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TRON: Legacy (2010)
A very worthy sequel
So many reviews and so much has come out about the graphics and acting, so that will not need to be re-iterated. The main thing I look for is the storyline to be engaging and in the case of a sequel, to fit the storyline continuation or offshoot from the original movie's universe.
In that respect, I was pleasantly rewarded by Tron: Legacy.
Some claim the storyline is fairly thin. I would beg to differ as I feel it has as much depth as the original and continues the original in a fantastic narrative. The characters are also engaging and work towards the storyline well.
My only point down is some clichés making a nod towards modern movie clichés here and there.
The original was considered a theatrical failure and eventually grew into a beloved cult classic. This sequel very much will do the same.
An American Tail (1986)
Amazingly and achingly beautiful movie
Had never seen it before, am not so much a fan of animated movies. The classic song was all over, tried finding on you tube, found the movie version instead. Was instantly captivated. The animation was gorgeous, very old school Disney style and it was a truly heart tugging scene rather than the beautiful duet which was a million seller.
So had to get the movie. Was not disappointed in the least.
The animation was pure classical Disney style. Don Bluth's work I had seen before with Dragon's Lair which was reminiscent to me, especially some action scenes. The storyline was simple yet rendered well, heart tugging without becoming formulaic, and characters that hit your heart. Another reviewer had said something which I do agree with, this film stands above others by having elements which other animated movies shy away from, a true darkness and sadness, pathos and despair, the mirror to the soul. Fievel's journey is much more real due to those elements. You realize the despair and triumphs, innocence and growing up taking place before your eyes. Am now realizing that some highly touted modern animated films can't hold a candle due to those precise qualities.
A truly timeless classic. Kudos to all involved.
Dark Walker (2003)
This movie makes no bones about what it is and wants to be. A return to the 80s slasher flicks. A plot that movies things forward without being pretentious or deep. Plenty of eye candy. A horrific monster that does what he is supposed to do, kill up everything in sight for disturbing the lands. All the good things a slasher movie needs to be.
Most of all, it was FUN. I get the sense that the case and crew had an absolute blast in making this movie.
I won't say which but there is this one other movie which purports to goes back to those days, but with a super high budget pretending to be low budget. It fails because it feels like a carefully researched numbers crunched cheese substitute. It didn't have the heart of classic low budget.
Dark Walker is the real thing, a FUN low budget popcorn movie. Hang out with your date and friends at a drive in for this one.
I got this one based on the name of a great actor and acquaintance, Chuck Williams. Took 2 years to finally watch it but darned glad I did. Chuck, you got a fun movie here!
And awaiting the sequel with baited (no anchovy) breath!
A delicate and ethereal masterpiece
This is not the first time this story has been told on film. But it is the finest version.
How can one quantify what makes this episode among the finest of the Night Gallery series? The choice of a delicate and un-nerving story of a boy's journey into autism, the soundtrack which underscores the journey, the excellent acting of young Radames Pera or the sublime narration by the late Orson Welles?
The name would be unknown back then but today, it would be a journey to autism as this story tells of a boy and his journey towards loneliness and isolation, a goodbye to the world of people.
The original story was written in 1934 and still holds timeless. No matter the time and date, it holds forth the truths of the human condition and the dark and lonely corners that inhabit within all of us.
Magic Journeys (1982)
A strange curiosity. The plot is pretty much nothing (but still more than a lot of today's things, sadly). The visuals were natural, full of wonder, very textural. Warm summer memories with surrealism thrown in. Viewing today, it is cornball, very 70's to 80's period but still entertaining.
In a message to Disney: RELEASE Magic Journeys on DVD as well as Captain Eo. There are fans clamoring to see these where they cannot see them anymore. Add them into the 7 year release cycle. Add in the Horizons Omnitheatre and the Circlevision movies as well. Collectors and people who enjoyed them int he past would purchase them. I sure as heck would!
Slice of life movie
Slow paced as mentioned in another comment like a sleepy summer afternoon, the depiction of life in Key West in the late 60's rings true. It isn't polished and glitzy or glamorous. You can see this play out in your life or the life of friends.
the film centers around young David Arnott in the title role. The awkwardness and naturalism works in making it more real.
If you are looking for whizbang Hollywood value type of action here, this isn't the place. what you get is a true to life drama that can happen anywhere, at any place. David's moral choices are based on how he sees things as a real kid.
As a movie, it works well.
A very taut thriller
Me likes. Unpredictable and a taut thriller. Pace begins the second the movie starts and doesn't let the mood go. Very much like Night of the Living Dead, this is a LONG and suspenseful night that leaves you on the edge of your seat.
Plot line is also pretty original for an alien movie plot line. Don't think I've seen any with payback for an alien abduction. Even then, the plot took itself in new directions. Unpredictable.
OK, so I admit a bias, knowing the producing crew. Even if I didn't, this movie is still pretty darned good and worth a view. A direct to DVD gem that really should have made theatrical release.
American History X (1998)
I gained a heck of a good person as a friend recently, after having misjudged him completely, and vice versa. This movie would have been part of said misjudgement, originally. I was expecting a more simplistic diatribe about hatred in typical style. Even watching it with a macrovision messing with my system (old TV, DVD player hooked directly through vcr kind of thing), this movie hit me like a steam train. Very powerful and moving performances and a helluva strong storyline make this movie a hell of a ride. Norton and Furlong and DAngelo work together well as a family hurt from hatred. Instead of merely using familiar symbols, American History X explores the deeper meanings, the root causes and effects on their lives.
A powerful and moving testament
Sure, we have all seen the news reports going hysterical during the time. But what was the aftermath, the REAL people that lived there? Hellp is a heck of a testament to all they went through. Not simply sound bites for a receptive audience, Hellp goes to the heart, real people affected and how their lives were overturned forever.
The most gut wrenching part for me was a young man, a victim of police brutality. Forever confined to a wheelchair. No more than 16 years old.
So much hurt, so much hope. From the horrifying to the rays of hope from volunteers and people willing to work to help out. Hellp is one to be remembered.
Keepers of the Frame (1999)
A very sad but important documentary
Much of our film heritage has been lost over the years for various reasons. Keepers of the Frame is a documentary about the valiant attempts at finding and restoration of the treasures which may slip from our history forever.
If you are a film or history buff, this is very much a must see documentary. Be warned it can make you cry. The stars and people who speak in this documentary have the full heart and passion for the restoration. The sad part is when there are no known copies to exist, not even badly decomposed copies. Many movies are simply wiped from existence due to various reasons. Some may turn up in strange places, true hidden treasures with a far more incalculable value than any mere gold or silver.