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« Reply #2055 on: December 28, 2017, 08:14:58 PM »

'dial h for history' by somebody grimonperez, possibly.
essentially a documentary film made of plane hijack clips from sixties and seventies.
originally saw this in some art gallery as it has video art credentials, but it has unintended mondo credentials as well.
'the whore church, vol 1'. a dumb incorrect cut up comp of trash, porn, horror etc that always raises a chuckle when i watch it as it appeals to the dumb kid in me and is a great pick up after a shitty day at work. not too long, so doesn't outstay it's welcome. in extras, has festive mash up.also has a william 'fucking' lustig mash up as well.
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« Reply #2056 on: December 28, 2017, 10:25:06 PM »

Recent binges of David Mamet-related films, "Paradise Lost" trilogy, and TV shows:

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
          I realize folks here have reviewed this before, but I'd only seen it recently and it has to be one of my all-time favorites at this point. Desperate, claustrophobic atmosphere brings to mind Twelve Angry Men, and the cast's performances enhance what is some of the best dialogue ever written.

Heist (2001)
          Sort of like a combination of Heat and Unforgiven - an old guy has to pull off one last "job" before he can slip away into obscurity. Has some unrealistic elements, and Sam Rockwell is infuriatingly bad, but otherwise a decent crime-buddy flick. Good action sequences. I tend to always like Danny Devito's performances.

Redbelt (2008)
          Reviews of this movie both negative and positive all emphasized the word "implausible" regarding the plot/story and especially ending. That's certainly the case, but it would have to be implausible considering it's a noir film with a martial arts theme, rather than a traditional martial arts Chuck Norris-type deal. Basically about a guy who is honorable to the point of naivete, who gets wrapped up in a small-time conspiracy/setup like most noir-ish flicks. Great puzzle-type plot that integrates notions of honor, personal pride etc that Japanese kick-flicks tend to have but American ones tend to lack. This one is sort of in-between. If you like understated, subtle performances from non-A-list actors, it's worth a watch.

Paradise Lost documentary trilogy (1996, 2000, 2011)
          I have more to rant about regarding this case and the subsequent films than could reasonably be included here, so I'll just note that: 1) despite leaning toward the feeling that the "West Memphis Three" are innocent, I'm not entirely convinced. Damian Echols, even if innocent, seems to have obvious, far-reaching psychological and emotional issues making him pretty unlikeable. 2) All three films leave out any discussion of evidence which slightly implicates The Three, which seems suspicious/dishonest. There were issues involving a whiskey bottle and candle wax which put The Three a lot closer to the crime than most people perceive. 3) Either Terry Hobbs or John Mark Byers seems like the most culpable/capable suspect, but may also just be unlikeable antisocial losers that have violent pasts but didn't kill those kids. Nevertheless, there's a lot to suggest they were abusive in multiple ways to their respective step-kids/kids even if they didn't kill them. I guess that's the way these murder documentaries tend to go. Here's an interesting take on things from some Reddit commentor:
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those 4 kids biked over to the known gay cruising area of west memphis called robin hills, that one kid saw his stepfather giving oral to his friend in the wood like guys do in those areas, his friend and him retardedly decided to kill them instead of letting Pam's dad and bro know because he was scared of them. end of story
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« Reply #2057 on: December 28, 2017, 10:52:02 PM »

 

Paradise Lost documentary trilogy (1996, 2000, 2011)
          I have more to rant about regarding this case and the subsequent films than could reasonably be included here, so I'll just note that: 1) despite leaning toward the feeling that the "West Memphis Three" are innocent, I'm not entirely convinced. Damian Echols, even if innocent, seems to have obvious, far-reaching psychological and emotional issues making him pretty unlikeable. 2) All three films leave out any discussion of evidence which slightly implicates The Three, which seems suspicious/dishonest. There were issues involving a whiskey bottle and candle wax which put The Three a lot closer to the crime than most people perceive. 3) Either Terry Hobbs or John Mark Byers seems like the most culpable/capable suspect, but may also just be unlikeable antisocial losers that have violent pasts but didn't kill those kids. Nevertheless, there's a lot to suggest they were abusive in multiple ways to their respective step-kids/kids even if they didn't kill them. I guess that's the way these murder documentaries tend to go. Here's an interesting take on things from some Reddit commentor:
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those 4 kids biked over to the known gay cruising area of west memphis called robin hills, that one kid saw his stepfather giving oral to his friend in the wood like guys do in those areas, his friend and him retardedly decided to kill them instead of letting Pam's dad and bro know because he was scared of them. end of story
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will have to dig this out again-buried with thousand other discs.
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« Reply #2058 on: January 01, 2018, 08:38:01 PM »

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
          I realize folks here have reviewed this before, but I'd only seen it recently and it has to be one of my all-time favorites at this point. Desperate, claustrophobic atmosphere brings to mind Twelve Angry Men, and the cast's performances enhance what is some of the best dialogue ever written.

Easily one of my all-time favourites.

I clocked in at over 150 watched this year. Here's the top 26 in chronological order including rewatches. * = theatre viewing:

Videodrome (Cronenberg, 1983)
Coherence (Byrkit, 2013)
True Romance (Scott, 1993)
U.S. Go Home (Denis, 1994)
It Comes at Night (Shults, 2017)*
Only God Forgives (Refn, 2013)
Cannibal Holocaust (Deodato, 1980)
Paris, Texas (Wenders, 1984)
Body Double (De Palma, 1984)
What Have They Done to Your Daughters? (Dallamano, 1974)
Blade Runner (Scott, 1982)
Eraserhead (Lynch, 1977)
Cut-Throats Nine (Marchent, 1972)
Unforgiven (Eastwood, 1992)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Hooper, 1974)
Bronson (Refn, 2008)
Suspiria (Argento, 1977)*
Iconoclast (Wessel, 2010)
La Haine (Kassovitz, 1995)
The Shining (Kubrick, 1980)
Come and See (Klimov, 1985)
Enter the Void (Noe, 2009)
Buffalo '66 (Gallo, 1998)
Snowtown (Kurzel, 2011)
The Turin Horse (Tarr/Hranitzky, 2011)
Antiporno (Sono, 2016)
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« Reply #2059 on: January 01, 2018, 10:30:59 PM »

I saw Spookies (1986) in the hopes of finding another Gremlins/Critters/Ghoulies-clone, but as you may be aware, there are actually comparatively few of those. This one has remarkably able special effects and an absurd amount of random, crazy creatures (very few of which are small and fun, but I almost knew that in advance). It also has a remarkably retarded plot and sort of collapses into nonsense even before all the main characters have been killed off. Farting basement sewage monsters constituted the pinnacle of the movie, but this one should have been watched while drunk(er) and preferably with a couple of loudmouthed friends.
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« Reply #2060 on: January 02, 2018, 11:39:46 PM »

A couple days ago, I watched Suspiria again with the volume cranked up a bit more. Pretty awesome & highly recommended.

Blue Underground's release of Bob Clark's Deathdream aka Dead of Night is excellent. The film is very effective & the presentation is about as good as it can get.

S.F. Brownrigg's Don't Open the Door is pretty much a bore but occasionally gets broken up by some rather effective scenes involving pervy phone calls and creepy dolls (in one scene, the prank caller feels up a doll while telling the woman on the other end to feel herself up). Like a lot of early '70s exploitation films, it's hard to sit through without forwarding long sections.
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« Reply #2061 on: January 02, 2018, 11:59:40 PM »

watched spasmo on nye

love spasmo

rip lenzi



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« Reply #2062 on: January 03, 2018, 07:32:45 PM »

watched spasmo on nye

love spasmo

rip lenzi





spasmo is great lenzi-often underated as director due to cannibal films-though can't see ferox worse than holocaust .
felt thrillers were where he flourished in 70's
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« Reply #2063 on: January 07, 2018, 02:48:05 AM »

Christopher Nolan's MEMENTO- I'm not sure I've seen it since it was released in theaters. Most of it still holds up & after reading this article in Salon, I wish I had not erased the movie:

https://www.salon.com/2001/06/28/memento_analysis/

Funny thing occurred to me, if that had been an article published recently, the author would be bitching  that there were no black actors in the movie.

Late last night, I caught most of DEATH WISH II. I started it right after the brutal rape of the maid, which, I do not believe I have ever seen fully uncut.
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« Reply #2064 on: January 07, 2018, 10:48:32 AM »

i've still never seen memento, keep meaning to watch it

watched Blade of the Immortal last night, takashi miike's new samurai movie based on the manga. pretty good but too long. it starts and ends with great 1 man against 1000's samurai battles.
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« Reply #2065 on: January 09, 2018, 05:56:52 AM »

Christopher Nolan's MEMENTO- I'm not sure I've seen it since it was released in theaters. Most of it still holds up & after reading this article in Salon, I wish I had not erased the movie:

https://www.salon.com/2001/06/28/memento_analysis/

Funny thing occurred to me, if that had been an article published recently, the author would be bitching  that there were no black actors in the movie.

Late last night, I caught most of DEATH WISH II. I started it right after the brutal rape of the maid, which, I do not believe I have ever seen fully uncut.

Thanks for posting the article. I haven't seen Memento in ages, might be time to give it another viewing.
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« Reply #2066 on: January 09, 2018, 07:44:05 PM »

RE: Christopher Nolan; watched Dunkirk a few nights ago and wasn't blown away but I did really like the practical effects, sound design, and weather (apparently worse than the actual battle according to veterans).

Memento is easily one of my all-time-faves, never gets old, Joe Pantoliano in particular is great. Anyone who's a big fan should check out Nolan's college budget noir piece, Following. Black and white with mostly no-name actors and a tight, claustrophobic vibe, nice intrigue, plot twists etc. Tried to re-watch Insomnia recently but found it too oddly-paced with unnecessary action/gunfight/chase scenes that add nothing to the plot. It's got Al Pacino and Robin Williams in some of their better/more desperate and sad roles, but the original European version is probably a lot better.
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« Reply #2067 on: January 09, 2018, 10:45:01 PM »

RE: Christopher Nolan; watched Dunkirk a few nights ago and wasn't blown away but I did really like the practical effects, sound design, and weather (apparently worse than the actual battle according to veterans).

Memento is easily one of my all-time-faves, never gets old, Joe Pantoliano in particular is great. Anyone who's a big fan should check out Nolan's college budget noir piece, Following. Black and white with mostly no-name actors and a tight, claustrophobic vibe, nice intrigue, plot twists etc. Tried to re-watch Insomnia recently but found it too oddly-paced with unnecessary action/gunfight/chase scenes that add nothing to the plot. It's got Al Pacino and Robin Williams in some of their better/more desperate and sad roles, but the original European version is probably a lot better.

The original Insomnia is one my all-time favorites. It literally has everything one could want from an artsy thriller. And such a weird vibe to it.
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« Reply #2068 on: January 09, 2018, 11:03:02 PM »

RE: Christopher Nolan; watched Dunkirk a few nights ago and wasn't blown away but I did really like the practical effects, sound design, and weather (apparently worse than the actual battle according to veterans).

Memento is easily one of my all-time-faves, never gets old, Joe Pantoliano in particular is great. Anyone who's a big fan should check out Nolan's college budget noir piece, Following. Black and white with mostly no-name actors and a tight, claustrophobic vibe, nice intrigue, plot twists etc. Tried to re-watch Insomnia recently but found it too oddly-paced with unnecessary action/gunfight/chase scenes that add nothing to the plot. It's got Al Pacino and Robin Williams in some of their better/more desperate and sad roles, but the original European version is probably a lot better.

The original Insomnia is one my all-time favorites. It literally has everything one could want from an artsy thriller. And such a weird vibe to it.

The American remake of Insomnia is a waste of time as expected. The Norwegian original however directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg and starring Stellan Skarsgård is stellar. As we are talking of the director I would also recommend his 20-10 film NOKAS - a stripped dwn heist film based on an actual event that took place on April 2004. I should maybe mention that this was all over the headlines at this burg as it was - and still is the biggest robbery that have taken place in Norway. Robbers got away w approx $10 million and that the film HEAT served as an inspiration.

HEIST:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NOKAS_robbery

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« Reply #2069 on: January 10, 2018, 12:31:19 AM »

Anyone who's a big fan should check out Nolan's college budget noir piece, Following. Black and white with mostly no-name actors and a tight, claustrophobic vibe, nice intrigue, plot twists etc.
I haven't watched this in a long time, will have to see it soon, really great and insanely good for a no budget first film.
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