I have no idea how I managed to watch 16 movies in August. I feel like I spent all my time in front of my computer. But my database doesn't lie. Here are the first 8:

140. (887.) Point Blank (1967)
Say, I've seen this before! This is the movie that Payback was based on. Lee Marvin is always bad ass, but I still prefer Payback. It's my favorite Mel Gibson movie.

141. (888.) Miss Firecracker (1989)
This tale of disappointment in the last remnants of the Old South is part Tennessee Williams, part William Faulkner. It's billed as a comedy, but that's using the Shakespearean definition where "comedy" means a play in which not everyone dies in the end. It has its moments, but they were too few and far between.

142. (889.) Ant-Man (2015)
This was better than any movie remaking Iron Man has any right to be, but it's still not great. Hint to filmmakers: don't use fake science to explain your hero's powers if you're just going to contradict your own explanation at your movie's climax.

143. (890.) The Beginning or the End (1947)
The Amazing True Story of the Birth of the Atomic Bomb! Except that a lot of liberties have been taken with the story, including the addition of a character who dies from radiation poisoning after tinkering with the very same bomb that would go on to level Hiroshima.

144. (891.) One Way Passage (1932)
William Powell falls in love on his way to the gallows. Don't worry about his girlfriend, though. She has an incurable, fatal disease. Ah, romance movies.

145. (892.) The Racket (1951)
Robert Mitchum plays an honest cop hunting the head of a local criminal organization. It's good, but I kept expecting this movie to have a twist ending, like the Adventures of Superman episode "Crime Wave." (Turns out that episode came out 2 years after this movie. Coincidence?)

146. (893.) Ladies They Talk About (1933)
I think I have a crush on Barbara Stanwyck. Even playing the most lowly bitch &hdash; for 90% of this movie, she's truly a bad person who deserves her jail time — she's always tough, resourceful, and beautiful.

147. (894.) The Expendables 3 (2014)
When they say "a cast of thousands," they don't usually mean that's the sum of the ages of the lead actors. I didn't hate it, but Payback is still my favorite Mel Gibson film.

More to come.

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