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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18570 on: April 08, 2019, 11:50:03 AM »
Yeah, I remember watching Condorman a lot when I was a kid. Now I just settle for watching Diamanda Hagan's very funny review of it.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18571 on: April 08, 2019, 04:28:07 PM »
I watched Condorman a few times as a kid but for some reason I remember very little about it. I admit that's a movie I need to revisit some day.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18572 on: April 13, 2019, 12:22:29 PM »
Hellboy (2019) - This was...messy. A lot of good individual elements, particularly David Harbour as Hellboy. The biggest problem is that this is far too complex, and feels like a miniseries cut to ribbons. I could see a much better three or four hour cut of this movie could exist. I liked a lot of the horror aspects to it. Baba Yaga was fantastic, and would have made for a much better main villain than just a throwaway cameo that amounts to nothing except sequel baiting which won't happen. Mila Jovovich is just lame as the villain. And I don't know if the King Arthur connection to Hellboy stuff is from the comics, but it is inexcusably stupid. So was Hellboy getting jumped and almost defeated by a bunch of loser British twits.
Overall I did enjoy it, but it is a pale comparison to the Guillermo Del Toro movies.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18573 on: April 13, 2019, 12:25:46 PM »
Been sounding more like a victim of executive meddling and way too many producers.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18574 on: April 13, 2019, 12:50:58 PM »
Been sounding more like a victim of executive meddling and way too many producers.
It's definitely that. Neil Marshall is a good director, he should have been able to make a better movie.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18575 on: April 13, 2019, 07:29:13 PM »
Guava Island is a little 60 minute movie with Donald Glover that is streaming on Amazon today.  It was very cute, I enjoyed it. Nice that there's a market for shorter films now, as I wouldn't want this to be any longer, but it doesn't fit into a traditional theatrical setting.  It does have a City of God feel to it, but with fewer amazing characters, and a lot more music. 


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18576 on: April 13, 2019, 09:05:25 PM »
My girlfriend took me out to see the new Pet Sematary earlier. Fair warning I have an extremely high tolerance for bad horror movies and consider myself of fanatic of the genre. If you're a fan of the original and plan on seeing this I don't think you'd be wasting your money seeing it in the theater but if you wait to catch it on cable you're not necessarily missing out on much either. I gave it 3 out of five stars on Letterboxd and if I had to choose either to rent, buy, or pass on this movie I definitely rent it at least once. I haven't read the source material but plan to so I have no idea how close of an adaptation it is. The pacing in the early half of the movie feels uneven and there were jump scares to be expected. For me the highlights of the film were the few places where it subverted my expectations to what would happen compared to the original film. I especially enjoyed the ending and John Lithgow is always cool in my book.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18577 on: April 14, 2019, 05:16:46 PM »
Is Lithgow the neighbour?
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18578 on: April 14, 2019, 06:31:50 PM »
Yes, he plays Herman Munster.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18579 on: April 14, 2019, 09:45:15 PM »
Marshal Club ( a.k.a. Instructors of Death ) ( 1981 )
I guess you could call this a sequel to Challenge of the Masters. Once again Lau Kar Leung directs and once again Gordon Liu plays a young Wong Fei Hung. But the English title, chosen by World Northal, is very misleading. Nobody gets killed in this film, and the villains only seek to injure the good guys. No one is instructing anyone to kill. Instructors of Death is an especially inappropriate name for a Wong Fei Hung film. World Northal didn't care. They would be distributing the film in America where Wong Fei Hung was still unknown.

Things had changed since Challenge of the Masters. The most obvious being Jackie Chan's Drunken Master which was the first time Wong Fei Hung appeared in a comedy. So basically Marshal Club is a change in tone from the first film, where the central section is a comedy and Fei Hung keeps getting himself into trouble.

It has a familiar plot for a Wong Fei Hung film of a rival martial arts school that is evil. In one instance they ambush Fei Hung's friend when he visits a brothel and breaks his leg. In another the master of the bad school invites Fei Hung and the students of rival schools to his theater for a free Opera performance. But once there has the doors locked, then accuses them of not paying for their tickets and orders them all beaten up while waiting for the police to arrive to arrest them. They also invite a martial arts master from Northern China to teach his skills, expecting that he will help them beat the students of rival schools. And considering the character is played by actor Wang Lung Wei who up to that point played nothing but villains, the expectation was that he would be a villain in this film as well. Except that this is a Wong Fei Hung film, which means that when he finally does fight Fei Hung in the climax, he is won over and reformed. This is the only Shaw Brothers film where Wang Lung Wei turns out to be a good guy, and as far as I know, the only one where his character isn't killed.

I will have to agree with all the other critics of this film that a lot of the middle parts are boring. The comedy just doesn't work, because Shaw Brothers was not willing to take the Wong Fei Hung character into the direction that Jackie Chan had. However, the film is full of great moments. The opening lion dance and subsequent lion fight with the bad school is very impressive. The fight between Wong Fei Hung and Wang Lung Wei's character in an alleyway that grows narrower the further into it they move belongs in the top 50 greatest screen fights, perhaps even in the top 10. And all the brief fight scenes in between, as well as the battle inside the locked theater are some of the best in a Lau Kar Leung film. The action here is great. Too bad it is one of the few Shaw Brothers films where the script was the mess.

The Return of Captain Invincible ( 1983 )
While this film doesn't count as part of my superhero collection, as it is entirely an Australian production, it is a superhero musical with Christopher Lee as the singing villain. How could I pass this one up? The film opens with news reel footage of Captain Invincible in action, taking down gangsters and fighting Nazi during the Second World War, But then the last of the news reels is the Captain being caught up in the McCarthy hearings, accused of being a Communist for helping Russia fight the Nazis during WWII. The final news reel mentions that Captain Invincible has  disappeared after refusing to appear at more senate hearings. This was actually a very good opening giving the film a lot of promise. And then the rest of the film happens. Thirty years later the President of the United States is notified that someone has stolen a hypnoray capable of hypnotizing anyone. The President fears  that whoever has stolen it will figure out how it works and make hundreds of copies he can use to hypnotize the entire United States. Deciding the only one who can find the stolen weapon is Captain Invincible, he puts out a worldwide APB to find the missing hero. The Captain is discovered in Australia where he is now a homeless alcoholic. Convinced to return to active duty the Captain must sober up and relearn how to use his powers. Which he eventually does. Once his super brain begins working again, he figures out that the culprit is none other than his old nemesis Mr. Midnight. And what is Mr. Midnight's fiendish plot? To use the hypnoray to get people to buy property on one of his manmade islands just off the cost of Brooklyn, then once everyone has moved there, tow the islands out to sea using submarines.  Of course Captain Invincible defeats him.

The problem with this film is that it runs out of steam after the first five minutes. It was as if the writers ran out of good material after they wrote the newsreel segments that opened the film. The drunken hobo Captain Invincible trying to relearn his powers had a lot of promise, but somehow the writers were unable to come up with any good comedy material. Mr. Midnight's scheme is boring. Perhaps because the studio that made this film didn't have the budget to give Mr. Midnight a real doomsday scheme or a better weapon. This movie is so low budget that the climax, where Captain Invincible is suppose to be fighting the submarines, is just stock footage and a news reporter telling you what happened. Ahh, but this is also a musical which was suppose to have been written by Richard O'Brien and Richard Hartley who had previously written Rocky Horror Picture Show and Shock Treatment. Instead, this is the weakest material from the duo. In fact, they only contribute a couple of songs, neither which are memorable. Out of all the songs in the movie, this is the closest one to being memorable:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/rmLAj9iIfQk" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/rmLAj9iIfQk</a>

So, the songs suck, the plot is weak, the comedy isn't funny, and the bulk of the film is boring. Does it have anything of redeeming value? Well you do get the novelty of Alan Arkin ( Captain Invincible ) and Christopher Lee ( Mr. Midnight ) singing in a musical. And you do get to hear a lot of Australian actors doing really bad American/Brooklyn accents. But that's just about it.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18580 on: April 20, 2019, 06:03:28 AM »
Hey Darth Geek, knowing how much you “love” film noir, I dare you to watch Bill Maher’s noir spoof Pizza Man.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18581 on: April 20, 2019, 11:38:28 AM »
Hey Darth Geek, knowing how much you “love” film noir, I dare you to watch Bill Maher’s noir spoof Pizza Man.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18582 on: April 21, 2019, 09:56:32 AM »
Hey Darth Geek, knowing how much you “love” film noir, I dare you to watch Bill Maher’s noir spoof Pizza Man.

You should never watch Bill Maher, as 'D.C. Cab' proved to humanity.

You should also never watch D.C. Cab either.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18583 on: April 21, 2019, 10:02:02 AM »
The Black Hole by Disney

Saw it as a kid and rewatched. While far from perfect, it as so enjoyable. It had such a gothic feel and was visually beautiful. And brutal for a Disney film. Easy to see why they eventually splintered off Touchstone for this type of stuff. John Barry did an awesome score that only enhances the movie. Schell's performance still makes Dr. Reinheart's one of the most watchable villains ever. His insanity but coherence is just the right balance.

I still remember Perkins' demise. As a kid I assumed somehow he'd survive when he held up the sheets of paper. Silly me.

And yes, I did love Vincent and Bob. I know some people thought them too cutesy, but Roddy and whoever did Bob made me like the characters the robots were.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #18584 on: April 21, 2019, 10:24:17 PM »
The Deadly Duo ( 1971 )
A prince has been captured by the Ching Dynasty. An army of rebels attempt to rescue him, but are cut down by fighters working for the Chings. The lone survivor is able to tell other rebels that a secret path through the mountains has been discovered that leads to the jail where the prince is being held. The only problem is it involves crossing a decaying bridge  across a chasm  with a deck that breaks apart whenever someone steps on it. The rebels must find a martial artist who has "lifting skills" to cross the bridge.

This is the Shaw Brothers sword epic that is best remembered for that bridge. In one scene a group of rebels attempt to cross it one at a time. Each one makes it about halfway across before the wood planks directly below their feet give away and they drop to their deaths. Finally after three rebels are killed trying to cross, they decide to wait for someone with "lifting skills" to cross it. And don't ask me, because I have no idea what lifting skills are. Nor can I find any martial arts technique called lifting skills on the internet.  The original English dub doesn't mention lifting skills, but rather suggests only a man with extraordinary bravery would have the ability to cross. While the English subtitles in the original  Hong Kong trailer uses the words "uncanny abilities" instead of lifting skills. My guess is lifting skills means the ability to walk without putting much weight on the ground. One of the rebels who gets killed crossing the bridge insists he knows lifting skills, and suggests it involves running really fast. Which doesn't quite work out for him. When a martial artist with "lifting skills" finally shows up, he takes one look at the bridge and pronounces it uncrossable. So much for lifting skills. He does, however, come up with the idea of crossing using the heavy support beams below the deck instead of walking on the crumbling deck, which gets the remaining rebels across safely. But once on the other side they are ambushed by Ching fighters.  The head of the Ching army had already anticipated the rebels would attempt to cross the bridge. And since the whole point of crossing the bridge was to sneak into the Ching stronghold without them finding out, the whole bridge deal becomes a complete waste of time. So instead they break into the prison the old fashioned way. The lifting skill specialist pretends to have captured the leader of the rebels and walks him into the prison. Once in there both men fight the guards and rescue the prince.

The ridiculous subplot about the bridge aside, this is a really good adventure film. And very brief at only 80 minutes. Some had suggested this was only half a movie, pointing out how it begins halfway through the story with opening text explaining what happened up to that point. Certainly Shaw Brothers has been guilty of shooting a few new scenes to complete abandoned films, and was usually capable of doing so with the same cast as most of the actors working at the studio were under long term contracts. I did notice that in the beginning of the film the General asks why they don't just execute the prince, and the emperor tells him he has a reason for keeping the prince alive that will be explained later. But apparently that explanation was never filmed. Still, even if this is only half a film with a few new scenes shot to complete the story, it is entertainment worth watching.

The Guyver ( 1991 )
Here is a film that was on the Wikipedia superhero film list for a few years, then was recently removed. Just to be safe I got this film and it's sequel. Basically this is a Japanese Magna adapted into Anime, then adapted into a live action co production between Japanese and American producers.  It is yet another film about someone who finds alien battle armor that gives him super strength. And since other similar films like Laser Team, Star Kid and all of the Power Rangers films are on Wikipedia's superhero movie list, I have no idea why this was removed. Not much reason to recap the plot of this film as it is very familiar formula. But basically half human/half alien monster creatures with the ability to shape shift back and fourth between monster form and human form are in possession of the Guyver,  symbiont battle armor that is considered the ultimate weapon  and can only be worn by humans, not hybrids. It ends up being stolen, then falling into the hands of a teenager who accidentally puts it on, becoming The Guyver. The aliens want it back, so he ends up fighting them. Mark Hamill has a supporting role as a  CIA agent investigating the mysterious death of an informant who was the one who stole the Guyver suit from the aliens and was going to turn it in to the government. A very predictable film with really bad acting and terrible attempts at humor. There is not one moment of this film that doesn't feel like you already seen it before. It's only saving grace is the alien monster costumes which were just about the best from the pre-CGI motion capture era. Otherwise, this is just passible entertainment.

The Out of Towners ( 1999 )
I bought this movie a while ago on Laserdisc. Tower Records was getting rid of their Laserdiscs to make room for the new format of DVD, and this movie was on sale for $5. I got it because John Cleese was in it, and the trailers for the film made it look like he was reprising his Basil Fawlty character. I recall not caring for the film, and never watched the Laserdisc again. Recently I wanted to buy a copy of Leap of Faith, and the only way to do that was to buy it as part of a Paramount double feature DVD with The out of Towners.  So I decided to give it another chance. There are some funny moments, mostly from John Cleese who's hotel manager character is not quite Basil Fawlty, but a close cousin. Still, the cast of Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn do their best to make dull material work. It's just a shame they weren't given a better script. Another problem is that this film is an unnecessary remake of a much superior Neil Simon film. The plot in both has a couple from Ohio traveling to New York City for the husband's job interview with every possible thing going wrong. The original had Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis as the couple. Lemmon played his part as just enough of an asshole that you found it funny every time something went wrong for him, but not enough of an asshole that you cared if he made it to his interview. The problem with this film is Steve Martin is too much of a nice guy that the misfortune he encounters seems a bit cruel, so it is rarely funny. Worse, the script writers  of this remake tagged on too much sentimental crap on what is supposed to be a dark comedy, including a forced happy ending. I am not saying the original film was a brilliant comedy classic. But it got everything right, which is why it was a lot more funny than this was.