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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2017 Movie Discussion
« on: August 16, 2017, 03:54:47 PM »
I haven't read any of The Dark Tower series, and haven't planned on going to see the movie anyhow, but it's surprising to hear they'd take aspects from the whole series and put it in only one movie! I figured they were aiming to make a few movies at least.

That's what I thought and they do (kind of a spoiler) leave it open for a sequel. Maybe they're going to use the leftover parts for the next one (if there is one)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2017 Movie Discussion
« on: August 15, 2017, 02:53:55 PM »
"The Dark Tower"
-Idris Elba

Plot: IMDB
Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stake, two men collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil.

Phantom's Review:
If your a Stephen King fan, a "Purist" of his work, then I highly recommend that you skip this film, save yourself the headache. If you have never read the books or your the type of fan who just accepts the fact that Hollywood will rarely ever do King right, then maybe you'll get some enjoyment out of this short (95 minutes) , somewhat standard  Hollywood film.  For me, the film was a disappointment. I enjoyed 'The Dark Tower' novels and was looking forward to seeing them on the big screen, but this is definitely not was I was hoping for. The filmmakers took bits and pieces from a massive 8 volume series, threw most of the books away and put together this hodge podge sci-fi western. Idris Elba does his best  as 'Roland, The Last Gunslinger' but he doesn't have a whole lot to work with. Mathew McConaughey fares slightly better as the villain 'Walter, The Man In Black' , but again there is just not a whole lot to work from. Overall, a huge disappointment.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2017 Movie Discussion
« on: July 20, 2017, 04:32:16 PM »
"War For The Planet Of The Apes' (2017)
-Andy Serkis
Plot: IMDBCaesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

Phantom's Review: I find it amusing that almost all the studios are running around trying to remake, reboot, re-imagine, and redo all the old franchises, and for the most part getting it wrong, but for the last few years 20th Century Fox has been showing them how to redo an old franchise and get it right. 'War For The Planet Of The Apes' the concluding chapter in the currant Apes series is a marvelous film.  Excellent special FX,  terrific acting and some great action set pieces . I loved this movie. I have been a fan of the franchise since the original days and after a disastrous misstep with the Tim Burton remake , the got back on track with the currant series and this is a great way to end this chapter. The ending is kind of bittersweet but it works. A highly enjoyable movie. (BTW there is NO post credit sequence, so you don't have to stick around).

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: March 19, 2017, 03:43:09 PM »
'Kong: Skull Island' (2017)

Plot: IMDB
A diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers unite to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong.

Phantom's Review: Let me say right at the beginning, I liked this movie. It delivers everything it promised. Decent acting, great special FX , monster fights and lots of big dumb action. If anything the film reminds less of the original film and more of the Japanese Kong movies. Leave your brain at the door and have a good time.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: October 25, 2016, 12:08:49 AM »
'10 Cloverfield Lane' (2016)
-John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher jr

Plot: IMDB
Soon after leaving her fiancé Michelle is involved in a car accident. She awakens to find herself sharing an underground bunker with Howard and Emmett. Has she been saved from an apocalyptical event as Howard & Emmett tell her or are there other motives for her being held against her will?

Phantom's Review:
Like 'Halloween III: Season Of The Witch' or 'Curse Of The Cat People' this film is a sequel to 'Cloverfield' in name only. There are no giant monsters, screaming crowds or found footage. This instead is a well acted, claustrophobic drama. John Goodman is fantastic and plays his character both as very sweet and then terrifyingly creepy. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is perfect as the young woman trying to escape and John Gallagher jr nails his character and brings a bit of humor to a very dark movie. There is a twist ending that MIGHT connect the two films but you don't need to see 'Cloverfield' to see this film. I was surprised by how good this movie was. I highly recommend it, but like I said before, don't expect big special FX or screams and gore.  Just good acting.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last western you watched?
« on: October 03, 2016, 04:01:01 PM »
You just made me decide to see this one. Thanks PS.

I hope you like it. I'm going back for a second viewing tonight

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last western you watched?
« on: October 02, 2016, 02:52:31 PM »
'The Magnificent Seven' (2016)
Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt

Plot: IMDB
With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

Phantom's Review:
First let me say, I love the 1960 film staring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. It's one of my favorites. Now, having said that let me say..I LOVE THE NEW MOVIE! This is the most entertaining movie I have seen all year. Plenty of action, great acting and a good story and the nice thing is, while the bones of the story are the same as the 1960 film, it's mostly an original film. The actors all play different characters and the setting and villain are different. It's almost more of a companion piece to the 1960 film than a remake. If your a western fan , GO SEE THIS, you will love it. (and yes the classic M7 Theme music is heard over the ending credits).

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last western you watched?
« on: May 31, 2016, 07:17:05 PM »
To celebrate Mr. Eastwood's birthday today, I watched 'Fistful Of Dollars' , now I'm going for 'High Plains Drifter'.


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last western you watched?
« on: March 03, 2016, 06:41:34 PM »
'Forsaken' (2016)
-Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Demi Moore

Phantom's Review :
This is a terrific film. Yes, the plot is unoriginal and full of cliches. Yes, you know exactly what's going to happen, but that's ok. The film is so beautifully filmed and wonderfully acted that the plot works well. Donald Sutherland is a joy to watch as the bitter Pastor who's gunslinging son has returned home after ten years away. Kiefer Sutherland also does a great job as the gunfighter son. Demi Moore appears as Kiefers former love, who has moved on with life but still carries a torch for Kiefer. The end of the film is action packed and bittersweet. I loved this movie. See it if you can.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last western you watched?
« on: October 30, 2015, 12:29:22 AM »
'Bone Tomahawk' (2015)
-Kurt Russell

Plot: Rotten Tomatoes

In the Old West, a sheriff (Kurt Russell), his deputy (Richard Jenkins), a gunslinger (Matthew Fox),and a cowboy (Patrick Wilson) embark on a mission to rescue three people from a savage group of cave dwellers.

Phantom's Review: This is a wonderful movie, but it's definitely NOT for everyone. This is a slow burn, dialogue driven character piece. The action is all but non existent, and the horror aspects only happen towards the end. Instead you get a superbly acted movie with some of the best written dialogue that I have ever heard. In fact , there's barely even music. Kurt Russell is excellent as always, but to honest the whole cast is great.. If you want an action packed, blood soaked western , then look somewhere else. If you want to enjoy some great acting, then try to catch 'Bone Tomahawk'

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Star Wars "Do, or do not. There is no try."
« on: October 21, 2015, 10:42:38 AM »
The new trailer is pretty good. Fingers are crossed, that this movie will be good

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: October 19, 2015, 06:56:35 PM »
'Mr. Holmes' (2015)
-Ian McKellen

Plot: IMDB
The story is set in 1947, following a long-retired Holmes living in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and rising detective son. But then he finds himself haunted by an unsolved 30-year old case. Holmes memory isn't what it used to be, so he only remembers fragments of the case: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.

Phantom's Review:
If your a fan of big budget,action packed special FX blockbusters, then do yourself a favor and don't watch this. If you like, smaller, brilliantly acted dramas, an intriguing mystery and good story, then settle in and watch 'Mr. Holmes'.
Ian McKellen is marvelous as the aged Sherlock Holmes living out his twilight years in the English countryside. The film deals with many concepts. What it's like to old,memories fading, regrets and how one deals with loss as you get older. The film also has an interesting mystery at it's core, that is told in flashbacks. In fact, there several flashbacks that tell different points in the story. This is a character piece and it's told at it's own speed. I enjoyed this film tremendously and I am a life long Holmes fan. If you are too, then watch it. you'll enjoy it.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: October 17, 2015, 04:17:18 PM »
"Turbo Kid" (2015)
Plot: IMDB
In a post-apocalyptic future, THE KID, a young solitary scavenger obsessed with comic books must face his fears and become a reluctant hero when he meets a mysterious girl named APPLE. Despite their efforts to keep to themselves, ZEUS, the sadistic and self-proclaimed leader of the Wasteland, plagues THE KID and APPLE. Armed with little more than blind faith and an ancient turbocharged weapon, THE KID learns of justice and friendship and embarks on an incredible journey to rid the Wasteland of evil and save the girl of his dreams.

Phantom's Review:
There are some movie's that are bad, but fun and there are some movies that are just plain bad..and then there's "Turbo Kid" . A film that is absolutely amazing in it's awfulness. It's the kind of film, that after it's over. you get up and open a window to let the stink out. Bad on every level, but not even funny bad, just BAD. A waste of time.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: September 30, 2015, 11:04:25 PM »
"Iron Sky" (2012)
Plot: IMDB
In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.

Phantom's Review: This has got to be one of the most ridiculous movies ever made, yet it's surprisingly entertaining.. some good acting, decent FX ,plenty of humor and some sexy girls. It's a real "Leave Your Brain At The Door' movie, but it's plenty of fun.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: September 18, 2015, 05:56:11 PM »
'Captain Blood' (1935)
-Errol Flynn
Plot: IMDB

Arrested during the Monmouth Rebellion and falsely convicted of treason, Dr. Peter Blood is banished to the West Indies and sold into slavery. In Port Royal, Jamaica the Governor's daughter Arabella Bishop buys him for £10 to spite her uncle, Col. Bishop who owns a major plantation. Life is hard for the men and for Blood as well. By chance he treats the Governor's gout and is soon part of the medical service. He dreams of freedom and when the opportunity strikes, he and his friends rebel taking over a Spanish ship that has attacked the city. Soon, they are the most feared pirates on the seas, men without a country attacking all ships. When Arabella is prisoner, Blood decides to return her to Port Royal only to find that it is under the control of England's new enemy, France. All of them must decide if they are to fight for their new King.

Phantom's Review:
For night five of "International Talk Like A Pirate Day" week, I've chosen, this, a true Hollywood classic. One of the great swashbuckling adventure, with one of it's greatest stars, Errol Flynn. Spectacular action, a gorgeous leading lady, and plenty of high seas adventure. This is one of early Hollywood's best films. If you like classic films, this one is for you.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: September 17, 2015, 04:11:44 PM »
'The Pirates! Band Of Misfits" (2012)
-Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek

Plot: IMDB
After years of humiliation and failed attempts to win the coveted Pirate of the Year Award, Pirate Captain and his oddball crew take on the cream of the pirating crop - Black Bellamy, Peg Leg Hastings and Cutlass Liz - in a race to pillage the most booty. They soon cross paths with lovelorn scientist Charles Darwin, who persuades the Captain that the crew's prized 'parrot', Polly, could be the answer to the 'untold riches' they are searching for. Their adventure takes them to Victorian London where they meet Darwin's sidekick 'man-panzee' Mister Bobo, and the notorious pirate-hating Queen Victoria herself. It soon unfolds that Darwin's motives for helping the crew are not what they seem, and the Queen has an evil hidden agenda of her own. The Pirate Captain must choose between basking in the glory of being crowned Pirate of the Year, or staying faithful to his trusted crew.

Phantom's Review:
For night four of my "International Talk Like A Pirate Day" week, I choose, a film for the whole family. This film is one of the goofiest, most entertaining animated films that I've seen in a long time. Made by the same folks who do the "Wallace And Gromitt" shows, this film is wonderfully animated, well written, with some of the silliest jokes, characters and situations. A great film for all the pirates in your crew :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: September 16, 2015, 11:35:10 PM »
So Phantomstranger, are you planning to watch any movies rated "R" this week? ;) ;D

Bad, just bad :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: September 16, 2015, 05:17:39 PM »
'Cutthroat Island' (1996)
-Gena Davis
Plot: IMDB
Morgan Adams and her slave, William Shaw, are on a quest to recover the three portions of a treasure map. Unfortunately, the final portion is held by her murderous uncle, Dawg. Her crew is skeptical of her leadership abilities, so she must complete her quest before they mutiny against her. This is made yet more difficult by the efforts of the British crown to end her piratical raids.
Phantom's Review: For night three of my "International Talk Like A Pirate Day" week,, I choose this, One of the biggest bombs in film history. Yeah, I've heard all the stories, massive financial flop, took a studio down with it, and one of the last nails in the coffin of the marriage of Gena Davis and director Renny Harlin, but despite all of this, I LIKE THIS MOVIE. It's got plenty of action, great cinematography, most of the pirate movie cliches, and a couple of awesome looking Pirate ships. Is it a great, but it's lots of fun.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: September 16, 2015, 05:15:35 PM »
'Treasure Island' (1990)
-Charlton Heston
Plot: IMDB
Young Jim Hawkins, while running the Benbow Inn with his mother, meets Captain Billy Bones, who dies at the inn while it is besieged by buccaneers led by Blind Pew. Jim and his mother fight off the attackers and discover Billy Bones' treasure map for which the buccaneers had come. Jim agrees to sail on the Hispaniola with Squire Trelawney and Dr. Livesey to find the treasure on a mysterious island. Upon arriving at the island, ship's cook and scalawag Long John Silver leads a mutiny of crew members who want the treasure for themselves. Jim helps the Squire and Hispaniola officers to survive the mutiny and fight back against Silver's men, who have taken over the Hispaniola.
Phantom's Review: For night two of my "International Talk Like A Pirate Day' week, I choose, this, my favorite adaptation of Robert Lewis Stevenson's much filmed novel. Originally made as a TV movie, this film easily beats any Theatrical film version. Beautiful cinematography, an excellent script and an exceptional cast that includes Christian Bale, Christopher Lee (as Blind Pew), Oliver Reed (as Billy Bones) and Julian Glover, all led by Charlton Heston as "Long John Silver". I thoroughly enjoy this film,and if you enjoy this book or Pirate stories in general, you'll enjoy this. Ahoy!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: September 14, 2015, 06:45:31 PM »
'Nate And Hayes'(1983)
-Tommy Lee Jones
Plot: IMDB
A swashbuckling adventure which takes place in the mid-1800's on the South Pacific islands where bloody raids and battles were once the rule of the day.
Phantom's Review:
To kick off my 'International Talk Like A Pirate Day' week (Sept 19) , I chose this little known, but highly entertaining swashbuckler. A young Tommy Lee Jones plays the pirate captain "Bully" Hayes, who gets himself and his crew in a series of adventures while trying to rescue a beautiful young lady. Plenty of action,great cinematography, a rousing music score (London Symphony Orchestra) and some fine acting. The film has a "Indiana Jones" type of vibe to it, but on a lower budget. If you like high seas adventure films, I think you'll like "Nate And Hayes" I know I did. Ahoy!

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