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Stalag 17

Stalag 17

Stalag 17 is one of the first, and best, prisoner of war movies to come out of Hollywood following World War II. Billed as a comedy, it comes across as more of a dark comedy with very brief moments of slapstick. [Original publication: May 26, 1999]

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Retro Review: Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Conan has been a fantasy staple for nearly 80 years, and this movie could have been the start of a great movie franchise, but someone screwed up when making the sequel and reboot. This version of Conan is definitely one of the better fantasy flicks out there. [Original publication: Jun 11, 2000]

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Retro Review: The Lost World: Jurassic Park

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

I dug this old review up because I recently watched Jurassic World on Blu-ray. One thought that kept crossing my mind was "Don't these people ever learn!!!" It goes all the way back to The Lost World when humans first re-opened Pandora's genetic box and tried to control natural mutation. [Original publication: Nov 29, 2000]

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Retro Review: Dungeons & Dragons

The look on their faces is exactly how I felt while watching Dungeons & Dragons back in 2000. Part of me was smirking in disgust, another part of me was screaming in frustration. [Original publication: Dec 8, 2000]

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Retro Review: Seven Samurai

Here's another non-science fiction offering re-posted from my deep and dusty archives. I often strip irrelevant bits and pieces out of old DVD when I post them. In this case I decided to leave the entire review intact, for the main reason that I was reviewing a very expensive Criterion Collection edition of Seven Samurai. [Original publication: Mar 5, 2000]

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He Said, She Said: The Martian

The Martian

The Martian, starring Matt Damon, is a science fiction drama/thriller about the survival of one astronaut left for dead. Though it is mostly true to the novel, there are differences. The good news is these differences have almost no impact on the effectiveness of the storytelling.

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Retro Review: The Road Warrior

The Road Warrior was my first exposure to the Mad Max milieu. I quickly went back and watched the original Mad Max. Beyond Thunderdome has some problems. Fury Road returns Max to his true element. The Mad Max series is one of the favorite in my DVD/Bluray collection. [Original publication: Mar 7, 2000]

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Retro Review: eXistenZ

Holy crap, I remember nothing about this movie. Even re-watching the trailer sparked no memories of eXistenZ. Nothing about the plot, characters, or if I even loved it or hated it. Apparently from my 16 year old review I thought it was pretty decent . . . but clearly not memorable.

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