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    The best thing about that scene are the stockings and garters.

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    I saw Duel to the Death a classic B Kung-fu movie. 10/10

    The plot summary does not do justice to this gem. A martial arts competition between China and Japan is complicated by the presence of mysterious ninjas who's motives are unknown to both the competitors. What follows is an over the top, ever escalating mad house of a movie, where every insane plot twist keeps the viewer glued to the screen. Great kung fu choreography, over the top gore and continuous madcap energy have transformed this into what is simultaneously my favorite Kung-fu movie AND my favorite Ninja movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelo View Post
    The best thing about that scene are the stockings and garters.
    Damn right!

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    The Man With Two Brains. A Steve Martin classic type of comedy he was good in. It also stars the then very delicious Kathleen Turner.



    9/10

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    Hotel Artemis 7.5/10

    Jodie Foster, referred to only as "The Nurse", runs a membership only hospital for the criminal element of 2028 Los Angeles. Financed originally by the kingpin of the Los Angeles mafia, Jeff Goldblum. The city has descended into the worst riots in history while various criminals come to the hotel for treatment. A unique and engaging story rounded out with fine performances by all the principles, including Dave Bautista as "Everest" the medical assistant and Sofia Boutella playing her usual badass self. Well worth a watch.
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    Shazam 8/10

    What a fun movie! Watched with the family and we all had a great time. One of the best moments of the movie is the appearance of the Marvel Family, which really hyped my wife Zachary Levi plays a kid in a grown up body learning superpowers for the first time admirably well, and the kid who played Freddy did a fantastic job. It's a shame this movie got lost amid all the Marvel hype, it's a treasure.

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    The Wandering Earth 3/4 bags of popcorn.

    Jeez, where to start? Imagine if a Chinese filmmaker, backed up by Alibaba money, watched "Armageddon" and said "oh, I can top that." The result is The Wandering Earth, an absolutely dizzying special effects spectacular that's so over the top your higher brain functions just shut down and say "come on, live a little...I'll be back in 2 hours."

    Premise? The Sun has begun to go nova, and is going to swallow the solar system in a few hundred years. The Earth doesn't have nearly that long, and so to save humanity, the world government comes up with a plan: Use the Earth as a space ship! Thousands of "Earth engines" are built, along with underground cities for the human race to live in while the engines stop the world from rotating and launch it on a trip to our new home orbiting Alpha Centauri. This will of course devastate the surface of the planet and kill off half the people, but hey, sometimes you gotta break some eggs to make an interstellar omelet, right? There's also a traveling space station to help Earth navigate during the 2,500 year trip.

    Fast forward 17 years into the journey, and a computer malfunction on board the station leads to a miscalculation of the Jupiter gravity assist flyby, and Earth is caught in the giant planet's gravity instead...plunging towards the Great Red Spot. The gravity begins to cause earthquakes, damaging the engines and exacerbating the problem. Our heroes (there's lots of them) team up to race across the frozen surface of the Earth, restart the engines, and try to stop what appears to be the inevitable plunge into Jupiter. Got it?

    Like I said, Michael Bay said "here's Armageddon" and this guy (Frant Gwo) said "hold my beer."

    The thing is, once you get past the ridiculous premise and absurd "science," it's a rollicking, gripping adventure/thrill ride. Based on the effects, the stunning vistas, and sheer scale of the thing I guessed it cost north of an Avengers movie or two. Nope. Less than $50 million according to an IMDB estimate. It only made $2 million in the US, but no tears were shed because they're probably still counting the world wide gross...$700 million.

    There are some nit picks. The characters are pretty shallow. There's a lot of derivative stuff like the shipboard computer that's basically Hal 2.0, and it needs a lot of exposition and explanation, but again it's not pretending to be high brow film making. It's just entertainment. It's entertaining. Mission accomplished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ford View Post
    The Wandering Earth 3/4 bags of popcorn.

    Jeez, where to start? Imagine if a Chinese filmmaker, backed up by Alibaba money, watched "Armageddon" and said "oh, I can top that." The result is The Wandering Earth, an absolutely dizzying special effects spectacular that's so over the top your higher brain functions just shut down and say "come on, live a little...I'll be back in 2 hours."

    Premise? The Sun has begun to go nova, and is going to swallow the solar system in a few hundred years. The Earth doesn't have nearly that long, and so to save humanity, the world government comes up with a plan: Use the Earth as a space ship! Thousands of "Earth engines" are built, along with underground cities for the human race to live in while the engines stop the world from rotating and launch it on a trip to our new home orbiting Alpha Centauri. This will of course devastate the surface of the planet and kill off half the people, but hey, sometimes you gotta break some eggs to make an interstellar omelet, right? There's also a traveling space station to help Earth navigate during the 2,500 year trip.

    Fast forward 17 years into the journey, and a computer malfunction on board the station leads to a miscalculation of the Jupiter gravity assist flyby, and Earth is caught in the giant planet's gravity instead...plunging towards the Great Red Spot. The gravity begins to cause earthquakes, damaging the engines and exacerbating the problem. Our heroes (there's lots of them) team up to race across the frozen surface of the Earth, restart the engines, and try to stop what appears to be the inevitable plunge into Jupiter. Got it?

    Like I said, Michael Bay said "here's Armageddon" and this guy (Frant Gwo) said "hold my beer."

    The thing is, once you get past the ridiculous premise and absurd "science," it's a rollicking, gripping adventure/thrill ride. Based on the effects, the stunning vistas, and sheer scale of the thing I guessed it cost north of an Avengers movie or two. Nope. Less than $50 million according to an IMDB estimate. It only made $2 million in the US, but no tears were shed because they're probably still counting the world wide gross...$700 million.

    There are some nit picks. The characters are pretty shallow. There's a lot of derivative stuff like the shipboard computer that's basically Hal 2.0, and it needs a lot of exposition and explanation, but again it's not pretending to be high brow film making. It's just entertainment. It's entertaining. Mission accomplished.
    I had no idea any of Cixin Liu's work had been made into movies, or that these were available in the west. Is it in English, or dubbed, or subtitled?

    I was vaguely aware that there are plans for a Three Body movie. Wandering Earth is an interesting story, and while epicin scale, the actual science is pretty sound, at least in the book - perhaps the most unrealistic thing is that almost the entire human race gets behind the effort (though this is clearly a nod to the national effort by the USA to put a man on the moon).

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    9/10

    Two criticisms.

    First, the very slow pace (and some of the repetition). But given that it's a Jim Jarmusch film, at least some of the slow pace is not unexpected, and is (I believe) used here for a particular reason. To be honest, I myself enjoyed it (the very slow pace) partly because the cinematography and the acting was so appealing of itself, and partly because it seemed subtly appropriate to the main theme(s) of the film, but I can understand if some think it was excessive.

    Second, The 'clumsy' voiceovers (delivered by the hermit character) especially at the end, when (at least some of) the underlying point of the film is revealed, or at least summed up. Imo, the movie could have done without this 'dumbing down' explanation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bilby View Post

    I had no idea any of Cixin Liu's work had been made into movies, or that these were available in the west. Is it in English, or dubbed, or subtitled?

    I was vaguely aware that there are plans for a Three Body movie. Wandering Earth is an interesting story, and while epicin scale, the actual science is pretty sound, at least in the book - perhaps the most unrealistic thing is that almost the entire human race gets behind the effort (though this is clearly a nod to the national effort by the USA to put a man on the moon).
    I was unaware of his work. It is in Mandarin with subtitles, but there is an overdubbed version. I started with that, but it was pretty bad, so I switched to the subtitles. It's very much a "world unifies to save humanity" film as opposed to the typical "here comes America to save the day" outing.

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