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Holiday Road Trip (2013)
I noticed the stars from the past were in here
Ashley Scott plays an executive for a company that produces pet supplies. Just after getting into a fight with her boyfriend about their relationship status, she takes up with the company's mascot and the company president's son on a road trip across America at Christmastime in an effort to get home for the holiday season.
Susan Olson, Donna Pescow, and Mindy Cohn also played roles in this film, which, when I stumbled across the names, piqued my interest, so when I found out it was on TV, I hunkered down for the evening with the movie. It's not bad, but a bit clichéd. If you have a couple of hours during the holiday season and it airs in your area, go for it! But don't break up any holiday plans to sit down for it...you'll be disappointed.
Couples Retreat (2009)
Was it just me, or did it feel like all the actors were just going through the motions?
To be totally honest, I never was a really big fan of Vince Vaughn, but I guess he's an "all-right guy." But I would only put that title on his ability to act, because he sure fell short in his ability to write comedy. Given the setting that he and his fellow writers put themselves in, the plot fell way short of spectacular and ended up somewhere between boring and snoring (I really did almost fall asleep during this film).
But given the lead having called in his part (the film might have been better if he HAD called it in), I can get a better understanding of how an actor can "play" off another actor, which the rest of the cast accomplished in doing. Bottom line: in this film, Vince Vaughn pulled out all the stops in achieving NOTHING! 3 out of 10 stars in this film is a gift!
Weird Science (1985)
Better in its own time...
A couple of nerdy teenagers get the idea to use a computer to create a woman who will give in to their every whim. Little did they count on whims of her own...like creating men out of them.
Kelly LeBrock's big break comes in this film and becomes every red blooded young man's fantasy, and her antics throughout this film are quite for its time, but computers have come a long way since then and with cloning...
All right! Enough of that. The bottom line is that this film was good for its time, and it's not bad now, but it has faded over the years and the only time I pull out the DVD is when I'm in the mood for some comedy from the 80's (but "The Breakfast Club" is a lot better). The interaction between the characters is not bad, and the chemistry is a bit intriguing.
7 out of 10 stars.
Miss All-American Beauty (1982)
Lane is nothing more than eye candy...
When beauty pageant contestant Diane Lane wins the state title, she had no idea what lay in waiting for her when she wins the national title and the public demands mount as she carries her title across the country.
To my knowledge, I've never seen this film until today, which might be a good thing, because otherwise I would have had to SUFFER through this movie more than one time. Aside from the fluff, like "Ooh! Ain't I pretty?!?!?" and the stereotypical ideas that this show represents, the only other point I would have about this film is that it is B-O-R-I-N-G!The only thing that Lane has going for her in this film (other than her beautiful looks and obvious grace and charm) is that this film is over twenty-five years old and no one will, hopefully, stumble across this film like I did on Netflix and waste their stamp to return it.
3 out of 10 stars.
All Forgotten (2001)
Standing on the outside...looking in.
During the 1800's Britain, a somewhat younger boy finds love with a girl who, as a young princess, manipulates her older suitors. But he finds, instead, a game of deceit played by the most shocking suitors of all.
Nick Stahl and Kirsten Dunst hold their own very well in this film. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a fan of time pieces such as this, but once I gave the plot a chance (I had to re-start the movie twice), I found myself wanting to see the end of it and find out what happens to the main characters. Based on two other short stories, the two are combined by the director to keep one's interest, as long as they're in the mood for a film such as this.
5 out of 10 stars.
Major Movie Star (2008)
See the original...
Jessica Simpson stars in this film released direct to video about a movie starlet who goes from bombing in the movie industry to bombing in the Army, First Sergeant Fox on her case every inch of the way.
Bomb! Bomb! Bomb! This film is so awful that I can't believe I made it all the way through. The surprising thing about this film is how bad it seems after Goldie Hawn did it almost thirty years ago. Save yourself the money, and the embarrassment of someone you know seeing this under your arm when you walk through Walmart, buying this DVD, and watch the original, "Private Benjamin."
1 out of 10 stars.
In a word...cheesy!
Documentary film crew, headed up by Jennifer Lopez, unknowingly takes on a stranger who is hunting a huge killer snake, but the question is who is the hunter and who is the hunter? This film, in my mind, was kind of like "Jaws" of the Amazon. The snakes in question obviously exist, and, there might be a few with such mammoth proportions, but the first time you watch this film, you know what it's all about (hence, the title). Although the special effects are way better than "Jaws," the film, itself, could have used a little more work in the writing department, because I felt it played like a bad, one hundred minute soap opera/Flash Gordon type sci-fi movie.
I think, overall, it was an okay movie for Lopez to debut as the star, but it sure doesn't show any promise in her range (which, over the years, proves any theories of her acting ability right). I think the one who really "stole the show" in this film, was Jon Voight as the crazy old man who steers the others away from what they want, even though they all know they're ending up in mortal danger. Overall, it's not a bad movie, because, even seeing it for a third time, I still find myself sitting on the edge of my seat in certain parts of this film.
6 out of 10 stars.
Good thing this was only 4 min long, otherwise I'd REALLY feel ripped off...
The zany characters created by Bud Abbott and Lou Costello get an update in animated fashion, where the "Who's on first?" is played.
I don't think this would be so bad if it weren't so predictable. The animation attempt on the film was there, but with only four minutes to present (of which 1:08 was saved for credits at the end), made this a film short that goes quicker than it's taking me to write this review. Maybe someone a little older than me can find some humor in it, but it definitely was not my cup of tea, so to speak. But the other thing I found familiar was the voice inflection displayed by Gil palmer as the voice of Bud Abbott.
2 out of 10 stars.
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
One of the few film subjects where it's hard to be unbiased...
"Generations" follows what appears to be the end of Capt. James T. Kirk, only to find him still alive about eighty years later, where Capt. Jean-Luc Picard finds him existing in an anomaly in space and attempts to convince him to leave this protective haven to help stop a madman whose own attempts to join with this anomaly have included blowing up stars and suns to influence it's travel through space.
It's hard for me to give an unbiased comment on this film, due, not so much, to my familiarity of the series, but, rather, because I'm such a fan of Capt. Kirk, his time, and the Star Trek series, as a whole. Some comments include some knowledge of what they know about this film and I find myself wanting to do the same: In the first scene of what was, then, the latest starship to be called Enterprise, where Kirk, Scotty, and Chekov were on hand to send her off on her maiden voyage. Director David Carson had a "dry run" of the scene with the extras, was happy with what he saw, then brought in the film's stars and shot the scene. When the stars left after filming the shot, he went off on the extras for totally blowing the scene, where one of the extras remarked something about "being hard to focus when you're on the bridge of the Enterprise with Captain Kirk." I will say that this is one of my favorite in the series of films because we find out what actually happened to Capt. Kirk after all the years of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and brief mentions of him and his time throughout the syndicated series. I think that this film is, perhaps, only topped out on my list of favorites in the film series by "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home." 9 out of 10 stars.
Slap Her, She's French! (2002)
Texas will never be the same...
When a teenage beauty queen from a small town in Texas has big dreams of anchoring "Good Morning America," it comes with an agenda that includes taking in a foreign exchange student from France, but what she wasn't counting on was all the mayhem that followed her across the Atlantic Ocean.
This movie is a farce! First of all, let's be real! What teenager would go to such lengths to try and pull something like this off? And who would have those kind of resources at her age to put a plan like this into action? Too many questions, and no answers! The only reason this film caught my attention was that I saw a scene while channel surfing and Piper Perabo was "doing her thing" in the film and it caught my attention, to where I looked ahead in the program guide and planned accordingly to watch it, but just because I liked Perabo in "Coyote Ugly" and tolerated her in "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" does not mean she's my favorite, but I was very glad when the film was over. Funny parts in the film, but not a funny film, itself.
5 out of 10 stars.