What was the last movie you saw?

Dave

Non Bio
Staff member
Joined
Jan 5, 2001
Messages
22,588
Location
Way on Down South, London Town
I thought it gave a good explanation of why he wears his hat the wrong way around.

And at least the ending is poignant. Exiled on the island of Elba, when the kitchen runs out of steak, Napoleon is forced to eat cockroaches from the floors. Then after bagging coconuts together to make a raft, he makes one final daring escape on his motorbike, jumping over the double-wire fence. He reaches the end of the beach before being led back to his room by his doctors.

And as he lies on his deathbed, even though he had divorced Josephine because she could not give him any children, he still remembers her with his final words - "Tell Josephine that.... tonight.... aggh... tonight... is the night... aggh, when.... the recycling bins are put out!"
 

Foxbat

None The Wiser
Supporter
Joined
Jul 24, 2003
Messages
10,351
Location
Scotland
Dracula's Daughter (1936)
The movie that closed the chapter on Universal's first cycle of horror movies starts off where Dracula (1931) ends. Van Helsing is charged with murder and he turns to one of his ex-pupils (a prominent psychiatrist) for aid. When Dracula's body disappears and a mysterious countess appears in London, things begin to get murky.

The statuesque Gloria Holden was an inspired choice to play the tragic and yet menacing lead and, without her, this movie would slip from average to mediocre.
 

Victoria Silverwolf

Vegetarian Werewolf
Joined
Dec 9, 2012
Messages
9,157
Location
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Introduction that will be unnecessary for those who know what I'm talking about and useless for those who don't:

I only recently found out that the movie-mocking television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (one season locally, ten seasons on various national networks, 1988 to1999) was revived for (at least) three more seasons (two seasons on Netflix, one season on their own streaming website called Gizmoplex, 2017 to 2022.) On YouTube, I found three "watch along" films for episodes from the single (for now) Gizmoplex season: Demon Squad, The Million Eyes of Sumuru, and The Mask.

Unfortunately, I had to give up on The Million Eyes of Sumuru (1967), because folks from the show chattered away over the film in the style of a commentary track, so I was unable to hear the riffs. Too bad, because this example of the "foxy chicks try to take over the world" subgenre of spy flicks is ripe for riffing, and right up my alley. I'll probably watch the film itself sometime.

The other two just interrupted the episodes now and then for the folks behind the scenes, so it was watchable. (Thanks, fast forward!)

Demon Squad (2019)

The newest film ever riffed on the show, and a bad one. Paranormal investigator Nick Moon gets mixed up in a case involving a magic dagger. Bad guys use it to create the ultimate demon from body parts, or something like that. Low budget thing made in Mobile, Alabama. Mixes supernatural stuff with corny private eye stuff. Very jumpy and hard to follow (even allowing for editing for the series.) Feels like some folks improvising a live action roleplaying game.

The Mask (1961)

Canadian shocker about an ancient mask that causes those who put it on to become addicted to it, experience weird visions, and eventually kill people. The scenes when the mask isn't worn are pretty much just people talking, for the most part, but when the mask is worn the film gets really weird. (When originally shown in theaters, these scenes were in 3-D. You would out on the special masks you were given when you heard "Put the mask on now!" on the soundtrack) They're like Salvador Dali's Hallowe'en party. Those scenes alone make the film of interest.

So, what do I think of the new version of MST3K? Not bad. It's a little disconcerting to hear different voices for the robots, I suppose. The new Mads and the new host are OK. (Original host Joel Hodgson shows up to riff Demon Squad, which is nice.)

For the record, I never had a preference for either Joel Hodgson or Mike Nelson; they were both fine. I did have a strong preference for those episodes with TV's Frank.
 

Jeffbert

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 23, 2011
Messages
1,865
Introduction that will be unnecessary for those who know what I'm talking about and useless for those who don't:

I only recently found out that the movie-mocking television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (one season locally, ten seasons on various national networks, 1988 to1999) was revived for (at least) three more seasons (two seasons on Netflix, one season on their own streaming website called Gizmoplex, 2017 to 2022.) On YouTube, I found three "watch along" films for episodes from the single (for now) Gizmoplex season: Demon Squad, The Million Eyes of Sumuru, and The Mask.

Unfortunately, I had to give up on The Million Eyes of Sumuru (1967), because folks from the show chattered away over the film in the style of a commentary track, so I was unable to hear the riffs. Too bad, because this example of the "foxy chicks try to take over the world" subgenre of spy flicks is ripe for riffing, and right up my alley. I'll probably watch the film itself sometime.

The other two just interrupted the episodes now and then for the folks behind the scenes, so it was watchable. (Thanks, fast forward!)

Demon Squad (2019)

The newest film ever riffed on the show, and a bad one. Paranormal investigator Nick Moon gets mixed up in a case involving a magic dagger. Bad guys use it to create the ultimate demon from body parts, or something like that. Low budget thing made in Mobile, Alabama. Mixes supernatural stuff with corny private eye stuff. Very jumpy and hard to follow (even allowing for editing for the series.) Feels like some folks improvising a live action roleplaying game.

The Mask (1961)

Canadian shocker about an ancient mask that causes those who put it on to become addicted to it, experience weird visions, and eventually kill people. The scenes when the mask isn't worn are pretty much just people talking, for the most part, but when the mask is worn the film gets really weird. (When originally shown in theaters, these scenes were in 3-D. You would out on the special masks you were given when you heard "Put the mask on now!" on the soundtrack) They're like Salvador Dali's Hallowe'en party. Those scenes alone make the film of interest.

So, what do I think of the new version of MST3K? Not bad. It's a little disconcerting to hear different voices for the robots, I suppose. The new Mads and the new host are OK. (Original host Joel Hodgson shows up to riff Demon Squad, which is nice.)

For the record, I never had a preference for either Joel Hodgson or Mike Nelson; they were both fine. I did have a strong preference for those episodes with TV's Frank.
I was not interested in MST3K because I want to see the film, without interruptions. I find I am well able to enjoy these crappy films as they are.
 

Parson

This world is not my home
Supporter
Joined
Oct 11, 2006
Messages
12,084
Location
Iowa
Sniper: The White Raven (2022) This is a Ukrainian movie about a peace loving man living pretty much off the grid with his wife, while he teaches school in the Donbas region of Ukraine. His home is attacked by a roving patrol of Russian soldiers and his family is murdered. This gritty and evocative film follows him as he enters the army and trains as a sniper. The violence is not toned down in the least, and none of the characters is safe, which sounds a lot like a real war.

This is really well done. And that surprised me more than a little. I expected a piece of propaganda, but it was very much more than that. Or at least you can make that case. On one level it can to be seen as a parable to the Russia regime about the fruitlessness of trying to destroy those who are peace loving and don't really want to fight. I watched it with English subtitles and I never have any problem with this, but here it was particularly easy because the dialogue is sparse and moody music and panoramas are ubiquitous.

It is now streaming on Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Showtime among others.

Avoid --- Not Recommended --- Flawed --- Okay --- Good --- Recommended --- Shouldn’t be Missed

I came very close to saying that it shouldn't be missed.
 

Jeffbert

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 23, 2011
Messages
1,865
Damn the Defiant! (1962) On a particular British navy ship in the late 18th century, a mutiny has been arranged, not only on this ship, but others in the fleet. The conditions under which the sailors serve were too severe, especially when many of them were legally shanghaied, by Britain's press gangs, who go about abducting men, right out of taverns, or, wherever they might be.

Captain Crawford (Alec Guinness) is a more temperate officer than Lieutenant Scott Padget (Dirk Bogarde), who is cruel. The orders are to sail to a certain place to meet other ships, but war has broken-out with Spain, and Padget advises other action. Crawford insists on following orders, and eventually they engage an enemy ship, capture one of its officers, who, when interrogated, reveals that Spanish fleet is on its way toward England. Having such knowledge, they must hurry home, to advise the fleet of the new threat.

Fiction, but based on actual events.

8/10
 

KGeo777

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 24, 2017
Messages
2,199
Location
Canada
Yeah--no way am I going to watch a MST3K version of a movie.

The anecdote that the cast of that show tells is they ran into Kurt Vonnegut at a restaurant and he asked them what they did. After they told him he said "even makers of bad movies deserve respect for the hard work they put in," and when they invited him to dinner, he said he already had dinner plans. Later they saw hm eating alone.

Shirley Eaton deserves the respect of watching The Million Eyes of Sumuru without a geek chorus anyway.

THE SEVEN-UPS - 1973 -Is there such a thing as 70s noir? This film certainly would qualify. Made by the producer of the French Connection and starring Roy Scheider--it really feels like a relative of that film but the story is more deep and sinister. There's something really creepy about it--the musical score is unnerving--and especially during scenes in a car wash. I find car washes to be unsettling actually but this movie makes them very unnerving. Scheider runs an undercover unit that uses dirty tactics to catch crooks and he has a childhood friend in the mafia who gives him information so he can make his busts. Unknown to Scheider, his friend is using the information he gets from him to arrange kidnappings of mafia figures so he can extort money from them, using the pretense of a police arrest (Richard Lynch plays one of the fake cops).
I forget a lot of the movie after I see it (much like what happened with the French Connection) but the story is superior in depth. The standard "cop has friend who is a criminal" plot is turned upside down since Scheider is a nasty person who will even stoop to torture a dying patient to get information he wants. Typical 1970s cop is bad guy theme but it is handled so skillfully it doesn't feel repetitive or preachy.
 
Last edited:

Happy Joe

Apprentice Geezer
Joined
Feb 9, 2007
Messages
623
Location
Colorado, U.S.A.
Sisu Not sure if I like it or not;
Its another from the "let's make one even more-so" school of movies, and like John Wick 4 suffers because of it, IMO.
An adequate to fair indie low to medium budget move. Extremely violent with little let up. Its like a traffic accident where you almost have to look.
Very little dialogue... mostly watching a tough Finlander kill Nazis near the end of WW2, while never quitting and receiving significant damage himself.
If the lead character was at all like-able sections of this movie could be cut into an Indiana Jones movie; however, I found little likeable in the main character...'though his stubborn refusal to quit was admirable.

Enjoy!
 

KGeo777

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 24, 2017
Messages
2,199
Location
Canada
RIDER ON THE RAIN 1970-It was raining last night. Another good rainy day French-set movie is And Soon the Darkness.
 

AE35Unit

]==[]===O °
Joined
Dec 8, 2007
Messages
8,446
Location
Somewhere near Jupiter
The Psychic (murder to the tune of 7 black notes) ((1977))
Weird italian thriller about a woman who has premonitions. As a child see saw her own mother's death while they were apart. Years later she has a premonition of another death, seeing things like a broken mirror, a red light etc.
I don't understand the relevance of the subtitle, never saw a piano once!
 

paranoid marvin

Run VT Erroll!
Supporter
Joined
Mar 9, 2007
Messages
5,722
A Child's Voice

The BBC 'Ghost Story for Christmas' that you (probably) haven't seen. And it's a cracker - quite disturbing and chilling in places, excellently narrated and acted. Although the ending is a little bit on an anticlimax.

And if it may seem a little familiar, then you've probably also watched 'The Dead Room'; but this one is the original (and better)
 

KGeo777

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 24, 2017
Messages
2,199
Location
Canada
KILLER MCCOY 1947 - Mickey Rooney is very effective as a lightweight boxer who gets into the profession through a boxing mentor who he accidentally kills in the ring. He then gets involved with the daughter of a racketeer in what is a tearjerker melodrama but it still got to me on second viewing. The "Swanee River" song and dance by Stanley Donen is a particular highlight.
 

Toby Frost

Well-Known Member
Supporter
Joined
Jan 22, 2008
Messages
7,631
Bill and Ted Face the Music 2022

This is the third Bill and Ted film, in which they travel through time in an attempt to write a song that will save mankind. I was a bit wary of this being an unnecessary cash-in but I really enjoyed it. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are still great as the heroes, and everyone else seems to be really enjoying it. There are lots of nods to the previous films and Bill and Ted's daughters are especially good (they both do a very good impersonation of their "fathers"). Perhaps the first half is slightly funnier but it was really entertaining overall.
 

Similar threads


Top