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Terminator Genisys (2015)
As a casual participant in the series, I thought this was a lighthearted, yet worthwhile addition to the series that is now almost 30 years old.
A decent soundtrack helped. I imagine the hardcore folk were disappointed, but it closed a lot of holes and opened other doors. Can't ask more from the Xth episode in a franchise.
I look forward to what they will bring next, though I doubt the Arnold will be a significant player. :(
I'm sure since there is money to be made they will follow this with another...I only hope it is as entertaining.
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Maybe I'm too young
After a dozen attempts to watch this film all the way through, I have failed. It is so racist and dated I can't finish it.
It might have been funny in the 70's, but today it is just painful. From the attempts to poke fun at different cultures to the random cuts from other period pictures it is not worth the investment of your time.
There are scenes like a hangman hanging a horse and a rider. I recognize them as a reference to the Lone Ranger, but it still wasn't enough to keep my interest.
The same was true of the multiple references to someone's shaded view of history that attempts to color the film (but fails).
Disappointing, as most sequels are. The first movie was unique, original, and entertaining. This one is none of the three. Except for a few (very limited) scenes, this movie could well have been included as a special feature on the DVD for the first without any loss to society.
Big Daddy (1999)
The movie was humorous, which is always a good thing for a comedy. The plot was weak, but I didn't really expect much. The ending is really cheezy and the movie over all was just ok. I would say it is worth watching, but don't run out to rent it.
Mystery, Alaska (1999)
Good, not-so-clean comedy
I enjoyed the film, though I would have second thoughts about taking my parents to see it with me. The plot is fairly predictable, as is the ending, but the extra storylines keep the movie from being boring. This is definitely a "renter", but maybe not a "first-run" movie.
("renter" meaning see it on video, "first-run" meaning catch it at the theatres)
The Matrix (1999)
After watching this movie I wanted to run on the walls (literally). It was a flashy techno-drama with great special effects. The story kept me interested, and the acting was good. I would place this in the "first-run" category, meaning get out there and see it in the theatres.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
The classic action film
This is one of the best movies I have seen. It is the first of 3 in a great series, a series that knew when to quick too. All three are well worth the time, but this is the most entertaining of them. The action is just right, and the story just flows. This is a definite "first-run" film.
One big ad, but entertaining still
Episode One is one of those movies that received so much press it couldn't ever live up to all of it, though it managed to not be disappointing. Overall the story seemed to lack actual meat. I felt much like I did after "Back to the Future Part II". That is I found myself wondering why I just paid to watch a 2-hour trailer for the the next in the series.
Brokedown Palace (1999)
Interesting and odd
I went to see this with no idea what it was about. Somehow I missed all the ads for it I guess (were there any?) Anyway, I quickly realized this was not the typical teenie-bopper movie, and really dug into it. I enjoyed the story, and the outcome. The movie resisted the urge to be the "feel-good" film that so many are today. It is one of the few tragedies I think I've seen in years. It is well worth the time to watch, and I recommend you rent it some night when you aren't in the mood for a comedy.
The Mummy (1999)
Not Indiana Jones, but still worthwhile
This movie provided a good laugh a few times, but overall it was only mildly entertaining. It did manage to hit one several genres, but failed to master any of them. The horror was cheesy, as was the drama, and the action. The humor was canned at times, but that fact that the movie was coherent with all four of these made it worth watching. It is a "renter", meaning wait for the video.