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Old January 31 2014, 04:52 AM   #83
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Re: Movies Seen In 2014

On a TV:

18. 20 Million Miles To Earth (1957) -- C
19. Mud (2013) -- A


Ray Harryhausen's effects are about the only thing of note in 20 Million Miles To Earth, which begins with some nonsensical narration and then moves on to a romantic subplot in which the male lead verbally abuses the female lead until they, uh, fall in love? In between there's the Ymir, one of Harryhausen's best character creations. It's from Venus, which I suppose makes this science fiction, but it really wouldn't be out of place in one of his fantasy movies. It's a shame the creature is so well-realized and the movie isn't, but what can you do?

Take Shelter was a strong movie anchored by a terrific performance, if a little undercut by a "have your cake and eat it, too" ending. Mud is a better movie in all respects, and one of the best I've seen this year. Jeff Nichols is definitely a filmmaker worth watching.
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