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1. MY TOP 5 FILMS OF ALL TIME : (my list changes all the time)
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey(1968) (My all time favorite) 2. Duel(1971) 3. Eraserhead(1977) [odd] 4. A Clockwork Orange(1971)[clown] 5. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966) [fight8]
(this list of my favorite films always changes, but these are in no order, but at least considered in my top 30.)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest(1975) The Shining(1980) Escape From New York(1981) The Deer Hunter(1978) Die Hard(1988) Stand By Me(1986) Runaway Train(1985) The Blair Witch Project(1999) Talk Radio(1988) About Schmidt(2002) Escape From Alcatraz(1979) An American Werewolf In London(1981) Five Easy Pieces(1970) The Warriors(1979) The Elephant Man(1980) Midnight Express(1978) Titanic(1997) Wayne's World(1992) Dazed And Confused(1993) Easy Rider(1969)
2. My Most Favorite Bands
#1. Pink Floyd (All-Time Favorite Band) [gonemad] I've been mad for f ucking years, absoulutely years....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxgGAnLvMwQ
Alice Cooper (2nd favorite band)[spider](Hello, hooray! Let the show begin....I been ready.)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUizrvkPxr0
Mike Oldfield (3rd favorite) [out]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_g-gTcohSQ
Led Zeppelin (4th favorite)h2]
Grateful Dead (5th)[hippy]
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Ludwig Van Beethoven
(few other classical music composers)
Mott The Hoople
and lots more.
3. My Favorite Books/Novels
I read a lot of Stephen King's novels.
1984 by George Orwell
The Shining by Stephen King [odd]
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger by Stephen King [fight2]
Carrie by Stephen King [explode]
Misery by Stephen King [hmm]
TEX by S.E. Hinton [sombrero]
Gerald's Game by Stephen King [chatty] [dead]
Animal Farm by George Orwell [pig]
However, I'm not a very heavy reader.
4.Favorite Film Characters:
"Sam 'Quint'" [fight5]("JAWS")
"HAL 9000" [out]("[white]2001: A Space Odyssey/white]")
[mjeyds] ("The Warriors")
5. Favorite Directors:
[popcorn][angry3] Favorite Directors:
I don't have too many favorite directors, but some favorites are:
David Lynch, Oliver Stone, John Hughes, Alfred Hitchcock, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Penelope Spherris.
Stanley Kubrick = #1 for me
Read this about Kubrick from this user:
It's not wrong; just because you don't like Stanley Kubrick's work doesn't mean it's the end of the world. If you try & like his work chances are you'll hate them even more. Eyes Wide Shut is a masterpiece and probably his most personal work. It's quite bizarre (though all of his films are) but I suggest you read more about him. It's quite phenomenal the way he changed cinema; not only did his films thrive on controversy and mixed reactions but for the films time (and still even now), they were bold, fresh, original and disturbing. Many of his films had significant themes and morals that were sometimes "too frightening" to deal with. His films are admired everywhere, and it's okay to not like his films (because it's all opinion) but respecting them on what they have done for cinema, in my opinion is quite necessary. I use to hate Kubrick two years ago, I said he was an over-rated hack, thus was until I actually got into film; which then lead to my decisions being changed. He is truly one of the best directors of all time and no-one will come close to him as far as imagination and creativity goes.
Here's my other profile where I do mostly all my postings: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur19735628/boards/profile/
Hi, Mom! (1970)
An interesting De Niro comedy, with political and strange humor.
I was interested in seeing "Hi, Mom" for a few reasons. One, was because of an early Brian De Palma comedy film with early appearance of Robert De Niro. Two, because the trailer to the film looked very funny and strangely exciting. And Three, because I have seen this film on the video shelf for a while.
Back when I was young boy, I seen the film remember showing this to my parents. I wish I would gotten this years back. But I recently watched it online with an exciting feeling that this film was going to be good. And as it turned out, I loved it. However, while watching this, it seems oddly familiar. In my opinion, it looks like De Niro is acting like a Woody Allen character.
So it's about a young man just coming back from the Vietnam. And moving into an abandoned apartment across the street, to discover the people in the other apartments across the street. So he meets and gets in touch with a young lady across the street while almost being a 'peeping tom', he tries to figure out information about her. While tries setting his camera up for the people lots of terrible/hilarious things happen.
Also later on he discovers an audition for a live theater experience called "Be Black Baby" which is a story about white people going to experience what it is like to be a Negro. This segment is actually a frightening and almost as realistic as i've ever seen in a film. But before the segment begins and De Niro auditions for the role as a police officer, it was my favorite/humorous scene where he talks to a mop and ladder. "What did you say to me? Make love, not war? Hey listen I make love very well!"
So there's lots of information from the film. I would check it out if not seen yet. I believe a lot of people do not enjoy this film very much, despite all the racial elements in it, and stuff like that. But I would say that there was really nothing wrong with this film. It's a bright comedy from the 70's, and features the early career of Robert De Niro, and did a very well job as the character Jon Rubin. I enjoyed it! And I would like to say one thing...Hi, Mom!
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
A Brilliant and Exciting Film! Right, Right?
What can I say? From watching most of Stanley Kubrick's films, this is probably the best film of his that shows what a creative mind he has. From being a photographer he was, the film shows us extraordinary pictures and classical music along with it, giving it an exciting feel to it.
But in a way, the film can be disturbing at times. It has quite a dark and crimson side to the film. From showing the gang violence, to Beethoven, this motion picture will make you watch this a couple more times to fully understand and enjoy it all over again.
What I love a lot about the film is of course the soundtrack. My favorite piece is the "9th Symphony, 4th Movement" by Wendy Carlos, that has a keyboard theme and is so brilliant.
Kubrick deserves a lot of respect in film making. He has influence lots of people in the cinema today, and really shows a different motion picture here, that still sticks with you, as it has to me.
The Deer Hunter (1978)
A Captivating Vietnam story.
One of my favorite Vietnam war flicks from the late 70's that has an amazing cast starring Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken. A story about a few men that are going to the Nam and find themselves captured by Vietnamese.
A popular scene from the film would be the Russian Roulette sequence. A very thrilling and fearful scene. Some of the acting and creative work done is some of the best acting, best story play that i've ever seen in a war motion picture.
I thought "Platoon" was a brilliant film that shows a lot more Vietnam description than this one. But as for "The Deer Hunter", it may not show a whole lot of war scenes or action, but the powerful beauty of it really shows it's emotional side in the film. De Niro later on in the film goes deer hunting once again and to me I think he realizes that "why shoot such an animal like a deer, when I lived through a living hell in the war?" To me the acting is by far the best i've seen in quite a long time in a 70's film.
The ending of the film is also an emotional and heart-trembling moment in the film where you are really torn up by. I enjoy watching the ending over and over, but somehow it catches me as a disappointing and saddening, realistic ending. It gets to me every time. I highly recommend you experience a motion picture like this one. Films like this catch an amazing amount of power to it, and great symbolism with them deer hunting. A powerful and genuine piece of film "The Deer Hunter".
About Schmidt (2002)
One of my favorite Nicholson films, with an emotional touch.
I watched this film a few nights ago, and have seen Nicholson in quite a few amazing films. I think this also has an amazing story with some great performances. This comment does have a few spoilers too.
Nicholson (Schmidt)plays a 66 year old man and knows that he has aged for a while now. After old wife suddenly dies, he is a lonesome guy traveling to see his daughter getting married by a man that he does not care for. He doesn't want this wedding to happen, but at his old age, he probably doesn't any choice.
But before Schmidt's wife he sees a program on TV about saving poor native Americans. So donates money after he just quit from his job in Omaha, and writes back to the child every so often. But as he's traveling to see his daughter, he stops in a few places and looks at towns once again in Nebraska, and camps for few nights.
After the wedding of his daughter and the 'waterbeds and more' man, he travels back home and doesn't want to think about the wedding. So finally at the end, he receives mail back from the child. Someone else wrote for him because I think he was sick. The person mentions that the child drew him a picture.
Now this is the tearjerker moment, it shows a colored picture of the child and Schmidt holding hands. Not too often did I see an old Nicholson cry in such a uplifting way. But man did I love this film! I cried along with Jack, and he knows maybe now that he is an old man and the picture somehow broke him up. But it was a very well made film. Some parts were supposed to be funny in a way when his first letter writes about his wife to child in a angry tone. Also when goes to the restroom, he doesn't use his hands, and doesn't even face the toilet. I mean some of those scenes were a bit different for a film like this.
But overall it deserves a high rating, and I loved it!
Creepshow 2 (1987)
Confusing at times, but still enjoyable!
I bought this recently and never really gotten into the Creepshow films, but the sequel is pretty good. It only has three stories, but the fourth story is in between stories, and the fifth story is you watching it! So the first story is entitled 'Old Chief Woodn'head' which is actually my least favorite of the three, but it's pretty well done. It's about a homeless couple in the desert haven't had a miracle for their store in awhile, and the owner has a Chief statue outside his store. So a relative to the Chief is offering rare necklaces to the couple. So they keep hold of the item until the relative's nephew comes to the store and robs them. The nephew has hair that will get him to Hollywood, paid, and laid. The rest of the story is to yourself, and I wouldn't consider it scary until the last part of the story.
The second story is more enjoyable. Its titled 'The Raft' which is about four high school teens are out to have a little fun, until very suddenly one of the men sees a long and wide piece of moss floating on the water. What could it be? What would it do?
The third and final story is almost my favorite entitled 'The Hitchhiker' which a very confusing story about a mid-aged woman on her way home with a nice mercades. So she by mistake hits a black hitchhiker. So people arrive at the scene and all of the sudden down the road, she encounters him again, and the man will not die! About the fourth story. The fourth one is in between the other stories about a young boy who orders a book with a Venus Flytrap story and it eats meat. So he rides on his bike and encounters bullies and they chase him to where the boy get's revenge on the bullies. "They eat meat..." The next story is that you sit and the movie, and make the story....A Creepshow!
Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
Well it sure isn't as great as the first.
I seen this about two years ago and I thought it was okay but not great, but then I seen it again recently and I think it wasn't terrible, but it sure isn't no "Die Hard 2"! So this films starts out with Jason Patric who plays Alex and Sandra Bullock is taking a driving test which doesn't go great. So when Alex has a surprise for her and go on a cruise trip. So when aboard they see keep running into a man named Greiger and is the villn in this who played in Platoon, William Dafoe.
He secretly hacks into the ship's computer and runs it on his laptop, and kills the captain, and so Jason Patric goes and stops him. Near the end of the film they are about to crash into an oil tanker. The rest of the film I will not give away. You won't be surprised by much.
You wouldn't expect that Jan De Bont did the second film. I think Speed alone is just fine. If you make a Speed 2, you have to include Jack in it. I mean what if in "Die Hard 2" John McClane was replaced by his brother or something? I mean, stick with original characters.
Talk Radio (1988)
One of my favorite films, I hope my review is helpful.
Alright, the first time I seen "Talk Radio" was in a video store for only $2.00 on VHS believe it or not, and I looked at it and I thought it might be about Howard Stern, because I just looked at it for about thirty seconds, then just didn't see it again. Then I went to another store about a month later and I found "Talk Radio" on DVD for only $5.00. So I see it was directed by Oliver Stone, and I picked it up. So after the film was over I was speechless. I have never seen such a film like this. Here's the main plot, then i'll tell ya what I thought of it.
It is about a Dallas talk radio host Barry Champlain, a Jewish radio host who talks about whatever other people bring up and he interupts, and is taking everything seriously. Now, a network wants to put his show live everywhere in the U.S. So Barry's show gets a lot of interesting phone callers like Chet (a neo-natzi), Kent (a rock n roll drugged kid), John (rapist), and others. Now some of the callers sound like the same actor/actresses. But still I think it fits okay.
Now what I love a lot about this film is the dark corners and the paranoid atmosphere of the radio station. The dark music in the background fits very nicely too. It has a flashback scene in the film also how he started with radio, which I think they did good on.
But the great thing about the film is ending. I was surprised by it, and it kind of makes you feel paranoid a little about the phone callers off the air and everything about it is wonderful. It also tells you how to say the right things to people over a big city like Dallas. One of Oliver Stone's underrated/weakest films mentioned, but I think it's his best in my opinion.
But definitely get this film if you like films with paranoia-feel like films with a dark atmosphere with sinister music in the background. I still watch this film a lot of the times now when i'm bored, as matter fact I watched it tonight. Yeah, if ya wanna really get the sinister feel to the film, watch it at nightime with the lights off. I may sound crazy, but it makes the film better!
Another thing I forgot to mention is that the reason I don't think the film did so well was maybe in my point of view because of the title. 'Talk Radio.' It doesn't sound very tricky or anything, it's kind of plain. A better title like the book "Talked To Death" or maybe "The Abusive Radio Host" or something catchy and not plain "Talk Radio". Or maybe because of Universal Pictures? Oliver Stone usually didn't do Universal I don't think. Paramount might have been a good company. I don't know, something about this film didn't do so well, but I love it.
"Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can cause permanent damage."
Martian Gothic: Unification (2000)
A great, but underrated game.
I bought this game about probably a year ago now, and I think it's a great game. So the plot is about three investigators are searching the mysterious base on Mars. They soon find out that it's been silent for a few months, and they find voice records of base members (which are now zombies), and they figure out what's going on.
The rest of it is probably spoilers, but the ending is pretty upsetting, but still I thought it was a good game for it's time. While playing the game, it has a very creepy and fearful music playing in the background, and the zombies try to get to and it scares the crap out of ya! But I would recommend it for people that like games like "Resident Evil". But "Martian Gothic" has a lot of mysterious choices in the game, and a lot of times, you get stuck and it's hard to carry things, because there is a certain amount of slots to put stuff in.
Overall, I give it a 7/10. Great game for the PC and Play Station, but very underrated as well.
Pink Floyd The Wall (1982)
A wonderful film in a disturbing way.
One of my favorite films and my favorite band of all time. I am a huge fan of Pink Floyd's work and music, and now a film is just right for the band.
So it's about a lazy rock star named Pink who sits in his isolated, trashed, pathetic hotel room watching television, and he thinks back as a child, when his father died in the war, his school teacher hurting the children, and he is sad and tired of it all, and is alone by himself from his wife. The rest of the story is to you. I wouldn't skip around in the film, like scene to another scene, because then the film probably wouldn't make sense to you.
The music in this film is mostly from Pink Floyd's album "The Wall" which was a successful album around that time, and the music fits perfectly into the film making the story of the album, come to life.
Some scenes in this film may be disturbing to watch if you are a picky person. Scenes like blood in a pool, closeups of maggots, shaving hairs, rape scenes, and few more scenes which might be disturbing at times. But still although it's hard to watch sometimes, it's still a very good, well done film. Great picture, great music, great story, and also a very film and band.
Warlords of the 21st Century (1982)
I think "Battletruck" is a better title.
I watched this film mostly just because I am a fan of Michael Beck and his films. This film I think he did pretty well in. His character seems a bit dark and knows what he's doing kind of guy. So the story is pretty simple.
It's about a futuristic war in the 21st century is looking for a new age in technology. That's about how the film is. I am not so interested in the film, but like I said, i'm a Michael Beck fan. His character's name is Hunter and tries to stop the terrorists. It isn't bad for it's time, but now it's not so great. I give it 5/10 stars.
Also, I would have gave an R rating for this film. I mean it has swearing in certain parts of the film, and there are lots of killings in this. I mean a PG rating? It's not really that nice in the film. Just saying.