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PostPosted: 08.26.2004 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, where I work, you can pick up a recent new release for nine bucks. Yep, nine bucks. Granted, they are "pre-viewed", but most of them have only been used two or three times, so they're basically brand new. VIDEO PLUS 4-EVER, BABY!
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PostPosted: 09.01.2004 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blade Runner (Scott, 1982)

Freaks (Browning, 1932)

Death Bed - The Bed that Eats (Barry, 1977)

Dark Passage (Daves, 1947)

Assault on Precinct 13 (Carpenter, 1976)

Dreamscape (Ruben, 1984)

The Trigger Effect (Koepp, 1996)
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PostPosted: 09.01.2004 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the night watchman wrote:
Blade Runner (Scott, 1982)

Freaks (Browning, 1932)

Death Bed - The Bed that Eats (Barry, 1977)

Dark Passage (Daves, 1947)

Assault on Precinct 13 (Carpenter, 1976)

Dreamscape (Ruben, 1984)

The Trigger Effect (Koepp, 1996)


Freaks is some kind of masterpiece, isn't it? And I'm always surprised by how concentrated Precinct 13 is on characterization and using violence as punctuation. (Plus that jarring bit with the little girl is very effective!)



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PostPosted: 09.01.2004 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only recently warmed up to Freaks. I was always annoyed how indecipherable most of the dialogue is (something the Warner transfer doesn't fix, but at least there's the subtitle option to fall back on). However, when I approached it as a silent movie, and followed the story by reading facial expression and body language, it clicked. And, anyway, the "Wedding Feast" and the climactic chase are both worth the price of admission. The tracking shot when Johnny Eck walks on his hands underneath the wagons is one of my all-time favorite shots.



The scene with the little girl in Precinct 13 is indeed startling. You wouldn't see something like that today, especially on TV.
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PostPosted: 09.03.2004 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone notice how similar Night of the Living dead and Asasult on precinct 13 are? I've heard that both were inspired by Rio Bravo, is that true?



Im still yet to see Freaks, as Im holding off for a one off screening here.



My recent purchases include:

-Fifth Element

-Carnival of Souls (63?)

-Dont Look Now

-Bela Lugosi 4 pack including "Corpse Vanishes" and "Bowery at Midnight"

-Bride of Frankenstein

-Donnie Darko

-Yojimbo
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PostPosted: 09.03.2004 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dr Giggles wrote:
Anyone notice how similar Night of the Living dead and Asasult on precinct 13 are? I've heard that both were inspired by Rio Bravo, is that true?




Yes, without a doubt, the similarities between NOTLD and P13 abound. I haven't seen Rio Bravo, but I know that NOTLD is more than a little close to Richard Matheson's I Am Legand, not to mention the first movie adaptation of that novel starring Vince Price called Last Man on Earth.



Yojimbo rocks.
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PostPosted: 09.16.2004 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its been another big week for me:



-The Good, The Bad & the ugly (special edition)

-Enter The Dragon (special edition)

-Kill Bill 2

-Teen Wolf / Teen Wolf 2

-the Castle (pool room edition)



internet order:

-The Five Venoms

-Blood Brothers

-Juon: The Grudge 2

-A tale of two sisters

-The eye

-Usual Suspects (special edition)

-Boiler Room

-Animatrix

-Orgazmo

-Ghostbusters

-Invasion of the body snatchers (78?)



Good times ahead for the doc. Very Happy
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PostPosted: 09.16.2004 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dr Giggles wrote:


-Invasion of the body snatchers (78?)




I got to get around to watching that again sometime soon. I'm a big fan of both versions, but the last time I watched the remake was around ten years ago.
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PostPosted: 09.16.2004 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the night watchman wrote:
Dr Giggles wrote:


-Invasion of the body snatchers (78?)




I got to get around to watching that again sometime soon. I'm a big fan of both versions, but the last time I watched the remake was around ten years ago.


Same here. It's been a long time since I've seen either, but both are terrific. (Forced to choose, I think I prefer Siegel's original.) I didn't much care for Ferrara's take, partially because it didn't offer any real advances.



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PostPosted: 09.16.2004 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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(Forced to choose, I think I prefer Siegel's original.) Ferrara's [...] didn't offer any real advances.




Agree and agree, but I did kinda sorta like Ferrara's for Forest Whitaker's brief appearance (can the guy not give a compelling performance?) and for effective, if brief, moments of creepiness. The ending blows.



Went bargain bin diving again and secured The Whole Wide World, the Robert E. Howard bio-pic, with Vincent D'Onofrio as REH, and Sleepwalkers (Hey, for $5.99, okay? Gimme a break.).
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PostPosted: 09.17.2004 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the night watchman wrote:
I did kinda sorta like Ferrara's for Forest Whitaker's brief appearance (can the guy not give a compelling performance?)


Whitaker is a far better actor than a director; I can't think of a single performance that isn't terrific. I'd trade all of Waiting to Exhale and Hope Floats for any two minutes from his performances in The Crying Game, Good Morning, Vietnam, Ghost Dog, Smoke, or Bird.



Man, I've been meaning to see Whole Wide World since it was released. I should pick that one up, too.



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PostPosted: 09.17.2004 4:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fvck, I havent seen Ghost Dog since it came out.

Awesome movie.



I actually havent seen the original Invasion/snatchers yet,

only coz we havent had a release here yet.



I've heard mainly bad things about Ferreras version, but still interested in seeing it. Now I've heard they are remaking this movie again.

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PostPosted: 09.18.2004 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
I didn't much care for Ferrara's take, partially because it didn't offer any real advances.




You're right it didn't add much to the mythos, but I've also loved the film. Part of it is due to an adolescent hormonally-driven appreciation of Gabrielle Anwar, but in later years I came to appreciate the decent script and Forest Whittaker's sterling performance. Most of the cast are basically average, but R. Lee Ermey is always fun to watch. And the Larry Cohne association helps too, but only if you're a Cohen nut.



My favourite moment has to be Meg Tilly's speech after she's been 'converted': "Where are you gonna go, where are you gonna run, where are you gonna hide? Nowhere. Because there's no-one like you left."



Great, cheesy stuff.
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PostPosted: 09.19.2004 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dr Giggles wrote:
Juon: The Grudge 2





Saw this yesterday in theaters. Some thoughts:



It didn't really scare me... it was indeed creepy at times, and there were a couple of inventively terrifying scenes, though. What I mean is, this is not a film that will make me not to be able to sleep.



Like I said, I haven't seen the first Grudge, but coherent? I thought the film was incomprehensible for incomprehensibility's sake, and the filmmakers really did push that up to the nth degree, especially at the end; for the detriment of the film, of course. Also, I didn't like how there were so many seemingly faux endings -- the film dragged every now and then, and I kept saying to myself, "When is this going to end?". The problem with the film is that it offered nothing new, and that the thrills and spills, however finely executed, were just cheap. We've seen it all before. I quite liked The Eye and thought that Dark Water, however overrated, was merely good, but this one is somewhat in between. And I also hate how they always have to include those quasi-melodramatic undertones/moments in the Japanese horror films. Ugh.
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The Third M?n wrote:
Like I said, I haven't seen the first Grudge, but coherent? I thought the film was incomprehensible for incomprehensibility's sake, and the filmmakers really did push that up to the nth degree, especially at the end; for the detriment of the film, of course. Also, I didn't like how there were so many seemingly faux endings -- the film dragged every now and then, and I kept saying to myself, "When is this going to end?". The problem with the film is that it offered nothing new, and that the thrills and spills, however finely executed, were just cheap. We've seen it all before. I quite liked The Eye and thought that Dark Water, however overrated, was merely good, but this one is somewhat in between. And I also hate how they always have to include those quasi-melodramatic undertones/moments in the Japanese horror films. Ugh.




I did enjoy The Grudge 2 more than the first one, mostly because it kept the segments longer, allowing for greater build-up and detail, whereas the first film kept everything moving at a pace that actually harmed the film.



Having watched the entire series in order, I can safely say that aside from a handful of decent and quirkily inventive moments, Shimizu is pretty much still doing the same thing he was in the DTV movie(s). That first is the best of the series, and while I'll be checking out his US remake, it's about time he moved on to pastures new (his Tomie instalment wasn't up to much either).



He's releasing a new film soon called Marebito, which looks pretty interesting. It's written by Chiaki Konaka, a guy who normally writes anime stuff but he also did Malice@Doll and Evil Dead Trap 2.
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