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I’ve been on a Roger Corman binge, and I decided to watch a double feature: Eat My Dust!, and Grand Theft Auto (No, it has nothing to do with the games. This movie was out long before anyone knew what a Playstation was).

I watched these two back-to-back, because they both have a few similarities. They’re both produced by Roger Corman, they have a ton of cars getting wrecked real good, and most importantly, these two films both starred Ron Howard and launched his directing career. Grand Theft Auto is more noteworthy, because that’s the one where Howard made his directing debut. Neither of these two are worth comparing to Apollo 13 or A Beautiful Mind, but there’s no denying that they’re both fun to watch.

I would say, between the two, Eat My Dust! has the better ending, but I like Grand Theft Auto more as a whole. With the latter, it’s impressive to see what little Ronny Howard was able to accomplish on such a tiny budget, and some of the car crashes gave me a “how did they do that?” kind of vibe. Not to mention, this is the movie’s theme song:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hHY6bmTsGGc

I have altered Lucas’ visions. Pray I don’t alter them any further.

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I’m watching the Disney remake of West Side Story by Steven Spielberg. I’m liking it so far, but there are an awful lot of lens flares. Like a JJ Abrams film.

The young leads are lovely young people, i’m trying to understand why other than being an unnecessary remake this bombed so hard and lost like a hundred million dollars.

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JadedSkywalker said:

I’m watching the Disney remake of West Side Story by Steven Spielberg. I’m liking it so far, but there are an awful lot of lens flares. Like a JJ Abrams film.

The young leads are lovely young people, i’m trying to understand why other than being an unnecessary remake this bombed so hard and lost like a hundred million dollars.

It wasn’t unnecessary, because the original was horribly white washed.

I’m just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe.

Star Wars has 3 eras:The eras are 1977-1983(pre Expanded Universe), (1983-2014) expanded universe or (2014- now) Disney bought version. Each are valid.

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I finally watched Dune. As a fan of both the David Lynch version and Denis Villeneuve’s work, I was really looking forward to it. The film is absolutely amazing with huge scope, interesting story, well written characters, incredible visual effects, perfect casting, amazing visuals and and a phenomenal score. I highly recommend it and am really hyped for Part 2.

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JadedSkywalker said:

I’m watching the Disney remake of West Side Story by Steven Spielberg. I’m liking it so far, but there are an awful lot of lens flares. Like a JJ Abrams film.

The young leads are lovely young people, i’m trying to understand why other than being an unnecessary remake this bombed so hard and lost like a hundred million dollars.

Well, the star (Ansel Elgort) got accused of some pretty awful things. That definitely didn’t help.

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I just watched Free Guy. It wasn’t good but it wasn’t bad either. Quite a bizarre video game movie. I have no idea who this movie was made for. and why it was so highly rated.

It was mildly amusing and fun in places, but not very original.

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I thought the first half was pretty fun, even though these kind of movies keep writing games and gamers like someone who just learned what an ‘internet’ was. The second half unfortunately fell apart, abandoning even its own flimsy rules in favor of love conquers all and product placement.

You probably don’t recognize me because of the red arm.
Episode 9 Rewrite, The Starlight Project (Released!) and ANH Technicolor Project (Released!)

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Almost Famous by Cameron Crowe.

My friend recommended it to me while she watched Star Wars for the first time! It’s hard to fully gadge how I feel about it on first impressions but overall I think I really liked it. There’s a lot of subtle nuances and character development. I could only find the director’s cut to watch and I think that let some aspects drag on a little too long for a first viewing. I would’ve appreciated the extended length more I think seeing it for the second time. However saying that I think I love how each character was portrayed as neither good or bad. It showed how we all have flaws and make mistakes along the way. It really is a love letter to the early 70’s and rock and roll. All and all it’s pretty fun and layered. It feels in a way like my initial thoughts with The Last Jedi. It’s perplexing to know entirely what to think and feel but it’s not bad by any stretch. There’s a lot to appreciate and admire but it will take rewatches to contextualise thoughts.

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The Seventh Seal is one of the most moving cinematic experiences of my life.

Mine too. Ingmar Bergman is one of my favourite filmmakers. What are your favourite films by him?

“Heroes come in all sizes, and you don’t have to be a giant hero. You can be a very small hero. It’s just as important to understand that accepting self-responsibility for the things you do, having good manners, caring about other people - these are heroic acts. Everybody has the choice of being a hero or not being a hero every day of their lives.” - George Lucas

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I just got finished watching Turning Red. While there was enormous backlash over the story, characters, and style before release, I was actually looking forward to it. I absolutely loved this movie. So many aspects were done excellently. The story and premise kind of reminded me of a Ghibli film, which I mean in the best possible way. I’m actually one to defend the art style. I love it when Pixar experiments with style, such as Brad Bird with The Incredibles and Andrew Stanton with Wall-E. The style of this film is noticeably more cartoony than the average Pixar film. The style almost reminded me of newer animated series such as Steven Universe, Gravity Falls and Adventure Time, which again is a positive for me. Some scenes also include visual elements of Ghibli such as the forest scenes. As for the characters, I think they were really handled well. They all act how real kids act and talk. Humor is definitely the strong suit of the movie. I love how it touches on serious subjects like generational trauma excellently like Encanto did. While it does have some minor flaws, the good definitely outweighs the bad. I highly recommend it.

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Finally unearthed my copy of the first Austin Powers movie from its plastic wrap prison after 3 years, not a bad movie.

I’m not really that much of a movie purist. I really should’ve thought my name out a bit more.

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The Star Wars Purist said:

Finally unearthed my copy of the first Austin Powers movie from its plastic wrap prison after 3 years, not a bad movie.

While I prefer the second movie, I still really like the first one.

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Watched Spider-man no way home. Liked that he ended the film finally as Spider-Man, and no longer Spider-Boy or Iron Man Jr. It was the best of the three Disney MCU linked films, and still had nothing on Raimi’s films. It was okay-ish. But why did this movie have legs like the original Star Wars, it wasn’t that special the villain end battle was very anti climatic. Honestly Into the Spider-verse is superior in almost all ways.

And i’m so tired of movies being commercials for another movie. Its the thing i hate the most about the MCU.

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JadedSkywalker said:

Watched Spider-man no way home. Liked that he ended the film finally as Spider-Man, and no longer Spider-Boy or Iron Man Jr. It was the best of the three Disney MCU linked films, and still had nothing on Raimi’s films. It was okay-ish. But why did this movie have legs like the original Star Wars, it wasn’t that special the villain end battle was very anti climatic. Honestly Into the Spider-verse is superior in almost all ways.

And i’m so tired of movies being commercials for another movie. Its the thing i hate the most about the MCU.

I like the MCU more than you do, but I agree. Into the Spider-Verse is my favorite Spider-Man movie, and there were times in No Way Home when things started to feel a little too familiar. Things like a relative getting killed as the lowest point, fan service and nods to previous Spider-Man movies, the ending consisting of Spider-people vs. a roster of villains in a universe-bending light show, etc.

The movie did have enough tricks up its sleeve for me to like it, and I like that this one finally gave Tom Holland’s Spider-Man some serious consequences for his actions (because great power, great responsibility). But it wasn’t the “Godfather” of superhero movies some are claiming it to be (I think Avengers: Infinity War is the MCU film closest to that level, but that’s another topic).

Lastly, though unfair. The visuals of Into the Spider-Verse are superior to No Way Home. I have no doubt that the animation of Into the Spider-Verse will age well, while the cookie-cutter Marvel look of No Way Home will grow stale through the passage of time.

I have altered Lucas’ visions. Pray I don’t alter them any further.

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The Fly II (1989)

Personally, I like it better than its predecessor.

I’m not really that much of a movie purist. I really should’ve thought my name out a bit more.

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Alice in Wonderland by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske.

Continuing the journey of watching a film my friend recommends me while she watches Star Wars for the first time. I can’t remember if I ever watched it as a kid because I vaguely recall certain parts but I’m not sure if that was seeing previews on the tapes I have for other Disney movies. It was very delightful. I loved how every scene connected poetically but wasn’t meant to be taken literally at the same time. There was a lot of eye candy and fun little songs with meaning. All and all it was a delightful little film.

“Heroes come in all sizes, and you don’t have to be a giant hero. You can be a very small hero. It’s just as important to understand that accepting self-responsibility for the things you do, having good manners, caring about other people - these are heroic acts. Everybody has the choice of being a hero or not being a hero every day of their lives.” - George Lucas

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The film Turning Red is a great movie that explores the complex topics of toxic family and the trials of living up to expectations.

I’m just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe.

Star Wars has 3 eras:The eras are 1977-1983(pre Expanded Universe), (1983-2014) expanded universe or (2014- now) Disney bought version. Each are valid.

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Just saw Fantastic Planet, a 1973 animated film.* Overall, it was good, not great. The first third was the best part for me. I think if the movie had put all of its cards on the relationship between Terr and his child slave master, it could’ve been a classic.

Unfortunately, once Terr runs away from the Draags and meets his fellow Oms, the movie loses its way, and it devolves into a generic rebellion story instead. Maybe if I had been around in the 1970s, where rebelling against things was as popular as LSD, I might appreciate this one more.

It isn’t a bad film. The visuals are trippy for all the right reasons, the Monty Python-esque animation is more effective than you might think, and I’m a sucker for electronic music, which this film has plenty of. All in all, it’s worth a watch if you love watching crazy stuff by people who may or may not have been on drugs. I just wish it was greater than the sum of its parts.

*Not a kids film. An animated film. There’s a difference.

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I watched the Sea Hawk with Errol Flynn, it was better than i remembered. and The Adventures of Robin Hood also with Errol Flynn. Both with lavish production values, a great score. High adventure. And Flynn is in fine form in both. I love how he plays Robin Hood with zest and exuberance. The only weak aspect of this version of Robin Hood is how pathetic The Sheriff of Nottingham is. Basil Rathbone is fantastic as Sir Guy. And he makes Flynn look good as a swordsman when he wasn’t.

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Just finished watching a great flick, Turning Red. A fantastic film about growing up, one that actually delves into topics for females that I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie intended for people of all ages to consume and enjoy ever even TOUCH upon, let alone address. It made me feel really, really good seeing it. Something that left me with a positive feeling in my stomach, rather than a pit, which is the usual case.

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The Last Duel
A revenge saga of Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris, two friends & knights who must fight to the death. This movie was not necessarily award winning, but it is a top film all around, from performances, editing to cinematography.

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Terminator 2 on my recently purchased Blu-Ray upgrade, it’s miles better than the DVD version I had.

I’m not really that much of a movie purist. I really should’ve thought my name out a bit more.

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Reminiscence (2021), starring Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson and Thandiwe Newton.

Visually striking and much to my surprise, I was very moved emotionally.

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I just watched Donnie Darko for the first time. I had heard critical acclaim for the film for years but never got around to watching it. It was absolutely amazing. It’s the kind of film that can only be seen to appreciate. It successfully combines drama, comedy, science fiction, horror and experimental filmmaking flawlessly. The story was very original for once. There are so many things to analyze and notice. It’s the kind of movie that requires multiple viewings. The performances are all perfect and fit the characters exactly. But I think the most impressive aspect is the budget. They were able to do so much with less than 5 million dollars. So many intriguing and creative imagery is in the film. This is a film that a recommend to anybody, regardless of taste. It has something for everyone.

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i saw The Batman for free on HBO saving myself 30 dollars. It was a mixed bag. I didn’t love it and i didn’t hate it. Its still down near the very bottom of Batman films i’ve seen. No its not as bad as Batman and Robin. But the obsession with realism and uber darkness didn’t make it very fun either. Its not something i’m likely to watch again.

I liked Catwoman, but she was barely in it. Also the theme or lack thereof, worst Batman theme ever. Dun, Dun, Dun isn’t a theme.

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Recently saw CODA… or, at least, the first half of it. Yeah, I turned it off halfway through, because it was just sort of disappointing. The scenes with the deaf parents were absolutely amazing (I didn’t think sign language dialogue could be so funny), but the High School Musical subplot with the generic teen girl was painful to sit through. You could see every single plot point coming from a mile away. I’m all for deaf representation, but this is the second Best Picture winner in a row that really didn’t deserve to win.

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