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Joe Hollon
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My Kubrick journey continued with FEAR AND DESIRE. I
had heard this early effort showed no signs of the
later genius director. I completely disagree. I
thought it was nothing but signs of the director he
would become! A very raw, early effort to be sure but
I think you definitely see the development of Kubrick.
Recommended to any Kubrick fans to at least check it
out.

THE SEAFARERS- an extra on the FEAR AND DESIRE bluray.
Billed as a documentary it is absolutely NOT that. It
is a propaganda piece to advertise and recruit people
to join the Seafarers Union. No reason anyone should
watch this unless you are total insane Kubrick
fanatic.
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THEM! (1954)

Just in the mood!

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For the weekend:

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956)

I ain't religious, but this is the greatest comic-book movie of the 1950's.

Make of that what you will.



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SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF (1968)

A belated commemoration of James Garner’s birthday.

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Started watching RAMBO: LAST BLOOD, but had to pause due to real life. Will finish it later tonight.

The Rambo movies just aren't the same without Richard Crenna around to spout instant classic lines like "What you call Hell, he calls home."


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Dracula (1979): I was disappointed the first time I saw this and I was disappointed watching it again this time. I know much of the film stems from the stage play, but they are still unforgivable changes -- arbitrarily swapping Lucy and Mina's names; making Lucy Jack Seward's daughter; setting the whole bleeding thing in Yorkshire; shifting the period forward in time, so that Harker has a motor car; and having Dracula as a neighbourly acquaintance who pops round for dinner.

I like the Hammer adaptation for its brevity and efficiency. This film is also brief, but seems to lack any real meat on its bones. And it has a truly ridiculous last 'twist'. There's a decent scene where Dracula confronts Van Helsing (though still kind of silly when Dracula smashes a huge mirror and then tries to brush it off as something that any normal person might do) and Kate Nelligan is good, but most of the actors are wasted. There's also a clever transition where Dracula  crashes through a window and comes out the other side as a wolf. These few things and John Williams' score aside, the film is largely bereft of positives.


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I've seen that version of Dracula once, maybe twice. And its been a long time. Not in any hurry to watch it again. Most of the changes made were awful (Lucy and Mina's names being flipped was unforgiveable), and one I'd also mention that I didn't care for was Van Helsing dying. 

Easily my least favorite adaptation of the novel....and I've seen the Jack Palance version!


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Some actors are better than others, but having just re-watched DRACULA (1979) last night (my eldest daughter's pick!), I've come to the conclusion, after many years, that the entire film is miscast.

In terms of Dracula movies, no one in this film is my favorite anybody!






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I saw DRACULA (1979) in the theater, first release, and the only thing about it that stayed with me was when the titular character crawls head first down a castle wall, as in the book.

Which doesn't speak well for the movie as a whole!

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THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS (1962)

I hadn't watched this for years but it appeared on my Amazon page.
Certainly dated and far-removed from its literary roots, but surprisingly dark in certain scenes.


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Yes, the crawling down the wall was pretty good, I'll give the film that.

I quite like Olivier as Van Helsing, but they don't give him the right stuff to do in this film, so he ends up wasted. But he comes close to the Van Helsing in my head that the book conjures -- or at least, closer than a lot of others versions (I really like Cushing as Van Helsing, but he's not close to the character in the book).


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DAN IN REAL LIFE (2007)

Not really one for rom-coms, but this one was low-key and enjoyable, with good turns from Steve Carrell and Juliette Binoche.
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