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Mario Ribeiro
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Posted: 20 July 2017 at 6:55pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

TORSO (1973). Exploitative and kind of boring. And then, suddenly, it becomes a masterpiece for about 20 minutes.
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John Byrne

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...so Walston has to keep him clear of his wife (Kim Novak).

Check that cast again, Tim!

(Walston, btw, stepped in when Peter Sellers was felled by a near fatal heart attack. Now THAT would have been a different movie!)

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Shaun Barry
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30th anniversary alert:

ROBOCOP (1987)

Like Mr. Kirkman on the previous page, I too popped this one in to celebrate its 30th anniversary this month (even ordered the Basil Poledouris soundtrack!)... I'm old enough to still remember some of the initial reviews which wrote this off as ultra-violent schlock--even the title "RoboCop" was being laughed at before its original release--but we all know now what a classic it's turned out to be.

Lean & mean, wonderfully directed and bitingly funny, with superb performances all-around, not the least of which is Peter Weller in the title role.  He's fascinating to watch, from beginning to end.

Just a great, great piece of action/sci-fi filmmaking.  An excellent, deserved '80s classic!



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Greg Kirkman
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(even ordered the Basil Poledouris soundtrack!)

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It's SO good! I hope you got the expanded edition, which features the full score, including the music for Mediabreaks and commercials and whatnot. Been listening to various cues, over the past few days.

And, yeah, Weller is great. My favorite performance of his might just be NAKED LUNCH, if only because RoboCop doesn't get to speak as much (and with that wonderfully dry and black humor). Still, history has borne out the idea that no one else can successfully play that character. We've had, like, four other guys play RoboCop, but none have topped Weller. He beautifully conveys the connected-to-Murphy-but-not-quite nature of RoboCop as seen in the film's last act. It's basically three different roles: Murphy, RoboCop, and RoboCop after he's regained some semblance of humanity and personal identity.

And, as time goes on, I continue to appreciate just how funny the movie is without losing its credibility as a sci-fi action thriller. That's what makes it so unique, I think. There's also all of the subtlety in the story structure--the things that aren't spelled out. A casual viewer might not pick up on the fact that Jones hired Clarence to kill a bunch of cops in order to make ED-209 more desirable, with the wrinkle that Morton's people deliberately placed RoboCop candidates in harm's way. So, Jones' greed basically sets his own death in motion when Clarence keeps up his end of the deal by killing Murphy. 

Also, a detail I don't think I'd noticed, 'till this latest viewing: In the opening Mediabreak, we see footage of the dead police officers killed by Clarence and his gang (...as would have been seen in the prologue sequence that appears in the script/comic/novelization. I don't think it was filmed, though.). "29", "30", and "31" are spraypainted on the pavement, next to bodies. This detail is a remnant of that prologue, since Clarence is keeping count of the cops he's killed, and has Emil spraypaint the numbers.


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Tim O'Neill
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JB:  "Check that cast again, Tim!"

*****

D'oh!  Thank you, JB - good catch.  Farina Farr played the wife, and Kim Novak was a local... um... shall we say "work for hire"? 

It's really wild to think of what Peter Sellers would have done in the role.  I really like Walston, but he is no Sellers!!!




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Petter Myhr Ness
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Posted: 22 July 2017 at 10:56am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

SUICIDE SQUAD

It's on Netflix, so I needed to see if it REALLY is that bad. It is. I lasted 20 minutes. I only bring it up here, because I think I witnessed the most horrible interpretation of The Joker we're ever likely to see. It was like watching a concert where the pianist can't get a single note right.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 22 July 2017 at 6:37pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

POPSTAR - NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING (2016)

Well, it held my attention all the way through.

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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 23 July 2017 at 5:02pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

THE HOWLING (1981)

Sadly it didn't live up to the nostalgia. I think there are far better werewolf films, by the way.
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James Woodcock
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Posted: 24 July 2017 at 8:34am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Robbie - what??

Them's fighting words. I'll have to find a way to revisit this film as it is years since I last saw it and it still sits in my memory with AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON as JOINT BEST.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 24 July 2017 at 10:08am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON is definitely a great film - which has lost none of its power to shock. It's aged very well.

Let me know what you think when you revisit THE HOWLING. ;-) 
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John Popa
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Posted: 24 July 2017 at 2:33pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I watched THE VOID on Netflix.  It's a weird mix of Lovecraft, Carpenter's "The Thing" and some other 80's tropes but sure is fun to watch.  Lots of gross, practical effects, if that's your thing! 
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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 24 July 2017 at 8:31pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply


10th anniversary alert:

THE SIMPSONS MOVIE (2007)

I had moved-on from the TV series a good 10-11 years or so before the film came out, so I was a little thrown by how much more crude this one was, when I first caught it in the theaters, and it being released in a post-SOUTH PARK / FAMILY GUY world...

Could have been so much more, I suppose, and not as sharp as the best of the episodes... but in the end, still pretty darned funny!  Holds up fairly well, 10 years later.





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Peter Martin
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Posted: 25 July 2017 at 7:39am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

It was like watching a concert where the pianist can't get a single note right. 
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Lol! That's not a bad analogy. I tried to watch Suicide Squad on a plane once. I didn't make it through to the end. The map was preferable.
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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 25 July 2017 at 2:19pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply


THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (1972)

Relatively brisk at 2 hours, but filled with implausible characters, atrocious dialogue and even some eye-rolling performances (man, that kid brother can grate on your nerves)...

...however, gotta admit it's also extremely entertaining, perhaps in a guilty pleasure kind of way, and the special effects and set design for it's time (long before CGI and even pre-STAR WARS) are quite a wonder to behold.

It's junk, but it's well-made junk, and gets my vote for the best disaster film of the '70s.



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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 25 July 2017 at 8:08pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply


Followed by:

Timothy Dalton is James Bond 007 in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987)

It's not that it's a bad BOND film (there are far worse entries), nor is Dalton a bad James Bond (he's quite good, and has grown on me over the years)... it's just that the whole is so bloody boring, uninspired and uninteresting!

From the glacial pace, weak opening song (from a-Ha--*groan*), surprisingly unmemorable John Barry score, a poor replacement for Miss Moneypenny, and Dalton looking sometimes rather bored and uncomfortable, this is one of my all-time least favorites in the series.

Although it succumbs to the typically loud & explosive template of most '80s action films, I much more prefer the next (and last) Dalton entry, LICENCE TO KILL, over this.  At least that one is entertaining!



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Matt Reed
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Personally?  I think Dalton is an under appreciated Bond.  I think he could have been one of the more memorable had he taken the role in a different time and place.  After Moore they tried two darker films with Dalton and then gave up on the whole enterprise and instead doubled down on the silliness that was Moore with Brosnan.  I'm not a Bond aficionado by any stretch, preferring only Connery in the role (yet quite enjoying Craig in every other film), but Dalton comes second only to Connery (and arguably Craig) as the best Bond.
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Petter Myhr Ness
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Timothy Dalton is James Bond 007 in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987)
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The first Bond film I saw properly at the movies (I had reached the age limit, which were strict over here...).

I love Dalton as Bond. Probably my second favourite actor in the role. Wish he'd done more movies.

I have a lot more favourable view on the score than you. Two reasons; it was the last Barry score for Bond - making it better than anything that came afterwards. And I'm a big a-ha fan. :-)
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John Byrne

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Posted: 26 July 2017 at 5:35am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

I tried THE GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017) and didn't last ten minutes.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 26 July 2017 at 5:38am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Well, thank you, sir. I pre-ordered the Blu-ray a little while back from HMV. ;-) 
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Robbie Parry
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INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989)

Still my favourite film of the quadrilogy. Everything came together so well - and it's entertaining from beginning to end. The pacing works very well and I feel out of the four, it has the most rewatch value.  
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