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The Captains (2011)
Very well done
I agree... Shatner has really found a calling as an interviewer. He asks questions, but he will use personal experiences and draw his questions from them. And oddly enough for someone who is reputed to have a big ego, even those moments do not come off as displaying self-importance. They act as insight as to where his brain is in forming the questions he is asking.
I hope that made sense.
This documentary was really insightful into the people we have watched over the years as they sat in the captain's chair, the trials and joys they went through and how they got there in the first place.
Great for any Star Trek fan.
Great for anyone who enjoys a good interview.
The Majestic (2001)
The Jim Carrey I've been waiting for!
I finally watched this (10 years after the fact) and now I wonder why I waited so long. I got the chance to show "Ace Ventura" to my hubby last week, after which we talked about how Jim Carrey's career has gone and how often he has had to redo the same stuff. The conversation brought this movie to mind and, thanks to Netflix, now I can be satisfied - Jim Carrey is truly the actor I was hoping he is. I caught glimpses in "Liar, Liar", but it wasn't enough to let me see what I really wanted. "The Truman Show" was also really close. But "The Majestic" was my chance to see Jim Carrey really act, not just clown around. There was no sign of any previous characters, just Jim Carrey being an honest, down-to-earth kind of guy. Even in the lighthearted scenes, it was just Jim being light-hearted, not maniacal or ridiculous. I enjoyed his warm, generous and enjoyable performance... This is the man I want to see more of!
Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958)
Thank You, TCM!
TCM ran all but 2 of the Hardy Family movies a couple of weeks ago and, thank heavens for my DVR, I was able to watch them all and just finished up the series.
Watching Mickey Rooney "grow up" was wonderful; the turn around, I think, being in "Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever", and even more so in "Life Begins For Andy Hardy"; those two films in particular in the series contained some great character development for Andy and I loved seeing how Mickey Rooney handled it. And Andy Hardy Comes Home was a good conclusion.
I found that I didn't need to know the back story of how Andy met Jane or ended up in California; I enjoyed seeing the little bits and tributes to the earlier movies (Andy tossing his hat onto the peg, the clips of the girls, even the "Carvel Hi" banner in his bedroom) and Andy going in to his father's study when he needed to think... I got teary eyed seeing the portrait of Lewis Stone over the fireplace.
Because I was able to watch the movies so close together, I was able to notice little things that they missed in the continuity: the picture of "Betsy Booth" was different from the one Andy was originally given (see Andy Hardy Meets Debutant), and the front door of the house opened on the opposite side (see Love Laughs At Andy Hardy when he gets locked out of the house), but even that was fun to see. I found this to be a good place to end the series.
To see Andy taking on his father's mantel, literally, was very satisfying. Andy is no longer the skittish young boy/man that the audiences grew up with, but then, we all grow older and are not the same people we were in our youth.
I was glad to see that Andy Hardy came home!
The Secret Garden (1949)
Not the best adaptation...
I was in 4th grade when our teacher read this story to us, one chapter at a time after lunch. It was a wonderful book that I read many times over.
This movie makes the third adaptation I've seen and while it certainly surpasses the 1987 version (the first version I ever saw and BOY was I disappointed!!), it isn't, IMHO, as faithful as the 1993 version.
I was skeptical that Margaret O'Brien could be as sour as Mary Lennox is written, but she did very well - just another side of her talent I hadn't seen before. But honestly, she was the only standout. Maybe, as someone else posted above, this version is dated, but the over-exaggeration of the emotions was so unnecessary. And all the extra dialog with Dr. Fortesque... I guess they had to give a reason for Mr. Craven to go out into the garden one last time.
A good movie to watch on a rainy Saturday afternoon, perhaps, but if you really want to know the story, watch the 1993 version instead. Or better yet, read the book!
Tom Sawyer (1973)
A gem from it's time!
I saw this one in the theater when it was released and still love it! This is the perfect example of a "Classic Family Movie". The harshest word you hear is "damn". The performances are wonderful to watch from the entire cast (Jodie Foster may be the weakest of them all, but just my opinion), the music fits beautifully (thanks to the Sherman brothers) and the settings make me feel the era. An enjoyable way to spend a Saturday afternoon. And to the reviewer who commented on Celeste Holm's "attempt" to sing - check her resume, my friend. Everyone who knows her work (see "High Society" or the 1965 version of "Cinderella", or just listen to the Original Broadway Cast recording of "Oklahoma!") knows she CAN!
The difference is in the directing...
I just came home from the movie, having planned since last fall to be there on opening day with my daughter and her friend. The girls loved it. Maybe I'm getting old, but... First, I was not happy with the set and scenery changes - mind you, I specified "changes"; the look was quite good, but not what had been set up before. The look and layout of Hogwarts was already set. Why change continuity? Second, the storyline felt more "chopped up". I grant you that the third book is longer than the first two, but I really felt that more could have been done to maintain the integrity of the book. Third, it felt like the adults were hardly used at all, except Robbie Coltrane, and it seemed that he was only given the extra time because of the hippogriff that was so integral to the end of the story. No sign of Madam Pomfrey, Madam Hooch (and not much Quidditch either!), Sir Nicholas, Professor Sprout, or Professor Flitwick (although Warwick Davis did have a roll in this one as an unnamed professor). The Fat Lady has been changed. Maggie Smith, Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman were sorely underused. Michael Gambon will just have to take some getting used to (my vote was for Richard Attenborough), and I agree with the reviewer who, like I, didn't like the change in the backstory of Lupin, Lily and James. Did I like any of it? Yes, I did. There *was* an overall darker feeling that seemed to give the feeling of darker days ahead for Harry and his friends; a little more on the mature side, which is probably what my daughter and her friend liked about it. (And didn't you love seeing Malfoy get decked??). The kids are growing up, and with maturity will come more responsibility, and more serious times. See it if you wish to keep up with things, but be prepared for the changes.
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
Use it for discussion
I was SO hooked on this music, and especially the original concept album, when I was growing up. I could sing (or hum on the instrumental parts) the entire score. I also grew up in various churches and never thought much about the "theology" that the story relates.
But now I know more about who Jesus was and why He lived on this planet. I have a better understanding of His actions and words and the kind of relationship I can have with Him (i.e.: I am "saved"). I am also a mother of teenagers that enjoy all sorts of movies and I have been contemplating whether or not to let them see this one. But I've realized that this movie can be used to open discussion with my teens about what is portrayed and how it fits in with the way they are being raised in terms of family beliefs. We all meet people every week who have different views, opinions and interpretations of The Bible and why Jesus was here. After watching this movie, my teens and I will talk about how the characters were portrayed and how they agree or disagree with what is in our Bible.
Our Heavenly Father has a reason for everything on this earth, even this movie. If you enjoy it for the music, as I always have and always will, then enjoy it! If you are a Christian who feels it is "wrong", then use it as a tool to open a dialogue and explain to family and friends about your convictions. Just think of 2nd Timothy 2:20.
Robin Hood (1973)
I just don't see it...
I saw this one in the theater when it was released and enjoyed it thoroughly as a kid. In the mid 80's, with the advent of cable and home satellite dishes, I was able to watch it again as a teen. Now as a mother of three, I see it as a parent...
I don't see what is merited in all the glowing comments.
I understand that this is a children's movie, made for children with them in mind, so little things like the Sheriff of Nottingham sounding like he hails from Alabama shouldn't be a big deal. I'll let the country music and dialects slide in a time period when there was no "New World".
The actors - Robin Hood was very well done. Of course Disney can Never go wrong with Phil Harris and Peter Ustinov was impeccable.
The animation - What was wrong with the animators when they were unable to create new drawings for the opening credits? Everything except the shots of Alan A Dale were taken from the actual movie itself. I don't recall any Disney movie having done that before or since.
Ever since I saw it again from a more mature perspective, this movie has always felt that, back in 1973, the Disney studios were on their last leg, artistically. What a shame it would be that 16 years would pass before they could recapture the magic they once had.
Elephant Parts (1981)
Which part of the elephant do you see?
Michael Nesmith was ahead of his time.
Beginning with Rodan, all the way through the final song, Elephant Parts is comprised of "Nez" and his friends stealing shots where they have to and having fun all along the way. There are too many good comedic shorts to list, but if you have an hour to spare, go rent this and give it a watch. Good music - Great laughs!
And no, that is NOT Terry "Hulk" Hogan. The actor's name is Steve Strong.
The Pompatus of Love (1995)
The X Factor
I saw this when it first was released on video, and now, 5 years later, got to watch it again from a different perspective.
Character development - there's not much with the exception of Josh.
Plot - sort of vague, it goes from one situation to the next with aside comments and monologues spliced together and thrown in just for fun and transition.
So what is it about? Very simply put - the differences between men and women and how difficult they can be to understand.
Why this title? No clue. But it sort of makes sense; how many people over the years have understood that Steve Miller was saying "the pompatus of love", and if they understood it, how many knew what the heck he meant by it?? Exactly! But the song was still a big hit. It sounds cool and is a blast to sing along with. Men and women, despite all the griping, jokes, cliches and misunderstandings between the two genders, still keep getting together and, hopefully, can make it through life with their sanity, intelligence and love intact.
There is no pat answer with which to end this movie. Life doesn't have any either. I'm not one for vague endings. I usually prefer to have a Hollywood Happy Ending. But this works for me for some reason. There's no blinding vision of how one must change to be able to live happily ever after with the object of one's affection. It's just an acceptance that there are differences. Maybe not understood, but now one knows that they are there and can work with them; or around them; or whatever it may take.
It's a good look at relationships for the over 21 crowd. It's a good movie.