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Old 08-01-2021, 11:53 AM   #9151
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Mothra (1961)

"What the hell is Mothra?"

My favorite kaiju (or at least favorite besides the big G) turned 60 Friday.
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Old 08-01-2021, 02:30 PM   #9152
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Murder by Decree (1979)

"I am trying to corner the last pea on my plate."

Watched for the 42nd anniversary.

But seriously, I caught this on a TV at work and searched for "Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper" and now it finally arrived in the mail.

I think it's a little longer than it strictly needed to be but it is well made and has a decent plot, good actors in the cast. James Mason is enough like Nigel Bruce but with his own touches, and Plummer as Holmes was very good.

Having so many elements tied together (Jack's murder, the Masons, the Crown's affairs) was done pretty well. My dad thought it was a tad convoluted but I think it fits together well enough and my only real issue is the runtime.

Overall a decent film.
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Old 08-01-2021, 06:39 PM   #9153
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[Rifftrax Live:] Miami Connection (1987/2015)

"Tae-kwon-no."

I'd seen this riff before but wanted one I thought my folks would like for dinner-and-a-movie last night.

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Ghostbusters 1984
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The Lighthouse (2019)

"Alright, have it your way. I like your cookin'."

Dark and confusing, but good.
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Ghostbusters 2.
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The Omega Man (1971)

"They sure don' make pictures like that anymore."

Turned 50 today.
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Surprisingly great martial arts dramedy, full of laughs, action, and emotion.

It was really unexpected, but there was a scene between the main protagonist and his son that seemingly managed to penetrate my soul and bring me to a full on sob, as it reminded me so much of my own father and some things he said to me when I was younger. Adding that to the context of the scene and I just lost it. Absolutely fantastic writing.

Highly recommended, especially if you have a background in martial arts.
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Old 08-03-2021, 03:12 AM   #9159
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Space Jam (1996)

"C'mon, Michael! It's game time! Get your Hanes on, lace up your Nikes, grab your Wheaties and your Gatorade, and we'll pick up a Big Mac on the way to the ballpark."

I did not watch this for the 25th anniversary (which isn't until November) nor in preparation for the sequel (I will wait until that's rentable on Netflix if ever) but because Hack the Movies covered it semi-recently and I wanted to re-watch it.
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Old 08-04-2021, 12:42 AM   #9160
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Here, I'll fix it with this actual 50th anniversary . . .

Night of Dark Shadows (1971)

"I don't know why, I almost feel I've come home again."

Second time viewing this, but I forgot that it bills Kate Jackson (who went on to play my favorite of Charlie's Angels) as "introducing."

Unlike the first feature, this uses very little of the story lines from the soap opera, though it does use the names and actors (most in different roles).
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Dude, I'm literally watching Rifftrax's new upload for The Last Shark. They made a joke about Friends going off the air and I just cracked up.
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Old 08-04-2021, 02:49 AM   #9163
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Dude, I'm literally watching Rifftrax's new upload for The Last Shark. They made a joke about Friends going off the air and I just cracked up.
I saw that Riff on Tubi. It's a good one.

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A lot of these cash-ins could actually be half-decent if they actually bothered trying rather than just slapping together random crap. I know they're just cheap, blatant cash grabs but even a modest effort could yield a better film and better returns.

Shit, if I could I'd remake half of them into something watchable.

Of course, I'd make them so damn tongue-in-cheek the laughter would hurt.
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Old 08-05-2021, 12:34 AM   #9165
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This looks vaguely familiar...is a shark supposedly causing the boat to go off like a firecracker?
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It launches that dude pretty high and another dude maybe half the distance of the first. You get to see the non-slow-mo version of that first launch and it looks so silly.

I do recommend the Rifftrax version, because the jokes are great and some of the film's vanilla content is so dumb you can't help but laugh (the wind surfing regatta being this big tension-drenched scene but completely failing at tension and just being so dumb you bust a gut).
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Queen of the Desert (2015)

"She is the maker of kings."
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I'm a big fan of Dark Shadows. The episodes were supposed to be "wiped," meaning that other stuff was going to be recorded on the videotapes. That's because back then the tapes were believed to be more valuable than the episodes that were recorded on them. Miraculously though all but one episode has survived and is posted online.

There's some great material in them. Every storyline in the series was plotted out by Art Wallace, and some first-class writers worked on the show.

To me the standout actors were John Karlen as Willie Loomis and Lara Parker as the witch Angelique Collins, but Jonathan Frid was unforgettable as the vampire Barnabas Collins.

You'll notice though that Frid often blew his lines. He couldn't see the cue cards because his eyesight was terrible, and back then only glasses could have improved it. But a vampire in glasses wouldn't have worked.

Almost all the flubs had to be left in because the technology to edit videotape didn't yet exist. Just know that, ignore the screw-ups and enjoy the show.

They were running out of ideas and floundering around at the end, but 1,225 half-hour episodes provide plenty of solid Gothic entertainment.
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I'm a big fan of Dark Shadows. The episodes were supposed to be "wiped," meaning that other stuff was going to be recorded on the videotapes. That's because back then the tapes were believed to be more valuable than the episodes that were recorded on them. Miraculously though all but one episode has survived and is posted online . . .
Yeah, I have the DVD box set (the one shaped like a coffin that includes an interview on each disc, of which there’s over 100).

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. . . To me the standout actors were John Karlen as Willie Loomis and Lara Parker as the witch Angelique Collins, but Jonathan Frid was unforgettable as the vampire Barnabas Collins . . .
Funny, I was thinking about who my favorite actors are from the show as I re-watched the movie and that was my list in that order. Karlen has an amazing ability to make you feel for a weaselly character.

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. . . You'll notice though that Frid often blew his lines. He couldn't see the cue cards because his eyesight was terrible, and back then only glasses could have improved it. But a vampire in glasses wouldn't have worked . . .
Yeah, plus after his character took off, he was given a lot of dialogue with not a lot of time to learn it. He was good enough, though, that you still get drawn in.

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I’d recommend anyone who’s trying it (which is all I was doing until I got sucked in) to treat it like a live show (which is was close to being for the reasons you list) or a play (with quick set changes).
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The first actor who played Willie was excellent. He really seemed like a street punk who would enjoy killing you. He got fired for some reason that isn't clear and Karlen was brought in to replace him. The original guy was never in anything else but they managed to track him down and he appeared at some of the later conventions they did.

Mitchell Ryan was fired for showing up on the set drunk several times.
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Diana Millay was also excellent on Dark Shadows. They didn't use her nearly enough.

A coupe of actors I could have done without were Louis Edmonds and Humbert Astredo. I want to get out the hook when I see them.

Joan Bennett has been a big star in the Thirties and Forties, and she got top billing on DS, but she was a cipher on the show. He made no impact at all and seemed almost befuddled.
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Diana Millay was also excellent on Dark Shadows. They didn't use her nearly enough.
I actually started my watching with the Barnabas episodes (209 or whatever) and have only slowly been making up the earlier episodes. So, I haven't gotten to Millay as David's mother yet. I think I've seen her in a few other small parts though.

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I get that, but I have to admit a kind of amusement at Nicholas Blair maybe because he reminds me of the Master and I'm a Doctor Who fan. I also like the little hints that he could be the Devil.

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Yep. I've seen The Woman in the Window and a few other of her roles in her starlet days.
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The episodes before Barnabas showed up are surprisingly good.

Frid was signed to a 90-day contract and was supposed to get a stake through his heart then, but he made the ratings take off and became the de facto star.

He thought he was a leading man and left the show, but he wasn't. He was a vampire. The show was pretty bad after he left but I think it would have sucked even if he had stayed because they had done everything they could do with it.

It was canceled as part of a huge advertising-driven purge by the networks in 1971. DS was mostly watched by children who had just gotten home from school, and of course kids don't buy stuff.
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Interesting idea, and a well focused movie, but like the original Purge it seems like this premise deserves a much bigger production to be fully realized. Still pretty good, though. Certainly worth it's short runtime.




For a movie that touts itself as part comedy, I didn't really find any laughs. Instead there were some serious rage inducing scenes, which arguably just demonstrates how well it handles it's message. Also notable, there's a really well done tracking shot in the final act that was quite impressive for how many actors it utilized. Ultimately, I was actually pretty impressed with it as a work of art, even though it's cut away ending was a bit anticlimactic. Seriously recommended -- though not for the easily offended.
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Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

"If I meet a girl with a firm leg, a full bosom and a warm heart, let no man try and stop me."

Wanted to re-watch this because I just got through re-reading the story in Hamilton's Mythology book.
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