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Very Very Excellent!!
ANYONE that has ever been to Myrtle Beach, SC can relate to this movie more than the average viewer. There is something in the air almost that generates youth and nostalgia through you while visiting and when you leave you are never quite the same. In the opening reel you see young teenagers cruising the boulevard and haunting by-passers on the beach that make one realize in a single instant while there (a place where we all connect) just how many people we pass by never getting to know.
This film touches greatly on rich characters... Franky the main character is deep and forlorn. We are directly put into someones shoes through her of how it must be to actually "live" in a place we all wish we could stay. Instead of being the "vacationers" as in most movies we get to see a residents point of view. An exceptional character is also the girl who seemingly befriends Franky, coming in to town shaking her up and confusing her just when she thought she wanted a little bit of change. This girl is a true character she symbolizes most people and how they are clueless to most depth of life.. she can be described as those shallow "fly-by-night" people that we have all encountered that you wish and think might stay but in the end they never do. Franky's romantic involvement with new-age hippi Heath is right-on target and pulls the story to its closure.
The main point of the story is very much what I described near the beginning. In the movie Franky never swims, even being asked 5 or 6 times. Near the end she simply states that it would be weird if she leaves because she will not have the ocean to swim in, as it has always been in her own backyard. This is the eye-opening truth in all of our lives... we take for granted what others see. And just like her old friendship with Nicola that seemed tired when the new girl arrived... Franky got a taste of not dealing with Nicola but soon realized that you can't easily say goodbye to something you will always remember.
This movie is highly under-rated (as are alot of non-blockbusters these days). It is great to see a movie filmed in the South at one of the best and most popular beaches in the world. "Shag" (Another great movie) was also filmed in Myrtle Beach, however it is taken from the "visitors" point of view and we don't get to see and feel what it is like to be trapped in somewhere so wonderful and still want out.
View from the Top (2003)
Why does the movie industry think we can't take plane or tragedy movies because of 9/11?
I think we are not stupid enough to confuse a movie with real life. If we didn't mind watching airplane crashes, terrorists, bombs, war, death and violence before all the tragedy that has currently happened then we should be able to take it now. Movies have been hacked (as this one and its best scenes tacked haplessly on at the end), re-arranged script, even canceled due to what they think the public can or can't handle after 9/11 or during the war... I would personally rather see a great movie than an obvious cop-out. For example "The Core" and "Phone Booth" are not getting enough advertisement because of everything that has happened.
"View from the Top" could have been good. It was just ok merging on not good. The funniest scene is when (always reliable) Christina Applegate goes bitch on Paltrow. Applegate is a very under-estimated actress, I can't wait to see her gain the success she has deserved for years. There should have been more funny moments than just the obvious airline jokes. The plot was extremely messed up, it felt like the movie went on and on trying to find more story line because it ran out of fuel. And Paltrow's boyfriend had no reason not to go with her to NY and that was totally unbelievable.
Mike Myers was also jarred a with blah role. He seemed forced and not let free to do what he wanted with his character. He was best in "54" (an Oscar snub of Best Supporting Actor if there ever has been one) and "So I Married An Ax Murderer". And what the hell is Stacey Dash doing thrown in a mute role like that after all the talk she got in "Clueless". WHY ARE PEOPLE BEING GIVEN THE MONEY TO MAKE THESE MOVIES FILLED WITH GREAT ACTORS AND A POSSIBLE GOOD SCRIPT ONLY TO TOTALLY SCREW IT UP?!?!
I was so eager to watch this movie because it seemed like it would be sweet and it seemed actually different because it was about flight attendants. There should have been alot more about the attendants being trained. A scene where the plane-simulator goes haywire would have been hilarious like throwing everyone around and no one knowing what to do. Also a pervert on one of the flights would have been funny... sex in the bathroom? What about a fat woman wanting more peanuts and going wild? My god I could come up with dumb-funny bits right off the top of my head!
Its ok producers.. scoop this one back up and fix it. We will let you... we're not scared to watch it again.
Swept Away (2002)
Not Bad But Crowd-Mind Just Expects Madonna To Be
This movie fails and succeeds on equal levels, but not for the popular reasons you've heard. Madonna is very good. The rest of the cast was not. She gave a very realistic portrayal and has the charisma of an old movie star (she was a mix of Kathrine Hepburn and Marylin Monroe in "Whos That Girl" and its still shocking that it wasn't accepted as a good slap-stick comedy). Here she could have easily put Grace Kelly to shame, had she had a good director. This movie should have been remade but not by Guy Richie... he did not go into the sexual detail on the island that was needed and he hacked the cast out of the boat scenes and he wrote Madonna's character too harsh at the beginning. The ending is heartbreaking and fitting but it ends too fast and we dont feel that the characters are actually "in-love".
I would go so far as to say the best thing about this movie is Madonna. The sets and her performance are the only 2 real good things about it. She has never really been a bad actress, but she relies on proving herself too much rather than doing what she is best at, comedy. The scene with her inside the boat where she is drunk is played to perfection. If we look at her career as an actress as a whole we can see she has had more good performances than bad.... A League Of Their Own, Dick Tracy, Evita, Desperately Seeking Susan- all great!
Anyway "Swept Away" never even got pushed at the box office... the failure of this movie is Guy Richie's fault and he makes Madonna look bad only because no one actually got to see this film. It all has to do with crowd-mind and unfortunately everyone is under the impression that Madonna is not a good actress... but keep in mind thats what everyone thought about Monroe till it was already too late.
Excellent Psychological Film
Undoubtably one of the scariest and under-raved horror films of all time. Zelda Rubinstein is unforgettable, and if u liked her in the Poltergeist films she is even more stellar here. Known to horror buffs as the all-time movie within a movie... but its psychological mind-warp scene is as tense as it gets. The under-tones of the snails and doves contribute highly to the paranoia. A re-release definitely should be in order; this film deserves a second look by all. Anyone who has extreme phobia of "anything" to do with harm to the eyes- beware! Unfortunate that most mark this off as a "gore-fest" when its anything but. It is a brilliant study of the mind, and will blow you away with its oddity.
One Of The Most Beautiful And Under-Rated Gems Of Television
Simply put, this is one of the best TV shows in recent memory. Ever since its debut "Felicity" has had everything going for it. Perfect characters, lead by the amazing Keri Russell & supported by a string of excellence (Amanda Foreman as Megan is hilarious), and a beautiful coherent story of the challenges and choices of youth. Critics have never seized to rave of "Felicity" either. Unfortunately, it was never truly discovered by the public. With a continuous rise and fall from fame like a rollercoaster. Finally confirmed its non-staying power when the WB decided upon a brave and somewhat stupid move- the notorious cutting of Felicity's hair. A stupid reason for the public to stop watching, but they did (not even paying attention to the symbolism it was meant for). However it almost made it back, untill the WB chased its hazy followers away by re-placing it in a competitive Sunday time slot. It remained on the air after being switched and salvaged by the wind of being behind "Dawsons Creek" (a much lesser show, leaving to wonder why the public picks such slop to watch like "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and the alway over-rated "Ally McBeal", pushing them into fame). A campaign held "Felicity" up for a yet another season. But despite of a romantic and ever-surprising story its viewers remained just above 3 million (seems like allot but is really not). Not helped by the exit of creator JJ Abrams (he went on to create and uplift his career with "Alias", with another new praised lead actress, leaving Keri and "Felicity" in the dust, still remaining better, but go figure) so the WB saw $$$ signs going out the window and decided to hack it from letting "Felicity" go over her 4 year College run. But The WB can't be downed so much, it was the sole reason "Felicity" has thankfully stayed on despite lack-luster ratings. They too, as few of us viewers had the honor to see its potential. But I can't help but wish it wouldn't go anywhere. If any show has ever had true HEART its "Felicity". Its truly a diamond in the rough. An A+ and 10 all the way, and this coming from a true critic as well.
Lisa Picard Is Famous (2000)
Kai Hamilton Is Famous!
"Lisa Picard Is Famous" is a mock-umentary about, the struggle and the sacrifices one makes to get to fame. This of coarse is taken with all comic-fun otherwise it would be a worthless film. Laura Kirk is perfectly fit as Lisa Picard, and Sandra Bullock shows up in an awkward slightly wasted scene thats nevertheless a nice touch. The film is taken with such stupid slapstick that it is hard not to laugh even if it is mostly predictable. One of the main focuses is the friendship between Lisa and Tate and how it is nearly terminated, done comically well, hits a little too close to home than one would expect from this kind of film. LPIF is not really breaking any new ground, its just fun, not to mention it has a cool movie title.. try saying it a few times to people.. it makes you seem like you really "know" movies with quoting such a little known farce! **Attention All Aspiring Actors**... if this film teaches you one thing... its that most of you really should re-evaluate yourself, give it up to save heartache, or (to put it boldly) admit to yourself that you really don't have what it takes... After all it is truly a shot in the dark, even if there is a little "Lisa Picard" in all of us.
It's Alive (1974)
Once You've Seen The Box Cover... You'll be Hooked...
Extremely unbelievable even from the box cover. But never-the-less if you are the kind of person who surfs the cheap horror movie isles on a regular basis, you will end up renting this movie sooner or later, guaranteed. "It's Alive!" plays like a college students amateur video, but a good one. It has became a cult-classic over the years. One that spawned 2 sequels. "It's Alive!" is one of those rare cheap horror movies that isn't as stupid as it sounds, and somehow successfully gears itself toward an adult audience. But too often shoots for character emotions when all is desired is pure terror. It does generate a few good eerie memorable scenes, such as the beginning hospital scene and the red lite tunnel scene at the end. Both of which still could have been better. The worse involve an over-dressed-for-the-scene girl in go-go boots getting attacked, and a dreadful milkman scene that veers too close toward stupidity. The biggest praise of the film is not letting the killer-baby be seen up-close often. This of coarse makes the latex doll seem more realistic and scary. It is played off well, even if they never took advantage of a "could have been" absolute gross-out scene near the end that would have sent us jumping out of our seats. This movie is one of those AM-Popcorn-Party movies where you sit crowded around the TV in the dark and make it scarier than it really is. But it is hard to forget that babies horrid ululated screech... even if you try!
Paper Moon (1973)
Paper Moon surprised me, easily breaking its way into one of my favorite movies ever. By the same director of the classic "The Last Picture Show".. Paper Moon is better. Both are set in Black and White... slyly giving the films a warm and inviting tone that often "real" old movies have. "Paper Moon" is fun and involving, it is obvious that alot of detail was worked on to bring this movie its charm.
Now about Tantum O'Neal, she not only steals the entire movie, she got an oscar for doing so.. as questionable as it might sound to give a supporting Oscar to a "Lead" role... the Academy obviously knew she had no chance at winning a deserved award only being a child. Shes not only famous for being the youngest Oscar Winner, but as started the trend for "Supporting Actresses" Career's to fade fast once winning their award. Tantum has clearly never been as good in any film, probably because everyone expected her to be just as great, since her leap from Child Star into Adult Star. It was reported that the director reshot her scenes for this movie repeativly for this movie untill he got just the right reactions from Tantum. If anyone got an award for anything else its her for working so hard... and think about how hard it has to be for a child's attention span. Tantum O'Neal sparkles through every scene, even if sometimes you can tell which were reshot (near the beginning).
"Paper Moon" is very funny, powered by the casting of the two O'Neals both being related. M. Kahn is funny too in a somewhat slight role. "Paper Moon" is going to be a classic if it isn't already (keep in mind its only from the 70's). It's Brilliantly made to make you feel the "love" without it actually being said. Great through-out, never a low point, Entertainment at its highest!
Legally Blonde (2001)
Bend... And SNAP!
Am I the only one that realizes that the person that wrote this movie, meant for it to be a sequel to the movie "Clueless"? Obviously they couldn't get Alicia Silverstone to reprise her role (I've always thought they should make a "Clueless 2" but producers waste their time backing sequels to such stupid movies like "Scary Movie") or producers thought it was too long of a wait so they rearranged the screenplay a bit, and poof! Another "new" movie about an over-obsessed glamour-girl trying to get her man back... and thats it right, nothing really new..? Wrong. "Legally Blond" is creative and fun! Reese Witherspoon (always a great actress) sure gives Alicia Silverstone (also a good actress whom needs another good movie before she is left forgotten) a run for her money as Best Young-Female-Ditz-In-A-Glamour-Girl-Role. This movie is a breath of fresh air... for just when you thought there wasn't anymore just plain "fun" movies. Lots of humor but there are some very funny parts... everything is to like about this movie... (even if the ending is questionable as to whether it could have been a little less obvious)But "Hey!" It wasn't meant as Academy Award Calaber... Even if Reese deserves praise for doing a complete turn-around from "American Psycho". (ICK!) Just remember... BEND.. AND SNAP!!!
Attractive and Fun Show, But Does It Have The Staying-Power?
Very likable TV-series! It is great to see Bette Midler on a regular basis. She has the comic ability to have her own TV-series and it shows. The first few shows were doubtful, but after you get in the flow of things you adjust to it. The on-going joke about Sally Field winning Best Actress in "Norma Rae", over Bette for "The Rose"; will have you rolling on the floor. But unfortunately it will be thrown up against the show in a negative way, if it is kept up. The theme song to the show, "Nobody Else But You" is spectacular, it deserves as much radio play as possible (it's nice to dream). Oddly enough, as it may seem "Bette" seems to get better and better with each show. It is blossoming into attractive new ground for it's always-brilliant star. Unfortunately this show also has the making of a has-been, instant-canceller (let's hope not). Which definitely would not be attractive for Bette's on-the-verge career. But lets focus on the good thing, It's here for now. I urge you to take an interest in this good-natured show. Let's face it we are in desperate need of some new variety out there on the TV, and this is definitely it!