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Re: The Last non-Monster movie you have watched?
« Reply #285 on: January 23, 2020, 09:43:10 PM »
Finally got around to seeing "Frozen 2" yesterday.

So, did you like it, or did it leave you cold?
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Re: The Last non-Monster movie you have watched?
« Reply #286 on: January 26, 2020, 08:40:12 PM »
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Re: The Last non-Monster movie you have watched?
« Reply #287 on: January 28, 2020, 05:59:02 AM »

Flight, 2012 - An airline pilot saves the majority of his passengers by performing a very unorthodox maneuver.  During the post-flight investigation, his alcohol/drug dependency is revealed.

Denzel Washington.

I had seen the one big special effects scene a number of times over the years but never really knew anything about the film.  Turns out the big action scene was not the final scene, like I had thought it would be - it came at the beginning of the movie.  Then it wasn't the courtroom drama I thought it would turn into.  It was really about the main characters' lives.

Gutsy film for Hollywood.  Surprised they got funding for this one.


A lot better than I expected.
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Re: The Last non-Monster movie you have watched?
« Reply #288 on: January 28, 2020, 10:47:09 AM »
The Godfather II-1974
Jackie Brown-1997
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Re: The Last non-Monster movie you have watched?
« Reply #289 on: January 28, 2020, 03:31:13 PM »
So, did you like it, or did it leave you cold?
I preferred it to the first one. It wasn't great, but I liked it.
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Re: The Last non-Monster movie you have watched?
« Reply #290 on: January 28, 2020, 04:55:07 PM »
D.O.A., 1949 - A man walks into the police station and announces he wants to report a murder.  When asked who was murdered and where, he says, "I was, last night in San Francisco."

Esmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Garland and Neville Brand.

Classic noir about a fatally poisoned man looking for his murderer in his last few hours. Stretches credulity that the sickened man is able to outrun so many healthy people, and that so many great-looking women think Edmond O'Brien is all that attractive - even in 1949.  Neville brand is especially disturbing with his crazy eyes, Gary Busey teeth and Richard Widmark in Kiss of Death -inspired laugh.  (He is so young in this one that his skin is so smooth it shines!)

I used to see this film pop up on TV a lot when I was a kid.  The public domain movie can look pretty rough on some DVD's, but the Roan Group DVD I have looks the best I have seen.


Still fun after all these years. 
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Re: The Last non-Monster movie you have watched?
« Reply #291 on: January 28, 2020, 08:37:33 PM »
D.O.A., 1988 - A man walks into the police station and announces he wants to report a murder.  When asked who was murdered, he says, "I was."  (Sound familiar?)

Dennis Quiad, Meg Ryan, Jane Kaczmarek, Daniel Stern and Charlotte Rampling.

This time the victim is an English literature professor of a Texas University and it takes place during a Christmas heatwave.


One of many "remakes" of this basic story.  The original may have been a 1931 German film, followed by D.O.A. (1949),  Color Me Dead (1969), D.O.A. (1988), Crank (2006), and Dead on Arrival (2013).  It was also dramatized on radio and stage, with a number of TV episodes using the plot.

The version here begins and ends in black & white with lovely lighting and over-dramatic acting.  Still, it ain't a bad movie on it's own merit and surprisingly dark and violent for a Disney Touchstone picture.

The Kino Lorber BLU-Ray gives us independent commentaries from both co-directors.  Haven't listened to them, yet.


I liked it when I first saw it in the theater and I think it holds up pretty well today.

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Re: The Last non-Monster movie you have watched?
« Reply #292 on: January 28, 2020, 09:25:05 PM »
Brewster's Millions-1985/1945
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Re: The Last non-Monster movie you have watched?
« Reply #293 on: January 28, 2020, 10:28:09 PM »
The original may have been a 1931 German film, followed by D.O.A. (1949)

Cool! Any info on that one?

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Re: The Last non-Monster movie you have watched?
« Reply #294 on: January 28, 2020, 11:06:46 PM »
Cool! Any info on that one? 

I had it mixed up with  The Man looking for his murderer, 1931  A man tries to rescind a contract he made with a hitman -- on his own life.

I knew there was a similar title from earlier times.
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Re: The Last non-Monster movie you have watched?
« Reply #295 on: January 28, 2020, 11:13:19 PM »
I had it mixed up with  The Man looking for his murderer, 1931  A man tries to rescind a contract he made with a hitman -- on his own life.

That sounds interesting (and familiar), too!
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Re: The Last non-Monster movie you have watched?
« Reply #296 on: January 29, 2020, 07:00:30 AM »

Color Me Dead, 1969 - Fatally poisoned man uses his last hours seeking the identity of his poisoner.

Tom Tryon and Carolyn Jones.

Badly flawed Australian remake of D.O.A. that muddles the familiar story enough that fails to engage the viewer.  It makes the bold, and ultimately ill-conceived, choice of placing the police station scene at the end of the story!  When the movie concludes with the lead character answering the question "Who was murdered?" with what was once the chilling answer, "I was.", the audience is thinking, "Well..., yeah.  That's the story we just saw."  It has the effect of saving the shark's introductory music for the end of Jaws.

Didn't think much of this production.  I watched it on YouTube, while I was waiting for my recently acquired D.O.A. discs, reviewed above.  Plays a bit slow, but the music is so awful, it really doesn't matter.


You can skip it without thinking you missed all that much.  But if you must:

          https://youtu.be/1wFujxPcoH8
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Re: The Last non-Monster movie you have watched?
« Reply #297 on: January 29, 2020, 12:30:37 PM »
You can skip it without thinking you missed all that much.

Skipped!
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Re: The Last non-Monster movie you have watched?
« Reply #298 on: February 01, 2020, 10:33:32 PM »
The Gentlemen (2019) -
 Great Guy Ritchie gangster flick, that owes a lot (stylistically) to Tarantino. Great cast, cool music, fantastic dialogue, and plenty of twists (and twists and twists...).

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Re: The Last non-Monster movie you have watched?
« Reply #299 on: February 01, 2020, 11:48:51 PM »
The Godfather II-1974
Jackie Brown-1997

GF and GF II my two favorite films of all time.