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  • Undercover Blues
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  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

    ★★½

  • Undercover Blues

    ★★★½

  • Eternals

    ★★★★½

  • Conan the Barbarian

    ★★★

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  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

    ★★½

    One of the premieres of Irwin Allen's SF career, this film's success led to a TV series of the same name, and ultimately Allen's other SF TV series.

    This movie combines Allen's predilection for both SF and disaster, as a mysterious ignition of the (recently discovered) Van Allen Belts leads to the world being engulfed in fiery skies and impending DOOOM.

    The acting is all competent for the adventure genre, and the SFX are top notch for the era.

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  • Undercover Blues

    Undercover Blues

    ★★★½

    Silly fun, sure -- but I'd love to write a series of stories about them.

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  • Dr. No

    Dr. No

    ★★★

    The first of the Bond films, it suffers a bit in lacking some of the series trademarks (even as it establishes others), but Connery makes a nicely brutal 007, the giant sets are giant, Andress is the classic prototype Bond Girl, and there are plenty of shootings and flirtings and blowings-up of stuff.

    The only significant misstep is the casting of Joseph Wiseman as the Chinese titular character; Wiseman does a fine job, for the limited opportunities he gets, but even for the period it's surprising to see a "yellow-face" cross-racial cast like this.

  • Ice Station Zebra

    Ice Station Zebra

    ★★★★

    Submarine Porn with a Cold War twist.

    No, really -- this film is one of the last out there with a run length (2:30) that let them justify an overture / entr'acte / exit music thang, but it does so by padding out the tense Cold War conflict (the book was written in 1960, the movie produced eight years later) with gobbets of authentic submarine dialog, submarine activity, submarine pictures, submarine this-and-that, all to an exciting and swelling score.

    The…