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The D.I. (1957)
Jack Webb's movie 'The D.I' came about from the real life investigation into the deaths of several trainees in a swamp in Paris Isle in the 50's. As always, Webb, being the patriot that he is, came to the defense much like all the rest of his shows. I actually found this movie tame by 1957 standards. I served in the Army and can understand the intensity of the training at Parris Island (Camp Death by some)so this movie can never come close as does 'Full Metal Jacket'. I think this is a good movie which is more patriot than it is actual. But again, think of the time period it was made (1957) and what could be allowed and said on film at that time. I have always found Jack Webb to be clean cut and very loyal. I know many have criticized the film as one-sided and government propaganda. If you feel this way, watch 'Full Metal Jacket' with R Lee Ermey. I am a Webb fan and enjoy the movie for it's merit, not accuracy. As I have said, Webb believed in this country and held institutions to high moral standards (LAPD-Dragnet,Adam 12, Emergency etc). Just sit back and enjoy this one from a very strict moral time period in this country. Don't be too judgemental of Mr. Webb. Mark Lockwood Lubbock Texas..
Red Nightmare (1962)
Last saw this in junior high in 1971
I could not remember the name of this movie. I saw this about 35 years ago in 1971 and never did know the name of the movie. I was in a very small town in Colorado (Rangely) and the movie makes one think of a small town being infiltrated by terrorists. Well, it's 2006 (August) and we have another wave of xenophobia spreading across the country. I love Jack Webb even though he exemplifies true patriotism and love of country. I served in the military in the Persian Gulf War and believe in defending this country from attack. I have read several of the reviews and many of the readers attack Webb as being too right wing and zealous. But people, this was his nature to begin with. Look at all of his productions (Dragnet, Adam 12, Emergency) and he believed in the USA and also his generation lived to defend the country. He was essentially, 'America's Greatest Generation' and he believed in the country. We live in a different era now and generations question loyalty vs. right wing fervor. Jack Webb was caught up with loyalty to American and it's institutions so give this movie a break and view it as harmless. But bear in mind the 80/20 of the Army. 20% defending freedom for 80% who don't really care!!! Mark Lockwood, Lubbock Tx...
The Apostle (1997)
Robert Duvall at his best
This is the only film I have given a 10 on this site. I find this movie fascinating and brilliantly portrayed by Mr. Duvall. He deserved an Oscar for this performance. Living in Texas (where the first part of the film is set) I know that the preaching he does in this movie seems as real as a Texas outdoor revival! He is a troubled man to be sure, but his character lifts all of us up with each step of the way in the movie. Farrah Fawcett plays a good part opposite him as his wife and the movie seems to split apart in the middle then pulls itself right back together again as Duvall commands the part. I can watch this over and over and still find parts which I love. It is like reading a spiritual book over and over and finding something better about it. I have recommended this to my friends to watch as I have only seen it this year (2006). A fine character study of a flawed man and his obsession with religion at any cost. Be sure to catch it. Mark Lockwood Lubbock Tx.
The Conversation (1974)
What goes around, comes around!
This is one of Francis Coppola's best flicks. He introduces us to the very introverted spy man, Gene Hackman. Hackman is hired to listen to people and record infomation about them. It is in this manner that his paranoia begins to grow and he begins to question much about himself. This is an underrated movie which not too many people know about but should be watched. My son Nathan watched it at 9 years of age and really liked it for it's strangeness. The ending is quite good but should have been expected to begin with. I will not give it away but watch for many early actors/actresses who later went on to superstardom... by all means watch this movie in your spare time. mark lockwood lubbock tx...
Then Came Bronson: Pilot (1969)
A movie about 60's freedom
I saw the movie back in 1975 and remember the television series. This had to do with the 60's freedom and yearning to just step back from life and enjoy. I enjoyed both the show and the movie and have not seen them in over 30 years. I would like to see them again for the value of that time period. I saw Michael Parks in From Dust till Dawn and was surprised to see him again. I recommend this movie for the young at heart. I want both of my kids, Nathan and Ryann to catch this also. It is a clean movie and catch Martin Sheen in a very early role. They just don't make movies like this anymore. Sit back one night and enjoy this one. It is a winner...
The Lords of Discipline (1983)
The Citadel of 1963 vs 2006
I will give this movie a grudging o.k. I feel the book was superior in all respects but hey, how can a movie live up to Pat Conroy's book. I was in the military for 8 years and a product of Conroy's 'damaged goods' sickness of the South. I had the privilige of attending that place but turned it down in favor of another school some 30 years ago. But please bear in mind that much has changed in the military and much of the brutality of the school has gone away with all the attention heaved upon it. I noticed that many of the readers comments indicate about the sadism but remember, Pat Conroy attended the Citadel in 1963 to 1967 when there were not the federal laws and scutiny that exists in 2006. I understand much of Conroy's distrust and bitterness about having attended then refused the commission for lack of a better word than conscience objector. I don't have a problem with that and can now relate having seen many of my fellow soldiers refuse to come back to service after the Gulf War started in 1990. Please read the book first and look deep into what Conroy is trying to impart to all of us. It is similar to 'Born on the 4th of July.' Don't look at today's Citadel with any type of similarity to what went on over 40 years ago. Like they say, it's gone with the wind...
Plot thin, but great car chase!
I saw this originally in 1973 on network television and found it likable for an action movie. Of course everyone watches it for the great car chase all over San Fransisco and the duel between the 1967 Mustang and the Challenger. I think I'm partial to the Ford but who cares at this point. The plot is kind of weak and McQueen's character of a loner is quite well done. Robert Vaughn and Simon Oakland do a great job as well. There are a number of plot twists and finally the conclusion to the movie leaving the viewer wondering like myself. I have probably watched this movie maybe a couple of times and let my son (Nathan) watch the car chase. He told me he likes Nicolas Cages movie better but what do you expect from an 11 year old watching a sixties movie. Anyway, sit back one night when you have little to do and catch this movie.
The Swimmer (1968)
Fascinating study of a fallen man
I have read many of the statements concerning this movie and find it one of Burt Lancaster's better movies. He is very intense in his portrayal of a man who is in denial about his past and present situation. The movie does not reveal much to the viewer and only releases certain tidbits of information along the way. The viewer will recognize many of the people who star in the movie before they were known. I think some of us can see bits of ourselves in Lancaster's character and his wishing for a better time in his life. The ending to the movie is truly remarkable. I saw this on television in 1973 when it was released to the networks. I don't think that this movie ever really made it big in 1968 when it was released but has picked up a cult following. both of my kids, (ryann and nathan) have seen it and don't really understand it. It is an adult movie and one sometimes hard to understand. Don't view it to judge it, but rather just try and understand that some people get themselves into situations that make anything we are going through rather innoculous!!!! Enjoy the flick...
The Only Thrill (1997)
Brilliant movie about a complicated love
I watched this with a very good female friend of mine and we saw many similar points with our relationship to the relationship in this movie. The film traces an almost 30 year love between a man and woman who should be able to marry and connect but because of certain circumstances cannot go the distance. I find this a very, very, believable movie and does not try to place blame or either the man nor woman. This film rather try to teach us about the consequences to reaching out and falling in love and how consequences can arise. Both Diane Keaton and Sam Sheppard deserve Oscars with Robert Patrick bringing in an excellent performance of the son. This movie really moves me when I watch it and I want to use this as a learning tool to not repeat my own mistakes. Actually, I feel the lesson here is to take a risk with ones life and go the distance. Please watch this movie and don't be too judgemental. This is a winner!!!! Mark Lockwood Lubbock, Texas
A very powerful and compelling movie
Oliver Stone does an incredible job depicting much of Richard Nixon's failed life. He presents Mr. Nixon as a man one can have sympathy for because of his intense insecurity and feelings of persecution from the 'Eastern Elite'. This goes back to his troubled childhood growing up poor in Los Angeles and always trying to live in Jack Kennedy's shadow. I was around (17years old) when he resigned in 1974 and remember being forced by my parents to watch his resignation speech. There was all the alarm of a nation coming undone but we just went on normally with the transition of Nixon to Ford. Mr. Stone takes liberties with much of this movie infusing his own judgement and political take on the man. I don't feel he demeans Mr. Nixon, although both of Nixon's daughters denounced the movie. I just feel that he shows us through Anthony Hopkin's brilliant portrayal that he was a very embittered and power hungry man who had the world at his command, then lost everything. Just watch the movie with an impartial view and learn from it...