Woody Wednesday: Allen and friends presage ‘MST3K’ with ‘What’s Up, Tiger Lily?’ (1966) (Movie review)

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oody Allen makes a creative directorial debut (he was only the writer on his previous credit, 1965’s “What’s New Pussycat?”) with “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?” (1966), a comedy in a riffing style that presages “Mystery Science Theatre 3000” (1988-2015). Allen and his co-writers take the Japanese James Bond knockoff “Key of Keys” (1965) and pen new dialog that forms a purposely ridiculous and nonsensical spy-action spoof while also making fun of the shoddy original material.

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‘Love and Monsters’ is a refreshingly upbeat vision of the apocalypse (Movie review)

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ove and Monsters’ ” cast and crew is filled with people who have done apocalypses before, so perhaps having gotten the doom and gloom out of their system, they’re ready to say “Really, maybe the end of the world won’t be that bad.” Dylan O’Brien (the “Maze Runner” films), in a role Ethan Embry might’ve played 20 years ago, is Joel, a likeable but thoroughly normal young man thrust into adventure with a loyal dog, Boy, by his side. Joel searches for lost love Aimee (Jessica Henwick, “Iron Fist”) amid a monster-riddled landscape.

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‘Bourne’ again: ‘Jason Bourne’ (2016) grippingly explores Bourne’s background, metadata-hoarding spy state (Movie review)

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rom Jan. 6-14, we’re looking back at the five films of the “Bourne” series, so prepare to have your memory refreshed. Next up is the fifth film, “Jason Bourne” (2016):

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‘Cobra Kai’ balances fan service, sharp writing and epic action in Season 3 (TV review)

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obra Kai,” which recently dropped its 10-episode third season on Netflix (after two years on YouTube Premium), has come along at a perfect cultural intersection where storytellers give fans what they want and actors don’t hesitate over small-screen roles. What was a pipe dream of “Karate Kid” fans a scant few years ago has become not only reality, but also one of the elite must-watch shows on TV. (SPOILERS FOLLOW.)

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Preston & Child flashback: ‘Tyrannosaur Canyon’ by Douglas Preston (2005) (Book review)

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ovels where dinosaurs roam present-day Earth were left to the late, great Michael Crichton, and that’s as it should be, but Douglas Preston crafts an outstanding book with a T-rex as the absent center: “Tyrannosaur Canyon” (2005). Italicized segments evocatively describe the way the T-rex operated like a machine, with a brain nearly the size of a human’s but entirely devoted to killing and consuming meat; no long-term memory distracts her.

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‘Bourne’ again: ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ (2007) digs into the moral cost of ‘just following orders’ without sacrificing thrills (Movie review)

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rom Jan. 6-14, we’re looking back at the five films of the “Bourne” series, so prepare to have your memory refreshed. Next up is the third film, “The Bourne Ultimatum” (2007):

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Disaster flick ‘Greenland’ carries the weight of (the end of) the world (Movie review)

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oasting more adherence to how things might really happen than its forbearers such as 1998’s “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact,” “Greenland’s” (2020) strength as a rocks-from-space disaster flick is how weighty things feel. Writer Chris Sparling and director Ric Roman Waugh keep the focus on one Atlanta family – Gerard Butler’s John, Morena Baccarin’s Allison and Roger Dale Floyd’s 7-year-old Nathan – rather than cutting away to generals strategizing in control rooms with giant countdown clocks.

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