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Jason And The Argonauts Review


Very Good
Ray Harryhausen's finest hour is a fun and classic romp through the classics, with our man Jason (Todd Armstrong) on the hunt for the Golden Fleece -- while dodging dozens of claymation monsters along the way. As a kid, stop-motion movies were the only kind we ever made, so Jason will always have a warm spot in my heart, even if you can't help but be amused by its production values today.

Village Of The Damned (1960) Review


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The creepiest moment in the recent horror film Godsend - maybe the only creepy moment - occurs when the boy around whom the action is centered informs his father, in a steady, vaguely threatening voice, that he doesn't think he likes him so much anymore. It's scary; the boy is in a sudden position of authority over his dad. The grown-ups in the audience don't like the way it sounds.

It's a good thing, then, that these same grown-ups weren't around in the British village of Midwich circa 1950. In that sleepy hamlet the entire population suffers from a brief blackout one day; a few months later, all the Midwich women of child-bearing age find that they were expecting, and the children, when they come along, are not exactly like the other boys and girls. They are, in fact, exactly like one another: blonde, rather too intelligent for our comfort, and possessed of a particularly icy stare. To say that they are aloof is an understatement. And, perhaps most tellingly, they have a hive mentality: They keep only one another's company, they communicate wordlessly, and when one of these children learns a fact, the others automatically learn it too.

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