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MOVIE REVIEW: Atlas Shrugged, Part One

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I was a bit delayed in watching this movie, so by the time I got around to the theater on Sunday, two days’ worth of reviews were already posted. I didn’t read any of them, but I did check out the rating on Rotten Tomatoes, just to get a rough idea of what I was getting into. The viewer rating was a very good 85%, but the critic rating was a basement level at a mere 10%. Suffice it to say, opinions are a bit mixed. I would place my own rating somewhere in between, but teetering more towards 10 than 85.

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SATURDAY MORNING B-MOVIE CRAP FEST: “War of the Robots” (1978)

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Science fiction movies are expensive, much more so than more conventional fare. Why? Well, it’s not like you can go rent yourself a space ship or run off to wallmart and buy an NERVA engine, or pick up some aliens from the zoo. If you want this kind of crap, you can rent some of it - there are prop houses in Hollywood that have ‘high tech’ props, but most of these are pretty cheezy, and turn up in so many movies that they’re instantly recognizable as props.

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CAPSULE REVIEWS: Grindhouse/Planet Terror/Death Proof/Vanishing Point/Death Race 2000

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So, my Netflix queue was getting a bit sparse and so I put up the 70's spoofing, intentionally schlockfest of Planet Terror and Death Proof "Grindhouse" double feature from a couple yeas ago by Richard Rodriguez and Tarrantino.

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MOVIE REVIEW: "District 9"

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You need to understand that I am a reformed major movie nerd. I read a ton of online stuff and start building my opinion early on upcoming and anticipated big releases. This leads me to often set different expectations for movies than is generally appreciated.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Astro Boy” (2009)

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 10/27/09

I’ll admit right up front that I’m not really familiar with Astro Boy. I know he’s a hugely popular Japanese character, and has been since the early 1950s, I know that there have been many cartoon and manga (or as they call it in Japan, “Comics”) iterations of him over the last half century, and I know that a lot of people are fanatical about him. I’ve even seen a few minutes of cartoons here and there over the years, and I recognized him on a poster in one of the later episodes of Macross/Robotech (In the newstand the three Zentradi spies are running)

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MOVIE REVIEW: "Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam" (2010)

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The title of this DVD is misleading because instead of primarily being a Superman-Shazam teamup, it's actually a collection of four DC showcase animated shorts about Captain Marvel, The Spectre, Green Arrow, and Jonah Hex. These mini-features show 2nd-tier DC characters in their own adventures, an interesting idea that DC will hopefully show us more of.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues” (1955)

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Yeah, yeah, I know, I know: It's Sunday. But this is a reprint that originally ran on a Saturday, and really the entire concept isn't *about* Saturday per se, but a certain type of movie that tended to run on Saturdays. Yeah. It's all about the Saturday of the soul...David Soul, probably...or something like that.

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