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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18630 on: May 26, 2019, 12:41:45 PM »
The Monster (2016) - A mother and daughter are stranded in a remote forest road being stalked by a monster. This was ultimately disappointing. The acting is great (especially by the little girl), the cinematography is good, and the monster is well done. But ultimately the movie spends so much time hammering in how awful the mother is and how bad their home life is that it hinders and enjoyment of the film overall. It keeps doing flashbacks to traumatic points in the girl's life, long after we've already gotten the gist of their crappy relationship. Making the movie oppressively darker than it needs to be.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18631 on: May 26, 2019, 01:18:57 PM »
Won't You Be My Neighbor?

I'm sure you've heard it all before but a fascinating, moving portrait of a gentle man with a power and particular was to present difficult issues to very young children.  It was very moving and captivating and though Rogers himself only has a couple of moments where he's less than perfect (one of which he partially made up for) but he's a man who could be surprisingly vulnerable as Daniel Striped Tiger.

It also wants to make me check out his short lived interview show for adult "Old Friends New Friends" where is basically the same guy but gently asking interview questions to people of interest like musicians and prisoners.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18632 on: May 26, 2019, 10:33:12 PM »
The Delightful Forest ( 1972 )
Game of Thrones was based on a series of novels called A Song of Ice and Fire, an epic fantasy with hundreds of characters, many which were cut from HBO's series. A tale so big and complicated that the author is still years away from completing the final two books. Game of Thrones was the watered down version of the books.

Last week with all the hoopla ( and inevitable fanboy outrage ) over the series finale, I began to think of other epic novel series with a cast of hundreds of characters, and thought of China's The Water Margin, the tale of the 108 mountain bandits, a band which is offered amnisty of their past crimes if they fight in behalf of the emperor against invading armies. How complicated was the novel? The Delightful Forest tackles just one chapter, and at that only covers a third of the material. The chapter tells the back story of just one of the bandits named Wu Song, a heroic martial artist who originally became famous for fighting and killing a Tiger with his bare hands. The film begins long after that event, however another Shaw Brothers film released years later, called Tiger Killer had Ti Lung reprise his role of Wu Song, and covered the first half of the chapter.

The Delightful Forest picks up midway through the chapter. Wu Song has discovered his brother had been murderer by his brother's wife and the man she was having an affair with. Out of revenge Wu kills the wife, then tracks down and kills the man she was having the affair with. For this he is sentenced to prison. The warden's son makes sure Wu is given preferable treatment, then offers him an early release if he helps him. Seems his restaurant, The Delightful Forest, was taken away by a crime boss who then used it as a base to shake down the local gambling halls. Since Wu was once a hero, the son asks him to defeat the crime boss and take back the restaurant. The crime boss is friends with a corrupt government official. Together they conspire to frame Wu for theft and send him back to prison. When the guards escorting Wu back to prison attempt to kill him, he has had enough. He returns to the corrupt officials house and kills everyone there.  Demoralized by being framed by a government official, and realizing he will be given the death penalty for killing him, the film ends with Wu deciding to join the 108 Mountain Men.

This was a decent movie with fight scenes choreographed by Lau Kar Leung. The only thing I didn't like about it was that once again the original music track ( which uses music cues from Sergio Leone films ) is obscured with a really annoying new music track. This was released the same year as The Water Margin, also with To Lung as Wu Song. ( A deceptive title as that movie only covered a single chapter. )

The remaining Shadow films
As I stated when I watched the 90s Shadow movie, I discovered there were five other Shadow movies made back in the 30s and 40s that I didn't know if I wanted to collect as superhero films as they took away his powers. Out of curiosity I checked to see which of those films were actually available on DVD or Blu-ray. The ones made for Grand National Pictures had multiple releases, usually together in sets. Behind the Mask was released on DVD as a MGM limited edition, even though the film had been made for Monogram. It was still in stock at Amazon, but I am sure it's OOP as Warner Bros. took over the MGM home video library and began to either release the movies on their lable, or simply discontinuing them, and I didn't see a Warner Bros. releases of Behind the Mask. It was still reasonably priced, so if I did want to collect the rest of the Shadow films, the clock was ticking before it shot up to the collectors price. But then I discovered that Missing lady was only available on VHS. Well, if that is the case then forget it. I can't get all the film's on DVD.

And then something popped up under suggestions. The Shadow Movie Collection with all the Monogram films. And it had Missing Lady. Only, it came in a CD size case. And it was expensive. So I looked for the same thing cheaper on eBay and found The Shadow Films Collection, in a proper DVD case, and with all six black and white movies. ( That's right. A movie I didn't even know about. ) And it had the complete Columbia serial. And it had the pilot for a Shadow television series. The only thing missing was the Alec Baldwin film and a series of Universal shorts where the Shadow was just the spooky Rod Sterling style host for different crime stories. And for only $30 plus free shipping. The only thing that gave me pause was that it was released by Nostalgia Merchant. That was a home video company from the 1980s that went out of business around 1989. So unless someone revived Nostalgia Merchant, it looked as if someone stole their trademark to sell old movies.

I decided to take the risk and order the set from them. The good news, if these are bootleggers, they are releasing professional quality discs. The set is one movie per disc. Other companies would have compressed four movies onto each disc. Even the serial is split on two discs. The bad news, the films are mostly sourced from video tape masters. But at least the film prints used to make the VHS masters were decent quality. With Saturday Night Live on summer hiatus, I plan to watch two movies a week and get this over in three weeks.

The Shadow Strikes ( 1937 )
How different was this film from the radio show and pulp novels? Not only doesn't The Shadow have any powers, but no costume. He doesn't even have the Shadow's signature laugh. The Shadow is basically an amateur detective named Lamont Cranston. In the beginning of the film he gets the drop on some burglars cracking a safe in a lawyers office by pointing his gun around the door, but obscuring his face by standing in the shadows. And that's how he becomes known a The Shadow.  The rest of the film he is just Lamont Cranston, solving a who done it.

International Crime ( 1938 )
This sequel was better than the first film, but about as entertaining as an episode of the ABC Mystery Movies. This time around Lamont Cranston is the host of a radio show and writer of a newspaper column, both called "The Shadow" where he reports on crimes and unsolved mysteries. The entire film he is Lamont Cranston and there is no Shadow persona.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18633 on: May 28, 2019, 07:05:11 AM »
I usually don't rent movies for How Did This Get Made? but I felt compelled to with this one.
That's how I wound up watching Look Who's Talking Now. Conan was the guest, and I wanted to be "in" on the conversation, because I knew they would discuss scenes where I wouldn't be able to tell if they were joking or if the scene actually happens in the movie.

Continuing my R-rated movies I missed as a child, I finally saw Predator. That was... really fun! I've seen a ton of reviews for knock-off movies (thanks, RedLetterMedia!). What I think really elevates it from those are 4 things: John "Die Hard" McTiernan directing, Alan Silvestri's wonderful score, Stan Winston's effects, and, of course, Arnold. I could go on and on about each one, so I'll just say all four of these guys are true masters of their crafts and it's a rare treat to watch a movie with all of them firing on all cylinders. I have no interest watching any sequels so I think that pretty much leaves Commando and RoboCop at this point.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18634 on: May 28, 2019, 08:03:20 AM »

Continuing my R-rated movies I missed as a child, I finally saw Predator. That was... really fun! I've seen a ton of reviews for knock-off movies (thanks, RedLetterMedia!). What I think really elevates it from those are 4 things: John "Die Hard" McTiernan directing, Alan Silvestri's wonderful score, Stan Winston's effects, and, of course, Arnold. I could go on and on about each one, so I'll just say all four of these guys are true masters of their crafts and it's a rare treat to watch a movie with all of them firing on all cylinders. I have no interest watching any sequels so I think that pretty much leaves Commando and RoboCop at this point.
It doesn't have McTiernan directing, or star Schwarzenegger, but I would still recommend Predator 2. Whereas the first movie is if an alien landed in a Commando movie, the second is if an alien landed in a cop movie.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18635 on: May 28, 2019, 10:47:17 AM »
I checked out what I'm pretty sure is a very, very, very obscure movie streaming on Amazon right now called The Right Temptation(the long awaited sequel to The right stuff). It stars Keifer Sutherland, Dana Delany and Rebecca Demornay. The plot isn't anything too complicated, basically Ms Delany plays a woman suspecting her husband is cheating on her so she hires a PI (Demornay) to follow her husband(Sutherland) and ultimately even flirt with him to try and see if he really is fooling around.

Like I said, it's fairly straightforward, the PI and Sutherland's character end up in the sack. Things take a turn for the worse when the husband apparently ends up dead, but no, his death was faked. Apparently the wife and husband faked his death to frame the PI for his murder. This is where I suddenly have no idea what the hell is going on anymore. Anyway they end up arresting the PI, put her in jail, she says to a detective "look for this and that", and five minutes later she's out of jail at the husband's...workplace? They really didn't clarify what this place is. Anyway the PI confronts him, he tries to sweet talk her, he pulls a gun, she shoots him, he falls out the window.

Oh and the wife is detained as a material witness or something. In any case, this movie felt very odd because it felt like it left about 1500 things out. It ended way too early and the conclusion left a lot to be desired. It's like the writer got about 200 pages into his 230 page screenplay and decided to call it quits.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18636 on: May 28, 2019, 05:49:31 PM »

Continuing my R-rated movies I missed as a child, I finally saw Predator. That was... really fun! I've seen a ton of reviews for knock-off movies (thanks, RedLetterMedia!). What I think really elevates it from those are 4 things: John "Die Hard" McTiernan directing, Alan Silvestri's wonderful score, Stan Winston's effects, and, of course, Arnold. I could go on and on about each one, so I'll just say all four of these guys are true masters of their crafts and it's a rare treat to watch a movie with all of them firing on all cylinders. I have no interest watching any sequels so I think that pretty much leaves Commando and RoboCop at this point.
It doesn't have McTiernan directing, or star Schwarzenegger, but I would still recommend Predator 2. Whereas the first movie is if an alien landed in a Commando movie, the second is if an alien landed in a cop movie.

I really need to watch Predator 2 at some point.

What makes the original movie so ingenious, IMHO, is how it starts out like a generic Schwarzenegger action film where it's all quippy one liners and mowing down enemies who can't aim for crap. Then part way through it's suddenly "Surprise! Not so much fun when you're on the receiving end of the ass-kicking." It almost feels like two different movies.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18637 on: May 28, 2019, 06:43:02 PM »

What makes the original movie so ingenious, IMHO, is how it starts out like a generic Schwarzenegger action film where it's all quippy one liners and mowing down enemies who can't aim for crap. Then part way through it's suddenly "Surprise! Not so much fun when you're on the receiving end of the ass-kicking." It almost feels like two different movies.
I agree with it feeling like two movies, and that is clearly intentional. It's just that I personally don't really care about the Commando style of movies, so that part to me is just generic and boring. And while I'm not a big fan of cop movies (unless they're comedies like Lethal Weapon), I do at least find the characters and setting more interesting than the jungle and interchangeable stock mercenaries. Plus the movie is very smart in that it knows the look and nature of the Predator was reveled at the end of the first movie, and you can't put the cat back in the bag. So the Predator is present and active from the beginning. It knows it's a sequel and what the audience wants. Plus I really like Danny Glover, so it's great seeing him front and center being a badass without whining about his age.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18638 on: May 29, 2019, 06:49:34 AM »

Continuing my R-rated movies I missed as a child, I finally saw Predator. That was... really fun! I've seen a ton of reviews for knock-off movies (thanks, RedLetterMedia!). What I think really elevates it from those are 4 things: John "Die Hard" McTiernan directing, Alan Silvestri's wonderful score, Stan Winston's effects, and, of course, Arnold. I could go on and on about each one, so I'll just say all four of these guys are true masters of their crafts and it's a rare treat to watch a movie with all of them firing on all cylinders. I have no interest watching any sequels so I think that pretty much leaves Commando and RoboCop at this point.
It doesn't have McTiernan directing, or star Schwarzenegger, but I would still recommend Predator 2. Whereas the first movie is if an alien landed in a Commando movie, the second is if an alien landed in a cop movie.

I really need to watch Predator 2 at some point.

What makes the original movie so ingenious, IMHO, is how it starts out like a generic Schwarzenegger action film where it's all quippy one liners and mowing down enemies who can't aim for crap. Then part way through it's suddenly "Surprise! Not so much fun when you're on the receiving end of the ass-kicking." It almost feels like two different movies.

Oh definitely. When they attacked the guerrilla camp with hostages, I was really surprised there were some human villains and that the Predator would only show up later. Nice use of dramatic tension. What started out like Commando becomes Alien with the way characters are picked off one by one. Actually felt like Evil Dead too with everyone stuck in the woods with no escape.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18639 on: May 29, 2019, 02:27:12 PM »
The Delightful Forest ( 1972 )
Game of Thrones was based on a series of novels called A Song of Ice and Fire, an epic fantasy with hundreds of characters, many which were cut from HBO's series. A tale so big and complicated that the author is still years away from completing the final two books. Game of Thrones was the watered down version of the books.

Last week with all the hoopla ( and inevitable fanboy outrage ) over the series finale, I began to think of other epic novel series with a cast of hundreds of characters, and thought of China's The Water Margin, the tale of the 108 mountain bandits, a band which is offered amnisty of their past crimes if they fight in behalf of the emperor against invading armies. How complicated was the novel? The Delightful Forest tackles just one chapter, and at that only covers a third of the material. The chapter tells the back story of just one of the bandits named Wu Song, a heroic martial artist who originally became famous for fighting and killing a Tiger with his bare hands. The film begins long after that event, however another Shaw Brothers film released years later, called Tiger Killer had Ti Lung reprise his role of Wu Song, and covered the first half of the chapter.

The Delightful Forest picks up midway through the chapter. Wu Song has discovered his brother had been murderer by his brother's wife and the man she was having an affair with. Out of revenge Wu kills the wife, then tracks down and kills the man she was having the affair with. For this he is sentenced to prison. The warden's son makes sure Wu is given preferable treatment, then offers him an early release if he helps him. Seems his restaurant, The Delightful Forest, was taken away by a crime boss who then used it as a base to shake down the local gambling halls. Since Wu was once a hero, the son asks him to defeat the crime boss and take back the restaurant. The crime boss is friends with a corrupt government official. Together they conspire to frame Wu for theft and send him back to prison. When the guards escorting Wu back to prison attempt to kill him, he has had enough. He returns to the corrupt officials house and kills everyone there.  Demoralized by being framed by a government official, and realizing he will be given the death penalty for killing him, the film ends with Wu deciding to join the 108 Mountain Men.

This was a decent movie with fight scenes choreographed by Lau Kar Leung. The only thing I didn't like about it was that once again the original music track ( which uses music cues from Sergio Leone films ) is obscured with a really annoying new music track. This was released the same year as The Water Margin, also with To Lung as Wu Song. ( A deceptive title as that movie only covered a single chapter.

Fun Fact: The Suikoden series of games is loosely based on The Water Margin. That's why there are always 108 characters. In fact "Suikoden" is Japanese for Water Margin.

I'd like to get into The Water Margin, but I know I don't have the attention span for it. I think the last book I actually finished reading (that I hadn't read before) was Watership Down. I will check out these movies though.

EDIT: I just found out there was a Japanese TV series based on the Water Margin. It aired in 1973-'74. Two seasons with 13 episodes each.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18640 on: May 30, 2019, 06:33:23 PM »
I just got home from seeing Godzilla: King of the monsters. I said this on another thread but initially I was worried about the poor reviews. As of right now it's sitting on Rotten Tomatoes with a 45% score with 83 reviews. I thought it was actually good. For what it's worth I think it's a HUGE improvement over 2014 Godzilla. There's actually a good reason for the humans to be in this movie too, unlike the Transformers movies. It had a decent story, ethical and moral conflicts, awesome monster action and some cool easter eggs(Skull island was mentioned once or twice). I was absorbed in what was going on, I was never bored, I enjoyed it without the sense that it was some kind of guilty pleasure. So I guess I would affectionately call this movie... Good-zilla;D


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18641 on: May 30, 2019, 07:22:31 PM »
Watched Topsy-Turvy yesterday, which follows part of the life of Gilbert and Sullivan.  There was no where to stream it in the US, so I had to pirate it.  And by 'had to' I mean I'm too used to instant gratification to wait for a dvd in the mail.

Perhaps too big for its own good, and could have used more focus.  I was not familiar at all with Gilbert and Sullivan's work beforehand, and it felt like the film was setting up the Mikado to be a racist, misguided, cultural appropriation disaster.  But then it turns out even today it's supposedly a really well regarded piece of art, despite it having almost nothing to do with actual Japanese culture beyond the most superficial measures?  Seems strange to me.

Not a bad film overall though.  Very well acted.  Especially by Shirley Henderson, despite her small part.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18642 on: June 01, 2019, 10:57:40 AM »
I've seen Topsy-Turvy many times, and I agree it needed more focus.

My mom and I are big Gilbert and Sullivan fans. I think the only ones I haven't seen are The Sorcerer, Yeoman of the Guard and The Grand Duke. The first two of which appear in this movie. The Grand Duke was their last, and arguably worst play. Actually there is one more I've never seen, Thespis, their first collaboration. But no one alive today has seen it, as it has been lost.

The Mikado (which by the way is an outdated word for "Emperor") was actually banned in Japan until relatively recently. Not so much because of it's portrayal of Japanese culture, but because it made fun of the Emperor. I find it amusing that the female lead, Yum-Yum, has a name that's not only not Japanese, it's not even pronounceable in Japanese. And yes, Shirley Henderson was great in the role. There are a lot of people, myself included, who would love to see the entire play with these actors.

For anyone who's maybe interested in G&S, I highly recommend the movie version of Pirates of Penzance, with Kevin Kline, Rex Smith, Linda Rondstat and Angela Lansbury. It cuts a few verses out of some songs, and for some reason adds in a song from Ruddigore, but it is a pretty accurate portrayal of the stage version. And it's just a fun movie. :)


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18643 on: June 01, 2019, 04:10:08 PM »


Fun Fact: The Suikoden series of games is loosely based on The Water Margin. That's why there are always 108 characters. In fact "Suikoden" is Japanese for Water Margin.

I'd like to get into The Water Margin, but I know I don't have the attention span for it. I think the last book I actually finished reading (that I hadn't read before) was Watership Down. I will check out these movies though.

EDIT: I just found out there was a Japanese TV series based on the Water Margin. It aired in 1973-'74. Two seasons with 13 episodes each.

I just finished watching Shaw Brothers adaption of The Water Margin,  ( revive tomorrow ) and the film begins with text explaining the movie only covers about five chapters from the middle of the book.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18644 on: June 02, 2019, 08:44:35 AM »
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My mom and I are big Gilbert and Sullivan fans. I think the only ones I haven't seen are The Sorcerer, Yeoman of the Guard and The Grand Duke. The first two of which appear in this movie.

I have to correct myself. It was Princess Ida, not Yeomen of the Guard, that was shown in Topsy Turvy. For some reason I get them mixed up.