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Old 11-27-2019, 03:29 PM   #8176
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Been on a a it of a baseball kick lately and found this in the $5 bin at Walmart. Great movie, well worth four times the price. It's an excellent period drama with lots of familiar actors telling a fantastic true story. It's a bit painful at times, given the blatant racism he faced in breaking the color barrier in baseball, but it's more than worth seeing. I'm very happy I bought it.

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Old 11-27-2019, 03:54 PM   #8177
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The Box (2009)

"Sir? If you don't mind my asking... why a box?
-Your home is a box. Your car is a box on wheels. You drive to work in it. You drive home in it. You sit in your home, staring into a box. It erodes your soul, while the box that is your body inevitably withers... then dies. Whereupon it is placed in the ultimate box, to slowly decompose."

Pretty good sci-fi thriller based on a Richard Matheson story. The opening premise and how it works out are interesting (a couple in 1976 is given a box and told they can press the button for a million dollars, but a stranger will die), but then it gets into cosmic conspiracies and that part didn't work as well for me. I'm going to guess that's not part of the original story, but I haven't read it.

Jack the Giant Killer (2013)

"Jack! You have to kick its a**.
-I know."

One of those stupid Assylum knock-offs.
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Old 11-27-2019, 10:12 PM   #8178
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The Babe

The sad story of a sports legend. Crazy how everything can turn around on you, for better and for worse. Well worth a viewing if you've never seen it.

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Old 11-28-2019, 02:35 PM   #8179
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Blue Hawaii (1961)

"Mr Gates, do you think you can satisfy a school teacher and four teenage girls?"

Hercules in New York (1970)

"I really wish you'd put your shirt back on."

Second time viewing it, but first time with Schwarzenegger's original dialogue.

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I remember seeing that when it was new and liking it despite not being a sports fan or knowledgeable about Ruth. In his GQ/Youtube spot, John Goodman said that’s the one role he’d really like another shot at because he feels he’s matured as an actor and understands more about the person.
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Old 11-28-2019, 07:05 PM   #8180
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Great film about Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris during their race for Babe Ruth's record. Another sad story about the mistreatment of heroes, but heartwarming all the same as the crowds turn to appreciate the record breaker. It's also nice that it was told with the wrap around of Mark McGuire breaking the new record with actual footage thereof. Makes it all seem more complete with that perspective. Once again, a film worth watching.

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Old 11-29-2019, 01:10 AM   #8181
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[Rifftrax:] A Talking Cat (2013/2018)

"I think more movie titles could use interrobangs.
-On the Waterfront?!?"

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

"Look Doris, someday you're going to find that your way of facing this realistic world just doesn't work. And when you do, don't overlook those lovely intangibles. You'll discover those are the only things that are worthwhile."

A family tradition to start the Christmas-movie-watching season today with this film, which itself starts on Thanksgiving.

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Great film about Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris during their race for Babe Ruth's record. . .
Another good one, but really I like baseball movies ... way more than baseball itself. I liked how this film highlighted the stark differences in personality between the two men.
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Old 11-29-2019, 06:51 AM   #8182
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Sleight (2017)

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Old 11-29-2019, 03:04 PM   #8183
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Gigi (1958)

"Bad table manners, my dear Gigi, have broken up more households than infidelity."

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)

"Well, I'm actually pretty good at being alone at night."

I know nothing about this franchise, but enjoyed this, especially how they depict the city where people and Pokémon live together.
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Old 11-29-2019, 05:57 PM   #8184
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Undrafted

A fun film about the true story of a man left undrafted by a major league team and how he copes with it during an intramural playoff game in an adult summer league. It's funny, emotional, surprisingly nostalgic, and there's a lot of familiar faces. A good film to watch if you feel like something light, but not one anyone needs to go out of their way for.

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Old 11-29-2019, 06:07 PM   #8185
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Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

"Christmas 2?"

Coffy (1973)

"It was easy for him because he really didn't believe it was comin', but it ain't gonna be easy for you, because you better believe it's comin'!"

A Christmas Carol (1984)

"It may well be that, in the sight of Heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to live than millions like this poor man's child."

Started the Dickens flicks with the family.
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Old 11-30-2019, 05:53 AM   #8186
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The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019)

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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

"I don't know what to say, except it's Christmas and we're all in misery."

Turned 30 today. Almost positive I saw this in theaters. Even though I would've been 10, I think my grandfather took me. Still love it.

[Rifftrax:] Santa's Summer House (2012/2018)

"Cynthia, why didn't you spin kick anyone in the movie? There were so many kickable people."

Get Santa (2014)

“Are you on medication or—worse—are you not on medication?”
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Old 12-01-2019, 02:48 AM   #8188
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Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942)

"Maybe one night you'll be waiting here and I won't come back."

A Nazi saboteur is broadcasting into England, taking credit for incredible and horrific acts that undermine the British war effort. With the senior military officials utterly powerless, only Sherlock Holmes could possibly defeat the German menace.

War propaganda film, but certainly well done. Rathbone and Bruce again, and I swear Rathbone grew his hair out before shooting this because the sides of his head look wider than they should. I did get a kick out of the scene where him and Bruce are leaving the intelligence office and he says he has a feeling a female driver will pick them up, which Bruce at first dismisses but is then amazed when it comes true, only for Rathbone to confess he was told in advance about the driver and didn't deduce anything; very tongue-in-cheek.

The one villain, Meade (Thomas Gomez) was a little cut-and-dry, but I did like the scene where he's with Kitty (Evelyn Ankers!), where we almost are able to see into his head for a bit. It's not insightful enough but it's a war prop film so we simply aren't going to get more than a glimpse, but I thought the scene was rather interesting.

I need to keep knocking out these Rathbone/Bruce flicks, they're short but good cinema.
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Old 12-01-2019, 03:26 AM   #8189
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Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist

Great low budget film, so good it's essentially been canonized by Capcom as part of the Street Fighter mythos. Telling the story of Ken and Ryu's training intercut with their master's experiences with Akuma easily makes it the best live action Street Fighter film, though in truth it actually may even be the best video game film adaptation to date. Highly recommended for fans of the games and/or martial arts films in general.

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Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2019)

"Hey, creature, leave that kid alone!"

Wizard of Darkness (1995)

"You're the final sacrifice."

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance (2015)

"Go kiss your ancestors!"
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Forgot to mention, when me and dad were eating out, the restaurant was playing Popeye (the old live-action flick) on a TV. I watched probably the entire second half, from the horse-racing scene to the end. Brought back memories even though I didn't get any sound from the TV.
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

"Heading, sir?
-Out there . . . thataway."

Watched it with the fam for its 40th anniversary last night. I think the film is way better than its bad rep. It's slow and has problems, but there's lots of good things and (as both my folks confirm), it must've been exciting to see the old gang back together a decade later and for the first time on a big screen. And it is cinematic, using the space (the Enterprise actually seems large on the inside, not just the outside) and special effects nicely.

[Rifftrax:] I Believe in Santa Claus [aka J'ai rencontré le Pčre Noël] (1984)

"A real child's actual tears---I know I'm ready for Christmas."

The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another."
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One of the most entertaining films I've seen all year. I love a good mystery film, and this is no exception. It reminds me of Get Out in how straightforward it is with its premise. There are many twists and turns, and it's funny, but it's also skillfully made and wel-acted too. The cast is great from top to bottom, but I thought Ana De Armas in particular was fantastic (she's my current best actress win). I think this is a movie I'll be returning to quite frequently.
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My reviews of The Irishman and Frozen 2.

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Hemoglobin [aka Bleeders] (1997)

"Who says I'm a good doctor?"

Ford v Ferrari (2019)

"We're lighter, we're faster, and if that don't work, we're nastier."

Very good. Went with my stepdad, which I don't do too often without Mom too.
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Sherlock Holmes: The House of Fear (1945)

"Once a man has dipped his fingers into the blood of murder, he feels the urge to kill again."

A group of older friends receive a strange warning, five orange seeds, before they are murdered one after another. Being the only competent investigative authority on the European tectonic plate, Sherlock Holmes is beseeched for aid.

"Five Orange Pips" has long stood out to me because it's the only story where the KKK are the bad guys, and one of the only two I recall reading* where the villains escape arrest only to die during their getaway.

*I haven't read all his adventures and it's been a while since I've read him at all, so I can't remember all the details of what I did go through.

Nigel Bruce's Watson and Dennis Hoey's Lestrade were almost over-the-top in their comical antics, which serves to undermine both characters' strengths (Lestrade was never idiotic, just hidebound). Entertaining in a way though, and my dad got a laugh out of Bruce's bumbling around during the storm-at-night scene where he's shooting at phantoms.

Rathbone as usual was the highlight, although I did chuckle a bit (as did Dad) when he "uncovered" the trail of shoe prints in the mud after the dynamite explosion.

I guess it was just the upload/channel I picked on YouTube to watch this, but this time the film was subtitled, and that was a delight because the subs got a little inaccurate at times and downright hilariously vulgar in others ("fucking" and "holy shit" popped up a couple times at least).

I checked the Wikipedia page for the series and I get the feeling that while all the flicks are good, I'll probably only watch one or two more since the propaganda ones aren't of significant interest. It disappoints me that the ones with Moriarty have him working with the Nazis, because the character had so much more material to dig into that just being second-stringer to fascists.

Still, this one was worth viewing, especially the old manor house they use (great set) and its amusing history.
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The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)

"I'm more of a Keaton guy myself."

[spoilers] The whole toxic-masculinity-is-the-villain-all-along thing is getting tiresome, but there were a lot of good jokes and this was still fun.

Scrooge (1970)

"Remember, Scrooge, time is short, and suddenly, you're not there anymore."
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