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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18570 on: April 08, 2019, 11:50:03 AM »
Yeah, I remember watching Condorman a lot when I was a kid. Now I just settle for watching Diamanda Hagan's very funny review of it.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18571 on: April 08, 2019, 04:28:07 PM »
I watched Condorman a few times as a kid but for some reason I remember very little about it. I admit that's a movie I need to revisit some day.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18572 on: April 13, 2019, 12:22:29 PM »
Hellboy (2019) - This was...messy. A lot of good individual elements, particularly David Harbour as Hellboy. The biggest problem is that this is far too complex, and feels like a miniseries cut to ribbons. I could see a much better three or four hour cut of this movie could exist. I liked a lot of the horror aspects to it. Baba Yaga was fantastic, and would have made for a much better main villain than just a throwaway cameo that amounts to nothing except sequel baiting which won't happen. Mila Jovovich is just lame as the villain. And I don't know if the King Arthur connection to Hellboy stuff is from the comics, but it is inexcusably stupid. So was Hellboy getting jumped and almost defeated by a bunch of loser British twits.
Overall I did enjoy it, but it is a pale comparison to the Guillermo Del Toro movies.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18573 on: April 13, 2019, 12:25:46 PM »
Been sounding more like a victim of executive meddling and way too many producers.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18574 on: April 13, 2019, 12:50:58 PM »
Been sounding more like a victim of executive meddling and way too many producers.
It's definitely that. Neil Marshall is a good director, he should have been able to make a better movie.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18575 on: April 13, 2019, 07:29:13 PM »
Guava Island is a little 60 minute movie with Donald Glover that is streaming on Amazon today.  It was very cute, I enjoyed it. Nice that there's a market for shorter films now, as I wouldn't want this to be any longer, but it doesn't fit into a traditional theatrical setting.  It does have a City of God feel to it, but with fewer amazing characters, and a lot more music. 


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18576 on: April 13, 2019, 09:05:25 PM »
My girlfriend took me out to see the new Pet Sematary earlier. Fair warning I have an extremely high tolerance for bad horror movies and consider myself of fanatic of the genre. If you're a fan of the original and plan on seeing this I don't think you'd be wasting your money seeing it in the theater but if you wait to catch it on cable you're not necessarily missing out on much either. I gave it 3 out of five stars on Letterboxd and if I had to choose either to rent, buy, or pass on this movie I definitely rent it at least once. I haven't read the source material but plan to so I have no idea how close of an adaptation it is. The pacing in the early half of the movie feels uneven and there were jump scares to be expected. For me the highlights of the film were the few places where it subverted my expectations to what would happen compared to the original film. I especially enjoyed the ending and John Lithgow is always cool in my book.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18577 on: April 14, 2019, 05:16:46 PM »
Is Lithgow the neighbour?
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18578 on: April 14, 2019, 06:31:50 PM »
Yes, he plays Herman Munster.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18579 on: April 14, 2019, 09:45:15 PM »
Marshal Club ( a.k.a. Instructors of Death ) ( 1981 )
I guess you could call this a sequel to Challenge of the Masters. Once again Lau Kar Leung directs and once again Gordon Liu plays a young Wong Fei Hung. But the English title, chosen by World Northal, is very misleading. Nobody gets killed in this film, and the villains only seek to injure the good guys. No one is instructing anyone to kill. Instructors of Death is an especially inappropriate name for a Wong Fei Hung film. World Northal didn't care. They would be distributing the film in America where Wong Fei Hung was still unknown.

Things had changed since Challenge of the Masters. The most obvious being Jackie Chan's Drunken Master which was the first time Wong Fei Hung appeared in a comedy. So basically Marshal Club is a change in tone from the first film, where the central section is a comedy and Fei Hung keeps getting himself into trouble.

It has a familiar plot for a Wong Fei Hung film of a rival martial arts school that is evil. In one instance they ambush Fei Hung's friend when he visits a brothel and breaks his leg. In another the master of the bad school invites Fei Hung and the students of rival schools to his theater for a free Opera performance. But once there has the doors locked, then accuses them of not paying for their tickets and orders them all beaten up while waiting for the police to arrive to arrest them. They also invite a martial arts master from Northern China to teach his skills, expecting that he will help them beat the students of rival schools. And considering the character is played by actor Wang Lung Wei who up to that point played nothing but villains, the expectation was that he would be a villain in this film as well. Except that this is a Wong Fei Hung film, which means that when he finally does fight Fei Hung in the climax, he is won over and reformed. This is the only Shaw Brothers film where Wang Lung Wei turns out to be a good guy, and as far as I know, the only one where his character isn't killed.

I will have to agree with all the other critics of this film that a lot of the middle parts are boring. The comedy just doesn't work, because Shaw Brothers was not willing to take the Wong Fei Hung character into the direction that Jackie Chan had. However, the film is full of great moments. The opening lion dance and subsequent lion fight with the bad school is very impressive. The fight between Wong Fei Hung and Wang Lung Wei's character in an alleyway that grows narrower the further into it they move belongs in the top 50 greatest screen fights, perhaps even in the top 10. And all the brief fight scenes in between, as well as the battle inside the locked theater are some of the best in a Lau Kar Leung film. The action here is great. Too bad it is one of the few Shaw Brothers films where the script was the mess.

The Return of Captain Invincible ( 1983 )
While this film doesn't count as part of my superhero collection, as it is entirely an Australian production, it is a superhero musical with Christopher Lee as the singing villain. How could I pass this one up? The film opens with news reel footage of Captain Invincible in action, taking down gangsters and fighting Nazi during the Second World War, But then the last of the news reels is the Captain being caught up in the McCarthy hearings, accused of being a Communist for helping Russia fight the Nazis during WWII. The final news reel mentions that Captain Invincible has  disappeared after refusing to appear at more senate hearings. This was actually a very good opening giving the film a lot of promise. And then the rest of the film happens. Thirty years later the President of the United States is notified that someone has stolen a hypnoray capable of hypnotizing anyone. The President fears  that whoever has stolen it will figure out how it works and make hundreds of copies he can use to hypnotize the entire United States. Deciding the only one who can find the stolen weapon is Captain Invincible, he puts out a worldwide APB to find the missing hero. The Captain is discovered in Australia where he is now a homeless alcoholic. Convinced to return to active duty the Captain must sober up and relearn how to use his powers. Which he eventually does. Once his super brain begins working again, he figures out that the culprit is none other than his old nemesis Mr. Midnight. And what is Mr. Midnight's fiendish plot? To use the hypnoray to get people to buy property on one of his manmade islands just off the cost of Brooklyn, then once everyone has moved there, tow the islands out to sea using submarines.  Of course Captain Invincible defeats him.

The problem with this film is that it runs out of steam after the first five minutes. It was as if the writers ran out of good material after they wrote the newsreel segments that opened the film. The drunken hobo Captain Invincible trying to relearn his powers had a lot of promise, but somehow the writers were unable to come up with any good comedy material. Mr. Midnight's scheme is boring. Perhaps because the studio that made this film didn't have the budget to give Mr. Midnight a real doomsday scheme or a better weapon. This movie is so low budget that the climax, where Captain Invincible is suppose to be fighting the submarines, is just stock footage and a news reporter telling you what happened. Ahh, but this is also a musical which was suppose to have been written by Richard O'Brien and Richard Hartley who had previously written Rocky Horror Picture Show and Shock Treatment. Instead, this is the weakest material from the duo. In fact, they only contribute a couple of songs, neither which are memorable. Out of all the songs in the movie, this is the closest one to being memorable:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/rmLAj9iIfQk" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/rmLAj9iIfQk</a>

So, the songs suck, the plot is weak, the comedy isn't funny, and the bulk of the film is boring. Does it have anything of redeeming value? Well you do get the novelty of Alan Arkin ( Captain Invincible ) and Christopher Lee ( Mr. Midnight ) singing in a musical. And you do get to hear a lot of Australian actors doing really bad American/Brooklyn accents. But that's just about it.
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