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Just about the stupidest thing ever aired on TV...
Lame and embarrassing; those two words correctly sum up this anniversary special. It is hard to imagine how this "gala" was supposed to be some sort of tribute; it is, in fact, garbage. The fact that this project was given a "green light" shows us, once again, that VH1 will prostitute all that is known about quality programming for the sake of a few bucks.
Minor celebrities making complete idiots of themselves.
Gratuitous shots of the crowd of teenage heathens who know little to nothing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The end credits (the best part of the show, no doubt).
Thankfully, this "show" quickly became victual for the Bad Television Programming gods and will more than likely never be seen again. Now, if the gods would just do something about Family Matters...
Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
Slums of Movietown
'Slums of Beverly Hills' is a disappointing film starring the overrated indie veteran Natasha Lyonne. The film has a decent premise-coming of age within a dysfunctional family. However, it takes a sharp turn about 30 minutes in, and becomes the usual, lowest common denominator garbage. This is unfortunate, because I had high hopes for this film. Alan Arkin delivers a good performance, which happens to be the only upside to this piece. Marisa Tomei, who was outstanding in 'My Cousin Vinny,' just didn't seem to be the same caliber of actress she once was. 3/10.
Perros callejeros (1977)
Interesting, Brutal Character Study
Minor Spoilers! I rented this movie on a whim back in the late 80s. I kind of wish I had copied it, because I think I'd get more from it now, now that I've matured quite a bit. I was probably too immature to handle the scene where a character's privates are cut off. I also felt the violence was quite exploitative and existed for no particular reason. I still feel that way, but maybe since times have changed, it won't seem quite as bad. That said, it was indeed an interesting character study which showed that Spanish youths can be as brutal as Americans. 4/10
But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
Well-Acted Cliched, Uninspired Film
Finally, Natasha Lyonne proves that she can, in fact, act. I always knew that she had talent, and I was proved right. Too bad it was wasted on this terribly cliched film. I personally feel that homosexual individuals are more complex than how this movie portrays them, but that might just be me. The good news is that the characters are, for the most part, believable, and that the acting is above-average. The bad news is that the story uses cliches to pull itself along. The ending could also have used some more work. 5/10
The Mechanic (1972)
Well-Executed, Well-Acted, Well-Filmed, Well-Written
'The Mechanic' is easily Charles Bronson's best work, if not at least a tie with 'Mr. Majestyk' for said honor. Judging by most of his works, you'd think he was incapable of doing something that could be even remotely confused with acting. Not so! 'The Mechanic' is a well-written piece that never fails to entertain. A gripping plot, beautiful locations, a quick pace, and perfectly executed scenes of conflict make this movie the masterpiece that it is. Required viewing for fans of the genre! 9/10
Quelqu'un derrière la porte (1971)
Quite Interesting, but Slow
Is it just me or did it seem like Charles Bronson was a serious, Academy Award-winning actor in this film? Maybe it is just me. But, most who've seen this flick will concede that it is a bit different from the usual Bronson fare, and that his acting was top-notch. The only thing hurting this movie is its slow pace and its somewhat convoluted plot. Other than that, it's a fairly decent movie. Appreciate the cinematography! 6/10
The Taking of Beverly Hills (1991)
What a Great Movie!
I had originally seen the preview for this movie within another nameless early 90s stinker, back in the day. I hadn't given this movie another thought until I was at a truck stop in Morrilton, Arkansas, and saw it sitting there, collecting dust next to a bunch of other stinkers (like Tremors 3). I immediately remembered the preview: a bunch of cars blowing up, lots of shooting, plenty of "tag lines;" you know, the usual action movie cliches. Realizing that I'd never see this movie again, I bought it. During the drive home, I kept building it up to my girlfriend as being the stupidest looking movie on earth, based on the preview that I had seen over a decade ago. Once we got home, we popped it in the VCR, prepared to laugh ourselves silly. Not so. It is one of the most underrated movies of all time. It is fantastic!!! Great (if not a little cheap looking) action sequences!! Great plot! Decent acting! Superb plot twists and turns! Unformulaic ending! I was quite surprised. I think the previews made it look far worse than it actually is. The scene where the hero is blowing stuff up to "Epic" by Faith No More almost causes goosebumps. The catch is: You MUST be a fan of the genre. If you are, this movie will NOT let you down. I promise! See it! It's available somewhere out there from MGM. 7/10
Deadly Hero (1975)
Tantalizing Portrayal of a Man's Fall from Grace
'Deadly Hero' is another hidden gem from the 70s that did not receive the buzz it deserved, and instead hides within the bowels of so-called rare video stores or 2nd-rate rental places. That is truly sad, as this movie has the following in its favor: it is extremely well-done, it showcases some awesome acting ability, it is mastered very well (doesn't even look 70s), it features James Earl Jones in a strange but almost brilliant performance, it proves that Don Murray deserved the Academy Award after all, it has a most interesting soundtrack, and is well-written by anyone's standards.
The movie is about a well-liked man's fall from grace after an unfortunate incident. It requires the viewer to either side with the hero or with the hero's critics. It is a very interesting character study that will leave the viewer quite satisfied. This is why I give it 10/10.
Street Knight (1993)
For Fans of the Genre Only
Street Knight is pure excitement. This is a film to be appreciated by only true fans of the genre-throwaway action movies. Lots of action characterizes this decent piece of film kicked out by Cannon. The fight scenes are well-choreographed and the ending is memorable. The acting isn't the best, but you can't have everything. Rent this and treat yourself to some top-notch violent entertainment. You won't be sorry. 6/10
Platoon Leader (1988)
Fairly Entertaining Stuff
This movie is underrated probably because of the prejudices held by critics against Michael Dudikoff. Though his acting is widely thought to be mediocre (it is), he shines in this movie. "Platoon Leader" is gripping fare and deserves more respect than it currently garners. It is not just another throwaway Vietnam movie. It is, in fact, entertaining and is required viewing for any fan of action movies. 5/10