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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18960 on: November 23, 2019, 09:39:46 PM »
The Breakfast Club - I have not watched this fucking thing in YEARS. Watching it today gave me a whole new appreciation for it. The cast is awesome, the writing is awesome, this is a damn fine movie and I fucking love it. How often do you get to say that about a movie featuring Emilio Estevez?
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18961 on: November 24, 2019, 05:57:02 AM »
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) - I still love this movie. Yes it is silly, but it is so much fun that it amazes me it wasn't more successful. It's gleefully anachronistic, from the lost children posters on milk bottles to their ludicrous weapons and modern speech. Edward the troll is a fantastic practical effects suit that looks like something from a Guillermo DelToro movie (although his mouth movements aren't the best). The witch makeup is great and very creative. And this movie takes advantage of it's R rating with bloody gusto.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18962 on: November 24, 2019, 09:32:58 AM »
Child's Play (2019) - This is just as impressive as the first time I watched it. Even if it had been called Child's Play but he had been called anything but Chucky I think this wouldn't have gotten as much of a backlash as it did. Taken on it's own it's a really well done tech horror movie. Like what I've heard about Black Mirror (although I still haven't seen that show).
Although this time the beginning kept making me think of Jurassic Park. It was fine until an unhappy tech guy screwed everything up and then died.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18963 on: November 24, 2019, 11:32:14 AM »
Zootopia is just as good every time I see it. Disney+ is worth it to catch up on all the Disney properties I've missed the past few years, and to rewatch some fantastic ones.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18964 on: November 24, 2019, 12:25:32 PM »
It’s also why I have the theme song to The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh stuck in my head.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18965 on: November 24, 2019, 05:37:44 PM »
Loved Frozen 2. I don't think any of the songs will become the new "Let It Go" but the soundtrack was pretty good and the story was a lot of fun. They decided to go the "flesh out the mythology" sequel route, and set up a universe that could service more sequels, TV shows, etc... There's also a little fire breathing salamander that's destined to become this year's big Christmas toy and my son adores him.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18966 on: November 24, 2019, 08:58:17 PM »
Loved Frozen 2. I don't think any of the songs will become the new "Let It Go" but the soundtrack was pretty good and the story was a lot of fun. They decided to go the "flesh out the mythology" sequel route, and set up a universe that could service more sequels, TV shows, etc... There's also a little fire breathing salamander that's destined to become this year's big Christmas toy and my son adores him.
Yeah that Fire Salamander was fucking adorable.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18967 on: November 24, 2019, 11:30:20 PM »
Angel Avengers: Brimstone ( 2013 )
At some point Bill Black gave up making moves about his comic book characters and began making films he thought would sell more downloads. The Angel Avengers counts as a superhero team, because they fight crime and have powers. But these are not your traditional costumed heroes. Rather they are model quality girls ( well, stripper bar quality models ) wearing sexy outfits 24/7 who just happen to have super powers. as of yet, no corresponding comic books seem to exist for these heroines. 

So how was their movie debut? Terrible. And I would have hated every moment if not for the girls in the movie weren't hot. But even with hot girls in sexy outfits, and a running time of only 33 minutes, this movie still wore out it's welcome. For one thing, it is the first of the Bill Black films to have the padding that made the TomCat films so bad. During fight scenes, whenever a girl hits someone, the footage immediately repeats three or four times. And there are a lot of unnecessary walking scenes. The good news is that the padding is nowhere as bad as what TomCat did, but it didn't help this film. Another thing that didn't help this film was not knowing for the first 15 minutes what the f$@k was going on. It took that long for them to finally explain which group of characters were the good guys, and which were the bad guys, and even then it wasn't made clear exactly why they were fighting.  The film opens with two sexy girls in catsuits walking down an alleyway. They come up behind some guy holding a bazooka and knock him out, then steal his bazooka. It is never explained who the guy is, why he had a bazooka, or why the girls needed to steal it, because they never use it in this movie despite one of them carrying it around with her for the next 10 minutes. They then bust into a storage locker and begin beating up the men working there. They begin to fight the one girl working there, but then stop when she explains she is an "Angel Avenger" too, and was there under cover. And no, it is never explained what an Angle Avenger is supposed to be.  But we do see they have some sort of  paranormal powers they use during their fights. Apparently what the bad guys were up to was hoarding voodoo relics their boss purchased, which I didn't realize was a crime until this movie.

Once the henchmen had been thoroughly beaten up by the angles, the film cuts to the main villain, their boss Big Joel Nikoda, who as far as I can tell is only guilty of inventing some sort of brand new form of bad acting never before seen in any movie or television show. Think of an over the top version of Chris Farley, only during scenes where it isn't called for. Furious that the angles have blown up his stash of voodoo relics, he decides to set up a trap for the angles using more voodoo relics. But his henchmen get beaten up again, and those relics are blown up as well. So Big Joel loads up his gun and decides to have a final confrontation with the angles himself, but somehow forgets he has the gun and gets his ass kicked. Oh, and he is supposed to be some sort of demon with powers, but somehow forgets to use them against the angles. Really dumb, bad acting all around, poorly choreographed and filmed fight scenes that go on way too long, this is a movie only worth watching if you want to see three attractive women wearing various tight pleather outfits and don't give a crap about plot because you are just going to shut the movie off once you are finished. When I first found out about the AC Comics films, I worried about getting them because their box covers made them look like they may be porno films, and I had already decided my superhero collection would not include pornos. Angel Avengers: Brimstone comes so very close to being pornography, because despite having no nudity or characters having sex, I can't imagine this movie having any other value other than someone using it to pleasure himself to the women in it. At least the other AC Comics films had an actual plot.


Maximum Risk ( 1994 )
This week I break open and begin watching the Jean Claude Van Damme 5 Movie Collection, two of the films in the set which I had bought years ago on laserdisc. Not because back then I wanted to own any JCVD films. My opinion of the Hollywood martial arts stars like Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, Jeff Speakmen, et al  was that they sucked. The only true martial arts films were made in Asia, and the stuff made in Hollywood were movies that used  scripts Clint Eastwood rejected, with a tiny bit of martial arts fighting tossed in. And the only reason why I even bough some JCVD films was because of the men who directed them. Hong Kong action films were finally going mainstream. Jackie Chan had just worked out a deal to have his Golden Harvest films dubbed into English and released in American theaters. Jean Claude must have realized that once Americans found out about Chan, Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh and the others planning to come to Hollywood and make real martial arts films, that his lame action films would be exposed for what they were. So he began hiring Hong Kong's best action directors to make his films. Fresh off of making Hard Boiled, JCVD hired John Woo to make the similarly titled Hard Target. He also had a couple of films directed by Tsui Hark, one of which is also on this set. And there was Ringo Lam, who at the time was considered the second best action director in Hong Kong under John Woo. Lam would go on to direct tree films starring JCVD. Lam recently  passed away of apparently natural causes. He was working on a film that has segments directed by Hong Kong's top directors, including the fore mentioned Woo and Hark, and Johnnie To, Yuen Woo Ping and Sammo Hung. Lam made a name for himself directing a series of "...On Fire" films including City On Fire ( 1987 ) and Prison on Fire ( 1987 ), the latest installment Sky on Fire being shot last year. But his best film will always be Full Contact ( 1992 ) with it's often imitated shootout scene where the camera follows the path of the bullets.

This time around, however, I am building a martial arts movie collection. And as much as I would prefer it to be full of classic old school Asian martial arts films, a lot of them are currently unavailable on home video in North America, and I have purchased just about all the ones released on DVD or Blu-ray, with exception to a few that are OOP and expensive to get ahold of. So while I wait for more classic Asian films to get a legitimate North American release, I am gradually adding the lame Hollywood martial arts films to my collection. Because like it or not, their popularity made them a major part of martial arts movie history.  Also, because a lot of the Norris, Seagal, and JCVD films have been released in budget sets with five or more films for under $10 This set from Mill Creek ( who else? ) only cost me $5. Back when I bought the same films on laserdisc they cost me $40 pre film.

Maximum Risk is perhaps JCVD's best film, plot wise.  It was the second film where he plays twins, this time around JVCD is a police detective trying to solve the murder of a brother he just discovered existed by pretending to be the murdered twin.  Action wise, this is far from Ringo Lam's best. He and the other HK action directors kept running into the same problem. Studio interference, which killed some of the best action sequences he had planned, and had him shoo the scenes the studio did allow him to film using cheats that left the action less thrilling. For example, JCVD is being chased by gunmen on a train platform, and to get away leaps across the tracks just in front of an arriving subway train. The studio not even allowing a stuntman to do this, the shot is pulled off with an obvious blue screen, which is not very thrilling. Car chase scenes are mostly done with close ups to cover up the fact the cars are not moving that fast. And I also heard the studio insisted on toning down the violence, which effected the shootouts and even some of the fight scenes. It's still a really good film, but had the same film been made for a Hong Kong studio the action would have been a lot better.

Fast Color ( 2018 )
Wikipedia describes this as a Superhero film. Even the Blu-ray box calls this a superhero film. But it's not really a superhero film. There is an African American family that has powers. Going back well into slave days, the women of the family had the ability to use their minds to disintegrate  object into individual molecules, then restore them. For generations they have kept this power a secret by living on a secluded farm. The film starts in the near future where the Earth is ending due to the fact that some sort of environmental disaster is preventing any rain.  One of the women, Ruth, left home years ago, abandoning her own infant daughter, because something was wrong with her powers. Instead of being able to make objects disintegrate and rematerialize, she causes earthquakes whenever she has seizures, and decides to leave her home in order to keep her family safe. Now on the run from scientists who figured out she had these powers, she returns home. This does sort of fall into the category established by the X-Men and all of the spinoff mutant programs, but there are no costumes and no one goes around rescuing anyone. It is basically another low budget independent film with a few impressive special effects for the few times someone demonstrates their powers.  Rotten Tomatoes certified it as fresh, but it is a slow moving story that is eventually rewarding, but never the less slow moving.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18968 on: November 25, 2019, 09:31:32 AM »
They come up behind some guy holding a bazooka and knock him out, then steal his bazooka. It is never explained who the guy is, why he had a bazooka, or why the girls needed to steal it, because they never use it in this movie despite one of them carrying it around with her for the next 10 minutes.
Sometimes a bazooka is just a bazooka.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18969 on: November 26, 2019, 11:05:40 AM »
Sometimes a bazooka is just a bazooka.
That's right Joe, sometimes a Bazooka is a Bazooka Joe.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18970 on: November 29, 2019, 10:38:58 PM »
Knives out - Holy shit this was great!!!! Not only was this a damn great murder mystery, it was fun, tense, and it kept me guessing and I had a LOT of fun watching this thing. Daniel Craig was awesome, so was Chris Evans, Christopher Plummer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon, and even legendary M Emmet Walsh had a brief appearance! I can't believe that poor guy is still alive!!! A lot of elements in Knives out remind me of the classic Agatha Christie novel "Appointment with Death". Did I mention this was written and directed by Rian Johnson? This movie is fantastic, and all the people who think Rian Johnson is a bad writer/director/whatever, can just bite me.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18971 on: November 30, 2019, 05:15:06 AM »
The Muppet Movie - After a 12 hour car trip, I needed this.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18972 on: November 30, 2019, 05:49:39 PM »
The Last Witch Hunter (2015) - This is not a good movie, by any stretch. But I do enjoy it as a guilty pleasure for the cool production design and effects and fight sequences. Vin Diesel is a good action lead, but unfortunately he acts so "stoic" that he just sounds bored. Which is odd, because apparently he's a big DnD geek and really wanted to do this movie. Unfortunately it's also a big waste of Michael Caine and Elijah Wood. The movie is riddled with terrible dialog, particularly the blatant exposition heavy conversation scene between Vin Diesel and Michael Caine.
Watching it again, the similarities to Hellboy are even more apparent. This really does feel like a script that may have started as a Hellboy movie at one point. The problem is that Vin Diesel's character lacks everything that makes Hellboy interesting, while still keeping his invulnerability that hurts any stakes in the fights. That being said, it's still far better than Hellboy 2019.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18973 on: November 30, 2019, 05:50:38 PM »
Knives out - Holy shit this was great!!!! Not only was this a damn great murder mystery, it was fun, tense, and it kept me guessing and I had a LOT of fun watching this thing. Daniel Craig was awesome, so was Chris Evans, Christopher Plummer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon, and even legendary M Emmet Walsh had a brief appearance! I can't believe that poor guy is still alive!!! A lot of elements in Knives out remind me of the classic Agatha Christie novel "Appointment with Death". Did I mention this was written and directed by Rian Johnson? This movie is fantastic, and all the people who think Rian Johnson is a bad writer/director/whatever, can just bite me.

We also saw it last night and were super impressed.

As a coincidence we had just watched Murder on the Orient Express (1974), the Mirror Crack'd, Death on the Nile and Evil Under the Sun, so it was the perfect cap tot he run.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18974 on: December 01, 2019, 10:06:08 PM »

Double Team ( 1997 )
Like I said last week, The 90s saw many stars and directors from the Hong Kong film industry making their move to Hollywood. A combination of the rise in popularity of Hong Kong films on home video and film festivals, and the coming of the transfer of Hong Kong from British rule to once again being ruled by mainland China. Jean Claude Van Damme knew his style of action film was nowhere up to the level of those made in Hong Kong, and was in danger of being made irrelevant by Jackie Chan and Jet Li. So JCVD began offering the top Hong Kong action directors their first American movies, specifically directing his film. Tsui Hark was Hong Kong's most successful film producer/director, at the time considered the Steven Spielberg of Asia. He did two films in a row for JCVD, both which put him off working for Hollywood forever. As a producer and director, he was use to complete creative control over his films, and not having to take orders from the film's star, or Hollywood executives who ruined the film with their suggestions that weren't just suggestions, insistence on comedy, casting choices, and mid production budget cuts. You can see very little of Hark's creativity in these films. The second film,  Knock-Off ( 1998 ), where JCVD teams up with Rob Schneider in a confusing plot involving spies and a fashion counterfeiting ring, was undoubtedly the worse of the two. Specifically because budget cuts prevented Hark from filming his second unit shots needed to complete action sequences, making the footage that had been shot just as confusing and hard to follow as the plot. Double Team, where JCVD teams up with Dennis Rodman ( who won three Razzies for his acting  )  is the better film, but not by much. The plot: JCVD is a master spy looking to retire so he can settle down with his pregnant wife. The CIA ask him to go on one final mission, a sting to capture  a Bond style terrorist names Savros ( Mickey Rourke ) who the CIA found out is coming out of hiding so he can meet his wife and five year old son at an amusement park. Exactly why they needed JCVD to be there is unknown. But the sting goes bad when half of the people at the amusement park turn out to be enemy agents working for Savros, an a shootout erupts. Stavros wife runs in front of a bullet meant for him, and it kills both her and her son. JCVD chases after Savros into a hospital where he tells JCVD he blames him for his wife and son's death and vows vengeance. There is an explosion, and an injured JCVD wakes up on a resort island called "The Colony", where he finds out retired spies are sent after their death's are faked. In other words, a knock-off of The Village from the series The Prisoner. Eventually JCVD escapes from the escape proof island and returns home to rescue his pregnant wife from Savros, with the help of arms dealer and e-spy Dennis Rodman.

You can tell the film had budget problems when the scene at the amusement park took place during heavy rainfall. No one goes to an amusement park while it's raining, yet this amusement park is full of patrons. Basically, it rained the night they filmed it, and Hark was not given the money to delay filming for a night when it wasn't raining. But what really hurt this film was not the budget or Rodman, but the constant attempts at humor. Every third line is a bad joke. And there were even bad jokes added via ADR from JCVD and Rodman where none existed before. For example, a car chase scene would have Rodman cracking jokes in the soundtrack. During a JCVD fight you would here one liners added in post.  If not for Mickey Rourke's performance, this film would be a total waste.

Kin ( 2018 )
At least I got to see one good film this weekend. Despite being on Wikipedia's superhero list, this is not a superhero film at all. Eli, black teenager who was adopted by a white family. It is established his adoptive mother had died years earlier and he now just lives with his father. While stealing copper wiring from an abandoned warehouse, Eli discovers the bodies of two dead extraterrestrials who died in a shootout, and the weapon of one of the aliens, which is a powerful ray gun. Meanwhile his older brother Jack, the natural son of his adoptive parents, has just been released from prison and has returned home. He owed $60,000 to the gang who protected him in prison, and their leader ( played by James Franco ) demands to be paid or he will kill Jack, his father and brother. Jack takes the gang leader to the construction site his father works at so they can break into the payroll safe for the money he owes. But the father shows up unexpectantly and Franco decides to shoot him. Jack tries to grab the gun out of his hand, and they both end up shooting Franco's brother to death. While Franco is cradling his dying brother, Jack runs home, garbs his brother, and they both go on the run. Meanwhile, more aliens show up looking for the missing gun, and begin to track it's signature. To add to Jack and Eli's problems, Jack decides to take Eli into a strip club. A drunken Jack ends up being beaten up by the club owner and his henchmen. Elie remembers he has the alien ray gun, and ordering the club owner and his men to leave his brother alone, blows up a pool table. By the end of the film, Jack and Eli have the police, the FBI, Franco and his gang, the strip club gang and the two killer aliens on their tail, and they all converge in a shootout at the same police station. Even though Eli has advance tech, he is no hero. Aside from saving his brother, who quite frankly belongs in jail, he uses it to rob a card game so he and Jack can have traveling money. But as stupid as this plot sounds, it is actually a very decent drama. Just imagine the same story minus the ray gun and aliens. About the only thing wrong with it was the final ten minutes where something is revealed about Eli that seems to exist only so the film had a major twist, but falls completely into plot convenience theater and seems to betray the integrity of the rest of the movie. But otherwise, this is a really good film that I can't believe went nowhere beyond a minor home video release.

Ghost of Garganta Part Two: Garganta Got Milk ( 2017 )
Okay, remember a few weeks ago I saw Ghost of Garganta which ended with a "To Be Continued" caption? Well, this was the second part. And unfortunately, it also ends with a "To Be Continued". The next film was to be called Revenge of Garganta, but has so far never been released. And since Nightveil Media has not released a new DVD in two years, that probably will never happen. There was really no reason to break this movie up into chapters. The second chapter just barely moves the plot forward, and even includes a ten minute segment of it's 40 minute running time to recapping everything that happened in The Amazing Colossal Woman with footage from that movie.

Shadow Slayer ( 2017 )
Unfortunately the disc the Garganta movie came on was another double feature DVD, so I saved it for this week when SNL is on vacation.  The second movie is a horror story that goes deep into meta. Galaxy International, the fictional studio that makes all the Nightveil Media / AC Comics films, needs to find an investor in the company. They find a very nasty woman, a gold digger who had inherited her husband's cola company when he died. Galaxy International is hoping she will invest in their studio in exchange for product placement. After spending most of the film insulting all the employees at the studio, she decides to go jogging in the woods, and is stalked and eventually killed by the same demon that had just been created for the studio's next horror film. It is not much of a  horror movie ( and not in the least bit scary ), but has at least one thing going for it. The character of  Lon Midnight, who I think is an actual horror show host on local television in Florida. In this film he not only plays one of the actors hired to work in the horror film Galaxy International is hoping to get investors for, but throughout the film appears on screen to comment on the movie as if he is outside the movie itself. It is at least an interesting experiment in meta story telling, but still a bad movie that is mercifully short.