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 Posted:   Jun 23, 2013 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

The Last Dinosaur (1976) 8-10

I remember seeing this film when it first premiered on television. As a youth I thought it was highly entertaining. Revisiting the film some odd years later it falls under the category of, "It's so bad it's good". Richard Boone's commanding performance makes this film a delight. The visual effects while as fake looking as they are, were done with a lot of creativity. I especially love the roll down the mountain side. A classic scene in any dinosaur film if ever there was one!


Space Battleship Yamato (2010) 10-10

I absolutely love this film. It has every thing but the kitchen sink in it, yet still manages to retain the heart and soul of the original animated series. Great acting, (Really solid acting performances) nice CGI, and an awesome thematic score. This film feels like it was made in the 80's. Sure it borrows a bit from Ron Moore's BSG, Star Trek, and Alien films, but those influences just makes the film that more relatable. (To a Westerner)

Spoiler:
While I was satisfied with the ending, I would have liked to have seen a sequel with the Comet Empire. Not very likely however.


Sex and Fury (1973) 7-10

It had a rather complex storyline full of political intrigue, corrupt corporations, government spies, all wrapped up in a personal revenge story. Other than the initial fight scene with Reiko Ike the film was really lacking in what Japanese do best- well choreographed action sequences. The film over all lacked a whole lot of action. The blood was super fake and this film has to have one of the longest drawn out death scenes of all times! Christina Lindberg while gorgeous to look at was almost comatose in her performance. Presented in wide-screen the film was beautifully made. Interesting set pieces, well composed group shots, and creative cinematic editing kept my score from falling too low.

 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2013 - 4:46 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Ok, sirusjr...that's four endorsements for Warm Bodies for you -- me, Michael24, TominAtl, and RealBJBien. Is that enough to get you to see the movie? wink Forget what you've heard; I'm willing to bet you'll enjoy it, and I certainly wouldn't call it "flat".

The power of your fellow FSMers compel you!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2013 - 4:49 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Ok, sirusjr...that's four endorsements for Warm Bodies for you -- me, Michael24, TominAtl, and RealBJBien.

I haven't seen Warm Bodies yet, actually. It's in my Netflix queue, but I have several movies ahead of it, so it might take me awhile to get to it. smile

 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2013 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Hehe, I'll add Warm Bodies to my queue.

Is Space Battleship Yamato (2010) available on Netflix ? If not, where would you suggest I find it?

 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2013 - 5:27 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)



Is Space Battleship Yamato (2010) available on Netflix ? If not, where would you suggest I find it?


Sadly the film is not available "officially" in the US. I believe the lead actor Takuya Kimura is holding up it's distribution. If rumor is true he refuses to have his voice dubbed. Not a problem for me as I prefer films in their original language.

It's only on DVD and BluRay from places like YesAsia and Amazon. Though I can't tell you if they are "official" or "unmentionables". (Source seems to be from Hong Kong)

 
 Posted:   Jun 24, 2013 - 7:14 AM   
 By:   Michaelware   (Member)

World War Z 5/10 **
Predictable Programming. Lindelof's stuff is clever but I'm totally immune to stupid zombie movies/tv/games. Done. Dear hollywood, take your bath salts and go to a far away asteroid and come up with something interesting before you come back, OK?

 
 Posted:   Jun 25, 2013 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

(revisit)

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) -- 7/10

Fun teen horror. The sequels are unwatchable, but I enjoy the first whenever I revisit it. I am a huge buff of the late 90's teen horror craze: Scream 1-3, The Faculty, Urban Legend, Halloween H20, IKWYDLS, etc.

I lived in Wilmington, N.C. near where this was mostly filmed and takes place (Southport, N.C.) at the time it was filmed and I enjoy the recognizable small-town coastal setting, it evokes a pleasant nostalgia. Makes this film a little more special to me.

 
 Posted:   Jun 25, 2013 - 2:25 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

World War Z (2013) -- 9/10

Intense, brutal, audacious film. Very impressive. Scary too! Hardly lets up, grabs you by the throat at the very beginning and away you go. Poor Matthew Fox, alas. The character Segen was totally awesome with strong charisma...can't wait to see her again in a film. Of all the myriad characters that come and go in the film (and there are quite a few that leave an impression) her character resonated the most.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 25, 2013 - 2:30 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

(revisit)

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) -- 7/10

Fun teen horror. The sequels are unwatchable, but I enjoy the first whenever I revisit it.


I also still enjoy the first one a great deal. I like the second one as well, but never bothered with the third.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2013 - 4:48 PM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

WORLD WAR Z : 2/10

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 8:54 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

World War Z (2013) -- 9/10

Intense, brutal, audacious film. Very impressive. Scary too! Hardly lets up, grabs you by the throat at the very beginning and away you go. Poor Matthew Fox, alas. The character Segen was totally awesome with strong charisma...can't wait to see her again in a film. Of all the myriad characters that come and go in the film (and there are quite a few that leave an impression) her character resonated the most.


I want to dislike this movie (because of Brad Pitt and I don't believe in blockbuster zombie movies with A-list actors), but I saw beyondthetrailer's review praising it and yours seems to corroborate with it, so I might be pleasantly surprised! Not out yet here but will check it out smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 10:33 AM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I want to dislike this movie (because of Brad Pitt and I don't believe in blockbuster zombie movies with A-list actors), but I saw beyondthetrailer's review praising it and yours seems to corroborate with it, so I might be pleasantly surprised! Not out yet here but will check it out smile

I've never been that big on Brad Pitt either, but I thought he was good in this. His character avoids being a typical gung-ho action hero, which the role could have easily been. He's really just a normal guy, a family man, but has training and experience he can draw on to survive. For me, it's been the most entertaining and satisfying movie I've seen so far this year.

Here's my review again, in case you want more convincing. LOL!
http://michaelam1978.livejournal.com/2013/06/22/

Although I realize what works great for one person may not for another. Your mileage may vary. smile

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 7:58 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

World War Z (2013) -- 9/10

Intense, brutal, audacious film. Very impressive. Scary too! Hardly lets up, grabs you by the throat at the very beginning and away you go. Poor Matthew Fox, alas. The character Segen was totally awesome with strong charisma...can't wait to see her again in a film. Of all the myriad characters that come and go in the film (and there are quite a few that leave an impression) her character resonated the most.


I want to dislike this movie (because of Brad Pitt and I don't believe in blockbuster zombie movies with A-list actors), but I saw beyondthetrailer's review praising it and yours seems to corroborate with it, so I might be pleasantly surprised! Not out yet here but will check it out smile


Hope you enjoy it when you see it! Let us know your thoughts!

I've always liked Pitt's performances, for the most part and I was sick of zombie movies a long time ago but this and Warm Bodies have breathed new life into them much as Scream revitalized teen slasher horror and horror in general. All three scored by Beltrami!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2013 - 12:22 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Iron Man Three (as the title is on screen). A bit diffuse in some of its plotting, but the pros outweigh the cons. All told, 8/10 (7 for the film plus an extra point because anything would be a letdown in the wake of Marvel's The Avengers).

 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2013 - 8:55 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Big Bad Mama (1974) 8-10

Roger Corman was known for his low budget exploitation films that usually sensationalizes what ever genre he works in. Big Bad Mama certainly falls into this category. A Bonnie and Clyde style rip-off with plenty of gratuitous violence and nudity.

In retrospect this film was actually well made, and generally entertaining in its own right. It was wonderfully cast. Angie Dickerson was both engaging and sexy as the Mom whom takes control of her own life and that of her family. The two young actresses playing siblings are very convincing as rambunctious (low educated) sisters. The main cast well rounded out with Tom Skerritt and William Shatner in a very non-Kirk role.

The action scenes while over the top are fun. There are some legitimately hilarious scenes. One where a church group pastor tries to heal a man whom cannot walk without crutches. No miracles this day!

I actually found these fugitives predicament relatable. What future was there for poor white girls in that decade? (Which is far more than I can say about the characters is most over produced big box office spectacles of today.)

Over all Big Bad Mama falls into the arena of "guilty pleasure". Fun and breezy, with just a tad of social commentary thrown in for good measure.

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2013 - 5:03 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

The Big Bounce (2004) -- 1/10

A mortifying embarrassment to all involved. Never thought I'd say that about Morgan Freeman or Elmore Leonard. This film is so full of itself, so convinced it's clever and funny, and so lacking in a single laugh or good line or interesting performance that as a crime caper among goofy hooligans in paradise it truly falls flat on its face. Sara Foster is beautiful but easily one of the worst, most self-conscious "actresses" ever to have the privilege of working with this normally decent cast. Yikes.

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2013 - 8:35 PM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

"Gideon's Army"- 8/10. brilliant documentary about public defenders on HBO. not ashamed to admit got a bit misty eyed a couple of times and gained a newfound respect for public defenders. their jobs aint easy at all

 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2013 - 2:47 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

(revisit)

Any Given Sunday (1999) -- 8/10

 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2013 - 3:44 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) dir. Sam Raimi -- Meh. Better than some of the summer tentpoles, but a very mixed bag. Some gorgeous effects and some awful effects. Some extremely miscast characters: Mila Kunis in particular. Some head-scratching as to just why Oz needed a wizard in the first place. And the Wicked Witch effect was awful. I can't tell if it was bad makeup or bad CG or a poor mix of both, but it looked more like Jim Carrey's The Mask had taken a wrong turn into Oz than like a wicked witch. Elfman's score worked much better in the film than on album, though. Anyway. Moderately enjoyable but very frustrating.

The Evil Dead (1981) dir. Sam Raimi -- I admire this movie. I respect it. I appreciate what was accomplished with enthusiasm and raw talent on a tiny budget. I appreciate the influence it had on the genre. But I don't particularly like it. Every time I see it described as a masterpiece I wonder what movie the watcher saw! I watched it for two reasons: I'd never seen it on BD before, and was curious to see how it held up in HD; and I'll be seeing the remake soon and wanted to refresh my memory for comparison's sake.

The Call (2013) dir. Brad Anderson -- Brad Anderson's very good at what he does, and the first two acts of this movie are very good. The third act is a mess and the end is awful, but it's to everyone's credit that it remains watchable even as it goes off the rails. Still not as good as Anderson's early efforts Session 9 and The Machinist.

Femme Fatales, Season One (2011) created by Mark A. Altman and Steven Kriozere -- A softcore cinemax anthology series. I watched this for only one reason: to hear Joe Kraemer's score. Most episodes were truly awful, made, it seems, by the kind of people who mistake crap and camp for pulp. But at under half an hour a pop they were just the right length to watch an episode over lunch each weekday.

Rango (2011) dir. Gore Verbinski -- A very enjoyable movie; I wish it had found a bigger audience. This is the second time I've watched this, and since I rarely re-watch movies anymore that says something, I guess.

Ghostbusters (1984) dir. Ivan Reitman -- And this is roughly the millionth time I've watched this, and I still love it. First time on BD. Caught a few new details but mostly just delighted to the movie I already know and love.

The Bletchley Circle: Series One (2012) written by Guy Burt -- Pretty good mystery series that could have been much better.

 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2013 - 1:30 AM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

Space Battleship Yamato - 7.5/10

While flawed, Space Battleship Yamato has more heart than all the American summer blockbusters combined.

 
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