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The Innocents (1961)
KEEP THIS INNOCENSE
One of those masterpieces that come along making you ponder after the story is presented. It is ripe for exploring, sharing and wonderment. It excels in all areas and takes its rightful place in the thriller/horror/supernatural genre. I am going to give my explanation of what happened starting in the next sentence. I recommend you see the movie and then come back to me and be totally satisfied or ready to offer your own experience. Either way...we win so SPOLERS AHEAD and COMING RIGHT NOW: A governess applies for a job where she is told she has complete authority over the children etc. Upon arrival to her new job, she hears and senses other worldly things going on but is not fully aware yet. After meeting with the maid, children and history of the home, she has reason to believe that the place is haunted and the children are being set-up to be fully and permanently possessed. She then becomes determined to expose it all and put a stop to it. She has some success with one child and questionable results with another but in the end, she successfully uses her authority and knowledge of the truth to bring an end to the hidden and dark agenda of the evil-spirits but at a great cost. The movie leaves one wanting more but that more has to come from the viewer which is what all involved intended all along. This movie is of the type that pulls you in without you feeling the pull. Then it tugs, you become hooked and the film takes its place among the greats.
MONSTERS YES EVERYTHING ELSE NO!
When I was a kid, I watched spellbound as monsters invaded Japan and they couldn't help it happen. I never really had any trouble believing because the idea of us versus monsters dominated the screen. I was doing fine until someone said it is a man in a monster suit and that killed it for me because every time after that I looked for the guy in the suit instead of the storyline. Well we certainly have improved on monsters and for that fact alone this is worth seeing. Where we fail is with human part of the movie. To put it abruptly, the monsters can stay but the people have to go including writers, the Director and actors. They are the take-aways and here's a question for you. Have you ever watched a movie where you couldn't stand a character that's in it? Have you ever wished they would die? Well there is at least two or three of those in this movie. Oh how you wish you could just fast forward but alas, you must suffer through it all and here is why. These characters and others explain what is going on since the monsters can't do it. My monster criticism is that most of the movie is done in the dark or blurred environments and if that is not enough the movie moves too fast between shots too. The battles are too busy. The result is you cannot really see the monsters in detail only their shapes, sizes and of course their roaring. Why is that? I also find fault on how the movie ended which was abrupt and without satisfaction. One other big take-away which is found in some super-hero movies is the use of the word god, oh my god and jesus repetitively. I don't mind suspending belief and allowing myself to be taken away into a phony, monstered filled world or mutants or super-heroes but when you mention GOD, it breaks the spell of the movie. Let's face it. God doesn't do these things we see in the movies Hollywood does. If we are going to be taken into a world of make-believe then keep me there carefully. I am reminded of Disneyland where they have built a berm completely around the whole park which keeps out distractions and the other world you came from and into the world you paid to be in called the happiest place on earth or the Magic Kingdom. This compliments and supports the theme and does not take-away from it. When you leave the park, welcome back to traffic, the trek home and a nights rest for tomorrow is another day. Here's a thought and it is not a new one. A movie about monsters trying to survive when there were little or no human race to interfere with their life only other monsters may do well. Survival of the fittest and natural disasters would do better than humans trying to save the world. Also, I hope they treat Kong with respect. We will see
Man on Fire (1957)
YOU WILL BE ON FIRE
A well done movie on the subject that plagues and visits with quite a bit of people i.e. divorce and custody. Family Law court is not a friendly place only because of the untamed and wild emotions flying here and there with the stakes being live children, someone you used to love and the life you built together. This movie portrays this and more. You need a seat belt once this movie gets going because its raw reality presented from all the players and their point of views. Mind you, there is no right or wrong here just a mess that mankind creates and tries to sort out best everyone can. In a perfect world, this subject would not and could not exist. Today, we lose sight of the stakes which are human lives and souls to gain emotional and prideful victories that in time testify of themselves. Think; What if you gained your way at all cost? What about the other fellow and his desire? This movie is easy to relate to. Either you went through this or know someone who did making it an unwanted stranger but one that must be identified and dealt with. Mother, father, children, love, brevity of life, sacrifice, hurt, pain, sorrow, bitterness all presented so you can see yourself and then to do something about it. Some choices are hard in life and some easier but all teach us to make good use of your time while here. How? Love god and love man....and let hope do the rest. Now to watch as...
THIS CENTER HOLDS
A good story is like a 10 course meal served over time leaving the participants full and satisfied but wait, there is more. A good story lingers (think dessert) and then with your permission enters into ones imagination. The mind is the cheapest form of travel and with this movie, both before (expectation), during, and afterwards one continues to travel on and wonder. Now that is what entertainment of the highest quality does and this is that good story. I am reading the book which is too wordy but still captures the thoughts of the story well enough. The actors here are convincing and loyal to the premise. Pause to consider that the trip they take into the earth takes months and even years if one makes a wrong turn or dissent. Remember, the premise is you entering a uncharted territory with one exception. This is where your imagination really sores when they introduce a story within the story that actually gets it all going. This gives the movie its mystery feel. Arnie Saknussen an explorer in the movie went first but where, how and what happened to him? Great take introducing an adventure theme to it. What would you do if you went on this journey and how would you fare is what awaits anyone who watches to see what happens to those that went before you thus this movie. Jules Verne did well and so you will too
VIEWER HELD FOR RANSOM
The movie manages to capture the viewer and then not let go and it is called entertainment. Prepare to let your emotions out and let them have their way as this movie deserves the honor of holding and keeping you on the edge of your seat while causing you to do what many a good movie does i.e. making you the viewer ask: What would you have done? Where it becomes intense is there are two very distinct trains of thought so leave right and wrong behind when viewing and instead suffer the consequences of your own opinion and outcome. You have dedicated actors delivering their trade and worthy of their wages. Script makes sense and the directing keeps it moving along while giving us little bits and pieces that come together nicely. There is a bit of this movie being dated via emotions, society standards and pat reactions and at the same time allowing us to go back in time where beliefs, morals and conduct remain a product of that viewing time. The difference is obvious but in no way detracts. The ending is satisfying and you may find yourself wanting to let a sob or a relief surface...let it! During the movie, dialog was necessary to develop the story. In the end, it becomes less of a dialog driven movie and one of deep, wordless satisfaction plus the message was delivered. Popcorn and a tasty drink plus your candy of choice will transport you back to when people had a night out at the movies and loved every bit of it
No need to hope for a banquet of action because someone ordered ahead for you as in all you can eat non-stop have your fill food here. Here is the question: Is it kill or be killed? or Be killed or kill? These are the stakes. In all fairness if you know by now (after all this is movie #3) that John Wick will not be killed the fights become slightly less engaging. Think: Have you ever over-eaten? While indulging you don't stop to consider stopping and as a result go past your "full" point making all that eating pleasure for naught. Same concept here. If people want to kill you and you don't oblige them over and over again we now approach that bloating feeling of I have had too much. That's the danger here. Now of course the exceptions should be respected. 1. People like to get their inner shoot- em up out and John Wick helps that along. 2. If you are into video games which are so real to life and play out just like this movie, you will get your high here. Wick #1 had me. Wick #2 had me. In Wick #3, I started to feel had. Shoot me once shame on you. Shoot me twice, shame on me. Shoot me a third time and we all die of the concept here. Wick #4? I cannot conceive of it and please don't do it unless I start rooting that he finally die!
Nevada Smith (1966)
The Raw West
Excellent portrayal of Western values back in the day from hard-work to brutality of survival as well as wonton cruelty. A mix of cultures are presented and lifestyles from Indian, cowboy, gunslinger, miner, storekeeper and a host of others. The very nature of living back then leaned toward being tough and then whoever you were. Failing that you become prey for the predator opportunist that roamed freely until caught, tried or killed to be stopped. Great scenes that demand multiple viewings as I have seen this many times. Great movie for eating and snacking while watching. It has an epic feel to it as it takes us the audience on a journey with the star player from green horn young naïve kid to savvy can take it and dish it out hombre. There is also a nice spiritual touch to the movie with a scene that tries to reason with the vengeance deep within the main player calling out to him to not give in to it. It plays out nicely especially to the very end. This movie was ripe for a sequel on its own and then to be tied in to the main story of which it was born from i.e. The Carpetbaggers. Now that would have been a nice trio to own. Oh well. Enjoy this true to form Western decent story line and wonder what you would have done in all the different scenarios. Lets saddle up...
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
I remember when Superman died and how in the comic book world there was shock, dismay and great out cry necessitating him coming back. It served the purpose of hooking the audience and holding them captive. The same thing was applied to Spock dying in Star Trek again proving successful in generating fan response and revenue. Before Endgame came out and I only had the second movie to go by, I knew they all had to come back and I also knew that time travel played a part in it as there are only so many ways to come back. Sure enough, Endgame time-traveled and brought them back. The formula still works. Logically speaking, Disney didn't spend mutli-billions to kill everyone off however in the comic book world of which I keep reminding myself that anything is possible they can get away with these things. Knowing this before hand diminished my enjoyment of the Endgame but it wasn't limited to just that either. I am watching after everyone is brought back and they still couldn't defeat Thanos as a group or individually and that is without the stones mind you. With the stones they prevail making the stones more important than any Marvel character known. Before you vote on my sharing, be advised I have been reading comics for decades and was raised in that world and even collected them. I support and encourage the comic book world but would like them to keep it closer to reality than all-out fantasy suspension of major beliefs. One last thing. They keep using God as in OMG or other variations which totally contradicts the comic book world. That shouldn't be in the script for GOD is the ultimate super-hero and his comic would outsell everyones. Keep it real and I'll keep coming back.
HOPE TO ESCAPE
You get to glimpse another country and see its dysfunction as well as its lifestyles and you cannot be but thankful that you live in the good ole USA. A father learns that his daughter is doing a little soul-searching about his past and gets more than she would have ever knew possible. The stakes quickly become life-threatening for all involved and we get to see what good friends and family as well as enemies can or wont do and why. Its one thing to get in trouble and try to get out of it and it is another to do this on foreign soil. Exciting at times and moves quick enough so you care what's happening. Interesting to note that during the movie a statement is made by a man who shares the reason why he has never had kids and the movie causes you to examine both sides of this with passion. Have a snack ready or nail-biting may visit with you at some points
The Stalking Moon (1968)
FEAR WITH LEGS
A taut Western with a few good themes thrown in this movie entertains and earns the price of admission no problem. You got soldiers, horses, Indians, shoot-outs, saloons, whiskey with mayhem, murder and death by revenge. I liked the idea of the main character working hard for years and saving his money to buy a little ranch which we get to visit. Its got everything to live a decent Western life, pleasant surroundings, cattle, good neighbors, mountain, city and scenic views and privacy. A good deed quickly turns into a deadly game of stalking and we are up against an Indian that not only doesn't like anyone but fears no one and worst of all can take a life like you sip water and worse than that its done quickly & quietly too. Whoa! Love interest potential and an invitation to let your inner heartstrings out is presented on many fronts. The picture is well-named. Stalking is obvious and let moon sink-in
Butterfly with no wings
Watch the original and be wowed. Watch this and you will wonder why you didn't watch the original. There are no memorable scenes, acting is sincere but has no impact and this movie plays out like a tired story instead of an adventure. One has to wonder why this was done and the thought process behind it? Obvious behind the scenes dynamics are at work. I will say that it is watchable but only with a good snack, a friend or a way to kill some time. It is not a must see. I walked out before it ended for two reason. 1. I knew how it ended and 2. enough already. BTW...the book came under scrutiny as to whether it was all true or created by adding a bunch of stories together. Regardless of it all the book is a must read for anyone who likes a good read...
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Star Wars A Disney Saga
This movie is a must see if you are a fan but not because it is that good but only because it is a Star Wars movie and it joins the family and helps keep the main theme alive. It also proves that there can be literally no end to stories regarding Star Wars but with a catch. If they follow this formula, you will see the movies once but not again. Why? It has no memorable scenes. There is no comeback experience beckoning you like there was in the originals of which we couldn't wait to see and over and over again too. This movie is just a nice way to spend some time in the Star War Universe sorry to say. It struck me that they may take some of the segments and make some new rides out of them for Disney's Star Wars theme land or even use in Star Tours theme ride. I did enjoy the star of the movie who managed to capture the adventure aspect of it. Him and Chewbacca make a good team but need more of a storyline. I am a little surprised that Ron Howard could not make this movie more than it was considering his reputation, background and success. I certainly hope that as the Star Wars movies, parks, toys and all the rest continue that they will try to upgrade and give us some quality pictures instead of money-makers for Disney, the stars and their shareholders. This movie used some plot tricks, twists and included the famous music score at the right times to keep us tuned in but not enough to rave about. Two other things may make you wonder also. All those firefights and the main players don't get a scratch while people or creatures all around are dying is trying to watch as a viewer. The other item was that the millennium Falcon uses "toggle switches" yes the type that flip back and forth with long black plastic for your finger to navigate with. I find it hard to believe this tech would exist in a Galaxy far far away a long time ago that has spaceships, hyper drive, holographs and multiple life-forms. Oh well...Take your snack and drink and enjoy this or better yet, buy the original DVD complete set and really use the Force!
Hour of the Gun (1967)
Hour of the Viewer
A true Western for western fans is what we got here. Down to earth and believable this movie has grit and realism in several parts that when put together bring credibility to the well told tale of the gunfight at OK corral and then some. James Garner pulls it off nicely along with a splendid supporting cast that all relish their roles and hold nothing back. Decent musical score that helps us stay tuned in too. Enjoy the whiskey drinking, horses, saloons, dust, threats, good and bad guys and notice how the law worked but really didn't. Its like they were between trusting it and not trusting it and this grey zone is where this films spends its time. Law and order was necessary or total chaos would reign. However, the law was in its beginning stages and was not mature enough or strong enough to stand on its own. Furthermore, it could be bought and manipulated of which this movie shows well. The movie is a must see again which is the true test of a good flick and worthy of being in ones library. Get a snack, tasty drink and begin the...
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Overkill Kill Kill
At some point the question of what do these super-heroes do if there are no threats comes-up? One thinks they are just ordinary people going about ordinary lives. Is that what you should do with these powers? Then, the threat of threats come and they all join-up to take it on. I get it. However, what do we do next time? How many times can you save the world? With all these other life-forms, different worlds/planets etc. and different types of super-heroes and their powers why all the fighting all the time? Leaving that alone for now, I remember the days of Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Green Lantern and the like who stopped burglars, armed robbers, rescued people and kept law and order. Boy things have changed and I am okay with all that too. However, how many dooms-day scenarios can we come with here? Take Thanos for instance. Okay, he's bad. He likes to kill and he goes after planet after planet. Why? Well in this case it is to find what he wants. Okay. What then? What if he gets it all? Now what? He can kill better, faster & cheaper? It doesn't compute. One other annoying thing that comes up in the dialog is the expression OMG or oh my God. If super-heroes are uttering this then there must be a God and if so HE is all powerful exceeding the whole movie premise. That phrase called me back to reality and these movies could do with out it because it doesn't work well in make-believe worlds.
All this aside, the theaters were packed, people were rushing in, everyone had their snacks, drinks and pleasant company and apparently we the public like this stuff. It all works rather well if one considers it is all only in the Marvel Universe and the viewers must leave their real Universe behind to visit there. Same with the DC world too. Some of the stories are really far-out stretching it to the max. What do you get a billionaire for Xmas comes to mind? They got it all. Same with us viewers. What's next? Beware of....
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Let Your Inner Western Out
Outstanding Western with all the ingredients plus actors, supporting players and a Director all of high quality and caliber to deliver the goods and help make this a must-see over and over again. Kudos to the musical score and if you activate sub-titles you can sing along too. There is just too much good going on here. That is what makes it one of the greats and a must for any library collection. I thought it brilliant to show how the "bunch" was caught up in a culture transformation of change and how they didn't have what it took to keep up but they also were not the type to lie down and go peaceful either. Thus one of the best movies around depicting how helpless we all are when it comes to aging and change and how important grace is and that is if you are a law-abiding citizen worthy of grace. Here, these boys have had their day and their night is coming to an end. They go in style and the movie shows all that using action and very little words. They understood that the days of the "wild" were coming to an end and them with it. Must see the directors cut to get the full experience and closure for this classic. Have fun in asking yourself what would you have done and who is your favorite character. Have a nice meal or sandwich plus a tasty drink and you are in viewing heaven. Then, sit back and ......
Night of the Demon (1957)
Good Movie Bad Night
I like Dana Andrews. Then, I like these type of pictures where there are ancient writings, curses and things we don't understand so we mock and dismiss them until they come a calling. Well that is what happens here. All investigators for the paranormal start out as skeptics until they have an experience they cannot explain. Here, you can explain it and be glad about it as it applies to you unless it wants to know you better. The Demon does a great job of scare-doom tactics and doesn't bother anyone until it is summoned usually for bad reasons. What I find interesting that you have a set of rules under which it comes and if not followed can backfire and if followed someone ends up having a real bad day. This movie covers that and more too. It moves at a steady pace and yes there is a pesky woman, séances, warnings and for 1957, this was to be part of a double feature. Watch this because it is a....
Cry Danger (1951)
Dick Powell makes it all make sense and has the ability to carry movie well. He speaks straight to the point, is fearless, can take a beating and there is a part of him when in character that no matter what he does you still like him. That is demonstrated well in this movie. Notice the Los Angeles backdrops capturing sights and sounds from over a half century ago. Good strong supporting cast and remember that the amounts of money talked about in this movie is enough to live comfortably on for the rest of your life in style so apply that thinking when you hear the amounts. did I mention it is a decent thriller/drama? In the fifties, they had a way of getting right to the point regardless of the subject matter. From renting a room, taking a cab or ordering a drink, its done without dragging it out. Also, notice the 4 women portrayed in this movie and how they act out wanting to give themselves over to you if they like you again another trait held over from the 40's and 1950's. Enjoy also seeing how much power the police had. They can detain you or lock you up and everything in between. You don't mistreat them or its curtains to be sure. I also enjoyed that little trailer park in downtown L.A. with the views probably condos today. Hey, sit back, relax and you wont cry danger you just might....
Wind River (2017)
Pleasant Winds Here
Excellent entertainment giving us history and environmental lessons as well as being a good story to tell. Jeremy Renner brings it home and the on scene locations seal the deal. Amazing movie to contemplate while watching as to how to live in this area successfully as a human as well as how animals try to survive too. We are introduced to people whose ancestors lived off the land for centuries successfully but don't do well in todays modern world. Neverless, the challenges presented can be overcome except when they involve criminal activities. Out there a person must rely on themselves and on the goodwill of others but at the same time you are at the mercy of both. Some do better than others we soon learn. Be patient as the movie sets itself up and then starts to unfold. You will know when and from there, we get suspense, thrills, drama and my favorite: What would you have done? There are plenty of those to consider. Have a snack ready with a tasty drink and expect.....
Easy on the senses with touches of tension, drama and surprises awaits those that catch this movie. It move fast and manages to entertain and keep ones attention from start to finish. The main star is a handsome talented man that seems perfect the role given/assigned so kudos there. The rest play their parts adequately and the result is a movie. Its not top notch in its field but an entry into international political intrigue and does give one a decent return for time and money. Good snack movie and if you catch it on cable that's good enough. It is always good to be reminded how lucky we Americans are to live in America regardless of our own troubles and hang-ups. Watching this shows how other countries don't handle dispute very well or have a long term planning but instead a day to day getting by type living. Be careful however for it is easy to get a dose of the....
The Young Philadelphians (1959)
First you get Paul Newman who just owns screen time and rightfully so. then, a decent supporting cast making the movie gel and a soap-opera type story is upon you with all the ingredients that keep you interested. The perception that attorneys are all-knowing, all-powerful and rule their worlds is let loose here and each attorney handles if differently. Rich old people who have no life but put on airs that they do abound in this movie. When watching this you get your time and monies worth even though it shamefully feeds your dream-life and imaginations. The scenes are not drawn-out except in a couple of place otherwise the movie moves along and covers quite a bit of ground. High society, hypocrisy, power, love affairs, drinking, socializing, law, courtroom drama, war, orphan issues, mom, dad, ups and downs all resulting in ....
Lost in Space (2018)
Too Much Time Lost Not Enough Space
I like sci-fi and it is known for taking us where we find mysteries, adventures and lots of unknowns and this is as it should be. In this case, we have a premise that has been done before and was well-received first time out for its time. However, this version is campy, drawn-out and overdone with soap-opera and time-wasting tools that make the viewer fidget as it slows down and meanders over nothing-ness. Instead of all these series, a pilot two hour movie crammed with action, intrigue and adventure if done right would have set up this reboot the way it should have been. Instead, the viewer has to help this along instead of being entertained a no-no in my movie watching book. The mystery of space, landing on a planet with life-forms, Aliens and their technology etc. is all 'lost", over-looked and dismissed as we spend more time on how the characters are feeling, being needy, cute and ineffective in this genuine mystery of a story if told well. It looks like they were wanting the viewer to love the characters first and then the story and it just doesn't work. For the few good moments that this attempt stayed loyal to the premise, it does hold the attention and have us wanting more accounting for people watching this all the way through hoping it to get better. On a positive ending note, it ends well with intrigue and wanting to know more. If that is the case and they decide to do another set, then get it together and bring this into sci-fi heaven instead of purgatory. If they don't, you will end up with.....
The Frankenstein Chronicles (2015)
Lets Be Frank?
If you like anything to do with Frankenstein then this will only compliment your choice. It takes us into a more believable world where this idea to create life began, developed and took off making us recall the subject of its start-up in the cinemas. Sean Bean is perfectly cast and does a remarkable job lending credibility to the premise and as the series unravels, he brings even more than that. Entertaining and involving with strong images, it is a must see for fans. I like to snack during movies and this one had me eating double-roasted sunflower seeds (home made) with great satisfaction. Find yours and.....
Passage to Marseille (1944)
Book This Passage
This fine cast makes the film come alive. Add dislike of the Nazis and love of country and you get an emotional movie making a point. What we forget is how many people died in that war and all the different stories that can be told none of them the same or alike but all unique. One wonders if the 50 million people who died of what difference their lives would have made if they lived. Dialog is good, acting on target and Directing holds up. I found it a little slow in the beginning but that is because I wanted to get to the convicts escaping part. The old man who sets up the escape has a story that tugs at your heart. Get snack, a tasty drink and.....
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Easy to Watch Fun to Enjoy
The Beatles! There was nothing like them when they appeared and they stayed that way for decades. The movie captures their start-up and you can easily see why it caught on so well. These boys were handsome and talented and Everyone agreed with them and their music. Speaking of which we get to experience some of the best start-up songs of any professionals career and they still hold well to this day. Memories for those that grew up with this and for those that didn't, enjoy a decent song with words that make sense about the oldest subject in the world i.e. love. Wait no longer as this movie is...
Red River (1948)
Westerns capture a time when the United States was undeveloped and not so disciplined allowing people to really live off the land and display their talents skills as well as their character. That's why you get such a good mix of people like good guys, bad guys, Indians, Gunslingers, lawmen, pioneers, cattle rustlers, settlers, bandits, saloon keepers and general store operators. Cattle was a much needed source of food to the new Cities and Towns just springing up as well as for the folks back east. Who doesn't like a fine piece of steak with the trimmings? Well cattle drives were no easy cakes of walk but very lucrative if you could pull it off. History is presented here in entertainment form. Add whiskey, fights, shootings, Western towns, dust, beans, coffee and down to earth living and you got the makings of a good flick. Further add some top notch actors and we have a classic on our hands. This be that movie and more. Lots of memorable scenes, emotions tugging and real life situations decided in the moment they appear, this movie keeps you entertained start to finish as it is also of epic quality too. If all this is not enough, you get tension, drama and a nice show-down with a good closure in the end. Everyone gave it their best including the Director. Mark this as a....