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Horizon Review: Streets of Fire

It’s pretty warm down here in The City, enough to let us know that summer is on its way. And for me, there are certain movies I need to see to start the season off right. Streets of Fire is one of them. It gets me in that proper dreaming frame of mind.

Streets of Fire is the very first movie I reviewed on this site, chosen as such because it’s the movie I love the most and that has inspired me every time I’ve seen it.

And it’s not even really that good as a movie.

Take a look at this bit of old time Horizon to see how that works.

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On my About page, and again in my first post, I mention that one of the things I intend to write about on this site is movies.  It would be strange if I didn’t: I’ve been a movie buff ever since I was a little kid hanging out in the local video store, wishing I could take the entire stock home.  And while there are certainly movies I’m going to pick apart or hold up as examples of what not to do, most of them are going to be movies I love, or that inspire me in some way.

That’s why the very first movie review on Dreams of the Shining Horizon is going to be about Streets of Fire.  It fits into both categories, and I wanted to get the whole endeavor off to a positive start.

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Quick Thoughts on Sugar Hill


I first saw it on a DVD full of trailers from the heyday of grindhouse cinema:

And now that I’ve seen Sugar Hill in its entirety, “Voodoo is blue” still makes no damn sense.  Nor is there ever any explanation as to why the zombies have those silver spheres over their eyes.

Other than that, it’s pretty good.  Fairly standard supernatural revenge flick, done mid-Seventies blaxploitation style.

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Quick Thoughts on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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So I finally got around to seeing The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  As is my custom with movies that are currently in theatres, I’m going to skip the full review and just give a few comments and observations.

Now, despite the fact that the movie is based on a book that’s 77 years old, and the outcome has to be essentially the same for the original trilogy to work, I’ve received complaints about spoilers while discussing this movie among my friends.  To avoid that with y’all, the comments and observations will begin below the fold, in no particular order.
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Horizon Review: Rabid


This review is going up about two weeks late.

I watched this movie on Friday night of Memorial Day weekend, and fully intended to post this the following week. Unfortunately, more…pressing…matters came up that weekend, and consumed all of that following week. And while the topics I discussed last week weren’t anywhere near as important, they still counted as current events, and needed to be dealt with in a timely manner.

But now that I’ve got them out of the way, it’s finally time to review Rabid.


This past Friday night, Red Molly and I decided to kick off the holiday weekend by…taking a Groupon and going to a nice restaurant (highly recommended.  Try the il vitello funghi or the Filetto di Manzo del re). After that, we went home, popped up some popcorn, and settled in to watch David Cronenberg’s 1977 film Rabid.

For once, you don’t really have to worry about spoilers from this review. The movie is so simple and straightforward, there really aren’t any.
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Quick Thoughts on Godzilla 2014


So Red Molly and I finally got around to seeing the new Godzilla movie.  As has become my custom when dealing with movies that are currently in theatres, I’m not going to give a full plot synopsis and review, on the assumption that anyone who cares has seen it, or soon will.  Instead, I will just give a list of quick thoughts, in no particular order, as if you and I were sitting in the theatre together and I was giving running commentary, as I am so often tempted to do.

If you haven’t seen the film yet and want a review, here’s the short version: great monster film with some seriously annoying aspects that knock it down from great to merely good.  Overall rating, 3 out of 5.  Worth the ticket price, if only because you must see this thing on the big screen if you’re going to see it at all.  I saw it in 3D, and that was probably advantageous as well.

If that’s what you came for, you should probably stop reading now.  The Quick Thoughts (and the spoilers) begin below the fold.


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Oh, This Is Gonna Hurt


So.  Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman.  Coming out July 25.

This looks like a great movie. Visually beautiful. Protagonist struggling with newfound powers that seem to shoot straight past superhero territory and into godhood (with a concurrent loss of regard for human life, if her interaction with the cabbies is any indication) – I’ve enjoyed that kind of story many times before. There’s the name “Lucy”; could it possibly be a reference to the famous australopithecus, and thus a hint that Our Heroine will be the beginning of a new race? Intriguing.

And of course, there are few things I like to watch more than Scarlett Johansson kicking untold amounts of ass.

I want to see this movie. I want to like this movie.

But the central concept is just too broken. Every time it’s brought up, it’s going to break my suspension of disbelief. I won’t be able to unsee it.

“It is estimated most human beings only use ten percent of their brain’s capacity.”

No. Wrong. Wrong. We use all of it. We only use a small part to think because the rest of it is busy keeping you alive. The medulla oblongata doesn’t do much thinking because it’s too busy making you breathe. As Red Molly might say, our consciousness is just our user interface. The rest of our brain is our operating system.

“Imagine if we could access one hundred percent.”

I’m imagining. Every part of your brain that isn’t being used to think is still being used for something. What part of your automatic functions do you want to trade away for super powers? Is your sense of taste worth fifty I.Q. points? Would you trade your sphincter control for telekinesis? If you could change your appearance at will but had to think about breathing, would you consider that a fair trade?

This isn’t a situation like radiation in the Fifties, or computers in the Eighties, or nanobots and genetic engineering now, where the science is so unknown to the common person that it might as well be magic. This is stuff we know.

I really hope that this nonsense doesn’t turn off the nerd audience that this movie needs to succeed. I know that I, for one, am trying to decide if the promised awesome is enough to counterbalance twitching every time I’m reminded of the sheer wrongness of the premise. You just know that if this thing flops, it’s going to be used as yet more “evidence” that audiences won’t go to see a superhero movie with a female lead, when we’d actually do so in a heartbeat if they weren’t all half-assed, designed-to-fail efforts like Catwoman.


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Horizon Review: The Prophecy


Pop culture is full of angels. There are TV shows where angels walk the Earth in human form and help everyone to learn important lessons. There are books full of thirdhand stories of people being aided by mysterious people or coincidences that they choose to interpret as angels. Soft, wistful songs with child choirs singing the chorus talk about “angels among us”. Fat cherubs and blond people with wings smile gently from every possible decoration.

I honestly wonder how it all happened.
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