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Mystery Men
Not as funny as it should be.

William H. Macy is great as the straight man, The Shoveller. Ganine Garofillow (sp) is also interesting as The Bowler. The character of the Blue Raja is good. However, everything else is ..... meh.

I really do not get why Ben Stiller was so popular in the 90's.

Battle Royale

Yeah, that one where school kids have to kill each other off.

I do not recall the ludicrous reason the BR Act was passed, but whatever the reason; I don't think it is working.

I was actually a bit disappointed with this one. I expected a little something.... more? Different? Better? I am not sure, but it sort of bored me, and with that premise! How did that happen?

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Battle Royale is one of those movies very much of its time.

Just as modern cinema goers might see The Exorcist and wonder what all the fuss is about, Battle Royale was shocking for its time.

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 Easy E wrote:

Battle Royale

Yeah, that one where school kids have to kill each other off.

I do not recall the ludicrous reason the BR Act was passed, but whatever the reason; I don't think it is working.

I was actually a bit disappointed with this one. I expected a little something.... more? Different? Better? I am not sure, but it sort of bored me, and with that premise! How did that happen?


Because BR is a vacuous concept at the best of times. Its basically Lord of the Flies without the political depth. (and I use that loosely, never been particularly impressed by LotF)
But the genre has been kicking around for a long time now in various formats, and it still isn't that interesting- at this point its basically just pop culture memes about hunger games and fortnite (or whichever interchangeable emma of a shooter you care to name).

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 Easy E wrote:
Mystery Men
Not as funny as it should be.

William H. Macy is great as the straight man, The Shoveller. Ganine Garofillow (sp) is also interesting as The Bowler. The character of the Blue Raja is good. However, everything else is ..... meh.

I really do not get why Ben Stiller was so popular in the 90's.


I think a lot of the appeal is nostalgia, I remember seeing the movie as a teenager and it was awesome.

Never really thought about rewatching it, maybe something to do this weekend.
   
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@Mystery Men: Yeah, I thought there were some alright things, but overall it's just rather 'meh'. (however: 90s Janeane Garofalo!) Works as a superheroes film, I guess. Why was Ben Stiller popular in the late 90s and early 2000s? Well, there was There's Something About Mary, and I think that in these mini movie review threads I often mentioned how much I enjoy that film. It's just such good fun. Met the Parents was alright-ish as well. I recently rewatched it, and it's alright I think he really carved out that niche for himself being the straight man in that first wave of early 2000s raunchy comedies.


@Battle Royale: Yeah, I think I agree with Mad Doc Grotsnik there. It's a bit of a victim of its own trailblazin'. It's been ripped off a lot of times in a lot of ways. Many people say that of To Live and Die in L.A. too. Or indeed Rocky. Also of course, it was the time Japanese cinema started making it into the Western hemisphere, and this one was one of the important ones. If you wanna go political, go with Battle Royale 2. Gave it to a friend of mine once on DVD. He's the sweetest person in the world, but he was pretty mad at me for suggesting watching BR2.



News on Superstore: Its getting much more by-the-numbers and less lefty with time (well, not in the improtant way, but in the basic way of 'be nice to each other' with a hint of identity politics, so boring) and more about individuals and their stuff (and romance. Meh.), but it's lighthearted and fun. It's enjoyable to watch. Neat cast, but basically a basic sitcom, but with slightly less contempt for their audience than others. Not bad, not annoying.

Netflix also started carrying Seinfeld. Hooray. So I'm watching Seinfeld again. Not that there's anything wrong with it. However, on the side i'm also still watching Frasier with a friend. So of course I had to cut Friends out of the loop for now, because I can't go fully vegetable.



But the best news of the day is that I FINALLY found a documentary on John Milius.

Milius (2013)

Documentary about John Milius, and thus Watch It. The guy's fascinating. It's on youtube too, so yay!

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Primeval 2007

Dominic Purcell (Legends Of Tomorrow, Prison Break) is a TV news producer ordered to travel to Burundi in order to wait for the outcry over a poorly researched story to pass by.

His assignment is to follow an expedition to capture Gustave, an enormous Nile Crocodile given semi mystical status by the local population and thought to be responsible for the deaths of over 300 people.

I'm sure the idea of a Jaws cum King Kong monster movie is a prospect I'm not alone in finding intriguing, but sadly this film is a tale of what might have been.

Purcell does more acting in the first five minutes than his entire tenure in the Arrowverse, and he's not in the first three. He's ably supported by his cameraman played by Orlando Jones and the on screen talent played by Brooke Langton (The Replacements, Friday Night Lights, The Passage.) There's also an interesting plot thread which neatly falls under the "man is the real monster" umbrella.

All this is undermined by a script that is almost there, but suffers from one too many FFS moments, poor secondary casting (the English Steve Irwin shouldnt be cast in amdram, let alone paying gigs, and the wild eyed local guide is just a trope that's been done to death) and CG which gaks the bed at the crucial moments while being perfectly acceptable when it doesn't matter (although I hadn't realised it's age until I looked it up to post this, so I won't be as hard on it as I might have been.)

What we end up with is a movie that's 2 actors, one rewrite and a couple million away from being one of the all time great creature features, but falls short as presented.

Interesting footnote which does add a little something, Gustave is a real crocodile, he may be alive to this day, he is significantly larger than typical Nile Crocs, perhaps up to 6 metres, which some people think means he lacks the agility to hunt typical prey and might explain why he is indeed credited by some to have killed up to 300 people.

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Rewatching the Mandalorian, a sci fi show by the same guy who did the old Clone Wars show in the 2000s, staring that guy from WW84. Decent show, it's on OSN here in Egypt but not sure where to find it overseas.

 
   
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Muppets Haunted Mansion.

Does exactly what it says on the tin.

If you’ve got kids, probably one to save for Halloween itself.

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V/H/S 94.

A new, Shudder exclusive, volume of what for me is the superior horror anthology series of the handful being made currently.

As will be familiar to anyone who's seen any others, we have a collection of self contained shorts held together by connective tissue in the form of another story.

In truth, it's this connective tissue that is the weakest link, unlike previous installments where there's a conceit in place to hold all the disparate elements together, while I think there's that intent here, it doesn't really come across, and while being broken up is inevitably going to make it feel fractured, there seems to be narrative leaps that don't bring the viewer along between installments.

The shorts themselves, while nothing quite as disturbing, haunting or thoughtful as some previous entries, are all solid. We have a couple of quite different creature features and some solid body horror, the worst criticism one could level at them is that perhaps they don't elevate themselves above "competent," but there's still some good ideas here, and further evidence that horror is the movie that most often succeeds on a shoestring budget as long as the fundamentals are good.

If you're new to the series, this isn't the one to start with, if this is old ground for you, you'll get exactly what you expect, with perhaps a little less flair than some previous versions.

Hail Ratma.

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The Highwaymen

Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson are two aging, former Texas Rangers who are tracking down Bonnie and Clyde.

This movie frequently shows Bonnie and Clyde ambushing cops and machine gunning them down. It also has a clear sub-text about shooting first and asking questions later. It seems to lean heavily into the "wild west" policing mythos, and poo-poo's more modern methods.

In this day and age, the subtext of this film felt very disturbing. Plus, it was kind of slow moving.

They also keep Bonnie and Clyde as background characters. However, the movie explores the "celebrity" of being a gangster/folk hero of the time. It also shows the mobility of the early days of automobiles compared to previous generations. Some good nods to the period in the film that I enjoyed.

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Not sure if you're aware it's, as far as any movie ever is, a true story?

https://time.com/5549362/the-highwaymen-true-story-bonnie-clyde/

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Long before Marvel became a bloated CGI mess of quips; nearly two decades before they tried to convince us that Black Panther was the first Black super hero; before The Matrix made fake leather, trench coats and bullet time cool; one of the greatest super hero movies was made...

Blade

Wesley Snipes is excellent, both in acting and physique. We have a quality bad guy and are even treated to a henchman who contributes to the film and isn't insufferable. Sure the plot is occasionally patchy and the CGI doesn't always hold up, but this really is one of the best super hero movies ever made.
   
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 Azreal13 wrote:
Not sure if you're aware it's, as far as any movie ever is, a true story?

https://time.com/5549362/the-highwaymen-true-story-bonnie-clyde/


Yup, but that doesn't mean the sub-text can't be changed, or be given a critical eye by the film and film maker.

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I'd never argue they couldn't, it just wasn't clear from your review whether it was something you were aware of, and any attempt to adhere to historical fact is obviously going to bring its own baggage.

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 Henry wrote:
Long before Marvel became a bloated CGI mess of quips; nearly two decades before they tried to convince us that Black Panther was the first Black super hero; before The Matrix made fake leather, trench coats and bullet time cool; one of the greatest super hero movies was made...

Blade

Wesley Snipes is excellent, both in acting and physique. We have a quality bad guy and are even treated to a henchman who contributes to the film and isn't insufferable. Sure the plot is occasionally patchy and the CGI doesn't always hold up, but this really is one of the best super hero movies ever made.


I agree, Blade I and (especially) Blade II are definitely my favorite Marvel movies ever made.
   
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@Easy E: Very, very interesting review! I once watched a long interview with Kevin Costner, and he seems to be a good dude. And I'm fairly certain he's really into the whole Wild West thing and any sort of pre-1900 Americana. A good few years ago I listened to a radio feature I'll never forget. It was about an African war criminal (bad dude), persecuted by European lawyers and US lawyers to get him to Den Hague. The feature mainly was about two different ways of the executive branch of state power. While in Europe the modus operandi is to serve the law, many US prosecutors' main goal in anything is to "get your man". And then we'll see what happens. I found that very interesting and I very often think of it.

Anyway, this very much sounds like something Kevin Costner would enjoy (shoot first, ask later, wild west, slow moving). Thanks for the review. Interesting, insightful.



Speaking of slow and wild west, I watched most of Hostiles (2017) last night.

It's 1890, a US cavalry officer (Christian Bale) has to get his terminally ill nemesis, the Cheyenne leader Yellow Hawk, back to his sacred lands before he dies. He's got his family with him and along the way they pick up Rosamunde Pike who just so survived a Comanche attack and others.

Of course the main characters really dislike each other, viewing the other as a slaughterer of many friends and their people. They have to get along though and over time they come to agree on more and more things, and so on.

Loads of really nice landscape shots. I watched the thing in English. I'm rather good at that language, but I was very glad each time they spoke in Cheyenne, because with that I got subtitles. Christian Bale does that thing excellently of course (as he tends to), but a character who is sparing with words, rather expressionless AND mumbles isn't the easiest to follow. Now I get what it must be like talking to me.

Either way, cool film. Of course it's got a 'modern' hat firmly planted on its head, but that's normal. Because films are made at the time they're made. Insisting that a film can't be watched because notions are different now than they were when the film was made just shows a severe lack of empathy and knowledge. Anyway, it's a good film, good characters. I was told beforehand that it's a very slow, dialogue-heavy film, which initially put me a off a little, However, it's not very slow. And it certainly isn't dialogue-heavy. I mean it probably depends on your frame of reference, but this is a fine film. Watch It.


 Henry wrote:
Long before Marvel became a bloated CGI mess of quips; nearly two decades before they tried to convince us that Black Panther was the first Black super hero; before The Matrix made fake leather, trench coats and bullet time cool; one of the greatest super hero movies was made...

Blade

Wesley Snipes is excellent, both in acting and physique. We have a quality bad guy and are even treated to a henchman who contributes to the film and isn't insufferable. Sure the plot is occasionally patchy and the CGI doesn't always hold up, but this really is one of the best super hero movies ever made.


At first I thought you're going to review Steel, but that's a DC hero, isn't he. Either way, Blade is class. My favourite Marvel film is Punisher: Warzone, but Blade's firmly in the second top spot. A few months ago I rewatched it on tv, and it's remakable how well it holds up. Just a cool, exciting action film.

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I was thinking about Woody Harrelson last night, and it is amazing to me that the fresh-faced actor from Cheers who was brought in to replace the then iconic character of Coach, would be the biggest break out success from that show.

I mean, Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Rea Pearlman, and Kelsey Grammer all had non-Cheers careers, but I Woody ended up being the most successful and arguably Best actor from the bunch.

His Hollywood journey is pretty amazing when you think about it.

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 Blackie wrote:
Blade I and (especially) Blade II are definitely my favorite Marvel movies ever made.

While everyone gets a buzz off of different things, I'm going to have to disagree here.

Blade II

This is a pretty awful film. Everything that was cool in the original is dialled past 11 into parody. All pretence at coherence in world building is sacraficed for the rule of cool. The opening fight scene in Blade is iconic, the start of II is uninteresting. The acting is of lower standard all around, but the lead lady vampire stands out as being particularly bad. Nothing feels like a natural progression of plot, everything feels like one thing happening after the rest for no other reason than it was supposed to look cool. We get TWO bad guy monologues within 30 seconds of each other.

This is on par with Iron Man 2 for being a bad sequal. Am I the only one who finds it interesting that Guillermo del Torro directed this and immediately followed it up with the infinitely better Hellboy?

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Blade 1 and Blade Trinity were good IMO, though for different reasons. Blade II is definitely the weakest of the three films.

   
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Even Blade trinity better than II? With the obnoxious Ryan Reynolds and Triple XXX? Wow, I thought it was utterly awful and it killed the franchise. Still ok as one of those trash B movies that are so terrible that are actually somehow fun to watch .

Blade II I've watched it a hundred times when I was a teen. Always been very fond of the chemistry between Blade and the female vampire.

Blade I was a perfect standalone movie. But I'm definitely not a fan of Marvel movies, especially the MCU. Blade, Raimi's Spiderman and X-Men are my favorite Marvel stuff.

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Third night in a row, so it must be time for...

Blade Trinity

... which is not terrible. Is that enough of a review for Blade: The Buffy Edition?

It's better than II, though not so much that I'd say it was good. It beats its predecessor in pacing and plot flow, and the action sequences are much better. The biggest drawback is the over saturation of Reynolds, but it also fails the same as II to exploit the biggest strength that made the original so compelling: the skilled physical performance of its lead actor.
   
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@Easy E: Heh, you're right there. That's pretty funny. It's not even like the guy's extremely versatile, but he's charismatic as heck and fun to watch.

@Henry: I'm surprised by the general thoughts on Blade II here. Not that I disagree in the slightest, but I thought that widely it's considered as being almost on par with the first one. Blade III is something I don't like much (this is an amendment, because at second look the word 'trash' looked a bit harsh).

@Blackie: You have a very sensible opinion about the MCU.


   
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 Sigur wrote:


@Blackie: You have a very sensible opinion about the MCU.



I think they're mediocre but still ok movies. I'd rate them between 5,6 or 7 out 10 depending on the episode and I'd give 7/10 to just 3 or 4 MCU movies. IMHO they're basically on par with the recent Star Wars episodes . The only difference is that MCU movies don't have some older masterpieces that make them look quite dull in comparison.

If I had the same age I had when Raimi's Spiderman or Blade I and II were released maybe I'll appreciate the MCU much more, and viceversa if I were already in my 30s during early 2000 I probably wouldn't have appreciated those movies that much. Those movies were released during my childhood so I may still watch them with some nostalgia glasses.

The Guilty: loved the orignal, this remake is ok. It's one of those movies that are entirely set in a room, with a single protagonist and some voices over the phone but manages to be entertaining. Reminds a lot of Locke, starring Tom Hardy. The character's "conversion" is very poorly believable though, and I think it will be quite divisive in the US considering the feeling towards the police.

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 Sigur wrote:
@Henry: I'm surprised by the general thoughts on Blade II here. Not that I disagree in the slightest, but I thought that widely it's considered as being almost on par with the first one.
I was surprised by this myself. I recall watching each one when they came out and enjoying 1 and 2 while disliking 3.
1 still stands up and 3, which is so different in tone from 1 that it might as well be a different franchise, is enjoyable stupidity.

On re-watching, I found 2 to be empty. We're shown how vampires are these mighty creatures who are afraid of these super-vampires (which automatically means vampires are no longer scary), but these super vampires get their asses kicked by everyone so there's never any suspense.

Compare this between Alien and Aliens - sure in Aliens they get mown down by the bucketful, but the director manages to maintain the fear of the monsters. Blade 2 seems unable to do this. There's also no intimacy with the bad guy, so there's no reason to have a personal care over who wins.

Regards Marvel movies overall, I too find them mostly enjoyable but discardable. The universe as a whole is over rated, relying on the good will of a small number of very good movies to give the bad ones a free pass.
   
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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I can't put my finger on it, but something was missing from this one. I never felt fully engaged by the story and the plot just trodded along at no particular pace. Several of the side characters it became apparent had completely stopped developing and began to grate on me more they had in previous films. All in all, I didn't hate it, but it was for sure the weakest film.

Excited for the modern-day sequel show they just announced though. Seems like they can have some fun with that.
   
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David Lynch's Dune

Since the new Dennis Villaneuve (sp) version is coming out in a few days, I figured I would go back and re-watch this one.

I, of course; love it more than it should be loved. However, the main sin of this film is the editing. Due to the editing, there are few if any transitions, and scenes just abruptly end. Many scenes are only a few minutes here and then <boom> jump to an entirely new scene. No scene overstays its welcome, but it is easy for the importance of a scene to get lost in it all. As a result, the whole thing is rushed.

Overall though, still a great film watching experience. I wish they would release a Director's Cut or even just the TV long edit version. I recall it had some significant differences and more time to breathe than the film cut.

Must Watch


I also saw No Time to Die

To be a mini-review I will saw this. It follows the "every other Bond movie is good!" sequence. This one was fun to watch, and I recommend it.

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Wrong Turn 2021.

This remake nobody was calmouring for seems to have snuck out on Netflix here in the UK with precious little fanfare. I'd noticed it a while back, and as the run in to Halloween ramps up, I figured I'd give it a go.

One thing nobody can accuse this film of is not giving something different a try. While the opening is very much the same old, same old (a bunch of, to my mind, fundamentally unlikeable people make bad decisions in the woods unto death) the decision to fundamentally alter the nature of the antagonists will, without giving too much away, wrongfoot most people who watch the film with any expectations derived from the original.

I'll admit to fiddling with my phone while the morons ran around the woods impaling themselves on gak, but the 2nd act reveal and especially the ending brought my focus back.

There's still some special sauce missing that holds it back, and I'm really struggling to put my finger on what. Everything is there, strong performances, interesting ideas, an attempt to defy convention and, dare I say it, subvert expectations. I can't find anything specific to criticise, yet I can't recommend it without reservation either.


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I’d like to know the twist, if you would be so kind as to post a spoiler.

   
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Sure,

Spoiler:

Rather than feral cannibals, the opposition are an actually quite sophisticated, albeit primitive, society descended from settlers who withdrew from society generations ago. They even make a somewhat convincing argument that, rather than hunting the "normies" they were defending themselves. One of the protagonists even freely chooses to join them.

The twist proper revolves around whether the final girl, pregnant with the clan chief's baby (consenting, not anything gross) who escapes the mountain will return when the chief follows her home, or find a way of getting away forever. It literally takes until the credits roll before you get resolution on that.

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 Azreal13 wrote:
Wrong Turn 2021.

This remake nobody was calmouring for seems to have snuck out on Netflix here in the UK with precious little fanfare. I'd noticed it a while back, and as the run in to Halloween ramps up, I figured I'd give it a go.

One thing nobody can accuse this film of is not giving something different a try. While the opening is very much the same old, same old (a bunch of, to my mind, fundamentally unlikeable people make bad decisions in the woods unto death) the decision to fundamentally alter the nature of the antagonists will, without giving too much away, wrongfoot most people who watch the film with any expectations derived from the original.

I'll admit to fiddling with my phone while the morons ran around the woods impaling themselves on gak, but the 2nd act reveal and especially the ending brought my focus back.

There's still some special sauce missing that holds it back, and I'm really struggling to put my finger on what. Everything is there, strong performances, interesting ideas, an attempt to defy convention and, dare I say it, subvert expectations. I can't find anything specific to criticise, yet I can't recommend it without reservation either.




Wait, what? Aren't they still knee-deep into making sequels for that thing?

Even the first film very much felt like a direct-to-dvd by-the-numbers affair, right?



I was forced to watch the first episode of Squid Games.I feel dirty. I got the feeling that, as with many, many tv shows, this could be told better and more concise in a 110 minutes film. But let's see.

   
 
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