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A Love Supreme - Carlos Santana/Mahavishnu John McLaughlin
Sep 20, 2017 10:41 AM
Oh yeah!
Marvel should beat Universal to their own franchise by doing Morbius, Man-Wolf, Man-Thing, and a good Ghost Rider.
I am all in. All my monies. They may have them.
Sep 19, 2017 4:06 PM
Spencie ReturnsIT - *7.5 out of 10*

A lot stronger than I expected, IT features a great cast of kid actors and oozes atmosphere. Could definitely do without the excess digital effects they used on Pennywise, and I think it's odd how little they elaborate on who or what he is. Overall it's a pretty good horror film that manages to be a gorefest without actually being a gorefest, if that makes any sense.

I agree with you, but I believe that that is all to be revealed in the second film. I didn't realize this while watching it, but when "Chapter One" came up on the screen I got the gist and went home and read that it is the first part of a two-part film. The explanations and all that will, one presumes, be in the second film.
That said, I felt like this film could stand alone, it just does leave one wondering about the back-story a bit.
Sep 19, 2017 1:47 PM
No Face
?12 SycamoresI hope Phase 4, if it's even called that, will be less cross-promotional and controlled by an at-large narrative. And then I want Marvel to let some true auteurs take their properties and run with them. I find myself pining for the days when Raimi was making Spider-man, Nolan was making Batman, and del Toro was making Hellboy (yes, I know those aren't all Marvel). I didn't like all of those films, nor did I think they were the most ideal adaptations of the characters, but at least they felt like the distinct vision of someone with an opinion.

Agreed; I mean, I appreciate Marvel's quality control when it comes to preventing giving us an out-and-out disaster like Batman vs. Superman, but the flip side of that is that we almost never see them take any interesting risks when it comes to the MCU, and certainly no truly great movies so far. We have yet to see the Marvel equivalent of Logan or The Dark Knight, for example, and their universe will never reach that level unless they get some balls and take some more chances with their movies.

Given that they're trying to maintain some minimal continuity (and access for kids), I've been pretty amazed at the creative freedom they've offered to disparate figures like James Gunn and the Russos. I'm trying to not get too excited about Ragnarok... ?but if Waititi isn't a 'pure auteur', then I don't know who you want behind the camera. Werner Herzog? David Lynch? Tom Six?

As much as I appreciated?Logan, (and to a lesser extent The Dark Knight) I don't know that either film is superior to the best of the current Marvel canon. Grimmer for a certainty.

I'm with you.
Sep 19, 2017 10:55 AM
DaMUThe Beastmaster - A+ for its forward energy and imagination and its audacity to exactly replicate the juvenile pleasures of Frank Frazetta / Robert E. Howard sword and sorcery pulp, C for its technical struggles, B+ overall because you simply can't give too many fucks about cheap effects or repeated animal cutaways when a film's trying to give you such ludicrous pleasures as fluid-sucking bat-men, worm-possessed gimp-masked soldiers, and Rip Torn spewing evil portents on top of a temple. This is a movie made by people who clearly love the works that inspired their film. And with sheer gumption, they leapfrogged "good movie" and landed on "great fun." I'll take that any day of the goddamn week.

[I'd watched this as a child on basic cable and remembered almost nothing beyond frightening images like the eye-ring and the worm going in the guy's head.]

This is all correct.
You see? Ar wants your children.
Sep 19, 2017 10:50 AM
Chief WibiwokeBaby Driver - 6/10

This is one of those films that managed to piss me off within its first 30 seconds or so. I generally can't stand overtly "sing-song-y" or "dance-walk-y" people, they make my blood boil and give me violent urges. I mean, Keep that dancey shit to yourselves or at least confined to a club or something. The Baby character is probably the worst offender in this department, so it really put a damper on my enthusiasm and my willingness to empathize with him throughout the film. The fact that the other aspects of his doe-eyed personality are equally insufferable ("I just murdered a few thugs and caused a ton of damage.....Let's just leave things behind and hit the road foreverz!") did not help matters much and came off as hilariously try-hard. Fuck off, Baby. And take your music-loving substitute-Bonnie with you.

On the plus side, the other performances, the direction, the editing and the choreography are strong enough to keep things tightly paced and occasionally semi-memorable in the action department. I've certainly seen much worse, although, admittedly, not from Edgar Wright. But even a less-than-optimal Wright is still good enough to expertly drive a film towards its third act. Unfortunately, THAT's where it all fizzles out, because this movie has by far the worst finale the man has ever done. It sadly included a ridiculously implausible redemption moment, Storm Trooper-like shooting and terrible plot shields for characters that should've been dead a thousand times over. Just not good stuff. I'd still give it a 6/10 for being an 8/10 during some of its prime moments, but please, Edgar, go back to doing your actual thing. I still love you.

Oh, you'd HATE me.
Sep 19, 2017 4:35 AM
I've been buried in Metal Gear Solid V for like the last month.
It has eaten my life.
Sep 18, 2017 7:36 PM
IT - The best A Nightmare On Elm Street movie since the original.
Sep 18, 2017 7:25 PM
So I think IT was the A Nightmare On Elm Street remake we all deserved.
But I have to say the degree to which it paid homage to that one film bordered on mimicry at times and was so prevalent I found it distracting. I think you could actually say that they used Stephen King's story to remake ANoES.
I definitely thought it was good, though, and would watch it again. Definitely better than most horror films that get theatrical releases and even more that don't.
Sep 18, 2017 7:19 PM
And, of course...

Grim, Grinning Ghosts
Sep 18, 2017 4:35 PM
Also, this has always absolutely been the shit (far better than Crosby's and I love Bing):

The Headless Horseman
Sep 18, 2017 4:32 PM
D.H.Blood from the Mummy's Tomb - 6/10 - Not one of Hammer Studios best. It certainly looks good despite the obviously low production values. This being a Hammer production they manage to work in quite a bit of blood spurting. No bandage wrapped mummies to speak of though. Just a really zaftig woman. Two women actually, both played by Valerie Leon. It also has Andrew Keir who stars in one of my favorite non-Dracula Hammer films, Five Million Years to Earth. It's worth watching if only for Ms. Leon's bountiful cleavage.

I enjoyed this one for the mood and look, like most Hammer films. I actually like all their Mummy films, unlike Universal who made some real stinkers (looking at YOU, The Mummy's Hand).
Sep 18, 2017 4:29 PM
Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson
Sep 18, 2017 4:24 PM
Charles Longboat Jr.
Bruce DonnersJohn Wick 2.
Rating: B
I was kind of disappointed it didn't live up to the first one. I hope they end the trilogy with a satisfying ending.

Now patiently waiting for Chapter 3.

I honestly preferred this one to the first John Wick, though they're more or less on par with each other.

The final scene of the sister was fantastic.
Sep 18, 2017 4:31 AM
Well, let's get this Halloween standard up front and center:

Yeah, this is one of the ones I use every year, along with "Bela Lugosi's Dead" which has been posted also.
This is the other one:
Sep 18, 2017 4:26 AM
crumbsroomAnd continuing with the Mexican theme


Great underseen Gothic B&W horror.

I don't know anything about these, but if I can find 'em, I'll peep 'em.
Sep 17, 2017 3:34 PM
Captain Terror
WooleyI'm really enjoying watching these old black and white horror movies right now, but I do wanna save the really good ones for October.

Can anybody think of some spooky black and whites to recommend that maybe aren't the ones we all know and love?
Doesn't necessarily have to be horror, could be anything spooky or thrillery, I 'spect.
I'm thinking, like, Cat and the Canary, And Then There Were None, things like that.

Here's some favorites of mine that are dark but I wouldn't call them horror movies. Going with the "not the ones we all know" theme, so these are some that I don't see mentioned often.
Night Must Fall (the 60s remake w/ Albert Finney is also good)
Tell Tale Heart (two-reeler)
Stranger on the Third Floor (Peter Lorre doin' his thing)
The Black Castle (50s Karloff)
The Black Room (30s Karloff)

Also, the two Mexican films Crumb mentioned are both winners.

Out of those, I have only seen The Black Room, which I dig and is exactly the sort of thing I'm looking for, so I'll take all these to heart.
Sep 17, 2017 3:33 PM
Death ProofThe Thief of Bagdad (1924) - 9/10

Yeah, this really impressed the hell out of me.
Sep 17, 2017 3:29 PM
I'm really enjoying watching these old black and white horror movies right now, but I do wanna save the really good ones for October.

Can anybody think of some spooky black and whites to recommend that maybe aren't the ones we all know and love?
Doesn't necessarily have to be horror, could be anything spooky or thrillery, I 'spect.
I'm thinking, like, Cat and the Canary, And Then There Were None, things like that.
Sep 17, 2017 12:57 AM

Part of me thinks it's nice that, at least, John Carpenter is involved in some way.

Wasn't Carpenter involved in the Fog remake?
Sep 17, 2017 12:47 AM