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Vampires vs The Bronx on Netflix is great fun. Really entertaining spin on a gentrification story by adding vampires to it, with lots of good nods to vampire history. Enjoyed it a lot - add it to your family-friendly Halloween watchlist.

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6 is brilliant, but 5 has one of my favourite details - the guy playing Tommy in it was a born again Christian, and apparently only felt comfortable doing it when he realised that evil was punished in

Is it Butch? 

Whenever I hear his name I'm always reminded of the "True or False' round on Shooting Stars. "True of False, Roy Kinnear?"

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The Wolf of Snow Hollow

What a disappointment. After Thunder Road, I think everyone had huge expectations for Jim Cummings but this just doesn't work at all. It brings in all the 'incompetent cop' stuff of Thunder Road into a monster movie, which is a good idea, but its tone is all off and there are just way too many other things going on. Maybe the biggest disappointment of the year.

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Wait Until Dark

A blind woman played by Audrey Hepburn is conned and terrorised in her flat by a trio of criminals looking for a doll stuffed with heroin. Alan Arkin is great as the main villain, absolute nasty bastard. The majority of the film is set in the basement flat which gives a sense of claustrophobia and inability for her to escape. As the film progresses to the final 20 minutes, the suspense is ramped up. Henry Mancini's score is indelible here, especially leaving his mark on one moment towards the end. Directed by Terence Young who did the early Bond films and also the next film we watched.

Bloodline

Based on the book by Sidney Sheldon this was also a suspense thriller, or billed as such. It was on Saturday night on Talking Pictures. It was shit. Released 12 years after, Wait Until Dark with the same lead & same director. Basic plot is, after Hepburn's father dies in a mountaineering accident she becomes the CEO of the family pharmaceutical business. All the other board members want the company to go public so they can sell their stock. She disagrees and now someone is trying to kill her. Hepburn is in semi retirement by this point but her rumoured  $1m pay probably tempted her out. The budget for the film was $12m (in 1979) but the special effects are terrible, At one point the family factory is ablaze, as Hepburn looks out the window. It's clearly a photograph with flames behind it. At another point, a family member is a F1 racing driver at a race and to simulate this, they've just used stock footage from a real F1 race.

To make the film a bit more saucy, they threw in a snuff film subplot where a bloke who looks like Telly Savalas keeps shagging women and then strangling them. Allegedly when Hepburn heard about this part of the film she wanted out but was under contract. The police inspector who's overseeing this whole mess is Gert Frobe aka Goldfinger. My favourite scene is when two French police officers take Goldfinger to a screening of a snuff film and at the climax, one officer turns to Goldfinger and says "she is dead.....very dead". Omar Sharif is also hovering around in the background as a comedic lothario. Everywhere he goes with his wife and kids, his mistress and kids turn up and vice versa.

Lacking ideas for the finale. They've stolen a bit from Wait Until Dark and going back further, nicked a bit from Charade. A much, much better Hepburn film than this. Bloodline's a terrible film, one of those films, you have to see to see how shite it is. A made for TV film with a blockbuster budget.

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Auto Focus (2002)

Greg Kinnear in the true story of a family man sitcom star in the 60s/70s who's so obsessed with shagging around and making sex tapes of himself that it brings about his downfall.

Willem Dafoe was great as his sleazy desperate friend who's an enthusiast of early video technology and old school swinging sex stuff

It reminded me of all the other biopics from around that time but the seedy sex angle gave it a bit of an edge. It was easy to watch but it wasn't particularly exciting despite the scandalous subject matter. 

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On 10/15/2020 at 4:08 AM, Bellenda Carlisle said:

Auto Focus (2002)

Greg Kinnear in the true story of a family man sitcom star in the 60s/70s who's so obsessed with shagging around and making sex tapes of himself that it brings about his downfall.

Willem Dafoe was great as his sleazy desperate friend who's an enthusiast of early video technology and old school swinging sex stuff

It reminded me of all the other biopics from around that time but the seedy sex angle gave it a bit of an edge. It was easy to watch but it wasn't particularly exciting despite the scandalous subject matter. 

Read that as Roy Kinnear first and now wish with all my heart that such a film would have been made. 

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14 minutes ago, PowerButchi said:

Read that as Roy Kinnear first and now wish with all my heart that such a film would have been made. 

Whenever I hear his name I'm always reminded of the "True or False' round on Shooting Stars.

"True of False, Roy Kinnear?"

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5 hours ago, Magnum Milano said:

Whenever I hear his name I'm always reminded of the "True or False' round on Shooting Stars.

"True of False, Roy Kinnear?"

The Emily Davison of our generation. 

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11 hours ago, Magnum Milano said:

Whenever I hear his name I'm always reminded of the "True or False' round on Shooting Stars.

"True of False, Roy Kinnear?"

Roy Kinnear always popped up in those 70s British "sex comedies". I'll forever remember him in "Eskimo Nell" and for some strange reason, the video to the 80s version of "All I Need Is A Miracle" from Mike & the Mechanics.

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Carmilla (cinema)

Boring lesbian vampire slow arse millennial effort. Jessica Raine tho.

Madhouse (1981) (pirate)

Outstanding and impressively depressing slasher with a no name cast and a brilliant ending. Nobody's seen it and that needs to change.

The Other Lamb (Mubi)

Nothing happens. Raffey Cassidy is an amazing talent. Otherwise a complete waste of time.

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Game Night

You’d be hard pressed to find a better comedy than this in the last few years. You know what you’re getting for your money with Bateman and McAdams but Billy Magnusson is the most loveable dolt ever and Jesse Plemons always delivers. The rest of the cast are all very good and even at the second time of watching the scene around Gary’s house still has me howling.

The Dead Zone

Not bad for a King adaptation. Got my hopes up a little too much when I realised Cronenberg directed it but it never really reaches a level above just decent. Christopher Walken has great fluffy hair though.

 

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22 minutes ago, Devon Malcolm said:

The Other Lamb (Mubi)

Nothing happens. Raffey Cassidy is an amazing talent. Otherwise a complete waste of time

Cheers. Was going to watch that but will play Elite Dangerous for a few hours instead. 

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April Fool's Day (1986)

Watched this last night via nefarious means.  An 80s horror flick that sees a group of college students go to stay with their friend who lives in a mansion on a remote island.  Quite a few times it made me jump and there is a great twist right at the end, even if it does mean you have to suspend disbelief a fair bit.  The acting is nothing special, although Deborah Foreman is pretty good.  To be honest, if it wasn't for the ending I would have probably been disappointed to have spent ninety minutes watching this. but the last ten/fifteen made it worth sticking with.  Thomas F. Wilson also stars.

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Saint Maud (cinema)

Bloody fantastic. Just a great job, all round. Unpredictable and anxiety-inducing, but also really darkly funny at times. Morfydd Clark is *amazing* and Jennifer Ehle isn't far off. Also the most well earned jump scare I've seen for ages.

Black Sheep (Prime Shudder channel)

Don't know what it is about New Zealand and horror comedy but they have always gone together really well. Not one of their best but still a good laugh.

The Ruins (pirate)

Pretty enjoyable and daft until the gore becomes tiresome. Features one of the stupidest character decisions in film history and hilariously shit special effects.

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2 hours ago, Devon Malcolm said:

Saint Maud (cinema)

Bloody fantastic. Just a great job, all round. Unpredictable and anxiety-inducing, but also really darkly funny at times. Morfydd Clark is *amazing* and Jennifer Ehle isn't far off. Also the most well earned jump scare I've seen for ages.

I loved it, although I think it would have got nowhere near this kind of wide release without 2020 being 2020. It felt like one of the top contenders you'd see at FrightFest, not something you'd have on at your local Vue.

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