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Movies for 2010 - Part 4 [Feb. 1st, 2010|11:54 am]
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23rd January
Manos - The Hands of fate - MST3K version
Shaolin Soccer

26th January
Die Hard

27th January

28th January
The Bourne Identity

29th January
Flying High

30th January
30 Days of Night

31st January
The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

That brings my total films for the month to twenty-two! I'm very pleased about that. I think keeping the list makes me want to watch more films, and the two trips to Cooma certainly helped with that.

Surprisingly (to me) few SF films in my first month, but lots of horror. Rewatching some Hammer horror films helped push that up.

Have to say, I really enjoyed 30 Days of Night. Now I'll have to hunt down the comic series it was based on. Glad I saw Mummy 3, because now I need never see it again. It adds nothing to the franchise, I'd much rather they wrote out the Rachel Weisz character than recasting her, and while not a bad film, I was actually a bit bored by it.

From: leecetheartist
2010-02-01 02:38 am (UTC)
Torgo lives!
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2010-02-01 05:01 am (UTC)

I kept waiting for the reveal that Torgo had goat legs or something!

Manos is the film that's so bad it's bad. I thought watching the Mystery Science Theatre version would make it more palatable, but no, it was still an arduous and dull watch. I struggled to get through it. The MST3K guys were good, just not good enough.

Given the MST3K folk often watch these films many, many times, I think they truly earned my respect for doing this one.
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From: leecetheartist
2010-02-01 05:07 am (UTC)
But Danny, he does!

The original maker of Manos was a bit annoyed that the Mystie crew's silhouettes obscure the reveal - Torgo does indeed has goat hoofs when he takes his shoes off!
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2010-02-01 05:11 am (UTC)

But in fairness to the MST3K guys, their silhouettes don't cover that much of the screen. If a shot is important, you make sure it's clearly visible. ANd let's face it, this wasn't a subtle film :)
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From: leecetheartist
2010-02-01 05:13 am (UTC)
Torgo's my hero. Most hard done by character EVER!
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[User Picture]From: angriest
2010-02-01 04:44 am (UTC)
I really hated 30 Days of Night, and really, really wanted to like it. I wonder if it's because I'd previously read the comic book and loved it, and wanted the film to be as effective (didn't think it was by a mile).

The Mummy 3 is just wretchedly awful in a "holy shit WTF were they thinking?" kind of a way.

I'm watching Brighton Rock at the moment, and marvelling at how profoundly different William Hartnell is in it to his work on Doctor Who.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2010-02-01 05:09 am (UTC)
I'll be curious to see what I think of the comic of 30 Days. I think I enjoyed the film because the vamps were vicious, nasty, and clever, and the make-up work that I thought made many of them look a little shark-like was beautiful.

I was a bit like that with Mummy 2, especially with the selling-out of Imhotep's love story right at the end, so I had incredibly low expectations for the third film, and it pretty much matched them. Oh, you know what really shat me though? The DVD opening menu which shows you pretty much every action set-piece and and monster in the film! After the first few seconds I shut my eyes because I wanted some surprises left.

I'm assuming you've seen Hartnell in This Sporting Life? It's a beautiful and subtle part.
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[User Picture]From: angriest
2010-02-01 05:29 am (UTC)
I actually have never seen Hartnell in *anything* beyond Doctor Who. You always read in the Who guide books that "the role of the Doctor was a surprising one for Hartnell", etc, but I never realised what a profoundly different role it must have been.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2010-02-01 09:07 am (UTC)
If I can get my burner working, I'll try and send copies of Sporting Life and Hell Drivers over. I've got them from when they aired on the ABC. Both good character films, and radically different roles for Hartnell.
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