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Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
"Bizarre 80's Sci-Fi Comedy!"
Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans, Charles Rocket, Michael McKean and Julie Brown star in this 1989 sci-fi comedy. Davis (Beetlejuice) plays Valerie, a California manicurist who is in a troubled relationship. Soon, 3 colorful, furry aliens head to Earth and land in her swimming pool. She's scared at first, but befriends them and helps them blend in. Goldblum (The Fly) plays Mac, the leader of the trio who falls for her, Carrey (The Mask) plays Wiploc, Wayans (The Last Boy Scout) plays Zeebo, the late, Rocket (Dumb & Dumber) plays Valerie's cheating fiancée, Ted who is a doctor, McKean (This is Spinal Tap) plays hippie, Woody and Brown (Clueless) plays Valerie's friend, Candy. This is a bizarre film that pokes fun of and pays tribute to 50's sci-fi & B movies. It also provides some cheesy, yet amusing musical sequences provided by Miss Brown, Davis & Goldblum have good chemistry and had previously worked together in "The Fly" & "Transylvania 6-5000." Carrey and Wayans also worked together on TV's "In Living Color." I'd give this a view at least once.
Very Bad Things (1998)
"They've Been Bad, Very Bad!"
Peter Berg's 1998 dark comedy stars Christian Slater, Cameron Diaz, Jon Favreau, Daniel Stern, Leland Orser, Jeremy Piven and Jeanne Tripplehorn. This tells of Kyle (Favreau) who is about to be married to fiancée, Laura (Diaz). Kevin goes with pals, Robert (Slater), Charlie (Orser), Adam (Stern) and Michael (Piven) to Las Vegas where they throw his bachelor party. Soon, things get very tense after a stripper (Kobe Tai) is accidentally killed and they decide to cover it up. Tripplehorn (Basic Instinct) plays Adam's wife, Lois. This is a pretty good flick with humorous, tense and dramatic moments. Slater & the cast are great and his twisted character sort of resembles his J.D. role in "Heathers." I recommend this.
The Martian (2015)
"Good Sci-Fi Flick!"
Matt Damon and Jeff Daniels star in Ridley Scott's 2015 sci-fi film based on the novel. This focuses on Mark Watney, an astronaut/botanist who gets stranded on Mars after an accident occurs during a mission and he's presumed dead. Mark uses his mathematical and scientific skills to survive as well as communicate with Earth. Soon, the people around the world learn he's alive and scientific experts try endlessly to rescue him using their skills. Daniels (Dumb & Dumber) plays Ted Sanders, the Head of NASA and Jessica Chastain (Interstellar), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Sean Bean (Goldeneye) co-star. This is a good sci-fi flick that sort of shares a similarity with "Cast Away" with dramatic, humorous and tense moments. Damon is great in it and the visuals are amazing. I recommend this.
Bates Motel (2013)
"The Early Years Of Norman Bates!"
Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke and Nestor Carbonell star in this TV series based on Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 thriller, "Psycho." This takes place in Oregon focusing on Norman Bates' (Highmore) early years as a teen and his complicated relationship with his mother, Norma (Farmiga). They also face many obstacles in the town of White Pine Bay impacting their lives and Norman deals with mental illness. Thieriot plays Norma's other son, Dylan, Cooke plays Norman's friend, Emma and Carbonell, who looks just like original Norman, Anthony Perkins, plays Sheriff, Romero. This is a great tribute/homage with a lot of dramatic and suspenseful moments, Farmiga and Highmore are terrific in it and have good chemistry. If you're a fan of Hitchcock's original classic or the sequels, I highly recommend this.
Raw Deal (1986)
"Not Bad 80's Action Flick!"
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Harrold, Sam Wanamaker, Paul Shenar, Robert Davi and Darren McGavin star in this 1986 action film. Schwarzenegger (The Terminator, Commando) plays ex-FBI agent turned small-town sheriff, Kaminsky who helps his colleague, Harry (McGavin) get revenge for his son's murder. The late, Wanamaker (Superman IV, Baby Boom) plays Chicago mobster, Patrovita who is the man behind the murder. Kaminsky infiltrates him and his gang by masquerading as a wealthy businessman. Harrold plays Monique, a woman who Kaminsky befriends, The late, Shenar (Scarface) plays Patrovita's associate, Rocca, and Davi (The Goonies, Die Hard) plays Patrovita's right-hand thug, Max. This isn't a bad 80's action flick and Schwarzenegger is great as usual. I recommend this.
*batteries not included (1987)
"Good 80's Sci-Fi Flick!"
Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Elizabeth Pena, Dennis Boutsikaris, Michael Carmine and Frank McRae star in this 1987 sci-fi film. This tells of Frank (Cronyn) and his wife, Fay (Tandy) who have been evicted from their apartment building and diner by a developer. Their neighbor tenants, Marisa (Pena), a pregnant Latina, Mason (Boutsikaris), an aspiring artist and Harry (McRae), an ex-boxer are also in despair. Soon, they're helped by mini spaceships that have the ability to fix things. The late, Carmine plays Carlos, a thug who tries to help rid the tenants. I've liked this film since I was a kid, the cast is great, there's neat effects and James Horner's score is excellent as usual. I recommend this good 80's sci-fi flick.
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
"Great War Drama!"
Andrew Garfield, Hugo Weaving, Teresa Palmer, Sam Worthington and Vince Vaughn star in Mel Gibson's 2016 war drama based on a true story. Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) plays young man, Desmond Doss who wants to be a medic. We learn of his rough childhood in Virginia before he enlists in the U.S. Army 15 years later during World War II. He not only becomes the first soldier refusing to bear arms, but a war hero saving 75 wounded soldiers. Weaving (The Matrix) plays his father, Tom, Palmer plays Dorothy, a nurse who becomes Desmond's wife, Worthington (Avatar) plays Capt. Gordon, Vaughn (Wedding Crashers) plays Sgt. Howell and Gibson's son, Milo also appears. This is a great film and Garfield gives a terrific performance. I recommend this, but caution of graphic violence.
"Good 80's Romantic Comedy!"
Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah, Rick Rossovich and Shelly Duvall star in this 1987 comedy based on the play, "Cyrano de Bergarac." Martin (The Jerk) plays Charlie, a fire chief with a unique nose which becomes handy for his profession. Hannah (Splash) plays the title character who is an astronomer he falls for. Rossovich (Top Gun) plays firefighter, Chris who joins Charlie's team and who also falls for Roxanne. He seeks Charlie's help in wooing her and Charlie begins writing romantic poetry which swipes her off her feet. She eventually learns that Charlie is her poet and Duvall (The Shining) plays Dixie, his friend. I grew up watching this and always enjoyed it, Martin is great as usual, he and Hannah have good chemistry and I like Bruce Smeaton's score. I recommend this good 80's romantic comedy.
Motel Hell (1980)
"Amusing And Bit Disturbing Horror Comedy/Slasher!"
This 1980 horror comedy stars Rory Calhoun, Paul Linke, Nina Axelrod and Nancy Parsons. The late, Calhoun (Pure Country) plays Farmer, Vincent who run a motel with his sister, Ida (Parsons) where they secretly trap and slaughter travelers to make pork products out of them. Axelrod (Critters 3) plays Terry, a young woman who gets into a motorcycle accident and is nursed by Vincent and Ida. Soon, Terry meets their younger brother, Bruce (CHiPs) who is the sheriff and they eventually learn of Vincent and Ida's twisted secret. This is an amusing and a bit disturbing film that pokes fun/pays tribute to "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Psycho." Calhoun was great in it and if you like horror/slasher flicks, check it out at least once.
"Good 80's Supernatural Comedy!"
Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Goldblum, Peter Falk and Julian Sands star in this 1988 comedy. This tells of Sylvia (Lauper), a gifted psychic from New York who meets Nick (Goldblum), another psychic and they find romance with each other. They're asked by man, Harry (Falk) to find his missing son in Ecuador only to learn they're being tricked into finding an ancient temple instead. Sands (Warlock) plays Harrison, a doctor who works with Nick and Sylvia. I grew up watching this film and always liked it. Lauper and Goldblum are good in it and have good chemistry plus James Horner's score is great as usual. I recommend this good 80's supernatural comedy.