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Post by flavo5000 » November 21st, 2020, 3:15 pm

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78. The Female Animal (1958)
Hedy Lamar vs. Jane Russell in a sordid love triangle in this steamy potboiler. The movie very much is aware of its B-trappings.

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79. Hotel Colonial (1987)
A man goes to Columbia after news of his brother's death there and what he finds is conspiracy, betrayal and more natural threats of the jungle. This isn't bad but feels overstuffed with plot, careening from one subplot to another before it seems to just sort of decide to end.

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80. Whiteout (2009)
Taking the silly premise of a serial killer in Antarctica and executing it with almost no style or finesse, one is left with little to do but watch Kate Beckinsale succumb to frostbite. Also the killer's identity is pretty obvious so it doesn't even work as suspense. Given this was based on a comic by Greg Rucka, I have to think the comic is better written than this.

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81. Ahí va el diablo a.k.a. Here Comes The Devil (2012)
Taking the evil kid trope and mixing it with religious horror, this one has a weird tone that seems to waver between trashy excess and sinister low key suspense. Ultimately I didn't think they really fused together as well as they should.

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82. The Tijuana Story (1957)
Pretty dull procedural noir that's ultimately pretty forgettable beyond the location.

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83. Hell on Frisco Bay (1955)
Edward G. Robinson is a gangster. Alan Ladd is an ex-con who was framed by him and wants revenge. You know how this works. No surprises here but it's still a solid flick.

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84. Su excelencia (1967)
Well-known (at least in Mexico) comedian Cantinflas stars in this satire of Mexican cold war politics that almost feels like a re-imagining of Chaplin's The Great Dictator at times. It's not as overtly a comedy though. Although some of the political satire is probably lost on me, I still thought it was a solid and engaging movie for the most part, although it did feel too long. Apparently, also it's Catinflas' favorite film out of all of them he made.

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85. Track the Man Down (1955)
Super obscure film noir that somehow got a blu-ray release from Olive... Honestly there are much more deserving films than this one that still aren't out.

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86. Fortune is a Woman a.k.a. She Played with Fire (1957)
Quick tip: If you are in insurance, and a mysterious dame walks into your life, get the hell away from her. If noir has taught me nothing else, it's that this is a recipe for disaster.

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87. Chosen Survivors (1974)
I agree with sol's assessment of the set design here being surprisingly elaborate for what's basically a stolid bunker. Still, I felt the cinematography was very uninspired much of the time, using a soft focus lens that gave it a TV-movie quality. Between the screaming and arguing and the screeching of bats, it's also a fairly noisy movie that while fairly effective in places, also comes across too flat in tone at times.
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1. 37 (2014)
2. Ninja Demon's Massacre (1988)
3. Las luchadoras contra el médico asesino a.k.a. Doctor of Doom (1963)
4. Yao shou du shi a.k.a. Wicked City (1992)
5. Dangerously Close (1987)
6. Santo contra los zombies a.k.a. Santos vs the Zombies (1982)
7. Man in the Vault (1956)
8. Las luchadoras contra la momia a.k.a. Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummy (1964)
9. Le clan des Siciliens s.k.s. The Sicilian Clan (1969)
10. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020)
11. Kôshônin a.k.a. Negotiator (2003)
12. The Full Treatment (1960)
13. Pit of Darkness (1961)
14. I ragazzi del massacro a.k.a. Naked Violence (1969)
15. No se aceptan devoluciones a.k.a. Instructions Not Included (2013)
16. The Hostage (1967)
17. The Bees (1978)
18. Demonoid: Messenger of Death (1981)
19. Soldier, Sailor (1944)
20. The Specialist (1975)
21. Witch Hunt (1994)
22. Venetian Bird (1952)
23. One Good Cop (1991)
24. Atroz (Atrocious) (2015)
25. A Man Betrayed (1941)
26. Sensitive New Age Killer (2000)
27. El pecado de Adán y Eva a.k.a. Sin of Adam & Eve (1969)
28. Blues Harp (1998)
29. Museo del horror a.k.a. Museum of Horror (1964)
30. Le foto proibite di una signora per bene a.k.a. Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970)
31. The Black Scorpion (1957)
32. Johnny Come Lately (1943)
33. H (2002)
34. Carnival Magic (1981)
35. El libro de piedra a.k.a. Book of Stone (1969)
36. The Marked One (1963)
37. The Painted Smile a.k.a. Murder Can Be Deadly (1962)
38. Fallen (1998)
39. Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary (1975)
40. Santo vs. las mujeres vampiro a.k.a. Santo vs the Vampire Woman (1962)
41. Cold in July (2014)
42. Dos abrazos (2007)
43. Body of Evidence (1993)
44. Hell's Five Hours (1958)
45. La momia azteca contra el robot humano a.k.a. The Robot vs Aztec Mummy (1958)
46. The Man Who Died Twice (1958)
47. Perdita Durango a.k.a. Dance with the Devil (1997)
48. Brijes 3D a.k.a. Guardians of the Lost Code (2010)
49. The Big O (1999)
50. For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada (2012)
51. Così dolce... così perversa a.k.a. So Sweet... So Perverse (1969)
52. Más negro que la noche a.k.a. Darker Than The Night (1975)
53. Dolan's Cadillac (2009)
54. Ando volando bajo (1959)
55. The Big Empty (1997)
56. Cyclone (1978)
57. Come Out and Play (2012)
58. The Quiller Memorandum (1966)
59. Mord und Totschlag a.k.a. Degree of Murder (1987)
60. The Big Operator (1959)
61. Fear Chamber (1968)
62. Uncle Silas (1947)
63. Caperucita y Pulgarcito contra los monstruos a.k.a. Little Red Riding Hood & Tom Thumb vs the Monsters (1962)
64. Golgo 13: Queen Bee (1998)
65. Waga jinsei saiaku no toki a.k.a. Most Terrible Time In My Life (1993)
66. Across 110th Street (1972)
67. The Rain Killer (1990)
68. Hell's House (1932)
69. Herencia diabólica a.k.a. Diabolical Inheritance (1994)
70. Karera ga honki de amu toki wa a.k.a. Close-Knit (2017)
71. Midnight Lace (1960)
72. La nuit a dévoré le monde a.k.a. Night Eats the World (2018)
73. Gonin a.k.a. The Five (1995)
74. Pickup Alley (1957)
75. Satanás de todos los horrores (1974)
76. Mary (1931)
77. The Crush (1993)
78. The Female Animal (1958)
79. Hotel Colonial (1987)
80. Whiteout (2009)
81. Ahí va el diablo a.k.a. Here Comes The Devil (2012)
82. The Tijuana Story (1957)
83. Hell on Frisco Bay (1955)
84. Su excelencia (1967)
85. Track the Man Down (1955)
86. Fortune is a Woman a.k.a. She Played with Fire (1957)
87. Chosen Survivors (1974)

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#362

Post by sol » November 21st, 2020, 3:24 pm

flavo5000 wrote:
November 21st, 2020, 2:44 pm
The Karloff Mexican films are generally pretty awful. Outside of the early nudie cutie he did, they are bottom of the barrel for Jack Hill
Yeah, I was originally considering watching all four Karloff Mexican films this month but I have changed my mind about that. The Incredible Invasion (what an incredible title given that two victims does not translate to a full scale invasion!) was actually better than I anticipated, mostly because I expected Karloff to just have a few minutes of screen time and not much to do. It's actually a decent sized part that he takes a genuine crack at - but the overall film wasn't fun enough to make me keen on seeking out the rest.
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November 21st, 2020, 3:15 pm
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87. Chosen Survivors (1974)
I agree with sol's assessment of the set design here being surprisingly elaborate for what's basically a stolid bunker. Still, I felt the cinematography was very uninspired much of the time, using a soft focus lens that gave it a TV-movie quality. Between the screaming and arguing and the screeching of bats, it's also a fairly noisy movie that while fairly effective in places, also comes across too flat in tone at times.
Hello, yes, I have noticed that you have been watching some of the same films as me for the Mexican Challenge. :banana: No idea though if that's coincidental or based on my recommendations. I'm sorry you didn't like Here Comes the Devil more; perhaps my favourite Mexican discovery this month.
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Post by Onderhond » November 21st, 2020, 5:06 pm

flavo5000 wrote:
November 21st, 2020, 2:45 pm
The impalement scene is one that sticks in my mind with just how ridiculous it was. But yea, really, there are several places after that equally as nuts. And so much blood...
True, but that was something that was needed for the story/the film to move along. The tattoo was purely frivolous :)

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35. 3.5* - The Blade of Wind by Zhou Zhong (2020)

It's nice to see China is making great progress with fantasy/martial arts genre cinema. Their movie industry is booming, they've built a viable blockbuster business while making sure to keep their arthouse scene alive. Genre films still had them struggling though, but looking at the quality of The Blade of Wind, it seems there's hope for the future. Ya Qing is chosen to deliver an important message, but this gets her mixed up in quite a scheme. Together with two travelers she picks up along the way, she has to unravel the mystery of the Snake Man, an evil presence who has a strong hold on all the neighboring kingdoms. Performances are mediocre and the overreliance on CG is still there, but the action scenes are looking pretty good, the cinematography is great, pacing and length is also perfect. They're getting close to the Hong Kong scene of the 90s, fingers crossed they can improve just a little more because I've really missed these films.

Finally some good filmsShow
01. 1.5* - The Harvest by John McNaughton (2013)
02. 3.5* - Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight [W Lesie Dzis Nie Zasnie Nikt] by Bartosz M. Kowalski (2020)
03. 2.0* - Wedding Bells for the Otaku? [Demo, Kekkon Shitai! ~BL Mangaka no Kojirase~] by Chimura Toshimitsu (2017)
04. 4.0* - High & Low: The Movie 3 - Final Miss by Shigeaki Kubo, Tsuyoshi Nakakuki (2017)
05. 2.0* - I, Pastafari: A Flying Spaghetti Monster Story by Michael Arthur (2019)
06. 3.0* - Come Play by Jacob Chase (2020)
07. 3.5* - Taro the Dragon Boy [Tatsu no Ko Tarô] by Kirio Urayama (1979)
08. 2.5* - His House by Remi Weekes (2020)
09. 3.0* - Menendez: The Day of the Lord [Menendez Parte 1: El Día del Señor] by Santiago Alvarado Ilarri (2020)
10. 2.0* - Wolf by Michael Jones (2017)
11. 2.0* - All the King's Men [Tian Xia Di Yi] by King Hu (1983)
12. 3.5* - Kindred by Joe Marcantonio (2020)
13. 3.0* - Juliet, Naked by Jesse Peretz (2018)
14. 3.5* - Insanity [Bou Fung Yue] by Kwong-yiu Lee (2014)
15. 3.5* - Top Knot Detective by Aaron McCann, Dominic Pearce (2017)
16. 3.0* - Triggered by Alastair Orr (2020)
17. 3.5* - The Mimic [Jang-san-beom] by Jung Huh (2017)
18. 3.5* - The Professor by Wayne Roberts (2018)
19. 4.0* - Possessor by Brandon Cronenberg (2020)
20. 3.0* - 2067 by Seth Larney (2020)
21. 2.5* - Tokyo Living Dead Idol [Tôkyô Ribingu Deddo Aidoru] by Yûki Kumagai (2018)
22. 3.5* - Goldbuster [Yao Ling Ling] by Sandra Kwan Yue Ng (2017)
23. 3.0* - Legend of the Eight Samurai [Satomi Hakken-den] by Kinji Fukasaku (1983)
24. 3.0* - All the Wrong Spies [Wo Ai Ye Lai Xiang] by Teddy Robin Kwan (1983)
25. 3.5* - Not Quite Dead Yet [Ichido Shinde Mita] by Shinji Hamasaki (2020)
26. 3.0* - Richard Jewell by Clint Eastwood (2019)
27. 2.5* - Vanguard by Stanley Tong (2020)
28. 3.0* - The 3rd Eye 2 [Mata Batin 2] by Rocky Soraya (2019)
29. 3.0* - Buddy Games by Josh Duhamel (2019)
30. 3.0* - Blind by Marcel Walz (2019)
31. 3.5* - Eternity [Éternité] by Anh Hung Tran (2016)
32. 3.0* - Hero by Masayuki Suzuki (2015)
33. 3.5* - Mortal [Torden] by André Øvredal (2020)
34. 3.5* - Ode to Joy by Jason Winer (2019)

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Post by Hunziker » November 21st, 2020, 8:19 pm

shugs wrote:
November 18th, 2020, 8:14 am
Hunziker wrote:
November 16th, 2020, 5:28 am
4. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
Positively surprised.7/10
Tintin is official.
Quite right, thanks :thumbsup:


12. The Two Popes (2019)
7/10

13. Marshall (2017)
7/10

14. Jungle (2017)
7/10

15. Crawl (2019)
7/10

16. Adrift (2018)
7/10

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1. W lesie dzis nie zasnie nikt (2020)
2. Smokin' Aces (2006)
3. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
4. Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
5. Color Out of Space (2019)
6. Midnight Special (2016)
7. Tiempo Compartido (2018)
8. Curse of Chucky (2013)
9. Greenland (2020)
10. Den skyldige (2018)
11. Rebecca (2020)
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Post by VincentPrice » November 21st, 2020, 8:28 pm

24. The Rental-2020: 7/10
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1. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm-2020: 8/10
2. Fleshpot on 42nd Street-1973: 7/10
3. Greyhound-2020: 9/10
4. Playing with Fire-2019: 5/10
5. The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake-1959: 7/10
6. Black Christmas-2019: 8/10
7. Primrose Path-1940: 8/10
8. Woman Wanted-1935: 7/10
9. The Pace That Thrills-1952: 7/10
10. It's Trad,. Dad!-1962: 6/10
11. The Girl from 10th Avenue-1935: 7/10
12. Blood Vessel-2019: 8/10
13. Guru, the Mad Monk-1970: 7/10
14. Company Business-1991: 7/10
15. While the Patient Sleeps-1935: 7/10
16. The Smiling Ghost-1941: 8/10
17. Private Parts-1997: 9/10
18. Tremors: Shrieker Island-2020: 8/10
19. Racket Busters-1938: 6/10
20. San Quentin-1937: 7/10
21. Dear White People-2014: 8/10
22. Target Zero-1955: 7/10
23. The Perfection-2018: 8/10

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Post by Onderhond » November 21st, 2020, 9:12 pm

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36. 3.0* - Love Undercover [Sun Jaat Si Mui] by Joe Ma (2002)

A very simple romcom with a crime-based background story. It's right up Joe Ma's alley, and he doesn't disappoint. More than that, this film was so successful that it spawned two more sequels. Not sure if this film really warranted such an honor, but it's certainly not bad for what it is. Agent Keun is sent on an undercover mission. She has to befriend Hoi, son of a retired Triad boss. Hoi is suspected of being in the Triad business himself, but there's no concrete evidence, which Keun has to deliver. He turns out to be a total gentleman though and in no time romantic feelings are starting to develop between the two. Don't expect anything original from Love Undercover, this is pure genre fluff. But there's chemistry between Miriam Yeung and Daniel Wu, the film's moderately funny and the pacing is decent. It's a perfect time waster and a fun filler once you've gone through all the better films in the genre.

Finally some good filmsShow
01. 1.5* - The Harvest by John McNaughton (2013)
02. 3.5* - Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight [W Lesie Dzis Nie Zasnie Nikt] by Bartosz M. Kowalski (2020)
03. 2.0* - Wedding Bells for the Otaku? [Demo, Kekkon Shitai! ~BL Mangaka no Kojirase~] by Chimura Toshimitsu (2017)
04. 4.0* - High & Low: The Movie 3 - Final Miss by Shigeaki Kubo, Tsuyoshi Nakakuki (2017)
05. 2.0* - I, Pastafari: A Flying Spaghetti Monster Story by Michael Arthur (2019)
06. 3.0* - Come Play by Jacob Chase (2020)
07. 3.5* - Taro the Dragon Boy [Tatsu no Ko Tarô] by Kirio Urayama (1979)
08. 2.5* - His House by Remi Weekes (2020)
09. 3.0* - Menendez: The Day of the Lord [Menendez Parte 1: El Día del Señor] by Santiago Alvarado Ilarri (2020)
10. 2.0* - Wolf by Michael Jones (2017)
11. 2.0* - All the King's Men [Tian Xia Di Yi] by King Hu (1983)
12. 3.5* - Kindred by Joe Marcantonio (2020)
13. 3.0* - Juliet, Naked by Jesse Peretz (2018)
14. 3.5* - Insanity [Bou Fung Yue] by Kwong-yiu Lee (2014)
15. 3.5* - Top Knot Detective by Aaron McCann, Dominic Pearce (2017)
16. 3.0* - Triggered by Alastair Orr (2020)
17. 3.5* - The Mimic [Jang-san-beom] by Jung Huh (2017)
18. 3.5* - The Professor by Wayne Roberts (2018)
19. 4.0* - Possessor by Brandon Cronenberg (2020)
20. 3.0* - 2067 by Seth Larney (2020)
21. 2.5* - Tokyo Living Dead Idol [Tôkyô Ribingu Deddo Aidoru] by Yûki Kumagai (2018)
22. 3.5* - Goldbuster [Yao Ling Ling] by Sandra Kwan Yue Ng (2017)
23. 3.0* - Legend of the Eight Samurai [Satomi Hakken-den] by Kinji Fukasaku (1983)
24. 3.0* - All the Wrong Spies [Wo Ai Ye Lai Xiang] by Teddy Robin Kwan (1983)
25. 3.5* - Not Quite Dead Yet [Ichido Shinde Mita] by Shinji Hamasaki (2020)
26. 3.0* - Richard Jewell by Clint Eastwood (2019)
27. 2.5* - Vanguard by Stanley Tong (2020)
28. 3.0* - The 3rd Eye 2 [Mata Batin 2] by Rocky Soraya (2019)
29. 3.0* - Buddy Games by Josh Duhamel (2019)
30. 3.0* - Blind by Marcel Walz (2019)
31. 3.5* - Eternity [Éternité] by Anh Hung Tran (2016)
32. 3.0* - Hero by Masayuki Suzuki (2015)
33. 3.5* - Mortal [Torden] by André Øvredal (2020)
34. 3.5* - Ode to Joy by Jason Winer (2019)
35. 3.5* - The Blade of Wind by Zhou Zhong (2020)

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Post by zzzorf » November 21st, 2020, 9:20 pm

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1. Hell House LLC (2015) - 3/10
2. Barbie: Dolphin Magic (2017) - 4/10
3. Crumbs (2015) - 6/10
4. Pili (2017) - 8/10
5. Kanyamakan (2014) - 7/10
6. Chokeslam (2016) - 7/10
7. Antes que cante el gallo (2016) - 7/10
8. Abzurdah (2015) - 7/10
9. UIO: Sácame a Pasear (2016) - 3/10
10. Barbie Dreamtopia: Festival of Fun (2017) - 4/10
11. Alice in Wonderland (1999) - 10/10 (rewatch)
12. Otvergnutye (2018) - 7/10 (first check)
13. Dinotopia (2002) - 10/10 (rewatch)
14. Hideous Kinky (1998) - 4/10
15. Kevade (1969) - 7/10
16. Delegacioni (2018) - 7/10
17. Sia, le rêve du python (2001) - 7/10
18. Sieben Sommersprossen (1978) - 9/10

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Post by VincentPrice » November 21st, 2020, 11:40 pm

25. Lost Boundaries-1949: 7/10
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1. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm-2020: 8/10
2. Fleshpot on 42nd Street-1973: 7/10
3. Greyhound-2020: 9/10
4. Playing with Fire-2019: 5/10
5. The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake-1959: 7/10
6. Black Christmas-2019: 8/10
7. Primrose Path-1940: 8/10
8. Woman Wanted-1935: 7/10
9. The Pace That Thrills-1952: 7/10
10. It's Trad,. Dad!-1962: 6/10
11. The Girl from 10th Avenue-1935: 7/10
12. Blood Vessel-2019: 8/10
13. Guru, the Mad Monk-1970: 7/10
14. Company Business-1991: 7/10
15. While the Patient Sleeps-1935: 7/10
16. The Smiling Ghost-1941: 8/10
17. Private Parts-1997: 9/10
18. Tremors: Shrieker Island-2020: 8/10
19. Racket Busters-1938: 6/10
20. San Quentin-1937: 7/10
21. Dear White People-2014: 8/10
22. Target Zero-1955: 7/10
23. The Perfection-2018: 8/10
24. The Rental-2020: 7/10

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Post by allisoncm » November 22nd, 2020, 12:11 am

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1. Angie X AKA MDMA (2017) 3/10 Honestly, Paolo Sorrentino did a better job talking about MDMA in a very short scene in LORO. HOOPLA
2. The Operative (2019) 5/10 HOOPLA
3. Arranged (2007) 5.5/10 HOOPLA
4. Lila dit ça (2004) 1/10 HOOPLA
5. Sightless (2020) 3/10 HOOPLA
6. 2 Nights till morning AKA 2 yötä aamuun (2015) 5/10 HOOPLA
7. Sport de filles (2011) 1/10 HOOPLA
8. Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009) 6/10 Disney+
9. Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl (2016) 5/10 SHUDDER
10. Axolotl Overkill (2017) KANOPY
11. Lady and the Tramp (2019) 5.7/10 DISNEY+
12. Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen (2020) 6/10 NETFLIX
13. Slay the Dragon (2019) 6/10
14. La vita davanti a sé / The Life Ahead (2020) 6/10 NETFLIX
15. Stargirl (2020) 6/10 DISNEY+
16. Home Alone 3 (1997) DISNEY + 5/10
17. The Strongest Man in the World (1975) 3/10 DISNEY+
18. Secret Society of Second-Born Royals (2020) AKA Secret Society of Second Born Royals Year 2/10 DISNEY+
19. High School Musical 2 (2007) 2/10 (Definitely the worst in the series by far)
20. The Social Dilemma (2020) 6/10 See The Great Hack instead.
21. Ammonite (2020) 6/10
22. The Mortuary Collection (2019) 3/10
23. Haunt (2019)
24. Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008) 6/10
25. My Letter to the World (2017) 7/10 Emily Dickinson documentary that offers some “new” information.
26. Crazy, Not Insane (2020) 8/10 highly recommend new doc from Alex Gibney
27. Belushi (2020) 5/10
28. Uncle Frank (2020) 8/10
29. Feels Good Man (2020) 6/10
30. Belly of the Beast (2020) 7/10
31. Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) 7/10
32. Small Axe: Mangrove (2020) Steve McQueen - pretty good
33. Beginning (2020) 2/10
34. Black Bear (2020) 7.5/10
35. Uncle Frank (2020) 8/10 Saw it twice, but am only going to log it once.
36. Un triomphe / The Big Hit (2020) 6/10
37. Shakespeare's Sh*tstorm (2020)
38. Frenemies (2012) 5.5/10
39. Death of a Telemarketer (2020) 6/10
40. Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist (2019) 8/10
41.Darling (2015) 5/10
42. Nuevo orden/New Order (2020) 7/10
43. Mank (2020) 6/10
44. Gli anni più belli AKA The Best Years AKA The Most Beautiful Years (2020) 10/10

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Post by kongs_speech » November 22nd, 2020, 1:14 am

28. Happy, Happy (2010, Anne Sewitsky) - 4/5

Happy, Happy is a wonderful, if uncomfortable, Norwegian dark comedy / melodrama about Kaja (Agnes Kittelsen), a seemingly satisfied married woman whose life takes a turn when a wealthy couple from the city move next door. Kaja, whose husband is cruel and displays no sexual interest in her, begins an affair with the new neighbor, friendly everyman Sigve (Henrik Rafaelsen). The film has an odd style, punctuated by occasional interludes from a bluegrass quartet. This could be off-putting to many, but I find it charming. Though a slavery subplot between the couples' children is in questionable taste, the resolution to that minor arc is satisfying. The cast are uniformly impressive, but what elevates Anne Sewitsky's film to greatness is Kittelsen, whose immense likability and sweet face make Kaja a protagonist worth supporting. She brings such humanity and grace to the part that it is easy to become invested in Kaja's possibly misguided pursuit of happiness. "Hidden gem" is one of the most overused terms among cinephiles; however, it is applicable to the underseen and underrated Happy, Happy.

29. Collective (2019, Alexander Nanau) - 4/5

A powerfully necessary journalistic deep dive into a tragedy that received almost no attention in the U.S., the Romanian documentary Collective is infuriating. Seeing so many people die horrible, easily preventable deaths because of a corrupt hospital system and government is sadly all too relevant to the current handling of the COVID-19 pandemic by American leadership. The story unfolds similar to that of a narrative film, which keeps it from getting bogged down in standard doc tropes. I will not soon forget the image of a burn victim slowly dying in a hospital, covered in maggots from neglect and improper disinfectant. Collective will piss you off, and that's the entire reason you need to see it.

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1. Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman (1997, Chantal Akerman) - 2/5
2. The Final Insult (1997, Charles Burnett) - 3/5
3. Merrily We Go to Hell (1932, Dorothy Arzner) - 3.5/5
4. Pier Kids (2019, Elegance Bratton) - 4/5
5. The Sea of Trees (2015, Gus Van Sant) - 4/5
6. Emilia (2020, Cesar Sodero) - 3.5/5
7. Queer Japan (2019, Graham Kolbeins) - 4/5
8. Queen of Lapa (2019, Theodore Collatos & Carolina Monnerat) - 4/5
9. Breaking Fast (2020, Mike Mosallam) - 2.5/5
10. Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America (2019, Tom Shepard) - 3.5/5

11. Dry Wind (2020, Daniel Nolasco) - 4/5
12. Tatsumi (2011, Eric Khoo) - 4.5/5
13. One Day Pina Asked... (1983, Chantal Akerman) - 3/5
14. Almayer's Folly (2011, Chantal Akerman) - 4/5
15. Obscuro Barroco (2018, Evangelina Kranioti) - 4.5/5
16. Brief Story from the Green Planet (2019, Santiago Loza) - 4/5
17. Trog (1970, Freddie Francis) - 1.5/5
18. Olivia (1951, Jacqueline Audry) - 4/5
19. Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling (1986, Richard Pryor) - 2/5
20. Empty Suitcases (1980, Bette Gordon) - 4/5

21. Working Girls (1931, Dorothy Arzner) - 3.5/5
22. Martin Eden (2019, Pietro Marcello) - 4/5
23. Down There (2006, Chantal Akerman) - 4/5
24. The Crowd Roars (1932, Howard Hawks) - 3.5/5
25. South (1999, Chantal Akerman) - 5/5
26. Luminous Motion (1998, Bette Gordon) - 0.5/5
27. The Lincoln Lawyer (2011, Brad Furman) - 4/5
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Post by AB537 » November 22nd, 2020, 2:56 am

23. I girasoli - Sunflower (Vittorio de Sica, 1970) 7/10 ... you can never go wrong with de Sica, Mastroianni and Loren
24. It Comes at Night (Trey Edward Shults, 2017) 5.5/10
25. Domino (Brian De Palma, 2019) 5/10

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Post by kongs_speech » November 22nd, 2020, 3:00 am

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November 22nd, 2020, 2:56 am
23. I girasoli - Sunflower (Vittorio de Sica, 1970) 7/10 ... you can never go wrong with de Sica, Mastroianni and Loren
24. It Comes at Night (Trey Edward Shults, 2017) 5.5/10
25. Domino (Brian De Palma, 2019) 5/10
I've seen the first two, both of which I rated a little higher. I haven't made Domino a priority because I've heard it's not at all what De Palma wanted it to be.
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Post by jdidaco » November 22nd, 2020, 4:47 am

(Gif from 'Hagazussa'),

59. Hipócrita..! (Hypocrite, Miguel Morayta, 1949) 8/10
60. Camino del infierno (The Road to Hell, Miguel Morayta, 1951) 9/10
61. Damn Citizen (Robert Gordon, 1958) 8/10
62. La mujer y la bestia (The Woman and the Beast, Alfonso Corona Blake, 1959) 8/10
63. Schwarzer Kies (Black Gravel, Helmut Käutner, 1961) 9/10
64. Santo en el museo de cera (Santo in the Wax Museum, Alfonso Corona Blake, 1963) 7/10
65. Santo en El tesoro de Drácula (Santo and Dracula's Treasure, René Cardona, 1969) 6.5/10
66. Darker Than Amber (Robert Clouse, 1970) 8/10
67. Wer im Glashaus liebt... (He Who Loves in a Glass House, Michael Verhoeven, 1971) 8/10
68. Fluchtweg St. Pauli - Großalarm für die Davidswache (Hot Traces of St. Pauli, Wolfgang Staudte, 1971) 6.5/10
69. Divinas palabras (Divine Words, Juan Ibáñez, 1978) 7.5/10
70. La brune et moi (The Brunette and Me, Philippe Puicouyoul, 1981) 7.5/10
71. Freeway (Francis Delia, 1988) 6.5/10
72. Das Geheimnis (Secret of Love, Rudolf Thome, 1995) 8/10
73. Wings of Courage/Guillaumet, les ailes du courage (Jean-Jacques Annaud, 1995) 7/10
74. Hagazussa (Lukas Feigelfeld, 2017) 8/10
75. Luz (Tilman Singer, 2018) 7/10
76. Bliss (Joe Begos, 2019) 5/10

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1. Que Dios me perdone (May God Forgive Me, Tito Davison, 1948) 8/10
2. La noche avanza (Night Falls, Roberto Gavaldón, 1952) 8/10
3. A Prize of Arms (Cliff Owen, 1962) 8/10
4. Minagoroshi no kenjû (Massacre Gun, Yasuharu Hasebe, 1967) 8/10
5. La isla de los hombres solos (Island of Lost Souls, René Cardona, 1974) 7/10
6. ¡Tintorera! (Tintorera: Killer Shark, René Cardona Jr., 1977) 6/10
7. Alphabet City (Amos Poe, 1984) 7/10
8. ¿Cómo ves? (What Do You Think?, Paul Leduc, 1986) 8.5/10
9. Dollar Mambo (Paul Leduc, 1993) 8/10
10. Minotauro (Minotaur, Nicolás Pereda, 2015) 7/10
11. Meshok bez dna (The Bottomless Bag, Rustam Khamdamov, 2017) 9/10
12. Malchik russkiy (A Russian Youth, Alexander Zolotukhin, 2019) 8/10
13. Okay America! (Tay Garnett, 1932) 8.5/10
14. Cuando levanta la niebla (When the Fog Lifts, Emilio Fernández, 1952) 9/10
15. Strange Compulsion (Irvin Berwick, 1964) 6.5/10
16. Lekarstwo na milosc (A Cure for Love, Jan Batory, 1966) 8/10
17. Los nuestros (Jaime Humberto Hermosillo, 1970) 7.5/10
18. Freelance (Francis Megahy, 1971) 7.5/10
19. Sitting Target (Douglas Hickox, 1972) 7.5/10
20. Poslizg (A Slip-up, Jan Lomnicki, 1972) 8/10
21. Cyclone (Terror Storm, René Cardona Jr., 1978) 5.5/10
22. Nightkill (Ted Post, 1980) 6.5/10
23. Tras el horizonte (Mitl Valdez, 1984) 7/10
24. Los confines (Mitl Valdez, 1987) 8/10
25. Street of No Return (Samuel Fuller, 1989) 7/10
26. Juventud (Youth, Jaime Humberto Hermosillo, 2010) 7.5/10
27. Rencor tatuado (Tattoo of Revenge, Julián Hernández, 2018) 7/10
28. In Fabric (Peter Strickland, 2018) 6.5/10
29. Le garçon sauvage (Savage Triangle, Jean Delannoy, 1951) 9/10
30. En este pueblo no hay ladrones (There Are No Thieves in This Village, Alberto Isaac, 1965) 8/10
31. Vertige pour un tueur (Vertigo for a Killer, Jean-Pierre Desagnat, 1970) 7.5/10
32. El juez de la soga (The Hanging Judge, Alberto Mariscal, 1973) 6.5/10
33. Foxtrot/The Far Side of Paradise (Arturo Ripstein, 1976) 7.5/10
34. L'avvertimento (The Warning, Damiano Damiani, 1980) 8/10
35. Los placeres ocultos (Playback, René Cardona Jr., 1989) 5.5/10
36. El chico temido de la vecindad (Enrique Gómez Vadillo, 1989) 7.5/10
37. Puccini e la fanciulla (Puccini and the Girl, Paolo Benvenuti & Paola Baroni, 2008) 8/10
38. Eom-ma-neun Chang-nyeo-da (Mother Is a Whore, Lee Sang-woo, 2009) 8/10
39. Abeojineun Gaeda (Father Is a Dog, Lee Sang-woo, 2010) 8/10
40. La chambre bleue (The Blue Room, Mathieu Amalric, 2014) 7.5/10
41. Irréprochable (Faultless, Sébastien Marnier, 2016) 8/10
42. L'heure de la sortie (School's Out, Sébastien Marnier, 2018) 8/10
43. Janitzio (Carlos Navarro, 1935) 9/10
44. El asesino X (“X” Killer, Juan Bustillo Oro, 1955) 7.5/10
45. El medallón del crimen (El 13 de oro) (The Medallion of Crime, Juan Bustillo Oro 1956) 8/10
46. Playa prohibida (Forbidden Beach, Julián Soler, 1956) 7.5/10
47. Cash on Demand (Quentin Lawrence, 1961) 8/10
48. Strongroom (Vernon Sewell, 1962) 8/10
49. Girl in the Headlines (Michael Truman, 1963) 8/10
50. Tajimara (Juan José Gurrola, 1965) 9/10
51. Un alma pura (A Pure Soul, Juan Ibáñez, 1965) 8/10
52. Las viboras cambian de piel (Guns and Guts, René Cardona Jr., 1974) 6/10
53. La via della droga (The Heroin Busters, Enzo G. Castellari 1977) 7.5/10
54. Il giorno del Cobra (Day of the Cobra, Enzo G. Castellari, 1980) 7.5/10
55. Playa prohibida (Forbidden Beach, Enrique Gómez Vadillo, 1985) 6.5/10
56. Martin Eden (Pietro Marcello, 2019) 7.5/10
57. Enola Holmes (Harry Bradbeer, 2020) 6/10
58. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (David E. Talbert, 2020) 5/10

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Post by sol » November 22nd, 2020, 11:42 am

Continuing to stay in Mexico:

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1. The Book of Stone (1969)
2. Chosen Survivors (1974)
3. The Devil's Rain (1975)
4. Darker Than Night (1975)
5. Come Out and Play (2012)
6. Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017)
7. Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)
8. Here Comes the Devil (2012)
9. The Killing Room (2009)
10. Megan is Missing (2011)
11. The Devil's Candy (2015)
12. Europa Report (2013)
13. The Dead Pit (1989)
14. Witchboard (1986)
15. Ben is Back (2018)
16. Swallow (2019)
17. Sisters (2006)
18. Ticks (1993)
19. Cam (2018)
20. Host (2020)
21. Fear (1996)
22. Night Falls (1952)
23. DeadHeads (2011)
24. The Collection (2012)
25. Aunt Alejandra (1979)
26. Antiviral (2012)
27. Absentia (2011)
28. Baghead (2008)
29. Monster with a Thousand Heads (2015)
30. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)
31. Guyana -- Crime of the Century (1979)
32. The Lost (2006)
33. Revenge (2017)
34. Prevenge (2016)
35. The Drifter in The Rain (1968)
36. The Incredible Invasion (1971)

37. Satanic Pandemonium (1975)

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For a film with a title like that, this horror movie is a surprisingly slow-burn affair, only really reaching pandemonium levels in its final quarter hour. While the restraint is curious, it causes the film to drag at times. There is definitely some decent gore in the mix though, the seduction scenes are well handled and the jump cut special effects work surprisingly well to convey oddities, like a snake in her cup, which she can see but nobody else.
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Post by weirdboy » November 22nd, 2020, 2:04 pm

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1. Dark (2017) - Paul Schrader
2. Kuro no tesuto kâ 黒のテストカー AKA Black Test Car (1962) - Yasuzo Masumura
3. The Visit (1964) - Bernhard Wicki
4. Mercury 13 (2018) - David Sington, Heather Walsh
5. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2017) - Travis Wilkerson
6. Munekata kyoudai 宗方姉妹 AKA The Munekata Sisters (1950) - Yasujiro Ozu
7. 37 sekanzu AKA 37 Seconds (2019) - Hikari
8. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) - David France
9. Ruben Brandt, a gyujto AKA Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) - Milorad Krstic
10. In Fabric (2018) - Peter Strickland
11. Répertoire des villes disparues AKA Ghost Town Anthology (2019) - Denis Cote
12. Une colonie AKA A Colony (2018) - Geneviève Dulude-De Celles
13. I am Jane Doe (2017) - Mary Mazzio
14. Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017) - Erin Lee Carr
15. Jitsuryoku gaiden: Osaka dengeki sakusen 実力外電 大阪電撃作戦 AKA Authentic True Account: Osaka Shock Tactics AKA Operation Plazma in Osaka (1976) - Sadao Nakajima
16. The Weight of Water (2000) - Kathryn Bigelow
17. The Wanting Mare (2020) - Nicholas Ashe
18. Kuro no hôkokusho 黒の報告書 AKA The Black Statement Book AKA The Black Report (1963) - Yasuzo Masamura
19. Tiger in the Smoke (1956) - Roy Ward Baker
20. El Achrar AKA The Bad Guys (1970) - Houssam El-Din Mustafa
21. The Lost Skeleton Returns Again (2009) - Larry Blamire
22. Le grand méchant renard et autres contes... AKA The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (2017) - Patrick Imbert, Benjamin Renner
23. Mutafukaz AKA MFKZ (2017) - Shoujirou Nishimi, Guillaume Renard
24. Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (2018) - Salvador Simo
25. Karera ga honki de amu toki wa 彼らが本気で編むときは AKA Close-Knit (2017) - Naoko Ogigami
26. Saigon (1947) - Leslie Fenton
27. Borderline (1950) - William A. Seiter
28. Kevade AKA Spring (1969) - Arvo Kruusement
29. Chuva É Cantoria Na Aldeia Dos Mortos AKA The Dead and the Others (2018) - Joao Salaviza, Renee Nader
30. Napszállta AKA Sunset (2018) - Laszlo Nemes
31. Alice T. (2018) - Radu Muntean
32. Doubles vies AKA Non-Fiction (2018) - Olivier Assayas
33. Izo (2004) - Takashi Miike
34. Estou Me Guardando Para Quando O Carnaval Chegar AKA Waiting for the Carnival (2019) - Marcelo Gomes
35. Martin Eden (2019) - Pietro Marcello

I realize that the director of Estou Me Guardando Para Quando O Carnaval Chegar basically wanted to do a film about all the changes in this town where he grew up, and I get that, but I really wish he had followed the supply chain a bit and interviewed people both upstream and especially downstream to give a bit more context to the industry and economy there.

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Post by sebby » November 22nd, 2020, 2:06 pm

05 Yesterday (2019) 3.5/10
06 Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) 4/10
07 Dreamcatcher (2003) 2/10

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01 The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) 3/10
02 The Queen's Gambit (2020) 7.5/10
03 Palm Springs (2020) 6/10
04 On the Rocks (2020) 6/10
05 Yesterday (2019) 3.5/10
06 Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) 4/10
07 Dreamcatcher (2003) 2/10

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Post by kongs_speech » November 22nd, 2020, 2:16 pm

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05 Yesterday (2019) 3.5/10
I have a special burning hatred for this. Probably not the "worst" film ever made, but it's my personal least favorite.
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Post by flavo5000 » November 22nd, 2020, 2:58 pm

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November 21st, 2020, 3:24 pm
Hello, yes, I have noticed that you have been watching some of the same films as me for the Mexican Challenge. :banana: No idea though if that's coincidental or based on my recommendations. I'm sorry you didn't like Here Comes the Devil more; perhaps my favourite Mexican discovery this month.
Well, while I do certainly read your reviews, I think it's probably more that we are both watching a lot of horror/cult movies and in particular unofficial Mexican ones this month. Many of the ones I've watched in particular I've had either on DVD or blu-ray to watch for a while (in fact, Satanico Pandemonium, one you just posted a review on, is one I have the blu-ray of I almost watched a couple of days ago).

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Post by Onderhond » November 22nd, 2020, 3:00 pm

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37. 2.5* - Glass House by Daniel Sackheim (2001)

A pretty simple mystery, seemingly constructed to put Leelee Sobieski in the spotlight. She was a rather bankable actress back then, the kind that would draw enough fans to the theater so studios wouldn't have to worry too much about the film they put her in. Don't get your hopes up in other words. Ruby is a pretty average teenager whose life is turned upside down when her parents die in a car crash. Together with her younger brother she's sent to live with Terry and Erin, best friend of her parents. They seem like a wealthy and friendly couple, but Ruby quickly begins to suspect something weird is going on with their legal guardians. Sobieski isn't bad, but forgettable, and she fades away next to Skarsgård. The plot is way too transparent and the thriller elements are very basic, but the pacing is decent and even though it's all rather predictable, it's still a pretty entertaining watch. Very run-of-the-mill filler, but not terrible.

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38. 3.0* - Century of the Dragon [Lung Joi Bin Yuen] by Clarence Yiu-leung Fok (1999)

There's certainly no lack of Hong Kong Triad films. I've seen the most prominent ones already, once in a while I find a lesser known one that has managed to escape my attention. Century of the Dragon is such a film, though considering all the talent involved I'm surprised I never noticed this one before. Shing is a standout trainee who is sent on an undercover mission. He has to infiltrate the Hung Hing gang and befriend Fei Lung, one of their toughest leaders. Once there he learns that Fei Lung isn't actively participating in the Triad business he tries to inform the cops of the situation, but they won't listen to Shing. With Louis Koo and Andy Lau in the lead you know performances will be on point. Clarence Fok isn't the most gifted director, but as part of the Hong Kong genre machine he does a pretty decent job. The film's a bit long and it offers nothing you haven't seen elsewhere, but the result is pretty solid Triad filler.

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01. 1.5* - The Harvest by John McNaughton (2013)
02. 3.5* - Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight [W Lesie Dzis Nie Zasnie Nikt] by Bartosz M. Kowalski (2020)
03. 2.0* - Wedding Bells for the Otaku? [Demo, Kekkon Shitai! ~BL Mangaka no Kojirase~] by Chimura Toshimitsu (2017)
04. 4.0* - High & Low: The Movie 3 - Final Miss by Shigeaki Kubo, Tsuyoshi Nakakuki (2017)
05. 2.0* - I, Pastafari: A Flying Spaghetti Monster Story by Michael Arthur (2019)
06. 3.0* - Come Play by Jacob Chase (2020)
07. 3.5* - Taro the Dragon Boy [Tatsu no Ko Tarô] by Kirio Urayama (1979)
08. 2.5* - His House by Remi Weekes (2020)
09. 3.0* - Menendez: The Day of the Lord [Menendez Parte 1: El Día del Señor] by Santiago Alvarado Ilarri (2020)
10. 2.0* - Wolf by Michael Jones (2017)
11. 2.0* - All the King's Men [Tian Xia Di Yi] by King Hu (1983)
12. 3.5* - Kindred by Joe Marcantonio (2020)
13. 3.0* - Juliet, Naked by Jesse Peretz (2018)
14. 3.5* - Insanity [Bou Fung Yue] by Kwong-yiu Lee (2014)
15. 3.5* - Top Knot Detective by Aaron McCann, Dominic Pearce (2017)
16. 3.0* - Triggered by Alastair Orr (2020)
17. 3.5* - The Mimic [Jang-san-beom] by Jung Huh (2017)
18. 3.5* - The Professor by Wayne Roberts (2018)
19. 4.0* - Possessor by Brandon Cronenberg (2020)
20. 3.0* - 2067 by Seth Larney (2020)
21. 2.5* - Tokyo Living Dead Idol [Tôkyô Ribingu Deddo Aidoru] by Yûki Kumagai (2018)
22. 3.5* - Goldbuster [Yao Ling Ling] by Sandra Kwan Yue Ng (2017)
23. 3.0* - Legend of the Eight Samurai [Satomi Hakken-den] by Kinji Fukasaku (1983)
24. 3.0* - All the Wrong Spies [Wo Ai Ye Lai Xiang] by Teddy Robin Kwan (1983)
25. 3.5* - Not Quite Dead Yet [Ichido Shinde Mita] by Shinji Hamasaki (2020)
26. 3.0* - Richard Jewell by Clint Eastwood (2019)
27. 2.5* - Vanguard by Stanley Tong (2020)
28. 3.0* - The 3rd Eye 2 [Mata Batin 2] by Rocky Soraya (2019)
29. 3.0* - Buddy Games by Josh Duhamel (2019)
30. 3.0* - Blind by Marcel Walz (2019)
31. 3.5* - Eternity [Éternité] by Anh Hung Tran (2016)
32. 3.0* - Hero by Masayuki Suzuki (2015)
33. 3.5* - Mortal [Torden] by André Øvredal (2020)
34. 3.5* - Ode to Joy by Jason Winer (2019)
35. 3.5* - The Blade of Wind by Zhou Zhong (2020)
36. 3.0* - Love Undercover [Sun Jaat Si Mui] by Joe Ma (2002)

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Post by sol » November 22nd, 2020, 3:42 pm

flavo5000 wrote:
November 22nd, 2020, 2:58 pm
sol wrote:
November 21st, 2020, 3:24 pm
Hello, yes, I have noticed that you have been watching some of the same films as me for the Mexican Challenge. :banana: No idea though if that's coincidental or based on my recommendations. I'm sorry you didn't like Here Comes the Devil more; perhaps my favourite Mexican discovery this month.
Well, while I do certainly read your reviews, I think it's probably more that we are both watching a lot of horror/cult movies and in particular unofficial Mexican ones this month. Many of the ones I've watched in particular I've had either on DVD or blu-ray to watch for a while (in fact, Satanico Pandemonium, one you just posted a review on, is one I have the blu-ray of I almost watched a couple of days ago).
Sure; probably makes sense since we are both into horror/cult films. Blu-ray of Pandemonium sounds enticing. I'm sure it would look good in hi-def since the movie has some striking visuals - even if the pandemonium itself is in short supply. (I watched the film on TubiTV myself)
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Post by shugs » November 22nd, 2020, 4:27 pm

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29. Collective (2019, Alexander Nanau) - 4/5

A powerfully necessary journalistic deep dive into a tragedy that received almost no attention in the U.S., the Romanian documentary Collective is infuriating. Seeing so many people die horrible, easily preventable deaths because of a corrupt hospital system and government is sadly all too relevant to the current handling of the COVID-19 pandemic by American leadership. The story unfolds similar to that of a narrative film, which keeps it from getting bogged down in standard doc tropes. I will not soon forget the image of a burn victim slowly dying in a hospital, covered in maggots from neglect and improper disinfectant. Collective will piss you off, and that's the entire reason you need to see it.
Fun fact: Cristian Popescu Piedone, the mayor of the district where the fire took place, who resigned after the fire took place and who is still NOT in prison became mayor of another Bucharest district this year. His campaign slogan was "Take care to not get burned!". I hate this country.

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Post by shugs » November 22nd, 2020, 5:14 pm

14. Gyakuten saiban [Ace Attorney] (Takashi Miike, 2012) - 5/10
15. P.J. (John Guillermin, 1968) - 7/10
16. Cateva conversatii despre o fata foarte inalta [Several Conversations About a Very Tall Girl] (Bogdan Theodor Olteanu, 2018) - 5/10
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1. Vuelven [Tigers Are Not Afraid] (Issa López, 2017) - 7/10
2. I, Pastafari (Michael Arthur, 2019) - 6/10
3. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Jason Woliner, 2020) - 7/10
4. Sin nombre (Cary Joji Fukunaga, 2009) - 7/10
5. Semi-Pro (Kent Alterman, 2008) - 7/10
6. Desierto (Jonás Cuarón, 2015) - 5/10
7. Gringo (Nash Edgerton, 2018) - 6/10
8. The Invisible Man (Leigh Whannell, 2020) - 5/10
9. Occident (Cristian Mungiu, 2002) - 8/10
10. The War with Grandpa (Tim Hill, 2020) - 5/10
11. Thunder Road (Jim Cummings, 2018) - 6/10
12. Summer Rental (Carl Reiner, 1985) - 4/10
13. Die Welle [The Wave] (Dennis Gansel, 2008) - 6/10

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Post by frbrown » November 22nd, 2020, 5:40 pm

39. Les eaux troubles (1949)
40. Final Analysis (1992)
41. Nightbeat (1947)

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1. Marriage of Convenience (1960)
2. City of Shadows (1955)
3. Blackout (1950)
4. Dancing with Crime (1947)
5. Nightmare (1942)
6. Macadam (1946)
7. The Big Shot (1942)
8. Miami Expose (1956)
9. Revolt in the Big House (1958)
10. 8 Million Ways to Die (1986)
11. The Boss (1956)
12. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003)
13. Roughshod (1949)
14. Love from a Stranger (1937)
15. Ransom! (1956)
16. Blue Steel (1990)
17. The Malpas Mystery (1960)
18. Stakeout on Dope Street (1958)
19. Body Chemistry (1990)
20. La lumiere d'en face (1955)
21. Dial 999 (1955)
22. Dead Bang (1989)
23. Grand Central Murder (1942)
24. Unmasked (1950)
25. Hell on Frisco Bay (1955)
26. Saigon (1947)
27. Last Embrace (1979)
28. Cosh Boy (1953)
29. Mad at the World (1955)
30. Urge to Kill (1960)
31. Man in the Vault (1956)
32. Strange Intruder (1956)
33. Face of a Fugitive (1959)
34. Not as a Stranger (1955)
35. Vice Squad (1953)
36. Clue of the Twisted Candle (1960)
37. Impulse (1954)
38. The Weapon (1956)
39. Les eaux troubles (1949)
40. Final Analysis (1992)
41. Nightbeat (1947)

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » November 22nd, 2020, 6:03 pm

(Screenshots from 'The Girl in the Taxi' and 'A Simple Favor')

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16. Three Witnesses (1935, Leslie S. Hiscott) - 5/10
17. The Girl in the Taxi (1937, André Berthomieu) - 7/10
18. La Diosa arrodillada / The Kneeling Goddess (1947, Roberto Gavaldón) - 8.5/10
19. La huella de unos labios / The Imprint of Some Lips (1952, Juan Bustillo Oro) - 7/10
20. Bad for Each Other (1953, Irving Rapper) - 6/10
21. A Simple Favor (2018, Paul Feig) - 6.5 or 7/10
22. Where Hands Touch (2018, Amma Asante) - 5.5/10

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That's all, folks!

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Post by maxwelldeux » November 22nd, 2020, 6:22 pm

When NFL officials retire...Show
1. Guns Akimbo (2019)
2. Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine (2020)
3. 10.0 Earthquake (2014)
4. Logan Lucky (2017)
5. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020)
6. Pandemic (2009)
7. Aeon Flux (2005)
8. Bad Ass (2012)
9. Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses (2014)
10. Cummins: Get Outta Here; Devil! (2020)
11. Nicole Blaine: Life's a Bit (2020)
12. 420 Friendly Comedy Special (2013)
13. Matt Besser: Pot Humor (2019)
14. Bad Asses on the Bayou (2015)
15. Ben Gleib: Neurotic Gangster (2016)
16. Chris Porter: A Man from Kansas (2019)
17. Alice Fraser: Savage (2020)
18. Celia Pacquola: All Talk (2020)
19. Judith Lucy Vs Men (2020)
20. Tommy Little: Self-Diagnosed Genius (2020)
21. Anne Edmonds: What's Wrong with You? (2020)
22. Black Snake Moan (2006)
23. Jayde Adams: Serious Black Jumper (2020)
24. Geo-Disaster (2017)
25. The Cold Light of Day (2012)
26. Sofía Niño de Rivera: Expuesta (2016)
27. Sharkenstein (2016)
28. Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
29. Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh (2018)
30. The Score (2001)
31. Mercy Christmas (2017)
32. Slay Belles (2018)
33. Rob Schneider: Asian Momma, Mexican Kids (2020)
It was fine, just safe and a little boring. He's a funnier Adam Sandler sidekick than stand-up in his own right.

34. Sick for Toys (2018)
While it's slightly interesting to see the "the lady is the baddie and the guy is the helpless victim" subversion, the whole sex slave thing is kinda awful.

35. Sofía Niño de Rivera: Natural Selection (2018)
Comments in Mexico.

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Post by ororama » November 22nd, 2020, 8:36 pm

13. Girls' Dormitory (1936) * 66 min.
14. Red Pier (1958) * 99 min.

Girls' Dormitory was a schoolgirl in love with headmaster drama, impossible to believe radiant Simone Simon in love with dull Herbert Marshall. Red Pier was a good yakuza movie.

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1. College Humor (1933) * 80 min.
2. No Man's Woman (1955) * 70 min.
3. Girl's Revenge (2020) * 82 min.
4. The Babysitter (2017) * 85 min.
5. One Night in the Tropics (1940) * 82 min.
6. VuelvenTigers Are Not Afraid (2017) * 84 min.
7. One Girl's Confession (1953) * 74 min.
8. Bait (1954) * 80 min.
9. Dave Made a Maze (2017) * 81 min.
10. Midnight (1934) * 73 min.
11. Is Your Honeymoon Really Necessary (1953) * 79 min.
12. The Moon's Our Home (1936) * 81 min.

*First time viewing.

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Post by Onderhond » November 22nd, 2020, 9:03 pm

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39. 3.5* - Deathcember by Lazar Bodroza, B.J. Colangelo, John Cook Lynch, Steve De Roover, Ruggero Deodato, Sonia Escolano, Isaac Ezban, Florian Frerichs, Rémi Fréchette, Sadrac González-Perellón, Trent Haaga, Juergen Kling, Ama Lea, Sang-woo Lee, Andreas Marschall, Annika Marx, Pollyanna McIntosh, Lucky McKee, Bob Pipe, Julian Richards, Jason Rostovsky, Alyosha Saari, Dominic Saxl, R. Zachary Shildwachter, Milan Todorovic, Michael Varrati, Vivienne Vaughn, Sam Wineman (2019)

Extensive seasonal horror anthology presented as an advent calendar. It's like the ABC's of Death, only with Christmas-themed shorts. It's a great way to start any movie run-up to Christmas, at least if you're into horror cinema (and all its genre relatives), as it's a lot less jolly than the usual Christmas fare. 24 shorts, about 5 minutes each, is quite a lot for an anthology, especially when you also count the two bonus shorts hidden away in the credits. It makes for a good 2.5 hours of cinema where every 5 minutes your mind needs a little reset. While I appreciate the high level of diversity, I think it would've been better if this had been 30 minutes shorter. Otherwise, there's very little to complain about. There's always going to be shorts that stick out while others fade away in the background, but the broad international selection, the varied mix of styles, genres and topics (while all holiday-related of course) and the many inspired ideas really keep Deathcember interesting and entertaining. I hope they turn this into a yearly tradition.

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01. 1.5* - The Harvest by John McNaughton (2013)
02. 3.5* - Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight [W Lesie Dzis Nie Zasnie Nikt] by Bartosz M. Kowalski (2020)
03. 2.0* - Wedding Bells for the Otaku? [Demo, Kekkon Shitai! ~BL Mangaka no Kojirase~] by Chimura Toshimitsu (2017)
04. 4.0* - High & Low: The Movie 3 - Final Miss by Shigeaki Kubo, Tsuyoshi Nakakuki (2017)
05. 2.0* - I, Pastafari: A Flying Spaghetti Monster Story by Michael Arthur (2019)
06. 3.0* - Come Play by Jacob Chase (2020)
07. 3.5* - Taro the Dragon Boy [Tatsu no Ko Tarô] by Kirio Urayama (1979)
08. 2.5* - His House by Remi Weekes (2020)
09. 3.0* - Menendez: The Day of the Lord [Menendez Parte 1: El Día del Señor] by Santiago Alvarado Ilarri (2020)
10. 2.0* - Wolf by Michael Jones (2017)
11. 2.0* - All the King's Men [Tian Xia Di Yi] by King Hu (1983)
12. 3.5* - Kindred by Joe Marcantonio (2020)
13. 3.0* - Juliet, Naked by Jesse Peretz (2018)
14. 3.5* - Insanity [Bou Fung Yue] by Kwong-yiu Lee (2014)
15. 3.5* - Top Knot Detective by Aaron McCann, Dominic Pearce (2017)
16. 3.0* - Triggered by Alastair Orr (2020)
17. 3.5* - The Mimic [Jang-san-beom] by Jung Huh (2017)
18. 3.5* - The Professor by Wayne Roberts (2018)
19. 4.0* - Possessor by Brandon Cronenberg (2020)
20. 3.0* - 2067 by Seth Larney (2020)
21. 2.5* - Tokyo Living Dead Idol [Tôkyô Ribingu Deddo Aidoru] by Yûki Kumagai (2018)
22. 3.5* - Goldbuster [Yao Ling Ling] by Sandra Kwan Yue Ng (2017)
23. 3.0* - Legend of the Eight Samurai [Satomi Hakken-den] by Kinji Fukasaku (1983)
24. 3.0* - All the Wrong Spies [Wo Ai Ye Lai Xiang] by Teddy Robin Kwan (1983)
25. 3.5* - Not Quite Dead Yet [Ichido Shinde Mita] by Shinji Hamasaki (2020)
26. 3.0* - Richard Jewell by Clint Eastwood (2019)
27. 2.5* - Vanguard by Stanley Tong (2020)
28. 3.0* - The 3rd Eye 2 [Mata Batin 2] by Rocky Soraya (2019)
29. 3.0* - Buddy Games by Josh Duhamel (2019)
30. 3.0* - Blind by Marcel Walz (2019)
31. 3.5* - Eternity [Éternité] by Anh Hung Tran (2016)
32. 3.0* - Hero by Masayuki Suzuki (2015)
33. 3.5* - Mortal [Torden] by André Øvredal (2020)
34. 3.5* - Ode to Joy by Jason Winer (2019)
35. 3.5* - The Blade of Wind by Zhou Zhong (2020)
36. 3.0* - Love Undercover [Sun Jaat Si Mui] by Joe Ma (2002)
37. 2.5* - Glass House by Daniel Sackheim (2001)
38. 3.0* - Century of the Dragon [Lung Joi Bin Yuen] by Clarence Yiu-leung Fok (1999)
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Post by frbrown » November 22nd, 2020, 9:56 pm

Onderhond wrote:
November 22nd, 2020, 9:03 pm
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39. 3.5* - Deathcember by Lazar Bodroza, B.J. Colangelo, John Cook Lynch, Steve De Roover, Ruggero Deodato, Sonia Escolano, Isaac Ezban, Florian Frerichs, Rémi Fréchette, Sadrac González-Perellón, Trent Haaga, Juergen Kling, Ama Lea, Sang-woo Lee, Andreas Marschall, Annika Marx, Pollyanna McIntosh, Lucky McKee, Bob Pipe, Julian Richards, Jason Rostovsky, Alyosha Saari, Dominic Saxl, R. Zachary Shildwachter, Milan Todorovic, Michael Varrati, Vivienne Vaughn, Sam Wineman (2019)

A pretty simple mystery, seemingly constructed to put Leelee Sobieski in the spotlight. She was a rather bankable actress back then, the kind that would draw enough fans to the theater so studios wouldn't have to worry too much about the film they put her in. Don't get your hopes up in other words. Ruby is a pretty average teenager whose life is turned upside down when her parents die in a car crash. Together with her younger brother she's sent to live with Terry and Erin, best friend of her parents. They seem like a wealthy and friendly couple, but Ruby quickly begins to suspect something weird is going on with their legal guardians. Sobieski isn't bad, but forgettable, and she fades away next to Skarsgård. The plot is way too transparent and the thriller elements are very basic, but the pacing is decent and even though it's all rather predictable, it's still a pretty entertaining watch. Very run-of-the-mill filler, but not terrible.
Is this a test to see if anyone's reading your reviews? :shifty:

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Post by flavo5000 » November 22nd, 2020, 10:13 pm

frbrown wrote:
November 22nd, 2020, 9:56 pm
Onderhond wrote:
November 22nd, 2020, 9:03 pm
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39. 3.5* - Deathcember by Lazar Bodroza, B.J. Colangelo, John Cook Lynch, Steve De Roover, Ruggero Deodato, Sonia Escolano, Isaac Ezban, Florian Frerichs, Rémi Fréchette, Sadrac González-Perellón, Trent Haaga, Juergen Kling, Ama Lea, Sang-woo Lee, Andreas Marschall, Annika Marx, Pollyanna McIntosh, Lucky McKee, Bob Pipe, Julian Richards, Jason Rostovsky, Alyosha Saari, Dominic Saxl, R. Zachary Shildwachter, Milan Todorovic, Michael Varrati, Vivienne Vaughn, Sam Wineman (2019)

A pretty simple mystery, seemingly constructed to put Leelee Sobieski in the spotlight. She was a rather bankable actress back then, the kind that would draw enough fans to the theater so studios wouldn't have to worry too much about the film they put her in. Don't get your hopes up in other words. Ruby is a pretty average teenager whose life is turned upside down when her parents die in a car crash. Together with her younger brother she's sent to live with Terry and Erin, best friend of her parents. They seem like a wealthy and friendly couple, but Ruby quickly begins to suspect something weird is going on with their legal guardians. Sobieski isn't bad, but forgettable, and she fades away next to Skarsgård. The plot is way too transparent and the thriller elements are very basic, but the pacing is decent and even though it's all rather predictable, it's still a pretty entertaining watch. Very run-of-the-mill filler, but not terrible.
Is this a test to see if anyone's reading your reviews? :shifty:
Yea, I was actually pretty curious about this one too. Pretty interesting mix of directors for a horror anthology.

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Post by flavo5000 » November 22nd, 2020, 10:45 pm

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88. El hombre que logró ser invisible a.k.a. Invisible Man in Mexico (1958)
Pretty good, fairly straightforward version of The Invisible Man that seeks to make the titular fellow more likable, unlike the Universal monster.

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89. Fando y Lis (1968)
Far and away my least favorite Jodorowsky film. Watched it a long time ago but didn't remember anything about it, so I thought I'd revisit it. Kinda wished I hadn't. It's all the nonsense with little of the visual skill and eye for fascinating set pieces that are hallmarks of future Jodorowsky films.

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90. Ladrones de tumbas a.k.a. Grave Robbers (1989)
This was a fun Mexican horror flick that works as a kind of hybrid of Night of the Demons and Tomb of the Blind Dead.

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91. Bliss (2019)
Joe Begos has come a long fucking way from a purely directorial standpoint from his earlier feature Almost Human. The fucking rich visuals and kickin' fuckin' soundtrack are big positives with this one despite it having a relentlessly fucking unlikable cast of characters, especially the lead. Begos seems way more fucking interested in going down the druggy rabbit hole than telling a compelling fucking horror story. Those looking for something really fucking scary should probably look elsewhere, but I will say it works pretty fucking well as an audio-visual midfuck.

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92. Di Renjie zhi Sidatianwang a.k.a. Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (2018)
Tsui Hark is definitely in his comfort zone in this fantastical wuxia filled with rich sets and costumes, high flying action and a big CGI creature climax. I haven't seen the other Detective Dee films, but it definitely feels like there's some context missing here. It often feels like the Chinese equivalent of a later big Hollywood Marvel movie, introducing characters that presumably already have baked in back-stories, whether via other films or external media, as well as following the traditional Marvel story arc up to and including the final big battle sequence that just keeps escalating until you've become numb to all the CGI. Although also much like a Marvel movie, it's rarely bad and is generally a fun, although somewhat empty way to pass the time.

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93. Escher dori no akai posuto a.k.a. Red Post on Escher Street (2020)
Sion Sono's latest film finds him well within his comfort zone, dealing with themes of personal artistic expression versus the status quo and external influences who seek to meddle where they shouldn't. The film basically follows a series of people as they head to an audition for a famous director who wishes to make a new film on a smaller scale with an unknown cast despite the prodding of his producers to cast famous actresses. Each of the characters have their own distinct personalities that make following them both before and after the audition that really make you root for their success (or failure depending on the person). I think this film is a good example of what sets Sono apart from Takashi Miike, showcasing his freewheeling tendencies that still feel like a cohesive whole as opposed to Miike who often uses the absurd extremes as a juxtaposition of what comes before or after. With Sono's best films, it generally feels like a natural progression of suppressed emotion and unstable ingredients that leads to an explosion of cathartic freedom. I had a lot of fun with this movie although I would suspect those who aren't as big of fans of Sono may find it's low-key eccentric pacing to be a turn-off.
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1. 37 (2014)
2. Ninja Demon's Massacre (1988)
3. Las luchadoras contra el médico asesino a.k.a. Doctor of Doom (1963)
4. Yao shou du shi a.k.a. Wicked City (1992)
5. Dangerously Close (1987)
6. Santo contra los zombies a.k.a. Santos vs the Zombies (1982)
7. Man in the Vault (1956)
8. Las luchadoras contra la momia a.k.a. Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummy (1964)
9. Le clan des Siciliens s.k.s. The Sicilian Clan (1969)
10. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020)
11. Kôshônin a.k.a. Negotiator (2003)
12. The Full Treatment (1960)
13. Pit of Darkness (1961)
14. I ragazzi del massacro a.k.a. Naked Violence (1969)
15. No se aceptan devoluciones a.k.a. Instructions Not Included (2013)
16. The Hostage (1967)
17. The Bees (1978)
18. Demonoid: Messenger of Death (1981)
19. Soldier, Sailor (1944)
20. The Specialist (1975)
21. Witch Hunt (1994)
22. Venetian Bird (1952)
23. One Good Cop (1991)
24. Atroz (Atrocious) (2015)
25. A Man Betrayed (1941)
26. Sensitive New Age Killer (2000)
27. El pecado de Adán y Eva a.k.a. Sin of Adam & Eve (1969)
28. Blues Harp (1998)
29. Museo del horror a.k.a. Museum of Horror (1964)
30. Le foto proibite di una signora per bene a.k.a. Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970)
31. The Black Scorpion (1957)
32. Johnny Come Lately (1943)
33. H (2002)
34. Carnival Magic (1981)
35. El libro de piedra a.k.a. Book of Stone (1969)
36. The Marked One (1963)
37. The Painted Smile a.k.a. Murder Can Be Deadly (1962)
38. Fallen (1998)
39. Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary (1975)
40. Santo vs. las mujeres vampiro a.k.a. Santo vs the Vampire Woman (1962)
41. Cold in July (2014)
42. Dos abrazos (2007)
43. Body of Evidence (1993)
44. Hell's Five Hours (1958)
45. La momia azteca contra el robot humano a.k.a. The Robot vs Aztec Mummy (1958)
46. The Man Who Died Twice (1958)
47. Perdita Durango a.k.a. Dance with the Devil (1997)
48. Brijes 3D a.k.a. Guardians of the Lost Code (2010)
49. The Big O (1999)
50. For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada (2012)
51. Così dolce... così perversa a.k.a. So Sweet... So Perverse (1969)
52. Más negro que la noche a.k.a. Darker Than The Night (1975)
53. Dolan's Cadillac (2009)
54. Ando volando bajo (1959)
55. The Big Empty (1997)
56. Cyclone (1978)
57. Come Out and Play (2012)
58. The Quiller Memorandum (1966)
59. Mord und Totschlag a.k.a. Degree of Murder (1987)
60. The Big Operator (1959)
61. Fear Chamber (1968)
62. Uncle Silas (1947)
63. Caperucita y Pulgarcito contra los monstruos a.k.a. Little Red Riding Hood & Tom Thumb vs the Monsters (1962)
64. Golgo 13: Queen Bee (1998)
65. Waga jinsei saiaku no toki a.k.a. Most Terrible Time In My Life (1993)
66. Across 110th Street (1972)
67. The Rain Killer (1990)
68. Hell's House (1932)
69. Herencia diabólica a.k.a. Diabolical Inheritance (1994)
70. Karera ga honki de amu toki wa a.k.a. Close-Knit (2017)
71. Midnight Lace (1960)
72. La nuit a dévoré le monde a.k.a. Night Eats the World (2018)
73. Gonin a.k.a. The Five (1995)
74. Pickup Alley (1957)
75. Satanás de todos los horrores (1974)
76. Mary (1931)
77. The Crush (1993)
78. The Female Animal (1958)
79. Hotel Colonial (1987)
80. Whiteout (2009)
81. Ahí va el diablo a.k.a. Here Comes The Devil (2012)
82. The Tijuana Story (1957)
83. Hell on Frisco Bay (1955)
84. Su excelencia (1967)
85. Track the Man Down (1955)
86. Fortune is a Woman a.k.a. She Played with Fire (1957)
87. Chosen Survivors (1974)
88. El hombre que logró ser invisible a.k.a. Invisible Man in Mexico (1958)
89. Fando y Lis (1968)
90. Ladrones de tumbas a.k.a. Grave Robbers (1989)
91. Bliss (2019)
92. Di Renjie zhi Sidatianwang a.k.a. Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (2018)
93. Escher dori no akai posuto a.k.a. Red Post on Escher Street (2020)

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Post by vortexsurfer » November 22nd, 2020, 11:13 pm

17. The Happytime Murders (Brian Henson, 2018) - 6/10

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1. Troop Zero (Bert & Bertie, 2019) - 6/10
2. Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell, 2018) - 8/10
3. My Octopus Teacher (Pippa Ehrlich & James Reed, 2020) - 7/10
4. David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (Alastair Fothergill, Jonathan Hughes & Keith Scholey, 2020) - 7/10
5. Barely Lethal (Kyle Newman, 2015) - 5/10
6. Hunter Killer (Donovan Marsh, 2018) - 4/10
7. The Front Runner (Jason Reitman, 2018) - 7/10
8. Bo Burnham: Make Happy (Bo Burnham & Christopher Storer, 2016) - 7/10
9. Toomelah (Ivan Sen, 2011) - 7/10
10. Krisha (Trey Edward Shults, 2015) - 8/10
11. Greta (Neil Jordan, 2018) - 7/10
12. Wrong (Quentin Dupieux, 2012) - 8/10
13. The Bronze (Bryan Buckley, 2015) - 7/10
14. Revolver (Guy Ritchie, 2005) - 7/10
15. Comet (Sam Esmail, 2014) - 8/10
16. The Zero Theorem (Terry Gilliam, 2013) - 7/10
17. The Happytime Murders (Brian Henson, 2018) - 6/10

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Post by Onderhond » November 22nd, 2020, 11:18 pm

frbrown wrote:
November 22nd, 2020, 9:56 pm
Is this a test to see if anyone's reading your reviews? :shifty:
No, more a side effect of my usual modus operandi here (copy my latest post and work from that one). It makes things easier, but once in a while I forget to update some text.
Put the actual review where it belongs now :)

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Post by sebby » November 22nd, 2020, 11:31 pm

kongs_speech wrote:
November 22nd, 2020, 2:16 pm
sebby wrote:
November 22nd, 2020, 2:06 pm
05 Yesterday (2019) 3.5/10
I have a special burning hatred for this. Probably not the "worst" film ever made, but it's my personal least favorite.
It has a real stink to it. But it's too boring and lifeless for me to loathe. It's generic, lazy, dumb. and the Kate McKinnon character seems like something transported from 1999 that was just barely considered "funny" even then.

But when weighed against my personal least fave, Crash, it's an absolute peach. I could write a 30 page essay on why a slightly evil scientist should be paid millions to invent a device that wipes away that film's existence -- and specifically our collective memory of it -- from the face of the earth. Yesterday sucks, but I don't see it as cinematic plague.

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Post by blocho » November 23rd, 2020, 3:23 am

sebby wrote:
November 22nd, 2020, 11:31 pm
But when weighed against my personal least fave, Crash, it's an absolute peach. I could write a 30 page essay on why a slightly evil scientist should be paid millions to invent a device that wipes away that film's existence -- and specifically our collective memory of it -- from the face of the earth. Yesterday sucks, but I don't see it as cinematic plague.
I assume you're referring to the Matt Dillon - Sandra Bullock porno flick and not the James Spader masterpiece.

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Post by flavo5000 » November 23rd, 2020, 3:34 am

sebby wrote:
November 22nd, 2020, 11:31 pm

But when weighed against my personal least fave, Crash, it's an absolute peach. I could write a 30 page essay on why a slightly evil scientist should be paid millions to invent a device that wipes away that film's existence -- and specifically our collective memory of it -- from the face of the earth. Yesterday sucks, but I don't see it as cinematic plague.
Wait... I thought Crash single-handedly solved racism forever. :lol:

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Post by PUNQ » November 23rd, 2020, 4:36 am

Day 18:


132. Goodnight, Sweetheart (1944, Joseph Santley) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
--- Worth it to see rugged cowboy Robert Livingston in drags. Otherwise a likable cast, silly story. Got to be in the mood for this kind of nonsense.


133. Three Little Sisters (1944, Joseph Santley) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
--- Minor musical where three sisters set up a wartime cafe to court men in uniform. Close to a meaningless well-meaner, but I guess they added enough charm for it feel okay anyhow. Did deliver a smile here and there.


Had a baby boy. Well, the wife did....





Day 19:

...no time for movies after that experience.





Day 20:

134. My Gal Loves Music (1944, Edward C. Lilley) - 4/10
--- A minor scam to get Bob's attention. Cute little musical comedy, but absolutely in the filler bin.





Day 21:

135. The Girl in the Case (1944, William Berke) - 5/10 - FIRST CHECK!
--- Fun chemistry between the leads in this 'Thin Man' style mix-up investigation. Janis Carter was on fire as the wife, and she sure could knock a punch! Loved the ending of this otherwise silly chaotic case wrapped in a B-movie package.


136. Sheriff of Las Vegas (1944, Lesley Selander) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
--- "Wild" Bill Elliott rides as Red Ryder once more for a okay little western. Rarely the most adventurous, these do usually deliver some personality and fun moments. Got to love Little Beaver throwing a knife in class while sitting in the detention corner. The main plot was decent, if not overly obvious.


137. The Hundred Pound Window (1944, Brian Desmond Hurst) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
--- Brian Desmond Hurst's final movie made during the war, and I can't say I was too engaged. Probable better than I give it credit for, but something about this straight banker getting into trouble with crooked gamblers at the race track didn't tickle my fancy this time around.





Day 22:

138. Theatre Royal (1943, John Baxter) - 6/10 - FIRST CHECK!
--- A British cheerer-up'er with motormouth Bud Flanagan. A very random stage musical which aims to entertain and does that quite well as long as you can follow Bud's speedy delivery, Utterly silly, unstructured, but a good way to start the day.


139. Somewhere on Leave (1943, John E. Blakeley) - 5/10
--- Over-the-top British Military nonsense with Frank Randle, Harry Korris, Dan Young & Robbie Vincent mocking about. More stupid that usual, but I'm in a stupid mood so I had fun with this.


140. My Kingdom for a Cook (1943, Richard Wallace) - 4/10
--- I was liking it at first, but they loose the plot once they're about to tackle the small town nonsense.


141. Two Tickets to London (1943, Edwin L. Marin) - 3/10 - FIRST CHECK!
--- They completely botch the allure of Michèle Morgan in this bore.


142. Marching On! (1943, Spencer Williams) - 2/10
--- The Spencer Williams master touch. There's some rather exotic dancing, but that's all of any significance Marching On! (1943) has to offer.


143. Is Everybody Happy? (1943, Charles Barton) - 4/10
--- Why, if they felt they had to remake Is Everybody Happy? (1929) (a now lost film), couldn't they have made it better. Felt like such a low level effort without much vision except deliver, what I guess was, hits from the Ted Lewis catalog.


144. O, My Darling Clementine (1943, Frank McDonald) - 4/10
--- Little too loose plot, but you get a dose of country legend Roy Acuff and general happy mood. Just wish they'd tightened the production more.


145. Two Señoritas from Chicago (1943, Frank Woodruff) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
--- Joan Davis and the other show girls give it their all, but their efforts are wasted in a routine musical filler with no clear purpose than being loud.


146. Dixie Dugan (1943, Otto Brower) - 4/10
--- Had a few characters I liked, such as Charles Ruggles & Charlotte Greenwood. Too bad they were wasted in overly light affair like Dixie Dugan (1943), which focused on movie debutante Lois Andrews, who would have a uneventful and rather short career in Hollywood. Pretty and okay, but she wasn't the most natural at it.


147. Good Morning, Judge (1943, Jean Yarbrough) - 3/10 - FIRST CHECK!
--- Not digging Good Morning, Judge (1943) much. Bland, but one can get through it without too much hassle. Just don't go expecting anything life changing. Or worth wild.


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1. Gas House Kids (1946, Sam Newfield) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
2. Criminal Court (1946, Robert Wise) - 5/10
3. Wife Wanted (1946, Phil Karlson) - 5/10
4. Curious George: Go West, Go Wild (2020, Michael LaBash) - 2/10 - FIRST CHECK!
5. Drømmebyggerne [Dreambuilders] (2020, Kim Hagen Jensen & Tonni Zinck) - 5/10
6. Alias Mr. Twilight (1946, John Sturges) - 4/10
7. The Perfect Marriage (1946, Lewis Allen) - 5/10
8. Magnificent Doll (1946, Frank Borzage) - 4/10
9. Two Years Before the Mast (1946, John Farrow) - 6/10
10. Never Say Goodbye (1946, James V. Kern) - 6/10
11. My Reputation (1946, Curtis Bernhardt) - 6/10
12. Fiksiki: Bolshoy sekret [The Fixies: Top Secret] (2017, Vasiko Bedoshvili, Andrey Kolpin & Ivan Pshonkin) - 3/10
13. Octonauts & the Great Barrier Reef (2020, Blair Simmons) - 2/10 - FIRST CHECK!
14. Monsieur Beaucaire (1946, George Marshall) - 6/10
15. Children on Trial (1946, Jack Lee) - 5/10
16. Night Boat to Dublin (1946, Lawrence Huntington) - 7/10
17. Two Smart People (1946, Jules Dassin) - 5/10
18. Three Wise Fools (1946, Edward Buzzell) - 5/10
19. Courage of Lassie (1946, Fred M. Wilcox) - 5/10
20. Appointment with Crime (1946, John Harlow) - 6/10
21. Up Goes Maisie (1946, Harry Beaumont) - 5/10
22. The Hoodlum Saint (1946, Norman Taurog) - 5/10
23. Two Guys from Milwaukee (1946, David Butler) - 6/10
24. Little Giant (1946, William A. Seiter) - 6/10
25. They Knew Mr. Knight (1946, Norman Walker) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
26. Shadowed (1946, John Sturges) - 4/10
27. The Bachelor's Daughters (1946, Andrew L. Stone) - 6/10 - FIRST CHECK!
28. The Return of Monte Cristo (1946, Henry Levin) - 5/10
29. Breakfast in Hollywood (1946, Harold D. Schuster) - 4/10
30. Quiet Weekend (1946, Harold French) - 4/10
31. The Well Groomed Bride (1946, Sidney Lanfield) - 5/10
32. Three Little Girls in Blue (1946, H. Bruce Humberstone & John Brahm) - 4/10
33. The Bride Wore Boots (1946, Irving Pichel) - 4/10
34. Rendezvous with Annie (1946, Allan Dwan) - 6/10
35. Send for Paul Temple (1946, John Argyle) - 4/10
36. The Show-Off (1946, Harry Beaumont) - 6/10
37. The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1946, Henry Levin & George Sherman) - 5/10
38. The Walls Came Tumbling Down (1946, Lothar Mendes) - 6/10
39. The Cockeyed Miracle (1946, S. Sylvan Simon) - 6/10
40. The Time of Their Lives (1946, Charles Barton) - 7/10
41. The Laughing Lady (1946, Paul L. Stein) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
42. King of the Forest Rangers (1946, Spencer Gordon Bennet & Fred C. Brannon) - 5/10 - FIRST CHECK!
43. Daughter of Don Q (1946, Spencer Gordon Bennet & Fred C. Brannon) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
44. Dark Alibi (1946, Phil Karlson) - 6/10
45. Shadows Over Chinatown (1946, Terry O. Morse) - 5/10
46. Dangerous Money (1946, Terry O. Morse) - 4/10
47. The Trap (1946, Howard Bretherton) - 4/10
48. Tangier (1946, George Waggner) - 4/10
49. A Close Call for Boston Blackie (1946, Lew Landers) - 5/10
50. The Phantom Thief (1946, D. Ross Lederman) - 4/10
51. Boston Blackie and the Law (1946, D. Ross Lederman) - 5/10
52. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020, Tim Hill) - 7/10
53. Bigfoot Family (2020, Jeremy Degruson & Ben Stassen) - 4/10
54. Blondie's Lucky Day (1946, Abby Berlin) - 5/10
55. Blondie Knows Best (1946, Abby Berlin) - 5/10
56. Mysterious Intruder (1946, William Castle) - 6/10
57. The Secret of the Whistler (1946, George Sherman) - 5/10
58. Smooth as Silk (1946, Charles Barton) - 5/10
59. The Wife of Monte Cristo (1946, Edgar G. Ulmer) - 4/10
60. The Mysterious Mr. Valentine (1946, Philip Ford) - 4/10
61. George in Civvy Street (1946, Marcel Varnel) - 5/10
62. Lady Chaser (1946, Sam Newfield) - 3/10 - FIRST CHECK!
63. The Inner Circle (1946, Philip Ford) - 4/10
64. Claudia and David (1946, Walter Lang) - 5/10
65. Traffic in Crime (1946, Lesley Selander) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
66. The Madonna's Secret (1946, Wilhelm Thiele) - 6/10
67. Joe Palooka, Champ (1946, Reginald Le Borg) - 3/10 - FIRST CHECK!
68. Gentleman Joe Palooka (1946, Cy Endfield) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
69. Terror by Night (1946, Roy William Neill) - 6/10
70. Dressed to Kill (1946, Roy William Neill) - 6/10
71. Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946, Gordon Douglas) - 5/10
72. Dangerous Millions (1946, James Tinling) - 4/10
73. Theirs Is the Glory (1946, Brian Desmond Hurst) - 4/10
74. The Way We Live (1946, Jill Craigie) - 3/10 - FIRST CHECK!
75. Swamp Fire (1946, William H. Pine) - 4/10
76. The Last Crooked Mile (1946, Philip Ford) - 5/10
77. Step by Step (1946, Phil Rosen) - 4/10
78. Meet Me on Broadway (1946, Leigh Jason) - 4/10
79. Sentimental Journey (1946, Walter Lang) - 6/10
80. The Spider Woman Strikes Back (1946, Arthur Lubin) - 4/10
81. One Way to Love (1946, Ray Enright) - 5/10 - FIRST CHECK!
82. The Fabulous Suzanne (1946, Steve Sekely) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
83. If I'm Lucky (1946, Lewis Seiler) - 5/10
84. Riverboat Rhythm (1946, Leslie Goodwins) - 4/10
85. No Leave, No Love (1946, Charles Martin) - 6/10
86. Little Mister Jim (1946, Fred Zinnemann) - 4/10
87. Men of Two Worlds (1946, Thorold Dickinson) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
88. Perilous Holiday (1946, Edward H. Griffith) - 5/10
89. Cross My Heart (1946, John Berry) - 6/10
90. Swell Guy (1946, Frank Tuttle) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
91. Teheran (1946, William Freshman & Giacomo Gentilomo) - 3/10 - FIRST CHECK!
92. The Magnificent Rogue (1946, Albert S. Rogell) - 3/10
93. Sing While You Dance (1946, D. Ross Lederman) - 4/10
94. Talk About a Lady (1946, George Sherman) - 3/10
95. Avalanche (1946, Irving Allen) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
96. Bringing Up Father (1946, Edward F. Cline) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
97. The Unknown (1946, Henry Levin) - 5/10
98. The Truth About Murder (1946, Lew Landers) - 4/10
99. The Catman of Paris (1946, Lesley Selander) - 4/10
100. Affairs of Geraldine (1946, George Blair) - 5/10 - FIRST CHECK!
101. Tumbleweed Trail (1946, Robert Emmett Tansey) - 3/10 - FIRST CHECK!
102. Sheriff of Redwood Valley (1946, R.G. Springsteen) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
103. Singin' in the Corn (1946, Del Lord) - 5/10
104. Strangler of the Swamp (1946, Frank Wisbar) - 5/10
105. The Devil's Mask (1946, Henry Levin) - 4/10
106. Son of the Guardsman (1946, Derwin Abrahams) - 3/10 - FIRST CHECK!
107. Leonardo da Vinci (1952, Luciano Emmer & Enrico Gras) - 2/10 - FIRST CHECK!
108. Picasso (1954, Luciano Emmer) - 3/10 - FIRST CHECK!
109. The Agitator (1945, John Harlow) - 3/10
110. The World Owes Me a Living (1945, Vernon Sewell) - 3/10
111. Rockin' in the Rockies (1945, Vernon Keays) - 5/10
112. Night Club Girl (1945, Edward F. Cline) - 4/10
113. Great Stagecoach Robbery (1945, Lesley Selander) - 5/10 - FIRST CHECK!
114. Phantom of the Plains (1945, Lesley Selander) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
115. Jungle Raiders (1945, Lesley Selander) - 5/10 - FIRST CHECK!
116. Secrets of a Sorority Girl (1945, Frank Wisbar & Lew Landers) - 3/10 - FIRST CHECK!
117. Gangs of the Waterfront (1945, George Blair) - 4/10
118. The Beautiful Cheat (1945, Charles Barton) - 3/10 - FIRST CHECK!
119. Renegades of the Rio Grande (1945, Howard Bretherton) - 4/10
120. Action Is Not Missing (1987, Angel Labra) - 4/10
121. Rationing (1944, Willis Goldbeck) - 5/10
122. Lake Placid Serenade (1944, Steve Sekely) - 5/10
123. Music in Manhattan (1944, John H. Auer) - 4/10
124. Alaska (1944, George Archainbaud) - 4/10
125. Ever Since Venus (1944, Arthur Dreifuss) - 5/10
126. Take It Big (1944, Frank McDonald) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
127. Take It or Leave It (1944, Benjamin Stoloff) - 3/10
128. The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special (2020, Ken Cunningham) - 4/10
129. Hat Check Honey (1944, Edward F. Cline) - 4/10
130. Jamboree (1944, Joseph Santley) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
131. Hi, Beautiful (1944, Leslie Goodwins) - 5/10 - FIRST CHECK!
132. Goodnight, Sweetheart (1944, Joseph Santley) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
133. Three Little Sisters (1944, Joseph Santley) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
134. My Gal Loves Music (1944, Edward C. Lilley) - 4/10
135. The Girl in the Case (1944, William Berke) - 5/10 - FIRST CHECK!
136. Sheriff of Las Vegas (1944, Lesley Selander) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
137. The Hundred Pound Window (1944, Brian Desmond Hurst) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
138. Theatre Royal (1943, John Baxter) - 6/10 - FIRST CHECK!
139. Somewhere on Leave (1943, John E. Blakeley) - 5/10
140. My Kingdom for a Cook (1943, Richard Wallace) - 4/10
141. Two Tickets to London (1943, Edwin L. Marin) - 3/10 - FIRST CHECK!
142. Marching On! (1943, Spencer Williams) - 2/10
143. Is Everybody Happy? (1943, Charles Barton) - 4/10
144. O, My Darling Clementine (1943, Frank McDonald) - 4/10
145. Two Señoritas from Chicago (1943, Frank Woodruff) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
146. Dixie Dugan (1943, Otto Brower) - 4/10
147. Good Morning, Judge (1943, Jean Yarbrough) - 3/10 - FIRST CHECK!
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Post by blocho » November 23rd, 2020, 4:40 am

PUNQ wrote:
November 23rd, 2020, 4:36 am
Had a baby boy. Well, the wife did....
Mazel tov! Congratulations, Punq!

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Post by Onderhond » November 23rd, 2020, 9:40 am

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40. 3.5* - Pika*nchi Life Is Hard Dakedo Happy by Yukihiko Tsutsumi (2002)

Early but very agreeable Tsutsumi. It's certainly not the first coming of age drama about a small group of friends, but Tsutsumi finds an interesting angle by focusing on a somewhat insular community within Tokyo: the residents of a small man-made island in Tokyo Bay, connected to the mainland with just three bridges. The district is like a mini-community within the city. Five kids from different backgrounds hang out to kill time, their dream is to go to Harajuku, where all the cool kids gather. The first two trips they undertook failed horribly, so for their third trip they decided to prepare in advance. Tsutsumi's style feels young, light and frivolous. The actors do a decent job, the balance between drama and comedy is on point and even though 2 hours is quite long it never really drags or becomes uninteresting. Like most of Tsutsumi's work, it isn't quite distinctive enough to be called a true masterpiece, but it sure is very solid and enjoyable filler.

Finally some good filmsShow
01. 1.5* - The Harvest by John McNaughton (2013)
02. 3.5* - Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight [W Lesie Dzis Nie Zasnie Nikt] by Bartosz M. Kowalski (2020)
03. 2.0* - Wedding Bells for the Otaku? [Demo, Kekkon Shitai! ~BL Mangaka no Kojirase~] by Chimura Toshimitsu (2017)
04. 4.0* - High & Low: The Movie 3 - Final Miss by Shigeaki Kubo, Tsuyoshi Nakakuki (2017)
05. 2.0* - I, Pastafari: A Flying Spaghetti Monster Story by Michael Arthur (2019)
06. 3.0* - Come Play by Jacob Chase (2020)
07. 3.5* - Taro the Dragon Boy [Tatsu no Ko Tarô] by Kirio Urayama (1979)
08. 2.5* - His House by Remi Weekes (2020)
09. 3.0* - Menendez: The Day of the Lord [Menendez Parte 1: El Día del Señor] by Santiago Alvarado Ilarri (2020)
10. 2.0* - Wolf by Michael Jones (2017)
11. 2.0* - All the King's Men [Tian Xia Di Yi] by King Hu (1983)
12. 3.5* - Kindred by Joe Marcantonio (2020)
13. 3.0* - Juliet, Naked by Jesse Peretz (2018)
14. 3.5* - Insanity [Bou Fung Yue] by Kwong-yiu Lee (2014)
15. 3.5* - Top Knot Detective by Aaron McCann, Dominic Pearce (2017)
16. 3.0* - Triggered by Alastair Orr (2020)
17. 3.5* - The Mimic [Jang-san-beom] by Jung Huh (2017)
18. 3.5* - The Professor by Wayne Roberts (2018)
19. 4.0* - Possessor by Brandon Cronenberg (2020)
20. 3.0* - 2067 by Seth Larney (2020)
21. 2.5* - Tokyo Living Dead Idol [Tôkyô Ribingu Deddo Aidoru] by Yûki Kumagai (2018)
22. 3.5* - Goldbuster [Yao Ling Ling] by Sandra Kwan Yue Ng (2017)
23. 3.0* - Legend of the Eight Samurai [Satomi Hakken-den] by Kinji Fukasaku (1983)
24. 3.0* - All the Wrong Spies [Wo Ai Ye Lai Xiang] by Teddy Robin Kwan (1983)
25. 3.5* - Not Quite Dead Yet [Ichido Shinde Mita] by Shinji Hamasaki (2020)
26. 3.0* - Richard Jewell by Clint Eastwood (2019)
27. 2.5* - Vanguard by Stanley Tong (2020)
28. 3.0* - The 3rd Eye 2 [Mata Batin 2] by Rocky Soraya (2019)
29. 3.0* - Buddy Games by Josh Duhamel (2019)
30. 3.0* - Blind by Marcel Walz (2019)
31. 3.5* - Eternity [Éternité] by Anh Hung Tran (2016)
32. 3.0* - Hero by Masayuki Suzuki (2015)
33. 3.5* - Mortal [Torden] by André Øvredal (2020)
34. 3.5* - Ode to Joy by Jason Winer (2019)
35. 3.5* - The Blade of Wind by Zhou Zhong (2020)
36. 3.0* - Love Undercover [Sun Jaat Si Mui] by Joe Ma (2002)
37. 2.5* - Glass House by Daniel Sackheim (2001)
38. 3.0* - Century of the Dragon [Lung Joi Bin Yuen] by Clarence Yiu-leung Fok (1999)
39. 3.5* - Deathcember by various (2019)

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Post by Obgeoff » November 23rd, 2020, 10:24 am

16. The Congress (2013, Folman) 6
17. Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds (2020, Herzog/Oppenheimer) 7
18. Hotel by the River (2018, Hong) 7
19. Chevalier (2015, Tsangari) 7
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Post by ororama » November 23rd, 2020, 1:03 pm

PUNQ wrote:
November 23rd, 2020, 4:36 am
Day 18:


132. Goodnight, Sweetheart (1944, Joseph Santley) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
--- Worth it to see rugged cowboy Robert Livingston in drags. Otherwise a likable cast, silly story. Got to be in the mood for this kind of nonsense.


133. Three Little Sisters (1944, Joseph Santley) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
--- Minor musical where three sisters set up a wartime cafe to court men in uniform. Close to a meaningless well-meaner, but I guess they added enough charm for it feel okay anyhow. Did deliver a smile here and there.


Had a baby boy. Well, the wife did....





Day 19:

...no time for movies after that experience.

Congratulations.

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