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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Road Trip Beer Pong (2009) ****
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP9_bYfGqxQ
Deleted scenes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTaq2pa2izY

I don't like deleting the past, no mater what that past was about, either good or bad.
The past happened. Therefore it should be left there, IMHO, without filtering out the past according to whatever ideological trends we have right now.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unforgiven: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unforgiven

On Netflix.

Brilliant.

Generally can't sit through Clint Eastwood directed movies but this one's different.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Blob, 1958. Steve McQueen's first starring role in a feature film. It is unfortunate the obvious sequel setup at the end hasn't come to fruition.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too Old to Die Young on Amazon Prime.

If David Lynch directed Breaking Bad.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Electra Glide in Blue, 1973.

One of Robert Blake's notable roles. Members of the band Chicago both performed the soundtrack and had minor acting roles (the producer/director was also their manager). Nick Nolte has an uncredited role, but if you look for him, you should be able to spot him.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Terror, 1963

Early Nicholson. I was going to start with The Cry Baby Killer (Nicholson's first role), but chose The Terror after reading about it. Plus, it has Boris Karloff.

Producer / director Roger Corman was known for low-budget movies, including multiple adaptations of Poe works. The Terror is Corman's film adaptation of a work "in the style of" Poe. Corman also helped many well known names get started in the industry.

If you are able to appreciate it for what it is, I think it is better than its RT rating.


Targets, 1968

At least partly funded by The Terror. Starring Karloff in his last major US film. It is considered notable for various reasons and has decent reviews.

I thought it was good, but disturbing given that it was "inspired" by the University of TX tower shooting two years prior. Had I not known that going in, I'm not sure if I would have liked it as much, though I did like the Karloff story line.


The Shooting, 1966

Nicholson / Corman

A "minimalist" western. I usually try to consider what it would be like to live in the time period in which a film is set, then consider the events and portrayals within that context. This one isn't about character growth or development, but you can at least see some that occurred in the main character (preceding the events depicted).

I'm not generally a fan of the genre, but I enjoyed it. I plan to eventually revisit many of those I didn't like (primarily Eastwood's) and see if my opinion of them changes. Tombstone is the only one I recall having enjoyed.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our Man in Havanaa (1959)

Written by an MI6 agent on the eagerness some have to believe intelligence reports, no matter how ridiculous. The ending is somewhat amusingly predictable, but no spoilers in case you haven't had a chance to see it yet.

Described as a comedy, I was expecting something closer to Mr. Bean. Thankfully it wasn't at all like that. I don't normally read books after watching the movie version, but I'll look for this one. Very enjoyable.


The Lightning Incident (1991) aka Lightning Field

Mainly a curiosity due to Nancy Mckeon in the lead role.

I had low expectations, and it delivered. It was a made for TV thriller / horror, light on both. See the part about being made for TV. The backstory driving the plot could easily have been better and would have made for a more compelling story.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2020 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Red River (1948)

John Wayne stars, although I believe I put it on my list as it was listed in Noah Beery Jr's profile.

A bit long and could have used a different approach to scene changes other than handwritten notes to explain things. Supposedly there is another version without that.·

Almost all of the first ~20 minutes ought to have been reduced to a few lines of dialog. The second ~20 minutes felt long, perhaps due to the previous 20 minutes. It gets better after that, though struggles at times due the style of how they chose to do scenes. I enjoyed it more than I disliked it.


Ghost in the Shell

Film adaptations have the disadvantages of time, technology, money, and perhaps more importantly, audience. The main arcs anyone is likely to care about need to mostly be resolved as there probably isn't going to be a sequel.

While I didn't see any glaring problems with the story, it does seem obvious that there were likely to be details left out or altered. Fortunately for me, I'm usually able to accept changes provided the spirit is there. Even more fortunate, I had no baggage of having read any of the original material.

On its own merits, I thought it was very good. I'd like to see a couple of sequels with S.J., though I'm guessing that won't happen, which is a shame. Very enjoyable.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2020 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ghost in the Shell anime is iconic and so is its story.

The live action movie was simply unnecessary.


I watched Project Power on Netflix. Interesting premise, overall a good movie. Worth a watch.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

notageek wrote:
Ghost in the Shell anime is iconic and so is its story.

The live action movie was simply unnecessary.
I presumed it was iconic, that's why I commented about it from that perspective. I'll see if I can find an anime of it, but I generally don't care for the format. I couldn't name anything I've seen, so it is very possible that I've only seen poorly done anime.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was watching Blade Runner : Final Cut on Netflix. Has similar themes to Ghost In the Shell, IMO, but couldn't sit through a philosophical slugfest trying to understand what is human.

Ghost In The Shell: Innocence is the one I would recommend.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't seen Final Cut, but I didn't care for the original decades ago. My recollection was too much narration slowed it down, but I don't remember much about it (other than the genre's insistence on poor lighting).

My plan was to watch Ghost in the Shell (1995) followed by its technologically tweaked update "2.0" and then Innocence. "2.0" will depend heavily on whether or not I like it enough to watch it a second time.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been watching The Man In The High Castle.

One more episode in season 3, then off to the final season.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What was your initial impression of it? Specifically the first episode? I don't think I finished it and never got back around to give it a second chance.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What was your initial impression of it? Specifically the first episode? I don't think I finished it and never got back around to give it a second chance.
The first few episodes were somewhat confusing, but I suspect intentionally so. There are a bunch of characters to keep track of. Season 2, especially towards the end was kickass good, imo. I would recommend giving it a second chance.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool . I'll put it on the list. Sometimes I have to be in the mood for certain genres I don't normally find appealing. That and a series can require more up front forgiveness.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Artemis Fowl (2020)
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl2r3Fwxz_o
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unacknowledged (2017)
Full documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnW6DSDS9Qg
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2020 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RoGeorge wrote:
Unacknowledged (2017)
Full documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnW6DSDS9Qg
Yes, and a few arguments:
- A civilization able to find us and to come to Earth would be able to use our animosity and work with the tactics the british were able to use in India: "Devide and Conquer" . And we know North Korea is able to do it by hacking some seed farmers in China.
- Entering the times were deep fakes make is possible to create evidence cheaply this documentation about alien myth didn't age despite from 2017.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2020 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On a related note, V and V The Final Battle (2 then 3 episodes).

I don't recall the subsequent series well enough, so I don't think I finished it if I watched it at all.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Unacknowledged (2017)
Full documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnW6DSDS9Qg
Yes, and a few arguments:
- A civilization able to find us and to come to Earth would be able to use our animosity and work with the tactics the british were able to use in India: "Devide and Conquer" . And we know North Korea is able to do it by hacking some seed farmers in China.
- Entering the times were deep fakes make is possible to create evidence cheaply this documentation about alien myth didn't age despite from 2017.


Just to state it clear, I do not believe in aliens. I'm a hardcore skeptical about UFOs, or aliens, or any other "might be" tales and stories without proof and verifiable evidence.

However, this movie had some first hand testimonies that I didn't know before, interesting from a historical perspective, i.e. some of the last thoughts of Wernher von Braun. That one and a few more maybe I will double check one day, and maybe I will read more about.

I liked and posted that movie because the overall message was an optimistic one, the message that it should be possible for us all to live and prosper together, on a clean Earth, and maybe other civilizations are awaiting for us to mature as a species, so we can all be part of an interstellar society later.

If supposed aliens knew how to arrive here, they probably have enough knowledge to exterminate us already, so it might be something else for why they are supposedly here, or rather it might be that there was no aliens encounters yet, in the first place.

I don't think the ducumentary was about "aliens trying to take over", or aliens dividing humans. So far I see only humans divide humans. Not everything (e.g. this movie) has to be about elections, or money, or propaganda, or Trump, or China, or whatever.

If we could only zoom out a little, from either a time perspective, looking over many decades or centuries instead of just days or years, or maybe zoom out from a space perspective (thinking the Pale Blue Dot speech here), looking over many planets or maybe even over many solar systems.

There is so much more to explore out there, and there is so much more to do than to waste our own lives fighting somebody else's political fights, or consuming ourselves in whatever ideology of the day might be trying right now to brainwash us, and control our minds and our lives.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

I think it suffered primarily from the style of acting of the era. Combined with the plot, it wasn't salvageable.

Parts of story seemed a bit unbelievable, but I have no idea how much of that was in the original story or due to it being adapted to film. Either way, there was an easy out that would have prevented the outcome. Obviously that changes the story, but it otherwise seems forced as a result.

At the time is was notable at least in part for "content" (adultery & murder) and the relatively recent enforcement of the MPCC. As an aside, I have several "pre Code" films on my list, mainly as a curiosity.



Ice Station Zebra (1968)

Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, and Jim Brown.

Technically interesting for having "the first continuous dive of a submarine." Also, one of the actors had to be rescued during one of the scenes.

I found it enjoyable, in part for what it didn't try to be (I'm looking at you, reboot era).



Diplomatic Courier (1952)

I don't recall how I came across this one. My guess is that it was referenced from another movie or actor and I thought the title interesting enough to consider.

Acting was good over all, though may have some style elements of the period. There are a few subtle twists that keep the story moving. They are somewhat predictable or typical of the genre, but that keeps it from being over the top. A stunt by the actor portraying the main character looked pretty believable. I'd be curious to see how it was done.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pjp wrote:

Ice Station Zebra (1968)

Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, and Jim Brown.

Technically interesting for having "the first continuous dive of a submarine."


Wow, thanks! I'm a sucker for any submarine movies (fascinated by submarines technology in general), and by the trailer, this one I didn't know. :D
Slightly offtopic, "Smarter Every Day" channel recently started a series, almost a documentary but not really a movie, filming inside a nuclear military submarine from current times:

Boarding a US NAVY NUCLEAR SUBMARINE in the Arctic - Smarter Every Day 240
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXXMJAU6vY8

Crawling Down A Torpedo Tube -US NAVY Nuclear Submarine - Smarter Every Day 241
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYEyhB0AGlw
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting, I'll check it out. (edit: lol, @ didn't expect ice in the arctic)

Ice Station Zebra isn't exactly a submarine movie, it just uses one. The situation doesn't seem implausible, and it was reasonably presented, though I'm sure a submariner or naval person could find faults.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unhinged, wasn't planning to see this & wouldn't advise it.

Still not quite sure what the point was, maybe meant to be scary or encourage more considerate driving but just seemed very silly. Started with news reports on in the background covering a spike in roadrage incidents like it was some zombie outbreak then someone beeped a horn and Russell went full Rambo III.

I suppose if you are keen to see a fat Russell Crowe grimacing for an hour or so pop it on the list.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EtytOgGj5o
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