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First time viewings + Re-watches December, January, February





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My Darling Clementine 1946 Directed by John Ford
Death Rides a Horse 1967 ‘Da uomo a uomo’ Directed by Giulio Petroni
Companeros 1970 ‘Vamos a matar, compañeros’ Directed by Sergio Corbucci
Queen & Slim 2019 Directed by Melina Matsoukas

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Hombre 1967 Directed by Martin Ritt
Uncle Buck 1989 Directed by John Hughes
The Proposition 2005 Directed by John Hillcoat
Kubo and the Two Strings 2016 Directed by Travis Knight
Hostiles 2017 Directed by Scott Cooper
Honey Boy 2019 Directed by Alma Har’el
Marriage Story 2019 Directed by Noah Baumbach
1917 2019 Directed by Sam Mendes

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+ Bad Day at Black Rock 1955 Directed by John Sturges
+ 3:10 to Yuma 1957 Directed by Delmer Daves
+ Blast of Silence 1961 Directed by Allen Baron
+ The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1962 Directed by John Ford
+ A Bullet for the General 1966 ‘Quién sabe?’ Directed by Damiano Damiani
+ El Dorado 1967 Directed by Howard Hawks
+ A Fistful of Dynamite 1971 ‘Giù la testa’ Directed by Sergio Leone
+ Sleuth 1972 Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
+ St. Elmo’s Fire 1985 Directed by Joel Schumacher
+ Out of the Furnace 2013 Directed by Scott Cooper
+ The Last Black Man in San Francisco 2019 Directed by Joe Talbot
+ Dark Waters 2019 Directed by Todd Haynes
+ Richard Jewell 2019 Directed by Clint Eastwood

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- The Lost Weekend 1945 Directed by Billy Wilder
- The Killers 1946 Directed by Robert Siodmak
- Night and the City 1950 Directed by Jules Dassin
- Last Train from Gun Hill 1959 Directed by John Sturges
- Good Time 2017 Directed by Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie
- Ford v Ferrari 2019 Directed by James Mangold

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Murder, My Sweet 1944 Directed by Edward Dmytryk
Dark Passage 1947 Directed by Delmer Daves
Devil in a Blue Dress 1995 Directed by Carl Franklin
The Peanut Butter Falcon 2019 Directed by Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz
Dolemite Is My Name 2019 Directed by Craig Brewer
Joker 2019 Directed by Todd Phillips
Jojo Rabbit 2019 Directed by Taika Waititi

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+ Winchester ’73 1950 Directed by Anthony Mann
+ The Hill 1965 Directed by Sidney Lumet
+ The Sword of Doom 1966 ‘大菩薩峠’ Directed by Kihachi Okamoto
+ Paper Moon 1973 Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
+ Badlands 1973 Directed by Terrence Malick
+ Dead Man 1995 Directed by Jim Jarmusch
+ The Man Who Wasn’t There 2001 Directed by Joel Coen
+ Uncut Gems 2019 Directed by Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie
+ The Irishman 2019 Directed by Martin Scorsese

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The Gunfighter 1950 Directed by Henry King
The Big Country 1958 Directed by William Wyler
Samurai Rebellion 1967 ‘上意討ち 拝領妻始末’ Directed by Masaki Kobayashi
Piper 2016 Directed by Alan Barillaro
Knives Out 2019 Directed by Rian Johnson



March, 2020 movies watched-

The Tree of Life (2011)
A lot of great things but at least to me there were times it got in over it's head.

The Lighthouse (2019)
Genuinely creepy and it looks great.

Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)
Very enjoyable western thanks to Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn.

Parasite (2019)
The funniest Asian movie I've seen.

Gandhi (1982)
- Amazing portrayal of an amazing man.

The Big Gundown (1966)
A great month going with all very good movies. This time it's spaghetti with Lee Van Cleef.

Babel (2006)
A new favorite and an excellent companion piece to Amores Perros.

My Best Friend (1999)
- Werner Herzog documentary about his relationship with Klaus Kinski.

Jojo Rabbit (2019)
A fine film that's too whimsical for my taste.

Four of the Apocalypse (1975)
- One of the westerns I was most looking forward to-fail!

My Left Foot (1989)
More entertaining and moving than expected.

Snowpiercer (2013)
Not quite for me, but not bad and worth watching.

March viewings-12
2020 viewings-33



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Just realized my last post here was exactly 3 years ago...

March 2020

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
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Bone Tomahawk (2015)
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The Abyss (1989)

Platoon (1986)
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Red River (1948)
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Things to Come (1936)
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Spenser Confidential (2020)
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Parasite (2019)
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Patton (1970)
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American Made (2017)
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Mission Impossible 2 (2000) rewatch

Mission Impossible 3 (2006)
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The Amazing Spider Man (2012)
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The Princess Bride (1987)
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Mission Impossible 4 (2011)

Mission Impossible 5 (2015)

Mission Impossible 6 (2018)

The Scalphunters (1968)
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Sunshine (2007)

Jack Reacher (2012)
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Naked Lunch (1991)
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Secrets & Lies (1996)
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Inglorious Basterds (2009) rewatch
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The Platform (2019)
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The Gentlemen (2019)

My Neighbour Totoro (1988)

Rango (2011) rewatch
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Month Count: 27
Year Count: 47




The Tale of Zatoichi (1962) -

A blind swordsman with abnormally heightened senses gets mixed up in a clan rivalry.

If Zatoichi were alive today, I think he would have a youtube channel full of clickbait titles. BLIND JAPANESE MAN WITH AMAZING SWORDSMANSHIP SHOCKS PASSERSBY

The Eel (1997) -

Years after murdering his adulterous wife, an emotionally detached man attempts to start a new life post-improsonment. There's a great cast of eccentrics, and a tone that ranges from dismal and sad to dryly funny.

Parasite (2019) -

A smart, desperate poor family cons their way into the employ of an extremely gullible rich family. Very entertaining and unpredictable story with a lot of clever comedy and Hitchcockian tension.

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)
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Very unorthodox storytelling. It feels clunky, but in a good way; unusual and largely unpredictable. It's far from perfect, but I doubt something this free-spirited was at all interested in being a cohesive tale. It seems more about flexing the creative personality behind the tale, and telling its story in a way that no others would. I was expecting a dry and serious attempt to be 'badass,' but ended up laughing more than I have at a movie in a long time. The rhythmic stick fighting instructional killed me. A new favorite.

Black Rain (1989) -

Two NYPD cops botch transporting a wanted Yakuza member back to Japan, and must treat every member of the Japanese police like they're stuck-up bureaucrats that just don't understand real bloody-knuckled policework. The Japanese-New York cop dichotomy is embarrassing to watch at first (especially when Andy Garcia partakes in nightclub karaoke to loosen up his new partner), but it has a great dark & steamy late-80s vibe with exactly the kind of airy percussion & Eastern plucky score you'd expect.




First time viewings + Re-watches March


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Tom Horn 1980 Directed by William Wiard
Clue 1985 Directed by Jonathan Lynn

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Johnny Guitar 1954 Directed by Nicholas Ray
Day of Anger 1967 ‘I giorni dell'ira’ Directed by Tonino Valerii
Shane 1953 Directed by George Stevens

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Viva Zapata! 1952 Directed by Elia Kazan
Seven Men from Now 1956 Directed by Budd Boetticher
The Tall T 1957 Directed by Budd Boetticher
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Directed by John Sturges
The Professionals 1966 Directed by Richard Brooks
Face to Face 1967 ‘Faccia a faccia’ Directed by Sergio Sollima
They Call Me Trinity 1970 ‘Lo chiamavano Trinità...’ Directed by Enzo Barboni
The Missouri Breaks 1976 Directed by Arthur Penn
The Shootist 1976 Directed by Don Siegel
Miracle Mile 1988 Directed by Steve De Jarnatt
Unedited Footage of a Bear 2014 Directed by Alan Resnick, Ben O’Brien
Triple Frontier 2019 Directed by J.C. Chandor
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 2019 Directed by J.J. Abrams
Rambo: Last Blood 2019 Directed by Adrian Grunberg
Bad Boys for Life 2020 Directed by Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah

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+ The 39 Steps 1935 Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
+ Ride Lonesome 1959 Directed by Budd Boetticher

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Kiss Me Deadly 1955 Directed by Robert Aldrich
Little Big Man 1970 Directed by Arthur Penn
The Good, The Bad, The Weird 2008 ‘좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈’ Directed by Kim Jee-woon

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+ The Roaring Twenties 1939 Directed by Raoul Walsh
+ My Name Is Nobody 1973 ‘Il mio nome è Nessuno’ Directed by Tonino Valerii
+ Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid 1973 Directed by Sam Peckinpah
+ The Gentlemen 2019 Directed by Guy Ritchie
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The Straight Story 1999 Directed by David Lynch



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April 2020


Je vous salue, Sarajevo (1993)

World of Tomorrow (2015)
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A Knight's Tale (2001) rewatch
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Star Trek Beyond (2016)
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Talking Funny (2011)

Django (1966) rewatch
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Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola (1967)

E Dio disse a Caino (1970)
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Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

The Conjuring (2013)
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Meek's Cutoff (2010)

The Grey Fox (1982)
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Dirty Little Billy (1972)
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Errementari (2017)

Murder, my sweet (1944)
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Month Count: 15
Year Count: 62



April, 2020 movies watched-

Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Too much that's average to make it a great movie but it's an incredible true story.

Winchester '73 (1950) Repeat
I don't know how I couldn't see how good this was the first time.

The Searchers (1956) Repeat
All these years I went around saying I didn't like this movie. Unbelievable.

Dirty Little Billy (1972)
+ A grungy look at the early life of Billy the Kid.

Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Very funny and I loved the characters.

The Furies (1950)
+ Barbara Stanwyck and Walter Huston kill it in this melodramatic western.

Vera Cruz (1954)
- Entertaining as Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster work well together.

Duck, You Sucker! (1971)
2 1/2 hours worth of killing and explosions.

High Plains Drifter (1973) Repeat
Good, but not as good as I remembered.

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) Repeat
Great action, characters, and one-liners.

The Dark Valley (2014)
- Grim and violent western.

Run of the Arrow (1957)
Dated but not a bad watch.

The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008)
Doesn't even suit my taste but it's still a lot of fun.

The Hangman (1959)
No action, no bad guys, all good.

Stagecoach (1939) Repeat
Better for me the 2nd time around but it looks like I'll need a 3rd.

Voyage to Agatis (2010)
An extreme film that I thought was good for it's intended audience only.

April viewings-16
2020 viewings-49



The Searchers (1956) Repeat
All these years I went around saying I didn't like this movie. Unbelievable.
I’d be damned.

Maybe one day I will like it too. Oh no.



The Tale of Zatoichi (1962) -

A blind swordsman with abnormally heightened senses gets mixed up in a clan rivalry.

If Zatoichi were alive today, I think he would have a youtube channel full of clickbait titles. BLIND JAPANESE MAN WITH AMAZING SWORDSMANSHIP SHOCKS PASSERSBY
Any plans to continue with the series?

I've seen the first twelve Zatoichi movies, and yet I'm not even halfway through the series. It's remarkable that they were able to churn out multiple films a year for a decade plus and yet maintain such a consistent level of quality. Only problem for me is that the basic template is the same for nearly every film, so at this point they've all blurred together in my memory. I keep returning to the series just for Shintaro Katsu's portrayal of the blind swordsman/masseuse -- charming and self-deprecating one moment, then in a flash he's stabbed six Yakuza to death with his cane. I'm surprised his eyes didn't end up permanently stuck in the back of his head from all the times he played the character.
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Any plans to continue with the series?

I've seen the first twelve Zatoichi movies, and yet I'm not even halfway through the series. It's remarkable that they were able to churn out multiple films a year for a decade plus and yet maintain such a consistent level of quality. Only problem for me is that the basic template is the same for nearly every film, so at this point they've all blurred together in my memory. I keep returning to the series just for Shintaro Katsu's portrayal of the blind swordsman/masseuse -- charming and self-deprecating one moment, then in a flash he's stabbed six Yakuza to death with his cane. I'm surprised his eyes didn't end up permanently stuck in the back of his head from all the times he played the character.

I'll probably watch more eventually. Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo peaks my interest, as well as the '89 one. I did like Katsu in the role. Do you have any particular recommendations, despite them blurring together?



I'll probably watch more eventually. Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo peaks my interest, as well as the '89 one. I did like Katsu in the role. Do you have any particular recommendations, despite them blurring together?
Fight, Zatoichi, Fight -- #8 in the series -- is my favorite so far. The blind swordsman finds himself responsible for the well-being of a newborn. Sounds like it'd be very comical (and there's certainly some humor, like Zatoichi offering his nipple for the child to nurse), but overall it's quite poignant and melancholic. More than any other entry I've seen to this point, I feel like #8 provides the most depth for the titular character.





Recent Viewings:
(Rewatch) A Serious Man ( Coen, 2009)-
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Uncut Gems (Safdie, 2019)-
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Truman Show (Weir, 1998)-



Been a while since I did this

This isn't everything I've seen, just a selection.

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (Tarantino, 2019)
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La Grande Illusion (Renoir, 1937)

Senna (Kapadia, 2010)
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Lady Bird (Gerwig, 2017)
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Green Book (Farrelly, 2018)
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The Hustle (Addison, 2019)

The Fugitive (Davis, 1993)

Jojo Rabbit (Waititi, 2019)

Avengers: Endgame (Russos, 2019)
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Men in Black: International (Gray, 2019)
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Mary Poppins Returns (Marshall, 2018)
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Zootropolis (Howard, Moore & Bush, 2016)
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Captain Marvel (Boden & Fleck, 2019)
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Knives Out (Johnson, 2019)

A Quiet Place (Krasinski, 2018)

Doctor Strange (Derrickson, 2016)

The Theory of Everything (Marsh, 2014)

Moana (Clements, Musker, Hall & Williams, 2016)

Rocketman (Fletcher, 2019)
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Justice League (Snyder, 2017)

Dunkirk (Nolan, 2017)

Thor: Ragnarok (Waititi, 2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (Gunn, 2017)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (Watts, 2017)
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Spider-Man: Far from Home (Watts, 2019)

Black Panther (Coogler, 2018)

21 Bridges (Kirk, 2019)

Aquaman (Wan, 2018)
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Ready Player One (Spielberg, 2018)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Kasdan, 2017)

Jumanji: The Next Level (Kasdan, 2019)

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Dougherty, 2019)



May, 2020 movies watched-

Devil's Doorway (1950)
+ A good western that was more sad than anything else.

The Player (1992)
Was never even interested in seeing this and I thought it was brilliant.

Hannie Caulder (1971)
- Not sure how good it really is but I liked it a lot.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) Repeat
+ Hard to believe I thought it was average the 1st time when it suits me so well.

Tears of the Black Tiger (2000)
Thai film from the westerns list that's very different.

There Was a Crooked Man (1970)
Uneven, but very entertaining with a great cast.

The Spanish Chainsaw Massacre (2017)
Plenty sick but too amateurish to be effective.

The Wild Bunch (1969) Repeat
I don't know if it's the best western but to me it's the baddest.

Les Miserables (1935)
Not too shabby for a blind watch. I watched it twice.

The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
+ Hard not to like even though it's not my style.

Predestination (2014)
The best mind blower I've seen since Kill List.

Debris Documentar (2003)
Something must be wrong with me for even watching this.

The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
+ In a way, it's the most impressed I've been with director Sam Peckinpah.

Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972)
The best women in prison film I've seen.

My Name is Nobody (1973)
Occasionally the quirk is too much for me but it's a good movie.

May viewings-15
2020-64



Kiss of the Dragon (2001) -

Jet Li beats everyone at rock paper scissors by always choosing paper.

Fight Zatoichi Fight (1964) -

Zatoichi attempts to keep a baby away from sharp objects. Rural Japan is much more photogenic than in the first movie, and sword waving takes a backseat to a stronger dramatic story (save for some unfortunate potty humor).




The Art of Self Defense (2019) -

A dark comedy about an insecure young man seeking empowerment at a karate dojo after being mugged. It's Kaurismaki-level deadpan; little to no music, asperger dialogue, and unemotive characters. That may alienate many expecting something more quirky going by the trailer. It's full of silly, relatable martial arts gym cliches and in it's odd way, points out problems with some martial arts schools (such as cult-like gym loyalty, abusive instructors, and over-emphasizing ranks).



Images (1972) -

A married woman travels to the countryside to unwind, but is met with worsening hallucinations that prey on guilt and fear. It's a well-made descent into madness that tries to blur the line between reality and the lead's delirium.

Virus (1999) -

Several caricatures with questionable accents board a big boat infested with the contents of Shinya Tsukamoto's dumpster. It's a high-budget b-movie. Aliens on a ship. An hour and a half cliche. Every character needs to be described in one brief sentence or less. It's silly, but not altogether boring.


God Told Me To (1976) -

Random well-to-do citizens start going on murder-sprees claiming that God told them to. The story starts as a sort of crime drama, and progressively gets more unusual. I'm glad it took outlandish risks, and didn't stay in safe pedestrian thriller territory.


Hrafninn flygur / When the Raven Flies (1984)
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Viking Yojimbo seeks retribution for his murdered family via cunning plan. The setting feels very authentic with grimy costumes & dwellings, beautiful establishing shots, and less than beautiful humans. Then there's a cool but repetitive prog rock soundtrack.








Thank you to @Captain Spaulding and @Wine cellar Joe for the recommendations!



June, 2020 movies watched-

Queen & Slim (2019)
+ A good movie though not particularly memorable.

The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
- Much better than expected.

Uncut Gems (2019)
+ Me loving this movie was very predictable.

The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019)
Doggie bring tears.

Slow West (2015)
Nice tight western with an ending that made a difference.

Paris, Texas (1984)
A great movie but I didn't take it as the masterpiece I had hoped for.

Mid90's (2018)
Authentic and funny coming of age film.

Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972)
Good but not as good as the first.

North to Alaska (1960)
Lighthearted and likable John Wayne movie.

Adam's Apples (2005)
One of the best dark comedies I've ever seen.

Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)
Disappointing given the director and cast.

Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (1973)
On par with the 1st of the series.

Vigilante (1982) Repeat
Decent trashy fun.

Ran (1985)
Amazing spectacle.

Crawl (2019)
Cheap thrills.

June viewings-15
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