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« Reply #5640 on: February 03, 2018, 10:38:15 PM »
"Final Exam" (1981) : ha. Stereotypical slasher movie but with stereotypical fraternity high-jinx, inappropriate student-teacher relationships, late 70s/80s hair and style, redneck sheriffs, coed dramas, typical coaches, and soundtrack cribbed from others. In other words, a fun movie.

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« Reply #5641 on: February 10, 2018, 07:14:34 PM »
Svengoolie showing: "Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo." Now! Having a weird like for old made-for-tv movies and 'panic/threat' movies, especially, involving animals or natural disasters I had recently seen (again.) Features the great Tom Atkins, Claude Akins, and "Johnny Fever."

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« Reply #5642 on: February 11, 2018, 03:47:07 AM »
the film:


the comment:
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Any movie where Patrick Stewart belts out a war cry then runs into bloody combat all whilst holding a pug, is going to be legendary.

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« Reply #5643 on: March 03, 2018, 11:18:15 PM »
On my radar to watch.... No release date yet...



https://www.amazon.com/2001-A-Space-Odyssey-4K-Blu-ray/dp/B07B12HNJW/

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« Reply #5644 on: March 08, 2018, 12:42:02 PM »

best TV show ever? My favorite character is the Captain of the Black Ship, and John Rhys-Davies of course.
If you don't own this on any media already, you need to watch it.


As for DUNE - this is the probably the best fanedit. Try to find it in HD, this is 480p, still watchable.


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« Reply #5645 on: March 08, 2018, 04:14:54 PM »

best TV show ever? My favorite character is the Captain of the Black Ship, and John Rhys-Davies of course.
If you don't own this on any media already, you need to watch it.


As for DUNE - this is the probably the best fanedit. Try to find it in HD, this is 480p, still watchable.

Shogun.  1980?  Was it that long ago?  I remember staying up late to finish the book before the TV saga aired.  GREAT series.  BETTER book.

Dune.  I liked the movie.  The book was better.  But I couldn't get into any of the other Dune books for some reason.

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« Reply #5646 on: March 08, 2018, 09:47:08 PM »
Black Panther

This was possibly the worst of all the Marvel shared universe films, even when you put aside the race stuff (which is difficult to do with some of the lines in the film). Boring and meandering plot, crappy cgi, and some very bad sound editing (ie very hard to hear voicelines and extremely loud music).
I find it hard to believe that critics thought it was good, and everyone I know who has seen it has also said it was boring and forgettable.

The Hidden Fortress

This was my first time seeing an Akira Kurosawa film, and I have to say the cinematography was very good - especially for it's time. The plot maybe takes awhile to get going.
Be glad the female character spends most of the film pretending to be a deaf mute, since her voice is extremely grating and it's almost like she's shouting constantly whenever given a line.
I enjoyed the film overall.

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« Reply #5647 on: March 09, 2018, 12:23:07 AM »
Found a good copy of "Charlie Chan in Reno." Great B&W filming and good plot and scenes of Reno and the whole divorce racket etc. And good actors n stereotypes but not as much as others, for good. Also less, again good or bad, not as much dance or music numbers as some other Chan films. Which sometimes are good for historical purposes. A good car chase beginning though. And fun 'western' cop instead of 'irish' cop stuff tho same with elite socialites etc.

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« Reply #5648 on: March 09, 2018, 12:40:35 AM »
Found a good copy of "Charlie Chan in Reno." Great B&W filming and good plot and scenes of Reno and the whole divorce racket etc. And good actors n stereotypes but not as much as others, for good. Also less, again good or bad, not as much dance or music numbers as some other Chan films. Which sometimes are good for historical purposes. A good car chase beginning though. And fun 'western' cop instead of 'irish' cop stuff tho same with elite socialites etc.

The great Slim Summerville was one of the lawmen.  In one scene he announces that he has to drive to Tonopah to pick up a suspect.  Too bad Mantan wasn't in some of these earlier Chans.

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« Reply #5649 on: March 09, 2018, 12:43:29 AM »
Black Panther

This was possibly the worst of all the Marvel shared universe films, even when you put aside the race stuff (which is difficult to do with some of the lines in the film). Boring and meandering plot, crappy cgi, and some very bad sound editing (ie very hard to hear voicelines and extremely loud music).
I find it hard to believe that critics thought it was good, and everyone I know who has seen it has also said it was boring and forgettable.

The Hidden Fortress

This was my first time seeing an Akira Kurosawa film, and I have to say the cinematography was very good - especially for it's time. The plot maybe takes awhile to get going.
Be glad the female character spends most of the film pretending to be a deaf mute, since her voice is extremely grating and it's almost like she's shouting constantly whenever given a line.
I enjoyed the film overall.

I'm a huge Akira Kurosawa fan.  George Lucas stole this film for Star Wars. Did you recognize R2D2 and C3PO? Seems like all his films were stolen by great directors. At least some gave him credit.

Sorry to hear about Black Panther. I'm really looking forward to seeing it and still playing in IMAX here

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« Reply #5650 on: March 09, 2018, 01:02:57 AM »
The great Slim Summerville was one of the lawmen.  In one scene he announces that he has to drive to Tonopah to pick up a suspect.  Too bad Mantan wasn't in some of these earlier Chans.
If Mantan (and other great, name escapes me but they'd do their schtick of conversation both 'knowing' others lines? or Step n Fetchit it would be epic, but a great movie with plot n actors n good lighting etc also. Lots of Chan quotes.

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« Reply #5651 on: March 09, 2018, 01:11:58 AM »
If Mantan (and other great, name escapes me but they'd do their schtick of conversation both 'knowing' others lines? or Step n Fetchit it would be epic, but a great movie with plot n actors n good lighting etc also. Lots of Chan quotes.

Plus a nice 'haunted house' scene where Charlie discovers some clues.

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« Reply #5652 on: March 09, 2018, 01:39:23 AM »
I'm a huge Akira Kurosawa fan.  George Lucas stole this film for Star Wars. Did you recognize R2D2 and C3PO? Seems like all his films were stolen by great directors. At least some gave him credit.
I'm actually meant to be seeing Rashomon on Sunday at an old theatre here that specialises in running older films and double features.
I'd heard Lucas had stolen things from The Hidden Fortress, but I didn't realise how much before seeing it (he even stole the wipe scene transitions).



Sorry to hear about Black Panther. I'm really looking forward to seeing it and still playing in IMAX here
I didn't enjoy it, but maybe you will. Can't help but think the critics are just giving it good reviews to show off how 'progressive' they are, while ignoring the merits of the film itself - which sure, it wasn't awful, but it was very "meh".

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« Reply #5653 on: March 09, 2018, 01:49:19 AM »
I'm actually meant to be seeing Rashomon on Sunday at an old theatre here that specialises in running older films and double features.
I'd heard Lucas had stolen things from The Hidden Fortress, but I didn't realise how much before seeing it (he even stole the wipe scene transitions).


I didn't enjoy it, but maybe you will. Can't help but think the critics are just giving it good reviews to show off how 'progressive' they are, while ignoring the merits of the film itself - which sure, it wasn't awful, but it was very "meh".

Rashomon is a great movie to follow with a drink and good conversation. So much to discuss afterwards

Maybe just as well I read your critique. Better to go in with lowered expectations

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« Reply #5654 on: March 09, 2018, 01:56:23 AM »
I'm a huge Akira Kurosawa fan.  George Lucas stole this film for Star Wars. Did you recognize R2D2 and C3PO? Seems like all his films were stolen by great directors. At least some gave him credit.

Sorry to hear about Black Panther. I'm really looking forward to seeing it and still playing in IMAX here

I fell in love with Kurosawa when I saw Ran in the mid 80's.  What a great film.  Since then, I've taken my time watching his films.  Last one I saw was Throne of Blood.  Terrific powerhouse performance by Mifune.  I like to break out a Kurosawa like I do a fine wine for special occasions.

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« Reply #5655 on: March 09, 2018, 02:09:25 AM »

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« Reply #5656 on: March 09, 2018, 10:43:05 AM »
Plus a nice 'haunted house' scene where Charlie discovers some clues.
Indeed one of the top productions and fun ones for sure. Even a decent plot but the haunted house and sheriff* was awesome stuff. And the lighting and film itself was excellent, not sure if was remastered or what (found for 'free'.) Definitely worth watching even for those who, for some reason, don't like Charlie Chan movies.

*who in a huff was "gonna go back to Tonopah" because there he can solve normal crimes.

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« Reply #5657 on: March 09, 2018, 11:19:07 AM »
Indeed one of the top productions and fun ones for sure. Even a decent plot but the haunted house and sheriff* was awesome stuff. And the lighting and film itself was excellent, not sure if was remastered or what (found for 'free'.) Definitely worth watching even for those who, for some reason, don't like Charlie Chan movies.

*who in a huff was "gonna go back to Tonopah" because there he can solve normal crimes.

I wish they would find copies of the 4 lost Chan's from early in the run.  Charlie Chan Carries On, Charlie Chan's Chance, Charlie Chan's Greatest Case and Charlie Chan's Courage.  All with Warner Oland. I gather all copies of those films were destroyed in a Fox warehouse fire around 1937.  Most of their classic silents were destroyed.  A particular loss were the films of Theda Bara who was the first sex symbol.  Only a poor copy of A Fool There Was still exists.  Would have loved to see her Cleopatra.  Then there was the sexy Fox film, The Queen of Sheba, with Betty Blythe. 



I'm hoping another treasure trove of lost films will show up soon like those found in New Zealand a few years ago.

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« Reply #5658 on: March 09, 2018, 11:51:16 AM »
I'm actually meant to be seeing Rashomon on Sunday at an old theatre here that specialises in running older films and double features.
I'd heard Lucas had stolen things from The Hidden Fortress, but I didn't realise how much before seeing it (he even stole the wipe scene transitions).


I didn't enjoy it, but maybe you will. Can't help but think the critics are just giving it good reviews to show off how 'progressive' they are, while ignoring the merits of the film itself - which sure, it wasn't awful, but it was very "meh".
Ha!  That would never happen, would it? ;)   I believe Gd5150 would label them "film lemmings."  ;D

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« Reply #5659 on: March 10, 2018, 05:03:21 AM »
Found a good copy of "Charlie Chan in Reno." Great B&W filming and good plot and scenes of Reno and the whole divorce racket etc. And good actors n stereotypes but not as much as others, for good. Also less, again good or bad, not as much dance or music numbers as some other Chan films. Which sometimes are good for historical purposes. A good car chase beginning though. And fun 'western' cop instead of 'irish' cop stuff tho same with elite socialites etc.

I got the 20th Century Fox 5 Vol. Charlie Chan Collection DVD set a couple of years ago with an Amazon special promo deal for $60.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0029XFN80/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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« Reply #5660 on: March 10, 2018, 05:07:55 AM »
Amazing HD video on YouTube of the Grand Canyon area:


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« Reply #5661 on: March 10, 2018, 11:50:34 AM »

I'm doing a DEATH WISH marathon. currently watching Death Wish IV.
It's a pretty funny movie and entertaining, thankfully not as sick as "The Mechanic", which was kinda gross actually (the suicide bitch!).
I rate the whole series with ...9/10, Bronson is just too cool.

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« Reply #5662 on: March 10, 2018, 11:55:05 AM »

I'm doing a DEATH WISH marathon. currently watching Death Wish IV.
It's a pretty funny movie and entertaining, thankfully not as sick as "The Mechanic", which was kinda gross actually (the suicide bitch!).
I rate the whole series with ...9/10, Bronson is just too cool.
Bronson. Classic badass.


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« Reply #5663 on: March 10, 2018, 03:29:47 PM »
I got the 20th Century Fox 5 Vol. Charlie Chan Collection DVD set a couple of years ago with an Amazon special promo deal for $60.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0029XFN80/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

You might also want to get the box sets of Mr. Moto films with Peter Lorre.  Those are pretty good too.

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« Reply #5664 on: March 10, 2018, 04:28:34 PM »
You might also want to get the box sets of Mr. Moto films with Peter Lorre.  Those are pretty good too.

Interestingly, production was curtailed on Warner Oland's final Chan movie because the actor, after announcing that he was stepping out for a drink of water, left the studio and returned to his native Sweden where he would catch pneumonia and die.  The unfinished Chan movie was to be called 'Charlie Chan at the Ringside' and some of the scenes were incorporated into a Moto film that would be called "Mr. Moto's Gamble.'  Charlie's son attends a crime class given by Mr. Moto and mention is given to Charlie who was supposedly back in Hawaii.  Mr. Moto pays tribute to Charlie by saying that they were all mere amateur detectives compared to Charlie.

There is one Chan film that was released by Warner Bros on dvd and it is not included in the standard Chan box sets.  (Another studio released it as part of a Chan collection but it is long out of production and sellers want 300 plus dollars for it now.)  It is called 'Shadows over Chinatown' and stars Sidney Toler.  I was going to give a link as to where to find a copy but wasn't successful.  I managed to obtain the single Warner Bros. dvd last year but it appears to be no longer available.

   

 

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« Reply #5665 on: March 10, 2018, 05:14:46 PM »
Interestingly, production was curtailed on Warner Oland's final Chan movie because the actor, after announcing that he was stepping out for a drink of water, left the studio and returned to his native Sweden where he would catch pneumonia and die.  The unfinished Chan movie was to be called 'Charlie Chan at the Ringside' and some of the scenes were incorporated into a Moto film that would be called "Mr. Moto's Gamble.'  Charlie's son attends a crime class given by Mr. Moto and mention is given to Charlie who was supposedly back in Hawaii.  Mr. Moto pays tribute to Charlie by saying that they were all mere amateur detectives compared to Charlie.

There is one Chan film that was released by Warner Bros on dvd and it is not included in the standard Chan box sets.  (Another studio released it as part of a Chan collection but it is long out of production and sellers want 300 plus dollars for it now.)  It is called 'Shadows over Chinatown' and stars Sidney Toler.  I was going to give a link as to where to find a copy but wasn't successful.  I managed to obtain the single Warner Bros. dvd last year but it appears to be no longer available.

   

 

Yeah, I've got that set with Shadows on it. Damn,almost $400.00 for it now!  :o  I imagine those films will eventually be available through the Warner Archive.  I keep a close eye on their releases so if I see those films come up, I'll let you know. I also have an MGM Chanthology set which has a bunch of the Monogram offerings.

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« Reply #5666 on: March 10, 2018, 07:18:14 PM »
Yeah, I've got that set with Shadows on it. Damn,almost $400.00 for it now!  :o  I imagine those films will eventually be available through the Warner Archive.  I keep a close eye on their releases so if I see those films come up, I'll let you know. I also have an MGM Chanthology set which has a bunch of the Monogram offerings.

Thanks, I'd especially like to see some Chans on Blu-ray but I'm not too sure that there is a market for them.  Damn good investment in buying that set of Chans, lol.  I think I've got all the available Chans, minus the Roland Winters offerings.  This is terrible but I have a hard time watching Winters because his big nose distracts me.  I do enjoy Oland and Toler equally though, and wouldn't pick one over the other if pressed to do so.  I'm sure that most people like Oland the best but I admire Toler for being a regular work horse when it comes to the Chan films.  I forgot to mention this box set of Warner Home Video Chans that were put out by TCM..



 

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« Reply #5667 on: March 10, 2018, 07:26:10 PM »
Yeah, I've got that set with Shadows on it. Damn,almost $400.00 for it now!  :o  I imagine those films will eventually be available through the Warner Archive.  I keep a close eye on their releases so if I see those films come up, I'll let you know. I also have an MGM Chanthology set which has a bunch of the Monogram offerings.
I hope so. Someone like Criterion etc should, somehow, get the rights to produce a nice set of all of them, across actors and production companies, and maybe remaster some (but also have the original.) That would be awesome.

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« Reply #5668 on: March 11, 2018, 12:39:19 AM »
Thanks, I'd especially like to see some Chans on Blu-ray but I'm not too sure that there is a market for them.  Damn good investment in buying that set of Chans, lol.  I think I've got all the available Chans, minus the Roland Winters offerings.  This is terrible but I have a hard time watching Winters because his big nose distracts me.  I do enjoy Oland and Toler equally though, and wouldn't pick one over the other if pressed to do so.  I'm sure that most people like Oland the best but I admire Toler for being a regular work horse when it comes to the Chan films.  I forgot to mention this box set of Warner Home Video Chans that were put out by TCM..



There's a market for them.  Wouldn't be surprised to see the Fox Chans on Blu-ray within a year or two.  Kino Lorber has licensed a lot of Fox films and I expect more are in the offing.  WB will eventually release their Monogram offerings on Archive blu-ray.  I'm certain of that.