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Stumbled upon the trailer for this one recently and I gotta say it looks very cool. Kaiju + puppetry and (judging from the looks of it) mostly practical effects. Hoping it eventually finds its way onto the web and won't end up like some of those other kaiju flicks that end up condemned to a semi-lost media state where they only get shown at special screenings

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Sonic The Hedgehog 2020! The CG looked fantastic, Marsden played his role perfectly,  the credit sequence (despite the unnecessary song) was well done and fitting. I came in to it thinking it would be strongly aimed at children but the comedy was quite decent. The film plays it pretty safe so whilst it's enjoyable there's nothing that really stands out but to name a couple issues, Jim Carrey is a bit too over the top, it's the typical character Carrey played in the older days but it's just a bit much. A couple more references to the games and music would've been nice (there were a few times that the invincibility theme would've fit perfectly) and I wish there was more to the film, it feels like it's over pretty quickly and the journey from A to B doesn't have much going on. Overall enjoyable and it was nice to see a video game adaptation not completely butchered.

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The Fatal Flying Guillotine - Low-budget martial arts movie from 77 that KINDA rips off other movies. Back in 75 we got Flying Guillotine and in 76 we got the MEGA HIT Master of the Flying Guillotine, but there's films even before these that had a flying guillotine. But non as big as these. Anyway, The Fatal Flying Guillotine stars Carter Wong, best known as Thunder from Big Trouble in Little China, but he also appeared in movies like Born Invincible, When Taekwondo Strikes and 18 Bronzemen. He does a really good job. He's just born to be bad as he has the looks of someone incredibly badass. Anyway, routine movie, but really fun and silly exploitation martial arts movie.

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On 2/18/2020 at 10:38 AM, Manabu said:

Sonic The Hedgehog 2020! The CG looked fantastic, Marsden played his role perfectly,  the credit sequence (despite the unnecessary song) was well done and fitting. I came in to it thinking it would be strongly aimed at children but the comedy was quite decent. The film plays it pretty safe so whilst it's enjoyable there's nothing that really stands out but to name a couple issues, Jim Carrey is a bit too over the top, it's the typical character Carrey played in the older days but it's just a bit much. A couple more references to the games and music would've been nice (there were a few times that the invincibility theme would've fit perfectly) and I wish there was more to the film, it feels like it's over pretty quickly and the journey from A to B doesn't have much going on. Overall enjoyable and it was nice to see a video game adaptation not completely butchered.

This is the last movie I saw too. I agree that the film played it safe, and I also wished there was more to it. It recycled the basic road trip plot we’ve seen in so many films. I actually kind of thought Jim Carrey was the best part because it felt like a return to form for him. But then, I always liked Ace Ventura and such.

 

The opening and ending scenes were probably the best parts. I just wish it didn’t take place on Earth, in the “real world.”

 

For a video game adaptation, though, it wasn’t bad.

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Sabotage - David Ayer has a few really good movies to his name such as End of Watch and Fury (latter one is really fucking good!), but he also has Suicide Squad, as well as Bright and Street Kings which is kinda in-between as far as quality goes. With Sabotage he went on creating a really brutal action-thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Or, what we got to see was a nice, brutal and fast-paced action-thriller, but David Ayer action went out to create more of a slower paced crime mystery movie loosely based on And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, but the studios choose to cut it down (about an hour shorter than intended) and make something fast-paced and more action-oriented. Which I thought turned out well. I thought this was really cool, really intense and really fun. Arnold Schwarzenegger is superb in a role that's way darker than his usual stuff, and his somber acting is really well done. Super cool film, but I am really interested in the original cut.

 

Escape Plan 2: Hades - Confusing movie that's all over the place. It jumps from one scene to another without any reason whatsoever, and it's just too dumb and stupid. Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista are top-billed, but neither have any big roles at all. They shouldn't even have had their name on the poster. They couldn't even save this mess of a film, which would be hard considering Sly has about 15 minutes worth of screentime. Meh, what a mess of a movie.

 

Escape Plan: The Extractors - With Escape Plan: The Extractors we see Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista top-billed again, but this time for a reason as both have big parts in the movie. Both are fantastic, and the movie is pretty cool overall. And Daniel Bernhardt vs Max Zhang was surprisingly cool. Not as good as the first movie, but way, way, way better than the second film.

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The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil - South-Korean crime-thriller about a cop and gangster who joins forces to catch a badguy. Really, really good, gritty and intense movie, but it's got those witty comedic elements like a lot of South-Korean crime movies, but without ever entering comedy territory. Superb! Weird how Balboa Productions bought the rights to remake this the same fucking year as it was released.

 

The Flying Guillotine - After having watched Fatal Flying Guillotine I just knew I had to re-watch the other guillotine movies, starring with 1975's The Flying Guillotine and it's two sequels. Fantastic mid-70's exploitation martial arts where heads gets rolling pretty fast, and quite a lot. It has that raw, gritty feeling to it, and it's just really fun. Great martial arts scene, great violence etc. Super duper!

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Guns Akimbo - From the director of the very cool Deathgasm comes a new, slick, stylish, over the top and super silly action comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and the rising superstar, and a personal favourite of mine, Samara Weaving. And guess what? Their chemestry is top notch, but you have to enjoy Nicholas Cage-esque over the top performances, because both Samara Weaving and Ned Dennehy puts in those. And it works. Really fucking well. This is very much a video game movie in that the violence is very video game-esque, the over the top visuals and so is very video game-esque too. And the movie? Fantastic! Really silly, over the top and nonsensical video game violence throughout, but it was such a wild and crazy ride. This was straight up a fantastic movie as far as pure entertainment and fun goes. This is the type of movie I'll re-watch a lot in the future. Awesome as hell!

 

Jumanji: The Next Level - I was completely caught off guard by Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which was really fun. This sequel, which I was very much looking forward to, delivers what you expect. Not quite as fun and charming, but still really cool and really fun. Maybe a bit too much of the same? I don't know. But I liked it a lot.

 

The Mentors: Kings of Sleaze Rockumentary - Documentary about the shock rock/heavy metal, or self-proclaimed rape rock band The Mentors. The Mentors? Who the hell is that, you say? A band that would sing about anything to shock and freak people out. Misogyny and rape, violence, sex, drugs, alcohol, racism, homophobia, porn etc. You name it, and chances are they've sung about it. However, this documentary, featuring the living band members/ex-members, mothers, sisters, friends and other bands (Saint Vitus, Raven, Exous, Gwar, Dwarves, Brian Slagel of Metal Blade Records), kinda tells a way different story that a lot of us know of.  El Duce, mainman, became an alcoholic around the age of 13 and more or less lived on hard drugs and alcohol from that day on and till he died, but is talked about in a really positive way here. The kindest, silliest guy in the city, but who loved to shock people with jokes about everything. And he wasn't El Duce in real life. It was just a character made up to shock people. I was kinda surprised by all this as I thought they were similar to GG Allin, but they were apparently the opposite of him. And it's fun how trashy music and lyrics they made, despite the fact that they were incredibly musicians. 

 

By the way, the song with racist remarks was made while african-american drummer Rick "Insect On Acid" Lomas was playing the drums, and he also played on El Duce's solo stuff.

 

Anyway, this was really good. Superb documentary about a really fun band.

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The Power of Glove - Fun little documentary about the creation, fall, and "rise" of the nintendo power glove. It's fun, gives loads of info, is silly, and just really interesting. I'd say this is a must for anyone into gaming. Really nice stuff.

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The Baytown Outlaws - I got this for my birthday earlier this year, by a friend who bought it for about $3 or something. Cheap as hell. And we kinda didn't expect much, but we watched it yesterday and enjoyed it quite a lot. It feels like a cheap and lesser Quentin Tarantino and Roberto Rodriguez rip off, but not nearly as good. But  was surprisingly fun, although it was dumb and kinda bad.

 

 

Fractured - I've seen quite some buzz surrounding Brad Anderson's name, but this wasn't too impressive. Was incredibly predictable, and there was just something that felt off all the way through. Disappointed.

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Memories of Murder - I always wanted to check this one out, it was fine. Not the most mind-blowing Korean thriller ever, but it kept me interested all the way through and the characters were interesting. Really nice atmosphere and cool ending too.

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42 minutes ago, Jigsaw9 said:

Memories of Murder - I always wanted to check this one out, it was fine. Not the most mind-blowing Korean thriller ever, but it kept me interested all the way through and the characters were interesting. Really nice atmosphere and cool ending too.

 

I personally consider this one of the greatest crime movies/thrillers of all time. The plot, cinematography, acting, characters, music, chemistry between the actors and so on. Everything is spot on. Think I must've seen this movie 20+ times or more. Incredible!

 

 

 

 

This video is pretty much the best thing ever!

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Sonic the Hedgehog - A surprisingly enjoyable popcorn flick with a fantastic Jim Carrey. It adds nothing new to cinema as a whole, but who would expect that anyway? Looks fairly good, CGI is well-executed, Sonic is likable, albeit a bit too familiar and standard. Good family movie, but not quite as good as Detective Pikachu. One thing that I kinda dislike is that it's set in the real world. I wish it would be in a fantasy world, like the games. Another thing that sucks was that Riff Raff's scenes were cut from the movie. Such a shame. He'd most definitely make the movie better with a cameo.

 

We Believe In Dinosaurs - "Amid protests and controversy, young earth creationists build an enormous, $120 million, "life-size" Noah's Ark in Kentucky with the specific aim of debunking the Theory of Evolution. They aim to prove the earth is only 6,000 years old and that the Bible is scientifically accurate."

 

This is an incredibly flawed but interesting and fun documentary, but fucking hell! Religious people on this level are fucking nutcases. They should all be moved to an Island somewhere and kept there until the day they die. They should not be allowed among the general public.

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1917 - Extremely impressive on a technical level, and the story is quite nice. I could not stand the main character tho, and it feels and looks way, way, way too polished. It's a war movie, but it's so far from gritty that I am quite shocked. And I like my war movies gritty in a way or other. But it's beautifully shocked and really well-acted, and long takes clearly requires a lot more from the actors, and some of the stuff that happens during the long shots are mind boggling. What I do not understand however is all the talk about it feeling like "one long movie", because without looking for it, without counting, I must have seen at least 10 OBVIOUS cuts. If I re-watch the movie I'm sure I'll see at least twice as many OBVIOUS cuts. I get what they mean, but I did not get the feeling it was one long shot. The cuts were too obvious and clear, especially for the "trained eye".

 

But a good movie, and way, way, way better than most "movies you HAVE TO see at the cinema!!!!" such as Gravity and Avatar. Way, way better as this actually relies on much more than just style.

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Gridlocked - A surprisingly cool throwback to the 90's action made by Allan Ungar who made the truly excellent Uncharted Live Action Fan Film. This doesn't bring anything new to the table, but it was just really cool and old school. Dominic Purcell does well actually, and Stephen Lang as a badguy is fantastic as always, as is Danny Glover and Vinnie Jones in their limited roles. Recommended for 90's action buffs.

 

Spenser Confidential - A buddy cop comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Winston Duke, Alan Arkin and Bokeem Woodbine. It's not cool enough as an action movie, and it's not funny enough as a comedy. It's ok and decent entertainment, but it both could and should've been better.

 

Escape from Pretoria - A well-made prison thriller starring an excellent Daniel Radcliffe in an almost haunting portrayal of Tim Jenkin, a political prisoner who fought for the rights of the black/dark-skinned(/or what the fuck you're supposed to say nowadays) south-africans. It's mostly really good, but a bit boring? I've seen this movie so many times before, just a lot better. So I was really disappointed by this.

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Currently watching the entire Sniper franchise. Three movies in now:

 

Sniper - 8/10

Sniper 2 - 5/10

Sniper 3 - 6/10

 

First one is fantastic, then it's a bit of a let down after that. Not awful, but not nearly as good as the original. Will continue during the coming week.

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Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker - Oh dear, this was super disappointing. I don't think it was awful and I did find entertainment in it, but it's by far the worst of the new Star Wars movies (sequel trilogy+spin-offs). It felt chopped up as it jumped from one location to another without any plan, as if they had made a 6 hour long movie but had to cut it and just cut part of either location and let some of it be in just because they had to show off, introducing a SHITLOAD of characters that doesn't get any screen time and turning the character into unlikable douchebags. Rey, who I really liked in the previous films, turned into a bitch of a crybaby, Kylo Ren, who I also really liked, turned into a weak fucking sausage of a pussy, Finn turned into a shell with no personality whatsoever, Poe turned into a poor man's Han Solo, just without the wit, charm and personality. The entire film feels disconnected to the rest of the universe, something that was also an issue for The Last Jedi but not nearly as bad as this. This was truly lackluster. To be quite honest, I feel like Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness are better Star Wars movies than this. Which is just weird. But they felt more Star Warsy, and they felt way more connected to what Star Wars is all about, than what this did.

 

This was simply not good enough, and a sad ending to something that should've been amazing. But it's quite obvious that they have had no plan. They haven't made a huge universe and made movies out of that, they've just made movies based on a universe and done things along the way instead of planning ahead.

 

 

Sniper: Reloaded - 4/10

First movie without Tom Berenger, and the worst one so far. Instead we get Chad Michael Collins as his son, and he isn't good enough to carry the movie. It did however have a few memorable scenes.

 

Sniper: Legacy - 5/10

Tom Berenger is back and that helps a lot, but Chad Michael Collins is still the main guy and he doesn't carry himself too well. Tom Berenger doesn't get nearly enough screentime either. A few cool scenes tho.

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Sniper: Ghost Shooter - 7/10

Tom Berenger is out again and Chad Michael Collins is still in the lead, but here Chad Michael Collins is actually able to carry the movie with help from a solid supporting cast.  This is, easily, the best Sniper movie since the first. It's a lot different from 2-5, and feels like a breath of fresh air. It looks a bit too polished, modern and digital, but the film itself is really cool. Recommended for sure! This made me really looking forward to the next and so far last movie in the franchise. Awesome, and totally un-expected.

 

Gone in 60 Seconds - Re-watched this today. The original of course. Amazing film with some insane car chases. It's fucking awesome throughout. A really overlooked movie, which is a proper shame. Writer, director and leading star H.B. Halicki deserves a much bigger legacy. Just by watching the movie you can tell that it was chaos on set. It feels kinda similar to the first Mad Max in a way, because neither H.B. Halicki or George Miller had any clue what they were doing, and safety came last. It was alla bout making a cool movie, cost whatever it will. Attitude! Classic movie.

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Ultras - This was some new Italian movie Netflix shoved into my face. Kinda typical drama about football hooligan youth (and not-so-youth), if you enjoy stuff like this you'll prolly like this one too. While in real life this the farthest away from anything I take interest in, I somehow tend to like movies about subjects like this. Beatiful visuals and cool brooding synthy music too. It was good for a random Sunday night watch.

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Slave to the Grind - This documentary has been up on Youtube to watch for free, it's a great chronicle of grindcore music. Some interesting facts and funny anecdotes in there. Highly recommended for extreme music fans (I'm not sure if this doc will tell anything new to someone who is super-into grindcore but for a surface-level fan like me it was perfect).

 

Lady Bird - Dunno why it took me so long to finally see this. It's a bittersweet coming-of-age story so naturally I enjoyed it a lot. That's all.

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Kill Ben Lyk - This is basically a less sophisticated, cheaper and bloodier Knives Out. Kinda. Not as good, but really, really fun and there's something about that one running gag that goes through half the movie which got me every single time. Really cool mystery comedy.

 

Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn - First Shazam and now Birds of Prey? Have DCEU finally understood how to make good movies? Shazam was a light-hearted, funny film, and Birds of Prey was just really fucking cool. It's a straight-forward, braindead and stylish action-comedy where it's all style over substance. Really, really fucking cool film. I did not expect this at all. Margot Robbie's truly brilliant here, and she nails the character and makes he really Looney Tunes-esque. As good as the best MCU movies imo.

 

Uncharted: Live Action Fan Film - Re-watched this for the n'th time. It's just unbelievably good, and it raises some questions:

 

1. Why the fuck ain't Allan Ungar hired as the director of the upcoming Uncharted movie?

2. Why the fuck isn't Allan Ungar and Jesse Wheeler hired as writers for the movie?

3. Why the fuck isn't Nathan Fillion given the role as Nathan Drake? He fucking _IS_ Nathan Drake!!!

4. Why the fuck isn't Stephen Lang given the role as Sully? He fucking _IS_ Sully!!!

5. Why the fuck isn't Mircea Monroe given the role as Elena? She fucking _IS_ Elena!!!

 

 

As much as I dream of a good Uncharted movie, I kinda hope it goes to hell. Not giving these guys the job is a huge, huge, huge mistake. They could've made a movie that would be the Indiana Jones of the new century. A movie that would be considered a classic, and which new actors would look at and think "during my lifetime I want to play that type of hero. The one Nathan Fillion played in Uncharted and Harrison Ford played in Indiana Jones.". No kidding. This is true!

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30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story - I don't grow up with The Garbage Pail Kids so I don't have any nostalgic memories to it or anything, but ever since I learnt about GPK I've been loving it. So silly, so fun and so over the top, so when I saw this documentary I just had to watch it and it sure as hell did deliver. Super fun, interesting and informative. Really good documentary which led me to...

 

The Garbage Pail Kids Movie - Yup, I had to watch this. This is an atrocity of a movie, but dear god was it entertaining. Super silly, stupid, over the top and cringe in lack of a better word. It's dreadful in a really good way. The maybe most fascinating thing about this entire movie is Mackenzie Astin and Katie Barberi. Katie looks about 10 years older than Astin, but is in fact only one year older. Which is really odd. It's like seeing a young teenager and a young adult. So fucking weird.

 

It's a shame John Carl Buechler didn't get to direct the movie tho, as he considered to make it into a horror movie with the GPK to be serial killers. That sounds so awesome!

 

Anyway, a must watch if you're a fan of so bad it's good. This isn't Troll 2 or The Room so bad it's good, it's Batman & Robin so bad it's good. Aside from the fact that the GPK masks wasn't fully done when they started making this movie and looks a bit undone and odd, it's actually a well-looking movie. The cinematography, the way it's shot, edited and so forth is actually very good. But so bad it's good nonetheless.

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Safe House - I skipped this when it was released because it looked mediocre, but I decided to watch it last night and god damn it was cool. It's a typical, high octane action-thriller, but a good Ryan Reynolds and a phenomenal Denzel Washington makes it something else. Denzel Washington just carries the movie so well. He's tough, he's badass and cool as hell, but he's also really sympathetic. Few actors are capable of acting the way he did in this, The Equalizer I & II, Training Day and so on. The way he's unlikable, but still to likable. But anyway, really cool film.

 

Outland - This loose remake of High Noon stars a phenomenal Sean Connery plays out like High Noon meets Alien, but without the horror of the latter. A dark, bleak space western mystery. I really liked this. Highly recommended.

 

Long Live the King - Documentary about King Kong, and it also uses some time on its sequels/spin-offs and knock-off. Really nice, charming and fun stuff.

 

Chris Walas: Stop-motion looks fake but feels real; CGI looks real but feels fake.

 

Chris Walas (aka special effects magician) 4 prez!

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