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    I Was a Teenage Frankenstein - I'm travelling at the moment, and watched this on my laptop last night. Very nostalgic of the late night local TV showings when I was a kid. Compared to Teenage Werewolf this is crap, but it's so much fun! Silly beyond belief, but Whit Bissell delivers the most absurd dialog with dead earnestness. This (and Werewolf) need good dvd or blu releases (how 'bout a blu double feature?)

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    The Skin I Live In (2011)
    First-rate Almodovar. I haven't seen a new one by him since the 80s, and I see he hasn't lost his touch. Antonio Banderas has a bit of Orloff in his appearance with the slick-backed hair, but the film isn't a simple re-telling of the Orloff story. The story plays more like a Greek or Shakespearean tragedy than a horror film, but I think horror fans will find something to enjoy.

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    Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) - What an incoherent mess of the film. Such a great soundtrack though.

    Pick-up (1975) - A hippie dude driving a custom bus for delivery picks up two hippie chicks hitchhiking. Lots of trippy scenes and soft focus nudity happens. I thought this was incredibly boring.

    Boeing Boeing (1965) - A really funny comedy with Tony Curtis playing an American journalist living in Paris who is maintaining three serious relationships with stewardesses from different airlines. He manages by carefully tracking their flight schedules so that none are in town at the same time, but when a faster jet comes onto the market, all three of their schedules start overlapping. Jerry Lewis co-stars as his journalist friend who both tries to help and interfere so that he can have this arrangement for himself. Their chemistry is very good. It's a shame they didn't work together more often. Thelma Ritter is excellent as Curtis' live-in maid.

    Hôtel Monterey (1972) - Chantal Akerman shoots an hour of footage in the titular hotel with no sound or plot to speak of. This should be incredibly dull, but it's not exactly. Large stretches are an endurance test to be sure ... as she will shoot the length of a hallway very slowly, only to back up and shoot the entire hallway again backwards, and then start down it all over again. A lot of it is quite mesmerizing though, and it's fascinating to see the inside of this huge residential hotel back in the day.

    A Separation (2011) - This is the best film of 2011. A couple separates because she wants to move to the United States to offer a daughter a better future while he feels he needs to stay and look after his father, who has Alzheimer's. He brings in a woman during the days to help watch his father, which leads to a much larger conflict involving dozens of people.

    Father's Day (2011) - Winnipeg filmmakers Astron-6's feature debut financed by Troma. A serial killer who rapes and murders fathers has returned and the man who has dedicated his life to destroying him teams with his stripper sister, a disgraced priest and a gay hustler to take him down. Very similar in tone to "Hobo With a Shotgun", and marginally more successful as a film. It's quite remarkable for a mere $10,000 budget actually.

    Criss Cross (1949) - A decent film noir with Burt Lancaster and Yvonne De Carlo. Remade by Steven Soderbergh as "The Underneath".

    La Captive (2000) - Chantal Akerman's loose adaptation of the 5th book of Marcel Proust's "Remembrance of Thing's Past". A young wealthy man becomes increasingly paranoid and obsessed about his fiance.
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    Niagara (1953) - This plays like a sloppy Hitchcock film. It's got a lot of features familiar from his work, but the plot is mess and the "regular folks" heroes aren't really likeable. That really makes Marilyn Monroe the focus of this film, and she pulls of her first really serious role quite well. The other great attraction here is Niagara Falls, which is shot beautifully.

    The Teacher (1974) - A weird amalgamation of sex film and thriller. The sex film stuff is not very well done. Angel Tompkins is pretty incredible, but Jay North is a really annoying drip in this and all that passes for "sex" is shirtless people lying on top of each other. The thriller stuff is much better. Anthony James plays a pretty great psycho, spying on Tompkins and harassing North. There's a lot of talky dead spots in it, but what works in it works very well.
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    SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT-Still holds up well after all these years.
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    Richard, I liked Niagara a lot. Monroe has a rare turn here and handles it very well.
    Sure the location may smack of Hitchcock, but found it an effective setting, especially those
    walkways under the cascading falls. Cotton's obsession with model cars was a nice bit, too.

    The Skin I live in - Totally captivating. There were some obvious ingredients from other film, but
    way more than enough originality to let this story stand on its own. The production design, costuming
    and photography all fit together to give this a form fitting sheen and a gloss. So many back story twists
    and interlocking characters. Loved that the narrative jumped back and back again before the climax.
    I was just a tad put off that it all came down to gunplay though. I'll def see this one again. Banderas is another
    whose good looks belie someone who can really act. Excellent film.
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    Finally got around to watching some Rob Zombie movies, who fellow horror fans have informed me is one of the better contemporary filmmakers working within the genre (for whatever that's worth).

    House of 1,000 Corpses (2003) - It's too much. A clumsy pastiche of retro grotesquerie and kitsch edited with a seemingly endless barrage of jump cuts, odd visual changes, disorienting camera movements, and an intrusive musical score, Zombie's directorial debut is filmmaking for those without an attention span. I couldn't find much of anything that worked, and the campy humor completely derailed every marginally effective scene in the whole film. This is a total mess and a disappointing missed opportunity.

    The Devil's Rejects (2005) - A significant improvement over its predecessor, although it takes a while to get going. The Devil's Rejects is a grittier and more focused work, but it still suffers from many of the same flaws which doomed House of 1,000 Corpses to mediocrity. However, once the cop character decides to take the law into his own hands and descends to the same depths of depravity as the "villains," I found the film riveting. Zombie beautifully baits and manipulates his audience in the latter half of the film when the hunters (and sadistic torturers) become the hunted (and the sadistically tortured), although I must say that I found the closing sequence excessive.
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    SHATTER - One of the last gasps of the old Hammer. Not quite as bad as I was led to believe, but totally uninspired, flat direction by Michael Carreras. Stuart Whitman is a wooden post and walks through the whole thing. The most interesting moments come from (surprise!) Peter Cushing as a cop / agent. He plays it more blue collar than usual, and pulls it off. Anton Differing is okay, but it's a role he could do in his sleep. Quite a bit bloodier than other Hammer stuff from that time frame. I'll probably never watch it again, but glad I saw it for Cushing (if nothing else).

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    I Was a Teenage Frankenstein - I'm travelling at the moment, and watched this on my laptop last night. Very nostalgic of the late night local TV showings when I was a kid. Compared to Teenage Werewolf this is crap, but it's so much fun! Silly beyond belief, but Whit Bissell delivers the most absurd dialog with dead earnestness. This (and Werewolf) need good dvd or blu releases (how 'bout a blu double feature?)
    I enjoyed Teenage Frankenstein quite a bit myself. Also thought it was pretty gory for the time, what with the severed heads and legs. As for Bissell, I thought he was great in both films, tbh. I especially liked the amorality he brought to his Dr. Frankenstein, prefiguring Cushing similar take on the role, I might add.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Wilkins View Post
    As for Bissell, I thought he was great in both films, tbh. I especially liked the amorality he brought to his Dr. Frankenstein, prefiguring Cushing similar take on the role, I might add.
    Oh, I agree. Bissell's great in both.

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    Phantasm (1979) - I saw Phantasm a few years ago and wasn't too keen on it, but I figured that it was due for a re-watch. Unfortunately, my impression of it was exactly the same. Phantasm ranks alongside Nightmare on Elm Street as one of the most overrated cult horror films out there. Ignore the terrible acting and the atrocious dialogue. Ignore even the questionable character motivations and the layers of cheese so heavy that you'll clog your arteries just by watching the movie. The thing about Phantasm is that you have to take the film entirely on its own seemingly arbitrary terms. Why does the Tall Man's severed finger turn into a fly demon? Why not? What's with the floating silver orb? Well, what's not with the floating silver orb. Why does the Tall Man re-animate corpses and then crush them down into three-foot tall dwarves? Why, it's because the planet on which they're working as slaves is very hot and has a strong gravitational pull. Makes perfect sense.

    (Also, the "hand in the black box" gimmick was ripped off from Frank Herbert's book Dune.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Trovillion View Post
    Rob Zombie movies... A clumsy pastiche of retro grotesquerie and kitsch edited with a seemingly endless barrage of jump cuts, odd visual changes, disorienting camera movements, and an intrusive musical score, Zombie's directorial debut is filmmaking for those without an attention span. I couldn't find much of anything that worked, and the campy humor completely derailed every marginally effective scene...
    Adam - This passage eloquently sums up my feelings toward Rob Zombie movies, one difference being I didn't have the patience to make it all the way through The Devil's Rejects.

    Watched Hitchcock's The Birds for the first time in many years. Despite the color this does not hold up nearly as well as Psycho and has little of that movie's retro charm. Pretty slow to get going and once it does is prolonged only by some of the most questionable character decision making this side of The Walking Dead. As my daughter kept asking, "why don't they just leave?" which of course, they eventually do.

    And Squirm (1976) - This holds a tremendous nostalgia appeal for me - my brother took me to see it on my 12th birthday (a double feature with I Don't Want To Be Born). It's therefore hard for me to judge how enjoyable it would be without that factored in so I'll stick with these observations - it frequently comes off like a mildly perverse Scooby-Doo episode with the characters of Mick and Geraldine being Freddy and Daphne and Peter Maclean looks like he's thoroughly enjoying his turn as an oily southern sheriff. Also, if you grew up in the '70s you'll want to keep a finger on the pause button during the cafe scene early on. In the background you'll eye such treasures as Dyna-Mints, Clorets, Rock Candy and a rack of DC and Harvey comics.
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    CHUPACABRA TERROR aka DARK SEAS (2005). On the dreadful side but not so much it can't be enjoyed, a bigger mystery than the Chupacabra itself is why John Rhys-Davies keeps appearing in these horror cheapies. He's the captain of the ship bad cryptozoologist Giancarlo Esposito smuggles the beast aboard, he's also cast as the much too old dad of pretty Chelan Simmons who wears her tiny t-shirt very well when she moves quickly. Most effects consist of blood thrown on walls whenever there's a kill, that's about it for gore and it looks like they couldn't afford too many digital creature effects so the beastie is mostly man in make-up, which is preferable to me anyway and gives it a link to old monster movies from the 1940s to the 1980s. As trash it could've been worse trash.

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    Carnage - Polanski has yet to make a bad film. I loved this - it's sharp, biting, very funny and beautifully acted by its small ensemble. Stagy? Yes, the stage origins are obvious, but it's perfectly executed.
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    Adam - This passage eloquently sums up my feelings toward Rob Zombie movies, one difference being I didn't have the patience to make it all the way through The Devil's Rejects.
    Though I found the last thirty minutes or so of The Devil's Rejects to be effective (after having lowered my expectations considerably following my viewing of House of 1,000 Corpses), Zombie certainly doesn't cover any new ground or present anything that hasn't been shown even more effectively elsewhere. I'm not really sure what his fans see in him.
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