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Watched Snowpiercer (2013)
4.0/5 (amazon 3.3/5, imdb 7.0/10, rotten tomatoes 95%/76%, AVS Ralph Potts 4/5)
Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges and a civil war erupts. “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
I never saw any commercials on television for this. First I heard of it was on AVS.
Glad I bought it though.
126 minutes. $39 million budget.
Chris Evans, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Alison Pill (The Newsroom).
The plot is totally irrational. For example, there are eggs on the train, but no chickens; steaks, but no steers; bugs, but no source for them. A perpetual motion machine, enough said.
But it holds together somehow as a story. Lots of violence, indeed hack-and-slash throughout, although a lot of the gore is implied rather than actually seen.
Some people hate it. This guy liked it far more than it deserves.
Some polar opposite thoughts on the internet of what the ending meant. Was the earth warming enough for a polar bear, so it was warm enough for the survivors? Or did the few human survivors meet a creature that was going to eat them for food and that's the end of the human race.
Not a film I'm likely to drag out for the elderly relatives though.
I have been intrigued by this movie. Is it really over the top with the Global Warming thing? I'm not really a fan of the liberal Hollywood agenda movies.
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I have been intrigued by this movie. Is it really over the top with the Global Warming thing? I'm not really a fan of the liberal Hollywood agenda movies.
Then you must not be a fan of ANY Hollywood movie. Rarely do I find a movie that does not have some type of hidden agenda or an outright in your face agenda. It is refreshing to find one that does not.

Her - Netflix DVD - This is actually a complicated movie. I would not recommend this for the masses but then again not every movie appeals to everyone. If you look past the surface of the movie you can actually "think" about several concepts the movie touches on as well as the obvious ones. Both my kids wanted to watch the movie and both watched it separately. Had I watched it first I may have not let my 16yr old watch it, but that is a different story. He ended up not watching all of it, my 19yr old watched it and liked it. I actually did not know much about the movie except for watching a trailer or two. After watching the movie I can say that I liked it. It is very different than most of the movies I typically watch so it was good to break out and think for a change. Kind of makes you wonder what the guys at Apple and Microsoft are working on for the not so distant future. 3/5

Oh, I wanted to add that when I first heard Samantha I was drawn in by her voice, it has a playful, sexy nature about it. I knew I had heard it before but with all I could muster I just could not place it. When the credits rolled I had my Ah ha moment and it all fit.

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Her - Netflix DVD - This is actually a complicated movie.
Spike Jonze does good stuff - very thoughtful film maker. Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are, and now Her. Her was not perfect, but I quite enjoyed it. Subtly atmospheric, carefully photographed, interesting art direction and costuming... I particularly like the careful craftsmanship of the digital cinematography.
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Is it really over the top with the Global Warming thing?
No. Its the reason they're on the train, and the visuals out the windows, but the struggle is inside the train not outside.


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Have you seen "Purge 2 Anarchy" ?

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Then you must not be a fan of ANY Hollywood movie. Rarely do I find a movie that does not have some type of hidden agenda or an outright in your face agenda. It is refreshing to find one that does not.
I'm actually not a lot of times.

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No. Its the reason they're on the train, and the visuals out the windows, but the struggle is inside the train not outside.



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Thanks for that. And no, I have not seen either of the Purge Movies (didn't even know there was a second). I'm intrigued by it, but know little about it.
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Watched Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956, BluRay)
3.9/5 (amazon 4.4/5, imdb 6.4/10, rotten tomatoes 71%/57%)
I don't think I've ever seen this before.
It was kind of neat. Extra-terrestrials flying in high-tech flying saucers contact scientist Dr. Russell Marvin (Hugh Marlowe) as part of a plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth.
The BluRay offered the ability to watch it in color or black&white, so I watched it in black&white.
It's a Ray Harryhausen animation, with lots of flying saucers roaming all over the place, and eventually hitting all the tourist spots in Washington D.C.
The film gratifyingly violates one of the formulas of 1950s sci-fi cinema, or even the recent Godzilla film: it does not make the audience wait to see the alien nemesis, continually postponing a disappointing appearance, but exposes its first saucer within two minutes of the opening segment.

Played New Captain Scarlet
3.5/5 (amazon 4.8/5, imdb 7.7/10)
I liked the Thunderbirds (1965), disliked the remake Thunderbirds (2004).
I disliked the original 'Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967)', but I've really been enjoying New Captain Scarlet (2005).
I saw a couple episodes on YouTube and they looked good, and I ordered the DVD set.
New Captain Scarlet is pretty much the same story, but this one is all CGI. The ships and action are great.
This show is arguably one of the best 'flat character TV shows' of recent years and gives Hollywood a run for its money.
Nice job by Gerry Anderson.
Set in 2068, Captain Scarlet presents the hostilities between Earth and a race of Martians known as the Mysterons. After human astronauts attack their city on Mars, the vengeful Mysterons declare war on Earth, initiating a series of reprisals that are countered by Spectrum, a worldwide security organization (alarmingly similar to S.H.I.E.L.D. including flying aircraft carrier of Sky Captain World Of Tomorrow but without the desperate acronym ). Spectrum boasts the extraordinary abilities of its primary agent, Captain Scarlet. During the events of the pilot episode, Scarlet acquires the Mysteron healing power of "retro-metabolism" and is thereafter considered to be virtually "indestructible", being able to recover fully from injuries that would normally be fatal.


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Gerry Anderson's classic cult 1960s TV series, 'Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons' is back on our screens in the most impressive animated series to hit kids' TV this century. Now called 'Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet' it now uses motion-capture CGI instead of Puppets which gives each character much more believability and enables each episode to be packed with break-neck action and stunning visuals as well as breath-taking scenes,mind-blowing action and dramatic storylines in each 22-minute episode of Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet it packs all the punch of a blockbuster movie. With production costs of $30 million across 26 episodes and produced in High Definition with Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound, New Captain Scarlet brings the cinema experience directly into the home. When a mysterious extraterrestrial signal is detected emanating from Mars, the world security organization known as Spectrum sends agents Captain Scarlet and Captain Black to investigate. The two men soon discover the source of the signals: a huge alien city, which materializes into visibility before their startled eyes. The aliens dispatch a probe to examine the Earth vehicle, but Black assumes it to be hostile, and fires a burst of missiles which utterly destroys the entire city. However, the alien buildings immediately reform using an unearthly process known as retro-metabolism, and the city's inhabitants, the Mysterons, immediately retaliate by killing Black and declaring war on Earth. The Mysterons are able convert anyone or anything to their cause by destroying the original and then recreating it as a new, 'Mysteronised' agent - capable of employing any means necessary to bring about the downfall of the human race. From Spectrum's high-flying center of operations, Skybase, its leader, Colonel White, uses all available resources to thwart the Mysteron threat, including a crack team of colour-coded agents; the sleek but deadly Angel Interceptors, also known as Falcons; the tank-like Rhinos; and the ultra-fast Raid bikes. One of Spectrum's top agents is Captain Scarlet; once a Mysteron agent, Scarlet was able to throw off his conditioning and regain his sense of loyalty to Spectrum, with the added bonus that he is now indestructible. Fearless in his mission to protect Earth, Captain Scarlet is aided by the brave and intelligent Captain Blue, and together they attempt to defeat the menace of the Mysterons.

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Maria: And what does that mean to you?
Ward: It means someone really wanted our initials to spell out "shield."

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We watched "Transformers: Age of Extinction"

Ugh. These movies are LONG. I liked Mark Wahlberg and the whole premise. But they could have cut an hour out of it easy.

I give it a 3/5. Maybe a little lower.
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Watched Tora Tora Tora (149 minute Extended Japanese Edition)
4/5 (amazon 4.7/5, imdb 7.5/10)
Running length:
2 hr 17 min (137 min) (UK)
2 hr 24 min (144 min)
2 hr 29 min (149 min) (Japan)
2 hr 40 min (160 min) (Extended Japanese Edition 2009)
Comparison of 145 seconds of the differences between the 144 and 149 minute version: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=431099
Fox intended that the film would be both historically accurate and balanced. To achieve that balance, Fox arranged for American and Japanese producers and directors to film their accounts of the Japanese attack independently and then blended both accounts into one story. For greater realism, Fox wisely chose to exclude top film stars, such as Charlton Heston or John Wayne, and selected a cast of fine character actors for the American and Japanese roles in the film. The American account appears to have been largely drawn from Professor Gordon W. Prange's authoritative history "At Dawn we slept" and does not shy away from depicting the succession of blunders that should have alerted the American armed forces in Hawaii to the approaching danger.

Watched Battle Beneath the Earth (1967)
2.9/5 (amazon 4.2/5, imdb 4.5/10)
I hadn't seen this in decades -- after about 15 minutes I thought 'I wonder if this is the one where ...' and low and behold it was.
A Chinese general has a system of tunnels dug all the way from China to USA, under the Pacific Ocean! The american PhD who discovers the invasion, is arrested and committed to a mental institution. Wherever there is an important base or city, the general places atomic bombs. US soldiers go underground to repel the invaders.

Watched Ultimate Warrior (1975)
2.7/5 (amazon 4.2/5, imdb 4.5/10)
Yul Brynner, a young-ish Max von Sydow.
I don't think I'd ever seen this one before.
2012 is a brutal place where cannibalism is rumored to be happening. In the immediate story you have the Baron (Max Von Sydow) the leader of one such community trying to stave death. Against them are the savage group led by Carrot (B-movie Legend William Smith). Into this mix comes a killer for hire named Carson (Yul Brynner). He throws his lot in with the Baron and ultimately is asked to take the Baron's pregnant daughter and the surviving crop seeds to an island Carson knows of off of North Carolina.
Von Sydow turns in his usual measured but good performance.

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Love Love Love Tora Tora Tora now that you have brought it up BB I'll have to watch it again.

Edge of Tomorrow - Netflix DVD - I went in thinking that it would be just a ho hum type of movie watching experience and I was very pleasantly surprised. I thought overall the story line was very well developed and not near as many holes as most "time travel" movie plots have. This is kind of like Groundhog Day with a lot more action and explosions. I did think that they could have done a much better job of the Mimic creatures as the looked like they were almost an afterthought and their action so fast that is was on the verge of being distracting. It is curious that the director spent more on developing the characters of all the secondary players than he did of the two main characters but I'm sure he had his reasons for that. As BB said earlier it would have been interesting to see just how many times he relived the day but I would say they left something like that out so the viewer could leave that to their own reasoning. Watched this on my 42in plasma so no thoughts on audio. I'm guessing this would be pretty good on BR and on my big screen. Might just have to pick this one up. 3.5/5

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Love Love Love Tora Tora Tora now that you have brought it up BB I'll have to watch it again.

Edge of Tomorrow - Netflix DVD - I went in thinking that it would be just a ho hum type of movie watching experience and I was very pleasantly surprised. I thought overall the story line was very well developed and not near as many holes as most "time travel" movie plots have. This is kind of like Groundhog Day with a lot more action and explosions. I did think that they could have done a much better job of the Mimic creatures as the looked like they were almost an afterthought and their action so fast that is was on the verge of being distracting. It is curious that the director spent more on developing the characters of all the secondary players than he did of the two main characters but I'm sure he had his reasons for that. As BB said earlier it would have been interesting to see just how many times he relived the day but I would say they left something like that out so the viewer could leave that to their own reasoning. Watched this on my 42in plasma so no thoughts on audio. I'm guessing this would be pretty good on BR and on my big screen. Might just have to pick this one up. 3.5/5

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I would recommend not starting out with reference volume levels as there is a sweeping seven to ten second low frequency tone right at the opening (about 30 seconds or so into the film) that reaches down deep and literally shook my room and beyond (my neighbor in the house next door texted me inquiring as to “what the heck was that!?”). It sounded so good I played it back three or four times. This could certainly be problematic for smaller subwoofers so use caution.
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A list of War Movies (pre November 11th -- not for the hour you're at the public gathering with your poppy showing the veterans and the news channels that you remember)


12 O'clock High
49th Parallel
A Bridge Too Far
A Midnight Clear
A Walk in the Sun
All Quiet on the Western Front
Apocalypse now
Band of Brothers
Battle of Britain
Battle of the Bulge
Battle of the River Platte
Beneath Hill 60
Big Red One
Blackhawk down
Blue Max
Breaker Morant
Bridge at Remagen
Bridge Over the River Kwai
Captains of the Clouds
Cross of Iron
Cruel Sea
Dam Busters
Das Boot
Defiance
Desert Fox
Desert Rats
Devil's Brigade
Dirty Dozen
Divided We Fall
Downfall
Empire of the Sun
Enemy at the Gates
Flags of our Fathers
Flyboys
Full Metal Jacket
Gallipoli
Great Escape
Green Berets
Grey Zone
Guns at Batasi
Guns of Navarone
Hamburger Hill
Hell is for Heroes
Hope and Glory
Ice Cold in Alex
In Harms Way
In Which We Serve
Inglourious Basterds
K225 (1943)
Kanal (1956)
Kelly's Heroes
Korengal
Lawrence of Arabia
Letters From Io Jima
Longest Day
Mars na Drinu
Memphis Belle (1943, 1990)
Midway
Pacific
Paths of Glory
Patton
Pianist
Platoon
Red Baron
Restrepo
Run silent run deep
Sailor of the King
Saving Private Ryan
Schindler's List
Sea of Sand
Sink The Bismark
Stalingrad (1993)
Submarine X-1
Target For Tonight
Thin red line
Tobruk
Tora Tora Tora
Tunes of Glory
Tuskegee Airman
Victory from Above
Warhorse
We Were Soldiers
When Trumpets Fade
Where Eagles Dare
Which Way Is The Front Line From Here
Windtalkers
Winter War (1989)
Wooden Horse
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Haha.....You have a knack for finding obscure stuff on you tube. The thing is when Battlestar Galactica was in its first run I vaguely remember this scene. As a kid of 8 I found the "ladies" that were singing somewhat disturbing.

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Watched Streets Of Fire (1984) [german bluray]
Played Streets Of Fire (1984) [HDDVD]
Played Streets Of Fire (1984) [DVD]
3.7/5(amazon 4.5/5, imdb 6.7/10, rotten tomatoes 70%)


I've been phasing out my HDDVDs wherever possible, and I saw that there was a bluray version of this from germany that is region free (amazon says it's Region 2, but elsewhere it says its region 1 and 2, and it works in Region 1 players).


The german BluRay version:
- has an english soundtrack in DTS-HD Master Audio, but the mix is a little off for voices making them a wee bit harder to understand than they should be, but the real problem with the audio is the music which has the instruments turned down and the voice up leaving it a lesser dance music rock-n-roll than it should be.
- the video is very clear, with hair and faces very recognizable, but is missing the depth of colour that it should have.


As some of you may know, the DVD version of this's video is red saturated and fuzzy and barely better than VHS, but the audio is fine.


The best version of this seems to still be the HDDVD version, giving clear video with the correct rich colours but without the excessive red saturation of the DVD, and the audio is mixed well to make you want to get up and swing your hips.


My goodness Willem Dafoe is young in this.

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Watched Sailor of the King (1953)
2.9/5 (amazon 4.2/5, imdb 6.9/10)
Jeffrey Hunter stars as a Canadian sailor serving on a British warship who battles single-handedly to delay a large German World War II warship long enough for three smaller Royal Navy vessels to bring it to battle.
A 1953 war film based on the novel Brown on Resolution by C. S. Forester (writer of Horatio Hornblower).
Jeffrey Hunter (Star Trek Captain Christopher Pike 1966), and Michael Rennie (The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951).
The first act is during WWI, where a young Lieutenant Richard Saville meets and falls in love with Miss Lucinda Bentley on the train to London. Circumstances confound, and they wind up in love and separate.
The second act is during WWII, where Rear admiral of the blue Richard Saville is in command of three warships on convoy duty. Due to fuel restrictions he sends two fully fueled warships in pursuit of a large warship the German raider Essen that has just sunk another merchantman. The two British ships get separated, and one engages the Essen which has a 5000 foot range advantage and sinks the slower smaller British warship that gets off a lucky torpedo hit on the Essen. There are two survivors, one of which is Jeffrey Hunter who is picked up by the Essen and briefly interrogated.
Hunter is the son of a mother keen on the navy and thus knows more about naval tactics, strategy and gunnery than most of his rank, and his years growing up in Canada after his mother left England shortly after WWI have left him with superior marksmanship skills.
The third act the Essen harbors at a deserted island for repairs, and Hunter escapes with a rifle.
He then proceeds to pick off sailors working on the repairs, leading the Essen’s captain to use his ship's AA guns and then big guns in vain attempts to dislodge Hunter. Finally he sends a party of marines out to hunt Hunter down, but just as they are about to kill him, they are recalled and the Essen departs. Brown collapses, seriously wounded and dehydrated. As the Essen leaves the lagoon, she is caught and sunk by Saville's remaining force. One of her survivors informs the British of Hunter's exploits, which delayed repairs for 18 hours, thus enabling the British to catch up with them. A landing party is sent ashore from Saville's force to find Brown.
Back in England, the king gives Hunter the Victoria Cross. It's implied, but not clear, that Hunter is Saville's son by way of Miss Lucinda Bentley, but neither may ever discover this.

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Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens official trailer




And the DVD version after George Lucas adds a few things he thinks should have been there in 2015
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Watched The Expendables 3
2.6/5 (amazon 4/5, imdb 6.2/10, rotten tomatoes 32% 50%)
Exactly what you'd expect from a elder Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer , Antonio Banderas , Randy Couture , Terry Crews , Jet Li film.
Weak plot. About the same as the previous two, maybe a bit more pointless.
Some of the green screen has optical errors -- haven't seen that sort of thing since computers seriously took over the 1930s travelling matte chroma key in the 1980s.

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Watched The Third Man (1949)
3.9/5 (amazon 4.5/5, imdb 8.4/10)
An out of work pulp fiction novelist, Holly Martins, arrives in a post war Vienna divided into sectors by the victorious allies, and where a shortage of supplies has lead to a flourishing black market. He arrives at the invitation of an ex-school friend, Harry Lime, who has offered him a job, only to discover that Lime has recently died in a peculiar traffic accident. From talking to Lime's friends and associates Martins soon notices that some of the stories are inconsistent, and determines to discover what really happened to Harry Lime (Orson Wells).

What is it makes The Third Man the classic most everyone agrees it is? (And lets face it, voted number 35 in the top all-time films gives it more than just some passing credibility.) Is it Orson Welles' menace? The whiff of corruption in occupied post-war Vienna? the cuckoo-clock speech atop the big wheel? Robert Krasker's cinematography? His ultimate demise in the great sewer chase?

The finished product innovatively, was years ahead of its birthright. Time and time again the viewer is bailed up by stunning camera angles and back-lighting. The eerie shadows around the deserted streets and of course the unforgettable first glimpse of Harry Lime (Welles) himself as he skulks like the rat he is, in the corner of the building, lit in close-up suddenly from the light in an adjacent apartment. Offhand I cannot think of a character's more dramatic entrance to a film. Welles in fact has minimal screen time, though his dark presence and influence infiltrate proceedings like an insidious disease. You think you're supposed to like him because he's smiling so warmly, but then you listen to what he says and what he's about to do and what he's done and continues to do and my goodness!

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Watched Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill (2014)
3.5/5 (amazon 3.5/5, imdb 6.7/10, Rotten Tomatoes 51%, AVS Lee Weber: 2.5/5
Watched the 2D version.
Rated R for strong brutal stylized violence throughout, sexual content, nudity
Do not watch the old one (2005) before watching this one (2014). It exploits the spark that made the first film great while still not having that magical appeal, and if you've just seen the 9 year old one that spark will be lessened.
Previous actress Brittany Murphy and actor Michael Clarke Duncan are now deceased, the latter recast by Dennis Haysbert in the role of Manute.
Mickey Rourke's Marv makes a surprise appearance considering he died in the previous film.
Eye candy Jessica Alba dons the stirrups once again as Nancy but this time is not as interesting.
Eva Green, starred nude as Artemisia in "300: Rise of an Empire", which was adapted from Frank Miller's graphic novel "Xerxes". Here she stars nude as Ava from Frank Miller's "Sin City" graphic novels, two old ones and two new ones.
The main character portrayed by Josh Brolin. Brolin lacks the debonair and commanding force that Clive Owen has in the first film.
The plot and lines are thin, perhaps to fit in a required number of fight scenes and more sexual content
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Arabian Adventure (1979)
2.5/5 (amazon 3/5, imdb 5.6/10)
Emma Samms, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Mickey Rooney, Milo O'Shea, John Ratzenberger (Cliff Clavin of Cheers)
Passably fun little movie. Good Saturday afternoon fare.
Genies, magic lamps, flying carpets, dread sorcerers, princes and princesses, and a young but loyal beggar sidekick. Reminisent of the The Thief of Bagdad (1940).
The plot: The tyrannical Caliph Alquazar (Christopher Lee), to gain dark sorcerous might, has enslaved his soul to a mirror. Since then, his only means of defeat lies in the Rose of Elil, a mystical treasure which the Caliph desperately desires in his care. For while it has the power to destroy him, the Rose can also render him invincible. Accordingly, he commissions its fetching to a bold stranger named Hasan (Oliver Tobias), who boasts a claim to royalty. In return, Hasan is promised the hand of Princess Zuliera (lovely Emma Samms). Now, aided by the young scamp Majeed (who himself stumbles upon a magical talisman), Hasan ventures to the Island of Elil and survives many perils in his quest. But his blackest test awaits him when he at last journeys back to the treacherous Caliph.
For 1979 television, the belly dance cameo by a Suzanne Danielle was pleasant. These days see youtube for belly dancing.
Video on my copy is a little poor.

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Arrow 'La Dolce Vita' (1960) - directed by Federico Fellini



♦ In black and white; I've seen it several times but first time now from the Criterion Collection on Blu.
I grew up watching Fellini's films, studying them, and I'm simply a big fan of his.

Fifty-five years ago the world was a different place, and the cameras were different too, and the people ...
Today we can reflect back and make comparisons to the new world we live in with the newer people's visual art techniques.

'La Dolce Vita' is not my favorite Fellini's flick; I don't have one, I luv them all, including 'Amarcord'.

But it is interesting 55 years later the reality of the people living in that surreal world of filmmaking. ...Today, and yesterday.
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Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens official trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMOVFvcNfvE




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Watched Guardians of the Galaxy
3.9/5 (amazon 4.7/5, imdb 8.3/10, Rotten Tomatoes 94%, Decent Films: A-, AVS Ralph Potts: 4.5/5
Another good, loose fun film. Watched in 2D. The special features say that the eigth inch raised tattoos are decernable in 3D.
Usually I don't like actress Zoe Saldana, but she was quite watchable in this (jeepers I see they're making Avatar 2 (2016), Avatar 3 (2017), and Avatar 4 (2018)).
I didn't like Rocket (raccoon) as much as I was hoping, but Groot was better than expected
I've never seen the cartoon/comics, so when character Peter Quill is kidnapped at the beginning I sighed thinking it might be a dream movie, but it doesn't seem to be that.
That concern was dissolved within moments of Peter Quill's (Chris Pratt) locating the power stone, and contrary to the trailer handling the gang of thieves reasonably well.
The CGI animation of Rocket and Groot are both fine. The end credits list the digital animators and it must be in the small hundreds -- lots of editing on every frame.
It's set in the marvel universe, so Benicio Del Toro makes a reappearance as The Collector -- although I'm wondering since his place got wrecked if the Aether will be a problem. I note that at the end of Thor The Dark World (2013), with the Tesseract already in Asgard, having two Infinity Stones so close together apparently would be dangerous. As they leave, the Collector remarks,"One down, five to go" so presumably in Guardians this is a bit of a fulfillment of that. I don't know if Thanos or Liki had all six infinity stones previously of subsequently to this movie. The Power Stone entrusted with the Nova Corps for safekeeping. Loki might have another infinity stone in his staff.
I think I liked the 1986 Howard the Duck better than Seth Green's interpretation.
The seventies pop music is much enjoyed, although Blue Swede's "Hooked On A Feeling" (ohh gaa, ohh gaa, ohh gaa cha cha) seemed lacking in bass.
All in all a pleasant watch. Popcorn is approved.

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My first post in this thread! I forgot that I can now post in this thread since I finally have my projector up and running

I watched Edge of Tommorrow. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1631867/

"A military officer is brought into an alien war against an extraterrestrial enemy who can reset the day and know the future. When this officer is enabled with the same power, he teams up with a Special Forces warrior to try and end the war."

I watched it with the wife and two kids 6 and 8. Even they liked it. I would recommend this movie if you haven't seen it yet!
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Watched Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
3.7/5 (amazon 4.1/5, imdb 7.8/10, rotten tomatoes 90%, Decent Films: A)
It is not a bad film by any means, and there is a lot to like about it, but it doesn't just deliver an epic plot.
The film picks up 10 years after "Rise of the Planet of the Apes". The Simian flu has decimated humankind, and the contenents are no longer lit up at night when seen from space. Dreyfus says early in the movie "We spent 4 years fighting that virus. Another 4 fighting each other..." and Maurice mentions that it's been "Ten winters" since the outbreak and there's been no sign of humans for the last two. So that suggests there's been 2 years of peace among humans. Yet throughout the film they are hoping to contact others, and at the end they're happy to have soldiers come and help.
The actors playing human roles are good, but each is a little flat, a little one-dimensional. Malcolm, as played by Jason Clarke, is the good guy. He only wants to work out a deal with the apes so they can get to the dam and get the power plant running. He is only ever good or caring.
Motion capture suits. Andy Serkis plays Ceasar in the two most recent films, the Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, was “King Kong”, a character in the upcoming “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, and a character in the upcoming “Star Wars” film. Serkis does an amazing job bringing Caesar to life. We see and feel every emotion the ape feels, every interaction he has with his fellow apes and with the humans.
Caesar has a lot to contend with- humans, who are pretty much distrusted by all apes, dissent within the pack, family sickness. But he can never show weakness and that is the first thing you realize about Caesar; he is strong, very strong. But his mind is always working. If he trusts Malcolm, will Koba and the others perceive this as a weakness and try to take over? If he doesn’t show any kindness to the humans, will they immediately attack? Caesar seems to consider every action he and his pack make, weighing whether it will lead them closer to an all-out conflict with the humans. He doesn’t seem to want war and tries to do everything he can to prevent it.
At the end of the closing credits, the sounds of apes howling can be heard along with the sound of shifting rubble and another ape gasping for air, which may imply that Koba survived.
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This movie picks up about 10 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. If you're like me, for the first few minutes you'll wonder if you've mistakenly wandered into the bargain movie theater and you're watching Contagion because the movie starts with all of these news clips reporting details about a massive quarantine and all these deaths due to something like the swine flu. Don't worry - it's the right movie. Basically, the human population is getting wiped out from disease that was spread by the apes that were getting tested on in the first movie. The movie finally starts about 10 years later and Caesar is wondering if there are any humans left, because they haven't seen any sign of them in 2 years. Proving Caesar has incredible timing, his question is answered when his son and another ape run into a group of hikers in the wood.. Long story short - they're trying to get to some giant dam or something to set up a power source for this group of humans that have survived. They need the power for survival, and also to communicate with the rest of the world to see who else has survived the epidemic. The problem: the apes don't trust humans and humans don't trust the apes.The rest of the movie is pretty much apes and humans tiptoeing around each other because they don't trust the other after the events of the first movie, both parties getting along to the point of not wanting to start a huge war, until Koba goes and starts trouble. After that, all chaos breaks loose. I thought the movie was really action-packed and intense at parts. I loved it! Even the scenes I giggled at during the previews (where the apes were riding on horses and looking ridiculous) ended up being pretty good in the actual movie.
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In the 1960s Arthur P. Jacobs purchased screen rights to Pierre Boulle's novel "Monkey Planet," for Twentieth Century Fox. It became Jacobs' dream project, facing an uphill battle with skeptical executives. Not helping the producer's cause was Boulle's public statement, calling "Monkey Planet" his worst novel.*

Rod Serling and Michael Wilson co-wrote the screen adaptation for Planet of The Apes (1968), which is far more Twilight Zone in construction than Boulle. Jacobs wisely cast Charlton Heston in the lead role. Heston, who loved the script, was helpful in influencing studio heads to green light and assign director Franklin J. Shaffner, who the actor had worked with in the underrated The War Lord (1965).

Studio misgivings were laid aside when Planet of the Apes (1968) proved to be a monstrous success. Before Star Wars, Batman, etc, Planet of the Apes was the original blockbuster franchise, spawning four sequels, a short-lived television series, an animated series, and a comic book. The original film still retains its classic pop status, despite revisionist opinions, usually by those who have not seen it and dismiss it as a cheesy byproduct of the sixties and seventies. Actually, it is science fiction at its most preferable: the cinematic equivalent of Cracker Jacks with its prize being smart dumb fun amidst caramel popcorn and salty peanuts. Who, in all honesty, would find Kubrick's academic psychedelia 2001: A Space Odyssey, made the same year, as fun an experience as American icon Heston being put through Sterling's pulp karma in the form of gorillas on horseback? Heston's Col. Taylor, disdainful of mankind, is replete with character flaws, yet we root for him as he is catapulted through a physical and emotional nightmare, in which he is forced to do a philosophical about-face, only to learn he was right all along. Heston's physicality perfectly responds to Sterling's blunt ironies. It is the hippest performance of the actor's career and one can understand his hesitancy regarding the sequel; Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970).

Heston's performance here amounts to a cameo, with James Franciscus filling in, albeit with a second rate imitation. Still, once past the unnecessary rehash of the first film, Beneath, in its innovative second half,proves to be the strangest, most underrated of the franchise. It is also the only sequel, which retained the original's flavor.

Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971), the best of the sequels, benefits from the quirky performances of Kim Hunter and Roddy McDowell. Writer Paul Dehn crafts an inventive, humor-laden narrative that delights in seventies pop culture. Dehn, a noted film critic, drew, in part, off Rod Sterling's original script draft for the first film, as well as Boulle's novel, in which Apes and humans coexist in a modern society. The Sterlingesque first half gives way to Dehn's pre-apocalyptic sensibilities and pop social commentary on racism and violence.

Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes (1972) is literally Bazooka Bubble Gum armageddon,especially in the unrated version, found on home video. The slavery theme, in the decade immediately following the civil rights battle, made Conquest an enormously popular entry and Dehn sells the preposterousness of it by sheer style alone.

Battle for the Planet of The Apes (1973) fatally erred by switching horses in the middle of the ride (i.e. taking script-writing duties away from Dehn). The result was hopelessly dull family fare pretension with a vapid happy, happy, joy, joy intolerable New Age peace and harmony ending, which contradicts everything before it. The short-lived television seres, while hardly classic, was a slight step-up. By now the reputation of the original suffered from overexposure and the inevitable law of diminishing returns.

After Tim Burton's failed, all gloss re-boot from 2001, Twentieth Century Fox waited a full decade before handing the new Apes project over to producer and writer Rick Jaffa (among others), feeling the time was ripe to right Burton's wrong. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) justified their patience. Director Rupert Wyatt and actor Andy Serkis were considerable assets to the film's critical and box office success. Rise is the first Apes to utilize CGI and the results are mixed. The primary detractions come in form of egregious homages to the original film, including Heston's infamous line, which is rendered a disservice to this wily pulp. Rise also set a new pattern in dull human counterparts. James Franco is adrift and his brow beating may possibly have been the result of realizing he had been upstaged. Freida Pinto is wasted, reduced to decor. The only genuine interaction between actors is found in John Lithgow's Alzheimer victim with Serkis' remarkable turn as Caesar. Rise is also water logged with the most vapid and dull of subplots: the big bad wolf capitalist executive playing havoc with science for profit, before his inevitable comeuppance. The epic social underpinnings of the 1968 original are scaled down to a commentary on animal testing, but one that smartly yields to a revamping of Conquest. Wyatt's stylish direction mostly overcomes the sloppy writing. Flaws, aside Rise was successful enough to warrant this year's entry.

A sequel was planned from the beginning, with Serkis returning for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), directed by Matt Reeves, who previous credits include Cloverfield (2008) and Let Me In (2010). Some critics are hailing Dawn as the best of the entire Apes franchise, and although a distinct improvement over its immediate predecessor, this proves to be a slight exaggeration, but only slight. As Rise was conscientious folklore retelling of Conquest, Dawn uses Battle for a diving board and, fortunately, transforms its source (the worst of the Apes films) into one of the best.

Dawn, with returning writers Jaffa and Amanda Silver, repeats some of the missteps of Rise. Homages to the original abound and still serve as distractions. However, new writer Mark Bomback seems to have assisted in upping the ante (although his resume would not indicate that potential) delivering a script with the primary message that Them is synonym to Bigotry.

Dawn,like the best Apes films, has a Rod Sterlingesque sheen, but it also indebted to Dehn's somber, subtle as weapons of mass destruction apes branded social commentary. Additionally, there is a distant aesthetic relationship to Budd Boetticher's hyper complex, cryptic character prism filtered through the sensibilities of independent filmmaking (despite being a big studio enterprise). It is, or rather should be within our nature to root for the underdog, but as in a Boetticher film, we are unsure just who the underdog is. Both simian and human are prone to profiling and race demonization, but often this is borne through desperate struggle to survive, rather than being a genetic trait.Although,the shading is laudably complex, Dawn, like Rise, slightly falters in a vital area; the human counterparts themselves are mostly a dull lot with only a few performances rising above sketchiness. On the other hand, focusing primarily on the apes proves to be a good choice.

Aided by motion capture, Serkis' powerhouse performance as Caesar is even more impressive this time around and is the most, if not the only, successful collaboration between actor and CGI to date and, unlike the recent Spiderman travesty, the effects are utilized only to strengthen performance and narrative. Although clearly the protagonist, Caesar is fallible and fears change, which is Dawn's second big theme, practically splattered on us through a bull horn, which is hardly a criticism. Almost matching Serkis is Toby Kebbell's performance as the radical militant Koba. It is a given that Dawn will not be a favorite among a good number of NRA members or George W. Bush foreign policy fans, but Kebbell avoids degenerating into cartoon territory, which would have been easy to do. His Koba is not entirely without sympathy and understandable motive. A third, notable performance is found in Karin Konoval's reprise of the orangutan; Maurice (the name being a nod to Maurice Evans who played Dr. Zaius in the 1968 original). Maurice has taken on the mantle of a pedagogical simian. Anti-war, anti-racism, pro-gun control, pro-civil law, and pro-education, Dawn Of The Planet Of the Apes, is, quite possible, rendered a summer nightmare for obtuse summer blockbuster zealots and social media forum kooks.

Some criticisms have been leveled against this film for its preachiness and pacing. Aesthetically echoing its message that trust is hard earned, Dawn is more akin to a thought out, gradually convincing us homily as opposed to a banging-the pulpit Transformers sermon. Yet, this is not a summer move devoid of visceral excitement. Indeed, it is a rare, flavorful popcorn, aided immensely by Michael Giacchino's score, building to a dynamic, Orwellian crescendo.

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Watched Calvary (2014)
2.4/5 (amazon 4.4/5, imdb 7.5/10, Rotten Tomatoes 82%, AVS Ralph Potts: 4/5)
The movie opens with "I'm gonna kill you father. I'm gonna kill you cause you've done nothing wrong. I'm gonna kill you cause your innocent."
I had hoped I could show this to some of my older church going relatives, and the initial quote was promising, but five minutes after that, not to mention the ending, made that a no go. Not for the church going relatives. Some apt comedy very secondary to what's going on, but ultimately the movie is a bit depressing.
Which is a shame, because this is a movie about a very good priest, much better than any community deserves, doing his best. It's well shot. Well acted with a strong cast. It's not slow. Good lines. A plot centered around what the author is trying to do. I never paused it.
There are no 1 star reviews on amazon. I can't recall ever seeing that. Somebody always despises everything.


Watched Doctor Mordrid (1992, BluRay)
2.3/5 (amazon ?/5, imdb 6/10)
Two beings from another dimension; Both sorcerers with immeasurable powers. One has sworn to destroy the Earth; The other has vowed to protect it. Their timeless battle has crossed over from the Fourth Dimension and only one man will reign in the end.
A plot reminiscent of Dr. Strange (1978), but with more 1966-worthy special effects including bolts flying out of hands and animated dinosaurs.
All in all, an amusing Saturday Afternoon TV type movie, with a bit of gratuitous nudity.
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I read somewhere Charles Band had the option back in 1992 to make a Doctor Strange movie, based on the Marvel comic character, but the option expired before production could begin. As a result, Band rewrote the script, made many changes, and wound up making this film instead. I’m glad he did, too, because I think I enjoy this one much more than I would a Doctor Strange adaptation.

DOCTOR MORDRID is shot well and looks much like many of the Full Moon films from back in that day. The sets and the production design are obviously lower budget, but they still look great. I particularly like the floating castle where Kabal was imprisoned. This looks wicked onscreen, and the set pieces that accompany it are nice as well.

The acting is pretty good, although Combs certainly steals the show. I do have to give credit to Yvette Nipar, however, for she plays a great love interest for Combs’ character. And, screen vet Brian Thompson gives his usual over-the-top performance as the psychotic Kabal.

The special effects in DOCTOR MORDRID are very good for this time period, with several magic-casting scenes that are impressive displays of technical wizardry. Keep in mind, this film came out prior to CG, so the filmmakers had to use practical effects and camera tricks to achieve their goals. As such, this is a great-looking piece of filmmaking.

My sole complaint about DOCTOR MORDRID is the ending. I won’t give away specifics, however I will say it is kinda abrupt. Everything is wrapped up, however I would have liked to have seen a longer resolution.

But don’t let that dissuade you from seeing this film. DOCTOR MORDRID is a lot of fun, and fans of Full Moon will definitely want to snatch this up. I’ve never seen the DVD or VHS versions, however I can tell you the HD quality on the Blu-ray is superb. The Blu-ray is also loaded with special features, like:

-Brand new audio commentary with star Jeffrey Combs and producer/director Charles Band
-Original VideoZone making-of featurette
-Rare William Shatner interview with Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton
-Uncut behind-the-scenes footage from the Full Moon Vault

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Watched Godzilla (2014)
3/5 (amazon 3.8/5, imdb 6.8/10, rotten tomatoes 69/73%, Decent Films: C, AVS Ralph Potts: 3.5/5)
Budget $160 million.
Gross $200 million USA.
I kind of liked it. I miss the French from the Mathew Broderick version, but the 2014 Godzilla is better.
The 2014 Godzilla changes the primary plot, moving the monsters back a million years or so rather than created by the Bikini testing -- which is odd, and kind of misses the primary point of the tale.
That people are ants no more annoying than flees seemed an important plot point, and yet there's a moment that Godzilla King Of the Monsters and Protector And Balancer Of Nature looks at one man perhaps with approval.
The director wanted to introduce the monsters slowly so you see bits here and there, rather than the entire monster, until the end -- and even then most of this film is shot at night so unless you've got a very bright screen they're hard to see.
Trying to make the two new monsters look like stealth fighters with legs, was a bit off -- but better than 1998 Godzilla.
David Strathairn is a very good actor, but doesn't pull of the Admiral role.
Bryan Cranston should have been alive longer.
Ken Watanabe's role is odd, but his assistant played by Sally Hawkins was bang on.
The HALO I thought was good, even if all CGI. The sets were nicely done.
The Cranston and Binoche scene with the closing door was also well done.
So I watched this latest installment of Godzilla and I have very mixed feeling about it. Truly I felt that if you are looking at the film by itself (like there are no other Godzilla movies) it is a complete hot mess. I overall don't have anything against dark films (lighting not content) but this one is very very dark that during some of the scenes it was very hard to tell what exactly was going on and why. I thought that most of the character development was weak and agree with you BB on your assessment of the characters. Not sure if I like the new roar either. They tried way too hard to make it the same, but yet different. As looking at this movie based on previous versions, I like it as it is a different take on the role of the "monster" as a balancing force and the "alpha" predator that has been doing what it does best this time with lots and lots of witnesses. I also agree with you on the new "bad" monsters they just did not work for me at all and I had a hard time getting behind them as believable. I know, I know like this has any root in reality, and believability (sp??). I really wanted to like, no I really wanted to LOVE this movie and it just did not get there for me. I liked it, just not as much as I wanted to. 3/5

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Watched Secret of the Incas (1954)
2.9/5 (amazon 3.6/5, imdb 6.4/10)
Charlton Heston. This movie was the original Indiana Jones
A rogue moving among the natives with a fedora and a leather jacket. Harry of course is looking for treasure,
Charlton Heston plays an amercian adventurer with no ethics looking to make a fast buck in Peru. He makes a living swindling well-off travelers. He has heard the tales of a lost Inca artifact made of gold hidden somwhere at the Inca's ruines, and he hopes to find it and sell it. And that is what the film really revolves around. Harry has a 'missing' piece of an old clay tablet mapping out the location of the ancient Incan treasure. His older mentor is just as morally flawed, and will stop at nothing to get his hands on the Inca gold piece. Along the way, Heston meets a women with a questionable background hoping to go to the states and will use her charm on anyone willing to take her. All three try to scheme their way to fortune, and they end up at the Inca ruins along with an excavation team looking for the lost artifact. However, in keeping with true anti-hero status, Harry develops a moral-ethical value system as the story develops in no small part do to a beautiful young woman.
Although the singer, Yma Sumac, is fairly famous, I didn't like at all the two extended songs she did in this movie and fast forwarded through them.
Charlton Heston, Nicole Maurey, Thomas Mitchell all acted well.
Robert Young, Glenda Farrell, Michael Pate, and somewhat the rest of the cast were much weaker, limiting this film to B-movie status.
The movie is not as good as Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) or Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
The movie is better than Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).
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An Incan legend states that the Inca Empire was destroyed by the gods when a gold and jeweled starburst was stolen from the Temple of the Sun centuries ago, and that the ancient civilization will be reborn once the treasure is returned. Harry Steele (Charlton Heston), an adventurer, is seeking the artifact, as is his nemesis Edward 'Ed' Morgan (Thomas Mitchell), along with Elena Antonescu (Nicole Maurey), an Iron Curtain refugee.

The film is often cited by film buffs as a direct inspiration for the Indiana Jones franchise of films, with many of the scenes in Secret of the Incas bearing a striking resemblance in tone and structure to scenes in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Throughout Secret of the Incas, the main character, Harry Steele, can be seen wearing the 'Indiana Jones' outfit: brown leather jacket, fedora, tan pants, an over-the-shoulder bag, and revolver. The character also sometimes wears a light beard, unusual for films of its time, and there is a tomb scene involving a revelatory shaft of light similar to the 'Map Room' sequence in Raiders.

Raiders' costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis noted that the inspiration for Indiana's costume was Charlton Heston's Harry Steele in Secret of the Incas: 'We did watch this film together as a crew several times, and I always thought it strange that the filmmakers did not credit it later as the inspiration for the series' and quipped that the film is 'almost a shot for shot Raiders of the Lost Ark
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The film features a young Charlton Heston, who does a first rate job in acting the part of Harry Steele, a lovable and unscrupulous character. Harry has no problem 'taking money from a woman.' Nicole Maurey is excellent as well in the role of Elena Antonescu, a Romanian refugee with a dubious past of sorts who is smoldering red head. Harry doesn't have a problem taking anything from her. Finally, the film features character actor Thomas Mitchell as Ed Morgan a very shady character, who frequently is a Steele ally and then foe. Thomas Mitchell turns up in many of the very good film from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s ranging from Gone with the Wind, High Noon to It's a Wonderful Life.

A second factor is the script. It is witty and loaded with double entendre. In the world of 2014, characters say things straight out. In the world of 1954, the scripts were loaded with double meanings. The phrase 'taking the key out his pocket' is loaded phrase. This is a grown up film. The difference between 1954 and today, is that back in 1954, you could seat the kids and grown ups in the theater and they could watch the same film (most of the dialogue goes right over the head of a 10 year old).

Finally, there is some pretty good photography and traditional dancing and costumes--presented in color. This is sort of the National Geographic effect.
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No schmaltzy hero, no rescued virtuous damsel, and some respect for the native peoples. The natives were not deified nor made cartoonish anonymous cannon fodder. The cinematography showed some real appreciation for the camera art and a kiss to some gorgeous landscape. Heston plays his usual gibe macho type who is full of himself and takes on the plight of a woman of dubious background. Robert Young and Nicole Maurey are nice end pieces who don't get caught in the clichéd mess of the protagonist and his rival and establish some cultural context. The characters are not overdone and played with a natural feel. It probably plays well with older viewers since there are no special effects eye candy, no car chases, and no nudity.

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I also agree with you on the new 'bad' monsters they just did not work for me at all and I had a hard time getting behind them as believable. I know, I know like this has any root in reality, and believability (sp??).
It took me 30 years before I was able to look at Mothra without saying: "that's idiotic." While taking the harmless and making it forceful sometimes works, like using the actor who played the kind doctor in The Elephant Man (1980) and casting him as Hannibal Lector in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). But it didn't work for me with Mothra. And yet today I remember with great 'fondness', relatively speaking, Mothra's ability to capture Godzilla.
I wonder if in 30 years I'll be able to say, "I remember with great 'fondness', relatively speaking, how much better the 'bad' monsters were in Godzilla (2014) than what they did this year with a trillion dollar budget. Chihuahua vs Godzilla, you have to be kidding."

Oh my gosh it's been done!!! Chihuahua vs Godzilla !


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Played Godzilla 1954 : 4.0 / 5
Played Godzilla 1955 Raids Again : 3.0 / 5
Played Godzilla 1956 King of the Monsters : 3.3 / 5
Played Godzilla 1962 King Kong : 2.9 / 5
Played Godzilla 1964 Ghidorah (3 headed) : 3.3 / 5
Played Godzilla 1964 Mothra, : 3.3 / 5
Played Godzilla 1965 Astro Monster : 3.1 / 5
Played Godzilla 1966 Ebirah/Sea : 2.5 / 5
Played Godzilla 1967 Son : 2.2 / 5
Played Godzilla 1968 Destroy All Monsters : 3.3 / 5
Played Godzilla 1969 Bambi : 3.6 / 5
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Played Godzilla 1971 Hedorah/Smog : 3.0 / 5
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Played Godzilla 1975 MegaGodzilla : 3.1 / 5
Played Godzilla 1984 Legend Reborn : 3.0 / 5
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Played Godzilla 1989 Biollante : 3.3 / 5
Played Godzilla 1991 King Ghidorah : 3.2 / 5
Played Godzilla 1992 Mothra Battle : 3.0 / 5
Played Godzilla 1993 MechaGodzilla II : 3.3 / 5
Played Godzilla 1994 Space Godzilla : 3.1 / 5
Played Godzilla 1995 Destroyah : 3.5 / 5
Played Godzilla 1998 Mathew Broderick : 3.1 / 5
Played Godzilla 2000 Megaguirus : 3.2 / 5
Played Godzilla 2002 MechaGodzilla : 3.4 / 5
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