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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by Ben Staad View Post
    Re-watched The Dead Zone last night. It might be a little blasphemous to say this but I'm not much of a fan of the book.

    In regards to the movie I enjoyed the re-watch but just do not feel it. The movie has always felt flat to me. It's as if something is missing or maybe I'm just missing something.
    I have re-watched the movie and re-read the book in the last year. Although I prefer the book I do like both.

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  • Brian861
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    Originally posted by Ben Staad View Post
    Re-watched The Dead Zone last night. It might be a little blasphemous to say this but I'm not much of a fan of the book.

    In regards to the movie I enjoyed the re-watch but just do not feel it. The movie has always felt flat to me. It's as if something is missing or maybe I'm just missing something.
    I'm a fan of both but we all have our different taste.

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  • Ben Staad
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    Re-watched The Dead Zone last night. It might be a little blasphemous to say this but I'm not much of a fan of the book.

    In regards to the movie I enjoyed the re-watch but just do not feel it. The movie has always felt flat to me. It's as if something is missing or maybe I'm just missing something.

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  • Ben Staad
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    No Way Out. This was a late 80's film starring Kevin Costner. The movie was just okay, lacked depth of character, and seemed to be a bunch of broad-stroke portrayals of people in power. There was a little suspense, a little action, a little sexiness, and an interesting twist at the end. Generally speaking there were pivotal moments in the film which had me very confused about people's action's. To me it felt like they threw a bit at the wall to see what would stick.

    I wonder if this movie was just hoping to cash in on a similar film produced around the same time?

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  • Ben Staad
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    KL Zombi. This is a Malaysian zombie film that I came across on Netflix. It's a silly, nonsensical, mess which me and my daughter giggled at for about 90 minutes. If you like schlocky stuff you may enjoy this as well. Not sure I really enjoyed the film but I didn't hate it either. There was something nice about a cheese-ball foreign language zombie film. The actors just looked like they were having fun and it was a little contagious.

    I'm not going to rate this one.

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  • Ben Staad
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    Light of my Life. Just finished this up on Amazon Prime today. Solid 4 out of 5 for me. The movie isn't particularity breaking new ground but I thought the acting was very good, score complemented everything well, and the visual aspect of the film was appealing to me. The movie was edited together well and there were some really great lines.

    If you like the art house style movies this may be something to check out.

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  • Brian861
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    Originally posted by Ben Staad View Post
    Does re-watching the first 15 minutes of Airplane count? If so that is still a funny as hell movie. After all these years I'm still picking up little things that I've previously missed.
    Go easy on the glue

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  • Ben Staad
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    Does re-watching the first 15 minutes of Airplane count? If so that is still a funny as hell movie. After all these years I'm still picking up little things that I've previously missed.

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  • Ben Staad
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    Watched a movie on Netflix this week called The Last Laugh. It starred Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, and Andie Macdowell.

    It wasn't bad and it wasn't great. It was basically what you would expect from a comedy starring a group of aged actors.There were some laughs and a fairly touching moment at the end. I think, for me, it brought a little nostalgia and I enjoyed what I saw as moments of double meaning regarding friendships, love, and life.

    3 out of 5 stars.

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  • Ben Staad
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    Yea. I must of heard (or read) about this from someone as I had it saved in my watch list. Didn't remember putting it there and certainly didn't remember why though.

    Glad I watched it. Still thinking about it today.

    Originally posted by Sock Monkey View Post

    SESSION 9 is fantastic. Stumbled across it when it first came out years ago and still revisit it every so often. Very underrated, in my opinion.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by Ben Staad View Post
    Just finished up watching Session 9. Probably not the best choice for someone who is feeling a bit down to begin with.

    Either way the movie was not what I expected and really delivered some creepy atmosphere. I liked the movie a lot and enjoyed that it was not the normal, or safe, story.
    SESSION 9 is fantastic. Stumbled across it when it first came out years ago and still revisit it every so often. Very underrated, in my opinion.

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  • Ben Staad
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    Just finished up watching Session 9. Probably not the best choice for someone who is feeling a bit down to begin with.

    Either way the movie was not what I expected and really delivered some creepy atmosphere. I liked the movie a lot and enjoyed that it was not the normal, or safe, story.

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  • sholloman81
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    Originally posted by Sock Monkey View Post
    Diggstown (1992): Another entry in my "Not a great movie, but I absolutely love it" list. James Woods plays a con man just out of prison who's set his sights on hustling the richest man in Diggstown. He sets the con up with his friend, Fitz (played by Oliver Platt), that an old retired boxer, "Honey" Ray Palmer (Louis Gossett, Jr.) can take on any ten men from Diggstown in a 24 hour period. What follows is almost exactly what you'd expect from the set-up. Boxing, cheating, double-crossing, and melodramatic early '90s slo-mo. It's nothing new and the characters' motivations are about as deep as a July rain puddle, but it's a fun if empty watch, like the cinematic equivalent of cotton candy.

    Grade: C+ on cinematic merits; A+ on Dad Movie Rewatchability Scale.
    Always enjoyed this one myself. Whenever I'm flipping around the tv and happen upon it, I usually end up watching it. Can admit that it isn't the best movie but it does have a certain likability to it. I also usually enjoy James Woods, as an actor. On a side note, just watched Videodrome again the other night and still find it completely bat shit crazy (in a good way).

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Diggstown (1992): Another entry in my "Not a great movie, but I absolutely love it" list. James Woods plays a con man just out of prison who's set his sights on hustling the richest man in Diggstown. He sets the con up with his friend, Fitz (played by Oliver Platt), that an old retired boxer, "Honey" Ray Palmer (Louis Gossett, Jr.) can take on any ten men from Diggstown in a 24 hour period. What follows is almost exactly what you'd expect from the set-up. Boxing, cheating, double-crossing, and melodramatic early '90s slo-mo. It's nothing new and the characters' motivations are about as deep as a July rain puddle, but it's a fun if empty watch, like the cinematic equivalent of cotton candy.

    Grade: C+ on cinematic merits; A+ on Dad Movie Rewatchability Scale.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Deep Rising (1998): Boat captain John Finnegan's motto is "if the money's there, we do not care". With such a dubious life philosophy, it shouldn't surprise him that he's rented out his boat and crew to a group of well-armed mercenaries whose target is a state-of-the-art cruise ship that caters only to the richest, most elite clientele. What does surprise him is that when his boat gets critically damaged and he and his sidekick have to board the luxury liner with their mercenary customers, he finds the boat destroyed and empty. And then the very hungry, tentacle monsters appear...

    Listen, I'm not going to tell anybody that this is a great movie, because it isn't. The characters are all pretty much stereotypes. From boat captain Finnegan as the wisecracking everyman, to his long-suffering and funny sidekick, the beautiful female con artist with a heart of gold, the sneaky double-crossing business man and the overly testosterone-fueled so-manly-it-hurts mercenaries, there isn't a lot of depth. Couple this with a pretty by the numbers monster movie plot and some CGI that looked dated when it was first released and you can be sure that you don't have a "hidden masterpiece of the genre" on your hands.

    But what it does have is a great sense of fun, cool monster action and charismatic actors in their roles. And I absolutely love this movie.

    Director Stephen Sommers, who also wrote the script, does a balancing act that is so difficult to accomplish: make a movie that knows that it's supposed to be fun, but doesn't wink-and-nudge the audience with an "so-bad-it's-good" meta-awareness. It knows it's monster movie fun, but it takes that fun seriously. It's earnest and sincere in it's goofiness. Yup, there's dumb action movie moments like if you shoot the elevator buttons with a shotgun, it'll automatically open the elevator doors, right? But hey, once you've bought into the fact that if a tentacle monster can come out of the toilet and tries to pull you down into said toilet, you'll pop like a blood-filled water balloon, the shotgun/elevator door thing isn't that big of a deal.

    And back to those actors a bit. This movie--and some of the lines--could easily be groan-inducing (okay, most of it is still very cheesy), but with such charismatic actors like Treat Williams (very underrated, in my opinion), Famke Janssen, Wes Studi, Kevin J. O'Connor, Cliff Curtis, and others, it works way much better than it should.

    So, yup, silly monster movie fun, but perfect for lazy Sunday afternoons.

    Grade: Your Mileage May Vary

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