#4841  
Old 08-07-2012, 09:33 AM
Escape From Alcatraz



Workmanlike Dirty Harry director Don Siegel reteamed with star Clint Eastwood to create this gritty prison thriller about the famous Alcatraz breakout of í62, and is in some small way a spiritual precursor to The Shawshank Redemption. This isnít as emotionally searing as that classic turned out to be, more of a plot-driven clinic of suspense filmmaking, but itís chock full of expertly milked tension, a slew of likeable characters led by Clintís soft-spoken badass Frank Morris, and more than its share of Clintage Moments, like the yard fight with Morris and a bullheaded bastard called ďWolfĒ who didnít know who he was fuckiní with. The plan Ė based on actual events to a detail, apparently Ė works best if you donít know the true account going in, but the ambiguous ending does allow you that moment of possible victory despite the less glorious reality of what probably happened. Patrick McGoohan as the pompous warden isnít nearly as slimy or utterly despicable as Norton in Shawshank, but youíll still find plenty to loathe and cheer for when Eastwood starts putting his plan in motion. And just look at that poster! Hard to tell where the stone cold wall ends and Clint begins, right?

-> 8/10
  #4842  
Old 08-07-2012, 09:46 AM
Exorcist

I love watching horror and suspense movies but Exorcist is one of the best as it really made me feel that it is true. To those that haven't watch it , they better check it out.

Stephen Adams
http://www.film.com/
  #4843  
Old 08-07-2012, 03:20 PM

The Watch(2012)-6/10
  #4844  
Old 08-07-2012, 05:57 PM
V/H/S - 9/10
  #4845  
Old 08-07-2012, 09:28 PM
Allegheny Uprising with John Wayne - Wayne is a man in colonial times trying to stop the British from selling guns to the local Indians. The story was pretty good and I liked George Sanders as the arrogant British officer. The ending was a bit of a letdown but it's still a pretty good film. 7/10

The Barbarian with Myrna Loy - Loy is a tourist being wooed by a local Egyptian tour guide. Things really start going off the rails when he reveals who he really is. I could see the ending coming but it was still a fun film with Loy looking gorgeous as always. 7/10
  #4846  
Old 08-08-2012, 03:35 AM
Ticking Clock - ***

Another straight to DVD thriller starring Cuba Gooding Jr as well as Neal McDonough. What starts off as a fairly standard but okay cat and mouse serial killer thriller morphs into something much more intriguing during the movie's second half.
  #4847  
Old 08-08-2012, 03:34 PM

Total Recall(2012)-7/10
  #4848  
Old 08-08-2012, 04:13 PM


This was like watching Scary Movie, the political mocking version.

4/10
  #4849  
Old 08-08-2012, 08:54 PM
They Won't Forget with Claude Rains - An excellent film about the murder of a young woman and the subsequent framing of her teacher. The film shows how the trial effects the lives of many of the town's citizens in different ways. Claude Rains gives a very good performance as the D.A. who is looking to use the case to bolster his political ambitions. 9/10
  #4850  
Old 08-09-2012, 02:57 AM
Battleship : no image , no comments , no rating , no point.
  #4851  
Old 08-09-2012, 03:05 AM
Dead Ringers - First time I've seen it. Seems to be easily my favorite Cronenberg film.

The Prestige - 3rd time seeing it. I can't believe how well it holds up, even knowing so much of what'll happen. This movie seems underappreciated in relation to all of Nolan's other films.
  #4852  
Old 08-09-2012, 04:18 AM
The Tunnel (2001) (7/10)
  #4853  
Old 08-09-2012, 04:22 AM
TEETH

great performance from the lead but IMO the idea sounded better on paper.
Scale of 1-10 a 5

SHADOWS AND LIES

At first i found the films long,drawn out moments without dialogue appealing but after a half hour i wanted to shoot my T.V

Scale of 1-10 a 3
  #4854  
Old 08-09-2012, 07:33 AM
The Tunnel - 8.5/10
  #4855  
Old 08-09-2012, 10:53 AM
Deathstalker (1983)

Hot on the heels of the Arnie vehicle 'Conan' came this Argentine-American production which quite blatantly jumps on that very same bandwagon.

In all fairness this isn't as bad as you might think. Despite being an obvious excuse to see females topless, a Playboy model as a brutal topless female barbarian, mud wrestling females, enslaved females, thongs galore and the obligatory barbarian sex scenes...there is some natty action to be had.

Cheesy plot you say? errrr yeah just a bit, no need to fill you in, just think of any swords n sorcery films. The main hero is played by Rick Hill and his blonde wig, very nice it is too, but he does look pretty sturdy I'll give him that. Bernard Erhard plays the rather generic evil bald sorcerer with goatee, but his approach is nice and hammy, clearly relishing the role. Dunno what that tattoo on his head is all about.

So not much happens really, the final fight to the death warrior competition is probably the best sequence with reasonable fighting going on. The rest is forgettable apart from the sequence in the castle with all the topless girls, but hearing Hill reel of his dialog is quite good fun.

The films title and poster are far more interesting than the final product. The poster actually has nothing to do with the film in any way really, its just there to lure you in I think. Low budget and camp, if it wasn't for the small amounts of blood and large amounts of tits on show it could almost be an Adam West vehicle.



Deathstalker II: Duel of the Titans (1987)

Look at the poster for this film, its damn cool with a really hot barbarian female, aggressive and looks like some old Amiga computer game box art. Remember the old classic computer game 'Barbarian'? I wonder if they got their box art ideas from these films and the poster art?. Now I look even the font on the text is similar for both, curious.

Now watch the film and you notice some slight differences with what you may have been expecting. Not that you really should be expecting much with this franchise. The cheap cheap low budget sequel to the first film really does earn the label of B-movie in every aspect.

The first film was reasonable but this is dire. The main lead looks the part but acts like a buffoon in lame attempts of badly executed humour. The continuity is gone as 'Deathstalker' is now a different younger actor, not that continuity was probably high on the directors list...or your expectation list either.

As before there are plenty of topless females running around, this is fine hehe, its just a shame they are all running the flimsiest sets you have ever seen. The comedy is in watching the bad acting against the homemade sets, just like good old Ed Wood.

Of course you can't really knock such a film as it was never meant to be a serious major production, although there is care involved clearly. Its nowhere near as good as the first and that was average at best, they actually use many old clips from the first film to flesh out this one. Bad move when you see the characters from the first film, ones that were killed even, errr did anyone check that?.



Deathstalker III: The Warriors from Hell (1988)

Third film and a third different actor as 'Deathstalker'. Probably the least interesting guy in the role so far, he's good looking sure but has a kind of Dennis Quaid look about him which equals a different kind of character.

This guy is a blonde version of the guy in 'Deathstalker II', cheeky and not overly muscular, in short neither are as cool as Rick Hill. Humour is the main ingredient as usual, well that and women's tits, its pretty much business as usual yet again.

The same locations, same costumes and same basic plot of 'Deathstalker' trying to beat an evil leader whilst saving the typically blonde girl. There is a plot about magical stones and trying to bring them back together but the outcomes are still the same. Amazingly the director hasn't used any stock footage for this outing which is nice and probably the only plus point. The adventure here is a bit dull really, action is sparse but production values seem a little better.

Again the films poster is pretty cool but in no way reflects the actual film. The films title is also obscure and doesn't really mean much but I guess it sounds good. First film still reigns supreme for me but people now know what to expect. Not to be taken seriously and gloriously a B-movie of epic proportions, playing on that fact now, by this point the cult status is looming.



Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans (1991)

Rick Hill is back! in this adventure he is up against an evil Queen with plans to rid the land of all the mightiest warriors.

Whilst the competition is in full flow the evil naughty Queen is killing off the warriors one by one (getting them drunk first) so there are none left to rival her. Of course she has forgotten how utterly cool and invincible 'Deathstalker' is and his overly tanned new buddy.

This is probably the second best of the tetralogy after the original film in my opinion. The plot and action is still as you would expect and nothing special but the humour is much better this time. Hill is clearly enjoying himself this time round, he's more buffed and his wig looks better hehe his new warrior friend also adds to the laughs. The guy is almost like an early Dwayne Johnson type sidekick.

Its all still highly cheap and cheesy but by now it would be wrong to change that. Every cliche in the low budget barbarian book is used all over again, blonde women are good, brunettes are bad, lots of tits and ass on show, soft core sex scenes at times and all wizards/wise men have long 'Merlin' type beards. Loved the stone slaves used by the Queen, some dazzling makeup and acting on show there I tells ya.

Still can't work out why they use the exact same archive footage from the previous films. The exact same reels are used! plus it still shows the previous characters that have been killed off!. At least use footage that doesn't show previous characters or footage not used before geez!. Anyway its all hokey as hell but you can forgive that, cult status has been gained somehow and Rick Hill is the man.
  #4856  
Old 08-09-2012, 11:53 AM
The Tall Man - 5/10
  #4857  
Old 08-09-2012, 12:15 PM
Moonrise Kingdom



The pangs of early adolescence, as distilled through the quirky kaleidoscope of Wes Andersonís imagination. Itís vivid, colorful, and has no bearing on reality whatsoever. So if you love Andersonís work, I see no reason why youíll stray from the beaten path with this. If you donítÖ uh, good luck with that. The cast is amazing, the performances getting the deadpan tones of Andersonís script just right (Bill Murray has mastered it as an art form). That especially includes newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the star-crossed kids gone MIA on an awkwardly romantic adventure that takes them from one end of New Penzance to the other, evading impish Scout troopers and the lone Sheriff (Bruce Willis). Despite the star-studded cast, itís these kids you root for, and it was doubly important to cast them right as it was all the strange side characters. Anderson did, and it works. Itís not half as funny as the manís masterpiece of hilarity (in my estimation) Life Aquatic, but it might be the most endearing.

-> 8/10
  #4858  
Old 08-09-2012, 10:31 PM
Act of Violence with Van Heflin and Robert Ryan - This noir features a terrifying performance by Ryan in which he stalks and tries to kill his former CO (Heflin) for his transgressions during the war. I don't really understand why they ended the film the way they did but the rest of it is very good. It was also nice to see Janet Leigh - I haven't seen one of her films in a while now. 7/10

21 Days with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh - A man kills her lover's husband and another man is arrested for the crime. Most of the film deals with Olivier wrestling with what he should do about the turn of events. It's a decent film but there really isn't a whole lot of substance behind the main plot. 5/10
  #4859  
Old 08-10-2012, 01:50 AM
American Reunion - 9/10
  #4860  
Old 08-10-2012, 02:02 AM
Barbarian Queen (1985)

Along the same lines as the 'Deathstalker' franchise, no surprise seeing as its another Corman production. Again you must check out the poster for this film, so so very sexy and awesome yet as usual nothing like the actual movie, such a shame.

Set in the Roman era apparently, never noticed myself, the plot revolves around a small band of female warriors and their Queen trying to save the Queens sister from nasty Romans. Nothing really happens for the entire film to be brutally honest and its really rather dull.

Of course there are the obligatory topless scenes for many female characters and some soft porn sexy moments which will keep any hot blooded male interested, but not for long. The finale is pretty good with a semi decent fight sequence within a semi decent set. All the sword fighting is pretty hokey looking but its fun to watch all the extras pretend to be proper swordsmen/women.

End of the day I watched this because of the cool film title haha. Yep I'm a perv, but for what other reason would any male watch this? certainly not for the epic historic storyline or quality acting oh no. Its Corman and its all about big breasted blonde women in skimpy outfits with swords killing men, expect nothing less.



Barbarian Queen II: The Empress Strikes Back (1989)

Not too sure what the title means here, there was no Empress in the first film and the plot doesn't relate in any way to the first film either. Characters are also different to the original film despite starring Lana Clarkson in both.

What we have here is a slight play on Robin Hood. A king is killed in battle so his unruly son claims the throne for himself including the magical scepter which is the source of the kingdoms power. The kings daughter (Clarkson) protests this naturally and is marked for execution to get rid of her...naturally. She escapes, joins up with some other female rebel warriors (just like that) and they all band together to win the kingdom back hurrah!

Now I hope your not expecting too much here, you know what this will entail, much like the previous film and all the 'Deathstalker' films. Plenty of tits and ass, skimpy outfits, females killing poorly skilled swordsmen, Clarkson on the rack again topless and errr more poorly skilled baddie swordsmen trying to rape big breasted women (happens a lot in these films).

Pretty much exactly the same as the first film, there's a good rescue scene from the gallows which is similar to the sequence in 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' with Errol Flynn. There is a nice sadistic little girl Princess who is heir to the throne (if Clarkson's character is gotten rid of, the whole point of the film) whom I liked, her spoilt bratty ways are fun to watch as all around her cower.

Just like the first film the finale is way better than the rest with a semi decent sword battle within the castle. Costumes are quite nice in this film it must be said, a kind of Crusades thing going on with the good guys whilst the sets look suspiciously like sets used before haha oh well. The lead male hero in this looks the part too, he actually looks like he could be in a proper film, the same can't be said about the cliched blonde lead Clarkson.

Well by now you will know if you like these films or not, a guilty pleasure possibly, just for a laugh and some naked girlie's perhaps. Not as good as 'Deathstalker' though.
  #4861  
Old 08-10-2012, 04:12 AM
Rampart - 9/10
  #4862  
Old 08-10-2012, 04:22 AM
Compliance (7/10)
  #4863  
Old 08-10-2012, 04:02 PM
The Bourne Legacy 7.5/10
  #4864  
Old 08-10-2012, 08:25 PM
There's No Business Like Show Business - A pretty good musical with some extravagant numbers including 'Heatwave' from Marilyn Monroe. The story about a showbiz family was entertaining too. 7/10

The Naughty Flirt - A pretty run of the mill 1930's story about a girl chasing a boy while fending off another suitor. The only good thing about this film was a supporting role from Myrna Loy. 4/10
  #4865  
Old 08-10-2012, 08:47 PM
The King of Comedy actually isn't a comedy per se. Yeah, it's got its funny bits, but it's a disturbing and depressing film for the most part, but easily one of Martin Scorsese's finest films. Robert De Niro is really good as Rupert Pupkin, a man obsessed with a late night talk show host played by Jerry Lewis. De Niro has a deep and unsettling psychosis, but it's impossible not to feel sorry for him and his need for approval and utter loneliness. (Martin Scorsese | 1983) 4 stars

2001: A Space Odyssey is a film that I put off watching for so long because of what I'd heard about it, that it was way too long and had really slow pacing, and while that's not entirely untrue, 2001: A Space Odyssey is among the best films I've ever had the pleasure of watching. The Blu-Ray conversion looks crisp and vibrant, like it could have been made a few years ago. The film is a technical masterpiece; every single shot is brilliant. The acting is fine, the special effects are quite good for their time, and HAL-9000 is one hell of a villain. I'm not sure I fully understand the ending, but it's definitely an interesting one. (Stanley Kubrick | 1968) 4 stars

The General is probably my favorite silent film now, beating out Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times. It's quite funny and surprisingly exciting. The music, which was added to the film in 1953 by Raymond Rohauer, is perfect for each and every scene it's in. (Buster Keaton | 1926) 4 stars
  #4866  
Old 08-10-2012, 08:57 PM
The Raven - 7/10
  #4867  
Old 08-10-2012, 10:33 PM
Take this Waltz (8/10)
  #4868  
Old 08-10-2012, 10:46 PM
Renegades - ***

Lots of fun. Kiefer and Lou Diamond Phillips are such a fun duo.
  #4869  
Old 08-11-2012, 12:40 AM

The Road(2009)-8/10
  #4870  
Old 08-11-2012, 01:54 AM
L.A. Confidential (9/10)
Bad Santa (7/10)

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  #4871  
Old 08-11-2012, 04:18 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by anakinsrise View Post
TEETH

great performance from the lead but IMO the idea sounded better on paper.
Scale of 1-10 a 5
I agree. Although I love the scene with the gynecologist.


Today I watched:
TOTAL RECALL (1990) - 7/10

Still fun after all these years. I love the work involved with human face puppets and Koato's body puppet. Pretty neat.
I haven't seen it in 6 years. Might be that long before I see it again, too.

THE DICTATOR - 4/10

Pretty awful piece of shit, but there are good laughs few and far between long stretches of bad movie.
The first ten minutes was awesome, and I liked the scene in the helicopter where they talk about crashing the Porsche in Hebrew. That was pretty funny. The rest of the movie.... notsomuch.

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  #4872  
Old 08-11-2012, 05:16 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by KcMsterpce View Post
I liked the scene in the helicopter where they talk about crashing the Porsche in Hebrew. That was pretty funny.
That scene alone was worth the ticket price

La Haine (10/10)
  #4873  
Old 08-11-2012, 07:43 AM


7.5/10
  #4874  
Old 08-11-2012, 09:10 AM


8/10
  #4875  
Old 08-11-2012, 09:58 AM
Red



A mostly entertaining combination of Jason Bourne and Danny Ocean that unfortunately finds itself at odds with, er, itself, half the time. Sometimes itís so tongue-in-cheek with its self-reflexive wit as to be pure parody, the next itís trying to literally ape the most serious aspects of a Bourne movie. Itís obviously the danger for filmmakers in situations when you can sum up their movie as ďThis meets That!Ē, and that unevenness betrays the whole in this case. Though itís easy to forgive when John Malkovich bringing his talent for insanity to the table and GILF Helen Mirren puts the "ass" in both "class" and "badass". Itís a great cast, and Bruce Willis leads the bunch with another action performance that doesnít stand out, necessarily, but simply gets the job done as only he knows how. His fist fight with Karl Urban in CIA HQ was fun stuff. Everyoneís here for paycheck, but theyíre credible and make the ridiculous parts work and the ďseriousĒ parts feel somewhat important.

-> 6/10
  #4876  
Old 08-11-2012, 07:24 PM
Friday Night Lights Season 3 - 9/10

Quickly becoming one of my favorite shows of all time. So far Season 4 is even better
  #4877  
Old 08-11-2012, 09:41 PM
The Last Tycoon - One of DeNiro's underappreciated roles is the highlight of this film and I liked Robert Mitchum as well as one of the studio bosses. The story was well done too (it should be as it's based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald story.) I don't know many people that have seen this film but it is one that should be better known. 8/10

Helena From the Wedding - This was a rather dull and pointless movie. It takes place on New Year's Eve among a group of friends at an out of the way cabin. The usual relationship in trouble crap happens. Then everyone realizes what's important in their lives. The End. 3/10
  #4878  
Old 08-11-2012, 10:27 PM
The losers 6/10
  #4879  
Old 08-12-2012, 12:29 AM
PIRANHA 3DD - 4/10

Thank God this is only just over an hour long. Then, there's a ten minute sequence after credits roll of outtakes and bloopers. The total runtime is 82 minutes.
Of course this movie sucks, but I liked all the scenes with Christopher Lloyd, The Hoff and Ving Rhames. The movie worked best as a comedic parody when they were on screen.

Deaths were boring, but so be it.
Oh and the chicks that got naked were all unattractive to me, but so be it.


THE HUNGER GAMES - 5/10

Terrible editing. Shit isn't more "dynamic" with a quick-cut every 3-5 seconds. There are extensive shots of crowds standing around, but the camera jiggles and jangles all over the place, then a quarter second is cut out of the same shot... of people standing. Numerous times. Argh that was frustrating.
The cinematography left a lot to be desired. Such as motion sickness reduction after watching it.

Hated the soundtrack, too.

The story itself is passable, but this movie suffers from way toooo long-itus. Genetically enhanced wasps; sure I can dig it. Playing "God" from a command center within the game's area. Well, I was still following along with blasting fireballs coming from nowhere, even though the firestorm was completely unconvincing.
Then they make daytime turn to night? Huh?
Where they REALLY lost me was when the Command Center created killer dog/pigs from thin air. I was like "alright, that's too much for me."
Jennifer Lawrence is a beautiful, beautiful woman. She also has a good sense of subtlety in expression and emotion that worked well for the movie.

Overall, though, this was a bad movie more than it was good.


Oh, and who the fuck did the CGI/greenscreen FX? Some 13 year old in his basement? Looked like SHIT most of the time.

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  #4880  
Old 08-12-2012, 02:07 AM
Bobby Z - ***

Not great but enjoyable. It kind of meanders around a lot without much of a story, but I enjoyed the interaction between the main character and the kid. And it was never boring. Laurence Fishburne is kind of wasted though.


Rewatch:

The Curve - ***

A pretty silly little movie. But it held my attention. It does take a while for it to finally get going though. And Matthew Lillard gives a pretty bad performance.
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