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8 Million Ways to Die (1986)
When will it be released in DVD?
I loved this movie and still keep a copy of it in VHS. Why it was never released in DVD I'll never know. A lot of my favorite movies sit in limbo because like this one, probably because of some legal squabble, they are just waiting for a DVD version to hit the stores. I became a fan of Jeff Bridges before the movie was released and consider his acting as a alcoholic very realistic to an addicted alcoholic hangover. This is also the first movie, I believe, to see the future star Andy Garcia act. The mannerism of his shaking one hand is something he did later in"The Untouchables" with Kevin Costner. I noticed it immediately in thatmovie. He never did it again except to hint at it in the bar scene in alater movie with Michael Douglas, "Black Rain", another one of my favorites. Well, maybe "8 Million..." will finally be released in a DVDversion. I'll keep watching for it.
Angel Heart (1987)
I love this movie
I love this movie. That's why I rated it a 10. Pauleen Kael thought it was stupid; criticizing ,e.g., the constant symbol of the fan in the window. But that was just because Ms. Kael, once she disliked a movie, sometimes found the most trite things to criticize in order to justify her dislike. Incidentally, I think she once called Clint Eastwood a Fascist and not a very good movie director. Well...? Anyway, "Angel Heart" is such a good movie to watch and re-watch. The premise is so fascinating. Think about it: Do you know who you really are? What if you made a pact with the devil for stardom but can't remember any of it? In our celebrity crazed America, can you think about anyone who would do that? The symbols alone are worth watching. The fan, the broken mirror, all the voodoo stuff. I was a child during the time period of the 50s when this movie takes place. It is very nostalgic for me to remember seeing some of those props such as the converted street car turned Diner that I remember as a kid. Where they found all these props is beyond me. Now I have to tell you that the novel, "Falling Angel," has some pretty explicit scenes of group sex in front of the devil who witnesses his followers offering a baby sacrifice to him that's left out of the movie. It's interesting if you watch Rourke's comments in the new expanded DVD version, he says he was in a very negative period in his life and doesn't recall much about working in the movie. He simply needed the money and took what roles he could get. If you buy this copy, by all means do yourself a favor and listen to Mr. Rourke's commentary.
The Island (1980)
Yea, but I still like this movie.
Yea, I know "The Island" is a hokey movie but I still like it as one of my favorites if for nothing more than it looks at the subject of brainwashing and I get to watch M. Caine act. It actually has a cast of quite a few decent actors. The premise of a band of cut-throat pirates is not that far fetched. Even if you must overlook the idea that they are descendants of pirates long ago. Maybe Benchley's original story is better. Never read it. Come on, don't be so hard on it. There's a lot worse stinkers out there and even worse actors. e.g.,look at all the rapper/wannabe actors today. They are too boring and embarrassing to watch. Wish "The Island" will be released someday on DVD.