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John Byrne

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Posted: 06 February 2020 at 7:07pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

THINGS TO COME (1936)

Every couple of years for this one. Black and white, and not the best restoration, but fun for the production designs and, yes, the ham acting.

Not a very accurate prediction of the Future, despite what some insist.

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Joe S. Walker
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Posted: 07 February 2020 at 9:59am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

DREAM LOGIC: THE SHORT FILMS OF CURTIS HARRINGTON

Included with NIGHT TIDE, a disc with eight shorts made over the whole time of Harrington’s career, literally: it begins and ends with versions of THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, one made in 1942 when he was 14, the other his last film made c.2000. Would have been well worth releasing on its own.

(Though in both versions of USHER Harrington himself plays both Roderick and Madeline Usher. At 14 he made quite a pretty girl, but doing it again at age 70+ the effect is rather grotesque.)
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John Byrne

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Posted: 07 February 2020 at 10:55am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

That HOUSE OF USHER sounds like a version I saw on TV when I was about 16. Incredibly amateurish, yet I’ve not in all the years since been able to shake it.
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 07 February 2020 at 1:35pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Re: Things to Come. Love the music by Arthur Bliss. The
march from Things To Come was on a Geoff Love (and his
Orchestra) sci-fi record I had as a child, along with
other monumental sci-fi themes, such as Star Wars, Star
Trek, 2001, Thunderbirds and...er... Barbarella.

Edited by Peter Martin on 07 February 2020 at 1:35pm
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Ronald Joseph
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Posted: 07 February 2020 at 5:06pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

THE RING (2002) 

This is one of the few movies I've watched as an adult that actually scared me. Still holds up after all these years! 


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John Byrne

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PHANTOM (2013)

Ed Harris as a Cold War Russian sub captain. Plays a lot like someone read “The Hunt for Red Oktober” and years later tried to repeat it from memory.

Memorable performances.

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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 08 February 2020 at 7:15pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply


John Carpenter's THE FOG (1980)

Carpenter's THE THING remake inarguably has the better ensemble and richer dialogue; and the original HALLOWEEN had the most overall influence; but feet-to-the-fire, this is probably my all-time favorite Carpenter film.

When the TV is off, and the house is shut down for the night, this one always fires my imagination, once I hit the pillow.  Eerie, atmospheric and loaded with all kinds of old-fashioned spookiness.  A slight but fun maritime ghost story that does the trick for me, every time I see it.



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John Byrne

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LIFEFORCE (1983)

In honor of Mathilda May’s birthday I popped this one in the DVD player last night. Not sure how long it’s been since last I watched it, but it’s definitely not aging well. The special effects were praised with great praise at the time of its release, but I was never much impressed. (Ms May remains the most special effect in the film.)

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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 10 February 2020 at 10:02pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Just Googled her. Um....wow. In more ways than one, she looks like she'd be well-cast as the girl in CRITICAL ERROR.
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John Byrne

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FORD v FERRARI (2019)

Certainly exhilarating, but the “v” part is sufficiently abstract that LE MANS ‘66, as it was released in some parts of Europe, really works better as a title.

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Shaun Barry
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SHAZAM! (2019)

On second viewing, this seemed a lot clunkier, awkward & unconvincing, in terms of story structure, dialogue and plot contrivances... but generally, still a lot of fun.  For me, not quite as good as WONDER WOMAN, but easier to take than the bizarro AQUAMAN.

It's kids' stuff to be sure, but I'll take this over what passes for Superman and Batman at the movies these days!



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Bill Collins
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Posted: 16 February 2020 at 1:28am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Joker...hated it.
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