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Pete York
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INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (2013) D: Coen brothers

Certainly the best movie Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver ever appeared in together.

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I saw MORGAN at the cinema and I agree regarding Ex Machina.

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(Zing! goes Pete York!)

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SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA (1973)

After several evenings of Fifties/Sixties Hammer horror movies, this modern outing looks and sounds more like THE NIGHT STALKER than the studio's traditional fare.

Not that that's necessarily a bad thing.

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Golf-clap for Pete. Well done, sir. Well done.
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Haha, no offense Shaun, Greg or anybody else.


HEAT (1995) D: Michael Mann

It's too long, the domestic dramas are a little tedious and Pacino is borderline out of control and it's still one of the best American crime dramas of the past--Jesus--25 years.

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GODZILLA  AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA (2002)

I finally got the subbed version.
Most likely my favorite post sixties Godzilla movie (a tick above it's sequel).
I also prefer the black suit over the green one.
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THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (1965) D: Robert Aldrich

Aldrich is so sour that even on his best behavior he has Jimmy Stewart as a character that would rather everyone die than he be wrong while the most unlikable character (Hardy Kruger) is the hero. Still a great twist in the final act.
    
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Wesley Snipes in BLADE (1998)

First time viewing, all the way through... never clicked with me when I first attempted years ago--didn't like the fact that, other than the name (and, you know, vampires), there wasn't a single recognizable aspect to any of the "Tomb of Dracula" comics that I adored.  Found the Blu-ray on the cheap, right in time for it's 20th anniversary, and figured what the heck...

All-in-all, much more solid, bloodier, weirder and stylishly- and competently-directed than I was expecting.  Having said that, the acting is also wooden, the dialogue is perfunctory, and some of the instantly-dated CGI work is downright abysmal (the climax is quite the eyesore!).

But... in the end it was still decent for what it was.  And really, the main selling point is Wesley Snipes, who just looks goddamned fantastic throughout.  Not comic-accurate, mind you, but still killer.





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THE KILLERS (1946) D: Robert Siodmak

Brilliant adaptation of the Hemingway story...which is, like, five pages long and accounts for about the first 10 minutes of the movie. The movie they managed to build around the original story is really good (uncredited writers include Richard Brooks, John Huston, and Don Siegel; beautifully shot by Woody Bredell; the debut/big break of both Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner), it just can't help but be a slight comedown from that first reel.

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"HEAT (1995) D: Michael Mann

It's too long, the domestic dramas are a little tedious and Pacino is borderline out of control and it's still one of the best American crime dramas of the past--Jesus--25 years."

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And it's got a GREAT ASS!!!!!!!!
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GIRLS TRIP (2017)

Is it too soon to suggest that this film could very well feature one of the greatest female comedic performances in a movie, ever, in the form of Tiffany Haddish?

The film as a whole is decent, but Haddish is outstanding.  I laughed out loud almost every time she was on screen, she's that good!



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 Vinny wrote:
And it's got a GREAT ASS!!!!!!!!

HAHAHA! Exactly!
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JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017)

I finally bit the bullet and checked this out from my library on DVD. I had made no effort to see it in the theaters after having a couple of "WTF" moments when I first saw the trailer... But the chance to see both Gal Gadot and Amy Adams onscreen eventually wore down my resistance.

I also rather enjoy Ben Affleck's take on Batman/Bruce Wayne, although I wish he could have played the role back in the late 90's when he was better suited for it. He could have helped to salvage the trainwreck after Kilmer and Clooney.

Overall, the JL movie wasn't as bad as I expected it would be. It is still several notches below the best of the comic book adaptation films but there were elements of it that I enjoyed. But there were still too many flaws for me to overlook.

I can only hope that they make some serious changes to how they portray The Flash onscreen in any future films. Ezra Miller is a fine young actor (he was brilliant in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) but his portrayal of Barry Allen was so far off the mark that I cringed every time he opened his mouth. 

I won't be shedding any tears if they fail to make a JL sequel... And I won't fork over any of my hard earned cash to see the Aquaman movie when it hits the theaters. Momoa should have stuck to playing Conan the Barbarian instead.

Another example of the "Ready! Fire! Aim!" approach to movie making that Hollywood keeps repeating ad infinitum... 


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I can only hope that they make some serious changes to how they portray The Flash onscreen in any future films. Ezra Miller is a fine young actor (he was brilliant in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) but his portrayal of Barry Allen was so far off the mark that I cringed every time he opened his mouth.

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Seemed like they wanted their own Spider-Man, and the Flash got elected.

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CREED- I enjoyed it quite a bit. Another worthy
addition to the ROCKY franchise.
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SPEED (1994)

For me, pretty much tied with TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY for best action film of the '90s.  Soooo watchable, from beginning to end!



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THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR (1975) D: Sydney Pollack

Entertaining conspiracy thriller of the type that they were doing back then (CIA, shadow CIA, oil plot). Good cast (Redford, Max von Sydow, Cliff Robertson, John Houseman) and Owen Roizman (FRENCH CONNECTION, PELHAM 123) shooting New York locations? Sure, I'll take that. This all outweighs the somewhat unconvincing (being kind) romance between Redford and Faye Dunaway as well as, uh, Dave Grusin. 

HUE AND CRY (1947) D: Charles Crichton

The putative first Ealing comedy. A gang of kids foil a crook when they uncover his scheme in which he sends instructions to his crew via a comic strip in a boys serial, The Trump (!) The kids are all terrific as is Alastair Sim playing the innocent writer of the strip. The movie offers an amazing look at post-war bombed out London and locations like Covent Garden, Holborn Viaduct, ruins along the bank by Battersea Power Station and Southwark Bridge. There's also a scene where the kids make their escape and travel through the sewers, THIRD MAN-style.
      
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THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR…

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Amusingly, based on a book titled THE SIX DAYS OF THE CONDOR.

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Much like the movie "8 1/2" becoming the musical "Nine." :)
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WHIPLASH (2014)

Well-written and compelling. But from a dispassionate perspective, neither of the two main characters are likeable. It's hard to root for them (not that the movie is 'requesting' I root for them).

It's nuanced. I can't fault any aspect of the film's production. But I sincerely hope this remains fiction; I don't like the idea of any music teacher being like that in real life.
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HIDDEN FIGURES (2016)

This one had good cast but it certainly wasn't the cinematic juggernaut that I was expecting given the box office and accolades that the film received.

A solid effort, but even I could spot the errors in the story and I wasn't even attempting to do so. I can't help but wonder if the movie would have been better if the director had stuck with the actual events rather than inserting scenes that were purely fictional. Oh well.
 
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I thought HIDDEN FIGURES played the race and gender cards a tad too hard. I mean, before that movie, who among us could name three White men who worked on that project?

Other than the astronauts, obviously, and even they are largely forgotten.

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Shock Waves(1977): Visitors to a remote island discover that a reclusive Nazi commandant has been breeding a group of Zombie soldiers(synopsis courtesy of imdb).  Features Peter Cushing, John Carradine, Brooke Adams & Luke Halpin(of Flipper fame), the zombies are pretty well done and the story is just okay(but still fun).
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Vincent Price in THE FLY (1958)

More of a 1950's pop-culture classic, than any real pinnacle of genre filmmaking.  Fun stuff, with one of the greatest reveals ever, but not always convincing.

Anyone who loves sci-fi and/or horror films needs to see it at least once!



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