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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10500 on: March 11, 2012, 08:30:46 PM »
Dark Night of the Scarecrow - A 1981 made for TV movie. I had heard really good things about this one. I was dissapointed to a certain extent. The first third (hell, even less than that) is the setup, with the murder of the town mentally challenged guy (Bubba, played by Larry Drake). It's this setup that is just horribly rushed and painfully stupidly done. Bubba and a little girl are friends and like to play. The town bigots don't like Bubba because he's simple. Okay, I get that, but they are cartoonishly evil right from the start. And they say if something happens they'd have to kill Bubba. IMMEDIATELY something happens and the girl is thought dead and Bubba is blamed! The bigots (led by Charles Durning) find Bubba hiding as the scarecrow and shoot him. All this happens so fast, it's not even a real setup so much as the cliff notes of a setup.
   Everything about this setup is stupid. From the bigots immediate turn to outright murder, to them using dogs to follow Bubba, and he just goes home. Why did you need dogs to lead you there?! Hell, they actually say "this time we have dogs." Umm...you guys are hunters, right? Why wouldn't you have had dogs the last time you chased this guy? Also, that indicates they didn't have dogs, and only got them to chase Bubba when the need arises. WHAT?! And Bubba seems to be running from the bigots even before he should know they are after him, too.
   The trial is a kangerooo court, of course, obsolving the guys of Bubba's murder. But it happens in such a backwards manner. The prosecuting attorney doesn't have a case against four men with dogs and firearms shooting a simpleton with a pitchfork 21 times? Even in a rigged courtcase you've got to do better than that. And just to add to the stupidity, the girl is fine. Hurt somehow that they thought she was DEAD, but released from the hospital and just fine, the same day.
   Now, I said "dissapointed to a cetain extent", because it really isn't all bad. In fact, the setup being so short, the rest of the movie is the four killers being tormented and killed by an unsean force. Occasionally seeeing a scarecrow as an omen. The rest of the movie is done very well. Good performances, and plenty of tension and well set up scenes. I also really liked the fact that the later parts of the movie happen pretty much the next day after the trial. Most movies would have done some pointless "one year later" for no real reason. I can see from this section why this movie is remembered so well. Had the setup not been batched so badly, I would have really liked this movie.
  Two other things. One, for some reason they almost immediately drop the prosecuting lawyer as a red herring. Why? He makes the most sense. Yet they very quickly go from suspecting him to suspecting Bubba's mother, an old lady, or the little girl. Two, the end scene when Charles Durning gets killed is done very well, except they had the tractor bucket move like a puppeteered mouth as it was chasing him, and it looked silly.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10501 on: March 11, 2012, 09:39:49 PM »
Well, I didn't get to technically FINISH ZaAt, but I thought I would still make mention of something...

Wow.  Just wow.  This movie does not deserve to look this nice.  If all you've seen of it is the crap print used on MST3K, all you get is this red-tinged, drab looking film made in a guy's basement.  The restored Blu-ray?  It is almost night and day difference when it comes to brightness and color.  The monster is incredibly fake-looking, but bright green with little red speckles, and even though it's filmed in a basement, that basement is filled with so many different colored light bulbs that it just looks sort of pleasant to look at.  The outdoors are incredibly contrasting as well, with deep green grass and blue water.  It does make the stock footage scenes stand out a bit more, since they're not cleaned up as nicely, but in all honesty, the movie's script and acting may suck, but there's a lot more that had been visually lost to time in low quality prints that gets represented really nicely here.

In summary, it's still stupid, but it looks really nice.  However, if you like film grain, be warned...this thing has gotten the full noise reduction treatment, so up close you can see a sort of smeary, waxy look to everything, but very little in terms of print damage and other little issues.

Ha!  I actually finished this piece of dreck.

I always giggle when he's using the spray thing underwater.  It is impossible to use a spray bottle underwater, when you let go of the handle it will just bring in water and mix with your solution.

Well, I guess that doesn't really matter in this case, since its mixing in the water anyway.... 

I actually managed to finish it today, and while that spray bottle scene IS bad, I was surprised by some of the stupid that got lost when MST cut it for TV and running time.

For anyone interested, while some of the 15 minutes (that's right, 15 minutes or so was lost by Mike and the Bots) is walking around not doing much of anything, there are some choice moments that were removed:
1. The explanation of the German Explaining Station (sort of; his name's Charlie and he's their contact at INPIT Headquarters; that's right, the Dry Look and company come from a place called INPIT).
2. A 'monster' catfish slithering over an obvious model of the landscape (most likely cut because it landed between two very long stretches of the team taking water samples and removed for TV running time)
3. Slightly more 'blood' during some of the monster attacks (including a much easier to see stabbing of the monster, which is probably the reason he goes to the pharmacy; oh, and thanks to the miracle of Blu-ray, we can now see the monster suit must have ripped during this scene, as it has a strip of DUCT TAPE wrapped around its leg in a couple of far shots)
4. The scene of the monster getting rid of his first 'mistake' (why they didn't work the acid bath into the finale, I'll never know)
5. Some scenes of the team and the Sheriff talking about crazy Doc Leopold early on in the movie (which makes him forgetting Doc Leopold's rants about fish monsters even more suspect)
6. The Sheriff calming the worried townsfolk and telling them to hole up in a shelter until the walking catfish stop annoying them.
7. The Sheriff attending a hippie music jam, then escorting them all to jail.  No, I didn't make this up, and it's actually the bulk of the cut MST3K footage.
8. The townsfolk getting mad at the Sheriff working with "Robert Boy," and using a certain racial epithet.  Easy to see why it was cut, but I did not see that coming, despite it being the early '70s.
9.  Because we see more of the characters, we see more 'acting.'  Hoo, boy, never have single quotation marks held so much at bay.
10. And lastly, the monster approaching the police station during his drug induced frenzy, in which we see the town Deputy engage in a brief collision with wackiness.  I think what makes it funny is the "Oh, Monster Love of Mine" music cue plays during THIS scene, too.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10502 on: March 11, 2012, 10:05:08 PM »
Hugo

Wonderful movie, magical, touching, just great.

Got the Blu-Ray 3D.    The 3D is really well done and does add to the magic of the film.  Best serious use of 3D I've seen since Avatar.

Couldn't agree more. What a sheer delight, and one of the most gorgeous films I've seen in some time. I was thoroughly carried away by it.

Didn't see it in 3D, but I'd love to if the chance presented itself.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10503 on: March 11, 2012, 10:27:27 PM »
Super 8.

Loved it. Will have to get on blu when it goes cheaper.  Who knew I could like a JJ Abrams movie, lens flare and all?

Super 8 was fantastic. I remember watching it together with Cowboys & Aliens and being dramatically-reminded of the importance of story and characters over non-story and effects. Abrams nailed it.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10504 on: March 11, 2012, 11:32:15 PM »
Super 8.

Loved it. Will have to get on blu when it goes cheaper.  Who knew I could like a JJ Abrams movie, lens flare and all?

Super 8 was fantastic. I remember watching it together with Cowboys & Aliens and being dramatically-reminded of the importance of story and characters over non-story and effects. Abrams nailed it.

I picked this up on Blu-Ray a month ago for $20 and haven't watched it yet, got to do it this week...


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10505 on: March 12, 2012, 04:36:46 AM »
I did think that there was more to the animosity between the fathers but that was due to there being some fine facial detail similarities between the Fanning girl and the Motherless boy,  and because I've watched Lone Star far too many times. :)


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10506 on: March 12, 2012, 04:02:31 PM »
I loved Super 8.  Had no idea what it was about when I got it.

Good to see an alien movie where the alien really doesn't want to kill us.

Watched Tower Heist.  Not Ben Stiller's best, but good way to pass the time.  Wish Gabourey Sidibe would do more movies, thought she was the best thing about this one.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10507 on: March 12, 2012, 07:28:54 PM »
Good to see an alien movie where the alien really doesn't want to kill us.

That was nice wasn't it?

It also made me want to play with a Super 8 camera again, or even standard 8mm. :)


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10508 on: March 13, 2012, 11:09:34 AM »
I loved Super 8.  Had no idea what it was about when I got it.
Good to see an alien movie where the alien really doesn't want to kill us.
And strangely enough... absolutely no relation to the aliens from CE3K.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10509 on: March 13, 2012, 05:35:36 PM »

Not only was this one of the best animated movies I have seen in years it was also one of the most exciting. It packed more action and adventure into it's 100 minutes then most 2 and 1/2 hour live action movies. It was so refreshing to see a kids movie with a real sense of excitement to it.  This movie was a real throwback the villains were allowed to be villains,the hero was allowed to shoot back and the action was exciting.  I hope there is another one.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10510 on: March 13, 2012, 08:41:14 PM »

Not only was this one of the best animated movies I have seen in years it was also one of the most exciting. It packed more action and adventure into it's 100 minutes then most 2 and 1/2 hour live action movies. It was so refreshing to see a kids movie with a real sense of excitement to it.  This movie was a real throwback the villains were allowed to be villains,the hero was allowed to shoot back and the action was exciting.  I hope there is another one.

I really want to watch this in 3D.  I am going to have to check it out when it hits the 3D On Demand PPV.  Maybe a double feature with Hugo (although watching two 3D movies in a row might give me a headache.)


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10511 on: March 13, 2012, 08:44:27 PM »
I loved Super 8.  Had no idea what it was about when I got it.
Good to see an alien movie where the alien really doesn't want to kill us.
And strangely enough... absolutely no relation to the aliens from CE3K.

I also loved Super 8.  To me a film like this is only as good as the child actors that star in it.  A crappy performance by some kid that half asses it and it ruins the movie for me.  In this one though, they were all spot on perfect.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10512 on: March 13, 2012, 08:46:28 PM »
I loved Super 8.  Had no idea what it was about when I got it.
Good to see an alien movie where the alien really doesn't want to kill us.
And strangely enough... absolutely no relation to the aliens from CE3K.

I also loved Super 8.  To me a film like this is only as good as the child actors that star in it.  A crappy performance by some kid that half asses it and it ruins the movie for me.  In this one though, they were all spot on perfect.
Totally agree. I look forward to seeing these kids in other roles.

I will also say, I really want to see the pyro kid in a zombie movie.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10513 on: March 14, 2012, 03:45:10 PM »

Not only was this one of the best animated movies I have seen in years it was also one of the most exciting. It packed more action and adventure into it's 100 minutes then most 2 and 1/2 hour live action movies. It was so refreshing to see a kids movie with a real sense of excitement to it.  This movie was a real throwback the villains were allowed to be villains,the hero was allowed to shoot back and the action was exciting.  I hope there is another one.

When weren't heroes not allowed to shoot back?  John Wayne wasn't issuing time outs or stern talking down tos.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10514 on: March 14, 2012, 04:15:30 PM »

Not only was this one of the best animated movies I have seen in years it was also one of the most exciting. It packed more action and adventure into it's 100 minutes then most 2 and 1/2 hour live action movies. It was so refreshing to see a kids movie with a real sense of excitement to it.  This movie was a real throwback the villains were allowed to be villains,the hero was allowed to shoot back and the action was exciting.  I hope there is another one.

When weren't heroes not allowed to shoot back?  John Wayne wasn't issuing time outs or stern talking down tos.

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