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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18255 on: October 08, 2018, 01:04:15 AM »
This was a pretty boring week when it came to films.

Amsterdam Connection ( 1978 )
I am really going o have to rethink my strategy of randomly picking martial arts films off my shelf. Here is something I bought nearly a decade ago from Crash Cinema, just about the time they went OOP. Crash Cinema had access to hundreds of 35mm prints of dubbed old school Hong Kong martial arts movies, and began releasing high quality letterboxed DVDs of these films.  Amsterdam Connection was one of the higher profile films of that era, mostly because it's producers spent the money to have it shot on location in Amsterdam and Paris.  It had a very decent cast featuring the best actors not under contract by either Shaw Brothers or Golden Harvest, including Bolo Yeung, Chan Sing and Fan Mei Sheng as the villains. But despite the location and above average cast, it is a boring film when the characters aren't fighting. And that is most of the film. Tony Wong and Jason Pai Piao are two childhood friends who end up in rival crime gangs. Both gangs have relocated in Amsterdam to sell drugs and run underground casinos. You would think that both gangs would be constantly fighting, but that doesn't happen. You have to wait until the film is nearly halfway over for a big gang fight scene, and that is between Fan Mei Sheng's gang and a drug supplier ( Chen Sing )and his gang  he tried to cheat. 

In a sub plot Fannie, the girlfriend Tony Wong left behind in Hong Kong desperately wants to be a movie star. She just happens to run into Fan Mei Sheng, who has return to Hong Kong posing as a movie producer. Actually, he is just looking for beautiful girls to act as drug mules, and hen intends to sell them to brothels once they reach Amsterdam. Tony realizes his boss is going to do this to Fannie, but never bothers to warn her. Finally he goes to the brothel she is forced to work in to free her ( after she has already been forced to sleep with a few clients ) and has a very brief fight with the staff, only to then pay them the money they paid for her. We then find out  in a flashback that Jason Pai Piao was once also in love with Fannie. He shows up in the rival gang's casino to take Fannie back, and ends up in a very brief fight with Tony. But then they decide to settle things with a bet. Winner gets Fannie, looser has to give his head to the winner. Jason looses the bet, but then chickens out on the whole beheading thing and instead talks Tony into accepting money instead. As Tony follows Jason back to his apartment for the money, someone shoots at them. They both run off, and once out of range of the gunman, begin accusing each other of hiring the gunman and begin fighting. But Fannie arrives and breaks the fight up. She had overheard Fan Mei Sheng hiring the gunman to assassinate Tony for some strange reason.

Tony and Jason decide to turn against their respective gangs by stealing the cash and drugs from a deal going down later that night, so that each boss thinks the other was responsible. This finally gets both gangs about to rumble. They all show up in front of the Eiffel Tower holding bats, chains and other weapons. BUT THEN THEY DONT FIGHT!! Fan Mei Sheng and Bolo Yeung exchange words, and then the gangs go their separate ways. Finally Tony and Jason take things into their own hands, fighting Bolo and a couple of his men. And you only had to wait until the film was nearly over for this scene. After Bolo is defeated, Fan Mei Sheng shows up with a bunch of men to take out Tony and Jason. It had been some sort of elaborate plot to get Jason and Tony to take out Bolo. Huh.  Jason and Tony battle the men, most of which are Europeans. On man turns out to be unusually tough. He has zero fighting skills, but kicks and punches don't seem to effect him. Nor does even blows with a pipe to his head. Eventually Jason and Tony find some weak spots(?) and manage to kill the man. They finally get into a fight with the films main villain Fan Mei Sheng, only for it to be interrupted  after a few seconds by the arrival of the police. Fan Mei Sheng jumps into a waiting boat and takes off. Jason and Tony jump onto the front of the boat to stop him, but he pulls out a gun and shoots at them, causing both to fall off into the river.


And here is the most entertaining part of the film. We see Fan Mei Sheng a few months later walking down the street in Amsterdam with his lieutenant when suddenly you hear the sound of machine gun fire and both men act as if they had been shot. And while the ending music to Rocky plays over the soundtrack, a caption comes onto the screen explaining that some unknown men shot them to death.  Adding to the absurdity of this scene, there are a bunch of people watching from across the street. No doubt curious onlookers to a film being shot. And none of them react as if there had just been machine gun fire,  that couple of men have just been shot to death.  The End.     Music from Rocky is used a lot in this film, as is Pink Floyd's Time. Thankfully Crash Cinema was not one of those companies that try to remove unlicensed music from old martial arts films by playing some sort of loud generic music over it.


Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie ( 1997 )
This was also boring. It was a decent enough story, but seemed more like a padded out episode. Even when they get to the action scenes, everything seems lackluster. The Turbo from the title refers to a set of cars the Power Rangers are given that when combined turn into another giant robot.  They may be called Turbo, but these cars don't seem to go that fast in the movie.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18256 on: October 08, 2018, 06:58:30 AM »
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie ( 1997 )
This was also boring. It was a decent enough story, but seemed more like a padded out episode. Even when they get to the action scenes, everything seems lackluster. The Turbo from the title refers to a set of cars the Power Rangers are given that when combined turn into another giant robot.  They may be called Turbo, but these cars don't seem to go that fast in the movie.


That's.... a better review than I thought you'd give it. Haha. Padded-out episode sounds about right.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18257 on: October 13, 2018, 12:39:14 PM »
I watched John Wick through Amazon VOD last night. To be honest, I thought it was... good. I do fail to see how this thing won so much critical praise. It is a very well made movie, but you look just beneath the surface and John Wick feels like little more than a typical revenge story. True, I'd rather watch this over the likes of Kill Bill, but that's not saying much since there was almost nothing I liked about Kill Bill.

The things I did like about the movie were kind of peculiar. I liked that it seemed like half the whole city knew who John Wick was. What I found REALLY amazing was that the... antagonist of the movie(mostly anyway) was portrayed by Alfie Allen. I saw his face and I was like, WHY Alfie? Do you just like playing characters who are serious gluttons for punishment? I also liked that Keanu Reeves' acting was actually pretty good. That's saying something given I didn't even like him in The Matrix all that much. In the end, I would call John Wick a good, satisfying film, but not much more than that. 7/10 (I hope when I get around to watching John Wick Chapter 2 that they turn down the volume on all that damn music)


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18258 on: October 13, 2018, 01:02:35 PM »
I enjoyed John Wick a lot...but not enough to want to go back and watch it again. Didn't care much for Chapter 2. It came across as a rehash of 1 but spent way too much time trying to build John Wick up as a series and what little plot there is seems to all be geared towards setting up the next installment.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18259 on: October 14, 2018, 09:40:35 AM »
In spite of what you said Wihogfan, I purchased John Wick Chapter 2 yesterday and watched it. I am, perhaps unfortunately, with you on this. I did not care for it at ALL. One factor that really put me off is this:
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I also agree that the movie for much of it also felt like a re-hash. However, it is possible to make a good movie that's also a rehash. Again however, this movie... it just kept going in all the wrong directions for me. John Wick on the other hand definitely comes off as a sympathetic character and he is definitely not without mercy.

However, between all the damn never-ending gun battles, fist fights, knife fights and so on... John wick 1 and 2 did very little to nothing to move me. Seriously, chapter 2 has an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes?! What in the hell? I really want to know what critics and people see in these movies that is so damn great. Maybe it didn't help that I watched it while I was feeling really shitty. Hmmm, no, I don't think that's it. I just wouldn't recommend a movie like this to anyone. Let's go back 11 years to a movie called "Shoot 'em up". That movie in spite of the numerous action scenes made me feel something, it actually made me laugh and it felt like there was some heart to it. Let me in conclusion say this... just because John Wick has a dog doesn't mean his movie automatically has some kind of heart to it by extension.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18260 on: October 14, 2018, 09:32:19 PM »
Five Element Ninjas  (a.k.a. Super Ninjas ) ( 1982 )
This week I was in the mood to see Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky. So I spent a couple of days looking for it. I know I bought the DVD years ago. But then like a lot of my other movies, it went into a box, and now I am not sure what box it is in. But after looking through a bunch of boxes, I have narrowed it down to a couple of boxes on a bottom of a pile of other stuff which would be a pain in the ass to move. Meanwhile, while searching, I found another DVD I had been looking for, Five Element Ninjas which is one of the greatest martial arts films ever made.  A clan of ninjas wipe out an entire clan. The lone survivor escapes and finds a martial arts master who studied Ninjutsu. Once learning how to counter all the ninja tricks, he returns for vengeance. When it came to ninja films, Shaw Brothers knew what they were doing. Ninjas were depicted as magicians who used their tricks to appear and disappear, for sneak attacks, and to generate weapons in unexpected ways. They were practically given supernatural powers. Meanwhile all those ninja films made in America just had a guy in a black costume with throwing stars and zero imagination. The only reason so many were made was because you could hire any actor to play the ninja, even an old white actor like Lee Van Cleef, and swap him out for a real martial arts expert for the fight scenes.

Power Rangers ( 2017 )
This is the last of the Power Rangers films. Amazon had another Power Ranger film which I could not find on Wikipedia or IMDb, and the best I can tell is compiled by back to back episodes from the television series. I had my expectations low on this one due to the bad reviews it got on release. But, wow, I ended up really enjoying this film. Even though they drag this origin story out for two hours, and the teens don't learn how to morph into the Power Rangers until the last 20 minutes, I didn't mind at all. Okay, maybe they just barely allowed the rangers to fight because since this is a CGI film, the producers wanted the climax to cut directly to the bit where they fight the giant monster destroying the town in their Zords ( giant robot vehicles that can combine into an even bigger robot. ) One thing they did do right was feature Rita Repulsa as the main villain. I haven't actually watched an entire episode of the Power Rangers television show, but every time I flipped past the series while looking for something better like Earth Worm Jim or Jacky Chan Adventures it seemed like they were always fighting the Rita character. The previous Power Ranger movies reduced her to just cameo appearances, which was a bit odd. Why wouldn't you have their biggest villain in the movie?


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18261 on: October 15, 2018, 05:30:04 AM »
House of Wax

I was hoping for a bit more creepy fun and was less interested in the stuff with the police and the lead hero's smug boyfriend but Vincent Price is absolutely delightful in the role as the villain.  It isn't one of his more over the top roles, which is why it works so well and he really sells the character as sweet in the first scene, making his turn to villainy more tragic.  But the character is a little less interesting after he gets his revenge early in the movie.  I was really hoping the film would be working it's way toward that.  Still, pretty fun film.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18262 on: October 15, 2018, 12:47:36 PM »
One thing they did do right was feature Rita Repulsa as the main villain. I haven't actually watched an entire episode of the Power Rangers television show, but every time I flipped past the series while looking for something better like Earth Worm Jim or Jacky Chan Adventures it seemed like they were always fighting the Rita character. The previous Power Ranger movies reduced her to just cameo appearances, which was a bit odd. Why wouldn't you have their biggest villain in the movie?

Because at the time of the first movie, Power Rangers was an ongoing and very popular TV show.  It's still going, but it's less popular.  When the first movie came out, Rita was no longer the main villain on the show.  It had switched over to Lord Zedd, but I think he was co-villaining with Rita, to whom he was married.  The first movie was a big screen, big budget adaptation of the lower budget TV show.  Consequently, they needed something new and bigger, in the character of Ivan Ooze.

At the time of the second Power Rangers movie, the show had been going on for several years and Rita was no longer on the show.  She and Zed had been chased off by King Mondo and the Machine Empire during Power Rangers Zeo.  King Mondo was eventually defeated and replaced with Divatox, the villain of the Power Rangers Turbo years.  Having Rita as the villain would make no sense for the second movie.

The 2017 movie was a grittier reboot of what was by now a nostalgic classic.  They were banking on this nostalgia, hence why they want back to the original villain of Rita instead of trying to adapt the villains and characters of Ninja Steel, the current incarnation of Power Rangers.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18263 on: October 18, 2018, 08:17:12 AM »
Watched The Aerial (2007) off of Netflix just recently, and enjoyed it a lot.  I enjoyed it a lot, though I'm not sure quite how I'd describe it.  The basic plot involves a city where everyone has lost their voice except one person, and that somehow gets exploited by Mr. TV in order to dominate and control everyone's lives... until someone else still with a voice is discovered.  Maybe 'a light-hearted mix of silent cinema, surrealism,  Metropolis, and anti-corporate allegory'?  Sure, why not.  It's a lot of fun, and rarely predictable.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18264 on: October 19, 2018, 10:16:59 PM »
Needed an evening out, and Venom was as good an excuse as any. It's not up to modern superhero movie standards, but it's not bad. A little bit goofy, but always entertaining. The oozy aspect of Venom makes for some confusing fight scenes. Especially when other oozy opponents are involved. It's in a sweet spot that would make an excellent Rifftrax.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18265 on: October 20, 2018, 01:12:24 PM »
I am frankly, AMAZED at how much success Venom has been seeing. There are many, many other movies I've seen over the past year that I'd much rather watch again and again than it. Of course like I said before I by no means consider it a bad movie, but it's certainly not that good.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18266 on: October 20, 2018, 01:59:41 PM »
Seems like they just released it at a very opportune time, during a drought of other movies like it. 


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18267 on: October 20, 2018, 02:57:16 PM »
Yeah the theater was packed 2 weeks in, despite a lot of bad reviews. I think if there's a lesson to be had here, it's that Hollywood needs to stop focusing on the Summer.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18268 on: October 20, 2018, 04:55:50 PM »
The audience scores have been very positive. Lots of people have recommended it to me (I'll see it eventually).
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18269 on: October 20, 2018, 11:53:39 PM »
I've been meaning to watch Attack of the Killer Tomatoes for years. Amazon Prime has it for free, so I took the plunge. I knew it was a comedy but I wasn't expecting anything this unabashedly silly. I think I'm ready to join its cult following.