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April Fool's Day (1986)
Some guys say,"So, you wanna hear a joke?".
Some guys like to tell jokes; I don't fault those guys - it's a way to establish contact, I guess. Here's a punchline for you: it's about a bird sent by a visitor to an exotic place to his mother. She ate the bird, and the fella comes back, and says "How could you have eaten that bird! It spoke seven languages!" His mother says, "Then he shoulda said something." I think that's the funniest joke I ever heard, but when I tell it it's not funny.
I was taught not to end a story with "...and then I waked up".
"April Fool's Day" is garbage.
New York, New York (1977)
None in the middle on this one
I love this movie, really and deeply. The dynamic between the lead characters is frighteningly believable; when they're at the breakfast table being gingerly polite to each other - yikes. Having said that - I LOATHED the singing. Minnelli's acting is perfect, but there's no way she would have succeeded as a singer in that era with that voice. She doesn't open her mouth when she sings. She holds most notes on the consonants. The choreography in the big "Happy Endings" number is amateurish. This is the only musical (a genre of which I am a fan) where I would say it's ok to fast forward through the musical numbers, with the exception of the studio recording of "The World Goes 'Round", and that only because of the dramatic transition.
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953)
I love this movie, and everything Xenophile said below is correct. Violence is always just below the surface in it, but this tension is almost invariably resolved artistically. Even the admittedly violent climax is precipitated by discordant sounds.
Sexual stereotypes are depicted, but not favorably; remember, it was the villain who locks up the mother. This film is an indictment of fascism. Many of the shots copy German Expressionistic technique. Fritz Lang's German films did the same thing, and the title of his final film was "1,000 Eyes of Dr Mabuse"; maybe a coincidence, but I find that hard to believe.
Of course there are no girls in his dream. He's gay, after all - check out that touching love duet with the plumber. I'm not being flip; this whole film is gay as heck. Half-naked men performing in a dungeon? That leather queen running the elevator? The hero and villain duking it out by dancing and talking with their hands? C'mon - gay, gay, gay.
Not that that's a bad thing.
Force 10 from Navarone (1978)
this movie is not good
I watched ten minutes of this movie on tv, enough to ascertain:
The dam was obviously built after WWII ended, and no attempt was made to cover this fact up.
One of the railings over which they jump is rubber, and it wobbles as such.
The score slavishly imitates John William's score for "Star Wars" in the climactic scene blowing up the dam. The first five notes are exactly the same. It was made or the moviegoer who says, "I like this movie; it reminds me of a movie I just saw".
My mom is one of those filmgoers. I love her, I would fight for her, but...lots of money went into this film, it stinks. It stinks.