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The Mosquito Coast (1986)
Harrison Ford as 'The Devil'
I just finished watching this movie, and saw so much to comment on that I had to post this. This is such an underrated movie because of the symbolism in it. Harrison Ford's character starts out as a good smart person in a good world, and dilutes himself and his family so much that he and his new world turn into a hell.
I saw this movie as an allegory to the devil and heaven. Harrison Ford leaves his home so that he can create a paradise better than the one he left. He is so dogmatic in fact, that when his 'paradise' gets demolished before his eyes he doesn't give up. He continues on with a diluted vision of his new paradise and things only get worse, until the end when he dies and his family travels back to the ocean or 'heaven'.
I like the quote at the end of the movie because it sums up my statement here, "Once I had believed in father and the world had seemed small and old. Now he was gone and I wasn't afraid to love him anymore. And the world seemed limitless." Go see this movie if you haven't already. 10/10
Far Ahead of it's Time!
Thanks to TCM I was able to see this film, and I must say that it wasn't at all what I expected. I mean a film that has barking coats, a man who sprints from town to town in less than 20 min., half naked women, a man flying on a cannonball, a trip to the moon in a hot air balloon, and a ring that makes you invisible must be a good film.
Honestly, watching this film made me think that it was from the seventy's or thereabouts. It really is far ahead of it's time, and to think that it came out of Germany during the second World War.
If you ever get the chance to see this movie do so, and you will have one of the most enjoyable times watching it also. I give it a 10!
The Ipcress File (1965)
Semi-above average thriller
There is nothing much out of the ordinary in this movie, it is basically an above average (at best) thriller starring Michael Caine. This movie contains not a whole lot of action, making it seem a little dull however the plot is quite good, and the ending and musical score make up for this somewhat tedious movie.
After seeing Michael Caine in "Alfie", this movie is rather hard to take seriously because Alfie is such a different character from the one Michael plays in this movie. However, "Alfie" was made after this movie, I just stated that because I saw "Alfie" before I saw "The Ipcress File".
So my advice is to watch this movie before seeing "Alfie" and view it for what it is. I give it 6/10.
Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
Ooh... Not good!
I think that this movie, first of all, deserves some credit as all movies should because a group of people spent part of their lives making it. That said, aside from very minimal laughs, and a few heartwarming moments (keywords: a few), this movie fails in every single way.
One would expect that with actors like Dan Ackroyd, Tim Allen, and Jamie Lee Curtis a decent perhaps actually funny movie could be made, and given the premise, this movie could've been another great holiday movie, but that is just not so. Bad acting, unfunny material and a story that seems to go nowhere all contribute to one of the worst holiday movies ever made.
It seems that the makers of the film tried to go a long way for laughs that didn't deliver. Many of the "funny" scenes were well built up but seemed awkward and just plain dumb. Aside from the ending, this movie was crap. I advise any people out there who haven't subjected themselves to this movie yet, to thank yourselves and keep away from this movie at all costs. There are many other great holiday classics out there to choose from, take my advice and go see one of them instead.
Man of the House (1995)
Not Worth It!
This movie is a terrible waste of 96 min. A story of a boy (Johnathan Taylor Thomas)and how his dad leaves his mother (Farrah Fawcett) for his secretary. Then Johnathan and his mother have wonderful times together skipping on the beach and collecting shells and junk. Then Chevy Chase comes along and the movie get's more boring than it already was to begin with. In my opinion, Chevy is altogether not funny enough to make this movie at least a mediocre comedy. It's a comedy with hardly any laughs throughout the entire movie. You start to get bored with how not funny the movie is after the first 20 min. Chevy Chase is dull and amazingly unfunny. Johnathan Taylor Thomas is alright, but hey it's Johnathan Taylor Thomas... can he be any better than alright? Farrah Fawcett is probably the best part of this movie, everything else seems to fail miserably.
All in all, not recommended in the least. Go spend your money on a better movie like 'Howard the Duck'. 1/10
Groundhog Day (1993)
This movie is just awesome!
I've seen this movie probably 30-40 times, and each time I see it, it gets better and better. This movie never gets old. I watch it every year at least once on Groundhog Day, and never miss it on television.
Some people I know say that this movie gets repetitive after a while, but I disagree. I will never get tired of watching Bill Murray lose his mind reliving the same day over and over and over. All of the jokes are good, and the script is great too which is basically why this movie works and is so good. Also without Bill Murray, I don't think that I would like this movie as much as I do.
I gave this movie a 10/10 mostly because it's my favorite movie of all time, and I will continue to watch it over and over again. I definitely recommend this movie to anyone especially Bill Murray fans; this is not one to miss!