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The Mist (2007)
Did they miss any clichés?
Did they miss any liberal cliché?
Let's see: *the bible thumping freak...religious people are never normal in movies as of late...they are always fanatics and villains *the small town simple folk who are easily confused and dumb *the heroes are of course, artists and teachers and the like *the military is the bad guy *there was the speech about how the government was not funding education enough. Well, I think the only thing they missed was that "global warming" was somehow not involved. And the dumb country people did not all take up guns while clinging to their bibles. Well, they did take up knives. Is that close enough?
Well worth the wait
On my birthday, December 6, in 2001, I remember a news item on the Fox News Channel announcing that Walden Media was also jumping into the fantasy book/movie craze and has just secured the rights for a film version of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. I have been waiting ever since. And I can say it was well worth the wait.
The only major complaint I have is that they made too many small changes that I didn't see the point for.
Tilda Swinton, despite being miscast, gives an excellent performance as the White Witch and deserves an Oscar nomination. In fact, I would nominate this film for Best Picture.
Good job to everyone involved!
Return to Bountiful (2005)
I found this documentary on "The Trip To Bountiful," to be very interesting. It starts out not only talking about this particular teleplay, but also about the Golden Age of Television. It also mentions the start of the Actors Studio and the great talent that came from there. There is also a great deal of character analysis by the actors that played them, and the cast and crew's memories of the late Geraldine Page. I would have liked to have seen more footage during the filming, but overall a good documentary. The only odd thing is that there was no mention of the character Thelma or the actress that played her, Rebecca De Mornay.
Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)
Kim Stanley is fantastic!
This little seen film stars one of America's greatest actresses in one of Britian's greatest thrillers. Kim Stanley was an excellent Method actress. I agree that she very much reminds me of Geraldine Page, another brilliant actress. The way she says her lines, or uses her hands and face is very much like Page. (Ironically, Page turned down this role!)
I'm not going to get too much into the plot because I don't want to give too much away. If you want to know more about the plot, then check out some of the other comments. Let's just say great acting by the entire cast, and a good tense story, make for a night of suspense. So turn out the lights and enjoy!
PS: If you're looking for a copy of this video don't forget to check your public library.
Proud to be an American
This is one of those films that reminds people of the great things that Americans can accomplish. If you have any ounce of patriotism at all, then this movie is highly recommended. At the time that the actual event occured back in 1980, Americans were going through a very tough time. (The Carter Years...thank God there was only four of them!) This was just the thing that was needed to raise hope and morality. Nobody who saw the actual event will ever forget it!
Kurt Russel gives an excellent performance that should be recognized with an Oscar. The supporting cast is good as well. Overall, an enjoyable film. On a scale of 1 to 10 I would give it a 9.
Pete 'n' Tillie (1972)
Could have been better. Page is wasted!
I checked this movie out from the library, because it's a free video rental. I liked the three major actors in it, so I figured it couldn't be that bad. And it wasn't all that bad. It just could have used some editing. It was long in some parts and moved too fast it places where it shouldn't have.
Ironically, with two comic leads some of the more funny moments come with Geraldine Page, who was then the First Lady of the American Theater. She also had a fairly memorable film career in which she recieved 8 Oscar nominations, not winning untill the eighth try! She earned her fifth nomination for this film, but unfortunatly her character is wasted! She only has about four scenes, alothough memorable, the movie doesn't make the best use of her talents.
Interesting Disney Documentary
This documentary is one of the bonus features for the Pirates of the Caribbean DVD. Walt Disney explains how the attraction is set up and what the guests will see and experience. It's also interesting to see how Disneyland looked several years ago. Highly recommended for Disneyland buffs.
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
As excited as I was about the making of this movie, I also had reservations. I was afraid that the movie would not be faithful to the personalities of the characters that I loved. I went to the first showing at 11am on opening day...and I was very pleased! So much, so that when a friend invited me to join her to see the movie that very evening, I said yes! Good family film, that keeps you laughing the entire time! Can't wait for it to be out on DVD!!
Good collection of cartoons
There was not anything entirely special about this, uh, special. However it is an enjoyable collection of Daffy Duck cartoons. There is the classic "Robin Hood Daffy" and "Duck Dodgers and the 24th and 1/2 Century." There is also a very funny cartoon about Daffy getting married to the wife from hell.
A Day at Disneyland (1994)
Good video for when you are missing Disneyland
Anytime that I wish I was at Disneyland, I just put this video in. For this video, you can watch your favorite Disney characters experience the many attractions at Disneyland Resort. At the time of this writing it has not been updated, therefore it is hard to find. Any Disneyland collector probably has a copy!