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  • INFERNO OF FIRST LOVE - Dir. Hani Susumu (1967)

    I've always been fascinated by the art house films put out by the ATG & this one is no exception. On the surface it is a love story revolving around two young outcasts of Japanese society that is stunted by the male protagonist's memories of child sexual abuse and incest but I really enjoyed this film for its portrayal of the seedy back alley "photo clubs" that specialized in S&M and bondage that populated the Shinjuku area in the '60s. Considering the rather 'frank' sexual themes that permeate this entire movie -- guess it's not surprising that no less a figure than Shuji Terayama penned the screenplay. Highly recommended!

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    • SUNSHINE (2008) starts out promisingly and then turns into a bummer. A bummer's bummer. It has the right ending, but the film takes an hour of unmitigated misery and ickiness to get there. A real shame, because there is enormous visual talent at work. No wonder it failed at the box-office.

      $8 wasted. Who wants this blu-ray?
      "I've been to college, but I can still speak English when business demands it."
      - Raymond Chandler, 1939.

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      • This weekend I have thus far seen four (4) films I had never seen before:

        Sniper/Le Gutteur. a french cop movie with Daniel Auteuil and Matthieu Kassovitz, about a sniper who shoots up a bunch of cops while covering for some bank robbers. The film was only 80 minutes plus credits and could have used 10-20 more minutes as even this simplistic plot felt rushed and unfinnished. Also it was shot in a very grey color scale which I did not like at all. 2 out of 5 toasters.

        Paperboy Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, Matthew McConaghey, some black people, florida in the summer of 69. An investigation into a possibly wrongly convicted murdered. Muddeled and sensationalistic.Has the most annoying narrator in the history of cinema in Macy Gray who plays some sort of mildly retarded black houskeeper. It tries to be dark and cruel but just becomes embarrasing and tacky. The only thing I liked was that it was shot as if it was a real 70s B-film, with no panning shots, no steadicam etc. Straight shots, lots of cuts etc. Made it feel more of an effort then it was really worth. Also Cusack worked very well as a white trash hick living in a swamp. McConaughey is pretty much wasted and Kidman is Kidman, AKA the least authentic leading lady in hollywood. 2 out of 5 toasters.

        The Intouchables French comedy-drama, and something of a mega-hit in continental europe. A very nice film indeed, despite it offering no twists, turns or even hints at any surprises. It is a film going from point A to point B exactly like how you expect it to do after having watched the first 20 seconds. But somehow this works, and the film has a bit of warmth and a feelgood quality to it that makes it almost impossible to dislike it. 4 out of 5 toasters.

        The perks of being a wallflower American highschool film. A genre that unless made by John Hughes in the 80s makes me wanna puke, but this somehow works. The Harry Potter girl and the guy who was D'Artagnan in the recent awful Paul WS Anderson Three Musketeers co-star in this story about a boy with mental issues who go to highschool and is a loner before finding a group of friends to hang with. Deals with nothing really new, but it has a nice soundtrack and feel to it, and is surprisingly free from the most overused cliches which actually makes it work in its simple way. 4 out of 5 toasters.
        "No presh from the Dresh!"

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        • Tower Block a bunch of white trash brits living in a condemned Tower Block suddenly start getting picked off by a sniper. Cheap and fun use of one location and a handful of actors. I quite liked it even if it was nothing new or spectacular. 3 out of 5 toasters.
          "No presh from the Dresh!"

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          • A Complete History of My Sexual Failures - It's a'ight. I love me the Viagra scene.
            Sleepwalk with Me - Friggin' beautiful and inspiring, man! Mike Birbiglia is a genius.
            The Stuff - Larry Cohen is one of the greats.

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            • IN THE LINE OF DUTY IV: Yuen Woo-Ping directing Cynthia Kahn and Donnie Yen circa 1989, so yeah it's pretty awesome. The CIA is selling drugs to fund Latin American revolutionaries, and are willing to kill cops to protect their secret. Also, apparently Seattle and Hong Kong share a single police force (I guess that is more efficient...somehow.) But the most amazing thing about this movie is that it features the least lethal guns in cinema history. Towards the beginning of the film a guy gets shot dead center of the chest. We see the bullet go in AND OUT HIS BACK. Yet he still has the strength to pull a bookshelf down to block a door. Later, a guy fires an Uzi at Cynthia Kahn, from a distance of about 15 feet, and empties the clip. She's unscathed because she takes cover behind a stack of cardboard boxes filled with oranges. But best of all, Donnie Yen gets shot in the shoulder, and IMMEDIATELY engages in an extended hand to hand brawl. The only acknowledgement that he's been shot is that periodically he'd rub his shoulder, like he had a mild sprain.

              Also, as someone pointed out in another forum, the guy that Donnie Yen fights in his climatic battle looks like a Rob Liefeld drawing come to life.
              Apronikoff
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              Last edited by Apronikoff; 03-11-2013, 05:33 AM.

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              • Originally posted by Apronikoff View Post
                IN THE LINE OF DUTY IV: Yuen Woo-Ping directing Cynthia Kahn and Donnie Yen circa 1989, so yeah it's pretty awesome. The CIA is selling drugs to fund Latin American revolutionaries, and are willing to kill cops to protect their secret. Also, apparently Seattle and Hong Kong share a single police force (I guess that is more efficient...somehow.) But the most amazing thing about this movie is that it features the least lethal guns in cinema history. Towards the beginning of the film a guy gets shot dead center of the chest. We see the bullet go in AND OUT HIS BACK. Yet he still has the strength to pull a bookshelf down to block a door. Later, a guy fires an Uzi at Cynthia Kahn, from a distance of about 15 feet, and empties the clip. She's unscathed because she takes cover behind a stack of cardboard boxes filled with oranges. But best of all, Donnie Yen gets shot in the shoulder, and IMMEDIATELY engages in an extended hand to hand brawl. The only acknowledgement that he's been shot is that periodically he'd rub his shoulder, like it he had a mild sprain.

                Also, as someone pointed out in another forum, the guy that Donnie Yen fights in his climatic battle looks like a Rob Liefeld drawing come to life.
                The points you make about this movie are the points that fans of 1980's HK martial arts movies love and embrace so much...Kick ass fights...the Hero shaking off a bullet shot...Bad guys with cross-eyes and strange plot lines....

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                • Originally posted by sukebanboy View Post
                  The points you make about this movie are the points that fans of 1980's HK martial arts movies love and embrace so much...Kick ass fights...the Hero shaking off a bullet shot...Bad guys with cross-eyes and strange plot lines....
                  Oh absolutely. Not a word of what I wrote should be read as criticism...I just love pointing that stuff out. :up:

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                  • SLALOM - Damn, I love finding films like this! A genuinely funny (and just plain fun!) eurospy parody. Vittorio Gassman is on a ski vacation with his friend Adolfo Celi, they both have wandering eyes and plot to send their wives away on an errand. A beautiful mystery woman (Beba Loncar) starts flirting with Gassman, and next thing you know he's involved in a murder, been kidnapped to Cairo, and is being chased by various killers...Fabulous locations and beautiful photography and some laugh out loud gags, capped with an insanely catchy Morricone score. It all ends with footage of a parade of night-time skiers going downslope with torches all set to Morricone's bossa romp. I had to watch this scene a few times. Love it.
                    I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.

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                    • I just watched a movie for the first time in my life and that movie was HIGHLANDER. B+!

                      Also watched ALL THAT JAZZ! B-...the minus is because the piece of shit who played the dad on Alf was in it. Almost ruined the movie.
                      Now everyone can have a complete KRULL lifestyle.

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                      • This weekend I rented me some movies again. Here are my thoughts:

                        Alex Cross By the numbers cop-movie about an arrogant know it all detective, Alex Cross, whom is played by a lousy black actor, Tyler Perry. His support is good from people like Matthew Fox, Edward Burns, John C. McGinley and Jean Reno, but the plot and leading role are just tripe. 1 ouf of 5 toasters

                        Premium Rush A movie about bike messengers in NY. Decent actors, a bit cliche, but still fast and energetic enough to pull it off. It really shouldnt have worked but it had enough charm to do so anyway. I got the feeling that everyone involved seemed to enjoy their time in the flick, and somehow that came through the screen and made me enjoy it also. 3 out of 5 toasters

                        Les Lyonnais French "based on a true story" gangster film about a gang of robbers and their career from the 70s up until present day. The film worked but offered nothing new to the genre. It was nicely shot and the plot made sense though, even if the film felt 10-20 minutes to short. 3 out of 5 toasters

                        The Dark Truth Ex-CIA agent Andy Garcia, environmentalist crusader Forest Whitaker, evil CEO Kim Coates, botoxed beyond recognition Deboarh Kara Unger. This film had some fine actors. And Steven Bauer, overactor extraordinaire. The plot was actually not to bad, even though it was never properly explored. Though the film was so poorly made in every way, giving me the impression the director never did a second take of anything in the entire film. B-Movies today are to fucking corporate to ever get that good old B-Movie feel. 2 out of 5 toasters

                        For the love of the Money James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Steven Bauer and Edward Furlong were all in this. One scene each. I guess that is all they could afford. The leading actors are all horribly bad, and the plot about a man who moves from Tel-Aviv to LA in 1973 and gets mixed up with gangsters is completely un-interesting. Based on a "true" story though, so I guess the guy the film was about was the target audience. 1 out of 5 toasters
                        "No presh from the Dresh!"

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                        • THE PYX (Harvey Hart, 1973). Karen Black eats a cookie. Pretty cool, actually.

                          WHITE COATS (Dave Thomas, 2004). Second City, not bad for a flop. I laughed.

                          HAPPY CAMPERS (Daniel Waters, 2000). 21 years ago, Tripper repeatedly sodomized little Rudy at Camp North Star, making for the summer camp experience of a lifetime -- now, is Jason back??!? Boobies.

                          IF LOOKS COULD KILL (William Dear, 1991). Richard Grieco: if you can get past that, this teen Bondspoitation is kind of a blast. Linda Hunt is Lotte Lenya, Roger Rees is a bad guy, and Tom Rack is Jaws as played by Peter Lorre if Lorre was tall, and he has a gold hand like Luke Skywalker if Luke's hand was made of gold. Gabrielle Anwar's something, and Cyndy Preston gets to have the director's son stick his tongue in her ear while she's asleep. Shot in Canada (La Malbaie!)

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                          • Touch Of Satan - had only seen the MST3K version before so it was cool to see it widescreen and uncut. It's still goofy as hell though.
                            Rock! Shock! Pop!

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                            • What are you watching?

                              Originally posted by Ian Jane View Post
                              Touch Of Satan - had only seen the MST3K version before so it was cool to see it widescreen and uncut. It's still goofy as hell though.
                              Watched this yesterday. There's not much to it but I liked the dreamy mood. Some nice photography and early Blasco effects. Lucinda moving towards the cop car was quite creepy.

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                              • VULGARIA (2012) (Ho-Cheung Pang) The much hyped HK CAT 3 movie that poked fun at the HK Cat 3 movie world.....Didn't like it at all. Sure, I got the jokes...but nothing great about the majority....also, lost MAJOR points for featuring NO sex OR nudity whatsoever..Maybe that was the BIGGEST joke they played on the audience!!!

                                On the other hand, it was nice to see such risque subjects and gross humor appearing in a HK movie...it at least proves that big bad China has not dropped their meddling fingersz in it yet and creative freedom still exists there...

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