Every week I try to come up with some sort of question for our Weekend Weigh-in. Some weeks it's easy. Some weeks I'm at a wedding on a Friday night (congrats Alex and Amy! [not Alex Lawson; different Alex]) and my brain is mush. That's when I turn it to all of you! One of the things we value most around here is our community and the quality of discussions you guys have. Time to put your money where your mouths are and take over!
I have faith in you. Beep has faith in you.
Nothing much happening. A local theater in Gotham has been having an all 35mm 'Giallo' series all week long. I picked the five that I wanted to check out. Saw two last night and will check out three of them later today. So, yay for living in a town with a ton of cinephile-friendly options! :-)ReplyDelete
Incidentally, the Anthology Film Archives theater is only a couple of blocks from that building that exploded in the East Village Thursday afternoon. I could see the spotlights, EMT personnel and debris clearly from the corner where the theater is located. :'(
What were the two you saw last night? The link only lists 'upcoming.' I have yet to see Torso; is that one you're checking out?Delete
Saw Sergio Martino's "All the Colors of the Night" (1972) and, at midnight in Brooklyn, Umberto Lenzi's "Paranoia" (aka "Orgasmo," 1968). AFA has been having record audiences for this series, all five showings I attended were sold out (which for AFA screenings is rare). 'Giallo' rulz! :-)Delete
Yep, saw "Torso" on Saturday along with "Death Laid an Egg" (freaking amazing and demented as hell) and Argento's "Four Flies on Grey Velvet" (a lean giallo with a sense of humor to match its visuals; audience loved it).Delete
Last weekend I saw Big Game, a Finnish movie with Samuel L. Jackson playing the president of the USA and young Finn Onni Tommila as the boy who rescues him after Air Force One crashes in Northern Finland. It's the biggest movie ever produced in Finland (although most of it was shot in the Alps), so it's kind of a big deal round these parts. Also starring Ray Stevenson, Jim Broadbent and Felicity Huffman.ReplyDelete
The movie is very much an homage to 90's action movies, with Cliffhanger (directed by fellow Finn Renny Harlin) being the one film that director Jalmari Helander cites as his biggest influence (although Big Game is much more family friendly that Cliffhanger). It's a fun romp and I heartily recomment it to anyone who is fond of the aforementioned genre.
I believe it should be coming to the US around June.
There, I've done my civic duty.
I'll check it out for sure. I can't believe we're at the point in history where new filmmakers are citing Renny Harlin as inspiration. Worst thing or best thing?Delete
Hey Mikko, is that the one with the kid from Rare Exports?Delete
The poster for Big Game is pretty awesome. Pumped for this one.Delete
Best thing, unequivocally.Delete
Chaybee, yep. The director Jalmari Helander also directed Rare Exports and uses some of the same actors here (most notably the kid and his father, who also happens to be Helander's brother-in-law).Delete
That's fantastic. I'm definitely gonna check that out. Thanks Mikko! Any horror flicks on the horizon from Finland that should be on my radar?Delete
Nope. The Finnish film industry isn't really geared towards genre films, usually it's just dramas (especially period dramas) and comedies. Helander's Rare Exports and Big Game, plus AJ Annila's Jade Warrior (2006) and Sauna (2008) are the only real exceptions from recent years that come to mind.Delete
(Sauna is the only horror film of those mentioned, unless you count Rare Exports as horror.)
Right on. Thanks for the info. I guess I've seen all the Finnish horror films of late then!Delete
1.) I think this is the first time I've ever done this, but it was inevitable. I accidentally bought some movies that I already owned. Oops! I didn't notice until I got home, so it looks like it's back to Target for me! That might be a sign that I own too many movies. Has this ever happened to anyone else?
2.) I have a movie marathon suggestion, and instead of cycling back to the original post about those, I'll just mention it here.
Watch a movie for every year of a given decade. Now, you may be saying to yourself "but wait, that's only 10 movies! That won't fill a full 24 hours!" To make up for this, I would propose watching an extra two or three movies from whatever your favorite year for movies might be from the given decade. I'm going to suggest the '60s.
Yep, I've done that too. Thanks to smartphones it's not a problem anymore, though. I downloaded a DVD catalog app so I have all 2500+ movies I own (have I mentioned I may have a problem?) on a list in my pocket at all times. It's especially helpful when special editions or blu-rays of movies I already have come out so I can instantly see what's on the edition I own so I can see if it's worth the upgrade. A lifesaver for people with large collections and/or small memories.Delete
Here's the embarrassing part. I have a My Movies app, too, and I forgot to check it. But it certainly comes in very handy when I remember to use it. It's hard to keep track when you own 600+ movies. Ain't technology great?!Delete
What's the name of the app, JP? Do you have to manually enter every title or is it one of those things where you can scan the cover? I have no system currently, though I've never accidentally double-bought because I have a crazy memory for that stuff.Delete
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The one I have is literally called "My Movies," and it has worked well for me. It does have a barcode scanner feature, or you can search and add them manually. I forget now if it cost anything, but it couldn't have been that much, and it has been an invaluable thing to have.Delete
I might add that the one I have (which is actually called My Movies for iPhone Pro) seems to be really low rated for some reason, but I don't know why...it has always worked fine for me *shrugs.*Delete
Mine is DVD Profiler by Invelos. I love it. You can add titles manually or by barcode, you can see both sides of cover art (which comes in surprisingly handy when debating over special features) and you can sort/manage your collection all kinds of different ways. I promise I don't work for them or anything, I'm just way happier with it than I was with the one I used to use.Delete
Thanks! I'll check it out!Delete
I love that idea! I haven't hought things twice because of my memory failing me so this would be helpfulDelete
I watched "Kill Me Three Times" and a horror flick called "Let Us Prey" last night. Both movies were fine but nothing great. Teresa Palmer (Take Me Home Tonight, Warm Bodies) is absolutely stunning. Simon Pegg isn't doing his normal shtick so that was kind of cool. "Let is Prey" has an interesting premise but is ruined by ugly performances and an 88 minute runtime that felt like 3 hours.ReplyDelete
Tonight I'm watching "Monsters: Dark Continent" - I have low expectations for that one.
Theresa Palmer is a total fox and it was nice to hear her use her real accent, but goddamn is that movie derivative of 20 other, better movies.Delete
Yeah, it was pretty middle of the road. Completely forgettable but was a fine popcorn movie for a Friday night. I can see this being shown on FX or Spike TV all time.Delete
Yes! I would watch it and say "There's some people in it that I like and it's super watchable" and then forget it. Maybe it's just all about context. Some movies need to skip right to the part where they're three or four years old and showing up on basic cable. Good call.Delete
Holy shit. I can't believe this but I really liked "Monsters: Dark Continent"! For a DTV flick it has a high production value and it is a must to be viewed in 5.1. The sound is phenomenal. Brilliant idea too setting it in a war where tension is high enough and at the same time you have to worry about the enemy AND monsters?! I really liked it. Recommended.Delete
I saw Foxcatcher and really enjoyed it but not in the way the filmmakers intended. I think it was pretty incompetently made and pretentious. The scenes with just Tatum and Ruffalo were legitimately good, but anytime Carrell was on screen it turned into high comedy for me. I am glad I saw it though because I laughed a lot.ReplyDelete
Someday I'll catch up with Foxcatcher, but it just wasn't ever a high priority for me when it was in theaters. It intrigues me, if for no other reason, because of the praise that the performances of Tatum and Ruffalo got. I'm glad you found your own way to enjoy it, Matt!Delete
I saw a Fathom Events screening of The Breakfast Club in conjunction with the movies 30th anniversary. Man is it still great. The writing is so wonderful and relatable, and all of the characters are well realized by the actors. I was mostly Anthony Michael Hall in high school, with a tinge of Ally Sheedy's shyness.ReplyDelete
Speaking of Sheedy, they showed a documentary before the screening where they addressed Sheedy's transformation and justified it by saying ALL of the characters undergo different kinds of changes, hers is just more physical.
I have to call shenanigans on that. Yes, they undergo characters arcs. So does she -- she actually talks to people, opens up, confesses about lying. And then they give her a makeover on top of it.Delete
Agreed. It's kind of a weak justification, but it's what they were trying to pass off as a reason for the makeover. I'm on the same page thinking she was more interesting in her original state.Delete
I tried to see if the featurette was on YouTube, but I couldn't find it.
I would like to take this opportunity to ask Patrick and JB if they have any plans to talk more about the Babadook...specifically a "with spoilers" conversation. I think this film is fascinating and I find myself ruminating on it often. I love both of your insights into film and I think you both had specific ideas and more to say about the 3rd act. I would love to hear you guys give a commentary track! I'm guessing that you would want to give the film more time to "steep" so more people get to see it when it is released to video but damn I'd love to hear your analysis!ReplyDelete
I'd like a spoiler discussion on the Babadook also. Its not a movie that i would have ever watched if it had not of been for Fthis movie.Delete
It was my favorite movie of last year so...fourth-ed.Delete
I just watched the live action Inspector Gadget film, and that might be THE most morbidly fascinating film I've ever seen. It's like a disgusting combination of Amelie, Matilda, Dick Tracy, and RoboCop.ReplyDelete
I haven't seen that since it was in theaters. I don't know which was a bigger miscast, Matthew Broderick as Gadget or Rupert Everett as Claw.Delete
I just watched Spring on Vod and enjoyed it. Its a slow burn type of horror but well worth a watch.ReplyDelete
I always buy a few films at the weekends building my blurays. So this week bought Best Seller which I of course bought through the links on the site ;)
And today I got 3 more random titles. Life of Brian. Insidious and Ghostbusters.
Im looking forward to getting to see It Follows. There seems to be a nice buzz about this movie.
Im also excited about Evil dead the series for the future ;)
Blood Ties with Clive Owen has been sitting in my Netflix cue for a while so I plan to check that out. Speaking of Clive Owen I've been meaning to give Children of Men a re watch. Also there is a show on Netflix I've been watching called The red road. I think its a Sundance channel show. In any case it keeps me entertain. season 1 is only 6 episodes and season 2 starts April 2nd. I finally watched The Town That Dreaded Sundown. I really enjoyed this movies till the last act but I still find it worth checking out. I think its barley 90 minutes dripping wet so it's not a huge investment.ReplyDelete
From what I've heard, the last act is the result of some late-game meddling from producers or executives and wasn't what was originally intended. It's too bad, because if it had been better I think many of us could recommend the movie without that caveat -- it's MOSTLY good.Delete
Are we all ready to talk about It Follows yet? I can't remember the last time I was that tense in a theater. It could've been when I saw the Exorcist re-release in like 1998.ReplyDelete
Not I. I have managed to go this long without knowing anything about it. It is so hard to go into a movie spoiler free. I saw the headline of a review for the film and it read "It Follows will scare you to celibacy" even just that was too much for me to know.Delete
Get on it Chaybee! I promise it won't disappoint.Delete
Absolutely! Can't wait to see it.Delete
Just saw that it's at 3 theaters in SLC. Hadn't realized it was a relatively wide release. No excuse not to check it out, except maybe my 3 month old baby. We'll see how it goes.Delete
Just thought I would say that Ray "Bones" Barboni is one of my favorite characters of all time. I miss Farina a lot. I would see anything that guy was in and I always loved watching him work.ReplyDelete
Fuck you, fuckball. (I mean that in the nicest respect)Delete
Perfect! :) "It's chilly outside, it's chilly inside, it's a regular fuckin' chillyfest"Delete
I am pissed off!ReplyDelete
I am not a negative person as you all know but...
Is it just me? Or when you get home with your lovely new Blurays and you want to put them with the collection do you get really angry that the stickers that are all over them are not easy peel, and I have to spend ten mins trying to remove them and scrubbing the covers with water to remove the glue just so I can see the artwork unhindered, does it Piss anyone else off or is it just my OCD about wanting nice looking Blurays not covered on bloody stickers!
Rant over. Deep breath. ...
I hear you Dennis. I hate that shit. Trick of the trade - use a hairdryer - heat it up a bit and pulls right off. (ex-Tower Record employee shit right there!)Delete
Damn where was you 15 mins ago ;)Delete
Its annoying. Just use easy peel stickers ; (
I love that tip though. Brilliant. I'll try that one next week, I was getting angry and turning into Beep Atherton .. ;)
Hey Dennis - maybe this will cheer you up - I mentioned this short film from Australia "Spider" a while ago on some post. It's only about 8 mins long but I think it's pretty great. It;s from the Director of "The Square (2008). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyhs8dKMTN4 If the youtube link doesn't work because of country codes just search Spider Short Film 2007Delete
Im onnit. Cheers.Delete
That was brilliant. Fantastic short. LOVED itDelete
So we're getting reports now that Steven Spielberg is in line to direct the adaptation for Ready Player One. I'm a middle-aged dude that doesn't get worked up over too much anymore, but the prospect of Spielberg directing a sequence that takes place in the classic D&D setting "Tomb of Horrors" (which is a part of the novel) has me exploding in a major nerd-gasm.ReplyDelete
Also, the teaser for the new Bond film also has me salivating.
Bump on the Spectre Trailer, Steve! Fired up. I am in the minority that I really think Skyfall is overrated but I think Casino Royale is the perfect Bond movie; arguably the best.Delete
I thought the footage in the trailer looked beautiful but gave me a big Nolan vibe. I don't want Bond to get silly again but I also don't know if I love it being VERY VERY SERIOUS.Delete
It's a 90 second trailer, so I know it's really telling me nothing. Obviously I'm VERY excited about it.
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I hear you, Patrcik. It's going to be tough to maintain a balance of silly and serious. They already were teetering on the way too serious vice with Quantum which made Bond a serial killer essentially.Delete
Agreed - both Casino Royale and Skyfall managed to make "serious" Bond films that were still a lot of fun to watch. Royale had the push me - pull you relationship between Bond and Vesper, while Skyfall had his interactions with M, Moneypenny and Q. Quantum was too chaotic and grim for its own good.Delete
Absolutely YES. Both of those movies got it right. It's encouraging that Sam Mendes is back, as we know he's capable of getting the right tone (I LIKE SKYFALL CHAYBEE I'M SORRY).Delete
Oh, no worries at all. I know a ton of people that love it and I don't HATE Skyfall, I just have a lot of issues with the way things unfold and think they are completely unbelievable, even for a Bond movie. I also don't like that the film is a revenge movie at it's most basic and that the villian's whole plan was to get captured only to escape and somehow time a metro train to bust through the sewers at the exact right time! I could keep going but I won't. I thought Mendes did an excellent job directing although the plane scene had some questionable CGI.Delete
Okay, maybe my brain just isn't working properly, but I don't remember a plane sequence in Skyfall?Delete
When they are flying to that island that the villain is on and the plane malfunctions.Delete
Wait, now I'm questioning myself. Was that in "QOS"?Delete
Yep, just googled it. Oops. You're brain is working fine, sir. Mine? Not so much.Delete
??? - The movie I remember has Bond and the villain's mistress get to Javier Bardim's island via sailboat.Delete
You haven't by chance conflated Skyfall with The Incredibles, have you? Because in that movie it's supposed to look like CGI (bleep - snark mode deactivated).
Did someone call me? Oh, sorry...you said "Bleep." Carry on.Delete
@Beep This made me laugh very hard. Well played!Delete
And I know nothing of Read Player One; should I be reading the book now or just wait for Spielberg's movie? It seems like the whole internet knows it except for me.ReplyDelete
Oh, by all means read the book. A LOT needs to happen before the movie gets made - and we know Spielberg's penchant for walking away from projects, although I really hope he does do it. So read the book and have fun speculating in which parts will get left out because the filmmakers couldn't secure the rights (it's a mega-mashup of gaming pop culture).Delete
Right on. I know he's a huge video game fan so it makes sense, but I had the same thought when the news broke this week -- shouldn't we wait to get excited until shooting has begun? Until then, this is only as hypothetical as his many, many other unmade movies.Delete
Is there a completely meaningless character I can get worked up over being excised from the movie ala Tom Bombadil?Delete
I keep meaning to read the book, but I may hold off now that I know there's a movie being made. I don't have a great track record of enjoying movies based on books that I've read. I'll probably hold off and read the book AFTER the movie; that way, I won't be expecting anything or comparing the two.Delete
I just got the book and so far its really good. I'm looking forward to a movie adaption and I only just started itDelete
Chicago F Heads - I read there is a horror car movie called "Restoration" playing at the music box (?) that I have heard you guys mention before. Anyone checked or checking this out?ReplyDelete
Hi everybody! I've dedicated reader of F This Movie for over a year now, but have only been a very sporadic commenter. I thought this would be a good opportunity to introduce myself to everyone and hopefully be more involved!ReplyDelete
Welcome, Mark! It's great to meet you and have you as a member of the community. I hope you enjoy your stay! :)Delete
There's something about Mark I just don't trust. Just kidding-- I can vouch for Mark-- He was one of the few students in my last film class that gave a shit...Delete
welcome home Mark, this is the place to be, theres no place like homeDelete
Thanks guys! Proof that this is the best film community on the Internet.Delete
Howdy! Great column on L.A. Noire the other day.Delete
Nice to meet(?) you Mark! Virtually at least.Delete
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Hi Mark! I have remembered you from before, were you in on Junesplotation? Great to have you say hi like that, I recommend starting a twitter account and dropping your handle here. Dennis can testify that starting twitter to get on chatting to the F-family more is totally worth it. I send you a borboun bisquit through tubes of net as a British way of saying lovely having you.Delete
Hi Gabby! I'm actually pretty active on Twitter, @munsonmark14. Fair warning though, I mainly tweet very shitty jokes so the movie tweets are far and few between.Delete
Just finished the film "Nightlight". Fuck that movie forever.ReplyDelete
Idea for a theoretical marathon: take a list of your favorite directors and choose your least favorite of their films.ReplyDelete
I'm not sure I'm ready for a marathon of Fear and Desire, Reservoir Dogs, and… I can't pick a least favorite Edgar Wright movie, nevermind.Delete
I love Reservoir Dogs and haven't come across anyone who has said it's their least favorite Tarantino film (it's usually Jackie Brown or more recently, Django (my choice)). I love that you think that though and am curious why.Delete
Patrick and JB did a podcast on a similar theme called Directors' messes. Maybe those films would be interesting to marathonDelete
Patrick encourages us to listen to other podcasts to complement his F This Movie podcast. In that spirit I'd like to recommend a couple of podcasts that I've stumbled upon searching for fan-made movie commentaries that seems to have flown under most people's radar for a while. These ain't Mickey Mouse podcasts, and I feel they live up to the high bar set by Patrick & Co. on F This Movie. ;-)ReplyDelete
The first went by several names during its run (which kept changing because of copyright reasons forcing them to abandon the original name), but it's called either Down In Front, Friends in Your Head or What Are You Doing, Movie?. It's a group of friends who work in the entertainment industry, mainly in the special effects field (though their conversation isn't SFX-driven), who either record a regular podcast or a movie commentary. Imagine if four regular F This Movie co-hosts with inside industry knowledge got together to shoot the breeze, but it was Doug hosting instead of Patrick and the comments are more interested in offering constructive criticism than piling on the jokes (without losing their sense of humor). The group even has its own version of JB, Trey Stokes, who is the elder statement that speaks his mind freely. The group's commentary for Starship Troopers, in which Stokes was personally involved designing the special effects, offers a perfect mix of behind-the-scenes anecdotes and fun comments. I haven't heard it, but I'd love to know what Patrick thinks of their That Thing You Do commentary track. Other personal favorites (of the ones I've heard): 2001: A Space Odyssey, Night of the Hunter and The Rocketeer.
Sadly one of DIF's main contributors, Michael "Dorkman" Scott, was run over by a car last October and suffered severe injuries from which he's still recovering. The podcast/commentaries carried on, but earlier this month the group suspended the podcast. If you listen to the podcasts/commentaries after Dorkman's accident and compare them to earlier ones you'll see why they stopped. Their heart just wasn't into it anymore, but at least they left behind 238 podcasts that are worth sampling.
Now, imagine if Patrick and Erika did their infrequent podcasts together regularly, only they're movie commentaries and the two of them are living/studying in Japan. Then you'd get Popcorn Poops, a low-key but enjoyable new podcast in which a married couple talk about the movie they're watching. Their Wizard of Oz commentary hooked me, and if you appreciate anime their commentaries on anime movies offer an educated gaijin's inside perspective about the culture/mindset of Japan. Highly recommended, at least for a sample test-run from any of the three dozen podcasts they've recorded (yep, a baby podcast in need of nurturing).
Oops, my bad. DIF/Friends in your Head/What Are You Doing, Movie? did way more podcasts than 238, well over 300. 238 is the number of commentaries they ended up with, but they also did non-commentary podcasts mixed with the commentaries. Sorry for the mistake. :-(Delete
Thanks for the suggestion, I'll definitely check out Down in Front. Besides podcast's that Patrick mentions often like Killer POV and How Did this Get Made?, I also like to check out We Hate Movies every week (whmpodcast.com). They're 4 self-described fat guys (they'll remind you of that....often) who all have some kind of job in the industry, but are generally mostly interested in making jokes (2 of them are regular contributors to UCB in NYC.) The only downside is they do a lot of 80's B-movies that are next-to-impossible to find a copy of nowadays, but regardless I check them out every single week.Delete
Sounds really good. Thanks for the suggestion.Delete
I guess this is as good a place as any to mention that I finally got around to watching The Swimmer, that JB wrote about in his Overlook column a few weeks back. Don't know what else to say about it except it's brilliant, definitely recommended for all F-Heads! Thanks JB.ReplyDelete
You are welcome. Patrick watched it this weekend too.Delete
I saw "The Swimmer" too. It's an acquired taste and not one I can say I totally liked, but it was worth it just for the swimming pool scene between Lancaster and Janice Rule (an uncredited reshoot by a young Sidney Pollack) which feels so close to the hotel seduction scene in "The Graduate" it's not even funny. That's a complement, BTW. Looking forward to the 2.5 hr. documentary. :-)Delete
I'd just like to offer my heartfelt gratitude to Amazon Prime Instant Video for the little notifier below movies that tells me that they're about to be removed. This may seem like a small thing, but it has dictated a good deal of my movie choices. For example, I'm about to watch the Paul Newman movie Harry and Son because it expires in 1 day and 9 hours. Thanks for caring, Amazon!ReplyDelete
My Vizio Smart TV Netflix Instant application also has the expiration date, but it only shows up just when the program/movie's rights are about to expire. Also, Amazon's and Netflix's expiration dates for the titles they have in common overlap. "Karate Kid" trilogy" and "Philadelphia" are about to expire on Netflix Instant on April 1st, and they're also going away on Amazon Prime.Delete
I've actually been without Netflix since my roommate moved out that I was bumming off of haha. Not knowing when things were arriving/leaving or even what was on there was probably my biggest complaint (we used a Roku). Prime still has the not knowing what's on there problem. I've been meaning to get it back, but I have an uncommonly awesome video store in town so I don't miss it too much.Delete
Has anyone else seen the new trailer for Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal? Maybe THIS will be Gyllenhaal's award year. At any rate, it looks cool, and I like Training Day.ReplyDelete
Bill Paxton's dialog is the thematic voice in Edge of Tomorrow:ReplyDelete
Rumor is a terrible thing. By nightfall these men will all reach the same conclusion: that you're a coward and a liar putting your life above theirs. The good news is there's hope for you, Private. Hope in the form of glorious combat. Battle is the great redeemer. The fiery crucible in which the only true heroes are forged. The one place where all men truly share the same rank regardless of what kind of parasitic scum they were going in."
"Through readiness and discipline we are masters of our fate."
"You might find that notion ironic, but, trust me, you'll come around."
"I envy you, Cage. Tomorrow morning you will be baptized, born again."
"It's alright to be scared. Remember, there's no courage without fear."
Year One is not as bad as I expected. It's silly and low brow, but there is an underlying warmth, too.ReplyDelete
Safety Not Guaranteed is quite good. Check out the F!TM review.
According to Box Office Mojo, the audience for Get Hard is 54% males over 25 years of age. #insertpunchlinehere
Safety Not Guaranteed was great!Delete
Recently watched Seven Samurai for the first time and it's awesome! More of an art film than I expected, but still offers plenty of action sequences. Made in the 1950's, shot in black and white, and set in an agrarian Japanese village during the sixteenth century, yet the character-based story feels as relatable and timely (timeless) as anything. Highly recommended.ReplyDelete
My favorite line from Seven Samurai: "Sheeyut!"Delete
Absolutely. The Seven Samurai may be my favorite film, period. It's a perfect film.Delete
Happy birthday, Patrick!ReplyDelete