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Doug Centers
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Posted: 18 November 2019 at 11:51am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

BOLT (2008)

I knew it was coming, I was a blubbering mess...
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Peter Martin
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Well, I finished the Terminal Man... and I should have listened to JB and not bothered. Not good. The book was not bad, but here... Well, you can't just point a camera at people and expect the audience to care. There's no real protagonist and that's a problem here. There's something to be said for not spoonfeeding the audience, but the film would have benefited from putting some time and effort into channelling the audience's sympathies somewhere. Segal's character has an affliction that isn't his fault, but behaves so inexplicably badly when not afflicted that you couldn't possibly root for him. Most of the doctors are smug, arrogant twerps, but not smug or arrogant enough to really root against them. Joan Hackett's psychiatrist is the closest thing to a protagonist, but is kind of wan and ineffective.

Interesting thowback when George Segal effectively cuts off all communications to the house by lifting one of the telephone receivers from the hook. Wouldn't happen these days!
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THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (1972)

Campy, eye-rolling fun.  My vote for the best disaster film of the '70s!



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POCKET FULL OF MIRACLES (1961)

Superficial remake of QUEEN FOR A DAY, but still one of my favorites. Superb cast includes Bette Davis, Glenn Ford, Peter Falk, Thomas Mitchell and Hope Lange.

Not a happy set, apparently, but it doesn’t show in the finished product. Blink, and miss Grace Lee Whitney as a chorus girl.

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STAR WARS (1977)

All the hype surrounding the new movie and TV show, just made me want to watch the original.

Still the best, by far.

But all those added extra scenes and effects in the special edition are distracting, at best.  So unnecessary - it was perfect to begin with!!
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John Byrne
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Posted: 29 November 2019 at 3:57pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

So glad I have the “Special Edition” DVD that includes the “original” release. Sort of.
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The Witches (1966, a.k.a. The Devil's Own). Atpical Hammer horror starring Hollywood goddess of yesteryear Joan Fontaine and adapted for the screen by none other than Nigel 'Quatermass' Kneale. It's OK, not great. Creepy goings on make the first stretch of the film pretty decent, it has an unexpected little kink in the middle, but it fails to squeeze as much out of its story as it should and the reveal and finale is all a bit underwhelming. Leonard Rossiter appears in a supporting role and is quite good, but nothing really comes of his character.

Followed it up with Contagion (2011). Second time I've watched this, and I'm still an admirer. Strong ensemble cast, well paced, intelligent, convincing and very much not your typical Hollywood movie.
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Tonight, my two girls selected IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)...

As has happened to me over the last few years or so:  Instant waterworks, within the first 5 minutes.



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THE GREAT RACE (1965)

Of the main characters, only Larry Storch is still with us.

I run hot and cold on this one. Mostly I want to get out my editing scissors. Interesting to read on the IMDb that Charlton Heston and Burt Lancaster were both considered for the role of Leslie, with the latter actually announced in 1963. Jane Fonda was considered for the Natalie Wood role.

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Just saw "Book Smart" directed by Olvia Wilde, really good coming of age
story and that's coming from someone who hates that genre.
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SCROOGE (1951)

Last night on TCM, the unmatched, definitive version of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”. Played as a real ghost story, it’s downright scary in some places, and heartbreaking in others. Alistair Sim is beyond perfection in a role that almost seems to have been written with him in mind.

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Sim's restraint is quite notable. Way too tempting to play Scrooge, before and after, over the top, but Sim resists that utterly.
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