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Old 08-02-2020, 05:04 PM   #8601
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Sherlock Holmes: The Pearl of Death (1944)

"Oh tosh, I'm not afraid of guards and gongs!"

A valuable pearl is targeted by ruthless thieves, who manage to conceal the jewel. Murders and destruction follow as the heroes attempt to unravel the pearl's location.

Pretty entertaining, and I loved the set for the museum (the security system shuttering the doors and windows was a neat surprise).

But the whole "we can't hold him for more than 2 days because NO EVIDENCE!" idea was outright stupid: an entire crowd watches him steal a 50k-pound-valued pearl and flee the scene, the cops know who he is and what he's wanted for even without hard evidence of previous crimes, and all they do is hold him for 48 hours for breaking a window?! Fucking lousy writing just to have the villain hurry the plot along).

It was nice to see Evelyn Ankers again, and afraid of another murderous beast, no less. The inclusion of the Oxton Creeper as a hitman for the main villain was a great move, dude was big and ominous without saying a word, very menacing...up until he decided to slowly shuffle towards a loaded gun. Seriously? Seriously.

Overall a good entry despite the ludicrous plot conveniences (including how the fuck Ankers knew where the pearl was hidden to begin with, that shit was brilliant but then swiftly and easily undermined with zero explanation).
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Hard Target (1993)

"Good whiskey make jackrabbit slap de bear!"

R.I.P. Wilford Brimley.

The Howling (1981)

"We get 'em all: sun-worshippers, moon-worshippers, Satanists. The Manson family used to hang around and shoplift. Bunch of deadbeats!"

My full-moon werewolf pick this month. Seen this one a lot, but was in the mood for it.


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"It can't end now. There's so many unanswered questions; like why was this movie made?"
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I loved watching that as a kid. The scene where VD rescues the female lead and lays those dudes out (including the one guy across the car front), Lance Henrikson and that insane hand cannon of his, the henchman and his shotgun, just such a good film.
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Minions (2015)

"Work for me, and all this will be yours: respect, power...
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..Banana!"

The Expendables (2010)

"What do you wear, size 3? Bring it, happy feet."

Turned 10.

Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (2016)


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I liked it and could see picking up the BDs some day.

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It has a lot of the John Woo signatures in it too---doves flying; freeze frames; slow-mo; and diving gunfights.
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Interesting adaptation with some great performances.

It does a good job of updating the future world, making the story's message more relevant to modern audiences, but some of the changes disappointed me a bit. I actually didn't mind the addition of a scheme (of sorts) at play, as it helped the film maintain a thematic purpose, but the altered finale that it leads to didn't quite work for me. It's a good movie, but my familiarity with the novel kept it from being great.

I'd actually be interested to see how someone unfamiliar with the source responds to it.
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Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

"It's a finger of speech!"

Turned 60 on Wednesday, but nobody else was posting for me to get it down here. Youtubed it.

The Night Strangler (1973)

"What's a few lives compared to immortality, Mr. Kolchak?"

Macbeth (2015)

"O full of scorpions, is my mind."

It's funny, but when I was in HS, in my Shakespeare elective, we had to cast a movie of the Scottish play and one of the notes I made was that I wanted it done with accents and set in period Scotland. Finally, a movie did it.

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Interesting adaptation with some great performances... It's a good movie, but my familiarity with the novel kept it from being great.

I'd actually be interested to see how someone unfamiliar with the source responds to it.
This is in my Netflix queue, but I haven't been quick to move it up. If I had heard it's very faithful to the book I would be more inclined to do so. I love that book, though I haven't read it since my school days.
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Old 08-11-2020, 04:41 PM   #8607
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Sherlock Holmes: Pursuit to Algiers (1945)

"I've never been accused of being handsome, but that's the first time in my life a woman has fled at the sight of me."

Holmes is enlisted to protect a foreign prince from assassins, but the villains have many tricks up their sleeves to ensure their target does not reach his destination alive.

Actually rather good, and had the extra surprise of a fairly decent red herring (the missing jewels coming into play). The other red herring, the two strange men, amounts to nothing despite it being made into a clear hook but the film just never looks into it past its moment and a comment. Shame.

The assassins were actually pretty interesting. You have a former circus knife thrower, a heavyset mastermind with excellent manners, and a mute strongman who uses sign language. They definitely earned my attention during their screen time.

One notable absence was Dennis Hoey as Lestrade. Pearl of Death was his last film in the series, I believe, and it's kind of sad to see him missing from the action.

The big twist at the end was fairly good, in a "Purloined Letter" fashion.
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"Good luck figuring this one out, Obamacare!"

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)

"She is beautiful, guileless, kind, and pure of heart. You are brilliant, ferocious, hilarious, and a grade A b***h. Together, you are the perfect woman."

Does cover the creation of the lie detector and Wonder Woman (in fact the frame is the decency league interviewing Marston on prurient themes in the comic), but really focuses on the love triangle between he, his wife, and Olive.

Your Name. (2016)

"Treasure the experience. Dreams fade away after you wake up."

Sweet anime about a teen boy in Tokyo and a teen girl in the Japanese mountains who randomly body swap, but don't remember everything clearly.
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A fun blend of smart and stupid, it's full of silly slapstick laced with a bit of wit.
I'd say it probably lands somewhere between Mel Brooks and Monty Python.
It's not particularly great, but there were a few laugh out loud moments.
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Old Joy (2006)

"Sorrow is nothing but worn out joy."

Gentlemen Broncos (2009)

"Cyclops there, cyclops there, cyclops there, turrets, moon buggies. Oh my holy crap! Surveillance does. I hate those."

A homeschooler goes to a writer's camp and submits his sci-fi story for a competition only to have it stolen by his hero, who is in need of a bestseller. Directed by Jered Hess (Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre) whose quirkiness could be a cousin to Wes Anderson's. Really liked it.

Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation (2019)

"My guess is that within a thousand feet of the stage everyone was stoned."

Wanted to Netflix this before it was dropped from streaming. Pretty good.

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Old 08-16-2020, 09:31 PM   #8611
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The Rogues Tavern (1936)

"You married?"

"No sir, I was born this way?"

A private eye and his fiancee are told to find the Justice of the Peace for their pending marriage at a nearby inn, but when they get there only a collection of strangers is present. A wild dog seemingly kills one of them and then stalks the rest, but the flatfoot isn't convinced the canine is responsible for the deaths.

The writing and camera-work are not bad, at times pretty clever (the way the camera glides forward and then swivels for the lobby scene, the protag noticing critical details on a piece of evidence), and the plot is serviceable. My dad actually wondered if he'd ever seen the kind of telephones used in the film, with the hook to hang the earpiece. Fiancee is cliche comic relief half the time, so she kind of got on my nerves.

Chose this on YouTube because I didn't feel like watching It Came from Outer Space, which requires rental/purchase on both YouTube and IMDB unless you want to watch it in a dozen clips, since a previous single upload was apparently removed. The next film to start playing once we'd finished was Karloff's Doomed to Die, so I'll have to remember to check that out one day.
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Motherless Brooklyn (2019)

"Satisfaction won't unburden a tortured heart."

Really liked it.

Blood Money (2017)

"You're a terrible, terrible person."

This flick had a good premise, but just dropped the ball. John Cusack is an embezzler who parachutes into the woods dropping his loot first, but the bundle gets carried by the river, where three college-age friends in a love triangle discover it and try to stay ahead of the Cusack character. The problem is that none of the kids are relatable and while good movies can be made about despicable people, they have to rise above that. This did not.

John Wick 3: Parabellum (2019)

"Hey, John. That was a pretty good fight, huh?"

Well, it's my least favorite, but it had some very good bits and I am very glad to see Mark Dacascos with some good action work again.
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Got both a good load of laughs and a fair amount of sorrow out of this.
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Savage Streets (1984)

"I am never gonna get out of this place."

Peyton Place (1957)

"We were just playing a game called Photography. You turn off the lights and see what develops."

Chariots of Fire (1981)

"I've known the fear of losing but now I am almost too frightened to win."

R.I.P. Ben Cross.
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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

"Like Sigmund Freud said, take away the guilt and who'd ever wanna get laid?"

Bizarre but fun. Russ Meyer's one legit Hollywood movie (and it is tamer for it, though by no means square) and the one script by his friend Roger Ebert.

Animal Crackers (1930)

"One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know."

Turned 90. I forgot how much I liked the Marx Brothers (though mostly Groucho’s quick dialogue).
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Horror Island (1941)

"Aw, where was I gonna find bats? Besides, them pigeons have been outta work for six months!"

A pair of broke sailors rescue an attacked stranger, who promises a buried treasure if they help him. When they are told the map is a fake, they decide to set up a haunted treasure hunt business that turns deadly when the attacker returns.

Dick Foran, Peggy Moran, and Fuzzy Knight star here, and I'm sure I've heard of the first two but not Knight, nor did my dad. The film does have a decent castle set and really isn't bad for a comedy-mystery.
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The Watcher (2000)

"She has a cat named Frank. Apparently he doesn't watch the news."

About to expire on Instant Netflix. Not great serial killer movie, but worth a watch. Keanu Reeves plays the killer (you know that in the first minute) and James Spader the ex-Fed who was targeted, dropped out, and is forced to return when the killer resurfaces and plays the game against him again.

Free State of Jones (2016)

"Why'd you leave?
-I'm gonna die so they can get rich?
That's why we left too.
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Not as good as the two theatrical versions, but this production is much closer to the play I was in in High School, thus I quite enjoy it. Plus it's got some great actors for a TV movie.




One of my childhood favorites, it still holds up really well.
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Graveyard of Honor (1975)

"It never occurred to me to use the Americans!"

Wanted to see this when I heard about it being a seminal yakuzu film. It's very different for that genre, though. Based on a novel that itself is based on a real-life person, it follows a mob guy that's really a loser. He doesn't so much rise and fall as continually spiral, which would seem to be the director's way at looking how post-war Japan could use up the bottom guys.

Darkman (1990)

"I was engaged to a girl once with a wooden leg.
-Yeah? What happened?
Had to break it off."

Turned 30 yesterday. Always liked this one.
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Watched the GoodBadFlicks documentary on YouTube about Disney's The Black Hole. The level of technical achievement and detail and the casting choices and shenanigans, the numerous years spent writing and rewriting the script, I have to say I'm in shock. I never expected what I'd heard was a Star Wars cash-in to be something so utterly wild. Gotta see this, and I strongly recommend the GBF video.
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Starred Up (2003)

"It's f***ing prison, ain't it?"

Pretty dark British prison film, where a juvie is sent up to general population early and deals with his anger and being in the same jail as his dad.

Vampire Effect [aka The Twins Effect] (2003)

"Love makes you blind. Couldn't you tell by my dress?"

Chinese horror comedy. The sister of a vampire hunter falls for a vampire, who is also the last prince in the line of royalty another vampire is seeking to exploit to death for some magical power. Jackie Chan cameos.

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I love The Black Hole, but I don't yet own it, unfortunately.
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I thought The Black Hole was OK (even though it DID seem like a Star Wars cash-in), but that ending was so utterly bizarre, it just made me laugh.
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Kill Bill vol. 1 (2003)

"That's being more rational than Bill led me to believe you were capable of.
-It's mercy, compassion, and forgiveness I lack. Not rationality."

Kill Bill vol. 2 (2004)

"When will I see you again?
-That's the title of my favorite soul song of the 70s.

I really should've watched something from my Netflix queue or one of the movies I bought but haven't seen yet (I don't do that much, but I have several); however, a random reference the other night led me to re-watch these yet again.
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Terrifier this was a nice little slasher gem i came across on netflix
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