What was the last movie you saw?

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[COLOR=rgb(0, 0, 0)][B]It Came From Beneath the Sea [/B][/COLOR][COLOR=rgb(0, 0, 0)](1955) [/COLOR]Graymalkin, DID YOU notice the size of the suckers relative to the people? Looks to me, like that thing could not even grab anything smaller than an elephant! :LOL: For that matter the giant Tarantula's fangs in Tarantula (1955), were bigger than the people it preyed upon. :unsure: THEM! (1954) the Ants were just about the right size, though.

HORRIBLE HORRORS THE SPECIAL EDITION (2013) i LOVE THIS TYPE OF THING! I think I already mentioned it, so I will be brief: I learned of a few B-grade films from this & watched KILLERS FROM SPACE & SHE DEMONS THE ORIGINAL SCHLOCK CLASSIC. Thoroughly enjoyed both!

KILLERS FROM SPACE (1954) I am fairly certain that I never saw this before. Awful special effects, & hilarious, at that. So, these space guys' planet is or was destroyed, & they intend to release giant insects, spiders, lizards, etc. to eradicate all life on Earth, so their 1 billion people can move in. Peter Graves is the good guy, who, though under the control of the villains for a while, recovers himself after the Air force injects him with truth serum.

SHE DEMONS THE ORIGINAL SCHLOCK CLASSIC (1958) A decade after WWII, four Americans stumble upon an Island apparently inhabited by primitive women. They perform a dance, chant, etc. But they are slaves to an escaped Nazi mad scientist. His once beautiful wife had become disfigured in an accident, and he was extracting the life-force (or something like it) from the other women. Once extracted, they become wild beasts.

Whoever designed the scenes, really messed up. One scene has the first Nazi we see; but his armband is on the right (wrong) arm, apparently, because that one was facing the camera. Anyway, it is an unintentionally funny film.

DCU: Batman and Harley Quinn (2017) Maybe I should have started with an older film in this series. HQ had retired from crime, & was working in a super heroine themed bar, where all the waitresses were costumes. Her onetime friend Poison Ivy, had been in cahoots with a plant man, intending to destroy all animal life, & turn everything to plants. Reminds me of a LOST IN SPACE episode. So, Batman & Nightwing attempt to recruit her to their side.

There were a few homages[?] to the Adam West Batman, my favorite was when a guy was standing behind Batman, mocking him by doing the dance that Adam West (RIP) performed in the 1960s. Damn! nearly everybody who made my childhood memories is dead! :cry:

So, though I am not really much into DC comics, Batman is the exception. Fairly entertaining, though I usually prefer anime.
 

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Craze (1974)

Directed by Freddie Francis; written by Herman Cohen and Aben Kandel from the novel Infernal Idol by Henry Seymour

Jack Palance hams it up in this sleazy but dull British shocker. We start off with some folks in black robes worshiping an idol that holds a weapon with three sharp points. The intended "bride" of the idol takes off her robe and dances topless for it (and the audience.) Palance pulls out a dagger and, amazingly, does not stab her. Instead, she takes the dagger and cuts her stomach with it, falling to the ground but eventually walking away alive. The cultists leave, and we never see them again except in a flashback that only lasts a few seconds. When Palance is alone, a woman shows up. It seems that she was kicked out of the coven for some reason. (Throughout the movie, idolatry gets confused with witchcraft and black magic.) She claims that somebody who died before the movie started willed the idol to her instead of Palance. A fight breaks out, and pretty soon the woman, in a very unlikely accident, gets impaled on the idol's weapon. He gets rid of the body.

We find out that Palance runs an antique shop, where we lives with a young man whom he rescued from the streets. (It's never quite clear if they're lovers, or if it's a father-and-son kind of relationship. The young man is said to have survived by picking up "queens." Later in the movie, when a police officer follows the young man in order to bring him in for questioning, his friends jokingly say he's a "queen" also. This whole suggestiveness adds an odd tone to the plot.)

It seems the two are struggling financially. Lo and behold, they find a big pile of gold coins in an old desk. Palance figures the idol is responsible for their good fortune. More sacrifices follow. These are pretty random. He picks up a young woman in a bar, brings her back, and kills her. (For much of this film you have to accept the fact that women find him irresistible.) Then, as if we're watching a particularly odd episode of Colombo, he arranges an elaborate alibi, drugging a former girlfriend so she'll claim to have spent the whole night with him, and murders his wealthy aunt. Next he calls a masseuse whose ad he finds somewhere and arranges a session. This murder is played for comedy, as the masseuse is portrayed as a perky Cockney, who obviously provides services that go beyond massages, as is evident when she opens up a closet to reveal whips, chains, and leather clothing.

It's no surprise that the young assistant, who finds out about the murders from the start, turns out to be the weak link in the chain, and justice of a sort is served. It's a pretty lousy movie, which wastes a lot of talented and/or famous performers. (Bond girl Julie Ege is the woman he picks up in the bar; 1950's sex symbol Diana Dors is the old girlfriend; Edith Evans is the aunt; Hugh Griffith is a lawyer; Trevor Howard is a police superintendent; and scream queen Suzy Kendall is the kinky masseuse.)
 

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The Ballad of Lefty Brown

I love a good Western and this one is pretty good. Bill Pullman gives a captivating performance as the titular character Lefty Brown. An age old tale of revenge and betrayal this one gets the thumbs up from me.
 

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Dark, mostly depressisng vigilantism. Plus, Hell hath no fury like a Lannister scorned.
Yeah, that was a dressing-down that scorched

I saw this recently, too. I enjoyed the sneaky -- and dark -- sense of humor behind many of the character interactions, and the give-and-take between McDormand's character and Harrelson's. The ending conversation between Mildred (McDormand) and Dixon (Sam Rockwell) was a bit heart-breaking but oddly hopeful. Really, in the ways that count, I think the movie was a conversation about the wrong-headedness of vigilantism.

Randy M.
 

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Harry Potter and the something something. The first one. Was on telly.

I've not read the books and the only film I've seen is the first one years ago so I didn't remember it. Anyway, it was ok, I'll probably try to catch the others when they come on TV though I missed the end as I got a little bored. Didn't understand why Hagrid left baby Harry with people who he knew were horrible (maybe it's explained in the books), or why they didn't just walk round the chessboard or over it without playing. Or Ron could've just jumped off the horse.
 

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The Big Street (1942) Henry Fonda is a busboy who is in love with nightclub singing snob Lucy. She is a real bitch, ungrateful, demanding, etc. Barton MacLane as Case Ables, owner of the nightclub, who being angry with I Love Lucy, slaps her, & she falls down a few stairs, & in injured. She cannot walk, though no mention as to the exact injury is ever made. Fonda wants her to recover, & devotes himself to her, Eugene Pallette as Nicely Nicely Johnson & Agnes Moorehead as Violette Shumberg, along with the others consider him a fool. but he persists in his devotion.

Also has Sam Levene as the Horsethief & Millard Mitchell Gentleman George (uncredited), both in their typical roles as criminals, who help Fonda in his scheme to raise Lucy's spirits.

Last Train from Madrid (1937) Another film with a star-laden cast, Dorothy Lamour as Carmelita Castillo, Lew Ayres as Bill Dexter, Lionel Atwill as Colonel Vigo, Anthony Quinn as Captain Ricardo Alvarez, just to name the ones familiar to me. Spanish Civil War, & various people are attempting to escape Madrid.

Batman Vs. Tho-Face
(2017) I had no idea this existed! Adam West. Burt Ward, Julie Newmar as Catwoman,
Lee Meriwether as the prison guard who ends up in CW's costume, & Shatner As T-F!

The Futura Batmobile! :giggle::LOL::love: Animated, but what a blast!
 

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I just finished watching UFO (2018). Starring no one you've ever heard of but it co-stared Jillian Anderson and David Strathairn. It was ok and maybe a little better if you have any interest in math. It was still a TV quality movie. Not a pay channel either.
 

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I Am Dragon (2017)

The western world seems incapable of making a believable and poignant dragon tale.

This Russian film presents a mythology of dragons as unique as it is beautiful. A wonderful story, punctuated with amazing footage of the sea, a human, non-western medieval settlement, a marvelous dragon island, and superb acting!

I was entranced. In an age dominated by CGI and onscreen bloodshed, the Russians went with story. Amazingly told.

This, my friends, is the best fantasy (and romance) film of the decade! You can watch it free with Amazon Prime. Now, go on... do so now! Go on! Git! DO NOT miss out on this movie!!
 

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I Am Dragon (2017)

The western world seems incapable of making a believable and poignant dragon tale.

This Russian film presents a mythology of dragons as unique as it is beautiful. A wonderful story, punctuated with amazing footage of the sea, a human, non-western medieval settlement, a marvelous dragon island, and superb acting!

I was entranced. In an age dominated by CGI and onscreen bloodshed, the Russians went with story. Amazingly told.

This, my friends, is the best fantasy (and romance) film of the decade! You can watch it free with Amazon Prime. Now, go on... do so now! Go on! Git! DO NOT miss out on this movie!!
You weren't disappointed, like me then:

Он – дракон / I Am Dragon (2005)
Russian fantasy film with a lot of potential, but a big letdown. I mean, they were setting up
a showdown on the island and then all of a sudden everyone was back home??
I definitely agree it's worth a watch. I just felt that was a big cop-out.

On your first point, I thought How to Train Your Dragon was pretty good.
 

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Occupation (2018) I watched this because it had Charles Mesure and Stephanie Jacobsen. It's enjoyable but so familiar. A scrappy band of Australians fight an insurgent battle against our alien oppressors. An Australian Red Dawn with aliens for bad guys. Throw in a little moral messaging at the end, there you have it.
 

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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Maybe I'm just not compatible with a whodunit in which all the suspects are gathered together near the end, and the brilliant detective announces the real murderer.
I found this to be more than a little plodding. And I haven't even watched original, so the ending was a surprise.
It might have been better if Inspector Jacques Clouseau was the brilliant detective.
 

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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Maybe I'm just not compatible with a whodunit in which all the suspects are gathered together near the end, and the brilliant detective announces the real murderer.
I found this to be more than a little plodding. And I haven't even watched original, so the ending was a surprise.
It might have been better if Inspector Jacques Clouseau was the brilliant detective.
I think he would have solved the mystery much quicker . :whistle:
 
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