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    What's Good At The Box? The Redbox Recommendation Thread

    Yeah, some of us still rock DVD players and hit up the Redbox kiosk down at the local market.
    Figured we could use a thread for recommendations (and what NOT to rent).


    First up:

    MANDY
    3.5 / 5

    While it can be a bit long-in-the-tooth at times, Pano Cosmatos' sophomore feature film is never less than visually stunning. His use of color is ripped straight out of the Italian genre masterís handbook (serious nods to both Bava and Argento) as well as his use of intrinsic and bombastic heavy metal cum prog rock influenced music.
    On the surface this is a rather simple revenge film, yet it is teeming with surreal and fantastical elements. In fact, for me, it really felt like Cosmatos was channelling John Miliusí classic minimalist sword/sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian, both in terms of its story and old school medieval violence. I mean thereís demons, a charismatic cult leader and his mindless and obedient servents, thereís pagen rituals, and heavy metal (literally) sword fighting (albeit in this case, itís an axes and chainsaws).
    Those looking for deeper meaning in such films may easily construe that underneath all the grue and mayhem one can find condemnation of religion and the violence that has surrounded it for years; how people take those beliefs and twist them to their own purposes all in the name of a higher being. But if that kind of philosophical slant ainít your cup of tea, no worries. The film is chock full of some of the good olí ultra-violence, not to mention some gonzo humor.
    And Nic Cage? Sure, heís made a latter day career out of doing over-the-top characters and B-movie schlock (think Mom and Dad), but here he takes the cake, intricately ices it, and then eats it, too. When heís not chain smoking and chopping wood, then heís either spooning with his lady (the titular Mandy) or covered in blood and killing deranged biker demons and engaging in blood-soaked frenzies of violence. And his hair, which has long been the source of Internet scrutiny, has never looked better than in this film. His adversary, played to the hilt by Linus Roache, is a nefarious blend of weasely androgenous petulence, a narcissistic slimeball who teeters on the brink of empyrical sacrosancticity; he is creepy and sniveling and always malevolent.
    Throughout the film there are obvious visual nods to The Road Warrior and the Evil Dead trilogy-by-way-of-Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well as the aforementioned stalwarts of Italian horror cinema, and a heavy debt to the psychotropic/psychotronic/avante garde films of the Ď60s and early Ď70s, but in the end the film is pure Cosmatos. Itís a deja vu laced pastiche of all the best parts from myriad core genre films, but most importantly itís done as a loving homage to those influences and is rendered in a manner that also manages to come off feeling and looking fresh and vibrant. If there is any washback, I would say it comes in the slow set-up; the first act is a bit too introspective for my taste and easily could have been edited down a bit. But thatís just me, impatient as fuck to get to the insane action and nuttso violence.


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    Baskin; Beyond The Black Rainbow; The Neon Demon; Only God Forgives; Susperia; the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky; Conan the Barbarian (the Arnie one)
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    Recommend against Venom. It sucked as a superhero movie, or horror, or comedy. Not sure what they were going for, but they achieved suckage.
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    if you have to resort to taking advice from the nitwits on this forum, then you're doomed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chupacabra View Post
    Recommend against Venom. It sucked as a superhero movie, or horror, or comedy. Not sure what they were going for, but they achieved suckage.
    One of the worst films I saw in 2018. A complete and utter turd.

    The only other action film that might be worse than Venom is The Predator (DO NOT waste your $1.75 and taxes).
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    Mission: Impossible Ė Fallout. To me, it is one of the best MI films.

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    ASSASSINATION NATION
    3.5 / 5


    Critics are really divided on this film.
    On the surface, I loved it. It pretty much borrows bits and pieces from every conceiveable genre film imaginable, ranging from Japanese girl gangs to home invasion to Italian horror/giallo (mostly borrowing Mario Bava and Dario Argento's flair for saturated color drenched cinematography). It's smart, dumb, funny, teeming with shock and awe violence, cool meta moments, and snarky, attention deficit disorder-styled mayhem. It's exploitive and brash, and while there is obvious (and rather blunt) socio/political commentary, it can also succumb to mundanity in a flash. It's a John Hughes-styled teen flick on crystal meth and psychedelics.

    I am planning to see it a second time...

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    Heathers; The Purge series; A Clockwork Orange; Kill Bill (either volume); vintage Brian DePalma; vintage Dario Argento
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