Two results of watching this: 1) one discovers that the Third World… MoreTwo results of watching this: 1) one discovers that the Third World does indeed carry humanity despite one's prejudices and not simply uncivilized savages and, 2) the idea that "war is hell" is only amplified when children are seen fighting it. Remarkable work here, eye-opening.
Adrien Brody helms this bit of a ghost story as best he can, but it's… MoreAdrien Brody helms this bit of a ghost story as best he can, but it's not his fault that the story and it's execution are leaning far too heavily on other efforts in this same genre. He does "anguished face" for practically the whole picture, and it does get boring. If only the writer/director had chanced out a little on his own we might've seen a better work. As it is one can nearly time the scares down to the second.
You'll need to be able to decipher a Glasgow accent to catch a ride in… MoreYou'll need to be able to decipher a Glasgow accent to catch a ride in this Robert Carlisle directorial offing wherein an everyman barber suddenly finds his life littered with body parts and the coppers closing in on him as the suspected killer. I laughed throughout this dark comedy that's totally stolen by zaftig Emma Thompson as a bingo lady gone way bad.
Based on a true story. Involving many famous personalities. A story… MoreBased on a true story. Involving many famous personalities. A story about a persecuted artist ... and yet given ever so banal movie-of-the-week execution. In a story about a famous writer you'd imagine one of the strongest suits would be the writing, but you'd be wrong in this case. F'instance at the end Cranston as Trumbo delivers an emotional speech that says in effect that laying blame is not how he wants to go out, after which someone took the trouble to insert a photo montage that essentially does just that (not that it matters as hardly anyone from those days are still alive in any case). Make this one the 3rd DVD on movie crunch night, one to go to bed on.
William Friedkin keeps the action moving as a couple of over dedicated… MoreWilliam Friedkin keeps the action moving as a couple of over dedicated cops chase down a big drug shipments coming into New York. It's a game of cat-and-mouse as the cops watch the crooks watching the cops, each side looking for a break. The bad guys seem like country squires enjoying the fat of life, while the good guys are like barely caged wild animals, a wonder they don't bite anyone around them. Is the good side good, or what, the take away question. Rarely has New York felt as slimy, as rat infested. Watching all the old style autos, land based cruise ships, tool around is cool too. The difference between how cops treat black people versus how they interact with whites is spot on. Good show.
Seeming very nearly like the setup piece for a imminent TV series,… MoreSeeming very nearly like the setup piece for a imminent TV series, this film creatively introduces a hero who uses his supernatural gifts to fight crime, which pretty much sounds like a CW offering come to think of it. It relies on quite a lot of CGI for the action but, while seldom boring, it also fails to completely engage. We are given Characterization Light so as to speed us along to the next action sequence lest we get bored, left with the feeling that we'll get more in depth stuff once the series starts up. Oh well.
The first alien invasion could be of a virus. Could be. That's writer… MoreThe first alien invasion could be of a virus. Could be. That's writer Michael Crichton's conjectural basis for this interesting foray into sci-fi. Luckily we here in the good ol' U.S. of A. probably have a super secret underground facility somewhere out in the desert ready to tackle just such a eventuality. Not only is it super secret, it's underground. And in the desert. It's probably run by a super secret computer, too. One that talks. And they can do just about anything there. Betcha. It's this kid-in-the-backyard-gee-whiz kind of wonder that starts this baby up, but too much of a good thing cuts into plot development, don't it ... maybe they can remake it.
3 generations of one family come together in a time of crisis. Tomlin… More3 generations of one family come together in a time of crisis. Tomlin channels Irene Ryan's Granny from The Beverly Hillbillies TV show and is properly ornery. A film that consciously tackles "women's troubles", but perhaps too consciously. Not bad. Not terrible. Could've used more Marcia Gay Harden.
Really a fun actioner, recalling those glorious days of yesteryear… MoreReally a fun actioner, recalling those glorious days of yesteryear when Vikings strode the earth in all their contempt for puny civilization. Banderas' best film to my mind, concerns his efforts (as a representative of urbanity: that sordid weaning place for girly men and intellectuals) to convince of his colleagues of his worth while faced with a enemy that shakes even the manliest of men, the eaters of the dead.
Steve McQueen and Ali Macgraw light it up in this unusual tale wherein… MoreSteve McQueen and Ali Macgraw light it up in this unusual tale wherein the bad guys and gals are the best thing going, in true Peckinpah style. Vibrant with charisma, this feels as fresh as if they shot it yesterday. Simply loved this.