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I'd have recommended it to SL even if I do dislike it. In fact, I think I had it on my 60's recommendations list. It is boring, though and I hate Lee Marvin in everything.
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Anatomy of a Murder -
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Excellent film. I don't have much to say about it right now because i'd mostly like to talk about the plot and i can't be bothered with spoiler tags atm. All i'll say is that i would be shocked if this doesn't end up on my 50s list.



The Tailor of Panama (2001)

Nice black comedy/espionage film with Pierce Brosnan as a disgraced spy for MI6 who is sent to Panama on a mission to keep him busy instead of punishing him. Once there, his superior has him looking for something/anything that will bring cachet back to MI6 and Britain. Brosnan discovers an actual tailor (Geoffrey Rush) who crafts handmade wardrobes for all the powerful government people in Panama. Brosnan blackmails Rush and has him getting "secrets" from them for he can deliver them back to Britain. The thing is, Rush (and this is no spoiler, it's obvious from the get-go) makes up almost everything, but it sounds so juicy that Brosnan doesn't care if it's lies or not. Until he does. The back-and-forth of stories and the "are they lies or aren't they" scenes in the film are hilarious. Brosnan and Rush make a great, albeit unlikely, team. Jamie Lee Curtis plays Rush's wife who works for the Panamanian president, who has secrets of her own. Brendan Gleeson and Leonor Varela have excellent supporting roles as friends of Rush's who figure into Rush's tales and may or may not be involved in reality. This movie is pure entertainment, lots of fun, and well worth your time. Everyone is excellent, but I give the main props here to Geoffrey Rush. Fine directing by John Boorman.





Rio Bravo (1959 Rewatch---first time since childhood)

Super fun Western that is widely regarded as one of the finest ever. I don't know if I'd go that far but it is hugely entertaining. This is the first of a sort-of trilogy that has the same basic story, with all three directed over the years by Howard Hawks. John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson, Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond, Claude Akins, and John Russell all star with the first five stars featuring prominently. The tale (like the others) involves a lawman, a drunk, an old deputy, and a young gun, who all band together to keep a killer in jail while the jail comes under siege by the killer's family and hired guns. Of course, since Dean and Ricky are in it, there's time for a couple of songs. They don't just break into songs for no reason. I't s when they're holed up in the jail that Dean and Ricky team up for a couple of old trail-songs. The only fairly slow part of the movie but it's saved when Walter Brennan joins in with his harmonica and "sings" a few notes. Great stuff all-around.





The Kingdom (2007)

A small group of government agents are sent from the U.S. to a Middle Eastern country to investigate the mass murder of American soldiers and their families and the bombing of a nearby American building and run into interference at almost every step. The agents are played by Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Chris Cooper, and Jason Bateman and they all do a good job. But the movie is practically stolen by an actor named Ashraf Barhom, who plays the team's guide in the foreign country. It takes a little time for them to warm up to each other, but Barhom's character ends up indispensable to the team. Fine acting and a lot of action make up for a winning movie.



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Broken Arrow (1996) -


What a weird sequel to Pump Up the Volume.
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Forsaken (2015) -

I didnt expect much from this movie but i give it a watch anyway to see something diffrent and not perfect all the time. I think this movie had potential, but i think it was too short and the main two charathers played by Kiefer Sutherland( John Henry Clayton, Son) and Donald Sutherland (William Clayton, Father) didnt do good, sometimes Kiefer got a few good scenes but that was all. The only charather and the actor i liked was Michael Wincott (Gentelman Dave Turner). There were some decent scenary in the movie too. All to say dont expect much from it, beacuse you will be dissapointed ...



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Darkman -


WARNING: "Darkman" spoilers below
TAKE THE F***ING ELEPHANT



West Side Story: a ten-rating, as usual.
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THE JUNGLE BOOK
(2016)


This was truly an incredible movie experience. Even though the film is a remake of the classic animated film, the fact it's live action makes it stand alone.



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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl-

A well crafted film that isn't very likable. It's really about a whiny introverted high schooler who becomes a real person with the help of his Magical Negro friend and Manic Pixie Dream Dying Girl. And the film still has the nerve to pat itself on the back for not using YA tropes. Great filmmaking and some fantastic scenes, though.

Infinitely Polar Bear-

A great Mark Ruffalo performance in a movie that gets no reaction out of me otherwise. Totally okay. The story moves in circles and cannot justify its already short runtime.

Oblivion-

I know I like it, but I have no idea how much I like it. Good performances, amazing visual effects, one of the best soundtracks of the 2010's, and an engaging enough plot to keep me invested in the twists. It's also very slow and talky and kind of boring for a Tom Cruise sci-fi movie, with clunky execution of the plot and a lack of original ideas. Not everyone will enjoy this.



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Midnight Special

I've yet to see Mud, or Shotgun Stories for that matter, but Take Shelter I found to be extremely well taut, showing signs of an independent filmmaker taking bold chances with a story about a man that sincerely wants to prove he isn't suffering from schizophrenia. It's a beautiful story, with an ending that vindicates his beliefs. As for Midnight Special, Jeff Nichols is aiming for the stars.

The story revolves around a family hell bent on getting their son, who seemingly has supernatural powers, to a location that I won't spoil. It's partially a chase film, with the family trying to evade the FBI and a cult, killing whoever comes in their way. Surprises come and linger and ask you whether you know what's gonna happen next. I dare you to try and guess. Chances are it'll be the complete opposite of what you believe to be happening.

One thing that should be mentioned is not only Michael Shannon's performance, which is as good as a Michael Shannon performance gets, the young Jaeden Lieberher puts in a heart-rendering performance as Alton, the young boy with much more going on than what's led to believe at first. Joel Edgerton is great as an ex-state trooper helping his bestfriend get his son to a certain destination, and Kirsten Dunst finds her footing towards the end.

All In All, what I think Midnight Special lacks is what it ultimately doesn't care about, which is a coherent all-answering story. It doesn't leave many answers available but then again maybe that's the entire point. B






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The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)




This is known as one of the worst ever best picture winners, and it's IMDb rating of 6.7 would seem to back that up. Despite my opinion that this movie fell way short of it's potential, I still think it has a lot to offer. It's a very lavish production, with the circus being the backdrop for the drama between various characters. It's got a nice cast with Charlton Heston, Jimmy Stewart, Cornel Wilde, and Betty Hutton giving solid performances. There's plenty going on for it's 2 1/2 hour runtime, but it could have been even better in just about every regard. I mean this could have been really great, but at the same time I would say it's a little underrated.



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A Woman Under The Influence - 10/10

I watched it with my cousin, had to pause every minute to answer a question, explain something. It was fun.



The King of Comedy (1982)

Fine Martin Scorsese film that is rare in that it's a black comedy from the maestro of the dark drama and it totally works. Robert de Niro shines as Rupert Pupkin, an unsuccessful comic who covets his favorite star, talk-show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis, satirizing his own image, or basically playing himself, you decide). Pupkin wants to get on Langford's show and is constantly given the runaround by everyone involved with the show. This forces Pupkin to go to extreme measures. Pupkin's friend, Masha (Sandra Bernhard), is on hand, and she is also extremely enamored of Langford. While not a laugh-a-minute type of movie, I had a smile on my face all the way through. One of my favorite scenes has Jerry hurrying down the street, being met at a busy crosswalk by an older lady fan who wants an autograph, only to refuse her because he's late for an appointment. The lady, who had professed to be a huge fan then tells Jerry, "I hope you die of cancer!" I saw an interview with Jerry Lewis where he said that, although in a different setting, this story was true. Funny stuff. Excellent movie.





Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953 re-watch)

The A&B movies are kind of 50/50 in their hilarity value for me, although I'm still a big fan of theirs. This one, although I hadn't seen it since I was a kid, is pretty dang funny. It's fast-paced and that helps a lot. Bud and Lou are "on loan" as bobbies to the London police (how this came about, we're not told) in the late 1800's and of course muck things up royally. They're fired and have time to hunt down the local serial killer, in the form of Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jekyll is played by Boris Karloff, who is clearly having a lot of fun. He doesn't play the Mr. Hyde character, who is played by an uncredited actor named Eddie Parker. Lots of great A&B gags and earnest acting by Karloff and support by Craig Stevens who played Detective Peter Gunn in late 1950's television. A must-see for fans of Abbott and Costello.





West of Zanzibar (1928)

Excellent Lon Chaney silent flick with Chaney as a magician who thinks his wife is cheating on him with Lionel Barrymore. Barrymore becomes responsible for Chaney getting crippled and Chaney sets out for revenge. In the ensuing years, Chaney moves to Africa and practically becomes a king over a local tribe. He learns that Barrymore is in the ivory trade and he sets up a plan to sell him ivory while really waiting to get his vengeance. Meanwhile, he has had the daughter that Barrymore and Chaney's late wife apparently had put in a brothel for almost twenty years. Chaney is really angry! One of his assistants doesn't approve of his methods and sets out to stop him. The natives are restless and Chaney must keep them in line while he plots and plans. The daughter, all grown up now, shows up. Barrymore shows up and the heat is on. Everyone does a fine job here, but Chaney is the star, sometimes in a wheelchair, sometimes dragging himself around on his dead legs. He was the ultimate performer, giving his all with makeup, stunts, and sometimes people forget he could really act. Fine stuff.






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Brooklyn (2015)

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There wouldn't seem to be much here for me that suits my taste. Combine that with a slow moving and fairly subtle style, and the odds were long against me enjoying it. In the beginning, I was kept in it by how extremely well made and finely acted it is, and then it won me over with it's warmth. I thought the lead actress was fantastic.