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Cut the cord. I had four or five movies I never did get around to watching and quite a few Rockford/Kojak. All of the new shows that I recorded have ended and you can see from the DVR tag that the movies had dropped off significantly so I made the leap. I’ll probably regret it once college football starts and Fargo…

Losin' It (1983) Losin' It (1983)

Recorded from this-TV. Directed by Curtis Hanson. Tom Cruise, Shelley Long, Jackie Earle Haley. Cinematography by Gilbert Taylor (Star Wars). Teens head to Tijuana for the weekend to lose their virginity. Long wants a quickie divorce. A sex comedy edited for television loses some of the fun.

Dune (1984) Dune (1984)

I have Dune in HD on the DVR. Botched the first recording. I have the DVD and wanted to see if I could tell the difference between that and the HD version. Or how much difference I can see. Starting now...

The Spikes Gang (1974) The Spikes Gang (1974)

Recorded from this-TV. Directed by Richard Fleischer. Lee Marvin. Ron Howard, Charles Martin Smith, Gary Grimes. Aging outlaw teaches young punks the ropes. From the Giles Tippette book The Bank Robber. Shot in Spain. Playing now.

Airplane! (1980) Airplane! (1980)

HD Airplane! on the DVR from Movieplex. Surely it needs no introduction. I’ve always loved Julie Hagerty. Cinematography by Joseph Biroc. Have not seen it uncut in a while. Playing now.

Runaway (1984) Runaway (1984)

Recorded from this-TV. Written and directed by Michael Crichton. Tom Selleck, Kirstie Alley, Gene Simmons. Cinematography by John A. Alonzo. I’ve liked this one since back in the 80s VHS rental days. Playing now.

Roller Boogie (1979) Roller Boogie (1979)

Everything Must Go Day at The Golden Horn movie section. I was going to save this one for a special time. Linda Blair disco roller skating movie. Supposedly one of the worst movies ever made. They did not lie. It’s bad. Good soundtrack and 70s wardrobe/babes makes it almost worthwhile. Another this-TV DVR gem.

Cold Turkey (1971) Cold Turkey (1971)

Rain again. Mining the Drafts section for a couple of movie things I saved for a rainy day. Written and directed by Norman Lear. Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart, Tom Poston, Bob and Ray, Paul Benedict. Tobacco company offers $25 million to any town that can give up smoking for 30 days. On the DVR from this-TV.

Who's Minding the Mint? (1967) Who's Minding the Mint? (1967)

Director of Photography Joseph Biroc. Directed by Howard Morris. Jim Hutton, Milton Berle, Walter Brennan, Jamie Farr, Bob Denver, Jack Gilford, Joey Bishop. One of those well-liked but hardly seen movies that took forever to reach DVD. Via Warner Archive. I had it on the DVR from this-TV.

Breaking In (1989) Breaking In (1989)

Director Bill Forsyth was mentioned over on Backtalk and I didn’t know he had directed the underrated Burt Reynolds crime film, Breaking In. I am a fan. Written by John Sayles. Also starring Casey Siemaszko. I had it on the DVR a while back from this-TV. Recommended.

Film Editing Film Editing

Movie editing has always been a mystery to me. I have learned a lot about the technical side of movies from reading books, but editing is not something that comes through completely in a textbook. I have the documentary The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing on the DVR. Recorded from Movieplex-HD.

Good Cop/Timecop: The Best and Worst of Time Travel Good Cop/Timecop: The Best and Worst of Time Travel

I have HD Timecop on the DVR from free HBO/Cinemax weekend. I know. I was excited, yes. We were talking about Time After Time (1979) the other day. What are your picks for the best in the time travel genre? Or the worst? Any favorite time travel stories in general?

The Andromeda Strain (1971) The Andromeda Strain (1971)

Free weekend of HBO and Cinemax-HD. First thing I spotted on the DVR was Andromeda Strain on Max. Playing now. Directed by Robert Wise.

Cursed (2005) Cursed (2005)

Is this the worst werewolf movie ever made? Recorded from Movieplex-HD. Directed by Wes Craven. Written by Kevin Williamson. Apparently there were production issues and it was butchered by Dimension. I’m only watching it because Judy Greer is in it. Judy Greer is the tits. Not Judy Greer’s tits. Hopefully they are in…

The Elephant Man (1980) The Elephant Man (1980)

Haven’t seen this one in a long time. Recorded from Movieplex-HD. Directed by David Lynch. John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud. Cinematography by Freddie Francis. The story of Joseph Merrick.

Strange Invaders (1983) Strange Invaders (1983)

Recorded from Movieplex-HD. Written by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters). Directed by Michael Laughlin. Paul Le Mat, Nancy Allen, Louise Fletcher, Wallace Shawn, Michael Lerner. A spoof of 50s science fiction alien invasion films.

The Heartbreak Kid (1972) The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

Recorded from this-TV. Coming up on Oct. 6 for you TCM people. You must see this movie. It’s great. Funny but also so difficult to watch you will be squirming in you seat. This is the movie that started Charles Grodin’s career of being a dick. Directed by Elaine May and written by Neil Simon. See it.

Car Wash (1976) Car Wash (1976)

On the DVR from Bounce. Screenplay by Joel Schumaker. Richard Pryor and George Carlin got the publicity. More of an ensemble cast of characters. Jack Kehoe is a favorite of mine. The life and times of the folks at the car wash.

Cherry 2000 (1987) Cherry 2000 (1987)

Recorded from Movieplex-HD. Melanie Griffith. Directed by Steve De Jarnatt. Poor guy’s sex robot breaks down and replacement parts are only to be found in the post-apocalyptic wasteland. David Andrews, Tim Thomerson, Ben Johnson, Brion James, Harry Carey, Jr., Larry Fishburne. Orion shelved this for a couple of years…

Silver Bullet (1985) Silver Bullet (1985)

Gary Busey DVR Alert. 11:30 P.M. Central on AMC. I try to scan AMC during the month of October for Fear Fest picks on the DVR. I am not a big horror person but I have become a fan of Silver Bullet. Screenplay by Stephen King, from his story. Corey Haim, Everett McGill, Terry O’Quinn, Lawrence Tierney. Werewolf invades…

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