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Miles Ahead (2015)
For Miles Fans and Those Who Enjoy a Good Caper
If you are expecting a bio of Miles Davis, you will be disappointed. If you want to see an actor portray Miles Davis as he was, you will love this movie.
It is really just a two day adventure in the life of the Dark Prince, which may or may not have actually happened. But it is definitely how Miles would have done it. Don Cheadle did a jaw dropping portrayal.
If you know about Miles you will not be surprised by the violent brooding personality displayed here. The film suggests it was caused by his pining for his beloved ex wife, I don't know, but it is very believable.
As far as the soundtrack goes, we are treated to brief Miles Davis standards. The scene were the character of Junior is rehearsing in a club, is the best musically.
This is definitely for Miles fans. You will have fun, but don;t expect to learn anything new about the life of the Dark Prince.
Chapter Two (1979)
Doesn't work as a movie
Never got a chance to see this on stage, but it has the kind of dialogue that makes a play great with competent actors. Chapter Two just doesn't work as a movie. James Caen and Marsha Mason certainly have the chops, and for the first 30 minutes, the show is an interesting romantic story.
That all ends however, when Caen's charterer has a meltdown and it becomes almost painful to watch. I felt horrible for Marsha Mason, and the emotional baggage, that was heaped upon her character.Even with the eventual resolution, I had no hopes that this ill advised marriage would survive. Joe Bologna, and Valerie Harper, provide a bit of comic relief, but not enough to make me feel much better.
Movies are supposed to be a pleasant escape for the most part. If you ever have had relationship problems or not, I doubt you will enjoy this movie much.
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
Best 146 Minutes You Could Ever Spend
That is the length of this wonderful movie. You will not notice the time as you are drawn in to the story. I can only give it the standard accolades, as not much more needs to be said. Insiring, feel good, warm.
It is a credit to teachers,musicians, Fathers, anyone who gets up and goes to work each day feeling their job is not important.
Mr. Dreyfuss seems to have the Midas touch as an actor, for he turns every role into something golden. The characters of Cole and Rowena were particularly poignant.
It is a wonderful investment of 146 minutes. This film probably did set out to be a heartwarming inspiring film, but it did so much more
A Deeper Meaning
Not just a beach movie or summer story, this film, is an excellent look at a man and how he is forced to take a look at his life, and where he's going.
It seems family,and friends, consider Rick immature for continuing to work on the beach well into adulthood. Truth is, he's wiser, and more mature than any of them. We see a man who is perfectly suited for his job, is good at it, and has a passion for it. You have to wonder why he would even consider changing.
But decisions start coming at him in the form of family, old classmates, and women in his life. He is equipped to deal with them all, and come to a conclusion that is right for him.
Sam Elliot was perfect for the role. He plays Rick as a likable, and wise person. After almost 40 years, the film still holds up. I enjoy it immensely, every time I see it. It is good to see a man doing what he wants to do in life, and loving it.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (2012)
A Disturbing Undercurrent
Not talking about the show itself, it is over the top funny, with a charming loving family.
The disturbing undercurrent is people who mercilessly berate this family simply because they are culturally different. I though our enlightened society valued diversity?
Honey Boo Boo and her family are attacked by those who dismiss anyone not listening to NPR, and sipping latte, as worthless. It is nothing more than class warfare.
Now that my rant is over, the show in its second season, is drawing over two million viewers a week. People who are not horrified, by someone passing gas, because all families do it (and laugh!) OMG.
People that see a family, and are reminded of the neighbors down the block, who are a little different.
In conclusion, an above reviewer so aptly put it, Pull The Stick Out Of Your Butt and enjoy Honey Boo Boo. Uptight people need not apply.
The Song Remains the Same (1976)
The Finest Concert Performance Ever Filmed
I say this on faith, because obviously I have not seen all filmed concert performances. But out of the many I have seen, this ranks near the top.
Led Zeppelin in what I really believe was their prime. So powerful! The soaring vocals of Robert Plant, the beyond brilliant guitar playing of Mr. Page, and most powerful, the unreal drumming of the late great John Bonham.
Every song in the film rates a 10 on the performance scale, the best I think, is Dazed and confused. It starts out strong, draws you in, and finishes in an absolute stunning climax, which is jaw dropping, even if you've watched it 1000 times.
The fantasy segments are all well done, and interesting to watch. The part where Jimmy Pages ages, and reverts to youth, was groundbreaking at the time, and still is great to see.
If there is any part that could have been skipped, its where the late Peter Grant is mercilessly berating an executive from the venue. He was known to be a bit of a thug, and this shows it. A bit unpleasant to watch.
This is the next best thing to being at a Zep concert. If you have a big screen, and surround sound, you will have an unforgettable experience.
The Cable Guy (1996)
Careys Most Brilliant Performance
I don't know how anyone can interput a character any better, Carey was spot on genius in this film. The Cable Guy was a psycho, disturbing to be around, yet he enthralled in every scene. Some of the supporting cast was weak, but heck, Carey could carry the whole movie! Frequently funny, and interesting. Jims acting was a treat to behold.This is one of those DVDs you will want to watch again, and again. I suspect that those who did not like the film just couldn't take the intensity of Careys performance. If that doesn't tell you its brilliant what will? Again, Jim Careys best, if you have to pick one of his films, this is the one to see.
November Christmas (2010)
Moving With A Capital M
Like most Hallmark Hall Of Fame presentations, this one really tugs at the heartstrings. Very moving, and touching. You fall in love with all the chacters.
I've been watching Sam Elliott since he did Lifeguard 35 years ago. This just might be his best role yet. Mr. Sanford is a man anyone would want to have as a friend. The little girl who plays the central character is just charming. Sometimes a role like this can be overdone, and not believable, but this is definitely not the case here.
I think the best thing about the film, is its theme of redemption. Virtually all the characters are redeemed, and restored. It sets out to show the good in people and how life triumphs. It succeeds wonderfully.
The only minor negative is that by knowing the ultimate outcome in advance (which the film shows) it might lessen the emotional impact for some people. Than again, I can't think of anyone who would really want to see the outcome that you'd think would happen.
I hope they show this film again. It would make a perfect DVD for a family to rent, and not just at Christmastime, but any time of year.
The Fifth Floor (1978)
Hopkins Is Great
Really only one reason to see this movie, and that is the performance of Bo Hopkins. He makes almost any role he does come alive, especially a villain. I told him that, when I had the chance to meet him several years ago. He didn't exactly agree with me about his role here, but he remembered this movie, and said the production values were very good. The story is enthralling, and you squirm, because you know it can happen to you. Tension throughout, and you do get sucked in, but you feel about the same way at the end as if you drank cheap malt liquor the night before. Tired, and with a bit of a headache. But if you are a Hopkins fan, it is worth a peek.
Something for Joey (1977)
Still Touching After All These Years
I watched this movie on ESPN Classic on Christmas day. I had never seen it before, and knew it was going to be sad. Because I knew what to expect however, I had just a few tears. The movie is classic 70's biography, the music, editing etc.. They just have that certain style. The story is a touching as they come. The Cappelletti family were extraordinary people. The kind of folks anyone would like to meet. The relationship between John and Joey, was special, and not the kind most siblings have. But of course the circumstances here, were anything but normal. I enjoy films about football very much, but the football is secondary here. Thats okay, it still tells you about one of the greatest players ever in college football. Most of all, you admire the extraordinary bravery of a young boy, who faces a terminal illness. He, his brother, and the story of the entire family will lift you, and inspire you. It is worth the tears.