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Midwest City, OK
Favorite Movies:
The Guns of Navarone, Apocalypse Now, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Right Stuff, Wyatt Earp, King Kong, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Thin Red Line, The Thin Red Line, The Alamo, The Alamo, Troy, A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari), The Terminator, Any Given Sunday, How the West Was Won, Superman, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1941, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Kelly's Heroes, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Rio Bravo, True Lies, Clear and Present Danger, Excalibur, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 3D, Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, The Doors, The Fisher King, L.A. Confidential, Alien, Dr. No, Airport, Tarzan, the Ape Man, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, Kill Bill: Volume 1, Kill Bill: Volume 2, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 3D, A Beautiful Mind, 10, 100 Rifles, A Boy and His Dog, A Day at the Races, A Night at the Opera, A Shot in the Dark, Airplane!, Alien Resurrection, Alien3, Aliens, American Graffiti, Angel and the Badman, Bandolero, Barb Wire, Barbarella, Batman, Blade Runner, Blaze, The Sting, True Grit, Thunderball, The Usual Suspects, The Godfather, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Pink Panther, The Misfits, The Maltese Falcon, The Magnificent Seven, The Long Riders, The Grapes of Wrath, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, The Big Lebowski, Support Your Local Gunfighter, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Trek - First Contact, Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan, Some Like It Hot, Sin City, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Red River, Batman Begins, Home Town Story (Hometown Story), To Live and Die in L.A., The Godfather, Part II, The Godfather, Part III, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Fifth Element, Shane, Point Break, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Blazing Saddles, Casablanca, Dirty Harry, From Russia With Love, Heavy Metal, Highlander, M*A*S*H, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, National Lampoon's Animal House, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Office Space, Le Repos du Guerrier (Love on a Pillow), Bram Stoker's Dracula, It! The Terror From Beyond Space, Reefer Madness (Tell Your Children) (Doped Youth), Motor Psycho, Fat Spy, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, You Only Live Twice, Dracula, Klondike Annie, Star Trek V - The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home, Star Trek III - The Search for Spock, Fire On The Amazon (Lost Paradise), The Pink Panther Strikes Again, The Revenge of the Pink Panther, The Return of the Pink Panther, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Godzilla, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Davy Crockett and the River Pirates, It Came from Outer Space, This Gun for Hire, Tarzan the Ape Man, Tarzan Finds a Son! (Tarzan in Exile), Tarzan and His Mate, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, Up in Smoke, Bog, High School Confidential!, War of the Worlds, The War of the Worlds, Cheyenne Autumn, Catch-22, Fuzz, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Informer, The Fugitive, Support Your Local Sheriff, Sullivan's Travels, Semi-Tough, The Notorious Bettie Page, River of No Return, Metropolis, Jurassic Park, King Kong, Ghostbusters, From Dusk Till Dawn, Fathom, Dragonslayer, Coogan's Bluff, Bus Stop, Bull Durham, Superman: The Movie, Apocalypse Now Redux, Tarzan Escapes, Tarzan's New York Adventure, King Kong, For a Few Dollars More (Per Qualche Dollaro in Più), Showgirls, Goldfinger, The Interpreter, Conan the Barbarian, Superman II, Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, El Dorado, Rollerball, Jaws, Mary of Scotland, Battlestar Galactica, Operation Petticoat, The Longest Yard, True Romance, Fort Apache, the Bronx, The Searchers, Modesty Blaise, The Outlaw, Logan's Run, Casino Royale, Time Bandits, Full Metal Jacket, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Starman, Rio Lobo, Our Man Flint, Bullitt, Go Tell the Spartans, King David, Body Double, Road House, Shalako, WarGames (War Games), Planet of the Apes, More American Graffiti, Sergeant Rutledge, Diamonds Are Forever, The Seven Year Itch, La Ciociara (Two Women) (The Woman from Ciociara), Butterfield 8, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, The Thing, Never Say Never Again, In Like Flint, The Three Musketeers, The Four Musketeers, The Cannonball Run, Cannonball Run II, Ghostbusters 2, The Gumball Rally, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Frankenstein, Young Frankenstein, Jabberwocky, Gwendoline, The Last Boy Scout, The French Connection, Autostop rosso sangue (Hitch Hike), Tarzan's Secret Treasure, Ulzana's Raid, Star 80, Roustabout, Fantastic Voyage, Colossus - The Forbin Project, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Hot Rock, Reservoir Dogs, Kansas City Bomber, The Story of O, Swordfish, Forbidden Planet, Mother, Jugs & Speed, Stagecoach, The Lost Boys, Cat Ballou, Night of the Living Dead, What's Up, Doc?, The Big Doll House, Myra Breckinridge, Reform School Girls, Too Hot to Handle (Playgirl After Dark), The Big Bird Cage (Women's Penitentiary II), The Day the Earth Stood Still, Lady of Burlesque, One Million Years B.C., Coffy, The Swinging Cheerleaders (H.O.T.S. II), Foxy Brown, Get Christie Love!, Saturn 3, Galaxina, The Chosen One: The Legend of the Raven, Hannie Caulder, Crime of Passion, Viva Las Vegas, Love Happy, The Lost Patrol, Last Woman on Earth, Freedomland, Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire), The Great Texas Dynamite Chase, Gojira, King Kong vs. Godzilla, The Dark Knight, Batman Returns, The Last Picture Show, Tiger and the Pussycat, The Thing from Another World, The Big Trail, Gwendoline, The Perils Of Gwendoline In The Land Of The Yik Yak, Far and Away, Batman: The Movie, The Hunt for Red October, Run Silent, Run Deep, Drácula (Dracula, Spanish Version), Dracula's Daughter, Son of Dracula, House of Dracula, The Paper Chase, Into the Blue, The African Queen, Bedazzled, The Deep, The Cocoanuts, King of the Cowboys, Shoot Loud, Louder...I Don't Understand, Beyond The Law, It Takes a Thief, Kentucky Rifle, Pioneer Woman, The Philadelphia Story, The Young Land, Randy Rides Alone, The Proud and the Damned, Rainbow Valley, The Proud Rebel, An Almost Perfect Affair, The Mercenary (Il Mercenario) (A Professional Gun), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Lap Dancer, Il ritorno di Clint il solitario (A Noose Is Waiting for You Trinity), Inspector Clouseau, The Star Packer (He Wore a Star), Gone with the West (Little Moon and Jud McGraw) (Bronco Busters ), Animal Crackers, Lights of Old Santa Fe, Viva la muerte... tua! (Don't Turn the Other Cheek) (Long Live Your Death), Sagebrush Trail, Trinita E Sartana Figli Di... (Trinity and Sartana Are Coming), She Came To the Valley, Raiders of Old California, The Dark Knight Rises, Monkey Business, Women in Cages, Angel of H.E.A.T., Tony Rome, Lady in Cement, She Done Him Wrong, Cadillac Ranch, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Gator Bait, Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens, Vixen!, Mudhoney, C.C. & Company, C.C. and Company, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, Cleopatra, The Beast, Spartacus, Airplane 2 - The Sequel, Legends of the Fall, Runaway Bride, China Gate, Hell Is For Heroes, Miss Congeniality
Favorite Actors:
Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery, John Wayne, Raquel Welch, Farrah Fawcett, Marlon Brando, Leonard Nimoy, Jack Warden, Gregory Peck, David Niven, Richard Widmark, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Al Pacino, Henry Fonda, James Stewart, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Pam Grier, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Martin Sheen, Gary Lockwood, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Ned Beatty, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, William Shatner, Liam Neeson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bill Paxton, Tia Carrere, Patrick Stewart, Raymond Burr, Kathleen Quinlan, Robin Williams, Sigourney Weaver, Harry Dean Stanton, Ursula Andress, Jacqueline Bisset, Dennis Quaid, John Vernon, DeForest Kelley, Jennifer Connelly, Jessica Lange, Carrie Fisher, Tommy Lee Jones, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Steve McQueen, Pamela Anderson, Sam Shepard, Carroll Baker, Keanu Reeves, Keir Dullea, Tim Matheson, Martin Balsam, Margot Kidder, Nigel Terry, Natalie Portman, Val Kilmer, Barry Nelson, Maureen O'Sullivan, Billy Bob Thornton, Jason Patric, Ed Harris, Montgomery Clift, Mark Hamill, Peter Fonda, Yul Brynner, James Earl Jones, Laura Dern, Robert Mitchum, Lorne Greene, Dirk Benedict, Marilyn Monroe, Alan Arkin, Christopher Lambert, Anthony Quinn, Debbie Reynolds, Valerie Perrine, Kim Novak, Kim Darby, Kim Cattrall, Nichelle Nichols, Kirstie Alley, Sandahl Bergman, George Kennedy, Andie MacDowell, Stephen Oliver, Phyllis Diller, Bela Lugosi, Julie Adams, Fess Parker, Bo Derek, Tommy Chong, Rae Dawn Chong, Patrick Swayze, Meg Ryan, Burt Reynolds, Richard Burton, John Ritter, John Schneider, Lucy Liu, George Reeves, James Coburn, Tom Arnold, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, James Caan, Roy Scheider, Jane Seymour, Lori Petty, Jack Lemmon, Patricia Arquette, Natalie Wood, Monica Vitti, Jane Russell, Jack Palance, Ben Johnson, Daryl Hannah, Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, R. Lee Ermey, Matthew Modine, Karen Allen, Tura Satana, Alan Hale Jr., Shirley Patterson, Teri Garr, Meri Welles, Vampira (Maila Nurmi), Lolita Davidovich, Katharine Ross, Jenny Agutter, Gailard Sartain, Robert Wuhl, Joanna Pettet, Deborah Kerr, William Holden, Sean Young, Joanna Cassidy, Kathleen Turner, Dawn Wells, Christina Ricci, Tina Louise, Persis Khambatta, Shelley Duvall, Roxanne Hart, Beatie Edney, Darlanne Fluegel, John Turturro, Adam Baldwin, Veronica Cartwright, Brad Pitt, Johnny Weissmuller, Mercedes Ruehl, Laurene Landon, Robert Wagner, Claudia Cardinale, Capucine, Matthew Broderick, Maria Pitillo, Alice Krige, Melanie Griffith, Elke Sommer, Honor Blackman, Diane Kruger, Cybill Shepherd, Samuel L. Jackson, Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, Candy Clark, Cindy Williams, Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Daniela Bianchi, Eunice Gayson, Jill St. John, Lana Wood, Shirley Eaton, Jimmy Dean, Dee Wallace, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, Jill Clayburgh, Barbara Carrera, Kim Basinger, Albert Salmi, Caitlin Clarke, Ralph Richardson, Groucho Marx, Susan Oliver, Dolly Read, Sam Elliott, Cynthia Myers, Edy Williams, Erica Gavin, Phyllis Davis, Drew Barrymore, Mary Louise Weller, Martha Smith, Kurt Russell, James Arness, Margaret Sheridan, Jean Hale, Oliver Reed, Faye Dunaway, Sybil Danning, Kris Kristofferson, Winona Ryder, Gary Busey, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Cheech Marin, Fred Williamson, Barbara Eden, Gia Scala, Dean Martin, Brigitte Helm, Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels, Noel Neill, Suzy Amis, Kevin Spacey, Michael York, Deborah Fallender, Zabou Breitman, Tawny Kitaen, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Anne Archer, Zena Marshall, Bruce Willis, Bruce McGill, Chelsea Field, Anne Francis, Nicole Kidman, Barbara Babcock, Tom Cruise, Michelle Johnson, Momoko Kochi, Naomi Watts, Lee Meriwether, Adam West, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden, Corinne Clery, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Pernell Roberts, Linda Cristal, Irene Papas, Cate Blanchett, Burt Lancaster, Clark Gable, Mariel Hemingway, Cliff Robertson, Holly Hunter, Liv Tyler, Brigitte Bardot, Louis Gossett Jr, Lindsay Wagner, Katharine Hepburn, Dudley Moore, Jessica Alba, Ashley Scott, Kay Francis, Mary Eaton, Lesley-Anne Down, Catherine Schell, Julie Newmar, Colleen Camp, Dyan Cannon, Sue Ane Langdon, Susan Clark, Sophia Loren, Gail Russell, Cary Grant, Chuck Connors, Eli Wallach, Helen Hunt, Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Yvonne Craig, Dennis Hopper, Steve Buscemi, Olivia de Havilland, Anthony Franciosa, Quentin Tarantino, Jo Ann Pflug, Jodie Foster, Keith Carradine, Giovanna Ralli, Ian McKellen, Pamela Reed, Stella Stevens, Peter Sellers, Marina Malfatti, Patricia Blair, Verna Hillie, Stacy Keach, Randy Quaid, Stefanie Powers, Lillian Roth, Dale Evans, Halle Berry, Lynn Redgrave, Leslie Nielsen, Anita Pallenberg, Jane Fonda, Daniela Giordano, Scott Glenn, Arleen Whelan, Dean Stockwell, Ronee Blakely, Bill Cosby, Larry Hagman, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, John Goodman, Jim Davis, Claire Trevor, Louise Platt, Jami Gertz, Lee Marvin, Laurette Spang, Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman, Judith O'Dea, Shirley MacLaine, Marilu Henner, Susan Anton, Sammy Davis Jr., Catherine Bach, Ricardo Montalban, Thelma Todd, Ruth Hall, Roberta Collins, Judy Brown, Jennifer Gan, Judith M. Brown, Tisha Sterling, Marilyn Chambers, Mary Woronov, Morgan Fairchild, Don Johnson, Susanne Benton, Christopher Lloyd, Renee Humphrey, Caroleen Feeney, Frank Sinatra, Lainie Kazan, Sue Lyon, Hope Lange, Barbra Streisand, Jacqueline Dalya, Janit Baldwin, Carmen Electra, Jessica Simpson, Lynda Carter, Brooke Mills, Mae West, Linda Carol, Roger C. Carmel, Wendy O. Williams, Jayne Mansfield, James Garner, Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan, Jack Elam, Bruce Dern, Suzanne Pleshette, Anitra Ford, Karen McKevic, Tom Skerritt, Madeline Kahn, Slim Pickens, Charles Martin Smith, Pat Anderson, Ann Marie, Victor McLaglen, Margot Grahame, Patricia Neal, Lorna Maitland, Rena Horten, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Carol Cleveland, Willie Nelson, Kitty Carlisle, Antoinette Cristiani, Connie Booth, Ann-Margret, Sid Haig, Ann Margret, Joe Namath, William Smith, Marion Martin, Barbara Stanwyck, Gloria Dickson, Victoria Faust, Martine Beswick, Jo Johnston, Cheryl Smith, Rosanne Katon, Brooke Shields, Evangeline Lilly, Elizabeth Taylor, Teresa Graves, Louise Sorel, Kirk Douglas, Karen Sillas, William L. Petersen, Jean Simmons, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Claudia Jennings, Jocelyn Jones, Elizabeth Berkley, Francesca 'Kitten' Natividad, Angie Dickinson, Veronica Lake, Cameron Diaz, Harrison Ford, John Candy, Julia Ormond, Karina Lombard, Linda Hamilton, Milla Jovovich, Julia Roberts, Rita Wilson, Lori Williams, Haji, Lee Van Cleef, Sue Bernard, Jennifer Aniston, Gretchen Mol, Sandra Bullock, Bettie Page, Kaley Cuoco

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  • Miss Congeniality

    Miss Congeniality (2000)

    July 19, 2014

    This is a retelling of the Pygmalion story by Robert Shaw. Sandra Bullock plays a tough FBI agent instead of the cockney flower girl. Michael Cain plays a Beauty Queen consultant instead of Professor Higgins. It's also a spoof of the Miss America Pageant. In order to find a bomber who has threatened the Miss United State Pageant Sandra Bullock must go undercover as Miss New Jersey. William Shatner plays the Pageant host based on Bert Parks the long time host of the Miss America Pageant. It's a funny movie and Sandra Bullock is hot after the transition to Beauty Queen. I originally rented this movie on VHS. Recently bought the DVD because I wanted a Sandra Bullock movie and it was only five dollars.

  • Tarzan's New York Adventure

    Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942)

    July 13, 2014

    This was the last of the MGM Tarzan movies. It's more of a comedy than an adventure film. All the previous Tarzan movies never had Tarzan leaving the fictional escarpment that he lived on in Africa. All the other Tarzan clichés are in this movie but they go to New York where Tarzan gets to jump from roof top to roof top until he gets to the Brooklyn Bridge where he dives into the river. That should have killed him but this is Tarzan and he survives without a scratch. I saw this movie many times on TV when I was a kid. One of the Oklahoma City TV stations used to show old Tarzan movies on Saturday afternoon right after all the Saturday morning cartoons. This one got repeated many times. When this movie was made New York was still a classy place and was the United States' front door to the world. There are a few stereotype black characters in the movie. They're there to get a comic reaction from Tarzan who thinks they are the natives from his African jungle. Most of the comedy is provided by Cheetah. I doubt that even in 1942 you could just walk around New York with an unrestrained chimpanzee much less board an airplane and walk into the country with an unregistered chimp. I'll bet this movie is so politically incorrect today that they wouldn't show as a kid's TV show.

  • The Notorious Bettie Page

    The Notorious Bettie Page (2006)

    July 11, 2014

    This is Bio Pic on the life of pinup queen Bettie Page. It's set during her hey days in the early 1950's with a little of her childhood in Tennessee. I remember when I was a kid in the late 1960's the drug store in Coyle, Oklahoma still had magazines in the magazine rack with pictures of Bettie Page. I didn't know who she was till years later when Playboy published some articles about her. In this movie they did a really good job of making up the actress to look like Bettie Page. They also did a good job of recreating the black and white silent S&M movie made with the real Bettie Page. Most of the movie is in Black and White until she goes to Florida where the movie switches to Color. The story fictionalizes some of her life events. Bettie was raised in the Baptist Church and after she quit modeling she went to work for Billy Graham. In the movie they tried to show her religious experiences but I don't think they got the Baptist religious services quite right. They also tried to portray her as a naive young woman. Near the end of her life Playboy published an interview with the real Bettie Page. There was nothing naive about her. She was tough old lady. She knew what she was doing in the 1950's. Her way of expressing herself reminded me of my Aunt Alice who was about the age of the real Bettie Page and also was raise in the country during the depression. The strength of the movie is visual. The story is weak and is more myth than reality. They ended the movie when she "disappeared" after the Congress began to investigate the early porn magazines and comic books.

  • Hell Is For Heroes

    Hell Is For Heroes (1962)

    July 10, 2014

    This is a good World War II movie. It's set in 1944 France on the Siegfried Line. They did a good job of recreating the tank traps and pill boxes the Germans had built. In the story an infantry company is sent up to the line to break through after being told they were going home after a short period of Rest and Recreation. Their top Sergeant is played by Fess Parker. This was before the Daniel Boone TV show but after the Davy Crocket Disney shows. He plays a tough sergeant but with a little of Davy Crocket's charm. The star of the movie is Steve McQueen. This was right about the time he was becoming a big star. He plays a combat veteran who is suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome and had been demoted from Sergeant Major to private. It's implied that Fess Parker's character is an old friend who has pulled strings to get him assigned to his unit instead of being sent to prison. When this movie was made Viet Nam was not yet in the news and World War II vets were about the same age as the veterans of the First Iraq War are now. Many of the actors in this movie are too old to be playing World War II soldiers. The one exception is Bob Newhart who plays a comic role as a rear area office worker who gets lost and winds up on the front lines. This was his first movie and he's very young when this movie was made. In the movie when a small squad of soldiers wakes up in the morning they find that the rest of their company has moved to a different section of the front and they have been left behind. Fess Parker shows up and tells them that they were left to defend the gap in the line and reinforcements would arrive the next day. They can't let the Germans know that they are outnumbered. The rest of the movie is the story of the strategies they used to fool the Germans for the next 24 hours. The movie is a good tribute to the World War II Vets without the rah-rah for our side dialog from war movies from the 1940's and early 1950's. I first saw this movie on TV when I was a teenager. At the time I was a big Daniel Boone and Fess Parker fan.

  • Office Space

    Office Space (1999)

    June 30, 2014

    Anyone who has worked in an office filled with cubicles or is a computer programmer or software engineer needs to see this movie. The comedy hits way to close to home. There are also some jabs at the fancy strip mall restaurants that cater to the lunch crowd from the local office workers. The plot line is based on a real incident that took place in the 1960's with IBM's original banking software. Some computer programmer wrote some software that stripped fractions of a cent off each interest calculation and put it in his account. He got away with it for years until he had to retire. When he fixed the software the bank's profits shot up and when they did an investigation as to why, he turned himself in. I also heard that some little old lady called the bank to complain that her savings account was off by one penny. That was done back when computers were as big as several refrigerators and where housed in the basements of large buildings with expensive cooling systems. Back then computer programmers worked by themselves with little supervision. The running joke in this movie is that computer programmers today are micromanaged. The management philosophy today is that computer programmers should follow a standard process and not be allowed to program in an ad hoc fashion with no pear reviews. The equipment in this movie is outdated now. They still used CRT monitors and most of the screen displays were from an old Apple Macintosh. And I mean the original Macintosh. In one scene the main character is trying to shutdown his computer and leave before his boss asks him to work on Saturday. When his computer finally shuts down all the Mac windows a Microsoft DOS prompt appears on the screen with a green C:>. I'll bet Apple paid them to use Macintosh computers.

  • Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

    Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)

    June 19, 2014

    This is one of Russ Myer's low budget black and white movies. Unlike many of his movies there is no nudity in this movie. If it were made today it would be rated PG. It's not rated because it was made before the modern rating system started. It's about three Go-Go dancers going on a road trip into the desert in their sports cars. The acting is horrible. The main character just seems to be mad at everyone for no reason. The women in the movie all have big breasts and low cut tops. When they get to the dry lake bed they meet a guy and his girl friend. They challenge each other to a race. When it's over the leader of the three girls gets into a fight with the dude. The whole movie is just some excuse for two of the characters fighting each other in the mud and sand. When they're done somehow they get cleaned up and move on to the next scene. After she kills the first guy buy breaking his back they kidnap his girl friend and go to an isolated farm where there is a crippled old man with two sons. They're told by a gas station attendant that the old man has some money hidden somewhere on the farm. They try to find out where the money is. In the end the girl's leader get into a fight to the death with the old man's son and is killed. Although the acting is bad there is one good line. "Are you girls a bunch of nudist or are you just short of clothes?" I got this movie on Laserdisc. The Russ Myer estate has released it on DVD but I the Laserdisc was cheaper.

  • China Gate

    China Gate (1957)

    June 17, 2014

    This movie was the first movie about the war in Vietnam. The story is set in the last few months before the French were defeated in North Vietnam. Angie Dickinson plays a half Chinese half European woman. She has a son with Gene Berry who looks Chinese. Gene Berry plays an American in the French Foreign Legion. He is a Korean War veteran who has come to Vietnam to continue killing Communists. He hates Asians and can't deal with the fact that his five year old son looks Asian. The movie doesn't explain why he was in Vietnam five years earlier and married Angie Dickinson. He was supposed to have been in the U.S. Army then. They lead a team of Legionnaires into Communist territory to blow up a stash of Russian bombs. Lee Van Cleef plays a North Vietnamese Major who looks more Russian than Vietnamese and his goal is to be transferred to Moscow. In the group of Legionnaires is a Hungarian who dreams that Nat King Cole is a Russian soldier. He's a refugee from the Hungarian revolt against the Communist. The whole theme of the movie is that Vietnam was being invaded by Russian and Chinese Communists. The French were portrayed as good guys who were just trying to spread Christianity to the Vietnamese. They never mentioned that France invaded Indochina in the 19th Century to expand the French Colonial Empire about the same time they invaded Mexico and were supplying arms to the Confederates. France was our enemy then. France lost Indochina to the Japanese during World War II without firing a shot. It was the Americans that helped Ho Chi Min fight the Japanese and promised to help the Vietnamese gain their independence. The only reason the U.S. helped France try to take back Vietnam was because we needed to keep the Communists from taking over France and it turned out that Ho Chi Min was one of Stalin's followers. To the American people who lived through both the Korean War and the War in Vietnam it was all one war. That was the theme of this movie. The Vietnam War was just a continuation of the Korean War.

  • Runaway Bride

    Runaway Bride (1999)

    June 12, 2014

    This movie is a 116 minute situation comedy. Julia Roberts plays a small town woman who keeps running out on getting married at the last minute. Richard Gere plays a newspaper writer from New York who writes an article in USA today about her. He gets fired because she writes a letter to the Editor and complains that his facts were wrong. My question is who reads USA today. Only people in airports of hotels away from home read USA Today. The only way the people in that small town would see the article would be if their local paper picked it up and reprinted it. In the movie they had the USA Today being delivered to everyone's doorstep. Anyway Richard Gere's character goes to the small town to find the real facts and to write a longer magazine article. During the course of the movie they fall in love. The movie is slightly funny. I didn't find the romance between Julia Roberts' character and Richard Gere's character believable but Julia Roberts is cute.

  • Legends of the Fall

    Legends of the Fall (1994)

    June 09, 2014

    This movie is a classic romantic melodrama. It's the story of three brothers who all fall in love with the same woman around the time of World War I. It's based on a book by the same name. I saw this with a girl friend back when it first came out. I can't remember if we went to the theater or just rented the VHS. She liked it because of Brad Pitt. I wasn't that impressed. It's OK, it has some good action parts but most of it is people being emotional and arguing with each other. At the beginning of the movie after the woman involved is introduced the brothers decide to go to Canada and join the Canadian army to go fight in World War I. This is a strange plot twist since it is only 1914 at the beginning of the war. The father expressed the typical American attitude to the war when he told his sons not to go. In 1914 most Americans were more concerned with the civil war in Mexico than the war in Europe. American sympathy was with the Germans. The poor Austrian Duke had been murdered by a Serbian radical, probably a communist, and when Russia prepared to invade Austria, Germany declared war on Russia. It took 3 years of British anti-German propaganda to turn the American public against the Germans. If the Germans hadn't tried to convince the Mexicans to invade the United States the U.S would have stayed out of the war. After the youngest brother is killed the two brothers return from the war. They become rivals for the dead brother's fiancée. Typical of this kind of story, the years go by and nobody ages. Everybody stays young and beautiful. For a movie that depends on a large amount of dialog, the music is too overpowering. It sometimes drowns out the dialog. They also violate the rule that good movies don't need a narrator. The old Indian telling the story would have to have lived over a hundred years to witness over 90 years of the life of this family. They also said he was a Cree. Most of the Cree live in Canada. There are less than a thousand Cree living in Montana.

  • Heavy Metal

    Heavy Metal (1981)

    June 03, 2014

    This is a very colorful movie. It's animation and has a great rock and roll sound track. The music from this movie introduced the entire rock sub-group of heavy metal music. The stories are based on stories from the Heavy Metal magazine. The Heavy Metal magazine is basically a combination of a comic magazine with science fiction and sexually explicit stories and usually sexually explicit science fiction stories. The animation in the movie was state of the art in 1980 but is very crude today but it's still very artistic. Instead of using computer they used human artist. I remember seeing the posters at the movie theaters but I never went to see the movie at the theater. I first saw the movie on cable, probably HBO. It was late at night and I watched it with all the lights out. That's the way this movie should be watched. I later saw this movie on WTBS cable super station. It was terrible. They had cut out all the nudity and drug scenes. There was so much cut out you couldn't follow the stories. I have this movie on Laser Disc now. At the end of the Laser Disc they added the unfinished story that was cut out of the original movie. The Laser Disc said the story was cut out to make the movie shorter. I think they just ran out of money and had to get the movie to the theaters. A lot of good actors did the voices. The first story is set in a future New York City that has turned into one large slum. The background had dilapidated World Trade Center towers. It 1980 that's where it looked like New York was headed. The reality was they cleaned the place up and the World Trade Center towers were destroyed. That part of the movie is outdated now, except for the reference to illegal aliens. Of coarse the aliens were from other planets. The rest of the movie holds up and some of the themes are still relevant today.

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