I did not to expect to enjoy this movie so much or laugh so hard, and… MoreI did not to expect to enjoy this movie so much or laugh so hard, and I still laugh with each repeated viewing. One reason my expectation were low is that the whole time travel concept is so played out. However, with a title as ridiculous as this one, you know you're going to have fun! The plot delivers hope for all who have regrets and for whom life has churned out disappointments, but mostly it's the interplay between the characters that delivers. Cusack irritates me mostly, but not in this film-he's the rock that holds the group together. Its Rob Corddy's character Lou, that holds this film together. He's the loser friend that we all have who just wants to relive his glory years, and you get to do it with him here-and better the second time around (Louggle!) I love Craig Robinson in this too; I'd like to see more of his work.
This is the best time travel movie since Back to the Future and one of the best buddy comedies in years. I like this one more than Wild Hogs or even The Hangover. Since this is my generation, nostalgia does contribute to the experience, but anyone will enjoy this visit to the glory days of MTV and "Red Dawn." Don't you wish you'd been at Kodiak Valley for Winterfest 86?
This film blew away my expectations. Part of the appeal is admittedly… MoreThis film blew away my expectations. Part of the appeal is admittedly its 70s "vibe." I mean, who today would use the term "mama" in this hip, sexy context? And no, neither woman appears to be a mother either. This is a mix-up of women behind bars, blaxsploitation, and the racial element from The Defiant Ones. Yet, it's even more than, and highly entertaining as well. This movie features two great female leads, both determined to overcome long odds as well as each other. It's also got four competing groups: corrupt politicians, leftist revolutionaries, thuggish bandits, and some sort of Pilipino mafia. Believe it or not. A plausible case could even be made that this is a political film, but that's just a 70s element thrown in for drama.
Of course, there's a women's prison lesbian element and an element of women being abused by criminals and the system too. It is an exploitation flick at heart. As others have claimed, this isn't Pam Grier's best work, but watch it for pure fun anyway.
How would you respond to ever-present crime, especially when it… MoreHow would you respond to ever-present crime, especially when it becomes personal? That's the central question in this film, a controversial crime film centered on vigilantism in the early 1970s. This is a stylish 1970s message picture, not unlike Dirty Harry just a few years prior. Charles Bronson's middle-aged businessman, liberal, and prior conscientious objector character must answer that question. Do you remain "civilized" (a term used throughout) or do you stand and fight? Bronson's Paul Kersey takes a cue from a business acquaintance in Tucson, and starts looking for justice. Not content to look for the criminals who destroyed his family, he actively seeks out muggers and kills them.
This film was controversial; is it really propaganda for vigilantism? I really don't see Bronson in that vein. He does seem satisfied although conflicted at first. Also, the home invasion/rape scene is not for the timid; it must have been shocking in 1974. I recommend this, although it is dated and I like Dirty Harry more. In the same vein, Tom Clancy's Without Remorse would make a great movie; I wonder why that hasn't been made?
Look for Christopher Guest, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, and Jeff Goldblum. Also, Vincent Gardenia shines as Det. Frank Ochoa, probably the most believable character in the film.
The end-result of this film isn't what I expected before I watched it.… MoreThe end-result of this film isn't what I expected before I watched it. I didn't even expect its conclusion halfway through it. This film is sweet and sentimental, but you don't see it coming. Bill Murray's Vincent is a chain-smoking, drinking, gambling grouch who's about the last person anyone would nominate for sainthood. However, he has a back-story. It reminds me of Billy bob Thornton's Bad Santa with a more believable plot and nuanced performances.
I've never seen Bill Murray in a role like this one; it's practically Oscar-worthy, and that's not what I anticipated from his usual understated wiseass type. His range in this film, from selfish jerk to unexpected mentor is astounding. I didn't expect to see Naomi Watts in a role like this one either; she's sort-of comic relief as Murray (Vincent's) hooker/prostitute/caregiver friend. Melissa McCarthy plays an unusually subdued part, really just support for Murray's character. Murray's child-neighbor, Oliver serves as the tool to highlight Murray's hidden qualities. Played by Jaeden Lieberher, Oliver shines as sensitive and sincere.
I recommend this movie; you'll laugh and be touched as well.
Yes, The Judge is melodramatic and somewhat formulaic, but the… MoreYes, The Judge is melodramatic and somewhat formulaic, but the performances rescue it. The cast is extraordinary, as is the cinematography and music. It's not only a good courtroom drama, but the issue of chemotherapy and its complications broaden the scope and add depth. Robert Duvall is outstanding; it's good to see his Oscar nomination for this role. It's a study of small-town relationships and politics, with even the threat of incest inserted. (Pun intended) Unlike some critics, I must be small-town and formulaic myself because I liked and identified with these characters.