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    Posted: July 16 2011 at 2:14pm
From now on,here's where I'll discuss any classic movie I see.Everyone's free to join each discussion.
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I just saw the saga of THE EXORCIST.I'll write a conjoined review of the 5 movies soon.
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The Exorcist is six on my top ten movies of all-time list.
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I just saw LETHAL WEAPON.

I agree with most critics that the funny jokes and the leads's chemistry are good.But I don't agree when they say it helped overcome the cliched plot.I haven't seen that many '80s action movies,but I've seen enough to know the quality of that decade.And the action sequences here are nothing to be amazed by.

I give it 5/10.
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I just saw CAPE FEAR('91).

Clearly Scorsese's shots were meant to be an homage to the Golden Age.But why did he chose the worst shots from that era?Now,the directing wasn't bad,but the editing was.

The movie never holds a consistent tone.At times it's a slow horror movie,then a psychological thriller,then a slasher flick.

Robert DeNiro is very good.So is Nick Nolte(I'd never picture him as the calmed guy).Hard to say on Jessica Lange.But Juliette Lewis is so bad.

I give it 7/10.
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Originally posted by Vits

I just saw the saga of THE EXORCIST.I'll write a conjoined review of the 5 movies soon.
THEY KEEP GETTING POSSESSED?MAYBE WE SHOULD TRY WITH A JEWISH "EXORCIST"(****/*****):


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THE EXORCIST was a movie that,even if you don't love it,you can see why it's called a classic.And it doesn't deserve to be followed by awful sequels. Luckily,I rate movies individually instead of calculating a consensus for a saga.So what is the problem with these movies?I'll discuss them in order,but the one thing they all have in common is bad editing(they don't all have it on the same level).

I knew I wasn't going to love it because I don't get scared so often.But it turns out I didn't love it because it's hard to take seriously.I mean,when REGAN used a cross as a dildo...and when she put her mom's head in her you know what and yelled "lick me!"...it's hard not to laugh.But it was scary.If you can look pass those things,plus Ellen Burstyn's performance which is almost over the top,you'll enjoy it.

I can't say a lot about the 2nd one because the plot is incomprehensible.

In the 3rd one I was able to follow the plot,but I didn't care,the characters constantly mention that 15 years have passed since the events of the 1st one,and therefor,the release of the 1st one.I know this was meant to create nostalgia but it just reminds us how dated the movie is.Is it even a movie?It was more of a really long epilogue,tying up loose ends that weren't even there in the first place.Yes,FATHER KARRAS deserved a proper funeral,but his sacrifice was one of the best things of the original movie.I don't think they cared about that.It may seem that him being alive doesn't change that he was willing to die to save REGAN(who's barely mentioned here),but now we find out he survived,felt a lot of pain after falling down those steps,spent years with amnesia and being possessed again,and forced into murdering people.When he freed himself from the GEMINI KILLER with no assistance I thought they were going to make them the hero he already is,but then he's shot to death(did you notice KINDERMAN didn't hesitate?).There are bad movies other people tell you they saw and laugh at it,and you agree even though you didn't actually laugh.This isn't the case.Everything that is meant to be scary is actually funny,just like George C. Scott's performance.Usually,when someone adapt they're own book into a movie is a bad sign.While William Peter Blatty's script doesn't suffer from having the wrong type of narrative,it's still a story you don't want to watch nor read.And his campy directing clearly shows he just doesn't belong in that chair.

The 4th one was just as boring and unwatchable but it scared once or twice(cheap scares,of course),making it the least bad of the sequels.By showing us why FATHER MERRIN was in the Middle East,it makes the pointless beginning of the 1st one have a purpose.

I take back what I said about the 3rd one,because if there's ever been a movie with a doubtful existence,it's the 5th one.I know that for director Paul Schrader it was an opportunity to tell the story from the 4th one with his vision,but for me(and I don't think I'm alone in this),it was a re-use of forgotten material and deleted footage from the 4th one.Do you know who else used any footage as long as it didn't get wasted?Ed Wood.While I didn't actually count the similarities and differences between both movies,it's clearly the same movie all over again.I admit the scene with FATHER MERRIN confronting the nazi was well-written and an improvement on the 4th one,but it wasn't enough,so overall is worse than it's predecessors.Those were rehashes,but this one was a re-cycler.


Grades:B in the U.S. and 5,5 in Chile.
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I just saw THE ABYSS and gave it 1/10.
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Originally posted by Vits

I just saw THE ABYSS and gave it 1/10.
It is a wildly overrated sci fi pic, imho. I've never managed to watch it all in one sitting.
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I'm so thankfull that I watched it on TV because it had comercials.

I mean,like having a bunch of people scubadiving isn't boring enough,they had to borrow from other movies,specially CLOSE ENCOUNTERS!And yes,I know the story about the studio changing the ending and then using it for the special edition.
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When it comes to classic movies and giving them reviews, you have to keep this in mind: you CANNOT use the same mindset that you have for reviewing present day movies. What are considered cliche'd story elements by today's standards were fresh and new 30 years ago. What are considered dated special effects by today's standards, were cutting edge 30 years ago. What are considered racist, sexist, or unacceptable to society by today's standards, was once considered the norm by society 30 years ago. 

So you really shouldn't judge classic movies of the 30s-90s with the mindset of 2011.
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THE ABYSS was released 10-15 years after CLOSE ENCOUNTERS.

Originally posted by SuperTeenTopia

What is considered cliched story elements by today's standards, was once fresh and new 30 years ago.
 

"2001"'s only good thing was it's FX.GHOSTBUSTERS's only bad thing was it's FX. The former was made 20 years before the latter.

Originally posted by SuperTeenTopia

What is considered dated special effects by today's standards, was once cutting edge 30 years ago.

By the way, I did like the FX of THE ABYSS. 

Originally posted by SuperTeenTopia

What are considered old racist, sexist, or unacceptable to society by today's standards, was once considered the normal by society 30 years ago.

Which is why SOUTH PARK is still on the air?
Originally posted by SuperTeenTopia

So you really shouldn't judge classic movies of the 50s-90s with the mindset of 2011.

Who says I do that?  
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Originally posted by Vits

"2001"'s only good thing was it's FX.GHOSTBUSTERS's only bad thing was it's FX. The former was made 20 years before the latter.  
I totally disagree (as many others would) with both those statements, but if that's your opinion, so be it. As for judging classic movies with a modern day mindset, I didn't say you were, I was only asking to keep that in mind when you do review classic movies.
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If you disagree because you think those movies were masterpieces,it's OK,because everybody thinks that.But you can't deny that,if you compare their FX and keep in mind when they were made,GHOSTBUSTERS looks like a home-made video.

And don't worry.I have a system to give extra points to movies made before 1970.
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And don't worry.I have a system to give extra points to movies made before 1970.
Actually, my favorite reviews on this forum are SchumacherH8ter's.
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Right now, I am revisiting the Beverly Hills Cop movies - great 80s rubbish!    ; )
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Vits Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 25 2011 at 7:42am
Originally posted by SuperTeenTopia

Actually, my favorite reviews on this forum are SchumacherH8ter's.
Mine too!Although,to be fair to others,there's not much to choose from.
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