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Peter Martin
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Posted: 18 February 2020 at 11:45pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I just watched Shazam! the other day for the first time,
and I thought it was quite a bit of fun. Perhaps a little
tonally uneven (couple of nasty bits seems at odds with
the general tone, but maybe that's me being old -- I
loved the nasty bits as a kid). Also felt they had
transplanted on quite a bit of Spider-Man (callow kid
uses his new-found powers for self-advancement before
learning the responsibility that goes with it). While
that is reasonably common to many heroes, it was actually
rare for super-heroes before the feet-of-clay Marvel guys
and gals, and seems ill-fitting for a DC (OK, Fawcett)
character.

A shame they didn't leverage more off some of the great
ideas bound up with the character (no mention of the
mythological aspects, the wisdom of Solomon, the strength
of Hercules, etc). Also a bit pathetic to have some
headless stand-in for Superman. And clunky when it came
to not having a name for the lead character, even when
they had a plot-point of asking Freddy Freeman to say his
name. It was like they knew it was a sin to call him
Shazam, but didn't want to call him Captain Marvel
either. Sad, really.

I did like how effortlessly they tied in the Superman and
Batman merchandise, establishing them as part of the
world in which the story existed, and made it a seamless
part of the story.

The Captain Marvel suit looked great (barring the hood on
the cloak) and I thought the glowing lightning symbol was
a nice idea. The other Marvels also looked great; real
fun to have them appear.

Zachary Levi sort of worked and didn't work for me. I
thought he did a pretty good job of acting the role, but
his face reminds me too much of Jimmy Fallon. Captain
Marvel has a distinctive face -- a much broader chin is
needed.
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Brian Hague
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Posted: 19 February 2020 at 3:19pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I loathed SHAZAM! with a deep and sustained passion. I was simply going to skip it altogether, but a friend insisted it was harmless and fluffy. So I decided to put aside my reservations and try to take the thing on its own terms. I despise damn near everything I saw on that screen. Ptui.

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100 year anniversary of:

THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920)

One of the very first horror films... while it's mostly a curiosity at this point (and the modern Casio soundtracks attached to the Blu-ray will always give me earaches), the imagery can still be startling, and Conrad Veidt makes a great, iconic boogeyman.

Still holds a hypnotic appeal, so many, many, many decades after its release.



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Almost watched ABOMINABLE, but the trailer warned me away.

Theres an old pet peeve of mine: not knowing where the joke ends. Example: Q: Why did the chicken cross the road? A: To get to the other side... where there was a pile of seed.

The trailer suggested there might be a lot of this.

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FOOTLIGHT PARADE

James Cagney
Busby Berkeley musical from the pre-code days of the early 30's.

Cagney is amazing as a talented choreographer who has to generate dozens of ideas to keep his dancers busy. If you watch him, you can see that he dances through every scene-- musical or not. His line-readings and blocking feel authentically gritty and yet have a grace that no one else seems to match. A total delight.
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SATURN 3 (1980)

Wow... took me 40 years to finally give this one a look... so much talent involved (director Stanley Donen, production designer John Barry, Kirk Douglas, Farrah Fawcett, Harvey Keitel)...

... such an unmitigated across-the-board disaster.  One of the worst big-budget sci-fi attempts of all time?  I think so!




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I have watched Saturn 3 a number of times and wanted to like it... But it's crap!
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TRUMBO (2015)

Five years? Really?

Saw it when it was new, and it had little to impress me beyond production design. Damaged by strange casting and dubious fidelity.

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80th anniversary of:

Walt Disney's PINOCCHIO (1940)

For me, if there's a Holy Trinity of classic Disney features, just in terms of sheer animated hand-painted artistry, it's FANTASIA, SLEEPING BEAUTY and this one.  Maybe not my favorite storywise, but man, is it gorgeous to look at!



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O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? (2000)

As Ive mentioned before, the Coen brothers are very on again, off again for me. This is very on, with a terrific cast, amusing characters and a fantastic score.

Also the ghost of Baby-Face Nelson..........

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I love that movie and the music in it.  Just the other day, I was singing "He's in the jailhouse now" thinking about Harvey Weinstein.  No, he was not the producer.
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Had dinner with Mia on Tuesday and she mentioned having seen ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD. She and Sharon Tate were close friends, so she was bothered by the Tarantino ending. She also agreed that the two leads have no story arc, ending as they began.
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