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july 2021 movies

  1. Saving Private Ryan (1998). More violent bridge scene than I remembered.
  2. Up in the Air (2009). Rootlessness meets family and wins out.
  3. Petrified Forest (1936). Bette Davis is oddly attractive. Bogart looks wild. "Best old movie I've seen in awhile." I forgot it was about love stories.
  4. The Aviator (2004). Martin Scorcese - Leonardo DiCaprio , Cate Blancheet, Kate Beckinsale (as Ava Gardner), Alan Alda.  "The way of the future..."
  5. Ballad of a Soldier (1959). Grigory Chukhray. A young Soviet soldier goes out of his but eventually gets to hug his Mom.
  6. No Sudden Move (2021). Stephen Soderbergh - Don Cheadle, Jon Hamm, etc. including Matt Damon.  Very tense first-half then ever more complicated and less engaging. Detroit in the 1950s reminds me of seeing the Motor City in the 1960s. HBO Max. 
  7. Angels of Sex (2012). MMF. The ending was weak.
  8. The Call of the Wild (2020). Hard to believe the dog was fully animiated. Plus Harrison Ford.
  9. The Winter War (1989). A battle of attrition, with the Finnish platoon getting killed one by one and the surprisingly stupid Soviets getting killed en masse. Not particularly dramatic.
  10. Ad Astra (2019). Why do we go? Why do we keep trying [to finish the movie].  Humdrum except for the aeronautics and Brad Pitt's platitudes.
  11. Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (2009). A mess of a straight-to-DVD release, it nonetheless had some reasonable plot lines, even if the ultimate re-embrace of Christianity was a surprise.
  12. Petticoat Fever (1936). Myrna Loy is appealing, Robert Montgomery is annoying and the original play must have been a farce.  But the cold of Labrador! 
  13. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009). Sometimes tense and John Turturro was cool as the hostage negotiator, but overall, inferior to the original.
  14. Hold Back the Dawn (1941).  Mitchell Leisen - Charles Boyer, Olivia de Havilland, Paulette Goddard. Billy Wilder was one of the writers. de Havilland as the loving innocent. TCM.
  15. The Big Steal (1949). Unhappy people immersed in Mexico.
  16. The Lucky One (2012). Scott Hicks from a book by Nicholas Sparks. Zac Efron, an Iraqi vet, seems to have lost the ability to move the muscles in his face, Taylor Schilling, all gape-mouthed, hasn't yet found her bearings as an adult (and as a future prisoner in Orange Is the New Black), and Blythe Danner plays the grandmother who signals throughout the movie, all too obviously, that the romance will happen between them, you just wait and see.