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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18270 on: October 21, 2018, 06:43:07 AM »
Maniac Cop

I wish I liked this better.  I don't think I've fully liked a Larry Cohen movie I've seen but he's always weird enough to be interesting.  Of course, maybe it's because he didn't direct this one and is only a writer.  I feel like it could be due for a remake, though, as a horror movie about a killer cop (and how people try to cover it up) seems like something VERY timely.

Frustratingly, the first act seems more like a whodunit, which is fun (especially hints that the main detective might be a little... off) but it gets dull pretty quick when it becomes Friday the 13th but with a cop.  And very little interesting social commentary that I expect from Cohen (he's not perfect at it, but I always love when he does it).  I don't recommend what is kind of a boring and uninteresting slasher flick.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18271 on: October 21, 2018, 09:12:31 PM »
The Shadow Boxing ( a.k.a. Shaolin Shadow Boxing, a.k.a. Mai Shan Zombie Boxing, a.k.a. Spiritual Boxer 2 ) ( 1979 )
This week, with Halloween coming up, I was in the mood to see Human Lanterns, which once again I couldn't find. But I did find a lot of other Asian horror films.... And I found Story of Ricky, which will be saved for another week. So instead I picked The Shadow Boxing. This was the final Shaw Brothers film released by Well Go, which was the last DVD label to continue releasing the movies in North America. When the release was announced, we were all perplexed. We didn't recognize the film title.  Apparently Celestial will agree to digitally add new English titles to the Shaw Brothers films on request of the North American distributor. For example, Dragon Dynasty asked for Crippled Avengers to be retitled Return of the Five Deadly Venoms. In this case Well Go asked for Spiritual Boxer 2 to be retitled The Shadow Boxing

Had the film been released as Spiritual Boxer 2 then we would have known what it was.  The Spiritual Boxer ( 1975 ) was the first film directed by Lau Kar Leung, and not only considered a classic, but is the first successful martial arts comedy, predating  Snake in the Eagles Shadow ( 1978 ) by two years. It has also never been released on Home Video in North America.  While the sequel is not as important a film, it is still considered among Lau Kar Leung's best. And probably would have sold better under it's original title. Instead Well Go chose to release it  under a title that is very similar to he Shadow Boxer, a Shaw brothers film released on DVD  five years earlier. For a while there everyone wondered if Well Go was re-releasing one of the Image  released films.  That would have been a letdown.  The final Shaw Brothers film being released in North America was going to be a re-release of one of the studios pot boilers.  Instead, the releases ended on a up-note.

The plot:  In the past, whenever a dead person is not buried in their home village, they rise from their grave as a vampire.  A Taoist priest runs a vampire hearding company where using spells the hopping vampires are lead back to their villages for final burial. Wong Yu returns as a new character, an assistant to the priest.  Gordon Liu plays a fugitive looking to get past police check points by pretending to be one of the vampires.  It's a nice little horror comedy with some good Lau Kar Leung choreographed fights.

The Losers (  2010 )
I probably should have scheduled three films for Saturday Night. After only two weeks Saturday Night Live is on a hiatus, this week repeating an episode that was only on two weeks earlier. So I went to the next  superhero film in queue.  There are a handful of films on Wikipedia's North American Superhero Film List which are iffy.  Such as Push and Jumper which both have characters who acquire powers, but never put on costumes or fight crimes. The Losers is iffy because the characters are all mercenaries, and probably made the list only because it is based on a DC comic book. A team of mercenaries is doublecrossed during a mission when the chopper they were supposed to be on is shot down by an American jet. Believed to be dead, they decide to sneak back into the United States and hunt down the CIA official who gave the kill order.

This is not really a good film. Everything here seems to be formula, and both the plot and action scenes are forgetable. What it does have going for it is the editing. The studio knew enough to cut this film down to just less than 90 minutes. The main characters are immediately introduced via onscreen text, and within minutes have been doublecrossed. There is zero fat here. The plot moves at lightning pace, to the point where I had to rewind a couple of times because I thought I must have missed something.  Because you get through the film with full speed and no padding, you never have the time to dislike anything.  It is actually, sort of, entertaining. But I doubt I will remember anything about it a week from now.

Tillie and Gus ( 1933 )
Speaking  of fast paced, this movie just barely clocks in at an hour. Not that  Hollywood feature films from that era weren't that short.  But this had the feel of the director rushing through to the ending. They could have easily made an extra 40 minutes out of the plot. A girl discovers her father's estate was so in dept that she has inherited nothing.  Even the family home  ends up owned by the executor of the will. The only thing left is  her father's broken down steamboat, which the executor offers to buy from her for $500. However, her husband  advises her not to sell it. The only reason the executor wanted the boat was because it came with an exclusive  ferry franchise. The husband talks her into allowing him to fix the steamboat and relaunch the family ferry business. Meanwhile the girl's aunt Tillie and uncle Gus ( WC Fields ), two grifters who she thinks are missionaries, show up for their inheritance, only to discover  the estate is bankrupt. At first they both agree to trick their niece into selling the boat for $500,  not telling her they had talked the executor up to an offer of $1,000, then keep the extra $500 for themselves. However, they quickly decide to instead help the niece.  Unable to buy the franchise, the executor tries to take it by challenging the daughters legal right to it because their boat is unseaworthy while he owns a brand new state of the art steamboat.  Eventually both agree to settle things with a river race. The winner getting the franchise. 

The river race barely clocks in at 12 minutes. Even back then, most films would have dragged the climatic race out to at least 20 minutes or longer.  In fact, a lot of scenes in this film seem to be shorter than they could have been.  Fields is introduced  as a defendant in a trial which only lasts about five minutes. Trials in early comedies usually lasted a good 20 minutes.  A card game between fields and four suckers he is cheating only lasts a couple of minutes, just barely enough time for a single hand. Another scene where Fields is following instructions from a radio show on how to mix homemade paint  ,is over rather quickly. Predictably, while following the instructions and adding ingredients to the tub, Baby LeRoy runs over to the radio and changes the station to an exercise show, resulting in the confused  Fields doing jumping jacks.  I have seen similar bits done in other movies, and usually it is dragged out for a good ten minutes with the radio being changed to several stations. For example, LeRoy could have continued changing the dial, landing on a cooking show and Fields putting eggs and flour into the paint. But the scene goes no further than the jumping jacks.

speaking of Baby LeRoy, he is wasted in this film. Rather than being an adversary of Fields, for much of the film he treats him with respect, even swimming into the river when LeRoy goes overboard during the race.  Alison Skipworth as aunt Tillie is a perfect match for Fields, to the point where you wonder why they weren't paired up again other than in If I Had A Million. They would costar together in two other films, but not as a team. One of those films being Alice  In Wonderland ( 1933 ), where Fields played Humpty Dumpty in one scene, and Skipworth playing the Duchess in another scene. 


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18272 on: October 22, 2018, 07:42:16 AM »
Watched the new Halloween (2018) on Saturday.  Pretty good, all things considered.  Not at the level of the original, despite the hype (and a great performance by Jamie Lee Curtis), but on the upper end of the Halloween franchise scale.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18273 on: October 22, 2018, 05:28:48 PM »
Watched the Netflix film The Babysitter, and it is really fun. It's not gonna go down in history as the greatest movie ever, but it was a real pick-me-up after a pretty shitty day.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18274 on: October 22, 2018, 09:14:58 PM »
Can someone please explain how in the hell Superman returns is a better film than Man of steel?


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18275 on: October 23, 2018, 05:25:42 AM »
Can someone please explain how in the hell Superman returns is a better film than Man of steel?

It’s watchable?
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18276 on: October 23, 2018, 06:18:37 AM »
Superman Returns has a lot of problems.  Deadbeat Dad Superman is one of them.  But at least it isn't "audience really isn't asked to care that mass death just happened."

Man of Steel really missed the point of what Superman is.  And I know that each character can be interpreted and re-interpreted a number of ways, perhaps even almost contradictory ways, and remain a good story.  But if there is an audience for a dour Superman movie with a high body count and little regard for the consequences, it ain't me.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18277 on: October 23, 2018, 06:55:15 AM »
You've seen it already?  I didn't know it was released yet.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18278 on: October 23, 2018, 07:04:43 AM »
Wrong thread.  Oops on my part.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18279 on: October 25, 2018, 06:54:02 PM »
The Mangler (1995) - While I won't say this is a good film, I did find it very enjoyable. There were quite a few well done aspects to it. First and foremost Ted Levine as the main character is fantastic. He's always a good actor in everything I've seen of his, but I give him extra props for giving it his all in a movie with this silly of a premise. He can play a hard boiled police detective in his sleep, but he doesn't sleepwalk through this role. He makes what was a cliché and one dimensional character on the page interesting and likable. Also enjoyable is the performance by Robert Englund as a cartoonish old man villain. Even side characters that normally would just be there for exposition are interesting. The photographer in particular. I'm not sure why they had a younger person in heavy old man makeup playing him. Maybe there was a planned flashback scene of him younger that they cut out? But he gave a fun performance. The movie doesn't skimp on the gore, either. It starts early and is prevalent throughout. The look of the movie is very nice. It would pass for an 80s movie except for the last few minutes when it goes off the rails and has terrible 90s CGI. You can tell the movie was based on a short because there are several subplots added to pad it out to feature length, and they are either conflicting, confusing, or pointlessly stick out.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18280 on: October 25, 2018, 07:58:17 PM »
Heavy Metal (1981)
As a teen in the 80s, this was a movie that a lot of my geeky friends had built up to being great. When I finally got to see it via a bootleg VHS sometime in the mid to late 80s, I remember not really liking it and I hadn’t seen it since then.
Most of the animation is pretty Hanna Barbera-like shitty, the stories are mostly pretty juvenile (at times coming across as poorly animated softcore porn written by a 14 year old), and what was intended as subversive and shocking in the late 70s/early 80s seems quaint compared to what passes for that now, but I enjoyed it more than I expected.  Still wouldn’t really call it good, but it just exceeded my extremely low expectations.

Heavy Metal 2000 (2000)
Sequel in name only. Animation better, but not great. Animation very late 90s video game like. Not a sequence of stories thinly strung together with a weak wrap around narrative like the original- instead we get one story that tries to carry the entire movie. Some unnecessary animated female nudity, but less of the softcore porn and sexist aspects of the 1981 film (but still some). Music featured in the soundtrack a big downgrade from the original. Really a better movie overall due to having a plot with an ending instead of a bunch of fairly unrelated vignettes which don’t have conclusions, but still not very good or recommended.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18281 on: October 26, 2018, 10:11:48 AM »
Can someone please explain how in the hell Superman returns is a better film than Man of steel?
It’s watchable?
I just think it's interesting that a movie that is arguably little more than a glorified remake is still better than something that is pretty unique and not really modeled off any previous Superman story... afaik.

Heavy Metal (1981)
As a teen in the 80s, this was a movie that a lot of my geeky friends had built up to being great. When I finally got to see it via a bootleg VHS sometime in the mid to late 80s, I remember not really liking it and I hadn’t seen it since then.
Most of the animation is pretty Hanna Barbera-like shitty, the stories are mostly pretty juvenile (at times coming across as poorly animated softcore porn written by a 14 year old), and what was intended as subversive and shocking in the late 70s/early 80s seems quaint compared to what passes for that now, but I enjoyed it more than I expected.  Still wouldn’t really call it good, but it just exceeded my extremely low expectations.
I was definitely not a fan of Heavy Metal(Now the soundtrack? That's a completely different story). I watched this for the first time WAY back in 1996 and I was frankly... pretty unimpressed. I think it's focus was what really put me off.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18282 on: October 26, 2018, 05:52:47 PM »
Can someone please explain how in the hell Superman returns is a better film than Man of steel?
It’s watchable?
I just think it's interesting that a movie that is arguably little more than a glorified remake is still better than something that is pretty unique and not really modeled off any previous Superman story... afaik.

Yeah, because the director doesn't like comic books and didn't make a Superman movie at all.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18283 on: October 26, 2018, 07:43:11 PM »
Can someone please explain how in the hell Superman returns is a better film than Man of steel?
It’s watchable?
I just think it's interesting that a movie that is arguably little more than a glorified remake is still better than something that is pretty unique and not really modeled off any previous Superman story... afaik.

Yeah, because the director doesn't like comic books and didn't make a Superman movie at all.

It still pisses me off that he had to kill Zod. He's fucking superman. The point is that he can basically do anything, and the one thing he avoids doing at all cost is killing someone. Fucking stupid. They could have written him out of it, but they wanted edgy and dark. It's stupid. DCEU is hot garbage and this is the film that kicked it off. Fuck that noise. Iron Man may not be the BEST MCU movie, but it manages to get the idea that superheroes are a goofy concept, so let's have some fun with it.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18284 on: October 27, 2018, 11:40:33 AM »
Even the end of the Richard Donner cut of Superman 2 works better, which is ironic since the ending is almost exactly the same as Superman 1!
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