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Post by Marky Dread » 22 Dec 2018, 11:05am

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Post by laxman » 24 Dec 2018, 2:33pm

The Lax clan Christmas Eve outing this year was to see Bohemian Rhapsody. My daughter had already seen it but was more than happy to go again. I thought it was great. Obviously sanitised and the timelines messed around a bit but very enjoyable. I never saw Live Aid, I was out playing cricket, but I am guessing the finale really captured it.

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Post by Mimi » 26 Dec 2018, 8:40am

I was dragged to Mary Poppins Returns. Two hours and ten minutes of oh my god shut the fuck up already.

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Post by Marky Dread » 26 Dec 2018, 9:18am

Mimi wrote:
26 Dec 2018, 8:40am
I was dragged to Mary Poppins Returns. Two hours and ten minutes of oh my god shut the fuck up already.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 26 Dec 2018, 9:21am

Mimi wrote:
26 Dec 2018, 8:40am
I was dragged to Mary Poppins Returns. Two hours and ten minutes of oh my god shut the fuck up already.
So, an accurate portrayal of Limeys? :shifty:
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Post by Marky Dread » 26 Dec 2018, 9:26am

Dr. Medulla wrote:
26 Dec 2018, 9:21am
Mimi wrote:
26 Dec 2018, 8:40am
I was dragged to Mary Poppins Returns. Two hours and ten minutes of oh my god shut the fuck up already.
So, an accurate portrayal of Limeys? :shifty:
Seems realistic to me.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 26 Dec 2018, 10:12am

Marky Dread wrote:
26 Dec 2018, 9:26am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
26 Dec 2018, 9:21am
Mimi wrote:
26 Dec 2018, 8:40am
I was dragged to Mary Poppins Returns. Two hours and ten minutes of oh my god shut the fuck up already.
So, an accurate portrayal of Limeys? :shifty:
Seems realistic to me.
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Post by revbob » 26 Dec 2018, 4:35pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
26 Dec 2018, 9:21am
Mimi wrote:
26 Dec 2018, 8:40am
I was dragged to Mary Poppins Returns. Two hours and ten minutes of oh my god shut the fuck up already.
So, an accurate portrayal of Limeys? :shifty:
Oh no he didn't.

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Post by Mimi » 26 Dec 2018, 8:19pm

Marky Dread wrote:
26 Dec 2018, 9:26am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
26 Dec 2018, 9:21am
Mimi wrote:
26 Dec 2018, 8:40am
I was dragged to Mary Poppins Returns. Two hours and ten minutes of oh my god shut the fuck up already.
So, an accurate portrayal of Limeys? :shifty:
Seems realistic to me.
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Post by Marky Dread » 27 Dec 2018, 8:47am

revbob wrote:
26 Dec 2018, 4:35pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
26 Dec 2018, 9:21am
Mimi wrote:
26 Dec 2018, 8:40am
I was dragged to Mary Poppins Returns. Two hours and ten minutes of oh my god shut the fuck up already.
So, an accurate portrayal of Limeys? :shifty:
Oh no he didn't.
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Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988) Two sorority pledges (Michelle Bauer and Brinke Stevens) and three nerds break in to a bowling alley to steal a trophy. A tough chick (Linnea Quigley) is already there robbing the place. The trophy contains a jive-talking imp who when released turns half of them into demons and watches them kill each other. It’s about as good as it sounds. The main thing here is it had the Big Three in 80s Scream Queens. Linnea managed to keep clothed, the other two are nude for extended periods of time. David DeCoteau has made hundreds of movies, a handful of them not bad.

Daughters of Darkness (1971) A pair of newlyweds are staying at a deserted hotel in Belgium, reading newspaper articles about grisly vampire murders in the neighboring towns. That’s when Countess Bathory and her beautiful companion check in and take an immediate interest on the young couple. Very good nudity from very pretty women, and when there was violence, that was good too. I have a DVD of this that I purchased specifically for the fact that it included a bonus disc of one of my very favorites, The Blood-Splattered Bride.

Blood Feast (1963) Former smut director Herschell Gordon Lewis cements his legend by making the first ever gore film. Young girls get the tongues ripped, scalps sliced, eyes gouged and more in blood red color. The plot is about a caterer making an Egyptian cannibal feast to resurrect a dead goddess. Come for the gore, stay for the ridiculous dialog. The only REALLY good Lewis flick is 2000 Maniacs, but they all have some value.

Basket Case (1982) Grindhouse classic about separated Siamese twins who seek lethal revenge on the doctors that split them. Duane is the normal one, Belial is two claws and a head and lives in a basket. He communicates to Duane telepathically and gets violently jealous when he talks to girls. Watch it again and again, like I do!

The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972) Faux-Documentary about Bigfoot sightings in Arkansas. Some of the interviews are supposedly real eye-witness accounts, then there’s the dramatic reenactments. You do get to see a small amount of monster and it’s pretty effective, since you never get a real look at him. No one in the city wanted to see this, but I can see how it was a huge Drive-In hit in the sticks. Charles B. Pierce did the much better (in my opinion) The Town That Dreaded Sundown in a similar docu-style.

Hellraiser (1987) Everyone knows what Hellraiser is about. I remember taking a bus to Hollywood Blvd on opening night when I was a teenager. I also had a 6 foot poster on my bedroom wall. I think it was in French. Anyway, it had been a while since I’d seen it, gloriously gory and sleazy.

Urban Legend (1998) A killer stalks and kills co-eds using urban legends as a theme. Rebecca Gayheart, Jared Leto and Alicia Witt were the leads, Robert Englund, Tara Reid and Danielle Harris (as a goth) in support. Entertaining but pretty dumb. I mean how many murders can you have and not call the cops? Campus police must have more authority than I thought. Also look for Brad Dorif in an uncredited cameo.

Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Some dude who stole a computer finds that it’s full of human trafficking videos and immediately puts his videochat friends and his cute, deaf girlfriend in danger from the underground network that wants it back. The scenarios seemed pretty outrageous by the end, but I was never bored. I didn’t think I’d like either of the Unfriendeds, but whattaya know, they were OK.

Terrified aka Aterrados (2017) You know how a lot of haunted house movies start out with doors that open on their own and chairs slide before shit gets wild at the end? Well this Argentine effort ain’t one of them, it goes from zero to 80 just moments after you press play. A cop and some paranormal experts investigate three houses, as this poltergeist seems to own the neighborhood, after a few grisly deaths occur, one of which appears to have dug itself out of its grave. Creepy stuff. In Spanish with subs, a “Shudder Exclusive”.

Pieces (1982) “You don’t have to go to Texas for a chansaw massacre” said the VHS cover of this campy 80s gore classic, you have to go to Spain posing as Boston! A mysterious killer is chopping pretty girls to bits and removing body parts from the crime scene. Christopher George is the lead detective and his real-life wife Linda Day is an undercover cop posing as a tennis instructor, who delivers a Tour de Force performance with her BASTARD scene. This movie wastes no time at all, gore and boobs show up right away and are constant throughout. Director J. Piquer Simon also did Slugs and Satan’s Blood, while writer-producer Dick Randall has a list of softporn and sleazy grindhouse titles a mile long. Also known as The Night has 1,000 Cries, I could not get tired of this movie in 1,000 years. 2nd watch in about 2 months, thanks to Joe Bob.

The Meg (2018) Some underwater eggheads dive deeper than anyone has ever dove, and release a dinosaur-sized shark that was thought to be extinct. It takes a longtime for the action to start and when it does it’s not really that much better than a SyFy movie with a big budget. Most of the action is in the open seas, and when it finally does reach a populated beach, the scene is over almost as quick as it started. Not the worst thing I’ve ever seen, but I’d rather rewatch the Piranha remake.

Ms .45 (1980) Pretty mute girl Thanna (Zoe Tamerlis) gets raped twice in one evening after work. During the second one in her own home she fought back and killed her attacker, who left his gun behind. Thanna chops the body into bits and disposes them in various public New York trash cans, then develops a taste for getting dolled up and going out to murder would-be assailants, but it doesn’t take long before she starts to target some less-than-deserving victims. Don’t bother asking how she got a never-ending supply of bullets or how she learned to shoot with dead-eye accuracy, or how a never-ending saxophone solo from the house band at the climactic Halloween party comes out of a trumpet, just sit back and enjoy the sleaze in what I would call the second best vigilante movie of all time. Abel Ferrara’s best work, I’ve probably seen it 20 times, and best of all it’s 80 minutes long, just like an exploitation flick should be. Second billing went to a dog.

He’s Out There (2018) I don’t know how this one got on my list but it did. I hit the FF button at the 50 minute mark, but that was 45 minutes after I knew how bad it was going to be. Mom in cabin protects daughters from psycho killer, yawn. The killer’s mask was trying to be so cool that it was massively uncool. One of the worst 2/3s of a movie I’ve ever seen.

The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972) The Undisputed Queen of Giallo, Edwige Fenech, plays a fashion model with a violent ex-husband trying to win her back, and meanwhile other models are getting slashed with a razor. Not the best of the genre, but several pretty girls and enough sex & violence to get through entertained. Director Guiliano Carnimeo also did Exterminators in the Year 3000. Also known as Why Are Those Strange Drops of Blood on Jennifer's Body?

A Christmas Horror Story (2015) Four tied-together tales of terror on Christmas Eve. A couple’s child temporarily lost in the woods is not the same when they return home. A group of teens sneak in to the school to shoot videos on the one year anniversary of a murder, and unleash an evil force. A selfish family with car trouble run afoul of Krampus while trying to escape through the woods. Santa Claus must fight off his once-loyal elves, now infected with a zombie virus. All tied together by radio DJ William Shatner, who becomes increasingly drunk on air while spinning his yuletide faves. Dynamite ending. Directors Brett Sullivan, Steve Hoban and Grant Harvey all have connections in the Ginger Snaps trilogy. Instant classic, you’ll want to watch this one year after year. Third time for me.

Black Christmas (2006) Pales in comparison to Bob Clark's classic but take it for what it is, an entertaining slasher. Some pretty girls in a Sorority house (including Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Michelle Trachtenberg) get knocked off by a crazed escaped killer, who likes to make phone calls. Not much background is given on "Billy" in the original, but here we get plenty of repulsive flashback scenes, incest included. SCTV's Andrea Martin, who played a sorority sister in the original, plays the Den Mother in this one. The director's only other directing credit is the 2003 remake of Willard.

All the Creatures were Stirring (2018) Anthology tied around a first date at a community theater on Xmas eve, and the short plays turn into the films that make up the movie. Now I thought this would be awful, but it was not bad at all. The first story is about a violent office “white elephant” exchange, which was OK enough, then a really good one about a man who locked his keys in his car and comes across some strange people in a van. Then a modern take on the old “Christmas Carol” with I also liked, and a killer reindeer which I thought was the dud of the bunch. The last story was a Twilight Zone-inspired one about space aliens trying to understand the meaning of Christmas, and I thought it was fantastic. Thumbs up on this quirky effort, I would watch it again in a future December.

Don’t Open till Christmas (1984) Edmund Purdum, who plays the Dean in Pieces, stars and also directs his one and only feature for the producers of Pieces. So, yeah. On the sleazy streets of London, someone is murdering men in Santa suits. One of them gets his dick cut off in a urinal. The main girl’s boyfriend tries to get her to pose for nude pictures the day after her father dies, and then runs off on a different nude model wearing a Santa robe for fear of cops thinking he might be gay, leaving her to fend for herself against the killer, and he was supposed to be a protagonist! Then late in the film a stripper gets kidnapped and suddenly she’s the main girl! Then Caroline Munro shows up as a pop singer in one scene only for no reason. Sleazy as fuck, and with nudity, this one is ridiculous and fucking great.

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) With MechaGodzilla out for repair, Japan anxiously awaits the next Godzilla attack. The DNA from the bones of the original Godzilla was what made the robot turn on Japan in the previous film, but military brass promises this won’t happen this time. That prediction is based on absolutely nothing. The fairy twins form infant island warn not to use MechaGodzilla again, only bad things will happen, and that Mothra is at their disposal for their Godzilla-protection needs. You know military guys, they don’t listen to anybody! ‘Zilla and Mothra have tremendous clash, leaving Mothra on the wrong end, but don’t worry, it laid eggs and two baby Mothras are crossing the ocean as we speak. Meanwhile, Mecha-G is operational again, but will the prophecies of the fairies come true and see him cause as much destruction as it was created to stop…again? The humans in this one include a Mecha-G mechaninic and a hot shot pilot in and ego contest.

Blood Beat (1983) A Christmas family gathering in rural Wisconsin turns deadly when the ghost of a Samurai inhabits the body of the son’s girlfriend. A blue light would appear and a samurai would kill the local yokels, while the girl would convulse during sex. If they explained what a samurai doing in Wisconsin, I sure as hell missed it. The best part of the movie when everyone was trying to zap eachother with hand magic, the closed captioning described it as “mystical boinging.” It did make me think that we could some more samurai slashers though.

Silent Night Deadly Night 2 (1987) Baby brother Ricky is grown up now, and in an institute being interviewed by a shrink on Xmas eve. The first 40 minutes of the movie are long extended clips of part one, with Ricky reliving Billy’s memories, as if they were his own. No joke, 40 minutes of clips in an 85 minute film! Muscle-bound Ricky, who can’t act his way out of a T-Shirt, speaks only in ultra-sarcastic tone, and bounces his eyebrows on every syllable. Finally, when the movie is half over, the story begins. For Ricky, the color red sets him off on a murder spree. A spat with his girlfriend (the beautiful Elizabeth Kaitan who deserves better than this) sets Ricky off on the infamous “Garbage Day Massacre” before escaping from incarceration to get revenge on the evil nun who made his life miserable as a boy. Do retired nuns wear their nun outfits around the house when they’re retired? This one did. Just for the record, the writer/producer/director team from the first film have nothing to do with this one, other than licensing clips from the original. Possibly the worst movie of all time, yet I believe I’ve seen it a half dozen times.
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Post by Flex » 02 Jan 2019, 12:05am

Just got back from the new Mary Poppins. Real nice cast performances, and seeing Dick Van Dyke was a special treat. Story was fine - Mary Poppins vs The Bankers obviously has some nice play these days even if I wouldn't exactly recommend thinking about the political implications of each twist and turn too long - and it felt nice and throwbacky without seeming like it was aiming too much at the adults at the expense of the kids (we went to a 5:00 showing and the kiddos in the audience all seemed into it, a couple kids were dancing in the front of the theatre as the credits rolled). The criticism that the songs are largely unmemorable seems right to me, which makes this flick an enjoyable evening out but not a classic like the original. Which, making classics is hard. That's why they're classics.
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Post by Silent Majority » 02 Jan 2019, 4:17am

Flex wrote:
02 Jan 2019, 12:05am
Just got back from the new Mary Poppins. Real nice cast performances, and seeing Dick Van Dyke was a special treat. Story was fine - Mary Poppins vs The Bankers obviously has some nice play these days even if I wouldn't exactly recommend thinking about the political implications of each twist and turn too long - and it felt nice and throwbacky without seeming like it was aiming too much at the adults at the expense of the kids (we went to a 5:00 showing and the kiddos in the audience all seemed into it, a couple kids were dancing in the front of the theatre as the credits rolled). The criticism that the songs are largely unmemorable seems right to me, which makes this flick an enjoyable evening out but not a classic like the original. Which, making classics is hard. That's why they're classics.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 02 Jan 2019, 7:45am

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New Years Eve, we watched Foxfire, a fairly faithful adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates novel of a girl gang in upstate New York in the 1950s. They begin as a form of protection and revenge on predatory men, but become more ambitious, and then, like all radical movements, problems and internal conflict set in. This was a Canadian production—the novel was adapted in the 90s with Angelina Jolie, but I haven't seen it and understand it plays fast and loose with the material—and almost all the cast were local first-timers. The actor who plays Legs, the leader of the gang, is especially mesmerizing as a deeply intelligent, androgynous, and angry young woman, both too sensitive and insensitive about what she's started. The movie runs a bit long and isn't subtle, but I liked it a great deal, paralleling in miniature how various political and social movements of the 60s rose and collapsed.
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Post by matedog » 02 Jan 2019, 11:32am

Flex wrote:
02 Jan 2019, 12:05am
Just got back from the new Mary Poppins. Real nice cast performances, and seeing Dick Van Dyke was a special treat. Story was fine - Mary Poppins vs The Bankers obviously has some nice play these days even if I wouldn't exactly recommend thinking about the political implications of each twist and turn too long - and it felt nice and throwbacky without seeming like it was aiming too much at the adults at the expense of the kids (we went to a 5:00 showing and the kiddos in the audience all seemed into it, a couple kids were dancing in the front of the theatre as the credits rolled). The criticism that the songs are largely unmemorable seems right to me, which makes this flick an enjoyable evening out but not a classic like the original. Which, making classics is hard. That's why they're classics.
I saw some promos/interviews and holy shit is DVD holding up well.
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