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Rags to Riches (1993) (V)
A little bit of odd music in your life..., 6 January 2011
7/10

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Yes, it's an "adult film" on the gay side of things.... Being from the 90s, most of the "stars" are shaved, oiled up and glistening... There is some very good physical (sexual) chemistry in the film and the actors are very attractive...

But the oddity is the music... One of the "stars" actually can write music (as well as have incredibly hot sex)... And I'm pretty sure that's really him playing the piano in the film... but that's where the oddity comes into play...

The "plot" starts off with a couple (one is very 90s cute, the other is .. not so much) and taking out the garbage... outside the garage, there's a guy (dressed in the "RAGS" in the title) digging through the trash. Of course, he's buff, tan and very sexy hot - even with his dabs of dirt "make up"... He's digging through the trash because he's a homeless bum (in the Hollywood Hills?)... The homeowner takes pity on him and invites him into the house.

Once in the kitchen, he sets about to make the new guest something to eat. Which is when his boyfriend/husband walks in (the not so cute guy) who gets very put out by this "bum" in the house and makes no queenly bones about it... While the homeowners move to the other room to discuss the "bum" - including warning about how he could be a killer or worse - the bum wanders into another room, where there is a grand piano. Soon, the boys hear the beautiful music.

This leads to our first and second sex scenes - as the homeowners begin to fantasize about hot sex with the bum. They're shocked at the "bum's" talent - with the keys and with their bodies. The "cuter" boyfriend has links in the music world and promises to get the "bum" a break...

Of course, more sexual hijinks ensue, including the cute homeowner inviting a friend over, they peek in on the "bum" taking a shower (where we can see some obvious g-string tan lines) and that leads to the homeowner and the friend getting busy. This leads to a plot twist comes about as the friend of the cute homeowner tells some other guy he's having sex with (and our next scene) about the wonderfully talented "bum".

Then along comes another guy (Zak Spears) who seduces the "bum", has an incredible sexual romp and gets the "bum" to sign an exclusive contract. Of course, the homeowner comes home and sees this, throwing the guy (Zak) out. Zak gloats about having the contract, and the homeowners confront the "bum" - who then says he didn't sign the contract - cut to Zak, opening the contract with ... well ... "screw you" on the signature line...

Besides the plethora of hot nineties bodies, there's not much to push this movie over and above the other gay flotsam of the era - except for the great music composed and played by our hunky bum... It's kind of like when you found out that John Tesh could do more than just report on entertainment news and could actually play music....

Jesus Christ, Superstar is a staple..., 23 March 2008
10/10

First off - let's look at what "Jesus Christ, Superstar" really is - a celluloid version of a Webber/Rice musical extravaganza from the 70s, and is based upon the Gospels of the New Testament and recount the final days of Jesus Christ's life.

As a production of the times (remember, this was made in the early 70s), it is an epic of major proportions... Filmed ENTIRELY in Isreal during the early 70s, at a time of major political unrest, this telling of the story of Jesus Christ is phenomenal.

The casting of relative unknowns brings an "indie film" feel to it. And all of those "unknowns" are fantastic!!! The passion they bring to their roles - the way that the historical/religious figure inhabits their being is incredible. Just look at their expressions and the power in them during many of the scenes, and you'll see what I mean. One example that really sticks in My mind is the Crucifixion scene - when Pontius Pilate is having Jesus flogged 39 times - the expressions that cross Pilate's face, the power in Mary's (Yvonne Elliman) throes of pain and anguish, the frivolity in Herod's face (and then his revulsion to the torture) and Judas' pain and heartfelt sorrow in the end of his own life are incredible. And the look of peace and understanding that often crosses the face of Ted Neely (Jesus) during the film is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

"Jesus Christ, Superstar" takes a major section of the Bible and presents in in a non-preachy point of view and allows us to all learn some of this historically and religiously significant story without clubbing us with preachy tales of God...

A true masterpiece of film-making and music... a staple of My DVD collection and should be a staple in everybody's!!!! Oh, and for TRULY goose-bump inducing moments - look at the final shot - of the sunset... and the appearance of a shepherd....

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Can I have some wine with this cheese...?!?, 23 August 2007
10/10

OK... first off - gotta explain the "10" I just gave it.... I picked this flick up at a Wal*Mart from a rack of movies for a buck.... I figures it would be some kind of rip-off cheapo "Mad Max" or "Road Warrior" thing.... boy was I right... and wrong.....

The costumer needs to get special mention - creating those "Star Wars" Stormtroopers meet Kinky Leather Sex Dungeon was just a stroke of genius!!! and with the great hair styles - the mowhawks, super long flowing tresses and more.... Wow..... and the "props master" - creating those fantastic cars from old 60s and 70s cars....

Having said that.... Yes, this movie is nothing more than a big old ball of moldy cheese.... sad little plot, silly little lines, moronic little story.... but for a buck..?!? I just can't complain!!!! Again - this is pure cheese! We're not talking about any kind of award winner - unless it received "Turkey of the Year" or "Major Raspberry" or something.... It's bad, horrifying and.... well super Campy...!

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EXCELLENT! GREAT!!! KICK BUTT!!! POSSIBLE SPOILERS!!!, 20 September 2004
9/10

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Resident Evil just flat out kicks butt!

The cast is a group of virtual unknowns... but they all are great actors and actresses, able to fall into their roles with believability....

The action is TOP NOTCH - with lots of fighting and zombie action and running around and everything...

SPOILERS MAY LIE BELOW - BE WARNED!!!

When RED QUEEN, the computer of the Hive, in which Umbrella Corporation creates chemical and medical formulations, realizes that there has been a breech in security and that some of an experimental virus has gotten out, she does what any computer (read: uncaring intelligence) would do - kill any and all beings in the Hive and shut it down, not allowing anything (or anyone) to escape...

Some of the deaths are just simple - using Halon or some other type of chemical, the oxygen is removed from rooms and people die.... or the room is flooded and people drown.... or the elevator drops hundreds of feet and crashes to the bottom of the shaft.... or it moves quickly, snapping the head off anybody stupid enough to poke it out the doors...

Well, there are some drawbacks to the Red Queen's actions.... Including KILLING all of the people that work and live in the Hive.... And, as the deadly T-Virus is on the loose, which is chemically created to re-animate dead tissue, all of those same workers come back to life - with only the most basic of brain functions going - those that will keep them alive - breathing and eating... what do they eat?!? Living creatures....

Through this movie, we get an expansion on the Resident Evil video game series, giving us more back story into the T-Virus and the creatures that inhabit Raccoon City (far above the Hive). We learn a lot about how the virus escaped into the population - although not a lot about how it goes SO big in Raccoon City.

We meet an elite force of security officers of Umbrella Corporation, whose job it is to shut it all down... many die along the way, getting killed by zombies and dogs and brain suckers and the Red Queen's unique security systems... This film is NOT for the feint of heart when it comes to gore - both realized and intimated.....

The end of the movie leaves enough unraveled threads to allow for a sequel (see RESIDENT EVIL:APOCALYPSE - released in 2004) for more.... And enough threads are resolved, giving you closure and allowing the movie to stand well enough on its own....

a 9 out of 10!

Wow.... awesome... made me hungry for...., 20 September 2004
8/10

.... MORE!

RE:A is a great update and addition to the RESIDENT EVIL group of entertainment options.... The video games all ROCK! The original movie ROCKED.... This one kind of rocks....

The PLUSES:

Meeting Jill Valentine... They did an EXCELLENT job of bringing the character from 'Resident Evil:Nemesis' to the screen.

Meeting Nemesis... Another EXCELLENT interpretation of the vg character to the screen... looks perfect.... I just don't remember weapons.....

Blending Alice into the cast.... also, bringing to life the other cast members from the game series and from the original movie....

The action is TOP NOTCH, with lots of fighting scenes and zombie attacks....

The MINUSES: Alice seems a bit too 'Terminator T-800' for my tastes....

Jill's voice just doesn't seem to match the actress/character....

The filming and/or editing of a lot of the zombie scenes do not allow you to look at the zombies.... it's like the only had budget for about 20 zombie extras and didn't want us to see the lack of makeup on other non-zombie extras being used or they didn't want us to see the same zombies in every crowd....

The filming/editing was a bit TOO dark at times - making some of the action easy to miss....

Special effects - some they spent WAY too much on and others not enough on.

Over all - about a 7 of a movie.... worth it, but not exceptionally as great as the first one!

Serial Mom (1994)
13 out of 22 people found the following review useful:
The only cereal I know is Rice Crispies...., 8 September 2004
9/10

The above is just one of MANY great lines offered up by the cast of 'Serial Mom'.....

The Sutphins seem to be the picture of a normal 50's-esque family - dad (Sam Waterston) is a dentist; mom (a FANTASTIC Kathleen Turner) is a grand house wife homage to Donna Reed, June Cleaver and such; daughter (Rikki Lake) and son (Matthey Lillard) seem to be your average teens with a perfect family life.... Or is it?

Based upon actual real life events, John Waters manages to bring us another great film - and this time - he takes dead aim on the 'celebrity' we make of murderers and criminals....

I'm sure that many of us have gone through our lives, being annoyed by this person or that object and we've never done anything about it.... Not Betty Sutphin.... When this suburban mom goes off - she goes off.... From minor annoyances (white shoes after labor day!) to major anger management issues, Betty takes matters into her own hands - by going on a killing spree - taking 6 victims to an early grave....

Sure, in typical Waters way, it's a bit over the top and corny, but the film is great! Some of the humor is very low brow - in bad taste, but, as Waters mentions in interviews - bad taste can be good taste!

I gave this a 9 - a greatly enjoyable film!

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I Put a Spell on you..... * * * possible spoilers * * *, 7 September 2004

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Granted, this isn't the best movie on the face of the planet.... Not earth shaking or life changing in any sense.... But, it's a decent romantic-comedy-drama with some great performances and some fantastic lines....

Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman portray sisters - WITCH sisters - from a small town in Massachusetts.... Very early on, a family curse takes their father from them, with only their mother to care for them. The mother disappears - never fully explained in the film - and the sisters go to live with their 2 old aunts - also witches - portrayed by Stockard Channing and Diane Weist - 2 of my favorites in supporting roles! Frannie (Channing) looks great with long hair and her expressions are priceless. Bridget (Weist) fills the role completely, offering her expressions and timely delivery to the tale.

The 2 girls grow up in the magical household, learning magic as portrayed today by many Wiccans - by using some natural abilities with other natural ingredients, as well as some chants and incantations - to affect their lives.... They learn of the family curse - that any man that the family women love will die unexpectedly. The young Sally (Bullock) casts a love spell, asking for a true love SO unique that he could NEVER exist - with qualities that are rare at best. Gillian (Kidman) wants to revel in love, and goes from man to man to man, leaving them before they can love her or after they've loved her to death, as it were....

The girls grow up into women, and Sally falls in love with a local man - a grocer - and tries to have a normal life - raising 2 girls along the way. Her husband dies tragically and she takes her daughters to live with the 2 old aunts. Now the true fun begins for the family....

The story line can seem a bit slow at times, and the comedy is scarce, but the movie goes along at a good pace... One of my favorite scenes is the 'Midnight Margaritas' - something you have to see to believe....

Channing and Weist are great as the 2 old auntie witches and Bullock & Kidman make a great pair on screen, as well..

I give it an 8 out of 10....

Hidalgo (2004)
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Wow.... Beautiful animal... and the horse is gorgeous, too!, 7 September 2004
9/10

I saw this movie over the weekend, on DVD...

What can I say - it was BEAUTIFUL.... The animals are gorgeous - from the titular horse and the Arabian stallions to Viggo Mortensen and some of the 2 legged Arabian stallions....

Sure, the movie has a load of technical and continuity errors - see that link for more... But the story behind it (based upon truth) is beautiful - showing that just one man CAN make a difference.....

The scenery as Hidalgo and 'Cowboy' race across the desert is beautiful - as well as bleak - from the mountains and plains to the beach. If you are an animal lover, you will be in tears during some scenes and cheering and shouting during others...

But, another thing to look at during this movie is to pick up on the underlying subtexts... There are morals about racism, elitist attitudes and the concept that an underdog can't win. There is beauty involved when each of these morals is brought to the surface, but never in a 'smack-you-upside-the-head' sort of way....

Watch the movie for its beautiful animals and its beautiful juxtaposition of thoughts against actions.

9 out of 10 stars!

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...and so was this movie...., 1 September 2004
7/10

It's cute.... it's bouncy.... it's fluff.... but it's mindless entertainment for a few hours.... See it!

Plus side:

Geena Davis is perfect as the quirky female lead.... Just enough of a ditz to be believable.... and yet strong enough, too...

Jeff Goldblum - well, he's kind of typical in this role... Like W. Shatner, Jeff has a particular way of speaking.... and this film shows it... But his acting was good and he was semi believable as a lovable alien... And, he was kind of hunky in that scene....

Jim Carrey & Damon Wayons - these 2 guys are 90% funny 90% of the time... they were classic on 'IN LIVING COLOR' and both have gone on to have decent careers in the years since.... The woodie on the freeway is hilarious!

Julie Brown - no other big-boobed-blonde could have EVER pulled this off! And, her songs from the film - 'Cuz I'm a Blonde, I Like 'em Big and Stupid - are just the best ... I don't have to work I just have to jiggle.....

While the story line may be cheesey and seem like a leftover that sat a bit too long, it's cute fluff and worth a view...

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2 words - CHEESE BALL, 31 August 2004
3/10

I caught this thing on TV the other night... Some cable channel while I was channel surfing.... it kind of caught my eye.... but then it turned my stomach.... Talk about bad.... and that's not the 'good' kind of bad (like M Jackson used to say "I'm Bad!")....

Starts off with a decent premise of a story - kids going on a school science outing get involved in a terrorist plot against the US and against their fair city.... Kids find way to thwart plan with some minor outside help.

The film even offers a bit of eye candy, with hunky actors and sexy actresses in some of the roles....

However, those are the ONLY good points to this piece of ... bad cheese....

Where they could have REALLY gone someplace with this stinker, they didn't.... Too many technical and continuity issues abound....

one of the most glaring is that these are all supposed to be COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY level students in a PHYSICS class... So, why do they all act like a bunch of high school sophomores? Why are the 2 male leads more interested in dating the female lead at a DANCE?!? Hell, when I was in college - our dances were far less a social event then they were just a gathering of dance kids.... Plus, if this was a junior college (which is what it seems like), there wouldn't really be some organized dance/social event like that.... And, if it was a normal private or state university, there'd be a lot more of the frat/sorority type of life....

The dialog was just horrible and cheesy and cheap... needs a LOT of work... and the acting?!? C'mon! I've seen better acting and cared more about the characters in a PORN, fer cryin' out loud!

As for continuity errors - they abound - with the first (or many) being the supposedly 'secure' water plant/reservoir that the baddies are taking control of.... First off, I doubt that the plant would be smack dab in the middle of a commercial zone like it appears to be.... watch the scene when the school bus shows up.... it looks like any typical commercial zone in just about any decent sized city....

And, is it a reservoir of a city's water supply? or a power plant? It seems to change between one and the other....

Additionally, why would a college have a bright yellow school bus? Um.... most college kids drive, so they'd probably set up some kind of car pool or something where everybody meets at the location.... And, even if they WERE going to have an organized trip like this, I don't know of a single college that uses they typical yellow school bus.... They'd charter one locally....

Then, there is the fact that the security gate the seems to 'move' from one scene to the next.... when the baddies first show up and kill a guard, they pull straight forward in their motor home (which was a rental unit!) and park and then get out to take over the facility.... But, when the school kids arrive, they pull up towards the motor home - from supposedly the same security gate - and we're looking at the SIDE of the motor home, instead of the back....

Oh, and or course, the ONE and ONLY door that everybody comes and goes from is some metal door with a simple push button combo lock on it.... and it just ISN'T locked any time during the film!

Also, most reservoirs that I've ever seen or been to are located OUTSIDE of the metropolitan area of the city... Mind you, I'm not talking about the rain 'catch basins' that you can see in many cities, but the BIG RESERVOIR that supposedly supplies the ENTIRE CITY'S drinking water... And, they're not USUALLY underground in a tank!

Then, when one of the baddies - the semi leader - shoots one of the water plant's employees in the head from 6 inches away, the employee is being held by another of the bad guys... who miraculously does NOT get hit by any stray bullets or FRAGMENTS OF THE GUY'S SKULL, BRAINS or BLOOD! And, for dramatic effect, they show the guy's hardhat - with just a touch of red blood here and there.... Wow.... Talk about a CLEAN kill!!!!

I could go on and on and on and on and on and... but this isn't worth anymore space...

AVOID THIS TURKEY UNLESS YOU LIKE BORING AND STUPID MOVIES!!!!


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