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A well made film. Giamatti shines.
If you are looking for a well made film using both indoor and outdoor settings with good main actors, this might be for you. If you are looking for a moral film honoring God and marriage, forget it. Director Alexander Pane does a great job with scenery and working with the actors in this film. Paul Giamatti is pure genius. His use of facial expression and his ability to blow up out of nowhere is unmatched today. Of course, Hollywood has to bring a lot of sleaze into this film with adultery, foul language, etc...but what do you expect, they can't rely on scriptwriting! This isn't 'Left Behind'. Haden Church and Giamatti act well. The rest, well, they're OK. Madson bores me. She's about as exciting as Streep in The Bridges of Madison County, and has obviously modeled herself after her acting style. Maybe it was the film, but she is very average in this. You actually feel sorry for Paul in this film but not Church. Church has it all and blows it for a week of fun. Giamatti is divorced, sad, his book doesn't fly, he's bored at his job, yep, he needed a vacation. He actually wants to do the right thing but Church brings him into dark despair in this flick. I think what kept this film from getting better scores is it is overall a very dark movie. Nothing leaves you uplifted. Every character seems worse off then when the film began. If you are looking for a pick me up, leave this on the shelf! It does open your eyes to wine tasting and a little bit about wineries. Flamio
Read It and Weep (2006)
It's a P.C. Disney Flick but OK.
Oh boy, first off, this isn't a drama or a serious movie like some reviewers critique it like. Please, common. Being that it's pretty clean and held my kids attention for almost two hours, it's pretty good. My kids are too young to catch all the wrong things in this picture, and there were many. The plot overall is decent. Kids are really into reading nowadays(believe it or not), so this flick caught their attention. OK, it was hyped up all month too on the Disney channel. Many of the young actors had little experience and really did a nice job. To me, a sign of a good actor is someone who doesn't act like they're trying not to act. Think about it. The Panabaker sisters did a great job. The youngest had a load of work and carried the film. Sawyer played a good witch. I always love high school movies or shows, I guess they bring you back. This is definitely a 9th grader flick though. I'm happy Disney finally kept all the sex, gay, and all the other trash stuff out of this movie. I didn't mind all the Sybil type stuff. The age of the characters was all wrong. The beautiful Mom was way too young for the Dad, and no way was old enough to be the Mom of the older brother. The token black in an all white school. The stupid PETA type stuff wasn't needed. It OK though. flamio
Head in the Clouds (2004)
I'm glad I lived
I'm glad Mcdonald's hasn't killed me yet and I lived long enough to rate this film a 1. This film is so typical of all the European trash made today that tries to survive on cutesy European 40's era wardrobes, sexual immorality, and of course the lesbo or threesome scenes which is SO important these days. NOT! Even flat Charlise in a hot tub couldn't save this film! Oh man, is Penelope Cruz a horrible actress or what? She can't speak English, she looks absolutely dreadful without makeup on (I'm sure that's why Tom dumped her after waking up one morning next to her when he wasn't drunk). OK, she looks pretty good with makeup, but she's no Selma, whom she's riding on her coat tails! The film moves so slowly and drudges through the war and all the boring political and sexual themes, oyvay! It's also VERY left. This film needed a music score or something in the background to wake you up! The only reason I'm giving this film a one is because Charlise is a true whacked-out nut-case that plays a good zombie void of emotion. Also, her constantly changing hair styles should earn the hairdresser an Oscar! Other than that, man, this film is boring! This is like one of those Cannes Film Festival films that all the artsy people leave the theater going "ooh, ahh, the deep subplots", yada yada yada! Flamio
You might as well make an awful musical about Cleveland, it would stink just as bad! I try to be fair and objective, but to be honest, this film flat out sucked! I'm not gonna go into detail, but the top two characters are lousy. Renee never could act. She always has a depressed face all the time, is as white as an albino, and always acts the SAME WAY Every time. My gosh, watch her in Nurse Betty or anything else, she's awful! Zeta looks like a pig in this flick and hopefully found out that short hair makes her look like a dike. Both of them overact. Basically, you can tell they're acting and force themselves to look away from the camera. Nether one is a good dancer. OK, they did their best, but paying customers should see great dancers who do this for a living. Zeta wouldn't be anywhere unless she married her grandpa husband Mr. Douglas. This is the only way she was getting into Hollywood. Zellwigger looks like she's always about to have a nervous breakdown. Man, what a train wreck! Gere is Gere. Boring, boring, boring. Rob 'pit face' Marshall probably couldn't wait to make this gay musical. Hollywood loves the immorality, songs, and more songs. At least they let 'I'm not a Queen' Latifa go on stage fat and showed that you don't have to be a Zellwiger bone to be a woman. Zeta, she wasn't as fat, but man was she mean and dikey. Yuck. Six awards, yecch! Zell, get some sleep and take a few hits of Siberian Genseng! Don't even waste your time renting this flick, or getting it for free at the library. Flamio, and I'm glad I'm out.
My Bodyguard (1980)
This film rocks!
Some school movies stink. This is not one of them. Dealing with peer pressure? New to a neighborhood? Getting picked on? Need friends? Dillon, Baldwin and Makepeace rule this film! Refreshing to see different areas of filming outside. I've said all along that more films need to be made outside of a studio. It gives the film more realism. See some Clint Eastwood flicks. He understands this point and just made ex-Mr. Madonna an Oscar in his new film. Friends hanging out by the lake, outside, subway, school, garage, this film has it all. Linderman is a shy, mysterious character that is worth hanging around to see him for who he is, what happened to him and his late brother. This is a great movie, a little far fetched at times, but still great. The main characters are great, the tough guy is great, the supporting actors are great. Enough said. Rent this NOW! A true 10/10. Flamio and I'm out!
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Wow! The most thought provoking film of the year!
Those of you who have read my many reviews over the years know I am very critical, honest, and just don't comment on the obvious. Read on......This film is one of the best films I've seen in years. There's a reason this film has over 59% of the reviewers giving it a 10/10. The acting is great. The story is the best ever (read a Bible). Yes, it is very graphic, and it helped me realize how much Jesus suffered for my sins. I made the mistake of eating a large buttered popcorn through the scourging scene. If you have a weak stomach, not a good move. You know what made me realize how good this film was? It was the fact that after watching it I didn't even think of it as a film ALL in sub-titles.I remember all the actors speaking in English. Holy mackerel Batman!Amazing. Yes, maybe it wasn't 100% accurate. Yes, maybe Gibson's pre-vatican II, catholic church Mary worship junk came out, but all in all, it was great and pretty much in line with scripture. WARNING: This film is graphic, very graphic. DO NOT TAKE CHILDREN. Alright, about all the hype. You're not gonna leave the theater hating Jews. If anything, you'll hate Romans. Yes, in the beginning, the Jewish leaders were a bunch of self-righteous, holier than now snobs, and yes, it was easy to hate them, but common, this was 2,000 years ago. The roman guards, now those guys were scumbags! Some were cruel, mean, without feeling. Some were compassionate. It reminds me of the Nazi guards who befriended some of the Jews during the holocaust so they could live. Not everyone is bad. But, those Jewish Leaders that condemned an innocent man to death, and those brutal guards who laughed and mocked all the way through, oh ya, those dudes apart from repentance are frying good now, with various levels of pain for eternity. We get one chance on this Earth (did you hear that Shirley Mclaine!), make the most of it. SEE THIS FILM. FLAMIO, and I'm out.
The Prodigal (1983)
"The Passion" of 1983
I had just become a Christian when this film came out. The reason I bring this up is because I probably would've never heard of it otherwise! If memory serves, this film was shown for two weeks only in limited theaters with virtually NO advertising. This film was WAY ahead of it's time and it took balls to put it out. For that alone, and the fact that somehow they got the gorgeous Morgan Brittany to risk her entire career to appear in it, make me give it a 9/10. Other than that, the film wasn't that memorable, but hey, it's been 21 years, I should see it again. The film lacked a fluid movement. The storyline was very unusual and probably scared Hollywood like The Passion does now. If not for the power of Billy Graham being behind it, it never would've been on screen. Actually, I think God wanted it out there for awhile to reach some people. Maybe it still reaches some today. FLAMIO
Dark Blue (2002)
This flick gets a 9/10 from me because it held my attention the whole way(something very few flicks do these days), plus it had some great acting. As with all of my reviews, I'm not gonna bore you with rehashing the movie like most clowns do here on IMDB, you're gonna get the real scoop plain and simple, probably why I'm not working in Hollywood, yet. Kurt Russell did a great job in this lead role as a corrupt alcoholic cop that finally does the right thing and comes clean in the end. His sidekick, Scott Speedman, man, was perfect! I saw him in one of my favorite "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues", episodes(Goodbye Mr. Caine) and he was excellent and I knew good things were in store for him. Have you ever noticed: TV series filmed in Toronto always nab us some good actors here in the U.S. Why, what else have you to do up there, bow to the Queen? Looking at the Falls after a while gets old and it's freakin cold all the time! Plus, you have to wait 10yrs for a heart transplant so you might as well act! Ok, off track, Scott plays a great role opposite Russell who wants to do the right thing, but gets corrupt, then comes clean due to a guilty conscience. Ving(an LA cop captain) acts just like he did in the OJ movie! Common'! Is this all he do?? A powerful bad dude though. That guys gotta hate whitey, he's too convincing! I wanted to see Kurt run over all the looters in the end. That whole Rodney King rioting thing was insane. Beating and killing innocent people because of their color, looting innocent folks, man, talk about savages in the hood! Isn't this why most A.A's were ticked in the first place? So let's do the same bad thing?? A da!!!!!! Steal and it's free....sad, really sad. No convictions, no morals, gee, how many kids out of wedlock? Who's your Daddy? Sad! Those poor kids. I'm surprised it calmed down so fast. Give the L.A. Cops credit for that. Imagine being a cop and going to work everyday after that! Those guys deserve medals for that alone! L.A., you can have it!... Lolita, Kurts wife, did great, plus she's still very easy to look at. A note: Their furniture looked like the 1970's not 1991. Fire the set director. Kurt and Scott would've done well together in a Starsky and Hutch remake. A realistic remake, not a 70's spoof remake...listening Stiller... The main corrupt chief was great, played a true scumbag. I could see the hood shooting him in the picture screen. I really thought though that his level of corruption went well beyond what really happens. Hiring insane lunatic killers to kill and loot for you. Common. I mean, I bet there's some corruption out there, but not to that magnitude. That dude would've been caught for his lifestyle alone. Not on 70g's a year my friend! Check this flick out, I wish it would've gone on longer. It could've ended many different ways. It matched "Blue Chips" too closely in it's ending for my liking. It brings back some memories as well, not great ones, but a part of history we'd like to sometimes forget, but should not. Flamio, and I'm out!
I Dreamed of Africa (2000)
Please read this first!
I've seen thousands of movies over the years, many good, many bad, and some that just make me wish I would've just shoveled snow naked instead. This film was the latter. Yes, it was painful to sit through. Very painful. I really had high hopes for this film. I was looking forward to relaxing to a good nature flick that had some excitement as well. One with a good plot. Forget it here! I kept waiting, and waiting, and waiting, but nothing. There were tons of opportunities too. But nothing. A few things kept going through my head as I watched this movie: 1) Hollywood losers trying to make a point. 2)Bleeding heart liberal conservationist using this as a vehicle, and 3)Chick flick. Not even just a chick flick, but a chick flick written by a chick! Man, I'm still hurting! I hate it when 4,000 babies are being aborted a day in the USA, and yet I'm supposed to cry over a dead rhino which is far more important in their eyes. Yes, many have missed the point in life, especially you Kim. Ok, Basinger still looks good in her upper 40's, and I applaud her at not using tons of facelifts like most of Hollywood past 40, but that's the only reason this film gets a 1/10 from me! Hello folks, there's a reason this film has been given 68 1/10's! Keep reading...From the get go it was lost. A bunch of rich people living in Italy and none seemed to be Italian. They're loser theatre types out drinking and heading to a bar late at night. Hymph, accurate there at least. An accident and it's time for a change. Let's get married and move to Kenya! Hello!! They go from pampered to no running water or A.C., ya, right! On another note, that lead actors accent, it was enough to make me rip my eardrums out! Ugh, please get it out of my head!!! I don't know what country he was from. Kim (Kuki), or Kooky, which is more accurate, is having a hard time adjusting to rough Africa life, but hangs in there. She worries about her husband going out too much with the boys, and danger...he of course dies. The funeral, and Kim's first painful written speech. Her boy grows up, she tells him not to raise poisonous snakes, he gets bit, he dies. Kims second and even more painful funeral poem/speech. Ugh, thankfully I had some pudding to eat and the fast forward button. Kim's Mom keeps flying in to the funerals. It's Eva Marie Saint, and boy, she hasn't aged well at all. In fact, the dead rhino looked better. Sorry Eva. At one point their jeep gets stuck in the mud (of course after Mom warns her) and she steps out into a puddle and wrecks her new gucci's. Ya, gucci's in wild Africa, oh, I forgot, us idiots had to be reminded they were rich socialites from Italy! Oyvay!!! Kim also informs some local tribal chief of poachers killing the poor Elephants and Rhinos..You have to see this guy, man, what poor typecasting! He reminds me of the black guy from Crocodile Dundee II, all cool and suave. My gosh, he's supposed to be a tribal chief living in a 130 degree hut!!! Plus, he's wearing shades and not sweating!! A black guy not sweating in the African heat, give me a break! I really can't go on, man, this film totally stunk! Period! Not even Kim's shirt falling off from behind could save it. Force the director, the lead actors, the casting agent, and all involved to live there for the rest of their lives! Flamio, and I'm out!
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
This is truly a classic! Shame on anyone who doesn't give this a ten! Even now as an adult watching this with my three daughters it is still entertaining, romantic, and truly fun! The kids love it and it's 35yrs old! That tells you something. Dick Van does a great job acting, Sally Ann is beautiful and has a gorgeous voice. The kids are charming, the child catcher is scary, and the toymaker is Benny Hill! What more could you ask for??? I'd love to see a behind the scenes version of this film. Take care all! This is a good one to buy. FLAMIO