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Choconado
Re :   It Came in the Mail!

 If you want a surprisingly good lovecraft film AND straight to SyFy fare, I suggest their version of "The Dunwich Horror" from like, a decade ago, with Jeffery Combs in it.  It's both a mildly accurate adaptation of the source, as well as pulling in a bunch of other HPL references.  (there's at one point a rather overt moment where one of the good guys is having lunch with a colleague and talking shop, and the other guy pretty much makes it sound that he's been investigating Innsmouth's fish people for instance).  In what can only be stunt casting, Dean Stockwell is the elder good guy no less.  It's low-budget for sure, but they actually felt like they had respect for the material and were at least trying.


04/23/2017 11:55 AM


The_Masked
Re :   Reply To KillerGoldfish

Reply to KillerGoldfish (04/21/2017 3:33 PM)

Oh, and Monsters was way beyond excellent.


I really liked the approach to kaiju that movie took.  Glad to hear you enjoyed it, too. 

Less confidant on this, but you might have heard a buzz about a recent one called The Void?  Well, it's warranted.  It's a Lovecraftian (without mentioning Cthulhu or The Necronomicon, et al even once*), practical f/x-driven hellride.  Yes, it has its faults.  Seems like a movie can't go a day with praise online anymore without the inevitable backlash.  Anyway, I mentioned being less confident on The Void because you're tastes are tough to gauge.  Forgive me, but some of those SyFy original features you watch?  Woof.  I've tried watching some of those straight, stoned, drunk...no matter.  Just can't last through 'em.  It's like Chox and his Troma.  As long as you guys thrive on those, I can never be sure if our tastes are going to match with other movies.







*I wish more movies would do that.  Instead of namedropping from the mythos, just do homage by bringing that cosmic terror to the proceedings.  Unlike most folks, I feel like there actually HAVE been some decent Lovecraft-inspired movies, but there's been more than a few sub-par efforts that almost do harm to the heritage.


04/23/2017 8:16 AM


portraitin
Re :   Reply To Marxo%5FGrouch

Reply to Marxo_Grouch (04/21/2017 4:02 AM)

Yeesh, you threaten us on behalf of the plants, Fishface threatens us on behalf of the sea creatures. Couldn't you both just join together and liberate us all from Spoiled Carrot in Suit?

You, as the eater of many a lima bean, will be one of the first up against the wall.

And don't make me think about that orange smear of smegma that doesn't even have the moral compass of a hagfish.  Wait, scratch that.  Hagfish haven't done anything to warrant such a comparison. 


04/22/2017 7:04 PM


The_Masked
Re :   Reply To Choconado

Reply to Choconado (04/22/2017 3:05 PM)

So, today I helped some guy named John celebrate his birthday in Detroit...


Huh.  The things people get up to while I'm sleeping the day away. 


04/22/2017 6:44 PM


Choconado
Re :   Small Entertainments Rides Again

So, today I helped some guy named John celebrate his birthday in Detroit...



04/22/2017 3:05 PM


Marxo_Grou
Re :   Reply To Count0

Reply to Count0 (04/21/2017 7:35 AM)

I feel like movies made for Netflix or Amazon Prime or whatever wouldn't fit; I think they're more likely to be sort of the modern version of direct-to-video stuff from the '80s and '90s.


You're right to a degree. There is still a...stigma is too strong, but something like that, attached to not being a theatrical release, but these companies, in at least some of their output, are genuinely striving to compete with the studios in terms of making films that get critics buzzing, which the DtV companies didn't, not generally anyway.

And to that point, there's also a basic structural thing going on between films made to be watched uninterrupted and those designed for commercial breaks. There's no reason why they couldn't simply be the same sort of act breaks that almost all films have, but likely by dint of being made by people used to working in TV, those films often do seem to approach those breaks with an actual 'and now a word from our sponsor' sensibility, if you're following me. It's just a matter of presentation. And yeah, Lifetime movies and, like, Hallmark movies would definitely qualify.



04/22/2017 4:04 AM


Mayzshon
Re :   Small Entertainments Rides Again

 Samantha Bee fixed Bill O'reilly's exit statement:



04/21/2017 6:26 PM


KillerGold
Re :   It Came in the Mail!

I received an item described in the packing list -- most likely accurately -- as "the Cliffiest novel ever written." I'll say.  It's about a psychiatrist working with a woman convinced that she's turning into a fish.  In a welcome Discordian touch, the author's name is Appel.



Oh, and Monsters was way beyond excellent.



04/21/2017 3:33 PM


BillyAAnde
Topic :   AnFJAtheist Invokes God

I suppose that even on rare occasions an atheist might invoke God, as Forry Ackerman did in the final line of his dedicating FM 56, the Boris Karloff memorial issue, to Mr. Karloff's widow.




04/21/2017 3:27 PM


Count0
Re :   Recently Viewed

I feel like movies made for Netflix or Amazon Prime or whatever wouldn't fit; I think they're more likely to be sort of the modern version of direct-to-video stuff from the '80s and '90s.


04/21/2017 6:35 AM


Marxo_Grou
Re :   Melted in Our Own Grease: The Lust Thread

I had seen Mary Elizabeth Winstead's picture and found her intriguing but I hadn't gotten around to seeing anything she had been in. She's in the new season of Fargo, and after one episode, I a feel a new obsession coming on.

I would be lax if I didn't add that the episode includes a scene in which she stands up in the tub, gifting us two truly great shots of her truly great backside.



04/21/2017 4:40 AM


Marxo_Grou
Re :   Recently Viewed

I'd go along with Deeky's definition pretty much to a T. I tried to think of some of the TV movies I saw over time and the first thing that popped into my head was a really silly cop show spoof called Murder Can Hurt You, which had all kinds of comedic actors playing take-offs of TV cops. The only ones I remember offhand were Tony Danza playing a Baretta avatar and Victor Buono (I think) playing a version of Raymond Burr's wheelchair-bound detective Ironside called Iron Bottom.

Actually, this is the absolute perfect segue into something I jus finished watching, because it was a TV movie too, although it was made for German TV. A two-part, roughly three-and-a-half-hour-long science fiction story written and directed by Fassbinder called World on a Wire. Despite taking me multiple sessions to get through, it was actually remarkably successful as a straightforward sci-fi story, something I would have no problem recommending to fans of low budget sci-fi provided we're talking about the more philosophical variety. Basically it's all about virtual reality (this was in 1973) and the conundrums of existence that arise thereof that writers still make hash of today. It's Fassbinder, so it isn't 100% accessible for your average American, but it's a lot more so than much of his other work, and the story, as I said, is all pretty straightforward. He also uses the trick of making wonderful economy out of means to create a world that feels slightly futuristic without really being explicitly so. One thing that pegs it definitively as something that would NOT have aired on American television is a scene in which a woman appears buck naked, and with visible hip beard as well.



04/21/2017 4:24 AM


Marxo_Grou
Re :   It Came in the Mail!

Yeesh, you threaten us on behalf of the plants, Fishface threatens us on behalf of the sea creatures. Couldn't you both just join together and liberate us all from Spoiled Carrot in Suit?


04/21/2017 4:02 AM


Marxo_Grou


04/21/2017 3:58 AM


Marxo_Grou
Re :   GIFted


Stare at it long enough and they begin to resemble a piece of machinery at work.



04/21/2017 3:58 AM


Marxo_Grou


04/21/2017 3:47 AM

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