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Clash of the Titans (1981)
Wonderful movie, total fantasy; great special effects for the era
I don't care what anybody says; I loved this movie when I saw it and still love it today. Even though the special effects are not "Star Wars" quality; Ray Harryhausen was the best special effects person there was; by far. He created monsters at a time when there was not the kind of money or technology that we have today. Rick Baker, monster maker, who does the Eddie Murphy movies and Michael Jackson videos is good; and so is John Carpenter; but Harryhausen was and will always be the best in the business.
Hey, we know that this is now a real story; but just the fantasy aspects of it is wonderful. I remember seeing this with some of my friends; we were all adults; and we enjoyed it immensely. We got to see Harry Hamlin without a shirt on before he got famous on L.A. Law. We got to see Ursula Anderss (the fabulous 1st Bond girl), British actors Maggie Smith (was in her prime), and Laurence Olivier (finally living out his fantasy of actually being a God). We got to see Burgess Meredith (after the Penguin, but before Rocky). The acting was kind of flat; but it is a fantasy; and based on Greek mythology so anything is possible.
This movie taught me not to be vain like Caseopia, don't try to get revenge like Calibos, to be strong and wise in order to find my destiny like Perseus; help others find their destinies and when others fall down; help pick them up like Zeus did Perseus. Make sure that we you know what you are do to and do it well; not letting your circumstances dictate your outcome.
That is why I like this movie so much; life lessons are there; you just have to look for them. Also, being judgmental never helped anybody and judging this movie too harshly is a big mistake; there is no cursing; no explicit sex, and is timed just right for a big box of popcorn and soda. Get this on DVD and show it to your kids or grandkids; let them see how movies were made without $400,000,000 budgets, still came out good, and have life lessons.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Great movie; take time out to watch it and learn some of life's lessons
It took me 10 years to see this movie; I dated a guy who constantly talked about it 7 years ago; but I never did see it. I am not into prison movies; so I kept telling him I didn't want to see it. Whenever it came on television, I would go into another room and watch something else. I just thought he liked it because he has been in prison before; and it reminded him of being in there or something (silly me).
But, this Labor Day Weekend (2005); when it came on again; I decided to sit down and just look at it for the first time. Well; was I pleasantly surprised and glad that I did finally see it. Great plot, good direction, characters that had some depth and the surprise ending too boot. Also, just to be able to see Morgan Freeman act is a treat me for anyway; he is such a great actor. He finally won the Academy Award that he so richly deserved all of these years for Million Dollar Baby. He got robbed of the Academy Award for "Driving Ms. Daisy" and for "Lean on Me"; but he finally got what was due him.
I also liked Tim Robbins portrayal of his character, as he was quiet, and smart. You know, being quiet sometimes can help a person get through many difficult ordeals in their life. Folks have a tendency to ignore you and don't pay much attention to you then. I learned how to be quiet and not so loud all the time; thinking is better than talking in certain situations.
Before I saw this move, I was not being treated well at work by my boss, and struggling with how to handle it. Seeing this movie actually helped me to do something positive about it. My boss and my job will never be the same.
Andy was right; we need to get along with the business of living or the business of dying; and living is much better.
P.S. I broke up with the guy I was dating 7 years ago; he was a jerk.
Sanctified Minister Chicago, IL
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953)
This Movie Scared the Heck out of me when I was a child.
This movie scared the heck out of me when I was a child. They used to show this movie all the time; and I used to watch it whenever it came on. I used to have bad, bad dreams about Dr. T., and all of those pianos.
Dr. T. was villian that truly seemed as if he was crazy and cruel to childre. It was bad enough that this movie was in color; that made things look as if the characers and sets were in primary colors; Tommy looks a little; well brown. The fact that Tommy didn't have a father was bit sad and I remember thinking; I hope my father does't end up going away from us. It was a scary time in our lives when this movie was shown on t.v.; their was a war going on and I guess they thought we could use a little variety in our lives.
The problem I had with this movie was the dungeon scene; with the hachet man being just horrenedous to look at; he was the dirtiest and nastiest looking-man I had ever seen and I had many, many nightmares about that scene with all of those pianos and those little boys trying to play the piano. Dr. T. is also the scariest man I had ever seen at that time in my life. Hans Conried was Danny Thomas' uncle which made me want to see this movie. After a while; I was banned by my parents from watching it at all because of all the nightmares I had from seeing it.
I recently saw this movie on cable tv and it is still one of the scariest movies I have ever seen. For them to say this is a child's movie is just a true joke.
Don't let your children watch this unless you are with them and am able to understand that it is just a movie.
Our Man Flint (1966)
The Coolest of the Flint Movies
This has got to be one of my favorite movies of all times. When Derrick Flint has those dogs that can smell your emotions; that is just too much for me. Also, he was the coolest American hero at the time; because James Bond was from the U.K; but Derrick Flint was ours.
This movie so cool because not only was James Coburn one of my favorite actors; but he also was cool and smooth in all of his movies. One of the best scenes is when he rescues "his girls" and tell them that "they are not a pleasure unit." That line has stuck wtih me and kept me out of many relationships and out of a lot of trouble in my lifetime.
But, my favorite scene in this movie is when Derrick Flint puts his girls in those drums. Of course; the girls had on bikinis, and after he blows up the island while looking smashing and not getting his white pants dirty. Are you kidding, Flint be dirty; it just aint; gonna happen. Also without one hair out of place on his or his girls' head. He puts them in those drums, throws them over a waterfall, but of course, there is nobody to seal his drum; so he jumps right into the the ocean and swims away just in time before the entire island blows to bits. Getting the beautiful girl in the end; now that is what I call action-movie.
I will truly miss James Coburn because he knew how to be cool, polished, and funny while keeping a straight face all at the same time.
A Huge James Coburn Fan