Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Road - 8 stars out of 10

The Road - 8 stars out of 10

I love dark, post-Apocalyptic movies.  The Road is unique as the plot explores the idea of cannibalism in this atmosphere while focusing on the  characters making an epic journey to a promised land.  The artistry of the color scheme creates visual beauty with its grays and blacks, only allowing for bright colors in the few flashbacks, to create a dim world without hope.  Viggo is amazing but the best performance comes from Robert Duvall as he again proves his mastery of the silver screen.  It moves slow most of the time but delivers as an emotional and visual journey into the extinction of the human race.

Fright Night (1985) - 6 stars out of 10

Fright Night (1985) - 6 stars out of 10

Though I approached this 80's vampire movie with skepticism, I was actually very pleased with the special effects and vampire transformations.  The vampires themselves were quite frightening and while some of the acting leaves something to be desired, Chris Sarandon manipulates the screen with expertise.  And Stephen Geoffreys... he is one of the oddest looking/sounding/acting characters I've ever seen and perfect for the role of Evil Ed.  It may not be the most realistic vampire movie ever created but has great entertainment value and will leave you satisfied.  Not to mention that it's a million times better than the 2011 remake.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Buddy Holly Story - 8 stars out of 10

The Buddy Holly Story - 8 stars out of 10

I respect The Buddy Holly Story above most other musician biopics because all of the music was performed live during the filming.  Gary Busey is amazing as Buddy Holly, bringing his famous songs to life.  This film really highlights the 50's worldview that rock 'n' roll was devil music and the challenge presented to musicians in creating their new brand of music.  Perhaps the most poignant scene is one in which Holly walks away from a recording contract as the producer tries to force his band to adopt a country sound.  It has been cited with inaccuracies (like changing the names of his bandmembers for legal reasons) but offers a great perspective into Holly's career.  From the opening scene at the skating rink to composing Peggy Sue in the car to the infamous performance at the Apollo Theater, this movie is a wonderful tribute to Buddy Holly's life.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Miracle at St. Anna - 7 stars out of 10

Miracle at St. Anna - 7 stars out of 10

I am usually put off when I see that a movie is more than 2 1/2 hours long, but I was pleased with Miracle at St. Anna because SO MUCH happened throughout the movie. The first 15 minutes of the movie was perfectly written, grabbing the audience's attention for the remainder of the film and leaving your jaw in the dropped position, wondering why the murder takes place. I found that the movie intensely engaged my emotions toward the Nazis as they graphically killed women and children. Although the acting was average, the story was excellent as it explored racism within the US army. This film has been controversial but is definitely worth watching

Monday, October 10, 2011

Prime - 1 star out of 10

Prime - 1 star out of 10


I love Meryl Streep... but hate this movie.  With the exception of Kill Bill, I never enjoy Uma Thurman and watching her in the plot of a high school drama strengthened these feelings.  If you feel like watching Thurman pursue a much younger guy and get into lots of overdramatic arguments, be my guest.  But you have been warned.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Jaws - 9 stars out of 10

Jaws - 9 stars out of 10

Great acting hidden amidst one of the sterotyped movies of all times.  Robert Shaw steals the show with his monologue about the war, while Scheider and Dreyfuss put forth very memorable performances.  We don't get to know any of the other characters very well but let's face it: this movie is all about the shark and 3 men's journey to kill it.  I had seen the entire movie several times in segments on tv throughout my life and found the movie to be "okay" but was amazed at how great this movie is when you watch it as a whole.  John Williams deserved his Oscar for Best Original Score and if there was an award for Best Visual Effects in 1976, Jaws would have definitely won.  This is a classic and should be on everybody's list.