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The Spanish Main (1945)
Let's See Who's on MY Side!
I have never appreciated the manly-jawed Maureen O'Hara. I never thought she could act, and I never particularly thought she was pretty. She was NO Rita Hayworth, nor was she even a Rhonda Fleming, if you're going to compare redheads. BUT! Paul Henreid was the most gorgeous creature ever to don a pirate costume. His only flaw in this film was, that he actually could ACT. Walter Slezak was, as usual, the Evil Walter Slezak, so I didn't appreciate him, either. He's always the same.
It's a greatly enjoyable flick, especially if you are a Henreid fan. Have fun!
The Nutty Professor (1963)
It IS a masterpiece; you just have to "get" it...
Some people just don't get it. Buddy Love is not SUPPOSED to be funny. He's SUPPOSED to be obnoxious, and shockingly opposite to the true identity of our man, Professor Julius Kelp.
This was all the brainstorm of Jerry Lewis, who has admitted that Buddy Love is really the true self of JERRY LEWIS. It was the first time that Lewis allowed this side of himself to be seen. And, the way he dances in and out of it is sheer genius.
Maybe Stella Stevens was a bit 'lame' - she was never a great actress, anyway. But it is the diversity of performances given by Lewis, that makes this film a 'masterpiece'....
If you prefer the Eddie Murphy re-makes, then you did not understand the original at all.
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002)
This is SHEER GENIUS!!!
I am an adult. I've had a good education and I am regarded as somewhat intelligent! SO! When I say this movie is sheer genius, you can BET on it!!!! Yes, it has some slow spots. However, it is so hilarious that it had me rolling on the floor in front of my own couch. If you can't "GET" the humor in this, you have no sense of humor at all. I think Steve Oedekirk is one of the funniest men alive. FOUR STARS! And, incidentally, I USUALLY prefer very serious movies...but my husband, one early Saturday morning, called me in and said, "You gotta see THIS one." He was right. I LOVED it!!! There are some lines in here that can cause you to nearly collapse laughing. There is slapstick, lunacy, and every beautiful aspect of laughter in this flick. It should've gotten some award for funniest piece in a long time. I must've watched it seven times, and then I bought it!!! And, when I watch other Kung Fu type movies with my hubby, I'm always yelling out "Oh, CHOSEN ONE!!!!" GREAT FUN! SIMPLY GREAT, BIG FUNNN!!!
Eagle's Wing (1979)
Not So Strange...
The mere presence of Sam Waterston as an Indian, is enough to put this movie in the must-see category. He is both beautiful and very subtle, with no lines whatsoever. He is tender with his kidnappee, and yet we can see he is among the proudest of all young Indian Men. Martin Sheen is just a dumb cluck who decides to challenge Waterston (White Bull) for a gorgeous white horse. Other sub-plots are really unnecessary. I don't understand the part played by Caroline Langrishe, as the poor girl who White Bull kidnaps...I don't know how she keeps her hands off this beautiful Indian man! It's a lot of fun, though; especially if you're a Waterston fan. Man, he looks GOOD in this one!!! Harvey Keitel's role isn't even worth mentioning, to tell the truth! But, rent it and enjoy! Actually, I do believe that if the music score was better, it would've been a more dramatic film...the music is so bad, it's distracting. Still - there's Mr. Waterston!
The Best, and The ONLY
Even as a movie-lover, this version of "A Christmas Carol" (or "Scrooge") is, my personal, sentimental favorite of all time. There has NEVER been a version of this lovely tale that even COMPARES to Alistair Sim's. He was, by far, the finest ever. He was pure genius in this role of roles; he made it alive like no other actor before nor after him. Christmas is just not Christmas without sitting down and watching this exquisite film, in its entirety...for MANY people, Alistair Sim's brilliant and expressive gestures are the ones with which we associate Ebenezer Scrooge. His fantastic delivery of lines, whether comic or tragic, has come to be THE way in which we hear the character of Scrooge, in our minds. No one, despite several VALIANT attempts, has come near Sim's performance. Some of them are okay, some of them quite embarrassing...but next to the genius of Alistair Sim, NO ONE can hold a HALF-candle. This role DOES belong to Alistair Sim. It always has, and it always WILL. And - God bless us, everyone!
Jake Speed (1986)
No Redeeming Factors...
This could be a strong candidate for "The Worst Flick Ever". Perhaps without the presence of John Hurt, it could be tolerated as a kid-film. However, the TRAGEDY of this entire endeavor, is that John Hurt, one of the screen's greatest actors, diminishes himself in this....I gave it two points just because Mr. Hurt SHOWED UP...I take AWAY 8 points, because he didn't run from it fast enough. As far as the rest of the cast, they are, simply, terrible. Janine Turner, as pretty as she might be, cannot act to save her soul. And the lead actor is, for all intents and purposes, AWFUL. If you can spare yourself this embarrassment, please do so. It's so bad, it almost HURTS.
Experiment in Terror (1962)
I Almost Didn't Believe This...
I have heard about this movie since I was young, but never managed to catch it. Finally, I got to see it, this weekend. I always thought Glen Ford was a darned good actor. After having watched this slow-moving tale, I was convinced that he was wasted in it. It simply was too long. The young Stefanie Powers was as bad as the current Stefanie Powers. And Lee Remick? Well, what can one say about Lee Remick? She was very pretty. Sometimes she was very good. This wasn't one of those times, but I don't think it was all her fault. It seemed to me her character was more of a moron than she should've been! Anyway, I really failed to see the three-star rating this film garnered in TV Guide. To be perfectly honest, I thought it was awful. Poor Glen Ford. Trapped in a quagmire of clichés, and overly-long (by the end, WHO CARED, already?!) vehicle....
Wow. Eviltimmy, who commented on this film before I did, said a lot of really accurate things about this wonderful film. Sean Astin DID give the performance of his life (not to mention the LOTR Trilogy) here! And, YES: Frodo (Elijah Wood) DID get a little MONOTONOUS with the same desperate look on his face for the last two movies....but, it was still a great film. Some, here, have said it was better than "Citizen Kane" and "Casablanca" (someone said "Crapablanca", which is a SIN). No. Sorry. WRONG. It was a great film, but you cannot compare 3+ hours of battling and CG to the great drama of those two old classics. I thought the Gollum was one of the best actors (!) and I thought the Oliphaunts were NOT up to snuff...the battle scene with those huge creatures reminded me of the first Star Wars...the Imperial Walkers, I believe??? It worried me for a moment; I didn't want to compare LOTR and Star Wars in my head...anyway, the only thing I might add is, there COULD have been a warning about that NINETEEN FOOT SPIDER...Lord, I hate those things! Anyway, this long-but-worth-it motion picture is worth every penny you could possibly spend on it; whether it's seeing it on The Silver Screen, or buying the DVD - you will be AMAZED at how good it was. I was!
This is Worth the Popcorn!
HEY! Has NO ONE noticed that "Buffalo Bob" Smith, from the old Howdy Doody tv show, is IN this flick??? I can't believe it. Although - I DO respect the fact that MOST people would NOT watch this epic...however - it was a rainy Saturday and I wanted a good giggle! This is one of those "SO BAD IT'S FUN" movies! The creatures (giant sea snails) are so hilarious, expect to fall over laughing! Did YOOOOOOOOU know that SNAILS had INSECT-LIKE JAWS, or, MANDIBLES??????? WOW! Neither did I! And, these mandibles MOVE like a CLOCK! Open, shut! Open, shut! Like a toy, honestly...it was great to watch these things (Yes, they DO look more like caterpillars than snails) attack people. It was even funnier to watch a seaman poke one in the eye and have slime gush out of the eye-socket....what a FUN time!! Get the popcorn, kick off your slippers, and have a HOWL at this one!
STOP CRITICIZING, IF ONLY FOR THE PERFORMANCES!!!
This is NOT "unbelievable garbage", as some other critics, here, would say.
I am tired of those who would compare books to the movies made from them. For God's sake, a movie is INTERPRATIVE!!! When you read "The Nutcracker Suite", do you criticize the very beautiful ballet because EVERY WORD of the original book is not adhered to?
The PERFORMANCE given by Mr. Waterston is enough to launch this vehicle into greatness. He is simply wonderful.
You can HAVE Mary Tyler Moore. But Waterston is astonishing. And he always IS.
If people insist on criticizing films because they don't "match" the book from which they are taken, I suggest that they do NOT call themselves "film lovers".
This theory has been argued for decades, but still, people do not understand.
It is IMPOSSIBLE to put every thought, every line from a book, into a film. Please get used to this.
Thanks so much. -Studiojudio