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Erosion of Humanity
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:39 pm 
 

I quite like Ender's Game the book but I'm super apprehensive about seeing the movie. As far as all the praise Ender nonsense goes (and just based off what I've read here) it really sounds like the reasoning was just lost in translation. The main thing that is keeping me from seeing the movie is the age of the children cause they aren't supposed to be teenagers especially not Ender. So if I'm wrong in my perception please correct me.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:12 pm 
 

slayrrr666, are you going for a record on how many movie reviews you can post?

Set yourself up a blog or something because your content is too frequent and judging by the complete lack of replies or reaction, is being overlooked by basically everyone. Also, I don't recall you interacting with anyone in this thread except for when you were called out on your robotic spam reviews. A little back and forth might make others think highly enough of you to actually read your reviews.

There are much easier ways to get your post count up if that's what you're trying to do.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:55 pm 
 

Landscape in the Mist - 8 out of 10.

Had to watch this for class today. Very fascinating and emotional film. The director experimented with a shit ton of long shots and while a few hindered the movie, most worked very well. Acting was good all around, the two lad kids did a swell job on their own. The score for this film was really good and easily one of the best parts. I will say that I'm not sure if I'd seek this film out to see it again, but I am glad I saw it and I'm interested in the director's other works (he does a Stephen King kind of thing by having all of his films connect to in the same universe).

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:58 pm 
 

The Purge - I went into this with low expectations, because although it's a theatrically released movie with actors I recognize, its premise - What if the government legalized crime one night per year? - is more ridiculous than even a lot of the low budget junk I watch. "Well you see, Mr. Downhill, it's set up that way because it's an insightful commentary about society's....." Yeah, sorry, I want entertainment, not a sociology lecture, and this wasn't that entertaining.

I don't know how they pulled this off in a movie that was barely 80 minutes, but there were actually parts that managed to drag. Then, once I decided to accept the goofy premise, characters did incredibly stupid things within that premise. The movie also relied way too heavily on 'scary' moments that involved

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characters we're supposed to care about looking like they're about to die, when suddenly the evil attacker is shot by somebody who shows up just in time! Christ, this happened at least three times.

Apparently this did well at the box office, but it's hard to believe audiences liked it all that much given its 5.5 IMDB rating. Good marketing campaign, I guess?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:14 pm 
 

failsafeman wrote:
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I tried reading Ender's Game when I was in seventh grade but couldn't get past the first third due to rampantly shitty writing. And I was in seventh grade.

Glad to see the film takes after the book so closely. That's a rare trait these days.

http://plover.net/~bonds/ender.html

There's an article that basically sums up my thoughts on Ender's Game.

That was delightful. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:07 am 
 

ChineseDownhill wrote:
The Purge - I went into this with low expectations, because although it's a theatrically released movie with actors I recognize, its premise - What if the government legalized crime one night per year? - is more ridiculous than even a lot of the low budget junk I watch. "Well you see, Mr. Downhill, it's set up that way because it's an insightful commentary about society's....." Yeah, sorry, I want entertainment, not a sociology lecture, and this wasn't that entertaining.

I don't know how they pulled this off in a movie that was barely 80 minutes, but there were actually parts that managed to drag. Then, once I decided to accept the goofy premise, characters did incredibly stupid things within that premise. The movie also relied way too heavily on 'scary' moments that involved

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characters we're supposed to care about looking like they're about to die, when suddenly the evil attacker is shot by somebody who shows up just in time! Christ, this happened at least three times.

Apparently this did well at the box office, but it's hard to believe audiences liked it all that much given its 5.5 IMDB rating. Good marketing campaign, I guess?

I actually like the film's premise a lot, but the movie we got was horse shit. Now, if it becomes an anthology series comprised of The Purge in other locations or time periods (or even genres), then I'd be happier, but we all know that won't happen.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:20 am 
 

I am amidst giving Event Horizon another viewing as it has been a while. I do admittedly have a soft spot for this picture due to the Lovecraftian elements although it's a bit too similar to the Alien films in too many ways to enter into the territory of being masterful and/or overly groundbreaking. All the same, it's a rare diamond in the otherwise very rough territory of contemporary filmmaking.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:45 am 
 

ChineseDownhill wrote:
Apparently this did well at the box office, but it's hard to believe audiences liked it all that much given its 5.5 IMDB rating. Good marketing campaign, I guess?
Yeah but all the Saw, Transformers and Paranormal Activity movies did well, not to mention The Smurfs, Alvin and The Chipmunks, Horrible Bosses, Bad Teacher, Grown Ups, The Karate Kid and The Last Airbender all beating the likes of any worthwhile. Box Office is hardly a measure of a good film any more, if anything thing it's an indication of what low-brow people consider quality entertainment, the most mediocre ideas are the most attractive and digestible. The South Park parody of Rob Schneider is still relevant today as when it was made.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 1:14 am 
 

volutetheswarth wrote:
ChineseDownhill wrote:
Apparently this did well at the box office, but it's hard to believe audiences liked it all that much given its 5.5 IMDB rating. Good marketing campaign, I guess?
Yeah but all the Saw, Transformers and Paranormal Activity movies did well, not to mention The Smurfs, Alvin and The Chipmunks, Horrible Bosses, Bad Teacher, Grown Ups, The Karate Kid and The Last Airbender all beating the likes of any worthwhile. Box Office is hardly a measure of a good film any more, if anything thing it's an indication of what low-brow people consider quality entertainment, the most mediocre ideas are the most attractive and digestible. The South Park parody of Rob Schneider is still relevant today as when it was made.


I can agree with the sentiment expressed here, definitely (excluding the South Park bit anyway - I've never seen the show). Modern "filmmaking" seems to be mired in greed and the desire to entertain a relatively dumb audience rather than to challenge them and/or their conventions. I don't think success takes away from a film's artistic value, granted (just look at a picture like The Godfather, for example), although I think the quality of mainstream films has gradually gone down over the years.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 1:15 am 
 

volutetheswarth wrote:
slayrrr666, are you going for a record on how many movie reviews you can post?

Set yourself up a blog or something because your content is too frequent and judging by the complete lack of replies or reaction, is being overlooked by basically everyone. Also, I don't recall you interacting with anyone in this thread except for when you were called out on your robotic spam reviews. A little back and forth might make others think highly enough of you to actually read your reviews.

There are much easier ways to get your post count up if that's what you're trying to do.


I never read slayrrr666's reviews largely because he seems to exclusively watch the worst shit imaginable and reading said reviews would only be to snack on but a sliver of the full magnitude of the pain pie that actually sitting through the films would embody.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:54 am 
 

volutetheswarth wrote:
ChineseDownhill wrote:
Apparently this did well at the box office, but it's hard to believe audiences liked it all that much given its 5.5 IMDB rating. Good marketing campaign, I guess?
Yeah but all the Saw, Transformers and Paranormal Activity movies did well, not to mention The Smurfs, Alvin and The Chipmunks, Horrible Bosses, Bad Teacher, Grown Ups, The Karate Kid and The Last Airbender all beating the likes of any worthwhile. Box Office is hardly a measure of a good film any more, if anything thing it's an indication of what low-brow people consider quality entertainment, the most mediocre ideas are the most attractive and digestible. The South Park parody of Rob Schneider is still relevant today as when it was made.

You talkin' smack about the first Saw and Paranormal Activity 1-3?

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LongLiveTheNewFlesh wrote:
I am amidst giving Event Horizon another viewing as it has been a while. I do admittedly have a soft spot for this picture due to the Lovecraftian elements although it's a bit too similar to the Alien films in too many ways to enter into the territory of being masterful and/or overly groundbreaking. All the same, it's a rare diamond in the otherwise very rough territory of contemporary filmmaking.


That was the first "scary" movie I watched, as a twee 4th-grader, and it scared me so much I couldn't sleep that night - And that was the network-TV sanitized version, no less. Having watched it a few times since I've noticed it definitely has its flaws, but it's still a really creative film that's only just held back from being truly great.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:21 am 
 

Smoking_Gnu wrote:
LongLiveTheNewFlesh wrote:
I am amidst giving Event Horizon another viewing as it has been a while. I do admittedly have a soft spot for this picture due to the Lovecraftian elements although it's a bit too similar to the Alien films in too many ways to enter into the territory of being masterful and/or overly groundbreaking. All the same, it's a rare diamond in the otherwise very rough territory of contemporary filmmaking.


That was the first "scary" movie I watched, as a twee 4th-grader, and it scared me so much I couldn't sleep that night - And that was the network-TV sanitized version, no less. Having watched it a few times since I've noticed it definitely has its flaws, but it's still a really creative film that's only just held back from being truly great.


Haha, yeah, horror films can have a lasting impact when viewed as a youth. The first horror film I ever saw was John Carpenter's The Fog and it terrified me considerably. I was six and was camping with my family and we had rented a VHS copy at this hole-in-the-wall video rental place and I couldn't sleep at all that night ... the rain and thunder probably didn't help either, haha. Anyway, it's kind of ironic that Event Horizon stars Sam Neill because he also starred in Carpenter's In The Mouth Of Madness which is a very H.P. Lovecraft-inspired film without actually being directly based on any of his stories. If you haven't seen it I do recommend it most highly!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:24 am 
 

That's some good taste there - The Fog and In the Mouth of Madness are quality flicks. I need to see em again sometime. But I'm still going through a horror hangover after October...it'll be a while.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:34 am 
 

In the Mouth of Madness and The Prince of Darkness are fairly Lovecraftian without being directly based on actual stories, maybe some of the best "representations" of the Lovecraftian vibe in mainstream horror cinema...really great flics. Sam Neil nailed it on ITMOM!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:03 pm 
 

Empyreal wrote:
That's some good taste there - The Fog and In the Mouth of Madness are quality flicks. I need to see em again sometime. But I'm still going through a horror hangover after October...it'll be a while.


Haha, understandable. I love horror so I view it year-round although it gets more than enough exposure through the month of October due to Halloween, of course.

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In the Mouth of Madness and The Prince of Darkness are fairly Lovecraftian without being directly based on actual stories, maybe some of the best "representations" of the Lovecraftian vibe in mainstream horror cinema...really great flics. Sam Neil nailed it on ITMOM!


Ah, yes, Prince Of Darkness is an underrated Carpenter gem, I love that one - it's a great premise for a film and he pulled it off well. I think of all of the well-known horror directors out there Carpenter manages to capture a Lovecraftian feel more than any of the others. The Fog's atmosphere, for example, is very Lovecraftian even though the film's content really isn't; hell, even The Thing has those tendencies too. The feel of Lovecraft is a hard thing to nail in a film due to its literary and unfathomable nature so I generally find that films that hint at it are more successful than those that try and do a full-blown interpretation.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:39 pm 
 

IanThrash wrote:
In the Mouth of Madness and The Prince of Darkness are fairly Lovecraftian without being directly based on actual stories, maybe some of the best "representations" of the Lovecraftian vibe in mainstream horror cinema...really great flics. Sam Neil nailed it on ITMOM!

I found that, in both movies, the first and third acts are awesome while the second acts are dreadfully boring and completely devoid of anything, well, scary.

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Well, how many horror movies legitimately, literally make you feel scared? Probably not many. It's about using your imagination and seeing what the films do well. Never seen Prince of Darkness, but In the Mouth of Madness is effective for other reasons. It's surreal, imaginative and cool as hell.
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failsafeman wrote:
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I tried reading Ender's Game when I was in seventh grade but couldn't get past the first third due to rampantly shitty writing. And I was in seventh grade.

Glad to see the film takes after the book so closely. That's a rare trait these days.

http://plover.net/~bonds/ender.html

There's an article that basically sums up my thoughts on Ender's Game.

Damn, that really looks dreadful. Guess I won't be seeing this movie any time soon, nor reading the book.



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I think this is actually my third German film, after Der Untergang(Downfall) and Die Fetten Jahre sind Vorbei (The Edukators) which are both recent movies. This one was directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder who was an important director of the new wave of German films in the seventies. And it's quite something. First off, I have only seen the first part yet. You see, the movie was made for the TV directly (so it's fullscreen given the year of release) and the 3 hour thing got cut into two ''episodes'', which actually seem to be watchable on their own. Like I said, I only watched the first part and it felt like reading a well made novella with the punch at the end.

Welt am Draht is a sci-fi film but not a futuristic one, it really looks like how the people of the time would imagine their world 10 or 20 years in the future. The story is about an advanced supercomputer which could be used to forecast several aspects of the society in the future. Though the people working on the computer have doubts about its particularities and there's an intrigue around it going on, mixed with a bit of psychology. The intrigue is really interesting and well pulled-off. It's not the biggest punch in the world but I still managed to be surprised. Thing is, it's all in the details. The look of the film is particularly gorgeous and about everything in the depiction of the world has a meaning with the story, and these are all things you notice after watching the first part. For example, you keep seeing things through mirrors but only get to understand the imagery after finishing the first part. It's also interesting to see how they imagined this supercomputer in an era there were no such things as PCs, and there's a good deal of the moral implications of what science can do. Very recommended.

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Empyreal wrote:
Well, how many horror movies legitimately, literally make you feel scared? Probably not many. It's about using your imagination and seeing what the films do well. Never seen Prince of Darkness, but In the Mouth of Madness is effective for other reasons. It's surreal, imaginative and cool as hell.


Aye, I think people eventually become numb to any of the potential scares in horror films outside of those moments that inevitably make one jump (there's one in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 that always gets me, for example). I absolutely agree that In The Mouth Of Madness is "surreal, imaginative and cool as hell" - it came out at a time when horror was certainly dying and it just packed such a powerful punch that it will always be one of my favorite horror selections from the 90s.

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I can't even remember my first horror movie as I saw too many. Probably A Nightmare on Elm St was the one that first struck a chord with me and there's no denying how genuinely creepy Freddy comes off in the first 3 movies. Then there was Children of the Corn, Child's Play and a bunch of shitty Stephen King mini-series, and some fun ones thrown in like Shocker and Scream. When I was a kid, around the time I saw Event Horizon, I also saw a whole slew of forgettable trash like Ripper: Letter from Hell and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, I didn't have the best indicator of bad from good back then but I knew to avoid low budget c-grade crap. I remember Event Horizon and Nightwatch made me feel sick in the stomach and I didn't care for repeat viewings. One that really rattled my nerves was Mr. Boogedy, which I assumed at the time was a wholesome light-hearted kid friendly film, needlessly to say looking back it's not as scary or nightmare trip inducing as I imagined but it's still seriously odd for a Disney film.

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My first horror movie was Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. I was exposed to it through TNN/Spike TV's old Friday the 13th marathons from the early 2000s, and that was the movie I remember seeing first. They really didn't edit much out of it aside from the tits and a couple gore shots here and there. As a kid, Jason's face reveal scared the shit out me just because of how grotesque it was in that movie. Nowadays having seen all the Friday movies multiple times, it doesn't phase me and rather I admire the makeup effects that went into making that look as good as it does.

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Oh god, this movie. I saw it for the first time in either 2005 or 2006 on FearNet's on demand service, and even my 12 year old self knew I was watching a piece of shit. AJ Cook plays pretty much every single early-2000s goth loner character ever, and she's not even that good at it. I really only remember bits and pieces of it now, like one character admonishing AJ Cook by going on a diatribe about how her parents suck for no real reason, but I did not like that movie when I saw it.
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Blockbuster Video has officially thrown in the towel. Long over due and I won't miss them. I don't think there has been one of their stores near me in a couple of years now anyways. I do miss Hollywood Video though. Better selection.

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There was a huge Blockbuster in Bristol about 10 minutes from my house that was up and running for at least a decade. I remember as a kid I'd go there every Friday with my father and we'd get a movie for the weekend. It closed and the building was gutted and vacated ages ago, and it only just last month got partially filled again by a Jake's Wayback Burgers. It's really weird looking at the inside of both that empty store and my town's old local video store that closed almost 6 years ago, as I can still remember the layout and where everything was placed. The local store is still vacant and I don't believe will be filled anytime soon since any new businesses in this town die out within 6 months.
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Mine closed a year after I stopped my membership(jan 2012). The online selection was horrible and at $20 a month, wasnt worth it at all.

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There were two locations within one mile of my house in suburbia. The most recent one closed in '11. Yeah, Friday and Saturday nights were always crowded at those places. There used to be another smaller franchise called Video Update that was around town too but it went under about a dozen years ago. I won't lament Blockbuster's demise mostly because they put out mom and pop video stores out of business too. There actually is one privately owned single location remnant vestige video emporium near me that is still going. It has a huge selection of mainstream, rare foreign and obscure cinema plus an adult movie section in the back. I think it's one of the very few of its size remaining in the western US.

How many of you are dinosaurs like me who remembers Blockbuster's "Be Kind, Please Rewind" mantra on the videocassetes?

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Yeah the only real reason I don't rent any more is I can buy second hand dvd's and blu-rays for what they're charging at video rental stores. Blockbuster never changes their prices or offers good deals and the amount of times I had sign up to be a member because I lost my card or membership is only valid at one store. Not to mention in the 00's they removed all the Nintendo games like nobody cared. As far as I can tell they are still kicking here in Australia but I won't miss them when they go. Renting movies has lost a lot of it's charm and when the whole process can be done effortlessly over the Internet, the most convenient method will prevail.

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^ I could always just give my phone number to show my membership and it'd be fine. Always been a Blockbuster fan - shame they're closing, but unfortunately it isn't very unexpected or shocking.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:45 am 
 

LongLiveTheNewFlesh wrote:
Empyreal wrote:
Well, how many horror movies legitimately, literally make you feel scared? Probably not many. It's about using your imagination and seeing what the films do well. Never seen Prince of Darkness, but In the Mouth of Madness is effective for other reasons. It's surreal, imaginative and cool as hell.


Aye, I think people eventually become numb to any of the potential scares in horror films outside of those moments that inevitably make one jump (there's one in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 that always gets me, for example). I absolutely agree that In The Mouth Of Madness is "surreal, imaginative and cool as hell" - it came out at a time when horror was certainly dying and it just packed such a powerful punch that it will always be one of my favorite horror selections from the 90s.

I just thought In the Mouth of Madness was at its strongest when you never directly saw the creatures. For example...
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When Sutter Cane opened up the void from his face and his narration said that Trent looked into the void and saw the Old Ones writhing and rising, it was far more effective when we ourselves couldn't see them and it was genuinely pretty creepy. But then the lame-ass extremely fake puppets appeared and the moment was ruined forever.


The last 5 or so minutes, however, are absolutely genius.
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marktheviktor wrote:

How many of you are dinosaurs like me who remembers Blockbuster's "Be Kind, Please Rewind" mantra on the videocassetes?


I've got VHS tapes we bought from Blockbuster that have those stickers on them.

As cool as Netflix and streaming services are, there's always gonna be a part of me that misses actually going to a brick and mortar video store and renting a movie or game in person. Technology marches on, however, and Blockbuster at one point or another was gonna die for good. I'm actually a little surprised that Dish Network didn't close all the stores before now.
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I worked at Blockbuster for several years after high school and it was evident then that the company was in a sharp downward spiral. The store where I worked was a local fixture; way back when I was a little kid it was an Erol's Video, then when Blockbuster was getting huge they bought out the whole Erol's chain. They even bought the biking supply store next door to the Erol's and knocked down the wall to make a much bigger store. I can't even being to imagine how many movies I've seen in my life that came out of that store.

Anyway, around 2005 or so is when shit started to really go downhill for them. First there was the horrible failure of the "No Late Fees" campaign. The way late fees used to work was that, if you kept the movie beyond the due date, you'd get charged as if you rented it again, and every rental period you'd get dinged again as if you rented it again (so about $4.50 every week for older movies, or every two days for new releases). The "no late fees" thing was this complicated system where nothing would happen if you kept it I think a week past the due date, but if you returned it between a week overdue and a month overdue, you'd get hit with like a $2 restocking fee or something. If you waited a month, we'd just bill you for the movie and you couldn't return it. People got outraged at that shit (witnessed a couple physical assaults on staff by people who'd been charged under that system) and it resulted in a lot of people getting upset because it severely affected our stock.

Around the same time some major publisher (I wanna say it was Universal Pictures) pulled out support for Blockbuster entirely for a while at least which left people baffled about why certain huge releases were totally absent from the shelves. That's also when Netflix started getting really popular. For a short time Blockbuster's Online service was actually a pretty good Netflix alternative, since it was the same price but you had the option to return your DVD's to the store and get new ones there, too, instead of waiting for the mail, but I'm sure they shat all over that and it no doubt became a huge joke, too.

Good riddance to a poorly-run company.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:20 pm 
 

Night of the Demons - 2/5

Night of the Demons has all the makings of 80's classic, with one liners, overblown personalities and gratuitous tit shots, yet what is here is sorely lacking. It's about some popular teenagers going to a Halloween party at an abandoned funeral parlour called Hull House, the organisers are two teenage girls, one is a weirdo goth and the other is some type of slutty tramp. These two are going to trick the popular kids into thinking the house is haunted but this aspect is basically forgotten by the time it's told. Why these people would want to go to a random small party in the middle of nowhere, run by a social outcast/weirdo, when they could go to any party is a mystery to me. That is the nature of this movie, it's half-thought out and the premise is merely a device to start some spooks and bumps in the night. It's best to let it play out and try to ignore the bad acting, this by the way is no easy feat. That aside the monster make-up looks okay apart from the floating ant head, Rodger (the black guy) has some cool/fun moments and some it is kind of funny, if unintentional. On the other hand, the voices and growls coming from the goth sound like Dr Claw, so that right away kills any dread and makes her silly. The death scenes are half-arsed and mediocre, it takes too long getting to the actual carnage and it could use a couple of scenes to better establish the characters, like their origins and why this party appealed to them for starters. Under the helm of a better director with a better cast this would be a staple of the 80's, it's unfortunate because one liners like 'eat a bowl of fuck' go to waste.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:18 am 
 

volutetheswarth wrote:
'eat a bowl of fuck'

I am here... to party!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:34 am 
 

The Visitor (1979) is being re-released in theaters around the U.S. this weekend. If you like incredibly weird italian-trash, this is your movie.

http://drafthouse.com/movies/drafthouse ... or/houston

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:57 pm 
 

I'm going to see Godzilla 2000 in a big old theater tonight. They've got a balcony level and serve very reasonably priced beer. This is gonna be AWESOME.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:57 pm 
 

I've never been to a theater that sells beer. There are a couple that I know of here in Connecticut, though.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:23 am 
 

CorpseFister wrote:
I'm going to see Godzilla 2000 in a big old theater tonight. They've got a balcony level and serve very reasonably priced beer. This is gonna be AWESOME.


That was the first Godzilla movie I saw on the big screen (not counting the Roland Emmerich film), so it holds a lot of nostalgia for me. Enjoy it!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:25 am 
 

Just wait everyone, May of next year has the Legendary remake of Godzilla.....it's going to be awesome.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:43 am 
 

iamntbatman wrote:
I worked at Blockbuster for several years after high school and it was evident then that the company was in a sharp downward spiral. The store where I worked was a local fixture; way back when I was a little kid it was an Erol's Video, then when Blockbuster was getting huge they bought out the whole Erol's chain. They even bought the biking supply store next door to the Erol's and knocked down the wall to make a much bigger store. I can't even being to imagine how many movies I've seen in my life that came out of that store.

Anyway, around 2005 or so is when shit started to really go downhill for them. First there was the horrible failure of the "No Late Fees" campaign. The way late fees used to work was that, if you kept the movie beyond the due date, you'd get charged as if you rented it again, and every rental period you'd get dinged again as if you rented it again (so about $4.50 every week for older movies, or every two days for new releases). The "no late fees" thing was this complicated system where nothing would happen if you kept it I think a week past the due date, but if you returned it between a week overdue and a month overdue, you'd get hit with like a $2 restocking fee or something. If you waited a month, we'd just bill you for the movie and you couldn't return it. People got outraged at that shit (witnessed a couple physical assaults on staff by people who'd been charged under that system) and it resulted in a lot of people getting upset because it severely affected our stock.

Around the same time some major publisher (I wanna say it was Universal Pictures) pulled out support for Blockbuster entirely for a while at least which left people baffled about why certain huge releases were totally absent from the shelves. That's also when Netflix started getting really popular. For a short time Blockbuster's Online service was actually a pretty good Netflix alternative, since it was the same price but you had the option to return your DVD's to the store and get new ones there, too, instead of waiting for the mail, but I'm sure they shat all over that and it no doubt became a huge joke, too.

Good riddance to a poorly-run company.


Well shit, if you keep a movie for a MONTH, especially a new release, what do people expect?

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 2:07 am 
 

"No late fees", man! You can keep movies literally as long as you want with no repercussions!
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