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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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Where the Sidewalk Ends

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Where the Sidewalk Ends

One of the best. Story of an already flawed and troubled cop going bad. The incredible Dana Andrews, along with the Ben Hecht-polished script, Preminger's long takes, and cinematographerJoseph LaShelle, Cyril Mockridge's score (but see below re the use of the ubiquitous Fox "Street Scene" theme, composed by Randy Newman's Uncle Alfred - who also composed the 20th Century Fox fanfare) really sells this.

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Suicide Squad: Pleased this Comic Book Fan

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Suicide Squad: Pleased this Comic Book Fan

It's very flawed, but enjoyable. But not for the squeamish nor for people turned off by gun-fu. There are a *lot* rounds fired in this film. It's a bit gratuitous, but due to the nature of the characters and the setting, it didn't bother me.

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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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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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Gore, Grace, Horror & Hope: The Poetry of Netflix's Daredevil

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Gore, Grace, Horror & Hope: The Poetry of Netflix's Daredevil

But here's what I'll say about the second series of Marvel & Netflix's Daredevil so far (basically spoiler free. No plot giveaways here, anyway): As hard an R as the Deadpool movie is, this is even more so. What humor is to Deadpool (with a little horror thrown in), horror is to this 2nd season of Daredevil (with a little humor thrown in).

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