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Old 06-07-19, 12:58 AM
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Donofan's Echo 2012

6/10

This one had more promise than it delivered. Danny Glover did a convincing job as the lead character experiencing moment of déjà vu that leads to his life's purpose. But the overall movie lacked enough relatable characters, and cohesiveness to generate any lasting emotions.

"Donofan's Echo" was a compelling drama, but not always easy to tell if the story was about Glover's past life following the death of his family or his present day experiences as his premonitions lead him to save the life of a young girl whose future influences her to becomes a physicist. She would eventually become the inventor of cold fusion. But in the end, no real point was made from any of it.


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Danny Glover, Bruce Greenwood, David Lewis
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Old 06-09-19, 04:14 PM
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Hunt to Kill 2010

2/10

This movie is just one example why you can't always trust the rating of reviewers. I had suspicions about this one from the start, but was swayed by the near perfect score it received from its reviews. If this a 4.5/5 star rated movie then all the voters must have been 14 or younger. Which is likely the mental age of whoever wrote the screenplay.

"Hunt to Kill" is the classic kidnap a loved one/revenge movie but this one veers so far away from reality that the suspense ends up being comical. Or from my perspective, totally ridiculous.

Once it reaches the half way point it take a sharp dive in quality and continue to get worse right up to the next to goofy climax. Unless you enjoy movies with poor dialogue, annoyingly shallow characters, and mindless killing, stay far away from "Hunt to Kill".


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Steve Austin, Eric Roberts, Gary Daniels
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Old 06-13-19, 09:55 PM
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Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel

6 /10

This Marvel comic like so many before it had great potential. Unfortunately, like so many recent movies it suffers from an exaggerated case of political correctness. Its as if some great entity is working overtime to force Hollywood to compensate and correct for all the male biases and unbalances of roles created in the history of cinematic film. Pity, since that's what make what could have been a good movie only barely tolerable.

Captain Marvel (CM) is an origin story revealed through flashbacks, but told in such a way as to make its revelation totally uninspiring. Although the lead character is female, her role is essentially a male part with a female playing the role. You could easily switch between the two and nobody would know the difference.

For some reason the screenwriters seem unable or unwilling to portray inspirational female characters with any feminine characteristics. Choosing instead to give them as many male-like traits as they can pack into one film. Captain Marvel is no exception to this trend.

Beginning right in the opening scene after awaking form a nightmare CM utters to her co-star soon to be nemesis "you wanna fight". The movie goes downhill form there with enough plot hole to make it a cinematic sieve, and it never recovers.

We never get told what CM powers are nor how she manged to absorb the energy (rather than being killed) that produced them. The next nail in the coffin comes from its excessive use of CG. Following very closely in the footsteps of DC's Green Lantern despite lesson learned for its "too much CG", and all the criticism that movie received.

In any event, the character are shallow and unrefined and even the villain in the movie seems weak and flip-flops back and forth between evil villain and someone loyal to his world. The bad guys turn out to be good and the good guys bad, but not too bad.

About the only saving grace to CM is Samuel L Jackson and his recurring role as Nick Fury. Finally a character we know and like. Apparently, director Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck didn't read the book on creating an evil villain? CM is a hero movie, and every good hero needs an evil villain to fight.

If you didn't get to see this one at the cinema be grateful. If you only got to see it streamed like I did, you'd still be disappointed but not as much as you would had made a trip to your local cinema to see it.


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Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn
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Old 06-15-19, 06:33 AM
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Avengers endgame 7/10
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Old 06-18-19, 04:40 AM
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Spiderman Homecoming
It's so refreshing for a "first" film for a superhero not to be bogged down in an origin story we've already seen too many times before. This is less "origin" and more "coming of age". It also nicely twists the conventional Spiderman origin story in a new way, and uses the changed world of the Marvel Cinematic universe cleverly. The link between Spiderman and Stark is well worked. It's visually solid, the action scenes flow well, and it deliver decent drama with appropriate humour. It feels like Spiderman should; wise-cracking and human. Unfortunately, it's a bit overly long, and the pacing suffers for it.

A watchable 7/10
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Old 06-18-19, 04:46 AM
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I recently watched the first part of John Wick.
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Old 06-27-19, 01:20 AM
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Pretty Bird (2008)

A pleasant surprise, given the reviews. Basic plot: Con man tries to market a jetpack he hasn't even really designed.

The premise is so simple, even stupid, yet it appeals to the kid in all of us. At one point Crudup's character even lures a partner into this boneheaded venture merely by appealing to the childlike fantasy of flying.

Billy Crudup plays a sort of Phil Dunphy (Modern Family) type of character, simultaneously conniving and manipulative, yet endearingly clueless, awkward and charming despite it all. Paul Giamatti gets to play gruffer than usual and is convincing as a weird sort of Tesla to Crudup's Edison.

And the unexpected ending makes it nearly a perfect indie movie, if you're weary of formulaic Hollywood pablum

8 of 10.
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Old 07-01-19, 05:10 AM
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The Green Book - 9/10
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The Nice Guys. 8/10.
I liked this movie. The inter-play between Russel Crow and Ryan Gossling worked. The plot was light and the movie had a quick and interesting pace. Plus who doesn't like a movie set in the 1970ies?
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Old 07-11-19, 01:06 PM
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Midsommar. Absolutely excellent film. I’ve don’t remember ever seeing Florence Pugh in anything before but I think she’s an excellent actor.
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Old 07-12-19, 05:54 AM
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Spider-Man Far from Home 8/10
Great fun and great twists, which were obvious if you know the comics.
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Old 07-18-19, 02:18 AM
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Le Chant des Loup

Nuclear submarine thriller. The part about some jihadist buying an old russian nuclear sub and managing to refurbish and operate it is laughable. Other than that its an ok movie. Normal sub movie where once the launch instruction is given, it cannot be aborted by any means. Similar Jack Ryan boarding sub at sea scene as per Hunt for Red October, except weather is nice.
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Old 07-18-19, 02:59 AM
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Midsommar. Absolutely excellent film. I’ve don’t remember ever seeing Florence Pugh in anything before but I think she’s an excellent actor.
Midsommar is now my #1 for 2019.

She was in The Little Drummer Girl John le Carré BBC miniseries - also excellent.
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Justice League - Pretty lame 3/10. Just not very interesting.
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Lady In the Water (2006) 8.5/10

Making the rounds on cable this month. One of the worst reviewed movies of the year, lost money, announced the decline of M. Night Shyamalan as a writer and director.

For me, a thing of pure beauty; terrific performances by Bryce Dallas Howard and Paul Giamatti.

I suspect it will be rediscovered a decade or two from now as a classic.
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BlacKkKlansman (2018) 7.5/10

A fun watch, a Spike Lee movie. I felt like it was more of a vehicle for its star, John David Washington. He is an amazing guy.
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Rewatched Cruel Intentions (1000 & 1 times)
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Saw Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald yesterday. It was okay 6.5-7/10 even though it was primarily filler/set up for the next one.
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Can you tell why you liked/disliked the movie if you don't mind. Does anything stick out that's really good about it? Is the story believable? Captivating? Relatable?

Even if its just one basic sentence that you like action movies or Tom Cruise as an actor. More is better. I wish to learn from this, and what viewers find entertaining in film.
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Saw Tarantino's new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on Friday. I thought it was excellent. Pitt and DiCaprio were great as were several of the supporting cast. It was long, 2 hr and 40 min but manages to keep you entertained. 9/10
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Old 07-30-19, 01:01 PM
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Re-watched Apocalypse Now Redux (sort of). I skipped over the "redux" extra scenes. For the life of me I don't understand why it was re released by Coppola in that format. All those extra scenes just bog down the movie and, worst of all, alter Captain Willard's character. Anyways, it's easy to hit the skip button. 8/10 for original and 6/10 for redux.
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Midsommar. Absolutely excellent film. I’ve don’t remember ever seeing Florence Pugh in anything before but I think she’s an excellent actor.
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Old 08-04-19, 10:36 PM
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Re-watched Apocalypse Now Redux (sort of). I skipped over the "redux" extra scenes. For the life of me I don't understand why it was re released by Coppola in that format. All those extra scenes just bog down the movie and, worst of all, alter Captain Willard's character. Anyways, it's easy to hit the skip button. 8/10 for original and 6/10 for redux.
Yeah, my impressions change over time with re-watchings of the variations of Apocalypse Now and Blade Runner. I like 'em all just fine. I'd need to dig through my DVDs but I think I have copies of every available edit.

But I first saw the first saw the theatrical releases of Apocalypse Now and Blade Runner (with the voice over narration), so those seem like the "real" versions to me. And I never got the objections to Harrison Ford's voice over on Blade Runner, since Martin Sheen's character did the same thing in Apocalypse Now -- I don't recall ever hearing any criticism of that.

My first impression of AN Redux was that it was much more bleak and nihilistic. The extended scene with the dancers made them more human, more relatable, not merely vacuous sex objects. And the extended scene with the French plantation family revealed the rotting underbelly of the colonial system. By the time Willard reaches Kurtz it's easy to see why Kurtz has gone insane and must be stopped by any means necessary. It was much closer to the pacing and style of the Joseph Conrad story, which seemed much longer than a novella due to his ponderous, reflective narrative style.

But generally I prefer the pacing of the original theatrical release of Apocalypse Now.
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District 9 (2009) -- 8/10

Just rewatched it a few days ago, for the first time since the movie was first released. It's held up really well, and feels more resonant now with current political and cultural upheavals. The director pulled off a really difficult task, making bugs seem almost "human," and creating a flawed but relatable protagonist in Wikus -- whose name almost sounds like Weak-ass, which pretty well describes his character as a petty bureaucrat forced into a situation he wasn't prepared for.
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Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars

Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars 7/10




The animated sequel is an interesting continuation to the original movies that preceded it. The second of the anime it actually proved to be more authentic than both sequel live versions. In this version a large number of bugs have invaded a Martian colony in order to use it as a staging ground to annihilate Earth. Like the original, this movie is all action adventure so it doesn't spend too much time delving into the nuances of the characters. Rather, it starts off fast paced and continues that way throughout pretty much the entire movie.

There is a brief respite where the main character (Johnny Rico) goes on a sojourn across the desert after being stranded to rediscover his purpose, then rejoins his team and finds the means to complete his mission. Once contact with his squad, he realizes he hasn't been abandoned and its back to the rapid pace of killing bugs.

The animation shows a great deal of detail of the bugs (including their bodies as it breaks apart during gunfire) and is quite realistic.

The original Starship Troopers was far from the greatest sci-fi to come to the big screen, but the meshing of the bugs to live actors gave it a great deal of screen presence. If you enjoyed the bug killing of the original movie, then this animated feature won't disappoint.
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