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The Terminal (2004) ***1/2 [Berg-a-thon Pt. 5]

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God Told Me To (1976) ***1/2

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The Sugarland Express (1974) ***1/2 [Berg-a-thon Pt. 4]

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Duel (1971) ***1/2 [Berg-a-thon Pt. 3]

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The Front Page (1974) ***1/2

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Whiplash (2014) ***1/2

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Jim Thompson "Nothing More Than Murder" (1949) ***

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Nothing More Than Murder(1949) is one of Thompson's earliest novels and easily the weakest one I've read of his yet, but still a good solid hard-boiled crime thriller.

The Ice Harvest (2005) ***

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Lincoln (2012) ***1/2 [Berg-a-thon Pt. 2]

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Munich (2005) ****1/2 [Berg-a-thon Pt. 1]

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What We Do In The Shadows (2014) ****

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The Usual Suspects (1995) ****

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National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) ***1/2

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Killshot (2008) ***1/2

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Drop Dog

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For your consumption I present my first Final Cut Pro X project: all the "dawgs" from THE DROP (2014). Please enjoy and leave comments (on here and YouTube)!

Focus On Film: Episode 26 – May 2015 Criterion Titles

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Focus On FilmEpisode 26 is up!

Dan flies solo on this one so it's a quickie (*rimshot*)!
Download the MP3 HERE. In this episode: May 2015 Criterion CollectionTitles AnnouncementBest/Worst Of The Month – DEEP RED(1975), TETRO (2009), THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN(2014), GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY(2014)"Criterion Most Wanted"
"Focus On Film Theme" & commercial music: Daniel Sardella

Mystery Men (1999) ***

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The Drop (2014) ****

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The Groove Tube (1974) **1/2

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The Sword In The Stone (1963) ***1/2 [Disneython Pt. 5]

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The Aristocats (1970) ***1/2 [Disneython Pt. 4]

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Oliver & Company (1988) ** [Disneython Pt. 3]

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The Rescuers (1977) *** [Disneython Pt. 2]

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101 Dalmatians (1961) **** [Disneython Pt. 1]

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The Lego Movie (2014) **1/2

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Fun and mostly clever film that should have been 20 minutes shorter. TOTALLY lost me when **SPOILER** the film went all meta and entered the real world (got all schmaltzy and boring).

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) **

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A STAR WARS clone with largely unfunny humor, so-so writing, mostly annoying characters, boring action, predictable plot, cliched/familiar film techniques, too long a running time and a soundtrack comprised of good songs that were used to better effect in numerous previous films. It's certainly not lazy and it looks nice, but I found it unengaging.

Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) *****

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My favorite film of all time.
P.W. - loner, rebel

"I got some new items you might be interested in."

"Fruit, please."

"Fork over the money, Buxton."

"Is there something you can share with the rest of us Amazing Larry?!"

"The Alamo! In...the basemenT."

"I got a real bad temper!"

"There was this sound...like a garbage truck...dropped off the Empire State Building."

"I'm all alone. I'm rolling a big doughnut and there's this snake wearing a vest..."

"C'mon Simone, let's talk about your big 'but'."

"A-doe-be."

"Speck!"

"I say ya let me have him first."

"Tequila!!"

"Now! Now!"

"You're gonna burn in hell!"

"I don't need to see it. I lived it."

Where The Truth Lies (2005) ***

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Lucy (2014) **1/2

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William Peter Blatty "The Ninth Configuration" (1978) ***1/2

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The Girl Who Knew Too Much (La ragazza che sapeva troppo) (1963) ***1/2

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The Pee-wee Herman Show On Broadway (2011) ***

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I bought the Blu-ray of this show in 2011 when it was released. As far as I can remember I watched it once and really loved it. After rewatching the entirety of PEE-WEE'S PLAYHOUSE via the excellent Shout! Factory BD box set, rewatching the original PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW (which I love) via the Image Entertainment DVD recently and now rewatching BROADWAY, this pales in comparison. It's still fun, but I had many issues with it. 

1. Why was the Pledge Of Allegiance in the beginning? I don't see the relevance. 
2. The puppet voices, mostly done by different people than the original performers. I realize this was probably unavoidable but I found the new performers annoying, in particular Magic Screen and Chairry. And Globey!? WTF. They didn't even try to make him sound similar. 
3. Paul's voice. He just doesn't sound much like PW anymore, so it's a bit sad to hear him try. 
4. Length. The original PWHS was an hour, perfect. BROADWAY is just under an hour and a half an…

The Pee-wee Herman Show (1981) ****1/2

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And Then There Were None (1945) ***1/2

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John Carpenter "Lost Themes" (2015) ****

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