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"TZTM" is a blown opportunity. Not that it's a bad film. Just a
disappointment considering all the material to choose from. Only the final
story is worthy of a repeat for this film. After a nifty pre-credit opening
we settle in for some good scares but have to wait nearly 90 minutes for
them. Story one is now known only as the sequence in which Vic Morrow was
killed. As a bigot fed-up with minorities getting the promotions he feels he
deserves, Morrow is thrust out into the zone where he is treated as a
minority would be. It's an interesting premise by writer/director John
Landis that ends abruptly and unsatisfactorily no doubt due to the horrific
accident during filming. But why do an original? Zone fans want to see their
Steven Spielberg helms story two called "Kick the Can" which is a nice enough story but nothing special. Things get moving in story three with Joe Dante's tale of a child who can read minds and will things to happen. Good effects but, again, nothing special. But it's the last story, "Nightmare at 40,000 Feet" that saves the film with John Lithgow as a VERY nervous plane passenger who sees a creature outside his window damaging the engines. It's scary and exciting....as we expect from the Twilight Zone.
This was a golden opportunity shot to hell. The story of a meek businessman
in suburbia whose life is turned upside down in a 24 hour period by his wild
new neighbors. The casting of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd seems inspired.
But some dimwit got the bright idea of giving Aykroyd the wild role and
Belushi the meek one. Why? Because we saw Belushi play it in "Animal House"
and "1941?" Well that was what he was good at. But we try in vain to watch
Belushi act mild mannered and we wait for him to explode which he does in
the last scene which is a decent one. Other then that there are no big
laughs and just a few chuckles. Cathy Moriarty is nice to look at but that
And the musical score by Bill Conti gets my vote as the worst score ever for a major motion picture. This film is a HUGE disappointment.
"Trilogy of Terror" is three short stories all starring Karen Black. The first two are rather boring, mundane stories that are utterly predictable right up to their "surprise endings." If you can get thru the first two stories then hold your hats and get ready for a great chiller. Black plays a woman who buys a doll that comes to life and terrorizes her. It is a truly frightening segment (even though it was made for tv). Had the first two stories come close to this one it would have been a classic.
This is probably one of those movies you have not really heard much about.
All I can say is it's a nifty little movie with a terrific ending.
Henry Fonda plays a gambler at a high stakes poker game. During a big hand he suddenly has a heart attack. But knowing he has a great hand (which we haven't seen) he begs his wife to take over and finish the hand. Then she must use her resources to get money to continue the wagering.
An enjoyable western/comedy that keeps you alert and guessing right up to the end.
You would think with the phenomenally successful "Airport" to work from they
could have come up with something better than this. "Airport 1975" (released
in the fall of 74) tells the story of a jumbo jet that is hit in mid-air by
a smaller plane disabling or killing the three men in the cockpit. In steps
Karen Black as the head stewardess who has to try to save the day. Good
thing for her she has Charlton Heston as a boyfriend. The cast is largely
made up of tv actors and has beens with top honors going to Helen Reddy as a
If you are in a goofy mood then tune in. It's not horrible by any means. It's a step below the next film "Airport 77" but a classic compared to the final film "Concorde Airport 79."
"When Time Ran Out" is the film that killed the disaster movie. And no wonder. It's an awful film about a volcano that erupts and the traditional all star cast striving for survival in its aftermath. There is no tension, no excitement, no nothing. It's a yawner from start to finish and an embarrassment for Paul Newman and William Holden who must have earned big salaries to see thru the witless script and do this film.
Get some popcorn, sit down and relax for three hours, and get ready to laugh steadily. This is a comedy classic. It's the story of a group of people who witness a car accident. As the man lays dying he tells them all of the money he has hidden. Then it is off to the races as they all go looking for it. All of the greatest comedians appear (though most in cameos). Half the fun is picking them all out. Spencer Tracy has the lead as the disgruntled police detective who takes more than a passing interest in the money as well. All the performances are top notch with Jonathan Winters, Dick Shawn, Buddy Hackett, and Phil Silvers as the standouts. The scene where Winters single handedly destroys a gas station is worth the price alone.
Walter Matthau was at the peak of his career in the 1970's and "The Bad News
Bears" is one of his very best performances. As a drunken loser, he is
cajoled (bribed is more like it) into coaching a bunch of kids in little
league. These kids are the worst athletes imaginable. But as the season goes
on a girl (the terrific Tatum O'Neal) and the local hood join the team and
the mayhem turns to some good baseball.
"The Bad News Bears" is a very funny film and most realistic in its depiction of little league baseball. The kids are fun and the adults are goofs. And I liked that the ending is somewhat unexpected. A nice change of pace for a sports film.
"Drive-In" is a B movie about a night out at the local drive-in. It's a comedy that isn't terribly funny with acting that is less than stellar. But there are two reasons to watch it anyway. One is the movie within the movie which is showing on the screen called "Disaster 76." It's a send up of all the disaster films of that era and is very funny. Maybe the filmmakers should have filmed that film instead. The other reason is if you are a fan of the drive-in which is all but dead in many areas now. It harkens back memories and is a true journey into nostalgia. If you are not a fan then you may want to skip it.
You know how dumb "Earthquake" is going to be almost right away. A drunken Ava Gardner screams an obscenity to hubby Charlton Heston in the film's very first scene. It's the usual all star cast trying to survive the title disaster and the viewer taking bets as to which will survive. On the plus side there is a funny cameo by Walter Matthau that is stretched throughout the film. And the special effects are very well done for a film in that time. The one thing home viewers miss is that it was in SENSURROUND. This was simply 4 large speakers located at the front and back of the theater that rumbled during the earthquake scenes. It was silly but a nice touch to an otherwise dismal film. And my vote for worst casting goes to Lorne Greene playing Ava Gardner's FATHER. But if you are a fan of the silly disaster film (as I am) then this is one for you.
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