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 Posted:   Jul 1, 2003 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

Midnight Run 9.9 -- any of the dialogue between DeNiro and Grodin is understated hilarity...and, the music is some of my favorite, especially the main/title "Try to Believe" by Elfman.

They say that laughter is the best medicine. Whenever I need to laugh, I turn to this film.

NP: Midnight Run

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2003 - 11:51 AM   
 By:   Monterey Jack   (Member)

I agree with you Monterey. The tragic music when [SPOILER DELETED]. Wonderful music and a solid movie.


Uh Joan, could you possibly edit your post to include a spoiler warning? There may be some here who have not seen this movie yet. smile

I also love John Lithgow's performance in this movie ("She made me do it!"). De Palma actually gave him his first film role (I believe) in 1976's Obsession.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2003 - 6:40 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Oops, sorry, I took out parts of it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2003 - 7:48 PM   
 By:   Monterey Jack   (Member)

Thanks. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2003 - 10:41 PM   
 By:   Paavo Pynnonen   (Member)

STAR TREK: NEMESIS on DVD--I liked it better the second time around. But I still don't like it much. A 5, tops.

THE SONG OF BERNADETTE on DVD--A truly great movie; I wish Hollywood would go back to making movies that actually take religious experience seriously. (I'm an atheist, by the way, but that doesn't stop me from getting irritated by Hollywood's constant disrespect for those of us who choose to believe.) A big ol' 10 for this one.

THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN on DVD--Pure, unadulterated wackiness. A cheesy, badly-dubbed, just-plain-goofy rip-off of KING KONG, but about a million times more entertaining than Dino de Laurentiis' KING KONG rip-off. Give it an 8.5.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2003 - 11:34 PM   
 By:   Monterey Jack   (Member)

8 Mile - 7½

Hey this M&M kid's acting talent is pretty tasty! wink I even liked the rap songs. What's wrong with me?!? eek

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2003 - 3:00 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

28 Days Later 8.0 This movie held my interest. It is a braiding of Omega Man and
Alas Babylon hyped up in places with a MTV look. Interesting music. Twangy guitars at
times and a lone female voice singing prayers and Avie Marie (sp?). The first three
fourths of the movie were gutsy and glued me to the screen. I wanted that format to continue. For me
the last fourth suffered from clichés, a little absurdity, and pandering to audience
expectations. Darn.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2003 - 8:21 AM   
 By:   Michael Ware   (Member)

terminator 3-- 2

how do you spell r e d u n d a n t ?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2003 - 8:22 AM   
 By:   Michael Ware   (Member)

Boom. THX.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2003 - 9:43 AM   
 By:   Dan Hobgood   (Member)

28 Days Later 8.0 This movie held my interest. It is a braiding of Omega Man and
Alas Babylon hyped up in places with a MTV look. Interesting music. Twangy guitars at
times and a lone female voice singing prayers and Avie Marie (sp?). The first three
fourths of the movie were gutsy and glued me to the screen. I wanted that format to continue. For me
the last fourth suffered from clichés, a little absurdity, and pandering to audience
expectations. Darn.


Totally agree, Joan.

Dan

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2003 - 2:55 AM   
 By:   Michael Ware   (Member)

Shaolin Temple-- 5.8

Hero-- 9.1

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2003 - 9:13 AM   
 By:   Paavo Pynnonen   (Member)

TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES--Pretty much the same plot as last time around, and the CGI effects which were startling in that movie are now routine in this one. And the ending blew chunks. Give it a 4.

THERE'S SOMETHING MORE ABOUT MARY on DVD--I never saw this movie until yesterday. And I liked it a lot. Give it an 8.

MUSCLE BEACH PARTY/SKI PARTY on DVD. Two AIP "party" movies on one disc for ten bucks. Great price, and fun movies. Though getting past Frankie Avalon and Dwayne Hickman in drag in the second movie is really, really stretching credibility to the breaking point. Give 'em both a 6.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2003 - 10:26 AM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

Some Sean Connery 007 movie that my husband was watching------3 (and that's because it helped lull me to sleep). Apologies to those who like this stuff, but I still don't get it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2003 - 2:41 AM   
 By:   Michael Ware   (Member)

Charlies Angels full throttle-- 5

 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2003 - 2:30 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Nighthawks" 7.0/10

I've always enjoyed this film and I dug it out of my old VHS collection. Music by Keith Emerson of ELP fame--Best scene is when Billy Dee Williams gets that nasty cut from Rutger Hauer and Stallone screaming "I'm gonna kill you!!!" And of course the finale is a real hoot!

np: Greetings From L.A. (Tim Buckley)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2003 - 6:53 PM   
 By:   Paavo Pynnonen   (Member)

SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS--I liked it. Quite a bit. Give it a 7.

The score, however, is a grand-slam home run for Harry Gregson-Williams. Damn! In a million years, I never thought I'd be saying THAT in all seriousness.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2003 - 7:06 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Sexy Beast = 8.735 .....

....If only to see Sir Ben Gandhi saying the rudest word of all several times.

(And I don't mean "Beckham".)

 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2003 - 6:46 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)


At the movies, I just saw the new version of "NICHOLAS NICKLEBY" , and thoroughly enjoyed it.
The cast is marvellous, with Christopher Plummer, Nathan Lane and Jamie Bell as the standouts.
It was reassuring to hear the sobs in the audience giving proof that the old Charles Dickens magic still has the power to move people in this crass and cynical age.

Go see, and enjoy.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 9, 2003 - 1:46 AM   
 By:   Michael Ware   (Member)

Satorare (Transparent)-- 8.3

About a weird kid (Masanobu Ando) who is a medical prodigy who is also a "transparent," a gov. protected experiment who can broadcast all of his thoughts to anyone in a several kilometer radius; a whole town is funded by gov. to set up as if oblivious to him (he doesn't know he is a transparent) though his private assessments of everyone have the power to annoy or deflate everyone and hijinks ensue. Part wacky comedy and part romance w/older woman and part horrific tragedy with a wise denoument. It's based on a manga. Performances are fine, especially Ando who is one of the top actors in Japan (also in Battle Royale, Space Travellers, and Red Shadow)-- dude has the ability to let a whole range of emotions and reactions shine through his face in one take like it's nothing.
Directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro.

If you can imagine what a Japanese Joe Dante movie would be, it's very like that, incl. a catchy score. Dvd is region 2 (no subtitles) or region 3 (english subtitles).

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 9, 2003 - 7:25 AM   
 By:   JohnSWalsh   (Member)

Million Dollar Hotel - 2

John Carpenter's Vampires - 2

Insomnia (US version) - 8
(yes, I know all things American are vile compared to their originals; aside from a few of the character-muddying details, I liked this one better--considering my loathing for Robin Williams, that's saying something)

Vanilla Sky - 4
(mostly for the last ten minutes)

The Talented Mr. Ripley - 7
(would have been better if they didn't soften the character from the book)

Almost Famous - 8

28 Days Later - First half:8/Second half:3

Matrix Reloaded - 2

I think there is something wrong with movies these days, but I can't quite explain it. There's such a lack of pure storytelling talent that's been replaced by an ability with a catchy line. I think acting and the technical skills are all at their highest levels, but the writing--perhaps because of the control everyone else BUT the writer seems to have--is weak.



 
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