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Vintage horror film that's not what it appears to be, 15 October 2017
6/10

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"Mark Of The Vampire" has a great cast (even with a few too many comic relief supporting characters), some striking scenes and lots of creepy-crawlies, but the big surprise in the story is also a let-down, as it turns the supernatural into the mundane. Ultimately, this doesn't quite qualify as one of the classics of the genre. But it does make you wonder why Carroll Borland didn't have more roles like this - she is perfect. **1/2 out of 4.

Dismal attempt to revive the series, 15 October 2017
4/10

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It's nice to see Herbert Lom, Burt Kwouk and Claudia Cardinale (even if in a different role) back in the "Pink Panther" series one last time, and the stunning Debrah Farentino is another welcome sight, but Roberto Benigni is no Peter Sellers (he was much funnier the following year in "Il Mostro", made in his native country), and the gags and pratfalls are years-stale and unfunny. The film is a good-looking yawner. *1/2 out of 4.

One of my favorite episodes, 14 October 2017
8/10

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Something different this time, and definitely one of my all-time favorite episodes, as Bear Grylls takes two selected fans of the show (and rookie survivalists), a 39-year-old man from New York and a 29-year-old man from Minnesota, to British Columbia, Canada, and puts them through HIS mountain-rappelling, snow-sliding, bunny-cooking, worm-eating, frozen-river-crossing paces. At the end, they have conquered their fears (of height and water), and they come out of the experience exhausted but enriched. It is a concept that writes itself - which is probably why Bear Grylls followed up on it much more in his next projects. *** out of 4.

A very long tease with almost no payoff, 13 October 2017
6/10

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There are some things I do appreciate about "The Returned": the mood (sometimes poetic), the music (great), the acting (apart from the little boy, whom I absolutely can not stand) and the complexity (uncompromising - on a par with "Twin Peaks"). But on the whole I would not recommend this series. There is another thing on a par with "Twin Peaks" - the pacing. It's slow. It's unbearably slow. It's as slow as a funeral (appropriately?). The first season at least has a dramatic center (the difficulty of both the living and the dead to adjust to the new reality), but the second season lacks purpose. The whole series is one big tease: for every 10 questions/paradoxes, you get 1 answer/explanation - if you're lucky. It asks much more from the viewer than it gives back. **1/2 out of 4.

Orca (1977)
Unpleasant but well-crafted thriller, 8 October 2017
7/10

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Made just two years after "Jaws", this isn't the crowd-pleasing blockbuster its predecessor is; it's a more adult film, turning a whale-seeking quest into a mystical journey to the end of time. There are all sorts of ways to read this film metaphorically (maybe the whale represents Harris' desire to die because of his grief, or maybe it represents everything he would like to have done to his own wife and baby's killer), but it's also effective at a simpler level; it can't be easy (much less in 1977) to create the illusion of a whale systematically preying on humans, but they do it here. Harris is superb, and Morricone's music is magnificent. It's not a pleasant film to watch, but it has made a strong impression on me (and left me with conflicting emotions) ever since I first saw it, many years ago. It's probably one of the top 5 "when animals attack" thrillers ever made. *** out of 4.

WWF Armageddon (2000) (TV)
Exemplifies its era - for better and for worse, 6 October 2017
6/10

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"Armageddon 2000" has a lot of the hallmarks of WWF's "Attitude Era": lots of talk, politically incorrect content, bumps, brawling, gimmicks and carnage - and minimal wrestling. In the first match, Lita puts in a good effort when she's left all alone in the ring against Dean Malenko after the Hardy Boyz have been eliminated. It's easy to forget William Regal vs. Hardcore Holly ever happened. Chyna vs. Val Venis lacks the spark of an intergender match. Kane vs. Chris Jericho in a Last Man Standing match is sleep-inducing until the end. The four-corners Tag Team match is just plain confusing (though the Dudley Boyz are entertaining). Benoit vs. Billy Gunn has the most wrestling of the night. The women's triple-threat lasts 2 minutes!! And the main event, the six-man Hell In A Cell WWF Championship match, is a mess, but the way they tease and prepare the big fall off the top of the cell is effective indeed. **1/2 out of 4.

Red Heat (1988)
Not an Arnold classic, but enjoyable, 2 October 2017
6/10

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If you were to rank all of Arnold Schwarzenegger's movies, "Red Heat" would place somewhere in the middle (in quality as well as in popularity). It's basic, formulaic cops-and-drug-dealers stuff, but expertly directed by action specialist Walter Hill, who also made other violent buddy-movies like "48 Hours" and its sequel. Arnold has a role here that allows him to use his robotic delivery to his advantage (he is almost like a human Terminator); it's one of his better performances, and he is certainly funnier than his co-star, James Belushi ("Hooligani!"). The bus-chase climax is pretty spectacular. **1/2 out of 4.

Royal Rumble (2002) (TV)
Not one of the greatest Rumbles, 1 October 2017
6/10

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The tag-team match and the women's match are blink-and-you'll-miss-them. William Regal vs. Edge is forgettable. Vince McMahon vs. Ric Flair in a Streetfight is better than it looks on paper (highlight: Vince doing the figure four leg lock on Flair!). Chris Jericho vs. The Rock is the best match of the night. The Royal Rumble is entertaining as expected, because of continuous action, but FULL of jobbers. Only about 4-5 out of the 30 guys look like they have a legitimate chance of winning. The biggest surprises are The Big Show's and Kane's quick eliminations, and Mr. Perfect lasting so long (he makes it to the final 3). The Atlanta, Georgia crowd is raucous throughout the night. **1/2 out of 4.

Trivial follow-up, 26 September 2017
5/10

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This sequel to "My Friend Irma" actually ignores its finale, which had Diana Lynn & Dean Martin and Marie Wilson & John Lund eich and about to get married; here they have gone back to being middle-class and merely engaged. It mostly seems to be a vehicle for Martin to sing a few songs in a pleasantly mellow voice (and manner); Lynn has much less to do (or say) this time; Wilson continues to be more eager than funny; and Jerry Lewis continues to be more terrible than funny, He shares one scene with a monkey and it's a real struggle to decide who gives the better performance. His impersonation of Bette Davis also must be seen to be believed - not because it's so good, but because it's so bad. Corinne Calvet in a 1950s bikini is certainly a sight for sore eyes. ** out of 4.

Rocky III (1982)
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Thoroughly predictable but very entertaining, 23 September 2017
6/10

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If awards were given for entertaining surface and not artistic depth, then surely Mr.T would win many for his awesomely over-the-top performance here ("Don't turn your back at me, sucka!"). And his punches (especially in the first match) look like they have the force of one ton each. Stallone's script is thoroughly predictable and by-the-numbers, but his direction is energized and he keeps the film going at a relentless pace. In some ways, from Hulk Hogan in a redundant but fun sequence to the all-time-classic "Eye Of The Tiger", "Rocky III" is one of the quintessential 1980s films. And the slow-motion bouncing and hugging at the beach between Stallone and Weathers belongs in the annals of camp! **1/2 out of 4.


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