Comment on the Track the Films You Watch Thread

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  1. Workshed

    Workshed A Barge Person

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    Nightcrawler (2014)

    The reviews for this one have been very good, and so it was with relatively high hopes that I went into this over the weekend. It attempts to tell two stories: one of a very disturbed man played by Jake Gyllenhaal, and the other narrative is about the media and its manipulation in the internet age. Both are solid focuses for a film; neither is given the attention it deserves here.

    Gyllenhaal's performance is excellent. But aside from the stunning car chase scenes, I never felt invested in his outcome. And while I thought the media manipulation angle was a strong one, it too never felt as explored as it needed to be in order to state a sure "message."
     
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    Maleficent (2014)

    What a miserable, dismal film this is. Jolie looks spectacular, of course, but wow, what a lazy script and terrible casting for Stephan. What about him is appealing to not only a human woman, but a fairy woman? And enough so that his betrayal turns a once pure woman into a vengeful shrew? This worthless, squeaky voiced asshole gets two good-looking women? How? How does this happen?
     
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    I've been re-visiting and polishing my 2006 film tracker and I'm absolutely AMAZED at how many movies I've watched throughout that year. I was still at a shitty job back then where I had to work 1-2 hours overtime every day, yet I still managed to watch that many. Sometimes even four to five titles a day :eek:

    Renting DVDs was no option so I always had to buy. Bought way too many Lionsgate DTV crap and based on ratings I watched way too many crap in general.

    238 first time viewings (!) of movies I bought on DVD. I wouldn't spent that much money these days for sure :lol:
     
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    Just watched Mighty Joe Young (1949) as part of my Thanksgiving Day viewings. I hadn't seen it since the days of WWOR's Thanksgiving marathons. As a kid it was my least favorite of the Kong trilogy. As an adult seeing it I really enjoyed it. That scene with the cowboys vs. Joe is dynamite as well as Joe's nightclub riot.
     
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    In the last two days of being off I managed to watch the following films:20 Million Miles to Earth, Earth Vs the Flying Saucers, It Came From Beneath the Sea, Manson (1973 doc), Nightmare City, I Am Santa Claus (very unique doc.), Jaws 2 & 3. I also attempted to revisit Lake Placid 2 but could not even make it past the 10 min mark. I also watched the documentary about H.H. Holmes and Cropsy. The Harryhausen films eere the highlight. Highly recommend the supplements featured on the Harryhausen collection as well.
     
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    This weekend, my gf and I went on a movie-watching bender. One of her picks was the most thuggish-ruggish films of the 80s:

    Teen Witch (1989)

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    Starring such character actors as:

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    Zelda!

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    The (second) dad from Betwitched!

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    And, the reason I am posting this...

    The totally not-bogus sister from The Monster Squad!
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    Fun fact: the actress, Lisa Fuller, married the male hunk in this film!
     
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    Anguish and The Nesting at least as far as first time views go. Very impressed by Anguish...never seen a film quite like it and felt it achieved what it was going for. The Nesting was very much a let down. Very little going on other then a wasted plot and a unlikeable leadig lady. The house however was bar none the best I have ever seen in a modern day horror film really dug that location.
     
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    Also watched Wolfcop and Late Phases recently. WolfCop just did not live up to the hype for me. With a million dollar budget I give them credit but other then the makeup effects I just did not dig it. As for Late Phases the film is an instant Werewolf classic especially by modern film standards. The use of practical effects and character actors is exactly what I could of asked for. A huge improvement over the directors last effective film Here Comes the Devil.
     
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    Last night I watched the Oscar-nominated SONG OF THE SEA (2014), and it was fantastic. Everything an animated film should be. Beautifully drawn and painted, with sly plays on perspective, and a wonderful story about family. Strong performances, too--I admit things grew a little misty near the end. I am shocked this did not win. Recommended.

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    Caught Predator (1987) on IFC over the weekend, and man, they just do not make 'em like that anymore. What was the plot again? I mis-remembered, thinking that the ending of Predator 2 was the ending for the original, but nope! The film opens with a spaceship silently dropping off a package, and the film ends with said package blowing up. In between, some nonsense about a government cover up in Central America. OK. We get a lot of men grimacing and flexing and sweating, but they also take the time to show one another a tender side, like burying their dead with meaningful flasks of booze. So really, what did audiences think when they first saw this with zero context--"Oh yeah, that bad-ass alien wants to kill people, so he came to earth to do just that. Exit strategy? Not really."

    Fun, fun, fun stuff, with excellent work by Stan Winston.

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    I mean, come on.
     
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    Can't agree with you more Workshed. Predator is one of my favorite films. I've seen it more times than any other film and when I do watch it I still enjoy the whole experience.
    The GIF you posted is my favorite scene in the film.
     
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    I like that Italian poster, russweiss. It was refreshing to see a fun action flick that did not concern itself with over/explaining everything. It just let the action happen, and it relied on the actors and effects to sell it.
     
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    Whoo-hoo! Last night, I re-lived one of my favorite childhood moments: watching the BMX love/race story RAD (1986)!

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    A local also-ran theater hosted the film--never released on DVD or BD--at 9:30pm last night, and tix were only $.99. What a deal. I organized a group of dudes to attend, and we were surprised that the event sold out! Thankfully, we had seats and soon ordered beers and food. Plus, unbeknownst to us, a stunt rider from the film was in attendance! There were a bunch of BMX riders there who gave away merch, and then the movie began. What a riot! The film got a lot of laughs and the stunts earned plenty of cheers.

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    After the screening, Kevin "Sheepdog" Hull did Q & A and mentioned that a local manufacturer was looking to bring back the 80s BMX frames and he would be a spokesperson for the line.

    Lots of fun! I hadn't seen this film in almost 30 years. Craziness.
     
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    Cyborg (1989)

    I last saw this over two decades ago at a birthday sleepover. I loved it. Upon a second viewing, I have no idea how Van Damme ever got famous (the fight scenes are awful and slow; the 20 words he does speak are unintelligible) or how this movie ever got made. Best part: the main villain spends the last 20 minutes of the film with his mouth open.

    Yeesh.
     
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    Rhett, did you stop tracking, bro? Explain yourself! :cool:
     
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    Can anyone tell me how to link previous years I've tracked at the bottom of what I'm tracking this year? Thanks in advance.
     
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    Predator is my favorite and most watched film. It's flawless. I love that GIF Workshed. That scene gives me a hard-on. I got a laugh listening the Director's commentary for that scene. John McTiernan claims he's a pacifist and this scene is his statement on the futility of guns. Sorry John, but that scene is gun porn at its finest. I get just as excited seeing it now as I did when I was a teenager.
     
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    You mean like I do in my sig? Go to the year you want, find your post, click the "number" of your post in the bottom right corner, then copy & paste that URL into your sig using the "link" button. LMK if you have further questions.
     
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    Thanks Workshed...worked like a charm.
     
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