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Journey to the Center of the Earth
19 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Scientist James Mason and his student Pat Boone find evidence that a noted scientist has entered a volcano in Iceland and traveled through to the center of the Earth. They share their data with a Swedish scientist who races to get their before them. They race after him ... and they are accompanied by a lady and a goose. After Disney found success with "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and UA had even greater success with Mike Todd's "Around the World in 80 Days", Fox ponied up the dough for a huge Cinemascope adaptation of this Verne novel. It's flawed, but very entertaining. The main characters are all supposed to be Scottish, so Boone adopts a light accent. He should not have done that. The "dinosaurs" that are encountered are just painted lizards. All in all, this is not as much fun as a Ray Harryhausen film and it's too long, but there's some good stuff.

Halloween
Halloween (2018)
19 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

So, I don't like this film, but when I ask myself what I would want from a new film featuring these characters, I come up with a blank. I think that's because there's really no reason for this film to exist. We've seen sequels to "Halloween", the best of which has nothing to do with these characters at all. There's a serviceable "Halloween II" that features Jamie Lee Curtis. We've already had a self-aware "Halloween" film that ignored several sequels and jammed an older Curtis at us. The reason this film exists is that it knows you liked seeing Michael fall off a balcony and then not be there when you looked back, so it's going to do that again with a slight twist. YOU LIKE SEEING THE FAMILIAR SO GIVE US MONEY. I suppose this wouldn't bother me if this was a legitimately good film, but it's barely passable. What it's most like is the host of generic, slightly self-referential slasher clones that flooded screens in the 90's after "Scream" was an unexpected hit. It's dull and vaguely nonsensical.

Minagoroshi no kenjū (Massacre Gun)
19 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Joe Shishido is a Yakuza soldier who falls out with his boss when he's first ordered to kill his own girlfriend, and then when his younger brother's boxing career is ended when the boss's thugs break his hands. He quits, but when his former boss won't let him go and has thugs bust up his jazz club, Shishido and his brothers fight back and war breaks out. This is a beautifully stylish crime flick with a cool, jazzy atmosphere. The final shoot out is masterfully staged and is worth the price of admission.