This movie is very reminiscent of every Hope and Crosby "Road to ____" movies ever made. Comedian Bob Hope and singer Bing Crosby teamed up for a series of comical road pictures, Road to Hong Kong, Road to Bali, Road to Singapore, etcetera. You get the impression that Crosby doesn't like Hope's character and neither does Hope like Bing's which is what you have in Johnson and Reynolds, but due to circumstances (beyond their control?} they have to team up: one because "he wants to" clear his name and the other for his less than stellar reputation. Dorothy Lamour was always the love interest in Hope & Crosby's pictures, but here playing more an anti-hero than love goddess is Gal Gadot and they're all off and running non-stop, twisting and turning until the end. The "Road" pictures were never Academy award winners, just lots of fun and lots of corny yucks and that's what we have here. Add in a dash of Indiana Jones. ancient antiquities, some major crime capers and you've got a "safe" cracking good time! It's fun to get lost in something and you can get lost, even if it's just for a couple of hours.
Based on the original Thunderball film which was produce by different producers who still maintained the rights over the book, the film was remade with Connery's catch phrase when he said he'd never play Bon again. The storyline is slightly changed, but Connery as Bond is an older, wiser spy who seems more like the real thing this time instead of the MI6 previous incarnation. The script is tight, with some humor tossed in. Bassinger is terrific as Domino and Barbara Carrera as Fatima Blush is absolutely maniacal! Klaus Maria Brandauer is deliciously evil as Max Largo. The ending is a little flat, but overall better than most of the original Bond series. Give it a look!
To some extent this is a Christmas movie, much like "It's a Wonderful Life", but goes beyond Christmas and beyond Capra's best work. Moreover, Family Man doesn't take itself completely seriously and that's what makes it great. It's a glimpse into what Jack Campbell's life might have been like had he chosen a different path and the realization that perhaps his original choice may not have been the most satisfying. It's not really about what he did in his current life, but what he didn't get to do in a life he didn't choose and that's the difference. The chemistry between Tea Leoni and Nicolas Cage just works. You believe these two are in love and maybe even always loved each other even when they weren't together. Don Cheadle as Cash, whose name should be Clarence, is fantastic. Jack's trying to save Cash from a life gone awry, but it's Cash trying to save Jack that's the real story. Jeremy Piven as the friend of 2nd Path Jack is terrific as he waxes poetic to Jack about what he learned from that Jack that impacted his own life. Mackenzie Vega as Annie nearly steals this movie. I don't know if it's timing and ability or just a kid playing "let's pretend", but she's excellent in the role. The actors assembled simply work as each character is believable. Ratner does an excellent job of not making this film too corny or comical. He carefully weaves the story along with the right amount of humor, seriousness and just the right amount of pathos. It's FIVE STARS from me.
Good to see Lacey Chabert in this heartwarming Christmas movie about an old flame that was put on hold due to circumstances and how despite the years and happenstance that befell each of them, in the end it turned out sweet.
It's a bit sappy and a little forced, but hey it's definitely a date night romantic movie about finding your place and second chances.
A crazy, crazy movie: Due to some circumstance that happened when they were children, Gloria is linked to a kaiju that manifests itself in Seoul Korea. Her life never turning out successful and her subsequent alcoholism finds her being kicked out of her boyfriend Tim's apartment and she returns home befriended by her grammar school chum Oscar who runs a bar which doesn't help her situation. Once she realizes she controls her Kaiju she tells Oscar of this revelation and since his life wasn't any better uses his knowledge that he too controls his own kaiju from that childhood circumstance he taunts & terrorizes Seoul. Suffice it to say despite the abuse she experiences at the hands of Tim and the physical beating she receives from the sickly hateful & jealous Oscar, Gloria turns out to be smarter and deadlier than the male.
Finney and Hepburn shine as Mark and Joanna who take us along for a ride through lust, love, life, heartache, pain and finally a place of comfort and perhaps real love. These weren't easy travels for them, but ultimately, truthful. This isn't a rom-com. In its true sense, it's a life lesson through which Mark and Joanna come out the other end together.
The special effects are great, yet I fail to understand how this film rates as high as it does amongst critics or audiences. It is a mindless mess of a movie, combining elements of Journey to the Center of Earth, Pacific Rim and it borrows from older Godzilla and Kong films and other movies from the Sci-Fi genre. There are a lot of plot holes or Scooby-Doo "Ruh-roh" moments throughout. It will leave you with questions, but you will think long and hard to find answers. If you get to see it for free, great. If you have to spend money, you might want to wait until it hits your local Television network.
Due to a cataclysmic asteroid that is about to impact the planet, the government's of Earth decide to nuke it before it arrives, only the radioactive fall-out from the missiles starts doing strange things to most of the insects, grubs and slugs producing human eating oddball creatures. Joel and Aimee are star-crossed as their ongoing relationship gets bushwhacked by the ensuing happenstance. Nearly 3/4 of the earth's population is decimated by the ensuing battle between humans and mutated creatures. The entirety of civilization lays in rubble and humans move underground to survive.
The initial relationship between Joel (O'Brien) and Aimee (Henwick) seems genuine enough, but quickly gets put on a back burner because of what's happened. Still even after seven years in two separate underground colonies, Joel still misses Aimee (who he only speaks to via ham radio) and decides to travel the 85 miles across Monster infested terrain to reach her colony.
Joel despite quite a few "obstacles" grows as a person. He finds and befriends a dog (or it befriends him) and he meets two other trekking survivors, Clyde and Minnow, who teach him a thing or two before they depart. Michael Rooker who was a smash as Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy plays Clyde who is a rather inciteful character who becomes Minnow's guardian after she lost her father and he lost his son. Ariana Greenblatt as Minnow is a very young girl who is smitten with Joel and doesn't want him to leave her and Clyde as Joel heads off to find Aimee. Although their time in the film is brief, it's likely we'll see them again if there is a sequel.
Joel finally reaches 3022 (her colony's radio call numbers) and reunites with Aimee just as her colony is saved by an Aussie yacht Captain and is about to leave.
Alas, Aimee's expectations are not the same as Joel's, but there's something afoot and Joel is able to draw it out so to speak. The film ends on a high note with hopes of Joel and Aimee getting back together and higher hopes for a sequel.
What surprised me most about the film was the special effects. The monster sequences with the live actors appear seamless. I could point out some plot holes, but I won't because as presented it's an enjoyable ride.
Thunder Force was more enjoyable than I expected. The chemistry between McCarthy and Spenser and McCarthy and Mosby works well. The chemistry between McCarthy and Bateman is great albeit somewhat over the top. Cannavale is great as the villainous savant King. The jokes are few and far between, but the heroism of McCarthy and Spenser works and the addition of Mosby at the climax just adds to the overall storyline. The dream dance sequence between McCarthy and Bateman goes on a little too long and I just wish Olivia had some more abilities, perhaps if there's a sequel. Look, it's not going to win any awards and a lot of critics won't like it, but it passed the time and that's all you want in a flick.
It's not an Oscar winner, but it's a really cute rom-com about a guy, Daman Wayans, Jr, who lost at love and hoped that a dating site would help him find it again. Yet, again and again the dates he was matched to, just didn't pan out. So he seeks out a store front lawyer, Rachel Leigh Cook, to sue Love Guaranteed, but he has to go out on 1,000 dates before LG will pay off. Of course, what happens next is why it's a rom-com. It's cute, it's schmaltzy, it's about 90 minutes and won't be a waste of your time. Rachel Leigh Cook (from She's all that), also produced.
Bit of a mess really. The Movie itself was rarely funny if at all. McKinnon was a total waste here as she's just not believable in the role. A better side kick would have been Kristen Bell instead. Theroux was good for what little time we saw him and Sam Heughan is believable as the MI-6 agent. If It's on Netflix and you have a couple of hours to kill, go ahead watch it, but don't expect much.
This will never win an academy award, but it's a light hearted look at missed chances and the irrepressible possibility of love. There is charm in this movie and you can see the love between Rebecca and Jerry, who play Lindsey and Jack, star crossed lovers who made wrong decisions and 20 years later run into each other again while Lindsey takes her daughter played by Jocelyn Hudon to Paris for school and to meet her old meddling mentor, Hugo played Bruce Davidson. Paris is the City of Lights and Love and everyone seems to be finding the latter. It's about feeling, doing what you want to do and acting upon it. As Hugo (Bruce Davidson) says, Art is not what you see, but what you make others see and realities (and love) hit Lindsey and Jack and a host of others pretty quickly. Light romance, but it'll give you a little heartfelt cheer.
Interesting, bloody, gory western horror flick involving a bizarre throw back tribe of troglodyte cannibals. Yes, you did read that correctly. The movie is slow at times, but was overall an interesting film and premise. The film is somewhat character driven, but it's more about the dangerous rescue mission, the rescuers are on and the interplay as we learn a little bit about them. A note of exception is the rather silly song that plays while the credits roll, it's refrain: "Four doomed men ride out". This was a rather comical way to end this western horror flick and will likely make you grown at the end if not break out into a chuckle. Advice: when the credits start to roll, mute the sound.
Fantastic adaptation of the Dumas classic although it takes a slight detour in the end which changes the story into one of divine justice and not necessarily revenge. Jim Caviezel plays the Innocent Dantès who's life is destroyed by his supposed friend Mondego (Pearce) with the help of Villefort (Frain). Caviezel plays this naive character who changes into a even greater, more scheming and more vindictive character than Pearce. Both play their roles with aplomb. Luis Guzmán as Jacopo steals nearly every scene that he's in as he seems to represent the last remaining remnant of a conscience that Dantes may still possess. When I first saw this film, knowing the vengeful turn the novel takes, I thought it odd that Mondego's son Albert (played by a young Henry Cavill) bears no resemblance to his father, Fernand Mondego (Pearce) and how Albert seems to resemble another. Dagmara Domińczyk, who plays the hapless Mercedes, seems to be the most loving character, who has never forgotten Edmond and the love she held for him. She was like Dantes an innocent in this story who was never a schemer, but only took advantage, out of necessity. when Dantes is taken away. Finally, Richard Harris as Abbé Faria is the voice that cries out in the wilderness that God will carry Dantes through all of this and that God will give him justice. The reveal in the end is the most satisfying morsel of this morality play and it is reflective of Abbé Faria's words to Dantes' in the Chateau d'If and in the words of Jacobo: "Once again Zatara, God sees you out the corner of his eye." For although Dantes had suffered for over 13 years, God kept him whole for the reward and justice he always deserved.
Overall, I enjoyed this movie and every time I watch it again. Michael J Fox is always charming and Julie Warner, just stole my heart. The cast of characters surrounding them, the mayor played by David Ogden Stiers, Barnard Hughes as Dr Hogue, Woody Harrelson as Hank, the insurance salesman, Frances Sternhagen as Lillian, and Bridget Fonda as the mayor's daughter all give great performances. I loved seeing George Hamilton popping up as Dr. Halberstrom in La La Land, but I especially loved Eyde Byrde's performance as Nurse Packer. The only negative thing about this film was Julie Warner's nude scene at the beginning of this picture. It just didn't seem to fit an otherwise great romantic comedy. Take that scene out and it's definitely 4 stars!
This is a fantastic adventure, with Millie Bobby Brown in the lead role of Enola. She does an amazing job in the lead who's been raised by her mother after her more famous older brothers have left the nest years earlier, She's not alone though, as Helena Bonham Carter, and Henry Cavill and a host of other actors flesh out the story with sub plots and avenues that lead to a great action mystery.
Ultimately, this is about women stepping up and taking their place in the world no matter what convention of the times says where they're "supposed' to be.
Not as good as the feature film version of the play Good-bye Charlie starring Debbie Reynolds and Tony Curtis. Debbie plays the gunned down and overboard Charlie Sorel turned into a woman for his just desserts. Yet being the conniver he always has been Charlie still finds away to use the women he's sought previously for money and revenge. Turn off Switch and turn on Good-bye Charlie instead.
Guarding Tess is a terrific vehicle for MacLaine and Cage as these two are at odds with each other throughout most of the film, but this is relationship you've seen before, Much like a mother and a son butting heads you come to realize that these two characters are learning to care and respect each other for what they do or have done and for the irascible person they are. There are many funny moments in this show and its a tribute to both actors.
Yes, it's predictable, yes it's a cliche', but it's a rom-com, what do you expect? Surprisingly, I found it a fun movie. I was also surprised at Hayden Christensen's performance. It wasn't oscar winning, but he was believable as Leo. Emma Roberts was great as Nikki. Whether it's the young girl fawning over Leo or the grown up Emma you can see it in the eyes that she loves Leo. Why show up in your soccer duds with a soccer ball if you're just a friend? Andrea Martin is always terrific, whether she's making lamb or making sauce. That lady is always amazing. Danny Aiello is always great and Alyssa Milano should have had more screen time. Best bit in the movie: Andrew Phung explaining why he's called Luigi. Thumbs up from me on this one.
What can I say about a movie that strays so far from the mythic tales of the battles between Titans and the Gods. There's no real Minotaur in this film. Hyperion is a human and not a Titan deity. Yes, he didn't free the Titans he was a Titan. Meanwhile, Gods are getting killed left and right. There's no explanation why the Epirus bow would have been lost under a pile of rocks and in fact, I've never heard of the Epirus bow. It's not in any Greek myth. Theseus wasn't a bastard, he had a royal birthright which he does eventually claim. The film is a huddled mass of absolute mess, that devolves into blood and guts and little else. I will happily thank the Gods if there isn't a sequel.