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    The King’s Man (HBOMax)

    In the early years of the 20th century, the Kingsman agency is formed to stand against a cabal plotting a war to wipe out millions.

    A bloody mess of a movie, literally and figuratively. Darker than its predecessors, tried too hard. It wasn’t a fun action movie, which goes against the first two movies’ ambience. It’s ok, overall, but the contrast is overwhelming, IMO. Go with what works. That being said, the buildup to the first fight scene is ok. and that first fight scene is insane (which should have been the norm). They strayed. Give it a go if you are completionist, but other than that? Pass.

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    Halloween Kills (Netflix disc):

    The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode continues in the next thrilling chapter of the Halloween series.

    Forgot to remove this from my queue due to a previous review in this thread, but went ahead and watched it anyways. It is everything the first Halloween was not. It had some elements of the shadow games, but so much more gore. The lack of the latter is what made me LOVE the first Halloween. It messed with your mind. Then it got all self-important and preachy at the end…ugh. Unless your curiosity exceeds your taste for this franchise, don’t bother.

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    Last Man Down (Netflix streaming):

    John Wood left the pieces of a broken civilisation behind, to go back to his roots in the woodland, after a virus pandemic struck the world.

    “Bloodsport” had better acting, and actually was a better movie, no snark, overall. I think that is all that needs to be said, other than it can’t even reach the level of “great sh*y movie like “Bloodsport” was.

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    The King’s Man (HBOMax)

    In the early years of the 20th century, the Kingsman agency is formed to stand against a cabal plotting a war to wipe out millions.

    A bloody mess of a movie, literally and figuratively. Darker than its predecessors, tried too hard. It wasn’t a fun action movie, which goes against the first two movies’ ambience. It’s ok, overall, but the contrast is overwhelming, IMO. Go with what works. That being said, the buildup to the first fight scene is ok. and that first fight scene is insane (which should have been the norm). They strayed. Give it a go if you are completionist, but other than that? Pass.

    As a fan of the first two movies and a fan of Ralph Fiennes I was very interested in watching it. Like you I was disappointed in it very much. I was at least expecting Fiennes to carry himself much like Colin Firth did in the other movies but Fiennes played pretty much the straight man. Disappointing for sure.

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    LBJ (Netflix disc):

    Lyndon B. Johnson aligns himself with John F. Kennedy, rises to the Presidency, and deals with the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.

    Woody Harrelson was great in this. Underrated actor (if one really looks at that statement) IMO. It doesn’t glorify LBJ, he was kind of an a-hole, but doesn’t necessarily vilify him, either. He was forced into a very volatile and fluid situation, and had to deal with it. This is not overly dramatic, doesn’t draw things out (100 minute movie). Would definitely give it a watch.

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    I’ll be first in line for Bullet Train! I love me some beat up Brad! Poor baby, let mommy kiss that boo-boo. :biggrin2:

    Very Tarantino.

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    Saw The Batman last night, very good. Not surprisingly Paul Dano is killer. Pack a lunch, it’s almost 3 hours.

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    Just got home from it. Really really good. Not Dark Knight levels but closer to it than I expected. Second best Batman movie I’ve ever seen.

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    Beauner wrote:


    Just got home from it. Really really good. Not Dark Knight levels but closer to it than I expected. Second best Batman movie I’ve ever seen.

    Agreed. Really liked it. It was a bit long and more like a crime drama or murder mystery. Only recall one or two big fights and the car scene so different than other ones. Overall, really good!

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    Beauner wrote:


    Just got home from it. Really really good. Not Dark Knight levels but closer to it than I expected. Second best Batman movie I’ve ever seen.

    I would agree with this

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    Beauner wrote:


    Just got home from it. Really really good. Not Dark Knight levels but closer to it than I expected. Second best Batman movie I’ve ever seen.

    That begs the question, which was the best? IMO, Dark Knight and Dark Night Rises are 1-2…..

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    Beauner wrote:


    Just got home from it. Really really good. Not Dark Knight levels but closer to it than I expected. Second best Batman movie I’ve ever seen.

    That begs the question, which was the best? IMO, Dark Knight and Dark Night Rises are 1-2…..

    My top 3 are Dark Knight, The Batman, and Dark Knight Rises/Batman Begins are neck and neck for third.

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    Beauner wrote:


    The Rube wrote:


    Beauner wrote:


    Just got home from it. Really really good. Not Dark Knight levels but closer to it than I expected. Second best Batman movie I’ve ever seen.

    That begs the question, which was the best? IMO, Dark Knight and Dark Night Rises are 1-2…..

    My top 3 are Dark Knight, The Batman, and Dark Knight Rises/Batman Begins are neck and neck for third.

    Without having seen The Batman (obviously), I’m guessing that is where I will land, also.

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    Last time I saw Batman…it was Michael Keaton. I have a lot of catching up to do.

    Hi Steve. I’ve got a wallet. I like pizza.

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    Last time I saw Batman…it was Michael Keaton. I have a lot of catching up to do.

    Hi Steve. I’ve got a wallet. I like pizza.

    The Nolan trilogy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises) give the original Star Wars trilogy a run for its money as a whole, IMO. Friggin’ epic.

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    The first half of The Dark Knight is nearly flawless. Then the Joker is arrested, and everything goes downhill fast. The dialogue is cringingly bad. The turn of Dent awkward and rushed. Basically it is just another superhero movie, when the first half truly felt like something that was elevated out of that genre. It doesn’t quite ruin the movie for me, but it does mean that Batman Begins is my favorite. They especially nail the dark and seedy nature of Gotham in that one, too. I am looking forward to The Batman. I like Pattinson; feel it has been unfair that some pigeon hole him into his twilight character.

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    The first half of The Dark Knight is nearly flawless. Then the Joker is arrested, and everything goes downhill fast. The dialogue is cringingly bad. The turn of Dent awkward and rushed. Basically it is just another superhero movie, when the first half truly felt like something that was elevated out of that genre. It doesn’t quite ruin the movie for me, but it does mean that Batman Begins is my favorite. They especially nail the dark and seedy nature of Gotham in that one, too. I am looking forward to The Batman. I like Pattinson; feel it has been unfair that some pigeon hole him into his twilight character.

    What really throws a wrench into things is Leto’s Joker. At first, I hated it, but in THAT world, the way Joker was portrayed made sense, BUT they didn’t expand the character. Given all the variations with the Batman franchise, you are almost forced to pick and choose highlights.

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    The Batman would be a borderline great movie without Batman. The character is given a bizarre turn in the final third that makes me question the writer’s actual level of love of the character. You combine this with a three hour run time and the final act and despite whatever box office it garners, I question where it leaves this incarnation of Batman.

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    The Rube wrote:


    Karlsson wrote:


    The first half of The Dark Knight is nearly flawless. Then the Joker is arrested, and everything goes downhill fast. The dialogue is cringingly bad. The turn of Dent awkward and rushed. Basically it is just another superhero movie, when the first half truly felt like something that was elevated out of that genre. It doesn’t quite ruin the movie for me, but it does mean that Batman Begins is my favorite. They especially nail the dark and seedy nature of Gotham in that one, too. I am looking forward to The Batman. I like Pattinson; feel it has been unfair that some pigeon hole him into his twilight character.

    What really throws a wrench into things is Leto’s Joker. At first, I hated it, but in THAT world, the way Joker was portrayed made sense, BUT they didn’t expand the character. Given all the variations with the Batman franchise, you are almost forced to pick and choose highlights.

    I’d imagine the favor ratings of Ledger’s Joker to Leto’s is at least 5 to 1 and rightfully so. But to each their own.

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    Don’t get me wrong, Ledger’s Joker is untouchable. Leto’s Joker is under-rated. :)

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    Don’t get me wrong, Ledger’s Joker is untouchable. Leto’s Joker is under-rated. :)

    IMHO He’s under-rated because he was ridiculously under-utilized.

    I will say, I thought Paul Dano’s Riddler is exceptionally good. He was the perfect combination of brilliant and creepy. He’s not QUITE at Ledger’s Joker level but he’s definitely my second favorite Batman movie villain we’ve seen so far and it isn’t even close, and when I watch it again he may well end up passing him up. Everything about the way he played the character, IMO, was perfectly done.

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    Batman Begins is my favorite of the three Nolan movies. Dark Knight is a close second. Dark Knight Rises is easily third for me. My biggest problem with #3 was I was expecting a final face off (no pun intended) between Batman and Bane. Instead he was taken out by the batcycle ridden by Catwoman. I really wanted to see some sort of fight that involved ripping Bane’s mask of as the final blow.

    I’ll probably end up seeing The Batman but am in no rush.

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    The Elite Squad (Netflix disc):

    In 1997 Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his position while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope visits.

    Subtitled, so viewer beware, but great movie about how the system works, and such. Character-driven, lots of action and moving parts. Great ending, obviously won’t spoil it, but….dang….

    This really pries into a person’s character and mentality, IMO. Def worth a watch.

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    The Elite Squad (Netflix disc):

    In 1997 Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his position while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope visits.

    Subtitled, so viewer beware, but great movie about how the system works, and such. Character-driven, lots of action and moving parts. Great ending, obviously won’t spoil it, but….dang….

    This really pries into a person’s character and mentality, IMO. Def worth a watch.

    I LOVED this movie. This was my introduction to Wagner Moura as well…who ended up playing Pablo Escobar expertly on Narcos years later.

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    The Rube wrote:


    The Elite Squad (Netflix disc):

    In 1997 Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his position while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope visits.

    Subtitled, so viewer beware, but great movie about how the system works, and such. Character-driven, lots of action and moving parts. Great ending, obviously won’t spoil it, but….dang….

    This really pries into a person’s character and mentality, IMO. Def worth a watch.

    I LOVED this movie. This was my introduction to Wagner Moura as well…who ended up playing Pablo Escobar expertly on Narcos years later.

    Yep, he’s been in a couple things I’ve seen since I watched Narcos. Talented guy.

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    Never Back Down Revolt (Netflix Streaming):

    A woman who is kidnapped and forced to compete in elite underground fights and has to battle her way out to freedom.

    Apparently this is the 4th installment of “Never Back Down” (the title kind of gives it away, that it is a sequel). It’s basically Taken with MMA and a brother, instead of sex ring and a father. Sorta. I went in with “meh” expectations, and those were right on, at best. Not terrible, I’d say this is purely a time-killer action movie.

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    Bullitt, (HBO Max):

    An all-guts, no-glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.

    Well, the car chase was pretty cool. Um, how is this a classic? Meh. The acting was stone-faced, the plot was ugh, and you sat through a lot of BS to get to the meat of the plot. I regret watching this.

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    Bullitt, (HBO Max):

    An all-guts, no-glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.

    Well, the car chase was pretty cool. Um, how is this a classic? Meh. The acting was stone-faced, the plot was ugh, and you sat through a lot of BS to get to the meat of the plot. I regret watching this.

    I don’t think the full movie has ever been classified as a classic, merely the car chase. Yes, the movie is quite meh. The car chase, in particular what they did for filming and what technology was available, for the era and the fact that McQueen did most of his own driving makes it an all-timer. The downside is that, yes, you have to sit through the meat of the movie to get to the car chase. I enjoy McQueen much more in the original The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and the original The Thomas Crown Affair.

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    I watched some sort of show on Motor Trend that talked about the making of that chase. Really interesting. One of my favorite tidbits was that they spent a lot of time fixing the Mustangs, and very little fixing the Chargers. Those Dodges just kept on rumbling.

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    g-manpuck wrote:


    The Rube wrote:


    Bullitt, (HBO Max):

    An all-guts, no-glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.

    Well, the car chase was pretty cool. Um, how is this a classic? Meh. The acting was stone-faced, the plot was ugh, and you sat through a lot of BS to get to the meat of the plot. I regret watching this.

    I don’t think the full movie has ever been classified as a classic, merely the car chase. Yes, the movie is quite meh. The car chase, in particular what they did for filming and what technology was available, for the era and the fact that McQueen did most of his own driving makes it an all-timer. The downside is that, yes, you have to sit through the meat of the movie to get to the car chase. I enjoy McQueen much more in the original The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and the original The Thomas Crown Affair.

    I agree with this. Kind of reminds me of The Exorcist. It was ahead of its time when it came out and freaked people out. When I saw it for the first time 30 years or so later I thought it was kind of meh….

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    Zwak wrote:


    g-manpuck wrote:


    The Rube wrote:


    Bullitt, (HBO Max):

    An all-guts, no-glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.

    Well, the car chase was pretty cool. Um, how is this a classic? Meh. The acting was stone-faced, the plot was ugh, and you sat through a lot of BS to get to the meat of the plot. I regret watching this.

    I don’t think the full movie has ever been classified as a classic, merely the car chase. Yes, the movie is quite meh. The car chase, in particular what they did for filming and what technology was available, for the era and the fact that McQueen did most of his own driving makes it an all-timer. The downside is that, yes, you have to sit through the meat of the movie to get to the car chase. I enjoy McQueen much more in the original The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and the original The Thomas Crown Affair.

    I agree with this. Kind of reminds me of The Exorcist. It was ahead of its time when it came out and freaked people out. When I saw it for the first time 30 years or so later I thought it was kind of meh….

    To each their own but The Exorcist gets me every time. I watch it at least every other year and my spine melts with every watch. :mrgreen:

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    Bullitt, (HBO Max):

    An all-guts, no-glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.

    Well, the car chase was pretty cool. Um, how is this a classic? Meh. The acting was stone-faced, the plot was ugh, and you sat through a lot of BS to get to the meat of the plot. I regret watching this.


    From the time it came out in 1968, “Bullitt” really WAS the car chase. If not for that, it would just be another entry in Steve McQueen’s filmography. Decent cast, but nothing to distinguish it other than those 10+ minutes.

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    The Incredibles (Dis+, the orig and the sequel, over the last couple nights):

    A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

    Animated, as 99% of the world knows. The first one was about what I expected of it, entertaining, but not mind-blowing. Really like that Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter, who I’ve always liked as an actress) is really the lead in the movie. Took charge. Ran things.

    That being said, the sequel was better. More depth, the characters really fleshed themselves out, and although you could figure out the villain right away, as in the first, it mattered less. It was more about the Incredibles doing their thing and gelling as a family.

    2 hours each, worth watching.

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    The Last Duel (HBOMax):

    King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel.

    A resetting of Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashoman,” which is the same event(s) told by multiple parties involved. It was done very well, and very nuanced in the small details that drastically affect the truth. While based on a true story, after a few hundred years, no one really knows the truth, and THAT aspect is also represented very well here. The viewer gets to decide, without feeling ripped off of “Wait, what’s the truth?!”

    It’s a longer movie, 2.5 hours, but definitely not cumbersome. Honestly, it’s borderline for my “buy the dvd” list.

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    It was better than I was expecting, if you can get used to Matt Damon’s haircut….

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    It was better than I was expecting, if you can get used to Matt Damon’s haircut….

    I guess he was allergic (?) to all the prosthetics. lol.

    It took me quite a bit to recognize Affleck. :oops:

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    The Incredibles (Dis+, the orig and the sequel, over the last couple nights):

    A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

    Animated, as 99% of the world knows. The first one was about what I expected of it, entertaining, but not mind-blowing. Really like that Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter, who I’ve always liked as an actress) is really the lead in the movie. Took charge. Ran things.

    That being said, the sequel was better. More depth, the characters really fleshed themselves out, and although you could figure out the villain right away, as in the first, it mattered less. It was more about the Incredibles doing their thing and gelling as a family.

    2 hours each, worth watching.

    The Incredibles franchise is still my favorite of the Pixar movies.

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    davescharf wrote:


    The Rube wrote:


    The Incredibles (Dis+, the orig and the sequel, over the last couple nights):

    A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

    Animated, as 99% of the world knows. The first one was about what I expected of it, entertaining, but not mind-blowing. Really like that Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter, who I’ve always liked as an actress) is really the lead in the movie. Took charge. Ran things.

    That being said, the sequel was better. More depth, the characters really fleshed themselves out, and although you could figure out the villain right away, as in the first, it mattered less. It was more about the Incredibles doing their thing and gelling as a family.

    2 hours each, worth watching.

    The Incredibles franchise is still my favorite of the Pixar movies.

    Brave still rules the roost for me.

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    The Last Duel (HBOMax):

    King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel.

    A resetting of Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashoman,” which is the same event(s) told by multiple parties involved. It was done very well, and very nuanced in the small details that drastically affect the truth. While based on a true story, after a few hundred years, no one really knows the truth, and THAT aspect is also represented very well here. The viewer gets to decide, without feeling ripped off of “Wait, what’s the truth?!”

    It’s a longer movie, 2.5 hours, but definitely not cumbersome. Honestly, it’s borderline for my “buy the dvd” list.

    I found it to be much longer than necessary. I did appreciate the style it was done in, but it was long and unfortunately felt long.

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    Chill Kessel wrote:


    The Rube wrote:


    The Last Duel (HBOMax):

    King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel.

    A resetting of Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashoman,” which is the same event(s) told by multiple parties involved. It was done very well, and very nuanced in the small details that drastically affect the truth. While based on a true story, after a few hundred years, no one really knows the truth, and THAT aspect is also represented very well here. The viewer gets to decide, without feeling ripped off of “Wait, what’s the truth?!”

    It’s a longer movie, 2.5 hours, but definitely not cumbersome. Honestly, it’s borderline for my “buy the dvd” list.

    I found it to be much longer than necessary. I did appreciate the style it was done in, but it was long and unfortunately felt long.

    What would you trim? Each chapter got “shorter” since it was the same story…

    Honest question, movies like this are rather divisive….

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    Some of the dramatic sequences that we already saw from another perspective. The ones that were predictable.

    They went out of their way to spell out stuff that everyone understood.

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    Chill Kessel wrote:


    Some of the dramatic sequences that we already saw from another perspective. The ones that were predictable.

    They went out of their way to spell out stuff that everyone understood.

    Understood, and fair point.

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    The best Pixar series is easily Toy Story, but I very much enjoyed both of The Incredibles. I’d also put Monsters up there and Cars, although Cars has more to do with fond memories of watching them with the kids. Cars 2 and beyond did not retain the charm of the original, whereas Toy Story, The Incredibles and Monsters had 2 or more quality films each.

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    The King’s Man (HBOMax)

    In the early years of the 20th century, the Kingsman agency is formed to stand against a cabal plotting a war to wipe out millions.

    A bloody mess of a movie, literally and figuratively. Darker than its predecessors, tried too hard. It wasn’t a fun action movie, which goes against the first two movies’ ambience. It’s ok, overall, but the contrast is overwhelming, IMO. Go with what works. That being said, the buildup to the first fight scene is ok. and that first fight scene is insane (which should have been the norm). They strayed. Give it a go if you are completionist, but other than that? Pass.

    As a fan of the first two movies and a fan of Ralph Fiennes I was very interested in watching it. Like you I was disappointed in it very much. I was at least expecting Fiennes to carry himself much like Colin Firth did in the other movies but Fiennes played pretty much the straight man. Disappointing for sure.

    Finally saw this one, and I completely agree. Had this one come out first, it may have been a bit different but now it just doesn’t measure up to the rest of the series. The storyline about the son took a complete turn that I didn’t see coming. I guess that was interesting but I felt a little robbed that it ended so quickly.

    I get it had some impacts on the main character, but just didn’t seem to have the payoff I was expecting after the shock of the scene wore off. The post credits scene was pretty unnecessary IMHO. I get why they did it, but it has nothing to do with the next movies.

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    The best Pixar series is easily Toy Story, but I very much enjoyed both of The Incredibles. I’d also put Monsters up there and Cars, although Cars has more to do with fond memories of watching them with the kids. Cars 2 and beyond did not retain the charm of the original, whereas Toy Story, The Incredibles and Monsters had 2 or more quality films each.

    The first Incredibles is by far my favorite Pixar animated movie. Love everything about it. I thought the second one was good. May need to re-watch it. I bought the soundtrack for both as I love the music.

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    Slap Shot wrote:


    The best Pixar series is easily Toy Story, but I very much enjoyed both of The Incredibles. I’d also put Monsters up there and Cars, although Cars has more to do with fond memories of watching them with the kids. Cars 2 and beyond did not retain the charm of the original, whereas Toy Story, The Incredibles and Monsters had 2 or more quality films each.

    The first Incredibles is by far my favorite Pixar animated movie. Love everything about it. I thought the second one was good. May need to re-watch it. I bought the soundtrack for both as I love the music.

    The soundtracks are definitely what set The Incredibles apart from the rest for me.

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    The Adam Project (Netflix streaming):

    After accidentally crash-landing in 2022, time-traveling fighter pilot Adam Reed teams up with his 12-year-old self for a mission to save the future.

    Loved this movie. Ryan Reynolds (and we all know what he is in movies ;) ), but the rest of the starring cast is great. The kid in the movie? The timing and delivery is spot-on to Reynolds’ characteristics, and seemed completely natural, not forced, which you find with many a child actor. I read the hype, and went in thinking “I dunno if this is going to be worth it…” and it was. The story was good, the actors were great, very much worth a watch.

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    Windfall (Netflix streaming):

    A man breaks into a tech billionaire’s empty vacation home, but things go sideways when the arrogant mogul and his wife arrive for a last-minute getaway.

    Definitely a different role for Jason Segal as the burglar. The movie wavers between dark comedy and suspense/thriller, although it tries to focus on the latter. Fake Matt Damon (from Breaking Bad; Jesse Plemons, who’s been in quite a few things since then) does play the cold-hearted a-hole quite nicely. 4 person cast, which is interesting (and I chalk up to pandemic filming?) but it helps the story, it doesn’t hurt it. Feels like a play.

    It’s worth the 90 minutes for sure, if only to see that Segal is not just a comedy actor.

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    Black Crab (Netflix streaming):

    In a post-apocalyptic world, six soldiers on a covert mission must transport a mysterious package across a frozen archipelago.

    Starring Noomi Rapace (The Girl trilogy Swedish version, Whatever Happened To Monday?, many other movies), this is a really good thriller, very gritty at times. It is in subtitles, so take that into account. Has all the ingredients of hope, toughness, duty, morality, etc. Very solid watch.

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    Fistful Of Vengeance (Netflix streaming):

    Kai Jin, a young Chinatown chef in present day San Francisco, becomes entangled with the Chinese Triad’s pursuit of deadly ancient powers known as the “Wu Xing.

    This is some crazy arse WTF Thai kung-fu mysticism sh*. Note: NOT sub-titled (surprised me, too, it is in English). Some movies toe the line between good and cheesy, this one Riverdances on that line. Great plot with the mysticism, good action, dialogue lacks…greatly. Popcorn movie for sure, don’t even try to think during this movie. Just sit back and take it all in.

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    Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Netflix disc):

    When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

    The first half of the movie is outstanding. Really builds up the characters, and puts the viewer in a place where they wonder “ok, how is this all going to come together?” and all the little nods to the first Ghostbusters were great. The start of the second half, it starts moving quickly into Sequel Rehash, it was starting to lose me a bit, but it recovered, and resulted in a solid ending.

    Worth a trip down nostalgia lane.

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    Nightmare Alley (HBOMax):

    A grifter working his way up from low-ranking carnival worker to lauded psychic medium matches wits with a psychiatrist bent on exposing him.

    Bizarre, but nice old-timey movie. I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but it was satisfying. A piece or two didn’t match up until the very ending, quite the homage to that era of movie-making. 2.5 hours, AND you have to be in the mood for such a movie, but once you’re there, yeah, go for it. I think you’d be pleased.

    Side note: It does help if you’ve seen “Freaks” or American Horror Story (the carnival one), to understand how that culture works.

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    Saw this tweet tonight, had to laugh:

    That Swedish dude who lured everyone to his hometown in MIDSOMMAR? Yeah, he needs his ass beat. Just, if any European ever invites you to visit their hometown, punch them and RUN. Between this dude and the chick from HOSTEL, I don’t trust no one from that continent.

    I’d also add that French kid in Taken (the first one), and trying to translate any Russian diary (I know, Russia is a different continent, but this is not where the diary was found…) in Eastern Promises.

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    The Weekend Away (Netflix streaming):

    A weekend getaway to Croatia that goes awry when a woman is accused of killing her best friend. As she attempts to clear her name and uncover the truth, her efforts unearth a painful secret.

    Can of worms. And then another can. Overall, it’s worth a watch, but the movie can’t help itself by adding that one…last…twist. One just has to guess what that one last twist is. Sometimes, one twist is enough. Despite the overkill, it’s a decent movie.

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    The Weekend Away (Netflix streaming):

    A weekend getaway to Croatia that goes awry when a woman is accused of killing her best friend. As she attempts to clear her name and uncover the truth, her efforts unearth a painful secret.

    Can of worms. And then another can. Overall, it’s worth a watch, but the movie can’t help itself by adding that one…last…twist. One just has to guess what that one last twist is. Sometimes, one twist is enough. Despite the overkill, it’s a decent movie.

    You didn’t heed your previous post. :mrgreen:

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    The Weekend Away (Netflix streaming):

    A weekend getaway to Croatia that goes awry when a woman is accused of killing her best friend.


    See, this is why I don’t do weekends in Croatia any more. One problem after another. :mrgreen:

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    Slap Shot wrote:


    The Rube wrote:


    The Weekend Away (Netflix streaming):

    A weekend getaway to Croatia that goes awry when a woman is accused of killing her best friend. As she attempts to clear her name and uncover the truth, her efforts unearth a painful secret.

    Can of worms. And then another can. Overall, it’s worth a watch, but the movie can’t help itself by adding that one…last…twist. One just has to guess what that one last twist is. Sometimes, one twist is enough. Despite the overkill, it’s a decent movie.

    You didn’t heed your previous post. :mrgreen:

    I had nothing to do with it. The characters in the movie were the ones making dumb decisions. ;)

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    Guess I missed a doozy of a moment. :lol:

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    Guess I missed a doozy of a moment. :lol:

    I almost spit my coffee out when I read this. :lol:

    https://twitter.com/alishagrauso/status/1508281022290403329?s=21&t=5thV5fkK9Aonc5irOLN_gA

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    Slap Shot wrote:


    Guess I missed a doozy of a moment. :lol:

    I almost spit my coffee out when I read this. :lol:

    https://twitter.com/alishagrauso/status/1508281022290403329?s=21&t=5thV5fkK9Aonc5irOLN_gA

    Contact to the head.

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    We may need the CCHA refs and Don Lucia to validate what actually happened :lol:

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    The Adam Project (Netflix streaming):

    After accidentally crash-landing in 2022, time-traveling fighter pilot Adam Reed teams up with his 12-year-old self for a mission to save the future.

    Loved this movie. Ryan Reynolds (and we all know what he is in movies ;) ), but the rest of the starring cast is great. The kid in the movie? The timing and delivery is spot-on to Reynolds’ characteristics, and seemed completely natural, not forced, which you find with many a child actor. I read the hype, and went in thinking “I dunno if this is going to be worth it…” and it was. The story was good, the actors were great, very much worth a watch.

    Watched this over the weekend. Parts of it were good, and I really liked the first 30 minutes or so. It got a little too cartoony as it went on though.

    I half expected Scott Evil to show up and ask Sorian why the anonymous henchmen attacked the hero one at a time, and why it was necessary to waste time explaining things to the good guy instead of just killing him. :)

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    The Rube wrote:


    The Adam Project (Netflix streaming):

    After accidentally crash-landing in 2022, time-traveling fighter pilot Adam Reed teams up with his 12-year-old self for a mission to save the future.

    Loved this movie. Ryan Reynolds (and we all know what he is in movies ;) ), but the rest of the starring cast is great. The kid in the movie? The timing and delivery is spot-on to Reynolds’ characteristics, and seemed completely natural, not forced, which you find with many a child actor. I read the hype, and went in thinking “I dunno if this is going to be worth it…” and it was. The story was good, the actors were great, very much worth a watch.

    Watched this over the weekend. Parts of it were good, and I really liked the first 30 minutes or so. It got a little too cartoony as it went on though.

    I half expected Scott Evil to show up and ask Sorian why the anonymous henchmen attacked the hero one at a time, and why it was necessary to waste time explaining things to the good guy instead of just killing him. :)

    Every bad guy has to have a monologue. DUH. :wink:

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    Why is Chris Rock so funny? ….. Because Will Smith slapped him silly :mrgreen:

    https://youtu.be/5VPm2yckO3k

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    Long Story Short (Netflix streaming):

    Teddy wakes up the morning after his wedding to discover that every few minutes he’s jumping forward to the next year of his life.

    Well, the lead actor is basically an Australian Ryan Reynolds, and it is a sort of rom-com, but I enjoyed it. It’s kinda like Groundhog Day (but not; and that movie is referenced a couple times). It’s a nice romp of “what-ifs” and such. About 100 minutes long, so if you don’t like it, it’s not a huge waste of time.

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    Land (HBOMax)

    A bereaved woman seeks out a new life, off the grid in Wyoming.

    Explores the character and the means to switch lifestyles from a busy city life, to 100% hermit. A bit dramatic during the first half of the movie, with the physicality of the life, but delves into the psychological effects as well. It settles in nicely, and makes for a decent dramatic story. It’s slow, but worth it.

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    Kimi (HBOMax):

    An agoraphobic Seattle tech worker uncovers evidence of a crime.

    This is a messy movie, there is nothing clean cut about this one. Somehow, it works. “Scattershot” is the word that comes to mind. The main character has a LOT of issues, mentally, and all are addressed here, and are a main part of the story. It borrows from many other movies, IMO, including but not limited to “Girl With” trilogy, “Copycat” (Sigourney Weaver), and “The Net” (Sandra Bullock).

    If you’re into this sort of subject matter, dive in. If you are not a social media/internet person, you may not like it as much.

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    Summer Of Soul (Dis+)

    Documentary about the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival which celebrated African-American music and culture and promoted Black pride and unity.

    Amazing footage. Basically, the Black Woodstock. ?uestlove (drummer for The Roots) is behind this project, and he did a tremendous job. Apparently, this footage has been in a basement for 50 years, never seen. Besides the music, it delves into the social/political aspects of the time, really thought out, and the presentation is astounding. Highly recommend.

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    Summer Of Soul (Dis+)

    Documentary about the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival which celebrated African-American music and culture and promoted Black pride and unity.

    Amazing footage. Basically, the Black Woodstock. ?uestlove (drummer for The Roots) is behind this project, and he did a tremendous job. Apparently, this footage has been in a basement for 50 years, never seen. Besides the music, it delves into the social/political aspects of the time, really thought out, and the presentation is astounding. Highly recommend.

    I loved this! I have a weakness for documentaries and yes, the lost footage is simply astounding. Highly HIGHLY recommend.

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    The Bubble (Netflix streaming):

    A group of actors and actresses stuck inside a pandemic bubble at a hotel attempts to complete a film.

    Reading some hate on this movie, and IMO it’s because it’s poking fun at the industry and hitting a little close to home (much like “Don’t Look Up”). I thought it was a great satire, although there were times that it beat a point to death or went over the top to make a point (as Apatow often does). Overall, I laughed my arse off. Inane, yet smart, at the same time. It’s worth watching for sure, but YMMV.

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    Just saw an ad for the movie “Ambulance” directed by Michael Bay. This looks like it could be the most Michael Bay-est movie ever created. JFC, it looks horrible.

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    Ambulance? Sounds like a movie they’d make in the 70’s in between Air Terminal and Bus Station starring Earnest Borgnine and Anette Funicello.

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    Ambulance? Sounds like a movie they’d make in the 70’s in between Air Terminal and Bus Station starring Earnest Borgnine and Anette Funicello.

    For your convenience, and torture. Pour 3 fingers of whatever brown water you have, you’re gonna need it. ;)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NU-STboFeI&ab_channel=UniversalPictures

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    Michael Bay movies are great when alcohol enhances your suspension of disbelief

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    Michael Bay movies are great when alcohol enhances your suspension of disbelief

    I have tried that, doesn’t work.

    [media]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxgkXxa9c3s&ab_channel=Jovan[/media]

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