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Strange Bedfellows (2004)
Hogan should retire
I saw an advance copy of this movie and it is awful. Standard derogatory jokes on Gays are not funny anymore. Paul Hogan had one successful film in Dundee but since then it has been downhill all the way "baby". Hogan made the comment recently that he is now semi-retired, methinks it is his way of saying all his movies have bombed badly,his acting is pathetic,and it is time to find a new career. One wonders how long his wife Linda will stay with him as he fails time and again. Experienced Australian actor Michael Caton provides any real glimpse of acting,but he is the only saving grace. My advice get a copy of the first Crocodile Dundee to see what could have eventuated, this is a career that has gone down the sewer.
Classic '50's western with classic movie stars
There is something fabulous in watching a "B" western movie which never really made headlines or money,and watching two great actors in Robert Mitchum and Gilbert Roland. The story line is standard,scenery average but you have two Hollywood stars doing what they did best. Very few of todays' "stars" have the personality or magnetism of Robert Mitchum and it is always a treat just to watch him on the screen.I watch these movies just to see these personalities jump out at you from the screen,and find very little satisfaction in watching many of todays' movies which lack everything,from direction,writing,and star power.One can only put up with special effects for a short while,this movie is back to the basics,enjoyable to while away a couple of hours and forget the troubles of the modern world.
The Bob Newhart Show (1972)
Reason to watch this-Suzanne Pleshette
There is only one reason to watch this mindless piece of drivel, and that is the wonderful Suzanne Pleshette. This is one underrated babe,a fabulous looking actor who showed off her comedic skills much earlier in the James Garner western spoof "Support you local gunfighter". Bob was an average stand up comedian,who just has no personality as a sitcom star,it amazes me he made a few series. As much as I liked Bill Daily in "Jeannie" his overacting in this becomes tiresome very quickly.Apparently Dean Martin was of the opinion that Newhart was one of the funniest comedians in town .I don't see it, but, Suzanne, you are the one!
The Great Sioux Massacre (1965)
A.K.A. as a great western movie massacre
Words cannot describe this movie. From the atrocious acting to a badly written script, this movie is a shocker. How can Darren Mcgavin and the great Joseph Cotton turn in such abominable performances is beyond me. Part of the blame must go to the director,the writers and any body else associated with this loser.But wait the scenery was not half bad. Based on the last days of Colonel Custer and the battle of the Little Big Horn,if any of this movie is based on fact then I will eat my hat.Can you believe a company of troopers escorting one wagon driven by a female with her two children and when attacked by Indians the wagon and occupants are kidnapped while the army goes off in another direction.Next scene Mr Mcgavin reports the loss of the wagon to Colonel Custer and then they proceed to go to a party that night and pity help the captives who are left to their own devices. This is one awful movie. But the real treat is watching Mr Mcgavin act like a fifth rate amateur.Talk about a wooden indian check out his effort at trying to act!
The Desperados (1969)
worst movie western of all time
I love western movies be they "B" grade or top of the range but this miserable excuse for a movie is a shocker.How Jack Palance and Vince Edwards got involved with this is beyond my imagination.Needless violence ,bad script,bad acting and the worst director of all time.Memo to the director I hope you gave up the business.Made in the hip '60's with '60's mood music and arty camera angles,it just does not come off. I saw this mish mash on the late,late late show where it deserves to stay for all time. John Ford must be rolling in his grave if he knew what happened to western movies and if this is an example of where the movie western was heading then it was time to give western movie making one long rest.
The Road to Hong Kong (1962)
You became too old boys!
There is something sad in watching a good idea go downhill from too much of a good thing. In this case too many road movies .Hope and Crosby should have realized that what worked when they were much younger does not come off when you play aging playboys at their advanced ages. This lacks the fun of the earlier road movies,and even a stunning Joan Collins cannot help this loser of a movie.Maybe Dorothy Lamour knew something when she opted for a walk on part,pity she did'nt tell Hope and Crosby to do the same thing.It is pathetic to watch two 60+ adults behaving as if they were still in their 30's,chasing girls and adventure,when they should have been in a retirement home. Thankfully this was the last of the road movies and we can rely on watching the earlier classic ones.
It Started in Naples (1960)
fitting finale to Clarke Gables' career
What a wonderful movie starring two of filmdoms' greatest stars-Clark Gable and the beautiful Sophia Loren. Set in Naples and the island of Capri this is one attractive movie.Great story line and excellent music and a wonderful performance by the master himself Vittorio De Sica. Add to the cast a young Italian actor by the name of Marietto playing a wise-cracking street kid from Naples and you have the perfect afternoon treat. Though this was Gables' second last movie before the ill fated Misfits (a movie I would rather forget)he looks in excellent shape and still has that twinkle in his eye that made him a star for over 25 years. This movie is just magic. Enough said.
The Long Gray Line (1955)
How did I ever miss this movie either on video or t.v. John Ford has his stock character actors and I was surprised that John Wayne did not have the starring role,which was well handled by Tyrone Power.A small masterpiece ably handled by all mixing the typical Ford traits of humor and serious modes. Loosely based on a true story,it is American propaganda at its finest and a nice tribute to the West Point Academy.One of Tyrone Powers' final films,and one of his best performances showing he could handle comedy,drama and a nice attempt at an Irish accent. The finale did become a bit soppy but does not detract from the overall movie. Sadly this film has been forgotten by the majority of film audiences and those in power who show supposed classics on the oldies channels.If it ever turns up on t.v. take a look and be pleasantly surprised.Maybe even todays so called writers,directors and actors might like to see how the master did it.
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Boring remake of the original
As a resident of Las Vegas I never thought a movie(even a remake)set in Sin city would be boring.Well I was wrong. This pathetic remake lacks the fun and sparkle of the Frank Sinatra original.It is boring,dull,flat and plain awful. George Clooney and Brad Pitt,try to look and be cool-it doesn't work baby! Next time sit down and watch the original Rat Pack at work and maybe you will learn what cool is. Terrible dialogue which lacks of any wit, acting which looks third grade,and as for the photography -they may as well have filmed all of the movie in Hollywood instead of Vegas - it just lacks any excitement.Even two old stagers in Elliot Gould and Carl Reiner cannot save this film,and as for Julia Roberts-where are you Angie Dickinson when we need a real female lead. Save your money and catch the 1960 version on cable.
Von Ryan's Express (1965)
Sinatra shines in classic war movie
what a marvellous performance by Sinatra and Trevor Howard in this classic World War 11 movie.A great script and some strong supporting roles make this movie a wonderful piece of entertainment.Sharp movie fans may even notice a young James Brolin in a small role,but the greatest thing about this movie is the wonderful line uttered by Trevor Howard to Frank(as Von Ryan)when Sinatra tries to tie a knot to show how to strangle a german guard (which fails) and Trevor Howard shows Sinatra how to really tie a strangle knot ,and says the immortal line"learn that from the cowboy films did you?".what a great put down,its worth watching just for that.The ending is a surprise and really leaves one a bit flat but all in all wonderful escapism.