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The Big Blue Marble (1974)
It brought our world together....if only for a day
May sound incredibly 'hokey', but who cares. Seriously though.....my memories of this show are fairly scattered. For the mid-70's, the cinematography and ground effects were amazing. They took you to all corners of the universe--similar to todays HISTORY and DISCOVERY channels. Only this show WAS universal for its time. You never knew one week to the next if you'd visit Singapore, Bangladesh, Albania, etc. And that was just the beginning. There were several mini-series' and other specials aired....'The Witch's Sister', most profoundly. For 1979, it is probably the most remembered. And Witch's Sister became so popular BBM actually re-aired it a few more times. The ending (and beginning) tags really highlighted the post-racial overtones of brother/sisterhood, reminding us that we all live under the same sky, same God.
Well-loved, classic soap, long-gone, and much remembered
I was just in middle school when this soap first aired. I remember my best friend and I racing home everyday after school to catch the very next episode, it was that new and exciting. We were thrilled that Beverly McKinsey had left Another World to star in this new show. And so many other terrific actors/characters were introduced here. My friend and I fell in love with Rikki and Max Dekker. They were like the Daytime Duke boys (Bo and Luke)to us. And we also loved Elena Dekker. She was my all time favorite. I cried when after she got beat up by Billy Jo, and then left the show shortly after. Promised she'd be back. And I waited, but she never returned. I cried even harder. At times the writers could have done a much better job with story lines and character development. Some great actors left, and other mediocre ones replaced them. After Elena left, I was almost losing interest as well. What really flung out was that this soap was never given the half chance to blossom into a successful show. Too many dumb things began happening after only its first year on the air. Rena comes along sometime later and begins throwing a monkey wrench into things, including her doofus future husband Justin (whom we really hated). And the Paige Marshall romance joke which also helped to spoil events. This show just wasn't given a fair chance to succeed, where it could have. Given better writing, stories, character-development. Who knows? It could've last another 10 years, maybe. McKinsey, I believe returned back to AW, from here. Texas deserved much better longevity than it was allowed. The original characters were fresh, exciting, and wonderful to watch. Some of the earlier stories were very interesting. Kept us glued to our TV sets. A sad pity that it only lasted 2 years. Should have been much much longer.
The Maddening (1996)
One heck of a creepy film....perfect 'sleazy' talent
I first saw this film in '96 shortly after it came out. My then-bf's dad rented it cause it was a thriller. Back then I didn't know what an Indie film was. Regardless, this one shines a very different light on Reynolds' talent. From the stereotype ladies-man, machoism his fans have long known him for, he takes a few steps back here to a darker, more sinister role (less, later on as 'Boss Hogg'). He starts out as the hunky car mechanic..... coming to the aid and rescue of Mia Sara and daughter. But obviously somethings not all there when he cons an engine prob, offering Sara a call from his own house. Only to "kidnap" her and her young daughter to become companion and house slave to his demented wife (Dickinson). Creepy. There are several moments of ill-found passion where he bullies Sara, and at one time, nearly rapes her, only due to the ghost of his wheelchair-bound demented father....and a hidden, grotesque family secret.....revealed in all hellishness at the end.
A must see.
Worth watching......a walk down memory lane
For those of us who grew up watching most of these former child stars from the 70's, 80's, early 90's, I think its awesome that a few networks like VH1 do something like this, occasionally. We all like to reminisce our favorite old TV stars. Where they are now, who they were, etc. Some shows were excellent. Some were just okay. But those child stars stayed with us because their agent saw incredible talent, which brought them fame and a household name. What kid in the 80's didn't tease their siblings or friends with "whatchu talking' bout, Willis?" Sad pardoned, most of us knew the horrible fate of a few, like Coleman, Bridges, Plato, Haim (corey), and a couple others. But Danny Bonaduce put it clearly regarding child stardom, back then, at a young impressionable age. And he wasn't the only PARTRIDGE who had it rough. For anyone worth another walk down memory lane, just think about the child stars you may have long forgotten. But someone thought he/she was great. Personally, I never cared much for WEBSTER, but audiences fell in love with little Emmanuel Lewis. He was equally as adorable as Gary Coleman's "Arnold".
Knights & Emeralds (1986)
Wonderful, beautiful romantic comedy
I absolutely FELL IN LOVE with this movie from the first time I saw it back in the 90's.
It was hilarious!
Chris Wild is undeniably sexy as teenager Kevin, struggling between his white and black friends in a highly Racist town and high school, only wanting to play his drums! And I just loved Beverly Hills who played cute, sexy Melissa, a teenage woman ahead of her years in wisdom, beauty, and love.
The comical antics of the Knights and Emeralds, and the flowing scenes are nonstop, watching the rival marching band masters struggling painfully to keep tensions at bay as an upcoming competition threatens the death of them all. Turn on the cackling, sexy marching majorette Emeralds, and you've really got a handful.
This film is a must-see.
Pete's Dragon (1977)
Obviously one of Disney's finest few
For 1975 this children's classic is absolutely magnificent. Beautifully cast - masterful songs - brilliant color and scenery. Disney couldn't have produced a more memorable, masterful musical than this one. Mickey Rooney gives a fine, stunning performance as the comical, drunken 'Lampie' and is alloted full use of his veteran musical talents in 'I saw a dragon' - tripping about the saloon after a chance encounter with "Elliott".
Helen Reddy is dandy as 'Nora', the unmarried daughter. And Jim Dale and Red Buttons are at their comical genius best as 'Dr. Terminus' and 'Hoagie' - especially in their performance of 'Every Little Piece', which I countered in connection with an off-Broadway musical style quality - of which the song could also garner a Tony.
The Gogan's - I felt, almost stole the show - next to Elliott-the dragon. Their memorable hillbilly opener "happiest home in these hills" was brilliantly choreographed & performed. And actor Conaway is still remembered all these years later (outside 'Kenicki' in GREASE) as one of the bumbling, hillbilly brothers.
I proudly own my own DVD copy, the org. vinyl, and my new CD. Sadly, Disney doesn't produce high-quality action-animation like this classic much more these days. Which makes appreciating this film as a work of art.
Independence Day (1996)
Not the best film writing ever done, nor Pullmans' best work
I didn't particularly care on the whole for this film. Even though I watched it in its entirety, it had a few funny scene moments I give credit too.
The comic interaction between Will Smith & Jeff Goldblum gets your funny bone tickling at times, with Goldblums' classic, "Oops?? What's this oops???..." And the scene where Smith is dragging the dead alien through the desert, rambling and gripping about some barbecue.
Bill Pullman certainly wasn't allotted the greatest performance of his career with this so-called provincial presidential role - given a slightly weak and mediocre script he was forced to make do with. Bill is a very fine actor and film star---however this role certainly didn't do him much justice. But again, this tends to happen quite a bit under Hollywood film-making, regardless how much cash producers finance into bigger name projects. Generally it was just the case that millions were bank rolled into what ended up here a mediocre screenplay. Will Smith is given some good characterization to play with, as his adrenalin-pumped, street-witted personification projects. But again, its become his stereo-type with most of the high roller characters he's previously played, and in later films.
Overall -- the action and special effects could have been far better CGI generated, had the producer and crew put more effort into lessening the cheesiness of the alien attack scenes - which from a classic 60's or 70's B movie point of view, probably would be acceptable. But this film is supposed to be modern day. So the half-baked effects do not do it much justice. Very entertaining for the 13 and younger crowd. But for die-hard or serious comedy film-goers, this one gets a slight thumbs-down for so-so screenplay, effects, musical score, and overall direction.
This movie is so fricking hilarious******!!!
I own my own personal copy of this gem, and will NEVER part with it (THANK YOU).
Molly Shannon, next to her SNL comedy genius predecessors (Steve Martin, Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, Bill Murray, etc. etc.), is a sure hand in this comedy. There wasn't one moment I DIDN'T laugh. I absolutely LOOOOOVE Shannon. She is nerd comedy precisely where the late Gilda Radner left off (before her demise). What more can I say about her? This film is not ONLY her SNL alter-ego 'Mary Catherine Gallagher', but her real-life personality as a former Irish-Catholic schoolgirl. This film basically depicts her former real-life experience growing up in Catholic school education, but from a modern-day perspective, and with hilarious side-kicks. Will Ferrell is perfectly cast as the football hero hunk who is 'broken up with Evian. We're dancing in the contest. But we're still 'broken up'". Genius! And talk about the choice of Harlan Williams as the mystery biker hunk??? Oh babeee. He made my heart melt to goo. What woman wouldn't want this sexy mute (stuttering) pulling up to rescue her off to a pool for a swim? (somebody STOP me!!!) Especially in the special ed classroom scene when Helen (the women's basketball giant) is briefing Mary on the other kids, and biker hunk walks in. He scribbles his name on the attendance card 'H E R E', then catches Mary looking at him, and shoots her a glance, almost wiggling his eyebrows (!!!) I about died laughing - the response on Mary's face.
Elaine Hendrix is delicious as the stuck-up, booby cheerleader Evian - 'I think I just might wanna kick yer a**!'. Amazing how many grown up actors can pass for teenagers in this movie!! But Hendrix is double-funny as Evian ('you should be embarrassed....you're parents named you after BOTTLED WATER---'), especially in the scene where she calls her cheerleader stuck ups, 'it so wasn't your fault, Evian' 'Thank you -- I KNOW'. If any former nerd girl can't relate to that vignette, than she is not from THIS planet.
My family has told me repeatedly that this movie reminds them so much of me, as a girl. That I WAS Mary Catherine, growing up in my teens. The unattractive nerd girl, whom everyone made fun of in high school (even if I didn't attend Catholic school), and became friends with the 'outcasts', like Mary did. That I was very much a 'dreamer', much like Mary Catherine. And that I only desired a normal 'kiss' like in the movies, just like Mary Catherine does. The only exception: there was never any hunky biker mute that I ran off to a public pool with, nor wanted to bag the football hunk, nor did I go around school grounds kissing trees (and being caught by the nuns). But the rest of the plot is amazingly similar, far as desiring to run off to Hollywood, like Mary Catherine does.
This film is an absolute must-see. And from a religious standpoint, really does not offend anyone, religious or not, far as the God-scenes go. Shannon's team did a wonderful job in creating the God presence, in more of a modern, relaxed - but not overbearing way (Will Ferrell), which should please any movie fan.
This film is not screwball, dopey, or bathroom, stupid humor, nor low-class. It is simply PG sardonic comedy, with a touch of physical humor (the scene where Shannon/Mary breaks down the confessional doors after her slapstick monologue venue 'I'm not a slut! I'm not a slut! I'm not a slut!') PEANUT
Star Trek: The Cloud Minders (1969)
Kirk seems to have met his match in strength.....
This story starts out quite intriguing as the Enterprise, en-voyage to assist a neighboring fleet with diminishing supplies of Zeonite gas (similar to Earth's Oxygen), takes a necessary detour to a nearby planetary civilization well-known for its Zeonite gas-mining corporation: alias, the Troglytes. Upon arrival, Kirk & Spock are seemingly unwelcomed as they wander the grounds, looking for their party, and then are suddenly attacked by the vengeful Troglyte workers, determined to prevent any further Zeonite distribution, in reference to their ongoing slave-trade stand-off against the Collosal.
Kirk is faced-off with a certain female Troglyte: Vanna; the co-leader. And finally appears to have met his match in strength. Their combat struggle is most interesting, as neither appear to gain the upper-hand during what I consider one of the few most interesting fight scenes - especially with a female combatant. Later, Kirk & Spock meet the planetary Commissioners, including the princess daughter - whom Spock takes a sincere (and fully human) romantic interest in, while Vanna; the female Troglyte, encounters Kirk. Again, in the twill and rumble of what would normally be a typical moment of Kirk-passion, we have yet another female enemy not succumbed under his powers of love and seduction. That's particularly what most intrigued me about this episode. Although sadly, the actress, and character she plays, are one-time-only - this episode plays out just enough love-hate/ sexual tension to satisfy most any Trek fan.
I was most intrigued by Kirk's change in testosterate attitude, when facing against Vanna. Her character is so tense, stubborn, strong-willed, and yet undeniably feminine, and yet - she does not simply give-in to Kirk's usually romancing, seductive charms.
Star Trek: Dagger of the Mind (1966)
Nice to See Marianna Hill again
I rather liked this episode for the particularly fact that actress Hill appears in it, in a rather strong, fluctuate role as Dr. Helen Mirren; psychologist. I have always loved Marianna Hill's work, especially in many of the 60's and early 70's films and TV appearances she's endured, including co-starring with Clint Eastwood in 'High Plains Drifter'.
Hill is remarkably well-done in this one-time episode. In a few scenes she appears slightly apprehensive, almost insecure, far as her abilities as an actress. But nonetheless, she is a great screen beauty, and as fine an actress as any. I especially appreciate that Roddenberry did not subject her character -Mirren- to the typical fawn-femme typecast, as was generally typical of Star Trek women (aka: Kirk's ladies). Her character is independent, strong, and viral. She, and including in her character, holds her own throughout the episode, and displays some of the strongest of female subject, not usually common, for 1960's television.