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    The Evil Dead - 8
    Crimewave - 1
    Evil Dead 2 - 10
    Darkman - 6
    Army of Darkness - 5
    The Quick and the Dead - 7
    A Simple Plan - 6
    Spider-Man - 6
    Spider-Man 2 - 8
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    Quote Quoting MacGuffin (view post)
    You really think they would be my cup of tea? Admittedly, I see some good in The Evil Dead as a modest grindhouse spectacle. It trades plot for atmosphere and the minimal budget works to its favor, but there's really no need for a sequel. It's more of the same.
    EDII is mean to be, by Raimi's own admission, more of a remake of the 1st film rather than a sequel. Think of it as an alternate-universe version of the same story, where the first was the horror version, and the second is the comedy version - like what if the Three Stooges had remade ED1?

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    Can anyone who has seen The Gift name a single thing that happens in it, other than Katie Holmes toplessness?
    I remember that Blanchett used zener cards instead of tarot cards, Michael Jeter played a fun southern-fried-lawyer, Keanu did a great job playing a scruffy loser, Giovanni Ribisi grated, and...

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    Mostly, I remember the sepia-tinged southern Gothic look. Eerie look to the picture.

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    Evil Dead - 7
    Evil Dead 2 - 7.5
    Army of Darkness - 4.5
    A Simple Plan - 7
    The Gift - 5
    Spider-Man - 5.5
    Spider-Man 2 - 7
    Spider-Man 3 - 4
    The Boat People - 9
    The Power of the Dog - 7.5
    The King of Pigs - 7

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    Crimewave - 7
    The Evil Dead - 8
    Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn - 9
    Darkman - 8
    Army of Darkness - 7
    Spiderman - 6
    Spiderman 2 - 9
    Spiderman 3 - 4
    Drag Me to Hell - 8

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    Aw, you have me blocked.
    I searched the page for "For Love of the Game", not "For the Love of the Game." Not my fault you spelled it wrong, foo.
    Letterboxd rating scale:
    The Long Riders (Hill) ***
    Furious 7 (Wan) **˝
    Hard Times (Hill) ****˝
    Another 48 Hrs. (Hill) ***
    /48 Hrs./ (Hill) ***˝
    The Extraordinary Adventures of Adčle Blanc-Sec (Besson) ***
    /Unknown/ (Collet-Serra) ***˝
    Animal (Simmons) **

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    Quote Quoting Rowland (view post)
    I searched the page for "For Love of the Game", not "For the Love of the Game." Not my fault you spelled it wrong, foo.
    I suck. :cry:

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    Still, that's surprising that there's a mainstream film by an otherwise popular (at Match Cut) director that only one of us has seen.
    Coming to America (Landis, 1988) **
    The Beach Bum (Korine, 2019) *1/2
    Us (Peele, 2019) ***1/2
    Fugue (Smoczynska, 2018) ***1/2
    Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013) ***1/2
    Shadow (Zhang, 2018) ***
    Oslo, August 31st (J. Trier, 2011) ****
    Climax (Noé, 2018) **1/2
    Fighting With My Family (Merchant, 2019) **
    Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013) ***

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    A Simple Plan - 7
    Spiderman - 4
    Spiderman 2 - 9
    Spiderman 3 - 4
    Sure why not?

    STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (Rian Johnson) - 9
    STRONGER (David Gordon Green) - 6
    THE DISASTER ARTIST (James Franco) - 7
    THE FLORIDA PROJECT (Sean Baker) - 9
    LADY BIRD (Greta Gerwig) - 8


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    These Spidermans scores are all over the place. I mean, a two for the Spiderman 2, Puft? What the hell?
    Sure why not?

    STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (Rian Johnson) - 9
    STRONGER (David Gordon Green) - 6
    THE DISASTER ARTIST (James Franco) - 7
    THE FLORIDA PROJECT (Sean Baker) - 9
    LADY BIRD (Greta Gerwig) - 8


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    Quote Quoting Watashi (view post)
    These Spidermans scores are all over the place. I mean, a two for the Spiderman 2, Puft? What the hell?
    Hek, these Raimi scores are all over the place. When was the last time that happened?

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    Well, none of his Spider-Man films are all that good, really. I imagine they were well-recieved at the time because - well, there weren't many other out-and-out superhero films at the time and it's Spider-Man. Like I said in another thread, I think the third is easily the best of the lot, because it has those few moments of real purity that the other two are missing - the birth of Sandman being the best example.

    Spider-Man - 4
    Spider-Man 2 - 4.5
    Spider-Man 3 - 6.5
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    Quote Quoting Ezee E (view post)
    Hek, these Raimi scores are all over the place. When was the last time that happened?
    It's more interesting this way.

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    Quote Quoting BuffaloWilder (view post)
    Well, none of his Spider-Man films are all that good, really. I imagine they were well-recieved at the time because - well, there weren't many other out-and-out superhero films at the time and it's Spider-Man. Like I said in another thread, I think the third is easily the best of the lot, because it has those few moments of real purity that the other two are missing - the birth of Sandman being the best example.

    Spider-Man - 4
    Spider-Man 2 - 4.5
    Spider-Man 3 - 6.5
    I think the first two Spider-man movies are fantastic. When I finish my top 50 comic book movies list I'll explain why.

    The third is awful because the studios interfered too much, I don't blame Raimi. He did what he could with what he had.

    edit: and it boggles my mind how you could rate the third the highest ...
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    Quote Quoting MacGuffin (view post)
    It's more interesting this way.
    I agree. In general, I prefer multiple pages on directors instead of only 6-10 scores that are relatively the same, with little to no discussion. Unfortunately, we've done those directors already, and discussed them enough to where we have to move on. John Waters wil be a good director to do I think.

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    Man this guy's mediocre.
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    Quote Quoting baby doll (view post)
    Spider-Man 2 (2004) [6, but that's mainly for the Jewish neighbor]
    You and that damn neighbor character, I swear!

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    You and that damn neighbor character, I swear!
    I would love it if a geeky girl offered me chocolate cake and milk. That's my fantasy.
    Just because...
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    You and that damn neighbor character, I swear!
    Right??

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    Quote Quoting baby doll (view post)
    Man this guy's mediocre.
    I'd so neg rep you for that comment.
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    I work in grocery. I have not gotten sick. My fellow employees have not gotten sick. If the virus were even remotely as contagious as its being presented as, why haven’t entire store staffs who come into contact with hundreds of people per day, thousands per week, all falling ill in mass nationwide?

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    Quote Quoting Dukefrukem (view post)
    I'd so neg rep you for that comment.
    Well, let's face it, he's not exactly Stanley Kubrick. His films don't attempt to scale any great heights. He's just out to make serviceable genre fare.
    Just because...
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    I think the first two Spider-man movies are fantastic. When I finish my top 50 comic book movies list I'll explain why.

    The third is awful because the studios interfered too much, I don't blame Raimi. He did what he could with what he had.

    edit: and it boggles my mind how you could rate the third the highest ...
    Because, every scene or moment that people seem to mention when they talk about "just why Spider-Man 3 was such a travesty" has its equal several times over in those first two films, and it even seemed to tone down on some of the good-jesus-dial-it-back-for-just-a-minute self-referential Saturday Morning cartoon campiness that just suffocates those first two movies.

    I mean, I can dig that kind of thing as much as the next guy, but good lord.
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    Right??
    Speaking of geeky blonde chicks, what's with the low rating for Greenberg?
    Just because...
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    Avec amour et acharnement (Claire Denis, 2022) mild
    Crimes of the Future (David Cronenberg, 2022) warm

    The last book I read was...
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    The (New) World

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    Quote Quoting baby doll (view post)
    Well, let's face it, he's not exactly Stanley Kubrick. His films don't attempt to scale any great heights. He's just out to make serviceable genre fare.
    This is true. And, I think that's really what kind of defines his Spider-Man films for me - they're just kind-of serviceable. I mean, what else can you really say about them?
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    Quote Quoting baby doll (view post)
    Well, let's face it, he's not exactly Stanley Kubrick. His films don't attempt to scale any great heights. He's just out to make serviceable genre fare.
    And no one is claiming him to be. But he deserves credit for the slapstick humor he brings to several of his films, his touch of disgusting gore in others and an eye for well polished action. I think he's proved himself in horror, action and comedy, which is something not many directors can brag about.
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