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Old 01-12-24, 11:54 PM
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Extreme Prejudice Lions Gate Blu-Ray
Nick Nolte. Directed by Walter Hill. 1987
Texas Ranger Jack Benteen is determined to bring in Cash Bailey, a childhood friend and rival who has become a drug kingpin. Meanwhile, a CIA-funded paramilitary group also targets Bailey for their own mysterious reasons.

Nick Nolte is lean and mean and cuts an almost iconic Western figure in "Extreme Prejudice". It's a testosterone-filled Neo-Western with a terrific cast including Powers Boothe, Rip Torn, Michael Ironside, Clancy Brown, William Forsythe and Tiny Lister. The plot is a bit convoluted, but bullets fly, and blood packs explode, and it all gets very "Peckinpah" before it's over.

The picture quality of the disc is decent but not exceptional, with the occasional rough-looking shot popping up. A great package of extras, though.

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Old 01-13-24, 12:22 AM
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Saw Wonka in the theater with my wife end of last year. Better than I expected but nowhere close to as good as the Gene Wilder classic.

Tonight we watched The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast (the animated classics not the live action versions).

Iíve seen Beauty and the Beast many times over the years and itís always been one of my favorite Disney movies.

The Little Mermaid on the other hand I donít think Iíve ever sat down and watched before tonight. I knew the songs and characters like Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian, and Ursula, but for whatever reason I never watched it. I liked it quite a bit though. Itís hard to top that era of Disney.
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MAESTRO (Netflix)

Bradley Cooper even directed this. Wow the makeup and acting were outstanding.
Old 01-13-24, 12:47 PM
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The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas. My soul is crushed.
Old 01-13-24, 03:33 PM
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The Long Riders Kino Lorber Blu-Ray
Stacy Keach, James Keach. Directed by Walter Hill. 1980
The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the Jesse James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge.

A traditional Western that has aged really well. I've seen this film a couple of times over the years and I enjoyed it more this time than I have in the past. The film's gimmick was that actors who were brothers were playing the real-life outlaw brothers, -David, Keith, and Robert Carradine playing The Youngers, The Keach Brothers playing Frank and Jesse James, Randy and Dennis Quaid as The Millers, and Christopher and Nicholas Guest as Charlie Ford and The Coward Robert Ford. The film has a great cast and the atmosphere feels lived in and natural. Say what you will about David Carradine, but he brings a lot of swagger to his role and dominates all of his scenes. The big action set pieces are well-staged and show Peckinpah's influence on Walter Hill.

The picture quality of the disc is mostly very good, though the low-light scenes show considerable grain and are rough-looking. The package includes an extra blu-ray filled with interviews.
Old 01-13-24, 11:50 PM
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The Fugitive Warner Brothers 4K
Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones. Directed by Andrew Davis. 1993
A Chicago surgeon falsely convicted of killing his wife is determined to prove his innocence by leading his pursuers to the man who actually committed the crime.

I was a fan of Andrew Davis going into "The Fugitive". He had made two good films with Steven Seagal ("Above the Law" and "Under Siege"), and another good film with Chuck Norris ("Code of Silence"), which is no small feat with such stoic actors. I think that's because Davis doesn't make star-driven films, -he makes "ensemble" films, where the supporting actors and the background details are as much a focus of the film as the lead actor. I was anxious to see what Davis would do with such a big star vehicle, and he didn't disappoint. And, of course, Davis really shows off his hometown Chicago in a big way.

I was surprised to learn that they were making up a lot of the script and the dialogue as they were filming, -apparently this happens a lot on Andrew Davis films. It's a shame Davis apparently hasn't done a Theatrical film since 2006.
I'm also a fan of Stuart Baird's "US Marshalls", the sequel to "The Fugitive" that focuses on Marshall Sam Gerard and his team.
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The 7th Voyage of Sinbad


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School of Rock- I had never seen this before. Fun early 2000s movie with Jack Black. Goofy and over the top in terms of the plot but kind of what I expected.
Old 01-14-24, 05:00 PM
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A concert with terrific musicians playing real/styled folk music of the early 60s. Lots of jamming. Every once in awhile it's nice to hear "This Land is Your Land" and have some hope. Very uplifting movie. Criterion manages to keep finding great extras. I'm a big fan of Inside Llewyn Davis and had never even heard of this.
Old 01-14-24, 05:18 PM
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Lift Netflix
Kevin Hart. Directed by F Gary Gray 2024
A master thief and his Interpol Agent ex-girlfriend who team up to steal $500 million in gold bullion being transported on an A380 passenger flight.

I don't know why, but every time I see a big-name feature director do a film for Netflix, it always turns out a little less than what I expected from them. Not bad, necessarily, just less.

This is a caper film produced by Kevin Hart, giving Kevin a chance to be "Thomas Crown" rather than the comic relief side-kick. It has a great International cast (Vincent D'Onofrio, Jean Reno, Burn Gorman) but it's all very light, and since its unabashedly a "Caper Film", none of the twists come as unexpected. It just lacks any kind of narrative heft or the feeling of real stakes. It plays like an average episode of "Leverage" with a travel expense budget.
Old 01-15-24, 12:05 AM
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The Passenger Amazon Prime
Kyle Gallner, Johnny Berchtold. Directed by Carter Smith. 2023
A timid young man must face his fears and find a way to survive when his co-worker snaps and goes on a violent killing spree.

This is a small, tense Thriller with some excellent performances, particularly from Gallner and Berchtold. The film takes care to give each of its characters some life and dimension.

While I found it compelling in the moment, afterwards I'm not sure if the script entirely holds up to examination. Gallner's killer is more of a plot device than a fully realized character. It does seem unlikely that a killer on the run would return to the same restaurant where he had drawn attention to himself earlier in the day. Gallner has a scene in a knock-off "Build-A-Bear" shop where he rants about shopping malls as a symbol of corporate greed, yet the scene is filmed in an otherwise abandoned mall with no foot traffic and "Space Available" signs in the windows in the background.

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Old 01-15-24, 05:48 PM
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Sympathy for the Devil AMC+ 4K
Nicholas Cage, Joel Kinnaman. Directed by Yuval Adler. 2023
After being forced to drive a mysterious passenger at gunpoint, a man finds himself in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse where it becomes clear that not everything is as it seems.

One of Nick Cage's better recent films. He actually controls his "crazy" in the beginning so that it has somewhere to go. Cage steals most of the focus, and Kinnaman struggles a bit to be a sympathetic Everyman, but that sort of works for the film as it goes along. A decent little Thriller with a sharp look.

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Old 01-15-24, 11:39 PM
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The Specialist Warner Bros Blu-Ray
Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone. Directed by Luis Llosa. 1994
Set in Miami, an explosives expert helps a seductive beauty avenge the murder of her parents, teaming up against a formidable trio of villains: a powerful Cuban crime boss, his son, and their merciless hit man.

A slick, under-rated Sylvester Stallone film with great production values. "The Specialist" has a score by John Barry and at times it evokes the feeling of a "James Bond" film and at other times it features the Noirish tones of "Body Heat". James Woods, Rod Steiger, and Eric Roberts make an entertaining trio of scenery-chewing villains, while Sharon Stone adds a little more sex than the typical Stallone Action vehicle.
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Old 01-16-24, 11:52 AM
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The Holdovers - Peacock
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One of my all-time favorite movies that goes unappreciated though the ending ticked off some people.
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Old 01-16-24, 09:42 PM
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Starz

After falling in with the wrong crowd, a gifted teen named Kadir tries to rob Luis, a no-nonsense MTA conductor. To Kadir's surprise, Luis offers his friendship and shows the young man how his artistic talent could lead to a better life.

Luis Guzman in one of his best performances and Asante Blackk who played the teenager was good too.
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Hulu

Nothing special and forgettable
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An artist grieving the loss of his famous writer husband takes his two best friends on a trip to Paris, where they unpack messy secrets and hard truths.

Not a huge Dan Levy fan but he was not as annoying in this movie

At least you got to hear Eyes without a Face by Billy Idol.

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2004

I only watched it for Dennis Hopper

He did a lot of these crappy B movies late in his career and was it because those were the only roles he could get or he was difficult to work with?
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Tango & Cash Warner Bros Blu-Ray
Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell. Directed by Andrey Konchalovskiy. 1989
Mismatched cops must partner up when they become targets of a crime lord.

I had friends who just hated this movie, but I have to confess that I've always liked it. Sure, it's improbable, sometimes even cartoony, but I enjoyed the banter, the tone, and the brawny look of the production. I miss these '80s Action films.

Apparently, this was a troubled production, with Producer Jon Peters firing Director Konchalovskiy half-way through production, with three other directors (including Stallone) finishing it up. Then they brought in top-notch editor Stuart Baird to re-edit and polish the original cut of the film. It made money, though, and was a top rental when it hit VHS.
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John Carpenter Christine 1983: still holds up great. 9/10

That 1958 Plymouth Fury was gorgeous. The Camaro and Mopar were very nice too.
Buddy (William Ostrander) Looks like John Travolta's brother.
Did not know Keith Gordon went on to direct many movies and TV shows. Includes many episodes of Dexter.

Side note:
My first car in high school was almost a 71/72 Camaro. It needed a carb and manifold. It was at my friend's dad's towing yard lot. I think being all black with flames on the side scared my dad as it was too fast for my age and first car, he was probably right. Ended up getting a 1968 Olds 442 conv for a graduation present. Both were around $1200 at the time.
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Old 01-18-24, 11:27 PM
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Willy's Wonderland FreeVee
Nicholas Cage. Directed by Kevin Lewis. 2021
A quiet drifter is tricked into a janitorial job at the now condemned Willy's Wonderland. The mundane tasks suddenly become an all-out fight for survival against wave after wave of demonic animatronics.

I saw that Shout Factory is doing a 4K package for "Willy's Wonderland", so I thought it was time that I actually checked the film out. Of course, "Wonderland" is the knock-off of "5 Nights at Freddy's" that actually beat that film to the box office (or the streaming sites). I found "5 Nights at Freddy's" fairly boring, but I was not bored with "WW", if only because I was waiting for Nick Cage to do something off-the-wall. However, it looks really cheap and lacks any kind of inspiration.

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The Creator (2023) - Hulu


Old 01-19-24, 06:18 PM
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The Exorcist: Believer Universal Blu-Ray
Leslie Odom, Jr. Directed by David Gordon Green. 2023
When two girls disappear into the woods and return three days later with no memory of what happened to them, the father of one girl seeks out Chris MacNeil, who's been forever altered by what happened to her daughter fifty years ago.

If you leave out the legacy of "The Exorcist", -and I wish this film had, - "Believer" is a decent Horror film with some excellent performances (especially Leslie Odom Jr and Ann Dowd).

However, "Believer" pretty much wastes Ellen Burstyn, who ends up adding very little to the story (though that’s not her fault). The actual exorcism scene is way too convoluted, with too many actors, and too many points of view, rather than a tightly focused battle between Good and Evil. I wish the film had a more definitive ending, rather than leaving me with the dissatisfying feeling they were setting up the next film in a trilogy.

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