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Look, you better beware. This is the king of the jungle here.

Catch up posty.

The Wiz - Apparently considered the last blaxploitation film by some, this is the 1978 film adaptation of the stage musical, itself a re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz in an urban New York setting. It was uneven. Diana Ross was too old for Dorothy, but some of the music was quite good ("Ease on Down the Road," "I'm a Mean Ole Lion"). Creative sets as well.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - So Peter Jackson makes a film each out of the three Lord of the Rings books, but needs to split the shorter, lighter, The Hobbit into three films? Note also that the '70s cartoon version of the story was 90 minutes long. This film alone was more than an hour longer than that, and there are still two more films! Towards the beginning of the film, Gandalf says something about embellishing stories. No kidding. Some of the additions had me rolling my eyes, particularly the rock 'em sock 'em robots, I mean mountains.

The Paper Chase - This film, about a Harvard Law student trying to impress a professor while simultaneously dating his daughter, was okay.

Zero Dark Thirty - A bit rocky at the beginning as it seemed a string of random scenes, but really came together. And the ending, a mini-film in itself really, was intense.

The Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison - Early high fantasy novel, published in 1922. It started a bit slowly but was ultimately enjoyable. It's nice to find some non-Tolkein-influenced (or even pre-Tolkein), but still modern, heroic fantasy.

Excalibur - 1981 film about the King Arthur legend. It was alright. Not really recommended.

No Way Out - Gnaw and I caught this 1987 film on PBS. The plot was pretty unbelievable. The twist at the very end was welcome at first, but doesn't really stand up to much thought as it depends on some major coincidences.

Topkapi - Light-hearted heist film from 1964. A fun way to kill two hours on Netflix streaming. The female lead is miscast though.
 
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