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Brian Rhodes
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CREED (2015) and CREED II (2018)

I hadn't seen a Rocky film since ROCKY IV, and it was basically the return of Dolph Lundgren in part II that made me watch these. Glad I did. I enjoyed them both, but mostly for the performances from Michael B. Jordan, Stallone and Lundgren. The plots follow a well-worn formula. 

If you liked these, it might be worth seeing ROCKY BALBOA, too. The three flims work as a kind of "Old Man Rocky" trilogy. 
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Re AIRPLANE & its PG rating.

I still marvel that ET was a U & Loganís Run was an A in the U.K. (A was the equivalent of a PG).

There were some crazy certificates back in the Ď70ís & Ď80ís
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Thank you, Brian, I might just check that out. 
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October triple-feature:

Disney's THE HAUNTED MANSION (2003)
My kids like it, but it's far from a favorite of mine... overproduced, safe and not the least bit scary, with a convoluted Haunted Mansion origin story which doesn't manage to look, feel or sound anything like the noted Disney rides.  Featuring family-friendly Eddie Murphy at his most toothless.

ANNABELLE COMES HOME (2019)
Surprisingly great... a solid story, wonderful performances, and just enough chills to be fun without being completely traumatizing.  I told my kids, "Think of this as the scariest GOOSEBUMPS movie you'll ever see."  Plus, it just looks great... splendid '70s period production values, some bold, eerie color throughout, and photographed with plenty of heavy atmosphere.  My favorite horror movie this year (just edging past IT: CHAPTER TWO).

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975)
Still not convinced it's great storytelling or filmmaking, but the songs are fantastic, and the cast is a riot.  Has there ever been a better first-time entrance into the movies than Tim Curry as Frank-N-Furter?  Over 40 years later, you still can't take your eyes off of him!



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I realize your question is probably rhetorical, Shaun, but my vote for Best Entrance goes to Willem Dafoe in STREETS OF FIRE.
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QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE (1958)

Not the first time Iíve made a sojourn into watching this one, and I suspect Iím gonna get no further than I got before.

Weird to watch. So many costumes and props taken from FORBIDDEN PLANET and WORLD WITHOUT ENDóand some of the same production crew as the latter.

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JB, I tried QUEEN earlier today. Just. Couldnít. Handle. It.
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MR. RIGHT (2014)

Like I said before, I should hate it, but I DONíT!!!!

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About AIRPLANE and its PG-rating, and similar ratings for 1970s and early 1980s films: Remember, these films came out during a time when there was no PG-13 rating. Plenty of late 1970s/early 1980s PG rated films had cursing and brief nudity, especially if the film was intended more for an adult audience. The whole reason for PG-13 was because of the belief there needed to be something in-between "Parental Guidance" and "Restricted" films.
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TOPSY-TURVY (1999)

Utterly delightful fiction of the original staging of ďThe MikadoĒ.

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Such a good movie.
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Started to watch GIDORAH THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER on TCM, but didnít last very long. Awful lot of time spent on human activities before the monsters start to show up.

Movies like this are always a lesson, tho. Seeing Japanese actors playing other races and aliens is a reminder of how ridiculous Hollywood movies must look to the rest of the world!

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