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 Posted:   Jul 23, 2010 - 10:11 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

The Core - 8
Mindless fun, hokey dialogue, decent action, plot and special effects, and a cast made up primarily of excellent indie film veterans.


Also, tying in with my post in the STAR POWER thread: GREAT cigarette smoking by Stanley Tucci!


Oh yes! So true. Every single thing he does in the movie is underlined -- like when he smokes, or rolls his eyes. So exaggerated. Delroy Lindo looks amused playing off of him. Lovin' it.

 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2010 - 11:12 AM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

Alvin And The Chipmunks 2- 1/10 Horrible sequel to a decent family film.

 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2010 - 7:27 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Midnight Movie: UNDECIDED.

This movie disturbed me. I can't decide if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but it closely resembled this recurring nightmare I've had since I was a kid. I was watching the movie and I slowly started to say "whoa, now this is weird"...I've never seen the specific fears in my nightmare reflected in a horror movie until now. I haven't had that nightmare in a really long time and I'm afraid to go to sleep tonight and see if it was resurrected by this movie. Perhaps I will go and watch some wholesome Frasier episodes to shift my impending unconscious state.

Anyone else seen this movie?

TALK ME DOWN!

YIKES!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2010 - 5:06 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

ERASER: 2/10

That Schwarzie thing. I was prepared to be entertained. I've even enjoyed some Steven Seagal films. ERASER however, had me open-mouthed with awe. I could not believe how garbage it was. I mean, I can suspend disbelief like everyone else, but to see Schwarzie hanging out a plane, about to be sucked into the engine, making the engine explode by throwing a chair into it, losing his parachute but managing to fly (literally) down to catch it and put it on, but then the baddies turn the plane round and chase him, and he gets all tangled up in the plane, and he falls a billion feet down to the ground but then, ten feet from death his safety parachute opens and he lands on top of a car and.... no, don't let me go on. I don't even know why I'm giving this a 2. Maybe because it's so bad it makes you keep watching in a state of spellbound disbelief? Not as bad though as CHARLIE'S ANGELS. That gets a 3/10 because that one really does transport you onto another level of existence (you know, when you're like "Whaaaaaaaaat.....?" the whole time.)

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2010 - 7:06 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

Saturday Night Fever - 2/5

Wow. Finally saw this movie after years of waiting, and was left very disappointed. It looks like it's going to be a flashy and fun movie about dancing and funky music. Instead, it's a dark, dreary (sometimes even depressing) movie filled with unlikeable characters. The film oozes atmosphere, which I like, and the Bee-Gees soundtrack is great. (I say that as someone who normally doesn't care for disco.) And one could clearly see that Travolta was destined for stardom. But the rest of the movie is just not particularly good. Very disappointing.


I saw this for the first time last year. I didn't get why it was so great. The BeeGees songs gave it energy and made it tolerable, but the story was clunky and boring. Staying Alive was even worse. Thank God It's Friday is where it's at for disco films of that period.


Ah, you kids... I guess you just had to be there, which can be said for a lot of films. This film was amazing for its time from a number of perspectives. The Bee Gees were on fire, disco was king and this was a disco film in the sense that it addressed a lifestyle that was part of that scene, John Travolta was extremely popular and quite a charismatic figure at the time. He learned the steps and did the thing very well. It was dark, disturbing also in places, as it aspired to be more than "Beach Blanket Bingo" on the disco floor. It doesn't hold up well now, unfortunately, in a cultural landscape completely different from its day, but that does not diminish the impact and importance of the film in the context of its own time and place. It's not a film I would really recommend to anyone today, but I would have trouble recommending a lot of films I value (e. g., "Easy Rider") to young people with no clue about the times and issues from which they (the films) were born.

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2010 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Terror Train: 3/10

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2010 - 10:54 AM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

American Gangster : (8/10)

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2010 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

What's Eating Gilbert Grape? 8/10 - Teenage Leo DiCaprio gives an amazing, Oscar-nominated performance as Johnny Depp's mentally challenged younger brother. Depp is flawless and the film has great heart.

The Men Who Stare at Goats 5/10 - Too goofy for words, though cleverly written and good for a few laughs (hence the 5 points). One wonders as the film drags on, is this going anywhere? Answer: No.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2010 - 11:43 AM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Ah, you kids... I guess you just had to be there, which can be said for a lot of films. This film was amazing for its time from a number of perspectives. The Bee Gees were on fire, disco was king and this was a disco film in the sense that it addressed a lifestyle that was part of that scene, John Travolta was extremely popular and quite a charismatic figure at the time. He learned the steps and did the thing very well. It was dark, disturbing also in places, as it aspired to be more than "Beach Blanket Bingo" on the disco floor. It doesn't hold up well now, unfortunately, in a cultural landscape completely different from its day, but that does not diminish the impact and importance of the film in the context of its own time and place. It's not a film I would really recommend to anyone today, but I would have trouble recommending a lot of films I value (e. g., "Easy Rider") to young people with no clue about the times and issues from which they (the films) were born.

I certainly understand that. I have no problem viewing films from before my time or from a different cultural landscape. Sometimes I welcome that and find it interesting to view something from a time I missed out on. It's like a window into the past. I did like the music and Travolta's performance. I guess I was mostly just disappointed by the fact it wasn't a "Beach Blanket Bingo" type of thing, which is what it always looked like to me from the clips I'd seen. Like I said, just a fun, funky movie about music and dancing. The fact that it was actually rather dark and almost depressing just sort of took me by surprise, and I was sitting there like, "Well . . . that's not what I expected." LOL!

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2010 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

Ah, you kids... I guess you just had to be there, which can be said for a lot of films. This film was amazing for its time from a number of perspectives. The Bee Gees were on fire, disco was king and this was a disco film in the sense that it addressed a lifestyle that was part of that scene, John Travolta was extremely popular and quite a charismatic figure at the time. He learned the steps and did the thing very well. It was dark, disturbing also in places, as it aspired to be more than "Beach Blanket Bingo" on the disco floor. It doesn't hold up well now, unfortunately, in a cultural landscape completely different from its day, but that does not diminish the impact and importance of the film in the context of its own time and place. It's not a film I would really recommend to anyone today, but I would have trouble recommending a lot of films I value (e. g., "Easy Rider") to young people with no clue about the times and issues from which they (the films) were born.

I certainly understand that. I have no problem viewing films from before my time or from a different cultural landscape. Sometimes I welcome that and find it interesting to view something from a time I missed out on. It's like a window into the past. I did like the music and Travolta's performance. I guess I was mostly just disappointed by the fact it wasn't a "Beach Blanket Bingo" type of thing, which is what it always looked like to me from the clips I'd seen. Like I said, just a fun, funky movie about music and dancing. The fact that it was actually rather dark and almost depressing just sort of took me by surprise, and I was sitting there like, "Well . . . that's not what I expected." LOL!


Actually it was Cryogenix' comments that prompted my observations about SNF as a film best appreciated in the context of its times. I can certainly understand not enjoying the film, from any number of viewpoints. Cryogenix didn't see why anyone thought it was good, and I just wanted to kick in my two cents on that point, not to be critical or argumentative. That it was not a fun film, we can all agree!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2010 - 2:57 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Good points on Saturday Night Fever. I loved it, but it really was a very dark, depressing movie in a way. The dancing was amazing, but it was a movie that commented on people "going nowhere." Bee Gees lyrics really backed up parts of the story and themes.
"I'm going nowhere; somebody help me," were key lyrics. Two love songs had important lyrics. "More than a woman to me." "Keep me warm in your love."

I thought Travolta was great as were the guys who played his buddies and the one sad overweight girl. This was a coming of age story using disco as a center piece. I hated the
actress who played his dancing partner. I thought she was terrible at acting. I did love her lines when she was eating with him. While she was acting condescending and putting on airs, we saw that she was as big a loser as the others. Travolta mentions that Romeo and Juliet were by Shakespeare's, and she says, "No, Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet." Yikes.

Guess I'm a sucker for coming of age stories. Some of these stories center upon war, or rock and roll, or death, or drugs, and this one centered upon disco.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2010 - 3:15 PM   
 By:   mrscott   (Member)

Salt / Rated PG-13 for violence followed by more violence.
In 1968 Richard Donner directed a movie called “Salt and Pepper”. Sammy Davis, Jr was Salt and Peter Lawford was Pepper. The white guy had the dark spice name and the black guy the white spice name. This was the cleverest thing in the movie. They were London nightclub owners caught up in spy stuff. The movie could have easily been called Bad and Worse. They were trying to copy the success of the James Bond films, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on TV and the buddy film ala Hope and Crosby in the Road pix. What they ended up with was bad movie making and worse acting. In 2010 Angelina Jolie plays Salt. Evelyn is her first name. Nobody plays Pepper. This film is an attempt to mold elements from the Jason Bourne films and the MacGyver TV show from the late 80’s to early 90’s. There are also elements from both versions of the film “The Manchurian Candidate”. AJ is a C.I.A. agent and fights like Bruce Lee with a bad case of P.M.S. She also has the smarts and resourcefulness of the character MacGyver. She can figure things out and find ways to escape bad situations using brain power whenever she can’t just lay a whipin’ on a bad guy. The plot is complex and involves Moles, assassinations and double dealing in the world of spying. Chases and fights take place wily nily and AJ seems to always come out unscathed. The action sequences all look good and the editing makes the car crashes and chases exciting. The story takes lots of twists and turns and until things start to fall into place it’s hard to tell if she is working for the CIA or someone else. While the intrigue is fun, it’s AJ playing the spy on the run that makes the plot line keep moving to it’s sequel set up ending. This movie was made in NYC and environs. An apology to Vancouver is offered up during the end titles. This story was originally written for Tom Cruise but when he declined the film the script was rewritten to put a lady in the main role. Darn good idea as it turns out. The very bad movie Salt and Pepper spawned a sequel in 1970 directed by Jerry Lewis called “One More Time”. It was worse than the original which was a hard thing to accomplish. Salt sets itself up for a sequel maybe even a trilogy. I hope to be there for them all.
Rated 3.50 out of 4.0 reasons that the Salt filmmakers should certainly say One More Time. Maybe Two. If you are a MacGyver or RDA fan check out Mr. Anderson (now 60) spoofing his MacG role by visiting www.macgyveronline.com and follow the link to the six Zaxbys Fried Chicken commercials (three of them feature Cheers actor John Ratzenberger). Commercial number two in the elevator is the best of the lot. These commercials are better produced and directed than Salt and Pepper or One More Time. I’ll take the Nuggets and fries. With a little Salt.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2010 - 3:53 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Just watched The Last Of The Mohicans (again). It gets better every time I see it. A solid 10/10.

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2010 - 5:28 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Just watched The Last Of The Mohicans (again). It gets better every time I see it. A solid 10/10.

AGREED.

Michael Mann has made 3 10/10's for me...Last of the Mohicans, Heat, and Collateral. A spellbounding director when he wants to be.

Also...

Prom Night (1980): 6/10

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2010 - 6:59 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Bell Book & Candle (1958): 7.5/10

Lightweight and thoroughly charming romantic piffle, buoyed by a wonderful George Duning score and the chemistry between leads Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2010 - 8:13 PM   
 By:   mrscott   (Member)

Bell Book & Candle (1958): 7.5/10

Lightweight and thoroughly charming romantic piffle, buoyed by a wonderful George Duning score and the chemistry between leads Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak.


Always one of my favorites. Great supporting cast. Best performance by a cat for the 1958 film year. The Condoli Bros. rock. Watch it every year around Halloween.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2010 - 12:00 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I don't care for these rate the movies things, but I will say that I just saw four great movies in a row, all Swedish. They included the Millennium trilogy, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - each one terrific for completely different reasons.

And then Let The Right One In, a superb film in every way.

All four movies, BTW, have great scores.

 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2010 - 7:35 AM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

TCM just showed THE GUNS OF NAVARONE, which I watched for the first time in it's entirety. A surprisingly by-the-numbers search and destroy plot, and is 40 minutes longer than it needed to be. Tiomkin's score is sparse and almost negligible, and the film even has a song sung by James Darren. Worth seeing as a free Saturday night cable flick, but I think it's over-rated by most critics. I rate it 6/10.

 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2010 - 8:39 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

Visioneers (2008) 6/10 - Indy film starring Zach Galafianakis. Starts out as a droll dark comedy, but changes tone as it progresses to something more serious and depressing. Still not sure what to make of it, but Mia Maestro is quite lovely in it.

Sort of a Wes Anderson feel to it, but without the off beat whimsy of the characters.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2010 - 9:15 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Good points on Saturday Night Fever. I loved it, but it really was a very dark, depressing movie in a way. The dancing was amazing, but it was a movie that commented on people "going nowhere." Bee Gees lyrics really backed up parts of the story and themes.
"I'm going nowhere; somebody help me," were key lyrics. Two love songs had important lyrics. "More than a woman to me." "Keep me warm in your love."

I thought Travolta was great as were the guys who played his buddies and the one sad overweight girl. This was a coming of age story using disco as a center piece. I hated the
actress who played his dancing partner. I thought she was terrible at acting. I did love her lines when she was eating with him. While she was acting condescending and putting on airs, we saw that she was as big a loser as the others. Travolta mentions that Romeo and Juliet was by Shakespeare's, and she says, "No, Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet." Yikes.

Guess I'm a sucker for coming of age stories. Some of these stories center upon war, or rock and roll, or death, or drugs, and this one centered upon disco.

 
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