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God - why did I watch so much of the edited version The Hangover last night?

 

I almost would rather just have total silence then here the phrase "FORGET YOU!" edited into a movie ever again

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Watching Bloodsport for god knows how many times already, still enjoy it.  Loved how there were highlights of the fighters and lot of them we never saw again until like Chong Li destroyed them.

 

Speaking on Chong Li, two things, one, I loved how they portrayed him as the unstoppable beast even until the semi-finals with his fight again Chuan IP Mung, which, I'm glad wasn't as much of a squash as the others were. 

 

And I find it funny, Chong is Korean, yet he's played by Bolo, who if I'm not mistaken is Chinese right?

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I don't get why people hate Blown Away so much. It's a perfectly acceptable movie with some great tension building moments strung throughout.

 

The finale is rubbish though so I'll pay that.

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I have never found a movie with more replay value than Scott Pilgrim vs. The World...

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I don't get why people hate Blown Away so much. It's a perfectly acceptable movie with some great tension building moments strung throughout.

 

The finale is rubbish though so I'll pay that.

You talking the Tommy Lee Jones one or Nicole Eggert one?

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Tommy Lee Jones.

 

Was on last night and I found myself hooked into watching it. Haven't seen it for probably 5+ years and enjoyed it.

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Speaking of BLOWN AWAY, Jeff Bridges' filmography is much spottier than I thought it was. In my mind it was kind of uninteresting until THE BIG LEBOWSKI, and after that it was all aces, but looking through IMDB I see that he's all over the place throughout his career.

Was it SEABISCUIT that really established him as a "great actor" in the public imagination?

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I just watched most of Slap Shot. Goddamn could that not be made today. To emphasize the point, Goon is on right now after it. Way too cuddly for the brutal vulgarity and homophobic slurs of the '70s. I still laughed my ass off.

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I also don't think you'd get someone of Paul Newman's caliber nowadays (if there even is anyone comparable to him) to do a movie like Slap Shot now. The scene where he tells off the owner of the Chiefs seems like it would probably be a deal breaker.

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If Slap Shots was made today I'm sure it wouldn't be a screwball comedy due to how dark, and depressing it really is.

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I just watched most of Slap Shot. Goddamn could that not be made today. To emphasize the point, Goon is on right now after it. Way too cuddly for the brutal vulgarity and homophobic slurs of the '70s. I still laughed my ass off.

I did this back-to-back on Netflix. Slap Shot is pretty damn impressive from a vulgarity standpoint and stands up really well, actually. I forgot how sad the end of the movie was. Goon actually had one of the best fucking stories I've ever seen in a sports movie and can be endlessly replayed. Everything once he joins Halifax is solid fucking gold. It's hard to watch the last 20 minutes, but man alive is it an awesome movie.

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I love the hell out of Goon. I think I expected Slap Shot to be more like that but... woof.

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Speaking of BLOWN AWAY, Jeff Bridges' filmography is much spottier than I thought it was. In my mind it was kind of uninteresting until THE BIG LEBOWSKI, and after that it was all aces, but looking through IMDB I see that he's all over the place throughout his career.

Was it SEABISCUIT that really established him as a "great actor" in the public imagination?

Bridges had a lot of interesting to wonderful work before 'Lebowski': he was getting lots of attention as far back as 1971/72 (He was great in 'The Last Picture Show', got some good reviews for 'Fat City'), I loved him in 'Against All Odds', have heard good things about 'Star Man' and 'Tucker: The Man and His Dream', and I still think the best acting performance he ever did (Save 'Lebowski' where he says he was most playing himself) was 1993's 'Fearless'.

 

Also, I don't think the ending of 'Slap Shot' is depressing at all.  They have the big cathartic brawl, take out all their frustrations and the guy wins back his girl.  'Slap Shot' is awesome. 

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Even though most of us saw these on TV growing up, I suppose it fits here since they were actually originally short films? 

 

Anyway, for Xmas I bought myself the Ultimate Three Stooges collection.  Over 200 of their short films (and a couple features....but, you know.....Curly Joe DeRita.  Eh.) 

 

Of course I've always loved The Stooges, and this set has been so much fun to go through.  I've been watching like crazy over the last couple days.  I had no idea Lucille Ball had appeared in one of the shorts so that was cool to stumble across. 

 

But most exciting so far was the one titled "Grips, Grunts, and Groans" which centers around professional wrestling.  Long story short, the fellas befriend a star wrestler and not only end up getting him extremely drunk, but while trying to sober him up, they end up knocking him out with dumbbells and causing a locker to fall on him.  So they shave off his beard, attach it to Curly, and Curly takes his place in the ring.  Of course wacky hijinks ensue.  There is also involvement of the mob who have a bet on the match and Curly having a wild reaction to a certain perfume. 

 

So much awesomeness. 

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Also, I don't think the ending of 'Slap Shot' is depressing at all.  They have the big cathartic brawl, take out all their frustrations and the guy wins back his girl.  'Slap Shot' is awesome. 

 

 

 Dunlop straight up lies to his players about their hockey future, and the steel mill is still closing. That's a pretty fucking depressing ending. 

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Also, I don't think the ending of 'Slap Shot' is depressing at all.  They have the big cathartic brawl, take out all their frustrations and the guy wins back his girl.  'Slap Shot' is awesome. 

 

 

 Dunlop straight up lies to his players about their hockey future, and the steel mill is still closing. That's a pretty fucking depressing ending. 

 

 

Of course, that all comes down to whether or not you believe Reg is actually taking the team with him. Prior to that, his intentions were good, but he's ultimately just a fuck up stumbling through life. It could be the same with bringing the team with him or it may not.

 

Also, I watched Hangover 3 and it was SOOOOO BORING. God. So boring.

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Also, I don't think the ending of 'Slap Shot' is depressing at all.  They have the big cathartic brawl, take out all their frustrations and the guy wins back his girl.  'Slap Shot' is awesome. 

 

 

 Dunlop straight up lies to his players about their hockey future, and the steel mill is still closing. That's a pretty fucking depressing ending. 

 

He lies to his players to get them to play to try to drum up interest in the team.  It doesn't work, but at least they get their moment of a winning streak and going to the finals, or whatever it was, rather then the team just folding and the players all quitting.

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He lies to his players to get them to play to try to drum up interest in the team.  It doesn't work, but at least they get their moment of a winning streak and going to the finals, or whatever it was, rather then the team just folding and the players all quitting.

 

Watch the last five minutes again. The team, and Ned(who was Reg's biggest skeptic) all buy into the team moving to Minnesota, except for Francine. After Lily asks him if she's coming to Minnesota he tells her "For sure", and then looks down as if to say "My lies are catching up with me".

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I love the hell out of Goon. I think I expected Slap Shot to be more like that but... woof.

 

I always cracked up watching Jonathan Cherry as Marco getting American slang all wrong. "Hey, you wanna step outside and get your pole smoked?"

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Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. This was shockingly great. Really, the terrible-looking trailers did this a big disservice.

 

-characters that seemed believable and did believable things.

Someone finally realizing they should be armed and loaded when going up against the coven was refreshingly brilliant. I mean, they were still doomed, but at least they didn't go down without a fight.

 

-I liked how they'd set you up for a scare, then go in an entirely different direction with it.

 

-Hector is the best protagonist so far. Yes! Someone finally suggests showing the footage to the cops! The immature, Jackass-obsessed teenage boy somehow manages to have more brains than most of the adults in this series put together.

 

-Stuff in the basement was genuinely unsettling and reminded me a bit of Insidious and The Blair Witch Project.

 

-despite its positives though, it is still hindered by being, you know, a Paranormal Activity movie.

The constant "downer" endings are getting old. Can't someone get the better of this cult/demon for once? At least just for one film?

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Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. This was shockingly great. Really, the terrible-looking trailers did this a big disservice.

 

-characters that seemed believable and did believable things.

Someone finally realizing they should be armed and loaded when going up against the coven was refreshingly brilliant. I mean, they were still doomed, but at least they didn't go down without a fight.

 

-I liked how they'd set you up for a scare, then go in an entirely different direction with it.

 

-Hector is the best protagonist so far. Yes! Someone finally suggests showing the footage to the cops! The immature, Jackass-obsessed teenage boy somehow manages to have more brains than most of the adults in this series put together.

 

-Stuff in the basement was genuinely unsettling and reminded me a bit of Insidious and The Blair Witch Project.

 

-despite its positives though, it is still hindered by being, you know, a Paranormal Activity movie.

The constant "downer" endings are getting old. Can't someone get the better of this cult/demon for once? At least just for one film?

Regards your last spoiler, I already went over this:

 

They haunt Mark Henry. They get beaten down. It writes itself.

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Watched The Call last night. The first 2/3rds of the movie is shockingly thrilling and great. Then it takes a turn down the cliff and the ending is ridiculous.

Also watched Men in Black III. Decent enough and Brolin nails the Tommy Lee Jones impression.

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Ghosts and demons don't breathe.  Therefore, they don't wanna pay their air bill.  They stupidly think things like demonic powers and already being dead will protect them from the power of a dreadlock combover.

 

Mark Henry - natural enemy of the supernatural.  Look it up.  It's in the dictionary.

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I might be giving them too much credit for clever storytelling but did anyone think there were strong hints Ali was in cahoots with the coven and had been turned at some point after the events second film?

 

She sent them to that house by themselves, even though she had to know, or at least have an idea, what would happen when they got there. Also, if she knows exactly where the coven is, why has she been sitting on this info for years? Why not get the authorities involved?

 

She's also a loose end for the cult, and these are people that have made a point of killing anyone who even comes close to figuring out what they're up to.

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