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John Byrne
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UP IN THE AIR (2009)

Have I ever mentioned how much I dislike movies that show us a character who is completely happy in his/her life, then show him/her how unhappy s/he “really” is?

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THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965)

Well... I tried.

First time?  How far did you make it through?

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First time, tho it was one of my mother’s favorites, so the soundtrack was a nearly constant presence in my teens. I lasted 31 minutes.

THIS is kind of interesting, for anyone familiar with the movie.

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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (2014)

I swear it gets funnier every time I watch it.

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JB, have you seen any of the teasers for the spinoff TV series that's premiering soon?  If so, any interest?
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Yes. No.
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I watched Bride of Frankenstein (1935).

Certainly atmospheric and entertaining in stretches, though I find there are some significant flaws given the film's gilt-edged reputation.

While Pretorius' miniature creations are amusing and impressive from a technical-standpoint for the time, tonally that scene seems very out of place with both the original film and this sequel as a whole.

Furthermore, Una O'Connor's performance is totally OTT (having already pulled a similar trick a couple of year before in Whale's Invisible Man). Once again, tonally this feels out of place.

The scene in the cabin with the violin-playing hermit is great, and the film's climax is strikingly edited -- years ahead of its time in this regard. Elsa Lanchester's herky-jerky turn as the Bride is brief but memorable.
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A rewatch of "Blood Simple."

Great film. 
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THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1939)

A magnificent staging, albeit with a happy ending (minus the implied necrophilia of the novel). And, of course, 18 year old Maureen O’Hara reminds us that she may well have been one of the most beautiful women who ever lived!

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 Peter Martin wrote:
...While Pretorius' miniature creations are amusing and impressive from a technical-standpoint for the time, tonally that scene seems very out of place with both the original film and this sequel as a whole...

I am a fan of the film, but I do agree with this assessment.

My other issue with that it clearly shows Pretorius succeeded in creating actual life. Sure, for some reason he was unable to get his creations to a human-sized scale, but they are otherwise living, breathing beings with consciousness and personality! Why did Pretorius need Victor Frankenstein's help, when it appears to me he was much more ahead of the curve than his former student?
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I’ve wondered from time to time if there was some lost or hidden Gay subtext there—not that I’d actually expect Whale to hide anything!

(No, I’m not being snarky.)

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I've read some critical reviews that suggest just that, JB, about the subtext. One reviewer stating, "Pretorius serves as a figure of seduction and temptation, pulling Frankenstein away from his bride on their wedding night to engage in the unnatural act of non-procreative life."
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AVENGERS (2012)

OK, I only lasted about halfway through this time. Some snappy dialogue, a sharp Tom Hiddlestone and a decent Hulk, but this movie doesn't hold up well. It's boring, quite frankly. 
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SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004)

I somehow managed to watch this twice in one week... once with the cast commentary, the other because my eldest daughter was simply in the mood for this one again.

And yes, it's one of my favorites of the '00s... either in spite-of or because-of the title!  :)

(Though said daughter was also born in '04, so we both kind of think of this one as "our" movie!)






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DARBY O’GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE (1959)

What else, today?

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