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At a pivotal time in their lives when the fears and myths of childhood are
gradually giving way to the fears and myths of adulthood, four young boys
accidentally find out the location of the dead body of a boy their own age
who's disappearance has dominated the news. They set out across the fields
to find the body and win themselves fame as its discoverers.
Emotionally rewarding movie about friendship and growing up. Director Rob Reiner has drawn top notch performances from his young actors and the storyline benefits from the natural and fairly honest way the boys relate to each other.
Ever cheerful cross-dressing movie maker Ed Wood is now famous as 'the worst
director of all time' and his schlocky movies are now treasured for their
unintentional hilarity. But to his mind they were great art and were all
destined to be blockbusters.
The three movies dealt with here, 'Glen or Glenda', 'The Bride of the Monster' and 'Plan 9 from Outer Space' were only a small part of his output. This movie concentrates mainly on his relationship with Bela Lugosi whom he befriended long after Lugosi's career ended and who starred in several of Woods' opuses before his death in 1956.
Shot in black and white it features some fine acting performances and a perceptive script that is redolent with irony and humour but still manages to deal sensitively and even affectionately with the main characters.
A whole new world of bad language is opened up to the boys when they sneak
in to see the new Terrance and Philip movie. Their new found vocabularies
impress their friends who all decide that they have to see it too. Their
teachers and parents, however, are not amused. The boys soon find themselves
in deep s***. But not as deep as Terrance and Philip who are charged with
corrupting the youth of America and ordered to be executed. Canada takes
umbrage at this treatment of its favourite sons and war ensues.
The movie peters out somewhat after the inspired "Les Miserables" spoof, but the first part sparkles with savage wit and humour and the songs are terrific. Along the way the satire manages to score bull's-eyes on quite a few worthy targets.
The aging liner Poseidon, on her final journey, is struck by a tidal wave
that knocks her upside down. A small group of passengers realise that if
they want to survive they must journey up into the bowels of the ship
for rescue from above.
The idea is well conceived and the excellent cast turn in good performances despite getting little help from the somewhat corny script. With above average special effects for the time and excellent sets that convincingly realise the upside down half-flooded ship and its bewildering maze of passageways, the movie manages to be compelling and exciting viewing.
When Jake Blues is released from prison he finds that his band has broken
up, his brother Elwood has swapped the Bluesmobile for a microphone and
orphanage where he grew up is about to be closed for non payment of taxes.
On visiting a local church, Jake sees the light and realises what to do.
and Elwood embark on a rough and tumble quest to put the band back
and raise the cash to bail out the orphanage. Along the way they make
enemies of several police forces, a redneck country band, and a group of
Illinois Nazis. There's also a mystery woman with a quest of her own - to
blow Jake Blues to Kingdom Come.
Spectacular stunts, good fun, great music, and remember they're on "a mission from God".
Reasonably effective horror/science-fiction a la "Alien" is fairly well done given its limited ambitions. Some nice special effects and well paced action sequences adequately patch the cracks in the rather tiresome dialogue. When a space craft crash lands on a remote planet the survivors soon become aware that a hideous terror awaits them in the dark of the upcoming total eclipse.