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A beautiful, haunting film. Really wonderful.

Maybe elcid means, "while revolution slept, culture remained awake"? Clearly an impressive segment either way. I've clearly never ridden the right bus in my life.
5 days 6 hours ago
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really well done - fantastic design all around, great execution of the story (though I'd have made a couple minor changes to the writing). Really liked this one. Probably should have received an Oscar for either costume or makeup
3 weeks 4 days ago
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The ONLY thing I liked about this was Lynda Carter and she was magnificent - and probably the right amount, especially after the hours of tedium, boredom, and WTF.
4 weeks ago
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While I thought the first two-thirds went pretty well, the final third just didn't feel right - too forced and too spy thriller for what this was. Yes, it's got some good points and the story is a bit compelling, but does real life have plot holes?
1 month ago
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really bad writing, really bad

and the director should be sent to live with the Rockchewers

Ugh. Terrible.
1 month ago
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note: daisyaday's link to archive.org is to the shorten-for-TV version which has fallen into the public domain (and seems to run between 53 and 55 minutes depending on transfer, etc). TCM says it's 59 minutes

IMDb lists the runtime at 71 minutes for a restored version (per IMDb trivia). AllMovie lists it at 70 minutes.

So far I've not found a copy of the restored version, I don't believe it's been circulated very widely.
1 month 1 week ago
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don't worry if you can't understand the voice-track, it's not meant to be understood, just felt, according to Breer in "Screening Room with Robert Breer"
1 month 1 week ago
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THE Hoff biopic

rumored sequel: spoiler
1 month 4 weeks ago
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so, "space men" are really from Planet of the Apes?
2 months ago
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no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't get it up - laughter, that is

this is to comedy what USS VD: Ship of Shame is to porn
2 months 3 weeks ago
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starts out slow (sluggish even) but the last 30 or 45 minutes get fairly suspenseful (even if we know what's going to happen). Granted, one weakness is using all the usual misdirects as the suspense mounts: I'd have been happier if they just played out the story, but that's me and I recognize the misdirects for what they are (and that's part of the problem with them). But otherwise a satisfying suspense film and an excellent reminder of just what kind of state I do NOT want to live in. Glad I stumbled across this while looking for another film of the same name. :)
3 months ago
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Huh. Surprised they missed the opportunity to feature the song by Ritchie Cordell - either as recorded by Tommy James and the Shondells or the insipidly pop cover by Tiffany. Must be an indie flick. Real indie.
3 months 3 weeks ago
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that was probably the worst 18 minutes I ever spent in the 1940s
3 months 3 weeks ago
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Razing that village - including the inhabitants - would have made the world a better place.
3 months 4 weeks ago
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interesting pondering of the eternal questions: what is beauty? what is art? what is pleasure? and even what is pornography? While Cox doesn't seek to tell us what we should find beautiful in life, this movie does try to get us thinking outside our own, private, little boxes and accept that others have differing views on these things. Find your own beauty and pleasure in life.
4 months ago
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about the only thing missing is January Jones' character - spoiler.
4 months 1 week ago
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Artist's website

Artist profile from public TV (seen 20210209)
4 months 1 week ago
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While there are no dance numbers, Disney was able to get this one under 2 hours with musical montages. Otherwise, not particularly noteworthy. It's pretty much average and what we'd expect from a Bollywood family comedy.
4 months 2 weeks ago
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Sort of like the unwanted love child of Deadpool and The Burning Bed if raised by the lamest Bond villain of all time. I mean a totally stupid Bond villain.. Kind of sums up what I thought of this one. I thought Moss fit her role and Hodge was fine. The controlling partner and his lawyer/brother and the sister were completely one-dimensional. The plot was predictable from the death notice onwards. And did I mention the twists? Yeah, it had those as well and they weren't a bit invisible. I'm baffled by the popularity, but in the age of superheroes, this is what Hollywood does with the abusive controlling partner narrative.
4 months 2 weeks ago
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meh. Some funny social commentary with plenty of low budget CG makes this about as bad as some docudrama showing life in the Marxist-Leninist produced by South Florida Republicans and Spanish Francoists. Probably my least favorite Cuban movie and while I'm not amazed it made TSZDT (look at what they did with virtually no budget!), it's a stretch to call this one of the best of any decade via Cinema Tropical. Talk about list bloat!
4 months 3 weeks ago
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Unlike others, I found myself thinking throughout much of the movie how much more interesting it would be if it avoided the horror conventions and relied more on the human drama and its suspense thriller aspects. So while I agree the first hour dragged along, it was because of the jump scares and such. But I do agree that too many dots were left unconnected and that was ultimately what I found unsatisfying.

In another movie, I applaud leaving me decide the reason why or what happens next; but since this movie is asking us to suspend disbelief and believe in something many don't or can't believe in, we need a bit more exploration of the how and maybe the why. While the Priest's final word might tie that up for some, it requires some more acceptance of Christian beliefs than I can muster.

However, as one who doesn't like horror movies very often, I thought this was better than most of what I've seen from the genre over the recent past. That it was made in Venezuela is also a bit surprising if we are to believe what is being reported about the Bolivarian Republic. Pretty high quality work for what some call a "failed state."
4 months 4 weeks ago
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While I found the concept interesting - telling a story from a dog's point of view - can't really say this succeeded, unless, of course, one considers dogs to be just like humans minus the opposable thumbs and ability to form real words, sentences, etc. So yes, it's a severely anthropomorphized view of the world purportedly from dog's POV. Still, if we set aside this issue, it's a story that will probably touch dog lovers and it's not a terrible take on the human condition. Some might even need a hanky here and there because there is sadness: where most movies would have one terrible life event, this one has at least four (by my count). It's not all sadness though and there are themes about staying the course, doing what you love, caring about others, etc that are still resonant.

Can't recommend or not since I don't really know what you're looking for in a watch, but will say my dog was quite riveted. (Note: that's mostly because the editing style generally moved quickly between dog and human screen time. He finds dogs much more interesting than humans, but only if things keep changing. So this one kept his attention.)

Otherwise the execution is acceptable. I generally don't have huge technical requirements in a film and mostly look that they don't spoil the storytelling and they didn't, at least not for me. It's often cute, interesting if you like dogs, but not destined for many best of lists. Not sure if it would make a best films about dogs list or not: haven't given that much thought until now.
5 months 2 weeks ago
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so wanted to be edgy - "sex friends"? I mean, how censored is that?!? No, just another one written for endless adolescence rather than adults who have adult relationships that are sometimes funny, sometimes painful, and usually end badly. No idea how this ended up on my watchlist, but someone needs to be punished.
5 months 2 weeks ago
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Moral of the story: you deserve your high school best friend. Ugh. I thought the whole point of going to NYC was to get away from the numbing pointlessness of adolescence that was high school, not to take it all with you.

The only plus I'll give this one is the totally rad 80s soundtrack - has to be the best I've heard in years. Only one song was a clunker and it was enjoyable to hear things I've haven't heard in decades. Did the 80's really end 30-some years ago? Seems more like 50.

Pat Benatar rocks and rules forever! (But where was Cindi Lauper, the story did all but set up most of her big hits - guess they came from different corporate universes?)
5 months 2 weeks ago
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I would have called a creature that spits exploding poop from it's mouth "Megalacacalon"

Pretty much sums this one up. eye-roll
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