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Robert Kowalewski II
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Posted: 12 July 2018 at 9:00pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

In The Mouth of Madness(Collectors Edition Blu-ray) - My preorder came in the mail today, so I had to pop it in as the very old DVD I have doesn't even scale to the TV.  Very nice transfer, the movie looks great and there are at least 4 new extras as compared to none on the dvd(except for the trailer, which is on both).  No hi-def treatment for the trailer though, but a good rewatch tonight.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 13 July 2018 at 7:28pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

36 HOURS (1963)

James Garner and Rod Taylor WW2 suspense thriller that I really want to be better than it is. Really two movies in one -- the taut psychological cat-and-mouse game of the first "half", which is unfortunately dragged down by the standard issue escape-and-pursuit of the second.

Some stock footage of the German countryside (which looks like it might have been borrowed from THE GREAT ESCAPE) sets up the rest of the film being shot most convincingly at Yosemite.

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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 14 July 2018 at 1:22pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Rewatched MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (1987).

I think it came at the wrong time. It tried to jump on the STAR WARS bandwagon a tad (it felt that way). There's the whole "New Gods" thing. And, technology-wise, they just weren't able to do justice to the likes of Battle Cat or Orko - so we had no Battle Cat whilst we got Gwildor rather than Orko.

Also, given the fascinating place that is Eternia, and all the directions they could have gone in, I am not sure it was wise to send He-Man to Earth for his first movie. Or do away with the Prince Adam identity (I liked the episodes where Adam struggled with balancing his royal duties and heroic career as He-Man).

Missed opportunity. And I can't believe that, 31 years later, we still haven't had another live-action shot at He-Man.
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 14 July 2018 at 10:20pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Just finished watching Henry V (1989 version by Branagh) on Blu-Ray.

I first watched this in the early 90s, and I thought it was good back then. Fast forward 20 years, I started watching some of Olivier's version and started digging some of that more classical delivery (and going back to the text). So, I came to this with some scepticism about whether my initial conclusion was right. 

But, it won me over all over again. Grainy as hell; not quite as epic as I remember; muddy as ever; but it has a cast to die for and really hits its marks. There can be no better Chorus than Derek Jacobi (though they kind of sliced up the Chorus' intros), Ian Holm literally made me tear up as Fluellen at the end of the battle of Ajincourt, and Branagh and Emma Thompson clearly had a lot of chemistry going on back then for the final scene. 

Criticisms? I don't think the film really benefits in isolation from trying to draw in cutbacks to Falstaff and (surprisingly) I feel Robert Stephens was a little miscast. Robert Stephens was, for me, an incredible actor (an absolute fave, in fact), but he just had too much to give to be playing Pistol. And, I felt, was too old for the role. Great with the non-Hollywood teeth though. Great actor, wrong part for that stage of his career.

Also a shout out for the amazing Non Nobis Domine by Patrick Doyle. His score is a little intrusive at times (at least in comparison to the Olivier version, where the text and the delivery solely carries the emotion in the key speeches), but his music comes into a life of its own at the end of the Battle of Agincourt, and it is an amazing moment.

It made me laugh, it made me cry and it made my chest swell at times. Hard to ask for more, really. Maybe a French accent from Schofield? Too much? OK, fair enough. Great film.

Edited to correct a spelling mistake.




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Shaun Barry
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It took me 20 years to finally see it, but:

LETHAL WEAPON 4 (1998)

Ridiculous and tiresome.  Once was enough--don't ever need to see this again for the rest of my life!



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Doug Centers
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Posted: 16 July 2018 at 8:23pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

ZARDOZ  (1974)

Tried it again after many moons.
Yep, still a hot mess.
A couple of things though, that outfit Connery was wearing reminded me of the original Killraven get up, whoa!
And I wouldn't be surprised if there was a Zardoz shrine set up in some back room at the NRA's home offices.
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Pete York
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Posted: 16 July 2018 at 9:52pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

DON'T LOOK NOW (1973) D: Nicolas Roeg
JUNGFRUKÄLLAN / THE VIRGIN SPRING (1960) D: Ingmar Bergman

Two masterpieces about parents (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, Max von Sydow and Birgitta Valberg, all superb) losing children. The brilliant direction and editing in the Roeg creates a kind of puzzle that doesn't become clear and has you continuously on edge until the end (What the hell was that noise? What's with the Bishop? Why are the sisters laughing? Is this scene real?, etc.). And that ending is everything it's cracked up to be. 

The Bergman is extremely harrowing yet beautiful with its evocative medieval detail and Sven Nykqvist photography (IMDb 'trivia' claims the movie was inspired by RASHOMON, which is certainly believable). The remake by Wes Craven is moot, outside of being an exercise in endurance.      

 
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Brian Rhodes
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Posted: 17 July 2018 at 10:39am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

LETHAL WEAPON 4 (1998)

Ridiculous and tiresome.  Once was enough--don't ever need to see this again for the rest of my life!

Yeah. The original is a classic. 2 was a pretty good follow-up. As with most sequels, though, they kinda have to "overwrite" the character arc from the first one...how do we make Riggs crazy again? So, they do, but also seemingly forgot he was an amazing shot. 3 isn't bad. Matching Rene Russo's Lorna up with Riggs was nice...and you would think, ah...Riggs has found love and happiness again and Murtaugh can finally retire. We can close the book. 

No. They went and did another one. 

I will give them credit for keeping a lot of originals behind and in front of the camera for the whole series. Richard Donner directs all four. Shane Black writes or co-writes. Same actor as the police Captain. Murtaugh's family all keep coming back. So, 4 did have a familiar (and familial) vibe...but it wasn't enough. 



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Peter Martin
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Ouija (2014)

Actually builds some nice suspense in the first third, but ultimately it's pretty stupid, following a pretty well-worn formula. Also, it's twist doesn't really make a lot of sense; it goes out of its way to try and misrepresent things in order to trick you for that twist, but what it ends up with just doesn't really add up. 
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John Byrne

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Posted: 17 July 2018 at 1:45pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

RAMPAGE (2018)

I liked it.

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Steve Coates
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Posted: 17 July 2018 at 3:00pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Atomic Blonde (2017), starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman and Toby Jones. I purchased it at Walmart for $10, which is okay, but it is a watch once kind of movie.


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Brian Rhodes
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Posted: 17 July 2018 at 5:05pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

BLACK PANTHER 

Second viewing  I still don't think it's The Greatest Movie In The World, Ever, but it is very good. A great looking movie: the cast, costumes, locations, set pieces and FX. And a great sounding movie...the music, and, again, FX, are a workout for the sound system. A film with a style and story of its own, but still firmly planted in the MCU. 


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Brian Hague
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Posted: 17 July 2018 at 7:32pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS (2017)

As a fan of the Christmas Carol, I was interested to see what take this film took on the matter. The production design and cinematography were both excellent, so it's a fine looking film, with well-designed ghosts. The story itself and the approach taken are harder to accept. While some of it bears a recognizable resemblance to history, there are interminable scenes played over and over again of Dickens just getting into the story, finding his rhythm, and then... Augh! Someone knocks on the door! And all is lost!!! Over and over and over and over...

Also, the production gives many of the books' best lines to other people with Dan Stevens as Dickens waggling his eyebrows and clicking his tongue, visibly storing away the bon mot for later use. Every character's name seems to come from someone else. Yes, Dickens' did collect names. Every single g*ddamned one in the book, however? Far too many scenes involve him coming across JUST the thing he needs to propel him to his next inspiration! The business partner at the gravesite! The child with the crutch! It's the fan film "George Lucas In Love" set in the 1840's.

The film also makes no mention whatsoever of "Carol's" precedent, a chapter of "The Pickwick Papers" in which a bitter old man is shown visions of suffering at Christmas time and basically kicked by goblins until he learns to repent of his ways. Much is made of Dickens having writer's block, not knowing how, how, how to end his story. Given the slow change Scrooge undergoes throughout the book, it's possible Dickens had trouble getting his character to the moment of his reformation. It is ridiculous to assume he had no idea the reformation was going to take place. 

Altogether, it does make one wish this crew and Christopher Plummer had gotten together for an actual production of Dickens' "Carol."

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James Best
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Posted: 17 July 2018 at 10:27pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

THE IRON GIANT (1999) via Netflix.

Wow. This film was terrific from beginning to end. A really nice blend of traditional and computer animation. Good story, fun characters, strong themes, great visuals. Who would have guessed that Brad Bird would hit a home run in his directorial debut?

I have to say that Warner Bros. really screwed up in its marketing campaign for this film. Despite a lot of positive reviews from my fellow JBFers, the film had never really been on my radar. I remember seeing the trailer for the movie when I was in the theaters back in 1999 but it didn't spark much interest. I suspect that Netflix offered it up due to the recent release of The Incredibles 2.

With a bit more juice behind it I think the film would have been a hit at the box office and possibly spawned a sequel (the ending does a great job of setting one up). As it is, it may be the best one-shot animated film that I have seen in the last twenty years.

Two thumbs, way up! 

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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 18 July 2018 at 5:55am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

THE WICKER MAN- Wasn't sure what to really expect going
in to this one. I'd say it was effective. Interesting
to read afterwards that Christopher Lee considered it
his best film. Worth a watch if you haven't seen it.
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 18 July 2018 at 9:14am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Been a long, long time since I saw The Wicker Man. It has one of the most horrifying endings ever. The whole paganistic aspect is generally creepy. Had perhaps a little bit too much folk music, though there is one such scene featuring Britt Ekland that made quite the impression on the youthful me.
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 18 July 2018 at 12:12pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Apparently it was a stunt double bottom Peter! (Although
her front was her!)
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Peter Martin
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A stunt bottom? The cheek of it!
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John Byrne

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Posted: 18 July 2018 at 4:23pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Surfed into TRON (1982). Honestly, unable to conjure any real interest in this one. A classic example of Hollywood overreaching the limits of its technology.
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Bob Simko
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Posted: 18 July 2018 at 5:12pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

JUSTICE LEAGUE is on HBO...we caught it out of curiosity. SO glad I didn't pay
for it at the theater.

Once again...Gal Gadot the only redeeming part.
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Brian Rhodes
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Hey, it had Elfman's Batman theme here and there.. that was pretty cool.

And Gal Galdot... 


....and those were the best parts 

I can't say I hated it. But I didn't love it. 
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