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Hell yes. This has everything I want in a movie: violence, sex, a villain with a skullet and some magical realism. Maybe it’s just that 2024 has been such a bad year for movies so far but this is my favorite American movie so far this year.
2 months ago
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Astonishingly terrible. Netflix paid $100 million for this? Quite possibly the worst big budget Hollywood movie I have seen. There is literally not one redeeming factor and the story, dialogue and even some of the actors seem to be AI-generated. If you told me they weren’t real people, I would believe you.
4 months ago
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No great acting or anything but this was still a lot of fun.
4 months ago
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A lot of the advantage of this film over the original just boils down to not having to look at godawful early 2000s teen fashion.
4 months 1 week ago
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My first movie in theaters for 2024. Unfortunately , it was pretty boring and not very scary. It reminded me of the completely forgettable Poltergeist remake from 2015, which I hadn’t thought about since about five minutes after walking out of the theater eight years ago.
4 months 2 weeks ago
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Saw it at the refurbished Vista in Hollywood and enjoyed the experience. I think I was definitely more interested in the parts of the story between Napoleon and his wife than the war epic parts, which is a weird thing to say about someone like Napoleon but that’s just me probably.
5 months 3 weeks ago
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Had a great time with this. A lot of the humor and fun is derived from the gory moments and it’s probably more fun to see on a big screen with a packed house to hear the audience reactions. I recently listened to Eli Roth on the Video Archives podcast and he was there to talk about Happy Birthday to Me so I noticed some similarities in the construction of the plot.
6 months ago
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If I had a single complaint, it’s that there is an Aerosmith song in it. Luckily, it was cancelled out by the Burl Ives song.
6 months ago
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I watched this because of the Video Archives podcast and I liked it a lot. It should have a better representation on horror lists.
7 months ago
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Maybe the best movie ever made.
7 months 1 week ago
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The characters are likable, but did anyone else have trouble following some of the aerial footage? It’s so all over the place, and I have trouble distinguishing one plane from the next.
8 months 1 week ago
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I guess I can see why some may feel the film is lesser Miyazaki, but it isn’t that way for me. I think it is a masterpiece. This film is pure magic. If you approach the film from a purely rational standpoint, you will miss the point. This is storytelling at its most pure and simple. Things happen without explanation, simply because it feels right without any logic to clog things up.
I usually don’t relate to films made for children, but this scratches an itch I didn’t even know I had. When this was originally released in the U.S., I was on vacation in Connecticut in the middle of an extremely hot August so I spent the day at the movies to escape the heat. I watched Inglorious Basterds right before this and loved it, but when I saw this, it was like I was seeing something I really didn’t have the words to describe. I guess it spoke more to the pleasure centers in a more primitive part of my brain, that I don’t usually have access to. 14 years later, I’ve watched it again and feel the same way. I love all the Miyazaki films that I have seen, but this might actually be my favorite.
8 months 2 weeks ago
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“I’ll just get my gear.”
8 months 2 weeks ago
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Very torn on this film. There are a few flashes of genuine deep emotion in a film filled with people doing everything they can to hide theirs. The camera really loves Cybill Shepherd’s face, and there are two moments where she tells us what she is feeling completely through facial expression that really work, almost as if it was a silent film. I do wish there was a bit more to the leads’ romance though.
8 months 3 weeks ago
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This film reminds me of Dazed and Confused so much. I really dug it.
9 months ago
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I am definitely not the target demo, but this thing started to fall apart for me after Ken started becoming obsessed with horses. When was the last time horses were more of a man obsession and not a woman’s? The 1950s, when cowboys were big probably. He should have gotten obsessed with motorcycles or monster trucks or helicopters or dinosaurs or something. Anything but horses…
9 months 3 weeks ago
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Hmm… this book is now over 20 years old. Is there not a comprehensive comedy list that is more current that could be made official?
9 months 4 weeks ago
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The problem with the girlfriend scene is they are attempting to be profound about the subject of violence and how that can possibly change a person, but they seem very, very naive about it. Any normal person would be aware of what a homicide detective would be exposed to simply by hearing the words “I am a homicide detective.” Figuring out six months later that means he investigates homicides just means you might be an idiot.
9 months 4 weeks ago
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Watched this because I’m following the Video Archives podcast. Everywhere I have found a copy of this, whether it be YouTube, Plex or Tubi, the picture quality is miserable. Pretty unwatchable in its current form.
10 months ago
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If you ever wanted to hear the same song like 40 times in a span of two hours, this is the film for you.
10 months 1 week ago
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I didn’t really come looking for a comedy, but I found it. It’s pretty hilarious.
10 months 2 weeks ago
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Maybe one of my favorite films ever. How is this not on a single top list? Karen Allen is at the height of her beauty here.
I saw John Carpenter live in concert on Halloween a few years ago and I dressed as Jeff Bridges and the woman I went with dressed as Karen Allen. Another couple dressed the same as us and gave us a giant ball bearing.
11 months 2 weeks ago
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First time watching and I loved it. The version I went with was the Director’s Cut. I’ve been so burnt out with modern sci-fi action films and this was the antithesis of that. It’s slow with almost zero action, but it has all the old favorite characters from the show. It’s not a perfect film, but it was so refreshing not having to sit through a huge battle in the third act. Seriously, thank goodness. It was a big risk to do a film like this after Star Wars, and it appears to have not paid off since this doesn’t have a great reputation.
11 months 2 weeks ago
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So stupid, but you can’t help but grin. My favorite thing about the film is how old most of the cast is. I feel like the main character is supposed to be in his early thirties, but MacMurray was already in his fifties. There’s a few scenes with some cops and they look like they might be in their 70s or 80s. It makes for an odd viewing experience. Despite Disney’s reputation for making films for children, this film is lacking youthful actors except maybe Tommy Kirk, although he seems pretty buttoned up here. The film takes place at a college but there is almost no focus on the students at all. They are almost scenery.
11 months 3 weeks ago
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I’ve watched this about once a year for the last five years and it gets better every time I see it. It’s probably my favorite of the series, although Mad Max 2 and Fury Road are great as well. It might even be in my personal top 10 or 20 films. Beyond Thunderdome is a little cheesy to me. In order to enjoy this, you need to be open to nearly 45 year old films, love violence and revenge, and guys wearing leather pants with cool nicknames like “the Dark One.” All others need not apply.

Also, I’m pretty sure Gerard Way modeled his appearance in The Black Parade video partially after the character Bubba Zanetti in this film.
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