The Wild West isn't what we dreamed it would be but it can be wild again.
A western movie coming off the rails of the 1970s and based on the book by Robert Ward.
Scott Glenn stars next to the late Burt Lancaster to a very young Diane Lane and Amanda Plummer's first on-screen appearance.
Two girls, Annie and Jenny are teenagers looking to seek adventure. Doolin-Dalton is their fav gang but when they actually do meet them it ends being far more of a letdown. It's only until the two girls convince them to get back into the game that they can live the thrill they've longed for. The girls get to be a part of the action. But are they too young and naive
Is it too soon to tell what's right or wrong?, maybe it's not worth waisting time chasing old men, being an outlaw is maybe just a silly dream or maybe it's the only thing that's a good skill set
Another western with great gun fights, a wonderful performance by Lane and Plummer, the late Lancaster is pitch perfect as always, and the film gives the genre much needed feminine empowerment energy that's sorely lacking from many of its ilk.
This might be forgotten by the wayside but still a nice little treasure.
Ruby Rose, Andy Serkis, Hannah John Kamen
International mercenary terrorists have hijacked a train full of passengers on their way to Paris.
Unless their demands are met they will blow up the passengers aboard.
An above average thriller. The beginning is slow but the train portions are tense. And the best set piece is at the end.
It's really character-driven but won't win any more awards for originality.
Evil can take many forms but corrupt innocents in the process.
A corpse is dug up in the 18th century England countryside that doesn't appear to be human. Then strange occurrences start taking place. Angel and her friends gather together performing a devilish ritual to contact what possessed the corpse. Slowly the villagers are taken over by a demonic presence. The teenage adolescents display odd behavior like screaming, having sharp claws, fur, and the parents take drastic measures to thwart them.
Another one of the many 1970s Satanic horror flicks. Fast paced, downright terrifying music, slick camerawork, and the teenage actors sell the uncomfortable feeling falling prey to this evil's suggestive ways.
It actually reminded me of The Witch in many respects. There's a sense of eeriness throughout with an unknowing sense of terror that could strike without warning.
Satan has mischievous ways to spread his teachings and walk the earth. But there are still some brave souls willing to strike down his influence.
This movie might be largely forgotten but still finds its place in this sea of devilish horror.
Another one of the hundreds of adaptations about the woman herself Jane Eyre. This one focuses on her childhood to adulthood.
Charlotte Gainsborough, Geraldine Chaplin, William Huey, Fiona Shaw, Elle McPherson, and a very young Anna Paquin.
As a child Jane was mistreated by her siblings and her aunt. Then after she was sent away to a boarding school to grow as a proper lady of society. Jane was labeled as deceitful and wicked but she actually had a strong spirit. The housemaster and the teachers put her and the students through the worst kind of abuse physical and verbal. Heck they didn't even care when a fellow girl of hers got gravely ill and didn't receive medical treatment.
As a grown up Jane now played by Charlotte Gainsborough leaves to start a life of her own. She resides at Thornhill run by Joan Plowright as Mrs. Fairfax. Jane is in charge of Mr. Rochester's child, Adele while he's tending to his ailing wife.
Soon though Jane and Rochester begin to fall in love but it might be impossible because of her fear and self-doubt. But Rochester himself had a bad chip on his shoulder given his wife lain with another man and she abandoned him and their child.
Jane is also hearing strange noises throughout the house.
The actors are great, the music is quite sweeping, the 1800s setting creates that proper mood, and Gainsborough really sells Jane Eyre the way she's portrayed in the book.
The Mis Wasikowska version is the closest adaptation but this one is almost up there.
Jane makes it clear she's her own person, a human being with every right to be happy and not shunned by anyone in upper middle class society.
The movie is already 25 years old but still remains a huge chunk of my childhood.
I remember my family actually had the book too.
I forgot Tim Burton produces and Henry Selick directs this. You recognize Danny Elfman's music here. After all he's had a huge history with PIXAR and Disney.
James is a young boy who had his parents dreaming of all them going to New York City. But sadly a giant rhinoceros in the clouds kills them. He might as well be an orphan because he's trapped in the guardianship of his two wicked aunts, Sponge and Spiker. All they make him do is work endlessly with no regard for his feelings or dreams. Then one day he meets a magical man who gives him 1,000 crocodile tongues. Their magic is powerful once they escape and on a bare tree grows a peach to immense proportions. James eats a piece of it unknowning that a crocodile tongue is inside and uses its magic to transform him and find that there are giant friendly bugs. James decides to leave with his new friends inside the peach to go to New York City but he'll have to overcome many obstacles along the way from a robot shark to underwater pirate skeletons to the fearsome rhino itself.
The movie acts as a direct response getting through difficult times. To this day it continues resonate as poignancy, tenderness, and sweet charm.
I love the stop-motion animation, the world is imaginative, and the bug characters are charming.
It's a story no less attuned to issues of pain, grief, hostility in the home, and, in the form of big bugs wearing inexplicably tailored clothing, the treatment of society's maligned and marginalised.
The little boy as James is good and the late Pete Postelewaithe as this magical man.
The rhino you can see is an amalgamation of James' pain and suffering: a striking representation of the all-encompassing darkness that consumed his parents and, in turn, any hopes of a happy existence.
The film is at times clumsy but remains timeless as well as creative. Ok so not all the songs are memorable and they're a bit bland, heck it leaves out other tidbits from the book that explain things better.
Still, it's all about growth, a touching reminder of the value of perspective. Sometimes looking at things another way helps us look to the horizon of hope and happiness overcoming fear and sadness.
It's too bad it failed at the box office but it won over many critics and the book is still treasured to this day by many celebrities.
This movie still makes for really fun, family entertainment for the ages.
Finally, after 4 bad sequels and a tv series on shudder those meat-eating little fur balls are back!
It's been 33 years since the original 'Critters' graced the screens right when the little monster craze was booming in the 80s
Thanks to 'Gremlins' there have been countless knockoffs; some okay others just didn't make the cut
The first two films were the only ones connected to one another with the Brown family first encountering the little hairballs after landing on Earth and were being chased by bounty hunters
Brad, his sister, and his parents seemed defenseless but the help of two bounty hunters gave them an advantage
When Brad was the only one to return for the sequel the creatures had secretly laid eggs in a barn
He had to get the whole town to work together to solve the issue and his buddy Charlie finally got to be somebody
Several installments later the tiny monsters are back on Earth for a new generation
The lead here is Tashiana Washington as Drea, she's a food delivery girl but also part time babysitter
Her mom used to go to the local college but dropped out after she had Drea then passed away later
Drea wants to apply to this same school but she has had no luck
Not only that but original actress Dee Wallace Stone has returned too! Recently she's been monitoring any suspicious alien activity in case of another invasion and when these things do wreak havoc on a small town after Drea takes some kids for a babysitting trip she swoops in to get rid of the infestation
This movie actually does a good job wiping the slate clean making sure those previous entries never happened
The Critters are bigger, faster but also have a new trait here with their prey after being devoured actually serves as incubators for their offspring and they can't stand high pitch frequencies
The biggest addition here is a white critter that's actually not evil like the others so maybe Drea and the kids have a chance
The white critter is quite cute even if it is ringing of Gremlins
I also love how the film revels in the 1980s era with the synthesizer music to even referencing one or two things from previous films
The teen actors are just funny watching them react to this situation
The biggest problem might be some side plots that go virtually nowhere and it ends so abruptly it's kinda chuckle worthy
This ain't a sentimental film so that might fail for a lot of viewers
I appreciate the higher level of violence from the creatures themselves
It's a relief to see Dee Wallace Stone even if she isn't the focal point
I'm happy to say that this new installment in the franchise erases all the terrible missteps that plagued the other films and gets back to being fun
This romantic comedy/period piece has some of the biggest British thespians from a young Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, Maggie Smith, Daniel-Day Lewis, Denholm Elliot, andJudi Dench
Directed by James Ivory and based on the book by EM Forester
It focuses on a young woman Lucy touring in Italy with her older cousin
George Emerson she runs into at a hotel but Cecil Vyse prefers to settle down with her
Now she's caught between two of these men for her happyness
This thing is just way too long but the actors are giving it their all
I wasn't a fan of the over amount of dialogue
Life is tough, it can be perfect or be unmade that way. Even a young boy is willing to do anything to keep it where it is.
A very young Kris Kristofferson stars in this 1970s romance/drama with Sarah Myles.
Based on the book by Yukio Mishima and directed by Lewis John Carlino.
Jonathan Osborne lives with his mother, Anne who's husband has died. There may be hope for her as a sailor, Jim comes in and a new romance has blossomed. At first he feels threatened by him coming into their lives. For Jonathan there can only be one alpha male standing. He then schemes to find a way to remove Jim from the picture altogether.
Is morality just a set of rules, the reason something lives is because it does, maybe the only reality is life
Be aware this plot takes a while to unfold and there's an open-surgery scene that kinda takes a huge detour that'll be off-putting.
But the scenery is nice, the child actor is really good showing his innocent side but darker one too he keeps hidden away, and the music is nice with a haunting, emotional presence. You might actually remember the ending a lot more the way it stings.
They are called Knightriders.
You'd think this would be taking place in the Middle Ages full of knights in armor, horses, renaissance fairs, robes, and kings and queens.
Well the gist is that you see that but it's all in modern day.
Think of this like modern cosplaying as squires, peasants, etc but with motorcycles.
Ed Harris stars as Billy, the leader/king of this whole brigade of bikers. Their reputation and popularity soars but they receive commercial pressure from the authorities to shut them down. Billy wants to preserve his image and dream of playing the part but Gary Lahti as Alan his star performer might outshine him. He also starts making outside offers while Billy contends with arch rival, Tom Savini as Morgan in battle even jousting.
There's not too many films that explore people's fascination with re-enactments. But this one is a nice refresher. Who would've thought the late George A. Romero of the zombie genre was responsible for this?
Everyone's worried though about Billy's intentions; if he gets knocked down too much their entire way of life goes away. Billy's also viewing the world as a bit cynical saying the modern world is sick and doesn't apply to him anymore. To him the truth is his family's code.
Magic is in the soul, one way of life might actually be better than the one before, change doesn't need to be compromise, it's tough to live by the code, people try and they get tired of it, you can have the most important ideals ever but when you die they die with you, there might be only two fights to live by; truth justice and the American way or trying to stay alive
This movie has some good humor, well-performed stunts, and looks at how one society can grow from the mainstream version. This is a nice new different effort from the late Romero. The 2 and a half hour running time may be trying for some but it's still worth a watch. The ending did manage to get some tears out of me.
The devil is in the details itself so to speak.
Playing piano is an art form but when it comes to the occult that's another thing.
Jacqueline Bisset, Alan Alda and Curd Jurgens.
Jurgens is an aging satanist Myles Duncan posing as a virtuoso and is planning to transfer his soul into the young body of an aspiring pianist. But Myles is unaware of the man's dark intentions. His wife Paula is just as terrified as he's getting closer to perfecting his music.
Things seem fine after Myles inherits the man's finances and musical antiques; however it starts getting strange when Myles is acting out of character. Paula starts noticing and it feels uneasy.
The score is terrifying, director Alan Alda puts a horrific spin on classical art of music, the cast performs well given the hokum nature of this premise, it's also quite nightmarish with its crazy camera angles. As far as the romance it's sweet but has its own sense of twistedness. Definitely lots of Freudian stuff going on with the supernatural.
We've all had...a summer of '42 of sorts during our youth.
That one point in time where we experienced freedom, expression, and even love.
This story involves a young man, Herman in a trio of best friends on Nantucket Island.
World War II is still going on but this is the more quiet, peaceful side of things with the beach, swimming etc
An older woman named Dorothy catches his eye while living in a beach house. She's waiting for her husband while he's off to war.
Herman and Dorothy end up becoming rather close over time. He starts to fall deeply in love with her but it's only when a big tragedy starts to alter things drastically.
The movie spends a lot of time with these young boys eager to make it to manhood. The crux of this whole thing doesn't happen until towards the very end. By then the mood changes so much.
The two leads pretty much let the emotions speak for themselves of how they're feeling. Director Robert Mulligan makes the aspirations honest and open-minded. He lets the viewer analyze things without resorting to sleazy teen antics. The long glances expressed allow the emotions to be absorbed.
As teens we are in such a rush to grow up, for men the journey to manhood is tough and most tend to make it a big deal, the first experience may not be all it's cracked up to be, we have the rest of our lives to better understand love and other grown up elements, for everything we take with us we always leave something behind, maybe in a sense we can avoid the senseless tragedies in life
The two leads are very good acting mature as as they can. The summer can prove life changing even if it ends in heartache.
He is coming....for them.
One of many 1970s action westerners.
Starring the late Burt Lancaster and co-starring Susan Clark. Based on the book by Elmore Leonard and directed by Edwin Sherin.
Lancaster is Valdez the local lawman. Frank Tanner pulls him into accidentally gunning down an innocent man. Feeling guilty he wants to take up a collection for the man's wife. But Tanner isn't having it and takes Valdez to the desert nearly crucifying him. Once he's set free by one of Tanner's helpers Valdez wages an all-out war on the man picking his goons off each bit by bit.
But he has a trump card taking the widow and using her as bait.
This is another revisionist westerner that's old school. Fun gun fights, a nice ol fashioned revenge plot, and Lancaster sells the picture. The ending is a bit unclear considering how it just leaves things but I guess they do avoid the standard cookie cutter resolution.
Formulaic but still an exciting entry in this large genre.
Former Disney star Bells Thorne in another one of her grown-up roles.
This is showing her more mature, gritty side written and directed by Chad Faust.
A hard-edge anti-heroine story about a woman just named Girl going home only to find out her father has been murdered. She plans to discover the truth but has to make her way around the less-than-welcoming townsfolk including the local sheriff.
Bella Thorne also co-stars with Mickey Rourke and Chad Faust.
The premise is simple enough. But in under 90 minutes this girl learns about all kinds of lies, secrets, dirty histories, and deception.
They get into the nitty gritty of it fairly quickly even if the end dissolves into a lot of melodrama.
Still Bella Thorne proves she can carry a role this seriously. This definitely brought me back to 'Winters Bone' a lot with Jennifer Lawrence. A daughter trying to find the truth with her estranged, flawed father. The truth can be so much more heartbreaking than we realize shattering all the thoughts we once had.
A comedy about the worst baseball team becoming the best bad influence.
Director Michael Ritchie and the late Walter Matthau and Tatum O' Neal.
Morris is an ex-baseball minor league player who spends his day drinking. His lawyer-councilman Bob recommends he coaches a boys team. It's all out of spite against the league who denies his son to play given how talented he is. These boys are inexperienced and stink on the field.
Morris' last attempt is to have a girl Amanda join the team to up their winning streak. But the rest of them are against the idea. Plus they both have rough past with Morris briefly dating her mother then one day he took off.
These kids are bad news indeed with the bad attitudes, bad language, and crummy play antics.
True this movie is a product of the time; with all the racial and homophobic slurs. Not to mention the violence inflicted on several characters.
But give credit it started some familiar tropes in this genre. Even a terrible team can come together. It blends heart, comedy, and wicked satire. Matthau's performance stands out even if his character is less than sympathetic. The kids manage to keep up too with all the cynicism involved and the precociousness to win or play by the book. Just make sure to skip the remake!
It's Melissa Joan Hart's film debut!
The popular 1990s teen actress got her rise to fame In Nickelodeon's Clarissa Explains It All. Now she stars in the Archie comics character adaptation from the Hallmark channel.
Sabrina is turning 16 living with her aunts Zelda and Hilda. But the time has come for her to realize that she isn't ordinary...she's actually a witch and so are her aunts. Her cat Salem can even talk, too. It's tough enough being in high school so now she has to balance her powers and finding love with a boy named Seth. Little does she know that her friend Harvey actually is into her.
We can't use magic to manipulate love, it's too precious to tamper with, spells are cool and all but love is the real magic
Sabrina has to feel comfortable about being herself and who she is.
A serviceable tv feature showcasing Hart's talent as an upcoming star. Passable effects yet still works as a coming-of-age tale with a dash of magic.
Even she learns having powers can't make everything perfect.
Dying and coming back shifts one's view of things.
Based on the musical books of the same name by Mel Brooks. Starring the late Carol Channing and the late Eddie Bracken and directed by John David Wilson it stars a man Archie who tries to commit suicide but comes back. The thing is he's resurrected as a cockroach of all things.
This is called transmigration. As a human he was a poet acting like a cockroach but now he's a cockroach who has the heart of a poet. He looking at things much more differently now and being more appreciated. He also falls in love with a cat who sings named Mehitabel. Archie can write poetry with a typewriter. But a bad-boy tomcat Bill also wants Mehitabel's affections. Archie will have to confront him while fulfilling his new dream. Archy spend his time writing about politics, philosophy etc. He also reaches his breaking point wanting to start a species revolution against all humans who look down on all insect-kind.
But Mehitabel might have a hard time letting go of her upscale lifestyle to be famous and talented.
The whole movie is animated with walking talking animals. It's also part musical. One of the those early 1970s stencil creations with monochrome backgrounds and sketchy shades. Artistically it's a nice work of art. The movie does have a bleak urban air of desperation, rot, and impending death.
It's more adult than for kids mind you.
Even a cockroach can change the life of an alley cat. Nothing too spectacular but a nice diversion for animation and musical enthusiasts.
The last supper with friends can be very nice or unintentionally end with murder.
Directed by Stacy Title and a large ensemble cast; Annabeth Gish, a young Cameron Diaz, Courtney B. Vance, Jason Alexander, Ron Perlman, Bill Paxton, Mark Harmon, and Elizabeth Moss.
These grad students are good friends but when they invite the newest guest, Zack he starts sharing too much of his Neo-Nazi ideals. He's a patriot who feels everyone else laughed when he put himself on the field.
So one of them kills Zack and now the rest of them have to handle the situation best they can. This turns into a quirky comedy of dinner conversations, politics, and opinions clashing.
It's an odd but funny black comedy.
Not all the narratives work but it does look at some moral dilemmas.
Tom, Johnnie, Willie, and Fernando are four friends looking for some action on the streets. They venture from the Bronx to Manhattan. It's all an embarrassing situation from one to the next. All their friendships could seriously get tested along the way.
I just thought this was alright; but it does show how four friends can be entirely different from one another. Some good allegory about the hardships of life and making certain choices.
The culmination of 4 movies in this series of giant kaiju monsters.
Godzilla and Kong finally go head to head since their first clash in 1952 of the old TOHO films.
Taking place after the previous film where Godzilla defeated Ghidora and the rest of the TITANS were returned to the natural order. All seems well with the human race and the bigger apex predators. But suddenly Godzilla is inexplicably attacking us and no one knows why. It might be something else nobody is seeing.
Luckily Monarch has kept Kong in captivity since the 1970s. But he's eager to get out and have freedom. He befriends an orphan who's deaf and is the only one to trust. She's aided by Rebecca Hall's Ilene and Alexander Skarsgard's Nathan. They figure the only way to counteract Godzilla's rampage is for Kong to go to his original home called Hollow Earth. This resides in the earth's core where gravity reverses on itself.
Elsewhere a new tech company called Apex Cybernetics is pushing a new frontier in human technology. But the head of it has a deeper agenda to rid the world of TITANS forever by any means necessary.
Director Adam Wingard helms the best installment in the Monsterverse next to 'Kong: Skull Island' and 'Godzilla: King of Monsters'. Still manages to balance out the intense, exciting monster battles and the human counterparts. A lot of the blurry action set pieces are better lit and are able to be seen with these two creatures in a much clearer perspective.
Love Rebecca Hall, Millie Bobby Brown again who gets to be more proactive here, and Alexander Skarsgard. They're not particularly deep but manage to keep things moving.
Shame there's only 2 big showdowns with Godzilla and Kong. Kyle Chandler has less presence this time around. The plot is a bit more of a mess this time around mixing more sci-fi elements. But the human conspiracy leads to a special treat for longtime fans of the franchise.
I do love how they explored the mythos further digging into why these two giant monsters fight each other. Their roots may go back deeper since the dawn of time.
Kong bows to no one while Godzilla is a force of nature that has to keep the balance of nature in tact.
The fights are the true highlight here and you get your money's worth.
It has such scale with state of the art special effects.
A fun matinee experience that'll deliver a little kids dream mashing two titans together. A big love letter to the behemoth characters' long-lasting impact on cinema for sure. Are more installments on the way? Let's hope for more big kaiju showdowns there will be given the success they've made so long ago.
Director John Boorman tells an espionage thriller.
Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush, Dylan Baker, Jonathan Hyde, Brendan Gleeson, and Jamie Lee Curtis.
An ordinary tailor or a British spy?
Two MI6 operatives Andrew Osnard and Harry Pendel unexpectedly butt heads while in the city of Panama.
Harry's wife Louisa gets caught in the middle of a chain of events that could threaten national security.
Honestly there's nothing that really kept my interest here. It's just a lot of political conversations.
Pretty messy but Brosnan and Rush are a good duo.