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Subrick
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:35 pm 
 

I remember myself and my dad going to the theater when it came out to go see it. Every single screening of it was sold out. We saw Cheaper by the Dozen 2 instead.

That movie sucked. Don't watch it. Ever.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:08 am 
 

Lovely Bones was pretty lame, but I don't know what you all are talking about with Jackson's King Kong. That shit was awesome. Totally epic, masterful stuff. Just one of those sweeping adventure tales that I was completely caught up in; very adventurous. Naomi Watts was really good, Jack Black was great and the scope and size of the whole thing really worked, moved along like a charm for me personally. It is weird to me how he went from making stuff like Dead Alive to making King Kong and LotR later - it's sort of the movie-equivalent of Savatage, who went from raw USPM to classically inspired progressive rock over the course of a decade and a half. Interesting.

Side note, I've still never sat through all the LotR movies. The Frighteners and Meet the Feebles look like fun.

As for Raimi, Drag Me to Hell sucked. I don't care how many people liked it, I still think it sucked. Lame try-hard humor that was more eye-rolling than anything else; certainly nothing like the hilarious camp in Evil Dead 2-3.

Some stuff I've seen lately:

Traffic - 3.25/5

A long, long, long movie about drugs and stuff. Very well made, with some great shots, great acting here and there and a wide scope, but mostly it was just long and felt like a big PSA about drugs rather than a compelling story. Michael Douglas is great as per usual, and some of the other actors do a good job, but I just couldn't get invested in most of this. Maybe if it was like, an hour and a half shorter, it would have been a little more gripping. But I kinda doubt it.

Beasts of the Southern Wild - 4.5/5

A raw sort of film about a small rural village community racked by what our young protagonist Hushpuppy deems "the end of the world," as a host of tides flood their land and force them to uproot. This is a short movie, only a little above 90 minutes (which is pretty short these days), but it doesn't waste them - the narration from lead actress Quvenzhané Wallis is superb and combines with the stark directing to make a kind of poetry of images and sounds, allowing the film to flow quite beautifully. The main attraction is Dwight Henry as the father though, as he delivers this really great, unhinged performance, coloring and shading a relationship with his daughter that hovers between love and complete mania. This whole thing goes by so quickly that I wished it could have been longer to have more time to flesh out its themes, but as is, Beasts of the Southern Wild doesn't cheapen itself by over-explaining with the dialogue or adding in too many gratuitous emotional hooks. It's honest and bare for the world.

ParaNorman - 4.25/5

A light hearted Pixar romp about a boy who can see ghosts and uses his powers to help save the town from the wrath of a particularly vengeful scorned witch from the Salem days. This is a clever movie that develops some really memorable, strong characters and some very funny moments. The pace is brisk and entertaining and the story, while not complex, is more layered than it lets on - I wish they had spent a little more time on the social satire with

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the zombies coming back and getting scared at all the crazy, embarrassing shit we have now like fast food and MTV shows - hilarious!


But mostly this was just a solid, enjoyable film with no real flaws outside of just not reaching for the extra mile and becoming great. This won't make you forget Toy Story or UP or anything but it's a cool movie and kids will get a kick out of it.

Moonrise Kingdom - 5/5

I was surprised at this because the only other Wes Anderson movie I've ever seen is The Life Aquatic with blah blah blah, which was a big pretentious, shapeless blob of nothing that I pretty much hated. This movie, however, is awesome. It's pretentious, and I took about the first half hour to get past the oddly stoic delivery of dialogue that Anderson seems to find hilarious (but is mostly just odd more than anything), but at the core of Moonrise Kingdom is a beautiful, vivid story about two estranged, out of place kids finding a niche in the world for themselves. The scenes with lead actors Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward alone are some of the best I've seen all year, as these two are great actors and sell the odd, whimsical and fantastical atmosphere of this whole thing with class. The scenes with the adults are more campy, and although Bruce Willis gives one of the weaker performances of his career here, Ed Norton makes up for that in being absolutely first-rate here with his wide-eyed boy scout demeanor and innocent delivery - he's just an A class actor. Mostly what I liked about this was the indescribably positive yet bizarre fairy-tale like feel this whole thing has...usually this kind of quirkiness wouldn't really endear me, but Moonrise Kingdom grabs it by the balls and takes it all the way, never wimping out on delivery and being 100% solid in conviction the whole way through. This is the kind of movie that tells everyone who ever felt left out or alone that there is a light in the dark, and although that might sound hammy when you're just reading those words on a computer screen, Anderson shows what he can do with a powerful script and scenes that veer between comedic and arresting in a mad waltz to form what is probably my favorite movie of 2012 so far. Go see it even if you have doubts.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:16 am 
 

Agreed on Moonrise Kingdom, fantastic movie. Darkening probably watch Anderson's films when he feel like puking, but I truly adore him. Bruce Willis was cool in this too and Norton is always pretty good. With some hindsight, it will probably rank as one of his best movies. You should watch The Darjeeling Limited again, Empy, I like this one a lot.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:17 am 
 

Empyreal wrote:
ParaNorman - 4.25/5

A light hearted Pixar romp

Not Pixar. Good movie, though. I especially loved the twist at the end where
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The plot was quite original too, despite being filled with what on the surface appear to be cliches: kid who can see ghosts, zombies, a centuries-old curse that returns to plague a town, etc. The movie does things with all of them that end up not being what you expect, though.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:32 am 
 

Having watched the second half of A Serbian Film again (everything from right before the newborn scene onward), and still remembering the first half of the movie, I will reiterate my stance on it: A Serbian Film is an insanely well made movie. It's incredibly well shot, the acting is absolutely superb, it looks gritty and fucked up despite being filmed with modern technology, and it's an incredibly effective "absolutely terrify the watcher" movie. That being said, it's the only movie I've ever watched that legitimately disgusts me. The violence isn't really the thing about it, as I've watched countless gore films and not been fazed. It's the simple fact that it was made. It's the newborn scene that really does it for me. Not only is that without a doubt the absolute worst scene I've ever seen in a movie on a purely moralistic standpoint, but it has desensitized me to pretty much everything related to graphic splatter violence I will watch in the future, and remember that I'm not someone that is shocked easily. The ending as well is just way too fucking much for me.

As said, incredibly well made movie, but it's just completely disgusting to everything within me.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:54 am 
 

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As for Raimi, Drag Me to Hell sucked. I don't care how many people liked it, I still think it sucked. Lame try-hard humor that was more eye-rolling than anything else; certainly nothing like the hilarious camp in Evil Dead 2-3.

I didn't like it either but it definitely shows that he's more than eager to get back into that style. I think he'll make the safe/blockbusters with the off beat horror in a semi-equal dose from now on, he's got to rely on the pay-check after all.

I want to see ParaNorman, there aren't enough of those good all-ages clay animation films.

I've been hearing great things about Moonrise Kingdom and I really don't see the appeal from the surface. It just seems like the same left of centre ensemble run-around in a different setting, maybe there's something special about this that deserves my attention. I haven't really liked any of Wes Anderson's films, I mean, The Darjeerling Limited had it's moments but it was filled with wasted potential where it could have been funny or deeply insightful, instead it just coasted along a banal line to the finish. Rushmore is one which I can honestly say I enjoyed, Bill Murray had enough material to humour me and there wasn't a large array of characters to get too distracted or lost with, like with Royal Tenenbaums or The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 2:08 am 
 

I think Raimi has enough money from the Spider Man movies to retire several times over. Once you get to that level of fame and success, you continue to do what you do what you love it, even if you can just stop because you'll be financially set for the rest of your life and then some.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 2:43 am 
 

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I think Raimi has enough money from the Spider Man movies to retire several times over. Once you get to that level of fame and success, you continue to do what you do what you love it, even if you can just stop because you'll be financially set for the rest of your life and then some.

Yeah no doubt he's filthy rich but you have to think how much money he's spending as a producer, and if any of those projects fail or don't make enough then he'll be losing more than he's making. I think funding a potential bomb such as the Evil Dead remake shows that he has the money to splurge. I personally think since the Spider Man films he's maintained the attitude of investing in a bankable movie and then a risky project, it seems that way to me.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:51 am 
 

Well the movie only cost $15 million to make, which today is considered low budget, so it has a very good chance of making a profit. Enough people I think will go see it in the theater out of curiosity due to being an online reviewer or just simply a horror fan to where it can make that $15 million back. Only way I can see it not breaking even is if it's an Oogieloves situation where absolutely nobody is going to see it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:36 am 
 

So I managed to a whole lot of JGL movies, thanks to some recommendations out here. Here are some thoughts.

Brick: I enjoyed this movie for that element of chaos in the writing and how the scenes were played out. I loved how the roles being played were actually meant to be played much older actors but the fact that they were just high school kids, made it interesting in a way. I don't know much about film noir but I felt that it did fit the genre. There were many subtly dark comedic moments, some good some just average. Anyway, I can probably see why people could be impatient and restless during the film...because of the structure of the script. Too chaotic I suppose.
Rating: 8/10

The Lookout: A pretty straight-forward story line with some good acting by JGL and Jeff Bridges. Without giving away too much of the plot, some of the scenes where the protagonist was utterly remorseful and how shit was being thrown at him in daily life felt very real and credible. JGL played his character's disability quite well.
Rating: 7/10

Mysterious Skin: I wouldn't describe this as overly pretentious, as darkeningday mentioned earlier...but I think this movie attempted to grapple itself with a big taboo-ed problem being faced around the world in people's basements so to speak. I'm not sure how the film was promoted at that time, whether it was positioned as an indie film or was it more mainstream. Anyway, the movie takes two kids (who turn into teens later on) on different journeys where they encounter sexual abuse and how impactful it was in their lives. The movie had an NC-17 rating primarily because of the content but nothing was explicitly shown to be frank. I wouldn't watch this movie again, but it was certainly a good watch.
Rating: 7.5/10

Hesher: This wasn't mentioned by FSM or Empyreal but a friend recommended it and boy did I love it the most from these movies. It was hilarious for the most part of it, while drama being the foundation of the movie. I think JGL played a great role as a vagabond destructive metalhead who forcibly starts staying with a family mourning the loss of a family member. At first sight of JGL in that attire, I was skeptical and thought to myself..."he couldn't be serious, looking like this" but a minute later, that was overlooked as the plot started to unfold. Rainn Wilson's acting was stupendous in the movie. He played his character perfectly in my opinion. The unexpected comedic moments courtesy the Hesher is what makes this movie memorable - his interactions with the kid, the grandmother, with Natalie Portman's. All in all, I loved it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:58 am 
 

It most likely will make more than 15 million and won't be a bomb but look at John Carter, most through word of mouth still think that was a bomb even though it made more than it's budget back, I still believed it until I researched it. Popular slander through the media or word of mouth can cause just as much a stir these days. What I'm saying isn't in the fine print, it's just a thought people should keep in mind when considering the future of Sam Raimi compared to someone like Peter Jackson.

A Serbian Film is one beautiful looking film, the sets and lighting are so good to look at that you almost forget how insane it becomes. It really fucks with your head and that's what I like about it, it's saying there are no moral boundaries and with that this is the result and consequence. It's as oppressive as hell and there's no relenting until the climax and even then it's not what you want. In dealing with extremely dark subject matter you can either use subtly or extremity, Saw and Hostel movies do it but the difference is it has a progressive self contained point, it shows the mental anguish in trying to deal with it, it's gratuitous and gross because it has to be to show the horrors man is capable of, we as the audience are supposed to feel outrage and disgust, not bloodlust or a dark sense of joy. The shocking thing is that A Serbian Film could have gone further, I think it dissuades viewers who seek out extreme cinema.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:33 am 
 

Empyreal wrote:
... but at the core of Moonrise Kingdom is a beautiful, vivid story about two estranged, out of place kids finding a niche in the world for themselves.

This is at the core of every Wes Anderson movie :lol:

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:29 am 
 

And Moonrise Kingdom did a great job with that theme.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:33 pm 
 

About A Serbian Film, it's a 10/10 movie for me. Besides the already said, you can even see the ending and the whole movie in a positive way, like 'people with bonds with/loves each other can overcome anything'. Even it makes you think about the whole pointless reasons why people argue, taking into account all they went thru and managed to stay together as a family.

I want to see Lynch's 'A Straight Story'. My wife won't see it, as she said she saw it and cried like a week.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:57 pm 
 

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead: solid film with really good acting (but what else can be expected from the awesome Phillip Seymour Hoffman), really believable and logical twists, and stupendous nudity. I thought it was cool that they told the story through different perspectives in time without ever being disjointed. Quite a bleak movie overall. I woudn't have chosen that ending though. It fits within the context of the movie, but it felt like their could have been another scene afterwards.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:24 am 
 

watched the Lord of the rings trilogy for the first time straight after reading the books,the fighting scenes were better than the book ,but apart from maybe the orcs and a few other characters,the rest was a bit disappointing.I hate it how they always have to change heaps of stuff from the book.I know most of the time it is to make things work better,but i felt there was a lot of scenes that they did not necessarily have to delete or change.
Probably would have been a good kids fantasy movie,but after reading the book ,it kind of ruined it,i guess i just expected too much

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:35 am 
 

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I just don't think they can best the original. And frankly I don't really trust Sam Raimi to do well by us anymore.


yeah when they try and re-make those old splatter films it never works out.Even if it's an alright movie it never has that same 80's early ninety's feel.Cgi just cant beat those old rubber monsters

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:09 pm 
 

I'm on a Vincent Price marathon, and I just watched The Tingler. Damn, I can't believe how creative and original old horror movies used to be. It really opens your eyes to how dry, uninspired and downright boring the current industry is.
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I'm on a Vincent Price marathon, and I just watched The Tingler. Damn, I can't believe how creative and original old horror movies used to be. It really opens your eyes to how dry, uninspired and downright boring the current industry is.

It also doesn't help that mummies, blobs, and shambling pots-and-pans robots aren't really scary to anyone anymore, so that limits what your horror movie villains can be.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:32 pm 
 

Zelkiiro wrote:
Poisonfume wrote:
I'm on a Vincent Price marathon, and I just watched The Tingler. Damn, I can't believe how creative and original old horror movies used to be. It really opens your eyes to how dry, uninspired and downright boring the current industry is.

It also doesn't help that mummies, blobs, and shambling pots-and-pans robots aren't really scary to anyone anymore, so that limits what your horror movie villains can be.


yes,these day's have to turn to human centipede's and baby fucking,which isn't really even scary its just disturbing.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:36 pm 
 

Speaking of the dry uninspired and downright boring industry, here's a list of movies TIME came out with to watch out for in 2013.
http://entertainment.time.com/2013/01/0 ... itely-not/

I didn't know they were rebooting the Die Hard franchise. Also, Stoker seems pretty gruesome (plot-wise) and it's directed by the guy who shot Oldboy. Good stuff.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:39 pm 
 

Zelkiiro wrote:
Poisonfume wrote:
I'm on a Vincent Price marathon, and I just watched The Tingler. Damn, I can't believe how creative and original old horror movies used to be. It really opens your eyes to how dry, uninspired and downright boring the current industry is.

It also doesn't help that mummies, blobs, and shambling pots-and-pans robots aren't really scary to anyone anymore, so that limits what your horror movie villains can be.


Fair enough, but zombies don't scare anyone either anymore, yet they still seem to be all over the place. If their portrayal on the big screen can evolve to meet the scare-standards of the 21st century audience (and I am NOT implying that this is being done well), so can that of all other classic movie monsters, mummies included. Vampires too have become a parody of themselves, though understandably so since they've adapted to a different target audience. In any case, I was referring to original ideas. It seems that these days the only way a really original movie can be made is if it is produced independently, and even then it's usually original because it's just plain weird or over the top (perfect example: Don Coscarelli's John Dies At The End). Not to say that this kind of 'originality' can't make terrific films.

All I'm saying is that I watched The Tingler and I loved it because it was interesting and original. They don't make horror films like that anymore.

EDIT: I hope I don't come across as the pretentious nostalgic. I am 19 fucking years old. I think we all more or less agree on this subject, though. As for that list of upcoming movies, notice how one is a horror remake and the other is a teen zombie romance.
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shouvince wrote:
Speaking of the dry uninspired and downright boring industry, here's a list of movies TIME came out with to watch out for in 2013.
http://entertainment.time.com/2013/01/0 ... itely-not/

I didn't know they were rebooting the Die Hard franchise. Also, Stoker seems pretty gruesome (plot-wise) and it's directed by the guy who shot Oldboy. Good stuff.

There's a lot of terrible stuff on that list. Also, I guess it's the year for scifi? I like scifi but Elysium is the only one that looks good.

Also, Django Unchained was a goddamn revelation.
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FasterDisaster wrote:
shouvince wrote:
Speaking of the dry uninspired and downright boring industry, here's a list of movies TIME came out with to watch out for in 2013.
http://entertainment.time.com/2013/01/0 ... itely-not/

I didn't know they were rebooting the Die Hard franchise. Also, Stoker seems pretty gruesome (plot-wise) and it's directed by the guy who shot Oldboy. Good stuff.

There's a lot of terrible stuff on that list. Also, I guess it's the year for scifi? I like scifi but Elysium is the only one that looks good.

Also, Django Unchained was a goddamn revelation.


Yup, terrible doesn't even begin to describe them. That's why I didn't bother to mention any of them. There are just too many poopy scifi movies with the same world apocalypse plot >_>

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Yup, terrible doesn't even begin to describe them. That's why I didn't bother to mention any of them. There are just too many poopy scifi movies with the same world apocalypse plot >_>

I think After Earth could be interesting, but the plot twist will be that Jaden's father turns out to be an alien, and the one with Tom Cruise, just eh. I like Tom Cruise. I think he's a great actor, but that movie seems a little too generic for me.
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I know a lot of World War Z fans are very passionate about the novel and are both looking forward to and dreading the film adaptation. Competently written novels tend to make decent adaptations, so we'll see.
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I know a lot of World War Z fans are very passionate about the novel and are both looking forward to and dreading the film adaptation. Competently written novels tend to make decent adaptations, so we'll see.

I find the ant-like wall of zombies to be both the most fascinating thing they could've done... and also the fucking dumbest.
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Has anybody seen the 1992 Buffy The Vampire Slayer film? Interested in checking out more movies that on the surface, I may not like, and since I have zero interest in the t.v. series, (always seemed like kitschy teen shit), I figured the movie is a good way to go. Plus, Kristy Swanson is a total fucking babe.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:02 pm 
 

Rutger Hauer and Peewee Herman play vampires in it. That should be all you need to know.

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It also doesn't help that mummies, blobs, and shambling pots-and-pans robots aren't really scary to anyone anymore, so that limits what your horror movie villains can be.

Honestly all of those things can be scary if they're handled properly (even pots-and-pants robots, see the first Tetsuo). The main problem is that horror has been relegated to a ghetto in the major film studios so practically no one with any real skill ever touches them these days. There are so few genuinely good horror movies to serve as role models that aspiring directors/screenwriters hardly ever try to write a serious horror film, instead going for the cheap jump-scare, lowest-common-denominator Halloween movie (the holiday, not the Carpenter film). It's a shame since there are just reams of great horror short stories out there that beg to be adapted. "My Work Is Not Yet Done" by Thomas Ligotti for example would work quite well, since it's rather simpler than most of his stuff and has a fair amount of action and gore (to make it marketable). Stephen King also has way better horror material than what has been adapted so far. It's just a shame since sci-fi has had tons of classy treatments, fantasy has finally crawled out of its ghetto thanks to LOTR, while horror is still full of endless Paraboring Activity sequels and brainless monster movies.
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Saw a French movie called Rififi a few nights ago on TCM. It was a very good 50's crime movie about a guy who just got out of jail and his buddys want to rob a jewelry store so they do and other stuff happens which I won't share as not to spoil the ending. On paper the plot doesn't sound like anything super original and it wasn't extremely groundbreaking story-line wise but it was shot beautifully. The scene where they actually are robbing the store has no talking or music for close to a half hour but it still was interesting and suspenseful. I'd give the film as a whole a 4/5. Any other fans of the older black and white gangster movies or film noir on the board?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:45 am 
 

failsafeman wrote:
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Stephen King also has way better horror material than what has been adapted so far.


Isn't "The Stand'' getting made into a movie,directed by Ben Afleck?I know there's already been a mini series, but an updated full movie version could be good.
I know Joe Hill's (s.k's son) "Horns" is getting made into a movie which should be good,because the book was fucking awsome!

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It's just a shame since sci-fi has had tons of classy treatments, fantasy has finally crawled out of its ghetto thanks to LOTR, while horror is still full of endless Paraboring Activity sequels and brainless monster movies.


and crappy torture porn trying to out do saw....i think they are already re-making the first saw again too,for fux ache

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Mom (1991) 3/5
There are reports of grizzy deaths of pregnant women across the country; now the incidents are starting to occur in Los Angeles. The attacks appear to be caused by an animal, though the police aren't ruling out homicide. An older lady rents out an extra room to a transient (Brion James) new to L.A. Her son gets weirded out by the relationship his mom has with the transient, so he follows her. After watching his mom kill and eat a vagrant, he gets angry and dispenses of the transient once he learns the transient has changed his mommy (through intercourse?) into a cannibal monster vampire/werewolf ghoul. Now the good son must care for his mother. Funny stuff sometimes, like when he brings his mom a hooker to eat. I cannot believe how terrible hair was at this time! Watch with My Mom's Werewolf, The 'Burbs, Parents, Serial Mom, and Meet the Applegates.

Zombiethon (1986) 3/5 {*}
A compilation of scenes from several zombie flicks. The clips for Zombi compromise like 20 minutes effectively giving us a mini-movie version for those too impatient to watch the entire film with the story and dialogue and all that fancy stuff. Also shown are parts of two early Nazi-zombie suck-fests, Zombie Lake and Oasis of the Zombies. Mostly unmemorable stuff except I now must seek out Astro-Zombies for sure.

TerrorVision (1986) 3.5/5 {*}
The man of the house damages the satellite dish as he is installing it, though it appears to be working fine at first. The extended family argues about what to watch as they flip through their new channels. They watch a porno together for a little bit (they are a rather porn-obsessed family), but the daughter wants to watch Alice Cooper. Later her boyfriend sports a WASP shirt; the father is not a fan of the "metal" look. Soon an alien invades through the TV. The alien consumes the grandpa and nearly kills the young boy. All this while the mom and dad are having a couple over for an orgy, with some great misunderstandings as to what is "Greek". (The kids even think they see grandpa joining in to make it a five-some!) Luckily, the alien is into metal and food so the kids are able to appease him for a bit as they seek help from an "Elvira"-type character, Medusa. Soon the boy and his sister battle the evil alien with their dead grandpa's arsenal from his Confederate flag-covered bomb shelter. Watch with Deadly Spawn.

Scarecrows (1988) 3/5
A team of paramilitary bank robbers steal millions of dollars from a military base, take hostages (one resembles Naomi Russel), and hijack a plane only to be double-crossed by one of their own. (The filmmakers did not use their budget for that part at all; that portion of the story is told through dialogue and background newscasts.) The double-crosser parachutes from the plane into a rural area with more than his share of the loot as the others give chase. Unfortunately, they happen upon a old house protected by evil scarecrows, and then they add to scarecrow population. The lone female member of the team does her best impersonation of Dr. Elsa Schneider at the end of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Some attempts at humor (cute dog munching on the corpse) and some genuine scares plus cool 80s gun play.

Waxwork (1988) 4.5/5 {*}
What starts out as a typical 80s college-age kids comedy, quickly becomes a gory horror story. A waxwork opens in a neighborhood (zoning laws?) and some oh-so-cool college kids decide to pay the place a visit one night. Not all return so a police officer investigates. Not happy with the lack of progress in the investigation, a couple of the kids head back to museum to snoop around. Once one crosses the threshold of the display you enter its horrifying reality. Very good, all the elements I love in a film!

Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992) 4/5 {*}
Sequel to the fabulously fantastical 1988 film, this starts where the previous ended. A murderous hand (ala Evil Dead 2) survives the inferno and goes on to spray mustard in a gal's face (oh, and kill her daddy). Opening a time-portal, the two surviving kids travel from one time-place to another. Basically the same premise as the first film, with a different framing story. A number of hilariously graphic events befall them in these alternate realities which include send-ups to Dawn of the Dead, The Raven, Alien, Frankenstein, Jack the Ripper, Godzilla, Nosferatu, and several others. Some are better than others with a few dragging on. Bruce Campbell and David Caradine both star (guess the director got them from his previous film Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat)! With its comedy and gore, this is a sequel as good as its predecessor in almost every way!

Barbarella (1968) 1.5/5
Hanoi Jane is travelling through space. She crash lands only to be attacked by the planet's inhabitants. When she is rescued she offers sex in exchange for the guy fixing her space ship. Then some stupid shit happens. Then she has sex with a guy with wings who saves her. The some more stupid shit happens. Then then the evil queen wants a taste. Then she gets put in an orgasm-machine which will kill her. More silly than sexy, actually more stupid than either. For fans of the equally-sucky Flash Gordon (1980). Jane's costumes are TITillating.

After Porn (2010) 4/5 {*}
A documentary which shows where a handful of ex-porn stars have ended up after that career ends. Discussed are how they ended up in porn and why they got out as well elaborating on other parts of their life. A wide spectrum of personalities here with some totally rejecting their past (Crissy Moran is an anti-porn Christian activist, Houston has lost jobs as well as the respect of her daughter because of her past, and Roxy runs an anti-porn organization) yet others embracing it (Nina Hartley still is a major figure in the business). Some have started new careers (Tyffany Million is a bounty hunter and Mary Carey is a reality TV star; super-hot Raylene who talks of how her son saved her from that life must not have succeeded in real estate because she is back making movies as is Seka - the last two bits of info I have garnered through my own "research"). Others are completely retired (Asia Carrera is a single mom who moved to a small Utah town for its conservative-values). Also interviewed are the children of the "stars" as well as some directors, producers, writers, etc from the business. Most say they are happy with the decisions they have made, yet Luke Ford rightly points out no one really knows what torment goes on in another's head. A great point made is that "X is forever", these people can never escape their work because porn is so ingrained in our society. The Jewish influence in porn is extremely evident throughout this film. Pretty interesting.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:28 pm 
 

Oscar nominations are out. I'm glad to see Silver Linings Playbook got so many nominations, it's a great film; possibly my favorite this whole year. De Niro easily deserves the best supporting actor nod.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:54 pm 
 

I'm a little late to know about this but here's something for all you closet romantics - 'Before Midnight' is slated to be released sometime early this year. I enjoyed the two prequels (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset) very much. Here's what Ethan Hawke had to say:
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:28 pm 
 

I had no idea they were filming that. I'm a fan of the two others but I really wonder where they'll be taking these characters.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:29 am 
 

Yeah, me neither. I was looking up stuff on Julie Delpy (coz she's cool) and saw the imdb page for the movie. All it states is that Jesse and Celine meet in Greece after a period of 9 years. I think irrespective of all the pre-movie speculation and even the final outcome of it, at least it'll give closure to this really cool movie series.

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shouvince wrote:
Speaking of the dry uninspired and downright boring industry, here's a list of movies TIME came out with to watch out for in 2013.
http://entertainment.time.com/2013/01/0 ... itely-not/

I didn't know they were rebooting the Die Hard franchise. Also, Stoker seems pretty gruesome (plot-wise) and it's directed by the guy who shot Oldboy. Good stuff.


Good Day to Die Hard isnt a reboot. Hes in Russia with his son(who's cia, or something similar), Die Hard 5.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:29 pm 
 

Toys (1992)
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Is just saw Toys (1992) for the first time. What the FUCK? What a weird movie. It had a few things going for it, but it fell flat. It was actually pretty creepy. Apparently it was nominated for an award for set/art design, which isn't surprising, but also nominated for a Razzie for worst director. In all fairness it does seem like the film could have benefitted from better direction. The color, lighting and plot were way off in many instances. What a strange, yet expansive cast. Michael Gambon and LL Cool J? Joan Cusack? The whole film had a very strange vibe about it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:20 am 
 

Django Unchained: The kind of movie that can only described using many expletives. The action was amazing and stylized, the story never lulled despite the movie being very long (it's split into quite structured parts) , the soundtrack was the shit, and none of the actors delivered a weak performance. Of note was Christoph Waltz, he stole every scene he was in. Even when he was going head to head with DiCaprio, who was a joy to watch in this movie. Him and Tarantino (who had another one of his pointless but funny cameos here. His acting has always been terrible but I got a laugh out of him showing up and attempting an Australian accent,) were born to work together. Some of the scenes in this movie are TENSE. Like Reservoir Dogs at it's best. The ending was predictable and somewhat cheesy but I really liked that. Even Jamie Foxx, whom I never liked, kicked copious amounts of ass here. I think it might have been Tarantino's second best movie, time will tell.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:04 am 
 

aaronmb666 wrote:
shouvince wrote:
Speaking of the dry uninspired and downright boring industry, here's a list of movies TIME came out with to watch out for in 2013.
http://entertainment.time.com/2013/01/0 ... itely-not/

I didn't know they were rebooting the Die Hard franchise. Also, Stoker seems pretty gruesome (plot-wise) and it's directed by the guy who shot Oldboy. Good stuff.


Good Day to Die Hard isnt a reboot. Hes in Russia with his son(who's cia, or something similar), Die Hard 5.


I meant the series in general.

I watched 'Drive' yesterday. As much as I think that Ryan Gosling has a weird looking face, I feel he did a good job in the movie. The movie revolves around this mysterious stunt driver who gets caught up with the bad guys when a heist goes wrong. I say 'mysterious' because no one knows where he's come from and why the fuck is he so emotionally void and nonchalant. For those who haven't seen it, it's a decent watch and one of RG's better movies to date.

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