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1. Board Game: Meltdown 2020 [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:7520]
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Dig! (2004) YouTube

Somehow found myself rewatching Dig! The documentary that follows the careers of two alternative indie friends-and-rival bands, The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. It makes for some mesmerizing entertainment watching one band succeed commercially while the other - though churning out many apparently 'acclaimed' albums - flounder and implode onstage over and over thanks to the bizarre and eventual heroin-induced antics of lead singer, Anton Newcombe.

"Hey, I'm gonna have the bouncers beat you up..."
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I've yet to find a song or album by TBJM that has clicked with me. Any fans here can recommend anything.

Edit: I just discovered the Warhols' Courtney Taylor-Taylor wrote a graphic novel illustrated by Jim Rugg!
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2. Board Game: Players and Playwrights [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Marriage Story (2019) Netflix

Marriage story has unique storytelling and scenes allowing for heavy and impressive acting chops. IRL, both my wife and I probably could never hang nor relate with any of these sophisticated characters, so we endured the narrative and sympathized purely from a parental perspective.

The legal moments are very interesting, but for one to go down such a path is frightening and anxiety-inducing to me. (One of my older brothers was an architect who eventually had a business as an advisor in building lawsuits. The lawyers in this film felt a lot like the people he worked with, his second wife (an attorney), and who I encountered when I visited or helped him in my meager capacity. They're in a whole other level of living and smarts I could never relate to and found very intimidating)

Kramer vs Kramer was a film I'd seen snippets of on Showtime as a kid, but never in its entirety. Marriage Story feels a lot like what I remember of KvK and again, the dealings of divorce, legal matters, (and cost!) of both films is not fun entertainment to me.

I do dig the image I chose above as the film seems to emphasize a dichotomy of East and West coast culture of entertainment and state-of-minds. My wife and I did laugh at
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Adam Driver's character pocket knife scene and some of Julie Hagerty's quirky moments
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3. Board Game: Quartermaster General: 1914 [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:1837]
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Mark Strong playing Captain Smith of the Cheshire Regiment. He hasn't shaved, but his uniform is spotless.

The problem is the unwavering inauthenticity. Here is an actor struggling with a stiff bolt on a props-company Mk. III Lee-Enfield, there a burnt German flier producing a carving knife from his underpants. If you'll believe this you'll believe anything. I recall in Bridge over the River Kwai a little person asking why, after a terrible struggle through the jungle with demolition charges, they didn't drop them by parachute near the bridge at night. I see the chief historical adviser started out on Fury, which to quote Daniel Craig in The Trench, is 'Not Good'. There isn't really any story here either, hence the false concentration of reviewers on 'technical virtuosity'. Should win the Oscar though.
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4. Board Game: Video Vortex [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:9940]
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Videodrome (1983) OK.RU

After watching the Niners squander away such a lead, r/fullmoviesonyoutube lead me on a search for Videodrome (it's been blocked on YT). Surprisingly found it in full on another site. It's been decades since I'd watched the full movie. One of my older sisters, who was into Deborah Harry, took me along to see in '83. It was the first time I'd ever seen a VHS cassette tape! what a great horror film.

I'm eager to check out some analyses and reviews, but from what I gather, Videodrome could qualify as neo-noir, huh? The body horror literally gets under the skin and goes for the guts. Watching James Woods' character root around in there gave me that queasy n' uneasy feeling when I think about or have to deal with my belly button. Ugh.

The effects are still very good with my favorite being this moment
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As in '83, it's still not clear to me what
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is attached to the guy's hand when he pulls it from Woods' abdomen. It resembles an engine piston, but explodes, so I guessing the device was a WWII-era German 'potato masher' grenade?
The ending's location
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a condemned tugboat
is a great choice and seems to symbolize the current role, situation, and condition of Woods' character

At the 48:48 time mark of the film is a line of dialogue sampled at nine seconds in Mick Jones/Big Audio Dynamite's song, C'mon Every Beatbox. "I hope you realize you're playing with dynamite". I was a huge B.A.D. fan back in the day and it's always fun to sit up while watching something and realize I've listened to its sample countless times in my youth.

Very fun to revisit Videodrome. I may next be on a Cronenberg binge. I own Scanners and The Brood, have watched Shivers, The Fly, and A History of Violence, but never seen Naked Lunch nor Crash (though I've read both!). Any others I should check out?


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5. Video Game: Out There [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:4459]
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Get Out

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I liked this quite a bit. Good horror film that kept me guessing. Dealt upfront with issues of race in America that many would rather ignore.

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I would have preferred if Mr. Keele had stuck with his original idea for the ending rather than giving the audience a soft pillow.

"In the original ending, Chris is arrested by the police after strangling Rose. Instead of rescuing Chris, Rod meets him in jail and asks him for information about the Armitage family to investigate, but Chris insists that he stopped them and everything is fine. Peele intended this ending to reflect the realities of racism. By the time production had begun, however, several high-profile police shootings of black people had made discussion, in Peele's words, "more woke". After gauging reception at test screenings, he decided the film needed a happy ending, but felt a moment when the audience believes Chris is about to be arrested would preserve the intended reaction."-
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6. Board Game: Frog and Toad Adventure Game [Average Rating:4.88 Unranked]
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The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

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First time seeing this one. It was ok. I did eg like the scene in Mr. Toad where they are chasing the contract. Also like the characters like Mole, Water Rat, and Angus MacBadger. Wanted to see more of them.
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7. Board Game: Ace of Aces: Flying Machines [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:4245] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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A little dated slapstick in some parts, but amazing they stick built and flew most of the planes based on plans/drawings from the original early 1900's planes.

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WWII Hollywood war banner film with enjoyable flying scenes and decent story.

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Nice Robert Mitchum yarn about moonshining and rum running.

For all three, I am glad I watched them.

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8. Board Game: Flashing Steel [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter (1974) YouTube

To my knowledge, this is my first viewed Hammer Films production. A kind of fun sword 'n suckers film featuring Kronos, a vampire hunter who can face off against multiple adversaries much like The Man with No Name. He has a hunchback assistant as well as a comely wench (Caroline Munroe!) he's freed from the stocks for her punishment of dancing-on-a-Sunday.

Is this film in a series because Kronos carries a katana and I need to know why. Perhaps it's an indication he's world-traveled. Many victims fall to the vampire predator and Kronos takes his time solving the mystery. Sheesh. The era depicted looks pretty snazzy. There are several vampire rules that seem to break tradition and I wasn't exactly sure why. Daylight attacks, immunity from crosses, impalings, and others.
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Apparently there's a comic book adaptation, too!
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A fun film. I like it enough.
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9. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:3354]
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Greener Grass (2019)

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I saw this bit of insanity on Hulu, and I kinda loved it. It's a dark comedy about a suburban soccer mom, and maybe that sounds like too easy of a target, but it has the deadpan/surreal sensibility of an Adult Swim cartoon. "Is that … pool water?"

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10. Board Game: Final Girl [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
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SweetHeart (2019) Netflix
Sweetheart was last night's movie. It had some good moments, (the flare scene!) but mostly was a letdown. Imagine Cast Away and Hell in the Pacific meets Enemy Mine without the enemy with the missed potential of something like The Shape of Water. The premise was a great opportunity wasted.


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Alyce Kills (2011) Prime Video
Tonight's movie. Never heard of Alyce Kills and I chose it solely on the blurb. Alyce Kills has interesting concepts and some decent acting, but ho-boy does the movie feel as if it wants to be four or five different genres rolled into one.

There are both inspired and ultra-cringey scenes, juvenile lines of dialogue, annoying editing in the first act and humor that just falls flat. The actor who played Frank in Donnie Darko has a few scenes and though he doesn't butcher his lines, there is butchering to be witnessed.
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11. Board Game: Inland Empire-Opoly [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Inland Empire (2006) YouTube

The digital video quality gives lengthy Inland Empire a found footage, double-album offering of Lynch's work. Don't think I'm overly crazy for the length, but its scope and melding/transitions of videotaping, the filming of a Hollywood film (On High in Blue Tomorrows), (and possibly real life of the characters) give the movie a colossal canvas to convey something.

There's a moment with Polish prostitutes in flapper attire on a snow-covered street while a horse drawn carriage and a vintage car drives by. Could be a scene in a filming of Blue Tomorrows, but it feels to me like a time-traveling moment across the decades. Is that a Lynch first?

I had assumed the Rabbits sitcom had longer moments. In the past, I recall watching upwards of to twenty minutes of the scenes of the three hares. Perhaps that was something else separate from IE? So I was relieved the scenes didn't drag on and the movie's pace was brisk.

Lynch really taps into and conveys a sense of dreaming. In this scene especially


I can hear Lynch's voice in one scene (Jeremy Irons with the bullhorn) and in a couple songs. There's a Beck song grooving about in once scene, too.

The version uploaded to YT has no closed captions and I could have used that in several scenes. The quality is not as sharp as some individual videos offered on YT. A better version with subtitle could possibly entice me to revisit Inland Empire in the coming years. But for now, I've had enough.

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12. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:419]
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The Postman (1997)

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Hobo con artist impersonates federal agent, gets dozens of children killed before being crowned the King of Post Apocalyptic Oregon.

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this movie is that, after the flop of Waterworld in 1995, Costner was able to muster funding for another family(ish) weight post-apocalypse film. The Postman bombed even harder than Waterworld, earning 5 Golden Raspberries and barely recovering a quarter of its published budget. I saw The Postman when it first came out and had vaguely positive memories of the film with poor recollection of the details.

I was inspired to watch this movie again after reading David Brin's excellent novel. It is tempting to go through and nag all the glaring departures the movie makes from the book, but there's plenty of smack to talk about Costner's Postman without exercising pedantry. In brief, the book has more of a Walking Dead vibe and the movie leans Mad Max, albeit with an apparently temperate apocalypse. I will take the time to strongly recommend the novel, which is a flawed but well crafted examination of myth making with a cynical sense of humor that contrasts and elevates the aspirational message at the heart of the story. I liked it so much I immediately started Brin's The Uplift Trilogy, which I had avoided previously because of a misguided contempt for Space Dolphins. It's not quite as solid as The Postman, but Brin is a talented writer, and I think probably worth reading for the prose and story craft alone.

The film is unabashedly patriotic. I'm a fairly patriotic guy by modern standards and I found myself cringing at most of the flag waving in this film. This would be less ridiculous if they hung a lampshade on the weird adoration of the USPS shared by the decent survivors of the apocalypse.

Part of the problem is that The Postman is a vanity piece for its director/lead actor. Costner has gravitated to messianic heroes from as early as Robin Hood, and that predilection is in full force here. There is nothing wrong with this sort of character, but it is important the the messianic hero to inspire his disciples. This is certainly present in the film, but it always comes off flat; the efforts of his followers repeatedly fail to give Costner opportunity to save the day.

But these stylistic choices, while cringeworthy, are probably forgivable. The bigger issue for me was the logical inconsistency (and plot holes) that prevented suspension of disbelief. At a critical juncture, one of the townsfolk laments that they cannot fight off the bad guys because the "only have five guns!". How on Earth did these jabronis survive a three year winter and years hard living without firearms? In the USA, the most gun lovingist place on Earth? Why do all the towns have palisades if they just let the bad guys in whenever they come around? And why does the evil General Bethlehem let these towns operate at all? To steal their jewelry? Rape and slavery are clearly in common practice but we are treated to a lovely mother and her children living alone on a rural homestead in one of the mail delivering montages. The world building is abysmal, and more upsetting as this is the strongest aspect of the novel.

Finally, there is the R rating, which belies the eye watering patriotism and the naive optimism of the movie. We are treated pragmatic cuckolding, gratuitous side-boob, and gruesome viet cong style terror tactics. All of this could have been cut from the film for a PG rating, which would be much more inline with the plucky teen postpersons and corny postal puns (postage due!; you'll have to leash the dogs while i'm in town.yuk yuk).

Too bad, so sad. I enjoyed hating on this movie, although it took me three sittings to get through.
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13. Board Game: Invader Zim: Doomsday Dice Game [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus (2019)

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This was way dumber than I remember the show being, but it made me laugh. Seems like a regular episode script that was was stretched out with a bunch of Family Guy style long-gags. Also, the dark/ickiness of the show seems to have been toned down for younger audiences. In fact, we accessed it from the Netflix Kids' page.

It is pretty amazing that the guy who did Johnny the Homicidal Maniac has been so successful. Not that he's not talented, just that his niche seems pretty narrow from the vantage of dadhood.
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14. Board Game: King Kong Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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SON OF KONG

King Kong premiered in March 1933 and was a massive hit. So naturally, the producer and director immediately rounded up most of the cast (minus the big, dead ape) and cranked out a sequel that was released in December 1933. Fast work.

The plot, such as it was: Carl Denham, the guy who brought King Kong back to New York, is hiding in his rooms dodging lawsuits, when he learns that he and Captain Englehorn are about to be indicted for some unspecified King-Kong's-rampage related crime. So they get the hell out of Dodge I mean New York, and end up back in what was then Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). Along the way they see a bad monkey and girl-singing show, pick up a shipless Norwegian captain who (after killing the girl's dad) feeds them a line of bullshit about King Kong's island having a hidden treasure, and they are off to cover the 1753 miles to Skull Island, the girl Helene as a stowaway and Charlie (from the first movie) as a crew member and cook.

Anyway, they get on the island and Denham and Helene help Son of Kong get out of a mud pit. Various random battles between Baby Kong and some dinosaurs and also a giant bear ensue. Denham finds a temple where surprise, there IS a giant diamond (which surprises Helstrom because he was just lying to get off of the previous island before the law got him). And in some unexplained cataclysm involving earthquakes and typhoons, the entire island sinks and everything on it dies except Denham, who Baby Kong holds up above the waters until Englehorn, Charlie, and Helene can row up in their row boat and save them.

What was most disconcerting was how Son of Kong would mug for the camera. Really weird. Meant to be funny, apparently.

Not particularly recommended, but at least it's short (69 minutes).

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Incidentally, the scene on the poster never happened. Baby Kong never tenderly cradled Helene in his arms and Denham didn't have a hand gun on the island.
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15. Board Game: Quarantine Z [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:14090]
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28 Weeks Later (2007) personal DVD


Both of the 28 films were released at a time when my family was very young and while I watched and bought the DVDs, I wasn't crazy for the content as it was too dismal to me as a dad. The same with Brian Keene's zombie books a late buddy lent me to read. I read them, but they were just too bleak for my frame of mind.

We watched the two movies this weekend and while I still find points in both films cheesy (the Rambo-like third act of 28 Days and the chopper zombie-blender scene in 28 weeks), they've both grown on me - especially the second film.

It was a surprise to realize Jeremy Renner co-stars as well as a very young Imogen Poots who I've last seen in the excellent Green Room. Good stuff. I look forward to playing the kid Survivors in this fall's upcoming Zombicide 2!

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16. Board Game: Thick as Thieves [Average Rating:9.34 Unranked]
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Bling Ring (2015) Netflix

Nothing remarkable nor unique about this Sofia Coppola film, but because my family and I had no prior knowledge of the true story, we were interested throughout. The soundtrack is pretty good. Worth a watch in a Dateline NBC sort of mindset.
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17. Board Game: Prisoner Cell Block H Card Game [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)

Rob Ager got me interested to try S. Craig Zahler's Cell Block 99. It's worth a watch. I enjoyed it more than Bone Tomahawk and am willing to see that western horror film again for a reappraisal.

Like Bone Tomahawk, I dig Zahler's main male characters. They're resolute in doing what needs to be done, tough gentlemen who stick to their morals, and Vince Vaughn's character, Bradley, is affecting in how he's dealing with his situation. In a hilarious and profound scene, Bradley
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who's lost his job and discovered his wife's infidelity, takes his anger and frustration out on her car.
There are other funny moments and dialogue among the carnage and violence, but ugly truths and sentiments conveyed too, that I found myself agreeing with.

Brawl is a so unbelievable in a lot of ways
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the abuse Bradley takes and shrugs off, the continual missed opportunities in to shut him down, and how he dispatches all adversaries]
but it works if seen as something like a Bronson, Stallone, or Eastwood tough-guy film.

Worth a watch! I definitely need to see Dragged Across Concrete and rewatch Bone Tomahawk.
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18. Board Game: Zorro [Average Rating:4.71 Unranked]
Board Game: Zorro
Jesse Hickle
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Colorado Springs
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THE MASK OF ZORRO - 1998


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This is one of my wife's favorite movies, and we watched it on Netflix over the weekend. It's pretty fun overall, with some cool swordplay and a good performance by Antonio Banderas. I can't quite buy Anthony Hopkins as a Mexican noble, and James Horner's music has always irked me - not just because of the constant use of that song in the background, but also because of his borrowing of the rhythmic motif from Holst's "Mars: The Bringer of War" in the climactic scene, putting it in a different meter with added music on top. Still, a good movie.
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19. Board Game: Not So Scary Things [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
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Jesse Hickle
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SCARY MOVIE - 2000
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I saw this movie back when it first came out, and I recall it being extremely crude, but still pretty funny. I got one of those right. It's awful. I couldn't even finish it. I think I remember that it was her boyfriend and the closeted gay guy who were the killers, and there was something to do with the mentally ill character not actually being mentally ill in a Usual Suspects homage, but I didn't care enough to find out. And I don't even care if those are spoilers, because it's been 20 years, and if you haven't seen it by now, DON'T.
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20. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:3354]
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Joe Gola
United States
Connecticut
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Deathsport (1978)

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I had to come post this boring-ass movie because one line really cracked me up: “We’ll fire together … one at a time.” Wait, what?
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21. Board Game: Let's Catch the Lion! [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:3614]
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Dragged Across Concrete (2019)

Anchovies! This is an amazing film. My favorite of Zahler's three movies. The whole cast is fantastic. I don't want to compare Zahler to Tarantino, but there are lots of similarities between the directors. Zahler's pacing is not so much a slow-burn, but something else* that quite threw me off on Bone Tomahawk. Like Brawl, there is a ton of humor, excellent dialogue, and such touching scenes
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the working mom who has expended her maternity leave and the father of the baby has locked her out of the apartment - what a moment! and then what follows...


I don't recall any of us BGGer movie fans mentioning having watched DAC, but if you have, link me to your Geeklist item. I want to read your thoughts! I'm a Zahler fan and need to revisit Bone Tomahawk!


*EDIT: One reviewer stated extended scenes give Concrete a novel-like feel with those moments feeling like chapters. I can agree with this observation in scenes such as:
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The fire escape and shower-and-ceiling fan interrogation scene, the stake-out, bank robbery, pursuit, and climactic shoot-out all feel chapter-like
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22. RPG Item: FURI5-04: Festering Wounds [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Super boring, not scary, none of the actors were convincing and I didn't like them at all, it seems to be about posession but the story does not move on to give you at least one or two "aha"- moments and the end is even worse, a total waste of time.

Please someone recommend real good horror movies, I want to be scared
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23. Board Game: Shadowrun: Crossfire – Harlequin's Shadow Promo Card [Average Rating:6.93 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.93 Unranked]
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Adam Tucker
United States
Warren
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One the one hand, this is easily one of the better DCEU movies; on the other hand, it might have been a better movie if it shed the trappings of the DCEU (the movie doesn't have much in the way of links, but it still ties itself enough to the DCEU to make you wonder where all the superheroes that supposedly hang out in Gotham are). The movie is very much a Harley Quinn movie, and Margot Robbie seems to thoroughly relish the role.

While this is a very strong outing from the DCEU, make no mistake that this is a straight forward action and comic book movie. There's no greater depth here, just popcorn, beat-em-up fun. The movie earns its 'R' rating, but doesn't wallow in it.

While the supporting cast is mostly good, in particular Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Dinah Lance (Black Canary), most of the characters feel underserved by the script (especially Huntress and Renee Montoya, but Black Canary as well), and Ewan McGregor does what he can with the paper thin Black Mask character. It does seem to set up a future "Birds of Prey" property (either film or TV), and perhaps with the "origins" out of the way they can write something better for these characters. I'm definitely up for more movies from director Cathy Yan.

There is enough fresh and fun here to make it a worthwhile big screen watch. Sadly, and ironically, this seems to be among the worst performing of the DCEU movies. They finally start to make some decent ones, and the audiences stop coming. If you like comic book movies and have the time, I would recommend catching this in theaters.
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24. Board Game: Doom: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1049]
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Doom: Annihilation (2019)

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Confession booth time: I have never played Doom. I totally missed it when it came out and don't care about the franchise at all. It has a lot of weight for members of my cohort but it's always seemed a little podunk to me. For contrast, I also missed X-Com, but played through the game a few years ago and it is baller.

I have also not seen the other Doom movie that stars The Rock. I have seen Jason Goes To Space, which is not much worse than this movie.

This is *almost* a Canon Films revival piece. It does a good job of invoking the 1990s, which is a weird anachronistic wormhole in and of itself. The acting is poor but serviceable and consistent, the plot is paper thin and the effects are easy to ignore. There are some fairly explicit fanservice (BFG, etc) for gamers. It rides the line of "made for teevee" closely enough that it's hard to give the filmmakers too much grief.

Although I watched this sober folding laundry, it has the whiff of a perfect Saturday afternoon hangover movie of tbs. I don't have any of those things these days so it also has a least pretentious thing I could find on netflix in fifteen minutes vibe, which is a resounding endorsement these days.
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25. Board Game: Walking with Prehistoric Beasts [Average Rating:4.25 Unranked]
Board Game: Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
John Iverson
United States
Michigan
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Not being a paleontologist, can't comment on whether the Gucci leather jackets were period 18,000 BC, but otherwise thought it was fine as a journey/coming of age movie. Not great nor a waste of the 90 minutes.

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Black 47


Typical revenge film set in Ireland during 1840's famine time. Liked the story and the setting imagery. A little bit heavy on violence/violent imagery.

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McQueen

Documentary on Lee McQueen of 90's, early 2000 fashion. When a docu movie on a person I never heard of and a subject area I really know nothing about can draw me in, I give it high marks. Just for the fashion show prep and imagery it was stunning. Some of the quips/anecdotes from the interviews were great.

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