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Great real stuff in interesting sci-fi concept, 25 September 2014

Capt. Matthew Yelland (Kirk Douglas) is in command of the American nuclear aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. Warren Lasky (Martin Sheen) is on a special assignment from the DOD. He has a mysterious benefactor Richard Tideman who helped design the ship. They go out to sea and is caught in an unusual storm that sends them back in time to right before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Laurel Scott (Katharine Ross) is the assistant to Senator Samuel Chapman (Charles Durning). They are on a yacht attacked by the Japanese. Cdr. Owens (James Farentino) is the lead jet pilot.

There is some great footage of an aircraft carrier and real fighters. This is most notable for all the real work considering this is pre-CGI. Everything is in camera. It's probably the only time that jet fighters get into a dogfight with propeller fighters on screen. When the music comes up, it's all done with so much energy. There is some drawback with using the regular crew as extras and Farentino isn't the most charismatic actor. I do like that they have a discussion about time travel. This is probably the second best real fighter planes movie after 'Top Gun'.

The Normal Heart (2014) (TV)
Compelling history, 25 September 2014

It's 1981 and gay men are enjoying their sexual freedom. Only more and more of them are dying. Nobody knows what the cause is. Ned Weeks (Mark Ruffalo) is a writer. Ben (Alfred Molina) is his brother. Dr. Emma Brookner (Julia Roberts) is advocating for gay men to stop having sex. Felix Turner (Matt Bomer) is the NY Times writer who usually does fluff pieces. Bruce Niles (Taylor Kitsch) and Tommy Boatwright (Jim Parsons) are some of the people in the gay community.

The first 30 minutes is more thrilling and more compelling than any overblown action. The scenes of people trying to figure out what to do are the best. It's exciting. It's also scary like a horror movie. The romance between Weeks and Turner is the weakest part of the movie. There is a big epidemic and the love story diminishes it. For some reason, I'm reminded of Michael Bay's Pearl Habor. The world is changing and I rather have the movie concentrate on the war, not the romance. I get more from Ned and his brother. I understand where they're going with the romance but it feels more like a waste of time. There are so many great scenes with great acting. Joe Mantello explodes on the screen. Taylor Kitsch retells an incredibly touching story. Julia Roberts overdoes it a little. Overall, there is a lot of great acting in a compelling historical drama.

Starts as compelling drama but turns into bad farce and never recovers, 24 September 2014

The Cheyenne nation has been gathered on their desert reservation waiting for supplies. The people are starving. Captain Thomas Archer (Richard Widmark) is sympathetic but powerless in the face of government indifference. Deborah Wright (Carroll Baker) is a Quaker trying to help the Cheyenne. Chiefs Little Wolf (Ricardo Montalban) and Dull Knife (Gilbert Roland) lead over 300 Cheyenne from their reservation in the Oklahoma territory to their traditional home in Wyoming. Archer is forced to stop them. The media exaggerate army casualties. Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz (Edward G. Robinson) resists political pressure to increase the conflict.

This starts off well with the vast landscape and compelling story of the Cheyenne mistreatment. Director John Ford is able to give dignity to the movie. Even with the mostly Latinos portraying Cheyennes, it isn't that badly done. There is some good action. It's set up for a serious compelling western. It is a somewhat long march. It's meandering and struggles to keep up the pace. Then it takes a bad comedy detour in Dodge City. Other than having James Stewart play Wyatt Earp, there is nothing worthwhile in that section. The tone is all wrong and breaks down the realism of the movie once and for all.

Baby Doll (1956)
Not really that risqué, 24 September 2014

Older Archie Lee Meighan (Karl Malden) is married to 19 year old Baby Doll (Carroll Baker) living in the old mansion Tiger Tail, Mississippi under constant renovation. They have an agreement to consummate their marriage on her 20th birthday which is coming in a few days. He's in dire financial straits when outsider Silva Vacarro (Eli Wallach) moves in with his own cotton gin and taking over all the business. He even loses the furniture. Then Silva's cotton gin burns down. Silva suspects Archie and tries to get back at him through Baby Doll.

Carroll Baker does a fine job and probably better than Marilyn Monroe could do. She's younger anyways and has an explosive quality that isn't in Monroe. In fact, she is very impressive holding her own against Karl Malden. She needs to get in touch more with her childish side. Eli Wallach is quite a find as a newcomer. However it's an interesting notion if Monroe's sexuality could have pushed the controversy even more or maybe her known sexuality could have been a shield for the movie. With director Elia Kazan and writer Tennessee Williams, this movie has some fun moments.

Non-Stop (2014)
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Mostly a fun ride, 23 September 2014

Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) is a federal air marshal on the job flying from New York to London. Then he gets text messages breaching the secured network threatening to kill somebody in 20 minutes unless he pays $150 million. Hammond (Anson Mount) is the other agent on the plane but he denies sending the messages. Jen Summers (Julianne Moore) is the woman who switched seat next to Bill. Nancy (Michelle Dockery) is a flight attendant. Austin Reilly (Corey Stoll) is a NYPD detective. It's a thriller and a mystery as Bill struggles to find the criminal sending the texts.

Liam Neeson has become the great intense leading man. It has good tension. Being stuck on a plane is always a good way to create tension. It's relying on lots of twists and turns. If the audience doesn't get bucked off, it's a fun ride. Sometime after the reveal, there is a build up of way too many crazy things. The little girl is one too many. It didn't necessarily buck me off completely but it came close. At least, it's a terrific fun ride for most of the movie.

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Fun female Odd Couple chemistry, 22 September 2014

Max Black (Kat Dennings) is a street-smart wisecracking cupcake-baking waitress at the dive Williamsburg Diner owned by Han Lee (Matthew Moy). The fry cook is the inappropriate and lecherous Oleg (Jonathan Kite). Earl (Garrett Morris) is the smart sarcastic cashier. Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs) is a rich trust fund princess business school graduate who loses it all when her father is arrested for embezzlement. She is hired as the new waitress. Then later Max finds Caroline sleeping on the subway.

This is a sexualized highly inappropriate humor that is still passable for network TV. Sure, TV has come a long way but this one still pushes the envelope. The girls have very good chemistry. Kat Dennings is always hilarious and Beth Behrs fits quite well with her. They're basically the female The Odd Couple. They do run into a few problems with groan worthy sitcom stories. Also there is a lack viable romantic male in the main cast which leads to a series of short term boyfriend characters. The constant tally of their bank account is stupid. However this movie is all about the two girls and they have fun together.

Annoying and unfunny, 22 September 2014

Bill Firpo (Nicolas Cage) tries to keep honest. However his brothers Dave (Jon Lovitz) and kleptomaniac Alvin (Dana Carvey) get early parole due to overcrowding. Bill is pulled back in as they go to Paradise, Pennsylvania to find Sarah based on another inmate's story. They find the small local bank so lax in security that they have to rob it. They have to get the keys to the vault from bank president Clifford Anderson (Donald Moffat). On the way out, they crash their getaway car. They are rescued and brought to the Andersons and their upstairs renter bank worker Sarah Collins (Mädchen Amick). None of them recognize that the brothers are the robbers. The criminal who had the original idea to rob the bank finds out. The FBI led by agent Shaddus Peyser (Richard Jenkins) are also looking for them. They keep failing to get away while the people in town are all so very nice.

Dana Carvey has that annoying voice and face. He is stupid in a hateful way. Jon Lovitz is slightly better by comparison. Nicolas Cage is angry and with good reasons. The three brother are so annoying that there are unlikeable. They are unfunny. And the jokes fall flat. The big chase isn't anything fun. It is generally boring and most of the blame has to be laid at writer/director George Gallo's feet.

Dune (1984)
Too much too ambitious but what a lovely mess, 22 September 2014

It's the year 10,191. The universe is ruled by Padishah Emperor Shaddam the Fourth. The most precious substance is the spice, melange which is used to extend life and fold space. It only exists on Arrakis also known as Dune where the local Fremen long for a prophesized messiah. The emperor plans to dethrone Duke Leto Atreides (Jürgen Prochnow) fearing his new weapon, the weirding module. First he allows the House Atreides to run the spice production. Then he supports the jealous House Harkonnen to invade and kill all the Atreides. There is something about Paul Atreides (Kyle MacLachlan) that concerns everybody. He and his mother Lady Jessica manage to escape the massacre. They find shelter with the Fremen as he falls in love with Chani (Sean Young).

There is a dense introduction and lots of expositions. It is way too complicated for novices on the first try. I'm sure many people glazed over. The style is impressive. It has a great unique look. The production value is all there on the screen. The cast is also impressive with some strange outsider casting like Sting, a whole lot of experience, and some newcomers who would become big stars. They all work in their own way. David Lynch is definitely going all in with this movie. It has its Lynch weirdness but he holds it back enough to allow the story to make some sense. The weirdness sometimes works but sometimes pumps up the cheese factor. It just won't make sense to most people who haven't read the books. It's probably a movie that is too ambitious to work completely. It's also way too melodramatic at times. It works better after a couple of viewings to understand what's going on.

Comedy classic, Leave all hope behind, 22 September 2014

Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho Marx) is the business manager for wealthy Mrs. Claypool (Margaret Dumont) investing $200k with Herman Gottlieb (Sig Ruman) of the New York Opera Company. Chorus man Ricardo Baroni (Alan Jones) is love with Rosa Castaldi (Kitty Carlisle) who is pursued by the arrogant Rodolfo Lassparri (Walter Woolf King). Ricardo's illiterate friend Fiorello (Chico Marx) takes on the task of managing him. Tomasso (Harpo Marx) is Lassparri's abused silent whistling dresser. Gottlieb hires the great tenor Lassparri for $1000 a night. The opera company is traveling to NYC on a ship. Ricardo, Tomasso and Fiorello sneak on board as stowaways.

I'm not a fan of the song and dance routines. It doesn't help that I really dislike opera. It stops the movie for me every time. Chico playing the piano for the kids is kinda cute and Harpo too. However there is nothing like Groucho's rapid fire jokes and Harpo's silent charm. I love their slapstick and they don't get better than the crowded room scene. This is a comedy classic.

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Complicated issues can't escape Lifetime sensibilities, 21 September 2014

Sally Linden (Annabeth Gish) is an author living with boyfriend Leonard (Callum Keith Rennie) in Canada. Her daughter Aimee (Kristen Hager) is going to college. She is haunted by an old case from 1993 in Hawaii when she was on the jury. The defendant was Theresa Nichol (Chandra West) accused of robbing and killing a man with her husband Vincent (Hugh Dillon). Vincent testifies against her. The judge is skewed against her. Sally was living with her boorish, abusive husband Danny (Gabriel Hogan) at the time. She found parallels between her life and Theresa. She was inclined to acquit but she is kicked off the jury for arriving 5 minutes late. Theresa is sentenced to 30 years and still imprisoned in California. Sally endeavors to reopen the case with the help of lawyer John Emory (Maury Chaykin).

This movie tries a little too hard dealing with guilt and innocence. This story should be a lot more murkier dealing with why she stayed. It should not be an easy answer. At least, it touches on some interesting ideas but it needs to stay within the complexity of the situations. That is where the truly fascinating emotions lie. This movie struggles to rise above its Lifetime TV movie genes. This is a bigger problem in this movie because it is based on a real case. This would be a better movie simply about the murders and the Nichols. All the stuff about the trials, the convictions, and the appeals are better left as post scripts.

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