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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:17 pm 
 

I like the original trilogy, but I don't worship it to the point that I find the idea of a remake offensive, and I'm not going to cry about the absence of an Ash character. I just wanted a movie that followed the same basic concept of young people at a cabin in the woods getting possessed and killing each other, and this delivers as well as I could have hoped. Good gore, plenty of memorable scenes (some of which will be familiar if you've seen the Sam Raimi films), and any worries I had about obnoxious Diablo Cody dialogue (she apparently did some kind of uncredited re-write) were unfounded.[/quote]

It wasn't bad, but it completely lacks the kind of spontaneity and savageness that the original one had. I did like the gore well enough but eh, wasn't really what I'd call a good movie overall...just no reason to really see it over the original, unfortunately.[/quote]
Heard abut this while on vacation. Now i'm back in NZ i've time to watch movies again in my spare time, while i save for another vacation. I'm quite keen to see this one, though i don't have high hopes. I guess i'm one of these classic horror fanboys that tends to get more or less offended by all these remakes. I mean, it's been 15 years now and i think we can all admit theyre seldom any good. I mean look at The Thing fr example. Anyways, i know i'll be unimpressed, but keen to give it a watch.[/quote]


I thought it was way overhyped(I thought the poster was false advertising) and various sites showed spoilery clips, at least with the gore, ruined some of it.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:24 pm 
 

Subrick wrote:
Gonna steal Empyreal's format for this. I await his gimmick infringement suit.


Nah, but I will sue you for giving any Gingerdead Man movie a score above 0 stars.

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Heard abut this while on vacation. Now i'm back in NZ i've time to watch movies again in my spare time, while i save for another vacation. I'm quite keen to see this one, though i don't have high hopes. I guess i'm one of these classic horror fanboys that tends to get more or less offended by all these remakes. I mean, it's been 15 years now and i think we can all admit theyre seldom any good. I mean look at The Thing fr example. Anyways, i know i'll be unimpressed, but keen to give it a watch.


You could do worse. It's not bad or anything, and they generally keep it exciting enough plot-wise. I just never thought it really reached a level where it grabbed me like the 1980s one did.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:12 pm 
 

Yeah i'll probably get round to watching it. I always go into these not having high expectations, after a few disappointments with remakes 10 years or so ago, so it's not like i'll be heartbroken.

On another note i had like 4 days of flights over the last while so watched a few of the movies available on my screen thingies. One was Identity Theif. Basically thought it would be crap/average at best and that's what i got. Only watched it for Jason Bateman. I guess the idea was somewhat interesting. Can't think of a recent film i've watched with a similar basic plot, or anything. At least it's not a teen sex romp, god-awful parody/spoof entry, or Hangover 5, but yeah it had a few funny-ish moments but on the whole was totally average and not worth watching. Not even really on a 14 hour flight. But i guess i preferred it to choosing to watch Les Miserables or whatever. Rating: 1.5/5
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:45 pm 
 

Identity Thief looks like absolute torture. It's one of those movies that you can tell just from the poster that it's going to be BAD. I mean, look at this...

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...and tell me that it looks like a good movie.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:57 pm 
 

I hate that fat bitch. She's the most painfully unfunny ''comedian'' this side of Chelsea Handler, and they're putting her in everything now. The fuck is the appeal?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:02 pm 
 

It wasn't too bad. Enjoyable enough for a modern comedy...I didn't want to turn it off when I saw it so that was something. Had a couple of really lame parts though.
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Necroticism174 wrote:
I hate that fat bitch. She's the most painfully unfunny ''comedian'' this side of Chelsea Handler, and they're putting her in everything now. The fuck is the appeal?

Hahaha, i know what you mean. She was annoying as hell, but i think, i mean, i guess that movie, and that role called for someone like her. Still, crap movie. Wasn't surprised, merely in the middle of a 48 hour series of flights back from Finland, trying to pass time. I watched a couple other ones too.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:08 pm 
 

It's because Bridesmaids was a big hit. If that movie bombed or if she wasn't in it, she would still be stuck in the obscurity that someone with her lack of talent deserves.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:11 pm 
 

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Bridesmaids sucks more balls than should even be possible. Only MacGrubber is a worse comedy. While we're at it, fuck Kristen Wiig. She was in both of those turds. Another actress that I'm completely incredulous gets roles. Though I guess she was somewhat ''ok'' in Extract. Which is one movie out of however many she blew in.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:49 pm 
 

Amazes me how her movies are rated R, yet hollywood is really afraid to do that anymore, yet those movies are shit.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:42 pm 
 

Necroticism174 wrote:
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Bridesmaids sucks more balls than should even be possible. Only MacGrubber is a worse comedy.


I haven't seen MacGrubber, but IMO Bridesmaids blows away the following recent comedies: The Campaign, The Hangover Part II (haven't seen Part III), Due Date..... Hey, it seems I hate the short fat guy (Zach Galifianakis) as much as you guys hate the short fat woman!

Oh, and add This Is 40 to the Not As Good As Bridesmaids category as well.

While we're talking about bad comedies, has anybody seen Movie 43? I'm watching it this weekend and I hope it's fascinatingly terrible like The Room, but I have a feeling it'll just be unfunny and dull. Ebert's old partner called it "the Citizen Kane of awful" which makes it sound like one of those movies I have to see once, even though he specifically warns against checking it out just for the train wreck factor.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:50 am 
 

It sucks, but there are so much worse piles of shit out there than that. Movie 43 just tries too hard, and while it honestly was kinda funny at times, it's nowhere near as shitty as reviews of it are making it out to be.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:04 am 
 

I watched some of Movie 43, mainly the first 15 minutes and the leprechaun part, and it just wasnt funny. There is far worse though, like those shitty PG-13 parodies, and Postal(especially hate that, since I blind bought it).

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:53 am 
 

Uh, the NC-17 director's cut of Postal is very nearly brilliant. I hated the R and Unrated cuts as well, though. Sad how much the studio wrecked one of Uwe Boll's only good films (along with Rampage and Stoic, the latter of which is possibly my favorite docudrama of all time).
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:33 am 
 

ChineseDownhill wrote:
While we're talking about bad comedies, has anybody seen Movie 43? I'm watching it this weekend and I hope it's fascinatingly terrible like The Room, but I have a feeling it'll just be unfunny and dull. Ebert's old partner called it "the Citizen Kane of awful" which makes it sound like one of those movies I have to see once, even though he specifically warns against checking it out just for the train wreck factor.

Yeah, sadly it's just unfunny and dull. Take all the gross-out gags from the worst American Pie films and then add some half arsed wrap-around story that is utterly boring and worthless, that is Movie 43 in a nut shell. And it's doubly worse when you know the 'punchline' because that's entirely what the movie hinges itself upon.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:07 am 
 

Movie 43 is just a series of sketches with a wax-paper thin wrap-around. I'll never understand all the Friedberg comparisons; it's much closer to stuff like The Meaning of Life, Kentucky Fried Movie and more recently The Onion (movie) and The Ten than any of those unmentionably horrible Scary Movie "movies." Like all sketch-com movies, it was insanely hit-or-miss, more often ending up in the latter than the former. Still, the Merchant/Berry sketch, parts of the Long/Sudeikis bit and especially the James Gunn skit at the end were pretty fucking spectacular, and far more rewarding in their 5-odd minute run-times than most feature-length films passing as comedy these days. Overall, I'd rank it just slightly below The Ten and The Onion (movie); something like a 4.5/10 for 43, 5/10 for the other two. None are really recommended, but you could do a whole helluva lot worse if you're looking for modern comedy (This Is The End, I'm looking at you).
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DeathRiderDoom wrote:
Heard abut this while on vacation. Now i'm back in NZ i've time to watch movies again in my spare time, while i save for another vacation. I'm quite keen to see this one, though i don't have high hopes. I guess i'm one of these classic horror fanboys that tends to get more or less offended by all these remakes. I mean, it's been 15 years now and i think we can all admit theyre seldom any good. I mean look at The Thing fr example. Anyways, i know i'll be unimpressed, but keen to give it a watch.



Toss it in the bin with all the other remakes...some good gore, some cool FX, some interesting scenes sprinkled about, but no real likable characters and they've made a real mess of the whole Candarian demon mythology,
i'll keep waiting for a modern horror movie to have a main character you care about like laurie strode or nancy thompson or rj macready

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:30 pm 
 

Saw Dredd (2012). Pretty good movie; to the point, great action, tons on blood, awesome visuals, good acting for what it is. Score 4/5
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:58 pm 
 

Has anyone else seen Only God Forgives yet? New film from Refn starring Ryan Gosling with Cliff Martinez doing the music. I found it pretty enjoyable, but definitely don't go in expecting to see Drive 2.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:00 pm 
 

I love Refn and bear no ill-will towards Gosling, but I thought Drive mostly sucked. So this is only a good thing in my book!
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After Bronson I'm very, very wary of touching anything else he does, but I might see it sometime if I feel like it. Drive was the only good thing I've seen from him.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:02 pm 
 

You should watch the Pusher trilogy before you judge him. I didn't care much for Bronson personally, but I found it generally more agreeable than Drive.
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Yeah, the three I've seen from him are Fear X, Drive and Bronson, in that order - without realizing the same guy did all three until I looked afterward. I think I saw one of those Pusher movies on Netflix, I'll check it out - looked interesting. I just didn't think two out of the three I saw being eye-gougingly horrible was a very good frame of reference. :p
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I've seen the first two Pushers are they're definitely worth checking out. Pretty interesting stuff, kind of disarming in how at the outset they feel kind of superficial and by the end you're surprised at how emotionally involved you are in them. Pretty cool. I've been meaning to check out part 3 but keep forgetting. Maybe tonight's the night!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:53 pm 
 

Pusher 3 is actually on Netflix, Under_Starmere!

None of the other ones are, though, sadly, although its 2012 remake is there. I wouldn't strongly recommend the remake, especially if you've already seen the original, but it's by no means bad. Really atmospheric and beautifully executed; just kind of lacks a lot of what made the original so special.

But if you're in the mood for Drive-lite, Empyreal, you could do a whole hell of a lot worse than Pusher 2012. It's only 90 minutes long, features the beautiful Agyness Deyn in her cinematic debut, riveting cinematography and has a gorgeous soundtrack by Orbital. Just keep in mind that the original stands head and shoulders above it in nearly every other way.
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darkeningday wrote:
Pusher 3 is actually on Netflix, Under_Starmere!


I know! It's been on my queue for like four months! What the fuck! Why do I not push play?!?
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HOLY FUCK, STRANGE DAYS IS ALSO ON INSTANT?

That's not a great movie but it IS a great action movie.
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Strange Days was pretty cool, there need to be more good cyberpunk movies. Johnny Mnemonic was pretty good but suffered a bit from being too "zany" and in-your-face with its weirdness I think. Strange Days was much subtler. Also Keanu Reeves, while not horrible, is far from the best actor they could have put in the lead role.

Then there's New Rose Hotel, which I barely remember except for it being kind of a mess plot-wise, though Walken and Dafoe were cool as always. Sleep Dealer was very neat, especially in the setup and first act or two, but ultimately seemed like it didn't quite live up to its potential in an annoyingly non-specific way. Just lacked a real "zing" in the final act.

Otherwise there's just not much to go around; Blade Runner and Total Recall are cool of course, Robocop partially counts I suppose, but really I think the cyberpunk aesthetic was so archetypically 80s that any movie not made in the 80s or early 90s is almost certainly not going to capture it properly.
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Yeah, it's too mainstream and uncool to mention, but The Matrix was rad.
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The Matrix really wasn't very cyberpunky at all. It did have some elements of cyberpunk - William Gibson called VR "the matrix" for example - but it lacked the all-powerful evil corporations, lowlife protagonists, body modification, and Japanese influence that characterize true cyberpunk. A movie doesn't need ALL of those things to be cyberpunk, but it certainly needs more of them than the Matrix had.
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It had all of those things, as long as you count evil robots as an evil corporation!
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Nah dude, I mean I guess it had some kung fu stuff for the Japanese component but it really didn't have serious body mods or lowlife characters. The guy in Strange Days publishes porn, Johnny Mnemonic smuggles information, Deckard is essentially a police hitman, etc.
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Have you seen any of the films of Enki Bilal, failsafeman? All three are pretty interesting. Not exactly cyberpunk, but close enough that I wouldn't fault anyone for calling them that. Good luck trying to find Bunker Palace Hotel or Tykho Moon through legal means, though (I certainly couldn't).

Oh, speaking of French cyberpunk movies, has anyone here seen Chrysalis? Again, not a great movie, but not a WHOLE lot worse than your Strange Days or your Johnny Mnemonics. Certainly worth a gander to Gibson fans, that's for sure.
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Yeah, I've seen Immortel (Ad Vitem) and loved the style and weirdness, but thought the plot and characterization were kinda meh. It reminded me a lot of The Fifth Element, what with the magical girl and the wacky weird science/supernatural stuff, but obviously it was much more serious. Worth the watch, but definitely style over substance. As for whether or not it was cyberpunk, I'd say it definitely had cyberpunk elements, but the movie itself tended to focus more on the supernatural side what with Horus and the floating pyramid and such. I could definitely see a movie focusing on different characters in the same setting being very cyberpunk, though. Now that I think about it, I'd definitely like to see more movies from the same guy.
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I completely agree with your assessment of Immortel; I really can't think of a movie that had a higher ratio of style over substance. For what it's worth, I found his previous two films to be almost the reverse of Immortel: kind of dull visual treatments (in no small part because of the shoestring budgets) but a whole hell of a lot more plot and character development.

I've been meaning to check out Bilal's comic books/graphic novels for some time now. They're apparently some of the very best sci-fi graphic novels in France, comparable to the better works of Moebius.
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Well Neo was a hacker who sold stolen information to scummy looking people. That whole intro part had that goth/industrial bar thing. I guess it started as more cyberpunk then shifted to more of a sci-fi movie once he got out of the Matrix.
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The Man with the Iron Fists - 4.5-5 out of 10.

Well.....that was a waist of two hours. I wasn't expecting anything great or even good, but maybe something good in a cheesy or dumb fun kind of way. But of course, how could I expect that from a film written by Eli Roth and directed by yet another rapper turned actor. I will say that I get what the movie wants to be....and I'm actually not against it, it was just in the wrong hands. There are a few good things in it. Russell Crowe doesn't save the film, but he is kind of fun to watch. Also, his knife/gun combo was actually pretty cool. Also, while he'll never be The Rock (a wrestler turned actor who can act), Batista does work in this kind of role, and if he stays to these roles, I have no qualms with him acting. Also, a few fight scenes, while far from innovative, where kind of entertaining to watch.

That few things said.......wow. RZA has some decent shots as a director, but for the most part, it mostly has lacking and sometimes confusing shots. Also.....he can't act for shit. I said Russell Crowe was fun, but when he dresses up as an oriental, he makes jokes that just are offensive. Lucy Liu is very much wasted, and let's face it, she's brought in to do something similar to her role in Kill Bill. Rick Yune is also wasted as well. Everyone else.....really isn't worth mentioning. Here's another problem, a lot of scenes in this film happens at a brothel, which includes numerous sex scenes and several females taking baths....and not 1 shot of nudity. My complaint of this is this film is chocked full of blood and guts, so why hold back there? One other little thing, at some point it brings up Buddhism and uses it as a means for someone to gain weapons of war.....fucking no.

Again, I get what this movie wanted to be. For a while, I was just bored with it, and I was wanting to give it something in the 6 range, but it has just a rushed, convoluted and very badly edited third act that it literally dropped my rating in the last 20 minutes. RZA, stay away from acting and directing. Eli Roth, I've said it before and I'll say it again, you got lucky with Hostel. Besides that, your a Hack.

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Aurone wrote:
but when [Russell Crowe] dresses up as an oriental, he makes jokes that just are offensive.

I'm not sure this is intentional, but either way it's hilarious.
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darkeningday wrote:
Aurone wrote:
but when [Russell Crowe] dresses up as an oriental, he makes jokes that just are offensive.

I'm not sure this is intentional, but either way it's hilarious.


I'll elaborate more, he does it to go undercover while something major goes down and not get noticed. That I'm actually fine with. My issue is that while he's having the make up applied by several Chinese women, he's making stereotypical sounds of an Asian and mocking how the talk. That's where I felt uncomfortable watching.

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Oh, I was just laughing because you used the word "oriental," which is regarded in the United States as an atavistic and often extremely offensive term for an Asian, while you yourself were offended with the horrible caricature the film showed of an Asian person. That's all. I'm sure there was no ill will on your part; I just found it kind of amusing.

I watched the director's cut of The Man with Iron Fists when it first came out and I remember being mostly unfazed by it. As it stands, I can't really remember anything at all about it except that it was an ego trip for RZA and that Russell Crowe was alarmingly bad in it. That's surely not a good sign.
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