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Clash of the Titans (1981)
This movie is imaginative and enthralling, made even more charming by the use of stop motion effects. Movies, especially fantasy movies, really shouldn't look 100% real. That's why it's myth/fantasy. The monsters are excellent, especially Medusa. Honestly, I wouldn't want to see them done with today's special effects. The old ones make the film much cooler.
As far as the acting, there are no real problems. Harry Hamlin and Judi Bowker are kind of lifeless, but it almost seems appropriate for the characters. The gods are all portrayed in a way that reflects the actual myths. In actuality, there is no blatantly bad acting present here.
"Clash of the Titans" only loosely follows the actual myth of Perseus, but that doesn't detract from the overall quality of the film. If you are a person who watches movies for FUN, they way they were meant to be watched, you'll probably love this movie!
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
One of the best films ever made!
"Little Shop of Horrors" is so amazingly special and unique, that viewing it almost transports you to another world. It's quite possibly the best film representation of a stage musical ever made--the sets are perfect, the casting is perfect, the music is perfect, and everything else about the film is perfect. Rick Moranis, Vincent Gardenia, and Steve Martin are all wonderful as Seymour Krelborn, Mushnik, and Orin Scrivello, DDS. However, my favorite performance in this film is that of Ellen Greene (who reprises her part from Broadway). The role of Audrey, Seymour's bubbly, sexy yet innocent co-worker with low self-esteem was made for her. I heard that the role was first offered to Barbara Striesand (who declined), and I am SO glad Ellen ended up getting it! Maybe the reason why some people, though very few, don't care for this movie is that there has never really been another film (that I'm aware of) even remotely like it. I just hope one day this film gets re-released into theaters!
Hocus Pocus (1993)
The critics couldn't be more off-target!
While I've been enjoying this film for years, I only recently decided to read some reviews for it, and am shocked! The truth is, this film is a wonderfully comical and charming tale of three Salem witches that are resurrected by a teenage boy, who, with the help of his little sister and love interest, must try to stop them from stealing the souls of children. This movie really sparkles in the representations of the witches, who are all cast perfectly. Bette Midler provides for a hilarious and almost frightening Winifred (the leader), Sarah Jessica Parker shines as the sexy, dim-witted Sarah, and Kathy Najimy is marvelous as the funny, perky Mary. What makes the film even better is that there are two stunning musical numbers--Midler's delightful "I Put a Spell on You" and Parker's hypnotic "Come, Little Children." Ignore the critics, "Hocus Pocus" is perfect not only for Halloween, but for any time of the year!