What was the last movie you saw?

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Basket Case 2 and Basket Case 3
Can't believe we sat through these. Dreadful, but definitely done for laughs. The daft thing is number 2 continues right where the original left off, except everyone is 8 years older!
Genuinely really like the first film, has quite a unique feel to it. 2 was just "how many weird disturbing things can we do with unlimited prosthetics". I haven't got around to 3 yet....
 

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A Quiet Place/A Quiet Place Part II
Outstanding!
The sequel amplifies the suspense and action of the original and fills in some of the blanks. Millicent Simmonds shines.
 

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Is it horror? Is it sci-fi? Is it dystopian fantasy? Probably a combination of the 3, mixed in with some comedy. One of the oddest films I've seen in a while, but very good.
 

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - with Number One Daughter who I thought would appreciate it. (Princess Bride and Firefly fan that she is.) She did. It's a long time since I saw it and I had forgotten how funny it was - again this may be the effect of watching in company instead of alone. I had also forgotten how little music there was in it. The whole Posse ("Who ARE these guys?!") Chase sequence... there's not a note of non-diegetic music in the whole thing and some wonderful sound editing. And it ravishingly gorgeous too. Half of this film looks like it was shot in the Golden Hour; raking backlighting, near sunset (or dawn) sunshine pouring honey all over the film. Loved it all over again.
 

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Crash (1996). Another crazy train by David Cronenberg (I'm not sorry for the pun). A group of people is crazy about car accidents, and have sexual desires towards crashed vehicles. I liked the message a lot: people are always looking for something to satisfy their desires, but they never find it, even if they try crazy fetishes. And it's a Canadian movie, a rarity.
The title is familiar, but not the description. The Crash I remember was about a driverless muscle car running over people. A convertible, as I recall.
Blood Beach (1980)

Sedate monster movie. Pretty much boils down to a thing under the sand sucking people down and feeding on them. John Saxon and Burt Young liven things up a bit as cops investigating the situation. Not really a spoof, although it appears to have its tongue firmly in its cheek.
I remember that! There was a similar recent film, called The Sand. But only Blood Beach had that kid running around waving his arm around, saying that he found the guy's junk!
 

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The title is familiar, but not the description. The Crash I remember was about a driverless muscle car running over people. A convertible, as I recall.

I remember that! There was a similar recent film, called The Sand. But only Blood Beach had that kid running around waving his arm around, saying that he found the guy's junk!
Note that I specified the 1996 movie. There's another, more recent one.
 

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A couple of tv-movies available on Youtube.

OUTRAGE 1973 --which has a pre-Spider-man Nicholas Hammond as a spoiled brat teenager causing trouble and the infamous Colonel Green (Phillip Pine) as a good guy. A very good story--not sensational and yet very gripping thanks to the performance by Robert Culp.

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is THE STRANGE AND DEADLY OCCURRENCE 1974 which has a very spooky set up. Same idea of a family in a scary situation but the manipulation and twist are well-done. Never heard of it before. It's interesting that in an era when censorship was being reduced in cinema-they were making decent G-rated movies for tv. The stories worked more often than not and yet didn't have nudity or swearing or much violence.
 

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The Tiger-An old hunter's tale (2015). The story of the hunt for the last tiger of Joseon (the Kingdom of Corea, before democratization). It takes place in the beginning of the 20th century, during the Japanese occupation. The Japanese were relentless on hunting tigers. They would wear the skin, eat the meat, and use the rest for crafting medicinal herbs. And they didn't care that tigers went extinct in a matter of a few years. It adds a lot to actual history, focusing on a hunter who accidently shot his wife, and it gets a little over the top because this very hunter saved the tiger when it was a cub, and the tiger remembers him! I don't think that actually happened. This movie reminded me of The Revenant (2015): they're from the same year, take place on a snowy place, and LIE to you a lot! But it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Koreans seldom disappoint.

I'm on a quest to watch all the movies by this director, and I just need to watch one more.
 

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A couple of tv-movies available on Youtube.

OUTRAGE 1973 --which has a pre-Spider-man Nicholas Hammond as a spoiled brat teenager causing trouble and the infamous Colonel Green (Phillip Pine) as a good guy. A very good story--not sensational and yet very gripping thanks to the performance by Robert Culp.

The other
is THE STRANGE AND DEADLY OCCURRENCE 1974 which has a very spooky set up. Same idea of a family in a scary situation but the manipulation and twist are well-done. Never heard of it before. It's interesting that in an era when censorship was being reduced in cinema-they were making decent G-rated movies for tv. The stories worked more often than not and yet didn't have nudity or swearing or much violence.
You had me for a moment. Nicholas Hammond? Spiderman? -- and then I remembered. A name I haven't heard in a long time.

FYI: TV movies of the 1970s

Enjoyable article about the American craving in the '70s for TV movies. It's one of the things that finally made ABC competitive with the older networks.

Good site, too, for intelligent articles on detective/mystery/crime, spy/espionage and sometimes horror/sf/fantasy fiction. For instance, Grady Hendrix had a piece there that ties in with a couple of articles he recently did for Tor.com.
 

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So many of those tv-movies are forgotten. And hard to find.
Some turn up on youtube but many are completely lost.



I am waiting for someone to post SURVIVAL - a 1976 tv-movie about a guy who challenges his dinner guests to imagine they are on a raft and have to decide who to throw overboard.
I assumed I made it up since it was impossible to find-and someone at last was able to name it but I can't find it.
 

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The Asphyx - 1972 BBC gothic horror set in a proto-steampunk victorian era featuring a very young Robert Powell. It's a pretty effective spooky horror film with some very plummy accents and surprisingly good sfx. Reminds me of a steampunk ghostbusters, minus the humour. Every time they say the beastie's name i can't help but think "ass-fix".
 

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The Asphyx - 1972 BBC gothic horror set in a proto-steampunk victorian era featuring a very young Robert Powell. It's a pretty effective spooky horror film with some very plummy accents and surprisingly good sfx. Reminds me of a steampunk ghostbusters, minus the humour. Every time they say the beastie's name i can't help but think "ass-fix".
There are probably specialists for that now.
 

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The Spy Who Dumped Me - This was on ITV last night - I watched it so you don't have to. I think it was a comedy, but there aren't any laughs. It might have been doing a kind of Killing Eve thing, but extremely badly. I'm also still not sure who were the bad guys either, but possibly anyone who was a guy? I should probably have watched Dunkirk which was on BBC1 at the same time.
 

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The Window from 1949 (Bobby Driscoll, Barbara Hale, Ruth Roman, dir. Ted Tetzlaff

I loved this movie and wondered why it's not better known -- but I spend so little time talking about movies or at movie sites that I wouldn't necessarily know if it were. It's based on a Cornell Woolrich story and has a delectable sense of place, in this case a neighborhood with tenements, etc. A young boy is known for his inventions and isn't believed when he tells that he saw a murder committed in the apartment upstairs when he was lying on the fire escape to deal with the sweltering city heat. Great camera work. I half felt like watching it all over again the same day. I love these old movies that get in there, tell an interesting narrative, have excellent visual storytelling, and get the job done in 80-90 minutes or so. I've had a lot of good luck with RKO movies.

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I watched this again, two weeks after a first viewing, and enjoyed it very much the second time too.
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I will have to check out the Window.
Have you see THE THREAT? That's a really good RKO movie starring Charles McGraw.
 

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I have that one in my watch pile.
Will see one day if it is as bad as The Wizard of Mars

Oh Trust me The Wizard of Mars - or The Horrors of The Red Planet which is what it was called when I saw it - is a fecking masterpiece by comparison. For one thing it has David Carradine talking mystical technobabble for a great chunk of the run time and that's always fun to watch. I don't know about anyone else but I love watching John Carradine talking bollocks. It's is like watching a free- form scat jazz beat poet.

Which reminds me I haven't watched The Astro-Zombies for a couple of years:

"Now Franchot, the time has come to test our new brain. We must feed this memory circuit through the emotional quotient rectifier to determine if there is any residual impurity....

(Seventeen or so switches switched, buttons pushed, and rheostats twiddled later...)

"I've introduced into the console the electrolitic limiters which should disallow interference with the programmed patterns function within the body mechanism. Actuate the heart circuit. Excellent! Before we can recall our first creation, we must attempt to override his emotional index by stepping up the voltage and transmission frequency...

(More buttons, switches and rheostats are expertly fondled and suddenly screen is full of red flashing lights! The buttons, switches and rheostats are expertly, but rapidly, fondled in reverse order till they stop.)

"It's obvious the frequency and voltage boost will not effect an override... Franchot, remove number nine from the thermal freeze casket and prepare him for brain transfer and total astro-mobilisation....
 

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