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Peter Martin
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Psycho II (1983).

I first saw this in 1986 and I thought it was the
scariest movie of all time. No film has scared me so
much. I literally couldn't sleep that night.

The perspective of time has removed much of that fear,
though there are still some scenes that retain the
ability to ratchet up tension on the nerves. Some of that
is down to Jerry Goldsmith's brilliant score (that
synthesizer growl still does unpleasant things to me),
some down to the execution of the director.

Meg Tilly has never been more attractive (and her
character still elicits all kinds of emotional responses
from me -- though I've seen the film multiple times, I
still want her to get out of there!); Perkins is both
sympathetic and scary; and the film has morphed, like the
original, into being a period piece. In the mid-80s, the
quarter-century-old original seemed like a relic. Nuts to
think this film is now nearly 40 years old.
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Note on ONCE UPON A TIME...

Stumbled accidentally onto a 1969 film called MODEL SHOP. Nothing much to recommend it, save that it was shot in the LA that Tarantino did his best to recreate. Amusing to see street scenes minus the all-the-cars-are-brand-new effect. Also to be reminded of how sleazy some parts of the City of Angels had become.

SHORT CLIP

Fifty years ago!!

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Coincidentally, I was watching a documentary on Netflix
called Echo in the Canyon the other day, that looks at
the music that came out of Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s,
and it uses clips from Model Shop in places to try and
set the scene.
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Thank you for not saying “ironically”.
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". Amusing to see street scenes minus the all-the-cars-are-brand-new effect. Also to be reminded of how sleazy some parts of the City of Angels had become."

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Sometimes I'll catch an address or business name while watching an older movie, then street google them. Fascinating how some places change after say 50 years. Even more fascinating how some stay relatively unchanged!
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK (1977) - Martin Scorsese's attempt at a Hollywood
musical plays like an extended skit in which a comedy writer imagines what it
would be like if Martin Scorsese directed a Hollywood musical. It's profoundly
awful, with Robert DeNiro in full Travis Bickle mode as he terrorizes Liza
Minnelli. Scorsese's brand of in your face realism does not match the artificial
Hollywood musical aesthetic at all.

I have managed to avoid this over the years, but I tried it when it popped up on
TCM last night. Two redeeming moments - Clarence Clemons plays one of the
musicians, and just seeing The Big Man was a relief. And the ending musical
number was quite impressive, and made me glad I hung in to the end.

I'm glad I finally saw it, but never again.


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DER GOLEM (1920)

Curious feeling to watch a movie and realise that it's a hundred years old. Some eerie moments, but the acting can only be called "antiquated", and the film ends in an inconclusive way - but it is the first of three parts, and the other two are completely lost.
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Watching FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON (1958) on TCM. A rather tepid “adaptation” of Jules Verne’s classic, severely hampered by budget cuts (RKO was shutting down as it was filmed).

Sound effects “repurposed” from FORBIDDEN PLANET.

Joseph Cotton and George Sanders do the best they can.

(Somewhat amusingly, at one point someone back on Earth claims the whole Moon flight is a hoax!)

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The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).

Michael Rennie is just about perfect in this. Beyond
us, but not superior. And with that gaunt, elongated
frame, you can sort of believe (in a 50s sci-fi kind
of way) that he is from another world. I don't mean
than in a pejorative manner -- you have to go with the
conceits of the genre, and those conceits say aliens
are not just a little like humans, but totally
humanoid. Within those boundaries, this works a treat.

There's a lot of fun to be had as Klaatu spends a day
in Washington with Bobby -- probably my favourite part
of the film. So much TV and film sci-fi harkens back
to elements of this. And great that Klaatu literally
doesn't give a shit about Earth politics or even
pretending to care about it.

And, of course, it doesn't waste any time at the end
of the film. They get in that saucer and the end
titles roll. No screwing around.
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There's a lot of fun to be had as Klaatu spends a day in Washington with Bobby -- probably my favourite part of the film.

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Sadly, I have heard people express alarm at this, that Helen should let Bobby go off unchaperoned with "Mr. Carpenter", a man she barely knows.

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JOHN WICK (2014)

A fun movie. Surprised at how great the cast was. I almost came to
tears over the puppy, tho.

It seems that Alfie Allen plays a prick in everything he's in.
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JOHN WICK 2 (2017)

As good as the first.
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