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Just got home after a day and a half with my mom, sister and niece, which can be both lovely and stressful.  What is it with my family that every time I go home and see them, when I get back to my place the first thing I want to do is watch GODFATHER movies?  :)

 

Still haven't seen THE LAST STAND.  Looking forward to it though, critics be damned.  Then again I still haven't seen SKYFALL, LINCOLN, JACK REACHER, DJANGO UNCHAINED or GANGSTER SQUAD either.  I need to get to the theater again.  It's been far too long since I've caught something current on the big screen.  I'd say my Top Five Schwarzenegger films would have to be THE TERMINATOR, COMMANDO, PREDATOR, TERMINATOR 2 and TRUE LIES.  With RAW DEAL, RED HEAT and TOTAL RECALL getting second tier mention and maybe even LAST ACTION HERO getting a prize for its sheer goofball existence.

 

I stopped by Five Guys Burgers on the way home and opted for some fries and a vegetable sandwich as I'm still at the pescetarian thing, and am currently chilling out with a Coors Light listening to the expanded APOCALYPSE NOW soundtrack.  I never get any movie viewing done on family visits as we're far too busy but I did catch some "Restaurant: Impossible" on the Food Network and enjoyed watching Robert Irvine dispensing some advice, some anger and some marriage counseling.  I'll have to write him into my Seagal Comedy as a "more Zen" chef who dishes out fine cuisine, wisdom and PAIN.  And congrats to the Robed Warrior himself, Sensei Seagal, for the weight loss and the upcoming film.  As always, I look forward to it.

 

On a real-life action note: How insane was that assassination bit on that Turkish politician?  I don't know anything about Eurasian politics, but holy shit that was a scary scene.  And it just came out a few hours ago that the weapon wasn't a real pistol but a gas one and the nut in question reportedly thought he'd probably be killed by anyway.  I just don't get it, sometimes.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cN1xBwTZFM 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/bulgaria/9814141/Bulgarian-would-be-assassin-thought-he-would-be-killed-during-attack.html

 

Need to decompress... Think tonight I'll put on either Alex Cox's REPO CHICK (said to be terrible) or Sinatra's THE LADY IN CEMENT (looks fun) tonight.


Edited by Engineer - 1/20/13 at 8:13pm
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I'll be getting The Duellists eventually since I've never seen it.

 

Revisiting V/H/S right now. Still love it except for that terrible Ti West entry. Sticks out like a sore thumb. I dig some of his films, but this one really pulls down the rest. I know a lot of people don't like the film, but Ti West's aside, I find it to be really good. The slasher entry is pretty cool too, since the killer seems like a slasher take on the Predator!

 

 

Saw Osombie earlier. It's definitely a sci-fi channel quality film, and I'm glad I only spent 8 bucks on it, as it's only ok to me, and that means to most others it will be a shit film. Still, the concept is cool, and I don't mind the copious amounts of CGI blood/gore/gunfire.

 

 

Forgot to mention this the other day, but seeing those 5 Warner Archive films I got on friday brought back fond memories of when I was in college and would rent 5 movies (since they had a rent 3 get 2 for free) from the rental store I would always go to, mostly horror, and marathon them through the night, and sometimes into the next day. Put a smile on my face, and makes me even happier that I got those films, and took the plunge to get them. I'll definitely buy more films the next time they have another sale.

 

 

I didn't get to see The Last Stand this weekend, but the baby's been congested (she's fine now thankfully), and then Vanessa had to work today, so too many things were happening, and that prevented me from seeing it. She's got to work the next 3 sundays, and I'm going to be working on saturday, so there's that too. We did talk about seeing it friday, or saturday after I get back, since it would be around 6:30 or so, so hopefully I'll get to see it this weekend.

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Originally Posted by Rene (Mr.Eko) View Post
Forgot to mention this the other day, but seeing those 5 Warner Archive films I got on friday brought back fond memories of when I was in college and would rent 5 movies (since they had a rent 3 get 2 for free) from the rental store I would always go to, mostly horror, and marathon them through the night, and sometimes into the next day. Put a smile on my face, and makes me even happier that I got those films, and took the plunge to get them. I'll definitely buy more films the next time they have another sale.

 

Same here!  It was a five movies five days for five dollars thing out at our awesome local New Hampshire video store, back in my college days.  And they even had drive-up video-return lock boxes all over town so that you didn't even have to go all the way to the store itself to get your movies back on time.  Man, I miss that place.

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My video store I go to has the 5 for 5 deal (old releases, including Blus) for 7 days. New releases 3.85, 7 days. It's film geek heaven.

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Thanks to a recommendation from this very thread, watched Tony Rome tonight. Frank Sinatra plays the titular character, a Private Dick who lives in his boat in Miami, who Takes a Case that Is More Complicated Than It Seems.

 

I had to double check that this film came out in 1967, because everything about it seems to be from 1957. The depiction of "Youth" in this film is truly hilarious, especially since its a constant background to the film. It was cool seeing Miami as this small town back in the 60's. And I even spotted the sign for an Atom Bomb Shelter in one scene.

 

I think Sinatra was doing the Adam Sandler thing in this film: he basically got together with some of his buddies and made a film. Thing is, there is a half decent plot, and Sinatra is pretty damn good here, though the rest of the actors are balls. Oh and the opening titles start with this song that goes something like "Mothers, hide your daughters, 'cause Tony Rome is in town!" and then Rome never gets laid once in the film!

 

There are crooked women, a dirty ex-cop, a mad Abortion Doctor and his drunken wife, a Trailer Park Lesbian Couple, a slobbering "Igor" type who wanders around the swamp like grounds of a Gothic mansion who randomly attacks Rome, and a Hit Man who knows his rights! There are also some very un-PC shots where the camera zooms in to the posterior portions of Jill St. John as well. They bookend the film!

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I hope Jill St. John showed a bit more cheek than usual.

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So I just re-signed up to Vudu for the hell of it, and found out that they're offering up 10 free movies. Some are complete trash, but there's some keepers in there.

 

-THE SIEGE

-LETHAL WEAPON

-BEHIND ENEMY LINES (the first one)

-BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

-WRONG TURN 2: DEAD END

 

The girl hasn't seen LETHAL WEAPON either. She needs to be fixed immediately.

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I totally want to listen to a Perfect Weapon / Rene podcast. I already know it would be hilarious and awesome.

 

I am greatly flattered by the suggestion. However, no one should ever hold their breath for such a thing. I am NOT what you would call a good speaker at all. At times I stammer, I am naturally a shy person, and I don't know if it's true or not but I think I have a bizarre-sounding voice. Basically, I am as not talkative in person as I am talkative typing away on the keyboard. As amusing as it would be for me and Rene to talk in person on the phone and have many people listen to us ramble on about cheesy action movies and hot-ass women, it'll never happen due to the reasons I already mentioned. Trust me I would be atrocious and one of the last people you would want to hear on a long-ass podcast.

 

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Thanks to the latest PSYCHOTRONIC NETFLIX column at Daily Grindhouse, I've just found out about a 90's DTV flick called THE ROAD KILLERS starring Christopher Lambert and Craig Sheffer. Check out the cast: David Arquette, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michelle Forbes, Christopher McDonald, Adrienne Shelly and John Pyper-Ferguson. Plot: a group of nutjobs take to the road to harass a family man Verdict: a possible drive-in throwback that i'll give a chance to this week.

 

The movie sounds pretty sweet. It's unfortunate that Milkyway has seen it already and says it's crap. I really wish it wasn't.

 

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I love Alien: Resurrection, but I love Alien3 more. I've gone on record here and elsewhere on the boards that I dig Alien3 even more than Aliens at times.

 

Unfortunately I can't get on that boat. Aliens will likely always be on the list of my all-time favorite films.

 

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Last night was my first viewing of Rock IV! Where has this movie been all my life?!

 

I now have to opine that Rocky is the best Action movie franchise I've seen: five solid entries so far (I will watch V next week), not one bad apple in the bunch.

 

Yeah, Rocky IV is rather preposterous and tremendously 80's, but it's still fun to watch even if it's laughable today and there's all those montages. V, though... good luck with that. You should not have your hopes high for that, that is how I'll phrase my opinion.

 

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I stopped by Five Guys Burgers on the way home and opted for some fries and a vegetable sandwich as I'm still at the pescetarian thing, and am currently chilling out with a Coors Light listening to the expanded APOCALYPSE NOW soundtrack.

 

Well, I just learned a new term. It's means "like a vegetarian but you also eat fish and shellfish". Five Guys is a pretty grand place, I do agree and their burgers are awesome.

 

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Saw Osombie earlier. It's definitely a sci-fi channel quality film, and I'm glad I only spent 8 bucks on it, as it's only ok to me, and that means to most others it will be a shit film. Still, the concept is cool, and I don't mind the copious amounts of CGI blood/gore/gunfire.

 

I had no idea the movie that had a viral trailer out many months ago was already out; if you don't remember it's the movie where Osama Bin Laden is a zombie. Talk about a ballsy thing to try and do in a film. I suppose I should not be in a rush to see it, though.

 

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I think Sinatra was doing the Adam Sandler thing in this film: he basically got together with some of his buddies and made a film. Thing is, there is a half decent plot, and Sinatra is pretty damn good here, though the rest of the actors are balls. Oh and the opening titles start with this song that goes something like "Mothers, hide your daughters, 'cause Tony Rome is in town!" and then Rome never gets laid once in the film!

 

There are crooked women, a dirty ex-cop, a mad Abortion Doctor and his drunken wife, a Trailer Park Lesbian Couple, a slobbering "Igor" type who wanders around the swamp like grounds of a Gothic mansion who randomly attacks Rome, and a Hit Man who knows his rights! There are also some very un-PC shots where the camera zooms in to the posterior portions of Jill St. John as well. They bookend the film!

 

Wow. I laugh that Sandler and Sinatra were used in a comparison but it does work. The second part I have quoted of course caught my attention and made me laugh. When I heard about the movie here earlier in the month (or was that its sequel, Lady in Cement?), I was not expecting such things as "mad abortion doctor and his drunken wife" or "trailer park lesbian couple". I imagine it's not as trashy great as it sounds but that still caught me off guard. I do know that the sequel isn't hard to find; hopefully it has as many odd plot elements as the first one does.

 

Oh, and looking at IMDb I now know that St. John plays someone named... Ann Archer! How about that?

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Originally Posted by The Perfect Weapon View Post

 

I am greatly flattered by the suggestion. However, no one should ever hold their breath for such a thing. I am NOT what you would call a good speaker at all. At times I stammer, I am naturally a shy person, and I don't know if it's true or not but I think I have a bizarre-sounding voice. Basically, I am as not talkative in person as I am talkative typing away on the keyboard. As amusing as it would be for me and Rene to talk in person on the phone and have many people listen to us ramble on about cheesy action movies and hot-ass women, it'll never happen due to the reasons I already mentioned. Trust me I would be atrocious and one of the last people you would want to hear on a long-ass podcast.

 

 

No probs, PW! I won't admit that it's a shame but that's more than a good enough reason for it to not happen. 

 

I realised today that I actually own all three versions of The Punisher (Dolph, Thomas J, and Ray S) and I also realised that they all kick ass! I get a ton of enjoyment out of each of these for different reasons. Dolph's movie has that brutal 80's action vibe and ninjas, Thomas J's has several great moments that elevate the flick as a whole (namely the fight against The Russian, the quickdraw shootout, and the guitar-playing assassin!), whilst Ray S' movie is simply filled with absurd violence that makes me chuckle and two awesome over-the-top villain performances. All three of these movies deserved sequels! 

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MrSaxon, I don't agree about Tom Jane's Punisher.  He was ok.  He would be better if the filmmakers gave him a suit similar to the one wore by Stevenson, but without the neck collar was.  That seems to be an addition that the...Comic version of Jigsaw would wear.  The rest of the suit is properly...Punishing!  Also Dolph and Ray brought...Serious Firepower along for the ride.  Jane's was...Plain!

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I've to say that the Arnold backlash due to THE LAST STAND disturbs me a little.

 

Arnold and Sly were our heroes since childhood. Are people these days so ready to turn against them if they don't meet up to expectations?

 

Troubling. A little troubling.

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Bought Dredd on dvd! Also got the 3 film JCVD blu with Cyborg, Death Warrant, and Double Impact. Even though I already have Double on blu I just wanted Cyborg and Death Warrant. Now I just need a couple more Van Dammes and I'll have all the good to decent ones! Gonna buy Unisol Day of R! on tuesday too!
 

The new Podcast is up! (Retro Retro Retro.com) It clocks in at 5 hours apparently. Raven said it has the best audio mix so far. Check it!

 

Watched P2 again. This time with my friend Jon and we laughed our asses off! A great unintentionally funny film and Rachel Nichols is super hot. Next I showed him Raw Deal (somehow he had never seen this!) and we had a good time, a decent one from Arnold. His middle name is Pussy!?! Haha I forgot that he said that! Finally I showed him Lady Terminator and he loved it! What great classic cheese that movie is. It would be hard to find someone who isn't entertained by it.

 

Weather is absolute cold ass today! Like -9 with 20mph winds. Gonna stay in and watch tons of movies, hopefully.

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May have to do a Death Wish marathon after hearing Michael Winner died. 

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Saw Parker today on press screening. I liked it, it was a good little movie, with some really good and bloody action (think of Bruce Willis in Die Hard or Scott Adkins in Universal Soldier:DoR type of getting bloody). IMO it seams that Statham was beaten in this movie more then in all previous together lol He get shoot, he was stabbed, he was beaten...but he sure did fight/fire back. But I liked this "more vulnerable" Statham for a change. I totally forgot that Daniel Bernhardt is in this movie, so when he showed up, I was like, "holly shit, that's Daniel Bernhardt" haha, him and Stath had really good, brutal and bloody fight, that also felt more realistic then usual Statham fights.
Movie is maybe 10-15 min to long, and I didn't like some of the flashbacks...IMO they where unnecessary  Also, the way that Lopez character was introduced to the Parkers plane was kind of naive...but I can live it that. Anyway...there was some really cool and brutal stuff that even made say "is this even possible" (like stabbing a guy with a cartridge clip lol),and in general IMO this is one of the better Statham movies...it sure did deliver. Personally, liked it far more then The Mechanic, it click with me on first view better then Safe (although on second view Safe was great), and IMO is somewhere there with Killer Elite...
Oh yeah...not to forget...in this one Stath has one of the worst Texas accent that I eve heard lol...It is simply amazing that no one would get it that hahaha. But it was really funny listen hem how he stretches the words lol
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Originally Posted by The Perfect Weapon View Post

Wow. I laugh that Sandler and Sinatra were used in a comparison but it does work. The second part I have quoted of course caught my attention and made me laugh. When I heard about the movie here earlier in the month (or was that its sequel, Lady in Cement?), I was not expecting such things as "mad abortion doctor and his drunken wife" or "trailer park lesbian couple". I imagine it's not as trashy great as it sounds but that still caught me off guard. I do know that the sequel isn't hard to find; hopefully it has as many odd plot elements as the first one does.

 

Oh, and looking at IMDb I now know that St. John plays someone named... Ann Archer! How about that?

 

HA forgot to mention that about the Ann Archer running gag.

 

In all honesty, the film has the trashy elements I list above, but the way they portray them is so plain vanilla that the trashiness is defused, so to speak. For example, Rome is pursuing a lead at a "Junkie Bar" that looks like something in Vegas. The bar tender is that "ooh ooh" guy from Car 54 Where Are You? and there's a show floor with dancers! Then Rome breaks into a "Heroin Dealers" apartment, which is amazingly high class for a heroin dealer. And the Dealer himself is clearly supposed to be Gay but they don't want to say it, so instead he's like 10% effeminate and dresses really really well. Such a strange movie, but I liked it.

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I've to say that the Arnold backlash due to THE LAST STAND disturbs me a little.

 

Arnold and Sly were our heroes since childhood. Are people these days so ready to turn against them if they don't meet up to expectations?

 

Troubling. A little troubling.

 

Yes, yes that is true. Sure, it won't be until tomorrow until we know for certain what the weekend box office numbers are due to the holiday, but it is still unfortunate people have had that reaction.

 

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The new Podcast is up! (Retro Retro Retro.com) It clocks in at 5 hours apparently. Raven said it has the best audio mix so far. Check it!

 

Watched P2 again. This time with my friend Jon and we laughed our asses off! A great unintentionally funny film and Rachel Nichols is super hot.

 

Weather is absolute cold ass today! Like -9 with 20mph winds. Gonna stay in and watch tons of movies, hopefully.

 

Eventually I will listen to that podcast, I promise. It's not like how I've thought in the past that I should watch P2 for its comedy value but of course haven't done so yet, not even to oogle and goggle at Rachel Nichols. But man am I glad I don't live in the Midwest like I used to in my childhood. I certainly have dealt with weather even worse than that. One time I took a thankfully short walk from my college dorm to class when it was like 39 below zero wind chill! I am not joking. It being around 70 where I am now = much preferable.

 

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May have to do a Death Wish marathon after hearing Michael Winner died. 

 

Yes, I did just hear that a few minutes ago. While he apparently in real life was a rather wacky and outrageous human being from what I heard in recent years, it's still sad news.

 

Oh OK with Tony Rome. I figured it would be tamer than it sounds given the time period it came out, Cylon.

 

It is good to hear that Parker is worth seeing and has plenty of action for us to enjoy... plus the comedy of Ol' Stubblehead trying to speak in a Texas accent.

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I'm halfway excited and halfway worried about Parker because I hope they stay true to the Parker character as previously seen in Point Blank, The Split and The Outfit and don't try to make him just another generic badass.

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Tonight's viewing: the TONY ROME sequel, THE LADY IN CEMENT, with Raquel Welch and Dan "Hoss from Bonanza" Blocker.  Didn't get to it last night.

 

 

Also: just pulled the trigger on an order of Sidney J. Furie's infamous THE ENTITY with Barbara Hershey (haven't seen this in years) and Robert Duvall in BADGE 373, which I've never seen and is based upon real-life NYC Detective Eddie Egan (who's in the film, as well), the inspiration of "Popeye" Doyle in THE FRENCH CONNECTION.  Love that poster.  Hope the movie's as good as that poster.  

 

 

 

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Reading Harry's DVD column. Looks like Duke Wayne's THE QUIET MAN finally gets a nice transfer - a gorgeous Blu-Ray transfer off of a 4k digital scan of the original negative -and Harry says it's a "wow!". This is one of the most lushly beautiful films of all time, so I'm excited (the DVD I own looks like shit). I love Duke and Mareen O'Hara and their wonderful chemistry (it's one of the great cinematic love stories for a reason) but Victor McLaglen nearly steals the movie, playing a boorish total dick. The epic fistfight between him and the Duke is epic and legendary. (Carpenter was surely a fan!) This is an alltime classic, and one of my favorite from John Ford.

 

I imagine if it's off a new 4K restoration, it ought to be good, but I have to say that Harry doesn't know shit about how films are supposed to look on Blu-Ray. Now, I'm not saying I know half of the things there are to know about Blu-Ray transfers either, but he's ecstatically praised some of the worst Blu-Ray travesties of all time, and when confronted with the evidence, just shrugged and said that it looks good to him. Nothing against his DVD column if you like reading it but never buy a disc solely on Harry's recommendation...

 

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Originally Posted by felix View Post

I've to say that the Arnold backlash due to THE LAST STAND disturbs me a little.

 

Arnold and Sly were our heroes since childhood. Are people these days so ready to turn against them if they don't meet up to expectations?

 

Troubling. A little troubling.

 

Frankly, I don't think the general public has the nostalgia for Arnold that you or I do. His reliability at the box office was already dropping sharply in the late '90s as he took on fairly generic movies and bad comedies. I love T3 and I thought it was a good sign-off for him when he was going into politics, but it was not a well-liked film (less on its own positives and negatives and more because T2 is a beloved film). And then he was basically out of the Hollywood spotlight for a decade, and people's action loyalty drifted elsewhere. I know many California residents hate him because of the things he did in politics, and as action stars continue to hang around later and later into their old age, the audience gets more and more skeptical. As much as the trailer appealed to me, I have trouble automatically arguing with the audience members who sort of groaned when Arnold delivered that "old" line in the trailer. The scandal probably didn't help either. The box office failure of The Last Stand in America is probably not a sign of them rejecting him based on the film, but more of a shrug of indifference for a person whose image currently looms larger than the films they were in. They can look back at the Predators and Terminators, and have a fondness now for the films and not for Arnold himself.

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All good points Tyler.

 

Engineer please let me know asap if Badge 373 is worth the 25 bucks or so for ordering it!?! I'm super interested in it and have almost pulled the trigger on ordering it several times.
 

Now I guess I'll finish watching The Dictator. It's been pretty stupidly funny so far. I'm liking it and it kind of reminds me of that comic I'm working on.

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Originally Posted by Milkyway View Post
Engineer please let me know asap if Badge 373 is worth the 25 bucks or so for ordering it!?! I'm super interested in it and have almost pulled the trigger on ordering it several times.

 

Will do.  I found a "used/like new" DVD of it for twelve bucks so I figured going by the trailer that it looked twelve buck good, anwyay.  Shall prepare a full report.  :)

Good luck on that comic!

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New Poster from Sly.

 

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In Memoriam:

 

Schlock Corridor: DEATH WISH

 

http://badassdigest.com/2012/11/24/schlock-corridor-death-wish-1974/

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The Dictator was a good time. Not the best comedy ever by far. Some jokes fell flat, but that happens in every comedy. I really cracked up at him discovering masturbation for the first time.

 

Next maybe Attack Girl Swim Team versus the Undead, more Spartacus, Dredd special features, Cyborg, or one of those Warner's. Probably a nap first though. I love not working!

 

Open question...What's everyone's most anticipated film coming soon and this year?
 

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Man, I watch The Mechanic last night for the first time in ages (blu ray came from Germany yesterday, along with Strange Days), and today Michael Winner dies?!

 

Jesus, I better never watch my Isaac Florentine films ever again.

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Even though reviews are mixed, I'm leaning towards giving the new Kevin Bacon show a shot tonight.

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Tonight's viewing: the TONY ROME sequel, THE LADY IN CEMENT, with Raquel Welch and Dan "Hoss from Bonanza" Blocker.  Didn't get to it last night.

 

 

Also: just pulled the trigger on an order of Sidney J. Furie's infamous THE ENTITY with Barbara Hershey (haven't seen this in years) and Robert Duvall in BADGE 373, which I've never seen and is based upon real-life NYC Detective Eddie Egan (who's in the film, as well), the inspiration of "Popeye" Doyle in THE FRENCH CONNECTION.  Love that poster.  Hope the movie's as good as that poster.  

 

 

 

 

BADGE 373 is one that i didn't take to on first viewing, but has kind of stayed with me. Duvall is one of the great 'my-aren't-I-racist', hard-boiled cops; Popeye Doyle amped to 11. Ironically, i first saw this on TCM as part of a 'Hispanic images on film' marathon, cited for its at the time rare inclusive depictions, racist though they may be. A 70's sleeper.

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My Dad is excited about STAND UP GUYS.

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I'm halfway excited and halfway worried about Parker because I hope they stay true to the Parker character as previously seen in Point Blank, The Split and The Outfit and don't try to make him just another generic badass.

 

To show you how closely I've been following Parker, what you just said is total news to me. I mean, I had zero idea. When I get around to seeing it, I personally will likely not put a lot of stock in the previous iterations of the character.

 

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Also: just pulled the trigger on an order of Sidney J. Furie's infamous THE ENTITY with Barbara Hershey (haven't seen this in years) and Robert Duvall in BADGE 373, which I've never seen and is based upon real-life NYC Detective Eddie Egan (who's in the film, as well), the inspiration of "Popeye" Doyle in THE FRENCH CONNECTION.  Love that poster.  Hope the movie's as good as that poster.

 

Oh man, Badge 373; in this thread, Molti first talked about it after a viewing. He wasn't a fan. However, I wanted to give it a chance so I taped it when it aired on a TMC station. Looking through the archives, it was around this time two years ago I saw it. The first 10 minutes or so are hilarious, with Duvall disguised as he's undercover, he utters racial slurs, and he utters to a suspect, "I bet you've taken it up the chocolate-covered speedway a few times." Wow. However, after that it's mainly a boring dull slog that isn't engaging at all. Not even a bus chase is as exciting as it should be. I thought it was disappointing. Sure, you get to hear him say, "Listen you coked-up whore bitch" and that's great, but otherwise you really shouldn't have your hopes high for it.

 

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I imagine if it's off a new 4K restoration, it ought to be good, but I have to say that Harry doesn't know shit about how films are supposed to look on Blu-Ray. Now, I'm not saying I know half of the things there are to know about Blu-Ray transfers either, but he's ecstatically praised some of the worst Blu-Ray travesties of all time, and when confronted with the evidence, just shrugged and said that it looks good to him. Nothing against his DVD column if you like reading it but never buy a disc solely on Harry's recommendation...

 

I am not exactly floored that Harry Knowles would get something wrong. Truth be told I've never listened to any advice given by him!

 

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Engineer please let me know asap if Badge 373 is worth the 25 bucks or so for ordering it!?! I'm super interested in it and have almost pulled the trigger on ordering it several times.

 

25 bucks... dear God no. At least that's my opinion. I'll be interested in hearing what Engineer thinks of it, as at least you'll have one more opinion to go with.

 

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The Dictator was a good time. Not the best comedy ever by far. Some jokes fell flat, but that happens in every comedy. I really cracked up at him discovering masturbation for the first time.

 

Probably a nap first though. I love not working!

 

Open question...What's everyone's most anticipated film coming soon and this year?

 

I am not a Sacha Baron Cohen fan, despite referencing him recently. None of his films are appealing at all. However, I still chuckled at the idea of an adult discovering JACKIN' OFF for the first time.  know, no surprise coming from me but I have to be honest. As for upcoming films, I haven't really thought about that yet. I'll likely see the G.I. Joe sequel, the Die Hard sequel, the Star Trek sequel, and Pacific Rim but otherwise I have no idea.

 

I really could have needed a nap today. Things did not go as planned and it wasn't a good day overall. I won't go into detail but it was more little things building up rather than one major thing. However, it looks like I am cursed when it comes to trying and see Django Unchained. Who knows when I'll get the chance to now. I am not too happy about that but I still tried to make something out of the day; at least I did go to a MovieStop to look around and I did get a few disks. Some of them I got because I am a horndog but the relevant ones was a real cheap Blu-Ray for Escape From New York, because shit it's Escape From New York. I also got a double feature of Assassins and The Specialist as I figured I need to see both and I probably will get unintentional laughs out of both if nothing else.

 

Speaking of laughs, while I was there they had several areas set up where specific DVD's were grouped together. There was one for Stephen King, for example, and another for Tyler Perry, unfortunately. But my favorite was THE WALL OF BRUCE. Willis, not Campbell. Also, I overheard one lady say to her friends, "Hey, K-Pax!" Not only did I never expect to hear such a thing, but at least to me it was just like, "Oooh, Navy Seals!" After that I ate in a restaurant where I had banana bread beer (it was good!) and the meal was tasty; I suppose the day could have been worse, admittedly.

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I hope they keep this line reading ("I just did") from Stallone in the final movie. I saw a TV spot with a different reading that wasn't as unintentionally hilarious. My dad and I always laugh at this part when the trailer is shown.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MPfMKIzndg&t=1m8s

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5wV7AgcOL0

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I imagine if it's off a new 4K restoration, it ought to be good, but I have to say that Harry doesn't know shit about how films are supposed to look on Blu-Ray. Now, I'm not saying I know half of the things there are to know about Blu-Ray transfers either, but he's ecstatically praised some of the worst Blu-Ray travesties of all time, and when confronted with the evidence, just shrugged and said that it looks good to him. Nothing against his DVD column if you like reading it but never buy a disc solely on Harry's recommendation...

 

 

Frankly, I don't think the general public has the nostalgia for Arnold that you or I do. His reliability at the box office was already dropping sharply in the late '90s as he took on fairly generic movies and bad comedies. I love T3 and I thought it was a good sign-off for him when he was going into politics, but it was not a well-liked film (less on its own positives and negatives and more because T2 is a beloved film). And then he was basically out of the Hollywood spotlight for a decade, and people's action loyalty drifted elsewhere. I know many California residents hate him because of the things he did in politics, and as action stars continue to hang around later and later into their old age, the audience gets more and more skeptical. As much as the trailer appealed to me, I have trouble automatically arguing with the audience members who sort of groaned when Arnold delivered that "old" line in the trailer. The scandal probably didn't help either. The box office failure of The Last Stand in America is probably not a sign of them rejecting him based on the film, but more of a shrug of indifference for a person whose image currently looms larger than the films they were in. They can look back at the Predators and Terminators, and have a fondness now for the films and not for Arnold himself.

 


Well I think the Arnold Backlash actually began when Last Action hero came out. That movie was so over-hyped, and people didn't got for it in theaters (I know it now has a cult following, but it sure didn't light the Box Office on fire). After that Arnold made a few more decent movies, but the bloom was definitely off the rose.

 

But you are spot on about how people in California feel about him. I think he actually had good intentions, but Hollywood charm wasn't up to the many problems of our fair state.

 

RE: The bolded portion of your statement: Arnold has always loomed larger than his films. So I guess it's a "live by the sword die by the sword" thing.

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Been revisiting the first season of Hell On Wheels. It's a good western show, and we don't have enough of those on tv anymore.

 

 

Revisited (Judge) Dredd. Liked it marginally better than I did when I saw it in the theater, but I still had a lot of the same problems that I had the first time around. Weak ass villain, not as gory as people were making it out to be, but I still liked the Dirty Judges sequence, even though it's really late in the film, and they don't last as a threat as long as I was expecting. Urban was also great in the role, and I dug the 80's sounding synth score.

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Did I miss this? Has there been discussion of the Michael Douglas as Liberace photos:

 

 

 

Flamboyant. Outrageous.

 

Tried to find the old youtube clip of ABC's Andy Robinson as Liberace flick but couldn't. Did find this intro to CBS' Liberace TV movie starring Vic Garber:

 

 

No air date yet for Douglas' film, we're gonna get the Pacino as Phil Spector film in March though.

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If only one of those Made On Demand outfits thought to cash in on Behind The Candelabra and decided to put out the Andy Robinson one. There's still hope I guess.

 

Those are some cool and wacky Liberace outfits. Complete with obvious hair piece!

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Saw Django Unchained in honor of MLK + President Obama's Inauguration. I bloviated at length in the post release thread, but suffice it to say it was a great time in the theater. Only downer was, I caught the first showing, so there were only a dozen people, all older white folk, in the theater. They dug it though.

 

Glad I saw this in the theater: I waited for Inglorious Basterds to come out on DVD and regret it. Django is a must see!

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Did I miss this? Has there been discussion of the Michael Douglas as Liberace photos:

 

Amazingly, no, but now I am glad you brought that up, as those images are stupendous. I did know he was going to play Mr. Showmanship, but I hadn't been following the production closely.

 

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Saw Django Unchained in honor of MLK + President Obama's Inauguration. I bloviated at length in the post release thread, but suffice it to say it was a great time in the theater. Only downer was, I caught the first showing, so there were only a dozen people, all older white folk, in the theater. They dug it though.

 

That was the idea I was going for too, but well, shit happened so I had to change my plans.

 

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Some words on PM Entertainment's insanely awesome Firepower:

 

I had like two paragraphs of describing the plot of this movie written about how SUPER AWESOME it was and I got so excited typing really fast that it went to another page and I lost the whole thing. Anyway, life sucks in the RoboCop universe circa 2007. Steve McQueen's son and Gary Daniels are future cops that get led to a squared-off "Hell Zone," which is a fancy term for "Hamsterdam on crack." This is where "Death Ring" happens. Basically, Mortal Kombat meets Kumite meets Thunderdome. Did I mention the reason why is because the World's Most Violent Criminal, former WWF superstar The Ultimate Warrior, is what led them there, and that these two bros just annoy their boss into letting them go undercover? How about the fact that this movie has motorcycles that shoot rockets, or the fact that all of the fighters (including our men in blue who are also fighting to SURVIVE) have stupid awesome names like "Hammer" and "Viper"?

It's like Lethal Weapon, Judge Dredd, and Best of the Best 2 rolled into one movie. Of course I think it might be the best movie of all time. Who needs Oscar nominations when you can watch boner jams like this!?

 

Yep, I managed to find the masterpiece that is 1993's Firepower. Hunter already did a nice job of writing about the film in a Movie of the Day column, so I won't rehash that. Instead, I'll say that they did a nice job with what had to be a real low budget. It could have been even greater if they had more cash, but it's still a blast to watch in a bad movie sort of way. I did laugh that there were motorcycles with rocket launchers as if they were the bikes from Megaforce. The soundtrack is all over the place but is good for the type of movie it is. One or two of the songs you hear sound like the early 90's version of dubstep, so of course that made me laugh.

 

That was a funny juxtaposition you found, Dude.

 

I just remembered... when I was at the restaurant eating dinner there was some music being played on the jukebox. It wasn't anything too remarkable (although it's always nice to hear some Zeppelin and some Sultans of Swing) but I did chuckle when I heard that one song you hear in the big shootout at the end of the first Expendables.

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DVR Alert! Wednesday the 23 at 6 A.M. on TCM, the Jim Brown Parker movie THE SPLIT. It rules.

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Dispatches From Direct To DVD Purgatory: Guns, Girls And Gambling is 15 years late for the era of Tarantino knockoffs

 

http://www.avclub.com/articles/guns-girls-gambling-15-years-late-tarantino,91408/

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Nuff said:

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Just picked up End of Watch at Walmart, but they didn't have Unisol R! out yet because they're lazy idiots! I even had them check, but of course they didn't even know what it was and took too long. So I will head back out somewhere later today, pick it up, and make a day of it.
 

Excited to see another good David Ayer cop movie! I even liked Harsh Times, and Street Kings is okay. Although I wish he would try making another kind of movie, because that's all he's ever done is cop movies. Just make a straight up action picture man! Like Commando, Army of One, or something. You've made the same movie like 4 times dude! I know you used to be in the police world and all but come on. I'm sure it's more about writing what you know, typecasting, and studios only wanting to fund another Training Day every five years than your own desire to make something different, but still. Try. Even though I'm also excited for Ten, it sounds like almost the same plot as what I'm about to watch now, except with dirty cops.

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I really wish blu-ray.com would hurry up and confirm if the US UniSol:DoR is region-free, because the local release is bare bones with no features at all, and the German release is cut to shit, apparently.  I want my 80-minute doco, damn it!

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ZERO DARK THIRTY finally gets released on my shores this week. Nice to know the Film Distributors here didn't make us wait till Feb.

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End of Watch was great! Definitely in my tops of 2012. Don't remember my list so I'll just say End sits proudly at 11th place. Its not totally a "found footage" film, but it didn't bother me that most of the movie was shot in that style (face it, that particular style is here to stay anyway). Not full of tons of action, but the moments of action are done well enough and are tense. Pena and Gyllenhaal were great together and had good chemistry. Some very funny stuff in there.

 

I still by what I said about Ayer though. I love that he's growing as a filmmaker and getting better, but after Ten try to do something else dude. Like sci fi or a western. Horror. Almost anything but a rom com and I will be interested.
 

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I really wish blu-ray.com would hurry up and confirm if the US UniSol:DoR is region-free, because the local release is bare bones with no features at all, and the German release is cut to shit, apparently.  I want my 80-minute doco, damn it!


Agreed, and please let us know about that when it happens friend.

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From what I've heard, the German release of Unisol: DOR is the only way so far to see the full uncut version. It's region free, but costs $40.
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One of two German editions of EX2...

 

 

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It is good to hear that Parker is worth seeing and has plenty of action for us to enjoy... plus the comedy of Ol' Stubblehead trying to speak in a Texas accent.

 

Just noticed this hehe...

 

Well, I wouldn't call it action packed, but when it has action...its hard R action, brutal and bloody...

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Gentleman...Olympus has Fallen...

 

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Page me when the trailer for the Channing Tatum one comes out. That's the one I'm really looking forward to.
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