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James Woodcock
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Re IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)

But it has THAT line which still makes me smile
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IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT really does not have much of a story. At best it would have been a lesser episode of a contemporary TV police drama.

The two leads act up a storm, and that remains compelling -- but it's off-putting in retrospect that the filmmakers chose to portray Tibbs as also blinded by his own prejudice. 
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The two leads act up a storm, and that remains compelling -- but it's off-putting in retrospect that the filmmakers chose to portray Tibbs as also blinded by his own prejudice.

Steiger's "you're just like us" line encapsulates the whole movie, for me. Two very different men, from very different backgrounds, realizing they have more in common than they think. Ballsy for 1967.

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT was another one that was substantially written over by the sequels.

(Years later, my friend Ron Parady, now deceased, appeared in a movie with Steiger, THE NAKED FACE. He told of how Steiger was given very little direction, and tended therefore to play every scene at the same emotional intensity. I see some of this in NIGHT. I imagine Steiger must have been a powerful force for a director to try to "wrangle".)

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Last night, MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE (1948) -- one of my favorites which I watch at least once a year.
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STAR TREK III - THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (1984)

Weeping like a girlie-man as the Enterprise goes down. This was not my original response, but after several viewings something clicked in my brain and I finally accepted the "refit" as the real ship.

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MONEY MONSTER

Good movie, but I didn't like the ending. 
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I enjoyed MONEY MONSTER.  Not a great film, certainly not what it wanted to be re: an expose, but enjoyable nonetheless.  

Saw HELL OR HIGH WATER (2016) two nights ago.  Highly recommended.  Excellent film.  As a commentary, which is what both films are, HELL succeeds far better.  My only issue, and it's a small one, is that Jeff Bridges does the same voice as his character in TRUE GRIT.  It's so distinctive that it took me out of the film for a minute every time he had a scene.  Not quite sure of the choice there and, quite frankly, it may not matter unless you know his catalog of roles, but it had an affect on me nonetheless.  
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Weeping like a girlie-man as the Enterprise goes down. This was not my original response, but after several viewings something clicked in my brain and I finally accepted the "refit" as the real ship.
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Still one of my favorite moments in all of TREK. It's such a powerful, romantic image--our heroes watching the ship burning in the atmosphere--, and McCoy's line (Spock's line, too, when you think about it), "What you had to do. What you always do. Turn death into a fighting chance to live." is just perfect.


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THE HAUNTING (1963)

So well done.

And still no interest on my part in reading the novel, even tho it comes from the same mind that gave us "The Lottery."
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The Haunting is exceptionally well done -- a masterclass in how to scare the bejeezus out the viewer mainly by creepy suggestion and sound effects.

The book is very good, by the way, and the film is very faithful. I really like the casting -- the four protagonists are perfect, and Mrs Dudley is as scary as anything in the movie.
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THE HAUNTING is brilliant. Still one I do not watch alone.

And..... Claire Bloom!

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Why no interest in the novel, Don? Seems curious, since you already like the movie, and some of Shirley Jackson's other writing?

Though I last read the novel close to 13 years ago, some of its imagery (not shown or implied in the film) still sticks with me.

(I still own it... may have to dig that one out again, maybe for this Halloween!)



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THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE (1968)

British black comedy about an aging actress -- one half of a lesbian couple -- who fears her character on a weekly soap opera is to be killed off.

A trifle dreary, and told in too many close-ups, of interest perhaps mostly for the presence of Susannah York as George's "flatmate".

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I've just heard that the novel is is a bit of a chore to get through. 

Never say never, though, right?
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STAR TREK III - THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (1984)

It's long held a special place in my heart, being the first Trek film I saw in the theater.

TWOK made me a fan when I saw it on cable. Proceeded to watch all episodes of TOS. I was quite ready for TSFS to hit theaters. And was not disappointed. Sandwiched between two of the best Trek movies, it doesn't always get the highest praise. But it certainly has some great moments.

Feels like I'll be watching it (for the umpteenth time) very soon...
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THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK belongs in my heart with a small selection of movies that, even were they terrible (which they are not) they would have been redeemed by the final moment. Without spoilers, they include but are not limited to ROBOCOP, THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123, and TSFS.

That cocked eyebrow! Magic!

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I love that final scene in TSFS, and the eyebrow is definitely the clincher. 
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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS

Two thumbs up.
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MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN (2016)

Overall, I liked it. 

The unique/creepy abilities the children had were a lot of fun, but there were elements to the story that just felt out of place and/or just turned me off completely. I enjoyed it enough to recommend, though.   


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