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John Byrne
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JURASSIC PARK III (2001)

A step up from JPII, and enjoyable as a roller coaster ride, but dependent on too many coincidences.

Oh, well. It served as inspiration for my DEVILS IN THE DESERT mini.

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THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS (1946)

My dad told me about this one when I was a kid. However, he somehow conflated this tale of a murderous disembodied hand with another Peter Lorre vehicle, MAD LOVE. So, something of a surprise to see it after all these decades.

The music was very familiar. Pretty sure it came from, or was used, somewhere else.

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Amy Poehler & Will Ferrill in THE HOUSE (2017)

A notorious box office dud from last summer, and not very good.  None of the inspired lunacy of the best Ferrill comedies, and none of the smarts normally associated with Poehler.  In fact, as far as movie comedies go, I found this one to be surprisingly grisly, violent and mean-spirited, with too many obvious improv bits, and some choppy editing that kills the flow and humor of a lot of potentially funny scenes.

Big disappointment... though I did very much enjoy Jason Mantzoukas (aka Dennis Feinstein from "Parks & Recreation").



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Jaws (1975).

A game of two halves...

...Fortunately both halves are excellent!

Pretty much everything is good about this film, but I was struck this time by just convincing Robert Shaw is as Quint. There isn't a second in that film where you think that is a man acting. Quint just seems totally real.
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I remember seeing Jaws at the cinema around September
1975, at Cannock for some reason that escapes me (
Wolverhampton and Walsall are nearer), not been
comfortable in open water since!
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Black Panther

Despite some elements to the story that I very much appreciated, I found the direction, acting and general aesthetics very poor.

I don't understand why these huge budget Marvel films have such a cheap and tacky look to them.


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(Couldn't disagree more... I think it's one of the best, right up there with SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE and IRON MAN.)



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I like Superman and really enjoy showing my film students it, with Iron Man, I like the first half but hated the second. I still think it's far better than many of the following Marvel Studios films.
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BUS PARTY TO HELL (2017)

Low-budget gorefest with a constantly moving plot (even when the bus isn't) and a consistent level of that trademark Rolfe Kanefsky humor. Kanefsky is not afraid to drive straight down the middle of a cliche and flip a bitch midway through, providing a number of fun moments.

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...with Iron Man, I like the first half but hated the second.

I didn't hate the second half, but I did feel the "climactic" fight scene was the least interesting part of the movie. 


I didn't love BLACK PANTHER like most of the world seemed to, but I thought it was quite well done. A great-looking film, too...far from "cheap" or "tacky" in its aesthetics. 
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I think the aesthetics were cheap and tacky looking, it looked shot on a soundstage and very artificial.

I also found the effects were all over the place in terms of quality.
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Zatoichi (2003)

I'm a big fan of the original series of films and love this update by Beat Takeshi Kitano and showed this to students today as part of 'enrichment' studies.

I want to show them somewhat unusual fare while trying not to alienate people.

This arthouse Chanbara film seemed to hit that sweet spot!
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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (2010)

Can't honestly say I've SEEN this movie. Every time I spend most of it blubbing.

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A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (1958)

The only Titanic film that matters, for me.  The modern technical achievements aside, James Cameron's TITANIC can't hold a candle to this one.





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Followed by:

47 METERS DOWN (2017)

Seemingly an underwater riff on GRAVITY, but with sharks.  Nothing too deep going on here (no pun intended)... not horrible, stylishly-made in some parts, just... perfunctory.

Plus an obvious, intentionally-ambiguous "twist" ending that's telegraphed from a mile away.



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I prefer imperial measurements. Film should have been called "154 FEET".

Why is the world embracing metric? (A topic for another time, I know). ;-)
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Robbie, you have to move with the times. Metric just makes more sense as everything connects to water
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Giving something the whole 8.3 meters doesn't have quite the same zip!
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Sorry, James, just so used to imperial. I mean, won't we always walk into a pub and ask for a pint of ale? Won't we always check out how many miles away a destination is?

I mean, the Hulk weighing 1,000 pounds (or whatever) sounds better than kilos. ;-)
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KINGSMAN - THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (2018)

Sound and fury, signifying nothing, but fun. (And any movie that can find a way to include my favorite Winston Churchill quote automatically scores a few points.)

I kept thinking what a terrific SHIELD movie it would have made. Practically looks like Jim Steranko drew it.

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JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

We were looking for any kind of comedy after an emotionally draining 24
hours, and thought we'd give this a shot via ON DEMAND. Enjoyed the hell out
of it...well cast and fun, and being an avid PS4 gamer, I got a little extra
enjoyment from it. Exactly what we needed. Found myself wishing it were a
little longer and had more time to flesh out some of the character dynamics.
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I mentioned further up the thread that JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE was a pleasant surprise. Not at all what I expected after the mess of the first movie.
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Ok Robbie, iíll Admit that I am one of those strange beasts that flip between imperial & metric.

So miles, feet & inches for definite. I weigh stones & pounds.

But Iím a tonnes, cubic metre, litre & ml guy from my time in the water industry. I found it really weird when I was in Canada & my colleague was ordering wine by the ounce.
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Currently watching GETTYSBURG (1993).

I usually stop after The Battle of Little Round Top, but watching the whole thing through today.



Edited by Bill Mimbu on 04 July 2018 at 2:42pm
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KING KONG (1933)

Anytime I see the Kong/ T-Rex fight scene I again realize it's one of my earliest movie memories. What an impact!
Also, since I dabbled in stop-motion in my younger days, the appreciation for that scene is thru the roof.
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