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When I was about five years old, I saw this film with my older cousins who were in their twenties at the time and I don't remember hearing them saying anything negative about it. This is ironic, because I am African-American. Everyone must remember that this film was released in the 1940's before the civil rights movement and before "Roots". Now because of political correctness, we have all but forgotten this classic film, which was one of the first to combine live action and animation. Even though I do agree that this film does show slavery in a positive light you also should look at the fact that it dared to show the friendship between an African-American and a Caucasian, something that would never have even been thought about in those days. Next thing you know, someone might get the bright idea to ban "The Cosby Show" because it supposedly doesn't portray how the average black person really lives.
This is definitely a film that proves you don't need tons of blood and gore to have a good suspense film. Anthony Hopkins performance as the deranged genius Lecter earned him a well deserved Academy Award and the same was true of Jodie Foster's performance as Clarice Starling. This film should go down in history as one of the greatest suspense films in the history of cinema.
I can't see how TV Guide could say that this was one of the all-time worst shows on television. This show was pretty much Mission: Impossible with a laugh track. The crazy schemes that Hogan and his men would think up to thrawt the Nazi war machine were what made this show great. Also, Werner Klemperer will always be loved for his portrayal of the most bumbling officer in television history. But the thing that really made it special was that it was one of the first series to treat an African-American character as an equal to the white characters. Ivan Dixon, who would later go on to become a great director, would often prove to be the smartest member of the cast and perhaps was the most level headed as well. TV Guide needs too look at this show again.
This is one of the finest animated films I have ever seen. Not only is
it a fine animated film, it is a great film period. The film obviously
takes its cue from several real life super hero comic books, especially
The Fantastic Four and the Justice Society of America. The Fantastic
Four comparison is obvious due to the fact that Elatigirl and Violet
were obviously inspired by Mr. Fantastic (aka. Reed Richards) and the
Invisible Woman (aka. Sue Storm Richards) respectively. The J.S.A.
influence is a little more obscure. Several years ago, DC Comics issued
a mini-series that attempted to explain the demise of the Justice
Society by claiming that the group was forced to disband after their
loyalty to America was questioned during the 1950's. In this film, all
the heroes were forced into hiding after the government refused to pay
for wrongful legal claims brought against the super heroes of this
film. Also, there are many in jokes that the casual viewer might not
get, but that made it enjoyable for comic book fans. This the island
scenes look as if they could have been inspired by many of the series
produced by Gerry Anderson of the 1960's (eg. the Thunderbirds and
Another thing that made this film unique was its look. If you notice, the city where the story takes place looks like a fairly modern metropolis. However, if you look at the cars in the film, most of them look as if they would have been more at home in the mid to late 1960's. Also, the way that many of the characters were dressed also could have put them in that time.
However, the thing that I really loved about this film was the fact that even though it was geared primarily to children, it was dark enough in theme to appeal to adults. In fact, there are a couple of scenes that you wouldn't normally associate with a film geared towards children.
This film is definitely a classic of animation and once again Pixar shows why they are the masters of computer animation.
"Them" is simply one of the most influential films of all time. This was the first film to deal with our fears of the atomic age and the what if scenario of what our continued testing and use of nuclear arms and how they would affect mother nature. Within the next few years we were bombarded with giant locusts, lizards and mutated humans of all sorts. In fact, this film was the inspiration for "Godzlla" (or "Gojira" as he is known in Japan). In fact, the giant insects in "Rodan" were a directly inspired by "Them". This film also works as a murder mystery as well. In the first half hour, the viewer thinks that he is looking at a whodunnit until the appearance of the giant ants. This film works on so many different levels that it still holds up well nearly fifty years after it was first released.
This is probably one of the funniest films of the 1980's. It not only is a play on the classic nature vs. nurture theme, but it is also a somewhat comedic commentary on the "greed is good" decade of the 80's. However, it is also a nice bridging of the generations as it features two of the biggest stars to come from "Saturday Night Live" Eddie Murphy does a fine job as con man Billy Ray and Dan Ackroyd is great as Louis. Jamie Lee Curtis is also wonderful as Ophelia. In fact, it was good to see her do something other than the "scream queen" roles which she became famous for during the early part of her career. She definitely shows the comedic timing that she would display later in her career and would make her one of the finest comedic actresses in film today. However, the one that really steals it for me is Denholm Elliot as Coleman. He delivers a very low key performance that is befitting for that role. This is a real gem.
Whenever I look at this film I laugh so hard that somtimes tears come to my
eyes. Brooks manages to do with this film what Young Frankenstien did to
classic horror films. The thing that really works is all the in jokes laced
throughout the film. This shows that the cast and crew were really having
fun in writing and producing this film. But the main credit should go to
the late Cleavon Little. He was perfect as Bart. He took the role when
many thought it should have gone to Richard Pryor (who was a co-writer on
the film). However, I think Pryor might have been a little too over the top
for the role. Little played it more low key and not as militant as Pryor
Also, this film was rated R when it was first released back in 1974. Today it probably would get either a P.G. or, at most, a P.G.-13 rating.
In today's politically correct environment, a show like this could not be
made today. This show dealt with the prejudices that ALL of us have in us.
I am African-American and I admit that at times I have said things about
other races that I now regret. I get that from my late father who was a
Black version of Archie, even down to the favorite easy chair. Anyone can
be a bigot and I feel that this show pointed it out in its own unique way.
Also, this show really dealt with issues besides predjudice. In fact it was groundbreaking due to the fact it dealt with so many controversial issues such as Vietnam, menopause, impotence, gun control and rape. In fact, the episode that pretty much stands out in a lot of peoples minds is when Edith had to deal with the fact that she was nearly raped on her birthday and what she went through to face her worst fear.
Just like "American Graffiti", you not only will see a timeless
classic, but you will also see the breeding ground for many of today's
greatest actors. Sean Penn, Anthony Edwards, Eric Stoltz, Phoebe Cates,
Jennifer Jason Leigh and Forrest Whitaker all appeared in this film in
the early stages of their careers. Even Oscar winner Nicolas Cage
(appearing under his real surname of Copolla) was in this film, though
in a very small role. This film was a glimpse into the future at some
of the actors who would become major stars in film and television.
As for the film itself, it pretty much was a look at how high school really was in the eighties with all the pressures from sex, the cliques and, of course, drugs. In fact, the Catholic high school I went to was pretty much a carbon copy of Ridgemont. The film also manages to blend comedy with drama as it shows how high school was and still pretty much is. This film is definitely a classic.
To me this film will always be the validation of Humphrey Bogart's long and distinguished career. His portrayal of the hard drinking Charlie was what made this film what it was. Also, he showed just how great an actor he was when he was able to match up against the woman who is generally considered to be the greatest actress in film history, Katherine Hepburn. Also, this film will always be recognized for having the perfect mix of action, romance and comedy and it will always be a classic.
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