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  • Comment number 32. Posted by KubrickandScott

    on 14 Jul 2009 20:19

    Dear Doctor,
    Following your inspired review of The Hangover, I was wondering if you could use your expansive knowledge of movies to help me.

    A couple of years ago I was flicking through the late-night film channels and caught the start of a film about four blokes going off to Las Vegas for an extended stag night, in which the groom to be has promised his bride that there will be no sexual shenanigans whatsoever. To this end, the guys hire a stripper who dances for the other man and then she and the groom have sex. BUT - and here's the twist - the stripper is accidentally killed when the man rams her into the wall and she is impaled on a loose nail, and the rest of the film is a farcical journey of them trying to cover up the deed.

    Do you have any idea what film this is, and if so what happens in the end?

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  • Comment number 31. Posted by krn

    on 20 Jan 2009 02:03

    i also saw a comment that included praise upon the film 'The Manson Family'.
    A film that i too fell for many years back. Its a surprisingly accurate portrayal of the well-known murders with a fictional back-story that fits in extremely well without even slightly hindering the accuracy of the main account at hand. Being exceptionally violent and pretty atmospheric, it works on a low budget to produce a perfect grain effect, adding a 'worn and torn' feel to the whole film.

    Another film i liked for similar reasons was 'Last House on Dead End Street'. I simply wish this absolute gem had gained a different title as i put off watching it for years; expecting a Last House on The Left rip-off. What i recieved was an ultra-seedy mega-low budget basement horror flick that was extremely gritty and atmospheric film that was as obscure and bizarre as it was violent and gloomy. This film is my very definition of the word 'Gem'. (There is also a lovely little story into the discovery of the footage for that film and the quest to discover whom directed it)

    Lastly, i was wondering if you would agree with my opinion on the latest re-releases of David Lynch's 'Eraserhead' and Tobe Hooper's 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' (both being 2 of my all-time favorite films). Both of these films have been excellently remastered and look brilliant, yet i cant help but feel that the grainy picture quality i first viewed them both in, the quality that they were in when they both permanently scarred me all those years ago, was the quality they were meant to be in. Both of these films are very strange and macabre, and in my opinion the dreadful quality of their original (or early) pressings added to this atmosphere, giving them the raw-edge that i love about all the films of their age and genres. (I was hoping for your opinion as most the people i know who bother with these films as seriously as i do are junkies to the technical side of film producing)

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by krn

    on 20 Jan 2009 01:48

    Rambo 4, its anti-climatic, its awfully violent, its pathetically mindless in the way its made and executed in every thinkable aspect and Stallone does nothing more than run away from a bomb and sit behind a machine gun tearing down hordes of Burmese clones.
    I really do not know what to say though, i cant deny the fact that u enjoyed the film, yet i cant deny the fact that the ONLY thing i did like about it is the fact that it is one hellishly brutal film both in its levels of gore and for the fact that it is generally a sickeningly violent a heartlessly produced film.
    There is no possible argument you can give, no matter how dismally disgustingly shockingly unbearably bad the film may be, again the fact that an action film like this which strives on jaw-dropping levels of brutality and offensiveness; is bound to capture the heart of select viewers.
    You can find movies about that contain huge levels of nastiness and impossible gore and yet are still pretty good-if not brilliant-films. (for example Takeshi Miike's 'Ichi the Killer' and loads of others).
    Yet when you have an hour or so spare with nothing to do and you just so happen to have a film like Rambo 4 at your disposal, then a film thats built on nothing but blood, guts and big guns can be the little slice of fun that you might miss from other films that maybe try too hard to 'mean something' whilst serving your platter of bloody violence.
    And of course, lets not forget the primal reason for the films existence to the public; to entertain; Lets face it, some of us are entertained by guts and gore being pointlessly thrown about before us for us to marvel at.
    There is only one thing that gets to me about the film though, and thats that behind all this minimalist approach to an action film, being that its prime objective is to entertain via extreme bloodshed, is that Sylvester Stallone actually DID want this film to mean something, the message being something about the conflict in Burma, and how "its really bad but how violence is maybe necessary or something".
    Which brings me to the conclusion that this is an abysmal film that totally fluked the hearts of the audience that want nothing more than gore. Lets just hope, as rumors are spreading, that Stallone doesn't make another one. As i doubt he'll get lucky the second time round.

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by streetrw

    on 16 Jan 2009 08:55

    I also hated Rambo 4. It was the worst film of 2008 by a long way, even worse than Jumper, Prom Night, Wanted and even Rock'N'Rolla. It's not a great action film, because it's not an action film. It's not even a film: it's an XBox shoot-em-up; you can almost see the kill counter whirring rund in the corner, and I half expected a caption to come up "Congratulations! You have killed 500 people! You now have access to a surface-to-air missile launcher!!". It's a movie that soils the soul.

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by bradavon

    on 14 Jan 2009 00:33

    I've been meaning to ask for this for ages, this seems a good a place as any.

    Can the previous Podcasts please be kept online. I don't understand why only the latest is kept and prior ones are removed.

    They can be useful to go over later on and hear what Mark thought about a certain film. I remember most weeks to download them but some weeks I miss them :-(. I'm always at work when they're played live.

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by bradavon

    on 14 Jan 2009 00:24

    Yes I find it annoying too, that Mark's film of the week often doesn't get a chance to be discussed.

    What happened to my (now it seems) infamous comment on loving Rambo 4? Especially as Mark so gloriously commented on it and others have replied to it. I'm wondering why it's been deleted.

    Give me Rambo 4 over any of the sanitised excuse for action films of recent years any day.

    Anyway keep up the great work Mark. I'm pleased you liked my comments, even if you disagree with them :-D.

    p.s - Just to show I do have some taste, Hunger was one of my highlights of 2008.

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by davetynan

    on 13 Jan 2009 18:06

    Here's a comment.

    Why the insistence on doing reviews, starting with the biggest films out that week? Obviously they're popular, but they already get a big push and that we all know about. Secondly, I presume a lot of people tune in for specifically Mark Kermode's views, so if he says the best film that week is a foreign or art house film, presumably they're interested in a detailed review, even if it's not a blockbuster. The present situation leads to Mark either a)reviewing a film in 30 seconds or b)not reviewing it at all. Does no-one else find this frustrating? As an aside, the wonderful Irish film 'Garage' was supposed to be reviewed once and never was (presumably because a blockbuster got a minute longer than planned) What does Mark make of it? For me, it was one of the highlights of 2007.

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by righteousGerryC

    on 13 Jan 2009 17:45

    I quite enjoyed Rambo too. The action was hilariously OTT. It was like Mamma Mia for boys - gloriously awful.

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by sfjh500

    on 12 Jan 2009 17:51

    I ENJOYED RAMBO 4!
    For me, it is like high school musical 3, It does exactly what you want it to do. Don't misunderstand me, it is a terrible film but it is a great Rambo film. It had to have people counting "death to minute ratio"; That's what Rambo is about. The first film is actually not bad but since then it turned into Rambo killing as many non descript evil foreigners as possible. Without removing all dialogue, I don't know how this film could have been a better Rambo film. If it had been anything else fans of the previous films would've complained.

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by PUMPS2009

    on 12 Jan 2009 10:31

    HI DR. MARK.

    I WAS WONDERING, I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD CLEAR SOMETHING UP.

    I RECENTLY BROUGHT, THE EXORCIST: THE VERSION YOU'VE NEVER SEEN, AND TO BE HONEST I WAS A LITTLE BIT DISAPOINTED, BECAUSE OF ONE SCENE WHICH HAS BEEN CHANGED.

    THE SPIDER WALK.

    IN THE ORIGINAL VERSION, REAGAN COMES DOWN THE STAIRS LIKE A SPIDER, HER TOUNGE COMES OUT AND SHE THEN GOES AND ATTACKS KITTY WINN.

    NOW!, SHE COMES DOWN THE STAIRS AND PUKES UP BLOOD WHICH LOOKS STUPID.

    WHY, OH WHY DID BILLY FREIDKIN CHANGE A PERFECTLY GOOD SCENE?

    ANY IDEA?

    BY THE WAY, LOVE YOU RADIO 5 LIVE SHOW.

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