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Peter Martin
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Posted: 11 January 2019 at 1:34pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I'm a big fan of Aliens and have no time for Alien 3. I think I have watched it no more than once, which was enough for me.

For me, the most horrifying and entertaining aspects of the film are the behind-the-scenes stories of studio-meddling and general folly.


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THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR (1947)

First time for the year!

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GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK (2005)

Really should have caught this one in theaters.
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Thatís been 14 years? ARRGGHHHH!!!!!
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Somewhere In Time - 1980

While I've never been particularly into love stories, this one gets me. Every time.
 
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BUSY BODIES (1933) -- a Laurel & Hardy classic short.

Hilarious and amazing as a cartoon come to life.
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IZZY GETS THE F*CK ACROSS TOWN (2017)

A young woman whose life is in disarray finds out her boyfriend is announcing his engagement at a party to which she wasn't invited and tries to get there in time to stop it. I was hoping for a little more RUN, LOLA, RUN than the film actually had, although there are a couple of shots here and there that acknowledge it. Overall, an enjoyable low-budget indie pic with an array of jerks and weirdos getting in the way of our heroine achieving her goal. Also features the always-fun Alia Shawkat as one of the people Izzy meets along the way.

TULLY (2018) 

"From the people who brought you JUNO and YOUNG ADULT." Well, that was enough to get me on board. It's sort of a middle-aged JUNO meets (name withheld to prevent plot spoiler) meets THE SHAPE OF WATER... And the thread of coincidence that weaves itself about these sorts of things being what it is, it turns out that watching this immediately after IZZY resulted in a mini-Mackenzie Davis title role film festival, which is not a bad thing at all.

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THE PLOT TO KILL HITLER (1990)

The same story handled by the more recent Tom Cruise film. Alas, despite (or because of?) the weighty subject matter, I begin to be convinced there is no way to film this story without it devolving into a series of talking heads.

Still, an earnest endeavor.

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JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY. The ninth installment in the Friday the 13th film series, which puts the lie to the rumor I heard in grade school about the studio planning on thirteen installments. (There have since been three more, so here's hoping...)

It started promisingly, with nudity and violence before the 5 minute mark, but an hour in I didn't have the foggiest idea what was going on. I think Jason possessed people? Having randos lumber after teenagers turns out to be less effective than an endomorph in a hockey mask. The filming style reminded me of late-Seventies John Waters, which was probably not intentional. The thumbnail on Netflix has Freddy Krueger in it, but that turned out to be the literal final shot of the movie, so I was spoiled AND let down. However it fulfilled its necessary function as background noise there's that. 
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A literal Creature Feature, THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, REVENGE OF THE CREATURE and THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US.

The first Iíve seen multiple times (tho itís not really a favorite), once actually in 3D, as it was originally released. The others have been the stuff of legend, until now. Better, perhaps, if they had stayed so.

Despite the mythic status of the original, these are not great movies. All three are sluggish and simple-mindedóand not just by modern standards. Set beside contemporary films like THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, THEM!, THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, and even lesser lights like THIS ISLAND EARTH and WORLD WITHOUT END, they drag.

The Creature suit is impressive, tho.

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(There's so much dead weight in all three CREATURE movies, I've often wondered if a modern remake could easily condense the 3 basic plotlines into one potent film.)



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I tried watching THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON again recently but only made it about half way thru.

I haven't seen REVENGE since that early eighties 3D tv "event" gripped the country. I got my glasses at the local 7-Eleven. Anti-climatic cannot begin to describe that viewing.

I do not recall seeing one moment of the third movie.
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SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW (2004)

Hard to believe itís been 15 years since this massive disappointment landed in theaters. So much potential wasted.

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PAPER LION (1968)

Sports journalist George Plimpton talked the Detroit Lions into allowing him to attend their training camp as a quarterback tryout. He got several articles for Sports Illustrated out of it, a book, and got portrayed by Alan Alda in this movie.

It has an interesting disclaimer for those collecting them: "This film is an amiable fiction based on the book 'Paper Lion' by George Plimpton and is not intended to be a literal depiction of its author."

If I were more into sports, I might have found the practice and game footage gripping, particularly back then when the ability to show it this way had been lacking. As it is, I think the movie could be 10 minutes shorter.

I was watching for Alan Alda, by which I mean Hawkeye Pierce. He, unsurprisingly, isn't. He doesn't dismiss the exercises and drills, nor disregard authority -- this is, after all, an all-volunteer force. There is one moment, though; after a couple of attempts that lose ground, he calls a play in the huddle, and a teammate questions its effectiveness this far back, he snaps, "I know where we are! I got us here!" Next time I watch M*A*S*H I'm going to have this idea of Alda giving Hawkeye this level of desperation, frustration, and physical fear of getting seriously injured all the time (except when numbed by alcohol).

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The coincidences keep piling up...

I picked up A SIMPLE FAVOR (2018) from the library because it looked like a hip, stylish thriller featuring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively (whom I still like and admire from THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE.) Wrong. It turns out to be a goofy comedy (filed in the Drama section) that has no idea whatsoever what tone it intends to strike at any given moment. Seriously, while the cast is going on and on in the commentary about how lousy each scene was in the script (can a scriptwriter sue for defamation?) and how the performers saved it, time and time again, Anna and Blake repeatedly say, "And in this scene here, I still didn't know... is it a comedy? Is it a thriller? What does my character know at this time? When did they know it?" Paul Feig (BRIDESMAIDS, GHOSTBUSTERS (2016), and no, if I'd seen he directed it, I would not have picked it up) meanwhile continually assures them (but not us) "I knew all along. All along." Really, Paul? Because you were utterly incapable of communicating any sense of that to the rest of us. 

The whole thing builds towards a flash mob scene that was then taken out of the movie. Which is cool, because at one point in the script... 

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... the two women frame an innocent man for murder. In the cut flash mob scene, our film's happy ending, he asks one of them to marry him... That's the happy ending. The guy she was going to knowingly send to the electric chair sets up a dance sequence to propose. And she accepts! Oh, joy!!

It does have a couple funny jokes in it and Blake Lively does a killer Gillian Anderson ice queen impersonation in a couple of shots, but it's a film to watch fall apart, not to see in hopes that it will come together.

Since I was already over the line on w-w-wacky comedy, I decided to glom onto some Kristen Bell action with A BAD MOM'S CHRISTMAS (2017.) That turned it into a double feature for good moms vs. bad moms, discussions of parenting skills gone wrong, and... wait for it... flash mobs!! All of Hollywood is going Bollywood, apparently. Still, the second film knew what it was doing and had a good many more funny lines, including one to do with ice that I really liked. A classic three stage build to a solid punch line. You have to respect that. 

Neither film took place in reality (seriously, where the **** do characters in movies get their money? Especially when some of them are going on and on about how broke they are?) and both feature engaging performers throughout. The men are relegated to background players, charmers, and morons so, yeah, the fem element gets turned all the way up, but the performers are all fun to watch. 

Now if only somebody could actually build a decent story around them.

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All The Money in the World (2017).

Pretty good film: disturbing and interesting, with several convincing performances.
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Alfred Hitchcock's REAR WINDOW (1954)

Two nights ago, on a lark, my youngest daughter (12) inquired about watching a mystery, and after some quick thinking, I figured this one would be suitable.  Within the first 10 minutes, my eldest daughter (14) and young son (8) wandered in and started watching, too...

All 3 were instantly hooked and watched it straight through 'til the end.  When Raymond Burr started going after Grace Kelly, and then Jimmy Stewart, my two youngest were wrapped around my arms like pretzels, the tension for them was unbearable!

Brought a big smile to my face.





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STAR TREK 2: TWOK

Can't remember the last time I watched an old favorite twice in a single week. 

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Super 8 (2011).

I recorded this a while back and have had it sitting on my DVR with about the last half an hour to watch for some time. Finally ploughed through to the end today. 

Film starts off quite well, but just gets worse as it progresses, somehow feeling more and more pointless the more we learn about its story. Tries to emulate Spielberg, but is miles behind even his lesser films (well, maybe on a par with Crystal Skulls).
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7 FACES OF DR LAO (1964)

Charming and innocent, and hard to imagine how it could be made today!

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I turned the TV to check on my local weather channel earlier and it opened to TCM and there was 7 FACES -- my 10 year old boy asked, "is this a B movie?"

Sure, and a fun one too!
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LIVE AND LET DIE (1973)

There's a lot to enjoy about this film, I think. A Roger Moore Bond before he became TOO much Roger Moore. Jane Seymour is adorable and Yaphet Kotto is reliably solid.
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In honor of Albert Finney, MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (1974). Almost fifty years old. Astonishing!

Inspired by this viewing to begin rereading the novel, by Agatha Christie, which Iíd read only once before, MORE than fifty years ago. The novel is MURDER IN THE CALAIS COACH. The title and many interior details were pretty obviously changed to make the story more immediately comprehensible to modern viewers. To Christieís intended audience, circa 1933, the three day journey from Istanbul to Calais was much more familiar.

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Iíve never read a Christie book. I had NO idea they were written so long ago!
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The title of Murder in the Calais Coach was down to the US publishers. In the UK it was always Murder on the Orient Express, as far as I can tell.

The only Christie novels I've ever read are The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and what has become known as And Then There Were None (let's not get into the original title of that one).

The 1974 film is beautifully made. An all-star cast if ever there was one, with Ingrid Bergman quite unforgettable.

I watched The Thief of Baghdad (1940). Great sense of adventure and the special effects are remarkable considering when the film was made. Disney did more than a little borrowing from this film when they made Aladdin. Of course this film is itself a remake of a film that borrows from 1001 Arabian Nights, but there are quite specific elements from this film that re-surface in Disney's Aladdin. Great score by Miklos Rozsa also.




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