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Movie Review: Stripes (1981)

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Movie Review: Stripes (1981)

When it comes to Bill Murray, I have two major movies of his that I know of - Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. I love the second one. My thoughts on the first one will come into play later in this review. In any case, I didn't have too much experience of the man or his body of work, so when my father rented this 1981 comedy war movie, starring him and Harold Ramis, I decided to give it a whirl and see how it would hold up. John Winger (Murray) is a New York taxi driver who, in the course of a single day, loses his job, has his car repossessed, his girlfriend breaks up with him, and is facing eviction from his apartment. Realizing that he's a thirty-year-old loser with no prospects, he decides to join the Army, because at least that will give him food and pay. He convinces his friend and roommate Russel Zinsky (Ramis) - a teacher of English as a second language - to go with him, and they both enlist and begin basic training. Among their platoon at camp are a variety of other

Movie Review: Looper

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Movie Review: Looper

I'd heard good things about Looper from a few different people, all of whom were pretty tough critics on movies. Directed by and written by Rian Johnson, this 2012 science-fiction/action story starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt was praised for being very smartly constructed and tightly put together. I'd never heard of it (or its director either) prior to Rian Johnson's infamously controversial, fanbase-shattering The Last Jedi, but after having seen and loved the man's delightful murder mystery sendup Knives Out from 2019, I was willing to give this film a go. So when my father told me that he'd rented it, I sat down to watch it with him, and see if Johnson could make lightning strike twice. Looper takes place in Kansas in the 2044, and is about Joe (Gordon-Levitt), a young man who works as a professional contract killer called a "looper." For you see, in the future, time travel is invented - but is immediately criminalized; and due to advances in forensics
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Movie Review: Stripes (1981)

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Movie Review: Stripes (1981)

When it comes to Bill Murray, I have two major movies of his that I know of - Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. I love the second one. My thoughts on the first one will come into play later in this review. In any case, I didn't have too much experience of the man or his body of work, so when my father rented this 1981 comedy war movie, starring him and Harold Ramis, I decided to give it a whirl and see how it would hold up. John Winger (Murray) is a New York taxi driver who, in the course of a single day, loses his job, has his car repossessed, his girlfriend breaks up with him, and is facing eviction from his apartment. Realizing that he's a thirty-year-old loser with no prospects, he decides to join the Army, because at least that will give him food and pay. He convinces his friend and roommate Russel Zinsky (Ramis) - a teacher of English as a second language - to go with him, and they both enlist and begin basic training. Among their platoon at camp are a variety of other

Movie Review: Looper

M

Movie Review: Looper

I'd heard good things about Looper from a few different people, all of whom were pretty tough critics on movies. Directed by and written by Rian Johnson, this 2012 science-fiction/action story starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt was praised for being very smartly constructed and tightly put together. I'd never heard of it (or its director either) prior to Rian Johnson's infamously controversial, fanbase-shattering The Last Jedi, but after having seen and loved the man's delightful murder mystery sendup Knives Out from 2019, I was willing to give this film a go. So when my father told me that he'd rented it, I sat down to watch it with him, and see if Johnson could make lightning strike twice. Looper takes place in Kansas in the 2044, and is about Joe (Gordon-Levitt), a young man who works as a professional contract killer called a "looper." For you see, in the future, time travel is invented - but is immediately criminalized; and due to advances in forensics
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My Bio
Ever since my dad introduced me to the classics of fantasy and science fiction, I've always wanted to be a writer and storyteller. I'm always thinking about something, and hope to one day publish professionally.

Favourite Visual Artist
Frank Frazetta, Jim Lee, Mike Mignola, Greg Capullo
Favourite Movies
Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Batman (1989), Marvel Cinematic Universe films
Favourite TV Shows
Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Samurai Jack, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Miracle of Sound
Favourite Books
The Hobbit, The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, Tarzan, Conan, The Witcher
Favourite Writers
Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, J. R. R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury, Matthew Stover
Favourite Games
Skyrim, Fallout 3 & 4, Fallout: New Vegas, Borderlands 2, Batman: Arkham series, BioShock, Far Cry, The Witcher 3
Favourite Gaming Platform
PlayStation
Tools of the Trade
Imagination!
Other Interests
writing, history, dinosaurs, fantasy, science fiction, video games, comics...
Dear God... https://news.avclub.com/amazon-announces-a-spin-off-of-the-boys-about-superhero-1845175303 Can we please, just put an end to this stupid series already? :facepalm:
Found this delightful cover of a song from The Corpse Bride, thanks to a friend.
Rewatched Knives Out last night. One thing that still stands out to me is its sense of humor. This really is a mystery movie that knows how to make its audience laugh, that's for sure! Another thing I noticed, on repeat viewing, is that for some of