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CAPSULE REVIEWS: Grindhouse/Planet Terror/Death Proof/Vanishing Point/Death Race 2000

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So, my Netflix queue was getting a bit sparse and so I put up the 70's spoofing, intentionally schlockfest of Planet Terror and Death Proof "Grindhouse" double feature from a couple yeas ago by Richard Rodriguez and Tarrantino.

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MOVIE REVIEW: "District 9"

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You need to understand that I am a reformed major movie nerd. I read a ton of online stuff and start building my opinion early on upcoming and anticipated big releases. This leads me to often set different expectations for movies than is generally appreciated.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Astro Boy” (2009)

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 10/27/09

I’ll admit right up front that I’m not really familiar with Astro Boy. I know he’s a hugely popular Japanese character, and has been since the early 1950s, I know that there have been many cartoon and manga (or as they call it in Japan, “Comics”) iterations of him over the last half century, and I know that a lot of people are fanatical about him. I’ve even seen a few minutes of cartoons here and there over the years, and I recognized him on a poster in one of the later episodes of Macross/Robotech (In the newstand the three Zentradi spies are running)

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MOVIE REVIEW: "Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam" (2010)

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The title of this DVD is misleading because instead of primarily being a Superman-Shazam teamup, it's actually a collection of four DC showcase animated shorts about Captain Marvel, The Spectre, Green Arrow, and Jonah Hex. These mini-features show 2nd-tier DC characters in their own adventures, an interesting idea that DC will hopefully show us more of.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues” (1955)

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Yeah, yeah, I know, I know: It's Sunday. But this is a reprint that originally ran on a Saturday, and really the entire concept isn't *about* Saturday per se, but a certain type of movie that tended to run on Saturdays. Yeah. It's all about the Saturday of the soul...David Soul, probably...or something like that.

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SATURDAY MORNING B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “Cosmos: War of the Planets” (1977)

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Unless you’re kind of dim, odds are you like a bad movie now and again. You know the kind I mean, a low-budget quickie from the fifties or sixties, with unfortunate special effects, a questionably-coherent screenplay, flat direction, chesty women, and even flatter acting. It’s fun. Everyone likes to zone out a bit now and again with a really good bad movie, and the appeal of such things isn’t lost on me.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Fabulous Baron Munchausen” (1962) AND “Baron Prasil” (1961)

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Ah, what a gloriously weird and beautiful film!

Mostly.

It’s got some issues, but it was far and away the strangest, most visually stunning film my local Monster Horror Chiller Theater showed when I was a kid. I hated it at the time, but it stuck with me, and for the last ten years or so I’ve been interested in checking it out. I only saw it once, around 1978, at Don Bennett’s house, while my folks were visiting. I was bored, so they shuffled me off and I half-dozed through the film. I was a more stolid, less interesting kid in those days.

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