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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12765 on: May 29, 2013, 10:46:21 PM »
I seem to feel the same way you do when it comes to Slashers. I'm as big a horror fan as they come, but I could never take the genre that seriously at all. That Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives and Scream are tied for the title of My Favorite Slasher Ever says a lot about me (that said, Jason Lives is still an awesome movie, one that perfectly understands the fine line those sorts of movies needed to walk back in the 80s between ridiculous, goofy, and bloody). I've got a poster for Prowler, but that's more due to the awesome artwork than any real attachment to the film, which I found a bit of a bore (should I ever pick up one of those phenomenal (and totally unauthorized) teaser posters for Jason Takes Manhattan, it'd be the same case). I'm fairly neutral on the original Friday the 13th, because for every solid bit of gore or tension (the arrow through the neck is always a winner), it loses it in the climax, where it repeats the same hide/struggle/run sequence about four times. Also, they for-real killed a ground snake in that movie, and I've always been a bit bitter about that.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12766 on: May 29, 2013, 11:40:25 PM »
Friday the 13th is hardly a great movie, but I still think it has a strong final act.  He it steals from Carrie in the last scene, but stealing has it's place.  One of my all time favourite comic lines, the EC horror series (Tales from the Crypt, Vault of Horror and Haunt of Fear) pretty baldly stole from classic and popular horror but did it with flare or twisted into something different.  So, yeah, above average slasher due largely to a final act I think works.  Not because it's smart or thoughtfully, just nicely tense.

I think that with a bit of artistic imagination, there are more slashers that could work better.  I think Halloween is still the best (I just don't consider Psycho a slasher, though I would call it a proto-slasher).  It has a lot of effecting imagery and the last scene actually is clever, in which the main character essentially becomes supernatural (it's hard to say how literal that is, but that is part of the charm).  It's a shame they kept insisting on sequels.  Still there's probably Giallo/Slashers that are great that I haven't seen.  Has anyone seen Blood and Black Lace?


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12767 on: May 30, 2013, 02:16:31 AM »
Has anyone seen Blood and Black Lace?

Yup.  I don't remember much about it, but I thought that it looked great.  Most Mario Bava films do, though.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12768 on: May 30, 2013, 08:49:52 AM »
The Ewoks are stupid on many levels. But it bothers me most in it's  trying to give a "natural triumphs over technology" message when they are on the same side as the Rebels using LASER SWORDS and goddamn SPACESHIPS! Fuck that noise. It would have been stupid even if Lucas had used Wookies like he originally planned. And to have them be teddy bears is just downright saccarin.

Yes, the Ewoks have their share of stupid... the Ator-style ancient hang glider flying through a dense redwood forest is possibly the stupidest thing ever presented in the SW universe. That said, I don't think there was ever any "natural triumphs over technology" message at all. That's my one pet peeve in regards to RotJ criticisms... the teddy bears beat the empire using sticks!!! OMG!! No... The Ewoks had their asses handed to them. Sure, they had the element of surprise at first... and their goofy little log-based traps did some damage... But they were getting completely routed after their initial success. Then Chewbacca (technologically advanced spaceship pilot) hijacked the walker and saved the day. Maybe there was some 'guerilla tactics vs professional army' message in there... but I just never saw any hippie drippy anti-technology stance.

Last movie I saw... in a transparent effort to stay on topic after quoting a four day old reply...

Back To School

Neighbors across the street are moving out of state... and were having a complete fire sale. Bought about $3,000 worth of furniture for under $550. Was feeling pretty good about filling up some of the new house... and that was all fine and dandy... until I dropped 50 cents for this Rodney Dangerfield classic! That was the find of the day... didn't even know this was ever put to DVD. Anyways, this is a pretty straightforward fish-out-of-water story... but it's perfectly tailored to Dangerfield. Even the ridiculous diving team subplot works. It's dated in the way most 30 year old movies are.... and calling it a 'classic' might be a stretch... but still, it's another one of those relatively harmless 80s comedies that manages to hold up. It will also always hold a special place in my heart as the final installment in the "Billy Zabka plays the greatest teenage prick in history Trilogy"... following Karate Kid and Just One Of The Guys. 



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12769 on: May 30, 2013, 09:07:17 AM »
I'm on holiday next week, and have deliberately made sure that I won't have anything to do.  So I'm going to try and watch 50 films. 


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12770 on: May 30, 2013, 09:19:33 AM »
I love Back to School and it holds up well.

Also love Zabka.  He was good in Hot Tub Time Machine too.  He plays a great prick
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12771 on: May 30, 2013, 09:22:11 AM »
Last movie I watched in theaters was Star Trek: Into Darkness. I was blown away. I realize that fans might not like parts of the Star Trek reboot, but I'm personally just grateful the franchise has been revived at all (because admit it, before the first reboot, the series was pretty much dead).

And besides, if you can ignore the changes to the continuity, you will enjoy the hell out of this film.

Haven't watched it YET, but I have also rented Django Unchained and will probably give it a shot sometime today. Here's hoping!


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12772 on: May 30, 2013, 09:28:10 AM »
The Ewoks are stupid on many levels. But it bothers me most in it's  trying to give a "natural triumphs over technology" message when they are on the same side as the Rebels using LASER SWORDS and goddamn SPACESHIPS! Fuck that noise. It would have been stupid even if Lucas had used Wookies like he originally planned. And to have them be teddy bears is just downright saccarin.

Yes, the Ewoks have their share of stupid... the Ator-style ancient hang glider flying through a dense redwood forest is possibly the stupidest thing ever presented in the SW universe. That said, I don't think there was ever any "natural triumphs over technology" message at all. That's my one pet peeve in regards to RotJ criticisms... the teddy bears beat the empire using sticks!!! OMG!! No... The Ewoks had their asses handed to them. Sure, they had the element of surprise at first... and their goofy little log-based traps did some damage... But they were getting completely routed after their initial success. Then Chewbacca (technologically advanced spaceship pilot) hijacked the walker and saved the day. Maybe there was some 'guerilla tactics vs professional army' message in there... but I just never saw any hippie drippy anti-technology stance.


Good points about the Ewoks, and I can't say I disagree, but there was one detail about them I just noticed that makes them more bearable (ha ha) to me: the Ewoks are just about the only creatures (maybe the only ones on the good guy's side) that are actually shown dying and then not coming back in some form later on. That alone grants them a little more respect for me.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12773 on: May 30, 2013, 09:52:02 AM »
well, he did qualify things as "good guys" who die. Although on the good guys side, you get just about every fighter pilot not named Luke or Wedge dying... although I guess those guys aren't "creatures" either.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12774 on: May 30, 2013, 09:54:46 AM »
Now now, Porkins comes back, at least he does in that one video I saw once.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12775 on: May 30, 2013, 09:56:28 AM »
The Star Wars Universe is like an onion... many, many layers... each one making you produce more and more tears as you continue peeling.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12776 on: May 30, 2013, 10:05:27 AM »
This one's not so bad:

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12777 on: May 30, 2013, 10:20:04 AM »
The Ewoks are stupid on many levels. But it bothers me most in it's  trying to give a "natural triumphs over technology" message when they are on the same side as the Rebels using LASER SWORDS and goddamn SPACESHIPS! Fuck that noise. It would have been stupid even if Lucas had used Wookies like he originally planned. And to have them be teddy bears is just downright saccarin.

Yes, the Ewoks have their share of stupid... the Ator-style ancient hang glider flying through a dense redwood forest is possibly the stupidest thing ever presented in the SW universe. That said, I don't think there was ever any "natural triumphs over technology" message at all. That's my one pet peeve in regards to RotJ criticisms... the teddy bears beat the empire using sticks!!! OMG!! No... The Ewoks had their asses handed to them. Sure, they had the element of surprise at first... and their goofy little log-based traps did some damage... But they were getting completely routed after their initial success. Then Chewbacca (technologically advanced spaceship pilot) hijacked the walker and saved the day. Maybe there was some 'guerilla tactics vs professional army' message in there... but I just never saw any hippie drippy anti-technology stance.


Good points about the Ewoks, and I can't say I disagree, but there was one detail about them I just noticed that makes them more bearable (ha ha) to me: the Ewoks are just about the only creatures (maybe the only ones on the good guy's side) that are actually shown dying and then not coming back in some form later on. That alone grants them a little more respect for me.

Greedo, Jabba, Gamorrean guards, Boba Fett...

Yeah, but those were all clear villains in the series, or at least they were not good guys.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12778 on: May 30, 2013, 11:36:15 AM »
Lucas has said he wanted to have a "nature vs technology" theme in that part of RotJ. That's why he changed it from wookies, because they have technology.
And you are right, they get their asses kicked, and are a distraction at best. But that just means Lucas did a poor job of gettingwhat he wanted across.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12779 on: May 31, 2013, 01:30:08 AM »
Kanał (1957)
2nd in the War Trilogy. While I liked Andrzej Wajda's A Generation, this one is even better. He shows a lot of growth as a director -- there are not as many gimmick shots (in A Generation you could see him riffing on Hitchcock or whatnot). This has the feel of a filmmaker who has discovered his own voice and style

The story is about the Warsaw Uprising and follows a company of Home Army resistance fighters escaping the Nazi onslaught through the city's sewers. It's harrowing and human, the characters are all nicely fleshed out.

Looking forward to Ashes and Diamonds.

I activated my Hulu plus account so I could catch up on some Criterions I wanted to watch, but not necessarily own. For some reason they gave me another free week. I'll take it, I have about a weeks worth of film in my Que (Kanał, Ashes and Diamonds, That Hamilton Woman, Mouchette, Bob Le Flambuer, And God Created Woman)