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Messages - Mattofthespurs

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 February, 2019, 06:08:55 pm »
At no point in Assault on Precinct 13 does Alice Cooper impale anyone with a bicycle.

But you do have a child shot in the head at an ice cream van.

Much, much better.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 February, 2019, 06:08:10 pm »
BTILC...

Yeah, it's a B movie. And it wears it well.

And Alice Cooper, in a non speaking role, fucking ruins those scenes. Because it's Alice Cooper. And that bike scene. Well, it's plain shit. Pandering to the Fangoria crowd. Good JC would never have done that. Never.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 February, 2019, 05:35:16 pm »
Went to see it in a church once and the people there who hadn't seen it were absolutely terrified, which was fun.

That sounds cool. According to one of the extras on the disc they still hold showings of the film in the theatre which once was the church in the movie.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 February, 2019, 05:33:22 pm »

For me it captures the sense of being besieged in a situation that keeps on getting more intense

Which he did miles better in Assault on Precinct 19 (another A+ film from Carpenter for me)

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 February, 2019, 05:31:59 pm »
And in regards to the theme; I found it quite intrusive in the film but very good on it's own on the CD.

I think it's overused in the movie itself.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 February, 2019, 05:30:39 pm »
Not-very-good compared to Carpenter's other films.

I'm a massive JC fan (the director not the Son of God) and compared to Halloween, The Thing, The Fog, Escape From New York and Christine (a controversial choice I admit) Prince of Darkness is B rate. I rate the rest A. I have the 4k discs of The Fog, Escape From New York and They Live (another B rate film of his for me) yet to watch.

I would happily watch Carpenter's movies over most, I rate him that much. Prince of Darkness is fun but much of the acting is poor and he badly misses Dean Cundey imo.

Still looks fucking marvellous on 4k though. I saw it at the cinema in '88 (we didn't get it until then) and then VHS, DVD and blu ray but this presentation blows them all away.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 February, 2019, 02:59:20 pm »
Prince of Darkness

John Carpenter's not-very-good film from 1987 but in 4k.

Apparently you can polish a turd.

It's still a poor film but, wow! In 4k it looks amazing.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 February, 2019, 02:19:19 pm »
What foul sorcery does Nicole Kidman practice to still look this way?

CGI.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 08 February, 2019, 04:37:08 pm »
Ok, time for some serious mea culpa.
Inspired (!) by this thread I went back to Ghost Stories one more time (this being the third).


This time I was unimpeded by wine or tiredness or even high expectations. In fact I still thought I would be disappointed. How wrong I was. I watched the movie today (in the middle of the day, with the black out curtains closed and the amp turned to 11) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Finally caught all the little nuances I had missed before (such as every single clock or watch being set at 3.45 (well, nearly).
I then watched it immediately again with the commentary and picked up so much more that my tiny, sleep deprived, wine addled brain had missed in the first two viewings.


As so happens with me, It and Ghost Stories being two great examples, my expectations were so high that I became annoyed within minutes of the film starting and therefore failed to pay attention thereafter. My initial reactions to both were less than favourable and now I consider them both (and several other films to boot) very good.


Consider this my apology. Stupid me.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 04 February, 2019, 04:12:25 pm »
Ghost Story

A kind of anthology. Quite good, if a bit silly in places. Genuinely spooked me a bit and made me jump in places. Particularly the first 'case' with Paul Whitehouse.(I'm a big girl's blouse where ghost stories are concerned. I think a lot of what me makes me jump isn't so much the ghoulish appearance as the loud sound affects, though.)

It ended in a rather odd way... but its worth a watch if you like this kind of thing.

Oh, nice little homage to The Evil Dead films in 'Case 2'.
So desperately wanted to like this. Had tickets to the stage play which I couldn't make in the end.
Love ghost stories and have over 300 books on the subject (fiction and 'non fiction) but when I saw this at the cinema is just bored me.
Thinking I must have missed something I bought the blu ray and watched it again.
Whilst clever in sections it still bored me. Certainly did not scare me, not even a jot.
Maybe I'm just too much of an old hand at this kind of thing.
Was well made though.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 01 February, 2019, 10:45:49 am »
35 and 36 arrived just as I was leaving for work this morning.

Mine have arrived too.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 01 February, 2019, 08:05:08 am »
Anyone else received 35,36,37 and 38 yet, I'm still waiting

Nope, I'm still waiting too. IIRC I got 33 and 34 before Christmas.

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Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« on: 31 January, 2019, 02:38:18 pm »
Speaking to Hachette on the phone is a real trial.
I recently ordered some copies of Marvel's Mightiest Heroes and as the order was £50 I was entitled to next day dispatch and delivery in 3-5 days. Suffice to say after 2 weeks they had not arrived. Contacted the call centre and after 15 mins of to-ing and fro-ing got confirmation they would be here on Monday. Monday came and went and nothing doing so contacted them on Facebook. They re-ordered them for me within 24 hrs. They then came back and said because off delays at their warehouse I would not have them until next week...They turned up this morning, two days later.

Their FB CS is much better at getting things done but they just don't know how they do it!  :lol:

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Film & TV / Re: Netflix recommendations
« on: 30 January, 2019, 08:07:18 am »
I thought The Haunting of Hill House was particularly good. Clever horror that jumps between present day and flashback material, filling in background and providing twists.

This and another vote for The Good Place

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 27 January, 2019, 10:07:09 am »
Glass

A film that unravels at a glacial pace but still pretty entertaining. James McEvoy steals the show, once again, and there is a twist but it's not very 'twisty'.

I enjoyed it but it would certainly help if you have seen 'Unbreakable' and 'Split' beforehand, although the latter not as much.

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