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Brian Miller
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Posted: 22 June 2020 at 11:10am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Orange whip? Orange whip? Three orange whips.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 22 June 2020 at 11:42am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Shortly after I got married and moved to Chicago, one of the first things my new bride pointed out was that the intersection where Elwood runs the yellow light was just a few blocks from my new mother-in-law’s house.

After that I started spotting locations every time I went downtown.

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Byron Graham
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Posted: 22 June 2020 at 2:00pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

My Blues Brothers story:

The mall that the brothers drive through was in my home town. I remember shopping there as a lad in the single digits. Then about 1978 the mall closed. The following year the mall scene was shot there and the film crew made the exterior of the mall look brand new. It was so convincing that every time we drove passed, my brothers and I would beg dad to take us to the mall. He gave in one night and drove into the parking lot and right up to the stores. He didn't stop the car and said only, "See? It's for a movie." I didn't see. Still looked like the mall was open again.

Decades later, in 2001, I marry a woman from West Virginia. I told her, "If you're going to live here, you have to watch THE BLUES BROTHERS," and we rented it from Blockbuster. As we were watching the mall scene, I caught a glimpse of the zig-zag title pattern on the floor which triggered a memory of tiny me walking along it. "I remember that!" I exclaimed to my wife's amusement and concern.

Another decade after that, the city finally tore down the long-abandoned mall, in 2012.

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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 22 June 2020 at 8:09pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply


Errol Flynn in THE SEA HAWK (1940)

Featuring many of the same key players (in front & behind the camera) as the previous year's ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD... doesn't share the same classic status as that one, but still a solid, golden-era Hollywood adventure.

(As I watched, I also thought how the same basic set-up and plot could easily be refurbished for an outer-space yarn, and wondered if the recent SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY might have benefited from lifting key scenes and passages, the way George Lucas had mined other past movies for his original film, and told a much more enthralling adventure in the process.)



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John Harrison
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Posted: 22 June 2020 at 9:53pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Robocop (the original) this one just gets better each time.

I would still love to see RoboCop Vs The Terminator based off the Dark Horse
comic.
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Petter Myhr Ness
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Posted: 24 June 2020 at 2:59pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

WILD AT HEART (1990)

Huge Lynch-fan, but this movie is not one of my favourites. Tedious, with characters that don't ring true. 
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John Byrne

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Posted: 24 June 2020 at 6:17pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

PETE’S DRAGON (2016)

Charming and harmless. Saw it when first released and, tho I totally enjoyed it, felt no need for another viewing. Until tonight, when I found it while clicking thru the options on pay per view. So I decided to give it another look.

Charming and harmless. Maybe I’ll watch it again in four years.

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Doug Centers
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Posted: 24 June 2020 at 7:23pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

PETE'S DRAGON finds a way to push a whole bunch of my emotional buttons.



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Petter Myhr Ness
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Posted: 28 June 2020 at 12:41am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

GOLDFINGER

Simply the best.
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Joe S. Walker
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Posted: 28 June 2020 at 1:28pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

BANDE A PART (1964)

Jean-Luc Godard films a 50s pulp novel (Fools Gold by Dorothy Hitchens). A favourite film of Quentin Tarantino's, and possibly the first knowingly genre-deconstructionist movie. I couldn't help thinking that Francois Truffaut or Louis Malle would have done the story straight and made it more entertaining.
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 29 June 2020 at 4:26pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Throne of Blood (1957). Excellent film, that lifts the plot from Macbeth. Toshiro Mifune acts in his inimitable fashion in the lead regicidal role, with Isuzu Yamada also memorable as a brilliantly underplayed version of Lady Macbeth.

I actually ended up watching it twice, as I found the opening section a little hard to follow from cold the first time around.

I also watched Body Double (1984), a kind of 80s synthesis of Rear Window and Vertigo. Not as good as those films (and I'm not really a fan of Vertigo), while a lot trashier. It does end up being a lot less contrived than it initially seems, but it's not really any the better for it. Has a really weird bit in the middle where Frankie Goes to Hollywood appear and sing Relax!
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John Byrne

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Posted: 29 June 2020 at 7:46pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

BOWFINGER (1999)

A brilliant satire of the insanity that is Hollywood.

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