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Bird Box

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This movie somehow makes you want to keep watching, even though everyone in the movie acts stupid and you know the ending is going to suck.

The real science fiction aspect of this movie is that Sandra Bullock is accidentally pregnant at the age of 54. (Although she can pass for 44 thanks presumably to plastic surgery. But still, why not get an actress 25 years younger if you want to have a character who is accidentally pregnant?)

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January 9, 2019 at EST pm

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The French Connection (1971)

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I can’t believe I’ve never watched his movie until now. It was filmed on location in New York City, mostly outdoors, and you get an amazing view of the gritty underbelly of New York City and Brooklyn in 1971.

“Popeye,” played by Gene Hackman, beats up suspects, and calls a black guy the n-word. Great stuff you’d never see in a modern movie.

And of course, the car chase scene underneath the elevated subway is iconic.

Highly recommended!

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And the movie harkens back to a time when drugs came from France rather than from south of the border.

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December 31, 2018 at EST am

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Manhattan (1979)

I re-watched this movie.

In March, there was an article about it in the NY Times, which I missed until now.

I’ve seen it several times, but I still found it enthralling. I’m not sure why. I don’t understand how 42-year-old Isaac (played by Woody Allen) is able to publicly date 17-year-old Tracy (played by Mariel Hemingway) and no one seems to bat an eye. Even in 1979 when people weren’t obsessed with this #metoo crap, people would at least talk about it behind his back. The women his own age would surely be angry about it, and jealous of Tracy.

What would a 17-year-old see in a 42-year-old man who is several inches shorter than her and acts the way that Woody acts in the movie? I assume the real-life Woody Allen was a lot more alpha and less nebbish.

Where are her parents?

I don’t understand why Mariel Hemingway was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has no chemistry at all with Woody Allen. She is supposed to be in love with him, but whenever he touches her, she looks very uncomfortable.

The message I still get from the movie is the simplistic one that Isaac has the most incredible amazing luck to have this beautiful shiksa goddess young enough to be his daughter who’s in love with him, and because he feels so undeserving of her, causing him to feel incredibly guilty, he pushes her aside in favor of a neurotic woman [upon consideration, the Diane Keaton character is not Jewish because her name is Mary, but she shares many of the Woody Allen character’s stereotypically Jewish character flaws] who just dumps him a month later. And then when he realizes his mistake and wants her back, it’s too late.

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Funniest line:

See, the thing is, years ago, I wrote a short story about my mother called “The Castrating Zionist.” And, um, I wanna expand it into a novel.

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December 17, 2018 at EST pm

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Manhattan based on a true autobiographical story!

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/woody-allens-secret-teen-lover-manhattan-muse-speaks-1169782

Woody Allen had an underaged shiksa-goddesss girlfriend in real life!

(Technically it was statutory rape, based on the assertions in the article. The age of consent in New York was 17, and she was only 16 when they first became sexually intimate.)

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December 17, 2018 at EST pm

Black James Bond

https://abc7chicago.com/entertainment/could-idris-elba-be-the-next-james-bond/3922720/

This is definitely a new thing, taking iconic characters who were previously played by whites, and blackwashing them.

Is this what moviegoers really want?

Maybe moviegoers don’t care. And black men have an alpha-male swagger about them that most whites don’t have (or would be considered “toxic masculinity” if they did have it but blacks can get away with it), so they are good action heroes.

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August 10, 2018 at EST pm

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Trump-hating director James Gunn fired by Disney for old tweets

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/07/20/guardians-galaxy-filmmaker-james-gunn-addresses-unearthed-tweets-about-rape-pedophilia.html

Ha ha. Love it when liberals are killed by their own PC sword.

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July 20, 2018 at EST pm

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Good movies where the woman rescues the man?

Complaining about Rey from the new Star Wars movies, “prolier than thou” writes in a comment:

Really, how many men have ever wanted to be rescued by a woman and how many women have wanted to physically rescue a man?

I very much enjoyed the movie the Ninth Gate, which had that theme in it. Johnny Depp played a nebbish book detective who was not able to defend himself from the goons who were after him. (And in the politically incorrect screenplay, the girl is called “THE GIRL” and not “THE WOMAN.”)

Are there any other good movies like that? (No, not Wonder Woman.)

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I forgot the TV series Chuck! A loser who works at a Best Buy type of store has to be protected by a beautiful secret agent. Great show, hilarious, at least for the first two seasons.

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June 4, 2018 at EST pm

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Solo, first money-losing Star Wars film?

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-03/-solo-plummets-in-second-weekend-despite-little-new-competition

One of the reasons why it cost so much to make is that Kathleen Kennedy fired the original directors, Chris Miller and Phil Lord, and then Ron Howard was brought in to reshoot 85% of what was already shot.

I can’t help but think that Disney paid a lot of money to reshoot everything and make the movie worse than what was originally shot. All because Kathleen Kennedy threw a hissy fit because Miller and Lord refused to make the boring movie that Kennedy wanted. In retrospect, Miller and Lord probably realized Kennedy’s vision sucked and were trying to make a better movie.

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My second take on Solo’s low box office take

After Last Jedi, no one wanted to see another Star Wars movie. OK, “no one” is an exaggeration, a lot of people did go to see Solo, but Last Jedi really did suck all of the enthusiasm out of the franchise.

I have pretty much zero desire to go see the sequel to Last Jedi. There’s little investment in the overall bigger story, it just seems like everyone is shooting at each other for no reason except that they on different sides. The only likeable character in Last Jedi, Poe, was shit on by the bitchy women in charge. Rey, who is the hero of the new series, is a boring supergirl in whom I am not emotionally invested. As I complained before, whereas Luke was an inexperienced kid in the first Star Wars movie, and he gets his hand chopped off in the second movie for being so self-important that he thinks he can ignore Yoda who says he doesn’t have enough training to handle Darth Vader (and Yoda was right), Rey is a supergirl who can do everything and beat anyone in a lightsaber duel with no training at all. Do I really care about her inevitable victory over the bad guys in the next movie? No, I don’t.

This feeling I had probably seeped into a lot of people who previously watched Last Jedi and suppressed interest in another Star Wars movie, even though Solo is not directly related to Last Jedi, and in fact it’s probably a much better movie.

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June 4, 2018 at EST am

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Previous review of Goodbye Columbus, the movie

Philip Roth died yesterday.

I was reminded by a commenter that I previously reviewed a movie based on one of his books, Goodbye Columbus (1969).

Part 1 of the review.

Part 2 of the review.

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May 23, 2018 at EST pm

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Best Muppet movie ever?

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May 19, 2018 at EST am

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