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Psychokinesis - Korean film about a dead beat dad who gains psychokinetic powers and uses them to try and rebuild his relationship with his estranged daughter after the death of her mother.

I enjoyed this, funny at times, but also moving at times in regards to the relationship between the lead and his daughter, as he tries and build a relationship again while learning what he did to find himself estranged from his daughter in the first place. 8/10.


 
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AntG

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Nov 16, 2012
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Anyone who says they don't find those last 15 minutes or so disturbing is not right in the head. My girlfriend got up and walked out the room saying "I can't take this anymore! What sort of fucked up person makes a film like this?" :lol:
 

BigBone

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Valley of the Dolls (1967)


Three young, independent woman try to get by in the 60s theater / film industry through career & relationship setbacks, addictions & valuable lessons along the way. Strong minded female protagonists: check. Extramarital relationships, abortion and other anti-heroine stuff: check. Alcohol and prescription drug abuse: check - you'd imagine Mark Robson's campy classic would fit perfectly into today's #metoo #oxi-epidemic environment, and Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke and the tragic Sharon Tate did well enough half a decade ago to have some womanly commentary on life in male-dominated Broadway / Hollywood.

A bit clumsy as one night stands and prescription drugs and alcoholism looks extremely tame from today's POV, and this is Old Hollywood Melodrama rather than New Hollywood realism with natural acting. Still, calling this "campy in excess in the bad way" etc. is typical critics' double standard by the same ppl. who praise Douglas Sirk melodramas, over the top B horrors and exploitation stuff such as Russ Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. I think this Valley of the Dolls should be considered what it is: an old-timer drama a bit late in delivery, yet with relevant themes and issues properly represented, with old school acting overcoming writing shortcomings. And if you don't try to act too smart and smug while watching it, you're gonna say: IT'S COOL
 
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Midnight in Paris

An aspiring writer travels back in time to Paris of the Roaring 20s and meets many famous literary and artistic figures, like Hemingway, Picasso, and Dali.

Like many of Woody Allen's films, this one manages to be both lightheartedly humorous and at times poignant. But I mostly like it for its colorful portrayals of historical figures, especially Hemingway.

Rating: 9/10.
 
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The Westerner

A movie that seems to get a bit overlooked today when classic westerns are discussed.

The tone of the movie ranges from a touch humorous at times to other times tense and harrowing. Gary Cooper's character feels like a precursor to Clint Eastwood's "Man with No Name" from the Dollar films - a quiet, mysterious stranger/loner who rides into town and gets swept up in a civil conflict (ironically, Cooper was reportedly reluctant to take the role because of how understated his character was - which was a bit unique for movie protagonists at the time).

Unfortunately, I felt the movie was a bit sluggish during the middle portions and the story meandered at times, as if the makers struggled to find ways to flesh it out or create dynamics between the characters. However, the last half-hour was great, and the ending showdown is a classic. I just felt the movie would've been better if it either edited out about 15 minutes or so, or perhaps focused on other ideas during the slower parts.

Rating: 7.5/10.
 
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Jason and the Argonauts

Childhood favourite which still stands up well today, starring Todd Armstrong as Jason and his attempt to get a band of warriors together to sail from Thessaly to Colchis to steal the golden fleece and along the way they face dangers like the clashing rocks, Talos, Harpies, the Hydra and a bunch of warrior skeletons all animated by the late Ray Harryhausen. Great fun, I always preferred this to Clash of the Titans.
I still enjoy watching this one too whenever it comes on TV, along with those Sinbad movies from the same era (especially that one that stars Caroline Munro's abs :yep ).

Two things about JasArg that I always liked, but most people would overlook:

1. Nigel Green's portrayal of Hercules is the truest to the original Greek myths that I've ever seen in a film. Contrary to how he's often depicted today, Hercules wasn't a noble hero, but rather an arrogant beer-guzzling womanizer who sometimes did good deeds in his spare time - and Green captures that to a T.

2. Badass music score by the legendary Bernard Herrmann (of Psycho fame). It's the driving force behind the Talos scene:

 
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Last night we watched

Cape Fear starring Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum, Mitchum plays an ex-convict called Max Cady who has come to take revenge on the lawyer Sam Bowden(Peck) and his family because Bowden got Cady sent down for 8 years. Brilliant thriller with Mitchum stealing the show as the menacing villain.

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Halloween, John Carpenters original film from 1978 about an escaped murderer on the loose returning to his home town on Halloween night 15 years after murdering his sister when he was still a child. Donald Pleasence plays the psychiatrist hunting the killer. Not a gory film at all but the tension in this film is done by Carpenters haunting score. Classic film.
 
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May 25, 2013
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Anyone who says they don't find those last 15 minutes or so disturbing is not right in the head. My girlfriend got up and walked out the room saying "I can't take this anymore! What sort of fucked up person makes a film like this?" :lol:
I remember first watching it with my mates back in the late 90's for the first time and honestly most of us had trouble staying awake, we as a whole found it pretty boring, fucked up yeah, but boring, never really got why some people make such a big deal about it.
 
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John Wick 3 - Parabellum. Just felt like one set fight sequence after another, there was very little plot and what plot there was, was ridiculous. The whole walking through the desert just seemed stupid and convenient, was just a weak plot device to make up for a lack of good writing.

I loved the first John Wick it was a simple revenge tale with kick ass action scenes but it's fallen into the trap of trying to up the action with each outing and now it's become ridiculous. I'm done with this franchise. 3/10.
 

AntG

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I remember first watching it with my mates back in the late 90's for the first time and honestly most of us had trouble staying awake, we as a whole found it pretty boring, fucked up yeah, but boring, never really got why some people make such a big deal about it.
Different tastes isn't it, some people found the Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity scary, I found them terrible. A friend of mine who's a big film fan said that I absolutely MUST watch Scarface, I think it's one of the worst films I've ever seen.
 
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Different tastes isn't it, some people found the Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity scary, I found them terrible. A friend of mine who's a big film fan said that I absolutely MUST watch Scarface, I think it's one of the worst films I've ever seen.
Yeah true, different strokes for different folks. I didn't like Blair Witch. I recall watching it late at night in an old independent cinema which had decked the whole place out for the film. I watched it with some work friends and this Spanish girl sitting next to me was literally screaming and grabbing hold of me every few minutes, while I was bored out of my mind for most of the movie. Though the ending is brilliant and totally fucked with my head, walked home in the dark totally spooked out. But I'll never watch it again, sitting through all that tedious build up wasn't worth the pay off in my opinion.
 

BigBone

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Different tastes isn't it, some people found the Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity scary, I found them terrible. A friend of mine who's a big film fan said that I absolutely MUST watch Scarface, I think it's one of the worst films I've ever seen.
Which Scarface?
 

Football Bat

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Different tastes isn't it, some people found the Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity scary, I found them terrible. A friend of mine who's a big film fan said that I absolutely MUST watch Scarface, I think it's one of the worst films I've ever seen.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre is great. I didn't like it much when I first rented it on VHS in the 80's, but an older me really likes that film now. The Exorcist III is another movie that I drastically changed my opinion about.....being one of my favorite horror movies now.
 

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre is great. I didn't like it much when I first rented it on VHS in the 80's, but an older me really likes that film now. The Exorcist III is another movie that I drastically changed my opinion about.....being one of my favorite horror movies now.
I suspect those who found TTCM boring probably only watched it once.
 
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Jun 10, 2013
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Last night we watched

Cape Fear starring Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum, Mitchum plays an ex-convict called Max Cady who has come to take revenge on the lawyer Sam Bowden(Peck) and his family because Bowden got Cady sent down for 8 years. Brilliant thriller with Mitchum stealing the show as the menacing villain.

then

Halloween, John Carpenters original film from 1978 about an escaped murderer on the loose returning to his home town on Halloween night 15 years after murdering his sister when he was still a child. Donald Pleasence plays the psychiatrist hunting the killer. Not a gory film at all but the tension in this film is done by Carpenters haunting score. Classic film.
Two classic horror/thrillers that fully stand the test of time. It drives me crazy that there are people who prefer Scorsese's ridiculously convoluted/over-the-top remake of CF over the original. :mad :mad4

Speaking of Carpenter, I'd say his version of The Thing is THE greatest sci-fi/horror film of all time, and Big Trouble in Little China is the greatest action movie parody/spoof of all time. The original Assault on Precinct 13 is also one of my favorite action/thrillers.