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Trick or Treat (1986)
So Cheesy It's Cool!
Sure the movie is cheesy, but that is part of its charm. My favourite line has to be when the one chick (I think her name was Genie Wooster) tells Eddie that he is creepy, and when he says he doesn't understand, she replies "If you weren't so creepy, you would know what I mean". The reason why I love this line so much is as follows: It reminds me (and I am sure many others) of stuck up people in high school who had the same attitude. I can think of one, in particular right now.
So despite the movie's lack of appeal to awards committees, it does have some great moments, and although it does not have mass appeal, I don't think that was its purpose. It reaches out to the lost children of the world by showing them that they are not alone.
Besides, it is just a fun movie. Where else will you get to see Ozzy Osbourne preach about the evils of heavy metal music?
Oh yeah: One person compared Sammi Curr to Alice Cooper, which isn't a bad comparison, but I am positive that he was modelled after Blackie Lawless of W.A.S.P. He had the same look and similar attitude, and just as Blackie was a big target of the PMRC, Sammi was a big target of the parents groups in Trick or Treat.
I would also highly recommend another cheesy 80s horror movie called "Basket Case".
Vanilla Sky (2001)
A True Classic
I don't know what movie the person above watched, because the "Vanilla Sky" that I saw is fantastic! Cameron Crowe did an excellent job writing this piece, and the soundtrack was also excellent. Nancy Wilson is still brilliant on the guitar, and other songs by the likes of Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Michael Stipe created a very relaxing and dreamlike atmosphere for this movie, which is very appropriate for reasons I will not get into for fear of ruining anything.
I personally thought the ending was quite the mind-bender! It was not quite Hitchcock, but close, and I personally left the movie in awe. Again, without ruining anything, I will say that once the audience realizes what is going on, this movie opens up a very intriguing philosophical discussion about life and death.
However, I must agree on one thing, and that is that Jason Lee did a great job in this movie. I have long been a fan of Lee, particularly in the Kevin Smith movies and another Cameron Crowe masterpiece, "Almost Famous". It is nice to see him play a more serious role than Brodie and Bankie (see "Mallrats", "Chasing Amy" and "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"). His character is a great friend to Tom Cruise's character, and Lee did a great job of making this character believable and likeable.
Perhaps this review isn't too helpful, but I don't want to give away too much, and I don't know how to describe the true genius of this movie without giving away important plot points. All I can say is give it a chance, and I don't think you will be disappointed.