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very enjoyable spy movie with a kid star.
A young kids uncle is killed and he finds out his uncle was a secret agent and he is then trained himself to stop a billionaire madman who is going to wipe-out half of the world with a computer virus. Rider poses as a computer nerd and gets inside the lions den and tries to prevent the madness from taking coarse.
I really liked this film, I can't imagine why it wasn't a huge success, instead of the flop it became. Here in America it barely surfaced. I think it is very close in comparison to the likes of the Bond films and has a lot of tongue in cheek comedy, great direction, great acting, great effects, gadgets, explosions, fights, and so much to offer, its a million times better than those god-awful Cody banks films with Frankie Muniz. I just don't get why it didn't make it big.
Geoffrey Sax did an amazing job as director and I was really impressed with it. I must give credit to Donny Yen for choreographing so many great fight scenes here. Acting wise it was just full of greatness, Ewan McGregor, Alicia Silverstone, Bill Nighy, Robbie Coltrane and Missi Pyle all did so good. The legendary Mickey Rourke was flawless here. Wow, what can I say about Alex Pettyfer, that kid should be a super star, he is amazing, he was around 15 when he got the part in this film, and had very little acting experience, but he really gets it. Great job, much respect to him.
If you like action and the spy movies with fights, explosions and all sorts of twists and turns this film would be one to not miss, don't let the hype of its failure or the fact that a kid is the hero stop you from seeing it. 5/10 stars (and thats good for me)
The Alchemists (1999)
Not too bad of a movie, it's x-files with less supernatural stuff
Babies are being born with a rare case of cyclops syndrome and often both the infant and mother die in birth. One man thinks it is an evil company doing experiments because he and his wife were using pills to help them get pregnant. Many suspicions arise and a woman working for the company and a lawyer investigating the company go on a hunt to get to the bottom of this only to find that the company is doing crazy experiments and using people as Guinea pigs.
As I said above, it reminded me a lot of X-FILES and I didn't exactly love it, but I did think it was interesting. It's marketed as horror, but its a thriller and it's more like an investigation than anything else.
Grant Show did a good job, as did many of the actors and it was decent on the production side. I could see myself watching this movie again in a few years... not too bad, 3/10 stars
The Alchemist (1983)
one of those 'so bad it's good' horrors
In 1871 a man gets cursed by an evil magician who basically condemns him to a life of hell where he will live forever knowing that the love of his life is no longer with him and not only does he suffer the loss he finds himself becoming a monster at times and he has no control over the transformation. 80 years later his daughter, who is now an old woman and looks like his grandmother, uses a spell to try and transfer the demon curse from her son to a new unknown source. That unknown source just happens to be a lady (who looks just like the mans dead wife) who is in town looking for a place left to her. The transformation is not entirely completed and the plot gets rather confusing, but at the end demons come out and the magicians curse is lifted...confusing!! I had watched this back in about 1990 and didn't recall a second of it except the old woman. It is extremely confusing and hard to follow at times. The hitchhiker the girl picks up adds a funny twist to it and the weird demons are kinda cool. This movie is so cheesy, but it makes it one of those bad/good sort of films.
Band directed it and of course he is a horror movie icon, but he offered little here. The acting was okay, but the films production values were below standards. It is good horror cheese from the 80's though so watch it with a bit of room for mistakes, it isn't perfect and it isn't horrible, it's just fun, boring at times though. 3/10 stars
Albino Alligator (1996)
Boring chit chat hostage movie
Three guys running from the police hide out in a bar and hold the handful of people inside hostage. One of the men is badly injured and they talk and talk and talk about what they are going to do then near the end you find out one of the hostages inside is actually a bigger outlaw than they are. Some get out and some don't. By the end of the film you will more than likely find you don't care about any of these boring characters.
I have seen this a few times and never have enjoyed it. It is so extremely slow that it's hard to set through. Kevin Spacey behind the camera offered nothing. The acting was good, but with such a boring movie it didn't matter. Faye Dunaway, M. Emmet Walsh, William Fitchner, John Spencer, Viggo Mortensen, Skeet Ulrich, Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise all did good, Matt Dillon is a horrible actor and should not be in anything. The music was horrible and made this bad film even worse.
This movie is pure drama, 95 percent of the film is spent in the bar with the three idiot bad guys trying to figure out what to do next, it's a hard film to watch because it is so slow.2/10 stars
Alamo Bay (1985)
Rather boring movie about racist rednecks
Movie takes place in Texas where many Asian immigrants showed up in the late seventies and these "good ole' boys" make a living catching fish and the Vietnamese are doing the same kind of work and taking their business. One man and his daughter hire many of the immigrants to help them and the rednecks take revenge and the town officials turn there back.. it's just racism that is everywhere and still very apparent all over the country.
The thing is with me, is that I have seen so many films like this and it offered nothing new to me. The rednecks are mean people who get what they deserve and it was good they did in this film, but its sad knowing there's a lot of that racist garbage going on and few times do the victims get such sweet revenge.
Production values are not great here, direction was simple, music was by Ry Cooder and very boring, even excruciating at times, his scores bend hard on that cliché, southern movie music score sound. Ed Harris did a damn good job as the redneck jerk on this film and many of the other actors did well too. I just couldn't suggest this film to anyone, it offered nothing new, and there is no wonder why it is a forgotten film. 3/10 stars
The Alamo (2004)
much better than the John Wayne version.
This is the story of the Alamo in Texas where a group of soldiers tried to hold off the Mexicans from entering Texas and getting to Sam Houstons camp. Col. Travis gathered up many volunteers to help him fight including Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett. The battle happened and they were out numbered greatly and almost all completely killed. Later the Mexicans were ambushed by Sam Houston's soldiers and in less than 18 minutes the war was over, those who died at the Alamo died for nothing.
This is NOT a remake of the John Wayne classic as many people say. It is the same story, because it is based on a moment of history, but this version is way more accurate. Waynes version had most of the men very heroic and it was way over the top and made out to make it more glorious than it was. This movie had the men being more human. Davy Crockett, although still to this day is revealed as a legend, in this film he tells his story of how he is nothing more than a man who did a few great things, but is not the giant he was made out to be.
I liked this story and thought it was entertaining. The direction was pretty good and acting was good as well. I liked Billy Bob Thorton and loved Patrick Wilson. Dennis Quaid, although on screen very little, did a great job. I must say that Jason Patrick leaves much to be desired as an actor, however. The music in this movie was horrible and was perhaps the worst thing about the film.
The film plays hard on clichés, but it got to the point faster. The war starts rather quick in this film and there was a lot of action. I would recommend it to those who like historical, war or westerns. 4/10 stars.
The Alamo (1960)
Too long and boring for my taste
This is the story of The Alamo and how Jim Bowie, Davy Crocket, and William Travis and their men tried to defend the Mexicans, led by Santa Anna from taking Texas and making it to Sam Houstons camp.
The story was a bit too one sided for my blood, although no one truly knows the events that happened that day, I can say the good guys weren't as good as they are shown here. A lot of these old westerns/ war movies showed the heroes out to be almost giants and it takes the reality out of it. This was based on real events and should have been shot as close to the known facts as possible.
John Wayne is not a great director and here is a good example of that. I am not a huge fan of his as an actor either, I don't think he has much talent for anything and I will be blunt about it. Richard Widmark did a great job, as did Richard Boone is his small part of Sam Houston.Loved Frankie Avalon here, thought he did a great job too.I didn't care for the music,either.
I will admit the movie was not as bad as I expected it to be, it was just way too long and a bit over the top and full of it. I highly recommend the 2004 version over this one, which is something I rarely say, but it is not a remake at all and it tells the story with a more honest approach.
If you are a fan of the Duke or these old western/war movies you might love it, or like it, it just wasn't my thing. I love westerns and many period pieces, but this one lacked any kind of reality to me. 3/10 stars
Much Much better than Disney's
This is about a boy who finds a magic lamp, meets the genie and gets the girl of his dreams only to be challenged soon by the evil Haseem. Many differences than Disneys, character names and plots both are changed. I haven't read the original story of Arabian Knights so I don't know which is closest, but this one was way better than Disneys. It was creepy and dark at times. It was serious and to the point. The Genie was not all sarcastic and cute and stuff and that made it much better. The Villain was meaner and he's ultimately killed here, which Disney would never have the guts to do.
Adults should like it better, I know I sure did, BUT don't get me wrong it still wasn't that great of a film. The story is darker, characters are better and more realistic, there's no stupid songs and it's less than an hour.. 3/10 stars
Better than The Return Of Jafar
So Aladdin and Jasmine are getting married (finally) and their wedding is crashed by the 40 thieves who are there to steal a magical oracle that allows anyone who has it to ask it one question. The King of Thieves wants to know where the magical hand of Midus is. Aladdin finds out the King of thieves is his father and they find the hand of Midas together.
The hand of Midas was the only thing cool about this film, some of Robin Williams improvised stuff is funny as well. It had even worse quality than the last one and looked low budget and about neck and neck with the TV show as far as quality goes.
I was glad to see CCH Pounder as the voice of the oracle and that was a bonus, but nothing can save this film for me, it was really boring, kids might enjoy it if they don't require too much to entertain them. 2/10 stars.
The Return of Jafar (1994)
another boring kids film.
The annoying parrot gets free from the lamp where Jafar was condemned and he joins up with the good guys and then the genie returns from vacation and then Jafar makes his way back, it was boring. Disneys first ever direct to video sequel and with good reasoning.
I am not a big fan of Disney, especially how they take a story and give it a ton of sequels with a lame story just so kids will HAVE to have it and they can make more money on it. This movies production values were low and not as beautiful as part one. Robin Williams being gone hurt it as well, because, lets face it, the genie is the star. I also hated how he had his cuffs back like they were fancy bracelets because Disney felt it "looked better". I also hated the music with passion, these songs were so outrageously stupid.
Most of the cast is back, Godfrey is on board as the parrot, Jason Alexander shows up here doing a voice and Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Homer Simpson) does the genie this time.
It was a bad movie and I was bored out of my mind. Kids may like it, if they are the kind of kids that like all cartoons. 2/10 stars.