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Batman & Robin

Directed by Joel Schumacher. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, Uma Thurman. Batman and Robin try to keep their relationship together even as they must stop Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing Gotham City. This is sadly where the franchise officially jumps the shark but includes some of the best one liners from comic movies, even to this day, most of them by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Mr Freeze: “My heart has grown cold to your pleas of mercy.” “the iceman cometh!” “What killed the dinosaurs? the ice age!” batman & robin on ice skates with hokey sticks batman &...

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Batman Forever

Directed by Joel Schumacher. With Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman. Batman must battle former district attorney Harvey Dent, who is now Two-Face and Edward Nygma, The Riddler with help from an amorous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin. The shift of tone from Tim Burton’s Batman to Joel Schumacher’s Batman was intense, but for the most part this movie worked, and worked well in 4k/hdr with all the neon lights and massive cityscapes really popping and catching my eye. The story is still silly and at times takes itself too seriously,...

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Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Directed by Alexis Bloom, Fisher Stevens. With Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, Todd Fisher, Catherine Hickland. An intimate portrait of actress Debbie Reynolds and her relationship with her beloved children, Carrie and Todd. Intimate, but sad to watch, we lost Carrie way too soon. I found this was on HBO Max and my month’s worth of a subscription was still active, so I figured I’d see what Carrie and family were like when they were away from the lime light, and damn they are a bit much for me. That might sound rude, but I’m pretty sure that both Carrie and...

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Q: Into the Storm

With Cullen Hoback, Fredrick Brennan, Ron Watkins, Craig James. When documentary filmmaker Cullen Hoback sets out to uncover the forces behind QAnon, his attention turns to 8chan, the site where “Q” posts. “Who controls Qanon?” Spoiler: it’s a pedophile living in Manila. The mini series is a great journey to the end result, but it certainly ends the way that we’d all expect it to, with an egomaniac incel psychopath holding the digital keys. Buy On Amazon!

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Batman Returns

Directed by Tim Burton. With Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken. While Batman deals with a deformed man calling himself the Penguin wreaking havoc across Gotham with the help of a cruel businessman, a female employee of the latter becomes the Catwoman with her own vendetta. Another amazing 4k transfer, I had forgotten how absolutely disgusting Danny DeVito’s Penguin was, and how over the top sexual Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman ended up being. The story might have used some polishing, but I think the end result still stands the test of time. Buy On Amazon!

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Batman

Directed by Tim Burton. With Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl. The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being Jack Napier, a criminal who becomes the clownishly homicidal Joker. I believe this was my first time watching in 4k, and boy howdy what a wonderful 4k transfer this is, for better or worse. All the practical shots and stuff in the dark really benefited from the higher resolution and HDR, but the miniatures and animated (yes animated) sections were obvious and felt roughly out of place. The film itself...

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Star Trek the Next Generation Interactive VHS Board Game (Video Game 1995) – IMDb

Directed by Les Landau. With Robert O’Reilly, Jonathan Frakes. Board game based on Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series. A VHS tape with angry Enterprise hijacker, warmongering Klingon warrior Kavok, giving instructions on what each player must do during the game is provided with the game. You might think you’re about to play a game with Gowron, but alas, this is not the leader of the Klingon Empire, just a misguided idiot Klingon warrior who steals the Enterprise in an attempt to start a war to return his brothers to glorious battle. The game itself is pretty fun, though...

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Snowpiercer Season 2

Created by Josh Friedman, Graeme Manson. With Daveed Diggs, Iddo Goldberg, Mickey Sumner, Alison Wright. Seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, the remnants of humanity inhabit a perpetually-moving train that circles the globe, where class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out. I’m not sure how they turned the relatively quick story from the movie into a three season edge of your seat adventure that I’m exited to see where they go with the plot. Just when you think you have a handle on everything, boom! there goes the plot in a completely...

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My Days of Mercy

Directed by Tali Shalom-Ezer. With Elliot Page, Kate Mara, Amy Seimetz, Charlie Shotwell. The daughter of a man on death row falls in love with a woman on the opposing side of her family’s political cause. The second show in a couple weeks where Kate Mara plays a harlot that ruins someone else’s life through the power of her sexuality, previously a younger man, this time as someone on the opposing side of a protest line. I’m pretty sure that ‘My Days of Mercy’ came out first, but I got to it second. There was also several years between the...

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Chaos Walking

Directed by Doug Liman. With Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Demi├ín Bichir, David Oyelowo. A dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise. Much more enjoyable than I thought it was going to be, after all, we started to hear about the movie nearly 3 years ago, then it was pushed back, reshoots were done, the script was fiddled with, it was pushed back again, more reshoots, then covid-19 hit and it was pushed back yet again. At the end of the day,...

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