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John Byrne
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THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW (2004)

Roland Emmerich. Nuff said, right? Only this one is a guilty pleasure. The special effects are astonishing. The cast is earnest. The science is.... nonsense. But it starts running and won’t quit. And there are even a few “nobility of the human spirit” moments to bring a moistness to the eyebones.

A certain courage in who they kill, too.

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I've found that Emmerich, here and there, gets some things quite right. One major example, for me, would the battle scenes in THE PATRIOT.
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Yeah, I love both THE PATRIOT and THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, fidelity to science and history be damned. 
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TIME BANDITS (1981)

It really does get better each time I watch it.

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MEN IN BLACK INTERNATIONAL (2019)

Second time. Not very impressed the first time. Less so this time.

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I was really optimistic with the casting, but it just fell flat.
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THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992)

My kids love it, it's a favorite of my mother-in-law's, and I have some theater acquaintances who claim this is the best version of the Dickens classic tale...

I just don't see it.  I find the Gonzo & Rizzo the Rat bits extremely tiresome and unfunny, and I don't like the way the Paul Williams songs are arranged and sung.  But:  The filmmakers do try to stick with and respect the story, the Ghosts of Christmas puppets are great, and Michael Caine does indeed make an excellent Scrooge.

But the rest just doesn't click with me, for some reason.  Maybe... too many Muppets?



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I’ve heard the Muppet version praised as the best. I can only assume those people are utterly unfamiliar with the source material.
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MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL is indeed popular, especially with
those who saw it when they were young. Some of the gags
are funny and the production design is amazing, but it just
doesn't resonate for me.

Jim Henson's MUPPET FAMILY CHRISTMAS TV special is the
definitive Muppet Christmas show.

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The Haunting (1963).

This film is excellent; really not diminished by repeated viewing. It has a really solid, creepy story and the first thing you really absorb the first time you see it is the creepiness and all it's clever scary bits. But in between those scary bits there's all sorts of brilliance with the script and the acting and the characters. The casting is first rate. Russ Tamblyn communicates just with his body language alone the insouciance of Luke Sanderson. Yes, the door stretching is a jaw-dropper -- but it's that shot of Luke dropping the bottle in response that truly sells it. Memorably framed shots (think of Clare Bloom, hair askew, peering our from behind the footboard of the bed).

And that script. So many great little snippets of dialogue, so well delivered. 

e.g. 

MARKWAY
It has taken 60 million years to develop the carnivorous biped you see before you... Luke Sanderson.

THEO
Let's see what kind of martini it makes.

LUKE
They should be pretty good; I majored in them at college.
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ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD (2019)

About an hour and ten minutes in, and waiting for a story.

Somebody should have told Tarentino that in 1969 we weren’t CONSTANTLY AWARE that it was 1969.

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That's a fault period film and TV often falls into. They ram the period as a uniform whole down your throat (and everything is to the absolute max in terms of representing the paradigm). For example, in film and TV land, every car must be straight off the production line of that year, whereas in real life you get lots of cars from 10 or 20 years before still on the road. And different generations tend to dress in different fashions. Older folk are not walking around in the latest fashions.

Movies in 2050 hearkening back to the nostalgia of good ol' 2019 will have every single character sockless.
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