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The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The beast is in your head
LOOK OUT BEHIND YOU! Heh, made you look. That's what this movie is about and no matter how much you read the backstory on the web site, nothing prepares you for the end. Better than Hitchcock; something like Ruth Rendell. It's hard to shake the after-shock.
Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
the way we still are
Though dated, this film is still applicable. The 'gentleman's agreement' to be politically correct and not to say what you really think is certainly the way it goes among my middle class family and friends. Substitute the word 'Jew' with 'gay', 'black', 'redneck', 'woman' -- I could go on. Yes, Gregory Peck is too earnest but there really are people like him. I thought Dorothy McGuire was the average person who's not anti-anything but makes her underlying prejudices obvious to those who are earnest. The movie seemed preachy and same old same old at times, but that was the script and the actors in 1947, and the 'progress' of over 50 years. Like Shakespeare, it's human nature, which doesn't change no matter what method of writing or acting you've studied and no matter how much you've learned. See this movie when you're in the mood to think, and for Sam Jaffe's comment, "If there were no anti-semites, I wouldn't be Jewish."
The General's Daughter (1999)
This movie seemed to me like the remake of an old 'Cagney and Lacey' plot. Dated, in a word. James Woods is too in-your-face as usual. John Travolta did a good impression of Bruce Willis, but what do you expect from two limited actors? Madeleine Stowe was underused. There were too many scenes of the 'victim' spread-eagled on the grass. And the corporal in the locker room was just too glib. Doesn't everybody know all this already? Especially after 'tailhook'? Then again, a story of, and vivid pictures of, a violent gang rape will pack 'em in, so ... Hooray for Hollywood. What did I expect?
brings it all back
Finally, the opening credits fit -- long, long ago in a galaxy far away, there's a place where people don't smirk or swear and and still fight for the right. I didn't think it could be done, but George Lucas did it. He took us all back to another time, when the world seemed to be okay. Thanks for the memories, George.
In a word: fabulous
I agree with the comments above. This is the best series ever seen on any screen, anywhere. Robbie Coltrane, as Fitz, steals every show, though everyone is excellent. From the start, this has been a cop show with heart and soul. All I can say is more, more more ...
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
Forget boring. Forget wooden. Sometimes you just like a movie for its entertainment value. What can you do with this dated story of animals becoming human through medical technology? I know, put actors like Marlon Brando, David Thewlis, and Val Kilmer in it and let them go with their characters. Val in a skirt? David being introduced to the doctor's 'family' with utter seriousness? Marlon wearing a full ice bucket on his head to keep cool? Oh, he's plenty cool :). I laughed all the way through, and I didn't miss the point of the animal implants and mantras either. Excellent movie, much better than the first version which took itself too seriously.
Family Guy (1999)
FOX is living up (down?) to it's reputation with this show. If you like mean-spirited, low-brow cynicism, you'll like the show. That kind of humour has never been to my taste, however. Dead on right when it's compared to 'Married With Children', above. I'd thought that kind of cheap-shot, groaner humour died with the previous show. I should say, I'd hoped. Still, I have the right to turn it off, and I do.
great movie, as usual
I _love_ David Cronenberg and not just because he's a fellow Canadian. I see all of his movies because they disturb me. In fact, I prefer to call them great 'art' for that reason. If it makes you think about your own inner fears and failings, and about what turns you on and off, then it's at least provocative. My favourite scenes are the one where Jude is commenting, while eating it, that the special in the Chinese restaurant is disgusting and the other one where he's licking Jennifer's bioport. Mmmm, yummy.
The Trigger Effect (1996)
adding insult to injury
One of those movies that could have been good, if Alfred Hitchcock was still alive. Everybody was in a bad mood anyway if the opening scenes were anything to go by. The opening scenes were good, by the way, which was one reason I kept watching, but to no avail. I agree, it gets worse as it goes along, as if the writer had one good idea then didn't know where to go with it, so it didn't go anywhere. If you're about to rent this movie anyway, think about why you've never heard of it.
better than you expect
Whaddya want from a B horror flick? This movie is funny and silly and camp -- perfect. It's not as good as the original (duh) but certainly has its charms. I liked the joke about clamato juice. See it, if you're in the mood for a non-threatening, generally interesting, often funny good time.