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HuskyHawk

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Godzilla vs Kong 2021. Released on HBOMax at no charge. This continues the modern storyline, based on the old stories. It started with Godzilla, which I thought was good, Kong: Skull Island, which was Ok Godzilla King of the Monsters, which was disappointing. This one has plenty of amazing CGI battles. The story isn’t terrible, if of course wildly unbelievable. There are some twists that help this to better decent. Caveat, my wife is a Godzilla fan, loves the old black and white Japanese monster movies. So in her mind, Godzilla is the good guy in Godzilla movies. They did a decent job here not making him the bad guy. Everyone always roots for Kong. Anyway, it’s fun. Lots of Easter egg nods to old characters. 2.5/4 for me.
 
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Outside the Wire - 2021
Anthony Mackie, Damson Idris
Bad. I stuck with it because once I invest 30-45 minutes I need to close out the job. I hated the ending.
copied from a review on imdb - "This is one of those horribly written and directed movies where the characters explain the plot every 5 minutes, or explain why they need to do what they're about to do. I guess they knew it wasn't compelling enough for viewers to remember it on their own."
 

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Godzilla vs Kong (2021) - Great CGI that shows just how near-prefect CGI can be in cinema. Very entertaining. When Godzilla has just one enemy it's pretty east to follow unlike the last movie where every freaking enemy woke up. Here, it's Godzilla vs Kong and then Godzilla vs. Robotzilla. Then Kong vs. Robotzilla.

We really enjoyed this one.

Not sure why some say Godzilla wasn't bad here. He was at first.
 

HuskyHawk

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Godzilla vs Kong (2021) - Great CGI that shows just how near-prefect CGI can be in cinema. Very entertaining. When Godzilla has just one enemy it's pretty east to follow unlike the last movie where every freaking enemy woke up. Here, it's Godzilla vs Kong and then Godzilla vs. Robotzilla. Then Kong vs. Robotzilla.

We really enjoyed this one.

Not sure why some say Godzilla wasn't bad here. He was at first.

robotzilla? Good God man. That’s MechaGodzilla. Godzilla isn’t bad. He’s just a rival of Kong.
 

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Someone in the movie made a " robotzilla" reference.

Yes, and then another said, no that’s MechaGodzilla. All the monsters are from the old movies.
 

HuskyHawk

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So a documentary. Seapsiracy on Netflix. I'll add a link to the NYT review. ‘Seaspiracy’ Review: Got Any Scandals? Go Fish. - The New York Times (nytimes.com) The Times and I agree. It has some interesting revelations and some thought provoking stuff. But it's buried into a bunch of evil corporate conspiracy theories that don't hold water. Assumptions about the market for fish and Tuna for example, and the motivations that might provide. Sometimes I feel like these young filmmakers aren't really aware of the size and scope of things.

Anyway, somewhat enjoyable but take it with a whole heap of salt.
 

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So a documentary. Seapsiracy on Netflix. I'll add a link to the NYT review. ‘Seaspiracy’ Review: Got Any Scandals? Go Fish. - The New York Times (nytimes.com) The Times and I agree. It has some interesting revelations and some thought provoking stuff. But it's buried into a bunch of evil corporate conspiracy theories that don't hold water. Assumptions about the market for fish and Tuna for example, and the motivations that might provide. Sometimes I feel like these young filmmakers aren't really aware of the size and scope of things.

Anyway, somewhat enjoyable but take it with a whole heap of salt.
Won't deny it was heavy-handed and preachy, but it was solid enough to get me to do some Googling and a good chunk of it is valid, if perhaps over-exaggerated. What I found most interesting is that we're not the only country with industry lobbyists (or occasionally the mob) who determine national policy. Asia is pretty complicit in the overfishing issues.

The world really should ban certain types of fishing that is particularly damaging to ocean floors.
 

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Took a flyer on "Lady Bloodfight" last night. Apparently very loosely a sequel to "Bloodsport." Still the Kumite, for some reason all female fighters now. Entertaining enough for B grade. Lead is mostly known for her stunt work in films, but has gotten a few roles as an actual cast member. At one point this had some more well established actresses lined up, but it fell thru and ended up being pretty much unknowns.

Couple days ago watched "Lifeforce." Maybe that was kind of a cult classic back in the day? 1985. Pretty cheesy, but that goes with the territory. Started out at least half decent but went completely off the rails. Only reason to watch it is the French actress playing the lead space vampire. Patrick Stewart looked kind of old even back then. How old is that guy? Also, couldn't help but notice the scene of him being pushed around in a wheelchair, in a mansion, was oddly a foreshadowing of his turn as Professor X in the X-Men franchise. How did they know? :rolleyes:
 
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Last Train From Gun Hill - 1959
Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quin, Carolyn Jones
Rated 7.4 on IMDb. I enjoy watching old movies because they are so different from modern movies and you can't really compare the acting. Scenes which could be much more powerful and important are just walked through like every other scene. The lady in the movie was played by Carolyn Jones who, it turns out, also played Morticia Adams and Marsha, Queen of Diamonds in the Batman series of the '60s. Kirk Douglas recently passed away at 103. Anthony Quinn lived to be 86. Carolyn Jones died in 1983 at only 53.
 
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Crazy, Stupid, Love - 2011
Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Analeigh Tipton
This romantic comedy is funny and interesting. Not laugh out loud funny but it has its moments. Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling have some good rapport and Emma Stone is always a pleasure.
 
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About a Boy (2002) - This dramedy stars Hugh Grant, who has more than his far share of charm going for him in this film. However it would seem that this charm is about the only thing Grant’s character has going for him. Grant’s character is pretty much doing nothing positive with his life, in terms of either helping himself or others. To say he is extremely self centered might be something of an understatement. The one active thing that he does in is life is look for new ways to meet and date women, who fairly quickly break up with him once they realize that this charm is the only thing this guy has going for him, and that he is pretty much a blank slate once you get beyond the charm. At any rate, in his pursuit of meeting and dating women, he has decided that pursuing single parent women is something he is going to try, so he starts attending meetings of a single parent support group, even though he doesn’t have a child. In a date with a woman from this group, he meets an 11 year old boy whose mother is friends with the woman Grant is taking out. The kid has problems of his own, as he is a misfit at school who the other kids pick on, and his mother is is in a deep depression that also has its affect on the boy. At any rate, the boy takes a liking to Grant’s character, and seeks to insinuate himself into Grant’s life. This comes to something of a shock to Grant, but over time an interesting relationship develops between the two, and it does affect the lives of both of them. I quite enjoyed this movie. Grant is very good, and the boy, who is played by Nicholas Hoult, is terrific. While the supporting cast includes Toni Collette and Rachel Weisz, the combo of Grant and Hoult pretty much carry this film on their shoulders.
 

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