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I'm not sure I'm seeing much of a correlation between being a lousy husband and how honest his ideology is in regards to feminism. ?
Aug 22, 2017 4:39 PM
crumbsroomI occasionally think of how hard this movie tried to not be terrible and cringe.

Awful movie.

What didn't you like about it?

It's elements of magic realism move with all of the grace of a man who has shit his pants, and there is nothing more off putting than lead footed whimsy. It also treats its poverty stricken characters, not with empathy, but with a obnoxious pat on the head for how cute they all are. It does have a handful of good moments (I believe there is a scene of a boat populated with prostitutes that gets the tone right) but most of it just had me rolling my eyes and getting aggravated towards all of the critics who lauded this fraud of a movie.
Aug 20, 2017 6:51 PM
jasper de large
I tried to warn them.

What a shame the world didn't listen to the most insignificant poster at a nearly dead movie forum.
Aug 20, 2017 4:07 PM
Janson JinnistanA shame that Greed is the only Stroheim film that I've seen.

A shame I haven't seen Greed.
Aug 20, 2017 2:20 PM

Eric Von Stroheim's plays Monte Carlos' suavest playboy, seemingly romancing every woman in the movie, promising marriage and swindling them of their money. It must be the monocle


The first million dollar movie ever made, it's a beautifully shot film, which unfortunately doesn't translate that well on the awful copy I watched. Still, you get a sense of the lavish detail and swooning deep focus of the compositions in spite of all of the scratches and defects on the print. Considering the time it was made, this was likely scandalous with how luridly it insinuates frivilous sex between all of the characters, Stroheim's sly smiles punctuating every innuendo. Full of sex and action and humor (one of the women sits on a verandah reading a books entitled "Foolish Wives" written by Eric von Stroheim, which may be one of the first meta jokes in the history of cinema), not even the fact that certain scenes seem to be missing hurt the simultaneously simple and ornate pleasures of this film

Aug 19, 2017 8:10 PM
I occasionally think of how hard this movie tried to not be terrible and cringe.

Awful movie.
Aug 19, 2017 3:12 AM
Death Wish II is unpleasant and hardly rewards its unpleasantness. It's pretty much just gross. I tried to rewatch it a couple years back and couldn't get through the first fifteen minutes.
Aug 19, 2017 2:11 AM
He was so great in Predator. This may be enough reason to rewatch it since I just realized I probably haven't seen it for 20 years, which is crazy considering how much I love that movie.

Had to look up who he was in Poltergeist. Had no idea that was him.
Aug 19, 2017 2:06 AM
Please tell me it's as good as the movie so I never have to watch it.
Aug 19, 2017 1:52 AM

1) Heart is a Lonely Hunter
2) Collected Short Stories of Flannery O'Connor
3) The Trial
4) 100 Years of Solitude
5) Crime and Punishment

Reality Shows

1) Survivor
2) The Hills
3) Project Runway
4) Junior Apprentice (UK)
5) The Two Coreys

Numbers between 1 and 5

1) 1
2) 2
3) 3
4) 5
5) 4
Aug 19, 2017 1:38 AM
Kinda weird the girl can't see for most of it though which adds a level of disconnect between her and the audience since she can't see the spooky stuff coming.

I was going to write exactly this. As we're told that her bandages are to come off, at that point, who gives a fuck? Extremely poorly thought out by the filmmakers. A completely misunderstanding of how to play an audience.

And seriously, a nurse, which is virtually indistinguishable from the garbage nun from The Conjuring 2??? Ugh.

And while everyone is mentioning its technical proficiency (it is, but so what, there is no meat hanging on those bones) it is exactly the kind of slick, soulless cribbing that I detest in the "Conjuring Universe". So of course those hacks liked it. I hope the winner enjoys their 50 bucks.

Yours was better.
Aug 18, 2017 10:58 PM
Janson JinnistanAnd somebody's giving booze to these goddamn things.

Depp and Del Toro are great in that, but I've always been a little mixed on the movie itself.
Aug 18, 2017 11:45 AM

And this one too


Aug 18, 2017 4:22 AM
1) Ed Wood
2) Edward Scissorhands

I'm already bored doing this.
Aug 18, 2017 4:21 AM
MKSRock- Own but have not watched Blood, want to rewatch Hunger, have not seen Sisters. I've seen a Jess Franco before and was unimpressed. Can't remember which one though. It's blended into the mix of Jean Rollin flicks I half watched.

Franco's really inconsistent from the handful I've seen. He's usually halfassing it (I saw an interview with one of his regular actors who said he would lose interest halfway into shooting a movie and start planning for his next, which explains a lot), but his movies can slide incidentally into some semblance of atmosphere, and tend to be reasonably watchable when he has a decent enough main character. Vampyros Lesbos is the only one I've seen from him where he seems to legitimately put his best foot forward, and has a strong central presence in Soledad Miranda and a much more deliberate sense of atmosphere than anything else I've seen from him, so that's the one you should really see. Female Vampire only has my recommendation because it's a few close-ups short of being a porno (there apparently is a hardcore edit, but I didn't see that version), but it has that incidental atmosphere that makes it somewhat engaging and Lina Romay's pout is one for the ages.

I've only seen three Rollins, but he's much stronger stylistically than Franco (who defaults to zooming in and out with the occasional wide angle shot regardless of the context) and has a much better handle on atmosphere (although it's of a wispier kind than I usually prefer). I seem to recall you saying you didn't like Fascination, but I'll go ahead and recommend The Living Dead Girl if you haven't seen it, as it's stronger on the character front than Fascination and works better as a complete film, despite some cheese.

Vampyros Lesbos is easily the best of his more erotic tinged films. Dr. Orloff and Diabolical Dr. Z are probably the best of his more conventional, gothic horror films.

If one doesn't like Rollins' Fascination (what???) I can't see anything else really convincing. I was a big fan of Night of the Hunted, but Fascination is arguably heads and shoulders above that, so it is probably a pretty damp recommendation considering.
Aug 17, 2017 10:39 PM
MKSI can't decide if I want to save my copy of Herzog's Nosferatu for October or watch it sooner. Between watching Martin and this news, I'm hankering for some good vamp cinema.

For a different take on vampirism there is this


Cronenbergian film from Czechoslovakia about a blood sucking car. Not sure how easy it is to track down, but is pretty strong.
Aug 17, 2017 10:34 PM

Anyone who picks up Lawrence Tierney hitchhiking on the side of the road deserves whatever they get. Just saying.
Aug 16, 2017 4:02 AM
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Saw this many years before I even knew what giallo really was outside of Argento. Remembering liking it a lot and touting it to a few people who never bothered to listen to me.
Aug 15, 2017 2:17 AM
Janson Jinnistan
RockAside from some of her interactions, I was briefly amused by a few of her attempts at edgier reporting. I was aware of the true story to the extent of knowing the film's presence, but not really having the baggage of the event going into my viewing, so perhaps that sense of impending death didn't sink in with me the as early as it did with someone like yourself who was more familiar with the story. I do think as it becomes clearer and clearer how it's going to end and as Christine's distress becomes more apparent, the "humour" stops being funny.

I'm sure that if the humor is dry enough, it's quite possible I simply was unwilling to see the humor given the context. ?I did notice, somewhat, that the opening scene reminded me of King of Comedy, showing the facade of fame, as Christine practiced her interview skills in much the same way as Rupert Pupkin practiced his act.

I think I get where Rock is coming from on this. I personally wasn't aware of the real case much more than something I think I believed to be nothing more than an urban legend. Not only did I not know it actually happened, but even if I did, I had no idea this movie was about it going in. I didn't know it was based on a true story in any sense and I went into it completely blind.

The word comedy (even cringe comedy) might be going too far, as Rock has already mostly conceded. But there is a point when things become so despairingly awkward in the film, and Christine just seems so out of sorts with the world, it isn't so much as laughs that it evokes but uneasy titters. The audience was full of such noises at the theater (not that general audiences are a great way to judge anything considering how hilarious people found Full Metal Jacket when I went and saw that shortly before). Christine is that person at your workplace that, while you might have empathy for, and maybe even like in a skewed way, when you talk about her with your co workers you can't help but guiltily share stories about her that everyone suppresses a laugh of recognition over, because you just don't understand what is going on in that head. The film never loses sight of the humanity of this boxed in, helpless woman though, and it is ultimately a shaking experience. One of the best films I saw all of last year. Rebecca Hall was robbed of a nomination, that is if the the Oscars even had a lick of merit.
Aug 15, 2017 12:41 AM
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Here's a crumbs-worthy curio that's fun for a PG-rated 80s horror film. ?Some Russian occultist has deceased, and police soon find his closet full of dead girls. ?He turns out to have been a "psychic vampire", feeding off of their vital adrenaline to fuel his electric voodoo. ?Adam West plays his son-in-law who does nothing except lure in viewers on his name recognition, drink brandy and disbelieve everything happening on screen. ?No, the real story, like a lot of 80s horror films, revolves around stupid teenagers, in this case a local bitch club called "Sisters" who are initiating sweet Meg Tilly (always the sweetest Tilly) by drugging her and making her spend the night in a mausoleum. ?The very mausoleum housing the corpse of a certain Russian occultist.

The film is very silly, but although the final 15 minutes or so has the FX budget of your local haunted house using wax mannequins on roller skates, I have to admit that it's pretty impressive considering such budget restraints, and the PG restraints as well. ?It's breezy fun from debut director Tom McLoughlin, who had starred as the killer bear in Prophecy and who would follow this film up with many people's favorite Friday the 13th, Part VI.

This definitely looks as if it may just have some crumb riches to be found within. The cover looks really familiar and I'll see if I can track it down.
Aug 15, 2017 12:33 AM