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Charles
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Thanks for the recommendations guys.

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Steve Buschemi's directorial effort Trees Lounge is available.  One of my favorite movies.  If you've ever been any kind of drunk this movie will hit close to home.  One of the most realistic portrayals of an alcoholic I've seen.

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Also, Glengarry Glen Ross is available.  It blows my mind that Vern hasn't reviewed this yet.  One of my all time favorites.  Its rare when every actor in a movie completely tears it up.  Fucking awesome movie.

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I just saw "The Pact". Unexpectedly good film. It's a slow-burn horror movie with a lot that's left unsaid, but very little that's unsatisfying. It convincingly portrays that there's a lot going on beneath the surface. It makes fairly good use of two specific horror movie scenarios - one, the "haunted house" movie, that's revealed early on, one left until the end that I won't spoil - and while I worked out what was happening myself about halfway through, I doubt that many people (except maybe hardcore horror fans) would. This isn't like one of those movies where it's obvious from the first ten minutes what's going on. It also has some really good acting, and a child character who impressively manages to be in definite peril without ever getting annoying or cliche'd.

 

So "The Pact" is a very tight, suspenseful movie. My only real complaint would be with the very last scene, which is kinda corny, and a little too obvious for what's come before. But other than that, it gets a definite recommendation from me if you happen to like slow-burn horror movies.

 

Oh, and you remember how I complained about "Sinister"'s walking-around-a-house-at-night-while-ambiguous-noises-happen? "The Pact" shows how it should be done.

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"The Girl from the Naked Eye" gets a badass recommendation. The Sin City-esque cover with Sasha Grey is pretty misleading since it doesn't use stylized Rodriguez-esque green screen and Sasha Grey is in it for about a minute (and doesn't get naked). But it's a pretty solid film noir-esque murder mystery with a surprising amount of well-choreographed martial arts fight scenes and interesting, even likable characters. The romance aspect is actually affecting, there's some surprisingly funny parts and it's really short and doesn't wear out its welcome. Plus I've always wanted to see a fight scene scored to "Bolero" and there's finally one here, and it's excellent.

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neal2zod said
"The Girl from the Naked Eye" gets a badass recommendation. The Sin City-esque cover with Sasha Grey is pretty misleading since it doesn't use stylized Rodriguez-esque green screen and Sasha Grey is in it for about a minute (and doesn't get naked). But it's a pretty solid film noir-esque murder mystery with a surprising amount of well-choreographed martial arts fight scenes and interesting, even likable characters. The romance aspect is actually affecting, there's some surprisingly funny parts and it's really short and doesn't wear out its welcome. Plus I've always wanted to see a fight scene scored to "Bolero" and there's finally one here, and it's excellent.

You realise that you just described just about every single element of my perfect film, don't you? You've got:

 

1) film noir

2) murder mystery

3) martial arts fight scenes

4) likeable characters

5) good romance / funny parts, and

6) Ravel's "Bolero" (I take it we are talking Ravel's version here, and not some rap track that's ironically named after a classical piece by a really famous rapper who everybody knows except me?)

 

I mean, throw in an alien that imitates human beings and a bit of sci-fi mindfuckery, and you have my absolute perfect movie. This film CANNOT be as good as it sounds, surely?

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Thanks for the recommendation neal2zod.  THE GIRL FROM THE NAKED EYE is already in my que.  I will have to make the time to check it out.

 

 If anyone feels like getting shot between the balls COMMANDO is now available streaming.

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I tried to watch The Girl From the Naked Eye, but I just couldn't get into it.  While I appreciate the attempts at making something visually striking on a tight budget, the seams were really showing.  Maybe I wasn't in the right mood for something so low budget, but the poor audio and awkward acting took me right out of the movie.  After about 25 minutes I had to stop.  I think this movie requires drinking in order to make it all the way to the end. 

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Iron Sky is on Netflix Instant now. Sure, the "Nazis hiding on the moon return to attack Earth" concept sounds dumb/genius. The idea of pitting them up against a sassy black astronaut may make it sound better/worse. But I absolutely loved it. Instead of being the Syfy movie/porn parody quality movie I thought it was going to be, I actually think it may have pulled off the tone for this type of movie more successfully than any movie I can remember (certainly better than the not-crazy-enough Snakes on a Plane, for instance)

It's silly but still respects the audience; it's lighthearted enough that you won't start asking questions or poking holes in the plot, but you find yourself actually caring about the characters and the story, believe it or not.

And speaking of which *SORT OF SPOILER* what an unexpected ending. I wouldn't say I was "haunted" by it, but I actually sat there thinking about it for a while, kind of like the ending of Chapter 22 of Trapped in the Closet. You don't expect something profound to cap off such a jokey story, but that's what makes it so powerful.

 

 

 

 

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THE GIRL FROM THE NAKED EYE is pretty bad & hard to watch for most of it, though your mileage may vary if you're more forgiving or charmed by microbudgetistical filmatism, but I still liked about half of it and I absolutely *LOVED* the last 20 minutes.  Neal is right about that fight scene.  It's mostly a one-shot take, very impressive by any standard, great music, good choreography (despite some sub-Larnell Stovall/Iko Uwais technique softening the brutality of some of the strikes).  It really is comparable to OLDBOY's "Hammertime" scene.  

 

If anything, y'all should at least queue up THE GIRL FROM THE NAKED EYE and fast forward to about 66 minutes in and then watch.  

 

The inverse is true for a Thai movie called HEADSHOT (2011).  Irresistible title, right?  It starts brilliantly, with a badass, exciting shootout in 1st person p-o-v, and the premise is fascinating -- guy gets shot and has his vision flipped, so up is down as he sees it.  

Unfortunately, the bulk of the movie after the first 20 minutes kind of lost me, didn't live up to its admirable mix of genre badassery & filmatistic artsiness, though the ending was fairly interesting.  The whole thing is a weird mix of low-key indie-drama filmatism & slow-burn tension/thoughtfulness & bits of explosive violence.  Usually, this kind of weirdness hits the sweet spot for me.  Vern & y'all might like it better than I did, maybe compare it to Johnnie To's VENGEANCE or something.  

 

Also, I see you, TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET reference.  I'm proud to be the only person I know who listed TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET CHAPTERS 23-33 as one of the best films of 2012.  

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My favorite part of IRON SKY was a brief reference to the famous "Everybody except X and Y out!" scene from DOWNFALL.  Makes me wonder how many other sly witticisms were in the film that I missed.  

Overall it's pretty much exactly what the trailers promise it will be.

+1 for everybody who plugged "Bolero".  Why can't all classical music be that repetitive?  The minute I start to enjoy a phrase, they gotta change shit up on me.  "Bolero" on the other hand just builds and builds.

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Just saw War, Inc. on Instant, the pseudo-sequel to Grosse Pointe Blank (a movie everyone seems to love but I didn't like when I saw it as a kid) War, Inc. is not particularly good but there are some very funny, almost Hudson Hawk-esque moments and there is one hell of a fight scene in it. I know IMDB is not usually a barometer of accurate opinions, but it makes me happy that alot of people there seem to appreciate John Cusack's fighting skills. Apparently he's been kickboxing for 20 years and the fact that they can actually film his face during the fight scenes and not have to cut to the back of a stunt double's head makes all the difference in the world (which is why Wesley Snipes fight scenes are usually so badass too). I may need to rewatch GPB now because I wouldn't be surprised if the fight scenes are action gold compared to the post-action shit we've been getting lately. 

 

Oh and Ben Kingsley is an incredible bad guy. Between this, Species, and Sound of Thunder, he's fantastic in genre flicks; I can't wait to see what he does in Iron Man 3.

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I really have a soft spot for WAR INC too, even though it's final act descends into really heavy-handed Bush-era moralizing and sinks the whole thing in a sea of preposterous crappyness. But for the first 3/4, it's pretty damn great. Spectacular cast of fun characters (ok, Hillary Duff is pretty not so great, but at least enough time has passed that no one remembers who she is anymore so it doesn't seem like stunt casting) with some worthwhile action beats, occasionally good satire, and a great soundtrack with plenty of Cusack favorites (notably Joe Strummer and the Mescalero's excellent "Get Down Moses"). It's unique and well-done enough to be worth a watch, but man, that ending is pretty bad and I really wish it were better.

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Here's some more brief Netflix suggestions:

House at the End of the Street is not particularly good but better than it's reputation suggests. The twist is actually kind of clever even though the execution is not. And it's fun to see Jennifer Lawrence in the type of lowbrow trash she probably will never be in again.

 

The Caller is a very effective horror/time travel movie, we don't really have enough of those. It falls apart at the end, but the concept is great and Rachel Lefevre is smoking of course.

 

If you saw STID and want more Alice Eve and more giant plot holes, check out ATM. Easily the most aggressively stupid slasher I've seen, it possibly sets the record for head-scratching plot holes and contrivances. Imagine a "Frozen"-esque "What would you do?" thriller where the characters don't do ANYTHING a normal person would. Absolutely nothing makes sense, but I have to weirdly recommend it. It's not "The Room/My Soul to Take", but watchably awful in it's own way.

 

Hit & Run looks awful from the commercials, but it's actually very, very funny, with some of the best dialogue I've heard in a long time (I'm not kidding) and an awesomely unhinged villain performance from Bradley Cooper. The only fault is the car chases, which seem to be the whole reason for the movie, are not particularly well done. I for once wanted more dialogue and drama out of a car chase movie.

 

Finally Mercury Rising - it's minor and forgettable Bruce, but it's still old Bruce, back when he sort of gave a shit. There's just something different about his earlier performances. Bruce completists could do a lot worse, and the mid-movie showdown with him and villain Alec Baldwin in the wine cellar is classic Bruce badassness.

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Thanks for the recommendations Neal2zod.  I still have never seen MERCURY RISING and need to check it out.

 

It has been way to long since I have contributed to this thread, and considering I started it I feel like a neglectful parent that has abandoned his baby.  And I didn’t even abandon my baby in a cool way like leaving it at a shaolin temple to be raised by monks to become a spiritually enlightened martial arts badass.  I just tossed my baby in the dumpster and forgot about it.  Well guess what baby?  Daddy is home, and he is here to rescue you from that dumpster, clean you up, and get you back on your feet (until I get too busy or bored and forget all about you again then it is back into the dumpster).

 

I am going to start with a Netflix horror triple feature: JOHN DIES AT THE END, EATEN ALIVE, and THE MANITOU.

 

JOHN DIES AT THE END is a clever indie horror comedy from Don Coscarelli the director of such genre classic as the PHANTASAM franchise, BEAST MASTER, and BUBBA HO-TEP.  Here is a link to Vern’s review:

 

http://www.outlawvern.com/2013.....t-the-end/

 

EATEN ALIVE is Tobe Hooper’s sophomore effort and a spiritual relative of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre films about a murderous redneck hotel operator and his pet crocodile.  It not as good as TCM, but it does have a great cast and well worth checking out if you are a Hooper fan.  Here is what Vern had to say about:

 

http://www.outlawvern.com/2007.....ten-alive/

 

THE MANITOU is an awesomely bat shit crazy EXORCIST rip off starting Toney Curtis as a phony physic that battles an ancient demonic Native American spirit that attempts to enter our world as fetus growing out of a women’s neck (Yes you read that correctly).  This is one of those movies that is so insane and ridiculous that it must be seen.  It doesn’t look like Vern has reviewed it yet.

 

Next up I have a two punch combo of modern martial arts action available on Netfilx: SAFE and DRAGON.

 

SAFE is a solid Statham feature with some good action.  Here is Vern’s review:

 

http://www.outlawvern.com/2012.....5/07/safe/

 

DRAGON is a Chinese martial arts film remake of A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE starring Donnie Yen (IP MAN 1 & 2, IRON MONKEY).  It has some very nicely done action and a great bad guy performance from Jimmy Wang Yu (THE MAN FROM HONG KONG, THE MASTER OF THE FYLING GUILLOTINE).  Vern hasn’t reviewed it yet.

 

Last up is the second time I have recommended a double feature from Walter Hill in this thread.  Both films are available on Netflix: STREETS OF FIRE and 48 HOURS.

 

STREETS OF FIRE is Hill’s neon tinted rock & roll fable/musical with larger than life characters and some great action.  Here is a link to Vern’s review:

 

http://www.outlawvern.com/2010.....s-of-fire/

 

48 HOURS doesn’t really need an explanation.  If you have seen it then you know why I would recommend this classic odd couple/buddy cop action flick staring Nick Nolte & Eddie Murphy.  If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for?  Here is a link to Vern’s review of the 48 HOURS films (I am surprised he doesn’t like 48 HOURS better.  ANOTHER 48 HOURS is also available in Netflix but I can’t whole heartedly recommend it.):

 

http://www.outlawvern.com/2008.....-48-hours/

 

I will have more recommendations soon including a couple for Crackle.

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Crackle has Mark L. Lester’s CLASS OF 1999.

 

CLASS OF 1999 is a crazy/awesome sequel to Lester’s cult classic CLASS OF 1984, but CO 1999 is no ordinary sequel.  Made in 1982 CLASS OF 1984 is an after school special that transforms into a DEATHWISH film by the climax, but CO 1999 was released almost a decade later (1990) and takes play in a future where the school is being secretly run by a mad scientist (Stacy Keach) who controls 3 Terminator like robot teachers (including one played by Pam Grier).  You don’t have to have seen CO 1984 to enjoy CO 1999, but it adds to the insanity of the plot to think that CO 1999 is a sequel to a more straight forward revenge film without any of the science fiction elements.  Here is a link to Vern’s review of CLASS OF 1999:

 

http://www.outlawvern.com/2008.....s-of-1999/

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Holy shit, I'm watching it now but I have to highly recommend Shakedown starring Peter Weller and Sam Elliot.  It's awesome and Vern needs to see this shit before he watches anything else.

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Thanks for the recommendation doubleh55.  I already have SHAKEDOWN in my queue and will have to make it a priority to check it out.

 

The excellent Snoop Lion doc REINCARNATED just hit Netflix streaming.  Here is Vern’s thoughts:

 

http://www.outlawvern.com/2013.....ncarnated/

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Excellent call on John Dies at the End, Charles. It got a little too weird for it's own good towards the end, but it was endlessly clever and Coscarelli directs with the zip and urgency of someone half his age. If only Carpenter/Romero had this much fire left in them.

 

Well, the infamous Miami Connection is on Netflix Instant now, and it's certainly worth a look, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I was slightly disappointed. Oh sure, there's a certain WTF value to it and it's reasonably fun (and the songs ARE catchy), but I don't know, in terms of "so bad it's good 80s cinema", I had a way better time watching something like Death Wish 3 or the Sho Kosugi ninja movies.

 

Speaking of which, Battle Beyond the Stars has been on my queue for a while and I finally gave it a shot. It's also cheesy 80s genre fare, but I absolutely loved it - tons of heart, and a timeless story told well, via a clever script by John Sayles and special FX by James Cameron. James Horner did the music, and yes, it totally sounds derivative of his other movies but whatever.

 

Finally, John Cusack finishes up his hitman trilogy (that I know of) with The Numbers Station. This one's not a comedy and Joan Cusack and Dan Aykroyd are nowhere to be found this time - it's dark and gritty; a little bit Bourne, a little bit Safe House, a little bit The Bodyguard. It's reasonably tense and brutal, with a great premise, but the final hand-to-hand fight was a big letdown after the fights in War, Inc. Still worth watching though.

 

 

 

 

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I actually do not agree with positive reviews of John Dies At The End.  I found it really boring and since none of it makes sense at any point, I didn't bother to try to figure anything out.  It's just weird for being weird.  It's one of those things where you definitely should actually read the book because it's good and you actually learn what's going on.

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