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Old 02-13-2010, 06:30 AM   #646
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Saw A Single Man last night - what a film. It is so meticulously crafted, so poetic. Wow wow wow. It is thin on story but what it lacks in plot it makes up for with meaning. What a beautiful, very human movie.
I 100% agree. I caught this about 2 weeks ago and it's easily the most impressive debut film I've seen in a very very very long time.
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Old 02-13-2010, 08:43 PM   #647
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Saw The Wolfman Remake yesterday. Nice throwback to Old School Gothic Horror with gore!

Ignore the bad reviews, go see it!
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Old 02-15-2010, 04:08 PM   #648
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Watched another highly praised 00-09 "horror" film, yet another (I believe) on Ash's list of "horror" movies that prove the new millennium is better than the 90's... This time on the toilet:

Ils / Them.

I don't know how French this movie is. When it started- I could swear they weren't speaking French. But, it sucked. However, for the first 40 minutes- this was the best French horror movie I've ever seen. Even better than Eyes Without a Face. I liked the characters. The music score didn't completely suck. And there were a few fucking REALLY good little pieces. Things that, were they applied to the Saw series- could make those shit movies worth the hype and could possibly excuse the fanbase. I'm referring to the glass door and the needle-thin rod/blade shoved through the keyhole. Because... they actually surprised me. And because the victims weren't dragged into a torture chamber or subdued first. 40 minutes seems to be the Standard Crap-Out Time for these kinds of movies. The survival "horror" films that start out decent then turn to shit (I'm looking at you: Wolf Creek).

But then, naturally: we go into full-on survival film mode for the last 36 and this fucker drags and drags and drags and drags. I don't care what little tight spot you're stuck in. I knew they were going to get stuck and I didn't care. I knew someone was going to be so injured they wouldn't barely make it - and I didn't care. The second she hides behind the plastic tarp sheets, I knew something would be rammed at her. This ain't no slasher film- they were FUN (most of them). They could justify the obvious set-ups and cliches, and didn't have the pretentious attitudes of these survival "horror" films. It's monotony. That's why I'm so critical of these new horror movies. It's all the same. It's all shit. It's not suspenseful. It's not intense. It's fucking boring. And by film's end... well- what d'ya know? A torture chamber / underground bunker or tunnel! You knew someone was eventually going to end up in a torture chamber or tied up, this being at least semi-French. And then... the "filmmakers" here compound the initial offense even more... trying to shock us by revealing that kids are the killers. No- I didn't know that kids were going to be the killers. But was I surprised? No.

I think the thing that really pisses me off about this is that it actually had potential. I could respect this kind of film. Look at the big finale to 28 Days Later. My heart was pounding. I was on the edge of my seat. I cared about what was going on and who was involved. The camera shook and went wild and I liked it. I'm not stupid, I'm not too hard on these movies, and I'm not beyond getting a reaction out of. I can dig it when it's done right. But when you add up what works here, it's incredibly slim pickings. And maybe worse than that, this thing did have something going for it and the "filmmakers" threw it away for cliches. There was room in the story to make a statement about children being driven to this kind of violence. Or, there could have been any kind of explanation for why the kid tried to get the people to trust him. This isn't a slasher film- these guys can't get away with just dropping pieces here and there and then covering the rest with cliches. Not when you're trying to be realistic and call yourself a "true story." For a true story, this thing was padded with SO much cliche and tricks to get the audience to react. But like the worst of exploitation thrillers posing as horror films... they're cheap tricks. Showing that the people making this weren't at all serious about it.


1/10. As usual, I was right. The French still can't make a real or good horror film to save their lives (even at its' worst, Australia's Wolf Creek was 20 times better than this film, and at its' best- 80 times better). And the 90's is still superior to the new millennium.

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Old 02-15-2010, 05:26 PM   #649
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It's monotony. That's why I'm so critical of these new horror movies. It's all the same. It's all shit. It's not suspenseful. It's not intense. It's fucking boring.
Haven't seen Ils, but thats pretty much how I felt after seeing Inside. I think a lot of good horror films have been made during this last decade, but I have to agree with you on the whole survival horror genre (or whatever you want to call it...films that are constantly referred to as "intense" or something). i don't find them involving at all.
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Old 02-16-2010, 04:04 PM   #650
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"The Hunted" (1995, J.F. Lawton) - **1/2

Nice little ninja/samurai gem from the mid-90's, has the always fun Christopher Lambert playing a businessman caught up in some ninja mess. Some cool martial arts action, but lackluster compared to others.

"The Wolfman" (2010, Joe Johnston) - ***1/2
Excellent remake of the iconic Universal horror film and character. Amazing sets and cinematography, solid acting and a remarkable script. Definitely proves its worth that remakes can work right.

"3000 Miles to Graceland" (2001, Demian Lichtenstein) - ***
A misunderstood and extremely underrated actioner. I don't think this film is half as bad as everyone made it out to be during its first release. What is not to love about Elvis impersonators robbing a Vegas casino, with top-notch action. Russell and Costner are in very cool form here...loads of fun!

"Death Wish 3" (1985, Michael Winner) - ***

Two words: Paul Kersey. Want two more? CHARLES FUCKIN' BRONSAN. Kersey takes on a band of sinister NY street-punks who govern a huge chunk of the city. A trademark film of gratuitous 80s violence. Thank you Cannon Films!

"Death Wish 4: The Crackdown" (1987, J. Lee Thompson) - ***

Kersey, taking on two drug cartels...priceless stuff!
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Old 02-16-2010, 04:47 PM   #651
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"Death Wish 3" (1985, Michael Winner) - ***[/B]
Two words: Paul Kersey. Want two more? CHARLES FUCKIN' BRONSAN. Kersey takes on a band of sinister NY street-punks who govern a huge chunk of the city. A trademark film of gratuitous 80s violence. Thank you Cannon Films!

"Death Wish 4: The Crackdown" (1987, J. Lee Thompson) - ***

Kersey, taking on two drug cartels...priceless stuff![/SIZE][/FONT]
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get the Death Wish films Uncut on blu-ray. They’ve done the Dirty Harry movies.
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Old 02-16-2010, 05:40 PM   #652
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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get the Death Wish films Uncut on blu-ray. They’ve done the Dirty Harry movies.
Yeah, anything would be a Godsend at this point, with the putrid DVD releases of "Death Wish" 2-5 we have now. At least the first film is anamorphic widescreen.

We need the works on this set!

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Old 02-16-2010, 06:29 PM   #653
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Found a fun fucked up dvd yesterday at FYE for $1.91. Night of a 1000 Cats. What makes this so fun is the disc quality is so bad (static Nero menus look more professional than the menu on this). Then something I'd never seen before.
The back says fullscreen, but the opening credits aren't only 2.35 widescreen, they're anamorphic! I was thinking "sweet, I love when covers are wrong and it's better". But after the directed by credit, it switched to 4X3 pan and scan, non anamorphic without changing titles or even chapters! I did not know it was possible to have parts of the video be anamorphic and others not.
Not a good film, but fun enough and quick. 63 minutes, but lots of tittays so no clue what was cut. IMDB and other sites say the Mexican version is 93 minutes, I can't see any obvilous cuts or what could fill 30 more minutes. It did waste plenty time with footage of the helicopter flying around and dipping into pools.
Worth exactly the $2.02 it cost with tax, not a penny more or less! Check the budget section of FYE, Amazon is over $5 used and that's too much (another site wanted $75 for it, if anyone pays that I will personally slap you).
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Not a good film, but fun enough and quick. 63 minutes, but lots of tittays so no clue what was cut.
An Amazon review says no nudity.
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:29 AM   #655
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"3000 Miles to Graceland" (2001, Demian Lichtenstein) - ***
A misunderstood and extremely underrated actioner. I don't think this film is half as bad as everyone made it out to be during its first release. What is not to love about Elvis impersonators robbing a Vegas casino, with top-notch action. Russell and Costner are in very cool form here...loads of fun!
This has always been a guilty pleasure of mine and I agree with you completely. Good to now I'm not the only person on the planet who likes this film!
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I saw that too when looking for what's cut from the Mexico release, and really don't know what they were watching. There's nudity right from the get and plenty throughout. I doubt any other dvd exists, but maybe one does or they were reviewing based off TV and not the disc. I promise titties and little else from this.
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Old 02-19-2010, 06:07 AM   #657
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Finally watched Scream last night, what a freaking blast. I stayed away from seeing it or its sequels because of the constant parodies and such, but I found it on TMC and was absolutely riveted. I loved the deconstruction of horror movie cliches coupled with scary moments, and Neve Campbell is quite the hottie in this one.

Now I'm pumped for Scream 4, especially now that Williamson is writing it.
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:00 AM   #658
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after being disappointed with Commando Leopard, this turned out to be a superior Vietnam/anti-war/exploitation movie, highly recommended!
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I'm probably gonna get shot for this....I loved Freddy's Dead.
it love it so much (of course not better than parts 1 or 3) but it is so much fun. i laughed so hard at parts...i loved Spencer's dream, it was so funny.
I've always thought the movie was a tiny bit underrated but... I'd rather watch someone laughing at Spencer's video game dream than watch those awful graphics again. How did that movie date so dang fast, when they literally kept feeding us this kid's gaming tech-stuff as far into the future as Viruosity and Johnny Mnemonic?

What I really liked a lot was Maggie's memory-recall. Nobody cares about John. But Maggie was cool.


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Haven't seen Ils, but thats pretty much how I felt after seeing Inside. I think a lot of good horror films have been made during this last decade, but I have to agree with you on the whole survival horror genre (or whatever you want to call it...films that are constantly referred to as "intense" or something). i don't find them involving at all.
That's why I'm not even bothering with Inside. And; Thank you! I desperately want to be wrong for once. To find a little something new that makes me not think the horror genre is dead and just rotting to the point where you think the human race has lost its' sense of smell and can't tell when something's ready to be buried.

With that in mind, I've had the chance to see Let the Right One In on Netflix for weeks now and I just haven't had the stomach to try. I don't know what I would do if that movie turns out to be anything less than better than Ginger Snaps. That's what it would need to be to restore my faith in the new genre product. Things have gotten so bad, they're basically in-growing. Past the point of a deficit, past receding, past regression. It's now an aneroxic body eating its' own flesh because it hasn't been fed in years. And I still say the reason for that is because people now view all horror as: don't bore me. Like the genre when it was receding, horror fans pretty much have begun subconsciously enjoying horror the way they enjoy thrillers, exploitation, porn, and action flicks. And consciously- somehow it's justified for horror to be completely artless and void of atmosphere because of the 8 years we had with Bush (which has affected the culture), 9/11, and the erosion of intelligent discourse (just look at a certain poster's replies to my posts in the Jason Takes Manhattan thread for further proof). As thrills driven by loud noise and crude action. Man- I can get that by grabbing a lead pipe, going outside, and banging on the metal sheet over my roof! Nobody needs to shell out 5 million to make that (thanks but no thanks; Midnight Meat Train!).

There is a definite correlation between the mentality of the horror genre today and the Idiocracy culture - though the people making the new horror movies don't know why. Which, I'm serious, is the fuel for all our defenses of the horror output since at least Wrong Turn. Ignorance and fear. And, in fact, the most UNrealistic situations continually put into "everyday" stories and fed back to us in the form of the survival horror subgenre. Even when I come back to this board, the people here who hate me (who you have to imagine, because of that, I disagree with and see myself as nothing like, though that may be part of a huge misunderstanding or just me making a bad impression as usual- wouldn't be the first incident) are smarter than the characters in these "realistic" new horror films. Remember when horror movies actually used characters to appeal to good qualities in us- like being laidback or humble or wanting to have fun without being completely obnoxious? I don't think the cast of Cabin Fever or the couples in movies like Midnight Mean Train or Dead Silence really represent anyone I know. It's like TV and shit like The Secret Life of the American Teenager (which is like any TV show now, comedy or drama or soap or cop / detective; take your pick!) - we never bother to look at people's lives, houses, clothes in movies and shows anymore and question: is that life like our lives?

Yet somehow, we still let people call these movies and shows interesting or entertaining because they seem real to them. And the high-octane (which any idiot can do) rather than scary nature of these survival horror movies is similar to our crime-fiction TV and any number of thrillers, exploitation / grindhouse fare, and action / martial arts films. Current or past. So, people stop thinking about it. But I'm calling this out because if "realistic" is still a defense of this genre (and even if NOBODY HERE uses it but the dumb kids who love the remakes and hate the originals - no matter how we may view it as a masterpiece), I'm the one who's willing to say: it's not really realistic. I'm not as stupid as the stoners in The Blair Witch Project (yes, I know when it was made but I consider that film to be the beginning of the new-millennium really). No one I know is as flightly as the girls from Cabin Fever or Haute Tension when they attempt to communicate with someone. I've heard the defenses of the characters in Haute Tension - the girl isn't completely stupid because... she takes chances when escaping, but that still doesn't mean she isn't a bimbo when the actuality of real life - which rarely includes running and hiding from perverted kidnappers - sets in and she has to use her social skills. You can dress a flake up in manly clothes or give her keys, a briefcase, and a high-paying job in one of these movies. The reality of what you have chosen to cast just for cliche-sake hasn't changed anything. You cast the beautiful sexy skinny girl who can fit into the tight jeans. While, of course, men wear the relaxed fits more often than not. Conformity at its' finest. I feel like I'm being sold a fucking lifestyle and a Filmmakers' View on: How the World Is. Rather than how it can be. Since these survival situations are not the norm- they're the exception to the rule. Otherwise, were things this dire, I doubt we would be watching "horror" movies.

And really, when you think about it, the 90's already did most of what we've seen this past decade. Se7en was Saw. Kiss the Girls was Captivity. The Silence of the Lambs, Kalifornia, Copycat, etc. And a ton of direct-to-video flicks (I have to blink now watching Halloween 6 or Children of the Corn IV because - they look just like a new-millennium "horror" movie! If only they knew how cutting edge they were). Every trend the new millennium in horror has given us was already done in the 90's. Usually by a thriller or a non-horror movie. Saving Private Ryan and any number of war movies gave us the shaky cam. Rob Zombie took themes right out of Natural Born Killers for Halloween and The Devil's Rejects (not to mention Bride of Chucky - the truck scene). To me, the boogeyman from Jeepers Creepers was nicked from Candyman. Nightwatch did the self-mutilation to get out of chains thing before Saw and was incredibly gritty. Halloween 6 did the flashes, music video pacing / editing, and mechanical / industrial sound effects. Any number of independent films did the fluorescent white and green lighting effect before Cabin Fever and Darren Bousman got a hold of it (Gregg Araki's The Living End comes to mind - also Bio Zombie, and perhaps Carpenter's Body Bags).

Can anyone actually name one thing the new-millennium gave us that we didn't have already?


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I didn't know Mick Garris was really a secret action director- but this was a fun fucking movie. Sleepwalkers is not crap (better than Wes Craven's Shocker, that's for sure!). It's an unwitting (as far as Garris is concerned) assault on home-sweet-home American tv-family values. Of which, if you've seen as much bad 80's tv as I have, you know is long in coming. Hell, there might be some pent-up 40's and 50's stuff here in Tanya's family too. This movie is littered with amazing scenes. From great gore (the hand rip, the finger bite, corkscrew in the eye) to artful intensity (the kitchen scene with the scissors and the rose) to the good girl stereotype spoofing... and, c'mon: Alice Krige. This is a POWERHOUSE performance. Did you even see the movie?! Did you sleep through it?!? How can you not love her going crazy here? And after busting heads, stabbing cops with corn, scratching and clawing... she tears Ron Pearlman apart!! And, after he reveals himself to be a woman-hating, 'them teenagers got no respect' douchebag.

I'm sorry, but with all that... a couple morphing shots and a bad black cop stereotype is not enough to ruin this movie. Oh, and a couple bad one-liners. But they made up for most of that with, "Look at this shirt! My mom's gonna kill me!"
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