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Type O Negative: After Dark (1998)
Any fan should own this...
And you thought the band were a bunch of vampires! These guys have more of a sense of humor (albeit dark), (collectively and individually) than anybody. The VHS came out in '98 and I had to own it since getting backstage passes are harder to get than a Greatful Dead ticket. When the DVD came out in '01, they added in the DVD commentary with the band and Slitzy, their friend and light tech. They also added the music video 'Everything Dies' which Kenny directed. The video has them all candidly speaking of song meanings, showing they're asses, watching how Peter has to move around in a tour bus (since he pushes 6'7"), messing up soundchecks, and plenty more. It also has hilarious scenes of fans (and many non-fans) telling you what they think of the band. An instant classic.
Cool as Ice (1991)
So, what's so bad about it?
This movie is very cheesy. So what? All you hypocrites that dissed the ice man for Kid Rock and Eminem should be shot. This is the real deal, folks. So he didn't freakin' swear like the former two do, so he wasn't cool enough for you? Well I'm glad he plays metal, now, anyways, so thank you all.
The movie was made to attract the teenage audience, and I believe it succeeded in all aspects of that except for profit. This is unfortunate, really. He does a decent job of acting, I've seen worse actors, that is for sure (Keanu Reeves, for instance). It's like a romance, comedy, and action movie all in one. Perfect for any young person (or any Ice fan).
Lucas is still a pioneer in the industry
The movie, finally here, delivers. Yes it is over 2 hours long, but in the end we all want it to be that long don't we? With another 3 years to wait for the final installment, we need all the Star Wars screen time that we can get. All the Star Wars films are around 2 hours long, so why would this one be any different?
I, considering myself an extreme movie buff who has seen literally thousands of movies, have never seen anything like this movie before. It's not just the scenery, but the depth of the battle scenes. It makes any battle scene of any movie look like fodder (including Episode I's climactic ending battle scene which was impressive).
The critics of ALL the Star Wars movies are a bunch of self-proclaimed astronomers who expect space laws to be followed to the ninth degree. Give me a break. I'm so sick of hearing about how Yoda didn't act very well or how Hayden and Natalie didn't portray their on-screen romance very convincingly. They did just as well as any. Their performance was hardly worthy of any criticism at all. Considering some of the lines of previous installments (i.e. "No I'll not leave you, I've got to save you"-Mark Hamil, Episode VI; "Let's try spinning, that's a good trick"-Jake Lloyd, Episode I), this movie has an excellent dialogue for a Star Wars film.
Lucas has really out done himself this time, though, imagery wise and story wise. Unbelievable twists, young Boba Fett (a newly sworn enemy of the Jedi), pre-technological artificial limbs, etc. We are all so glad he agreed to have someone help him write the script as you get a few extra ideas and less not-so-great lines.
In the end, the movie is excellent. I have seen it only once so far, but will definitely make it out to see it many times in the theater not as a tremendous fan of Star Wars, but a fan of the awe that the imagery leaves you with.
Fight Club (1999)
This movies is so awesome...you can watch it every day for a year and still come up with some new strategy or detail every time if you watch closely. A couple of friends said they didn't finish it because they couldn't watch past the first 30 minutes...I kept telling them to keep watching because it would blow them away. They finally did, now we watch it during most parties we have! Brad Pitt's finest performance...
Flash Gordon (1980)
So much effort for so little...
The production of this film took, believe it or not, a lot of time to complete. The costumes alone were enough to watch this movie for. Unfortunately, the U.S. market didn't see it the same way. But I love this movie because they tried so hard. The lines of Melody Anderson as Dale Arden were mostly very out of place, and sometimes irritating, but the movie is well worth watching.