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Jurassic World (2015)
The first movie was magical and scary. I thought Jurassic Park III was much more frightening and fun than II, and II definitely sucked after they transported big Rex and Baby Rex to San Diego (yawn), okay it sucked after Ingen came in. To much like a King Kong or any other big monster in the city movie. Jurassic World has a couple new twists, and what exactly do fans expect when you are making another movie about dinosaurs on an island with people? Jurassic world isn't a yawn fest but it should have had better writing and directing. If Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg had been involved I think it would have been better. Bottom line it is still is better than II. So let's hope there is a V and they put more thought into it.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Mad Max Post Road Warrior
I was a huge fan of the original and saw it when it first hit US theaters and set Mel Gibson on a path to super stardom. The original seemed a little weird and B grade at the time of it's release as it was visionary long before other apocalyptic movies of the genre. This movie seems to pay homage with similarities using a gas tanker and other similar vehicles, desert backdrop, and a music toy used by the feral boy in "Road Warrior. Many differences though in back story and the group Max has allied with to escape from the dregs trying to kill them. Great writing, direction, casting, acting, F/X, locations, and music.
Reign of the Gargoyles (2007)
Reign of the Gargoyles
Personally i applaud the SyFy channel for putting out B movies. I haven't enjoyed this many rainy Sunday afternoon movies since the 50s and 60s. This movie I have seen a few times and I actually like it. To bad it isn't in one of the three movie sets the SyFy channel has released on DVDs.
A group of WWIi soldiers find a secret Nazi weapon that has brought Gargoyles to life. These soldiers must figure out a way to destroy them. They use all weapons they can find and even a German Heinkel bomber to try and destroy the demon controlling the gargoyles. I hope this becomes available on DVD.
Song of the South (1946)
Song of the South (1946)
The sad truth is this movie is part of our American History and yet because of labeling for no legitimate reason the movie is not sanctioned by those like the NAACP. The irony is movies that are offensive to other Americans are granted free license for distribution because there is a double standard.
Song of the South is merely a tale like many fairy tales told prior to the 1960s. This tale is told from a perspective of the South that is closer to the truth of our culture at that time than some want to reflect on. As a child I saw this movie and it did not skewer my ideas about any people in the movie at all. It was the animals and the music that are the true entertainment. I hope some day everyone of every color will appreciate that and stop censoring anything they don't think reflects them as perfection throughout history.
The Penguin Pool Murder (1932)
Penquin Pool Murder
Edna Mae Oliver is a delight and if you enjoy classic you will see several other recognizable faces. I only wish the Hildegard murder mysteries were on DVD. She made three in this series. She had a long and great career as mostly a supporting actress making seven movies in 1933 her biggest year. Some of her parts are in well known classics like Little Women and A Tale of Two Cities. Be sure to catch this rather comedic murder mystery. She plays a schoolmarm with some great lines. As Hildegarde she tries to figure out who is the murderer. This film gives a good look at the fashions of the 1930s. Fans of the Thin Man series should definitely like it.
Cat Ballou (1965)
Cat Ballou Ballad
One of the unique things about this movie is Nat King Cole and Stuby Kaye singing the Ballad of Cat Balou throughout the movie in certain scenes. It adds more fun to the whole style of of the movie. This is by far one of the all time special comedy Westerns. Besides "Blazing Saddles" and "City Slickers" this is a favorite. The scenes with Lee Marvin playing the bad guy and then a drunk gunslinger are classic and not to be missed. It is no wonder he got an Oscar for his part. The scene of him and his horse propped against a town building is one you won't ever forget. I highly recommend you rent this and if you enjoy Western comedies like the ones I mentioned or those John Wayne did like "McClintock" you should go ahead and buy it.
Junie Moon is an interesting friendship movie. Great unusual characters that band together and help each other. Junie becomes terribly disfigured from a mean man. She finds herself relying on other people with there own special problems. The characters will grow on you. Good acting, directing, and decent sets. It has been years since I saw it at the theater. I still have never forgot it because of the types of people and how they dealt with their personal problems. I would definitely buy it if it was available on DVD. Not appropriate for young children. Some adult situations. To bad it isn't out on video of any kind. Until it is check out "The Station Manager", another great unusual friendship movie.
Fantasy Island (1998)
My wife and I both truly enjoyed this series more than the original "Fantasy Island". That isn't to say we didn't like the original, we did. This just seemed more fantasy and less "Love Boat" than the first one with Ricardo Montalban. All the characters were interesting with their own unique quirks. The travel agency lead in was funny, and the support staff were great. This was definitely more fantasy and comedy than the first series, but it had it's scary side as well. I liked McDowell being a little scary. I think it was more appropriate. Afterall anyone that thinks God wouldn't be scary is kidding themselves. I hope this comes out on DVD. Even if it is only 13 episodes I will buy it.
Special Unit 2 (2001)
Lawless Links Locked-up
Fun SciFi series. This is now airing on SciFi channel in the DC Metro area. Special Unit 2 is a special police unit formed to capture and contain unusual people or creatures (slang is Links) that commit crimes against humanity. They have special weapons similar to those use by M.I.B since they face an unusual variety of perpetrators (perps). Take this with an open mind and a sense of humor and you will probably enjoy it. Decent cast, directing, stories, effects, and music. This only had a short season of 19 episodes but it was a good one. Unfortunately like so many decent SciFi series it was canceled. I hope that like the short lived "Threshold" they will put this series on DVD.
The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964)
This is a slow moving but entertaining movie. The three stories are romantic and charming. The cast is outstanding. Ingrid Bergman, Omar Shariff, George C. Scott, Art Carney, and Shirley McLaine to mention a few. Chances are of you enjoy movies from the 1960s you may like it. This type of movie was common then, but many have not fared well in getting to video. This has never been a hit but always enjoyed by many. Unfortunately it is not available on DVD or even VHS. If you have seen it and enjoyed it you may want to see "The Red Violin" with Samuel Jackson. Several stories that tie together with a red violin. The only common thread in "The Yellow Rolls-Royce" is the car. One of those if such-and-such could talk stories. It has been years since I have seen it telecast on TV. Good luck trying to see it.