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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:16 am 


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Demon Seed (1977)

This movie is pretty special. Despite the rather obvious 2001 inspiration, it manages to do many things on its own to make it very worthwhile. The AI is super devious, the plot twists are great, the analog FX are quite something to behold, and the design of Proteus' 'body' (the geometric thing) is super inventive and suitably chilling and alien. The body horror stuff is really pretty innovative for its time and well done too. A+, would watch again.
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Junkopia short film by Chris Marker, made available by Criterion on Youtube.

Dolemite is my Name
Superb. This took me to my happy place. It also reaffirmed something we've all known forever: Eddie Murphy is hilarious.
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Fucking hell, forgot about this one! Onto this weekend's viewing list for sure. Rudy Ray Moore via Eddie Murphy, sign me the fuck up. Image
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Demon Seed (1977)

This movie is pretty special. Despite the rather obvious 2001 inspiration, it manages to do many things on its own to make it very worthwhile. The AI is super devious, the plot twists are great, the analog FX are quite something to behold, and the design of Proteus' 'body' (the geometric thing) is super inventive and suitably chilling and alien. The body horror stuff is really pretty innovative for its time and well done too. A+, would watch again.


Yeah I stumbled across this about 2 years ago and expected 100 percent camp but found myself actually enjoying it for what it was.
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Have you seen William Friedkin's remake Sorceror (1977)


Didn't realize this was a remake... it's a really good one either way.
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Seems they're both adaptations of Georges Arnaud's novel The Wages of Fear. :smile: Interesting that Friedkin went with what I assume his is own title, though the phrase still appears in that very silly trailer, which clearly didn't impress Richie much. :lol:

Not sure if the trucks have names in the book... Sorceror is one of them in the film, as established in that brilliant sequence of the men bringing the decrepit old hulks back to life.

Something that jumped out at me, watching Wages - IIRC the trucks are said to be from the company's best fleet, top-of-the-line machines. In Sorceror, they're absolutely beat to shit and in need of extensive overhauling. Yet it's a (perhaps corporately negligent) accident that causes the trouble in Wages. In Sorceror it's a guerilla bombing. I wonder which adaptation was closer. Friedkin's film is the bleaker of the two by some distance, with a pervading sense of things being utterly fucked no matter how this operation shakes out - though Wages is no picnic either, making its faint threads of hope all that more affecting.

I liked that subtle touch when one of the company chiefs despairs over hiring "those lousy bums," only to cheer up as his superior assures him that the poverty is so extreme in town, these desperate motherfuckers will be lining up around the block for a place on the suicide squad. Then Chap A beamingly remarks "and they'll do it for peanuts! LMAO!" only to get a verbal bitch-slap as his boss orders that the drivers be rewarded handsomely. Cynically you might say he doesn't expect all of them to survive, but the way the actor delivers it conveyed a feeling of genuine disgust. Pretty much all the film's bit parts are handled with similar attention to detail. It's a thoughtful movie. I'm gonna enjoy rewatching it with company this weekend.
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Fucking hell, forgot about this one! Onto this weekend's viewing list for sure. Rudy Ray Moore via Eddie Murphy, sign me the fuck up. Image


My TV time right now is hyper limited. This is the longest I sat down in about a month, and it was so worth it.
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I enjoyed Dolemite is my Name a lot. It's hard to tell exactly why, because even though it comes across as a comedy, it's never really funny. But it's just a true feel-good movie that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside! And as someone who enjoyed Eddie Murphy movies a lot as a kid, it's great to see him again in a role that he really cares about.
I expected it to be the classic Ed Wood'ish story (same script writers I think) about a guy who couldn't make a movie but people loving and supporting him anyway.
But the movie showed a guy who just really wanted to make his thing, and a lot of things that actually went right - it just wasn't a big budget movie. I have no idea what Rudy Ray Moore was actually like, but this representation gave me an impression of a fantastic guy who despite suffering from inflated ego really just wanted to enrich people's lives.

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I believe that the beauty of that movie is way it captures the feeling of divide here in the US. Furthermore, it does so in a meaningful and complex way by depicting a variety of family life choices and personal approaches to life. This movie was really more part of my parent's generation, but I feel as though it has something more to say and is increasingly relevant in our current political climate.
Sure, it's done in an amateur way, and some of the directorial decisions aren't the best, but (for me anyway) it comes across as charming.

Exactly the same things I picked up from the movie. :) Glad I wasn't too far off.


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I wonder which adaptation was closer.


I'll report back once I eventually read it. I love both films and finally tracked it down a couple of years ago but haven't read yet. Once I finish some of this smut I'm reading I'll go for it. Surprisingly kind of hard to find in English; you'd assumed this would have a reprint at this point.


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Excellent, thanks! I'm horrible at books. Last thing I read was that lazy shitbird GRRM's medieval willy-wavers - and even then, only because his TV show shat the bed!

EDIT: Actually it wasn't the worst experience. Victarion Greyjoy is a black comedy goldmine. Best Viking ever. Obviously he wasn't in the show!

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Not long after that Kerwin had come creeping to the captain to complain that four of the crew had dragged him belowdecks and used him as a woman. "Here is how you put an end to that," Victarion had told him, slamming a dagger down on the table between them. Kerwin took the blade—too afraid to refuse it, the captain judged—but he had never used it.


Victarion on Suffering wrote:
Maester Kerwin went down to one knee, the better to inspect the wound. He even sniffed at it, like a dog. "I will need to let the pus again. The color... Lord Captain, the cut is not healing. It may be that I will need to take your hand."

They had talked of this before. "If you take my hand, I will kill you. But first I will tie you over the rail and make the crew a gift of your arse. Get on with it."

"There will be pain."

"Always." Life is pain, you fool. There is no joy but in the Drowned God' s watery halls. "Do it."


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He vaulted over the gunwale, landing on the deck below with his golden cloak billowing behind him. The white roses drew back, as men always did at the sight of Victarion Greyjoy armed and armored, his face hidden behind his kraken helm. They were clutching swords and spears and axes, but nine of every ten wore no armor, and the tenth had only a shirt of sewn scales. These are no ironmen, Victarion thought. They still fear drowning.

"Get him!" one man shouted. "He's alone!"

"COME!" he roared back. "Come kill me, if you can."


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“You!” the iron captain called across the carnage. “You of the rose! Be you the lord of Southshield?”

The other raised his visor to show a beardless face. “His son and heir. Ser Talbert Serry. And who are you, kraken?”

“Your death.”


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Euron turned to face him, his bruised blue lips curled in a half smile. "Perhaps we can fly. All of us. How will we ever know unless we leap from some tall tower?" The wind came gusting through the window and stirred his sable cloak. There was something obscene and disturbing about his nakedness. "No man ever truly knows what he can do unless he dares to leap."

"There is the window. Leap."


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"Where is this Dothraki sea?" he demanded. "I will sail the Iron Fleet across it and find the queen wherever she may be."

The fisherman laughed aloud. "That would be a sight worth seeing. The Dothraki sea is made of grass, fool."

He should not have said that. Victarion took him around the throat with his burned hand and lifted him bodily into the air. Slamming him back against the mast, he squeezed till the Yunkishman's face turned as black as the fingers digging into his flesh. The man kicked and writhed for a while, trying fruitlessly to pry loose the captain's grip. "No man calls Victarion Greyjoy a fool and lives to boast of it." When he opened his hand, the man's limp body flopped to the deck.


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Afterward he put their crews to death as well, saving only the slaves chained to the oars. He broke their chains himself and told them they were now thralls and would have the privilege of rowing for the Iron Fleet, an honor that every boy in the Iron Islands dreamed of growing up. "The dragon queen frees slaves and so do I," he proclaimed.


Fuuuck. I should read some actual fuckin books. I love the schlock too much though, and THE SCREEN is an unmatchedly efficient vector! Image
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Yeah man, I hear ya dog. That's why you gotta read schlock! I read a lot of different crap, but I usually stick to scummy paperbacks that don't exceed 200 pages, collecting an uncomfortable amount of Men's Adventure books that reside in piles around my flophouse.

In particular I'd recommend Phoenix, who is kind of like a sidescroller himself as he just runs throughout nuked US single-handedly murdering mutants, mercenaries, and cultists, even nuking a base. One of my favorite lines ever in a book:

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Usually this author makes me mad (author of Paperbacks from Hell), but he actually does a decent review of the first book here that covers what I want to say. On kindle as well if that's your bag 8) .


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Had to stop mid-sandwich for fear of choking. That is one masterfully escalating paragraph. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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The Hellraiser original.

Back in the '90s a friend in school handed me a tape, tried his best evil smile (and failed), and said "Watch this." Could've been pornographic for all I knew (in a way it is). I remember distinctly a man clad in blood and muscle and then... nothing. I don't know what happened. Maybe I stopped watching. Thought it was stupid or unsophisticated. My youthful ignorance failed me in acknowledging The Exorcist then, because the very deliberate pace of a film to a teen? Stupid! Maybe it was a dowdy Tv-edit. Or I simply repressed most of it because I was squeamish. I'll never know.
The gal kept asking about it over the years, for she had never seen it. I couldn't tell her anything, blushing over my arrogance o' youth.
Read the novella in preparation (nasty!) and was not disappointed by the adaptation. Given the period and restriction, it is a powerful web of intricacies. The creeps in this are too-human (Frank and Julia), the monsters merely explorers. Gruesome mask and body make-up. The score is substantial in wringing the pieces together. Delightful. The gal giggled at the first showing of the cenobites, the mute with the shades her fave. I'm glad I got around to revaluate it. With more own experience in relations I was now ready. Going for the shirt next.
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The creeps in this are too-human (Frank and Julia), the monsters merely explorers.


Sums it up. What a dirty pair! It gets a tad cartoony near the end for my liking (decided memories of a Cenobite getting PWNED by falling drywall, like an unfortunate renovator - not a patch on the horridly figurative "monster in the attic" film preceding), but the overall picture is sound.

I like the ambiguous setting - I could never work out what side of the pond it was supposed to be. Later read it was shot on one, but meant to be the other. Nice sense of semi-reality, however intentional.

Typically great work from Andy Robinson.
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Barker discloses in both audio commentaries a very alternative title for the film, given to him by, what he remembers, the script supervisor, a staunch gal.

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is absolutely one of my favourite movies of all time. I can't say exactly where I'd put it, but definitely top three.
But for some reason I've never watched another Sergio Leone movie in full.

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So I decided to give Once Upon a Time In The West a good spin on Netflix.
I watched the famous intro scene as a kid and the long winded pace definitely impacted my impression of the movie, making it really hard for me to ever find the patience to see it. (I would later find out that I must have seen the ending also, as could recall several quotes in full)
I think it bears mentioning however, that the intro is amazing - probably the best part of the entire movie, and also very different from the rest of it, which actually moves ahead at a pretty brisk pace.

In general, the further you get into the movie the more messy it becomes, with some really confusing cuts here and there that makes it hard to follow the otherwise pretty simple plot.
Some of it is clearly intentional though. I do appreciate how it completely leaves out certain events, adding to the mystery of what's going on. Like, Harmonica and Cheyenne teaming up feels like it'd be a pretty central event of the movie, but instead we cut directly to their plan unfolding which is pretty brilliant. At other times however, I'm just left bewildered, especially when a hard cut takes us directly to another location featuring one or more of the same characters that we just saw in a completely different setting (like the cut to Mr. Morton confronting Frank at his hideout, or the cut to Jill McBain in the auction house).
My only genuine issue however, is probably the choice of Charles Bronson as the lead actor. Played against Henry Fonda and Jason Robards doing a great job with their characters, it really feels like he just doesn't care at all.

At its core, Leone managed to throw in some of the single most interesting and exciting individual spaghetti western scenes ever filmed. The movie is consistently entertaining, and in many ways a masterpiece. However it really lacks a driving force to string those scenes together and move the action forward, like was had with the (ultimately pointless) treasure hunt of Good/Bad/Ugly.

Btw. the restoration of the movie available on Netflix looks really beautiful. I think a lot of 60s movies look pretty dated today thanks to a bunch of terrible analog transfers, but this release really looks just a beautiful as it must have when it came out in 1968.


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Ronyn wrote:
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Barker discloses in both audio commentaries a very alternative title for the film, given to him by, what he remembers, the script supervisor, a staunch gal.

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What A Woman Would Do for A Good Fuck


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I'll also vouch for The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly being one of the greatest movies of all time.

I just watched Into the Spider-Verse. The whole time I kept thinking "hey movie, your GPU is overheating." My eyes could never adjust to the fact that the animation was missing so many frames. And on the whole, I just don't think it was very well written. Some neat ideas and jokes here and there, but it left me feeling disappointed and unimpressed. I really liked Peni Parker, The Prowler, and Doc Ock, but we never really got to learn much about them. There were a lot of really interesting characters, but the problem is that most of the movie's character development focussed on Miles, who I just didn't find to be all that likable or compelling. Sorry.
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Just seen Bad Boys for Life. Truly a good movie to start off 2020!
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I just watched Into the Spider-Verse. The whole time I kept thinking "hey movie, your GPU is overheating." My eyes could never adjust to the fact that the animation was missing so many frames. And on the whole, I just don't think it was very well written. Some neat ideas and jokes here and there, but it left me feeling disappointed and unimpressed. I really liked Peni Parker, The Prowler, and Doc Ock, but we never really got to learn much about them. There were a lot of really interesting characters, but the problem is that most of the movie's character development focussed on Miles, who I just didn't find to be all that likable or compelling. Sorry.


Yeah, Spider-Verse pretty much felt like a demoscene movie to me. Cool to look at, but not something I feel like I'll ever want to return to.
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Bad Boys For Life -

Might as well be a FnF movie. Lots of car/bike chasing scenes with explosions, lots of gunfire and a semi cohesive story which goes places you wouldn't think.

Sometimes when I watch these movies I just how many times can you be saved at the last second by an off screen character? It happens at least 2 or 3 times in this movie. Some of the comedic factor is intact and it works well overall. For me though it has too much of "The A team" ethic in it so it drops points for that.

I'm not sure if Harry Gregson did the soundtrack or not, but the main theme is a remix of Metal Gear Solid or the theme from "The Rock"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g3Kyh-hvfY - 1 minute in.

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Apollo 11 - 10/10. chock-full of previously unreleased footage. Even if *we* know how the story ends, it's nothing short of astonishing (e.g. Michael Collins heart rate not breaking 90 bpm during launch). 4k or bust! And if you're a disbeliever (git yer chemtrails outta my sky!) now you got a couple more hours of footage to analyze.

Nuts! - 7/10. Snake oil salesman and 'doctor' who performs a surgical procedure to implant goat testicles in patients to cure impotence, inadvertently revolutionizes radio.

The King - 7/10.

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot - 4/10. it's not funny anymore, and I'm not sure if it ever was funny. Clerks was good though.

Ad Astra - 7/10

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - 8/10

The Hateful Eight (4-hour Miniseries) - 9/10

The Irishman - 8/10

Color Out of Space - It's out, floating around in the digital ether..... the information superhighway.... the interwebs. Supposedly Stanley is quite the HPL fan and adheres to the source material, so.....*fingers crossed*.


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Gave The Lighthouse a gander.

I gotta say, I think this outperforms The Witch for me. Brilliant performances from both of the main actors. Robert Pattinson channels Daniel Day-Lewis' Bill the Butcher more than a little bit—he's impressing me more and more with everything I see him in. Dafoe's Triton monologue is the funniest damned thing I've seen in a movie for quite a while. Unlike the Witch, which is persistently bleak throughout, this one has a fair bit of levity throughout while tapping into the same vein of terrifying ambiguity. The cinematographic decisions to go with the 1.19:1 aspect ratio and shoot in black and white add quite a bit to the film, the former enhancing the film's pervasive claustrophobia and verticality with an array of masterful architected shots and the latter allowing the movie to revel in its overwhelming wetness, often making it impossible to distinguish one fluid from another. Superbly artful—I can't wait to see what Eggers does next.

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I can't believe I'd never seen The Princess Bride until just now. It was so wonderful and charming. Incredible movie.
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It's nearly a word for word port of the book. A good example of how important that stuff is - you can dial everything else up and down and it'll still be roughly the same movie. (Like that alternate universe version of Back to the Future without Fox!)

Though... I do grant if it were made today, it'd look way better while the actors would give that uncanny valley vibe all modern hollywood stuff has.


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Just saw The Gentlemen. It felt like a spiritual successor of sorts to Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, but regardless, the movie felt like a return to form for Guy Ritchie after the pointless Aladdin remake.
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I saw Dolittle. I wasn't expecting much, but it turned out to be better than I expected. It was a fun ride and funnier than I was expecting it to be. Antonio Banderas was excellent in it too.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:32 am 


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Caught Color Out of Space tonight. The VFX people (to say nothing of Richard Stanley) obviously know how LSD works. Nic Cage is pretty reserved for about half the movie and you kinda start thinking 'huh, is this gonna be one of those Nic Cage movies' but before you know it he's gone full bug out, which this time ends up looking like some sort of bizarre Donald Trump impression (not sure how self-conscious that is, but I'd guess quite a bit) that had the audience in stitches. Given Stanley's pedigree, it's perhaps not surprising that this movie never quite feels like it leaves a 1990s sensibility behind, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's a lot of fun and certainly one of the better and more faithful Lovecraft adaptations out there, maybe only equaled by by 2005's Call of Cthulhu in that respect.

The visuals also call to mind (not surprisingly given the influences) 2018's Annihilation. I think that film is probably the better of the two, but this one is certainly worth a watch.
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I can't believe I'd never seen The Princess Bride until just now. It was so wonderful and charming. Incredible movie.


It's amazeballs. Not many movies worth seeing that you can take every generation of your family to that aren't specifically aimed at kids.
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Did a twofer this weekend with Uncut Gems. You've gotta love the realism the Safdie Brothers bring to their films, and like Good Time this one is an agonizing portrait of a life unraveling, leavened with humor and hope. Sandler is stunning in the lead role, Lakeith Stanfield puts in a great turn, and Eric Bogosian, Idina Menzel, and Julia Fox are all excellent, not to mention the various local players culled from the Diamond District itself. 0PN's score is fantastic—there's one scene that is unmistakably reminiscent of the Akira score but in a completely different context. Overall I still prefer Good Time by a tiny margin, but only just.
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