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There will never be a better movie villain than Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber

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Special extended edition of Once Upon A Time In The West with an extra 15 minutes of Jack Elam trying to get that fly off his face

Da Five Bloods (2020) 

Oh hey, no wonder the flashback scenes look so great: it’s because they were filmed on actual 16mm film insider.com/spike-lee-da-5-blo

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If Ernest Borgnine was so great, why wasn’t there an Ernest Borgten

Da Five Bloods (2020), spoilers 

Oh Jesus, they very clearly telegraph what’s about to happen to Eddie, playing into another trope that’s played for dark laughs in some movies and then turning it 180° for maximum genuine horror

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daydreaming about buying a used mid-80s Volkswagen Cabriolet and driving up and down the PCH

Da Five Bloods (2020), spoilers, ptsd/mental illness 

I don’t know where they’re going with Paul’s character but again, building him up as a certain recognizable kind of asshole and then showing that a large reason he’s an asshole is ptsd (that he won’t get help for because toxic masculinity,) is good and complicated nuance, and Delroy Lindo is fantastic

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Da Five Bloods (2020), spoilers 

… and it’s not just a simple critique of a certain kind of boomer’s weird distorted rear view nostalgia of the Vietnam war, I think it works on multiple layers

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Da Five Bloods (2020), spoilers 

I’m only about 1/4 into this and it is already the most fraught thing I’ve watched in a long time. There’s no way this ends well for anybody, is there?

The combination of introducing the first flashback scene using a ton of Viet Nam movie tropes (chopper flying in front of a hazy sunset etc) and then having the present day actors in the flashbacks is a pretty amazing bit of filmmaking

I would simply get a tattoo that says "I wonder if afterwards they found pumpkins more erotic, or shameful

The Guns of Navarone (1961) 

…also, he’s only got one scene, and I didn’t recognize him until I saw his name in the credits and looked it up, but an impossibly young Richard Harris

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The Guns of Navarone (1961), spoilers 

Finally finished this one after watching it in bits and pieces. It doesn’t really feel like a war movie; in many ways it’s more of a heist, but it doesn’t quite feel like that either… it was based on a novel written a few years earlier and it has a lot of plot points that feel very “and then what if *this* happened?”

But, you can’t go too wrong with Gregory peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn

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The Guns of Navarone (1961), spoilers 

David Niven saying “heil, everybody!” on his way out of a room full of tied up nazis wearing only their underwear is 😙👌

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The Guns of Navarone (1961) 

:newspaper cat voice:

I should reinstall PUBG

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The Guns of Navarone (1961) 

It occurs to me that the original ‘Erangel’ PUBG map was maybe at least partly inspired by the fictional island of Navarone

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wordle 

Back on the horse, maybe

Wordle 404 3/6

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venerable actor death 

RIP to David Warner, one of the all-time great character actors who elevated anything he appeared in. avclub.com/david-warner-on-twi

From Russia with Love (1963) 

And now, an even more gratuitous fight between two scantily clad young women

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From Russia with Love (1963) 

And now, a gratuitous five minute belly-dancing scene

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From Russia with Love (1963) 

I think this is the youngest Robert “proto-Rutger Hauer” Shaw role I’ve ever seen

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From Russia with Love (1963) 

Easy to forget in a post-Austin Powers world how goddamn cool Connery-era Bond movies were

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