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Friday movie roundup – Oct. 15

This is the weekend of movies about people doing serious bodily harm to themselves and others. All hail pain!

“RED” is about some retired CIA people who are called back into action to do some killin’, and it’s OK, not great. Then “Jackass 3D” (review at is more hilarious idiocy from the guys who brought you such films as “Jackass: The Movie” and “Jackass Number Two.”

Over at, this week’s “What’s the Big Deal?” is about “High Noon,” while “Eric’s Bad Movies” addresses “At the Earth’s Core.” Peter Cushing takes a journey to the center of the Earth! My thanks to whichever reader pointed me in the direction of this cheerfully stupid adventure film.

And at Cinematical, I’m doing a li’l roundup of new trailers every Friday, with the trailers selected based on how easy they are to make fun of. I think this will be a source of amusement for myself.

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2 Responses to “Friday movie roundup – Oct. 15”

  1. Cascaderick Says:

    Thanks for reviewing “High Noon”, Eric. I suggested it because I enjoy it so much and watch it probably once a year. As you said, it’s meaning can be updated and reinterpreted by each viewer. I see it as a classic telling of Cooper’s “David” to the Miller Gang’s “Goliath.” It’s always fun to watch Cooper’s “everyman” win out against improbable odds.

    In the DVD commentary, someone points out that on the set Gary Cooper’s performances didn’t look like much, but on the screen he dazzled. That has always intrigued me — that some actors film better than they appear to act.

    Anyway, thanks for the insights on one of my favs.

  2. Dave Says:

    Speaking of favorites, “dumb as a basket of pinecones” is my new favorite simile. Thanks, Eric!

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