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I'm married & I love cars, cats & movies. I'm also a big Stallone fan.
This film was colorful & exciting! The dogfight scenes were amazing! Those cardboard box WW1 fighter planes with NO parachutes were like flying coffins! Too bad this great invention had to be used for something as appalling as WAR! Anyway, this is the true story of the Lafayette Escadrille in France, the very first pilots fighting against the Germans. Franco's part is as a Texas rancher named Blaine Rawlings who loses said ranch & goes over to France to give it all a try. Along the way, he becomes an ace pilot, falls in love with a pretty French girl named Lucienne (Jennifer Decker) & then loses said girl - never to see her again. (That's so sad!) At the end when everyone's "bio" comes up on the screen, it's said that Franco's character goes back home & builds the largest ranch in Texas & never flew again. They never say why...
Side Point - Franco actually went & got his pilot's license FOR REAL just before shooting this film. (Congratulations!)
The Great Raid (2005)
The Thinking Man's War Movie
Lots of sensitive portrayals here. This is NOT a Rambo, shoot'em up type of film. It's a true story about how 511 Americans were rescued out of a Japanese camp by Phillipinos & Americans but doesn't go the blood & guts routine. I don't know how James Franco remembered all those lines he had about direction, maps, instructions, etc! He played Capt. Prince while Benjamin Bratt played his superior. The tall blonde was a treat to watch (Connie ?, pardon me for forgetting). I think the R-rating was given because of the actual war footage shown of dead
& charred bodies. (Horrific & NOT for the squeamish!) This one won't be in my Franco Collection of films simply because one viewing was enough. Probably ANYone could have played the 2 main roles here & the film would've been just as good a history lesson.
The Ape (2005)
The comment by Zach above shows that HE GOT IT! So many people who commented just DIDN'T GET IT! The ape itself is never real! It's just a figment of Harry's (James Franco) imagination. He brought out all of Harry's innerisms, things he wants to say or do but can't because he's too reserved. (This seems to be Franco in REAL life, not just REEL life!) Anyway, my favorite scenes were in the office between him & his 2 female co-workers. His boss trying to hook-up with someone via the internet on "Ron-de-Jew" was a real laugh! I wonder who thought that one up?!? HA! I only have one problem with this film & that's all the cussin' & some of the things the ape did. It was totally unnecessary. One thing I DO applaud is James Franco's turn at directing, writing, etc. This was his 1st go at it. I think he did a good job! I really liked his "interview" on the DVD. He expressed himself very well & did not seem as shy as he is today while being interviewed. I'd like to ask him why...
"Don't Tell Harry!"
I watch Spiderman for The Franco Factor. There! I admit it! So what? I think the acting is good, too. Peter Parker (Toby McGuire) is a geeky kid who turns into Spiderman after getting bit by a hybrid spider. Such comic book fare but it works! His best friend is rich kid Harry Osborn (the full-lipped, sculpted-faced, gorgeous-looking James Franco!)He's quite thin & wirey in this 1st installment of the 3-part series but wait till you see him in #2 & #3! (sigh!) ANYway, my summary line "Don't Tell Harry!" comes from a piece of dialogue his father(Willem Dafoe) says when Spiderman gets out of the way & he ends up being killed by his own blade. Then it's said again when Peter & MaryJane make plans to have dinner even though MaryJane is supposedly dating Harry. You have to see it to get it!
James Dean (2001)
James Franco = James Dean
Franco aced Dean's walk, voice, mannerisms! Now every time I watch Franco, it's like I'm watchin' Dean! (Is that a good thing?!) Anyway, I learned a lot about Dean's life in this bio. He truly was a tortured soul! You had to pity him & you'll understand why when you view this film. I bought it & have watched it a lot.
I read that after this film, Franco won a Golden Globe Award (which he said he gave to his mom) & the offers just kept pouring in. After viewing this film, DeNiro hand-picked him to play his son in City By The Sea, which Franco promptly jumped at! (I don't blame him!) May Franco's career continue to shine as he continues honing his craft, ridding himself of his shyness & giving us ever more characters to view & identify with!
THIS Last Call Was On the $$!
This interview with the ever-handsome James Franco was really good! He shared some FlyBoys info (his latest film at the time), told us that he actually got his pilot's license before he began shooting the film, explained how it was to work at McDonald's Drive-Thru(!) but told us NOTHING of his role as Harry Osborn in the upcoming Spiderman3. As it should be since no one in the film is allowed to divulge any plot info or they could suffer a scolding from the Spidey powers-that-be like Kirsten Dunst (MJ) did after spilling some secret beans about the film!
Carson is a fun host & joked (quite seriously) with the group of annoying screaming young girls that it's hard for him to do his interviews when they scream for him like that! HA! They were all screaming for JAMES!!
Whatever It Takes (2000)
It Took A lot To Watch This One!
WHATEVER IT TAKES could have been a better teen film. LOVE James Franco but I did NOT like his character, Chris Campbell. His only decent scenes were on the stage with his (real, at the time) girlfriend spouting off lines from the other guy who was actually sincere & secretly in love with her. I did NOT like the school nurse's prop! It was so inappropriate! I cannot believe any school would allow such a thing! I cannot believe any PARENTS would allow it, either! I also can't believe all the kids who went to a hotel after the prom! Do high schools & parents really ENDORSE such a thing?!? Stupidity! These were all rich & snooty-type high school kids who just didn't have a clue. I have to say - I'm sorry I bought this one.
Tony Talks, James Listens
Tony Danza is a happy-go-lucky gregarious guy who seems to talk constantly. James Franco is a quiet, cool, laid-back young man who needs to be prodded in conversation. Put these two together and you have one hyper host and one soft-spoken guest. You'd think Tony wanted to take over the entire piece! But if anyone knows Tony, he was just being himself. I could imagine Franco being relieved to exit the show after being linguistically jostled here! When Tony asked James if he was dating anybody, you could tell he didn't want to answer that. Since the answer was cut in the YouTube.com version I saw, I still don't know what he said or how he said it. Reading around the 'net, I see it's Ahna some-body.
I like Danza and I like Franco but together? I have to feel pity for Franco. You gotta toughen-up around Tony! He's just that kinda guy!
Doin' It The Navy Way
Jake Huard (James Franco) sees Annapolis (where you go for Navy training) across the river every day he works in the shipyard with his buddies. His dad is his boss but he wants to 'go the Navy way'. His late mom, who took him for a tour of the place as a kid always said he could make it. And he tried. He thought he might not make it but - well, you have to see the movie! This works! Franco works! Tyrese Gibson works! (Only his 'love interest' doesn't work, IMO!) Glad Franco got such a physical role because he does great with it! That fine young man has grown UP!! See this one for inspiration & a good look at Franco's........works!
Tristan + Isolde (2006)
Excellent film with medieval intrigue, sword-fights, love, honor & duty all rolled into one! Great cast with James Franco leading the way as Tristan, orphaned son saved & taken in by Lord Mark of Britania. (Forgive me for not remembering that actor's name but he was wonderful in the role!) Franco emotes nicely here & has a way with his eyes that seem to tell just what you need to know! He's quite good! Young forbidden love between Tristan from Britania & Isolde from Ireland makes for quite a story. See it! All the scenes are tastefully 'executed' (pardon the pun!)thus giving it the PG-13 rating. I'm viewing this one again & again!