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John Byrne
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DR. NO (1962)

Fifty seven years! And I saw it first run. Gah!

Well put together, and within hailing distance being faithful to the book. One thing that has struck me more and more over the years is how CHEAP it looks. By today’s standards its budget was virtually non-existent, but even with that it has the look of an extended travelogue—or a British TV show of the same vintage.*

Still, there will never be another Bond like Connery. (This may be his best look for Bond. A struggling actor when cast, he had a "lean and hungry look", much more predatory than what came later, even as soon as FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE.)

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* Promotional material at the time reported the volcano set for YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE alone cost more than this whole movie!

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Re: GODZILLA 2014 vs 2019

I may be in the minority, but I rather liked the 2014 film; the only Godzilla movie I've ever enjoyed.  Treating Godzilla as a force of nature, wreaking havoc mostly in the background while people run from or try to deal with the carnage, is the only time the concept has worked for me.  The characters in the film might not have been especially compelling, but they were at least believable and relatable.

I can't say the same for the people in KING OF THE MONSTERS; I'm hard pressed to think of a more preposterous and unbelievable group of characters.  Overall, one of the worst and dullest films I've ever sat through.  I spent much of the film making a shopping list in my head; at least when I wasn't nodding off.


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IT (2017)

Viewed as a faithful adaptation, it's more than a little lacking... 

And yet, a strong case could still be made that this could very well be the Ultimate Stephen King Movie... everything you've loved or loathed about his novels and/or film adaptations is all right here, in one big, messy, kinda silly but a ton-of-fun package.

On a second viewing, in truly seems to encapsulate about 40+ years worth of Stephen King into one film.  Maybe doesn't even matter if it was intentional or not!



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Preferred the Tommy Lee Wallace version of IT.
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(I can't honestly say if I prefer one over the other.  There's a lot to like and dislike about both versions.  But Tim Curry certainly gets my vote as the better Pennywise!)



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THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS (2018)

This might—MIGHT—have worked in a half hour format, but.,,

Remembering that THE MUPPET MOVIE was forty years ago, the “technology” is incredibly poor.

The human performers are wasted.

Nothing to see here.

(Oh, and ANGEL did it better!)

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PLAY MISTY FOR ME (1971)

Eastwood's first directorial outing, and still one of his best, I think. 
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PLANET OF THE APES (1968)

Each time I watch this—and it numbers in the high dozens—I am struck once again by how accepting audiences were when this movie was released.* “Aliens” that speak English, ride horses, grow corn. And, of course, humans that are indistinguishable from Earthlings.

Yet the ending was still a shocker!

Simpler times.

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* Including me!

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I'm glad I'm old enough to have been so, hmm, is "innocent" the word...?!
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Surfed into one of the dumbest scenes in one of the dumbest movies of the Seventies. The movie, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. The scene, when the mothership rises from behind Devil’s Tower, raising the questions of why nobody noticed the gigantic HOLE it must have been sitting in, and WHY THE F**K IT WAS UPSIDE DOWN????
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Yep, as an eight/nine year old, on first viewing I was scratching my head at how that thing
a) rose from the floor
b) hid behind a mountain that was thinner than the ship
c) got there without the helicopters and everyone else noticing it arrive

Looks very cool though - in that I still think the effects of Close Encounters were one of the text book examples of just how good Doug Trumbell was at adding lights to ships (Star Trek: TMP (and the redesigned Enterprise) and Blade Runner being the other two).

It was the one thing I thought ILM never mastered - they just couldn't do lights the way he could - and comparing the way the Enterprise was shot in ST:TMP and ST III: TSFS shows this in extreme
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Looks very cool though...

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I thought it looked like a chandelier in a 70s bordello.

(Of which I have no personal experience!)

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