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  1. NickAndNora34

    I Just Watched...

    COPYCAT (1995) Score: 2.5/5 (wow, I really have not been all that generous with my ratings these days, huh) Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Dermot Mulroney, William McNamara, Harry Connick, Jr. This centers around a prolific psychologist (Weaver) who is the sole survivor of one of a serial killer's attacks (his last one before getting nabbed by the police and thrown in jail for the foreseeable future). Two detectives (Hunter & Mulroney) are tasked with catching a new "copycat" killer who has been changing the M.O. for each killing to properly fit a list of notorious serial killers (including Bundy, Dahmer, etc). Hunter and Mulroney beg Weaver to assist them in their investigation, as she is rather an expert on serial killers and their crimes. I like both Holly Hunter and Sigourney Weaver, and am trying to watch more of their films. I believe the only ones of Hunter's I've seen are, "The Incredibles," "The Piano," The Incredibles 2," and "O Brother Where Art Thou" (although she was only a supporting player in that one). For Weaver, I have seen "Ghostbusters," "Ghostbusters 2," You Again," "Alien," and "Aliens." *Fun fact: Sigourney Weaver is 6 feet tall, while Holly Hunter is a mere 5 feet, 2 inches (I suppose I shouldn't use the word "mere," considering she's got about half an inch on me).*
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    Cats Movie 2019

    It was recently announced that Tom Hooper will be directing a film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats" musical. Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, James Corden, and Jennifer Hudson have all been announced to be in the film. I am not a huge fan of "Cats" in the first place, but I honestly don't have any idea what to expect from this adaptation. I have no idea what prompted this adaptation in the first place... We'll see, I guess. Thoughts?
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    Hollywood Running Out of Ideas?

    It's interesting that I started this thread back in 2017 during a moment of passion, forgot all about it, and it's now resurfacing haha
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    I Just Watched...

    THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN (2018) Score: 2/5 Starring: Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Keith Carradine (was literally only in 1 scene & had a single line of dialogue). Redford stars as Forrest Tucker, a man who is addicted to robbing banks (a mostly true story). He has been arrested about 16 times, and has managed to escape every single time before his sentence is up (even from Attica and San Quentin). Tucker knocks off banks with his 2 friends, played by Danny Glover & Tom Waits. The Texas police force starts to take notice of this seemingly endless string of robberies, and cop Affleck becomes obsessed with solving the crime and slapping the handcuffs on Tucker himself. Tucker eventually meets and falls for Jewel (Spacek), a horse enthusiast/farmer, and their relationship is somewhat interesting. She seems to know him almost better than anyone else. I guess the main theme of this film was the relationship between crime and the criminal. It showed how addicting crime can be for some people, and how some seem to not care about getting arrested. That aspect was sort of interesting to me, but overall, I was not a huge fan of this one. I believe this might be Redford's last film (correct me if I'm wrong)... I feel like the source material was interesting, and the film was a nice concept, but it just seemed rather bland to me. If you like Redford or Spacek, go see this; otherwise, don't bother seeing it until it comes out on rental. *There was a short scene from the movie, "The Chase," which a young Redford acted in. I always think it's fun when a film incorporates other scenes from other movies.
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    #35: THE SHAGGY DOG (1959) Score: 2.5/5 Starring: Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, Tim Considine, Annette Funicello (4 Mouseketeers, wow). MacMurray stars as a married man with children who is a stick in the mud. He hates dogs, and seems to get upset over the smallest things. His wife is played by Jean Hagen, and, frankly, he treats her like a 5 year old. Not to mention she's totally wasted in this. His sons are played by Corcoran and Kirk. Essentially, the oldest son gets turned into a sheepdog through some ancient curse, and it all goes downhill from there. I really liked Corcoran and Kirk as brothers in Disney's 1957 film, "Old Yeller." Honestly, one of the few Disney live action films of this time period that I thoroughly enjoy. I have now seen all 3 of Disney's versions of this story: The Shaggy Dog (1959), The Shaggy D.A. (1976), and The Shaggy Dog (2006). *This was based on the story, "The Hound of Florence" by Felix Salten (who also wrote the "Bambi" story).
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    I Just Watched...

    VENOM (2018) Score: 3.5/5 Starring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Reid Scott. I'm not going to pretend to know much about Marvel comics/characters, but I enjoyed this as someone not as well versed in the superhero universe. Tom Hardy stars as this man named Eddie, who is a pretty famous San Francisco reporter, and is known for exposing the higher powers. One day, he gets in a little over his head, and asks the wrong questions of a young visionary (Carlton Drake). Drake has launched rockets into space in order to bring back alien specimens. He and his team perform experiments on humans; their goal is to find the perfect host for the symbiotes (aliens) to mesh with. Ultimately, Eddie becomes infected accidentally by one of the symbiotes, and the rest of the movie deals with his transformation and taking down the "bad guys." I was sort of thinking that the whole character and mission of Carlton Drake was a little reminiscent of that of real-life visionary, Elon Musk. Not entirely sure if it was meant to be a sort of commentary or not, but that's how I personally perceived it.
  7. NickAndNora34

    I Just Watched...

    9 (2009) Score: 3.5/5 I have seen this before, but it's been a while, and it was just added to Netflix, so... A series of 9 sentient voodoo dolls are created by a scientist during the war between man and machine. The scientist hopes the dolls can help save humanity before it's too late. I thought the whole idea was original, and well executed. There are several rather creepy moments, so I definitely wouldn't show this to young kids (maybe 9/10 and up). I think sometimes people tend to assume that everything even remotely strange is automatically Tim Burton's work, but in this case, the film was directed by Shane Acker. The film was based on his short film of the same name and concept.
  8. NickAndNora34

    Hollywood Running Out of Ideas?

    Lady Gaga has certainly come a long way, I think. She started out with all those gimmicky outfits, but as of recent years, I have been impressed with her vocal prowess. She did a Duets album with Tony Bennett, of all people, she plays the piano, and I was also doubly impressed with her version of "Your Song" on the recent 'Revamp' album (covers of Elton John's songs by a multitude of popular modern artists). I was skeptical about this recent remake at first, but I think I'll go see it as I am a new fan of Gaga's.
  9. NickAndNora34

    I Just Watched...

    I actually enjoyed it. It was entertaining enough. The transitions between the real world and Fantasia were well done, in my opinion. It’s definitely not the best movie I’ve ever seen, but I liked it. Falkor, the luck-Dragon, was my favorite character in it (besides Atreyu, the child hero).
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    I Just Watched...

    THE HATEFUL EIGHT (2015) Score: 3.5/5 *Warning: This is a Tarantino film; do not watch if you are sensitive to violence/blood.* Starring: Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, James Parks, Channing Tatum. Seven men and one woman are snowed into a cabin during a blizzard, and have to get along until the snow clears, and they can all get to the nearest town (Red Rock). Russell stars as a bounty hunter who has with him a female charge, played by Leigh. Jackson and Goggins were their traveling companions; these 4 meet 4 other mysterious folks. Strange things start happening, and Russell starts to suspect there's something fishy going on. I liked this. I thought it was very well constructed, and the characters/acting was fantastic.
  11. NickAndNora34

    I Just Watched...

    THE NEVERENDING STORY (1984) Score: 3/5 Starring: Barret Oliver, Noah Hathaway, Tami Stronach, Gerald McRaney, Alan Oppenheimer, Deep Roy. I read the book before watching this, and let me tell you, that really was a "never-ending story." Approximately 400 pages of a long, drawn-out story that easily could have been reduced by at least 100 pages. At least. Bastian's mother has recently died, and his relationship with his father is nearly severed after this tragic event. Bastian makes his way to school one morning, and is chased by some neighborhood bullies. He hides inside of a book shop and "borrows" this intriguing book (promising to return it later). Bastian ends up being late to school, and decides to not even go to class; instead he goes up into the school's attic (which, for some reason, looks like a small wildlife museum) and reads the book until he has finished (several hours after school has ended for the day and everyone has gone home). The story ultimately breaks the fourth wall when the Childlike Empress reveals to the story's hero, Atreyu, that a human child is the key to saving their land of Fantasia, and Bastian becomes aware of this, and saves Fantasia from the Nothing sweeping the nation by giving the Empress a new name. He decides to call her "Moon Child." Overall, I was pretty impressed with the child actors. They were much better than Luana Patten.
  12. NickAndNora34

    I Just Watched...

    THE PAGEMASTER (1994) Score: 2/5 Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Whoopi Goldberg, Christopher Lloyd, Ed Begley, Jr., Patrick Stewart, Frank Welker, Leonard Nimoy, George Hearn. Culkin stars as a brainy outcast who would much rather read books and quote statistics than spend time with children his own age and play outside. He wanders into the library one day and meets the eccentric librarian who works there. Culkin goes into another part of the library and while he is looking at a mural on the ceiling, he slips and falls, and blacks out for a while. His soul leaves his body or something, and he is transported to this literary world where all the books are sentient and all the stories come to life. Not too much to say about this one; the only part of the film I actually enjoyed was the Ayn Rand reference.
  13. NickAndNora34

    I Just Watched...

    TOOTSIE (1982) Score: 3.5/5 Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Teri Garr, Jessica Lange, Bill Murray, Dabney Coleman (hypocritical bigot). I've seen this film before, but just bought it on Google Play and was in the mood to re-watch it. I don't know what it is, but I enjoy the overall aesthetic of 80's films for some reason. I don't quite know how to describe it... Anyway, it's always a fun time watching this.
  14. NickAndNora34

    And the "Tony Award" Goes To...

    I feel like Nixon did a fantastic job dubbing for Deborah Kerr in "The King and I." The voices seem to match almost perfectly. Yeah, they really should have gotten a stronger singer for dubbing Tony. His voice gets really weak around the higher notes. Oh, well. We can't exactly go back in time and re-cast the film (unfortunately).
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    And the "Tony Award" Goes To...

    A singer named Jim Bryant sang for Richard Beymer in this film... But I agree: his voice wasn't that good. Beymer, Wood, Moreno, and Tamblyn were all dubbed in this. *Apparently Moreno's dubber, Betty Wand, was sick one day, so Marni Nixon had to record both the parts for Maria and for Anita at the end of the Quintet.

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