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  • Ben Staad
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    There are many things I didn't care for but the little vignettes early on really pulls you out of the movie. It also had that feel of trying to be to cool. It did not work.

    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post

    Caught this on streaming a few nights ago, and was pretty disappointed...was hoping/expecting better. 2 out of 5 (for any kind of movie) sounds about right to me.

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by Ben Staad View Post
    3 out of 5 for a action movie. 2 out of 5 for a general movie. Bullet Train. If you saw the trailer you pretty much get the gist of the movie. It could have been 30 minutes shorter.
    Caught this on streaming a few nights ago, and was pretty disappointed...was hoping/expecting better. 2 out of 5 (for any kind of movie) sounds about right to me.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    The Untouchables (1987): I had really good memories of this film: Ness's initial bust gone wrong, the raid on the bridge, the scene in the train station. These were all seared into my brain from watching it when I was younger. Upon rewatching the movie last night, I found out why: There's nothing to the movie than the recognizable set pieces. It's like all the connective tissue in the film was removed, including any sort of arc to the characters or even something to make them rise above being fairly stereotypical. This results in a rapid fire pace, but absolutely no tension in the proceedings and wound up being rather boring. Grade: C

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by Ben Staad View Post
    3 out of 5 for a action movie. 2 out of 5 for a general movie. Bullet Train. If you saw the trailer you pretty much get the gist of the movie. It could have been 30 minutes shorter.
    That's a bummer. I was looking forward to that one. Trailer was great but overall reception, including your post, has been lukewarm.

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  • Ben Staad
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    3 out of 5 for a action movie. 2 out of 5 for a general movie. Bullet Train. If you saw the trailer you pretty much get the gist of the movie. It could have been 30 minutes shorter.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by Ben Staad View Post
    Tried to watch Lamb and while I enjoy a slow pace this thing was glacial. I didn't finish it but may give it a try at another time.
    I struggled with the pacing at first as well until I realized that the movie was more a leisurely stroll rather than a sprint. In hindsight, my appreciation for it has grown, but it isn't really a movie I'd recommend.

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  • Ben Staad
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    Tried to watch Lamb and while I enjoy a slow pace this thing was glacial. I didn't finish it but may give it a try at another time.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by c marvel View Post
    I just watched Wes Craven Presents Carniival of Souls (1998). This Carnival of Souls has some good scenes. The plot? jumps around. It's not an awful movie. It only has the name of the original 1962 movie Carnival of Souls and the same type of revelation at the end. The original movie IMO is far superior. I have the original movie and have watched and do love it.

    Cap
    I really need to get around to watching the original again. I remember catching most of it on the Sci-Fi Channel like 25 years ago. I’ve been eyeing the Criterion blu-ray for years but keep pushing it off for some reason.

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  • c marvel
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    I just watched Wes Craven Presents Carniival of Souls (1998). This Carnival of Souls has some good scenes. The plot? jumps around. It's not an awful movie. It only has the name of the original 1962 movie Carnival of Souls and the same type of revelation at the end. The original movie IMO is far superior. I have the original movie and have watched and do love it.

    Cap

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  • jeffingoff
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    Originally posted by dannyboy121070 View Post
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    Great review, Jeff. You did the exact same thing that I did....I kept sitting there mumbling "Why...? What were they thinking?"

    A movie like this should write itself. JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM set up a stupid, but fun, premise for the third film in the trilogy: Dinosaurs are loose in civilization, and running wild. So we're going to finally see dinos running amuck in cities, people fighting for their lives as a T-Rex smashes into their house, kids and pets being snatched up by Pterodactyls!!! Fuck that! Let's do giant crop-eating locusts instead! That's the same kind of mentality at work here. WE KNOW BETTER THAN THE FANS. They want THIS, but we'll give them THAT, and they'll fucking love it, or else. Jamie Lee Curtis and the filmmakers have been giving interviews where they laugh about how much fans are going to hate this film. So....why make it?

    I was blown away by the 2018 HALLOWEEN, and it ended on a perfect note. Michael was dead, Laurie beat him at his own game. The film was good enough that I had faith the filmmakers would be able to pull off a trilogy, but I wondered what they could possibly do to fill two more films. Now we know they had no plan at all. I enjoyed HALLOWEEN KILLS for the great gore and kills, and the beast-mode Michael Myers, despite some REALLY cringey dialogue (EVIL DIES TONIGHT!!) and the lack of Laurie, but, taking the trilogy as a whole, it was clear that they had no idea what to do after the first film.

    Spoiler!


    This was just....bad. Insulting. The choppiness of the editing makes me think that there is a whole other film out there somewhere, that will probably be cobbled into a Director's cut at some point. It probably won't make it a GOOD film, but it might make it a bit more coherent.

    At the end of the day, I can tell myself that three generations of Strode women trapped Michael in a burning house, and evil died there. That was a fitting, satisfying ending.
    Fantastic review! Now I'm pissed all over again!

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  • Ben Staad
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    I'm trying to watch Bad Times at the El Royale and with 44 minutes I may tap out. To me this feels like someone trying really, really, really hard to be cool but their lameness still finds it's way to the surface.

    2 out of 5.

    Edit/Update: Finished the whole movie. Keeping the rating the same.
    Last edited by Ben Staad; 11-05-2022, 03:01 AM.

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  • Ben Staad
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    I was going to give that a go tonight or tomorrow. Maybe I'll look for something else. Plenty of options out there.

    Originally posted by dannyboy121070 View Post

    I also watched the first two episodes of the new Guillermo Del Toro series, CABINET OF CURIOSITIES. The first episode, LOT 36, was decent, but we've all seen/read this type of story before, and it goes nowhere new. The 2nd, GRAVEYARD RATS, LOOKED great, and had a great creature, but it was so wildly overacted, and the weird, jaunty music did nothing for the atmosphere they were trying to build.

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  • dannyboy121070
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    I watched DAMIEN: OMEN II the other night, for the first time since I was a kid. I've never seen it uncut before. Not as good as I remember it being 40-some-odd years ago, but it was a decent flick. OMEN III is next. Again, I saw it on TV when I was a kid, and have very little recollection of it.

    I also watched the first two episodes of the new Guillermo Del Toro series, CABINET OF CURIOSITIES. The first episode, LOT 36, was decent, but we've all seen/read this type of story before, and it goes nowhere new. The 2nd, GRAVEYARD RATS, LOOKED great, and had a great creature, but it was so wildly overacted, and the weird, jaunty music did nothing for the atmosphere they were trying to build.

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  • dannyboy121070
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    I loved LAMB. I thought the end was worth the trip. I was planning on watching JACKSON, tonight, but maybe I'll take a pass now.

    I've spent the week watching:

    WHO SLEW AUNTIE ROO and WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH HELEN?, a couple of oldsploitation films starring Shelly Winters. ROO is a spin on Hansel & Gretel, and HELEN is a batshit crazy story about the mothers of a pair of thrill-killers who relocate to Hollywood to start a dance studio. Murder and madness ensue. I had a blast watching both. They're on TCM on demand, and they have intros and wrap-ups by Ben Mankiewicz and Mario Cantone that hilarious and insightful.

    THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, which was my last shot at Ti West. As usual, this was a twenty minute premise stretched out to feature length. I loved seeing Tom Noonan and Mary Woronov, but the film is basically a girl in a not-so-creepy mansion walking around and snooping for 80 minutes. I still want to see PEARL, but I'm tapping out on any other Ti West films after that.

    BARBARIAN renewed my faith in Horror for Halloween. WOW, what a bonkers film. My wife could hear me yelling "Oh, NOOOOO" from across the house. I applauded at the end. I wish I had seen this with an audience, because it must have been amazing. See this knowing as little as you can. I knew the twists already, and I was still blown away.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    WAY behind on posting my Halloween viewing...

    Halloween Horror Movie #4:

    LAMB (2021): Director Vladimar Johannsson delivers an interesting folktale that strains both the need for the film's 106 minute runtime and it's definition as horror. Set in rural Iceland, an emotionally estranged couple find an unnatural newborn on their farm and decide to raise it as their own. There is little more to this film than this what this brief description provides, but Johannsson and his cast do their best to wring the most out of the idea as possible and it is amazing how unsettling Johannsson is able to make the film by his presentation of how normal it is. Unfortunately, even the unnoticed of a ne'er-do-well family member does little to move the pace and pulse of the film. Likewise, the movie's ending doesn't earn it's glacial pace by providing the thematic revelations of The Witch or the insanity of Hereditary. Instead, the ending, while thematically solid, will leave most viewers thinking it wasn't worth the effort. This assessment may lead one to think I didn't like the film, but I found a lot to admire. Johannsson's directing is assured and the acting was solid. There just wasn't nothing here that couldn't have been accomplished in sixty minutes.

    Grade: C+

    Halloween Horror Movie #5:


    ANYTHING FOR JACKSON (2020): Sometimes movies have nuggets of ideas that are so clever that they elevate it above its flaws. Other times, the flaws snuff out the struggling flame of that good idea. This film was unfortunately the latter. The premise is clever: two grandparents kidnap a pregnant woman to perform a "reverse exorcism" in which they'll summon the spirit of their dead grandson--the titular Jackson--to possess the body of the unborn child. It's a great idea that is surrounded by other little gems, including the idea that other ghosts or demons arrive to beat Jackson to the punch. Unfortunately, the movie is either too enamored with it's monsters or too unsure if the audience has been sold on the scare, but either way, it lingers on the creatures way too long, robbing them of their creepy mystique, reducing them to haunted house actors who outstayed their scare. If you like indie horror, there might be enough here to make it worth your while as there are some flashes of cleverness.

    Grade: C-

    Halloween Horror Movie #6:


    A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984): For some reason, my wife had never seen the original Nightmare, so I added it to our viewing list. There's not a whole lot to talk about here that other people haven't said before. This is considered a classic and I can see why people love it, even if I don't. Unlike most, I just can't warm up to Langenkamp's Nancy and the movie just leaves me kinda cold. The deaths are incredibly effective, though.

    Grade: B-

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