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  • Tora! Tora! Tora!

    Tora! Tora! Tora! 1970

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Dec, 2016

    Mystified as to why this has as bad a rep as I recall it having. The split direction was a great decision-for the most part, each side feels like it is from their perspective and like a film they themselves would produce, in the best way. Facts don't seem to have been bent to make fake heroes, and, though it is a slow burn, an excellent job is done in showing exactly what went wrong on our side. The production…

  • Good Guys Wear Black

    Good Guys Wear Black 1978

    ★★★ Watched 18 Nov, 2016

    Better than most of Chuck's early movies where they didn't quite know what to do with him. That works here because enough of the supporting cast is good and the plot, while extremely predictable, is enjoyable enough and moves fast enough, that you don't really mind unless you're just in it for the karate kicks. Major compensation: James Franciscus using his powers of being Almost Heston for evil and the moment you realize that not only is Chuck supposed to…

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  • 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.

  • 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…