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  1. Bob Turnbull

    *** Official 9th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge

    Yipes! I'm late...Travis please update if you could. My Final Total: 43 First time watched: 43 Yep, everything was a new viewing for me this year. I was planning on squeezing in one re-watch (the original Ju-On: The Grudge), but time ran out. Carving pumpkins takes a lot of time you...
  2. Bob Turnbull

    *** Official 9th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge

    The films I saw at this year's Toronto After Dark film fest that you could squeeze into the horror genre (one of the best things I saw was a Chilean vigilante martial arts super hero movie with 70s waka-chaka funk music, but it wasn't scary). 26. Let The Right One In (2008 - Tomas...
  3. Bob Turnbull

    *** Official 9th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge

    I can't believe it's been over a week since I updated... The main reason is that I've been attending the Toronto After Dark Film Festival since last Friday, so it's been work, festival, simdgen of sleep, work, festival, etc. Let me finish up with the last few films I saw before the festival...
  4. Bob Turnbull

    *** Official 9th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge

    Well, I didn't say I didn't like the werewolf makeup - just that it straddled both a goofy as well as a scary line for me. That's not a bad thing. I suppose part of it is also the lengthy end of the film where he's scampering away from the crowd on the roofs and such. Though it was still...
  5. Bob Turnbull

    *** Official 9th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge

    11. The Brides Of Dracula (1960 - Terence Fisher) - After so much Amicus, I felt a bit of Hammer was appropriate...With absolutely no offence to either of the great Nosferatu films (Murnau and Herzog), Fisher's 1958 "Dracula" ("Horror Of Dracula" in North America) could very well be my favourite...
  6. Bob Turnbull

    *** Official 9th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge

    Interesting comment Joe...I haven't seen the film yet, but I recently had a chance to see [REC] in the theatre and it was a terrific experience. Very tense, as realistic as you can be within the limitations of the single camera and a whack of fun. We all knew what was going to happen and pretty...
  7. Bob Turnbull

    *** Official 9th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge

    Pete, in regards to Pulse, you must, MUST, try to find time to watch the original Japanese film by director Kiyoshi Kurosawa. You want atmposphere? In spades...Though you can certainly make a certain amount of sense of the plot (how humanity is becoming so disconnected, etc.), it's the scene by...
  8. Bob Turnbull

    *** Official 9th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge

    James, I'm definitely enjoying my Amicus and Hammer films as well. In the challenge so far, I've only seen the one Hammer (The Brides Of Dracula last night), but it kept in the standard mold and was great fun. I have that Midnite Movies two-for at the top of my zip.ca list (Countess...
  9. Bob Turnbull

    Track the Films You Watch (2008)

    I'm really looking forward to digging into that Kaurismaki Eclipse box...I'll probably wait until November (yeah, yeah, I'm doing the October Horror thingy), but they'll probably be the first thing I watch (I might even squeeze all 3 in one night with their nice compact running times). I've only...
  10. Bob Turnbull

    *** Official 9th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge

    5. Going To Pieces (2006 - unknown) - A fairly by the book documentary looking at the slasher films of the late 70s and 80s which led up to today's horror movies. It's not overly probing or insightful, but it's very entertaining and zips at a good clip through a whole raft of classic to...
  11. Bob Turnbull

    *** Official 9th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge

    My first four: Dead Of Night - A mid-40s Ealing Studios Horror compilation. Not bad, but it loses steam towards the end with two longer stories that don't quite work - a silly tale of two golfers battling over the love of a woman that was more funny than scary and an overly long ventriloquist...
  12. Bob Turnbull

    *** Official 9th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge

    Yoips! I'm late getting in here, but this will be my placeholder...Gotta say I've been looking forward to this and have put a few films on hold (I still haven't completed those Bava sets - so now's the time!). Also, in case anyone was looking for it, here's last year's thread. I dropped to...
  13. Bob Turnbull

    Track the Films You Watch (2008)

    Regarding the new films by Takeshi Kitano and Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Sandro asked: Not at all Sandro... Instead of retyping a bunch of stuff I wrote on my blog (yeah, yeah, yeah, I do the blogging thing - sue me), if you don't mind I'll just point you to links for both of the films: Note that I...
  14. Bob Turnbull

    Track the Films You Watch (2008)

    Probably two of the better ones... Jiang's suffers from a terrible performance by Rachel Bilson, but the main characters in the segment are Hayden Christensen and Andy Garcia. Both of them are fine and fit their roles as different types of con men pretty well. Jiang's direction is pretty...
  15. Bob Turnbull

    Track the Films You Watch (2008)

    The Toronto International Film Festival wrapped up last weekend and I thought I'd mention a few of the 30 films I gorged on. Overall, I had a great time - the prevailing thought is that this is a down year for festivals and that Toronto didn't get many great films. Well, I'll start with what I...
  16. Bob Turnbull

    2008 Summer Olympics - Beijing, China

    I must say I'm not surprised at the comments about Taekwondo. I was watching a match with a Canadian the other day (and again, I was admittedly biased) and the commentator was genuinely puzzled at the lack of points being given to her. He wasn't outraged at the end, but simply stated that the...
  17. Bob Turnbull

    Bigfoot found???

    Nope, but I think it's the general discussion of the process of understanding our world, how the scientific method should work and applications of logic and reason that most of us have been curious about. And that definitely matters... That and the fear that Bigfoot could move in next door to...
  18. Bob Turnbull

    Tribute to Brunettes

    Quote: I just need an "in", she's quiet, i'm quiet, what do I say to her that won't sound dorky or forced? "Excuse me, how would you like to be the subject of an entire thread on the After Hours section of Home Theatre Forum?" We haven't had a good...
  19. Bob Turnbull

    Bigfoot found???

    From the article linked in the previous post: Which is why science needs to include the rest of the community in iterative checks and balances on theories and results. Anyone can fall prey to their own biases going into an experiment (which is also why things like double blind experimental...
  20. Bob Turnbull

    Bigfoot found???

    So what does that do to all those eyewitness sightings? And if they did see something and it was at night, how well did they see it? If I'm being picky, it goes back to the fact that you need some strong evidence to help prove something that would be astonishing. And "I think I saw something...
  21. Bob Turnbull

    Bigfoot found???

    Anecdotal evidence just doesn't equate with physical evidence and doesn't enter into any kind of scientific enquiry on the subject. Maybe if there is enough of it, it can point to areas that require further study. And when you do the further study and find nothing... And what did all of these...
  22. Bob Turnbull

    2008 Summer Olympics - Beijing, China

    You may be right Andrew...When I first heard the story, one of the CBC folks said "first disabled competitor", but a bunch of online articles said "first amputee". But yeah, whatever the case it's a heck of an achievement.
  23. Bob Turnbull

    2008 Summer Olympics - Beijing, China

    That's a shame because along with Lolo (who I did feel really bad for) and Dawn Harper (who won the race), there was the anticipation waiting for who amongst the next 5 runners got Silver and Bronze. I think the 5 of them came within 2/100ths of each other. The CBC caught the excitement of the...
  24. Bob Turnbull

    Bigfoot found???

    Well Edwin, that's a pretty huge generalization regarding the human race. I would love, LOVE, for there to be evidence of previous visitations by alien species from other planets to ours. But here's the thing - there is no evidence. Not a single shred of documented proof. Oh sure, there are...
  25. Bob Turnbull

    What is your favorite YouTube video?

    A guy named Matt does a goofy dance in 42 countries around the world by himself and with lots of other people. It absolutely brightens my day whenever I see it. It looks even better here.
  26. Bob Turnbull

    Bigfoot found???

    And if that's the best evidence out there after many, many years of searching - evidence that is at best questionable - then there really isn't much. And considering the size of the beast in question, the claims made about it and the fact that most of the facts have been proven to be hoaxes, it...
  27. Bob Turnbull

    2008 Summer Olympics - Beijing, China

    Heh. What's funny is that I think they actually agreed on 95% of what was being discussed. But anyhoo...
  28. Bob Turnbull

    2008 Summer Olympics - Beijing, China

    Andrew, your trailing bracket snuck into the URL of that web site with the different weightings for the medals. I'm hugely impressed with Australia's count - they seem to have kept things up since Sydney. Canadians typically compare ourselves a bit to Australia given population size and a...
  29. Bob Turnbull

    2008 Summer Olympics - Beijing, China

    Whether you like judged events or not, they do typically have fairly strict rules about when to give and when to deduct points. As commentators have mentioned in previous meets, as bad as a fall is you can only lose so many points for it and you still get points for other parts of your routine...
  30. Bob Turnbull

    Track the Films You Watch (2008)

    In a similar vein, I just watched Louis Malle's Au Revoir Les Enfants about a young Jewish boy who poses as a Protestant and is sheltered in a Catholic Boys school to avoid the Nazis. It's such a terrific and beautifully told tale and I can't wait to see more of Malle's stuff - My Dinner With...
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