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19. Inherit The Wind
18. The Day The Earth Stood Still
17. Tea And Sympathy
16. 2001: A Space Odyssey
15. The Wizard Of Oz
14. Village Of The Damned
13. Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
12. The King And I
11. Johnny Guitar
10. Alice In Wonderland
7. Out Of The Past
6. A Night To Remember
4. Destry Rides Again
3. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
2. The 400 Blows
1. A Child Is Waiting
My Top 20 Favorite Films 1970-1979:
20. Ode To Billy Joe
19. The Conversation
18. Love Story
17. The Muppet Movie
16. Hornets' Nest
15. The Exorcist
14. Star Wars
13. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
12. Duck, You Sucker (Gi� la testa)
11. Small Change (Argent de poche, L')
10. High Plains Drifter
9. You Are Not Alone (Du er ikke alene)
8. Colossus: The Forbin Project
7. Escape To Witch Mountain
6. The China Syndrome
3. Bless The Beasts & Children
1. All The President's Men
My Top 20 Favorite Films 1980-1989:
19. To Live and Die In L.A.
18. Stand By Me
17. Something Wild
16. How I Got Into College
15. Roger & Me
14. The Thin Blue Line
13. Au Revoir, Les Enfants
12. American Gigolo
11. The Falcon & The Snowman
10. The Killing Fields
9. Empire Of The Sun
8. Wall Street
5. Short Circuit
3. License To Drive
2. Pretty In Pink
1. The Lost Boys
My Top 20 Favorite Films 1990-1999:
20. Lake Placid
19. American Beauty
18. All The Rage
17. Wag The Dog
15. Blank Check
14. Three To Tango
13. Never Been Kissed
12. The Truth About Cats & Dogs
10. The Spanish Prisoner
9. To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything...
8. The Game
7. The Iron Giant
6. The Siege
4. The Other Sister
3. Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead
2. Strange Days
1. As Good As It Gets
My Top 20 Favorite Films 2000-present:
20. Control Room
19. This Is What Democracy Looks Like
18. Fahrenheit 9/11
17. An Inconvenient Truth
16. Born Into Brothels
15. Chicken Run
14. Our Lady Of The Assassins
13. Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War...
12. Bowling For Columbine
10. Dancing At The Blue Iguana
9. Billy Elliot
8. The United States Of Leland
7. Thank You For Smoking
6. Me And You And Everyone We Know
4. The Last Mimzy
3. Who Killed The Electric Car?
2. The Corporation
1. Pay It Forward
Ice Cold Water (2012)
Even though IMDb claims that music videos are not accepted as films, they decided that this music video deserves special treatment. I am not sure why.
Evidently, ice cold water keeps them hydrated. That's not much of a plot.
You get to see plenty of slow-motion scenes of guys running around with super soakers. Heavy stuff.
This site doesn't like short reviews but there isn't much to say about a 2 minute hip-hop video.
Nope. Still not enough lines. Let's see, what else is there to discuss? Perhaps I missed the subtle genius of combining profanity and ski masks. Maybe it says something powerful about man's inability to face the tribulations of modern life without hiding behind something.
Not sure what the other reviewers watched.
The first "review" is actually filled with so many lies that I think they may have watched a different documentary and confused it with this one because virtually everything they say is false. In fact, the film makers go out of their way to talk to SEVERAL people in favor of medical marijuana who provide a very compelling argument as to why it should be legal. In no way does is it come across as "government propaganda" that demonizes users/growers and make marijuana out to be an overtly evil drug. The second "review" doesn't even discuss the documentary and is nothing more than a political rant.
I actually watched this CNBC special and found it to be a good primer but too short and superficial to properly cover the controversy in-depth. The first half of the doc discusses attempts by law enforcement to shut down grow houses in the Florida suburbs and also shows a site in the Nevada desert where armed Mexican nationals were growing pot and were surprised by some biologists who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. It ultimately focuses on medical marijuana and the case of Charles Lynch (owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in Morro Bay, CA) and the tricky legal problems arising from state laws being at odds with federal laws regarding the sales of marijuana. 4/10
Dangerous Holiday (1937)
Ronnie Kimball is a child prodigy when it comes to playing the violin. He enjoys it but his relatives and agent want to overwork him and exploit his talents while making a hefty percentage of his earnings. Also, his aunts don't want him swimming or playing football with his friends because he might get hurt. Frustrated by this, Ronnie takes off on his own for a bit and ends up on a 'dangerous holiday'.
Ronald Sinclair is one of the most happy-go-lucky kids I've ever seen in a film. He always has a welcoming smile and doesn't seem to let anything bother him, even when he gets mixed up with a gang of criminals. Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams does a nice turn playing Duke, the "bad guy" with a soft spot.
All in all, "Dangerous Holiday" is nothing more than a trifle. However, at 58 minutes, this film rolls along quickly and provides a pleasant diversion for about an hour.
The River Within (2009)
Heaven help us all.
Some Christian films are simply films which are family-friendly and keep the moralizing to a minimum while still promoting their values. Then you have those sorts of films which bash you over the head with their overtly religious pablum. Sadly, "The River Within" is one of the latter.
**SPOILER ALERT** As usual, the one main character who is non-religious is an immoral heathen. He impregnated his girlfriend and then hightailed it out of there. Luckily, he has a really good Christian friend to help him see the light. Soon he is being prayed for and is informed that his life will turn around with the help of God. Next thing you know, he insists on being baptized, proposes marriage to his girlfriend and follows his dream of acting. His life is a bed of roses once he allows God into his heart. **END SPOILER**
Unfortunately, this film is almost impossible for a secular person to enjoy. I have actually seen Christian movies that entertained me on a certain level. Those, however, did not spend their time preaching about their supposed moral superiority. This is more along the lines of Christian propaganda than an actual movie with a concrete plot. If you are secular/agnostic/atheist
don't say I didn't warn you! :)
Philip and Godfrey tell us how great they are!
Let me start out by saying I didn't think "Powaaqatsi" was anywhere near as good as "Koyaanisqatsi". The message was nothing new and both the visuals and music were far, far below the standards of the first film. With that said, the last thing I needed to hear was Mr. Glass and Mr. Reggio endlessly ramble on about what a masterpiece they created.
The short running time of "Impact Of Progress" is mostly spent as follows: Philip talks about how great Godfrey is. Godfrey talks about how great Philip is. Philip talks about how great Philip is. Godfrey talks about how great Godfrey is. I can't stand these self-congratulatory mini-docs that have the sole purpose of inflating egos.
Only watch this if you want to see a couple of snobs throw around words such as "autodidactic" and "recontextualizing" to show how clearly superior they are. Good luck.
Private Passions (1985)
It was definitely the '80s.
There sure were an overabundance of films like this in the 1980's. I suppose you might classify it as a "sex comedy". It's quite tame by American standards for the genre but there was both female and male flesh on display and also an attempt at some humor so...I dunno.
A young American man goes to visit his cousin in Austria. For some reason, everyone speaks English. I'll be honest, the film makers do something I absolutely despise. They dub the entire movie after it's been filmed. It looks and sounds horrible. Anyway, the American is in lust with his cousin's stepsister but there's a problem. The cousin is in also in lust with his stepsister. The American is wishy washy throughout the entire film and has all the charisma found in your average styrofoam cup. The female lead is your typical long-haired blonde with no acting talent beyond standing around looking bored.
There is some tennis playing, sporadic bouts of sex, pointless dinner conversations and bicycle riding. The "action" found in the film consists entirely of one scene where someone falls through a ceiling. Thrilling! Throw in an obnoxiously awful 1980's song that plays repeatedly throughout the film and it adds up to an hour and a half of life being wasted away. 2/10
Mildly charming French love triangle.
Alice (Miou-Miou), a surgeon's assistant, leaves her husband and infant son behind in Paris. Out in the countryside she falls in love with Vincent and has two children with him. She never gets a divorce from her first husband Phillippe and never marries her new lover.
Of course, we all know where this is heading. Eventually the two men find out about each other and some soul-searching and craziness ensues. What it lacks in originality is partially made up for with very likable characters and quality acting.
Simon (Rachid Ferrache), Alice's 10-year-old son, is a genius and he is given the best lines and situations in "My Other Husband". His resourcefulness and political views(!) are hilarious to say the least. However, the uneven script really lets the viewer down toward the latter parts of the film. Without giving anything away, the makers of the film ended up taking the easy way out rather than resolving this love triangle in a satisfactory manner.
"My Other Husband" has a certain charm to it and I would recommend it to anyone interested in a quality French romantic comedy. It's just that the story arc follows the exact line you expect it to and, when coupled with the disappointing ending, the film doesn't make much of an impression. 5/10
Execution of a Spy (1900)
And the winner of Most Dramatic Performance goes to...
It's very difficult to understand and/or appreciate a short such as this one when its taken out of context. A man is shown placing a casket on the ground and then another man is placed with his back against a nearby wall. He is given his last rites and then summarily shot by a firing squad.
What makes the whole thing rather surreal is that the guy clutches his chest with one hand and quite dramatically lurches his other hand outward. It's like one of those truly awful death scenes that is still parodied to this day. It ruins any chance of generating anything but a snicker from the viewing audience.
Shooting Captured Insurgents (1898)
A somewhat interesting re-enactment.
Of course, it would've been dangerous and extremely difficult to film actual events during the Spanish-American War. So the Edison Manufacturing Company did the next best thing by re-enacting an event for this short.
Even though it wasn't "real", I can only imagine how disturbing it would have been back in 1898 to see people being lined up and killed. Due to its gritty, documentary-like feel, it is still somewhat unsettling to view even today. This short has been preserved by the Library of Congress and I viewed it as one of the unadvertised bonus shorts found in the DVD boxed set of "The Movies Begin - A Treasury of Early Cinema, 1894-1913".
More of the same.
Howard Cosell was back again as the obnoxious, sexist host with Bob Uecker there as well trying to annoy the heck out of everyone. Poor Shari Belafonte-Harper was stuck in the middle smiling bravely and trying to keep her sanity. IMPORTANT NOTE: I will be discussing the winners of the events so don't read this if you don't want to see any spoilers!
As usual, things kicked off with the swimming relay. Stepfanie Kramer was holding a very narrow lead for NBC when Mark Harmon buried the competition while swimming the third leg. Victory easily went to NBC in this event.
Next up was the kayak race. Tony Danza (ABC Team) lost control of his kayak and went sideways, partially entering the CBS lane. He caused his team to fall quite a bit behind. Luckily, Tracy Scoggins kicked some major butt in the third leg and drove her team to an exciting come from behind victory. The CBS team was a poor sport about the whole thing and actually protested (even though their loss had nothing to do with the Danza fiasco). Sore losers...ABC wins this event.
In this part of the broadcast Cosell tactfully interviews Tracy Scoggins and asks her if she is bothered by the fact that people consider her "just a sexpot; no talent". Good job for keeping things light Howie! The only full game showed in the football event was the final. NBC won in a very dull game 9-5. Mr. Cosell opened up his big mouth again when Jennifer O'Neill was injured in a qualifying match. He stated that everyone is familiar with the problems that she has endured over the years. However, "in good taste does not want to discuss them in detail". That's you Howie...a really classy guy brimming with good taste!
Baseball dunk was next and Tony Lo Bianco's 3-for-3 performance led ABC to victory. Branda Vaccaro, noticeably absent from other events, took what seemed like a million years to get herself seated in the dunk tank. Everyone found it hilarious. Hmmm.
The obstacle course was highlighted by Tracy Scoggins defeating Kim Fields twice and Harmon dominating the men's side of things. He easily defeated a klutzy Tony Danza in the final (he messed up twice).
The tandem bicycle relay had NBC and ABC battling it out. That is until Tony Lo Bianco lost his footing and Mark Harmon (with Jane Badler) showed his athletic prowess yet again. Another event won by NBC.
That set up a disappointing Tug of War final between NBC and ABC. It lasted under a minute and was predictably dominated by NBC. So there you have it. NBC won the 17th BOTNS with ABC coming in second and CBS embarrassing itself by failing to win even one event.