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Three words Evil Roy Slade

I was referring more to the pure ridiculous action movies that were so awesome back then and are severely lacking now - only Jason Statham seems to be doing them now aside from the Stallone's tries. Otherwise, no one can touch Terence Hill and Bud Spencer as far as Western comedies go.

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I was referring more to the pure ridiculous action movies that were so awesome back then and are severely lacking now - only Jason Statham seems to be doing them now aside from the Stallone's tries. Otherwise, no one can touch Terence Hill and Bud Spencer as far as Western comedies go.


Evil Roy is the absolute Mecca of all things B. The template from which all others should have been made, but sadly the formula was lost somewhere. A film so unique in its design and execution that they dare not despoil it's almost deity like status by releasing in on an inadequate media like DVD BluRay or GOD FORBID videotape. A cinematic creation it must be experienced at least once in a lifetime. It will change you forever.

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Evil Roy is the absolute Mecca of all things B. The template from which all others should have been made, but sadly the formula was lost somewhere. A film so unique in its design and execution that they dare not despoil it's almost deity like status by releasing in on an inadequate media like DVD BluRay or GOD FORBID videotape. A cinematic creation it must be experienced at least once in a lifetime. It will change you forever.

Really? I'm pretty sure I've seen it on videotape 

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Really? I'm pretty sure I've seen it on videotape 


I'd be gobsmacked if you did.

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I'd be gobsmacked if you did.

Gobsmacked by the fact that it could be found on VHS?

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Gobsmacked by the fact that it could be found on VHS?


Yes indeed. I am assured it's never been released. (though back in the day another buff had the studio tell him the same about Heavy Metal, till I took him to a rental shop and showed him a copy)

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Yes indeed. I am assured it's never been released. (though back in the day another buff had the studio tell him the same about Heavy Metal, till I took him to a rental shop and showed him a copy)

Well, back in the day a lot of people had a ton of pirate VHS tapes and also of recorded TV movies and shows. A friend of my dad had literally hundreds of tapes. Anyway, the movie is even available on youtube now and a quick google search shows that it's also been released on DVD and Blu-ray, so that's that.

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Well, back in the day a lot of people had a ton of pirate VHS tapes and also of recorded TV movies and shows. A friend of my dad had literally hundreds of tapes. Anyway, the movie is even available on youtube now and a quick google search shows that it's also been released on DVD and Blu-ray, so that's that.


Bugger now we'll have to get back on topic.:blink:

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Bugger now we'll have to get back on topic.:blink:

Yeah, you might wanna pick the double feature bluray http://www.amazon.com/Evil-Roy-Slade-Brothers-OToole/dp/B006OS1AN8 :tongue_smile:

 

And to get on topic:

 

Stage Fright (2014) - 5/10 

 

To be honest, I probably raised my expectations a bit too high even for a teen slasher musical. It started out decently and went straight downhill from there. Overall a pretty mediocre "horror" musical that isn't particularly fun or entertaining. I kinda expected it to be bad but the kinda over the top bad that actually is fun to watch but it turned out to be just bad.


Edited by kova4a - 4/11/14 at 7:59am
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Konvoy ( 2012, Russia) 9/10

 

Director  Aleksei Mizgiryov

 

 

Konvoy is an extremely powerful film for post-soviet territories. It's moroseness and hopelessness is unmatched. It brilliantly depicts system of repression in the region in its ultimate brutality. The hatred towards cops ( in Russian they are called "trash") is intense. In the West this film is absent as other recent best Russian films. One of the reasons is that western audience doesn't want to watch such films. Even in Russia they have a very small audience which is an intellectual elite.

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Stage Fright - 5/10 

 

To be honest, I probably raised my expectations a bit too high even for a teen slasher musical. It started out decently and went straight downhill from there. Overall a pretty mediocre "horror" musical that isn't particularly fun or entertaining. I kinda expected it to be bad but the kinda over the top bad that actually is fun to watch but it turned out to be just bad.

 

The 1950 Hitchcock film is what I think about when I see Stage Fright with no year. Especially the flashback that turned out to be a lie - ahead of his time. :)

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The 1950 Hitchcock film is what I think about when I see Stage Fright with no year. Especially the flashback that turned out to be a lie - ahead of his time. :)

Yeah, my bad.

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Kagemusha (1980) - 7,5

 

In the Sengoku period of Japan, Takeda Shingen, notable warlord and leader of the Takeda clan, is fatally injured in the battlefield, dying a few days later. Just before his death, the leader reunites with the hard core of the clan and whims that the news of the tragedy remain in secrecy from everything and everyone, even from all other soldiers and employees of his clan, for at least 3 years. They resort to a double of Shingen, a thief, to forge the illusion that the leader is still among them. To impersonate the great warrior is the mission at hand for the thief, a man spared from crucifixion and whose real identity is never known. With such honorable burden as the sole purpose of his life the thief will be carried away by the role and, eventually, share the same tragic fate as the great leader himself, even when it is not required from him anymore. He becomes the shadow of the warrior.

 

Fine work from actor Tatsuya Nakadai in this heartbreaking film where Akira Kurosawa casts a sensitive look at the interplay of impersonation, identity, status and loyalty. Sober and clean cinematic style with fits of grandiosity in the battle scenes following the trend of the late 70s and 80s to impart an epic tone to warfare. This latter aspect is, ultimately, the source of my problem with this movie - it was all going well until the last 20 minutes or so, where the massacre in the battle of Nagashino drags way too much... what for, I ask? I suppose Kurosawa was trying to convey a tangible sense of epicness here, but he ought to know when enough is enough. It harmed the pace of the movie and distracted me very much, some significant editing work would do wonders, in my opinion. It just didn't seem like a wise effort at all, oh well, I guess the Japanese director was rehearsing for what he would do latter in Ran. I also wish the soundtrack had less Western influenced Classical music and more proper Japanese, it would be more fitting I think. If not for this my overall experience would be much better, but Kagemusha is still a beautiful film worth to see, it has moments of great emotional power, nice humour and some scenes are simply perfect and cast great enchantment on us. This is also a must watch for those who crave for Japanese Classical theater, particularly the Noh (aka Nôgaku) form, I can't get enough of it, love it! Recommended!


Edited by kkl10 - 4/11/14 at 1:32pm
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I agree with most of your points kkl10, I also enjoyed Kagemusha but felt some parts were a little drawn-out. The Kurosawa trademarks are all there though, geat lighting, cinematography, and direction all around.
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Frozen

  After Tangled, Disney made another princess movie, called Frozen. Just like Tangled, Frozen is based on a fairy tale of the past. This time The Snow Queen, by Disney controlled Hans Christian Anderson. Also, it is 3D animation. So Rapunzel’s eyes template will appear. Such a doll face. So, how was it?

  Before talking about my opinions, let’s talk about the plot. A long time ago, there is a Scandinavian kingdom with 2 princess, Elsa and Anna. Elsa has the power of iceman. She can froze objects and create snow. This is due to a curse. At 8, Elsa almost killed Anna while playing with the magic. Their parents finds the trolls to cure Anna. The trolls cured Anna, but warns about the dark side of this curse. So, for safety, Elsa got outcast from the society, even her sister, causing deep trauma and fear (thanks trolls). One day Elsa turned Queen due to their parents entered the movie The Perfect Storm, and died while heading towards a wave. With an argument with her sister about her marriage, she accidently unleash the power, and escaped. With horrid, Elsa turned the kingdom into a set for The Day after Tomorrow. Anna decides to find Elsa to stop the winter and rebuild their bond.

  The plot of this movie is proper drama. It is intense, and emotional. It is rare Disney tackled depression and isolation. The use of clichés is terrific in Frozen. Anna was a crazy woman believe in first sight true love. After 55 minutes, her lover doesn’t love her at all. Also, the meaning of true love was expand to family love, with a twist of Anna saving Elsa by a frozen hand. That is genius. Disney is finally telling us family love is true love, not just couple’s love. But it had a big problem, a twist that finds out Prince Hans is an evil ********. For the last 55 minutes, Hans were showing kindness to everybody. There’s no hint to this twist other than he is the smallest brother from his family. It has the same level of telling people Batman is Joker. The ****?! Why the director don’t showed us something like weak leadership, evil tactics and maybe an evil grim. By god, it makes me scream to the screen. The story also felt rushed. Most of the time we got to see Anna, but Elsa is always at the background. I felt that Elsa need to have more time in this movie, since she is ON THE ******* POSTER. Anna is not boring but I think if there is more showcase of Elsa’s fear, this will be much more interesting.

  The characters in Frozen are amaze balls. Disney created a mental nice queen. Elsa is kind but also freaking depressed. She almost killed somebody with her fears, but also tried to separate herself with Anna so that she will not hurt Anna anymore. That is great considering how bland some Disney Princess are (looking at you sleeping beauty). Anna is also great. She is crazy, but freaking kind and caring to her sister. But Anna’s reason to love is flawed. “She my sister!” is simply not enough. My mum is my mum doesn’t mean I certainly love my mum. I care for my parents because family members support each other. Elsa is your sister doesn’t mean you need to love her. Kristoff, other than having trolls as parents and a pet reindeer with human emotion but no speech (brought to you by The Animal Department, we create funny animals!) and a guide/love interest for Anna, he is bland as hell. What do we know about this guy other than he is an orphan, nice, tactical person, nothing. He’s just a sidekick for Anna and that’s it. Give him more thing to do. Olaf. Oh for god sake, what’s wrong about Disney? Are you trying to sell more toys? Then you did it pal. He is cute, and funny. He has no use other being a sidekick, helping Anna in situation. Fortunately, he is funny, serving his purpose, and letting my rage burst. 

  The music in Frozen is too pop. Mid key, high key, mid key, high key… that’s bland. Yes it’s consistent, but with so many screaming, it is annoying after a moment. “LET IT GOOO, let it GO…” urgh my ears. But it’s dialogues, not just pointless singing. Disney used singing to develop character. That is great considering what musical turned to nowadays (Glee). The art in Frozen is beautiful. The snow looks real and the ice is deliciously crystal like. I don’t understand how come the snow can be powered and slushy at the same time. This is a great advantage to Disney animation as Disney always need Pixar to help their 3D animation. The use of colours is also genius. The colours of ice changed when Elsa have emotion problems. For instance, the ice castle turned reddish-purple when Elsa finds out the world is frozen, showing guilt and fear. How creative.

  Overall Frozen is a rebirth of the Disney spirit to the public. Although I would not call this is the new Disney renaissance because the flaws it has, but it is certainly one of the best recent Disney movie due to the drama, characters, and colours it has. It is certainly a need to check out movie for everybody. Now I just want to wish Disney will return to the level of Beauty and the Beast.

 

9.12453/10

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