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Take the Money and Run (1969)
One Of the Best Comedies Ever!
Before we got introduced to movies with the brand of humor like "Blazing Saddles" or "Airplane!" there was "Take The Money and Run." As reviewed by others in documentary style it follows the bumbling life of "Virgil Stalkwell," played flawlessly by Woody Allen. I absolutely love this movie and it has always been a favorite. It has so many funny scenes that you really have to watch it a few times to catch everything as you're not done laughing at one thing before they throw something else at you.
I've read some negative reviews here but the majority are like me and think it's a Woody Allen classic. You have to like Woody Allen to appreciate the movie to its fullest. Personally, I think it's his best, before he got stuck in New York, not that there's anything wrong with that.
Made with a storyline like prison classics of "Cool Hand Luke" it's a must-see side-splitter about a bumbling wannabe famous criminal who's sent to prison, but the whole movie doesn't stay there. Don't expect some deep plotted movie that follows any rules, it's made for laughs and that's what you get plenty of. It's great to have comedies that stay comedies.
It's still played well by the entire cast and I love the music, especially the theme by Marvin Hamlisch. So take a break and enjoy a funny movie that puts you in a good mood. You don't have to be a hardcore Allen fan but if you are one (as I am) you'll love it even more.
Disturbing, Violent and Gross But Very Interesting!
There's nothing I could say or any review here that could prepare you for the wild ride documentary of this man's life. Not being a fan, I couldn't appreciate nor see any talent as maybe his admirers would, still though, this is very intriguing. If you want to see a man who lived his life to the very edge of extremity and brink of insanity, I present G.G. Allin. Punk Rock, Death Metal, Satanic or White Supremicist Rock Groups all look like a PBS program for pre-schoolers compared to this man. I suppose the one question we ask ourselves while watching this, as you realize you actually are watching is, "shouldn't this guy be institutionalized?" There's some very deserving folks locked away for lesser reasons, yet because he was classified (by some) as a performer, he was free to be exposed (and expose himself) to the general population and even entertain. Like Lenny Bruce, G. G. Allin doesn't apologize for its shock value. This is serious stuff, not for the weak and yes, you will be disturbed with its content. As a documentary it does pull you in and well presents G. G. to a point where you understand his point of view and in some odd way sympathize with his way of thinking and living. He lived a harsh life and it was his way of expressing outrage and coping in society with equal disgust. Like an animal on display at a zoo, you wonder what the animal thinks of you might better describe his act. If you ever wanted a taste of the wild side this is as close as you'll get without being there and might appreciate your quiet life more once seeing it. It's more than a documentary, it's an experience, one that will haunt and disturb you long after. So before you dismiss this as just a story of an insane and sickening man claiming to be an entertainer, watch it with an open mind and a good stomach, you'll definitely need it, and be happy you survived. This is as gritty as you'll see outside a snuff film.
Meant to Be (2012)
What would happen if all of the souls of the aborted lived on in a place between Heaven and Earth? What if for a brief time they could vision what life would have been like and visit the parents who made the choice to terminate them? Are they regretfully ridden with guilt and curious what might have been?
Meant To Be shows one man's journey to find his mother or who could have been. You don't know he's not really present until his story unfolds through the help of a new friend and hotel maid.
It gives the impression of being a story about the return of a mysterious traveler wandering into town. And while the general idea is good, the movie is not so well thought out or acted. It's actually pretty bland and while you're half way through it realize, "it's one of those Christian movies in disguise!" Not that there's anything wrong with that but subtle hints soon give it away and you feel like you've been tricked.
It's basically a pro-life story packaged into what seems like a thriller. Again, there's absolutely nothing wrong with what the movie tries to convey, you just wish you'd known ahead of time that you're stuck in a sermon. If someone is faced with that choice, the movie shows a logical and spiritually approved alternative well worth considering.
The main star, who is also the writer and director gives a lackluster performance and is not a very good actor and after awhile, you're so bored that you just want the thing over. All in all a good idea poorly executed and predictable.
388 Arletta Avenue (2011)
See It For Yourself!
I watched this on Netflix, I almost didn't as it was only rated 2 and a half stars, then it averaged just 4 here. The plot seemed interesting with two respected lead actors. Maybe the plot was done before, either natural or in supernatural form. There are a lot of movies using that voyeuristic home video look comprised mainly from the watcher's cameras point of views.
This one was different, being something that could very well happen in real life showing how easily lives can be unraveled by a total stranger. Just seeing how possible it is made it way scarier than the "paranormal" or "crime footage" attempts done to death. As others have mentioned, it's the unknown that makes this movie scary and interesting.
Oh yes, done before but what hasn't? It's not a recycled comic strip or classic movie remade, therefore for those reasons alone it contains an original advantage over re-boots. It also proves that a movie doesn't need extreme gore or violence to grab your attention just as much. There's also no nudity or unnecessary language. Perhaps that could very well be the reason for the low marks as some people may have expected that. There are no out of sync scenes, production gimmicks or flashbacks; it starts and ends in order.
I think this movie well deserves a fair watch but the real surprise to me was its classic way of still giving you chills and maybe forcing you to leave (or not leave) a light on after you see it.
Nick Stahl is fantastic and is one of the most underrated actors out there and I have no idea what the complaints are about. It's very well acted and is portrayed as realistic as anyone in his character's situation. Basically the movie focuses on Stahl's character, not so much the villain or victim, because he is just as much the victim and the one psychologically tortured to the breaking point.
SPOILER----> I would have liked a better ending but that too adds to the movie's realism of something very possible in real life going on under our noses, in our own neighborhoods and towns.
Even though it's been done in different forms in other movies, this one actually presented more human behavior than gore. Of course the first movies comes to mind are the "Saw" series but there wasn't the challenges or choices, simply survival and human nature. While the people were all abducted by an obviously disturbed person, it could have as easily been about people stranded or trapped from natural causes or by accident. It did of course include the option of cannibalism and how long one could sustain from going that far, if indeed one would have to. It could have been way more gory and graphic but that wasn't the movie's intension. The acting wasn't bad and it didn't look low budget. The best part is that the story ended and didn't leave any opening for endless sequels or prequels, you have to give it credit for just that.
Silo Killer (2002)
No Stars (Rating or Actors)
This is the time when I'd like to see IMDb have a 0 rating system. I can understand the producers (if you can call them that) making something due to a low budget, but this must have been a no budget. It's neither funny or scary, just cheap and gross with the worst of the worst cast. I understand that it wasn't intended to be or look like a movie with an actual budget but I see absolutely nothing worth watching about this film. I've seen better videos on YouTube that was shot with a cell phone or webcams of animals. The worst part is that they "try" to be funny and no one is the least bit. There are a lot of watchable and slightly entertaining comedy-horror movies but this is plain stupid, kiddish and boring. I'd be embarrassed to put my name or even my dog's name on this junk pile much less my real name. It's just horribly unwatchable because you won't laugh, you won't jump but you might get a headache from rolling your eyes and being annoyed. If Elvis were alive he wouldn't just shoot out the TV, he'd burn down Graceland or pull the trigger on himself.
The Accidental Husband (2008)
Done To Death
Even good actors can waste their talent in mediocre movies. There's nothing new here that hasn't already been done. The typical New York City backdrop with wall to wall happy music and phony characters no one can relate to in the real world. I'm not even a writer and I could slap together this plot every day. It's kind of like the movie you settle for when the one you really wanted to see is either sold or rented out or being shown at the wrong time. To me the real star is New York as presented via Hollywood style and to draw in tourists. But polished sets and happy music doesn't prevent you from getting bored, uninterested and hoping for a sudden power outage. Maybe it's time we give these movies a well-deserved break and try something really new and not just an update of the New York City skyline set to a romance comedy. Glad I waited for an on-line service to show it, even then I wanted to walk out.
Don't Look in the Cellar (2008)
Worse Than Awful...Much Worse
How can anyone insane or in their right mind conceive such a rotten pile of garbage as this movie? From the very beginning, excruciatingly to the end this movie stinks through and through. There are bad movies that manage to entertain for some comedic value but others (like this) that are so terrible they're just plain annoying. This movie isn't scary, frightening or funny in any way, shape or form. I've seen more entertainment in mildewing bread and I'd be ashamed and embarrassed to associate myself with a big stink-bomb much less pose next to the poster. Whatever you do, don't, under any circumstances, boredom or temptation watch this junk!
Awful yet somehow entertaining
While I have to admit, like all 50's and 60's B movies no one ever expects anything good and with this one it was no surprise either. They can't all be "I Married A Monster From Outer Space", a really good film despite its name. Being so awful you find humor in the low budget effects, rotten plots and bad acting.
I always heard "Plan 9 From Outer Space" was voted the worst movie ever made but thanks to movies like this I'm seeing there are worse. much worse. I'm always on the lookout for "worser" movies than Plan 9 and my list seems to be growing. I found it funny that some people took the time to document goofs in this film, there were so many I found many more and lost count.
Anyway, I was born in the 60's and despite the decade's poor movies that were based either about the beach, aliens/monsters or rock & roll or sometimes all three there's nostalgia that I can appreciate. The other night my brother and I saw this one and had a great laugh, for that alone these old clunkers have meaning and memories I miss and enjoy watching every chance I get.
Adam at Six A.M. (1970)
Another early Michael Douglas gem!
Douglas stars as a big city California college professor who realizes his life is pretty unfulfilled. His cushy college job is pretty boring and he's tired of waking up Monday with what's her name Sunday. He's lived a very pampered life from rich parents as everything in his life came on a silver platter and he's taken far too many things for granted. While visiting his parents, he overhears his mother on the telephone ordering flowers to be sent to a recently deceased relative's funeral in a small Missouri town. It dawns on him to get away from it all, drive across the country and get to know his virtually unknown relatives.
As soon as he goes to the funeral he's touched even though the locals treat him like he just stepped off the mother ship. Feeling like he's finally home he gets a bush-clearing job and despite being over educated and underpaid his life is new again. At the funeral he meets a popular local girl (played by Lee Purcell) who immediately sets her sights on Douglas; she wants a husband and her parents are ready for a son-in-law. The two fall in love but he soon discovers someone else once again controls his life, this time by his soon to be in-laws all neatly packaged and planned. Even though he truly loves his girl he isn't sure if he's ready to settle down and be rooted in another town just yet.
If the movie were made today it would probably be made into a comedy with Ice Cube so I'm very happy that it was made during the time it was. The plot tackled important issues and it was meant to be a drama.
The movie includes a wonderful cast, including Michael Douglas and Lee Purcell of course. Other standouts include Joe Don Baker as Douglas' logger co-worker whose big dream is becoming a TV repairman or the meddling future in-laws played by Louise Latham and Charles Aidman.
Also check out the really good song "Elijah Rise Up" by Danny O'Keefe.
I was only able to find this title on VHS about 10 years ago as an out-of-print special order. It would be very nice having it on DVD, as it's a great collection to any fan of Michael Douglas, the 70's or just great acting. Interestingly in this movie Douglas plays a professor was released in 1970 and the other Douglas' movie "Summertree" in 1971 in which he played a college student, one year later.