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Peter Martin
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Mark of the Vampire (1935).

Atmospheric but utterly and unforgivably contrived.
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Night #15:

GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH (1990)

Didn't like it then, 30 years ago in the summer after I graduated high school... and still don't like it today.

Too much of a tonal shift away from the first movie, too manic & obnoxious, and director Joe Dante (for some reason), felt the need to take a giant dump on the original 1984 film in the process.

Back then, I guess I was looking & hoping for something even spookier and perhaps more sinister than Part 1.  This one went in the opposite direction, straight into tiresome farce.  A very strange sequel.



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What happened there was that they didn't want to make a sequel but Warner Brothers really wanted one so they decided to make an outrageous demand... that they basically get to make a Looney Tunes cartoon out of it... and WB agreed. They discuss some of this stuff on the commentary track .

Personally, I was hoping for something more like the first one but if you think of the sequel as more of a parody of the original, it's more palatable.
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Gremlins 2 is a cartoonification of the excellent
original, but I will always love the gag when a gremlin
reads the label "Do Not Throw In Face" on a flask of
acid and predictably responds.

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I think I was the right age, because I still love GREMLINS 2. It sort of made sense to me, because they really marketed the first one to young kids, which seems crazy in retrospect.

I choose to believe that this really happened:

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(Holy hell, Michael... that was perfect!!)



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7 FACES OF DOCTOR LAO (1964)

A charming little story in a movie that has not aged well.

There is nothing inherently disrespectful in Tony Randal’s portrayal of the titular Chinese character. Quite the opposite, in fact. Lao is by far the smartest character in the film. But the FACT of that portrayal has become a big problem.

Which is too bad, since the movie itself is very sweet natured.

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PLAYING WITH FIRE, on Hulu.

You'd think a comedy starring John Cena, John Leguizamo, and Keegan Michael Key playing smokejumpers who have to watch 3 kids during an emergency would be absoultely hilarious, right?

Well, you're damn straight it was! Definitely recommend it.

DOWNHILL, but forget which channel it was on. HBO or SHOWTIME, I think.

Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Surprisingly, not all that funny. Had a few chuckles, but that was it. Wouldn't watch again.


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Night #16 double-feature:

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 (2015)
Understandably not for all tastes, whether you have kids or not, but this is a surprisingly solid & consistent series... basically anything I've ever said about Part 3 or the original can be applied to this one as well.  Dopey fun for all.

MISERY (1990)
Easily one of the top 5 Stephen King adaptations... still have fond memories of catching this on its original opening weekend (my sister and I were huge King fans at the time), and the audience completely flipped-out during the infamous hobbling scene.  Nothing supernatural, just a great thriller.





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Lilo and Stitch (2002)

I have very strong memories of seeing it when it was released on DVD

I forgot about all of the Elvis music in it not much of a movie but Stitch is fun
not sure if I will continue w the sequels but may watch some of the show on
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ROLLERBALL (1975)

Surfed into it on TCM this evening. Seen many times before. Norman Jewison trying very hard to be Stanley Kubrick.

James Caan really shows his chops as super-champion Jonathan E, a man essentially bred for a single purpose, now struggling to fully comprehend his place in the world. Coldly menacing turn from John Houseman.

Another example of the impossibility of predicting the Future. It takes place more or less now.

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I was just watching Rollerball now. Totally agree about predicting the future.
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