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The craziest thing of it all, is that I swear the filmmakers wanted it to be the ludicrous, messy genre rabbit hole that it is.

The 80's & its horror films. What a time to remember.
 
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THE MATRIX ARMADA

What a statement of permanence. A theory of cults against salvation. Prisoners become slaves within their soul, rebellious through their memories. Literally running through the hazy tunnels of one's mind to escape the evils of the World. In an effort to hold the power of free will, you must take it away from others.

No surprise the public wasn't ready for this.

(it's great)
 
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Well my internet was down last weekend and I needed stuff to do on Saturday, so I thought "Screw it! I'm watching Marx Brothers movies!" and yes, I own these films on DVD.

The Marx Brothers films are a wonderful time capsule of their era. Screwball comedies with fast paced wit, slapstick, great music, and pure anarchy. They are the type of movies that don't exist today, but you can definitely see the influence on modern comedy. You can definitely see traces of the Marx Brothers in Looney Tunes, Mel Brooks, Monty Python, Edgar Wright's Films, Ghostbusters, Animaniacs, and all sorts of things.

And for anyone wondering, my favorite of the group was Groucho. I have always been a fan verbal humor and sarcasm. Yakko was my favorite of the Warner siblings, Bill Murray was my favorite of the original Ghostbusters, and we all love Bugs Bunny. I don't want to say Groucho was the start of it, but you can definitely see his influence on those type of characters. My second favorite was Harpo, who to me was the heart of the group, much like what Dopey was for the Seven Dwarves.

Anyways, these were the movies I watched:

Monkey Business = "The One On the Ship" as some fans know it, crazy hijinks ensue as The Marx Brothers are stowaways on a cruise ship as they find themselves assisting rival gangsters. Memorable moments include the Marx Brothers' introduction in the film, Harpo's puppet show, and various other sight gags and Groucho banters. The setting is great for potential Marx Brothers zaniness. The ending in the barn doesn't quite hit home with me, but other than that, its a highly entertaining romp. 8/10

Horse Feathers = "The One Where They Go To College", this one is just off the rails bonkers. So Groucho Marx (somehow) ends up the President of a University where he interrupts classes, hits on the girl his son is chasing, and has wacky interludes to improve the school football team. This parody of college life is unlike any typical college film like Animal House, but if you look at it as a cartoonish and over the top representation of college life, then its a hoot. The Football game at the end might be the earliest example I've seen of using sports for slapstick comedy and its great. Groucho totally steals the show (as per usual) from his "I'm Against It" song and his various bits in the classroom and on the boat with the "College Widow" (look up that terminology). Insane and very fun. 9/10

Duck Soup = As if taking over a college wasn't enough, now its time for Groucho to run a country! Yeah, somehow he winds up president of a nation and by the end of the movie leads them to war. This is probably my favorite of the Marx Brothers films I've seen. The whole idea of it is just insane and they take full advantage of it with song and dance routines, memorable sight gags (The Motorcycle bits are great), and typical Marx Brothers irreverence in the grand stage of the political theater. The film keeps building and building and getting crazier up until we see the Marx Brothers on the battlefield itself, which provides an insane climax to an insane film. 10/10

A Night At The Opera = This was the first Marx Brothers film with MGM after they had wrapped up with Paramount and it is considered by critics to be the best of the Marx Brothers movies. It is certainly the most traditional film of the ones I watched. The Paramount films are just straight up anarchy with little care for story or plot. This film designates a shift in style as there is more focus on the story and attempts at making the Marx Brothers characters more sympathetic. Personally, as far as style goes, I appreciate the wild and zany free-for-all of the Paramount films because in today's world, they almost stand out more as being a unique style. However, the change here was necessary and works quite well. And don't worry, typical Marx Brothers comedy is filled in the film. Scenes like the overcrowded Stateroom scene, the "Sanity Clause" exchange, Groucho's exchanges with Margaret Dumont, the impersonation of "The 3 greatest aviators in the world", the scene where they hide from the detective, and the wild climax in the theater all rank among the Marx Brothers best. Setting these cartoonish and irreverent personalities against a high class setting like the Opera creates many opportunities for their buffoonery, and giving them motivation and obstacles to overcome would probably make the movie work better for modern audiences. 10/10
 
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Power Rangers 2017 reboot -- This was everything that expected it to be. Cornball, over-the-top, nonsensical nostalgia porn, and I'm completely fine with that. I wasn't really expecting something profound from a modernised version of a 90s teenage sitcom using stock footage from an even older japanese show, and somehow it works fine that way despite the cheap-looking CGI. I was afraid that by making MMPR more grimdark it would further highlight the ridiculousness of it all in contrast, but thankfully the movie wasn't trying to pound you over the head with too many specious sociopolitical overtones like many modern takes of classic cartoon heroes. This is simply caricaturist fun aimed at a demographic younger than me, but pleases older fans of the series by squeezing in all of it's beloved tropes in cool new ways.

MOTY this is certainly not, but I don't regret watching it even if it does leave much to be desired come the battle scenes in the final act that seemed like they were trying to clone Pacfic Rim rather than doing something distinctively different. I put this on par with the new TMNT movies but with slightly less emphasis on bad humor, and Naomi Scott > Megan Fox. I'll probably check out the sequel when it inevitably comes.

6.5/10, would be a notch lower if this was a new IP and not Power Rangers. #biased. :draper2 :xavier
 

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A weekend away, visiting a friend led to a whole batch of movies ... Here are quick comments on a few of them:

Young Frankenstein
Obviously, not the first time I saw it. But it remains as trippy, weird and off the wall as ever. The actual "jokes" haven't aged well, and you find yourself wondering WHY certain parts are supposed to be funny at times! But in general, it's still a masterpiece of parody cinema. Gene Wilder at his creepy best.

Recoil
Featuring one Stone Cold Steve Austin as the bad ass vigilante cop, taking out the evil biker gang that killed his family. It's what you'd expect from the description. It's an 80s style shoot-em-up vengeance movie, with Austin playing the emotionless anti-hero perfectly. The ante is TOTALLY "upped" when Danny Trejo is revealed as the Gang Leader, and the ultimate payoff fight scene between the two is great. It's only a 3 star movie, but if you grew up on WWF, Stallone, Schwartzenegger and Van Damme ... you'll LOVE it.

The Machine Girl
Japanese splatter-fest that often strays into comedy as light relief from a really quite depressing story. If you enjoyed the body modification in Tarantino's Planet Terror, then you'll love this. A cute Japanese girl with a mini-gun attached to her arm - and then, later in the movie, a chainsaw. It's all good, gory fun! The basic story is one of revenge, as the young girl seeks to avenge the death of her brother (her only family left, after the murder of their parents), at the hands of a Yakuza gang.
 

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Awesome in all of its sleazy, nonsensical, hilarious glory. Some other B-slashers are tighter in premise & scope, but this was just the right kind of "wtf, oh they're going for it" I look for.
 
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Incredibly empowering movie about Domestic Violence...I never took JLo seriously as an actress until I watched this...really good movie
 

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Looks like the cover of a Goosebumps novella.


I'd watch it, tho. Bring on the b-level sleaze. :mj

Sleeeeeaze granted.

Such as a bunch of cheerleaders randomly competing to become "Queen" by smiling/posing for 3 seconds. the 80's and their ideas. :mark:
 

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Thought it was pretty good, but not as good as Furious 7 or Fast 5. Rock and Jason Statham have a crazy amount of chemistry. Bring on that possible spin off .and While the Dom twist is what everone thought it would be, they did it in a way that, had i not been spoiled by fucking youtube, i wouldn't have seen coming. And Charlize Theron is a pretty good villain. While still pretty crazy, the movie is also probably the most grounded since 5, and while the story itself is pretty :wtf2 at times ,it was okay. My only real complaint is that a few of the action scenes probably could have been better, like the Car scene with all the remote controlled cars should have been off the charts crazy,but it wasn't.

I'll give it a B
 

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Winter Soldier though a love Civil War more Winter Soldier technically the better movie.
 

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Sleeeeeaze granted.

Such as a bunch of cheerleaders randomly competing to become "Queen" by smiling/posing for 3 seconds. the 80's and their ideas. :mark:
Is this movie some kind of sequel to Sleepaway Camp?


Comes across like extremely campy "cheerleader" sexploitation if going by the trailer. :lol :mark:
 

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Is this movie some kind of sequel to Sleepaway Camp?


Comes across like extremely campy "cheerleader" sexploitation if going by the trailer. :lol :mark:
Nah, it's just another slasher flick of its own merit w/the camp setting as its background. I believe the director, and a dame or two within the cast, would go into porn following the film. So that feeling makes total sense. :cozy

Speaking of Sleepaway Camp sequels tho...

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Psychosis reigns; out of the origins of a campfire ghost story.

ANGST revisited. Compulsion to slaughter insatiable. Wanting to dub this as "the female perspective" has some merit, b/c Angela *EXISTS* as a femme, but it's ultimately lost in the wilderness of the mind. Gender identities are tangled up, gained, lost, completely abandoned in the midst of a moral compass gone askew. Actions of the past have truly made way for damnation in the future.

Angela rivals all the confirmed tropes associated w/the world she occupies. Everything anticipated to occur is a trigger. A way to easily send her into the only mode she's comfortable being in. Sex, perversion, lust aren't devices to get our fix within this realm. But rather the 3 strikes to getting "sent home" by the holier than thou demon, by way of geeky, odd counselor artifice.

Angela reborn. Angela unleashed. Angela will camp until she dies.
 

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:lmao and you've seen the ACTUAL Sleepaway Camp sequel too :lmao

Looking it up brought me to a satirical horror movie called The Silence of the Hams. Now I have to put that on my to watch list. :mj

I have a feeling this won't end well.
 
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