Movies from August, part 2 of 2:

140. (447.) Safe (2012)
I do not remember this movie by title. Maybe if the title had been "Jason Statham Saves Little Girl from Mob (Again. In New York)," then maybe. It's not a bad movie, it's just not very differentiable from most of Jason Statham's other action movies.

141. (448.) Heat (1986)
The first of two Burt Reynolds movies I watched back-to-back. In this one, he's a mercenary who teaches Peter MacNicol to be a real man. If it wasn't for the foul language, I'd've thought this was a made-for-TV movie. I think William Goldman was trying to write a story about a relatively simple man who becomes victim to his own unique successes. As directed it is little more than a long episode of The Equalizer.

142. (449.) Stick (1985)
Burt part two. This is a better movie, partly because Burt's first sidekick is wearing a vintage Miami Dolphins' t-shirt. If I tell you it's based on an Elmore Leonard crime story (he died 6 days after I watched this), you can probably imagine what this is like.

143. (450.) The Brothers Solomon (2007)
Far funnier than anything this stupid has any right to be. When Mom found out that this movie was about two unwed brothers trying to have children to make their dying parent happy, she insisted on watching with me. I think she was trying to discover if I had any similar goal as the movie's protagonists. For the record, I do not.

144. (451.) Callaway Went Thataway (1951)
Fred MacMurray shines in this cynical poke at the Hopalong Cassidy phenomenon. As a fan of television history, I found it very entertaining.

145. (452.) The Falcon's Adventure (1946)
I know that I said last month that I watched 3 Falcon movies, but I really just watched two and saved this one for later. This one was probably the best, though it was just as needlessly complicated as the others.

146. (453.) A Cat in Paris (2010)
The cat isn't really the protagonist of this French animated caper film (the cat's little girl is). Did I enjoy the movie in spite of because of this fact?

147. (454.) Defendor (2009)
Covers the same ground as Kick-Ass, probably more realistically. I'm quite satisfied that my superheroes are just fantasy. I do not want to meet any real supervillains.

148. (455.) Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939)
This movie marries pre-war espionage, military sabotage, and private detectives. That should be a formula for gangbusters entertainment. Too bad this film fumbles it.

149. (456.) The Wendell Baker Story (2005)
I think that Luke Wilson knows exactly how likable he is. Wherever you find Luke, brother Owen won't be too far behind. But what is Kris Kristofferson doing slumming in an indie comedy like this?

150. (457.) Heaven Can Wait (1943)
I started watching this expecting it to be the precursor to the Warren Beatty film of the same name. Sadly, this film has nothing to do with that one. The protagonist starts the film explaining to Satan that he is destined to spend eternity in Hell, then spends the next 2 hours giving not even a shred of evidence to support that assumption. The Devil takes that discovery far better than I did.

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