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I look at my collection as, "The Best Movies That Were Ever Made, With Some Quirky, Goofball and Cult Flicks Thrown In."
Terminator Salvation (2009)
Seriously, who writes this crap?
I thought Terminator 3 was kind of a letdown, but then what wouldn't be, after T2? So I was willing to give this movie a shot, hoping that it would help redeem the series, and put it back on the right track.
Terminator Salvation fails dismally. Other than some cool effects (e.g. Hunter-Killers), tell me, just how does this differ from all the other "super-action films" that have been churned out over the last several years? Characters that you don't care about, going through some elaborate, fast-cutting action scenes that nobody could even remotely survive, let alone get up and start running again. You would think that even the supposed 'humans' were enhanced with invincible strength.
The kid that plays Kyle Reese is the most interesting portrayal here, the rest aren't much worth watching. I'm very glad that I only paid $1 to see this. I feel sorry for the schmucks that ran out and paid full price for it when it first came out.
I'm going to stick with the first 2 Terminator movies, and do my best to pretend they never made any sequels after that.
Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)
Great vehicle for Carrey and Leoni, blows away the original
This remake lived up to all my expectations, and then some. I heard that Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni were great together, and they certainly were. It's been a long time since I laughed out loud this many times at a movie theater.
I have a copy of the original in my movie collection, so I obviously found it enjoyable. But this one will be there soon too, and I know I'll be watching this version much more often. The situations presented here are really well grounded in the hi-tech and corporate meltdowns that have been in the news over the last few years, and aided me in getting pulled into the plot line.
Nice to see a movie worth spending a few bucks to see, for a change.
Emilio and Demi and a neat original concept
I've watched Wisdom several times, and still enjoy it every once in a while. I've always been attracted to films with an original idea in them, and this is that kind of flick.
I like Emilio Estevez anyway, and to see him get his first chance to direct was cool. Demi Moore turns in an enjoyable, believable performance too, as did Tom Skerritt and Veronica Cartwright.
The particulars of Wisdom's methods might be a bit muddy, and the end not entirely satisfying to some, but this film is waaay more watchable than what's been out at the theaters lately. Can Hollywood really be SO out of good, original ideas?
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Great start, but it's totally sucked for the last 25 years.
This was a fantastic show back when John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Lorraine Newman, Jane Curtin, Bill Murray and Garrett Morris were doing it. Too bad it went down the drain when they left.
Sure, there's been some good people to come out of it since then, like Chris Farley, David Spade, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, and Al Franken, but the content of SNL is pitiful. Looking over the memorable quotes page, I can see that I haven't been missing anything, by blowing off the show years ago.
Who are these talentless nobodies that get their rocks off by catering to liberal crap and badmouthing the country? All you do is mess with people's heads and bring this great country another step lower. Great contribution, $h!th3@ds.
Passenger 57 (1992)
Half-way decent action flick
Wesley Snipes as John Cutter is the best thing this movie has going for it. I never get tired of watching him in this. Confident, quick, incisive. Bruce Payne (as Charles Rane, the terrorist) and Tom Sizemore do well in their roles, as do some of the others like the terrorist gal and the flight attendant. But I've seen Shari Rhodes do much better casting in some other movies she's worked on.
Maybe Shari had limited resources on this one, but two of the terrorists are waaay miscast, to the point of laughable. One of them is Vincent (Mark Macaulay), who is apparently convinced that frowning and narrowing his eyes throughout the entire movie will make him look like a hard a$$. I've seen this flick a few times, and he makes me laugh every time now. The other miscast is the four-eyed boy scout that can't seem to do anything right, but walks around like he's a tough guy, too. Pathetic! How'd he ever manage to get hired by a heavy hitter like Charles Rane? Not at all believable.
***** Spoiler follows *****
Passenger 57 also suffers from a plot that gets rather thin at points. Perhaps if the movie wasn't so short, they could've expanded and clarified a few parts, like taking out the terrorists when Rane is returned to the plane after he's captured at the fairgrounds. Cutter suggests one (oversimplistic) plan, then a minute later he's just part of the crowd of cops aiming his gun at the plane. What's up with that? More background on how Charles Rane got so insane would've been nice, too.
Snipes makes this watchable every once in a while, but it could've been much better with a few casting changes, and better screen writing.
Four characters that don't have a clue.
Great actors and actresses, but they can't save a pitiful screenplay. All four of the leads can act well, but the people they are portraying don't have the first idea what love truly is.
The advertisement for Closer stated that the movie was about real relationships between people in love with each other. Maybe this is Hollywood's idea of what real relationships are like, or maybe they want to influence people into thinking that this is an acceptable way to behave when you're in love with someone. But I'm really glad that my marriage relationship has none of this screwy thinking in it! If this is how people really do conduct their personal relationships, this country is in REALLY BIG TROUBLE!
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Get the unrated director's cut!!!
I reviewed this film back in March 2004, and said, "Wow! I just got home from seeing dotd-2004 and can't wait to add it to my collection." Well, I just added it - the Unrated Director's Cut in widescreen edition. After watching it this weekend, I just had to add a footnote about this version of the film.
IT MAKES A GREAT FILM EVEN BETTER.
Comments from other reviewers have sometimes made reference to a lack of character development in the film. The UDC version restores this kind of content, and is one way that the UDC version improves on the theatrical release. I see better character development in this version of dotd-2004 then in the (1978) original version of Dawn.
The other improvement the UDC version makes is to restore some really excellent gore shots. If you're into that thing, of course. And if you're not - well of course you're into it - that's why you're checking out this film!
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Shaun of the Dead was well worth seeing. It has lots of funny scenes and one-liners, as well as some well-timed, just plain silliness. It also has some great gore, but I wouldn't of minded seeing a little more of it. There are some great references to other zombie movies, which added even more fun.
On the down side, I found the pace to be a bit too frantic, I was a little worn out by the end. Also, being a yank, the accents wore me out at times. I kept thinking that I can't wait to watch it on DVD, so I could turn on the captions. Just spoiled, I guess.
Well worth seeing, I give it 7/10.
Southern Comfort (1981)
What a bunch of f***ing idiots!
This squad of National Guardsmen got everything they had coming to them. What a disgrace to armed forces everywhere! They steal things, shoot at civilians for yuks, blow up civilian property for no good reason, refuse to obey orders from superiors, have no common sense whatsoever, should I go on?
Now that I got that off my chest, I will say that the actors, especially Keith Carradine and Powers Booth, did the best they could with the unrealistic script. The scenery is beautiful, the pacing of the film is very good, and the Cajun people are very convincing. I wish the Guardsmen were as convincing. I give it 6/10.
The Rundown (2003)
Average Action Flick
The plot itself was quite predictable, no real surprises for any fan of the action genre. I'm not a wrestling fan, so The Rock was a new actor to me. But he plays a very enjoyable character here, and it was fun watching him. He has good screen presence and kept my attention throughout. As always, Christopher Walken was great. Rosario Dawson really looks HOT here, enjoyable dialogue between her and The Rock.
Major drawback to the film was Seann William Scott's character, what an empty-headed blabbermouth that just WOULD NOT SHUT UP! Within 5 minutes of his appearance in the film I was hoping that someone would PLEASE kill him and have mercy on us all! Aarrrgh!