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  1. After the opening chase scene I realized this would make for a very interesting episode, as it's the most Michael Bay movie ever, but in a weird way. It's like Bay got into Jerry Bruckheimer's stash of coke and decided to make this movie as it's a bizarre mix of over the top humor and easily the most graphically violent film of Bay's career, even more so than 13 Hours. So seeing guys get literally skewered by debris during a car chase, all while there are various repeat jokes a la Family Guy being made, followed by spur of the moment sex scenes. Then at one point one of the team members is just playing Deadpool by quoting movie lines while beating people up. It's clear this angle is coming from the writers who also did Deadpool, but while it works in that situation because it's a comic book film, it doesn't work as well in a movie meant to be set in the real world. Plus having Ryan Reynolds giving the synopsis of his team every fifteen minutes gets irritating after the second or third time he does it.
  2. If you thought Temptation hit you over the head with its morality tale, then you haven't seen anything yet as Acrimony is basically which should be called "bitches be crazy and get what they deserve." I'm kind of amazed that Taraji P. Henson saw the script and thought this would be a good film to do, and while the trailer made it seem like an interesting psychological thriller where the viewer would have no real understanding of what was true and false until the end, this instead is just more of Tyler Perry's women are going to make every bad choice possible because they are bad people period. I'm honestly amazed that not one reviewer or interviewer hasn't just straight up asked if he hates women.
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    Favorite Movies of 2019

    Key to an Oscar nomination: 1. Biopic of famous, preferably well loved, individual, bonus points if they have debilitating ailment - Firth in King's Speech, Redmayne in The Theory of Everything 2. Movie set in entertainment industry or emphasis on media of some kind, though this usually works more towards Best Picture nominees - The Artist, Argo, Birdman, Spotlight, Chicago 3. Major physical transformation - Theron in Monster, Bale in The Fighter, Leto and McConaughey in Dallas Buyer's Club It's why the final scene of Tropic Thunder is even more funny as when Ben Stiller's character is getting his Oscar you see the other nominees include Tom Hanks as an athlete in the Paralympics, Sean Penn as a blind man, Jon Voight in some sort of period piece, and Tobey Maguire as a gay monk. Also for the original purpose of this thread, I need to add the Jacob's Ladder remake to the worst of last year as that movie is an utter dumpster fire, while if you want a nice chuckle for a fairly short kitchy movie, check out The Velocipastor on Prime. It realizes you're watching it to see how bad it is and plays very well into that in a very Black Dynamite kind of way.
  4. Of for sure, Wiseau's sex scenes were basically narcissistic in that he's basically showing himself off, like if it was him just having sex with a pillow rather than Lisa, he would have been fine with that because people would still see his ass and hump technique. There's also a mix of naivety in Wiseau's as it appears he shot the scenes like that as he thought that's how scenes like that were shot by big film studios, like many other misconceptions he had about the movie making process. That's not to say there wasn't an aspect of perviness on Wiseau's part in having a sex scene with an attractive woman, but Breen's scenes have a very Weinstein feel to them with no irony in them.
  5. Oh I definitely expect there to be some kind of knockoff HDTGM type characters that die in brutal suicides in his next film.
  6. In all fairness, they really need to cover Double Down, where Breen is a super covert secret agent, and Pass Thru, where he's a Messiah type character who comes to Earth to wipe out a percentage of bad people in order to start world peace. The funny thing about the latter is the number he's looking to wipe out is around 300 million people, which while is a large number it still leaves a large percentage of the current population on the world, and there are sure to still be a few assholes left over that would upturn the world peace apple cart. It's sort of like Dr. Evil demanding a ransom of $1 million from world leaders in the 90s when that's a now minute amount of money compared to a few decades prior.
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    Jacob's Ladder (2019)

    I just saw this on Netflix and it is completely terrible, and not in a good for the show kind of way. This could have been a remake that worked because the original isn't one of the biggest hits in the genre and really is only remembered for a few scenes and the giant twist at the end, so there isn't a high bar far the remake to at least meet for new and returning viewers alike. and instead fumbled every way that it could, which is even more shocking as there are solid actors filling out this cast. Rather than play into what people are expecting with the twist, it instead goes and focuses on what was a red herring in the original film, and did so boringly.
  8. Yeah it was clearly the suburbs around Vegas and the industrial areas where the local businesses are at. I do remember reading that a couple of the nicer cars were actually Breen's and that others were donated because he was a member of some autoclub in Vegas.
  9. I know they joked about being part of a Disaster Artist-like film for this, but this won't work as Breen is very much more up his artistic ass than Wiseau ever was. While Wiseau has at least softened over the years to what The Room actually is compared to what he wanted it to be, Breen has been unapologetic about what he's made, standing firm that it's a great movie and that critics don't understand it, and how it should be distributed, hence why it's no longer available on Prime like it was a couple years ago. It's also odd in that all of his other movies follow a similar plot of a guy who is amazing at everything being pulled into some gigantic conspiracy, all while shitty green screen effects and local theater actors abound throughout the film. I will say looking to see if this was available to rent on Prime and found a litany of Breen based products like shirts on how to hack the government like Breen and coffee mugs featuring his nodding off scene.
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    Favorite Movies of 2019

    Yeah the scene that kept popping in my head was when De Niro beat up the store owner who pushed his daughter. It's clearly a young De Niro's face in the fight scene but his body is hunched and stilted when he's kicking and punching the guy because he can't do those moves as fluidly anymore. And Shudder is worth the subscription for all it has to offer, more so for how cheap it is especially compared to other channels on Prime that offer way less.
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    Favorite Movies of 2019

    Two I forgot to add to my best list was Dolemite Is My Name, which is kind of like The Disaster Artist for Blaxploitation movies. Eddie Murphy is fantastic in it and shows he still has incredible comedic timing but can play dramatic when needed to. The other is The Irishman which as a mob film lover, easily gets into my top ten mob movies of all time, even if the de-aging tech doesn't work when they still have De Niro's 80+ year old body doing the action.
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    Favorite Movies of 2019

    I really enjoyed Pet Sematary and it was definitely an honorable mention for me. I felt the switching of which kid was killed was brilliant albeit ruined by every fucking trailer. Having the daughter be able to verbalize what she witnessed and felt on the other side after dying was a great touch while the book and original having Gage being the kid who died relied on the creepiness of a killer toddler, which definitely worked in itself. My two gripes about this would be that the family never questioned why they were getting 50 acres for super cheap when they bought the house, or the fact that the never looked at the surrounding land until after they found the titular cemetery, like do some fucking due diligence. The other issue I had was when the daughter died, I'm not that great at physics, but even I know when a storage container weighing a couple tons even when empty comes sliding towards a small child at over 70 miles an hour, that kid isn't just going to be knocked gently over to the side of the rode with a cut on the back of her head, that kid would be a fucking smear of pasta sauce going down that highway. I enjoyed Glass all the way until that ending because it was so tacked on to incorporate that twist, which would have been better if there had been sprinklings of it hidden in the first two films. It just seemed done solely for the sake of M. Night having a twist in the movie, when it really didn't need one when the performance of its three leads were so strong, especially McAvoy who again is amazing as the split personality Horde. Child's Play really surprised me with how well it was done despite being a totally different origin story/theme for the killer, and the mechanics behind how the doll could become a killer. I still hope that the proposed TV show for the original series happens as the last two films, Curse and Cult of Chucky, are outstanding films, more so considering they were direct to video releases. If you haven't seen them I recommend you do as it removes a lot of the over the top comedy of the previous two films and goes back to the darker horror elements of the first few films.
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    Favorite Movies of 2019

    I ended up enjoying a lot more films this year than hating, with many of the hated being straight to streaming. I enjoyed Velvet Buzzsaw especially after reading some breakdowns and differing theories, but it didn't end up on my top list. Brightburn was a decent attempt at a dark superhero universe (which was definitely teased in the mid-credit scene) but I felt that it shouldn't have been a chance crash as to why the boy was on Earth, but rather an orchestrated move by his home planet where they are sending "orphans" to life bearing planets in order to take them over from within. My top films, in no real order, were the following: El Camino: a Breaking Bad Movie Little Monsters Joker It Chapter 2 Spider-Man Far From Home Midsommar Once Upon a Time In Hollywood John Wick 3 Avengers Endgame Us Doctor Sleep Never Surrender: a Galaxy Quest Documentary Knives Out Jojo Rabbit Uncut Gems While the ones I despised were these dumpster fires: The Fanatic - definitely needs to be covered on the show The Kitchen - such wasted potential of cast and source material MIB International - how do you screw up the chemistry already shown between your leads in another film in what should be a simple premise to reboot Dark Phoenix - it's now clear that the Phoenix storyline should never be attempted on film Hellboy - there was a brief glimpse of a good premise in this with the Lovecraftian monster attack on London scene, but they decided to stick with boring banter and humor Polar - tried too much to be a John Wick knockoff with god knows how many absurd wigs Serenity - should be clear why this is mentioned Treehouse - ham fisted message inside a subpar horror film Tone Deaf - another ham fisted attempt to critique stereotypes of two generations of people, only to further emphasize those stereotypes Rambo: Last Blood - laughably bad and possibly the darkest of the franchise 3 From Hell - bland rehash of Devil's Rejects, although adding Richard Brake was a nice touch
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    6 Underground (2019)

    80 minutes in and it is clear someone who made this movie listens to the podcast as they took a joke Jason made during the Streets of Fire episode about trying to knock a person out with a punch, but not being able to do with one. There is a 3 minute bit about this and while it's funny for the first 20 seconds, they keep going back to the well with it.
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    The Fanatic (2019)

    I'm five minutes into this and already I know this has to be covered by the show Travolta's first line being "I'm sorry I can't talk long, I have to poo." Also if this is the original content that Redbox is starting to finance and produce, I don't think they are going to become the media juggernaut that Netflix is.
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    Trailer Talk

    One of the main reasons I subscribed to Shudder was they brought back his version of the old TNT Monstervision, though with Amazon that usually means the marathon will come up sometime this week. Having gotten the chance to meet Briggs at a horror convention near where I live, I can say he is one of the nicest people involved in the film industry that you can meet, although those bedazzled and tassled jackets that he wears are apparently unable to be dry cleaned regularly so they stink pretty badly. I saw the original Black Christmas after I saw the first remake and was instantly enthralled by how much it set the tone for future slashers that many wouldn't think about, also seeing how much of a pain in the ass it was to try and trace a phone call back in the 70s is still a chuckleable moment for me.
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    The Fanatic (2019)

    Gotti is amazingly bad and great for the show given how it was a dream project of Travolta's, which is almost a sure sign the movie will be a dumpster fire. Considering it too is on Prime for free, these two movies should be a live show double feature.
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    Sabotage (2014)

    This guy gets it.
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    Trailer Talk

    I'm intrigued by the change of theme from fantasy/life discovery to horror/suspense, unfortunately this trailer follows other recent horror trailers in that it gives away some big info about the film that should be left to surprise audiences. I do love the versatility of Michael Pena in playing a serious villainous character, 30 Minutes or Less doesn't really count with how hammy the character was.
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    Episode 227 - Double Dragon: LIVE!

    So that game image is from the video game adaptation made for the movie's release, similar to how they made Street Fighter: the Movie: the Game for the JCVD movie where they made a Mortal Kombat type game using the actor's images. In the original Double Dragon games, he looked like this: Also of the original game play style, they never had powers in the first game, but you would learn new moves as you defeated more and more enemies. You start with just punch and kick, but soon can do jump kicks, spin kicks, uppercuts, and even kneeing your opponent in the face while holding their head like it was a Muy Thai fight. The ending where you fight your brother was also a common trope for beat-em-ups of the 80s and 90s where two players would play through a whole game only to have to fight each other at the end to see who the better player was. I distinctly remember this being the end of Die Hard: Arcade where for some reason there is only one seat available on the escape helicopter and the players have to fight each other to get it, which is so weird considering you worked together to get there in the first place.
  21. I'm assuming it was a Mythbusters type of thing where they figured out that number, rather than some dude in a morgue punching fresh corpses. Also I'll cite the following film, which really should be covered on the show for how insane it is, when Jason gets in a literal fistfight with a kid, who is portrayed in the film as an Olympic level boxer. Nevermind the fact that the guy has every option in order to get around the slow moving Jason and get away, but he decides to throw up his dukes with an undead nightmare. I'll let the video show what kind of good idea that was. Also how did this not get covered on the Arscheerio Paul Show?
  22. They did because it started to kick on at the end of the show, though thankfully I wasn't all the way up in the highest balcony, yes there were multi-leveled balconies. But even close to the stage it was uncomfortably warm in old school theater seats that had zero give or maneuverability. Considering that in the very next film Jason literally teleports around a room in order to be in view of his victim and the fact that he walks across the bottom of the ocean to chase after his potential victims, I would not be surprised.
  23. Correction So I'm writing the day after seeing this live in Berkeley while it's still fresh in my head, so I don't know what will make it to the final cut of the episode. So with regard to the overall timeline of the series, the first movie takes place briefly in 1958 when Mrs. Voorhees kills the two counselors that she blames for Jason's accident, before the film cuts to 1979 when the son of the original owners of the camp was attempting to reopen the camp. Part 2 starts with Jason, who had actually lived and was presumed dead only because his body was never found, is around 34 and has survived due to being taught survival skills by his mom as well as learning various things at the camp before his accident. Parts 2-4 basically take place over the course of a week as the camp is desribed as being quite large and the killings were taking part in remote areas around it so subsequent victims weren't hearing about the killings in prior films. Jason is only really knocked out at the end of 2 and 3 but is finally killed by Tommy Jarvis in 4, which leads to a copycat killing teens in a blind rage in part 5, followed by his resurrection in this film. The reason the actor's switched for Tommy between 5 and 6 was because the actor from 5 apparently was an actual counselor or something for a church group prior to filming 5, decided against coming back to the sequel, filmed another film, and then went into the seminary. This isn't the worst case of continuity error as in Part 2 Jason has a full head of hair and part of a beard while in 3, which literally set the following day, is completely bald and even more deformed. For the odd shifting tone, basically the writers were surprised to be doing another F13 movie, so they decided to voice that along with frustration with New Line by adding lines like the Gravedigger breaking the fourth wall and asking the audience "why would someone dig up Jason, can't they just let him rest already?" and a few other things like the snappy editing style that blended different conversations, which I have to assume insprired Luc Besson in how he shot and wrote the Fifth Element, which is filled with that shit. As for the rating, prior to this film all the movies had to be severely cut down because they were initially given X ratings, so the director didn't want to deal with that and went for a lighter overall film, which ended up giving it the best critical reviews of the entire series. The budget was also a big bone of contention between the director and studio, which led to some petty shit done by both sides. One of the producers was a real penny pincher and was actually calling dibs on various items purchased for production that he was going to take home when filming was over, namely a large and expensive swamp cooler. Upon hearing this, the director decided to get some payback for how little financial support he was getting by placing said cooler on top of the RV, right before they shot the crash scene, so the large box seen flying off the top of the rv when it starts flipping isn't a TV as Paul thought it was, but rather this massive swamp cooler that a producer was hoping to take home for himself. To answer June's questions, Jason did run after people in parts 2-4 because he was still a living person, it wasn't until this film to Jason X where he has supernatural powers due to being undead. His grave was also meant to be explained in this film as being paid for by his father, who had abandoned him and his mother when Jason was young, but decided that paying for the city to not cremate his son and have him properly buried would act as a sort of repentance. This alternate ending was cut because of the gravedigger being killed in the movie and the fact that the studio didn't want to have to worry about creating the dad's backstory in the sequel. Also Berkeley can straight screw itself in regards to hosting a show like this as they had a full theater of people on a 95 degree day and didn't turn the air conditioner on, until the near end of the show after Jason complained about it, but by then it was too little too late. It was literally cooler outside of the theater by the time the show was over.
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    Midsommar (2019)

    The message of grief always being at the focal point of the main character's arc had a couple of layers that only got revealed months after release, like how the image of the dead sister is hidden in the environment at various points of the film showing that it's still a big part of what that character is going through all while trying . I will say this was a lot more upfront about what was going to happen in comparison to Hereditary which hid it's clues way too well for many people. I mean the opening scene is a tapestry that basically shows the whole plot of the movie and another that shows how the village sister is tempting the boyfriend by use of old school potions. It is like the director got a note about making this more film more approachable for audiences, but he took it too far in the opposite direction outside of a couple things like the hidden images of the sister.
  25. After Jason talking about this on the Sky Captain episode, this would make for an interesting episode. It's not crazy like most HDTGM films, but Gerard Butler takes his performance to an almost Nic Cage/Bad Lieutenant level of crazy. The film itself is basically a not-so-subtle ripoff of so many better heist/crime films, namely Heat and The Usual Suspects, even to the point where it almost matches Heat's main plot points beat for beat. What's even more amazing is that there is a sequel being developed, despite it barely breaking even, so there is hope that Jason's wish to be cast in it can come true.