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Old 1st February 2023, 07:04 PM
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Monster on the Campus (1958)

Another creature feature directed by Jack Arnold about an extinct fish which turns everything it comes into contact with into raving monsters, be it a dragonfly, a pet dog (with ludicrous teeth) or people.

There's a reasonable amount of tension, one or two scares and some pretty strong violence for it's time - one unlucky fella gets a hatchet in the face, a woman is dragged around by her hair - but as with many films of this ilk there's also too much time taken with people in lab coats sat around discussing things, not to mention random acts of dumbness by people who should know better instead of getting to the nitty gritty of Neanderthal mutations running round killing folk.

The Eureka Blu-ray looks very pretty. Will probably rewatch it tonight at some stage to listen to Kim and Stephen's commentary on the 'Neanderthal killers on a college campus' sub-genre.

Well waddya' know. There is a Neanderthal Killer on the loose sub-genre. There are also a ton of references to the classic Orson Welles film Touch of Evil which, incidentally, i only put in my wish list last weekend. I think Stephen and Kim were screwing with my head the amount of times it was discussed throughout this film. Not even subtle subliminal messages. More like hitting me with a sledge hammer go and buy the damn thing bludgeoning type hints.

The guys also pointed out within the first few frames that a car driven by Arthur Franz just passed The Munsters house as well as the Hill Valley clock tower.
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Old 1st February 2023, 09:31 PM
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Repossessed. 1990.

Linda Blair is possessed again by the devil and it's upto Leslie Nielsen to exorcise the demon, with Ned Beatty as the television evangelist who wants to broadcast the exorcism to boost ratings for his show and Anthony Starke as the young priest who is questioning his faith. I haven't watched this in a long time and right from the start I was in hysterics, how many stairs does one house have, the almost parody of Tubular Bells in the background, Gene Okerlund and Jesse Ventura doing their commentary, even they must have had a few laughs off the screen.

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Ocean's Thirteen

After the abomination that was Ocean's Twelve, this is a much welcome Sequel to Ocean's Eleven. They are back in Vegas in order to get revenge on Al Pacino who screwed over one of their own. I found this to be a really enjoyable easy watch with Pacino excelling as a slimy Casino Owner. Pacino is reunited with his Sea Of Love co-star Ellen Barkin.

Basil The Great Mouse Detective

Disney's spin on Sherlock Holmes which see's a Mouse named Basil try to find a kidnapped Toymaker. As with most Disney Animation Films, the Villain is always the best character and this one has the maniacal and egotistical Ratigan (Who's a Rat but doesn't like being called one) and his henchcat. This is one of my favorite Disney Animation Films and one of it's most under-rated (By some)

They don't make them like this anymore

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Barbara Streisand is a woman accused of Murder who goes to Court in order to proof she is Sane. Richard Dreyfuss is her Legal Aid Attorney who tries to assist her. This is a powerful Film with great performances from it's leads. TBH, I wasn't aware this was actually released on DVD but it was a pleasant find in CEX (Really cheap as well)

Empire Of Light

Drama centered around Olivia Coleman who is a Cinema Employee in 1980 and experiences Mental Issues. She befriends a Black Employee, who experiences Racial Hatred. Tobey Jones is the friendly Projectionist. It's a good Film and wonder if Cinemas were like that in the 80's.

As this was released by Fox Searchlight, I highly doubt it sees a DVD/Blu-Ray release.

Fracture

Antony Hopkins shoots his Wife and confesses but is able to outsmart Prosecuting Lawyer played by Ryan Gosling. This is a good intelligent Thriller without being complicated and twists that aren't stupid. It does have an excellent supporting Cast which includes Rosemond Pike and David Straitharn
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Old 1st February 2023, 11:43 PM
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Manhattan Baby. 1982.

The one Fulci movie that I can never finish, between the 30-40 minute mark and it be switched off, tonight however I managed to stick it out right to the end that has the same feel as The Beyond with the woman and white eyes and strangely almost same background score.

We got archaeologist Christopher Connelly and his wife Laura Lenzi with their daughter Brigitta Boccoli in Egypt, he opens a tomb and the spirit of...someone who possesses their daughter and he is blinded. Back home weird stuff happens and brutal killings. Giovanni Frezza plays their son who who thankfully doesn't scream alot so that's a bonus but i'm still confused by it but now that I have seen it I can lay it to bed and leave it alone now.

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Old 2nd February 2023, 10:00 AM
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The Bubble (Judd Apatow)

Hypocritewood still loves to make-a the movies about themselves doncha know?
When production is threatened by the covid, the studio force lockdown on the cast, what happens is equally silly and stupid.
A Tiktokker (?) is added to the cast because of reasons, she is played by some relative of Apatow.
Tbh I only watched this because of Karen Gillan (who gets to practice that "screaming at nowt" again tee hee) and her and Serafinowicz were the saving grace really.
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Old 2nd February 2023, 03:54 PM
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Point Blank. 1967.

Lee Marvin steals the show as Walker who is double crossed, left for dead but survives and goes on a war path of revenge and manages to break a sweat while doing so. Marvin expressions never changes which fits in the determination of the character driven to revenge and get his share of a loot. John Boorman who went on to make other memorable films manages to keep the audience entertained with his style of direction and, steady paced from the opening to the closing credits.

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Point Blank. 1967.

Thank you Dem for this little flick
Really pleased you enjoyed it.
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Old 2nd February 2023, 07:15 PM
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Really pleased you enjoyed it.
Whatever you do don't faint but even the Mrs enjoyed it.
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)

John Cusack plays a city reporter invited to self made millionaire art collector Kevin Spacey's home in Savannah, Georgia, to write an article about him. However it's not long before Spacey is accused of murdering a young male prostitute (Jude Law) who it turns out was the antique collector's secret lover. (This is fiction, not reality).

Clint Eastwood's film, based on John Berendt's 1994 non-fiction book of the same name, is less a Grisham esq deep south court room gripper thriller and more a love letter to Savannah itself. It's two and a half hours long and delightfully leisurely. The town's sultry, seedy, seductive and at times voodoo soaked atmosphere almost makes the plot seem occasionally incidental.

Stars John Cusack and Kevin Spacey are both excellent yet are left at the wayside by a brilliant performance by The Lady Chablis (A Savannah resident playing herself) who has all the best lines and definitely all the laughs. Whilst Eastwood regular Geoffrey Lewis turns in the most bizarre performance as a jury member with real flies attached to him via threads so they can't fly away.

This underrated film sinks it's (ruby red) nails into you during the first half hour and lingers long in the memory afterwards.

The dvd image and sound leave something to be desired which is a shame. This came out in 1998 on dvd and was one of 'the early ones'. This could really do with a nice HD restoration.
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Old 2nd February 2023, 07:58 PM
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Classic Clint who plays the man with no name who's called Joe who arrives in a one horse town that is disputed by two groups , Clint sets out playing both ends against the middle and playing the two against each other, a classic with a fantastic soundtrack and the classic shoot out . Aim for heart .




A shady CiA agent kills a werewolf and drains it's blood for his even more shady boss, agent injects himself with a the blood and slowly turns into a werewolf and his killed and put on ice by his boss.

20 years later the boss man takes over charge of a project developing skin for burn victims . Problems arrive when the dead CiA agent body is used thing take a turn for the worse when he comes back to life and then the shit really hits the fan when the grafted skin becomes hard as steel .

Nothing great but was enjoyable enough , Kane Hodder plays the metal beast.


Well it's February 2nd and everyone knows what that means it's my annual watch of this film.


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