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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:44 pm

None of the sequels are much to write home about. The third was okay in a cheapie ScyFy sort of way (and stars Shawn Christian whom I I Love You from his ATWT days) so maybe I'm a tinge bit biased. The fourth one which was a prequel was probably my favorite of the sequels but I didn't even love that. It did have a western sort of tint to it though which gives it an edge.

Forget about the second and the fifth though!
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:50 pm

It (2017)



As it worked out, I was able to see this movie last night with my friends so you gotta love it when a plan comes together just right. I really can't say that I've wholly processed the whole movie and whether or not I merely just liked it or loved it... I had to go to bed immediately after it for a 4am shift (that I just got done with) so It hasn't been on my mind too much since seeing it. Another problem is that the crowd (and trust me, it was a crowd) in the theater was not the best and several were obnoxious (ugh) at all the wrong parts. Too much clapping, cheering, and fake shrieks for my liking, not to mention the guys next to me were mocking those for doing this which was quite distracting. Still, these people weren't as bad as the ones at the Lights Out showing, but they were definitely passionate (for better or worse) so yeah, it's hard to concentrate on the story when you're constantly reminded that you're in a theater with college students. I definitely wanna see it again in a matinee or at home to see how effective it would be alone. I always say that these movies are best to see alone with the lights turned off... I just really wanted to have a night out with my friends because we don't get to hang out that often and It seemed up their alley. Cool

I will tell you that this movie did a lot more right than wrong. One popular opinion of the original, two-part series is that the first part is pretty much a classic and the second part left a something to be desired. This movie did right by sticking solely to the magic of the first part of the original, pertaining to the kids' relationship with *It* and how *It* hooks them by using their fears against them. As for Pennywise, the new actor did a fine job as the character. I always sort of have this opinion though... sure, people liked Tim Curry as Pennywise, but it's not like Bill Skarsgård's Pennywise is any less scary. This is no doubt an unpopular opinion, though... far too many people write off good remakes/sequels just because a new actor dares plays an iconic character. I, on the other hand, am one who enjoyed Jackie Earle Haley's Freddy Krueger so I keep an open mind and never really see a horror icon as being tied to solely one actor. In the end, Pennywise is still one freaky motherfucker.... and jump scares and dismemberment (!) are a big part of his M.O. The production values are outstanding in this movie and the acting is pretty good, as well. Bev (the lone girl in the group) has definitely gotten a badass upgrade to fit in with the times so expect to see her kick some ass.

One aspect that I didn't particularly care for (at least within the theater setting) is the unraveling of the origins of Pennywise and the curse of Derry... it was done through newspaper clippings and creepy photos and I had a hard time following it to be honest. I think I might be able to develop a better understanding of it in a home viewing, or when I'm not tired after a 9-hr day at the store. Razz I also don't feel like some of the characters were given enough spotlight... some came in strong but sort of became UTR in favor of the leads. I just remember all the kids receiving a fairly good chunk of time in the original, whereas this movie definitely had its favorites but I could be biased in my saying that. Regardless, it's still not bad by any means.

For now, I'm comfortable giving it an 8/10 as a rating just because some of the sequences are so intense and the movie is much bloodier/gorier than I imagined so that was a welcomed surprise. If the story had to keep things light in wake of its TV appearance all those years ago, this incarnation might as well go all out if it could afford an R-rating in the theater. I have to give them credit for that. I could end up giving it a higher mark on the second watch. It's definitely worth a view no matter what. Might be worth a wait for DVD/Blu-ray, though...
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:52 am

Great read buddy! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:18 pm

I loved It, i do agree with the history in Derry and how it was kind of relegated to some side scenes and they didnt go too much into it. Also i felt that Mike's character was very underutilized, but what i read about future Mike might make up for it.

I loved pennywise, super unsettling not exactly scary, the way the actor did it i think was spot on, Curry played him more like a dick kind of which i liked, this one felt more aggressive. excited for part 2 and how they do it considering it will be set in modern times (since this movie was set in the 80s, vs 50's and 80s in the original). I wonder if the contemporary setting will add to Pennywise, and his tricks, like appearing on someones phone screen as they play a game or something.
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:03 pm

I'm glad you enjoyed it, Will. It's a fun, if jumpy, watch. I did settle on one thing that I didn't discuss in my original review. While I did enjoy the production values behind the creepy haunted house (it made me even more excited for Halloween Very Happy), I found that to be a curious change that I'm not really sure I cared for.

That fortress-looking outlet of the sewer (located in the woods) seemed much more isolated/ominous and, therefore, more appropriate for a final showdown between the kids and Pennywise.



1990

The haunted house was right in town and easily accessible even by the adults, and easy for the kids to escape.


2017

I don't dislike the change per se, I just don't prefer it to the original. The haunted house looked a bit cartoonish... maybe that was their intend? I do know that it was a bit more cliché...

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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:52 pm

That does seem pretty cliche. The sewer seems way creepier. An isolated location out in the woods, dark, deadly silent and a long way from safety as you had to go deep inside it. How long could it take to escape a house? Laughing

Haha I watched the projector scene on Youtube and jumped out of my pants Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:46 pm

I hope I'm not revealing too much (not really a spoiler, but still)... after their first visit to the house, they run out of the house and one of the character's moms is right there to angrily take her son away. They weren't really isolated much at all, though Pennywise does a good job of splitting them up in the house so that it would be hard for them to just leave without leaving a friend behind. "Re-setting" seems to be a problem for remakes, though... especially when they modernize a tale meant to be from a past time which as Will mentioned was the case here.

A somewhat odd related example given that it's not horror, but I still think it still fits: The 2014 remake for "Annie" had the girls living in a seedy apartment instead of a cold, run-down orphanage (like the 1999 and 1982 versions). My sister even remarked that the apartment just didn't seem uncomfortable enough for the girls to be singing a song like "Hard-Knock Life". The Annie remake was set in the present-present (not the 80s present, like the It remake), so I doubt there are any orphanges that could function the way it did in the original without being shut down. Especially in these times when kids have so much power over adults

Goes to show that each re-imaging loses a little bit of magic along the way and some stories are truly at the best for their time. I say that this change for the It remake was curious because I don't know why they would've changed this... were sewage laws that much different between then and now for them to have to make the entrance be at a haunted house instead of in the forest? Hmmm...
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:27 pm

It was fucking amazing. Way, way better than the 1990 film. I love Stephen King's books and have been an It fan for the longest time. Those kids are going to be huge stars and Bill Skarsgard killed it. 10/10. I got the same feeling watching it that people must have had when they first saw Nightmare on Elm Street or Halloween.
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:38 am

I wish I had a theater closer to me and my own car, pretty well everyone's raving about it in their reviews except one guy.
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:49 pm

LOL how far is the cinema, 50 minutes?
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:13 pm

The one by my house is like an 8 minute drive blah
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:14 pm

May May lives in the woods with the wildlife! Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:31 pm

Mine is like 10 minute drive but I don't drive lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:35 pm

Tara gets chauffeured around like a celebrity.
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:39 pm

Too much money lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:35 pm

EnnJaySee wrote:
LOL how far is the cinema, 50 minutes?

Yes Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:02 pm

EnnJaySee wrote:
May May lives in the woods with the wildlife! Razz

Laughing cute.
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:55 am

Haha not such friendly wildlife I'm afraid.
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:46 am

I have lots to talk about, but I want to get these out of the way since they're less-than-positive reviews.

The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)



I really don't want to dwell on this one much, because at the end of the day, I just didn't really love it. After seeing critics laud this one as a "masterpiece", I can't help but scoff at how easily impressed these people are at slow, dreary borefests. The movie does start out somewhat interestingly, with soldiers transporting a group of children in restraints to class everyday, where they get taught in a classroom setting. Turns out, we're in a post-apocalyptic setting and now the infected are walking the earth and these kids hold the future of humans in their blood. The young pretty teacher, of course, is a bit more compassionate to the children, while the sergeant is a little less-than-so (though he does evolve into something more of a likeable character throughout the narrative). Glenn Close is the biggest name on the roster and looms as a scientist in the background, constantly hedging back-and-forth between being a tragic hero and a heartless witch. Unfortunately, she ultimately feels wasted as does most of the cast when the movie crawls to its weak conclusion which made me feel a bit cheated. It does try to add a different spin to its infected storyline (involving spores.... or something Laughing ) but it's a bit too out-there. I just can't recommend this in good faith... it's far too overrated to get any love from me. 5/10

It Comes at Night (2017)



If there's one thing to be said about this one, it is perhaps that the acting is top notch. No qualms there. However, the storyline is just so clichéd and the movie makes good of none of its promises. A man and his family live in a deepwoods cabin-like home, cut off from civilization. They're forced to kill their grandpa, so you know that something is seriously wrong with society for them to have to take such drastic measures. The fact that they burn and bury his body also hints at a viral outbreak, or something. A mysterious man shows up at night to try to break into their abode, but they get the upperhand and leave him out tied to a post as he wails into the night. I was thinking that perhaps something was looming in the woods, given that I could've sworn I saw promotional materials promising such...? I can't remember. Eventually, they develop compassion for the man and they bring his family to come live with them. Now, after robbing us of a monster in the woods, the movie tries to play the psychological thriller game as the movie plays the levels of distrust between the two families that are only trying to survive in this world. This does lead to an intense scene, but when the credits roll, you literally are like "Um, Wait.... what?!" At least I did... and now I have tons of questions and no answers. The biggest, though? What came at night? Because I didn't see anything... suspect The dog barking at the darkened woods in the movie poster? Doesn't happen... the dog just barks at a bunch of trees in the daytime. Big difference... and don't expect to find an answer to what the dog was barking at because you won't. Bottom line, don't expect a horror when you watch this. If anything, this is an abortion that needed more development before being made and put in theaters. Like, seriously. Ugh. 5/10
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:33 pm

I'll add The Girl with All the Gifts to my watch list (keeping expectations low of course)! I know I'm jumping around with my reviews, but I saw The Bye Bye Man last night and certainly didn't think it was as bad as critics and audiences made it out to be. Its premise was intriguing and The Bye Bye Man reminded me of the ghost from the Are You Afraid of the Dark episode The Tale of the Quicksilver lol. It's also impossible for me to hate anything with Douglas Smith because he's just too cute.
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:47 am

I didn't mind The Bye Bye Man at all. I liked that it carried the dread of a horror film through and through and wasn't trying to be ambiguous or anything more than what it was. I honestly wonder if most of the hate associated with this one comes with the name... the Bye Bye Man sounds rather lame as both a title and a villain but it really is sufficient as a horror movie. Anybody's a fool for expecting anything more, you know?

It's almost like The Blair Witch Project, which was sort of the movie that everyone ragged on at the time but in reality it was much better than it was given credit for. It's like people hated it before they even got a chance to see it, which isn't very fair.

Jonathan Penner even did an artist-inserted cameo <3 granted I only appreciated that as a former Survivor fan but still lol
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:59 pm

It Stains the Sands Red (2016)



This title has intrigued for the greater part of the summer and I was excited to finally get a copy from Netflix DVD. A Las Vegas party girl gets chased by a zombie in a desert after the apocalypse. It really sounded like a solid flick in sypnosis, and while I enjoyed it enough, it wasn't nearly as intense or creepy as I was hoping. I was imaginging a survival thriller of sorts, where a heroine is trying to survive the elements of the unforgiving desert as well as being chased constantly by a zombie who never needs to stop and rest... almost like a zombified version of It Follows, except it was nowhere near as creepy as that one. Instead, the movie oddly decides to explore the relationship between the girl and the zombie that somewhat bordered on romance comedy at points (though not quite), and I'm not sure I really liked it for choosing to be different. Heroine grows on you and you do like her for her kickassery by the end, but I just get a massive feeling of WHAT MIGHT'VE BEEN with this one if things were played a bit more as a horror/thriller. Oh, and fair warning... expect a nastier-than-usual rape scene with this one... 6/10

Don't Knock Twice (2016)



I mean, I don't really get the title much... based on the movie, you're best not even knocking once, let alone twice. But I digress... story revolves around a mother who pieces her life together (and makes a shitload of money now) trying to reconcile with her incredibly bitchy daughter, whose boyfriend coerces her to knock on the house of an entity that is said to haunt anybody who dares to disturb her abode. Needless to say, the daughter does it and SHIT GETS REAL when her boyfriend meets his maker... and she's next. Like most kids probably would do in this situation, she runs home to mom even though she's still incredibly BENT that she was given up to the system as opposed to (probably) having a shitty upbringing in a broken home with a druggie mom. And, as it usually goes, mom does whatever it takes to save her daughter from the evil ghost who wants to take her child. I know I'm kind of being a sarcastic jackass in my sypnosis (sorry, feeling extra sassy today), but emotional baggage aside, it really is kind of a good, gloom-and-doom movie that reminded me a great deal of the The Grudge, both in story and just overall atmosphere. It's a bit twisty and turny with a mystery component present, and once you think you have it figured out, you don't and have the rug pulled out from you. Still, I enjoyed it for the most part. Katee Sackhoff does a pretty good job carrying the movie... not that I had any doubt, given her decent performance in Oculus. 7/10

The Hollow One (2015)



This was probably the biggest mixed bag of Halloween candy you could have. Some very good bits that you probably wouldn't expect in a movie virtually on nobody's radar, yet that comes with some kind of bland, boring stuff as well. Cinematography was gorgeous for the most part and the story definitely went for chills, which was much appreciated. Things didn't always gel right though and some of the acting was pretty bad. I wasn't a really big fan of the main protagonist, though maybe I'd be a whiny bitch too if my boyfriend ACCIDENTALLY mowed down my mom who decided to kneel right in the middle of a road at the dead of night. She was a bit miserable, but her other sister seemed to have a good head on her shoulders and the boyfriend was likeable enough. I don't think the mystery unfolded in such a way that it made much sense by the end, though it was compelling enough regardless. Someone described this as a neo-Lovecraftian tale of sorts, which I'd agree with. This definitely didn't end in such a way that I was expecting... it wasn't afraid to dredge you though the drama of the characters only to kick you in the gut at the end. Happy ending? Forget it... it's a horror movie! And, oddly enough, I kind of liked it for that even if I didn't necessarily love it. Shocked Weird, borderline creepy movie that is worth checking out. 6/10
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:11 pm

The Hollow One sounds really interesting! It Stains The Sands Red does too.

Hey I watched Scare Zone last night. Thank you thank you thank you for bringing this hidden gem to my attention. Lots of fun with a likable cast. It's also the type of budget I really really love. Maybe the best Halloween movie I've seen in a while? I'd have to think about it but I liked it more than Tales of Halloween and All Hallows Eve which were films I liked. I might have to go back to The Murder Party or Satan's Little Helper to find a Halloween set horror movie I enjoyed this much. We will definitely add it to our marathon <3.
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:14 pm

I'm glad you liked it! I actually just ordered in a DVD copy a few months back so your timing is impeccable. I'm due for another watch!

I have a few reviews I want to post tomorrow, though I admit that I haven't been keeping up well on recent releases... been watching a lot of stuff like Elvira: Mistress of the Dark and Heathers. I will try to knock a few out in the next coming weeks.
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PostSubject: Re: Dan's Movie Reviews   Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:21 pm

Can you take a photo of all your DVDs for us? Lol have you counted them recently?
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