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Inside Dish with Rachael Ray (2004)
This girl is a moron
There's nothing like seeing a pseudo celebrity kissing up to bigger stars than her but only minor stars or has beens. This girl just gushes the whole time and it's embarrassing to watch. Dumbest show on the Food Network and that is really saying something. Why do they keep trying to have shows that have nothing to do with cooking just to overexpose the most annoying personality on that channel? Horrible show. Asking celebrities what they have in their refrigerator? Really stupid. This annoying person is getting her own talk show, thanks to the obvious brainwashing of Oprah. We can get a pretty good idea of how that will be going by how horrible this show is.
Brokedown Palace (1999)
True test of friendship
I caught this movie by accident on cable in the middle of it and had to rent it to see it's entirety and I'm glad I did. I was immediately drawn by the storyline and cared about the girls involved. Naive high school graduates, best friends since childhood, take a high school trip and are taken in by a con man named Nick who get them into serious trouble. They are used as sacrificial mules in a heroin smuggling ring. Taken in to custody the girls learn to cope with their incarceration while trying to find a way out of their trouble. Everything that they try to help themselves falls short when the Thai criminal justice system shows shortcomings and the girls end up in more trouble and lose the trust of their American lawyer "Yankee Hank". Hank gives up trying to defend them after he feels betrayed by Alice(Claire Dane). However, the Thai native wife of Hank smells a rat in the case and does some further foot work of investigation and finds out the girls really were victimized. The end of the movie when Alice does a selfless act to save Darlene (Beckinsale) had me in tears. I really enjoyed this movie and would recommend it.
Captain Blood (1935)
"There's No Chains To Hold You Now!!"
Errol Flynn plays Dr. Peter Blood. Accused of treason for giving medical aid to a rebel. Through a chain of events he is sold into slavery after being condemned to death and meets beautiful Arabella Bishop (Olivia De Havilland). She is the niece of the tyrannical Colonel Bishop, Bloods' nemesis. Arabella learns of Peter Bloods' skill as a doctor and sets him up to help the Governor's gouty foot. The two rival doctors on the island of Jamaica try to find a way to do away with the doctoral competition and give Peter the idea of escaping. The real fun begins with a "timely interruption". Those who've seen this know what I mean. :) Here is a pirate movie to end all pirate movies. Errol FLynn looks incredibly handsome and delivers difficult lines like he was born to play a mid 17th century slave turned pirate. As a big Errol Flynn fan since I was a little girl, Captain Blood is my all time favorite. You feel as though you step back in time watching this. It's just great fun and escapism. Very enjoyable. Entirely! This may sound corny but it will make your spirit soar!! Also, excellent support from the Warner contract players. Especially Basil Rathbone and the very likable Henry Stephenson who plays Lord Willoughby. It really is amazing to learn recently, thanks to TCM's Flynn biography, that this was his first major role and he had a big job in carrying this entire production. Flynn was an amazing actor. It's a shame he never got much respect from is peers while he was alive. The DVD version has been digitally restored and they did a great job. It looks great! Don't miss it if you get the chance buy it!
That Forsyte Woman (1949)
Very interesting although hard to believe...
How could any woman choose another man over Errol Flynn? I don't know either. That's why I didn't buy the premise of this but was impressed with the performances. Errol Flynn is always great to watch and proves here that he can deliver the acting goods and always of course looks distractingly handsome. Greer Garson and Walter Pigeon are a treat to watch together. A previous poster mentioned the fact that Greer Garson having an adulterous affair didn't work because she was just too likable really doesn't apply here because the fact that their marriage is unhappy is established. Robert Young comes off less sympathetic than Flynn's Soames Forsythe, in my opinion. Here he takes advantage of the young and naive June Forsythe and the unhappy marriage of Mrs. Forsythe at the same time. The story is contrived but overall a good flick to watch on a rainy day. I would recommend it.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
A Cinematic Feast
Set in the Civil War "Gone WIth The WInd" tells the story of beautiful Scarlett O'Hara. She's manipulative but you feel sympathetic for her which speaks for Vivien Leigh's outstanding performance. Scarlett marries three times. One time for revenge to hurt her one true love, Ashley. Who never loves her, but kind of keeps her hanging, always talking to Scarlett about "honor" being the reason why he cannot give himself to her. So he was not totally innocent in the romantic debacle between the two.
Her second marriage is for money and convenience. Third time to Rhett Butler. Clark Gable is another one of Scarlett's "victims", the one man who truly loved Scarlett, but Scarletts scheming to win Ashley finally kills the love he had for Scarlett.
The final quarter of the movie is one awful tragedy after another for Scarlett.
With each viewing, I grow to love this movie more. The most unforgettable scene is where Scarlett is walking through town where the wounded/dead soldiers are laying and the camera pans out further and further until you see the rebel flag waving and to me it is the defining scene of this film. The cinematography is beautiful and the special effects can rival the effects we have today. A cinematic feast. Do not miss this.
Sesame Street (1969)
Are the producers of this show trying to drive parents nuts?
I cannot understand in my wildest dreams why anyone in their right mind would have an incredibly annoying character like Elmo and that other one who is a bear with the speech impediment who always says, "Baby Beaw, Baby Beaw". Elmo has kids trying to teach a fish how to ride a bicycle???!!! It makes me so sad for the day of Big Bird and Bert and Ernie and Kermit. They talked up to kids and really educated them and spoke perfectly. They actually TAUGHT kids how to act! The show is horribly taken over by Elmo and that Bear and it is just sad to see. Jim Henson would be horrified with what this show has become. There was not any need to make drastic changes. It WAS PERFECT! Plus, the viewers who were 2-5 years, would outgrow them and there would always be a new audience. Back in the day, the parents would be entertained by this once great show. Not anymore. Elmo is horrendous. That whiney lisp has got to go. IT's as if the producers of Sesame Street don't want to parents to watch with their children. The above poster is so right when he said that Sesame Street has become nothing but an infomercial for Elmo dolls. He hit the nail right on the head.
Absence of Malice (1981)
Wilford Brimley stole the show...
Absence of Malice is an alright drama that is smartly casted with Sally Field and Paul Newman. The story is interesting enough and moves along just fine until Wilford Brimley's character, he plays a no nonsense-no BS judge who sets everyone straight. It makes you grateful you sat through this okay film. Great job by Mr. Brimley. He makes it worth the price of admission(or video).
Beautifully photographed, that's about the only good thing...
I love Dwight Yoakam's music and songwriting, he's surely one of the best singer/ songwriters out there but I think he should leave the screenwriting to professional screenwriters. This film looks beautiful, but the plot leaves a lot to be desired and the dialogue is often very dull. It also makes no sense that I can decipher. Dwight has some positives in this, as bad as it is. For instance, he looks great on a horse, but he looks uncomfortable in front of the camera here, which is unusual for him, given his other movies. The characters are interesting enough, but not given enough development that we can see. I don't think Dwight should give up directing entirely, but I would not recommend seeing this. The beautiful scenery and cinematography make it watchable. The horses are beautiful, too.
The Color of Money (1986)
I caught this on cable the other night and stuck with it only because there were no commercials. The movie starts out interestingly enough, but slowly but surely lost me. Maybe you have to be an afficianado (sp?) of pool to "get" this, I don't know. Watching this made me want to go out and buy "Slapshot" on DVD. Paul Newman is always easy to watch, but this one was a stinker. I think I will buy Slapshot-a GOOD Paul Newman movie.
What Dreams May Come (1998)
This movie is supposed to be about love, but all I got was depressed. Robin Williams is a very good actor and so is the rest of the cast. The concept of their idea of heaven is ridiculous. 'Anything you want it to be'? Come on, now. The ending is predictable and contrived. Don't waste your two hours of life. I already know life is too short to be wasted on movies like this.