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MsJubilee

I watched Rambo First Blood and The Lighthouse. I'll start with First Blood; it's a great film through to beginning to end. Some of the dialogue and acting don't hold up, but everything else does. Sylvester Stallone, in his prime, was such a hottie, my goodness. But besides that, this was a tense and thrilling film. Watching Rambo taking on a squad of cops on his own, just using his wits and cunningness was fantastic to witness. You don't see that anymore in modern action movies. Everyone's a brute that only acts without thinking twice. So this movie was a breath of fresh air. To be frank, watching this film has made me want to read the Rambo novels(hell, I might just do that one of these days).

The Lighthouse, wow! It was a mesmerizing film, Dafoe and Pattinson killed these roles. Both of them brought these characters to life, and Dafoe's magnificent angry speech was the icing on this terrifying dark cake. I would highly recommend The Lighthouse; it's a film like no other.

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RR529

Deep Star Six (Amazon Prime Video) - Set in the fictional deep sea Navy facility "Deep Star Six", it follows a small group of workers nearing the end of a 6 month project to install a nuclear missile silo at the ocean floor. However, in a rush to complete the project they open up an ancient cavern while clearing the ocean floor, from which a primordial crustacean emerges that throws things into chaos.

It was a pretty good watch. While I'd never say it got to the point of being scary, it did a good job of building up suspense as the crustacean was a faceless terror until the last half hour, up until that point being nothing more than a mysterious radar signal that would close in before snatching away an exploratory sub or some such. Plus, there tends to be just something that works on an atmosphere level in these post Alien sci-fi suspense flicks, with the soft glow of the CRTs & the high tech but very mechanical facilities they work in.

Must of been a busy year for the theme too, as according to the recommendations of what to watch next, The Abyss, Leviathan, & Lords of the Deep all released the same year as this (89), and all seem to be variations of the same idea. I'll put them on the watchlist.

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Vinny

I watched One Hour Photo and Perfect Blue.

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Link-Hero

@Vinny
Ok, what did you think of them? At least give some minor details on your opinions on them.

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Okay, let's see...

One Hour Photo is a 2002 thriller staring Robin Williams, about a guy who works on an one hour photo shop (those don't exist anymore), developing photos. He is a lonely guy, and he obsesses over a family he develops photos for a long time.
It's great, Williams was usually cast as the really nice guy in most movies and in this movie his character is really creepy while appearing nice to the family he's practically stalking.
The contrast between his nice behavior (most of the movie, haha) with his awful actions is what makes this really effective.

Perfect Blue is a 1997 anime movie about an japanese idol who retires to become an actress, but after traumatic experiences and stalking she starts losing her grip on reality.
From the way people were describing it online i thought it was be "worse" (on how disturbing it is) tbh, there are some bloody/disturbing scenes but i'd say the psychological aspect is the most disturbing one.

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Tasuki

I watched the Tim Burton Batman series (Batman and Batman Returns) last night. It's been years since I watched them and I forgot how dark these movies were. The Nolan series were a bit more grounded in reality but Burton's had a near Frank Miller feel to them in mood and story. They weren't goofy say like Deadpool or Sam Raimi's Spider-Man series or even flashy like Avengers. Especially the Penguin was dakrer then I remember the fact that his whole plan was to kill children wow.

Keaton still is my favorite Batman though as he didn't over exaggerate being Batman. He didn't go overboard with growls and over exaggerated voice like Bale did while wearing the suit. He used more his body language and actions to intimidate his enemies kindly like a stealth predator more then getting up in people's faces like other Batman. He was slow and methodical when confronting enemies.

In all these movies held up even to this day. Will I say they were better then the Dark Knight Trilogy. Probably not but I will say they are a different take and on equal terms with the Same Knight Trilogy. Though in my opinion keep the series separate like I do. There's the Tim Burton series (Batman, Batman Returns) The Joel Schumacher series (Batman Forever and Batman and Robin) and then the Nolan Series (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises).

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MsJubilee

I saw the movie Us by Jordan Peele. It was alright, started engaging in the first 30 minutes, and after that, it went to the gutter. Got dumber and dumber by the minute, and the pacing was all over the place! The movie didn't know what it wanted to be at times, and that's what ruined it for me. Or maybe it was when NWA song popped up out of nowhere, made me wince. Jordan Peele had some neat ideas, but, he wrote himself into a corner, and it shows with the second part of this movie. Funny that the thing that ruined this film was the villains themselves.

I can't recommend this. Us is a forgettable disappointing experience that got worse by the minute. I just hope Candy Man(Jordan Peele's new upcoming film) is at least better than this drivel.

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RR529

Golgo 13: the Professional (Amazon Prime Video) - Late 80's anime film that sees professional assassin for hire Golgo fight for his life after the CIA, FBI, & Pentagon team up to kill him at the behest of a powerful oil baron, who's son was Golgo's last mark.

It was an interesting watch, though not without it's flaws. Graphic, gritty, but with a flair for spectacle (such as car chase through the neon lit streets of LA), it has a vibe you'd never see from anything the anime industry would turn out in the past 20 years, and honestly would probably feel more at home next to Kill Bill & Sin City rather than any anime collection, and it cleans up really nicely in HD, save for a few rough edges (Though it has a laughably bad helicopter CGI segment during the climax, that completely takes you out of the experience & plops you down into an ancient flight simulator. I can't imagine it looked good even at the time, other than the novelty of having a CGI segment. They didn't, and honestly probably even couldn't, achieve any sort of aesthetic commonality between it and the rest of the film).

The story is nothing particularly noteworthy, though it does it's job in setting the stage for the graphic misadventure, and features a few eccentric assassins that would feel right at home in a Metal Gear game. Also, when I say graphic, I mean it. It's absolutely saturated with blood & sex, and while while some scenes are stylistically interesting or tactful (the scene where Golgo beds his female contact in LA comes to mind, where they appear as silhouettes on an ever changing neon background), it easily goes in the other direction as well, even featuring a rape scene (as morally ambiguous as Golgo himself is, they really wanted to drive home that he finds himself up against some twisted individuals). Needlessly to say, it's definitely not for everyone.

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WoomyNNYes

Ahh! Free HBO & Cinemax, AND Idiocracy & Happy Gilmore are playing tonight. I haven't seen either uncensored, without commercials in forever.

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RR529

Deathstalker II (Amazon Prime Video) - The sequel of the low budget fantasy affair, Deathstalker (itself I watched about a month ago). In this entry, the warrior is lured by the promise of fame & fortune after a seer he rescues promises he'll receive them if he manages to defeat a wicked sorcerer who rules a far away land (what she doesn't tell him is that she's no seer, but the displaced princess of said land).

It's still ultimately a rather generic budget fantasy tale, but it is an improvement upon the original in a few areas. A new actor is called in to play the titular role, and while he was previously a brute of few words who was just as likely to assault the women he "rescued" as the bad guys were, here he's been changed to a more Indiana Jones like depiction (not always the biggest guy in the room, he's more likely to get into rough & tumble brawls, not adverse to throwing some dirt in his opponent's face in order to gain an edge, all with a bit of a smart mouth), and he never forces himself onto any of the film's women (there is one scene of attempted sexual assault, but it's by a group of minor baddies who are killed by a band of warrior women). While Deathstalker puts on a macho front and says some questionable things, as it goes on you get the impression he's not quite as bad as he lets on. Also, the film is a lot more tongue in cheek than the humorless original, even including a scenario where Deathstalker finds himself getting caught up in a fight to the death that takes the form of a pretty modern professional wrestling match, including ring & mid round ring girls. Also, while it clearly hasn't been remastered, the picture quality was much more consistent here than it was in the original.

It's still a pretty forgettable film, but if you're really into cheesy 80's fantasy, it's an okay source of swords, sorcery, & mostly guilt free nudity.

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WoomyNNYes

I tried and liked Alita: Battle Angel. I recommend it. It really scratched my itch for a new science fiction movie. Edit:.. it's definitely a good looking movie, great effects, too.

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jump

WoomyNNYes wrote:

I tried and liked Alita: Battle Angel. I recommend it. James Cameron directed it, which .... it's definitely a good looking movie, great effects.

James Cameron didn't direct it, he produced it. Cameron was a fan of the original manga and wanted to direct it for years (his tv show Dark Angel was heavily influenced by it) but filming 3 Avatar films at the same time got in the way of it so he asked Robert Rodriguez (the guy reasonable for Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, Sin City etc) to directed it.

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I had Déjà Vu when I wrote that and it's because I mentioned to someone else in the thread it wasn't directed by Cameron a year ago. It's funny so many people are being tricked into thinking Cameron directed it.

jump wrote:

@RR529 It was actually directed by Robert Rodriguez (who made From Dusk Till Dawn, Sin City etc) and James Cameron was the producer.

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Vinny

I recently watched Watchmen: Director's Cut. It's great, it's very long (over 3h) but it doesn't feel boring.
The plot is interesting, as it's set in an alternate universe during the cold war where the heroes are investigating the death of one of a fellow hero and uncover a huge conspiracy.
Great characters like Rorschach, an anti hero which is basically the opposite of Batman and Dr. Manhattan, a godly figure created after an laboratory incident.

Morbid fact: The bodybuilder who played Manhattan (Physically, a different actor voiced him. BTW, there is a contrast between him being this muscular, blue being with godly powers and his voice, which is very soft and not what you'd expect.) died in 2015 trying to film an ad by standing on a train track and later trying to outrun a train in motion.

What Snyder films you guys like?
I really like 300.
Funny story: I remember back when it came out, my history teacher bashed this movie, saying it wasn't accurate at all. Well, it's based off a Frank Miller comic, lol! Of course it wasn't accurate to real life events.
A few years later she showed us Pearl Harbor. So much for accuracy, haha.

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RR529

@Vinny, I caught Watchmen on TV not too long ago and found it very good (it was on IFC, so it didn't have any broadcast censorship).

In general I really find myself liking the standalone (or small series) comic book/graphic novel films more than the MCU stuff (yeah, they're all consistently fun and props must be given for what it managed to build over 10 years, but there's nothing I'd want to own individually). Granted, standalone films/series tend to be more hit & miss in terms of quality, but when they nail it they're very good or unique (Watchmen, the old Spider-Man films, Into the Spider-Verse, & the Sin City films & 300 if you want to count the non-superhero stuff. Heck, I even enjoyed the 00's Punisher movie).

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WoomyNNYes

@jump Ha. Yeah, I said "directed" out of ignorance of what his role in the movie was. You're right, he was a producer. I was surprised to see IMDB cite him as co-writer of the screenplay too. Interesting.

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@RR529 I feel the same, those expanded universes are cool for seeing how everything interacts together but some of the individual movies can be very forgettable. (other than being a nice build up for the "bigger" crossover movies.)

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jump

Vinny wrote:

I recently watched Watchmen: Director's Cut. It's great, it's very long (over 3h) but it doesn't feel boring.
The plot is interesting, as it's set in an alternate universe during the cold war where the heroes are investigating the death of one of a fellow hero and uncover a huge conspiracy.
Great characters like Rorschach, an anti hero which is basically the opposite of Batman and Dr. Manhattan, a godly figure created after an laboratory incident.

I enjoyed Watchmen, I actually rewatched it not too long as my missus loved the TV series but hadn't seen the movie, not that they are truly connected anyway.

I thought it could have been better though on the second viewing. For as much as they rigidly follow the comics in a sense of being true to the source material, ripping dialogue and shots from the source material to the point it feels wooden and doesn't breathe on film, they then completely change the ending anyway. It's like watching a motion comics where it comes of too corny and simple at times.

Also that sex scene on the ship is probably one of the worst in movie history, made even worse by it was suppose to be really passionate after highlighting their awkwardness previously.

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SigourneyBeaver

Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile. Great first movie, dreadful sequel.

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Vinny

I've watched Constantine (2005), starring Keanu Reeves.
Based off a DC comic book, Keanu plays John Constantine, occult detective as he comes accross a lot of satanic demons and such. This is an extreme oversimplification, of course.
It's good, I like the recent animated adaptation more though.

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WoomyNNYes

@Vinny Constantine (keanu reeves) always sucks me in when it's on TV.

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