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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★

    Like everyone else, I think this film is beautiful. Unlike most everyone else, I don't like the story. I am very glad that they didn't turn this into another lame action movie and stayed with the mood and tempo of the original. Problem is, I never really cared for the original and I am no less bored with the story of BR2049.

    I hate to say this because I am normally thrilled with movies that don't give you all of…

  • Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle

    Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle

    Talking and then, more talking. More characters that emote but have no impact. Godzilla sleeps for almost the entire movie. The 1-star I have given this is for the effort of the animators.

  • Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters

    Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters

    ★½

    The release of an animated Godzilla series does not interest me, but my love of Godzilla compels me. So, I watched this and was not surprised that the impact of the King of the Monsters is not what it is in the rubber suited or CGI/live action movie versions. They did manage to portray the size and scale of Godzilla here, which I didn't think they'd be able to do. Big G is a massive, hulking mountain here.

    Conceptually this…

  • Under the Shadow

    Under the Shadow

    ★★½

    Utterly depressing. This film centers on a family threatened while living in Tehran during the peak of the Iran-Iraq war. To make matters worse, the mother has been denied the ability to continue her medical studies. I guess the university of...(never mentioned), didn't care for her political activism. It's never mentioned just who or what she protested or whether her denial to study is because she's a woman. What is to be taken from this is that she is being…

  • Geostorm

    Geostorm

    ½

    How a movie with a concept this grand in scale could be something so utterly lazy is mind-boggling. I could not believe how awful this was. I didn't expect much and got even less. One of the worst movies I have ever seen. It's not fun in a bad way, either. It's just face-palm stupid.

  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    ★★★★

    Watched this again. Although every Mission Impossible movie has been very good (except the goofy MI:2), I think "Rogue Nation" is slightly better than MI:3 or "Ghost Protocol".

  • The Invisible Man Returns

    The Invisible Man Returns

    ★★★

    The original "Invisible Man" was a tale about Jack Griffin, a scientist who discovers a way to make himself invisible and then descends into madness. There is nothing redeeming about Griffin and Director James Whale makes no real attempt to soften the character. That is the key difference that makes this sequel far less interesting. Here, the main character Geoffrey Radcliffe (played by Vincent Price), is wrongly accused of murder and tries to prove his innocence while teetering on the…

  • Godzilla vs. Megalon

    Godzilla vs. Megalon

    ★★★

    I've seen this often but have never taken the time to gather my thoughts about it.

    The leader of Seatopia, with his lamb chops and ample body hair, has no right, whatever cultural styles are acceptable at the time, to wear a toga and thigh-high, vinyl, white hip boots.

    The "Kenny" of this movie is not as annoying as other '70s monster movie kids...except for the shorty-shorts.

    The dam collapse scene features some terrific miniature work.

    The battle royal between…

  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    ★★★

    This is another solid Tom Cruise action movie. Cobie Smulders is a nice addition and most of the time it seemed like her Major Turner was in charge and Reacher was the muscle/meat. The addition of a 15-year old girl to the story added emotional impact, especially after her relationship with Reacher had been established. Honestly though, having to see a rebellious 15-year old was a negative overall. Watching a cocky teenager who thinks she knows everything is not entertaining.…

  • The Howling

    The Howling

    ★★★★½

    This is still my favorite werewolf film. It's a little goofy at times. The tone changes often. But man! Those Rob Bottin special effects...I love the "bubbly" skin and the way the nose stretches. Looks painful!

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★

    A week may have been too long to wait to jot down my thoughts about "Hereditary", but I haven't forgotten that I really enjoyed it. It has some really great shots and the camera is always peering into the background or trying to focus on something that's not supposed to be there. On a couple of occasions, the technique provided some real scares. And by the way, there aren't really any stupid jump scares in this, which earns it instant…

  • The Blob

    The Blob

    ★★★

    When I was a wee lad of about 8 years old, I was terrified of the scene when the Blob latches onto the old man's hand. That old man really sold the pain.

    Upon my latest re-watch, I noticed that this has just about the cutest dog I've ever seen. The little guy is smarter than all of the humans put together. Steve McQueen tries to pull off a teenager when he is clearly in his late 20s or maybe…