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PALACE GUARD ("PG") was a short-lived series created by Stephen J.
"PG" could be compared to "Moonlightning", had the same humor and stories, but failed, although it featured the talents of Marcy Walker, Tony LoBianco and D. W. Moffett.
The show was Marcy Walker's attempt to break into nighttime television after several years of daytime (where she captivated us as Eden Capwell on SANTA BARBARA) and it is a pity that the audience couldn't get into the charm of the show.
Guest stars included Lauren Tom, Scott Hylands and Robin Leach of "The Rich and the Famous".
Charming little movie about great dreams and hopes of a young man.
Watch it for Marcy Walker's first performance as a VERY innocent young lady, Emmelie DeBeverly, and prepare to laugh about everything she says. If you know her as Eden Capwell on SANTA BARBARA you will probably be VERY surprised.
Nice landscape, with a slow-written story perhaps, but all in all a charming TV movie of 1982.
The best thing about PEARL HARBOR is the fact that director Michael Bay
proofs to be a director. He is actually able to transfer a script to the
screen without giving himself away by too many special effects.
Pearl Harbor has many special effects and many explosions like movies Bay made before, BUT the difference is, in this film he keeps back everything which is not necessary to show the attack by the Japanese which results into an unobtrusive and nice movie.
Ben Affleck has some nice scenes (as he gets to know Kate Beckinsale), but is as wooden as ever. The surprise and pleasure of Pearl Harbor comes with Josh Hartnett in a wonderful performance. Watch out for him, he is great !
The dialogue is so ridiculous and laughable that the actors, if they weren't as likable as Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale, would make complete fools of themselves. But it is charming to watch them with their stupid lines. And that makes the movie good.
8 out of 10, I was surprised how good this movie really is !!!
This is the first movie with William R. Moses ("Falcon Crest") starring as
Ken Malansky (nobody can remember this name !) supporting lawyer Perry
(Raymond Burr) and Della Street (Barbara Hale) during murder
He enters the series by being accused of murder. But we know, Perry will defend him and proof his innocence ! This is interesting and nice enough for an evening in front of your TV at home.
Of course we will miss William Katt as Perry's assistant, but you will like William R. Moses, too.
The movie is long, 133 minutes.
It is a military movie and you have to like this genre, otherwise...all the saluting prisoners and the palaver about army, navy and soldiers in common will get on your nerves.
Sporadically the movie is worth seeing for its different characters, but they are all subject to the mainstream-stereotyped and too-often-seen-story.
Robert Redford's character Gen. Eugene Irwin is too flamboyant to be a real person. The only scene where he seems to be tangible for the audience is when his daughter, Rosalie Irwin, visits him. She is played by Robin Wright in an unbilled cameo, and this scene is just wonderful. I don't know what is has to do with the rest of the movie, but Redford and Wright make this the most memorable moment of the whole movie.
The rest of the story is full of narrow-gauge psychology and the so-called confrontation of Redford and Gandolfini is dull, because Redford is always right while Gandolfini has almost no chance against superman-Redford. Patriotic score, obvious story elements are marketed as "new".
Wonderful cast (Redford is good, although his part is not; Gandolfini only has one weak moment and that is this embarrassing scene at the end; Steve Burton is not as bad as in "General Hospital", Clifton Collins,jr. is very likeable and Mark Ruffalo is as good as his part allows him to be. Robin Wright is perfect.)
5 out of 10
"Massacre at Central High" is a movie from 1976. It stars Andrew Stevens and
Steve Bond early in their careers. The story is well-known, the characters
don't act logical, the villains are stereotype (Steve Bond is so ridiculous
! But he is also funny to watch), BUT the revenge of David, who is new in
school and becomes a victim of the bad guys, is consistent.
The movie starts with flashbacks of all the memorable moments of this film and they are indeed worth seeing: When Steve Bond jumps into the pool without water you can't help laughing, and when the car falls on David's leg you are surprised how cruel the movie is. Not bad !
Wonderful explosions, look for the scene with two naked girls and a tent !
Same topic as "Class of 1984", but much better !!!
"Schizo" or "Playroom" has a close and mystical atmosphere, but it is not
the psychological thriller it claims and wants to be. The story twist is
fast moving concerning to what you know about the main character from the
beginning of the movie.
Chris, played by Chris McDonnell of "Happy Gilmore", never has the sympathy of the viewer. McDonnell's acting is overdone. The other characters, Marcy (Jamie Rose) and Paul, seem to be only important for being killed by Chris, who turns into a murderer way to fast. But...nice ways to kill the others...!
Wonderful landscape, average story.
5 out of 10
Dark movie, director Ken Russell turns the headlights on and off, and he
uses loud colors. He creates a very disturbing and gloomy atmosphere and
tells the story of China Blue, a prostitute by night and a hard working
business-women by day in gross pictures and provoking dialogue.
A steamy Kathleen Turner shows everything (including talent). With her as leading lady Ken Russell portrays and embodies human abysms and loneliness in a way you never saw before. Brilliant work, wonderful actors, a story full of suspense.
"Crimes of Passion" is what "Basic instinct" and "Eyes wide Shut" tried to be (and failed): a provocative masterpiece ! This movie sails close to the wind and is a cocktail of elegant sex and brilliant character study of 4 very different persons: China Blue the whore (Kathleen Turner), the crazy priest (Anthony Perkins) who wants to "rescue" her, family-lowing Bobby Grady (John Laughlin), wo is China Blue's suitor, because he and his wife don't have sex any more and Amy (Annie Potts), Bobby's frigid wife.
Kathleen Turner and Anthony Perkins are brilliant, but it is John Laughlin who steals the show as Bobby Grady. This part is one of the most likeable and most versatile characters in movie history and John Laughlin is just brilliant. Unfortunately his acting career went somewhere...but not to the A-list of movie-stardom.
I want to mention Louise Sorel's small part of Claudia in a scene, where she and her husband want China Blue for a love triangle. She is just great in it. Look for her sitting in a big limousine.
8 out of 10
This is the movie with Steve Bond's (soap opera actor of "General
and "Santa Barbara") first performance. He plays Erik, a boy who was
by circumstances to survive in the jungle on his own. He is a kind of
smaller version of the hero, Tarzan.
Mike Henry's Tarzan is averaged (a softened version of the classic Tarzan), as is the movie. This must be a movie in a line of other Tarzan-films. All the stereotyped elements are there: Cheetah the monkey (in this movie kind of addicted to alcohol to amuse the viewer), Tarzan's screaming (but only once...) ...
Charming story full of adventures, many animals, so-called clever slogans from our hero, a very sexy reporter (Alizia Gur) and some tension is created when the villain seeks revenge of Tarzan.
6 out of 10
I believe I understand this movie. The message is:
If you have a problem you only have to wait, to hit the guys who try to kill you with only one beat or turn out the lights with your ninja-sword. ...Am I wrong ?
It is fun and pain to watch the hero of this movie, Ross Kettle (called "Joe" in the film), trying to look cool, pretending to fight with big men, knocking them down after almost no fighting and grabbing bigger men's...you know.
Problem 1: Ross Kettle is no action hero, he was good in "Santa Barbara" (a soap opera) and without him you could forget the movie completely, but he is just not right for the part.
Problem 2: One of the worst actresses I've ever seen: Karyn Hill, who plays Ross Kettle's kidnapped wife. Anyone could have been a better choice. If she was at least naked to convince us with her breasts...
Problem 3: The story...what story ? It would be ridiculous trying to explain what happens. It doesn't matter !
Problem 4: Explosions are nice and good fights are interesting, but is it really necessary to hear a sound like when Batman and Robin of the original Batman-series beat someone up, every time Ross Kettle, the hero (a joke, sorry), is knocking someone down ? Besides, there are no good fights here and explosions look like from a cartoon.
Pretending to be a movie for adults. Not even children would care, or perhaps the little ones !
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