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 Posted:   Jul 14, 2003 - 4:58 AM   
 By:   Michael Ware   (Member)

The Fly 1986-- 8.8

 Posted:   Jul 14, 2003 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   Dan Hobgood   (Member)

The Fly 1986-- 8.8

Oh what a great movie!


 Posted:   Jul 15, 2003 - 1:56 AM   
 By:   Michael Ware   (Member)

Aria 1987-- 7

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2003 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   Mark Langdon   (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

Nice to know someone else loves Midnight Run as much as me! Easily one of Robert De Niro's 5 best films!

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2003 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   Mark Langdon   (Member)

Hulk - 7.
I enjoyed it, especially Nick Nolte's ridiculously over the top performance. Elfman's score works brilliantly. Best moment: when Hulk falls off the plane and everything goes quite except Elfman's descending motif... shiver up the back time!

Zombie Lake - 1
Visited a friend who felt compelled to prove to me this film was bad by making me sit through it. He had me when he told me the title. It's a French zombie movie with little gore but lot's of what Paul Verhoeven would refer to as "boobies". Best bit: the DVD extra with "alternate clothed scenes", where the girls all wear incredibly large panties.

Bullseye - 1
The bad movie night continued with a film so utterly appalling that it almost becomes entertaining, if only because of the presence of Michael Caine and Roger Moore in dual roles. Caine's American accent is almost as bad as the one he won an Oscar for in The Cider House Rules. But after about 30 minutes the film becomes tiresome and you realise the cast and crew obviously had more fun making this than anyone who ever had to watch it. A Michael Winner film. Highlight: Roger Moore dressed as an old man and attempting to do Peter Seller's old man routine from whichever Pink Panther film it was. Oh dear.

Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan - 9
"I only use it for medicinal purposes" big grin

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2003 - 11:20 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

There Was a Crooked Man 6.0/10

Directed by Joseph L. Mankeiwicz

An "offbeat" western that I'd always wanted to see. Good cast, (Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Burgess Meredith, Hume Cronyn and the late, lamented Warren Oates, (I miss him! Benecio Del Toro could pass for the Warren Oates of today...) Kirk was quite good, Fonda his usual sterling self (which makes his descent into lousy Italian produced films all the more perplexing...) But the music by Charles Strouse was positively annoying, not even dated in a kitschy kind of way, it seemed more like the producer's attempt at being "Countercultural" what with Douglas' "Anti-Hero" character and all...

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2003 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   SPQR   (Member)

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 7.5/10

Really, I think this film has gotten a bum rap. Why, I don't know. It's anti-war, anti-profiteering bent? It certainly doesn't boast any flaw not repeated or maximized in other big budget summer releases I've seen.

It does however possess some impressive art direction, evocative visual effects, a rousing score, and a host of intruiging personalities who, regrettably, have been posited in explosive, but fairly humdrum sets of circumstances with very little room to arouse our sympathies. Still, there remains enough eye candy on the screen to be worthy of distraction.

I would certainly not consider it a boring film or one lacking in narrative curves, unlike a certain Pirate movie au courant. But it does, more or less, play out like a Readers Digest abridged version of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

That said, I'd be curious to know what ended up on the cutting room floor.

(Is it really just accountants who shape popular culture I wonder?)

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2003 - 2:03 AM   
 By:   Michael Ware   (Member)

phone booth-- 6.8
shanghai knights-- 6.5

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2003 - 6:49 PM   
 By:   Michael Ware   (Member)

The Ring (americanized remake)-- 2
(what's up with the drones n tinkle noises on the soundmix? when in doubt, drone!)

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2003 - 11:42 PM   
 By:   Monterey Jack   (Member)

-Shanghai Noon: 7

-Shanghai Knights: 7½

Two highly enjoyable Jackie Chan actioners, fuelled by his goofy charisma with co-star Owen "Penis Nose" Wilson. The second is even more fun than the first. Randy Edelman's scores for both have some nice melodic writing, but the leaden "action" music is completely unable to match Jackie's fleet feet.

-Pirates Of The Carribean: 6

Johnny Depp is a scream, and Keira Knightley is the Sexiest Tomboy Beanpole on the planet, but laaaaame "comic" relief and a plot that makes little sense (not to mention Media Ventures' hideous "wall of sound" score). Give me The Mask Of Zorro any day...

 Posted:   Jul 18, 2003 - 7:22 PM   
 By:   Michael Ware   (Member)

super troopers-- 6.6

(way better than crack rock down, i mean Black Hawk Down, only it's not as pretty)

 Posted:   Jul 18, 2003 - 8:31 PM   
 By:   gorgious   (Member)

Am currently watching "Road House" on telly. I've never seen it before and even though it's crap I find myself still watching because I can't believe Kelly Lynch's hair-do (more of a hair-don't). She looks as if she did all of her scenes in a wind tunnel.

Rating 5/10 for cheesy lines and entertainment value. And it's got that guy from "Hulk" in it as a battle-hardened ninja social worker.

Now they're playing "The White Room". This just gets better and

 Posted:   Jul 19, 2003 - 1:02 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

On Dangerous Ground(1952) Directed by Nicholas Ray. 7.5/10

Robert Ryan plays another of his tormented, tightly wound characters to perfection. The city scenes are the best. Great Bernard Herrmann score. Robert Ryan is a favorite of mine, he was a treasure. Today, mention his name and all you'll hear are crickets...

 Posted:   Jul 19, 2003 - 1:03 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

So good, I posted twice...

 Posted:   Jul 19, 2003 - 3:05 AM   
 By:   Michael Ware   (Member)



 Posted:   Jul 20, 2003 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   Hercule Platini   (Member)

The last but one film I saw was Jonathan Demme's THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE, and that does rate a zero. Not so much as a 0.01. There's not a single thing they've done right with this contemptible remake of CHARADE: contempt for the original and contempt for a paying audience. Half the film is shot on digital video for no good reason, the music track is wall-to-wall noise, none of the cast have an iota of charm or chemistry, and the final three-way hunt in the deserted opera house is reduced to a bunch of people (half of whom haven't shown up in any of the preceeding footage), pointing guns at each other in an alley somewhere. Insulting garbage, and the worst movie I've seen since AUSTIN POWERS 2.

The most recent film I saw was FEAR DOT COM, which probably rates 4.5. It's certainly gleefully nasty, but the film is never shot in anything brighter than deep gloom, the story doesn't make very much sense (actually, it doesn't make any sense at all), and the whole thing needed a degree of restraint rather than the chaotic approach they elected to use.

NP: PLANET OF THE APES (Jerry Goldsmith)

 Posted:   Jul 21, 2003 - 8:06 PM   
 By:   CAT   (Member)

Sabrina (1954) 7/10
Somewhat corny and very predictable love triangle story from Billy Wilder, starring the enchanting Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden. Enjoyable and wildly romantic!

 Posted:   Jul 23, 2003 - 9:31 AM   
 By:   Michael Ware   (Member)

bad boys 2 -- 2 (the exploding guy at the end was interesting enough to raise above 0)

ballistic: ecks vs sever-- 4.9

bangkok dangerous-- 6.99

 Posted:   Jul 23, 2003 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   The Blue Mule   (Member)

Pirates of the Caribbean:

Umm on a whole the film gets a solid 7.
however the rehashed score "UGH" gets a 3!

This movie could have been a 10 for me accept for the score,it was a mess. Gladiator,Pearl Harbor,Waterworld, hell even Kilar's Dracula was heard,probably temp tracked with it.

The Hulk:

Visual (Cut Cut Cut Split screen here Split screen there)tripe! MTV Please DIE! Along with all the people who direct videos! PLEASE give real directors, unknown Directors who want to tell a story please let them have a crack at something. It rates a 1 (ONE)

Take it or leave it!


 Posted:   Jul 23, 2003 - 3:49 PM   
 By:   JohnSWalsh   (Member)

About A Boy - 7

Surprisingly entertaining fluff my girlfriend forced me to watch. I think she was trying to tell me something...(she has a kid). Rachel Weisz, never one of my favorites, was really attractive in this, as was blonde Irish babe with the unlikely name of Victoria Smurfit.

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