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10/10
One of the most 'rock'em, sock'em, roll on the ground, laugh 'til your face aches' films ever made!
11 December 2005
"Our pockets are empty, our cupboards are bare, the bills keep coming, and the drugs are scarce. I need some money, I need some dough, for the things I want, for the things I own. I got Sticky Fingers!"

The title song says it all. "Sticky Fingers" is one of the most hilarious films ever made, and done so with such a style and even a type of elegance that has kept it fresh and funny for every viewing. Two roommates, and best friends Lolly and Hattie are struggling musicians, who can't pull in the attention of anyone past the civilians in Central Park, New York. One day, out of the blue, Diane, Hatties dope dealer, leaves them with a mysterious bag, with important contents inside. It is, yes, almost 1 million dollars. Eventually, everything is crazy, and all mixed up. These two women, who are honest, decent people in the Big Apple, are transformed by the green power slips, into petty, light-headed money grubbers. Soon the cash begins to run on, and the two have a lot of explaining to give Diane...and the mob men who have been watching their every move...

Helen Slater is the not so bright Hattie. She surely gives a new name to the word 'energy' in this one. With her quick and witty dialog, and sharp timing, she is amazing, and always turning on the laugh-machine. Melanie Mayron is the squeaky, nervous Lolly. Mayron is up to par with co-star Slater, giving off the same amount of energy and confusion. Needless to say, Christopher Guest is, as usual, a treat to watch as the love interest of Mayron. Other cast members include Loretta Divine, Eileen Brennan, Carol Kane, and an absolutely outrageous Danitra Vance, who steals the show with her every scene.

The comedy used in this gem is a bright blend of slapstick, and witty stand- up, with honesty as a key factor, bringing in solid goods. It is a shame that this one was never received as well as others in that time. The film is well representative of it's time,(1988) and it's pop-culture wackiness. I suppose it was the "different" factor that says just why the film was little known, if at all. This film does have a different tone, and even more so, it is very general. Sometimes, the smaller, more overlooked things are funny. Sexual lingo and politics are restricted, very restricted. This film is not "Majoy League" or a "National Lampoon" film, or even like any of the "Porkey's" movies either. It stands out completely on it's own, with ultimate originality and sharp comic texture and context, which make it a real riot to watch over and over again!
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Beautiful People (2005–2006)
Daphne Zuniga returns to a world of Beautiful People.
29 August 2005
Naturally, I feel compelled to tell you about my love for an amazing actress named Daphne Zuniga, the main head-liner of this nice show. Years ago, try twelve or thirteen, Zuniga was a young photographer named JoBeth Reynolds on the critically acclaimed drama, "Melrose Place". She was, herself, beautiful, witty, tough, and deep, as well as surrounded by beautiful people all over. Now, in this new drama, "Beautiful People", she returns to the prime-time dial, but with a new breed of beautiful people.

With Jo Reynolds a fond memory, Daphne is now the lovely Lynn Kerr, a newly single mother, trying to provide a warm, sharing, and loving world for her two daughters, portrayed by Torry Devitto and Sarah Foret. Zuniga never fails to satisfy, and as Lynn Kerr, I see new depths to which she can dive into, especially now as other Melrose alumni are resurfacing as well. (Marcia Cross and Doug Savant in "Desperate Housewives"). The two new actresses Foret and Devitto are cute, and even amusing in this family based drama, but obviously, Zuniga helms the project with force and experience to which the younger stars are lucky to work with. The rest of the cast is okay too. Ricky Mabe takes the cake among the co-stars as a non-conformist, straight-forward, honest , but good-hearted outcast, stealing the scene as he spits his words about the truth concerning the "BP'S" (Beautiful People). The show has soft touch for familiar development, but just as the 'beautiful people' it introduces, looks are always deceiving.

I can also say, that this show is truly misplaced on the ABC-Family channel. It does deal with a mother, and her two daughters in their new life, and the concern for safety and love in the big apple, but there are some touchy situations this show touches base with. I have no problem with a single part of this show, but the surprise is the channel it airs. I know it would seem fairly normal on the normal ABC station, but Family is a bit risky, as Daphne even said in the beginning about the program. I didn't completely believe it myself, but it's true. The Kerr family meet people who take drugs, teenagers who have sex, in hot-tubs for that matter. An adult male, speaks his mind on the basis of his homosexuality, and other kinds of chaos ensues.

I am all for risk, and to that I can say I hope to see more of this show around. It's about time we see Daphne Zuniga in the spotlight again, and she is, without a doubt, having a great time like the rest of the cast. I know only as much as the next viewer about the eight episode run for an opening season, but I hope much more will come! A good Welcome Back to Daphne Zuniga, and an even bigger good luck to the show! It's a fun show to watch.
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Piranha (1978)
10/10
Not just a cult film, but a cult film with all the right moves!
10 July 2005
On a dark, foggy night, two back-packers ignore the "no trespassing" sign, to engage themselves in a rest after a long while of mountain-climbing. They discover a pond, and instantly feel obliged to cool off. Before they can manage to enjoy this nice break, the most horrid feeling comes over them, and both become victims of a savage death, resulting in blood, only blood. Such an opening is familiar, yes, but also attention-getting, and enjoyable. This is "Piranha", the 1978 camp-classic horror film from acclaimed director Joe Dante and the production of Roger Corman. Given, the production values are some what less than "Jaws" and "Close Encounters.." but the heart and joy of film-making is also there, and thusly, the film is much more enjoyable than most Hollywood film of that era. The film is scripted by a then, young John Sayles, whom also makes a cameo! The two leads, Bradford Dillman and Heather Menzies are perfect, and chemistry is dead-on making for a very fun time indeed! The writing is, perhaps, the best part of the film, seeing as Corman obviously wanted a real cultish feel, and as such, the film has so many noticeable , fun, and convenient in-jokes such as a swimmer reading acclaimed novel 'Moby Dick', and lazy workers watching old cartoons involving fish. The thrills are pretty good too, seeing as the situation involves genetically enhanced knowledge within the fish. Therefor, it is much harder for Dillman and Menzies as they attempt to over power the deadly fish while chasing them down stream a beautiful Texas river. Dillman and Menzies lead a cast of familiar faces seen in earlier Corman films such as Paul Bartel, Dick Miller, and Barbara Steele. The piranha themselves don't look too bad, and thusly, the effects are pretty good for a low budget film such as this. Other goodies are one-liners, and other dialogs that are so witty, they will either make you howl, or are just plain great to hear over and over again. Yes, this film has all the right moves, as well as many other to boot! It is comic when needed, and when the element of serious conflict is present, so is the presence of serious characters. This film was remade in '95, with the most wretched cast and concept ever! And the thought of another remake causes my blood to boil! You cannot re-create an original classic! That is what makes it original! In any case, this film is a great classic, and an always enjoyable film, every time viewed!
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Freaky Friday (1976)
10/10
Back when we were grown-ups.
18 June 2005
It is no secret, that, back when we were grown ups, Disney made films that were as delightful as the next Sidney Lumet film. "Freaky Friday" is one of those many films. When young Annabelle Andrews, and her mother Ellen Andrews switch bodies on Friday the 13th, one heck of a journey is on the rise! This great tale of learning and growing up has been mocked, or copied twice, in vain. There are many reasons why this film should have only been seen the way the company originally produced it. First off, the message is quite easy to figure, and keeping it simple, but meaningful was the great way to spread it. The age-old story of two people walking a mile in each others shoes. A funny mother-daughter story that never gets old, this one has just as much a tender side as it does a comic side.

About the film, the script is fresh and original, producing interesting narration by a game Foster. What makes this one almost a word for word act of the novel is because the author of the novel also wrote the screenplay. Some times, when the author also helps with the script, the outcome is less than amusing, but in this case, it was the best thing they could do. Mary Rodgers delivers the goods with this one, and the rich element of comedy is never wasted. The situations are almost too much. The incidents are made in ways to which an adult can laugh as much as a child can. In fact, most of the funny moments reflect more adult humor, such as Mrs. Schmauss and the liquor. Other moments such as typewriters going crazy, and one of the most hysterical ski sequences ever seem to be too much for children in todays times. Ergo, they remade this film twice. Once in '95 that was slow and dull, despite a good director and good cameos. And recently in '03 with a forced script. The two latter versions were made with more simple jokes to appeal more for kids.

Such subject matter was also toned down. The situation with Annabelle and Ben. Why does Annabelle hate him so much? Because there is nothing more annoying than a perfect kid with no messy qualities. Later, same question, but answer goes as "his sister doesn't "hate" him. he bugs her". What is wrong with the normal sibling rivalry using the word 'hate'? The film also shows how much better times were back then. As thirteen year-old teens were taught to be a whiz on the typewriter, and speak very well of American history. Those times are just not here anymore, not much anyhow. IN any case, this film is a great joy of a film. Modern film-making at it's best, and of course, Disney made films good back then. Not like the senseless contrived mush we see today.
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Arachnophobia (1990)
8/10
Who's your daddy?
3 June 2005
Spiders are just plain scary. Scary, ugly, and filthy creations, and why they have been put on this earth for as long a time as they have been, is anyones guess. In any case, "Arachnophobia" is a movie about these loathsome animals. The premise is on a father, or rather two fathers, the first one, being a smart doctor named Ross Jennings, played out well by an admirable Jeff Daniels, who has moved his nice family to a small town from the shaky city of San Fransisco. Unfortunately, or conveniently, a big mother of a spider from South America has arrived as well, and made do with a normal house spider from the Jennings' new home, and now he has a family too. As troubles begin to occur for the fresh Ross, the big, slimy and venomous bi+ch of an arachnid, has eased in with his new mate, as he creates a second queen, then the real trouble starts. One by one, the nicest people are dropping like flies, hhmmm, flies, a normal dinner for spiders... Anyhow, Ross has reason to believe there is more than just cardiac arrest at blame for this, and an investigation by he, along with the town sheriff, and a colleague set out to end the madness. A savory element is introduced when John Goodman is Delbert McClintock, a humorous bug exterminator. There is a dual storyline, of both fathers. The struggle to survive, and to keep their families safe. But there is only room for one daddy in this town, so one has to take a lift out of there! While trying not to jump around in fear as I watched this one for the first time, I was uneasy for days. Scary stuff, but Spielberg knows how to deliver.
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10/10
Dark, if not surreal fantasy delivers a good message.
23 May 2005
Finally, the truth about stories. The fact is, nothing ever really ends, and thusly, someone had to say so. That's what this movie does, and it does it ever so elegantly. A young boy, who knows so much about the "Lord Of The Rings", and "Beowulf" is about to find out something more real as he borrows a mystical book he finds enchanting. the even more powerful fact, is that once the book is opened, it will never close. Just as life never really ends on this earth, neither to stories. The book, titled "The Never Ending Story", is about Fantasia, a world that is dying, and an unbelievably horrifying substance known as "The Nothing", is enclosing it. A young warrior must face the danger of finding a cure. On earth, or in the book, life is intertwined to reach the ultimate answer to a young boys fears, and a young warriors quest. Film is full of some really lovable characters such as Falkor, the luck dragon, and the Rock Biter. Then, there is the Gmorg, whom I believe, is the most wretched creature in cinema. That thing is scary! In any case, film starts out as colorful and mystical, and grows dark and nightmarish with every scene, leading to a wonderful message about the substance that keeps Fantasia , and every other world out there, alive. Beautiful, just beautiful. A classic.
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7/10
"...but what is alone???" A question of psychosis
21 May 2005
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This film was actually a nice one to my eyes. Jack Palance, Donald Pleasance, and Martin Landau head a nice thriller about insanity and revenge, or misjustified revenge, but it's still revenge just the same, whatever kind it is. Nice family moves to a house that works for everyone, because Dad, or Dan Potter, has a new job at the The Haven, or "Hospital". Anyhow, this is a nasty turn for a couple of inmates who want their original doctor, and not some new, and fresh wimp. In any case, they feel a new doctor will end them all, so they seek justice, in their own way. The flick delivers a few scares, and actually makes a pretty decent movie as well. Can ya get any creepier than Martin Landau and the bicyclists' hat? I think not. Humor is also delivered, but looking at the films which were produced at the time, I suppose that was a common element that companies wanted. In any case, the title could address the victims, being alone in the dark, as psychotics run amok, or...it could pertain to the inmates themselves, as they feel alone, as they sit in the dark of the mental institution. What do you think?
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Dear Frankie (2004)
9/10
A dear film about Dear Frankie.
19 May 2005
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Emily Mortimer and Gerard Butler shine in this touching story about the truth in our hearts, and the truth our lives. Little Jack McElhone is a darling actor as he narrates many moments of this film with the hopeful letters to his father, whom he has never seen. All though mother Mortimer promises to show him his father, some things are not possible for various reasons. Desperate to make her son happy, she hires a stranger to pretend for a day. Gerard Butler is smooth, suave, and mysterious as this man. Mary Riggans is almost too much as the chain- smoking grandmother who knows better. Shona Auerbach is very simple, but effective in style and presentation. This makes for a touching film. What really makes this one work so well is the continuity of the relations and the connection between the characters. Gerard Butler, Emily Motimer, and Jack McElhone are sweet and tender. Very good film indeed, and in todays times!!!
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Disclosure (1994)
9/10
Intellectual thriller about sex used as a tool for power.
16 May 2005
Michael Doulgas and Demi Moore head this fine piece of work based on Michael Crichtons' novel. Douglas is Tom Sanders, a typical business man working with a fairly normal company. He is dark horse in the running for promotion, until Meredith Johnson(Moore) arrives. Meredith is an old fling, and she hasn't forgotten the past. When a desperate attempt to open old wounds, or relive steamy times goes awry, Meredith is sickened by Toms' monogamy, and wants revenge! Director Barry Levinson creates a brilliant conflict, which seems to grow heavy with each scene. The entire cast is phenomenal. Moore and Douglas are perfect in their roles, but the main attraction for my eyes, was the quick, smart, catchy performance of Catherine Alvarez by Roma Maffia. Film keeps a strong interest for the whole time, only lacking in some possible slow moments. Part of why the film works so well is the fact that Levinson keeps it intellectual, dealing with adults, and the way they handle these situations. Sex is not a crutch to use for the main stars, who, at the time, were rather big. Instead, sex is portrayed as the key power in the situation. Catherine Alvarez states in the film "Sexual harassment is not about sex, it's about power. She has it, you don't". Pretty catchy way to portray sexual harassment. Technology is later brought in as a power to...but why should I say anything more? See the film for yourself.
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10/10
Probably the ONLY version of this story that works, and works well.
16 May 2005
From the director of the Charlie Brown and Peanuts movies, comes this funny, delightful little cartoon adaptation of the classic C.S. Lewis novel. Although made for television, it still holds a bright candle to the book itself. With such clever narration by the lead voices, and the expressions given to the characters, this one delivers a gold trophy. Every line, and action is directly from the book, and portrayed well. Beth Porter certainly supplies the most fun as the voice of the desperate white witch. All other character voices are pleasant and appropriate. The running time is not three hours, so they managed to fit an entire story into the cartoon. You are actually watching the novel, and all things that C.S. Lewis may have written in the novel, that cannot be stated by the characters, is well implied. This TV special is probably the only version that could possibly work as well as it did. The voices fit the actions as dead on as perfection, and the dark moments are not taken too seriously. This make for a good animated adaptation!
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Dinosaur! (1985 TV Movie)
9/10
In depth look at extinct species hosted by Superman!
10 May 2005
This one's a pretty hard thing to find. Had I not run into it during a video search, I never would have known that Christopher Reeve took part in something as this. The little learning show goes through many enactments created for the program, and looks at a few clips from movies depicting the ancient species. Reeve is nice, and well spoken with his commentary . Other elements include interviews with scientists and random fans. You won't find stuff like this anymore. Now, programs like this are almost as boring as a waiting room. Getting Christopher Reeve to host was a fun idea, and thusly, watching the historic facts is even better with Reeves' voice leading us on. A nice thing to watch with Reeves as himself, and just as entertaining as his definitive Superman. all in all, a nice little educational program, very big on reflecting the times and technology in that decade.
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K-PAX (2001)
7/10
Chewy Banana's
29 April 2005
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I was skeptical when i sat down to watch this. Many of Kevin Spaceys performances for post-American Beauty seem to be repetitive. I was wrong. This film had a nice contemporary feel with a smooth narration that brings you from beginning to end. As a film, it asks the question "What do you believe?". Most films of these types (i.e.-"Signs" and "Agnes Of God") usually have a hard time backing themselves up with proper explanation or motives. This one is more like "Agnes Of God" in that you can two ways with the ending. The story is simple, a man is found in the Big Apple, claiming to be an alien. Kevin Spacey, however, is a naturally gifted actor, and he seems vulnerable, yet resistant to the world which he is allegedly visiting. Jeff Bridges has a terrific sense of conflict, and as a man working in an environment as strange as the Manhatten Psychiatric Hospital, he seems rather suttle and in control. The film has a deep focus on the effect of all Spaceys' "Prot" touches. More so a psychological look at wounded people, not just the main characters, but the lesser seen ones too. Film Highlight: An intense hypnosis scene.
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Hellraiser (1987)
10/10
Beautiful fantasy/ horror is still affective today.
25 April 2005
Certainly, one would figure pinhead the central character for the film "Hellraiser", but he who thinks this because of what he sees will be enchanted by what the film really is. Pinhead is merely a creature, only viewed in vital moments of a twisted love story involving otherworldly torture. He is not even called pinhead, he is the lead cenobite, and he will tear your soul apart!

The story has a strong narrative hold on a family, and the unresolved matters they have never approached. Such matters include drugs, theft, scandal, love, lust, and demonic dealings. Larry Cotton and his 2nd wife, Julia are happy, cozy, and ready to break new ground as they move into the new home. Unbeknownst to them, an unwelcomed family member is waiting, and so is the awesome force that sealed his fate in life, and in death. This film has more than demons and angels. This film has a plot. Julia helps frank after he narrowly escapes death. Slow, and sure, she feeds him blood, and the lust for life, love, and control takes over the both of them. Soon, Larry's daughter, Kirsty is involved, and the real nightmare begins. This film is more of a fantasy than anything else, as it plays on mystical elements like dreams, love, life, and death. Barker crafts his original novel, titles "The Hellbound Heart" into a fantastic mold of a supernatural plunge into a very messed up family. More so, this film is a tale of otherworldly pain and torture. Torture is not just the killing, it is the emotional state that Julia is trapped in, as she loves Larry...at first. Soon she is torn between real love, and the lust for pleasure, both physical and emotional. The cenobites take all the emotions, and play with them as though they were throwing a ball back and forth. Barker introduces hell as both emotional, and physical states of mind. No matter where the characters are, hell is what they get. Brilliant performances also highlight this one, with special effects that challenge even todays standards. Good Job Barker!
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10/10
Dark, mystical story is for adults, but endured by children.
18 April 2005
When I first saw this film, years ago, I was very afraid of many aspects it contained, yet I was also in love with it. As a cartoon, it captures the very familiar values that we have seen in such praised Disney films such as The Sword in the Stone". This one is much darker though, and because so, it also brings forth, a much scarier element that Disney will never have! Being based completely on archetypical formation, the "Secret Of NIMH" is based on the famed children's book "Mrs. Brisby and the rats of NIMH". As the book is very darling, and for children of all ages, the film is put together in a more mature, adult style, with intense moments. Later on in life, I realize that children watching this film is an amazing happening, if I knew then, what I know now about the film, I would have been completely overtaken by the film. Some things are better left unknown in childhood. Most kids today will not appreciate this film, for all the glory in which it was made. There were two direct-to-video sequels. Two. This is unacceptable for a movie of this type. The two latter films were made with light, fluffy, musical touches that did NOT capture anything this film did. The two latter films had NO business being made! The generation I grew up in was able to take this wondrous intensity we were given, today, things are much different, and movies like this one are hardly seen. The "toy story" genre has taken over, and most films that would, otherwise be like this one are laughably awful, without any real heart. Don Bluth was expressing his strong imagination for this one, most "pixar" company films are just money, and offer nothing for anyone except babies in cribs! This movie is a cartoon, a pure adventure, and a treasure full of heart! Don Bluth is a wonderful filmmaker!
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8/10
Early film noir sets standards by explaining human race.
18 April 2005
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This film is known for being the definitive film noir. Twists, capers, madmen, seduction, betrayal, and murder, and all for what? A desirable object that may or may not be what we all hope it to be. This film is a classic statement on the human race, as a creature, or a population of greedy, powerful men. Bogart is swift and smooth,doing what he does best in this crime/drama. Many films that capture, or try to capture the same essence that this film creates are such movies as "Entrapment" and "Wild Things". The latter movie turned out to be a rather different story, but the previous is a good example of a modern film noir. The statement made at the end of the film describes the falcon as "the stuff dreams are made of". Back in 1941, we as humans were not ready to have this kind of power, and now, that propositions still goes today. "Sphere" has a good way of telling the same story at the end as Dustin Hoffmann explains that the human race cannot handle having a power of manifestation. Even though that is a totally different movie, it is still the same message to be said. It's a shame the message has been muddied all over in the past 60+ years. Maybe we will realize this again, until then? We as creatures are evil, greedy beings. Will there ever be an end???
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10/10
Dreamer, Dreamer.....She's a Believer!
17 April 2005
Jobeth Williams: Sultry, sexy, mystifying, and quirky in this outstanding tale of madness and romance in the midst of chaos during a woman's trip to France. Williams was a Hollywood noise-maker when she was running from those pesky ghosts in "Poltergeist", but here, she's not running, she's chasing! Cathy Palmer, is a desperate housewife in her own, yearning for a life of adventure, and when she enters a contest for a murder/mystery sweep stake, she wins! Ignoring her chauvinistic husband, Cathy immediately flies to Paris to meet the author of the most famed mystery novels around, the Rebecca Ryan novels. An incidental blow on the head leaves her in a hospital, but once she wakes up...she IS Rebecca Ryan! Now, she is determined to uncover the scandals and mysteries of the undercover spies in Europe. Along for the ride, is the son of the Rebecca Ryan novels Alan McMann, whom Cathy believes is Rebeccas side-kick Demitri. Together, they will take on murder, madness, and some funny conquests that will leaving your stomach aching for more! Williams is so passionate, and enduring as Cathy Palmer, and she really makes us believe that she is trapped in two worlds, and loving it! Tom Conti doesn't get any better, as his vulnerability to nonsense turns to a romantic interest for the bewildered Palmer. Trouble is around any door, and mystery lurks in the shadows of Paris! Director Rosenthal also directed "Halloween II". A fun, and delightful treat for young, and older audiences alike! "American Dreamer" is a joyous adventure with witty dialogue and quick development that will only impress with every viewing! 10/10
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Coma (1978)
10/10
The standard setter for medical thrillers!
16 April 2005
COMA: An extremely impressionistic medical thriller, which has since, set standards for many other thrillers of the type. The concept was novel, and surreal. Dr. Susan Wheeler, (Genevieve Bujold) is a successful, beautiful, and intelligent woman, at Boston Memorial Hospital. She has a love/hate relationship with fellow doctor Mark Bellows (Michael Douglas). She has no reason to suspect any sort of foul play at work, until she looses her best friend to an accident during surgery. A deep investigation leads on to the awful truth, that her friends death was no accident, and other deaths weren't either. Much more suspense and intrigue await at the Jefferson Institute, were the shocking truth is revealed. Michael Crichton is just as good a director as he is a writer. The two leads play great off each other, and Jerry Goldsmiths score will send eerie vibes through you goosebumped skin! The first, and best medical thriller, COMA has everything a proper, intellectual movie needs. Terrific introductions, affective development, twisted characters, and mystery for the bold, and brave. A classic to be known, and enjoyed over and over again.
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10/10
An outstanding film which serves chills to the very touch of the bone!
29 March 2005
Put Bette Davis in a Disney scare-fare. Add Lynn-Holly Johnson, with a plot to scream over, and you have "The Watcher In the Woods". The rest of the cast is exceptional as well, and the directing by John Hough is terrific! We follow the Curtis family on the search for a new house, and when they come across the Aylwood estate, they feel that they found the perfect house, and as they say, the price is right. Once moved in, Jan Curtis(Johnson) realizes that something awful happened years ago, and now, she must find out what it is, and how to solve the mysteries involved. A watcher, is in the woods, which surrounds the house, and it watches, waiting, surrounding the family with some of the most creepiest scenes in film history! Yes, "The Watcher In the Woods" is a classic beyond what words can say. Every little technique used in the film brings out the most detailed chills needed. Stanly Meyers' chilling music-box theme opens the film with the most haunting forest setting ever seen. Bette Davis doesn't get any better than this, talking to the woods, knowing "it" is there. Lynn-Holly Johnson is a gem! She knew how to play a teen-age heroic role the right way! The rest of the film shines in all the glory it provides. One tag-line says "A masterpiece Of Suspense", and they weren't kidding. This film spills an entire river of suspense with waters as chilling as ice! Why Disney shames this one, is anyones guess, but I know I love it, and many others do too! Disney can get the heck outta the kitchen, cause this film is stayin!
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The Ring Two (2005)
1/10
Rachel got run over by a reindeer!
19 March 2005
Lets see, how do I say this? I HATED IT! What the heck were they thinking? Oh, so a film does good, really good, does that mean that they NEED to make a sequel? No I don't think so. That was SO rude! We as a country adored the original because of its different way of film-making, and now, you have "Boogeyman", "White Noise", and "The Grudge", all looking exactly like the original "The Ring". That is SO rude! Now I suppose that we will see a third one, somewhere in time...like "Exorcist III", cause this one was like, "Exorcist II : The Heretic"! It played as a 'part "two"', and acted as a "III", Yeah, "Poltergeist III"! What the hell was Samara saying familiar dialogue such as "I found you!". That was SO rude! This film is running hot and blowing cold! So cold that Rachel Kellers brat son has hypothermia! Yes, the winner takes it all, and these losers are gonna have to fall...down that stupid well! That was SO rude! The story goes to say, Samara is not finished with the Kellers, and all because she needs a "Mommie Dearest" to slap her around and play house. Her intentions are for a strong and unfortunately good Watts to fulfill this, while poor Aiden Keller sits in a paper bathtub crying "Help, I'm drowning, and I can't get out!" Next we have people dying because they suspect the worst, before realizing the truth. That is SO rude! What is this? "Omen III: The Final Conflict"? That is SO rude. Watts tried, but failed, The film lacks in logic and creation, and those stupid CGI reindeer from hell are synthetically injected for some scare that we already saw in "The Omen". Watts is a brilliant actress, and I will like to see her in many more films, redeeming this mush, and that won't be too hard, and all can see that this film is so RUDE! ..............Because.............. Rachel got run over by a reindeer! While driving to her house one foggy noon. You can say there's no such thing as Samara, but as for me I thought it was rather soon. Too soon to be rushed. Yes Rachel got run over by a reindeer, when Aiden came down rocky with a cold. Rachel tried to keep him in her care but, the doctor of the city had been told...and Rachel got run over by a reindeer, she slipped and broke her neck down in that well, you can say this film was extra special, but I sure want this film to go to ...
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10/10
A darling little ghost story!
4 March 2005
This film is a darling little story about an ambitious girl named Polly Ames, portrayed ever so delicately by the powerful Dominique Dunne. Polly Ames is out of school early, to visit her father at the family-owned hotel, "Harrington House". As soon as she gets there, she has reason to believe that someone, or something, is causing mayhem amongst the house-hold. Now, she and her new friend DC, team up to solve the mysterious goings-on at the hotel. The film automatically gets your attention as Dunne's enthusiastic narration tells us of the story we are about to endure in the opening. The tone is set over the opening of stormy weather, and eerie locations. The entire cast performs a great little adventure that is pure fun for all. What makes this one an instant favorite of mine, is the material it contains. Something for everyone in this one. Both adults and children alike! The late Dominique Dunne is perfect, and holds the film entirely on her shoulders. She was a master at this! A genuine halloween film, as well as a great family film for all!
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Supergirl (1984)
10/10
The TRUE heart of a beautiful hero.
5 January 2005
In the depths of inner-space, we find a city called Argo City. The inhabitants are not unknown, for they come from Krypton, a world which has never been forgotten. These Argonians have barely escaped the dangers that ruined the Kryptonian existence, and now they have created Argo City as a new home. We all know Krypton is where Superman is from. Argo City is the home of his surviving family, including his cousin, Kara. Kara is Supergirl, and portrayed in the most wondrous, fabulous, ultimately fantastic performance by the beautiful Helen Slater, who put so much into the part, she deserved more than America gave her. Kara creates a problem, as she looses a power source by accident. This power source is part of what makes the glorious city operate. Thusly, she takes responsibility for her own actions and goes after it...and onto the best adventure in superhero history! The film focuses on Supergirls adventures when she arrives on earth, from her FANTASTIC ariel ballet entrance, to her final battle with the witch Selena, portrayed by a darn-good-fun-loving Faye Dunaway. Supergirl must retrieve the power source, and return it home, where her city shall live again. This film is simply, the best super-action film in the whole genre. We were given the ultimate superhero film six years earlier in Christopher Reeve, whom also portrayed a fantastic superhero. Helen Slater was the only actress to actually become the girl she displays for us. Faye Dunaway was extremely fun to watch, as she is in an on-going battle with another kind of superhero. Being a spin-off of the highly acclaimed '78 masterpiece, this film is gracefully linked with numerous references and a cameo by Marc McClure. What WB allowed Ilia Salkind and the director Jeannot Szwarc to do was awful, it was awful! But I feel we were still given a wonderful movie 20 years ago! What difference does it make if we cannot answer all the questions, so what if it wasn't the film this country wanted...it was NOT supposed to be an identical superhero movie with flying missiles and plots to destroy the world! SO WHAT? This is a fantasy, and more so as a superhero film would be like. Monsters and supernatural wonders beyond belief! Something tells me that if this film were NOT a film about Supermans' cousin, people would have accepted it better. It was written on a fantasy journey of familiarity just as "Dark Crystal", "Labyrinth" and "NeverEnding Story" Could it be that people are not accepting of the female species? Just look at the awful ways that other female hero films are written! This film is far better and much more intelligent than that! The film Supergirl surpasses all that and goes even further than it seems. The title character is smart, strong, and constantly determined. The villain is witty, desperate, and viciously determined. In this, we have a dichotomous image of two sides in one world. What else do you need? We have a great film that has never been given the proper chance it deserves. Supergirl is so much more than one sees it to be. People who do see it for wonderful movie it is, are the real ones who know the true heart of a beautiful superhero, and will not cease to be satisfied by what a film of its kind has to offer. The acting is exquisite, and the direction is perfect. Slater and Dunaway draw a sensational picture of mental, and physical power, and Jerry Goldsmiths' score will send a vibrant thrill of emotion through your very heart. Bottum Line: This film was great 20 years ago at 105 min., and it is great now at 140 min. I LOVE this movie, and I know it flies higher than most people know. Helen Slater, Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole, Brenda Vaccaro, Hart Bochner, and every one else on the film have every right to be proud of this masterpiece! Supergirl is a true Superhero.
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