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John Byrne

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Posted: 08 September 2020 at 6:39pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

RED PLANET (2000)

Entertaining, but more fiction than fact.

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John Harrison
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Posted: 09 September 2020 at 3:46am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

This must be my favorite I seem to rewatch it more than the others.

The other night I watched Voyager S3:2 Flashback so I followed up w The
Undiscovered Country. I guess I never realized Tuvok wasn't actually in the
movie. In my defense Tim Russ does pop up a lot in Star Trek.

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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 10 September 2020 at 11:00am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

FANTASY ISLAND, on Netflix.

It was okay, but the explanation for why Mr. Roarke is on the island was kind of lame. The reveal regarding another character at the end was even worse.

Best thing about the movie was the casting. Figured out the twist about who the real villain was about fifteen minutes before the reveal, though.
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Robin Taylor
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Posted: 11 September 2020 at 11:55am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I have been on a 4K kick since the pandemic started and I bought a 75" 4K TV. Yesterday I got the 4K Hitchcock set, with Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho and The Birds.

I have been extremely pleased and wowed by the 4K discs I have been purchasing and the Hitchcock set is beautiful. I have found the most compelling thing about 4K is that it is the best way to experience cinema at home. Film grain is rendered beautifully instead of looking like artifacting or color smearing that can happen in streaming, even at 4K.

The thing about Rear Window that popped for me immediately was the color, early technicolor is so stunning. The reflections in Stewart's telephoto lens and binoculars are so sharp, it's like a mirror looking back into the set. It's really beautiful

RT
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Daniel Preece
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Posted: 12 September 2020 at 10:15am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Hobbit 2: The Desolation of Smaug -- Extended Version.

Bluray on a 4k tv.... this stuff just blows me away.  
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John Byrne

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Posted: 12 September 2020 at 11:40am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Well, now I’m sad.
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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 12 September 2020 at 11:49am | IP Logged | 7 post reply


"Hobbit 2: The Desolation of Smaug -- Extended Version."

SO many things wrong with that title!

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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 12 September 2020 at 11:59am | IP Logged | 8 post reply


Perfectly fine anniversary viewings of:

CAST AWAY (2000)
Compelling stuff, and arguably one of Tom Hanks' very best roles... but, just like I thought 20 years ago, still stretched out to an ungodly 45 minutes more than it needed to be.  My 10-year old son cried, though, at the "Wilson" scenes!

MY BODYGUARD (1980)
An old childhood favorite of mine, saw it when I was only 8... to this day, Matt Dillon still unnerves me because of this movie!  Really nothing more than a grittier after-school special, but well-made for what it is, with pleasant performances all-around.

ALMOST FAMOUS (2000)
The best of this bunch, though I don't think it's quite as good as its reputation... definitely some awkward edits and time compression going on (suggesting I should probably check out the extended "Bootleg Version"), and it's probably too-rosy a picture painted of life on the road in the early '70s, but it's also a heck of a lot of fun.  I tend to go back & forth with this one, between loving it and being a little overly-critical, but this time, it won me over again.



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John Byrne

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CAST AWAY

•••

I had trouble with the math. The amount of time Hanks’ character was gone, then to come back to find his lady love married with a kid—well, it sure seemed to me like she gave up on him pretty fast!

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David Miller
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Posted: 12 September 2020 at 3:19pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

ALMOST FAMOUS
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I definitely recommend the Bootleg cut. (I watched it a coupe weeks ago in a double feature with HIGH FIDELITY.) The extra time rewards the characters and helps build a truly epic road movie. I agree it's idealized, but it makes sense, since it's the story of a fifteen year-old. My main beef (sometimes) is how rockers who would have been in their early twenties are played by actors in their thirties, but I guess it works, because people did look older then, especially so to teenagers.

If you get a chance, check out Crowe's ROADIES, which he made for Showtime. Luke Wilson and Carla Gugino play road managers for a mid-level band struggling with their own limitations in the harsh face of stardom. It's real uneven, but when it's good it's good in an ALMOST FAMOUS kind of way.
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John Byrne

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THE SAND PEBBLES (1966)

The bottom half this time, surfed into on TCM. Watched the first half several months ago. This is the action half, tho the ending is a forgone conclusion.

Jerry Goldsmith score is, imho, the best part.

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Michael Penn
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Posted: 12 September 2020 at 6:30pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

CAST AWAY
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I had trouble with the math.

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Would make kinda sense if she'd been cheating on him all along with her boyfriend's dentist...
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