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Don't waste your time thinking it's just a bunch of Rob Schneider-hater's posting these bad reviews.... Somebody clearly must have lost control of this project early on. Complete waste of time, won't even watch this on cable. It's sad, as I had generally thought Rob Schneider to be a funny guy.. It's beyond me how a project like this actually makes it to general release.... Don't be drawn in by the commercials, it's truly a bait-and-switch that won't hold up in the actual screening.. I read in Roger Ebert's review how Schneider took a full-page ad out busting somebody who said this movie stunk....the fact that he went so out of his way seems, at best, a bit clumsy with this project. I hope he recovers, but this movie was not the star to hang your hat on...
The Man in Possession (1931)
Funny Beyond It's Times
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It consistently made me laugh, and the comedy could stand on it's own legs to this day. I'd love to see a remake of this movie....or, perhaps even more appropriate, I think it's tailor made to be a great Broadway comedy. The ensemble cast interact wonderfully with each other...the timing is unforced and perfect. The reactionary facial expressions are enough to carry this movie on it's own. I wonderful movie spiced by more than just a hint of naughty-ness, this must have caused quite a hub-bub in it's time.
The Polar Express (2004)
A Bit Underwhelming (Dang it!)
Well, the website hooked me...I could hardly wait to take my kids (13,11,8) to see what I was sure would be a definitive Christmas classic. But it didn't live up to my high expectations.
Phenomenal Visuals....and how...
But the movie was too dark in a few places, notably when the old toy's seemed to envelope the boy in the passenger car. My youngest covered his eyes at this point, and did so again during at least one of the 'roller coaster' segments to follow.
The North Pole 'payoff' wasn't enough either...Santa's 'workshops' looked like industrial scenes from a Batman movie, the elves seemed like they were given a personality by someone not that familiar with Christmas, and Santa himself was a bit benign, and certainly didn't have ANY twinkle in his eye...(The fluorescent whip was a little over the top as well).
Aerosmith playing at the end, and the whole sock-hop atmosphere of celebration just wasn't that fulfilling...and seemed really out of place..
I dunno....I'm hoping some talented director someday takes a peek at the George Hinke artwork in the old "IDEALS" magazines of the '50s....and see what Jolly Old Santa Claus was 'really' like without any camp values force-fed...
That being said, the theater did break into applause twice, and my youngest two indicated they really enjoyed the movie. There has been no request to see it again, like the Grinch...rather, as the Holiday season starts, they want to go see the 'Incredibles'...
...pity...I think this was, to a certain extent, a missed opportunity.
Dirt Merchant (1999)
Makes Plan 9 From Outer Space Look Like a Winner
Oh man, this s-u-c-k-e-d sucked.... I couldn't even get any camp value out of this......and I sat through the whole thing on Showtime.... Don't bother waiting around for the 'naked' scenes either.....it's too late and only plastic Jenna Jameson is involved.. Shows how much discretionary cash must be laying around Hollywood just to get your name on the closing credits.. I guess Showtime had to throw something in at 1am... Next time I think I'd even rather be watching ESPN loop around every 30 minutes...
Hans Brinker (1969)
A Christmas Classic
Great period piece. Costumes actually take you back, and make you part of it. Good story line. Hard to find on TV. Keeps eyes open. Now, where was that money stashed..?
Saw it at a special preview for Nabisco employees...
Remarkable. Jim Carrey is stunning as the Grinch. Faithful to what the kids are used to, yet adds missing pieces and links.
Absolutely nothing, despite rumours to the contrary, that you wouldn't want the kids to see or hear.
Discreet and entertaining insider references to people and other movies as well. Pay close attention.
This one has a real chance to be the new definitive Christmas movie.
A Christmas Ritual
Must-see Christmas children's TV. Come Thanksgiving week, I find myself checking TV Guide to make sure I don't miss it.
The little cottage in the Land of Misfit Toys continues to be my vision of 'coziness'...
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
A Yearly Ritual of Life
Simply put, this show became a part of my Christmas season life, as much a ritual to watch as going to church on Christmas Eve.
Come Thanksgiving week I still, 33 years later, find myself checking TV Guide to make sure I don't miss it..
Linus' stage soliloquy takes you away....
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Grabs you By the Shoulders
This movie accomplished the following: a) EVERYONE should be obliged to view this superior film artifact. b) That being said, I don't think I'll go back to see it again, since it was like being there, and perhaps like some veterans, I don't want to rush to return to the battlefield.
This summarizes how much this movie AFFECTED me. It's a week after I saw it , and I can still feel it in my gut.
Makes you believe that those with 'war stories' probably were not anywhere near the real battlefields. Makes you believe that perhaps some of these people marching on July 4th are only representative of those who were really there.
Makes you want to search these noble veterans out, and hug them and tell them 'thank-you' while they are still on this earth to thank.
A movie that must been seen in the theater, to experience the sound as well as the sights....don't wait for the tape...you'd be missing out on something that will change you.
This film cannot be over-exaggerated.