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Peter Martin
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I went to see Mission to Mars in the theatre back in the day and found it a big disappointment (I tend to enjoy De Palma's films more than not and had some level of expectation). Been a long time though.
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Easter basket movie #2:

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (2017)

Some of the best imagery, special effects and acting in any STAR WARS film, with some brilliant bits sprinkled throughout... but also featuring some very poor storytelling structure, lousy editing, boneheaded humor and clunky dialogue as well.

Far from the travesty that others make it out to be, but also just an all-around odd STAR WARS film, too.  Yet I'd most likely re-watch it a number of times before I subjected myself to the Prequels again...



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THE CARE BEARS MOVIE (1985)

Am familiar with this franchise, but this is my first experience of it.

Good animation by the standards of the era. Memorable characters. Quite a solid storyline.

Like a lot of 80s cartoons, I don't doubt these can be glorified "toy commercials" but I enjoyed it.
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THE TIME MACHINE (1960)

For the whoknowshowmany-eth time. One of the very first movies I remember seeing.
I'm still fully engaged while watching. The Morlocks were absolutely one of the scariest creatures from my childhood, and I'm not the least bit embarrassed to say they trigger a fear reaction in me to this day.
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The Morlocks were absolutely one of the scariest creatures from my childhood…

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Fat guys in rubber masks, and SO much more effective that the CGI we get force fed these days!!

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"... and SO much more effective that the CGI we get force fed these days!!"

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Absolutely.
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Indeed.

I was watching LIVE AND LET DIE earlier. Those stunts, they are so primal and raw. I suspect many car 'stunts' now are CGI.

And it is the same with monsters/creatures. They are real. There will always be something illusory about CGI, whether it's a CGI helicopter, a CGI monster or a CGI car 'stunt'.
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50th anniversary alert:

PLANET OF THE APES (1968)

Gotta love it!



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Definitely something to be said practical effects. 

THE EXORCIST, JAWS, RAIDERS, STAR WARS, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, THE TERMINATOR, THE THING (1982), THE FLY (1986), ALIEN, ALIENS, PREDATOR, E.T., KING KONG (1976)...

Some of my favorite sci-fi/horror/fantasy/action films...some are effects-laden, to be sure. But not CGI. And many of the effects still hold up. 

How about names? Smith. Winston. Walas. Bottin. Baker. Rambaldi. 

There won't be another generation of guys like this...

My favorite movie, THE WRATH OF KHAN, included one of the longest CGI sequences of its time, the Genesis simulation. I guess we can start blame there....

KHAAAAAAAHHNNN!!!





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DESPICABLE ME 3 (2017) via Netflix. 

This one had a few good sight gags that made me laugh, but not enough to where I would watch the movie again.

Time for Steve Carell and crew to leave the franchise and move on to something else.

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ALIEN vs PREDATOR (2004)

The good one. Finds the same chemistry as the founding films, with few missteps.

And Sanaa Latham can be Tony Murcheson any time she likes!

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PLANET OF THE APES...fifty years...

NO-OOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

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ALIEN VS. PREDATOR didn't click with me for the longest time... something about the two movie worlds mushing together didn't quite feel right, for some reason... but once I approached it more as another PREDATOR film, but with guest-starring Aliens, then I finally had my "A-ha!" moment.



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FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956)

This time, after watching the movie, I took a look at some of the "deleted" scenes. Mostly these were familiar moments with more or different dialog. What was interesting, tho, is that these were rough cuts, minus music, sound effects and other such trimmings. The result was very much like watching a live performance.

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THE MONEY PIT (1986)

This is passable. Feels like it would have worked better as a ten-minute sketch. Joke wore thin after about 20 minutes. Solid, I suppose.
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THE 'BURBS (1989)

Good mix of comedy, horror (slightly) and misadventure. Can't believe I haven't seen this previously. 

I am tempted to say the film is offering social commentary on suburbanites, but, Robbie, not everything has to be making a statement. Don't fall into the critics' trap! 
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"Don't read between the lines -- I don't write there."
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I confess I've fallen into the trap at times (I've probably read too many critics' articles), but I'm trying not to. Sometimes something is simply there to entertain or be fun. I'm trying to "rewire my brain" so as to not look for subtext that isn't there. 
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X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

Well, the last half hour or so. Wow. It's like they took everything that pushed me away from the X-Men and crammed it into one film!

No "thanks," I notice.

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The Taming of the Shrew (1967).

Wonderful costumes, lovely music by Nino Rota, a good cast and funny in places, but they clearly jettisoned much of the actual play. Not that am I  familiar with the text, but there is so little dialogue in the film -- I'd hazard a wild guess that at least half of the words in the play must be missing. Taylor is kind of ho hum, Burton and Hordern are good, but Michael York is excellent.

Just googling the film, and oh boy, that tag line... 



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SCANDAL (2004)

When I was in my middle teens it seemed hardly a day could go by without the name Christine Keeler drifting by. I was young and innocent, and had no idea what was going on. But whatever it was, it was important enough to draw comment from my favorite British editorial cartoonist, Giles.

For those who don't know, Christine Keeler was a party girl who had simultaneous affairs with John Profumo, the Minister for War, and an alleged Russian spy. The tumult that resulted from this eventually brought down the Conservative government (in 1964).

Most of this I learned from this movie, which I picked up about ten years ago, but only now got around to watching. John Hurt plays Steven Ward, who engineered Ms Keelers assignations, while Christine herself is played by the beyond gorgeous Joanne Whalley-Kilmer.

It may not hold much interest for American audiences, but for me it was, at least, educational.

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...the beyond gorgeous Joanne Whalley-Kilmer.

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Absolutely incredible how perfectly she recreated the (in)famous chair pic!
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DOWNSIZING
Wow, when I saw the advert for this I expected a comedy.
Not at all. A very sullen movie about several topics including resource criticality, middle age feelings of repeating the same daily routine over again, exploitation of new tech for political gain, the end of the human race in general.

Whoever put that trailer together must have got the wrong memo.
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I wonder sometimes if advertising folk just hear the pitch and sell the movie to the public as some other film with a similar premise. Elmore Leonard's "Life of Crime" with Jennifer Aniston and Tim Robbins? Unhappy, bickering couple; couple of criminals... It's "Ruthless People," right? "The Ref," maybe? Guaranteed comedy good time! "Downsizing?" It's "The Incredible Shrinking Woman" with Matt Damon as Lily Tomlin! Go and have yourselves a "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" good time at the theater! Certainly they couldn't be trying to hide or disguise the nature of what they're selling, could they...?

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That trailer really did suggest a comedy, wow! I thought it was an effective trailer and made me want to see the film; curious to see it for a different reason now.
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