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flavo5000 wrote: January 7th, 2021, 2:01 pm
Kublai Khan wrote: January 7th, 2021, 3:49 am
flavo5000 wrote: January 6th, 2021, 2:20 pm 25. The Magic Cloak of Oz (1914)
Hey flavo, this is showing as 38 min in IMDb, which is technically just under the 40 minute requirement. Do you have have anything that contradicts that?
I watched the version that's on the 70th Anniversary edition of The Wizard of Oz blu-ray which clocks in at 43:11. Here's the DVD Compare page for it: Link. It's on Disc 4.
Works for me, thanks. :thumbsup:
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1. Lockout (James Mather, Stephen St. Leger-2012) France/USA 3,020 checks
2. The Mandalorian - Season 2, Episodes 7 & 8 (Rick Famuyiwa & Peyton Reed-2020) USA 402 checks
3. Doctor Who - Season 17, Episodes 13-16 ("Nightmare of Eden") (Alan Bromly-1979) UK 536 checks
4. Watchmen: The Director's Cut (Zack Snyder-2009) USA 2 official lists 49,707 checks
5. Early Man (Nick Park-2018) UK/USA/France 718 checks
6. Fortress (Stuart Gordon-1992) Australia 1 official list 1,271 checks
7. Wonder Woman 1984 (Patty Jenkins-2020) USA/UK/Spain 983 checks
8. Origin: Spirits of the Past (Keiichi Sugiyama-2006) Japan 390 checks
9. Space Babes from Outer Space (Brian K. Williams-2017) USA 15 checks
10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves-2014) USA/UK/Canada 3 official lists 15,862 checks
11. Scrooge (Brian Desmond Hurst-1951) UK 3 official lists 5,207 checks
12. The History of Future Folk (John Mitchell, Jeremy Kipp Walker-2012) USA 178 checks
13. Our Man Flint (Daniel Mann-1966) USA 2 official lists 495 checks

I enjoyed that a lot more than most Bond movies.
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9. Mob Psycho 100: Season 1: Episodes 5-8 (2016)

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1. The Blue Bird (1918)
2. Mill of the Stone Women (1960)
3. Sorceress (1982)
4. Outland (1981)
5. Not of This Earth (1957)
6. Dirty Pair OVA: Episodes 7-10 (1987)
7. Mob Psycho 100: Season 1: Episodes 1-4 (2016)
8. Moon (2009)
9. Mob Psycho 100: Season 1: Episodes 5-8 (2016)
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5. Feeders-1996: 10/10

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2. The Humanity Bureau-2017: 7/10
3. Ad Astra-2019: 9/10
4. Knowing-2009: 9/10
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07. 3.0* - Majin [Daimajin] by Kimiyoshi Yasuda (1966)

The first of the three Majin films, all made in the same year. I was actually pretty excited to discover a new kaiju franchise, but don't let the poster of this film mislead you. While there's definitely a substantial kaiju side to Majin, it's equal parts jidai geki and yokai fantasy, with the kaiju elements only popping up in the latter parts of the film. The village of the Hanabusa is seized by the cruel Samanosuke clan, who take all the villagers hostage and treat them like slaves. Some of the Hanabusa manage to escape though and take refuge in the nearby woods. These woods also houses Majin, a God revered by the Hanabusa. They pray to him, hoping he will help them defeat the Samanosuke clan. The cinematography is crisp and surprisingly beautiful. It certainly adds to the atmosphere, but can't prevent the first hour from being a bit too slow. It takes just a little too long before the Majin peeps around the corner, luckily the finale makes up for that lost time. Mixed sentiments, but overall it's a pretty fun flick, I'm already looking forward to the sequels.

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02. 1.5* - The Flintstones by Brian Levant (1994)
03. 2.0* - The Incredible Monk by Tze-Chung Lam (2019)
04. 1.5* - Peter Pan by P.J. Hogan (2003)
05. 2.0* - Mr. Peabody & Sherman by Rob Minkoff (2014)
06. 3.5* - Samurai Reincarnation [Makai Tenshô] by Kinji Fukasaku (1981)
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4. Rogue One (2016)
Upon rewatch, this is still to me the only genuinely good Star Wars movie, though I'll admit that a couple of others come close. What I admire most, beyond consistently excellent production design and action scenes, is the thematic focus. Ostensibly, the focus is on hope, the supposed fuel of rebellion. It provides a connection with Star Wars 1, this movie's sequel, which was retroactively subtitled A New Hope. But I think hope is a fake. The real theme is dying and sacrifice. That's the same theme at play in the greatest resistance movie ever, Army of Shadows. And it's stunning by the end of the movie to think about the body count you've seen over the past two hours, not to mention the body count to come in the six movies that follow Rogue One in the Star Wars internal chronology.

5. Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)
Yet another semi-reboot of Terminator, which picks up the storyline from Terminator 2 and erases Terminators 3-5. This is an immense improvement over Terminator 5, the worst in the series. The action scenes are well shot, and the return of Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor adds some grit. On the other hand, the story is very familiar, just a variation on Terminators 1-2. It's a perfectly cromulent Terminator movie.

6. Soul (2020)
How could I not like a movie that is so gloriously in love with jazz and New York City, two things I also love? (And I'm talking about good jazz, not some easy listening swill.) Add in the typically superlative elements of an original Pixar movie, and it all blends perfectly.

7. Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
Four years before The Matrix, Keanu Reeves starred in this cyberpunk flick. Gosh what a heady time that was -- 1995, when the internet and computers were these exciting new things but very few people actually understood what they were or what they meant for human civilization. I suppose that dynamic is how you end up with the laughable cyberspace imagery in this movie, which is very similar to that which appeared in another cyberpunk movie from 1995, Hackers. Besides Keanu, this movie has Ice-T, Beat Takeshi, the woman from Starship Troopers who is not Denise Richards, Dolph Lundgren, Udo Kier, and Barbara Sukowa in a movie William Gibson adapted from his own short story. Is it any good? No, not really. The acting is mostly bad. The aesthetic doesn't work. The characters aren't interesting. And Gibson himself all but disowned it after the studio messed with the script.

As an aside, I have a buddy who owns a prop from this movie -- the contraption that goes over Keanu's head in the final scenes. He picked it up at a movie memorabilia auction. I think he said he spent about $1,500 on it.

As another aside, check out the date on which the story begins in Johnny Mnemonic:
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Wow! January 17 is not a Thursday, unfortunately. Would it have killed them to check? I demand accuracy in any movie in which a cybernetically enhanced marine mammal plays such an important role! I wonder if someone somewhere is going to have a Johnny Mnemonic party to mark the occasion on Jan. 17, like a friend of mine had a party six years ago on the date Marty McFly supposedly travels to in Back to the Future Part II.
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1. Palm Springs (2020)
2. Gemini Man (2019)
3. The Midnight Sky (2020)
4. Babes in Toyland (1934)
5. The Glass Slipper (1955)
6. The Frozen Dead (1966)
7. Petey Wheatstraw (1977)

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The premise is okay here but the plot feels ridiculous and tailored more to jokes than logic. Not only does the Devil give Petey back his life, he also gifts him a magical cane that allows him to do absolutely everything - for no good reason. The special effects are very rudimentary as Petey turns grown men into dogs and so. Also, much of the humour (making fun of how ugly the Devil's daughter is) feels in poor taste. I like the Devil's red jumpsuit though.
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1. Frankenstein (1931)
2. Gattaca (1997)
3. Primer (2004)
4. Planet of the Apes (1968)
5. Russkiy kovcheg (2002)
6. Yeelen (1987)
7. Elf (2003)
8. Iron Man 2 (2010)
9. Kaijû sôshingeki AKA Destroy All Monsters (1968)
10. Cesta do praveku AKA A Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955)
11. Ugetsu monogatari (1953)
12. Körkarlen AKA The Phantom Carriage (1921)
13. Field of Dreams (1989)
14. Total Recall (1990)
15. Enter the Void (2009)

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8. Schalcken the Painter (1979) 7
9. The Invisible Man Returns (1940) 5
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1. Skif (2018) The Last Warrior 6
2. Memorîzu (1995) Memories 6
3. Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959) 3
4. Iron Man (2008) 6+
5. The Raven (1963) 7
6. Die Herrin von Atlantis (1932) Queen of Atlantis 4
7. Iron Man 2 (2010) 6
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blocho wrote: January 8th, 2021, 7:47 am
7. Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
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Wow! January 17 is not a Thursday, unfortunately. Would it have killed them to check? I demand accuracy in any movie in which a cybernetically enhanced marine mammal plays such an important role! I wonder if someone somewhere is going to have a Johnny Mnemonic party to mark the occasion on Jan. 17, like a friend of mine had a party six years ago on the date Marty McFly supposedly travels to in Back to the Future Part II.
We all should watch Johnny Mnemonic on the 17th :D :lol:
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37. Tammy and the T-Rex (1994)
What a delightfully and unabashedly stupid movie this was! Also I'm not generally one for "more gore = better" but I will say that watching the R-rated cut of this one with the added gore effects definitely adds to the over-the-top comedic value of the movie. Instead of watching the weenie scientist die off-screen, we get the T-Rex gruesomely tearing his head off. This kind of stuff plays much better with a group of friends who just want to watch something ridiculous and dumb.

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38. Cinderfella (1960)
Something about watching Jerry Lewis raises my anxiety levels. Always moving, mugging, gesticulating... It's like succumbing to motion sickness on a physical comedy boat. Anyway, this flipped version of Cinderella finds Lewis living with his bossy stepmother and two stolid, unfriendly stepbrothers, who inherited his father's substantial estate after his father's death. Honestly his life doesn't seem nearly as terrible as many other versions of Cinderella although I'd guess there's a certain sad loneliness involved here too. There are some funny routines though like Lewis trying and failing repeatedly to light a cigarette for his stepbrother, the stone-faced Henry Silva. Also prepare yourself for some really outdated misogyny.

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39. The Atomic Kid (1954)
Mickey Rooney bumbles into a nuclear test site and is caught in an atomic blast, and while he survives, there are side effects. And no, not debilitating cancer. More the kind of side effects that lend themselves to wacky hijinx as he's recruited by the government to break up a spy ring with his newfound nuclear powers. I wasn't much of a fan of this one. There didn't seem to be any consistency in terms of what Rooney's powers actually did. It seemed to be whatever the gag writers called for in a given scene. Also the structure of the movie felt very loose and rambling with a fairly random ending that seemed more of an "oh well, I guess this'll work" more than a thought out plot beginning to end.

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40. Kamisama no pazuru a.k.a. God's Puzzle (2008)
Takashi Miike, at his producer's behest, brings us a heady quantum physics-based sci-fi thriller about a super genius shut-in who partners with a dim classmate masquerading as his much smarter twin brother to determine the creation of the universe. The first half is a little dry and involves a lot of discussion of The Big Bang Theory (the scientific concept, not the garbage TV show) and quantum mechanics. The second half switches gears into more actual thriller territory as the shut-in hijacks a particle accelerator. It's almost like Miike got antsy in the first half and needed to go off the deep end by the end in a stewy mix of a rock version of Beethoven's Ode to Joy, sushi and powerful storms. It's not one of MIike's best movies and definitely is too long but still has some interest in places.
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2. The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special (2020)
3. Robo Vampire (1988)
4. Temptation Island (1980)
5. Les trois couronnes du matelot a.k.a. Three Crowns of the Sailor (1983)
6. No Escape (1994)
7. Soul (2020)
8a. Shirley Temple's Storybook: The Princess and the Goblins (1961)
8b. Ballet of the Mermaids (1938)
8c. Ropáci a.k.a. Oil Gobblers (1988)
9. Thunder Rock (1942)
10. Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997)
11. Aniara (2018)
12. Heartbeeps (1981)
13. Blue My Mind (2017)
14. Eunhaengnamoo chimdae a.k.a. Gingko Bed (1996)
15. Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)
16. Tales from the Neverending Story: The Beginning (2001)
17. The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)
18. Earth to Echo (2014)
19. Bijo to ekitai ningen a.k.a. The H-Man (1958)
20. The Bamboo Saucer (1968)
21. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)
22. The Curious Female (1970)
23a. Black Mirror: USS Callister (2017)
23b. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)
24. His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz (1914)
25. The Magic Cloak of Oz (1914)
26. Source Code (2011)
27. The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960)
28. FairyTale: A True Story (1997)
29. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1988)
30. Golok setan a.k.a. The Devil's Sword (1984)
31. The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914)
32. The Wizard of Oz (1925)
33. Singularity (2017)
34. The Mind's Eye (2015)
35. Village of the Giants (1965)
36. Na srebrnym globie a.k.a. On the Silver Globe (1988)
37. Tammy and the T-Rex (1994)
38. Cinderfella (1960)
39. The Atomic Kid (1954)
40. Kamisama no pazuru a.k.a. God's Puzzle (2008)
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1. Palm Springs (2020)
2. Gemini Man (2019)
3. The Midnight Sky (2020)
4. Babes in Toyland (1934)
5. The Glass Slipper (1955)
6. The Frozen Dead (1966)
7. Petey Wheatstraw (1977)
8. The Holy Mountain (1973)

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The plot here almost defies description with more to it than can be summed up in a single sentence and much of it makes little sense. Understanding the film though is luckily not necessary to appreciate the experience; full of colourful and creative sets, imaginative costumes and some of the craziest WTF imagery ever placed on celluloid, this is a visually sumptuous affair, even surreal at times. The final scene also makes a great conclusion.
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7. Battleship (2012, Peter Berg): 5.8 - It’s a blockbuster based on the board game Battleship in which the fight is against aliens instead of between navies for some reason, so it’s inherently flawed and lazy plotted. But it amuses plenty enough to pass the time. Also cause it is well enough paced, without too much of the unnecessary serious character moments movies like this usually seem they need to have. It delivers on what you can expect; mindless blockbuster action entertainment.

8. Mosura tai Gojira [Mothra vs. Godzilla] (1964, Ishirô Honda): 6.2 - The story and characters were uninteresting. While those clearly aren't the attraction of these movies and just there to fill the rest of the running time, the fight wasn't as ridiculous fun as last entry to totally make up for this shortcoming. Still the fight between the large lizard and moth was quite amusing. Noticeable is that Godzilla in his last outing as a villain is less a malicious force but more just clumsy mistakenly destroying stuff.

9. Rim of the World (2019, McG): 6.8 - A movie that's very reminiscent of Super 8 and the tv series Stranger Things in that it is about a group of young teenagers who embark on an adventure with a heavy dose of sci-fi in a movie that's clearly influenced by 80s and sci-fi movies. It's simple and predictable. But the kids have a nice rapport with each other, it's fun and paced well.

10. San daikaijû: Chikyû saidai no kessen [Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster] (1964, Ishirô Honda): 7.0 - By now Toho has really discovered it's worth throwing some money and effort into this series. This is by far the best in the series (so far) apart from the original. The costumes, miniatures and other effects never looked better. Honda's direction is at its best too in the series. Even the side-story and character were interesting enough to make the movie watchable when the monster weren't on screen, because it is the kind of silly fun fantasy-adventure plot that fits a movie featuring fighting monsters. But most importantly the fight between Rodan and Godzilla is entertaining, and the final fight between Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan vs. Ghidorah is just great fun. Also funny is Mothra trying to convince Godzilla and Rodan to join him in protecting humanity from the three-headed monster.
Rampaging through my sci fi/fantasy watchlist
1. Solarbabies (1986, Alan Johnson): 4.5
2. Gojira [Godzilla] (1954, Ishirô Honda) rewatch: 6.5 > 7.0
3. Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956, Ishirô Honda & Terry O. Morse): 4.8
4. Gojira no gyakushû [Godzilla Raids Again] (1955, Motoyoshi Oda): 6.0
5. Mosura [Mothra] (1961, Ishirô Honda): 6.5
6. Kingu Kongu tai Gojira [King Kong vs. Godzilla] (1962, Ishirô Honda & Tom Montgomery): 6.5
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1. Slither (James Gunn, 2006)
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09. Toy Story 4 (2019, Josh Cooley) 2/5
10. Onward (2020, Dan Scanlon) 2/5
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4. Billy Liar (Schelsinger, 1963). Oh Billy... Tsk Tsk Tsk. This was a fun if frustrating watch.

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1. Monsters (Edwards, 2010).
2. The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (Zeman, 1961).
3. The Age of the Earth (Rocha, 1980).
4. Billy Liar (Schelsinger, 1963)
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Impossible Worlds on Screen
1. Palm Springs (2020)
2. Gemini Man (2019)
3. The Midnight Sky (2020)
4. Babes in Toyland (1934)
5. The Glass Slipper (1955)
6. The Frozen Dead (1966)
7. Petey Wheatstraw (1977)
8. The Holy Mountain (1973)
9. Endless Poetry (2016)

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A semiautobiographical film with a difference. As the movie opens, we see Jodorowsky watching black-and-white cut-out sets being propped up and talking to the actor playing him as a youth. As the film progresses, he continues to pop up to mentor the younger version of himself. If a tad self-indulgent, the whole notion of Jodorowsky interacting with his past memories is incredibly dynamic and his slightly surreal take on his upbringing is quirky and engaging.
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10. Mob Psycho 100: Season 1: Episodes 9-12 (2016)

Strong ending to the season, with some impressive animation

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1. The Blue Bird (1918)
2. Mill of the Stone Women (1960)
3. Sorceress (1982)
4. Outland (1981)
5. Not of This Earth (1957)
6. Dirty Pair OVA: Episodes 7-10 (1987)
7. Mob Psycho 100: Season 1: Episodes 1-4 (2016)
8. Moon (2009)
9. Mob Psycho 100: Season 1: Episodes 5-8 (2016)
10. Mob Psycho 100: Season 1: Episodes 9-12 (2016)
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2. Woman in the Moon (Fritz Lang, 1929)
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2. Woman in the Moon (Fritz Lang, 1929)
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Knaldskalle wrote: January 9th, 2021, 1:21 am 4. Billy Liar (Schelsinger, 1963). Oh Billy... Tsk Tsk Tsk. This was a fun if frustrating watch.
Hey Knaldskalle, this isn't listed as Fantasy or Sci-Fi in IMDB so I can't count it.

I do agree with your review though.
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1. Lockout (James Mather, Stephen St. Leger-2012) France/USA 3,020 checks
2. The Mandalorian - Season 2, Episodes 7 & 8 (Rick Famuyiwa & Peyton Reed-2020) USA 402 checks
3. Doctor Who - Season 17, Episodes 13-16 ("Nightmare of Eden") (Alan Bromly-1979) UK 536 checks
4. Watchmen: The Director's Cut (Zack Snyder-2009) USA 2 official lists 49,707 checks
5. Early Man (Nick Park-2018) UK/USA/France 718 checks
6. Fortress (Stuart Gordon-1992) Australia 1 official list 1,271 checks
7. Wonder Woman 1984 (Patty Jenkins-2020) USA/UK/Spain 983 checks
8. Origin: Spirits of the Past (Keiichi Sugiyama-2006) Japan 390 checks
9. Space Babes from Outer Space (Brian K. Williams-2017) USA 15 checks
10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves-2014) USA/UK/Canada 3 official lists 15,862 checks
11. Scrooge (Brian Desmond Hurst-1951) UK 3 official lists 5,207 checks
12. The History of Future Folk (John Mitchell, Jeremy Kipp Walker-2012) USA 178 checks
13. Our Man Flint (Daniel Mann-1966) USA 2 official lists 495 checks
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Impossible Worlds on Screen
1. Palm Springs (2020)
2. Gemini Man (2019)
3. The Midnight Sky (2020)
4. Babes in Toyland (1934)
5. The Glass Slipper (1955)
6. The Frozen Dead (1966)
7. Petey Wheatstraw (1977)
8. The Holy Mountain (1973)
9. Endless Poetry (2016)
10. Nirvana (1997)

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Discovering that he is a mere character in a computer game, a lonely man tries to persuade his designer to delete him in this Italian thriller. It is an intriguing idea and Diego Abatantuono is very sympathetic as the game character, sick and tired of being killed and coming back to life. Alas, the vast majority of the film is not spent with him but rather Christopher Lambert as the game designer who spends too long pining for his girlfriend and chatting.
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08. 3.0* - Parallel by Isaac Ezban (2018)

Isaac Ezban has been making a name for himself directing mysterious sci-fi films with loopy narratives. Parallel is his first English-language film, but it's a step down from the films he made in Mexico. It's also one of his most obvious films, where the mystery is fully revealed in the first third of the film. A group of friends/team of app developers discover a hidden room in their apartment. There they find a mirror that transports them to parallel universes. It doesn't take them long to figure out ways to game this setup and to better their lives with it, but after a short period of elated happiness, they begin to distrust each other. The parallel universes sound like they could provide a nice twist on the good old time travel stories, but in reality it doesn't change a lot. I also wasn't that impressed with the heist-like structure of the story, which adds to the predictability of the film. Performances are decent and there's still some fun to be had here, but I was hoping Ezban would be taking some steps forward, not backward.

Other worlds
01. 2.5* - Dune Drifter by Marc Price (2020)
02. 1.5* - The Flintstones by Brian Levant (1994)
03. 2.0* - The Incredible Monk by Tze-Chung Lam (2019)
04. 1.5* - Peter Pan by P.J. Hogan (2003)
05. 2.0* - Mr. Peabody & Sherman by Rob Minkoff (2014)
06. 3.5* - Samurai Reincarnation [Makai Tenshô] by Kinji Fukasaku (1981)
07. 3.0* - Majin [Daimajin] by Kimiyoshi Yasuda (1966)
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1. Frankenstein (1931)
2. Gattaca (1997)
3. Primer (2004)
4. Planet of the Apes (1968)
5. Russkiy kovcheg (2002)
6. Yeelen (1987)
7. Elf (2003)
8. Iron Man 2 (2010)
9. Kaijû sôshingeki AKA Destroy All Monsters (1968)
10. Cesta do praveku AKA A Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955)
11. Ugetsu monogatari (1953)
12. Körkarlen AKA The Phantom Carriage (1921)
13. Field of Dreams (1989)
14. Total Recall (1990)
15. Enter the Void (2009)
16. Mary Poppins (1964)
17. The Blob (1958)
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1. What We Do in the Shadows: Manhattan Night Club (2019, 23 min) - 7/10
What We Do in the Shadows: Animal Control (2019, 23 min) - 7/10
What We Do in the Shadows: Baron's Night Out (2019, 21 min) - 8/10
What We Do in the Shadows: The Trial (2019, 26 min) - 8/10
2. What We Do in the Shadows: Citizenship (2019, 25 min) - 8/10
Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks (2021, 71 min) - 5/10
3. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Chapter Seventeen: The Missionaries (2019, 54 min) - 8/10
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Chapter Eighteen: The Miracles of Sabrina Spellman (2019, 57 min) - 7/10
4. City of Ember (Gil Kenan, 2008) - 6/10
5. The History of Future Folk ( John Mitchell & Jeremy Kipp Walker, 2012) - 7/10
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12. Good Manners / As Boas Maneiras (Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas, 2017) 8
Genre cross-over can be sterile, like recent Palm Springs rehashing time loop and wedding rom-com without much flair, or enable some exciting and unexpected connections: Good Manners falls in the latter category with fantasy (nature of which I wont spoil) gradually taking over drama. None of the genres is dominating the other though and some subtle, visual or story elements, characteristic to each, keep diffusing through the whole film and make it a rich viewing experience. If Brazilian society's class struggle is working as the main subtext, there are many other themes explored and I can only recommend this modern tale to any world cinema lover.
13. Jurassic World (Colin Trevorrow, 2015) [Rewatch] 6+ (=)

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1. Proxima (Alice Winocour, 2019) 6+
2. Early Man (Nick Park, 2018) 6
3. Wolfwalkers (Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, 2020) 7
4. Coco (Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina, 2017) 8
5. Interreflections (Peter Joseph, 2020) 4+
6. Palm Springs (Max Barbakow, 2020) 4
7. Solo: A Star Wars Story (Ron Howard, 2018) 7
8. Shazam! (David F. Sandberg, 2019) 6-
9. Chappie (Neill Blomkamp, 2015) 5
10. The Juniper Tree (Nietzchka Keene, 1990) 7-
11. Amazonia (Thierry Ragobert, 2013) 6
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41. Minoes (2001)
Carice van Houten is pretty adorable as Miss Minoes, a cat transformed into a woman who comes to the aid of a hapless reporter, using her complex network of cat gossip to help him get the scoop on the latest news. It's all light fun generally but ultimately isn't anything very special. And this won the Gouden Kalf Award for best Dutch film of 2001? Must've been pretty slim competition that year....

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42. Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
43. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
44. Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
I had put off watching these for a long time because for whatever reason I had written them off as campy time capsules. Imagine my surprise to find that these final three Apes films are actually quite good and mostly about as far from camp as one would imagine in tone and in fact are quite bleak in tone much of the time. Particularly Conquest and Battle which gets into the insurrection and rise in power of the apes that led to their eventual dominance on Earth where the original film starts. Escape is the weakest of these three, acting as more of a transitional film and following Cornelius and Zira as they are put under the lens of scrutiny by present day government officials after escaping the dire conditions at the end of the previous film via time travel. Conquest picks up years later as we see the apes being enslaved as house pets and servants, leading to a mass rebellion led by Caesar, son of Cornelius and Zira. Battle finds Caesar and the apes years after conquest in a shaky period that finds the apes rising in power while the humans have all but destroyed themselves via nuclear war. But with certain ape factions taking violent action more akin to human behavior, things lead to a boiling point.
The Apes series has never been shy about its overt social and political commentary and these three films are full of it. If anything, it's almost too obvious in places. Conquest in particular gets very heavy-handed with its allusions to black slavery in the 19th century but despite that, it's still a very engaging watch. The films in general have very good make-up effects for the time, feel very epic in scope and feel like a pretty satisfying closed time loop of the series.

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45. Beastly (2011)
This movie's concept of a horrible beast no one could love is a dude with a couple scars, piercings and a neck tattoo... The filmmakers should probably stay away from metalcore mosh pits. Oh also, this movie was a piece of shit.

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46. Djävulens öga a.k.a. The Devil's Eye (1960)
Random Person: "Hey Ingmar, I bet you can't make an entire movie based on a one-line Irish proverb"
Bergman: "Hold my beer."
The devil gets a stuy in his eye apparently because there's a virgin? Like why wouldn't this happen constantly? So anyway, to remedy the situation, he sends Don Juan to Earth to defile her, but his plan backfires and Don Juan falls for her selfless innocence and pure love. I mean, it's nice to see Bergman take a rare detour into films that aren't a cavalcade of miserable people but this all seems so light and airy, it feels more like an Rene Clair film than Bergman.

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47. Crack in the World (1965)
Basically it's an inverted Armageddon. Some dumbass sets off a nuclear explosion in the earth to harvest energy but the plan goes awry when they discover there was a lot more hydrogen down there than expected which causes the earth to start splitting apart. Despite the stupid science at play here, Doug McClure gives it the ol' college try in his efforts to prevent the Earth from falling apart.

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48a. Black Mirror: Crocodile (2017)
48b. The Legend of Loch Lomond (2001)
Well, apparently Black Mirror just isn't content with an episode with a happy ending. After U.S.S. Callister's abnormally delightful conclusion, Crocodile provides us with one of the most bleak, depressing episodes in the entire series. It's a complex story of a woman who can't escape her vile crimes due to a device that can visually recall memories of a place and time, and naturally it's brought to us by direct John Hillcoat, purveyor of grim and depressing films like The Proposition, Ghosts of the Civil Dead and The Road.
Legend of Loch Lomond is a pretty forgettable early narrative IMAX film about the ghosts of a doomed couple from the past aiding a girl of the present. It really has little going for it other than some nice sweeping views of the Scottish countryside.
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1. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
2. The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special (2020)
3. Robo Vampire (1988)
4. Temptation Island (1980)
5. Les trois couronnes du matelot a.k.a. Three Crowns of the Sailor (1983)
6. No Escape (1994)
7. Soul (2020)
8a. Shirley Temple's Storybook: The Princess and the Goblins (1961)
8b. Ballet of the Mermaids (1938)
8c. Ropáci a.k.a. Oil Gobblers (1988)
9. Thunder Rock (1942)
10. Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997)
11. Aniara (2018)
12. Heartbeeps (1981)
13. Blue My Mind (2017)
14. Eunhaengnamoo chimdae a.k.a. Gingko Bed (1996)
15. Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)
16. Tales from the Neverending Story: The Beginning (2001)
17. The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)
18. Earth to Echo (2014)
19. Bijo to ekitai ningen a.k.a. The H-Man (1958)
20. The Bamboo Saucer (1968)
21. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)
22. The Curious Female (1970)
23a. Black Mirror: USS Callister (2017)
23b. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)
24. His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz (1914)
25. The Magic Cloak of Oz (1914)
26. Source Code (2011)
27. The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960)
28. FairyTale: A True Story (1997)
29. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1988)
30. Golok setan a.k.a. The Devil's Sword (1984)
31. The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914)
32. The Wizard of Oz (1925)
33. Singularity (2017)
34. The Mind's Eye (2015)
35. Village of the Giants (1965)
36. Na srebrnym globie a.k.a. On the Silver Globe (1988)
37. Tammy and the T-Rex (1994)
38. Cinderfella (1960)
39. The Atomic Kid (1954)
40. Kamisama no pazuru a.k.a. God's Puzzle (2008)
41. Minoes (2001)
42. Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
43. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
44. Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
45. Beastly (2011)
46. Djävulens öga a.k.a. The Devil's Eye (1960)
47. Crack in the World (1965)
48a. Black Mirror: Crocodile (2017)
48b. The Legend of Loch Lomond (2001)
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5. The Lure (Smoczynska, 2015). A very different take on The Little Mermaid, closer to horror than anything Disney ever made - and yet it's also a musical. It's an odd one, but I liked it.

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1. Monsters (Edwards, 2010).
2. The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (Zeman, 1961).
3. The Age of the Earth (Rocha, 1980).
4. Billy Liar (Schlesinger, 1963)
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6. Useless Humans-2020: 8/10
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1. Black Scorpion-1995: 7/10
2. The Humanity Bureau-2017: 7/10
3. Ad Astra-2019: 9/10
4. Knowing-2009: 9/10
5. Feeders-1996: 10/10
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1. Tenet (2020) - 5/10
2. Wonder Woman (2009) - 8/10
3. Swamp Shark (2011) - 5/10
4. Silent Predators (1999) - 5/10
5. Bai She: Yuan Qi (2019) - 3/10
6. Dinoshark (2010) - 5/10
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09. 4.0* - Howl's Moving Castle [Hauru no Ugoku Shiro] by Hayao Miyazaki (2004)

Howl's Moving Castle is high fantasy. That's not really my preferred Miyazaki material, but the level of execution is so perfect here that it hardly bothered me at all. The animation is superb, the characters are charming and the pacing is exactly right. Not his best film, I prefer his more modest narratives, but great fun nonetheless and a must for animation fans.


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10. 3.0* - Monsters of Man by Mark Toia (2020)

A simple sci-fi/action flick by a first-time director, who is a little too eager to show his worth. While Monsters of Man is a well-made and amusing film, there's nothing particularly noteworthy that sets it apart, nothing that warrants a 2-hour plus running time. A real shame, at 90 minutes this would've been a lot better. A young start-up is hired by the army to test out their new AI robots. They're told they're taking part in a simple nav mission, but it's clear that their bosses have ulterior motives. The mission doesn't go as planned and one of the robots defects. When it starts killing civilians, they need to act quick to try and save their own hides. The CG is competent, the plot simple but sufficient, the robots looks quite nifty and the action is solid. Performances are a bit middling and there's really nothing you haven't seen before. Just a bunch of AI robots battling it out with some unsuspecting humans (one of which just happens to be a former SEAL agent). 90 minutes, that's all this needed to be, sadly there's a bout 40 minutes of cruft, making this much tougher to sit through than needed.

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01. 2.5* - Dune Drifter by Marc Price (2020)
02. 1.5* - The Flintstones by Brian Levant (1994)
03. 2.0* - The Incredible Monk by Tze-Chung Lam (2019)
04. 1.5* - Peter Pan by P.J. Hogan (2003)
05. 2.0* - Mr. Peabody & Sherman by Rob Minkoff (2014)
06. 3.5* - Samurai Reincarnation [Makai Tenshô] by Kinji Fukasaku (1981)
07. 3.0* - Majin [Daimajin] by Kimiyoshi Yasuda (1966)
08. 3.0* - Parallel by Isaac Ezban (2018)
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11. Dark Phoenix (2019, Simon Kinberg) 1/5
12. Soul (2020, Pete Docter) 3/5
13. The New Mutants (2020, Josh Boone) 3/5
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08. 3.0* - Parallel by Isaac Ezban (2018)
For some strange reason, IMDB has this listed as a Drama/Thriller and neither a fantasy or a sci-fi.
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7. Face/Off-1997: 10/10
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1. Black Scorpion-1995: 7/10
2. The Humanity Bureau-2017: 7/10
3. Ad Astra-2019: 9/10
4. Knowing-2009: 9/10
5. Feeders-1996: 10/10
6. Useless Humans-2020: 8/10
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5. Mission to Mars (Brian de Palma, 2000) 5.5/10
6. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Persichetti/Ramsey/Rothman, 2018) 7/10
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1. El circuito de Román (2011) 5/10
2. Neo Tokyo (1987) 4/10
3. O-Bi, O-Ba - The End of Civilization (1985) 5/10
4. Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (1966) 6/10
5. Krysar (1986) 6/10
6. Gauche the Cellist (1982) 6/10
7. Poesía sin fin (2016) 8/10
8. L'ange (1982) 4/10
9. The Inner Scar (1972) 4/10
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2. The Deadly Mantis (1957) * 78 min.

Another prehistoric giant creature revived from the ice. Uses a lot of documentary, military, etc. stock footage. I was in the mood for something non-serious, but for some reason I was irritated by the sexism, pseudo-scientific nonsense, etc. more than usual.
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FTV:1:The Last Witch Hunter (2015). 4.

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Directing for the first time since 2010's The Crazies remake, director Breck Eisner & Dead Calm (1989-also reviewed) cinematographer Dean Semler lift the sword for a pulpy Fantasy tale, and completely miss the mark, with a horribly muddy aesthetic, and over reliance on CGI dimming the sparks of playfulness this Fairy Tale Action flick should have been beaming with. Conjured from lead Vin Diesel being a Dungeons and Dragons fan,and having Olafur Darri Olafsson, Elijah Wood and Sir Michael Caine join in to take a roll of the 20-sided dice, the screenplay by Cory Goodman,Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless promisingly open their tale with Kaulder being cursed with eternal life and working for a secret organisation to keep the truce between witches and humans strong.Sadly,the writers turn but the pulpy offerings sour, with long, messy dips into a endless memory spell (flashbacks) and plodding non-twists revealing those standing against the last witch hunter.
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5. James and the Giant Peach (1996) - 6/10 (79mins)

An orphan who lives with his two cruel aunts befriends anthropomorphic bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark on a journey to New York City.

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This is my 3rd film directed by Henry Selick giving him an average rating of 6.33/10.
Watched 5
1. Ad Astra (2019) - 6/10 (123mins)
2. Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It. (1970) - 3/10 (78mins)
3. Los campeones justicieros (1971) - 4.5/10 (81mins)
4. The Sisterhood (1988) - 3/10 (86mins)
5. James and the Giant Peach (1996) - 6/10 (86mins)
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