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Had an Anne Francis double-feature, both showing her when she was very young and almost unbelievably good-looking. One is a classic, the other less so, but still watchable. I'll start with the latter.

So Young So Bad (1950)

Early 50's delinquent girls semi-exploitation film made less trashy by the good acting and the direction the movie takes. Paul Henreid of all people plays a psychiatrist who works at a girl's reform school who observes the cruel treatment of the young ladies. It's seen by the school-runner as justified punishment. His cohort is an abusive nurse who is not above taking a fire hose to the young women, almost drowning them. There are escapes, a suicide, a dance with a group from a boy's school, an investigation, and unrequited love. There are some familiar faces in the cast, including a beautiful young Anne Francis who has had a baby out of wedlock and wants nothing to do with the child. All of the above sounds terribly sleazy but it doesn't play like that at all and I got hooked on it.





Forbidden Planet (1956) Re-watch

Watched this film again because of a certain "Best-Of" list going on in the boards. This is the classic film about a space trip from Earth to Altair IV to investigate the disappearance of a planetary expedition sent there some years before. The captain, played a young and very serious Leslie Nielsen, and his crew are greeted by Robby the Robot, who takes three of them right away to meet Dr. Morbius (played by Walter Pidgeon). He is widowed but has a grown daughter, played by the luscious Anne Francis who walks around in a barely-there mini-skirt. She is immediately courted by two of the men who are instantly smitten but she finds she prefers the captain. It turns out her father, Morbius is the only survivor of a disaster of sorts that he remains vague about, until it is too late and the danger once again shows up in a very lethal form and puts everyone in peril. Morbius, of course, holds the secret.

The effects may be a bit iffy by today's standards but I loved them. There is no music score to speak of, just moody "electronic tonalities" by two composers, who do awesome classic work in providing an eerie sci-fi feel to the movie. The sets are fine and the look of Altair IV is just what a science fiction film of the 50's should look like. A wonderful movie and highly entertaining.



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Forbidden Planet (1956) Re-watch
Oh, man, I haven't watched this one in years. Re-adding to my queue.
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Thief - 7/10

This could have been really great. I think James Caan was excellent. Too much 80s sensationalism -- crap blowing up, shootings, chases.. Some of the dialogue, his reasoning, explanations of his life was really good. I don't think the "family thing" was well established, so it didn't affect me later in the movie.

And the end song is a complete ripoff of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" which was released months before they started the movie.

I hear where you're coming from with the 80's feel, however I watched this flick in the theater when it came out, and at the time it was pretty awesome. I rewatched this one fairly recently, and yeah, it hasn't aged well. Caan is still my man, and Rollerball is still one of my guilty pleasures.



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Split (2017)


Well.....gotta admit I didn't see that coming. Avoiding the obvious spoilers for now all I'll say is James McAvoy kills it in this movie with the different personalities. Easily M Night's best movie since Signs, but Signs is still my personal favorite of his.
I am so looking forward to this one. I bristle knowing it's a Shalalalaman flick, however McAvoy looks great. I did read a spoiler on the big twist, and now I'm more interested.



LA LA Land

I don't consider myself to be one who hates musicals, and I understand that you hold the acting to separate standards, but I was deeply underwhelmed with this movie. Ryan Gosling isn't much of a singer and I though Emma Stone was mugging to the camera for two hours. Visually the film is gorgeous and I enjoyed some of the humor. The movie isn't bad per say and I still have two more best picture films to check out but for me this was the weakest of the nominated films.

Don't get me wrong, it's a good movie but if it wasn't an Oscar nominee I think I would watch it once and never think about it again.

7/10



I am so looking forward to this one. I bristle knowing it's a Shalalalaman flick, however McAvoy looks great.
Don't avoid it just because it's a Shyamalan film. The direction is great and the characters are much more believable than some of Shyamalan's other creations. And of course McAvoy is simply amazing and worth the cost of admission alone.



Fallen Angel (1945)

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This is a pretty good looking movie that is somewhat entertaining with some ok characters and dialogue. For something on the top 100 noirs list, I expected more. I didn't like the main character, a drifter/con-artist type played by Dana Andrews. I thought he was more of an annoying weasel than a guy with a big personality or a sinister side. Probably due to how I felt about that character, I thought the film lacked believability.



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I hear where you're coming from with the 80's feel, however I watched this flick in the theater when it came out, and at the time it was pretty awesome. I rewatched this one fairly recently, and yeah, it hasn't aged well. Caan is still my man, and Rollerball is still one of my guilty pleasures.
Do you know any other good movies with Caan? I saw "The Gambler" - liked it. I think I'm looking for the same character, it was great, almost wished there was a follow-up!



Do you know any other good movies with Caan? I saw "The Gambler" - liked it. I think I'm looking for the same character, it was great, almost wished there was a follow-up!
May I recommend some James Caan performances? They're not all great movies, but Caan's performance makes them worth watching:

Thief
Mickey Blue Eyes
Cinderella Liberty
Honeymoon in Vegas
Misery
Kiss Me Goodbye
Hide in Plain Sight
For the Boys
Rollerball
The Godfather



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Ordinary People (1980)

10th re-watch in honor of Mary Tyler Moore...RIP, Mary.
One of the best movies I've ever seen.



T2 Trainspotting




I'm always nervous about returning to classics, especially after so long. But I enjoyed this so much more than I was expecting! The original will always be the best but this really did it justice. Paid homage to the original just enough without overdoing it. Really good.



T2 Trainspotting




I'm always nervous about returning to classics, especially after so long. But I enjoyed this so much more than I was expecting! The original will always be the best but this really did it justice. Paid homage to the original just enough without overdoing it. Really good.
I heard about a sequel, but didn't even know it was made already.