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I'm going to write a screenplay for John Wick: Chapter 5 - Homecoming.

The Keanu Reeves character will return to his ancestral, and eponymous, home, in Caithness, Scotland. He will trade a gold coin for a few nights at the MacKay's Hotel (just like The Continental).

While in Wick, John converts to drinking Old Pulteney, instead of his previously regular bourbon.

Outside the town, John's dog chases a flock of sheep, a farmer fires at it. John takes revenge, chaos ensues.

I'm halfway through watching Avatar (2009).

Now, I understand why the company in Acharacle is called Na'vi Organics.

The character's name Elvis has no significance, and there is no music included in the film from the most famous bearer of that name. When discovering his name Anabelle exclaims "Really?", as one might in real life.

The movie does use some music, including "Via con me" by Paolo Conte. The song fits well with the film scene.

Anyone know what the Conte song is about? I'm particularly perplexed by the inclusion of "chips, chips".

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Elvis and Anabelle (2007)

A love story.

A gothic, present-day, re-telling of the Sleeping Beauty tale. No surprises and nothing particularly novel, but, beautifully told. Compelling because the three leads portray such likeable characters.

Joe Mantegna is an old favourite, and I'd like to see more of Max Minghella and Blake Lively in the future. Writer and director Will Geiger also should be praised.

A definite thumbs-up. Watch it with your SO.

Coming up soon, an Elvis movie that doesn't include Mr Presley.

Top Secret! (1984)

A comedy gem.

A spoof on WWII movies, Elvis musicals, cold-war dramas, and many others. There are funny, spoken and visual, gags every ten seconds. You can, and should, see this movie several times to discover all the gags.

All the actors put in great performances, and Val does a superb job with the Elvis-style singing and dancing.

This movie was a moderate box-office hit at the time of release, but, has also become a cult classic.

A must-see.

Daniel Craig has a lot of turkeys in his résumé.

Inception (2010)

A SciFi, action, adventure film exploring questions of morality by using multi-layered, induced dreams.

Nice cinematography, well acted, clever special effects, and an interesting concept.

However, the movie failed to get me invested in any of the characters. I couldn't care less about any of them. As I wasn't involved in the story, I found the 2 hours, 28 minutes really dragged.

Ignore the hype, watch something else.

For the record...

"Yes! I am invincible!"

is a quote from the Bond movie Goldeneye (1995). The character Boris Grishenko, portrayed by Scottish actor Alan Cumming, makes the exclamation, and seconds later is killed, when an explosion ruptures some liquid nitrogen cannisters. Boris gets covered in the nitrogen, and is frozen to death.

Boris is a computer programmer.

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American Made (2017)

An action, adventure, comedy movie, based on the exploits of a US pilot who smuggles guns for the CIA to General Noriega (Panama), and on the return trip brings cocaine into Louisiana.

It is a testament to the skills of director Doug Liman, and star Tom Cruise, that you will be rooting for this gun runner & drug dealer character.

Nicely filmed, great pace, & very entertaining. Plays fast & loose with actual history.

Thoroughly recommended.

Your reviewer found the film flawed, and a little ponderous. However, Jessica Chastain in leather trousers AND with a Scottish accent was alluring.

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This Means War (2012)

A combined action, sex comedy, and buddy movie.

Two CIA operatives (Chris Pine, Tom Hardy) compete to win the affections of the same girl (Reese Witherspoon). The two guys use the tools of their trade in the competition.

There are two sets of buddies: the two guys, and the girl and her best mate. The movie centres around the interactions between these four people. Luckily, the actors are charismatic enough to pull it off.

Entertaining fluff.

Another Thin Man (1939)

All the Thin Man films are a delight. One of the reasons is the effort put into the comedic asides, particularly the ones with Asta, the Wire-haired Fox Terrier star.

At the start of this movie Nick & Nora are called to the house of Colonel MacFay. One of the occupants is a very large Deerhound. Asta isn't taking any chances, and he hides under the stairs. This whole wee scene is beautifully shot, and edited. Perfect.

After The Thin Man (1936)

The third star of the Thin Man movies was Asta (real name Skippy), the Wire Fox Terrier.

In this second movie we get to meet Mrs Asta, and she has a family. Aren't these puppies gorgeous?

But wait... where did that all-black puppy come from?

Then we see this adult black Scottie sneaking out the back way. Ahh, now we know.

I'm considering watching:

"Once Were Warriors" 1994
or
"Flammen og Citronen" 2008

I'm not sure though. I might fancy something a bit more cheerie.

You'll notice in the period movie posters for Viva Las Vegas that although Ann-Margret is second-billed, her name is the same text size and font, as for Elvis.

For most of the other Elvis movies his female co-star is lucky to get a mention, never mind the same prominence.

I'm definitely going to do a follow-up on Ann-Margret, and get some of her other movies (and songs).

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Viva Las Vegas (1964)

One of the better Elvis film outings, and one where he is overshadowed by the wonderful Ann-Margret.

Like most Elvis movies the minimal plot is only there to enable some songs, and provide a love-story. The songs are top-notch, and the love-story really works because Ann-Margret is so sassy. Rumour has it that Colonel Parker banned Elvis from appearing with AM, in the future, as she was a threat to his star. She could act, sing, dance and looked fabulous.

For a Few Dollars More (1965)

FAFDM is the second of the Dollars Trilogy &, to my mind, the best of the three. The 3rd installment has the more inventive cinematography and music, but, FAFDM has the better story. I really like the interplay between Eastwood & Van Cleef in this movie.

The Western was a tired formula when the Dollars Trilogy burst onto the scene in the mid-60s.

Set aside a weekend, & watch all three in chronilogical order. You won't be disappoined.

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