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What actually fascinates me is how many people (including people born after she died) are still fixated by her and her legacy. A documentary about all that would be interesting imo.
The fascination with royalty in general is weird to me. Could be easily compared to the "famous because they're famous" reality TV types, too.


Anyway, back on topic, I'm gonna watch Fury Road again tonight, and it gets a 10/10 because it's the best movie made this century.
 

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Frankenstein, from 1931, begins with a delightfully macabre scene in a graveyard. It's nice to see Dwight Frye return from Dracula, released almost 8 months earlier, as another crazed lunatic. Mae Clarke's delivery is a little uninspired although her appearance is enchanting as she fawns over Henry Frankenstein. Collin Clive looks like a real enemy with his jagged skull and jaunt face. He makes Henry look like a guy with believable connections with the dead. Boris Karloff is appropriately primitive and violent.
 

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American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice (2017) - 4.5 stars - like most millennials, I have the attention span of a goldfish so am usually browsing online and talking on forums like this while watching a movie (or I'll watch a movie but pause it every 20 minutes or so to read a chapter of my book) but this kept my full attention throughout. I was rapt. It IS a pretty short movie with a runtime of 60 minutes, but it's a rarity for me to just sit and watch a movie from beginning to end like that. I really enjoyed this and it was surprisingly extreme for an American movie (it's just as brutal/gory as the original Japanese Guinea Pig series). The entire movie takes place with one character in his bathroom. He lusts for this demon goddess and he needs to perform several "sacrifices" to her to allow her to possess him. All of which involve graphic, painful self-mutilation. All of which is shown in graphic detail (including a scene where he violently "sounds" himself with a large screwdriver). I really enjoyed it, though most will probably think it goes "too far". I like that it went there and honestly some of the self-mutilation scenes are pretty hot (moans and facial expressions).
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David: I want to fuck her in a pool of blood until my dick explodes.
 
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Airplane (1980) - 4 stars - spoof of airplane disaster movies. Always fun and there always so many jokes going on - including very subtly in the background - that even after several viewings you can still spot new things. Seen this several times over the years and always enjoy it.
TQ's:

[Ted gets into his seat on the airplane, looking visibly anxious]
Female passenger: Nervous?
Ted: Yes
Female Passenger: First time?
Ted: No, I've been nervous lots of times

McCroskey: Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking
[later]
McCroskey: Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking
[later]
McCroskey: Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit taking amphetamines
[later]
McCroskey: Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue

Captain Oveur: Joey, have you ever seen a grown man naked?

Captain Oveur: Joey, do you ever hang around the gymnasium?

Captain Oveur: Joey, have you ever been in a Turkish prison?

Captain Oveur: Joey, do like movies about Gladiators?
 

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Den of Thieves (2018 ) <NETFLIX>

Tagline is LA's tough guy sheriff unit goes up against the most successful bank robbery crew. Commercials were pretty good, and I wanted to see it. Now I have. As lead Sheriff, we have Gerald Butler who many will recognize from several films but most notably 300. He gets some side sex, some divorce, some kids being taken away, all in hopes of making him more relatable, and it works a little but not a lot. He plays the role well as an over the top cop, but the non-cop parts are kinda meh. For the bad guys, we have Pablo Schreiber whom I honestly don't know from a hole in the wall but his resume is filled with tv series (Orange is the New Black). We don't get much character work for the posse, but the bad guy crew has several good faces and their family time humanity carries much better (at least for 50 cent). We almost want them to win. The wild card is O'Shea Jackson Jr. picked up as a driver for the job, rolled by the cops, used by the crew, beat to shit by the cops. Throughout the film, the tension between lead villain and lead cop (can't say 'good guy') is palpable, and you keep feeling there's a connection somewhere, somehow, and a twist you wanna predict. I won't spoil it, but there is a twist ending (they are filming a sequel) that most won't see coming until it reveals itself, but you can start to see the pieces fall into place in the big shoot out (more bullets than needed, a foot chase, and mano-a-mano conclusion). Definitely worth the watch. 8.5/10
 
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Frankenstein, from 1931, begins with a delightfully macabre scene in a graveyard. It's nice to see Dwight Frye return from Dracula, released almost 8 months earlier, as another crazed lunatic. Mae Clarke's delivery is a little uninspired although her appearance is enchanting as she fawns over Henry Frankenstein. Collin Clive looks like a real enemy with his jagged skull and jaunt face. He makes Henry look like a guy with believable connections with the dead. Boris Karloff is appropriately primitive and violent.
I have had a copy of that for decades and not got around to watching it. Maybe this weekend. Thanks!
 

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I watched "Puncture" (2011) and I'm afraid I have to say I wasn't really impressed, even though the story showed promise. It's based on the true story of an addict lawyer who goes on a crusade in order to get hospitals to use safety needles to prevent transmission of communicable diseases (transmitted by healthcare workers either accidentally getting "stuck" or needles being re-used in less developed countries). A whistle-blower story that could have been executed in a way that was more intriguing and less hackneyed feeling.

The film was really formulaic and focused way too much on the protagonist trying to play the brilliant yet flawed drug addict lawyer; who obviously has a good heart but is plagued by his addiction. It came across as forced and I was very aware that this was an actor trying to play a drug addict. It felt inauthentic and contrived (I juxtapose that with something good like the film Dallas Buyer's Club). I really was not sold and it detracted from the film for me (I have been a drug addict and I have been around them; it was way overdone and I felt myself kind of insulted by it for some reason). I wish it had focused more on the story and building that rather than showing a lawyer doing lawyer things and being brilliant while getting fucked up all the time. Oh, our flawed hero, will he beat the Goliath-like medical company and his own demons? SNORE.

Even the big "shocker" ending barely did anything for me. You could even look to other films that have done it way better (the film Erin Brockovich for instance). Ultimately, I felt cheated because I wanted it to be good and the premise itself is great and is a real and important story; somehow it managed to miss the mark. I was actually annoyed when it finished.

A very generous 4/10. Maybe watch it if you want to see Captain America (Chris Evans) try too hard at playing junkie.

 

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I watched "Puncture" (2011) and I'm afraid I have to say I wasn't really impressed, even though the story showed promise. It's based on the true story of an addict lawyer who goes on a crusade in order to get hospitals to use safety needles to prevent transmission of communicable diseases (transmitted by healthcare workers either accidentally getting "stuck" or needles being re-used in less developed countries). A whistle-blower story that could have been executed in a way that was more intriguing and less hackneyed feeling.

The film was really formulaic and focused way too much on the protagonist trying to play the brilliant yet flawed drug addict lawyer; who obviously has a good heart but is plagued by his addiction. It came across as forced and I was very aware that this was an actor trying to play a drug addict. It felt inauthentic and contrived (I juxtapose that with something good like the film Dallas Buyer's Club). I really was not sold and it detracted from the film for me (I have been a drug addict and I have been around them; it was way overdone and I felt myself kind of insulted by it for some reason). I wish it had focused more on the story and building that rather than showing a lawyer doing lawyer things and being brilliant while getting fucked up all the time. Oh, our flawed hero, will he beat the Goliath-like medical company and his own demons? SNORE.

Even the big "shocker" ending barely did anything for me. You could even look to other films that have done it way better (the film Erin Brockovich for instance). Ultimately, I felt cheated because I wanted it to be good and the premise itself is great and is a real and important story; somehow it managed to miss the mark. I was actually annoyed when it finished.

A very generous 4/10. Maybe watch it if you want to see Captain America (Chris Evans) try too hard at playing junkie.

''Gifted'' also starred Chris Evan.

 

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Maybe watch it if you want to see Captain America (Chris Evans) try too hard at playing junkie.
I like Chris Evans a lot, but I can easily see him being incapable of playing a junkie. I did like him as Mr. Freezy in The Iceman (2012) as a hitman. First time I'd really seen him outside of Captain America, so maybe my liking this was just the shock of seeing him outside that golden boy image.
 

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Sinister (2012)

Ethan Hawke stars as a true crime novelist in search of his next big hit (last one was 10y ago). Now with a wife, 12y old son, and 8-10y old daughter in tow he's packed the family up and moved to yet another small town to research a family killing. The hook is that all were killed but a young child. The secret from his family is rather than just moving to the town....he bought their house. Film never drags, but is heavy with dramatic music as we get regular moments of anxiety throughout the buildup. Over the course of his research, he explores the attic and finds a box of 8mm tapes of events about once every decade or so with the most recent being when the family died. He watches it, of course, with notes like "Who is doing the filming"" and "Where is Stephanie?", the obvious audience questions. In watching the other films, each one is of a family being killed - different era, different mode of death, but all multiple homicides. He enlists a local cop (Officer So and so) who helps research them and find in all cases, a family was slain and a young child was spared but missing. The film builds well throughout, feeding you ideas and connections as we watch him sink deeper into obsession until he determines to escape and save both himself and his family from this weird string of history. He burns the films, packs up the family to leave in the middle of the night and escape. I'll stop there not to spoil it, but I'll say if you want a supernatural suspense kinda thing, it'll do reasonably well. The acting is good, Ethan carries it all pretty well and we have a cameo from Vincent D'Onofrio as a professor of occult, and Fred Thompson as your not so friendly local sheriff, though the rest of the supporting cast are not given enough screen time to matter (wife is pretty forgettable). I won't spoil it, but the ending is a bit predictable inasmuch as it can be, so if the film was cruising at an 8-9/10, the ending lost it a half point. Not horrible, just felt like they let off the gas at the end. 8/10
 

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The Hunt (2020)

This is the one that got some noise on conservative talk radio about elite (dems) hunting deplorables. I heard guys talking on the radio today about it being more a dark comedy and the politics is less about making a statement and more about playing off stereotypes, 90min in and out. So I figure "sure, why not". The opening scene starts with text messages that lead to mention of 'The Hunt', and the second scene is ripe with stereotype as we're on an airplane and some big fat redneck stumbles into first class where people are aghast, and things go bloody from there. Rather than a detailed play by play, I'll say I had a good hard laugh about every 5-10min throughout, either based on dialogue or actions pivoting from the stereotypes or from simple blood splatter comedy (ie, a girl falls in a spiked pit, is saved, then blown up and lands back in the same damn pit). I'd say it was a good black comedy throughout up to the 1:10 mark, then the last 20min shifted gears significantly. It didn't slow down or drag until that point, but when our lead hunted meets up with our lead hunter, they damn near pause the pace. We have a very slow ending of dialogue (more of stereotype commentary) but even that almost reaches a point of deadpan on both sides. They kick it back into gear with an extended fighting sequence, and wrap up with a little bow to close out. This really won't win any awards, but it was done with B++ quality (on gore and scenery) and heavily lifted by the dark comedic aspects. I would recommend this one, regardless of your political lean. 8.5/10
 

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The Hunt (2020)

This is the one that got some noise on conservative talk radio about elite (dems) hunting deplorables. I heard guys talking on the radio today about it being more a dark comedy and the politics is less about making a statement and more about playing off stereotypes, 90min in and out. So I figure "sure, why not". The opening scene starts with text messages that lead to mention of 'The Hunt', and the second scene is ripe with stereotype as we're on an airplane and some big fat redneck stumbles into first class where people are aghast, and things go bloody from there. Rather than a detailed play by play, I'll say I had a good hard laugh about every 5-10min throughout, either based on dialogue or actions pivoting from the stereotypes or from simple blood splatter comedy (ie, a girl falls in a spiked pit, is saved, then blown up and lands back in the same damn pit). I'd say it was a good black comedy throughout up to the 1:10 mark, then the last 20min shifted gears significantly. It didn't slow down or drag until that point, but when our lead hunted meets up with our lead hunter, they damn near pause the pace. We have a very slow ending of dialogue (more of stereotype commentary) but even that almost reaches a point of deadpan on both sides. They kick it back into gear with an extended fighting sequence, and wrap up with a little bow to close out. This really won't win any awards, but it was done with B++ quality (on gore and scenery) and heavily lifted by the dark comedic aspects. I would recommend this one, regardless of your political lean. 8.5/10
I enjoyed it too, I thought it was pretty funny and very tongue in cheek. I also agree that I don't think it matters too much which way you may lean politically. I remember I wrote a brief review in this thread and I gave it a similar score at 8/10.
 

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Time Trap (2017) <Netflix>

So, I was due for a stupid movie, and one who has a description of "A professor goes in a cave and gets trapped, his students look for him and do the same" sounds like the perfect candidate. I'd put the production quality at or near SciFi channel material, the acting and execution is about the same, but the writing brings this up a notch or two. To elaborate on the plot, the cave is actually where the Fountain of Youth is hiding, several layers deep. Within each layer, time slows down further. So, as we focus on the students looking for their Prof we get to the realization that when in the cave, they can look out and the sky is flashing light and dark (the quickly surmise days are passing above as seconds to them below). Throw in some cavemen to add some baddies even though they are trapped and lost in time like everyone else, glow sticks everywhere, a dead cowboy so we can bring a gun into play for no reason, and an alien from the future because ALIENS!, and you've got a good time, amirite? I like one of the other comments on IMDB to the effect of 'You ever like the telling of a story, but keep yelling at characters you can't care for?" Pretty accurate. The end wraps up quick with a pretty good twist, albeit predictable, and as it switches to credits you realize "WTF? The delivery on the ending was empty", meaning the story took it's next logical step (not setting up for a sequel), but didn't answer a ton of questions about the film. This, coming from ME who often just goes for the escape. 6/10.
 
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