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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14445 on: October 21, 2014, 01:19:50 PM »
Watched Pet Semetary last night.  Mostly, it is not terribly good.  There are good elements to it but there's also a lot of silliness, including at least three counts of a character crying "NOOOOOOOOOO!" after something bad happens.  Wow, it's hard to imagine doing that unironically.  The acting isn't terribly good either and there's a lot of silliness.  Still, despite that, I can see why it was so successful.  Herman Munster himself is actually pretty good as the kind-hearted neighbor with a dark secret (he does play up the accent a little strong, but I think it works).  Despite the rest of what Mary Lambert's career might tell you, the direction is perfectly competent for the most part (and there are a few genuine moments of suspense), and screenplay isn't so bad (though it feels like Denise Crosby's story doesn't pay off quite right, as her tragic back story doesn't) but it just doesn't all work.  Like I said, Lambert doesn't do a bad job for the most part, but while there are a couple of creepy visuals, there's a pile of silly looking ones (but maybe I'm being easy on her since she seems like a cool person in her Trailers from Hell videos).

This is one of those movies I would like to see remade, since for a film that seems to tap into subject matter that should make us uneasy, it does feel rather bloodless.  Metaphorically.  Though it does cut away more than I expected from the violence.  Usually, I respect such restraint, but it does take away the impact of both a child dying in such a horrible way and the child doing hideous things.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14446 on: October 21, 2014, 01:29:45 PM »
That is a beautiful part of the country. And I love the accent. Of course, I love all accents and dialects, patterns of speech.

Of course, Maine is flooded with vampires and werewolves, apparently... according to King... must drive the property values down, huh?
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14447 on: October 21, 2014, 01:40:33 PM »
Actually, buying a house in northern Maine is relatively cheap compared to a lot of places.  Supernatural creatures or not, people want to get the fuck out of there.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14448 on: October 21, 2014, 01:43:19 PM »
Boy...where to start? I saw every movie made by Jafar Panahi, the Iranian director who was arrested 5 years ago for making films that questioned the government.  He was sentenced to house arrest and banned from making films, but he's made 2 films since, both smuggled out of Iran while he lives in his house.  They're all beautiful, thoughtful and illuminating.

I saw a bunch of middling old Hollywood films, like Island of Love which is a tedious comedy about a conman trying to invent some history for a small mediterranean island so he can make a fortune on the real estate rights.  It has Walther Matthau as a bad guy with a lisp and that's about it.

I believe I'm also firmly entering middle age, as I've started guffawing through the Carry On... films, even the later ones.  Sid James' laugh makes me laugh and Joan Sims is kinda hot.

And a million more things that are easily forgotten but studiously logged into my imdb account.

 


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14449 on: October 21, 2014, 02:13:48 PM »
The Fly, the original 1959 version.  Surprisingly, not terribly good for the most part.  It starts promising, taking place after all the shit went down and focusing on the characters trying to figure out what happened (Vincent Price is particularly good, playing a kind, gentle character who is seeking the truth, but when the film goes into flashback it suffers from a lot of cheese.  The romance of the two leads is both bland and stagy (and I had a problem with how the kid was used in the film, in that he acts more like a kid from a sitcom and seems completely unaware of how bad things are.  Jeez, does no one tell this kid anything?!).  The most famous scene in the film still sort of works, being both silly but at the same time rather unnerving.

Still, it suffered from a lack of Price who brings his a-game to his role, while the leads add bland performances to bland characters.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14450 on: October 21, 2014, 05:17:03 PM »
That's funny. Last Halloween I watched all of the staples, "Dracula" "Frankenstein" "The Mummy" "Creature from the Black Lagoon" and I appreciated the artwork in those films, the cinematography some amazing direction. And truly creepy.

Recently, I watched "The Wolf Man" I had only seen it as a kid and I thought I would give it another try... whew... not scary... at all. I was looking for the fear... but I couldn't find it.

Although, it was interesting that the tall American detective in the film, was Rosemary's baby doctor, Abraham Saperstein, in "Rosemary's Baby". That was a treat for me, because "Rosemary's Baby" is one of my favourite films.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14451 on: October 21, 2014, 05:27:48 PM »
I saw a bunch of middling old Hollywood films, like Island of Love which is a tedious comedy about a conman trying to invent some history for a small mediterranean island so he can make a fortune on the real estate rights.  It has Walther Matthau as a bad guy with a lisp and that's about it.

It has Tony Curtis too - What a shame! It looks like it was so poorly recieved the director stopped making movies and returned to directing theatre, even though his movie before that was The Music Man.

I cannot stand Cary On films though.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14452 on: October 21, 2014, 06:06:11 PM »
I saw a bunch of middling old Hollywood films, like Island of Love which is a tedious comedy about a conman trying to invent some history for a small mediterranean island so he can make a fortune on the real estate rights.  It has Walther Matthau as a bad guy with a lisp and that's about it.

It has Tony Curtis too - What a shame! It looks like it was so poorly recieved the director stopped making movies and returned to directing theatre, even though his movie before that was The Music Man.

I cannot stand Cary On films though.

Tony Curtis isn't in Island of Love.  Did you mean Tony Randall? I've always found him hit and miss.  Great in the good films, but failing to lift the mediocre ones.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14453 on: October 21, 2014, 06:10:30 PM »
I saw a bunch of middling old Hollywood films, like Island of Love which is a tedious comedy about a conman trying to invent some history for a small mediterranean island so he can make a fortune on the real estate rights.  It has Walther Matthau as a bad guy with a lisp and that's about it.

It has Tony Curtis too - What a shame! It looks like it was so poorly recieved the director stopped making movies and returned to directing theatre, even though his movie before that was The Music Man.

I cannot stand Cary On films though.

Tony Curtis isn't in Island of Love.  Did you mean Tony Randall? I've always found him hit and miss.  Great in the good films, but failing to lift the mediocre ones.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14454 on: October 21, 2014, 11:06:21 PM »
The 1948 Orson Welles version of Macbeth, which I highly recommend.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14455 on: October 22, 2014, 03:28:04 AM »
Watched Pet Semetary last night.  Mostly, it is not terribly good.  There are good elements to it but there's also a lot of silliness, including at least three counts of a character crying "NOOOOOOOOOO!" after something bad happens.  Wow, it's hard to imagine doing that unironically.  The acting isn't terribly good either and there's a lot of silliness.  Still, despite that, I can see why it was so successful.  Herman Munster himself is actually pretty good as the kind-hearted neighbor with a dark secret (he does play up the accent a little strong, but I think it works).  Despite the rest of what Mary Lambert's career might tell you, the direction is perfectly competent for the most part (and there are a few genuine moments of suspense), and screenplay isn't so bad (though it feels like Denise Crosby's story doesn't pay off quite right, as her tragic back story doesn't) but it just doesn't all work.  Like I said, Lambert doesn't do a bad job for the most part, but while there are a couple of creepy visuals, there's a pile of silly looking ones (but maybe I'm being easy on her since she seems like a cool person in her Trailers from Hell videos).

This is one of those movies I would like to see remade, since for a film that seems to tap into subject matter that should make us uneasy, it does feel rather bloodless.  Metaphorically.  Though it does cut away more than I expected from the violence.  Usually, I respect such restraint, but it does take away the impact of both a child dying in such a horrible way and the child doing hideous things.

Dena Natali does a fun review of this movie in two parts:

http://youtu.be/5QDyseXFghc

http://youtu.be/Qdbx4G_qjXE

(If you thought this one was bad, you definitely don't want to see the sequel.)
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14456 on: October 22, 2014, 08:23:50 PM »
Snow White and the Huntsman - Eh, this was okay at best. Better than it had any right to be, anyway. As so common nowadays, it's too long. By at least a half hour.
  I will at least give them credit for making Snow White a more active character than in the usual Disney movie. But that's really just so this can become a blatant Lord of the Rings ripoff about two thirds of the way through. The first half is also way too full of just brown and dull colors. Although when we do get to the mystical forests, that does make the green and lush colors there pop more.
  The magic is very vague, and we don't get to know what the Queen's powers are, or are limited too. Snow White as well has some vague healing powers. Yet can't heal an arrow to the chest.
  That being said, the production value is high. Performances are good. Even Kristen Stewart does an okay acting job as Snow White. She's not intimidating or believable at all in the ending battle, but I don't really blame the actress. I doubt anyone who would be cast as the delicate beauty Snow White would look credible in armor. It's just a dumb idea from a writing standpoint to have Snow White of all characters leading an army in battle.
  Chris Hemsworth is fine as the Huntsman. It's just the atrocious accent they make him use that hinders him.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14457 on: October 22, 2014, 11:29:49 PM »
Snow White and the Huntsman
 Even Kristen Stewart does an okay acting job as Snow White.

It's almost like she's a good actress who was playing a thankless, poorly defined role in the Twilight movies  ??? ::)
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14458 on: October 23, 2014, 11:12:43 PM »
High Noon - Incredible! Described as the Western film for people who don't like Westerns. This movie raises the stakes right from the very beginning and manages to stay really tense the whole way through.

Weird to see a young Lloyd Bridges and Col Potter too!
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14459 on: October 24, 2014, 02:10:57 PM »
John Wick
I really liked this one.  The plot is paper thin, but that doesn't matter.  The fighting is great, the action is really cool, and it's set in this really interesting world of mobsters and assassins.  I kept thinking, I would like to see more in this world.  A comic would be really sweet.  If that's not enough of a recommendation, it also features the star of a little movie called Future War.