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4/10
Have a chunk of 80's cheese!
6 April 2020
Jane and the Lost City opens up with a man who claims to have found the Lost City! He is holding a precious diamond in his hand, but tragedy strikes, and the diamond is confiscated. Perhaps there's more where it came from! It's a race to find the Lost City before the Nazis do, in a hilarious romp of WWII setting. Don't take anything seriously here. It's a "So bad its good" movie, I hope that's what you're looking for. It's altogether an extremely silly, almost profanity free comedy that is dumb, but not unbearable dumb or bad. There are no big laughs here, its just a good chunk of 80's cheese with a side of fun entertainment. Its also a drinking game of how many times they say "the Lost City!" its so ridiculous its funny. 4.5 out of 10 stars.
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Fifty Pills (2006)
6/10
Ignore the salty reviewers
6 April 2020
Haters? Lighten up! Its a comedy, its designed to make you laugh or smile, and if that's what you're in for, then this movie will deliver the goods. FilmRIse has a lot of great titles that get shunned upon, for some mysterious reason. I liked it. The plot is pretty straight forward: in order to pay for his tuition, a friend leaves fifty pills of ecstacy for him to sell, and along with the way, he must survive hilarious rounds of mishaps and obstacles. He swears he's not dealing drugs anymore, but life sort of cons him into it, and along the way, the laughs just keep coming. At one point in the film, I laughed out when they thought the lead character was gay. They said they had no problem with it, they saw Philidelphia and they loved it...lol....and the music wasn't bad, either. There's plenty to cheer about here, so haters, cram it. It was a good comedy film, even if it wasn't great. Give the boys and gals credit for that. Fifty pills gets 6 stars from me.
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The Platform (2019)
6/10
Very interesting concept, failed execution
5 April 2020
While not bad, The Platform is another one of those movies where it begins intriguing, has a great concept, but it doesn't know how to end. Seems like they are making a ton of them these days. The Platform is about a vertical prison. That means it goes up and down in levels. There are two prison inmates per level cell, and an unknown amount of levels to the prison. Here's where it gets tricky. There is a rectangular square hole in the center of each cell. You can look up and down the hole all you want, but there's no way up, and its a long way down. A gravitational platform starts the feeding at the very top of the prison, where the inmates have a limited time ( two minutes!) to get all the food they want before the platform goes down to the next level. You'd better eat fast, because this is the only meal you're getting out of the entire day! As the platform of food goes down in levels, the food is obviously picked off and through, which means the lower you are in the level in the prison, there's a good chance you are going to be either mowing on chow you don't like, if there's anything left at all. Here's where it gets tricky. You don't stay on the level you are on. Once a month, the cell level you are on is gassed out, and you wake up in another level, where you will be spending another month. Where you end up is a mystery. It could be a good level or a bad level of the prison, as not all the levels are good. Technically, in this type of prison, none of the levels are good, but some are just worse then others. Are you thinking about going down with the platform of food to escape? Go ahead, give it a try! As I've already said, not all the levels are good, and you are going to be exposed to many, many cell mates as you go down. They're not all nice! The Platform had a great concept, interesting one if that, and the cinematography here I cannot praise enough. Well made, indeed, but the film I felt relied too much on violence rather then a story. It sure gives you the feeling on entrapment, and it sure gives you the dark vibes that some films try to capture, and end of failing miserable. These things did not go unnoticed. However, to stay on track with a story and have a satisfying ending is a must, which is the only reason why I gave this 6 stars. If it had stayed on track and had a better resolving of not only the situation, but some of the questions that left the viewer to their own devices to figure out, I would have rewarded this with 7 stars. We need more films like this in the United States to be released, somehow, I'm convinced that they just may have the audience that it deserves today.
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37-Teen (2019)
5/10
Could have been better...but could have been worse
5 April 2020
You just have to appreciate this for what it is, or don't come knocking on the door. What we have here, is Canadian comedy film that brings comic efforts to the table. It's just too bad most of those efforts are forced. Although they tried to put together a quality, R rated film together here, its safe to assume most of the humor here is either dry, lame, recycled, or just plain dull. I would say in the entire hour and half running time, I got maybe 3 solid chuckles out of it. ( Averaging one every half hour, you decide if its worth your time.) Adam Pi is a very successful business man in the big world. Our film opens up with a commercial Pi put together, and from here, all we establish is that he's a rich man with more money then what he knows what to do with. He has it all. That is, he has it all, except for good memories of high school. After a high school reunion ( Class Of 97), Adam comes up with an idea....he wants to relive high school all over again, same students, now older, same teachers, now older. Some of them cannot do it, because they are established with the jobs they already have, and cannot give up their rent or mortgages to go back to a stupid school so that Adam can conjure some good memories for himself. That's where he sweetens the deal. He tells them that he'll pay for their full salary for one year, so that they don't lose anything, to go back to high school. Most of them are in. So what we have, is kids born in the 80's, went to school in the 90's, revamping favorite scenes of old 80's films, most of which belonged to John Hughes. ( They even go to Hughes High. I am 100% certain that I've seen that somewhere before!) It's just people who have gotten older, most of them haven't changed their ways or attitudes since they were teens, that is, except for Adam...which explains how he earned his nest egg, he worked hard for it! This is altogether a fair shake at cinema quality, its certainly no worse then some of the other comedy titles that have been handed to us over the years, being here in the United States, so I refuse to be too hard on a film that is what it is. So don't knock it around for what its not. I'm giving 37-Teen 5 out of 10 stars.
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6/10
Very sad movie
4 April 2020
Bright Lights, Big City is the story about a failing young man named Jamie, who has lost just about everything that ever mattered to him. His mom is gone, passed away, and his wife has left him for uncertain reasoning, and all Jamie has in the world are two things: His job, and his bad influence of a friend named Tad. Jamie dreams to be a best selling author one day, he's hoping his job as an editor for a magazine will get his foot in the door, but the lights just seem to be going dim for him. He knows its a dead end job, the only reason why they even gave him a chance at the job was because they thought he could speak and understand French affluently. Clearly this isn't the case, and his life seems to be coming apart at the seams. He tries to squeeze in a few sentences of a novel he's working on, but Tad seems to keep him away from that. Thinking he's helping a friend out by tagging him along with his partying scenes at the bar, and supplying him with an infinite supply of drugs to his disposal, it seems Jamie is going further and further down the downward spiral, along with alcohol abuse. As we watch Jamie travel the boulevard of broken dreams, the viewer may wonder why the hell they're watching such a depressing movie. The problems just burden more and more for our likable actor, and after he's brutally fired, it just goes downhill from there. The anti climatic ending proves nothing to be resolved, and I was feeling a bit disappointed, trying to figure out what the point to the film was. Do we enjoy being entertained by watching people suffer, while some people get what they want out of life. For the most part, this was a good, but not great film, I thought it got derailed a few times, but tries to pick up where it left off as if nothing ever happened. ( You'll know the scenes I'm talking about, trust me.) It can be a likable movie, but the problems that it contains just cannot be ignored. What, for example, was the point of constantly ramming down our throats about information on an alien like coma baby? How did they tie in with anything here, did I miss something. Something tells me I didn't. Bright Lights, Big City is a little misleading with its title, as 80 percent of the film takes place either in a dance bar, or in an office. I actually got sick of watching all the substance abuse in the film. ( And yes, that's what earned its R rating here!) My recommendations? I can't say you're missing anything, however, it is worth a look to see Michael J Fox capture a role that is indeed a bit different from his routine. I can't say its a breath of fresh air, but...it's worth seeing his strong efforts put forth.
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VHS Nasty (2019)
2/10
annoying
3 April 2020
This is almost unwatchable. Annoying. Half the time, the commentary sounds like he's in another room. And to make it worse, half the time, they're talking about movies you never heard of, by people you never heard of. Tony Newton better get another job, film making clearly isn't his niche.
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Vivarium (2019)
5/10
Odd tale, strangely intriguing
3 April 2020
Very unique film, odd tale, strangely intriguing. Viewer is either going to stay tuned, looking for their answers to be resolved, or they're going to turn away somewhere around the halfway point and say that this movie sucks, and regret their rental. A young couple are looking for their dream home. They are taken by a mysterious agent to a place where all the houses look identical. Discovering that this isn't the home for them, they get in their car, ready to leave the land of identical homes behind them, only to discover that they are lost just trying to get out. Driving around in circles for hours, continually passing the home with address 9 on it until they run out of gas, they become defeated, and decide to spend the night in the home that they didn't want in the first place. It gets stranger. They desperately want out of this place, so they keep coming up with ideas to get out or get rescued, each one getting foiled in the process. Eventually they find a cardboard box with a baby inside, with a message that says RAISE THE CHILD AND BE RELEASED. Oh my! There must be another way out of this mess! From there, the viewer is going to become irritated, annoyed, and just completely agitated by this creative, stylish, and yet boring film. Vivarium is far from a bust. It does have some very clever scenes ( there's one creepy scene at night time when the camera pans down a street, and the street lights aren't even on. Gives an eerie feeling.) I loved the cinematography. So to say that this is a 1 or 3 star film just isn't fair, as I reserve these ratings for films where nothing or close to nothing works at all. Disregard those reviewers. And it's certainly not an 8 or above star film either. Simply put, you're going to be watching weird and weirder stuff happen, and you're going to be let down by an anti climatic ending to it all. This is just a film that tries to win you over with its unique idea. It may work for some, but most of you are just going to be very hard on the film. It tries to pass flying colors with its design, and by all measures, it succeeds. However, its failures and far too aplenty for the average viewer to overlook, and Vivarium is overall a bust, and as much as I wanted to like it, it appears that all films have something missing out of them. Vivarium has something majorly missing, and that's a problem. Again, I loved what they did and tried to do here, and I do give them credit for that, but the story line is just meh here, and it fails to answer any questions you may have. I'm giving Vivarium 5 out of 10 stars.
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Dutch (1991)
7/10
Fantastic comedy!
1 April 2020
Dutch is a great family comedy from legendary John Hughes, who wrote the screenplay here. If you don't like Dutch, I'd say something is wrong with you. Even if you're not doubling over, grabbing your stomach because you're laughing so hard, it cannot be denied that everything here pretty much works. Everyone is pretty much likable, even the snobbish, uptight son Doyle will eventually win you over. ( Watch closely as he cracks a smile every now and then, but quickly tries to hide it. Nice!) Ed O Neil is Dutch, who agrees to transport Doyle long trip over the country for the holidays when dad is out of the country. Along the way, a special bond will take place between the two, but it's going to take the entire trip to do it. Doyle is a hard nut to crack here. He's hard as nails, even at the young age he is, feels he's over mature, and thinks that Dutch is about the most pathetic thing that ever was introduced to America ( which isn't far from the truth.) Dutch will do his best to bond, but each attempt seems to get foiled in many humorous ways. He tries talking, he tries bonding over lunch, he tries making him happy with fireworks....but Doyle just seems to think he's an immature dork. But how does he REALLY feel about Dutch, and will these two finally become best buds in the end? Dutch had light humor, great emotional depth, and the final scene....you can't help but to crack a smile. I really enjoyed and liked this offering from Hughes, and I certainly hope you feel the same. Dutch gets awarded with 7 out of 10 stars for being an almost perfect family comedy!
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6/10
The Brady Bunch TV show....is a movie!
1 April 2020
I'll get right to it. The Brady Bunch Movie revives the TV series, melding it into one movie. The results? Well. They did a great job with the casting, and the cinematography captures the 70s feel to it all, combining it with the ( then recent) 90's feel to it all. The deliberate disconnection with the Bradys and the alternative rock decade works quite well here. So what can possibly go wrong with your movie? I'll get right to that, too. Sexual overtones here are off the map and through the roof! It's my number one complaint here. The sexual innuendos, the sexual overtones, the sexual atmosphere....the movie would have been fine without all that! Instead, its chock full of jaw dropping surprises. Suppose to be a film okay for kids to watch? I don't know, your kids are smarter then you give them credit for. On the plus side, this movie did what the TV show failed to do, and that's make me laugh out loud. The film is surprisingly funny, and witty, too. It has some great quotes. And how can you not like the Bradys? The movie gives a colorful, peaceful, joyful spirit to it all....especially when they were singing. Funniest part in the entire movie? When Dad tells the family he's taking them to Sears! I almost choked laughing. 6 and half stars for The Brady Bunch Movie! It's groovie!
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The Brood (1979)
6/10
good movie of its time
30 March 2020
Sort of a letdown from David Cronenberg though. The film is incredibly slow, virtually nothing happens in the first half of the film, except the discovery of a bruise on his little girls back while hes bathing her, and the grisly murder that takes place in the kitchen. From there, its just a "what is going on" feeling. A woman is being quarantined off in an institution, her husband is not allowed to see her, but she has split custody with their daughter Candice, who may be traumatized after partially witnessing a murder. Things don't really start picking up speed until the second half of the film, and from there, all I can say is its a roller coaster ride downward from there. Tension doesn't let up, and all hell breaks loose. I found this to be a good film of its time, coming from David though, I was a bit letdown in some areas, finding the creativity not up to par with his newer titles, but I'm all right with that considering this was his earlier work, and the budget wasn't exactly workable here. They did a good job altogether, although I felt a better opening scene would have been suitable for The Brood, instead, were taken straight into the center of things without any sort of introduction. Protecting family from the beast within is the focus of The Brood, a not so rich, but deeply disturbing film from Cronenberg. It has problems, but I can't overlook them all, so I'm giving this work 6 out of 10 stars.
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The Doors (1991)
7/10
come on baby...let my fire!
30 March 2020
I really thought this movie was dumb, and I don't know why Oliver Stone wanted his name attached to this atrocity of a film. What we have here, is over 2 hours of a biography of a rock star that didn't even live to see his 30th birthday. It's about Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors. He sang a lot of good songs, a lot of good music hits home here. Val Kilmer nails it as the lead singer. Aside from that, hey, I'm all done praising here! The film didn't need to be made, first of all. You want to watch a movie about a guy who gets nude girls dancing up on stage with him, and you want to watch a movie about a guy who exposes himself, and you want to watch a movie where he gets sprayed in the face by the police ( best scene in the movie, IMHO) then have at it. I say there's nothing to see here, although I thought Val Kilmer was better acting as Jim then he was playing Batman. My vote. 7 out of 10 stars. It boasts some great music and great talent from Kilmer, thats all there is to see here. I think the entire film is overrated. By the way, I was just joking about the best scene. The best scene is the bathtub scene. Goodbye!
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7/10
Way beyond humorous!
29 March 2020
This movie almost split me in two, I was cracking up so much. The film centers in on a man named Daryl ( Jack Nicholson) who thinks he can get any woman he wants. Truth be told, he can, but its only because he possess some rich, quality powers that are able to seduce any woman he pleases....even the married ones. Warlock? Your right in the ballpark, but he's something much more. He's nothing evil, well, at least nothing any more evil then any other man that has ever walked the earth, but...were talking about an egotistic, arrogant slime ball with secret mental powers that can overpower just about anyone. No woman can possibly resist him. How about three women? Meet the witches of Eastwick, three single women who were married, but found their men short of all treasures, so now they're single, and at first, even they can't resist the temptation this man brings. Once they figure out who he is and how he does it, its up to these women to turn the tables not only for revenge, but to put an end to what he does once and for all. Looks like a voodoo doll is going to be put into play somewhere. The Witches of Eastwick is absolutely hilarious fun for both sexes, as the film is chock full of male and female bashing quotes, but I have to admit, whatever came out of Daryls mouth ( Nicholson) I was almost on the floor howling with laughter, and the climax left me in tears, I couldn't even see the screen I was laughing so hard. A treat for all, except the kids, The Witches of Eastwick is 110% fun!
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5/10
odd film
29 March 2020
Strange movie that starts off a little slow, and eventually paces itself into 100% brutality. I really cannot understand how anyone can be entertained by watching an innocent person get tortured for no good reason. ( The reason is unjustifiable. He turns a girl down for a prom dance. That's the only reason why he gets tortured.) The Loved Ones has a very immature story line in my opinion, even the adults in the film don't behave like they have an IQ any higher then their shoe size. Not only that, but I just didn't understand the logic to it. A demented girl likes this boy so much, that she gets her family to nail him to a chair in their own home, and carve a heart with the knife in his chest? Some love. I can't wait to see what happens in the sequel, The Hated Ones. They might push him off the edge of the cliff in that one. Bottom line, don't believe the reviewers that claim this to be an intelligent horror film, or with great acting skills, or great anything for all that matter. It's a perfect little horror movie for your 13 year old daughter who is too ugly to get any boy to like her. The rest of you? Stay away from this atrocity of a film.
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Moonlight (I) (2016)
8/10
This film deserved Best Picture
29 March 2020
Moonlight is an extremely sensitive film. It does start off a little slow, but its only because its patiently building its characters and their emotional depth, which is captures flawlessly. That said, this film trades off plot for emotional depth, very important you understand what type of film you are watching before you pass judgment. With that said, this probably isn't a film for everyone, but those who can appreciate it for what it is, I absolutely know for sure this film WILL win its way into your heart. This is just a simple slice of life, seen through and at the eyes of a young child who gradually becomes a man. With that, we see his conflicts, inside and outside, and how the world accepts and doesn't accept him. It can be happy, sad, joyful, and painful to watch, maybe even disturbing for some, but I feel this is a very important film for its decade. It opens up our eyes to the fact that each person is built the way they were intended to be built, and how we accept that person that we are, instead of asking questions about ourselves. A special bond builds between two people within the film, and as we see their relationship evolve, we see that we are truly not alone in this world. The film carefully, VERY CAREFULLY, explores the homosexual that just may exist in everyone, some people just accept it, maybe even embrace it. This is a story about a young soul who questions if he is or not. Maybe a little confusion. Altogether, this is a solid feature, with many key points. It hits its highs and lows, but that is because it is about as surreal as you can possibly get with the material it works with. It doesn't try to sugar coat much of anything here, either. The film is REAL!!! I praise A24 films and their independent direction of films altogether. Their movies remind us and Hollywood in general that we don't have to settle for less then perfection
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Action Point (2018)
5/10
stale past the half hour mark
28 March 2020
It's an okay movie if you like seeing Johnny Knoxville injure himself every five minutes, and hear him say something vulgar every ten. If you combine Jackass with an amusement park, you have the formula down to a science with this movie. It really loses its flavor when they open up the kids version of the amusement park. From there, the laughs and humor become stagnant, and any heart and soul to the film seems to evaporate. It was okay, but I don't think it was worth making for all the real life injuries Knoxville endured during the filming. He's just getting too old for all this stunt stuff. Good movie it is not. Fun movie it is, will pass the time for a dull afternoon...especially if you're living a dull life. 5 out of 10. PS: That petting zoo idea for the kids was completely WRONG!!!
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7/10
Finally finished it! It only took me 30 years!
28 March 2020
Back to the Future Part III concludes the trilogy. This time, Marty has his hands full. He must not only go back to the year 1955 to warn Doc that he's been transported to the year 1885, but he must also prevent his death from a vicious cowboy nicknamed Mad Dog! There's more. Marty needs to get back to his home year 1985, but a little problem with the Doloreon is causing a bit of a problem. And they can't get parts for the car when they're in the year 1885, because the company that makes the spare parts won't be around for another 60 years. Problems, problems. To make matters worse, Emmet Brown has fallen in love with a lovely women named Clara? Why is that a problem. It's not for him, but for Marty....can he keep his eyes off the gal long enough to remember to help Marty get back to his own year? I have to admit, I didn't like Back to the Future Part III very much back when it came out. I couldn't accept the fact it was a western. Even if I could, I kept trying to catch this movie time after time again on cable, DirectTV, etc....and I could never catch it from beginning to end. Well. 30 year anniversary of the film, and being homebound, I decided to rent it. I was not in regret. It has some problems, but for the most part, I can accept this film a lot better now then I did back then. It doesn't rely too heavy on the western part, that story line is wrapped up in the first hour and half. From there, it's all about getting Marty home. I trust that Zemeckisis ended this trilogy the best way he knew how to, and although it's got its fair shake on mixed reviews, I thought it was a great (but not perfect) film that ends everything pretty satisfying.
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District 9 (2009)
3/10
ridiculous
27 March 2020
Everyone just ranted and raved over what a great movie this was! What I saw, from my perspective, is a film just under two hours, that could have easily have been wrapped up in 1 hour tops. An hour movie! That's all this needed to be. Who's going to go to the theater and watch an hour long movie back in 2009? So let's just add an hour of filler, thirty minutes of commentary in the beginning, and we'll stretch out the other half hour into long drawn out action sequences towards the end. I am just in utter shock that people don't want to say how they really feel. This is not a 10 star movie like some reviewers want you to think. It's not even a 9 or 8 star movie. If you really wanted my opinion, its barely even a movie from my way of looking at things. It sure doesn't behave like one. A movie has likable characters, at least a few here and there. The story is so paper thin, that if I told you what it was about, I would pretty much be telling you the whole damned movie. A spaceship gets stranded over South Africa, and the aliens that were in it are now on earth. Quarantined off in a section called District 9, they are free to live and have the same human rights as us. Even though they aren't human. Fast forward an approximate 20 years. Times have changed, and now the aliens are no longer welcome, and the military wants to take District 9 back. These aliens are actually pretty peaceful. That is, until you piss them off, and then they are quite ruthless. One of the guys can actually speak and understand the alien language, you know, because there's nothing you can't pull past an audience these days. If they're stupid enough to give this a 10 star review, then they'll be dumb enough to believe a man can speak the extraterrestrial tongue. In the meantime, his hand is developing like an aliens, because if he can speak the language, he may as well be just like them right? He's told it can take up to three years to develop a human hand back. Too bad a story cant be developed here. The action doesn't really start picking up until the last half hour, and by that time, its too late to reprise my respect or like for you POS film. District 9 is a bust, and I think people just don't want to admit it, so they praise it. That's all here. If you like science fiction movies, the best ones were made in the 50's. I can't recommend District 9.
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Shivers (1975)
5/10
Wasn't impressed.
25 March 2020
I wasn't exactly impressed by Shivers, however, it's worth a look to see not only Cronenbergs first feature film, but to see how far the man has come. Shivers is nothing more then a Night of The Living Dead. Of course, you have to take away the zombies, and replace them with a bunch of sex crazed freaks driven mad by a parasite that invades their bodies. The parasite, is a wormlike, red creature, that's seems to drip with larvae and venom. This can be a very disturbing film, however, I viewed it as quite comical at the time of watching. First and foremost, I wouldn't say this is a high quality film. In fact, if you're not viewing this as nostalgia, or if you're not going to watch it as the exploitation film that it is, then forget it. It's packed with problems. Looks like they had trouble with editing, too, and the cracks are quite clear as well as abundant. I would have given it 6 stars if it wasn't for the anti climatic ending with the pool scene. What the hay, it's watchable, even if its just for laughs. Sensitive viewers should proceed with caution, there are a few scenes here that could disturb as well as disrupt your sleeping patterns, if you know what I mean. Don't think just because its an old movie, that there's nothing to be fearful here. ( I myself, was a bit caught off guard at the acid steam that was oozing out the mans belly for no apparent reason. Creepy as hell!) Nothing here that earns a massive hit, but well worth a look to see how far David Cronenberg has come in his milestones and achievements. I give it 5 out of 10 stars.
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Downtown (1990)
5/10
"Nothing to see here!"
25 March 2020
I really wanted to like Downtown. Mainly because I really like Forrest. Here, he's about as lifeless as a ghost. Despite his tough guy role, he just didn't seem into it here. And there's a reason for that. The films direction falls flat, has a few upbeat moments, but then falls back in the flat line zone. Eventually, it stays there. Sure, there's a few chuckles here and there, and altogether it's really not a bad comedy or movie. But??? Well, I have a few problems with it. And I'll start the party. First and foremost, I have a problem with buddy cop movies where they just act like idiots instead of acting like professional cops. Law enforcement, for example, can feel free to be telling dirty jokes at one another in an R rated movie, perfectly acceptable. However, a cop intentionally breaking the law by public urination while a citizen watches is completely unorthodox. One cops car gets stripped, and then HE himself is stripped. It's so funny if you're juvenile, however, I myself am rapidly approaching my 45th birthday, so I just don't think it's funny. When the cops go after a presumed killer, IMHO, is when everything completely falls apart. From there, its the sense that you were watching two different films, and that they were spliced together wrong. The comedy seems to disappear, and all were left with is the shell of a film that probably didn't know what it wanted to be to begin with. I don't know. Maybe I'll give it a second chance one day. For now, let's just say Downtown tries to get away with using the "Lethal Weapon" formula without feeling or being too much like "Lethal Weapon." I'm giving Downtown 5 out of 10 stars.
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6/10
a rare comedy with heart and a conscience
24 March 2020
I found the film very sad, and yet very uplifting at times. There's no real direct plot or story here, we just meet three different women, with three different backgrounds, and three different problems with different solutions. And yet they are all the same...they are just looking for happiness in life. Even if they can't find it, they'll just cherish that happy moment, even if it's just with each other. All secrets are thrown out there, unashamed and nothing to hide. One is lesbian, one is sick with a disease, and the other is just trying to find the greener side of the pastures, escaping an abusive relationship and drug life. Their friendships unite as one, and the road takes them all on an unrestricted path to the joyful things in life. Boys on the Side should be appreciated by many.
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Braveheart (1995)
7/10
Solid film
24 March 2020
Braveheart was a solid film. It focuses in on one man who revolts a war against the king of Scotland for two reasons. One, is for revenge of a wrongdoing done to his family. Two, is for freedom from the royal crown. Everyone is afraid, and lacking a hero. Feast your eyes on Braveheart! If you can hear him galloping on his horse, its already too late....he's taking you and your friends out one by one, ending the lives in extreme brutality of everyone who betrayed him, and giving the country the freedom they long deserved. Unquestionably, this was Gibson at his very best, he roared with stylish action, however, my complaints on the film are numerous. I felt the film was over extended way beyond its running time. While the acting was astonishingly great, it felt there was either something missing, or too much of a good thing here, but either way, the film is far from perfect, and the cracks show from my perspective. This was one I could only watch one time, as the brutal and violent nature of the movie kept me from watching it again. The film has high tension and high levels of energy, could very well be the most energetic film from the mid 90's as we know it. Historically, I found it incorrect, but I think as long as you go into this and enjoy the film for what it is and don't nitpick and try to correct its mistakes, it should be a wonderfully engrossing film for your late evening viewing. I give Braveheart 7.5 out of 10 stars.
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9/10
Incredible film
24 March 2020
Eastern Promises tells the story of a young woman who dies right before the eyes of a pharmacist who is in desperate need of help. A diary nearby is taken from a woman ( Naomi Watts) who finds valuable information that could not only tell her what happened, but why it happened and who is responsible for it. Her journey begins. She meets up with a man who runs the nearby restaurant, wanting to read the journal, but cannot, because it is in Russian, and she doesn't speak Russian. ( Her father can, but he seems very reluctant to help) Already a can of worms has been opened. The diary poses a very direct threat to the Russian mob that is tied in with the very restaurant she asked help in. The diary is eventually traded off for a deal, and the man destroys it by burning it, thinking that he has removed all evidence that could blow the lid of a long kept secret. But who's secret, and what secret? How many in the family know about it? Her only help in the world seems to be in the hands of her driver, but even he seems to be keeping his distance from her. Within time, her help comes through, and things are about to get ugly. Real ugly. What we once thought was a family keeping a long kept secret, now we're finding out that this family is turning against one another after they learn about a rape that one of them had committed. The horrors are unleashed in a psychological and emotional level. This is a story about trust broken, betrayal, and the question of weather blood really is thicker then water. The mind blowing, shocking conclusion of it all will leave your jaw dropped to the floor for hours after watching. Masterfully and carefully written, and probably Viggos strongest performance in my opinion. Eastern Promises reminds us that you have to be careful of the choices you make in life. Every sin leaves a mark.
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6/10
Just don't overthink it, and it will be good
23 March 2020
Mortal Thoughts was an average film of its time. As long as you don't overthink anything, you should find the film enjoyable. For those of you who like to over analyze everything, nitpick, over think, over exaggerate, please, either stay away from this, or just keep your mouth shut and try to let the person sitting next to you enjoy the damn movie. Sure, its botchy. It's not terrific, it's not perfect, but it is a solid film that is pretty engrossing. I wouldn't necessarily call this a thriller, although I think the title would suggest it to be one. This is more of a mystery, and by mystery, I'm talking about the "what really happened", not the "whodunnit" mystery, so if that doesn't appeal to you, this isn't what you're looking for. Everything is pretty simple and straight forward as far as the premise, there's a murder, and the viewer thinks they know who, but why, and do you REALLY know who? Bruce Willis plays a perverted pig in this film ( he asks Demi Moore multiple times to reveal herself to him, in his own words. God I wanted to slap his character!) It does have a twist or two, although I will argue that the twist may have killed the movie a little bit. I understand why they did it, but this is where the movie would have been fine without it, and unfortunately, I can't reveal why without spoiling anything, so I have to end this here. It's going to excel for about 66% of you, guesstimating. The rest of you knuckleheads are going to want to rip it apart with your logic and common sense and....I wish people could just enjoy films like they did back in 1991! Oh, look, that's what year this was released. I give it 6 out of 10 stars. Fair film for its time. So give it a fair shake.
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8/10
A slice of life. A slice of pizza. A slice of love and hate. "Always Do The Right Thing!"
21 March 2020
I remember renting this movie from the video store back in the late 80's. It was worth every penny. I didn't want to take it back! We laughed, we cried, but more then anything, we got the positive message that the film tries to reach out to the viewers with. This is by a landslide my favorite Spike Lee film. What's amazing about the film, is that for its 2 hour duration, it doesn't rely heavily on any direct plot. It's just a chain of events that lead up to an explosive climax. Do the Right Thing focuses in on a single day. We're taken from morning, to afternoon, and then into sundown. We get to meet the various people who live in the neighborhood. From Sal, who runs the Italian pizzeria down the block, to Mookie ( Spike Lee) who works at the pizzeria. Do The Right Thing manages to capture the attitudes and influences of multi cultural heritage, as well as the conflicts that they endure together. This movie focuses in on a single day, a single blistering, hot, summer day. Everyone is hot, sweaty, some are cranky, and some have to work. Some are doing everything they can to stay cool. But by sundown, when the sun is long gone, its a far cry from a cool down. In fact, things are just beginning to get heated up. After having a little lunch at Sal's pizzeria, one of their customers question why there's no pictures of "brothers" on the walls. Meaning, he wants people of African American heritage on the wall, not just pictures of Italians. Sal tells him when he opens up his own pizza shop, he can put whoever he wants on the wall, but this is HIS restaurant, and he'll put whoever he wants on the wall. You would think Mookie would feed in his own fuel into all of this, but he pretty much tries to stay out of it, having looking up to Sal as a father figure after at least a year of working with him, but how is the rest of the community going to look at this? By the time night falls, tensions are high, attitudes are flared up, and it's not looking pretty. The ending is no less then shocking, and suddenly, the viewer is no longer smiling or laughing. They're left holding their breathe or jaw. It seems there's a little love an hate, sunny side and dark side in us all, no matter what race you are. As the Chinese store owner points out, "We're all the same." After you're done watching the film, stay in tune, there's a couple of quotes you need to read before the actual credits roll, because if the film doesn't send its message out for you, then the quotes certainly will. Also, by the time you're done watching this, you shouldn't be asking yourself if Mookie did the right thing, you should be asking yourself did EVERYONE do the right thing in the film. And how about you?? Are you doing the right thing. Spike Lee gives me nod on this film. I'm giving it 8 out of 10 stars. Great timeless classic that deserves a lot of appreciation.
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6/10
This is going to be difficult to review, but I will try
20 March 2020
White of the Eye. It would have been interesting to see how the public would have accepted this, if at all, as it did not get a wide attention that it deserves. At least, I think it deserves it. It is a well made film for its time, although it has shown some signs of aging. Cinematography may have not have been the best, but I'm all right with that for the moment. Reviewing this film can be tricky. It kept my attention. There were many spectacular, almost shocking scenes, but for the most part, this is a film that pursues a great idea, excels in a few areas, but....it remains incomplete in the end. I'll try to explain. This is more of a mystery thriller, slightly crossing the borders of psychological thriller, although I cannot go so far as to call it that. It toys with your mind in a sense, and for the most part, you may be intrigued, you may be enjoying it, but when its all done and over with, you may be letdown in more ways then one. With that said, the premise of the film can be quite confusing, as you're trying to follow, it seems to bop around at least two different times randomly, almost seems as if its desperate to find material to work with. The interrogation scene alone was a great scene, almost perfect, it excelled, although....the movie probably would have been fine without it. Now, what I do want to point out, is that this is one of the few films I've seen in my life, that has a very well made, extensive climax. From the 45 minute mark until the end, the film is a down ride from a roller coaster, taking us straight on the path of the climax, right down to the very end. Few films can master this. I have to give them credit for that. However, what's to say when the rest of the film doesn't work so well. This is the best way I can describe White of the Eye: You have three sets of puzzle boxes. You take a piece from each set, and put it together with another piece from another set. All the pieces fit in the end, but...the picture itself is a bit distorted, you're not sure what you are looking at. Some parts make sense, others do not. I get the feeling it was spliced together all wrong, even though some parts work. Weather this is a film for you or not remains to be seen, I would have loved to have seen this movie get the chance it deserved, and just to see the outcome of it all, weather it be positive or negative. It was an all right movie, passed the time pleasurably, and kind of a disappointment in the same hand. I truly hope this review has helped you.
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