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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
This film is a study of a Good Guy, who wants funding to start a national boys' camp for the "Boy Rangers", going against the Bad Guys, who want to build a dam on the same land only for their own selfish interests (not hydro-electricity or anything, you fool). You may ask why taxpayers would want to pay for a camp only a few of the nation's boys could live near; you may ask why the camp couldn't be built on a different piece of land; you may ask why a private organization should get federal funds; you may ask if there were any issues that constituents would have found more pressing. Well, apparently that's because you're one of the Bad Guys too.
Fat Head (2009)
Good and concise
Let's be honest-- at 500 pages most of us aren't going to read "Good Calories, Bad Calories." This film serves as a much easier introduction to the theories and realities about why we get fat, what causes coronary heart disease and diabetes, and what we can do to reverse those conditions. In an easy-to-understand and humorous way, the film explains why the "obvious" reasons we are fat (access to fast food, fat in the diet, etc) are often the wrong answers. If you are trying to lose weight, have heart disease or type-2 diabetes, or just want to live a healthier lifestyle, grab a friend and sit down to watch this film.
The Electric Horseman (1979)
The best thing about this film is the light-up "electric horseman" outfit that Redford wears in the beginning of the film-- as I recall, it inspired many a Halloween costume when the film was released. Otherwise, this film is utterly ridiculous. We are supposed to believe a corporation spends million of dollars on a winning racehorse not to breed it, but to serve as a corporate mascot, despite the fact that most people can't tell one brown horse from another. We are supposed to believe that a rodeo champion would be a useful spokesman to sell cereal, even though almost no Americans can name a single rodeo champion from any point in history, five-time winner or not. We are supposed to believe that after days adventuring in the desert, neither Redford or Fonda looks like they've been more than three feet away from a blow-dryer and can of Final Net for touch-ups. This film was less inspiring than insulting.
This was definitely above-average fare for the Travel Channel. Loretta Lynn and her grown children explain (with truly spooky personal stories) why they think that the house and surrounding land on their plantation is surrounded. Ms. Lynn is charming as always and reveals much about her personal life at Hurricane Mills as well. Most of the "most haunted" type shows are tacky and seem to be made in order to drum up business for various ghost-infested pubs and hotels, but this was more about a family's personal beliefs. They have shown this several times on cable and it is still worth a look-- I don't know if it is available on videotape. One note-- Ms. Lynn does not perform any music in the program as I recall.
This is one of those strange movies where you can tell that someone who wanted to put in the effort could have done a much better job. Instead, the filmmakers went ahead with a really awful script and decided not to bother themselves with too many historic details. The dialogue is clearly meant to inform the ignorant about the era, but reveals very little about the inner lives of the characters. Further, despite much hand wringing about the proper roles of women at the time, we are treated to situations such as 1. open-mouthed kissing between an unmarried, upper-class couple 2. an obviously pregnant matron traveling in the city and 3. a lady repeatedly walking the streets of London at night unescorted. Finally, this film has far too little information about the actual domestic life of women that Mrs. Beeton sought to address, chamber-pots, hand-washed laundry, and all. A real disappointment to anyone interested in Mrs. Beeton's book.
I never liked it
Even as a child I never really liked this show. It was extremely repetitive and gross, with lots of jokes about rotting food, etc. The child actors were very run-of-the-mill and the adults looked like they were sitting out a spell in purgatory. I think much of people's adulation of this show comes from the fact that at the time it was on the air, cable was still quite a luxury and being able to watch it was one of the bragging rights of elementary school. Perhaps this show should have been named "This Program Is Not Up To The Standards Of Network Television" to help clear up any confusion. I am not surprised that most of the actors involved (excluding the little-seen Alanis, of course) faded into obscurity.
Living with Ed (2007)
A nice counterpoint
I admit that I don't find the bickering on the show all that entertaining, and I agree that a little more background on the marriage should be provided-- what, for example, was Rochelle prepared for when she married this guy? Anyway, I do find the show a nice counterpoint to the endless remodeling shows on HGTV. People on the other programs are constantly tearing out serviceable but "dated" fixtures only to replace them with new ones that will be dated in a few years as well, and energy and resource conservation is rarely discussed. The gadgets that Begley has installed are pretty interesting, and I would like to see him host a "how-to" show about running a green household.
I certainly cannot agree with the previous poster who found this episode partly humorous-- in fact, this is one of the few almost unbearably frightening Twilight Zone shows. A young boy's power to control his community through his childish whims is an excellent allegory of the power of any dictator. I imagine that office holders in North Korea spend most of their day saying something similar to "it's good that you did that." This episode powerfully portrays unchecked narcissism. I do agree that the "special effects" version in the Twilight Zone movie is inferior, not only because it is overproduced but because the little boy is presented as brilliant and perhaps even redeemable.
Mormon Temple Film (1969)
The strangest movie you'll never see
This film is only available to those who are "temple worthy" members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (aka Mormons). It is shown to attendees at the Mormon temples throughout the country. While perhaps millions of people have seen this film (or the original live-action version), you will never see it on television, never be able to rent it from Blockbuster or Netflix, and never download it from a web site. Even devout Mormons will concede that this film is not well-produced and many consider it the low point of their temple experience. Nonetheless, that it is supposed to be a secret, and it is a secret kept by millions of people, makes this probably one of the most important low-budget films in American history.
Follow the Stars Home (2001)
This film deals with the unusual subject of bringing up a severely disabled child. Although the plot does get a little convoluted, the film does convey a deeper pro-life message: all life, no matter how short, how precarious, how humble, is worthwhile. This message applies not only to the disabled child, but to the mother who cares for her constantly. The mother's sacrifice is not, as one character states, "six years wasted." Instead, the film tries to give some dignity to people society would like to forget. Unfortunately some of the subplots and flashback techniques can make the film hard to follow at times. I would definitely recommend this film for adolescents and adults-- the subject matter may be too intense for elementary-age viewers.