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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “Village of the Giants” (1965)

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Back when I was but a wee bairn, this movie played on our local UHF channel every month or two. I was always fascinated with it, as only a five or six year old can be. Then we moved away, and I never saw it again until this week.

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OUTSIDE OUR COMFORT RANGE: “Toy Story 3” (No Spoilers)

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At root, the Toy Story movies have always been about identity. The first one is about how you deal with life when you realize you’re not as important as you thought you were: Woodie is no longer Andy’s favorite toy; Buzz isn’t *really* an Astronaut Ranger. The second one is all about how you deal with life when you realize you’re *more* important than you thought you were. This one is all about becoming more than the sum of your parts, transcending your origins and your experiences, and becoming something quietly grand, and about the consequences of *not* being able to do so.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “The Day The Sky Exploded” (1958)

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I was just thinking the other day how I’m kinda’ tired of American B-movie SF. I mean, I enjoy it, don’t get me wrong, but occasionally you just need a little variety, you know? A different perspective? A bracing little bit of spice, just to season my steady diet of Steak and ‘Taters.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: "Cat Women of the Moon" (1953)

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The first rocket to the moon will take a whopping ten hours to get there! Its crewed by four boring men - one of whom is Sonny Tufts - an a woman who has a kind of Betty Davis thing going on in the face, but isn’t really as pretty as the script says she is. But then Sonny Tufts isn’t nearly as handsome as he used to be, either. Perhaps this movie is a heartwarming-yet-sad tale of two middle-aged folks, going to seed, who find a kind of happiness by settling for someone who’ll say “Yes” before the last gasp of their good looks fade?

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CLASSICS FOR KIDS: “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” (1977)

Ok, sure, so we all know the classics, the movies that grabbed us when we were young, but it's hard for us to think about them objectively, to recognize that they may have a different effect on the youth of today than they may have back in our day. To that end, this is the first in a series of genre classics to be reviewed by Republiboy (Age 11):

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