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Chimera Strain
14 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Chimera Strain is watchable because of Henry Ian Cusick who plays the main character Quint, a researcher who must save his two children from dying of a degenerate disorder. He is a standout and pretty much carries the film on his shoulders. Based on this film alone I feel he should be given more chances. A gut-wrenching performance. Unfortunately, everyone apart from him is at best serviceable and at worst terrible. Kathleen Quinlan plays Masterson- a frightening and mysterious rival who wants to turn Quint's work toward her own purposes through any means necessary. Sadly, it's a caricature of a role and would have been in place in a campy movie, not one as serious as this one. The child actors fare even worse but then being children that's a mistake one can overlook (though, seriously should they? Why not cast other kids). The rest of the performances aren't quite up to the high standards of Ian Cusick, but that should not deter you from giving this movie a one-time watch.

Unforgiven
Unforgiven (1992)
20 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

This is a masterpiece by Clint Eastwood. Unforgiven is a Western made in an era when the popularity of Westerns was at a low ebb. Ironically, it became the second Western in three years to win the Best Picture Oscar. The other was Dances with Wolves in 1991. Both Unforgiven and Dances with Wolves, while being fundamentally different motion pictures, share a common quality: they are radically unlike the Westerns of old. Unforgiven looks like a Western. It has many of the conventions of a Western. But it doesn't feel like one. The violence is brutal, the sheriff isn't the good guy, and the story is saturated with moral ambiguity. That's not to say all the Westerns made in the '40s, '50s, and '60s were simplistic, but few evidence the ethical complexity that Eastwood embraces in Unforgiven.

Tarantula
Tarantula (1955)
20 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Tarantula is a 1955 American black-and-white science fiction giant monster film from Universal-International, produced by William Alland, directed by Jack Arnold, that stars John Agar, Mara Corday, and Leo G. Carroll. The screenplay by Robert M. Fresco and Martin Berkeley was based on a story by Arnold, which was in turn inspired by Fresco's teleplay for the 1955 Science Fiction Theatre episode, "No Food for Thought", that Arnold also directed. We have the "mad" scientist, who is quite a three dimensional character, who causes gigantic mutations in animals. A fire destroys all but one, a tarantula that grows to immense size. People are prey to this arachnid. There are many scary scenes. Two men camping out are assailed, and there is the famous scene with the jeep. When the military fail to stop the spider, the commander leaves two men behind in a jeep which won't start. Clint Eastwood makes an appearance at the end, as a pilot