Movie opinions thread (what have you seen, what did you think?)

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Tucker and Dale vs. Evil- Probably the best horror-comedy since Shaun of the Dead. I've seen this a few times now and it never ceases to entertain. The only issue I have with the movie is the Chad character and the ending being a bit of a mess but everything else is so good it's easy to overlook those small problems. Highly recommended.
 

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Terror Train

I watched both the old and the new tubi remake. Using the same script for 90% of the movie except the endings. The different endings make both worth a watch. The original had Jamie Lee Curtis and David Copperfield while the remake has no one I'm familiar with.
 

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My Bloody Valentine (1981)- This was actually a lot better made than I expected, it's still an early by the numbers slasher but it doesn't feel lazy or like a million other copy cats. The whole plot it stupid as hell though and so is the twist ending. It also has a really bizarre combination of Bachelor Party level party animal shenanigans and coal town/mining community that don't think works at all and the Valentines Day theme is weird. Still it's a decent movie for what it is but I'm not sure it's worthy of some of the praise i've heard it get over the years.
 
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Watched Trick 'R Treat at a drive-in movie theater this evening. First time at a drive-in theater since I was a kid. I've probably talked about the movie multiple times on here so I won't bother saying anything beyond that it's great and it getting a small theater release is a long time coming. The drive-in was a neat little place but the screen wasn't close to bright enough to watch a movie properly. Might just be too much light pollution nearby. That said, it was a fun experience and I hope that place sticks around.

Also watched the Hellraiser reboot earlier today and I've got a lot to say about it but don't have the time this evening to get in to it.
 

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The Midnight Meat Train: Cool idea but terrible movie, hasn't aged well at all with all of the gore including the blood being CGI.

The Last House on the Left: This was the remake, run of the mill revenge movie but there's a couple scenes that'll have you wincing and in disgust.

You're Next: Eh pretty shit with a predictable twist, home invasion style film but you never really felt for any of the characters nor was there any suspense. Aussie girl is the lead though so that was jarring.

Would You Rather: Has that porn star Sasha Grey and Ricky from TPB, bit weird and poor acting for both here. I'd rather not play the game but the cast didn't have much choice, the guy that hosts the party is the star of the movie though and makes it all worthwhile seeing. Gnarly!
 

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the guy that hosts the party is the star of the movie though and makes it all worthwhile seeing. Gnarly!
That's Jeffrey Combs from Re-Animator, From Beyond, The Frighteners and a bunch more. It's not a great movie but like you said he is indeed great in it as always.
 

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Slumber Party Massacre (1982)- Solid basic slasher with a bit of a feminist twist but that's a pretty low level compared to now, so not preachy at all it's just part of the movie. A bit slow but the ending makes up for it, interesting Metroid like synth score, a decent amount of gore and lots of nudity. It's worth a watch but you can fast forward through the 10 minute womens basketball scene in the beginning lol.
 

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Snowpiercer - I'd watched it several times before but not in a few years, and I'd forgotten just how good it is. Evans is good in it but Tilda Swinton and (especially) Alison Pill pretty much steal every scene they're in. The action setpieces hold up really well.

Nope - I liked it overall, but it's squarely in third place in my personal ranking of Peele's three big movies. Really strong cast but the story is significantly less interesting to me than in either Get Out or Us. I know much of it is supposed to be allegorical, some of which works better for me than other parts, but some of that comes awful close to navel-gazing, at least IMO. Sounds like Peele wants to make a sequel or something similar based on a character that got cut from the movie but is still (sort of) referenced, which, I dunno.
 

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The Final Girls- A slasher homage/parody where a girl and her friends are magically transported into Camp Bloodbath, a movie that her mother starred in back in the 80s and must figure out how to survive the movie using it's own rules. It pokes fun at all the typical slasher cliches, while moderately clever with some interesting visuals it's kind of a let down as it doesn't seem as fully realized as it could have been with just a bit more effort. It's still a fun little movie with a great cast.

Piranha 3D- A remake of the Roger Corman and Joe Dante "classic" that knows exactly what it is, dumb shlock of the highest order. Copious amounts of nudity and an unbelievable amount of amazing gore comprise a majority of the film. A fantastic cast that includes Elizabeth Shue, Ving Rhames, Adam Scott and Jerry O'Connell all completely committed to the ensuing ridiculousness. A movie far more clever and funny than it has any right to be, I have to commend Alexandre Aja for nailing just about everything. The spring break party on a lake setting is perfect and used to great effect in what might be the largest and most complicated gore scene ever shot. I've seen this a few times since it's release and it never disappoints. Even Eli Roth making a cameo couldn't detract from my enjoyment.

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Versus- This is 1000% anime bullshit, as close to a live action one as possible. An unrelenting 2 hour onslaught of gunfights, martial arts, zombies and all kinds of other crazy ass nonsense. Like some sort of mashup of The Matrix, Evil Dead and every Tranatino movie filtered through a wannabe Takashi Miike, while completely lacking in any of the real artistry, depth and edge of Miike's work. I have to give it credit though, the sheer persistence as an exercise in over the top cliched bullshit is commendable.

I saw this way back when it first came out on DVD here and the new wave of Japanese extreme stuff was really hitting it's stride. It was laughable then and still is but somehow it's actually aged better than I thought it ever would have. I think that's because it is such a product of it's time. Nothing makes any sense and to be fair it doesn't need to, shit just happens because the director thought it was cool. Some of it is and some of it falls completely flat but there's so much of everything all the time that it kind of evens out. It is still undeniably enjoyable regardless of all of it's many short comings. It's just nowhere near as cool as it thinks it is.

My only real complaint is that I wish it had been a little more interesting visually as far as locations and lighting. There are only a couple shots in the entire movie that use dynamic lighting or don't take place in the extremely drab forest and they really show what the director is capable of but I assume because of budget and easy of access 99% of the movie looks exactly the same and at over 2 hours that become a bit boring.
 
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Bullet Train
This is movie feels like a bad Guy Ritchie impression. There are some interesting characters played very well, but the overarching plot is very weak. My wife was bored the entire time. Brad Pitt is excellent, and there are some other fun assassins too, but they don't save the rest of the movie.
 

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C.H.U.D.- The tunnels underneath nasty 80s NYC are being overrun by mutant cannibals created from toxic waste and the government is trying to cover it up. It's up to a rogue cop, a douchebag photographer and a guy that runs a soup kitchen to stop them and expose the truth. One of the few filthy hobo themed horror movies that were popular for a couple years. Not as gory or gross as you'd expect but still pretty dirty overall. It also has John Goodman as a sexist greasy cop.
 

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Kidnapped: Spanish home invasion, too much screaming and not enough brutality although there were a few scenes. Felt like wasted time.

Get Out: About a white girl and her black boyfriend, she takes him to see the parents who apparently aren't racist. Full of tension from pretty much the start to the gnarly ending. Very entertaining but predictable.
 

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A couple newish movies were put on Amazon Prime recently and the wife didn't want to watch The Northman, so...

King of Staten Island

If you don't even moderately enjoy Pete Davidson, definitely skip it. However, this was better than I expected. Some funny bits, but I had a tough time empathizing with the "I'm a loser stoner and it's everyone's fault but mine that life sucks plus I'm a total retard that doesn't know how people's emotions work" that some scenes had as their primary source for drama.

C+
 

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Contamination Hazardous Underground Disposal

Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers is the cover story used by the government.
 

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Trespassers - coulda sworn that I thought this was pretty good the first time I watched it when it came out a few years ago. It's not, apparently my home invasion thriller standards had taken a momentary hit for some reason. The first act with Fairuza Balk is still pretty solid but then it tanks quickly and doesn't improve.

Dredd - still great, and I don't get tired of re-watching it every year or so. One thing that hit me this time around, it that the film was clearly, almost to a fault (depending on personal taste), geared toward 3D. It's awesome in 3D, don't get me wrong, but switching from that version to the regular UHD version is jarring in how silly some of the shots (mostly the Slo-Mo) look in flat 4K. Luckily some of them still work really well and most don't last too long.
 

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I agree about Dredd, it's an awesome movie and the 3D was fantastic in theaters but some of those shots don't really work without the gimmick.

Barbarian- Enjoyable but dumb and pretty sloppy. Seems like they couldn't decide what type of horror movie they were actually making and trying to split the difference doesn't work in either directions favor. They would work fine on their own or if it took a drastic turn halfway though and stuck with that. Worth a watch with some solid performances, legit creepy setting and some fun albeit goofy ideas.
 

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The Frighteners- Peter Jackson's first big movie. Really a mixed bag that alternates between pretty heavy supernatural horror and straight up slapstick madcap comedy which I honestly don't think works at all. If he had just cut down on the cartoonishness it would still be funny but not jarringly goofy.

It certainly doesn't help that he insisted on doing everything in CGI at a time when the technology wasn't ready. I know he used this as an opportunity to develop a lot of the tech that would eventually evolve into what he'd use on LOTR which unfortunately makes this feel like more of a tech demo than a solid effects piece let alone a cohesive film.

On the plus side the cast is fantastic and everyone really seems to be giving it their all. Jeffrey Combs as always steals every scene he's in. The movie is fast paced and consistently entertaining, there are both genuinely funny and creepy moments. The basic premise is great and again if he had just reigned in the CGI and slapstick I think it would have been a far better movie and it certainly would have aged much better as well. Still it's a fun watch with some great concepts and performances.
 
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