"At Christmas I no more desire a rose Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled mirth; But like of each thing that in season grows."
Started by zomgmouse, January 14, 2021, 11:12:22 AM
Quote from: Egyptian Feast on October 10, 2021, 09:24:09 PMthe Warholish party where it sounds like they're listening to Broadcast
Quote from: Small Man Big Horse on October 11, 2021, 03:53:10 PMMad Max (1979) - Inexplicably I'd never seen this before,
Quote from: Dusty Substance on October 11, 2021, 06:12:14 PMTook me a long time to watch it too. I would constantly rewatch MM2/MM:BT over and over again on VHS but for some reason the original one eluded me. Pretty sure I'd caught part of the American dubbed version on TV one night and it looked so boring compared to two and three that it put me off for years. Same thing with the Alien films - Watched Aliens/Alien 3 endlessly but didn't watch the original until the late 90s - After Alien:Resurrection - and when I did it was on a panned and scanned VHS on a portable TV just as Ridley Scott had envisioned it. Didn't immediately love the first Mad Max when I eventually saw it for the first time but have grown to fully appreciate and love it and it seems to get better and better with every re-watch.
Quote from: Small Man Big Horse on October 12, 2021, 07:26:48 PMToys In The Attic (2009) - There's no denying that this doesn't exactly have an original central concept as it features toys who come to life when no one is present to see them, but it takes that idea and weaves some gloriously imaginative insanity out of it, and is a joy to watch from the very first frame. Unlike those sentient bastards from the Pixar movies nobody here gives a toss about humanity, a grandmother and granddaughter make a brief appearance but only serve to show how these toys have been forgotten about over the years but truly don't care as they've constructed their own fairly complex society, and if anything it diminishes the Toy Story series as while the first three were lovable now I wish they'd contained some of the inspired madness found here. 8.5/10
Quote from: Small Man Big Horse on October 11, 2021, 03:53:10 PMMad Max (1979) - Inexplicably I'd never seen this before, and oddly it wasn't quite what I was expecting either as having watched Fury Road I thought it'd be a post apocalyptic affair but instead it's set just a few years in to the future where things are a bit shitty but not a lot different to the present day. I was also surprised that for the vast majority of the film it could've been called "Quite Content Max", and he only gets all stroppy towards the end, and the world building is quite shaky, it's hard to tell quite what level of decline this society is in, for an evil murderous biker gang it feels strange that they don't have guns when old ladies do, and for a country as large as Australia they're able to track down Max and Jessie with ease, and vice versa for when Max is finally on the rampage. It starts well and there were sequences I liked but the ending didn't feel particularly satisfying, and for once I don't think I missed out in any way by not seeing it until now. 5.4/10.
Quote from: zomgmouse on October 12, 2021, 10:51:46 PMBeen meaning to see this after watching his version of The Pied Piper earlier this year which I thought was rather incredible! You ought to check it out!
Quote from: Fambo Number Mive on October 13, 2021, 10:33:02 AMI agree about the worldbuilding, I find the MFP fascinating but it's unclear whether they are the only police force or if they are just the highway police. There is clearly at least one other MFP station and some kind of rural law officer.
Quote from: Famous Mortimer on October 14, 2021, 02:37:47 PMRighting WrongsAnother Rothrock movie, but this time with Yuen Biao and directed by Corey Yuen. Easily her best HK film, and every bit as good as "Police Story". Spoiler alertBut everyone dies, pretty much, which leaves a pretty weird taste in the mouth. Like, the kid (played by the chap who'd go on to be Riki in Riki-Oh), the friendly grandpa, Rothrock herself, and probably Biao - seen floating in the ocean surrounded by blood as the credits roll. [close]
Quote from: Shit Good Nose on October 14, 2021, 03:28:41 PMThe mainland China release (which was also the one sent out to some international territories) has a different ending - Spoiler alertRothrock and Biao survive[close].
Quote from: Shit Good Nose on October 14, 2021, 03:40:55 PMWell, HK action and drama films rarely had/have happy endings. They save them all up for the stupid comedies.
Quote from: A Hat Like That on October 14, 2021, 04:33:28 PMMate came up when I first moved to Brum and she wanted to see Fury Road for your Tom Hardys. So we ended up watching all four. First two are legitimately great, for different reasons. Fourth is a classic cinema film - love the sound, big images. Third is ... weak and not quite as mental?
Quote from: Famous Mortimer on October 14, 2021, 04:37:38 PMI don't know if it's intentional, but your tone is rather "bored expert lecturing the plebs" when you post stuff like this (this isn't the first time). I've seen just as many of those sorts of movies as you have, thanks, and there aren't a lot of them where every remotely sympathetic character is dead by the closing credits.
Quote from: Small Man Big Horse on October 14, 2021, 04:51:00 PMKing of the Ants (2003) - A piss poor piece of dog shit, this is a low budget adaptation of Charlie Higson's novel with George Wendt playing against type as a violent bastard and Daniel Baldwin proving why his time in the sun didn't last that long. To be vaguely fair the first half isn't too awful, mainly as Wendt's pretty decent as a thuggish arsehole, Spoiler alertbut once he's killed off it becomes worse and worse until it's almost unwatchable. The set up is that a drifter called Sean (Chris McKenna) is hired to kill an accountant but after he does so the shitty businessman (Baldwin) who hired him refuses to pay him, instead choosing to repeatedly torture him until he's left "a vegetable", but of course he gets his revenge in the end, though not before sleeping with and then accidentally killing the wife of the man he murdered earlier on in this[close]turgid cuntiness. It's packed full of contrivances, the script (by Higson, depressingly) is clunky and some of the dialogue is embarrassing to hear, and I presumed by the end that it was made by someone fresh out of film school as some of the shots are so poorly constructed, and so was really surprised it was directed by Stuart Gordon, a man whose low budget horror films I've enjoyed in the past. An ugly, depressing film, and one that should be avoided like all of the plagues combined. 1.8/10
Quote from: Shit Good Nose on October 14, 2021, 05:19:49 PMProbs The Asylum's best film by some stretch though. Which I know isn't saying much.I didn't hate it as much as you (although your criticisms ARE spot on), but then I haven't seen it since not long after it came out (purely out of curiosity about what the combination of Charlie Higson and Stuart Gordon would come up with).In fairness to Higson and the cast, Gordon wasn't the best director, he just happened to bottle lightning a couple of times earlier in his career. Look at most of the rest of his films (after the obvious ones) and it's perhaps more surprising that Ants isn't even worse.
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