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Good movie/Bad movie
This movie was a fairly good adaptation of the Stephen King book, which in itself is a Plus that you don't always find with his stories. And I suppose it had to be cut into two sections, the kids and the adults, but for me that just emphasized how bad the acting was in the second half.
Which is why I gave it a 5/10 rating, averaging the two halves. The first half was creepy, scary, intriguing, entertaining, you name it. And it gets a rating of 9. But then I'm one of those adults who think that clowns are inherently disturbing and grotesque.
The second half was dreadful, and gets maybe a 2. Both Richard Thomas and John Ritter did nothing but play themselves. (Mercifully they both became good actors in later life, but way too late to save this movie.) And I just don't like Annette O'Toole as an actor, so she wasn't a Plus either.
Tim Curry is definitely the high point of the entire thing. And Jon Brandis was great. Bottom line, if you can rent or buy it without paying a lot, and you like Stephen King movies, you'll enjoy IT. But if something comes up at intermission, and you don't get to see the second half, don't worry about it.
The Longest Day (1962)
"I wonder who won"
I'm 57 years old, female, and grew up in the sixties. Most of the time I can't stand watching old war movies because they're so blatantly patriotic, the actors are always making overly-dramatic speeches for the camera, and the Germans are always portrayed as monsters.
So, I was stunned to realize I had watched The Longest Day in its entirety, and thought it one of the greatest war movies ever created. I found myself absolutely mesmerized by the reality of the film, especially considering it was made almost 45 years ago. I enjoyed seeing the preparations for the invasion from so many different viewpoints, and the focus on the feelings and thought processes of the combatants, rather than the blood-and-guts of today's films.
I alternated between anger and pride throughout the movie. And unlike one viewer who commented on the scene, Richard Beymer's comment, "I wonder who won", actually brought a lump to my throat because it was such an unexpectedly subtle reminder of the sacrifices made by so many during war.
Truly one of the best movies ever made.