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The Last Starfighter
7 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

One of those films which young and old alike can enjoy. Yes, it's relatively dated. Yes, the story is rather corny. Yes, the effects may seem antiquated (by today's standards). Still, this was - and still is - something special. Though I never saw it in a theatre, I first viewed it on HBO - then viewed it again...and again...and again. It just captured my imagination and took me on a journey to the stars. Another aspect which makes this such a special film is the back-story behind how the ground-breaking CGI special effects were created. Listening to the actors and crew, you can almost get caught up in the excitement they felt during the production. If you've never seen this before, you should seriously consider adding it to your bucket list. If you have seen it...well, another viewing won't hurt. One of those rare films which you can watch over and over, yet never grow tired of.

Somewhere in Time
10 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

To describe it as a *time travel* film, or *science fiction* film is quite a mistake. It's a fantasy, which utilizes 'travel through time' as a minor plot element. Definitely one of those sentimental stories, but still quite fun - and sad - to watch. There is no need to try some fancy scientific explanation or some fancy machine to explain Reeve's time-shift - and that's what really sets this apart from similar attempts at a fantasy/science fiction mash-up. Essentially it's the classic story about how love transcends time. It reminds me of a dialogue sequence (between Ahmad and the Princess) from Alexander Korda's The Thief of Baghdad (1940):
[At the pool]
Princess: Who are you?
Ahmad: Your slave.
Princess: Where have you come from?
Ahmad: From the other side of time, to find you.
Princess: How long have you been searching?
Ahmad: Since time began.
Princess: Now that you've found me, how long will you stay?
Ahmad: To the end of time.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
10 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Overall, a most enjoyable experience. About the only things I'd "complain' about were
1. Sometimes the humor seemed a little bit too much (somewhere between the original trilogy and the prequels)
2. At times I got slightly confused about what the New Order represented, vs. the classic Sith.
I'll probably try to update this review at a later date. But I'd recommend this film highly.