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Watched the Last Jedi last night. Glad I didn't go to the theater and spend lots of money on the whole family for this. For me it might be the worst of the Star Wars movies. Not sure I want to rewatch Phantom Menace to decide which is worse. ::P:

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Incredibles 2 was fun. You could tell who the parents in the audience were.  I thought Edna deserved more screen time. 

 

 

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On 7/1/2018 at 10:22 PM, Dr.Bedlam said:

The film is Pride Of The Yankees, with Gary Cooper.

Apparently, one of the early symptoms of ALS is the loss of ability to communicate verbally, except in baseball metaphors.

I always preferred Damn Yankees - better music... ::P:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrXj0ovACbk

 

I was going to use the 1958 musical, but... I got distracted.

 

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2 hours ago, Inarah said:

Incredibles 2 was fun. You could tell who the parents in the audience were.  I thought Edna deserved more screen time. 

 

 

Edna always deserves more screen time. (Hey! She is the villain that has won the game! She monologues - the heroes listen. She tells them her plans - and they buy her products. She even has a secret underground lair - that the heroes never try to destroy! She has the heroes right where she wants them.)

 

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19 minutes ago, TheAuldGrump said:
3 hours ago, Inarah said:

Incredibles 2 was fun. You could tell who the parents in the audience were.  I thought Edna deserved more screen time. 

 

 

Edna always deserves more screen time. (Hey! She is the villain that has won the game! She monologues - the heroes listen. She tells them her plans - and they buy her products. She even has a secret underground lair - that the heroes never try to destroy! She has the heroes right where she wants them.)

 

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It was a great movie!

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15 hours ago, Talae said:

It was a great movie!

I thought it was good but not great. I found the Deus-ex-Jack-Jack got a little tiresome and was disappointed that Dash would run around people punching them and not run around people and [redacted].

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It wasn't quite as good as the first, but was still a great movie. Jack-Jack was a highlight for the kids. Also, the underappreciated mom plot was a nice nod to moms.

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Saw Ant Man and the Wasp and it was everything I wanted it to be.  The jokes were cheesy, Wasp was awesome, and I'll never turn down Michelle Pfeiffer in a movie.  Or Laurence Fishburne for that matter.

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 Kung fu hustle ... over the top martial arts meets gangsters in a hilarious battle with the world's top fighters ... sort of ...

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13 minutes ago, Boaz said:

 Kung fu hustle ... over the top martial arts meets gangsters in a hilarious battle with the world's top fighters ... sort of ...

 

I loved this one, set in Pigsty Alley, and how the awful, slatternly wife of the landlord turns out to be a Kung-fu master!

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Today's movie is Flash Gordon: Spaceship To The Unknown (1936). It was on Comet, and I had never seen it.

It's ... odd. Y'see, it's the original Flash Gordon movie serial, cut down to two hours, and edited for insertion of commercials. Since the original serial, as seen in theaters, was 13 half-hour episodes long, this gives the film a rather breakneck pace, as it seems to be in a hurry to jam in as much as possible. In addition, aside from some rather creative looking monster suits and the rocketships, EVERYTHING in this film was literally lifted from the existing stuff in the Prop Room; Ming's guards dress as Romans with some Greek accents, Thun the Lion Man seems to be some sort of Greek Viking, judging from his dress, and the storm troopers seem to have a rather medieval knight vibe to their costuming, aside from their helmets, which seem to have been buckets a short time before.

Oh, that, and the Great God Kael, of which we see a statue amidst a bunch of dancing odalisques? Kael looks a LOT like what you saw on the Advanced Dungeons And Dragons Players Handbook, except he's got an extra couple of arms. No WAY they built THAT just for this movie, and I can't help but wonder what they DID build it for.

All women on Mongo dress like they're auditioning for Malcolm McDowell's Caligula. I wondered about that, too, considering this was originally filmed as Saturday morning kids' entertainment.

Flash Gordon is played by Buster Crabbe, an Olympic athlete who parlayed it into an acting career. I'm guessing this was filmed BEFORE he took acting lessons, although he's certainly entertaining to watch; he veers between rather wooden to wildly overacting, usually when engaged in a physical confrontation.

I have heard it said that Ming the Merciless was a stereotypical Asian villain, but Charles Middleton looks about as Asian as I do; I could paint a Fu Manchu mustache on my dog, but that don't make her Chinese.

The Hawkmen are great. I mean, just great. I could watch these guys all day. All of a sudden, Brian Blessed's performance in the 1980 movie looks downright sedate. And again, I wonder: did they make all these pairs of giant wings just for this movie? Or were they left over from some even weirder film of the past?

It's also worth noting that on Mongo, power is generated by shoveling "radium" into "atomic furnaces." You know, same way steam engines worked by shoveling coal into a firebox under a boiler. I must question the scientific veracity of this, here...

Altogether, I can think of far worse ways to spend a Friday afternoon. If nothing else, it's valuable history; if not for this stuff, we would never have seen Star Wars, among other things...

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Rewatched The Last Jedi last night. Still overall pleased with it. Some of the shots are truly beautiful... and the casino stuff bothered me a whole lot less the second time around. 

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Watched Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay last night (I've gotten a bit behind on the DC animated movie line as the quality is just too hit and miss these days to pre-order them like I used to).

 

It was pretty good, not as good as Assault on Arkham, but one of their better recent efforts.

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On 7/7/2018 at 12:41 AM, Boaz said:

 Kung fu hustle ... over the top martial arts meets gangsters in a hilarious battle with the world's top fighters ... sort of ...

“Who is throwing handles?” Is still a line that provokes laughter more than 6 months after seeing the movie. 

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On 7/6/2018 at 8:41 AM, Boaz said:

 Kung fu hustle ... over the top martial arts meets gangsters in a hilarious battle with the world's top fighters ... sort of ...

I'm not sure I can count how many times I've watched it!  Even styled a Shadowrun character off the Ax gang.  

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Kung Fu Hustle is still one of the few movies that I will sit down and watch start to finish despite having seen it 20+ times!

 

Last night I watched Tremors with my 17 year old. Before it started I told him about how my buddies and I watched it all of the time when we were in college (1991ish). After finishing it, I'm trying to remember exactly why we watched it so much? :lol:

 

BTW, the 17 yo was not impressed with it....

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