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Re-watched Zombieland Saturday night, Ratings: 7.7/10 IMDb 4.3 out of 5 stars Amazon (and my rating)
Another cool Zombie movie with humor, been awhile since I watched, love this movie also...
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Watched Emperor (2012)
2.3/5 (amazon 3.8/5, imdb 6.3/10, rotten tomatoes 30%)
Nothing really special.
The narration, particularly at the beginning, shows a lack of understanding of history, as if the only history the writer knew was little bits from various nuclear bomb movies. It never rises to good historical war drama.
Matthew Fox stars as General Bonner Fellers, who was in love with a Japanese woman before the war (in real life turns out she never existed), and is tasked with finding evidence for or against Emperor Hirohito, because General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones playing a bit part in the movie) has been ordered by the president of the united states to find a reason to hang Hirohito because a poll recommended it. Fellers is the Japanese culture expert on the American staff.

Watched Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968)
2.9/5 (amazon 4.7/5, imdb 6.1/10)
A WWII semi-comedy.
When 5 allied generals are captured in Italy in WW II, it is a propaganda nightmare for the Allies. The generals are all 1 star and refuse to take orders from each other in order to plan an escape. Harry Frigg is a private who has escaped from the guard house dozens of times. He is promoted to Major General (2 stars) and ordered to get the generals out once he is captured. Harry is willing to escape, but then he meets the sexy Italian Contessa.
okay, this isn't Casablanca or even one of Paul Newman's best works. However, for a light romantic comedy with military stuff and character development for him and good sets and locations and emotional introspection for her, it delivers not too badly.

Watched The Crimson Pirate (1952)
2.6/5 (amazon 4.5/5, imdb 7.3/10)
Good swashbuckling pirate film with Burt Lancaster and frequent co-star Nick Cravat (Cravat appeared with Lancaster in nine films). At this time both were big on athletic prowess as strong as bulls, and each doing lots of aerobatics throughout the film.
We have the Caribbean, villains, heroes, damsels in distress, sword fights, sea battles, inventions, acrobatics aplenty. And all delivered with Burt's legendary smile. It is not a genre spoof, but it does not take itself seriously either having some keystone cops moments.
"Believe half of what you see" crimson pirate trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8677tT1b5rY
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I watched Pariah this passed weekend. It features the dramatic acting debut of Kim Wayans (of The Wayans family). Her acting was good but I didn't care for the overall movie. Some may like it a lot, but I pretty much caught all of the plot twists after watching the first 30 minutes of the movie.

But check it out for yourself and see what they did. I won't say it is a bad movie, it is just not for me.
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Watched Still Mine (2012)
2.9/5 (imdb 7.3/10)
Based on incredible true events, Still Mine is a heartfelt love story about 89-year-old Craig Morrison (Oscar-nominee James Cromwell), a stubborn farmer used to doing things for himself, and his ailing wife, Irene (Oscar-nominee Geneviève Bujold). When Craig decides to build Irene a new, more manageable home using old fashioned methods and incomplete but paid for permits, he quickly gets on the wrong side of an overzealous government inspector who finds just about everything unacceptable. Faced with Irene’s worsening condition, Craig races against time to finish the house, but court orders and possible jail time force him to take a final stand.

Craig Morrison had milled and dried his own lumber, in his own saw mill, as he's done all his life. His 2x4's were real 2x4s -- 2 inches by 4 inches. His 2x10s were real 2x10s. His father built 500 wooden ships that sailed on the Atlantic ocean, and taught his son jointery, and how to see the lumber in a tree. This is not remotely the first house he's built.

Building inspector Wayne Mercer found many things wrong with Mr. Morrison's house - although the building-code infractions he cited did not make it unsafe. He noticed that Mr. Morrison's lumber - custom-sawn - did not carry the requisite stickers. The windows did not carry the requisite stickers, either. Although the trusses were plenty strong as they were, Craig Morrison added the additional bits that Mercer wanted.

A professional home builder, Raymond Debly, volunteered to do an independent inspection. He determined that the house exceeded the requirements of the National Building Code. It was "built like a fort." The lumber, old-growth spruce, was superior to any lumber on the market. ("Some stamped lumber," he said, "shouldn't be used to build a doghouse.") The floors were double strength. ("You could walk an elephant across them.") And the trusses were fine. ("They were built the old-fashioned way," said Mr. Debly, himself 80, "the way we did it in the '60s.")

For details about the true story, see

Craig Morrison's wife, Irene, is suffering from Alzheimer's. The home they've lived in for decades, is going to kill her, and almost does a couple times. The new home he's building for his wife is smaller and suited to her needs and abilities. She needs it to live. The building department wants to bulldoze it.

It's not an exciting story by any means. And the wife's condition is not easy to watch, particularly if you have relatives the same age. But by the end you care for the characters, and what happens was important to us.

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I watched Sin City last night. Good movie, Great on a 100 in screen.
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Watched The Evil Dead (1981)
1/5 (amazon 4.4/5, imdb 7.6/10)
Five friends go up to a cabin in the woods, where they find unspeakable evil lurking in the forest. They find a tome called the "Necronomicon", Book of the Dead, and the taped translation of the text. Once the tape is played, the evil is released. One by one, the teens are possessed. With only one remaining, it is up to him to survive the night and battle the evil dead
Budget $350,000

Watched Evil Dead 2 (1987)
2.4/5 (amazon 4.3/5, imdb 7.8/10)
The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holds up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.
A young man, named Ash, takes his girlfriend Linda to a secluded cabin in the woods where he plays back a professor's tape recorded recitation of passages from the Book of the Dead. The spell calls up an evil force from the woods which turns Linda into a monstrous Deadite, and threatens to do the same to Ash. When the professor's daughter and her entourage show up at the cabin, the night turns into a non-stop, grotesquely comic battle with chainsaw and shotgun on one side, demon horde and flying eyeball on the other.
"If thy right hand offends thee, cut it off"
Budget: $3,600,000

Watched Army of Darkness (1993)
3.0/5 (amazon 4.4/5, imdb 7.6/10)
A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.
In this sequel to the Evil Dead films, a discount-store employee ("Name's Ash. Housewares.") is time-warped to a medieval castle beset by monstrous forces. Initially mistaken for an enemy, he is soon revealed as the prophecised savior who can quest for the Necronomicon, a book which can dispel the evil. Unfortunately, he screws up the magic words while collecting the tome, and releases an army of skeletons, led by his own Deadite counterpart. What follows is a thrilling, yet tongue-in-cheek battle between Ash's 20th Century tactics and the minions of darkness.
Budget: $13,000,000

All directed by Sam Raimi (Darkman, Quick & The Dead, Spiderman 2002), and staring Bruce Campbell.

I haven't seen The Evil Dead in a long long time, and didn't really enjoy it. Good camera work, but Bruce wasn't yet over the top.

Evil Dead 2 however was better, and Army of Darkness was better again with Bruce way into his own by then.

"Shop Smart. Shop S-Mart"

"Name's Ash. Housewares."
post #7777 of 7853
Had the flu for two days - had a great time watching a bunch of oldies:

Office Space
My Cousin Vinny
Ferris Bueler's Day Off
Trading Places

Needless to say, had a great laugh yet again.
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Also stumbled upon "Suing the Devil" starring Malcolm McDowell, the guy who was in Clockwork Orange. Managed about thirty minutes. This is by far THE WORST movie I've ever seen. However, had a great time reading the "objective" positive reviews by the church folk on IMDB. Even registered to write a short review! That is how "moving" this "movie" is.

One thing is scary - the things one is willing to do when one runs out of one's retirement savings smile.gif
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Had an action packed weekend....

Premium Rush - It is what is...lots of action, little story but pretty good music soundtrack. And a few good low rumbles and surround to boot.
Act of Valor - Thoroughly enjoyed.
A Good Day to Die Hard - I hope to HIgh Heaven that this is the last one of this series. I just plain didn't get into it.
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Originally Posted by tlogan6797 View Post

A Good Day to Die Hard - I hope to HIgh Heaven that this is the last one of this series.
How about

Son of Die Hard.
Jack McClane is back. This time with elephants!
Jai Courtney returns to play Jack McClane, son of John McClane, battling Hannibal Barca the Twenty-Seventh, in his quest to avenge the family name by destroying Italy and then Washington DC. There's no particular historic reason to destroy Washington DC, but the producer through it would appeal more to an American audience.
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Watched Executive Action (1973)
2.5/5 (amazon 4.1/5, imdb 6.5/10)
The first film to challenge the Warren Commission's "lone gunman" theory about the Kennedy assassination, EXECUTIVE ACTION, although overlooked and overshadowed by Oliver Stone's later 1991 epic JFK, is an equally substantive film about how people in high places can destroy a man of peace and help to wreck a nation with their obsessions with war and murder. "it blows holes big enough into the Warren Commission report to drive a truck through and make apologists like Gerald Posner absolutely apoplectic. This highly plausible assassination plot scenario seems comparatively easier to follow and spares us any unnecessary histrionics such that one is left with the impression that it could very well have happened just the way this story tells."
It is their calm "everyone is expendable" iciness that bites to the bone. They have "Done this Before". To them there is no difference between eliminating JFK or dispatching a troublesome Third World dictator. These string-pullers calmly put together a hit team as casually as forming a new finance department. There are two significant details: 1) there were not 1 but 3 shooters in Dallas that day and 2) the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald is treated as an unplanned afterthought. A strong point is the intermingling of historical documentary form the early 60s, which gives EA body and context. The pace is chillingly deliberate. The film is totally free of excess and editorial.
In the three years after the murders of President Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald, eighteen material witnesses died ... Six by gunfire, three in motor accidents, two by suicide, one from a cut throat, one from a Karate Chop to the neck, three from heart attacks and two from natural causes. An actuary, engaged by the London Sunday Times concluded that on November 22, 1963, the odds against these witnesses being dead by February 1967, were one hundred thousand trillion to one.

Watched The Flame and the Arrow (1950)
2.8/5 (amazon 4.1/5, imdb 6.9/10)
Twelfth-century Lombardy lies under the iron heel of German overlord Count Ulrich 'The Hawk', but in the mountains, guerillas yet resist. Five years before our story, Ulrich (boo!) stole away the pretty wife of young archer Dardo (yea!) who, cynical rather than embittered, still has little interest in joining the rebels. But this changes when his son, too, is taken from him. The rest is lighthearted swashbuckling, plus romantic interludes with lovely hostage Anne. Still in his first flush of muscular stardom, Burt Lancaster romps through this costume adventure in full awareness of his movie-star dazzle. The story is a Robin Hood-tinged yarn set in 12-century Lombardy, where ace archer Lancaster finds himself an unlikely rebel leader against the evil lord (Frank Allenby)--actually, our hero just wants to get his kidnapped son back. Oh, and maybe win the hand of the fair Virginia Mayo. Nobody from director Jacques Tourneur on down seems to have taken the story very seriously, which leaves plenty of room for the odd strolling minstrel (Norman Lloyd in puckish form), good-bad romantic rival (Robert Douglas), or mute sidekick. The latter is played by Nick Cravat, the stumpy and swarthy acrobat who had performed alongside Lancaster in their circus careers (he would return in The Crimson Pirate, the best-known of Lancaster's swashbucklers). Here, the two men execute a series of glorious physical stunts, showing off their crack timing and willingness to risk life and limb. That's really the appeal of the picture, along with Ernest Haller's Oscar-nominated Technicolor photography and the lavish Italy-by-way-of-Burbank studio sets.
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Watched Now You See Me (2013)
3.5/5 (amazon 3.8/5, imdb 7.3/10, rotten tomatoes 72%, Decent Films: B-)
I see there's a Now You See Me 2 (2015) in the works.
Staring Isla Fisher (Amy Adams look alike).

The ending of Now You See Me may be a disappointment, but this set offered a chance to salvage that problem in the form of an extended version of the film, which runs 10 minutes longer. However this is just a longer version of the film, not really an altered version, putting in some additional lines and takes in a few spots, including an amusing confrontation between Bradley and the Four Horsemen, as well as an additional scene at the end. Nothing about it is really worth the effort of watching again to spot the differences however.

The next big extra is a nearly 32-minute pile of deleted scenes (16 in all), none of which were included in the extended version of the film. There's a bunch of interesting moments here, including a slightly different open and some moments with characters that didn't make it into the final film. The scenes that are definitely worth a look are some alternate final scenes that would have been far better than what was used as the actual ending of the movie, potentially giving the audience more satisfaction about the ending.
Edited by BasementBob - 9/8/13 at 7:12am
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Now You See Me
Caught it via VUDU HDX last night. Was pleasantly surprised. Definitely worth a rental
I agree with BBs opinion above
post #7784 of 7853
Star Trek Into Darkness 3D (Ralph Potts gave it a 96) 8/10 IMDb 9/10 for me, I saw at the theater, loved it then, loved it last night...
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Gave an oldie I had never watched a spin - Tarrantino's "Death Proof". My rating: crap / 5. This was one steaming pile of poo.
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Originally Posted by Brad Horstkotte View Post

Gave an oldie I had never watched a spin - Tarrantino's "Death Proof". My rating: crap / 5. This was one steaming pile of poo.

Usually watched with "Planet Terror", by Robert Rodriguez 2007, both released in Tarantino's double feature 'Grindhouse'.

The stunt gal (Zoë Bell) who was on the hood of the car was the reason the movie was made. Tarantino was so impressed with her previous stunt work as Uma Thurman in Kill Bill that he dreamed up that car scene, which for a change could be shot close-up on her face, and then built the rest of the film around it as an afterthought. (Some think it was guilt over the injury she sustained during the filming of Kill Bill that left her unable to work for years)

"Death Proof has got to be the worst movie I ever make." ... "I Will Quit Before I Make A Movie Worse Than 'Death Proof' "
-- Quentin Tarantino, 2012

"God, I don't want to be the person to **** up a Tarantino movie."
-- Zoë Bell

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Originally Posted by BasementBob View Post

EDIT: The irony is I'll buy it when it comes out on BluRay.

Yep. I bought it.

Watched Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
2/5 (amazon 4/5, imdb 8/10, rotten tomatoes 87%, Decent Films: B+)
I raised my 1.5/5 rating a bit, since one of my objections was due to Admiral Marcus giving the immature Kirk the starship after Pike's death -- but upon watching it a second time and knowing that Admiral Marcus is trying to start a war and wants the Enterprise destroyed with all crew lost, alternate-universe Kirk is the man for the job.

A few minutes in I realized I was eating snacks from a breakable porcelain bowl. Recalling the words of Dr. McCoy, I poured the contents into a flexible plastic bowl, just in case.
McCoy: Because of your Vulcan physique, I've prepared an extremely potent shot for you. However, I thought you'd might like to know that I've removed all the breakables from sickbay.

Spock: That is very considerate of you, Doctor.

-- Star Trek, TOS, "The Deadly Years", December 8, 1967

I stumbled upon this afterwards, and it was more pleasant.

STAR TREK Theme (TOS at very end) Harp Twins electric- Camille and Kennerly

Enya - Only Time (Harp Twins) Camille and Kennerly, Harp Duet

Honest Trailers - Star Trek Into Darkness

Watched Rock of Ages (2012)
2.6/5 (amazon 3.5/5, imdb 5.8/10, rotten tomatoes 55%)
Rock of Ages tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their dreams. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake and more.
With Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston as the Mayor.
Catherine Zeta-Jones is not worth watching in this, and the story is the cause of the low ratings everywhere, but the songs were very well done and perhaps 80% of the movie elapsed time.
The final duet version of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin", sung by Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta, was perfect -- unlike the Glee version and numerous other covers.
Edited by BasementBob - 9/14/13 at 10:05am
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Watched Dr. Strange (1978)
2.3/5 (imdb 5.4/10)
Low budget, made for tv, standard well used plot, yet it holds together well.
Much better than the 2007 animated version.

Part 1 of 10 (the rest are there as well)

For a commentary on the film see
post #7789 of 7853
Watched World War Z (2013, 122 minute version)
3/5 (amazon 3.5/5, imdb 7.1, rotten tomatoes 75%, Decent Films: B- )
Nothing spectacular, although it's a spectacle of course.
Fairly exciting, holds together in a post 9/11 way.
The tenth man, and the speech by the PhD in the airplane, were both interesting.
From a zombies/epidemic point of view, these are some very energetic and no self-preservation instincts and global-scale zombies.
Written by Max Brooks, not to be confused with Mel Brooks.
Movie version story by J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5)
The book "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War" is a 2006 apocalyptic horror novel by Max Brooks. It is a follow-up to his 2003 satirical survival manual, "The Zombie Survival Guide", but is much more serious in its tone. It is a collection of individual accounts, where the narrator is an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission ten years after the fictional Zombie War. Other passages record a decade-long war against zombies, as experienced by people of various nationalities.
Only 3 short special features, not worth watching.
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Thread Starter 
Max Brooks IS Mel Brooks son.

The novel is incredible and highly recommended. The movie, while acceptable as a straight up horror/popcorn flick, has nothing whatsoever to do with the novel.
post #7791 of 7853
Re-Watched a few movies lately.

I went through all four Bourne movies. I really enjoy these flicks, although I suspect they are pretty light on plot for some. One man vs. lots of baddies. Not much more to it.

I also watched Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton's 2010 version). I suppose this a guilty pleasure. The movie is filled with cringe worthy moments, but I enjoy the strange and witty dialogue as well as the Hatter's character enough to keep watching this film over and over. This movie has become one of the few that I start up when I can't find anything else to watch.
post #7792 of 7853
We watched Wreck-It-Ralph this weekend. Wasn't really excited to watch it, but was very pleased in the end.

I grew up with my Nintendo, so I liked the video game aspect of it. And it was a nice little story too smile.gif 7.5/10
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Originally Posted by dfergie View Post

Re-watched Zombieland Saturday night, Ratings: 7.7/10 IMDb 4.3 out of 5 stars Amazon (and my rating)
Another cool Zombie movie with humor, been awhile since I watched, love this movie also...

Good stuff. With it being October, I have been following past tradition and am trying to watch all horror movies and television shows this month. Maybe at the end of the month I'll report back with what I watched this month.
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Originally Posted by The Mice View Post

Good stuff. With it being October, I have been following past tradition and am trying to watch all horror movies and television shows this month. Maybe at the end of the month I'll report back with what I watched this month.

Better yet, join our "October Fun" thread in the "Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion" section.
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Originally Posted by smudge981 View Post

Better yet, join our "October Fun" thread in the "Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion" section.

Oh cool! I will check that out. Right now in fact. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by smudge981 View Post

Better yet, join our "October Fun" thread in the "Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion" section.

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I couldn't stay awake late last night for Bride of Frankenstein on TCM ... (I have it archived)
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Haven't posted here for a while, thought I'd bring up a few of the notable and not so notable films we've watched lately:

The Croods - 4/5 - I though it was funny, great looking, and had great sound. The plot was generic, deserving of 3.5 stars TBH, but I gave it a .5 point bump for the lack of jokes involving body functions, odors, or fluids. Mrs. Nix found it to be quite clever with some nice slapstick. Nix Jr. (age 10) laughed uncontrollably at times.


The Kings of Summer - 3.5/5 - Coming of age movie with a quirky sense of humor. Three 15 year old boys escape from parental problems by building their own house in the the woods. Hijinks and drama ensue. Of course the children are wiser than the parents which gets annoying at time, and there's a 20 minute section in the middle that drags a bit. Mrs. Nix says if you liked Moonrise Kingdom you'll like this, but Moonrise Kingdom portrays the disillusionment with family in a more subtle and effective manner.


North Face - 4.5/5 - Based on the story of a 1936 attempt to summit the Eiger via it's North Face by Andreas Hinterstoisser and Toni Kurz. The climb attempt itself is gripping and heroic. It's beautifully shot with an outstanding surround mix. I felt the weather while we were watching. This is simply one of the best climbing movies I've seen, coming close to Touching the Void. I took away .5 point for the unneeded love interest and political back stories. Mrs. Nix thought it was one of the more riveting movies of the year.


The Last Tycoon - 2/5 - Chow Yun Fat rises to the top of the Shanghai mafia. There's corruption among local leaders, and a love interest angle, but I guess I was expecting something else. I just didn't get into the story of this one. Mrs. Nix fell asleep. I don't blame her.

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Played This Is The End (2013)
2/5 (amazon 3.1/5 (love it or hate it, and not many in the middle), imdb 7.1/10, rotten tomatoes 78%, AVS Ralph Potts 3.5/5)
This wasn't as bad as I was led to believe.
Nonetheless it's one of those films that's best enjoyed by not watching it -- playing it in the background while surfing the internet.
I thought it was going to be full of foul language and fart jokes, a bad comedy. There's better comedy in any 007 film.
But it was more of a witless horror film, without girls, and with lots of CGI and a bit of religion and an assortment of illegal drugs and masturbation 'jokes' and stupidity.
The many b-list actors play exaggerated versions of themselves during an apocalypse. Emma Watson, famous as Hermione in Harry Potter, had a unexpected secondary role -- not particularly interesting but she was there.
A few movie references, nothing interesting either.
I started, like most apparently did, playing "spot-the-celebrity" in the first half hour. Against all odds, ends up coagulating into an actual story.
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Originally Posted by dfergie View Post

I couldn't stay awake late last night for Bride of Frankenstein on TCM ... (I have it archived)

TCM is one channel that I lost years ago when I unsubscribed to full cable TV service and went down to basic cable. Now they've changed everything around and are offering theme packs. While it's been an improvement as a whole over the old system, I still don't have TCM back because it is in what my cable provider (Shaw) calls the "Movies" pack and I don't subscribe to it. I have a couple of other theme packs but don't want to be spending a lot of money on cable television. Hopefully the Canadian federal government comes through with what they are saying about getting cable providers to provide more individual pick-and-pay channels. TCM would be a good channel to have this month because I see they have a lot of horror on right now.

Other than horror movies, I've just been watching a few Steven Seagal movies that I saw in the past...Out For Justice, Hard To Kill, Under Siege, and A Dangerous Man. I enjoyed them.
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