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The Wrecking Crew

Dean Martin plays affable, super spy Matt Helm in this mad-cap kitsch 60's spy spoof. By day, Helm poses as a glamorous photographer, by night he's saving the world from international crime. If you've seen Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, the film Sharon Tate goes to watch herself in, is this one. She plays his clumsy sidekick, Freya Carlson who tries to save Helm from his philandering ways but ends up getting him deeper into trouble.

This is the 4th film in the series and divides opinion the most as it has less emphasis on the plot and gadgets and focuses more on the women. Helm ends up in bed with pretty much every woman in the film, at times he seems to be put out that they have let themselves into his suite, de-robed and helped themselves into his bed. Martin gets the theme of the film spot on and doesn't really take it very seriously. That then rubs off on you and the most ill-conceivable ideas like a helicopter that fits into two duffel bags and slots in the boot of your car, and can be assembled simply. Are merely glossed over.

One of my favourite scenes is when Helm & Carlson are in a car chase with a car full of angry Asians. Helm labours to show any emphasis of the perilous situation they are in. Like he's stuck on a routine, monotonous Sunday drive with his long suffering wife barking instructions at him. Less Bonnie & Clyde, more George & Mildred.

The fight scenes have been choreographed by a young Bruce Lee and one of them features a young Chuck Norris. Martin throws a few karate chops and has his trusty "Hanky-Panky" grenades. (A hand grenade wrapped in a rag) But not much fighting is expected of a 50 year old crooner who's also a heavy smoker. It will also mess up his quiff.

There was supposed to be a 5th film to the series, The Ravagers. But due to Sharon Tate's untimely death, Martin did not want to continue with the series. This is a fitting end to the films. Easy to watch, enjoyable and doesn't take itself seriously at all.

 

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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

I hate this argument that implies if you can't enjoy them you're some kind of killjoy. I wouldn't watch a film wanting to or expecting to hate it. It's not my fault that those films are so intrusively

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Suspiria (1977) (pirate)

Obviously still great, but also made me angry in remembering the shitty remake. Had the music stuck in my head all day by way of a bonus though.

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It's a bit like Ghost except the ghost is a psychopathic carpenter murdering blokes working on his old house, and also good.

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A lovely little silent animated adventure. Completely created by one guy, it reminded me a bit of the game Limbo except not as violent or scary. Only 75 minutes too. Real surprise, this one.

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On 10/22/2020 at 9:39 PM, Devon Malcolm said:

The Sorcerers (pirate)

Ever wanted to see a film where Boris Karloff and his lunatic wife (Catherine Lacey) take over the mind of Ian Ogilvy and turn him into a homicidal nutter? Of course you did, and it's as good as you might expect.

I love a bit of Ian Ogilvy. I loved when he took over from Roger Moore as "The New Saint". An excellent 70s show that only lasted a few episodes and movies.

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Friday the 13th (1980)

Had never seen this before last night.  Some of the murders are gruesome (notably Kevin Bacon's and the girl who gets an axe through the head), but overall it's fairly boring.  I was also getting particularly annoyed with Alice towards the end of the movie.

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6 hours ago, Devon Malcolm said:

Yeah, the Friday the 13th series only starts getting interesting from 3 onwards.

I'll watch 3 tomorrow.  Finished 2 earlier this evening and it was pretty much a carbon copy of the first, although some good kills again like the wheelchair lad getting a machete in the face!  I found it more boring than the first and could've done with the overly long flashback/recap at the start too.

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12 hours ago, Devon Malcolm said:

Yeah, the Friday the 13th series only starts getting interesting from 3 onwards.

I find "Jason Takes Manhattan" interesting. It's utter crap, but it's something you can put on in the background and not be too bothered with.

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4 hours ago, bAzTNM#1 said:

I find "Jason Takes Manhattan" interesting. It's utter crap, but it's something you can put on in the background and not be too bothered with.

That's the best one!

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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 the story. By 'evil', he meant pre-marital sex and drug use. So he was basically rooting for Jason because of Jesus.

Went searching for the bit I remembered in the Crystal Lake Memories book where he talks about it.

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Wolfwalkers (cinema)

Confirmation, if we needed it, that Pixar finally have some much-needed competition. This is Cartoon Saloon's most complete work to date, just stunning in both its animation and depth of story. It made me feel bad to be English, too, by way of a splendid bonus. The best animated film of the year by a distance.

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18 hours ago, Devon Malcolm said:

Wolfwalkers (cinema)

Confirmation, if we needed it, that Pixar finally have some much-needed competition. This is Cartoon Saloon's most complete work to date, just stunning in both its animation and depth of story. It made me feel bad to be English, too, by way of a splendid bonus. The best animated film of the year by a distance.

That's great to hear. On your recommendation I got my daughter to watch Kells and Song of the Sea which she loved. Having to wait for this to pop up on Apple TV+ in a few months as our cinemas are closed.

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23 hours ago, The King Of Swing said:

3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and X are the only ones really worth watching.

Oh and of course Freddy Vs Jason. 

5 is actually my favourite because it's just so mental, terrible and funny. It's also got probably the most brutal kills too.

I love all the Friday 13th movies and went through a period where I was briefly obsessed with them. None of them are any good but they have a strange charm to them and each one has its own strange take on the formula.

X is definitely the worst one.

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