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Edge of Tomorrow was a lot of fun, even though it borrows so much from Source Code and even Groundhog Day. I pretty much agree with your whole assessment, including the weakness of the last act.

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Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:59 am
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I think Netflix has The Bye Bye Man. Might watch it if I gets me bored.


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Edge of Tomorrow

But at times, particularly close to the end, it does start to run out of its "parlor tricks". Not helping is the issue that Cage's J Company cohorts are barely two dimensional, unable to have more than little ciphers here and there.
Perhaps it would have been better if it had been 20 minutes shorter or had a better third act.
Still, watching Tom Cruise get beat up by mechanical arms is good for several chuckles.

I think that sums up my reaction to the film pretty well.


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It reads like Fabfunk's LiveJournal page.


Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:05 am
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Got any movies on 'Mammal Exchange', you commies?


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It reads like Fabfunk's LiveJournal page.
Fabfunk?

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Got any movies on 'Mammal Exchange', you commies?


I think the Trump thread is that-a-way.


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It reads like Fabfunk's LiveJournal page.


I'm open to hear other people and their film experiences.

Comparing me to Fabfunk, even in passing, does seem like a low blow. For shame, Janson, for shame.


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I think Netflix has The Bye Bye Man. Might watch it if I gets me bored.


God, I hope not. I think you'd be better off watching just about anything else.


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I'm open to hear other people and their film experiences.

Comparing me to Fabfunk, even in passing, does seem like a low blow. For shame, Janson, for shame.

I'm pretty sure you caught sight of the Russian bots before they were deleted, so stop acting all achy-breaky about it.


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I'm pretty sure you caught sight of the Russian bots before they were deleted, so stop acting all achy-breaky about it.


I saw them in other threads, but I don't remember them in this particular one.


Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:01 am
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I saw them in other threads, but I don't remember them in this particular one.

The post was here pretty much all of Thursday and Friday. It was an intriguing list of various permutations of porn selections. I remember "granny licking" at one point, but it all just melted together like some kind of froth-fleshed fever. It's easy to chain together random words from third party Pornhub search requests.


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If you say it was there, Janson, I can't disagree with you. I was basing my thoughts on a cursory glance, but who knows what I was doing on Thursday or Friday?

OK, Friday night. Saw film number 13 for 2018 already. Yet another classic one.

Sunset Boulevard

Joe Gillis (William Holden) is about to give up on his writing dreams in Hollywood and move back to Ohio. But first, he has to elude two people trying to repo his car. His car gets a flat and he's just able to get it to an empty garage in a deserted mansion.

Just then, he gets called up by silent film star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson). She mistakenly believes that he's there to deliver a coffin for a dead monkey. But once they get that cleared up, she asks his opinion on her big comeback...a version of Salome which she wrote with herself as the lead, natch. Joe realizes the script is terrible, but he lands a job as a script doctor to fix it.

He ends up having his things moved to the mansion where he learns from butler Max (Erich von Stroheim) that he writes her fan mail and refuses to reveal the truth about her faded star due to her probably not accepting it well (depression, suicide attempts).

While Joe is OK with Norma treating him with suits and cigarette cases, what happens when he realizes that Norma has feelings for him? And what happens when a chance series of meetings with a script reader (Nancy Olson) to work on one of Joe's scripts threatens to complicate things with both his friend Artie (Jack Webb!) and Norma?

Film works as a character study of two people driven together thanks to desperate circumstances. Both of whom are operating under severe delusions and aren't willing to face the facts.

I've heard some people consider this to be film noir. I'm not fully convinced

Even though some grim things happen, particularly in the second half, I never got the impression that Joe's fallen for Norma.
Also, I'm unaware that any crimes have been committed until the end. Both of which I'd consider more or less requirements for it to fit that style of film.


But I'm willing to agree that the film is great.

But it isn't something to watch to pick your spirits up.


Next: Not sure!

PS: For those inclined, I participated in a discussion of an upcoming appearance by Brendan Sexton on Drunk History. And he responded!


Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:52 pm
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If you say it was there, Janson, I can't disagree with you. I was basing my thoughts on a cursory glance, but who knows what I was doing on Thursday or Friday?

OK, Friday night. Saw film number 13 for 2018 already. Yet another classic one.

Sunset Boulevard

Joe Gillis (William Holden) is about to give up on his writing dreams in Hollywood and move back to Ohio. But first, he has to elude two people trying to repo his car. His car gets a flat and he's just able to get it to an empty garage in a deserted mansion.

Just then, he gets called up by silent film star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson). She mistakenly believes that he's there to deliver a coffin for a dead monkey. But once they get that cleared up, she asks his opinion on her big comeback...a version of Salome which she wrote with herself as the lead, natch. Joe realizes the script is terrible, but he lands a job as a script doctor to fix it.

He ends up having his things moved to the mansion where he learns from butler Max (Erich von Stroheim) that he writes her fan mail and refuses to reveal the truth about her faded star due to her probably not accepting it well (depression, suicide attempts).

While Joe is OK with Norma treating him with suits and cigarette cases, what happens when he realizes that Norma has feelings for him? And what happens when a chance series of meetings with a script reader (Nancy Olson) to work on one of Joe's scripts threatens to complicate things with both his friend Artie (Jack Webb!) and Norma?

Film works as a character study of two people driven together thanks to desperate circumstances. Both of whom are operating under severe delusions and aren't willing to face the facts.

I've heard some people consider this to be film noir. I'm not fully convinced

Even though some grim things happen, particularly in the second half, I never got the impression that Joe's fallen for Norma.
Also, I'm unaware that any crimes have been committed until the end. Both of which I'd consider more or less requirements for it to fit that style of film.


But I'm willing to agree that the film is great.

But it isn't something to watch to pick your spirits up.

That movie is just absurdly good. Exceeded my expectations despite it's legendary status.


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That movie is just absurdly good. Exceeded my expectations despite it's legendary status.


I'm glad you really enjoyed it. It's on the verge of my top 20 of all time.

Leaning towards ending January/beginning February on a mild romp.


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PS: For those inclined, I participated in a discussion of an upcoming appearance by Brendan Sexton on Drunk History. And he responded!


Wait--Brendon Sexton III, like from Welcome to the Dollhouse, Session 9, and Boys Don't Cry? Man, I love him. Usually when actors consistently play bad or unappealing people it eventually leads to me just having a negative association with them, but he's a rare exception.

Where was the discussion? Live or online?


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If you say it was there, Janson, I can't disagree with you. I was basing my thoughts on a cursory glance, but who knows what I was doing on Thursday or Friday?


I can attest to the presence of the bot post. I didn't look closely enough to see the most recent poster, got excited that the thread was updated, and was like " . . . .Oh!". The porn on offer was . . . certainly varied.


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That movie is just absurdly good. Exceeded my expectations despite it's legendary status.


This film has escaped my radar for too long. I've been meaning to watch it since forever, and haven't been able to.

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The porn on offer was . . . certainly varied.

One of them was "Hard Nipples Movie" which I just found so intriguing. Like, how long is this movie? I'm thinking 2 minutes of a hard nipple would be about 1-1/2 minutes too long. Granted, I'm not really a hard nipple guy so far be it from me to question someone's fetish. This seems like the porn you'd watch when you've absolutely exhausted every other subgenre. "Seen it, seen it, seen it...hmmm, hard nipples, you say? OK, let's give it a shot."

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One of them was "Hard Nipples Movie" which I just found so intriguing. Like, how long is this movie? I'm thinking 2 minutes of a hard nipple would be about 1-1/2 minutes too long. Granted, I'm not really a hard nipple guy so far be it from me to question someone's fetish. This seems like the porn you'd watch when you've absolutely exhausted every other subgenre. "Seen it, seen it, seen it...hmmm, hard nipples, you say? OK, let's give it a shot."


It's like one of those movies they make out of an SNL sketch. Like, oh, geez, we have to build a whole 90 minute plot out of this? Okay, there are these models, right, and they get trapped in a meat locker, and to pass the time . . .


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This film has escaped my radar for too long. I've been meaning to watch it since forever, and haven't been able to.


I tell ya, I hesitated for a long time and I wasn't halfway through it before I realized I'd been a fool. It's that good.


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I'm glad you really enjoyed it. It's on the verge of my top 20 of all time.

When you think about the films of William Holden, Sunset Blvd., Born Yesterday, Sabrina, The Bridge On The River Motherfuckin' Kwai, The Wild Bunch, Network, fucking NETWORK, and if you wanna hear him sing, check out Father Is A Bachelor, he's startlingly good, it's just amazing we aren't talking about him all the time around here. The guy was a lion.


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Wait--Brendon Sexton III, like from Welcome to the Dollhouse, Session 9, and Boys Don't Cry? Man, I love him. Usually when actors consistently play bad or unappealing people it eventually leads to me just having a negative association with them, but he's a rare exception.

Where was the discussion? Live or online?


It was on his Facebook page. His family is behind it, but he does respond, usually placing his initials at the end of his posts. That way you know it was him.


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When you think about the films of William Holden, Sunset Blvd., Born Yesterday, Sabrina, The Bridge On The River Motherfuckin' Kwai, The Wild Bunch, Network, fucking NETWORK, and if you wanna hear him sing, check out Father Is A Bachelor, he's startlingly good, it's just amazing we aren't talking about him all the time around here. The guy was a lion.


Maybe he was too subtle? But it's the third film of his I've seen in recent years (Network, Born Yesterday and Sunset Boulevard).

Looks like I'll have to make time for the Bridge and the whistling.


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I'm all the way up and back with...

XXX: The Return of Xander Cage

Hear me out on this one. Continuity isn't exactly a strength of this series.

In film one, Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) was an extreme sports athlete recruited by Gibbons (Samuel Leroy Jackson) to infiltrate a group of Russian terrorists in Europe.

In film two, Cage is supposedly killed by an Army sergeant and he's replaced by former Navy SEAL officer Darius Stone (Ice Cube).

We open film three with Gibbons talking with a new recruit, a soccer player from Brazil.

A rogue satellite goes and kills both of them.


Current head of the NSA Jane Marke (Toni Collette) goes to South America to recruit Cage who is now doing his extreme sports stunts to steal satellite signals for the poor people of a village so they can watch soccer. She is able to convince him to retrieve Pandora's Box (a black box that allows its wielder to launch satellites from space to kill people) which was stolen in a brazen robbery by Xiang (Donnie Yen).

But when he is able to meet up and confront Xiang in the Philippines, Cage learns a surprising truth and it leads to a trail of events that eventually lead to Detroit (ooh, shades of Brick Mansions).

It works as a dumb action film. Director DJ Caruso gives this film some zip and allows both Yen and Tony Jaa to give demonstrations on why they're respected action stars. Early scenes with Nina Dobrev as a tech/weapons expert are kinda charming and it appears that Diesel is trying here unlike some films (cough Babylon AD cough).

But this film feels less like a Americanized James Bond with muscle cars in the first film in the series and more like Fast and the Furious with spies in the place of criminals. Although some action sequences work, the sidekicks in this film prove a poor substitute for Paul Walker, The Rock, Ludacris, etc. At times, it appears the biggest battle is for worst performance between Collette and Deepika Padukone.

Film also makes a turn towards some pretty predictable territory in the second half.

Not even Ice Cube showing up to save the sidekick's bacon in the Detroit warehouse is able to compensate.


It's a watchable film, but it also feels less than ambitious. The multiculturalism is a nice touch, but the writing is too pedestrian to make this return more than a brief one.

Next: I need to catch up on some films I started but haven't completed before tackling new ones. So expect an Oscar winner and a silly Christmas romance film in my next three films or so. Plus, something something Ferguson.


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And thanks to Thief's challenge, I watched none of them. Instead I watched:

A Corner in Wheat

13 minute short that showcases what happens when a greedy rich man decides to corner the wheat market. While he's hobnobbing with the rich, the people in town deal with bread lines, high prices, and low supply.

As a criticism of capitalism, it does the job. Narratively speaking, the ending is a bit murky.

But to DW Griffith's credit, his actors underplay rather than overplay the moments. It makes for an interesting watch.

NEXT 6 (wish me luck):
A Christmas Prince
Moonlight
Whose Streets?
Young Bodies Heal Quickly
Miss Hokusai
The Conversation

Runners-up:
The WNUF Halloween Special
A Ghost Story
Obit
Breathing
The Boss Baby
North Face


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:D Sorry...

Hey, The Conversation is a damn fine film. Looking forward to your thoughts.

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:D Sorry...

Hey, The Conversation is a damn fine film. Looking forward to your thoughts.


Nothing to apologize for. I'm sure to swerve from time to time. At least I have a good excuse for it...

Anyways, will finish Whose Streets? tonight and Christmas Prince tomorrow morning.

Sunday looks like a doubleheader. Start off with Moonlight and then I might have to swerve again.

Found Friend Request on TubiTV. These things don't just happen.


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Sunset Boulevard is a magnificent character study. Glad you really liked it as well.

I also liked The Conversation quite a bit.

Moonlight and A Ghost Story are some of my favorite films of their respective year.

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Just finished Whose Streets? tonight. Will try to do a full review tomorrow.

Definitely a lot to think about. Probably finishing Christmas Prince tomorrow.


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By the way, I remember you saying that you were thinking of starting a youtube channel. Is it up yet?

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By the way, I remember you saying that you were thinking of starting a youtube channel. Is it up yet?


Nah. Not yet, but I plan on running a trial test (mainly for video and audio purposes) sometime early next week.

Primarily, it would be for movie reviews. But I may dabble a bit into music as well.

For the films, these are segments I'm looking to do:

Skewed Views: Take a well known film and walk it through some tangents to reach an unexpected conclusion.
Reviews: What it says on the tin.
Best and Worst of the Year: Self explanatory
Hall of Shame: Focusing on terrible films
Classics Corner: Take a look at films considered to be classic.

As for music, I'd take a look at the best and worst of the year.

I'll probably show my mug so everyone can see what I look like!


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Whose Streets?

Missouri is the new Mississippi

Early in the film Whose Streets?, we get an inside look at what happened in Ferguson following the death of Michael Brown Jr. He was killed by police officer Darren Brown unarmed after leaving a convenience store.

They decide to focus on memorializing him through a street tribute site and by protesting on his behalf. Most of the people marching are out to protest against the mostly white police force for not acknowledging his name or admitting wrongdoing. A few decide to smash windows, loot, and burn down the convenience store.

Which images get highlighted by both the media and by politicians? Take a guess.

Anyway, we take a look at various people in the protest movements and witness their daily lives. Although a few are like regular protesters, others are regular people like a nursing student, musician, and a couple of parents.

Although the film does feel a bit one-sided in its approach (no police are among those interviewed), at its best, it gives us a ground level view into not only what happened in Ferguson, but also the frustration and anger that led into the protests (and eventually into the Black Lives Matter movement).

It's definitely worth seeing.


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Nah. Not yet, but I plan on running a trial test (mainly for video and audio purposes) sometime early next week.

Primarily, it would be for movie reviews. But I may dabble a bit into music as well.

For the films, these are segments I'm looking to do:

Skewed Views: Take a well known film and walk it through some tangents to reach an unexpected conclusion.
Reviews: What it says on the tin.
Best and Worst of the Year: Self explanatory
Hall of Shame: Focusing on terrible films
Classics Corner: Take a look at films considered to be classic.

As for music, I'd take a look at the best and worst of the year.

I'll probably show my mug so everyone can see what I look like!

Sounds great. I'll look forward to it.

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Here comes another swerve!

Canadian Bacon

Alright, my first film from ThisTV this year as well as a look at a rare bird: Michael Moore doing a fictionalized story.

The President of the US (Alan Alda) is in deep doo-doo poll numbers wise. Although he won the cold war against Russia, many places are losing defense factories and jobs for their citizens. One of these places are in Niagara Falls where the sheriff (John Candy) helps save the politician's life from an accidental shooting.

Although that nudges the polls ever-so-slightly to the right direction, the president has to face hard facts with his general (Rip Torn) and his chief of staff (Kevin Pollak). He'll have to start a war to get those numbers up permanently, although without the actual violence and loss of life.

After their original plans of Russia falls through, the chief of staff presents an interesting alternative...Canada, our neighbor to the north. Footage of the sheriff getting beaten up at a hockey game due to his opinions of Canadian beer spurs things along.

Through a series of attacks from various news and TV shows (frightening how this could happen still today!), they start to stir up a xenophobic frenzy against those who say eh.

Meanwhile, the sheriff, his friend Roy Boy (Kevin J. O'Connor), and his other friend Kabral (Bill Nunn) go on a crusade. After their attempt to litter on Canadian grounds leads to the sheriff losing his girlfriend Honey (Rhea Perlman) to the Mounties, they decide to bring them back no matter the cost.

Also stirring the pot is RJ Hacker (GD Spradlin) whose plant being shut down in Niagara Falls leads to the beginning of the film and ultimately to revenge involving a software program which when activated could lead to the end of the world.

Occasionally, there's a funny moment here and a moment to think about there.

But Bacon is too scattered to have much of an impact. It'll remind you at times of a bad sitcom; at other times, it'll remind you of Dr. Strangelove.

And the anti-Canadian thing was done to much better effect in the South Park movie.

This Bacon is not delicious. It's too bland to mean very much in the genre of political comedies.

Next: A Christmas Prince, I swear. Really gotta start knocking off these newer films.


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Next: A Christmas Prince, I swear. Really gotta start knocking off these newer films.


What is drawing you to this one? I like Rose McIver a lot, but the guy on the cover has such a bland look to him and the plot sounds pretty blah.


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What is drawing you to this one? I like Rose McIver a lot, but the guy on the cover has such a bland look to him and the plot sounds pretty blah.


I already saw about 38 minutes of it. I find myself laughing in spite of myself.

The plot is fairly ridiculous, but you know, it does take my mind of certain things in the news so it does have its bright spots.


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Nah. Not yet, but I plan on running a trial test (mainly for video and audio purposes) sometime early next week.

Primarily, it would be for movie reviews. But I may dabble a bit into music as well.

For the films, these are segments I'm looking to do:

Skewed Views: Take a well known film and walk it through some tangents to reach an unexpected conclusion.
Reviews: What it says on the tin.
Best and Worst of the Year: Self explanatory
Hall of Shame: Focusing on terrible films
Classics Corner: Take a look at films considered to be classic.

As for music, I'd take a look at the best and worst of the year.

I'll probably show my mug so everyone can see what I look like!
I watch a lot of film-related Youtube in my spare time, so I'd totally check out your channel, if you make one. :fresh:

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I keep trying to edge closer to a debut on the video front.

My Facebook group page is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/130576324298221/

Probably will be tackling a review of Whose Streets? first.

As for the recently seen film front, if you check out Thief's thread, I've finally finished A Christmas Prince. For weeks, I belabored under the illusion that it began with a The and not an A.

Full review tomorrow.


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As for the recently seen film front, if you check out Thief's thread, I've finally finished A Christmas Prince. For weeks, I belabored under the illusion that it began with a The and not an A.


*scoff* And you call yourself a professional?!


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*scoff* And you call yourself a professional?!


At least that came out here and not on YouTube. I'd never hear the end of it otherwise.

Speaking of which:

A Christmas Prince

Amber (Rose McIver, iZombie) does the thankless job of editing articles for a shameless tabloid. But one day, she gets the call up from her boss.

Her assignment is to travel to Andovia to cover the coronation of Prince Richard (Ben Lamb, The White Queen) and get the real scoop on who he is. Like a lot of people, she learns that he's got a reputation as a playboy cad. But she gets personal experience when he steals her cab in order to get away from the press.

But thanks to a combination of persistence and good fortune, she ends up in the palace herself as an American tutor named Martha Anderson (noted that Andovia doesn't do background checks!). Once inside, she tries to dig up the real scoop while managing to win over people thanks to a combination of kindness and incompetence (her non-existent archery skills).

The first person is Richard's sister Princess Emily (Honor Kneafsey, Miss You Already), who may be bound to a wheelchair but she has enough spunk and spirit to suggest that maybe she should have played Annie. Slowly, she starts to win over the Prince who isn't nearly as bad as advertised and even the Queen (Alice Krige, Star Trek: First Contact).

But can she keep up the charade long enough to get the true story? Or will her pack of lies start to catch up with her?

This is an odd film in that its strengths and weaknesses is virtually identical. It's silly, frivolous, and doesn't hold up to scrutiny. But thanks to its modest efforts to create light entertainment, it manages to charm all the same.

At the end, it was OK. Nothing more, nothing less.


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Quite a few films that I've seen since RT gave up the ghost.

Will deal with Mad Love briefly because I already dealt with it in depth at the Horror thread and on Facebook in the Axis of Very Evil forum. ...

Mad Love

Not much really to get into. It's The Hands of Orlok as a clinically mad doctor (Peter Lorre) with a serious obsession for a horror actress (Frances Drake) who agrees to repair/restore the hands of a concert pianist (Colin Clive, Frankenstein) after a train wreck mangles them.

Of course once the doctor attaches the hands of a knife throwing murderer to the pianist, the fireworks begin.

Subtle, it ain't. But there's pleasures to be had here as the film moves quick enough to leave plot holes behind until afterwards.

That's one I haven't seen. But it reminds me of The Beast with Five Fingers. I saw that when I was a kid on the 3:30 pm Thriller daily horror movie dose. It also features Peter Lorre in the cast. And a pianist. And from the trivia page, Luis Buñuel suspected that he may have given Warner Brothers the idea.

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Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:42 pm
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To encourage more participation and maybe spur more movie watching by yours truly, I decided to form my own list of "tasks" that can be filled by watching films.

It'll be fairly short (15 or so) and can be done in conjunction with other lists (namely, Thief's). Also, I'm trying to keep the list fairly loose on what's allowed/not allowed. Oh, and if you find a film that

1. Watch a Brendan Sexton film.
On behalf of the fact that I received a personal reply from BS3 himself last month, treat yo'self and watch one of his films. Note: he has to be listed in the cast (AKA no Hide and Seek).

2. Watch a film set in New Orleans.
On behalf of Mardi Gras taking place in early March, go ahead and watch a film that's set in the Big Easy.

2B. Watch an Oscar winning film.
The Oscars air on March 4. Watch an Oscar winner past or present. Category doesn't matter, just that they won!

3. Watch a religious film.
On behalf of Easter, check out a film that focuses on religion and/or faith. But keep in mind that I'm keeping this fairly loose so if you want to watch say Two Days, One Night, I'll allow it.

4. Watch a film set in Washington, DC.
Due to the Cherry Festival taking place in March, watch a film set in the American capital.

5. Go Green and watch an Irish film.
St. Patrick's Day is in March. View a film either set in Ireland or about Irish people.

6. Give into the Madness and watch a basketball film.
For sports fans, March is all about hoops. So partake in a film about basketball. It could be a slam dunk!

7. Watch a Spring Break film
March is also the time when college coeds spend a week or so getting tan and drunk in a far off location. Watch a film set in or around spring break. Spring Break Forever!

8. Watch a Shakespeare film
The Ides of March are upon us. Avoid poisonous snakes and men with lean and hungry looks and catch a flick based on a Shakespeare play.

9. Watch a film from a country that English isn't the primary language.
The Winter Olympics has concluded but keep a torch out for peace and dive into a subtitled film set in a place where English isn't spoken (subtitles can be, of course).

10. Watch a Disney film
The top grossing films in the month of March are primarily made by Walt Disney company. Catch a Disney film (can be modern or classic, live action or animated).

11. Watch a film featuring the military
March isn't just a month, but it's also a type of music with rhythm. Military people also march on a regular basis. Pick a military film (can deal with war or peace conditions).

12. Watch a film with a female lead.
March is also Women's History Month so go for a film where a woman is the lead character.

13. Watch a film dealing with math.
Guess what else is happening in March? National Pi day. So watch a film that features math or a mathematician.

14. Watch a film about employees.
March also has an Employee Appreciation Day. So yeah, go with a workplace drama or comedy that focuses on the hard workers who make the bosses look good. I'd recommend 9 to 5 but I have to assume everyone's seen that.

15. Watch a film set in Texas.
On the same day as #14 is Texas Independence Day. So yeah, find a film set in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio or Lubbock. Yes, it can be modern day, a western set in Texas, or even about the fight for Independence.

Whew, that should cover things, I think. Have fun!


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Apex Predator wrote:
To encourage more participation and maybe spur more movie watching by yours truly, I decided to form my own list of "tasks" that can be filled by watching films.

It'll be fairly short (15 or so) and can be done in conjunction with other lists (namely, Thief's). Also, I'm trying to keep the list fairly loose on what's allowed/not allowed. Oh, and if you find a film that

2. Watch a film set in New Orleans.
On behalf of Mardi Gras taking place in early March, go ahead and watch a film that's set in the Big Easy.

Dude, Mardi Gras was weeks ago. Still, The Beyond is your movie.

5. Go Green and watch an Irish film.
St. Patrick's Day is in March. View a film either set in Ireland or about Irish people.

I always go with the The Quiet Man/Darby O'Gill And The Little People Double-Feature.

15. Watch a film set in Texas.
On the same day as #14 is Texas Independence Day. So yeah, find a film set in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio or Lubbock. Yes, it can be modern day, a western set in Texas, or even about the fight for Independence.

Paris, Texas

Whew, that should cover things, I think. Have fun!


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Watch a film with a female lead.
March is also Women's History Month so go for a film where a woman is the lead character.


May I suggest the critically-underseen A New Leaf, which not only starred a woman but was directed by the lead actress herself?

It's a dark comedy about a broke playboy (Walter Matheau) who marries a wealthy, clumsy botanist in order to murder her (in a very believable looking "accident").


Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:16 am
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Apex Predator wrote:
To encourage more participation and maybe spur more movie watching by yours truly, I decided to form my own list of "tasks" that can be filled by watching films.

It'll be fairly short (15 or so) and can be done in conjunction with other lists (namely, Thief's). Also, I'm trying to keep the list fairly loose on what's allowed/not allowed. Oh, and if you find a film that

1. Watch a Brendan Sexton film.
On behalf of the fact that I received a personal reply from BS3 himself last month, treat yo'self and watch one of his films. Note: he has to be listed in the cast (AKA no Hide and Seek).

2. Watch a film set in New Orleans.
On behalf of Mardi Gras taking place in early March, go ahead and watch a film that's set in the Big Easy.

3. Watch a religious film.
On behalf of Easter, check out a film that focuses on religion and/or faith. But keep in mind that I'm keeping this fairly loose so if you want to watch say Two Days, One Night, I'll allow it.

4. Watch a film set in Washington, DC.
Due to the Cherry Festival taking place in March, watch a film set in the American capital.

5. Go Green and watch an Irish film.
St. Patrick's Day is in March. View a film either set in Ireland or about Irish people.

6. Give into the Madness and watch a basketball film.
For sports fans, March is all about hoops. So partake in a film about basketball. It could be a slam dunk!

7. Watch a Spring Break film
March is also the time when college coeds spend a week or so getting tan and drunk in a far off location. Watch a film set in or around spring break. Spring Break Forever!

8. Watch a Shakespeare film
The Ides of March are upon us. Avoid poisonous snakes and men with lean and hungry looks and catch a flick based on a Shakespeare play.

9. Watch a film from a country that English isn't the primary language.
The Winter Olympics has concluded but keep a torch out for peace and dive into a subtitled film set in a place where English isn't spoken (subtitles can be, of course).

10. Watch a Disney film
The top grossing films in the month of March are primarily made by Walt Disney company. Catch a Disney film (can be modern or classic, live action or animated).

11. Watch a film featuring the military
March isn't just a month, but it's also a type of music with rhythm. Military people also march on a regular basis. Pick a military film (can deal with war or peace conditions).

12. Watch a film with a female lead.
March is also Women's History Month so go for a film where a woman is the lead character.

13. Watch a film dealing with math.
Guess what else is happening in March? National Pi day. So watch a film that features math or a mathematician.

14. Watch a film about employees.
March also has an Employee Appreciation Day. So yeah, go with a workplace drama or comedy that focuses on the hard workers who make the bosses look good. I'd recommend 9 to 5 but I have to assume everyone's seen that.

15. Watch a film set in Texas.
On the same day as #14 is Texas Independence Day. So yeah, find a film set in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio or Lubbock. Yes, it can be modern day, a western set in Texas, or even about the fight for Independence.

Whew, that should cover things, I think. Have fun!


Nice! I already have my hands full with my own challenge, but maybe there might be some overlaps. :up: :up: :up:

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2. Watch a film set in New Orleans.
10. Watch a Disney film
12. Watch a film with a female lead.

Princess and the Frog will satisfy all 3 of these. ( Next Mardi Gras is in early March, but we'll let you slide.) :)

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I saw your list and tried to come up with a list I'd be willing to watch. Have yet to do mine. I suspect that I'd be in for a record month if I tried to do both. It would in part make up for last month's slacking.

Well, Mardi Gras was in February, Wooley. I might have to double check any future lists I try to do.

My next five. Yeah, might have to tackle some of both. I do have three of the next four days off so let's make stuff happen.

1. Moonlight (Minority the majority)
2. Captain Underpants (animated film)
3. Finest Hour (Disney)
4. Rat Film (It's not in a category, but it appears to be short at least)
5. Valerian and the City of 1,000 Planets


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Some recs...

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1. Watch a Brendan Sexton film.
Boys Don't Cry is essential. Session 9 is worth a watch. Empire Records was very 90's.

2. Watch a film set in New Orleans.
Assuming you've seen Streetcar, I would say Beasts of Southern Wild or Bad Lieutenant: Nic Cage

2B. Watch an Oscar winning film.
All About Eve (1950), On the Waterfront (1954), The Sting (1973), The Godfather 2 (1974), Unforgiven (1992)

3. Watch a religious film.
I really liked Passion of the Christ and Noah.

4. Watch a film set in Washington, DC.
Dick or The Omen

5. Go Green and watch an Irish film.
In The Name of the Father or '71

6. Give into the Madness and watch a basketball film.
Hoop Dreams or Love & Basketball

7. Watch a Spring Break film
Piranha 3D

8. Watch a Shakespeare film
I'm not familiar with many, but all the Othello versions were solid (including O). Also 10 Things I Hate About You was fun.

9. Watch a film from a country that English isn't the primary language.
Saw it recently on Takoma's recommendation, so The Man from Nowhere (South Korea). Also, Au revoir les enfants (France) or Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (France). Holy Motors (France/Germany) if you're in for a trip.

10. Watch a Disney film
Aladdin is my favorite, but I suppose you've seen that. Bolt is underrated, I think.

11. Watch a film featuring the military
Casualties of War might be one of DePalma's best. Also, Empire of the Sun is an underrated Spielberg. Finally, Full Metal Jacket if you haven't seen it.

12. Watch a film with a female lead.
Room (Brie Larson), Blue Jasmine (Cate Blanchett), Winter's Bone (Jennifer Lawrence), The Others (Nicole Kidman), Heavenly Creatures (Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey)

13. Watch a film dealing with math.
Pi for Pi Day then? I don't know if you've seen it but it's an interesting film.

14. Watch a film about employees.
Assuming you've seen Office Space, what about Swimming with Sharks? It's a bit disjointed towards the end, but it's worth it for Kevin Spacey's performance alone.

15. Watch a film set in Texas.
No Country for Old Men, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

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Well, Mardi Gras was in February, Wooley. I might have to double check any future lists I try to do.

It's a moving target. I have to be told by friends every year whether to immediately reboot my liver after New Year's (since Mardi Gras is 2 weeks long) or if I can let it remain dormant for a month.


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