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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2019

Post by Takoma1 » Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:48 am

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Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:50 pm
I don't think I would classify the first one as action either. It had docu-drama vibes and all that corruption stuff, told with a broken narrative. Not bad, but not great either.
I think that my opinion was a little skewed, because it was certainly sold as an action film.
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Post by Thief » Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:59 am

Yeah, I think that's what I was expecting too. Regardless, my main issue with it was that they had too many irons in the fire. The character of Nascimento is sold as the lead, but I think there's as much, or maybe even more, time dedicated to the other two characters (Neto and Matías). Unfortunately, there is little depth to any of them. Maybe Matías is the one whose motivations are clearer and more explored. There are glimpses of the psychological and emotional struggles that the job has on Nascimento, but little is done with it. There are glimpses of the corruption in the police and government, but there is little done with it as well. Like I said, it's just a documentary-like narrative with little connection to the characters.
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Post by Popcorn Reviews » Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:29 am

Yeah, A Serious Man is great.
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Re: Thiefs Monthly Film Challenge 2019

Post by Popcorn Reviews » Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:16 am

itastMaix wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:09 am
Certainly. So happens. Let's discuss this question. Here or in PM.
No.
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Re: Thiefs Monthly Film Challenge 2019

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Popcorn Reviews wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:16 am
No.
But "so happens"! That's the quality posting content we all yearn for!
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Post by Thief » Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:18 pm

I'm sorry. I already PM'd him/her and asked him/her for nudes.
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Re: Thiefs Monthly Film Challenge 2019

Post by Jinnistan » Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:18 pm

Takoma1 wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:07 pm
But "so happens"! That's the quality posting content we all yearn for!
But what if so fails to happen. What do we discuss then?
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Post by Popcorn Reviews » Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:15 pm

Jinnistan wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:18 pm
But what if so fails to happen. What do we discuss then?
Bring it up at the city hall meeting then.
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Post by Jinnistan » Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:52 pm

Popcorn Reviews wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:15 pm
Bring it up at the city hall meeting then.
Smells like an ambush.
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Post by Apex Predator » Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:50 pm

Jinnistan wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:18 pm
But what if so fails to happen. What do we discuss then?
Movies, of course!
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Post by Apex Predator » Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:07 am

Anyway, here's a brief catchup:

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) (IMDB top 250 featuring a 9)

Considering there's been a lot of celluloid spent on Peter Parker and his origins story, it was a nice call to turn towards Miles Morales and his tale. He's a bright, but underachieving student who bristles over his cop stepfather and is more in line with his more casual uncle.

But a night of tagging with his uncle goes wrong when he's bit by a radioactive spider and he's brought to adventure and a story involving The Kingpin. But his contraption has led to chaos featuring multiple Spidermen (and Spiderwomen) who are out to stop his scheme and head back home.

Lots of fun and a few laughs were had in this origins story that isn't afraid to go dark but still has time for the simple joys of webslinging through the streets of New York.

This one was well done with a nice look and the music popped as well. A-

Not fitting any category:

The Architects (1990)

In East Germany, a man in his 30s finally gets a chance to leave a mark and start his career as he and his self-chosen team work on a bold plan to create a supermarket and other niceties for an apartment complex.

But the Communist party and other corporate forces seem to be lining up against him. At the same time, his marriage to his wife is on shaky ground because she wants more stimulation in her life.

As a drama, it's decently done with some parallels between the architect's career and filmmakers in East Germany. It's a bit slow moving and occasionally gets mired in melodrama in its final half.

Overall, I think I liked it. Maybe worth a mild recommendation. B-

And I'm a third through The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang (Fall in title, Title starting with Q or R). Which may have been a big mistake.
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2019

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And I'm a third through The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang (Fall in title, Title starting with Q or R). Which may have been a big mistake.
Then abandon ship!

Robot & Frank and River's Edge are both free on Prime, and the latter is AMAZING.
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Post by Apex Predator » Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:53 am

Takoma1 wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:00 am
Then abandon ship!

Robot & Frank and River's Edge are both free on Prime, and the latter is AMAZING.
But, but my Kindle Fire told me that Robot and Frank was no longer streaming...and that was a LIE! :down:

Was planning on seeing this anyway because it fit the Fall category and it somehow made it to theaters. :P
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Post by Slentert » Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:35 am

River's Edge is fuckin' amazing. With that movie, Blue Velvet and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, 1986 was a great year for Dennis Hopper.
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Post by Thief » Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:54 pm

Having a hard time choosing an available, "decent" video game film. I wanted to see something like Tron (which I haven't seen) or Tomb Raider (which got ok/good reviews), or even Super Mario Bros. for the laughs, but none of those are available on any streaming service. I also looked for any video game documentary, but couldn't find any (yes, I saw King of Kong). Any suggestion so I don't have to settle into any of the Resident Evil films or other crapfest?
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Post by Torgo » Thu Sep 26, 2019 4:04 pm

Try to get your hands on Takashi Miike's Ace Attorney, which of course is based on the Phoenix Wright games. It's a riot.
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Post by Wooley » Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:02 pm

Thief wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:54 pm
Having a hard time choosing an available, "decent" video game film. I wanted to see something like Tron (which I haven't seen)...
Tron is awesome and should be seen by all and is streaming on iTunes right now. $3.99.
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2019

Post by Captain Terror » Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:02 pm

Some time ago I streamed a doc called Man vs Snake which is about a guy attempting to beat the high score of a Centipede-esque video game that isn't called Centipede. (can't remember it)
Anyhow, it takes like two consecutive days of playing in order to achieve the score so watching him fade in and out of consciousness was fascinating.
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Post by Takoma1 » Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:44 pm

Thief wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:54 pm
Having a hard time choosing an available, "decent" video game film. I wanted to see something like Tron (which I haven't seen) or Tomb Raider (which got ok/good reviews), or even Super Mario Bros. for the laughs, but none of those are available on any streaming service. I also looked for any video game documentary, but couldn't find any (yes, I saw King of Kong). Any suggestion so I don't have to settle into any of the Resident Evil films or other crapfest?
I also struggled with this category.

I would actually recommend the one that I ended up watching. It wasn't amazing, but it had good action and some nice character moments.
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Post by Thief » Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:50 pm

My completist, OCD self asks if it is tied in any way to the other animated Resident Evil films (Degeneration and Damnation).
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Post by Takoma1 » Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:51 pm

Thief wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:50 pm
My completist, OCD self asks if it is tied in any way to the other animated Resident Evil films (Degeneration and Damnation).
I've only seen one other Resident Evil film (um . . . one of the middle ones?) and I did just fine with the plot. There may have been connections that I didn't see them. I can't think of anything (like deaths being mentioned) that would be spoilers for earlier films, if that's what you mean.
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Post by Apex Predator » Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:04 am

A long shot, but maybe Indie Game: The Movie? It's a documentary about people who make the smaller games for the various game systems.
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Post by Wooley » Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:46 am

Captain Terror wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:02 pm
Some time ago I streamed a doc called Man vs Snake which is about a guy attempting to beat the high score of a Centipede-esque video game that isn't called Centipede. (can't remember it)
Anyhow, it takes like two consecutive days of playing in order to achieve the score so watching him fade in and out of consciousness was fascinating.
Really?
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Post by Wooley » Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:49 am

Oh, I just realized, Tron is not based on a video game, the video game was based the movie.
But the movie is very much about video games. In the coolest way ever, IMO.
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Post by Thief » Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:02 pm

Wooley wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:49 am
Oh, I just realized, Tron is not based on a video game, the video game was based the movie.
But the movie is very much about video games. In the coolest way ever, IMO.
That classifies. I'm looking for films based on video games or that feature video games prominently. Sadly, like I said, it's not on any streaming service (at least for free).
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Post by Thief » Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:03 pm

Takoma1 wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:51 pm
I've only seen one other Resident Evil film (um . . . one of the middle ones?) and I did just fine with the plot. There may have been connections that I didn't see them. I can't think of anything (like deaths being mentioned) that would be spoilers for earlier films, if that's what you mean.
I read it's not connected to the Milla Jovovich live-action ones, but that there might be some connection to the two animated ones I mentioned. I'll keep the suggestion in my back-pocket anyway.
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Post by Captain Terror » Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:05 pm

Wooley wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:46 am
Really?
Looked it up to refresh my memory. The game is Nibbler. In the 80s a teen named Tim McVey (nice) scored a billion points which takes 40+ hrs to achieve. Over the years other players topped him, so the doc is about the now middle-aged McVey trying to reclaim the high score. Which is either inspiring or depressing depending on one's point of view.

Bad news for Thief is that I can't find it for free anymore, so I guess you can disregard all of this. :oops:
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Post by Thief » Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:18 pm

I've read about Tim McVey because there's a Tim McVey Day to celebrate the day he achieved the record the first time :D

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Post by Captain Terror » Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:47 pm

Cheating on a few of these, as usual, this month----

A film with a title that starts with the letters Q or R: The Quake
Sequel to the Norwegian disaster film The Wave. Both are recommended

A film from the 1980s: Shock Treatment
A *sort-of* sequel to Rocky Horror, which I discussed in one of Wooley's threads

A science-fiction film:
Watched my recently-acquired Invisible Man BluRay set, including all the sequels. They vary in quality of course, but it's remarkable how well Hollywood
mastered the invisibility effect right off the bat. Pretty much unassailable even 80+ years later.

A film with a primarily Hispanic/Latino cast (Hispanic Heritage Month): Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice
Yes I'm stretching the category here, but she is Mexican-American after all. I cried like a little boy, and not just because of the Parkinsons stuff. Hearing the voice at full volume on a multiplex sound system knocked me to the back of the room a couple of times. Powerful stuff. Recommended.

A film from the Friday the 13th franchise (Friday, September 13): AS IF! :)

A film featuring a Native American cast/characters (Native American Day, September 27): Sasquatch: The Legend of Bigfoot
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You know what? Let's just disregard this one. Never mind.
A film about neighbors (Nat'l Good Neighbor Day, September 28): Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Stretching the category again. This is the documentary about Fred Rogers of course, and I'll add my name to the list of fans. Recommended.
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Post by Wooley » Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:52 am

Captain Terror wrote:
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:47 pm

A science-fiction film:
Watched my recently-acquired Invisible Man BluRay set, including all the sequels. They vary in quality of course, but it's remarkable how well Hollywood
mastered the invisibility effect right off the bat. Pretty much unassailable even 80+ years later.

Agreed, it's pretty amazing.
And Claude Rains is the tits, yo!
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Post by Thief » Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:19 pm

I have the Invisible Man films on my agenda. I managed to catch up with most of the classic Universal monsters last year, but I still haven't seen the "first" Mummy, The Phantom of the Opera, and the Invisible Man.
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Post by Thief » Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:22 pm

Takoma1 wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:44 pm
I also struggled with this category.

I would actually recommend the one that I ended up watching. It wasn't amazing, but it had good action and some nice character moments.
I had to follow your lead here. There were lots of other films I wanted to check on this category, but there was literally nothing available for free on Netflix, Hulu, or Prime... not Tron, not Wreck-It Ralph, not Tomb Raider. Heck, I even went as far as checking if crap stuff like Super Mario Bros. or Pixels were available. Nothing.

Anyway, I don't regret it. I pretty much agree with your assessment. It was solid, it had a few effective jumpscares, and the animation was astonishingly good.
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Wooley wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:52 am
Agreed, it's pretty amazing.
And Claude Rains is the tits, yo!
It's one of those classic horrors that holds up well because it manages to scare and amaze, particularly if you know when it was made.
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Thief wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:19 pm
I have the Invisible Man films on my agenda. I managed to catch up with most of the classic Universal monsters last year, but I still haven't seen the "first" Mummy, The Phantom of the Opera, and the Invisible Man.
You saw Creature From The Black Lagoon, right?
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Apex Predator wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:32 pm
It's one of those classic horrors that holds up well because it manages to scare and amaze, particularly if you know when it was made.
Desitively.
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Post by Thief » Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:48 pm

Wooley wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:24 am
You saw Creature From The Black Lagoon, right?
Oh yeah. Great one.
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Post by Thief » Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:12 pm

Another successful month! Here are my quickies on the last 5 of the month...

Falling Down (1993) Being a 90's teen that loves action films, I was wondering how I missed this back in the day. Not that this is an "action" film, but I remember it was marketed as this regular guy going "berserk" at everything, and well... But anyway, there are many issues with the film; we follow Michael Douglas character through it all, but there's little space to connect with his character since we're just thrown in the middle of his meltdown. Douglas gives a committed performance, but I would've liked a bit more depth in the script. However, the writer is more interested in the message/story than the character. On the other hand, the way his counterpart Robert Duvall, is fleshed out is so tonally dissonant that it was almost cringe-worthy. They throw these little tidbits about his wife's mental state and how they lost a child, but the way they treat her character (as an annoying, "kooky" woman) was borderline offensive. But putting that aside, I won't deny the film was entertaining, mostly thanks to Douglas. Grade: B

Tangerine (2015) follows Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez), a transgender prostitute that goes on a "quest" to find her boyfriend (James Ransone), after finding out he might've cheated on her while she was in jail. The film feels very raw and authentic in terms of filming, dialogue, and performance. There really isn't much to the plot, but it's engaging nonetheless. On the other hand, the ending reveal and conflict felt a bit manufactured. However, I liked the rest of it even if it wasn't great. I also had no idea this was filmed on iPhones until someone pointed it out to me on Twitter. You wouldn't know from looking at it, so kudos to director Sean Baker. Grade: B

Captain Blood (1935) Now this was a fun romp. Also, my first Errol Flynn film, it follows the titular character, a physician-turned-slave that manages to escape and become a feared pirate. Flynn has a magnetic presence and, although there are some clichés to how the story unfolds, his interactions with Olivia De Haviland were pretty good. I really, really enjoyed the first two acts and was willing to go as high as an A, but the final act felt tacked on in a desperate way to "redeem" Blood. Plus, the epilogue was kinda silly, but I enjoyed the rest so much that I can't grade it lower. Great direction, solid performances, and overall, a fun film. Grade: A-

Resident Evil: Vendetta (2017) Thanks again to Takoma for leading me to this one. Like I said on another post, I had a really hard time finding any film dealing with video games, but this was a pretty solid option. The film follows Chris Redfield (Kevin Dorman), a Special Ops kinda guy that's looking for an arms dealer armed with a biological weapon. He pairs up with a doctor, Rebecca, and Leon as they go in pursuit of the bad guy. It's a fun film, with good action, and the animation was astonishing. I might not remember it in a week, but it was OK. Grade: B-

A Late Quartet (2012) Takoma mentioned this one when the month started, but I didn't pay much attention to it, didn't know much about it. However, as the end of the month approached, I checked up on it. Once I saw it started Phillip Seymour Hoffman (and also Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken!) I knew I had to see it. It's so refreshing to see a film targeted to a mature audience with a mature subject matter, and no "gimmicks, flashes, or bangs". The film follows a world-renowned quartet (rounded out by Mark Ivanir) with lots of hidden issues. When illness strikes, they are forced to deal with their own egos, frustrations, and regrets. The film is carried mostly by the great performances of the whole cast, particularly Hoffman and the lesser-known Ivanir. Walken is also great, but is not given as much material to work with as Hoffman. I'm not crazy about the ending, but I loved the rest. Grade: A-, maybe even an A. Time will tell...
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Post by Thief » Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:41 pm

And here is September's tally...

A film with the number 9 (Nine, Ninth, etc.) in its title (not a sequel): The Ninth Day
A film with a title that starts with the letters Q or R: Q: The Winged Serpent
A film from the current IMDb 250 whose ranking includes the #9 (i.e. 19, 29, 109): (see list here) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (#29)
A film from the 1980s: Raising Arizona
A science-fiction film: Solo: A Star Wars Story
A film with the word "Fall" or "Autumn" in its title: Falling Down
A film with a primarily Hispanic/Latino cast (Hispanic Heritage Month): Tangerine
A film featuring classical music prominently (Classical Music Month): A Late Quartet
A film from Brazil (Independence Day, September 7): Tropa de Elite
A film from Brian De Palma (born September 11): Carlito's Way
A film based on, or featuring video games prominently (Nat'l Video Games Day, September 12): Resident Evil: Vendetta
A film from the Friday the 13th franchise (Friday, September 13): Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (rewatch)
A film about pirates (Int'l Talk like a Pirate Day, September 19): Captain Blood
A film featuring a Native American cast/characters (Native American Day, September 27): Dances with Wolves
A film about neighbors (Nat'l Good Neighbor Day, September 28): A Serious Man

Freebie for the kids: Barnyard

A couple of good ones this month, but my favorites would probably be A Serious Man and A Late Quartet. Raising Arizona, Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse, and maybe Captain Blood are very close.

Least favorite? Dances with Wolves, I think.
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Post by Thief » Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:22 pm

And here are the categories for October!

A film with the number 10 (Ten, Tenth, etc.) in its title (not a sequel):
A film with a title that starts with the letters S or T:
A film from the current IMDb 250 whose ranking includes the #10 (i.e. 10, 108, 110): (see list here)
A film from the 1990s:
A horror film:
A horror film in a foreign language:
A horror film about an animal or creature:
A post-1990 horror film made for under $5,000,000:
A film with the word "Dead" or "Death" in its title:
A film that features baseball prominently (World Series):
A film with the word "Fire" in its title (Fire Prevention Week):
A film from Nigeria (Independence Day, October 1):
A film from Buster Keaton (born October 4):
A film featuring a virus of some sort (Virus Appreciation Day, October 3):
A film based or inspired on Edgar Allan Poe's work (died October 7):

You know the drill!
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Post by Popcorn Reviews » Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:39 pm

A film with the number 10 (Ten, Tenth, etc.) in its title (not a sequel): The Ten Commandments
A film with a title that starts with the letters S or T: Safety Last!; Take Shelter
A film from the current IMDb 250 whose ranking includes the #10 (i.e. 10, 108, 110): The Sting
A film from the 1990s: Clean, Shaven
A horror film: Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell
A horror film in a foreign language: Cronos
A horror film about an animal or creature: Beneath (2013)
A post-1990 horror film made for under $5,000,000: Rec
A film with the word "Dead" or "Death" in its title: Dead Man's Letters
A film with the word "Fire" in its title (Fire Prevention Week): Mrs. Doubtfire
A film from Buster Keaton (born October 4): The General
A film featuring a virus of some sort (Virus Appreciation Day, October 3): Splinter
A film based or inspired on Edgar Allan Poe's work (died October 7): The Tell-Tale Heart (1953)
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Post by Wooley » Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:57 am

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Oh yeah. Great one.
I feel warmth toward you.
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Thief wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:12 pm

Captain Blood (1935) Now this was a fun romp. Also, my first Errol Flynn film, it follows the titular character, a physician-turned-slave that manages to escape and become a feared pirate. Flynn has a magnetic presence and, although there are some clichés to how the story unfolds, his interactions with Olivia De Haviland were pretty good. I really, really enjoyed the first two acts and was willing to go as high as an A, but the final act felt tacked on in a desperate way to "redeem" Blood. Plus, the epilogue was kinda silly, but I enjoyed the rest so much that I can't grade it lower. Great direction, solid performances, and overall, a fun film. Grade: A-
Spot on.
Maybe not perfect in retrospect, but probably huge in its day and probably a great example of the genre and of Flynn.
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2019

Post by Thief » Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:06 pm

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Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:39 pm
A film with the number 10 (Ten, Tenth, etc.) in its title (not a sequel): The Ten Commandments
A film with a title that starts with the letters S or T: Safety Last!; Take Shelter
A film from the current IMDb 250 whose ranking includes the #10 (i.e. 10, 108, 110): The Sting
A film from the 1990s: Clean, Shaven
A horror film: Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell
A horror film in a foreign language: Cronos
A horror film about an animal or creature: Beneath (2013)
A post-1990 horror film made for under $5,000,000: Rec
A film with the word "Dead" or "Death" in its title: Dead Man's Letters
A film with the word "Fire" in its title (Fire Prevention Week): Mrs. Doubtfire
A film from Buster Keaton (born October 4): The General
A film featuring a virus of some sort (Virus Appreciation Day, October 3): Splinter
A film based or inspired on Edgar Allan Poe's work (died October 7): The Tell-Tale Heart (1953)
Seen the ones in red, but overall, I like a lot of these recommendations. A couple I've had on my radar for a while, and others that piqued my interest as soon as I browsed them.

The Ten Commandments, for example, I know I saw probably when I was a kid during Holy Week, but probably haven't seen it whole in 20 or 30 years.

The Sting is one I love, but haven't seen in a good while; plus given the limited options this month, I might consider a rewatch.

Rec and The General are two that I've had on my "to watch" list for too long.

Also, I didn't know anything about Splinter, but as soon as I saw it starred Shea Whigham and that it was available to stream free, I'm thinking I might start today with that one.

Finally, I found a Tell-Tale Heart available on Prime, but it says it's from 1960. It stars Laurence Payne and Adrienne Corri. Is that the one?
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2019

Post by Popcorn Reviews » Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:16 pm

Thief wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:06 pm
Seen the ones in red, but overall, I like a lot of these recommendations. A couple I've had on my radar for a while, and others that piqued my interest as soon as I browsed them.

The Ten Commandments, for example, I know I saw probably when I was a kid during Holy Week, but probably haven't seen it whole in 20 or 30 years.

The Sting is one I love, but haven't seen in a good while; plus given the limited options this month, I might consider a rewatch.

Rec and The General are two that I've had on my "to watch" list for too long.

Also, I didn't know anything about Splinter, but as soon as I saw it starred Shea Whigham and that it was available to stream free, I'm thinking I might start today with that one.

Finally, I found a Tell-Tale Heart available on Prime, but it says it's from 1960. It stars Laurence Payne and Adrienne Corri. Is that the one?
The General is one of the best films I've seen this year for the first time. I might watch more of Keaton's stuff pretty soon as that's the only one of his films I've seen. As for Splinter, I have a bit of a fondness for survival horror films with only a few characters. I feel like this is a pretty good example of one. That isn't the version of TTH which I'm referring to. The one I'm referring to is the 1953 short film, which can be found on youtube.
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2019

Post by Apex Predator » Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:03 pm

I've been gone for about a week, but at least I got some movie watching done!

The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang (2008)
AKA: Mama, I Want to Tap Dance!

Daughter of famed tap dancer spends her nights dancing in various clubs (which is how she got her nickname) and her days doing little in a beauty shop. But after a bad breakup, she starts to befriend a tap dancer who has a studio and does tap on street corners every Sunday. And thanks to her mother having a gambling problem, she may also have to grow up some.

The tap dancing in this one is fine. And I can appreciate how they didn't try to force-feed a romantic angle between the main character and the one I'll just call poor man's Common. But everything else feels like straight to DVD amateur hour from the acting to the sound mixing to the camera work. D-

Blow Out (1981)
AKA: Brian DePalma's Conversation

The sound effects technician (John Travolta) witnesses a car running off the bridge, saving the girl in the car (Nancy Allen). But his efforts to reveal what really happened (he recorded a tire being shot before it blew out) grows strong resistance from the cops, from the media, and from people who would rather silence everyone and let things play out.

Works for the most part as a tightly wound thriller, with only a few plot elements I didn't care for. But still, this might be his best film of his that I've seen. B

Captain Kidd (1945)
AKA: My Fair Pirate

Somehow, a Captain Bligh, a Scrooge, and more enter into what feels like a B-pirate picture.

Pirate William Kidd (Charles Laughton) hires Shadwell (Reginald Owen) to help him gain manners and grace. It appears to pay off when he's able to convince King William III (Henry Daniell) to hire him to escort a ship containing a king's ambassador and his daughter (Barbara Britton) through the piratey waters of Madagascar. But master gunner Adam Mercy (Randolph Scott) gets suspicious of Kidd when accidents start happening onboard.

Contains a solid performance from Laughton who carries the film to an extent. There's some deception, some swordplay, some derring-do , and some laughs as long as you realize it won't work as study material. But the last act gets a bit cheap and lazy for its own good. It's not necessarily all that bad when it comes to depicting the daughter character either. B-/C+
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2019

Post by Apex Predator » Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:35 am

And this is what I'm looking at for October:

A film with the number 10 (Ten, Tenth, etc.) in its title (not a sequel): Ten Til Noon (2007/Prime)
A film with a title that starts with the letters S or T: Ten Til Noon (2007)
A film from the current IMDb 250 whose ranking includes the #10 (i.e. 10, 108, 110): Leaning towards Hachi (2009/Vudu), a film I've meant to see but haven't multiple times.
A film from the 1990s: Dick (1998), and here's another title that was haunting me from past months.
A horror film: I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016/Netflix)
A horror film in a foreign language: The Golem (2018/Netflix)
A horror film about an animal or creature: Wendigo (2001/Prime)
A post-1990 horror film made for under $5,000,000: I'm thinking Deadly Renovations (2010) would work.
A film with the word "Dead" or "Death" in its title: Dead End (2004/Prime)
A film that features baseball prominently (World Series): Screwball (2018/Netflix)
A film with the word "Fire" in its title (Fire Prevention Week): Fire Down Below (1957/Prime)
A film from Nigeria (Independence Day, October 1): Merry Men (2018/Netflix)
A film from Buster Keaton (born October 4): The General (1926/Prime)
A film featuring a virus of some sort (Virus Appreciation Day, October 3): Ghost in the Shell (1996/Prime)
A film based or inspired on Edgar Allan Poe's work (died October 7): Mea Culpa Maxima (2011/Prime), a short based on The Telltale Heart
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2019

Post by Thief » Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:34 am

Watched Hereditary last night and holy fuck! :shock:
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2019

Post by Popcorn Reviews » Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:40 am

Thief wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:34 am
Watched Hereditary last night and holy fuck! :shock:
Yeah, the ending definitely caught me off guard by a long shot. Overall, I really loved the film.
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2019

Post by crumbsroom » Sat Oct 05, 2019 5:21 am

Thief wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:34 am
Watched Hereditary last night and holy fuck! :shock:
Yes.
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Re: Thief's Monthly Film Challenge 2019

Post by Thief » Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:46 pm

Popcorn Reviews wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:16 pm
As for Splinter, I have a bit of a fondness for survival horror films with only a few characters. I feel like this is a pretty good example of one.
Pop, thanks for this recommendation. Caught it during the weekend and was surprised at how good it was. Far from a perfect film, but still a neat, tight little horror film. Will try to write a bit more about it, and the others I've seen, later.
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