Category: Movies Watched

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Altered Carbon

In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”) making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from home, re-sleeved...

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Black Panther

T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. By no means is this a bad movie, but it felt more like a DCU movie and an MCU movie. What do I mean by that? Obvious CGI (bad as Green Lantern at times), music that feels more like a concept pop album (just like Suicide Squad, but with music you’ve never heard of!) and a plot that was really all over the place but didn’t really seem...

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Discovery Season One

I’m hoping that much like other Trek series, season one is where they find their feet and season two is where they learn to run.

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Blade Runner 2049

A new blade runner unearths a secret that could plunge what’s left of society into chaos and leads him on a quest to find a former LAPD blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years. I wasn’t expecting this movie to lose so much of it’s emotional impact for me when I watched it at home. Maybe it was because I was watching it on a smaller screen with only 5.1 surround sound vs the Big Screen with it’s 200 speakers of surround Dolby Digital glory, but something was missing, or at least dampened down.  Perhaps it was because I...

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Critters 1-4

A group of small, furry aliens makes lunch out of the locals in a farming town. There’s been four movies in the Critters franchise, all of them about and hour and a half long each, the last two leading directly into each other, though the last movie was definitely set in a vastly different location than the first three. Since they were so short, I was able to watch all four of them in an afternoon. From 1986, 1988, 1991, and 1992, all of them featured practical effects over computer generated effects and for all their work to make the...

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Coco

In Disney•Pixar’s extraordinary adventure, a boy who dreams of becoming a great musician embarks on a journey to uncover the mysteries behind his ancestor’s stories and traditions. Coco was missing something and I can’t really put my finger on it. It had a story that flowed pretty well and the animation was top notch, but I didn’t feel the emotional punch that normally comes with Pixar films.

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Murder By Death

The world’s greatest detectives have been invited to dinner. But when murder is on the menu, who will make it to dessert? You are cordially invited to join an all-star cast featuring Peter Sellers, David Niven, Peter Falk, James Coco, Elsa Lanchester, Maggie Smith, Alec Guinness, Eileen Brennan, Nancy Walker, James Cromwell and Estelle Winwood for Neil Simon’s hilarious murder-mystery spoof MURDER BY DEATH. The isolated mansion of eccentric millionaire Lionel Twain (celebrated author Truman Capote in a Golden Globe(r) -nominated performance) is the setting for the twisted puzzler. There’s some casual racism going on here that I’m weirded out...

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The Cloverfield Paradox

Like nearly every other JJ film, this is a gorgeous mess with a story that just barely entertains. Skippable unless you’re a Clovy fan, but even then this isn’t going to impress very much.