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  1. Kenneth Morgan

    Kenneth Morgan Chosen One star 4

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    That Richard Lynch in that role. He had a lot of B- and cult movie credits, thought MSTies will remember him as Noel, the lead archaeologist, from "Werewolf". And the bad guy driver in the chase scene is played by Bill Hickman, who did the same type of role in "Bullitt" and coordinated both chase scenes.
     
  2. AndyLGR

    AndyLGR Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Metro Eddie Murphy 1990s action film. Murphy stars as hostage negotiator Scott Roper who becomes involved in a game of cat and mouse with a psycho jewel thief called Korda played by Michael Wincott. Not too bad for a typical low budget action adventure of its era. But come the third act it falls apart, Murphy decides to become a cross between Axl Foley and Chandler Jarrell in a scene that’s jarring because he’d done well to steer clear of those characters all the way through. Then there seems something cut as we jump from a meal between Roper and his girlfriend in the evening, to Korda escaping prison and Murphy and girlfriend arriving home and him telling his girlfriend that Korda had escaped in the morning. It’s quite a jarring jump and then the end showdown that follows is way too rushed as well.
     
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  3. Havac

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    It’s an adaptation of a spy novel by the same title, so it’s actually just a coincidence.
     
  4. Havac

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    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. This is a fun, unusual film, but with a seriously flawed structure. When widow Gene Tierney moves into a purportedly haunted seaside cottage that turns out to be actually haunted, she manages the situation through the unusual expedient of befriending the ghost, a cantankerous old sea captain played hilariously by Rex Harrison. This stretch of the movie is pretty great, leaning into some actual thrills and chills initially before settling into delightful banter between woman and crustily charming ghost. The only real weakness of this stretch, and it applies to the rest of the film, is that though Tierney has a daughter, you would be forgiven for forgetting about her, since the film largely does, and Tierney for that matter seems to as well. The film does not do quite so well when it moves into a second half where Harrison takes a backseat while Tierney falls for an obviously bad, but at least living, match. This is the kind of thing that would provide the stereotypical obstacle to a romance, but instead it simply derails the budding woman/ghost romance, banishing it and eventually Harrison with far too much movie to go. This is intended to set up a moving ending, but while the ending is strong, the film has killed all its momentum deader than Harrison to get there. It prevents the central relationship from properly blossoming and leaves the film with no sense of direction and absent its strongest character. The only thing from this second half that really stands out is the hilarious joke that the leering, incredibly forward cad she meets at the publisher’s office is, in fact, beloved children’s author Uncle Neddy. That’s a winner, but the rest of the plotline isn’t, and it’s a shame to see an enjoyable film derail itself like this.
     
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  5. Havac

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    A Hard Day’s Night. The Beatles’ music is pure joy, and this film absolutely captures that. It’s a film of absolute and unbounded exuberance, which only makes sense for a film about being young, fabulously rich, and literally the coolest thing on planet Earth. Bouncing along with delightfully irreverent and sometimes just plain oddball humor, following nothing in particular as the Beatles hurtle self-amusedly through another day in the life, it’s a perfect text of the sixties’ youth culture, capturing the sense that everybody under thirty is in on an absolutely fantastic in-joke that everybody over thirty will never get. It is a riotous, silly, magnificently energetic film with one of the all-time great soundtracks. A pure delight to watch.
     
  6. Dagobahsystem

    Dagobahsystem 6X Wacky Wednesday Winner star 9 VIP - Game Winner

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    @Havac
    Of all your great reviews here, your review of A Hard Day's Night is my favorite. Brought a smile to my face.
    Thank you sir.

    I love that movie. I'm also a huge fan of the indefinitely silly, random and wacky Bond spoof that is HELP!
     
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  7. The2ndQuest

    The2ndQuest Tri-Mod With a Mouth star 10 Staff Member Manager

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    Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
    Viewing Experience: Blu-ray

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    “We can coexist, but only on my terms. You will say you lose your freedom. Freedom is an illusion. All you lose is the emotion of pride.”

    Based on a book called “Colossus”. So, instead of “Colossus” or “The Colossus Project”, you add in the name of the main character that happens to sound like “Forbidden” and will be mispronounced and read as such often? Just call it “Colossus: The Forbidden Project” and get on with it.

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    Now, I went into this completely blind outside of a trailer. I had never heard of it, knew nothing of it. Ordered it on DVD not wanting to take much of a risk on it- then realized I had unknowingly ordered a fullscreen version, forgetting that was a thing we once had to watch out for with DVDs produced in this era. And while a widescreen DVD version was later released, it was essentially the same cost to but the Blu-ray so I ended up just paying extra for that and returning that initial DVD. Bullet dodged! And I’m rather thankful I did so- the film has surprisingly strong visuals and scale beyond what I had been expecting. It would have been a shame to constrain them to a pan and scan version. This was not a low-budget film.

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    Premise-wise, it’s a Skynet situation. But it’s less about an AI taking control of military systems (though there are elements of that) but more about governments intentionally handing over control of military systems to the AI and then being surprised when it doesn’t listen to them. So you have to kind of buy-in to that concept to let the film do what it wants to do. But after you get past that implausibility (after all, placing an AI in charge of your nuclear arsenal and making sue there was no way for a human to pull the plug or otherwise access the mainframe, what could possibly go wrong? Also, what about hardware maintenance access? I digress…), it is an interesting sci-fi concept that plays out from there.

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    The film in general actually feels a little bit ahead of its time, outside of the clearly-period technology. However, the movie does have another “**** YOU!” ending like seemingly many films of this era that just kinda ends when it gets going. It sorta just makes its point and decides it has no interest in finishing the story. Especially after spending so much time setting up the mainframe’s bunker and throwing back to it several times throughout the film, only to never actually return to it is just immensely disappointing.

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    Cast-wise there’s not much that really stands out. The main character, Forbin, is played as a very dry scientist like the ones you archetypically find in sci-fi movies of the 50’s and 60’s. Eric Braeden is not bad in the role, he just doesn’t stand out or connect with the viewer (and his only chance to really show true emotion and interest are in the final moments of the film). You get appearances by James Hong and William Schallert in small supporting roles but that’s about it. Half the film involves scenes of Forbin being told the President is calling him or the President asking to call Fordbin. The other half is Forbin and Colossus going back and forth in an interesting, aggressive HAL-9000-like way.

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    I would say this is an above-average genre piece for its era, but falls short of the mark of being a satisfying film or a must-see (especially with most audiences being more keen to the overall concept with us living in a post-Skynet world of pop culture). It has a lot of potential, though- I can see why a remake of this film has been in development for the last 14 years as a potential Ron Howard film starring Will Smith.
     
  8. Kenneth Morgan

    Kenneth Morgan Chosen One star 4

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    There were two sequel novels, both written after the movie was made: The Fall of Colossus and Colossus and the Crab. I read the second one, and had some serious problems with it. Never got to the third one.
    Here, Eric Braedon creates a computer that takes over the world. And in "Escape from the Planet of the Apes", he tries and fails to prevent apes taking over the world. The guy just couldn't catch a break back then.
     
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  9. Kenneth Morgan

    Kenneth Morgan Chosen One star 4

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    I understand that rock 'n roll was looked down upon by "serious" musicians back in 1964, but the MPAAS not giving an Oscar nomination to any of the Lennon/McCartney songs written for this movie astounds me. Yeah, "Chim Chim Cheree" (the actual winner) is a nice song, but better than the Beatles?
     
  10. solojones

    solojones Chosen One star 10

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    Last night I watched two movies. First off Back to the Future Part II.

    This is my least favorite BTTF movie, although that means it's still a good movie. It's a tight film that always keeps moving, but it does suffer from the fact that the characters' goal changes like every 15 minutes. Wild ride. Still good. Can't wait for part III, which is my favorite.

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    Then I watched the Japanese thriller Cure on Criterion Channel. Has anyone else seen this one? It was definitely different than its peers in 90s Japanese horror. That's why I called it more of a thriller. Great performances from the leads. Very eerie film. But I found the ultimate payoff a bit predictable. Maybe it wasn't predictable in the late 90s though.

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  11. gezvader28

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    I just saw this , I enjoyed it but agree about the ending . Also I was more interested in the 2 klunky robots and their emotions but that aspect didn't go very far.
     
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  12. The2ndQuest

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    Earthquake (1974)
    Viewing Experience: Streaming (Prime Video)

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    “This used to be one hell of a town.”

    The only prior experience I’ve had to this film was through clips shown during the pre-show to the Earthquake: The Big One theme park attraction at Universal Studios Orlando, as well as the vague connections to the premise of the ride itself. The pre-show stuff didn’t interest me as a kid at the time, as I hadn’t seen the movie and the 70’s disaster genre was long over while the 90’s disaster revival had yet to occur. I recall always being disappointed that we had to wait through Charlton Heston’s pre-show hosting to get on the ride every time.

    Now, finally getting to the film and already having gone through other genre entries such as Poseidon Adventure and the Towering Inferno, I found this one to be rather enjoyable by comparison. It’s not bloated like the Towering Inferno- it’s only 2 hours long and it doesn’t feel like it has as many unnecessary subplots (though it could still have stood to drop 2 or 3 of them and expanded the others) and most of the characters feel less one-note (versus the “escort mission” critique of all the non-Hackman characters in Poseidon). You can also start to see the influence of films like this on later movies like Superman with its dam breaching sequence, earthquakes and falling urban debris.

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    The movie does make you wait on the Earthquake, but also doesn’t make you wait until the end- it happens almost exact at the middle of the movie, ending at 1 hour & 1 minutes in out of a 2 hour and 2 min-long movie. Though the main heroes don’t even really team-up until the last 15 minutes of the movie. Even still, some subplots (including the interesting dam plotline) could have been either elaborated upon or tied better into the plotlines of the other characters. Others, like the crazy, rapey guardsman definitely should have been cut (he’s also not the best actor in the film and wasn’t a likable character to begin with, while any potential redemptive possibilities quickly go out the window). While others, such as Black Lightning’s journey, pretty much vanish from the movie.

    There is some pretty decent stuntwork in the movie, as one would expect. Some are cliched by now (such as the Poseidon, camera-facing-down, fall-through-glass stunt) but one involving a motorstunt gone wrong looks legitimately painful and leaves you cringing when it is attempted again.

    It also shows some warts in many different places, such as the cartoon blood splatter during the elevator sequence (just cut down the scene if the stunt isn’t working!) and a glaring continuity error in the editing (we get a scene of the actress/mistress character climbing into an escape hole behind Heston immediately after a scene where we have already followed her through a tunnel to the escape path’s exit- and we can clearly tell it is her based on her attire and unique physique). The logic of amassing survivors underground immediately after an Earthquake without waiting out aftershocks is also a huge leap in logic, even if it sets up a second disaster for the finale in a way that would kinda be echoed down the road by 1997’s Volcano.

    And, worst of all, for the third or fourth time in less than a week for me, this is yet another movie that has a “**** YOU!” ending. Can someone tell me in what year did movies eventually invent the epilogue or denouement? Because i’m eager to get to that point ;). There’s no closure to half of the characters, some are literally washed away without their deaths being conveyed (it feels like they’re setting up another sequence that never happens).

    However, to be fair, part of that is due to the editing down of this movie (apparently a half hour was cut out of the movie. And while much of that was from pre-earthquake scenes, some involved epilogue content including closure to the seismic researchers subplot and others). Still, the final film is the final film. Well, at least, in this case, mostly, that is. Turns out that, for the 2-night TV version that aired two years later, instead of adding back in deleted scenes (shy one), they actually filmed new material to add in brand new characters and subplots (such as a couple on an airplane trying to land in LA).

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    Additionally, it’s worth noting that this film is why Universal developed the Sensurround audio system, in an effort to use infra bass to help simulate the earthquake audio effects. The subsequent tests caused plaster to fall from the ceiling at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater and resulted in debris nets being installed above the audience for the actual premiere of the film. Other Sensurround stories include the loss of knick-knacks at a store next to a theater in Montana and an intervention by building safety departments in Chicago over structural damage concerns.

    And, of course, one must mention that this is one of John Williams’ trio of disaster scores, alongside Poseidon and Inferno (the latter of which he wrote in the same year as the score for this film).

    So, overall, I’d probably recommend it over some other disaster films of the era. It’s not perfect, and somewhat by the numbers at times, but it works well enough and rarely drags. Sadly, the Universal Studios attraction is no longer around (despite a renovation and rebranding in the late 00's, it was eventually replaced by a Fast & Furious attraction). However, elements of it still exist as part of the studio tour at Universal Studios Hollywood.



    Interesting- did you read the first book before that? I'd be curious to know if the ending reflected the book accurately and, of course, if the book was intentionally setting up a sequel.
     
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  13. pronker

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    We had already seen Earthquake in the duoplex and been suitably scared by the rumbling that echoed in our chests and aching suspense of when will the dam break? sequences. Next week, we went to see https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072703/ Birds Do It, Bees Do It and at the exact moment when Boy Elephant succumbed to Girl Elephant's charms, the Sensurround throbbed throughout the building ...
     
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  14. The2ndQuest

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    I feel bad for the people wondering why they were experiencing fear-inducing bass while watching Benji in the next screen over. ;)
     
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  15. gezvader28

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    and Walter Mathau as an uncredited drunk !
     
  16. Kenneth Morgan

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    Yes, I read the original novel. As I recall, the movie is a pretty close adaptation. And, yes, the book ends just like the movie does, and just as abruptly. The book was written in 1966, and the movie was made in 1970. The Fall of Colossus was published in 1974, so I doubt a sequel was considered at the time.
     
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  17. Rogue1-and-a-half

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    The Climb (2019) – Michael Angelo Covino

    This movie, a kind of post-modern buddy comedy that leans hard into the toxic parts of male friendship, was written by Michael Covino and Kyle Marvin who also play the two main characters, who are, by the way, named Mike & Kyle. Covino, of course, is also in the director’s chair. The film takes place in short vignettes as we follow the “friendship” between Mike & Kyle over a period of several years, a relationship plagued with ups and downs because of, just boiling it down to its most basic parts, just what awful people they are. Mike is the more toxic of the two, or perhaps it would be better to say that he’s the more actively toxic; Kyle’s toxicity is of the more passive kind, when he lets Mike get away with things no one should let anyone get away with and wants Mike’s approval even as he himself realizes that Mike is not a good person.

    This is a movie where your mileage is going to vary on just how much of these characters you can take. They’re obnoxious and frustrating and challenging. But I have to say I really, really went for this movie. It is, for one thing, the funniest movie I’ve seen in a couple of years. I laughed harder and longer at this movie than I have at anything since Toni Erdmann, I’d say. The script is unflinching in the ways it deconstructs these guys and Covino and Marvin give brilliant, warts-and-all performances. Gayle Rankin is particularly excellent as Kyle’s girlfriend, a woman who would just really like the guy she loves to walk away from this insane friendship with Mike. She brings more to the role than the standard girlfriend character and when it comes to really getting awkward and biting and cruel, she can hold her own with Covino & Marvin. This is a film where you’re cringing as hard as you’re laughing and the movie isn’t afraid to just let awkward silences spool out until you want to crawl under your chair. At other times, one or other of the characters just won’t. shut. up. And THAT’s the reason you want to crawl under your chair with empathetic embarrassment. It’s strong medicine. Covino and Marvin could easily have lightened this up and made it more audience friendly by not going quite as dark or quite as pained, but they wrote the movie they wanted to make and audiences are, by and large, not going to love it. But, boy, I did.

    The film also has a surprisingly rich visual identity. The vignettes spool out in really, really long uninterrupted takes. The first one follows our dynamic duo on a bike ride in Italy and is a real masterpiece. Later there’s one that tracks everything that’s going on at a Christmas party through the windows of the small house where the party is, the camera circling around the house like an uninvited guest that can’t find a way in; that one had to be a nightmare. I really loved that the film went all in on its visuals because this is the kind of movie where you often come out raving about the script but have to admit that the visuals are very bland and workmanlike. Not here. Here, everything is working to create a weird, unique take on toxic relationships and arrested male development. Some people are sick of those things as movie subjects, I get it, but they’re done here with more wit and intelligence and vibrancy than I’ve seen them done in a really, really long time. Look, as I so often say when I’m raving about some movie or other, this isn’t for everyone. But, dammit, it’s for me and I loved every second of it. 4 stars.

    tl;dr – weird buddy-comedy deconstructs toxic male relationships in a sharp, often hilarious, cringe-inducing way; a great script, great performances and surprisingly gorgeous visuals. 4 stars.
     
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  18. The2ndQuest

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    He is credited, but under the name "Walter Matuschanskayasky" (apparently it's a joke for which he started rumors that that was his original last name).
     
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  19. Havac

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    The Horse Soldiers. This is not a particularly good movie, but it is not bad, either, and it has a cavalry charge and John Wayne kicking Reb ass for two hours, so I was thoroughly satisfied. Wayne stars as a Union cavalry commander leading a raid into Confederate territory and in constant conflict with the surgeon he’s saddled with, Wiliam Holden, as well as having to restrain a beautiful but hostile Southern belle who overhears their plans and thus has to be dragged along so she can’t sabotage the mission. John Ford resolutely resists romanticizing the South, and the movie is full of solid action. It’s a pretty fun way to pass the time.
     
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  20. Havac

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    My Favorite Year. A loving tribute to the past of both film and television, this is the story of a young writer on a thinly disguised Your Show of Shows who is assigned to babysit the guest star, his idol, Peter O’Toole as an Errol Flynn-type star, now a washed-up alcoholic. The results are an utter delight. O’Toole, who knows something about stardom and something about boozing, is mesmerizingly charismatic in the role as he befriends his young fan and rediscovers a zest for life, and convincingly shambolic as an alcoholic wreck — the real kind, the kind that switches suddenly between apparent functioning and not being able to stand up. The film is hilarious throughout, tapping into that great Jewish comedy tradition (with Mel Brooks apparently producing uncredited). A real gem of a film.
     
  21. Beef_Sweetener

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    Keanu

    It's about a kitten...named Keanu. It's a decent enough comedy. Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele are their usual brilliant selves, and really the driving energy here. Method Man and Will Forte have a couple of great character moments that add to it.

    I liked it. Didn't hate it.
     
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  22. Cynda

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    The movie is loosely based on one of the most successful Union Cavalry raids in the Civil War, Grierson's raid.
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  23. Sith_Sensei__Prime

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    All My Life


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    The trailer gives all the major plot and emotional points of the movie, and yet I still watched the movie. Why? Because we still live in a world of Covid-19 and there isn't much in the way of new films, more particularly, movies I'd want to watch. Anyway, despite the trailer giving all the major points of the film, I wanted to watch the lines that connect those dots and get the full picture.

    All My Life is a character driven film and I bought into those characters. It's the reason why knowing the plot and ending of the film didn't impact my enjoyment of the film. It's about getting to know the characters and watching their story.

    It's not worth the $20 for rental, probably okay for $2.99 though.
     
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  24. Rogue1-and-a-half

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    I thought that movie looked really bad, you know, just a predictable romantic weeper. BUT. Ever since Happy Death Day, I have been all in on Jessica Rothe. So I have been considering it throwing it a watch just for her.
     
  25. Chancellor_Ewok

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    Bedknobs and Broomsticks. It’s not quite on the same level as Mary Poppins, due to the fact it was made just after the death of Walt Disney, but it’s a great Disney movie nevertheless.