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The Shining - 8/10

Bad acting, not very scary but, Jack Nicholson saved it with his hilariously crazy character.
What do you mean by bad acting?
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The Goodbye Girl (1977)


I didn't dislike anything necessarily, but found it a bit bland and forgettable. It looked a lot more modern than 1977. It was ok.
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3/10

Amazing Spider-Man 2 - I'm stunned at how bad it turned out. As bad of a genre film as I've seen in years. Shallow, cheesy and poorly written.



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What do you mean by bad acting?
Have you noticed how many facial expressions Jack Nicholson would make when speaking?

Nobody change facial expression five times per sentence in the real world.
I think he tried way too hard to express how his character felt.

It did make his character seem crazier at the right moments but, most of the time, it wasn't necessary.

The little boy wasn't great either but, it's to be expected considering his age.

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Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom - 9/10

It's gore but, nowhere near what I expected after reading the reviews.
It still made me cringe a few times though.
I would have given it a higher rating if there were less gay scenes.



Edarsenal, I kinda see where you're coming from about the Hobbit films. I know Peter Jackson defends his adaptation of the short novel by Tolkien into three films by saying he included material from the appendices and books like Unfinished Tales, but I'm not buying all that. I, too, know which parts he plopped into the films that where totally invented by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and himself. Still, I enjoy them for what they are. That said, I will not buy the extended editions. They are extended enough.

Well, dark, I have to disagree about the "bad" acting in The Shining for the most part. The only person who annoyed me at all was Shelley Duvall. And I've liked Shelley Duvall in other things, just not this movie.



Gunga Din (1939)

1939 has been called by many "the Golden Age of Hollywood," and there are many classics to back up that claim. Gunga Din is certainly near the top of the list. I'd seen it as a youngster but had forgotten almost everything but the ending. So watching it again was like seeing it brand new. What a great movie.

If you haven't seen it, it involves three British soldiers on duty in British-occupied India in the 1800's. They are Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. They're aided by their Indian waterboy, Gunga Din. Dispite the title, the movie is not mostly about Din. The three soldier friends and Din share about equal screentime. They are sent to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a regiment in a small town and needless to say, they get caught up in fighting and adventure. It's almost like an Indiana Jones picture and I didn't realize how much until I saw it again. I see where Lucas and Spielberg were inspired by this film to include certain things into Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

There is the Thuggee Cult of India, who excel at strangling people (Indy fights one in his room, then the Thugs are the main baddies of the film); there's the rope bridge, which is cut, sending many cult members to their death; and one shot that seemed lifted wholesale from this movie is when the cult chief/guru is sitting atop the roof of the temple outside and slowly turns his head towards the camera very slowly, smiling. In TOD, the character of Mola Ram does the exact slow turn, looking at the camera, smiling, and looks almost exactly like the actor in Gunga Din. I know Lucas and Spielberg were inspired by the old cliffhangers and serial movies of the 30's and 40's but I know this one had to inspire them.

It didn't take me out of the movie at all, in fact it made it more fun for me, recognizing things from TOD that were in the previous movie. All the actors are great, but Grant, with his love of gold, is terrific. And Sam Jaffe is super as the waterboy Din, who wants to be a soldier in the British Army more than anything. This is a classic and I highly recommend it. If you see it, tell me if you see the Indiana Jones parts I did.

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Lovelace (2013)


This was an ok story of Linda Lovelace, star of the porn hit, Deep Throat. The story mostly focuses on her relationship and marriage to Chuck Trainer. Amanda Seyfried as Linda, and Peter Sarsgaard as Chuck, are thankfully both pretty good, and that's what saves the movie. His pressure, control, and abuse of her, is convincing. The rest of the cast is mostly wasted except for Juno Temple in a small role. After seeing her in this, and Killer Joe, I'm developing a serious crush on this girl. I also liked the idea of the cameo for Chloe Sevigny, as kind of a nod to her Brown Bunny role. Robert Patrick is wasted as her father, and Sharon Stone as her mother is somewhat unrecognizable, and frankly not very good. Chris Noth is pretty good as a porn bigwig, but I have a hard time taking that actor seriously. James Franco is again terribly miscast as Hugh Heffner. The movie has a great soundtrack, as you would expect of a movie set during that era. The big problem with this movie is simply that it lacks any pizzazz or snappy dialogue. This was a let down because I love movies set during this era, with the style and the music, especially true stories. After being disappointed by this and Blow, I believe a law should be enacted stating any movie like this must be directed by someone with the last name Scorsese, Anderson, or Russell.




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El Topo (1970)


I certainly didn't think this was a bad movie. In fact, it was made a lot better than I thought it would be. It's simply not my kind of movie.



Bob Dylan gives Gunga Din a shout-out in "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere." I assume that means he's a fan of the movie as well.

El Topo (1970)
I certainly didn't think this was a bad movie. In fact, it was made a lot better than I thought it would be. It's simply not my kind of movie.
If you get a chance, check out Jodorowsky's avante-garde masterpiece The Holy Mountain. I think it's a much better film than El Topo. Oh, and to enhance the experience and allow the movie to really blow your mind, smoke some of your wife's weed beforehand. The movie's unlike anything you've ever seen. Just check out some of these screenshots:




I'm rooting hard for this movie to make it onto the 70's countdown, but I'm not very optimistic of its chances.
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Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)


This was a nice surprise for me. I was kind of expecting an artsy type of movie with deep meaning. To me, it was just a beautifully shot adventure film with a compelling main character. I'll take that.



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I'm rooting hard for this movie to make it onto the 70's countdown, but I'm not very optimistic of its chances.
I own it on DVD and will watch it before I submit my list, if that gives you slightly more hope



Soldiers Of Fortune, on Netflix Instant.... Poorly written, poorly acted, and lame action. Plus a ridiculous scene where a dude has a staring contest with a tank and loses. Shockingly, it has a cast including the likes of Sean Bean and James Cromwell. I'll give it a 3 out of 10 for unintentional hilarity.
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I've got Holy Mountain on my radar too, but if I take even one puff, I'll be fried.
have you seen Jodorowsky's "Santa Sangre"?






The notebook (forced to watch it by my lady and I surprisingly enjoyed it) 7/10





Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie

An animated feature directed by animator Steve Stark, written by Kevin Smith as a possible comic book, and produced by Jason Mewes himself! Did not get to see this flick during the touring phase, but I now can watch it whenever I want on iTunes. And while technically not a Smith film, it does feature plenty for View Askew faithful. Including lots of typical Smith humor. Not as good as Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back or the Clerks cartoon series, but still plenty fun if you're a fan.




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Bob Dylan gives Gunga Din a shout-out in "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere." I assume that means he's a fan of the movie as well.



If you get a chance, check out Jodorowsky's avante-garde masterpiece The Holy Mountain. I think it's a much better film than El Topo. Oh, and to enhance the experience and allow the movie to really blow your mind, smoke some of your wife's weed beforehand. The movie's unlike anything you've ever seen. Just check out some of these screenshots:




I'm rooting hard for this movie to make it onto the 70's countdown, but I'm not very optimistic of its chances.
have you seen Jodorowsky's "Santa Sangre"?



This talk of Jodorowsky is making me happy.



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Wolf Creek 2 (2013)


Not in the same class as the original, which was tense and unsettling. This is still fun thanks to the returning villain who has a great combination of personality and nasty. This is the 2nd night in a row that I've watched a movie in which several kangaroos are massacred; how random is that?



I didn't like the first Wolf Creek, so I will definitely pass on the sequel.