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Brian Hague
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CALIFORNIA SUITE (1978)

I don't know why I'm so consistently surprised to find films that deal with adult themes in an intelligent, adult manner, but it catches me off-guard almost every time. I go into films and TV shows expecting the most banal, broad treatment of characters and situations. When the work actually deals with something substantive in a clever, above board fashion, I never see it coming.

I expected Neil Simon's CALIFORNIA SUITE to be broad and farcical and about half of the film is, although never to the extent I feared. The other half deals with couples speaking in rapid patter, each being as clever and quick-witted as the other expects them to be as the issues being discussed take them up and down the emotional spectrum. 

CALIFORNIA SUITE was not entirely successful with me, being a bit too silly in spots, casting a pall over the believability of what was happening elsewhere, but it did impress me with its honesty and the complexity of the compromises the characters agreed to at some point or another in their lives.


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ADVENTURES of CAPTAIN MARVEL (1941 Serial)

I enjoyed this more than the other forties Superhero serials I've watched (CAP. AMERICA, SUPERMAN, BATMAN, MASKED MARVEL...). Better overall acting, and some of the stunts were genuinely fantastic ( Captain Marvel did a crazy, standing 360 flip kick!). Billy was played a bit older, maybe late teens, tho the actor was in his mid twenties.

Marvel was played by Tom Tyler who was an olympic weightlifter, so he really threw those bad guys around (when they weren't dummies).
One scene had him lifting a thug over his head like a barbell....then he threw him.
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Matt Hawes
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Doug, the Captain Marvel serial is considered one of the best movie serials of all-time. It's definitely fun.

Frank Coghlan, Jr. , who played Billy Batson, was a former child star in the 1920s.
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Tim Cousar
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If you can find the Spy Smasher serial, it's pretty darn good, too. The fight scenes look quite real.
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John Byrne
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THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT (MCMLI)

Quintessential British comedy, replete with a stellar cast. A “young” Alec Guiness stands out as the titular character, Sidney Stratton, who has invented a cloth that “never gets dirty, and never wears out”.

Special significance for me, as a snapshot of “my” England.

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Doug Centers
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Matt- I can believe CAPTAIN MARVEL is thought of as one of the best, I sure do.

Tim- I'm going to look for SPY SMASHER, thanks.
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Steve Coates
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Posted: 27 January 2020 at 8:02pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Many, if not all of the Captain Marvel serials are in the public domain and should be easy to locate.
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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 27 January 2020 at 9:18pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Spy Smasher is up on YouTube,  too.
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John Byrne
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Posted: 28 January 2020 at 8:12am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Years ago I spoke to an older fan--older than me--who had seen that original CAPTAIN MARVEL serial in first run, in the theater. He said he and his friends were deeply disturbed when Cap picked up that machine gun and started mowing down bad guys! The Cap of the comics would not have done that.
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TERMINATOR: DARK FATE (2019)

It’s a Mort Weisinger story!!

And, for grumpy old me, the whole thing was ruined by one utterly illogical moment.

Humph

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Evil Dead (1981).

Saw Evil Dead II as a rental in the late 80s and saw
Evil Dead III in a lecture theatre (of all places) as
part of the 'movie society' at University in the early
90s... but had never seen the original before.

Amazing to think Raimi had the get-up-and-go to get a
feature film financed and then direct it himself at
just 21 years of age.

That said, I found the film terrible. What story there
is exists purely to get into the extended sequences.
Yes, the budget was low, yes, Raimi was inexperience,
but a lot of the time the visual storytelling (for
which Raimi is celebrated) is clunky. And I found it
repetitive and not really funny or scary. Might have
been a glass of fresh water back in the day, but
viewing it now, having already seen it all done much
better with the sequel, it was a bit of a grind to get
through.
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HELLBOY (2019)

Okay, just bits of it, but enough to notice something.

Hellboy's catchphrase, "Oh, crap!" was born when I came to a point in scripting the first issue that I felt needed an expletive. I'd been using "shit" in NEXT MEN, so I called Mignola and asked if he'd be okay with me using it in HELLBOY. He said he'd rather I didn't, so I used "crap"--which actually worked out better as a character bit.

Couldn't help notice "shit" being used all over this movie.

Times change.

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