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  • Dead Man's Folly 1986

    ★★½ Watched 13 Sep, 2014

    Seeing the Suchet and Ustinov versions of this nearly back to back (to be fair, the Ustinov version is late in his run as the character, is a relatively low budget TV movie from 1986 and suffers from the idiocy of making it contemporary rather than period) made this hard to enjoy. Ustinov less plays Poirot and more plays Ustinov with a an accent, which on the face of it, may sound like a bad thing but in actually is…

  • Zatoichi on the Road 1963

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Sep, 2014

    Solid Zatoichi with some great fights and some great images as Ichi travels and gets tangled up with a girl on the run and warring clans. Still, definitely not in the top tier of Zatoichi films.

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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.