User Profile

Forum Activity by Apex Predator

Janson Jinnistan
Sorcerer Supreme NamelessIf it makes you feel better, Janson, that Snowman has some of the best review quips I've ever seen

"[font='Source Sans Pro', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]It's bad. A bit of a full-on Nesboner, in fact."[/font]

Almost as bad as Walter Chow's quip that Alfredson let the wrong script in.

Quips cannot replace Alicia's kisses.

Actually enjoyed that one.
Oct 22, 2017 12:57 AM
Bingo. A chance to redeem myself for not posting earlier:

A
1. There Will Be Blood

A-
2. Once
3. No Country for Old Men
4. Waitress
5. The Host
6. The Mist
7. Juno

B+
8. Persepolis
9. Michael Clayton
10. Hot Fuzz

Honorable Mentions:?
King Corn, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Breach, In the Valley of Elah

Have Yet to See:
Zodiac, Gone Baby Gone, Eastern Promises, Ratatouille, Into the Wild, The Assassination of Jesse James...
Oct 20, 2017 10:14 PM
Arnie-ismYou're a sick man Takoma!

Man?

*Shakes head*
Oct 20, 2017 7:34 PM
Dunno. I was more a fan of the Mortal Kombat film, but both Street Fighter films had the occasional dumb fun moment (It's a Bomb!).
Oct 20, 2017 1:46 AM
Well, I've seen 17 for 2017 so far. Hoping to increase that total in the next few weeks.

Strongly Recommend:

A-
Last Men in Aleppo (#1 doc of 2017)
In a Heartbeat (#1 short)
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
I Am Not Your Negro

B+
Forever Pure

Recommend:

B
Oklahoma City
Diana, 7 Days

B-
Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race, and America
Okja
Antarctica: Ice and Sky
The Blackcoat's Daughter
The Last Laugh

Alright:

C+
The Saint
Farmer/Veteran (Independent Lens edit)

C-
They Call Us Monsters

Bad:

D
Dirty Dancing (2017)

D-
Youth in Oregon

Upcoming:
Swim Team
The Girl with All the Gifts
Talon Falls (literally just stumbled across this one)
Frantz
Chasing Trane
Raw
Oct 20, 2017 1:43 AM
I appreciated The Big Lebowski when I saw it in theaters the first time and it's only grown since then.

But to answer your question:

The Third Man: Went from eh to wow the second time.
Moulin Rouge (the musical): Went from ugh to alright in subsequent viewings.
Oct 20, 2017 12:50 AM
MKS
Apex Predator
MKS
Apex Predator
Takoma1
MKS
Takoma1
I am about halfway into Blade and . . . eh. Like it's kind of slow and not as fun as I'd hoped it would be.

While objectively wrong and you should be ashamed, I implore you to watch the sequel. It's far crazier and more fun. It really let Del Toro go for broke.

I'm planning to watch both. I'm just surprised so far at how flat the movie feels to me, despite having some cool visuals and some really fun supporting actors.

I think it works best as a kick back and enjoy sort of flick.

Although I won't go as far as MKS (I can take it if you don't like one of my recs), if you're not enjoying this on some level, maybe give it a day or two and try again?

What is this nonsense?

It seems at times you take it a bit personal if someone doesn't like a film you recommend.

It seems you don't have a sense of humor. Do you also think DaMU will stop being friends with the individual who doesn't like Blade 2 or Pacific Rim?

You might be surprised on my humor. I have been told that I have autism/aspergers so it's possible it's a bit dull. But dunno why people feel like they have to explain things to me; I get it.

As for your question, I doubt it. Variety is the spice of life after all.

PS: Congrats on becoming a teacher!
Oct 20, 2017 12:46 AM
Janson JinnistanWas I going too slow for you, AP?

Nah, just wanted to throw my thoughts in the mix and avoid having two threads on the same thing. Sorry if I'm trespassing...
Oct 20, 2017 12:43 AM
MKS
Apex Predator
Takoma1
MKS
Takoma1
I am about halfway into Blade and . . . eh. Like it's kind of slow and not as fun as I'd hoped it would be.

While objectively wrong and you should be ashamed, I implore you to watch the sequel. It's far crazier and more fun. It really let Del Toro go for broke.

I'm planning to watch both. I'm just surprised so far at how flat the movie feels to me, despite having some cool visuals and some really fun supporting actors.

I think it works best as a kick back and enjoy sort of flick.

Although I won't go as far as MKS (I can take it if you don't like one of my recs), if you're not enjoying this on some level, maybe give it a day or two and try again?

What is this nonsense?

It seems at times you take it a bit personal if someone doesn't like a film you recommend.
Oct 19, 2017 5:03 AM
Robin McDonaldOn this list I haven't seen a single film in the Best Picture or Director Categories.
Only two or three in the actor actress. One supporting role none of the docs or foreign.

I thought I was doing good having seen the same number of movies at this point as the year (17).
But the good news is that we can start to catch up as the films come to us (such as The Big Sick in November, and quite possibly It Comes At Night).
Oct 18, 2017 5:03 AM
Takoma1
MKS
Takoma1
I am about halfway into Blade and . . . eh. Like it's kind of slow and not as fun as I'd hoped it would be.

While objectively wrong and you should be ashamed, I implore you to watch the sequel. It's far crazier and more fun. It really let Del Toro go for broke.

I'm planning to watch both. I'm just surprised so far at how flat the movie feels to me, despite having some cool visuals and some really fun supporting actors.

I think it works best as a kick back and enjoy sort of flick.

Although I won't go as far as MKS (I can take it if you don't like one of my recs), if you're not enjoying this on some level, maybe give it a day or two and try again?
Oct 18, 2017 4:58 AM
David ChromiakHarvey Weinstein has now been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/14/business/media/harvey-weinstein-ousted-from-motion-picture-academy.html

Also, don't know if this has been posted yet, but here is a comprehensive list of all of Weinstein's accusers and what they are claiming. About 80% of them involve a massage and/or a bathrobe.

http://www.elle.com/culture/a12838402/a-full-list-of-harvey-weinsteins-accusers-and-their-allegations/

I hate to be the one to bring them up. But Woody Allen and Roman Polanski still are members, right?
And probably Bill Cosby as well?
Oct 18, 2017 1:27 AM
Wooley
Apex PredatorHouse on Sorority Row was...disappointing

Although I think there were some moments that I did enjoy it, I kept running across things that made little/no sense in the plot.

The efforts in characterization were neat and there were some variety in the kills.

But I couldn't get past the plot holes which kept holding me back. I don't expect a flawless film, but one where its leaps of logic made sense.

It didn't.

It's a bit late, so I feel like writing a second post in more detail tomorrow.

Getting ready to hopefully finish Under the Shadow next.

I am sorry to hear this.
On a forum where people continue to defend and even champion the absolutely abysmal Prom Night, I feel like a much better film like HoSR will make a good impression.
But I am often wrong.
For me, this movie is the sort of halfway point between Prom Night?and Black Christmas.

I think there was some good inklings of horror in this film.

MILD SPOILERS (won't affect your viewing of the film)

The set up is fair enough: the film opens with someone dealing with a difficult childbirth. The doctor apologizes to the mother. She shouts No!

It turns out this mother happens to be the strict housemother for the Theta Pi sorority and she insists that the girls must leave before June 19th.

I'm kinda feeling like Kane as I suspect that date may be more important than we realize.

But anyhoo, the graduating senior sisters decide to throw one final big shindig before going their separate ways.

Never mind that I'm not sure who else is coming considering this is post-graduation and the campus should be deserted. But whatevs.

One of the sisters named Vicki (Eileen Davidson, Days of Our Lives/Young and the Restless) has a plan to get back at Mrs. Slater, the housemother.

The prank involves her walking stick and a gun. This came about in part when she got interrupted in the middle of making out.

The prank...doesn't go well. Although the majority are in lockstep, one skeptic named Katie (Kate McNeil) has her doubts about the stunt and the consequences.

MAJOR SPOILERS (yeah, I'm whiting them out)

So the kids decide to throw a big party anyways while weighing the dead Mrs. Slater down with towels in the pool.

One can see the major holes in this theory. A bunch of drunk college kids, a pool (nasty as it is), and just how long will that body last down at the bottom?

Well, the party goes well enough.

The rock band in House on Sorority Row > The Disco in Prom Night

But the problem starts when the sisters try to dispose of the body.

The body has a bizarre way of disappearing and the sisters have a tendency to reduce their numbers.

But it's pretty clear that it couldn't be the housemother; editing makes that WAY too obvious, plus she's dead.

But we find out thanks to Dr. Exposition that she did give birth and the boy is kinda messed up in the head and just wants revenge on them killin' his momma.

And while we're at it, why the hell did he sedate her? It's not like she's going to suddenly go after him or anything.


Fair enough, but didn't they make a HUGE deal of the fact that she "lost" the kid in childbirth?

Plus, if he gets maybe three months with her in the summer...where does he stay the rest of the time? And why does he stay in the attic when he does live with her?

And why, oh why, was he able to sneak undetected towards the end upstairs into the attic and put on that clown costume (which I predicted would happen once I saw it for the first time) with the girl in the attic already trying to gather her wits?

END SPOILERS

There's just too many questions that this film doesn't answer.

It has all the hallmarks of a good horror (the backstory, some characterization of the ladies, inventive kills), but its leaps of logic just kill it for me.
Oct 17, 2017 4:59 AM
MKSWatched Amityville Awakening. I can't really recommend it beyond that it's free.

It appears that the film had two things going against it, Bella Thorne (whose self destruction is being well documented on social media) and the Weinstein's (whose self destruction is being well documented by the media). The former sabotages the film because, outside of the scenes where she's supposed to be angst ridden and sullen, she can't act. The latter because it appears they did what they've done to many filmmakers over the years (must resist urge to turn this into a sexual assault joke), where they forcibly take someone else's film, re-edit it, shelve it, re-edit it again, then drop it at random with little to no promotion.

The Weinstein edit is especially troubling due to what is clearly the removal of anything remotely graphic, which undercuts the director, Franck Khalfoun, and strips away one of his greatest strengths: shocking violence. You can blatantly see where it was and how it was meant to be because things just jump around nonsensically. The implications of what was there make it all the more frustrating and it is confirmed they decided to take this from an R to PG-13. So what they did, was cut out the horror.

There are still elements that made it mostly watchable. Khalfoun is still a stylish director and the film looks good most of the time. Jennifer Jason Leigh plays an obsessed mom very well and Kurtwood Smith pops up and does his thing... Though his scene is marred by bad CGI.

The most irritating thing is that I get a clear sense that this was a better movie. There's some creepy implications of incest, hints of graphic violence that would have been shocking and memorable, and the plot had a pretty fresh spin on the rote genre (vegetative brother gradually getting better once moved into the house may not actually be brother in the body). Yet all of this is dwarfed by glaring edits, bad acting and a penchant for metatextual cleverness that was run into the ground by Scream, New Nightmare and most recently, The Town that Dreaded Sundown, which pulled off the "original movie exists as a movie in our movie's narrative" aspect with more grace, even if it too didn't stick the landing.

Whatevs. It was short and free.

Expectations lowered.

I think I know what is going on with the Weinstein Enterprise, but what has Bella Thorne done?

Also it sounds like a bit like The Haunting in Connecticut (maybe similar premises?).
Oct 17, 2017 4:06 AM
PenarinI watched the Silent Hill movie over the weekend. I expected it to be halfway decent but I wound up loving it!

I am playing SH2 right now on the PlayStation 2. Only 4 hours in. About to head towards the bowling alley. So I am not an expert on the games but I've seen enough to appreciate the movie. On the flip side you could be a SH game virgin and still enjoy the show.

OK, I am a caver and urban exploration type so I really enjoyed the setting and atmosphere. A whole abandoned mining town full of all the creepy locations you can ask for- industrial ruins, rotting schools, old hospitals, and an orphanage. And so much crazy shit happened. I didn't know what to expect but the story went to CRAZY places. Some parts were so creepy I had to look away. They go a little too heavy on the CGI now and then but overall it worked for me. The level of twisted imagination here is off the charts. The whole movie felt like a journey into a very messed up version of hell.

Thumbs up from me!?

Um, avoid the sequel? It was pretty bad.
Oct 17, 2017 4:02 AM
Bring out the Fail GIFs:

164. Nightmare on Elm Street (the crappy remake)
165. Wendigo (that one kid looks familiar)
Oct 17, 2017 4:00 AM
Takoma1
Catbus148. The House at the End of the Street

*shakes fist*
And I think Apex has seen that one as well.

The nerve---the sheer nerve!

Flames shooting out of the sides of my head...

PS: Also, Takoma, don't think I didn't notice you getting Farmhouse...or Halloween H20.
Oct 16, 2017 2:22 AM