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Ghostbusters (1984)

For the month of October certain theaters across the country are screening Ghostbusters every Thursday. I attended the first one last night and it was a BLAST! Seeing classic films in a theater with an appreciative audience is the best. It just elevates the experience of the film. The best part of the night definitely had to be right as Peck has molten marshmallow dumped on him a small group of people discreetly tossed giant marshmallows into the crowd. Now that's a 4D experience! =P

The Thing (2011)

After Ghostbusters was over we stuck around for the midnight premiere of The Thing. It was pretty good. The first was definitely the better of the two but this made a good prequel. However I was disappointed in the fact that I had read an interview with some of the people involved in the production who had made claims that they were keeping CG to minimum. That was definitely not the case but the effects were still decent.

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Ghostbusters (1984)

For the month of October certain theaters across the country are screening Ghostbusters every Thursday. I attended the first one last night and it was a BLAST! Seeing classic films in a theater with an appreciative audience is the best. It just elevates the experience of the film. The best part of the night definitely had to be right as Peck has molten marshmallow dumped on him a small group of people discreetly tossed giant marshmallows into the crowd. Now that's a 4D experience! =P
I'm hoping to take one of my younger friends who's never seen Ghostbusters all the way through next week. Can't wait.

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"Stripes" (1981)

Watched this last night with a friend who had never seen it.  I always felt it was funner then "Ghostbusters". 

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X-Men: First Class

A film that felt like it was made because, it had a story to tell. Rather then be made simply to keep the X-men license with the studio. The last two instalments to the X-Men franchise. X-3 and, X-Men origins: Wolverine respectfully. Those two felt as though they had been made simply to keep the license with the studio and, the plot suffered. In my opinion this is not so with X-Men: First Class. There's a narrative drive between the two arguable main characters. Erik and, Charles feel like real friends. Which adds to the character depth of Professor X and, Magneto in the later films chronologically. Forewarned however, some small continuity errors in respect to the earlier produced movies occur in this film. As far as I'm concerned the movie is well executed enough to overlook those errors.

I give X-Men: First Class a 9.5/10

Enjoyable film to watch.


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I have been waiting for an X-men reboot as well as a Fantastic four one.

First Class is a great film but no Cyclops wtf?

They should have called it something else because it was nothing like the first class comic which was very much a nod to Jack Kirby.

Original iceman design, Marvel Girl aka Jean Grey, Cyclops etc.

The retro look of that comic with it sixties deigned comic style but better modern color reproduction and paper was a welcome thing at least to me with the zillion and one different new looks and continuities that followed the original.

 

 

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Midnight Express (1978)

Wow. Just wow. I don't know where to start on this one. This is the only time a film has actually taken a toll on me psychologically. Some scenes actually made me feel sick to my stomach. And I loved every second of it.

The acting, the directing, the Academyaward-winning score by Giorgio Modorer. Everything in this movie is perfect in every way imaginable.

*SPOILER*

I was totally shocked when he killed the warden. Probably one of the biggest surprises I've ever seen in a movie, ever. 

An instant top ten for me.

 

10 balls.

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The Comic Strip Presents : The Hunt For Tony Blair (2011), (strictly speaking a short film rather than a television show as it received a cinema release).

Well made (nice 40's/50's/60's mismatch style pastiche), amusing ideas, well played but lacking in actual laughs, real satirical bite and it's really at least half a decade too late (if not more).

2 Balls.

The Kids Are Alright (2010), the title says it all really.

The two main teens are pretty well balanced, enquiring humans (even if the son is hanging around nutters for answers) and the adults are the screw ups.

Much was made at the time about the lesbian marriage angle of the story at the time of release but to be honest it's just a conceit.

The story could be just as easily be about any other for of absent parent returning.

The problem for me was it didn't have anything narratively interesting to say.

SPOILERS...

It would have worked better for me if the affair hadn't happened but it was incorrectly assumed to have happened by Bening's character.

The film would have played out pretty much the same but the audience would then have a debate about wether Mark Ruffalo's character was wronged or if he really was an interloper at heart.

I would have least have been spared Julianne Moore's stomach churning apology scene.

As it played out I was reminded of the horror of watching The Ice Storm (1997) only not quite as twisted.

3 balls (not sure if that was skewed because of Mr Ruffalo's bits bumping around). 

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FanFiltration said:


"Stripes" (1981)

Watched this last night with a friend who had never seen it.  I always felt it was funner then "Ghostbusters". 
Wut.

It's pretty funny but it really loses steam once they graduate. And it's not in the same league with Ghostbusters.

 

I see your point.  With "Ghostbusters" I hated that song! That song was a true cringe moment in and out of the film for me. It was so overplayed on radio and MTV all that year. Must be that it was the over saturation of the marketing that has left me with a negative memory of that film. Same thing with "E.T.", the film would have been a better memory for me if not for the over marketing.  In "Ghostbusters", that mash mellow guy was one of the few times that I had a sincere gut busting laugh at a theater.      

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Hound of the Baskervilles (1958)-this is always how I start my Halloween viewing. Classic fun.

3 Hammer balls out of 4.

The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)-great film that hasn't lost any impact, but is in need of restoration work. Hate the imposed bookends and narration.

4 seed pods out of 4.

The War of the Worlds (1953)-surprisingly effective version of the book, completely transplanted into 50's Americana. Brilliant Technicolor and I don't think anyone could ever forget the sound of the heat ray or skeleton beam.

3.5 balls out of 4.

Horror of Dracula- Ah...the big one. This is the film that truly made Hammer a force to be reckoned with and is one of the most important horror films ever made. I love it. I've loved it's peculiar blend of subtlety, drama and action ever since I saw a highly edited TV version as a kid on a late night feature. Just brilliant.

What I would like to see is the 2007 BFI restoration. I've really had it with the old bare bones WB DVD. Not only is it cropped, but cropped pretty badly, losing much of the top of every frame. This is especially noticeable during those dramatic shots of the Count, where his head will be half cut off. It's a small single layer, low bitrate and most awfully drained of color. These were famous for their dripping Technicolor.

I remembered Zombie playing around with the VLC player controls and so did a little bit of tinkering with just saturation and contrast. This was done in about two seconds.

Original:

Saturation and Contrast barely increased:

See what I mean?

In any case, this is the best Hammer horror alongside Curse of Frankenstein (which also has a similar fate on DVD sadly.) and IMO is the finest Dracula film excepting the 1931 film and Nosferatu.

4 badass Peter Cushings out of 4 libraries needing indexing...

Also, I'm finally going to go through every Hammer Dracula in order...why exactly I don't know...I didn't think A.D. 1972 needed to ever be watched by anyone...

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Tron: Legacy - 8 discs out of 10

Since they're like poetry, what with the rhyming and all, I find that I only need to watch three out of the six films.

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The War of the Worlds (1953)-surprisingly effective version of the book, completely transplanted into 50's Americana. Brilliant Technicolor and I don't think anyone could ever forget the sound of the heat ray or skeleton beam.

3.5 balls out of 4.

That sound got used in 'Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow', for the eye-beams for the Giant Robots.

 

I was the only one geeking out about it in the cinema.

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A little while back my local theater chain bought a bunch of new paper towel dispensers and they make that exact same sound. I get a kick out of it every time. =P

Batman: Year One (2011)

Sadly I was disappointed. They stayed very close to the source but not close enough. They left out a lot of the inner narration that drove the story as well as altered dialogue for no reason. Lastly, they had some nice voice talent. Bryan Cranston did a good job as Gordon but I think they really dropped the ball with Batman/Bruce Wayne. Should have gone with Conroy but I guess they wanted someone who sounded younger. Didn't work.

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The Shawshank Redemption - 10 shit tunnels out of 10

JFK - 10 lone gunmen out of 10

Since they're like poetry, what with the rhyming and all, I find that I only need to watch three out of the six films.

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"V for Vendetta"

I went into this one cold, with no prior knowledge of story or who was even going to be in it.  Loved it!  I just love discovering films like this by accident.

 

"Big Trouble in Little China"  

Very fun 80's film. Lot's of people just don't get the joke, but I'm glad I do.  

“First feel fear, then get angry. Then go with your life into the fight.” - Bill Mollison

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Insidious - 10 balls!

Going in I thought this was a Darth Sidious biopic, but once I realized that it was a horror film I was able to enjoy it.

Since they're like poetry, what with the rhyming and all, I find that I only need to watch three out of the six films.

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IT CONQUERED THE WORLD (1956)

Fun little movie that stars Peter Graves, Lee Van Cleef and Beverly Garland. I thought I hadn't seen it before but while watching it tonight I got that familiar feeling I might have seen it a long time ago. It's like It Came From Outer Space and Invasion of the Body Snatchers rolled into one. A real shame that it's not commercially available.

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The Woods (2006). It was decent, but didn't have enough Bruce Campbell. 5/10.

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Winnebago Man (2009)

Saw this tonight. It's a documentary about the infamous angry RV salesman video that's been floating around the internet for years. Turned out to be a pretty cool documentary and Jack Rebney is a really interesting character.

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FanFiltration said:

"Big Trouble in Little China"  

Very fun 80's film. Lot's of people just don't get the joke, but I'm glad I do.  

Always fun.

Which FanFiltration? Little ol’ basket case on wheels, or the ten-foot-tall roadblock?! that i hit with my truck.

 

Wishful Drinking. [Carrie Fisher stage show]

I kinda hoped for a longer run time - I'm sure she could have talked a lot more on some of the subjects but it was entertaining and laugh out loud funny at times.