Comment on the Track the Films You Watch Thread

Discussion in 'General' started by rhett, Jan 1, 2007.

  1. ImmortalSlasher

    ImmortalSlasher Well-Known Member

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    From Beyond -

    First time watching this one. Moved it up the list after it was mentioned in the sexist scenes topic. This movie is really out there.
     
  2. russweiss

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    I finished up the year watching more movies than typical. A total of 327 with 104 of them being theatrical.
     
  3. fattyjoe37

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    Inspired by the release of Criterion's Godzilla box set, I decided that 2020 would be the year I finally dig into kaiju films. I have a watchlist of 66 films that are part of or spun-off from the Godzilla and Gamera franchises that I'll be watching over the next few months. I'm going to collect my thoughts on Letterboxd and Twitter (@October_John) under the tag #KaijuVirgin. I've only seen a handful of films in this subgenre (all the American King Kongs, about 5 Godzilla films), so the majority will be first time watches. I'm excited to kick the marathon off today with a rewatch of the original 1954 Godzilla.
     
  4. Myron Breck

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    Personally, I'm just sitting here waiting for the 2020 Track the Films You Watch thread to appear....
     
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    Natas Is it October yet?

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    Uncut Gems

    I went to the theaters with relatively no knowledge of the story. I just knew Adam Sandler was playing a serious role and co starred Kevin Garnett. It was pretty fucking good. Sandler is a jewler with a bad gambling problem. That's all you really need to know......but it's pretty fantastic.
     
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    I found Sandler's character to be absolutely annoying. Since he was in virtually every scene that didn't make for a pleasant viewing for me. Honestly, I can't remember the last time I really wanted something bad to happen to the main protagonist. Also at two hours and fifteen minutes in length the film just overstayed it's welcome.
     
  7. Natas

    Natas Is it October yet?

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    I can see that. He certainly wasn't the best of humans to say the least lol but I thought he did a great job as did KG.
     
  8. russweiss

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    The acting was certainly well done. I just couldn't get past my dislike for the main character. It was unrealistic to me that he was so destructive yet lived to be as old as he was and still have a semblance of a "normal" life.
     
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    I'm bumping a 13 year old comment because I watched "They're Playing With Fire" last night and my jaw is still on the floor. Just...wow. What...? How...? Why...? I have so many questions and feel like there should be a documentary detailing exactly how this "film" was made and how it ended up so inept in every way. I don't know if DopeChamberX also wrote this review but it expands on all the points listed above. I'm not sure if the movie is streaming anywhere other than youtube (I had the bluray from one of the Kino Lorber sales) but it's worth seeking out if you're a fan of so-bad-it's-unbelievable film making. Or Sybil Danning's breasts.
     
  10. CPT HOOK

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    Made it through the entire month of January. Thought it might be fun to do monthly highlights.

    Of the first time watches:

    Sound Of Metal - Stellar indie that's getting some much deserved awards buzz. Give the Oscars to Riz Ahmed and Paul Raci. Check it out on Amazon Prime streaming.

    Tread - Absolutely wild documentary. The final third had my jaw on the floor. A must-see. Directed by Paul Solet (Grace, Tales Of Halloween). Available on NetFlix.

    Impetigore - This was a terrific surprise. It's creative, intense, and pretty out there. The opening tollbooth sequence alone was terrifying. Also caught The Queen Of Black Magic which isn't as good but still a solid watch. With these and Satan's Slaves, sign me up for anything Joko Anwar is involved in. All three are available on SHUDDER.

    The Kid Detective - What starts as a cute and quirky little comedy takes a jarring tonal shift I did not see coming. The ending of this thing gets dark and surprisingly mature. I thought it was a great! Available on DVD and blu-ray.

    The Death Of Dick Long - Picked up this DVD on a whim for $4 from a closing Family Video. Some people might find this boring, but I was really into it. I loved the commitment to creating this offbeat Alabama town, it felt very authentic. And when the mystery of Dick's death is finally revealed... WTF! Bonus points for using Creed and Nickelback music with sincerity, I was cracking up.

    Synchronic - Already posted my thoughts on this one. Creative sci-fi / buddy comedy with a nice emotional punch. Available on blu-ray and DVD.

    Parallel - This would make a nice companion to Synchronic. It's not as polished and a little bit corny at times, but I was impressed by how high-concept and playful it is. Don't let the mediocre direct-to-DVD artwork fool you, this is a really cool little sci-fi movie that puts plot, character, and creativity over budget and special effects. Available on DVD.

    On the retro front, The Dark Power was an '80s homegrown horror I had never seen before. It charmed the heck out of me. The VCI DVD was only $3.50 during one of their recent sales.

    Finally, shout out to the new season of Cobra Kai. Love this show!

    In terms of re-watches, my favorites were The Rules Of Attraction, Snow Angels, and O. None of which are exactly feel-great movies, but Rules is lively enough to not be too depressing. LOVE it!
    Horror-wise, Ghostkeeper is always fun, and I enjoyed seeing Splice again. Both winter horror.
     
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    I agree. You can watch his 2012 film Ritual on Amazon Prime - it's pretty good also although in a slightly different vein and a bit far-fetched from what I remember.
     
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  12. CPT HOOK

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    My monthly highlights for February:

    This month was very Wrong Turn heavy for me. Revisited all six of the original Wrong Turn movies, leading up to the remake. Thoroughly enjoyed all of the former, the jury is still out on the latter.

    Honestly, my two biggest highlights this month were re-watches. Both terrific and incredibly underrated. Those are:

    - The Dark Hours (2005): a psychiatrist with an incurable brain disease heads to a cabin in the woods with her husband and sister to break the news, when one of her patients unexpectedly shows up to put them through a night of psychological terror. This is a gem of a movie. Well-made, well-acted, edge-of-the-seat, filled with twists and turns. I think this flew under a lot of people's radars when it was originally released, but I can't recommend it enough.

    - Learning Curve aka Detention (1998): this Texas indie from the director of Positive I.D. (coming to blu-ray from Kino later this month) is easily one of the wilder movies the '90s has to offer. A substitute teacher is pushed to the brink by his uncontrollable students, so what is he to do? Kidnap them, lock them up completely naked in the cages of an abandoned circus zoo, and force them to listen to Toni Basil's "Mickey" on loop. This movie is crazy and I love it!

    As far as new movies go, I adored Barb And Star Go To Vista Del Mar. This movie is a delight that kept me laughing from beginning to end. After a year of this pandemic, this movie is exactly the joy the world needs right now.

    I'll give a shout-out to two other new-ish movies as well. The Map Of Tiny Perfect Things (available on Amazon Prime) is a charming teen movie, sort of the John Green version of Palm Springs. That said, the whole time-loop thing has been done to death lately, so I can't exactly give it points for originality. I'll also give a shout-out to The Grizzlies (available on NetFlix), which takes the inspirational sports movie formula and sets it in an Inuit community plagued by a rash of teen suicides. Gets a little bit white-savior, but I found it engaging, moving, and well-intentioned.

    A few others I'll briefly mention are: Bill Condon's southern gothic gem Sister, Sister, which features one of the more memorable Carrie-style endings; Pumpkin, which I enjoyed much more now than I did when it was originally released; and Gillian Robespierre's Landline, which left me underwhelmed in the theater but on this viewing I was completely charmed by this modern take on the '70s divorce movies.

    Finally, I'll add trailers for The Dark Hours and Learning Curve, both of which you should definitely seek out if you missed them the first time around:



     
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    March highlights:

    I would say my favorite viewings this month ended up being re-watches. My favorite was Lost And Delirious. I hadn't seen this movie in forever and loved seeing it again. I also thoroughly enjoyed seeing Whip It again. Both are teen movie gems.

    I adored re-visiting Silent Madness and Rush Week via Vinegar Syndrome's lovely new blu-rays. I hadn't seen either in probably at least a decade, and they're both so much fun. Silent Madness in particular was even better than I remembered. Both discs are highly recommended (although be warned that Rush Week is maybe a little mild on the slasher front). Severin's Massacre In Dinosaur Valley is a hoot as well.


    As far as first time viewings go, two highlights were the terrific documentary Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death Of Al Adamson (available on SHUDDER) and the Oscar nominated Another Round (available on Hulu). To be honest, I was not especially looking forward to Another Round because I thought it'd be a super depressing movie about an alcoholic, but it ended up being a surprisingly charming buddy movie that isn't afraid to hit hard when necessary. I'm sure they'll do an American remake with Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Steve Carrell, and The Rock as the friends.

    I realized I hadn't seen the Hellraiser movies past Hell On Earth, so decided to play catch-up. To be honest, a few of them are tedious, but it ended up being worth it once I got to part eight Hellraiser: Hellworld. I'm surprised it took them that long to turn Pinhead into a slasher movie villain in a slick Dimension teen slasher movie. Young Henry Cavill plays one of the teens. I had a great time with it.

    I also had fun with Lifetime's adaptation of the V.C. Andrews' Ruby series. It was a four-night miniseries that brought me back to the '90s era of book adapted TV miniseries. It wasn't as good as their Flowers In The Attic adaptations, but I'm into it.

    Lastly, I'll mention Waiting For Guffman. I had avoided Christopher Guest movies because I thought Spinal Tap was tedious, but I LOVED Schitt's Creek so much I thought it might be time to give the Eugene Levy / Catherine O'Hara ones a try. This one was much more my speed and had some great laughs throughout. I wonder if they actually sell Remains Of The Day lunchboxes? I'd buy one.

     
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    Two months of highlights. One post.

    Starting with April:

    So, Positive I.D. is still really good. The director's other film Learning Curve (aka Detention) made my highlights back in February, and this makes my highlights now. On blu-ray from Kino Lorber.

    I loved Shiva Baby so much. This is an indie-gem. It reminded me of a comedy version of Krisha. This is a movie for anyone who has ever been to an uncomfortable family function for a relative you're not even sure you've met and been forced to listen as your parents upsell you to all their relatives and friends. The blu-ray will be available to order on the Vinegar Syndrome website this Friday, and I will be ordering immediately.

    The Toll was a really cool little indie horror with a great build and atmosphere. It doesn't quite stick the landing, but I appreciated the build-up. LionsGate released it on blu-ray. I also revisited an older LionsGate indie horror Mulberry St and was wowed. I saw this in the theater when it was part of After Dark Horrorfest and it's a pretty outstanding movie on a limited budget.

    I watched the blu-ray of Promising Young Woman, one of my favorite movies of last year. Held up just as well on the second viewing. I also enjoyed seeing School Of Rock again.

    I revisited the SHUDDER original Downrange via my DVD. I think I found it a little too vicious when I watched it on the streaming service, but seeing it again it was very intense and fun. Glad to own it on physical media. It's still on SHUDDER if you're not willing to risk a blind-buy.

    Perdita Durango was crazy. Enough said. Now on blu-ray from Severin, but can also be viewed on SHUDDER.

    I watched the entire trilogy of The Godfather for the first time. I'm probably the last person alive who hadn't seen them. They were good. Long, but good.


    All of my highlights for May ended up being re-watches and old favorites:

    I watched both Mother's Day movies and loved them. Also watched both The Conjuring movies. As well as the terrific slasher trilogy My Super Psycho Sweet 16. Loved all of the above. All have disc releases.

    Checked out Scream's new blu-rays of Eyes Of A Stranger and He Knows You're Alone, which I hadn't seen in forever. Eyes is sleazier than I remembered, but He Knows is a quaint and atmospheric charmer. Also watched I Spit On Your Grave from Ronin, which is a outstanding film if hard to watch at times. Ronin set includes the doc Growing Up With I Spit On Your Grave.

    Two indie horrors from the early '00s I revisited on DVD were Shallow Ground and King Of The Ants. Both gritty, but effective and well-done on limited resources. Loved the creativity in these two.

    I hadn't seen Almost Famous since I rented the VHS when it came out. I wasn't wowed at the time, but watching the 40 minute longer Bootleg Cut now I thought it was stellar. Loved it. They announced a new remastered blu-ray like a day or two after I finally opened and watched my old blu-ray. Go figure.
     
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    I watched Severin’s release of Dark Waters today. Surprisingly good. It was a blind buy I had never felt up to watching but while it was slow, it was a visually stylish, reasonably well acted bit of nunsploitation/Lovecraftian horror
     

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