The 27th Day (1957)

An alien takes five people from all around planet Earth and gives each, three powerful weapons that can destroy all humans on the planet.  They have 27 days to decide what to do.  If they use them, the aliens will occupy the planet, if not, the aliens will perish.

Not a bad movie, this kept my interest for the whole hour and a quarter.

IMDB Score 6.3/10
Amazon Score 3.8/5


The 13th Warrior (1999)

A man is banished from his land to serve as an ambassador of a foreign land.  He meets up with a band of Vikings and ends up on a quest with them to fight in a war in yet another land.

Not a bad movie, good character-based storytelling.

IMDB Score 6.6/10
Amazon Score 4.7/5


12 to the Moon (1960)

An international crew is the first to visit the moon only they find dangers and an existing civilization.

This is an OK movie for the 60s.  It lacks anything new for the era and offers no real twists in the plot.

IMDB Score 2.8/10
Amazon Score 4.0/5


The Twelve Chairs (1970)

A man and a con artist, and a priest, search for the twelve chairs that were taken from a local family after the people’s revolution in Russia.  Why?  Hidden in one of them are the family jewels.

This Mel Brooks film lacks the comic genius of other Brooks films.

IMDB Score 6.6/10
Amazon Score 4.4/5


The Blues Brothers (1980)

They’re on a mission from God.  Jake and Elwood Blues lead the authorities on a merry chase as they plan to do one special show to raise enough money to pay the property taxes on the catholic orphanage they grew up in.

Great movie with great music (and I’m not a big blues fan).

IMDB Score 7.9/10
Amazon Score 4.7/5


300 (2006)

300 Spartans engage in a series of epic battles against the Persians.

Not quite as good as the sequel, The story follows a boy that grows up to be king and journeys with his countrymen to engage an enemy before they can make it to Sparta.

IMDB Score 7.7/10
Amazon Score 4.4/5