Franchise Ruminations: The Lord of The Rings Theatrical Cuts are Better Than The Extended Editions

(Since I'm diving deep into both the theatrical and extended cuts of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, let's just assume that SPOILERS will abound.) Like most Tolkien fans out there, the news that they were going to make a “Lord of the Rings” (LOTR) trilogy was something I genuinely geeked out about. And the feeling …

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The Shape of Water (Big Screen Review)

In a lot of classic Hollywood monster movies, from King Kong to Dracula to The Mummy to The Creature From the Black Lagoon, there is always the implied threat that these monsters, as horrific as they are may have the power to seduce and steal our weak-willed women and that it is the role of our straight-laced men to …

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Best Movies of 2017 (so far… Ver. 2.0)

Call Me By Your Name; Phantom Thread; A Fantastic Woman; Wonderstruck; The Shape of Water; The Post; The Florida Project; Faces/Places; The Disaster Artist; I, Tonya; Downsizing; Thelma; Professor Marston and the Wonder Women; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Darkest Hour; All The Money In The World; Molly's Game; Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool; …

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2017 Movie Round-Up Part 3 (Last Minute Cram Edition)

As the title of the post suggests, these were the last few movies I watched before I put together Version 2.0 of the "Best of 2017" list. I did watch a few more, but these were the movies that I felt warranted commenting on: COLUMBUS (2017) dir. Kogonada At one level Columbus is about two individuals randomly …

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