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I understand it now that I'm older
In 1977 I was 10 years old, and all I remember is the majority of the city where I live was watching Roots each day for a week. I recently bought the video and watched it with my now 10 year old son, who is Black and I show him the importance of getting an education because our ancestors weren't allowed such luxuries. At his age everything is rosy just like it was when I was 10, but hopefully he can reflect back on this movie to motivate him in the future.
Great cast of characters-even though I didn't realize that O.J. Simpson was in it! John Amos was the best and the funniest especially when he kept losing his character's African accent and sounding more like "James" on Good Times! Overall the movie is very touching and will have you experiencing mixed emotions if you're of the Black race, and have compassion if you're of other races that haven't experienced such things. I highly recommend this film and a book called the Miseducation of the Negro as Black family heirlooms-or for anyone who wants to be enlightened concerning a portion of Black history.
After the Promise (1987)
I hate that this movie is not available anywhere because I would definately add it to my movie collection. Every time I saw this movie it made me cry because instead of the family services helping the father in his time of need, they made his situation worse by taking his children away. This story is similar to what's going on today-DCFS is so quick to take children from their homes and place them with strangers instead of really showing compassion on the troubled parent. Mark Harmon really did a great performance, as I really wasn't aware of him prior to this movie.
I'm not a fan of Jennie Garth's anyway and when I watched this movie it was with strain. Most of the scenes were silly like all of a sudden Ernie was murdered and they didn't investigate further. He didn't have any other enemies unless I've missed something. I guess it was a lame way of Spencer entering back into Crystal's life because like Elizabeth said, he isn't that type of lawyer. Last but not least the part at the end how he discovered that Zeb was his son. For all he knew Crystal could have gotten pregnant by someone else after he left-it could happen you know! A lot of time and money wasted on this one.
Mixed Blessings (1995)
I've never read the book(which I'm sure is always better), but what Monika-5 said is true about the actors. Scott Baio was okay as Charlie but Alexandra Paul was definately a mismatch for him. I guess she was too tall and skinny; they just didn't look right together. It was phony chemistry with the two of them from the beginning. I sympathized with him concerning his first marriage which his wife used sex to keep his attention. The other two couples were okay but esp. Gabrielle Carteris. I always thought that she was a bit too mature for 90210 and it was nice to see a role more fitting for her.
Fine Things (1990)
I place this movie on my tear jerker list. The only part I dislike is the whining of the little girl throughout this movie- she really got on my nerves but what could I expect a child to do when it's only been her and her mom all of her life. Everyone did an excellent job, and of course Cloris Leachman is a classic as always. The part that won me over is D.W. Moffett's role of Bernie Fine. To take over responsibility for another man's child deserves reward. A movie for all deadbeat dads to see!
It kept me alert
I saw the film on vhs and was very impressed. Most of the scenes were predictable, and why not since most of us were familiar with the cartoon and comic strip anyway? Great acting by all but I wish they had more scenes with J. Jonah Jamison in them. He was hilarious, and my mom personally liked The Green Goblin the way he was skateboarding all over the place. I agree with one of the commentators about the Green Goblin's appearance- use discretion when having youngsters under ten see it because it could be a problem. Otherwise the movie's great and I'm going to go look at it again later.
Splendor in the Grass (1961)
I can appreciate this film because just like the narrator says on the trailer, everyone can relate to this at some time in their life. I really recommend this movie to young girls who think it would be the end of the world if they don't have sex with their boyfriends. Bottom line is that if Bud really loved Deanie he would have waited for her instead of taking his father's advice. The sad part is that after all that has happened, they never got together anyway. My favorite part is when she got the courage to put some closure to her life and move on, in spite of the feelings she still may have had for him. It was a great example to us all in letting go.
This movie should let every woman know if a man seems too good to be true, he is. The only thing I admire in this movie is the support of her friends in tough times. It's good that Slim's waitress friend was there for her since it was she that persuaded Slim to go after Mitch in the first place. Most of the scenes were out of place like someone mentioned in the comments, like for instance her father Jupiter(I don't know how or why they fit that in) plus the part where she all of a sudden she wants to challenge a man to fight him. I totally understand the frustration and the weariness of being on the run, but I'm sure there were other ways to give him a taste of his own medicine. For instance she could have had her rich father Jupiter hire someone to snuff him out just like he was sending someone after her. I'm not condoning violence, but when you have a child you just don't put your life in danger like that, especially when you're not sure of the man regardless of how much physical training you've had. I know you're saying calm down it's just a movie, but I'm hoping someone's not motivated to try the same thing. This movie is merely a way to show how versatile Jennifer Lopez can be in the movies as well as her singing career. Like Tina Turner I enjoyed Slim's comeback and self-esteem she got from the training but again I think physically challenging her deranged husband wasn't smart. I'll give it a C plus.
Domestic Disturbance (2001)
reality at its best
I give this film an A for the overall concept that you don't know who you're involved with! If it wasn't for mattymatt4ever pointing out the lame parts of this movie, I would have overlooked them all together. I recommend this movie to women everywhere, whether they're divorcees or single parents. The part I really love is when Morrison believed his son no matter what and the part I hated was when his ex-wife didn't. It's sad to say that this is happening in reality when women in the name of love, charm or good looks choose the man over their children. I'm also glad when Morrison chose his son over his current girlfriend. I guess I'm just impressed with his dedication toward his son overall which is very rare these days. Unfortunately I can't watch this film with my children because of the profanity, but other than that I was very impressed.
The Piano Lesson (1995)
You have to come up in a certain culture to understand the overreactions of Charles S. Dutton. They really weren't overreactions, but what makes the film so comical is that there were (and still are) African-Americans that behave that way. What makes it funny is that we all at some point have relatives that are like those in the movie, esp. the part where he comes to visit early in the morning unannounced and expects everyone to get up to greet him. We also have some Uncle Doakers who minds his own business and some con artists like Uncle Whining Boy. Now the part I do agree on is the supernatural aspect of the film. With all the joking and jesting going on, it does drown out the concept meaning it doesn't fit. Otherwise it's a good movie if you want to have a good laugh.