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John Byrne
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SIXTH SENSE

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OMG!! Bruce Willis’ character gets SHOT in the opening and people call this a “twist ending”????

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I'll admit, I didn't figure it out at first.  I knew something was up with the Bruce Willis character, but I vaguely recall trying too hard to tie him directly to the Haley Joel Osment and Donnie Wahlberg characters, somehow.  But I can't honestly recall where I originally thought the film was heading.

Certainly had a "D'oh!!" moment in the theaters, when the (admittedly not-very-novel) twist was revealed.



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TREMORS (1998)

Darkly comic turn on the old Universal “monsters in the desert” movies. A long-time favorite.

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Yes, I watched that just the other day also. A classic! Some great character acting in that film, particularly from Fred Ward, and this was the beginning of Kevin Bacon morphing into a much more interesting actor than he had been in the 80s.

I also watched Chariots of Fire (1981). Has its moments, but none greater than the simplicity of the opening sequence, running in slow motion on the beach to that music. In just a few days it will be what would have been Ian Charleson's 70th birthday, who played Eric Liddell. 
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I had a Stephen King Double Feature the other night. 

CUJO (1983) - I'd seen this once at a very young age. It was about as enjoyable as I remember it. And I don't think I've seen a child actor portray such feelings of sheer terror as well as Danny Pintauro did in this. 

PET SEMATARY remake (2019) - What a f'n waste of time. Boooring. Pointless. Not scary in the least.  
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Another summertime anniversary double-feature:

Alfred Hitchcock's NORTH BY NORTHWEST
Another one from the Hitch that isn't ageing well for me (after last viewing the now rather skeevy & sexist VERTIGO)... this one is certainly more enjoyable and entertaining (and Eva Marie Saint is my personal fave of the "Hitchcock blondes"), but the general implausibility is a lot to swallow, on top of some glaring matte work, obvious rearscreen projection, and iffy optical effects.

Used to be a favorite Hitchcock film of mine, but for right now, I think I prefer the likes of REAR WINDOW, PSYCHO and THE BIRDS.


James Cameron's THE ABYSS
Saw this one on my birthday weekend in 1989, when I turned 17... and even then, I could acknowledge that the bottom pretty much falls out during the last 20 minutes.  Everything building up to then is excellent, with some of the best stuff that Cameron ever filmed & directed (featuring some stupendous acting from Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), but what a groaner to end the film on!



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Have you seen the “Director’s Cut”, Shaun?

(Cameron oversaw the cutting of both versions, but the second is the one he really wanted to make. Or so they say.)

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I actually have the Special Edition DVD, which includes the director's cut, but I've only watched it once, in all these years.  I don't recall if I thought it was any better, but it was definitely more intriguing, if ultimately more than a little derivative... I believe it played like a more modern spin on THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.

Maybe I'll watch that version again in another week or so!  Might be interesting to compare & contrast.



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RAMPAGE (2018)

Again. Still one of the dumbest movies I’ve ever seen, but gosh darn it, it’s so much fun! And half the fun is watching it become more and more impossible as it goes along—quite the accomplishment, given the level at which it starts!

“Of course the wolf can fly.”

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Little easter egg in that: In the bad guys' office is a Rampage arcade game.




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IDIOCRACY (2006)

I wasn't interested in seeing this when it came out as I didn't find the premise funny. I found it infuriating, as I did many aspects of life under W. Now, years later, it's a sad testament to the world that is and one of the most prescient films out there. Overall, it comes off better than I expected. I think the studio would have backed it more strongly had the writers brought the pimp forward in time somehow and had Luke Wilson defeat him thereby "saving" Maya Rudolph. It would have been stupid, but also in keeping with the general tone of the film. 

I'm just as happy that they didn't, but it seems like a missing element after spending so much time setting up that conflict. The narration worked, skipping ahead to the end of many scenes, thereby sparing us countless long minutes of stupid people stupidly failing to grasp what the average people were saying. 

Really, a bitter pill to swallow, looking around at Wal-Mart/American culture and the Trumpsters of today. Perhaps we should just salt the earth with electrolytes and call it a day.

Also, it isn't hard to imagine Wall-E hard at work in those garbage stacks just a few years later...

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IDIOCRACY is ingenious (oxymoron?), the more I watch it the closer I could see us getting there.
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