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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
(1991)

I'm Old School I guess...
I liked this outing well enough, but it just didn't have the flavor I've grown accustomed to...sure, there were numerous 'gotcha moments' and I always love those, but the main plot seemed to be lacking in that good ol' 'pizazz...

In other words, this was a watch once or twice 'episode', no more...

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
(1982)

One of the best ones really...
While the first one was kinda lame, The Wrath of Khan brought back the majesty that is Star Trek...the plot was rather clever bringing back Ricardo Montalban as Khan, and he reprised the arrogant nemesis beautifully...

Using Moby Dick cliches just put the crown chocolate sprinkles on top of the cake for me, it made the story spin!

Midnight Special
(2016)

Not sure if I like it or not...
The main problem for me is that the first part of the movie feels like the middle, and just takes a long ride to the end...no story build up, nor background; and other than some sort of exciting moments in between, the whole movie was rather low key...

Sooo, I'm on the fence...sometimes I like low key movies, but I can't really say this one caught my attention...it's more like it stole my attention for a while...

Overall, a good thought provoking movie, but I haven't yet figured out what I am supposed to discover...

**Update**

Alright, I finished it! Sorry, but I gotta say it...for a two hour movie it was sure missing a lot of story!!! I ended up being generous and gave it a 7 for trying to generate some real interest in the outcome...except for some 'nice' CGI at the very end this movie had little to show for the attempt at greatness...

The Queen's Gambit
(2020)

I don't play chess...
...because I don't have the kind of mind required to play it...but I can appreciate its long lasting appeal to even the people who would pass it off as just another checkers game. It isn't of course. Checkers has a finite number of available moves, while chess has what seems to be an infinite number...Chess isn't an infinite game really, but the 'variations' are what makes it seem so...

This movie does a respectable job of demonstrating that, the producers went out of their way to make Beth's obsession with chess painfully accurate in detail, right down to the exact look of every game she played. That is the draw this one has, she was presented as a real person who did what the movie shows...Beth Harmon is fictional, but you want her to be a real person...and that is what makes this movie good...

The Shape of Water
(2017)

There comes a time...
...in everyone's life when you run into a movie that baffles you completely...

I honestly cannot provide a comprehensive review on this one...at first I thought that del Toro had completely lost his mind. This begins rather blandly, presenting the heroine as likable enough, but then migrates into a fantasyland supposedly super secret US research military base...oh, and with totally incompetent scientists and soldiers to create the mood...

Then our heroine, a cleaning lady waltzes right into the most secret lab of all, not once but multiple times. I tried to change my perspective several times once we get introduced to the leading character, an amphibious being who was collected from the Amazon River basin; no other explanation is offered throughout the entire movie. The girl, a mute, takes pity on the being and slowly an attachment builds within the two...if you aren't confused by that, hold on, there's lots more to send you over the edge...

I just can't go on really,other to just say when we get introduced to Soviet scientists and agents it all falls apart for me...oh! And the amphibian (man) also has healing powers that he demonstrates several times as well, and the girl's (Father?) dubs him some kind of mythical God...

That's it, I'm done...I have no idea what this one's goal was, perhaps del Toro was just proving to all of us just how stupid the average viewer is, I dunno... I expect The Shape Of Water made money, I'm not even gonna go look...

Frequency
(2016)

I can't believe I missed this one when it came out...
A bizarre concept for a movie, it is a hundred times more bizarre for a TV series...I just put it on from Netflix and am glued to the TV right now...I just can't write a proper review now, sorry...

This is an excellent TV series, and should have been picked up for more seasons...

The Final Countdown
(1980)

Cheesy, even in 1980...BUT...
Something odd happened with this movie...it mixed cheese with something else called...entertainment.

Yes, it is a cheesy movie...but strangely compelling, with a plot you can lose yourself in. What would happen if a time warp moved a modern Nuclear aircraft Carrier back in time to December 7th, 1941. Yeah, it does get interesting quick...

The dialog may seem corny, but ignore it and just sit back and enjoy the movie, heh heh...it never won an award, but it is fun to watch...

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
(2019)

Someone said this was a great movie...What Happened...?
That's all I can say...there just isn't any substance to this...

Pacific Rim: Uprising
(2018)

A dumbed down Transformers movie really...
I'll tell the truth, I didn't really like the first one...but at least it had a story and a backstory. This isi an insult to any fans out there...

What else can I say...not much, as I actually thought I was watching another Transformers flick before I actually looked at the Title...

It has lots of action for a few minutes but little coherent story...in fact, it doesn't have much appeal at all...

Tank Girl
(1995)

You cannot appreciate this unless...
I laughed when I saw all the '1' ratings, simply because I guess I'm a bit more flexible than most. Most definitely this was a dumb movie, but I would say not the dumbest one ever...it is more like a serious attempt to bring cult comic books to the big screen really, and in some respects it did it.

The dialog is overly cheesy for a reason, lots of low level comics were like that, but the production values were fairly good...soo, I liked it.

Chikyû Bôeigun
(1957)

I watched this on the big screen when it came out...
...and boy am I laughing now. The Japanese pumped out scifi movies for quite a while back then, and marketed them to the US. Always extremely low budget and with production values that no one would envy, they were sometimes entertaining

The Mysterians was one of the exceptions, actually posessing a plot, even if it was entirely predictable for an nine year old boy like me. Sure, it is dumb and cheesy...all of them were, but you could still enjoy them for their quirks.

Apollo 13
(1995)

It was actually underappreciated...
Yes it was a dramatized movie, and yes some of the sequences were made up...but the movie was as accurate as could possibly be to make a movie. This happened, it was real, and I watched it live as it happened...

Frankly it doesn't get better than Apollo 13, a moon flight that never made it...yet captured the hearts of an entire world...

The Legend of Tarzan
(2016)

I don't think this one was intended to be true to the origins...
I was truthfully confused during the first 45 minutes or so. I thought it was trashing the Edgar Rice Burroughs traditions...then I realized this story is supposed to be after the origins...

This story has John (Tarzan) going back to the Congo, and onl uses flashbacks to remind you that the producers did intend to honor the traditional story...I won't throw a bunch of spoilers into this, but I will say I enjoyed it enormously more than I thought I would...honestly, watch the whole movie before you just dismiss it, for it does have a compelling story...

Rampage
(2018)

Awww, some people didn't like it!
Understandable really, the plot is rather choppy and waay out there, but if you calm down some you can actually have fun with this Dwayne Johnson outing...Dwayne does like his snarky humor, just about like I do, and even though I did feel some cringes, once I settled down I did appreciate the bizarre nature of the movie...and it does have a pretty neat and funny ending in the midst of all the destruction...

So heck! Put your thinking cap away and enjoy a half way decent entertainment movie...

Space Force
(2020)

Sort of a disturbing comedy, but seems strained...
I dunno, it was a noble attempt...but even with the heavy dose of snark aimed at this administration it doen't have the zing you'd expect...

That's why I call it strained, there are gags galore, but most times without the recognizable punchline...

The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch
(2020)

Why is it...
...some people think all you hafta do is throw a bunch of weird things together in order to create a successful 'investigation show'...Oak Island is the premier mystery series that never ever actually goes anywhere. They find tiny pieces of metal and wood all the time, but never come close to solving the four or five hundred year old mystery...

Now we have a bunch of southern 'gentlemen' putting together a conglomeration of psychic, paranormal activities sweetened with UFOs on a ranch somewhere, and they expect to make money off this thing. Oak Island was remotely interesting for about the first eight episodes, before you got the message that nothing was ever gonna happen...it became boring after that.

But this is a dead show even before the first eppy was over...OMG, they actually made a tin foil reflector to aid their 'investigating'...

Upload
(2020)

Decidedly Bizarre...and that's what makes it really good.....
To be honest, with all the snark and pseudo comedy, the background premise is frankly frightening...imagine if you will that people could actually 'upload' themselves into a massive digital reality for the sole purpose of cheating death...oh, you're still dead, but 'feel' like you are still alive Scarey...scarey because that does feel like where we are heading in this digital age...

Alright, as for the series itself it is offensive in parts...I believe it is intended that way, and frankly again, I ended up liking it that way...there is a lot of swearing sprinkled in rather heavy handedly throughout, so if you get offended easily you won't like it. I guess I'm lucky as I saw past the offensive stuff and actually saw the backstory. Upload may seem choppy to many people, but it does smooth out. Truthfully, I liked this one so much I spent an hour finding a way to contact Amazon, just to impress on them that I for one really want a second season...so there...

Now You See Me
(2013)

Oooooo, some people didn't like this one...
Doesn't matter really, this was produced to entertain, nothing more...and the twists and turns definitely did that. Some complained it had no coherent story, but frankly it does...I guess you hafta be as crazy as I am to appreciate it though...

Ok, enough for now...I'm watching it again...

Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker
(2019)

I'll never learn...
This is probaly the fifth time I rented a movie on impulse, and while I was bored...and regretted it not even 10 minutes into watching...yes, I should know better after being disappointed so many times, but believe it or not some movies that were rated badly here were actually quite entertaining for me...

Not so for the re-imagined Star Wars...I saw the original Episode 4 when it came out big screen, and wanted that feeling of magic, but alas it is not to be so...this one stinks so badly I will likely press stop in another 5 minutes or so and never go back to it again...grand total maybe twenty minutes for $4.99 rental fee...

Of well, at least there were a few seconds of good CGI...

Logan
(2017)

I am really really confused...
I am watching the last third of this thing and have no idea how it got so many glowing reviews...maybe I'll hafta watch it from the beginning...

Roswell
(1999)

Premised on SciFi, this is not your usual show...
I'm gonna make this short to start, and maybe I'll add to it later, but this short run series appears to have been cut short too early...

It's premise is that three alien hybrid live in Roswell, descendants of the 'visitors' from our most famous UFO conspiracy incident...BUT it is not about aliens per se', but the emotional characterizations while they live among us in Roswell...

Ok, that's it for now, I'm still on the first eppie on Netflix...

Toy Story 4
(2019)

I'm kinda sad...but not because of the movie...
I frankly can't believe all the negative comments. I've seen so many sequels over the years, most tend to lose their magnetism as the stories continue, but not this one! Toy Story 4 actually improves on the originals

Maybe it's because I tend to be snarky with my humor, I got the bouncy bouncy feeling right off...there is alot of snarky humor in this one because it was written that way...you can feel the emotions that would run through a toy if they really did come to life...I thought this was done creatively and with the kid in all of us in mind...

Oh, so maybe I never really grew up, but for a 72 year 'old guy' it brought back the child in me...so there!!

Jumanji: The Next Level
(2019)

Ok, I admit it...
I rented this thing on an impulse, and regretted clicking buy the moment the movie started playing and I saw Danny Devito and Danny Glover...BUT, after I realized they just used those two as background color, I was ok and started enjoying it...

That is amazing in itself since I didn't like 'Welcome to The Jungle' much at all...but this one is definitelt smoother and much more fun.

Write this down in your diaries folks, this Jumanji is actually goood!!

Heartbreak Ridge
(1986)

I am disappointed...but not with the movie...
I'm old school Military...no, not a Marine, but I served alongside them often, so I do have insights into Heartbreak Ridge...

Yes the movie is a fictional story, yes it is dramatized...but there is one thing that seems to have been missed by some of the reviewers here...militarily, and specifically from the Marine perspective, the movie is NOT overacted. The concept of the Marine Code of Honor is frankly spot on despite some of the dialog glitches. So I don't care if some missed the point entirely, if you don't get it I doubt anyone could explain it to you...

Semper Fi Marines...

Knowing
(2009)

I had to think about this one for quite a while...
There are movies Nicholas Cage is good in...this was alright, but not his usual fare...

Somewhat spiritual in nature, Knowing fell a bit short for me with the changes in direction..while it is a watchable film, it just does not measure up as memorable, although there are some good parts near the end...

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