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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18120 on: July 05, 2018, 02:39:22 PM »
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - I enjoyed it for what it was: dumb popcorn entertainment. Lots of characters do stupid things just to further the plot. It's really just a retread of the second movie. And while there are more dinosaurs running amok than in that film, it still manages to feel like a smaller film because it's all contained in one building rather than out in a city. Hopefully we do get more city and suburb mayhem in the next movie. I didn't hate it, but I get why so many reviewers did.
Also, it seemed like the director really wanted to make a horror movie rather than a dinosaur action movie.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18121 on: July 08, 2018, 12:02:35 PM »
The LOTR trilogy is much better on the small screen, where you can consume it like a series, pausing it when you want and coming back to it the next day. The ending of Return of the King didn’t make me want to pull my hair out this time. Took a few weeks to make it through the trilogy on Hulu, but it was a much more pleasant experience, instead of a slog.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18122 on: July 09, 2018, 01:10:09 AM »
Lady Vengeance ( 2005 )
The third movie in the Vengeance trilogy goes full circle with once again the kidnapping and murder of a child. The movie opens establishing the protagonist has served 10 years in prison for confessing to the crime. And once released plot revenge against the man she holds responsible for putting her in prison. And that is all I can really say without spoiling any of the film.

Once again, not an action movie, although some people do get shot or stabbed. The title of the film is very reminiscent of Lady Snowblood ( 1973 ), which itself was a martial art film about a woman who seeks vengeance ( and was a big influence on the Kill Bill films. ) But the lady in this film is no martial artist, and aside from both films beginning in prison, have nothing in common. My other complaint of this film would be it's frequent jumping into flashbacks to introduce characters and their backstories. This sometimes lead to confusion as to when some scenes took place, in the past or present? Otherwise another excellent film. Just wish the trilogy was not classified as action when it wasn't.

RoboCop 2 ( 1990 )
Despite hearing some bad things about the RoboCop sequel, I thought it was just as good as the first. The title actually refers to a second RoboCop which predictably starts killing people and the first RoboCop has to stop. The only thing wrong with the film, a subplot where Murphy's wife tries to prove her husband is the RoboCop is abandoned in the first act without resolution. Other than that, the movie ends abruptly on a bad joke, and for some unexplained reason has neither opening credits or film title, which must have had audiences wondering for the first 15 minutes if they were in the right theater before RoboCop finally shows up. I could also take points of for the plot being completely predictable, but it was no more predictable than the first film.

The Big Store ( 1941 )
Mervin LeRoy lured the Marx Brothers back to MGM promising them the same deal they had previously with Thalberg, where they would get to develop their own material for their films. However, LeRoy only produced their first film in their new contract, and the rest went to other producers intent to force the Marx Brothers to conform to the standard MGM comedy style. Which is why midway through production the Marx Brothers decided enough was enough and announced they were retiring as a team from motion pictures. This was supposed to be their last film.

So much of the film is more of an MGM imprint that there is very little Marx style humor. The climax is an action scenes where the brothers are chased through the department store by the villain, trying to escape him via elevator, roller skates, bicycle, unicycle, package shoot, and even via swinging Tarzan style on the hanging lights. Almost all of this scene doubled with stuntmen. This was not typical Marx humor, which had been mostly verbal, but more in line with Buster Keaton or some other slapstick comedian. Most of the lines given to Groucho and Chico do not work. I only slightly laughed at a couple of gags. On the plus side, for all of you who love it when Chico and Harpo play instruments, this film has Chico and Harpo performing on the piano together. And not one but two scenes where Harpo plays a Harp. But the brothers certainly had done a lot better before.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18123 on: July 14, 2018, 08:45:47 AM »
I can't believe I didn't mention it here (Probably because I did in another thread) but last Thursday night I saw Ant-man and the Wasp. It was pretty good. I'm still trying to decide if I liked it better than the first Ant-man, because this was a pretty solid flick and it was a lot of fun.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18124 on: July 14, 2018, 06:57:18 PM »
Incredibles 2
I dreaded this when it was announced because I consider the first to be one of the greatest animated films of all time, but it was fantastic.
I wouldn't call the first one one of my all time favorite movies, but I remember enjoying it. Haven't seen it in years though, so I had forgotten a lot of it.

It didn't have a whole lot to say, and the movie's two plotlines seem fairly disconnected from each other, but I don't think there has ever been superhero action done this well.
I went to see 2 with the wife on cheap movie Tuesday and the theater was full of kids- which I was OK with seeing how this is a kids movie. I don't see a lot of big budget animated movies, so I was very impressed with the animation-much more impressive than the last few animated movies I've seen and more impressive than I remember the animation being in 1.
I enjoyed it as a movie as well. I thought they did a good enough job justifying the 2 separate plotlines so that they didn't bother me, although the plot overall was very predictable (as are most super hero and kids movies) and there were a couple of plot points that could have been written a bit better to be a bit more logical (not that kids would notice). 

It honestly made the MCU stuff look like trash.
I definitely agree with this statement. I enjoyed it a lot more than any of the MCU movies and even though I had an issue with some of the predictability and plot points, it wasn't any more predictable than a MCU movie and had far less groan inducing plot points and had far less unintentional silliness.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18125 on: July 14, 2018, 07:04:42 PM »
Me and my mother rewatched Key Largo.  It's a pretty fun thriller, though not exactly subtle about it's messaging.  It is interesting to see a post-war movie that posits that WWII was such a monumental event that the characters in the film consider it could usher in an organized crime-less world if people just stand up to the "Rockos" of the world.  Edward G. Robinson is a lot of fun as a slimy gangster and the set up is pretty good.  Definitely a lot of fun.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18126 on: July 14, 2018, 07:35:25 PM »
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)
If the violence and blood would have been in the least bit realistic I likely would have hated this as much as I hate those torture porn horror movies. But the violence and blood were so over the top and unrealistic that I loved it. Not a great movie, but what most grindhouse movies (and for that matter Kung Fu movies) claim to be in trailers but rarely are when you watch them. Did a great job of continually upping the insane ridiculousness- after you think you've seen something that couldn't possibly be topped, another totally outrageous violent scene ups the last one.   


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18127 on: July 15, 2018, 05:43:38 AM »
Riki-Oh is a delightfully stupid movie.  A true guilty pleasure and a stupid movie based on an almost as stupid comic.  After Fist of the North Star, hyper-violent martial arts comics were all the rage and while I've never been a real First of the North Star (which also has a bad live action movie, though not nearly as fun) fan, I recognized it did things a lot better than most of it's imitators.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18128 on: July 15, 2018, 10:05:47 PM »


Confucius ( 2010 )
I am not sure exactly what I was expecting from this film. On the one hand it has been described as an "action packed saga" and a "battlefield epic". Yet on the other hand, I knew it was a biopic of the philosopher who was against violence, and lived during an age that predated martial arts. I wouldn't call this film action packed, unless you count Confucius and his followers walking along roads as action. There is one 10 minuet  battle scene in the entire film about 40 minutes into the 125 minute film, but that is about it.  Oh well. Other than that, it is a decent and beautifully filmed biopic. But after three weeks of the Vengeance Trilogy, I was sort of hoping for something closer to Battle of Wits.   Well, I know I will have better luck next week. Due to some unavoidable expenses in the past couple of months, along with needing to buy the Paramount Marx Brothers set during my last Amazon order, I have not bought any new martial arts films.  So basically next week ( and the next month or two after ) I will be reaching films from my library.  I haven't made up my mind yet if I will spend the summer watching my favorite martial arts films, or using the time to listen to the audio commentary from some of the Dragon Dynasty films. Perhaps a little of both. Who knows.



Robocop 3 ( 19993 )
This film got a lot of negative reviews. But they seem to be because Peter Weller was replaced with Robert John Burke, and because Orion decided to remove all the violence so the series could be kid friendly. So I kept my fingers crossed that those were the only things wrong with the film. After I finish the Robocop franchise I have a bunch of low budget made for SyFy Asylum films to get through. At least a month's worth before I get back to any other Superhero genre films. And I am hoping the last two Robocop films will at the least be mildly entertaining before I have to spend August watching crap. Not making it look good is that Frank Miller, who wrote the script for Robocop 2 and 3, had since disowned both movies, claiming Orion would order him to rewrite the scripts with notes of what they wanted put in the film and what they wanted taken out. After completing the script for this film Miller vowed to never work in the movie business again. A vow he kept for 12 years before he returned to co-direct Sin City.


The good news here is that I liked this film. The only thing I saw wrong with it was a flawed visual effect. Robocop has strapped on a jetpack and is suppose to be flying over a street battle between the bad guys and police and taking out the enemy with his weapons. Unfortunately it is not well done, and Robocop keeps going in and out of scale. Otherwise this was a good film.  When I was told this film was bad, I was expecting something as bad as the fourth Batman movie with Mr. Freeze, and fearing the worst, something as bad as the Asylum/Tomcat/Troma films. But I didn't think this film was bad at all. Hopefully next weeks Robocop reboot will be decent as well.


Love Happy ( 1949 )
The Big Store was suppose to be the Marx Brothers final film. Then Chico wound up owing a lot of money in gambling debts, so to pay them off the brothers reunited for A Night in Casablanca, and that was suppose to be their final film.  Harpo wanted to continue making movies, writing the script for what he hoped would be his first solo film. But just before filming was to begin, United Artists told the producers that there would be no film unless all three Marx Brothers appeared in it. Not only had the Marx Brothers already retired as an act from film, twice, but had not performed together on stage for years. Chico had given up performing completely, and much like his brother Zeppo, decided to move into the more lucrative business of being an agent. While Groucho, who occasionally worked ion screen such as  the Carmen Miranda film  Copacabana ( 1947 ), had found a second career as a radio star with the quiz show You Bet Your Life, which was about to be moved to Television giving Groucho a third career as a television star. As it turned out Chico owed gambling debts again, so was willing to make another film. Groucho was less eager. He eventually would agree to do a wrap around segment which could be filmed over a weekend,  and only agreed to do that because otherwise Harpo's film would never be made.  None of them were thrilled that United Artists was calling it a Marx Brothers film. Harpo was so disappointed at how much the script was altered to include his brothers that he would say he regretted making the movie for the rest of his life. Groucho completely disowned the film, never mentioning it again, not even in his autobiography. Although for one reason that I will explain later, having interviewers ask him about the film became unavoidable.

Watching the film you could tell it was a disaster as a lot of dialog by the secondary characters is muted and talked over by Groucho's narration. It is almost as if during the editing process the studio tried to get rid of as much of the B plot as they could. And although all accounts tell of Groucho's scenes being part of the script prior to shooting, it appeared to me as if the Groucho scenes were conceived after the rest of the movie was completed. As if UA originally agreed to a Harpo and Chico film, then decided it would not be released unless scenes with Groucho were filmed and edited into the existing film. The plot is a bit of a retread of A Night at the Opera with some of the plot from Room Service tossed in. The B plot taken from Room Service, a poor theater troupe  is trying to put on a musical called Love Happy, but when the financer goes MIA without paying for the props, sets or costumes, the backer threatens to have them confiscated before opening night. Enter the A plot. Stagehand Harpo acquires food for the troupe by shoplifting from a swanky supermarket. Unbeknownst to him, the owner of the supermarket is using it to smuggle in a stolen diamond necklace in a tin of sardines, which is among the food Harpo steals. Realizing Harpo has shoplifted the diamonds, the smugglers has him arrested and brought to the store where they hold him hostage. They are unable to get him to talk, but eventually figure out the tin is somewhere in the theater Harpo is a stagehand at. In order to search for it without suspicion, the leader of the smugglers, Madame Egelichi, agrees to finance the show. Harpo escapes from his captors and returns to the theater where he discovers the diamond necklace before the thugs can find it, and ends up giving it to the girl from the B plot as a birthday gift. The thugs see her wearing it through a window. When they do confront her she is no longer wearing it and has forgotten where she has put it. In order to save her Harpo grabs a fake diamond necklace from the props, convinces the thugs they are the real thing, and has them chase him out of the theater and over the rooftops of Times Square.


While Marx Brothers fans may find this film disappointing for many reasons, it is by no means a bad film. I found it much funnier than The Big Store and Room Service. Because it was originally conceived as a Harpo solo film, he gets most of the screen time, including a brilliant chase through the neon signs of Times Square. And if the gags in that scene seem like they are straight out of a Looney Tunes cartoon, that may be because the script was co-written by Frank Tashin who worked as a director of those cartoons.  Chico gets a decent amount of screen time an out of work performer who cons his way into the show. Chico gets to help out during the climatic chase scene, the prelude to which has Chico and Harpo once again doing their routine where Harpo has to tell him something urgent using only whistles and charades. Groucho opens the film, telling the audience he is a detective who has been on the trail of the stolen diamonds for years, and acts as the voiceover narrator for the rest of the film. His character doesn't have any interaction with the rest of the cast through most of the film. At one point he is about to go to the theater to grab the diamonds and arrest Madame Egelichi when he is stopped by  another thug who holds him prisoner in his office. He somehow escapes and appears during the final act rooftop chase scene where he briefly interacts with Chico, Harpo and Egelichi. Although this all happens on a rooftop set that does not match with any of the other rooftop sets from the rest of the chase. Groucho doesn't even bother to put on his grease paint mustache and eyebrows, or even his toupee. For the first time in film he does have a real mustache, but only because he was growing it for the upcoming televised version of You Bet Your Life. While Groucho wasn't even bothered to go with his full costume, he does deliver some very funny jokes, and has a funny sight gag involving an hourglass. And he was responsible for a bit of Hollywood history. One of his scenes involved a sexy girl walking into his office and wanting to hire him for a case. according to Groucho, the director brought in three actresses and asked him to pick one to play the part. He picked the blonde. It turned out to be the screen debut of Marilyn Monroe.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18129 on: July 16, 2018, 07:57:20 AM »
I honestly didn't think Robocop 3 was all that bad when I saw it. Then again I've seen hundreds of movies since then. One day I will have to watch it again to see if I still think it's not that bad of a flick.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18130 on: July 17, 2018, 08:13:29 PM »
Not really a movie, but I saw a stage show of Evil Dead: The Musical on Saturday. It was pretty fun. Very low budget and just a local acting troop in Wilmington Deleware. The funniest part was that the musical with a lot of swearing, demon possession, and fake blood was being played in a Lutheran Church. Years ago I saw a bootleg of the original Off-Braodway version, and that was more elaborate than this. But I remember a few of the songs. The best is definitely "What The Fuck Was That?", but I also got a good laugh out of the somber "Reliable Jake" song. I liked that they added a few things from the new Ash vs Evil Dead TV show. The Ash puppet made a cameo, and they used a few of his one liners from the show.
I wasn't in the "splatter zone" where the audience gets wet. The same group is doing a parody of Shaun Of The Dead next year and I am definitely going to see that.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18131 on: July 18, 2018, 05:48:58 AM »
Rabbit-Proof Fence

Rewatched this for this for the first time since it came out and it's still pretty good.  I think it helps a lot that despite the fact it clearly wants to educate on the horrors of the treatment of the aborigine people in 20th century Australia, it doesn't get too talky about it and the villains of the piece are racist people who think they are doing a good thing for the aborigine people by breaking up families.  Mr. Neville's actions are horrifying but Kenneth Branagh wisely plays him as someone who thinks he's the noble hero trying to help wayward children.  Sadly, it's a pretty relevant once again.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18132 on: July 18, 2018, 05:31:30 PM »
I can't bring myself to watch that movie.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18133 on: July 18, 2018, 09:28:43 PM »
I'm just glad that none of my ancestors fought for the Confederacy.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18134 on: July 19, 2018, 10:32:03 AM »
I'm just glad that none of my ancestors fought for the Confederacy.
Yeah, me too.