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15 minutes ago, otb_lifer said:

HFS

again ... we all know that, as does Maher - he just decided to couch his bit around the best pic nominees ... of which even you said: 

so, seems as if you kinda agree - and it was that quote from you that prompted my posting of the clip, because it fit as snugly as possible around your thoughts on those flicks. 

 

man, ol' Billy really touched a nerve here, and i believe i know exactly why, but i'm not gonna go PSF here - or there ... or anywhere. 

 

Does't have anything to do with PSF stuff to me. He's just wrong about the movies. This year did have a particularly sad crop of films but that isn't representative of a trend IMO. Heck last year had some of the most fun nominees I can remember in years. Parasite, 1917, Ford vs Ferrari, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Jojo Rabbit, The Irishman and Little Women were all pretty fun movies that are highly rewatchable. 

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25th Anniversary of Fargo's release date was Monday. Watched it again last night for the umpteenth time. I still noticed new things. Marge Gunderson is one of cinema's all-time best heroes. 

You know those movies aren't really about him, right?

Finally got around to seeing The Accountant.  I will preface this comment by stating that I am not a Ben Affleck fan at all.  The only two movies I liked him in were Dazed and Confused and Good Will H

1 minute ago, Ilov80s said:

Does't have anything to do with PSF stuff to me. He's just wrong about the movies. This year did have a particularly sad crop of films but that isn't representative of a trend IMO. Heck last year had some of the most fun nominees I can remember in years. Parasite, 1917, Ford vs Ferrari, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Jojo Rabbit, The Irishman and Little Women were all pretty fun movies that are highly rewatchable. 

i believe we were discussing this year's crop ... i don't recall a similar bit from him last year, or years prior. 

if i'm wrong i'll gladly accept the proof. 

btw, because you don't think it's PSF fodder doesn't mean i (or any other individual who feels the same as me) think likewise  - i'll thank you not to be the arbiter what i can and cannot deem political. 

TIA 🤘

 

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19 hours ago, Courtjester said:

Nobody--wow, what a fun move!! 

 

Second this.  It remined me of Walking Tall, but on steroids

Christopher Lloyd looked like he loved every second of his scenes. 

 

Also looks a lot like a live action Madness Combat

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11 minutes ago, otb_lifer said:

i believe we were discussing this year's crop ... i don't recall a similar bit from him last year, or years prior. 

if i'm wrong i'll gladly accept the proof. 

btw, because you don't think it's PSF fodder doesn't mean i (or any other individual who feels the same as me) think likewise  - i'll thank you not to be the arbiter what i can and cannot deem political. 

TIA 🤘

 

Fair, it seemed like he was making a broader point. Maybe it's just about this year. I agree it's an extra depressing 'social commentary" crop of movies. Those movies can be good but can also be a bit of drag. One of the things I liked about Judas was that given the story topic, it actually avoided most of that and was really more a crime film. I think that for many others that was a fault for the film. 

When I said it wasn't PSF to me, I just meant in terms of my disagreements. My gripes are with his film analysis, not any kind pf political take. He certainly was trying to be political and couching a bigger point inside of the movie race. 

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3 minutes ago, Ilov80s said:

Fair, it seemed like he was making a broader point. Maybe it's just about this year. I agree it's an extra depressing 'social commentary" crop of movies. Those movies can be good but can also be a bit of drag. One of the things I liked about Judas was that given the story topic, it actually avoided most of that and was really more a crime film. I think that for many others that was a fault for the film. 

When I said it wasn't PSF to me, I just meant in terms of my disagreements. My gripes are with his film analysis, not any kind pf political take. He certainly was trying to be political and couching a bigger point inside of the movie race. 

cool with me, i hear ya  :hifive:

now, i gots to track down the Krista recommendation - kinda feel like Elaine plopping in a Vincent selection ...

 

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1 minute ago, otb_lifer said:

cool with me, i hear ya  :hifive:

now, i gots to track down the Krista recommendation - kinda feel like Elaine plopping in a Vincent selection ...

 

it's either Memories of Murder or you go with the Gene pick, Weekend at Bernies

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I watched Once Upon a Time in Hollywood the other night in 4K.  Looks great, but my feelings haven't changed, maybe even liked it slightly less.  This time as soon as that Kurt Russel vo + "6 months later" I start checking out of of the movie a bit.  Between the Grindhouse violence, VO, and bumbling Manson killers I think the movie suffers a bit after this point.  

Also last week I watched my Arrival 4K, and I still think this is one of the better movies of the decade, at least for the genre if not overall.   :cry: every time at the ending.  I think the slight ding is that they yada yada a bit over some of the science that I was geeking out about (about the time the Renner VO kicks in), but still love it.   I could have just watched a whole movie of them figuring out the language.  

I think I have gone through most of my 4Ks.  I still haven't gotten to Tenet b/c of lackluster reviews, and still need to watch FMJ and a couple Hitchcocks from that 4 pack.  

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5 minutes ago, KarmaPolice said:

Haven't had a drink in months and no options for Near Dark streaming.  :(

welp, you had a smashing Plan A already lined up - go for it! 🚬

btw, getting back to "It Follows" ... did you pick up on all the Haddonfield/'78 vibes i did? 

i saw quite a bit of that flick as an homage to Carpenter.

 

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1 minute ago, otb_lifer said:

welp, you had a smashing Plan A already lined up - go for it! 🚬

btw, getting back to "It Follows" ... did you pick up on all the Haddonfield/'78 vibes i did? 

i saw quite a bit of that flick as an homage to Carpenter.

 

Yeah, I loved your description of the style of the movie.  Very much has that floating camera/long take feel that you get as Carpenter movies around Haddonfield.  One of the many things that makes Halloween amazing.  

I've been wanting to rewatch It Follows, and just saw that it's on Shudder, so I might have to get to that soon on a sober night.  I have found I can't watch actual good horror movies high.  I tried watching The VVitch again a couple weeks ago and had to tap out pretty quickly.  Something like Cabin in the Woods or Child's Play 3 is good to go though.  I've also been jonesing for a rewatch of The Thing (speaking of Carpenter), but looks like that I have to get through the library.  

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17 minutes ago, otb_lifer said:

... what an episode - we got all that, and this :lmao:

Great episode but the link didn't work

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Just watched Nobody again, this time with buddies post drinking, so much mindless fun in the theater. I wish boss level would be released in the theater, we would have a hoot watching it and laughing at the movie. 
 

So far the marksman and nobody were done drunk, mystery science theater 3000 style, and they were that much better when laughing at the absurd. 

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43 minutes ago, KarmaPolice said:

Yeah, I loved your description of the style of the movie.  Very much has that floating camera/long take feel that you get as Carpenter movies around Haddonfield.  One of the many things that makes Halloween amazing.  

I've been wanting to rewatch It Follows, and just saw that it's on Shudder, so I might have to get to that soon on a sober night.  I have found I can't watch actual good horror movies high.  I tried watching The VVitch again a couple weeks ago and had to tap out pretty quickly.  Something like Cabin in the Woods or Child's Play 3 is good to go though.  I've also been jonesing for a rewatch of The Thing (speaking of Carpenter), but looks like that I have to get through the library.  

... from the moment Jay looks out her classroom window and spies the woman - just like Laurie/Michael ... almost frame by frame - love the treatment to death. 

even the scenes through Detroit and up to the Lake Michigan house still maintain the Carpenter vibe in spades, as you pointed out. 

just ran "The Thing" again last week ... i've been watching a ton of rabbit hole pieces on Svalbard (Northern most inhabited city on the planet, featuring a now ghost Soviet mining depot) and McMurdo Station (Antarctic), so that itch was beggin' to be scratched. 

it's even better than i thought, and i rank ot top 10 of mine across all genres (you remember i voted it best of '82) - that was one hell of a run Carpenter was on. 

 

 

 

SVALBARD OR BUST BY '23! ✌

 

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2 minutes ago, otb_lifer said:

... from the moment Jay looks out her classroom window and spies the woman - just like Laurie/Michael ... almost frame by frame - love the treatment to death. 

even the scenes through Detroit and up to the Lake Michigan house still maintain the Carpenter vibe in spades, as you pointed out. 

just ran "The Thing" again last week ... i've been watching a ton of rabbit hole pieces on Svalbard (Northern most inhabited city on the planet, featuring a now ghost Soviet mining depot) and McMurdo Station (Antarctic), so that itch was beggin' to be scratched. 

it's even better than i thought, and i rank ot top 10 of mine across all genres (you remember i voted it best of '82) - that was one hell of a run Carpenter was on. 

 

 

 

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it's always interesting to me as I rewatch old movies what I think holds up and what doesn't - especially for horror.   We have this stretch of movies from this time like Halloween, The Thing, and Alien that  IMO kick the crap out of most horror movies now.   Yes, there is creature effects in a couple of those, but mostly it's the masterful building of suspense and dread.  Too many movies of the genre now depend too much on cg f/x, jump scares, or overexplaining the bad guys.   I think the two movies you suggested as a double feature are some of the last decade or so that get back to the basics and really do it well.  

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2 minutes ago, KarmaPolice said:

it's always interesting to me as I rewatch old movies what I think holds up and what doesn't - especially for horror.   We have this stretch of movies from this time like Halloween, The Thing, and Alien that  IMO kick the crap out of most horror movies now.   Yes, there is creature effects in a couple of those, but mostly it's the masterful building of suspense and dread.  Too many movies of the genre now depend too much on cg f/x, jump scares, or overexplaining the bad guys.   I think the two movies you suggested as a double feature are some of the last decade or so that get back to the basics and really do it well.  

the one constant that draws me most to those films is the overwhelming sense of claustrophobia - of course it's most tangibly pronounced in "The Thing" and "Alien", but that feeling of hopeless entrapment can also translate as confined dread, in the sense of one single terror or threat that binds one to not just physical confines, but to mentally agonizing confines, as well. 

that is what drives "It Follows", "Halloween", "TCM", 'Psycho" among others ... that's the aspect i love so much about all of them.

 

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On 4/11/2021 at 9:35 AM, whoknew said:

Thief - I had never seen this so I watched it last night. I really enjoyed it. Its a very good movie. You can also definitely see that both this and Heat were Michael Mann movies. There was a lot of similar themes/scenes. Very entertaining movie.

On the Rewatchables podcast, the group joked that Michael Mann might be bad at first dates, because the first dates in Thief, Manhunter, and Heat are all very weird and awkward

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7 hours ago, Ilov80s said:

Taking the plunge on Trial of the Chicago 7 now....slick Boomer nostalgia porn so far, I see why the Academy gave it so many nominations. 

 

I loved it :shrug:

 

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1 hour ago, KarmaPolice said:

Got serious up in here.  How about we get high and watch The Lost Boys?? 

 

Dude...DUUUUUUDE. Just rewatched this for the first time in like 30 years. DAMN that was hilarious. My favorite scene was the punk rockers headbanging to a band with a smooth saxophone player. First, punks HATE metal and would never headband. Second, NO ONE Has ever head banged to a sax. 

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Just bought a new 4K ultra HD + bluray of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Really psyched to see it again, as it's been several years. 

:popcorn:

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Just now, jdoggydogg said:

Dude...DUUUUUUDE. Just rewatched this for the first time in like 30 years. DAMN that was hilarious. My favorite scene was the punk rockers headbanging to a band with a smooth saxophone player. First, punks HATE metal and would never headband. Second, NO ONE Has ever head banged to a sax. 

Funny because banging is the first thing I think of when I hear a sax. 

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Just now, jdoggydogg said:

Just bought a new 4K ultra HD + bluray of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Really psyched to see it again, as it's been several years. 

:popcorn:

The 4k disc looks and sounds incredible, you will love it 

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5 minutes ago, jdoggydogg said:

I loved it :shrug:

 

I liked it too, it was really easy to watch and geared to be really entertaining. I just wouldn't consider it an award quality movie or a best of the year contender. 

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2 minutes ago, jdoggydogg said:

Dude...DUUUUUUDE. Just rewatched this for the first time in like 30 years. DAMN that was hilarious. My favorite scene was the punk rockers headbanging to a band with a smooth saxophone player. First, punks HATE metal and would never headband. Second, NO ONE Has ever head banged to a sax. 

I was fascinated with weird light #### too.  There was a scene where Haim was getting ready for bed and it was still light as #### through the windows.  could have been the weed, but I was laughing my ### off at a teenage boy getting tucked in at 6pm.  Also, WTF was up with the posters in his room? 

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17 minutes ago, otb_lifer said:

the one constant that draws me most to those films is the overwhelming sense of claustrophobia - of course it's most tangibly pronounced in "The Thing" and "Alien", but that feeling of hopeless entrapment can also translate as confined dread, in the sense of one single terror or threat that binds one to not just physical confines, but to mentally agonizing confines, as well. 

that is what drives "It Follows", "Halloween", "TCM", 'Psycho" among others ... that's the aspect i love so much about all of them.

 

Great post.  I love that feeling of isolation is created in Halloween as JLC goes knocking on people's doors for help without a response.  

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Having poured through a TON of streaming this last year (HBO, Hulu, Netflix, Disney+, etc.) I was growing tired of the content. But my buddy told me about TUBI and it's been a lot of fun. There are ads about every 20 minutes, but I just mute them and take a bong rip. The site does not have anything new or particularly good. What's great about TUBI is it specializes in horror and cult films - particularly from the 80s. Here's just a sample of what I've been watching:

Tango & Cash
I'm assuming people like this, but it's pretty awful. The script is the problem, not Stallone and Russell. It's never funny - although it's trying really hard at that, and it's the kind of script that feels written by a committee. 

Hard to Kill
Steven Seagal is supposed to be the hero in this movie, right? I just want to point out that in one of the opening scenes, Seagal watches a store clerk get murdered by thugs and does nothing to help until AFTER the poor guy is dead, and then he sings along to the radio on the drive home. Hero? I think not.

Under Siege
Nothing bad here. Just a great action flick.

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
Not nearly the classic that the first film is, but excellent bad guys all around and very entertaining. I finally figured out what Steven Seagall's acting method is: take whatever line he's supposed to read, add in some snotty, condescending tone, and viola!

The Lost Boys
Not good, but lots of fun. Totally worth rewatching. 

Torso
Schlocky Italian horror. Definitely not must-see, but something to watch while you multitask. 

Tuff Turf
GREAT early James Spader and a coked out Robert Downey Jr. Excellent 80s schlock.

Savage Streets
Linda Blair vs. psychotic laughing punk rockers. Totally dumb and worth watching. My favorite horror podcast posits the theory that Robocop is the movie that inspired dozens of movies featuring psychotic laughing punks. 

The New York Ripper
Avoid at all costs unless you want to hate Lucio Fulci forever. I can't prove he loathes women. But if I were arguing in court that he's a misogynist, New York Ripper is the film I'd present as evidence. Really vile and awful. 

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2 minutes ago, jdoggydogg said:

Remind me...

Pretty sure the one on his closet was shirtless Rob Lowe or something.  NTTAWWT, but it just cracked me up as it panned around the room.  

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5 hours ago, whoknew said:

Delroy Lindo should have been nominated for Best Actor. But was not.

Best actor performance I saw all year.  I'm still a bit haunted by him.

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8 hours ago, KarmaPolice said:

Pretty sure the one on his closet was shirtless Rob Lowe or something.  NTTAWWT, but it just cracked me up as it panned around the room.  

I mean if he's gay that's cool :)

 

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BMX Bandits

I'm sure I've already pimped this movie here, but it's a must see if you love '80s schlock. Yes, there is a young Nicole Kidman, and that's pretty cool. But I love the conceit that in every '80s movie, the featured item solves every problem. Yes, BMX bikes solve all your problems.

Streaming free on TUBI.

 

 

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44 minutes ago, jdoggydogg said:

I mean if he's gay that's cool :)

 

I assume Haim and people making the movie knew Lowe and that was some kind of inside joke, but maybe he was secretly gay in the movie. 

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6 hours ago, krista4 said:

Best actor performance I saw all year.  I'm still a bit haunted by him.

Yeah, I was shocked that he didn't get many nominations across the award circuit. I get that Boseman is going to get the nod because he passed away but Lindo delivered such a more impacting performance IMO. 

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19 minutes ago, KarmaPolice said:

of course, but I think it was the mix of posters that made it funnier.  again, could have been the weed.  

Was this before or after his bubble bath?

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On 4/18/2021 at 11:36 AM, Courtjester said:

Just dropped the $20 renting Nobody--wow, what a fun move!! My wife was not excited about it at all and by the end of movie she and my 16 year old daughter were all yelling at the screen and enjoying it.. Just a great, violent movie..... I may watch it again before my rental time runs out. 

 

Who could have guessed that Nobody was written by the same guy who happened to write John Wick.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4401003/?ref_=tt_ov_wr

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I checked one of the Oscar docs off the list.  Going deeper would require probably getting political, so let's just say I struggled with this one a bit and had a little trouble sympathizing too much with the couple and some choices made.  @krista4 or others see this one yet? 

The plan is to watch Collective tonight.  

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11 minutes ago, KarmaPolice said:

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I checked one of the Oscar docs off the list.  Going deeper would require probably getting political, so let's just say I struggled with this one a bit and had a little trouble sympathizing too much with the couple and some choices made.  @krista4 or others see this one yet? 

The plan is to watch Collective tonight.  

I did.  Felt very similarly to you, it seems.  Also I found the wife personally unlikable.  I wasn’t a fan of this doc, which apparently is the hands-down favorite to win.

On the other hand, I found Collective extraordinary.  Eager to hear what you think.

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16 hours ago, jdoggydogg said:

Just bought a new 4K ultra HD + bluray of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Really psyched to see it again, as it's been several years. 

:popcorn:

I actually saw it in Hollywood in Cinerama when I was a kid.

An unforgettable experience.

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I am fascinated by these Wong Kar Wai restorations. I had only ever seen In the Mood for Love before so obviously it green tinting on it was really obvious. I had a blu ray of the previous release and the difference in color is huge. Apparently his other movies had similar tintings, changes to the aspect ratio, etc. 

Do we hate that idea of a director changing their work later? 

Apparently WKW is the type that feels his work is never done and if it was up to him, no movie would ever be finished. He said the movies aren't the same movies that came out 25 years ago and we aren't the same audience. We must accept it and accept that our memories of the movies aren't even what we think they are. Pretty crazy how the ongoing themes of his films are even more embedded in his work. 

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13 hours ago, KarmaPolice said:

of course, but I think it was the mix of posters that made it funnier.  again, could have been the weed.  

If there's one constant in life, it's that weed always makes bad movies funny. 

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6 hours ago, Mr. Mojo said:

I actually saw it in Hollywood in Cinerama when I was a kid.

An unforgettable experience.

Nice!

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My favorite horror podcast asks listeners to call in with random horror related stories. Here's a transcription of my recent call:

I have a stupid story to tell, so naturally I thought of you guys. Back in my teens and 20s, I watched tons of gory horror films and giggled like an idiot through all of them. But more recently, I started becoming kind of a scardy cat after my son was born. Last year, I needed to fill time during the pandemic. So I decided to return to horror films. I decided to watch Hereditary, and to quote Patton Oswalt, I literally ##### my pants straight off. Undaunted, I continued to seek out more horror films for some reason. A few months ago, I re-watched Dario Argento's Deep Red. Needless to say, the pants sh***ing continued. The next day, I told my wife that I'd watched yet another scary movie. She said, "How'd that work out for you?" I replied, "Well, let's just say I rushed into the garage with a kitchen knife because I thought someone broke into our house." Anyway, that's it. The magical gift of terror. 

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