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  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

    ★★★

  • Hot Shots! Part Deux

    ★★★

  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff

    ★★

  • So This Is Africa

    ★★

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  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

    Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

    ★★★

    Proving that Universal cannot make a bad Invisible Man movie, this Abbott and Costello outing is by far the most entertaining of the three I've seen.

    Bud Abbott does a sturdy job of reining in the butterball idiocy of Lou Costello. This one felt more of an actual double act as they work as private dicks, tasked by an invisible man to clear his name. Regardless of the Abbott and Costello schtick, the plot here is actually compelling, even if the invisibility gags aren't as refined as in some of the other movies

  • Hot Shots! Part Deux

    Hot Shots! Part Deux

    ★★★

    For some reason I thought the Saddam fight sequence was going to last a lot longer. In fact, the way they set him up, I thought Saddam was going to play a much bigger, sillier part in this.

    A marginal step-up from the first movie, Part Deux parodies the First Blood sequels with a smidgen of Basic Instinct. It's just as dumb, a touch more racially insensitive and probably should've spawned a slew of sequels. The thing that struck me was how great the Basil Poledouris score was. The music plays everything straight, while Jim Abrahams nudges the yucks in a "dad joke", fashion.

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  • Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

    Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

    ★★★★

    Having a fucked up past that includes the murder of everybody you've ever loved does not excuse having sex with a 13 year old girl.

    Being persecuted by a particularly vicious, farcical and corrupt legal system does not excuse having sex with a 13 year old girl.

    The fact that the victim's mother pretty much nudged her daughter into the fateful situation does not excuse having sex with a 13 year old girl.

    Dealing daily with the burden of twisted…

  • Dr. No

    Dr. No

    ★★★★

    Thank jeebus for Letterboxd. For years I've been doing the "Bond Marathon" before the latest 007 adventure. For years I thought I was the only sad fucker who endured all twenty something films in preparation for the next slice of kiss kiss, bang bang. There's a few that have more or less concluded this little ritual, but seeing as Skyfall ain't out until 26th October I thought I'd slowly work my way through them, starting now.

    So... Dr No. The…