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Re: Movies You've Watched (Part II)

Postby baggygreenmania » Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:00 am

I have been a movie nut for more than 50 years. Reason I started the quizzes.

I like most genres,except.. violent action, blood soaked slashers and cheaply made CG films. Also porn. My fav genre are suspence, mystery, supernatural, some sci fi, some westerns, war and good rollicking adventure flick.

My introduction to the flicker was I and a couple of local kids trying to sneak into the local picture theatre. We got away with it for a time until the manager woke up. He was lenient on us and did not call the police or ban us. He said he would if we tried it again.

So I scrounged the ticket price off Mum or Dad and paid my way to see the next flick. Dad said the that from now on if I wanted to see a movie I was to work for the ticket. He would pay for the goodies.

I remember watching the American serials or cartoons then the main feature contentedly munching on Musk Sticks that you sucked to a point in order to stick the girls. So if there was a sudden small shriek we all knew what caused it.

Other fave lollies were the long lasting Choo Choo Bar, Polly Waffles, sherbet pipes and a round shaped lollie that you spun with a piece of string and sucked it as it rotated. I jest you not.

They were fun filled days that instilled in me a great affection for the magic and splendour of the moving picture on film
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Postby Mick180461 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:20 am

Remember going to the drive in to watch Terrence Hills Trinity movies, loved them as a kid, tried to watch them once as an adult and realized just how bad they were. Family was going to see Star Wars but i had something else on and said no, huge regret.

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Postby baggygreenmania » Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:10 pm

One of the earliest films I ever saw was the classic science fiction movie War of the Worlds. It opens during the falling to earth of a meteor like object outside a small American town.

This happens to be big news and nationwide newspapers are brought in. Things die down when there is little action from the downed object. Later that nite a couple of tipsy townsfolk return to the site. There are more meteor showers later that nite. The next morning there is no sign of the men but there are several scorch marks on the ground.

Shortly after a hovering spacecraft appears from near where the object crashed, then another and another. The National Guard is engaged soon after and all hell breaks loose as the aliens lanch an invasion.. The Martians have finally invaded Earth. Their space craft fire a lazer like weapon that oblierates all Army personel ,tanks and cannon.The alien craft are impervious to every Earth weapon as they are protected by a shield.

Soon news comes thru that more and more of the craft have landed in all parts of the world and are destroying everything in site,. Even major landmarks, like the Eiffel Tower, the Washington Monument and the British Houses of Parliament are not safe.

There is no way to stop them. All mankind is as their mercy. The major minds of the world meet to try to find a solution, a new weapon anything.

Then when all seems lost and the end of the world looks doomed, an unexpected weapon emerges. It is the form of a tiny microbe in our air that turns out to be the only thing that destroys the Martians.
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Postby MikeR68 » Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:45 am

The first movie I can remember watching was in Grade 4 (hadn't turned 9 years old) with the class called "The Poseidon Adventure". How to traumatise a class with everyone dying either burnt or drowning. What were they thinking! First theatre experience was at 9 in a movie called "Star Wars"...That was it for me addicted to movies. Worst double feature at the drive in 1980 "Can't Stop The Music" and Neil Diamond in the "Jazz Singer". I blame mum she loved Neil Diamond. But think of my poor dad, The Village People what he must have been thinking.

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Postby baggygreenmania » Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:13 am

I have so many worst Drive-In double feaures memories I can not name them all Mike.
Back in the 60/70s one of Saturday nite's great pleasures was packing into the family car and heading to the nearest drive in.. which was in our case just across from our cousins place in the east of Sydney.The idea was to arrive early and find a parking spot. I recall Dad often cursing because he could not find a spot as close as he wanted. Once parked us kids would head off to the playground located at the side of the screen while Mum and Dad picked up a feed of hot dogs, burgers and drinks.The start of the commercials signaled it was time to to head back to the car. Dad would then place the speakers on the car door and we were off and running. Once the movie finished it was a race to get to the exit and save a long wait in a queue. On some occasions we watched the movie(no sound) from the backyard of our cousins place.It was a sad day when the Matraville Drive-In closed.

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Postby MikeR68 » Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:06 pm

Not wrong about the food consumption, biggest feeds ever. and at intermission go back for another burger. I don't know how it is in NSW but they're all gone now, now forced to pay high prices, except for Tuesday's and overpriced food. Makes you think twice about going because they release the film 4 months later on DVD and 1 year later you pick them up in the reduced to clear bins for a cheaper price than going to the cinema. Last films I saw at the Drive in double feature "Joe Dirt" and "Castaway" they tore the place down 2 weeks later. Now townhouses.

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Postby baggygreenmania » Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:59 am

Being a senior I have a discount card for movies.. a huge 8-10 bucks saving per movie. Trouble is they rarely screen films I like. I think the last theatre film I saw was Jurassic World. I chose it as that type of film looks better on the huge cinema screen. I have also seen the new Independence Day.

Back to the drive in. I believe there are 10 still existing in the country. Only one in Sydney to my knowledge. The largest is a 4 screen affair at Dandenong in Victoria. Remains as popular as ever says the promotional blurb. Wonder if they will make a come back?

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Postby Mick180461 » Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:13 am

There's one on the Gold Coast, think it's still operating but never go, don't really see the point beyond novelty value. Only tend to go to the big Blockbusters, only costs about $7 at the local cinema for a 2D viewing about $13 for 3D. I'm not using up $10-15 worth of fuel to sit in my car to watch a movie. Anyone still got Video Rental shops open in their neck of the woods, last one closed here this week.

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Postby baggygreenmania » Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:36 am

I am a horror film fan from way back. I have seen all the oldie Hammer Film horrors countless times. As I got older my tastes turned from the undead and monsters to more psychological or supernatural themes.

My most recent decent into the realm of horror were Woman in Black 1 and 2. The first one was in fact a remake of a British televison movie by the same name. So when I saw that, firstly the famous Hammer Films movie co. was making a comeback and secondly one of its first films would be the Woman in Black remake, I jumped at the chance to see it. I certainly was not disappointed. Daniel Ratcliffe's work was outstanding.

One horror film that rates my numero uno is The Innocents. Made as far back as 1960 this little black and white flick scared the bejesus out of me as a child and still sends shivers up my spine as an adult.

It tells the story of a young English Governess (Deborah Kerr) who is engaged by an uncaring guardian to look after his niece and nephew..Flora and Miles in a sprawling old manor house in a remore part of the countryside.

The only other occupant of the house is the housekeeper Mrs Grosse (Megs Jenkins).

Shortly after her arrival the Governess sees strange figures in various parts of the vast estate, on the tower, by the lake and in the schoolroom.

These apparitions are in fact the dead former Governess and the the butler/valet to the previous master. Their nefarious plan is to possess the children and take them to the afterlife.

The brave Governess will do everything in her power to stop them, resulting in a chilling climax that to this day would have audiences squirming in their seats.
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Postby MikeR68 » Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:45 pm

I don't know how interested you are in this baggers, but Universal is doing a monster series re-making the old classics. Russell Crowe is in the first "The Mummy". Invisible man with Johnny Depp, Creature from the black lagoon, Bride of Frankenstein with possibly Angelina Jolie. I'm actually interested to see if they will keep to the old classic plots.

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Postby Boycs » Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:30 am

I've been on a binge of Pixar type movies while I've been off sick and ended up watching Inside Out with my partner. I was actually pleasantly surprised and found it quite clever. I liked how they represented the mind and how it changes in a girl growing up, and it was entertaining trying to work out the voices. Normally considered myself a bit too old for it! But some of the Pixar movies, toy story, walle, finding nemo, are just great no matter what your age

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Postby baggygreenmania » Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:58 am

Mike the Brits do classic horror better than anyone because they keep it simple. So in answer to your question I can see the Yanks producing an over the top, huge budget effort that lacks that something special. Should bring in some Hammer Film experts as consultants.
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Postby Going South » Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:18 pm

BoyCaught30 wrote:I've been on a binge of Pixar type movies while I've been off sick and ended up watching Inside Out with my partner. I was actually pleasantly surprised and found it quite clever. I liked how they represented the mind and how it changes in a girl growing up, and it was entertaining trying to work out the voices. Normally considered myself a bit too old for it! But some of the Pixar movies, toy story, walle, finding nemo, are just great no matter what your age


I got two very young kids and I some how gets charged with taking them to all cartoon movies ever released in the past decade ( clever wife?)
Oh these animated movies they sure are very clever on plot filled with quick wit that you often miss out if not alert. Recently watched zootopia loved the concept and pun which made me think for a long time after the movie too.

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Postby Going South » Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:23 pm

baggygreenmania wrote:Mike the Brits do classic horror better than anyone because they keep it simple. So in answer to your question I can see the Yanks producing an over the top, huge budget effort that could be lacking substance.. Should bring in some Hammer Film experts as consultants.

WHAT?
simple does not always mean better !!! It just states that you have not explored on other options. If it's complex does not always mean they are bad? I say that's sour grapes syndrome for a branch you cannot reach on the grape vine.
Horror should not always be gory. If you are clever, you can show horror without showing single drop of blood effectively. I knew some folks who found sixth sense to be too complex and did not like it. Well. To each their own. I find final destination series to be entertaining but I get raised eyebrows if I say so openly. Ha.

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Postby MikeR68 » Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:08 pm

A good Horror is great to watch no matter who makes it, no thought required, just sit back and relax, if you can. Nothing wrong with Final Destination. What about Saw series, The Purge series, Urban legends series, Scream Series (Love the Scary Movie comedies) Aussie series Wolf Creek. Old classics In Halloween, Friday 13, Alien series, Predator series, Poltergeist series, The Omen series, Blade trilogy, Underworld series....List goes on and on and that is just the franchise ones, all very simple premises made to enjoy. Hannibal Lector series. Buffalo Bill played by Ted Levine, creepy, great voice that was excellent in Roadkill (Joyride in the US) as I said creepy. The Shining, Carrie, Cujo any Stephen King. Saw "Horns" recently based on the novel by Stephen King's son, Joe Hill which was a good role for Harry Potter. The Exorcist...Great film. American, British, Swedish, Aussie who cares, they're great. Ask my wife any werewolf movie she's there watching. We just watched the Werewolf Tv series with Chuck Connors. The latest Teen Wolf tv series.

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Postby Going South » Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:16 am

Err. They don't fall under horror category. Action?

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Postby Mick180461 » Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:12 am

Big movie I'm looking forward to this year is the adaptation of Steven Kings the Tower series, more Fantasy than horror though.

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Postby MikeR68 » Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:49 pm

They're also doing "It" mick comes out 8/9 but I believe they are going to split the movie into 2.

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Postby Mick180461 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:41 am

Not really a horror Fan Mike, Steven King has done a few other things like the Stand and the Tower books.

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Postby baggygreenmania » Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:37 am

Most of those "horror" films you named Mike are slashers with oodles of blood thrown in and little storyline. I like a clever psychological thriller/horror such as Psycho and sequels, The Shining, Cape fear, Sixth Sense, The Babadook, The Orphan. Something that makes you think. I am also a nut for the occult or supernatural flick like The Others, The Omen, Amityville Horror series, The Changeling, Poltergeist, Incidious, The Conjuring.

A pet hate of mine and I am seeing it with more and more modern horror movies is this obsession of filming in semi darkness. As tho having a movie you can barely see adds to the scare factor. I just lose interest and turn off.
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Postby baggygreenmania » Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:56 am

I grew up watching almost to the point of obsession, the gothic Hammer Film classics. Leading the way was the Dracula franchise with great horror icons Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. The Frankenstein series with Peter Cushing. Hammer also made stand alone classics such as Curse of the Mummys Tomb, Phantom of the Opera, Curse of the Werewolf,To the Devil A Daughter, Kiss of the Vampire, Hands of the Ripper, Vampire Lovers, Evil Circus, Devil Rides out, Lady Dracula and my all time fav The Gorgon.

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Postby baggygreenmania » Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:32 pm

Has anyone seen No Way To Treat A lady? I first saw it it in the seventies.. again at least twice since . Must be close to 10 years since I last saw it so I figured it was time to watch it again. A psycho killer torments a cop after each of his murders is basicly the gist of the plot. This is not a whodunnit as we follow Gill (Rod Steiger) the serial killer thru every one of his five murders where he disguises himself and strangles late middle aged women who remind him of his dominating dead mother. At the scene of every crime he paints dark red lipstick lips on the forehead of his victims. His calling card so to speak. As he moves from the first to the second murder he phones the cop on the case Morris Brummel (George Segal) to tease him with the accents of the characters he dresses as when he kills. He and the cop form an unusual relationship. He even tries a CLEVER ploy to draw Gill out into the open by saying he has a copycat.Things turn personal for Brummell when Gill targets his girlfriend (Lee Remick). In an exciting and bloody climax Brummel traces Gill to a local playhouse where he sees paintings of Gill's dead actress mother with the same red lips as those he paints on his victims and tries to force him to confess. Gill is shot and while dying once again uses the murder characters accents. Convincing Brummel and his cop mates that he was in fact the killer.
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Postby baggygreenmania » Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:28 am

Some of the first movies I ever saw without having to sneak into a picture theatre were at boarding school. The weekly movie was only a priviledge as you missed it if you had been given detention the previous week. So it was no secret for me to remain a goodie two shoes for fear of missing the weekly flicker. It was also my only chance to see my older brother who had moved to the senior school some three kms from the junior section. As we were not allowed to buy lollies in the juniors I relied on my brother sliding a packet of goodies under the seats from his position at the back of the vast picture hall. I looked so forward to this and watching the latest American films. The weekly nite at the flicks made being at boarding school that much more bearable.
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Postby Going South » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:04 am

Ambiance sure do play a role in movie watching EXPERIENCE. If not, we all would be watching all movies from cellphone all the time.

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Postby baggygreenmania » Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:41 pm

Ambiance is very important. I recall back when Suround Sound came onto the scene. Every one wanted to watch a movie that was complete with this new fangled sound system. I suppose it was the audio comparison to special three dimensional glasses for viewing 3D productions which were all the rage for quite a while. I am pleased that smoking in theatres is not allowed in Australia. I did put up with smoke filled theatres when I travelled to England in my youth.

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Postby Going South » Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:57 pm

Recently saw
Logan - ok
John wick2 - good
Fist fight - excellent laugh riot
XXX - bad
Ghazi - good

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Postby Going South » Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:08 pm

Saw KONG last night.
Very much entertained. :up:

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Postby Going South » Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:07 am

Saw greatwall today. Expected it to be dud but loved the special effects and gripping fights :up:

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Re: Movies You've Watched (Part II)

Postby raja » Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:32 am

Seeing this thread only now.

Thoroughly enjoyable read.

Most of the films I saw in my childhood were Hindi language films but I do remember seeing Hollywood films too.

Ones that come to mind are Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare, Mackenna's Gold...

Then a little later, Jaws, Towering Inferno, Poseidon Adventure ...

There was also The Omen - didn't understand head or tail of it at the time.

The Exorcist was a huge deal at that time but I wasn't allowed to see it - too young.

There were also the Terence Hill-Bud Spencer movies which were fun at that age. Maybe I'd have the same reaction as Mike if I saw these now.
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At that time, I really didn't understand the dialogues in what we used to call "English" films.

Never understood the accent - American or British.

Which is why I always like those which had outdoor scenes. Like westerns or war films.

But even war films would have these "strategising" scenes, where a General would be pointing at a map and discussing the action plan with his men. I wouldn't understand a word - we boys had a term for this "room talking". :-)

Everytime there'd be "room talking" , we'd go "Oh no!".
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Another memory was how "abruptly" "English" films would end.

If you've seen a Hindi (or any Indian-language) film, you'll notice that the end is pretty predictable. There's even sometimes a repeat of a few lines of a song from the film to signify "The End".

With "English" films, you could have two guys talking to each other - and that would be the End.

My friends and I would suddenly see people getting up and walking out - that's the only way we'd know the film was over.

We didn't understand the dialogues - that didn't help at all.

It was only when I was into my 20s that I actually began understanding English film dialogues.

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Postby Going South » Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:11 pm

lol. No wonder Chinese marshal arts movies are popular around the world