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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2020 1:33 am 


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Really glad to see that you stuck with Midsommar. S'gud.
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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.


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steamflogger - i really loved midsommar, yeah! looking forward to more by the director.

brian - i was thinking a bit more like an episode of redlettermedia's "best of the worst," tbh
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Have you watched Hereditary yet?
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Contraband (Luca il Contrabbandiere) (1980) Horror maestro Lucio Fulci does a mafia flick. Working stiff Neapolitan smugglers VS 'orrible French cunt making offers they can't refuse. As expected, the slayings are merciless, the gore grimly spectacular. Plot is twisty yet concise, an appropriate change from his bonkers Gates of Hell trilogy. I like the rough n' tumble handling of protagonist Luca, a mid-tier thug groping in the shadows of mafia kingpins. Wasn't keen on the lurid gang rape, but that's part and parcel of b-flick crimming, unfortunately. Worth an evening if you like Fulci and/or violent gangland b-flicks.

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Red Sun (1971) Horeh shiet. :o How'd I never hear about this one? Charles BURONSON (wily thief) and a winningly English-growling Toshiro Mifune (LAST SAMOURAI) in a classic spaghetti western revenge. True to genre standards, it's unhurriedly scenic, earthy and violent. The slow-thawing buddy act is unsurprising yet charmingly played, as expected of the estimable leading men, with a charismatic nemesis in handsome devil Alain Delon. Good with large-scale shootouts and grimly economical slashings alike. Only thing that sapped immersion was an inane "don't cut the rope, you might cut them too!" *blasts rope off throat with revolver* scene, trivial. A fine evening's entertainment for fans of either lead.

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Oh wow Ursula Andress too, all muh favourite stars! Image Sound design in this scene is AMAZIN, who doesn't love the wind rustling through long grass? An uncouth prick, that's who!

Carved: The Slit-Mouthed Woman (Kuchisake Onna) (2007) I can't honestly review this one, as the fucker put me to sleep more than once, and when I awoke it was to context-less Horror Movie Retardation. Standard-issue J-spook yurei-dodging affair. Only perused because the titular fiend's makeup is RAD, but the surrounding film seemed fairly BAD. I might be wrong etc etc :oops:

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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.


Glad you enjoyed! You may also like Ben Wheatley's earlier crime flick Down Terrace. Black dramedy of succession in a working class crime family. Going offbeat, there's also A Field In England. Surrealistic, horror-tinged Monty Python-esque. Civil war deserters plunder said plot for treasure, only to rouse the motherfuckin devil and/or a whole lotta shrooms. Both featuring Kill List's crack support Michael Smiley, with Field a real snarling star turn.

While Terrace is a safe bet, Field is total marmite and will bore and frustrate some while it enchants others (like ME Image). OPEN UP AND LET THE DEVIL IN :shock: Image

I need to catch up on Mr. Wheaty, the above three flicks were all right up my street.
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Haven't seen Contraband or Red Sun in a wee bit, but love 'em both dearly. Did you catch Fulci himself touting that MP40 or whatever? That was the movie that started my obsession with glorious Fabio :oops:

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Haha, holy shit! I did wonder if any of the oldschool mafiosi were big shots of Italo-cinema. I knew about his A Cat in the Brain (what a rad title) cameo, but he was ofc a lot older then. I love how he ducks that barrage, good situational awareness. :mrgreen:

That was my favourite part of the film, when
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the old guard are finally like "Che palle! Fuck this dope-pushing, French cathouse-smelling frog!" and bust out their old tools, demolishing the entire FRENCH CONNECTION with calculated OLDMANFORCE. "Remember, it's dangerous after eleven o'clock." "Oh daddy!" ("Now where's me shootah...")

Especially these two old masters of urban warfare setting up one cruel belly-blasting!

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I like how old dude #1 is visibly just chilling on the back seat, maximum comfort while blasting, then *drops panel* "Too slow bitch!" :lol:
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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective: *1/2

The recent Sonic the Hedgehog movie is introducing a whole new generation to Jim Carrey's nails-on-chalkboard acting "skills", so it seemed like as good a time as any (or none) to go back and see just how horribly annoying Jim Carrey was in his alleged prime. That said, this could have been a much more compelling movie if the horrendous overacting was toned down a bit. There's a good reason that this style of movie fell out of favor quickly, and hasn't come back (aside from the ill-advised Dumb and Dumber sequel) since.
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couldn't agree more. carrey is at his best when he is used as a gimmick rather than allowed to control the mood of the movie. Cable Guy and Once Bitten are both enjoyable, if not forgettable slices of cheese. The mid 90's movies are atrocious. The Mask is the absolute worst of the bunch.


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Been working our way through the Star Trek tng movies. They're about what I expected, longer episodes that are ok. I thought First Contact was the best of them so far. Just Nemesis left.
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The Cannonball Run
Roger Moore steals the movie in this along with Jackie Chan arguing and giggling through all of his scenes. I really enjoyed it, but that ending felt too darn silly for its own good.
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The Cannonball Run
Roger Moore steals the movie in this along with Jackie Chan arguing and giggling through all of his scenes. I really enjoyed it, but that ending felt too darn silly for its own good.


Still need to watch this one, but it looks like it's not available for streaming so I'd have to find a disc copy.
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The Cannonball Run
Roger Moore steals the movie in this along with Jackie Chan arguing and giggling through all of his scenes. I really enjoyed it, but that ending felt too darn silly for its own good.


Still need to watch this one, but it looks like it's not available for streaming so I'd have to find a disc copy.

It is a fun turn your brain off silly movie where most everyone does a good job. A discord server I was in hosted a watching of Ikiru today and I managed to catch it. Never seen it before and while it was depressing and inspiring all in one movie, that ending really made me so sad. Easily one of the best Kurosawa movies ever made.
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Red Sun (1971) Horeh shiet. :o How'd I never hear about this one? Charles BURONSON (wily thief) and a winningly English-growling Toshiro Mifune (LAST SAMOURAI) in a classic spaghetti western revenge. True to genre standards, it's unhurriedly scenic, earthy and violent. The slow-thawing buddy act is unsurprising yet charmingly played, as expected of the estimable leading men, with a charismatic nemesis in handsome devil Alain Delon. Good with large-scale shootouts and grimly economical slashings alike. Only thing that sapped immersion was an inane "don't cut the rope, you might cut them too!" *blasts rope off throat with revolver* scene, trivial. A fine evening's entertainment for fans of either lead.


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It's funny, I always subconsciously dreaded Mifune's later, Western roles, fearing they might be earnest yet intrinsically doomed, reductive attempts by a legendary outsider, ala Lemmy Kilmister's occasional attempts to break MTV/radio. But he's absolutely in his element here - and with Yojimbo's famous Spaghetti retrofit as Fistful of Dollars, there's a classily tacit meta aspect Samurai/Western fans will love. He's stoical yet subtly vulnerable, kills motherfuckers and gets good pussy while honor he famiry. Image Totally worthy of enjoying alongside his staple Japanese classics.

Even his English is endearing, I laughed out loud at one particular exchange I won't spoil. I've been meaning to read up on the movie's production, he and BURONSON's onscreen chemistry is superb. Hard not to wish it'd been his Gaijin alter-ego Clint instead, admittedly. :mrgreen:
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It's funny, I always subconsciously dreaded Mifune's later, Western roles, fearing they might be earnest yet intrinsically doomed, reductive attempts by a legendary outsider, ala Lemmy Kilmister's occasional attempts to break MTV/radio. But he's absolutely in his element here - and with Yojimbo's famous Spaghetti retrofit as Fistful of Dollars, there's a classily tacit meta aspect Samurai/Western fans will love. He's stoical yet subtly vulnerable, kills motherfuckers and gets good pussy while honor he famiry. Image Totally worthy of enjoying alongside his staple Japanese classics.

Even his English is endearing, I laughed out loud at one particular exchange I won't spoil. I've been meaning to read up on the movie's production, he and BURONSON's onscreen chemistry is superb. Hard not to wish it'd been his Gaijin alter-ego Clint instead, admittedly. :mrgreen:


I realize Clint was playing his role, but even at his most serious there's a puckishness to Mifune, a natural ability to go from stone faced to laughing. I don't see that in Clint Eastwood, to me he's always come across as a grumpy old man, even when he was young. Trying to think of an actor with a closer personality in westerns and I realized Lee Van Cleef, especially in For a Few Dollars More (My favorite of Leone's westerns).
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Oh no, I meant it'd be amusing to see Clint opposite Mifune in their primes (apologies, very over-refreshed ATM Image), given the former's debt to the latter. Lee Van Cleef is indeed a treasure, would've been a fine stand-in for the taciturn yet infinitely watchable Bronson in Red Sun. A mark of his excellence, that he could play a deeply sympathetic protagonist in A Few Dollars More, only to be the arch-villain of The Good et al, without the slightest suspension of disbelief required. Old school theatrical chops, no substitute.

Agreed about Mifune - even in his most archetypal "stoical samurai" roles (Red Sun being no exception), he always conveyed a humility and vulnerability. Again I'm reminded of Clint, who although undeniably less versatile (Mifune could be anyone and anything) always demonstrated a hard-tested, stubborn humanity, even at his most cartoonishly idealised leading roles.

"Where's the girl?!"

(crumbs, where's that river scene opposite Eli Wallach in The Good... "These men's troubles are over now")

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Planet Of The Humans 4/5.

Produced by Michael Moore, about the green energy and how it affects our planet. IMHO, a must watch.

Watch it for free, on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk11vI- ... 53&t=4905s

Hoaxed 4/5

About fake news, built on interviews with persons deemed "controversial" by the media. I dare you to watch it, with an open mind.
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The Hateful Eight: Extended Edition

Hadn't seen this since I saw it first run in the theater. I think the 4-part format on Netflix works well for this. Man-crushing on Walton Goggins.
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Late 80s comedy (I believe this came out in theaters right around the same time as the Tom Hanks movie Big just to make things extra confusing for filmgoers) loosely based on the Shakespearean play A Comedy of Errors featuring two sets of identical twins mixed up at birth. One mismatched set went to a small factory town and the other set went to rich parents in New York and eventually became corporate executives plotting to shut down the factory in the small town to strip mine the land (how's that for an Eighties movie plot?). When the one set of twins goes to New York to protest, they are immediately mistaken for the others, and it all goes from there. With two lead actresses (Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin) each playing both of one set of twins, it leans heavily on the popular 80s film gimmick of having one actor play two roles simultaneously on the same screen (as popularized by the Back to the Future movies) but otherwise doesn't do anything particularly spectacular.
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The original. One of these flicks where some foxy chick gets some cock into her at the beginning and keeps it. Sharing not excluded. True to some fem perspective it does suck to have a prick this close to ones own heart. First rate counter measures for a viral outbreak are presented here: armed force, check points, plastic ID, machine guns, garbage trucks. The works. The end. I'm convinced. Bonus is some seasonal icon assassination. It's not that there isn't some replacement though.

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Dear Monocle, last night I saw Heathers for the first time and I feel, like, conflicted all over my body. And I decided that that's a good thing. How very. I was howling laughter like mad, but there's this self-righteous dude who thinks he can solve the problems of everybody in school. All my media-friends tell me a guy who's wearing black and goes to school with fire arms and a bomb belt, that's, like, no way to entertain people anymore. It's subversive. Except maybe Johnny Cash and he is dead. But that's too much of an MTv video game. I would blame John Hughes and his movies about these crazy cool kids. Mineral water. I think that provoked some people into making this movie. Oh, the humanity. Yes, teenage suicide is a sad thing, but that's why there has to be some fun about it, too. Big Fun. Like when it's actually murder. That certain underlining. It's just a movie, stop pulling my dick about it.

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On the wall next to my desk. No idea why they'd change the name to "Samurai and Cowboys" (says google)
Obiwanshinobi, any idea? (am I an ass to presume you're Polish....?)

Anyways, worth a watch for the banter between Bronson and Mifune.


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Very cool. :mrgreen: I love seeing those alternate market posters. Quite artsy, compared to the US and Japanese ones.

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I tried to watch Red Sun a few moons ago but didn't get far past that hilariously shaky telephoto opening. I've no complaints against the movie itself though, just a technical glitch I can sympathize with. I'd rather artists try crazy stuff than just go by rote! I will try and get back to it.

By the by, Off Peak for PC is a weird lil' game that features quite a few alternate "overseas" posters for films and just weird art in general, worth a look even if it's a walking simulator game.


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It's pretty amazing. Definitely chalk that one up to something that wouldn't be done today. They tried to do it in TV form and it basically flopped. Original release postponed due to a school shooting, then released and edited. I never saw it. IMDB thrashed it. Who knows.
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Just saw Angst, the 1983 Austrian avant-garde serial-killer film. Apparently it's one of Gaspar Noë's favorite films, and I can definitely see the influence on his works, especially Seul Contre Tous and Irreversible. I wasn't sure whether to feel repulsed by or pity the protagonist, a bumbling creep entirely driven by instinct, his victims the old, sick, and disabled.....oof, that was bleak! Nothing glorified about the violence in this film. Outstanding camera work and OST, that's for sure. Quite ahead of its time.


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Angst is definitely a bummer. I don't know if I like it or not, kind of like Haneke's Funny Games. Yeah I think Noe watched it a ridiculous amount of times, just over and over. Probably just a one and done for me. Although I said that about Salo 16 years ago and I've been wanting to rewatch lately :lol: .


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TETSUO (1989) Finally sat down with this one. One of those films I've had every reason to watch (Lynch/Cronenberg stylings, Svankmajer stop-motion madness, punishing industrial OST), for well over two decades. You know when procrastination gets so fierce, you put off things you want to do? Image

Prompted to watch while revisting the music of the late Tadashi "Chu" Ishikawa, who I got into via Yakuza gorefest Fudoh: The New Generation's chainsaw-roaring main theme. Also this cookin' sexy beat (NWS, contains assassination via kegel). As I'd read, his clinically violent OST is as integral to this film as anything witnessed onscreen - no small feat. Director/co-star Shinya Tsukamoto's shoestring stop-motion is both virtuosic and formidably economical, surreal and stomach-churning, with he and his small cast leaning fully into the mania.

The vivid ero-nightmare junkyard aesthetic and Lynchian blasts of bad omen aside, I was pleasantly surprised by the relatively straightforward story. I always expect a degree of open-endedness with Japanese horror, if not outright impenetrability - but accepting the film's magical realism, it's quite neatly done. Intriguingly plotted, writhing deeper and darker into corruption and primal fury.

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"Saa... KOI!"

My only criticism is the limited choreography. Action is sparse, and mostly claustrophobic - a cramped Tokyo apartment, a dingy alleyway, a public toilet, a garage. However, the relatively ambitious showdown feels a bit static, the stricken players duelling less with their thoroughly Cronenberged forms, more tangibly blistering hatred. Ultimately powers through on this utter vitriol, and an astonishing climactic desecration of human bodies, closing with a brilliantly unhinged line I won't spoil. Good stuff, well worthy of its cult acclaim.
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