Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Road House (1989)

Dalton is a cooler/bouncer who is the best in the business. He gets hired by a man named Frank Tilghman, to clean up his rough honky-tonk bar called the Double Duece which has fights breaking out every night. However Brad Wesley, the town crime boss has control over everything that goes on and when he founds out about Dalton, Brad and his gang of thugs try to make trouble for him. A bit cheesy and campy, but some funny dialogue and good action. 6/10 Starring Patrick Swayze, Ben Gazzara, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott

Monday, January 24, 2011

First Knight (1995)

Lancelot is a man who lives by the sword, who lives free in the world and goes wherever the road takes him, it's all chance. Then one day he rescues a beautiful woman in the forest after being ambushed by the evil Sir Malagant. He soon founds out she is Lady Guinevere is engaged to marry King Arthur of Camelot. Lancelot ends up falling in love with her and despite her struggle falls for him as well even after she marries Arthur. Meanwhile Malagant wants Camelot and attempts to take Arthur's throne from him so he can rule over everyone. An exciting and romantic adventure story; the chemistry between Ormond and Gere is convincing, but Connery seems a bit too old for the role of King Arthur. Starring Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond, Ben Cross, 7/10

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Throw Momma from the Train (1987)

Larry Donner is an author and professor who teaches people who want to write. He is divorced and frustrated because his ex-wife stole his idea and her book is now a best seller. Owen Lift is one of Larry's students who has an overbearing mother and has fantasies of getting rid of her. So when Larry tells Owen to go see Hitchcock films to understand how to write a suspenseful story, he goes to see Strangers on a Train and comes up with an idea of swapping murders just like they do in the movie; Owen will bump off Larry's wife if Larry kills Owen's mother. Of course Larry thinks it's a joke but when his ex-wife falls overboard and vanishes in the sea, Larry becomes the suspect in her disappearance. A hilarious black comedy; Crystal and Devito are terrific. Starring Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal, Kim Greist, Rob Reiner 7/10

Julie & Julia (2009)

The story of two women; Julia Child who lived in Paris with her husband in the 1940's, taught cooking and wanted to get her book published. And Julie Powell; who lives in New York City in the modern day world, is a young writer that doesn't like her job so she starts a blog where she is determined to make 524 recipes in 365 days from Julia's first book of French cooking. An interesting story about two extraordinary women who come from very different backgrounds but have one thing in common; they love to cook. A wonderful interesting story; Meryl Streep gives an exceptional performance as well as Amy Adams. Starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Craig Messina, Jane Lynch 7/10

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Blob (1958)

Teenager Steve Andrews and his girlfriend Jane see what looks like a meteor falling from the sky one night. They go to search for it and when they discover an old farmer who has some kind of jelly-like creature on his hand, they know that's not what fell from the sky. It is some kind of mutant, and the thing keeps on growing bigger and bigger as it consumes its victims. So it's up to Steve, Jane and his friends to try and stop it from taking over the town, despite no one believing their story. An entertaining and at times comical story with a young Steve McQueen in the lead role. Starring Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe, Olin Howland, Stephen Chase, Robert Fields, James Bonnet 7/10

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Se7en (1995)

Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman portray two homicide detectives; one a rookie, the other a veteran in this disturbing murder drama. Detective Mills and Somerset try to hunt down a serial killer which is using the seven deadly sins as their MO. Although Mills just wants to find the killer, Somerset goes and researches about the seven deadly sins to get a better understanding into the killer's sick mind. Starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, Richard Schiff, Kevin Spacey 8/10

Captives (1994)

Julia Ormond plays Rachel, a beautiful young dentist who just got separated from her husband. She starts to work part-time at a British prison and becomes attracted to Philip, who's one of the inmates at the prison. No sooner do have a secret affair even though it is not allowed for an employee to get involved with an inmate. But when Rachel discovers what Philip is in jail for, matters get complicated even more. A tense, and intriguing romantic drama; the chemistry between Ormond and Roth is hot. Starring Julia Ormond, Tim Roth, Keith Allen, Siobhan Redmond, Peter Capaldi 7/10

Monday, January 3, 2011

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Butch Cassidy and Sundance the Kid are leaders of the Hole-in-the-Wall gang, a band of men who rob banks and trains. But when they discover one day after robbing a train in which they use a little too much dynamite, that a special posse go after them. Their gang flees but it's obvious that the posse are only after Butch and Sundance when they don't follow the gang. And although the pair have no idea who those guys are, as Butch keeps on saying, the posse keeps on trailing them everywhere they go. After Butch and Sundance jump off the very high cliff into the water and lose the posse, they go to visit Etta Place, a young schoolteacher who is Sundance's lover. Later they earn that the posse is being paid to stay together until they kill Butch and Sundance. So they decide to leave the country and go to Bolivia. But it's not at all what they expect; the village being so small and the difficulty in learning to speak Spanish to carry out a robbery. One of my favorite westerns, with some great lines and humor mixed in, this film is wonderful fun. Newman and Redford are both terrific. Starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin, Cloris Leachman, Kenneth Mars, George Furth 9/10