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Hollywood Homicide (2003)
A lot of fun!
I went with a friend on opening night to see my idol Harrison Ford in this action/comedy extravaganza. I've been a Ford fan since The Empire Strikes Back and have seen everything he has done past and present. What I saw this evening was my hero finally trying a comedic role and let me say he was absolutely outstanding. Ford and co-star Josh Hartnett worked wonderfully together. I don't want to give away any of the plot but I will say there is an awesome car chase, foot pursuits, fist fights, gorgeous women, and funny sub plots about realty and yoga. The rap music and score of the film were pretty good too.
For anybody who is a fan of Harrison's work such as myself go see this movie, you won't be disappointed!
*** out of ****
A View to a Kill (1985)
The Absolute Best!!!
Roger Moore returns once again in his final epic as Agent 007. This time our hero cashes in his licence to kill but not before going up against an Aryan villain, his Amazonian handmaiden, and getting a little help from a sexy geologist.
It begins in the frozen Arctic wastes of northern Russia as Bond snowboards from troops while the Beach Boys' California Girls do their thing. It leads right into Duran Durans now classic title song that can still be heard on 80s radio stations today. Bond is paired up with ex-Avenger Patrick Macnee who lives it up as Tibbett. They infiltrate the mysterious industrialist Max Zorin's(played with zest by Oscar winner Christopher Walken) chantilly mansion to see why his chemically induced horses keep winning. Once their, Bond meets future Indiana Jones villain Jenny Flex(the gorgeous Allison Doody) and not to mention Zorins butt kicking accomplice MayDay(She-Woman Grace Jones). Bond has his usual first meeting with the Bond girl, Stacey Sutton,(played by stunning Charlie's Angels Tanya Roberts) which in this case turns out for the worst, has a small bed fling with MayDay and Tibbett unfortunately gets washed out. Bond soon escapes and makes it back to the states where he does a little scuba diving into Zorins intake pipes where he meets up with KGB agent Pola Ivanova with whom he had a relationship with years before. Afterwards, Bond soon encounters Stacey and they soon ally with one another to bring Zorin and his San Francisco earthquake project down once and for all. The film climaxes on top of the world on the Golden Gate Bridge in which Bond finds himself up against Zorin and his henchman while rescuing Stacey in the process. Roger Moore soon retires at the end but not before "cleaning up a few details" with Roberts.
The film was the first Bond film I saw way back in late 1985 on video at the age of 4. It has since been my favorite of the series. For its outlandish fantasy, escapism, farce, gadgets, sexiness, Moore's witty attitude, Roberts' brave portrayal of an innocent woman in a perilous situation, Walkens usual crazed performance, and above all a hero that audiences have grown to love all these years.
The soundtrack which is quite hard to find is awesome! Duran Duran's title song provides the backbone while John Barry does his terrific score. The Best 007 soundtrack of them all!
Roger Moore get his hats off to me as being the great James Bond next to Connery.
Christopher Walken is totally suave and cool as the blonde villain with that snickering sneer and relaxed motive of taking over the world in high style. His one liners are great: "Intuitive improvisation is the secret of genius."
Tanya Roberts has always been my favorite Angel and biggest crush as far back as I can remember. She's a resourceful Bond girl with personal vengeance of her own.
The film I believe is part of 80s pop culture along with Back to the Future, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Ghostbusters, Rocky IV, and The Karate Kid.
A View to a Kill ranks in my Top 20 as #13
**** out of ****
The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)
The greatest Karate Kid sequel is an improvement over 2 but still lacking the heart that part 1 contained. Ralph Macchio was superb in his final performance as Daniel. He was a little fatter, older(27), and wiser. So wasn't Morita as well. The villains were top notch with Kove and Griffith doing a great job as evil Vietnam vets who want strictly revenge on the old slope and that punk kid. MIKE BARNES was awesome. The greatest challenge Daniel has ever faced. BARNES was better than Johnny in part 1 and Chozen in part 2. MIKE BARNES I think made this sequel turn out so good. HE WAS AWESOME. His karate was great while Daniels was a joke. I give Karate Kid Part III **** out of ****
Back to the Future (1985)
Quintessential movie of the 80s
The greatest film of all time period. Michael J.Fox's best performance. A sheer delight in story, tone, family elements, and fantasy. No other film to my knowledge has proven to be so popular with fans and the society. Released in 1985 the film proved to be the sleeper hit of 1985 and redefined the time travel genre in terms of story and characterizations. The film's soundtrack is awesome with modern hits from Huey Lewis and the News, Lindsey Buckingham, Eric Clapton, composer Alan Silvestri and classic hits from Etta James and Marvin Berry(Harry Waters Jr.) and the Starlighters with special guest Marty McFly(Fox). Lastly, the greatest time travel adventure to date with imaginative special effects and heart pounding excitement.