Fact: the 1980’s were a tremendous boon for the home entertainment industry. The explosion of VHS brought an incredible influx of properties to the marketplace, and, despite some of what you’ll read about many of these forgotten flicks of yesteryear, several of them were quite good. It’s been said that the emergence of the digital recorder will inevitable produce the … more
I looked up the writers of the classic Frank Capra flick It's a Wonderful Life. Capra's name was among them, and when I did some further-depth research about his own life, I was a little surprised to learn that he suffered occasional bouts of depression during an earlier downswing in his younger years. It seemed odd to me because It's a Wonderful Life doesn't come off as anything that could ever have … more
A man receives an anonymous letter informing him he is the father of a 19-year old son, so he sets off on a journey to visit his old girlfriends to see which one wrote the letter. Bill Murray stars in this movie which is, at times, funny, pathetic, and shocking but mostly just boring. His character is an unappealing, solitary man who shows no interest or emotion; Murray pretty … more
Before seeing PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME for the first time, I was already somewhat familiar with the general premise of the story because I had played a couple of video games the movie is based upon. The movie follows prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhall), the adopted son of King Sharaman (Ronald Pickup). In the aftermath of the invasion of an enemy city, Dastan takes a strange dagger filled with … more
The Terminator is one of the most iconic characters in popular culture, but his track record is rather bumpy. He had a strong start in a debut movie that is a classic of science fiction. He followed it up with his defining moment in a movie that became a classic across all genres. After that, there were two more movies and a TV show which make the argument for The Terminator existing on a split timeline. … more
CAT'S EYE I am and have always been a big fan of Stephen King, from the books to the screen and everything in between. So it is no secret that I am a fan of this film. In fact I believe it is one of the most underrated of all the King related films that have been made. This movie featured three different tales all interlocking … more
Fin (Peter Dinklage) is a middle-aged train buff and a dwarf who has been ridiculed his whole life and has no friends. He moves into an abandoned train station, ready to spend the rest of his life alone, but slowly forms friendships with a grieving woman (Patricia Clarkson), an outgoing hot dog man (Bobby Cannavale), and a young librarian (Michelle Williams). What a wonderful … more
Ooooh, Howard the Duck...an odd choice for Marvel to make for it's first comic to big screen adaption and after it hit the theater like a rotten egg in the mid 80's, I'm surprised that they made it to 99 with X Men. Even odder was George Lucas as one of the creators of the movie chose this for a movie. Howard the Duck was a weird 70's comic about a duck … more
This biopic of Frances Farmer traces her life from outspoken teen to Hollywood starlet, followed by long periods of mental illness and barbaric treatment in institutions. Jessica Lange is magnificent as Frances; her performance is riveting and heartbreaking. Sam Shepard co-stars as her lover and Kim Stanley is excellent as her mother. It is never clearly established whether Frances was really mentally … more
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August 29, 2013
This isn't a bad film and for some people might be a great film. For me it is just a cool Anime, a good if average flick. If you don't mind rape and violent scenes in your Anime then this is for you indeed. But if you like the kid friendlier stuff then stay away.
WICKED CITY Many things have been said about this film based on a book and directed by "Ninja Scroll" director Yoshiaki Kawajiri. Things like "disgusting", "classic", "dark", "horrible", "great" and so on, many different opinions. Well I am somewhere in between … more
There are a million movies which could be claimed to sum up everything about the 1980's, but none of them seem to do it so succinctly as one teen movie that was released at the tail end of the decade. I'm not even talking about a John Hughes movie here. I'm talking about Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. I have to use that example because virtually everything about it screams the 80's. It piggybacks … more
There was a retro craze at the time Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York was released. The movie is enough to make one think, wow! When Martin Scorsese goes retro, he REALLY doesn't half-ass it! Gangs of New York takes us all the way back to the 60's, alright - the 1860's! Korea and Vietnam at the time are places that only the richest and most educated Americans of the era have ever heard of - maybe, … more
FIrst sequel to The Girl WIth The Dragon Tattoo has Mikael investigating human traffiking and sex slavery while trying to help Lisbeth clear her name for the murder of individuals involved in his investigation. A great story and an opening up of Lisbeths past make up for it's dull spots and gimmicks.
I must have watched this film 100 times now, the more you watch it, the funnier it gets. Full of subtle human and not for the fainr of heart, its a film you definately have to sit down and pay attention to.
Even though I already posted a review for this extremely overrated shitfest of a movie, I feel like talking about it more. Equilibrium is one of the worst sci-fi/action movies ever made. It's an extremely uninspired amalgamation of The Matrix, 1984, and THX 1138. Plagued with horrendously ridiculous action scenes with ZERO tension … more
You might think the contrast between the early gangster movies of the 1930's might be a stark contrast to today's swear-and-blood festivals. You would be quite right about that, too. Yet, going back and watching some of those early gangster movies shows that there isn't all that much of a difference between the classics of Lon Chaney and James Cagney as you might think. There is, after all, a reason … more
This was a good chamber event over all since most matches were good. I always enjoy these events and the chamber matches in particular. You get some good special features with the DVD so that is always a plus.