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 Posted:   Aug 25, 2015 - 2:18 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Well if you want to watch Attack on Titan on Netflix streaming it is only in Japanese with English subtitles. Though that is usually how I prefer to watch them anyway. I used to watch a ton of anime but most of it has gotten tiresome so I'm glad for this different story without many of the generic tropes.

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2015 - 3:05 PM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Yes, it's on my Netflix queue but thanks for pointing it out.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2015 - 4:19 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Cop Car (2015) 10/10

Two kids steal a cop car from a corrupt sheriff and go joyriding on a deserted highway. Fun premise and the movie takes itself seriously, great performances by the kids as well as Kevin Bacon and Boardwalk Empire's "Eli" and an effective score by Phil Mossman.

Open Grave (2013) 4/10

Despite an interesting cast, the premise as well as the story is just so un-involving I had to force myself into watching it till the end. Couldn't get into this at all despite some genre tropes I usually enjoy.

 
 Posted:   Sep 1, 2015 - 6:44 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Watching Deadly Blessing. Can't believe we lost both Horner and Craven this year.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 1, 2015 - 7:13 PM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

Heavy Metal 2000 2-5

Well I know I wrote a short review for this, but it disappeared. In short, first time seeing this. (Only took me 15 years!) Not as bad as I keep hearing, but not good either. Animation fans should see it one time, just so they can check it off their list.



I've never seen it, even though I've had this DVD in my collection for quite some time --- it came in a 2-pack with the original "Heavy Metal", an old favorite. Guess I should actually watch it, huh?

Thanks for the reminder that this film exists, Solium!! smile

 
 Posted:   Sep 1, 2015 - 11:36 PM   
 By:   BobJ   (Member)

Heavy Metal 2000 2-5

Well I know I wrote a short review for this, but it disappeared. In short, first time seeing this. (Only took me 15 years!) Not as bad as I keep hearing, but not good either. Animation fans should see it one time, just so they can check it off their list.



I've never seen it, even though I've had this DVD in my collection for quite some time --- it came in a 2-pack with the original "Heavy Metal", an old favorite. Guess I should actually watch it, huh?

Thanks for the reminder that this film exists, Solium!! smile



The score by Talgorn is wonderful, but the film is just "meh". But not awful. Worth seeing for the score and Michael Ironside as the villain.

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2015 - 5:12 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Heavy Metal 2000 2-5

Well I know I wrote a short review for this, but it disappeared. In short, first time seeing this. (Only took me 15 years!) Not as bad as I keep hearing, but not good either. Animation fans should see it one time, just so they can check it off their list.



I've never seen it, even though I've had this DVD in my collection for quite some time --- it came in a 2-pack with the original "Heavy Metal", an old favorite. Guess I should actually watch it, huh?

Thanks for the reminder that this film exists, Solium!! smile



The score by Talgorn is wonderful, but the film is just "meh". But not awful. Worth seeing for the score and Michael Ironside as the villain.


This! It's not as bad as I was expecting. Clearly some thought and money went into the production. The music was great and so are many of the backgrounds. They integrated CGI and 2d animation pretty well for the time, like Titan AE. I've seen far worse animation.

Yes, the story and character's are "Meh". I don't know if it's the sign of the times but they minimized the sex and nudity aspect of Heavy Metal, but ramped up the violence and gore especially for the climax.

Heavy Metal 2000 consists of one stand alone story line. I think this material works better as an anthology like the original.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2015 - 2:13 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Neighbors - the one that's retitled Bad Neighbours in the UK. Frankly, I think I'd rather have the one with Belushi & Aykroyd. 3/10.

Knights Of Badassdom. Much more entertaining, but then anything with Summer Glau and Peter Dinklage has an advantage going in. 7/10.

How To Build A Better Boy. Rather appealing Disney Channel Original Movie with nice leads (China Anne McClain and Kelli Berglund) and decent writing, plus the sight of Mason Treadwell from Revenge as Kelli's dad. 7/10.

 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2015 - 2:18 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Watched Strange Magic, the Lucasfilm movie from earlier this year which bombed and disappeared without a trace -- and for good reason. So bad. A riff on A Midsummer Night's Dream, a musical full of pop and rock songs about love, it's just awful. The characters are all extremely stupid, the songs distract from the plot rather than enhancing it, the visuals are insufficient to elevate the proceedings. It's just awful on every level.

 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2015 - 8:53 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)


How To Build A Better Boy. Rather appealing Disney Channel Original Movie with nice leads (China Anne McClain and Kelli Berglund) and decent writing, plus the sight of Mason Treadwell from Revenge as Kelli's dad. 7/10.


What's even better, much better was DCOM "Bad Hair Day".

Bad Hair Day 4.5-5

Leigh Allyn Baker (The Mom from Disney's "Good Luck Charlie") co-stars with Disney teen star Laura Marano in this comedic detective caper.

This film didn't do all that great in the ratings probably because it didn't have a clear audience in mind. There are no song or dance numbers for kids, and one of the main attractions was 43 year old Leigh Allyn Baker. And this is exactly why I loved this film.

Leigh is an accomplished actress full of spunk and energy. She steals the show, and is nothing short of a riot in this film. Her delivery was as good as anything from Alex Foley or Fletch. Leigh is a tremendously underrated actress in Hollywood. She deserves more television and movie roles. She's that good!

Despite it's teenybopper title and young co-star, the majority of this film revolves around the two leads and their misadventures together. Can't quite make it a five star rating as it lost some steam near the last third, and the climax was a bit underwhelming. Otherwise I really enjoyed this film.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2015 - 12:18 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Bad Hair Day. Entertaining Disney Channel female buddy pic with Austin & Ally's Laura Marano having the title follicle disaster and Good Luck Charlie's Leigh-Allyn Baker searching for a necklace - better scripted than it sounds, and much more fun (and less obnoxious) than so-called "grownup" flicks like The Heat. 8/10.

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2015 - 12:48 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I guess CindyLover has me on ignore!

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2015 - 1:24 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

giants of thessaly. 1960, italian/french production. music by Rusticelli.
4 out of ten.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2015 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

Ex Machina - 6/10 - It was okay. Seemed like it was going to be better. Oscar Isaac is good, as is the Vikander lady. Domhall Gleeson was suitably drippy, but after seeing him in this, Dredd and Frank, he doesn't seem to have much range. The film should have ended as the door shuts, and cut off the last 2 minutes.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2015 - 2:21 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Boulevard (2014) 7/10
I'm no fan of television drama movies, which this 'coming out' story felt like, but Robin Williams delivers a memorable performance alongside a nice cast. Definitely a lot better than "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn".


Hard Candy (2005) 7/10
A torture porn that puts a nice twist on the genre. Both lead performances (Wilson, Page) are good and it reminded me of Misery at times. Decent thriller.


In the Cut (2003) 2/10
I checked this out because of the cast (Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mark Ruffalo and even the late Patrice O'Neal) but found it a pretentious bore of a movie. Lasted till halfway through.


Don't Torture A Duckling (1972) 8/10
Great early thriller by Lucio Fulci about children getting killed in a mountain valley town with lots of peculiar events and suspects. Haunting and memorable score by Ortolani (which I have on order from Beat). His 70s output is definitely better crafted than the horror thrash he is known for directing throughout the 80s.


The Psychic (1977) 8/10
My Fulci viewing continues with this rather clever premonition/clairvoyant premise, definitely some moody sequences and a great mystery. Excellent score by Fabio Frizzi which gets incorporated in the movie as key source music.


Lady in the Water (2006) 3/10
Truth be told Paul Giamatti and JNH's score's were the only reasons I hung in there till the end. What a mess of a movie.


Pompeii 3D (2014) 6/10
Entertaining mostly for its sets, costumes and recognizable cast. Definitely not for its predictable story nor Zimmer clone score. I bought a cheap copy of the 3D blu-ray because this got praise for the 3D and the movie showcases some beautiful depth and detail. Worth watching in that regard alone.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2015 - 2:43 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Ex Machina - 6/10 - It was okay. Seemed like it was going to be better. Oscar Isaac is good, as is the Vikander lady. Domhall Gleeson was suitably drippy, but after seeing him in this, Dredd and Frank, he doesn't seem to have much range. The film should have ended as the door shuts, and cut off the last 2 minutes.

I liked it a tad more but I agree about the ending.

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2015 - 9:07 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Tarzan (2013)- 2-5

This is the German CGI adaptation. Who ever thought a Tarzan movie would begin 165 million years ago, in the outer solar system as a giant “alien” asteroid tumbles its way towards Earth?

This movie borrows elements from Hollywood blockbusters such as Armageddon, Super Man, Jurassic Park, and Avatar. You have the above mentioned alien asteroid which somehow manages to crash into Earth more or less in one piece during the age of the dinosaurs. The asteroid holds a secret Avatar like jungle, (seen only briefly.) The asteroid also appears to have a mind of it’s own, as it reacts negatively to human intrusion, turning earthquakes on and off at will. Toss in an evil CEO looking to harness the secret energy source found within, you wonder if your watching the right movie.

Much has been said of the animation in this film. In truth, only the human animation, and in particular their faces are really hideous. The landscapes and atmospheric effects are gorgeous. The cinematography and layout was actually very well done. I also thought the motion capture was really good especially for Tarzan and the apes. Tarzan breezes through the jungle in a very convincing and dramatic manner, and far more realistically than Disney’s surfing dude incarnation.

But with lifeless faces comes lifeless characters. The dialogue is inept, and frankly quite pathetic. The characters have no personalty to speak of. Add the convoluted plot and sci fi elements, and you end up with a fan boys attempt at emulating their favorite Hollywood movies.

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2015 - 6:16 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

The Chipmunk Adventure- 3.5-5

How do you make an animated film if you don’t own an animation studio? You hire everyone and anyone you can. This is exactly what Bagdasarian Productions did. The Chipmunk Adventure was animated by a whole flurry of freelance animators who worked for Disney and Don Bluth, among other studios. You finish off your workforce by hiring animators and artists from Korea.

What you end up with is a piece meal approach and it shows. The animation varies greatly from low quality Saturday morning animation to fully expressive animation seen only in Disney or Bluth feature films. Even the frame rate, (or cells per second) seem to vary greatly from one shot to the next. I loved the color styling and many of the backgrounds in this film. (Provided by a Don Bluth background artist.) It added greatly to the films overall visual charm.

I like this film. It’s goofy silly fun, and no where near as off color or offensive as it’s live action counter part. Though no way classics, many of the songs are breezy and entertaining. It also has a wonderful thematic underscore which has never been released, other than the main title on a song compilation.

I should note I saw the Blu Ray and it looks absolutely fabulous. One of the best animated Blu Ray restorations I have seen outside of Disney. The audio including the soundtrack was rich and crystal clear as well.

What it sometimes lacks in quality, it makes up for in it’s charm.

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2015 - 1:07 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

Three 1980s flicks I hadn't seen in decades....

Forced Vengeance

Early Chuck Norris vehicle. Chuck is the head of security at a Hong Kong rinky-dink casino. When the bad guys try to buy the place out, Chuck moves in to protect the sole survivor of the family who owns the place. Not a bad entertainment but a weak villain and a less-than-satisfying finale leave it a little wanting. 6/10

Lone Wolf McQuade

This has to be Norris' most entertaining film. It even has a memorable music score. From the opening scene to the final showdown between Norris and Carradine, it's a good way to spend two hours. Good action scenes and pacing, plenty of humor and even some good old fashioned character development. LQ Jones is a hoot. Only the silly comic book villain (the midget) detracts from the proceedings. Barbara Carrera is never hard to look at either. Good fun. 8.5/10

The Hidden

A very unpleasant slug-like extra-terrestrial takes over human bodies and then proceeds to kill, steal and play loud rock n' roll on the radio. A slightly off-kilter FBI man (Kyle Maclachlan) enlists the help of a local homicide detective (Michael Nouri) to find the elusive killer. Good creature effects, brief as they are, add to the creepiness of the alien being. The filmmakers were wise to show the alien transfer from body to body only once. Any more would have slowed the pacing. The final 30 minutes of the film are terrific. Sparse score by Convertino. 8/10

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2015 - 1:15 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)


The Hidden

A very unpleasant slug-like extra-terrestrial takes over human bodies and then proceeds to kill, steal and play loud rock n' roll on the radio. A slightly off-kilter FBI man (Kyle Maclachlan) enlists the help of a local homicide detective (Michael Nouri) to find the elusive killer. Good creature effects, brief as they are, add to the creepiness of the alien being. The filmmakers were wise to show the alien transfer from body to body only once. Any more would have slowed the pacing. The final 30 minutes of the film are terrific. Sparse score by Convertino. 8/10


Great 80s movie that's definitely worth revisiting, I'm hoping it'll get a blu-ray release soon.

 
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