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I don't know how I missed this movie, watching it for the first time today. God, I miss Phillip Seymour Hoffman. So much talent. What a huge loss. DeNiro of course is brilliant, as always, and the story itself is touching and well done.
The Big Chill (1983)
37 years later
I never get tired of seeing this ensemble flick. Countless times I've watched it since the 1st time seeing it in a theater, it holds up well; still gets to me. There's sadness, bitterness, dreams fulfilled and failed, mystery and joy. Great actors, some early in their careers. Well worth the watch a couple times a year.
The Greatest Showman (2017)
Not usually a fan of musicals, hated LaLa Land and bugged out 20 minutes in. Didn't expect much from this, but I was hooked 5 minutes in. Catchy tunes, amazing choreography, great costumes. Who cares that it's not historically accurate...wasn't the point of the show. It was just fun, all around. Special note, Keala's powerful voice blew me away. Amazing talent.
This is really bad.
I knew I was going to regret clicking on this when I heard the horribly stilted fake western good guy vs. bad guy dialogue between the forgettable lead and Trace Atkins. Then next chapter, we have Bruce Dern spouting some stupid atonement crud. Never liked him anyway. Man, these actors must've been really desperate, or the only ones that showed up for the casting call. Done.
Corky Romano (2001)
10 years since I last watched this
Still funny after all these years. Corny, unrealistic, childish, yep, all that. Just roll with it!
A Fall from Grace (2020)
Foreclosure...after 42 days.
A mortgage gets taken out, 1st payment is 30 days past due only 42 days after "closing" on said morgage, and banker says make a payment now to avoid foreclosure??? What stupid fresh he!! kind of foolishness is this? It took 14 months for my house to be foreclosed after making late payments for 6 months (waiting to get refinancing approval after the 2008 crash when my employer went bankrupt) Obviously, Mr. Perry hasn't had a mortgage. Don't know why I'm still watching this dreck. I had to pause the movie and walk outside for a smoke. Good God almighty. I'm determined to see the crazy ending people are talking about. I need a good laugh. I'm gonna need to watch The Waterboy after this mess just to recover a few brain cells.
Horse Girl (2020)
Too confusing, too many incomplete back-story teasers
I understand that this is about mental illness. However, Molly Shannon's character left me questioning HER grip...I mean, honestly...Sarah riding a horse down the middle of the street, and all she does is slightly shake her head and go back to business? After literally watching Sarah self-destruct 72 hours earlier? C'mon, that's ridiculous. And the doctor seemed a little grip-less himself with all the unfinished sentences. As confused as he seemed when speaking with Sarah, he seemed more like a fellow patient. I kept watching to till the end, hoping for a wrap-up but, nope. I had higher hopes for this movie. Gotta give it a "nope". 2 stars just for effort.
Bus Stop (1956)
I've tried to watch this twice now. Can't stand it long enough to see the end. I wanted to reach through the screen & strangle Don Murray. And, Marilyn....poor Marilyn. I've tried to recognize the brilliance of her acting skills, as touted by so many, but I just can't. Everything I've ever watched her in leaves me wondering what all the fuss was about, apart from physical attributes. Whatever she's doing, it's not acting. She should have stuck to being a pinup model.
Everything about Bus Stop is awful. Kidnapping, stalking, yep, those are things we should thing are endearing practices in trying to woo someone. Rom-com? Not on your life.
The Young and the Brave (1963)
Ahhh, go ahead, I guess it won't kill him...
...says Bendix, giving little Mexican "Han" a cigarette, before putting him to bed with his dog named Lobo...to whom Han gives English attack commands. How did the cast film this with straight faces?
Viva Knievel! (1977)
Holy Crap is this awful! So much fun tho...
All the big name actors and actresses must have been really, really good friends of Mr. Kneival. And yes, awful though it is, I watched every stinkin' minute of it and had a blast
Better than 1944
I prefer this earlier version of Gaslight to the Boyer/Bergman version. I always feel that Bergman is overly dramatic in everything thing I see her in, which makes her less credible as a character. She was very talented, just needed to dial it back a notch or too. I felt greater suspense watching this version, even tho I know the movie backwards and forwards.
Take Me Home Tonight (2011)
Dreck. Painfully bad.
I lasted/wasted 20 minutes on this mess. Then I read the reviews. Of 93 reviews, I'd bet half were written by cast, crew, family and friends. Very little variation on comments and raving about references to John Hughes. Not even close to 8/10.
Watch the Birdie (1950)
Domestic violence encouraged...
Slapping & slugging women encouraged because if they love the man who hits them, they will hit him back??? I was enjoying the light comedy and slapstick humor until the conversation between Red and his "father" and then I was done. No longer funny.
Every Little Crook and Nanny (1972)
I think it's a cute movie
I enjoyed all the snarky little one-liners. So many shining stars in early performances. Austin Pendleton was hilarious. Who cares if the plot was all over the place, it was a delightful little romp. Ignore the low ratings, give it a look.
Running for Grace (2018)
Lackluster, and far from being a feel-good family movie...
I'm thinking there are an awful lot of fake reviews posted here with a connection to the production. No way would I let a child watch this dark, brooding, mess. Nothing warm and fuzzy, too much hate and ugliness portrayed.
Scenery enjoyable but color seems too intense. Never having been to Hawaii, it may just be my perceptual error.
Characters are incomplete, lacking background and a reason to make us care. Doc is too gruff and I don't feel his affection for Jo. Reyes is a drunk, and while I feel his motivation, mostly we are left to guess and fill in the blanks ourselves. Grandma should be arrested for several sins. I felt no connection to the daughter, acting abilities leave a lot to be desired. I just didn't see the connection between her and Jo. We are given nothing tangible to feel. Much miscasting. Dunno why I bothered to finish watching. It's a bucket full of stale popcorn.
October Kiss (2015)
But I have a question about the "homemade cookies"...those are some seriously professionally decorated cookies; Poppy can't commit to anything, too flighty to stick around long enough at a pizza shop job to flip pizza dough more than twice before quitting, yet we're supposed to believe she whipped up those perfect cookies without quitting when she messed up the 1st hundred she tried? I know this is Hallmark, but puh-leeze. Let the kids decorate like I do, a glob smeared with a knife because a straight line with decorative frosting isn't a kid's strong suit.
See how lightweight this cute little movie is? I was able to share my obsession with the cookies and not miss an important piece of dialogue!
Blood & Treasure (2019)
Horrible. Painfully bad.
I don't know what this show is trying to be, but it's failing miserably. Please take this off the air. I'd rather watch a hour-long vacuum cleaner infomercial.
Rim of the World (2019)
Pay no attention to the haters
It's lightweight, goonies meets independence day, it ain't Spielberg or King or Cameron. It's an entertaining Saturday afternoon flick. Not for under 10 or so, I think, due to some gore. There's a little mildly crude/stupid humor at the beginning but it doesn't last long. It doesn't totally suck like some review(er)s would have you believe.
Wine Country (2019)
I tried really hard to like this. I almost gave up with the squid drop...should have, because then it was time for rude tarot card lady. More banalities, until the final straw...drunken Eternal Flame. Blechh. Horrible. Done.
Backdraft 2 (2019)
Ignore all the negative reviews...it's decent enough
Maybe because I'm not a professional firefighter or maybe because when I watch dramas like this, I'm willing to suspend my expectations of 100% accuracy in exchange for entertainment, I enjoyed this movie. I enjoyed Donald Sutherland's portrayal of total creepiness. He nailed creepy, deranged old man. There were a few extraneous characters, like the girlfriend, but she was needed for one scene in particular (no spoilers from me!) Sean is a flawed person. It's his motivation. A few loose ends, like the connection between the Tuckers & the bad guys, but no big deal. I didn't care enough to get all wound up about it. I probably won't watch it again, but it was okay for a one-off
The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967)
Aw Roy, you shouldn't have done it
I only watched because Roy is in it. Bless his heart, but he tried. Cheesy funny, I even changed my rating from a 3 to a 4 just because the bad jokes tickled me
Dead to Me (2019)
Just binge-watched the whole 10 episodes
I was having a crappy day, so grabbed a coke and some chips and hit the couch, looking for a little distraction. I forgot about the clothes in the dryer and at 9pm I took a break to throw a sandwich together because I realized I had missed dinner. Kept me riveted right to the end, which made me laugh out loud. Great characters, human and beautifully flawed. The actors were perfectly cast. I don't think any follow-up season is needed, the ending is perfect just the way it is. I'm stingy about giving 9's and 10's, so an 8 is great in my book.
Ring of Fire (1961)
Always liked David Janssen but ohmygosh this is a cheeseball movie. The dialogue, the music, the 17-going-on-30 "teenaged" chick...oy vey. I can't wait for the fireball & the trainwreck, I'm jumping off.
Last Night (2018)
Decent suspense movie, keep watching, don't quit
The story is told in flashbacks, which resolved a few continuity issues I thought I had noticed. About halfway through, I thought I had the "doer" figured out, but I was wrong. There's a number of guilty parties here, but guilty of different sins. Enjoy!
The Great Outdoors (1988)
My favorite John Candy movie
I watch this every time it pops up on a channel, purely for Mr. Candy. No matter how trivial any movie might be, his characters always make me happy. Such a loss, I feel I would've liked meeting him in person. Not an Ackroyd fan, but Annette Bening was hilarious. Watching the bear story-telling right now...classic Candy!