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Not exactly a "movie", but I just watched Shine A Light, a quasi-documentary by Martin Scorcese on the Rolling Stones.

 

Lots of energy on stage, as you might expect. Otherwise, just a regular concert recording.

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The Secret Life Of Jeffrey Dahmer (1993)

 

One really ought to be shocked or at least dismayed by a film like this, but in fact I generally found it fairly entertaining and even amusing. This may be partly because it's a low budget production, and the quality of the acting and script writing gives rise to a 'so bad that it's good' effect. But it also seemed that many of the characters (including Dahmer himself) and the situations were portrayed as essentially absurd and ridiculous. But in a very real sense, they may well have been just that, perhaps.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bofwya97-CA

 

 

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Recent stuff...

 

Wonder Wheel - what can I say, Woody Allen is a man you can always rely on. Great colorful complex characters, really interesting lighting, lovely Justin Timberlake, another memorable final.

 

The Killing of a Sacred Deer - masterful psychological horror, made me so uneasy that I'm not sure if I can even recommend it. Just... Jesus! Colin Farrell is awesome.

 

Ready Player One - meh, the story and the characters are very underdeveloped. The film also tries to be a cool geek thing but it never really goes deep into the nerd culture, it just bombards you with references that don't have much depth to them. Looks good though. Btw any doomer will laugh at the first Easter egg path. What, you just need to turn around? Come on, checking whether you can open the door behind the start is always the first thing I do in custom maps.

 

Mary and the Witch's Flower - a Ghibli-like movie from the people that used to work at Ghibli. Not much to say about the plot (although it's fun to think about the intended message behind the idea of abandoning everything that's magic and going back to "normal boring life"), but the visuals are wonderfully inspiring. When I left the cinema the outside world seemed so bleak in comparison!

 

The Mercy - I didn't know anything about the events that inspired this, had no idea what will happen at any point, so I was kinda blown away. A very morally ambiguous story with an aftertaste that doesn't go away easily. Also Colin Firth is even more awesome than Colin Farrell.

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I watched Scarface for the first time, a couple of days ago and Midnight Express once again, last night.

 

Scarface is one of the most fun movies I have seen in a while.

Great soundtrack (Push it to the limit is only one example), fun action scenes and really good narration on how Tony Montana got to the top, with plenty of "bad" words and criminal language. I loved that character as he was depicted in the movie and in the end, I even felt pity to see him in his final moments, with the whole empire he built, falling apart overnight.

 

I wrote again about Midnight Express iirc and I can't say much, other that that it was the first movie to have touched me so much (still don't know if I ever encountered a similar feeling again).

It's ending is one of the best things I have seen on TV and without Moroder's soundtrack, it would have never worked so perfectly.

Also found out that Moroder did the Scarface OST and I have to say that the music he produces never disappoints me.

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Loving Vincent is an incredible movie. You should watch it. Yes, you.

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Rewatched a few of those trashy Filipino-Namsploitation action films, like The Expendables (yes, that's the title) Battle Rats, Phantom Soldiers and Escape to Nowhere (the latter, I'm "proud" to announce I actually have a physical copy). Little run-down:

 

  • Battle Rats: by far has the best action scenes (blood squibs, makes sense geographically, baddies typically shoot first, no quickcutting or shaky-cam), but has cringe-worthy dialogue and also has under AND simultaneous over-acting. I do like the tunnel setting and the use of suspense, though.
  • The Expendables (1989): has some surprisingly decent acting, but has a bit too much action, with dull sound effects and not many squibs.
  • Phantom Soldiers: has the most interesting story, but this has WAAAAAAAAAY too much action. When people say there are films where there's action every five minutes, this is one of those types of movies.
  • Escape to Nowhere: by the same guy who did the last film, this has, believe it or not, even MORE action. I counted: it takes a whooping 16 SECONDS until the first action scene commences. It's an 85 minute movie, about 70 of which is action. It actually gets pretty exhausting after a while. The acting is atrocious, too.
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I watched Independence Day: Resurgence a few days ago. Although I really liked seeing the old cast (Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, and Brent Spiner, with a cameo by Robert Loggia) reunited, and the very cool special effects and action scenes, it fell short of my expectations. Especially when compared with the original movie, this one lacked an important element - the sense of the alien invasion being personal. The alien queen was adequate in its physical manifestation of the protagonist. But it seemed more like an abstract enemy, not one whose defeat gives the audience gets any profound sense of satisfaction.

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I saw some Hulk Hogan vs Gawker documentary. That's not the name of it, but that was the lie that made me watch. It was overshadowed with how Trump and billionaires are destroying independently owned news media outlets like Gawker. I hated this documentary so much that by the end I was rooting for Trump to crush journalists with his new liable law to hold journalists accountable for lies and incorrect information. Suddenly in my eyes, Trump went from a moron to OMG Trump is right, we need to stop Gawker and clickbait. Whatever this documentary was trying to do just backfired. Not only that, but the documentary had interviews with the Gawker high ups, where the irony is "I started Gawker to be the little guy that stands up to the bullies that do what they want. (paraphrasing)" Well, a single man and his law team told a national company of 200 employees to take down his illegally recorded sex tape, they didn't. Instead in a deposition the editor and chief made a joke how he would take it down if the sex tape was a minor... aged 4 years old and under. That's a paraphrase, he made a terrible joke.

 

Anyway, it took them 90 minutes to make the connection starting with Trump in the first few minutes of the opening package, to Hulk Hogan's case that was funded by a billionaire nice guy with an axe to grind for a grudge he held for 10 years and ending with Trump and the billionaire shook hands. The documentary worries about freedom of speech if a porn tape illegally filmed can be "news" since he's an American hero that would be torn down ... 10 - 30 years past his prime.

 

They also cover a Las Vegas billionaire buying up the Review-Journal because they did news stories about the guy and "he's connected to Trump." Here's the thing.. that "he's connected to Trump" doesn't hold water since the magazine / journal endorsed Trump.

 

Maybe the documentarian wanted to get this discussion going by promising Hulk Hogan vs Gawker, when that's just a stepping stone to how Trump is evil. So then you feel so angry the movie mislead you that you need to vent on a forum for a 25 year old game to "spread the word!" Well if a billionaire really wanted to silence journalism, they would have bought the documentary to destroy it. Maybe sued them. Perhaps secretly murdered them. Although this movie would set prescience that a billionaire just waits 10 years to take revenge.

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Bought and watched Bullitt this afternoon. It's a really good thriller (Steve McQueen is cool as fuck in the film) and it's reasonably fast paced. And, of course, I can't do a mini-review of Bullitt without mentioning the epic car chase. Duel (1971) is my favourite film, which has some brilliant car chases, but not even those can beat the excellence of this chase scene. Best ever, in my opinion (which seems to be a common opinion).

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Moonrise Kingdom - 8/10

At first I wasn't enjoying it. Weird camera work and artistic design. But once I got used and the story kicks in, it got very enjoyable.

 

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Since I'm currently looking to buy True Romance, I thought I might as well rewatch Tony Scott's final film before his tragic death: Unstoppable. I'm happy to say that he ended his career on a very high note. Good performances from everyone, really tense and subplots that actually have a bit of an impact on the viewer.

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Just got back from the cinema. I watched A Quiet Place. Very interesting in the fact that there's not a lot of dialogue, and despite that has engaging characters and character development. Very good. Recommended.

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Monkey Shines: An Experiment In Fear

 

One of the best and exciting horror-films. 

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Moon. Brilliant hard science fiction movie. Makes great use of its limited budget. 

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Just rewatched "Fido" again. I liked the zombie (Fido) that became friends with the kid. Also, nothing on Sun night, so watched (half-assedly) Zardoz again, starring Sean Connery. It was still very bizarre.

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2 hours ago, grouchbag said:

Just rewatched "Fido" again. I liked the zombie (Fido) that became friends with the kid. Also, nothing on Sun night, so watched (half-assedly) Zardoz again, starring Sean Connery. It was still very bizarre.

THE GUN IS GOOOOOOOOOD

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The one from Zardoz? It was ok. But the movie was still pretty weird. It was certainly better than nothing. I'm still pretty much a scifi-horror fan.  I have a small collection of of about 200 dvdsof both genres.

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On 7/25/2016 at 8:10 PM, TheMightyHeracross said:

Snatch. If you like Lock, Stock, and Two Smocking Barrels, this is your movie.

 

"Good dags. D'ya like dags?"

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The Florida Project. This film's horribly depressing in its hyper-realism. I found it to basically be a 2 hour birth-control ad. 

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Recently dug out, and re-watched my copy of "13 Assassins"  By ~ Takashi Miike.  Contains some of the most remarkable sword play I have ever seen all in one movie. Parts of beginning are a little bit slow but the final battle is almost 45 minutes long.  Just Remarkable!  If you like battles and visuals along the lines of "300"  You would love this one too.

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On 4/11/2018 at 5:35 PM, Poncho said:

Since I'm currently looking to buy True Romance

Try the corner of a big city or just watch Elvis movies in theaters.

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