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The Return of Captain Invincible (1983)

A comedy musical starring Alan Arkin as a washed up alcoholic superhero and Christopher Lee as his arch enemy, with Richard O Brian doing the songs. This could have either been incredible or a giant turd, and it's both depending on the scene. Almost all the gags fall flat and Arkin is ridiculously miscast. Every scene with Christopher Lee is a joy though. The only thing I'll remember from this film in a few years is this song, which Lee absolutely smashes.

 

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Yeah, it's mostly rubbish but Christopher Lee is a delight. I've had "Name Your Poison" stuck in my head at least once a week since I first saw it about ten years ago, and his "Mr. Midnight" song is great too - nothing else in the film matches up.

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Army Of The Dead was alright. At least half an hour too long and less funny than I was expecting. The opening credits sequence is great though.

Midnight Run. Never seen this and only watched it off the back of everyone in the celebrity death thread saying how good it was. Fucking fantastic film, where's it been all my life?

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Army of the dead. 

Dogshit. 

For the final few holding on to the notion that Snyder is a genius who has been hamstrung by studio interference, here's a film written, produced and directed by him and once again he proves he can't pace a film but can do a decent 3 min music video at the start for the titles. 

Oh and he must have used some very very expensive lenses for the super shallow depth of field which makes it almost unwatchable at times. 

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Army of the Dead Pixels.

 Watched it in 4k as I’m fancy type, and the dead pixels almost distracted me from the plot gapes throughout this nonsense.

Spoiler

A nuke without radiation?  Why could they not fly in ? Etc, etc, etc.

 

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My favourite thing about og Dawn of the Dead is how fun it makes a zombie apocalypse look. Snyders’ remake completely captured that and was a really excellent film. I refuse to believe that the same man who made that made Army of the Dead. It’s a super concept, dead simple, zombies roaming locked down Vegas and a crack force team pulling off a casino heist amongst them. How he managed to convolute such a solid B movie premise is beyond me. There’s things to like, the characters are mostly decent bar Tig Notaro who sticks out like a sore thumb for various reasons and there’s some tidy set pieces but other than that it’s a massive waste.

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I tried to watch Army of the Dead but had to tap out 45 minutes in. Insanely dull, bad characters and dialogue, and the film just looked like complete made-for-DVD bargain bin shit. Just a really ugly and cheap looking movie. The opening credits were about 10 minutes long and like something from a bad PS3 game. An over the top zombie action/comedy in Las Vegas in theory should be one of the easiest films to make, but Snyder still can't make anything remotely fun.

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Tyrannosaur (2011) (All 4)

Written and directed by Paddy Considine.  Paul Mullan plays Joseph, someone with severe anger issues, who ends up befriending Hannah, played by Olivia Coleman.  He initially thinks she's got this perfect, ideal life, but everything is not all cracked up as it seems.  I've not heard of or seen Paul Mullan in anything before and he is great, but Colman is simply outstanding and puts in an incredible performance.  It is pretty dark in places and the initial scene of Joseph taking his anger out on his pet dog (all obviously not seen) did make me consider to switch it off there and then but I'm glad I stuck with it.  Eddie Marsan is also really good in this.

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8 hours ago, Magnum Milano said:

Tyrannosaur (2011) (All 4)

Written and directed by Paddy Considine.  Paul Mullan plays Joseph, someone with severe anger issues, who ends up befriending Hannah, played by Olivia Coleman.  He initially thinks she's got this perfect, ideal life, but everything is not all cracked up as it seems.  I've not heard of or seen Paul Mullan in anything before and he is great, but Colman is simply outstanding and puts in an incredible performance.  It is pretty dark in places and the initial scene of Joseph taking his anger out on his pet dog (all obviously not seen) did make me consider to switch it off there and then but I'm glad I stuck with it.  Eddie Marsan is also really good in this.

Easily one of the most powerful films I've ever seen at the cinema. Need to give it a re-watch but also don't know when (or if) I'll ever be in that mood. 

Some stuff I watched recently. 

The Honkers

Decent early 70's fare starring James Coburn, playing an ageing rodeo cowboy who just wants to have a good time and ends up alienating his wife, son and best friend. Kind of aimless but in an enjoyable way. Slim Pickens plays the best friend/rodeo clown and is also really good. 

Probably would be better remembered if it didn't come out around the same time as Junior Bonner and J.W. Coop, two better-reviewed rodeo-centric films. I haven't seen the latter but intend to. 

Murphy's Romance

Nice small-town tale about a woman (Sally Field) who leaves her husband and decides to open a horse ranch in Arizona with her son (a young Corey Haim). She meets a quirk, older druggist, excellently played by James Garner, and things are going great until the deadbeat ex arrives on the scene. 

It's lovely, mostly powered by the chemistry between Field and Garner. Directed by Martin Ritt, who also made Hud and Hombre. 

Lovin' Molly

Shite. Expected a lot more, but it's just not very good. 

It's a Sidney Lumet film based on a Larry McMurtry novel and has Anthony Perkins, Blythe Danner and Beau Bridges in it. None of them are up to much in it, going through the motions of what is a shoddy productio

Spans about four decades but feels like not much happens. The makeup and production to show the ageing process is just atrocious, too, even for the time. 

Love at Large

Cracking little romance/mystery by Alan Rudolph, a man whose films I need to watch more of. 

It's basically a private investigator/mistaken identity film with a heavy noirish influence. Tom Berenger, Elizabeth Perkins, Ted Levin and Anne Archer are all in it and all really play their parts well. 

Neil Young is also in it but, well, yeah. He's in it. 

Well worth checking out, if you want a piece of genre cinema that is fun and breezy. Leonard Cohen and Warren Zevon on the soundtrack help. 

Comes a Horseman

Another one where you expect more based on who made it and who is in it. 

It's technically fine and the performances are decent, but it just underwhelms slightly, as a lot of the revisionist westerns from this era have a habit of doing.

Made by Alan J. Pakula and starring Jane Fonda, James Caan, Jason Robards and Richard Farnsworth, it's gritty and believable but the narrative isn't terribly engaging and the last fifteen or so minutes feel a little jarring and not in keeping with the rest of the film. 

Also pretty grim knowing a stuntman died being dragged by a horse and that they kept the footage in (though it cuts a split second before the fatal blow). 

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Nobody (on-line) Bob Odenkirk kicks ass with support from Doc Brown (not the rapper) and Rza (the rapper). It’s not exactly a John Wick rip off as the trailers suggested, and it’s less then 90 minutes. Worth a watch but don’t go in expecting another John Wick. The story isn’t up there for me, but there is some great stunts and creativity throughout.

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23 hours ago, Hannibal Scorch said:

Nobody (on-line) Bob Odenkirk kicks ass with support from Doc Brown (not the rapper) and Rza (the rapper). It’s not exactly a John Wick rip off as the trailers suggested, and it’s less then 90 minutes. Worth a watch but don’t go in expecting another John Wick. The story isn’t up there for me, but there is some great stunts and creativity throughout.

Just a couple of weeks until this is out at the cinema and I'm clinging on to resisting watching it until then.

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2 hours ago, bAzTNM#1 said:

"Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire". Probably the only musical film out there about vampire snooker players. British film with Phil Daniels (PARK LIFE!) in it. 80s British films were sometimes very weird.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_the_Kid_and_the_Green_Baize_Vampire

That sounds amazing. I hope there's a song in it called Big Stake.

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