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TRON (1982)
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A dazzling, groundbreaking sci-fi adventure from Walt Disney Pictures. It concerns a computer genius and ex-employee of the ENCOM corporation named Kevin Flynn, played wonderfully by Jeff Bridges who tries hacks into the mainframe of that corporation, he is seeking evidence to prove that his work was stolen by a former colleague, Ed Dillinger, superbly played by the sinister David Warner. He is detected by the power-hungry Master Control Programed and is beamed into another dimension, a cyberworld inside the computer mainframe itself; there he must fight to survive against computer's gladiators on a deadly game grid, and on the high-velocity "Light Cycles" in races to the death. But Tron, played terrifically by Bruce Boxleitner is a specialized security program that will help Flynn fight the MCP and set him free from that electoric world. Astute direction by Steven Lisberger and wonderful supporting performances by Cindy Morgan, Barnard Hughes and San Shor. This film is a milestone in the history of computer animation, it's spectacular visual effects and early CGI is still amazing, It no wonder that the minds behind Tron went on to form the great Pixar Animation Studio. An original audacious piece of genre entertainment. Highly Recommended. Special Note: The sequel "Tron Legacy" starring Jeff Bridges reprising his role of Kevin Flynn 28 years later will be released in December 2010.

Ant-Man (2015)
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Peyton Reed's darkly humorous sci-fi thriller has so much energy and freshness that it is intoxicating. it concerns a master cat burglar named Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd in a surprisingly strong performance, he brings an endearing charm to his character. Lang is recruited by a retired genius scientist and former S.H.I.E.L.D. secret operative named Hank Pym, played brilliantly and with conviction by screen legend Michael Douglas who adds a touch of class to this production. Pym is the creator of an amazing shrinking technology, he wants the reluctant Lang to use his special 'Ant-man' suit that he once donned, that will reduce him to the size of an ant and give him super-human strength, the suit can also control armies of ants through the use of special radio waves which translate his thoughts to insect-speak. Pym wants Lang to break into his lab and steal his shrinking formula from his former power-mad protege Darren Cross, well played by Cory Stoll, who with Pym's formula poses a massive threat to world security. Aiding Lang is Pym's badass daughter Hope, wonderfully played by the scene-stealing Evangeline Lilly, she works for the evil Cross, but is secretly on her father's side. The problem is that the sinister Cross has his own lethal shrinking suit, called the 'Yellow-Jacket,' and is hellbent on stopping Lang & Pym from interfering with his nefarious plans. Astute direction from Reed who gives this engaging sci-fi a real sense of humor and terrific action sequences. The impressive eye-popping CGI visual effects are astonishing. Marvelous supporting performances by Bobby Cannavale, Anthony Mackie, Judy Geer, Abby Ryder Forttson, Michael Pena, David Dastmaichian, and Hayley Atwell. A spectacular genre film and another winner for Marvel Studios. Highly Recommended.

Cruising (1980)
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William Friedkin's dark, highly controversial lurid thriller about an undercover cop named Steve Burns, compellingly played by Al Pacino in low-key understated performance, who goes underground into the gay S&M leather subculture of New York City during the pre-AIDS early 80s to try and catch a sadistic serial-killer of homosexual men. Burns who is straight goes deep cover as a gay man and a decoy for the murderer, he is completely isolated from the police department and his only contact is his superior Captain Edelson, superbly played by Paul Sorvino. He cannot even tell is girlfriend, nicely played by Nancy Alien, about his assignment. But as the vicious murders continue Burns is starting to be affected by his exposure to the hardcore gay lifestyle and it begins to change him. Okay direction by Friedkin, who also wrote the confusing and sometimes awful screenplay which is based on the novel by Gerald Walker. Striking cinematography by James A. Contner, and a marvelous original score by the late Jack Nitzsche. The only real reason to see this film is for Al Pacino's captivating performance, otherwise this motion picture is truly a mess, but fascinating never the less. Note: This film when released in 1980 caused many gays to protest the film for it's degrading and distasteful view of the gay community. Homophobic, ambiguous, brutal and not for all tastes. Recommended.

The Boys in the Band
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William Friedkin's uproarious, painful, groundbreaking classic film. Matt Crowley adapted his own acclaimed award-winning off-Broadway hit play, retaining much of the qualities of pathos, bitchiness, loneliness and jealousy that so enriched his play. The story concerns eight gay men and one possibly gay, who all come together for the birthday party of a mutual friend and end up at each others throats, lashing out at each other with lots of self-loathing. Exceptional performances by Kenneth Nelson, Frederick Combs, Cliff Gorman, Laurence Luckinbill, Keith Prentice, Peter White, Reuben Greene, Robert La Tourneaux, and Leonard Frey, who all recreate their original stage roles under Friedkin's skillful sensitive direction."Boys" is often hilarious and builds to a powerful climax. Highly Recommended.

Casino Royale
Casino Royale (2006)
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Martin Campbell's pure adrenalin, spectacular, high-octane spy thriller which goes back to the roots and shows how James Bond got his license to kill, this film introduces us to the new Bond, who is played by the astonishing Daniel Craig who gives a performance of such spellbinding scalding intensity that you'll swear he was born to play the role, he is a physical force to be reckon with those piercing blue eyes of his that burn right through the screen. He is without doubt the best Bond since the original which was unforgettably played by screen legend Sir Sean Connery. This time Bond is pitted against Le Chiffre, a evil banker to the world's terrorist organizations played memorably by Mads Mikkelsen who gives a brilliant cold-blooded performance. Le Chiffre is planning to raise money in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro at Casino Royale. "M" played wonderfully by Dame Judi Dench who assigns 007 to play against him, knowing that if Le Chiffre loses it will cause havoc in his organization, she also assigns the beguiling Vasper Lynd, an MI-6 accountant to finance Bond's card game and keep a watchful eye on him. Vesper is beautifully played by the sexy Eva Green, who is one of the best Bond women in long time and is also one of the most intelligent, her chemistry with Bond is both moving and genuine. Exceptional direction by Martin Campbell and utterly exceptional supporting performances by Jerry Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino, Simon Abkarian and Isaach De Bankole. Terrific action sequences with seamless stunts that are truly breathtaking, with Craig doing most of them himself. Phil Meheux's cinematography is totally stunning. A lean, mean, sophisticated thrill-ride that is not to be miss! Highly Recommended.