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  • It Came from Outer Space

    It Came from Outer Space

    ★★★★

    Movie two of the birthday double feature. Richard Carlson as the solid scientist hero (well he's an author and amateur astronomer or something) struggling to convince the rural town populace that giant (but peaceful) blob aliens are repairing their spaceship while walking around disguised as The Professor from Gillligan's Island. Yep. My kind of flick.

    Ray Bradbury wrote the original script and then they changed the dialogue and somebody else got the credit. But it's still very Bradbury in spots.

    Extra points for the trippy alien POV shots.

  • Forbidden Planet

    Forbidden Planet

    ★★★★★

    Movie one of a birthday double feature. Watched the blu-ray for the first time and it was spectacular! Matte paintings, practical effects, and Anne Francis. These older films always look great on the big tv.

    It works as a story ripped right out the sci-fi pulp magazines of the era or as a prequel of sorts to Star Trek (they're even called the Federation).

    Still one of my favorite films of all-time. If not indeed my favorite. Mostly due to…

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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    John Carpenter's masterpiece- the perfect film to watch during Blizzard 2016.

    Only Kurt Russell can make a ridiculous "Yosemite Sam" hat look cool.

    "They're not Swedes, Mac, they're Norwegians!"

  • Enemy

    Enemy

    ★★★★

    Between "Nightcrawler" and this film, Jake Gyllenhaal had one hell of a year in 2014.

    I wasn't sure if I liked this one at first- but it definitely resonated with me in a strong way. It stays with you, and leaves you thinking.

    It's a surreal look at a man struggling with the encroaching responsibilities of fatherhood- at least that's my take. Some definite echoes of Kafka and Lynch here.

    I was really taken with how the film itself made…