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  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Blade Runner
  • Charade
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  • The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg

  • The Dover Boys at Pimento University

    ★★

  • Long Way Down

    ★★★½

  • The Humanity Bureau

    ★★

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  • The Dover Boys at Pimento University

    The Dover Boys at Pimento University

    ★★

    It starts as a lampoon of 1920’s higher education, but quickly shifts hard to focus on various silent movie/earl cinema tropes.  Although I enjoy seeing Chuck Jones and others shift away from the usual cast of characters, there is not enough funny or original here to merit repeat viewing.

    (Viewed as part of Cartoon Classics - Vol.1: 25 Favorite Cartoons on Amazon Prime)

  • The Blackout

    The Blackout

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Well, that escalated quickly!

    A small New England town is thrown into chaos when the electrical power goes out without explanation. And, like two days later (measured by the kids hiking in the near-by woods), suddenly food is scarce, gas is gone, and prisoners are running free and forming roaming, marauding gangs. Decent folks are getting shot down left and right, and society is coming apart at the seams. It seems that all that separates us from total anarchy is…

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    A beautiful, majestic film. The acting is top notch all the way around, and the casting seems well matched to the original novel. The visuals - design and cinematography - are stunning. In many ways, this is the Dune movie I had always hoped for. But it's impossible to determine if it actually succeeds as an adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel until we can see the second half of this saga.

    I tremendously enjoyed this film - it lived up…

  • Fright Before Christmas

    Fright Before Christmas

    ★★½

    Went trolling through HBO-Max collection of Looney Tunes in search of holiday themed cartoons, and this is the only one I found, Taz in Santa garb pays a visit on Bugs, his nephew, and Speedy (who is apparently renting from Bugs?), leading to a typical Bugs-Taz faceoff. The 1979 animation is rudimentary compared to classic-era productions (on par with 1970's-80's Pink Panther shorts), but not without some charm. A few clever jokes and throw back references that I won't spoil…