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Posted by: denizen 5 June 2015 - 02:46 AM
Seen a great movie recently? Or even years ago? Recommended? Tell us about it! We wouldn't mind watching it too you know! biggrin.gif

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Posted by: denizen 5 June 2015 - 03:11 AM
Well I saw this years ago. Absolutely freaked me out but it was original and surprisingly brilliant. The best way to describe Donnie Darko is a story about a lost piece of time.

Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wylie & Mary McDonnell.
Famous quote "Why are you wearing that stupid bunny suit?" "Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?"

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Posted by: Joe SAKic 5 June 2015 - 03:59 PM I saw this on the late night tv movies one night and it really captivated me. Of course, I fell asleep and never saw the end of it, forgot about it and then couldn't remember the name of it when I decided to revisit. Finally googled it and eventually watched the whole film. Excellent!

Posted by: Jediferret 6 June 2015 - 09:31 AM
Donnie Darko is a great movie. I haven't watched it a while though.

One of my favorite movies (which I need to get on DVD) is Brassed Off. It's about a group of laid off miners and their struggles, that form a brass band. The movie has some amazing music in it... and was the movie that redeemed me in the eyes of my culture/music snob Aunt.

Posted by: MiracleMac 7 June 2015 - 01:02 PM
Rat Race definitely, I highly recommend

"A Las Vegas casino magnate, determined to find a new avenue for wagering, sets up a race for money"

There was lots of familiar comedy actors together in this movie; Cuba Gooding Jr, Rowan Atkinson, Seth Green, Breckin Meyer, John Cleese, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Lovitz...etc

Posted by: Joe SAKic 9 June 2015 - 03:42 PM
IMAX - Fires of Kuwait(1992). Has it really been almost 25 years since Mad Saddam lit those oil wells up? Yikes! Anyway, this doc is full of macgyverisms in putting out these torches which if left to burn, apparently would have burned on for centuries. One extinguishing method reversed some old soviet jet engines and combined with an injected water stream .... simply blew out the fire like a puff of breath on a birthday cake. Cool!

Posted by: denizen 9 June 2015 - 09:09 PM
G-Men (1935)
Now this is going back quite a bit but I'm a huge fan of Cagney and IMO this is one of his best. G-Men made all the way back in 1935 is about a New York City lawyer who is supported by a local mobster. However, despite this Brick Davis (Cagney) does his best to build an honest law practice. But when Davis' federal agent friend is killed by gangsters, Davis decides to go to Washington and take up the badge himself to bring justice to criminals.

Stars James Cagney & Ann Dvorak.
Quotes: McCord: "They're in that circle somewhere"
Davis: "Only six states. We've got them cornered"

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Posted by: mrtape 14 June 2015 - 03:18 PM
Anybody get to Jurassic World? 204 million opening weekend. 2nd biggest in history and just barely behind The Avengers. If this one is so big what happened to the original sequels?

Posted by: MacGyverGod 15 June 2015 - 02:33 AM
Not yet, but it seems they finally got the hang of it when it comes to reboots. Look at Mad Max: Fury Road. Or is it because they brought the science part back? Anyway, I still need to go see it and just now I read Chris Pratt already signed for the sequel. Movie has been released not even a week ago.

The first Jurassic Park was my first big movie I have seen at the movies. Only 7 at the time and not being able to sit still in my chair and I was watching peoples getting eaten, kids being attacked in a car by a tyrannosaur, saboteurs getting what they deserves, kids being electrocuted and chased down by two Velociraptors in a huge kitchen. Not to mention seeing a bitten off arm. All that on the frail age of 7 on the big screen. To be honest I was more impressed than frightened or shocked. My first big movie and Jurassic Park was unseen at the time. What they achieved with the effects and how easily they explain how they cloned dinosaurs in that silly scene is, just thumbs up.

The second one is I think in my opinion my least favorite, though I've seen it more times than I can count. Still very enjoyable but Spielberg can do much better than the Lost World. There are still well crafted scenes and a few actors that made me look surprised once I knew who they were like Vince Vaughn, Peter Stormare and Julianne Moore. Even the guy Earthquake Tobermann attacked in The Spoilers is in the movie. He's being questioned after the group notices Stormare is missing. Taking the male Rex to San Diego was also a nice touch and the guy at the harbor trying the reach the storming ship always reminded me of Don S. Davis. At some points I thought it was him. Still 4 years after the release of the first one at the age of 11 the movie blew me away. This time there is not one but there are two T-Rexes.

My experience with the third one was not so great. Or at least in the first viewing. I got to appreciate it more in the years. I don't even know why. I think it was back than I also saw The Mummy Returns which was a two hour spectacle and not long after I saw Jurassic Park III with a length of 90 mins. It seemed rather short compared to The Mummy Returns and obviously half an hour shorter than it's two predecessors. Now I got to appreciate the third one even more than the second. It marks the return of Dr. Grant, a more ferocious predator than the T-Rex (only the Rex will always be the king of dinosaurs) and threats from the sky. Also a few familiar faces like Laura Dern come back in a small role and Tea Léoni and William H. Macy joins the cast as the parents of Eric the boy who went missing for two months on Isla Sorna. Also the actor who played Eduard Delacroix in The Green Mile joins the cast along with a few other expendables who just needs to die in the movie.

The thing you notice the most is that the second one and third one are mostly about survival on an island full of dinosaurs. The whole science thing from the first part is like left out and bringing it back might be a good thing. I think this is more of a 'what if' movie. The first movie was about the safety of the park. Which appeared not to be safe at all. Now little over twenty years later the park opens up, how or why did they do it? And what happens when things go awry on a moment there is a lot of peoples?

Posted by: MiracleMac 15 June 2015 - 03:22 AM
Jurassic World was said to be filmed on 65mm film. The cinematographer was wondering, why they don't use that on every movie, because it looked fantastic wub.gif

Posted by: MacGyverGod 15 June 2015 - 05:21 AM
I'll find out soon enough.

Last movie I have seen was Oliver Stone's JFK. Now that was a chunk of a movie. The full 3,5 hours and one of the best I have ever seen.

Posted by: Jediferret 15 June 2015 - 06:49 AM
I've been wanting to see Jurassic World. I've heard good things about it so far. If my sister is up to it, we may go see it on Friday. She works a lot, so it depends on how tired she is.

If anyone like a good romance movie, I recommend the A&E version of Pride and Prejudice. It's really long (almost 6 hours), but it's cut up into 6 parts. It has Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth as the leads. It's so good... and coming from me who doesn't watch romance movies, that says a lot. XD

Colin Firth will always be Mr. Darcy... wub.gif

Posted by: denizen 15 June 2015 - 12:10 PM
Well you can certainly add Jurassic World to the list of great movies seen. Saw it on Saturday and it was great. Far superior to the 2nd & 3rd movies. I get the sense they tried to "clone" a sequel out of the first movie. But it works. A lot of great surprises and good humor brought this movie together. More so are the characters including the return of Dr. Wu.

There were elements i did not like too. But all in all, a fun movie to watch and for me, a deserving 4 stars!
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Posted by: MacGyverGod 19 June 2015 - 08:53 AM
Sorry, there's a lot wrong with that movie. I was disappointed. Don't know what the fuss is all about. They can't and never top the first. This was just not a good movie.

Posted by: Barry Rowland 20 June 2015 - 04:50 AM
This goes back a ways, but National Treasure was a fun one for me and the family.

Posted by: Elizabeth MacGyver 21 June 2015 - 04:10 PM
I just saw "inside out" and I recommend it. In my opinion it's the best Disney movie sense "Tangled".

Posted by: denizen 21 June 2015 - 09:59 PM
I heard that Inside Out did very well at the box office.

Posted by: MiracleMac 23 June 2015 - 12:48 PM
One of my favorites

Posted by: Joe SAKic 23 June 2015 - 01:45 PM
Romancing the Stone is a classic! Zemeckis at his best. Here's one for you MiracleMac:

Posted by: denizen 25 June 2015 - 11:03 PM
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Without question, my all time favourite movie. Seen this about 10000 times and it just gets better. If you have never actually seen this masterpiece before, which galaxy did you come from?! biggrin.gif

It's Indiana Jones, famous archaeologist, who is hired by the US Government in a race against time to find the lost ark of the covenant. But this is not going to be easy. Nazi's are also searching for the relic with the aid of Indy's rival, Belloq. This non-stop action adventure has it all. Romance, mystery, comedy & enough excitement to win you over time and time again.

5 stars from me! thumbup.gif

Posted by: Elizabeth MacGyver 28 June 2015 - 02:27 PM
I just watched "The lost medallion". I liked it. And the best part of it is that it's staring Billy Under wub.gif .

Posted by: denizen 29 June 2015 - 10:10 PM
We've all been back to Jurassic Park. Who's ready to return to Walley World?? biggrin.gif
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Posted by: Jediferret 1 July 2015 - 07:23 AM
Oh lordy... XD I hear they're doing a remake of IT. That should be interesting... of course, nothing really beats Tim Curry as a killer clown.

Posted by: Joe SAKic 1 July 2015 - 07:45 AM
Watched 'Stealing Home' recently. It bombed at the box office away back when but had a comeback/resurgence on VHS/DVD since. David Foster's score and the soundtrack is really reason enough along with the cinematography of the Jersey shore to give this flick a look ..... even if you don't care for the baseball backdrop theme. All those actors went on to and/or were in the process of having very good & lengthy careers.

Posted by: denizen 1 July 2015 - 09:04 AM
biggrin.gif i cant imagine anyone doing another clown other than Curry. He owned that role.

Cant say i remember Stealing Home, Joe. Sounds interesting though!

Posted by: Jediferret 2 July 2015 - 04:32 AM
Since you're a big Indiana Jones fan, and played the games... did the end of Crystal Skull surprise you?

I know it didn't surprise us at all. My Dad loved that movie a LOT.

Posted by: denizen 2 July 2015 - 05:56 AM
Well that depends. I liked the retro ship. I do wish we saw a little more. I don't think it was a bad movie. It was not the best but I did love the opening gambit. It was probably the best.

Posted by: Jediferret 10 July 2015 - 06:18 AM
The Great Outdoors! I watched this one a lot when I was a kid. This scene actually mirrored an event when we first moved to upstate NY. My sister got buzzed by a bat in the middle of the night. Guess who got sent out to investigate? Me... armed with an umbrella. I didn't find him though. lol

Posted by: denizen 10 July 2015 - 09:43 AM
biggrin.gif i remember this! Very funny.

I can only imagine you, Jedi. laugh.gif

Kinda reminds me of the time when my cousin woke up one night with a noise in his bedroom. When he switched the light on a bat was fluttering around. He jumped like those two in the movie and used a broomstick to veer it out. He left the window open. What are the chances though? biggrin.gif

Posted by: Joe SAKic 10 July 2015 - 02:10 PM
John Candy films rule! The bad news is that that bats have all died. I used to have them living in the attic of the garage ... haven't seen one brown bat in five years. Not as they are portrayed either ... really friendly & intelligent as to 'keeping their own space'. Google 'White Nose Syndrome' .... or see wiki ... really, a very sad story:

Posted by: Jediferret 14 July 2015 - 09:30 AM
I've been on a bit of an 80's kick lately...

How about Flight of the Navigator? Anyone remember that movie from 1986? I Get Around by The Beach Boys is still one of my favorite songs!

Posted by: denizen 14 July 2015 - 08:14 PM
I have Flight of the Navigator in my collection. biggrin.gif

Very fun. Yes, Beach Boys are Beach Boys. All their songs are great. thumbsup.gif

Posted by: MacGyverGod 15 July 2015 - 10:35 AM
Now I'm into The Terminator movies. Watching them all again before going to the fifth movie, Friday. Tonight it's the third movie I'm going to see. Reason I'm telling is this, because I'm looking up everything about the movies history. Like did you know that Terminator 2: Judgment Day was being made while most of season 6 of MacGyver was being aired. But if Pinky says that if his friend was still alive today, he would make Terminator 2 look like a low budget picture, I'd wanna see him take on the challenge because I have never seen a nuclear blast like that in any other movie than in James Cameron's T-2. With a runtime of 2,5 hours and actually not a full blown score to support the massive action it makes the movie feel a little lengthy. Though I don't mind lengthy films, it sure makes it a big chunk of a movie.

Posted by: MiracleMac 15 July 2015 - 12:07 PM
In my opinion this film is best old movie with best special effects clapping.gif thumbup.gif

I just watched these both movies The Invisible Man (1933) and The Invisible Man Returns (1940).
Even those special effects are over 80 years old and they still are great looking.

In the past they used matte process to make things invisible in black and white film, but today we have chroma key blue or screen screen effect. Some scenes they used strings to move objects.

Posted by: denizen 16 July 2015 - 09:49 PM
Invisible Man was a classic! Loved it! thumbsup.gif

Here's one of my guilty pleasures. whistle.gif
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Released in 1994, the Shadow stars Alec Baldwin as the title character, who after living a life of darkness, repents by casting his own justice to criminals.

The movie suffered numerous issues such as its budget & mistakes in the script. It was a little confusing and campy. Over time however, it has become a favourite of mine.

Great soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith! thumbsup.gif

Posted by: MacGyverGod 18 July 2015 - 12:26 AM
Terminator Genisys. The fifth movie in the franchise. Better than 3 & 4 combined and according to James Cameron the official third movie.

I gotta say there was great chemistry between the actors especially between Arnie en Emelia Clarke. I'll do anything for the Mother of Dragons. Now two GoT actresses got to play Sarah Connor. Also Jason Clarke and Jai Courtney were great additions. The action scenes were well crafted and all in all a very enjoyable movie.

Posted by: denizen 19 July 2015 - 11:09 PM
I have yet to see the movie but have only heard bad things actually. Some feel that the franchise is dead. It has lost its mighty power after the 2nd movie.

Some have also enjoyed it but I am bothered by it's Back to the Future outlook especially using different actors but still using Arnie just to rev its motor. hmm.bmp

For me, a carefully plotted story with a great twist is what was needed. Perhaps using footage of the first 2 but bringing John Connor back to the past might have been an interesting twist.

Posted by: Jediferret 20 July 2015 - 05:40 PM
Yeah, I have to agree that after the second Terminator movie, they've been kinda... meh. lol

Aliens was kind of the same way. After Aliens, the franchise kinda went downhill. The first movie was terrifying... still is. Alien Isolation tried so hard to bring that back too. I sure hope this new Alien movie that's in the works is gonna be a good one. Of course, with Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn... how can it not be? lol

I just finished watching an old movie called Charlie the Lonesome Cougar... it's an old Disney movie about a bachelor that takes in a cougar cub. There were a few other ones I remember... Nikki: Wild Dog of the North and The Black Hole.

Of course... Tron. Heh heh heh

Posted by: KiwiTek 20 July 2015 - 08:14 PM
I watched the other night.

Starring Will Smith as a con artist/pick pocket.

Great movie in line with Oceans 11. Some great unexpected plot twists and turns.

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Posted by: denizen 20 July 2015 - 08:37 PM
I have a promotional copy of Focus that I have had in my possession for some time now and have yet to actually watch it. Mostly because every time I want to give it a go, I am like Meh! laugh.gif

But after your feedback, Kiwi, I think I'll go for it. biggrin.gif

Jedi, can't say I have seen the first 2 Disney movies. I do actually enjoy watching old \Disney movies. Some are quite good. The Black Hole. My goodness. That was an 80's science-fiction flick if I recall. Think I saw it ages ago but cannot remember it. Tron? What's that? biggrin.gif (Just kidding of course).

I decide to watch Tomorrowland on the weekend. Despite negative reviews and a slightly confusing start to the movie (Done solely to get your attention), I found it rather enjoyable. Britt & George worked great together.
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Posted by: KiwiTek 20 July 2015 - 08:55 PM
QUOTE (Barry Rowland @ 21 June 2015 - 12:50 AM)
This goes back a ways, but National Treasure was a fun one for me and the family.

yes! thumbsup.gif

Posted by: Jediferret 21 July 2015 - 04:54 AM
QUOTE (denizen @ 20 July 2015 - 11:37 PM)
Jedi, can't say I have seen the first 2 Disney movies. I do actually enjoy watching old \Disney movies. Some are quite good. The Black Hole. My goodness. That was an 80's science-fiction flick if I recall. Think I saw it ages ago but cannot remember it. Tron? What's that? biggrin.gif (Just kidding of course).

The Black Hole was actually too intense for me as a kid, so my mother wouldn't let me watch it. She didn't like the implied heaven/hell scene later in the movie either. I did buy it on DVD some time ago, but I let a friend borrow it and it "disappeared".

Charlie and Nikki are really good movies, and as far as I know... pretty kid friendly. I believe Nikki might have been a rip off White Fang, but it's been a long time. My childhood in a nutshell. XD

I hear they're making a Tron 3. lol

Posted by: denizen 21 July 2015 - 08:48 PM
I don't remember anything from the Black Hole other than it was a sci-fi. But Disney did not do well with it.

I believe Tron 3 is going into production very soon. I also believe that The Last Starfighter is being rebooted. Or spun off. In a TV series called the Starfighter chronicles.

And now for the sad news. Apparently they are planning on rebooting the Goonies & Gremlins. boxing.gif

Posted by: Jediferret 22 July 2015 - 01:26 PM
Rebooting the Goonies should be a sacrilege. Stef was always my favorite character too. lol To this day I still say "I feel like I'm babysitting except I'm not getting paid". XD

Or my personal favorite... RABIES!!!

Posted by: MacGyverGod 22 July 2015 - 04:08 PM
QUOTE (denizen @ 20 July 2015 - 08:09 AM)
I have yet to see the movie but have only heard bad things actually. Some feel that the franchise is dead. It has lost its mighty power after the 2nd movie.

Some have also enjoyed it but I am bothered by it's Back to the Future outlook especially using different actors but still using Arnie just to rev its motor. hmm.bmp

For me, a carefully plotted story with a great twist is what was needed. Perhaps using footage of the first 2 but bringing John Connor back to the past might have been an interesting twist.

Well it's not James Cameron that's for sure. Only he can outdo himself. Genisys was good in my opinion and I still had the feeling I was watching a Terminator movie but indeed it has influences of Back To The Future as they admitted. But if the time travel bothers you, I've got news for you. Back To The Future wasn't the first.

There are always going to be haters and critics. Go see it for yourself. I just went to see it because of Arnie and Emelia in her first big movie. I didn't know much about it. I didn't even knew the director which rarely happens but it appears he has worked on a lot of HBO series including The Soprano's and Game of Thrones.

Anyway, I had a great two hours with the movie and can't wait to see it again. Maybe I didn't had any expectations at all.

Just a little advice; when peoples are breaking down movies you should go see it, usually they're not so bad than.

Posted by: denizen 22 July 2015 - 08:51 PM
Absolutely. I will definitely make a plan to watch it soon.

I think they are referencing Back to the Future Part 2 where they go back to the first film.

Cameron is often compared to a God of making movies. But at the end of the day, he is as human as the next. He just came up with a great story and left the visuals to one side. As the movie progressed, he then decided to blow us away with the latest in visual effects. Somewhat teasing us but blowing us away. And of course with a story that we felt in our gut. The last time I felt that was in 1991.

My personal criticism is based on going to watch T3 and walking out disappointed. Then giving them the benefit of the doubt and watching T4 and again walking out disappointed. How many chances do they get before they actually do it right?

But as previously mentioned. I should watch it first before I give it the gun.

Posted by: denizen 22 July 2015 - 08:56 PM
QUOTE (Jediferret @ 23 July 2015 - 09:26 AM)
Rebooting the Goonies should be a sacrilege. Stef was always my favorite character too. lol To this day I still say "I feel like I'm babysitting except I'm not getting paid". XD

Or my personal favorite... RABIES!!!

biggrin.gif Goonies is a classic. For our generation at least. It annoys me that the new generation don't bother coming up with their own stuff. Rehashing the past has become a common occurrence.

Sometimes its done right. Sometimes its done wrong.

At the end of the day, it is not without calling. Fans are the ones screaming for more. And that is what the studios are doing.

Posted by: Joe SAKic 31 July 2015 - 05:44 PM
3:10 to Yuma(2007) is a classic. Mac was right, there's something about a good western .... and, like Mac, best watched semi-tired and while lounging on a couch. Couple of foreign blokes in the lead roles, too. They excel!! Great interplay and eventual compassion between a cutthroat and a family man - settler. The soundtrack and associated sound effects are fantastic and so important in creating the ambiance of this film genre.

Posted by: mrtape 11 August 2015 - 07:31 PM
My list of great films is quite different than those posted here. Disney is continuing to pursue a Tron 3 film. A big time Tron thrill ride is the cornerstone of the Shanghai Disneyland which opens in 2016. The ride will be in Tomorrowland. I did not like the first two Tron films but apparently the world wide market will make a 3rd effort pay off.

Posted by: denizen 11 August 2015 - 09:09 PM
Welcome back!!! Would love to hear some of your greats mrtape. Mention a few.

Posted by: MiracleMac 13 August 2015 - 12:31 PM
Back To The Future II

I should watch this some day in this year because its based onto 2015.

Luckily I don't have to waste money to buy that, because we had that recorded into vhs...if I remember right hmm.bmp

Posted by: denizen 13 August 2015 - 09:50 PM
You've never seen BTTF2 ? ! ? surprise.gif

Posted by: MiracleMac 15 August 2015 - 09:11 AM

I mean I haven't watched it in this year yet, I've seen it in the past of course laugh.gif

Posted by: denizen 15 August 2015 - 12:30 PM
Phew!!! roller.gif

Posted by: Joe SAKic 28 August 2015 - 05:37 PM
Doc Hollywood. It's a good-great flick. MJF is in his prime and only a year removed from the BTTF trilogy. Bridget Fonda & Julie Warner are hot, hot, hot, Woody is Woody, and it's just a fun hour & a half. Recommended!!

Posted by: denizen 30 August 2015 - 09:26 PM
Doc Hollywood is definitely one of my favourite MJF movies. Loved it! thumbsup.gif

Posted by: Jediferret 26 September 2015 - 01:38 PM
Does anyone remember Earth Star Voyager? It was a two-part movie by Disney. It was used as a pilot for a show that never took off back in 1988. It's very hard to find because it was only aired once, and never released to VHS or DVD.

Well, someone uploaded the whole movie to YouTube. If you like 80's SciFi cheese, you're in for a treat! smile.gif

Posted by: denizen 28 September 2015 - 12:09 AM
I vaguely remember Earth Star Voyager although I don't recall much of the movie.

Posted by: Jediferret 28 September 2015 - 04:24 AM
I watched it yesterday... the whole thing. XD It brings back a lot of memories. For what it is, it's actually really good. It's got good humor, plus some dark spots... which, back then, was pretty edgy for Disney.

Posted by: denizen 28 September 2015 - 09:25 PM
Disney have made a lot of daring productions in the past. Not all bad. But when you see the word Disney with Danger, parents gasp in shock and disbelief. biggrin.gif

I heard that Tron 3 is no longer on.

Posted by: denizen 1 October 2015 - 08:49 PM
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Cop Car released in August this year is about two rebellious yet still good natured young boys who run away from home.

Walking through a field, they find an abandoned cop car. Curious and excited, they explore the car, find the keys and take the car for a joyride. But their decision unleashes havoc when the county sheriff discovers his car missing. Further to that, there is something of GREAT value in the car and does anything to get his car back.

Cop Car was a surprisingly well directed movie and offered a lot of depth in character development. Bacon portrays a well played sheriff that is hiding a few things. Perhaps its a bit much to put claim that this is a great movie. Its not. But it is a good one and I recommend it!

Posted by: Rocket 4 October 2015 - 03:13 AM
Just been to see The Martian yesterday.

I liked it a lot, it's a good story with a likeable main character and is just bursting at the seams with MacGyvering in space!
Go and see it - it's a great example of the MacGyver state of mind sak.gif

Posted by: denizen 4 October 2015 - 09:02 PM
Rocket, I'm DYING to watch the Martian. Looks fantastic and by all reviews sounds like a winner. Had a killer $55 Million weekend too.
Coincidently I saw the new Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation on the weekend and thought it was incredible.

Rogue Nation pits Ethan Hunt against an invisible enemy. An anti-IMF hell bound on destroying all that is good.

Returning cast Renner, Rhames & Pegg all work well together in what could possibly be the best instalment in the franchise.

This movie has it all. It also reminded me of the first movie in a good way. Fresh, exciting and truly explosive.
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Posted by: MacGyverGod 19 October 2015 - 02:49 AM
Last movie I've seen a few days ago was The Living Daylights. They're airing Bond movies now all the way up to the release of Spectre. They started with The Living Daylights. I do have to say I was quite surprised. I don't know that many Bond movies with exception of the Brosnan and Craig movies. But The Living Daylights was pretty good. Interesting to see Joe Don Baker die in this one and alive in Goldeneye. Maybe there is hope to try them all.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 20 October 2015 - 02:24 PM
It's time! It's time!


Posted by: denizen 20 October 2015 - 08:29 PM
I know! Been looking up in the sky since I woke up but still no hover cars. STILL! I'm optimistic. I'll give it till 3pm. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Barry Rowland 21 October 2015 - 12:10 AM
I'm standing by waiting for the ride back to sanity and 1985!!! happy_dance.gif thumbsup.gif biggrin.gif

Posted by: Jediferret 26 October 2015 - 04:11 AM
I take it I wasn't the only one watching Back to the Future last Wednesday? XD I haven't watched that movie in such a long time. Johnny B. Goode is still one of my favorite classic songs.

My sister and I rented Big Hero 6. Wasn't too sure on how good it was going to be, but it was very cute. I love Baymax. If nothing else, this scene has my sister and I in uncontrollable laughter. Why? I have no idea...

Posted by: denizen 26 October 2015 - 05:58 AM
Big Hero 6 was certainly a good movie but from an adult perspective. I found the story to be a little too emotional for kids.

Posted by: Jediferret 26 October 2015 - 06:41 AM
It was a bit too emotional for a kids movie, but when did Disney ever not push the envelope? Remember Tarzan? That movie was FAR too violent for kids. I also found the plot kinda predictable.

I did enjoy the Stargate reference though... if that was on purpose or not, the military dude looked like General Hammond. XD

Posted by: denizen 26 October 2015 - 09:39 PM
biggrin.gif Yea I picked that up too.

I recently saw the Martian and it was every bit as good as they say it was. Ridley Scott implemented a few references to Alien (Such as similarities to Damon's suit) with a similar feel to that of Apollo 13 but with added humour.

Despite not being entirely scientifically plausible, the Martian is a really fun movie to watch and will inspire your inner pessimist & optimist. biggrin.gif
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Posted by: MacGyverGod 27 October 2015 - 05:15 AM
I kinda missed a little more spectacle or action. But it's indeed a MacGyveresque movie. I have to admit Ridley Scott is really good with these kind of movies.

Posted by: Barry Rowland 27 October 2015 - 10:12 AM
I just came back from Bridge of Spies....Hanks and Spielberg aced it again!

Posted by: denizen 27 October 2015 - 08:22 PM
Can't wait to see Bridge of Spies. Looks awesome!

Posted by: MacGyverGod 28 October 2015 - 01:26 AM
I saw the trailer when I went to The Martian. Soviets, East- and West-Berlin... sounds like an early Mac-episode. tongue.gif

Posted by: Barry Rowland 28 October 2015 - 11:37 AM
That's it exactly! Cold War thriller at its best!

Posted by: denizen 28 October 2015 - 08:25 PM
Definitely on my much watch list!!!

Posted by: denizen 2 November 2015 - 05:12 AM
Finally saw Bridge of Spies on the weekend and was overly impressed. Great plot with an amazing cast including Hanks who slips right into his role as usual. Though Mark Rylance took me by surprise and loved his character. The two actors worked well together and a surprisingly good score by Thomas Newman who took the movie to a new level.

Bridge of Spies is a 4 star rating from me. Very engrossing and a thoughtful watch.

Look for the different ways the spies are treated in their foreign countries. Loved that! biggrin.gif
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Posted by: Barry Rowland 2 November 2015 - 03:05 PM
I agree entirely Denizen. Hanks can really play any part, but the role of the everyday hero really seems to suit him well.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 5 November 2015 - 01:34 AM
Skyfall and Specter were pretty good. A bit the same but that's what you get if you use the same director. Same style and everything but solid. Too bad Waltz was a bit underused.

Last night I have seen The Maltese Falcon. I wasn't really impressed. This is one of the old ones, the classics but I was like; nah, maybe not. Humphrey Bogaert talks like Rick from Magnum PI and IcePick looks like Wilmer. Or is it the other way around? tongue.gif But in all, I'm not convinced. Still through the game L.A. Noire I thought I'd give it a chance. I also kinda dozed off near the end. Maybe I give it another chance some other time but not convinced right now.

Posted by: Barry Rowland 5 November 2015 - 11:16 AM
I agree with you MacGyverGod. I love black and white classics, and I was expecting so much more....maybe it's because it was near the beginning of the whole detective theme that it just doesn't live up to what I hoped. I really think some of the Mike Hammer series was a better showing. With evolution comes improvement? biggrin.gif

Posted by: denizen 5 November 2015 - 09:36 PM
surprise.gif You didn't like the Maltese Falcon?! Sheesh! It's a classic! But each to their own I guess. biggrin.gif

I pretty much suspected that Spectre would have the same feel as Skyfall. Craig has never been my favourite nor has any of his movies ever been to my appeal except for Casino Royale.

If he decides to depart the franchise after this movie, I wont mind. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Jediferret 7 November 2015 - 06:07 AM
I haven't watched a James Bond movie since Pierce Brosnan. Sean Connery will always be James Bond to me. HOWEVER, I'm sadly not much of a James Bond fan. I'm more of a horror and/or SciFi fan.

My sister and I rented Poltergeist and Cinderella last night. Poltergeist was actually pretty decent. Cinderella... not so much. Ever After with Drew Barrymore is the only version of Cinderella I ever liked. Even though I loved Cate Blanchette as Lady Tremaine, Angelica Huston did it better. Disney's version is too... fluffy...

Posted by: Barry Rowland 7 November 2015 - 06:08 PM
Me too....there's only one Bond, and Craig is missing something. I feel like the series has lost something over the years. I liked Brosnan alot, as I think he has a ton of class, but Connery was sure a hard act to follow! I'm a big Bogie fan, but Maltese Falcon wasn't at the top of my list. I love African Queen, but I'm a big history buff.

Posted by: Rocket 8 November 2015 - 02:23 PM
Going back to 'The Martian' for a minute, I'm reading the book now. Has even more extraterrestrial MacGyvering than the film... duct.gif

Posted by: denizen 8 November 2015 - 08:37 PM
Rocket: I believe the book of the Martian is very good indeed. Would love to read it.

Barry: African Queen was a great movie. I guess if you compare to all his movies, Maltese was less exciting. Key Largo & Dark Passage were two of my favourite.

Jedi: The missus loves Ever After. One of her favourite movies. Are you referring to the rebooted Poltergeist? If so, I have been reluctant to watch that. I hold the original so high. wink.gif

Posted by: Jediferret 9 November 2015 - 01:37 PM
Yes, it's the remake. I've seen the original once a LOOONG time ago, so I really haven't nothing to compare it too. I thought it was pretty good though.

I hate clowns... and spiders... Thanks a lot Steven King.

I did rent Inside Out, and I thought it was kinda cute... a little depressing though.

Posted by: denizen 9 November 2015 - 08:25 PM
Finally! Someone who agrees with me!!! Inside Out is an interesting concept. No doubt bout it. HOWEVER! biggrin.gif
Didn't anyone else find it rather disturbing how these little emotions totally messed up her life?! And we were supposed to laugh at that?! I think it deserves most twisted movie of the year award. roller.gif

Posted by: Jediferret 10 November 2015 - 09:00 AM
In a weird, twisted sort of way, the movie does make sense. Disney is trying to get away from the heat they've been getting from their earlier romance movies by tackling more "important" topics. Disney movies have always been a little on the dark side... Old Yeller anyone? I will admit that I like their animated movies much better then their live action ones. The live action movies always seems to be missing... substance. Call me weird...

I'm looking forward to the remake of IT. The original movie was so corny, but so awesome at the same time. Tim Curry was perfect as Pennywise. I still hate clowns because of that movie...

Posted by: denizen 10 November 2015 - 08:55 PM
Disney are attempting to entertain the entire audience which is why the themes of the movies they release are of a more mature nature. My problem is that they shouldn't forget who these movies are mostly aimed at. Most of the Disney releases of late are still not seen by my son due to their darker nature as you so eloquently put it.

Still, I am not attacking them. I love a lot of their movies. As for live action, I think I was one of the few people that loved John Carter. The marketing behind the movie put me off as it emphasized Taylor Kitsch as another tough guy in a same old, seen before movie.

But when I finally made myself watch it, boy was I wrong! For me, it totally blew me away and I was gasping for part 2. Sadly, that will never happen.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 12 November 2015 - 08:30 AM
I have seen Gangster Squad last night and I really enjoyed it. Maybe that's thanks to L.A. Noire because I could've sworn this was like the movie of the game with an The Untouchables sauce over it. But I recognised a lot of the locations and mentions from the game in the movie. Maybe with the biggest reference being Mickey Cohen as he appeared in the game and was mentioned in The Black Dahlia en L.A. Confidential. And I also just found out he was real-life gangster.

I think I'm going to stick in this genre for a while, maybe watch Black Dahlia en L.A. Confidential again and I also have bought Lawless and Lonely Hearts. Interesting who recent movies in that era seem to appeal me more than movies that were actually made in that era.

Posted by: Barry Rowland 12 November 2015 - 10:04 AM
I've not watched any movies of that genre in a looong sounds like it's time again!

Posted by: denizen 12 November 2015 - 09:40 PM
You're slowly becoming a gangster MacGyverGod. laugh.gif

Untouchables was a fantastic movie. Great cast, score, directing. It was a gem. Still have yet to see Gangster Squad but its on my list. Never liked Black Dahlia as much as I thought I would.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 13 November 2015 - 03:20 AM
I just saw Lonely Hearts. Same era with John Travolta and the late James Gandolfini as cops trying to solve the Lonely Hearts murders. The movie is made by the grandson of the cop who is played by John Travolta. It was a little more dramatic and less action as in Gangster Squad. I do have to say I was a bit sad the movie was over. It lasted 1h48 minutes but I wouldn't have mind that it lasted a bit longer. But it was another great one.

Posted by: denizen 13 November 2015 - 03:28 AM
If you enjoy those kinds of movies based on that era, I recommend watching Shutter Island if you haven't seen it yet.

Oh and Road to Perdition with Paul Newman.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 30 November 2015 - 03:00 AM
They're airing all these James Bond movies now. Last one I saw was A View To A Kill. Funny to see such a young Christopher Walker. Oddly enough I kinda enjoyed the movie. I never thought I would enjoy an old James Bond movie and there are still many more to come. Last night they aired Moonraker. I'm getting more and more curious to them despite the sometimes cheesy effects and unlikely escapes like having James surfing down an iceberg and a wave while holding a parachute to steer. And that was in Die Another Day from 2002. You'd think cheesy escapes like that already belonged to the past back than. Anyway, also interesting is that I recognised Walter Gotell in A View To A Kill and as an ally of James. I wonder who else I will meet in these movies. License To Kill had Christopher Neame in a very small part. I think he even only had one scene. Anyway I'm curious to the older James Bond now, that's for sure.

Posted by: Mr Duct Tape 30 November 2015 - 08:53 AM
The last good ones I saw were:

Network (1976)

The Mission (1986)

Posted by: MacGyverGod 4 December 2015 - 03:27 AM
Had me a few Stephen King adaptations. The Shining (tv-version), The Stand, It, The Langoliers.

I really wanted to talk about It actually. It's full of MacGyver actors. Though mostly just showing face. There is Sheila Moore (Passages) who plays Eddie's mom. Jay Brazeau (Kill Zone/The Gun) as a cab driver. Frank C. Turner (Halloween Knights, MacGyver's Women, Back From The Dead) as Al Marsh. He plays Bevvie's father and I think has the most screentime of all the Mac-actors. Garry Chalk (Thin Ice, Deadly Dreams, The Ten Percent Solution) plays the coach and Claire Brown (Thin Ice, Legend of the Holy Rose, Serenity, Twenty Questions), now apparently known as Claire Vardiel who plays Ben's mom. Also Victoria Burrows was part of the movie as casting director. The same work she did for MacGyver. Her name is mentioned as the name of one of Pennywise's victims in a drain.

The film was shot in New Westminster in British Columbia. The whole thing actually feels like Blood Brothers. A group of friends growing up during the summer in late 50's/early 60's, facing this monster and promise to come back if It ever comes back to life and they do so 30 years later. Sounds like Mac, Neil, Chuck and Jesse are the kids, the gun is the monster and the promise is the same. You know the actor who plays the adult Bill kinda reminded me of Sean in Blood Brothers. Maybe it's because it was filmed in British Columbia, I don't know, I think it just got this whole Blood Brothers feel. Maybe a good idea to have MacGyver experience his own Stephen King-like story in his youth.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 26 December 2015 - 04:17 AM
Now well into the Friday 13th movies. I only miss part 9 and the remake. I saw part 8 last night. It was written and directed by Rob Hedden. I was going like: 'What?' Of course being the 8th movie in the franchise this one is considered one of the worst movies. Despite a few cheesy effects and mostly lightning, the movie itself was alright. It's horror, so what do you expect? Hot teens waiting to be slaughtered. The killings were brutal enough for my taste. By casting Kane Hodder they finally got the Jason they way he should be. It took 'em 6 movies though. Big, strong, crushing, breaking, smashing, pulverizing his victims. Also a few familiar faces like Ken Kirzinger (Ghost Ship/Jerico Games), he would also take over the role in Freddy vs. Jason. I think my biggest surprise was to see Rico from The Challenge and the sniper from Cease Fire together as gangmembers. Also there was dog called Toby in the movie whose real name was actually Ace. I figured it was the same dog used in Kill Zone but the dog has no credit on his name for that. Maybe it was another dog but they looked the same.

Posted by: denizen 26 December 2015 - 08:42 AM
The Friday the 13th movies are iconic. Cheesy or not, people love them. They are already working on another reboot. And then theres the recently released game.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 31 December 2015 - 02:17 AM
Iconic in his own way perhaps. If you really start analyzing Jason is only a rip-off of Halloween. The mute killer going after the babes. That's what makes Halloween so classic because it was the first of it's kind. Friday the 13th just wanted a piece of the cake. A Nightmare on Elm Street is different because Freddy (Robert Englund) is a personality and teens have to figure out what's going on and have to work together to beat him.

Anyway sometimes the Friday the 13th concept is all I ask while they're actually constantly the same. Not much of a story, a few killings, the unlikely hero and the death of the killer (again), end credits. Plain and simple 90 minutes. Now I just hope I can find part 9 somewhere.

Posted by: Barry Rowland 1 January 2016 - 07:52 PM
I just watched "A Walk in the Woods" with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. It's a funny movie, but I have the book and found it alot funnier! Not bad, but it lost alot of the humor in the movie interpretation, in my opinion. Anyone else see it?

Posted by: Macgyver1985 2 January 2016 - 03:34 PM
One of my favourite movies biggrin.gif

Posted by: Barry Rowland 2 January 2016 - 07:33 PM
Now THAT'S a great movie! I love it and the soundtrack with it! thumbsup.gif

Posted by: MacGyverGod 9 January 2016 - 05:23 PM
Now I'm about to finish up A Nightmare On Elm Street. Two more to go plus the remake. I'm telling you what I have found out today about A Nightmare On Elm Street. We all know Freddy is played by Robert Englund aka Tim Wexler from Flame's End but in the remake it's Jackie Earle Haley. And until earlier today I never figured him as the guy from the Last Stand episode. Lateral cranial impact enhancer, anyone? I just also found out the heroine from Nightmare 4 & 5 is actually Lisa Wilcox... we better know her as Janet from Hell Week. You'd be surprised who you actually find in certain movies. And I gotta be honest, I never realized it was her.

Posted by: denizen 24 January 2016 - 08:42 PM
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I finally got around to watching the Hateful Eight. Thjis new feature by Tarantino is certainly an interesting one albeit rather long.

Basic premise without revealing any spoilers...
Set several years after the Civil War, a coach is on its way to the town of Red Rock. It's passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive Daisy Domergue. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren, a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix, a southern renegade who claims to be the town's new Sheriff. Losing their lead on an approaching blizzard, the four seek refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stopover on a mountain pass, where they are greeted by four unfamiliar faces and an unexpected turn of events...

As usual, you get the best dialogue featured in any movie and intriguing characters although not all very likable. Hateful Eight is probably not Tarantino's finest but it certainly is high up there. And with a fantastic score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone, makes for an interesting watch that fill the great shoes. 4 stars!

Posted by: MacGyverGod 28 January 2016 - 04:55 AM
That's another one for Mac's collection. biggrin.gif

Last night I've seen The Color Purple for the very first time. It was one of the very few from Spielberg I haven't seen yet. Whoopi Goldberg's and Oprah Winfrey's film debuts. I actually only know Goldberg from Ghost and a brief cameo in Loaded Weapon 1. And I noticed Margaret Avery as Shug, we all know from Gunz 'N Boyz. The movie itself was very good and with Danny Glover as her violent husband. Gotta say I was impressed by Whoopi on how she played the shy, smile-covering Celie. She really has a great smile.

Good movie!

Posted by: MacGyverGod 31 January 2016 - 03:47 PM
Scream. biggrin.gif

Guess who played the principal? tongue.gif

Posted by: denizen 31 January 2016 - 08:56 PM
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Not that I would put it in the ranks of "Great" but we saw Goosebumps on the weekend and found it pleasantly entertaining. Think of it as an eerie version of Jumanji. biggrin.gif

Basic premise without revealing any spoilers? Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) & his mom move to a new town & a new home where he meets his neighbour Hannah (Odeya Rush) along with her short tempered father (Jack Black). All is seemingly well till one nights assumed domestic disturbance leads Zach to investigate the neighbours house under suspicion that Hannah might be in danger. Instead, Zach mistakenly unleashes a force he did not expect...

For a family flick, it makes for great fun. Slappy the dummy reminded me a little of Sid the dummy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Which was a good thing).

Its all good cheers and laughs. 3 1/2 stars from me!
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Posted by: MacGyverGod 1 February 2016 - 02:48 AM
Not great? It looks really terrible.

Posted by: denizen 1 February 2016 - 03:47 AM
It plays out better than it looks. smile.gif

Posted by: Jediferret 1 February 2016 - 05:06 AM
Well, finally saw Star Wars this weekend! My sister and I had to travel into the city to go see it though. Anyway, OMG! The feels! It's much better than the previous three... but I'm still processing the ending.

It kinda makes me want to go back to the original three and watch them again. biggrin.gif

Posted by: denizen 1 February 2016 - 08:43 PM
Glad you finally saw it and enjoyed it! It was rather good, wasn't it? biggrin.gif

Now this year we have Rogue One - A Star Wars Story (Silly title!)
And next year we have Star Wars Episode VIII
And then we have the untitled Han Solo spin-off origin movie
AAAnd then we have Star Wars Episode IX
AAAaannndd then we have a Boba Fett spin off movie!!! thumbsup.gif

Posted by: MacGyverGod 2 February 2016 - 02:42 AM
Are those all confirmed. VIII, IX and Rogue I know but those other two?

Posted by: denizen 2 February 2016 - 06:06 AM
All except for the Boba Fett movie but according to sources its 99% going to happen.

Posted by: Jediferret 2 February 2016 - 09:24 AM
It was REALLY good! Thankfully I wasn't too spoiled on some of the main parts of the story, so a lot of it came as a shock. One of which I'll probably never recover from. I'm still trying to recuperate! lol

That being said... I'm shutting up now. XD

Posted by: MacGyverGod 2 February 2016 - 09:29 AM
Scream 2.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 2 February 2016 - 05:11 PM
Scream 3. Looks like Beth Toussaint was the caller at the start of the movie with Cotton Weary. I guess we know her better as Dawn Rigel from The Visitor. Check her out on IMDB. She looks like Linda Hamilton.

Posted by: Mr Duct Tape 3 February 2016 - 03:50 AM
The Revenant

great movie with a terrific performance by Leo. The cinematography is stunning and the soundtrack really good. thumbsup.gif

Posted by: MacGyverGod 3 February 2016 - 05:27 PM
Scream 4.

Posted by: denizen 11 February 2016 - 08:57 PM
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I finally got around to watching the Revenant. Based on the historic tale of pioneer Hugh Glass's unbelievable survival after a vicious bear attack leaves him nearly dead. The movie directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu & starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Tom Hardy.

In all its grace, this movie is quite a spectacle to watch. More so for the beautiful landscapes where it was shot, the editing &
directing of the movie & the harsh reality of the civil war but I found myself questioning the script numerous times as the story plays out quite differently from what really transpired in real life.

Was it an attempt at making Glass' life more enthralling? For a movie, its truly fantastic. For a look back at history, its inaccurate. And for that I will give it 3 and a half stars. doh.gif

Posted by: MacGyverGod 12 February 2016 - 09:36 AM
I saw it last week. The movies was good, entertaining but a little low on dialogue. I like it when a movie relies on the score and no dialogue, like that last half hour of Predator for instance or Mac searching the ship in Ghost Ship. But for a movie with the length of The Revenant... it makes it quite a test. And I expected a little more fighting and shooting I guess. Still already considered a classic on allmovie. I gave it four stars but I would've given it 4,5 stars if it's was half an hour shorter. I'm not sure if Di Caprio deserves his Oscar now, but he sure deserves his nomination. I think we just saw the best he has to give. But I'll just wait to see what happens next week during the Award show.

Posted by: Mr Duct Tape 12 February 2016 - 02:11 PM
I had my second watch of Deliverance yesterday, it still is a good movie about surviving in the wilderness. During the entire movie you can feel the tension and uneasyness that follows the characters through the disturbing finale.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 12 February 2016 - 03:56 PM
Didn't like that one. Sometimes I'm amazed how many actually classics I don't like and I'm a movie buff.

Just came back from the Point Break remake. Better than expected. I figured: don't mess with the original, but instead they expanded the concept. But if they just made the little effort of renaming the movie and the characters, you had a whole new film and a good one too. But the movie itself was good.

Posted by: denizen 14 February 2016 - 08:30 PM
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As embarrassing as it may sound, I actually managed to watch Amelie for the first time ever on Saturday. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Starring Audrey Tautou as Amelie who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better, while struggling with her own introverted self.

Clever humour and sharp directing with excellent emphasis on countess things including colour usage especially on Green, Red & Yellow.

Its a rare treat of film that works. 5 stars from me!

Posted by: MacGyverGod 15 February 2016 - 03:10 AM
The Boy In The Striped Pajamas. A very sad story of a friendship between an 8 year old German boy and a boy in a concentration camp. When the German boy Bruno has to move because his father made promotion, he is initially very sad for leaving his friends behind. Once moved, his mother forbids him going to the backyard. Bored, he goes out anyway and runs through the forrest until he sees the barbed wire of a nearby concentration camp thinking it's a farm. He befriends a boy named Shmuel. They bond and slowly becomes friends. Shmuel is often very sad and Bruno does not understand why. When his mother finds out to what his father has been promoted to she wants to leave with the kids. Bruno's sister wants to even though she has been greatly influenced by one of her father's soldiers and their tutor, but Bruno doesn't want to leave because of Shmuel. After Shmuel's father went missing in the camp, they agree to go look for him together setting in motion a tragic and devastating sequence of events.

That's all I'm gonna say about the movie. It's not for weak souls that's for sure. I strongly disagree with the score and review of the movie on allmovie. For what I've seen the movie is shot through the eyes of an 8 year old and that's it's main focus even though other themes could've been explored in the movie but simply didn't. Maybe it could've extended the movie which wouldn't have been bad either. The movie is 95 minutes long but the constant focus on the tragic circumstances between Bruno and Shmuel makes it worth it, even though there might have been some space to deepen the movie out with more focus on a sidestory. Anyway the performances of the actors mainly Bruno and Shmuel are quite impressive for their ages. I was really impressed by Shmuel who is completely consumed by his situation. And there is also Vera Farmiga who has I think the most beautiful blue eyes ever. Each scene she's in no matter in which movie or series, she just got such a nice a beautiful face that simply says: 'you can trust me.' There's light behind those eyes even in the scene where she is completely torn up after a fight with her husband. She's not only beautiful, she has that trustworthy face and that's something I find really attractive.

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Posted by: MacGyverGod 20 February 2016 - 03:20 PM
Schindler's List. Spielberg's finest work.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 21 February 2016 - 02:42 PM
The Pianist.

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Was it an attempt at making Glass' life more enthralling? For a movie, its truly fantastic. For a look back at history, its inaccurate. And for that I will give it 3 and a half stars. doh.gif

Come on Denizen, you know the spiel by now. Never, ever, ever let the facts get in the way of a good story! biggrin.gif Look at Argo, not portrayed as such but overwhelmingly a Canadian mission. Yet, fudged to appease the American audience who need to get their 'tires pumped' to really loosen up the purse strings and thus bolster the box office ratings. surprise.gif

Posted by: denizen 22 February 2016 - 12:08 PM
I guess so. But some of the changes were more bearing than other movies

Posted by: MacGyverGod 23 February 2016 - 11:52 AM
Eyes Wide Shut and The Danish Girl. I never mind to go 'controversial'.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 25 February 2016 - 03:22 AM
Deadpool and Arachnophobia.

Deadpool is one of the greatest comic book movies I've seen. I usually don't get well into these movies and the first one mostly disappoints me. But it's like everything I expect of a movie. This is a classic R-rated movie. Had such a great time.

Arachnophobia was just plain fun.

Posted by: Macgyver1985 27 February 2016 - 07:30 AM
I don't think this movie qualifies as being the best, but I thought it was quite humorous. laugh.gif

Posted by: MacGyverGod 27 February 2016 - 07:52 AM
That one was quite good.

Posted by: denizen 28 February 2016 - 09:14 PM
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We got around to watching Burnt on the weekend.
For all of you food aficionado's, Burnt is Hollywood's recipe thrown in the mix, so to speak. biggrin.gif

It tells the story of Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) trying to put his life back on the map after a meltdown of substance abuse. When his former restaurant manager hires him to be his head chef, the two start a mission to reclaim the restaurant's reputation by seeking a third Michelin star.

Don't watch it hungry! biggrin.gif

I would give it 3 stars. Certainly not a bad movie. But it was not 5 star material either. Still, worth a watch if you're into this sort of thing.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 15 March 2016 - 12:03 PM
I just saw the trailer of the 1956 movie: Earth vs. The Flying Saucers.

Now is it me or does that voice from outer space sound like Viking from Countdown?

Last movie seen: Interview with the Vampire.

Posted by: denizen 15 March 2016 - 08:17 PM
Sheesh! I saw that many eons ago! biggrin.gif

Posted by: MacGyverGod 16 March 2016 - 03:01 AM
I haven't seen it yet but I'm sort of cleaning up my to buy movielist and I came upon this. Can't even remember where I got it from. But that voice sounds just like Viking.

Posted by: denizen 16 March 2016 - 03:12 AM
It actually does. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Macgyver1985 17 March 2016 - 12:48 PM
Love this actor! Still the best comdey movie! biggrin.gif Sadly he passed away in 2010 sad.gif He was a great comedian!

Posted by: Barry Rowland 17 March 2016 - 02:54 PM
That really was a fun movie!

Posted by: MacGyverGod 17 March 2016 - 04:30 PM
Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Posted by: Joe SAKic 17 March 2016 - 05:11 PM
Risky Business Blu-ray version is unreal with all the extras. They get all the actors back for a chitchat, tongue-wag whatever and go through the making of all the scenes in detail. The soundtrack, as usual, is the straw that stirs the drink, sets the mood, and pays the huge dividends. Tangerine Dream's first attempt was not quite good enough apparently ... but their second try nailed it right on the head. Don't miss this teenage coming of age romance/comedy, if you haven't already seen it ... it hides it's age very well.

Posted by: Jediferret 17 March 2016 - 07:40 PM
Flight of the Navigator... I'm feeling awful nostalgic lately. lol

Posted by: MacGyverGod 25 March 2016 - 05:50 AM
Not great at all. I even stopped the movie halfway but The Man With The Golden Gun sucks. The first James Bond I really disliked, that one and License To Kill. That I stopped it really means something. Goodnight however was a really pretty girl.

Posted by: denizen 25 March 2016 - 10:04 AM
I rather enjoyed License to Kill. smile.gif But it didn't make its mark

Posted by: MacGyverGod 25 March 2016 - 05:02 PM
Besides The Man With The Golden Gun also stars Raymond from Murderers' Sky.

Posted by: Barry Rowland 25 March 2016 - 06:57 PM
I'm a big Bond fan, from the oldest right up to the present. I'm probably unusual in that I really liked Pierce Brosnan in the role, but I really miss Q. He really made the movie IMO.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 26 March 2016 - 03:07 AM
So I'm checking out all these trailers to add to my to watchlist and about year, year and a half ago this magazine made this top 100 of best movies ever made. Even if they're like the worst movie of someone's career.

I bumped into this one.

Looks familiar? Now of course I want to get my hands on it.

Posted by: denizen 27 March 2016 - 03:23 AM
Sorcerer was recently re-released as part of a Criterion release I think so it is currently available.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 27 March 2016 - 03:36 AM
Last night I've seen The Chase. The movie with Charlie Sheen and Kristy Swanson, Henry Rollins and Ray Wise. This is your typical 90's cheesy action comedy. Sheen plays an escaped convict who has been tried for a crime he didn't commit. While going for gas, two cops enters the gas station, he freaks out and kidnaps the daughter of very wealthy man. They take off in her red BMW and the lengthy chase begins. The movie itself is maybe not really good but this one of those guilty pleasure movies. It's not good but it's not bad either. This is also one of those movies I grew up with as a kid. For an R-rated film this one is pretty low on language, blood and violence. There are a few car stunts though which of course are nothing compared the stunts they pull in The Fast and the Furious movies. Still the first stunt is I think the most spectacular and is actually filmed better than Michael Bay ever could. Especially after Bad Boys II than. Before his Transformers franchise I always wondered what this movie would've been if he directed it. But I'm past that now. Anyway, I can recommended if you're looking for an easy no-brainer of a movie. The movie lasts only 88 minutes so it's not that long. Also the songs were pretty good and I mostly do not like songs in movies with exception of Rocky and The Fast and the Furious. But these are worth a listen.

You can also find it under The Chase Love Theme but it couldn't be shared on request of the poster. This is the official video. It is so 1993. Peoples are smoking in the clip. The clip itself was not that great I have to admit but it fitted the scene.

This is really a movie if you have nothing else to do. 90 minutes of guilty pleasure.

Posted by: denizen 28 March 2016 - 10:49 PM
Sounds interesting in a guilty pleasure sort of way. biggrin.gif

I actually enjoyed the Wraith with Charlie Sheen. Another low budget movie which had him avenging his murderers. Yes he came back from the dead. Apparently. But it also had a Fast and Furious feel to it. He came back as this suited avenger with a futuristic car. Cool score to that movie too.

We got around to watching Deadpool on the weekend. And for those who still don't know, Ryan Reynolds plays Wade Wilson who works as a mercenary. But soon after he gets diagnosed with cancer, his world goes from bad to worse when a sinister scientist lures him into an experiment to "cure" him. It ends up being a torture which disfigures him and ultimately transforms him into the anti-hero we know as Deadpool.

With the aid of Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, he uses his new skills to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

The humour and dialogue are witty and unpredictable making it fast on the reflexes however this movies comes with a reel of explicit scenes and violence and might prove a little hardcore for a superhero movie. If you are willing to look past that, it is good. 4 stars from me. Look out for the post credit scene. Ferris Bueller anyone? biggrin.gif

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Posted by: MacGyverGod 29 March 2016 - 02:44 AM
Yeah, the movie doesn't want to be more or intelligent than it really is and that makes it fun.

On Deadpool. This is one of those rare R-rated movies that just work in every way possible. I have vague memories of Deadpool in Wolverine also played by Ryan Reynolds. But I remember it more as a silent and darker character. But this is hardcore in a fun way. It's just so over the top and funny, it just works. I usually don't like the first movies on comics but this is exceptional indeed.

More on the topic.

Yesterday I saw Bonnie & Clyde, the 1967 movie with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. I gotta admit, it was very good. Also for a movie from those years, pretty violent. I think even the first movie to use blood squibs so that when you get shot, you start to bleed. Before that when you get shot in movies they used two shots, one of the shooter and the second one is when the victim falls down without blood.

Anyway, I can recommend the movie. At some point, I still had a little doubt but when it came to the shooting scenes... this might be actually one of the very first action movies as we know it.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 5 April 2016 - 10:59 AM
Alright, coming soon.

Now what if peoples were SAKS? hmm.bmp

Let's ask Daniel Radcliffe. Unfortunately they'll never fit into our pockets. tongue.gif

Posted by: Barry Rowland 5 April 2016 - 01:41 PM
Believe it or not, we are just NOW getting around to seeing The Force Awakens! Gonna watch it tonight...woohoo!! happy_dance.gif happy_dance.gif happy_dance.gif

Posted by: MacGyverGod 5 April 2016 - 02:14 PM
Now, it's about to be released on dvd. biggrin.gif

Posted by: denizen 6 April 2016 - 02:00 AM
Already digitally available.

Hope you enjoy it!

Swiss Army Man looks funny. Have seen the trailer before. Look forward to watching it. smile.gif

Posted by: Barry Rowland 6 April 2016 - 03:44 AM
That's how I wound up watching it. It was a good movie, but I'm going to miss Han. His personality really added to the series. For a great laugh, pull up the Lego Star Wars....they are hilarious!

Posted by: denizen 6 April 2016 - 04:34 AM
Feel the same Barry. But on a lighter note, they are developing a Han Solo Prequel Movie.

Posted by: Macgyver1985 17 April 2016 - 11:47 AM
A classic 80s film! biggrin.gif

Posted by: Barry Rowland 18 April 2016 - 05:49 AM
I'm looking forward to that Denizen!

Posted by: Joe SAKic 18 April 2016 - 09:50 AM
QUOTE (Macgyver1985 @ 17 April 2016 - 03:47 PM)
A classic 80s film! biggrin.gif

..... & '10s film apparently

Posted by: Barry Rowland 18 April 2016 - 11:21 AM
Wow, the original was fun, but I had no idea a remake was in the works.

Posted by: denizen 18 April 2016 - 08:07 PM
Development for a Top Gun 2 has been going on for many years. But with the death of Tony Scott, production came to a stand still. Bruckheimer has decided to undertake production with Cruise to try and make a sequel.

Posted by: Maclover 19 April 2016 - 04:26 AM
A Top Gun Sequel might work with Cruise in the 'father' role of Viper straightening out another young 'Hot Shot' - maybe a female!. I'd sooner see that than a re-make of the original.

Top Gun is my absolute top 80's film - I've seen it literally countless times, know every quote, every song, every nuance right from the first terrific opening scene and titles against that strong musical score to the very slightly anti-climatic last scene that was the film that captured my imagination.

I have three go-to films if I want a good night in - Top Gun, Crocodile Dundee - the original (number I) and Pretty Woman. It would be a sin to remake any of them - sequels they can do what they like with, but don't remake a classic film-maker.....please!

For a film start Top Gun wins hands down, for a film finish I think Crocodile Dundee takes some beating and for sheer fun all through I think Pretty Woman is great - plus I love all her outfits! Esp. the one she wears the day she sorts of the shopping with the wide brim hat!

Posted by: denizen 3 May 2016 - 02:22 AM
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Based on the true story of British athlete Michael "Eddie" Edwards (Played by Taron Egerton) and his dream to be part of the Olympics, Eddie the Eagle tells of Eddie's journey as he travels to Germany to test his skills at ski jumping.

Fate leads him to Bronson Peary, a former ski jumper (Played by Hugh Jackman) who now works as a snowplow driver.

Despite his reluctance, Bronson decides to train Eddie despite his lack of support. I can honestly say that i did not think much in terms of giving this movie a go but boy was i happy i did.

Eddie the Eagle is an inspiring tale with a great cast, terrific soundtrack and a story that wil have you cheering all the way. 4 humble stars from me!!! smile.gif

Posted by: Maclover 3 May 2016 - 05:11 AM
We got bored on Saturday night and as the possible best of what appeared a bad bunch of films at the Odeon picked Avengers - Captain America, Civil War as my teenage son is into such things and I must admit to a soft spot for Tony Stark. We saw this at the IMAX in 3D (though 2D would have done).

There were some spots where it would have helped to seen the previous film, but basically you could watch it without too much knowledge of previous events. It was fairly intense in places, loads of action (was it going to be otherwise), some fun spots (though fewer than other Avengers films I have seen), very contrast-y in terms of lots of action then no action for a short period. The story was a bit weak and it wasn't the best films I've ever seen, but it was OK as a solution to a bored night in. Can't say more than that without giving away spoilers.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 6 May 2016 - 01:49 AM
Last night I've seen the 1990 film Internal Affairs with Richard Gere and Andy Garcia. Gere plays a corrupt cop who is being investigated by IAD cop Andy Garcia. Gere is Dennis Peck who seems to be pulling the strings on everyone he meets; colleagues, criminals, snitches and even the wives of his friends. Raymond (Garcia) is trying to bring him down. For some reason these corrupt cop movies always works: Brooklyn's Finest, Street Kings, The Shield. Internal Affairs is one of them. Also stars Laurie Metcalf and William Baldwin. First I didn't plan on telling you this but after looking up some trivia on IMDB, it appears RDA was considered for the role of Dennis Peck but he turned it down just as so many others of then popular actors.

Posted by: denizen 6 May 2016 - 01:58 AM
Very interesting...

My guess is he should have taken the role.

Posted by: Joe SAKic 15 May 2016 - 05:24 PM
I can't help but feeling the full spectrum of emotion when watching this spectacular short film taken over a century ago along Market Street in San Francisco. It's the happiness, top hats, dress, strut in the step, chaos of traffic, contrasting modes of transportation - a symphony of motion. I've viewed it several times now, and each time I see something different/new.

Here's the kicker, although undated, historians have determined that this film was shot only about a week before the Great San Francisco Earthquake & Fire on April 18th, 1906. In this disaster, over 80% of San Francisco was destroyed and it's been estimated that over 3000 people died.

Enjoy this historic glimpse into the past of one of the world's great cities:

<p><a href="">Trip Down Market Street 1906</a> from <a href="">San Francisco Film Museum</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.</p>

Posted by: denizen 15 May 2016 - 08:30 PM
Wow. That is just amazing Joe. That is a treasure of life's past. Amazing there weren't any accidents with the chaos on the streets. No traffic lights, stop signs or pedestrian crossings. biggrin.gif

Posted by: MacGyverGod 16 May 2016 - 12:33 AM
God, I love that stuff! biggrin.gif Everything seems so less complicated. Peoples were outside instead in front of their computer screens or cellphones.

OT: Hot Shots. OK, that's Charlie but I never knew Jon Cryer before Two and a Half Men. It was kinda funny to see them both in the same movie so many years before. Also that guy Judith marries in the fourth season, I guess was in both Hot Shots movies. Now after so many years of not seeing the movie, I think the second one was better.

Posted by: Joe SAKic 16 May 2016 - 07:00 AM
Yes, I believe what we don't see in that footage is as equally eye-opening as what we do see! ohmy.gif
Did you see the man at the start who crosses the busy street and only to hop onto an open flatbed
horse wagon? The driver looks back a bit startled at giving this stranger a "free lift" .... but carries on.
Try that today and just hop into the back seat of a passing car .... you will get a much different
reception, I think. ohmy.gif ohmy.gif Earthquake notifications/warnings have not changed too much in a hundred years,
but there's an eerie calm to this all and in peering into the past & knowing that (undoubtedly) several people
seen in this movie would not be alive in a week's time. sad.gif

Posted by: MacGyverGod 16 May 2016 - 12:19 PM
What I noticed most of all is that people are simply walking on the road and not on the sidewalks. But like I said, everything was less complicated, peoples were less stressed out as they are now. Burn-out? They didn't know what that was back that. They're not preocccupied with themselves because they didn't have cellphones or social media. Peoples were just much nicer back than, I think. If this is indeed a week before the earthquake you might consider it a calm for the storm. I saw pictures from the quake and that was indeed one of the worst quakes ever over there.

Posted by: denizen 16 May 2016 - 08:17 PM
Definitely a creep factor to it seeing it was a week before the tragedy. I wonder if there are any other films made like this from other times and other places.

Posted by: Joe SAKic 17 May 2016 - 03:52 AM
Surely there were,,,, but there's something about the simplicity of this one with the low camera mounted, fixed on the trolley car, no panning, long straight as an arrow street, plethora of chaotic transport, and the perpetual motion of it all that draws you in. Impossible to repeat today,,,,, even on a movie set. It's grainy but yet very clear at the same time. And then, yes, the hindsight of the imminent danger lurking just around the bend for these people.

Posted by: denizen 17 May 2016 - 04:02 AM
Absolutely. Makes me rethink life!

Posted by: MiracleMac 17 May 2016 - 07:29 AM
My Top 3 movies

1. Stick
2. Hooper
3. Sharky's Machine

In last year all of those were released in Blu ray

Posted by: Maclover 17 May 2016 - 01:37 PM
MiracleMac I've seen several Burt Reynolds movies and enjoyed all those I've seen, but I've never seen those ones. I'll look out for them.

Posted by: MiracleMac 18 May 2016 - 12:27 AM
QUOTE (Maclover @ 17 May 2016 - 01:37 PM)
MiracleMac I've seen several Burt Reynolds movies and enjoyed all those I've seen, but I've never seen those ones. I'll look out for them.

I read that those are kind of forgotten movies, atleast those were aired in finnish television maybe only once after the release. I also heard my family talking about that Hooper movie, when they mentioned the Smokey and the Bandit, but that Hooper was never shown in television in my life time, when I followed those TV schedules.

One of the reason I bought those because those had one of the best stunts, Dar Robinson made those freefall tricks in Stick and Sharky's machine. In that Hooper movie, there is a stunt where Burt's stunt double A.J. Bakunas set the world record 70,1 m (230 ft) fall from the helicopter without parachute and that can be found from 2010 Guinness World Records book (Highest jump in the movie without parachute) wink.gif

Posted by: Mr Duct Tape 18 May 2016 - 01:09 AM
What a coincidence you're talking about Burt Reynolds, because I saw Smokey and the Bandit for the first time in the last few days. It's not the best movie ever, but it's great fun. Burt and Sally Field had great chemistry and the sheriff is a riot. biggrin.gif


Posted by: MiracleMac 18 May 2016 - 01:31 AM
QUOTE (Mr Duct Tape @ 18 May 2016 - 01:09 AM)
What a coincidence you're talking about Burt Reynolds, because I saw Smokey and the Bandit for the first time in the last few days. It's not the best movie ever, but it's great fun. Burt and Sally Field had great chemistry and the sheriff is a riot. biggrin.gif


biggrin.gif From Netflix you can maybe find all those Smokey and the Bandits, I saw those in last year for the first time, we watched every movie every weekend, Reynolds wasn't in the third film anymore 1983, never watched that.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 19 May 2016 - 02:25 AM
Last night I saw The Longest Day, which was surprisingly good. And an interesting story behind it too since this movie saved Fox from its downfall. Cleopatra was shot that same year and was way over budget. The movie cost 40 million around that time which was amongst the most expensive productions then. The movie did well, but they didn't earn the money back. The Longest Day cost 10 million and received more than it's money back and thus saving Fox from its downfall. Also one of the most expensive black and white films until Schindler's List.

Posted by: denizen 19 May 2016 - 03:26 AM
Totally agree. Longest Day is a classic.

Posted by: Maclover 19 May 2016 - 04:04 AM
I tend to think of Burt Reynolds most well-known film as being Smokey and the Bandit. As you say maybe not the best movie ever, but tremendous fun to watch and that tends to be why I watch films - for fun.

Things like Schindler's List may be technically brilliant films with good story lines and first class acting, but they don't fill me with any yen to see them. I like to watch movies for a bit of fun and escapism not to be hammered under by doom and gloom and killing - you get enough of that in the modern world as it is. Even things like the LOTR trilogy I never got beyond the first film. I went with the ex. To see the first one and it was such a visually dark, depressing movie that I was adamant that I would never see another one.

NB. I don't do Netflix, for one thing, I won't pay the subscription, and the other is a poor internet connection. If I want to see movies I buy DVD's second hand for a quid or two when I spot them in charity shops - far cheaper than a Netflix subscription and we've got quite a good movie collection.

Posted by: Joe SAKic 19 May 2016 - 05:15 AM is a classic John Boorman film. Reynolds is strong in this one.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 19 May 2016 - 05:59 AM
Well, I do watch movies to feel depressed. I'd prefer hardcore horror or drama over comedy. I rather have a heavyweight of a film like Schindler's List than a stupid comedy. Even though I practically have everything in my collection and I have about 730-740 dvds. I can enjoy Naked Gun or Hot Shots, but my favorite genre is WWII, action/adventure, horror, thriller, drama and then comedy.

You think The Fellowship of the Ring was dark and depressing? That was only the beginning. The Two Towers is darker. The Fellowship that was still fun and games. The Two Towers was grittier, and Return of the King was going all the way. The Fellowship indeed has a dark opening in that first battle with Sauron, but afterward, it's all light and fun and innocent. They're all a bit a naive in the beginning because they have no idea what they are getting themselves into.

I've seen Deliverance twice, and I didn't like it twice. Don't know why but I just don't like it.

Posted by: Mr Duct Tape 19 May 2016 - 06:10 AM
QUOTE (denizen @ 19 May 2016 - 11:26 AM)
Totally agree. Longest Day is a classic.

And rightfully so! One of the best war movies ever made, amazing cast, and also terrific production values.

Posted by: Joe SAKic 19 May 2016 - 06:48 AM
QUOTE (MacGyverGod @ 19 May 2016 - 09:59 AM)
I've seen Deliverance twice and I didn't like it twice. Don't know why but I just don't like it.

Well, the rape scene is meant to be disturbing, and it is, and it puts off many. But if you can get past that it's really a cinematographic masterpiece with not too many frames out of place. TVO(ntario) made a documentary on it, 20 years after and brought in Ned Beatty to reminisce. Beatty challenged the viewers and asked if they could tell which of the four actors was an experienced paddler. You can tell if you watch the detailed scenes carefully. Nevertheless, Beatty himself almost drowned in the making of it. Couldn't film a film like that today, too many restrictions.

Great article on the filming location:


"Machines are gonna fail. The system's gonna fail. And then—survival."

"They're raping the whole goddamned landscape."

Posted by: MacGyverGod 19 May 2016 - 07:58 AM
I have no problem with seeing disturbing things like the rape scene but this is just one of those movies where I don't get the feel, you know. I like Wrong Turn, Texas Chainsaw, all the inbred stuff. The funny thing is, Deliverance was one of the first in it's kind of horror movie from the 70's. Couldn't pinpoint it, maybe it were the actors, maybe because like I said, it was the first attempt in doing something like that and it's always a little searching. Though I do like Texas Chainsaw the original. It's a gruesome poster but in the end what's the big deal? The movie is nearly bloodless. It can be lots of things. Maybe too much banjo music in it. An appropriate instrument for where it's set but as an instrument to create suspense music with it, not a good instrument. I remember (Reynolds?) falling of a mountain and than you here that *plengelengeleng* sound.

Sometimes there just is that one movie in the genre you like that just doesn't seem to work out. Like I said I like WWII movies but the ones Clint Eastwood made like Letters From Iwo Jima or Flags from our Fathers didn't seem to do it for me but I can like a lesser known movie. I think in this case Deliverance is one of them, even though a classic.

Posted by: denizen 19 May 2016 - 08:35 AM
Eastwood is a great director but his vision is sometimes a little misguided IMO. Guess I'm a sucker for Spielberg's feel-good appeal. Eastwood shows you the reality & sometimes reality sucks to put it straight

Posted by: Joe SAKic 19 May 2016 - 04:40 PM
QUOTE (MacGyverGod @ 19 May 2016 - 11:58 AM)
Maybe too much banjo music in it. An appropriate instrument for where it's set but as an instrument to create suspense music with it, not a good instrument. I remember (Reynolds?) falling of a mountain and than you here that *plengelengeleng* sound.

I saw the dueling banjos as metaphoric for the conflict that lay ahead, the tempo/speed of the instruments, metaphoric of the river going from calm pools upon entry to the whitewater rapids that waited ahead. So 'played' an important part. It was Burt's 'best film he ever did" and the one that finally gave him "credibility" according to the following interview:

Posted by: MacGyverGod 20 May 2016 - 08:55 AM
I wasn't talking about the duelling banjo scene, that was good but I meant that the banjo was used in the soundtrack itself during the movie. I don't know, it's an instrument you don't hear often used in suspenseful music mostly happy music. *Plengelengeleng!* biggrin.gif

Posted by: Joe SAKic 20 May 2016 - 09:36 AM
Well, it's perennially in film critics' top 100 list of all-time great movies, so the consensus is that it
works & works very well. And it's Reynolds at his best .... can't beat that. biggrin.gif

I also might add that growing up as an adventurous youth in/near wild North America - run-ins with the local country folk are not uncommon. Nothing like what those boys ran into, but country folk often have significant properties that border crown land and, if/when not properly posted, then you often end up doing a little unintentional trespassing. So the scenario is well known and to avoid confrontations if/when possible with the local-yocals.

Of course, the country boys do their own policing of their lands and often with shotgun/rock salt, etc. in hand .... I could tell lots of stories. surprise.gif biggrin.gif last year, I was taking some photos out in the country, and this biker type dude stops and asks what the hell I'm doing, and before I could answer, he answered for me - 'your casing my land for deer hunting, aren't you?' And then before I could answer that he said, 'if I see you around here again, there's going to be trouble.' WTF! I saw no posting of property and was taking photos from the roadside .... but country folk are a little different in that respect and can be more touchy-feely about space/property. smile.gif

Posted by: MacGyverGod 21 May 2016 - 01:02 AM
The Mask of Zorro. Very nice movie.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 22 May 2016 - 12:59 AM
The Legend of Zorro. The other one was better.

Posted by: denizen 22 May 2016 - 09:53 PM
They really messed up Legend of Zorro. And they took too long to make it. (7 years!)

There is currently a reboot in the process but i'm not liking what I've heard about it so far. Its apparently a futuristic retelling of Zorro.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 23 May 2016 - 12:57 AM
Yeah, Zorro Reborn. I read something about that too. As I understood three movies were about to be set. One indeed Zorro in the future, than a darker grittier movie in style of Batman Begins involving a retelling and new background and a Zorro/Django Unchained crossover. But it's not very clear where they at now. According to IMDB there is a Zorro movie coming for sure called Z, but it's not clear if it's set in the future. What that concept was concerned it seemed to be in style of Mad Max. However I prefer Zorro on a black horse. But all that talk about Zorro in the future dates back 8 years. Here's an article on that set in the future Zorro from 2013. Funny actually there's already footage while the movie is in writing status. It's probably being rewritten or something. Apparently they've been trying for a very long time and now they're only at the writing stage? Mmm.
Some indeed wonder why not continue where they left off and have Joaquin De La Vega take on the mask.

Legend of Zorro wasn't that bad but it could've been a lot better and I think it was because Anthony Hopkins wasn't in it (how could he after all?) and the script of the Mask of Zorro was just better as well.

Posted by: denizen 23 May 2016 - 01:31 AM
When it comes to iconic characters such as Zorro, staying true to your source material is essential. It is what ultimately made the character known for. Changing that is a first class ticket to trouble. They should go back to the earlier films (1940's) and take notes of how to recreate this franchise.

Posted by: Mr Duct Tape 23 May 2016 - 02:32 AM
I don't like the idea of Zorro in the future at all. It makes no sense for me. They should've made a better sequel to Legend of Zorro in the style of the first one. Don't change what works well

Posted by: MacGyverGod 23 May 2016 - 04:10 AM
More sequels with Banderas en Zeta-Jones were planned but ultimately cancelled probably because Legend of Zorro was less successful. And indeed as I read on the review, the 7 years that passed affected their chemistry on screen.

Also the fact that they've been trying to make it since 2008 and still have nothing to show it for is indeed maybe reason to worry. Bringing characters out of their time of origins never work. Than they become some sort of antihero. Does not work.

Posted by: denizen 23 May 2016 - 05:24 AM
I feel sorry for the Zorro franchise. It has always suffered on the big screen adaptions. Perhaps a Mexican director is whats needed. Hombre! biggrin.gif

Posted by: MacGyverGod 23 May 2016 - 08:15 AM
I only know the Martin Campbell movies and of course the tv-show from the 90's with Duncan Regehr. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Joe SAKic 23 May 2016 - 04:22 PM
Those old Zorro movies are legendary. The Mark of Zoro (1940) is a classic and what a choreographed sword fight between Ty & Basil .... No CGI in this one 100% pure, unadulterated acting/action. We used to watch these as kids on the Saturday Morning Movies .... and then act out the sword fight in the backfield with goldenrod/raspberry canes.

Posted by: denizen 23 May 2016 - 09:33 PM
The Mark of Zorro (1940) is arguably the best Zorro movie ever made.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 24 May 2016 - 08:41 AM
Wasn't that a remake of the 1920 movie? tongue.gif

Posted by: denizen 24 May 2016 - 10:27 AM
Yup. It was. And it topped it!

Posted by: MacGyverGod 24 May 2016 - 02:26 PM
Even the remakes were better back than. Now the remakes of the remakes of the originals sucks. biggrin.gif

Posted by: denizen 24 May 2016 - 08:55 PM
I agree. biggrin.gif

In all honesty, every decade has its moments however lately, despite the Marvel / DC Superhero craze, there isn't much to remember the 2000-2010 era except for reboots or continuations.

People say the 50's for example and we say Ben Hur, Singin' in the Rain, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Forbidden Planet
People say the 60's for example and we say Dr. No, Psycho, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Lawrence of Arabia, West Side Story
People say the 70's for example and we say Star Wars, Jaws, Superman, The Godfather, Alien, Halloweeen, Rocky Horror
People say the 80's for example and we say Indiana Jones, Top Gun, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop
People say the 90's for example and we say Pulp Fiction, Terminator 2, Forrest Gump, Schindler's List, Titanic, Jurassic Park
People say the 2000's, we say Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, Bourne Identity (Reboot), Batman Begins (Reboot), Avatar
People say the 2010's, we say Gravity, Jurassic World (Reboot), Jungle Book (Reboot), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Reboot), The Help, Ben Hur (Reboot)

Honestly, not so much on the memorable side of classics over the last two decades.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 25 May 2016 - 01:16 AM
Though a sequel but one that really blew me away was Mad Max Fury Road. That was one that impacted me like Jurassic Park, Titanic, Gladiator and Lord of the Rings.

They're going to reboot Ben Hur? I didn't even like the original.

Posted by: denizen 25 May 2016 - 01:29 AM
You didn't like Ben Hur?! surprise.gif

Posted by: MacGyverGod 25 May 2016 - 01:38 AM
Nope. It was one of the classics I didn't like.

Posted by: denizen 25 May 2016 - 02:22 AM
Okay. Each to ourselves. biggrin.gif

Maybe you will like the reboot.

Here's the trailer

Posted by: KiwiTek 25 May 2016 - 02:23 AM
Last weekend I watched this movie based on a true story.

It was a bit heavy going in places but still a really good movie.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 29 May 2016 - 04:29 AM
Last night I saw The Nice Guys at the movies starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling by Shane Black. I got to admit. I was not convinced by its trailer. I thought it looked appalling. Then after I found out Shane Black wrote and directed it, I got interested. I like Black's early work: Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout and that's what this movie was. A big fat nod to those two movies. A mismatched duo, a dead pornstar, a tough/bratty kid but a little less foul-mouthed than the girl in The Last Boy Scout and few funny but menacing bad guys. Because the bad guys had this oddball touch to their characters the movie sort of leans to the black comedy genre a bit but other than that this is a great movie in a genre I have sorely missed the past years.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 29 May 2016 - 02:40 PM
Jungle Book.

Posted by: denizen 29 May 2016 - 08:15 PM
Well i wouldn't go so far as to call this movie great. Daddy's Home (2015) starring Will Ferrell plays a step father to 2 kids and tries to be the best possible dad he can be. That is of course till real dad, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) comes home to visit the kids.

From there a battle to win their affection as the favorite dad begins. The movie plays out as your usual run of the mill comedy with a few humorous moments that are in line with the duo's comedic past. A fun movie to watch with a few laughs along the way. 3 stars from me.

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Posted by: denizen 29 May 2016 - 08:39 PM
Second to Daddy's Home, I decided to watch the old John Carpenter classic, "They Live" again on Friday night. For those that have never seen it, the story centers around a wanderer played by Roddy Piper who, while walking down an alley, discovers a mysterious box containing a pair of sunglasses capable of showing the world the way it truly is.

As he walks the streets of Los Angeles, he notices that both the media and the government are comprised of subliminal messages meant to keep the population under a creepy subdued control, and that most of the general population are skull-faced aliens bent on world domination. With this shocking discovery, Nada fights to free humanity from the mind-controlling aliens.

Its Carpenter at his best and I give it 4 stars.

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Posted by: Joe SAKic 1 June 2016 - 05:04 PM
Let's go back to 1964 and a Disney classic - The Moon-Spinners.
It was Walt Disney's penultimate (live-action) film for which he was credited as producer while still alive.
More importantly, he schmoozed Pola Negri out of retirement and into what would turn out to be her final
film. She is good, very, very good. I like most early Disney, but the Crete setting, excellent cinematography, and perfect mood setting score by Ron Grainer is what makes this one stand out a little more. Better on VHS or DVD but it is (at the moment) available on da tube :

Posted by: MacGyverGod 2 June 2016 - 01:19 AM
Out Of Time with Denzel Washington and Eva Mendes. Denzel got himself into major trouble in this one. While divorcing his wife, he's having an affaire with the wife of his best but very jealous friend. She however has cancer and he offers her money to go to a hospital in Switzerland. By giving her over 450.000 dollars in drug money, he tries to help her out. When she doesn't show up he looks her up at her house but no one is there. The next day, the house is burned down, the money is gone and she and her boyfriend are both dead everything points in Denzel's direction as the prime suspect. Plus there is a witness who has seen him. To make matters worse the DEA calls him telling they would be collecting the money later that day. While the noose tightens around his neck, his soon-to-be ex-wife takes on the case. He has to work together with his ex-wife but tries to keep her and the DEA on a distance in order to clear his name but when nothing appears what it seems the case takes an unexpected turn.

Posted by: Jediferret 2 June 2016 - 07:19 AM
Kung Fury anyone???

Added bonus, David Hasselhoff got involved, which just made it more awesome. XD

Posted by: denizen 2 June 2016 - 08:02 PM
That looks so funny. laugh.gif

Posted by: Joe SAKic 4 June 2016 - 05:14 AM

Posted by: MacGyverGod 5 June 2016 - 01:06 AM

Also starring Joe Santos, Bruce McGill and Dick Butkus in a cameo.

Perhaps an ultra violent version of Squeeze Play. biggrin.gif

Posted by: denizen 5 June 2016 - 08:37 PM
Finally managed to see X-Men Apocalypse on Friday and although it was not the best in the series, there were elements that make it work. This is the 3rd and final film in the prequel series and includes a host of mutants we nevr thought would get their big screen treatment such as Psylocke played by Olivia Munn.

This time round, the ancient mutant known as Apocalypse recruits Magneto in a battle to take over the world and its up to Professor X and his band of mutants to put an end to the tyranny.

The effects are great as usual and i quite liked the humor including a rather amusing scene with Cyclops, Professor X and that tree. Even seeing Lucas Till as Havoc was quite cool.

It is a better attempt from Bryan Singer but i generally have my doubts when it comes to him as he seems to carry a vision as a director and when it all falls apart, he hides in his little corner. (X-men the Last stand; Superman Returns). They are apparently planning on rebooting the X-Men franchise and with titles such as Deadpool 2 it begs the question how they plan on tackling this as Deadpool resides in the original timeline. And werent they going to make a Gambit movie? It's all very confusing but for now Apocalypse makes for an adequate addition to the series. 3 stars from me.

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Posted by: MacGyverGod 6 June 2016 - 01:07 AM
I think after trying for years they finally manage to make good comic book movies. The Last Stand was supposed to be directed by Singer but he opted to do Superman Returns instead and switched projects with Brett Ratner.

This one wasn't adequate, it was better. Usually I'm not so much into comic book movies and I think X-Men is one of the very few I actually like. That's how I got to know and like Hugh Jackman and it's mostly thanks to him. I still need to see The First Class though and watch all the others again to get fully into it because most I have just seen once.

Posted by: denizen 6 June 2016 - 01:51 AM
I apologise for not clarifying the issue. I meant that Singer did Superman instead of X-Men. I just put the names there under the humble assumption that everyone knew of the swop-around. I should have added that Singer directed Days of Future Past and it made no sense whatsoever having characters who were dead suddenly emerge back to life again despite lack of explanation.

X-Men First Class is a good movie and opens up a lot of explanation to the origin saga for those who have never read the comic books.

But Apocalypse did not fuel me the way X2 - X-Men United, First Class or even the first Wolverine movies did. It lacked a something to it and despite it's new ensemble, felt like something was gone. It certainly wasnt the worst. But it was not the best either.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 10 June 2016 - 02:31 AM
Speed and True Romance.

Posted by: denizen 20 June 2016 - 09:04 PM
Decided to watch One Fine Day again on the weekend and i have to say that it is regarded as one of my favorite Romantic Comedy's/Drama's. Released back in 1996 and starring George Clooney & the amazing Michelle Pfeiffer (Who also co-produced the movie) who play single parents that meet by chance while taking care of their kids after both mis their school trip on an impossibly crazy career driven day and are forced to depend on each other by taking turns to babysit. It has a great plot, dialogue and the acting is witty. It's a rare treat in this genre. 4 stars from me!

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Posted by: MacGyverGod 21 June 2016 - 03:14 PM
Last one I have seen was Black Rain, I think. I really like these old gritty and violent movies from the 80's. It's also a bit forgotten. Michael Douglas plays Nick, a cop who's being investigated by internal affairs for taking money and while having lunch at a restaurant he and his partner Charlie played by Andy Garcia witness an assassination at the restaurant with Japanese Yakuza killing the Italian Mob. They manage to apprehend the suspect and are ordered to deliver him back to the Japanese authorities. On arrival Sato manages to escape because his men pose as cops. Now both Nick and Charlie are supposed to work together with the Japanese police who have different ways of working than the American police. They have to learn to work together and honor both cultures and codes to bring Sato to justice.

Little back on Speed now, now that I think about it. I think Speed could've been a great Mac-adventure as well. Well actually we call it Countdown. But I can definitely see a first season Mac in this movie. Keanu Reeves kinda plays a Mac-ish character, only with a buzzcut. He's the smart, polite officer who tries to maintain control in the situation and make sure no one gets harmed in a cross-fire. Besides there is also a nice moment when he tries to take out the bomb himself.

I'll keep an eye out on that movie you've seen, Denizen. It looks real interesting.

Posted by: denizen 21 June 2016 - 08:56 PM
If you enjoy the occasional Romantic cpmedy, One Fine Day is one in the high class. Very good indeed! thumbsup.gif

Black Rain & Speed were awesome. Loved both movies. Speed is a classic. I even have a guilty pleasure of watching Speed 2. I know it was nowhere near the caliber of the first but as a movie on its own, it still was a fun watch. Mancina returned to score the movie in a great soundtrack, De Bont returned as director, Bullock. It wasn't that bad.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 22 June 2016 - 01:23 AM
As long it's not the too cheesy kind, I can watch it. I'm more of the romantic drama stuff like The Notebook or The Fault In Our Stars.

I like Speed 2 as well. But it kinda blew up in De Bont's face because he wanted to press through his own ideas. But there are also good things to it. Bullock is actually even hotter than in the first one with the long hair and the score is indeed even bigger and better. Mark Mancina did a lot of good work in the 90's: Speed, Bad Boys, Fair Game, Twister, Assassins, Con Air (in collaboration with Trevor Rabin) and also assisted Hans Zimmer with True Romance and The Lion King. Shame he sort of left the business doing mostly animation stuff. But he's action scores are real great. Especially Bad Boys and Speed 2 sound like the orchestra's were pretty big. Speed 2 is one of those bad movies that are lifted to a higher level because of the score.

Posted by: denizen 22 June 2016 - 02:36 AM
I agree. But at the end of the day, it will always be seen as the movie that killed De Bont's career and the franchise.

One Fine Day is definitely NOT cheesy. Very intelligent. Very funny. Very touching. Its very good.

Posted by: MiracleMac 22 June 2016 - 03:43 AM
Dumb & Dumber (1994) Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels

Posted by: Barry Rowland 22 June 2016 - 10:42 AM
This is a classic in its own right!! biggrin.gif

Posted by: denizen 23 June 2016 - 04:11 AM
A bit premature to assume anything at this stage but will be making my way to a theater on Saturday for this little number. laugh.gif
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Posted by: MacGyverGod 23 June 2016 - 06:10 AM
Well, yeah! The Belgian release here is July 20th. A day before our independence day.

Posted by: denizen 23 June 2016 - 08:24 PM
Oh darn! That is quite a wait! sad.gif

Funny how some movies get a worldwide release on the same day and others get delayed in some countries. We were lucky i guess. Mainly because South Africa have no independence day laugh.gif

We just have fights and arguments and endless trials. biggrin.gif

Well, i might be giving a spoiler free review soon so don't panic about me revealing anything to those who plan on watching it much later. Scouts honor! (Yes, i used to be a scout!)

Posted by: MacGyverGod 24 June 2016 - 01:01 AM
When it's a worldwide release I always heard they did that because they're expecting a flop. Sometimes there are indeed a few weeks in between releases and years ago that was even months.

As far as I heard most actors came back (Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and even Dr. Okun) and what I've seen on the trailer, the destructions will be even more massive than before. That's just Emmerich.

I even heard David Arnold was going to do the score but I think there was a schedule conflict and had to leave. He just made the main theme and Harald Kloser is going to do the movie.

We've got our independence day since 1830 due to the Belgian Revolution. Belgium was under Dutch control at the time because the French, the British and the Germans wanted to create a buffer zone and appointed Belgium to the Netherlands without consulting this with the people. A revolution occured in which the Dutch got pushed back behind their borders and Belgian became independent. A year later Belgium became a monarchy when Leopold I became King.

Posted by: denizen 24 June 2016 - 01:56 AM
Great Belgian history indeed!

David Arnold sadly was not asked to return. He has openly said that he would have done it had they asked him. Sadly they never did.

The last time Emmerich & Arnold worked together was on the Patriot but his score was rejected and Emmerich turned to Williams instead. From there the duo have gone their separate ways.

Arnold also confirmed that despite him writing the score for ID4, Fox owns the rights to the themes. So even if Kloser was to use them or not, Arnold would not have any choice.

As for Kloser's score, i have heard it and i am rather disappointed. The caliber of depth compared to its predecessor is no match. Kloser keeps on using a rip off of a small patriotic theme followed by dark "Alien" style move. It's weak at times.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 24 June 2016 - 02:55 AM
So it's going to be a Jerry Goldsmith/James Horner-ish score? I know the theme from Alien a bit but that was more of a horror score rather than action. James Horner got the best one to score and made good variations in both the horror and the action aspect. Can't be that bad. But I'll see and hear it when the time comes.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 24 June 2016 - 05:45 AM
Last night, I saw Judgment Night starring Emilio Estevez, Stephen Dorff, Jeremy Piven, Cuba Gooding Jr., Denis Leary and Peter Greene.

Four guys (Frank, John, Ray and Mike) are on their way to a boxing match but end up lost trying to find their way back to the expressway. While driving through a dangerous neighborhood, they hit a wounded man. They take him in and find out he has stolen money. When they try to catch up with a police car, another vehicle crashes into them causing their RV get stuck in a small alleyway, and the engine is dead. Their back window is violently smashed, and the guy they ran over is dragged out of the vehicle by the men of a drug dealer called Fallon. Fallon arrives shortly after. After confronting his henchman, it turns out the money belonged to Fallon and there for one of his rules was broken. 'Do not steal from me.' As a result, he shoots the henchman in cold blood, and this is witnessed by the gang in the RV. This, however, requires rule 2 to be executed: 'No witnesses.' In order to escape Frank sets the RV on fire and the gang makes a run for it while being chased down by the killers through a dark and a violent area in the town where they are trying to find a phone to call the police, however, because of the violent area no one is willing to help, and most phones are cut.

Another great actioner from the 90's with a bunch of great actors. Maybe not the best but I like all of them. Of course, there is Cuba Gooding Jr. whom we all know and Denis Leary, who looks a lot like RDA in my opinion. Especially in this movie. He's the same height, same physique; the haircut was pretty much like Mac and he likes hockey too. Yeah, I can see RDA in him or see RDA in the movie. But then he would have to play a cold and vicious criminal. Denis is only seven years younger than RDA and was about 36 when Judgment Night was released in 1993.

Posted by: Macgyver1985 24 June 2016 - 02:54 PM
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A bit premature to assume anything at this stage but will be making my way to a theater on Saturday for this little number. laugh.gif
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I heard that the movie is filled with lots of action scenes! Have got to see it!

Posted by: MacGyverGod 26 June 2016 - 02:14 AM
Cliffhanger. With Sylvester Stallone, Michael Rooker, Jeanine Turner, and John Lithgow. At the beginning of the movie Gabe (Sly) has to pick up his best friend and his girlfriend from a mountain top. The girl is inexperienced in mountain climbing. When they're trying to get them safely in the helicopter things, go wrong with the girl's harness. Gabe tries to rescue her, but she falls to her death. Guilt-ridden Gabe leaves for nearly a year. When he returns to pick up some stuff and wanting to ask his girl to come with him high above them, a plane heist takes place. A corrupt treasury agent tries to steal 100 million dollars by transferring them from one plane to the other. Things go wrong when the cable breaks holding the money and the plane blows up because of planted bomb. The money cases go flying over the mountains, and the other plane crashes down. Stranded the treasury agent and a bunch of mercenaries are going to have to locate the cases through a rough wilderness. They send out a distress call to Gabe and his team, to find the money with the help of beacon locators. When Gabe and his friend Hal arrive, they are immediately taken hostage. Hal is still bitter with Gabe because he blames him for the death of his girlfriend. While the others start to worry about not hearing from them, they decide to go and look for them, but inclement weather is coming as well.

A good movie to relax with. There is also a cameo by Bruce McGill as a treasury agent and he only has one line to say and looks like Lucky Charlie. Hair neatly combed backwards. biggrin.gif

This is one of those movies that could've been a great Mac-adventure, and it is. This can be like the R-rated version of The Widowmaker but then set in the snowy mountains. The beginning is the same with the death of a friend. And you can replace the rescue team, Gabe, Jessie, Hal, and Frank with Mac, Nikki, and Pete. It's a little hard to find one for Hal actually, because he doesn't look like Jack Dalton, right now I would say, Novis Reilly. And the lead villain Eric Qualen played by Lithgow you can replace with Murdoc and couple of henchmen. Imagine the finale of the movie: a crashed helicopter hanging upside down on the ledge of a mountain, and its final hold is about to give in while Mac and Murdoc are fighting for their lives.

Posted by: Jediferret 26 June 2016 - 05:45 PM
I haven't posted in here for a while... XD

Here's a pretty good movie that actually helped inspire Silent Hill 3, which was why I checked it out. I need to get this on DVD still... lol

Posted by: denizen 26 June 2016 - 08:39 PM
Looks made for TV. Still, I can see the similarities.

No luck for me this weekend. My son fell ill again and to cherry top it, the missus was in a car accident (Someone bumped into her) so no Independence Day Resurgence. sad.gif

Still, hoping to check it out this Friday. Maybe. If luck is on my side. laugh.gif

Coincidentally, my friend went to watch it and while in the theater, they had technical difficulties so he couldn't see it either!

Apparently, however, it didn't perform as well as its predecessor with Finding Dory topping the charts.

Reviews are on the fence too. Some like it. Some hate it. Then again, the original was also criticized.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 28 June 2016 - 12:30 AM
Predator 2. Another one with at least three Mac-actors in them. Hakim's bodyguard from Eye of Osiris who was also in The Stringer, that guy from The Spoilers who got thrown over the side and best one: Kent McCord played the police captain and has at least three scenes with Danny Glover.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 29 June 2016 - 04:25 AM
This one looks interesting.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 30 June 2016 - 08:46 AM
Blown Away with Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker, Lloyd Bridges and a cameo by Cuba Gooding Jr. Release only a month earlier before Speed this movie takes about the same concept about a bomber. However nowhere near as good as Speed. This is the third movie of director Stephen Hopkins in the 90's. He never did anything major or had great career. During the 90's he made a bunch of action movies mostly getting mixed or negative reviews. To me this is his least interesting film. I had the idea the movie was a little incoherent and had a weak progress. I'd rather recommend Predator 2 or Judgment Night from this director.

Posted by: denizen 30 June 2016 - 08:40 PM
Judgment Night was a top movie IMO. Loved the plot and loved Leary as the villain. And an amazing score from Alan Silvestri (Almost sounded like Back to the Future meets Predator!) biggrin.gif
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Posted by: MacGyverGod 1 July 2016 - 12:43 AM
The Abyss. James Cameron's underwater adventure with Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn and Kimberly Scott (Mama Lorraine).

Posted by: MacGyverGod 3 July 2016 - 01:18 AM
You're right Denizen. Silvestri's scores from the late 80's, early 90's sounds pretty much a like. He made an electronic score first for Judgment Night, which was rejected. The director requested a more Predator-like score, which I think was a good move, but I never heard any similarities actually. I think Predator 2 is a little darker and aggressive than Judgment Night. But I can understand why people say that.

OT: The Quick and the Dead. Another movie where Silvestri did the score. He's my favorite composer. biggrin.gif One of the first Westerns I've ever seen and one of my personal favorites. A bunch of familiar faces: Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russel Crowe, Leonardo Di Caprio, Lance Henriksen, Keith David, Tobin Bell, Gary Sinise, Robert Blossom and Pat Hingle... Sharon Stone plays the Lady, who travels to the town of Redemption to find her own and to take care of those responsible for her father's death when she was a child. On arrival, a dueling contest is being organized in which she participates to get close to her target however she doubts herself if she can do it.

The story behind the movie is also an interesting one. Sharon Stone received the script and thought it was excellent and asked Sam Raimi to direct because she was a big fan of Army of Darkness and so he did as a favor. The movie launched the career of Russel Crowe and was a big step for Di Caprio's career as well even though he would fully breakthrough two years later with Titanic. I also read once that Sharon Stone paid Di Caprio in full for the movie herself. Stone's career has been known to be one of many flops and disasters, but this one is amongst her best. She can carry the movie by herself, and she's having a very good time.

Edit: It appears Sharon Stone was once married to Michael Greenburg.

Posted by: denizen 3 July 2016 - 08:46 PM
Quick and the Dead is a fun movie. biggrin.gif

Didn't actually know the back story but it sounds fascinating. I feel terrible for poor Stone. She has had a difficult life and a tougher career but this is one of her best.

I have still not seen ID4-2. biggrin.gif Sheesh. Been too much of a productive weekend to have seen anything. But let's see how the rest of the week unfolds.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 4 July 2016 - 01:13 AM
I can go to the première tonight if I want to but I'll probably go when it's fully released in about two weeks with my friends. I think an Independence Day marathon is not going to happen at the movies. So I guess I'll have to watch the dvd instead before I go to the theaters than.

OT: Red Dawn 1984. Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen and Lea Thompson before their big breaks.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 5 July 2016 - 01:25 AM
Last night Dante's Peak starring Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton and in a minor role Tzi Ma (Wing Lee).

And also Terminal Velocity, your typical 90's cheesy B-action flick starring Charlie Sheen, Christopher McDonald and James Gandolfini (to my surprise really) and Natasja Kinski. Sheen plays a skydiver who gets involved in a big plot about Russians trying to smuggle gold out of the United States after he sees his skydiver partner (a hot blonde whom he hopes to score of course) fall to her death. Trying to investigate her death on his own he learns nothing is what it seems.

Pack your bags. We're going on a guilt trip. And bring a parachute.

The movie was a good watch with an ending I could've sworn I've seen before. Maybe the writer took a little inspiration from MacGyver perhaps considering what the trailer shows and there is also a scene that seems to come directly from the Pilot. biggrin.gif

Note: This movie was directed by Deran Sarafian. Son of Richard C. Sarafian who played Caspar Kasabian in Bitter Harvest. It appears Sarafian did his share of directing himself during the 70's, unfortunately he passed away three years ago.

Posted by: denizen 5 July 2016 - 08:34 PM
The taking of Pelham 123 (1974)

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New York City, when a subway car is unexpectedly hijacked by a ruthless gang led by Mr. Blue played by the legendary Robert Shaw, a transit policeman Zachary Garber (Walter Matthau) has his hands full dealing with the mayor's office and fellow cops, while also trying to deliver the ransom before the deadline expires. A deadline where the gang threatens to shoot a passenger every minute until they receive a million dollars in cash within an hour!

It is the 1970's at its best and a truly great treat for those that love the thriller genre. 4 stars!

Posted by: MacGyverGod 6 July 2016 - 02:05 AM
The Siege with Denzel Washington, Annette Bening and Bruce Willis. An interesting movie that's for sure. Released in 1998, three years before 9/11. It was considered a flop but became the most rented movie after 9/11. And it got me thinking. I'm not sure if this film would've been made after that day, but the same goes for Die Hard With A Vengeance. The Siege covered a few things I've seen here as well after the attacks in March like a lockdown. With these two movies: The Siege and Die Hard With A Vengeance, both movies set in New York on terrorist attacks you might wonder: can movies predict the future? In Die Hard there is a moment in which Willis or Samuel L. Jackson enters the station and passes a digital clock there saying it's a Tuesday.

If The Siege were made now, it probably would have had a lot less action and was more a political thriller or drama.

Posted by: Maclover 7 July 2016 - 11:20 PM
I keep posting and finding that it has hasn't work, I posted to this thread the other night, but don't see it. I wonder if it's a problem with the new gizmo.

I'm working through any DVD that I can find in second-hand stores which have famous movies I've never seen for £1.

We did two the other week.

Rocky - less impressed than I expected to be for all the interest in these films. The settings and atmosphere were authentic, but it was another of these movies where the speech was so heavily accented and inarticulate that it made it incredibly difficult to follow the story. OK, I realise that parts have to be played, but when the speech is that inarticulate you can't follow the movie it seems a bit too far to go - maybe it needed subtitles!

The Shawshank Redemption - I was unconvinced for the first 20-30 minutes, but glad we stuck with it, I liked the twist in the man that couldn't be traced, but I did guess the ultimate ending. It was well done and I think we enjoyed it.

Posted by: denizen 7 July 2016 - 11:32 PM
Rocky for me is a classic but yes. Heavy New York Bronx accents from the stars. biggrin.gif

Also there were few movies out there that played like it back in the 70's. Nowadays its all been done before.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 8 July 2016 - 01:25 AM
Rocky was or either is one of the very first movies I have ever seen at the age of 5 or 6. I remember seeing Jurassic Park at the movies as one of my first cinematic experiences. It was my first big adventure movie, but I'm pretty sure I saw Rocky earlier as the very first movie at home. And actually it's pretty good one too to initiate someone in the grown ups movies. Simply stated Rocky is a romantic drama. At least the first one. Never paid much attention to their accents and at that age English sounded like Chinese to me. But yeah it's typical Sly/Rocky to talk like the way he does. It's slurred, he mumbles and is not articulate. You might wonder how Rocky and Adrian can have decent conversations. He mumbles and she talks very soft all the time. But than again she doesn't need to talk, it's the way she looks at him. It's actually very different if you ever get to the beach scene in Rocky III.

I'd say give it another shot with subtitles because it's really good and a real classic.

OT: Last Man Standing with Bruce Willis and Christopher Walken, written and directed by Walter Hill. Panned by critics of course but I think it was very good. Willis plays a character called John Smith who arrives in a pretty much deserted Wild West town in the 1920's during the Prohibition. By simply looking at a woman of some Mafia big shot who owns the town, he gets himself into trouble with the gangs there. He plays it very smart however by working for the gang against another one. In the end he plays it so that both gangs who had an uneasy peace starts facing each other and that he can take off with the profits. Or that's at least his plan.

I don't understand this was considered a flop. The movie was pretty good. It's part western part gangster movie and was pretty much as violent as Sin City. It was a nice combo. Yes, the movie is pretty gritty and there is a depressing mood all over it. That's how I like it. But I think the movie deserves a lot more recognition. With only 1,5 stars at allmovie, I think this one deserves at least 3 out of 5.

Posted by: Macgyver1985 9 July 2016 - 01:10 PM
Tomorrow we are going to see the movie Independence Day: Resurgence.

I haven't been to the movies for ages! The last film I saw on the big screen was a comedy named ''Mad Buddies" starring Leon Schuster and Kenneth Nkosi, released in 2012. My only worry is the poor ratings 5.6/10 on IMDb. Would like to hear from the people who have seen it, Is it worthwhile watching, or should I preferably look for an alternative?

Posted by: Joe SAKic 9 July 2016 - 05:54 PM
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but it was another of these movies where the speech was so heavily accented and inarticulate that it made it incredibly difficult to follow the story. OK, I realise that parts have to be played, but when the speech is that inarticulate you can't follow the movie it seems a bit too far to go - maybe it needed subtitles!

Don't feel bad Maclover, I need a translator for Coronation Street in most episodes. hmm.bmp I guess it's all how your ear is 'tuned'. I'm a big sports movie buff but the Rocky films are solidly not in my top 20 list. On the other hand, I picked up a Blu-ray copy of Hoosiers the other night, and that sports film is well within my top 10 list - a really good flick.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 10 July 2016 - 02:11 AM
Payback. One of the few Mel Gibson movies I had never seen before. His first film after Lethal Weapon 4 and it shows because I can consider this as Lethal Weapon 5. I saw a little of Riggs in that movie, only smarter. And despite it's only Mel Gibson he could carry the movie by himself. Even though it's more like a dark comedy mixed with a little Noire in it, there's a lot of action in it.

Mortal Kombat. So I had been watching this Mortal Kombat X fatalities (and reactions) on YouTube and I suddenly got this urge to watch the movie. So I went out bought the movie and watched it. Though not a big fan of Paul WS Anderson's work. The movie started good but ended a little mediocre. It's your typical cheesy 90's videogame movie of course. Sort of a guilty pleasure and perhaps aimed at kids in their early teens. Still one reason I would recommend this movie amongst us Mac-fans is actually Johnny Cage. Johnny Cage was played by Linden Ashby who played Brett in Twenty Questions. I was like: Brett? ohmy.gif Mostly acted as the comic relief of the movie being the arrogant and selfish superstar, he has several great moments in the movie. I think his best moment was his fight with Scorpion which you can see here.

A little cheesy effects, yeah.

Other than that actress Bridgette Wilson was hot in that little black outfit as Sonya Blade. But I guess we all know the reputation of these kind of movies. Movies of videogames rarely work out.

And last one I've seen was The Craft. Another movie that made my mouth fall open after I saw that the script writer was Peter Filardi. He wrote The Endangered episode and the movie Flatliners. A horror movie about witches. A rare theme in movies. Though also not the greatest movie ever, there were a few nice effects in it but the movie itself wasn't that scary. Even though they were aiming for a PG-13 rating they got an R-rating instead. The movie itself is pretty much without blood but I think it could've been a lot scarier. The witches were pretty and acted by Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk (who has amazing blue eyes), Neve Campbell and Rachel True. But I prefer Robin Tunney and Fairuza Balk of the four. Sorry Neve, but you were better in Scream. Also interesting is Skeet Ulrich. So even though they don't have scenes together the protagonist and antagonist from the first Scream movie are in this movie as well. Also in a little role is Kathleen Lloyd better known as Carol Baldwin from Magnum PI.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 22 July 2016 - 01:55 AM
The Special Edition of Independence Day was finally released on Bluray. So I bought it and can replace the regular dvd with it now. I bought it so I could watch it again before going to Resurgence. A classic, one of a kind movie really. The simple idea of: what would you do if you wake up one morning and see a spaceship hanging over your town? With some great city wide shots and arrivals of the spaceships in New York and Washington and of course the devastating attacks this movie is sheer joy with a great pace and great acting. Some actors got their big breakthrough like Will Smith others were like never seen again. There was also Bill Pullman, Vivica Fox, Jeff Goldblum (his second big blockbuster that decade after Jurassic Park), Judd Hirsch, Randy Quaid, the girl from Mrs. Doubtfire, the kid from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and many more. For the viewers who pays attention you might notice Dan Lauria (the dad from the Wonder Years) in two scenes at Space Command and also Robert Pine (Ralph Jerico) in the Oval Office meeting scene.

To me personally this movie has the greatest orchestral ending in a movie I have ever seen. David Arnold made the score for this movie and has many great tracks like Evacuation, Firestorm and Jolly Roger and of course the aerial battles. All tracks giving me goosebumps but especially the last thirty seconds of the Victory track.

Didn't I promise you fireworks?

Camera pans to a clear blue sky and all the debris of the mothership from space burns up in the atmosphere and than fade out! That's why I like movies!

Posted by: denizen 31 July 2016 - 09:28 PM
Ffffinally got the chance to watch Independence Day Resurgence. Wow. Thought it would never happen! biggrin.gif

So what can i say about ID4R? Well, when i first saw the original back in 1996, I was entertained for the bland stick of entertainment that it was. We all knew it was a sci-fi flick about an alien invasion and there had been many before it. But what gave ID4 the advantage were the shocker attacks these enemies bestowed upon humanity. It was a typical high budget disaster movie with all the effects and all the wise cracking remarks from its stars.

So 20 years on, what can they possibly do to make this one different from the last? Although ID4R tries to throw in a few new twists to an age old story of alien invasions, it feels as if the franchise is already a little tired. The movie was still entertaining to the point that you pretty much get what you expect.Although at times you have to wonder about the reason why some of the returning cast are returning and what their role is. Also it does still have the patriotic question of why the US is fronting the world and why an alien race would work on our time frame.

Some nice new additions in the story were welcome and you get the sense that the movie could have the potential to grow into something it might need.

ID4R has had a moderate success at the box office. It did not flop after all. But whether they will proceed with part 3 remains to be seen. I give it 3 stars.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 1 August 2016 - 01:45 AM
Sorry but the second movie is not what the first one is and I always doubted it needed a sequel. The first one was perfect in everything. Story, cast, effects, music... They manage a great build up until the ships are finally visible on earth. A worldwide phenomena. Mankind sees spaceships for the very first time. Are they friendly? Are they hostile? What do we do? What do we expect? All that is not in the second movie. Understandable because we've been there, done that. We know what to expect this time but seriously, they come down with a bigger ship this time but where's the whole wide world attack feel than?

There is still something in it but it lacks a whole lot that should be there. Using the same story structure the first movie had, wouldn't have hurt. The feeling of world wide attacks wouldn't have hurt either. Come on, this is Emmerich, the director who likes to destroy the world all the time and for once I expected it and it's only to one smalltime scene. When the aliens destroyed the White House, the Empire State and L.A. that was massive.

One thing that I find very interesting is that Independence Day is trying to represent a world without conflict between nations. The threat comes from outer space now. Maybe they can deepen out their alien world more and it sounded like they would in the third movie. And even though this might be a bit of a flop, I got to say, Emmerich should be obligated now to make that third movie. There has been years and years of debate whether or not there should be a sequel and we get this? OK, I've seen worse but now I want that third movie. He started something, now he's gotta to finish it.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 2 August 2016 - 01:53 AM
This one looks like fun.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 7 August 2016 - 01:55 AM
Last night I saw A Fish Called Wanda. Written, co-directed and starring John Cleese along with Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin and George Thomason. It has been years since I have seen this movie. The movie is about a jewel heist in which everyone is trying to fool everyone for their own reasons and the loot gets lost. Tom (Thomason) sets up the heist which succeeds but Wanda and Otto (Curtis and Kline) turn him in instead but they find out too late that loot is no longer where they left it. In the meantime Wanda is sleeping with Tom's lawyer to have him plead guilty in order to find out where the loot is but due to Otto's jealousy it always goes wrong. Meanwhile Ken (Palin) has been assigned to take care of the only eyewitness of the robbery.

I can recommend the movie if you're up for a good laugh. Kline has a won an Oscar for his role in this movie as well as John Cleese and Michael Palin in England.

Posted by: denizen 7 August 2016 - 09:09 PM
It's a double whammy.
First I managed to re watch this last night.
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It's a blatantly obvious classic that truly stands the test of time. Made back in 1962, and starring Peter O'Toole, Sir Alec Guinness and Omar Shariff, Lawrence of Arabia tells the story of T.E. Lawrence and his experience in Arabia during World War I. Cast, direction and visuals are outstanding and the classic soundtrack by Maurice Jarre is timeless. The movie is just a little long. surprise.gif

That aside, i you are one of the few that has yet to see this classic, it is definitely worth your time. Easy 5 stars.

On Friday, we finally got round to watching the Legend of Tarzan.
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Starring Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson & Christoph Waltz, LOT tells the story almost a decade after Tarzan/John Clayton leaves the jungle in Africa to live in England with his now wife, Jane. But not all is as well as expected when the couple are lured back into the jungle in an attempt to have him captured in exchange for diamonds.

In some ways, the forwards / backwards storytelling almost feels necessary to avoid the retelling of Tarzan and to be modestly different to previous incarnations of this story. But the overuse of CGI & political interference somewhat derailed my experience in watching this. Visually, Legend of Tarzan is great and it will probably be the best looking Tarzan movie you have ever seen but some scenes play out like a Spider Man movie with the only difference is that this hero doesn't have a spider suit on and is swinging on vines. Also, having stars like Sam Jackson in it (The character he plays and how he plays it) did not match up to the historical part of the story they were trying to tell. Themes presented in the movie were so so and i got no invigoration from the score. Overall, LOT is a mediocre attempt at retelling Burroughs iconic story and certainly doesn't come near the early versions of the Tarzan movies. Some might enjoy this a lot more than i did but i felt a little disappointed. 2 stars from me.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 8 August 2016 - 01:55 AM
LOT wasn't so bad but it wasn't top notch either. It was alright. And it gave me a look into Belgian history and not exactly a great part of our history. It was a private project of King Leopold II but on everything I read the nation wasn't too happy about it. Leopold II himself never went there but was very proud of his private project calling it the Congo Free State. The reason nobody liked it was that Belgium was supposed to be a neutral country without colonies. After many protests from other nations, the government took over the project from the king creating the Belgian-Congo colony in 1908.

During Leopold's reign the Congolese people were treated extremely bad by the Force Republique, a colonial army that commited crimes like: genocide, slavery, kidnapping, torture, rape, decapitations and chopping off hands (including children). Casualties are according to what is known between 3 million and 10 million peoples.

It's a dark page in Belgian history.

Posted by: denizen 12 August 2016 - 02:39 AM
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Last night i managed to watch Full Metal Jacket again for the first time in over 20 years. Could not even remember it!
The story is about the Vietnam War and the new recruits who are enrolled to boot camp under the scrutiny and training of a rather rough drill sergeant played by the legendary R. Lee Ermey.

Various characterizations focus on different recruits but the main focus lies with Private Lawrence played by a young but talented Vincent D'Onofrio & Private Davis. Both of whom have different paths of revelations.

As with any Kubrick movie, it is an intense look at the life of these soldiers during the war and starting off slow, this movie has quite a lasting effect. Some swearing too! biggrin.gif

If you like your cup of war or Vietnam drama, this is probably one of the best ones out there.

4.5 stars from me!

Posted by: MacGyverGod 12 August 2016 - 04:22 AM
Due to the controversy of the new Ghostbusters being an all women team, I decided to have a look on the original two movies with Murray, Ackroyd, Ramis and Weaver. The first was acclaimed by critics and fans, the second one, not so much. Unfortunately I didn't really like either of them but I would choose the second one over the first. It was slightly better in my opinion. But I can't say it made me a big fan and I don't know if I have to feel bad about it. Actually I don't. I think I'll just stick to the song instead. Interesting was to see Professor Wycliff as a hotel owner in the first movie and Christopher Neame as a restaurant owner in the second movie. Also a young Peter MacNicol stars in the movie.

Posted by: Jediferret 12 August 2016 - 06:49 AM
I may, or may not, have posted this already. If so, I apologize...

One of my all time favorite horror movies...

There's a remake, but it's not as good as they took away the mystery of the haunt by showing and explaining everything. But the set pieces they used are AMAZING.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 15 August 2016 - 02:08 AM

In Love and War. I'm a sucker for these war romances. Only for the past two years or so, I really started to get into the romance genre. I still don't understand how people can like romcoms. Cheesy, bad acted... but on the epic drama side and the rare thriller, I'm usually sold. Especially when the movie is set during the war(s). I like it even more when it's in WWII than in WWI. I don't know what the attraction is but despite I like the war-era, especially the 40's, I think (or at least so it seems in movies) love seems more genuine during the war. Maybe it's because they love each other and know there might be a chance they'll never see each other again.

Starring Sandra Bullock and Chris O' Donnell and directed by late sir Richard Attenborough. Even though the movie was not hailed by critics it seemed to perform well at the box office. I like the movie and since the movie is based on a true story I should read myself into them. Ernest Hemingway seemed to have lived a life full of adventure with lots of travelling and participated in three wars: WWI, the Spanish Civil War and WWII. Mostly working as a war reporter. But on the downside he was manic depressive leading to take his own life in 1961. Also Agnes von Kurowsky (Sandra Bullock) seemed to be a very interesting person and was a nurse during both world wars. Interesting is that she was seven years older than he was.

I recommend the movie.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 18 August 2016 - 01:55 AM

Had just seen another one with Sandy. Premonition, another panned by critics film about a woman who starts to experience her days of the week in a wrong order after moving into a house. She wakes up one day receiving the news that her husband died in a car accident, the next day he's drinking coffee in the kitchen. The next day, he's dead again and she meets people she never met before but they seem to know her. Now it's up to her and figure out what will happen when and how she can prevent it from happening.

The movie is not that bad really. Bullock did worse movies than this but what I like about her is that she seems so down to earth and normal and above all she does her best. Also this movie has a great love theme which you can hear here.

Posted by: Jediferret 18 August 2016 - 11:14 AM
I completely forgot about this movie... XD Such a great movie because it merges both worlds of hockey and figure skating into one pretty dang funny romance movie.

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Posted by: denizen 18 August 2016 - 08:34 PM
I remember the Cutting Edge. It was a fun movie. Loved D.B. Sweeney in it too. Very underrated actor IMO. Although he starred in Harsh Realm, the TV series created by Chris Carter about a soldier who is thrown into a virtual world in order to stop a dictator.

I remember they also made a Cutting Edge 2. But it was a direct to video release with none of the stars reprising their roles.

Posted by: Jediferret 19 August 2016 - 09:19 AM
There's been several Cutting Edge movies, but none of them really beat the first one. It's been a LOOONG time since I watched it, but now that I'm older, I actually understand what's going on. XD

Posted by: denizen 20 August 2016 - 06:38 AM
Well thanks to you I ended up watching Cutting Edge last night & loved watching it again! biggrin.gif

Posted by: MacGyverGod 20 August 2016 - 08:13 AM
Last night been to Lights Out. Nice scary movie with a simple basic concept. You dare to turn the lights out?

Interesting note: that's the house from the movie Ouija. I had this slight déjà vu feeling but couldn't place it but when I think about scenes in the hallway.

Posted by: denizen 21 August 2016 - 08:49 PM
Coincidentally, i saw the trailer to Lights Out on Saturday. biggrin.gif
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We saw Now You See Me 2 on Saturday. Tricked themselves by an unknown threat the Four Horsemen (Our famous illusionists) mysteriously find themselves in China! From there their unknown enemy makes himself known as Walter Mabry brilliantly played by Harry Potter himself Daniel Radcliffe and forces our heroes to steal a chip capable of controlling the entire world's computers! And with all of this Agent Rhodes (Ruffalo) now exposed as an ally to the horsemen, is on his own mission to put an end to the presumed doings of Thaddeus Bradley played by Morgan Freeman.

If you thought the first Now You See Me movie was outrageous, better hold on to your seat for number 2! Its fast, ferocious, witty, funny and furious! 4 stars!

My only regret was not seeing Isla Fisher reprising her role. Unfortunately, Isla fell pregnant at the time of production and had to step out of this one. But the movie more than makes up for it!

Posted by: MacGyverGod 22 August 2016 - 01:09 AM
If there is one kind of movie, I don't like it all it's these kind of heist movies. They're like 90% preparation of the heist and 10% of the actual heist. They're mostly big movies with an all star cast and they suck, they're not fun because you know they're going to get away it. Give me Die Hard With A Vengeance or Fast Five anytime but these Now You See Me or Ocean movies or Italian Jobs, I'll take a pass.

Saw this last night. Directed by an American living in Indonesia. The movie has an interesting backstory. The sequel released last year: The Raid 2 Berandal was supposed to be the actual movie but was considered too expensive so the writer/director first made The Raid Redemption. Like the first Die Hard set in a skyscraper. Rookie cop, Rama and his team are about to bust in the skyscraper to find a crimelord who owns the building and has his army of killers, rapists, thiefs and other kinds of lowlife living in the apartments. Though it is a covert operation, they can't call for back-up and the cops get eventually trapped in the building with only way to go... up. The team easily gets decimated until Rama is pretty much on his own and than it's your basically one against all concept. What follows is the typical stuff these kind of movies are made of. Gunfights and fights. Since this is an Indonesian film and this trailer shows it's martial-arts. And I think we even get all the styles considering the amount of fighting. I have rarely seen this kind of fighting in a movie. Forget the glorified fighting of Jackie Chan. This is what Bruce Lee did in the 60's-70's and Jet Li did in Lethal Weapon 4. This is not glorified fighting this is your basic raw old school hardcore fighting. That final fight really takes the cake. I really recommend it if you like these kind of action movies and if you can take this one, I dare you to watch the sequel.

Posted by: denizen 22 August 2016 - 03:49 AM
I actually own both Raid movies in a special edition steel book. Gareth Evans (Director) is planning a Raid 3 too. But states we will have to wait for it.

If you enjoy his Raid movies, give his first movie a go too. Called Merantau.

I have to emphasize that your comment on Now You See Me is incorrect. The great thing about the sequel is that there was no 90% planning 10% heist plot at all. It was a story with a twist and more than makes up for any kinds of movies you might think it is. IMHO, the movie was well crafted and interesting enough to keep the audience entertained.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 22 August 2016 - 07:41 AM
It's understandable. The Raid 2 is barely two years old. So it won't hurt to wait a couple of years. I'll keep an eye out for it.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 28 August 2016 - 03:11 PM
Forrest Gump was the latest. A nice movie but not great in my opinion. I don't know what it was because storywise and Tom Hanks' performance was great. Maybe the long run and pace was the problem.

Meanwhile I found this heartwarming trailer.

Posted by: denizen 4 September 2016 - 09:22 PM
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Got my chance to finally witness the new Captain America on Saturday and i have to admit that i really enjoyed it!

The third entry in the Captain America series and what seems like the 10th in the Marvel shared universe pits our heroes to a new challenge that ultimately divides them among opinion when the government tries to implement a new requirement forcing all vigilantes to accept responsibility after the Avengers caused huge loss in the last Avengers movie.

Captain America believes heroes should remain free to defend humanity. Iron Man disagrees. This causes the rest of the heroes to pick a side and soon, a battle commences.

Aside from the obvious war between the heroes, there were a lot of side stories that took place in order to move the characterization forward. One would honestly debate whether this movie was too crowded with characters and storylines to which it was but miraculously didnt feel that way to me.

Lots of nice surprises included was Chadwick Boseman's introduction as Black Panther (Cant wait for the movie in 2018!), Ant Man & Spider Man! It was all fun.

Some shocking revelations also came to being ultimately opening new doors in the direction Marvel wishes to take their epic.

It was not Oscar material but it was a well crafted super hero action movie and if thats your cup of tea, this is one of the best. 4 stars!

Posted by: MacGyverGod 5 September 2016 - 02:08 AM
Last movies I've seen was Only The Brave. A war movie about Japanese/American soldiers fighting in France. The 100th/442nd regiment has to rescue a bunch of Texan soldiers that are considered lost out of the woods. They succeed but at a very high cost. This movie was written and directed by Lane Nishikawa who also played the lead in the movie. This is the kind of drama I like the most. He also give his fellow characters enough screentime to introduce themselves and to show where they came from before the war.

Second one was Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom. Now that I have an autograph of Ke Huy Quan, I figured why not watching it again. It's been at least two years now. Such a guilty pleasure and fun trip. The darkest out of four and my most favourite as a kid. This was the closest I got to a horror movie as a kid. Some of the stuff they did they would never make now. Like that lovely dinner or and in my opinion one of the best scenes if not the best one ever or at least in Indiana Jones... the sacrifice scene. That was a cinematic bomb! If this was done now, they wouldn't get away with it. And what a build up it was. There was chanting and the tolling of the bell. Mola Ram's slowly stepping towards the sacrifice and speaking out magical words and than rips out his heart and than they lower him into the lavapit. You want a trap Mac can't escape that's it. You're trapped inside an iron cage that's being lowered towards lava and you can't move. You see the lava coming closer and there's no way out. That's quite brutal, so no wonder PG-13 came to life. Even if it was PG-13, this should've been rated R. Only Spielberg gets away with it.

And last one I've seen was Aliens. Also because Lance Henriksen had signed my dvd box. I didn't remember much but I was a little surprised his role wasn't that big in the movie which lasted over 2,5 hours.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 14 September 2016 - 03:59 PM
In the past week I've seen the other Indiana Jones movies as well. It sure has got my interest back in the character. I've been at all day and sure plan to read the books again too.

Any of you actually ever heard of The Librarian? I just saw the Curse of the Judas Chalice. I've seen the dvd's in the stores a couple of times but never saw one until I recorded one from tv. It was the third movie apparently. But it was light, funny and fun to watch actually for a made for tv-movie. With Nathan Drake's rule coming to an end in the games, the return of Lara Croft, Indiana Jones coming back on the big screen in 2019 (still three years) it looks like Flynn Carson does it on tv going on adventures like Indy while working in a special library functioning as a special storage for all kinds of artefacts. Including the ones sought by Indy such as the Ark of the Covenant. Produced by Dean Devlin, this seems like his Indiana Jones project. Three movies followed by a tv-series. There even was a nod to MacGyver if you will since he had to pull off a MacGyverism to escape the cabin of an ancient ship. Nice to see, I'll keep a further eye on it.

Posted by: denizen 14 September 2016 - 08:15 PM
I know the Librarian trilogy quite well. Seen all three. It continues in the TV series the Librarians. But yes. It is quite campy compared to Indiana Jones.

Another trilogy of Indy rip offs is the Jack Hunter series. Super cheesy and a blatant rip off.
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Posted by: Maclover 14 September 2016 - 10:41 PM
Well, some 20 years late! I was finally shown Independence day on DVD the other night.

Didn’t it take ages and ages to finally get going? Def. a case of boredom nearly setting in before it finally started to get interesting. Then it practically ran out of movie memes to apply: cute kids – one smart lad, one young girl in pigtails, the ultimate sacrifice from a wrecked life that suddenly made good, bad ‘good’ guy, leader that finally got a chance to put the ‘boot’ in, good ‘good’ guy, heart wrenching scenes, fun scenes (not that I ever mind that combination in a film), scarey aliens, decent special effects, oh, and lets not forget……… a dog!!

Overall, a OK, watch, might watch again, but could have done with being a third to a half shorter in length.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 15 September 2016 - 01:08 AM
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I know the Librarian trilogy quite well. Seen all three. It continues in the TV series the Librarians. But yes. It is quite campy compared to Indiana Jones.

Another trilogy of Indy rip offs is the Jack Hunter series. Super cheesy and a blatant rip off.
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I didn't mind it being campy at all. I'm glad it didn't take itself too serious and the special effects were kept to a minimum so it wouldn't look as cheap as it was which was good. This could've been actually a treasure hunt ep of Mac.

I've also seen dvd's of Jack Hunter. It looks like the Indiana Jones adventure genre lives on on tv.

Maclover seems like you didn't like the movie at all the way you described it. Independence Day is one of the best movies of the 90's. It was perfect in every way: the script, the directing, the acting, the music and to me has the most gracious ending ever in a movie.

Posted by: denizen 15 September 2016 - 02:31 AM
Independence Day certainly wasnt perfect. Not IMO. It was a fun watch with the usual formulaic approach evident of the 90's with other movies such as Jurassic Park, Godzilla & Men in Black. I guess none had been done so dramatic before such as blowing up the White House which is why it became such a "must watch" film of 1996. But almost every review dissed it back then too. Will Smith was on the rise and this movie needed him to succeed. And it did. I would give ID4 about 3 & a half stars.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 15 September 2016 - 03:02 AM
3,5 stars? That's even more than on allmovie. But I won't compare it with Godzilla or MiB. That's a whole other level. ID4 belongs with Jurassic Park and Titanic. Those were to me the three biggest movies of that decade for a long time. Now I even have three more: T-2, Braveheart and The Matrix. But I think you know what I mean.

Posted by: denizen 15 September 2016 - 03:54 AM
No of course. Look, it obviously appealed to you in some special way and there's nothing wrong with that.

Like i said it was not a bad movie. But if you dissect it, the movie was a sub class sci-fi flick with the usual approach.

Even Arnold's score seemed a little too patriotic and more so is the way the rest of the world is perceived to be so inferior and archaic compared to the USA. Love the way they show Africa to be a group of native people strutting about in their animal skins. laugh.gif

The movie focused on your typical type of people and what their fate had planned for them. Even the million dollar question of how on Earth they managed to upload the virus onto the mother-ship. They had no Wi-Fi back then. So how did the virus upload to the mother-ship?

Posted by: Maclover 15 September 2016 - 09:29 AM
Oooo...a difference of opinion - that makes for an interesting discussion. :-)

OK, I might be difficult to please when it comes to movies. ID4 def. wasn't perfect, and it was def. slow in starting. However, I didn't turn it off. Will Smith always brings a certain fun to a lot of what he does and did so again in this movie and I have nothing against a bit of formulaic entertainment. In fact I'd rather watch something entertainingly predictable and fun that something depressing. I watch films to be entertained and to forget about the ills of the world for a bit. A bit of drama, a bit of feeling sorry for a character, the odd laugh and bit of poignancy and a triumphant ending and I am usually happy, it also mustn't be depressing/dark to watch. ID4 didn't do too bad it just needed to be a bit more concise about 50% mark from me. Regarding those others:

Jurassic Park - I've never managed to sit through it all - not my cup of tea

Godzilla - I've never seen it

Men-in-Black - the kids have watched it and I've seen bits of it - not hugely impressed - better for the kids I think

Terminators - I might have watched the first and understand the premise of the second I may have even watched 2 and perhaps 3, but they aren't that memorable

Braveheart - can't fault the production or the settings, but I didn't like the story, some shots were overly graphic and I wouldn't watch again

Titanic - I have seldom watched a movie that left me feeling quite as depressed and I absolutely hated it I would never watch again

The Matrix - seems an interesting premise and I have seen snippets I might even have the DVD in my stack, but don't recall watching it from end to end yet - perhaps I might yet do so.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 17 September 2016 - 04:53 AM
But if you dissect it, the movie was a sub class sci-fi flick with the usual approach.

Than don't dissect it. You're not one these Everything Wrong with this or that movie guys from YouTube, are you? tongue.gif

Seriously, ID4, you gotta take it with a grain of salt, just like with every other movie. It's a no-brainer.

Even Arnold's score seemed a little too patriotic and more so is the way the rest of the world is perceived to be so inferior and archaic compared to the USA. Love the way they show Africa to be a group of native people strutting about in their animal skins.

I like Arnold's score but yes there is this America saves the world thing about it. Just as much as there was in MacGyver.

The movie focused on your typical type of people and what their fate had planned for them. Even the million dollar question of how on Earth they managed to upload the virus onto the mother-ship. They had no Wi-Fi back then. So how did the virus upload to the mother-ship?

It's a little stereotypical yes. And what the upload of the virus is concerned. David linked his computer up the other spaceship in the mothership. Maybe there was a cable in the ship to link to the ship's computer and from the ship's computer he was in he linked up to the other one.

How does Will Smith know how to fly a spaceship? He said he was aware of what they were capable of. He only saw them fly in his battle and the one that was after him was well... after him, but he does know how to fly it.

This is where the salt comes in. And this is one of those movies that they just don't make anymore. It's all sequels and reboots now, thinking they can relive the successes from back in the day.

OK, I might be difficult to please when it comes to movies. ID4 def. wasn't perfect, and it was def. slow in starting.

Slow in starting? What? The first twenty minutes it's a build-up. The big arrival (with great shots and music) happens about after 20-25 minutes. 20 minutes later it's the attack, 10 minutes later it's the big aerial battle. I do agree that during the July 3rd segment the movie slows down a bit until Smith returns to Area 51.

In fact I'd rather watch something entertainingly predictable and fun that something depressing.

Than you won't get any suggestions from me. biggrin.gif I just like the dark and gritty stuff. But I don't mind happy endings either. I just like to be shocked.

I watch films to be entertained and to forget about the ills of the world for a bit.

So do I.

Jurassic Park - I've never managed to sit through it all - not my cup of tea

My first big movie I have seen at the movies at the age of 7 twice. Yes, I've watched people being eaten by this huge T-Rex, a bitten off arm and two kids getting attacked in a car.

Godzilla - I've never seen it

Seen at the movies at the age of 12. I was disappointed though but now I can enjoy it. This is also one of those guilty pleasures movies. It's so bad it's fun.

Men-in-Black - the kids have watched it and I've seen bits of it - not hugely impressed - better for the kids I think

Seen it also at the age of 11. But I didn't like it. I'm kinda funny with sci-fi.

Terminators - I might have watched the first and understand the premise of the second I may have even watched 2 and perhaps 3, but they aren't that memorable

Terminator III marked the first Arnie and Terminator movie I have seen at the movies. But it was a lot different than Cameron's movies. The first two movies are pioneers in the action and sci-fi genres. A moving walking metal skeleton in 1984?

Braveheart - can't fault the production or the settings, but I didn't like the story, some shots were overly graphic and I wouldn't watch again

The only movie in this list my mother didn't want me to see. Of course years later I did watch it, mostly to see what was so bad about it, which is nothing. Yes, it's graphic because of the battles. But that's the story of William Wallace and his battle against the English.

Titanic - I have seldom watched a movie that left me feeling quite as depressed and I absolutely hated it I would never watch again

What's so depressing about it? That Jack and Rose could never be together? But that's the whole point. Jack had to die. If they lived happily ever after the movie would've lost a lot of it's impact.

The Matrix - seems an interesting premise and I have seen snippets I might even have the DVD in my stack, but don't recall watching it from end to end yet - perhaps I might yet do so.

Something tells me you won't like this one either. tongue.gif But I look forward to your opinion. smile.gif

Posted by: Jediferret 17 September 2016 - 07:45 AM
I can kinda understand what Maclover means about Titanic being depressing. It's not just about Jack and Rose, but the whole scene of the ship sinking and the fact that so many people died. It was a very real event, and I'm sure was terrifying to those who weren't going to make it. Well, at least for me anyway...

It's a sad movie, all in all.

Me? It depends on my mood. Like my father, I've become rather picky about my movies/TV watching.

Jurassic Park, Men In Black and Braveheart are some of my favorites. But I always enjoy a good comedy too... like Robin Hood: Men in Tights or The Princess Bride.

I like the original Terminator, didn't care for the rest of them. Not a fan of the Matrix, not sure why... just never cared for it. 1954 Godzilla anyone? XD

I just watched Amadeus the other night. I remember watching as a kid, and finally watched it for the first time in two decades. Dear god... Mozart's laugh... XD

One thing I noticed when watching this movie was how Mozart is portrayed. I know many MacGyver fans find Lulu from Lost Amadeus annoying, but I think this was intentional as Mozart was portrayed the same way. He was an eccentric because of his genius, and portrayed as annoying and immature. Salieri hated his guts... lol

Posted by: Maclover 17 September 2016 - 11:24 AM
Jediferret, Re: Titanic, yes, that's it, not just the whole Jack and Rose thing, but once the ship started sinking it was just the whole death after death thing, the sheer finality of everything - just depressing from start to finish.

Amadeus - yes I think I've seen it, I recall the two characters, but it was oodles of years ago.

Me, I just like to be entertained, favourites (mainly) from the 80's included: Top Gun (my all time fave - lost count of how many viewings), Pretty Woman, Twins, Ghost busters (original No. 1), Back to the future, First Contact, Star Wars (was never overboard on the cute character side of things though), The three Musketeers/Man in the Iron Mask, Indiana Jones - most of them, for some reason I recall Logans run favourably (might have been Michael York), I think I enjoyed Blade Runner - that was less entertaining though, I like most musicals, Scrooged, Groundhog day. Nothing dark, Nothing overly frightening, Nothing depressing, Nothing overly 'classic'. I'm not that worried about the overall setting - sci-fi, western, chic-flick, adventure, modern anything goes, but it has to be entertaining/mildly humorous, poignant in places, oh, and a handsome actor never hurts. For some reason I wasn't overboard on one of the kids favourites - the Pirates of the Caribbean series. I've had a lot of fun with some of the kids cartoon films too, I liked Shrek (didn't expect to), and most of the kids cartoon Pixar type movies are OK to sit through.

Posted by: Jediferret 17 September 2016 - 06:12 PM
The Three Musketeers, you're talking about the one with Chris O'Donnell right? I've watched that one a million times because I LOVE Tim Curry - he's just so good at being a bad guy. lol

From that time frame, I'm a big fan of the Rocketeer, which I've mentioned before and Clue.

God, I love Clue... such a great movie. That movie, along with The Goonies and The Burbs, were regularly quoted in our household. XD

Indiana Jones, Star Wars and Star Trek were all regulars in my household as well. Harrison Ford is a family favorite. lol

Speaking of Indiana Jones ripoffs, we used to watch the Allan Quartermain movies too. I think it's just the two of them? King Solomon's Mines and Lost City of Gold.

Posted by: Joe SAKic 17 September 2016 - 06:47 PM
I keep getting The Rocketeer & Forever Young mixed up in my mind for some reason. Both great films! Amadeus is a very good movie, too! Do you think he really was that buffoonish? Quite possibly, his life was very well documented -afterall. But John Denver was also portrayed as a bit emotionally 'loose' in the 2000 TV film 'Take me Home - The John Denver Story'. This (apparently) incensed/insulted his family, that claimed that he was nowhere near that geeky, ridiculous as to what was shown.

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