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Bill Collins
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The Saint 2017 on Netflix,not sure if this was a pilot
for a tv series or just a one off movie,it was ok
nothing special.It was nice to see Ian Ogilvy in a role
and a cameo from what i guess was Roger Moore`s last
role,which is kind of apt.
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Demon Seed (1977). A rather rum concoction that has some large concepts floating around in the mix, but wastes them by focussing on crass elements such as fight scenes with killer robots. Does have a few eloquent pieces of dialogue though, nicely delivered by Robert Vaughn, the choicest of which is "Death is a gentleman too. He makes good losers of us all."


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JOHN WICK 2 (2017) 

I caught this one on the plane home from Nashville. I really like these movies and the overall world they've built. This is how you do a Keanu Reeves movie; great supporting cast, minimal dialogue from him. 

I am looking forward to a sequel. 

DEATH NOTE (2017) 

Brilliant premise, horrible execution. Hated the main character and his love interest. I've never read the manga it was adapted from, but I'm guessing a lot of the elements work much better in the original format. 
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BEING THERE (1979)

One of Peter Sellers' finest perfomances. Considering who resides at the White House right now, it feels oddly relevant. 
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Mel Brooks' ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS (1993)

My eldest daughter has been on a Mel Brooks kick lately, so this was our next rental, but good gravy...

...there are some fans that actually like this one??  Painful!




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To be honest, Shaun, I cannot help but compare its quality to CITIZEN KANE (it edges out CITIZEN KANE slightly). 
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BEYOND THE DOOR II (1977)

Actually, it's official title is SHOCK. It was released as BEYOND THE DOOR II in the US for marketing purposes - to cash in on a 1974 film called BEYOND THE DOOR. It bears no narrative connection to that film.

Directed by Mario Bava, it's about a couple and their young son, Marco, who move into a new house. The woman's dead ex-husband possesses Marco and begins a reign of terror.

As far as possession movies go, this brings nothing new to the table. It drags on for its 95-minute running time (it could easily have shed 20 minutes without sacrificing the narrative). There are some atmospheric and scary scenes - but they are few and far between.

One for Mario Bava completists only (perhaps). Or for someone looking for a solid demon possession movie.
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Westworld (1973).

Fun, smart, lean. Crichton was an inventive dude and this genre-bending concept is a great idea. The high-concept theme park goes awry was strong enough to underpin the Jurassic Park mega-franchise, and the more specific concepts here boomeranged into the popular consciousness with the successful HBO series. I like how the film contains ideas without feeling the need to explore them in detail (in contrast to the decompression of the TV show). Why do the machines go wrong? We don't really know; they just do and the frightening thing is the lack of understanding. There's a neat little line about how they've been designed by other machines and the truth is that techs don't really understand how they work. What's going on in the robots' head? We don't really know, but the black knight and the queen in Medievalworld end up sitting on the thrones together -- and this sort of suggests something.

Great use of music to represent the different elements -- western pastiches for the titular park (actually called Western World in the film), lutes and pipes for medieval world and synth washes when the park goes to sleep and the techs creep out of their holes to fetch the 'dead'. 

Finally, Richard Benjamin's character has undoubtedly the finest name in cinematic history.


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Peter,The Gunslinger played by Yul Brynner scared the
crap out of me as a kid! It must have had a bit of
influence in The Terminator.
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I rewatched the original WESTWORLD a while back and was pleased by how well it held up, even with its TV movie lighting.

SO much better than the recent miniseries abortion.

(Wow. My predictive speller did not guess "abortion" and even after I typed it out in full would not acknowledge it as a real word!)

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MEET THE BARON (1933): Jimmy Durante, Zasu Pitts, Larry Curly & Moe and Ted Healy, whom they were stooges to before they went freelance, and Jack Pearl, "The Famous Baron Munchausen of the Air." I've heard old folks quote the Baron's "Vas you dere, Charley?" as a caution against hearsay, it's amusing that he uses it before doubling down on his tall tales!
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Peter,The Gunslinger played by Yul Brynner scared the 
crap out of me as a kid! It must have had a bit of 
influence in The Terminator.

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John Carpenter has said The Gunslinger is an influence on Michael Meyers for sure.
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Bill Collins
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Never thought of that,but I can see it now!
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ALL-STAR SUPERMAN (2011)

It's a little bleak in places, and there are some aspects which I found too dark/displeasing, but there are some good moments, i.e. Clark Kent visiting/interviewing Lex Luthor in jail - and Superman showing Lois around the Fortress of Solitude.

I doubt I'd rewatch it. At the very least, it's solid.

Incidentally, the DVD has some good extras, including the two-parter "Blasts From The Past" (SUPERMAN: TAS), where a character called Mala is plucked out of the Phantom Zone by Superman when he sympathizes with her plight - leading to disaster for Metropolis. 
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LIVE BY NIGHT (2016)

Starring Ben Affleck (who also directed) along with Brendan Gleeson, Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, and Chris Messina.

This one was a few notches below Affleck's best stuff (ARGO and THE TOWN) which was a little surprising given that the source material is Dennis Lehane's novel of the same name which won the 2013 Edgar Award as the best mystery novel of the year.

Good cast and some nice cinematography. It just didn't quite result in a great movie. Maybe next time...
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…Superman showing Lois around the Fortress of Solitude.

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Same mistakes, in less time, with more money.

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[KING KONG] Long Live the King! (2017)

Not sure if it's an exclusive, but this documentary about the 1933 KING KONG and its legacy is currently streaming on Amazon.

A brisk 65 minutes, and a ton of fun!!



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Nice. I'll be checking that one out. 
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I watched Rocky II (1979). The first Rocky film I ever saw and has a bizarrely detailed place in recollection -- I recorded it on VHS on New Year's Eve 1985 and the cassette was forever marked with blue biro with "Rocky II" until the tape inside eventually snapped about four years later.

Effectively a retread of the first film (almost "here's how we'd have made it if we'd had a bigger budget" to the extent of actually having lines mentioning that it's a nicer robe than the first fight) with an even unlikelier boxing match at the end. So much of the film is imprinted in my mind that it was a nice surprise to be taken aback by Apollo's silver, monogrammed tracksuit when he's reading his hate mail.

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DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971)

Third and final attempt to watch this (first was as a kid, aged around 12, then again aged around 29). I can't do it.

It's possibly my least favourite Bond film. Charles Gray is miscast as Blofeld, the plot is interminable and none of it is remotely compelling. Jill St. John (*sighs*) is probably the only redeeming feature.

And Bond's fashion sense in this film is just not for me! 
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Jill St John...I can watch this just for her, my
favourite redhead in a long list that includes Jean Grey,
Susan Sarandon,Christina Hendricks and Amy Pond!
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DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER:  No, no, no and no.

Jill St. John:  Yes, and please!



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I may add, too:

The John Barry score is, of course, a keeper... but there's one track that completely gives me goosebumps, for a scene that is ultimately kind of stupid--when Bond almost gets incinerated inside a casket, at the funeral home.

This one piece of music belongs in a completely different film... starts off unassumingly enough, but it proves to be positively apocalyptic!







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Jeepers!
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GOLDENEYE (1995)

Not bad. More than watchable.

But Bond's bungee jump from the top of the dam presents a problem. He does that bungee jump. Battles the bad guys. And then motorcycles from a mountain. What on earth is a dam doing on top of a mountain?


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