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Mike O

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Society- The directorial debut of genre producer Brian Yuzna strains mightily against its limited budget and slow first two acts to deliver total surrealist chaos in its big finale. It’s decidedly a film whose ambitions exceed its resources, but given how many bigger-budget films play it safe, it’s hard begrudge it for that. It’s an intelligent piece of caustic social commentary, and if it’s reach exceeds its grasp, you have to admire Yuzna’s wild imagination and attempt at saying something.

13 Assassins- Cult provocateur Takashi Miike’s remake of a 1960 film (To my knowledge, one never released in America) as a sort of kinetic Kurosawa homage. It’s a bit generic, particularly in its rather slow first half and the characterization is occasionally thin, but Miike has lots of fun with the extended battle sequence finale. It’s flirts with social commentary but mostly just wants gory thrills as only Miike can deliver them, and does so with lots gusto and style.

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The films of Sergio Leone- The best available versions
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I grabbed the German discs of FOD and FAFDM, the Italian disc of DYS, the Paramount release of OUATITW, and the sad Kino release of GBU. They’re the best options I have; it’s GBU that’s the real tragedy, but it’s the best I’ve got. I suppose we could hope that someone like Arrow gets the rights in the UK, but I’m not holding my breath 😦.

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LuckyGungan2001 said:

Hang on, what the fuck happened while I’ve been very infrequently posting? Frink’s gone, Collipso, Possessed and more. Why are so many long standing members being banned?

I was wondering the same thing.

Anyhow, I want to buy the complete Blu-Ray boxed set of Poirot, but Amazon want $350 for it. Goddamn first world problems.

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The Place to Go for Emotional Support
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Hey, gang. I know I haven’t checked in for a while, and I’m not sure who cares or is interested, hopefully some of you do, but there have been some better days lately. The crisis of faith isn’t solved, but my doctor put me on Abilify, and it’s been a total godsend, no pun intended. It’s really helped with a lot of the anxiety and endless obsessive behavior. I’m not back to where I want to be, and never will be, in my opinion. But I’m doing much better in some regards, and I’m very grateful for that. There are some new problems with advancing my life now which I may discuss in the future, but I’m back in therapy and excercising again. Now I just need to start putting in some serious effort. I haven’t been keeping up with this thread, but hopefully, I’ve brought some good news to it. I’m not as well as I’d like to be, but in some respects, I am better. And that’s a very good thing.

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Sudden Death- 90s Die Hard knockoff produced as a Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle. Callous in its utter disregard for human life in the name of entertainment only to play on Spielberg-style sentimentality and family drama. It’s the sort of big-budget spectacle that dominated movie screens in the 80s and 90s before the CGI revolution led to the superhero wave of today. None of the suspense or characterization necessary to make a solid thriller, it’s a diverting action picture with some impressive stunts to fill up it’s big finale. Fun if you like this sort of thing (and I do), but far from a top-tier example of what it is. A little too long too.

Skyscraper- What was the pitch here? Die Hard in a building? Buoyed by the reliably charismatic presence of Johnson, it’s more disaster picture than action movie. The Hong Kong setting also calls to kind many an action classic it comes nowhere near measuring up to, but on its own terms, it’s a solidly diverting little thriller. A few sequences make good use of vertigo-inducing heights, and it’s nice to have a damsel-in-distres who’s useful and kids who aren’t too annoying. Serviceable genre fare, but not impressive enough.

Upgrade- Solid, appropriately nasty little B-movie revenge thriller that’s like Ghost in the Shell meets Death Wish. Nothing Earth-shattering, but a nifty little exploitation film with the good sense not to overstay it’s welcome, it has a lean runtime and enough cheap thrills to sustain it. Knows exactly what it is and what it’s supposed to do, and does it well.

Saw- The original torture movie that launched a dozen sequels and knockoffs is, surprisingly, not that brutal. Doesn’t play for gruesome gore, but it’s still nasty and in the end it’s just an exploitation film. That’s not terrible by any means, just limited in function, but it knows what it, and does what it does well too. A solid example of a grungy thriller that tries to get some mileage out a limited budget and high-concept premise.

I need three-disc Blu-ray cases the size of single disc ones like I get from the store when I buy new discs. Do they exist commercially and is there a place I can get them?

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Disney to buy 20th (21st) Century Fox? (Disney has now bought them - 14 Dec '17)
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Fang Zei said:

Mike O said:

Well, I look at it this way:we might bet the OOT before we ever get The Abyss and True Lies on Blu-ray. Whoopee.

At this point they’re probably just waiting for the right time to put it out on 4k.

Edited to clarify: I was talking about The Abyss and True Lies, not the OOT.

On the basis of the DNRed mess we got for T2, that’s not encouraging.

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Skyscraper- Though frequent compared to Die Hard, which it rips off plentifully, this almost feels more like a disaster movie. It’s derivative as hell, but The Rock is reliably charismatic, and it’s nice to see a female lead who while in trouble, gets to do something useful in the plot instead of being a damsel in distress. Ridiculous in places, even if obviously knowingly, it’s a far cry from the humanized hero of John McClane, but it’s enjoyable enough junk food without delusions about what it is.

Con Air- A gigantic, glossy, high-concept action thriller from Jerry Bruckheimer. The Bruckheimer formula with touches of the Spielberg formula, it mixes brutal and sadistic violence with maudlin sentimentality. As usual, Bruckheimer populates the film with a terrific cast (and Nicolas Cage), lots of one-liners, and enough explosions to satiate the adolescent-minded. A major guilty pleasure of mine.

Pacific Rim- There are several problems with this film. I do not care. At all. I grew up on tokusatsu and Gundam Wing reruns, and this was made for me. Almost literally, it seems. Giant mecha square off against giant monsters. I’m also an avid Guillermo del Toro fan, and seeing an off-kilter art house fantasy filmmaker given $200 million to make a film that combines genres known to 37 people in the United States pleases me beyond what I’m capable of articulating. There are definitely problems-some stilted dialogue, limited characterization-but the film is so wildly visionary, I’m happy to forgive them. A blast.

A Quiet Place- John Krasinski hits out of the park with this high-concept horror thriller. The rare movie that has the goddamn sense to be 90 minutes long, it milks it’s premise about monsters than hunt by sound for all it’s worth, adds in a little solid (if perfunctory) emotional depth, and wows with a lean, mean B-movie style.

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Prom Night- One of the “classic” slasher movies that came out in the wake of Halloween. Carpenter was my film teacher’s favorite punching bag, and I confess that Halloween has never been a favorite of mine, but I appreciate it more the more knockoffs I watch. Prom Night is slow, boring, and even at 94 minutes, feels way too long. No interesting characters, no suspense, no style, flat direction, simply dreadful and dull.

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The first three Mission: Impossible films were only released with lossy DD 5.1 in the U.S. I can order a Scandinavian version of the trilogy, but it omits the extras, so I’d have to buy the two-disc version of III in the U.S. And I’m betting that we won’t be getting any new releases fixing this to tie in with Fallout. Sigh. First-world problems.

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SilverWook said:

Mike O said:

DuracellEnergizer said:

Handman said:

What did you think about the different cuts?

The Donner cut was better — up until the end. I would’ve given it 6/10 if it wasn’t for that stupid ending.

What basically happened was, from what I understand, that they were going to use the “spin the Earth” ending for II. Once they realized it’d work better for the first film, they moved it, figuring that they’d figure something out when they got to II, but once Donner got canned, that’s all they had to fall back on.

Collipso said:

wait, so could a very kind superman fan explain to stupid old me the different cuts available for the movies and all that?

As short as possible version: The producers, the Salkinds, hired director Richard Donner because he was the flavor of the month, having come off of a hit horror film called The Omen. Donner had artistic aspirations, whereas the Salkinds were in it purely for the money. Donner brought in his own screenwriter to completely rewrite their (according to him, completely unworkable) script. Superman and Superman II were shot back-to-back as a mega production; Donner finished about 70% of the second film before locking it to finish production on the first film. It wound up being the most expensive movie ever made up to that time. It was a big box office and critical hit, but the Salkinds didn’t want to deal with Donner again, so they unceremoniously fired him, and brought in director Richard Lester to work on the sequels. Lester reshot a bunch of Donner’s scenes as well as new scenes for II to qualify for a director’s credit, so there’s tons of extra footage. Years later, they did the best they could to reconstruct Donner’s cut. There’s also an extended cut of the first film, supervised by Donner, and a TV version with a lot of extra scenes. And presumably fan edits and deleted scenes.

There’s a lot more to this-what is who’s footage, who shot what, etc.-that’s seeped into film fan lore, but this is the basic gist of it.

They also scrapped all of Marlon Brando’s footage for II over salary disputes. Superman’s Mom suddenly being the Kryptonian hologram giving advice from beyond the grave made no sense.

The Brando footage was used in the Donner Cut reconstruction, and parts of it were also used for Bryan Singer’s quasi-sequel Superman Returns.

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DuracellEnergizer said:

Handman said:

What did you think about the different cuts?

The Donner cut was better — up until the end. I would’ve given it 6/10 if it wasn’t for that stupid ending.

What basically happened was, from what I understand, that they were going to use the “spin the Earth” ending for II. Once they realized it’d work better for the first film, they moved it, figuring that they’d figure something out when they got to II, but once Donner got canned, that’s all they had to fall back on.

Collipso said:

wait, so could a very kind superman fan explain to stupid old me the different cuts available for the movies and all that?

As short as possible version: The producers, the Salkinds, hired director Richard Donner because he was the flavor of the month, having come off of a hit horror film called The Omen. Donner had artistic aspirations, whereas the Salkinds were in it purely for the money. Donner brought in his own screenwriter to completely rewrite their (according to him, completely unworkable) script. Superman and Superman II were shot back-to-back as a mega production; Donner finished about 70% of the second film before locking it to finish production on the first film. It wound up being the most expensive movie ever made up to that time. It was a big box office and critical hit, but the Salkinds didn’t want to deal with Donner again, so they unceremoniously fired him, and brought in director Richard Lester to work on the sequels. Lester reshot a bunch of Donner’s scenes as well as new scenes for II to qualify for a director’s credit, so there’s tons of extra footage. Years later, they did the best they could to reconstruct Donner’s cut. There’s also an extended cut of the first film, supervised by Donner, and a TV version with a lot of extra scenes. And presumably fan edits and deleted scenes.

There’s a lot more to this-what is who’s footage, who shot what, etc.-that’s seeped into film fan lore, but this is the basic gist of it.

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Big Eyes- A blend of cutting timeless social commentary, Sirk-style melodrama and colors, and character study biopic, Big Eyes is Tim Burton’s best film in years. Terrific performances from Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in this almost unbelievable true story about an unlikely artist and her domineering husband who built a pop art empire. Gorgeously shot, well-acted, and written with wit and sympathy, Burton abandons his usual Gothic bag of tricks for something new and more than welcome.

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ChainsawAsh said:

suspiciouscoffee said:

I’ve only seen Dune. It sucked, but I appreciated some of the style, so it didn’t ruin Lynch for me or anything.

Dune fails as a David Lynch movie and as an adaptation of the novel. It’s almost impressive.

Don’t let that put you off reading the book, or (assuming it’s good) seeing Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming adaptation when it materializes.

It’s long overdue for Peter Jackson-style big update.