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Marvel winning streak continues with Dr. Strange

November 9, 2016
Marvel winning streak continues with Dr. Strange

The Movie Man is going to do you a favor and delve into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
It’s getting rather detailed and complex so here’s a scorecard on what’s been, what’s near, and what’s in the future.
(The Movie Man is going to exclude TV shows; this recap is all about movie features.)

About the film
While there have been Marvel superhero movies and TV series before, the interwoven tales that comprise the MCU began in 2008 with Iron Man (Movie Man No. 771, 8 Best of Year). It was a colossal hit.
“Phase One” (aka “Avengers Assembled”) had begun – a concept where each picture builds on the other.… Read the rest

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Third Brown adaptation doesn’t burn up box office

November 2, 2016
Third Brown adaptation doesn’t burn up box office

It’s rare when a Tom Hanks movie doesn’t do much.
But that was the case with Inferno which barely made a dent among moviegoers in its debut week.

About the film
Don’t feel too sorry for Hanks and Inferno – it’s in good shape overseas.
But in America, folks chose Boo! A Madea Halloween over the third installment of Dan Brown’s puzzle solving professor Robert Langston.
The first two in the series merited a third, financially.
The Da Vinci Code (2006, Movie Man No. 667, 5) was middlin’ as was Angels and Demons (2009, MM #825, 5) – they are disposable entertainment, quickly forgotten.… Read the rest

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Remake of Rocky Horror is beyond abysmal

October 26, 2016
Remake of Rocky Horror is beyond abysmal

If the Movie Man might quote Riff Raff from the original Rocky Horror Picture Show: “You’ve come on a special night.”
This is a Movie Man like no other – to honor a movie like no other and warn all creatures on Earth and beyond that Rocky’s “reimagining” on Fox TV Oct. 20 is beyond bad.
We begin with a story:

A story
Back in 1975, all kinds of crazy movies were coming out and, being College Movie Man, he saw them all – including one with a tagline of “a different set of jaws.”
College Movie Man called into a radio rock show contest when the question “Who piloted George Pal’s Time Machine?” was asked.… Read the rest

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The Accountant’s body count eventually adds up

October 19, 2016
The Accountant’s body count eventually adds up

There are comeback stories everywhere and Ben Affleck is one.
He’s on a tear right now, from award-winning director to Batman to serious dramas.
Not bad for a guy written for as Bennifer and with one of the worst movies of all-time on his once shining resume.

About the film
Affleck isn’t the first to rebound from rock bottom after smelling the sweet scent of success earlier.
Today, Robert Downey, Jr. is Iron Man. When much younger, he was on the periphery of the Brat Pack but more serious.
Then drugs tanked his career and all looked doomed.
But the Man in the Can arrived, the superhero Iron Man, and Downey’s been on top ever since.… Read the rest

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The (Gone) Girl on the Train stays on track mostly

October 12, 2016
The (Gone) Girl on the Train stays on track mostly

This is one of those movies that come up a few times a year where a specific numeric number doesn’t fit.
Usually, the Movie Man bumps it up; this time, for The Girl on the Train, he went down.

About the film
A big hit as a book – it opened at No. 1 on best-seller lists – The Girl on the Train rode its parallels to the mega-popular Gone Girl.
While that worked for the novels, the movie version of Gone Girl (2014, Movie Man No. 1108, 8) is superior to the movie version of The Girl on the Train.Read the rest

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Burton’s Home filled with old-style throwbacks

October 5, 2016
Burton’s Home filled with old-style throwbacks

Of all the directors who have come along through the Movie Man’s decades of living, one who especially fits his personal sensibilities is Tim Burton.
The Movie Man is a fan of old-style scary movies and creepy, macabre scenes and atmospheres.
That’s why Burton remains one of the Movie Man’s favorite directors; in fact, the Movie Man has missed just one Burton movie.

About the film
One way to look at Burton’s career is to do what Entertainment Weekly recently did – rank them from worst to best. However, the Movie Man hardly agrees with EW. (Recall that the Movie Man did not begin educating the masses until the spring of 1993 – hence the lack of some movies having no numerical ratings.)
16.… Read the rest

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Denzel’s Western remake pretty Magnificent in places

September 28, 2016
Denzel’s Western remake pretty Magnificent in places

It’s a good month when Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington both have movies out.
And both are decent.
Hanks’ Sully (Movie Man No. 1,219, 7) was a hit and judging from the packed – and much older than normal – audience at The Magnificent 7, Denzel’s will be, too.
But first, let’s visit a topic that we haven’t talked about in a long time…

About the film
….trailers.
The previews before The Magnificent 7 were super – with one outstanding – for the most part.
The lesser of them was Split, the next M. Night Shyamalan movie. It’s about a guy with 23 different personalities who kidnaps three girls.… Read the rest

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Blair Witch returns to nauseate sensitive moviegoers

September 21, 2016
Blair Witch returns to nauseate sensitive moviegoers

It’s not very often that a phenomenon comes along in the movie business these days.
But one did in 1999.

About the film
Back in those ancient days (technology wise), getting the word out about a movie usually consisted primarily of trailers shown on TV and in theaters.
But the dawning of what would eventually dominate most humans today – social media – was looming its evil head.
A little film – made for a mere $60,000 – was an out-of-the-blue hit at the Sundance Film Festival. The Blair Witch Project was hailed as something new, exciting, and actually terrifying.
The movie exploded beyond all expectations when a mysterious internet campaign popped up.… Read the rest

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Sully flies high with Hanks and Eastwood

September 14, 2016
Sully flies high with Hanks and Eastwood

There are movie stars then there are movie stars.
Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood are firmly in the latter category.
And, for the first time, they’ve made a movie together, Sully.

About the film
Both Hanks and Eastwood are giants with decades of experience.
The Movie Man believes that Hanks is tied with Denzel Washington as the best American actor.
Eastwood is in a sphere all by himself, however.
You can’t find a major moviemaking category that he has not been part of: actor, director, producer, writer, composer, and musician.
Of course, he began as an actor.
Monster movie fans like the Movie Man know that Eastwood had parts in two beloved scary movies in the 1950s – Revenge of the Creature and, especially, Tarantula, both in 1955.… Read the rest

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Modern day Western sticks with viewers

September 7, 2016
Modern day Western sticks with viewers

It’s rare but Hell or High Water managed to pull it off.
In the Movie Man’s storied history – this is Movie Man No. 1,218 – he has experienced every kind of emotion one can undergo in theaters.
And Hell or High Water’s is an unusual one.

About the film
The Movie Man has laughed, cried, been bored, scared (rarely), grossed out, disappointed, excited – you name it in auditoriums.
Sometimes, however, a movie manages to do something unique in a moviegoing outing: It lingers.
That’s what has happened to the Movie Man with Hell or High Water. It’s the sort of movie that gives you pause well after you’ve left the theater.… Read the rest

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