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Wild at Heart (1990)
The First Torture Porn Film
In 1990 David Lynch was an all time career peak. His television show "Twin Peaks" had the greatest reviews of all time for a television show. The show debut in April. One month later "Wild at Heart" would win the Canne Film Festival however not everyone loved this film and there seem to be many boo's when it was announced that it did win. It easy to see why this film had such a polarizing effect. It is a very violent and very sexual. It pushes the limits on what content should be allowed in a "R RATED FILM" before it is given a more restricted NC- 17 rating.
"Wild at Heart" is a film that you won't forget once you see it. It is one of those where most people will "Love" or "Hate". Now I was and still am a "Twin Peaks" fan. I was looking forward to seeing this film. However this film I do not love. To me it pushed the envelope way too far. If a scene was violent it was graphic in sexual content.
Here is the story:
In this film After serving prison time for a self-defense killing, Sailor Ripley (Nicolas Cage) reunites with girlfriend Lula Fortune (Laura Dern). Lula's mother, Marietta (Diane Ladd), desperate to keep them apart, hires a hit man to kill Sailor.
If this film was shorter or "Toned down" I might have enjoyed it more. However even now I am very hesitant to watch it.
If you can get through the first 15 minutes and then you will be okay. If you find it too much then you might want to know it only gets more graphic.
Not the the Best David Lynch Film. However if you have a great sound system then put this on and pump up the volume!
SHOUT FACTORY should release this
I am one of the few people that saw this in the theater. The Ballet "Nutcracker" was very expensive to see. I was 21 and I wanted to take my niece & nephew to see it but 3 tickets would have cost about $80 back in 1986. (Around $140 in 2017 Dollars). So I saw this film being advertised in the paper. 3 tickets for this film was $12.00 and it was money well spent. Also we were only the only 3 in the cinema.
I have never seen this play before. I did not know the story. So I was like a child at Disneyland watching this. The costumes were nice bright & beautiful. The sound was an experience unto itself. I loved this film. It was not a bore. It was just a treat for the senses.
Years later I bought this on DVD and was shocked that the film looked so colorless. This film may not have been filmed in technicolor but it was a beautiful looking film. What is not out on DVD looks like the film was shot in VHS.
MGM owns this film. Since they have never released it on blu-ray I hope maybe someday that SHOUT FACTORY will. If not them then KINO LORBER or Olive Films. This is the type of release that those companies specialize in!
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
Worth Watching Once
After 26 years people were waiting for another "Godfather" film. In Late 1988 people were celebrating that the Saga of The Corleone was to continue when Paramount Pictures Announced "The Godfather Part III" was coming in 1990.
Now when "The Godfather Part 2" was released at first that was a head scratchier for many people because the film was told in two different time periods. It was the rise of the the father (Told in flashbacks) and the fall of the son. Then the reviews turned around quickly and :The Godfather Part 2" went on to win Best Picture of the year just like its predecessor. When Francis Ford Coppola decided to make "The Godfather II" he told this story in much different way as he did the other two films however this time he failed. However the casting of Sofia Coppola wan't the films on flaw. The story itself is confusing and not well told.
Another Problem is the character of Michael Corleone. By the time "The Godfather II" he was cold & alone. In this film he is trying to redeem himself. The other story is about the Vatican bank. This is really poorly told. I am sure most of the audience could not really tell you what really happened! By the end of the movie nobody could tell you what exactly what the story was and what was the point?
A major problem also with the film is that of Connie. She has new become vicious! It was established at the end of "Godfather II" that she was now "Taking Care" of her brother.
This film would of have been more better served if Connie had orchestrated the assassination of her brother Michael. After all he ordered her husbands death and their own brother. Her seeking revenge would of been a better story.
What we got here was a huge mess. If you loved the first two movies you will want to see this but you will be very disappointed!
Big Brother (2000)
Cody A Moron
He was stupid. He went after Paul from day one. In fact he was "rude" from day 1. He thought he would be "King". The problem is that he isn't very nice. You can tell the idiot is from the Military. Military people think they are in charge when they are in a room full of civilians. They always have plans and always get mad when you question them and "Their plans". Then they get very mad when their plans fail and then blame other for their short comings.
Cody was IS THE WORSE PLAYER I have seen in years. He came in with a chip on his shoulder. He is not a "People Person". This is a game where you have to be nice, social and then sneaky! He was just a sneak.
If he makes it back into the house he won't last long. He is self destructive. I bet if hasn't in the past he will in the future have an addiction problem.
Lost Horizon (1937)
As of this writing "The Lost Horizon" is about to be released on blu-ray in its all new 4k restoration. The film (as well the remake) had major cuts made prior to there general release! Eventually both have footage lost or destroyed so a full directors cut of either film will never happen. Both film were box office failures on their initial releases. (The Remake is also not as bad as some people think)
In 1942, the film was re-released as The Lost Horizon of Shangri-La. A lengthy drunken speech delivered by Robert Conway, in which he cynically mocks war and diplomacy, had already been deleted in the general release version. Capra felt the film made no sense without the scene, and in later years film critic Leslie Halliwell described the missing 12 minutes as "vital". They were restored years later.
In 1952, a 92-minute version of the film was released. It aimed to downplay features of the utopia that suggested Communist ideals, a sensitive point after a Civil War in China resulted in the ascension of Mao Zedong's Communist Party in that country in 1949.
In 1973, the AFI initiated a restoration of the film. The project was undertaken by the UCLA Film and Television Archive and Columbia Pictures and took 13 years to complete. Although all 132 minutes of the original soundtrack were recovered, only 125 minutes of film could be found, so the seven minutes of missing film footage were replaced with a combination of publicity photos of the actors in costume taken during filming and still frames depicting the missing scenes.
This was also a device that Robert Harver did for his restoration of "A STAR IS BORN". That film had 30 minutes edited. Almost 30 years later he found most of the lost footage but when he did not have footage for the deleted scenes he also used stills.
In 2013, digital restoration of the film was done by Sony Colorworks. It was frame-by-frame restored at Prasad Corporation to remove dirt, tears, scratches and other artifacts.
This restoration I hope is better than the last one. Because of the deleted footage that was re-inserted back into the film was from different sources. The picture quality changes through out the film and that is distracting. The still sequences come off better!
For the film itself it is a joy to watch. It is a marvel. You so desperately want "Shangri-La" to exist. The story is a tad slow here and there but it is still a classic film that in general will hold your attention.
The film (When it was made) was a modern day look at the world we were living in! It is 1935. Before returning to England to become the new Foreign Secretary, writer, soldier, and diplomat Robert Conway (Ronald Colman) has one last task in China: to rescue 90 white Westerners in the city of Baskul. He flies out with the last few evacuees, just ahead of armed revolutionaries.
Unbeknownst to the passengers, the pilot has been replaced and their aircraft hijacked. It eventually runs out of fuel and crashes deep in the Himalayan Mountains, killing their abductor. The group is rescued by Chang (H.B. Warner) and his men and taken to Shangri-La, an idyllic valley sheltered from the bitter cold. The contented inhabitants are led by the mysterious High Lama (Sam Jaffe).
Initially anxious to return to civilization, most of the newcomers grow to love Shangri-La, including paleontologist Alexander Lovett (Edward Everett Horton), swindler Henry Barnard (Thomas Mitchell), and bitter, terminally-ill Gloria Stone (Isabel Jewell), who miraculously seems to be recovering. Conway is particularly enchanted, especially when he meets Sondra (Jane Wyatt), who has grown up in Shangri-La. However, Conway's younger brother George (John Howard), and Maria (Margo), another beautiful young woman they find there, are determined to leave.
Frank Capra's production design seems to have influenced "The Wizard of Oz" which was made 2 years later. There is certain sequences that "oz" echos.
Superman II (2006)
For years fans wanted a "Richard Donner" to do his cut of "Superman II". He originally was filming "Superman I & II" back to back. When filming went over the budget it was decided to just finish filming "Superman I" and finish "Superman II" later.
Well Donner was fired from "Superman II". So Richard Lester was brought in to finish filming of the sequel. Richard Donner however did shoot about 70% of "Superman II". However scenes were re-shot by Richard Lester so Donner would not be able to get screen credit. On top of that the producers decided to cut out Marlon Brando because he would be able to get millions of dollars for his performance but the producers cut him out in order not to pay him! He played "Superman's Father". There were several critical scenes he was in. So his scenes were re- written and Susannah York replaced him. Where Superman was getting advice originally from his dad he was now getting it from his mother.
Well 25 years later Richard Donner was brought in and Warner Brothers got behind this project and let Donner do his cut. Now there is flaws with this film but it least "Superman II" fixed one major plot hole. Most of all it restores Marlon Brando back into the film.
Most We finally see how "Superman" got his powers back. It is the emotional center of the film.
This version has its flaws however. It does repeat the ending of "Superman" but original turning back time was suppose to be the ending for "Superman II".
There is a few other changes that could be done fix the ending. Instead of "Turning back time". I would have had Super still kiss Lois Lane but she keeps all of memories. Superman however is a little sexually frustrated and he takes it out on the bully at the end.
I think the reason why they decided to keep the "Turning Back Time" ending again was this was a way to use the most Richard Donner Footage.
Now will they ever re-edit this again? Maybe they will. I just hope Warner Brothers takes a look around at the Fan Edits that are out there. People have been very creative. The film can easily be restored to include more destruction of the world that was originally intended.
The Exorcist (1973)
No the Devil Didn't Win
There is 2 Versions of this film. I prefer we the 2nd version which was subtitled "The Version You Have Never Seen".
The writer of "The Exorcist" (William Peter Blatty) Hated the Theatrical release of "The Exorcist". He did not talk to the director (William Friedkin) for years. The reason for the dispute was that Blatty thought that Friedkin cut too many scenes out of the film and made it look like "Evil Had One". For years on talk shows and public speaking tours Mr Blatty had to defend the film because many people though "Evil WOn Out". Finally after 20+year of pleading William Friedkin re-edited the film to include scenes that Blatty thought was needed. After he re-edited the film Director William Friedkin) agreed that Blatty had been right for all these years. The Re-edited Version is called "The Version You've Never Seen" and it is better but only slightly.
Many people thought in the original version that "The Devil Won". This proves to me most people are stupid. If you look at the original ending the Priest Sacrifices Himself to save the girl. The Exorcism didn't work but the devil didn't win.
This film is still very scary. If you never seen it then please watch it but keep small children out of the room. Suitable for 12 on Up
Lost Horizon (1973)
Not as bad as some say
I have not seen the original "Lost Horizon". I just watched this one. I was not a hater of this film and was willing to watch this with an open mind. For years I have herd this was the worse musical of all time. I think that is far from the truth, I think people that have said that have never seen "Grease 2".
This film tells the story of a group of travelers whose airplane is hijacked while fleeing a bloody revolution. The aeroplane crash lands in an unexplored area of the Himalayas, where the party is rescued and taken to the lamasery of Shangri-La. Miraculously, Shangri-La, sheltered by mountains on all sides, is a temperate paradise amid the land of snows. Perfect health is the norm, and inhabitants live to very old age while maintaining a youthful appearance.
One of the main problems with this film is that many scenes are not needed. There is lots of scenes where people are just walking and saying nothing. Songs also go on way too long.
Now the songs are not great but they are out of place. I think the film needed different song writers. For some reason the songs felt like they were meant for a different film.
The cast is okay but this is a musical. Most of the actors can't sing (They were dubbed) but they also can't dance. You can't get away that.
Maybe someone might have the guts to try to make a musical out of the source material again. I would love to see them try ti make a decent musical out of it.
If someone does make another musical (With a different songs and score) then please remember to start off a musical with a song and no wait 30 minutes for it!
Marvin's Room (1996)
Hume Cronyn Acted Like He was still on a stage
If you want to see a great actors do a bad job then watch this film. Hume Cronyn one of Americas greatest actors should have been told toned his performance. He was so bad in this that Diane Keaton looked so good that she got an Academy Award Nomination. The best thing about this film however is Meryl Streep who once again proves she is the greatest.
In this film A leukemia patient attempts to end a 20-year feud with her sister to get her bone marrow.
The film is okay to watch but Hume is so bad that it sinks the entire thing
The Christmas Card (2006)
Why this film Rocks
First) The cast is great. Second) Its a film about adults. Third )The Setting is beautiful. Fourth) The characters are believable Fifth) It is about love.
This film is first rate all the way. I was not exactly excited to see this. Later I found myself "Yelling at The Television" and I never do that. So the film was working on me more than I knew when I was watching it.
I really love this film. Yes you can most likely guess the ending but "Not all of it" which makes this movie an emotional experience you will enjoy. This film is meant for ADULTS. Its not for people that love "Spider-Man".
The story is a man is on leave from the Iraq war. With no family of his own he goes to a town where the residents send "Christmas Cards" to our service men. To say anything more would be wrong. I love this film. If you like love stories then this is a must. If your a guy buy this for your girlfriend or wife and watch it together. Trust me you will thank me later.
Watch it and enjoy