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The 4th Floor (1999)
Clumsy and unintentionally funny
Dumb excuse for a thriller with absolutely zero chemistry or reason in relationship between Lewis and Hurt (why is she dating a man old enough to be her father anyway?? The suspense is laughable. Lewis is very good, but a script is needed, and there isn't one. My score for this trash: 2 out of 10.
Silver Wolf (1999)
Roy Scheider gives the WORST performance of his career in this utterly stupid excuse for a nature flick. It doesn't help that the young man in the lead is completely inept as an actor. There really is no script other than good versus evil. There is some strikingly magnificent photography of the Canadian Rockies. That's about it for the plus column.
For Love of the Game (1999)
One long and boring cliche
I'd much rather turn my CD of "A Chorus Line" and repeat the song, "What I Did For Love" for two hours straight than ever spend another two hours with the life of Kevin Costner's character -- and the effect would be exactly the same -- mind-numbing. Kelly Preston is as plastic and unbelievable as ever, but since she is the film's "heart", her shortcomings as an actress are more damaging to the film's credibility than in stupid throwaways like "Nothing to Lose." I don't know why a talented director like Sam Raimi wastes his time on garbage like this.
A Family Thing (1996)
Poignant, intimate movie
Robert Duvall is great as the Southern man who is in for a surprise when his daddy dies. James Earl Jones matches him ever step of the way in magnificent interaction. But Irma P. Hall as the mother, really steals the film. If you haven't seen this, rent it. If it doesn't make you cry and laugh, you have no emotions.
I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore (1992)
Good mixture of pathos and comedy
This is a sweet little film with good performances and a wonderful supporting cast. Mia Peebles is marvelous as the manipulative grad student who plays with Jason Alexander's emotions. And, Alexander is perfect as the overweight under-achiever looking for something better in his life.
Hear My Song (1991)
I loved this movie
This movie was so much fun. Such imagination went into it. The film tells its story really well. The way in which the imitation Joseph Locke is discovered in the first half of the film forced me to hit stop, and go to the bathroom, because I laughed so hard I almost peed myself. All the major characters are wonderful, and the minor characters are better. When Beatty finally does appear as the real Locke, his star quality takes the entire cast to an even higher level. I can't say more without taking some of the fun away from you. Also, old "Man From Uncle" co-star, David McCallum, is marvelous in his small supporting role. Very amusing film with surprising twists and turns and an incredible amount of whimsy.
A guy's movie
Every guy I know loved this film. I get it, but I still don't really get it, if you know my meaning here. All the guys are jerks and we spend 2 hours with them and learn a lot about their obsessions with minutia, but who cares? The few female characters that do appear in the film are completely artificial. This movie should run as halftime entertainment during football games, and leave the rest of us alone.
Home of the Brave (1949)
"Coward, take this coward's hand"
Wow, I would've never seen this movie on my own, but a friend invited me over to watch it on his tape, and I was just blown away. Even though it takes place during action in World War II, this is really much more of a character study than a war movie. Although the relationship between James Edwards and his comrades, especially Lloyd Bridges, who is also really good, is the core of this movie, the actor who plays Mingo (Frank Lovejoy) steals the film with a magnificent performance. I liked this a lot more than Saving Private Ryan.
Her Life as a Man (1984)
Enjoyable TV Movie
Robyn Douglas is very good as a woman who wants to be judged on the merits of her work. The movie is a lot of fun except for Robert Culp who insists on being so unrealistic in one of his worst portrayals. Other than that, the movie is a lot of fun, and generally moves pretty quickly.
One Potato, Two Potato (1964)
Classic Independent Still Hits Hard
I first saw this movie in film class, and was so moved by it that I taped it off the independent Film Channel when they showed it, and watched it twice since. And, it still makes me cry every time I watch it. First, I've never seen a movie so understated about its anger. In this regard Barbara Barrie and Bernie Hamilton are both so good that I don't know the right words to describe it. Second, the girl is not Hollywood "cute", she's not a smarty pants; she is 100% genuine. Third, the Judge is so slick and evil although he comes across so nice just like every Southern judge I have met in real life. My film teacher told me if she could pick one film to give someone the truth of what this country was all about in the early '60's, One Potato Two Potato would be that film. And the love story between Hamilton and Barrie is so real and beset with pain and passion that I can really relate to them.