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  • Maximum Risk 1996

    ★★½ Watched 11 Apr, 2014

    Predictable but okay actioner from Van Damme. If you don't mind Van Damme movies, you'll enjoy this one, which was apparently Ringo Lam's English language debut film. His touch is visible, I think, in the fact that ultimately this is more about the male relationships-Van Damme and his twin he never met, his twin and his adopted brother and father figures in the Russian Mafia, Van Damme and his reedy French partner-than it is about Van Damme and the "love…

  • The Right Stuff 1983

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Apr, 2014

    Beautiful. Great cast. Great score of recycled famous orchestral pieces. Wickedly dry sense of humor. Yet, it never really fully comes together to be a truly great film. It's worth a watch if you like to see a modern myth beautifully recounted and for some great performances but it's not likely to be something you'll come back to again and again unless you REALLY love the space program.

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  • The Getaway 1972

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 Aug, 2012 3

    Just my second time watching this, this time on the big screen (though it was "digital" not a print, so not as good as it should have been). The Peckinpah action scenes are amazing in that setting, and the score by Quincy Jones is quite good, and a little out of the ordinary for both the director and genre. A great cast of character actors is backing McQueen and McGraw, but it's McGraw (and her poorly written character-I blame Walter…

  • Prometheus 2012

    ★★★ Watched 06 Apr, 2013

    Saw it on my friend's large, 3D high def TV. Looked amazing. Beautiful effects. Story was mostly pedestrian, occasionally strained to "say something" about the human condition and mostly fails (though it is interesting to see it pick up some of the threads in Scott's Blade Runner). The characters are almost universally frustrating and irritating, despite a good cast. I'm not sure why I was supposed to either love or hate this, though I suppose it could sting Alien mega-fans as a disappointment. I think it would have been a much stronger movie WITHOUT the Alien connection.