Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Ken_McAlinden, Dec 8, 2014.
I love this movie! Always have.
First time seeing it in HD.
A seriously underrated movie.
Must be my second or third viewing, and it's still good.
That Cold Day in the Park. An excellent psychological thriller. Two hours of tension, and 2 or 3 moments where I jumped out of my chair.
Watched Jeepers Creepers again at Halloween. Still great.
Watching now on free to air tv an old favourite of mine.....
Jimi Hendrix 1973
Joe Boyd Documentary
"Dracula A.D. 1972" (1972)
It's been one hundred years since Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) and Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) battled to the death. When some swingin' London teens resurrect the Count by messing with black magic, he begins a new reign of terror. Fortunately Van Helsing's grandson (Cushing again) is ready to continue the fight against evil.
Lee and Cushing are always fun to watch and the flick also features some nice eye candy courtesy of Brit babes Stephanie Beacham and Caroline Munro. A shag-a-delic campy-cool terror treat from England's legendary Hammer Studios.
Suburbicon (2017) on Amazon TV
Written by Joel and Ethan Coen, Directed by George Clooney
Starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Issac
"Daphne & Velma" (2018)
For some reason, the female members of the Mystery Machine gang from "Scooby Doo" now have their own spinoff film. "D&V" is a prequel that shows how the gals first met at their hi-tech high school and solved their first mystery, when the school's best & brightest students suddenly start turning into brain dead zombies. There's no Scooby, no Shaggy, no Fred...and no point.
This cheap looking DTV piece of crap will probably be a tough slog even for kids who are fans of the Scooby franchise (my 11 year old bailed at the halfway point), and if you don't have kids, there's no reason to bother. This flick makes the awful live-action "Scooby" movies from the early 00s look like the Royal Shakespeare Company. Hell, even the infamous "Scooby Doo" porn parody had better production values (and a hotter Daphne & Velma)!
Alpha Dog - Good film
A Family Thanksgiving
I enjoyed them all...
Hitchcock's - Strangers on a Train
Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (2010) - Another entry the Classic Albums series of UK documentaries about the making of famous records. Frankly, it's just fun to see the Beach Boys talking civilly about their music and each other for a change. There's a little bitching from Mike and Bruce about how hard Brian was on them in the recording studio but no one argues with the results. The best bit again is when Brian gets behind the board and starts deconstructing songs. Those recordings are so intricately done, they could have been produced 100 different ways. Fascinating stuff and now I am going to be listening to Pet Sounds all week, but what else is new?
Beach Party (1963) - I probably should have saved these beach movies for next summer but the weather is just beautiful here lately and what the hell? This is the movie that set the template for all that came after it and it is surprisingly complete, with Deadhead and the gang, Eric Von Zipper and the Rats, lots of Frankie and Deedee conflict; pretty much the whole shmear. Robert Cummings plays a stodgy anthropologist studying the mating habits of tribal teens and basically ogling girls through his telescope. When he starts getting involved with his subjects, all manner of hi jinks ensue. Frankie makes an odd choice for a Malibu surfer. Even in his bathing suit, he is strictly from Jersey, but he is pretty lovable. Annette is as voluptuous as she is chaste. Woof. No wonder Frankie is wound tighter than a tick. Any further attempt to appeal to adult audiences would be dispensed with in future episodes, as things just got wackier and more surreal. The soundtrack here is a killer, featuring Dick Dale and the Surftones and some great Annette and Frankie songs I had not heard before. There's a lot of references to the Beatnick lifestyle too. Morey Amsterdam dresses like a Chinese Dragon and spouts Beat poetry gibberish and at one point, I'm pretty sure Frankie passes a joint to Deadhead, which would explain a lot.
The Other Side of the Wind.
Orson Welles lost film
Great parody of the many art house/foreign films of the New Wave to early 70's.
A blizzard of editing which is spectacular.
visually excellent = 4.5 out of 5
Jerry Lewis "The Ladies Man"
That's a fun movie!
Shame - Bored the life out of me!!
Bikini Beach (1964) - The third 'Beach' movie I think and I am already running out of chronological order but I don't think it matters. The 'gang' here seems to spend all of their time together and the central focus remains on surfing, making out, and watching Frankie and Deedee pick fights with each other. Deedee still wants Frankie to put a ring on it and Frankie is still a neurotic mess because he is not getting any from his ridiculously curvy girlfriend. Unfortunately, they let Frankie play a dual role as 'Potato Bug', an awful parody of The Beatles, and he hams it up something fierce. Add to that a surfing monkey and a drag strip racing sub-plot and this one is pretty overstuffed. Unfortunately, the music is just not very good in this one and that's a shame because that is the real draw here for me. Frankie and Annette do a good ballad together and they bring out Little Stevie to perform 'Happy Feelin' Dance and Shout' at the end, but it's too little too late. Annette is a little looser and more playfully sexy in this one and even shows a little bit of skin but this is still one of the weaker entries in the series.
Taking a few days off from work this week... normally I'd be outside raking leaves but since the weather isn't cooperating, it's been a "stay inside & watch movies" day...
Musclebound lifeguard Mitch Buchanan (Dwayne Johnson) and his squad of beach bunnies lead a set of new dim-bulb recruits through training, then unravel a drug smuggling enterprise in this action-comedy riff on the classic, kitschy T&A TV series. It's certainly not a great film by any means, but keeping my expectations low worked in this movie's favor ... it was actually better than it had any right to be.
"Sorority Party Massacre" (2012)
A big city cop is sent to the boondocks to search for a missing girl, and ends up mixing it up with a psycho who's killing sorority sisters at their annual convention. Yea, I know, real high concept stuff (haha).
I was hoping for a so-bad-it's good splatter fest with healthy amounts of T&A, but I ended up disappointed on both fronts. The girls are cute but mostly keep their clothes on (boooo!), the gore is minimal and the whole movie seems to have been made for about twenty bucks.
Dolores Claiborne - Good film.
Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011) - Excellent doc about the state of newspaper journalism at the start of the second decade in the 21st century. I worked in the newspaper business all through the 90's and saw how rapidly the harbingers of doom descended and I'm glad at least some of them have managed to survive. What the movie emphasizes is that, when we lose a newspaper, we also lose a whole staff of people doing the work of professional, responsible journalism. The New York Times has certainly had their issues with bias and journalistic integrity, but they have a lot more credibility than the wild wild west that is the world wide web. I'm no shill for the media, but it's something to think about. They should really do a follow-up about what it's been like to run a newspaper during this last decade also, which has been interesting to say the least.
Jedi Junkies (2010) - This is like one of those Mondo documentaries of the 60's where they take you on a wild, exotic travelogue visiting strange people and occurrences from around the world. In this case, it's the Star Wars world of fanatical fans who make their own movies, train as Jedi's and make toy manufacturers millions of dollars. The movie takes a bit of a dark turn when profiling obsessive collectors, including a guy who makes his family sleep on the living room floor so that he can stuff his bedroom with crates and shelves full of action figures and toys. I would scoff at them but I keep knocking over the piles of cheap DVD's I've been buying off of eBay so I literally have no room to criticize. My favorite part was the apparent fetishism over what they very precisely call 'Leah Metal Bikini', where women obsess over dressing like Slave Girl Leah. One guy has a website devoted to nothing but pictures of girls dressed this way and I'm sure there is plenty of porn on the subject somewhere. It's a little f'd up but I must admit, some of those girls do look hot. After all, what's wrong with a little Boudoir Cosplay among friends?
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