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The Witches (1990)
Enchanting and creepy.
Roald Dahl's novel of supernatural women who want to rid the world of children becomes a film which shows some pretty nice effects.
It stars Angelica Huston as the Grand High With who holds a meeting at a hotel, where at the same time a former witch hunter and her grandson, Luke, are staying. The Grand High With is then battled against by the two while Luke has been turned into a mouse.
It's a pretty gruesome film due to the fact that children will be watching. The film may prove a little too much for them but it's great, with good performances and some enchanting music at the start, the film gives the look of a real family movie. ****
Gross but fun.
Myke Myers returns as the hip swinging spy, Austin Powers to stop Dr. Evil who has returned from space to go back in time to steal Austin's 'mojo'. You might as well forget the plot because it doesn't really mean anything. The movie gets its kicks with Austin's usual jokes, Dr. Evil's brilliant quotes and a lot of other ideas. The film is good and pretty funny, it's just not exciting and fresh like the original. A fun film. ***
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)
I thought it couldn't get worse.
The followup to 1995's blockbuster "Mortal Kombat" is as bad, if not worse than the original. The story is just unbelievable and the script is just plain bad. The actors are in some cases different, but in all cases doing a pretty bad job. There aren't any fancy ideas to save the movie and the special effects and camera work may have thought to been updated and better but they haven't. Nightmare of a movie that keeps the fans of the videogame interested enough but for everyone else, it flops. Incredibly bad film that would be better if it didn't exist. *
Just a comic book.
It's not a bad thing that a comicbook has become a big Hollywood film but there's something about the movie that says, I shouldn't like this but I do.
There are ideas that aren't great and action scenes that have been seen everywhere, but the film provides an entertaining look on geeky teen Peter Parker(Tobey Maguire in good form)becoming a superhero with superpowers that he has inherited from a radioactive spider. The film also tries to stress the fact that,"With great power comes great responsibility". This quote is said to much and soon you find yourself saying, "We know". With that the film also gives action scenes that are good, some actors that shouldn't be there and a pretty unoriginal ending that we've seen time and time again. ***
Mortal Kombat (1995)
Complete waste of time!
Based on a video game, Mortal Kombat doesn't really have much of a plot. Well for what it is it goes like this.
Three people, an actor, a policewoman and a guy looking for revenge for the murder of his brother are chosen to go to a weird island to compete in a tournament that will chose the fate of the world. If it's got you interested then fine but you will be bored sooner or later.
Pretty bad acting and a script that is either so corny or just plain annoying makes this a movie that is just stupid. Christopher Lambert as some electric god or other tries to be mysterious but just gives a performance that is really a man that whispers a lot. The special effects are fine with some sets that are well made. The fight scenes are alright but most of the thrills rely on sound effects rather the acting and visuals. So really a movie to be avoided but the special effects may give a little entertainment. **
After Wayne's World Myke Myers has made a comeback with a swinging spy called Austin Powers.
Austin Powers has had himself frozen since 1967 so that if his nemises Dr. Evil returns to Earth he can be called upon to do battle with the mastermind.
It's a fun James Bond spoof with Myke Myers playing both the title role and the bad guy. Although the film is to make Austin the star of the show it's actually Dr. Evil that is funnier with his brilliant phrases such as when he explains who his parents are. The fun doesn't even stop there. Of course there are some faults and the film does wear some of the jokes thin but it doesn't stop Austin and the other weird and wonderful characters from making the whole thing a funny romp. ****
Police Academy (1984)
It turns out that the mayor of a city is wanting to have a better Police force and so opens up a more spaces in the Police Academy so that more people may apply. It turns out that the new applicants are a bunch of losers, wackos, and other various people that just don't fit in.
The whole film is very funny. The characters are normal but very different making them look like complete misfits against each other. But the show is stolen by G.W. Bailey who plays the mean but brilliant Lieutenant Harris.
The movie is a very funny and promising film that is lots of fun. ****
Hot Shots! (1991)
The makers of Airplane! decide to make fun of the highly successful Top Gun. And the movie is fine. It's not amazing or spectacular but has its moments of comedy that show that whatever you did to see this movie is not wasted.
Topper Harley is wanted to test out a new plane for the navy and meets up with a rival, an attractive secretary and a loony Admiral(brilliantly done by Lloyd Bridges).
It's not a long film but it's fine to watch when bored though watching it time and time again may drag the jokes out of it. ***
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
Far better than the dreaded first.
The Scary Movie team are back to make more fun of the horror genre. Oh good. Well it's not that bad. It's certainly an improvement on the last attempt to make us laugh.
The survivors of a murder spree are tricked by a professor who is desperate for you-know-what, into staying in a house that once lived a girl who was possessed, and other mysterious things that have happened. The teens are then put up against a haunted house run by a strange care taker called Hanson.
The film makes fun of supernatural horror movies this time and has some jokes that can give a giggle and most of the giggles come from Hanson(Chris Elliot), but there are other jokes that are repetitive, unoriginal and just stupid that brings the movie down again. Another problem is that the movie is far too short and maybe this was a good idea as to not to go to far but in the end it's just a movie that will put a smile to your face, if not it will gross you out. ***
After lurking outside a little store, sabotaging a game show, giving love advice and saved the world, Jay and Silent Bob decide to go to Hollywood to stop a movie from being made.
Jay and Silent Bob find that the comic book "Bluntman and Chronic" is about to made into a major movie and not everyone in the world is happy about the idea so they send their offensive opinions on the subject onto the internet. Jay and Bob aren't happy about this and decide to go to Hollywood to stop the movie being made. On the way they make friends, eniemies and meet up with a chimpanzee.
The film is good fun(not clean fun though)and gets giggles right from the start, but there are jokes that aren't original and then you can find yourself not laughing at them. Also you will have to watch the other four movies(and the Scream triology) with the duo in them to get more laughs. It's fun but not fantastic.***