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  1. That badass Santa flick actually looks kinda fun...

    That badass Santa flick actually looks kinda fun (it's directed by Tommy Wirkola, who made Dead Snow and The Trip, the latter of which is on NF and a few folks around here dug it; the film is also...
  2. I am still trying to wrap my head around NF’s...

    I am still trying to wrap my head around NF’s business model.

    Glass Onion cost 40M.

    NF paid in excess of 400M for it and one more sequel.

    They released it in approx 600 theaters for only 7...
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    I stumbled upon this gem several years ago when...

    I stumbled upon this gem several years ago when it was playing late night on TCM.
    Revisited it again last year and it is easily one of my favorite films now.

    THE BAND WAGON
    Fantastic early...
  4. GLASS ONION*** Agatha Christie is either smiling...

    GLASS ONION***
    Agatha Christie is either smiling broadly or rolling over in her grave right about now. The latest Knives Out entry is no less than the fourth whodunnit film to be released in...
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    FYI, To Build A Fire is also streaming on Kanopy...

    FYI, To Build A Fire is also streaming on Kanopy (free service if your library subscribes to it):

    https://www.kanopy.com/en/product/6161201
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    Sunday dishwashing soniference: 435622

    Sunday dishwashing soniference:

    435622
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    :FIREdevil:FIREdevil

    :FIREdevil:FIREdevil
  8. BONES AND ALL Caught a 9:10 am screening in an...

    BONES AND ALL
    Caught a 9:10 am screening in an empty theater this morning.
    This film joins the ranks of such fare as RAW and GINGER SNAPS, in that it is a totally f$&ked-up coming of age story....
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    ATHENA This is a gut-punching socio/political...

    ATHENA
    This is a gut-punching socio/political thriller that foregoes any lengthy exposition in favor of diving right into the action. Largely filmed in a claustrophobic close-up manner which creates...
  12. THE MENU Prepare yourself for an ambrosial...

    THE MENU
    Prepare yourself for an ambrosial outing which delivers piquantly skewered satire aimed squarely at those who have elevated eating to an unaffordable luxury. Borrowing elements of Agatha...
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    Not sure if it’s better, but it is 3X longer than...

    Not sure if it’s better, but it is 3X longer than the original version so you get more Cortez for your currency…
    :biggrin:

    TNOvqFISxIc
  14. BARDO, FALSE CHRONICLE OF A HANDFUL OF TRUTHS A...

    BARDO, FALSE CHRONICLE OF A HANDFUL OF TRUTHS
    A week ago an acquaintance explained the concept of bardo to me after I showed him the trailer to the film. I was hitherto unfamiliar with the term...
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    Word on the street is that Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe has...

    Word on the street is that Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe has a $12 prime rib sandwich available at the lodge…
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    Here I was thinking Timothy Spall… :biggrin: ...

    Here I was thinking Timothy Spall…
    :biggrin:

    But that other Spall was great, too
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    Spall? As for THE ENGLISH, I enjoyed it for...

    Spall?

    As for THE ENGLISH, I enjoyed it for the most part. Heck, I binged it in one evening.
    However…I was sorely disappointed in the Harlequin romance styled “forbidden love” angle and the...
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    3 eps in and liking it enough to keep going. ...

    3 eps in and liking it enough to keep going.

    Only complaint is that Ms Blunt looks like she spent several hours in makeup before each take: her lips are always ruby red and her cheeks rouged and...
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    Things I learned because of this thread: 1....

    Things I learned because of this thread:

    1. Eating dick is a delicacy in China
    https://theculturetrip.com/asia/china/articles/inside-the-restaurant-in-china-which-serves-penis/


    2. Some...
  20. Saw the trailer for this last week and thought it...

    Saw the trailer for this last week and thought it looked really cool.
    Sadly, super limited release…(although since it’s a Janus Films production it may very well end up on the Critereon Channel)
    ...
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    PEPSI, WHERE’S MY JET? One episode into this...

    PEPSI, WHERE’S MY JET?
    One episode into this 4-episode doc and loving it.
    The protagonists are incredibly likable (plus they are both climbers, so there’s some TGR relatability) and the story is...
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    I have always had good eats at the following: ...

    I have always had good eats at the following:

    ANNA’S TAQUERIA
    MIDTOWN EATS
    GRATEFUL GARDENS
    SUP
    BRASSIERE SAINT JAMES
    NOBLE PIE
    THE STONE HOUSE
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    Two episodes into GUILLERMO DEL TORO’s CABINET OF...

    Two episodes into GUILLERMO DEL TORO’s CABINET OF CURIOSITIES and I am a smidge disappointed.
    The first two stories, while visually arresting, smacked of serious deja vu (the second, especially,...
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    Nice. Gotta imagine that cost a few pretty...

    Nice.
    Gotta imagine that cost a few pretty pennies…

    Didja happen to catch the Bowie doc when it was in theaters?
    Kinda mind-numbing (and my ears are still ringing all these months later!)
  25. GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO Given del Toro’s...

    GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO
    Given del Toro’s previous filmography I was expecting a much darker take on the classic tale. Instead, we are given what feels like an update to the seminal 1940’s...
  26. DECISION TO LEAVE The latest film from Park...

    DECISION TO LEAVE
    The latest film from Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) is a slick neon noir with a heavy Hitchcockian slant. Teeming with gullible protagonists, sly femme fatales, slick camera work, and...
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    Currently playing in major markets (LA) and...

    Currently playing in major markets (LA) and getting a broader, but still limited theatrical run starting 11/17…

    https://www.bardomovie.com/
  28. BULLET TRAIN While this film certainly doesn’t...

    BULLET TRAIN
    While this film certainly doesn’t reinvent the wheel in regard to action films, it is a highly entertaining diversion that knows how to integrate humor and alacrity into a cohesive...
  29. It's entertaining and thought provoking to boot!

    It's entertaining and thought provoking to boot!
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    432810

    432810
  31. THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN This is easily the...

    THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN

    This is easily the quietest film writer/director Martin McDonagh has crafted to date. But it is also a smoldering one, one which understatedly revels in multiple layers...
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    Thanks for the heads up! I’mma have to track...

    Thanks for the heads up!
    I’mma have to track that down.
    I was a mall Santa one Christmas season, so it will be interesting to compare experiences…
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    I may be wrong about the live organ score to...

    I may be wrong about the live organ score to those films. The Castro used to have an organist who would play before screenings. Not 100% sure if he also played along to silent films...

    That said,...
  34. TRIANGLE OF SADNESDS I was moderately hesitant...

    TRIANGLE OF SADNESDS

    I was moderately hesitant about this film seeing as how I had not enjoyed the writer/director's 2014 effort Force Majeure, mostly because the characters were despicable and...
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    I only finally saw Nosferatu about a year ago,...

    I only finally saw Nosferatu about a year ago, too.
    :biggrin:
    Ditto for the Universal horror classics, Dracula, The Mummy, Frankenstein, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and The Wolfman, as well as...
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    I had never seen it before…:eek:

    I had never seen it before…:eek:
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    DAY 31 THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI Figured...

    DAY 31
    THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI

    Figured I'd end the month with a classic of early cinema. And, surprisingly enough, I'd never seen it before.
    While I would hesitate to call it a true horror...
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    DAY 30 STARRY EYES This film is an unabashed...

    DAY 30
    STARRY EYES

    This film is an unabashed homage to Dario Argento's Susperia, albeit with less emphasis on colors and set design. But it keeps all the eerie and off-putting elements intact,...
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    DAY 29 HIS HOUSE This entry, which was much...

    DAY 29
    HIS HOUSE

    This entry, which was much heralded when it screened at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, starts out promisingly enough, but ultimately succumbs to trite and tedious tropes.
    In...
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    DAY 28 BRAIN FREEZE I had high hopes for this...

    DAY 28
    BRAIN FREEZE

    I had high hopes for this Quebecer zombie film based on the fact that the last undead oriented endeavor to come across the border—2017’s Ravenous—was pretty damn bueno....
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    ^ Sadly, it didn't make it to any theaters...

    ^


    Sadly, it didn't make it to any theaters in NorCal or NorNev, so I will probably dig into it next week some time...
  42. TAR Sit back, relax, and be prepared to be...

    TAR

    Sit back, relax, and be prepared to be riveted and nonchalantly repulsed by the story of a high profile maestro who is haunted, hindered, humiliated, and possibly humbled--though this last...
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    DAY 27 THE ENTITY Think 1 part The Exorcist,...

    DAY 27
    THE ENTITY

    Think 1 part The Exorcist, 1 part Ghostbusters, and 1 part Prince of Darkness and you’ll kinda nail the vibe of this overlooked 1982 jewel. Although, this film is based on the...
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    DAY 26 RABIES Incompetent map readers....

    DAY 26
    RABIES

    Incompetent map readers.
    Incest.
    Peeing in the woods.
    Sexual assault.
    Land mines.
    Animal cruelty.
    Jealous lovers.
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    DAY 25 THE CURSED (aka EIGHT FOR SILVER)...

    DAY 25
    THE CURSED (aka EIGHT FOR SILVER)
    streaming on Hulu and Kanopy

    Holy hairballs and gnarly fingernails!
    Despite an ever-so-brief theatrical run, this film has largely flown under the...
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    If you’re looking for some scary movies to watch...

    If you’re looking for some scary movies to watch this coming weekend in preparation for Halloween, KANOPY has a plethora of—IMHO—fantastic horror films available for free:

    It Comes At Night...
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    DAY 24 THE EYES OF MY MOTHER streaming on...

    DAY 24
    THE EYES OF MY MOTHER
    streaming on Kanopy

    Borrowing a page or two from the Ed Gein mythos by way of Psycho and the likes of Polanski’s Repulsion, writer/director Nicolas Pesce’s debut...
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    Not music, but this piece popped up in my feed...

    Not music, but this piece popped up in my feed the other week and I found it an entertaining and illuminating read:

    “My Time with Kurt...
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    DAY 23 HOUSE streaming on The Criterion Channel...

    DAY 23
    HOUSE
    streaming on The Criterion Channel and HBOmax

    This 1977 Japanese flick is a trip. Imagine if Hanna, Barbera, and Sid & Marty Kroft had collaborated on a horror film. Yeah, it’s that...
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    I am one of those vegan vegetarian fools, so I am...

    I am one of those vegan vegetarian fools, so I am all about the juiciest tofu steak nearest the hill…

    That said, really surprised nobody has mentioned The Chart House on Kingsbury Grade in SLT,...
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