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John Byrne
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Introduced some friends to ZOOTOPIA (2016). All loved it, tho the overall impact was somewhat diminished by one of them constantly trying to guess the plot in a loud stage whisper. Often correctly. Grrrrr!

Watching for the 487th time, I found myself growing annoyed again at the lack of Oscar buzz for this brilliant film.

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POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE (1990)

It's probably been twenty years since I last saw this one.  I remembered the showbiz satire aspects, but not how it also works as a very sharp drama.

Favorite bit of showbiz chutzpah: Debbie Reynolds asking to play the part based on her.
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LUCY (2014)

A ridiculous premise (the 10% of the brain myth) that leads to an even more ridiculous premise (omnipotence if the human brain operated at 100%), mixed with mediocre action and pseudo-profundity.
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And somehow a really fun movie. (LUCY)

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LUCY (2014)

A ridiculous premise (the 10% of the brain myth) that leads to an even more ridiculous premise (omnipotence if the human brain operated at 100%), mixed with mediocre action and pseudo-profundity. 

And somehow a really fun movie. (LUCY)

Loved it! 

Thought they were going to head down that road in the similarly-themed LIMITLESS with Bradley Cooper. Instead, he just became...a scumbag. 


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You've clumped two different quotes together as if they were one.
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Well, I didn't love LUCY ... but I wasn't bored either!
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SUPERMAN (1978).

Saw it again. Not really much to add that hasn't been said before, except that I enjoyed it as much this time as I usually do.
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I enjoy Luc Besson's films (I even have learned to like THE FIFTH
ELEMENT, which I was initially nonplussed about), but Morgan
Freeman's 10% pseudocrap in LUCY was just too grating. It was like
meeting a very pretty woman who smokes.
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You've clumped two different quotes together as if they were one.

Whoops! Intentional clumping, unintentional outcome. 


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This time last year, I introduced my niece & nephews to STAR WARS and EMPIRE STRIKES BACK after seeing TFA in the theater.  I gave them my six DVDs so they could continue watching, which they didn't.  But they expressed an interest in having another "STAR WARS night" with me, which put me in a sticky wicket.  The next two films are, of course, ROTJ and TPM -- by far my least favorite of all eight SW films. I was tempted to skip them, but I sucked it up.

They enjoyed ROTJ more than the other two in the OT; surprising, or perhaps not -- it was, after all, my favorite when I was their age.  I've grown to detest ROTJ through the years, but seeing it through their eyes softened my attitude a bit.  It is, I guess, basically a kid's movie; more so than it's two predecessors.  I've never noticed before how similar it is to the prequels -- the same flat, uninvolved performances; the same stilted dialogue; the same juvenile humor. 

TPM was even more interminable than I recalled; cool light saber battle though.  Revisiting them knocked ROTJ out of my "least favorite" slot of the eight films, replaced by TPM.
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SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL GUNFIGHTER (1971)

A non-sequel follow-up to SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF. Has its moments, but overall falls well short of the original. Suzanne Pleshette demonstrates her mutant power to be cute and spunky and drop dead gorgeous all at the same time.

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THE CAINE MUTINY (1954)

My favorite Bogart film.
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That's a Bogie favorite of mine too. Great cast. 
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Eastern Promises (2007).

Very violent, but very good film. Relies on a bit of a coincidence to get things going, but the story drags you right in and the performances are understated and totally convincing.
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GALAXY QUEST (1999)

I finally got around to watching it since it was about to be taken off of Netflix - I had read several accolades of the movie over here, and I must concur. The kids didn't want to see it, but I started playing the first 10 minutes as a ploy to get them interested as I was waiting to put on another movie for them - they ended up Liking it enough to let me keep it going. Tim Allen played a surprisingly good Shatner analogue, without devolving into blatant parody.

Was shocked to find that it was rated PG. Do they even make non-animated, not-strictly-family-oriented PG movies anymore?
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Eastern Promises (2007)
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That sauna knife fight is surely one of the most memorable and visceral fights in film history. Pure Cronenbergian audacity, there. And brave of Viggo Mortensen, who is completely and graphically nude for the duration of the scene.

The film is another great collaboration (after the excellent A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE) between Cronenberg and Mortensen, who apparently got into such a groove that they've done three films together, to date. Unusual for Cronenberg, who tends to reuse bit players, rather than leads.

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Was shocked to find that it was rated PG. Do they even make non-animated, not-strictly-family-oriented PG movies anymore?
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It seems that the film was toned down a bit, in post-production--Sigourney Weaver's lips clearly say "F*** that!" (overdubbed with "Screw that!") when Tawny and Taggart are going through the air vents and come upon the crushers.
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…Sigourney Weaver's lips clearly say "F*** that!" (overdubbed with "Screw that!") …

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Several examples of that. Smart move, I thought.

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...the excellent A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE...

Really like that movie! The denouement is a bit wonky,
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especially given William Hurt peculiarly droll performance
, but the moves Mortensen pulls off are spectacularly Batman-esque.
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Obviously, you wouldn't want Batman to kill his opponents, but just hold back on lethal consequences, and the way Mortensen's character dispatches his enemies could be some amazing Batman!

(I've hidden some text because I don't want anything spoiled.
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That sauna knife fight is surely one of the most memorable and visceral fights in film history.
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It also comes at just about a perfect point in the film. The film has done it's legwork in making us care about Mortensen's character, involving us in the the machinations of the characters and showing us how ruthless the Chechens are. Could there be a more vulnerable scenario for a knife-fight?

In kind of stark contrast, I also watched Tootsie (1982). I remember when this film was first available to rent on video in the early 80s and scoffing at my next neighbour's claim that it was good. Back then I was almost exclusively interested in fantasy, horror or sci-fi. When I did eventually see the film a few years later, I very much enjoyed it. 

I'm pleased to say it stands up in just about every way.

It's funny, entertaining and has the convictions to follow through on some of the uncomfortable consequences of the various threads it sets up, even managing to say a few serious things about sexism without ever being preachy. Perhaps one or two too many jokes about walking in heels, but otherwise an almost perfect blend of comedy and character drama.


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DRACULA (1979)

It's been twenty years or more since I last saw this one; no great loss, as it turns out.  On the plus side: a handsome production; an atmospheric score; and Kate Nelligan looks like she stepped out of a Hammer film.

Langella is a dull Dracula; not helped that he reminds me of George Hamilton in the role, minus being funny.  Olivier at his hammiest; the film is not scary; and not particularly interesting either.  My interest ended long before the movie did.
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(I'd almost forgotten that the last 5 minutes of the '79 DRACULA were quite the eye-roller... what an unintentionally hysterical way to end the film! Langella is a fine actor, of course, but Dracula's death was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay over-the-top!)


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STAR WARS
I watched the extended version for the
first time in several years. Most of the
added effects didn't bother me, but I just
didn't care for the added effects as Luke
and Ben enter Mos Eisley. They added
figures weren't particularly well done.
Same for the added troopers at the escape
pod crash scene.   One of these days I
need to set up this version side-by-side
with the original for comparison
purposes...
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A SIMPLE PLAN (1998)

The film takes some surprisingly wimpy deviations from the novel, the kind of changes one might have expected in the 1940s but are a lot harder to fathom in the 1990s.  Even still, an effective drama.
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