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Old 09-13-2019, 02:04 PM   #8051
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Plague of Zombies (1966)

"I find all kinds of witchcraft slightly nauseating and this I find absolutely disgusting."

Got this Hammer horror from Netflix and then remembered I had seen it, but it was worth the re-watch. Revolves around a mystery of Cornish Voodoo.


And two that turned 20 on Tuesday (9/10):

Stir of Echoes (1999)

"It doesn't surprise me that there's another woman. Of course, the fact that she's dead gives one pause."

Fight Club (1999)

"This is your life and it's ending one minute at a time."

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...I could see why it didn't do well at the time, it's about miserable bad characters doing miserable bad things. I believe it's failure was in part because it was originally supposed to be released in 1981, but the company that made it, went bankrupt, or something.
Yep. I only really got into it when I let go of trying to identify or sympathize with the main characters. At that point, I could see the satire and the critique of celebrity culture that could lead to stalking and other dangerous obsessions.
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Old 09-13-2019, 02:18 PM   #8052
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Yep. I only really got into it when I let go of trying to identify or sympathize with the main characters. At that point, I could see the satire and the critique of celebrity culture that could lead to stalking and other dangerous obsessions.
Yeah. It's great look at obsession, and Rupert Pumpkin is such a fascinating figure to follow too. One of those "I wanna be famous", mama boys! It's also one of those movies you appreciate more and more on rewatch as well.
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Fury of the Wolfman (1972)

"You have to promise to act like a real man."

A Paul Naschy werewolf flick for the full moon. And for the date:

Friday the 13th: Part 2 (1981)

"What's brown and sits on a piano?"
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Just realized you saw Plague of the Zombies, Space Cop. Damn good film.


Dr. Seuss's The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)

"I don't think the piano is my instrument."

A young boy being forced to learn piano by a horrible teacher falls asleep (again) and dreams he is trapped in a bizarre world of terrible music. Story, sets, and music by Seuss himself.

I caught this thing playing on the TV in the dementia ward, and saw the channel icon pop up so I later checked their schedule and voila, this gem was discovered. My dad had never heard of it either.

The main character, Bart (Tommy Rettig), is a reluctant student of a prestigious piano teacher, Dr. Terwilliker (Hans Conried, who gave me the impression of Peter Cushing). Bart's mother (Mary Healy) disapproves of the plumber (Peter Lind Hayes) telling Bart that Dr. T is running a music racket and is a fraud. Rettig has a bad habit of nodding of, and when he does so a second time, he imagines being trapped in the Terwilliker Institute, where Dr. T is a power-crazed maniac who wants 100 boys to play his best song on a gigantic piano.

I can't even begin to describe this film. The set is like an Escher drawing, the songs come in every variety, there are dance fights, there are real-life twin roller skaters with a conjoined beard, there's a dungeon for non-piano players (which has an AMAZING musical performance), there are separate piano instruction books for both the left and right hands, and more. My dad thought the film was totally mental, and I agree, but holy shit was this a sight to behold. Hans Conried was the best performance in the film, absolutely hilarious, and it's a shame the producer Stanley Kramer reshot the beginning, because "Dr. T. was not Bart's personal piano teacher, he was simply the author of a musical instruction book. In that version, Bart doodles on the picture of Dr. T on the front of the book, which then comes to life and pulls him into a dream world. Hans Conried was vehemently opposed to the new scene, feeling Kramer was robbing the story of some of its fantasy element by making Dr. T. a real-world character." (IMDB)

Also, this hysterical bit of trivia: According to Dr. Seuss, the film's creator and co-writer, one of the 150 boys vomited on the piano while filming. This caused a chain reaction and they were left with 150 vomiting boys. Dr. Seuss said that the film's reviews were similar.

Oh, and the dungeon's second floor has a jewelry department.

Highly recommend.
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The Polka King (2017)

"Mr. Lewan, do you know why I'm here?
-No, but I so happy to have you because we never get black person here, except UPS lady."

Netflix movie based on a real-life Polka band leader who started a Ponzi scheme and was eventually convicted. It presents it in a way that he had great intentions (like to pay his band) but caught up in stupidity and a cycle of lies. Good watch. I'm not particularly a Jack Black fan, but I also don't hate him and once in a while a role of his stands out like this.

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Yep. Can't believe I forgot it, but that was probably because I watched it on TCM (with my mother) or something and therefore didn't have the record on Netflix. I realized it like a minute in and was certain within three minutes, but figured it was good enough to re-watch before returning.
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