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120 Sided Die

The 120 Sided Die

What’s the largest number of sides you can have on a die without it 1) becoming the size that makes it cumbersome to use, and 2) prevents it from rolling forever due to it approaching the shape of a sphere, …

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Apocalypse Now (1979)

The opening scene showing virgin palm tree groves being torched by napalm as The Doors' song The End lilts away in the background, is truly haunting and sets the mood for the entire experience. [Original publication: June 3, 1999]

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Patton (1970)

Patton is listed as #89 on the American Film Institute's top 100 movies. I think it should be much higher than this, it's ranked behind Tootsie . . . TOOTSIE! [Original publication: June 3, 1999]

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The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 WW II masterpiece based on Pierre Boulle's novel of the same name, garnering eight Academy Awards nominations and winning seven. [Original publication: June 2, 1999]

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Platoon

Platoon is must see as a lesson of the Vietnam conflict, and a testimony to the horrors that our soldiers endured in that seemingly pointless war. [Original publication: May 30, 1999]

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Kelly’s Heroes

If you view Kelly's Heroes as a fast paced comedic treasure hunt across the battlefields of WW II you'll probably enjoy it as much as I do. It is definitely my favorite WW II comedy. [Original publication: May 29, 1999]

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Braveheart

This is a great historical piece as well as an action packed war flick. Mel Gibson does an outstanding job starring in, producing, and directing this near three hour epic. [Original publication: May 28, 1999]

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To Hell and Back

To Hell and Back

This is a true classic and you owe it to yourself to check out To Hell and Back and discover what one American hero did to save his fellow comrades and liberate Europe. [Original publication: May 27, 1999]

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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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The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Retro Review: 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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