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Old 06-13-22, 03:13 PM
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No Time to Die

This is the first Bond film I have ever viewed that I didn't mind stopping mid-way through. I didn't fully pay attention to just how long this film is and among other things just ended up running too late and had so little interest at that point that I just didn't care as opposed to getting a full nights sleep. I am not sure whose idea it was to change a format that was so successful and eliminate so many of the aspects that we know and expect from Bond. My feel for it at just under the halfway point is that no one was trying at ALL. The casting of Malek as the bad guy was about the most poorly thought out casting I can think of. I mean, here we have Freddy Mercury heading up Specter....Piss poor delivery, so far it appears that everyone was there for the check and be damned the performance. Total phone in. What a piece of ****. I might bring myself to complete the viewing but my lack of interest in what happens will probably overrule.

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Old 06-14-22, 09:14 AM
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8/10 Really held my attention... was presented well, had some very interesting social issue implications, as well as the overall story. And like most good SciFi, had a unique twist in the end.
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Khartoum (1966) Big spectacle war epic with Charlton Heston and Lawrence Olivier and a cast of thousands of real people. Still pretty dull. Not recommended 4/10.
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The Automat (2021), documentary about the rise and fall of Horn & Hardart restaurant chain in Philadelphia and NYC. Many prominent people - Colin Powell ,Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mel Brooks, Howard Schultz (Starbucks founder) and more are interviewed who relate their fond memories of the H&H experience. 8.5/10. Streaming on Kanopy.
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Old 06-16-22, 11:32 AM
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I read a really interesting and candid interview with Mel Brooks not long ago...might have even been linked by someone here. It was discussing the evolution of comedy and how had he tried to put out many of the movies he made in today's environment he would have been nothing more than a pariah.
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Old 06-17-22, 10:53 AM
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Videodrome (1983) starring James Woods and Deborah Harry

First time I've seen this film and whilst I am a huge fan of Debbie Harry and Blondie it is really James Woods who is the star of this disturbing film which from nearly 40-years distant gives echoes of the present day and our desensitization towards sex and violence. 7/10.

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Old 06-18-22, 03:38 AM
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Tove (2020) starring Alma Pöysti

A charming Finnish film about the life of the artist Tove Jansson who was the creator of the incredibly popular Moomin comic strip, books, stage show, TV cartoon series and films. Apparently, this is the second most expensive film ever made in Finland and it really is gorgeous and well acted. I really enjoyed it. 8/10.
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Old 06-19-22, 10:40 AM
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I watched the movie "Mountain between us"- it's a very cool and adventure movie I rate it 9/10
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Old 06-20-22, 08:28 AM
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King Richard - 9/10

Surprisingly engaging story -- I say "surprisingly" because I hate tennis. Seriously -- and wonderfully acted. I totally get why Will Smith won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance.
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Contempt, (1963), directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1963, starring Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance and Fritz Lang acting as a director making a film being produced by Palance who seems to be playing an earlier version of Harvey Weinstein sniffing around Bardot. The film is beautifully shot in wide screen color Cinemascope. Unfortunately the story is for crap and makes little sense with Bardot and her husband the screenwriter arguing and fussing the entire film for reasons unknown to themselves as well as any viewer of the film. Rates a zero out of ten but I'll give it a 2/10 just for Bardot's well displayed bare butt and pouty gorgeous face. Streaming on Criterion Channel.
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Finally saw The Princess Bride after hearing some many references to it. I'd give it a 6.
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Fargo - 8/10.

Good film, but as I watched the TV series (1-3) before the film, I actually prefer the TV series as there's more time to build up the characters.
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Old 06-28-22, 08:55 PM
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I decided to start from the beginning of the classic Connery Bond films. I got Dr No and From Russia With Love this evening. These are such campy, cheesy goodness at this point. Almost impossible to rate from a modern movie angle. There was much more maturity in the character and storyline of FRWL as compared to Dr No. The first one could almost have been fodder for Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Looking forward to Goldfinger and Thunderball tomorrow.
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Old 06-29-22, 01:06 PM
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I decided to start from the beginning of the classic Connery Bond films. I got Dr No and From Russia With Love this evening. These are such campy, cheesy goodness at this point. Almost impossible to rate from a modern movie angle. There was much more maturity in the character and storyline of FRWL as compared to Dr No. The first one could almost have been fodder for Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Looking forward to Goldfinger and Thunderball tomorrow.
From Russia with Love was the best Bond, ever. Great villains, both male and female, beautiful lead actress/ romantic partner, plausible plot, no over-the-top weaponry or physical/acrobatic stunts. Great fight scene on the Orient Express, introduced the Bond theme song. This movie had it all.

Goldfinger is also a fine Bond movie and introduced the Aston Martin as the Bond car and had what appeared to be the world's first dashboard mapping app; and a good runner up to FRWL. Everything is downhill from there, though the series picks up some from its doldrums when Daniel Craig took over the Bond role.
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Old 06-29-22, 02:20 PM
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From Russia with Love was the best Bond, ever. Great villains, both male and female, beautiful lead actress/ romantic partner, plausible plot, no over-the-top weaponry or physical/acrobatic stunts. Great fight scene on the Orient Express, introduced the Bond theme song. This movie had it all.

Goldfinger is also a fine Bond movie and introduced the Aston Martin as the Bond car and had what appeared to be the world's first dashboard mapping app; and a good runner up to FRWL. Everything is downhill from there, though the series picks up some from its doldrums when Daniel Craig took over the Bond role.
As an adult I have come to a much greater appreciation for Connery and his part within these movies. I grew up with Roger Moore as Bond and in that, his part holds a special place in my appreciation. Timothy Dalton was very forgettable in the part, but thought that Pierce Brosnan did pretty well with what he was given. Daniel Craig has, IMO, been the best of the Bond actors and also had the best storylines as well as SPX capable of making them seem as realistic as possible in a comparative way.

One of my favorite aspects of the movies are all the gadgets and such things.

I will say that I finally sat down and finished No Time to Die. I will stick by my original assessment. Certainly, the worst of the new bunch.
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Old 07-01-22, 12:27 PM
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As an adult I have come to a much greater appreciation for Connery and his part within these movies.
Speaking of Sean Connery and his part within movies, last night streamed Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, 9.5/10. Among a great cast, Sean Connery stands out and steals the show. The film locations also give the film a giant visual boost.
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Speaking of Sean Connery and his part within movies, last night streamed Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, 9.5/10. Among a great cast, Sean Connery stands out and steals the show. The film locations also give the film a giant visual boost.
I am astounded that "they" keep rebooting these. I understand there to be another in the works. Is Ford not older than Connery was at this point ?
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Desert Fury, 1946 with Burt Lancaster, Mary Astor and Lizabeth Scott. One of a new collection of films on Criterion Channel titled "Noir in Color." The color was the best part, everybody acted like clods and numbskulls from beginning to end in the movie. 4/10.

There are much better films in this series which I have already seen but I will in the near future watch Leave Her to Heaven again with the most incredibly beautiful and treacherous Spider Woman in all of Noir, Gene Tierney.




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I really wanted to see "Everything Everywhere All At Once" when it was in the theater and I missed it.

I had stopped paying attention to Marvel movies a few years ago before Phase 3 but now my kid is 8 so we are working through the backlog.

Ant Man was a good palate cleanser with good writing. It took me about a week to get through Civil War. It's a stealth Avengers movie so there is a lot going on with a big cast. The airport fight is great. Doctor Strange is a feast for the senses and that's good because there's barely an excuse for the plot. Guardians 2 is okay. Watching Thor Ragnarok now. He reminds me of his parody Val Hallan from Justice Friends. There were a couple of short films ("Team Thor") showing him living in an apartment in Australia with a nebbish roommate and yeah, it's all like that so far.


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Dune 2022. Really enjoyed it, even without being a big Dune or Sci Fi fan. Fantastic sense of place. Great score. Good script and casting. 9/10.
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Dune 2022. Really enjoyed it, even without being a big Dune or Sci Fi fan. Fantastic sense of place. Great score. Good script and casting. 9/10.

I have been meaning to see this one but just haven't taken the time. I am a fan of the first and even more so the book itself. I hope this is as good as I expect. For certain the ability to create realistic special effects has come a LONG way and should help a lot.
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I watched Goldfinger and Thunderball over the past couple of days.

I have to comment that I think it interesting and somewhat funny how all of the bad guy minions are walking around in what is a very close approximation of the Japanese military garb. Aside from that aspect, how many of the bad guys have either German or Russian (sounding) accents. It really goes to show how much of that 'hate' was still in the mainstream at this point.

Goldfinger is quite good, even still. There are a couple of cheesy parts but it stands up pretty well. Good bad guy, good story line.

Thunderball, not so much. I would say of the first four this is the worst. I do enjoy a great deal of the underwater scenes. This movie sort of introduces the 'form' (as it were) that we will be seeing in regard to Spectre. The man petting the cat lives on.

Up next will be You Only Live Twice. I don't recall this being one of the more memorable films, but to be true to the rewatch. I would almost consider skipping On Her Majesties Secret Service, but that wouldn't fit the theme either. George just didn't do (as) Bond.
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The newest topgun film, 8/10 i would say
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Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story, 2005 9/10. An excellent documentary. Streaming on the Criterion Channel. Do not watch if you are squeamish about seeing a brutal KO that fatally injured Benny Peret.

Extract from the Criterion description of the documentary.
Emile Griffith was one of the greatest boxers of all time and a world champion in the welterweight, junior middleweight, and middleweight classes. He was also a bisexual man competing at a time when being out was virtually impossible. This powerful and compassionate documentary tells the story of Griffith’s spectacular rise and the infamous moment that changed his life forever: the 1962 title match with Benny Paret when, after Paret called him a homophobic slur, Griffith delivered a devastating knockout in the ring that caused Paret’s death ten days later—an incident that would forever haunt Griffith on his lifelong quest for redemption.
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The black phone. 8/10
thought it was a good concept. Ano I’m a big fan of Ethan hawke (even if he is wearing a mask 98% of the time in this film ).
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