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Speed Racer (2008)
See this one on the Big Screen!
If you are so inclined in the least to see this movie, your viewing experience will be best if you see this one while it is still in theaters. Seeing this on the big screen you will truly appreciate the great attention to detail this movie offers. You'll be glad you did.
If you look past the negative criticism, behind the action scenes and comedy, you will find the story of a family's love for one another as they struggle against the forces of the many villains they encounter on and off the race track.
Rated PG, see it with the kids, but prepare for the mild language, etc. you'd expect to find on the wilder side of television.
That was one of the longest scrolling text/narration intros I've ever seen at the beginning of a movie, it took nearly two minutes before the movie started.
When I first saw the movie it reminded me of several other 60's B/W monster movies that were filmed in Carlsbad Caverns NM, but this one was filmed in some caverns in Old Mexico.
Spoiler - Do not read this unless you have seen the movie!
At one point in the movie some snakes/worms look like they were burned alive for the film. It looks real but whether or not it is real is unknown.
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
dinner and a show
I just saw this movie for the first time, but after first seeing the blair witch project. This movie was better only because it actually had some horror in it.
* * * MAJOR SPOILER ALERT * * * ***Don't read any further if you haven't see the movie.*** The main criticism I have other than the dated score was how the atrocities were depicted. On the one hand the film crew drew first blood against the natives while no horrific music played in the background. These acts were no worst than what an enemy tribe would have committed. Yet when it came time that the natives retaliated then the horrific music played. I kept thinking, "If you go into the jungle to commit a massacre on film, of course you're going to get what you deserve in the end." The natives were better off left alone.* * * END OF SPOILER * * *
I read that the music was particularly beautiful, after seeing the movie I disagree, I thought it must have been OK back in 1980, but I believe some people would find it annoying by today's standards.
A lot of what happens that drives the characters forward is from their own observations of the natives. Unfortunately their misguided motivations are what get them in real trouble. Much of the reasoning behind the actions of the natives other than the retaliation is unknown or pointless, and its the assumptions of the film crew that attempt to explain what's going on.
The methods vary, but the animal/killing/eating was the most violent part of the movie if you look at if from the standpoint that everything else is acted out. But these actions are no worse in the end than what any seasonal fisherman or hunter would do seen or unseen.
As far as the authentic movie-within-a-movie footage of the road to hell is concerned, its far too brief (even in the 96 min. deluxe edition version) and only depicted what sort of history the film crew had and could have easily been omitted without being missed.
The New 3 Stooges (1965)
99 cent DVDs
I'm very pleased these episodes can now be found on DVD. These have been continually appearing in 99 cent stores all over town. So far I've collected about 33 episodes on 3 different DVDs some of which (about 18 episodes) are without the live action skits.
I'm a fan of the classic stooges shorts but when I first discovered the cartoons years ago they also became a favorite of mine. I'm always on the look out for more cartoon stooges DVDs. Although it has been said that some of those episodes are lost, I'm going to try to find as many episodes as I can.
It's hard to believe that they were still doing comedy in 1965. Larry and Moe have been through so many third stooge partners its amazing they lasted so long.