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July 03, 2009: "1987" 
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Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:24 am
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But Bridge and The Searchers are in color, why was the videotape B&W?

And what did you think of Fatal Attraction cause I'm kinda on Tracie's side...it's extremely overrated.


Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:34 am
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James,

Even though you've given your general opinon of "Full Metal Jacket" in your "1987" entry, I think you should have reviewed it anyway for 1987. The reasons being:

1. It's a popular 1987 movie
2. It's a popular Stanley Kubrick movie
3. You reviewed "The Shining" for 1980 which is another popular 80's movie as well as a popular Stanley Kubrick film.
4. You've reviewed most of Kubrick's modern (70's-1999) work except for this one (excluding Barry Lyndon).


Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:43 am
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I could have sworn I remember reading one of James' reviews that indicated he liked "Predator". I'm a little surprised he didn't like it considering he loves "Aliens" and that film is similar to "Predator" (i.e. soldiers battling a vicious creature)


Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:46 am
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ck100 wrote:
I could have sworn I remember reading one of James' reviews that indicated he liked "Predator". I'm a little surprised he didn't like it considering he loves "Aliens" and that film is similar to "Predator" (i.e. soldiers battling a vicious creature)


Yeah and I thought he was going to review Predator.


Fri Jul 03, 2009 12:06 pm
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James... last time you watched Full Metal Jacket? I'd bet it'd surprise you much like The Shining did.


Fri Jul 03, 2009 1:04 pm
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Huh. I was expecting a "Full Metal Jacket" review as well.

Anyways, surprising to hear you have a dislike for Predator. Though not so much for Spaceballs, you never really liked Mel Brooks movies it seems. (Spaceballs, a bit ironically, was my favorite childhood movie)

Fascinating to hear about how your romance with Tracie ignited your interest in movies, despite the tragedy that happens later on. As a student soon moving away to film school, I hope I can be as lucky. Well, you know what I mean.


Fri Jul 03, 2009 3:54 pm
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Patrick wrote:
But Bridge and The Searchers are in color, why was the videotape B&W?

And what did you think of Fatal Attraction cause I'm kinda on Tracie's side...it's extremely overrated.


Bad examples, obviously, since they are in color. I'll rifle through my memory banks and come up with a couple of b&w movies. (Shows how long it's been since I watched either.)

I'm not a FATAL ATTRACTION fan, but I didn't have the undying hatred for it that she had.


Fri Jul 03, 2009 4:44 pm
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DPETE wrote:
James... last time you watched Full Metal Jacket? I'd bet it'd surprise you much like The Shining did.


Watched it a couple of years ago. It didn't surprise me. I still think it falls apart once R. Lee Ermy is gone.


Fri Jul 03, 2009 4:46 pm
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James Berardinelli wrote:
DPETE wrote:
James... last time you watched Full Metal Jacket? I'd bet it'd surprise you much like The Shining did.


Watched it a couple of years ago. It didn't surprise me. I still think it falls apart once R. Lee Ermy is gone.


Sure, the second half isn't as good as the first since the first half is so strong. However, I think the second part, although conventional, is still good enough to watch. The part with the sniper in Hue City is quite good.


Fri Jul 03, 2009 6:16 pm
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Oh, man. I would have loved a Robocop review. But I will await Lethal Weapon.


Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:17 pm
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Bondurant wrote:
Oh, man. I would have loved a Robocop review. But I will await Lethal Weapon.


Did you read it carefully? Pay attention to the end: "Related reviews: Lethal Weapon, Robocop, Wall Street."


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Bondurant wrote:
Oh, man. I would have loved a Robocop review. But I will await Lethal Weapon.


ROBOCOP - July 9

I will not, however, be reviewing any of the ROBOCOP sequels. They suck and are a blight on the memory of the first one.


Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:52 pm
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James Berardinelli wrote:
Bondurant wrote:
Oh, man. I would have loved a Robocop review. But I will await Lethal Weapon.


ROBOCOP - July 9

I will not, however, be reviewing any of the ROBOCOP sequels. They suck and are a blight on the memory of the first one.


Well you did review "Robocop 3", James. ;) I guess reviewing #2 is out of the question (although I don't blame you).


Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:15 pm
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I am loving the parallel narratives of 1980's history combined with James' autobiography. It puts these movies at a specific place in time in a way that I had not been able to do just by looking at them on IMDB. I love the nostalgia combined with the critic's perspective. Keep it up James.


Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:26 pm
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James Berardinelli wrote:
DPETE wrote:
James... last time you watched Full Metal Jacket? I'd bet it'd surprise you much like The Shining did.


Watched it a couple of years ago. It didn't surprise me. I still think it falls apart once R. Lee Emry is gone.


I actually watched this during my rather unconventional 21st birthday and basically, we all thought the same thing. I don't even remember much about the second half but the first half was compelling (the "soap in a towel" scene gives me the chills whenever I think about it).


Sat Jul 04, 2009 2:03 am
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James Berardinelli wrote:
Bondurant wrote:
Oh, man. I would have loved a Robocop review. But I will await Lethal Weapon.


ROBOCOP - July 9

I will not, however, be reviewing any of the ROBOCOP sequels. They suck and are a blight on the memory of the first one.


Can't wait.


Sat Jul 04, 2009 5:09 am
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James,

Some questions about Tracie, was she actually from California or did she just affect the mannerisms of a Valley Girl since that was presumably in vogue back then? Also, what did she study while in school? Just curious.


Sat Jul 04, 2009 12:35 pm
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To JAMES,

Although this reply bares minimal relevance to this post, I've just finished re-reading your Price Novels (which are enormously compelling) and was wondering if I can look forward to more of your novels (fantasy/mystery/autobiographical) in the near future.

Now to add something relevant to this post...hhmm...Your Reel Thoughts for this 80s series are brilliantly structured and vivid in their detail. How you can manage to recall events from over twenty years ago is beyond me. I'm seventeen years old and can hardly remember what exams I endured last month.

Anyway, keep up the good work and please bless us with more of your novels (and a review of The Shawshank Redemption).


Sat Jul 04, 2009 1:56 pm
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Fisherman wrote:
To JAMES,

Although this reply bares minimal relevance to this post, I've just finished re-reading your Price Novels (which are enormously compelling) and was wondering if I can look forward to more of your novels (fantasy/mystery/autobiographical) in the near future.

Now to add something relevant to this post...hhmm...Your Reel Thoughts for this 80s series are brilliantly structured and vivid in their detail. How you can manage to recall events from over twenty years ago is beyond me. I'm seventeen years old and can hardly remember what exams I endured last month.

Anyway, keep up the good work and please bless us with more of your novels (and a review of The Shawshank Redemption).


He already reviewed Shawshank Redemption.


Sat Jul 04, 2009 2:22 pm
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