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Ensign Pulver (1964)
Leaves a bad taste in the mouth
The movie is a misguided sequel to the comedy classic "Mister Roberts." I warn anyone who has seen that movie to avoid this travesty.
What makes is bad? Well, all the seriousness of its predecessor has been stripped. Plus, the cast is mediocre. (Who could replace Jack Lemon and James Cagney?) This one is bad, bad, bad, though Jack Nicholson fans note that said actor has a smallish part.
Not their best work
Yes, this has many of their classic bits and a few less well known ones. But there are better recordings of most of them.
Take the parrot sketch; in the movie, it is done very dry and proper, not the insane tirade it became in its live version.
For the sketches, I would get live performances. All the Pythons really seem to be energized by performing in front of an audience. (I heartily recommend the "Secret Policeman's Other Ball.")
Do not miss this one; it has comedy sketches from not only the pythons, but also Rowan Atkinson in top form. Also has some great Neil Innes songs. The only thing that would have made this better would be the presence of Eric Idle.
If you can stomach the music
This was is hilariously bad. One of the most ineptly made movies I have ever seen. Sean Connery has one good scene at the beginning, but even it has some really cheezey effects.
And the MUSIC. It has possibly the worst score in film history. I heartily recommend this film to all those out there who (like me) respect an unapologetic bad film.
Masters of Menace (1990)
Bad, but fun
I enjoy a good bad movie now and then. This one is pretty hit or miss in the humor department, but John Candy as the beer truck driver is pretty funny.
I give it a three, but it has its moments.
Yes, the visuals are grand. Yes, there are some good performances. Unfortunately, Branagh's is not one of them.
Kenneth Branagh is just too over-the-top and indulgent as Hamlet. Maybe it is a matter of taste, but it is vitally important that you like the man who plays Hamlet as the character speaks more than the rest of the cast put together.
Another problem is the script; it was written as a play, it was turned into a movie. A really long movie. I have nothing against long movies, but this one really was long on the dialogue. It didn't have to be this way. I think this play has to be cut a lot to make a tolerable movie. (I would see the Zefferelii one. Really conveys the spirit of the original without making it a marathon movie.)
All in all, it was not terrible but I will not sit through it again.
Coyote Ugly (2000)
Bad, but its a good laugh
This movie is not the worst movie ever made, but it certainly has a few similarities with it.
This one pulls out all the old B-movie cliches: small-town girl goes to big city, befriended by bad-girl mentor, has to do something she is uncomfortable with to survive in city yadda yadda yadda.
All the watchers of USA Up All Night or Cinemax should recognize the plot. It just has a higher-profile cast and more budget.
But I love b-movies, and this one is slightly redeemed by an endearing performance by John Goodman and some really funny lines.
Funny, sometimes unintentionally. Entertaining, even though it is really stupid.
Uniko: Mahô no shima e (1983)
Good, if not perfect
(This is a review of the English Language version)
To start off with, I love this movie despite a few flaws I will discuss later. The animation, though not really slick, is visually interesting. It has some admirably serious themes (which I will not reveal because it would be a spoiler) and actually has some effective humorous element. (Most Japanese movies' humor does not translate well.)
My problems with it? Well, the title character Unico is very insipid and cutesy. I realize that this is a children's movie, but the furriness of Unico somehow doesn't fit the darker nature of the film. Oh, well, he is not really the central character.
I would heartily recommend this one, particularly to fans of Japanese animation.
Drexell's Class (1991)
I am writing the review merely as an informational service; the show was little worth commenting on. The plot was unrealistic (he was a criminal and got a job as a school teacher?), and the children were written more as adults than children.
Only sparsely funny, this show is deservedly off the air.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
I remember wanting to see this movie because I saw the promotional shot of Robbins standing in the rain; I thought it was a beautiful scene. It is a minor scene in the movie.
This movie is, for lack of a better word, perfect. Every moment holds meaning, every performance is dead on. I have watched it more times than I can count, and it always seems new and wonderful to me. More than any movie I have seen, it brings real emotions to the audience and brings comfort to the hopeless.
Sometimes I think a great work of art is one that brings change to the audience. This movie is transforming.