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I worked there as a private detective and was eventually sent by my boss to this strange little planet in order to discover the identity of an undercover and dangerous alien who escaped from a prision in THX-PAX and is supposed to be posting his cinematic opinions in IMDb.
Consider yourself a primal suspect and realize that I'll try hard to get the real alien out of here.
Tears in the Rain (1988)
Likeable Sharon Stone early flick
Before turning out to be one of the most famous actresses ever, superstar Sharon Stone was mainly seen on low-budget and TV films. Of course, the 1988 movie "Tears in the Rain" is probably nothing more than another good example of that.
Directed by Don Sharp, most famous for his 1978 remake of the classic Hitchcock masterpiece, "The Thirty-Nine Steps, this film has it's only claim to fame, as being one of Stone's first steps to stardom.
Here, she couples with Christopher Cazenove (Eye of the Needle, A Knight's Tale), both of them giving good performances, and certainly keeping the film worth a look.
Nothing new here, but this one certainly has it's moments. ***1/2 - *****
Fist Fighter (1989)
Two words: Edward Albert
The man who starred in the great "Butterflies are Free" and the not bad "Midway"; golden globe winner for the most promising newcomer in 1973, suddenly starts his way through the b-movie world.
In a similar way to what happened to names like Jan-Michael Vincent (after The Mechanic and Big Wednesday) and Timothy Bottoms (talented actor who starred in, for example, "The Last Picture Show" and "Johnny Got His Gun"), Edward Albert faded into anonymity after his first screen appearances and unfortunately (which his not happening to Mr. Bottoms) it seems very hard to recover the deserved statute of a good actor.
The screenplay is similar to many other movies, but specially the acting seems a bit better: names like the referred Edward Albert, George Rivero (Rio Lobo), Mike Connors (Gideon) and the real-life martial artist champion Mattias Hues are maybe the better thing in the whole movie.
With good fighting sequences and interesting moments, "Fistfighter" is a good title to watch instead of bad Norris or Seagal films.
The Paper Chase (1973)
This 1973's sleeper proves to be one excellent piece of work. Starting with its director James Bridges (famous for his `The China Syndrome' direction), who establishes himself as a great director, but unfortunately couldn't get the reputation he actually deserved.
Also Timothy Bottoms is outstanding in one of his first screen appearances (after such classics as `The Last Picture Show' and 'Johnny Got His Gun'): one of the most underrated and certainly the most unjustifiably unsuccessful good-actor ever. However, in every single film he was cast in, he was able to show his screen capabilities.
Lindsay Wagner, another good actress who failed to achieve a successful career at movies, kept appearing in some reasonable known pictures, never as great as this one. His character, although not as great as Bottoms' one, was certainly well portrayed here.
John Houseman won an Academy Award for his role as the malicious but stunning professor Kingsfield. He continued the role on the long-running series that followed the film.
The story is quite simple, as we follow Bottoms' character on his first year at Harvard: his relationship with other students, his devotion to Kingsfield himself, his romance with Wagner's character and above all, he have the opportunity to watch a great film made by a forgotten director, starred by outstanding movie actors (in which Bottoms is by large the better one) in one of the greatest cinematic moments of the year.
Timothy Bottoms is my favourite actor and I try to watch every film in which he was cast. I happened to have the chance to watch this one, but after such rejection by the users, I had no great expectations.
Anyway, what would we wait of a film starring Timothy Bottoms (The Last Picture Show), Twiggy (The Boy Friend) and Robert Morley (Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?)... certainly nothing less than what we are given. A good picture.
The whole film is quite good and never boring. I do recommend it to anyone who likes espionage thrillers and is interested in watching great performances.
The sequel of a classic
The year was 1990 and nothing less than nineteen years passed after the release of such classic as `The Last Picture Show', one of the greatest and most beautiful films ever.
During that time, writer Larry McMurtry published the sequel: `Texasville' and Bogdanovich eventually brought back the same team, in order to film it.
Throughout that time, almost every member of the unknown gallery of performers that starred in `The Last Picture Show' become stars and famous for their screen appearances.
Jeff Bridges (Duane Jackson) was the protagonist of some important Hollywood movies, like `Starman', `Thunderbolt and Lightfoot', `Cutter's Way' and `Against All Odds'. He became on of the most recognized actors of its generation. Cybill Sheperd (Jacy Farrow), not being such a famous name, was part of such projects like `Daisy Miller', `Taxi Driver' and `Chances Are'.
The lead performer of `The Last Picture Show', Timothy Bottoms (Sonny Crawford) was unable to achieve a good career as an actor. After starring in the wonderful `Johnny Got His Gun' and the great `The Paper Chase', his career started to collapse and he became one of the most wasted actors of all time. He is not famous, but recently starred as George W. Bush in the short living `That's My Bush' show. However his small part in `Texasville' as a mentally-disturbed Sonny, was ironically the best thing in the whole film, proving that talent is something that Bottoms still have.
However, the final result was not the same, and the nostalgia of `The Last Picture Show' dissolved in the smooth comedy-drama that characterized the 1990 sequel. Nevertheless this is far from being a bad movie: Bogdanovich's direction and the acting from a delightful cast, especially Bottoms with nothing more than 15 minutes in front of the cameras, do compensate for the lack of a story.
This movie will be of few interest to anyone who haven't seen `The Last Picture Show', but those who have can certainly give this one a chance: ***½/*****
P.S. I would love to see the third part of the trilogy (Duane's Depressed) being taken to the screen by Bogdanovich, with of course the same cast under his direction.
I cannot say that this is one of the best movies ever, not even a great film or an undeniable mark on its genre, but sometimes there is a movie that without an apparent reason we happen to enjoy it very much. I really found `Gotcha!' to be a very impressive movie, especially because I was waiting to see nothing more than another teen movie full of unremarkable sex quotes.
Unfortunately, that is the way `Gotcha!' is usually promoted, regardless of being one of the funnier movies of the decade. The storyline is great and indeed reminds the brilliant and (I must say) superior `After Hours', but somehow it has its originality in never before seen action and suspense sequences.
Anthony Edwards, who would later play one of the leads in `ER', does a great job as the central character Jonathan Moore. Linda Fiorentino proved here to be a talented actress and Klaus Loewitsch is impressive as the leader of the `bad guys'. See it, if you have the chance.
My personal rating: ***1/2 out of ****
The first film directed by the somewhat famous Italian actor Michele Placido is an incredible study of human nature, starting when Kwaku, a medicine student travels to his motherland in search for his brother known as Pummaro (in English, Tomato) who works in extreme conditions in order to get enough money to pay his brother's studies.
The cast is very good and so is Placido's direction, who can actually prove that he is not only a great actor, but also an impressive director. The story runs efficiently, turning this simple and emotive story in a small masterpiece of his genre.
My personal rating: ***1/2 out of ****
A Case of Honor (1989)
Excellent war b-movie
Sometimes, there is a movie that few people know, but actually stays with us much time after watching it. `A Case of Honor' is a good example of that, being on of the biggest surprises I have ever had while watching such a hated b-movie.
Two reasonably known actors, but with great acting range: Tim Bottoms and John Phillip Law are the central characters on this very underrated war movie, as two of the five prisoners of war who use an airplane to escape from their captors, after being held for over ten years. With great acting and directing, this is certainly one of the best war b-movies ever made. Nick Nicholson and Steve Rogers, who actually made some other movies together, never again got the perfection of this one. Candy Raymond (most known for his Kerry character in Beresford's `Don's Party') kept this as her last appearance in a movie, which is pitiful.
It is, after all, difficult to understand the reason of such a poor rating given by the users. And OK, it's not Casablanca and Platoon is of course a better movie, but `A Case of Honor' is also interesting and an improvement over those famous MIA films. My rating: 9/10, which would certainly increase if I had the chance of watching it again.
Excellent and Compelling
One of the best mini-series I have ever seen, and certainly my personal favorite. It may be a little small paced and boring in the beginning, but then it just starts to delight, in an incredible sense of reality that stays with us until the final scene. Brian Cox is very well cast as the colonel Grushko and the direction is also great. Unfortunately, this is one of those small masterpieces who just disappear without warning. I wish I have the possibility to watch it again. I give it a perfect **** out of ****.
Prey for the Hunter (1990)
"Prey fot the Hunter" is one of those movies who no one knows, but the story is quite familiar. In fact, the story of a man who agrees to play a hunt game an then becomes the prey of a group of hunters is nothing new, being this film only a variation of something that has already been told in a obvious better way. "TAG: The Assassination Game" is a good example of that. Andre Jacobs did what he had to do, but nothing that could save the picture from being nothing more than a bad movie. I give it a *1/2 out of ****.