October Movie Madness Marathon!

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Re: October Movie Madness Marathon!

Post by Linden » Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:36 am

Morthrai wrote:Movie #15:

Concept: bored but violent rich kid and his thuggish buddies make a pact with Satan in order to wreak havoc in the Home Counties? Yes, someone actually made this movie! "Psychomania" (aka "Death Wheelers") is based upon this very premise. Pretty dumb but fun, and like several other British-made movies of the period the supporting cast is chock-full of respected character actors...Robert Hardy, Bill Pertwee, June Brown, Beryl Reid as the mother and the inestimable George Sanders in his final role as a properly creepy butler. What's not to like!


Apparently disliked by star Nicky Henson and according to IMDB The Times' film critic said it was "only fit to be shown at an "SS reunion party." Oh dear. :( It does sound like a highly entertaining oddity though and the cast alone makes me want to see it.
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Re: October Movie Madness Marathon!

Post by Morthrai » Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:00 pm

Movie #19:

Coming up to date now with 2014's "Godzilla" (the one with whatsisname off Breaking Bad). Appears to me to be yet another attempt by Hollywood to add levels of seriousness and deep character interaction to what should be a 50s style creature feature :?

Don't get me wrong, it looks great and the Big G itself is very monstery (for the entire 7 out of 124 minutes we see him!) but I'm afraid I'm staying in the minority that prefers the 1998 version. At least that one has Jean Reno, military and governmental incompetence, half the Simpsons cast and lots of giant lizard action! 8)
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Re: October Movie Madness Marathon!

Post by Morthrai » Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:43 pm

Movies #20, 21 and 22:

A triple-header here, and as they all deal with psychic powers (or empathic abilities if you prefer) header is the word :)

"Crossworlds" is a Rutger Hauer flick that I still suspect was written by someone who was aware of Dark Conspiracy. An interdimensional power struggle spills over to Earth as "mystics" on both sides of the fight seek a powerful artifact which could allow dimension gates to be opened at will. Also features an early appearance from Jack Black playing a shouty bloke...unusual! The Crossworlds of the title is a place where several dimensions border each other, making it easier to pass from one place to another (in DC terms the borders are magnetic)

Next up, "The Shadow". Retro pulpy goodness with our intrepid psychic man of action taking up arms against Ghengis Khan's last surviving direct descendant, who is threatening the 1930s with an early atomic bomb. I quite like the way the "strange powers" are handled, and the interplay between The Shadow and Shiwan Khan who are flip sides of the same coin. Alec Baldwin suits the role perfectly, and the movie doesn't pretend to be anything it isn't, which is in its favour of course. Also, Tim Curry! Ian McKellen! The bloke who played Neelix in Voyager! :D

Finally for today, of course it had to be "Scanners". If you're dealing with empathy, especially of the neuropathic sort, this is the go-to movie. Things and people explode, there's huge corporate cover-ups, hitmen, pharmaceutical experimentation, and of course it's Cronenberg at his finest so the weirdness and paranoia levels are high!
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Re: October Movie Madness Marathon!

Post by Morthrai » Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:00 pm

Oh well, I never did manage to finish things properly after all :?

I guess in future I will post movie stuff to the original thread in the main forum, at least until next year when I will probably have another attempt at one-a-day :D
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Re: October Movie Madness Marathon!

Post by ReHerakhte » Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:33 am

Don't sweat it too much Lee, this thread was both interesting (for the list of films) and entertaining (in your descriptions).
I'd have no problem with it being a separate thread each October :D
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Re: October Movie Madness Marathon!

Post by Phulish » Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:41 am

And it can help you decompress after PM editing! :D

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Re: October Movie Madness Marathon!

Post by Morthrai » Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:48 am

I ended up with a few reccommendations of things to watch when I'm in the mood, so I will put my thoughts on those on the usual movie thread as I go along. :)

Next year, instead of trying one-a-day for the entire month I might do "Unlucky 13", ending on Halloween...
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