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    My latest five:

    Topsy-Turvy
    Gilbert and Sullivan, in a career slump and more than a little irritated with each other, nevertheless get back together to make their masterpiece, The Mikado. A fun, well-crafted period piece about the creative process and the High Victorian arts and theater scene.

    Dredd
    Karl Urban stars as a stoic dystopic judge, jury and executioner in a decaying, crime-ridden, ultraviolent megacity. Pretty good movie, despite some plot holes.

    The Waldheim Waltz
    So-so documentary about the 1986 Austrian presidential election, as conservative candidate and former UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim deals (not very convincingly) with new revelations about his Nazi past. I would like to have seen more about the theories that either the US or USSR knew all about it and had used it as leverage against him in his work at the UN.

    Five Seasons
    Another so-so documentary, this one about Piet Oudolf, the influential Dutch landscape designer. Some beautiful imagery of gardens he's designed at his own rural studio/home, a park in England and the High Line in Manhattan, but hardly anything on his design philosophy. Just not that much there, there.

    GoodFellas
    Finally saw this classic Mob movie. It was good and I suppose I can see what all the fuss has been about, after all these years, but I'm just not a big Mob-movie fan as a rule, and doubt I'll see it again. It was fun to spot all the future Sopranos cast members, though.

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    Aaaaaand my latest five:

    Apollo 11
    Excellent documentary about the first manned mission to land on the Moon. Some amazing footage, including stuff I was surprised not to have seen before (I've watched a lot of Space Race documentaries over the years but never knew that Johnny Carson attended the mission's launch, for instance). And even though you know how it's all going to end, there are still some white-knuckle moments. I was glad to see that JFK is given proper - and moving - credit for having set the national goal of a Moon mission in the first place.

    Warm Bodies
    Clever, funny zombie romance (!) with some not-so-subtle parallels to a certain well-known Shakespeare play.

    Ready Player One
    An sf movie about global VR and the future of the Internet. It's fun to spot the pop culture references (The Shining, The Iron Giant, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Halo, Back to the Future, King Kong and many others) but, for all its frantic action, the movie felt a bit flat to me.

    Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People
    Good but not great documentary about the immigrant-turned-megapublisher and his enduring commitment to muckraking and the free press. Hadn't known before about his feud with Theodore Roosevelt.

    Leonard Soloway's Broadway
    Terrific, very funny documentary about a legendary Broadway producer, now 90 but still sharp as a tack. The movie is nicely divided between stories of his past triumphs and flops, and his present-day efforts - tireless, stubborn and often profane - to turn a musical about tap-dancing into an Off-Broadway hit.

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    I have seen some bad movies. Many of them. I've seen all of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes multiple times (except for the new episodes), and have ventured far beyond their lukewarm tastes into the unknown and unwanted of many nations and genres.

    That said, what in the hell was Batman v Superman supposed to be? Like a court case, or something?

    Who could watch that? Somebody with asbestos ass-cheeks, a donut-shaped chair pad, or someone unconscious or captive?

    This cannot be watched.

    The first half can, until one realizes that it is only HALF the running length of the movie.

    No. No. No.

    Benna Fleck was pretty convincing as a guy who wears a business suit and has unkempt hair. The other guy, Dirk Squarejaw or whatever his name is, was good in The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

    A dark, long, confusing mind-fuck of a movie. Like a mildly upsetting ride at a an amusement park, while sitting on a stranger's knee and eating wretched food served by bearded ladies.

    No.

    It cannot be watched.

    I feel so strongly about it I'd consider murdering someone who watched this movie.
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    Couldn't make it very far into Ready Player One. The narrator kid with the debilitating speech disorder (excessive vocal creaking, vocal fry, poor diction) should have been overdubbed by an actor. I also wanted to see everyone in the movie killed. Like if they were in a John Waters movie and some fat tranny smears shit on them fresh from the factory and then devours them alive. I'm pretty sure Spielberg has some kind of sexual fetish for unlikeable teenage boys and enjoys speculating about their fantasies. He did that Peter Pan movie, I think. He is a sick fucker who made two outstanding movies: Jaws and Duel. And some good action movies. And some pornography about his secret life as a groper of adolescent disabled boys.

    I did make it through some movie called Reign of Fire. I have no idea what happened during the movie, and I couldn't recognize any of the actors. I have no idea whatsoever what the plot was supposed to be. Something about using machines and weapons or something. At some time in the past or future. For reasons.

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    Couldn't make it very far into Ready Player One. The narrator kid with the debilitating speech disorder (excessive vocal creaking, vocal fry, poor diction) should have been overdubbed by an actor. I also wanted to see everyone in the movie killed. Like if they were in a John Waters movie and some fat tranny smears shit on them fresh from the factory and then devours them alive. I'm pretty sure Spielberg has some kind of sexual fetish for unlikeable teenage boys and enjoys speculating about their fantasies. He did that Peter Pan movie, I think. He is a sick fucker who made two outstanding movies: Jaws and Duel. And some good action movies. And some pornography about his secret life as a groper of adolescent disabled boys.

    I did make it through some movie called Reign of Fire. I have no idea what happened during the movie, and I couldn't recognize any of the actors. I have no idea whatsoever what the plot was supposed to be. Something about using machines and weapons or something. At some time in the past or future. For reasons.

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    Never noticed this before: in the "Stately Xanadu" opening newsreel thing of Citizen Kane, there's a spot where I can't help but imagine the actor doing the voice is on the verge of cracking up with laughter.

    I think it's about when the line is something like "the largest private zoo since Noah" or around there.

    It might have been in one of Bogdanovich's interviews with Welles, but I recall somewhere Welles saying that, prior to the filming, it was a pretty common joke in his circle to imitate the newsreel-style of reporting, and they used to do it all the time. You know, just fooling around making a pastiche of that whole thing.

    So, maybe a carry-over from the good old days of joking around.

    And, yes, no one witnessed the last words of Kane. I don't know what rock some blogger/memer crawled out of who thought that was a real stumper, but give it up. Everyone knows.

    I don't know a single person who can't appreciate a good Everett Sloane impression.

    No, I don't know why I'm watching the opening scene(s) again: just trying to get ready for an impromptu graveyard shift, and what better movie to convince oneself the world is not terrible? Of course.

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    All right, I'll simmer down about the comic game kid Marvel action movie whatever.

    Because Spider-Man 2 (2004) is pretty good. Even the twinky little kid with the bug-eyes sells it. I always thought Kirsten Dunst was more attractive, though. She really is not doing it for me in these movies.

    It could be simply she might not be a very good actress, though. In fact, I'm pretty sure that's a true fact.

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    Gawd. I still have the original DVD of Midnight Run.

    It is such a stupid movie that it defines its own level.

    But. yes, I'd forgotten a good bit of it.

    And of course, Jerry wants Beth to play it with the director's commentary. Unfonrtunately I got rid of my TV with the composite RCA inputs years ago and don't feel like fooling with decryption.

    Still a great movie (except when Grodin flies the plane).

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    I love Midnight Run! The chemistry between De Niro and Grodin is great, and I just like watching them bounce off each other as they make their way across the country. (Kudos for the Rick and Morty reference, BTW).

    My latest five:

    Yojimbo
    Classic B&W Kurosawa film set in 1860s Japan. A ronin comes to a small town torn apart by two criminal gangs, and then plays them against each other. Funny, sly and engrossing. The last line helps make for a perfect ending.

    The American President
    Romantic comedy in which a widowed President falls for a spunky environmental lobbyist. Given all the shared cast, crew and themes, it's almost like a movie-length prequel to The West Wing. Catnip for political junkies like me.

    Witness for the Prosecution
    The original 1957 British courtroom drama, from the works of Agatha Christie, focusing Sir Wilfrid, the ailing, pugnacious, Churchill-esque defense counsel. Good stuff.

    Witness for the Prosecution
    The 2016 remake, focusing Mr. Mayhew, the solicitor who first takes the case. Even better than the original, I'd say - grittier, darker, much more atmospheric.

    Headhunters
    A crazy good Norwegian thriller about an art thief who steals from the wrong rich guy and then has to go on the run. Some twists and turns that just have to be seen to be believed - two thumbs 'way up.

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    All right, I change my mind about Ready Player One. It can be allowed. Except for the hour or more in the middle. But, sure, why not.

    Looking forward to Headhunters — as a fan of the novel The Recognitions as well as the movie F for Fake, that's surely to hit some thematic elements. And, in my view, as well as the view of Welles, one must consider forgery to be a marginalized thematic element in many artworks about the making of art. Doesn't hurt that "The Headhunters" were a keyboard-led funk fusion group with a number of interesting things to say.

    And, no, I didn't mean Midnight Run is a stupid movie. As I said, it's a great movie. It's just incredibly silly, and sui generis. Not my first time at the Grodin/De Niro rodeo, but it's been a few years.
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    One thing to watch for in MN R, in the first encounter between De Niro and Yaphet Kotto (Koto?) — nice self-referential parody of De Niro back to his Taxi Driver role.

    Two main ones:

    (i) "Take your hands off me!" with a sort of karate-bullshit pose

    (ii) When he has Yaphet's badge, and is walking down the street, that turn back to the camera and pointing the badge as though it were a weapon.

    Cute.

    I'm going to start wearing that jacket I have that's exactly like "Jack Walsh"'s again more often. Notice he favors a crisp white collared shirt underneath. And my watch is a little temperamental in that the cronograph is sometimes a bit off. Hate to be a living cliché, but I just step out the door and I'm like dressed for Hollywood Halloween.

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    Oh, here's the final decision about Spider-Man 3 (2007).

    First extended scene.

    Kirsten Dunst doing her little play or whatever. First song is the Brancusse-Newley (? pretty sure) tune "They Say It's Wonderful."

    One of my favorite tunes. John Coltrane played the hell out of it. Dr. Lonnie Smith did it on Hammond.

    Great tune. No, I don't know what show or whatever it's from.

    But, Ms. Dunst!!!!! How hard is it to appear to lipsync? What the hell was that????

    I blame the director or whatever, but, still.

    Great, great song. Could have been even a passable scene.

    Why would the director have allowed that appaling spectacle to be shown in public?

    It is not.

    ETA Oh, that's Wm. Alland doing the "News on the March" bit for Kane. I'm pretty sure, anyway. And, yes, my opinion I still stand by: he was probably on the verge of breaking into laughter through the whole narration. Don't ask how I know, I just am pretty sure.
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