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Author Topic: Seen and not seen's, recommendations and queries on top films in general.  (Read 800367 times)
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« Reply #2190 on: May 02, 2018, 09:36:34 AM »

Where can I see Holiday?

Last couple days:

So Sweet, So Dead
The House with Laughing Windows


Depends on where you live. The film is doing its festival rounds right now and will start theatrical life in the autumn.
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« Reply #2191 on: May 02, 2018, 04:35:44 PM »

A Quiet Place - saw this one last night. really enjoyed it. it's not a perfect movie but it's damn good! the movie is non-stop tension. the monsters look pretty rad, though they're indebted heavily to HR Giger's xenomorph. Being PG-13 gore and guts was low, but there's one part that's brutal without being overly graphic that had me wincing since I've had the same injury before. the whole use of silence, sign language, and score interspersed was really effective.   apparently they're already gearing up for a sequel.

they played the trailer for the sequel to Sicario... it looks like they're taking a movie that needed no sequel and making the new one into a quippy hollywood action movie. granted i'm all for hyper-violent action movies but I can't imagine the magic of the original will be there.
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« Reply #2192 on: May 02, 2018, 07:11:54 PM »

saw A Quiet Place yesterday too

thought it was pretty bad

really irritating score

the guy's whiteboard saying things like "BLIND" and "ATTACK SOUND" and "what is their WEAKNESS" was really stupid



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« Reply #2193 on: May 02, 2018, 07:41:13 PM »

Severin Films will be releasing COMBAT SHOCK on Blu-ray later this year!
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« Reply #2194 on: May 02, 2018, 09:18:03 PM »

saw A Quiet Place yesterday too

thought it was pretty bad

really irritating score

the guy's whiteboard saying things like "BLIND" and "ATTACK SOUND" and "what is their WEAKNESS" was really stupid

I rather liked the score. The whiteboard stuff was stupid but it didn't ruin the movie for me.
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« Reply #2195 on: May 03, 2018, 11:49:11 PM »

Tons of Aussie films past few weeks:

The Tracker (2002, Ian Sharp) - Aussie western with Aboriginal lead role. Awful, awful soundtrack but excellent story and cinematography. A must-see.

Mystery Road (2013, Ivan Sen) - Another Aussie western with an Aboriginal lead, sort of like a modern-day retelling of The Tracker. Not amazing but still a great slow-burner without a ton of dialogue and as you'd expect, lots of serene desert cinematography. Realistic gunfight scene was great. Worth a watch but the story doesn't quite unfold as the beginning implies. Subtle and minimalist, I guess.

The Proposition (2005, John Hillcoat/Nick Cave) - Definitely seems like a movie Nick Cave would've been involved with. As such, it's fuckin' great. Old-timey Aussie western where the stakes are high for everyone involved and no positive resolution anywhere in sight. If you haven't seen it, see it - features David Gulipill in a role that's sort of opposite his character in The Tracker. Haven't seen Guy Pearce in anything he didn't nail, so recommended for fans of Memento.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994, Stephan Elliott) - Not-bad screwball comedy/road movie about some drag queens and one transsexual on a road trip, finding themselves along the way, yadda yadda. Too Hollywood for me, even though I watched it thinking of it as a better predecessor to To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Junie Newmar.  Terrence Stamp's convincing portrayal of an aged, embittered trans character is ace, but everything else was too wacky and family-friendly.
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« Reply #2196 on: May 04, 2018, 12:38:40 AM »

A couple more worthwhile Aussie films: RAZORBACK and ROAD GAMES.
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« Reply #2197 on: May 04, 2018, 04:41:49 AM »

The Proposition (2005, John Hillcoat/Nick Cave) - Definitely seems like a movie Nick Cave would've been involved with.

Check out Ghosts.. of the Civil Dead if you haven't yet - Hillcoat/Cave's '88 prison film. Nick steals the show with his psychotic performance. Killer OST too.

Not seen The Tracker but de Heer's earlier films Bad Boy Bubby and Alexandra's Project are both mandatory.

More recommended Oz fare:

The Boys ('98)
Metal Skin
Idiot Box
Chopper
Dogs in Space
He Died with a Felafel in His Hand
True Love and Chaos
Hounds of Love
The Horseman
Animal Kingdom
Turkey Shoot
The Year My Voice Broke
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« Reply #2198 on: May 04, 2018, 08:02:42 PM »

BODY MELT is an excellent aussie melt movie

harold from neighbours is in it
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« Reply #2199 on: May 04, 2018, 09:02:45 PM »

Death Warmed Up is another good one altho it's from new zealand (same thing). it's from 1984 and about a guy who is brainwashed to kill his parents by a mad scientist, gets locked up in a mental asylum for 7 years, and then gets out and goes to take revenge on the mad scientist who is now living on a remote island doing experiments on humans. it has zombies, motorbikes, and a lot of gore
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« Reply #2200 on: May 04, 2018, 09:18:11 PM »

re the Aussie stuff, I will give a quick recommendation for The Proposition. Watched it in theaters and have seen it many times since. absolutely love that one. nihilistic violence and good actors all the way around. a "must watch" imo.

last night was a bit of a curveball given my usual watching habits, Desmond Davis's Clash of the Titans from 1981. I heard this was terrible but also not because of Ray Harryhausen. and yeah that sums it up. everything that was practical effects and stop motion ruled, except that stupid fucking owl, and everything else was pretty bad. except for some excellent titties here and there. i did appreciate that the movie got across how deluded and petty the Greek gods were.

watching it reminded me of Jason and the Argonauts which I fucking worshiped as a little kid. I can still vividly remember the scene with the harpies. will probably be revisiting that one for the first time in 20+ years soon.
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« Reply #2201 on: May 05, 2018, 12:03:25 AM »

I love Body Melt, Bad Boy Bubby and Turkey Shoot, whose beast reminds me of the one in The Beast In Heat. The OST is amazing too.
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« Reply #2202 on: May 05, 2018, 12:12:13 AM »

I think Body Melt will be getting a U.S. Blu-ray release. Maybe by Vinegar Syndrome but I could be wrong. I've never seen it but have read good things.

Turkey Shoot is on bd from Severin & it's a cool film. There's some pretty gnarly violence.

Fair Game is another Aussie film. The trailer looks interesting & there was a recent Oz bd release that DiabolikDVD carries. Same with Road Games which is a serial killer-truck driving flick with Stacy Keach & Jamie Lee Curtis. There's a lot of footage of the long, desolate highways through the outback.

I really wish Death Warmed Up would get a nice bd release but I recently read that the orig. camera neg. no longer exists. I remember seeing on vhs one time but remember nothing about it other than the box art. Actually, this is a film from nearby New Zealand...
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« Reply #2203 on: May 05, 2018, 06:09:46 AM »

As a kiwi I'm ashamed to say I haven't seen Death Warmed Up, in the process of remedying that now! Grew up on Peter Jacksons early splatter flicks which owe a debt to DWU. Few other good NZ films - Once Were Warriors, Out of the Blue, Heavenly Creatures, Battletruck, Top of the Lake series, Tickled documentary.

For some no-budget Aussie ultra-violence there's Richard Wolstencroft's films Bloodlust! and Pearls Before Swine (feat. Boyd Rice & Douglas P). And Mark Savage's output, Marauders and Defenceless in particular.
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« Reply #2204 on: May 05, 2018, 09:10:38 AM »

i wouldn't worry about it, i'm irish and make it a policy not to watch irish movies, they all suck
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