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 Posted:   Feb 14, 2013 - 10:01 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Jack The Giant Killer (1962) 2-10

Some things are best left to childhood memories. This is an abysmal film. Story, acting, SFX, and stunts. I can appreciate a film of its time if it was otherwise well made, but this is not one of them.
Actually the first 20 minutes was very interesting and well produced. Basically up to the point where Jack kills his first (and only) giant.

After that it just felt like a really bad foreign "B" film. Live animals such a horses, birds and a dog were treated roughly. (A dog was apparently thrown awkwardly to the ground from several feet in the air.) Other than the beauty of Judi Meredith, this was a very unpleasant film to revisit. It's coming out of BluRay in March. I know to pass on an upgrade.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2013 - 10:10 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Yeah it was pretty bad although it is worth watching to see how claymation was used back then to do a lot of the monsters. I watched it around the time the Intrada was released.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2013 - 11:13 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Been a while since I remembered to post here. Since my last update, I've watched:

Red Dawn (1984) dir. John Milius (4/10)
Seven Psychopaths (2012) dir. Martin McDonagh (6.5/10)
Magic City: Season 1 (2012) created by Mitch Glazer (6.5/10)
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) dir. Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman (5/10)
Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) dir. Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman (3/10)
Intacto (2001) dir. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (6/10)
Intruders (2011) dir. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (7/10)
Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009) dir. John Hyams (6.5/10)
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012) dir. John Hyams (7/10)
Flight (2012) dir. Robert Zemeckis (6/10)
House at the End of the Street (2012) dir. Mark Tonderai (2/10)
Deadfall (2012) dir. Stefan Ruzowitzky (6.5/10)
Hit and Run (2012) dir. David Palmer and Dax Shepard (5/10)

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2013 - 11:43 AM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Jack The Giant Killer (1962) 2-10

Some things are best left to childhood memories. This is an abysmal film. Story, acting, SFX, and stunts. I can appreciate a film of its time if it was otherwise well made, but this is not one of them.
Actually the first 20 minutes was very interesting and well produced. Basically up to the point where Jack kills his first (and only) giant.

After that it just felt like a really bad foreign "B" film. Live animals such a horses, birds and a dog were treated roughly. (A dog was apparently thrown awkwardly to the ground from several feet in the air.) Other than the beauty of Judi Meredith, this was a very unpleasant film to revisit. It's coming out of BluRay in March. I know to pass on an upgrade.


I was thinking this was about the new movie until I realized the "1962" date. So I guess this Jack the Giant Slayer directed by Bryan Singer is a remake then? If so, I had no idea.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2013 - 11:54 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

I was thinking this was about the new movie until I realized the "1962" date. So I guess this Jack the Giant Slayer directed by Bryan Singer is a remake then? If so, I had no idea.

No, they're just both inspired by the popular fairy tale that's been around for 3 centuries or so.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2013 - 11:57 AM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)

ONE DARK NIGHT (1983) Filmed in 1981. 10/10
starring Meg Tilly, Robin Evans, Melissa Newman, Adam West
Directed by Tom McLoughlin; Music by Bob Summers

Fun, fun, fun...and funny, too! This is the perfect example of how good
low-budget horror movies were in the 70's and 80's. They definitely
don't make 'em like this anymore, and probably don't remember how.

Den


Not too surprised to read your favorable review, because it also describes (for me) McLoughlin's take on Friday the 13th for Part VI: Jason Lives. He brings so much fun and humor to that low-budget horror film too. I should check out One Dark Night too.



Check out the dvd reviews of ONE DARK NIGHT on Amazon. Nearly all
of them are very favorable. Granted, they're mostly by fans who saw
the film during its theatrical release (like me). There are a couple of
negative reviews in the mix, I suspect by younger viewers who found
it too slow going. After all these years I still think it's a blast.
A particular standout is the stunning Robin Evans who plays a
mischievous prankster with relish, and looks like she's having a ball,
bullying poor timid Meg Tilly about.

Den

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2013 - 12:44 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Been a while since I remembered to post here. Since my last update, I've watched:

Seven Psychopaths (2012) dir. Martin McDonagh (6.5/10)
Flight (2012) dir. Robert Zemeckis (6/10)


I'd be interested in what you found lacking in these two films.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2013 - 3:34 PM   
 By:   Recordman   (Member)

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) (7.5/10)
The "Die-Hard" film series is one of my favorites. Indeed, prior to seeing this today I watched the previous four to get me in the mood. Perhaps that was a mistake as I kept comparing this one to the others as I watched it. My general impression was John McClane does James Bond. Indeed even Beltrami's score sounded Bondish to me...though perhaps it was the fact it was set in Russia.
If you like loud action films with car chases/crashes, shootouts and slightly unbelievable aerial scenes this this is for you (and for me too in part). However, despite the acceptable film liberty of making McClane virtually invincible, suffering only mild injuries from fatal setups which would realistically kill him, his genetic code, has now apparently been passed on to his grown son as well
The grown son Jack/John Jr. character simply looks like a setup to continue the DH series once Bruce Willis decides to opt out (or his advancing age makes it just completely unbelievable!).

There is some quite good CGI in the film, even though the opening car chase scene reminded me too much of Skyfall. Indeed, near the end of the film there is a violent scene which had me emit a vocal "Ooooh!" and I don't remember EVER doing that before in a film!

Did I enjoy it? Yes. but the original "Die Hard" remains the standard by which all the following are judged (There is even a "Die Hard" short reference in this current film - you'll recognize it when you see it.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2013 - 3:48 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

But was it better than the one before it?

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2013 - 5:53 PM   
 By:   Recordman   (Member)

But was it better than the one before it?

IMO opinion, NO. There is an unrated version of "Live Free or Die Hard" out on the DVD which makes up for the PG13 original release which many critized.
I think perhaps the inclusion in the new one of McClane's son who shared the "glory", indeed hogged a lot of the action, detracted, from the mythic film legend of "John McClane" himself, which is at the very heart of the series' story.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2013 - 6:24 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

Been a while since I remembered to post here. Since my last update, I've watched:


Seven Psychopaths (2012) dir. Martin McDonagh (6.5/10)

Hit and Run (2012) dir. David Palmer and Dax Shepard (5/10)


Seven Psychopaths - It's more of a 8 or 9 to me. Excellent cast in a fascinating film.

Hit and Run - I have to agree here. Good cast, good cars, pleasant enough, but as far as I'm concerned, it broke the cardinal rule of a movie comedy: it wasn't funny. There were some mild chuckles here and there, but nothing that made me laugh out loud. Not a terrible movie, but I'm stymied that the film got such positive reviews.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2013 - 8:05 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Been a while since I remembered to post here. Since my last update, I've watched:

Seven Psychopaths (2012) dir. Martin McDonagh (6.5/10)
Flight (2012) dir. Robert Zemeckis (6/10)


I'd be interested in what you found lacking in these two films.


Seven Psychopaths I thought was well made and often pretty funny, but it was a disappointment after the lovely In Bruges and I think a lot of the meta stuff didn't work as well as was probably intended. The movie didn't transcend its genre sufficiently for the jokes about this kind of movie quite to work, and a couple of the twists were too predictable. It was very enjoyable, and I probably would have rated it a bit higher without any expectations going in, but as is it comes across as a bit of a sophomore slump for McDonagh.

As for Flight, I though it had an excellent opening act (aside, perhaps, from the gratuitous nudity at the very beginning), and the production and acting were generally very good. Afterward, though, there were just a few too many comfortable clich├ęs (was there a single person in the audience who didn't know precisely how the scene in the hotel would play?) and the unfortunate ennobling freedom of prison ending left a sour taste in my mouth. Like Lincoln, if the film had ended properly and about 5 minutes earlier, I think it would have been much improved.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2013 - 9:31 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Those are all fair criticisms. I'll agree with you on most of them.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2013 - 9:57 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

John Dies At The End 7/10 Loved this film. Probably the most fun I have had watching a film in a very long time. The only reason I knocked it down a few marks is due to some bad CG special effects near the end, and a bit of pointless nudity that could have been left out. But overall, great entertainment. If you enjoyed Bubba Ho-tep, you'll probably like this one.

Dredd 7/10 A good film that could have been, quite honestly, better. For a city that was supposed to be over populated, it sure looked empty. The chase at the opening really served no purpose. My friend and I both agreed after watching it that the film could have just opened right in the police station when Dredd is told about his new partner. Would have saved some money for some other stuff given the films tight budget... maybe rendering some more people. Also, the slow-mo stuff gets really annoying from over-use. But on the whole, the film was fun and far superior to the Stallone version years before. I do hope it gets a sequel and a slightly bigger budget. Maybe then they can afford a police motorcycle that looks better as well.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2013 - 10:54 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

IMO opinion, NO. There is an unrated version of "Live Free or Die Hard" out on the DVD which makes up for the PG13 original release which many critized.

I prefer the original theatrical version over the "Unrated" one. While it adds a couple of neat scenes/extensions, the "Unrated" version also takes out some stuff I like (such as McClane's much better and simpler "I was out of bullets"), and the dubbed swearing merely to just up the obscenity factor is distracting.

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2013 - 7:45 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

I prefer the original theatrical version over the "Unrated" one. While it adds a couple of neat scenes/extensions, the "Unrated" version also takes out some stuff I like (such as McClane's much better and simpler "I was out of bullets"), and the dubbed swearing merely to just up the obscenity factor is distracting.

I remember that you did like the theatrical version better. I agree that the replacement line for "I was out of bullets" was lugubrious and not as snappy, but I still vastly prefer the unrated version. Thank heavens it exists (and you don't have to have a blu-ray to see it).

On the other side of this forum the discussion has surfaced about McClane's character feeling the same throughout the series (under the A Good Day to Die Hard score thread) and one of the things that I liked about McClane as established in the first film was, as everyone knows, he's a blue-collar kind of guy who's a relatable everyman, and this is evident in many personality traits, including swearing.

It's part of the character's personality makeup, his irreverent profane attitude in the face of villainy, his wisecracking taunts. "You oughtta be on f***in TV with that accent" ... "I'm gonna f***in cook you, and I'm gonna f***in eat you" ... "Yippie kay yay motherf***er" ... etc. This continued in part 2 ("what sets off the metal detectors first? The lead in your ass or the s*** in your brains? Fat f***" ... "I thought they were the army"--"who gives a f***? Just be ready") and part 3 ("ever heard of a motherf***er called Lurch?" ... "the guy's a f***-up"), but when they removed/omitted the Jersey cop cowboy swearing for DH4 for theatrical purposes (although it probably wasn't as simple as that) his character was diluted a bit from its original intent and the film's rating circumstances unfortunately trumped dialogue true to the character.

I can get by with that to a degree, but when it extended to altering McClane's famous kiss-off catchphrase (and arguably one of the most iconic catchphrases in cinema history) I took issue with it. Not a huge deal, but in discussing the fallacies (as few as they are in DH4 IMO) of the fourth film the slightly watered-down dialogue was a detraction.

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2013 - 8:06 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Isn't the unrated version a mish-mash? I haven't seen the film since its theatrical run, but I seem to recall that they started shooting it as an R-rated movie, and then when the decision was made to switch to PG-13 they carried on in that mode, so the unrated version only contains the R-rated bits for the stuff that had already been shot and not for the whole film? Or something like that?

 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2013 - 8:08 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Isn't the unrated version a mish-mash? I haven't seen the film since its theatrical run, but I seem to recall that they started shooting it as an R-rated movie, and then when the decision was made to switch to PG-13 they carried on in that mode, so the unrated version only contains the R-rated bits for the stuff that had already been shot and not for the whole film? Or something like that?

Good question, I hadn't heard anything. Would be curious about this. Maybe the info is on a commentary track on the DVD?

 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2013 - 2:23 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

How to Survive a Plague (2012) - 10/10

A powerful documentary that is as uplifting as it is sad. I would absolutely not have wanted to watch it alone so I'm glad my boyfriend was there to share it with me. It chronicles the work of AIDS activists to try to get drugs available to the public that would provide a treatment to prevent people from dying of AIDS. As a young bisexual man, I wanted to catch up with the history of what the Gay Rights movements had to deal with before me and it was really eye-opening. When I caught it, it was available on Netflix streaming. Of course the video quality of much of the footage is medium to poor but it is a blessing to have real footage available from that time.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2013 - 3:18 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) - 3/5

A better title might have been "It's A So-So Day To Die Hard." Definitely has loads of action, but little else in terms of plot and character, even by Die Hard standards. John McClane feels like a co-star, and was almost a little out of character at times, too. There is very little exposition given at the beginning, so for a long time I really had no idea who all these new characters were or what their involvement with one another was. The broken relationship between McClane and his son felt like a retread of what we had between him and his daughter in the previous film. It's basically little more than a live-action old school video game, lots of running and gunning with only the barest bones of anything resembling a story. After the terrific Live Free or Die Hard, it's a little disappointing, although a passable way to kill 90+ minutes on a boring weekend afternoon. Definitely my least-favorite of the series, though.

There is even a "Die Hard" short reference in this current film - you'll recognize it when you see it.

What was the reference? I was watching for it, but apparently didn't see it. You can hide it in a spoiler tag.

 
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