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William Griffin
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Posted: 05 March 2014 at 4:15pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

C.H.U.D. - This isn't exactly good, but it's got something.  Sure, some of the acting is wooden, and some of the editing is ham-fisted, and it's all a bit silly.  But I like the way the characters relate to each other and it has an '80s charm about it and it's fun.

At the very least I've finally caught up with it 20 years after seeing the brilliantly-titled C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud, which of course I now have to see again.
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BLANCANIEVES: A retelling of the Snow White story, set in 1920s Seville and shot silently with intertitles, in 4:3 black and white.  Unfortunately it's not as interesting as that sounds, and after a strong opening farts its potential away quite quickly.  It needed to be incredibly stylish but it's not, and no real attempt is made, in terms of shots and camera technique, to mimic silent cinema.  I suppose the obvious comparison here would be to The Artist, and it's not in the same league at all.  Shame.
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BAD MILO! - Any movie about a monster that lives inside a stressed man's colon and busts out of his ass to kill those who have made his life a misery shouldn't really be bland, but here we are.  It's flatly lit, directed without any real energy, and there's no real momentum.  There are a few chuckles here and there (thanks mostly to Ken Marino and Gillian Jacobs) but this is a movie that needed to ramp up the bad taste factor big time.
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) - Inspired by
Williams' Chainsaw reviews, I popped on my newly
aquired Blu-ray of Tobe Hooper's sequel.

This one is a real blast, great satirical script from Oscar
winner L M Kit Carson, great practical effects and a duel
chainsaw wielding Dennis Hopper!
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GRAVITY.  My wife won our Oscar pool Sunday, so we watched it on the Vudu last night with my son (who loved every minute of it). 

It's tense, I'll give them that.  There were times when Bullock and Clooney looked like CG versions of themselves, even when just in dialogue scenes with nothing else going on.  I don't know if it was my TV settings or the sound mixing, but the score overpowered the dialogue several times.

I didn't dislike it, questionable science not-withstanding.  It's worth throwing 5 bucks at just to see some pretty cool space sequences.  But I am not likely to ever watch it again. 

It strikes me as a SIXTH SENSE-style one trick pony. 

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 I don't know if it was my TV settings or the sound mixing, but the score overpowered the dialogue several times
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I'm guessing this was your settings -- I saw this in the theatre and when Steven Price won the Oscar for best score, I thought I don't even remember there being much of a score. Could be my faulty memory, but I don't recall the score intruding at all. 
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I can't say I even recall there being music in GRAVITY.
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Richard, my faint memory of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is that it's absolutely terrible!  I'm all for sequels branching out in new directions but isn't it basically an OTT comedy?
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I would say it was far from terrible. It has an excellent
script that both pokes fun at the genre and the yuppie
culture of the 1980's. While being quite a funny film, it
does deliver on the horror too.

Tobe Hooper manages some decent direction and the
set designers really deliver on this picture.

I may not be able to convince you though William as my
feelings on the first film pretty much mirror yours.
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I seem to remember III being pretty decent, or at least more in keeping with the original. I've got an itch to watch the fourth one, might do that just to complete the set.
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I thought the third one was a fairly solid entry but it
does, for me, suffer from being an early 90's horror,
where many of them had a lack of balls and personality.

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In the Heat of the Night. I remember this as being a fantastic film, but those memories didn't stretch much beyond Poitier and Steiger's interaction early on in the film ("They call me MISTER Tibbs!", etc.). Those performances are as brilliant as I recall, very watchable and it is the element of raw, racial friction that gives the film its spice. The actual mechanics of the plot are ultimately a fairly pedestrian crime investigation, bogged down in places by the sedate pacing of its day (particularly the uninspiring car chases), but the film is lifted into a higher tier by Steiger and Poitier and its willingness to grasp the thorny issue of the prejudices of the day.
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