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Old 22nd July 2018, 01:06 PM
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I really like it. When we did Fulci films on the top ten tuesdays thread it was on my list. I remember Dem hating it though!
I like how Thomas Milians character is almost a force of nature and how the film becomes almost an origin story for Fabio Testi's character who gradually becomes the brutal gunfighter seen in most spaghetti westerns. There's a lot going on with it.
Definitely, Milian's character certainly makes an impact and I agree about the character arc of Testi.

I think one of my favourite sequences has to be in the abandoned mining town.

Definitely has a lot of depth to it if you look close enough, even with Bud's character, if you look at his words about seeing imaginary people in the town and how they treat him well despite him being black and an outcast.
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Old 22nd July 2018, 01:06 PM
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I really liked "4 of the Apocalypse" when i watched it last year too, also another unusual Fulci film worth watching is Beatrice Cenci.
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Old 22nd July 2018, 01:19 PM
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Molly's Game (2017)

The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target due to dealings with the Russian mob.

As with all Aaron Sorkin written pieces, Molly's Game is a very wordy film, Sorkin's skill however is making those words so compelling you feel like you're in the middle of an adrenaline fueled action film. Even the Poker scenes, a game of which i know nothing, drew me in immediately thanks to the clever almost frantic voice over, gripping me even though i knew nothing of what was going on in the high stakes games. This is also down to Sorkin the director. Molly's Game was his first job behind the clapperboard and he handles it like a seasoned pro with edgy camera work ala Fincher and a furious pacing sustained throughout the 135 minute run time.

Jessica Chastain is superb as Molly and she gives a powerful performance in every scene, be it on screen or as a narrator. She's ably backed up by Idris Elba who really shines in his role as Molly's lawyer. The same goes for Kevin Costner as Molly's demanding father.

Although i don't consider myself a fan of flashback films, here they are handled with consummate ease as Molly recounts her life to Elba, rather than the sheer clunkiness of how other films use them.

I really enjoyed Molly's Game. They say talk is cheap, but in Sorkin's case talk is richly rewarding.
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Old 22nd July 2018, 01:32 PM
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I lked MG. It's always nice to be able to recommend something to civilians
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Old 22nd July 2018, 01:35 PM
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I really liked "4 of the Apocalypse" when i watched it last year too, also another unusual Fulci film worth watching is Beatrice Cenci.
i have never seen either of these films but would love to seeing as they are by Fulci and should be very good.
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Old 22nd July 2018, 02:01 PM
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Mr Nanny (1993, Michael Gottlieb)

I likes to mix it up now and then. From the unbearable Bollness of Uwe to the Zen violence of Kitano. But this .... strangest villian since Return To Oz ... mawkishness squared ... still I am laughing so it's a movie I suppose

Honest ... uncut raw grim underground fake snuff bestiality next as I revisits The Life & Death Of A Porno Gang. It's what Sundays were for when I were a bairn
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Old 22nd July 2018, 03:49 PM
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FRIDAY THE 13TH
I have had an unwatched Blu-ray collection of the Friday the 13th films in Marilyn since last year so decided to watch this on (surprise, surprise) Friday the 13th for the first time in a couple of years. I don't think it's one of the top drawer slasher films, Halloween is better, but it is certainly one of the most influential because of the setting, innovative and bloody death scenes, and with Harry Manfredini re-working Bernard Herrmann's classic score for Psycho to great effect, a score which helps to ratchet up the tension and deliver some good jump scares.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2
Five years after the events in the first film, the legend of 'the boy in the lake' proves to be an attraction rather than a deterrent to aspiring camp counsellors at a secluded location on the banks of Crystal Lake. Again, the brutal death scenes and the score work very well, but my favourite aspects of this is Ginny who is a very likeable person and the way Amy Steel makes her such an easy person to root for is admirable. It may not be a great film, but it's entertaining and, even on a sunny summer evening, works, as a fun stalk and slash movie.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3
As I don't have a pair of lenticular 3-D glasses, I was unable to watch this in all of its gimmickry, so some of the shots designed to show off the stereoscopic technology proved distracting and a little annoying. This is certainly more gratuitously violent than the previous two instalments in the franchise, perhaps because Jason is now a fully grown adult and, in a sign of things to come, certainly more of a superhuman force of nature than five years ago. This is far from my favourite of the Friday the 13th films, but it is one with enough interesting locations and characters who you either want to survive to the final credits or die as quickly as possible to hold the attention.

FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER
Because the second sequel finished with Jason seemingly dead, the only logical beginning for this film is to basically make him indispensable as he escapes from cold storage in the mortuary and kill his way out of the hospital and to Crystal Lake where, for reasons unknown, he proceeds to try and kill everyone in its vicinity. This instalment is probably most notable for introducing the Tommy Jarvis character, played by a young and pre-Lost Boys Corey Feldman who, with his sister Trish (Kimberly Beck), becomes the main person you want to see survive the lakeside massacre. Despite the title, the ending shot in which Tommy, possibly possessed by Jason, stares straight to the camera.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V: A NEW BEGINNING
The beginning section of this film is one of the most interesting and surprising in the entire series, taking place at a facility for teenagers with mental issues. Tommy may not have an eating disorder, anger management or esteem problems, but he does bear the mental scars of everything he witnessed and experienced a few years previously, scars which are not helped when one of the other residents brutally kills the annoying over eater with an axe. Although the perpetrators arrested, murders continue and Tommy becomes the prime suspect when some of the bodies are found in his bedroom. This tries to do something different by only having Jason appear in hallucination or dream sequences and have the principal maniacal killer as someone wreaking revenge for their son's murder. This one I enjoy more than I really should considering how formulaic and unsurprising most of the narrative, characters and situations are, and it's probably only because of the absence of Jason and the mystery aspect about the killer's identity.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES
Tommy Jarvis, now grown up and still suffering from his encounters with Jason, including killing him. Convinced that the only way he can overcome his hallucinations is by seeing Jason's body, he goes to his grave with a friend and (to no one's surprise) the corpse is bizarrely reanimated when the metal fence post which Tommy thrust through Jason's corpse is hit by lightning. Deciding to warn the authorities, Tommy is instead arrested by the most cartoonishly unsympathetic and obnoxious sheriff since Killer Klowns from Outer Space. With events now moving to Camp Forest Green (the new name for Crystal Lake) where Jason does what he does best, and murders his way through a group of camp counsellors preparing to open it for business. Determined to correct the mistake he made by inadvertently resurrected Jason, Tommy sets about trying to kill the indestructible fiend with the help of a boulder, chain, and the depths of Crystal Lake. As Friday the 13th films go, this is a slick, fairly self-aware and fun one, with the final showdown between Tommy and Jason surprisingly engrossing and with some great imagery.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD
If resurrecting Jason with a fence post and lightning wasn't complicated enough, having a telekinetic teenage girl (who has mentally buried her past encounter with Jason) bring him back with her misdirected mental powers. Although this is the first to feature Kane Hodder as Jason, a portrayal most would identify as the most iconic, it's also surprisingly boring simply because, aside from the telekinetic teen, there is nothing in this film which isn't in one of the previous six, with the skull crushing seeming particularly nasty and gratuitous.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN
If 'The New Blood' was approaching barrel scraping levels of tedium and unoriginality, this goes straight through the wood and into the floor beneath. Every franchise runs out of steam at some point and barely makes the title relevant by having most of the events take place on a boat with Jason only arriving in NYC with very little running time (and obvious victims) remaining.

Because it wasn't in the boxset, I didn't watch Jason Goes to Hell, nor Freddy vs. Jason and Jason X, films I remember enjoying more than parts seven and eight in the series simply because it was as if the filmmakers decided to throw coherent and serious storytelling out of the window and just have fun, embracing the paranormal, dream worlds and outerspace!
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Old 22nd July 2018, 08:34 PM
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Ach twas too bloody hot to watch someone fellating a horse ....

So I stuck on ....
Return Of The Evil/Blind Dead instead.

Never celebrate anything it seems .
Destroying the reputation of the local tourist board, our mouldy monks turn up and s-l-o-w-l-y murder a heap of innocent (and not so pure) townsfolk after some fireworks disturb their slumber ... as you would tbh.
Why o why o why nae BD??
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Old 22nd July 2018, 10:17 PM
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Meet John Doe (1941)

Gary Cooper plays a destitute man who is asked by a newspaper to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins.

Frank Capra's film reminds of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and It's a Wonderful Life (1946) with it's story of a man out of his depth politically whom the people look up to before it all goes badly wrong on Christmas Eve in the snow. The film has a lot to say on media exploitation but is let down by frankly dull sequences where nothing happens. A lengthy baseball sequence (without a ball) in a hotel is a case in point.

However unlike those two films this manages to be overlong and quite boring following a promising opening half hour. It's almost redeemed by it's George Bailey-esq ending but even that can't really save Capra's film from being a movie which doesn't know what direction it wants to take us in.
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Old 22nd July 2018, 11:05 PM
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Backdraft 1991

Two firefighter brothers who don't get on well have to put their differences aside when a arsonist strikes around the city.

The plot to this might seem boring, slow but director Ron Howard keeps us entertained with this action thriller movie. Kurt Russell and William Baldwin star as the two brothers Stephen and Brian who seem to try and outshine each other. Robert De Niro stars as the fire investigation leader who seems a bit unbalanced and admires the arsonist way of creating the fires. Scott Glenn as part of the fire fighting team who doesn't like the way Stephen handles some ways of his work but may have other agendas. J.T. Walsh makes an appearance of the city official running for mayor but has a lot of secrets.

Donald Sutherland makes a small cameo as Ronald a prisoner who loved to burn things and becomes a guide to understanding the fires.

This is one of those memorable films that still seems to be enjoyable now than when it first came out, and does have its small flaws, the fire scenes are amazing and a good soundtrack score from Hans Zimmer. 8 out of 10
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