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Tag [2015] Take Point [2018] Taken [2008]
Taken 2 [2012] Taken 3 [2014] The Taking of Pelham 123 [2009]
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three [1974] Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight [1995] Tales from the Darkside: The Movie [1990]
The Task [2011] Tea with the Dames [2018] Tears of the Sun [2003]
Tell Me How I Die [2016] The Terminator [1984] Terminator 2: Judgment Day [1991]
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines [2003] Terminator 4: Salvation [2009] Terminator 5: Genisys [2015]
Texas Killing Fields [2011] Them! [1954] There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane [2011]
These Final Hours [2013] They Live [1988] This Is the End [2013]
The Thompsons [2012] Thor [2011] Thor 2: The Dark World [2013]
Thor 3: Ragnarok [2017] Thoroughbreds [2017] Three [2016]
Three... Extremes [2004] THX 1138 [1971] Tiger House [2015]
Tigerland [2000] Time Lapse [2014] The Time Machine [2002]
The Tingler [1959] Titicut Follies [1967] To Live and Die in L.A. [1985]
Tomb Raider [2018] Toolbox Murders [2004] Top Secret! [1984]
The Tortured [2010] The Touch of Her Flesh [1967] The Tourist [2010]
Tourist Trap [1979] The Town [2010] The Town That Dreaded Sundown [2014]
The Toxic Avenger [1984] Train to Busan [2016] Traitor [2008]
Transit [2012] Trapped [2002] Tread [2020]
Triangle [2009] Trick 'r Treat [2007] Triple Frontier [2019]
Triple Threat [2019] Trollhunter [2010] Trouble Every Day [2001]
True Story [2015] Truth or Dare [2018]

Tread [2020]


         

On June 4, 2004, Marvin Heemeyer used a steel armored bulldozer to lay waste to several properties in the Colorado town of Grandy ...because he was angry and God told him it was the right thing to do. An extremely well structured documentary that starts by showing you what a great guy he was and the things the town did to bring him down making us sympathize. But as the story unfolds, it's apparent that he's sliding into obsession and paranoia over a 13 year period culminating in a devastating act of vengeance over perceived wrongs. Great human study!

Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight [1995]


         


An entertaining and rather campy horror flick which is pretty much what you would expect as a Tale from the Crypt. Whole lot of gore, whole lot of gags, some very colorful characters ...and critters, and an excellent and amusing performance by Billy Zane. What's not to like?

Taken [2008]


         


"If you don't [let my daughter go], I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you". What a way to start a intense international chase across Europe as a man, with incredible skills, hunts down the kidnappers of his daughter. It's an action feast that just doesn't quit. Liam Neeson is great. Check it out!

Taken 2 [2012]


         

More of the same as before (above) except this time, our man-of-action and his wife are kidnapped by the father of one of the poor saps that was involved in our hero's daughter's kidnapping in the first film. This time his daughter is helping him escape ...and then the war begins. Excellent car chase sequence and, overall, an exciting and worthy sequel punctuated with a great performance by Rade Serbedzija as the bad ass antagonist.

Taken 3 [2014]


         


His wife is killed and he's framed for her murder. We're all used to the Taken style at this point and this one offers no real surprises but Liam Neeson (despite the fact that he's starting to show his age) and Forest Whitaker give excellent performances and overall it's exciting, action packed with lots of crashes and gunplay, and certainly worth the ride. Isn't that the reason we watch the Taken movies?

The Taking of Pelham 123 [2009]


         


A group of thugs take over a subway car in NYC and demands $10M dollars. John Travolta, as the ruthless leader of the gang, and Denzel Washington, as an every-man dispatcher who is suddenly responsible for the lives of a couple dozen hostages, both have stellar performances in an edge-of-your-seat tension filled thriller. Awesome!

The Toxic Avenger [1984]


         

A dysfunctional nerd, who works in a health club as a mop boy, gets exposed to nuclear toxic waste and is transformed into a grotesque monster who goes on to become a hero. Totally campy, silly, gross, and, at times, downright stupid, it's entertaining simply because it's so utterly without shame. Over-the-top, outrageous performances by everyone. I can't really say I liked the movie but, try as I might, I just can't say that I hated it, either.

Time Lapse [2014]


         

An apartment manager and his two roommates investigate an apartment where it seems the occupant has disappeared. Inside they find a machine that takes photographs of their living room 24 hours into the future. I had trouble wrapping my head around this one in a logical sense but that's the point. Does the camera really show the future or is everyone planning their actions to insure they duplicate the photo? Excellent twisted ending leaving you wondering if they really could have changed things or are future events, once photographed, immutable?

Traitor [2008]


         


Great movie except...**SPOILER ALERT** Why would a super intelligent guy who's managed to get deep under cover with one of the world's more dangerous terrorist cells suddenly decide to go see his sister when he knows she's being watched. That's just stupid and makes absolutely no sense. If it wasn't for this bit of idiocy, I would have rated this film much higher.

Tag [2015]

aka Riaru onigokko

         

A girl's life seems to change realities while everyone else around her gets slaughtered. At least, that's what I think it's about. Beginning with one of the most audacious and shocking openings I've ever seen, this film is violent, ponderous, gory, strange, surreal, aggravating, artistic, a whole lot of running and totally incomprehensible. Certainly no lack of action and excitment but I don't really know if I liked it or not.

Tell Me How I Die [2016]


         

Bunch of students volunteer for the testing of a new drug that improves memory. This premise is used quite a bit with the drug's side effects driving the story forward. I've never seen a really good one and this one was the worst. People who have taken the drug can see glimpses of the future. Sounds interesting but they spend too much time on things that are irrelevant (like the opening seminar speech), and the overall concept is poorly defined rendering the film silly and incoherent with the ending resolving nothing.

These Final Hours [2013]


         

A blast wave from a comet impact will reach Australia in 12 hours. Out of fear, a man decides to get totally wasted and head for an end-of-the-world party. Along the way, he saves a girl and everything changes. Unlike Melancholia (which was 1/2 boring and 1/2 pathetic) this movie wonderfully realistically portrayed the way people may act on the brink of the apocalypse. Very personal, and touching, it's a story of redemption, and figuring out what's important may not be what you think you want. One of the best and most honest apocalypse films I've seen!

Thoroughbreds [2017]


         

Two upper-class teenage girls, rekindling their friendship, begin plotting to kill one girl's stepfather. Unlike the trailer, this is not really a comedy ...although the situations that develop are quite humorous in a morbid sort of way. Rather, this is an extremely dark character study where one girl - a self-professed sociopath - is providing advice to the other about how to commit murder. Watching this smoldering drama leaves one equally amused and appalled ...like watching a pretty train wreck. Sticks with you long after viewing.

Tiger House [2015]


         

A girl sneaks into her boyfriend's house on a night when the house is invaded by thieves. Now it's up to her to save the day. Pretty much what you'd think. Some of the scenarios dragged on a bit too long going from tense suspense to 'get on with it'. The girl's behavior was fickle ...first she's fighting, then she's acting like she's helpless. Far too many moments where she hides 'just in the nick of time'. That gimmick got old. And others did illogical things, as well. It was ok for what it was despite the occasional lack of logic.

Tomb Raider [2018]


         

Laura goes to a remote island to find her dad and raid a tomb. A very well-made film of mediocrity. There's nothing in the dialogue that's engrossing, absolutely no humor, the action, although well done (if you don't mind the super shaky camera work) is cliche and quite often contrived with nothing original. Most of the best stunts are in the trailers. Story is very old with no surprises. Acting is competent but doesn't stand out. Overall, fun day at the movies if you go to the bargain matinee. Otherwise, you're paying too much.

Train to Busan [2016]

aka Busanhaeng

         

A work-driven funds manager is forced to take his daughter, by train, to Busan to drop her off at her mom's when the zombie apocalypse breaks out. Zombie movies are a dime a dozen, these days. So, it's amazing that we still get some that stand out above the rest. Case in point, this film. It presents a hopeless and horrifying onslaught of the undead in the claustrophobic confines of a train and a realistic portrayal of what may be necessary to survive. Filled with action and emotion, it'll make your cheer and it'll break your heart.

The Touch of Her Flesh [1967]




A B&W sexploitation film about a guy who, in a panic after seeing his wife with another man, gets hit by a car. Afterwards, he becomes deranged and kills strippers and hookers. This entire story makes up about 15 minutes of the film. The rest is various women stripping. It's so low budget that it was filmed without sound and the music/dialogue was dubbed in later. Regardless, it did have an surreal and crudely artistic look about it and I actually found it enjoyable to a certain degree. Certainly wasn't boring.

The Tourist [2010]


         

British Intelligence is following a woman who they think will lead them to an illusive international criminal. When she befriends a tourist on a train, everyone, including a gangster, believes it's him. Chaos ensues. This is a rather light thriller appropriate for even young teens ...as long as there's no objection to a couple naughty words. I think they spent far too much time on the budding romance and the serious parts didn't really strike me as serious enough to illicit much danger. It was fun, though, with a clever ending.

True Story [2015]


         

Biopic about a man accused of killing his entire family and a disgraced reporter chronicling the trial for a book. This is an intense emotionally powerful journey into the minds of the accused and the accursed. Both James Franco's performance, going from the misunderstood innocent man to a pathologically narcissistic manipulator, and Jonah Hill, as the trusting reporter who is euphemistically taken for a ride, are fantastic. And the scene with Felicity Jones giving the murderer a piece of her mind is powerful and priceless.

Truth or Dare [2018]


         

A game of truth or dare, started in the ruins of an old mission in Mexico, takes on some very serious proportions. After watching the trailer, the movie turned out to be exactly what I expected. However, the story progressed in a logical, intelligent manner, people were acting as you would expect, and they did a great job of shocking the viewer without any blatant violence ...nary a drop of blood to be seen. I thought the ending was hokey but, bad ratings be damned, this is a well made film, a lot of fun and I enjoyed it.

The Terminator [1984]


         

The future, being controlled by machines but losing to the human resistance, sends back a Terminator to kill the resistance leader's mother before she gives birth to him and the resistance sends back a soldier to save her. One of the classic thrillers of the 80's by newcomer James Cameron, is still just as exciting today as it was then. Arnold Schwarzenegger in his initial outing in the iconic, bad-ass role that he would never outdo. Great action, gunfights, car chases, twisted story line, all moving at a breakneck pace that will keep you glued to your seat.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day [1991]


         

A decade later, two cyborgs are sent back in time to find their target, John Connors - an old style terminator to protect and a liquid metal terminator to kill. After the huge success of the first film (see above), the sky was the limit on the budget for this one and it shows in some of the most chaos driven action on screen. Many consider this the best of the Terminator films. Some consider this one too Hollywood and prefer the hard edged, lower budget, organic quality of the original. Either way, they're both winners in my book. Watch the extended edition.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines [2003]


         

Another decade goes by and the Terminator is sent back, once again, this time to protect John Connor and friend. The machines send back a more advanced terminator, with both liquid metal and a variety of attachments, in the form of one mean chick. Much more action oriented and less invested in emotions and story as the first two films, with an ending that's pretty bleak, but I've grown to like this film more every time I see it. The action is grossly over-the-top but exciting and well designed even if the overall construction is lacking in the personal touch. It's fun!

Terminator 4: Salvation [2009]


         

A prisoner, to be executed, agrees to give his body to science. He wakes up in the middle of the war with the machines not knowing quite what was done to him. I really liked this film. It has its plot problems and the ending is kind of sappy but there's some good solid, realistic sci fi action, that's not nearly as over-the-top as the previous film (see above), and a good, albeit simple and familiar story. Great pacing, lots of crashes and explosions, a cameo by Arnie, and a logical sequel to the story. Great escapist entertainment.

Terminator 5: Genisys [2015]


         

When Kyle Reese is sent back to 1984 to save Sarah Connor, he finds that everything has changed, including timelines, and he's having memories of events he never lived. This film gets a lot of flak as being confusing. I don't care ...it's a time travel story. None of them make sense, if you think about it. This one has lots of incredible action, a complex story (that you can follow if you're paying attention) and a logical conclusion. Has a good deal of humor in it, as well ...especially the constant one-upmanship contest between Kyle and the Terminator. Good fun!

Tourist Trap [1979]


         

5 young people stumble upon a small wax museum out in the middle of nowhere when they venture off the main highway ...a detour that becomes a fight for survival. Typical slasher film for the time period, with the usual campy cliches, bad acting and dialogue and terrible music, which was actually quite entertaining. It has a good twist that was a complete surprise, although, in retrospect, I should have seen it coming. Things slowed down after the reveal and the climax was rather ho hum but overall, above average for it's genre and quite fun.

Triple Threat [2019]


         

Taking place in SE Asia, it really doesn't matter what the plot is as it's just one action sequence after another involving guns, martial arts, threatening and a lot of machismo. The fights had fairly good choreography and were fun to watch. As far as the gun fights... massive amounts of firepower does make things exciting but it didn't appear that anyone could hit the side of a barn with a machine gun if it slapped them in the face. I didn't quite understand people's motivations in some places but all in all, fun, exciting, fighting, shoot 'em up popcorn movie.

Thor [2011]


         
  
Thor's father, Odin, strips Thor of his power and hammer and exiles him to Earth for an attack that he impetuously committed against the Frost Giants just before he was crowned to be king. This was a fun movie that nicely balanced Thor trying to integrate with earthlings, which was quite humorous at times, and the attempts by his brother Loki to take over the throne on Asgard. Lots of great action, a good deal of humor, great characters, a bit of romance, good, complex story, everything you'd expect for an MCU movie.

Thor 2: The Dark World [2013]


         
  
As Thor deals with trying to rid the 9 realms of the Marauders, the Convergence is near and Melekith, leader of the dark elves, has re-appeared in an attempt to destroy the universe. Great story and characters, as usual. You don't see a movie with at least a half dozen worlds as various setting very often and jumping around immediately from one to another was rather fun to watch. Another Marvel masterpiece that fits right into the universe. Good humor, as well.

Take Point [2018]


         

A band of mercenaries enter a bunker to kidnap a high ranking, North Korean leader and end up in a fight for survival. This film ratchets the tension level up to 10 and leaves it there from start to finish with non-stop kinetic chaos and panic that's almost too much too bear ...in fact, it starts to lose it's appeal and impact after a while. The broken English employed by most of the characters is irritating making everything somewhat difficult to understand. The characters weren't particularly compelling, either. You certainly won't be bored with this one, though.

The Town [2010]


         

Reminiscent of one of my favorite films, Heat, we have a group of thieves committing bank and armored car robberies in Charlestown and some FBI guys trying to stop them. In that, it was great ...well depicted with exceptional characters, great action and a well told story. The problem for me was the main plot line of one of the thieves starting an intimate relationship with a hostage from the first bank robbery in the film. Try as I might, I just could not get by how ludicrous that is. Maybe I'm too logical but that makes no sense. Still a good movie, though.

Triple Frontier [2019]


         

5 ex-special forces buddies plan to raid a drug lord's residence in Brazil, killing him and taking his multi-million dollar fortune. The film is a great example of how quickly and badly things can go wrong amidst sudden irrational greed. The action was exceptionally good but the film is far more a struggle for survival and a study of the men and their constant conflict between their moral ambiguities and their personal demons. Although the ending was very sweet and noble, I felt it was really quite unrealistic. But, overall, good acting, good story, good film.

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie [1990]


         


TFTD was a fairly entertaining, tongue-in-cheek, horror anthology TV series. For a movie, however, you'd think they would have turned it up a few notches ...especially with the talent backing up the writing. But, basically what we have here is 3 stories that are no different than watching 3 episodes of the TV show. It's not bad - in fact, I enjoyed it for what it was - it just wasn't anything special.

The Thompsons [2012]


         
  
This sequel to The Hamiltons was surprisingly much better. Our family, inflicted with a disease that forces them to drink human blood, are on the run again. This time they travel to Europe in hopes of finding people like them. There, they meet the Stuarts ...and let the fun begin. Good story, including a nice romantic sup-plot, fast-paced, lots of blood and mayhem and a few twists kept me entertained throughout. I liked it.

Tigerland [2000]


         

Sort of a Cool Hand Luke in boot camp, the story is about Private Bozz going through training before going to Vietnam in 1971 ...something of which he does not want to do. Performances, dialogue and direction are excellent. However, the story isn't really much more than a character study of life in boot camp and we only spend a half hour in a special training camp called Tigerland. Less of what's here and more of something else would have been nice.

Transit [2012]


         

Thieves stash $4 million from an armored car robbery on an SUV of a family going camping so they can get it through a road block. Getting it back should be easy enough, right? Wrong! Despite a couple of really blatantly stupid plot devices - like destroying an essential cell phone in frustration (Seriously?) and a muscle car being completely silent to pull off a stunt - this movie turned out to be an intense, high-action thriller that kept me engaged throughout. Excellent performances by Jim Caviezel and James Frain.

The Time Machine [2002]


         

After the tragic death of his fiance, a man builds a time machine to go back and stop her death. When he fails to save her, he travels to the future to find out why but accidentally shoots forward over 800 millennia. Based on the novel by H.G. Wells and quite similar to the 1960 version, this one had a few twists to mix things up that I felt worked pretty well and, although the ending left me a bit mystified, it turned out to be rather good entertainment.

The Task [2011]


         

Six people must stay in an old abandoned prison overnight and complete tasks given to them as part of a reality game show. This had great potential for somebody, with a vivid imagination, to really make a good film. Unfortunately, our filmmakers do not have said imagination. The first thing to happen to anyone took 40 minutes, the tasks were simplistic and stupid, and most of the time was spent wandering around with flashlights. Bringing in a paranormal killer didn't help. The most horrific task was sitting through this entire film. What a snoozer.

Toolbox Murders [2004]


         

The tenants of an aging apartment building are being killed with various tools. It's really too bad that the first and second half of this movie were in the same film. The first half consists of two murders and about 45 min of watching the activities of a bunch of really uninteresting people. Then there's a bit of a twist in the plot and the second half turned out to be pretty good. So, the first half was the setup. Ok, but it would have been nice to make it more interesting. I was ready to turn it off.

Trick 'r Treat [2007]


         

Five interwoven stories taking place on Halloween in a town where they take All Hallows Eve very seriously. This movie was quite fun, done in a comic books style much like Creepshow. In fact, it's much closer to what you'd expect as a "Creepshow" sequel then either of the original sequels. Equal parts gore and humor make for a very entertaining ride and the way the stories were connected with each other was enjoyable, as well. Don't forget to follow the holiday rules! Never, ever forget!!

Texas Killing Fields [2011]


         

A pair of detectives, with differing ideas, and a detective from another jurisdiction get wrapped up in the area known as the killing fields where young women keep disappearing. This is a very gritty, hard-edged and disturbingly realistic portrayal of a few different story lines that grabs you and doesn't let go. It gets rather complicated but easy enough to follow along as long if you're paying attention. There's even a couple story lines that do not get resolved which, for me, adds to the realism in that you can't win 'em all.

There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane [2011]


         

A woman drives the wrong way on a freeway causing a head-on collision killing herself, 4 children and 3 passengers in the other car. She had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in her system, and a high level of THC. This documentary proceeds to cover the family's misery and their unwavering believe that she wasn't drunk. Obviously, she was a wonderful person, a good mother, and a good wife but, after sitting through this overly long tragedy, the results are the same making this just painful, depressing and futile.

The Tortured [2010]


         

A psychopath tortures a young child and the parents want revenge. This is an extremely painful film to watch ...and I'm not just talking about the torture. First they shove the child abduction down our throat for over half an hour. Then we watch the contrived actions of characters that would only exist in a script as they wishy washy their way through some truly sadistic and tortuous activity that no normal person would partake in regardless of the circumstances. The ending "twist" was an obvious and complete non-surprise. Poorly written nonsense.

Triangle [2009]


         

A group of friends go sailing, get caught in a freak storm and end up on a seemingly deserted ship. Then things get really weird. One of my favorite films, it's a masterwork of time line complexities that's really underappreciated by most on their first viewing due to justifiable confusion. But I've watched it at least 6 times and it's better with every viewing; I learn something new each time and, as complex as it is, I've yet to find a error in the story line. Brilliantly written and phenomenally well structured, this thriller is unlike any other. Here's a clue: Think Sisyphus.

Three [2016]

aka San ren xing

         

Chinese film about a thief in the hospital who's been shot in the head and refuses treatment presumably to be ready for his buddies to break him out. Apparently, Chinese's sensibilities towards their entertainment is different from us dudes in the US as this is basically a study of characters that were rather pathetic and nothing really happens for an hour. When the action does start, the movie goes into this stylistic slo-mo shoot-out that felt like The Matrix on downers. For me, it was marginally entertaining.

Trouble Every Day [2001]


         

Two doctors and their wives, sex, cannibalism, and a maid. Beyond that, I don't have a clue as to what is going on in this so-called sensual French art film. Excruciating slow, I sped through much of it as I didn't find extended scenes of making a bed or cleaning a bathroom or someone riding around in a taxi to be grand entertainment. There wasn't a single person in this film that acted like a normal human being. Oh, it must take place in another reality, right? Am I close? Yes? No? I give up!

Titicut Follies [1967]


         

This documentary of life inside the Bridgewater State Hospital Massachusetts was banned to the general public until 1991. It's incredibly disturbing on many levels. Although it depicts a lot of abuse (more subtle than overt), I think it's the complete lack of respect given to the inmates by people who don't really have a clue on how to deal with their condition that was really upsetting. The absolute lack of narrative gives the viewer the choice of deciding the morality of all this ...or lack thereof. Bleak stuff.

Top Secret! [1984]


         

From the creators of Airplane comes a comedy with a similar style featuring an American rock artist who gets wrapped up in a war between East German fascists and the Resistance. Irreverent, silly, corny, and extremely punny, this film is just good fun. Val Kilmer's musical performances as the rock star with everybody dancing and Omar Sharif's performance as a crushed car are hilarious and priceless. Get some popcorn and laugh awhile.

Trapped [2002]


         

A wealthy couple's daughter is kidnapped in an elaborate plot that may not be as it seems. Joe (Kevin Bacon) terrorizing the mother (Charlize Theron) for most of the film makes your skin crawl and was becoming a bit too uncomfortable for a bit too long. But then things started to subtly change and twist leading to a climax that was absolute total chaos. Excellent performances by everyone, especially Charlize, Kevin and Courtney Love. Good stuff.

The Tingler [1959]


         

A strangely unique and goofy creature feature, from the Horror Gimmick King, William Castle, about a doctor (played with all seriousness by Vincent Price) that believes extreme fear can manifest itself into a living creature that can crush your spine and only your screams can stop it. Also features one of the first, if not THE first, LSD trip onscreen. With such an original idea, you can't help but like it and, even with the cheesy creature effects, it's really quiet effective in what it's trying to do. Grab your date, get some popcorn and enjoy!

They Live [1988]


         

A drifter stumbles upon a pair of sunglasses that allows him to see aliens among us. Since I keep seeing it pop up in cult listings, I figured it's about time to watch it. And now I'm wondering what the attraction is. The acting is bad, the dialogue is atrocious and it looks painfully low budget. Certain plot points didn't make much sense like an overly long, protracted fight scene taking place simply because one of the participants didn't want to put on the sunglasses left me shaking my head in wonder. I must be missing something.

Thor 3: Ragnarok [2017]


         
  
Thor finds out he has an extremely evil and powerful sister who wishes to lord over Asgard. What an incredible afternoon at the movies. I've become quite impressed and pleased with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this film is the quintessential comic book movie. Colorful and charismatic characters, absolutely stunning visuals, extreme and exciting action, and funny as hell, I felt like a kid who fell into his comic book. This is the reason we still like to watch movies on the big screen. Fantastic entertainment!

The Town That Dreaded Sundown [2014]


         

In 2013, a copycat of the Phantom Killer (who terrorized the residents of Texarkana in 1946) is attempting to replicate the murders in the film The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976) based on those killings. Points for an original twist on a reboot. Otherwise, it's pretty much just a serial killer mystery. What sets it a step above average is the lead characters are thoroughly likable which, when you're not presenting anything original, is extremely important. Overall, well made and entertaining.

Trollhunter [2010]

aka Trolljegeren

         

A Norwegian found footage film about a man whose job with the government is to control the troll population and a film crew of students coming along for the ride. This movie was quite interesting and enjoyable for the first half when the first troll is revealed. After that, however, the film just became redundant with a lot of riding around in the car with characters which weren't that interesting and the occasional troll hunt which got old pretty quickly for me. Impressive troll effects, ok film.

Three... Extremes [2004]

aka Sam gang 2

         

As the title implies, 3 extreme films by 3 of Asia's top horror directors. "Dumplings" - A woman will do whatever it takes to regain her youth. I found it incredibly unsettling and hard to sit through. "Cut" - A director and his wife are terrorized by an extra who feels entitled. Interesting but kind of flat and long-winded. "Box" - Beyond it being a story about overwhelming guilt, this one left me completely mystified. Overall, It was an enjoyable watch with great acting, writing and directing but not an anthology favorite for me.

Them! [1954]


         

Nine years after the atomic tests, giant ants appear and if they're not destroyed, the queens could create colonies all over the world. Drive-ins were filled with films featuring radioactive mutated creatures in the '50's and '60's. This one, however, stands leagues above the rest. Although certainly dated by today's standards, the mechanical ants used in the film were really quite effective for it's time and the movie is quiet well-made. If you want to see an excellent and best example of the atomic age creature feature, this is it.

THX 1138 [1971]


         

In a future society, where technology watches over every aspect of the human life and is totally void of humanity, roommates THX and LUH are arrested for the crime of drug evasion and physical love. This is essentially just a chase movie but I'm fascinated by the totally complete futuristic world that one is pulled into (and surprisingly not dated after 45+ years) where even those moments of humor are quite serious and your entire knowledge of human existence is simply what you've been told. Genius film!

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three [1974]


         

Four men hijack a subway car and demands the NYC mayor pay them $1mil dollars in one hour or they're going to start killing hostages. I really like the modern day version so I went back to look at the film that inspired it. I was disappointed. I liked it but this film is firmly planted in 1974 and didn't age well, imo. Considering the ratings, I'm obviously a minority but for me, unconvincing, obnoxiously over-the-top characters (except Matthau), actionless, tenseless story, and a silly, anti-climactic ending.

Tears of the Sun [2003]


         

A group of Navy Seals are sent into the middle of a Nigerian civil war to extract a doctor but they end up escorting several Nigerian refugees to Cameroon. Aside from being too long, they spent way too much time yanking heart strings to the point of distraction. In fact, I was getting so tired having my sympathy sucked out of me towards the end, I was going, "Jeez, let's get this over with". Fairly realistic depiction of genocidal warfare, though ...there were some pretty rough moments. Good film just more war, less drama, please.

Tea with the Dames [2018]

aka Nothing Like a Dame

         


An open conversation and a trip back through time with Dames Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Joan Plowright, and Maggie Smith. My wife and I really enjoyed this film. It included a lot of film history through archival footage and still shots. The chatter around that table was obviously among old friends that have known each other forever. At times touching, oftentimes LOL funny, it was really quite enjoyable.

This Is the End [2013]


         

A bunch of comedians and stars are partying at John Franco's place when Armageddon begins. Comedy is subjective for each person and my personal rating is just that as the humor here didn't really do much for me. The beginning of the apocalypse was great, and some of the sight gags were fun but about 60% of the film is just them talking, debating, arguing, and insulting each other with that sort of good buddy bathroom humor that, for me, just made it dull. If you like that type of humor, you'll love it.

To Live and Die in L.A. [1985]


         

A Treasury agent will stop at nothing to bring down a master counterfeiter who killed his partner ...and his new partner is scared to death. This is a tense crime drama with a good story, great pacing, a shocking event that'll take the viewer completely be surprise and one of the best car chases ever filmed. It was also fun to watch William Petersen and Willem Dafoe in early roles before anyone knew them. Seems a bit dated today but still holds up well. Great, exciting entertainment.

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