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The Old Man & the Gun
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Always interesting to me when pro reviewers % is a lot different from audience. Here I'd side with the audience, this movie is a bit over-rated. Redford's legendary charm doesn't work this time; he's pleased with himself but it doesn't transmit. Spacek is good in her role.

Office Space
Office Space (1999)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Never got around to writing a review. So I'd call this the ultimate slacker movie, or at least the best executed one I've ever seen. Yes it's no coincidence that if you like Dilbert you'd like this movie, since both shine a spotlight on the absurdities of modern office behavior. Well written but perfectly cast, although the boss is a little overplayed at times, but Livingstone and his accomplices are believable. It's a nice fantasy that we can all have once in a while but don't take it too seriously.

Godzilla (2014)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

It has been said that in order for a sequel to appeal to us, it must have some aspects that are familiar and some that are original. Too much or too little of either does not work. That analysis makes sense to me. The new Godzilla has plenty of rehash. The real talent of this movie is in its special effects; instead of lurching men in rubber suits, Godzilla 2014 uses state-of-the-art to lift our hero up to a new level of cred. Rather than too much lizard, we are teased with only glimpses of the great beast. It is an awe full movie -- not an awful movie. Meaning that this creation of the Bomb is filmed with suitable reverence and distance, inspiring both awe and fear, if not terror. The music is appropriately sombre and majestic.
Cranston is good in the mode of a "Die Hard" maverick, but my favorite was Watanabe as the scientist who believed in Godzilla. All in all a dignified outing -- thus transcending many of its predecessors.

Mildred Pierce
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This movie was released in 1945 with different mores and a different culture, right at the end of WWII. Especially evident is the patriarchal society which was not welcoming of the go-getter Pierce. It is sappy and schmaltzy and an early forerunner for soap operas. I was surprised to see that William Faulkner wrote the screenplay, which was altered considerably from the original James M Cain novel. I found Crawford's performance great but the script strains credulity.

Halloween (2018)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Since the original Halloween was perfect, it is pointless to try to outdo it. As an older guy, I don't need to see a lot of blood and gore. What bothered me about this movie was guessing who was appropriate "fodder" for the killing machine Myers; in the original, worthy victims engaged in pre-marital sex or other naughty behaviors, but in this flic sometimes the victims were undeserving of Myers' knife-- IMO. There were a number of false build-ups; seemed that the director didn't always nail the optimal manner in which to build the tension, not as masterfully as John Carpenter anyway. Musical scoring pretty good. There is some dime-store psychology tossed into the mix. Jamie Lee definitely makes the difference between worthwhile and not worth the price of admission; we are hooked in wondering about her final confrontation with the monster.