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MOVIE REVIEW: "The Three Musketeers" (2011)

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A week or two ago, Republibot 1.0 (My boss) reviewed "The Three Musketeers." (You can read it online here http://republibot.com/content/movie-review-three-musketeers-2011 ) Despite the fact that it wasn't at all a glowing review, I found some aspects of it fascinating (Airships. Milla. Etc. No, really, there's no "Etc" about it, it's just Milla and Airships, truth be told) so I decided to see the movie myself and review it *only* if something interesting struck me about it. We don't generally do multiple reviews of the same film, after all.

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DVD MOVIE REVIEW: Batman: Year One

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Wow. To be honest, that pretty much sums it up. I'm sitting here writing this as the end credits are rolling, and I'm finding myself at a loss for all words except, wow. I'm so at a loss for words that I really don't even know how to begin this review. I'm at a loss for words, of course, because the movie was that good. Very seldom am I blown away by a movie, but blown away truly is an apt description of the feeling this movie left me with.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Thing (2011)

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The Thing was a 1982 science fiction/horror film directed by John Carpenter. It was based on a novella called "Who Goes There?" written by John W. Capmbell, jr. and originally published in 1938. The novella was first adapted as a motion picture in 1951 titled The Thing from Another World. Despite popular belief, John Carpenter's The Thing was NOT a remake of the 1951 film. More appropriately, it was an attempt to do a more accurate adaptation of the novella than the original movie had been. In that same vein, the new film is not a remake of the 1982 movie, nor is it another interpretation of the novella. Simply put, it is a prequel that couldn't have come up with a better name than just using the name of the original, The Thing.

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SATURDAY MORNING B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “First Spaceship on Venus” (1960, 1962)

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Our unintended streak of grade-zed films that were actually surprisingly kind of good comes to a crushing end this week with the odd case of a film that - in its original form - was probably pretty good, too, but ended up a horrible, horrible muddle of a mess. And boring, too!

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MOVIE REVIEW: "Real Steel" (2011)

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MOVIE REVIEW: Real Steel

Forget the name Richard Matheson. In reference to this movie, at least, just wipe that name right out of your mind. In fact, go into this movie thinking of it as an adaptation of the old skool game Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots. Do that and Real Steel is a fun, family-friendly movie about giant robots beating the crap out of each other.

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DVD MOVIE REVIEW: "Captain America" (1990)

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You ever notice how when you grow up some things aren't as quite as you remember them being when you were a child? Some things are, for example I still love a lot of the cartoons I loved in the 80's when I was a kid. But some things just aren't. For another example, I loved the TV show Knight Rider when I was a kid. It had a talking car and everything. It was a great show. I even had an RC KITT car. Then, when I had grown up, I happened across Knight Rider on the Sci-Fi Channel after I had gotten out of the Army. The show changed.

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MOVIE REVIEW: "The Day After Tomorrow" (2004)

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A schoolteacher buddy of mine recently told me that one of the other teachers in his school was going to show this flick to her science class. I said "That's ridiculous, there's nothing but bad science in this movie, even Environmentalists complain about how awful it is!" He said she didn't care, and asked me to put together a list of reasons why it was inappropriate so he could use it on the administration. That required me re-watching the movie, which I really didn't want to do, but I took the hit. "For Science!"

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MOVIE REVIEW: "The Avengers" (1998)

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I was born in 1967, a few months before the beginning of the so-called "Summer of Love", almost a year after the "Summer of Not Supporting The Vietnam War Anymore" and just over a year prior to the famous "Summer of Venereal Diseases and Unwanted Pregnancies." Like many of my peers, I was raised more by television than by my parents. This wasn't their fault. They tried, but, hey, how could they compete with the myriad lures of Flipper, Gentle Ben, and Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home?

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MOVIE REVIEW: "Contagion" (2011)

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Contagion, if you don’t know, is a virus film. Not a virus like the posts on Facebook with the crazy demanding headlines and the semi-alluring thumbnails that none of my “friends” seem able to resist clicking on. It is an old school procedural that tracks a worldwide pandemic from patient zero all the way through to the (temporary) reprieve of a cure, and the loss of millions of lives in the interim.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Apollo 18

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OK, first of all I want to apologize for the lateness of this review. I didn't want to see this movie. I asked R3 if anyone else was interested in writing this months ago because I knew it was going to be terrible. I just don't buy the "found footage" crap, and frankly I'm getting pretty tired of it. It didn't work for Blair Witch, it didn't work for Paranormal Activity and it doesn't work for Apollo 18. This format doesn't work and it makes for boring filmmaking. Clerks being filmed in black and white works because it feels like watching footage from the store's security cameras. However, if Kevin Smith had gone for that and put the camera on the ceiling, it would have failed. Note to aspiring filmmakers: don't try to hide your film's low budget by doing something "clever" to explain why it looks like an amateur movie. Embrace your budget and your limited resources and make the best movie you can. Don't try and trick your audience like this. It'll make you look bad and lacking in creativity.

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