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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19335 on: June 07, 2020, 07:14:12 PM »
Cellar Dwellar (1988) - An artist student's comic book art brings a demon to life. Despite the excellent special effects on the cool demon creature, the movie is pretty boring. Even at barely 75 minutes it still feels stretched. The Tales From The Crypt episode "Korman's Kalamity" did a similar idea much better.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19336 on: June 07, 2020, 08:17:20 PM »
 For some reason watching 24 hours worth of coverage of the protests on CNN has become mandatory in my house on every available television set.  Now, I could have easily watched my DVDs on my PC, but every time I turn on my PC, the window to activate Grand Theft Auto IV pops up, and I end up paying that for the next couple of hours. Which is just what happened, so no martial art film or riffed film this weekend.

Fortunately every city had enforced a curfew, which meant that by 12pm CNN abandoned coverage because nothing else was being robbed or burned, all the protesters had either gone home or were arrested, and no idiot was standing in front of a church holding a bible.  So the televisions were once again free, including the one the all important Blu-ray player was attached to. Which is the only way I could watch my Blu-ray of  Rampage ( 2018 ). As mentioned before, I have collected pretty much every existing giant ape movie on home video, initially for an article I was writing for a website who ultimately didn't buy it. But they did comp me for buying the initial DVDs, so at least I did get something out of it. And as long as I had the ultimate giant ape collection, I had to keep it up with the release of Kong: Skull Island and any giant ape film to follow. Otherwise, I probably would have never bothered to buy a The Rock film. Well, at least I got an answer to the question, "Which is more entertaining, Rampage the movie, or Rampage the video game?" And the answer, the video game. Or at least the arcade version. Rampage the movie is passable entertainment, provided you are not tired of CGI spectacles. "Oooooo. CGI monsters are destroying a CGI city again? When does the fun end?" Scriptwise, garbage. The writers couldn't even bother to get the formula right. Ahh, but at least we get cinema's greatest living thespian. Like I said, passable entertainment. But even the old Japanese monster films were far more entertaining than this.

 Fortunately I finished the night with a film I love, Leap of Faith ( 1992 ). There is always a risk when rewatching films you love. Will it grow less entertaining with each viewing? A bigger risk with comedies as they often grow less funnier each time. Is it better to just watch a film once and leave it behind as a happy memory? Then again, rewatching your favorite films allows you to catch details you missed on the initial viewings. Such as, when Steve Martin's character is being driven away in a truck, the phone polls lining the highway he is on look exactly like crosses. Something I never caught in the past viewings.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19337 on: June 14, 2020, 09:12:20 PM »
We ad a guest Saturday. I don't know why we had a guest during the pandemic. Even if this person was a close family friend, doesn't mean he's not infected. Well, since we had a guest on Saturday afternoon, it was his choice as to what martial art film he wanted to watch. And he wanted to watch a Steven Seagal film. I told him all the ones I had, and he picked Out for Justice ( 1991 ).  The whole time it was on he barely paid attention to it, having a conversation with the rest of the family while it played in the background. We get about 40 minutes into the film, and he says "This isn't it." It turned out he wanted to see a different Steven Seagal film. I don't know why because they all have the same damn plot. So I stopped the film we were watching and allowed him to start a second Steven Seagal film. I didn't watch it. I decided to go to my room and play GTA IV. ( Got about 10% left to play. )

Nighttime I got the Livingroom back to myself. A couple of years back I decided to own every Steven Spielberg film. Two more were released since then, and The Post ( 2017 ) completes my collection, at least until the West Side Story remake is released. The problem with this film is that it will always be compared to the much superior All The President's Men ( 1976 ). While a worthy companion film, it just isn't as good. Although I am amazed at how such a thin plot as this film had could be spun out for two hours and not feel like it had any padding.

I also rewatched Streets of Fire ( 1984 )


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19338 on: June 14, 2020, 10:37:19 PM »
IT: Chapter 2

Waay too long, the adults were fine but they were riding on the goodwill towards the characters after part one.  The scene where they ripped off John Carpenter's The Thing was my highlight but that's probably just because I love Carpenter
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19339 on: June 15, 2020, 04:15:35 PM »
The Aristo Cats

I had seen scenes of this one before but this is the first time actually watching it.  Its fine but there really isn't a lot going on here.  Everything is at a level of "fine" and neither higher nor lower than that.  The voice actors are good (as always Phil Harris, Patt Buttram and Scatman Crothers are great), the arc is not non-existance but it feels like any sort of story momentum takes the back seat to just watching the characters caper and/or do stuff together.  I kind of like how in keeping with the tone of the film the villain is incredibly low level evil (he doesn't even want to hurt our characters, just make them go away) and the stakes feel pretty low too.  Despite it being a journey story with hijinx, it feels more like a Disney hang-out film more than any others.  No hurry with the story, lets just hang out with these cats.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19340 on: June 15, 2020, 04:17:59 PM »
The Aristo Cats

I had seen scenes of this one before but this is the first time actually watching it.  Its fine but there really isn't a lot going on here.  Everything is at a level of "fine" and neither higher nor lower than that.  The voice actors are good (as always Phil Harris, Patt Buttram and Scatman Crothers are great), the arc is not non-existance but it feels like any sort of story momentum takes the back seat to just watching the characters caper and/or do stuff together.  I kind of like how in keeping with the tone of the film the villain is incredibly low level evil (he doesn't even want to hurt our characters, just make them go away) and the stakes feel pretty low too.  Despite it being a journey story with hijinx, it feels more like a Disney hang-out film more than any others.  No hurry with the story, lets just hang out with these cats.

Used to watch this one a lot with my kid - shame about the Chinese cat caricature, but mostly it's pretty good.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19341 on: June 15, 2020, 04:24:17 PM »
Yeah, when I saw he credit for "China Cat", I was immediately "Uh-Oh."


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19342 on: June 19, 2020, 08:03:51 PM »
Scare Package (2019) - Wow that was laaaaaaame!
A "horror comedy" that is not scary or funny at all. It's an absolutely interminable feeling hour and forty five minutes, in which I chuckled maybe a half dozen times at best.
And an ending that seems like a bargain basement Cabin In The Woods ripoff.
It's most notable for having a Joe Bob Briggs cameo (playing himself because that is the laziest type of cameo). Which doesn't mean anything to me because I don't care about who that is.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19343 on: June 21, 2020, 09:52:41 PM »
A Better Tomorrow ( 1986 )
Digging through my DVD collection, I found a box with a lot of import discs I bought back in the 90s and early 00s. At the time I was reluctantly making the transition from laserdisc to DVD. Just about every major Hong Kong film from the 80s up was available as imports, and I bought every film I hadn't already bought on Laserdisc. One problem though. Many of those discs have since decomposed in some manor, so that they were unplayable. I noticed this first when I tried to watch my copy of Mr. Vampire and it stopped playing about 40 minutes into the film, the rest of the disc unreadable from that point on. This was the same story with a couple of other discs. To this day I am not sure which films in my library are still playable because I never had the time to go through them. ( Although admittedly I dreaded going through my collection and finding a lot of dead discs. ) Well, now that I am currently not ordering new martial arts films from Amazon, it is a good time to finally go trough my import discs. So far A Better Tomorrow is still working. Although I was still disappointed. It is letterboxed rather than anamorphic. And the Media Asia prints were not the best, so this is far from the quality you now expect on Asian home video releases. A Better Tomorrow was the ground breaking film that turned Leslie Cheung and Chow Yun Fat into major H.K. stars, revitalized the career of former Shaw Brothers star Ti Lung, and turned  John Woo from a director of cheap comedies to one of the worlds most celebrated action directors. The action here is not as well staged as it would be in The Killer and Hard Boiled made a couple of years later, but it had it's moments. Otherwise this is a forgettable melodrama about two brothers, one who is a crime boss, the other a cop.

Kingsman: The Secret Service ( 2014 )
Wikipedia had this on their superhero movie list. I myself don't buy it as a superhero film, even if it was based on a comic book, but don't mind adding a few action films to my collection. And yea, its another poor man's James Bond with a bit of Harry Potter thrown in. But entertaining.

The Warriors  ( 1979 )
Last week I watched Streets of Fire, so decided to watch Walter Hill's other gang film this week. This was made at a time when American action films were thin on action, and not well choreographed, so in that respect dated. Nostalgia wise, there is a lot of New York here that is long lost. Subway trains with graffiti, the old Subway map that was impossible to read, Coney Island with a lot of buildings and rides that were torn down shortly after this film was made to make room for casinos, and a lot of other stuff from 70s NYC that is long gone. That juxtaposed with costume wearing gangs who only exist in the minds of the script writers. Such as the Baseball Furies which is what I suppose you would get if the Yankees f#@ked a bunch of mimes, and The Punks who are Mork impersonators on roller skates. NYCs biggest gang is the Gramercy Riffs, which suggests there are gangs in Gramercy Park? A neighborhood in Manhattan with the most expensive apartments in the city, and a park so exclusive that only Gramercy residents with a key are allowed in it. Not only wouldn't the rich white kids who live in Gramercy Park form a street gang, but any gangs attempting to pass thorough that neighborhood in the 70s would have immediately been set upon by the police. Another flaw this film has is the choice of locations, all which are well known to New Yorkers. So when the Warriors emerge from what is supposed to be  the 96th Street Station, New Yorkers know it is actually the historic 72nd Street Station. A lot of other sites were substitutes for the Bronx and Central Park, two places Walter Hill thought too dangerous to actually film in. So yea, The Warroirs has dated badly. But nostalgia-wise it is still worth watching for anyone who remembers New York City during the 70s.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19344 on: June 28, 2020, 09:37:37 PM »
Robotrix ( 1991 )
Continuing to use a pause in buying new movies for my martial arts collection to watch some of my old import DVDs to see if they are still working. And Robotrix still works. I hadn't seen this one since I bought it in January of 2000. It was on the shelf ( and later, in the box ) next to Tsui Hark's comedy I Love Maria ( 1988 ), both being HK science fiction films about female robots. And every time I was in the mood to see these films, I would select I Love Maria. So I am familiar with the plot of I Love Maria,  but could not remember what happens in RobotrixI Love Maria is a cult classic. Robotrix? It is just barely entertaining. Also, I is a Category III film, which was the code the HK film board gave to soft porn. Ahhh, now I am beginning to remember why I bought this. Back in the late 90s , when the success of Broken Arrow and Rumble in the Bronx kicked off an interest in Hong Kong films in the United States, a lot of books were published about Hong Kong films. The authors of these books, most who's entire exposure to HK films was via renting bootleg copies in some Chinatown video store, didn't seem to understand the difference between Category III and regular films, and would promote both.  Some of those books had stills from Robotrix, most likely because it was a Golden Harvest film and the promotional photos were easier to obtain that I Love Maria or many other HK science fiction films from companies that didn't yet distribute films in America. And those Robotrix photos were sexy. One had Amy Yip in a  transparent lab coat with nothing underneath, which is most likely why I wanted to buy this film. ( NOTE, while Amy and another actress wore those transparent lab coats in the film, they were wearing clothing underneath. So much for trusting publicity stills. ) Like I said, it is a Category III film, so most of the reason to see it is to see Amy Yip in her prime, nude.  Edit out the sex scenes, and you still have a decent enough science fiction film. It is in the future where humanoid robots exist. ( Conveniently looking just like humans, which must have saved a lot on the budget. ) A mad scientist commits suicide, and as he is dying, transfers his brainwaves into a robot. Something that is illegal to do because robots with human brains would have free will and would not take orders, and would therefore be a threat should they turn evil. The only way to stop the mad scientist humanoid is to transfer the memories of a recently killed police woman into another robot. The same police woman the mad scientist had murdered earlier in the film. Okay, so far so good. But then the mad scientist robot goes around raping prostitutes and killing them. So the only way to catch them is for the police woman robot, and another robot played by Amy Yip, to pose as prostitutes. So basically the film becomes a goofy and annoying comedy about a brothel for it's second act. Finally, we get to the third act which is Amy fighting the mad scientist robot, which is once again decent. ( NOTE: I Love Maria also had robots fighting, but one was a real mechanical giant, and they shot weapons at each other. Robotrix just had Power Rangers quality martial arts fights, which it is one of the reasons why it isn't a classic. )  Like I said, just barely entertaining.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle  ( 2017 )
Closing out my live action superhero movie collection with a few action films that Wikipedia insists fit into the category. This was based on a comic book. Just not a superhero comic book. I actually got this sequel in the mail months before Amazon delivered the first film, and basically refused to watch them out of sequence. This was just as entertaining as the first film. I guess a big part of writing the script for this one depended on which actors had an open schedule. So basically, one actress could only do a couple of days of shooting, so her character is killed off immediately, while two actors, who's characters were killed off it the first movie, were able to return for the sequel, so made miraculous recoveries from their deaths.

Risky Business ( 1983 )
Finished the night by watching one of my all time favorite films ( #6 on my list ). One of the strange things about this film is that the only part I do not like, is the one scene everyone references and seems to like the best.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19345 on: June 29, 2020, 02:57:42 PM »
I loved Kingsman: The Secret Service, but I found Golden Circle to be pretty disappointing. It was ridiculous that they brought Harry back to life, yet killed off Roxanne almost immediately. Killed off Merlin too, which is some BS. There was no reason for him to have died. And Poppy wasn't nearly as good a villain as Valentine. Whiskey was pretty good at least.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19346 on: July 05, 2020, 09:37:34 PM »
Dreadnaught ( 1981 )
Continuing to go through my old import DVDs to see if the still work, and Dreadnaught still works. A relief as this classic is no longer available on home video. This was the final film where actor Kwan Tak Hing  portrayed Wong Fei Hung, which was at least 77 films, still the world record for the same actor portraying the same character in theatrical films. The original Wong Fei Hung film series ran for at least 73 films before it's studio went bankrupt in the 70s. Golden Harvest Studios hired Hing for three films to reprise his role as Wong Fei Hung. The Skyhawk, which was a sort of pilot film for a possible revival of the Wong Fei Hung franchise at Golden Harvest, which didn't do enough business for a new series to be launched. There was Magnificent Butcher which began as the legitimate sequel to Drunken Master with Jackie Chan reviving his role as a teenaged Wong Fei Hung and Simon Yuen reviving his role as Beggar So, only for Lo Wei Studios to insist Jackie was still under contract to them and would not be lent out for the sequel. Forced to recast Wong Fei Hung, Golden Harvest decided to change the age of the character so  that they could cast Kwan Tak Hing as the master again. The film would take place decades after the events of Drunken Master and center on one of Wong Fei Hung's celebrated students, Butcher Lam. A few weeks into filming Simon Yuen died suddenly of a heart attack and his character needed to be recast. Out of respect for Simon, the name of the Beggar So character in the film was never mentioned. Magnificent Butcher was enough of a success that Golden Harvest hired Kwan Tak Hing for a third Wong Fei Hung film. At the time he was 76 years old, yet still followed the Yuen Woo Ping fight choreography as well as someone in their 20s. In the film, Wong Fei Hung helps capture a serial killer, but also features a fantastic lion dance sequence. One of Woo Ping's masterpieces with some of the best screen fights from the 80s.

Men In Black International ( 2019 )
Closing out my collection of American live action superhero films, the Men in Black franchise is still considered superhero films because it is based on a comic book series. The only thing that could explain this film is that SONY wanted to do a Men in Black television series, and instead of recasting Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, created two new agents who work at an office  in a different city. And then someone took the script written for the pilot movie and decided to turn it into a multimillion dollar blockbuster film. I mean, that is what the film seemed like, as if I was watching a pilot movie for a television series.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19347 on: July 07, 2020, 10:13:17 PM »
Welp, Hamilton has not cured me of my distaste for musicals.  I'm sure it's probably pretty good by the standards of musicals, but they just aren't for me. 

Except comedy musicals.  The medium is inherently silly, and my inability to take them seriously is a big part of my problem.  To that end, I enjoyed the humorous portions of Hamilton the most, like the king.  And yes, I feel a ton of white guilt for enjoying the only white character in Hamilton the most.  Though Daveed Diggs was fantastic.  Lin-Manuel was... not great, actually.  He seemed to lack the charisma that the other cast members kept claiming he had in their songs.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19348 on: July 11, 2020, 11:05:41 AM »
Last night I picked 2 movies on Disney+ to watch, and happened to pick 2 that were exceptionally mediocre.

Artemis Fowl

 Parts of this are good, but I'm not sure if it's the editing or directing but it is mostly just blah, pretty special effects, some of the acting is good, the flow is kind of terrible so maybe blame the editing for that but the format of the story is also to blame.  There was no need to keep cutting back to the guy in the cell telling the story, let the guy start the story and end the story, you don't need to keep reminding people it's a story being told by that guy.


Fantastic Four (2015)

 I know some of this cast is capable of much better acting than the blandness on screen in this thing.  A Marvell movie with no fun or humor in it is kind of a shock.  As origin stories go it's OK, visually it's great, with some humor and better direction this could have been good.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #19349 on: July 11, 2020, 11:14:03 AM »
Lin-Manuel was... not great, actually.  He seemed to lack the charisma that the other cast members kept claiming he had in their songs.

Yeah, that was my opinion as well. He may be a great composer/writer, but he was easily the worst part of his own show.