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SoftFor

Sparrow
I just watched Jarhead, a movie about the war in the Middle East and how the life of our marine was. Sometimes, you simply get to think why there has to be war. It's nasty, evil. I don't know..
 

GodfatherPartTwo

Kingfisher
I just watched Jarhead, a movie about the war in the Middle East and how the life of our marine was. Sometimes, you simply get to think why there has to be war. It's nasty, evil. I don't know..
Wasn't too hot on this one. Not a fan of the director. His style seems to be one that places style over substance.
 

Cr33pin

Peacock
Gold Member
Rewatched this last night.... I remember I like it a lot when it first came out... even though its a bit dated and cheesy in parts its still leaps and bounds over todays Marvel movies. Great casting in this film for sure!
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Rewatched this last night.... I remember I like it a lot when it first came out... even though its a bit dated and cheesy in parts its still leaps and bounds over todays Marvel movies. Great casting in this film for sure!
The extended cut made it seem less like a sappy soap opera, shows how he was betrayed by his friend on the police force for his gambling debts and a few other added scenes to tie things up. All in all, it is one of the few good 'superhero' movies that doesn't involve hero worship (others includng The Crow, Blade I & II, Darkman, The Shadow, The Phantom, Spawn, Mask of Zorro, Dredd). The other movie, Punisher: War Zone is much more unforgiving, brutal, and racialist.
 

renotime

Ostrich
Gold Member
The first Die Hard holds up, the rest not so much

Die Hard 2 and Die Hard With A Vengeance are both solid movies. The scene where Bruce Willis blows up the plane in DH2 and the scene where he has the racist in sign in 3 are both hilarious.

Honestly they kind of remind of old westerns. Lone Ranger has to fight off a pack of wild savages.

Speaking of old westerns, I just watched The Wild Bunch. Classic film. Ranks up there with The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. A bunch of old bank robbers are afraid of the future and the old ways dying off. And it's Peckinpah so obviously there's some great violence. The shootout at the end is insane.
 

stugatz

Pelican
Die Hard 2 and Die Hard With A Vengeance are both solid movies. The scene where Bruce Willis blows up the plane in DH2 and the scene where he has the racist in sign in 3 are both hilarious.

Honestly they kind of remind of old westerns. Lone Ranger has to fight off a pack of wild savages.

Speaking of old westerns, I just watched The Wild Bunch. Classic film. Ranks up there with The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. A bunch of old bank robbers are afraid of the future and the old ways dying off. And it's Peckinpah so obviously there's some great violence. The shootout at the end is insane.
I disliked Die Hard 2 and thought it was too gruesome (that scene where the plane full of civilians gets crashed by the terrorists always bothered me, it came out of NOWHERE and was just too much). Die Hard 3 though, I almost liked as much as the first, that opening with the racist sign is a meme for a reason.

Live Free or Die Hard I finally watched the other month, meh, not so bad but I wouldn't watch it again. I think there's one more sequel that got badly received and I'm in no hurry to see it.

I also have to commend you for your good taste, bro, Wild Bunch is amazing. What I like most about it is that it has a bunch of old-school actors (William Holden, Ernest Borgnine) in a movie that has extreme violence even by today's standards. It gives it this surreal feel where you'd be very hard pressed to figure out what year it was made in.

Peckinpah is a really good director - although he was known for being kind of an abusive hardass and drank himself to death by the mid-1980s. But that raw visceral personality he had comes through on everything he made.
 

renotime

Ostrich
Gold Member
I disliked Die Hard 2 and thought it was too gruesome (that scene where the plane full of civilians gets crashed by the terrorists always bothered me, it came out of NOWHERE and was just too much). Die Hard 3 though, I almost liked as much as the first, that opening with the racist sign is a meme for a reason.

Live Free or Die Hard I finally watched the other month, meh, not so bad but I wouldn't watch it again. I think there's one more sequel that got badly received and I'm in no hurry to see it.

I also have to commend you for your good taste, bro, Wild Bunch is amazing. What I like most about it is that it has a bunch of old-school actors (William Holden, Ernest Borgnine) in a movie that has extreme violence even by today's standards. It gives it this surreal feel where you'd be very hard pressed to figure out what year it was made in.

Peckinpah is a really good director - although he was known for being kind of an abusive hardass and drank himself to death by the mid-1980s. But that raw visceral personality he had comes through on everything he made.

That's actually the first Peckinpah movie I've ever seen. Alfredo Garcia is next on my list.
 

stugatz

Pelican
Watched Escape From Alcatraz (1979) after not watching it since I was a kid. Fantastic film.

The 70s really were the best decade for film.
After the Hays Code was lifted, filmmakers could go further with what was allowed in a movie - and we hadn't become totally pozzed yet as a culture, so much of what was made was generally redpill, even if a lot of it was influenced by the leniency of the late 1960s. (Really, watch a daring comedy like the film MASH, and tell yourself that it was made by liberals who hated Nixon. It's hard to believe.)

I think that in many ways, after stuff like Star Wars & Indiana Jones became huge, movies became far less about art and more about moneymaking popcorn entertainment, so much of what was released after the late 1970s was a step down in quality. Still, I think movies were generally worth seeing en masse until the late 2000s - what really put a fork in Hollywood's creativity were the Marvel movies.
 
After the Hays Code was lifted, filmmakers could go further with what was allowed in a movie - and we hadn't become totally pozzed yet as a culture, so much of what was made was generally redpill, even if a lot of it was influenced by the leniency of the late 1960s. (Really, watch a daring comedy like the film MASH, and tell yourself that it was made by liberals who hated Nixon. It's hard to believe.)

I think that in many ways, after stuff like Star Wars & Indiana Jones became huge, movies became far less about art and more about moneymaking popcorn entertainment, so much of what was released after the late 1970s was a step down in quality. Still, I think movies were generally worth seeing en masse until the late 2000s - what really put a fork in Hollywood's creativity were the Marvel movies.
Speaking of the 70s, a great way to start off the decade was this Michael Caine action crime hit "Get Carter". An unforgiving movie, but also shows how even an amoral mob enforcer knows when there's a limit to deviancy, and his reaction to it is the only proper thing to do in a bleak England where no one else will do anything. A little racy with the sexual scenes but there's nothing being held back here. Forget the Stallone remake, it was more depressing and had no redeemable qualities. Plus the soundtrack to this film is very funky and well written.

 

stugatz

Pelican
Speaking of the 70s, a great way to start off the decade was this Michael Caine action crime hit "Get Carter". An unforgiving movie, but also shows how even an amoral mob enforcer knows when there's a limit to deviancy, and his reaction to it is the only proper thing to do in a bleak England where no one else will do anything. A little racy with the sexual scenes but there's nothing being held back here. Forget the Stallone remake, it was more depressing and had no redeemable qualities. Plus the soundtrack to this film is very funky and well written.

Yeah, we haven't done too well on remaking British '70s movies...Day of the Jackal is another classic that didn't do too well when we got our hands on it. (If you haven't seen it, do so - it's one of the most thrilling movies I've ever seen. It's so well directed, you actually want the villain protaganist to win. The book's fantastic, too.)

 
Yeah, we haven't done too well on remaking British '70s movies...Day of the Jackal is another classic that didn't do too well when we got our hands on it. (If you haven't seen it, do so - it's one of the most thrilling movies I've ever seen. It's so well directed, you actually want the villain protaganist to win. The book's fantastic, too.)

My only gripe with the movie was when he either allegedly played gay or faked gay to get away from the authorities once in France, its implied he did, I like to think he was pretending to make the gay think he would later and didn't, but my fears were soon remedied when he relieved the crooked croissant he was staying with of his life. Interesting how older movies show deviancy for what it really is, deviancy and perversion. Everything else was fantastic with the film.
 
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