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Ellen, Thanks for your note. Another of the great moments comes when Bud is shot by the CIA guys.. and one of his co-workers offers a beer, which he accepts! Bud may have said it best: "Repo man always intense."
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I have a free afternoon so I'll see From Paris with Love. I became more of a John Travolta fan after viewing "Hairspray" for a 'Smack a couple of years back. Maybe it was the dress. Your comments on "Taken" are right on target. Liam Neeson's responses are entirely appropriate for the material. Not pretty, and they shouldn't be.
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I haven't yet seen "Valentine's Day" but I own copies of "Amelie" and "Love Actually" and what you say about them rings true. By that logic, things don't look promising for VD, a putative romantic comedy that is neither romantic nor funny. I'll see it... but not until it turns up at the Redbox at my grocery store.
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Rob! I guess my posts should carry a warning: "Read this SMACKDOWN! or I'll move into your neighborhood."
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Bob.. You make me want to visit the cineplex. I saw the original film with a British woman who came to visit me in Phoenix. We watched "One-Two-Three" at a drive in, because Anna Crayden wanted to see a movie this way. I remember the good company and Robert Shaw's fine performance and I wondered amid all the hoopla.. why was THIS film remade? I'll see the new version and learn if my question finds an answer. Good Smackdown!..good read, as usual. -Mark
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I'm a native of Phoenix, and lived in Portland the past 28 years. During that time, one city became enriched, the other impoverished of spirit and direction. One is a mess, the other is not. Visit either one and you'll know which is which.
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2009 on Phoenix 101: Lost opportunities at Rogue Columnist
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Chris: I don't know what you've read. I make it clear this film is definitely worth the ticket price. I'm not sure this kind of material can be "lightened up" if I understand what you mean. World destruction, annihilation of the human race -- this sort of material will never create "the feel-good movie of the summer." The tone dictates the treatment. Someone more qualified - perhaps Bryce Zabel - can tell you why large budgets often mean poor scripts. I suspect movies at that level get rewritten by committee. As a result, any singular vision is buried under excessive tinkering.
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Rodney: It's an earful.
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Jon, You've drawn a disturbing and accurate picture of our hometown transformed with toxic consequences. I seriously doubt the Phoenix of our childhood memories will survive in any other form. That's sad and I see no turning back. I don't recognize the place anymore.
Toggle Commented May 21, 2009 on Phoenix 101: Power primer at Rogue Columnist
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Thank you, Jay. Your endorsement means a lot.
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Rodney, I know just what you mean. Both movies are enjoyable, for different reasons. Mel Brooks is an acquired taste for many viewers; His material often hits big or completely misses. And really, Galaxy Quest may be the more clever film start to finish. I love both films and tried to confine the 'SMACK to a comparison of the features on the "deluxe" DVDs of both. On that basis, the Spaceballs DVD offers a little more to enjoy. Get them both, enjoy both. Everybody wins.
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Bryce: Gotta see "Moola." I really enjoyed "The Amateurs" and highly recommend this.. if you can't find a copy of "Moola." I'll start looking now.
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Bryce: I remember "The Shootist" and enjoyed it, but you indicate "Gran Torino" may be even more special. I thought as much while I sat through the previews before the film in my latest Smackdown! I can't wait to see "Gran Torino."
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