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Land, Sea & Air
Director Christopher Nolan delivers another superb film, this time a WWII epic recreating the events at the battle of Dunkirk, France in 1940, as Allied troops are forced to evacuate from invading German forces by fleeing to the beaches and harbor, where they await rescue from various ships both military and civilian, while a group of Allied fighter planes do their valiant best to defend them by air. A compelling and realistic viewing experience from start to finish, with masterful score and cinematography. Though there isn't much emotional involvement with the characters, it is the true story being told that is the attraction here, as this important event in the war is finally given a proper treatment, and is a welcome breath of fresh air given the overly cynical and CGI saturated nature of so many modern films. Would have been at home as much in its own depicted period as it is in ours; a real achievement.
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
Kong As Island Defender
Exciting new version of the King Kong story stars John Goodman as a secret government representative(Monarch) organizing a team of fellow scientists and soldiers(led by Samuel L. Jackson) to explore the mythical Skull Island which is inhabited by a variety of monsters, with Kong being the apparent King of, though he is often in battle with an aggressive species of giant iguana-like lizards that threaten all their lives. Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson also star as a tracker and photographer to aid the mission, though John C. Reilly also shines as a stranded WWII soldier who attempts to lead the survivors off the island to rescue...if they can survive the journey.
Excellent F/X bring Kong to vivid life like never before, though of course the original 1933 version is still best. Second in a series of updated Toho "monsterverse" films, in which Kong, Godzilla(2014) and other Japanese monster stars will appear.
Rogue One (2016)
A Story Of Hope
First in the stand-alone/spin-off series of "Star Wars" films is a winner. Set in-between Episodes III & IV, story has a ragtag group of rebels(led by Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones) who are made aware of an alarming new super-weapon just completed by the Empire called the Death Star that is capable of destroying whole planets, and so come up with a desperate plan(aided by the Rebel Alliance) to steal the schematics of it in order to exploit a weakness built into it by a most personal architect and "collaborator" - Jyn's father Galen(played by Mads Mikkelsen), though that won't be so easy, as Darth Vader(still voiced by James Earl Jones) is on the way to stop them...
Superb prequel takes its time to build, but delivers a rousing third act filled with well-staged ground and outer space battle scenes that gives this a welcome gritty feel. Filled with knowing cameos(especially regarding Grand Moff Tarkin) and touches, film is obviously made with love and respect by director Gareth Edwards and the whole crew, with a final sequence and scene that hits the bulls-eye.
Will give real hope to "Star Wars" fans that new parent company Walt Disney is on the right path at last, though of course only time will tell for now...
Phantasm: Ravager (2016)
End Of The Road
Fifth and final film in this series is mostly a showcase for stalwart series star Reggie Bannister as Reggie, former ice cream vendor turned wandering warrior still in pursuit of the evil Tall man(played by the late Angus Scrimm) in his never-ending plan of world domination, which seems to be coming true, though it is equally possible that poor Reggie is suffering from dementia, since he is visited in hospital by an older Mike(A. Michael Baldwin) who thinks it's all in his addled mind, though both realities seem to be converging to a final reckoning point...
A much-delayed, low-budget yet ambitious sequel that was produced sporadically over many years, which explains the patchy and convoluted narrative structure presented here, which is of course the chief problem. Unlike Part I(even II), there is little here that is eerie or original, and expecting any kind of proper closure at this point is ultimately futile, despite the earnest efforts of everyone involved. Still, "Phans" will want to see it regardless, as(for better or worse) this is the end... though you will certainly want to stay through the closing credits!
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
The Hodgson Haunting
James Wan returned to direct this superb sequel that sees Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga resuming their roles of real life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who are first seen(in a most effective prologue) investigating the notorious Amityville haunting in 1976, before moving forward a year to being asked by the Church to look into the veracity of the reports of a haunting in Enfield, England, where the Hodgson family(a single mother and her four children) are being terrorized by a seemingly evil old man who had died in the house, but as the Warrens discover, the situation is far more complicated and sinister than that...A match for the original, this intelligent, chilling, frightening sequel is even better, with a well crafted plot that pays off emotionally and spiritually by the heart-stopping climax. A model of its kind, and further installments done like this would be most welcome, as there are still more cases to tell...
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Eighth "X-Men" film,(though the first one taking place entirely in the new, altered time-line) is set in 1983, where a powerful, ancient mutant named Apocalypse(played by Oscar Issac) has been reawakened, and is hellbent on ridding the world of all traces of human civilization, who enlists four mutants(Storm, Angel, Psylocke, and Magneto) to help him in this task, though the combined powers of Charles Xavier, Mystique, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Beast, Nightcrawler and Qucksilver may be too much even for a self-styled god... Action packed if bloated entry has big ideas but fairly routine execution, and I still think this new time-line(effectively negating five of the first six films in the franchise!) is quite needless and misguided.
Hugh Jackman does make a brief, obligatory appearance which sets up the planned ninth film in the series. Wolverine is not done just yet it seems...
Jurassic World (2015)
The Park Goes Global
22 years after the disastrous events of the first film, a new park(renamed World) was built upon the ruins of the original, and has been a huge success for about a decade, but an increasingly apathetic public has led the new corporate owners to authorize an experimental dinosaur created from various DNA sources that is large, fierce, and intelligent, so naturally breaks free of its paddock to wreck havoc, creating a domino effect of calamities that will lead to even more destruction and loss of life. Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt co-star, as does returning actor B.D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu from the first film.
Fourth film in this series was a massive hit, effectively updating the story to 2015 and a new generation. Good plot and characters, exciting action by director Colin Trevorrow, though of course this is(intentionally) much like the original.
Ending of course sets up the planned Part V...
The Outer Limits: The Premonition (1965)
Dewey Martin stars as Jim Darcy, an Air Force pilot who is flying an experimental X-15 plane when it hits a sonic boom and suddenly crash lands. Jim is safe without injury, but his wife Linda(played by Mary Murphy) is also driving close by, and goes to him when they both realize that a freak accident of the plane hitting Mach 6 has somehow caused them to trip the time barrier a short distance into the future, where everyone is frozen until time catches up with them, which means they must be back in their proper places, or be stuck in limbo like some poor man/being they encounter at the airbase, not to mention they must save their little girl who is about to be hit by a truck after leaving her daycare center... Interesting episode has good acting and involving characters, with the limbo man especially tragic.
The Outer Limits: The Probe (1965)
Last episode of the series sees a cargo plane traveling through a hurricane and making a crash landing into the sea. The survivors(including Peter Mark Richman and Peggy Ann Garner) find that their rubber life raft is not on the water, but instead is on a metal surface, and indeed they appear to be inside some mysterious structure that turns out to be an unmanned alien probe that had scooped them up for examination, though a strange microbe creature has escaped sterilization, which just might keep them alive if they can figure out a way to communicate their plight to the unknown intelligence...Good episode has fine acting and an intriguing premise that holds viewer interest. Though the series' cancellation was unfortunate, this does at least provide a fitting end.
Anthony Eisley stars as Colonel Barham, a dying astronaut confined to a wheelchair who volunteers to be a part of an experimental operation that will see his healthy brain removed from his body, and placed in a complex artificial container connected with a supercomputer that will allow him to undertake the mission to Mars that is being planned. Unfortunately, the arrogant-minded Barham becomes even more so, developing an inflated egomania and a dangerous form of mind control that threatens the lives of the staff. Grant Williams also stars as Major McKinnon, and Elizabeth Perry as the Colonel's wife. Uninspired episode is mired in too many clichés to succeed.
The Outer Limits: Counterweight (1964)
A six person crew(played by Michael Constantine, Jacqueline Scott, Sandy Kenyon, Crahan Denton, Larry Ward, Charles Radilac) has volunteered to participate in the first simulated test space flight to the planet Antheon. There is even a panic button on board that, if pushed, will immediately end the flight, and any chance of their going on the real thing. The captain(played by Stephen Joyce) and stewardess(played by Shary Marshall) do what they can to help, but paranoia and personality clashes emerge, threatening the success of this experiment, as some malignant force seems determined to stop the mission... Tedious episode misfires much like the flight itself, though the monster is nicely done.
Ron Randel stars as Henderson James, a scientist in the near future who had successfully smuggled to Earth a fierce but banned alien creature called a Megasoid that has escaped from its captivity in his home. It is in its reproductive cycle, which means more of these things could emerge, so Henderson decides to handle the crisis himself by having a limited-life(5 hours) duplicate(clone) made to kill the creature, but instead it causes his wife Laura(played by Constance Towers) to prefer its company to his, since their marriage is on the rocks. Sean McClory co-stars as the spaceship captain who smuggled it to Earth for Henderson, and is called upon to help again. Good cast and set design, but marred by a ridiculous looking(if distinctive) monster, story flaws, and a slow pace. Towers is luminescent though(why does Henderson ignore her?)
Warren Stevens stars as a scientist named Eric Plummer who has been despairing about completing complex equations needed to manufacture an anti-magnetic disintegrator when he is unexpectedly approached by an alien named Ikar(played Robert Webber) who will give him the help he needs if he can borrow his emotions, a concept unknown to his species. Of course the emotions wreck havoc on the orderly mind that his race prides itself on, which threatens everyone involved, in particular Eric's girlfriend Janet(played by Gail Kobe) as the aliens plan to invade the Earth, and wont let the compromised Ikar stop them...Dreary, all-too predictable and arch episode only has memorable monsters to distinguish it in any way, despite the colorful title.
Second of two part episode sees government agent Adam Ballard(Robert Duvall) along with his fellow agents continue their pursuit of the four men(played by Steve Inhat, Lee Pollack, James Frawley, and Ivan Dixon) all soldiers who have been chosen by an alien intelligence to complete an important project that they can't explain or stop themselves from completing. Things have taken a more definite turn as it is learned that six children, all afflicted with one physical malady or another, are being taken to a newly built spaceship for transport to an unknown alien planet, and the question is if it is for good or evil purposes... Excellent conclusion to this compelling story continues the fine performances, script, and direction, all leading to a truly poignant, beautifully realized ending.
Robert Duvall stars as a government agent named Adam Ballard who has been assigned to a most peculiar case: Four men(played by Steve Inhat, Dee Pollack, James Frawley, and Ivan Dixon), all soldiers, have been shot in the head during an ongoing Asian war, but have survived. The bullets used in all four cases were manufactured from meteorite fragments that have somehow healed their bodies, and given them a secondary brain wave pattern that has given them increased intelligence and an inexplicable drive to complete a project that Adam believes is for sinister alien purposes, but the fact remains that no one has been hurt, or any laws broken, so why the pursuit? Excellent episode with fine acting, intelligent script and smooth direction. First of two parts.
The first manned expedition to Mars has successfully landed, and the two-man crew explores the surface of the planet when something goes horribly wrong, and all contact is lost. Three years later, Earth tries again, this time sending a four-man crew to re-investigate, when tragedy strikes again, and two more men are lost. Major Merritt(played by Adam West) and Captain Jack Buckley(played by Rudy Solari) discover the true nature of the mystery, voracious sand sharks that may prevent them taking off again...Paper thin story with outdated science(an atmosphere on Mars?) still manages to be entertaining on a Halloween-viewing level. Not to be taken seriously of course, but watchable.
The Outer Limits: Wolf 359 (1964)
Patrick O'Neal stars as scientist John Meredith, who has managed to build an enclosed miniaturized clone of a planet in the nearby star system of Wolf 359. He seeds it with human DNA in an effort to speed up the planet's evolution, roughly 1 second equals eleven minutes Earth time. The experiment appears to be a success until a mysterious ghost-bat like creature emerges, striking fear in his wife(played by Sara Shane) and his colleagues, before finally coming after him. Just what is the creature, and what does it want? Ambitious story here, with some big scientific and philosophical ideas at work, though dramatically it isn't as compelling as it should be, with too little action. Still worthwhile though.
The Outer Limits: I, Robot (1964)
Of Robots and Men
Howard Da Silva stars as a cynical lawyer named Thurman Cutler who is contacted by an equally cynical newspaperman named Judson Ellis(played by Leonard Nimoy) on behalf of a young woman(played by Mariana Hill) whose inventor uncle was killed in his laboratory, and the blame has fallen on a robot he created named Adam who has been captured, and is due for destruction. Cutler gets the robot a trial, but a guilty verdict seems like a foregone conclusion in the unscientific community it occurred in. Can Adam be saved, or at least redeemed? Interesting story about robotic rights vs. human fears works reasonably well, with a fittingly ironic end.
The Outer Limits: Cry of Silence (1964)
Failure To Communicate
Eddie Albert and June Havoc star as Andy and Karen Thorne, a married couple driving along a desert highway trying to find Wild Canyon Road, but instead stumble upon strange phenomena like tumbleweeds or boulders moving of their own volition, even a large group of frogs seem to want to attack them, though the timely arrival of a seemingly friendly farmer named Lamont(played by Arthur Hunnicutt) enables them to escape to his farm, though it is there that they discover that a mysterious alien force is desperately trying to communicate with them, but why? Unpopular episode is really not bad at all, creating a genuinely eerie atmosphere in its isolated locale. Dramatically it never really pays off, but that failure to communicate is cleverly remarked upon. The three-person cast (especially Albert)is fine at least. Worth another look.
Robert Culp stars as Trent, a man who awakened ten days ago with no prior memory of who he is, or what's going on, other than that he has a computerized glass hand that gives him limited information, and he is being chased by strange looking humans who turn out to be invading aliens from the future who are seeking the glass hand which is missing three fingers that they have possession of, and will tell them where the 70 billion missing future humans are when attached, which it turns out is closer than anyone realizes... Atmospheric episode with a fine performance by Culp maintains viewer interest throughout, with some ingenious ideas, though the aliens look distressingly shabby! Still memorable regardless, with a striking ending.
The Outer Limits: Expanding Human (1964)
Skip Homier stars as Dr. Roy Clinton, who works at a University lab that has recently experimented with a new drug formula called CE, or consciousness expansion. It puts one colleague into a suspended animation that is(almost fatally) mistaken for death, but on poor Roy, it turns him into a ruthless(yet intelligent) hulking brute with no conscience yet super strength and delusions of grandeur, as he as already killed two, and it may become more. Keith Andes costars as a friend named Dr. Peter Wayne, and James Doohan as a police detective investigating the case. Mostly dreary and static episode has the right ingredients but comes out flat.
First Venus, Then Mars
William Shatner stars as astronaut Jeff Barton, who has successfully completed a solo mission to Venus and back. Upon return, he is hailed as a hero, and promoted to Brigadier-General, but while working on the next mission called Project Vulcan, a trip to Mars, he begins to exhibit unpleasant side effects like being constantly cold, and needing increasing heat sources, much to the alarm of his wife Ann(played by Geraldine Brooks), especially when Jeff starts to grow webbed hands, and a short temper. Can the medical field find a cure in time? Shatner is perfectly cast here, in this highly emotional role, which suits his talents perfectly. Interesting and fun, though never really pays off that much dramatically. Venusian creature is a real hoot though!
The Outer Limits: Behold Eck! (1964)
Peter Lind Hays stars as Dr. James Stone, an optometrist who one day comes to his office only to find it in shambles. His secretary,(played by Joan Freeman) has no idea what happened, but they will soon discover that it was caused by a two-dimensional creature called Eck who has, through a freak accident, slid sideways into their three-dimensional world, causing much havoc as a result. Eck needs a special lens made to enable him to find the dimensional rift he came through, and must return to soon or face imminent destruction. Parley Baer costars as Stone's brother Bernard. Whimsical episode undeniably suffers from very limited F/X, but has an imaginative story and sympathetic creature that keep viewer involvement. Quite endearing despite its limitations.
The Outer Limits: Soldier (1964)
Michael Ansara stars as Quarlo, a hardened soldier from the future who has accidentally been sent back in time to 1960's America, where he uses his advanced weapon to destroy a police car, though after his helmet is knocked off, he is captured and held in a secret location, where language expert Tom Kagan(played by Lloyd Nolan) tries to make contact with him, much to the disbelief of Agent Paul Tanner(played by Tim O'Connor) When a second future soldier is sent back to this time as well, Quarlo must make one last stand to defend his non-enemy Kagan, and his family... Entertaining and imaginative episode may well have inspired "The Terminator", even if the film greatly improved the scope and F/X on display here. Teeters close to the comical at times, but never does fall over.
Vera Miles and Barbara Rush star as Kasha Paine and Leonora Edmond, two women at the mercy of a sadistic blackmailer named Andre(played by Scott Marlowe) who decide one day at a lake to poison him, which does kill him, and they put his body in the car trunk. Unfortunately, they later seek shelter at the home of an eccentric inventor named Tone Hobart(played by David McCallum) who has invented a means to tilt time, which has the effect of reversing Andre's death, bringing him back to life to torment them all. Will Hobart be able to put things right again? Cedric Hardwicke costars. Bizarre episode is a dud, with a preposterous and excessively contrived plot wallowing in mind-numbing tedium. Good cast can't save it.