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I like it. It was campy and meant to be, as well as a tribute to the Beatles
27 August 2013
I grew up listening to the Beatles. I loved their music and still do.

I was 19 when this movie came out. I saw it the first weekend. How can the Beatles and my favorite groups miss? IMO, they didn't.

This was never meant to be a serious movie. It was not meant to be a serious movie. It was meant to be campy. It was meant to be a tribute to the music of the Beatles and the songs from the Sgt Pepper Album.

The songs, as performed, are not exactly like how the Beatles did it, and I like that. Only the Beatles are the Beatles. These groups covered their songs as themselves and, IMO, did very well at it.

Finding out that these musicians and singers can do camp and comedy was a nice surprise.

I recommend this movies if you just want to have fun. Don't watch with the thought of taking it seriously. If you do you are going to be disappointed.

Make sure you pay attention to the woman who plays Strawberry Fields, Sandy Farina. She has an astounding voice.
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Zoom (2006)
I think it's a good, fun movie
14 March 2009
I'm not sure what most of the other commentators were expecting in this movie. I found it fun and I laughed through most of it, so did my SO. We are both 50.

I thought that the casting was really good. Rip Torn played the kind of character that I'm familiar with, regarding him. I thought that Tim Allen was good throughout the movie. I thought that Chevy Chase was hilarious. Courtney Cox was funnier than I've ever seen her. The kids were all great.

Yes, the movie was very formulaic. I didn't think that it took anything away from the movie.
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Armageddon (1998)
I love this move!
22 July 2007
Your realize after watching the beginning of the movie that this kind of story line has been done before, a LOT. However, the cast, the writing, the director and the music are fantastic. I am a huge fan of action movies. This movie is much more than that. It has lines in it that may not have worked as well with another cast. In fact, I think that with another cast, it would been just another cheezy scifi movie. I, truly, cannot think of anything that I would change about this movie. Even the ending was formulaic, but great. It is another good guys vs bad guys movie, except the bad guy is an asteroid. I don't think that anyone could have put a better cast together.
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An OK movie, but the soundtrack is what makes it worth watching.
24 April 2007
I first watched this movie on cable in the early 1990's. I was watering a neighbors indoor plants while she was on vacation. I walked into her living room, turned on the TV and started watering the plants. While I was going from plant to plant, I heard the sound of a voice and saxophone that just floored me, and drew me back into the living room.

The movie/story is OK. It's kind of fun to watch, but has a lot to be desired. The characters are not very well rounded and the story is not very well written. Michael Pare is great in this.

But what makes this movie is the music. The music is compelling and very well done. Garden Of Eden, alone, is fantastic.

I'm hoping that by the time I get back to the NE, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band will still be playing venues, and that I will finally get to see them.
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The Body (2001)
A very worth while movie
14 February 2007
This movie blew me away the first time that I saw it.

The politics of religion is something that has not been dealt with very well in the movies. This movie does it very well. I found that the reactions to the possible finding of the Christ's tomb to be intriguing. The Catholic Church has told the investigator that the bones in the tomb ARE NOT the bones of the Christ, whatever he finds out.

Each side in this story wishes to use the bones in any way that will be advantageous to themselves. The reality of the bones is immaterial to all of them.

Christ said that "the truth will set you free." In this movie it shows that when it comes to politics, the truth is whatever will get people to follow what you want them to follow.
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Harvey (1950)
Harvey simply "is".
9 December 2006
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I've read so many of these reviews and agree with most of them. I read the negative ones with bewilderment. It seems that so many people read too many things, or expect more than this movie is, into this movie.

Harvey simply "is". Some people call this a screw-ball movie. I don't believe that it is. I don't really think that this movie CAN fit into a certain label. "Harvey" is unique unto itself.

Veta Louise, Elwood's sister, IS very shrill in this movie. It's because her daughter, who is well past marriage age, has no marriage prospects because the rest of their society is afraid that Elwood's craziness in inheritable. Part of Veta Louise's shrillness is that she AND her Mother both see Harvey, although not as much as Elwood does. She knows that Harvey is real. She even mentions that her Mother didn't tell her about Harvey before she died. Veta Louise, herself, saw Harvey in the bathtub one day.

I get the feeling, from Elwood, that I wouldn't have liked him very much before he met Harvey. From little pieces of information uttered by Veta Louise and Elwood, we find out that most of the current money came from Elwood, before he met Harvey, adding to what family money they had. After meeting Harvey, he decided to be "pleasant" instead of "smart", and did an about face character-wise. Apparently, even Veta Louise prefers him this way, but she is frustrated by Harvey being around. Her attempt to commit her brother is to get rid of Harvey, not Elwood. Veta Louise's daughter, Myrtle May, has not seen Harvey, and doesn't know that her Mother has seen Harvey.

I don't think that Elwood is an alcoholic at all. Just because somebody socializes at a bar, does not make them an alcoholic. From what the others in the film say, Elwood doesn't get drunk, although he may sit and nurse a drink. What he DOES is socialize.

I love this movie and have loved it since the first time I saw it. I highly recommend it, even if only for Jimmy Stewart's performance.
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One of my favorite movies
3 December 2006
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I've loved this movie since I first saw it. I'm not a big fan of Alan Alda. He seems to over-act quite often. However, Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn are great in this movie. They both grow and change so much as the years go by. Doris goes from being a naive good Catholic girl, to a self confident woman. George goes from being a supposedly adult accountant to being a supposed adult accountant.

As a movie fan, I've always wondered what happens after the movies end. I find myself wondering if Doris and George would do very well as a full-time couple. George is manipulative and pretty self centered. I don't think that Doris would live with that very well. Of course, he might not be that way with Doris. Something to think about.
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This is great!!
27 April 2006
Robert Wuhl is teaching a class of film students at New York University in Manhattan, New York.

He covers fallacies of history and truths that are no longer generally known. I would like to see much more of this show. It is very entertaining. Mr. Wuhl uses examples and "show and tell" to get his points across. He explained that the person who actually rode the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere was not Paul Revere! Henry Wadsworth Longfellow used Revere's name because it sounded better.

I've watched Robert Wuhl for many years, from the time he was doing stand-up comedy and all the way through "Arli$$" on HBO. He's a good actor and a good stand-up comedian, but he's an excellent teacher! I highly recommend that you watch an episode of this show. It is well worth your time.
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Lady in White (1988)
A good, multifaceted movie
26 April 2006
I saw this movie first in the early 1990's on cable.

I enjoyed the plot of this movie. The screenplay encompassed the young man's relationship with his whole family, instead of just a one note profile. It is a very refreshing way of dealing with this subject.

This is not a horror movie, or any other single genre. It combines several and, IMO, cannot really be confined to just one. There are several ghosts, and the subject of children being murdered over a ten year period. If you have children that you watch this with, you will need to explain things as the movie progresses, so that they understand.

Don't expect to be scared out of your mind, this is not that kind of movie. But it is enjoyable. My son at the time was about 6 years old and enjoyed this movie, too.
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I've loved this movie since it was released
15 March 2006
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While this movie at times does move slowly, I love this movie. I saw it when it was first released and have loved it ever since.

While the three stars of the movie are Jean Seburg, Clint Eastwood and Lee Marivn, Lee Marvin is the main star of the movie. The anti-social gold miner is a perfect character for him. Even his singing fits the character, rough and basic. I don't know about anyone else, but at the end of the movie when Lee Marvin's character, Ben Rumson, is leaving, looking for a place where the people haven't got to yet, I'm sad. I'm sad because I know that places where people haven't got to yet are almost gone, even though there are still a lot of this type of person around.

The music, the lines, Harve Presnell, Ray Walston and Lee Marvin are terrific. The rest of the cast are OK. Harve Presnell would go on to play Miss Parker's father in The Pretender on TV, but in this movie he is young, flat-out gorgeous with a heavenly voice. Ray Walston is his usual best. Lee Marvin is great. Flat out great. I remember reading that his widow said that he identified with this character the most out of all his roles. Everybody seems to remember him singing "A Wanderin' Star",but I remember him singing "The First Thing You Know". That was perfect for this character. It said everything.

If you haven't seen this movie yet, watch it with an open mind, no preconceived ideas, and I think you will love it as much as I do.
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American Idol (2002– )
I enjoy it, for the most part.
24 February 2005
This is the first year (2005)that I've watched American Idol. I surprised myself and enjoyed it. It provides a look into the process and reasons for signing a person to a contract. The only thing that I don't like is the final weeks and how they let people know who has not made the cut. I find it cruel and unnecessary. I also find that Simon Crowell's comments are pretty accurate about the contestants. I used to watch Star Search, with Ed McMahon, and thought that was great, but this is much more interesting. I would like to see the handling of cutting contestants changed. I don't find this to be a popularity contest at all. I also think that if these people cannot take the criticism that is handed to them they should not be in the entertainment business.
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