Timecop, 1994

July 3, 2017

Timecop was a good popcorn action flick with a science-fantasy premise, but the premise is definitely a backdrop with a few holes in it. The fight scenes were very poised and scripted but still enjoyable – they knew they got Jean-Claude van Damme and, dammit, they were going to shoot all the awesome kicks and half-naked splits they could afford.

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Doctor Strange, 2016

July 3, 2017

This movie had some really amazing effects in it, but on the whole I felt it was not only pretty forgettable, but the character development was flat, the jokes were ham-fisted, and the message about dealing with personal loss didn’t really work.

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Ranma 1/2, 1987 – 1996

June 26, 2017

Ranma 1/2 is a Japanese anime series based on a manga comic about a young Japanese boy, Ranma Saotome, who fell into a cursed spring while he and his father were traveling in China and training in the family martial arts style. He emerged with the curse that when he was doused with cold water he would turn into a woman, and when doused with hot water he would turn back into a man. His father, on the other hand, was cursed so that when doused with cold water, he would turn into a panda, and hot water would return him to normal.

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Tetsuo: The Iron Man, 1989

June 26, 2017

I had heard this was a classic of Japanese cyberpunk, and knew nothing about it beyond that, or even what Japanese cyberpunk meant exactly. I’d seen Ghost in the Shell, so I thought high-tech low-life was in order, but I was not prepared for the industrial insanity that is this movie.

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Harvey, 1950

June 26, 2017

Elwood P Dowd is a very pleasant, personable man whose best friend is a giant, invisible rabbit named Harvey. He makes sure to introduce Harvey to everyone he meets. Elwood also holds open doors for him and buys him drinks at their favorite pub downtown.

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Eating Raoul, 1982

June 26, 2017

This film had an interesting feel to it. It is a commentary and satire about California and Hollywood of the 1980’s. It reminded me of Sleeper and Network. It’s about a couple, Paul and Mary Bland, who kill kinky people for fast cash. It takes a very dim view of sexual liberation as a lot of free spirits, rapists, and freaks. Meanwhile it treats the murder of people as a very lightheartedly, with the sound of the killing frying pan being cute and used with comedic timing. It compares the two acts and portrays them in a way that mocks our acceptance of their portrayal, which continues even today.

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The Fly (1958)

June 26, 2017

The Fly is a film about science going too far and creating a monster – a theme not uncommon in films from the 50s and 60s, but our monster in this movie is not some army of giant ants or an unstoppable killing behemoth. Our monster is the scientist himself, and is about the horror of watching someone you know and love turn into something dark and strange. The horror is not the monster per se, but watching someone become that monster and not being able to help them.

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