Change Your Image
Upload An Image
Crop And Save
Ms .45 (1981)
But only for the fan of the off-beat, this early Abel Ferrara flic hits all the right (wrong) spots. The premise is strictly mainstream(not): young mute woman gets raped TWICE in one afternoon, then decides to take out her revenge on every man (and dog) in sight.
I don't look for a Ron Howard re-make anytime in the near future.
Jagged Edge (1985)
The script that made Joe Eszterhas famous.
Forget Showgirls and Sliver, and Flashdance, and Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge gave Big Joe his bones, his legitimacy.
A good suspenseful thriller, a bit dated, a trifle cliché (the suspect's wife had been sleeping with the country-club tennis pro, of all things), but well-paced, and well-acted.
Glenn Close takes her place in rarefied air here, the strong, but attractive adult female lead. An air uninhabited in film throughout the 90s..Susan Sarandon may try best to fill this spot, but she is nowhere near the attractive, desirable lead that Close was during this period.
Beautiful Bay-area landscapes only add to the overall package.
I wouldn't rate this high in the genre, but I see absolutely no reason to diss it either.
A solid overall effort.
Sex and the City (1998)
Every ep, gets a little weaker.. .. ..
Start with a brilliant book by Candace Bushnell, recreate it virtually verbatim in 6 half-hour episodes, and you have an inventive, hilarious comedy. But, once you've exhausted all the clever anecdotes, the curiously comedic character traits of the principals, where do you go?
DOWN, I guess is the only answer, or at least it is here. I give Darren Star (of Melrose Place) credit for bringing S&TC to the tube. But the second six episodes of this comedy's first season were at best rivals to such mundane and idiotic fare as "Who's the Boss" and "Full House", with added profanity and sexual situations.
Early looks at season two only support the idea that this series is in a death spiral. My guess is the line between very clever and ludicrous is a fine one indeed.
Easy Money (1983)
The best Rodney Dangerfield movie. Really.
Not a single classless cliché has been omitted from this all-time comedy classic. From the lime-green and lavender wedding gowns and the magic fingers bed assist, to the all timer, the "Regular Guy Look", Easy Money just keeps coming at you with one hilarious situation, another memorable line after another.
Joe Pesci brings just as much to the table as Rodney here alternately feeding, then stealing the yucks. And Jeffrey Jones plays the perfect foil-the genesis of his famous Dean Rooney in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Add Taylor Negron and Tom Noonan, not to mention Jennifer Jason Leigh and you have some serious talent working hard for the money.
And they're so good, they make it look easy.
Presumed Innocent (1990)
Oooh. Time has not been kind to this stinker.
In watching Presumed Innocent again, not even 10 years after it's initial release, a movie starring a man who is still arguably the biggest male star in movies, I am surprised at how weak it is, how dated, how pale a presentation.
Now I'll admit I'm no Alan Pakula fan, but he really outdid himself here. My biggest gripe could well be the horrendous production design-canned interiors matched with poor wardrobe-but the failures in this area are so overshadowed by its totally inept casting: the film reeks from the weak portrayals.
Learn more about the Civil War than you ever knew.
Wonderful depiction of the events leading to a pivotal battle of the Civil War, the battle of Gettysburg, with a focus on 3 key individuals: Confederate General Robert E. Lee (played brilliantly by Martin Sheen), Lee's second, Lt. General James Longstreet (Tom Berenger), and Union Col Joshua Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels).
Truly classic storytelling beautifully presented. Each key event is intelligently and gently depicted leaving little of the battles, the personalities, and the actions to be misunderstood. I felt much closer to the unfortunate events that were our Civil War than I ever imagined. I don't consider myself ignorant as a rule, but to tell the truth I never envisioned that the battles were basically fought hand-to-hand, face-to-face, long lines of fighting men falling, almost randomly, on both sides.
This movie, along with John Frankenheimer's "Andersonville" jump-started a serious interest for me in these historical docudramas, and the Civil War in particular. Thank you Mr. Frankenheimer, and Mr. Ronald Maxwell (director of "Gettysburg").
The Mosquito Coast (1986)
The story of a man too smart for everybody's good.
Brilliant storytelling (almost fable-like original novel by Paul Theroux) highlights this underrated film of a man's quest for -God only knows.
Idealistic inventor Allie Fox (Harrison Ford) packs up the wife and kids, and heads off to the deep part of the Central American jungle, with an ice-making machine, no less.
A man of unquenchable thirst, Fox's obsessive, driving quest destroys not only himself and his family, but all that surrounds him as well. There can be no satisfaction in his world, no accomplishment, no salvation.
Saul Zaentz (English Patient) produced and Peter Weir (Truman Show) directed, this Paul Schrader script. That's a good enough reason to suggest right here, but Ford is brilliant as he turns from idealistic inventor to self-described deity.
Beautiful jungle landscapes only add to the experience.
But the moral to the story is?
Deep Impact (1998)
Formula action piece maintains interest, barely.
Some feel the action picture of the 1980's is now going the way of "classic rock" music and I tend to agree. "Deep Impact" tries hard to recreate many of the steps to failure to which we've become accustomed as this genre develops (and plays out) in the late 1990's. When your lead character's parents have good-sized speaking parts, and they are played by once-high-profile, and now grist mill fodder such as Maximilian Schell and Vanessa Redgrave you may want to start to worry (although I'll admit Schell did have a great turn in "The Freshman"(1990)). I mean what, if any value could these 'parents' play in the story? It's fairly easy to predict that our main character will be 'flawed' but can't he just hit the bottle, or just show some irregular sociopathic behavior? Could I really care about his (her) relation ship with mommy and daddy? Just pour some more eFx on top if you please.
Perhaps scripters Bruce Joel Rubin (My Life) and Michel Tolkin (The Player), neither of whom have ever had the word 'action' associated with their writing offer a freshness with their script. Preferring not to depend on a lead role, "Deep Impact" is entirely story-driven--thankfully, since every time Tea Leoni takes the screen I get that 'fingernails on the chalkboard' feeling-can you say "Flirting With Disaster"?.
Have seen the film twice now, and must say I found it perfectly agreeable although, aside from the 'comet to hit earth--rescue mission engaged--will the world survive?' normal story progression, I have no idea really what the dang thing was about.
Maybe it's all the well.
Normal Life (1996)
More often than not, an early title card that reads "inspired by a true story" translates to a film maker's apology for what is going to be an embarrassing work. And electronic titles as well, the cheapest possible-cheap like they use for the late-night cable movies suggests this project was scrapped-pieces pasted together into something presentable, but hardly watchable.
And when you're right, you're right.
Good, lonely boy meets bad, bad girl, in a bad, bad, bad, movie
It seems inappropriate to criticize the actors, as I can't imagine there was even a script. Every scene seems to be a series of bad improvs, almost amateurish audition pieces. I was a John McNaughton fan based on his first feature: "Henry:Portrait of a Serial Killer", a low budget, but high-energy, inventive piece of film making. But this mess is only familiar to that film as regards overall production value.
By my count this makes 5 movies in a row where the high point of Ashley Judd's performance seems to be her undressing and /or use of dirty language. This list includes her role as the young Norma Jean Baker (Marilyn Monroe). Maybe a case of life imitates art?
Nico Icon (1995)
Don't waste your time.
Came to this film, with a few good recommendations, but no knowledge at all about the woman, Christa Paffgen (NICO) about whom this documentary is based.
NICO, a young German woman, model, created an image in conjunction with Andy Warhol and his group as an asexual junkie. As a biography, the film is weak, short on information, with a limited and jaded perspective.
As a tribute, it fails miserably. I'm still uncertain where ICON fits in the whole picture aside from looking good in the title. There is little substance in the film to suggest she 'earned' any sort of recognition, stature, or approval from anyone but miscreants and lost souls. From my vantagepoint her life seems little different than many misguided college youth who gave up their lives to confusion and drugs, far too early. It's a tragic tale, I guess, but far from distinctive.
The whole deal is some sort of inside joke and I sit outside, unfortunately--maybe it all got lost in the translation.