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« Reply #25360 on: January 21, 2017, 07:52:49 AM »



Rewatched RoboCop for the first time in a while.  Since the movie was clearly not violent enough in its US theatrical form, I watched the unrated (ie, X/NC-17) cut.  The additional or replacement footage is not that tremendous or shocking in these days of GoT.  The opening ED209 sequence gains a bit more dark humor as a result of the extended shooting.  Overall, the film is as I remembered it, but some of the fine details sparkle.  The use of Leeza Gibbons as a newsreaders is excellent, as is the skewering of newsreaders generally, a common Verhoeven theme.  The speech that Ronnie Cox gives before the executives about how OCP finds money in areas where profit is not generally thought to exist - that is, traditional government services - is excellent and pointed.  And, of course, the street level bad guys, a motley crew of stereotypes, are a hoot, led by an excellent Kurtwood Smith (bitches leave) and Peter Weller does pretty darned good work in a plastic suit.  I like it!

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« Reply #25361 on: January 21, 2017, 09:15:08 AM »


Rewatched RoboCop for the first time in a while.  Since the movie was clearly not violent enough in its US theatrical form, I watched the unrated (ie, X/NC-17) cut.  The additional or replacement footage is not that tremendous or shocking in these days of GoT.  The opening ED209 sequence gains a bit more dark humor as a result of the extended shooting.  Overall, the film is as I remembered it, but some of the fine details sparkle.  The use of Leeza Gibbons as a newsreaders is excellent, as is the skewering of newsreaders generally, a common Verhoeven theme.  The speech that Ronnie Cox gives before the executives about how OCP finds money in areas where profit is not generally thought to exist - that is, traditional government services - is excellent and pointed.  And, of course, the street level bad guys, a motley crew of stereotypes, are a hoot, led by an excellent Kurtwood Smith (bitches leave) and Peter Weller does pretty darned good work in a plastic suit.  I like it!

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« Reply #25362 on: January 21, 2017, 01:21:54 PM »
Yesterday and today I re-watched Dangerous Days, the making of Blade Runner.  Three and a half hours very gratifyingly spent.

I hadn't been aware of this doc, but after you heads-up got it and watched it last night. Fascinating, and often remarkably candid. Not at all the usual studio whitewash making-of spin. And the section on the in-camera non-digital effects making was jaw-dropping - that lost art of being able to do so much with so little.

So: thanks.

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« Reply #25363 on: January 21, 2017, 02:04:51 PM »
I hadn't been aware of this doc, but after you heads-up got it and watched it last night. Fascinating, and often remarkably candid. Not at all the usual studio whitewash making-of spin. And the section on the in-camera non-digital effects making was jaw-dropping - that lost art of being able to do so much with so little.

So: thanks.

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« Reply #25364 on: January 21, 2017, 06:16:41 PM »
Volere volare (1991)   Directed by Maurizio Nichetti and Guido Manulin
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Want_to_Fly



A romantic comedy in which a Foley/sound effects artist discovers that as a result of falling in love he's beginning to turn into an animated cartoon character.
Don't mistake this as being in the same vein as 'Mask' or 'Who Killed Roger Rabbit?' or even 'Cool World', because this is lower key and despite employing instances of slapstick (with a nod to such as Tex Avery?) far more of a personal, intimate affair. On the negative side, I first viewed this at a film festival more than 20 years ago and it might just be that it plays better in front of an audience. Still, I feel it's a worthwhile investment of one and a half hours and a nice change from the usual *orange and teal blockbusters I sometimes lazily find myself watching. Also, the person I watched with tonight enjoyed it and found it funny. ;D

* I shouldn't say that, really, because the O&T stuff can look nice and it certainly works well with a large number of the Type I-VI complexions. :)

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« Reply #25365 on: January 21, 2017, 06:39:30 PM »
an inauguration included in a collection of Kenneth Anger films  (disc 1)
Fireworks   Puce Moment   Rabbit's Moon   Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (music from Janáček's Glagolitic Mass)

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« Reply #25366 on: January 22, 2017, 01:56:37 AM »



Fury offers a little something extra and is certainly worth a watch.
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« Reply #25367 on: January 22, 2017, 11:59:13 AM »
Last night at the movie theater: Silence by Martin Scorsese



Not bad, but I like Scorsese more in his non-religious films.
Actually The Last Temptation of Christ and Kundun are his weakest films imo. That one I still don't know. I should re-watch it.

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« Reply #25368 on: January 22, 2017, 09:24:58 PM »
Just received a half dozen BDs from Amazon, several DVD replacements and others new to my film collection - last few nights:

Wall Street (1987) w/ Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen & Daryl Hannah - best actor Oscar to Douglas.

Guys and Dolls (1955) w/ Sinatra, Brando, Simmons & Blaine - excellent video restoration; sound could have been better but fine w/ the volume up - Brando sings & dances (w/ help) - the two actors did not get along because Frank coveted Brando's role (some interesting trivia in IMDB).

Ice Station Zebra (1968) w/ Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan, & Jim Brown - excellent AV restoration; the video description quoted below (Source) - Dave :)

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Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #25369 on: January 23, 2017, 12:00:25 AM »
RED ROCK WEST   1993    dir. John Dahl
Nicholas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle, J.T. Walsh, Dwight Yokum
Tautly scripted film noir (in colour)

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« Reply #25370 on: January 23, 2017, 02:14:02 AM »
Because the need for smiles is ongoing, last night:  Monty Python and the Holy Grail
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« Reply #25371 on: January 23, 2017, 07:26:42 AM »
Because the need for smiles is ongoing, last night:  Monty Python and the Holy Grail

For that reason, my girlfriend and I have been binge-watching The King of Queens. I wish there was more Jerry Stiller in each episode, but what are you gonna do?

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« Reply #25372 on: January 23, 2017, 07:33:27 AM »
Cheers, George!
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« Reply #25373 on: January 23, 2017, 09:30:36 AM »

     The problem I have with sitcoms is that they don't seem to be designed to be funny, and they are not funny. I imagine the writers sitting around testing each other with joke format lines that are formal jokes only. I read a critic saying laziness was responsible, and that doesn't sound right. All involved are working hard at a goal, and comedy writers should have a hard time being so unmercifully unfunny as they are on The Big Bang Theory. This requires effort directed at a goal I can't make out.
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« Reply #25374 on: January 23, 2017, 10:59:15 AM »
I watched Arrival.
Good movie.
Actually, great movie.
Top 5 sci-fi movie and maybe top 10 overall for me.
One of those sci-fi movies that are only sci-fi for the setting but are about...humans (like Stalker or Blade Runner).


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« Reply #25375 on: January 23, 2017, 04:28:38 PM »


Haven't seen it since the release 20 years ago and as the sequel is coming out these days thought to revisit it. Held up well I think. Still sharp and funny, great music.

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« Reply #25376 on: January 23, 2017, 04:52:09 PM »
RED ROCK WEST   1993    dir. John Dahl
Nicholas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle, J.T. Walsh, Dwight Yokum
Tautly scripted film noir (in colour)

I remember really liking that one when I saw it at the cinema - and the other double-cross/triple-cross films that director was doing at the time.

I've put it into my queue for a rewatch.

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« Reply #25377 on: January 24, 2017, 12:59:31 AM »
Very surprised I enjoyed Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Maybe it was the low expectations and I have not read the book to compare. But I liked the idea and the visuals were quite superb. Eva Green was excellent, though Samuel Jackson felt miscast to me. In general, his character felt too light. And why was Judy Dench even in the movie? She was given nothing to do. If you like episodes of Star Trek that involve the time-space continuum, you will probably like this movie despite holes in plot and the like (and there are some real big ones). If not, then my guess is you are less likely to enjoy it.

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« Reply #25378 on: January 24, 2017, 05:00:03 AM »
I think I might watch a few Film Noir movies sometime soon

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« Reply #25379 on: January 24, 2017, 07:11:27 AM »
Actually, it was a friend who lately reported revisiting this one.  Ebert on Raiders of the Lost Ark.
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