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17. The Omega Man (Boris Sagal, 1971) 6/10
18-23. The Witcher season 1 (Netflix, 2019) 9/10 ... 64 minutes carried over
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65-71 - Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left (1993) Episodes 107-126 (550 minutes plus 10 minutes carried over from before, 41 remaining) - I enjoyed this early '90s series for the most part. The parts on Earth were better than the parts on Zyrgon, though.


Count = 71 Bonus = Complete
Spoiler
1 - Palm Springs (2020) - 8/10 - #TimeAfterTime
2 - The Matrix Resurrections (2021) - 7/10
3,4 - Ghosts (2020) Episodes 103-110 (168 minutes with 8 to carry forward) - #Hilarious
5-8 - Doctor Who Season 13 Episodes 1-6 (2021) (328 minutes with 8 to carry forward) - #Europe
9-13 - La Brea Episodes 102-110 (390 minutes plus 10 minutes carried over from before, 6 remaining) but it is watchable. I'll probably stick around for the second season.
14a - Doctor Who: Eve of the Daleks (58 minutes)
14b - Space Cases Episode 101 (24 minutes)
15a - Star Trek Prodigy Episodes 101-103 (70 minutes) - #Animation
15b - Lego Star Wars: The Resistance Rising Episodes 101-102 (11 minutes)
16 - The Andromeda Strain (1971) - 7/10
17 - When Worlds Collide (1951) - 7/10 - #RforRocket
18 - Visit to a Small Planet (1960) - 4/10
19-25 - Foundation Episodes 101-110 (562 minutes) - #Foundation
26 - Portrait of Jennie (1948) - 8/10
27 - Altered States (1980) - 5/10 - #DeadSpace
28 - Finch (2021) - 6.5/10 - #PostNuke
29 - Bell Book and Candle (1958) - 7/10
30 - Babes in Toyland (1961) - 7/10
31 - Outland (1981) - 6/10
32-34 - Space Cases Episodes 102-113 (1996) - (284 minutes with 44 minutes carried forward) - #Canada
35,36 - Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left Episodes 101-106 (1993) - (151 minutes plus 9 minutes carried over from before, 41 remaining) - #Australia -
37 - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) - 7.5/10 - #20000Leagues
38 - Real Steel (2011) - 6/10 - #IAmLegend
39 - Free Guy (2021) - 7.5/10
40 - Legend (1985) - 6/10 - #LookAUnicorn!
41 - The Door Into Summer (2021) - 7.5/10 - #StrangeLand
42 - It Came from Outer Space (1953) - 7.5/10
43 - Electric Dragon 80000 V (2001) - 3/10 - #DoubleUp
44 - Ivan Vasilyevich Changes His Profession (1973) - 7/10 - #Russia
45 - Sleepy Hollow (1999) - 7.5/10 - #WitchyPoo
46 - The Crazy Ray/Paris qui dort (1924) - 6/10 - #SpeculativeSilence
47 - Encanto (2021) - 8/10 - #MagicalRealism
48,49 - The Wheel of Time Episodes 101-103 (169 minutes with 9 to carry forward) - #Hugo
50 - The Ray Bradbury Theater Episodes 101-103 (84 minutes with 4 to carry forward) - #SoundOfThunder
51 - Charlie Jade Episodes 101-102 (90 minutes with 10 to carry forward) - #Africa
52,53 - Julie e os Fantasmas Episodes 101-104 (96 minutes plus 64 minutes carried over from before, 0 remaining) - #SouthAmerica
54 - Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) - 7.5/10 - #LookADragon!
55 - The Mitchells vs the Machines (2021) - 8.5/10 - #ICantDoThatDave
56 - Space Sweepers (2021) - 7.5/10 - #Asia
57,58 - Going Postal (2010) Episodes 1-2 (184 minutes with 24 to carry forward) - #Nebula
59,60 - The OA (2016) Episodes 101-103 (181 minutes with 21 to carry forward) - #LivingIn5D
61 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - 8/10 - (rewatch) #LookAWizard!
62 - Dark Matter (2015) Episodes 101-102 (86 minutes with 6 to carry forward) - #OutsidetheBubble
63 - Phantom of the Paradise (1974) - 6.5/10
64 - The Wiz (1978) - 5/10
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Spoiler
1. Island of Lost Souls (1932)
2. Mr. Nobody (2009) #Livingin5D
3. Dolls (1987) #WitchyPoo
4. Alien (1979) REVISION #DeadSpace
5. Aliens (1986) REVISION
6. Foxfur (2012) #DoubleUp
7. Radius (2017) #NorthAmerica
8. Deadpool (2016) #Hilarious
9. Der Samurai (2014) #Europe
10. The Matrix (1999) REVISION
11. Zebraman (2004) #Asia
12. Robot Jox (1989) #PostNuke
13. Skull - The Mask (2020) #SouthAmerica
14. The Infinite Man (2016) REVISION #Australia
15. Miracle Mile (1988)
16. The Return. (1980)
17. The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002) #Animation
18. Secret Magic Control Agency (2021) #Russia
19. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) #OutsideTheBubble
20. The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998) #SoundOfThunder
21. Carnival of Sinners/The Devil's Hand (1943)
22. Journey To The Center Of The Earth (2008) #20000Leagues
23. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) REVISION #TimeAfterTime
24. Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)
25. The Puppet Masters (1994) #StrangeLand
26. Bicentennial Man (1999) #Foundation

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This has some decent ideas and at times cleverly plays around with Asimov's Laws of Robotics with what he can and cannot do. There are also some genuinely funny moments at the expense of how literal he is when responding to what others say. The studio influence is notable with the movie often feeling like a feel-good family comedy as well as something mawkish and sentimental. The film goes in some weird and awkward directions near the end.

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Has anyone seen Dark, the German time travel series? I just finished the first season, and I'm debating whether to continue. I thought I wouldn't but I feel like just enough cliffhangers are left at the end of the season that I'll get sucked into another one. If anyone has seen it, any impressions of the second and third seasons?
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1. Looper (2012) #TimeAfterTime
2. The Brother from Another Planet (1984) #Hilarious
3. I Am Number Four (2011)
4. Double Team (1997)
5. Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America (2006)

Tell me if you've seen this one before - OK. So there's this brand new scary variant of a virus. It seems to have originated at a Chinese meat market. Despite the initial attempts to contain it there, they've confirmed two things: 1. It's transmissible via human-to-human contact, and 2. It's spreading outside the initial area. Scientists catch on pretty early and definitely warn the government, but the government's response is... muted at best. Mask mandates or banning indoor gatherings were dismissed outright as being too controversial for Americans to accept. Quarantines were implemented - but with limited success. Most disappointing, though, was the fact that despite the lead scientist informing the federal government "It's going to be a long and brutal ordeal that will rip apart the fabric of society," the government's position was to just lie about the US cases to pretend it wasn't an issue. Ultimately, their messaging was that it's best left up to local jurisdictions.

[Side note: I'm 14 minutes into the movie at this point. And I was exactly the right level of high for this film tonight, because I had to pause the movie at the line I quoted above because I was laugh-crying too hard to notice anything.]

Meanwhile, the fabric of society is ripping apart. Mental health crises are rampant. People are dying from the virus, unable to get the help they need. People are dying from totally preventable diseases that aren't related to the virus because they can't access medical care. Supply chain issues are rampant worldwide. Stores are running out of basic necessities. People are rioting in the streets. Governor Newsome is doing his best to protect the health and safety of the people in his state, but the Federal Government won't help. The federal government isn't even releasing their stockpiles to the individual states. Healthcare workers aren't able to access either necessary PPE or the medical equipment needed to keep people alive. In fact, these workers are burning out and quitting their jobs or dying at astronomical rates. No one's really wearing masks - and even if they are, the masks are usually below the chin. Things initially seem to get better, but then there's this new variant that's SUPER virulent that originated in Africa and was first identified by South African scientists. When the US scientists see the evidence, they basically shrug and say it's out there. Then do nothing. Because the movie ended.

So yeah. If that totally far-fetched and ridiculously out-there fantasy plot that bears absolutely no resemblance to the real world interests you, then you should definitely watch this. 7/10. Available on Amazon Prime.

6. Terminator 2 (1991) #ICantDoThatDave

Rewatched this the other night after Love Story (1970) because I wanted to feel the exact opposite emotions. It's a lovely film. Neat to see one method for how those FAANG companies are going to cause the end of civilization.
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12. Tarantula-1955: 8/10
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1. Impostor-2001: 4/10
2. The Colossus of New York-1958: 7/10
3. Puzzlehead-2005: 6/10
4. Beast in Space-1980: 2/10
5. Blue Monkey-1987: 9/10
6. Velocity Trap-1999: 6/10
7. War of the Worlds-2005: 10/10
8. Evolution-2001: 8/10
9. Strange Invaders-1983: 8/10
10. Absolon-2003: 4/10
11. Cyborg Cop-1993: 7/10
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13. The Mole People-1956: 7/10
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1. Impostor-2001: 4/10
2. The Colossus of New York-1958: 7/10
3. Puzzlehead-2005: 6/10
4. Beast in Space-1980: 2/10
5. Blue Monkey-1987: 9/10
6. Velocity Trap-1999: 6/10
7. War of the Worlds-2005: 10/10
8. Evolution-2001: 8/10
9. Strange Invaders-1983: 8/10
10. Absolon-2003: 4/10
11. Cyborg Cop-1993: 7/10
12. Tarantula-1955: 8/10
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Spoiler
1. Island of Lost Souls (1932)
2. Mr. Nobody (2009) #Livingin5D
3. Dolls (1987) #WitchyPoo
4. Alien (1979) REVISION #DeadSpace
5. Aliens (1986) REVISION
6. Foxfur (2012) #DoubleUp
7. Radius (2017) #NorthAmerica
8. Deadpool (2016) #Hilarious
9. Der Samurai (2014) #Europe
10. The Matrix (1999) REVISION
11. Zebraman (2004) #Asia
12. Robot Jox (1989) #PostNuke
13. Skull - The Mask (2020) #SouthAmerica
14. The Infinite Man (2016) REVISION #Australia
15. Miracle Mile (1988)
16. The Return. (1980)
17. The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002) #Animation
18. Secret Magic Control Agency (2021) #Russia
19. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) #OutsideTheBubble
20. The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998) #SoundOfThunder
21. Carnival of Sinners/The Devil's Hand (1943)
22. Journey To The Center Of The Earth (2008) #20000Leagues
23. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) REVISION #TimeAfterTime
24. Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)
25. The Puppet Masters (1994) #StrangeLand
26. Bicentennial Man (1999) #Foundation
27. Damnation Alley (1977) #Hugo

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This is beset by some very mediocre special effects (the sky looks like a Windows screensaver) and there is not really much driving the narrative beyond the vague destination goal. The film has enough WTF moments though that it never quite bores. Of particular note are some large mutant scorpions and cockroaches that have eerily adapted to suit the post-apocalyptic environment. The film gets a very decent performance too from Jackie Earle Haley.

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21. Cowboy Bebop: Session #3 Dog Star Swing (2021) * 45 min.
Cowboy Bebop: Session #4 Callisto Soul (2021) * 45 min.
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1. Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001) * 54 min.  #DoubleUp
2. Aerials (2016) * 90 min.
3. The Shannara Chronicles: Chosen: Part 1 (2016) * 41 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Chosen: Part 2 (2016) * 41 min.
4. Teknolust (2002) * 83 min.
5. Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam/The Golem: How He Came Into the World (1920) 85 min.  #SpeculativeSilence
6. Conceiving Ada (1997) * 85 min.
7. Encanto (2021) * 102 min.  #MagicalRealism
8. The Shannara Chronicles: Fury (2016) * 40 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Changeling (2016) * 40 min.
9.The Shannara Chronicles: Reaper (2016) * 40 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Pykon (2016) * 41 min.
10. The Shannara Chronicles: Breakline (2016) * 41 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Utopia (2016) * 41 min.
11. The Shannara Chronicles: Safehold (2016) * 40 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Ellcrys (2016) * 41 min.
12-14. The Shannara Chronicles: Druid (2017) * 43 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Wraith (2017) * 43 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Graymark (2017) * 43 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Dweller (2017) * 43 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Paranor (2017) * 43 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Crimson (2017) * 42 min.
15. The Shannara Chronicles: Warlock (2017) * 43 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Amberle (2017) * 42 min.
16. The Shannara Chronicles: Wilderun (2017) * 42 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Blood (2017) * 42 min.
17. Das Zaubermännchen/Rumpelstiltskin (1960) * 70 min.  #Europe (East Germany)
18. Cowboy Bebop: Session #1 Cowboy Gospel (2021) * 49 min.
Cowboy Bebop: Session #2 Venus Pop (2021) * 38 min.
19. Freak Orlando (1981) * 127 min.
20. Schneewittchen/Snow White (1961) * 60 min.
*First time viewing

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The Past
01. Fun in Balloon Land (1965) - Rating: 8/10
02. Crash and Burn (1990) - #PostNuke - Rating: 4/10
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03. Spirited Away (2001) - #Animation - Rating: 5/10
A girl who is afraid of everything learns the true terrors that can await you in life – or at least at a bathhouse for spirits. For her anxieties about moving to a new town (which the mom declares is fun / an adventure) become personified in a world full of danger and hard work. Her childhood is essentially stamped out of her as she witnesses the trauma of adulthood – losing your parents one day, having to perform boring work. For Chihiro goes through many traumatic experiences and then the film just cheerfully ends with “after all of that, moving isn’t so scary anymore!” – as though she can just laugh aside PTSD and a life of therapy and medications. So it aggravates me that the film has such disregard for the mental health of Chihiro – as though her visit to hell can just be jokingly cast aside and dismissed. For all the film can muster is a “don’t look back” – as though that’s going to be of any help. But Chihiro’s entire experience mirrors that of the patient at an asylum – plucked away from her friends, home and family – to do menial work to keep her busy, as ruled with strict discipline. She can then only escape if she can recognize her parents – i.e. she is symptom-free enough to be with her family again – and can live outside the system without escaping into these hallucinatory nightmares once more. For if she was stuck in her delusional state, she’d still see them as pigs. So I like aspects to this film, and there’s a lot to explore here under the guise of Chihiro hallucinating the entire event, but I don’t care for the film’s parting messages about the “ease” of life after trauma + this film doesn’t exactly break new ground in a world rife with others in the genre (Labyrinth, Time Bandits, etc).

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#31 - The Brother from Another Planet (1984) 5/10
#32 - Alphaville (1965) 5/10 #ICantDoThatDave
#33 - The 1Ewok Adventure (1984) 2/10
List
#1 - All-Star Superman #Animation
#2 - Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.
#3 - Fire and Ice (1983)
#4 - Two episodes from Apple series “Foundation”.
#5 - Rabid (1977) #DeadSpace
#6 - PK (2014)
#7 - The Company of Wolves (1984) (5/10) - #WitchyPoo
#8-11 - Foundation Episodes 5 thru 10 (328 minutes total)  #Foundation
#12 - Invaders from Mars (1953) 6/10
#13 - Dragonslayer (1981) 7/10 #LookADragon!
#14 - Fahrenheit 451 (1966) #SoundOfThunder
#15 - The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007) 3/10
#16 - The Quiet Earth (1985) 8/10
#17 - Tetsuo (1989) 5/10
#18 - I am Omega (2007) 2/10 #IAmLegend
#19 - #22 Lost In Space - Season 3 (380 minutes)
#23 - Dark Star (1974) 6/10 #Hilarious
#24 - #24 - Plan 9 from outer space (1957) 3/10
#25 - The Fisher King (1991) 8/10
#26 - Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) 5/10
#27 - The Wheel of Time S01E07 & S01E08 - 117 Minutes (2021) #Hugo
#28 - Hawk The Slayer (1980) 3/10
#29 - Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) #20000Leagues
#30 - Orphée (1950)
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Spoiler
1. Island of Lost Souls (1932)
2. Mr. Nobody (2009) #Livingin5D
3. Dolls (1987) #WitchyPoo
4. Alien (1979) REVISION #DeadSpace
5. Aliens (1986) REVISION
6. Foxfur (2012) #DoubleUp
7. Radius (2017) #NorthAmerica
8. Deadpool (2016) #Hilarious
9. Der Samurai (2014) #Europe
10. The Matrix (1999) REVISION
11. Zebraman (2004) #Asia
12. Robot Jox (1989) #PostNuke
13. Skull - The Mask (2020) #SouthAmerica
14. The Infinite Man (2016) REVISION #Australia
15. Miracle Mile (1988)
16. The Return. (1980)
17. The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002) #Animation
18. Secret Magic Control Agency (2021) #Russia
19. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) #OutsideTheBubble
20. The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998) #SoundOfThunder
21. Carnival of Sinners/The Devil's Hand (1943)
22. Journey To The Center Of The Earth (2008) #20000Leagues
23. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) REVISION #TimeAfterTime
24. Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)
25. The Puppet Masters (1994) #StrangeLand
26. Bicentennial Man (1999) #Foundation
27. Damnation Alley (1977) #Hugo
28. Dead of Night. (1977) #IAmLegend

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Three stories by Richard Matheson are adapted to screen in this horror anthology. The first tale is intriguing with a Ed Begley Jr. accidently traveling through time in his ancient automobile and trying his hardest not to alter the past. The middle segment is the weakest and tonally inconsistent with a bug-eyed Elisha Cook Jr. hamming it up. The third tale though is excellent with a woman paid an eerie visit from the son who she thought had drowned.

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Previously assimilated...
1. Basilisk: The Serpent King (Furst, 2006) 23 checks, 0 official lists #WitchyPoo 3/10
2. Time-travel TV episodes #TimeAfterTime
a. Doctor Who: Eve of the Daleks (Laufer, 2022) [59 min] 3 checks, 0 official lists 2/10
b. The X-Files: Synchrony (Charleston, 1997) [44 mins] 100 checks, 0 official lists 4/10
3. The X Files (Bowman, 1998) 5074 checks, 2 official lists 5/10
4. Encanto (Bush-Smith, 2021) 796 checks, 1 official list 3/10
5. Ragewar / The Dungeonmaster / The Challenges of Excalibrate / Digital Knights (Allen-Band-Buechler-Ford-Manoogian-Nicolaou-Turko, 1984) 109 checks, 0 official lists #LookAWizard! 4/10
6. Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God (Lively, 2005) 144 checks, 0 official lists #LookADragon! 5/10
7. Gaia (Bouwer, 2021) 89 checks, 0 official lists #Africa 4/10
8. Dung fong sam hap / The Heroic Trio (To, 1993) 296 checks, 2 official lists #Asia 6/10
9. Transcendance (Pfister, 2014) 4985 checks, 0 official lists 4/10
10. The Lathe of Heaven (Barzyk-Loxton, 1980) 170 checks, 1 official list #Nebula 7/10
11. Luca (Casarosa, 2021) 1927 checks, 0 official lists #MagicalRealism 6/10
12. Dead Space: Downfall (Patton, 2008) 477 checks, 0 official lists #Animation 4/10
13. Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County (Alioto, 1998) 189 checks, 0 official lists #DeadSpace 4/10
14. The Matrix Resurrections (Wachowski, 2021) 1275 checks, 0 official lists #ICantDoThatDave 4/10
15. Journey to the Center of the Earth (Brevig, 2008) 17379 checks, 1 official list #20000Leagues 3/10
16. Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase (Stenstrum, 2001) 621 checks, 0 official lists #Hilarious 5/10
17. Jack the Giant Slayer (Singer, 2013) 3997 checks, 1 official list
I appreciate the studio madness of the early 2010s that led to a massive blockbuster version of Jack and Beanstalk. This is fine: it's quite fun, well-made and most of the actors acquit themselves well. It doesn't excel in any area, but decent for what it is.
5/10

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18. Cinderella (Branagh, 2015) 6451 checks, 2 official lists
Another ultra-lavish production of a fairytale that I associate more with pantomimes. There's something weird about it in that I enjoyed it while I watched it, but it seems to be quickly fading from my mind and in my estimation. It could have benefited from a more interesting directorial vision, but I think this is the best of the live-action Disney remakes.
5/10

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19. Possible Worlds (Lepage, 2000) 135 checks, 1 official list #LivingIn5D
A philosophical drama of a man romancing Tilda Swinton in alternate universes. There are some standout scenes here, where the dialogue and cinematography create an unearthly and lonely atmosphere, but it fails to escape its stage-play origins, and feels quite limited. The twist ending could have been pulled off better, too.
5/10

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20. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (Pressman, 1991) 5079 checks, 1 official list #OutsidetheBubble
After the first Mutant Turtles was a hit, this was rushed into production to cash in before the unlikely Turtles craze faded. Unfortunately it's also dumbed down in a cynical way so as to ensure the widest possible audience. The results are that there is the minimal violence, childish dialogue and a paper-thin plot.
3/10

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21. Vampirella (Wynorski, 1996) 52 checks, 0 official lists #RforRocket
Wynorski has stated that he hated making this, with embezzlement on set and the lead actress cast against his wishes. I think it shows: there are some funny moments from the budget action and scenery-chewing from Roger Daltrey (of The Who) as space Dracula, but a lot of the film is a dour slog with a wooden performance from Talisa Soto.
3/10

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blocho wrote: January 11th, 2022, 7:10 am Has anyone seen Dark, the German time travel series? I just finished the first season, and I'm debating whether to continue. I thought I wouldn't but I feel like just enough cliffhangers are left at the end of the season that I'll get sucked into another one. If anyone has seen it, any impressions of the second and third seasons?
Depends on what you like about the series? It gets more convoluted in the second season, and jumps around as it pleases. I didn't like it, and consider the first the only decent season , where it was still somewhat grounded. It seems like im a minority in that regard
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sol wrote: January 11th, 2022, 4:01 pm
Spoiler
1. Island of Lost Souls (1932)
2. Mr. Nobody (2009) #Livingin5D
3. Dolls (1987) #WitchyPoo
4. Alien (1979) REVISION #DeadSpace
5. Aliens (1986) REVISION
6. Foxfur (2012) #DoubleUp
7. Radius (2017) #NorthAmerica
8. Deadpool (2016) #Hilarious
9. Der Samurai (2014) #Europe
10. The Matrix (1999) REVISION
11. Zebraman (2004) #Asia
12. Robot Jox (1989) #PostNuke
13. Skull - The Mask (2020) #SouthAmerica
14. The Infinite Man (2016) REVISION #Australia
15. Miracle Mile (1988)
16. The Return. (1980)
17. The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002) #Animation
18. Secret Magic Control Agency (2021) #Russia
19. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) #OutsideTheBubble
20. The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998) #SoundOfThunder
21. Carnival of Sinners/The Devil's Hand (1943)
22. Journey To The Center Of The Earth (2008) #20000Leagues
23. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) REVISION #TimeAfterTime
24. Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)
25. The Puppet Masters (1994) #StrangeLand
26. Bicentennial Man (1999) #Foundation
27. Damnation Alley (1977) #Hugo
28. Dead of Night. (1977) #IAmLegend

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Three stories by Richard Matheson are adapted to screen in this horror anthology. The first tale is intriguing with a Ed Begley Jr. accidently traveling through time in his ancient automobile and trying his hardest not to alter the past. The middle segment is the weakest and tonally inconsistent with a bug-eyed Elisha Cook Jr. hamming it up. The third tale though is excellent with a woman paid an eerie visit from the son who she thought had drowned.

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So unfortunately, Dead of Night isn't actually based on a work by Richard Matheson. Two of the three were concepts Matheson specifically came up with for the film and "Second Chance" was actually based on a Jack Finney short story (the writer of Invasion of the Body Snatchers). But hey, you get a chance to watch more Richard Matheson which is always a plus!
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Alright, folks! The OP has been updated again! Let me know if you see any discrepancies.
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toromash wrote: January 11th, 2022, 8:47 pm
blocho wrote: January 11th, 2022, 7:10 am Has anyone seen Dark, the German time travel series? I just finished the first season, and I'm debating whether to continue. I thought I wouldn't but I feel like just enough cliffhangers are left at the end of the season that I'll get sucked into another one. If anyone has seen it, any impressions of the second and third seasons?
Depends on what you like about the series? It gets more convoluted in the second season, and jumps around as it pleases. I didn't like it, and consider the first the only decent season , where it was still somewhat grounded. It seems like im a minority in that regard
I decided to give it another go and started the second season, partly because the second season has even better reviews than the first. The one thing that really bothers me is that all of the characters feel incredibly shallow. I'm nine episodes in, and I don't really know anything about their personalities.
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10. The Animatrix 8/10

Finally gave this a watch, and it was quite good! I had a lot less sympathy for the humans and a lot more sympathy for the machines after seeing more of the universe’s backstory.

11. Zack Snyder’s Justice League 6/10

Justice League (2017) is one of my least favorite viewing experiences of all time. The director’s cut is a definite improvement. Some good backstory made me actually care about the new heroes/villains. Aquaman specifically is given a big lift thanks to Aquaman (2018) establishing more of his character. However, 4 hours long is way too much for this story. And the climactic battle is still boring (or maybe I just stopped caring by that point).
the list!
1. Don’t Look Up 6/10
2. The Matrix: Resurrections 7/10
3. South Park: Post COVID - The Return of COVID 4/10
4. Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey 5/10
5. Gremlins 2: The New Batch 6/10
6. The Running Man 7/10
7. Yu Yu Hakusho ep. 72-75 7/10
8. Yu Yu Hakusho ep. 76-79 7/10 (21 mins per episode = 84 mins total)
9. Yu Yu Hakusho ep. 80-83 7/10 (21 mins per episode = 84 mins total)
10. The Animatrix 8/10
11. Zack Snyder’s Justice League 6/10
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I just checked the Zack Snyder version of Justice League out of the library and will likely get to it at some point in the next week.

72-79 - Star Trek Discovery Season 3 (2020) - (668 minutes with 28 to carry forward) - A few new faces and plenty of familiar faces here in the third season. While I don't think it reached the level of the second season, it was still very entertaining and I like the place where they ended up. I'll wait for the Blu-Ray for Season 4, but am looking forward to it.

80 - Scrooge (1970) - 7.5/10 - Albert Finney stars in this adaptation of the classic Dickens story. This one contains a number of musical numbers, of which "Thank You Very Much" and the reprise of "I Like Life" were my favorites.

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1 - Palm Springs (2020) - 8/10 - #TimeAfterTime
2 - The Matrix Resurrections (2021) - 7/10
3,4 - Ghosts (2020) Episodes 103-110 (168 minutes with 8 to carry forward) - #Hilarious
5-8 - Doctor Who Season 13 Episodes 1-6 (2021) (328 minutes with 8 to carry forward) - #Europe
9-13 - La Brea Episodes 102-110 (390 minutes plus 10 minutes carried over from before, 6 remaining) but it is watchable. I'll probably stick around for the second season.
14a - Doctor Who: Eve of the Daleks (58 minutes)
14b - Space Cases Episode 101 (24 minutes)
15a - Star Trek Prodigy Episodes 101-103 (70 minutes) - #Animation
15b - Lego Star Wars: The Resistance Rising Episodes 101-102 (11 minutes)
16 - The Andromeda Strain (1971) - 7/10
17 - When Worlds Collide (1951) - 7/10 - #RforRocket
18 - Visit to a Small Planet (1960) - 4/10
19-25 - Foundation Episodes 101-110 (562 minutes) - #Foundation
26 - Portrait of Jennie (1948) - 8/10
27 - Altered States (1980) - 5/10 - #DeadSpace
28 - Finch (2021) - 6.5/10 - #PostNuke
29 - Bell Book and Candle (1958) - 7/10
30 - Babes in Toyland (1961) - 7/10
31 - Outland (1981) - 6/10
32-34 - Space Cases Episodes 102-113 (1996) - (284 minutes with 44 minutes carried forward) - #Canada
35,36 - Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left Episodes 101-106 (1993) - (151 minutes plus 9 minutes carried over from before, 41 remaining) - #Australia -
37 - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) - 7.5/10 - #20000Leagues
38 - Real Steel (2011) - 6/10 - #IAmLegend
39 - Free Guy (2021) - 7.5/10
40 - Legend (1985) - 6/10 - #LookAUnicorn!
41 - The Door Into Summer (2021) - 7.5/10 - #StrangeLand
42 - It Came from Outer Space (1953) - 7.5/10
43 - Electric Dragon 80000 V (2001) - 3/10 - #DoubleUp
44 - Ivan Vasilyevich Changes His Profession (1973) - 7/10 - #Russia
45 - Sleepy Hollow (1999) - 7.5/10 - #WitchyPoo
46 - The Crazy Ray/Paris qui dort (1924) - 6/10 - #SpeculativeSilence
47 - Encanto (2021) - 8/10 - #MagicalRealism
48,49 - The Wheel of Time Episodes 101-103 (169 minutes with 9 to carry forward) - #Hugo
50 - The Ray Bradbury Theater Episodes 101-103 (84 minutes with 4 to carry forward) - #SoundOfThunder
51 - Charlie Jade Episodes 101-102 (90 minutes with 10 to carry forward) - #Africa
52,53 - Julie e os Fantasmas Episodes 101-104 (96 minutes plus 64 minutes carried over from before, 0 remaining) - #SouthAmerica
54 - Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) - 7.5/10 - #LookADragon!
55 - The Mitchells vs the Machines (2021) - 8.5/10 - #ICantDoThatDave
56 - Space Sweepers (2021) - 7.5/10 - #Asia
57,58 - Going Postal (2010) Episodes 1-2 (184 minutes with 24 to carry forward) - #Nebula
59,60 - The OA (2016) Episodes 101-103 (181 minutes with 21 to carry forward) - #LivingIn5D
61 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - 8/10 - (rewatch) #LookAWizard!
62 - Dark Matter (2015) Episodes 101-102 (86 minutes with 6 to carry forward) - #OutsidetheBubble
63 - Phantom of the Paradise (1974) - 6.5/10
64 - The Wiz (1978) - 5/10
65-71 - Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left (1993) Episodes 107-126 (550 minutes plus 10 minutes carried over from before, 41 remaining)
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1. Island of Lost Souls (1932)
2. Mr. Nobody (2009) #Livingin5D
3. Dolls (1987) #WitchyPoo
4. Alien (1979) REVISION #DeadSpace
5. Aliens (1986) REVISION
6. Foxfur (2012) #DoubleUp
7. Radius (2017) #NorthAmerica
8. Deadpool (2016) #Hilarious
9. Der Samurai (2014) #Europe
10. The Matrix (1999) REVISION
11. Zebraman (2004) #Asia
12. Robot Jox (1989) #PostNuke
13. Skull - The Mask (2020) #SouthAmerica
14. The Infinite Man (2016) REVISION #Australia
15. Miracle Mile (1988)
16. The Return. (1980)
17. The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002) #Animation
18. Secret Magic Control Agency (2021) #Russia
19. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) #OutsideTheBubble
20. The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998) #SoundOfThunder
21. Carnival of Sinners/The Devil's Hand (1943)
22. Journey To The Center Of The Earth (2008) #20000Leagues
23. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) REVISION #TimeAfterTime
24. Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)
25. The Puppet Masters (1994) #StrangeLand
26. Bicentennial Man (1999) #Foundation
27. Damnation Alley (1977) #Hugo
28. Dead of Night. (1977) #IAmLegend
29. The Mirror Boy (2011) #Africa

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14. The Day After Tomorrow-2004: 8/10
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1. Impostor-2001: 4/10
2. The Colossus of New York-1958: 7/10
3. Puzzlehead-2005: 6/10
4. Beast in Space-1980: 2/10
5. Blue Monkey-1987: 9/10
6. Velocity Trap-1999: 6/10
7. War of the Worlds-2005: 10/10
8. Evolution-2001: 8/10
9. Strange Invaders-1983: 8/10
10. Absolon-2003: 4/10
11. Cyborg Cop-1993: 7/10
12. Tarantula-1955: 8/10
13. The Mole People-1956: 7/10
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VincentPrice wrote: January 12th, 2022, 4:33 am 14. The Day After Tomorrow-2004: 8/10
Yes! What a ridiculous and yet completely watchable movie. I’ve probably seen this 5+ times over the years.
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beasterne wrote: January 12th, 2022, 4:39 am
VincentPrice wrote: January 12th, 2022, 4:33 am 14. The Day After Tomorrow-2004: 8/10
Yes! What a ridiculous and yet completely watchable movie. I’ve probably seen this 5+ times over the years.
I have very fond memories of The Day after Tomorrow because it was the movie that inaugurated what was known among my friends as the Movie and Forties Club. For several years during college, me and some buddies would go to see movies and sneak in Forties. I'm don't know if that term is common in other countries, but in the US a Forty refers to a forty-ounce bottle of malt liquor. Just the right amount to get you properly tipsy. We quickly figured out that dumb comedies rather than disaster movies were the right accompaniment, but The Day after Tomorrow was the movie that started it. Good memories.
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beasterne wrote: January 12th, 2022, 4:39 am
VincentPrice wrote: January 12th, 2022, 4:33 am 14. The Day After Tomorrow-2004: 8/10
Yes! What a ridiculous and yet completely watchable movie. I’ve probably seen this 5+ times over the years.
This pretty much sums up almost anything Roland Emmerich has directed

15. Save Yourselves!-2020: 8/10
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1. Impostor-2001: 4/10
2. The Colossus of New York-1958: 7/10
3. Puzzlehead-2005: 6/10
4. Beast in Space-1980: 2/10
5. Blue Monkey-1987: 9/10
6. Velocity Trap-1999: 6/10
7. War of the Worlds-2005: 10/10
8. Evolution-2001: 8/10
9. Strange Invaders-1983: 8/10
10. Absolon-2003: 4/10
11. Cyborg Cop-1993: 7/10
12. Tarantula-1955: 8/10
13. The Mole People-1956: 7/10
14. The Day After Tomorrow-2004: 8/10
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1. Island of Lost Souls (1932)
2. Mr. Nobody (2009) #Livingin5D
3. Dolls (1987) #WitchyPoo
4. Alien (1979) REVISION #DeadSpace
5. Aliens (1986) REVISION
6. Foxfur (2012) #DoubleUp
7. Radius (2017) #NorthAmerica
8. Deadpool (2016) #Hilarious
9. Der Samurai (2014) #Europe
10. The Matrix (1999) REVISION
11. Zebraman (2004) #Asia
12. Robot Jox (1989) #PostNuke
13. Skull - The Mask (2020) #SouthAmerica
14. The Infinite Man (2016) REVISION #Australia
15. Miracle Mile (1988)
16. The Return. (1980)
17. The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002) #Animation
18. Secret Magic Control Agency (2021) #Russia
19. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) #OutsideTheBubble
20. The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998) #SoundOfThunder
21. Carnival of Sinners/The Devil's Hand (1943)
22. Journey To The Center Of The Earth (2008) #20000Leagues
23. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) REVISION #TimeAfterTime
24. Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)
25. The Puppet Masters (1994) #StrangeLand
26. Bicentennial Man (1999) #Foundation
27. Damnation Alley (1977) #Hugo
28. Dead of Night. (1977) #IAmLegend
29. The Mirror Boy (2011) #Africa
30. Your Highness (2011) #LookAWizard!

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What worked so well about Pineapple Express from the same creative team was the casting of James Franco in the lead as a small-time drug dealer who wanted to befriend his cliental. Franco is cast again here, but in a forgettable 'straight man' supporting role, while Danny McBride gets the funnier character despite not being anywhere near as funny an actor. Casting issues aside though, the film is really beset by an overload of crude and vulgar gags.

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1. Island of Lost Souls (1932)
2. Mr. Nobody (2009) #Livingin5D
3. Dolls (1987) #WitchyPoo
4. Alien (1979) REVISION #DeadSpace
5. Aliens (1986) REVISION
6. Foxfur (2012) #DoubleUp
7. Radius (2017) #NorthAmerica
8. Deadpool (2016) #Hilarious
9. Der Samurai (2014) #Europe
10. The Matrix (1999) REVISION
11. Zebraman (2004) #Asia
12. Robot Jox (1989) #PostNuke
13. Skull - The Mask (2020) #SouthAmerica
14. The Infinite Man (2016) REVISION #Australia
15. Miracle Mile (1988)
16. The Return. (1980)
17. The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002) #Animation
18. Secret Magic Control Agency (2021) #Russia
19. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) #OutsideTheBubble
20. The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998) #SoundOfThunder
21. Carnival of Sinners/The Devil's Hand (1943)
22. Journey To The Center Of The Earth (2008) #20000Leagues
23. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) REVISION #TimeAfterTime
24. Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)
25. The Puppet Masters (1994) #StrangeLand
26. Bicentennial Man (1999) #Foundation
27. Damnation Alley (1977) #Hugo
28. Dead of Night. (1977) #IAmLegend
29. The Mirror Boy (2011) #Africa
30. Your Highness (2011) #LookAWizard!
31. Sucker Punch (2011) #LookADragon!

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While there are some great films out there that have dealt with multiple layers of reality and fantasies within fantasies, this is not one of them. We are given such little scope on the characters within the film's reality that their symbolic purposes within the first fantasy layer are vague. Those characters fare a bit better in the overly chaotic second fantasy level, but then the first fantasy level is preferable with a neat reimagining of an asylum as a bordello.

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What's up with so many people watching the original Turtles movies this year, especially the second? Is it available on streaming in some countries? Or just an effect of how challenges are suppose to work and people influencing each other watchings?
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22. Cowboy Bebop: Session #5 Darkside Tango (2021) * 44 min.
Cowboy Bebop: Session #6 Binary Two-Step (2021) * 40 min.
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1. Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001) * 54 min.  #DoubleUp
2. Aerials (2016) * 90 min.
3. The Shannara Chronicles: Chosen: Part 1 (2016) * 41 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Chosen: Part 2 (2016) * 41 min.
4. Teknolust (2002) * 83 min.
5. Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam/The Golem: How He Came Into the World (1920) 85 min.  #SpeculativeSilence
6. Conceiving Ada (1997) * 85 min.
7. Encanto (2021) * 102 min.  #MagicalRealism
8. The Shannara Chronicles: Fury (2016) * 40 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Changeling (2016) * 40 min.
9.The Shannara Chronicles: Reaper (2016) * 40 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Pykon (2016) * 41 min.
10. The Shannara Chronicles: Breakline (2016) * 41 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Utopia (2016) * 41 min.
11. The Shannara Chronicles: Safehold (2016) * 40 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Ellcrys (2016) * 41 min.
12-14. The Shannara Chronicles: Druid (2017) * 43 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Wraith (2017) * 43 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Graymark (2017) * 43 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Dweller (2017) * 43 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Paranor (2017) * 43 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Crimson (2017) * 42 min.
15. The Shannara Chronicles: Warlock (2017) * 43 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Amberle (2017) * 42 min.
16. The Shannara Chronicles: Wilderun (2017) * 42 min.
The Shannara Chronicles: Blood (2017) * 42 min.
17. Das Zaubermännchen/Rumpelstiltskin (1960) * 70 min.  #Europe (East Germany)
18. Cowboy Bebop: Session #1 Cowboy Gospel (2021) * 49 min.
Cowboy Bebop: Session #2 Venus Pop (2021) * 38 min.
19. Freak Orlando (1981) * 127 min.
20. Schneewittchen/Snow White (1961) * 60 min.
21. Cowboy Bebop: Session #3 Dog Star Swing (2021) * 45 min.
Cowboy Bebop: Session #4 Callisto Soul (2021) * 45 min.
*First time viewing

(4 minutes carry forward, 53 minutes total)
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10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006, Gore Verbinski): rewatch: 8.0 > 7.5 - Definitely way less tighter plotted than the first, but with enough entertainment to make it almost as fun as the first one.

11. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007, Gore Verbinski) rewatch: 8.0 > 6.8 - The third one, that's the second part of the two parter Dead Man Chest + At World's End, does cave in under the convoluted plot. There is so much scheming and double crossing that it's totally unclear by the end what anyone's goals or motivations are beside defeating the bad guy. Luckily it still offers plenty entertainment to make up for this, f.e. in the final big battle, which is an enormous spectacle.

12. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011, Rob Marshall) rewatch: 5.0 > 5.5 - The fourth and first one with Verbinski at the helm clearly is a cash in on the popularity of this franchise. Sparrow is a caricature of himself. Depp seems to be only half trying by now and Geoffrey Rush not at all anymore. From the new characters only Penelope Cruz is a memorable addition. The rest are bland and Ian McShane's Blackbeard particular is disappointing. With plenty of scheming and deceiving the plot is complex and dull at the same time. Above all Marshall isn't just as good a director as Verbinski is. The movie looks way cheaper than the others while it isn't. In fact it's one of the most expensive movies ever. And with such an enormous budget is does at least offers enough excitement to pass the time and not a total waste of time.

13. Deep Impact (1998, Mimi Leder): 6.2 - This "other" movie about a comet threating to destroy earth from 1998 is much more engaging in the sci-fi parts that deal with comet and its destruction, even if it is all not scientifically correct. It's less so in the dramatic parts, mainly in the later half when it fears into sentimental melodrama. Leoni's character, a grown up journalist who reacts like an adolescent to her parents divorce specifically was grating. And I could have done without the whole Elijah Wood subplot in the second half.
Watching some sci-fi/fantasy franchises and more, SHBC: 6
1. Encanto (2021, Byron Howard & Jared Bush): 6.8 #MagicalRealism
2. Men in Black (1997, Barry Sonnenfeld) rewatch: ? > 8.0 #Hilarious
3. Men in Black II (2002, Barry Sonnenfeld): 6.5
4. Eragon (2006, Stefen Fangmeier): 4.5 #LookADragon! -
5. R.I.P.D. (2013, Robert Schwentke): 6.5 #OutsidetheBubble
6. Men in Black III (2012, Barry Sonnenfeld): 6.8 #TimeAfterTime
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016, Dave Green): 6.0
8. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959, Henry Levin): 6.0 #20000Leagues
9. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003, Gore Verbinski): 8.0 > 7.8
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1. Island of Lost Souls (1932)
2. Mr. Nobody (2009) #Livingin5D
3. Dolls (1987) #WitchyPoo
4. Alien (1979) REVISION #DeadSpace
5. Aliens (1986) REVISION
6. Foxfur (2012) #DoubleUp
7. Radius (2017) #NorthAmerica
8. Deadpool (2016) #Hilarious
9. Der Samurai (2014) #Europe
10. The Matrix (1999) REVISION
11. Zebraman (2004) #Asia
12. Robot Jox (1989) #PostNuke
13. Skull - The Mask (2020) #SouthAmerica
14. The Infinite Man (2016) REVISION #Australia
15. Miracle Mile (1988)
16. The Return. (1980)
17. The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002) #Animation
18. Secret Magic Control Agency (2021) #Russia
19. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) #OutsideTheBubble
20. The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998) #SoundOfThunder
21. Carnival of Sinners/The Devil's Hand (1943)
22. Journey To The Center Of The Earth (2008) #20000Leagues
23. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) REVISION #TimeAfterTime
24. Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)
25. The Puppet Masters (1994) #StrangeLand
26. Bicentennial Man (1999) #Foundation
27. Damnation Alley (1977) #Hugo
28. Dead of Night. (1977) #IAmLegend
29. The Mirror Boy (2011) #Africa
30. Your Highness (2011) #LookAWizard!
31. Sucker Punch (2011) #LookADragon!
32. Ender's Game (2013) #Nebula

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Set in a future in which children - with their amazing computer gaming skills - are recruited to learn to fight alien predators, this sci-fi epic benefits from an intriguing premise. The vast majority of the movie though is spent on training simulations that lack any real urgency; meanwhile, the title character manages to rise up the ranks with incredible ease in what appears to only be a matter of days. Pretty decent reveal towards the end though.

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Lonewolf2003 wrote: January 12th, 2022, 12:59 pm What's up with so many people watching the original Turtles movies this year, especially the second? Is it available on streaming in some countries? Or just an effect of how challenges are suppose to work and people influencing each other watchings?
Part of it is probably for the Outside the Bubble in the Scavenger Hunt, but other people's views influencing what people watch could be part of it as well.
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blocho wrote: January 12th, 2022, 2:25 am
toromash wrote: January 11th, 2022, 8:47 pm
blocho wrote: January 11th, 2022, 7:10 am Has anyone seen Dark, the German time travel series? I just finished the first season, and I'm debating whether to continue. I thought I wouldn't but I feel like just enough cliffhangers are left at the end of the season that I'll get sucked into another one. If anyone has seen it, any impressions of the second and third seasons?
Depends on what you like about the series? It gets more convoluted in the second season, and jumps around as it pleases. I didn't like it, and consider the first the only decent season , where it was still somewhat grounded. It seems like im a minority in that regard
I decided to give it another go and started the second season, partly because the second season has even better reviews than the first. The one thing that really bothers me is that all of the characters feel incredibly shallow. I'm nine episodes in, and I don't really know anything about their personalities.
True, it's the same issue i had, and there are so many characters. They don't really have any trade marks, as their younger or older version of themself are completely different persons, so if they didn't mention the names i would think it was just a random person.
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50. Zapped! (Robert J. Rosenthal, 1982)
Basically Sexual Harassment: The Movie. Am I to believe that a teenage boy granted powers of telekinesis would use it primarily just to take girls clothes off? I mean... Hm... Yea, I guess it's pretty realistic actually.

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51. Equalizer 2000 (Cirio H. Santiago, 1987) #PostNuke
One of Cirio H. Santiago's many low rent post nuke flicks he delivered for Roger Corman in the '80s. It's solid fun but rambles at times. I was content with the number of explosions.

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52. Tempest (Paul Mazursky, 1982)
If you squint, this is kinda sorta like Shakespeare's The Tempest, except totally different and pretty weird, aimless and ridiculously long.

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53. Cosmic Fantasy: Ginga Me Hyou no Wana (Kazuhiro Ochi, 1994)
Here we have an anime OVA based on a mostly Japanese video game series for the PC-Engine (Turbograph CD). It's a pretty generic space ecchi comedy a la Tenchi Muyo with garish colors. Kind of on the annoying side at times but pretty forgettable otherwise.

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54. The Caller (Arthur Allan Seidelman, 1987)
I quite liked this basically two-person movie with Malcolm McDowell as a man who shows up to Madolyn Smith Osborne's house in the middle of night asking to use the phone. What follows is an odd sort of verbal logic game as the two circle one another. The woman is expecting company. Is she expecting someone to murder? Is the man up to nefarious purposes himself? It's a taut little thriller with a wonky out of left field ending that I liked despite its absurdity.

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55. Death Race 2050 (G.J. Echternkamp, 2017)
After the more expensive, polished Jason Statham Death Race remake and it's forgettable sequels, Corman goes back to basics with this incredibly silly, brightly colored, hyper-kinetic and mega cheap and cheesy sequel to the original film. It almost feels like Corman channeling Troma at times with how over-the-top and crass it is, even in comparison to the original. Honestly I kinda had fun with it, fully aware that it's objectively terrible.

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56. The Mists of Avalon (Uli Edel, 2001)
Pretty solid Arthurian mini-series based on the Marion Zimmer Bradley novel that shows the myths and legends through the eyes of the women of Camelot. You can tell a lot of money was put into this one. The sets and costumes are top notch and the cast is stacked as well. For fans of King Arthur stories, this is definitely recommended despite its occasional forays into soapy melodrama.

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57. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mac and Me (Joel Hodgson, Rob Schrab, 2018)
Jonah and the bots tackle a the truly awful Paul Rudd favorite Mac & Me, a shameless and hideous E.T. cash-in with double the product placement and a fraction of the budget and talent. The riffs are solid here with the movie giving them lots to comment on.

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58. Rememory (Mark Palansky, 2017)
Peter Dinklage plays a man investigating the death of the inventor of a machine that allows its user to see into other people's memories. It's an interesting film and Dinklage is very good as usual but the script needs work and the directing is on the weak side. It's not terrible but I feel like it could've been much better.
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1. Zack Snyder's Justice League (Zack Snyder, 2021)
2. La flûte à six schtroumpfs a.k.a. The Smurfs and the Magic Flute (Peyo, 1976) #Animation
3. Free Guy (Shawn Levy, 2021) #Hilarious
4. Mizu no tabibito: Samurai kizzu a.k.a. Samurai Kids (Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1993) #Asia
5. La beauté du diable a.k.a. The Beauty and the Devil (Rene Clair, 1950) #DoublingUp
6. Alraune a.k.a. A Daughter of Destiny (Henrik Galeen, 1928) #SpeculativeSilence
7-9. The Martian Chronicles (Michael Anderson, 1980) #SoundofThunder
10. Na komete a.k.a. On The Comet (Karel Zeman, 1970)
11. Encanto (Byron Howard, Jared Bush, Charise Castro Smith, 2021)
12. Sputnik (Egor Abramenko, 2020) #Russia
13. Flubber (Les Mayfield, 1997)
14. TC 2000 (T.J. Scott, 1993)
15. At First Light (Jason Stone, 2018) #NorthAmerica
16. Sen Aydinlatirsin Geceyi a.k.a. Thou Gild'st the Even (Onur Ünlü, 2013) #MagicalRealism
17. The Juniper Tree (Nietzchka Keene, 1990) #Europe
18. Ghosts Can't Do It (John Derek, 1989)
19. Puteri gunung ledang a.k.a. A Legendary Love (Teong Hin Saw, 2004)
20. The Bermuda Triangle (René Cardona Jr., 1979)
21. Synchronicity (Jacob Gentry, 2015) #LivingIn5D
22. The Invisible Boy (Herman Hoffman, 1957) #ICantDoThatDave
23. Strange Invaders (Michael Laughlin, 1983) #DeadSpace
24. Xian nu xia fan a.k.a. The Human Goddess (Meng Hua Ho, 1972)
25-27. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier E1-6 (2021)
28. Xi you: Xiang mo pian a.k.a. Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (Stephen Chow, Chi-kin Kwok, 2013)
29. Colossal (Nacho Vigalondo, 2016)
30. Somewhere in Time (Jeannot Szwarc, 1980) #IAmLegend
31. Real Playing Game (Tino Navarro, David Rebordão, 2013)
32. The Land Unknown (Virgil W. Vogel, 1957)
33. Innerspace (Joe Dante, 1987)
34-35. Uchû no senshi a.k.a. Starship Troopers (Tetsurô Amino, 1988) #StrangeLand
36. Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (Lamont Johnson, 1983)
37-38. Going Postal E1-2 (Jon Jones, 2010) #Nebula
39. Anthem of a Teenage Prophet (Robin Hays, 2018)
40. Noroît (Jacques Rivette 1976)
41. PK (Rajkumar Hirani, 2014)
42. Divergent (Neil Burger, 2014)
43. Reka caruje a.k.a. Magical River (Václav Krska, 1946)
44. Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (Robert Parrish, 1969) #RIsForRocket
45. Invisible Sue (Markus Dietrich, 2018)
46. Le meraviglie di Aladino a.k.a. The Wonders of Aladdin (Mario Bava, Henry Levin, 1961)
47. The Giver (Phillip Noyce, 2014) #Africa
48. Wrath of the Titans (Jonathan Liebesman, 2012)
49a. ABC Weekend Specials: The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Ron Underwood, 1986)
49b. ABC Weekend Specials: Runaway Ralph (Ron Underwood, 1988)
50. Zapped! (Robert J. Rosenthal, 1982)
51. Equalizer 2000 (Cirio H. Santiago, 1987) #PostNuke
52. Tempest (Paul Mazursky, 1982)
53. Cosmic Fantasy: Ginga Me Hyou no Wana (Kazuhiro Ochi, 1994)
54. The Caller (Arthur Allan Seidelman, 1987)
55. Death Race 2050 (G.J. Echternkamp, 2017)
56. The Mists of Avalon (Uli Edel, 2001)
57. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mac and Me (Joel Hodgson, Rob Schrab, 2018)
58. Rememory (Mark Palansky, 2017)
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Time to get started on this. The first four are from New Year's Day - which stretched into 2 days because of sleep issues and such - and are part of my usual start-off-with-crap choices that I've begun every year with for the last several.

1. Left Behind (Vic Sarin, 2000)
2. Left Behind II: Tribulation Force (Bill Corcoran, 2002)
3. Left Behind III: World at War (Craig R. Baxley, 2005)

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The world is plunged into chaos when hundreds of millions of people around the world, including "all children" (I don't think it's ever mentioned what the upper age is) suddenly disappear in an instant, leaving clothing behind, cars without drivers, airplanes without pilots, in these adaptations of the first two of Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins' fundamentalist, dispensationalist end-times series which sold tens of millions of copies in the USA in the 1990s and are now probably the most-purchased (or at least most-seen) books at Goodwill and Salvation Army stores nationwide.

The influence on this series goes much further back than the books, though. Those who want even more fundamentalist hilarity of the cinematic kind can also look for the 1970s series beginning with 1972's A Thief in the Night by self-taught amateur Russell Doughton, and I'm sure there are plenty of other precursors, at least in "theology" if it can be dignified as such, earlier in the annals of American fundamentalism. What we learn right away - in Doughton's films, in the LB book series, and in the films under consideration here, is that the missing people have all been raptured into heaven to be with God and Jesus, and that the earth is now under judgment. In the LB series, that includes an antichrist figure, a Romanian politician named Nicolae Carpathia who rises to become the Secretary General of the UN in seemingly no time at all and whose ambitious plans for peace on earth include ridding the world of it's weapons and instituting lots of socialist reforms - anathema, of course, to the Bible-believing, AR-15-toting Christians who ate up this crap in book form.

Strangely, the films were not successes; admittedly the first two came out before Mel Gibson's torture-porn epic of Christ's Passion made the world safe for homophobia and antisemitism again, as long as it's cloaked in Biblical piety, but even the remake with ol' Nic Cage in the 2010s wasn't a success either. I'd say it had something to do with, oh, maybe the terrible quality of the films, but I've seen a few of the hot successes in fundamentalist filmmaking of the last decade and they weren't a lot better, so I don't know why these failed to get any business - or even get theatrical release at all after the first film.

All of them star onetime TV star Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains) as investigative journalist Buck Williams. Brad Johnson as pilot Rayford Steele (the series' heroes all tend to have very manly, masculine names like Buck and Steele - much like Ayn Rand, LaHaye and Jenkins seem to believe you can make instant judgements about people based on their names or what they look like) and Janaya Stephens as Chloe, Rayford's daughter - who becomes Buck's love interest after they are all thrown together by the incredible events and become the only hope for Christian humanity it seems as the world quickly falls under the darkness of the antichrist. Pastor Bruce Barnes (Clarence Gilyard in the first two films, Arnold Pinnock in the third) completes the quartet of heroes, who spend much of the time reading or quoting Bible verses, and who all seem pretty magically immune from being found out to be rebels against the rebel angel and his crew - at least until the third film. I'm not going to go into plot details but I would say that these are pretty hilarious for bad-movie lovers - full of risible dialogue and fairly insane plot developments - and the third one in particular, which also gives us Lou Gossett Jr as the President of the USA who has the quickest conversion in movie history and one of the funniest deaths, is really pretty special.

4. Project Moon Base (Richard Talmadge, 1953)

Tedious and thankfully very shot (63 m) cheapie about a plot by the dirty commies to destroy the first space station by substituting their agent for a scientist-photographer who's supposed to accompany two pilots on a circumnavigation of the moon. Of course he doesn't succeed, but his efforts do cause the spaceship to have to emergency-land on the moon and spend some time there, and the pilots being one of each gender, well, naturally... this ends up one of the most sexist SF films of it's era, and that's saying something. Still, it's fascinating that space travel in science fiction films so often included women among the early astronauts, and this one-ups many of it's competitors in giving us a female U.S. President as well! One step forward, two steps back I guess.
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Science is Fiction and Fantasy is Real

1. Left Behind (Vic Sarin, 2000)
2. Left Behind II: Tribulation Force (Bill Corcoran, 2002)
3. Left Behind III: World at War (Craig R. Baxley, 2005)
4. Project Moon Base (Richard Talmadge, 1953)
Undersea adventure double feature

5. The Underwater City (Frank McDonald, 1962)
6. Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (James Hill, 1969)

The first of these is a very low budget - though, surprisingly for the time and budget, color - piece that feels mostly like docu-drama, sort of like a Disney nature TV special at first - "see the world's first underwater city, meet the scientists", etc, and it's fairly dull. Once the city - several domes, like just about every underwater city imagined in films or in sci-fi magazines of the era - is built, and the various scientists, journalists, etc, go down to it, it becomes just slightly more lively because, of course, there's a serious problem - a really, really stupid one as it turns out that probably won't surprise veteran viewers of this kind of stuff. I could still enjoy this on a certain level but...it's weak.

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Captain Nemo on the other hand is a fairly decently-budgeted adventure film distributed through MGM-UK, with a cast that includes some fairly well-known actors - Robert Ryan in the title role, Luciana Paluzzi and Nanette Newman as the two main female characters - used more as love interests than anything else unfortunately, though there are moments when it seems they might have a bit more to do - and Chuck Connors as a man-of-action U.S. Senator who at first wants nothing more than to escape from Nemo's underwater city where he and his surviving shipmates from a sunken vessel have been taken, but who grows to admire the mad inventor-captain. Only Nemo's not really so mad here and becomes a more heroic and positive character over the course of the film, which turns out to be a lot of fun, thanks in part to the fairly game performances, and also to the fine production values and the music by one Walter Stott - who later became Angela Morley, the first openly trans person to be nominated for an Oscar a few years after this film for her music for The Little Prince in 1975. The plot - in which a couple of the Senator's less savory companions try to escape the city and steal it's treasure, even if it means death to the other inhabitants - is nothing special, and certainly this helps explain why the film remains under-seen and fairly unknown. But I think the music, the production values and the film as a whole fit squarely into the group of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells adaptations - or films inspired by their works - which were a significant part of sci-fi/fantasy production from the mid-50s through the mid-70s, and I would hope that most people who liked the Disney 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea or the 1960 Time Machine might get a kick out of this as well.

7. Target Earth (Sherman A. Rose, 1954)

Nora (Kathleen Crowley) wakes up after an attempted suicide by overdose to find the large (unnamed) city she lives in completely deserted. Terrified she runs and runs...into the hands of Frank (Richard Denning) who also slept through whatever happened that drove people away or made them vanish. Trying to piece things together they begin a journey towards the outskirts of the city, running into a few more people and eventually finding out that OMG ALIENS HAVE INVADED, and they unfortunately look like this -

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The really terrible and cheap design for the aliens (well, alien robots as it turns out) is unfortunately a killer, though if you can get past that, this has a reasonable amount of suspense and is fairly well put together, particularly in the creepy opening minutes, which may recall other, better deserted-city films like The World, the Flesh and the Devil or the several adaptations of "I Am Legend". Or some Twilight Zone episodes. Denning was in a lot of genre pictures during this era - most notably Creature from the Black Lagoon, and he and the rest of the cast, which also includes the great Whit Bissell in a fairly ordinary role as a scientist, definitely help make this a little bit better than it's awful robot design, at least.

8. Hangar 18 (James L. Conway, 1980)

I remember seeing ads for this when it came out - whether it actually played in our local theater or not, I dunno, but I've been aware of it for over 40 years, dimly. Maybe it was this review from these obscure dudes



Now, getting into the more and more obscure and un-celebrated corners of the genre, it gets it's due. And, well... I'm sure I would have liked it a lot more at 14-15. This is mostly a paranoid conspiracy thriller - closest comparison is probably Capricorn One from a couple of years earlier - in which a couple of astronauts (Gary Collins and James Hampton) see what seems to be an alien spacecraft, but once on earth are told to lay off and forget it...except THEY JUST CAN'T. So they try to find out what it is, meanwhile their former boss Darren McGavin knows what's going on but he's been moved elsewhere, and evil government operative Robert Vaughn wants to make sure nothing about aliens gets out to frighten the public during election season - no matter what he has to do. It's all very ho-hum, worth seeing only for fans of the actors I think; it is though notable for being one of the few feature films distributed by fundamentalist Christian outfit Sunn Classic Pictures, responsible for such masterpieces as In Search of Historic Jesus; towards the end of the film, the reason why Sunn put this out will probably be clear to you, especially if you know anything about 1970s America's fascination with things like the Bermuda Triangle and lost Atlantis. Had I known that beforehand maybe I would have programmed this right after the Left Behind films.
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1. Daredevil (Mark Steven Johnson 2003) 2/10
2. Elysium (Neil Blomkamp 2013) 5/10
3. The Inhuman Woman (Marcel L'Herbier 1924) 8.3/10
3.5. The Witcher S1 E1 5.5/10
4. The Witcher S1 E2 3/10
5. Good Manners (Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas 2017) 6.8/10
6. Kiki's Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki 1989) 8/10
6.5. The Witcher S1 E3 6/10
Strongest episode so far. Has the advantage of focusing primarily on Geralt, and is the perhaps the first episode that feel remiscent of the videogames in terms of how Geralt operates within the world of monsters, and not some attempt from the writers to make the monster stories pseudo political in nature. Triss gets introduced, and she is brunette instead of redhead. Never liked redheads that much, so it's fine by me. Yennefer gets a lot of screentime too, and apparently i was wrong. She is a woman, and gets her own makeover throughout the episode, so she now looks like a model. My bad.
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24. Tides/The Colony (Tim Fehlbaum, 2021) 5/10
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16. Galaxy Quest-1999: 10/10
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1. Impostor-2001: 4/10
2. The Colossus of New York-1958: 7/10
3. Puzzlehead-2005: 6/10
4. Beast in Space-1980: 2/10
5. Blue Monkey-1987: 9/10
6. Velocity Trap-1999: 6/10
7. War of the Worlds-2005: 10/10
8. Evolution-2001: 8/10
9. Strange Invaders-1983: 8/10
10. Absolon-2003: 4/10
11. Cyborg Cop-1993: 7/10
12. Tarantula-1955: 8/10
13. The Mole People-1956: 7/10
14. The Day After Tomorrow-2004: 8/10
15. Save Yourselves!-2020: 8/10
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1. Combat Wombat (2020) - 7/10 #Animation
2. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) - 3/10
3. Jungle Cruise (2021) - 6/10 #Hilarious
4. The Beauty Inside (2015) - 8/10 #Asia
5. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008) - 5/10
6. Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) - 5/10 #LivingIn5D
7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) - 6/10
8. The Mitchells vs the Machines (2021) - 6/10 #ICantDoThatDave
9. Beauty and the Beast (1978) - 8/10 #DoubleUp
10. Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) - 10/10 (rewatch)

11. It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002) - 6/10
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12. Elysium (2013) - 6/10 (rewatch) #PostNuke
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13. Jane B. for Agnes V. (1988) - 7/10 #Europe
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14. Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus (2020) - 4/10
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1. Island of Lost Souls (1932)
2. Mr. Nobody (2009) #Livingin5D
3. Dolls (1987) #WitchyPoo
4. Alien (1979) REVISION #DeadSpace
5. Aliens (1986) REVISION
6. Foxfur (2012) #DoubleUp
7. Radius (2017) #NorthAmerica
8. Deadpool (2016) #Hilarious
9. Der Samurai (2014) #Europe
10. The Matrix (1999) REVISION
11. Zebraman (2004) #Asia
12. Robot Jox (1989) #PostNuke
13. Skull - The Mask (2020) #SouthAmerica
14. The Infinite Man (2016) REVISION #Australia
15. Miracle Mile (1988)
16. The Return. (1980)
17. The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002) #Animation
18. Secret Magic Control Agency (2021) #Russia
19. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) #OutsideTheBubble
20. The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998) #SoundOfThunder
21. Carnival of Sinners/The Devil's Hand (1943)
22. Journey To The Center Of The Earth (2008) #20000Leagues
23. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) REVISION #TimeAfterTime
24. Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)
25. The Puppet Masters (1994) #StrangeLand
26. Bicentennial Man (1999) #Foundation
27. Damnation Alley (1977) #Hugo
28. Dead of Night. (1977) #IAmLegend
29. The Mirror Boy (2011) #Africa
30. Your Highness (2011) #LookAWizard!
31. Sucker Punch (2011) #LookADragon!
32. Ender's Game (2013) #Nebula
33. Demon Seed (1977) REVISION #ICantDoThatDave

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Rewatched for the first time in ten years, this still comes off as ridiculously alarmist in terms of what home computers can do... but was it meant to be a comedy? It is hard not to laugh as such silly shenanigans as the computer rolling itself around on a wheelchair and shooting lasers (see above). The weird attacking polyhedron similarly comes as more funny than frightening. Some great ideas though and eerie parts, but just a lot of unintentional humour too.

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