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Shaun Barry
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Today, armed with a holiday gift card, one of my daughters picked-up:

NINE LIVES (2016)

Somehow, even worse than we've been led to believe! I honestly had to leave the room... couldn't take it, and the usually dependable Kevin Spacey and Christopher Walken meant nothing in this particular instance!




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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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HAMLET (1948)

Olivier's masterpiece version.

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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RNbzSH84mj0

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Thanks Greg. I figured this was probably on the interwebs somewhere.
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DADDY'S HOME (2015)

I was expecting it to be a watered-down Will Ferrell & Mark Wahlberg family comedy, but this one had a bit more bite than the ads made me believe. In fact, I enjoyed it even more than similar films like STEP BROTHERS, THE OTHER GUYS, GET HARD and TED 2. I laughed loud, long and often.




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The Michael Todd production of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (1956)

It looks great, David Niven is great, the score is great... but it's just so excruciatingly long!!!

I've been breaking this up over the course of a few nights--a half hour here, an hour there--and I'm still not finished with it! (In fact, I watched the aforementioned DADDY'S HOME just to give myself a break in-between sittings!)

Can't even imagine trying to sit through this one in the theaters, back in the day...


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I watched Zootopia.

Curious about JB's comment about annoyance at the lack of Oscar buzz. To me it is the clear front-runner for the best animated Oscar: nominated for a Golden Globe (yet to be held), already a winner of critics awards in New York, Toronto, St Louis, Phoenix, Dallas and named by the AFI as one of its 10 films of significance of the year.

I liked it. Good film. If I had one criticism, it's that i didn't like the kind of coincidental way in which Officer Hopps solves the case after being back home for just a few moments, but this is a teensy gripe.
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I liked it. Good film. If I had one criticism, it's that i didn't like the kind of coincidental way in which Officer Hopps solves the case after being back home for just a few moments, but this is a teensy gripe.

There's no indication of how long Judy has been back on the farm when she makes her key discovery. Could be a day, could be six months.

A more valid complaint might be how she'd been involved in "plant husbandry" all her life without picking up that other name.

But, then, I generally allow one coincidence per story, to keep things moving along. In this department, ZOOTOPIA is very different from THE INCREDIBLES, for instance, where just about every scene is driven by coincidence.

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SCREAM (1996)

Influential, effective in spots, but ultimately kind of cheesy. Which is the way I feel about most Wes Craven horror films!


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START THE REVOLUTION WITHOUT ME (1969)

When I was in my early twenties, I thought this was one of the funniest movies I'd ever seen.

Times change.

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Two words, JB: Ewa Aulin. In your early twenties? Excused!
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OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (2013)

Having rewatched the 1939 musical recently, I was still in a mood for this sort of thing. This was a really awkward and unsuccessful film. James Franco's take on the character spans the gamut from A to B and the storytelling is done so rapidly and stupidly that there simply isn't any real character development; Only things the script needs to have happen. Michelle Williams is completely off as Glinda and the other witches seem borrowed from some season of Charmed we were all blissfully spared. 

And yet... there are still scenes, not many God knows, here and there that could have worked if the script had been there to support them. The whole endeavor seems either three script drafts away from becoming a good story or three drafts past having once been one.

Also, there's a weird slap-in-the-face effect to choosing to film a short number of scenes in the middle to look like the musical and then having the rest of the film sear our poor eyes with acid colors the rest of the time. If you can successfully recapture the look of the "original," then do it. If for some unknown reason you can't, then don't pretend you can for six minutes and then run the other direction. What was up with that?


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ANIMAL HOUSE (1978)

What more needs be said..?!
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Brian Hague
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I was unfamiliar with the name Ewa Aulin so I went a-google searching... She looks a bit like the Amanda Seyfried of another era. 

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I was unfamiliar with the name Amanda Seyfried so I looked her up. Your right she looks like Ewa Aulin ....from another era :)
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Sometimes I say that people with noticeably wide-spaced eyes "look like they are turning into something." Ms Seyfied looks like Ms Aulin turning into something.
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ROLLERBALL (1975)

Watched it on disc just a shortish while ago, but surfed into it on TCM tonight, and decided to stick with. Fascinating how it rides the pendulum from eerily prescient to light years off target.

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The Straight Story (1999). Surprisingly involving, with a nice score from Angelo Badalamenti and a couple of excellent performances from Richard Farnsworth and Sissy Spacek.

The Big Chill (1983). Great cast, strong soundtrack, decent dialogue, but what plot there is goes nowhere. Always heard great things about this film, but I found the overall whole to be lacking just in terms of telling an actual story.
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TRON (1982)

Fantastic visuals... moderately successful score...

Everything else: Abysmal. Some stunning storytelling failures on display, across the board.




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Atlantis The Last Continent (1961)

I actually watched this for the first time yesterday.  Not bad, a bit dated but enjoyable.  Special effects were surprisingly well done.  Not sure how I missed watching this as a kid, sure it must have been on U.S. tv in the 1970's? 
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DON'T BREATHE

Good movie, but I didn't like the twist with the blind man at all.


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DIMENSION 5 (1966)

I faintly remember this film from a hundred years ago or so.

A espionage/time travel movie starring Jeffery Hunter as Justin Power and France Nuyen . 
B movie for sure. Under utilized the time travel aspect.

Couldn't help but notice the coincidence ; Spy time traveler named J(A)ustin Power(s)
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THE ACCOUNTANT (2016)

I didn't know anything about this one. It certainly not what I was expecting!  I thought I was sitting down to watch a drama about forensic accounting, so it was a surprise when it turned out to be an action film about a high functioning autistic super-soldier/accountant.  Alternatively entertaining and preposterous.
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"PIMPERNEL" SMITH (1941)

Leslie Howard as the title character, rescuing people from Nazi Germany in 1939.

Of particular amusement to me, Smith finds himself briefly in a debate with a German officer over the real identity of Shakespeare. The officer insists the Bard was German, prompting Smith to produce a book he says proves Shakespeare was the Earl of Oxford.

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IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)

Fifty years? Really??

Time has been less than kind. The characters are broad stereotypes, the story whisper thin.

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