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    Cherry 2000, starring a young Melanie Griffith and also 80s WEIRDNESS, is currently available through Netflix Instant. I recommend it.
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    OK, I swore I wouldn't do this, but you really like bad movies, Whitechapel?

    I bring you THE DARKENING

    (Yes, it's actually called the darkening)

    “The Darkening” is a suspense/horror film set in the Midwest. The story centers around a young married man, James Harrison, who witnesses his mother’s murder at age eight. James returns to his hometown of Fairview after twenty years with his wife to sell the old house in which his mother was brutally murdered by Kyle Burnett, a deaf & dumb brute of a man, and in which James was left with a reminder, a scar on his throat, by Kyle and nightmares that won't end.

    Soon after James returns, he begins experiencing blackouts while continuing his therapy in Fairview with a local Psychiatrist. With the onset of the "Darkening", as Doctor Phillips calls it, James finds himself living between two worlds, the world of light..and life, and the world of darkness. When a "bound doll" that the doctor has Kyle Burnett contruct as an aid to James' therapy disappears, the small town is suddenly rocked by brutal killings that are mirroring the M.O. of the murderer that killed James mother. Haunted by a bloody vision of himself at eight years old and a strange connection to a man in a black raincoat, James begins to experience memories of the murders in perfect detail.

    As the murders continue, James is taken deep into his subconscious by the doctor to discover the horrifying truth that is hidden deep inside...the darkening.

    Well, that's better than the original Darkening script I read which was a combination of GREMLINS/ALIEN/CRITTERS involving teenagers who play paintball and have night-vision goggles and they totally save everybody.

    My Uncle Jack makes movies. I've only ever watched two of them; Manimals (there's a link to download the short film), and Love Wine.

    I'd love to tell you that these are great movies. I really would.

    ETA: Oh yeah, I have to mention, the short film Manimals, starred Chris Klein when he was still unknown (the jock guy from American Pie) as one of the title characters, part bull, and was in the one scene that made me laugh once.
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    I think everyone should check out a film that got an ondemand only release earlier this year and is now available on dvd and to stream. It is called RUBBER. On it's surface it is a "B" Movie about a homicidal tire (sounds great already eh?), but it has more levels to it than that. It is really a surrealist film that is commenting on a number of things including film audiences and their expectations of films. It is often a very "meta" film. I found it to be very funny and inventive featuring a great score. It was written, directed, edited, scored etc all by Quentin Dupieux aka Mr Oizo. You have to be willing to just go with it and not start asking questions, because if you ask logical questions about a film featuring a homicidal tire, you are in trouble.

    Also, if you have any interest, this is where I type up my thoughts on all the new films I view. My Blog
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2011
    The Liars, by my buddy Nicholas Gurewitch

    If you've got ten minutes, then click the picture to get to the film...

    the liars
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2011
    Way back in this thread, someone mentioned 20th Century Boys. Well, after buying the trilogy boxset on that recommendation alone...

    Best purchase i've made in months. Loved it. The first is something of a genuine thriller with the ludicrous dressings you'd expect, the second is much more political with revolutionary tones, and then in the third... Well. It's fucking mental, isn't it?
    • CommentAuthorGordon
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2011

    What did you think of the ending? I was absolutely loving the trilogy up until the final reveal, which left me extremely underwhelmed and soured the viewing experience for me. Maybe the wait between parts 2 and 3 built up my expectations too much.

    Anyway, would be interested in hearing what you made of it!
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2011 edited
    My reaction to the entire third film was "Huh? Really? All that for this? I mean, ok, but... wait, this guy's died like 3 times. And who's this guy? Can they stop singing that bloody song now?". Compared to the first one, not nearly as involving. Following from the second, i imagined it would go in a very different way. As a finale overall it was... distinctly Japanese. I don't mean that in the giant robots, superwhacky headfuck way, but the general resolution and themes central to it of unquestioning friendship, honourbound pasts no matter how transient they were, self-satisfaction and acceptance as the engine for change, all seem to be recurrent themes across "big" japanese things. Akira, for one example, and Casshern as another.
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    "Surrogate Valentine" is a sweet anti-romance romance. It's a San Francisco Bay Area made film about Goh, a talented but struggling singer/songwriter whose career has slightly more success than his love life. But when he has to babysit a TV actor doing his first film, the resulting relationship may make it possible for him to score with Rachel, his old high school sweetheart.

    In a way, the film turns the old saw about musicians being sex magnets on its head. Goh may be talented, but he has trouble warming up to people. The title song is also nifty, too.

    The film's currently touring in small art theaters around the country. Check it out.

    Surrogate Valentine
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2011
    What the fuck is up with Real D? Instead of seeing a movie in 2D or 3D it is now Real D or 3D. They probably spent a lot of money on coming up with that (focus groups, market research and testing.....)
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2011
    what?! how come this thread slipped by me until now??! oh, i got lots to catch up on.
    but first let's contribute. so, without havin gread the entire thread, here's a few things to throw into the ring:

    1. really, really, really, really bad movie but makes for good entertainment with friends and other stuff to do next to watching it:
    DARKNESS - written and directed by lief jonker, whom we affectionately used to call live wanker (due to the quality of this work of his)

    2. artsy movie by SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE director, which is probably not all that unknown and which i really liked:
    BEGOTTEN - it has a mesmerising quality to it and even though i didn't fully "get it" i was able to follow the narrative flow of it

    3. social commentary via bitingly black satire via shock cinema from france:
    THEMROC - made 1973 and still hasn't lost neither bite, nor wit and comes with enough shock value (not in your face, more in sub- and context) to work

    and now i'm going to dig through this thread and look forward to future posts. nice. :)
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    Just watched this film, and it's great.

    The Man From Nowhere

    It's in the same vein as Spartan, Man on Fire and Taken. Secret Agent vs Gangsters who have kidnapped a girl. But it's Korean.
    Falling into the same kind of line as I Saw the Devil and Bittersweet Life with the nice clean visuals and really brutal fights.
    It's got the best knife fight I've seen on film and the lead's taking out a room full of villains also ranks highly in the list.
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    Bon Cop Bad Cop

    Don't understand a lot of the cultural humor, but as a movie and a comedy, it's pretty good.
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2011 edited
    This doesn't exactly rate as a film no-one knows, but it's one most haven't seen: Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf; the 1966 version with Richard Burton and Liz Taylor. Adapted from a stage play by Edward Albee, the script retains the original work's crackling dialogue and tense atmosphere, and Taylor and Burton display their considerable chemistry as a bitter middle-aged married couple drunkenly airing their grubby laundry over drinks with a young married couple.

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    This is a strange but true documentary about the creation of a viral sensation in the days before the Internet. In 1987, Midwestern punkers Eddie Lee and Mitchell D moved into a cheap apartment in San Francisco's Haight district. They soon discovered why the apartment was so cheap. Their next door neighbors, Peter and Raymond, would get drunk every night and engage in violent arguments that the two young men couldn't help hearing thanks to the apartment's paper thin walls. Eddie and Mitchell's decision to tape record the arguments and share them with friends led to a phenomenon known as

    Shut Up, Little Man!
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2011 edited
    No one's mentioned Bronson - I'm not sure it qualifies as a film no one knows, but for some reason every time I bring it up with friends... no one knows. It's by the director of Valhalla Rising and the Pusher trilogy, and it's fucking brilliant.
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    Bronson is great and yet another reason to love Tom Hardy.
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2011
    Strangely, it took Bronson for me to truly love him - I hadn't noticed him all that much until this movie.
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2011
    Yeah, Hardy was great in Bronson. And he had the best line in Inception, IMO.
    • CommentTimeJul 8th 2012 edited

    Released in 1955 .Basically a drifter comes to town in the 1950s and reinvigorates, upsets , and turns over all the
    conforming constraints of a whole community, just by being different in every single way.I Saw this a while back,
    please ignore the melodramatic trailer, it is much more subtle than that, and really digs at the underbelly of
    the "suburban" paradise of the 1950s in a modern way that is being done now 60 years later and is hinted at by
    Director David Lynch in practically all his movie.

    "PICNIC" (trailer-1955)

    Heri Mkocha
    • CommentAuthorkhaoohs
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2012 edited
    For your viewing pleasure, I present The FP.

    Accompanied by his brother JTRO, Beat-Beat Revelation champion BTRO must compete for the pride of their hometown, Frazier Park (The FP). His opponent: ruthless fighter and trash talker, L Dubba E. L Dub not only defeats BTRO, he sends him to an early grave. L Dub's instant climb to power has forced The FP to fall into disarray. Crazed with anger, JTRO vows revenge. After a crash course in the ancient techniques of Beat-Beat from master BLT, JTRO challenges L Dubba E. Their battle to the finish, born of lust, power and revenge, will leave only one man standing