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Mr Magic
The Last House on the Left (2009)

Not bad for a remake. I approve. Had Wes Craven and Sean S. Cunningham not produced this, it probably wouldn't have been good.

3 1/2 stars.
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Bright (2017)


It's been unfairly savaged by social justice warriors for its shallow racial allegories but Bright is a lot of fun. I liked the action, the world-building, and Joel Edgerton is fantastic.

Bright loses points because it seems like it was written by a high school student; big on ideas but not sure what to do with them. The dialogue in particular is really juvenile and the "non-ending" was especially frustrating. Also, they missed an opportunity to call it "Ork Cops."   
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Dunkirk (2017)

Mixed feelings on this one. The trailer painted it as this epic, grandiose war flick. I was expecting a Saving Private Ryan level of adrenaline and suspense. This simply didn't deliver it. The scene on the long pier had a few great buildups of "Oh my god, what's about to happen" but then a plane flies by and drops like 3 bombs and that's it.

Beautifully shot, decent story but an overall underwhelming experience. If I want to learn about WW2 and gain a greater respect, I'll read about it.  I wanted to be entertained and sort of detach the historical horror and enjoy the movie at face value, and this missed the mark.

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Mr Magic
Tekken 2: Kazuya's Revenge

While the battle scenes were good, the story was still weak.

Probably not something I'd be willing to watch it again.

2 stars.
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Last weekend, the wife was in the mood for some vampire action, so we started with The Lost Boys.  It was the first time I had watched it in about 15 years.  It still holds up very well.  We then watched Blade.  It doesn't age well.

This weekend I believe we will be watching Eddie and the Cruisers and Eddie and the Cruisers 2.
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Wonder Woman (2017)

The movie itself wasn't anything more than I'd expect from a super hero(ine) movie. But g-diddly-dam is Gal Gadot gorgeous!

2/5 Movie
7.3/5 Gal Gadot
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The Dark Tower

I expected this film to be absolute crap after having read so many bad reviews. It wasn't nearly as bad as it has been made out to be, so that was a plus. Not great, but still worth watching.

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Saw All The Money in the World last night. It's an interesting premise for a movie, and beautifully shot, but it's a little too long for it's own good. A long movie needs a compelling script to retain interest in the story, and talented actors to keep you invested in the characters. Nothing against Mark Whalberg or Michelle Williams, but about 3/4 of the way I stopped caring about the events on screen and found myself waiting for the whole thing to wrap up.

Chris Plummer is great though. There's even a brief scene that hints at why his character is the way that he is, and it's too bad that the film didn't expand on that aspect.

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Mr Magic
Sling Blade

Billy Bob Thornton really outdid himself. Heck of a southern drama!

5 stars.
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The Fly (Nineteen Eighty Something)

Man, I watched this movie in fragments on cable growing up. I always remembered the arm wrestling and vomit donuts scene. After sitting through it as an adult, I found it very disturbing and stomach churning to sit through. 

I felt like Goldblum did a great job as a quirky scientist but the movie really lacked in even remotely explaining the science behind the telepods. I would have loved to have seen Brundle muttering mathematical jargon as he paced around the warehouse instead of just typing into the computer and voila. 

Good movie, a bit gross but worth a watch. Gina Davis is also a certified retro babe.


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