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Big Love (2012) **1/2

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Doomsday - Unrated (2008) ***1/2

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ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK meets 28 DAYS LATERmeets ALIENSmeetsTHE WARRIORSmeets EXCALIBURmeetsMAD MAX 2. A total mashup/ripoff, but in the best sense (the way the Italians did it in the 80s), effortlessly swinging from genre to genre. 100% good/bad fun.

The World's Greatest Lover (1977) ***

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Edgar Allan Poe 'The Raven And Other Stories' (2011) ***1/2

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A nice collection of poems and short stories, with excellent illustrations by Sam Kieth. Some of the stories tend to be ultra descriptive and a little tedious to get through, but I tried to bear in mind the time period in which they were written.

Moving The Needle Podcast: Episode 83 - The Mad Ones

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Ryan and myself, on behalf of Focus On Film Podcast, guested on the Moving The Needle Podcast this week. Please join us as we discuss all four MAD MAX films!


Podcast: Play in new window | Download Episode 83 | The Mad Ones The only movies for us this episode are the mad ones, Mad Max that is. We review the mad max series, talk about every iteration of Mad Max, desire more Max and at the same time maybe one less movie, We never yawn or say a commonplace thing about Mad Max, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like CGI (or perhaps practical) spiders across the stars. This is a thorough, thoughtful, and fun review of the Mad Max series of films, and we hope you enjoy. Thank you for listening!

Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) ***1/2

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Manhunter (1986) ***1/2

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Wet Hot American Summer (2001) ***1/2

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Commando - Director's Cut (1985) ****

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She Done Him Wrong (1933) ***1/2

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The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes (1970) ***1/2

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Focus On Film: Episode 29 – August 2015 Criterion Titles

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Focus On FilmEpisode 29 is up!

Topics include Smokey Bear,Tom Hardy and Alex's 12th Birthday Misadventure.
Download the MP3 HERE In this episode: August 2015 Criterion CollectionTitles AnnouncementBest/Worst Of The Month FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT(1940), MAD MAX: FURY ROAD(2015), WOLFCOP (2014), A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT(2014), MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME (1985), BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ (1962)"Criterion Most Wanted"
"Focus On Film Theme" & commercial music: Daniel Sardella

Henson's Place (1984) ***1/2

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The Helio Sequence 'The Helio Sequence' (2015) ****

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The previous album was good, but lacking a bit. This one is somewhat of a "return to form" and very strong. Nothing earth-shattering, but strong throughout.

Watership Down (1978) ***1/2

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The Cincinnati Kid (1965) ***1/2

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Uncle Buck (1989) ***1/2

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A Snake Of June (2002) ***1/2

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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) ***1/2

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Well this was fun and better than expected. But I think people need to calm down a bit on the hyperbole. Yes, the action was excellent. Yes, the vehicles were cool. Yes, the production design, makeup and costumes were mostly great. Yes, it was a lot of fun. But I have a lot of issues, big and small.

The big: the look. Right from the get-go, I've disliked the look in the trailers and marketing and it's no different in the film. It's too colorful and clean. The reason I love the first two MAD MAX films so much is because they are gritty, dirty and a bit bland-looking (my kind of post-apocalypse). I mean, naturally they had smaller budgets and film stock looked different back then. But there was too much color grading that went on with this new film. Another big issue is the fact that people keep saying that there is very little CG in this film, but this is only partially true. There are a few scenes that are largely CG and I didn't like the look of them at all. And some…

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) **1/2

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As a non MAX film it's good, very Spielbergian and lots of homages to LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (Maurice Jarre even did the score), but after the first 45 mins when the Peter Pan children get introduced, the film goes downhill and never recovers, even when it tries to throw in a Max-style chase with cool-looking vehicles at the end. Miller should have kept this one as a non MAX film, as originally planned.

My Morning Jacket 'The Waterfall' (2015) ****

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Sixteen Candles (1984) ****

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Hard Target (1993) ****

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The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr. Toad (1949) ***1/2

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Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior) (1981) *****

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Weird Science (1985) ***1/2

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Digging Up The Marrow (2014) **

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Mad Max (1979) ****1/2

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Lost River (2014) ***1/2

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Gosling goes for Lynch in his directorial debut with mixed results. I liked it... I think I might like it more on a rewatch.

Harvey (1950) ****

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Rebel Without A Cause (1955) ****

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Nightmare Detective (Akumu tantei) (2006) **1/2

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Black Sunday (The Mask Of Satan) (1960) ****

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