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Clive Barker's Cabal/Nightbreed

Ooh. I've been trying to remember the name of that for ages.
Saw it once, decades ago, and was trying to remember if it was worth tracking down again.

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Cabal was the book, Nightbreed was the movie. I had never got around to the movie until quite recently, but there's an extended/directors cut that was the version I watched which is apparently a significant improvement as the original suffered outside interference.

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Population 436 (2006)

A thriller/fright film about a journalist investigating something in a small town in the US. Turns out they population of 436 people hasn't changed since they started tracking that, which is a bit odd. Strange things happen and whatnot.

But they take a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time to do so. It's a weird film, that, in that it seems to try to work heavily with atmosphere and being a 'slow burner', but also has two jump-scares in it. However, very, very tame one. As if the film embarassed of having to resort to that sort of gak. And it should be. But anyway, there's a pretty effective scene

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the execution of the lady at the festival


because it's kept short and casual.

Fred Durst is in the film! At first I didn't recognize him. Turns out Fred Durst is a very unremarkable looking fella (had a look about what he's up to the past 6 years. Sheesh...), and not a very good actor. Maybe he got weird instructions for the sake of 'atmosphere'.

It's a boring, unremarkable film. Don't Watch.



Turner & Hooch (1989)

Sure, you've seen that one. No, it's not the Belushi one, that's the other one. Yeah, this one's the Tom Hanks one, with the big dog.

Anyway, I'd forgotten that Reginald ValJohnson was in that one. His third big role as a good-natured policeman friend that year! Die Hard, Turner&Hooch, Family Matters (yeah, that started in 1989, I looked it up). And I'm pretty sure he hasn't played anything else since.

The ending surprised me, then I read up on it. There's one or two interesting interviews with producers/directors about why they chose the ending.

Watch It.
You've seen it anyway, and it's a staple. Might as well know it. You can't run from it anyway.

   
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The Comeback Trail

A pair of incompetent producers concoct a get rich scheme to kill off the star of their next film and cash in on the insurance. Imagine a mash up of The Producers with Wile E Coyote but no where near as good as either. It's a moderately entertaining flick with some humorous set pieces and is immediately forgettable.

Worth watching if there's nothing else on TV.
   
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Bit of an oddity this one, tripped over it while browsing and decided to give it a go.

Its in the found footage style, although rather than "found" the film is presented as the result of making a documentary. The twist is that the host of said documentary is real-life film maker Adam Green (Frozen (not that one,) Hatchet, Holliston) playing himself, as are many of the other people on camera.

In fact, pretty much the only person with meaningful screentime not playing himself is Ray Wise (if you don't know the name, Google him, you'll have seen him in something) who plays Decker, an ex-cop with a ludicrous story he claims he can back up.

What follows is an investigation into something not unlike the idea behind Clive Barker's Cabal/Nightbreed, a hidden society where all the freaks retreat to when they're too disfigured to live on the surface.

This is a fun movie, light on scares but an entertaining premise which barrels along at a decent rate (89min runtime) which, once it pulls back the curtain actually delivers enough of a punch to actually be a little chilling at the end of the final act.


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Oh, and there's cameos of proper horror royalty playing themselves for the big horror nerds out there.


I can get that on Shudder, via Amazon. That’s tomorrow’s train ride south largely sorted then!

Island of Terror

Scottish Island! Bone Eating Bogies! Peter Cushing!

A really quite superior 1966 Hammeresque horror movie. If you can find it, watch it. Ideally a late night film, as that’s when I first saw it as a schedule filler back when telly wasn’t completely rubbish.

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I can get that on Shudder, via Amazon. That’s tomorrow’s train ride south largely sorted then!


Got 3 months for 99p a month, I'd been tempted at full price so it was a no brainer.

Was surprised at how much of the non-exclusive content I'd seen, at least that appeals, but some of the non fiction stuff and Creepshow have been worth it by themselves.

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Shudder is a bit of a hidden gem for me. Various documentaries which prove interesting and usually well researched.

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Crawl

I'd been aware of this one for a while, and it went live on Netflix UK as of yesterday, so I gave it a watch.

A young woman receives a call from her sister, worried that she hasn't been able to contact their father ahead of the imminent arrival of a severe hurricane. Living far more locally than her sibling, she promises to check on him in the face of a stay in place warning.

She ultimately tracks him down to the now abandoned family home, he's trapped in the crawlspace under the building, and he isn't alone...

We'd be in solid 5/10 territory here, but some of the creature effects are good enough to have no business in a film this cheap, which I'll give it a bonus point for. Unusually it is the practical effects, rather than CGI, which let it down, although there's nothing immersion breaking.

My biggest criticism is that exteriors are clearly filmed on a soundstage, not obviously, but there's some sort of variation on uncanny valley at work where because it looks almost right, it somehow becomes more noticeable. I daresay to undertake this movie on a real life location would have required a lot more cash, and it doesn't ruin the film.

Worth praise are a strong female lead character who strikes a nice balance between pragmatic and terrified, the effects, as mentioned, and Sugar the doggo, who is a good girl and spends most of the film shouting at her humans to stop going back into the place where the Gators are.



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Have finally got my home office/gaming room more or less as I want it, and usable.

Reckon I’ll spend my work hours well by watching various Hammer and Contemporary films, and of course report back.

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I watched Skyfall (the James Bond film), and it's really good.

   
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If you watch Casino, Quantum, Skyfall, and Spectre all together, they actually line up thematically really well. There is a clear character arc for Bond. Even if some of them are better than others.

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In The Heart Of The Sea

Ron Howard makes his entry into the notoriously crowded 19th Century Whaling Film market.

What we have here is the "true" story of Moby Dick, as told to a young Herman Melville by the last living survivor of a notorious shipwreck.

Featuring Chris Hemsworth in the lead, supported by Cillian Murphy and Tom Holland, once you've got over the vague sensation that Batman or Thanos is about to leap out of the ocean, you get the story of a whaling vessel that pursues a story of herds of whale as far as the eye can see, only to discover that they're under the protection of an enormous white bull whale with apparently unusual degrees of aggression and intelligence.

For me, Ron Howard seems to have a habit of taking a story that at first glance doesn't grab me and turning it into something engaging. While ITHOTS doesn't do this quite as successfully as say Rush which is amongst my favourites, the visuals here are exceptional, the story and acting all excellent and the pacing about on the money.

There were a few moments where I reached for my phone, but overall I was immersed for most of the 2 hours.

Note for anyone who may watch it. Look out for how reasonable the whale actually is, there are a number of occasions where he has the opportunity to utterly destroy the crew where he holds back. I wasn't sure I was reading this right, but given the "moment" it shares with Chris Hemsworth's character towards the end, I think it's entirely intentional.
   
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Aliens: Special Edition

My buddy wanted to watch it to celebrate the anniversary of the film. It still holds up, A great movie, the extra scenes in the special edition are really nice, showing how the colony got infected in the first place and including smaller interstitial scenes that help to show the marines are genuinely good at their jobs and further highlight how terrifying the aliens are and unprepared the marines were to face them.
   
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That’s a good point on the Special Edition.

The Colonial Marines weren’t incompetent (as the original cut can make them look at certain points, like Hudson freaking out at the drop of a hat), but had no way of being properly prepared for facing a swarm of Xenomorphs.

After all, it’s really only Ripley who knew anything about them - and even she had only encountered a solitary example, giving no knowledge of their hive mind control and that.

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The Toll

Next up from the bowels of Shudder.

While on a rideshare home from the airport, a young woman and her Über driver break down and become stranded on a little used road through the woods, while a series of increasingly weird events unfold.

Near miss this one, it succumbs a little too much to cliche and lazy storytelling, but has some redeeming features.

Probably the two worst elements are that the initial mistrust and paranoia between the two leads (prior to anything odd happening) doesn't seem earned and feels a little forced. Especially as the narrative does plenty to foster mistrust as it unfolds, it might have worked better if there was a simple comradeship between passenger and driver. There is some retrospective explanation of their attitudes to each other, but I think there was a better way here.

Secondly, the rough and unlubricated insertion of an exposition bot at about the 30 minute mark. This was just clunky, but necessary because of the other choices made. There should have been a more natural exploration of their predicament. Even the same bot arriving a little later in the movie might have felt better.

On the positive, the Toll Man is a genuinely creepy creation, something like a hybrid of the Slender Man and a cenobite, with hints of other influences. His schtich has huge potential if sequels are made (it's sort of a riff on Freddie) and the fact he's used sparingly on screen is refreshing and impactful. The performances are solid and it doesn't hang around plot wise, it's just a shame that the ending is perhaps just a little too signposted.

If this is the last time we see the Toll Man on screen it will be a shame.

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Fear Street: Part 1, 1994.

The elevator pitch for this movie is clearly something along the lines of "what if we ripped off Scream, but also ripped off Stranger Things and gave it a modern period setting?"

The result is an attempt to offer a slasher movie with a twist, which is so drenched in horror movie cliché that it's difficult to take seriously. If the intent was to make a horror film, then it fails miserably, it's light on scares, light on gore, light on suspense. It's much easier to take (and to like) as a sort of high-camp love letter to the genre, much like American Horror Story but without the darker edge.

It's worth noting that it's only part 1 of what has been developed of a trilogy. The flash forwards to part 2 suggest it'll be Friday 13th to part one's Scream.

I'll be watching Part 2 more as a symptom of a current lack of fresh and interesting things to watch and a dislike of walking away from a story half told than any hope for a great movie, but I'm not completely pessimistic that it won't be at least entertaining.

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 Easy E wrote:
If you watch Casino, Quantum, Skyfall, and Spectre all together, they actually line up thematically really well. There is a clear character arc for Bond. Even if some of them are better than others.


Ha, that's pretty cool. Never seen Quantum of Solace, come to think of it...

   
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I thought that it was quite well know that the Craig Bonds follow a thread?

Anyway, don't watch Quantum Of Solace, it was a casualty of the writers strike and has nearly zero redeeming features beyond the pre-credits car chase.

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 Azreal13 wrote:
Anyway, don't watch Quantum Of Solace,

I've watched that film twice, the second time because I couldn't remember anything other than a big explosion and a can of oil at the end. After the second take that's still all I can remember. The title song is one of the worst Bond themes too, also completely forgettable.

But at least I made it through QoS (twice!). I couldn't even get half way through Spectre, it was that bad.
   
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The rule of odd numbers does bode well for No Time To Die at least.

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 Azreal13 wrote:
I thought that it was quite well know that the Craig Bonds follow a thread?

Anyway, don't watch Quantum Of Solace, it was a casualty of the writers strike and has nearly zero redeeming features beyond the pre-credits car chase.


Also was a very short turn around release by MGM, who had released a couple of films that had bombed in the box office at that time and needed something that was a guarantee ticket seller.

It's definitely by far the weakest of the Craig Bond films I think.

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Fear Street, Part 2: 1978

Well, what a difference a near total change in cast and setting makes!

As fairly obvious from anything connected to the movie or its marketing, 1978 is the Friday XIII to 1994's Scream.

Set against the background of the Summer Camp Slasher trope, we start to get more information about the Witch, the series' big bad and architect of all the bad things that have happened in the town of Shadyside.

Framed as a flashback in the immediate aftermath of part 1, this installment seems all round better acted and written. Many of the (relatively few) deaths in part 1 felt rather arbitrary, even for characters with a lot of screen time. Here, what are in fact quite arbitrary deaths feel brutal and impactful.

There's little point in talking about the story, it is either wholly familiar already or a spoiler. But suffice to say the whole affair is more engaging than part 1.

Part 3 looks interesting, as while the period witch hunt genre isn't completely unexplored, this will be the first story that isn't set in the context of a retread of an iconic film.

Hopefully the series can end on a high and provide a satisfactory conclusion to the Shadyside Witch arc.

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And, as will come as no surprise to anyone paying even a modicum of attention...

Fear Street, Part 3: 1666

Or, but nowhere near as catchy, Half 1666, Half 1994 Part 2.

As we enter the final act of the trilogy, we get to see behind the curtain and relive the events that spawned the legend behind parts 1 and 2. In 1666, the still fledgling settlement of Union is afflicted by a series of disturbing and tragic events. Looking for someone to blame, the puritan population turns to poor unwed Sarah Fier, who appears to spend a lot of time with girls...

Once again told as a flashback, as in Part 2, once the events of 1666 play out we return to 1994, where our heroine now understands what she needs to do to defeat the evil in her town and save her girl.

The first half is entertaining enough, peppered with dodgy "historic" accents and fairly predictable (a criticism to be levelled across the whole trilogy) but it's the return to 1994 where the wheels come off.

What we end up with is some sort of weird Frankenstein of Home Alone, any number of slasher pics and, I don't know, Clueless? (It's set in a mall.) There's also a weird decision to light the climax as if it's illuminated by blacklights, which, unless I missed a crucial line of dialogue, has no in-universe justification.

Needless to say, events reach a resolution, balance is restored and baddies are vanquished. But with a post credits sequence to rival Flash Gordon's, who knows for how long?

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I absolutely loved the Fear Street films. I would like to point out that these movies are based on an RL Stine Book Trilogy that was squarely aimed at the Teen demographic. So these movies were basically aimed at teenagers. I think as far as Teen horror these movies succeed very well in that regard.
   
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Im making my way through pixar films i never got around to watching during the late 2000s because i was a big boy to old for cartoons.
Just watched Ratatouille.
God that film is so sweet, not overly saccharine or filled with cheap emotional moments meant to manipulate you(Looking at you opening of up) but genuine moments of closeness.
Also a romance that develops naturally over time.

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balmong7 wrote:
I absolutely loved the Fear Street films. I would like to point out that these movies are based on an RL Stine Book Trilogy that was squarely aimed at the Teen demographic. So these movies were basically aimed at teenagers. I think as far as Teen horror these movies succeed very well in that regard.


I'm aware they're by Stine, but without doing further research I had no frame of reference as to whether they had been written targeting the Goosebumps crowd or skewed older. Nothing on Netflix gives any clues either, they're in fact rated 18 in the UK which is approximate to R in the US I believe. While it's clear they're not going after the Hostel crowd, there's nothing to suggest that they shouldn't be taken as films aimed at adults either.


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My wife and son are really getting into cooking shows, so…

Nailed It! A comedy cooking show that will make you feel really good about your own half-assed cooking.

Sugar Rush: A cooking competition where three dubiously skinny pastry chefs judge which sophisticated dessert the average viewer is least likely to appreciate.

   
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The Happiness of the Katakuris (2002)

Film by Takashi Miike. A family fell on hard times, based on the promise of a big road built to make a rural region a tourist destination they open a small guesthouse. Unfortunately the building of the road is delayed over and over and no guests show up. At some point they do though, but the Katakuris soon wish they hadn't.

It's a musical pitch-black comedy which makes use of a LOT the medium film offers. It's not extremely coherent or even, but it's always fun and keeps you guessing. The way I saw it is that it makes use of a lot of Japanese tropes.

The cast is excellent, and despite everything that happens it's an upbeat film with some (to me) genuinely funny moments and ideas. I could well see somebody not liking this film if they aren't too keen on Japanese pop culture presentation, or insist in an even tone or logic. But this basically is a fun ride and in the end we can have a good think whether this film goes along with the "family is the superest!" thing so many films do or subvert that very basic catch-all idea. Overall I'm inclined to go with the former, but only to have a little fun with film conventions.


Watch It. It's interesting and most likely you'll find it to be good fun. At the worst you'll get to claim you saw a Takashi Miike film without having to deal with too much trauma.




I think I saw another film too, but I can't remember it.

Other than that I've been watching some DS9 again. Oh, I'm also giving Brooklyn99 another shot as background noise when videogaming. Turns out the show is almost passable if I don't have to see Andy Samberg's face. Also started watching Parks&Recreation with a friend. I see why people like Ron Swanson. The acceptable face of US Libertarianism, good hair, and funny too. And I see why this is the only way people are willing to watch Chris Pratt. His is a delightful character.


   
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 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
My wife and son are really getting into cooking shows, so…

Nailed It! A comedy cooking show that will make you feel really good about your own half-assed cooking.

Sugar Rush: A cooking competition where three dubiously skinny pastry chefs judge which sophisticated dessert the average viewer is least likely to appreciate.


Check out Crime Scene Kitchen on Hulu if you have it. First Season just wrapped up. A bunch of bakers have to go into a dirty kitchen and determine what was cooked there and recreate it. It was really fun to try and follow along and guess who was right based on what clues were and were not found by the different groups.
   
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Jungle Cruise.

How enjoyable one finds this movie is almost certainly going to track very closely with how enjoyable the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies were.

Substitute the Amazon for the Caribbean, Germans for the English and undead jungle Conquistadors for undead oceanic Pirates and you're getting really close to describing the overall foundation for Jungle Cruise.

One way it does depart is by making Emily Blunt's Lily and Jack Whitehall's McGregor brother and sister, which does change the dynamic between the 3 leads (the other being The Rock's Rick.) But otherwise I firmly feel the leads from PotC could be substituted in and barely anyone would notice.

Which is not necessarily a bad thing, of course, those films, also based on a theme park ride, were massively successful, and copying this formula still produces a solid, well paced family action film with largely excellent effects and production values and perfectly decent performances from the lead actors. I have seen better CGI animals than Proxima the jaguar though, which lets things down a bit.

Overall, everything is fine, although there's little new here. But this isn't really the area to be experimenting. This is a McDonald's of a movie, it's by no means the best, but it won't offer any unpleasant surprises either.

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