Unbreakable (2000) – M. Night Shyamalan

I’ve never become a Shyamalan fan, though — of course — The Sixth Sense (1999) is a brilliant film.

I finally watched the critically acclaimed Unbreakable.

For me Unbreakable was an inferior version of Sixth Sense. Another picture where Bruce Willis is quiet and subtle.

Samuel L. Jackson was excellent, however.

And the movie is skillfully done.

But too slow paced for me.

The plot reminded me of the more entertaining Fearless (1993). But Jeff Bridges as Max Klein in that film was better than Willis in this one.

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Solace (2015 film)

I clicked PLAY because it was Anthony Hopkins. Guaranteed to be a good movie.

And it is. I was quickly hooked. Hopkins has such gravitas.

Serial killer. Hopkins is called back from retirement because they need his psychic abilities.

Finishing the film I was surprised to see it was 25% on Rotten Tomatoes. And had gotten terrible reviews.

I recommend Solace.

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Kelly’s Heroes (1970)

Clint EastwoodTelly SavalasDon RicklesCarroll O’Connor, and Donald Sutherland.

The first ADULT feature film I’d ever seen was a classic. My Mom took me though I was underage at the time.

I loved it.

Kelly’s Heroes – a group of World War II American soldiers who go AWOL to rob a bank behind enemy lines. 

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books, movies

The Disaster Artist by Sestero & Bissell

Rocco recommended this non-fiction book. It’s hilarious.

And it is excellent.

Truth stranger than fiction.

… details the troubled development and production of the 2003 cult film The Room, his own struggles as a young actor, and his relationship with The Room director Tommy Wiseau.

A film adaptation of the same name was released in 2017, directed by and starring James Franco as Wiseau and his brother Dave Franco as Sestero.

I’d recommend the audio book:

The Disaster Artist

My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made

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books, movies

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

ALMOST as good as The Martian (2011).

… unforgettable story of survival and the power of friendship …

Project Hail Mary is a 2021 science fiction novel by Andy Weir.  …

 Set in the near future, the novel centers on middle school-teacher-turned-astronaut Ryland Grace, who wakes up from a coma afflicted with amnesia.

He gradually remembers that he was sent to the Tau Ceti solar system, 12 light-years from Earth, to find a means of reversing a solar dimming event that could cause the extinction of humanity. …

Ryan Gosling plans to star as Grace in the film adaptation.

What I like best about Weir is his ability to make arcane science entertaining and interesting.

McCharles family, movies

My DAD in Hitchcock’s I CONFESS (1953)

Just last night Dad told us the story of how he was an extra in an Alfred Hitchcock film called I Confess.

It starred Montgomery Clift as Michael William Logan, a Catholic priest, Anne Baxter as Ruth Grandfort, and Karl Malden as Inspector Larrue.

Filming took place largely on location in Quebec City with numerous shots of the city landscape and interiors of its churches and other emblematic buildings, such as the Château Frontenac.

Dad was in the Canadian military. Ann Baxter entertained the troops as part of the gig.

Here’s the scene. He (must be) soldier #17. 😀

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books, movies, TV

The Mosquito Coast – season 1

The Mosquito Coast is based on the novel of the same name by Paul Theroux published in 1981.

It also loosely adapted from the 1986 film which starred Harrison Ford. It premiered on Apple TV+ on April 30, 2021. 

The series stars Justin Theroux, nephew of Paul …

As with many of the Apple TV shows, it’s very well done.

I recommend it. But many find the plot unnecessarily confusing with too many twists and turns.

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Season 2 will take the family to some place like where Harrison Ford ended up.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home

Though I generally boycott superhero movies, I’d always heard that this one was worth watching for the humour and visual effects.

And it was.

Very entertaining. Also stupid. But entertaining.

This is the one with Jake Gyllenhaal.

I went back and watched Homecoming, the previous in this series. Good — but not nearly as good.

But I’ll watch more if they are this funny.

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