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Director:Irving Pichel
Writers:Alford Van Ronkel (written for the screen by) (as Rip Van Ronkel), Robert A. Heinlein (written for the screen by)
Stars:John Archer, Warner Anderson, Tom Powers

John Archer and Warner Anderson in Destination Moon (1950


George Pal's movie directing career began in the 1930s. He was a leading Hollywood proponent of science fiction and fantasy special effects in the late 1940s through the mid 1960s. His production of Destination Moon was released in 1950, years before spaceflight actually began. Think of the greatest sci-fi movies of the 50s and one name keeps hitting the headlines - that of GEORGE PAL, visionary producer of such classics as:

Conquest of Space 1955 ,War of the Worlds 1953 ,When Worlds Collide 1951 and DESTINATION MOON 1950.


When production on Destination Moon began in 1949, everything about the project was state of the art. The film's astronomical visions were realized by Chesley Bonestell, whose artwork virtually defined the look of space travel at the dawn of the rocket era. Destination Moon is even noted in NASA's official timeline of space-travel history, and almost inevitably won the Academy Award for Best Special Effects. One of the earliest sci-fi films about the first moon expedition and the terrors of outer space.


 

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Croupier (1998)
Director:
Mike Hodges
Writer: Paul Mayersberg
Stars: Clive Owen, Nick Reding, Nicholas Ball, Gina McKee
Netflix, FTV

Fairly early leading role for Clive Owen. Looking at his IMDb profile I had no idea he was in so much before breaking out in roles like Closer and Inside Man. He was quite prolific in TV and smaller roles like this. Still, he was very magnetic here as an aspiring writer that takes a job as a dealer in a small UK casino. His father has pulled some strings with management to get his foot in the door. He has prior experience in South African casinos, and it becomes clear quite quickly that he has expert level skills. It isn't long before the job, and the seedy characters that such places draw, start to derail his life and relationship. This was a rather low-budget, simple crime-drama but done quite well. Owen shines, and his distinctive, deep but mellow voice carries us along with great narration. The rest of the cast is quite up to the task as well. This was a fun and clever movie. IMDb: 7.1/10, my score: 7.2/10






Unhinged (2020)
Director:
Derrick Borte
Writer: Carl Ellsworth
Stars: Russell Crowe, Caren Pistorius, Gabriel Bateman
Amazon Prime, FTV

I was surprised to see this on Prime because I was still on the fence about whether or not to actually pay extra to see this. Russell Crowe fully encapsulates this role and does such a great job as a man who is completely and utterly broken and is, basically, going to cause as much carnage as he can until someone kills him. Reading about it here, I expected a lot, but it goes even further than I think I was prepared for. Overall, a very well-done and gritty thriller that will make you think twice about being aggressive on the road. You never know who's out there...IMDb: 6/10 (way underrated IMO), my score: 7.3/10








Also, checked out the first episode of Creepshow on Shudder (this is gonna be lots of fun) and finished American Horror Story 1984 (season 9). It went a bit off the rails once the supernatural elements really kicked in, but it was still a lot of fun and done really well.
 

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If you have 1-1/2 hours of your life you don't want back, I highly recommend this crap!
I like Frank Zappa so I took a chance on it. This is so unwatchable, I just have it on in the background for the couple of good tunes, and the parts when Ringo Starr is on. :LOL:

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If you have 1-1/2 hours of your life you don't want back, I highly recommend this crap!
I like Frank Zappa so I took a chance on it. This is so unwatchable, I just have it on in the background for the couple of good tunes, and the parts when Ringo Starr is on. :LOL:

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I took my parents to see that movie in Hollywood when it first came out.


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Croupier (1998)
Director:
Mike Hodges
Writer: Paul Mayersberg
Stars: Clive Owen, Nick Reding, Nicholas Ball, Gina McKee
Netflix, FTV

Fairly early leading role for Clive Owen. Looking at his IMDb profile I had no idea he was in so much before breaking out in roles like Closer and Inside Man. He was quite prolific in TV and smaller roles like this. Still, he was very magnetic here as an aspiring writer that takes a job as a dealer in a small UK casino. His father has pulled some strings with management to get his foot in the door. He has prior experience in South African casinos, and it becomes clear quite quickly that he has expert level skills. It isn't long before the job, and the seedy characters that such places draw, start to derail his life and relationship. This was a rather low-budget, simple crime-drama but done quite well. Owen shines, and his distinctive, deep but mellow voice carries us along with great narration. The rest of the cast is quite up to the task as well. This was a fun and clever movie. IMDb: 7.1/10, my score: 7.2/10






Unhinged (2020)
Director:
Derrick Borte
Writer: Carl Ellsworth
Stars: Russell Crowe, Caren Pistorius, Gabriel Bateman
Amazon Prime, FTV

I was surprised to see this on Prime because I was still on the fence about whether or not to actually pay extra to see this. Russell Crowe fully encapsulates this role and does such a great job as a man who is completely and utterly broken and is, basically, going to cause as much carnage as he can until someone kills him. Reading about it here, I expected a lot, but it goes even further than I think I was prepared for. Overall, a very well-done and gritty thriller that will make you think twice about being aggressive on the road. You never know who's out there...IMDb: 6/10 (way underrated IMO), my score: 7.3/10








Also, checked out the first episode of Creepshow on Shudder (this is gonna be lots of fun) and finished American Horror Story 1984 (season 9). It went a bit off the rails once the supernatural elements really kicked in, but it was still a lot of fun and done really well.
After you see Owen in 'Croupier' you'll understand why some of us wanted him for Bond. :)
 

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Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
Cinema showing Cinemark XD enhanced Dolby Atmos. Wearing my mask and I've been vaccinated.
Then I watched a second time on HBOMAX
in one 24 hour period !

8/10


#I'm team Godzilla



The film roars out at you from the first moment, and generally speaking it does not let up until the end. My only critique is at Kong is too danm big and it takes away from the human relationship that King Kong is known for just a wee bit . There's enough iconic monster Mayhem that this is easily overlooked however.

Godzilla's atomic breath was a high-light in the visual category .



One of the rays of light in the film was Kaylee Hottle as young Jia. It takes a lot to steal a scene when your scene partner is a giant ape, but Kaylee did it. Thankfully, like the previous films, this one does not live or die with the humans that are in it. You are going to love this film on big a screen where you can see the fight explode around you while the score shook your seat. The bass is out of control good. Whether you watch the film in the Cinema or on the your Television ; Godzilla vs.Kong is an epic Creature Feature.

 

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Bullitt (1968)
Director:
Peter Yates
Writers:
Alan Trustman(screenplay) (as Alan R. Trustman) and
Harry Kleiner(screenplay)
Robert L. Fish(novel) (as Robert L. Pike)
Stars: Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn
TCM DVR, FTV

Steve McQueen plays San Francisco PD Lieutenant Bullitt, a no-nonsense, sandy-haired, hard-drivin, fast-lovin cool-as-ice dude that knows all the angles. Robert Vaughn is Chalmers, a seemingly powerful politician that hires Bullitt to protect Ross, a witness from Chicago that's going to testify against the mob ("The Organization"). Simple enough premise, but when the layers of this onion start peeling away, it just gets more and more stinky and rotten.

Obviously, the movie is mainly known for its lengthy car chase around the bay area, pitting Bullitt's fastback green Mustang 390 against the bad guy's Dodge Charger 440 Magnum. The Charger is slightly faster in a straight line, but the Mustang is more nimble. Both cars are quite slow by today's standards, but that doesn't matter when you're burning rubber and launching off hills through the streets of San Fran. It was quite exciting, but I do also appreciate the setup to the ending climax at the airport, especially the portrayal of Bullitt's intelligence and extraordinary ability to think on his feet in the heat of the moment. This was a fun watch but quite procedural, honesty. I like McQueen's understated performance a lot. He's not a talker. He just gets **** done. And Jacqueline Bisset...WOW...IMDb: 7.4/10, my score: 7.1/10





 

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Were they Zappa fans ?
Uh hell no. My Dad said it would have been good if they cut it down to about 45 minutes. My Mom said if she knew where the car keys were, she would have left. There were about 5 other people in the theater. Only the bike type dude clapped. :eek: :D :LOL:
 

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Bullitt (1968)
Director:
Peter Yates
Writers:
Alan Trustman(screenplay) (as Alan R. Trustman) and
Harry Kleiner(screenplay)
Robert L. Fish(novel) (as Robert L. Pike)
Stars: Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn
TCM DVR, FTV

Steve McQueen plays San Francisco PD Lieutenant Bullitt, a no-nonsense, sandy-haired, hard-drivin, fast-lovin cool-as-ice dude that knows all the angles. Robert Vaughn is Chalmers, a seemingly powerful politician that hires Bullitt to protect Ross, a witness from Chicago that's going to testify against the mob ("The Organization"). Simple enough premise, but when the layers of this onion start peeling away, it just gets more and more stinky and rotten.

Obviously, the movie is mainly known for its lengthy car chase around the bay area, pitting Bullitt's fastback green Mustang 390 against the bad guy's Dodge Charger 440 Magnum. The Charger is slightly faster in a straight line, but the Mustang is more nimble. Both cars are quite slow by today's standards, but that doesn't matter when you're burning rubber and launching off hills through the streets of San Fran. It was quite exciting, but I do also appreciate the setup to the ending climax at the airport, especially the portrayal of Bullitt's intelligence and extraordinary ability to think on his feet in the heat of the moment. This was a fun watch but quite procedural, honesty. I like McQueen's understated performance a lot. He's not a talker. He just gets **** done. And Jacqueline Bisset...WOW...IMDb: 7.4/10, my score: 7.1/10





(y) One of the best car chases in movie history
 

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In Bruges (2008) Cable TV Written and directed by Martin McDonagh ('Seven Psychopaths', 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'). Cinematography by Eigil Byrld ('Kinky Boots', 'Becoming Jane', 'Paper Man'). Editing by Jon Gregory ('Ned Kelly', 'The Proposition', 'The Road', 'Mr. Turner', 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri')

Starring Ralp Fiennes, Colin Farrell, Brandan Gleeson. Support by Zeljko Ivanek, Stephanie Carey, Clemence Poesy, Anna Madeley.

McDonagh dark humor invades Bruges Belgium, spotlighting psychopath "Harry" (Ralph Fiennes).

Filmed 2007 in Belgium. Budget $15M; Worldwide Gross $34M. Oscar nom for Best Writing/Original Screenplay.

 
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