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The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
The first movie, Bourne Identity, was at least remotely connected to the book at the beginning.
This one has nothing whatever to do with Bourne Supremacy.
Marie is Canadien. As of the most recent novel, she's alive and she and "Jason Bourne" have kids.
There was never any character named Ward Abbott.
Conklin was never killed.
"Jason Bourne", whose name was revealed to be David Webb by the end of the first book, was never programmed to kill anyone.
There was no Pamela Landy.
Half of what's in the novels takes place in Asia. The movies are hooked on Western Europe, for some reason.
With all that in mind, the first movie was at least fun.
This one starts out grim and gets worse. It also taxes credibility. A super-spy could be that good, perhaps (how are most of us going to know?), but nobody keeps walking away from car crashes that kill everyone else.
If you don't like bad endings and lots of innocent people getting killed, stay away from this.
The next novel in the series is called the Borune Ultimatum. Goodness knows what the plot will be. Everyone in the novel except the hero is dead.
Picture Mommy Dead (1966)
Martha Hyer, yummy in my mind
I saw this on TV way back when -- it was the only thing on in prime time, so of course we had to watch it -- and had forgotten the title. Then I saw a picture of Martha Hyer on ebay a few minutes ago and wondered where I'd seen her.
Also in The Carpetbaggers.
This movie was terrible. Don Ameche and Zsa Zsa Gabor were right at home.
What other movie this bad sticks in the mind of a boy who was 8 at the time?
Martha Hyer was that captivating.
The ending is a shock but does not really justify watching the whole thing.
And who wasn't happy when Don Ameche finally got his Oscar?
If only I could write Martha Hyer a fan letter, I sure would.
Quincy M.E. (1976)
I enjoyed this show both for it's detective stories and activism stories.
Far more than that, this show took a stand against child abuse/molestation and incest. Very few TV shows at that time would touch the issue.
As an incest survivor I am painfully aware that there is a desperate need for expore, fiction and non-fiction, of this horror that happens to more children than not.
I have met very few people who did not eventually admit to me that they had been abused.
I have met too many who don't believe it is common or could be happening in any family they know.
And if the justice system in this country continues as it has, so will incest and pedophilia.
Both are popular. Just look at the message boards and comments on Larry Clark, a mainstream child pornographer who does no time in prison because too many people think his films are "art".
Yellowstone Kelly (1959)
a fun movie
I just watched this. I may have seen it before, I don't know.
This was pleasantly predictable -- I dislike nasty surprises -- and quite a lot more politically correct than one would expect for the time it was shot.
Every man in the movie is hot for the woman -- claims to the contrary by some are absurd and sensationalist wishful thinking -- and she eventually goes for the good guy. Clint Walker's character evolves from somewhat self-serving to completely self-sacrificing.
John Russell is okay in a role very different from his usual. He as the Sioux leader and Clint Walker are both aware that the cause of Native Americans is lost and there is no point in piling up dead bodies in one pointless battle after another. The US Government had already torn the heart out of the entire Native American land.
Andra Martin is so hot it almost doesn't matter that they chose a blue-eyed actress over a brown-eyed one, as though one were more captivating than the other.
Clint Walker is a friend of a friend and I'm glad I saw this and that I appreciated it. It wasn't intended to be great art, just entertainment.
The Jayhawkers! (1959)
a different opinion
This movie made me sick when I saw it on TV many years ago. Jeff Chandler's character is decent, a guy you don't want to see taken down? He says to Fess Parker's character, regarding the way he treated the man's dead (at his hands) wife, "To me, a good woman is like a good bottle of wine: once you've used it up, you throw the container away." He goes through women like kleenexes and disposes of them with less mercy. He took the man's wife, seduced her, then killed her when he got bored with her.
This is decent?
Fess Parker's character likes him?
There is no reason for Fess Parker not to kill the disgusting creep on sight.
But maybe the people who praise this movie also agree with that characterization of women.
NOT a superhero movie, spoilers
Okay, so Bruce Willis has never been sick or hurt.
Samuel L Jackson has spent his entire life both sick and hurt. We don't know just how sick he is. The bone disease is the least of it.
SLJ tells Bruce that he's been reading newspapers about horrific accidents all his life in search of one that has only one survivor. That will be the super hero.
SLJ spends must of the movie in the role of the seer who finds the hero who will save the world. Even says so.
Bruce is ever-so-healthy and can bench 350 or something (we're clearly not talking sup strength here, since very few comic book heroes have trouble with less than 800) and can sense when a person has done something evil. (Anyone think of Spider-Man?)
Drag slowly along the story waiting for Bruce to start doing super hero stuff.
With about 10 minutes left in this VERY grim movie, Bruce finally does his thing, though the crime is not stopped until some people are already dead.
Then M Night Shyamalan does HIS thing:
SLJ sought his "sole survivor" not merely by following the news for fatal massive accidents but by CAUSING them. He has murdered thousands of people just to find that super hero.
This is NOT a comic book movie.
This is another M Night Shyamalan "GOTCHA" making the audience feel like puking at the last moment. The story seems to be not that there's a hero in everyone but that a psychotic mass murderer can turn up just when we were all enjoying a happy ending.
Pryde of the X-Men (1989)
This cartoon is in keeping with X-Men continuity and characters other than Wolverine (wrong accent, too tall).
If you like the Evolution cartoon, which has nothing to do with either the comic books or the 90s cartoon, you probably won't like this.
If you follow the X-Men somewhat faithfully and like the 80s cartoon, and can ignore Wolverine's height and Australian accent, you'll probably like this.
I do. It is not perfect -- I miss Rogue from the later cartoon -- but it is fun and the animation is traditional, not lampoonish like the Evolution mess.
My comment is not so much about the movie as about those who call the "bathtub scene" sexy. This was supposedly an incestuous scene and it is somehow sexy?
As it turns out there was no incest, but the characters thought there was.
And the man was tried for it.
The movie may have stunk -- though Cannes loved it, Rex Reed loved it and Pia Zadora was never so good (yes, well) -- but at least a predator was portrayed having to answer for his crimes. Sort of.
One wnoders what Orson Wells and Stacy Keach were thinking. They both had careers. But then Mickey Rooney was in some hortrible movies, as well.
They Call Me Sirr (2001)
not very memorable
I enjoyed Michael Clarke Duncan in this, but I like him in anything.
This story, true though it may be, could just as easily have been about any other elite athlete. There are very few who do not come from the same place. A major difference, I guess, is that Sirr Parker dropped out of the NFL almost immediately. I don't know whether he was injured or just not good enough. A football player has got to be pretty weak not to last with the Cincinnatti Bengals. Maybe he'll ressurrect as Tommy Maddux did briefly after a long and obscure career in the arena league.
The actress who played Sirr's mother looked more likely to be his girlfriend, but maybe she was 13 when he was born. It happens.
spoilers, probably, from a health care professional
I found this movie intriguing as I watched it the first time. I wondered what the diagnosis (es) could be. I wondered how the two doctors could possibly figure out what Nell's life had been.
Then I looked back on it. There was never a diagnosis because none of it makes any sense. They didn't make a through search of her house as soon as they could? They can learn her language but she can't learn theirs? A group of behavioral psychologist ignore three months of tape in the patient's native environment and make determinations based on a few hours in an observation room? Nell, catatonic for days, suddenly communicates in a courtroom and starts to think in abstract terms with a new and mispronounced vocabulary? She learned limited language from her mother, who spoke with a southern drawl marred by strokes, but she can't learn a new word until . . . when?
I don't think this was intended to be seen as a true story, or even a believable one, but it didn't make sense to me. With this cast and this much trouble over the setting, I would have expected realism.