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In many ways it's pretty impressive that Smith, who's 50 or so by now, still has the stamina for weed and dick jokes needed for that sort of output.

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In many ways it's pretty impressive that Smith, who's 50 or so by now, still has the stamina for weed and dick jokes needed for that sort of output.


maybe that's the superpower he picked up at Vegan Academy

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Metropolis

A blockbuster from the silent film era. The story is facile enough for a modern summer movie (I could easily see a remake starring, say, Chris Pratt, Zendaya and Charles Dance. But please don’t), but the visuals were groundbreaking and still make the movie a mesmerizing experience, lots of spectacle and surreal imagery. I personally feel the effects hold up better than many modern movies because they went for impact instead of realism; robot Hel, for example, is on screen for only a short time, yet I see now why she’s on all the posters.

The acting, pacing and to some extent the music all feel pretty modern, too. The actors do a great job of filling the screen and using their body movements to add visual interest (not sure what the technique is called). The actress who plays Evil Maria is the Nicholas Cage of German Expressionist Cinema. The story never drags, or at least I found something interesting in just about every scene. The music added a lot to the feel of the movie, although it started to feel repetitive by the end. Made me think of Alexander Nevsky’s(?) score for some reason.

I was also surprised at how subversive it felt for most of the run before the typical safe ending.

Highly recommended.

Edit: We watched this on an old DVD. Apparently youtube has a more complete version with 25 minutes of missing footage and the full score restored.

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The Pit and the Pendulum

I couldn't help but think this would make a great RPG adventure.... light on combat, but high on sleuthing and socializing. There are literally 5 NPCs to play as the DM. Easy.

Corman and company manage to make a movie out of a few snippets of Poe. Impressive. Barbara Steele is always fun to see on screen, and Price is such a fun watch too.

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Raya and the Last Dragon has just dropped out of pay per view on D+, so watched with my daughter yesterday.

Thoroughly enjoyable.

Entirely predictable, but the art is gorgeous, the characters fun and there are some pretty cool fight scenes. Alan Tudyk voices an armadillo/insect/bear/motorcycle/thing that I want almost as much as a porg

Tempted to find out a bit more about it as it seems to be an amalgamation of a range of south Asian archetypes. the dragons to me as an uninformed westerner look "chinese" but thats probably just showing up my ignorance.


Watched Raya tonight. I liked it a lot more than I expected to and it kept my attention far more than I thought it would.
Its rare that I fully pay attention to films, they're more background to another activity, like painting. I fully expected to work on some termagants while I watched it, but... never did.

The baby was a bit creepy though.
More honest emotion in it than I expected, too.


I thought it was pretty good up until the ending.

The film joins a now lengthening line of popular media where someone (namari) is an absolutely horrible person who feths everything up, and is then forgiven despite having done nothing to really earn that forgiveness. I feel like it started with Zuko in Avatar, but Zuko had three seasons of heavy character development to earn his redemption. Characters like Catra in the latest She-Ra interation and Namari in Raya on the other hand, however sympathetic, are basically forgiven after realizing how they fethed up and the story then glosses over entirely that hurting people hurts people and an 'I'm sorry' is weak consolation when the thing you fethed up was the world and the person you screwed over was everyone.

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I got to the end of the film and the "you're just as bad as me line" and I laughed, because feth no Raya ain't, her mistakes were nowhere near as stupid as Namari's and acting like Raya's errors in judgement were just as responsible for everything as Namari's idiocy is a serious moral cop out. The really fethed up part, is that movie plays off Raya's sin as being willing to believe Namari will make the right choice when Namari constantly makes the worst choice, so the moral is...That Raya never should have trusted Namari? The ending of this movie is a completely mixed signal that completely undercuts the supposed point of the film. The only good thing Namari does in the entire film is save herself after she doomed the world. That's not trust, that's desperation and Raya and her friends were the ones to actually make a sarifice.

The movie wants to be about unity and trust, but Fang spends the entire movie showing itself as completely untrustworthy and it's the constant attempts to trust them that cause all the problems in the film. Had people simply not trusted one another, the gem never would have been shattered in the first place. It's not like the plot couldn't have worked, but as written it doesn't.


I'm also going to say I raised my eyebrow at the combination of plot elements that Dragons do water magic, the evil monsters hate water, and the Dragons lost a battle against them...Like, why didn't that one Dragon just make it rain? How was that not an instant win, except that the plot required all the Dragons to be gone even if their powers make losing a plot contrivance?


The evil monsters were a weak point. I mean, yeah, they're obviously plot contrivance with no motivations or even a clear cause, but they aren't worth thinking about hard or the whole thing falls apart. They're alternately described as fire and the opposite of dragons, leaving nothing but ash in their wake (probably metaphorically, since they... don't...actually... burn anything and leave nature completely untouched), but are the product of human discord (but weren't there when humans were completely disunited, but were around when humans were previously united, and only came back because magic was disrupted), but also magic just poofs them, and the dragon super magic has nothing to do with human harmony at all, but that's what works... but then water... and wait? What's metaphorical, what's real and how does magic actually fit in here?

And the stone offering pose of the 'statues' is obviously really symbolic but... no one ever remarks on it. Especially since the last few... don't do that. I was really expecting that to matter in some way.

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I don't really agree with you on the antagonist thing though, partly because the protagonists aren't quite that innocent, and 'all the problems' is really overstated. But that would be a really long discussion for this particular thread.

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 Easy E wrote:
The Pit and the Pendulum

I couldn't help but think this would make a great RPG adventure.... light on combat, but high on sleuthing and socializing. There are literally 5 NPCs to play as the DM. Easy.

Corman and company manage to make a movie out of a few snippets of Poe. Impressive. Barbara Steele is always fun to see on screen, and Price is such a fun watch too.


Corman, Price and Poe are a winning formula for me. Vincent Price is just so good, isn't he.




I watched Table 19 again, this time the original English audio. It's still perfectly nice. Shorter than I remembered, but of course things always seem longer the first time you see them. This time I also watched it on a tablet with the light turned WAY down, which is a horrible way of watching a film, but I was positive towards it anyway.

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My favourite story's still the Lisa Kudrow/Craig Robinson one. Mostly because it's complicated and probably the most realitistic and most common one. The kid's story is a bit meh. It's just universal, so shut up, you'll figure things out. The Steve Merchant story is unsettling. The June Squibb story is really nice and sad, but ultimately just a kickstarter to help the plot at a point where it flounders, isn't it? The music still is detestable. I wish some hollywood films would manage to be brave enough NOT to use music all the bloody time. Human beings are able to experience emotion even if some editor doesn't tell them exactly which one to experience at that point in time. Maybe it'll even get people to think about the situation and thus make them more invested.


It's a nice little film.

edit: I just saw that the film actually didn't get very good reviews. Are people insane? At least it got overall better reviews than The Ugly Truth, which is my benchmark for repulsive romantic comedies.

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 Easy E wrote:
The Pit and the Pendulum

I couldn't help but think this would make a great RPG adventure.... light on combat, but high on sleuthing and socializing. There are literally 5 NPCs to play as the DM. Easy.

Corman and company manage to make a movie out of a few snippets of Poe. Impressive. Barbara Steele is always fun to see on screen, and Price is such a fun watch too.


I watched this recently too. Definitely one of the better Hammer films, Vincent Price is on top form for it.

There is a fair amount of this kind of stuff on Amazon Prime actually at the moment, or films that go on and off free to view on Prime. Recently watched The Mummy (Christopher Lee), also The Terror (which I believe is based on an Poe story) featuring a very, very (very!) young Jack Nicholson.

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The Terror sucks so bad......


I am watching The Mummy with Boris Karloff right now. Tubi has a lot of older stuff for free.

It is interesting to see how the reincarnated Love story-line originally started with The Mummy, but in 1974's Dracula IIRC started to get caught up with Vampires too.

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The Terror sucks so bad......


It does! And yet I couldn't stop watching it

It's probably the most hammy performance ever put to film by Nicholson, although you can hardly blame him with the material.

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Only just put it on….

Gamers vs Jiger

Mmmmm! Kaiju! With a rather jolly theme song, I trust you’ll agree.



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Jet Jaguar you say! I have not seen that in ages.



I finished up Locke and Key a slow burn horror series featuring teen protags and their younger kid. Wow, this series has some really dumb moments, and then sign posts how dumb they were; and then proceeds to have them do dumber stuff again! It was actually frustrating to watch.

Perhaps that is a trope of horror that protags are dumb and they only make the situation worse. Might be why I can not watch that genre.

The best part was a cameo from Tom Savini AFTER one of the characters made a big deal about who Tom is in a previous episode.

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It’s not even dubbed…..which is a shame, as I’m meant to be working.

Thankfully, monsters no need no steenkeeng subtitles!

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 Easy E wrote:
Jet Jaguar you say! I have not seen that in ages.



I finished up Locke and Key a slow burn horror series featuring teen protags and their younger kid. Wow, this series has some really dumb moments, and then sign posts how dumb they were; and then proceeds to have them do dumber stuff again! It was actually frustrating to watch.

Perhaps that is a trope of horror that protags are dumb and they only make the situation worse. Might be why I can not watch that genre.

The best part was a cameo from Tom Savini AFTER one of the characters made a big deal about who Tom is in a previous episode.


I was likewise baffled and wasn't sure if it was meant to be serious or not, or just horrifically young adult, Echo was distracting mind

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Only just put it on….

Gamers vs Jiger

Mmmmm! Kaiju! With a rather jolly theme song, I trust you’ll agree.




That is utterly psychotic... With the cheery childrens choir on in the background and the ROUSs going for it in their rubber suits...

I watched it to make fun of the typo of Gamera to Gamers... but... just wow...

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It’s a freebie on Prime, along with others.

Well worth a watch because it’s silly Willy fun fun fun!

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Sorry I know I'm probably the 9th person to review this but..
Army of the Dead

Why did this receive such poor reviews? I wonder if it's because it was massively mis-represented by the trailer, which almost made it look like a Zombieland or arcade-game type Zombie slagging fest?
And it isn't that type of film (although it does contain it!)

I enjoyed it. A zombie heist film. Interesting characters, your good guys and bad guys (one in particular being especially delightfully villainous).
Dave Bautista did well in the lead role, the big man showing some acting chops in the sensitivity he put across (when he wasn't slamming zombies.)

A bit of the '...Living Dead' films in it with the Z's as more than just mindless hungry people. Which I thought was handled better than Land of the Dead (the 00's Dennis Hopper one). The 'animal' (I won't give any more away), in the context of where the action takes place, is excellent too.

I know some complaint about the film being too long, but I enjoyed the exposition and character development that was added in the moments in-between the action.

I know it's a low bar but I would say probably one of the better zombie films I have seen over recent years.

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Whilst I’ve not seen Army of the Dead (I ditched Netflix for other reasons, like never really watching it)….

I do wish to declare Dave Batista a hidden treasure of acting. Does the dude have a massive range? No. Is he hired for his sheer and frankly staggering stature? Well, partially.

Guardians of the Galaxy shows he is really, really, really, really good as a movie star.

I saw it at a press screening. Long time Dakkanauts might remember I’ve said that before. They might also remember I expected the film, based off a frankly Z-List, barrel scraping Marvel property to be the straw that broke the MCU Camel’s back.

As we know now, my concerns were utterly unfounded, and the film itself is still very well regarded to this day, despite its frankly ropey and unconvincing premise (bunch of dysfunctional tosspots save the day).

Dave Batista knocked my socks off that day. I’d only known him from WWE. In the bits I saw of that era, I don’t remember him working the mic much. Instead, he was just a physical aura of menace that buttered Faces up and down the canvas.

To see him display brilliant comic timing, and an almost self depreciating sense of humour (really capitalised on in the second for my money) was a genuine revelation.

The result of that performance is that I’ll now happily watch anything he’s in.

The big man may never win an Oscar for his roles. But he’s constantly Good Value. And given how wanky the Oscars can be (and indeed all other award ceremony circle spanks), that is NOT faint praise.

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I believe one of his early roles was in The Man with the Iron Fists which also has Lucy Lu and Russel Crowe! Check it out and be both amazed and appalled at the same time!


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Price, Corman and Poe?

I recommend "masque of the red death". price is such a wonderful villain in it. has some other interesting characters too.

Oh, the scene with the guy in the gorilla costume? Believe it or not, it's based on a real, and even more gruesome, event.

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@Mad Doc Grotsnik: I think what he does really well is choosing his roles right. He doesn't show up in low-budged, direct to dvd films (if possible), he's gone straight to pretty high-profile stuff.

Oh yes, Masque of the Red Death was great. Corman also did an anthology film with Price and Peter Lorre. Also of course: The Raven. It's pretty colourful and silly, but it's got a proper magic duel between Price and Karloff. What's not to like. In the same vein, I recommend Comedy of Horrors. No Poe, but Price and Lorre, and thus just a joy to watch.


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I didn't see much of it, but I think it was pretty darned convincing - Rangers (2000).

Wow. Woooooooow. I didn't even know they made things like this up to 2000, and I didn't think they'd do that with Western films too. It's a hilarious action film with no action scenes (I nicked that one from a review on imdb). Instead, they lifted scenes from Red Heat, Invasion USA, Delta Force, and so on. It's a unique sort of trainwreck.

Just watched the end, but I was amused. Imagine Invasion USA (already a pretty mean-spirited film), now take out the little stories about how the terrists try to split society and take out Chuck Norris. What you're left with is Rangers. I'm pretty sure it's similar with the scenes nicked from Delta Force.

What the film brings to the mix is a token black guy who spouts one-liners and dances.

It's a unique thing, that Rangers.

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@Mad Doc Grotsnik: I think what he does really well is choosing his roles right. He doesn't show up in low-budged, direct to dvd films (if possible), he's gone straight to pretty high-profile stuff.


Ummm.. will just leave this here..



To be fair, I think he must have accepted this role prior to getting the GofG and Blade Runner parts.
I haven't actually watched the film, but am content to know that apparently JCVD apparently appears from time to time in a fedora

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Well, overall.

However, that kickboxer film does have a great cast I'm sure most of them aren't on screen for more than 5 minutes, but hey....

   
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Your Highness

A stoner comedy that is set in a fantasy realm. The premise is so good..... but it just can not deliver on the laughs.

I have no idea how they got Natalie Portman, James Franco (not Jess, that is someone else), and Zoey Daschenel (sp). Zoey is totally wasted in this film.

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The Last Castle

Robert Redford is a disgraced Lieutenant General sent to a military prison run by a Colonel who occasionally bumps of his inmates by "accident".

I remember watching this many years ago and enjoying it. On re-watch, James Gandolfini's performance is still brilliant. In the final third of the movie he succumbs to the pantomime villain script he's been dealt, but for the most part he plays a complex commander who is playing a balancing game with his career aspirations, his emotional attachment to the military, his pride in his authority, self doubt when confronted with a clear superior and a philosophy that the ends justify the means.

Redford's character on the other hand is supposed to be portrayed as a commander that all under him would love. Over two decades worth of military experience I've seen a lot of different types of commander and I really despise the type of preachy morality gaslighting that is presented here as being noble.

Plus the final act is just fantastical nonsense. It ain't as good as I remember but still a fine way to kill an evening.
   
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The Dark Tapes.

I'm a sucker for a horror anthology, and this is exactly what you're getting here. They frequently avoid the traps feature length horrors fall into, either over explaining or needless padding killing the momentum and/or tension.

Clearly "inspired" by the likes of V/H/S, the viewer gets a number of shorter found footage stories tied together with an overarching story (although in this case there's no real relationship between them.)

To review each story would defeat the point of a mini review, but competent would be the overall keyword that links all the sections. There's little new, or at least what tries to be subversive is such a short throw from original as to still be obvious, and the FX vary between early Dr Who to really quite compelling. Camgirls is probably the creepiest, less about what's on screen and more about what must have happened off, but each section has enough merit to be worth spending 90 minutes or so watching the whole thing.

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Machete Kills

Absolute glorious hyper violence nonsense.

It doesn’t pretend to be anything but what it is.

Watch it!

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 Henry wrote:
The Last Castle

Robert Redford is a disgraced Lieutenant General sent to a military prison run by a Colonel who occasionally bumps of his inmates by "accident".

I remember watching this many years ago and enjoying it. On re-watch, James Gandolfini's performance is still brilliant. In the final third of the movie he succumbs to the pantomime villain script he's been dealt, but for the most part he plays a complex commander who is playing a balancing game with his career aspirations, his emotional attachment to the military, his pride in his authority, self doubt when confronted with a clear superior and a philosophy that the ends justify the means.

Redford's character on the other hand is supposed to be portrayed as a commander that all under him would love. Over two decades worth of military experience I've seen a lot of different types of commander and I really despise the type of preachy morality gaslighting that is presented here as being noble.

Plus the final act is just fantastical nonsense. It ain't as good as I remember but still a fine way to kill an evening.



Seeing James Gandolfini in a big role is just nice, isn't it. And the bad guy in this film clearly is the much more interesting character. I'm sure Robert Redford would have loved to play him, but ...well, he's Robert Redford. He can't do that.

I just watched this one for the first time a few years ago and I remember being pretty impressed with the helicopter scene in the end.I think there's a making-of of that one on the internet somewhere, and pretty interesting.
   
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It's got nothing to do with films, but I just learned that Netflix changed bits about Evangelion? This upsets me way more than it should probably (because I got it on dvd of course), but everything about Evangelion upsets me way more than it should.

Still - streaming platforms are gak.

   
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It's got nothing to do with films, but I just learned that Netflix changed bits about Evangelion? This upsets me way more than it should probably (because I got it on dvd of course), but everything about Evangelion upsets me way more than it should.

Still - streaming platforms are gak.


It wasn't Netflix exactly, or at least saying they 'changed bits' is kind of missing exactly what happened.

When Netflix redubbed the series for re-release, they actually made a number of lines more faithful to the original Japanese voice work or cleared up some ambiguous lines resulting from poor translation. This included removing nearly all cursing (which was unique to the original English dub), cleaning up a lot lines that were goofy in the original translation, and making Kaworu's flirting with Shinji more intentionally ambiguous (fans say that the redub tried to hide how gay Kaworu was, but the lines in Netflix's dub really are more accurate to the original Japanese). Ironically, all these changes made the Netflix redub more faithful to the original Japanese, but a lot of series' image was its goofy lines and several actually read better in English with cursing than without. Netflix seemed to set out to want to redub the series with more accurate and faithful translations, but fans it turns out don't really care XD Definitely, some of the lines do read better in English in the original translation, even if they are less accurate translations.

Beyond that, the only real issues are that Netflix didn't pay the licensing fees for the series' original ending theme (which a lot of fans really liked I guess) and a few names are inconsistently pronounced.

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