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  1. Goose

    A movie watchers blog

    I really enjoyed Get the Gringo. Feels like a lost Payback sequel.
  2. I don't know to be honest, it was posted by Garth Franklin of the AU movie site, Dark Horizons.
  3. Goose

    A movie watchers blog

    Hollywood Shuffle (1987) A struggling actor finally gets his big break but it soon turns out to be more of the same. I've seen so many clips from this movie over the years that I probably have seen all of it before tonight. I thought I'd finally sit down and watch from start to finish, and it didn't disappoint. Robert Townsend plays Bobby Taylor, a guy with a dream of being an actor, but facing criticism from all sides. He keeps on trying in his good natured way and he's a pretty likeable character. The film is essentially a slight story linked by short (and some long) sketches, and looks at the way African-Americans are portrayed and cast in Hollywood. Townsend, who also co-wrote and directed is in most of the scenes and switches characters and play styles really well. There's plenty of clever, satirical stuff here. I particularly liked the acting class, the film noir, and loved the two critics. The picture may lose track a couple of times but the central message remains, and isn't so different some thirty years later sadly. Townsend surrounds himself with some good players in the likes of Keenan Ivory Wayans and John Witherspoon. While the picture does become a little more serious as it plays out, it never loses sight of its message or the comedy. At eighty minutes, it keeps things fairly tight and if one sequence isn't quite working, there's another that brings things back around again. I thought this was a lot of fun, had a lot to say (without lecturing the viewer) and continued to be inventive throughout.
  4. Goose

    Your unearthed gems

    I'm going to go for a recent one - Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. It shouldn't work, it should be overblown and annoying, but I found it to be really good, especially the last twenty minutes.
  5. Goose

    Great scenes in disappointing movies

    I love that scene, so good.
  6. Goose

    A movie watchers blog

    The Rezort (2015) Some years after a world wide zombie pandemic, the rich now travel to The Rezort, to kill the undead for fun. This is one of those films that could have gone either way. The broken TV footage and news reports at the start made me wonder what I was in for. However, I was surprised to find this was decent, if predictable, entertainment. As the film opens it begins to build a background to the Rezort and the zombie war that ended more than a decade ago. We then cut to a young woman who is advised by a support group to exorcise her demons by going to the place and taking revenge on the kind that destroyed her family. Initially it's an idyllic holiday resort, champagne flowing, the best of everything, and a bunch of annoying guests. You've got your cockney wideboy and his mate (both incredibly annoying), the mysterious stranger, the girl with an agenda as well as a business man and a group of Japanese investors. The film plays largely like Jurassic Zombie Park. The jeeps, the setup, the control room could all be straight out of the movie. However, this film does a fair bit with its low budget. There's some really good zombie make up, wounds, bites and a huge number of bloody headshots. As the group (which includes a rugged Dougray Scott) are slowly whittled down, the island's secrets start to be revealed. You can see it all a mile off but its still quite well handled. The zombies are a mix of shufflers and runners, and there's plenty of them. The film does make a wild stab at some social commentary, and there's a few daft things (zombie rights activists) but it was well made and shot. It spends about the right amount of time world building before unleashing havoc. While some of the acting was shoddy (the lead was weak), it mostly got by. As mentioned, the effects were good and if there was CGI blood, it was very well disguised. It's nothing special, quite predictable, but works well with what it has got. I enjoyed it, and it was good to see a British zombie film that didn't play it for laughs or comedy blood.
  7. That's what I didn't understand about Andrews wanting to take over. What could he do? (I'm not being sarcastic, I genuinely don't know the answer)
  8. Goose

    A movie watchers blog

    Yes thinking about it, it sort of started off like The Goonies (it even referenced it) but then became quite brutal. But the ending was almost back to Goonies level.
  9. I saw that video yesterday - he does a good, balanced review.
  10. Yes, don’t watch the trailer, especially the red band one.
  11. Goose

    Your unearthed gems

    Yes, I seem to remember something like that.
  12. Goose

    Your unearthed gems

    Go for it - there's a lot of love for it in the thread.
  13. Goose

    Your unearthed gems

    Sorcerer is stunning. I still have no idea how they would have even begun to shoot that bridge scene.
  14. Goose

    Your unearthed gems

    Back in the days of Conan and the like, I saw a violent swords, sandals and monsters film called The Sword & The Sorcerer. It was incredibly violent and the lead carried a sword that had three blades - two of which he could fire out. Seen it a few times since and it was pretty good. Features all manner of stuff including a creature cable of force-pulling someone's heart out, a graphic crucifixion, as well as a nasty throat cut murder.

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