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    Oily Maniac
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  • Oily Maniac
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    A Face in the Crowd (1958) Iconic. Great pacing & filmmaking with blunt force trauma grade messaging
    Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)
    The El Deuce Tapes (2019) Don't check spoilers
    Scream For Me Sarajevo (2017) Heavy doc about Bruce Dickinson performing in a warzone.
    Piranha 2- not good but enough nudity, gore, Lance Hendrickson and James Cameron Underwater CINEMA to keep me watching

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  • Matt H.
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    Relentless - I watched this again for the third or fourth time. It's such a solid flick and I love Leo Rossi's performance. Lustig was really on his way to the big time, but he just missed. It's unfortunate, because this one and HIT LIST are criminally underrated films and should've taken him to the next level. I'd also like to know what's going on with this series completely missing from HD. The four films in this series would make a great box set.

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  • Jason C
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  • Jason C
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    Originally posted by BW Haggar View Post
    Nice list Matt.

    Turns out I watched 261 films in 2022 - down on the past few years, but not a bad total considering what a busy & stressful year I've had.

    I'm currently in the process of finishing off a run-down of my ten best 'new discoveries' of the year for my weblog - part one is here, but for those who don't wish to click through, the full list is as follows:

    10. The Unknown Man of Shandigor (1966)
    9. A Haunted Turkish Bathhouse (1975)
    8. The Changes (TV - 1975)
    7. Walking the Edge (1985)
    6. Alligator (1980)
    5. Sailorsuit & Machine Gun (1981)
    4. Gonin 1&2 (1995/96)
    3. Thrilling Bloody Sword (1981)
    2. Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987)
    1. A Scene at the Sea (1991)

    In terms of worst watches, it's a tough call, as I tend to stick pretty much within my comfort zone re: avoiding things I'm liable to hate, and tend to find at least something to enjoy in just about everything I choose to sit through, even if it's just a few laughs or an actor I like popping up or something. A few I watched this year which I felt included no such redeeming value however included:

    Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988)
    Maniac Killer (1987)
    Tiger Claws III (2000)
    Alligator II: The Mutation (1991)
    The Seven Minutes (1971) [Sorry Russ, but... ]
    Good stuff. A Haunted Turkish Bathhouse was a riot.

    My watching was down through the first 8 months but then I starting watching more than I had in a long while. I made it to 300 (up from 245 the year before).

    My favorite discoveries 2022 would be:

    Top Gun: Maverick (USA, 2022)
    Requiem for a Dream (USA, 2000)
    The Devil's Rejects (USA-Germany, 2005)
    Nobody (Japan-USA, 2021)
    Patrick Still Lives (Italy, 1980)
    Bohachi Bushido Saburai (Bôhachi bushidô: Sa burai) (Japan, 1974)
    Wild at Heart (USA, 1990)
    Smile Before Death (Italy, 1972)
    A Haunted Turkish Bathhouse (Bakeneko Toruko furo) (Japan, 1975)
    The Night Before (USA, 2015)
    Vampire Circus (UK, 1972)
    Liza the Fox-Fairy (Liza, a rókatündér) (Hungary, 2015)

    My worst watches were:

    Heathers (USA, 1988)
    Memory (USA, 2022)
    Mr. No Legs (USA, 1978)
    The Big Sweat (USA, 1991)
    The Bellboy and the Playgirls (USA, 1962)
    CHIPS (USA, 2017)
    Alien from L.A. (USA-South Africa, 1988)
    The Laughing Dead (USA, 1989)
    Snake Eyes (USA, 1998)
    Jason C
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    Last edited by Jason C; 01-04-2023, 06:07 PM.

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  • Dom D
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    Godfather Part 2: I havent seen this since I was a teenager. Back then it was one of those movies where i couldnt understand why people prefered the sequel to the original. After a rewatch i still dont. I don't think the original movie is the movie that people say it is. It's a good crime drama not a story about family as everyone claims. Number 2 fits the description everyone applies to the first a lot better. Maybe that's why people like it better. The final note is one that resonates.

    Dear god it is long though. I didn't realise I was in for three and a half hours when I sat down. Part 1 everything was a battle for that production. That they got the film made to the quality they did with the studio and the Mafia breathing down their necks is one of the great miracles. I'm guessing there weren't many battle on this one and consequently there's a lot of indulgence. Way too much fat on this movie.

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  • BW Haggar
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  • BW Haggar
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    Originally posted by Matt H. View Post
    I was not prepared for just how good WALKING THE EDGE is. I can't think of a Robert Forster performance that I've enjoyed more. And Joe Spinell at the batting cages is just glorious. It's way above average and I hope the word gets around that this movie is rad.
    I completely agree!

    Perhaps it gets a bad rap because the visuals are kind of scuzzy, and the first few scenes are a bit 'meh', but once it gets going, the performances & characters are just fantastic. The random outbursts of extreme violence come totally out of leftfield amidst all the quirky, character-driven stuff, but both aspects deliver some unforgettable moments, and Forster is just unbelievably good throughout.

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  • Matt H.
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  • Matt H.
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    I was not prepared for just how good WALKING THE EDGE is. I can't think of a Robert Forster performance that I've enjoyed more. And Joe Spinell at the batting cages is just glorious. It's way above average and I hope the word gets around that this movie is rad.

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  • BW Haggar
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  • BW Haggar
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    Nice list Matt.

    Turns out I watched 261 films in 2022 - down on the past few years, but not a bad total considering what a busy & stressful year I've had.

    I'm currently in the process of finishing off a run-down of my ten best 'new discoveries' of the year for my weblog - part one is here, but for those who don't wish to click through, the full list is as follows:

    10. The Unknown Man of Shandigor (1966)
    9. A Haunted Turkish Bathhouse (1975)
    8. The Changes (TV - 1975)
    7. Walking the Edge (1985)
    6. Alligator (1980)
    5. Sailorsuit & Machine Gun (1981)
    4. Gonin 1&2 (1995/96)
    3. Thrilling Bloody Sword (1981)
    2. Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987)
    1. A Scene at the Sea (1991)

    In terms of worst watches, it's a tough call, as I tend to stick pretty much within my comfort zone re: avoiding things I'm liable to hate, and tend to find at least something to enjoy in just about everything I choose to sit through, even if it's just a few laughs or an actor I like popping up or something. A few I watched this year which I felt included no such redeeming value however included:

    Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988)
    Maniac Killer (1987)
    Tiger Claws III (2000)
    Alligator II: The Mutation (1991)
    The Seven Minutes (1971) [Sorry Russ, but... ]

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  • Matt H.
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  • Matt H.
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    2022 was one of the worst years I can recall, but I did watch quite a few good movies. I watched 442 films. Here's the top 30 I watched for the first time this year (in no order):

    01. An Innocent Man (1989)
    02. Get Crazy (1983)
    03. Koko-di Koko-da (2019)
    04. *batteries not included (1987)
    05. The American Scream (1988)
    06. The Big Gundown (1967)
    07. An Unmarried Woman (1978)
    08. Alien Private Eye (1989)
    09. Dirty O'Neil (1974)
    10. Made in Heaven (1987)
    11. Crimes of the Future (2022)
    12. X (2022)
    13. Marriage Story (2019)
    14. Dard Divorce (2007)
    15. Kuso (2017)
    16. Dream Home (2010)
    17. She Dies Tomorrow (2020)
    18. A Ghost Waits (2020)
    19. Some Kind of Hero (1982)
    20. Circuitry Man (1990)
    21. Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)
    22. Tempest (1982)
    23. Daddy Longlegs (2009)
    24. Riders of Justice (2020)
    25. Three Thousand Years of Longing (2022)
    26. The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975)
    27. Eve's Bayou (1997)
    28. The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
    29. The Protege (2021)
    30. Running on Empty (1988)


    Bottom 5 (I hated all of these):

    01. Werewolves Within (2021)
    02. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)
    03. Vibes (1988)
    04. Black Friday (2021)
    05. Johnny Be Good (1988)

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  • Dom D
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    Just reading about the supposed financials behind Glass Onion:

    "The first Knives Out movie in 2019, which Johnson wrote and directed (much like Glass Onion) earned $US312.9 million of its $US40 million budget in the box office from a theatrical release by Lionsgate. After its success, Netflix paid $US469 million ($A695 million) for the rights to two stand-alone sequels, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

    The outlet stated that the deal’s stipulations included Johnson maintaining creative control, a budget of at least $US40 million ($A59 million) for each movie, and Daniel Craig starring in both movies, presumably reprising his role as Benoit Blanc.

    Given the raging success of the first movie, Johnson didn’t have to accept the deal, especially since Lionsgate had already greenlit a sequel; however, the deal allowed him and Craig to reportedly walk away with upwards of $US100 million ($A148 million) each."

    That's nuts.

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  • Dom D
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    Glass Onion: I was a slightly reluctant viewer of this as I didn't take to the first one the way everyone else did. The Agatha Christie format is not one I'm particularly fond of. GO is also 2 and a half hours long so it requires committment.

    Glad I did though. Daniel Craig is much more at the centre of this one and the film is a lot better for it. I can't think of many actors less likely to carry a film with a quirky, quietly comedic performance but Craig is surprisingly grand in the role. Picks this film up and carries it, even does some cutesy physical comedy that couldn't seem more out of character. All of a sudden I rate him as an actor.

    I eventually found the plot a bit tiresome but I suspect those with a fondness for the form will find this one a new favourite. Good stuff.

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  • Andrew Monroe
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    Originally posted by James Reed View Post
    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) - I bought the DVD from Classic Media / Universal for $5 weeks ago. I decided Christmas at 3 a.m. was a good time to watch. I got a little sleepy around the 40-minute mark, but I didn't rewind it to see what I missed. I seem to recall that there was an extra scene at the end with the elf dentist at work. It wasn't on the DVD. The biggest problems I had were the picture and the songs. This is a fullscreen TV special, so why does it play in widescreen on my new HDTV? (I got it in August, I think.) I tried over and over to adjust the settings, so it played in fullscreen. I skimmed through the Rankin / Bass documentary on the disc, and noticed that while it was mostly widescreen, there are scenes from Rudolph that played in fullscreen! I don't get why old TV shows are stretched into widescreen for these TVs. The songs stopped the program dead in its tracks. But it seems every children's cartoon made in the U.S. *must* include songs. That said, I love the title song. It's one of the best Christmas songs ever, in my opinion. I'll go through the special features at some later date. I'm tired and need some sleep.
    Just want to say my favorite Christmas song is "Good King Wencelas" God, I love that song.

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  • James Reed
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  • James Reed
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    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) - I bought the DVD from Classic Media / Universal for $5 weeks ago. I decided Christmas at 3 a.m. was a good time to watch. I got a little sleepy around the 40-minute mark, but I didn't rewind it to see what I missed. I seem to recall that there was an extra scene at the end with the elf dentist at work. It wasn't on the DVD. The biggest problems I had were the picture and the songs. This is a fullscreen TV special, so why does it play in widescreen on my new HDTV? (I got it in August, I think.) I tried over and over to adjust the settings, so it played in fullscreen. I skimmed through the Rankin / Bass documentary on the disc, and noticed that while it was mostly widescreen, there are scenes from Rudolph that played in fullscreen! I don't get why old TV shows are stretched into widescreen for these TVs. The songs stopped the program dead in its tracks. But it seems every children's cartoon made in the U.S. *must* include songs. That said, I love the title song. It's one of the best Christmas songs ever, in my opinion. I'll go through the special features at some later date. I'm tired and need some sleep.

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  • Matt H.
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  • Matt H.
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    Originally posted by Jason C View Post
    There are quite a few one-liners I don't care for in this film but I get a warm fuzzy every time I hear:
    Jim Brown's "No, last season's losers"
    Sven-Ole Thorsen's "I've got to score some steroids."
    Theatrical Agent "Use my back victim"
    Jeese Ventura's "Are you ready for pain? Are you ready for suffering? lf the answer is yes, then you're ready for Captain Freedom's Workout."
    Richard Dawson's "Ladies and Gentlemen, this is... just horrible. Words can't express what we're all feeling at this very moment. A great champion has fallen. We'll be back right after these important messages."
    We always enjoyed: "Hey! Christmas tree!" when Arnie's trying to lure Dynamo. Mainly because it was so dumb.

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  • Jason C
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  • Jason C
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    Originally posted by Dom D View Post
    The Running Man: I haven't seen this since I was a kid and even as a kid I thought it was some pretty tacky trash. As an adult it's definitely still tacky trash. There is a trace in this though, that at some point one of the screenwriters was interested in doing this movie as a clever, if bloody satire. Not a million miles from Robocop maybe. It's hard to believe the same guy wrote the lines "Hi, I'm your court appointed theatrical agent" and "because there's nothing funny about a dickless moron with a battery up his arse." Feels like we have two warring approaches here and the guy with the "dickless moron" japes got the nod from Arnie. Still, better than I expected.
    The Running Man is a film I watched countless times as a kid and every few years as an adult. It's not my favorite Arnold (that would be Total Recall and The Terminator), but it has some of my favorite moments. The "court appointed theatrical agent" is one of my favorite moments. I also adore all of Richard Dawson's moments and the creepy aspects of the show like the dance numbers and audience members. It's a cute gameshow with adoring fans, despite it centering on the murder of political prisoners. That's really good scifi. That said the film does take awhile to get going with a fairly mediocre start and unfortunately as the film builds going into the 3rd act, it hits a wall and loses all of its momentum right when Arnold is captured by the resistance. There are some great moments in the final minutes, but this slow down hurts the film. I still love all the cheesiness, one-liners and haunting pageantry of the murderous gameshow.

    I imported the German UHD Mediabook and its a massive upgrade over the blu-rays I've seen. I also bought the VUDU UHD but haven't watched it yet.

    There are quite a few one-liners I don't care for in this film but I get a warm fuzzy every time I hear:
    Jim Brown's "No, last season's losers"
    Sven-Ole Thorsen's "I've got to score some steroids."
    Theatrical Agent "Use my back victim"
    Jeese Ventura's "Are you ready for pain? Are you ready for suffering? lf the answer is yes, then you're ready for Captain Freedom's Workout."
    Richard Dawson's "Ladies and Gentlemen, this is... just horrible. Words can't express what we're all feeling at this very moment. A great champion has fallen. We'll be back right after these important messages."


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  • Matt H.
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  • Matt H.
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    Originally posted by Dom D View Post
    The Running Man: I haven't seen this since I was a kid and even as a kid I thought it was some pretty tacky trash. As an adult it's definitely still tacky trash. There is a trace in this though, that at some point one of the screenwriters was interested in doing this movie as a clever, if bloody satire. Not a million miles from Robocop maybe. It's hard to believe the same guy wrote the lines "Hi, I'm your court appointed theatrical agent" and "because there's nothing funny about a dickless moron with a battery up his arse." Feels like we have two warring approaches here and the guy with the "dickless moron" japes got the nod from Arnie. Still, better than I expected.
    Yeah, sometimes Arnie's one-liners are distracting. The last time I watched TOTAL RECALL, his constant one-liners felt out of place and actually started to annoy me.

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