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One of my all time favorite films.. the term "ahead of it's time," is overused but it's truly the case here with this movie. It was way too unique for 1997 to handle. You can blame Miramax as they hyped it as the next Pulp Fiction when it was anything but, thankfully it is it's own wonderful beast.
This movie had the courage to allow one of the best action heroes ever to change and be out of his zone and it plays beautifully as Stallone is at his best here. Many would expect Deniro or Keitel to be the bright spots but it's Sly and Liotta owning the movie. They are the most interesting and compelling characters of the whole thing. What makes this work is that no one really steals from each other: Stallone shines as much as Keitel or even Garaffalo did. My fav of the villains was Robert Patrick who was at his best here.
The whole thing's a soilid character study on how to do the right thing in the midst of corruption and every bit of life turning on you. Stallone's guy has all kinds of hell thrown in his face yet he mans up and becomes a true badass thru the movie.. a great arc. Also great here is is his lost love story as well as seeing how the baddies work.. a lot wasn't fully examined sadly but it works so well.
The Climax is one of the best in all of film.. such a heartbreaking yet empowering ending. I'm not gonna spoil it but it's damn amazing.. never seen many like it.
Such a shame this one's not fully appreciated it deserved better.
This is one of my favorite horror films. It's 100% un-apologetic: it's wicked as hell with a dark sense of humor, lacks morals, and is quite zany yet it never takes itself too over serious and that helps in quite a few ways make it from being a lame retread. If you love an edgy mainstream horror film that isn't 100% serious this is a perfect pick.
Acting wise you get Edward Furlong at the height of his teen angst period and he's not too bad, you get Anthony Edwards who's quite lifeless as his dad he acts like he's ashamed to be there and doesn't really try besides a couple of scenes, you get Jared Rushton near the end of his peak years playing one of the weirdest bullys I've ever seen in a movie they make him such a creep which is a major 180 from his earlier roles, but thankfully you get Clancy Brown who busted his butt to make the movie fun and he really ups things quite a bit. Without him I see the movie being just unwatchable.
This one gets hated on too much imo. In terms of dumb and fun horror this up near the top.
"Lacks Intensity," says RT. How wrong is that? Well very, in terms of mainstream high school FB films this is one of the better ones by far. It's nowhere as pretentious as Remember the Titans or cheesy, it's a realsitic and fun yet brutal at times look into high school football and how it's both fun and rough to deal with, more on the former.
This movie is a 90's flick to it's core but it's unashamed of it. It manages to never let up and make the most of what it had. Vanderbeek manages to work extremly well and has that QB poise to him. All of the players do. Larter steals the show as the babe of the movie.. damn it's a shame she never had more big sexpot roles.
Voight's the key that makes the movie work. He's such a dick that no matter what he does it's rievting and when he finally goes down at the end it's gold. One of his better roles. He works well with the then kids and doesn't steal.
In terms of Football films it's def in the top 5 with '74 Longest Yard and the Replacements..
RIP Billy Bob!
This one is imo unfairly hated. It's easily one of the better escapist Bond films and a solid finale for Moore, who in all fairness had been around 6/7 years too long at the least. You can tell he was in hardly any of the action scenes but if you simply ignore that then you will make it thru it. The story takes a little bit to get going but when it does it's damn fun. Roberts is only there for the sex appeal but you get Jones as May Day who is one of the more enjoyable villanesses and you get Walken as Zorrin who is one of the top 5 villains. What's not to love there?
Great action and a killer climax makes for a fun 2nd half. This one never fails be fun. The end itself is a solid finale for Moore.
That being said I'd be lying if I didn't say I wish Dalton coulda done this one.. Dalton as Bond vs Zorrin woulda been incredible.
Oddly a remake of the 5th film Thunderball NSNA against all odds manages to overcome the odds and be an improvement over it's predecessor. Connery is fully into the role which couldn't be said for the previous 2 movies as he was wanting a better goodbye for the role. He was involved with quite a bit during this production and it helped for the better. The action is miles better than Thunderball's, the supporting characters are better, and there's less underwater scenes which is a real blessing.
Klaus Brandauer manages to become one of top 10 best lead Bond villains by making Largo less douchy and more quiet. Orginal Largo just looked evil and had not much humanity this one seems like your average nerdy billionaire yet his crazy side is both freightning and awesome to watch. He can't do much to you but he has the power too. Great foil for Sean. Carrerra as Blush is a more subtle 80's version of Onatopp but that's not a insult, she's amazing here. Basinger is very, very young and not fully there yet as an actress but she's awesome eye candy. Bernie Casey also manages to make for an awesome Felix Leiter, imo the most underrated one.
This one has some faults: it's score is horrendusly bad as is the title song, and there's not enough time with the baddies yet the movie as a whole doesn't fall appart like it should have. It ends with a great climax and some good action.
Connery fades to black as Bond with a solid farewell..