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Paper Dolls (1982)
Launched 2 careers!
I remember watching this when it came out in 1982. Normally a guy wouldn't watch a movie like this but both women were so beautiful! I know most would go for the blond Darryl, but I liked the brunette and remember thinking she would be the bigger star. As it turns out, Darryl's career took off with Splash and other big movies and Alexandra was no where to be found! I was glad she ended up on a very successful TV series Baywatch but I still always thought her talent and looks had been wasted. I have met both actresses in real life(just met Alexandra1/1/12 at the farmers marker in Pacific Palisades) and Darryl at the Brentwood farmers market 3 years ago and of the 2, Alexandra is a sweeter and nicer person by far.
I haven't seen this movie again since it aired but I do remember liking it. I believe it was the first movie for both actresses.
AC/DC: Live at River Plate (2011)
One for the Ages!
Just finished watching this concert and all I can say is WOW! At 60+ years of age, every member of ACDC still rock their hearts and lungs out for a solid 2 hours! Unreal! And there are NO BALLADS to rest! lol The 200+ thousand fans jumping in unison was awe-inspiring and made you really FEEL the POWER OF ROCK! Yea, these guys won't be a round forever but this concert video will truly be a testament to how these ageless wonders of HARD ROCK never forget the fans and the passion that comes from being on that HIGHWAY TO HELL! Many of us have been following ACDC since the beginning when Bon Scott was the front-man and although we miss him, Brian Johnson is no slacker and his growly voice is perfect for belting out all these anthems of rock! I SALUTE YOU ACDC!
Breaking Bad (2008)
Some Fools just don't get Breaking Bad!!
Some of the idiots who are rating Breaking Bad poorly and knocking it for stereotyping and poorly developed characters are just that..idiots. It is TV!!!! Of course most of it would probably NOT happen as it does on the show but when you are condensing LIFE into a 1 hour segment for television, it often WILL seem stereotypical! Yes, the lead character and his partner escape death too many times to believe and yes, some of the BAD guys seem to far-fetched(the 2 Mexican Hit-man) to believe but the show WORKS on so many levels if you approach it with a open mind and are WILLING to suspend some truths. I love the show and think that other than a couple of "writer's liberties" the show is dead on and very very entertaining! If you need absolute truth(all you who knock the show) go read some Dali lama books!!
Witness a Miracle..
I only recently got in Leonard Cohen. Sure, I had heard of him from some minor airplay on college radio with songs like I'm Your Man and First, We Take Manhattan but I wasn't thrilled by his flat and monotonic vocals just like I was not really into Dylan but as I have reached an older age(50), I realized how powerful and deeply these men wrote and performed the songs that I can only now fully appreciate. This concert film was a revelation to me and after learning that so much chaos and disharmony had risen from the discontent from many who felt the greed of concert promoters and ticket sellers(much like what happened at Woodstock), I was amazed at how respectful the crowd was while Cohen performed. Was the crowd sleepy, worn out from the hysteria of a Jimi Hendrix set? Were they tired of the fight that they had endured to see this concert? Perhaps. And perhaps Leonard Cohen was the perfect medicine to sedate and harmonize that huge restless crowd that balmy windy night on the Isle of Wight. Take it in and realize that you have witnessed a miracle.
Revolutionary Road (2008)
Powerful but Flawed message...
Yea, this was a powerful movie about an young unhappy 1950's suburban couple. Was it the husband who made it thus or was it the wife? Was it her insistence on them leaving and re-sparking the idealism that attracted them in first place? Was it her dreams that she couldn't let go of? There is an old saying that "wherever you go, there you are". Bottom line is you can't hide from yourself. You can run to Paris, but when you get there you soon find out that it isn't the people or the place that makes you what you are, but it is what you are already! Yea, she wanted to become and actress, but would she of been a better actress in gay Paree? So often we think things will be better somewhere else, that the grass is greener. Hey, grass is grass no matter what color it is! Everywhere you go in this world, people are dealing and coping with life. No one can predict what might of happened in Paris had they moved there. When you dream, you mostly dream about the good stuff, the post card scenery but you forget that even in Paris they have slums. I liked the film for its performances but the bottom line is that you choose your life. You choose it every second. You can't UN-choose it or choose it in advance. You get what you get. All the crying and whining and complaining won't make a difference because when you get somewhere else, you will find plenty to complain about there after the novelty wears off. The subtle yet brilliant ending with the older couple and the husband that turns down his hearing aid as his wide babbles on, as his way of dealing with his life was probably missed by most viewers.
Myra Breckinridge (1970)
Myra accurately portrays todays Hollywood!
Great groundbreaking movie that was so far ahead of it's time that it was trashed by critics and viewers alike! Perhaps only a handful of us get it! I think for the most part, the movie got across it's point that Hollywood was changing. The world was changing! Using Mae West to show that sex has been the driving force behind movie-making was brilliant! The old film clips are to convey the emotion or response of the viewer and were cleverly used. Most viewers have a limited range of intelligence and miss the point! The movie also was a very good take on the liberal attitudes that were taking over Hollywood at that time. A response to movies like Midnight Cowboy with their anti-heroes. They even mention that in the movie actors like Clark Gable and John Wayne are gone and have been replaced by this new breed of leading males. I think the movie was way ahead of it's time. Just look at what er have now running Hollywierd!
Cinderella Man (2005)
Could of been a contender!
This movie came out almost 30 years after Rocky(1976) and yet THIS movie was almost like watching Rocky all over again! The Max Baer character was Mr. T and even did the Mr. T "why don't you come over to my apartment and I'll show you a real man" bit when they were in that fancy restaurant and he insulted Braddocks wife! C'mon! You know that did not happen back then! That was inserted by Ron Howard! And the turtles that Rocky had..Cuff and Link..remember those? And CM also had turtles! The down on his luck fighter who caught a big break and ended up winning a fight he had no business winning? I was really into this movie until the last 30 minutes when they made Max Baer look like a Mr. T clone! I wanted to really like the movie and it really painted a great picture of a man trying to keep his family together in really tough times. But the last 30 minutes ruined it. Too many similarities too Rocky even though this movie was supposed to be about a fighter from the 1930's! Another case of Hollywood recreating history as it DID NOT happen! It could of been a real winner if they had just kept it real. Go rent Champion(1949) starring Kirk Douglas. Thanks Ron Howard!
The love story was essential in this movie..
Some reviewers suggest that the movie might of been better had the story of the Japanese girl and the navy pilots love affair not been a part of the movie, but I disagree. It was a very integral to the overall story in that it showed the indifference that was heaped on Asian people merely because of their race relation to the people who bombed Pearl Harbor.It was used much in the same way that a love story was part of the movie Titanic(1997) and made it a more interesting and compelling movie. If there wasn't something we could relate to in a personal way(such as a love story) then we might as well be watching a documentary and we all know those are usually quite tedious and boring to watch on a Saturday afternoon!
My Cousin Vinny (1992)
Masterpiece of Comedy!
Many movies come along and many are labeled comedies even when they are not funny at all! This one is! The story is well conceived and believable. Things like this have and do happen. I know we all consider ourselves to sophisticated to get caught up in a pickle like these 2 kids in a small southern town but it could happen! I know that in the South there are people who act and talk like these people! I know that the Law is more a mans word and a handshake usually is all you need. Joe Pesci was brilliant and funny in his Brooklyn Guido type of way and Marisa was awesome as his girlfriend. She is downright beautiful and her lip-smacking style of talking was dead-on. She deserved that Oscar and not too many win Oscars for comedy but she proved you can do it and do it well!
What Women Want (2000)
Never Tire of Seeing!
Never get tired of watching this movie. It has such comic appeal as well as great writing and acting. I think it gets across a really good message. I loved Mel Gibsons performance and his dance scene to Frank Sinatra's " I Won't Dance" is amazing. I never knew he was that talented! All in all, WWW hits on all cylinders and holds up to repeat viewings as I have caught it many times on cable and no mater where it is in the movie I enjoy it. I know many people have an opinion about Mel as a person but in his acting roles he shines! From MAd Max to We Were Soldiers to What Woman Want, Gibson plays his roles as the character written for the movie and he does it brilliantly. I only wish he had had a chance to play Batman! 9/10