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Cheesy as an omelette but as good as one too
I honestly think this is an underrated movie.
The plot seems good, although it was carried out weakly, I still enjoyed the movie. Revenge of nature is not an easy thing to portray on film, and this film did its best.
Ray Milland gave an over-the-top-but-still-very-entertaining performance as Jason Crockett, the grumpy old man responsible for toxic waste dumping all along the island he lives on. Sam Elliott was great as an early-career role of Pickett Smith, the hero. Joan Van Ark was alright as the joyful Karen Crockett, the girl who has a crush on Pickett. Adam Roarke was excellent as Clint, Karen's goofy cousin. And everyone else...well... don't hold your breath.
The music was a little off-beat but good nonetheless. The effects were a little ridiculous but still alright.
Not too bad of a movie. Only watch knowing its gonna be bad.
Joe Kidd (1972)
Despite an amazing first look, film falls short in Eastwood's line of films.
I began watching this movie with the highest expectations. I saw the plot outline, and an amazing cast including such names as Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, John Saxon, Don Stroud, Paul Koslo, Gregory Walcott, and Dick Van Patten, and a direction by John Sturges. However, all these amazing things didn't make the movie itself amazing, but it was by no means bad.
The acting was really well done. Clint played a very good former bounty-hunter Joe Kidd, Robert Duvall was great as the wealthy landowner Frank Harlan, John Saxon was excellent as the hispanic revolutionary Louis Chama, Don Stroud was very well cast as the sadistic Lamarr Simms, James Wainwright was perfect as the sniper Olin Mingo, Paul Koslo was also well-cast as the goofy Roy Gannon, Gregory Walcott was wonderful as the outspoken sheriff Bob Mitchell, and Stella Garcia was good as Helen Sanchez.
The music was pretty well done, and there were some good scenes although nothing extraordinary. If you are looking for just entertainment, this is the movie for you. But don't expect another "Good, Bad, and the Ugly"/ 7/10
The Gauntlet (1977)
Absolutely absurd and predictable...but somehow still great
If I had to compile a list of absurd movies with predictable twists, thin plot, and limited character build-up, this movie would win hands-down. However, it is still a good movie.
Clint Eastwood plays Ben Shockley, a mediocre cop who must transport a witness, a prostitute named Gus Malley (Sondra Locke) to a trial against the mob. However, them and the paid-off police have other plans.
Clint and Sondra were actually good here in my opinion. Pat Hingle nearly stole the show as Josephson, Shockley's cop buddy. William Prince was excellent as Blakelock, their commander. Michael Cavanaugh did well as Feyderspiel, the DA. And Bill McKinney was skillfull in playing the Constable that Shockley and Gus run across.
There were many great scenes, and although they were beyond absurd and unrealistic, they still were very entertaining. More so than many modern blockbusters.
Coogan's Bluff (1968)
"You better drop that blade, or you won't believe what happens next, even while it's happening."
While Dirty Harry watches over the streets of San Francisco, Coogan watches over Texas...I mean Arizona.
Clint Eastwood plays Coogan, a man who is sent to New York to bring back prisoner James Ringerman (Don Stroud) to Arizona, his jurisdiction (although many assume at first he is from Texas due to the fact he nearly dresses like a cowboy). However, after confronting Lt. McElroy, Coogan finds out that he can't just take Ringerman as is, that he must go through a long process. Coogan, being a no-nonsense cop with his own rules, decides to make his own way to get Ringerman. Along the way he must get through Linny (James' girl; played by Susan Clark), Julie (Linny's probation officer; played by Tisha Sterling), Pushie (Ringerman's buddy; played by David Doyle), McElroy, and even Ringerman's mom (played by Betty Field).
There were numerous chase/fight/confrontation scenes, however even with all that and Clint Eastwood and the expert directing of Don Siegel, the movie still falls slightly short. That doesn't mean it isn't entertaining however.
Let's see, where to begin...
I saw this movie late at night about a month ago. I had heard good things about it and saw its IMDb page and was looking forward to it...boy did I ever get tricked. I usually love late-night horror movies, but this was a real snoozer. I kept falling asleep and my girlfriend kept having to wake me up. The theatre started with about 12 people in it, there were 5 when it was done.
First off, I HATE Vera Farmiga. I have not liked her in ANYTHING she has been in, and this was no different. Calling her an actress is like calling nails on a chalkboard music.
The scares were very predictable. First off, too many "jump" scenes. Second, any "twist" they came up with I figured out within the first 20 minutes; and they weren't even that interesting to begin with.
'Esther' wasn't good, scary, convincing, memorable, or even remotely interesting. Her character build-up was poorly done, and she was a very predictable "killer".
There was almost no good in this movie, the only thing that kept me watching was some good scenery and some good suspense. Not much, though.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
"Chalk up another victory to the human spirit."
Who knew a movie about apes could be so good? This movie is a classic, hands-down.
The plot: some astronauts crash-land on a mysterious planet ruled by apes who enslave humans.
Performances: Charlton Heston was perfect as Taylor, the lead astronaut who is thrown into ape society. Roddy McDowall was also perfect as Cornelius, a chimp who helps out Taylor. Kim Hunter was fun to watch as Zira, Cornelius' wife. Maurice Evans was memorable as Dr. Zaius, Zira's boss who wants Taylor brought down. Linda Harrison was interesting as Nova, Taylor's mute human love-interest. Robert Gunner was excellent as Landon, Taylor's panicked fellow-astronaut. And Lou Wagner was great as Lucius, Cornelius and Zira's nephew.
Music score: Very professionally done. Really got you into the mood of every scene.
The make-up: Extensive and well-done. The apes look very convincing.
The verdict: a classic movie by all means, if you have not seen it, do it now! 10/10
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
"Some men are destined never to leave Alcatraz... alive"
I've seen several movies on life in prison, several on escaping from prison, and a few on Alcatraz. But now, they've all been mixed together, with Clint Eastwood in the center.
The set was as authentic as it could be, it was actually Alcatraz.
The acting was perfect. Clint Eastwood strolled through this movie naturally as Frank Morris, the inmate who was destined to escape Alcatraz. Fred Ward was a natural as John Anglin, and Jack Thibeau as Clarence Anglin, the brothers who accompany Frank in escaping. Larry Hankin was surprisingly good as Charley Butts, Frank's neighbor who wants in on the escape. Roberts Blossum was well cast as Doc, the inmate who survives off painting. Paul Benjamin was very very good as English, the man of color who seems like the well-educated type. Frank Ronzio was entertaining as Litmus, the sort-of comical inmate. Bruce Fischer was good as Wolf, the troublesome inmate. And Patrick McGoohan was excellent as the Warden of Alcatraz.
The story was well written to fit the true story of 3 men's escape from Alcatraz. Although it was most likely altered, it is still definitely one of Eastwood's better movies.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
"The media is like the weather, only it's man-made weather."
They don't make movies like this one anymore.
Simple concept: two people with messed up childhoods fall in love and go on a killing spree.
However, with great imagery and styles used to execute many of the scenes, Natural Born Killers stands out quite a bit.
The great performances were one reason this movie did so well. The soft-spoken, poetic, bi-polar psycho Mickey Knox was expertly played by Woody Harrelson. Juliette Lewis went all out here playing Mallory, the traumatized, angry lover of Mickey. Robert Downey Jr. gave one of his best performances here as Wayne Gale, the Australian news-reporter who blows the Knox's killing spree way out of proportion. Tommy Lee Jones gave an award-winning show as Warden McClusky, the bi-polar, crazy, eccentric prison warden. Tom Sizemore was very good as Detective Jack Scagnetti, the crazy Detective who chases after the Knox's.Rodney Dangerfield really helped steal the show as Ed Wilson, Mallory's drunken abusive father. Russell Means was very well cast as the Old Indian who helps Mickey and Mallory. There were also a lot of great side-performances by Dale Dye, Lanny Flaherty, Steven Wright, Richard Lineback, Kirk Baltz, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Edie McClurg, Sean Stone, Everett Quinton, Arliss Howard, and O-Lan Jones.
The camera-work was especially good and nauseating at the same time, just how it seems to have meant to be.
The music score was very well put together as well.
All of these elements made this movie very enjoyable, unfortunately I felt the plot was pretty thin. However, that didn't stop me from enjoying this.
"In two hundred years we've gone from 'I regret but I have one life to give for my country' to 'F*** you!'?"
This movie has "summer blockbuster" written all over it.
That doesn't mean it is bad, however. If you are looking for entertainment, Speed delivers.
The plot was simple enough, a bomb is rigged to a bus to arm itself at 50 MPH and to blow up if the bus drops below that speed.
Keanu Reeves plays Keanu Reeves as Officer Jack Traven, an LAPD officer who is in the way of a mad bomber's plans to get money. Dennis Hopper steals the show as Howard Payne, the crazy mad bomber. Sandra Bullock is decent as Annie, a regular girl who gets caught on the wrong bus. Joe Morton is entertaining as Captain McMahon, Traven's supervisor. And Jeff Daniels is great as Detective Harry Temple, Jack's SWAT partner and the brains of their operation.
There were a lot of good action scenes here. Dennis Hopper was the main reason this movie was so good I think.
If you want a pure action movie, this is it.
Point Break (1991)
"Peace through superior firepower"
This movie has a strange combination: surfing and bank robberies. However, I think they work pretty well with each other.
This is a movie that shows both sides of the law, much like Heat. So this is really Heat with surfing.
Patrick Swayze steals the show here as Bodhi, the leader of a surfing gang who lives for adrenaline. You really can connect to how he feels about life, surfing, and how they connect. Keanu Reeves plays Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah, an FBI agent who goes undercover as a surfer in order to find a group of bank robbers who surf in their free time. Gary Busey plays the comical likable Pappas, Utah's partner who is with him 100% through this mess. Lori Petty was (IMO) unattractive and annoying as Tyler, Utah's love interest.
The music score was what really set the mood in scenes during this movie. There were also a lot of great shots of waves and surfing.
Plot-wise, this was actually a good summer blockbuster.