The Age of Adaline (2015)

I could feel myself aging during this film. It just felt a little too long. I also think they put a few things in this to just make it sad for no reason. I do like Blake Lively and she is very pretty in this film, very classy. Harrison Ford was a huge surprise as I didn’t know he was in this when I started the movie. The subject matter of this film is very enthralling but it doesn’t go anywhere all that interesting. It’s all very sweet though, and despite the fact that I didn’t love it, I’ll say it is a fine movie, just nothing to write home about.

68/100

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The Conversation (1974)

I’ve overheard better conversations. I do think that the acting and sound editing were really good in this movie. It came out the same year as the Godfather – Part II, so it didn’t have much of a chance of winning best picture. I did like how paranoid Gene Hackman was in the film. Harrison Ford was an interesting mean guy, not exactly sure if I can call him bad. The idea of listening in on people was probably scarier back in the 70’s, today it seems like everyone just figures they are probably being listened to… it’s sadly a normal part of life. John Cazale apparently ruled the 70’s. I think I’ve seen like 5 movies from him already. I wish there would have been a bit more Robert Duvall, but his part was pretty important.

78/100

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Apocalypse Now (1979)

I was expecting the Apocalypse to happen any time soon during this movie. Sadly, the movie sputtered like a downed helicopter towards the end. I was really enjoying it up until about the middle of the film. Francis Ford Coppola’s shots were amazing, Martin Sheen was young and brilliant. Harrison Ford and Laurence Fisburne even had some parts in the movie. I just couldn’t stand the final scenes of the movie as it devolved into some weird 70’s philosophical drivel. You get all worked up to see Marlon Brando and then the whole thing just feels like a letdown. I gave most of the points to the movie for its first half as it is an incredible war moving taking place in Vietnam. Sometimes I think Coppola’s methods can be unsound.

73/100

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The Expendables 3 (2014)

This isn’t a throw-away sequel. I’ll admit, I didn’t really love the last Expendables movie, except for Chuck Norris being completely awesome. This film didn’t have Chuck, but it did bring in a huge new cast including Terry Crews and Ronda Rousey. I was happy to see a female action star brought in. Rousey didn’t always do a great acting job but she really knows how to kick butt and have a dazzling smile at the same time. Stallone still impresses me that he does so much writing for movies and even though this script wasn’t perfect, there were some great lines poking fun of the cast members. The best was the joke for Wesley Snipes evading his taxes. For having such a giant cast, I felt like most people had equal screen time. Antonio Banderas really stole the show with his fast talking, hyper-active personality. Action movies normally aren’t up for Oscars so don’t expect anything too deep, but if you like explosions and general bad-guy beatdowns this is a good choice… although, you could say these movies are pretty expendable too.

80/100

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

When choosing this film, I chose… wisely. This is the best Indiana Jones film in my opinion. I think they took the best from the first film and added some of the aspects of that film into the third film. I love that they went back into the Christian mission of the Holy Grail, just like going after the Ark in the first movie. I thought there was a lot of good humor used, some parts are really funny. The Nazis are back and are always excellent bad guys. The father/son disputes between Sean Connery and Harrison Ford are wonderful. This movie really is a true classic and nothing will beat the trials that Indy has to go through to get his hands on one of the most sought-after artifacts in world history. Indy might have been named after a dog, but he is a doggone good movie character. Slap on a fedora and enjoy this fantastic movie.

95/100

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

It takes a big strong heart to make it through the Temple of Doom, but Indiana Jones has no problem whipping those crazy cultists into shape. The second installment of Indiana Jones is a fun one, it has a much different feel to the first where he’s battling gangsters instead of Nazis and Frenchmen. I liked the setting of India and it has some unforgettable scenes like the chilled monkey brains and the big fight on the rope bridge. There are some good references to the first film and a lot of new material for this sequel. Short Round and Willie were good additions to Indy’s crew. I feel like this one had a lot more humor to it but then again, I don’t feel like it surpassed the original. Once again John Williams’s music is excellent and Harrison Ford kills it as Indiana Jones. Grab a big bowl of beetles and some snake surprise and check out this film!

86/100

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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

There were mostly snakes on this ark… why did it have to be snakes? I love Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. It has a lot of humor, great action and archeology. Every boy that watches this probably wants to don that fedora and grab a whip and explore Egypt or some far off place. Harrison Ford was amazing as Indy. I loved all the artifacts and the occult with a little bit of the Bible mixed in. The Nazis are always a good bad guy and it was great to see this movie set in an earlier period, rather than when the movie was actually produced. This film will always be a classic and spawned two more great films. (We’ll just ignore that 4th film).

88/100

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