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Old January 26 2014, 06:48 PM   #76
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Re: Movies Seen In 2014

On a TV:

13. Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2012) -- B+
14. Agent for H.A.R.M. (1966) -- F


If you're a fan of Ricky Jay or are curious about magicians or illusionists, Deceptive Practice will be of interest. Of course, you're not going to learn any secrets of his trade (Jay is intensely secretive), but you will gain a little insight into the man and see him perform a few fantastic feats.

On the other hand, I can't think of a single reason why someone might be interested in Agent for H.A.R.M., a discarded television pilot turned theatrical release from 1966. Even the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version is a bit of a slog. Peter Mark Richman is woefully miscast in the lead (TNG fans might remember him from "The Neutral Zone"), Gerd Oswald's direction is on par with his second episode of Star Trek ("The Alternative Factor," which is to say, it's terrible), and the writing (which is filled with cliches and devoid of action) is an excellent explanation for why Blair Robertson's career didn't take off.
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