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  • peterpeter Toronto
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    peter wrote: »
    Last night watched King of New York with the wholly original, one-of-a-kind Christopher Walken. What a flick! Walken is mesmerizing… Fishburne is dynamic. We also get a young Steve Buscemi and Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul’s, Giancarlo Esposito .

    Directed by the unrelenting Abel Ferrara…..

    It's such a nasty yet oddly beautiful film. One of the staples of Ferrara, for me, is that some of the best scenes in his films are scenes that you would look at on paper and think "no, that would never work" and yet, somehow.....they do.

    Nailed it @CraigMooreOHMSS ... His best films are all nasty contrasted with beauty-- I think it's because he loves dark characters seeking redemption, but their nature always wins out in the end...

  • edited April 2023 Posts: 5,887
    The Premature Burial. Roger Corman. Ray Milland, Hazel Court.

    Still on a Poe-Corman binge. No Vincent Price this time, but Ray Milland replaces him masterfully.

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    EDIT : And that music ! I swear, I'll never hear "Molly Malone" the same way again.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe "I tolerate this century, but I don't enjoy it."Moderator
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    The Barkleys Of Broadway (1949)
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    The Astaire & Rogers reunion film. Not that I am wishing ill on anyone, but the change of female lead, worked out best for this film.
  • peterpeter Toronto
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    Double bill:

    Jaws
    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    🤯 awesomeness… effortlessly took my wife into these universes… we could only be so lucky to find our storytelling prowess and produce great pop-films again….
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
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    peter wrote: »
    Double bill:

    Jaws
    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    🤯 awesomeness… effortlessly took my wife into these universes… we could only be so lucky to find our storytelling prowess and produce great pop-films again….

    My two favourite Spielberg films...👍
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Born on the bayou. I can still hear my old hound dog barkin'.
    Posts: 8,788
    peter wrote: »
    Double bill:

    Jaws
    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    🤯 awesomeness… effortlessly took my wife into these universes… we could only be so lucky to find our storytelling prowess and produce great pop-films again….

    My two favourite Spielberg films...👍

    Well...at least two of my favourite Spielberg films...the jury's still out on about five or ten others. But good choice nonetheless.
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Born on the bayou. I can still hear my old hound dog barkin'.
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    My wife randomly picked yet another gem that we hadn't watched so far (bought it seven years ago), and I totally commend her for her luck:
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    It's The Andromeda Strain in its original title, based on a book by Michael Crichton, with special effects by Douglas Trumbull, and directed by Robert Wise. That alone should be enough to make everybody bow in awe.

    A magnificent, but certainly action-less movie with remarkable performances by relatively unknown actors (all of which are deceased by now). A high-tech impression in terms of production design, rivalling what Ken Adam did at the time (1970), maybe even surpassing "2001" three years before.

    An actor cinema gem that begs re-watching for me.
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    j_w_pepper wrote: »
    My wife randomly picked yet another gem that we hadn't watched so far (bought it seven years ago), and I totally commend her for her luck:
    61yeoP64-fL._SL1500_.jpg
    It's The Andromeda Strain in its original title, based on a book by Michael Crichton, with special effects by Douglas Trumbull, and directed by Robert Wise. That alone should be enough to make everybody bow in awe.

    A magnificent, but certainly action-less movie with remarkable performances by relatively unknown actors (all of which are deceased by now). A high-tech impression in terms of production design, rivalling what Ken Adam did at the time (1970), maybe even surpassing "2001" three years before.

    An actor cinema gem that begs re-watching for me.

    Seen it lots of times. Great movie. The climax is superbly staged and very tense!
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Per ora e per il momento che verrà
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    Mathis1 wrote: »
    j_w_pepper wrote: »
    My wife randomly picked yet another gem that we hadn't watched so far (bought it seven years ago), and I totally commend her for her luck:
    61yeoP64-fL._SL1500_.jpg
    It's The Andromeda Strain in its original title, based on a book by Michael Crichton, with special effects by Douglas Trumbull, and directed by Robert Wise. That alone should be enough to make everybody bow in awe.

    A magnificent, but certainly action-less movie with remarkable performances by relatively unknown actors (all of which are deceased by now). A high-tech impression in terms of production design, rivalling what Ken Adam did at the time (1970), maybe even surpassing "2001" three years before.

    An actor cinema gem that begs re-watching for me.

    Seen it lots of times. Great movie. The climax is superbly staged and very tense!

    Wow definitely adding this to my watch list!
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
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    Mathis1 wrote: »
    j_w_pepper wrote: »
    My wife randomly picked yet another gem that we hadn't watched so far (bought it seven years ago), and I totally commend her for her luck:
    61yeoP64-fL._SL1500_.jpg
    It's The Andromeda Strain in its original title, based on a book by Michael Crichton, with special effects by Douglas Trumbull, and directed by Robert Wise. That alone should be enough to make everybody bow in awe.

    A magnificent, but certainly action-less movie with remarkable performances by relatively unknown actors (all of which are deceased by now). A high-tech impression in terms of production design, rivalling what Ken Adam did at the time (1970), maybe even surpassing "2001" three years before.

    An actor cinema gem that begs re-watching for me.

    Seen it lots of times. Great movie. The climax is superbly staged and very tense!

    A really good film, I agree mate. The ending is seriously nail-biting!
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    j_w_pepper wrote: »
    My wife randomly picked yet another gem that we hadn't watched so far (bought it seven years ago), and I totally commend her for her luck:
    61yeoP64-fL._SL1500_.jpg
    It's The Andromeda Strain in its original title, based on a book by Michael Crichton, with special effects by Douglas Trumbull, and directed by Robert Wise. That alone should be enough to make everybody bow in awe.

    A magnificent, but certainly action-less movie with remarkable performances by relatively unknown actors (all of which are deceased by now). A high-tech impression in terms of production design, rivalling what Ken Adam did at the time (1970), maybe even surpassing "2001" three years before.

    An actor cinema gem that begs re-watching for me.

    @j_w_pepper
    I can recommend the book. It reads like a hard science-fact book, with graphs and all. I must say, both book and film are dear to me.
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    The Terminator (1984)
    I remember going to see this at the cinema, not knowing much about it. A brief clip on T V. had me intrigued. Having watched T2 recently (in 4k) and having a blast, I got the bluray for this and settled down to watch last night. It's still good, and the scenes that I love then still impress (Arnies arrival, the first car chase, Arnie doing repairs on himself, the Police station attack, with great double act of Paul Winfield and Lance Henriksen, the truck explosion, a neat model shot I found out later, and of course the terrific finale! All to Brad Fiedels memorable theme. To think Arnie was originally wanted for Reese, but really wanted to play the bad guy ( And doesnt he look scary with no eyebrows!) The downside is the future scenes, which look ropey now, though that shot of the tank crushing human skulls still impresses! I still think T2 is better, but this still holds up well!
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe "I tolerate this century, but I don't enjoy it."Moderator
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    Street Fighter (1994)
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    So that was Street Fighter? I am not a Street Fighter fan, in fact i'm not into fighting games at all. So I can say whether this respects the games or not. So I watched it as a JCVD film, but Raul Julia was intentionally or unintentionally the most memorable part. He didn't just chew the scenery, he attacked it like a starving man at a banquet.

  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Born on the bayou. I can still hear my old hound dog barkin'.
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    @j_w_pepper
    I can recommend the book. It reads like a hard science-fact book, with graphs and all. I must say, both book and film are dear to me.
    Thanks, @DarthDimi. I may just follow your advice one of these days.


  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
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    Mathis1 wrote: »
    The Terminator (1984)
    I remember going to see this at the cinema, not knowing much about it. A brief clip on T V. had me intrigued. Having watched T2 recently (in 4k) and having a blast, I got the bluray for this and settled down to watch last night. It's still good, and the scenes that I love then still impress (Arnies arrival, the first car chase, Arnie doing repairs on himself, the Police station attack, with great double act of Paul Winfield and Lance Henriksen, the truck explosion, a neat model shot I found out later, and of course the terrific finale! All to Brad Fiedels memorable theme. To think Arnie was originally wanted for Reese, but really wanted to play the bad guy ( And doesnt he look scary with no eyebrows!) The downside is the future scenes, which look ropey now, though that shot of the tank crushing human skulls still impresses! I still think T2 is better, but this still holds up well!

    Saw this at the cinema in 1985 and it blew me away! I actually bought the video tape when it came out. Cost me over £50 at the time!!! The days before 'sell through...!'
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Born on the bayou. I can still hear my old hound dog barkin'.
    edited April 2023 Posts: 8,788
    What we watched tonight was this:
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    Actually, the image I'm linking to here doesn't really correspond to what we watched, i.e. just one of three BDs of an "Ealing Comedy Collection Pt. 1".

    Nevertheless, a brilliant comedy/satire. An unrecognised genius (Alec Guinness) who gets a job at a textile company secretly uses their labs to develop a more or less indesctructable fiber that also rejects all kinds of dirt. And consequently he gets in trouble not just with the capitalists making their money by making clothes that have to be replaced in a short time, but also with the workers who are are afraid to lose their jobs if clothes become everlasting and sustainable.

    Good Ealing film, maybe of the second tier, but fun to watch.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    Clerks (1994). Still makes me laugh.
  • peterpeter Toronto
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    MaxCasino wrote: »
    Clerks (1994). Still makes me laugh.

    I was almost going to watch the sequel but couldn’t bring myself to do it (is it worth it?)….
  • DwayneDwayne New York City
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    j_w_pepper wrote: »
    What we watched tonight was this:
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    Actually, the image I'm linking to here doesn't really correspond to what we watched, i.e. just one of three BDs of an "Ealing Comedy Collection Pt. 1".

    Nevertheless, a brilliant comedy/satire. An unrecognised genius (Alec Guinness) who gets a job at a textile company secretly uses their labs to develop a more or less indisctructable fiber that also rejects all kinds of dirt. And consequently he gets in trouble not just with the capitalists making their money by making clothes that have to be replaced in a short time, but also with the workers who are are afraid to lose their jobs if clothes become everlasting and sustainable.

    Good Ealing film, maybe of the second tier, but fun to watch.

    Thanks for posting this @j_w_pepper. I mainly know about Director Alexander Mackendrick only through his work on THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957) and DON'T MAKE WAVES (1967), so I will try to watch this.
  • MurdockMurdock The minus world
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    The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)
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    I've been a fan of Mario since I first played Super Mario 64 way back in 1996. This movie has been a long time coming and I must say I really loved it. It was everything I could have wanted out of a Mario movie and then some. It was made with a ton of love and it has something for everyone in it. I think even people who aren't fans would enjoy it. I can't recommend it enough. I give it 120 stars. ;)
  • edited April 2023 Posts: 2,903
    I just got back from an advance screening of Renfield. Cartoonish fun, worth seeing for Nicholas Cage's vitality as Dracula. Sinking his teeth into the role, he does the opposite of a vampire: he gives life. His performance is gleefully comedic, with line readings that lap up every irony possible in the script, but not self-indulgent camp. Cage's Dracula is petulant, domineering, and in love with his own creepiness. And there's never any doubt that he's pure evil; Cage has continual undercurrent of menace.

    As Renfield, Nicholas Hoult is a bloodsoaked nebbish with layers of dopey sweetness. His performance has its own vitality, and he's utterly convincing as the meek servant with a core of decency who finally finds the gumption to stand up to his boss.

    In some stretches the movie becomes a live-action Adult Swim cartoon, tackling an aburd premise with snarky dialogue and comedically over the top gore. But the craziness isn't sustained, and one has to put up with the conventional narrative and supporting characters: a gangster plot with mafiosos and a good cop played by Awkwafina, whose character is little more than attitude and a backstory. There's a conflict between the anarchic energy of Cage's Dracula and the deadening modern-movie tropes that even comedic filmmakers feel the mistaken need for.

    The movie honors its selling point of Nicholas Cage as Dracula in the modern world but doesn't exploit it to the hilt. It peaks about three quarters through. And though it pokes some fun at the cliches of modern therapy culture (Renfield announces he's in a co-dependent relationship) it ends up affirming them. American comedies may be edgy but they're rarely subversive.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    peter wrote: »
    MaxCasino wrote: »
    Clerks (1994). Still makes me laugh.

    I was almost going to watch the sequel but couldn’t bring myself to do it (is it worth it?)….

    Clerks 2 AND 3 are worth it. These are Kevin Smith’s best characters.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    MaxCasino wrote: »
    peter wrote: »
    MaxCasino wrote: »
    Clerks (1994). Still makes me laugh.

    I was almost going to watch the sequel but couldn’t bring myself to do it (is it worth it?)….

    Clerks 2 AND 3 are worth it. These are Kevin Smith’s best characters.

    I agree, @MaxCasino. Well, @Peter, I appreciate Clerks 2; I'm less a fan of 3. But I'm a Kev Smith fan -- more a fan of the man and his love for Batman than of the filmmaker -- so I drop the bar low enough each time. That's why I say that I appreciate Clerks 2 and 3... I'm not saying they're good. ;-)
  • Fire_and_Ice_ReturnsFire_and_Ice_Returns I am trying to get away from this mountan!
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    Avatar 2 visually stunning though I got bored after 2 hours and switched it off, this film needs some serious editing done to it they actually repeated giving the audience information.
  • Last_Rat_StandingLast_Rat_Standing Long Neck Ice Cold Beer Never Broke My Heart
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    MaxCasino wrote: »
    peter wrote: »
    MaxCasino wrote: »
    Clerks (1994). Still makes me laugh.

    I was almost going to watch the sequel but couldn’t bring myself to do it (is it worth it?)….

    Clerks 2 AND 3 are worth it. These are Kevin Smith’s best characters.

    I agree, @MaxCasino. Well, @Peter, I appreciate Clerks 2; I'm less a fan of 3. But I'm a Kev Smith fan -- more a fan of the man and his love for Batman than of the filmmaker -- so I drop the bar low enough each time. That's why I say that I appreciate Clerks 2 and 3... I'm not saying they're good. ;-)

    I haven't seen the 3rd one yet. However, Clerks 2 was one of the few films in which my insides actually hurt from laughing so hard when I had first seen it.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    MaxCasino wrote: »
    peter wrote: »
    MaxCasino wrote: »
    Clerks (1994). Still makes me laugh.

    I was almost going to watch the sequel but couldn’t bring myself to do it (is it worth it?)….

    Clerks 2 AND 3 are worth it. These are Kevin Smith’s best characters.

    I agree, @MaxCasino. Well, @Peter, I appreciate Clerks 2; I'm less a fan of 3. But I'm a Kev Smith fan -- more a fan of the man and his love for Batman than of the filmmaker -- so I drop the bar low enough each time. That's why I say that I appreciate Clerks 2 and 3... I'm not saying they're good. ;-)

    I haven't seen the 3rd one yet. However, Clerks 2 was one of the few films in which my insides actually hurt from laughing so hard when I had first seen it.

    It's got a few really good moments, I agree. The "pussy troll", the donkey scene (especially the donkey scene), ... Yeah, I like them very much. But they're not to everyone's liking, I'm sure.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    DarthDimi wrote: »
    MaxCasino wrote: »
    peter wrote: »
    MaxCasino wrote: »
    Clerks (1994). Still makes me laugh.

    I was almost going to watch the sequel but couldn’t bring myself to do it (is it worth it?)….

    Clerks 2 AND 3 are worth it. These are Kevin Smith’s best characters.

    I agree, @MaxCasino. Well, @Peter, I appreciate Clerks 2; I'm less a fan of 3. But I'm a Kev Smith fan -- more a fan of the man and his love for Batman than of the filmmaker -- so I drop the bar low enough each time. That's why I say that I appreciate Clerks 2 and 3... I'm not saying they're good. ;-)

    I haven't seen the 3rd one yet. However, Clerks 2 was one of the few films in which my insides actually hurt from laughing so hard when I had first seen it.

    It's got a few really good moments, I agree. The "pussy troll", the donkey scene (especially the donkey scene), ... Yeah, I like them very much. But they're not to everyone's liking, I'm sure.

    Yes Clerks 2 is a rare comedy sequel that really works. I’d still take Kevin Smith over Judd Apatow on average. But they aren’t in their golden ages, currently.
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Born on the bayou. I can still hear my old hound dog barkin'.
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    Dwayne wrote: »
    Thanks for posting this @j_w_pepper. I mainly know about Director Alexander Mackendrick only through his work on THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957) and DON'T MAKE WAVES (1967), so I will try to watch this.
    Good choice, @Dwayne. Also note my earlier posting on WHISKY GALORE, one or two forum pages back. And have you really not seen the original THE LADYKILLERS (1955), also directed by Mackendrick, and starring Alec Guinness and Cecil Parker (as in WHITE SUIT) as well as Herbert Lom and Peter Sellers? I like the Coen Brothers' movies, but their remake doesn't hold a candle to this original.

  • mattjoesmattjoes At my most trollish behavior
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    Street Fighter (1994)
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    So that was Street Fighter? I am not a Street Fighter fan, in fact i'm not into fighting games at all. So I can say whether this respects the games or not. So I watched it as a JCVD film, but Raul Julia was intentionally or unintentionally the most memorable part. He didn't just chew the scenery, he attacked it like a starving man at a banquet.


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  • peterpeter Toronto
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    MaxCasino wrote: »
    peter wrote: »
    MaxCasino wrote: »
    Clerks (1994). Still makes me laugh.

    I was almost going to watch the sequel but couldn’t bring myself to do it (is it worth it?)….

    Clerks 2 AND 3 are worth it. These are Kevin Smith’s best characters.

    I agree, @MaxCasino. Well, @Peter, I appreciate Clerks 2; I'm less a fan of 3. But I'm a Kev Smith fan -- more a fan of the man and his love for Batman than of the filmmaker -- so I drop the bar low enough each time. That's why I say that I appreciate Clerks 2 and 3... I'm not saying they're good. ;-)

    I haven't seen the 3rd one yet. However, Clerks 2 was one of the few films in which my insides actually hurt from laughing so hard when I had first seen it.

    Thanks @DarthDimi and @MaxCasino ... I must be wayyy out of it: I thought there was only one sequel, not two!
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