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Brian Floyd
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ENDER'S GAME. Thought it was pretty good, and it will
interesting to see if it warrants a sequel or not. (Can't
see the entire series of novels being made into film,
however)

Easy to describe: A kid who is a tactical genius is
recruited by Han Indiana Solo Jones to be trained by Ghandi
the Mandarin to command an army of other kids in order to
defeat an alien space force that once invaded Earth and may
do so again.
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THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE. Watched it last night. Great movie, superior to the first one, IMO. Really looking forward to the final films. 
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ELECTION with Matthew Broderick & Reese Witherspoon.  I'm not sure how I missed this one previously, but it was very funny.  I particularly like Witherspoon's perky, clenched performance.
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THE BREED (2006)

A gripping and claustrophobic horror which sees a group of young people stranded on an island with wild dogs surrounding their cabin. In a world of CGI, the use of real animals was refreshing. And wild dogs can be very scary!
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ELECTION with Matthew Broderick & Reese Witherspoon
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One of my favorite movies. Its pretty black even for a black comedy, but I appreciated how all of the actors involved weren't afraid of the material and their respective images.

If you like Election, Tom Perrotta, who wrote the book its based on, has an HBO series coming later this year based on another one of his books, The Leftovers.
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PLANES (2013)

No cliche left unturned. Superb animation, of course, but each step of the plot presents itself as a foregone conclusion.

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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)- One of my very favorite horror films.  I really wish Romero had stuck with the same tone of this one instead of the campy take that most of the sequels seem to embrace. 
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BALL OF FIRE with Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper. I believe I would make a very strong case for Stanwyck being the best actress of her generation. She was never quite as dynamic as Davis, but she could be sexy and do comedy -- two things Davis lacked.

Interesting side note about this film: Stanwyck originally turned it down and Lucille Ball was eventually cast. Then Stanwyck decided she wanted the role after all and Lucy was dumped.
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Joe - Do you really find Day of the Dead campy? It's a
real favourite of mine but I would say it's extremely
bleak.
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Do you really find Day of the Dead campy? It's a
real favourite of mine but I would say it's extremely
bleak.

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Honestly the sequels all sort of blend together for me and I've only seen them one time each.  The original is so good and the tone and approach to the story is so perfect, I just don't remember any of the later films giving me that same impression.
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PET SEMATARY (1989)

One of my all-time favorite Stephen King books, one of my least-favorite adaptations...

Hadn't seen it since it first hit the theaters (25 years ago?!), back when I was only a teenager... remember being very disappointed with it then and never revisited it; figured, okay, I'm much older now, enough time has gone by, maybe I'll see things in it today that I didn't see before?

Nope. It's a shoddy, cheap-looking production, feeling less like a proper film and more like a straight-for-cable TV-movie. Almost nothing works, with some very poor choices in direction, acting, casting, lighting, score, editing, etc., with some sequences or scenes that are just plain laughably bad.

All the ingredients were there for a horror classic for the ages... what we're left with is goofy nonsense. This is one that could benefit from a proper remake.

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I saw that FANTASTIC FOUR (2005) was on TV while I was cleaning,
today, so I had it on as I worked.

Possibly even worse than I remembered it to be. Even worse by
comparison, since I'm currently reading the Lee-Kirby run.


Later in, I went and visited my folks, and we ended up VODing THOR:
THE DARK WORLD.

Meh. A fun popcorn movie. Kinda dull, but with great visuals. The usual
slapdash mix-'n-match of comic elements. Enjoyed the Thor/Loki
scenes quite a bit.

Still loathe the attempt to give Thor an Earthly supporting cast.
Bodacious ta-tas aside, Kat Dennings is still cringe-worthy as comedy
relief. Stellan Skaarsgard is fun, as usual. And, despite being a very
smart gal in reality, Natalie Portman just cannot convince me that she's
a brilliant scientist.


This one felt pretty cookie-cutter, overall. Too many scenes that end
with a lame joke, etc.

THOR was way better than FF, overall. I'd still prefer something closer
to Lee-Kirby or Simonson, but at least the THOR films aren't as campy
or horribly, horribly off-model like the FF films are.
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