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  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! 1988

    ★★★ Watched 01 Nov, 2014

    Some very funny moments, but this relies far more on slapstick and less on the distinctive absurdity and sight gags that punctuated earlier ZAZ flicks. I'm not sure exactly what happened but the mix was off, and the result is a film that's far less timeless than, say, Airplane!. On the other hand, compare this to some of Nielsen's non-ZAZ dreck and you'll see the difference talent makes.

  • Arsenic and Old Lace 1944

    ★★★½ Rewatched 31 Oct, 2014

    One of my all time favorites. Meta humor about thrillers and horror stars (and, in the Broadway version, the casting thereof), a top notch cast of actors and character actors, and the hilarious stand off between two lovely but murderous old women and a murderous pair of crooks. Fine Screwball Comedy.

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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.