While I can't contain my excitement for the new Hobbit films and Peter… MoreWhile I can't contain my excitement for the new Hobbit films and Peter Jackson getting his Middle Earth back on the screen, I wasn't quite as impressed with this film as I was with the groundbreaking and amazing in every way LOTR trilogy. The film while shorter than the three LOTR films, still feels very long in places. Yes there are great action scenes and wonderful sets filled with all kinds of eye candy and the many scenes depicting Bilbo and the Dwarfs, especially the meeting at Bilbo's home, are amazing and add some truly touching and funny scenes to the film. There are some moments though that slog on a little longer than necessary and can stray and linger a tad too long. Having said this there is a lot to like here for Tolkien fans and most I'm sure have already seen it in theaters in the new 48 fps 3D version as I did.
Tommy Boy was Chris Farley's debut film after SNL fame, but with many… MoreTommy Boy was Chris Farley's debut film after SNL fame, but with many crude and meaningless gags that were more juvenile than funny. I feel that such gags when incorporated into something deeper or more grounded in it's comedy can work, but when the whole film just goes from one gross out and immature gag to another it just comes off meaningless and really insults it's viewers.
The film was very hyped upon release and ever since, but having seen… MoreThe film was very hyped upon release and ever since, but having seen the epic masterpiece Seven Samurai by the legendary Akira Kurosawa, it just falls so short in comparison. The film isn't bad by any means but simply retelling the story in a western film setting, didn't do much for me. There is still a lot to like here, such as the score and some solid performances and an overall theme of friendship and unity in the seven.
I thought the film was good, a little long, but interesting… MoreI thought the film was good, a little long, but interesting nonetheless. Steve McQueen was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance and there are some good performances here, but some appears a little too much like it's scripted. For a film made in 1966, the themes here are very modern for their time and very applicable today.
The Big Country isn't the best Western I've ever seen, that honor goes… MoreThe Big Country isn't the best Western I've ever seen, that honor goes to StageCoach (1939), but it certainly is a 'Big" one and has some terrific acting. The scope of the film is large as well and there are some great longshots and gorgeous countryside cinematography. The story is a simple one but it's the performances of Gregory Peck and his character's morals and attitude that really add depth to the film. It was certainly entertaining and while many say it's running time is long at 165 minutes, and it is a little bit, but I think there isn't really any wasted screentime that isn't filled with story, character development or some lovely landscape shots to fill in that time. Overall, I really enjoyed the film and it's a little more complex than a typical Western film, not just in scope but in it's character development.
A solid and entertaining Western, suitable for any and everyone, that… MoreA solid and entertaining Western, suitable for any and everyone, that finally garnered John Wayne his only Oscar win. A simple and straight-forward adaptation of the original novel with a solid cast and easy to follow narrative. The two hours is well paced and fast without straying too much along the way. I think I still prefer the remake (2010) slightly over this original version, but there is still a lot to like here.
Even with a ton of star power and a solid begining and ending, the… MoreEven with a ton of star power and a solid begining and ending, the film is a slow paced and boring mess between them. The film slogs on not doing much and really is a letdown from the good start of the film.
Fun for children and the overly sentimental parents, it's charming in… MoreFun for children and the overly sentimental parents, it's charming in places and the whole family will enjoy it. That being said, as a film it is cliched and really brings nothing new or innovative to an already simplistic story. Worth a worth with kids that haven't seen it before or young enough to want to watch it again but with a slow story and little substance, it's harder to watch repeated viewings as an adult.