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Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
Bottom of the barrel of Brooks Films
Mel Brooks may have produced, directed, and starred in some of the funniest movies since the 1960s, but for his final effort, this movie is really sad.
Brooks had fallen into the parity genre by this time and while his earlier effort, Spaceballs, had many memorable moments, this is nothing but a series of worn out and rehashed jokes. The same jokes worked in Blazing Saddles and its successors, but by this time they had lost there way.
I hope that people don't think that this is the best of Brooks, take time to see Saddles, Young Frankenstein, or the Producers.
Skip this one.
The Replacements (2000)
if you know nothing about football, this might work
Well, you can get a chuckle or two out of this film, maybe even find some inspiration or cheer for the underdog, but for people who know ANYTHING about football, this moving is just one mistake after another. Whomever edited this thing should be drummed out of Hollywood. Just go to the goofs section and that might begin to list all the continuity and factual errors. Players on the field, then off the field in the next shot. Jus the problems with how the structure of the team is built makes no sense. Why fire a coach and hire a new one during a strike? Why no backup quarterback? Why are players playing both ways? What is a QB doing on a kickoff team? it goes on and on and drives me crazy.
The Dark Knight (2008)
A very Good Movie, but I prefer Jack
OK, I have now seen this film twice and maybe the problem is all the hype it got. Both times I have seen it I have come away with the same thoughts and feelings.
This is a good movie, no doubt about that, dark, action packed, good supporting roles (especially Morgan Freeman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Michael Caine). Cool toys and special effects make this fun to watch, and the good guys (for the most part) win in the end. Just the kind of film that is fun to watch in the summertime.
As for this being one of the greatest films ever, not IMHO. Heath Ledger is a good Joker, especially as this movie moves along and he has more interaction with Christian Bale's Batman. the farther into the movie it gets, the more evilly humorous he gets. For my money, I still prefer Jack Nicholson in that role, maybe it is the writing, but his lines are classic, while Ledger's lines are much less memorable (Why So Serious is pretty good). Ledger is much darker and more evil, but to me The Joker needs to have a little more humor to him.
Good movie, but I would take the 1989 version over this one (but that is like preferring a Mercedes over a BMW...you win with either one!
The Great Buck Howard (2008)
Enjoyable story about "B" celebs
This could be the story about so many "B" level celebrities, and is based on the life story of the "Amazing Kresken," The Great Buck Howard tells us that once you enter the field of entertainment, you might do anything to stay on top.
Buck Howard (played wonderfully cheesy by John Malkovich) is a "mentalist" who was popular on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show," appearing 61 times. He is a classic 70s Vegas magician, doing fascinating tricks and metal feats of amazement. In all, he is a relic of decades past, entertainment without special effects and he still seems to think he is on top of the entertainment world.
Howard's career has has hit near the bottom, performing in such hotbeds as Bakersfield, CA and Akron, OH in front of partially filled small auditoriums. Still, he see's himself as a big time entertainer that is just not getting the break he needs to get back on top (much of which he blames on Jay Leno), in many ways he is a sad individual and does not get that the only people who enjoy him are almost as sad as him.
The story is told through the eyes of his traveling secretary, played by Colin Hanks, who is, himself, struggling with issues. He is battling his desires to become famous with his fathers (played by his real dad Tom Hanks)wish he become a lawyer. since he has no real talent (other than writing)he is breaking into entertainment the only way he sees possible.
This is a charming film, not something for those looking for action, a major love story (a minor one occurs between Colin and the beautiful Emily Blunt (best known as the 1st assistant in The Devil Wears Prada), or some major personal victory, although in the end, Howard does find what makes him happy.
This is a movie that likely describes the life of many "B" entertainers that are seeking to stay in a limelight that has moved away from them. it is simple and enjoyable.
baffled by so many voters
OK, lets all get a grip. Why do people have to come on tho IMDb and bash a movie because it does not agree with their political views or give it a one so that it will "balance" the votes.
So, lets try to get this straight, I am not an environmentalist, but Wall:E does discuss a real issue in today's world (as does Gone with the Wind, Midnight Cowboy, Brookback Mountain, and many others)and if you are not on the side of the filmmakers than so what? Disagree and enjoy the film! Everything is NOT a left wing plot to twist minds, you have the ability to listen, watch, enjoy, and disagree if you chose.
This is a great achievement in film making, especially in animated film. With very little dialog, the film manages to discuss a current issue, develop a cute love story, and really slam the typical American who just sits around and cannot function without our electronics...this issue I agree with.
I can see how small children may not like this as you need the ability to follow a story without the dialog walking us through, a tough skill for many small kids (and too many adults).
the animation is amazing and this really is a good SciFi movie, not just a good animated film. Plus, the little short about the magician before the flick is good too.
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
A Pleasant Surprise
Being a Star Trek fan for many years, this movie I had avoided because I had heard that is was not very good. I caught it in FLIXe the other night and, surprise, found it to be a very enjoyable movie with all the good things about Star Trek in place and done well. The Next Generation crew does a nice job taking on the issue of forced displacement of a race, feels very "Trail of Tears" when they are marching up the mountains.
The series continues to find hot women to play the love interest in Picard (and Kirk before him), You just can't hire a bombshell to play these roles, so you need to find someone who is beautiful, sexy, but a little more mature and Donna Murphy does a nice job at this.
So, maybe not as action packed as "First Contact" but a pretty good film. maybe a real good one for someone who has avoided Trek because it was to sci fi-ish but is willing to give it a try.
In Plain Sight (2008)
Not a great Pilot
After all the hype and promotion that USA was giving this show, In Plain Sight turned out to be an average show, something that just felt like NBC rejected and sent to its second tier network.
I have been a big fan of past USA show, especially Monk, Psych and Burn Notice, yet this show is disjointed and the plot was confusing. The show as supposed to be the story of federal marshals that hide people as part of the Federal Witness Protection Program, but quickly became a bad cop show with an attempt to solve a local murder of a young man who parents were in witness protection.
There is another story stranding through about Mary McCormick's character and her disjointed family life. Both stories were poorly put together and just typical cliché TV. Still, there is something to this show with an original idea and will, IMHO, develop into a decent show.
So, worth a look and it has lots of room to get better. USA, make it about witness protection people and not just another cop show and you will keep me watching.
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
A Great Film about how Politics Really Works
Although this is not a perfect film, it is a wonderful overview of the Soviet Union's "Vietnam" and how we essentially spent them to death. It also offers, at the end, some idea of why we are in the current situation in Iraq. Tom Hanks does an impressive job with the Wilson character and, having seen several documentaries on, and interviews of, the former Congressman, Hanks seem to get him dead on as a smart ass womanizing boozer who comes from the only district that does not want anything which gives him a free hand to do what he wants with his vote.
This movie shows how much is done in DC behind the scenes and how the committee system can control so much, it also comments that people with limited personal morals can still do good things, an odd concept for many people who see people as either all good or all bad, most of us are somewhere in between.
For the purpose of a good movie, this film does feel a bit choppy at times because they are trying to tell a seven year story in the context of a 97 minute film, so knowing the story and suspending the time element helps.
I recommend this film, it was very good.
Fun film, not a classic, but has its moments
An enjoyable premise and pulled off really well in spots, Delirious is a fun film that spoofs soap's (similar to the TV show Soap)by allowing a soap writer played by John Candy to dream that he is in the soap opera he writes for. While it the dream, he can change what is happening each moment by simply typing it out on his typewriter, most of what he writes involves his anger toward the shows other writers and a vehicle to make himself a sexy leading man while wooing his love interest played by Emma Sands. Because at some moments Candy's character is simply trying to get rid of people, Candy writes some funny, if weird, things that the characters can't even figure out why they are doing them.
Although the movie lags in places, it has some of the funniest lines I have ever heard in movies, especially the Robert Wagner lines about Cleveland and the running gag about cable TV repairmen and having to wait for them. The cable gag is really dated (I haven't had black bar issues in about 15 years)as is other parts of the film, but it still works.
Raymond Burr does a great deadpan job in his final theatrical performance. Muriel Hemmingway really stinks it up, the rest of the cast is made up of soap actors who do a nice job of spoofing their own genre.
Another good flick that spoofs soaps is Soapdish, does not have the fantasy piece of Delirious, but is also very funny.
Road House (1989)
A Microcausem of the 1980s
A "B" movie with so many stereotypes, bad lines, poor acting, naked boobs (at least in the video version), and actors who went from nowhere to....more nowhere, it makes it fun to watch.
Patrick Swayze looks like an Oscar caliber actor in this one, but so what? If you are looking for what the hairstyles and clothes of the 80s looked like, you will enjoy this, the cast must of set a record for hairspray used. At times Julie Michaels hair looks like it is made of plastic.
Badguy rednecks abound (complete with a monster truck!), the good guys win, a hero is killed, another hero gets to girl, and finally all the scared little town folks gather around Swayze to stand up to the evil Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara clearly at rock bottom of his career)...see Pale Rider for the better acted and written western version of the same story.
Just sit and enjoy a trip back the 1980s, and a decent Jeff Healey Band soundtrack, and don't expect too much, but it is lots of fun!