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Petter Myhr Ness
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THE CRYING GAME (1992)

An old favourite - but hadn't seen it ages before I bought it on Blu recently. Easily one of Neil Jordan's finest films. Great plot and stellar cast. 
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The Social Network (2010).

David Fincher has made some fine films, but I think this is probably his best Ś and I also think it is one of the better films of the last decade.
Great script by Aaron Sorkin, Jesse Eisenberg makes a wise decision to underplay his role and the acting is generally of a very high standard.
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THE WRONG BOX (1966)

John Mills, Ralph Richardson, Michael Caine, and just about every character actor working in England at the time.

Eternally droll, terribly British. Watch it once a year at least.

Peter Sellers is brilliant in a tiny but significant role.

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THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (2004)

Remake of the James Stewart classic. A few too many catastrophes, and a few too many jump cuts.

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Saw the original on TV three or four years ago. Holds up well. 
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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 2 (2017)

I understand this series has been deliberately silly from the get-go... but with the possible exception of Gamora, where are the adults in this movie?

Mind-bogglingly spectacular and colorful visual effects, with a stellar soundtrack and song choices... but the script, dialogue and decidedly forced, low-brow humor are still grating to me, after a second viewing.  One of my least favorites of the Marvel Studios films.





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THE MUMMY (2017)

It's interesting how people view things differently (and absolutely fine, life would be boring if every film appealed to every person). I saw this last night, and I enjoyed it very much. 

The stunts were as entertainingly implausible as one would see in an episode of THE A-TEAM or an INDIANA JONES film. Tom Cruise appeared to be having fun. And it at least tried to do something different. It could have aped the Brendan Fraser movies or mummy films produced by Universal and Hammer, but it appeared to be going down a different road. 

I was led to believe the film got bogged down in "universe-building". I don't feel it did. Russell Crowe's Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde was a welcome contrast to everything else that was occurring. The more cerebral moments balanced out the action. And it was eventful from beginning to end. 

This one gets a thumbs-up from me.


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The best way I can describe the 2017 MUMMY, Robbie, is that it's competently silly.  I knew, going in last year, that it wasn't going to be great filmmaking, and I enjoyed it for the most part.  I actually think the whole thing goes completely off-the-rails with Russell Crowe's Mr. Hyde, but it's just bonkers enough that I will watch it again... I picked-up the Blu-ray on sale a few weeks back, and told my son we could watch it around Halloween this year.

It's really not horrible, and far from the worst thing Tom Cruise has ever been in.



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Silly is a good way to describe it (not meant pejoratively). The stunts are implausible, but in an "A-Team" kind of way. I had fun watching it.
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ROBIN AND MARIAN (1972)

Audrey Hepburn & Sean Connery. Nuff said.

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I saw that first as a kid on an airplane during a summer flight to Europe in '76. Even under those conditions -- not ideal for a movie -- I loved it from the first.

(It was a 1976 movie, not 1972.)
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I'm referring to the rarely seen prequel that came out four years before...

Not buying it?

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Robin and Marian has such a wonderful cast. It's just crammed full of some of my favourite actors. Connery as an aged hero at 46 is appropriate for the period in question, but doesn't seem so old in 2018 (especially with me in my 40s now).
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Hammer Films' HORROR OF DRACULA (1958)

What can I say:  I love Christopher Lee, and a solid argument can be made that he could very well be the greatest screen Dracula ever.

I just don't like the rest of the movie!  And I generally love horror films, vampire movies, and "Dracula" adaptations... after my third (and possibly final) attempt, this one just leaves me almost completely cold.





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It's Dracula in name only, really. Not much of Bram Stoker making it onto the screen. I prefer later iterations, which are free to wander even further afield.
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TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA is my favorite of the Hammer Dracula movies.
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THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938)

One of those all-time classics of old Hollywood, that just makes me friggin' happy, every time I see it!



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Shaun, I saw that not long ago and was struck by how much the film's pacing and sense of adventure made me feel I was watching Star Wars for the first time. Sheer, silver screen fun! 

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TCM has been showing Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movies as part of a Saturday Matinee at the Bijou, and a Tarzanapalooza this week. Adventuresome, but at points the portrayal of Tarzan just gets embarrassing. I miss Maureen O'Sullivan when she leaves, but the writers seem to put Tarzan into fewer mistaken actions without Jane around to say, "Tarzan, no." and Weissmuller steps it up a bit.
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Having been introduced to Tarzan thru those old movies, on TV, I was surprised to learn the character was quite eloquent in the first book -- albeit in French.

(Also surprised to learn that the creatures who raised Tarzan were more akin to some kind of jungle Yeti than actual apes.)

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I started to read Tarzan a couple of years ago when I got a Kindle and found a cheap E version of the books. I was very surprised to find what the character was really like.
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Sometimes I get the urge to do my version of the "real" Tarzan. As I understand it, the character is public domain, save that the name could not be used on the cover.

Coming Soon: JUNGLE LORD #1 by John Byrne......

Well, maybe not.

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Please do, that has whetted my appetite! 
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That would be brilliant
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THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932)

Now on Blu-ray!

It has a disjointed plot: stranded travellers show up at a house where a drunken brute butler, played by Boris Karloff, causes havoc, not to mention a pyromaniac living in the house. So much going on, and it does feel like a scattershot approach. 

Yet it works. It's atmospheric. The performances are very good. There are some great lines of dialogue. And all of that counterbalances the flimsy plot.

Well worth a watch.

If you've seen it, all I will say is...

"Have a potato!"
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