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  • The Out-of-Towners

    The Out-of-Towners

    ★★★½

    As I expected, it’s an easy, fun comedy. No harsh language, no real violence, the most adult joke (surprisingly) being Jack Lemmon getting caught with his hands in a kids pockets trying to steal money and getting chased for being a paedo. A real outlier for a movie that otherwise stays true to its G rating.

    Which isn’t to say it’s a kids movie. It’s definitely not. Out-of-Towners is a bitter, ‘hostile world’ comedy. Akin to After Hours or the…

  • What a Way to Go!

    What a Way to Go!

    ★★★½

    One of many ‘cute, but harmless’ comedies to come out of the 60s, alongside titles like How to Steal a Million or Pillow Talk.

    More than others, however, this movie has clear ambitions. An obvious pile of money went into constructing elaborate sets for simple visual jokes, and an even more obvious bankroll got splashed out for an all star cast. 

    Tragically, (and perhaps a little ironically) that budget is likely because the movie was intended for Marilyn Monroe just…

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  • Forbidden Planet

    Forbidden Planet

    ★★★★

    For my money, it’s the best of the classic space operas. Forbidden Planet runs perfectly on the lines of a classic comic book adventure, grappling with monsters, space dames, and deep philosophical questions that end up mostly being shallow jargon. 

    Even though most of the effects are done with matte paintings and glass plate overlays, I love the practical effects on display. Even on blu ray I almost never feel the true lack of depth in the sound stage set. …

  • Aliens

    Aliens

    ★★★★½

    Aliens occupies truly rarified air in film history. I’m not going to go so far as to say it’s better than the original, but it is the rare sequel done by a totally different director that perfectly accompanies the original film. In fact, I can’t think of any sequel that wasn’t made by the same group of people that so perfectly picks up what its predecessor was putting down, while creating something entirely of its own.

    Watch Alien and Aliens…