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Theorist
#676 Old 7th Jul 2021 at 10:56 PM
My Dinner With Andre (1981) - 1/10
I cringe thinking that people actually paid money and sat in movie theaters to watch this pseudo-intellectual drivel. I'm embarrassed to say that I sat through this, watching it online last night, although I did fall asleep for about 15 minutes half-way through.
Theorist
#677 Old 9th Jul 2021 at 2:25 PM Last edited by ScaryRob : 17th Jul 2021 at 6:35 PM.
Idiocracy (2006) - 2/10
Not too far from present-day reality. I did get one good thing out of watching this garbage, namely, the end credits play a catchy instrumental ditty I'd never heard before, Buck Owens' Buckaroo.
Scholar
#678 Old 16th Jul 2021 at 10:03 PM
Con Air (1997) is like the only Nic Cage movie that's acceptable. Though I did watch like 10 mins of Bangkok Dangerous before I had to go out and that was really fun, so maybe if I watch the whole thing there could be another nice movie featuring the dude
Theorist
#679 Old 17th Jul 2021 at 4:27 PM Last edited by ScaryRob : 1st Sep 2021 at 11:05 PM.
Fahrenheit 451 (1966) - 3.5/10
(slight spoiler warning)
Typical low budget British science fiction, with cheesy props, including 1940's-era telephones and telephone switchboards among otherwise somewhat futuristic mid-century furniture, and the main protagonist eventually escaping in a row boat, despite his high-tech pursuers giving chase on jet packs, which is the absurd low point in the film.
What's odd is that in a society that has outlawed reading of any kind, everyone does seem to know how to read, and there are in fact places where reading is obvious, at least the reading of numbers, such as the number 451 on the firemen's uniforms and the floor selection buttons inside elevators.
The only thing that intrigues me about this movie is that I'm curious where the elevated monorail was located and whatever happened to it, so I'll have to do a net search for that.
Some movies make me want to read the books they're based on, but this isn't one of them. Pointless and very boring.

Edit: The monorail was a test track, about a mile long and constructed in France by a corporate consortium, and dismantled not long after having been used in the movie.
Theorist
#680 Old 17th Jul 2021 at 6:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Noa1500
Con Air (1997) is like the only Nic Cage movie that's acceptable. Though I did watch like 10 mins of Bangkok Dangerous before I had to go out and that was really fun, so maybe if I watch the whole thing there could be another nice movie featuring the dude

Yeah, it's unfortunate that Cage seems to be one of David Lynch's go-to actors.
Theorist
#681 Old 19th Jul 2021 at 6:50 PM Last edited by ScaryRob : 1st Sep 2021 at 11:06 PM.
The Lost Continent (1968) - 4/10 (Not to be confused with a couple of movies entitled Lost Continent, from the 1950's)
It starts out promisingly enough, with a leaky old steamer carrying illegal cargo to Caracas, Venezuela, I forget from where, along with an odd collection of passengers. After encountering a hurricane they end up stuck in the doldrums in the Sargasso Sea (I had to look that up) where they encounter man-eating seaweed, giant carnivorous crustaceans, and the descendants of conquistadors who have been trapped in the doldrums for centuries. It sounds more interesting than it is.
Who says weed wasn't potent back in the 60's? And I don't mean seaweed.
Theorist
#682 Old 24th Jul 2021 at 1:19 AM Last edited by ScaryRob : 10th Aug 2021 at 3:53 AM.
Quest for Fire (1981) - 10/10
In the prehistoric world, a Cro-Magnon tribe's survival depends on maintaining their source of fire, which eventually extinguishes. Lacking the knowledge to start a new fire, the tribe sends three warriors on a quest for more. Unique in that there is not a single spoken word in the entire movie.
One of my favorite movies.
Theorist
#683 Old 1st Aug 2021 at 7:56 AM Last edited by ScaryRob : 8th Aug 2021 at 3:41 PM.
Dead & Buried (1981) - 5/10
Theorist
#684 Old 8th Aug 2021 at 3:24 PM Last edited by ScaryRob : 10th Aug 2021 at 3:49 AM.
Bullitt (1968) - 5/10

Another old movie that I never sat down and watched properly, until last night.

Steve McQueen plays San Francisco police Lieutenant Bullitt, who is charged with protecting a mob fugitive over the weekend until he can testify in court the following Monday.
About a half-dozen other notable actors play their typical roles, including Robert Vaughn as Senator Chalmers, Don Gordon as detective Delgetti, Simon Oakland as Captain Bennet, and even Norman Fell (the landlord from Three's Company) as Baker, another police superior. Jacqueline Bisset plays Bullitts significant other and Robert Duvall plays a cabdriver.

Noted for it's supposedly epic car chase between two 1960's muscle cars through the streets and nearby highways of San Francisco, I don't see much else extraordinary about this film. Although the general story isn't too hard to follow, there are irritating details that left me wondering whether they are, or are not, significant. Even after reading the plot description on Wikipedia afterwards, the overall story still seemed sketchy to me. It seems the entire movie was built around the car chase.

(Spoiler alert)
For example:
* Senator Chalmer's suspected link to organized crime (according to Wikipedia) is never elucidated. Is he a good guy or bad guy? If he's bad, how bad?
* Why in fact did Ross unlock the door of the hotel room?
* Would leaving the door locked have made much of a difference, considering the perpetrators subsequently entered the room and shot two people with a shotgun? They obviously weren't concerned about making noise, so would a simple locked door chain have made much difference to them?
* Jacqueline Bisset's role as Lieutenant Bullitt's girlfriend/fiancee is of no importance to the film. Using her to try to "humanize" Bullitt is pointless. The only reason she's in the movie is because they wanted to include a beautiful woman in the film, imo, and leaving out her role entirely would have made no difference whatsoever.
Theorist
#685 Old 12th Aug 2021 at 4:55 PM Last edited by ScaryRob : 13th Aug 2021 at 4:52 PM.
Cell (2016) - 5/10
Science Fiction or a prediction of the near future?
Theorist
#686 Old 1st Sep 2021 at 11:02 PM
Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970) - 4/10
A supercomputer designed to safely control the world's nuclear weapons becomes sentient and decides to rule the world.
Theorist
#687 Old 4th Sep 2021 at 6:24 PM
In the Mouth of Madness (1994) - 5/10
Some kind of Lovecraftian-type tale that gets weirder and weirder.
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