Director Herk Harvey's only feature film. Star Candace Hilligoss's… MoreDirector Herk Harvey's only feature film. Star Candace Hilligoss's first horror feature in her short film career. Like Romero's original Night of the Living Dead from '68 the ultra-low budget of this original Carnival of Souls benefits the production. It felt like an extended Twilight Zone episode. It is quite slow to get moving in the beginning and it keeps the audience off balance since it is unclear where the narrative thread is going or exactly where it has been in the past. This confusion only adds to the eerie feeling and suspense. We see some real horror in a creepy guy with unsavory intentions for Mary (Hilligoss) at the cheap apartment building where she seeks a room. There are several well constructed shocks as Mary loses touch with reality. The abandoned carnival where ghouls like to party is a one-of-a-kind setting and great fun.
I enjoyed the costuming and production design especially for the early… MoreI enjoyed the costuming and production design especially for the early 1700s and 1800s scenes. An interesting look at the lives of vampires through the centuries. Anne Rice adapted her own novel, which was even more rare for an author to do in the mid-90s. The romantic, soft-glow, pasty-white, angsty mood throughout with sudden bouts of manic bloodshed did nothing for me. I couldn't latch onto any of the characters, not Slater's out-of-his-element journalist, not Dunst's not-so-innocent child bride, not Banderas's or Rea's European entertainer-amoralist blood-suckers, not Pitt's pouty-whiny-upstanding victim, nor Cruise's pretty-boy, self-serving, corrupting influence.
This heartfelt doc is available on Netflix. This is the story of a… MoreThis heartfelt doc is available on Netflix. This is the story of a real life Mr. Holland's Opus. With lots of archival footage and recordings and present day interviews this film illustrates the impact one music teacher had over 35 years. "Prof" turned a high school jazz band in the mid to late 70s into an award winning, touring, album making funk band. Great music throughout! Now, alumni from the band reunite to honor "Prof" at a Kashmere High School tribute concert. You probably lack a soul if you don't shed at least a few tears.
Heartfelt tale about leaving your mark in the world. One of my… MoreHeartfelt tale about leaving your mark in the world. One of my favorite 90s movies. Mr. Holland is the type of inspiring teacher that we all wish we had in school. He is not perfect, since his composing and teaching career takes precedence over his own family. Have tissues ready.
Murray's first starring feature as SNL was in its third year. Murray's… MoreMurray's first starring feature as SNL was in its third year. Murray's Tripper is still "not ready for prime time." This low-low-budget Canadian picture is rough all around.
I've been to Las Vegas twice. I go for the shows, not the debauchery.… MoreI've been to Las Vegas twice. I go for the shows, not the debauchery. Ed Helms's Stu pretends to be responsible, telling his fiance he doesn't want to hang out with the guys in Vegas drinking, gambling, and hitting on strippers. He is uptight, but goes overboard with all those things when he indulges in drugs and booze in the city of sin. I am the genuine, respectable Stu. I've never had a group of guy friends that I felt comfortable with going out and having a wild time. This doesn't speak to me. Bradley Cooper's Phil still has the maturity level of the high school students he teaches. Zach Galifianakis's socially inept Alan names these guys, who have very little in common, his wolf pack. Gross-out humor going for shock value from men who drink to the point of amnesia does not guarantee laughing out loud from this guy.
This is a little like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with themes… MoreThis is a little like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with themes of the passing of the ways of the old west. It is set in the early 1900s. Automobiles and motorcycles are taking over as preferred modes of transportation. Wayne reunites with O'Hara briefly, too briefly. She only appears in the opening scenes. John Wayne's real son Patrick plays one rebellious son. Robert Michum's real son Christopher plays the other motocycle riding son. John Wayne is especially macho and stuck in his generation's way of relating to the younger generation who want to try new things. Of course since Wayne is the star and a producer, his character wins the day by stubbornly sticking to what he knows, putting the young men in their place as spoiled kids with tantrums and toys, and beating the outlaws.
The tone of this action pic is completely, totally… MoreThe tone of this action pic is completely, totally Verbinski/Bruckheimer/Disney. It tries to say something serious about the industrialists and military villainizing the Native Americans to run them off their lands and profit by extending railroad tracks across the nation. But with Johnny Depp in the painted, looney Tonto role and the terrible scenes from the 1930s "future" Wild West museum with Depp looking like a raisin, the movie is hard to swallow. With ever bigger and bigger explosions and near death escapes, you can't really care about the characters. I had somewhere to be as this movie was nearing its conclusion. I missed, perhaps, the final 5-15 minutes, but I don't feel like I need to see more.
Fairly basic "making of" featurette. The cast and crew are all… MoreFairly basic "making of" featurette. The cast and crew are all self-congratulatory. Shows how some of the special effects are achieved. And talks about the changes the filmmakers made to Brian Selznick's book.