched Arnold flex his dramatic chops in AFTERMATH. What a heartwarming tale that turned out to be. Good God almighty.

He's fucking awesome in the film, even if he deserved a better movie surrounding him. We're losing good time for him to make his Unforgiven.
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Watched episodes 2 and 3 of Jean Claude Van Johnson. Second one was sort of a mixed bag but does have a fun sequence with Van Damme showing up at an illegal street race where he ends up having to drift with his car even though he doesn't know what drifting is.

Third episode was better. He gets to play his lookalike from the pilot and ultimately leads up to some decent fight scenes on the set of Van Damme's HUCKLEBERRY FINN.

Will try to catch the rest here and there over the next few days.

Finished up the show myself, really enjoyed it. Hopefully it gets a season 2 renewal with a slightly bigger budget. It's quite heartwarming for what is ostensibly a parody.

Also I haven't seen this posted here, but this sounds awesome:

http://deadline.com/2017/12/terrence-howard-wesley-snipes-eiza-gonzalez-t-i-film-cut-throat-city-rza-director-1202226662/

This is absolutely the kind of stuff I've wanted to see from Wesley Snipes since his re-emergence.
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Also I haven't seen this posted here, but this sounds awesome:

http://deadline.com/2017/12/terrence-howard-wesley-snipes-eiza-gonzalez-t-i-film-cut-throat-city-rza-director-1202226662/

This is absolutely the kind of stuff I've wanted to see from Wesley Snipes since his re-emergence.

 

Hope this is a step in the right direction for Snipes. ARMED RESPONSE is now on Prime and I still can't muster the enthusiasm to watch it.

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Oh and I watched BEYOND SKYLINE. Definitely on the high end of alien invasion martial arts films.

 

Frank Grillo plays an L.A. detective who, along with his son, ends up on a spaceship where the aliens have gathered several citizens to harvest their brains. Eventually the ship crashes in southeast Asia where Grillo and a few others meet up with a band of rebels that includes Iko Uwais. Together Grillo and the rebels forge an alliance and take the fight to the aliens.

 

Pretty bonkers movie. Whatever minor gripes I may have with it are outweighed by the sheer lunacy of it all. Wild stuff.

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Hope this is a step in the right direction for Snipes. ARMED RESPONSE is now on Prime and I still can't muster the enthusiasm to watch it.

 

 

Yeah, it's not that great, but if it's free on Prime, at least the only thing wasted would be your time. It really could have been a better action/horror film. It was at least interesting seeing Snipes and Heche together in a film.

 

 

 

 

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Oh and I watched BEYOND SKYLINE. Definitely on the high end of alien invasion martial arts films.

 

Frank Grillo plays an L.A. detective who, along with his son, ends up on a spaceship where the aliens have gathered several citizens to harvest their brains. Eventually the ship crashes in southeast Asia where Grillo and a few others meet up with a band of rebels that includes Iko Uwais. Together Grillo and the rebels forge an alliance and take the fight to the aliens.

 

Pretty bonkers movie. Whatever minor gripes I may have with it are outweighed by the sheer lunacy of it all. Wild stuff.

 

 

I still remember seeing the first film at the dollar theater and being so bored by it. I'm glad that this one makes up for it and then some. I'll have to rent it from Amazon Instant Video some time next week.

 

 

It's rainy and cold, but we went out for breakfast at McDonald's and then went to an overstock clothing store to get a few things. I got a new sweater with a hoodie for 4 bucks. That was cool. I've been meaning to get another one. It's thinner than the one I've had for a good long while (honestly I forgot how long I've had it, but I think I got it back in 2003 or even earlier than that!), and this one feels nice. Especially at such a low price.

 

Even with the cold, we're planning to do a cookout in a few hours. Late last night I wanted to play Call Of Duty: Black Ops III finally, but I'd forgotten to start the setup earlier in the evening, so there it was going slowly to load up the game. I just decided to put it into rest mode to let it finish, and I'm going to play it later this evening. Looking forward to it!

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Oh and I watched BEYOND SKYLINE. Definitely on the high end of alien invasion martial arts films.

 

You're so lucky, Molt.

 

Saw Last Jedi yesterday. I may have enjoyed The Force Awakens more. But TLJ is a more emotionally investing and interesting film. Mark Hamil especially.

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I watched The Last Jedi today.

 

I'm in the camp that thought it was great.

 

It was more emotional, mainly because of our connections to the old cast.

 

Great stuff and a cameo that I wasn't expecting that made my day.

 

I'd say that's it's my 3rd favorite right now, but more viewing may push it up.

 

My fear now is how Abrams is going to follow this up without shitting the bed. I thought this was much better than his first attempt. It may be my nostalgia glasses, but this one hit me in the heart while TFA didn't quite get there.

 

This really sets up for an expanded universe. Perhaps that is what Rian was laying the seeds for here.

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Originally Posted by Engineer View Post

Thinking about SCROOGED (again) and realizing that there are seemingly a lot of parallels between Frank Cross and what Donald Trump was and would eventually become.  Black suit, red tie, crazy hair, mean spirited, peddles fear to the masses on television...  Can we get confirmation that Murray based his character on ol' DT, at least in-part?

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Watched Scrooged last night and the parallels I’m sure were intentional.
That movie only gets better with age, I still get emotional at the end. One of Murray’s best.

 

Yep, the blu-ray arrived this afternoon and I just finished revisiting it.  Still love it.  It's pretty all over the place but in this case it adds to the randomness.  Murray's Richard Burton impression, the Richard Pryor joke, seeing a streetband that included Paul Shaffer, David Sanborn and Miles Davis, a ton of ADR to make it all piece together sensibly somehow.   I just found a 7th draft script from 1987 that I'll be working through to see the differences from page to stage.  

 

And yep, I'd forgotten about the film's Trump reference: When Bill's under the street with the frozen-to-death Herman (Michael J. Pollard), he's adlibbing jokes about the dirty frozen concrete sewer and one of them is, "Well, this is nice. Where are we, Trump Tower?"

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After a long week I had some time to watch something and I chose a dollar DVD purchase I made a few weeks back, Brain De Palma's MISSION TO MARS (2000). 

 

I've never seen that before; then again, the same goes for Ghosts of Mars and that'd be quite the double bill for myself. I know I'd find interesting aspects to both flicks.

 

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Oh and I watched BEYOND SKYLINE. 

 

I see that is now VOD, albeit at new release VOD prices. What a zany plot.

 

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I watched The Last Jedi today.

 

I'm in the camp that thought it was great.

 

I wish I could have felt the same way. But there are those that hated it and even I did not get that angry about TLJ. I was not expecting it to be as polarizing as a DC film but there you go.

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Yep, the blu-ray arrived this afternoon and I just finished revisiting it.  Still love it.  It's pretty all over the place but in this case it adds to the randomness.  Murray's Richard Burton impression, the Richard Pryor joke, seeing a streetband that included Paul Shaffer, David Sanborn and Miles Davis, a ton of ADR to make it all piece together sensibly somehow.   I just found a 7th draft script from 1987 that I'll be working through to see the differences from page to stage.  

And yep, I'd forgotten about the film's Trump reference: When Bill's under the street with the frozen-to-death Herman (Michael J. Pollard), he's adlibbing jokes about the dirty frozen concrete sewer and one of them is, "Well, this is nice. Where are we, Trump Tower?"

The Pryor joke followed by the slip as he walks out, which, is so good that it looked unscripted, has me rolling every damned time.

And Carol Kanes “It’s uh TOAST-AHHH!!”
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As a New Jersey native, I've always found David Johansen's delivery of "Go back to Joizee, ya moron!" a high point. Also, the Cross edit of the promo and him speaking the words to it.

 

I cannot watch Scrooged with anyone because everything from Cross's breakdown speech turns me into a puddle.

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New STRIKE BACK (2018) Trailer

 

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Oh and I watched BEYOND SKYLINE. Definitely on the high end of alien invasion martial arts films.

 

Frank Grillo plays an L.A. detective who, along with his son, ends up on a spaceship where the aliens have gathered several citizens to harvest their brains. Eventually the ship crashes in southeast Asia where Grillo and a few others meet up with a band of rebels that includes Iko Uwais. Together Grillo and the rebels forge an alliance and take the fight to the aliens.

 

Pretty bonkers movie. Whatever minor gripes I may have with it are outweighed by the sheer lunacy of it all. Wild stuff.

Ordered this last night and got about forty-five minutes in before I realized I had no clue as to what was going on.  Then realized that I had fallen asleep and missed the last twenty-minutes.  Got this on a 48 hour rental so I'm going to give it another go tonight. 

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I thought the JCVJ series was really good, well balanced between the comedy and the drama, the winks are witty and not as bad as in some movies or series, everybody seems on top of their job, the cast (if actors could be as good in DTVs) and direction are solid. I really like it. If only someone would write something as good and as smart for Dolph (with a different take that suits him of course)...

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Jacob Knight: "FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE (‘77): The Last Klan Rally On the Left. Unpleasant, mean spirited home invasion Blax horror movie where Will Sanderson might be history’s most racist monster. Wholly uncomfortable exploitation that accents it’s cathartic finale with a dose of nasty irony."

 

"[Sanderson] Just incredible. He makes every scene almost unbearably tense."

 

Someone suggested pairing this with BONE, and that's kind of brilliant.

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I haven’t seen either, but Fight for Your Life has J.F. Sebastian as the villain?!
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I'm visiting my ex-wife in Los Angeles for Christmas this year but I'm getting all kinds of bullshit from the receptionist at the front door. The guy tells me to type her name into some touch screen Atari game, which is a total waste of time as he then tells me that the workers at the Christmas Party on the 30th floor are "the only ones left in the building" anyway.

Why didn't he just say that in the first place?!

I hope someone shoots him or something. Asshole.



(Playing the old DIE HARD: NAKATOMI PLAZA game on the old PC laptop.)
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I thought the JCVJ series was really good, well balanced between the comedy and the drama, the winks are witty and not as bad as in some movies or series, everybody seems on top of their job, the cast (if actors could be as good in DTVs) and direction are solid. I really like it. If only someone would write something as good and as smart for Dolph (with a different take that suits him of course)...


While I really like Lundgren I think Van Damme has more of a baggage that makes such a series work: more trademarks (the splits, the twins), more specificities (the accent, the overacting at least until MAXIMUM RISK, the asian directors, the objective cheese factor) and the movies simply made a bigger impact: I'm a big fan of MEN OF WAR but it's no BLOOD SPORTS  (a lesser movie but a much bigger landmark). Lundgren's curse is that his most iconic characters are villains, but I would still be curious about a series playing to his strengths.

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Does VD do much martial arts? He did a fair bit in the pilot, and nearly of it was him.
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I got an email from Amazon that they gifted me a $7 credit, and I have it until December 31st. Looks like I'll be using that to rent Beyond Skyline!  Later anyway, as I'm currently playing Black Ops III. With CHRISTOPHER MELONI AS TAYLOR. Character even looks like him too.

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I'm visiting my ex-wife in Los Angeles for Christmas this year but I'm getting all kinds of bullshit from the receptionist at the front door. The guy tells me to type her name into some touch screen Atari game, which is a total waste of time as he then tells me that the workers at the Christmas Party on the 30th floor are "the only ones left in the building" anyway.

Why didn't he just say that in the first place?!

I hope someone shoots him or something. Asshole.



(Playing the old DIE HARD: NAKATOMI PLAZA game on the old PC laptop.)

How is it btw? I remember playing the Die Hard Arcade back in the early 2000s and loving it. You’d think by now they would have a fully immersive, third person action/ strategy Die Hard, maybe using the Max Payne 3 engine. Having to be super resourceful and stealth as well.

Seeing Die Hard on the big screen on New Years Eve near my house and I’m stoked.
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Originally Posted by Engineer View Post
(Playing the old DIE HARD: NAKATOMI PLAZA game on the old PC laptop.)
Originally Posted by Call Me Roy View Post
How is it btw? I remember playing the Die Hard Arcade back in the early 2000s and loving it. You’d think by now they would have a fully immersive, third person action/ strategy Die Hard, maybe using the Max Payne 3 engine. Having to be super resourceful and stealth as well.

 

I really liked it, though I'm admittedly in the great minority on that.  It has problems: the voice acting is terrible (aside from Reginald VelJohnson, back as Al Powell), there are far more than twelve bad guys (probably a hundred in this, but that's games for you), and the character animation is iffy even for 2002.  But for me, all that took a back seat to being able to run around all the familiar environments of Nakatomi Plaza and gunning down thief terrorists.  There's a charge to being able to sneak through the hallways, the ducts, the air shafts and especially the rooftop of what is probably my favorite building in film history.

 

Have a look.  (Not my videos.)

 

 

 

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Does VD do much martial arts? He did a fair bit in the pilot, and nearly of it was him.

 

He does a lot of martial arts in the fourth episode. Just finished that one. Had a blast with it. Cool fight sequence between Van Damme and a very powerful henchman.

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New STRIKE BACK (2018) Trailer

 

I had forgotten that was coming back.

 

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Later anyway, as I'm currently playing Black Ops III. With CHRISTOPHER MELONI AS TAYLOR. Character even looks like him too.

 

Amazing, Chris Meloni in a popular videogame.

 

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Seeing Die Hard on the big screen on New Years Eve near my house and I’m stoked.

 

Awesome. I've seen it that way twice in my life, and both times it was great. It is an experience you should love.

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 Since I had just revisited Silent Night, Deadly Night earlier this week, yesterday afternoon I decided to revisit the first one of the franchise that I actually saw back around 1994 on USA. Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation. I remember this one freaking me out back in the day due to the effects, and then when I saw it again in 2007 via vhs, it was still pretty weird, and that's all due to the whacked out effects by Screaming Mad George. Couple his weird effects with lots of icky bugs, and a memorable performance from Clint Howard, and we have a film that doesn't get the praise that it deserves. Especially in this day and age of gender equality being a big issue. It's about a female reporter who isn't getting her just dues at work. Her boss (Reggie Bannister!) gives all the breaks to the guy reporters, and she at first decides to investigate a strange case of spontaneous combustion that was witnessed by a homeless man named Ricky (Clint Howard playing the character who was the Killer Santa in the second and third films, as well as being the young brother of the Killer Santa of the first). She comes across a small coven of women led by Fima (Maud Adams!) who initiate her into the coven in order to resurrect Fima's daughter who was the victim of the spontaneous combustion due to her not wanting to follow her mother. Along the way the way there's plenty of gruesome and unnerving effects work, and Clint Howard having fun with his part due to stuff like this scene. His squirrely look has always been an asset to him, and it works like it always does here. Oh, and don't feel bad about the guy in the still image. He's a total prick in the movie. The bit with the white tape has always made me laugh though. Especially with how attached Clint Howard is to it in the film when he gets it.

 

 

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I'm going to put a light spoiler here for The Last Jedi due to it being something that we would get a kick out of.

 

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Rian may be a fan of the old school Shaw Bros movies, as Rey is forced to sit outside Luke's door and follow him around for a few days before he agrees to train her. Something we've seen plenty of times in the old martial arts films.

 

It's not a major plot point, but it's a nice little nod I think.

 

Or perhaps I'm reading too much into it.

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I agree. It was a nice touch.

 

I feel so conflicted about Last Jedi. It's definitely a good film but i am not sure if i am in a hurry to re-visit it.

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 Since I had just revisited Silent Night, Deadly Night earlier this week, yesterday afternoon I decided to revisit the first one of the franchise that I actually saw back around 1994 on USA. Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation.

 

Late this week I'll be leaving to go spend Christmas with family (as is now customary) so I won't have much time to see many holiday-related movies but at least one of them should be a SNDN sequel.

 

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I'm going to put a light spoiler here for The Last Jedi due to it being something that we would get a kick out of.

 

Considering there were some moments that were obviously inspired by classic films, I wouldn't be surprised if your theory was correct.

 

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I feel so conflicted about Last Jedi. It's definitely a good film but i am not sure if i am in a hurry to re-visit it.

 

That is understandable. The only reason I'll be seeing the film again theatrically is to view it on a giant screen and as it will be laser-projected, the image will be astounding. 

 

Today the highlight was going to Target to pick up a few items. Tonight, I watched something on Turner Classic Movies that sounded tailor-made for me, and I was right. It was the directorial debut of Albert Brooks, 1979's Real Life. It was incredibly prescient to today: a director wants to film a real life family for a year but he ends up becoming increasingly involved in their dysfunctional lives... I've mentioned plenty of times how I hate "reality" TV as besides it featuring people being A-holes to each other & it's so negative, most of them are incredibly scripted. It was amazing to see Brooks skewer that years before "reality" TV became a thing. He only based it off of the early 70's public television show An American Family (for you Brits, it inspired the 70's show The Family), which had 12 episodes and covered a real life family, which was dysfunctional and they did not like how it turned out as it was edited to be negative. 

 

I thought it was very good and I found all the droll humor to be quite funny. Plus, not only was there the late '70's version of flatscreen TV's, but they had digital cameras, albeit done in an absurd way for laughs (the cameraman wore what looked like the helmet for intergalactic troops you'd expect to see in The Last Jedi and that was the camera). Plus, Brooks played the director-naturally-and the parents were Charles Grodin and the mom from Gremlins (Frances Lee McCain).

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While I really like Lundgren I think Van Damme has more of a baggage that makes such a series work: more trademarks (the splits, the twins), more specificities (the accent, the overacting at least until MAXIMUM RISK, the asian directors, the objective cheese factor) and the movies simply made a bigger impact: I'm a big fan of MEN OF WAR but it's no BLOOD SPORTS  (a lesser movie but a much bigger landmark). Lundgren's curse is that his most iconic characters are villains, but I would still be curious about a series playing to his strengths.

Yes, of course it couldn't work in the same way, first since Dolph isn't such a cultural figure in the popular consciousness, he and his roles are not as iconic except for Drago, his trademarks aren't as recognisable and he just doesn't have the same story. So it'd have to be worked out and handled in a much different way, but there should be something to do (or maybe not as as series but in a single feature?). His various achievements and life experiences (engineering MIT scholar, drummer, full contact karate champion, doorman, "panther" singer boyfriend, Club 54 attendee, pentathlon team leader, scaring burglars with a photo, personal issues from father and childhood etc...) provide much material to create a deep and bigger than life life vs fiction show. Or make something different but give him really well written and directed material that highlight his strength and go past the DTV level to the standards of current good TV shows...

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Jox, any scoops on his role in CREED 2?
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Nope. Actually when I talked to him last week before he flew back to LA to shoot a Mexican beer commercial with Sly, he had not been given any draft or story treatment to read yet... but he's looking forward to it.

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Finished watching JCVJ

 

I thought that it was a pretty good show myself.

 

JC had some really good work here and wasn't afraid to poke fun at himself.

 

I felt these 6 eps didn't have that drag that some of the other shows have. Maybe 6 eps is the magic number.

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Yes, of course it couldn't work in the same way, first since Dolph isn't such a cultural figure in the popular consciousness, he and his roles are not as iconic except for Drago, his trademarks aren't as recognisable and he just doesn't have the same story. . His various achievements and life experiences (engineering MIT scholar, drummer, full contact karate champion, doorman, "panther" singer boyfriend, Club 54 attendee, pentathlon team leader, scaring burglars with a photo, personal issues from father and childhood etc...) provide much material to create a deep and bigger than life life vs fiction show.

Yes they should use this story about how burglars broke into his home in Sweden and quickly left when they realized who the owner was. Dolph should go after them like a more comedic John Wick, the stuff almost writes himself. Pay me!

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I'd watch a show about Lundgren dating Grace Jones. No way there isn't 6 episodes worth of madcap hijinks based on that premise.

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Saw THE MAN FROM UNCLE again last night.

 

Enjoyed every minute of it. Retro 60's fun. I wish more people saw this.

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Hey Molt: last days of my local, all old movies left are 2 bucks. I grabbed 2 you've recommended to me in the past:

 

Wrong Turn at Tahoe.jpg

 

<I didn't even realizing until looking on Wikipedia just now, director made some movies I really dig P2 + MANIAC (remake)>

 

Gotti (1996 film).jpg

 

<A Robert Harmon joint!>

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You got two winners there! Miguel Ferrer is fantastic in TAHOE. Gooding and Keitel are fine as well, but it really is a stealth-Ferrer vehicle.

 

GOTTI is the goods also. Assante nailed it. Earned him an Emmy!

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Don't worry, Fat Elvis!  Video stores are coming back!  First, at the Alamo Drafthouse location in Raleigh, NC.

 

Alamo Drafthouse Launching Video Rental Store in 2018

 

 

http://variety.com/2017/film/news/alamo-drafthouse-video-rental-store-1202643737/

 

I know the Alamo isn't the most popular chain around these parts, but for those of us who haven't had any problems with the remarked-upon hipsterism personally, this is welcome news!  (I became an Alamo booster again after the great 3D Fest and after they got rid of a couple of bad associates in their ranks.  You know who I mean.)

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Hey Molt: last days of my local, all old movies left are 2 bucks. I grabbed 2 you've recommended to me in the past:

 

Wrong Turn at Tahoe.jpg

 

<I didn't even realizing until looking on Wikipedia just now, director made some movies I really dig P2 + MANIAC (remake)>

 

As far as Cuba Gooding Jr dtv crime thrillers go, this one was a pleasant surprise. Miguel Ferrer kind of qualifies as the main character, so that's a plus.

 

Just saw Johnnie To's THREE and was underwhelmed. I can forgive the poor SFX of the climax but there is no tension, no build up, not even solid quirks and the expected gunfight, while stylistically interesting, doesn't excuse the tedious first hour. To is kind of hit or miss with me (and I have a *huge* soft spot for HK cinema, especially crime movies), he's definitely a friend of the family experimenting within the limits of the crime genre (THE MISSION, THE LONGEST NITE), showing real ambition (ELECTION 2, DRUG WAR), paying the bills with more maintream comedies I don't bother with, going full weirdo (HELP!!! , RUNNING ON KARMA) and more often than not directing pretty but kind of hollow movies (EXILED, VENGEANCE, PTU... SPARROW is gorgeous but don't expect much substance). THREE is the weakest of his films I saw since FULL TIME KILLER but I'm confident he can surprise us again. When you make 3 movies a year you can't be 100% reliable.

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Yeah. I was so damn excited for Three, especially after Drug War.

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I've been psyched about THREE since I bought a Chinatown bootleg with crap subtitles.  Keep meaning to get it on Amazon or something.  Big To fan, myself!

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Saw THE MAN FROM UNCLE again last night.

 

Enjoyed every minute of it. Retro 60's fun. I wish more people saw this.

 

While it was not a movie I loved, I understand how some do and it was not something I hated or regretted seeing. The 60's setting and music was pretty rad.

 

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I know the Alamo isn't the most popular chain around these parts, but for those of us who haven't had any problems with the remarked-upon hipsterism personally, this is welcome news!  (I became an Alamo booster again after the great 3D Fest and after they got rid of a couple of bad associates in their ranks.  You know who I mean.)

 

I also understand why people would like the Alamo Drafthouse and I am glad you had a great time at one of their events. Not having been to one before, some of the "bad associates" and how they were handled still puts a bad taste in my mouth. But, them opening videostores-even if it's more hipsterism-is cool.

 

Today I did nothing but tonight, I saw another movie on TCM's streaming service. It was 1932's Two Seconds, starring Edward G. Robinson. It's a sordid tale where Robinson is sent to the electric chair and in the two seconds before we die we see how he got there; yes, it's due to an evil woman. It is based on a stage play, and the film is rather melodramatic and over the top. Yet it's the lead and his quality performance which made it all fine in the end. Plus, it's only 67 minutes long. Some other faces I recognized (Guy Kibbee, Preston Foster, Vivienne Osborne) but it was Robinson's star which shone brightest.

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SOLDADO

 

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That actually looks pretty good.

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Hell yes that looks fantastic.
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Stayed up way too late last night getting closer to the end of By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There: A Memoir by Tom Sizemore (with Anna David).  Very eye-opening.  Tom tells of his growing up with little money and much ambition, and how he pursued acting with a vengeance, letting perosnal relationships go in order to get auditions across the country, about how important his parents and brother were (are) to him and how he hates what his latter life had become as well as his time in prison.  (I'm thirty pages out from the end.)  He doesn't shy away from naming names and uncomfortable truths either.  Tidbits include...

 

His on-off relationships with Elizabeth Hurley (while she was with Hugh Grant), Juliette Lewis (they wouldn't leave a specific room for weeks), a one-nighter with Charlotte Lewis, his wife Maeve and "the biggest female star in the world at the time" who had him brought to her showered and prepared for sex like an olden times queen.

 

Also, meeting Jack Nicholson, Brando and Beatty.  Receiving drug interventions from Robert De Niro, Michael Mann and Peter Hyams, living illegally on someone's ranch where porn was being filmed on the balcony outside his window, attacking Val Kilmer on the set of RED PLANET for being a total dick, scoring dope with Robert Downey Jr and Scott Weiland, being told by Mel Gibson "the cops are here to arrest you," being threatened into joining a prison gang and being told by Spielberg that if he relapsed during SAVING PRIVATE RYAN his film character "could always be killed off at some point."

 

He's very apologetic.  He knows he had it all and pissed it away and just feels lucky and grateful to still be alive.  I've always liked him.  (In college, I took his character from TRUE ROMANCE as a sort of role model.  Not the avenging corrupt part but the super high-energy cop part.)

 

Heavy stuff, but worthwhile.  Released in 2013, I'd love some new chapters on how he got from there to his terrific role in David Lynch's TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN.  His character was a real highlight and I hope he's able to continue his upward climb to better projects with great artists again.

 

 

 

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Saw Falcon Rising. Pretty good.

 

The film mostly gets by on Michael Jai White being such an impressive presence. There's just something about the way he moves, in fight scenes and out of them, that makes him stand out.

Would have been more interesting if the nutso PTSD veteran who stops a robbery came out in the rest of the film a bit more, but it's a decent vehicle. Wouldn't mind more films with this character.

 

Having recently seen Savage Dog it's funny how both films end in pretty much the exact same way, with the main character being offered some shady government enforcer job, complete with code name that apparently named the film.

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Does he delve into the making of Striking Distance?

Those recent accusations of him being a pedophile disturb me, admittedly. Still, I get a lot of my friends saying I look like him.
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