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CuriousG
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Oct 24 2020, 11:30pm

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I came across a mockumentary from 2006 on Amazon Prime, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, which I'd classify as mildly amusing/dark humor. Young journalists, not coincidentally patterned after the team in Blair Witch Project, do a documentary on a man who's planning to pull off a mass murder of teens a la Michael Myers, and they calmly interview and film him as he explains his prep work. He's quite chatty and more affable than spooky. (My favorite laugh was when they show him sweaty from working out, and he complains about how much cardio a killer has to do to keep ahead of his victims and appear in places they don't expect--hard work, man!) It takes a darker turn as they continue following him as he implements that plan. Not a must-see, but entertaining.

I also did a re-watch of the original Poseidon Adventure, which isn't scary, but is suspenseful. I remembered it as being Gene Hackman-centric when I saw it as a kid and he seemed very heroic, but for some reason, this time my attention was more drawn to Shelley Winters, not as a hero, but just as one of the more interesting people. She has considerable screen presence and a reasonably nuanced character. And unlike Gene Hackman's character, she wasn't bossy and angry all the time. Then reading about the origin of the story, it was a shocker that it was based on the Queen Mary turning on its side in real life, but recovering rather than capsizing. Thank goodness for ballast!

So what are you watching, scary or otherwise?


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Starling
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Oct 25 2020, 12:20am

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Oh I love The Poseidon Adventure [In reply to] Can't Post

It's a goody! I have always loved 70's disaster movies and used to watch them a lot. Then after experiencing disaster first hand, I went off them for a bit...
I'm always a bit late to the party with things, but I just finished watching Patrick Melrose. Benedict Cumberbatch is absolutely brilliant in it, and really gets to access his full range.
The scene of him 'melting' along a hotel wall while elegantly wasted is quite astounding.
He is just as much a superb physical actor as anything else.




Otaku-sempai
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Oct 25 2020, 12:53am

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...right now Svengoolie is airing Mighty Joe Young (the original) on Comet TV.

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Oct 25 2020, 1:12am

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Greenland - 3.5/5 [In reply to] Can't Post

A solid end-of-the-world action film that's more about the characters than the disaster, but ends up exactly where you expect it to.

I'm a sucker for Gerard Butler so I was in my happy place watching this movie. However I was pleasantly surprised to see Morena Baccarin's role being more than 'wife', and that the focus was on how ordinary people will react in extraordinary circumstances. Certainly worth a look.

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CuriousG
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Oct 25 2020, 3:36am

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Handmaid's Tale is on my must-watch list [In reply to] Can't Post

if it ever becomes more widely available or if I subscribe for it. I really liked Atwood's book, and by all accounts, they did the story justice. I remember it was a dystopia that was crazy and spooky, but it also seemed real enough to give me the creeps.


CuriousG
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Oct 25 2020, 3:37am

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I'm trying to find The Towering Inferno too online [In reply to] Can't Post

Some of those 70s disaster movies were good, and it was one of them. I think Poseidon still set the standard. It helped having an all-star cast like Inferno did.


CuriousG
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Oct 25 2020, 3:40am

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As a sort of alternative to King Kong [In reply to] Can't Post

I've always wanted to see that movie. So many movies, so little time.


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Oct 25 2020, 4:35am

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Less than six degrees of separation to Poseidon Adventure [In reply to] Can't Post

One of the high school coaches was the officer directly behind the captain when the wave hit. When the movie came to the small town I lived in -- practically everyone went to clap and applaud his three seconds of fame.


I like that version because of Roddy McDowell and Shelley Winters.

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Oct 25 2020, 6:35am

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No scary stuff for me [In reply to] Can't Post

I get worse at handling horror every year. Angelic We did watch Hocus Pocus recently, as my girlfriend strangely hadn't seen it before. It's aged and is goofier than I remember, but you can't beat Bette Midler singing "I Put a Spell on You" in that costume. Laugh

I own the fantastic Ingmar Bergman Criterion boxset, so I've been going through all of his work (many rewatches). It's a film school in itself.

I've also been going through the filmography of Wim Wenders, whose only work I had seen up until recently was the renowned Paris, Texas. Many beautiful road films, which is invigorating in a time when road trips and travel aren't in the cards.

I also watched the new Borat film. I don't think I can write about that one without stepping onto the no-politics landmine, but it is just about what I expected. Angelic

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cats16
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Oct 25 2020, 6:38am

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I actually didn't realize Rich Koz was still alive! I remember hearing he had a heart attack several years ago, and I guess I must have incorrectly assumed the worst.

I can't tell you how many times I watched Rich introduce his Three Stooges marathons years ago (perhaps he still does them).

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cats16
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Oct 25 2020, 6:41am

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I couldn't finish the pilot [In reply to] Can't Post

Too intense for me, at least at the time I tried watching. Then again, I appear to react poorly to alt-future dystopic shows: I ditched The Man in the High Castle after one episode too.

I know the motto with TV is "it gets better after X seasons" but, being a movie person primarily, I just don't have the desire to watch that much TV. Angelic

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cats16
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Oct 25 2020, 6:59am

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We've been watching the new season of The Great British Baking Show every week on Netflix. Personally, I've always had a bit of a mixed relationship with cooking shows given the plight of hunger globally (especially right now) but, that being said, this show is a pleasant diversion from RL. Brownie week got me to make brownies mid-show - I couldn't resist!

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Starling
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Oct 25 2020, 7:13am

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Oh yes that is excellent [In reply to] Can't Post

As were the first couple of Airplane movies, although it's near impossible to watch those with a straight face now!
I would add The Cassandra Crossing to my list of faves.




CuriousG
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Oct 25 2020, 4:12pm

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reminded me of a Youtube clip showing Trevor Noah answering audience questions before his show started. He said growing up in South Africa with a single mom and limited means, she would let him watch just about anything on TV, including violent scenes where people get blown up, until they came to something like a food fight in a school cafeteria. Then she'd be triggered at the thought of Americans just throwing food around and wasting it, and she'd demand they change the channel.

Since Dune is somewhere on our movie horizon, I'm reminded of a book scene where the wealthy elites have a dinner party and ceremonially pour water on the floor rather than drink it just to flaunt their status, this on the desert planet Arrakis where people wear body suits to recycle their perspiration since water is so horribly scarce. Frank Herbert hit a "let them eat cake" nerve there. (Yes, I know poor Marie said something else, but that sentiment stands.)


CuriousG
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Oct 25 2020, 4:13pm

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Yeah, I'm not sure I could watch any of the Airport movies after Airplane! came out. Crash positions! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


cats16
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Oct 25 2020, 9:57pm

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At the start of every episode this season, the thought of "how on earth did they procure all of these ingredients en masse this spring/early summer?" Meanwhile, I've seen folks sharing posts online in the UK circulating restaurants around the country offering to feed people who have nothing to eat.

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grammaboodawg
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Oct 26 2020, 11:24am

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Love MJY more than KK! [In reply to] Can't Post

Joe has SO MUCH expression thanks to Ray Harryhausen and a great character they developed. They show the love of a human's influence on the personality of a gorilla... including little things like spitting and drumming his fingers. So many little things to watch for. But his face/reaction to the fire is incredible!
I like how they have Robert Armstrong as the lead protagonist... the club owner who exploits both King Kong and Joe. I'm also a huge Ben Johnson fan who is found in many of the older John Wayne movies. He plays the cowboy in MJY and was a world-champion rider/roper in real life.




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grammaboodawg
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Oct 26 2020, 11:50am

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Although they are not all Halloween-themed. Here's part of it (all originals):
Hocus Pocus (there's a reunion of the primary actors out there this year!)
Practical Magic
Poltergeist
Darkness Falls
The Blob
The Thing [From Another World]
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Mighty Joe Young
THEM!
The Birds
Winchester (Winchester House)
1408
Shaun of the Dead
Paul
Warm Bodies
Constantine
Van Helsing
Sixth Sense
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CuriousG
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Oct 26 2020, 7:03pm

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I'm not sure I ever felt all that sorry for King Kong. In a way, of course I did, because he was abused and exploited and scared, but I'm not sure he was ever given much personality other than liking pretty women and food.


CuriousG
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Oct 26 2020, 7:03pm

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Annael
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Oct 26 2020, 10:29pm

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the Divine Miss M is wicked in that one!

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Oct 26 2020, 10:37pm

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I resisted watching it when it started, but was totally hooked by episode 3. Martin Sheen hasn't sold me on his character yet, but I love all the others.

And "Star Trek: Discovery" has started up again!

Other than that, the World Series. Game 3 was possibly the most exciting baseball game I've ever seen. It didn't matter that we don't really care which team wins. That could have been a movie, with the rookie-with-a-lousy-batting-average batting last with his team behind and HE WINS THE GAME because of a series of flukes . . .I'm reminded of the adage "it doesn't matter how many baseball games you've seen, you can always see something you've never seen before."

I recorded "Practical Magic" and am looking forward to watching it again. Surprised to see how bad the ratings are on rottentomatoes; I loved it. Some of the town scenes are filmed in Coupeville, a town I've visited many times, so that's fun for me. And . . . young Aiden Quinn . . .

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Oct 27 2020, 11:20am

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the young man who plays Billy... and eventually plays Abe Sapien in Hellboy and the Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four. Then, if you're a fan of NCIS, check out who play Thackery ;)


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Oct 27 2020, 4:11pm

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Grammaboodawg, if you're a fan of Doug Jones, you'd love "Discovery."

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Oct 28 2020, 6:46am

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