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The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Where the Woodbine Twineth
(1965)
Episode 13, Season 3

Unforgettable Classic
I remember seeing this episode when I was five. That is how strong of an impression it left. Some thirty plus years later I read a collection of short stories that involved horror and children, which this story was part of. I knew it was the same that I had seen as a kid and the hunt was on. I finally found the episode and bought it. The episode involves a spinster aunt who basically has no time or patience for an orphaned child's imaginary friends and make believe world and tries to put an end to it. She soon learns why she should have listened and been a little more receptive to her niece's imaginary world and make-believe friends. If you can find this episode get, it since it ranks up there with the memorable "The Unlocked Window" and others. The old master Hitchcock, while most famous for his intrigue and murder mysteries in TV and film, could also do a nice nasty horror episode as well. This episode will haunt you, especially with its ending.

Suspicion
(1957)

A Nice Little Series
I have only seen a few episodes of this series and I like it. I own the story A Voice in th Night and it is truly a suspenseful and scary story with a lot of subtle horror. The stories and the writing I have seen from just a few episodes is crisp and tight in the telling of very good and entertaining stories. Seriously, this needs to be on DVD like another series Bus Stop almost from the same era. As it is, this series stand alone on the strength of just the few stories I have seen. I seriously hope I can find more of this long forgotten and little known gem. If you can get copies or even few them, you will not be disappointed. At least not from the few I have seen.

A City on Fire: The Story of the '68 Detroit Tigers
(2002)

A Love Story to Motown's Boys of Summer
having lived in Michigan all of my life I am very familiar with the 1968 Tigers. They are perhaps the most loved team in sports history here. While others may be loved and revered this team is the one that is never forgotten and always mentioned when a sports franchise wins another championship. It was a come back team from a city trying to recover from some very bad riots the year before. Those of us in Michigan can remember 1967 very well. Even those of us out in the suburbs had a curfew during those trying times. many of us also remember the Tigers were eliminated from contention on the last day of the year in 1967.The next year was magic. In most of their games they came from behind to win late in the game and then became only the third team to come from a 3-1 deficit to win the World series over the favored and defending champion St. Louis Cardinals and their Hall-of-Fame laden line-up. I remember seeing on TV people black and white hugging and celebrating the Tigers victory, when a year earlier they might not have had anything to do with each other or been at each others throats. It might be a story only those who lived here can understand or empathize with. But, it is our story, and for one year, a baseball team made us forget our troubles during some very turbulent times.I knew many kids who like me lived in the suburbs who wanted to be like Willie Horton, Earl Wilson or Gates Brown and years later I knew many black people who wanted to be like Al Kaline,Norm Cash, Denny McLain or Mickey Lolich. These players are still loved, admired, and respected not only for winning, but because they too were part of the community. Most had mid-western and Michigan roots and still do. For outsiders, this is a chance to see what and why this team means so much to so many people in Michigan and Detroit.To this day, the Tiger of 1968 are still special. This story tells you why.

The Fog
(2005)

New Fog is a Clouded Mess
I am a big fan of the original Fog. It was a very good and yet, little ghost story. The story was well done as was the acting and most of atmosphere. It is truly a ghostly horror classic. True the original was underrated, but as ghost stories go it was pretty solid and timeless. The characters in it, like John Houseman, etc were much more memorable and pertinent to the story. The remake is lacking. We know nothing or very little of the characters, the story is disjointed, and skips around too much. MINOR SPOILER: we hardly ever get to see or experience the vengeful ghost like we did in the first one.Even the characters are not presented in the same way, which makes it even more dull. The special effects for as advanced as they were, were also lacking in comparison to the primitive ones of the original in 1980. In a word, this movie was lacking. Lacking in everything, especially in chills and horror. Maybe this should be a lesson to filmmakers to stop remaking films. Only a few have been improved. The rest are seriously lacking. if you want a really good ghost story with some decent chills and acting, get the original, it's a classic. This should have been flushed. This remake is a clouded mess of movie that isn't even close to being as entertaining as the original. I think the director and Mr. Caprenter may have had clouded and foggy vision in making this movie.

Sideways
(2004)

No Way for Sideways.
This movie was one of those that the critics praised as great like the Piano,and American Beauty but in all actuality sucked. Highly praised and acclaimed and stunk. The movie was advertised as a comedy. My one question was, where was the humor? It was a humorless comedy.With the exception of Virginia Madsen's character, none of them were likable or sympathetic. Just pathetic. Paul Giamatti played a wine snob who looked down on somebody who waited tables and stole from his own mother. Great character he was. Haden Church played and man who was due to get married in a week and was out boning anything, especially Sandra Oh, right before his wedding. He even thinks about calling off the his wedding for this hot piece of @ss. Even after he suffers a broken nose from her finding out that he's getting married he's off after a fat waitress within a day or so. Nice guy that is. Why is this movie about two pathetic losers considered a funny comedy. I kept thinking this piece of crap would get better just like the Piano and American Beauty, needless to say it did not. Hollywood sure has a warped idea on what the rest of the country is like. As for me it's no way for sideways. No way is it funny. No way is it entertaining. No way is it worth watching. It is crap with a capital "C"

A Series of Unfortunate Events
(2004)

An Excuse To Make Child Abuse Entertaining!
I did not know what to expect form this movie when we went with our kids and some friends. Midway through it I had to get up and leave for a moment. This movie was the biggest piece of sh!t that I have seen in years. It is that because it has tried to make child abuse by Jim Carrey's evil character entertaining. Yes, he played his role well and visually, it is quite nice as well. But, the underlying theme of the whole movie is these kids trying to get away from and evil Count Olaf who basically wants to kill them. His hits them, tries to force on into a child-marriage, makes them do hard labor, and over an over again tries to kill them. I am no wimp or wussie and this movie made me sick. I hated it. I have seen abuse like this from a family member and they looked the same. I knew that Horrorweird was sick and did some pretty raunchy things, but trying to do it in s children's story, and as entertainment, they have sunk to a new low. I have been a JIm Carrey fan for years, but this guy was not funny, not even remotely and was quite pathetic. Do not take your kids to see this. This is a sick movie made by sick minds. It is depressing and very hard to take. I can see why so many main stars were in this. This is cinematic crap, or celluloid sh!t. I wouldn't have rated it a one, but the scale goes only 1 through 10. Avoid like a pile of manure. It is child abuse made to look entertaining and that's it.

The Searchers
(1956)

Wayne and Ford at Their Very Best!!!
The Searchers is one of the best westerns ever made. It has to be top five. Personally, I place it at Number one. The Searchers is the culmination of John Ford and John wayne at their very best and the very pinnacle of their careers. Ford , may well go down as one of the top ten directors ever with this film. Whoever said John Wayne couldn't act had never seen The Searcher's. This was not your typical John Wayne. Wayne plays an embittered, uncompromising, no very friendly or lovable person. He is prejudice, world weary and filled with hate towards who ever is in his way, whether it is Commanche or others. He plays Ethan very well. This was as intense a role as I can recall for John Wayne. The others play their roles to perfection as well, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, etc. all play their roles well. Henry Brandon plays Scar as well as Wayne plays Ethan Edwards. They are in a sense one and the same, mirror images of each other. They both respect and hate each other. The scenery, the acting,the cinematography and especially the story are riveting.The story is the the movie and Ford, as a director was an excellent storyteller. He begins with the door to his brother's place opening, like a book opening up to tell its story and ends it the same way. If you had to buy one John Wayne western it would have to be this one. Only two others come close and they are The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance or Stagecoach. This is the best work John Wayne has ever done, bar none. Who can't help but dislike and respect him simultaneously.The movie shows a man on mission to get back what family he has left. John Ford and John Wayne reached the pinnacle of their talents as actor and director int he telling of this story. The Searchers is one of the great all-time classics.The Searchers could be considered not only one of the best westerns ever, but one of the best movies ever!

Them!
(1954)

Them is ants you will not step on!
Ever since the first time I saw Them! it has been one of my favorite science fictions movies. It is a classic and one of the top ten greats of its genre. Them! was the movie that started a bunch of imitators in the giant bug sci-fi films.It was the best of the lot. The story starts out like a murder mystery and takes itself very seriously. Them follows the less is more theory and you are not sure who or what the killer in the New Mexico desert is. The characters are real and believable. For years I associated Edmund Gwynn with Them more than I did with Miracle on 34th Street.Say what you want about the special effects, they may have been limited but they were well utilized and pretty good for the budget and their day. The overall story and the suspense that followed int his movie was great. The part where some of the ants hatched aboard a ship at see was well done and added some extra menacing drama to the movie. Now that I am grown up I have owned Them on both VHS and eventually DVD. I enjoy this movie. It is not only entertaining and very done science fiction, it is fun. I feel bad for movies like Them, The Thing, War of the Worlds, Forbidden Planet and the Day the Earth Stood Still, because ever since Star wars, it's as if they have been relegated to second class status, when they should in fact be right up there with those movies. Them gave a giant monsters with a well-thought out and intelligent script. It is in my top ten sci-fi films and top ten sci-films of the 1950's. This movie was a trend setter and any film that followed after wards with a giant bug in it owe its allegiance to Them! This is worth buying, that is how much I recommend this classic 1950's science fiction film. Truly this is a great science fiction film. One of the greatest, in fact. You can't step on these ants, not Them.

The Purple Heart
(1944)

A Moving and Entertaining Reminder of the Past Japanese Culture
The Purple Heart is one of those movies that stays with you. Yes, there is some sentimental and patriotic themese and stereotypes in it. But, considering that it was made during wartime when, while the war may have no longer been in doubt by 1944, it was far from over. The performances by Dana Andrews, and others as the basically doomed American flyers was very good. They managed to not only evoke sympathy and sorrow for their predicament, but strength, bravery and loyalty. If anybody thinks the Japanese portrayals were over the top or unrealistic, then go read the Rape of Nanking and about the Bataan Death March and the real building of the Bridge on the River Kwai. Putting it bluntly, I know a number of veterans who wished we dropped at least six more atomic bombs on the Japanese to pay them back for their cruelties and war crimes. For its time, the movie was pretty accurate and dead on historically. The performances are riveting.All in all it is a pretty good portrayal of how the Japanese actually were. As for the knucklehead who said that we started the war, go read a book meathead. The Japanese actually attacked us before Pearl Harbor near Nanking and the U.S.S. Panay incident where they bombed our gunboat that was a neutral country. This led to the boycotting of materials to the Japanese mainland.

The Hollywood Knights
(1980)

A FUNNY AND GREAT GUILTY PLEASURE!!!
Say what you will about this movie, but in the end it is funny. Is it Shakespeare and the bard? Hell, no. Just take it for what it is, a funny, guilty pleasure that is great. I like this movie. I like it a lot. Is it an American Graffiti wannabe? Yep. But, with the group of friends I grew up with we kind of experienced a few of the things in this movie so we could relate to it. The movie is funny,sophomoric a little raunchy and dirty in spots, but so what? The story isn't too bad and as a movie it is entertaining. we get to see several young actors and comedians just starting out. This is the perfect movie to be shown the weekend of the Woodward Dream Cruise in Michigan. It is basically the perfect guys movie, because it has cars, topless and nude women, drag races, beer, topless and nude women, great music, practical jokes, insults, topless and nude women, simulated sex and innuendo,more women, farting,and of course topless and nude women. This movie makes no pretenses on what it is. Just sit back and enjoy it like any other guilty pleasure. It's a fun movie!

Fahrenheit 9/11
(2004)

Propaganda Joseph Goebbels Would Be Proud Of!
First off, I am not going into detail about specifics of this film. But, Moore has become the premier propagandist of not the political documentary, but the "Doctoredmentary" or as some call it the Crockumentary. Just like he did in Bowling For Columbine, Moore presents "his facts" in half truths, omissions, clever edits, lies, misinformation and falsities to tell the story he wants told, or believes should be told. He presents a story that is conflict with many facts that have come out. One of the main ones being the Bin Laden families leaving. The 9/11 commission of both Democrats and Republicans have stated that what Moore presents is not true here. This isn't the only incident of don't let the facts get in the way of your telling a good but incorrect story of which there are many.Moore has taken over the mantel of propaganda like no one else since Joseph Goebbels and Lani Riefenstahl.He has made the ambush interview and the clever editing of other interviews to give the appearances of different times and places and basically taking things out of context just to validate his point of view.The truth be damned, Michael Moore has a story to tell and he will tell it his way.Michael Moore would Make Joseph Goebbels proud and more than likely is in fact applauding from the grave over Moore's latest propaganda. How this gets considered to be a documentary, God only knows, but I always thought that documentaries had to have facts in them.

Salem's Lot
(2004)

Extremely Disappointing, Alright,But Could have Been More...
When I first heard they were re-doing Salem's Lot, I was excited. I knew the original was well done for a 1970's t.v. mini series. As well as could be expected. It stayed reasonably close to the book and offered some pretty good chills. Having said that it was lacking. First and foremost having a vampire that looked like Max Schreck/ Nosferatu. The next was that the effects were lacking. Other than that it was similiar to the story. Now we come to 2004's Salem's Lot. I decided not to compare and judge it on it's own and that included how similiar to the book. I must say I was left wanting. First off, the beginning. In the book, if memory serves me correctly Ben Mears was telling his story to a priest, not attacking him, where both ended up in the hospital. Next, it appeared to me that there was a combining of characters in the new version,much more so than the original. Where Ben Mears was a horror/fiction writer returning home they had the newer one being some kind of obstinate controversial writer who saw only the bad side of people. It seems like Horrorwierd always has to have our soldiers be some kind of killers of civilians in movies like the ones mentioned in Mears' book in Afghanistan. It wasn't needed and was the PC swipe at our soldiers, something that had no importance or place here. The story seemed rushed, especially in the second half. Yes, the effects were better and the Marsden house was creepier, but the series lacked. In the book there was a kind of love interest between Ben and Susan, but this one was more confrontational and they did not click as a couple. They decided to make Ben's old teacher a gay man instead of a life long bachelor as well. The story while updated was not updated for the better. There were some nice references to Cujo,and Stand By Me, other Stephen King works. The references were very good and witty. I was disappointed the first night I saw this, but decided to wait and watch the second night to reserve judgement. It did not improve. The highlight for me was seeing the kids on the bus climbing on the ceiling before getting the bus driver. That was haunting. But with a town full of vampires, towards the end you would have thought it was a Night of the Living Dead vampire movie. I am extremely disappointed. It was only fair at best, alright, but it could have been so much more....

Raptor
(2001)

Two BIG Reasons to Watch This Movie...Well Maybe Four.
There are two big reasons to watch this movie and Melissa Brasselle owns both of them.. well maybe four if you count Lorissa McComas' as well. The two well- endowed starlets stole the movie as far as I'm concerned. I just wish that Ms. Brasselle (Is there a pun in that name?) would have been a lot more revealing or at least as much as Ms. McComas. Them raptors wouldn't have stood a chance against those two or should I say four. The movie was a typical B movie that was somewhat entertaining. If it wasn't for Brasselle's and McComas's bust out performances, then it would have been rated as high. Four boobs, I mean four stars for B mediocrity. Hopefully we will be seeing more of Ms. Brasselle and I don't mean neccessary in more movies, just more of her body.

Cheaper by the Dozen
(2003)

A very Bad Remake!
Maybe it's me, but the original Cheaper By the Dozen was a pretty good film with subtle humor that had a good storyline. Clifton Webb played the father, who while he had his faults was a quite capable parent. Now you have the new version where, Steve Martin acts like he barely able to dress himself and wipe his own rear end, let alone help raise a family. What is it with Hollywood these days? If you are a man you don't know how to cook, clean,change a diaper or just be a decent parent. You seemed disqualified because you are a man. Now we have this new very bad remake of Cheaper by the Dozen that while it has slapstick and goofy humor as well as many popular young actors and actresses, it has lost the soul that the first one had. I suppose this generation make like it, but it can't hold a candle to the original.The acting is nowhere near as good. Rent the original, pass on this one,it sucks.

Wild Wild West
(1999)

Wild Wild Worst of the Worst Ever!!!
This movie had none of the feel that the original t.v. series did. It was terrible. First off, I like all of the main actors in it, but with the possible exception Hayek, they were horrible miscast. First off, I love Will Smith, he is great, but considering the time of the movie, who is going to believe him as a secret service agent just after the civil war. Chances are he would have been lynched by a few people during those times for being the way his character was. That part alone strains any credibility given the times they were supposed to represent. Klein a very good actor is just too comedic and the rest is just wasted. It is way too special effects laden. Even the t.v. series as far-fetched as it could get never became that over the top. Maybe tongue in cheek but, not as much as this movie did. It is and was a big budget fiasco that tries to make the 19th century too much like an Independence Day Goes West. This has to be all of the main actors very worst movie. This is definitely a suckfest in celluloid.

Holocaust
(1978)

One of the Best Mini-Series' Ever!!!
Holocaust has to rank up there as one of the best mini-series' ever. It has to be up there with Roots and Band of Brothers as some of the best that t.v. has ever offered. Holocaust works because it puts the horror of Hitler's Third Reich in very personal terms in the way it was presented from two families' perspectives. The performances were done very well, the storyline was not only good but very entertaining. It kept me riveted to the t.v. when it was on. This didn't need to be graphic to get the story across on the horrors of naziism and what Jews went through. In fact being form one Jewish families perspective makes the holocaust itself that much more personal and up close. This was definitely must see t.v.

Thriller
(1960)

A Very Thrilling and Chilling Anthology Series!!!
Boris Karloff's Thriller ranks up there with the other great anthology series' that are fondly remembered and greatly loved. It is up there with the Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Night Gallery and others. The stories, were memorable. I was too young to see the show in its initial incarnation, but I saw it on a local station when I was 12 and the stories stayed with me.They were and are classics. I just wish it was rebroadcast on the Sci-fi Channel. The perfect line-up would be The Twilight Zone, The Outer limits, Thriller, Night Gallery, Tales From the Crypt, etc. The show was that good and that memorable. It is and was one of the best horror anthology series' ever made. It has been too long since it has been on.This t.v. show is a lost gem of a classic that needs to be back on again. If you get a chance to see this show, by all means watch it. You will be very happy and terrified that you did.

Roll, Freddy, Roll!
(1974)

Conway Skates Through This Very Funny Comedy!!!
It has been years since I even thought of this movie. When I first saw this I laughed my ass off. I had always known that Tim Conway was funny. Some of his best stuff was on the Carol Burnett Show, where his improvisation was second to none. Conway was also a very understated comedian playing a bumbling ensign on McHale's navy. In Roll Freddy Roll, he is at his physical comedy best as a dad trying to impress his son by getting into the world record book. The situations he gets into as a man who wearing his roller skates everywhere to break a record is great. The story is simple and very funny. The supporting cast is also very credible and play off Conway's physical humor very well. If you ever get a chance to watch this movie do so, and with the whole family, they will love it.As a comedian Conway has always been underrated and in some area underappreciated. Roll Freddy Roll, shows you why Conway was so funny. Yes, this isn't the Bard, but this little made-for-t.v. movie is very funny and entertaining. I just sorry they didn't do some kind of sequal or follow up to it.

Casablanca
(1942)

The Greatest of the Great Films!!!
There is very little doubt, except from some of the younger people who have not seen much and to them the first Star Wars film is almost ancient history that feel Casablanca is perhaps the greatest film ever made, bar none. It is that good and that great. It could be viewed as probably the most perfect movie ever made. The direction, the acting, the script, the casting, the setting, and the way things were shot is without a doubt, of the highest calibre ever made. You have great direction, great casting with even the smallest roles played by the actors to perfection. Every character is there for a reason and adds to the film even in the smallest capacity. Bogart's Rick is the perfect anti-hero as is Bergman as the woman he still loves and lost. The love story is timeless, worldly and yet surprisingly fresh. Some movies age with time, Casablanca only gets better and more timeless, like fine wine. There can be a debate about which film is the greatest. Some may view Citizen Kane or Gone With the Wind as having the top spot and that is fine, both are worthy films and belong in the top ten. But in my humble opinion, Casablanca is the best simple because it is the perfect movie. It has stood the test of time and is the Greatest of the all-time Great films! There has been and will be nothing made that can compare to it. Casablanca is simply the greatest film ever made!

Salem's Lot
(1979)

Made For TV Movie With Some Teeth To It!!!
Having read the book Salem's Lot, I was surprised at how close the made-for-tv movie stayed to the book. I was actually surprised that it was actually pretty good. Th acting and storyline were and are pretty good as well. It is filled with a bunch of well known character and t.v. actors who do quite capable jobs in their roles. Too many critics of the movie fail to realize this was made-for-tv in the 1970's when things that could be on tv were a lot different than nowadays. It still is pretty good. Take it for what it is, a very well done tv adaptation of a very good book. Salem's Lot is still pretty good even after all of these years.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
(2000)

A Rotten Banana With a Greasy Black Peel of a Movie
The Cartoon feature of How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic. In fact it is one of my favorite Christmas cartoons even after all of these years. Ron Howard took the Grinch classic and turned it upside down and ruined it. This movie has the Grinch and Cindylou Who being the only two characters who feel the holiday should be about more, where in the original, the only one who didn't get the concept of Christmas was the Grinch. Talk about changing a story around. Howard, normally a fine director changed the whole concept of the story and gave us the typical Horrorweird cliche ridden crap where only one person isn't into the commercialism of Christmas and pretty much everybody else is. I've seen this on everything from the Bob Hope specials to the made for t.v. crap that comes out at the holidays. It's been done too many times and is beginning to sound way too preachy for me.It is way too old of a story line.On top of that, Howard throws in a love interest and a political rival. Instead of a classic, we are given a seasick crocadile of a film. Having said that, the only redeaming thing about this movie other than the effects, make-up, and costumes is the performance of Jim Carrey, He pulled off the Grinch excellently. Much too good for this movie. Can you imagine if they had stuck to the original premise of the movie? It would have been great! Instead we get this. You're a mean one Mr. Howard. especially on this. You gave us a film of unwashed socks and a rotten banana with a greasy black peal! Yuck!!!!P.U.!!!!!

Planet of the Apes
(1968)

A Sci-Fi Classic To GO Ape Over!!!
The Planet of the Apes Is a classic. I won't go into the story too much but it deals with astronauts of the future ending up on a planet where apes rule and humans are ther equivalent of deer to be hunted. Charlton Heston plays Taylor the eventual lone surviving human who is basically a loner who really cannot stand or even like a lot of humanity but ironically ends up having to defend it. The story, the script, the acting by Heston, McDowall, Hunter and Evans is superb. Even Linda Harrison as Nova the mute female is good.Even without talking for the first part of the picture once he is captured by apes, Heston's Taylor is excellent in a world turned upside down. Even with the sequal, cartoons and remakes this movie stands out as an all-time classic. When this movie came out there really had been no other movie like it before.It is a shame they made the sequals because this movie has to be as a movie in the top ten of all time for science fiction movies.The two things I remember the most is Taylor telling the gorillas to "Get their stinking paws off of me, you damned dirty apes" and the very end where he curse mankind once again for what he learns it had done to his planet.Sorry a slight spoiler there. The ending is a classic that is frought with irony and humour.Then again irony and humour are throughout this sci-fi classic.This movie get four bananas out of four.This movie stands the test of time. A true classic!!!

Ginger Snaps
(2000)

Being a Werewolf Is Sure A Bitch!
Ginger Snaps is an interesting take on the werewolf movies. While I thought the ending was somewhat disappointing, as a whole this was a pretty decent and entertaining movie. The acting and the story were pretty good. I was curious because of the fact that, other than the Howling, An American Werewolf In Paris and the old She-Wolf of London this was one of the few movies that had a female werewolf. She definitely made one bitchy werewolf.I like the characters and how they related to each other and the situations. This movie is worth watching once.The only subpar part is at the ending. I still can't imagine a sequel to this movie. Maybe a prequel, but not a sequel.

Beneath the Planet of the Apes
(1970)

I'll Be A Monkey's Uncle This Sucked a Huge Banana!!!
I loved the Planet of the Apes movie. It has to rank as one of the best not to mention strange and memorable sci-fi movies of all time. Great ending. It ranks as one of probably the top ten sci-fi films of all-time. That being said, Beneath the Planet of the Apes is alright, at least compared to the other sequels. But, that ain't saying much. This one sucked on a huge banana! Like a previous reviewer said, I could think of a number of interesting way to do a sequel, most of which involved Nova and Taylor and what they did after Taylor discovered where he was, was actually earth. You could even have the Brent character in it and trying to find them. You could have had another group of apes that broke off from the ape city bunch. There were many different and better ideas. Although, I do think the Nova and Taylor story afterwards would have been the most interesting. Beneath the Planet of the Apes has too many flaws in it. The biggest most glaring being the one that had the planet killing nuke in New York City. The military wouldn't have a nuke there because the city would be targeted. Anyways, I was very dissatisfied with the story and the outcome. It was a downer. Shame on Mr. Heston for talking producers into just doing a cameo and blowing everything all to hell because he didn't want to do any more sequels. The most disappointing things about Planet of the Apes is the lack of consistency with the characters and their outcomes in relation to the original. Like with Cornelius and Zira concerning heresy and other things.Plus it seemed highly unlikely that Taylor would have pressed the button to the nuke when he damned mankind in the first place for doing it earlier, plus his friends Zira and Cornelius were still on the planet. There was a lot that didn't make sense as far as consistency was concerned. The other major disappointment was the fact that the first one was great and this could have been so much better.In the end, it ended up being that the apes were every bit as destructive as human had proved to be. This gets a half of banana out of a four banana bunch.In other words this movie sucked. Watch the original and leave it at that.

Last of the Dogmen
(1995)

Classic Modern day Western No Matter How You Slice It!
When I first heard of this movie I did not know what to expect. The title did not really give me a clue as to what it could be about. Once I started viewing it,and I saw the Wilfred Brimley narrated version I was hooked. The movie deals basically with two people who are out of place and in search of something else from a different time and place. The best part is they find it and each other. Berenger plays a tracker who probably belongs in the past while Barbara Hershey belongs somewhere in the future. Both end up finding more than they expected. the movie deals with them finding a lost tribe of native Americans called Dogmen, a fierce bunch of warriors who escaped U.S. Army annihilation in the late 1800's. They find their descendents and in turn are taken into the Dogmen's custody where they find a whole village flourishing in hiding away from the rest of society.The story, the acting, the characters are all very well done and very entertaining. Kurwood Smith is great in his role as the crochety sheriff and Lewis Gates' father-in-law. The rest of the supporting cast is superb as well.In some ways this movie is as much a love story as it is a western with Hershey and Berenger in search of something totally opposite and finding themselves and each in the process. This is one of Bereneger's and Hershey's better movies, though it also not as well known. I never get tired of watching this movie. To top it all off this movie has no sex, very little violence, some action and lots of drama that is safe for the whole family to see.Both versions are great. This is truly a great modern western that should be viewed by all. It may not be on the order of a John Wayne or Clint Eastwood movie, but it stands up there just the same!

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