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Kong Skull Island movie reviewApocalypse Kong!

Kong: Skull Island is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts off a script by Dan Gilroy (Real Steel, The Bourne Legacy), Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Minority Report) and Derek Connolly (Jurassic World, Monster Trucks).

Vogt-Roberts brings a lot of television directing experience to the plate, along with Kings of Summer that he helmed.

The cast includes Tom Hiddleston, the new Jennifer Lawrence, I mean Brie Larson, Samuel L (What movie am I not in) Jackson, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell, John C. Reilly, Corey Hawkins, Shea Whigh and more.

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Kong Skull Island movie reviewThe film starts out fast.. it’s 1944 and we watch two combatant fighter pilots crash on an island in the South Pacific, but before they could try and kill each other, they spot King Kong. Talk about a fast entrance by the titular monster!

After that we jump to 1973, where Bill Randa (Goodman) it trying to get funding for an expedition to Skull Island, declaring that this is the best time to try and nab funds, considering how effed up the government is right now. (Did we just catch a present-day social commentary? It might have been the best part of the film!)

Randa gets his funding and a team to escort his people to this isolated Skull Island and off they go.

We meet the military escort to get a feel for the characters, especially Preston Packard (Jackson), who seems to now want to return home to a life where there is no combat or next mission.

Once we get the team sorted out, it’s time to journey to Skull Island and watch the mess of meeting King Kong ensue.

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Portrait of Jennie (1948) starring Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotton

Today’s Cinema Static Classic Movie Reflections film that we’re taking a peek at is the 1948 production of Portrait of Jennie.

While not regarded as a science fiction story, Ive filed it amongst my science fiction movie collection for several reasons. The decade this was made in was not very productive in terms of quality science fiction movies. The early 40s were filled with serials, (Flash Gordon, etc.), sequels to movies from the 30s (like The Invisible Mans Revenge) and spy movies (for the war effort). Many might be surprised to know that the first movie versions of Batman and Superman were made in the 40s, but the production quality and stories were unremarkable which could be why these movies are rarely seen or heard about today. While Portrait of Jennie is not sci fi, it is fantasy and good quality fantasy at that.

Taken from the book by Robert Nathan, a writer and poet, the book (or novella) was published in 1940. Producer extraordinaire, David O. Selznick (Gone with the Wind, The Third Man, King Kong) bought the rights soon afterward as a vehicle for actress Jennifer Jones. (They were involved in an affair that would culminate in divorce from her husband Robert Walker in 1944.) The filming began in 1947 but Selznick was unhappy with the script and as many as five different writers worked on it but the ones who got credit were Robert Osborn, Peter Berneis and Leonardo Bercovici.

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Spotting FNL’s Kyle Chandler in an Old Show!

August 31, 2010

The other day I was skimming through the channels and came across the 1996 show called “Early Edition.” If you don’t recall it, “Early Edition” was about a guy named Gary Hobson, who gets the newspaper from the next day, giving him 24 hours to fix any wrongs he might see in the paper. I […]

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