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Movie Time 2.0: TT mini reviews

Octopus Prime

Jingle Engine
(He/Him)
Tonight’s spookyfilm was Candyman, original style, which, after the first hours worth of setup, was a pretty darn good horror movie, thanks mainly to Tony Todd providing an absolute masterclass performance of a horror movie villain; even if his goals weren’t much clearer than “Mess up the life of this lady I have a crush on”. He certainly didn’t seem to mind being a murder-ghost, since half his dialogue is about how much he enjoys that aspect of his life.

If I had any complaints it’s that Candyman has just a ludicrous amount of Stuff to him. In life he was killed because of racism, which took the form of a public lynching, and also being stung To death by bees, and being buried in honey, and being burned to ash, and having those ashes spread around the town, and at some point he also got a hook for a hand… and now that he’s dead you have to summon him by saying his name five times in a mirror, and then he’ll kill you, or else make people think you’re a murderer, steal a baby and also his weapons are either Too Many Bees or his Hook Hand, and dying turns you into his ghost slave, and also he has a secret lair that’s full of candy that has razors in it which I guess is why he’s called that? Also he’s sustained by peoples plausible deniability that he exists?

like… pick two things, Candyman. You got way too much going on.
 

jpfriction

A most radical pontiff
(He, Him)
Have they done a freddy vs jason except it’s bloody mary vs candyman in a small bathroom with two mirrors? Get on that hollywood
 

Octopus Prime

Jingle Engine
(He/Him)
Speaking of supernatural killers who really don’t seem to mind being all powerful murder ghosts, tonight’s SPOOKYFILM was The Ring (American version)

Y’all? This a good movie.
 
My two favorite 90s horror movies are Candyman and Bram Stoker's Dracula. Candyman is an amazing movie.

I listened to an interview with Virginia Madsen. The scene where Candyman comes out of the medicine cabinet was filmed without letting her know that it was going to happen. That is wild.

Sweets to the sweet.
 

Octopus Prime

Jingle Engine
(He/Him)
Throw Momma from the Train ain’t my favorite Danny DeVito movie but it’s a good one; mainly for Anne Ramsey as the titular Momma.
 

Octopus Prime

Jingle Engine
(He/Him)
I recently learned of, and vowed to watch, the direct to video 1991 science fiction martial arts movie, Arena (not to be confused with any of the other dozen-ish movies called Arena that show up when you search Tubi for that movie).

Its incredible.

My only regret is that I only learned of this movie now, and not 30 years ago. It was described to me as Bloodsport in space, but honestly, it’s much more of Rocky, if Philadelphia was actually Mos Eisley. And if Apollo Creed was a cyborg Minotaur. And if they decided to cram in, like, a dozen extra plot lines of varying importance.

The fight scenes aren’t exceptional, but given that every fighter except the plucky underdog is wearing about double their body weight in prosthetics or an elaborate cricket-man costume, they’re well above What they should have been. Which also warrants mentioning; outside of the one (unfortunately central) character, the practical effects are all astonishingly good, considering how this is a direct to video 1991 movie about beating up space monsters, and should really have had a budget of about “Whatever the director had in his wallet at the time”.

Special mention must be made of the Plucky Underdogs outfit during the fights. It’s like he couldn’t decide whether to dress like He-Man or a robot, so combined them and threw in a little burlesque for fun.

Also, Quark is in it! Playing a weasel man named Weesil.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Pee Wee's Big Holiday is pretty good. It's always tricky to return to such characters 30 years later in long form but he does it great. Even though Herman is referred to more than once as a boy, I kind of love that this is a child's ideal of being a grown up, where the most important thing in the world is if you can get to a birthday party so you can play with your best friend. I also love the choice to do an extended farmer's daughter element that is very G-rated and the women aren't of idealized body types nor is the joke that they are "fat" or "ugly". They all seem nice but needy from being sheltered and even though they come on strong, it never feels like an issue of consent (until the next morning and even that feels like a very kid minded approach to marriage). I think it isn't an amazing film but it is very deft at handling it's material. It really is a sweet feel-good family film.
 
I recently learned of, and vowed to watch, the direct to video 1991 science fiction martial arts movie, Arena (not to be confused with any of the other dozen-ish movies called Arena that show up when you search Tubi for that movie).

Its incredible.

My only regret is that I only learned of this movie now, and not 30 years ago. It was described to me as Bloodsport in space, but honestly, it’s much more of Rocky, if Philadelphia was actually Mos Eisley. And if Apollo Creed was a cyborg Minotaur. And if they decided to cram in, like, a dozen extra plot lines of varying importance.

The fight scenes aren’t exceptional, but given that every fighter except the plucky underdog is wearing about double their body weight in prosthetics or an elaborate cricket-man costume, they’re well above What they should have been. Which also warrants mentioning; outside of the one (unfortunately central) character, the practical effects are all astonishingly good, considering how this is a direct to video 1991 movie about beating up space monsters, and should really have had a budget of about “Whatever the director had in his wallet at the time”.

Special mention must be made of the Plucky Underdogs outfit during the fights. It’s like he couldn’t decide whether to dress like He-Man or a robot, so combined them and threw in a little burlesque for fun.

Also, Quark is in it! Playing a weasel man named Weesil.
Gul Dukat is in it too
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Well that I never watched so I will forgive myself for that one
I kind of want to rewatch that since it touches on similar stuff to DS9 and it's weird they were sort of these parallel series. Plus, I never watched the final season. The... CG is what you would expect from the mid-90s.
 
I kind of want to rewatch that since it touches on similar stuff to DS9 and it's weird they were sort of these parallel series. Plus, I never watched the final season. The... CG is what you would expect from the mid-90s.
It's weirdly awesome though. Last season lacks, but it's kinda rad they do a whole season of wrap up. Is it streaming anywhere?
 

gogglebob

The Goggles Do Nothing
(he/him)
I said to myself "now now, Goggle Bob, you can wait to see someone post the answer, or you can check justwatch.com and find it yourself". And lo and behold it is on friggen' HBO Max, a platform I currently subscribe to, and one where I was trying to find something I could stream that is long and epic for when I bumble through Pokemon Violet in handheld mode in a couple weeks. So guess what is on the agenda now!

Zooty zoot zoot!
 
I said to myself "now now, Goggle Bob, you can wait to see someone post the answer, or you can check justwatch.com and find it yourself". And lo and behold it is on friggen' HBO Max, a platform I currently subscribe to, and one where I was trying to find something I could stream that is long and epic for when I bumble through Pokemon Violet in handheld mode in a couple weeks. So guess what is on the agenda now!

Zooty zoot zoot!
Damn. Not here in Canada then. No spoo for me
 

Bongo

excused from moderation duty
(he/him)
Staff member
I watched Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, and it delivered exactly on its premise: a parody of the biopic genre, in particular its tendency to make arbitrary and abiographical narrative changes. If you like Weird Al, doubt not that the movie is consistent with its subject's oeuvre.

I was very impressed with the scene about Dr. Demento's pool party. Due to shooting in Los Angeles, they were able to cast the film from Al's contact list. He knows a lot of celebrities, so apparently he just called them up for this one scene to impersonate a whole crowd of visually eccentric 80s celebrities. And then they had Emo Philips as Salvador Dalí.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Watched the Empire Strikes Back for the first time in forever. It really does hold up as a great movie. Not much beyond that except I'm older and can appreciate the structure of the film a little more this time.
 

Octopus Prime

Jingle Engine
(He/Him)
I had set my expectations a bit too high for Prom Night 2: Hello Mary Lou, but that’s clearly just a me issue because this is a really fun and goofy-ass horror movie.

It starts off like they were trying to make the exact opposite movie as Carrie, but then it switched gears and became a horror movie starring the absolute horniest murder ghost ever, who has a real zest for needle drops from the big hits of the 1950s, and razzing the priests running confessionals.

Would not have expected “Do Wop-bop-a-do-wop, Do Wop BAM BOOM” to work nearly as well as a one liner after smooshing someone to death with a stack of lockers but by god, she sells it.

Mary Lou is criminally underserved in terms of 80s Horror Movie Villains
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
They did a great How Did This Get Made about this (with special guests Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron, for real) and everyone agreed when the naked woman is walking around the locker room, it doesn't play sexy (even though the director admitted that was the intent), it plays super intimidating once she starts marching around. It's some intimidating use of nudity.

Fun fact, the main actress also was in the Sailor Moon dub as some baddies and Queen Serenity.
 

Octopus Prime

Jingle Engine
(He/Him)
I honestly thought it was a homage to the Donald Sutherland Body Snatchers; with its own “This is scary not sexy” naked lady stroll
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
499 is a documentary about a Spanish conquistador who time travels to the present. Really. Basically, the conquistador stuff is fiction but it is an entry point to discuss the fallout of colonialism nearly 500 years later on Mexico and it's peoples. Considering it doesn't hold back, it's a weird tact but interesting.
 

Violentvixen

(She/Her)
I watched Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, and it delivered exactly on its premise: a parody of the biopic genre, in particular its tendency to make arbitrary and abiographical narrative changes. If you like Weird Al, doubt not that the movie is consistent with its subject's oeuvre.

I was very impressed with the scene about Dr. Demento's pool party. Due to shooting in Los Angeles, they were able to cast the film from Al's contact list. He knows a lot of celebrities, so apparently he just called them up for this one scene to impersonate a whole crowd of visually eccentric 80s celebrities. And then they had Emo Philips as Salvador Dalí.
We watched this tonight! I knew it was a parody going in but also didn't realize just how bonkers and off the rails it was going to get. Some of the scenes stopped being funny about halfway through them and I found the gag violence much more offputting than it seemed like I was supposed to and could have done with less of that, but overall I'm glad I watched it and it's a goofy fun ride.
 

karzac

(he/him)
I watched Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, and it delivered exactly on its premise: a parody of the biopic genre, in particular its tendency to make arbitrary and abiographical narrative changes. If you like Weird Al, doubt not that the movie is consistent with its subject's oeuvre.

I was very impressed with the scene about Dr. Demento's pool party. Due to shooting in Los Angeles, they were able to cast the film from Al's contact list. He knows a lot of celebrities, so apparently he just called them up for this one scene to impersonate a whole crowd of visually eccentric 80s celebrities. And then they had Emo Philips as Salvador Dalí.

Don't forget Jorma Tacome as PeeWee Herman was pretty fantastic.

I really enjoyed the movie. I hope people don't sleep on Evan Rachel Wood's Madonna - she was fantastic.

The heightened biopic melodrama is especially funny in comparison to Al's real biography, which includes a very close and supportive relationship with his parents. The whole thing about wanting to write original songs was pretty good too.

Agreed with VV that some scenes, especially the violence, dragged a bit though. That's part of Al's schtick though, especially the out-of-left-field violence, so it wasn't surprising.

Legitimately got chills in several of the song scenes.
 
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Octopus Prime

Jingle Engine
(He/Him)
Hans Gruber pretending to be German Pretending to be Bill Clay is one of the finest examples of one of my favorite things in cinema; British People failing very badly at sounding American

That scene and his utter befuddlement at Ellis’ 80s corporate speak justifies Die Hard all on their own.
 

ASandoval

Old Man Gamer
(he/him)
Having something of a vested interest, I watched the Netflix Little Nemo adaptation Slumberland.

It was very pleasent! A solid 7 of a kid's movie. Very pretty to look at and the story as it was worked ok, though I can't help but think there's a stronger version of the movie that hits all the same points they wanted to hit.
 
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