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Monday, November 10, 2014

More Mini Movie Reviews

I Watch & Watch Until I Can't Feel My Crotch...

I've been doing a powerful lot of flick-viewing over the past few weeks.  Here's a quick rundown of some of the feature flims:

55 Days At Peking (1963) - Charlton Heston & David Niven vs. a $h!tload of the Yellow Peril.  Set in the Boxer Rebellion, it's the tale of the siege of Peking, and the eventual relief by the allied powers.   Pretty good overall, with Ava Gardner as the love interest.  Lots of Marine-Fu, only with the wrong rifles...

Edge Of Tomorrow (2014) (aka Live, Die, Repeat) - The latest Tom Cruise vehicle.  Simple formula, really.  Take 1/3 'Aliens', 1/3 'Starship Troopers' and 1/3 'District Nine', then divide by 'Groundhog Day'...  Can't recommend.

Chef (2014)- Vanity project from Jon Favreau that turns out to be pretty fun.  Favreau plays an almost-passé chef that has a spectacular public meltdown with an online critic, then is forced to reexamine what's important in life.  Not the most believable film, but it's got good characters and frequent laughs.

The Cruel Sea (1953) - ASW warfare in the North Atlantic, on very tiny ships.  A pretty grim look at convoy duty during WWII.  Unflinching, but not without its lighter side.  Good effort from the Brits in this war flick.  Two thumbs up!

My Name Is Nobody (1973) - Spaghetti Western with Henry Fonda and Terence Hill as "Nobody".  Not as much fun as 'They Call me Trinity' & sequel, but a sly self-referential look at the genre, with a lot of funny bits scattered throughout.  Not to be taken seriously...

The Prince (2014) - Complete POS shoot-em-up starring Bruce Willis & Jason Patric.  Low budget straight-to-video fodder.  Waste of time & money...

A Most Wanted Man (2014) - Final film from Philip Seymour Hoffman, based on a John LeCarre novel.  Engaging, though slightly tedious spy fare.  Anyone with any history with British espionage film or books will know how it's gonna end before you hit 'Play'...

And that's all for now!