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57. Space Truckers (Stuart Gordon, 1996)

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58. No Resistance (Tim Thomson, 1994)

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59. Tômei ningen arawaru a.k.a. Invisible Man Appears (Shinsei Adachi, Shigehiro Fukushima, 1949)

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60. Tômei ningen to hae otoko a.k.a. The Invisible Man vs the Human Fly (Mitsuo Murayama, 1957)

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61-62. Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (Vadim Jean, 2006)

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63. Císaruv pekar - Pekaruv císar a.k.a. Emperor and the Golem (Martin Fric, 1952)
The Timeless Tomorrow
1. Miraklet i Valby a.k.a. Miracle in Valby (Åke Sandgren, 1989)
2. Nora (Satomi Mikuriya, 1985)
3. Ratatouille (Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava, 2007)
4-8. The 10th Kingdom (2000)
9. Silent Shorts [Le pied de mouton (1907), The Airship Destroyer (1909), Alice in Wonderland (1903), Scrooge; or Marley's Ghost (1901), The Thieving Hand (1908), An Interesting Story (1904), Le roi du maquillage (1904), Mary Jane's Mishap (1903), The Little Match Seller (1902), The Enchanted Drawing (1900), Le cauchemar (1896), Les affiches en goguette (1906), Le squelette joyeux (1898), Le scarabée d'or (1907), Le papillon fantastique (1901), L'homme orchestre (1900), Nouvelles luttes extravagantes (1901), La tentation de Saint-Antoine (1898), Le cochon danseur (1907) ]
10. Cyber Vengeance (J. Christian Ingvordsen, 1997)
11. R.I.P.D. (Robert Schwentke, 2013)
12. Pyl a.k.a. Dust (Sergey Loban, 2005)
13. Synchronic (Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, 2019)
14. Day the World Ended (Roger Corman, 1955)
15. The Immortal Wars (Joe Lujan, 2018)
16. Rumpelstiltskin (David Irving, 1987)
17. Split Second (Tony Maylam, 1992)
18. A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona, 2016)
19. The Butterfly Effect 2 (John R. Leonetti, 2006)
20. Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land (Lew Landers, 1952)
21. Black Adam (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2022)
22. Goodbye World (Denis Hennelly, 2013)
23. After the Dark (John Huddles, 2013)
24-26. The Vanishing Shadow (Lew Landers, 1934)
27. Moontrap: Target Earth (Robert Dyke, 2017)
28. Voyage of the Rock Aliens (James Fargo, 1984)
29. Yattâman (Takashi Miike, 2009)
30. Ansikte mot ansikte a.k.a. Face to Face (Ingmar Bergman, 1976)
31. Bell Book and Candle (Richard Quine, 1958)
32. The Recall (Mauro Borrelli, 2017)
33. If Only (Gil Junger, 2004)
34. Iron Sky: The Coming Race (Timo Vuorensola, 2018)
35. Class of 1999 (Mark L. Lester, 1990)
36. Galaxy of the Dinosaurs (J.R. Bookwalter, 1992)
37. Humanoids from Atlantis (J.R. Bookwalter, 1992)
38. Injû kyôshi - jissha-ban a.k.a. Angel of Darkness (Mitsunori Hattori, 1995)
39. Jack Frost (Troy Miller, 1998)
40. The Cloverfield Paradox (Julius Onah, 2018)
41. Huo shao hong lian si a.k.a. Burning Paradise (Ringo Lam, 1994)
42. G-Saviour (Graeme Campbell, 2000)
43. Looker (Michael Crichton, 1981)
44. The Brain Eaters (Bruno VeSota, 1958)
45. Mortal Engines (Christian Rivers, 2018)
46. Otroki vo vselennoy a.k.a. Children in the Universe (Richard Viktorov, 1975)
47. Aliens Cut My Hair (Michael McIntosh, 1992)
48. Mortal Kombat: Legacy S1 (Kevin Tancharoen, 2011)
49. Francis Goes to West Point (Arthur Lubin, 1952)
50. Francis Covers the Big Town (Arthur Lubin, 1953)
51. Francis Joins the WACS (Arthur Lubin, 1954)
52. Francis in the Navy (Arthur Lubin, 1955)
53. La momia azteca a.k.a. The Aztec Mummy (Rafael Portillo, 1957)
54. Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson, 2022)
55. Exodus: Gods and Kings (Ridley Scott, 2014)
56. Love, Death & Robots S3 (2022)
57. Space Truckers (Stuart Gordon, 1996)
58. No Resistance (Tim Thomson, 1994)
59. Tômei ningen arawaru a.k.a. Invisible Man Appears (Shinsei Adachi, Shigehiro Fukushima, 1949)
60. Tômei ningen to hae otoko a.k.a. The Invisible Man vs the Human Fly (Mitsuo Murayama, 1957)
61-62. Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (Vadim Jean, 2006)
63. Císaruv pekar - Pekaruv císar a.k.a. Emperor and the Golem (Martin Fric, 1952)
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21. 2012 (Emmerich, 2009). This was just as dumb as I was expecting. I hope John Cusack enjoyed his paycheck. Sci-fi

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1. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Mitchell, 2019). Fantasy
2. Despicable Me (Coffin & Renaud, 2010). REWATCH Fantasy
3. Despicable Me 2 (Coffin & Renaud, 2013). REWATCH Fantasy
4. Despicable Me 3 (Balda & Coffin, 2017). Fantasy
5. Jungle Cruise (Collet-Sera, 2021). Fantasy
6. Ghost in the Shell (Oshii, 1995). REWATCH. Sci-fi
7-12. Neon Genesis Evangelion Eps. 1-20 (24 mins each). 480 mins total. REWATCH. Sci-fi
13-14. Neon Genesis Evangelion Eps. 21-26. 168 mins total. REWATCH. Sci-fi
15. Evangelion: Death (True)2. REWATCH. Sci-fi
16. PK (Hirani, 2014). Sci-fi
17. Hulk (Lee, 2003). Sci-fi
18. Tales from the Earthsea (Miyazaki, 2006). Fantasy
19. Avatar: The Way of Water (Cameron, 2022). Sci-fi
20. Monsters vs. Aliens (Letterman & Vernon, 2009). Sci-fi
21. 2012 (Emmerich, 2009). Sci-fi
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10. X-Men-2000: 8/10
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1. Black Adam-2022: 7/10
2. Viy-1967: 9/10
3. Wyrm-2019: 8/10
4. 1-2009: 7/10
5. The Peanut Butter Solution-1985: 7/10
6. RoboCop-1987: 10/10
7. War of the Worlds-2005: 10/10
8. Hrabe Drakula-1971: 8/10
9. Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm-2022: 10/10
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1. Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970) Fantasy
2. When the Cat Comes (1963) Fantasy
3. Sexmission (1984) Science Fiction
4. Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (2006) Fantasy
5. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978) Fantasy
6. The Oddsockeaters (2016) Fantasy
7. Last and First Men (2020) Sci-Fi
8. The Thing (1982) REVISION Sci-Fi
9. Predator (1987) REVISION Sci-Fi
10. My Twentieth Century (1989) Sci-Fi
11. Strawberry Mansion (2021) Sci-Fi
12. Aftermath (2012) Fantasy
13. The Lure (2015) Fantasy
14. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2021) Fantasy
15. Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees (1975) Fantasy
16. RoboCop (1987) REVISION Sci-Fi
17. RoboCop (2014) Sci-Fi

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As promised earlier, I decided to finally get the Official Check for this one, and I have to say, not bad as far as remakes go. This one takes a pretty different spin on the basic story with no cover-up to Murphy's identity, with him fully aware of what is going on and some interesting training scenes... in which the scientists comment from behind glass panels that he doesn't actually have free will, he just thinks he does. Some unexpected Upgrade-ish story vibes.
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Ludacris' favorite challenge
1. Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924)
2. Dead Heat (1988)
3. The Double Life of Véronique (1991)
4. RoboCop 2 (1990)
"5. Shorts: 80m:
The Infernal Boiling Pot (1903, 2m)
Going to Bed with Difficulties (1900, 2m)
Le papillon fantastique (1909, 2m)
The Golden Beetle (1907, 3m)
The Hilarious Posters (1906, 3m)
The Black Imp (1905, 4m)
The Dragonfly and the Ant (1913, 5m)
The Thieving Hand (1908, 5m)
Alice in Wonderland (1903, 8m)
The Red Spectre (1907, 9m)
The Airship Destroyer (1909, 7m)
The Flat (1968, Czechoslovakia, 13m)
Entente cordiale (1912, 17m)"
6. Ant-Man (2015)
7. Stargate (1994)
8. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
9. Gladiator Eroticvs: The Lesbian Warriors (2001)
10. PK (2014)
11. The Hunger Games (2012)
12. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
13. Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America (1992)
14. When Worlds Collide (1951)
Part 1 of an unexpected planetary disaster duo. A star is hurtling towards earth. So we have to escape to the planet orbiting that star. It just... didn't land with me. For a lot of reasons.

15. The Wandering Earth (2019)
Part 2 of my unexpected planetary disaster duo. This time, our sun is exploding, and the world united to make an "earth engine" to move the earth to another star. It was exactly what I wanted from a movie like this - awesome sci-fi visuals, emotional manipulation, and people sacrificing themselves for the good of humankind. On another level, it was interesting to see Chinese Exceptionalism given that I'm born-and-bred USA and used to our own version of exceptionalism.
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54 - Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) - 7/10 - Boonmee is slowly dying from a kidney ailment when he is visited by the ghost of his late wife. His long lost son also returns in a different form. The movie moves at a very languid pace and even the appearance of the wife and son don't engender any excitement. The most animated the film gets is probably at the end with the song over the end credits. Still, I did generally like the film and appreciated some of the imagery.

55 - Summer Days with Coo (2007) - 8/10 - A young boy finds a small kappa child that has survived in hibernation inside a rock for 200 years. The boy's family befriends and adopts the kappa. They also help him search for others of his kind who may have survived, but public attention soon finds them. I thought this was pretty nice with a good story and animation.

56 - Under the Skin (2013) - 6/10 - An alien takes on human form and then travels around Scotland seducing men, The film looks very nice, but the story didn't really do much for me.

57-62 - Alphas Season 1 (2011) (496 minutes) - A Department of Defense group uses agents with various superhuman abilities (known as Alphas) to investigate other Alphas who may pose a danger to society. The series is fairly mediocre overall, but it did get better as the season went along so I'll probably watch the second season at some point.
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1 - Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953) - 6.5/10
2 - The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961) - 4/10
3 - Miss Minoes (2001) - 7.5/10
4 - Beyond Tomorrow (1940) - 6.5/10
5-20 - See (2019) Seasons 1-3 (1283 minutes)
21 - First Spaceship on Venus (1960) - 5.5/10
22 - I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) - 6/10
23 - Not of This Earth (1957) - 6/10
24 - Re-Animator (1985) - 7/10
25-30 - 480 minutes of tv shows
Infinity Train Season 3 (2020) (113 minutes)
Infinity Train Season 4 (2021) (113 minutes)
Star Trek Lower Decks Season 2 (2021) (254 minutes)
31 - Pitfall (1962) - 8/10
32 - I'm Your Man (2021) - 7.5/10
33 - The Blood of a Poet (1932) - 6/10
34 - The Blood of Jesus (1941) - 5/10
35 - Children of the Damned (1964) - 7/10
36 - Doctor X (1932) - 6/10
37-46 - 800 minutes of tv shows
Chocky (1984) (151 minutes)
Chocky's Children (1985) (151 minutes)
Chocky's Challenge (1986) (151 minutes)
Ark (2009) (48 minutes)
Annedroids Season 1 (2014) (299 minutes)
47 - The Omega Man (1971) - 6/10
48 - The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) - 6/10
49 - Quatermass 2 (1957) - 7/10
50 - Quatermass and the Pit (1967) - 7/10
51 - Silent Running (1972) - 7/10
52 - your name. (2016) - 8/10
53 - Yeelen (1987) - 7/10
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13. The Princess Bride (1987) - 6/10
Disappointing, i expected a lot more.
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1. Solyaris (1972) - 8/10
2. Něco z Alenky (1988) - 8/10
3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) - 8/10
4. The Wizard of Oz (1939) - 4/10
5. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) - 7/10
6. Dumbo (1941) - 7/10
7. Peter Pan (1953) - 4/10
8. Der Himmel über Berlin (1987) - 6/10
9. Lilo & Stitch (2002) - 8/10
10. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) - 7/10
11. La belle et la bête (1946) - 8/10
12. The Iron Giant (1999) - 7/10
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16. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) 4/10
17. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) 7/10
18. Holy Motors (2012) 7/10
19. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) 7/10
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1. Office Invasion (2022) 3/10
2. Arrival (2016) 7/10
3. Toy Story (1995) 8/10
4. Moon (2009) 5/10
5. Toy Story 2 (1999) 8/10
6. Akira (1988) 7/10
7. Toy Story 3 (2010) 8/10
8. Idiocracy (2006) 7/10
9. Los Cronocrímenes Timecrimes (2007) 6/10
10. Toy Story 4 (2019) 7/10
11. Liu Lang Di Qiu The Wandering Earth (2019) 4/10
12. Klaus (2019) 4/10
13. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) 4/10
14. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) 6/10
15. Indringer (2021) 3/10
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...after 2 movies that, unexpectedly, involved incest I had to revert-

14. Un monstre à Paris/ A Monster in Paris (2011) 7
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1. Le golem (1936) 6
2. Lokis. Rękopis profesora Wittembacha (1970) 7
3. Something in the Dirt (2022) 7
4. Cesta do praveku/Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955) 7
5. Vynález zkázy/Invention for Destruction (1958) 8
6-7. The Tommyknockers (1993) 5
8. Outlander (2008) 6
9. Baron Prásil/The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (1962) 8
10-11. The Langoliers (1995) 7
12. Prokletí domu Hajnù /Uncle Cyril (1989) 7
13. Sleepwalkers (1992) 6
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1. It! (1967) * 96 min. 
Interesting update of the Golem legend, but the derivative, eccentric criminality of Roddy McDowall's character was too much and the weak ending made the Frankenstein reference in the dialogue seem an appropriate description of the plot as well. Naming McDowall's character Arthur Pimm was a nice touch.

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4a. Star Trek : Amok Time (1967)
4b. Star Trek: The Changeling (1967)

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1. The Mysterians (1957)
2. Hercules (1958)
3a. Star Trek: The Devil in the Dark (1967)
3b. Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever (1967)
4a. Star Trek : Amok Time (1967)
4b. Star Trek: The Changeling (1967)
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64. One and Two (Andrew Droz Palermo, 2015)

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65-66. Final Days of Planet Earth (Robert Lieberman, 2006)

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67. The Dirt Bike Kid (Hoite C. Caston, 1985)

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68. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (James Gunn, 2022)
The Timeless Tomorrow
1. Miraklet i Valby a.k.a. Miracle in Valby (Åke Sandgren, 1989)
2. Nora (Satomi Mikuriya, 1985)
3. Ratatouille (Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava, 2007)
4-8. The 10th Kingdom (2000)
9. Silent Shorts [Le pied de mouton (1907), The Airship Destroyer (1909), Alice in Wonderland (1903), Scrooge; or Marley's Ghost (1901), The Thieving Hand (1908), An Interesting Story (1904), Le roi du maquillage (1904), Mary Jane's Mishap (1903), The Little Match Seller (1902), The Enchanted Drawing (1900), Le cauchemar (1896), Les affiches en goguette (1906), Le squelette joyeux (1898), Le scarabée d'or (1907), Le papillon fantastique (1901), L'homme orchestre (1900), Nouvelles luttes extravagantes (1901), La tentation de Saint-Antoine (1898), Le cochon danseur (1907) ]
10. Cyber Vengeance (J. Christian Ingvordsen, 1997)
11. R.I.P.D. (Robert Schwentke, 2013)
12. Pyl a.k.a. Dust (Sergey Loban, 2005)
13. Synchronic (Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, 2019)
14. Day the World Ended (Roger Corman, 1955)
15. The Immortal Wars (Joe Lujan, 2018)
16. Rumpelstiltskin (David Irving, 1987)
17. Split Second (Tony Maylam, 1992)
18. A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona, 2016)
19. The Butterfly Effect 2 (John R. Leonetti, 2006)
20. Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land (Lew Landers, 1952)
21. Black Adam (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2022)
22. Goodbye World (Denis Hennelly, 2013)
23. After the Dark (John Huddles, 2013)
24-26. The Vanishing Shadow (Lew Landers, 1934)
27. Moontrap: Target Earth (Robert Dyke, 2017)
28. Voyage of the Rock Aliens (James Fargo, 1984)
29. Yattâman (Takashi Miike, 2009)
30. Ansikte mot ansikte a.k.a. Face to Face (Ingmar Bergman, 1976)
31. Bell Book and Candle (Richard Quine, 1958)
32. The Recall (Mauro Borrelli, 2017)
33. If Only (Gil Junger, 2004)
34. Iron Sky: The Coming Race (Timo Vuorensola, 2018)
35. Class of 1999 (Mark L. Lester, 1990)
36. Galaxy of the Dinosaurs (J.R. Bookwalter, 1992)
37. Humanoids from Atlantis (J.R. Bookwalter, 1992)
38. Injû kyôshi - jissha-ban a.k.a. Angel of Darkness (Mitsunori Hattori, 1995)
39. Jack Frost (Troy Miller, 1998)
40. The Cloverfield Paradox (Julius Onah, 2018)
41. Huo shao hong lian si a.k.a. Burning Paradise (Ringo Lam, 1994)
42. G-Saviour (Graeme Campbell, 2000)
43. Looker (Michael Crichton, 1981)
44. The Brain Eaters (Bruno VeSota, 1958)
45. Mortal Engines (Christian Rivers, 2018)
46. Otroki vo vselennoy a.k.a. Children in the Universe (Richard Viktorov, 1975)
47. Aliens Cut My Hair (Michael McIntosh, 1992)
48. Mortal Kombat: Legacy S1 (Kevin Tancharoen, 2011)
49. Francis Goes to West Point (Arthur Lubin, 1952)
50. Francis Covers the Big Town (Arthur Lubin, 1953)
51. Francis Joins the WACS (Arthur Lubin, 1954)
52. Francis in the Navy (Arthur Lubin, 1955)
53. La momia azteca a.k.a. The Aztec Mummy (Rafael Portillo, 1957)
54. Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson, 2022)
55. Exodus: Gods and Kings (Ridley Scott, 2014)
56. Love, Death & Robots S3 (2022)
57. Space Truckers (Stuart Gordon, 1996)
58. No Resistance (Tim Thomson, 1994)
59. Tômei ningen arawaru a.k.a. Invisible Man Appears (Shinsei Adachi, Shigehiro Fukushima, 1949)
60. Tômei ningen to hae otoko a.k.a. The Invisible Man vs the Human Fly (Mitsuo Murayama, 1957)
61-62. Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (Vadim Jean, 2006)
63. Císaruv pekar - Pekaruv císar a.k.a. Emperor and the Golem (Martin Fric, 1952)
64. One and Two (Andrew Droz Palermo, 2015)
65-66. Final Days of Planet Earth (Robert Lieberman, 2006)
67. The Dirt Bike Kid (Hoite C. Caston, 1985)
68. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (James Gunn, 2022)
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12. Matilda (Danny DeVito, 1996) 8/10
13. Charlie's Ghost Story (Anthony Edwards, 1995) 6/10
A Journey through the Universe
1. Escanaba in da Moonlight (Jeff Daniels, 2001) 6/10
2. A Smoky Mountain Christmas (Henry Winkler, 1986) 5/10
3. Idaho Transfer (Peter Fonda, 1973) 2/10
4. Slipstream (Anthony Hopkins, 2007) 7/10
5. Vice Versa (Peter Ustinov, 1948) 7/10
6. TekWar (William Shatner, 1994) 3/10
7. The Legend of Bagger Vance (Robert Redford, 2000) 8/10
8. Ghost Dad (Sidney Poitier, 1990) 4/10
9. Lost River (Ryan Gosling, 2014) 4/10
10. Human Highway (Dean Stockwell, Neil Young, 1982) 7/10
11. What Is It? (Crispin Glover, 2005) 1/10
12. Matilda (Danny DeVito, 1996) 8/10
13. Charlie's Ghost Story (Anthony Edwards, 1995) 6/10
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Dear Mr. Fantasy (and Ms Science Fiction)

1. The Amazing Transparent Man (Edgar G. Umer, 1960)
2. Monstrosity AKA The Brain Snatchers AKA The Atomic Brain (Joseph V. Mascelli / Jack Pollexfen, 1963)
3. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi / Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001) re-watch

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2nd viewing. First was I think around...2005? I'm thinking maybe I rented it on DVD after seeing Howl's Moving Castle on the big screen but I really don't know and didn't track such things then. I've always been a bit mystified by the reputation this film has. Don't get me wrong - I liked it right away, and I liked it even more this time, maybe even "loved" it but... 39 official lists? Topping just about every animation poll there is, and coming close on most Japanese film polls? Top-grossing Japanese film ever (until recently)? That... that I didn't get and I guess still don't. I do find it a really terrific and imaginative mix of various mythologies (mostly Japanese and Eastern European - Yubaba is clearly Baba Yaga), and it's exciting and the music's great but... it does feel a bit much at times, a bit long to me for what it is, there are a couple of slack moments, and then the finale is wrapped up a bit too neatly and quickly. There are not huge complaints but they are enough to keep it - at best - 3rd, or possibly 4th, in it's director's filmography for me. Anyway I watched it again in part because of it's appearance on the S&S poll, and also my brother and I were discussing it recently for some reason (he hasn't seen it but he thought he might watch it with his kids) - and I'm glad I did, because I did like it more. Just still not in the OMG GOAT range for me. Maybe the third time will be the charm?

4. Moonraker (Lewis Gilbert, 1979) (re-watch)

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At least 5th viewing. While this is at best mid-tier Bond - and I'm not the world's biggest Bond fan to begin with so that is very faint praise indeed - it's likely the one I've seen the most times, and I guess it holds a particular special place for me. I'm about 95% sure it's the first one I saw in the cinema - I suppose I might have seen the previous The Spy Who Loved Me but I don't think so, my cinema-viewing really didn't ramp up until about the time this came out. Should go back and find one of mom's 1977 calendars, maybe that will tell me. Anyway, that, and the fact that it has a more overt sci-fi plot than most of the others (supervillain Drax (Michael Lonsdale) wants to poison all humans and re-start the species with his genetically superior small group who he's keeping on a secret space station until his genocide is complete) is probably why I've seen it the most. And it did seem a bit more enjoyable this time than I remembered it - oh the action isn't particularly notable for it's intensity, but the set pieces are fun and certainly seemed novel at the time - a canal boat chase in Venice, space marines fighting bad guys with lasers in the cold of space, etc. I rather like Lois Chiles as chief Bond girl Holly Goodhead (groan), Lonsdale makes an OK bad guy, and Richard Kiel is always welcome as Jaws. Shirley Bassey contributed the title song - her third Bond theme, and to date she's the only person to get more than one go at it. I watched it on her 86th birthday as it turned out, completely by accident; finding that out elsewhere as I didn't even know she was alive. Nor did I know she was Welsh or that she had been appointed Dame Commander. While the film is watchable enough, her song is the best part of it, so a belated Happy B-Day Dame Shirley.
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OldAle1 wrote: January 12th, 2023, 1:00 am
3. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi / Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001) re-watch

2nd viewing. First was I think around...2005? I'm thinking maybe I rented it on DVD after seeing Howl's Moving Castle on the big screen but I really don't know and didn't track such things then. I've always been a bit mystified by the reputation this film has. Don't get me wrong - I liked it right away, and I liked it even more this time, maybe even "loved" it but... 39 official lists? Topping just about every animation poll there is, and coming close on most Japanese film polls? Top-grossing Japanese film ever (until recently)? That... that I didn't get and I guess still don't. I do find it a really terrific and imaginative mix of various mythologies (mostly Japanese and Eastern European - Yubaba is clearly Baba Yaga), and it's exciting and the music's great but... it does feel a bit much at times, a bit long to me for what it is, there are a couple of slack moments, and then the finale is wrapped up a bit too neatly and quickly. There are not huge complaints but they are enough to keep it - at best - 3rd, or possibly 4th, in it's director's filmography for me. Anyway I watched it again in part because of it's appearance on the S&S poll, and also my brother and I were discussing it recently for some reason (he hasn't seen it but he thought he might watch it with his kids) - and I'm glad I did, because I did like it more. Just still not in the OMG GOAT range for me. Maybe the third time will be the charm?
I’m right there with you on this one. I’ve also seen it twice, and just like you I find it a good film that borders on great, while not reaching the stratospheric heights that others praise it for.
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(Screenshots from 'Rusalka' & 'Foes'),

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15. Rusalka (The Water Nymph, Václav Kaslík, 1963) 8.5/10
16. König Drosselbart (King Thrushbeard, Walter Beck, 1965) 8/10
17. Didn't You Hear? (Skip Sherwood, 1970) 6/10
18. Idaho Transfer (Peter Fonda, 1973) 8/10
19. Hans Röckle und der Teufel (Hans Röckle and the Devil, Hans Kratzert, 1974) 7.5/10
20. Orfeo 9 (Orpheus 9, Tito Schipa Jr., 1975) 8/10
21. Das blaue Licht (The Blue Light, Iris Gusner, 1976) 8/10
22. Foes (John Coats, 1977) 8/10
23. Adamo ed Eva, la prima storia d'amore (Adam and Eve Meet the Cannibals, Luigi Russo & Enzo Doria, 1983) 6/10
24. Cudowne dziecko (The Young Magician, Waldemar Dziki, 1987) 7.5/10
25. Rapunzel oder Der Zauber der Tränen (Rapunzel or the Magic of Tears, Ursula Schmenger, 1988) 8/10
26. Die Geschichte von der Gänseprinzessin und ihrem treuen Pferd Falada (The Goose Princess, Konrad Petzold, 1989) 8/10
27. Svatba upíru (The Vampire Wedding, Jaroslav Soukup, 1993) 7.5/10
28. Jezerní královna (Queen of the Lake, Václav Vorlícek, 1998) 7.5/10
29. Sokoliar Tomás/Král sokolu (Tomás and the Falcon King, Václav Vorlícek, 2000) 8/10
30. Nope (Jordan Peele, 2022) 7/10

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1. Der Mann mit dem Objektiv (The Man with the Magic Lens, Frank Vogel, 1961) 7.5/10
2. Die goldene Gans (The Golden Goose, Siegfried Hartmann, 1964) 7/10
3. Grimms Märchen von lüsternen Pärchen (Grimm's Fairy Tales for Adults, Rolf Thiele, 1969) 7/10 (original cut)
4. Az ember tragédiája (The Tragedy of Man, Miklós Szinetár, 1969) 8.5/10
5. Radúz a Mahulena (Raduz and Mahulena, Petr Weigl, 1970) 9.5/10
6. Zlatovláska (Princess Goldilocks, Vlasta Janecková, 1973) 7.5/10
7. Wer reißt denn gleich vorm Teufel aus (The Devil's Three Golden Hairs, Egon Schlegel, 1977) 8/10
8. Palac (The Palace, Tadeusz Junak, 1980) 8.5/10
9. Alicja/Alice (Jerzy Gruza & Jacek Bromski, 1982) 7/10
10. Tretí princ (The Third Prince, Antonín Moskalyk, 1983) 8.5/10
11. Pierscien i róza (The Ring and the Rose, Jerzy Gruza, 1987) 9/10
12. Kamia sympatheia gia ton Diavolo (No Sympathy for the Devil, Dimitris Athanitis, 1997) 8/10
13. Bugday (Grain, Semih Kaplanoglu, 2017) 7/10
14. Mindörökké (Perpetuity, György Pálfi, 2021) 7.5/10
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1. Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970) Fantasy
2. When the Cat Comes (1963) Fantasy
3. Sexmission (1984) Science Fiction
4. Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (2006) Fantasy
5. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978) Fantasy
6. The Oddsockeaters (2016) Fantasy
7. Last and First Men (2020) Sci-Fi
8. The Thing (1982) REVISION Sci-Fi
9. Predator (1987) REVISION Sci-Fi
10. My Twentieth Century (1989) Sci-Fi
11. Strawberry Mansion (2021) Sci-Fi
12. Aftermath (2012) Fantasy
13. The Lure (2015) Fantasy
14. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2021) Fantasy
15. Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees (1975) Fantasy
16. RoboCop (1987) REVISION Sci-Fi
17. RoboCop (2014) Sci-Fi
18. Prey (2022) Sci-Fi

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This prequel looks at another alien predator facing off with Comanche warriors. It is an interesting set-up with low-fi weaponry pitched against hi-tech gadgetry and having a young woman as the chief protagonist and most dangerous threat really sets this apart from the other movies in the franchise. Such novelties aside though, the film feels like a rather routine entry. The characters also tend to converse and interact a lot like contemporary youths, with the brother-sister interactions feeling particularly awkward in a movie set so long ago. The film is riveting when it needs to be for sure, but I prefer Predators.
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63 - Melancholia (2011) - 7.5/10 - Two sisters spend time together as a rogue planet approaches the Earth. I thought Kirsten Dunst was pretty good here and even though the pace was fairly slow, I did enjoy the film.

64 - Save the Green Planet (2003) - 7.5/10 - A young man is convinced that it is his job to save the world from aliens who live among us on Earth. he kidnaps a corporate executive and holds him for torture and interrogation. This science fiction comedy is pretty over the top and a bit weird, but entertaining.

65 - The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978) - 7.5/10 - A homeless boy becomes an apprentice to a miller, but soon discovers that the miller is really an evil sorcerer who keeps a dozen apprentices and puts them to work for his own ends. The animation style is a bit different, but I liked it quite a bit. I also enjoyed the story.

66 - Miracle in Milan (1951) - 7.5/10 - An orphan boy goes out into the world when he becomes a young man. He is full of energy and good cheer and he soon transforms a place where the homeless live into a thriving shanty town. When oil is discovered on the property, the owner tries to move them off the land. I was a bit bored with the film during the first half, though it wasn't bad. It became a lot more fun after that.
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1 - Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953) - 6.5/10
2 - The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961) - 4/10
3 - Miss Minoes (2001) - 7.5/10
4 - Beyond Tomorrow (1940) - 6.5/10
5-20 - See (2019) Seasons 1-3 (1283 minutes)
21 - First Spaceship on Venus (1960) - 5.5/10
22 - I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) - 6/10
23 - Not of This Earth (1957) - 6/10
24 - Re-Animator (1985) - 7/10
25-30 - 480 minutes of tv shows
Infinity Train Season 3 (2020) (113 minutes)
Infinity Train Season 4 (2021) (113 minutes)
Star Trek Lower Decks Season 2 (2021) (254 minutes)
31 - Pitfall (1962) - 8/10
32 - I'm Your Man (2021) - 7.5/10
33 - The Blood of a Poet (1932) - 6/10
34 - The Blood of Jesus (1941) - 5/10
35 - Children of the Damned (1964) - 7/10
36 - Doctor X (1932) - 6/10
37-46 - 800 minutes of tv shows
Chocky (1984) (151 minutes)
Chocky's Children (1985) (151 minutes)
Chocky's Challenge (1986) (151 minutes)
Ark (2009) (48 minutes)
Annedroids Season 1 (2014) (299 minutes)
47 - The Omega Man (1971) - 6/10
48 - The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) - 6/10
49 - Quatermass 2 (1957) - 7/10
50 - Quatermass and the Pit (1967) - 7/10
51 - Silent Running (1972) - 7/10
52 - your name. (2016) - 8/10
53 - Yeelen (1987) - 7/10
54 - Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) - 7/10
55 - Summer Days with Coo (2007) - 8/10
56 - Under the Skin (2013) - 6/10
57-62 - Alphas Season 1 (2011) (496 minutes)
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8. House of the Dragon (2022) Ep. 1-2 (119 min.)

The first 2 episodes are really great and reminded me how much I liked Game of Thrones, yes even the finale. This one is much easier to follow, since it's only one House and deals with less characters. Interesting start is all I can say right now.
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1. Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970) Fantasy
2. When the Cat Comes (1963) Fantasy
3. Sexmission (1984) Science Fiction
4. Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (2006) Fantasy
5. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978) Fantasy
6. The Oddsockeaters (2016) Fantasy
7. Last and First Men (2020) Sci-Fi
8. The Thing (1982) REVISION Sci-Fi
9. Predator (1987) REVISION Sci-Fi
10. My Twentieth Century (1989) Sci-Fi
11. Strawberry Mansion (2021) Sci-Fi
12. Aftermath (2012) Fantasy
13. The Lure (2015) Fantasy
14. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2021) Fantasy
15. Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees (1975) Fantasy
16. RoboCop (1987) REVISION Sci-Fi
17. RoboCop (2014) Sci-Fi
18. Prey (2022) Sci-Fi
19. Save the Green Planet! (2003) Sci-Fi

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Gunnar has already summed up this film well in his post above; I'll just add that the screenshot above is what made me first interested in seeing this film probably around a decade ago. I'm not surprised in a way that it never gained home video distribution here. It's hard to market a comedy about a UFO conspiracy theorist kidnapping and torturing a CEO. The 2001: A Spacr Odyssey homages (more than one!) were great though, and I dug the final third.
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sol wrote: January 12th, 2023, 12:47 pm
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1. Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970) Fantasy
2. When the Cat Comes (1963) Fantasy
3. Sexmission (1984) Science Fiction
4. Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (2006) Fantasy
5. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978) Fantasy
6. The Oddsockeaters (2016) Fantasy
7. Last and First Men (2020) Sci-Fi
8. The Thing (1982) REVISION Sci-Fi
9. Predator (1987) REVISION Sci-Fi
10. My Twentieth Century (1989) Sci-Fi
11. Strawberry Mansion (2021) Sci-Fi
12. Aftermath (2012) Fantasy
13. The Lure (2015) Fantasy
14. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2021) Fantasy
15. Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees (1975) Fantasy
16. RoboCop (1987) REVISION Sci-Fi
17. RoboCop (2014) Sci-Fi
18. Prey (2022) Sci-Fi
19. Save the Green Planet! (2003) Sci-Fi

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Gunnar has already summed up this film well in his post above; I'll just add that the screenshot above is what made me first interested in seeing this film probably around a decade ago. I'm not surprised in a way that it never gained home video distribution here. It's hard to market a comedy about a UFO conspiracy theorist kidnapping and torturing a CEO. The 2001: A Spacr Odyssey homages (more than one!) were great though, and I dug the final third.
It did come out on DVD in the US quite a while ago back when Asian genre movies in the early '00s were all the rage.
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flavo5000 wrote: January 12th, 2023, 1:09 pm
sol wrote: January 12th, 2023, 12:47 pm I'm not surprised in a way that it never gained home video distribution here.
It did come out on DVD in the US quite a while ago back when Asian genre movies in the early '00s were all the rage.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure I looked into importing a Region 1 DVD way back in the day but it was way too pricey for me to justify it.
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sol wrote: January 12th, 2023, 2:48 pm
flavo5000 wrote: January 12th, 2023, 1:09 pm
sol wrote: January 12th, 2023, 12:47 pm I'm not surprised in a way that it never gained home video distribution here.
It did come out on DVD in the US quite a while ago back when Asian genre movies in the early '00s were all the rage.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure I looked into importing a Region 1 DVD way back in the day but it was way too pricey for me to justify it.
I think that was one of the last DVDs I ever rented, from the last video store then surviving in Burlington, VT. I saw it in 2011 - I was a regular at that store from about 2006-11 or maybe 2012; it finally gave up the ghost just about 10 years ago in the spring of 2013. Really a bittersweet memory; I really discovered my love of noir with what I rented from that store, and it was really the only video store apart from the ones I had worked in myself in the 90s that I ever found to be well-run and staffed by people who knew something. Also come to think of it a lot of my early Korean cinema viewings were because of that store.

Now I'm sad :( RIP retail. RIP engagement with real people in real places.
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5a. Star Trek : Mirror, Mirror (1967)
5b. Star Trek : The Doomsday Machine (1967)

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1. The Mysterians (1957)
2. Hercules (1958)
3a. Star Trek: The Devil in the Dark (1967)
3b. Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever (1967)
4a. Star Trek : Amok Time (1967)
4b. Star Trek: The Changeling (1967)
5a. Star Trek : Mirror, Mirror (1967)
5b. Star Trek : The Doomsday Machine (1967)
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5. Titane (2021)
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1. Troll (2022)
2. Mary Poppins (1964)
3. Downsizing (2017)
4. Aquaman (2018)
5. Titane (2021)
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OldAle1 wrote: January 12th, 2023, 2:57 pm
sol wrote: January 12th, 2023, 2:48 pm
flavo5000 wrote: January 12th, 2023, 1:09 pm

It did come out on DVD in the US quite a while ago back when Asian genre movies in the early '00s were all the rage.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure I looked into importing a Region 1 DVD way back in the day but it was way too pricey for me to justify it.
I think that was one of the last DVDs I ever rented, from the last video store then surviving in Burlington, VT. I saw it in 2011 - I was a regular at that store from about 2006-11 or maybe 2012; it finally gave up the ghost just about 10 years ago in the spring of 2013. Really a bittersweet memory; I really discovered my love of noir with what I rented from that store, and it was really the only video store apart from the ones I had worked in myself in the 90s that I ever found to be well-run and staffed by people who knew something. Also come to think of it a lot of my early Korean cinema viewings were because of that store.

Now I'm sad :( RIP retail. RIP engagement with real people in real places.
Yea, it's definitely a bummer. I actually bought the Save the Green Planet DVD from a local video store, and I still have it to this day.
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beasterne wrote: January 12th, 2023, 1:33 am
OldAle1 wrote: January 12th, 2023, 1:00 am
3. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi / Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001) re-watch

2nd viewing. First was I think around...2005? I'm thinking maybe I rented it on DVD after seeing Howl's Moving Castle on the big screen but I really don't know and didn't track such things then. I've always been a bit mystified by the reputation this film has. Don't get me wrong - I liked it right away, and I liked it even more this time, maybe even "loved" it but... 39 official lists? Topping just about every animation poll there is, and coming close on most Japanese film polls? Top-grossing Japanese film ever (until recently)? That... that I didn't get and I guess still don't. I do find it a really terrific and imaginative mix of various mythologies (mostly Japanese and Eastern European - Yubaba is clearly Baba Yaga), and it's exciting and the music's great but... it does feel a bit much at times, a bit long to me for what it is, there are a couple of slack moments, and then the finale is wrapped up a bit too neatly and quickly. There are not huge complaints but they are enough to keep it - at best - 3rd, or possibly 4th, in it's director's filmography for me. Anyway I watched it again in part because of it's appearance on the S&S poll, and also my brother and I were discussing it recently for some reason (he hasn't seen it but he thought he might watch it with his kids) - and I'm glad I did, because I did like it more. Just still not in the OMG GOAT range for me. Maybe the third time will be the charm?
I’m right there with you on this one. I’ve also seen it twice, and just like you I find it a good film that borders on great, while not reaching the stratospheric heights that others praise it for.
Ditto. Good, not great. A bit unpolished, some pacing problems. The hype is a bit much.
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69. Dream a Little Dream (Marc Rocco, 1989)

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70. Morgan (Luke Scott, 2016)

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71. Puss in Boots (Eugene Marner, 1988)

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72. Chiu kup hok hau ba wong a.k.a. Future Cops (Jing Wong, 1993)
The Timeless Tomorrow
1. Miraklet i Valby a.k.a. Miracle in Valby (Åke Sandgren, 1989)
2. Nora (Satomi Mikuriya, 1985)
3. Ratatouille (Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava, 2007)
4-8. The 10th Kingdom (2000)
9. Silent Shorts [Le pied de mouton (1907), The Airship Destroyer (1909), Alice in Wonderland (1903), Scrooge; or Marley's Ghost (1901), The Thieving Hand (1908), An Interesting Story (1904), Le roi du maquillage (1904), Mary Jane's Mishap (1903), The Little Match Seller (1902), The Enchanted Drawing (1900), Le cauchemar (1896), Les affiches en goguette (1906), Le squelette joyeux (1898), Le scarabée d'or (1907), Le papillon fantastique (1901), L'homme orchestre (1900), Nouvelles luttes extravagantes (1901), La tentation de Saint-Antoine (1898), Le cochon danseur (1907) ]
10. Cyber Vengeance (J. Christian Ingvordsen, 1997)
11. R.I.P.D. (Robert Schwentke, 2013)
12. Pyl a.k.a. Dust (Sergey Loban, 2005)
13. Synchronic (Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, 2019)
14. Day the World Ended (Roger Corman, 1955)
15. The Immortal Wars (Joe Lujan, 2018)
16. Rumpelstiltskin (David Irving, 1987)
17. Split Second (Tony Maylam, 1992)
18. A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona, 2016)
19. The Butterfly Effect 2 (John R. Leonetti, 2006)
20. Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land (Lew Landers, 1952)
21. Black Adam (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2022)
22. Goodbye World (Denis Hennelly, 2013)
23. After the Dark (John Huddles, 2013)
24-26. The Vanishing Shadow (Lew Landers, 1934)
27. Moontrap: Target Earth (Robert Dyke, 2017)
28. Voyage of the Rock Aliens (James Fargo, 1984)
29. Yattâman (Takashi Miike, 2009)
30. Ansikte mot ansikte a.k.a. Face to Face (Ingmar Bergman, 1976)
31. Bell Book and Candle (Richard Quine, 1958)
32. The Recall (Mauro Borrelli, 2017)
33. If Only (Gil Junger, 2004)
34. Iron Sky: The Coming Race (Timo Vuorensola, 2018)
35. Class of 1999 (Mark L. Lester, 1990)
36. Galaxy of the Dinosaurs (J.R. Bookwalter, 1992)
37. Humanoids from Atlantis (J.R. Bookwalter, 1992)
38. Injû kyôshi - jissha-ban a.k.a. Angel of Darkness (Mitsunori Hattori, 1995)
39. Jack Frost (Troy Miller, 1998)
40. The Cloverfield Paradox (Julius Onah, 2018)
41. Huo shao hong lian si a.k.a. Burning Paradise (Ringo Lam, 1994)
42. G-Saviour (Graeme Campbell, 2000)
43. Looker (Michael Crichton, 1981)
44. The Brain Eaters (Bruno VeSota, 1958)
45. Mortal Engines (Christian Rivers, 2018)
46. Otroki vo vselennoy a.k.a. Children in the Universe (Richard Viktorov, 1975)
47. Aliens Cut My Hair (Michael McIntosh, 1992)
48. Mortal Kombat: Legacy S1 (Kevin Tancharoen, 2011)
49. Francis Goes to West Point (Arthur Lubin, 1952)
50. Francis Covers the Big Town (Arthur Lubin, 1953)
51. Francis Joins the WACS (Arthur Lubin, 1954)
52. Francis in the Navy (Arthur Lubin, 1955)
53. La momia azteca a.k.a. The Aztec Mummy (Rafael Portillo, 1957)
54. Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson, 2022)
55. Exodus: Gods and Kings (Ridley Scott, 2014)
56. Love, Death & Robots S3 (2022)
57. Space Truckers (Stuart Gordon, 1996)
58. No Resistance (Tim Thomson, 1994)
59. Tômei ningen arawaru a.k.a. Invisible Man Appears (Shinsei Adachi, Shigehiro Fukushima, 1949)
60. Tômei ningen to hae otoko a.k.a. The Invisible Man vs the Human Fly (Mitsuo Murayama, 1957)
61-62. Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (Vadim Jean, 2006)
63. Císaruv pekar - Pekaruv císar a.k.a. Emperor and the Golem (Martin Fric, 1952)
64. One and Two (Andrew Droz Palermo, 2015)
65-66. Final Days of Planet Earth (Robert Lieberman, 2006)
67. The Dirt Bike Kid (Hoite C. Caston, 1985)
68. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (James Gunn, 2022)
69. Dream a Little Dream (Marc Rocco, 1989)
70. Morgan (Luke Scott, 2016)
71. Puss in Boots (Eugene Marner, 1988)
72. Chiu kup hok hau ba wong a.k.a. Future Cops (Jing Wong, 1993)
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6. The Arrival (David Twohy, 1996) - 7/10
7. Spontaneous (Brian Duffield, 2020) - 8/10

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1. The Premonition (Robert Allen Schnitzer, 1975) - 8/10
2. The Crazies (George A. Romero, 1973) - 8/10
3. Ringu 2 (Hideo Nakata, 1999) - 7/10
4. Carrie (Brian De Palma, 1976) - 10/10
5. The Thing (John Carpenter, 1982) - 10/10
6. The Arrival (David Twohy, 1996) - 7/10
7. Spontaneous (Brian Duffield, 2020) - 8/10
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14. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Chris Columbus, 2001) 9/10 (rewatch)
15. Light of My Life (Casey Affleck, 2019) 7/10
A Journey through the Universe
1. Escanaba in da Moonlight (Jeff Daniels, 2001) 6/10
2. A Smoky Mountain Christmas (Henry Winkler, 1986) 5/10
3. Idaho Transfer (Peter Fonda, 1973) 2/10
4. Slipstream (Anthony Hopkins, 2007) 7/10
5. Vice Versa (Peter Ustinov, 1948) 7/10
6. TekWar (William Shatner, 1994) 3/10
7. The Legend of Bagger Vance (Robert Redford, 2000) 8/10
8. Ghost Dad (Sidney Poitier, 1990) 4/10
9. Lost River (Ryan Gosling, 2014) 4/10
10. Human Highway (Dean Stockwell, Neil Young, 1982) 7/10
11. What Is It? (Crispin Glover, 2005) 1/10
12. Matilda (Danny DeVito, 1996) 8/10
13. Charlie's Ghost Story (Anthony Edwards, 1995) 6/10
14. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Chris Columbus, 2001) 9/10 (rewatch)
15. Light of My Life (Casey Affleck, 2019) 7/10
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1. Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970) Fantasy
2. When the Cat Comes (1963) Fantasy
3. Sexmission (1984) Science Fiction
4. Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (2006) Fantasy
5. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978) Fantasy
6. The Oddsockeaters (2016) Fantasy
7. Last and First Men (2020) Sci-Fi
8. The Thing (1982) REVISION Sci-Fi
9. Predator (1987) REVISION Sci-Fi
10. My Twentieth Century (1989) Sci-Fi
11. Strawberry Mansion (2021) Sci-Fi
12. Aftermath (2012) Fantasy
13. The Lure (2015) Fantasy
14. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2021) Fantasy
15. Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees (1975) Fantasy
16. RoboCop (1987) REVISION Sci-Fi
17. RoboCop (2014) Sci-Fi
18. Prey (2022) Sci-Fi
19. Save the Green Planet! (2003) Sci-Fi
20. The Timkeepers of Eternity (2021) Sci-Fi

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The 1995 miniseries The Langoliers is one of best Stephen King adaptations to date, telling an eerie and unnerving tale with deep characterisations and fascinating sci-fi theories. This 64 minute re-edit invariably falls a bit short in the character department, but otherwise this is just as gripping a ride with all key events kept intact, a more haunting ending and most notably, special effects that really work. More than just a re-edit though, this is a stylish experimental recreation, processed in black and white with ripping and tearing effects (see above) and choice images superimposed on top of each other.
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67 - Tropical Malady (2004) - 6/10 - A tale of two pictures. The first half features a romance between two men, but it's pretty easygoing for the most part. That story didn't do much for me, but I thought some of the scenery and the views of life in another land were interesting. The second half has a hunt through the jungle for a shaman in tiger form. This part was less interesting than the first part.

68 - Il Mare (2000) - 7/10 - This cross-time romance centers around a mailbox at a lake house. A woman leaves a note in there when she moves out in December 1999 asking the next resident to forward her mail. However, the note is delivered to the previous tenant of the house in December 1997. I saw the American remake 'The Lake House' when it came out in 2006 and liked it, but this is a little bit better. The acting is good and the film is nice, even if it doesn't really break any new ground.

69 - Okja (2017) - 8/10 - Mija is a young girl who grew up on a remote mountain with a large intelligent animal called Okja. Okja is a genetically engineered super pig and, unknown to Mija, is part of a program to create a new food source. When the company reclaims Okja, Mija sets out to get her back. This is a pretty good satire with a nice lead performance from the girl who played Mija. The cgi for the super pigs is pretty good and the story moves along at a nice pace.

70 - Rare Exports (2010) - 7/10 - A dig in northern Finland unearths an evil creature which was the basis for the Santa Claus legends, but had been buried in a mountain for centuries. This is a decent horror comedy. The two shorts that preceded the film are worth watching.

71 - The Lift (1983) - 7.5/10 - The lifts in a building in Amsterdam start to act in an erratic fashion and people end up dead. The lifts seemingly have a mind of their own at times. A repairman is sent by the lift company to investigate, but can find nothing wrong and the lifts appear to be operating normally while he is there. He starts to dig deeper, even though he is taken off the case by his boss. I enjoyed this science fiction horror film a lot more than I expected.

72 - The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha (1969) - 7/10 - Two inept musicians are driven out of town and meet in the woods. Their music pleases the King of Ghosts, though, and he grants them three boons. I did enjoy the music in the film and the story wasn't bad.

73-76 - 326 minutes of tv shows
The Doombolt Chase (1978) (146 minutes) - A Naval commander receives a coded message and then has his ship destroy a nearby fishing boat. He faces a court martial, but refuses to offer an explanation. His son and his son's friends do their own investigation and uncover the truth behind the incident. It's mostly a non-stop adventure and a nice short series.

Dramarama: Spooky (1983) (180 minutes) - A very nice anthology series of spooky tales. The series was aimed at kids, but didn't really pull any punches. I wish the regular Dramarama series that followed was available in its entirety, but I've only been able to find most of the first season plus a few other episodes.


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1 - Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953) - 6.5/10
2 - The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961) - 4/10
3 - Miss Minoes (2001) - 7.5/10
4 - Beyond Tomorrow (1940) - 6.5/10
5-20 - See (2019) Seasons 1-3 (1283 minutes)
21 - First Spaceship on Venus (1960) - 5.5/10
22 - I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) - 6/10
23 - Not of This Earth (1957) - 6/10
24 - Re-Animator (1985) - 7/10
25-30 - 480 minutes of tv shows
Infinity Train Season 3 (2020) (113 minutes)
Infinity Train Season 4 (2021) (113 minutes)
Star Trek Lower Decks Season 2 (2021) (254 minutes)
31 - Pitfall (1962) - 8/10
32 - I'm Your Man (2021) - 7.5/10
33 - The Blood of a Poet (1932) - 6/10
34 - The Blood of Jesus (1941) - 5/10
35 - Children of the Damned (1964) - 7/10
36 - Doctor X (1932) - 6/10
37-46 - 800 minutes of tv shows
Chocky (1984) (151 minutes)
Chocky's Children (1985) (151 minutes)
Chocky's Challenge (1986) (151 minutes)
Ark (2009) (48 minutes)
Annedroids Season 1 (2014) (299 minutes)
47 - The Omega Man (1971) - 6/10
48 - The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) - 6/10
49 - Quatermass 2 (1957) - 7/10
50 - Quatermass and the Pit (1967) - 7/10
51 - Silent Running (1972) - 7/10
52 - your name. (2016) - 8/10
53 - Yeelen (1987) - 7/10
54 - Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) - 7/10
55 - Summer Days with Coo (2007) - 8/10
56 - Under the Skin (2013) - 6/10
57-62 - Alphas Season 1 (2011) (496 minutes)
63 - Melancholia (2011) - 7.5/10
64 - Save the Green Planet (2003) - 7.5/10
65 - The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978) - 7.5/10
66 - Miracle in Milan (1951) - 7.5/10
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9. House of the Dragon (2022) Ep. 3-4 (125 min.)

Not as good as the first two but still plenty of good moments. Time jumps, family drama, politicking, pleasures of the flesh and the first violent battle. It's game of thrones alright.
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1. Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970) Fantasy
2. When the Cat Comes (1963) Fantasy
3. Sexmission (1984) Science Fiction
4. Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (2006) Fantasy
5. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978) Fantasy
6. The Oddsockeaters (2016) Fantasy
7. Last and First Men (2020) Sci-Fi
8. The Thing (1982) REVISION Sci-Fi
9. Predator (1987) REVISION Sci-Fi
10. My Twentieth Century (1989) Sci-Fi
11. Strawberry Mansion (2021) Sci-Fi
12. Aftermath (2012) Fantasy
13. The Lure (2015) Fantasy
14. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2021) Fantasy
15. Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees (1975) Fantasy
16. RoboCop (1987) REVISION Sci-Fi
17. RoboCop (2014) Sci-Fi
18. Prey (2022) Sci-Fi
19. Save the Green Planet! (2003) Sci-Fi
20. The Timkeepers of Eternity (2021) Sci-Fi
21. In the Earth (2021) Sci-Fi

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Lost in the woods while trying to reach a reclusive researcher, a scientist and park ranger are given food and shelter by a strange wilderness dweller whose sanity they come to question in this slow-burn horror movie. Things get very interesting once Reece Shearsmith enters the picture as the wilderness dweller; so warm and friendly, it takes the trekkers a while to realise that their host has something pretty out-there ideas about what lives in the forest. In fact, the entire middle third of the film is pretty strong with so much ambiguity as to whether or not a spirit or perhaps alien resides deep in the forest.
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1. Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970) Fantasy
2. When the Cat Comes (1963) Fantasy
3. Sexmission (1984) Science Fiction
4. Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (2006) Fantasy
5. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978) Fantasy
6. The Oddsockeaters (2016) Fantasy
7. Last and First Men (2020) Sci-Fi
8. The Thing (1982) REVISION Sci-Fi
9. Predator (1987) REVISION Sci-Fi
10. My Twentieth Century (1989) Sci-Fi
11. Strawberry Mansion (2021) Sci-Fi
12. Aftermath (2012) Fantasy
13. The Lure (2015) Fantasy
14. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2021) Fantasy
15. Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees (1975) Fantasy
16. RoboCop (1987) REVISION Sci-Fi
17. RoboCop (2014) Sci-Fi
18. Prey (2022) Sci-Fi
19. Save the Green Planet! (2003) Sci-Fi
20. The Timkeepers of Eternity (2021) Sci-Fi
21. In the Earth (2021) Sci-Fi
22. Total Recall (2012) Sci-Fi

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Not as good as the RoboCop remake. :( The film at least avoids directly copying the original with a noticeably different take on an ordinary working man realising that his memories of being a superspy have been erased. The remake also drops its own thought-provoking ideas, most notably that "the past is a construct of the mind". It comes without Verhoeven's penchant for dark comedy though and with less fascination in the sci-fi elements; the injecting false memories of holidays is barely discussed this time. There is also no Mars, though we do get a three-breasted lady in a weird, out-of-place homage.
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Ludacris' favorite challenge
1. Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924)
2. Dead Heat (1988)
3. The Double Life of Véronique (1991)
4. RoboCop 2 (1990)
"5. Shorts: 80m:
The Infernal Boiling Pot (1903, 2m)
Going to Bed with Difficulties (1900, 2m)
Le papillon fantastique (1909, 2m)
The Golden Beetle (1907, 3m)
The Hilarious Posters (1906, 3m)
The Black Imp (1905, 4m)
The Dragonfly and the Ant (1913, 5m)
The Thieving Hand (1908, 5m)
Alice in Wonderland (1903, 8m)
The Red Spectre (1907, 9m)
The Airship Destroyer (1909, 7m)
The Flat (1968, Czechoslovakia, 13m)
Entente cordiale (1912, 17m)"
6. Ant-Man (2015)
7. Stargate (1994)
8. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
9. Gladiator Eroticvs: The Lesbian Warriors (2001)
10. PK (2014)
11. The Hunger Games (2012)
12. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
13. Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America (1992)
14. When Worlds Collide (1951)
15. The Wandering Earth (2019)
16. The Blood of a Poet (1932)

I'm not really one for surrealist cinema, so this was kind of a miss for me. Interesting images for sure, but not for me.
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73. Philadelphia Experiment II (Stephen Cornwell, 1993)

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74. Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic Cheerleaders a.k.a. Flesh Gordon 2 (Howard T. Ziehm, 1990)

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75. Gong gui zai a.k.a. Red Spell Spells Red (Titus Ho, 1983)

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76. Alien 2 - Sulla Terra a.k.a. Alien 2: On Earth (Ciro Ippolito, Biagio Proietti, 1980)

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77. Kdyby tisíc klarinetu a.k.a. If a Thousand Clarinets (Ján Rohác, Vladimír Svitácek, 1965)

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78-81. Paper Girls E1-8 (2022)
The Timeless Tomorrow
1. Miraklet i Valby a.k.a. Miracle in Valby (Åke Sandgren, 1989)
2. Nora (Satomi Mikuriya, 1985)
3. Ratatouille (Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava, 2007)
4-8. The 10th Kingdom (2000)
9. Silent Shorts [Le pied de mouton (1907), The Airship Destroyer (1909), Alice in Wonderland (1903), Scrooge; or Marley's Ghost (1901), The Thieving Hand (1908), An Interesting Story (1904), Le roi du maquillage (1904), Mary Jane's Mishap (1903), The Little Match Seller (1902), The Enchanted Drawing (1900), Le cauchemar (1896), Les affiches en goguette (1906), Le squelette joyeux (1898), Le scarabée d'or (1907), Le papillon fantastique (1901), L'homme orchestre (1900), Nouvelles luttes extravagantes (1901), La tentation de Saint-Antoine (1898), Le cochon danseur (1907) ]
10. Cyber Vengeance (J. Christian Ingvordsen, 1997)
11. R.I.P.D. (Robert Schwentke, 2013)
12. Pyl a.k.a. Dust (Sergey Loban, 2005)
13. Synchronic (Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, 2019)
14. Day the World Ended (Roger Corman, 1955)
15. The Immortal Wars (Joe Lujan, 2018)
16. Rumpelstiltskin (David Irving, 1987)
17. Split Second (Tony Maylam, 1992)
18. A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona, 2016)
19. The Butterfly Effect 2 (John R. Leonetti, 2006)
20. Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land (Lew Landers, 1952)
21. Black Adam (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2022)
22. Goodbye World (Denis Hennelly, 2013)
23. After the Dark (John Huddles, 2013)
24-26. The Vanishing Shadow (Lew Landers, 1934)
27. Moontrap: Target Earth (Robert Dyke, 2017)
28. Voyage of the Rock Aliens (James Fargo, 1984)
29. Yattâman (Takashi Miike, 2009)
30. Ansikte mot ansikte a.k.a. Face to Face (Ingmar Bergman, 1976)
31. Bell Book and Candle (Richard Quine, 1958)
32. The Recall (Mauro Borrelli, 2017)
33. If Only (Gil Junger, 2004)
34. Iron Sky: The Coming Race (Timo Vuorensola, 2018)
35. Class of 1999 (Mark L. Lester, 1990)
36. Galaxy of the Dinosaurs (J.R. Bookwalter, 1992)
37. Humanoids from Atlantis (J.R. Bookwalter, 1992)
38. Injû kyôshi - jissha-ban a.k.a. Angel of Darkness (Mitsunori Hattori, 1995)
39. Jack Frost (Troy Miller, 1998)
40. The Cloverfield Paradox (Julius Onah, 2018)
41. Huo shao hong lian si a.k.a. Burning Paradise (Ringo Lam, 1994)
42. G-Saviour (Graeme Campbell, 2000)
43. Looker (Michael Crichton, 1981)
44. The Brain Eaters (Bruno VeSota, 1958)
45. Mortal Engines (Christian Rivers, 2018)
46. Otroki vo vselennoy a.k.a. Children in the Universe (Richard Viktorov, 1975)
47. Aliens Cut My Hair (Michael McIntosh, 1992)
48. Mortal Kombat: Legacy S1 (Kevin Tancharoen, 2011)
49. Francis Goes to West Point (Arthur Lubin, 1952)
50. Francis Covers the Big Town (Arthur Lubin, 1953)
51. Francis Joins the WACS (Arthur Lubin, 1954)
52. Francis in the Navy (Arthur Lubin, 1955)
53. La momia azteca a.k.a. The Aztec Mummy (Rafael Portillo, 1957)
54. Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson, 2022)
55. Exodus: Gods and Kings (Ridley Scott, 2014)
56. Love, Death & Robots S3 (2022)
57. Space Truckers (Stuart Gordon, 1996)
58. No Resistance (Tim Thomson, 1994)
59. Tômei ningen arawaru a.k.a. Invisible Man Appears (Shinsei Adachi, Shigehiro Fukushima, 1949)
60. Tômei ningen to hae otoko a.k.a. The Invisible Man vs the Human Fly (Mitsuo Murayama, 1957)
61-62. Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (Vadim Jean, 2006)
63. Císaruv pekar - Pekaruv císar a.k.a. Emperor and the Golem (Martin Fric, 1952)
64. One and Two (Andrew Droz Palermo, 2015)
65-66. Final Days of Planet Earth (Robert Lieberman, 2006)
67. The Dirt Bike Kid (Hoite C. Caston, 1985)
68. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (James Gunn, 2022)
69. Dream a Little Dream (Marc Rocco, 1989)
70. Morgan (Luke Scott, 2016)
71. Puss in Boots (Eugene Marner, 1988)
72. Chiu kup hok hau ba wong a.k.a. Future Cops (Jing Wong, 1993)
73. Philadelphia Experiment II (Stephen Cornwell, 1993)
74. Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic Cheerleaders a.k.a. Flesh Gordon 2 (Howard T. Ziehm, 1990)
75. Gong gui zai a.k.a. Red Spell Spells Red (Titus Ho, 1983)
76. Alien 2 - Sulla Terra a.k.a. Alien 2: On Earth (Ciro Ippolito, Biagio Proietti, 1980)
77. Kdyby tisíc klarinetu a.k.a. If a Thousand Clarinets (Ján Rohác, Vladimír Svitácek, 1965)
78-81. Paper Girls E1-8 (2022)
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Dear Mr. Fantasy (and Ms Science Fiction)

1. The Amazing Transparent Man (Edgar G. Umer, 1960)
2. Monstrosity AKA The Brain Snatchers AKA The Atomic Brain (Joseph V. Mascelli / Jack Pollexfen, 1963)
3. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi / Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001) re-watch
4. Moonraker (Lewis Gilbert, 1979) (re-watch)
5. Nope (Jordan Peele, 2022)

I'll just spoiler the whole thing for those who may want the surprises intact - I certainly didn't know what to expect from the first trailer.
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Jordan Peele continues to frustrate me. His three features have all been nicely shot (this one is just *beautifully* shot, and I regret not having seen it in the cinema), well-acted, and fascinating their mixtures of politics (not so obvious in this film as in the two previous ones), race, horror, and just a bit of plain old weirdness. I guess it's that last bit that is the crux of my problem - there is just something about the way his films are constructed, some narrative elisions here, some odd transitions there, that simply don't jibe with my sensibilities, that leave me wondering if there's something missing, or something that I missed. Overall I have liked all three films about equally - but I feel that all of them should have been better, or I should have liked them more. Perhaps I'll get around to seeing Get Out again before too long and I'll start to figure it out. Anyway, like that one, this stars the uber-laconic yet intense Daniel Kaluuya, this time as one of the owners (with his sister, Keke Palmer, whose personality is nearly the opposite) of a remote California horse farm that provides horses for movies and wild west shows and such. The beginning of the film, a prologue in which their father (Keith David) is killed by an unexplained rain of debris from the sky, sets up the film proper, as a keep-watching-the-skies horror-sci-fi film, obviously indebted to a great many 50s SF films in particular, but with the twist that the UFO in this case is actually just a giant disc-shaped ET that sucks up organic matter and spits out the debris (which is what killed papa). It's a cool idea, but all the asides about the wild west show owner (Steven Yuen) and various other longueurs really stretch this out to a frustrating 130 minutes and slow things down in a film that originally seemed to promise a fair amount of tension and excitement. All kinds of cool stuff here but it feels like too much of it is there just because Peele thought it was cool - or it occupies some space in his imagination that I just don't understand or care about, as I alluded to at the beginning of this comment. And frankly the characters all feel rather one-note and I got a bit bored of spending time with them. But it does look great, and the effects are cool, and it was different enough that I could still recommend it, more or less.
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15. Westworld (1973) - Not too many surprises here for anyone who has seen the tv show (or Jurassic Park for that matter). Michael Crichton really stole from himself when he wrote JP, which is an entire retread of Westworld except with dinosaurs instead of robots.

For Westworld, I thought it was pretty well done. I'm sure this story really worked back in 1973 when Americans really did grow up wishing they could be cowboys. I don't think there are that many people who are so into the western aesthetic in 2023. In the film Richard Benjamin (who I saw recently in another movie from 1973, The Last of Sheila) is on his first trip to Westworld, a Disney-like resort for the ultra rich that is entirely populated by robots. Next door to Westworld there are other parks called Medievalworld and Romanworld (the latter seems to be a big favorite for female guests). Well the guests have a grand old time at the park, until wouldn't you know it the robots start killing guests.

This movie really wasn't as bad as I'm making it sound. There was good tension throughout, and Yul Brynner makes a convincing psychopathic robot. I was most annoyed by the control room staff who shut off all the power to the park in an attempt to stop the robots, and then found themselves trapped inside with no way to escape when the doors couldn't be opened. Feels like there should have been a less stupid way of getting rid of the park staff...

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16. Invaders from Mars (1953) - This one really hasn't aged well. I am sure it was influential when it was released, but it is SO of its time. The story starts out somewhat promising as a young boy/stargazer sees a spaceship land in the field behind his house. His kind father goes to investigate--but when he comes back he seems to have been completely changed. The boy is desperate to alert any authority figure to the change in his father, but can he make someone understand the danger before it's too late?

My two biggest problems with the movie was the utter overreliance on military footage and the "are you now or have you ever been a communist" tone of the proceedings. As Torgo mentioned on ICM, there are just a barrage of shots of the military--tanks rolling by, jeeps crossing bridges, endless parades of machinery--and when you consider this film is barely an hour long, you realize that it's there entirely for padding. My other problem was the theme of reporting your neighbors for transgressive actions was very unsubtle. If you see something, say something, i.e. rat out your community was too loud to ignore. Of course if aliens are invading that's one thing. But it was a pretty thin attempt to disguise this theme behind the idea of an alien invasion.

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17. Nope (2022) - I think this will grow in stature over time. There is a lot going on and a lot to unpack, and this film will be a rich source of film analysis for many years to come. Daniel Kaluuya plays OJ who is struggling to run his father's Hollywood horse wrangler business after his dad's untimely passing. Keke Palmer plays Emerald, his spirited sister who has returned home to help out. But nothing seems to be going right. Steven Yeun plays Jupe Park, a former child star who lives at the next ranch over from OJ, and who is all to happy to buy horses and even OJ's ranch out from under him when the finances start to really get desperate.

But this is all just background to the real intrigue of the story. Horses begin disappearing without a trace. OJ catches a glimpse of *something* in the night sky. And Emerald sees dollar signs. How can we get the perfect picture of whatever it is in the sky, in order to save the ranch? This is what drives the rest of the movie, and while it takes a long time to reach the climax, it definitely delivers.

The planting and payoff in Nope is just as strong as in Get Out. And thematically its much richer. Once Get Out reaches its final turn, there's really nothing left to unpack in the film itself (although of course culturally there's a LOT to unpack). But with Nope there are multiple themes running concurrently throughout the movie, and they all feed into and off of each other very well. I had about 4 different ways that the film could be read just on my initial watch. I don't want to spoil any of them for those who haven't seen it, but yes this is a film that is both exciting from a sci-fi perspective, but rich in thematic content. Definitely a film that can be a touchpoint for film criticism for years to come.

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18. Love, Death & Robots
a. The Witness 12 min
b. Suits 17 min
c. Good Hunting 17 min
d. The Dump 11 min
e. Shape-Shifters 16 min
f. Ice Age 11 min = 84 min total, 4 min carryover (if needed)

This is a great little show on Netflix. Its strengths are definitely the variety of art styles and the fact that every episode does something very different. The consistent weaknesses are the dialogue and writing from episode to episode. That being said though I'm really enjoying my journey through this show, and I know that even if I don't like an episode the next one will be something totally different.

The standout in this group was Good Hunting (see screencap which had an interesting Hong Kong setting with a mix of magic and steampunk, and which told a LOT of story in 17 minutes.

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19. The Andromeda Strain (1971) - This was basically "Scientific Method - The Film". Although there is sci-fi content, the intrigue in this movie ultimately comes from scientists sitting in a hermetically sealed room trying to figure out something that's never been seen before in human history. The film really takes its time getting to the point (seriously, a good fifth of the film's total runtime is just these scientists going through the decontamination process before they can start their work). But once we're there it did keep me engaged with the process of testing, hypothesis, and results. I thought about Apollo 13's scene where the scientists were asked to do something that had never been done before with only a limited set of tools at their disposal. Can they rise to the challenge?

That being said, I don't think this movie has much more to offer. One watch seemed like enough. If I was a science teacher I may show this in my class to inspire kids. But other than that I think this film will fade from my mind pretty quickly.
movies so far
1. Stargate (1994)
2. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
3. Valerie and her Week of Wonders (1970)
4. Eternals (2021)
5. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
6. Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)
7. Gremlins (1984)
8. Rollerball (1975)
9. Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
10. Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
11. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
12. The Abyss (1989)
13. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
14. Altered States (1980)
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16. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Chris Columbus, 2002) 8/10 (rewatch)
17. Rainbow (Bob Hoskins, 1995) 3/10
18. Unicorn Store (Brie Larson, 2017) 6/10
A Journey through the Universe
1. Escanaba in da Moonlight (Jeff Daniels, 2001) 6/10
2. A Smoky Mountain Christmas (Henry Winkler, 1986) 5/10
3. Idaho Transfer (Peter Fonda, 1973) 2/10
4. Slipstream (Anthony Hopkins, 2007) 7/10
5. Vice Versa (Peter Ustinov, 1948) 7/10
6. TekWar (William Shatner, 1994) 3/10
7. The Legend of Bagger Vance (Robert Redford, 2000) 8/10
8. Ghost Dad (Sidney Poitier, 1990) 4/10
9. Lost River (Ryan Gosling, 2014) 4/10
10. Human Highway (Dean Stockwell, Neil Young, 1982) 7/10
11. What Is It? (Crispin Glover, 2005) 1/10
12. Matilda (Danny DeVito, 1996) 8/10
13. Charlie's Ghost Story (Anthony Edwards, 1995) 6/10
14. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Chris Columbus, 2001) 9/10 (rewatch)
15. Light of My Life (Casey Affleck, 2019) 7/10
16. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Chris Columbus, 2002) 8/10 (rewatch)
17. Rainbow (Bob Hoskins, 1995) 3/10
18. Unicorn Store (Brie Larson, 2017) 6/10
Last edited by Silga on January 15th, 2023, 1:18 am, edited 1 time in total.
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