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  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

    Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked 2011

    ★★½ Watched 30 Jul, 2015

    Actually enjoyed this one much more than the last Chipmunks movie. This entry is much more family friendly. While the screenplay, plot beats and character arcs are all by the numbers, I was impressed with the filmmaking here at times, especially the live-action backgrounds on the island that they superimposed the CGI Chipmunks on. The did a good job there. Conversely, the multiple establishment shots of the Carnival Cruise ship sailing on the water was egregious - right out of…

  • Every Time We Say Goodbye

    Every Time We Say Goodbye 1986

    ★★½ Watched 29 Jul, 2015

    Watched as part of my Filmography: Project Tom Hanks initiative.

    I like this film has a focus on Sephardic Judisim, shot on location in Jerusalem and that we get to hear the Ladino language spoken; I don't think I have ever heard it before. So all these aspects kept me involved and interested in this movie that otherwise is a standard "forbidden romance" story.

    All the familiar beats, scenes and dialogue for the genre are present, and it all gets…

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  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 1971

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 04 Jul, 2014 5

    Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-da
    My kids and I watched and they liked this by far

    Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-do
    This movie's still great and is one of those few

    It's a film that's aged well
    after all's said and TOLD
    A film that still works for the young
    and the OLD
    I'm glad that I could share this with my girl and my BOY
    They're smiles and laughs --- that tells me it gave them some joy

    Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-dee
    If you are wise, you'll listen to me

    You will rewatch this as soon as you can
    And I give this a doom-pa, loom-pa
    Big Recommend!

  • Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007

    Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Mar, 2013 3

    Being a lifelong James Bond movie fan, I have seen and read more than my fair share of Bond "making of" and "behind the scenes" materials. On top of that, I recently researched and reviewed all the Bond films in 2012 for the Now Playing Podcast's James Bond movie retrospective series, so all the information is still fresh in my mind. So the subtitle of "The Untold Story of 007" doesn't apply to me; there is absolutely no new information…