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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
ALLOW MYSELF TO INTRODUCE............MYSELF., 5 March 1999

Don't bother watching if you're some plugged-up type demanding Sir Anthony Hopkins-quality acting coupled with high-brow story lines: It isn't in there, and you'll never get it. If you haven't got a somewhat offbeat sense of humor, you'll simply never understand what it is about this movie that delights those of us that do.

Go rent something with explosions, helicopters or car chases instead.

2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Yawn........ is it over yet?, 12 January 1999

What a disappointment. After enjoying "Fargo" and seeing how highly rated this movie was in IMDB ratings, I sprang for the $1.60 rental.

That would have bought a cheap hamburger.

Paul Newman, one of my favorite actors, does NOT make a menacing or sinister character. It apparently isn't in his genes; he's meant to be the lovable cad 'Luke' or even 'Hud'. About the only redeeming quality this movie has is sets, which remind one of "Fargo" or "Batman".

Save your money or get the hamburger instead.

60 out of 72 people found the following review useful:
Who needs Baldwin/Basinger when you've got McQueen/McGraw??, 1 January 1999

Steve McQueen was one of the most naturally talented actors to come along, and this movie, along with 'The Sand Pebbles', is one of my favorite McQueen movies. Ali McGraw is excellent (much better here, as compared to that sappy role she had in 'Love Story') as his on-screen wife, a team which is used to rob a bank but is double crossed by the insiders who stand to profit from the robbery. Sally Struthers even turns in a credible performance as someone exhibiting what will later be coined as the "Stockholm Syndrome", and the late Al Lettieri is great as one of their pursuers.

A far better movie than the 1994 remake.

14 out of 27 people found the following review useful:
The Man Who Shot the Guy Who Wasn't Liberty Valance., 30 December 1998

One thing about Henry: he was versatile. From dottering old Norman Thayer in "On Golden Pond" to the child-murdering gunman in "Once Upon a Time in the West" and everything in between, Henry Fonda showed us his multi-faceted talent over and over again, as he does here as a waffling, semi-cowardly man initially unwilling to confront a bully that terrorizes a small community in the old west.

Aldo Ray's is ideally suited for his character as well, as the murderous brute intent upon destroying a small town and anyone who tries to stop him.

As usual, mild-mannered Good eventually triumphs over seemingly unstoppable Evil, but then, by 1967 Clint Eastwood already had a lock on the other outcome. Still, I enjoyed it quite a lot, and recommend it highly, for among other reasons, to see Aldo munch on a giant green onion as he drinks coffee, in celebration of a murderous rampage he just finished.

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
pre- Hal B. Wallis Elvis movie is pretty damned good., 30 December 1998

Said to be Elvis' personal favorite among all his movies, 'King Creole' truly is one of the best movies he made, and should delight his fans and other movie lovers as well. Made (I believe) just before he was inducted into the Army, it's much, much, much, better than, for instance, 'Speedway', or 'Paradise Hawaiian Style'.

Walter Matthau, Dean Jagger, and Carolyn Jones compliment Elvis (or maybe Elvis compliments them, actually) as, imagine this, a singer. Black and white treatment adds a sinister element to the small amount of violence in the film, and the music (if you like Elvis, as I do) is superb.

Top Gun (1986)
7 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
Daze of Thunder meets the Navy, 29 December 1998

One of the least realistic, hokiest flying movies made. Anyone who knows anything at all about naval aviation will be groaning from the outset, especially during the inverted canopy-to-canopy sequence. Please! Where are the *tails* of the two aircraft supposed to be during this maneuver? Tucked away for safekeeping so as to not collide with one another?


3 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Rock Hudson commands a tube full of seamen., 29 December 1998

This may very well have been Howard Hughes' favorite movie, and one can understand that from someone who was a total recluse and kept tissue boxes on his feet. However, for the rest of us, it may not measure up. It could use a little bit better special effects and a lot more believability in the plot. Patrick McGoohan is OK, as is Ernest Borgnine, but Rock...... well, Rock just doesn't act as though he's interested. Maybe Jim Nabors was lurking somewhere nearby........

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Hard-boiled pilot vs egghead engineer, 28 December 1998

Riveting performance by Jimmy Stewart as a pilot of an oil company cargo aircraft dealing with the circumstances of being forced down in the desert by a sandstorm.

Among the passengers is an aircraft (albeit 'model' aircraft) engineer (Hardy Kruger) who believes a flyable aircraft can be built from the wreckage, and the quest of the survivors becomes to fly out of their predicament aboard Kruger's creation.

Jimmy Stewart plays the part to perfection, but this would be understandable considering the fact he flew many B17 combat missions over Europe. No folks, this isn't Tom Cruise masquerading as an F14 pilot; Jimmy was the real thing.

Neighbors (1981)
20 out of 25 people found the following review useful:
If Vic and Ramona move in next door, prepare for change., 27 December 1998

Belushi and Aykroyd team up for a dark comedy unlike any I've seen.

Earl (Belushi) is quietly living his life in the suburbs with his wife and daughter, but it takes a decided turn for the worse when a lunatic (Aykroyd) and his wife move in next door.

Earl's life is turned into a nonsensical nightmare by the new couple; Vic tells nonstop lies about everything including whether his 'home-made' spaghetti sauce came from a jar and if the spaghetti is from a non-existent Italian restaurant while his wife Ramona (Cathy Moriarty) alternately seduces and blackmails Earl. Particularly funny is the segment in which Earl tries to sneak out in the middle of the night for a rendezvous with Ramona, only to be caught by Vic, who is awake, on his rooftop, and wearing scuba gear.

I didn't really care for this movie the first time I saw it, because almost nothing made any sense. Now, it's one of the few movies I've purchased. I suppose it's an acquired taste, but don't give up too quickly on it. After all, Belushi isn't making any new ones, is he?

ps- Great musical score! No instruments lend themselves to bizarre going-ons quite as readily as a trombone and kazoo.

11 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
I ask you sir: Is THIS the body of a teenager's mother?, 27 December 1998

From a time in which movies were much more innocent, 'How Sweet It Is' is one of many comedies from the sixties that had to rely on script, timing, and facial expression instead of today's toilet humor to make audiences laugh. Not the funniest of the lot, but far from the worst.

James Garner and Debbie Reynolds are a married couple accompanying their teenage son as chaperones on a trip to Europe. Aboard the ocean liner, they are constantly trying to rekindle their romance by interludes in various cubbyholes of the ship. It's worth watching just to see the look of disgust on Paul Lynde's face and hear him sneer "Animals!" when he discovers them hiding in a lifeboat. Misunderstandings, jealousy, a rogue Frenchman, and a close encounter with divorce are in store before their European trip is over.

James Garner displays a knack for comedy, which he will later refine in his "Support Your Local Sheriff/Gunfighter" movies.

Good, clean fun if anyone is interested in that sort of thing nowadays. Kind of like a Rock Hudson/Doris Day movie. (Those were great, too!)

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