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Logan: A Tale of Disillusionment and Redemption

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Logan: A Tale of Disillusionment and Redemption

The tone of this movie, is darker and very different from all of the other X-Men movies, including the two other Wolverine movies. As I said, this is almost like a film noir. Yes, there is action and some of that very brutal (which also makes it somewhat different from all of the other X-Men movies). But the center of the film is on the people, the characters, and their relationships. It also deals with issues like Alzheimer's, aging, and caring for the aged, losing one's vision (both literally and figuratively), and family.

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Rewatching Angels with Dirty Faces

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Rewatching Angels with Dirty Faces

Yeah, AwDF is corny, but also classy, beautifully shot by Sol Polito and directed by Michael Curtiz (The Adventures of Robin Hood, White Christmas, Captain Blood, Casablanca ), with some great performances from  Cagney, Bogie, The Dead End Kids, Ann Sheridan and Pat O'Brien.  Also awesome musical score from the legendary Max Steiner (King Kong, Casablanca and Gone With the Wind among many others).

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A Welcome Shot of 80's Horror Sci-Fi with a Spielberg Sparkle

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A Welcome Shot of 80's Horror Sci-Fi with a Spielberg Sparkle

 I put this spanking brand new Netflix Original series in my Watch List as soon as I watched the two trailers early last week, and I think they were only released last month. I mean, they had me at Winona Ryder, but the trailer seemed to promise something creepily scary. Horror, but of the more subtle variety.

That promise seemed to harken back to things like the Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone but with an over-arching show length story arc, with a strong Dean Koontz or Stephen King science fiction/horror feel, and yet also a kind of Steven Spielberg glow or ambience. Or at least a sparkle.

Also has a whiff of shows like the X-Files, or Eerie, Indiana (maybe more of the latter).

As soon as it dropped, the entire series was in my queue and I just watched the cold opening of episode 1, until the opening theme finished. And a great theme it is too. It also harkens back to themes of yesteryear, but more like 70's through 80's electronica - think Tangerine Dream or Jean Michel Jarre.

Which is appropriate, because the show is a "period piece", set in the 1980's. And I think it's the early 80's. We see someone use a dial phone! And something about that just feels so long ago and far away now.

And so far, it is keeping the promise of the trailers.

I'm going back to watch more of this first episode, which has been calling to me since the entire first season dropped on Friday.

Stay tuned: to be continued...

More About Dread and Mystery Than Jump Scares

More About Dread and Mystery Than Jump Scares

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Netflix & AMC SHOW "The Killing": A Deceptive Theme of Deception.

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Netflix & AMC SHOW "The Killing": A Deceptive Theme of Deception.

The Killing on Netflix: Deceptive Theme About Deception

This show has such a tortured production and "broadcast" history. I *almost* shy from watching it for fear of the massive disappointment so many critics and viewers reported.

But I think that I won't be due to the almost certain persistence of what is to me, the most important element of this show:

 

Not the plot.

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