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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 6:32 am 


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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (D+80 V2.0)
Everyone here has seen the movie so no real reason to comment on it itself. If you're curious how the Project 4K80 release will eventually look, then you should pick up this version. Started out using webrips of the D+ versions mixed with material from the 4K80 release that's in the works, this is impressive. Version 2.0 is based off the recently released physical UHD version of the movie. Since only Reel 1 is completely cleaned, for shots he needed the master files for, he had to do his own cleaning and reworking to get them to seamlessly fit in. I couldn't tell what came from the film reels and came from the UHD Blu Ray and the color regrade looks impressive too. Certainly the best this movie has ever looked.
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Does this stip out the "special edition" garbage? Like The Emperor telling Vader that Luke is his son way before the big reveal moment?
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Does this stip out the "special edition" garbage? Like The Emperor telling Vader that Luke is his son way before the big reveal moment?

It is intended to be original in all respects, with only minor things from the UHD left in. So no, that crap is not in there. The creator does see a lot of flaws and will probably update it once again, but for his first version using the UHD physical release, it looks amazing.
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The Living Daylights: ***

Since it appears that all of the James Bond movies except the Daniel Craig ones (which I've never been a huge fan of) are currently available on Amazon Prime Video, I'll probably end up watching or rewatching a few of these. This is the first of the two Timothy Dalton movies (the other one being Licence to Kill) and probably the weaker of the two. It feels a bit like they were trying to move away from the campiness of the Roger Moore Bond, but not too far, as a decent amount of it is still there. As you'd expect, you end up somewhere between the Moore films and the now incredibly dated faux slickness of the Brosnan ones (now those haven't aged well at all, but that's another story.) As is the case with most Bond films it has some good action and stunt work, but the plot felt pretty weak, and the ending felt like an excuse to tie up loose ends that shouldn't have been there.
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The Living Daylights: ***


Not to mention an ending joke that DID NOT age well where his mujaheddin friend (who is totally Osama Bin Laden) apologizes for showing up late to the concert saying, "we were held up by airport security!"
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Interesting pop-cultural cold war snapshot indeed, that movie and Rambo III. Jimmy & Johnny (AND THEIR NEW PALS) VS Ivan Teh Mean Ol' Grouchy Bear! That's what I would bill them as, anyway!

I'm lukewarm on TLD other than that ruthless pre-credits sequence and its catchy bubblegum opening theme* - though I do like Dalton's more reserved Bond. Not as smarmy as Brosnan's or goofy as Moore's, and while he's world-weary, he's not a ticking damage case like Craig's. Pretty sure Lazenby would knock him the fuck out mano a mano, but knowing that big ozzie goofball, Dalton would snipe him in the back of his fuckin head from a couple buildings over. Image

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The Living Daylights: ***


Not to mention an ending joke that DID NOT age well where his mujaheddin friend (who is totally Osama Bin Laden) apologizes for showing up late to the concert saying, "we were held up by airport security!"


The Mujaheddin paerts did stand out for that reason. Ten years after that, the Mujaheddin became a significant part of the Taliban.
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'twas the dark age 'fore Allhalloween. When sprite Billy boys came down the attic ladder to have a lark or two. When sorority housemothers were such alcoholics just as a regular mum could be. When public servants didn't know the meaning of the word fellatio. Where young lads practiced their obscene trolling over the rotary dial tele-horn and the abused gals didn't hang up on the perv. Where a excuse for a frat boyfriend attempted to take command of the impregnated gals' own body. When a faux Santa dropped f-bombs with a young'un on his lap. And energetic louts gots to sip the beers to pipe 'em down. And an all-murderous eye staring and the hissing voice were enough to foul undergarments. And scary endings didn't imply what was prone to be exploited by greedy small-time producers. 'twas a merry time, 'twas the best of times.
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: **1/2

As a generic space opera this might make for a passable popcorn film. As a Star Wars movie (and the alleged culmination of the storyline from the original and prequel trilogies) it's a mess, but to be honest I don't think a lot of it is this film's fault. The more I think about this, the more I start to realize that most of the damage was done in episode 8, and how much work it would have to do to try to dig out of there. Ultimately, I think the biggest problem is that a lot of the main characters (Rey, Poe and Finn in particular) just aren't all that memorable. Ultimately, in spite of best efforts, the whole thing just feels like big-budget fan fiction.

I do think there's still plenty of potential to make good Star Wars movies. This just wasn't the way to do it.
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Phenomena
1985, Dario Argento

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Cons:
Didn't make any sense at all the whole way through the movie until the very, very end. When I say that, I mean the whole movie made no sense except the end.
It was so convoluted that it was difficult to understand the transitions from one scene to the next, and the characters acted with no apparent motivation.

Pros: Excellent Goblin soundtrack! Trippy special effects!! Sikkkk crazy gore scenes!!!

That's about it. Tough to rate because it has a lot of nostalgia cache. 3/5


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Motherless Brooklyn

Enjoyed this once it got over a hump. Could have been a bit shorter but a minor gripe. MIchael Kenneth Williams was the best part. Could have explored the jazz numbers but I guess that would have stretched it out.
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Motherless Brooklyn

Enjoyed this once it got over a hump. Could have been a bit shorter but a minor gripe. MIchael Kenneth Williams was the best part. Could have explored the jazz numbers but I guess that would have stretched it out.

It's a fairly traditional noir, not a musical: the jazz numbers are only meant as atmosphere and character building.
More than an interesting place, the jazz club is an ethnically traditional occupation for several important characters of color.


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IP man 4

Its a good 7/10. I thought the racist card has been played too many times in the series and the outcome totally predictable. I liked the 1st one the most (doesn't everyone?) because apart from a 10 vs 1 fight that was unrealistic beyond words its a great story and kept its powerful message. As the series went on I couldn't help that IP man was the unluckiest guy in the world, always dealing with foreigners who wanted to beat up people he knew. Maybe he just had bad luck picking his friends. In the 4th iteration some things that got overlooked by the writers is that Bruce Lee was trained by IP man but doesn't fight like him at all. There is absolutely no carry over in the fighting styles from the master to the pupil. Which in my book seems rather odd. On its own right its a 7/10 but the message it conveys is very over used. Lets look at each of the 4 movies and where the race issue comes in -

1) Japan - Chinese
2) English - Chinese
3) American - Chinese
4) American - Chinese

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Le Man 66 aka Ford vs Ferrari

I love car movies, but none of them get it totally right. The amount of times I've seen movies where people race 99/100 laps in the 2nd from top gear, then engage top gear and race off leaving everyone behind, then introducing nitrous is just ridiculous. Thankfully, this movie doesn't do that (not much anyway). The first half of the movie is brilliant as it builds the characters and story, but the ending left me a bit wanting. Matt Damon shines here and I love his "Resolve" to most situations. If that is Carroll Shelbys true nature fair play to him. I did not realize his fortunes were down to one British guy called Ken Miles who've I've never heard of before. So some education there for me. Ken Miles was a bit of a pompous guy, totally British it was painful to watch sometimes but Christian Bale just about pulled it off. I noticed at the end credits the real Ken Miles picture, he had a nose to rival the car itself.

8/10.
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Le Man 66 aka Ford vs Ferrari

I love car movies, but none of them get it totally right. The amount of times I've seen movies where people race 99/100 laps in the 2nd from top gear, then engage top gear and race off leaving everyone behind, then introducing nitrous is just ridiculous. Thankfully, this movie doesn't do that (not much anyway). The first half of the movie is brilliant as it builds the characters and story, but the ending left me a bit wanting. Matt Damon shines here and I love his "Resolve" to most situations. If that is Carroll Shelbys true nature fair play to him. I did not realize his fortunes were down to one British guy called Ken Miles who've I've never heard of before. So some education there for me. Ken Miles was a bit of a pompous guy, totally British it was painful to watch sometimes but Christian Bale just about pulled it off. I noticed at the end credits the real Ken Miles picture, he had a nose to rival the car itself.

8/10.


It's one of the best auto racing movies I've seen, but that's a pretty low bar as there are some pretty horrid ones out there. The actual race didn't exactly have much drama in it (Endurance races aren't exactly known for their close finishes). The biggest issue I had with this one was that it was basically asking you to root for the big-money corporate team that wins the race by throwing money at it.
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Jinginaki Tatakai / Battles without Honor or Humanity (1973)

Violent yakuza movie set in postwar Japan. Some decent action but honestly way too many characters. Was hard to keep up with.
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Yeah, it just gets worse too. The original American DVD sets had a huge foldout sheet with all the family names and stuff even.


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Yeah, it just gets worse too. The original American DVD sets had a huge foldout sheet with all the family names and stuff even.


I actually watched with a friend (also Japanese speaking but not quite the same as mine) and he's like "why the fuck do the names disappear so fast?!" It is kind of a joke... a trope I find quite irksome. If you want the audience to know a characters name have another character say it? Over complication.
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Overlord (2018) Comicbook-esque WWII horror/action. GIs must destroy a Nazi radio base in occupied France on the eve of D-Day, but oh noes! The krauts have played Wolfenstein 3D's second episode, and gory super soldier experiments are afoot! Competent, inoffensive, forgettable, as per Bad Robot. Points for an uncompromisingly brutal wartime air. Less so for mild Horror Movie Retardation and tepid monster elements.

Watch Instead: DOG SOLDIERS (squaddies VS werewolf onslaught, cheerfully irreverent gorefest w/ EVIL DEAD VIBEZ)
Still Better Than: OUTPOST (dishwater-dull Nazi spookfest, despite the best efforts of reliably 'orrible Oirish cunt Michael Smiley)
Watch Michael Smiley Instead In: KILL LIST (fuck yeah, horror/crime rabbithole hell-dive, angry hitman smashes the pedos to bloody gristle and himself to sub-atomic dust)
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Dog Soldiers is a favorite of mine.
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Yeah, it just gets worse too. The original American DVD sets had a huge foldout sheet with all the family names and stuff even.


I actually watched with a friend (also Japanese speaking but not quite the same as mine) and he's like "why the fuck do the names disappear so fast?!" It is kind of a joke... a trope I find quite irksome. If you want the audience to know a characters name have another character say it? Over complication.


Sounds like the inspiration for the Ryu Ga Gotoku series. I actually saw some of the Yakuza Papers movies on IFC once, but I barely remember any of them.


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I'm a huge fan of Antoine Fuqua... But having seen Tears of the Sun last Sunday, I think that was where he hit rock bottom. At least he regained his mojo and bounced right back with King Arthur, though.
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drauch wrote:
Yeah, it just gets worse too. The original American DVD sets had a huge foldout sheet with all the family names and stuff even.


I actually watched with a friend (also Japanese speaking but not quite the same as mine) and he's like "why the fuck do the names disappear so fast?!" It is kind of a joke... a trope I find quite irksome. If you want the audience to know a characters name have another character say it? Over complication.


Sounds like the inspiration for the Ryu Ga Gotoku series. I actually saw some of the Yakuza Papers movies on IFC once, but I barely remember any of them.


Yeah, the way they do the family names and stuff definitely is.


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A few things I've been watching lately:

Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile: ***

I'm pretty sure I've posted about Romancing the Stone here before, but recently watched the sequel as well. Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner play the leads, with Danny DeVito playing his usual wiseguy character in a supporting role. The first is the better of the two movies, as the second seems to replace acting with special effects, but both seem to be reasonably passable 80s action flicks.

Joe Versus the Volcano: **1/2
I've probably posted about this one before too, but this one is just completely bizarre, seems to have overall pretty poor reviews, and would probably have faded completely into obscurity by now if not for the fact that it has Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan (playing three different characters no less) in it. From the beginning you're not sure if the director was trying to make an art film or a comedy, and the end result is that it doesn't succeed on either side. It has the feel of something where the director was just going further and further off the rails as the whole process went along, but everyone was too afraid to push back on anything.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Extended Editions
Over the course of the past week or so we've been rewatching these a bit at a time (at nearly 4 hours apiece these aren't the types of movies you can watch in one sitting; it's probably a good thing that the extended edition box set we have splits each film onto two discs.) By now a few of the CGI effects are starting to look a bit dated, but overall these still hold up pretty well. I know there are some parts about Peter Jackson's adaptation that are controversial (in particular, the portrayal of Faramir in the films compared to the books seems to be a point of contention with fans) but there's always the books if you prefer that version. It will be interesting to see what the Amazon series looks like when it comes out...
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I guess I didn't get that memo. I watched all 3 at a special showing in the cinema (yes, the extended ones) back to back with some 30 minute intervals. That was a long day.
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Virus (1999) Didn't bother rewatching in full. IDGAF! Decent The Thing (1982)-esque, but swap arctic base for arctic boat, Macready for Not Ripley, and Thing for Robo Thing. Also swap existential horror and bleak mirth for ALIENZ EAT MUH FACE 2 BREED III b-larfs. Robo Thing also be stealing your body, and creating obscene horrors from your biomass, and shit, but he's much talkier about it. I just skipped around for the scene of the Best Horror Movie Robot Ever hauling off on a muhfucka, a sobering reminder of Robo Violence. Boom! Splat! Mortal flesh, meet TEN THOUSAND PSI METAL FIST. (the robot from Demon Seed could fuck, I'll give him that, but a gross creepy rapist is no match for the overwhelming gorilla dominance of Robo Thing, who would tear his jaffers off and fist him into next week)

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I'm surprised it took me this long to see Battle Royale. It was brilliant. Way better than The Hunger Games.
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Zombieland and Double Tap

It's funny, if I'd have just watched the first movie I'd have a lower opinion of it, but the cookie cutter sequel made me appreciate its strengths. Woody Harrelson's character was originally ambiguous enough to believe he could be dangerous and reckless enough to believe he could die; next go-round he's a teddy bear that you know nothing bad's going to happen to. I didn't expect the girls to stick around beyond a one-off encounter in the first movie (though I could smell the con they were cooking), while in Double Tap every beat of their plot was predictable.
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Border (Gräns) - "When a border guard with a sixth sense for identifying smugglers encounters the first person she cannot prove is guilty, she is forced to confront terrifying revelations about herself and humankind." Absolutely fantastic.

Come to Daddy - "After receiving a cryptic letter from his estranged father, Norval travels to his dad’s oceanfront home for what he hopes will be a positive experience. If only he’d known the dark truth about his old man beforehand." Elijah Wood as an Eboy.

High Life - "A father and daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to the outer reaches of the solar system. They must now rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole."

The Lighthouse - "Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity whilst living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s." Dafoe steals the show, but Pattinson is no slouch; he again (The Rover, Good Time, aforementioned High Life) demonstrates his prowess as an actor.

The Platform (El hoyo) - "A vertical prison with one cell per level. Two people per cell. One only food platform and two minutes per day to feed from up to down. An endless nightmare trapped in The Hole." Surprisingly decent. Reminiscent of Cube.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer - "Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister."

Lords of Chaos - "A teenager's quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the early 1990s results in a very violent outcome." Story of Mayhem, which I imagine the majority of this forum is already familiar with.

Deathgasm - "Two teenage boys unwittingly summon an ancient evil entity known as The Blind One by delving into black magic while trying to escape their mundane lives."

Hostiles - "In 1892, a legendary Army Captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory." Christian Bale, Directed by Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, Black Mass)

Father's Day - "Ahab, a man obsessed with exacting a brutal, violent revenge on the man who murdered his dad, joins John, an eager priest, and Twink, a hot-headed street hustler, on an epic quest to find and defeat this mythical monster known as Chris Fuchman AKA The Father’s Day Killer." Grindhouse silliness.


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kill list (2012) - was in a "watch a movie i've never heard of" mood several days ago and looked this up after BIL mentioned it. wasn't disappointed! there's a serious authenticity to the constant existential dysphoria going on, here, and some pretty biting socio-political commentary. though i do like the resident evil-esque ramp-up of the ending, i eventually fell on the side of feeling it falls a bit short of what the rest of the movie had been building up. it's not as if the ending is bad or spoils the movie, but i feel like it could have shot a bit further than its abrupt punctuation. the extremely well-executed domestic instability had me thinking of possession.

midsommar (2019) - the beginning of this movie is roughly 45 minutes (!!) of unmitigated, ruthlessly dull agony filled with unsympathetic, uninteresting characters and completely unnecessary set-up (that i still feel was unnecessary) that had me suggesting to the friend i made watch it with me that we simply just turn it off... only for it to then seriously get going and turn into the best episode of hannibal that never aired. some of the most extraordinary whiplash i've ever had with a film, the two of us were in a state of almost pure joy by the time it wrapped up. beautiful, tender, ugly, violent catharsis.

the uncanny (1977) - a collection of short stories loosely tied together by the idea peter cushing's character is trying to convince someone that cats actually rule the world, and we're their pets. some very silly and slightly macabre fun.

beyond the pyramids: legend of the white lion (1988) - a movie spoken entirely in english, filmed in africa, and only distributed in japan. has an obscure famicom rpg based on it that bafflingly actually made it over here under the name of "legend of the ghost lion." utter fucking trash i went in totally blind on because of the novelty (and cool poster). friend suggested as we watched it that it was "worse than a mary kate and ashley movie" and she was far from wrong. feels like some japanese producer wanted to make a racist, old-fashioned pith hat adventure with a young girl many decades after they went out of style.

ashes of time (1994) - my severe inexperience with the wuxia genre left me lacking on a bit of the importance of the characters in this one (it's a subversive prequel film to a revered old novel trilogy, from my understanding), but i don't think you need to have experienced the source material or its many adaptations to be hit hard by some of the themes, in this one. malaise, dystopia, the fallibility of memory, unrequited love, etc. was a bit hard for me to follow but emotionally perturbed me enough to give me a nightmare.
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