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Damn, reading some of my own posts. I REALLY BADLY need to proof-read what I post lol. In my defence I have brain-damage and I'm also stoned 90% of the time xD.

The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007) - 4 incompetant law enforcement officers - Very much a cross between the disturbing fake-snuff and found-footage genres. This movie is made up of interviews with police officers, criminal investigators, victims families etc and footage from the 2400 hours worth of home videos found in the home of the killer. If you listen to YouTube this movie is queen shit of disturbing movies. Meh. I felt nothing, but I'd put it somewhere in the middle of the Disturbing Movie Iceberg.
The character of Cheryl really makes this worth watching, though.

I have a question about this movie that has a big spoiler so I'm gonna put a spoiler warning here. **DO NOT READ THE REST OF THIS POST IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE (UNLESS YOU NEVER PLAN TO)**

So, "Cheryl's Interview" - what do you guys, think: an entirely broken person, or an almost entirely broken person who is a little wise? So while she's free (physically, anyway) we know that the guy is still out there and nobody has seen his face. I think she IS authentic when asking "what do you want me to say/feel?" in response to every question because for six years she has been TOLD what she feels and thinks and has been severely punished for being "wrong". She also knows he's out there and intends to come back for her. She SAYS he's coming back for her in a dreamy, Stockholm-Syndrome way...but let's say she's a little more there than we give her credit for. After her situation she would 100% believe he was gonna get her again. Even if he was dead, she'd still believe it because he's so in her head. So maybe she's pretending she believes he loves her and refuses to say anything else because she knows how badly she will be punished when he comes for her again if he thinks she is anything but the broken slave he made her into. Maybe she killed herself because she couldn't live with knowing she'd be his play-thing again. Maybe she declared her undying love for him in her suicide note just in case her suicide attempt failed or in case he would come after her family after her death.
We know she continued to torture herself while in hospital, but when we see this interview - "a few months later" - all the visible woulds - such as the lesions and lacerations on her face - have healed and we don't SEE any new ones. There is that infamous moment where she scratches her head and we see her hand is missing, but they purposely did not show her hands when she was rescued or in the hospital so we are left to question: did he do it to her, or did she do it to herself? My answer: 100% he did it. Her stump was competely healed. I've never cut off a part of myself but I used to self-mutilate and cut down to the bone in both arms and one thigh and severe, deep scarring stays a livid purple colour for a good couple of years before fading to white and "healing" somewhat.
 

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Prisoners (2013)

gyllenhaal and his character are good stuff. watched it because the scene of him grilling the mimic is posted on instagram so often. film's message is ok, but the plot stretches itself. and the dialogue is often corny.

i've seen people in real life that have that blinking tic.


Take Shelter

i like this michael shannon guy. he's great in the tom ford film.
 

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A Scanner Dakly, been a while, this film is so trippy, so gloomy, so surreal... And it's the only Philip K. Dick's movie adaptation which stick to the script and not just steal a concept from one of the many he wrote to make a sensational businessed piece of shity-art. I advise the book though, the feelings of paranoia and losing of identity are more tangibles
I’ve heard this from someone else. Might have to watch it.
Awww come on man, no one can deny the utter beauty and existentialism of Blade Runner: The Director's Cut. I literally just bought a new Bluray copy because my old DVD copy doesn't scale right on a 4k tv any longer.

Total Recall (1990) was fun too, sure a bit more, eh, commercial? But mad decent nonetheless.
Blade Runner is amazing.
I would feel differently if I really liked Blade Runner I suppose, but I don't.
Does not compute.
Rutger Hauer was the real gem of acting in BR
He absolutely was. I can’t believe he wrote the “Tears in Rain” monologue.
 

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Getting to the point ...
The Yinyang Master (2021) <Netflix>

So, I may have made a mistake in watching this, as I see there is The Yin-Yang Master: Dream of Eternity (2020), though Netflix lists that as 2021 so I don't know really which came first. Anyway, I just watched teh one linked at the start of the post, so I'll talk to that. Viewing was done with really wide screen aspect, which I highly recommend as the visuals are perhaps the top feature of the film. I watched with English dubs (sue me, I wasn't up for the effort of native Chinese tonight) and English subs (to help verify the dubs). The story opens by explaining in ancient China Humans and Demons once lived together, until one Demon tried to rule all and was killed. Demons were then banished to a region while humans took the rest. At the time of the split, the super demon was killed but it's soul could not be vanquished so it collapsed into the Scale Stone, which was protected by the humans within a Bureau in charge of dealing with the demons and monsters. The opening sequence stunned me a bit with the incredible palate of colors, the CGI for the non-human characters (diverse, and feels about 98-99% great....just a little off at the edges, but VERY well conceived and executed), and of course the high-wire fighting sequences (not too much, not too little). This opening scene involves some guards delivering a treasure who are set upon by a group of demons in the woods, and the sequence introduces Qing Ming, who thru a few flashbacks is established as someone raised as one of the Bureau guards protecting the Scale Stone but was on duty the night it was nearly stolen. We find he has mixed blood of half demon, half human which he struggles to control; while he has the support of Chief (head of Bureau and former female friend). I'm spinning out a bit here, let me step back. Bottom line, the 2h does not drag (much), there is a constant filling of the screen with colors and images that harken back to ancient China and show a huge investment in creating an epic tale across a huge canvas. The storyline isn't predictable, and was in fact quite refreshing as we watch QingMing deal with his role between the worlds; and the climax forces him into a few unseen decision points and changes. But I also have to call back to the extremely large cast of human and monster characters, not many are major but they all have a part and do it rather well. Not a really deep film, though deeper than most fluff these days, especially if you'd like a bit more of the Chinese mystical belief set. Good fight and action scenes, really good characters, solid and interesting storyline. Very much recommended. If you aren't into these types of films, this won't change your mind. But if you are open to them, or perhaps enjoy them, this is one worth seeing, for sure. 8.5/10.

I'll see about watching the other soon and advise which should come first :\
 

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hydroazuanacaine said:
Take Shelter


Love that film.

cduggles said:
Does not compute.

I used to like it (Blade Runner) more than I do now. I'm probably being too harsh. It's definitely a work of art, I just don't find it that entertaining. I feel the same way about 2001. Almost every individual scene in BR is perfect. Leon with the turtle lying on it's back in the sun. Sebastian and his little friends. The old Asian guy that makes eyeballs for synthetic animals... and obviously the whole Jesus thing with Roy Batty. But - I have to say - I've always hated when they zoom in on that photo.
 
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I feel the same way about 2001.
I can get where you're coming from with this. 2001 is in my top favorite films, but for being only 2hr long, it sure does drag... I just like to watch it mostly when I'm peaking on LSD and want to question creation lol. Some of my favorite films of all time are hard to re-watch over and over i.e. Apocalypse Now: Redux.
 

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@TheLoveBandit

The original film is required viewing, particularly since you took the time to watch the various Sniper sequels. The world building in Blade Runner is perfect. It is a very specific dystopian future, which (considering the sheer number of sci-fi films being produced these days) is quite an accomplishment. It has a lot going for it, but I still find it underwhelming. I used to focus more on artistic merit than enjoyment. Ideally, I think, there should be a balance. I've seen enough films and read enough novels. It is very unlikely something is going to change my mind at this point. It happens, but that's not what I'm looking for in a story. I want escapism. I specifically don't want overt political messages in my entertainment. I also don't really want art. Blade Runner is too bleak but it is a beautiful experiment. Blade Runner 2049, on the other hand, is just garbage. YMMV.
 

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Mean Girls (2004) - 5 stars - I've probably seen this movie like 10 times since it came out (I was under 12 - the rating in the UK - so my cousin snuck me in to see it at the cinema) and I love it just as much every time. Let's be honest, teen comedies are often shit. But even if you hate those movies, you'll like this. I've actually never spoke to anybody that didn't like this movie.
I think everybody knows the plot?

TQ's:

Little Redneck Kid: And on the third day, God invented the Remington bolt-action Rifle, so man could fight the dinosaurs. And the homosexuals.

Karen: You're from Africa...so why are you white?
Gretchen: Oh my God, Karen, you can't just ask people why they're white!

Student: Nice wig, Janice. What's it made out of?
Janice: YOUR MOM'S CHEST HAIR!

Damian: She doesn't even go here

Student: One time Regina George punched me in the face. It was awesome!

Coach Carr: Don't have sex, because you will get pregnant and die! Don't have sex in the missionary position, don't have sex standing up, just don't do it, OK, promise? OK, now everybody take some rubbers.
[later]
Coach Carr: At your age, you're going to have a lot of urges. You're going to want to take off your clothes, and touch each other. But if you do touch each other, you *will* get chlamydia... and die.

Bethany: Somebody wrote in that book that I'm lying about being a virgin, 'cause I use super-jumbo tampons, but I can't help it if I've got a heavy flow and a wide-set vagina!
 

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Getting to the point ...
I don't think I've ever actually watched Blade Runner in it's entirety. Perhaps I'll check out the original, then the more recent.

What a day. Job gave today and Monday as holidays, so I was pretty free and relaxed and did what I used to be able to do a lot more....watch films.

Blade Runner (1982) - actually watched Blade Runner: Final Cut (2007)

The 'Final Cut' is the version Ridley Scott wanted to make but couldn't. The Director's Cut was an attempt at that but not directly remade by Scott, so, not exactly the Director's Cut. Still, the meat is what was filmed in 1982 and while there was some remastering done, it appears primarily as that dark and gritty 1982 film folks speak of with a cult following. I'm ashamed to have waited decades later, because my mind has been filled with years of movies spawned from this original. Having grown up in the 80's, I can appreciate how cutting edge this would have come across. If I'd have watched it back then I could appreciate all the years that followed oh, so much more. I didn't. My loss. Loved this, though, getting to watch the whole thing through on a widescreen. I loved the commercial placement of brands, and laughed at all the failures of those companies...something the trivia confirmed for me when I read it after the film. I liked all the future infrastructure, how much predicted the future, and how much was oh, so wrong. Payphones? Ha! A call for $1.25? Ha! Scott did a great job in making this, the eye candy alone was worth it and set a standard for others to follow. The 80's had a lot of sci-fi films, but I can see how this one is the template for a lot of what I watched in subsequent decades. Actors were all on point, even Rutger Hauer as our prime villain and his always 'just off' acting ability. The story was great, especially at the time when computers and AI were starting to bud, and questions over what that means were abound. If I could get myself to reading again, I would read the book upon which this was based. Being very much a fan of film, this will suffice for now. I do very much regret not seeing this earlier, but damn, what I solid film in so many ways. 9/10.


Because I still had time....

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Hoo Boy! I can see how some may not like this as much, it may not live up to the mystique and statement making level of the original when it was released. But, watching both for my first time, doing so back to back, it def flowed well enough and built upon the original without milking a franchise. It can likely stand well enough on it's own, but back to back was very well executed for my afternoon. I really got into the story a lot more, still had similar dark and bleak futuristic visuals, carried a lot of the same themes, but built it's own storyline that Ryan G pulled off very well. Jumping a generation forward, with replicants being redesigned, relaunched, and following along on Ryan's exploration of the mystery, of himself, and being pulled hard when he makes a self-realization, that is then twisted for the third act. I thought all of it was very well done. Enjoyable story, more female nudity (always good in my book), strong visuals, solid acting, but above all...and enjoyable story. 8.5/10.
 

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Umm... Uh... I never watch movies, i never watch television. Unless TV is on somewhere where i have happened to end up.

I think last movie i saw was at some point during the summer of 2020. I smoked some weed with a friend. The movie was so lousy that it went through the scale and suddenly it was great. Same philosophy applies to jokes. Yes, i am strange.

The VelociPastor​


"After losing his parents, a priest travels to China, where he inherits a mysterious ability that allows him to turn into a dinosaur. At first horrified by this new power, a hooker convinces him to use it to fight crime. And ninjas."

Ghost fart approves!
 

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The VelociPastor

Great film. I honestly can't believe Alyssa Kempinski (Carol, the hooker) lost the Best Actress Oscar to Frances McDormand.

The last film I saw was Hairspray. My God why in the living fuck do people keep casting John Travolta? Now they're casting him in female roles? You'd think since he was in Grease and Saturday Night Fever he'd be able to dance and sing better... but it's not the musical numbers that bothered me. Throughout the entire film Travolta butchers his accent, which is bizarre considering he is American to begin with and nobody else in the entire film is even attempting to do a Baltimore accent.

Michelle Pfeiffer (holy shit is that really how you spell her name) did a good job of reminding me why I don't see her much any more.

The songs were generic and forgettable.

The political message was confusing. At one point there is a parade of black people marching down the street, demanding equality on television. The main character - Travolta's daughter - hits a policeman in the head with a placard. Later Queen Latifah's character refers to her as a hero.

The young black guy says he doesn't like everybody reducing him to his skin colour, then he sings a song about skin colour.

This is a white film with mostly white actors about race inequality in Baltimore. I'm not one to nit-pick in this department, but in this case I can't help but think that the story should have been told from a black perspective.
 
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Great film. I honestly can't believe Alyssa Kempinski (Carol, the hooker) lost the Best Actress Oscar to Frances McDormand.

The last film I saw was Hairspray. My God why in the living fuck do people keep casting John Travolta? Now they're casting him in female roles? You'd think since he was in Grease and Saturday Night Fever he'd be able to dance and sing better... but it's not the musical numbers that bothered me. Throughout the entire film Travolta butchers his accent, which is bizarre considering he is American to begin with and nobody else in the entire film is even attempting to do a Baltimore accent.

Michelle Pfeiffer (holy shit is that really how you spell her name) did a good job of reminding me why I don't see her much any more.

The songs were generic and forgettable.

The political message was confusing. At one point there is a parade of black people marching down the street, demanding equality on television. The main character - Travolta's daughter - hits a policeman in the head with a placard. Later Queen Latifah's character refers to her as a hero.

The young black guy says he doesn't like everybody reducing him to his skin colour, then he sings a song about skin colour.

This is a white film with mostly white actors about race inequality in Baltimore. I'm not one to nit-pick in this department, but in this case I can't help but think that the story should have been told from a black perspective.
My favorite John Waters film is by far Serial Mom. If you haven’t seen it, please do!

Hairspray is a purposefully whitewashed social satire about the 50’s-60’s. That is what many people (like me) find endearing about the film. Waters did not make a mistake doing his film this way. Here, listen to him about this:


Other than Serial Mom, watch Pecker!

John Waters is an old creepy queen from Baltimore that I have really enjoyed throughout the years.

Serial Mom:


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Great film. I honestly can't believe Alyssa Kempinski (Carol, the hooker) lost the Best Actress Oscar to Frances McDormand.
Politics man...
GIF i am all woman burn after reading frances mcdormand - animated GIF on  GIFER
 

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@The Wizard of the Creek

I actually love John Waters and have seen most of his films. I didn't realize that he did the original Hairspray (it is the one of his films I haven't seen) but it makes sense I guess looking at the remake. I'd be interested to see if the original was better. I loved Cry-Baby. There is something missing in the 2007 version. The Waters magic isn't there. It doesn't have that crude raw appeal, although I know understand why they cast John Travolta since Divine (from Pink Flamingos) played Edna in the original.
 
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@The Wizard of the Creek

I actually love John Waters and have seen most of his films. I didn't realize that he did the original Hairspray (it is the one of his films I haven't seen) but it makes sense I guess looking at the remake. I'd be interested to see if the original was better. I loved Cry-Baby. There is something missing in the 2007 version. The Waters magic isn't there. It doesn't have that crude raw appeal, although I know understand why they cast John Travolta since Divine (from Pink Flamingos) played Edna in the original.
I haven’t seen the new Hairspray? Frankly, I didn’t even know that it was remade! I am very curious to check it out now.

*edit* I just looked up the newer 2007 version of Hairspray and it says that it is based off of John Waters 1988 film Hairspray, but John Waters did not involve himself in the remake.

Yeah, please watch Waters’ 1988 Hairspray! It is Waters’ most celebrated film and his first blockbuster success. I absolutely love Ricky Lake’s performance in the original movie. I am now reading some pretty terrible reviews from the newest 07’ version of Hairspray. No thanks.

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