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Favorite Movies:
Toys, TRON, Tron Legacy, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, The Neverending Story, Labyrinth, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Dr Seuss' The Lorax, Robin Hood, Hawk the Slayer, Popeye, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Wreck-it Ralph, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, The Wizard of Speed and Time, Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man, Batman Forever, The Matrix Reloaded, Speed Racer, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 3D, The Avengers, Watchmen, Peter Pan, The Pirate Movie, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Friday the 13th Part 3, House of 1000 Corpses, Ju-on: The Grudge, Flash Gordon, Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day Of The Doctor, Donnie Darko, The Lost Boys, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Evita, Xanadu, Moulin Rouge!, Dude, Where's My Car?, Velvet Goldmine, Muriel's Wedding, Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera, Phantom of the Paradise, Party Monster, Dolls, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Cube, Death to Smoochy, Sweet Talker, Ten Who Dared, Metropolis, The Adventures of Tintin, The Black Cauldron, Rock & Rule, Meet the Spartans, My Name Is Nobody (Il mio nome Nessuno)
Favorite Actors:
Bob Hoskins, Wilford Brimley, R.G. Armstrong, Jay Brazeau, Jim Beaver, Richard Riehle, James Gammon, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Zach Galifianakis, Philippe Noiret, Brian Posehn, Nikolai Volkov, Peter Mullan, Bernard Hill, William Morgan Sheppard, Lee Arenberg, Sean Connery, Garry McDonald, Bill Kerr, Richard Masur, Richard Briers, Edward Asner, Tim Conway, George 'Gabby' Hayes, George 'Buck' Flower, Wallace Beery, Jack Warden, John Beal, Steve Smith, Richard Karn, Jack Thompson, Rob Reiner, John Ratzenberger, Donald Pleasence, Merlin Olsen, Friz Freleng, Richard Attenborough, Fess Parker, Gene Evans, Duane Whitaker, Sid Haig, Ted Levine, Kenny Rogers, Tom Towles, George C. Scott, John Vernon, Rip Torn, John Ashton, Tom Skerritt, Gerald McRaney, Dennis Franz, Sam Elliott, Randall "Tex" Cobb, John Goodman, Ricky Tomlinson, Jim Broadbent, Brendan Gleeson, Michael Gambon, Mike Jittlov, Helmut Bakaitis, Jon Pertwee, James Doohan, Kate Mulgrew, Adam Lambert, Drew Barrymore, Uma Thurman, Kirsten Dunst, Madonna, Toyah Willcox, Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Newton-John, Jessica Harper, Asia Argento, David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Robin Williams, Leslie Nielsen, Jim Carrey, Steve Martin, Paul Reubens, Rik Mayall, Seth Green, Burgess Meredith, Malcolm McDowell, Eddie Izzard, David Warner, Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Timothy Dalton, Val Kilmer, Kiefer Sutherland, Neil Crone, Will Smith, Dario Argento, Blaise Kolodychuk, Vincent Price, Michael McShane, Donovan Scott, Ritch Brinkley, Barnard Hughes, Jason Bateman, Simon Callow, Rade Serbedzija, Kenneth Welsh, Carrot Top, Stellan Skarsgrd, Michael Hogan, David Koechner, Maurice LaMarche, Billy West, John DiMaggio, Jim Cummings, Trevor Cooper, Dave "Squatch" Ward, Gordon Masten, Paul Coeur

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  • The Most Dangerous Game

    The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

    January 20, 2014

    An impressive classic suspense thriller. The Criterion disc release is a treat.

  • Saturn 3

    Saturn 3 (1980)

    January 20, 2014

    Fond memories of this movie. Actually, any science fiction around the late 70's to early 80's was seen as a continuation of the Star Wars exciting momentum. Re-watching with post-ROTJ blues, Saturn 3 seemed confined to a single base, with a junky robot and embarrassingly acted. The story is a shambled mess. The future technology presented now seems clunky. Harvey Keitel plays a cold snake character. Farrah and Kirk's relationship seems a bit awkward; she was so smooth and young and he was so old and wrinkled. I noticed the lack of incidental music. Most impressive was the set design of the remote space station.

  • The Lords of Salem

    The Lords of Salem (2013)

    January 20, 2014

    Great atmosphere and imagery. The scene in the kitchen made me jump. Salem is a great spooky setting. Not much seemed sacrified because Heidi had already invited Satanic forces into her life and her radio show. The concept of the Lords and their evil song was cool. The modern day witches were really effectively evil. The backstory was good. It's a bit of a shame all that calculated buildup was dumped at the end and forgotten.

  • My Name Is Nobody (Il mio nome  Nessuno)

    My Name Is Nobody (Il mio nome Nessuno) (1974)

    January 04, 2014

    Weird Western Comedy with Italian star Terence Hill teaming up with American star Henry Fonda. This unlikely pair exchange their own wisdom. The dialogue and action is very well done. The musical score is a real joy to hear. The Sergio Leone direction and cinematography is not to be missed. Don't expect anything serious though, "Nobody" (played by Terence Hill) is the clown of the Spaghetti West, who will take the baddies by surprise and teach them a thing or two about good manners. Hilarious. I loved it.

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

    January 04, 2014

    A thrilling adventure. I liked all the songs and cute (but grubby) Dwarves. Peter Jackson took a little kids' storybook and Rankin-Bass cartoon and made it into an epic. It took itself less seriously than Lord of the Rings - the fate of the world seemed not at stake here. It was like a great D&D adventure. There was a load of backstory and subplots added to the story, which really makes it better overall.

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

    January 04, 2014

    Yes, things start Catching Fire. This is a middle chapter to the Hunger Games series. It's another year and another challenge; the stakes are definitely raised. It's more of a setup for the final story, because not too much develops here in the scheme of the resistance. The actors did a good job. Jennifer Lawrence rocked again as Katniss. The tropical arena with the different time-generated dangers zones kept the story moving, but Battle Royale had it very similar. The ending really comes abruptly as if they ran out of film stock. I'll probably appreciate this second movie more after I see the finale.

  • Sinister

    Sinister (2012)

    January 04, 2014

    I was haunted by the ghostly snuff films; something about the scratchy old 8mm films and the satanic music which accompanies the images creeped me out. The rules of the cursed films is quite interesting when realized. Ehan Hawke's curiosity gets the better of him and his family. The plot of the tortured author is getting a bit tired. The boogedy demon in charge of the curse is quite freaky. Things tend to go to hell in the second half, but it fits with the curse. The scene of their boy in the box seemed like a tacked-on red herring to the real horrors. The internet expert and police assistant were a bit silly. The ending was no surprise with not enough tragedy shown to be considered a payoff after sitting through so many scenes of building creepiness.

  • Insidious: Chapter 2

    Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

    January 04, 2014

    As fun as the first movie, but it felt smaller in scope. Where the first one told a full ghost story, this one felt like a small incident. The first seemingly dealt with a whole world of demons; this one narrowed the scope. I liked the early scenes when the ghost was threatening with the baby in the nursery. Gone was Lin Shaye's awesome psychic character whom I loved in the original movie. Back were the same playful duo of psychic technicians plus a new lead psychic old dude who got his messages by rolling lettered dice. The plot had a few nice twists and surprises, plus plenty of jump scares. So, not as extensive as the first movie, but still a fun watch.

  • Insidious

    Insidious (2011)

    January 04, 2014

    A fun horror movie. It had a nice variety of freaky stuff going on. Sort of a modern version of Poltergeist with malevolent spirits abducting one of the kids of the family and high-tech psychics being brought in to investigate. There are plenty of twists and jump scares. I like the depiction and exploration of the spirit dimension. The nature and variety of the demons keeps things interesting. Lin Shaye stole the show as the lead psychi. The ending was unforgettable and led nicely to the inevitable sequel.

  • Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark

    Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2010)

    January 04, 2014

    Hey, I'm a fan of the 1973 original; it was the first real horror movie I saw and made me a horror fan for life. The remake producer Guillermo Del Toro was supposedly a fan too, but this movie was too manufactured and lacked the rawness of the original. The remake's large gothic house was overdressed and overstyled. One of the biggest changes from the orignial was that the family in the house now had a little girl - and she was the one pestered by the little goblin things which came out of the caverns under the fireplace in the basement. They created a huge legend of these creatures, with a historical sorta prologue of the previous owners. Added to the legend was the creatures' need for human teeth! All this story clutter made the story less immersive and less scary. I liked the CGI appearances of the creature hoard. The scene with the Handyman meeting the creatures was painfully gorey. They remade some of the classic scenes with greater effects, but nothing in the whole movie was ever scary. The pay-off came at the end, which I really liked.

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