Category: Movies Watched

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Tobor the Great

Directed by Lee Sholem. With Charles Drake, Karin Booth, Billy Chapin, Taylor Holmes. A young boy-genius befriends his grandfather’s robot, designed as a test pilot for space travel and coveted by foreign spies. Someone posted the above movie poster, and based on just this one image I found myself searching for the movie. A full version of it can be found for free on the Youtubes. This is a classic movie with fantastic retro science fiction concepts, the most obvious being the Robot’s name: “Tobor”, which is just Robot spelled backwards! He’s a less talkative version of Robby the Robot,...

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Selena

Directed by Gregory Nava. With Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda, Jackie Guerra. The true story of Selena Quintanilla, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts. Selena was played by the arguably now more famous Jennifer Lopez, who I forgot is a pretty damn good actress as well. Such a shame about the end of Selena’s life. What an absolute waste. This was a good movie but man what a downer. Buy On Amazon!

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The Punisher

Directed by Jonathan Hensleigh. With Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Samantha Mathis, Laura Harring. An undercover FBI agent becomes a vigilante assassin and sets out to unleash his wrath upon the corrupt businessman who slaughtered his entire family at a reunion. This is the one with Thomas Jane, which isn’t as bad as I remember it being, still feels weird. I remember living in the Tampa area when they were filming and it made the nightly news several times, the first being for some explosions that were due to go off, and another to let people know that they were going...

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Directed by Burr Steers. With Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote. Five sisters in 19th century England must cope with the pressures to marry while protecting themselves from a growing population of zombies. I have yet to watch this movie while sober, I think this is the third time that i’ve seen it, and yet again I was drinking…again… Anyways, I was surprised to see Lena Headly, and I was surprised at the sudden ending, but I enjoyed the entire film so much, yet again. I would thoroughly enjoy seeing more of these types of films, with classic...

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Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus

Directed by Hae Young Jung, Young Kyun Park, Jhonen Vasquez. With Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, Melissa Fahn. ZIM discovers his almighty leaders never had any intention of coming to Earth and he loses confidence in himself for the first time in his life, which is the big break his human nemesis, Dib has been waiting for. A while ago I went back to re-watch some Invader Zim and I just could not do it. For whatever reason, I just couldn’t get back into the show, either it hadn’t aged well, or I had aged too much. Luckly,...

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Mulan

Directed by Niki Caro. With Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Li Gong, Jet Li. A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father. Distinctly in the “this didn’t need to be made” category, as well as the “this is obviously made for an audience that isn’t me” category as well. The camera angles, storylines, and special effects feel more like a Chinese made movie than any other Disney movie I’ve seen, and actually reminds a whole bunch of a Netflix series named “Ice Fantasy“, for better or worse. There’s a ton of justified outrage...

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Darkest Hour

Directed by Joe Wright. With Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn. In May 1940, the fate of World War II hangs on Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean the end of the British Empire. Entertainingly boarish and miopic in nature, this film purposefully doesn’t look outside the scope of just a few weeks of Winston Churchill’s decision about the nature of the second world war, much to it’s credit. Lilly James is delightful as always and Gary Oldman is exactly as perfect as you...

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Bill & Ted Face the Music

Directed by Dean Parisot. With Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Kristen Schaal, Samara Weaving. Once told they’d save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, 2 would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny. I think there’s something to be said for waiting so long between the second and third movies in the franchise. Giving the character room to breath and find (or in this case, not find) their callings and move on with their lives. I feel like at times I’m bill or ted, just floundering...

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Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey

Directed by Peter Hewitt. With Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, William Sadler, Joss Ackland. A tyrant from the future creates evil android doubles of Bill and Ted and sends them back to eliminate the originals. An even better film than the first, this was part of a three pack that I purchased from Vudu. What made this even better was death, hell, and heaven. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk. Buy On Amazon!

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Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Directed by Stephen Herek. With Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, Terry Camilleri. Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine. Vudu has a three pack for just $35, all in 4k, so I figured why not? The first movie is as positive and optimistic as I remembered, though I had forgotten the misuse of sexual slurs, strange that calling people f*gs used to be perfectly fine in a pg time travel movie. Buy On Amazon!

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