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I'm a big fan of The Italian Connection. It starts off reasonably entertaining with Mario Adorf being fun and loud and somewhere along the way he goes into overdrive and the movie becomes really damn good. Also apparently Adorf did his own stunts. There is a pretty nice-looking Blu-ray available, so I'm surprised Amazon had a shite transfer.

As for '50s German cinema, I like The Bridge quite a bit. Also, Oxnard was asking about The Indian Tomb, the sequel to The Tiger of Eschnapur, and both of those are worth checking out as well.

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Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:24 pm
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There is a pretty nice-looking Blu-ray available, so I'm surprised Amazon had a shite transfer.

This was not a blu-ray. It was still cropped standard screen, and looked very pale in color.

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Also, Oxnard was asking about The Indian Tomb, the sequel to The Tiger of Eschnapur, and both of those are worth checking out as well.

I watched those on TCM some years back, and they were in English so I wasn't aware that they were actually German-produced. Despite Lang's involvement, I didn't find them to stand out from the standard sandal epics of the 50s. Except that snake dance.

Elvis apparently had an affair with Debra Paget. Jesus, what a beautiful coupling.


Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:30 pm
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As far as '80s sword-and-sandal fantasy movies go, Lucio Fulci's Conquest is worth a watch. It's not terribly exciting, but has a pretty unique atmosphere.

Oh yeah. They actually ran this on HBO when I was like ten years old and I saw a dude with blue-laser arrows and the nude evil villain-woman and I was just mystified, pulled in for life.


Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:58 pm
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I like Deathstalker myself.
(Given that I actually consider Beastmaster to be a good movie.)




ahahahahaha

sold!


Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:45 am
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Despite Lang's involvement, I didn't find them to stand out from the standard sandal epics of the 50s. Except that snake dance.

That's probably a fair assessment, but I found it interesting that the movies made the Maharajah the most complex character despite playing up his foreignness and exoticness. I have a weakness for this kind of material in general, so I was a little biased going in already. The snake dance didn't hurt, obviously.

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Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:59 am
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ahahahahaha

sold!

Wow.


Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:57 pm
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Wow.
Funny that you guys should bring up Deathstalker II in here, since they just talked about it recently on BotW, and found that title drop to be pretty amusing as well, heh:


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Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:36 am
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I can't tell you how happy I was to find this ditty listed in the dredges of Prime. This is one hard to find item in 70s lore. If you're unaware, this political thriller (actually more of a conspiracy satire) mimes the Kennedy assassination (here called 'Keegan') and revels in all of the decade's excess of paranoia and delirium. That in and of itself would make the film of interest. The real nitty is that the film, despite having a stellar cast (Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Elizabeth Taylor, Eli Wallach, Anthony Perkins, Sterling Hayden) and receiving some very glowing reviews, was suspiciously pulled from theaters after a single week, after already having its promotional budget slashed by Embassy Pictures. The film has only rarely shown up on cable or for home release and more often than not could only be found in pirated form for years. Also, the director, William Richert, has been largely out of work since, managing to film only one movie afterward, the above-avaerage Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (which also involved a very tangled production).

For the conspiracy-minded, this shit is velvet cake. Of course! it must be that the film has been buried and blackballed for getting too close to the truth! It makes it all the more intriguing to watch it and see what kind of toxic truth we're dealing with. As a slight SPOILER, I'll point out for historical interest that the film's novel theory lays the blames squarely on Joe Kennedy, the patriarch with deep mob ties who called in several favors to get his boy into office only to see the defiant young president insist on following his own agenda. Now I know that Joe Kennedy was a straight son of a bitch, but that seems like a steep hill to climb. Also, it's not so much a spoiler when you consider that the role is played by John Huston, who immediately swaggers sinisterly like Noah Cross. It's basically the same character.

Overall, the film is a lot of fun. Lost classic? Not so sure, but I'm glad to have finally seen it.


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I must have eaten a special kind of fortune cookie recently, because lo!, as I'm finishing up Winter Kills do I find this in my recommended list. Winter Kills, which shot mostly in 1977, ran into budget trouble, and in order to finish the final 10 minutes or so, William Richert decided to take his two romantic leads (Jeff Bridges, Belinda Bauer) to Germany to produce this low-budget affair in order to obtain financing. This film (also simply titled Success) turns out to be even more obscure and hard to find than Winter Kills, despite making slightly more box office. The film has also been endlessly pirated in a variety of versions (the one I watched was the '83 cut), and never finding its way to home video. Obviously (Obviously!), this is another victim of the Kennedy conspirators.

This film is more of a broad comedy, a corporate satire which has a young Bridges playing an affable happy-go-lucky type of low-level financial clerk who, despite marrying into his boss' family, remains unable to get ahead in business. He decides to create for himself a Hyde alter-ego, modeled on Scarface, and he instantly earns the respect of his collegues and wife that had eluded his previous gentle self. Bridges, always watchable in his youth, gives a typically terrific performance, and Richert's comic sensibilities make a little more sense here. Again, probably not a lost classic, but an enjoyable curio.

Oh, and the story's from Larry Cohen, so....there's also that.


Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:32 am
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Well, I'm happy to see that crumbs has not been so lonely lately. But lonely films will not watch themselves.


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This is the hour-length documentary of the 1977 5 Live Stiffs tour, comprising five of the top acts on the Stiff Records label, including Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Nick Lowe, Wreckless Eric and Larry Wallis. Due to time constraints, we only see about a song each from them, mingled with a lot of backstage and tour bus shenanigans, shot in pure Pennabaker style. Anyone who has any left-over footage, this would make a compelling deluxe release, but for now, this is what we have (along with the live LP souvenir Live Stiffs Live). The edge is still strong with these cunts, With Elvis' menace barely contained behind the reggae spittle of "Watching the Detectives", Ian Dury stalking the halls like a possessed beast (even Elvis instinctively ducks from his path) and Wreckless Eric's giddy inebriated squeal, just happy to be center of the whole wide world. (A poor youtube clip of Eric's song.)

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I thought that this might be up the proverbial crumbsroom alley.


Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:35 am
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Jinnistan wrote:

I thought that this might be up the proverbial crumbsroom alley.


I also thought about Crumbcakes during a recent watch, Cathy's Curse. It's been on my watchlist for a while but I don't remember how it got on my radar. It occurred to me that it might've been Crumb that brought it to my attention.

If not, I'd say check it out because it strikes that balance of ineptitude and total commitment to its WTF-ery that seems to appeal to you. It's a poorly-made film that I enjoyed immensely, in other words.

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Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:39 am
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Jinnistan wrote:
Well, I'm happy to see that crumbs has not been so lonely lately. But lonely films will not watch themselves.


Having not really been indulging in the drink the last month and a half, I've found myself curiously unmoved to talk about anything. I'm just shuffling around like McMurphy after the lobotomy. Mostly watching well worn movies that I've seen a thousand times before and that have already been talked to death in this world. Who could possibly ever want to read another word about Vertigo, after all? Also probably contributing to this catatonia is the fact that I've been sick for over a week and have been barely able to keep myself awake much past nine o clock, like some geriatric case. My hope is that I will manage to prove I am back amongst the living this weekend, although drinking will still be kept to a minimum, since being inarticulate isn't a terrible amount of fun either.

Regarding the Stiff documentary, I'm a fan of most of those guys. Just bought a Dury record actually, and Nick Lowe's "Jesus of Cool" was a long ago favourite of mine. A bunch of other movies I should seek out have also been mentioned in this thread since I last checked out of it, but it would take so much effort to go into all of them.


Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:26 pm
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I also thought about Crumbcakes during a recent watch, Cathy's Curse. It's been on my watchlist for a while but I don't remember how it got on my radar. It occurred to me that it might've been Crumb that brought it to my attention.

If not, I'd say check it out because it strikes that balance of ineptitude and total commitment to its WTF-ery that seems to appeal to you. It's a poorly-made film that I enjoyed immensely, in other words.


The great Canadian Cathy's Curse is a perfect example of a film that shows how inspired a director can be with limited technical skills. Would make a nice double feature with The Child, which is similarly awesome stupidity.


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My hope is that I will manage to prove I am back amongst the living this weekend, although drinking will still be kept to a minimum, since being inarticulate isn't a terrible amount of fun either.

Good looking out for yourself, and hang in there.

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Regarding the Stiff documentary, I'm a fan of most of those guys. Just bought a Dury record actually, and Nick Lowe's "Jesus of Cool" was a long ago favourite of mine.

I wanted to let you know about it because it's a bit under the radar, being released in 2014 but very few people I know knew about it. SStill, it's only an hour, with no extras, and that's a damn shame. I don't know who owns the materials, but there's got to be some great stuff sitting on someone's cutting room floor somewhere.


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I haven't seen the first Black Magic, so I'm not sure how much this sequel expands upon the lore of a breast milk drinking magician who has an army of zombies that he keeps looking fuckable with the iron nails he drives into their heads, but expanding upon any of this probably would defeat the charm of it all, wouldn't it? I was just here for the trampoline, zombie kung fu anyways.

Opening with a prologue that gives an overview of the films coming themes in a similarly tangentially profound way as that which opens Andrei Rublev, the only difference seems to be in the scope of each movies lesson. While the opening minutes of Rublev seem to give heed to the folly of man's attempts to unshackle himself from the pedestrian limits of reason and imagination, we only can soar so high before a crash, Black Magic 2 instead uses its prologue to give a stern warning to women that when they swim topless in crocodile infested waters, to first remove their jewelry. In essence though, these themes are really two sides of the same coin.


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Jinnistan wrote:
Good looking out for yourself, and hang in there.


That's the plan, but it is a difficult balancing act remaining in that limbo between total drunken annihilation and the growing soullessness of sobriety. Could have probably used one of those brains that isn't in constant need of chemical tinkering. But where is the fun in that?

Outside of name recognition, I'm not very familiar with Wreckless Eric or Larry Wallis (just have some Pink Fairies stuff). Is there anything worth mining from these guys?


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All of this Black Magic 2 talk makes me realize it is about time for an Andrei Rublev rewatch. It used to be a near monthly thing for me, but I think it's been years since last I saw it.

Or maybe I should just get my ass around to Nostalgia, which is the only film of his I've continued to neglect all of these years. Maybe I'm afraid of a world without any more Tarkovsky films to explore.


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I also thought about Crumbcakes during a recent watch, Cathy's Curse. It's been on my watchlist for a while but I don't remember how it got on my radar. It occurred to me that it might've been Crumb that brought it to my attention.

If not, I'd say check it out because it strikes that balance of ineptitude and total commitment to its WTF-ery that seems to appeal to you. It's a poorly-made film that I enjoyed immensely, in other words.
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Outside of name recognition, I'm not very familiar with Wreckless Eric or Larry Wallis (just have some Pink Fairies stuff). Is there anything worth mining from these guys?

Funny you should mention it because I have nothing by either, but that Wreckless Eric clip made me want to check some of his stuff out. Wallis was OK, but the weakest of the bunch.

I also watched The Complete Truth About De-Evolution, which I was hoping was a Devo documentary but instead turned out to be a collection of their early music videos. I was not disappointed. I remember several of these from the MTV days, when they only slightly the less weirder than Art of Noise.


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Funny you should mention it because I have nothing by either, but that Wreckless Eric clip made me want to check some of his stuff out. Wallis was OK, but the weakest of the bunch.

I also watched The Complete Truth About De-Evolution, which I was hoping was a Devo documentary but instead turned out to be a collection of their early music videos. I was not disappointed. I remember several of these from the MTV days, when they only slightly the less weirder than Art of Noise.



Ah, he did Whole Wide World. I know that. Definitely in my ballpark.

Devo had a couple of years where everything they were involved in was beautiful. Especially jamming with Neil Young.


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