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    Altitude (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4556370



    I've seen 1000's of movies in my life including many direct to video titles and many of them were bad, but this one takes the cake!

    Being able to enjoy a movie requires being able to defy some belief but with this particular film, you also have to forget that you have a brain while at the same time, being insulted by how stupid and laughable this movie is.

    That's Kelsey Grammer's daughter by the way.



    Guess having the Grammer name is not helping her acting career move up faster and she has to take whatever roles that comes her way including being in crappy movies like this one.

    0.25/5

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    Crooked House (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1869347



    This film adaptation of Agatha Christie's 49th book, which is considered by many as one of her 7 best books, fails miserably.

    The stellar cast of Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson, Glenn Close, Terence Stamp, Max Irons, Julian Sands and Stefanie Martini are not given much to do with their paper thin characters from a very shallow script.

    The story revolves around the mysterious death of the Patriarch of a wealthy family and possible foul play is suspected. The granddaughter of the deceased hires a private investigator, a young man she once had a brief affair with, to help her look into her grandfather's death.

    She doesn't want to call the Police because that will involve Scotland Yard and draw unwanted attention to the family by the press.

    The suspects are all family members of the deceased: his mother, his grandchildren, his daughter in laws, his ex-wife, his 2 sons, etc, etc.

    They all have one thing in common: they are fighting for the family fortune.

    But the story doesn't really go anywhere and doesn't do much build up. In the nearly 2 hours running time, the viewer is not really enticed to care about any of the characters.

    When I was watching this, my thoughts should had been on which one of them may be a murderer and which one of them should I be rooting for to be innocent.

    But there was on the screen narrative that made me care for any of them. The director didn't develop the characters to establish a connection between them and the viewer.

    When the killer is finally revealed and the movie abruptly ends and I don't say that lightly, my immediate thought, when I saw the final frame fade to the "Directed By" credit, was:

    that's it? It's over?

    This is the 2nd film adaptation in 2017 of an Agatha Christie's novel that fails to deliver.

    3/5

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    Double Indemnity (1944)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036775/

    Insurance agent gets involved with a woman who plans to kill her husband to collect on a $100,000 insurance claim.

    Intelligent, well written, well acted, suspenseful and there is no special effects, foul language, violence, blood and gore.

    Nominated for 7 Awards Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.

    Deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the U.S. Library of Congress in 1992, Double Indemnity was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. In 1998, it was ranked #38 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 best American films of all time, and in 2007 it placed 29th on their 10th Anniversary list.
    I did some research.

    $100,000 ($1.7 million by today's money) is a lot of money for 1938, the year the story of this movie is set in.

    A lb of sirloin steak was 40 cents, a lb of bread was 8 cents (guess they didn't sell sliced loaves yet?), a gallon of gasoline was 21 cents, a basic small 4 cylinder car was $1,000, the cost of a median home in Houston was about $5,100, one night stay in a hospital was $7, a high school teacher with 4 years of post high school education earned $1,912 a year average.

    The murderous wife's home used in the movie for the exterior scenes is still there





    According to Zillow it's now worth over $2,100,000.

    It was built in 1927, 4 bedrooms, 3 bath, over 3,000 square feet and sold for around $28,000 brand new.

    So considering that the average home was in 1938 was $5,100; this house being $28,000 in 1927, it was considered a mansion then.

    the current owner bought it in 1996 for $585,000.

    The apartment complex the insurance agent lived at is also still there





    4.5/5

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    Darkest Hour (2017)

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    Nominated for Best Picture, this is a good movie in its own right but I still think out of all the other Best Picture nominations:

    Call Me by Your Name, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the latter is still the best movie of them all.

    4/5

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    Triple 9 (2016)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1712261/

    A horrible movie!!

    Confusingly structured story, poorly paced with some dialogue that makes you think a child wrote the screenplay.

    A waste of a talented cast with several of them being nothing but wallflowers, all of them could had been better served in a movie with an intelligent script and a capable director.

    2/5

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    The Satan Bug (1965)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059678/




    Based on another Alistair MacLean's (The Guns Of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra, Where Eagles Dare) novel, with a screenplay by James Clavell (The Great Escape), and directed by John Sturges (The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven 1960, Ice Station Zebra, The Eagle Has Landed), this was a good movie.

    A former intelligence agent is brought out of retirement by the U.S. Government to catch the thieves who stole a top secret biological weapon and are threatening to unleash it on the world. A weapon that is capable of wiping out every living thing on Earth within months.

    Suspenseful, intense, thrilling, intelligent without any violence, blood and gore, foul language - there were scenes that had me grinding my teeth and gripping the sofa cushion.

    4.5/5

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