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Best. Movie. Evar.
I laughed. I cried. Then I watched Battle of the Planets or whatever it was called. Seriously. Hilariously bad. This is sort of a spaghetti space western I guess. Extremely low production values -even for a 70s sci-fi flick. Really strange and bad acting complements the nonsensical story. I'm pretty sure that the stars were just white paint splattered on black boards or occasionally white Christmas tree lights. For the space walk scenes it appears that they just turned the camera on its side while people waved their arms around.
I got this movie as part of the 50 Classic Sci-Fi Movies pack available at amazon.com or that deep discount DVD place. I highly recommend getting one or more of those.
Battlefield Earth (2000)
No where near as bad as they all say.
The special effects were good. Some of the dialog was good. The plot was tenuous at best, and then fell apart more. L. Ron Hubbard is a dangerous weirdo, but this movie was entertaining.
I gave it an 8. I would give it a 6, but I think that it's place as 24th worst movie ever is just a bunch of unimaginative jerks jumping on the bandwagon. I think a lot of voters probably never saw the film.
But for the last half hour, I would give it a ten...
The last 30 or 40 minutes of this film were abominable. Jackson had made so many alterations to the story throughout the trilogy that were unnecessary, that I can't believe he didn't make the necessary alteration of editing out the last two chapters of the novel. That's a bit extreme, but as a film the logical post-climax conclusion of the movie would have been the coronation of Aragorn. From here he could have had a brief montage of Shire events, then a nice visually stunning ending of Elven ships sailing away at the very end. 5 minutes, not 30.
If he was going to cut something it should have been the painfully boring ending, and
-Other than that, best movie of the year, best trilogy ever, best fantasy film ever, best story to film adaptation ever, best use of CGI yet, great performances, etc. etc. etc.
The Cat in the Hat (2003)
I never saw a trailer, just merchandising.
The interesting thing about this movie was that I never once saw a trailer, preview, or ad for the movie when it was going to be released in theaters, while it was playing, or when it was released on video/dvd. What I DID see was the most disgusting barrage of merchandising and film/merchandise tie-in ads that I have ever seen. One day I watched TV for about 3 hours and EVERY commercial break without exception contained an advertisement for a product that had been cross-branded with cat in the hat. I can't remember them all now, but mostly it was Burger King. I still have not seen any part of this movie.
My girlfriend loves this movie.
My girlfriend loves this movie. She owns it on vhs. I like the movie enough to watch it occasionally. It's a funny, campy, stereotypically teeny bopper slasher flick. There's a little t + a, a lot of violence, and a lot of stupid Porky's 3/Police Academy 4 kind of nonsense. Don't pay to rent it, but if it's ever on cable or someone happens to own it, definitely watch it.
The Scorpion King (2002)
Mummy and Mummy 2, they were stupid and entertaining. This was just stupid. Walked out.
First 5 minutes were like a rock video, then it got worse. It calmed down a bit, he churned out a few Schwarzenneggeresque lines, did some super-human feats, stopped being super-human at other times. I know it wasn't supposed to be believable, but it should have been consistent. There didn't seem to be any continuity. My date couldn't take any more. We left. I liked Mummy and Mummy 2, they were stupid and entertaining. This was just stupid.
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
I saw it at a late-run theatre for $1.25, so I wasn't disappointed.
My date and I walked out of The Scorpion King after about ten minutes and went into this one. It was only marginally better. They took an average novel by an average novelist, added some typical Hollywood b.s. and some spectacular special effects and Ben Affleck for the ladies. The story is just some scary crap that seems to me to be ill-timed shock effect (affect?) riding on American fears of terrorists. The details are barely plausible and the way it is logistically constructed is many times quite ludicrous. The way that the various department heads, the president, and the agents react and behave during the crisis is unrealistic. The ending is also implausible. It was fairly entertaining and I saw it at a late-run theatre for $1.25, so I wasn't disappointed.
Minority Report (2002)
Another Dick adaptation arguably as good as the others.
I won't say that this film is as good as Blade Runner -or that it will be considered a classic on the same level, but a case could be made for that. I will go as far as to say that it is as good or better than Total Recall, a movie I thoroughly enjoy. The special effects are, predictably, excellent. The action sequences are masterfully constructed, though obviously far-fetched at most times. They are also often laced with some comic relief which detracts a little from the overall believability, but I thought they were clever and were appreciated by the audience. The story had a few holes in it. There were a few times that the plot was furthered by some painfully unbelievable shortcomings of future technology. For a vague example, there are a couple scenes where even today's security systems at lower level institutions would have cut this story short. Oh well, it didn't ruin anything for me. Great eye candy. Fun story. Capable acting performances.
The Accountant (2001)
Hilarious, somewhat over-acted dark comedy.
We saw this at a showing of all the short films, animated and non-, that were nominated for Oscars. With the exception of two of the animated films (Grey Area or Gray Area and the Pixar birds on the line thing) it was the best of them. The title character was a piece of genius, though a bit overdone in my opinion. This film, though in a rather dark comic fashion, addresses some fairly serious problems in the reality of America's heartland, American "culture", politics, and human nature. The last line of the film is a real Lulu that kept me chuckling whenever I recalled it for days.
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Confused and disturbed, but not disappointed.
Yow. I hardly ever find actual horror movies scary, whereas I find most David Lynch films to be extremely terrifying. This film is no exception, except in that it is more so. It is the first Lynch film I have seen on the big screen and I was not disappointed - confused and disturbed, but not disappointed. I get the impression from this film that Lynch really hates Hollywood. This film is an assault on many Hollywood clichés, while at the same time a showcase of Lynch's talent at using and transcending those same devices. There's some traditional suspense type stuff, romance kind of stuff, and some Tarantino-esque stuff all thrown in.
Speaking of devices, I must admit that I was just slightly disappointed in how Lynch fell back on some of his recurring themes and surreal/occult plot twist. Most notably seen in Twin Peaks and Lost Highway, Lynch's universe seems to include some shadowy network of sorcerer type people or creatures that somehow use human souls or emotions to fuel their time and space bending schemes. In this film it's "The Cowboy" who seems to be near the top of this cabal. His brief appearance(s) is one of the best scenes I have ever seen.
There's some seemingly gratuitous steamy girl on girl action too.