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Yeah, Halloween is pretty much as perfect as that genre of film is going to get.

As for F13, the first two are definitely acceptable, and are not nearly as bad as their reputation is outside of horror circles, but I can't stretch any adulation much beyond 'they're alright and they hit the spot if I'm in the mood", a mood which is becoming rarer with every passing year.
Jun 25, 2017 11:07 PM
Captain Terror
crumbsroom
Captain TerrorAlso commits the fatal error of asking the young Johnny Whitaker to be frightening. Never gonna happen!

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Maybe this doesn't constitute for frightening, but it has a young Johnny Whitaker in it, and he's having his thigh rubbed by a very underdeveloped monster. I'm not sleeping tonight.

Frighteningly lovable, maybe.

Call it what you want, I'm still not sleeping.
Jun 25, 2017 4:17 AM
Captain TerrorAlso commits the fatal error of asking the young Johnny Whitaker to be frightening. Never gonna happen!

[img]https://s9.postimg.org/phm184x4v/bug.gif[/img]

Maybe this doesn't constitute for frightening, but it has a young Johnny Whitaker in it, and he's having his thigh rubbed by a very underdeveloped monster. I'm not sleeping tonight.
Jun 25, 2017 3:27 AM
Janson JinnistanProbably because they were shot back to back, Song To Song feels like it never quite escapes the shadow of its predecessor. ?I'm not sure if it's actually a lesser film, maybe I would have felt the opposite if they had switched release dates. ?But because the film is so consistent in visual style and themes - namely the emptiness of sensual indulgence and the selfishness of romantic ideals - that it feels to me like the first Terrence Malick film not to achieve its own identity. ?I think that the film will inevitably be seen as the companion piece to Knight of Cups, even possibly as the more female perspective version, since Rooney Mara's Faye is essentially the film's narrative arc, even though the film is still nearly equally involved with the Gosling and Fassbender characters. ?Maybe in time, the symmetries between the two films will reveal their complementary relationship.

Speaking of selfish expectations, I have to say that this was the first Malick film that didn't surprise me. ?Whether that is my fault or the film's is another matter.


Here's where we could really use the Ihop's post indices. ?I also saw Christine, last year's film about Christine Chubbuck, and damn if I have to dig all the way back through this thread to September or whenever to see your write-up. ?I probably don't have much more to add. ?Very strong, disturbing film.

I haven't seen any Malick since Tree of Life. I have To the Wonder around my apartment somewhere but just haven't yet got around to it. Malick is a director that I really like, but that I also am rarely deeply compelled to watch his movies. I'm of the fairly controversial opinion amongst Malick-heads that he peaked with Badlands and then Days of Heaven. I've never loved anything he's done as much as those two.

I doubt I said much about Christine of any great worth. I think I mainly just made a prediction that I would be wrong about my prediction that Rebecca Hall would get the best actress win at the Oscars. Nailed that one. And of course, to top it off, virtually no one saw the movie either. I'm just happy that somebody finally did. It's amazing how many really good movies just completely vanish, and I imagine this one will ultimately fall victim to this fate.
Jun 25, 2017 1:16 AM
RockAlso, anybody have any thoughts on Parents (directed by THE Bob Balaban), Succubus or Female Vampire? Grabbed these at the video store today, keeping my expectations tempered for the latter two (I've had mixed experiences with Jess Franco).

Along with Awful Dr. Orloff, those are the two best Fraco's I've seen.

I didn't like Parents, but I don't think when I rented it (I was probably about 15 at the time) I was particularly interested in its satirical tone. It wasn't my kind of thing at that age.
Jun 22, 2017 1:28 AM
RockIt's a pretty lousy horror movie

This is probably the part that trips up too many people in enjoying this one.

It's kinda the Degrassi Jr. High of horror movies.
Jun 22, 2017 1:21 AM
MKS
crumbsroom
MKS
crumbsroomProm Night isn't a movie that needs any kind of upgrade. It's perfectly imperfect as it is.

When I think about it, I don't think I've ever met a single guy in my life who likes this movie. But I also have never dated a girl who didn't love it. Cause this guy here has standards.

Is this code for something very sad?

There's nothing sad about having long conversations into the night about how wonderful it is to live in a world that has given us Prom Night.

Then why can't I stop crying?

Maybe you got stuck with Slick as your prom date.

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Jun 22, 2017 1:20 AM
MKS
crumbsroomProm Night isn't a movie that needs any kind of upgrade. It's perfectly imperfect as it is.

When I think about it, I don't think I've ever met a single guy in my life who likes this movie. But I also have never dated a girl who didn't love it. Cause this guy here has standards.

Is this code for something very sad?

There's nothing sad about having long conversations into the night about how wonderful it is to live in a world that has given us Prom Night.
Jun 22, 2017 12:26 AM
Black Philip
Is that one of the Shaw Brothers horror/martial arts mixes?

Yup.
Jun 21, 2017 11:52 PM
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Probably the best Horror Martial Arts film I've seen. The fact that it can make scenes with a man in an homeless ape suit with a papermache skull mask doing kung fu seem sorta frightening, is an accomplishment in itself.

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Jun 21, 2017 11:30 PM
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"This'll be crunchy. In his tummy. heh heh heh"

The classic spider in his sandwich bit. These guys know how to have fun. Especially the creepy guy with glasses just watching from the corner. I think that this scene of him might actually be the first acknowledgement made in the film that someone else is in the room with those two jokesters.
Jun 21, 2017 11:27 PM
Prom Night isn't a movie that needs any kind of upgrade. It's perfectly imperfect as it is.

When I think about it, I don't think I've ever met a single guy in my life who likes this movie. But I also have never dated a girl who didn't love it. Cause this guy here has standards.
Jun 21, 2017 11:23 PM
Rumpled 4 Skin
Black PhilipThey mentioned it in the same sentence as Things so maybe it might be the next holy grail.

WTF!!! Bwhahahaha :)

Things is the kind of bad movie that separates the men from the boys.?
And apparently there were bloopers in this film that didn't make it into the final cut??? They were even more professional then I ever thought. I just assumed the entire movie was shot directly onto film without any editing.?
Jun 21, 2017 9:02 PM
Janson JinnistanHave you seen any films by Alain Robbe-Grillet, crumb?

I've seen Trans Europe Express a couple of times. I liked that, but I'm pretty sure it's the only one of his I've gotten around to.
Jun 21, 2017 2:45 AM
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It's never a bad thing when Robert Mitchum suddenly shows up in a zero budget thriller, acting with complete indifference that he's in a movie that nobody will ever watch.


Jun 21, 2017 2:26 AM
Black Philip
crumbsroom
Rumpled 4 Skin
This sounds awful... where did you find it :)

Virtually everything I watch now comes from an underground video store in Toronto. There selection is seriously limited, and always unexpected, but even the worst movies there (which this would be one) are worth watching at least on a curiosity level.

This is the kind of stuff Rumpled and I eat up on a daily basis. Will have to try and track it down. Meanwhile some review of Mad Mutilator suggested some other movie that people would ?like so I'm gonna try and track that one down. It's called Boardinghouse. The mentioned it in the same sentence as Things so maybe it might be the next holy grail.

I've seen Boardinghouse. Mentioned it in here somewhere. I fucking love it, even though there is no excuse. It's next level terrible, but it's completely unpredicatable from shot to shot. Things is the closest approximation. Apparently there's a two and a half hour directors cut that one of these day's I'm going to brave.
Jun 20, 2017 1:06 AM
Captain Terror
I don't expect everyone to spend their time watching these movies, but what I have no patience for are the people I've known who get actively angered by them when they're confronted with them. When I was younger everyone I knew was forced to watch Yeti with me because I thought it was so much fun. There was always the guy or girl who'd groan about how the Yeti's size fluctuated from scene to scene. "He's as tall as the building, but a minute ago he was climbing the building!" They were angry about this, like they'd been duped somehow, or a waiter had screwed up their order or something. Never understood that reaction. That's your low-intelligence sample group, if you ask me.

Anyone who seriously nit picks over that sort of thing drives me crazy. Creating a reality we believe is hardly ever the point of these films. It's the act of creation itself that is important, and forcing these filmmakers to abide by some kind of consistency from shot to shot is exactly the kind of over thinking that can hamper purely impulsive creation. Fuck that shit.
Jun 20, 2017 12:48 AM
Rumpled 4 Skin
This sounds awful... where did you find it :)

Virtually everything I watch now comes from an underground video store in Toronto. There selection is seriously limited, and always unexpected, but even the worst movies there (which this would be one) are worth watching at least on a curiosity level.
Jun 20, 2017 12:42 AM
Janson Jinnistan

The best things about a great issue of Creem is how Bangs permeates the entire format. ?I think Greil Marcus says in the intro of that book that some of Bangs' best work was his photo captions, and I'm sure he's only being slightly facetious. ?Or how they could send Charles Bukowski out to review a Rolling Stones show, and the result is Bukowski talking about getting stoned in his bathtub, getting lost trying to find a bar near the amphitheater, and finally arriving just in time to only see Mick Jagger riding the giant inflatable penis that ended their '75 shows. ?Or Crawdaddy enlisting William Burroughs to interview Jimmy Page, which Burroughs proceeds to preface with his complete lack of knowledge about any form of music, and instead focused the interview on the rock concert being a form of tantric mass hypnosis. ?Its the entire up-in-the-air attitude and approach that's still evident in some publications. ?But now, the irreverence has itself become the convention. ?I love the Onion, but it doesn't lessen the historical fascination with something like the National Lampoon which forced satire to adjust to an entirely new set of sea-legs. ?If you have one of them dusty, musky haunts for old paper, see if you can find some cheap vintage copies of Cream or Crawdaddy and you can see that they are far more interesting than their review sections.

You see, this is exactly what more people in the arts need to be doing. There is so much else that surrounds the records and cultural events in music (and any art) that to limit how we write about them kills the format. The critic should approach what he is critiquing in the same spirit as the art itself. Or maybe they should be coming at it from the completely opposite end. But to just have article after article, and review after review, where they point out obvious references points, make allusions to other similar artists, ask the questions that are always asked, it's all so discouraging that this is the shit that supposed fans of the art form come up with.

And the whole notion of Bangs re-evaluating his opinions on things is so essential. Carving opinions towards art in granite, and thinking that by never evolving, you are making some noble stand as a critic is embarrassing. I'd like to think that critics evolve as much as they artist themselves.
Jun 20, 2017 12:40 AM
Janson JinnistanYes, please.

It would take more then Keitel and Kinski to save this one. Kinski is relegated to the background, smiling at all times like he's hiding some boner he's going to do terrible things with later. As for Keitel, I can't think of him ever being worse. He's actually hilariously bad at times and that's as good as any compliment is going to get here.

It's pretty bad.
Jun 20, 2017 12:34 AM