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It Chapter Two (2019)
Much longer than Chapter One but half the enjoyment
After seeing Chapter One I expected so much more, unfortunately IT didn't deliver. The film starts out with an overly graphic bashing scene that tries hard to be topical but instead seems to be there just to dare you to criticize it's honesty. And things just go downhill from there. The Loser's Club of the first film reunites 27 years later to have another go at defeating Pennywise, but where the kids were charming and you wanted to root for them, the adults all go separate ways to have their own jump scene moments through an overly long two hour middle section of the film. The film bogs because it keeps showing flashbacks to when they were kids instead of building the characters as adults. The effect is that you never really care about them as adults, they're just an excuse to show CGI monsters that never really scare you on any level. The pacing of the film is so roughshod that it never lets any suspense build as it jumps from one scene to the next, while you keep checking your watch wondering how much more of this you'll have to endure. The middle becomes a bit of a horror film mish mash with an homage to John Carpenter's The Thing (verbatim quote and all) a little bit of Toy Story erector spider, a dash of Poltergeist's Native American mumbo jumbo added in with a couple of million years old space entity tossed in in case you needed something to understand what they're up against. James McAvoy's character is jokingly referred to as an author whose book endings suck (a nod to the book) and unfortunately this film doesn't improve on the novel. It's just an overly long series of vignettes that tie to Chapter One in an unsatisfying way.
John Carter (2012)
I really don't get all the hate for this movie. It's a great Sci-fi film with a lot of humor and character. I think if Disney were to re-release it describing it as a cross between Star Wars and Marvel they'd make a ton of money.
That's how I got into Julliard
This short is one of those rare productions where you're either going to go with it and have a good time, or you're going to be lost and (no disgrace in that) go 'What did I just watch?'
It's a play within a play within a play with several (sometimes hilarious) 'in' jokes like commercials for Checkhov's Gun 'You know you're going to fire it'.
Those involved in the performing arts will probably get laughs and enjoyment out of this and for those who don't understand it it's perfectly fine. It's art and open to one's own interpretation. Stranger Thing's David Harbour does a great job in several roles and it's fun to see Mary Woronov in fine form too.
Excellent way to end the show
This was a fitting end to this great show. For 8 seasons Jim was always a guy trying to do the right thing but sometimes for the wrong reasons. The guest stars are hilarious, Erik Estrada as a smiling leering devil only to be outdone by Lee Majors as an ogling God (Leering at Courtney Thorne Smith) as he tries to rush things so he can go play golf with Bob Hope. It was a hilarious parody of the hypocrisy of religion and it's leaders who are supposed to be morally upstanding but fail miserably.
The ending of the episode was a perfect example of the running theme of the series: No matter the tribulations in life your family is your family and love will get you through things and keep you together always. A fine end to a funny show.
Just plain bad
I wanted to like this show, I really did, but I just can't. The acting is terrible (really terrible) they make Haydn Christensen look animated. Granted they can only do what they can with this terrible script but we're just watching them read utterly boring lines. The only emotion the lead character can muster is a scowl even when his parents are offed right in front of him, let alone the fact that the killer was none other than his girlfriend's mother. Oooohhh the tension, and he doesn't even grieve. The writers apparently thought 'Well they're dead, let's move on' was good plot development. He then joins up with the bad guys in a ploy that you can see coming from light years away as he's going to betray them. The visuals are great but other than that I can't see anything redeeming about this show.
Our Planet (2019)
I was really looking forward to enjoying this series because of the variations presented in each episode. From desert to arctic to grasslands, it has it all. We live on an amazing planet and I love seeing nature in ways that I would never experience without the benefit of fantastic cameramen with endless patience waiting for that perfect shot. The problem I have with it is that I don't want to be reminded every 5 minutes how we're ruining the planet. Are we on a course towards disaster? Yes we are. Are we warming the planet? Yes we are. Do I need to be told a dozen times an hour how badly we are treating the earth? No I do not. I don't know if they think I didn't hear it the first twenty times they told me, or if they just want to keep hammering it home expecting me to send money to someone? On the visuals presented, I give this a 9, but sadly on the preachy narrative I have to give it less than 1.
Safari Tracks (2005)
Kind of a dangerous show for kids
For the most part, this show is very interesting and informative for kids. The unfortunate part of the show is that the host tries to be funny at times but his advice could be fatal. Some of the advice he gives is just extremely wrong. Example: 'If you're ever alone and lost in the jungle, millipedes taste just like licorice.' Now if your child (or an unknowing adult for that matter) were to hear that and commit it to memory, it could prove lethal if they ever tried to find out. Millipedes are highly poisonous. Yes, later on he mentions that they excrete a poisonous liquid, but should a show that purports to give facts on animals be giving kids advice that could kill them? I don't think so.
Kingu Kongu no gyakushû (1967)
I love this movie
I am often asked, 'Why do you put jelly on your Egg McMuffins?' I always reply, 'For the very same reason I love King Kong Escapes. It's a matter of taste!'
If you're really into high tech special effects, realistic looking monsters, and elaborate sets that aren't miniatures.............this just isn't your type of movie, because this film surely has none of that. It has good guys, really evil bad guys (one who finds redemption in the end) a dinosaur battle complete with drop kicks, the mysterious Element X, and a giant robot Kong that just won't tire.
The evil Dr. Who (voice dubbed by Paul Frees) builds a mechanical King Kong to mine the mysterious Element X which is to be used to create a nuclear arsenal. Unfortunately the radiation from Element X disables his mechanical Kong, and he is forced to kidnap the real Kong from Mondo Island, and (using mind control) have him dig it up himself. Dr. Who's plans are foiled by an American submarine commander and his cohorts (who are researching Kong) and King Kong himself who escapes Dr. Who and battles the Mechni Kong in the middle of Tokyo in a showdown that just can't be watched with a straight face.
This movie makes me laugh from start to finish. Whether you're a kid, or an adult it's just pure entertainment. It tries to make you think it takes itself seriously, while totally showing you at the same time that it doesn't. It's the 'Princess Bride' of monster movies.
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
What a convoluted mess
I am sorry to say I wasted my time and money on this movie. I own the first one (Oceans Eleven)and have watched it numerous times. Too much of the cast (Andy Garcia, Bernie Mac, Carl Reiner, Eddie Jemison etc.) are just cameos in this one. Plus Terry Benedict just comes up to these guys and says get me the money plus interest or else. In 2 weeks? Then they, in a matter of days raise a whole building 3 inches. Without anyone noticing. No cracks in the walls or anything? Then Catherine Zeta Jones just walks in and goes, "Well someone beat them to it, and here is where they used a crossbow and you will find the building has been raised 3 inches." Come on, who wrote this? Then the contortionist thief guy just happens to know the exact timing of the laser beams for the alarm system. Didn't they say it was RANDOM? That scene was a total ripoff of Zeta Jones laser dodging in that robbery movie with Sean Connery, Entrapment. If you haven't seen this yet I recommend you rent Battlefield Earth and watch it. If you think THAT sucks multiply it x3 and you have how I feel about Oceans Twelve. If you think Battlefield Earth is a cinema treasure you might just want to check this one out then.