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The Man from Laramie (1955)
Will Lockhart (Jimmy Stewart) travels from Laramie to Coronado only to find that it is practically run by a rich rancher (Donald Crisp) and his greedy son (Alex Nicol). As Will stays in town he tries to find out who was responsible for selling guns to the Apache Native Americans that killed his brother months before.
This was Jimmy Stewart's 8th movie with Anthony Mann. He gives a very well-founded performance. Throughout the movie you can really see him project very realistic emotions. I would have to say this would be one of his better roles.
The story for The Man From Laramie is based on a short story from the Saturday Evening Post by Thomas T. Flynn. The story, while it doesn't have any plot holes, isn't very believable at times. For instance, How did Will get to Coronado when he was told it was Apache country and very few people make it there alive? And he did it with two wagon loads of freight. The thing I found unbelievable was that How come the rich rancher (Donald Crisp) didn't really seem to care about his sons misbehaving. His son broke the law at one point and his father didn't seem to do anything to him.
The camera work is very good. The angles have a bit of a Hitchcocky feel to them. (The askew camera being one of them.) You can tell the director choose them with care. The directing itself is also very good. Anthony Mann did a very good job directing.
If you liked this movie I would also recommend: Open Range, High Plaines Drifter, The Good the Bad and the Ugly.
Great Performances: Cats (1998)
oh well I never! Was there ever a cat so clever as Magical Mr. Mistofelees!
I first saw this version of cats on PBS when I was 6. I have loved it ever since. I got the VHS for Christmas and watched it until the tape wore out. Later I saw it live on Broadway and I still love it.
The music is wonderful, the acting: Elaine Paige, John Mills, Ken Page are great. I remember my favorite cat was Mr. Mistofelees. The songs Memory, Macavity: The Mystery Cat, Journey to the Heaviside Layer, and Mr. Mistoffelees are all wonderful.
As for the people who are really big fans of the Broadway version. They might be disappointed because the song "Growltiger's Last Stand/The Ballad of Billy Mccaw" was cut. When I saw this on stage I was surprised because they had that song and I had never seen it before. So if you wanted to see that song sorry. :(
I would recommend this musical to anyone. The video should be owned by everyone!!
Highly Enjoyable (Even without subs or dubs)
I watched this movie (LEGALLY) on the internet without any Subtitles or Dubbing, and I don't speak Thai. I still could understand it and pretty much guess what was going on. Though I had to go on Wikipedia and read a bit on the plot. The action scenes were very good (And there were no wires used) and the plot was interesting. The violence isn't even as bad as something like a Bruce Lee movie. I think that it could be OK for ages 14 and up.
The basic plot is a village gets a statue of Buddha stolen and they send a young man to get it back. He goes to the city and meets his cousin and they go after it.
I wont say the ending but I enjoyed it.
Rock Band (2007)
Very fun, even for musicians
I just got the Special Edition and it is awesome. I am a guitarist and I found that the drums actually help learn beat. The guitar is nothing like real guitar and the singing is a bit like real singing, though it is more like Karaoke than anything. It is still fun. Probably the best part is the guitar is supposed to be like a Fender Stratocaster, which is the kind of guitar I own. Now I can say I own two.
Pros: Its a fun party game. It can help you learn beat. It's cheaper than a Karaoke machine.
Cons: The drums seem a bit flimsy (Though mine haven't broken...yet). I would rather be playing real guitar. It has some pretty good songs.
Batman: Dead End (2003)
Corny Dialouge, Cheesy Special Effects, But still good.
**SPOILERS** I heard about this movie on Wikipedia because it said Batman vs. Joker vs. Alien vs. Predator. So I downloaded it and watched it. All it is is just 6 minutes worth of cheesy, special effects. The official running time is 8 minutes but there is 2 minutes worth of credits.
Preatty much all the plot is Joker escapes from the asylum, Batman goes after him, they fight. Alien kills Joker, Alien and Batman fight, Predator kills Alien. Batman and Predator fight. Batman defeats Predator. But then something else comes up. But I won't spoil it for you.
It is fine for kids. Though it is unrated it would probably be PG for action violence, and brief mild language.
Over all 9/10 stars.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
One of my favourites!!!
Man I loved this movie, John Candy and Steve Martan at their best. I'm still laughing at it. The best scene do doubt is the infamous car rental scene. You know the one with the all the F bombs. So funny. If it weren't for this movie the song Dashboard by Modest Mouse would never be out. I won't say but that song has a reference to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
For an "R" rated movie I'd say this is fine for kids. Just fast-forward or mute a couple parts and it could be "PG".
This is probably one of John Hughes best movies, his second being Ferris Buellers Day Off, and third being Christmas Vacation. Probably the number one reason why I liked this movie is because I can relate to it. I know a LOT about traveling and things like that. This has some of the greatest lines ever. Like Edie McClurg's line "You're f*****!" lol. 9/10 Peace Out
Clubhouse Detectives (1996)
Kind of like a Junior Hitchcock movie
This movie really reminded me of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. It was a bit cheesy and maybe a bit scary for too little kids. I do remember being scared of it when I first saw it when I was like 7 or 8. But compared to the things now-a-days its like Barney.
There is a murder, I won't say but it isn't bloody or gory at all. If there was a rating between PG and PG-13 like maybe a PG-10 Thats what this would be rated. There is not really any language, Just "shut-up" and "butt". The type of language that four-year-olds get in trouble for saying.
All in all i'd there was a 7.5 thats what I would give it.
You don't understand the problems until you see this movie.
I am an American living in Canada and I can say how blessed I am to be here. This movie shows the problems with health care in its fullest. It is not about the people who can't afford and don't have health care. Its about the people who do have it and the problems with it.
You know the United States is one of the worst countries in the world for health care. Its true. How much did you pay for your last doctors bill? Think about it. Then watch this movie and see what other people are paying. Or not paying. By the way this movie is probably one of Michael Moore's least George Bush Cricizing movie. So people who are more pro-Bush won't be too offended by it. I'm not very good at writing so please don't think that that last sentence is being mean to anyone.
I wonder how Michael Moore does it. Many people made fun of this movie and said it was Jabba the Hut giving health care advice. That is not true. Watch it and you will see.
Oh and by the way. This movie did have a lot of controversy around it. It is fine for kids though there is one bad swear word in it. I won't say how it is used because that would be considered a spoiler, but it is the "F word" and it is written on a piece of paper that they zoomed up on so you can read it. But that was about the only reason it was rated "PG-13". Oh and the music was really funny. I hope they come out with a soundtrack.
Mimi wo sumaseba (1995)
A bit corny but good.
I am a big fan of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. That is the reason I watched this movie. If it wasn't Miyazaki (say it was a Disney) then I probably wouldn't watch it. Its a typical romance movie. A bit of drama a bit corny. But then again its anime.
This movie is the prequel to The Cat Returns. I won't say the connection to it but I will say that they are both good. One thing that I have to say is that after you watch both movies you kinda see some things that are related like similar places and characters.
The voice acting is really great in it. I'm gonna confess that the only actor I recognize is Cary Elwes but they all did a good job. Its better than most lower budget dubbed anime movies. Well thats probably because Disney can afford to have all the high-tech stuff to dub. (If you get the DVD watch the behind the microphone you'll see.
The corniness is kinda the type of thing you get used to. Oh and it is OK for little kids. One of the few anime movies that is.
Rear Window (1954)
Best Hitchcock EVER!!!!
This is Hitchcocks best movie ever. No question. I have seen most of his movies and I think this one is the best.
The Reason? Well when it was at the part where the cops were coming and the guy was going to fall you just get this sense of thrill and that you are watching a great movie.
I do know some people got upset because the guy chopped up his wife but this is my reason why its okay (im not into really gory movies) (1. Its not gory or any blood whatsoever. (2. It didn't actually say that he chopped up his wife. Really watch it again and you'll see. (3. Its Hitchcock its good no matter what.
So I think this is the best Hitchcock ever.
Peace Out :p