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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17205 on: March 19, 2017, 03:33:33 PM »
The Big Lebowski

Almost 20 years old now and still hilarious :D :D :D


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17206 on: March 19, 2017, 05:52:31 PM »
Rogue One, I was beginning to feel like the last person on earth to see this one.

So that means I'm the last...?

April 4th I'll be going out to get the Blu-Ray....


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17207 on: March 20, 2017, 02:53:00 AM »

April 4th I'll be going out to get the Blu-Ray....
Ditto! :o


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17208 on: March 20, 2017, 06:32:32 AM »
Over the weekend I watched Pete's Dragon (2016) and Kung Fu Panda 3.

Kung Fu Panda 3 was a lot of fun.

Pete's Dragon was OK, it was mostly pretty good, but the "bad guys" were not done well, it's like they were trying to shoehorn in some environmental messages but never figured how to write that part well, so that aspect kind of ruined it.  The kid that played Pete did a great job.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17209 on: March 20, 2017, 07:55:41 AM »
Saw The Belko Experiment in the theater on Saturday.  Pretty good, though it never sunk its teeth into the satirical possibilities like it could have, and the lead character was pretty much the one I cared about the least.  Reviews weren't kidding about how gory it gets, though they all said it like it was a bad thing.

Last night we watched 1989's The Chilling on YouTube, and was more entertained, though it was a far more 'bad' movie.  A cryogenics company being run by a shady doctor is accepting bodies and freezing them... but only after extracting their organs and selling them in Mexico.  Through some extremely contrived circumstances, Dan Haggerty puts the cryogenic modules outside the facility during a storm, which of course leads to them getting struck by lightning and turning the frozen corpses into savage monsters.  Linda Blair shows up to collect a paycheck, and everyone else chews the scenery like it's made of taffy.  Terrible, but in the bestest cheapo 80s horror film way.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17210 on: March 20, 2017, 10:01:49 AM »

Last night we watched 1989's The Chilling on YouTube, and was more entertained, though it was a far more 'bad' movie.  A cryogenics company being run by a shady doctor is accepting bodies and freezing them... but only after extracting their organs and selling them in Mexico.  Through some extremely contrived circumstances, Dan Haggerty puts the cryogenic modules outside the facility during a storm, which of course leads to them getting struck by lightning and turning the frozen corpses into savage monsters.  Linda Blair shows up to collect a paycheck, and everyone else chews the scenery like it's made of taffy.  Terrible, but in the bestest cheapo 80s horror film way.
I remember seeing that one. Like in Elves, Dan Haggerty is easily the best part of that.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17211 on: March 21, 2017, 06:23:04 AM »

Last night we watched 1989's The Chilling on YouTube, and was more entertained, though it was a far more 'bad' movie.  A cryogenics company being run by a shady doctor is accepting bodies and freezing them... but only after extracting their organs and selling them in Mexico.  Through some extremely contrived circumstances, Dan Haggerty puts the cryogenic modules outside the facility during a storm, which of course leads to them getting struck by lightning and turning the frozen corpses into savage monsters.  Linda Blair shows up to collect a paycheck, and everyone else chews the scenery like it's made of taffy.  Terrible, but in the bestest cheapo 80s horror film way.
I remember seeing that one. Like in Elves, Dan Haggerty is easily the best part of that.

Grizzly Adams killin' zombies with a forklift.  Hard to beat that. :)
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17212 on: March 22, 2017, 01:43:37 PM »
Get Out

Best horror comedy I've seen. Not kidding. I was genuinely disturbed, yet also felt the ridiculousness of the situation through the main character's eyes. I also like how it took familiar elements from different films, but ended up with a unique story. This one really stayed with me.

Kong: Skull Island

Pure giant monster fun with a kickass soundtrack.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17213 on: March 22, 2017, 02:19:38 PM »
I love Get Out too, but I don't see it as a horror comedy so much as I see it as horror satire and a horror movie with comedy.  But man, when it does decide to be funny, it kills.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17214 on: March 22, 2017, 02:38:43 PM »
I love Get Out too, but I don't see it as a horror comedy so much as I see it as horror satire and a horror movie with comedy.  But man, when it does decide to be funny, it kills.

Yeah it's something different than movies like Scream!  It's a horror movie, then a comedy, then a horror movie again, and back and forth like that. But it's paced in such a way that one never detracts from the other. Must have taken a lot of hard work in the editing room to get that balance right.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17215 on: March 26, 2017, 12:49:40 PM »
Continental Divide ( 1981 )
Spielberg was down but not out. He had produced two comedies directed by Robert Zemeckis that failed at the box office, and directed a Robert Zemeckis script, 1941, which was a colossal bomb, only outshadowed by Heaven's Gate as the all time box office disaster. Whatever magic put Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind in the top three box office hits of all time was no longer working. And yet he pushed forward with a producing career, founding Amblin' Entertainment, named after the short that was his first commercially released film. Amblin's first film, Continental Divide, was a little safer than the previous projects. For one it was directed by Michael Apted, who had previously directed Coal Miner's Daughter ( 1980 ) which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Spielberg had bought the script from an up and coming script writer named Lawrence Kasdan. He had previously written the script for The Bodyguard, which was intended for Diana Ross and Steve McQueen, but would end up in production hell until it was eventually made years later with  Whitney Huston and Kevin Costner. Spielberg was so pleased with the script for Continental Divide that he introduced Kasdan to George Lucas, who in turn hired him to write the script for The Empire Strikes Back ( 1980 ) followed by Raiders of the Lost Ark ( 1981 ).  Raiders had been in the works since 1977 when Lucas and Spielberg were on vacation together and Lucas got Spielberg to agree to be it's director. Ironically, it is because Kasdan was able to take Lucas and Philip Kaufman's original outline and turn it into a script that Spielberg was obligated to direct Raiders in 1980, preventing him from directing  Continental Divide and needing to hire another director. ( and since I obviously own all the Indiana Jones movies, none will be part of my Spielberg marathon. ) Continental Divide was also the first solo starring vehicle for John Belushi, who's previous film The Blues Brothers ( 1980 ) had been a huge hit. So yeah, there was high hopes for this movie.

Raiders of the Lost Ark was another huge box office hit for Spielberg and Lucas, at the time becoming the third money earning film of all time behind Star Wars ( 1977 ) and The Empire Strikes Back ( 1980 ) and sharing the top five with Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jaws. Some saw this as nothing more than a Lucas film that Spielberg directed, noting that Jaws was another movie already written that Spielberg had been asked to direct, limiting his creative success to just Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and proving that it was really Lucas who was the genius. However, Raiders success gave Spielberg the clout he needed to begin his next project, a film about a lost alien. In the meantime there was still the matter of releasing Amblin's first movie. And unfortunately Continental Divide underpreformed, even with all the talent associated with it.

Watching the movie, it is no wonder it never came close to being a blockbuster. It's basically no different as any random movie made for the Halmark Channel. John Belushi plays a well known investigative reporter for a Chicago newspaper who has been reporting on the corruption of city hall. When the mayor has two policemen beat John up and put him in the hospital, the paper's editor asks him to leave town before he gets killed, forcing an assignment on him to interview a reclusive scientist who lives in the Rocky Mountains to study eagles and has since become an activist known as the Eagle Lady ( Blair Brown ). Of course she hates reporters, but reluctantly is forced to host John because the mountain guide who brought John to her cabin had left him there while she was out, and will not be back for two weeks. John and Blair do not like each other, so naturally they end up in love. After the two weeks John returns to Chicago, but without Blair becomes depressed and is unable to write. But after he finds out his informant at city hall had a fatal accident by falling to his death off a fire escape, John is motivated again to expose the corrupt politician who he believes had him killed. This is not a spoiler. The script for this movie is so lazy that the first time you see the informant leaking information to John in an allay, he for no reason points to a fire escape and tells John that he would never use one of those things because he is afraid of them. The very first thing I thought after he mentioned that was "this guy is going to end up tossed off a roof".  It was that obvious a setup. John's newfound motivation to write about city hall results in someone bombing his apartment, but he continues investigating until his reports finally resort in an official investigation into the whistleblower's death and the government official most likely responsible. But the same day that news breaks, John finds out that Blair is in Chicago to have a lecture at the natural museum. They rekindle their relationship and fall in love again. But they then realize that John was meant to be a Chicago reporter and Blair was meant to study eagles in the Rockies, and to be together one of them must give up their life's ambition. I will not spoil the couple's decision, but it is not really much of a spoiler.

Continental Divide is not a bad movie. In fact it is pretty decent. It is just that you can't help but wonder why everyone was involved. What motivated Kasdan into writing such an unremarkable formula romance script? Why did Spielberg like the script so much that he bought it and ultimately made it Amblin's first production? Why did Michael Apted want to direct it? Most confusing is why was Belushi in it at all? His expertise was the manic screen character. Continental Divide had him basically playing Clark Kent, in a movie that was very light on the comedy and very heavy on the drama. Perhaps Belishi was looking to expand his acting range. But considering how few films he made before his death a year later, Continental Divide seems a waste of his talent. One can only wonder what other film he could have completed during the time he spent acting in this film. Animal House and The Blues Brothers will always be memorable. Even 1941 has earned it's place as a popular cult movie. But there is nothing memorable about Continental Divide. In fact it's best moment was lifted by Kasdan for the Raiders of the Lost Ark script. After surviving an encounter with a mountain lion, John is being attended in bed by Blair. Asking where it hurts John points to one of the scratch marks and Blair kisses it. He points to another scratch mark saying it also hurts and Blair kisses it as well. John eventually points to his lips to say they hurt as well, and the two end up in bed together  kissing. Not only did they do the same thing in Raiders, but Raiders came out a full three months earlier, so by September everyone had seen that gag.


Ninja Wars ( 1982 )   
Like I said last week, I bought a four movie box set of Sonny Chiba movies to get Legend of the Eight Samurai. Last week when I was buying my next batch of movies, Amazon suggested Bullet Train as something I should buy based on my previous purchase. As it turned out Bullet Train ( 1975 ) was one of the movies I needed for my collection of films that had aired during the 80s Saturday afternoon martial arts movie block on Channel 5. But the blu-ray Amazon wanted me to buy was a little pricey. So I did a little investigating and discovered it had been released as part of a six movie set that was also called The Sonny Chiba Collection, this time with six movies ( seven if you count that they had both the Japanese and international versions of Bullet Train. And the set also had Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon ( 1977 ) which was another film I needed for my 80s Saturday afternoon martial arts collection. And the set was OOP but still cheap with one independent seller, so if I was ever going to get it, I would need to buy it now. So with both collections, I am going to be waching Sonny Chiba movies each week for a while.

You all know who Sonny Chiba is. He was Space Chief in Invasion of the Neptune Men ( 1961 ), and surviving that movie, moved on to better films for the same studio. He reached international stardom in 1975 with the movie  The Street Fighter, a film so violent that it resulted in the MPAA cracking down on violent martial arts movies. The Street Fighter was the first movie ever to receive an X rating for violence. New Line Cinema ended up editing out 16 minutes worth of footage to get an R rating. None of the fight scenes survived the edit. Chiba's character would be seen approaching opponents, and then the movie would jump cut to Chiba walking away from the opponents lying on the ground. This was the same version released on home video. In the late 80s martail arts enthusiasts were able to restore the movie as a bootleg by combining the US home video release with footage from the Japanese laserdisc. The X version was finally released on home video in the mid 90s.

By the way, none of this has anything to do with Ninja Wars other than the movies featuring Chiba. This is one of those movies that Chiba is barely in, but gets top billing. Chiba had some sort of mentor relationship with younger actor Henry Sanada, and appeared in smaller roles in a lot of the films Sanada played lead in. In this movie Sanada is a ninja who's girlfriend ( also a ninja ) is kidnapped by evil martial arts magicians. It turns out she is one of two twins born to a servant of the Shogun who he had an affair with. One of the sisters the Shogun accepted as his daughter, the other ended up being raised by the ninja clan. An evil sorcerer tells a corrupt government official that if he can steal the Shogun's daughter from her husband by making her fall in love with him, then the prophecy says he will become the next Shogun. To do this they must make a love potion, and to make this love potion they must collect the tears of her twin while raping and killing her. The ninja clan decides not to get involved, so Sanada asks to leave the clan in order to take revenge for his girlfriend and protect her sister. So it is not really much of a ninja war, is it? But it is a mildly entertaining martial arts fantasy.




Phantasm ( 1979 )
Another of my favorite films. This one would probably be inside my top 50. Definitely in my top 100. It use to air a lot on the CBS late night Friday movie, that is until CBS hired David Letterman and gave his show that timeslot. So I only remembered the edited for television version. But even with the jump cuts to edit out violence and nudity, and the sound drop offs every time someone cursed, it was a great film to watch. Phantasm was written and directed by Don Coscarelli, who's biggest film to date was The Beastmaster ( 1982 ), and starred a young Michael Baldwin, the least successful of the Baldwin Brothers, and Angus Scrimm as the film's villain, an undertaker  known only as The Tall Man.

This is a film I have been trying to buy for a while. The problem being that it was usually released on DVD when I was not looking for it, and out of print when I was. For example, it was released by M.G.M. on DVD in letterboxed format just before they filed for bankruptcy and Warner Bros. took over their home video library. The DVD went out of print immediately and every copy was bought up by collectors. Next Anchor Bay released it, the company known for limited releases of all their films. Movies on Anchor Bay are OOP within months of release. By the time I found out Anchor Bay had released it, the going price for a new unopened copy was over $100. Good thing I waited, because the newest release is a restored edition ( supervised by J.J. Abrams, another fan of the movie. ) Perhaps my only regret was that within days of purchasing the movie, Well Go announced they were releasing the entire film series in a single box set, at a cheaper price than buying all the movies individually and with a few extras the individual discs do not have. But then again, do I want to see the rest of the series?

Phantasm is not scary ( a few of the jump scares are legitimately startling, but Coscarelli put too many into the movie to the point where they lose their effectiveness by the end of the movie. ) The acting is near amateurish, as is much of the production. What the movie has going for it is it's inventiveness. There is nothing close to formula in this movie. Everything has the feel of the director making the movie up as he filmed it, putting in a scene because he thought it would be cool, then trying to figure out how it fit in to the plot as filming went along. The story is basically this: people in a small town are dying, either by suicide or accident. No one suspects any of it is murder. However, after a young teenage boy ( Baldwin ) begins sneaking around the local cemetery and mausoleum/funeral home he begins to realize that the place is inhabited by killer dwarfs ( who look and dress like the Jawas from Star Wars ) and a scary tall undertaker who is strong enough to lift an entire coffin by himself with no effort. Eventually convincing his older brother than someting evil is going on at the cemetery, they take it on themselves to investigate further, and when discovering the tall man's evil plot, decide they should fight him themselves. And did I mention the mausoleum is guarded at night by a flying metal orb that sprouts knives and kills you by drilling into your head? Or that the Tall Man can sometimes turn into a sexy blond woman who sometimes lures men out of the local bar to have sex in the cemetery where she/he then kills them and makes it look like a suicide? By no means a scary film, but very entertaining and with proactive characters that actually act smart instead of the usual dumb horror movie characters who are oblivious to the danger around them and don't realize there is a monster among them until only two cast members are left. And it has my favorite theme music from a horror film ( with the theme from Halloween and Tubular Bells from The Exorcist coming in a close second and third )
 
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17216 on: March 26, 2017, 02:42:48 PM »
Logan

I really enjoyed it.  I think I didn't quite enjoy it as much as the hoopla got me hoping, but I like that it is a much smaller story and Jackman and Stewart are giving top notch performances.  I have no doubt after playing Prof. X as a bit of a stiff for many of the films he gets to play a much sadder, more vulnerable version of the character.  Great send-off to both actors portrayals of their characters.

Also, rewatched Hunt for the Wilderpeople with a friend who hadn't seen it.  It is amazing and has me pumped for his surely crazy take on Thor.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17217 on: March 29, 2017, 09:08:10 AM »
Yonggary (2001), aka "Reptilian": This is a low-budget "reimagining" of 1967's Yonggary, with hilariously terrible CGI, and even more hilariously terrible acting (off a sub-Asylum-level script).  Naturally, I'm in love with this movie, which I watched off of YouTube.( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDVd9PIq_Kc )
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17218 on: April 02, 2017, 09:10:26 PM »
Poltergeist ( 1982 )
Raiders of the Lost Ark had put Steven Spielberg back on top. He had two projects in development from stories he had written. With Universal there was that movie about children finding and adopting a lost space alien, who dies after the children feed him nothing but Reese's Pieces. With M.G.M., a pre Amblin horror movie about a family who moves into a haunted house. Both movies took place in suburban Californian town, perhaps even the same town. And both got green lit the second Raiders became a hit. And for a while Spielberg thought he could do both movies at the same time. Until Universal pointed out their contract with him forbade him from directing any other movie until the final cut  of E.T. was delivered. Which meant that even though he had wrapped principle photography on E.T., he still had months of post production as the visual effects, music and soundtrack was added. So for legal purposes, the official director for Poltergeist was Tobe Hooper, the director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ( 1974 ). But according to most of the cast, Spielberg was the actual director. In the summer of 1982, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Poltergeist opened up within a week of each other. The alien movie would go on to become the all time biggest box office success, taking the crown away from Star Wars ( 1977 ). And while the ghost move only earned a sixth of the money that E.T. did, it did earn more than $100 million and was the eighth highest grossing film of the year.

While both E.T. and Poltergeist have gone on to become some of Spielberg's most beloved films, they were more of a desperate retreat for the director. Much the same way Sylvester Stallone would retreat to a Rocky or Rambo sequel after a batch of failed films. Spielberg's two biggest successes were a horror film ( Jaws )and a U.F.O film ( Close Encounters ), so deciding that was were his strength was and not with comedies, he was developing a horror movie and a U.F.O. movie when Raiders gave him another genre he was good in; action. It was almost as if both E.T. and Poltergeist were meant to have been identical. Two films in some sort of Trilogy he abandoned. The suburban trilogy. Even both John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith's theme music whenever just showing life in the two towns seems identical. But what exactly was the message? It could not have been a tribute, as if Spielberg was romanticizing the suburban California town like a Norman Rockwell painting. The family in E.T. is broken, living in Suburbia after the parents divorced and the kids still trying to cope with it. While the town in Poltergeist was built over a graveyard, and as pointed out early in the film, was just phase one of several identically built towns where all the houses are exactly the same and every street ends in the identical cul-de-sac. This was not the small town that Americans knew from Leave It to Beaver or The Andy Griffith Show, but some sort of horror from the modern age where individuality was fading away.

Poltergeist was meant to have been a horror movie. But I did not find it scary. In fact, when I saw it in theaters back in the 80s I was not frightened by anything. The only effective jump scare was due to sudden thunder and lightning early on in the movie. ( and pretty damn effective. I knew it was coming from having seen the movie before, but it still startled me. ) The story has a family living in a town built over a graveyard. The family unleashes the wrath of the dead when the mother buries a pet bird in the backyard. ( Or then again, maybe their wrath was the result of the father having a pool dug the same yard. ) The house is suddenly haunted, which the family finds amusing until the scary old dead tree in the back yard tries to eat one child, and while he is being rescued another child is sucked through a vortex in her closet. Instead of telling the police, the family contacts scientists who study the paranormal, and they in turn bring in a dwarf exorcist to save the girl and cleanse the house. In the meantime objects fly around the room, toys come to life, walls bang and ghosts periodically appear. And then of course once the exorcist shows up and reopens the vortex, the visual effects extravaganza begins. ( Visual effects that have dated since 1982. For example, a scene where one of the scientists has his face riped away from his skull is laughably fake puppet work, but in 1982 looked pretty damn gross. )

While not effective as a horror movie, it does work as an adventure film. You have to at least give Spielberg that. He knew how to make a movie fun, and how to build anticipation for the monster. One thing that does make this movie hard to judge is the real life fate of the cast.   Dominique Dunne, who played the eldest daughter, was murdered by her boyfriend just months after the movie's release. This was her first and only feature film, and she was in the middle of shooting the miniseries V when the murder occurred, forcing the producers of that miniseries to reshoot her scenes with another actress.  Heather O'Rourke who played the youngest daughter who needed to be rescued from the vortex, died of a sudden illness just days after the filming of Poltergeist III. Out of the cast that played the family, she was the only one to agree to be in the third movie. This began speculation that the franchise was cursed. It is hard watching the film today, knowing that both actresses would die so tragically soon after. Unfortunate baggage that will hurt this movie for decades to come.

 


The Resurrection of the Golden Wolf ( 1979 )
Another one of those movies with Sonny Chiba in a small role. About 15 minutes worth of screen time in a 2 hour 10 minute film. So far, with three out of four films that he only guest starred in,  this has not been much of a Sonny Chiba box set. Not a bad film, but a bit pointless. Yusaku Matsuda plays the lead as a ruthless criminal who by day has a secret identity as a nerd working in an office. In the beginning of the movie Yusaku has just ambushed and murdered a courier transporting transporting 100 million yen for the bank, but then discovers he can not spend the loot because the police have the serial numbers of all the stolen cash. So instead he goes around killing local thugs in order to get the name of the city's drug kingpin. Then once he has found him, forces the kingpin to sell him 100 million yen worth of heroine with the stolen cash, which he will later sell for money that can't be traced. The movie suddenly switches to another plot. Sonny Chiba shows up as a blackmailer who is blackmailing an executive of Yusaku's company with evidence of embezzlement. So Yusaku follows him and steals the evidence from him. Suddenly we are in plot 3 where Yusaku seduces the mistress of another of his company's executives, and after getting her addicted to heroine, begins pumping her for information. And then we find ourselves in plot 4. The executives had hired a hitman to kill Sonny Chiba, but now the hitman is blackmailing them. Yusaku is able to manipulate the executives into hiring him to kill the blackmailing hitman and his crew. You have to wait until the end of the movie to find out how all four plots converge, but for most of it's running time it is as if the movie keeps abandoning plots without any resolution. Unlike the first two films in the Sonny Chiba collection, this one takes place in modern times. Or at least it was still modern times back in the 70s when it was shot. The film has a 70s music soundtrack with a lot of generic Japanese disco songs sung in broken English, and for some reason the occasionall 1900's melodramatic music ( the sort of music you hear in silent movies when the villain ties a girl to the railroad tracks. )

Doctor Mordrid: Master of the Unknown ( 1992 )
A while back I mentioned that Doctor Strange almost came to the big screen in '92 when a script was written, but the studio lost the rights, then made the movie anyway by changing the names of the characters. Doctor Mordrid is 74 minutes of almost nothing happening. ( yes, it is that short!! ) It was produced by Full Moon Entertainment, the studio that made direct to video B movies and who's greatest success was the Puppet Master franchise. The fact that for a brief time Full Moon had the rights to Doctor Strange is testament to the cheapo studios Marvel was selling its property to in the 80s and 90s. This was the same period that Live Entertainment had Punisher, 21st Century Film had Captain America and Roger Corman produced a very cheap Fantastic Four movie. Doctor Strange came ever so close to joining these other low budget Marvel films during their most embarrassing period. But unlike the unreleased Fantastic Four movie, the completed Doctor Mordrid movie was a chance to see exactly what we would have missed.

Jeffrey Combs is Doctor Strange Mordrid, a warlock who lives in an old building that is not the Sanctum Sanctorum, as evident by other residents he leases apartments to. A good five minutes is wasted between two residents ( who you never see again ) arguing over a barking dog. Mordrid's apartment must be mystical, because it is full of antiques and books. The movie opens with Mordrid being warned by a pair of disembodied eyes that warn him that his nemesis Kabal ( Brian Thompson ) has escaped from the cosmic fortress he was kept prisoner in, and is now on Earth. To confirm this Mordrid travels to the cosmic fortress, which is a model of a castle on a floating rock, and a section of set consisting of a castle wall and a few rock outcrops. And that is all of the mystic realm you see. Once Mordrid is back on Earth, the film wastes more time until Mordrid and Kabal have their final anticlimactic confrontation in a one room museum that has only four displays, a dinosaur skeleton, a mammoth skeleton, a gals case with old bottles and the Philosopher's Stone. So basically, one of the most sought after mythical artifacts, only second in importance to the Ark of the Covenant, ended up in a cheap one room museum. Kabal wants to use the stone to release a hoard of demons on Earth as his army. Mordrid wants to stop him. So they both use their powers to make the dinosaur and mammoth have a stop motion animation fight. This is definitely not the big budget Doctor Strange released in theaters last year. ( Would any MCU movie have a scene where the villain fondles, then sacrafices a naked woman? ) The movie hovers between entertaining and waste of time boring. While some credit should be given to Full Moon for making a Doctor Strange like movie with such a small budget, this is one Marvel property which should have been left to the major studios who could have paid for a big budget ILM extravaganza.


Prison Break: The Final Break ( 2009 )
The FOX series Prison Break about two brothers who plan and escape from a maximum security prison, ended it's first season with the mass prison break. FOX promised that the breakout was just the beginning. Not really true. While the first season was about the planning and eventual execution of the break, most of the second season had the group of escaped convicts on a treasure hunt for a fortune in hidden ransom money they were told about by one of the escapees just before he died. For the third season most of the escapees wound up in a prison in Panama which they once again needed to escape from, and for the fourth season the escapees are captured and forced to work for homeland security on a black ops mission to use their skills to break into a building filled with enemy agents and steal a MacGuffin  called Scylla. Pretty much everything after season 1 was a mess. And on top of that, actress Sarah Wayne Callies left the show during a contract dispute. At first her character's disappearance was explained as a kidnapping, but when the producers decided Callies was not returning, revealed her character had been executed by the kidnappers. And then Callies called back to accept the producers previous offer just as the episode where her character died was airing. So the next season they brought her character back, with the explanation that she had escaped from her kidnappers. Even though the previous season the kidnappers deliver her severed head to one of the brothers as proof of execution. By the end of the fourth season FOX decided to end the series. And to make sure it was the end, one of the brothers gets brain cancer. The episode cuts to a year later and the entire cast is gathered around his grave ( including severed head girl. )

Sure the series was a mess. Think ten times the mess of an average season of 24. But I enjoyed it. When it ended, I had assumed that was that. But then one day while reading an article, I discovered there had been a Prison Break movie. Apparently FOX had wanted to cut the season by two episodes. Those two episodes were suppose to take place in between where the brother discovers he still has cancer, and when the cast visits his grave. The unused footage was edited into a movie and released direct to video. And even though that movie showed how the brother really died ( not by cancer as we all had assumed, ) I could not be bothered tracking it down and renting it. The dead brother was played by actor Wentworth Miller, who five years later became the villain Captain Cold in the series The Flash. The producer of The Flash and the rest of the shows in the WB's Arrowverse was into trick casting ( for example, the recent casting of Teri Hatcher, formerly Lois Lane in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, as a villianess in Supergirl ). So when Captian Cold got a partner named Heat Wave, they cast Dominic Purcell, who played the other brother in Prison Break. When the Arrowverse expanded to include the series Legends of Tomorrow, Captain Cold and Heat Wave reformed themselves and joined the rest of the heroes. So with both leads in another series, it seemed as if there was no chance that Prison Break would join 24 and The X-Files as the latest show that FOX resurrected from cancellation.

Except they did resurrect it. Season five of Prison Break begins this week. So I have no choice but to track down and watch the Prison Break movie.

The plot: the feds arrest severed head girl and send her to a prison to await trial while the brothers plot a scheme to break her out. And if I am seeming a little cryptic in this review, it is not just to avoid spoilers for those of you who just got interested in watching past seasons of Prison Break on Hulu, but that really having to explain the series would take several pages. The brother played by Miller comes up with a scheme to get himself into the prison, and then ends up sacrificing himself in order to get severed head girl out. Once outside the prison severed head girl is given a video left behind by the dead brother explaining that, because of the cancer, he had only a few weeks left to live anyway. Prison Break: The Final Break is no more entertaining than an average episode of the series. Which brings us to season five, which takes place about eight years later, and needs to explain why the exploded dead brother with terminal brain cancer is somehow alive and well and locked up in another prison. But then again, this is a series where you can cut someones head off and they will just grow a new one.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #17219 on: April 03, 2017, 02:15:00 AM »
Huh I hadn't heard of final break, might have to dig it up.