This post from more than 10 years ago just got liked, and my feelings on this movie haven't changed. Still a fantastic watch. Probably Russell Crowe's best performance.One movie that I tend to watch once every couple months is Master And Commander. I haven't read any of the novels that the story was based on, but the movie is just a joy to watch. It had great characters and solid acting all around. But equally as impressive were its achievements in cinematography and sound editing. Plus, the music, while sparse, is used judiciously and when it's playing, it is spot-on perfection. It's funny, moving, and even reasonably accurate from a historical perspective, and I enjoy it every time I watch it.
Yeah, I had to buy an imported canadian disc for the theatrical cut on RZ's Halloween. I don't like that movie that much, but it's alright. In the theatrical form. I HATE the uncut version so much and will never watch it again.I picked up both Zombie Halloweens on blu ray and they both were the theater cuts. I think it was on Amazon. Yeah the rape scene is in the director's cut, but in the theater cut how he gets out is different. I actually prefer the theater cut over the director's cut.
Hey, don't make fun. Cannon/Golan-Globus, New World/other Roger Corman ventures, and Empire/Full Moon comprise an awful large stake of films my girlfriend and I watch. Tons of fun and definitely enjoyable most of the time.Mutant Python
So it seems like the massive success of American blockbusters in China are showing signs of payoff. The Chinse film industry has thrived so much to the point they've birthed their own Roger Corman/Canon Films low budget but sincerely made, so bad it's good, subgenre of movies or Chinese Schlock Buster if you will (most of them being monster movies; they have a giant snake series called Monty Python FFS). And they're free on Youtube.
Mutant Python is one of their more competent movies that crosses over enough to be charmingly good. The plot is lifted straight up from classic 50s monster movies, but with an underlying theme of humans are just as monstrous as the giant snake... yeah, just King Kong but with a mix of Tremours. This movie is good fun, the giant python looks amazing, and the human characters are endearing enough to keep me engaged.
Looks like, I'm going to be watching more of these schlockbusters in the near future.
I am curious how much of it is nostalgia though. I haven't heard many younger people singing its praises. Not sure if that's because they go, "EW! OLD!" and don't bother watching, or because they aren't impressed. I would be curious if it feels that awesome to folks that didn't grow up with the original.
Yeah, there is something to Tom being Tom. He probably has at least 75% to do with why the movie is as good as it is. Not just as an actor, but as an executive producer that has enough pull to tell the Hollywood numbnuts that want to make everything feel like watching the same movie over and over again to shove it when he'd rather do something fun for him personally.Considering that Top Gun Maverick is the biggest selling movie of this year... possibly 50/50? Sure, most of the target audience are the guys who saw the original in the cinemas; the same people who will part with cash to see Maverick on the big screen. But when I saw it in the theatres, there were a lot of young people there. And I know a few young guys who loved the movie going so far as it's their favorite movie of 2022.
Half of it is blatant nostalgia yes, but it certainly feels more sincere than all the others of its kind (Dominion, Afterlife, Rise of Skywalker). It's also one of the few movies where movie star name is still has massive marketing pull. Add that to the fact that people are willing to pay to see Tom Cruise challenge fate and put himself to near death for entertainment, definitely a bigger spectacle than the sea of CGI visual gangbangs of modern blockbusters.
Not many guys his age will do that kind of crazy shit in front of a camera just for the fun of it. It adds a real sense of stake seeing him do his own stunts that you just don't get in the usual Hollywood, "try not to spot the switch to CGI every time things get a little itense" film.
One of the most perfect movies ever made, and the more I see it, the better it gets in age. A lightning in a bottle movie that's just well executed in every aspect. And seeing it again for the upteenth time makes it even more apparent that it's extreme cynicism completely undermines every single follow up after it. Most people will give Ghostbusters 2 a reluctant pass and it's quite quotable too, but it's nowhere near as good as the original. The movie also shows Ghostbusters itself get swallowed as a franchise falling victim to everything the first movie is making fun of. Ghostbusters 2016 on paper looks good and the logical step to try to keep the franchise going, except it completely loses everything that was clever and funny about the original. And Ghostbusters Afterlife goes full masturbatory hero worship fanservice, completely missing the point that the Ghostbusters themselves were sly grifters who are purely for the money (or in Peter Venkman's case, women). OG Ghostbusters really was a one of a kind.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Wedged right between the first 2 Back To The Future movies was this quaint Robert Zemeckis masterpiece that's also aged extremely well. The premise of combining a period piece crime noir drama and a bunch of cartoons from Disney and WB that will probably need all the lawyers in the universe to recreate today, shouldn't work... but it does and does beautifully. The animation still looks great, certainly better than CG dabbling Zemeckis, and you have to give it to Bob Hoskins and his full commitment, since this is the sort of absurd acting that made Sir Ian McKellen fall apart. Roger Rabbit, like Ghostbusters is another movie everyone's been trying to recreate but falls apart. Space Jam was awful and the recent squel was even worse (why put the characters form A Clockwork Orange in your kids show?). Looney Tunes Back In Action was Joe Dante's attempt to pay tribute, but studio interference and other missteps killed his enthusiasm and in turn crippled the movie. The recent Chip & Dale Rescure Rangers movie is tried it's hardest but still pales to Roger Rabbit. It commits two egregious crimes of modern comedy: one, often failing the understand the difference of 'parody' and 'reference', and two, telling a clever joke but immediately spends the next minute or five explain the joke in vivid detail.
So that was my weekend. Two peerless classics that will never be topped, all viewed on the big screen.