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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by dannyboy121070 View Post

    Well, if you have any Shudder recommendations, I'd be glad to hear them. I'm not sure there's enough content to make it worth my while to keep subscribing, but I'm going to watch as much as I can this month.

    The Savini doc was fascinating. Hard to reconcile the nice guy of the film with the complete ass that I've heard he is to fans at conventions.
    Here's my list of Shudder picks. I focused on originals/exclusives along with some other favorites. I also threw in a trio of go-to Asian movies, just because I like them. You're mileage will probably vary, but maybe you'll find something you like.
    • TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID--Mexican drama with supernatural elements about orphaned children and they world they live in and try to escape.
    • TERRIFIED--Supernatural forces begin affecting a neighborhood, setting a police detective on the course to try to figure it all out
    • DEAREST SISTER--Laotian movie about a young poor woman who moves to the city to take care of her blind cousin who has visions of the dead. Slow burn, yet effective. Heavier on drama than the horror elements.
    • BETTER WATCH OUT--A young boy's attempts to woo his babysitter goes awry when they become the victim of a home invasion
    • ONE CUT OF THE DEAD--A film crew is shooting a low budget zombie movie when real zombies arrive. Just stick with it, trust me. Most fun I've had in a long time.
    • SOUTHBOUND: An anthology of interconnected stories. With most anthologies not all hit, but the segment about a man taking a young woman to the hospital is a killer.
    • TRAIN TO BUSAN: A businessman takes his daughter on a train trip when they are beset by zombies. Best zombie movie in a LONG time. Full of humor, heart and suspense.
    • ABSENTIA: Mike Flanagan's debut film. Two sisters begin to unravel the mystery of the eldest sibling's spouses disappearance and how it's linked with a local tunnel. Low budget, but has big ideas.
    • WE ARE WHAT WE ARE: A reclusive family finds their life unraveling and their secrets threatening to be exposed during a torrential downpour.

    Asian Classics:
    • A TALE OF TWO SISTERS
    • NOROI: THE CURSE
    • OLDBOY
    Documentaries:
    • HORROR NOIRE: A look back at the connection between the horror genre and it's connection to the African-American community
    • HAUNTERS: ART OF THE SCARE: An interesting look into the Haunt subculture, along with some of the extreme Haunts that are gaining favor.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    52 Pick-Up (1986): Like most of Cannon Film's movies, this is such an interesting misfire. On one hand you have director John Frankenheimer working from a script co-written by Elmore Leonard based on his book with a cast led by Roy Scheider, which leads one to think that this should be at least a solidly crafted film. But that other hand...oh boy, that other hand was the one holding the wheel and it drives this movie right off the proverbial cliff.

    The hook is simple, Scheider is successful business man with a beautiful successful wife that will be running for public office. And since Scheider's character is rich and successful, he's got himself a mistress on the side. When a trio of lowlifes find this out, they decide to blackmail Scheider and when Scheider decides to push back, they retaliate with a rather elaborate act of violence. At this point, the movie sets up a standard yet compelling conflict that genre stalwarts should enjoy seeing play out.

    Unfortunately, the movie squanders all the good will built up from the first third of the movie by making bad decision after bad decision. Want to eliminate any sense of threat that the bad guys have? How about have the lead literally slap around the head villain halfway through the film. That doesn't work out? How about taking the lead villain to your work so he can look over the books and you can calmly explain that you can't pay because of finances...and the villain is open to negotiations. So..."sorry I killed your mistress, if I had only known your cash flow was so tight we could have come up with a payment plan"? Besides the initial act of violence, the villains are almost treated like buffoons with there never being a doubt that Scheider's character can handle the situation. Devoid of any tension, the movie plods along to it's rather ridiculous ending.

    I know there is some love out there for this movie, but I just don't see it. I will say that the transfer done by Arrow is very nice. Grade: D-

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by dannyboy121070 View Post

    I'm open to anything that people think is worth watching. I have a small watch list, but suggestions are always nice.

    I watched SCREAM, QUEEN! last night, and enjoyed it a lot. Sad, strange, and kind of uplifting. A lot to unpack and think about.
    I've heard good things about that doc. Nightmare on Elm Street 2 is such a weird beast of a movie. I remember seeing it when I was a teenager and I was so confused as it doesn't follow any previously established rules from the original. Add in the subtext and it's just a strange creature in such a large franchise.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by Brian861 View Post

    I think TNT runs Shawshank on a loop lol.
    And I'd wind up watching it every time I'm skimming channels! Unfortunately, I've been doing streaming and dvd/blu-rays only for the last 7+ years so I no longer channel surf. This has it's up and down sides. On the upside, the overall quality of what I watch has improved. No more watching cooking shows I'm only half-interested in due to laziness. The downside is that every choice is deliberate, so just stumbling across a movie or show that's playing doesn't happen anymore.

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  • brlesh
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    Originally posted by Sock Monkey View Post

    I liked KNIVES OUT. I’m not sure about how often I’ll revisit it, but I found the first go-around very enjoyable.
    Saw Knives Out in the theater over Christmas and thought it was great.

    B

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  • Brian861
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    Originally posted by Sock Monkey View Post

    Agreed. I’m due for a rewatch of both.
    I think TNT runs Shawshank on a loop lol.

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  • dannyboy121070
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    Originally posted by Sock Monkey View Post

    Sure, I can put together a quick list of stuff I’ve watched and liked. Any subgenres you particularly enjoy or maybe those you don’t?
    I'm open to anything that people think is worth watching. I have a small watch list, but suggestions are always nice.

    I watched SCREAM, QUEEN! last night, and enjoyed it a lot. Sad, strange, and kind of uplifting. A lot to unpack and think about.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by Brian861 View Post

    Knives Out was a fun watch. I was too cheap to watch The King of Staten Island
    I liked KNIVES OUT. I’m not sure about how often I’ll revisit it, but I found the first go-around very enjoyable.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by Brian861 View Post

    True and I think he did a good job in that aspect. I'm not sure we'll ever get anything as good as Shawshank or The Green Mile again as far as King is concerned.
    Agreed. I’m due for a rewatch of both.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by dannyboy121070 View Post

    Well, if you have any Shudder recommendations, I'd be glad to hear them. I'm not sure there's enough content to make it worth my while to keep subscribing, but I'm going to watch as much as I can this month.

    The Savini doc was fascinating. Hard to reconcile the nice guy of the film with the complete ass that I've heard he is to fans at conventions.
    Sure, I can put together a quick list of stuff I’ve watched and liked. Any subgenres you particularly enjoy or maybe those you don’t?

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  • Brian861
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    Originally posted by Brian861 View Post
    Knives Out and The King of Staten Island for me tonight.
    Knives Out was a fun watch. I was too cheap to watch The King of Staten Island

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  • Brian861
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    Originally posted by Sock Monkey View Post

    I think Flanagan was stuck between a rock and a hard place with the connection to The Shining. He had to balance the loyalty to the fans of both Stephen King and those that only really know The Shining through the Kubrick film.
    True and I think he did a good job in that aspect. I'm not sure we'll ever get anything as good as Shawshank or The Green Mile again as far as King is concerned.

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  • dannyboy121070
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    Originally posted by Sock Monkey View Post

    Ouch. Not the two movies I’d have recommended. But no one can say you didn’t swing for fences with those two choices. MANDY is not the most accessible film. There are interesting ideas and some solid moments, but overall it didn’t work for me either.
    Well, if you have any Shudder recommendations, I'd be glad to hear them. I'm not sure there's enough content to make it worth my while to keep subscribing, but I'm going to watch as much as I can this month.

    The Savini doc was fascinating. Hard to reconcile the nice guy of the film with the complete ass that I've heard he is to fans at conventions.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Today I watched THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE, a 1973 crime film starring Robert Mitchum. It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, but I liked it all the same. I actually liked it quite a bit. Mitchum’s performance is so understated and convincing. And there’s a moment that genuinely caught me by surprise. The Criterion Blu-ray had a solid transfer, though like with most 70s films I felt the audio was a little subdued for my taste.

    if you like 70s crime movies, this needs to be on your list to check out.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by dannyboy121070 View Post
    I forgot to cancel my Shudder trial, so now I've got 30 days to kill watching Horror movies. I watched MANDY and THE HEADHUNTER.....Holy shit, what wastes of time those were. MANDY had about 30 minutes of story, if that, and it felt like a LAWRENCE OF ARABIA-length wannabe epic made by some random guy running around the woods and a quarry with a go-pro. Whacked-out and crazy, and not in a good way. THE HEADHUNTER......I won't say much, for fear of spoilers, but this was another one that was waaaay too dragged out, and it was barely 70 minutes. There are literally TWO people in this film, and one of them appears for maybe 60 seconds. After seeing the hero do the same three things over and over five times, I got it. But then they show him doing the same three things a few more times....Oy. The last 10 minutes were pretty clever, but this was not suited to be a feature film.
    Ouch. Not the two movies I’d have recommended. But no one can say you didn’t swing for fences with those two choices. MANDY is not the most accessible film. There are interesting ideas and some solid moments, but overall it didn’t work for me either.

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