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Johnnyvee

Ostrich
Just saw Halloween kills!

Of course there are some issues with a film like this, but in the end it`s sort of about fighting and overcoming evil, so I guess it`s ok. The state of modern film making might be in shambles, but I think that the new Halloween films are an exception. (This one and Halloween 2018 which I also liked.) It`s an all round well made film that actually manages to create characters that are interesting and that you can relate to. There are some hints of "strong women," but not enough to make it annoying. It starts of kind of slow, but manages to build tension, and also set things up for the big finale. I rate it a 7/10, worth a watch!
 

Maddox

Woodpecker
Arctic

I saw this last night and enjoyed it. It's a castaway tale of a researcher/explorer who has crashed his plane and finds himself stranded in the polar Artic. He must to decide whether to remain in a makeshift camp he has created or trek out for a greater chance of survival.

The lead character, Mads Mikkelsen, delivers a superb performance... enough to carry a movie with basically no dialogue and maybe two or three paragraphs worth of utterances. The fact that the movie remains gripping despite the absence of communication and character development make it singular. The cinematography and the views of the striking, desolate frigid landscapes are also very well done.

Also impressive is that the movie was produced on a mere 2 million dollar budget.


Just saw this the other night. A really well-done survival movie that was better than I thought it would be. And Mads Mikkelsen...I mean, I loved him in Casino Royale but I didn't know he was such a good actor and could legitimately carry a film.

You can catch this one on cable this month. Definitely worth the watch.
 
Sleepy Hollow 1999 is one of the best made horror films that I enjoyed. There are some themes present that are a bit conflicting for the faithful viewer. I find it to be somewhat gnostic, it portrays an inquisition like scene with the main characters father and his wiccan-like mother, where he calls his father a "bible-black tyrant," but then he thanks God later for his romantic interest staying alive. It is hinted that witchcraft was common among the dutch villagers, especially the women, as well as superstitions, to which the main character initially dismisses as much as he does strict religion. On the flip side it has the main antagonist admit selling their soul to satan in exchange for necromancy and the church is seen to repel evil where the attackers axe melts when it crosses the barrier.


There's also the Ninth Gate but that movie is really demonic lol..
 

ScannerLIV

Woodpecker
I found the casting of Johnny Depp to be woefully misplaced-or rather his method of acting here was entirely out of place both in setting and with other characters -this made what otherwise could have been a great film unwatchable.
 
Just saw this the other night. A really well-done survival movie that was better than I thought it would be. And Mads Mikkelsen...I mean, I loved him in Casino Royale but I didn't know he was such a good actor and could legitimately carry a film.

You can catch this one on cable this month. Definitely worth the watch.
Looks interesting, I like survival stories. I just read Endurance, the Ernest Shackleton story which was just phenomenal. Their ship gets trapped in ice and then crushed. At that point they are alone in the ocean on a huge sheet of ice with just their gear and they have to drag their boats around with them. No radio, GPS or anything like that. And even more amazing they did not lose a single crew member. One thing that made me laugh was when they left on their mission they discovered a stowaway on board. I bet that guy came to regret choosing that boat to stowaway on since he would not see civilization for another 3 years!!
 
I saw Once Upon A Time in Hollywood for the second time. Brad Pitt is fucking cool as hell in this movie. He's basically John Wayne, if John Wayne was a stuntman and occasionally did acid. One of my favorite scenes was when Pitt dropped off Leo and drove back to his shitty trailer in Van Nuys. LA must have been incredible back in the day. And that violent scene with Vanilla Fudge blasting in the background. Gawd damn.

Best movie of the year.
Oh yeah, I enjoyed Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, and I found myself thinking the exact same thing as you did about LA. I have never visited the USA and I guess now I never will because of all this vaccine bollocks, who knows. But I wonder if Americans understand what a place the USA is in the mind of a foreign individual that has never been there. My USA is based on stories, folklore, movies, detective novels - the USA in the fifties through to the end the 80s must have been a fantastic place. I often wonder if perhaps it is better that I don't see it for real so that it remains a pristine dream. The other problem of course is that you can visit a place but you cannot visit a time!!
 
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Something about the 80's culture just made cultural products so good. I wonder what the secret is.
I would describe it as “frontier energy”. In the 80s, there was a sense that anything was still possible. It was still dangerous to walk around most major cities at night. Some people behaved badly and got away with. It was just the last time the modern world had a certain unknown element to it. Like the last blank edges of a world map that have now been filled in.
 
Just saw Halloween kills!

Of course there are some issues with a film like this, but in the end it`s sort of about fighting and overcoming evil, so I guess it`s ok. The state of modern film making might be in shambles, but I think that the new Halloween films are an exception. (This one and Halloween 2018 which I also liked.) It`s an all round well made film that actually manages to create characters that are interesting and that you can relate to. There are some hints of "strong women," but not enough to make it annoying. It starts of kind of slow, but manages to build tension, and also set things up for the big finale. I rate it a 7/10, worth a watch!
Saw it last night. It wasn't as good as the previous 2018 one, but it was enjoyable.
 
Watched "True Grit" (the old one) and enjoyed it. What are some other good John Wayne movies?
I didn't mind the new one either. Great portrayal of positive, heroic masculinity and an actual strong woman (without the woke nonsense).

"High Noon" is one of the defining westerns, although John Wayne isn't in it.

If you want to stick with John Wayne, "El Dorado" is another western classic.

Cheers
 
Looks like Melbourne Victoria.
In the context of the movie, the third world is violently trying to invade the USA. WW3 had already occurred, and its participants opted out of nukes to use chemical warfare instead. The fascist imperialist government in the movie could have been a prediction by Carpenter. In reality, it just took a hard left rather than a hard right. He was pretty spot on with these things. If you watch the deleted introduction sequence from EFNY, the money Snake stole form the Denver Federal Reserve basically looks like government credit cards with a bitcoin-type of emblem on them (cashless society). There's one bit in the beginning of EFNY where this loud-mouth pinko broad killed the aircrew on AF1 and is parroting some workers party message before crashing into NYC. It isn't portrayed as glorious nor should the audience intend to feel sympathy for these leftists in the EFNY world. As the intro explains, crime has risen over 400%.

Also in "They Live" which has been discussed here a lot I don't need to get into, it was a critique on Reaganomics, materialism, along with the elite of the 80s (also jews and sellouts to the elites, likely applies equally to the elite of today, both neo-cons and globalist marxists). Going further back to his original "Assault on Precinct 13" you see a bunch of mixed-race gangs go on all out warfare and a murder spree on people in California, and its just a brutal movie overall, but we see this nowadays with media-backed riots, largely ignoring the crime it spurns on whilst castigating those who defend themselves. I would say no matter what political affiliation the police goons are in his movies, they are often portrayed as faceless masses of jackbooted soldiers. With the exception of the sheriff in Precinct 13 and the detective in Christine. You never really see their faces, only a black visage on the helmet and all black uniforms (or in a scene in They Live where Roddy lets one human cop live while he kills the alien cop). I would pin John Carpenter as an old libertarian / classical liberal type, but definitely not of the commie ilk that are screwing with everyone today. He even admits that he would probably be someone who is deported to LA in an interview on the making of "Escape from LA" were it a real situation. We don't really see the police cracking down on people in any of his movies except for the one scene in They Live but its somewhat even-handed and an actual shoot-out (lots of "cops" get killed), unlike our reality where there never has really been any gun battles of groups vs police forces except for the build up to civil war, outlaws in the old west, and gang activity in major urban cities throughout the last century.

I would even say Carpenter is even spot on in religious hypocrisy, particular of the Catholics with the bishop character in "Vampires" selling out because he "is afraid of death" a likely reason why men in high clerical offices sell out to elitist agendas given their shallow faith (like the current anal pope). He then bolsters a true priest by showing the bravado of the "padre" character who refuses to submit to evil, and guns down the heretic bishop for engaging in a black magic satanic ritual with a vampire. Also for a take on faith, watch his movie "Prince of Darkness" to see that Carpenter never truly dissed the church, but often used its intricacies woven into his scripts to make the movie better. In that film, science is shown to be a mediocre defense, if at all, against true evil, and though there are some controversial themes particularly on the genesis of "satan" in one conversation in the film, it does a good job of showing the evils of possession and trying to attack dark forces with worldly instruments.

I wish this guy would have made more movies, but what we got is good enough.
 

Kiwi

Robin
Just saw this the other night. A really well-done survival movie that was better than I thought it would be. And Mads Mikkelsen...I mean, I loved him in Casino Royale but I didn't know he was such a good actor and could legitimately carry a film.

You can catch this one on cable this month. Definitely worth the watch.

Mads is great. If you want another really enjoyable Mads film check out Another Round. He's superb in this one.

 
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