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Memphis Belle (1990)
A War Film Worth Viewing
Memphis Belle is a fictionalization of the 1943 documentary Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress that tells the story of the 25th and last mission of an American Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber called the Memphis Belle that was based in England during World War II.It featured an all-star cast with Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, D.B.Sweeney and Harry Connick Jr. in leading roles.
Having won fame with their exemplary war record and amazing lack of casualties, they expect their final assignment to be a cakewalk. Unfortunately,it was difference from what they expected as it they were assigned to bomb a heavily defended German city.It resulted loss of many lives.Memphis Belle is led by their experienced captain, Dennis Dearborn and the crew shoulders its responsibility despite mounting fears, while their commanding officer and a public relations specialist wait anxiously for their return. Things get interesting when it later found that medical officer Val Kozlowski has fake credentials.
It was definitely clichéd and extremely predictable.The film was definitely made for entertainment for viewers who love films like Top Gun and Iron Eagle.Aside from that,it lacks realism as things that happen in it were definitely far from what probably happened in real life.it was obviously a fictionalization as I have stated in the first paragraph.Despite of it,the film manages to rise above it as it had great actors who delivered great performances.It definitely could provide a feeling of patriotism especially for people who did service in the military.Overall,it is still a war film worth viewing.
Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)
Events Happen In A Spaceship
Airplane II: The Sequel is the sequel of the 1980 satirical comedy Airplane,which received a lot of praise for being a great film that parodies accident genre films that became popular during the 70's. It was written and directed by Ken Finkleman and it features Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Chad Everett, William Shatner, Rip Torn, and Sonny Bono. Without the involvement of Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker unlike in the original,this film does not hold a candle to the timeless classic.
The significant difference in this film and the original is that the event takes place in the spaceship headed towards the moon after an airplane crew was assigned by the management to take over.While it may still offer tons of laughter especially with tons of references based on frequent sex and drugs,it wasn't as funny as the first film.Despite of it,it was still a film worth one's while and it is nice to see stars like Hagerty,Hays and the rest get together again for one sequel of Airplane.
Two Tickets to Paradise (2006)
D.B. Sweeney And Moira Kelly Re-unite In This Film
After their team up in the 1992 sports romantic comedy The Cutting Edge,the reunion between D.B.Sweeney and Moira Kelly finally happened after 14 years in this movie entitled,"Two Tickets To Paradise". The story revolves around three life-long friends in their 40's that are in search for themselves as they face problems of their own.
Mark has developed a serious gambling problem that is beginning to affect his marriage.McGriff cannot let go of his dream of becoming a famous rock star despite having a supportive and loving spouse.Finally,Jason refuse to mature and still lives with his parents.This made them go to a trip together and try in search for life answers that will help them mature.
This film written and directed by D.B. Sweeney was basically clichéd and predictable that had great moments but never got into a satisfying whole.Too bad that her reunion with Moira Kelly did not result into a good film similar to The Cutting Edge.Nevertheless,it will still manage to provide good entertainment when expectations aren't raised and just enough to see Sweeney and Kelly re-unite in another film.
Why Stallone Gave Up Comedy
Oscar is a screwball comedy based on the Claude Magnier stage play.It was a remake of the 1967 French film of the same title with the settings moved to the Depression era New York City.Its central character is on a mob boss trying to go straight. It stars Sylvester Stallone in the title role together with Marisa Tomei, Ornella Muti, Tim Curry, and Chazz Palminteri.
Angelo "Snaps" Provolonep made a promise that he would reform his life and give up his involvement with criminal activities upon the death of his father.Unfortunately,there are a variety of personal and professional obstacles that he must go through.Among them is that he needs lots of money since he is getting married soon.His accountant asked him for a raise.Later,he discovered that his daughter got pregnant.And there are more.
Critics thrashed Oscar and compared Stallone to comedy as one movie writer would put it,"Stallone is to comedy as John Goodman is to ballet".But despite the fact that he isn't a comic genius,he definitely can go through gags and made fun of by others without getting mad.In other words,he can tolerate how others would treat him.Unfortunately,this movie became a traumatic experience for him that he gave up comedy and never did a comedic film again.But nevertheless,it was still a funny film that would enjoy somehow.
Regarding Stallone,he was decent in comedy.Too bad many people believed the numerous critics who trashed this film.
Lock Up (1989)
Ludicrous Prison Film
Lock Up is an prison action melodrama that features Sylvester Stallone and Donald Sutherland. It tells the story of Frank Leone,an auto mechanic that was sent to prison.The rest of the cast includes John Amos,Darlanne Fluegel,Frank McRae and Sonny Landham.It was directed by John Flynn.
Frank Leone was sent to prison when he was arrested for beating up the punks and the criminals that killed his mentor.He was sentence to six months at a minimum security prison.But Warden Drumgoole had something against Leone and had a score to settle with that is why he was transferred from a minimum security prison into a maximum- security prison.This led Frank to escape his situation by becoming a one-man army ala Rambo.
This is definitely one laughable action melodrama without the intention of being one.Everything was alright until Leone decided to become Rambo in the end.Too bad that producers never gave a green light to shoot a Rambo 4 during its theatrical release and came up with Lock Up instead.No wonder it got a lot of Razzies that includes Worst Picture as well as Worst Actor for Stallone and Worst Supporting Actor for Sutherland.In the end,it was one forgettable movie.
The Lord's of Flatbush (1974)
The Flatbush Neighborhood
The Lords of Flatbush is a coming-of-age film about street teenagers in leather jackets from the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York that was set during the 1950's.It features Perry King, Henry Winkler and Sylvester Stallone and Susan Blakely.
The story was set in 1958.The story involves street teenagers such as Chico,who attempts to win over Jane but does not him;Stanley,who impregnates his girlfriend,Frannie and is pressured to marry her;Butchey Weinstein,who is highly intelligent but tries to front being a clown; and Wimpy Murgalo,a follower of Chico and Stanley.
This was a pretty good and least likely heard film from the 70's about the '50's wherein the characters have hairstyles that is similar to the characters in Grease.Also,we get to see talented thespians such as Stallone,King,Winkler and Blakely showcase their talent before they became popular.The coming-of-age story was definitely something that would entertain the viewer despite the fact that one may find it dated when seen at present.
Paradise Alley (1978)
Stallone's Directorial Debut
Paradise Alley is a film about three brothers in Hell's Kitchen, New York City that become involved in professional wrestling during the 1940's.It stars Sylvester Stallone,who also acted as screenwriter and director of the film.
Cosmo Carboni and his brothers Lenny and Victor reside in the poor section of Hell's Kitchen. Cosmo is determined to get out of their depressing situation.When he discovers an illegal wrestling match,he realizes that Victor could beat the champion and gets motivated when he sees lots of money being passed around.Later,Cosmo's brother joins in by acting as the manager.When pressure builds and the stakes grow higher especially when the mob gets involved,it becomes apparent that Victor must fight for his life.
It was Stallone's directorial debut.It was an enjoyable and entertaining dated film from the 70's.Some parts become unintentionally funny.Obviously, it was also predictable and clichéd in the end.But one thing that stands out is the theme of brotherhood especially when the relationship of the three brothers remain a focal point of the story.That alone makes it better than an average film.
A Signature Film For Unions And Union Members
F.I.S.T. is Sylvester Stallone's first film after gaining success and stardom in Rocky.In it,he plays Johnny Kovak, a Cleveland warehouse worker who becomes involved in the labor union leadership of the fictional "Federation of Inter-State Truckers" or F.I.S.T. He finds that he must sacrifice his principles as he moves up through the union and attempts to expand its influence. Among them is getting involved with the mob.It was loosely based on the Teamsters union and their former union president,Jimmy Hoffa.
It was definitely an enjoyable and entertaining film as the viewer get to see Stallone play a different role that relies on his capability as an actor rather than an action star.He did well as a Kovak.Also,the film provides great insight on unions and how the mob gets involved with it through its detriment.This also is a signature films for unions and union members.As for the performances,the rest of the cast played their roles with conviction and director Norman Jewison was steady behind the camera.
Tango & Cash (1989)
Delivers Nothing New Except Having Stallone And Russell In A Film
Tango & Cash is buddy cop action comedy film that features Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell in the title role together with Jack Palance and Teri Hatcher. It tells the story of two rival LAPD narcotics detectives - Ray Tango and Gabriel Cash.Both are forced to work together after criminal mastermind, Yves Perret, frames them for murder.Their partnership struggles at first due to difference in personalities as well as clashing egos.But they eventually learn to work together to bring down the drug lord who framed them.
The film was definitely a bad buddy cop movie that is definitely not at the level of Lethal Weapon as the action is overdone and the comedic scenes provides little laughter.Despite the fact that both Stallone and Russell play each other very well,it does not provide anything new and groundbreaking except the fact that we have both actors playing together for the first time in a movie.
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1981)
Jacklyn Smith Was Superb As Jackie
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy is a TV movie about the life of the former first lady and wife of the President John Kennedy.Jacklyn Smith stars into the title role together with James Franciscus,who plays JFK.It tells the story of Jackie during her time in the White House as well as the days when she was courted by JFK when he was Congressman and during the campaign period for the Presidency.Added to that,her relationship with her alcoholic father was also a significant part of the story.
Jacklyn Smith provided tons of elegance and screen presence as Jackie.No question that this led her into becoming the Queen of TV Movies and Mini-series during the 80's when they were popular on television.She also provided a superb and unforgettable performance as the former first lady.This two-hour TV movie is definitely definitely a joy to watch despite the fact that it was shown more than 30 years ago.