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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 13 February 2018 at 1:38am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

TOP GUN? meh. Overrated. Can't believe they're doing a sequel after all these years.

My favorite Tom Cruise movie involving him in a vehicle is DAYS OF THJNDER. 
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John Byrne

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Posted: 13 February 2018 at 5:21am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

A summer 1990 release would still require most of the filming and compilation to occur in the previous year.;)

Whenever I am accused of being pedantic, I reply with " What is wrong with being accurate and precise?"

This reminds me of when some numbskull connected with the first of the recent Captain America movies said the costume had been changed to make it look like something that was designed in the Forties.

Well, I thought, after I calmed down, technically it was probably designed in 1939.

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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 14 February 2018 at 2:20pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

THE KNOWLEDGE (1979)

In real life, The Knowledge is a demanding "course" which London taxi drivers have to undertake: they must learn 320 standard routes through London and memorise 25,000 streets within a certain radius. It usually takes 34+ months to pass.

The film version is a comedy which sees assorted characters learn the Knowledge, tested by a strict administrator. From the guy using the Knowledge as an excuse to have an affair to the person who hasn't entirely been honest with authorities, it's a good comedy even if it is very much of its time.

Well worth a watch.


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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 19 February 2018 at 5:18pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply


INVADERS FROM MARS (1953)

It's low-budget 1950's kid stuff, but it's also much more stylish, inventive and unsettling than it has any right to be.  The DVD transfer is atrocious (Criterion really need to get their mitts on this one), but the imagery and colors still manage to pop, regardless.

I may pop this one in again in October, for some Halloween viewings with my kids.  No masterpiece, but still lots of eerie fun!





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Peter Martin
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Posted: 20 February 2018 at 9:26am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

The Red Shoes (1948).

On the one hand, a relatively simple tale of the conflict between an aspiring dancer having to choose between romance and career set within the milieu of an esteemed touring ballet company, on the other a sumptuous, imaginative and dark fantasy, that makes groundbreaking use of music, editing, colour and dance to tell its story.

Naturally, the most striking feature of the film is the extended dance sequence at the heart of the film... and the eerie ending. I felt a little goes out of the film in its latter part, once Vicki and Craster fall out with Lermentov, but it's certainly a memorable and visually inventive film.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 20 February 2018 at 1:59pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Shaun, I had no idea a 1953 version existed. I saw a 1986 version and I just assumed it was standalone! 
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