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    The Terrorists (1975) aka Ransom

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073796/






    Story started out interesting. A group of terrorists hold the British Ambassador to Scandinavia hostage in his home along with his servants.

    Another group of terrorists hijack a commercial airliner that just landed at the nearby Scandinavia airport.

    It's set in Scandinavia, no, not the region, for the movie's intention and purpose, they say it's the fictional country of Scandinavia.

    The head of Scandinavia security (Sean Connery) along with representatives of the British and Scandinavia government tries to negotiate the release of both group of hostages without resorting to violence and bloodshed.

    The plot is a bit complicated at first and there is more to it than meets the viewer's eye.

    It stays interesting and holds your attention until about almost the end of the 2nd act and thebeginning of the 3rd and final act and then you are suddenly hit with a WTF ending!!

    This is what they came up with to explain the reasons for the entire 2 terrorist plots and to end the movie?

    As usual Sean Connery and Ian McShane do a good job but the movie could had used a longer first and second act and a better final act with a smarter ending.

    3/5

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    Stephen King's It (1990) 2-parts TV miniseries

    Part 1 - the childhood years
    Part 2 - the adulthood years



    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099864/

    4.75/5

    Stephen King's It (2017) aka Stephen King's It Chapter One

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1396484/



    4/5

    They are both good

    except

    the TV miniseries was better.

    Why?

    More characters development and study, the It was only shown in glimpses adding more tension to the horror, more heart and soul and emotional story;

    while the theatrical remake is more visual, less characters development and study, and shows too much of the creature;

    and of course, lots of gore, blood, gross parts and horror CGI - all of which could had been toned down a bit:

    it's a movie based on a Stephen King's novel, not an Eli Roth horror porn.

    Plus it doesn't end, you will have to wait until 2019 for the adult chapter of the story so they can double dip your wallet!!


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    Valerian And The City Of a Thousand Planets (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2239822/





    When I first saw the trailer for this film about 5 1/2 months ago, I thought that this was director Luc Besson's comeback movie.

    After his early successes with La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element and The Professional, Besson got stuck in the rut that many great foreign writer-directors get stuck in after they go to Hollywood: cinematic formulaitic bad movies devoid of the wirter-director's original vision which put them on the critically acclaimed map.

    Movie flops like The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc and Lucy and Taxi and Bandidas and Colombiana.

    I guess I was mistaken.

    This movie is visually beautiful but that's about it. The storyline is confusing and muddled and some of the dialogue are asinine.

    After 2 hours and 17 min, you will come away wanting more and feeling empty.

    It's like a fancy French restaurant meal: pretty to look at but not enough substance and portion to fill up your tummy, quench your hunger and satisfy your mind.

    2/5

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    The Lighthorsemen (1987)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093416/






    True story about the Australian Light Horse infantry during World War 1 in this battle, which was part of the the Sinai and Palestine campaign:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle...ersheba_(1917)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinai_...stine_Campaign

    A nearly 4 years long (3 years and 9 months) Campaign just to take the Suez Canal and/or control the areas near it/around it.

    Then 22 some years later they did it all over again during World War 2.



    Thank God for Subtitles because they spoke true Australian dialect in this movie mixed with English and half of the time I couldn't understand what they were saying.

    4/5

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    Happy Death Day (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5308322/



    Take Phil, the self centered, obnoxious, rude weatherman from Groundshog Day who is a major jerk and change his character into a girl and you have Tree (Teresa):





    the self centered, obnoxious rude college co-ed sorority girl in Happy Death Day, who is a major biotch.

    Just like Phil, Tree will re-live her day over and over and each time she will have to make some changes in her behavior so the next day will be slightly different from the previous day until she is able to break the deja vu cycle.

    The only difference between Phil's day and Tree's day is Tree is getting murdered each time; so not only does she wants to break the cycle, she needs to find out who is the killer that is killing her over and over.

    There are a couple of surprises here and the premise is very workable but the writers and director just couldn't bring it all together to make it work as a solid horror film which at times it's almost mocking itself.

    The PG-13 rating also impedes this movie to become truly scary and suspenseful because there is only so much you can do and get away with without it bordering on and/or earning an R-rating.

    2.75/5

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    The Babysitter (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4225622/



    What a bloody thrill ride!!

    Move over Macaulay, this is what Home Alone should had been really like!

    Samara Weaving is scorching hot as the babysitter!!









    4/5

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    Wind River (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5362988/




    Every year there is one movie that strikes a critical, artistic and visceral chord with me that I think deserves Oscar nominations in January-February and every year that one movie is passed by the Academy for a more commercially successful movie.

    This is the movie I hope the Academy will not pass by come January 23, 2018 but knowing those sell out idiots there, they will.

    4.75/5

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    Kedi (2016)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4420704/





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    U.S. Trailer



    Winner of the Critics’ Choice Documentary Award's 2017 Best First Documentary award, Best Documentary Director award and most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary award.

    An intriguing look at the stray cats living in the city of Instanbul and how their lives are often intertwined with the lives of their human neighbors.

    Many of the cats living there are independent creatures but there are quite a few who are attention seekers, free loaders, trouble makers and just plain always imposing themselves on the humans around them.

    This is a close up look on 7 of these cats.

    Heart warming, moving, touching, beautiful.

    Even if you are not a cat person and/or you are a dog person, you will still love this film.

    5/5

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    Ingrid Goes West (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5962210/



    This is a dark comedy about a woman, Ingrid, played by Aubrey Plaza, who takes social media too seriously;

    the movie itself is also using her psychotic social media obsessive compulsive exterior to send an underlying message to the audience.

    Aubrey Plaza gives a great performance but she can't just carry the movie on her own when the rest of the script doesn't bring much material and supporting characters to help her and the story.

    That makes it difficult for the audience to connect with Ingrid and to take her seriously.

    It's too bad too because I like Aubrey Plaza. She brings so much depth and versatility to just about any characters she plays.

    But I did learn one thing from this movie: social media acceptance, social media status and to be liked on social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter is going to be the end of the human race.

    3.5/5

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