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Red Rock West (1993)
Corny, predictable and improbable...a real disappointment.
I expected much of Nicholas Cage and much much more of Dennis Hopper and I was disappointed by both of them. Lara Flynn Boyle looks gorgeous in this film and it was with her that I was distracted enough to sit through the whole film but it took an effort. The movie starts out nicely with a few plot twists we hadn't expected but does a sharp turn from reality and goes deeper and deeper into the world of the stupid and unlikely. The ending is so convoluted and unrealistic that I wanted to reach out and turn it off but hoping against hope it might recover at the end I sat through. All I can say is P.U.! THIS MOVIE STINKS!!
True Identity (1991)
Great comedy in the British tradition
This is one funny comedy. For those of you unfamiliar with Lenny Henry he's rude and sweet, as the jacket says a 'British Eddie Murphy' and that's pretty accurate. Star of the British comedy 'Chef' Lenny puts in a fantastic performance in this delightful 'identity crisis' film. You'll love it.
Medicine Man (1992)
Not since James Bond have I enjoyed Sean Connery so much
I've just got to put a Bondism in here...Nobody does it better. there it's done and it didn't hurt that much now did it? Sean is as I expected, excellent. The look, the voice and the attitude. So much like Bond it is like deja-vu. Why do we like Connery so much...I'll tell you why...he's got a ton of talent....and he's got an attitude of confidence and he knows how to use it. This film just hums along with some really fantastic photography and despite the luke-warm reviews I believe time will tell a different story. If you like your adventures in the jungle (and I do) then you'll enjoy this film.
Gung Ho (1986)
This is a typical Keaton comedy...excellent!
This comedy is bound to be good from the get-go. East meets west and east doesn't want to lose...west doesn't know what losing is like. It starts a little slow but it grabs you very soon and it doesn't let go. This is definitely worth seeing.
Who would have guessed? Albert and Debbie are great together.
This is a potentially funny situation and it reaches (almost) all the goals it sets for itself. Candy did it in 'Only the Lonely' but this is different Albert is not naturally as funny and any way he's got a delight of a brother. I guess it could have taken some of the funny situations a little further which it doesn't rate a 10 but nonetheless it is a good movie and well worth the time it takes to watch.
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
As car chases across America go this is pretty good
Let's face it Burt did not spend a great amount of time pondering the complexities of plot interactions vs. character development...they promised him a truckload of money and he provided them with a boy-next-door-like grin he is so famous for and within the bounds of the quality of the material he was given........he did a pretty good job....BUT...Sally Field makes the movie interesting and fun. She's great as his maybe love-interest. Anyway it's a whole lot of fun and it's probably in the .99 section anyway so go ahead...make your day.
The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)
Fast paced action mystery thriller with Poitier and Caine
This is definitely a sleeper. Not much is said about this film and yet it is one of my favorite movies starring Michael Caine. Sidney Poitier is on the lam with his new non-friend Caine who by mutual agreement have to escape. Prunella Gee plays the glue that for a while gets and keeps them together. The movie moves along quickly from cricis to crisis ending in a complete surprise. You are going to like this although there are some slow sections.
Hostage for a Day (1994)
If you thought you'd get John Candy...think again
Why on earth John Candy let himself be associated with this loser of a picture is beyond me. The plot is simple and it is rife with possibilities for great humour but it doesn't take advantage of them. George Wendt is not the greatest actor that ever hit the screen but his years at Cheers should have taught him how to create a laugh...apparently they did not. He is so un-funny at times it hurts. I wanted to get up and deliver the line the way it could have been but...well. At any rate if you're looking for a good sit-down to watch a good comedy and maybe have a beer...don't drink the beer too fast, I suspect you'll be on your way out to the store for another movie and you shouldn't drive intoxicated!
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
An absolute gem, one of the few 10's I've ever given!!!
This movie is fantastic. I don't think anyone except Hitchcock could have made such humour out of a dead body. Shirley MacLaine (in her first role) is delightful and Edmond Gwenn perfect. You'll see a young Jerry Mathers pre-dating Leave it to Beaver by a few years. Don't miss this little gem, it's as funny today as it was in 1955 and I suspect for a long time to come.
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
Based on a true story it unfortunately pales compared to the original
I've had the pleasure many years ago of reading the original story which was called "The Maneaters of Kuhoman" (please excuse the spelling as I don't have the book in front of me.) The real story is so much more exciting and fast-paced that it seems strange the movie wasn't able to reproduce that excitement. While the story was exciting in parts I found it tended to draw out too much between interesting scenes. If anyone out there really has the patience to read a good book the original story will blow you away compared to this watered-down version.