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A few reviews
DOCTOR STRANGE 1978
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Watched this today.... weird stuff! Even by 1970s standards.

Plot is very similar to the theatrical, an all powerful extra-dimensional entity sends an evil sorcerer to kill the Ancient One so it can conquer the Earth.   This time the evil sorcerer is a sorceress, Morgana LeFey, played by Jessica Walter (Arrested Development), who I swear must be immortal in real life as she looks exactly the same!!!   

And as in the theatrical, the Ancient One is white.  This time played by John Mills, giving the role a very Merlin vibe.  In fact, the whole production has an Arthurian feel, rather than Eastern mysticism.

Strange is played by Peter Hooten, a charming lady's man psychiatrist.  None of the arrogance associated with the comic character is present.   Not much logical character development, just lots of plot and exposition.  Strange does not appear in costume until the very end of the third act, and again it is very different from the comics.

The production is very plodding, at times feeling like a 70s medical melodrama, since so much time takes place in a hospital setting. Also the soundtrack is very funky.  Ranging from synth John Carpenter horror to over the top soapy.  It is so wacked.  It only makes the soap opera style acting even more cheesy.

At the same time, there is some very dark and demonic imagery.  It is such an odd mix of horror, mystery and drama.   And it yet, I found it amusing and could see much potential in the set up.

So not terrible.  It could have made an interesting tv series.   By comparison to other Marvel tv projects from the 70s, it is better than expected.  Not Incredible Hulk good, but superior to Captain America, and maybe slightly better or equal to Amazing Spider-Man.

Shout Factory did a good job with the restoration.  Overall the picture quality is amazing for a show of this age and there was only one scene with obvious debris.

So if you are curious and enjoy 70s tv, I think it is an enjoyable watch.  Big Grin
"... let's go exploring!" -- CALVIN.
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Made In Britain - 1982 - 7/10

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Scoring this simply for Tim Roth’s ferocious performance.
He plays a high school skinhead, delinquent, spitting ball of hate and fury.
Because he is a juvenile, social agencies are still trying to guide him.
Like he gives a damn.
He knows there is no future for him because of class, wealth, expectations.
Everyone else is overshadowed by a blistering Roth, in this, his first film.
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^ Yeah powerful stuff.

One of my all-time favourite albums 'Council Estate of Mind' is built around vocal samples from the film...

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Le Capital - 2012 - 6/10

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Slick financial thriller of high rolling executives.
When the head man of a massive French bank takes ill, he appoints a temporary boss.
His experience is limited and circling sharks eye him as chum.
Worse, a wealthy American hedge fund buys controlling interest in the bank, then sets up traps.
Unlike similar movies - say Big Short, there is no spoon feeding to viewers.
Maneuvering occurs across continents and conference rooms.
Temp Boss proves a cynical calculator, though there is a love angle, stupid beyond belief.
Root for villains because that is all there is.
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If Walls Could Talk: The History Of The Home - 2011 - 6/10

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Four part documentary by Lucy Worsley focusing on four rooms in the home.
Living room - Bedroom - Bathroom - Kitchen
Evolution from Medieval time to modern age.
Informative, entertaining, full of catch-phrase origins:
“By hook or by crook” - “Walls have ears” - “Burning the candle at both ends” -
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10 Cloverfield Lane 8/9 outta 10
Cool movie, I like it, though often hard to watch due to John Goodman's character, he fucking nails it so well its unnerving (I can assure to those that have been lucky enough not to have lived with an abuser of that fact). Some apparently have a problem with the ending, I do not, though I would cut all spoken words from the main character from that scene as I feel it would be more realistic and less "its 90s action movie now so: one liners" <- surprised to hear myself say that.

Midnight Special 7 outta 10
Cool movie but for me it misses the mark. Alton is underdeveloped. I often didn't buy the acting during the unspoken moments between characters. They should have used the lovely muscle car longer. Very mumbly sound mix on the dvd, had to use subtitles too many times. At least it was different and I'll be watching it again. Didn't hate it, just feel that there was more potential.

The Hobbit: BOT5A 3 outta 10
Good lord what a mess. I liked it when the huge giant monsters bought the farm. Why was legol... ah forget it!
Currently working on: art and music and my life, at my own pace.
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Stumbled upon this hidden gem last night on Netflix...
COHERENCE 



A group of friends together for dinner on the night a comet passes over head.
Cell phones stop working.
No internet.
No power.

Except down the street, one mysterious house seems to be all lit up.
What happens next is mysterious and gripping in the very best of Twilight Zone tradition.

This indépendant sci-fi thriller was shot over 5 nights in a single house and the actors were only give character notes and improvised the story under he guidance of director James Ward Byrkit.  Great stuff!  Highly recommended.
"... let's go exploring!" -- CALVIN.
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(03-10-2017, 09:04 AM)bionicbob Wrote: Stumbled upon this hidden gem last night on Netflix...
COHERENCE 
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A group of friends together for dinner on the night a comet passes over head.
Cell phones stop working.
No internet.
No power.

Except down the street, one mysterious house seems to be all lit up.
What happens next is mysterious and gripping in the very best of Twilight Zone tradition.

This indépendant sci-fi thriller was shot over 5 nights in a single house and the actors were only give character notes and improvised the story under he guidance of director James Ward Byrkit.  Great stuff!  Highly recommended.

Oooh, sounds like The Monsters are Due on Maple Street!
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(03-10-2017, 12:29 PM)addiesin Wrote: Oooh, sounds like The Monsters are Due on Maple Street!

Love that episode!
For this movie, think doppelgängers and overlapping alternate realities.

Honestly, I LOVED this movie.  Never heard of it before.  I went in cold.  And I was riveted.  
Just proves, you don't need 200 million dollars to make a smart, scary and entertaining movie.
"... let's go exploring!" -- CALVIN.
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(03-10-2017, 09:04 AM)bionicbob Wrote: Stumbled upon this hidden gem last night on Netflix...
COHERENCE 



A group of friends together for dinner on the night a comet passes over head.
Cell phones stop working.
No internet.
No power.

Except down the street, one mysterious house seems to be all lit up.
What happens next is mysterious and gripping in the very best of Twilight Zone tradition.

This indépendant sci-fi thriller was shot over 5 nights in a single house and the actors were only give character notes and improvised the story under he guidance of director James Ward Byrkit.  Great stuff!  Highly recommended.

Went looking for this tonight on Netflix and couldn't find it
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