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Xanadu

Xanadu: Directed by Robert Greenwald. With Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck, James Sloyan. A struggling artist living in Los Angeles meets a girl who may hold the key to his happiness. opening universal logo thing had an airplane, another airplane, a ufo Opens with an artist doing art while the beginning credits happen, he rips up his art and throws it out his window, and it hits a wall, bringing wall art to life, it’s our first song! I’m alife! ONJ is there to drance for us! Then they turn into color beams that fly around Hollywood, one of...

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The Wheel of Time Season 1

The Wheel of Time: Created by Rafe Judkins. With Rosamund Pike, Daniel Henney, Zoë Robins, Madeleine Madden. Set in a high fantasy world where magic exists, but only some can access it, a woman named Moiraine crosses paths with five young men and women. This sparks a dangerous, world-spanning journey. Based on the book series by Robert Jordan. Season one has wrapped and boy howdy did a whole bunch of nothing happen. Sure it was exciting and it set up a whole bunch of stuff, and the setting up was pretty cool, but it would have been super dope for...

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The House

The House: Directed by Andrew Jay Cohen. With Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Ryan Simpkins. After the town takes away their daughter’s college scholarship, a couple start an illegal casino in their friend’s house to make back the money. Released back in 2017 around the same time as “Daddy’s Home 2”, this has been on my watch list for a while. Every time I had an opportunity to watch it though, I kinda waffled about it. I do love Amy Poehler and I do love Will Ferrell, but they can be, at times, a bit much, and that seemed...

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Don’t Look Up

Don’t Look Up: Directed by Adam McKay. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett. Two low-level astronomers must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth. Imagine if a comet was discovered in 2017, and it was sure to hit the planet. It’s big enough to end all life as we know it, but with a little luck and a little ingenuity, we might possibly, just maybe, save all of humanity. Do you think we could have done it in 2017 with the leadership that the US was...

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Encanto

Encanto: Directed by Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Charise Castro Smith. With Stephanie Beatriz, María Cecilia Botero, John Leguizamo, Mauro Castillo. A young Colombian girl has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers. This movie was not for me, which is just fine, apparently other people are super enjoying it! For me it was a confusing mess and an odd misstep from modern Disney, the story was muddled, the songs confusing, and the voice work not all that impressive. I listened to the first song in the movie and realized I would have...

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The Imagineering Story

The Imagineering Story: With Tom Morris, Kevin Rafferty, Angela Bassett, Matt Fowler. The inside look into the Walt Disney Imagineering company. An extremely indepth look at the history of the WED Team, later renamed to the Disney Imagineering Team. It’s nearly pure D+ propaganda, but has a ton of interesting behind the scenes content that even the casual Disney fan can appreciate. Buy On Amazon!

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Directed by Richard Fleischer. With Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre. A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo. A sea monster is rampaging around the south seas and the US government asks a French scientist and his apprentice to check the situation out and report back. Not so much that they believe that there’s dragons eating ships, but that ships are going missing and someone needs to figure out what’s going on. They learn though that it’s not sea monster,...

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Ghostbusters II

Ghostbusters II: Directed by Ivan Reitman. With Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis. The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business. Set during NYE, so I found it, bought it, and watched it. It’s still not as good as the first one, but only just barely, and I feel like it’s still as good as we could have hoped for a sequel. Buy On Amazon!

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Hulk

Hulk: Directed by Ang Lee. With Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas. Bruce Banner, a genetics researcher with a tragic past, suffers an accident that causes him to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry. I forgot it opened with biological testing instead of radiation, but I do remember there being some weird stuff in the comics later in the 90s talking about how his father did all sorts of testing and it was only because of the genetic augmentations that permitted Bruce Banner to survive the gamma bomb. I need to point out that...

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Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four: Directed by Tim Story. With Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis. A group of astronauts gain superpowers after a cosmic radiation exposure and must use them to oppose the plans of their enemy, Doctor Victor Von Doom. Chris Evan’s first marvel movie, but definitely not his last. This is a good film for when it was released, I’ll endlessly defend it and it’s sequels! Buy On Amazon!

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