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    Blu-ray thumbs

    This is a new thread for thumbnail reviews of movies I'm watching at home on blu-ray.
    Hope you like it.
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    THE HURRICANE (1999)


    This is destined to be a Norman Jewison classic.
    It tells us the ordeal of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a top-ranked middleweight boxer who was wrongly convicted of murder in the mid-60's. We follow Rubin in prison from 1966 to 1985, when he was freed with love from Canadian fans.
    Strong performance from Denzel Washington, oscar nominated and golden globe winner.
    Excellent pacing and cinematography. (Roger Deakins)
    Highly recommended.
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    THELMA & LOUISE (1991)


    Powerful Ridley Scott film, starring two strong actresses: Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis.
    Thelma is a housewife bumpkin, and Louise is a smart waitress.
    They go on a vacation of sorts, only to end up on the run.
    Thelma almost gets raped in a honky tonk bar parking lot and she's saved by Louise, who ends up shooting her attacker. From then on they are fugitives, and the stakes get higher the further they flee...
    Loved the ending. Fist in the air shit.
    I was very impressed with Geena Davis' acting-wowza.
    Brad Pitt has a memorable small role as "J.D."
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    THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (2011)


    This was a nice surprise, a great coming-of-age tale.
    A young man named Charlie is a freshman in high school, and we get all his hang-ups and successes. Emma Watson and Ezra Miller lend great support in showcasing a young man's world and how he reacts to it. Brilliantly directed, shot and edited with a fantastic soundtrack.
    There is a lot being juggled in this story, and it never feels forced.
    I was rooting for Charlie the whole way.
    Big thumbs up.
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    THE FIGHTER (2010)


    Based on a true story, this one is gritty and at times hard to watch.
    Mark Wahlberg stars as Mickey, a welterweight boxer overshadowed by his brother Dickey, who once knocked Sugar Ray Leonard down in 1978.
    But currently, Dickey is a crack addict, and Mickey is a punching bag for other boxers.
    The dynamic with his family is harrowing and very real. They are tight-knit, and they struggle with Mickey and Dickey's ambitions. But there is a happy ending after all...
    Amy Adams shines as Dickey's bartender girlfriend.
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    I'm glad you're back, I love your thumbnail reviews. You forgot two directors' names - David O. Russell for THE FIGHTER, Stephen Chbosky for WALLFLOWER.

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    I forgot to mention Christian Bale winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for THE FIGHTER too.
    Happy to be back.
    Last edited by Johann; 10-13-2022 at 05:14 PM.
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    WAYNE’S WORLD (1992)



    Pure nostalgia from high school, directed by Penelope Spheeris.
    It’s a silly comedy revolving around a local Illinois cable access tv show.
    The show gets picked up and sponsored by Rob Lowe, who exploits it’s stars Wayne & Garth.
    This is Mike Myers’s and Dana Carvey’s film debut, they were cast members of Saturday Night Live at the time. Lorne Michaels produced this, and it was a hit. The humour isn’t fall-down funny, but if you have a spliff and a six-pack you’ll have a good time. Cameos from Meatloaf and Alice Cooper!
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    WAYNE’S WORLD 2 (1993)


    This sequel didn’t make as much money as the first, nor is it as funny.
    I liked it nonetheless. As Ebert said, you can’t hate Wayne and Garth.
    Wayne has a dream of a “weird naked Indian” & Jim Morrison, who tells him to put on a concert.
    “Book them and they will come” is the sage advice.
    They want Aerosmith, Van Halen and others to play, but prospects aren’t good.
    “WAYNESTOCK” might be a bust…
    This time around they have quite a few cameos: Kim Basinger, Christopher Walken, Rip Taylor, “Del” from Withnail and I, Chris Farley, Charlton Heston, and Aerosmith, among others.
    I liked their token hang-out where Ed O’Neill works: Stan Mikita Donuts, a spoof of Tim Horton’s donuts.
    Last edited by Johann; 10-13-2022 at 08:55 PM.
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    TED(2012)


    This is the directorial debut of Seth MacFarlane.
    I watched the Unrated version and man, it’s crude.
    This humour isn’t for everybody, like Family Guy.
    A boy gets a large teddy bear for Christmas, and he wishes for the bear to be real,
    So that they’ll be forever friends, “Thunder buddies”, pals for life.
    Well sure enough, the wish comes true with the help of a shooting star.
    The bear is voiced by Seth, and he sounds a lot like Peter Griffin…
    Mark Wahlberg (as Johnny Bennett) must contend with foul-mouthed Ted as an adult, and the results are crazy.
    You have to suspend disbelief to enjoy this movie, and I felt it was redeemed by the heartfelt
    Love given to Sam Jones and Flash Gordon, a seminal movie in my life and Johnny’s.
    There is sex, drugs, rock and roll, Tom Skeritt, Ryan Reynolds, Mila Kunis and Giovanni Ribisi.
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    TED 2 (2015)


    This sequel is not very good. Whatever “bar” the first Ted sets, it’s lowered here.
    It’s set three years after the first movie, with Ted trying to legally establish himself as a person and not property.
    Patrick Stewart narrates both films, Michael Dorn has a cameo in this one, and there’s more love for Sam Jones and Flash Gordon. Seth hired Morgan Freeman and gave cameos to Liam Neeson and Tom Brady.
    The story just never gets a foothold.
    I like the pop culture references and enjoyed the New York Comic Con sequences/fight.
    It’s the crude humour that rankles- is it really necessary?
    There will probably be a third Ted, it’s a popular franchise.
    Mark Wahlberg was good in the first one. Here he’s just hanging on.
    Last edited by Johann; 10-14-2022 at 01:16 AM.
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    THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1985)


    80’s Gold.
    This very basic and simple film defined a generation.
    John Hughes directs Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson in THE coming-of-age movie.
    5 students are sent to detention on a Saturday.
    They have unique personalities and outlooks. They are thrown together, and by day’s end they bond.
    Part of the fun of the movie is the vice-principal, who’s a dick.
    The kids manage to avoid their essay assignment, smoke pot, and generally skirt their punishments.
    Eminently watchable classic film.
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    Rewatched recently because a new movie inspired by it was coming out, Nicholas Celozzi's The Class (2022). Nothing compares with Hughes. Peter and I share the taste.

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    Yes, John Hughes is special.
    I read that John Cusack was going to play Bender, but Hughes felt he didn’t look menacing enough.
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    Good decision.

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