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The Mighty Quinn (1989)
You ain't seen NOTHING like 'The Mighty Quinn'
This is one excellent Denzel film. He's a Caribbean cop investigating a murder that his childhood friend (Robert Townsend) may be implicated in. The locales and the reggae music exude quite an atmosphere, and the supporting cast (Mimi Rogers, James Fox, M. Emmet Walsh, Sheryl Lee Ralph) makes this a classic. They don't make movies like this too often. It may be a bit more style over substance, but you have to see it for your self. My personal favorite: Esther Rolle (Momma on Good Times) appears as a witch in several key scenes. She is totally awesome!
Black Sheep (1996)
dumb comedy, but good slapstick
As a fan of Naked Gun-type movies, I liked Black Sheep. It's tough to find solid slapstick comedies like classics 'Airplane!', 'Top Secret!' and 'The Naked Gun'. Some come along and are mildly amusing, not as laugh-out-loud as the originals were. To that effect Black Sheep is perfect. Chris Farley is surrounded by a solid supporting cast (David Spade, Tim Matheson, Christine Ebersole, Gary Busey) which makes this film not as bad as other alleged comedies. The key point is to take this as a stupid comedy. Zucker-Abrams-Zucker don't make classic slapstick anymore, so we have to take what we can get, and Black Sheep is pretty decent fare. MUST SEE: Christine Ebersole, dead-on as the Republican Governor of Oregon, who is running for re-election no less. Tell me this character couldn't win office in some U.S. suburb? I gave it an IMDb 8.
This film basically covers 'The Abyss' territory, minus that film's awe. Here Sharon Stone poses and tries hard to show emotion, but nothing comes through. Dustin Hoffman extends his 'Outbreak' performance, while Samuel L. Jackson at least has a showy role. The Sci-Fi plot, if you do follow, is intriguing. But this film is way too complicated for it's own good. How Barry 'Rain Man' Levinson ended up directing this is anyone's guess. I gave it an IMDb '5', for decent Sci-Fi + good effects - so so acting and plot. Is this one of Sharon Stone's worst performances?
The Glass House (2001)
This is basically a girl-in-jeopardy thriller that happens to have some pretty good performances to spruce it up. Leelee Sobieski and her younger brother are orphaned and are taken in by their neighbors, friends of their late parents. Best of all is Stellan Skarsgard playing Sobieki's shady new guardian. Diane Lane adds a humanistic (though tragic) touch, while solid character actors Chris Noth and Kathy Baker pop up and help move this along. Only Bruce Dern is wasted, in a role that is written so heavy-handedly you are practically relieved when his character dies near the end. Overall you could do a lot worse at the video store. This could either be a guilty pleasure or or just plain bad. I liked it and gave it a '7'.
Goode Behavior (1996)
Rock Bottom All the Way!
If you want to watch this because you are looking for 'The Jeffersons' or 'Amen' style laughs you will be sorely disappointed. Sherman Hemsley is annoying, and the supporting cast is mediocre at best. Only a minor network could come up with something as bad as this.
Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
Jim Varney at his best!!!
This, my personal favorite Ernest film, is arguably one of the funniest. And its holiday theme adds that extra something for a comedy franchise (like Christmas Vacation did for the National Lampoon films). Basic story has Ernest literally save Christmas, with predictable but sometimes hilarious results. If you ever thought Ernest's schtick was funny, you gotta see this. And if you wanna laugh for the holidays, you can do a lot worse than this.
The Bernie Mac Show (2001)
This is Hilarious!!!!
At first this seemed like another African American-headlined sitcom just waiting to burst with the same tired jokes. But Bernie Mac has managed to conjure a truly original comedy which also has an awesome funk-r&b-hip hop soundtrack. A relatively new cast is also very good in a show that, hopefully, will become a long-running staple on FOX.
Running Mates (2000)
Good political film...for TV
Sure some of the characters in this film, about a Governor (Tom Selleck) running for president, seem hollow and fake...but isn't that the way politics is? As it goes this is a decent entry, though you would be better suited watching 'Bob Roberts' from 1992. The cast here is good, with Laura Linney and Nancy Travis giving the film's best performances, while Faye Dunaway is embarrassingly bad at first, then delivers a poignant middle before settling down at the bottom again near the end. Why does this woman keep getting Golden Globe nominations for such overripe performances? I Recommend this mostly for political junkies or for viewing during election season.
Pretty good Sci-Fi
This Thundercats-ish cartoon takes that show's style to space. Although it has decent heroes, the villains are the draw in this one. This would be great for a big budget live action film, considering it has more style than substance going for it. Still, the villains are original enough and the clashes between them and the bird-theme-armored heroes exciting enough to make this a better-than-average entry.
Blood Tide (1982)
Low budget but very intriguing.
Visitors' curiosity while on a Greek island unleashes an ancient creature upon unsuspecting island goers. This very low-budget film suffers from poor lighting but has a solid cast (James Earl Jones, Jose Ferrer, Martin Kove and Oscar-winner Lila Kedrova) and an intriguing enough premise that it draws you in, even if it far from a classic.