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John Byrne
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THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS (1984)

Silly fun. Kinda sad, tho, to see the staggeringly beautiful Kathleen Turner.

Real time sucks.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis sucks, the drugs, steroids etc she
has had to take, didn`t help.
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Didnít know about the arthritis.

Real life sucks.

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INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956)

It suffers from accelerated storytelling in the first fifteen or twenty minutes, as characters leap to conclusions that are not really logical in a real world context, but once the groundwork is laid it builds a solid suspense story.

Biggest flaw is the studio-imposed Prolog and Epilog, felt necessary to give audiences a "happy ending".

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I shall try and see this at some point, Mr Byrne. I've only seen the 1978 version, which I quite enjoyed.
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(Okay, I caught the last half of THE THING 1982 on cable last night... maybe THE FOG is my nostalgic favorite of the John Carpenter filmography, but I will admit that THE THING certainly is the all-around better film as a whole... so many great performances & such fun dialogue.  Though all that blood & gore still makes me a bit queasy, even after 35+ years!)





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MY MAN GODFREY (1936)

Madcap, sparkling, all those good adjectives. A perennial favorite.

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Robert Kowalewski II
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The Conjuring 2 - I liked it, about as much as the first one, I'm watching the movies from the universe in order to watch The Nun.

Next up will be Annabelle & Annabelle: Creation to finish out the series...
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Robert, I skipped the first ANNABELLE prequel, but the second one (CREATION) is really good... it's about as outlandish as all the other CONJURING films, but it does the trick!  Some great, original scares in that one, let me know what you think!



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I thought about watching SKYSCRAPER, since it turned up on Pay Per View last night, but I took a look at the preview, and it all seemed WAY too frantic.

And that wasn't even in 3D!!

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"Rheumatoid Arthritis sucks, the drugs, steroids etc she
has had to take'

I'm lucky they knew what I had so early on, runs in part of the family, but if I do live to end up hunched over with knobby jointed hands I will try to enjoy a good cackle to go with it I think. Me and the hag from Ipanema can go walking! Yeah! I think I owe some Buddhism when I was young to my attitude, "joyful participation in the sorrows of life", but it's the pain that sucks and they are getting so stingy in allowing you much because of all this opiod crisis stuff (I am not getting high but I need stuff to function at all sometimes).

I'm a long way to cacklehood though. Sorry to read about Kathleen Turner.

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Rebecca, my wife has had it since her late 30`s, the
amount of drugs she has to inject and ingest is
unreal.The latest treatment is a day in hospital having
three separate drips of antibiotics, steroids and an
immuno-suppressant drug, followed by a few days of
nausea/headaches.On top of all that she works full
time...not all heroes or heroines wear capes!
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FUNERAL IN BERLIN (1966)

Michael Caine as the very non-Bond Harry Palmer. Substantially different from the book, but I can understand why. Len Deightonís story has so many threads the movie would have run four or five hours. Weaving some of those threads together tells the same story more economically.

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"MY MAN GODFREY (1936)"

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A favorite also. Seem to find something new to like about it with every viewing.
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THE GODFATHER (1972)

Still amazing.

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Rebecca Jansen
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I still have flashback's of Sonny's death when going through certain toll and border crossings!
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I watched a couple of Universal Mummy pics back to back. 1940's The Mummy's Hand and 1944's The Mummy's Ghost.

The earlier film is pretty decent -- crucially, it's a lot of fun, almost to the point that you could call it a horror-comedy. Thankfully, it always plays the Mummy straight as a die, but the two main characters are Abbot-and-Costelloesque, in some ways, many years before those two met the Mummy. I found it an improvement on the original 1932 film with Boris Karloff, giving us the iconic shuffling monster and those ol' Tana leaves that would crop up again and again in future films.

The two hapless-but-lovable buddies digging around in the desert with a beautiful gal by their side and coming up against ancient malign forces would be channelled to a large degree by Stephen Sommers many years later in his pretty-good re-imagining of The Mummy (along with the character names from the original film and the key concept of Imhotep having sorcerer's powers).

The Mummy's Ghost is another kettle of fish entirely. Very dull, with crazily lacklustre protagonists, a story that is largely a re-hash of what has gone before, and a Mummy that is so shambolic and slow that it gives very little impression of a threat to the viewer. They even have Lon Chaney's Mummy struggling down a flight of stairs at one point at crawling speed, in one of the worst chase scenes I've ever seen. The film has just about three things of distinction: the beauty of Ramsay Ames; that everyone readily accepts the reality of the Mummy to the extent that the papers are asking for volunteers to help secure the town, which is quite novel; and the rather surprising ending. Other than that, a waste of time.

Sommer's 1999 remake/reimagining didn't make my list of top 5 horror films from the 90s, and got a little bit of a kicking from critics back in the day, but watching some of its forebears make me think it deserves a shout out for its entertaining qualities.
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SPOILER, Rebecca.
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DIRTY HARRY

Not a huge fan of the other films in the series, but the first one is a classic. 
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Legend of Hell House - Still a great movie after all the times I've watched it, the mood is set perfectly in this 70's haunted house movie.
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Robert- HELL HOUSE got me good, first viewing was at the drive-in when it was released. I can still hear the sounds of that movie thru those tinny speakers!

Good choice!
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Legend of Hell House is a strong movie (good novel as well); there was a really readily-identifiable look to 70s British cinematography (the Conjuring 2 does a great job of replicating this look) -- that I used to hate as a child, preferring the more glossy look of US films -- but I've grown to appreciate its look over the years and it suits Hell House well.
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I watched Murnau's 1922 uncredited-adaptation of Dracula: Nosferatu. Forgot about those eerie sequences where they lop out frames, such as when Orlok comes flying through the woods atop his horse and stagecoach, or all the sequences where he opens things without his hands.

The first half of the film really is like a straight take on Dracula. Interestingly, like pretty much all film adaptations of Stoker's novel, the second half of the story just does it own thing.

The final sequence is soooo memorable: Orlok appearing at the window frame across the road, his long fingers resting on the leading; the shadow of his hand grasping at his victim's heart; Orlok crouching bedside, locked like a leech to his prey's neck.

For some reason, the most creepy part for me is the captain of the ship strapping himself to the wheel and then his reaction to the unseen, approaching menace.


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(Whenever I watch the original NOSFERATU, I prefer to watch it at midnight.  With all the lights out and the sound completely off.  Wonderfully weird experience!)





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Tried to watch ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY (1955) on TCM, but my inner child was asleep.

Earlier watched HORRIBLE BOSSES for the second time. Crude, but elevated by the performances. Jason Bateman is pretty much always watchable.

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