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this movie is really good. it has a 'cheap' look like most Roger Corman films but also, kinda classic. the directing is fantastic. there's one scene in particular where the characters are walking thru a corridor and the sunlight shows in cracks and the light catches the camera and then the camera backs up really quick. it's pretty neat. for anyone who loved KILL BILL this is the movie to see, because David Carradine has a very meaty role and his acting is fantastic. Barbera Hershey as the title character is very good. but my favorite character is Rake, a hustling New Yorker who takes up with Bertha, and then becomes one of the 'gang' (I forget the actors name). my favorite part of the movie is after the first CLIMAX when the group breaks up (some of them are killed). it reminds me of the part in GOODFELLAS when the 80s begins and we get to see a prolonged ending, as it were - sort of like watching a lizards tail or a chicken's body after the ax falls. this is one of my favorite Martin Scorsese movies. but somehow it's known as one of his worst. it's not. GANGS OF NEW YORK is his worst, then CASINO, CAPE FEAR, LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (a total bore), and some others that aren't even worthy enough to mention.
watching this movie you really begin realizing that great acting isn't just how someone says a line. tim o'kelly, who disappeared from movies since the early seventies and who looks as if he could be matt damon's uncle, is amazing in this movie playing a very straight-laced insurance salesman who slowly but surely goes insane. but he never goes overboard - that is, his actions are always precise and cunning and shrewd even as he's blasting innocent people with a shotgun. this is what makes the movie so great. on the other side the story concerns an aged movie star played by boris karloff - karloff is, basically, playing himself but with the name of byron orlock. another great thing about this movie is that it's reminiscent of the classic killer flick IN COLD BLOOD (robert blake) as there are two stories going on and they hand-off each other quite well, and the two stories meet in one of the best climaxes in movie history. the direction by peter bogdonavitch, whose acting leaves something to be desired in the movie (although he does have some okay moments and he's likable), is fantastic. it's like watching a slasher movie the way he films each brutal slaying but with a gun, not a knife. (you see the action through the scope of the gun and when the shot goes off the camera moves forward real quick and... it's just plain amazing.) you have to see it to believe it - this is one of the best movies i have ever seen and hey, tim o'kelly, where are you?
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this is a great movie. it's a mystery thriller horror action all rolled into one. we follow the plight of a main character who has to play detective to find out why people are going wacko - and bald. one minute someone is normal, the next they kill their family; or their friends; or anyone who gets in their way; but first they rip off their hair (wig) and are bald when they go bonkers. the acting in this film is great, as is the directing. you really get lost in the maze that this character has to go through to find out the common link to the killers. you only know as much as he, the main character, does and so it's a mystery all the way to the end - and the end is a bit abrupt but there's a little twist that makes it kind of funny - as intended. which is another thing this movie does well, it doesn't take itself too seriously and yet, it's just serious enough to make a lasting impression. the cast are mainly unknowns, but they are fantastic actors. most acting in a movie this inexpensive are, well... to be desired; but in BLUE SUNSHINE the acting and the story and the surprises (chills) make up for the lighting and such. it's a great little movie, definitely worth watching and far from boring like some zombie movies can be. the entire plot evolves around some bad acid and those who took the acid are the ones going nuts. i highly recommend BLUE SUNSHINE (the movie, not the drug)!!!
this movie is a classic. it has a couple stories that eventually roll into one. a beautiful rich girl and her hippie drug dealer, not a nice guy, live in a shabby apartment. she overdoses and then her father and mother are introduced in the hospital where she's been taken. the father ends up going to the house and meets the boyfriend. they fight. the father wins. now we skip to the title character, JOE, sort of an Archie Bunker meets Adolph Hitler, and he's at a bar giving a bigoted diatribe that Vic Morrow from his TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE role ten years later would be ashamed of. Peter Boyle is Joe and he's very good as the blue collar bigot. anyhow he's drinking and then, the father of the girl comes in the bar and, after Joe strikes up a conversation, tells Joe a secret. i won't say anything else. it's an amazing movie, really amazing. the directing is top notch as in the acting. this movie is a forgotten classic. and the best thing about it is the ending. this movie might have one of the greatest endings of all time, up there with BLOOD SIMPLE, SIXTH SENSE and MIDNIGHT COWBOY.
this movie is great. i loved it. it's about a B movie being made, and a girl in a co-starring role finding that her friends and enemies are getting killed all around her. this movie is pure entertainment. the acting is bad, the dialouge worse, and you just couldn't ask for better. the girls are hot, the men are not. the sets are cheap and I'm telling you, this movie was far better than HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY, the picture that stole the best oscar away from CITIZEN KANE. this movie was robbed of an oscar too; many of them. I believe it was ROCKY that won the title prize that year, starring former Paul Bartel alumni Sly Stallone. Joe Dante directs, Bartel, as usual, has a co-starring role. this fantastic gem has a great pace and is never boring. and there's a musical scene in the middle that might just be the greatest moment in film/musical history. the star is a bad actress but you just have to feel for her. her boyfriend, or rather, the guy playing her boyfriend, is a good actor: he played Hendricks in JAWS. and, well, you just can't get any better than HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD. take my word for it, HB is the place to be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Larry Zerner plays Shelly, one of several campers who are laid victim to the wrath of Jason in part 3. Shelly is a practical joker, an ugly duckling who is unloved by the girls, misunderstood by the guys, and so he plays jokes on everyone to fit in. Most horror movies, even Scream, have a horror fan within the movie. This is Shelly played by Larry Zerner. Zerner is a very important part of horror genre history; one of his jokes entails wearing a hockey mask to scare one of the hot girls. After Jason has his way with poor Larry Zerner, he nabs the mask - the rest is horror movie history. For this alone, Larry Zerner should be recognized as a very important cog in the horror genre wheel that, to this very day, is still rolling - in other words, Jason is still a box office draw, and the hockey mask, once owned by Shelly, is his ultimate trademark. Thank you Larry Zerner, you are the greatest actor since Brando (Christian Brando, that is)!!!
this movie is a classic, one of the best prison movies of all time. the acting is incredible. the characters are incredible. you feel as if you know these people - and God knows you don't want to. they are brash and tuff and dangerous, i.e., realistic. this movie is a classic. the characters Paco, Cupcakes and Charlie Murphy (Longshoe) are my favorites. there are about ten main characters, each as important as the next. the two central characters are Jose and Cupcakes. Cupcakes is a young good looking puerto rican being tormented by a fellow con; and Jose is an older inmate watching his back. the title character Short Eyes (prison term for child molester), played by Bruce Davison, is the centerpeice of the film, that is, he is the link that brings together these wild horses to an unforgetably jarring climax. each character has their own time to shine, and they all do, equally. this movie is one of the best of all time, period, of any genre. i am telling you, as someone who's seen a million and one films, acting gets no better than this!!!
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this movie is what i call the DIRTY COUSIN, that is, it's the Dirty Dozen updated. a gungho sarge whipping a buncha losers into winners and preparing them for battle. there's even the characters to match. Eastwood is Lee Marvin, and pretty good at that. Mario Van Peebles, overacting as usual, is John Cassavettes, and a weak one at that. there's a huge guy named Swede that is the Clint Walker of the film. & there's the same situation where Eastwood fights the Swede to prove his formidable strength to his troop; the same thing happens with Lee Marvin and Walker. weakling Boyd Gaines is the skinny equivilant to the neutral George Kennedy. and of course there's the bad guy Lt. played by Everette McGill that is the shadow of Dirty Dozen's Robert Ryan. and there's Eastwood's old war buddy who backs him up and is hard as nails and had wartime expirience with him, this the equivilant to the legendary Ralph Meeker's too-small role in Dozen. okay, okay, enough comparisons already. the surprise here is that i liked the DIRTY COUSIN even better than DOZEN. while it's corny and dated (Mario Van Peebles cannot be more 80s) it's a very entertaining movie from beginning to end. you get a lot of action and a lot of good times, even if the jokes aren't too funny. it's very tuff sitting thru Peebles acting as if he were playing guitar and rapping in a redneck bar (and having fans at that), but it all grows on you, somehow, by the end. and hey, speaking of end - there's a different ending on the DVD. SPOILER: in the original that I saw on cable, a character named Profile, played by Tom Villiard, died in the battle at the end in Grenada. but on the DVD this isn't shown. who knows why. and Bo Svenson is wasting in a tiny role playing the guy who Clint's ex wife just kinda likes - leaving room of course for Clint. the romance in the film doesn't slow things down like in some war films (the YOUNG LIONS). and so, all in all, i really liked the movie. for it will not bore you, that i guarentee!!!
i don't care what anyone says, MAGNUM FORCE is the best of the Harrys. it has action and a cool plot and great guns. what else do you need? and a cool costar cast, including David Soul, Hal Halbrook, Tim Matheson, and Robert Urich. we get to "enjoy" a phantom CHP cop killing bad guys who deserve it, that is, it's entertaining to watch the set-up of each murder. this takes up the first hour of the movie. there's one great scene involving a pistol range shoot-off between Eastwood and David Soul. this happens in the pivot of the film and brings the movie into a great divide. I won't give anything away except that Eastwood's last shot in the contenst is pretty classic. there are some awesome action scenes here. and once again Albert Popwell shows up as a pimp. he's the guy who's appeared in all the DH movies, except DEAD POOL. the story is written by John Milius (BIG WEDNESDAY, APOCOLYPES NOW) and oscar winner Michael Cimino (THE DEER HUNTER, THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT). and there's some great hammy acting too, done a little by the always over-the-hop Hal Halbrook (whose overacting is an artform) and also by one of the 'greatest' overractors of all time, Mitch Ryan (ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE, LETHAL WEAPON). so enjoy this seventies gem, it's the best of the five DH's and yet it's always gotten the rap as the worst. the first Dirty Harry was marred by the horrific overacting of Andrew Robinson (the Scorpio Killer), the third was just okay (I call it HARRY AND LACY), the fourth, my second favorite, was pretty good but a little too slick and glossy, and the last one is, well - Jim Carrey lipsynching Welcome to the Jungle; need I say more? MAGNUM FORCE is the best of the best... and look out for Suzanne Sommer's in a short, but very memorable (hubba hubba) cameo... WHAM BAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
this movie is good and it's awful. it's funny and it's downright stupid. it's silly and yet at times it even tries to be dramatic. the "drama" lies in the Tony Danza/Michelle Phieffer story. these two were - and still are - the biggest stars in the movie, which is the ONLY reason that there faces are on the box - theyre barely in the movie. all these two do is argue about breaking up. thus they are the Ron Howard/Cindy Williams (ala AMERICAN GRAFFITI). having them on the cover of the video and DVD (and original movie poster too) would be the equivilant of now having Kevin Bacon on the cover of ANIMAL HOUSE. Pheiffer works at Tubby's, a doomed drive-in that seems like Arnold's in purgatory, while Danza basically hangs out next-door in a garage where he talks to the owner and one of his buddy's who's about to go off to war in Vietnam. since it's 1965 they have to play the irony card and the guy going to Vietnam keeps saying things like: "Oh, it's not really a war, just congressmen are going over there right now" or "I'll be okay, there's not even any gunfire". they did this so many times that you can well predict the guy is gonna get killed because... well... we all know that "Vietnam was wrong!!!!!!" and whoever goes there is surely to DIE - in movies anyhow. the real star of this film - ala john belushi in ANIMAL HOUSE - is Robert Wuhl, the very mediocre standup comic/comic writer/comic actor who is at his best here - and that's not saying much. his buddy's are played by actors that in most movies would be extras, ala Background Artists. i liked seeing Otis Young from the LAST DETAIL (jack nicholson's navy buddy) in a cameo as a catering van driver and also, fran drescher appears and has a pretty good role, and has the same annoying accent (a new york accent in LA?) and a very hot body. the most annoying character is a fat honor student who keeps getting kidnapped by the "Knights" (Stuart Pankin from FATAL ATTRACTION who resembles a darker haired version of film critic Roger Ebert). the "Knights" (from Hollywood, hence the title) who are, by the way, a car club (or something), are basically a Delta house on wheels. also, there are two side characters that are very annoying and i dont know why the movie focus' on them so much. one is a pretty yet uptight lady in her forties who's married to the school principle, the other is her lover, a coach or something. these two keep finding times alone to make out and i guess this is showing the hypocricy since the lady is the forerunner of the society people who are closing down the diner Tubby's. and as we all know only crazy beer drinking teens have sex. another side story has four naked white guys running thru the urbuan city of Watts rolling tires, pledging to be Knights, in order to reach a DJ in the heart of the city where the DJ can give a "shout-out" to the dying Tubby's. these frat guys seem to have a wacky time running naked thru one of the most dangerous citys (and historically so since the riots) in California, and, well... they might be in more danger had this been real life and not a semi-PC (even before political corectness came about in the Clinton era) movie. also there are two cops that are only half funny and who are in the movie a whole lot. the best part in the movie is when the skinnier of the cops starts singing actual lyrics to the theme of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA: "He's Lawrence... Lawrence of Arabia..." and so on. it sounds like Bill Murray doing his lounge singer routine in the original SNL. there are very many stale jokes in this semi-cult flick that i think robert wuhl might've stolen from a crackerjack box, that is, they seemed adlibbed by the tubby comic. the music, like this movies daddy, AMERICAN GRAFFITI, is what is playing on all the car radios, is pretty good - but not as classic a selection as Lucas' masterpeice had. also there are shots from the inside of the cars and drag races. what is original is that they dragrace two asian guys - this was borrowed and used in BETTER OFF DEAD a few years later. HOLLYWOOD KNIGHTS is to AMERICAN GRAFFITI what BATTLESTAR GALACTICA was to STAR WARS. that is, it's good fun, has somewhat memorable characters, is full cheap and lame diolouge and action, and is a good enough way to waste 2 hours of a lonesome, boring night...
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