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On the Netflix and DVD edits of the film, that song is the musical theme playing all the way through.

Not so the original version though

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Idiocracy

Pretty funny little film. Not entirely unbelievable either. Not sure we have to wait 500 years :? . It's interesting to compare it to Demolition Man. In the Stallone film, the future society has been "pussyfied." Stallone is the only macho man left. In Idiocracy, it's the exact opposite. Homophobia is at an all time high and every male is a wannabe macho slob. In Judge's vision, any sign of intelligence is gay. Funny thing is, the same is basically true in Demolition Man except the perspectives are switched. The macho slob is the underdog instead of the oppressor. Somehow I find myself chuckling at both premises, though Demolition Man is better made and a bit sharper. But the Stallone film also has little to do with intelligence. It doesn't portray an effeminate society as being stupid. Just dishonest. I think Judge's vision is a little one-sided. If society is being dumbed down, I'm not convinced rednecks are responsible for it. Still, pretty funny. Especially the movie Ass.

I enjoyed Idiocracy, but I found myself thinking it would play much better as a novel. It doesn't take much advantage of film as a medium, and it suffers for trying to cram a lot of expositional material into a feature film. This is the sort of thing that books handle much better.

On waiting 500 years, I think both Idiocracy and Demolition Man are in line with the great dystopian satires in this regard: they're not attempting to predict anything. They're about the time in which they were written. Ass, for example, being a not-so-wild exaggeration of modern comedies that boil down to nudity and fart jokes.

My favorite gag in Demolition Man does seem very prescient, though: Taco Bell beating out all the other restaurants in a great franchise war. This sort of lateral integration is one of the biggest problems facing consumers today. There can be no real choice when practically every company is owned by the same handful of multinational conglomerates.

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I'd be all for a remake of Scanners, there was talk of one a while back but it seems to have died down. I enjoyed the first film well enough, but I have to say I prefer the sequels.

I thought the acting in Domino was pretty good, Kiera Knightley was especially great as the title character, the plot was admittedly a bit all over the place, but for me it was still good enough to get the job done. The film was all pretty funny(I.E. the Jerry Springer scene)


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His story is written in bullets, blood and blondes!

DILLINGER

The people of my generation know Lawrence Tierney: he's the guy that did the voice of the security guard on The Simpsons, right? Also, he was the mean old man in Reservoir Dogs. Wasn't he on Seinfeld? Yes! I'm deeply familiar with his work. I've even heard a few stories about him on a commentary track for The Simpsons. Now go fetch me a blank Wikipedia and let me write his name into stone.

Though it appears he did some movies before he was an old man who said quotable things like "Because you're a faggot, alright?" when Steve Buscemi asked him a question. Dillinger's credits conclude with "Introducing Lawrence Tierney as" and, as this was 1945, it seems as if there was this ocean of something -- the physicists and psychoanalysts call it "time" -- between the moment when Tierney did some old 70-minute b-movie and that one episode of Seinfeld, the one in which he plays Elaine's father. Classic stuff.

Allow me to regale myself with how I came to watch Dillinger: I was looking for a copy of a movie called The Devil Thumbs A Ride and, unable to find it, opted instead for what was available. Dillinger and Born To Kill, to substitute for the one I actually wanted. I had been looking for something, possibly in Tierney's eyes, that would either temper or exaggerate the stories that The Simpsons people had told me. To wit: was this man a dangerous sociopath who accidentally found his way into movies rather than, say, murdering hitchhikers and drinking their vital fluids? Inquiring minds, as they used to say back in the 1980s during commercial breaks while Richard Dawson was collecting phone numbers and having his pancake re-sculpted into the visage of a man not undone by womanizing and alcohol's steel talons.

It had never occurred to me, really, that back in 1945 (and, you know, other years stretching back and forward) there wasn't the expectation of a robust home video market to bolster the cast and crew into making memories last with fine performances and making the best of budget production design. Even today, with the knowledge of video sales twinkling in the eyes of a man in a suit that costs more than you and I make in a month, the instant-museum quality of these art installations that we call 'movies' is clearly a negligible motivation that gives us such wonders as Pacific Rim 2: Atlantic Rimshot and whatever else you and I decide to watch at 2:14am when HBO GO and Netflix seem like such a better bet over Tolstoy. Why give in to sleep when the dream of dancing robots may captivate us? The sad answer lies in the bottle of clonazepam that we may leave untouched for all the dancing, the robots and the lie that work must be approached without the help of a chemical scalpel. Pacific Rim 2, drowsiness but without the lacerations of anterograde amnesia.

Dillinger, now mercifully tacked on to the tail end of nothing save for a night spent reading books to small future consumers (and attempting, failing to explain why the Princess's castle can't be entered: the programmers didn't make the game that way), offered precious little insight into Tierney's madness except for the remote possibility that Mr. Tierney didn't realize he was acting in a film. Stone-faced and gruffly barking his lines into the wide eyes of his co-stars, Lawrence Tierney's rugged handsomeness was enough when combined with the loose gangster theatrics of Dillinger's early foray into the film world. The script, nominated for an Oscar, takes Dillinger from bank robbery to beating to bank robbery to murder all the while giving the barest investment in character and The Man Who Was. Others may claim this as a weakness but I, ignoramus and willing consumer, offer no protest: I got what I paid for. And I paid nothing. The film was available at the library.

This isn't to say the movie is devoid of charm or that sticky, possibly undefinable "watchability" that no longer seems to twinkle in the eyes of that one guy in the expensive suit I mentioned a paragraph or two ago. Dillinger is nothing more or less than a flimsily historical gangster flick, matching the intentions of everyone involved up to an including me. I never once felt like I was watching John Dillinger walk into a bar to deliver a swift beating to the jerky waiter who rejected his check for two drinks because I was too busy feeling like I was watching Lawrence Tierney walk into a bar to deliver a swift beating to the jerky waiter who wouldn't make with the drinks. It is in this way that legends are born and it is in this spirit that I now feel hopeful about watching Born To Kill.

I'm going to recommend this movie, this Dillinger. And I'm not going to recommend it because it's especially good or even 10% essential because, imbued with the power lent by watching Lawrence Tierney deliver his lines as if one take was all they were going to get from him, I can. And though other stuff, non-Tierney stuff, happens in the movie it would be disrespectful to mention it while the malign spirit of that madman walks the earth. All hail.

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All through that I had a mental image of Eddie Bunker

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MGamesCook wrote:
Idiocracy

Pretty funny little film. Not entirely unbelievable either. Not sure we have to wait 500 years :? . It's interesting to compare it to Demolition Man. In the Stallone film, the future society has been "pussyfied." Stallone is the only macho man left. In Idiocracy, it's the exact opposite. Homophobia is at an all time high and every male is a wannabe macho slob. In Judge's vision, any sign of intelligence is gay. Funny thing is, the same is basically true in Demolition Man except the perspectives are switched. The macho slob is the underdog instead of the oppressor. Somehow I find myself chuckling at both premises, though Demolition Man is better made and a bit sharper. But the Stallone film also has little to do with intelligence. It doesn't portray an effeminate society as being stupid. Just dishonest. I think Judge's vision is a little one-sided. If society is being dumbed down, I'm not convinced rednecks are responsible for it. Still, pretty funny. Especially the movie Ass.


Count me in as a fan of this one. I caught it by chance on Comedy Central once, and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

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Grand Piano (2014)

Reminds me of a stretch during the early '00s, when B-movie thriller concepts came out regularly and were made with a fair amount of craft and fun that I rewatched them often (Joy Ride, Phone Booth, Cellular). This is not as good as 2012's throw-back Premium Rush, due to the highbrow setting making the premise stands out a bit more in ludicrousness and muting the humor commonly found in the genre. It is compensated though by very good direction (even emulating De Palma on occasions), some nifty use of classical music as its suspense soundtrack, and Elijah Wood's sweaty, sympathetic performance. 7/10


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The Last Temptation of Christ - It being Easter weekend and all, I thought it appropriate to get this one out (on VHS, too!). Great movie. Of all the movies that portray Jesus Christ in the gospels, it is the only one that I feel effectively nails the humanity of Christ. And it is the only one bold enough to take creative chances with its storytelling instead of pandering to the Christian audience. I love it. **** out of ****


And for my part, Pasolini's The Gospel According to St. Matthew (although I didn't realize I was watching it on Good Friday until Easter) has got to be the most oddly cast Biblical epic I've ever seen. I don't think Joseph and Mary got to say a single word, which may be fortunate because the cast is non-actors. [All the dialogue is straight from Matthew and Joseph and Mary are never quoted directly in Matthew.] Joseph looks like the neighborhood butcher. Young Mary is very striking. [Old Mary (played by Pasolini's mother) looks about 80 when she would have been about 50, and doesn't look like young Mary could age into her.] It's a relief from Biblical movie behemoths but that doesn't necessarily make it a good movie. It comes across more as snapshots from the Bible more than an actual story. Fortunately, the Gospel as told in Matthew is one of the best-known stories in the world, so it wasn't hard to follow.

By the way, I think it would have made a better movie if he had no music whatsoever, even though the soundtrack includes Mozart and Bach. The music's a distraction from the neorealist style. (7.5 of 10)

I'm totally with you on Last Temptation. Unless somebody films Lamb by Christopher Moore, it will remain the best movie about Jesus. (Not counting Life of Brian, because that's about Brian.)

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The past month has been an eventual one for me. Going permanent at the company I work for, and all the extra responsibilities that shift in status brings with it, has sapped most of my energy for both seeing films and writing about films. The fact that I spend my days writing professional documents hasn't helped matters either; by the end of the day, my brain is tired and I've become accustomed to shutting it all down quite quickly in the evening. So I've fallen behind on what I intended to do throughout the year: write something about every first-time film viewing. It's something I still want to do, but the days where I would devote 300-400 words to a single film on a consistent basis might be a thing of the past, at least for the moment. Instead, here are just a handful of sentences on some of the films I've seen (I'll catch up with the rest in a couple more posts later on):


First, congratulations on leaving the world of contracts. Second, the loss of your blog is too unfortunate. Third, Letterboxd looks somewhat promising.

The last movie I watched was Dial 1119 and I gave it a 4/5 on Letterboxd. To me, that translates into "this was a mostly wonderful little movie that I accidentally stumbled across and, save for a few moments, was a great way to spend 75 minutes."

Now, let's look at the site a little more.

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Tremors (1989)

Silly Jaws-on-land style actioner with a young Kevin Bacon and younger Fred Ward.

It's kind of well made with its spooky sense of doom and utilising of humour, and the effects aren't too bad either. Worthwhile casual fodder. Pretty much deserves its cult status

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NotHughGrant wrote:
Tremors (1989)

Silly Jaws-on-land style actioner with a young Kevin Bacon and younger Fred Ward.

It's kind of well made with its spooky sense of doom and utilising of humour, and the effects aren't too bad either. Worthwhile casual fodder. Pretty much deserves its cult status


Tremors is awesome. Kick-ass awesome. It is unquestionably one of my favorite B-flicks.

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The Hunger Games (2012)

My son wanted to watch; so I joined him and took in my second viewing. I thought this movie was quite compelling and interesting when I saw it at the theater two years ago. The flavor was gone with this second watch. It came across slow and boring now that I know the storyline. I'll need to go back to the review thread someday and see what those who read the book prior thought.


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Sexual Chocolate wrote:
NotHughGrant wrote:
Tremors (1989)

Silly Jaws-on-land style actioner with a young Kevin Bacon and younger Fred Ward.

It's kind of well made with its spooky sense of doom and utilising of humour, and the effects aren't too bad either. Worthwhile casual fodder. Pretty much deserves its cult status


Tremors is awesome. Kick-ass awesome. It is unquestionably one of my favorite B-flicks.

Agreed, the sequels weren't bad either.


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NotHughGrant wrote:
Tremors (1989)

Silly Jaws-on-land style actioner with a young Kevin Bacon and younger Fred Ward.

It's kind of well made with its spooky sense of doom and utilising of humour, and the effects aren't too bad either. Worthwhile casual fodder. Pretty much deserves its cult status


I can forgive From Dusk 'Til Dawn for obviously costing a lot of money and time because, at its heart, it's a boy movie made for consumption in a tent in the backyard. Tremors also obviously cost a lot of money and time but it's just so much less, a Turner Broadcasting-worthy artifact that defines both the sad lack of reach that was American film in the late 1980s and the type of crap that stuffs the early-morn airwaves while the Zoo Crew drink their first cup of coffee before interviewing retired porn star Mahogany Squirtsworth. It's so low stakes that it may as well be invisible. Of course it has a cult. And it's no more a b movie than Driving Miss Daisy.

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When I say 'cult' i don't by definition mean it as compliment.

It's 1am, home from the pub, nostalgic gash.

But everyone's knows it!

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Vexer wrote:
Sexual Chocolate wrote:
NotHughGrant wrote:
Tremors (1989)

Silly Jaws-on-land style actioner with a young Kevin Bacon and younger Fred Ward.

It's kind of well made with its spooky sense of doom and utilising of humour, and the effects aren't too bad either. Worthwhile casual fodder. Pretty much deserves its cult status


Tremors is awesome. Kick-ass awesome. It is unquestionably one of my favorite B-flicks.

Agreed, the sequels weren't bad either.


Can you believe they made 3 sequels!

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Technically it was two sequels, the fourth film was a prequel(and not a particularly good one at that)


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Mark III wrote:
NotHughGrant wrote:
Tremors (1989)

Silly Jaws-on-land style actioner with a young Kevin Bacon and younger Fred Ward.

It's kind of well made with its spooky sense of doom and utilising of humour, and the effects aren't too bad either. Worthwhile casual fodder. Pretty much deserves its cult status


I can forgive From Dusk 'Til Dawn for obviously costing a lot of money and time because, at its heart, it's a boy movie made for consumption in a tent in the backyard. Tremors also obviously cost a lot of money and time but it's just so much less, a Turner Broadcasting-worthy artifact that defines both the sad lack of reach that was American film in the late 1980s and the type of crap that stuffs the early-morn airwaves while the Zoo Crew drink their first cup of coffee before interviewing retired porn star Mahogany Squirtsworth. It's so low stakes that it may as well be invisible. Of course it has a cult. And it's no more a b movie than Driving Miss Daisy.

I have absolutely no clue what you just said :lol:


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Vexer wrote:
I have absolutely no clue what you just said :lol:


But that's your mantra, birthday boy! This guy, folks, is the forum's most prolific and outspoken member.

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When I say 'cult' i don't by definition mean it as compliment.
It's 1am, home from the pub, nostalgic gash.
But everyone's knows it!


The word "cult" tends to lend some cachet that some movies deserve, Tremors does not. But who am I to say that Tremors doesn't deserve a cult? All sorts of this so-called nostalgic gash has a cult. Sometimes the nostalgic gash is even NotHughGrant's wife's favorite movie.

Christ, you'd think the mid-to-late 1980s were some kind of Golden Age to hear people wax all rainbows and gumdrops over the turds that will inevitably clog our landfills in 2045.

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It's 1am, home from the pub, nostalgic gash.

Everything has its time and place. The question then becomes, is the thing right for its time and place? How well does it serve the conditions of its own niche?

And Tremors is SO right for its time and place. It's like a plate of greasy food after a night on the town. You're not looking to be challenged--you're just looking for something that really hits the spot. And that also goes for a truckload of beloved movies that have a much better reputation than this one. Jurassic Park, anyone?

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Christ, you'd think the mid-to-late 1980s were some kind of Golden Age to hear people wax all rainbows and gumdrops over the turds that will inevitably clog our landfills in 2045.

Most of the movies coming out in the next few months that have people here shitting their britches in excitement are destined for those same landfills. Shall we have the existential crisis now or later?

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