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Nearly 30 years since its beginning, the Jurassic cinematic universe finally comes to an end. I really enjoyed how Jurassic World: Dominion tied both Park and World together and how they wrapped up the story-lines introduced in the first two World movies. I must add you don't
have to have seen all theses films in the cannon ;Jurassic World: Dominion stands on it own with tremendous sci-fi Creature Feature effects . The movie's visual effects and other technical elements are high-quality, with excellent sound design and another on-point soundtrack that incorporates John Williams' original theme.

Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, dinosaurs now live and hunt alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history's most fearsome creatures.


It was an extremely fun summer Block Buster 165 million dollar budget with very high production value leading edge CGI FX with top notch animatronics (thank you Jaws and E.T. for pioneering !). The dinosaurs/prehistoric creatures/flying reptiles were the stars . Dominion has some great creature feature moments. The story unites Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) from the newer films with scientists Dr. Sattler (Laura Dern), Dr. Grant (Sam Neill), and Dr. Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) from the original movies. Together they must fight the villainous CEO of an international genetics/agricultural corporation who's lying about how the company uses dinosaur DNA. Expect plenty of jump scares, human-eating dinosaurs, and epic predator-on-predator fights!!!
The original trio of actors who made the original Jurassic Park memorable, Dern, Neill, and Goldblum add much gravitas to Jurassic World Dominion, portraying characters who are committed to saving the world with generous nostalgic nods all over the place. This is a fun and exciting finale to the JP franchise. I can not wait to own this one on Blu-ray.

 

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A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion.
Gorgeously atmospheric in both the visuals and the soundtrack, and it's a marathon of high-impact Grand Dame acting.The aftermath of Hollywood stardom. The on-screen fireworks were reportedly fueled by off-screen hatred, but the chemistry between the stars is unquestionably hair-raising.
What Ever Happened To Baby Jane offers commentary on aging, sisterhood, and show business. Melodrama of hate, revenge and murder, a high-class horror film . This 1962 flick is a terrific psychological thriller with some excellent black comedy.The leading ladies are truly magnificent; a late-career triumph for both Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

Academy Award for Best Costume Design and nominated for four additional Academy Awards including best Actress (Bette Davis) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Victor Buono).

Baby Jane Hudson (played by Davis) is a former child star of the vaudeville era whose fame was so widespread that there was even a “Baby Jane” doll made in her likeness. Her older sister, Blanche (Crawford), watched with envy as their father doted on Jane and spoiled her with toys and attention. Years later, in the 1930s, both sisters are actresses—but the roles have switched. Blanche is now the more successful of the two sisters, which has left Jane bitter and jealous. After a suspicious automobile accident leaves Blanche confined to a wheelchair, Jane spends her subsequent years giving reluctant care to her disabled sister. As Jane descends into madness, Blanche becomes her prisoner and is subject to various psychological tortures.

 

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Hard to Get (1938)
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Olivia de Havilland, who at this point in her career specialized in spoiled heiresses; has rarely looked prettier .


When spoiled young heiress Maggie Richards (Olivia de Havilland) tries to charge some gasoline at an auto camp run by Bill Davis (Dick Powell), Gas station attendant Dick Powell punishes cash-less rich girl Olivia de Havilland, forcing her to scrub floors of the adjoining motel ! De Havillandshe seeks the plot's revenge, pretending to be her rich dad's maid instead of daughter ; and Powell's more than a poor man's dreamer, holding a grand idea for a "modernized" gas station...

Long story short, Olivia falls in love after Powell croons "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby" by moonlight, and then has to get out of the hole she's dug herself involving that lie...
I found this firecracker of a movie on TCM and fell in love with it! There's lots of crazy slapstick, clever & snappy dialogue, tender moments, good music and all-around great, lively performances. . Olivia is a blast as a spoiled little rich girl - she was spunky and absolutely radiant. Pleasant romantic comedy .
I really liked de Havilland in comedy !! Particularly liked Olivia in the light romantic comedy PRINCESS O'ROURKE (1943)
Dame (in the UK) the title given to a woman equivalent to the rank of knight) Olivia de Havilland is an iconic British-American actress who starred in some of the greatest movies of all time. She made her movie debut in ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’ (1935).

The actress gained fame playing the lead in box office blockbusters like ‘The Great Garrick’ (1937), ‘It's Love I'm After’ (1937), ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’ (1938), ‘Hard to Get’ (1938), ‘Dodge City’ (1939), and ‘Santa Fe Trail’ (1940). She found herself being cast in one of the most iconic movies of all time ‘Gone with the Wind’ (1939), in which she played the ‘Oscar’ nominated role of Melanie Hamilton Wilkes. She earned two more nominations for ‘Hold Back the Dawn’ (1941), and ‘The Snake Pit’ (1948). Olivia de Havilland won her first ‘Academy Award’ for playing Jody Norris in ‘To Each his Own’ (1946) and her second one for ‘The Heiress’ (1949).

Some of the best movies of Olivia de Havilland’s career include Gone with the Wind’ (1939)‘Hold Back the Dawn’ (1941), Princess O'Rourke (1943) ‘My Cousin Rachel’ (1952), ‘Light in the Piazza’ (1962), ‘Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna’ (1986), and ‘Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte’ (1964). Olivia de Havilland passed away in July 2020 at the age of 104
 

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The Old Man (2022)
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A former CIA officer, who's living off the grid, finds himself on the run from people who want to kill him.

The Old Man .....The first two episodes are superb. So far the casting is excellent in the series s The style of acting is very well done by the seasoned Pros Jeff Bridges is fantastic in The Old Man, as is John Lithgow. Amy Frederica Brenneman was what this shows needs; an air of mystery in her character Amy brings it just like she did in HBO's The Leftovers. Her sense of vulnerability play so well with Jeff Bridges even when Jeff wants to get the "hell out of dodge" he is drawn to Zoe McDonald, Amy's character There is real chemistry as the two actor play off one another. The Old Man has extremely intelligent writing being raised up by the talent of The Ensemble. This thriller is going in some intriguing directions , I am very keen to watch how this series unfolds ! This is excellent network television . I cant wait till next episode ! Premiere episodes 8/10
 

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4K Ultra HD + Blu-rayCriterion | 1944 | 108 min | Rated PG | May 31, 2022

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4K Ultra HD + Blu-rayUniversal Studios | 1964 | 130 min | Rated PG | May 10, 2022

:love: Hedren in Marnie (1964) :love:
I love Hitch , but not what he did to Tippis film career ; keeping her under contract while failing to offer her big movie projects. :mad:
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Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook / 4K Ultra HD + Blu-rayShout Factory | 1984 | 114 min | Rated PG-13 | Aug 16, 2022 (2 Months)

 

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Down Three Dark Streets (1954)
Turner Classic Movies


Told in semi-documentary fashion, Down Three Dark Streets tells the story of how FBI Agent John ‘Rip’ Ripley (Broderick Crawford) finishes up the three cases that fellow agent Zach Stewart (Kenneth Tobey) was working on when he was gunned down and killed. He assumes that the killer was involved in one of the three cases, but which one and who.
The cases: (1) A killer on the loose. A possible contact: his girl friend (Martha Hyer). (2) A car theft gang. Possible contact: the blind wife of one of the members (Marisa Pavan). (3) An extortion threat to a recent widow (Ruth Roman) involving her young child.

Broderick Crawford is his usual gruff down-to-business self. It may be a low-budget B-movie, but it works with Crawford doing what he does best. There are some enjoyable performances along the way from a bunch of reliable character performers. A fine film-noir with great location cinematography. Oscar-winning cinematographer Joseph F. Biroc (The Towering Inferno) adds the right noir flavor to the tight screenplay.
 
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