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After M*A*S*H started off in the big screen, Martin Scorsese, starts to make a hit movie which would pick up as a TV show years later. In "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore", Alice Wyatt(Ellen Burstyn) is a housewife with dreams of being a big time singer gets deterred by many obstacles surrounding her. She was living in a town where she feels like she's getting nowhere in life. Her husband(Billy Green Bush) is everything but supportive in her wishes. She does gets a chance to get out of the town she was living in when her husband dies in a traffic accident. Her son Tommy(Alfred Lutter) is a handful. He is precocious, he talks non-stop, and he wants to try something he likes. After leaving New Mexico, Alice and Tommy head to Phoenix, Arizona to try out singing in bars. When that fell through, she heads to Tucson, and work at a diner owned by Mel Sharples(Vic Tayback). She meets Flo(Diane Ladd), the no-nonsense waitress who can hold her own in everything. Then there's the regular David(Kris Kristofferson) who is divorced, take interest in Alice. Her reluctance hinders her because of her past relationships with her husband and Ben(Harvey Keitel). David owns a ranch, and become a good influence on Tommy. Of course, Tommy is notorious for being bratty. You must overcome the obstacles in life, when you have positive people around, you can lose. Scorsese did a amazing job with this movie. And Ellen Burstyn does a spectacular job playing the role. This is a must see. 5 stars!
Full of energy and prowess this movie is not disappointing. When you put up a nice cast of actors and actresses, you can't go wrong. William Holding is a divorced real estate broker who by chance meet a young woman named Breezy (Kay Lenz) who is a free- spirit, educated, and willing to take chances in life. On her side of the situation, she is from the East Coast. She was orphaned. Lost her parents in a car crash. She got away from the first ride because he creeped her out. When She went up a Hill, she sees the blue Lincoln. It belonged to Frank (Holding). They go to places. Come across a dog in the gutter. It gets nursed back to health. Then a relationship blossoms. Frank on the other hand lives with contempt for himself. Being around peers that are more negative than the hippies he sees. His ex- wife finds another man. While Breezy and Frank's relationship is met with criticism, Breezy fills Frank with positive input. Something that he really needs. In love, there are too many factors that can ruin it: Class, age, race, wealth status, etc. The truth is love has no boundaries. Live it up. What have you got to lose? I appreciate the movie well. It came out before I did. And I liked it very much. 5 stars.
Movies dealing with invisibility, is totally intriguing. I've seen Disney's "Now You See Him, Now You Don't", H.G.Wells' "The Invisible Man". And I remember the TV movie, "The Invisible Woman". In this movie, Steve Guttenberg plays a government worker who stumbled upon a small silver canister given to him by an invisible man. Before dying, the man gives information about who to meet with the canister. With the Russians and other 3rd world countries vying for the canister, Sam(Guttenberg) is over his head. Supposed to be getting married to his fiancée, Amanda(Morgan Most). In order to get away from the bad guys, he is assisted by her friend, Cindy (Lisa Langlois) who ended up being more understanding than Amanda. When Sam invests the formula, he experienced the state of being unseen. He gets his kicks at an all-girls academy by raising havoc. The funniest thing I've ever seen is when he accidentally spills the soda on the table, and sneak into the girls' shower to get a towel. After being caught by Cindy, they would eventually team up. Sam and Cindy go out and try to find the man who knows about the formula. The good news is that Sam is being helped by people around him. The bad news is that Amanda, Sam's own fiancée is part of the situation that he was clueless about. Even though this movie is not kid friendly, it's highly entertaining. Try to make this an adult film, and it will be disappointing. Because you won't be able to to see the action. Since this is a 3-D comedy, it's highly entertaining in every way. It was not a let down. 3 out of 5 stars.
Super cops are around to get the job done. They don't get bought out, they can the criminals regular cops don't. "They are known as "The Seven Ups". An elite group of police officers that take on high powered criminals like The Mob. These cops are rogues, very unorthodox, yet, very effective on the criminals who think that they are above the law. They work in the same department with the other cops. They dread this group of cops. They can go undercover. However, when one of them do, he gets discovered, and is killed by the criminals. After the debacle, it's war! They chase out of the city, And when they go to an exit, the car the leader is involved in gets wrecked by a semi truck. They go further when they confront one of the business men and his wife. That's a little extreme there. But when you put your family in jeopardy like that, expect the consequences. The shootout scenes are great. I enjoyed every minute of it. Roy Schieder does a great job playing the leader of the plainclothes outfit. "The Seven-Ups" are New York's finest, you don't want to cross. Especially, if you are a criminal who thinks he's above the law. The streets of New York are never safer. Seven is unlucky for the bad guys! 5 stars. NO! 7 Stars for this movie!
MASH stands for (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) they are helpful when one of their own soldiers is wounded from battle. Do these surgeons worry? If you have one name Captain Hawkeye Pierce (Donald Sutherland) and "Trapper" John McIntyre(Elliott Gould). These Army surgeons know how to make negative situation like the Korean War, look like another day in paradise. Wars can depress any person involved. But Hawkeye and Trapper uses their shenanigans to bolster up their egos. It works. However, those antics annoy a certain "deadpan" named Frank Burns(Robert Duvall). This Major is a "pain", but Hawkeye always has his number. Another soldier named Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan(Sally Kellerman) is appalled by Pierce's quips. The worst things that have happened to Burns and Houlihan is when their intimacy is heard throughout the camp. Then when Hot Lips was taking a shower, the shower tent collapsed, and the whole crew get a great look at her! This movie is such a hoot! Dark comedy is unusual to say the least. There's plenty of laughs. Certain themes are questionable, but I don't think that it will bother me. If it haven't been for the movie, there wouldn't be a successful TV show. Only Gary Burgoff remain the true character of the movie, "Radar". A war classic that doesn't mean it's a tearjerker. The only tears you have is for "laughing too hard". It's worth my while. 5 stars!
In her youth, Jennifer Connelly made a name for being a young actress. In Phenomena, aka "Creepers" she plays a student in Switzerland learning abroad. While learning, she discovers that she has the ability to communicate with insects. It comes in handy when a killer is on the loose killing the young ladies. Months earlier, one student is beheaded by a mysterious killer. A wheelchair bound doctor(Donald Pleasence) is determined to help find the killer with Jennifer's help. Her power of telepathy to insects makes her a outcast to the school. The rest of the girls insult her so bad, she wants to go back to the States. That happens right after her French roommate gets killed. Her sleepwalking gets the attention of the doctor. But when he gets murdered, Jennifer takes action. The chimpanzee assistant has her ways of getting into trouble, but even she has her connection with Jennifer. A great movie it is. Bizarre as well. A major keeper in the horror vault. Rating 4 out of 5 stars.
Goldie Hawn knows how to make hit movie. Ever since she left, "Laugh In", she continued to shine. In "Swing Shift", she plays a housewife who goes to work, while her husband(Ed Harris) goes out to war. It's World War II, and there's a lot of servicemen out there with spouses. Most of them go find work to support their needs. Too many of them are tortured by loneliness. Kay Walsh (Hawn), happens to be one. So she happened to go to an armament factory. During that time, she was rattled by accidentally drilling a hole in the uniform of Lucky(Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn's real love). She's so ashamed for what she did, Lucky calms her down. Lucky's real job is a musician. Kay's co- worker and neighbor, Hazel(Christine Lahti), is an embittered woman who soon befriends Kay. All 3 decided to have fun during the time. When the husband comes home suddenly, Kay's life becomes upside-down. Knowing that the war is a factor, she tries her best to salvage the marriage. When the war ended, it would be a happy ending, right? However, during the war, a woman was widowed. A very touching film. Full of nostalgia. Recommended. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Is that it for the Oh, God! Series? NO! There's a number 3! "Oh,God! You Devil". This time, there are two beings fighting for a soul. Here you have Bobby Shelton (Ted Wass) a down on his luck musician who wants to make it to the top. He would meet a new agent name Harry O. Tophet (Burns). He gives him a chance of fame. Unbeknownst to Bobby, Harry O.Tophet, is actually The Devil! He gives him fame and fortune, at the price of his soul. Bobby Shelton becomes Billy Wayne. He gets what he wants, but Billy Wayne(Robert Desiderio) enters Bobby's life. The real Bobby wants his own life back. His only regret, selling his soul for fame. So he goes to Las Vegas, and he calls out for God (Burns). In order to get back to his former life, God and Harry play poker for Bobby's soul. And the scene was very climatic. Is fame worth the price of your soul? I think not! A very good movie and sends a very strong message. See all three movies. This one has a little more edge to it than the first two. 5 stars!
The first Oh, God! movie used a supermarket manager, now this time, God (George Burns) talks to Tracy(Louanne Sirota) a girl whose parents are going through a divorce. She makes cracks about her father's new love. So what does she do? She goes to God, and she creates "Think God". She gets her friends to help her spread the message out. But her parents, think she's out of touch with reality. Even the psychiatrists think the same way. When they committed her to a ward, the children rebel against all the adults in the town. The school was closed by the children, and the principal has his back up against the wall. What does God do? Get her out. The best scene is where he rides the motorcycle with side car. And the police see Tracy in the side car. It's a very good movie to watch. Sending a very powerful message. It was cute at the beginning of the "Tonight Show", where Tracy saw God instead of Johnny Carson. There's no such thing as being too young. God will make a way for you. 5 stars!
This movie has a lot to say in it. The open road, the classic cars, the good times, that sort of good things. Well, until a group of hoods run by Hoot (Alan Autry, Bubba on "In The Heat of The Night") shoot a hole in a 1955 Ford Thunderbird driven by a New York college graduate(Judge Reinhold). Judge Reinhold plays Beckman Hallsgood, Jr., the son of a fast food restaurant magnate traveling on Route 66 going from New York to California to attend a meeting. Along the way, he comes across some hoods in a Chevy Bel Aire accosted him, then they shoot a hole in the radiator of his beloved '55 T-Bird. Along the way, Beckham meet a drifter named Johnny Harte (Willem Dafoe), a musician living in obscurity. He knows cars, and he's good with a guitar. Both men head to Kingman, Arizona where Hoot and his crew hang out. There in Kingman, they meet a local mechanic name Jesse (Kaaren Lee) who is a beautiful blonde who is good with a wrench. After finding a radiator, they would be able to move forward. However, with Hoot and his crew around, Beckman decided to enter the car race. After a night of passion for both parties, tragedy strikes. Sam(Stephen Elliott), the junkyard owner who helped Johnny and Beckman dies in a fire that also claims the repaired T-Bird. So Beckman entered the race, driving the Mustang. The race is on, and Johnny enters as well. One member of Hoot's crew turned on him. Just say that it's all good. The most important things I liked about the movie were the cars, and the trains that rolled on by. And the roadhouse they went to: PRICELESS. Get your kicks on Route 66! 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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