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trebor8273 25th January 2013 08:51 PM

Just finished American Mary and it exceedd my expectations, fantastic film.

Slippery Jack 25th January 2013 09:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Demdike (Post 316315)
So what actually happened to him then?

How come he disappeared into the screen?

How come the voices all changed to Italian?

He went mad?

A visual representation of the work consuming him?

An audiable representation of the work consuming him? That and it was funny . . .

keirarts 25th January 2013 09:18 PM

A stranger among us.

Gee that witness sure was good! well hell lets make it again, this time with those hacidic jews! Great idea!

In fairness its actuallly pretty decent, mainly hampered by the fact melanie griffiths isnt an especially great actress. Still as part of a double set with one good cop costing less than four quid including postage you could do a hell of a lot worse!

keirarts 25th January 2013 11:27 PM

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When you've just sat and watched two reasonably classy, reasonably well produced straight up hollywood movies you need to wash it down with a bit of direct-to-video trash, this was perfect. It even has Fred olen rays name in the credits!

Gary busey, one time coke hoover, proffesional madman and then born again christian stars here (probably in the coke period) as MCBAIN, manly cop who busts arms dealers singlehanded while his partner sits outside not wanting to get 'his black ass shot off' and insisting on calling backup. After killing the whole bunch of arms dealers (including an early danny trejo appearence) Mcbain heds home to do some diy surgery and remove the bullett in his shoulder. He COULD have let the paramedics on scene help him but he's too much of a man, and to prove it his latest conquest, a hot naked french chick has broken in for a bubble bath, and is waiting for him to get home.

Just as things are threatening to not be manly, two of his CIA handlers turn up to reactivate him. Basically a bunch of arabs, commies, mexicans (read not american speaking foreign devils of every nationality) have set up training camps across the border in mexico, and an army seek and destroy unit (that ignores wimpish details like borders and international law) has been wiped out with minimal reisistance (because their not mcbain) and a top-secret super tank has been taken. It seems the rag tag bunch of generic foreign threats of the month have decided the (single) tank is ideal to invade 'merica so head lybian, played by Henry silva (one of the few men who could concievably out-crazy busey) must find out how to work it by torturing the hostages!

It turns out one of the soldiers captured was the wife of mcbains old partner, who he accidentally shot dead in some ally. Naturally mcbain was also boning her behind his partners back so the dual guilt pursuades him that he must cross the border and kill a whole buinch of folk...

What this movie lacks in brains it more than makes up for in sheer charm. The transfer looks like a vhs rip, but thats ok, this is one of those movies that evokes the nostalgia of heading to the off-liscence with video card in hand to get something to watch with a cider based hangover on a sunday (need to be fit for school on monday!) The production value on the disc is so cheap its a miracle the whole film is on there, or that its not accidentaly got a bunch of nicaraguan porn on it due to a mistake at the factory. You can get it for a quid or so on amazon and if your like me and enjoy trash like this its money well spent!

Nordicdusk 25th January 2013 11:38 PM

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Hawkmonger 25th January 2013 11:48 PM

Hey! Rik!
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J Harker 26th January 2013 12:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Slippery Jack (Post 316372)
He went mad?

A visual representation of the work consuming him?

An audiable representation of the work consuming him? That and it was funny . . .

While you're quite possibly right, I do hope there's more to it than that. I don't think there's anything supernatural going on. What I don't get is why he goes crazy? The fact that apparently his flight to Italy never existed. It's never explained why he was hired for this job. Or if it was something he applied for why he has no idea what kind of film it is he's being hired to work on. Surely if he found the film that hard to work on he would just quit and go home rather than go mad? Too many implicated mysteries for it to be a simple case of blokegoesmaditis for my liking. Unfortunately I gave up on the comentary around halfway through because despite claiming that he will reveal some clues as to what's going on, he actually reveals bugger all and frankly the guy is possibly one of th most boring people on earth.

Linbro 26th January 2013 12:46 AM

The only evidence there was no flight was what the accountant said to him on the phone - everyone else was trying to avoid paying him, or even discuss payment, so maybe another stalling tactic? He did have a receipt.

Slippery Jack 26th January 2013 08:14 AM

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Originally Posted by J Harker (Post 316423)
Too many implicated mysteries for it to be a simple case of blokegoesmaditis for my liking.

While that frustrates you, it's what I love about it. I don't need everything answered for me (hell, I love David Lynch films!). Ambiguity is a good thing - that's where Nolan went wrong at the end of the last Batman film :nod: . . .

J Harker 26th January 2013 08:20 AM

True but it is a bit fishy. Why didn't he then go on and phone the airline? Why was he there in the first place? Good though he might be at his job surely an Italian horror film studio in the seventies is going to look closer to home for people to work on a film? It seems such an unlikely project for Gilderoy. Unless he is actually a renowned genius that Santini had purposely sought out in which case why treat him like they did and make threats about replacing him?

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Slippery Jack 26th January 2013 08:32 AM

Yup, it's all very weird... in a brilliant way :clap: . . .

J Harker 26th January 2013 08:47 AM

True enough. I just like there to more reason to things I suppose. Particularly when deeper things are hinted at.

Make Them Die Slowly 26th January 2013 09:07 AM

THE SWEENEY. More a homage to the look of the cinema of Michael Mann than a reboot of the original TV show. It contains possibly the most English of car chases ever...round a closed caravan park in autumn. No brain fun. As ever with Nick Love, the commentary track totally eclipses the film and demands more repeat listens than the film repeat viewings.

IP MAN and IP MAN 2. Beautiful looking fight scenes, sentiment and high moral values packed into two excellent films. Recommended.

Rik 26th January 2013 01:57 PM

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Hey Hawk! :tongue1:

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Hawkmonger 26th January 2013 02:42 PM

You get a like, so I'll climb down and shovel your broken corpse up and give it a true funeral. Valhalla style!:rockon:
TBH if you don't like it I would like to know. I despise the Spider-Man films and consider TDK and TDKR to be horrificaly over rated (while Batman Begins is seriously over shadowed by them, did people see Cillians Murphys performance as Scarecrow in that? Bloody amazing!) so Dredd was a punch in the heart for me. Finaly, the best comic book character of all time get's a film worthy of John Wagners genius. So yeah, no matter how many detractors it has in the mainstream, genre fans and 2KAD fans will (mostly) agreey that it was a film for them.

The Last Stand (Kim Ji-Woon-2013): The spiritual younger brother to The Expendables. I went in wanting cheese, and I was grinning from ear to ear afterwords. Some great scene chewing from the two main bads (Eduardo Norigo as Cortez and Peter Stromare as Burrel) as one thunders across the nation as a Lewis Hamelton wannabe and the other says '****' alot. Ah-Nolld get's in some great one liners ("I'm the sheriff! Schmuck!") an (at times painful) final fight and some genuinly funny moments ("This....is the nazi killer!" and "Shut up grann-'BANG!'). Not clever, nor overly original but a great pocorn flick.

Next, Motel Hell!

Delirium 26th January 2013 04:38 PM

Watched All the Colors of the Dark again last night. It's one of my favourite gialli and I have great fun spotting the London locations, not least the pub Fenech drinks in which is my local. It shares many similarities with Lizard in a Woman's Skin with its mad psychedelic dream sequences and I love Bruno Nicolai's rather hip score. Fenech is stunning as always.

Can't work out where that Gothic Mansion is though. Anyone know?

Beyond72 26th January 2013 04:59 PM

Mr Nice / 24 hour party people

Great double bill from film4 but finished at 3:30 am. :yawn:

Justin101 26th January 2013 05:09 PM

I bought 24 hour party people DVD the other week from That's Entertainment but I haven't got around to watching it yet - looking forward to seeing it.

Dave Boy 26th January 2013 05:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Delirium (Post 316534)
Watched All the Colors of the Dark again last night. I
Can't work out where that Gothic Mansion is though. Anyone know?

Looks like Wykehurst Place,Bolney,West Sussex.
Also seen in The Legend Of Hell House (1973) and Demons Of The Mind (1972) :yo:

JoshuaKaitlyn 26th January 2013 06:09 PM

A Fool There Was (1915)
Birth of a Nation (1915)
Burlesque on Carmen (1915)

http://www.cult-labs.com/forums/memb...tml#post316562

Stephen@Cult Labs 26th January 2013 06:15 PM

Saw The Last Stand this afternoon. After hearing of it's relative failure at the US box office, I wondered if The Austrian Oak had lost his touch. I needn't have worried. Arnie is back in business! The movie is funny, with some great one-liners and action. They wisely kept the action (fairly) realistic. No sequences on the wings of fighter jets like Bruce Willis! Highly recommended.

tele1962 26th January 2013 08:01 PM

Watched Pans Labyrinth last night and i was left in awe of this fantastic film, i regret to say this was my very first viewing and it will not be my last.

SShaw 26th January 2013 08:50 PM

Well I finished by Bond Bluray box set last night with the wretched A view to a kill. The only thing I like about this film is Duran Duran's theme tune.

Today I caught up on some new arrivals with Django. I bought the Blue Underground blu-ray when it was released a couple of years ago (if I recall correctly it was one of their first blu-ray releases) but unfortunately due it being locked to region A I never got round to watching it. The U.K. release from Argent has remedied the situation. A great film and easy to see why it has so many fans. Now if we could have the Great Silence on blu in the next 11 months it will truly be a great year.

Final film for tonight was The Business. First of all I have to say Nick Love's films are a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. I was at the U.K. (world?) premier when this played the Edinburgh International film festival in 2005 (before Hannah McGill became artistic director and destroyed the festival that Shane Daniels and Lizzie Franks had built, but that is probably a topic for a different rant) and owned it on DVD before my move to foreign shores resulted in a clear out my collection. I was 8 years old in 1980 began and 18 in 1990 so I guess I am a child of the 80's and so the business' rather excellent soundtrack is perhaps that of my formative teenage years. The film itself is not only great fun but the subtext, if you look for it, is also an interesting critique of the basic ideals of Thatcherism. I would recommend it, but those of you who didn't grow up or live through the 80's may not appreciate it in the same way.

Frankie Teardrop 26th January 2013 08:55 PM

EATING RAOUL - I loved this twisted black comedy. I'm a massive Mary Woronov fan, and really dig Paul Bartel for that matter, so I'm totally biased. That doesn't matter, it's a great film anyway - not the satirical take on contemporary (for 1982) mores it first appears to be, more a withering socio-political critique. Paul and Mary are a couple of self proclaimed and self-righteous squares who hate their swingin' Calif neighbourhood. They dream of opening their own quaint restaurant, but find that the only real way of raising cash is by offing the monied libertines they claim to despise. Enter locksmith / professional thief Raoul who has an eye for Mary and a morbid business interest of his own. What begins as an apparent fish out of water piss-take becomes much darker and more politically poignant as it rolls along. I could gush forever about the amazing and lovely Mary Woronov, but even if you don't swoon at the mention of ex-Warhol dominatrix groupies this is still a nicely skewed treat.

trebor8273 26th January 2013 09:55 PM

Just watched suspiria for the first time and all I can see is why has it taking me so long to see it and wow what a fantastic film!

sawyer6 26th January 2013 09:56 PM

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Originally Posted by trebor8273 (Post 316665)
Just watched suspiria for the first time and all I can see is why has it taking me so long to see it and wow what a fantastic film!

:thumb:

Nordicdusk 26th January 2013 10:09 PM

Speaking of Suspiria whats the Blu Ray like

Justin101 26th January 2013 10:15 PM

I like the blu of Suspiria, but a lot of people have problems with it, particularly with the over saturated colours, some of the whites are a bit pink, but until Criterion remaster it (I wish) we have to make do with what we get :)

I think it's out of print now anyway?

Nordicdusk 26th January 2013 10:20 PM

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I like the blu of Suspiria, but a lot of people have problems with it, particularly with the over saturated colours, some of the whites are a bit pink, but until Criterion remaster it (I wish) we have to make do with what we get :)

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Is this the only Blu Ray its 21 on play. Is it worth it or should i just stick with the dvd until a decent version comes out.

pedromonkey 26th January 2013 10:24 PM

Went to see Les Miserables today, while it is well acted and directed i found it to be immensely boring and for the first hour kept checking my watch every five minutes. At one point i was seriously considering leaving the film to go an watch The Last Stand instead, but as i didn't pay for the tickets and it was a birthday present for my mum, i decided to stay. I just didn't like the film.

Justin101 26th January 2013 10:26 PM

There is an Australian one as well but I don't know what the transfer is like - the extra's are good though and it still looks better than the DVDs.

I get the feeling it might get re-released this year though so you might want to hold off, €21 is a lot for a film.

Justin101 26th January 2013 10:28 PM

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Originally Posted by pedromonkey (Post 316681)
Went to see Les Miserables today, while it is well acted and directed i found it to be immensely boring and for the first hour kept checking my watch every five minutes. At one point i was seriously considering leaving the film to go an watch The Last Stand instead, but as i didn't pay for the tickets and it was a birthday present for my mum, i decided to stay. I just didn't like the film.

I also really disliked this, and it's not because it's a musical, aside from horror films musicals are my favourite genre films :lol:

Like you, I found it boring and tedious, and once you get over the wow factor of the production values you're left with very little else.

pedromonkey 26th January 2013 10:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Justin101 (Post 316685)
I also really disliked this, and it's not because it's a musical, aside from horror films musicals are my favourite genre films :lol:

Like you, I found it boring and tedious, and once you get over the wow factor of the production values you're left with very little else.

all the performances were good with the exception of Amanda Seyfried who annoyed the crap out of me and the music is great but it was far too long and yeah once you get past that initial wow factor it is a pretty empty movie.

nekromantik 26th January 2013 11:18 PM

Tonights viewings:

The Collection - Great sequel! More of the same so if you loved the first flick like me then you will love this! The opening was pretty awesome with a nightclub rigged with traps! A lot of "pretty" teens killed off in a very bloody fashion!

American Mary - Good premise and executed well but there felt like something was missing. I liked the whole body modification clinic thing she was doing but rest of the flick felt average. Not a bad movie but not great either!

fuzzymctiger 26th January 2013 11:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Justin101 (Post 316683)
There is an Australian one as well but I don't know what the transfer is like - the extra's are good though and it still looks better than the DVDs.

I get the feeling it might get re-released this year though so you might want to hold off, 21 is a lot for a film.

Transfer is almost identical. But it has fantastic extras taken from this and the AB DVD.

And original cover art too. (As long as you can ignore the big R)

JoshuaKaitlyn 26th January 2013 11:55 PM

Took a break from early cinema and slipped into 80's horror (Arrow)
Deadly Blessing (1981) ahh! Maren Jensen! :nod:
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) ahh! Linnea Quigley.....at least from the neck down! :lol:

Nordicdusk 27th January 2013 12:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Justin101 (Post 316683)
There is an Australian one as well but I don't know what the transfer is like - the extra's are good though and it still looks better than the DVDs.

I get the feeling it might get re-released this year though so you might want to hold off, 21 is a lot for a film.

The joy of the euro i suppose even tho everything seems more expensive here compared to the rest of Europe.

SharonLynette 27th January 2013 12:14 AM

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Originally Posted by suziginajackson (Post 315316)
06:30am

Glass of vodka in one hand, cigarette in the other, the Lerner and Loewe musical 'Paint Your Wagon' DVD blasting out on the television

Does life get better than this?

I'm a bit late to reply but I'm glad to know I'm not the only one up at this time some nights.

Nordicdusk 27th January 2013 12:30 AM

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Originally Posted by SharonLynette (Post 316720)
I'm a bit late to reply but I'm glad to know I'm not the only one up at this time some nights.

Im often still up at 4 or 5 when i have to be in work for 8 i find it so hard to sleep the past year or so. Most days im like a zombie in work after 2 hours sleep.

SharonLynette 27th January 2013 12:59 AM

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Originally Posted by nordicdusk (Post 316725)
Im often still up at 4 or 5 when i have to be in work for 8 i find it so hard to sleep the past year or so. Most days im like a zombie in work after 2 hours sleep.

I would struggle to work after that little sleep but a friend at work is the same, he stays up until about 4 then gets into work just after 8. Co-codamol has been keeping me up, I'm supposed to be taking amitriptyline to help me sleep but it's not working. Just switched to Tramadol to switch it up because of the weird effects I've been having on co-codamol but it kept me up until 10am last night/this morning :( In a weird good way it at least didn't knock me out after that and I managed to get up for 1pm and I still feel wide awake. I miss normal sleeping patterns.


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