Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
Forgot your password?
Don't have an account? Sign up here
and the Terms and Policies,
and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango.
Already have an account? Log in here
Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password.
No user info supplied.
When I was watching Lee Daniels latest picture "Lee Daniels' The Butler" I was thinking of Forrest Gump. This film isn't as powerful as Gump but the film's narrative goes toward that direction. The Gump character in "The Butler" is Cecil Gaines who started off working in the cotten fields, saw his fathered murdered by a plantation owner and his mother raped. After his father's death, Cecil would be raised by Annabeth Westfall (Vanessa Redgrave), leave home and meet a man who gives Cecil the opportunity and teachings to become a class butler. Cecil Gaines would serve US Presidents From JFK to Reagan and then come home to face problems with his wife Gloria Gaines (Oprah Winfrey) and a conflicting rift with his son Louis Gaines (David Oyelowo)
It's the father-son rift theme I believe is what attracted Daniels to take on the picture. As a child, Daniels was abused and tormented by his father due to his sexuality. I'm sure while he read Danny Strong's screenplay there was somewhat interesting father-son theme. Sadly though Daniels doesn't tackle the theme strong enough. There are times when father and son quarrel for a bit, then part ways, come back, argue some more, part ways and so on that I didn't get a real connection between the two. I felt I was only getting a taste of the father-son relationship rather then the whole (Going to jail with your son doesn't quite cut it for me), a taste of the main character Cecil Gaines lacks a bit, and audeiences get a taste of American history through a "Forrest Gump" like narrative. By now all Americans should by now remember the turbulant times. The picture is well made and Daniels uses the all star cast system to his benefit. The performances is well suited ( I was actually impressed by James Marsden's performance as President Kennedy and John Cusack's performance as Richard Nixon), well edited (admired the cross cutting of Cecil Gaines serving the table at the White House while his son is learning how to take racial hatred in public dinners) I will admit I got pretty tired of hearing the N word being used repeatedly throughout the film (I got it the jest already while watching Django Unchained), the racial divides against white and black Americans, and the politics behind it. Even though Cecil Gaines served the upper class and eight Presidents in his life, I got a sense that Gianes understood that being a butler is just being a butler and like any other job today there will always be politics. President Obama would probably agree since he's already got his work cut out for him.
35 percent on the tomato meter? You seriously got to be kidding me...I honestly felt "The Robe" was a fascinating picture and a great performance by Richard Burton. It's a spiritual picture tracing back to the days of the Romans to the crucifixon of Jesus. There is hardly any religious films made today but films like "The Robe" made me appreciate sprituality more. The Burton character is a man with authority who is true to the Roman Empire, buys and befriends a dangerous slave, wins Jesus robe in a dice game then becomes ill in the mind, gradually changes from a non believer to a born again Christian. I wish the film industry made more biblical pictures today. A film like "The Robe" which was the first shown in CinemaScope should not be forgotten.
*Jay Robinson was great as the vile tyrant Caligula
Well I don't really have to describe the movie's plot. Most critics and audiences praised the visuals but loathed character development and can't say I disagree on the character development. It needs work basically and my mind wondered as the characters were drifting into the background. The action is kinda boring. At first I was mesmerized by the action and visuals and then once again my mind started to wonder again. It seems to me Tron Legacy seems to be a film that lacks some sort of goal or ambition and while the movie isn't bad it's not good either. Apart from those frustrating flaws it was pretty good to see Jeff Bridges play a young and old role of himself. Michael Sheen is a pretty cool villian reminding me a bit of Malcolm McDowell in "A Clockwork Orange", Oliva Wilde as the sexy Quorra, Beau Garrett as ice cool Gem, Garrett Hedlund as loner genius Sam Flynn, and Bruce Boxleitner who was in the first Tron picture makes an appearance. The music is great by Daft Punk, the visuals is a marvel but overall Tron Legacy is a sci-fi picture I just couldn't grasp or get involved in. I'm not even sure if a sequel is in the works. There should be because Tron has imo cinema potential.
I don't think this is one of Altman's best films. It's good but no where as good as his other works (MASH, McCabe & Mrs Miller, The Long Goodbye, California Split, 3 Women)
And yet it is a pure Altman picture filled with his signature overlapping dialogue, a fleet of characters, wicked satire and multiple plots. This film takes place at a wedding and well it's not your typical average wedding. So much zany stuff goes on that I was distracted and had a tough time trying to keep pace with the rest of the movie. I'm sure that was Altman's intent but even his recent film "Nashville" I was able to understand what was going on. Underneath the crude dialogue there was always a powerful scene involving the characters. In "A Wedding" Altman shows many scenes and plots but im not sure if it has made a huge impact for the characters or myself. Hard to describe overall.
I just lost a good lengthy review on what I thought of World War Z so i'll just try to cut it short. Nothing new or original, wall to wall action sequences, visually stunning like the scenes where the human zombies pile up on one another like a great big ant hill, Mireille Enos and Daniella Kertesz were great to look at but sadly they don't have much of a respected part. While the Enos character was on the phone was wondering if she wished she could kick some zombie ass with her husband, instead she's laying up in a bunker with her kids hoping to expect a call from her main star Brad Pitt, Kertesz's character is more of a soldier sidekick and again not much is said about her role, Pitt is in every scene and not much is said about him except that he use to work for the government and much rather prefers making homemade pancakes to his kids rather then risking his life trying to fight off a deadly plague, the WHO Research Centre scene was well shot and looked somewhat dramatic, the human zombies were humourous to watch imo, Marc Foster was able to somewhat make a good yet forgetable picture, expect a sequel.
Haven't read the Max Brooks novel yet and don't really plan on going to. The goes for the film; too bad because maybe this picture had something worth going for.
Probably the best Robin Hood film I've seen with a great performance by Errol Flynn as the charismatic Robin Of Locksley. There is a great use of plot and characters, of swashbuckling action, epic sets, three strip Technicolor photography, and most of all the romance. I really enjoyed the romance between Robin and Mariam (Olivia de Havilland) real actors giving of a natural chemistry which made me believe. Surprisingly I enjoyed this marvel picture all throughout.
Edward G. Robinson seems to be playing the sucker male roles lately..."Smart Money" isn't really anything original but about a guy Nick "The Barber" Veniz (Robinson) who seems to have a weakness for gorgeous women and literally acts like a white knight to them. "The Barber" hnags out with his loyal brother named Jack played by James Cagney (in one of lesser good guy roles) who doesn't want to see his brother seen as a wuss. They're both into heavy gambling and run a so called barbershop and still remain humble loyal guys. The good life all catches up for The Barber where he will have to admit to his sins. "Smart Money" is a good film but it's themes is pretty much what audiences have seen before.
Imo, this film is pretty much like "Scarface". You have an up in coming gangster who rises through the ranks, becomes boss, enjoying the glamourous lifestyle, gets into conflicts with his closests friends, smoking cigars, following with a big climatic shootout. I really enjoyed this film and Edward G. Robinson plays a convincing Little Caesar. One of the big differences is Caesar doesn't partake in assassinating his boss (his boss then works for him), no love life, doesn't rat on his associates, cares a lot for his best friend. Caesar seems to be the gangster with a heart of gold and well even gangsters can be human. So in a way even though Caesar is a deadly gangster, he's got a bit of careness in his heart. Even if he is so good covering up his soft side.
Goodbye Roger Moore (And I really mean that) and hello to Timothy Dalton. So Dalton took the oathe of being the fourth actor to play the iconic role of 007. Everyone knows the history and such so what did I think of the movie? Well it's not great but it's not bad either. Timothy Dalton is fine in his inaugural as 007. He brings a serious hard edge to the character, although it creates a bit of problem because he lacks that good ol jolly 007 humour that started since the days of Connery. Since Dalton is 24/7 serious most of the time, his performance doesn't really fit the rest of the script. TLD has a lot of neat stunts, great locales and such but was kinda disappointed that the picture didn't have enough of that Bond humour, Bond ladies, and wit. The rest of the cast is sort of disappointing...Brad Whittaker (Joe Don Baker) has to be the worst Bond villian in the series. I just couldn't believe the writers came up with a lousy villian like Whittaker. Kara Milovy (Maryam d' Abo) is alright as a Bond girl. I still found her to be attractive dispite what other ppl thought and Felix Leiter (John Terry) is probably the worst i've ever seen. Terry is too stiff, too virgin like imo to play the Leiter role. With that being said I did enjoy the action scenes, the exotic locales, and the light chemistry between Dalton and d' Abo. So I guess "The Living Daylights" works for me.
Roger Moore's last apperance as Bond and sadly...it's a letdown. AVTAK drags and the Bond villian isn't memorable or spectacular. Even the beautiful Tanya Roberts didn't turn me on although I did admire watcing Grace Jones as May Day. The action scenes reminded me of "Temple Of Doom" which was no where near in the same league as in the Indiana Jones pictures. The plot is weak and it's the same Bond themes all over again. The cast looks like they should retire to a nursing home, even though some have played in numerous Bond pictures in the past and it was easy to spot out the stunt doubles and minature set designs. Imho, Roger Moore is the worst Bond actor to date.
I don't understand why a lot of ppl disliked this film. I really enjoyed it and the return of Connery in the role of Bond. He was great in DAF and he's even more great in NSNA. Connery is still the best James Bond. A remake of "Thunderball" much better 83 version imo with way better Bond villians like Blofeld, Largo, and Fatima Blush. Blush (Barbara Careera) is probably my fav villian in this movie who reminds me of the porn star actress Miss Hybrid. Her dark confident looks, femme fatale appeal, ruthlessness makes her a worthy advasary to Bond. Largo (Klaus Maria Brandauer) is a great villian who wanted to dominate and also be liked by his sexy girlfriend Domino (Kim Basinger). In a way Largo in tihs film reminded me of the Claude Rains character in "Notorious" who was evil yet wanted to be liked and be admired by his wife Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman).
There isn't anything really new (Same use of rich locales, Bond flirts and sleeps with women, Q gadgets, M, Q, Moneypenny, help from the CIA) but it's unique how the characters is so much at the foreground rather then in the back. Max Von Sydow is probably the best Blofeld performance I have ever seen, Felix Leiter (Berney Casey) is also in this and he's great as the CIA agent and Rowan Atkinson who would become famous later on would have been more suited in the role of Q instead of Alec McGowen. Don't remember a Bill Tanner but anyways im sure you get the jest of this. I think the worst scene is when Bond and Largo duel off in a cheesy arcade game which maybe should have been left out and the action scenes was shot well maybe more so then Thunderball. Although Octopussy made more money then this, NSNA is the better film imo because the characters are more interesting and seldomly cliched.
Never say never.....Was that the movie's way of saying James Bond might return?
I haven't seen this Bond picture in a long while and although I admired some of the action scenes and cheesy humour, this Bond film isn't really unique. "Octopussy" is the type of film you watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon when nothing else is good on the tube. Roger Moore once again plays agent 007 and he is starting to show his age and fatigue. After this film he should've imo, retired since he just doesn't have charisma and slick physique of James Bond. There is a lot of cheesy camp humour that made me laugh ("DAMN IT LET ME GO THERE'S A BOMB IN THERE!") although I think I was laughing at the picture rather then with it, the same Bond themes most people have seen countless of times, Bond is licensed to kill, goes to the villian's lair, beds with the villian's mistress, encounters henchmens, travel from one location, rides and jumps off planes, trains, buildings, and automibles for queen and country etc. The James Bond franchise of the 80's seemed to be going through Indiana Jones period and the Cold War days which would continue in the "The Living Daylights" and "License To Kill". Too bad the writers couldn't stick with the Cold War stuff instead of the campy stuff 007 fans by now is tired to see.
FYEO is one of the least satisfying Bond films in the series, with a least satisfying performance from Roger Moore. The movie has the usual great locales, women, action and such but it's rather weak within it's pace. After the brilliant ski chase, the film imo falls into flat territory. Even the cool 80's music vibe couldn't save this picture.
Bond's mission is to locate an electronic device and bring it back to England(I'm really bad at describing movie plots so forgive me). Bond has one movie villian, a Greek business man named Kristatos (Julian Glover) and he teams up with Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet) who wants revenge on the person who asassinated her parents. For comedic purpose, Bond meets Bambi (Lynn-Holly Johnson) and although some fans found her to be very annoying, I found her personality to be kinda cute. In any case, the film is suppose to go back to the serious roots of the earlier Bond pictures but that wasn't the case here. The main villian is pretty much boring and has nothing much to offer and it was annoying to see a main villian waste time in getting rid of Bond by tying him up and dragging him in the sea. The underwater sequences was hard to follow, at times I was trying to figure out what on earth was going on when Bond and Melina were trying to escape the henchman's sub? Blofeld introductory scene was pretty stingy to say the least. Ok Cubby, I know that you were a hot shot producer when you were alive, but to film a lousy scene of having Blofeld (actually name never mentioned)falling to his death in response to Kevin Mclory, is rather pathetic and crass. If there is any good points to this that would be the character Columbo (Topol), first seen as a villian but turns out to be the fall guy turns into a pretty lousy twist.
"Moonraker" is rather cheesy and silly altogether. Personally, I wouldn't really recommend ppl to see but I think by now the Bond fans across the world has seen this movie so there's really no point mentioning it. Oh well.
Moore is the same laid back Bond, the same bland 007 who gets his kicks by being a smooth womanizer and then getting annoyed when he is being hunted. Jaws (Richard Kiel) returns as the famous villian and it was nice to see him with a girlfriend. I guess there is a special girl for every guy out there. The Bond villian is pretty boring imo, not sure of the actor Michael Lonsdale was satisfied playing the villian Hugo Drax on set. Maybe he was since he's in the later Bond video games reprising his role. The plot is upserd with one campy phase after another (like the girl who dies after being eaten by two dogs. Why didn't she drive off in the cart?), Drax plans to wipe out the world and replace it with a super race paying homage to Hitler (must be Drax's idol), building a huge un notice space station. How on earth were ppl to not know Drax was building a large space station without it ever being traced? The thing is freaking huge...Even with an undetected radar, ppl would eventually find out right? Idk...it just doesn't make sense and that's how the rest of Moonraker becomes. As much as I tried to admire the picture, I just couldn't tolerate the nonsense. The best points of the film is when Bond goes to outer space (a first for 007) and the sets and visuals even by 1978-79 standards still looks awesome. Also admired the homage of recent films like "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind", "2001", "Star Wars", "From Russia With Love", and "The Magnifiscent Seven". "Moonraker" isn't a terribly bad film but it's easily forgettable in my books.
This is probably Roger Moore's best Bond film of the 1970's. A revalation for the actor after coming across two previous Bond films that were mixed by critics and the audience.
Overall I enjoyed the film. Felt it was entertaining, the action scenes were well shot, admired the locales, the Bond women, particularly Barbara Bach as Anya Amasova, the gadgetry (The Lotus turned into a sub). Roger Moore isn't the best Bond imo but he sure makes up for it in this film. Personally, I still think he hates to get his nice clothes dirty. Moore finally seems to understand not to take the role as 007 seriously and just go along with the special effects and the chessy sexual innuendos. For a 70's picture, TSWLM is very well made.
One of the better Roger Moore as JB 007 pictures. TMWTGG imo was a much better film then the previous film "Live And Let Die" and I was able to accept Moore as the suave agent. I think this is Moore's darkest performances. One scene, Moore threatens a mistress to get information. Still not yet satisfied, Bond (Moore) almost snaps her arm. Another small scene shows 007 pushing a young child into the river. Such a cold character James Bond can really be.
The high points for me were the great locales, the less use of gadgets, the main villian, Fransico Scaramanga (Chris Lee) is one of the best Bond villians on screen (Maybe Lee should have played 007 after Connery), the Bond women (Maud Adams, Brit Ecklund), and the suspense was imo, well handled. Sure there were some cheesy moments like the martial arts scene, Nick Nack (Hervé Villechaize), J.W. Pepper (Clifton James), the carplane, and the silly sound effect when Bond does a spiral off a bridge but overall, I felt it was good film nonetheless. Moore may have somewhat found his comfort zone in the iconic role of James Bond.
LALD is one of the worst Bond films I had to endure. The film's pace is way too cheesy for my own liking (prefered the SPECTRE, austronaunt, rocketship era of the 60's). The tacky clothes and dated production designs of the early 70's wears mighty thin. Even the dated jive talk and ugly haircuts couldn't save this picture. Thank God I wasn't alive to witness those days...
Roger Moore in his first debut role as 007 imo is a let down from the Connery days. Heck, when Connery rode an immature moon buggy in Diamonds Are Forever, he was still able to make the gimmick look cool. In this film, Moore is just too boring imo, less charasmatic, less cunning, still trying to find his comfort as the iconic British agent. Gene Siskel sarcasticly mentioned that Moore often looks like he's afraid to get his clothes dirty when he's engaging in a duel or a chase. Siskel sure is right about that.
The villians aren't that entertaining to watch and now the villians in LALD is into the cocaine/heroin trade. I like Yaphet Kotto as an actor but his performance as Kanaga just didn't cut the cake for me. Sometimes Kotto sounds like Sidney Poiter on auto-pilot. It was very annoying to watch the villians go into that dialogue talk where they let Bond off the hook (E.G. The crocodile/aligator scene). Why don't the villians just get to the point and just kill him?
The Bond girls imo are stunning, even in 1973 times...Who could forget watching young Jane Seymour as Solitaire and Gloria Hendry as Rosie Carver? Of course 007 wouldn't let such stunning hunnies go to waste. I notice there is no Q in this picture, yet Bond is giving a lousy gadget. An amature magnetic watch which also turns into an adaptable blade to cut rope. The main title sequence and the theme song by Paul McCartney is once again dated imo. Kinda knew which way this Bond picture was going overall...Into dated territory.
Bond seems to have two lives in life but he seemed to survive more near death experiences then Batman or MacGuyver altogether.
YOLT would be one of my fav Bond guilty pleasures to watch. This is not a great Bond film and those who have seen this automatically see the flaws. For me, I just have to look at the picture as is (and i've said this countless of times) as pure entertainment. "Goldfinger" is the best Bond of the sixties so YOLT is slightly below the ranks (Other users would easily vote Diamonds Are Forever as the worst Connery/Bond film). This is probably the last time audiences would get a good look at Connery in his prime before he starts to gain more weight and lose some of his dashing good looks in the following years to come.
The plot involves...Well, does a Bond plot really need explaining?! An American spacecraft is hijacked from orbit by an unidentified spacecraft, the Americans believe it's Russians, the British believe Japan may have something to do with the encounter, MI6 send out Bond to invistigate the matter, which takes his travels to Tokyo, Japan. On his way their he meets his usual encounters in typical Bond picture, enemy encounters, exotic locales, gadgets, and beautiful women.
The Bond formula up to this point is starting to get kinda tiring, yet the director of YOLT Lewis Gilbert has a pretty good vision in keeping the story's pace entertaining. I guess I was taken away with the beauty and codes and ethics of cultural Japan. And yes the admirartion of Japanese women. I couldn't get over the campy tone of giving Connery Asian features. In a way, found that to be kind of racist. Probably would have been more racist to ppl if 007's mission was set somewhere in Africa, put him in blackface sporting African features. That's another far flung thought.
The first half of the picture is well done, a lot of action chase scenes, little character involvement with the second half of the picture filled with wall to wall special effects. Don't know what to say about Blofeld (Donald Pleasance). To me, Blofeld comes and goes, just like how his spoiled cat was scared to death during production. The score in YOLT is done well by John Barry and admired Nancy Sinatra singing the opening title theme of the picture.
Watching "Thunderball" is like watching "Dr. No" all over again. Same exotic locales (Bahamas this time instead of Jamaica), same kinda plot (hold the world ransom with some stolen nuclear weapons), a maniacle villian/villianess, 007 gadgetry (wish Bond didn't have to use a jetpack), and etc.
Imo, Bond is much more colder this time with the ladies. It's clear he just uses them or traps them in cage as Hitchcock would with his blonde actresses. There is a scene in the film where Bond bribes a female massage therapist into having sex so she won't lose her job, another scene shows Bond sexist edge and says to one of the women "My dear girl, don't flatter yourself. What I did this evening was for Queen and country. You don't think it gave me any pleasure, do you?" and she retaliates back mockingly. "James Bond, the one where he has to make love to a woman, and she starts to hear heavenly choirs singing. She repents, and turns to the side of right and virtue... but not this one!"
Well at least she doesn't tolerate the idea of being a mere sex object. "Thunderball" has amazing action scenes, mostly filmed underwater (high marks), and uses various film speeds, but the characters aren't really that interesting and neither is the villian or the idea of nuclear missles being hidden beneath the ocean. The Bond women aren't really that interesting either sad to say, but for someone strange reason TB isn't a boring picture to watch. The theme song sung by Tom Jones is one of my favs (YOLT, DAF and Skyfall also favs) For what it's worth, the James Bond franchise still survives and TB still managed to hold my attention.
The first JB movie that started it all...It's a good Bond movie with a very good actor Sean Connery looking lethal and debonair with a cigarette in his mouth when he says the famous "Bond...James Bond", a very beautiful Bond girl, action packed scenes, great exotic locales, and a devious, maniacal villian. Dr. No does feel dated to watch at times but for some weird reason the picture is still worthy of watching. Probably due to Sean Connery skills as 007. A role he was simply born to play.