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  • The Thomas Crown Affair: One of those I just never got around to. I actually recall hiring it from the video shop a couple times back in the day and not watching it. This is because I figured it was a heist movie. Not that into heist movies. Turns out it is in fact a Battle Of The Sexes movie. I love '60s/70s battle of the sexes movies, 10th Victim and Frightened Woman being all time faves. This doesn't quite reach the heights of those two for me but it's still damned good. Very stylish direction throughout and you've got FayeDunaway seductively stroking McQueens bishop. It's a good time in front of the tv.
    "Never let the fact that they are doing it wrong stop you from doing it right." Hyman Mandell.

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    • Nightflyers (1987)

      I was unaware of the existence of this movie until i was watching it. It disappeared at the box office back in 87 and I suspect it has never been legitimately released on dvd/blu- though a dvdr does seem to be doing the rounds. This despite being based off a George R Marting story. I am a sucker for haunted house/spaceship films so I gave it a crack.

      There's some very messy storytelling in this. Its mostly interesting now in terms of looking at its place in sci fi film history. It is very clearly influenced by Blade Runner and Alien and i wonder if it played any part in the creation of Event Horizon. For the man with the right set of eyes, its a bit of fun but in no way can it be called good.

      "Never let the fact that they are doing it wrong stop you from doing it right." Hyman Mandell.

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      • A Futile And Stupid Gesture: I think there's a bit in this one for the crowd here. It's a Netflix "biopic" about Doug Kenney one of the creators of National Lampoon. I didn't know this story at all outside of having seen the movies so it was all new to me and, frankly, I suspect it's take on its subject is loose enought that it will 'be all new to most. It's not as wild as the recent Yankovich film but it will definitely recall that film for you. Anyway, it's an awful lot of fun. Pretty much every line out of our heroes mouth is a deadpan one liner and most of ém are pretty good. I think you'll dig it.

        "Never let the fact that they are doing it wrong stop you from doing it right." Hyman Mandell.

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        • Originally posted by Dom D View Post
          Nightflyers (1987)

          I was unaware of the existence of this movie until i was watching it. It disappeared at the box office back in 87 and I suspect it has never been legitimately released on dvd/blu- though a dvdr does seem to be doing the rounds. This despite being based off a George R Marting story. I am a sucker for haunted house/spaceship films so I gave it a crack.

          There's some very messy storytelling in this. Its mostly interesting now in terms of looking at its place in sci fi film history. It is very clearly influenced by Blade Runner and Alien and i wonder if it played any part in the creation of Event Horizon. For the man with the right set of eyes, its a bit of fun but in no way can it be called good.

          Wasn't there a shitty Netflix version of this story?
          I'm bitter, I'm twisted, James Joyce is fucking my sister.

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          • Originally posted by agent999 View Post

            Wasn't there a shitty Netflix version of this story?
            Indeed there was. It was unwatchable and so I watched all of it and was pretty pissed off when they cancelled it leaving me with no closure at all on the 8 or so hours I pissed away watching that piece of shit.
            "Never let the fact that they are doing it wrong stop you from doing it right." Hyman Mandell.

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            • The original Martin novella of Nightflyers is a sf/horror adventure classic. Very well constructed, I'm sure that tight plotting was the first thing they jettisoned in the tv series and film. I only watched the first episode of the tv series and sensed it wasn't going anywhere. Clearly should have been a mini-series at the most.

              Rewatching The Flesh trilogy with Heather Drain's commentary right now.

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              • Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning: Part 1: Bond slaloms wildly from boom to bust. Every Skyfall counteracted by a Quantum of Solace. Meanwhile, Mission Impossible continues to deliver solid 8 out of 10 entertainment with every installment.

                In the shadow of Barbenheimmer this took a hammering at the box office but it's damned good blockbuster entertainment. It's silly as all hell but how can it not be when it's following the adventures of the Impossible Mission Forces? The name alone can't be said with a straight face. That's a tricky one to overcome as a screenwriter but McQuarrie leans into it more here than even in the previous instalments. This is barely played with a straight face. It's not a farce either though.

                It's walking a desperately fine line between real action sequences and comedy and it does it expertly. This is funnier than any Bond. It also has better action than any Bond. It lacks Bonds glamour and 'je ne sais quoi' but it's working hard to make up for it.

                Another very solid installment from the best action series of modern times.
                Last edited by Dom D; 11-20-2023, 06:58 AM.
                "Never let the fact that they are doing it wrong stop you from doing it right." Hyman Mandell.

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                • Extraction (USA, 2020) 9/10 **
                  I couldn’t be more surprised by how amazing this film is. I rarely like action films with the child sidekick. And I don’t care for Bangladesh or Dubia as locations much. There is a “been there, done that” feeling to those dirty, brown streets. But nothing really held this back. The action is some of the best since John Wick. The fight choreography is some of the best ever. The set-pieces are thrilling to the point of exhaustion. Chris Hemsworth is perfect in his role. He’s cool and so imposing with his large frame. The story danced the line of making him sympathetic and explaining why he’s so fearless without crossing the line into too much unneeded drama that it took focus away from the action or hurt the character’s mystique. I even found the young Indian boy to be charming and better yet, he never got in the way. There is a terrific scene in a tight corridor where after Hemsworth takes out a dozen fows, the camera switches to the young boy in a chase scenario. It worked great and how it circled back to Hemsworth was thrilling. One of the main antagonists, an ex-Indian Special forces operative played by Randeep Hooda was exceptional as well. I hope to see him in more. There was a sniper (Sam Hargrave) that I would have liked to seen more of. The film managed the slow parts, to allow the viewer time to breathe, very well. If I wanted to pick nits there is one thing I did not care for about the ending and I don’t like it when a film shows the final moments in the opening as a flashback. I was fully engaged from beginning to end and for the first time I am looking forward to seeing more Netflix action flicks.

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                  • Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny: this is more than two and a half hours long. The longest Indy by more than half an hour.

                    It's starts well enough. Indys stealing treasures from Nazis in the 40s and it feels like youve wandered into a 90s Indy film that youd somehow missed. Walking in on it halfway through though, not at the start. Indy movies set scene better than this. Amazing work on the deaging, looked next to perfect to me.

                    Then you're onto Indy as an old man. And there's not too much wrong with all these scenes either. The issue is I just cant find a way to get into it. This territory has been covered, its done, and we're just doing it again but much more slowly and at much greater length.

                    I switched it off at the 2 hour mark. I figure that's enough Indy and if they'd done the sane thing and cut it down to that I would have seen the whole thing. So me not seeing it all is on them.
                    "Never let the fact that they are doing it wrong stop you from doing it right." Hyman Mandell.

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                    • One Shot (UK-USA, 2021) 7/10 **
                      The last film I bought with Scoot Adkins on the cover, Zero Tolerance, was a bait and switch that he was barely in. Thankfully he is the star of One Shot and gets the majority of the screentime. First off, the film appears to be professionally made with no signs of low-budget jank. The “one continuous take” aspect to the film is very intriguing and works surprisingly well. There are many scenes that are a bit heart-wrenching. I felt something for most of the Seal Team member’s deaths, and the scene with the young solider chosen as a suicide bomber is hard to watch and lingers for some time. The action is well done. Its slightly more grounded than many Adkins flicks. Considering the way the story was handled, it found the perfect balance of realism while still keeping firefights/knife-fights/wrestling exhilarating without being cartoonish. Adkins and his team of Seals were badasses amongst badasses but so you were thrilled by their exploits and it still felt believable enough. The film does play on our sympathies for the terrorist side and villainizes some the Western heroes but it didn’t cross the line. The heart-pounding action mixed with the gruesome deaths of so many characters that meant more to me that just fodder, made the film is a bit exhausting. With the exception of the final fights, the film isn’t “Fun”. Its never boring and consistently compelling. Its one of the reasons to keep firing on Scott Adkins films even when there are some stinkers.

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                      • V/H/S/85 - The latest in the series could've been called V/H/S/MIXTAPE. It's uneven, of course, and too long at 112 minutes, but it's easily the most ambitious and experimental installment yet. There's some really interesting stuff going on here among the usual boredom and clutter. I kept thinking about Twin Peaks S3 while I was watching it. It's going to be a divisive entry in this series for sure.
                        Why would anybody watch a scum show like Videodrome? Why did you watch it, Max?

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                        • Godzilla Minus One-First time I have been in a theater since my wife dragged me kicking and screaming to see Cats.This is one of the rare times in a Godzilla film that the human story is excellent and almost outshines the big guy. I liked it, but felt it needed one more destructive rampage to push it to the top of the heap.
                          "The popcorn you're eating has been pissed in. Film at 11".

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                          • Ruined my morning by watching Yoghurt Papadopolous latest brain fart. It's a piece of shit.

                            Review (yes, I went on my morally triggered soap box) predictably declined by the arbiters of truth at IMDB. Only praise allowed, apparently:

                            Poor Things
                            Aggressively terrible. By FAR Emma Stone’s worst film and performance yet.

                            Yorgos Lanthimos latest act of cinematic terrorism has been vomited forth upon us and
                            the bought off critics are predictably lined up to praise this absolute filth to high heaven,
                            like the clapping seals that they have become.

                            The plot? Infanticide good. Debauched promiscuity good. Men bad unless they are black or
                            pathetically spineless simps, willing to marry a run through callous prostitute. Women should
                            never face consequences for any of their whims or behaviour. Words like ”feminist epic” and
                            ”a story of liberation” have been bandied about since its release. Nothing could be further from
                            the truth. It’s all so predictably tiresome. This ticks every single box of todays destructive agendas.
                            One by insufferable one.

                            Now, I will freely admit to not liking this director’s films in the past and this did not sway me at all.
                            I wonder what Emma Stone’s career end goal is with hitching her wagon to this guy? They’ve made two
                            awful films together so far and I don’t have high hopes for the third one, which is on its way. An otherwise
                            likable actress, she embarrasses herself something fierce by taking on this part. There’s that famous Tropic
                            Thunder line uttered by RDJ’s delusional method actor character about how you should never go full re*ard.

                            Well, that she does and it’s BAD. Why on earth would a respected actress humiliate herself in such a repugnant
                            way? And that’s before even mentioning the constant almost pornographic sex and nudity she performs here.
                            Something she previously swore she’d never do because ”she really loves her dad and he would be so disappointed
                            in her” if she ever did. Hollywood grinds you down I guess. I won’t go in to the pedophilic undercurrent to it all.
                            Keep in mind this is a childs brain in an adult womans body we’re dealing with here having lots and lots of perverted
                            sex. Despicable.

                            The other performances by the cast is basically broad cartoonish camp. Men are bad, evil and petulant tantrum prone
                            children, remember. Mark Ruffalo seems to be going for a career worst. Willem Defoe escapes with a modicum of dignity
                            but ultimately his character is pathetic as well.

                            I’ll try to wrap this up. By now you know I despise this film. If I were to try and find one positive it would be the visuals.
                            SOME of them are nice but this director seems to have a compulsion of wanting to purpously aggravate his audience
                            (besides the moral filth) by using distorted lenses to tarnish things. Also, the soundtrack is annoying and intrusive far too
                            often. Like I said, this is cinematic terrorism. And I’m not joking when I say that. It’s deliberately designed to irritate you and
                            poison your mind. Do not let it.

                            This is one of the worst films I’ve ever been unfortunate to have seen and Emma Stone should be ashamed of herself.
                            Disgusting garbage.
                            https://www.instagram.com/moviemorpho83/

                            Oh, not on Cauliflower! Oh, not on Broccoli!

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                            • ZOMBIES: THE BEGINNIG (sic) (Bruno Mattei, 2007).

                              A++

                              James Cameron, please remake this. I really need to watch SHOCKING DARK now.

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                              • Originally posted by Nabonga View Post
                                Ruined my morning by watching Yoghurt Papadopolous latest brain fart. It's a piece of shit.

                                Review (yes, I went on my morally triggered soap box) predictably declined by the arbiters of truth at IMDB. Only praise allowed, apparently:

                                Poor Things
                                Aggressively terrible. By FAR Emma Stone’s worst film and performance yet.

                                Yorgos Lanthimos latest act of cinematic terrorism has been vomited forth upon us and
                                the bought off critics are predictably lined up to praise this absolute filth to high heaven,
                                like the clapping seals that they have become.

                                The plot? Infanticide good. Debauched promiscuity good. Men bad unless they are black or
                                pathetically spineless simps, willing to marry a run through callous prostitute. Women should
                                never face consequences for any of their whims or behaviour. Words like ”feminist epic” and
                                ”a story of liberation” have been bandied about since its release. Nothing could be further from
                                the truth. It’s all so predictably tiresome. This ticks every single box of todays destructive agendas.
                                One by insufferable one.

                                Now, I will freely admit to not liking this director’s films in the past and this did not sway me at all.
                                I wonder what Emma Stone’s career end goal is with hitching her wagon to this guy? They’ve made two
                                awful films together so far and I don’t have high hopes for the third one, which is on its way. An otherwise
                                likable actress, she embarrasses herself something fierce by taking on this part. There’s that famous Tropic
                                Thunder line uttered by RDJ’s delusional method actor character about how you should never go full re*ard.

                                Well, that she does and it’s BAD. Why on earth would a respected actress humiliate herself in such a repugnant
                                way? And that’s before even mentioning the constant almost pornographic sex and nudity she performs here.
                                Something she previously swore she’d never do because ”she really loves her dad and he would be so disappointed
                                in her” if she ever did. Hollywood grinds you down I guess. I won’t go in to the pedophilic undercurrent to it all.
                                Keep in mind this is a childs brain in an adult womans body we’re dealing with here having lots and lots of perverted
                                sex. Despicable.

                                The other performances by the cast is basically broad cartoonish camp. Men are bad, evil and petulant tantrum prone
                                children, remember. Mark Ruffalo seems to be going for a career worst. Willem Defoe escapes with a modicum of dignity
                                but ultimately his character is pathetic as well.

                                I’ll try to wrap this up. By now you know I despise this film. If I were to try and find one positive it would be the visuals.
                                SOME of them are nice but this director seems to have a compulsion of wanting to purpously aggravate his audience
                                (besides the moral filth) by using distorted lenses to tarnish things. Also, the soundtrack is annoying and intrusive far too
                                often. Like I said, this is cinematic terrorism. And I’m not joking when I say that. It’s deliberately designed to irritate you and
                                poison your mind. Do not let it.

                                This is one of the worst films I’ve ever been unfortunate to have seen and Emma Stone should be ashamed of herself.
                                Disgusting garbage.
                                I haven't seen the film, but it's being promoted so heavily that I can't escape the trailer. I wonder why they made Emma Stone look considerably less attractive than she actually is? I suppose that's part of the "feminist" thing, huh? Like even though she looks arguably unappealing and strange, all these rich aristocratic men are such horn dogs that they still pursue her? I dunno. It'd be easier to buy if we're talking Easy A-era Emma Stone.

                                Read the plot summary and said "No, thanks." I think I'll stick with The Opening of Misty Beethoven.

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