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Dead Calm (1989)
"Dead Clam" A Thriller of Desperate Loneliness
After jokingly calling this move "Dead Clam" for years and years, my wife and I finally saw the darn thing. It's a good movie. The bad points are that it has two big '80s movie formulas: the psychotic, inscrutable bad guy with absolutely no back story telling us why he's doing the things hes doing and a "shock" ending where said bad guy comes "back from the dead" only to be finally dispatched in some ludicrously flashy way. (Flare to the head, anyone?)
But the good part was when Sam Neill was lost at sea with night falling quickly and Nicole Kidman piloting her ship in the middle of the Pacific to find him. The desperate loneliness was only heightened by the feeling that, with a movie like this, she just might not find him in time. The music during this part was absolutely wonderful. It made up for Billy Zane's nonsense character. Though he did do a really good job with his character, I must say.
Go, Diego! Go! (2005)
More enriching and entertaining than Dora
"Go, Diego, Go!" was obviously intended to be a show that was better-suited for boys than "Dora the Explorer." My 2-year old son tolerated Dora for about a three-week stint, then abandoned her. (Thank God. That show is insufferable.) But he is a devoted Diego fan, despite the fact that they've only had about eight different episodes to spread out over their first four weeks. He doesn't care.
Unlike Dora, who just stares into space for five minutes while you look for Strawberry Mountain like she's brain-damaged, Diego does smart, intricate things like identify animals by their individual cries and their paw prints. The other good thing is that, by focusing on South American animals, it teaches kids that there's more to nature than just cows, pigs, and chickens. It's a wonderful start to getting kids to realize that there's a bigger world out there.
My final thought? It's one of the few shows on Nick that I can actually sit through, so that's pretty good.
Dave Allen at Large (1971)
An old and really funny show.
I used to watch this show back when I was a kid, and to this day I still think of it from time-to-time. (Hence the fact that I'm here today.) He would mix sitting on stage and telling jokes to showing skits that were Python-like in their humor. While on stage, he'd always have a drink in his hand. One time he had the camera do a close-up and you could see that he had part of one finger missing. He'd say, "I used to hold my glass with that finger... strong drink!" I know darn well that if I were to see this today it wouldn't be nearly as funny as my childhood memory, but then again, maybe it would.
One of my favorite skits had him dressed as a bishop with a robe, miter and staff. (Religeon was one of his comedy foils, but he'd always emphasize he was just having fun.) He was in a litter being carried by two men. Across the field, they spotted a rival bishop, also in a litter. The two men glared at each other, lowered their staffs, and had their litter-bearers run at each other like they were in a joust. I liked it.
The Grudge (2004)
Scariest movie I've ever seen!
I have to comment on this one. I just watched the movie last night, and I couldn't go to sleep for two hours afterwords! And I'm a 36-year old man, to boot! The ghost of Kayako was so creepy, she even scared me when I watched the behind-the-scenes sections. This is one spooky movie, mostly because the people involved are completely in the mercy of the ghosts. In America, the heroes would be looking for a solution, but in this one, they don't have much of a chance. That makes for a big difference. In the behind-the-scenes sections, they talked about how in American horror movies, the people who get killed are shown having deserved it, somehow. In Japanese movies, the victims are truly innocent, and that just makes it all the much worse.
This is a disaster OF a movie.
A toy Space Needle collapses. A toy train is chased by a yawning chasm that perfectly follows the length of the train tracks for more than five miles. A plastic Golden Gate Bridge smashes into the bay, taking dozens of Hot Wheels cars with it. The special effects in this movie leave something to be desired.
The acting of the characters as they attempt to get away from these earthquakes is also silly. Kim Delaney and the Dukes of Hazzard guy are the only ones I even recognize.
I gave this three stars; one was because the lighting and sound were adequate.
Omega Doom (1996)
Even Rutger couldn't save this no-plot movie.
I caught this on the Action Channel today. The only reason I did is because Rutger Hauer is in it.
Basically, it's another stereotypical Western set in the future.
I have to say that for a low-budget movie that had no plot, script, special effects, or a real soundstage for a set, it was pretty bad. Omega Doom walks into a broken down Epcot Center in the future. The Armageddon has come and humans are in hiding, trying to re-build the world. Said world is now populated mostly by killer androids and their drone servants.
Two rival tribes of war androids are camped out and looking for a mythical cache of weapons that they can use to finally destroy the humans.
By tribes, I mean that each group has only three or four members. Omega Doom convinces him that he knows where the weapons are, and separates them so he can destroy them, one by one.
One tribe looks like the usual Mad Max rejects, the other consists of identical women that look like Jonette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde. One of them survives and becomes peaceful.
And the movie's over. Just like that.
All of the women in this film were very intriguing and looked great! They're the only thing that kept me watching the whole way through. Rutger was doing his usual good job of acting. He just wasn't doing too much talking.
Watch only if you have nothing better to do.