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  1. theworstbuddhist

    236 - THE GREAT WALL (Live)

    I chuckled when Paul talked about Andy Lau and how he starred in Infernal Affairs. Andy Lau is a HUGE star in China and around the world. He never quite penetrated North American recognition the way Jackie Chan or even Tony Leung have, but... yeah. Like those other two, just a seemingly ageless megastar actor and singer (yes, Jackie Chan is also a very popular singer). I think all three of them are in Drunken Master 2, though Andy's part is more of a cameo. Jackie and Tony are costars of the film Gorgeous, and Andy's costar in Infernal Affairs was Tony. Now I want to watch a bunch of Cantonese movies again. Maybe I'll do that in these self-isolating days leading up to some parental leave. I'll make a list if anyone is interested. I've literally seen hundreds of them starting from the early 90s especially, thanks to an early interest in John Woo* that led to watching any movie that came on the Chinese station from Toronto. Anyway, I think Jason alluded to the fact that The Great Wall is a Chinese production, but the podcast (understandably, given their location) pretty much just focused on the American actors, especially Matt Damon. Considering the insanely cheap and quickly made quality of older Chinese films, it's wild to see their industry start to take these steps, making more and more self-mythologizing period dramas with hired guns like Damon to shore up the global box office. I think people also commented on how shitty the CG was. Which is certainly fair. But really, for the most part the Chinese audience doesn't seem to care if the effects are clunky. These are people used to traditional theatre performances and crazy wire work in movies. Personally, I don't like the CG alien dog things but it's not because of the CG (though it is bad) - it's because I don't like the trend of action movies creating a weird creature that the heroes can literally just mow through and we gross human beings who get bent out of shape if someone is mean to a kitten will look at these alien creatures, judge them solely on their looks, and say yeah, that thing has to die. *I hate every movie he made in the USA. Yes, even Face/Off.
  2. Nice. I feel like I have seen this back when it came out but I don't really remember anything about it. It certainly seems like a good fit for the podcast. It looks like a weird fusion of The Fugitive and Eternal Sunshine. As for suggestions, this one reminds me of some great 80s and 90s neo-noir: Dennis Hopper's adaptation of The Hot Spot starring Don Johnson, Jennifer Connelly and Virginia Madsen; Romeo Is Bleeding, with Gary Oldman and Lena Olin; and The Last Seduction, with Peter Berg and Linda Fiorentino as a particularly wicked femme fatale.
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    Musical Mondays Week 88 Head

    I'm the opposite - hated the show, always hated the band (who were before my time anyway, apart from their 80s revival) but was impressed that they would make a film that called the band "plastic" and that they would position themselves with musicians like Frank Zappa rather than do what everyone probably expected, eg. a remake of A Hard Day's Night or worse, yet another version of A Star Is Born. It's a crazy document of a crazy time. But yeah, probably helps if you get super high before you watch it. Speaking of, if you DID like Head, check out Zappa's 200 Motels, which makes Head look like Oklahoma!
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    Episode 235.5 - Prequel to Episode 236

    I dunno if US Netflix gets sweet stuff like this, but if you do, I think we should be ok for a while.
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    Episode 235.5 - Prequel to Episode 236

    I had been meaning to try it but hadn't yet because my Mac is old and Macs in my experience don't work great with Chrome. I installed it to see if it would work (thought it might not in Canada) but so far so good if anyone wants to give it a shot.
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    Episode 235.5 - Prequel to Episode 236

    Which is available on Netflix here in Canada, and we usually have less stuff on ours than a lot of countries so hopefully(?) you guys have easy access to it.
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    Episode 235.5 - Prequel to Episode 236

    Hope nobody minds that I went ahead and started this topic, it didn't seem like there is some kind of rota for it so I hope I didn't overstep. As for the mini-episode, thanks Paul. For many of us, I think having the things we love still coming along at the usual times is a comfort for that stupid part of the brain that generates anxiety. Should you watch Resident Evil? Ordinarily I would say yes, at least for the very first one, which I thought was OK at the time. But, depending on how you feel about watching a series of films based on videogames about a biohazard, it might be a bit much for now. But if you're up to it, the first one is a solid horror picture, and much like Underworld, the quality drops off after that.
  8. Advice for callers from Florida! A woman falls under a train and triggers June's panic response, but they are both ok. And, should Paul watch the Resident Evil films? Paul also offers advice on the Paul Help Line, goes through Corrections and Omissions for Underworld: Blood Wars, and checks in with Devin and Cody for recommendations on how to spend your isolation time. Plus, find out which movie will be covered next week!
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    Coronavirus movie group lists

    I've got a bunch of the recent Criterion remasters of Godzilla to watch, but right now I'm watching an old Hammer picture called Dracula A.D. 1972 starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Stephanie Beacham. Haven't seen it in ages but now I'm thinking a Hammer Films marathon might be in order. I believe Troma has a promotion for their streaming service as well - lots of terrible movies to be found there.
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    Coronavirus movie group lists

    In a non-Cage related note, I noticed this link on comics/TV writer Warren Ellis' site today for a curated collection of foreign films, a la Criterion. I hadn't heard of this service before (and they're based in the UK, so I'm not sure if these discs are region-free) but their lineup is impressive if you like directors like Milos Forman: https://www.secondrundvd.com/browse.html Edited to add: I also heard that the horror streaming service Shudder is giving out free first months - probably a Cage film or two there. The promo code is SHUTIN.
  11. "VHS Quality" would be a good name for a Monkees album.
  12. Haha I just saw this because I skimmed the thread earlier but I was so close to suggesting Rock & Rule.
  13. Ha, shit, sorry everybody, didn't even realize it was my turn and uh anyway have we done Head? The Monkees movie? If not, that's my pick. Apparently you can watch it on the youtube.
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    Coronavirus movie group lists

    I don't endorse Reddit one way or another but it is often a good place to find someone who has done a thing:
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    Episode 235 - Underworld: Blood Wars LIVE!

    It basically reboots the series as Resident Evil, this movie, and then they discard most of it in the fifth. I remember hoping at the time that all of these trash scifi/supernatural films would merge into a shared cinematic universe.
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