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NorthpointThis list needs an update.

Civil War Airport scene.

Dr. Strange backward finale.

Ant-Man kids room train fight.

All instant classics.

I'd have to say The Airport, too. Lotta good moments in that.
May 23, 2017 1:44 AM

15. The Avengers - Thor gets his hammer on

There is a surprising amount of Avenger-on-Avenger violence in this film, but it's appropriate to the level of angst everyone brings to the table. It's moments like these that are served well by the franchise continuity: when Thor puts his hand out, we know exactly what's coming, and it leads to an exceptionally well-timed whack to the Hulk's jaw.

The kid inside me who grew up on The Avengers?comics had a spine-rattling orgasm at this scene
May 23, 2017 1:39 AM
Captain Terror
I saw The Church maybe 10 years ago and I just saw Demons (finally) like 2 years ago. I knew there was a Demons 2, but I haven't gotten around to that.
I need to rewatch The Church, I didn't love it when I saw it, but back then I hadn't watched as much Italian horror so I still expected my horror movies to make sense.
By the time I saw Demons, I knew what to expect from these movies and found it delightful (I use that word literally).

Yeah check it out because I was in the same boat. I watched them years ago at a time when I was trying to track down all the Argento-related stuff I could find. They didn't quite fit in with the movies he directed so I just kind of dismissed them (for 20 years). When MKS mentioned them this past month I decided I'd probably appreciate them more now, having survived my Fulci marathon last year. The Church definitely has that "style over plausibility" factor the Italians were so good at. And don't concern yourself with watching them in any order. In fact there are actors that appear in multiple movies, as different characters. The Church is streaming on Amazon, if that helps.

I own The Church and Demons, I think.
Need to see Demons 2, though.
Sounds like my Horrorthon for October is already starting to take shape.
May 22, 2017 5:13 AM
Rumpled 4 Skin
Apex PredatorAnd Rumpled, if possible, please add me to your list of recommended films.

I would but you don't have a type?

Crumbsroom = Bad Cinema
Billtheburger = Bondage & Whipping
Captain Terror = Castles & Candelabra's
Death Proof = 80's Cheese
Takoma = Films with questionable stuff in them
Black Philip = Asian horrors on youtube
Wooley = Bodice Rippers
Apex Predator = ?

I would not have thought that, but ok.
May 21, 2017 8:14 PM
Captain TerrorThis past week I re-watched the Demons trilogy for the first time in about 20 years. (Only my second viewing ever) The Church was by far my favorite of the three. Anyone agree/disagree? Part of it is that I'll always be more attracted to the gothic cathedral setting as compared to the neon-80s look of Demons 1 & 2. But I also just think it was the best film. And it doesn't skimp on the gonzo weirdness of the first 2 either. (see: winged-demon-sex) I like the first two for what they are, but The Church is the only one I'm considering buying for my collection.

I know there was a Demons discussion a few weeks ago, but I didn't see anyone mention The Church.

I did not realize The Church was part of the "Demons Trilogy".
I saw The Church maybe 10 years ago and I just saw Demons (finally) like 2 years ago. I knew there was a Demons 2, but I haven't gotten around to that.
I need to rewatch The Church, I didn't love it when I saw it, but back then I hadn't watched as much Italian horror so I still expected my horror movies to make sense.
By the time I saw Demons, I knew what to expect from these movies and found it delightful (I use that word literally).
May 21, 2017 8:10 PM
Interview With The Vampire - maybe like 5.5/10-ish?

I didn't think there was anything particularly wrong with what was on the screen (I do still think Pitt was miscast as Louis but it's not as horrible as I remember), it was what wasn't that seemed to be the problem.
And I don't mean that as like things-they-left-out-of-the-book, I think they made pretty good choices in that regard considering you have to get it down to a releasable length.
But that's sort the problem is that the movie that they DID make needed to be 10-20 minutes longer. The movie rushes along at such a breakneck pace, especially once they get to Paris but even, really, in the very beginning, that you get none of the sense of the settings or relationships that are crucial to the story. Scenes often jump very abruptly from one into what feels like the middle of the next, often skipping elements of mood or opening dialogue that would give the movie flow. Everything with Santiago and the coven of vampires under the theater is so brief that you don't really get that much of a sense of why the climactic events even happen, the relationship between Louis and Armand is "developed" so quickly that the only way you know it's happened at all is through expository dialogue, the sense of Claudia's bitterness is just barely touched upon before it becomes a major plot-point and then a moot point, certainly her relationship with Madeleine was cut so brief that you really have no sense of this character at all (I think she only has two lines) so you don't really care at all about her involvement in the climax, I mean, really, almost the entire movie, when it's not Louis narrating (which is fine), is characters telling you what's going on and or how they're feeling, nothing develops organically and, with the exception of the performance in the theater, there are almost no scenes that have any time to breathe at all, and therefore most have little impact. And therefore, there really isn't that much dread in the movie, because dread takes time and this movie doesn't give you any.
Unfortunate, because, after rewatching it, I really felt like they probably had mostly the right cast and the right director for sure, but it really looks like there's at least 10 if not 20 or 25 minutes of footage that needed to stay in the film to make it a truly good movie.
Would it have killed the studio to have released it at say 2 hours 16 minutes instead of 2 02?
May 21, 2017 8:07 PM
D.H.Them! - 9/10 - Still the gold standard of 50's era giant mutated monster films. A really strong cast all the way down to the small, blink-and-you'll-miss-them roles. Does a great job of setting a sense of foreboding with the opening shot of a catatonic little girl wandering through the desert. Then it just takes it from there in an efficient, no frills kind of way.

Yup. Love this movie. Totally holds up for me, despite "dated" effects (to me, they actually weirdly add something to the movie, almost feels a little surreal or something).
May 20, 2017 3:46 PM
Robin McDonald
Babadook and The Witch weretwo critically acclaimed horror films but I wasn't as impressed with either one as the critics were. I guess I am defective.
I really didn't even like Babadook. The Witch was okay.

Wow, that surprises me.
If somebody asked me what the two best horror movies of the last 2-3 years were, I would have said those two without even having to think about it.
May 19, 2017 3:13 PM
D.H.Empire of the Ants - 5/10 - All this time I was under the impression that this was a silly, somewhat diverting giant mutated creature feature. But it has a 0% Tomatometer and the director Bert I. Gordon has made tons of other goofy scifi/horror movies from 1954 all the way up to three years ago. I hadn't watched it in awhile but I had forgotten or overlooked how remarkably talky it is. There's all these backstories and awkward attempts at setting up romantic connections. It was made in 1977 and at times it comes off like an episode of The Love Boat. It does have great character actors like Robert Lansing (Gary 7 from the original Star Trek) and Albert Salmi and also Joan Collins. Watch it if you like giant mutated insect movies. Otherwise stick with classics like Them!, which is on tomorrow on Turner Classic Movies.

Saw this in the theater, twice, but have not seen it since I don't think.
It's in my queue, might give it a spin since you bring it up.
May 19, 2017 3:25 AM
D.H.The Monster That Challenged the World - 7/10 - Not bad. It holds your attention. The script is decent and so are the monster(s). And there's interesting side characters along with an unconventional setting, the Salton Sea.

It's a weird monster. I'm not sure it could challenge my grandpa's garage-sale, but whatever, it was the 1950s.
Female lead was pretty credible though.
May 19, 2017 3:24 AM
Holy shit, I read this book so long ago I forgot it existed.
Well this is cool.
May 19, 2017 3:14 AM
KenjiAlien is a much tighter film than Aliens because, among other things, it actually takes its time to create a believable cast of characters. I watched Aliens for the first time a few months ago, and I really don't remember that much about the marines other than macho posturing and one-liners. It was quite boring, actually.

This is one of my major issues with the movie. The marines aren't characters, they're caricatures. And they're 80s caricatures. I find them hard to endure.
May 18, 2017 5:11 PM
I only watch Alien, out of this series.
I plan to go back and give Aliens a rewatch, but it was a real letdown for me compared to the original.
The rest are pointless to me, ranging from "bad sequel" to "silly matinee serial".
And then there's Prometheus, which was crap and ensured that I will not see Covenant unless someone I trust tells me that it is nothing like Prometheus.
May 18, 2017 2:01 PM
It is probably the most embarrassing performance of Wynona Rider's career. And I think that's all I can remember about it. Was there a basketball?
May 18, 2017 1:59 PM

The 39 Steps
The Awful Truth
The Bride of Frankenstein
Bringing Up Baby
Duck Soup
It Happened One Night
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
The Thin Man
The Wizard Of Oz

And I have tremendous affection for these:

The Black Cat
Doctor X
My Man Godfrey
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
The Vampire Bat
May 17, 2017 11:30 PM
Hey, am I the only person alive who saw Who's Killing The Great Chef's Of Europe?
It's sort of a comedy/giallo-thing with Jacqueline Bisset and George Segal from 1978.
I musta watched it 10 times on HBO back in like 1981 or '82. Freakin' loved it, haven't seen it since.

May 16, 2017 2:18 AM
I also watched In the Mouth of Madness this afternoon and it's pretty excellent. Coming off a chain of movies where heavier, more sophisticated horror ideas partially let down by more obvious images, it was nice to see this one actually elevate those kinds of images with an appropriate sense of escalation and reality-bending so that they match the ideas the movie deals with. Between this and Possession, Sam Neill seems to be a good starting as an audience surrogate and then diving off the deep end at the right time in movies that go completely off the rails.

I think it's probably his most under-appreciated film and one of his best.
May 15, 2017 10:58 AM