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    Halloween viewing (in viewng order):

    ENDGAME (D'Amato:non-horror entre)
    NIGHTMARE CASTLE
    ONE DARK NIGHT
    PHANTASM II

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    Saw BRIDGE OF SPIES last night and mostly really enjoyed it. Another fine performance from Tom Hanks and a good supporting cast. I've always been fascinated by the Francis Gary Powers story (there was a tv movie way back with Lee Majors playing him), and it was interesting to see this told more from the perspective of the Russian spy who we traded to get him back. It gets a little heavy handed with the symbolism near the end but for the most part this was very low key and well done.
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    Cat and the Canary with Bob Hope. Found a dvd with a Svengoolie airing of this. More comedy than anything else but still fun.

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    I also watched THE GIFT (2015) over the weekend. Liked this one a lot as well. This movie is one giant awkward situation after another (and I mean that as a compliment). Jason Bateman really plays against type here, without getting into spoilers, he plays a very different sort of character from his usual stuff. Not a horror film but there is one extremely disturbing scene for sure that involves a video. All three of the leads are excellent - Rebecca Hall as Bateman's wife and Joel Edgerton plays a thoroughly creepy and weird dude. All three of these characters have some serious issues and closets full of skeletons. Well worth checking out.
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    Just watched the German Shaolin Master and the Kid BD, and what a great movie it is! I often find a like the Taiwanese martial arts films, for instance 7 Grandmasters or Born Invincible, better than the Shaw Brothers stuff (which is also great of course). While the budget generally feels a lot smaller, with less elaborate sets, costumes and wire stunts, they more than make up for it with being really fast-paced and action packed. This film is no exception. It's light on character development and story complexity, but there is a whole lot of awesome kung fu action, nice cinematography and enough, but not too much, wires and trampoline stunts to spice things up a bit. The film borrows some elements from Lone Wolf and Cub, with the titular character having to take a child along on his quest for revenge on the bad guy, and while it's far from as stylized as its Japanese inspiration, it's still a stylish film with some samurai film clich├ęs thrown into the mix. For instance the familiar chanbara scene where two characters face off head on with their swords, and then stand in cool poses until one of them falls down dead, is in this film too. There's also a hilarious and badass scene involving an eagle which I don't want to spoil.

    The source of the BD is a German theatrical print, and while the night time scenes are sometimes so dark that it's hard to make out what is actually happening, the transfer in general looks excellent. The well-lit daytime sequences exhibit nice detail. The elements from which this transfer is taken were not pristine by any means, but it looks pleasent, very organic and filmlike. The disc only has the German and English dubs, and it would of course be nice to get to see it in Mandarin, but for me that's not a deal-breaker by any means. It's kind of charming to see these old kung fu films the way they were shown in the west theatrically in the 70's.

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    Tonight I'm watching volume 3 of Olive Films' Betty Boop collection. While the discs contain nothing in the form of contextual material, which is a crying shame considering the historic value of old American pre-code animation, and the collections don't actually contain all the shorts from Fleischer Studio's best period, the transfers are at least very nice. And considering that no one has released Betty Boop outside of cheap public domain collections, since the marvellous LD box set, the Olive discs are a real treasure chest.

    A frustrating thing about these releases is that the cartoons aren't ordered chronologically, but instead mixed and spread out over all four discs, which means you actually have to switch discs four times if you want to go through all of the pre-code films for instance. Olive have probably done it this way, so that the pre-code enthusiasts have to buy all four releases if they want all the shorts. I think that was a bit of a problem for the company releasing the great Popeye DVD collections some years back. A better approach imo would have been releasing everything in a four disc set. The Disney Treasures sets, probably the gold standard for this kind of thing, were kind of like that, even though for example the Silly Symphonies were split into two big releases, without chronology carrying over from one set to the next. But Disney is Disney, and they probably didn't have to worry about losing sales anyway. On the subject of the Disney Treasures, a big advantage Olive's Betty Boop BD's have over them, is not having to endure Leonard Maltin's Very Serious (unskippable) warnings before watching a cartoon involving alcohol, smoking, violence, sexuality or racial stereotyping. After the twentieth time listening to his words of caution, even most idiots and kids have probably understood that the cartoons are almost 100 years old, and were created in very different times with other attitudes towards what we now consider politically incorrect.

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    Martial Law, the Rothrock / Chad McQueen cheap as fuck DTV actioner. Not very good, but I am still fond of films of this type from this era.
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    BUSTING (Peter Hyams, 1974). Elliott Gould, Robert Blake, Allen Garfield, Sid Haig. Gould's one pissed off cop: he has a great urinal poster in his apartment, greets the toilets by name in the park tearoom, and even dancing partner Blake agrees they spend too much time in the bathroom. His mom used to launder his uniform shirts by hand, now the cops don't give a shit and he reads Ant-Man #9 on the crapper; he and Blake decide to punch up at a big villain and go after needling vice boss Garfield; things get bloody. Features a great market chase & shootout, strobe-lit tittybar dancing, dentistry, a west-coast Stonewall riff, a dirty bookstore massage joint, and a red and white rocketship ambulance chase. Hyams shoots a beautiful softly-lit LA where everything glows in shadow like neon or a level I light spell. Terriffic.
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    Avengers Age Of Ultron: First of all why is this called the Age Of Ultron? How about a little truth in advertising Marvel? Avengers The Week to Week and a Half of Ultron would have been better. Anyway... fuck me this is numbing stuff. Shit blows up a lot. There's a lot people with random powers. Spaders in it as a voice and he's not a sexual deviant- which felt wrong... Whedon has one mode on these things. Build up an over the top air of superhero solemnity and then under cut it with a cheap quip. It's a routine that after the first Avengers and that Chris Pine (Pratt?) spaceship film is getting very tiring.
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    Tonight's film was Silip. The Mondo Macabro disc looks real good, except for the memorable title sequence in the beginning which looks like it's been sourced from VHS, and has good extras. The film itself, well you won't forget it once you've seen it. The DVD cover talks about Silip being in the tradition of Japanese pinku eiga, but honestly I'm not feeling it. Sure, it has sex and violence, but it feels like its own beast alltogether. It's a frequently bizarre tale of lust vs. chastity, faith, libido and thanatos. And somewhere there's a hint of Teshigahara's Woman of the Dunes, or maybe that's just me. It features lots of sex scenes, some of them really erotic even, without really feeling like straight up softcore porno, but rather something with more artistic ambition and thematic complexity. For instance I love the different symbols that reoccur during the film's runtime, such as the menstrual blood, the flesh, the peeping eye, the slaughter, the sand, the sacrifice, etc. And the foreboding and creepy music! Some scenes made me really uncomfortable because they involve children, not to cause arousal thankfully, but still in an adult sexual context. I still liked the movie though, but I've never seen anything quite like it before. It'll need some time to sink in I think, but it wouldn't surprise me if this is one of those films that stay with me for quite some time.

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