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  • The Martian

    The Martian 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Oct, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Well made, but for some reason once it became a rescue mission I lost interest. Seeing Damon's character work out the problems he had with minimal communication was exciting for me; for some reason the drama of the crew that accidentally left him alone on Mars finding out and riding to the rescue did not interest me at all. As the story goes on, the big cliches come stronger and stronger, climaxing in a totally ridiculous "rocket propelled astronaut glove"…

  • The Cat and the Canary

    The Cat and the Canary 1939

    ★★★ Watched 26 Sep, 2015

    This second sound remake of The Cat and the Canary (really, the 3rd adaptation of an extremely successful play) is serviceable. Bob Hope's most irritating tendencies are minimized. Hope adds a heaping helping of meta-humor as the play has been updated to make Hope's character a radio actor, allowing him to predict things that are going to happen by referencing radio cliches. Supporting cast include a solid Paulette Goddard and George Zucco, playing the cousin-in-distress and the lawyer who summons…

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  • The Getaway

    The Getaway 1972

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 Aug, 2012 8

    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…

  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Nov, 2014

    Very well made, fun piece of sci-fi with just enough of a message about class to make it qualify as actual sci-fi rather than just an action movie set in the future. The eclectic cast (all on the money) ads to the charm and helps smooth over some occasionally dodgy effects. Wish more "blockbuster spectaculars" had this much personality and effort behind them. Chris Evans continues to show that he really needs to be in more good roles than just playing Captain America.