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« #1095 : January 22, 2023, 03:42:53 AM »

Alien3(1992) The most remarkable thing about it is that Weaver looks vaguely femalish with a bald head. For the rest, the plot is ok but not memorable.6-7/10

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« #1096 : January 22, 2023, 06:05:22 AM »

Alien: Resurrection (1997) You really don't need the sympathetic monster, do you? The finale of the previous one was definitive as can be, but greedy Hollywood had to scoop up what was left of the attraction for the franchise. Of course, they had to justify the scam with a "message"(the military creating monsters) and at least a good looking female (Ryder). 6/10


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« #1097 : January 26, 2023, 03:05:19 AM »

The Sky's the Limit (1943) A B production for Astaire which survives only thanx to his musical numbers, as only to be expected. Ryan does nothing, Leslie is not memorable: but I can't give only 6/10 to a movie featuring the One for My Baby number, although in a quite debatable arrangement. 6-7/10
The italian dvd includes the two 1959 Evenings with F.A. The first one (which got 8 Emmys) undoubtedly belongs with the best Astaire ever did.


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« #1098 : January 30, 2023, 07:45:01 PM »

Chair de poule (1963) Good noir set in the south of France based on a James Hadley Chase's novel. Vaguely based on Cain's Postman it follows the genre's main rule that anything that can go wrong it does. But the twists of the plot sometime come unexpected so in the end it is entertaining. 7\10

I liked it a bit more 8-9/10


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« #1099 : January 31, 2023, 12:03:03 PM »

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« #1100 : January 31, 2023, 12:22:29 PM »

The Last Stand (2013) I was uncertain whether to post this in the Western thread as it has many features of that genre. This one has got great, or at least original action scenes. Unfortunately characters (especially the "good" ones) are as hackneyed as can be while the villains are well played. I'm partial to Schwarzenegger so I like him anyway, in spite of not being much in line with the character. But is it possible that in Hollywood they can't find another actor playing the FBI agent apparently exclusive property of Forrest Whitaker? 6-7/10 


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« #1101 : January 31, 2023, 04:19:21 PM »

Non-Stop (2014) Neeson seem to be the one doing the best thrillers around and even this one is up to the mark. The restrained limits of the airplane grant little room for great action scenes even though the last one is very good. So it's 7/10.


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« #1102 : February 01, 2023, 05:58:23 AM »

Red Dragon (2002) This has been criticized for being less lively  than the earlier Michael Mann version and with Norton playing the lead you can but expect that. I don't remember the Mann movie (I'll try to watch it again today) but I give this one 8/10 because Fiennes and Watson  (and of course Hopkins) are very good in two not easy to play subtly parts.


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« #1103 : February 02, 2023, 07:18:52 AM »

Manhunter (1986) I can't see a single reason why this should be rated higher than the later version (more faithful to the novel, especially the finale). The actors are all undistinguished and the only thing notable is the use of rock music with the Dragon (specially In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida!). 6-7/10


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« #1104 : February 08, 2023, 06:37:50 AM »

Conan the Barbarian (1982) This should have been 9/10 but it isn't. The cast is excellent (Conan was waiting for Schwarzenegger to be played) and the story is faithful to Howard's idea. The spanish landscapes and the sets are top notch: De Laurentiis didn't spare a dime. So what is wrong? Well, first of all a small scene: Conan whining with JEJ about him having killed his parents. That doesn't rhyme both with Conan and how the hero acts in popular culture: he doesn't reveal his revenge aim until before getting rid of the villain. Then, the orgy room scene. That reminded me more of some peplum b flick than an A production like this one. The sword fights are usually badly enacted (even in the last fight sequence in the Stonehenge-like set), you see the strikes are fake and the bladders have a habit of spurting a fraction of a second late. And the Commando (the movie) like mimetic paint? What has it got to do with Conan? The score, as usual, is praised at IMDB. I think it's as run-of-the-mill as can be, with even a Carmina Burana-like  chorus during the orgy scene. De Laurentiis wanted Morricone, Milius picked up a  friend. It would have been interesting to see how the Maestro would have invented a pre-history score.     


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« #1105 : February 09, 2023, 01:20:31 AM »

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation(2015) Usual festival of over the top scenes with great special effects (see the pre-openng credits scene), which is why I watch this stuff (and forget it). 7-8/10


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« #1106 : February 10, 2023, 01:00:17 PM »

Jaws (1975) I've re-read the novel after so many decades and so gave another watch at the movie. Which has got a tighter script than the novel (mainly avoiding the annoying filler of the sex story of Scheider's wife with Dreyfuss) and some thrilling moments more. Direction has been examined in depth since the movie was released and it is hard not to agree that it is remarkable. Still I put Duel over this one. Shaw gives a great performance but his fake accent is annoying. Scheider is excellent while Dreyfuss, I've never understood how he managed to be in movies. He acn playr sure,, but I can't escape from the conviction that he is the most dispensable actor around.  8-9/10


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« #1107 : February 13, 2023, 04:27:14 AM »

The Errand Boy(1961) A series of sketches set in the Paramount studios; 2 or 3 are good, the only memorable one being: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4v8UdkTx30. 6/10


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« #1108 : February 14, 2023, 03:27:45 PM »

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol(2011) The Moscow and Dubai episodes are very good, fast and spectacular. The last one in Mumbai, though, drags a bit, though the fight in the multi-floors garage is good. 7-8/10


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« #1109 : February 15, 2023, 04:51:47 AM »

Face/Off (1997) I remembered this one as an action movie, which it is. But it is also a comedy as you watch the two leads (not my favorite actors) change acting style. The story is so ludicrous that one can but help laughing at it but the last part is effective action wise. 6-7/10


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