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Old 09-06-23, 12:00 AM
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You Hurt My Feeling Lionsgate Blu-ray
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tobias Menzies. Directed by Nicole Holefcener 2023
A novelist's perception of her marriage starts to deteriorate after she overhears her husband offering up a frank assessment of her work.

It's from A24 and it's what kids used to call an "Art Film". This is primarily a film about upper-middle class folks talking to each other and the conversation at the center of the film doesn't take place until a half-hour in. There's not much of a "story", per se, as it is about how we talk to each other, and how we don't want people to lie to us, -except when we do. The situations are recognizable, and the dialogue is often clever, and it's a succinct 90 minutes.
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I spent Labor Day weekend at my parents' house, and as usual Dad fired up an old western movie one night. This time it was:

One Foot in Hell (1960), starring Alan Ladd as Mitch Barrett--a former Confederate soldier who moves west with his pregnant wife. Tragedy strikes and Mitch, blaming his fellow citizens, plots his revenge.

I enjoyed this. The film looks good ("in Cinemascope!"), though the fairly bright, even lighting and diverse color palette conflict stylistically with the noir-ish plot. The story and character progression is interesting, as Ladd's character becomes less and less sympathetic as his revenge scheme comes to fruition. There is significant focus on two of his recruits, including a good-hearted prostitute desperate to improve her circumstances, and an aimless young man who tries to woo her.

Alan Ladd is, of course, the star of the iconic western movie Shane. He would only make three more movies after One Foot in Hell before his untimely death at the age of 50, as a result of an accidental OD on alcohol and tranquilizers.

Of the supporting cast, one actor's name jumped out at me and that was Dan O'Herlihy. In this movie he plays a posh Englishman pickpocket who gets recruited by Ladd's character, but I know him better as "Grig" the turtle shell-headed alien pilot from The Last Starfighter, one of my favorite 80s movies.



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99 Women (1969) ó Watchable women-in-prison drama-thriller has its moments and unlike the recently watched Amazon Prison 1 & 2 wasn't ever dull. Added plus that Maria Rohm and Rosalba Neri were quite the lookers. **ĺ/***** (Blu-ray)

Slave of the Cannibal God (1978) ó Not altogether bad but pretty disgusting scenes especially during the finale. However, Ursula Andress and Stacy Keach were good along with some great scenary filming in Sri Lanka. **ĺ/***** (Blu-ray)
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No Hard Feelings...just didnít like this at all. The tonal shifts were too extreme. I donít know where they were going with this. I love me some JLaw, but this was too taxing for my tastes.
Old 09-07-23, 12:01 AM
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Black Sunday Amazon Prime
Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern. Directed by John Frankenheimer. 1977
A powerful story of a terrorist group attempting to blow up a blimp hovering over the Super Bowl stadium with 80,000 people in attendance.

John Frankenheimer had one of the great runs of film back in The Sixties, including "The Manchurian Candidate", "Seconds" and "Birdman of Alcatraz". He had a bit of a comeback with "French Connection 2" , which is a great overlooked film, and I was looking forward to "Black Sunday". When I saw the film in the theater back then, I was left surprisingly lukewarm, and I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe because it was too long, maybe because Bruce Dern had done his "crazy" role one too many times, or perhaps it was the dodgy blimp effects in the action finale.
So, I've revisited the film in 2023, and I appreciated it a lot more than I remembered. Robert Shaw isn't the least bit convincing as an Israeli, but he commands every scene he's in. Bruce Dern is really good in this, even if its familiar territory. I enjoyed the film's metronomic pace, and how each scene led to the next. John Williams' score certainly provides a real "ticking clock" for the film. However, there still are effects shots at the finale that don't entirely work.
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Old 09-07-23, 12:13 AM
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I haven't seen Black Sunday in a long time. I thought it was okay, but the book was much better.

I will give it another shot, though. I see it's also on Prime in Canada. Argh. Nevermind. It's only available as a rental or a purchase.

As a big Thomas Harris fan, I thought I'll just pick up the Blu-ray. As usual, if I want it, it's stupid expensive. $35. Why?
Old 09-07-23, 01:28 AM
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I haven't seen Black Sunday in a long time. I thought it was okay, but the book was much better.

I will give it another shot, though. I see it's also on Prime in Canada. Argh. Nevermind. It's only available as a rental or a purchase.

As a big Thomas Harris fan, I thought I'll just pick up the Blu-ray. As usual, if I want it, it's stupid expensive. $35. Why?
Amazon US has the newish Arrow blu-ray for 19.99, which is half-price, though I'm sure that doesn't help you. I wish it had been a 4K or been a newer re-master.
Back when people read books, I was also a fan of Thomas Harris, though he lost me with "Hannibal", which I found a huge disappointment.
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Master Gardener Magnolia Blu-Ray
Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver. Written and directed by Paul Schrader. 2023
A meticulous horticulturist is devoted to tending the grounds of a beautiful estate and pandering to his employer, a wealthy dowager. However, the man harbors a dangerous secret, which becomes uncovered when he takes on a young apprentice.

Paul Schrader had great success with his script for "Taxi Driver" and was able to turn it into a directing career. He's been banging out films for nearly forty years, generally lower budgeted, smartly scripted films that attract a respectable cast, but little attention. His leads are often, -very often, -troubled men with a discipline or code, who are often forced to face their past, and in the end are redeemed by a woman.

“Horticulture” is the new element this time, and we’re given a brief education upfront that provides the metaphor for the story that follows. The film requires patience and while it held my interest, it seemed to be building to a more combustible and powerful climax than what we actually get.
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Peacock

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Swamp Thing MVD Visual 4K
Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise. Directed by Wes Craven. 1982
After a violent incident with a special chemical, a research scientist is turned into a swamp plant monster.

I was a fan of Berni Wrightson and Len Wein's "Swamp Thing" and so, of course, I was in the theater on opening weekend back in 1982. I really wanted the film to be great, but it was pretty much a disappointment. A lot of it was the rubber suit work, which looked cartoonishly awful most of the time. Looking at it now, a lot of it still doesn't work, which I would chalk up to Craven's lack of style at the time, while Craven would probably blame the difficulties of the production.

And, yet it's hard not to have a soft spot for the film, -at its heart, it's as "B Movie" as a B Movie gets, -and this 4K package serves it very well. The picture quality is lush and colorful. The scene of "Alec Holland" going up in flames (a terrific stunt) just pops off the screen. It has both the Theatrical version and an "Unrated" (European) version which features more Adrienne Barbeau, if you know what I mean (and I think you do). It includes a lot of supplemental features from both the previous Shout! Blu-ray and 88 Films' Blu-ray for the UK market.

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Fatal Termination - Blu Ray. Okay, there is the crazy shootout in the beginning and the last 20 minutes or so, from when the little girl is snatched by a henchman, are some of the craziest things I have scene on film.
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Amazon Prime

It was better than what I though it would be.

Emma Roberts is not drop dead gorgeous but has a certain appeal.
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Showtime

I thought I would give it a second chance since it is the director's cut but it is still boring.

Too bad this was probably one of Joaquin Phoenix's final movies.

Just like Emma Roberts Samantha Mathis is 1993 had a certain appeal too.

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The Meyerson family from New York City deals with the ordinary concerns and annoyances that preoccupy all families. However, everything is suddenly upended when an unexpected guest comes to dinner, and the family must reevaluate everything.


Not much to see here

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Bull is a mysterious man seeking vengeance on the men that tried to kill him. He systematically works his way through the group that double-crossed him, beginning with an unknown man whom he brazenly murders in the street before moving on to his ex-wife's auntie, Cheryl.


Neil Maskell was great as the lead

A lot of brutal violence here if that is your bag
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The ending confused me and was he possessed by the devil or was he Satan?


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The Lighthouse Lionsgate Blu-Ray
Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson. Directed by Robert Eggers. 2019
Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

I remember seeing "The Lighthouse" back in 2019 and leaving the theater a bit frustrated. The technical merits are impressive and the performances by the two actors are committed and brave (Dafoe, in particular, is astonishing), but what the hell did I just see. I love an offbeat, Independent film that lands with a punch, -that I can discuss with a friend for a good hour afterwards. I like to see a film that challenges me and I pretty much know what happened by the end. I don't like to guess, which is where the film left me and why I never ended up buying the Blu-ray, though I have Eggers' "The Witch" and "The Northman".
I decided to go back and take another look at the film (I borrowed it from my library), and, unfortunately, nothing much has changed. I'm still impressed with the film on many levels, but it's just not a satisfying experience for me, and I doubt I'll watch it again.
The disc contains a 37-minute featurette on "The Lighthouse" that was very illuminating (no pun intended). It's interesting to see the sets and actors in full color and to hear them openly talk about this intentionally opaque film. The real surprise was how color filters played a crucial role in the black-and-white cinematography.
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Peacock, first time watching


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Time Bandits Arrow 4K
Sean Connery, David Warner. Directed by Terry Gilliam. 1981
A young boy accidentally joins a band of time traveling dwarves as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal.

I probably haven't watched "Bandits" since the days of laserdiscs. It still remains a lot of fun and the vibrant color boost gives the film some new energy. I had heard that the Arrow 4K left some wires visible during some stunt and effects scenes, while the Criterion 4K digitally removed them; honestly, I was into the film enough that I didn't even notice.
After all these years I had forgotten the ending, which quite surprised me.

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In the last scene of the film, Kevin's doltish parents are literally blown up and he's left an orphan; it's intended as a comic grace note, but it seems a fairly dark end for what Gilliam saw as a film for the whole family. Evidently, the film's backers objected to the scene and Gilliam relates a clever anecdote about how he handled the situation.














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Vera Cruz Kino Blu-Ray
Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster. Directed by Robert Aldrich. 1954
During the Mexican Rebellion of 1866, an unsavory group of adventurers from the US, -including a stoic former Colonel and a bombastic, grinning thief, - are hired by the forces of Emperor Maximiliano to escort a countess to Vera Cruz.

Robert Aldrich was a skilled director of intense, manly adventures ("The Dirty Dozen", "Flight of the Phoenix"), though he also directed two classic "Hag" films ("Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?", "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte"). "Vera Cruz" isn't all that intense, but it gets by with testosterone and personality, and it has a stacked cast of supporting actors like Charles Bronson, Ernest Borgnine, and Jack Elam. According to the director, they were pretty much writing the script as they went along. It's watchable enough, though I wonder if I just caught it on the wrong day.
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More like between two hoes as Nic Cage bangs the mom and the daughter

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