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max-scl wrote: January 5th, 2021, 11:41 pm 1. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) 6/10 Better than expected but I guess it's a lot better if you're a kid.
Was I the only one who found this movie kind of terrifying as a kid?
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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)

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There are some quirky moments involving a monkey in a mouse suit here and Stan and Ollie also bounce off each other as well as ever - however, they are more supporting characters in the overall tale and absent from half the film. Despite some inventive sets and costumes, almost all of the non-Laurel and Hardy scenes fall flat with bland supporting characters, a trite romantic subplot and uninspired songs -- though for some this is a childhood classic.
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3. Ad Astra-2019: 9/10

Brad Pitt travelin' through Space to ultimately meet up with Tommy Lee Jones, it's more serious than that sounds but still pretty friggin' good.

We also got a sweet-ass car chase on the goddamn Moon.
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blocho wrote: January 5th, 2021, 9:38 pm 1. Star Wars 1 (1999)
2. Star Wars 2 (2002)
3. Star Wars 3 (2005)

Well, that was shit. Some of the worst screenwriting I've ever encountered.
I rewatched those last year for the first time since seeing them in the theater and while I might quibble with "worst screenwriting" *coughMinionscough*, they were certainly underwhelming given the OG trilogy. Not quite deserving of the hate and vitriol they get in reputation, they're not good. I mean, if you can write a script that makes Natalie Portman look like she can't act... :circle:
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1. Princess Bride (1987)
2. Soylent Green (1973)
3. Maximum Overdrive (1986)
4. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
5. Real Steel (2011)
6. Face/Off (1997)
7. Death Becomes Her (1992)
8. Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) 4/10
Have you ever wanted to watch a Roger Corman-produced Star Wars rip-off that's a remake of Seven Samurai? Well then I have the film for you! Campy and ridiculous, it doesn't tick too high on the SBIG meter for me, but there were a few fun moments in there.

9-10. Rick & Morty, S4 (2019-2020; 229m, floating 69m)
episodes
Rick & Morty: Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat (2019, 22m)
Rick & Morty: The Old Man and the Seat (2019, 23m)
Rick & Morty: One Crew Over the Crewcoo's Morty (2019, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim's Morty (2019, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Rattlestar Ricklactica (2019, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Never Ricking Morty (2020, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Promortyus (2020, 23m)
Rick & Morty: The Vat of Acid Episode (2020, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Childrick of Mort (2020, 23m)
Rick & Morty: Star Mort: Rickturn of the Jerri (2020, 23m)
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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
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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)

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Vastly different to the average Cinderella adaptation, this version has all the magic occur off-screen while rewriting the tale and changing the point at which the prince and Ella meet. There are also many lyric-free ballet sequences. For all its attempts to be different though, The Glass Slipper comes off as a lesser version of the classic tale. The title item becomes redundant since the prince knows her identity the whole time and the romance is a bit weak.
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06. 3.5* - Samurai Reincarnation [Makai Tenshô] by Kinji Fukasaku (1981)

I've been avoiding Fukasaku's films for the longest time, on account of not really liking some of his Yakuza work. It turns out I've should've been watching his samurai stuff instead. Samurai Reincarnation is a pretty rad film, a mixture of classic Japanese lore, some fantasy elements and a lot of cool. After a gruesome battle, a Christian samurai loses his faith and sells his soul to the devil. In return, he receives the power to resurrect the dead. He starts on a long journey through the country. Whenever he meets disgruntled souls, he reincarnates them and adds them to his little band of misfits. Japanese mythology is quite rich and Fukasaku is happy to exploit it for this film. Quite a few famous figures are combined in this narrative, with the showdown between Musashi Miyamoto and Yubei Yagyu as the absolute highlight. Awesome sets, a creepy atmosphere and some very cool action scenes make this quite the spectacle. A very pleasant discovery.

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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)
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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)

Please do not burn me at the stake but I didn't like Ugetsu at all. Sure the cinematography is good for its time but I simply can't adapt to the way of acting in these 50s samurai films. It makes it really hard for me to enjoy these movies.

The Phantom Carriage on the other hand is one I really enjoyed watching. I got really into the story itself and was wondering if any movie actually tried to replicate the concept, seems like there is a newer adaptation made in 1958 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051836/.
The 'overacting' in Körkarlen is in comparison to Ugetsu actually needed as there is no way to express themselves with words. That's why I might be able to enjoy these more.
I'm definitely starting to see more interest from myself into silents, a genre I had ignore before I started posting here. Sure I am now only starting to see the most renowned ones but I am definitely looking forward to seeing more obscure ones as well in the future.
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Coryn wrote: January 6th, 2021, 9:33 am The 'overacting' in Körkarlen is in comparison to Ugetsu actually needed as there is no way to express themselves with words.
I find that such a weird excuse. There are many examples out there of subtle/subdued performances that perfectly express the feelings of characters. Expressive acting is a choice, nothing more.
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Maybe not needed but definitely less annoying and even fitting to some extent.

PS: I watched the Criterion and the last scene is moving, sad and hopeful and then this came on the screen which actually made me giggle tehe
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Coryn wrote: January 6th, 2021, 10:33 am Maybe not needed but definitely less annoying and even fitting to some extent.
For some films it works, for a sentimental melodrama like The Phantom Carriage it's not really called for imo. Especially not with the soundtrack doing most of the heavy lifting already. That said, I'm not a fan of the acting in most 50s Japanese films either.
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sol wrote: January 6th, 2021, 5:12 am 4. Babes in Toyland (1934)
Watched the Disney version just last week. I'd never heard of this story before, funnily enough the crooks really resembled Laurel & Hardy, so it wasn't a surprise to see they actually featured in an earlier Babes in Toyland version. I'm assuming they also played the two dumb henchmen in this version?
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7. Enzeru koppu [Angel Cop] (Ichirô Itano, 1989) - 6/10

Cyborgs - ✓
Guns and violence - ✓
Anime tiddies - ✓
Right-wing and anti-semitic sentiments - :yucky:

Really conflicted feelings about this one.
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1. Tenet (Christopher Nolan, 2020) - 7/10
2. Pitch Black (David Twohy, 2000) - 7->7/10 REWATCH
3. Alita: Battle Angel (Robert Rodriguez, 2019) - 7/10
4. Johnny Mnemonic (Robert Longo, 1995) - 7/10
5. Shin Gojira (Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi, 2016) - 8/10
6. Creature from the Black Lagoon (Jack Arnold, 1954) - 7/10
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6. Die Herrin von Atlantis (1932) Queen of Atlantis 4
7. Iron Man 2 (2010) 6
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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
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blocho wrote: January 5th, 2021, 9:38 pm 1. Star Wars 1 (1999)
2. Star Wars 2 (2002)
3. Star Wars 3 (2005)

Well, that was shit. Some of the worst screenwriting I've ever encountered.
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Onderhond wrote: January 6th, 2021, 11:37 am
sol wrote: January 6th, 2021, 5:12 am 4. Babes in Toyland (1934)
Watched the Disney version just last week. I'd never heard of this story before, funnily enough the crooks really resembled Laurel & Hardy, so it wasn't a surprise to see they actually featured in an earlier Babes in Toyland version. I'm assuming they also played the two dumb henchmen in this version?
They are bumbling henchmen for sure, but the good guys/heroes of the movie who "save the day", though the 1934 version at least is mainly focused on Bo-Peep and her boring beau.

For the record, this is the last of Laurel & Hardy's most popular films that was in my blind. I had avoided it for so long because it looked like sickly family fluff (and it is) which is a shame because I generally like the pair.
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02. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020, Patty Jenkins) - 1/5 :down:
03. Soul (2020, Pete Docter) - 2.5/5
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01. Tenet (2020, Christopher Nolan) - 4/5
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20. The Bamboo Saucer (1968)
The Chinese are harboring a UFO and the US and Russians must band together to infiltrate and investigate! But it's a tenuous pact at best... Honestly I thought this spent too much time on the secret mission in-fighting. The UFO is more of a Macguffin than anything in service of a Cold War scenario and weak romantic subplot.

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21. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)
I'm not the biggest fan of these YA special effects boondoggles to begin with and this one is even weaker than the first Percy Jackson movie. It's no wonder it never got a third one.

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22. The Curious Female (1970)
This extremely late '60s oddity posits a future where people huddle together in an Orwellian society to watch old hoary sexploitation movies and sit in confusion at the outdated concepts of sexuality present in the '60s. Honestly the movie has some interesting ideas but is held back by incredibly cheap sets and costumes as well as what I presume was the producer's need to inject T&A in randomly. Only recommended if you're into whackadoodle psychedelic time capsules.

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23a. Black Mirror: USS Callister (2017)
Really good episode of Black Mirror that both subverts and celebrates Star Trek, turning the Enterprise (here called the U.S.S. Callister) into a never-ending Hellish prison lorded over by a toxic fan who uses a VR version of the show "Space Fleet" to enact torment on those who wrong him in real life. Extremely clever, well-paced and well-acted, I honestly have very little to complain about with this one, what I feel is one of the best episodes I've seen of Black Mirror.

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23b. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)
24. His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz (1914)
25. The Magic Cloak of Oz (1914)
In His Majesty, the Tinman straight up beheads a woman. Jeepers.

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26. Source Code (2011)
I really liked this interesting high-concept thriller with some excellent turns from Jake Gyllenhal, Jeffrey Wright and Vera Farmiga. The plot is consistently engaging and never feels repetitive. If I had any qualms, it's that the ending felt a little too pat. But that's just nitpicking.

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27. The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960)
A fun, rollicking version of Gulliver's Travels that emphasizes the political satire aspects as well as including some nice forced perspective, rear projection effects and stop motion effects courtesy of Ray Harryhausen (my daughter seemed to really like the lizard fight toward the end).

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28. FairyTale: A True Story (1997)
Based on the "true" story of a couple of girls who supposedly captured photos of fairies and set the world atwitter in trying to ascertain their veracity, inviting even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini to investigate. It's a pleasant film that isn't ironically isn't too concerned with the truth of the story as it goes on flights of fancy.

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29. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1988)
In case anyone wondered what happened to the '80s, they apparently just fled to the center of the earth. Brought to you by Cannon Films, we have here one of the least faithful adaptations of the H.G. Wells classic novel (Wells isn't even credited here) with some credits wandering into a hole and finding the lost civilization of Atlantis in the center of the earth. It's as cheap and cheesy as an unfaithful Cannon adaptation of Journey to the Center of the Earth sounds like it'd be.
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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)
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1. She Dies Tomorrow (2020, Seimetz) 6
2. Possessor (2020, B. Cronenberg) 8
3. The Midnight Sky (2020, Clooney) 7
4. The Old Guard (2020, Prince-Bythewood) 5
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22. The Curious Female (1970)
This extremely late '60s oddity posits a future where people huddle together in an Orwellian society to watch old hoary sexploitation movies and sit in confusion at the outdated concepts of sexuality present in the '60s. Honestly the movie has some interesting ideas but is held back by incredibly cheap sets and costumes as well as what I presume was the producer's need to inject T&A in randomly. Only recommended if you're into whackadoodle psychedelic time capsules.
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3. The Age of the Earth (Rocha, 1980). Despite its many many many repetitions it fails to convey its message. Despite its many many many repetitions it fails to convey its message. Despite its many many many repetitions it fails to convey its message. Despite its many many many repetitions it fails to convey its message.

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1. Monsters (Edwards, 2010).
2. The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (Zeman, 1961).
3. The Age of the Earth (Rocha, 1980).
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4. Knowing-2009: 9/10
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1. Black Scorpion-1995: 7/10
2. The Humanity Bureau-2017: 7/10
3. Ad Astra-2019: 9/10
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1-3. The Martian Chronicles (Michael Anderson, 1980) 7/10
4. Artemis 81 (Alastair Reid, 1981) 9/10
5. La rosa de los vientos (The Compass Rose, Patricio Guzmán, 1983) 6.5/10
6. Barbarian Queen (Héctor Olivera, 1985) 6/10
7. Crime Zone (Luis Llosa, 1988) 6/10
8. Amérika, terra incógnita (Amerika, Terra Incognita, Diego Rísquez, 1988) 8/10
9. Siberia (Abel Ferrara, 2019) 8.5/10
10. We Can Be Heroes (Robert Rodriguez, 2020) 5/10

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07. Shazam! (2019, David F. Sandberg) 1/5
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04. Ad Astra (2019, James Gray) - 4/5

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01. Tenet (2020, Christopher Nolan) - 4/5
02. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020, Patty Jenkins) - 1/5 :down:
03. Soul (2020, Pete Docter) - 2.5/5
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17.-18. The Mandalorian, Season 1, Ep. 4-7 (160‘)
19.a) The Expanse, Season 5, Ep. 6 (60‘)
19.b) Son smeshnogo cheloveka (1992, 20‘) 7/10
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1. Liquid Sky (1982) 6/10
2. Island of Lost Souls (1932) 7/10
3. Born in Flames (1983) 6/10
4. Flash Gordon (1936, Ep. 1-5, 94‘)
5. Flash Gordon (1936, Ep. 6-10, 86‘)
6.a) Flash Gordon (1936, Ep. 11-13, 53‘) 4/10
6.b) Pereval (1988, 31‘) 7/10
7. The Brother from Another Planet (1984) 5/10
8. Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001) 5/10
9. Just Imagine (1930) 5/10
10. The Tunnel (1935) 6/10
11.-13. The Expanse, Season 5, Ep. 1-5 (253‘)
14. Krysar (1986) 6/10
15. Treasure Planet (2002) 4/10
16. The Mandalorian, Season 1, Ep. 1-3 (107‘)
17.-18. The Mandalorian, Season 1, Ep. 4-7 (160‘)
19.a) The Expanse, Season 5, Ep. 6 (60‘)
19.b) Son smeshnogo cheloveka (1992, 20‘) 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
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8. Moon (2009)

When there is one Sam Rockwell on the screen, the movie is boring. When there are two of him, the movie is irritating.

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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)
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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?
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flavo5000 wrote: January 6th, 2021, 2:20 pm 29. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1988)

(Wells isn't even credited here)
Maybe they misspelled his name as "Jules Verne" :P
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1. Lockout (James Mather, Stephen St. Leger-2012) France/USA 3,020 checks
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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)
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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)

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This had potential, but rather than concentrate on the Nazi resurrection pseudoscience or crazy scientist, we instead spend the vast majority of the film with a niece who goes amateur sleuthing when her friend vanishes. Anna Palk is okay in the role, but given that we know what is going on and are always one step ahead of her, there is nothing exciting/intriguing about her investigation. The severed head imagery is quite neat though with glowing blue light.
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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.
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frbrown wrote: January 7th, 2021, 3:52 am
flavo5000 wrote: January 6th, 2021, 2:20 pm 29. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1988)

(Wells isn't even credited here)
Maybe they misspelled his name as "Jules Verne" :P
:facepalm: Well, Verne isn't credited either :P
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30. Golok setan a.k.a. The Devil's Sword (1984)
Oh boy. This was a lot of ridiculous fun. The Indonesians rarely let me down when it comes to batshit insanity.

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31. The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914)
32. The Wizard of Oz (1925)
A couple more silent adaptations of the Wizard of Oz. The 1925 actually has Oliver Hardy in it as the tinman. All of these early versions are pretty wildly different in how they tell the story and suffice it to say, none of them get close to the magic of the 1939 version. The 1925 in particular goes in a really strange direction of blending fantasy and reality to where there's no clear separation between the two with Dorothy as a lost ruler of Oz whose family is fake and who recruits farmhands to pretend to be the scarecrow, lion and tinman to help her get back her crown. It's so bizarre and actually kind of a clever subversion in theory. But much of it just boils down to weak comedy routines interspersed with narration.

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33. Singularity (2017)
What do you get when you mix John Cusack, Transformers and Terminator: Salvation on a fifth of the budget of either movie? This dull, janky ripoff, that's what.

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34. The Mind's Eye (2015)
From director Joe Begos of the recent ICMFF's feature Bliss comes this Scanners-influenced flick about pyrokinetics who are on the run from a mad doctor trying to harvest their powers. It's an interesting mix of Begos' more erratic, frenzied style and its more traditionally staged influences. The actors really go for it though and I think that's ultimately what makes it work despite coming across a little shaky at times.

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35. Village of the Giants (1965)
Bert I. Gordon's obsession with forced perspective continues in this hip trip to coolsville as Ron Howard's benignly pernicious youth invents some goop that changes size, and some groovy teens including Beau Bridges use it to become giants and lord over the denizens of the town. This is obviously Gordon's attempt to cash in on the teen craze that was sweeping the nation in the '60s but comes off as silly and stupid as it sounds.

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36. Na srebrnym globie a.k.a. On the Silver Globe (1988)
As fascinating as it is perplexing and inscrutable, On the Silver Globe is both compelling to watch and incredibly frustrating to try to comprehend in its willful obtuse-ness. The camerawork and set design are daringly impressive, but I question in the end what it all means.
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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)
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8. Galaxy Quest (Dean Parisot, 1999) - 6/10
9. Revenge of the Creature (Jack Arnold, 1955) - 6/10
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1. Tenet (Christopher Nolan, 2020) - 7/10
2. Pitch Black (David Twohy, 2000) - 7->7/10 REWATCH
3. Alita: Battle Angel (Robert Rodriguez, 2019) - 7/10
4. Johnny Mnemonic (Robert Longo, 1995) - 7/10
5. Shin Gojira (Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi, 2016) - 8/10
6. Creature from the Black Lagoon (Jack Arnold, 1954) - 7/10
7. Enzeru koppu [Angel Cop] (Ichirô Itano, 1989) - 6/10
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9. Chappie (Neill Blomkamp, 2015) 5
10. The Juniper Tree (Nietzchka Keene, 1990) 7-
11. Amazonia (Thierry Ragobert, 2013) 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-
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08. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020, Patty Jenkins) 1/5
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