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Edge of Darkness

Breaking Light
I saw this in the theater, on this date.

As I got past the 26 movie previews at the beginning, I remembered what it was I had come to see and was pretty happy about that.

As this started to unfold, I remembered thinking to myself that I really didn't see the 'previews' mostly because I had 'purposly' missed them, after I saw this was coming out. I was intrigued at the preview though, so I wanted to save it for the movie. At first as I saw the opening scene, for a moment I thought, is this going to be good? Or is this just gonna suck the dollars out of my pocket?

But as per Martin Campbell and his intuitive directing style, that leaves room for 'surprises' and breath-taking sequences.

The cool thing about Campbell's style is that it is satisfying when he does something that you think is going one way and you end up with a nice twist, that makes sense. The story was one that I was not familiar with before I saw it, I kept it that way to truly be surprised. And how. This for me drew me in from the very beginning, right after I had a second of questioning. Probably not for typical reasons either.

Mel, from the front picks up his daughter and he looks so weathered. He looked good for a Boston P.d. man. But this doesn't just start, it gets moving kind of like a freight train, and just as one passes you by when not paying attention, will get your attention!

He was in the right roll, here. I thought of other actors as he was moving through this story and I couldn't replace him, with anyone that I could see over taking his part. No way. This to say the least for me as I left, was a rare moment where I didn't think of changing the events, etc, around.

The intensity and the dialog is outstanding. From moment to moment I enjoyed the way it was shot and set-up. The reality in the scenes that followed, were of such degree to me that I didn't have to really suspend my disbelief. Which for many over-the-top movies is all too common place these days. With respect to artists and directors, not all are the most original, or creative. But for Mel Columicile Gerard Gibson, it moved along a spectacular edge.

The story and plot, I am not sure if it has any connection to the original type material from the series or not, but this should win awards. That is my humble opinion.

Far be it for me to say what his best performances are for everyone else. But I know that for me there is such a broad range. I did enjoy the Passion Of The Christ, most of all, due to the content and story, that is true. That's awesome too.

This moves with respect to the viewer at a good pace and the 'whole' of the story is a shocker for most. I won't give it away, but it is strong. You can't help but root, for this man, yell out at the screen, (I did, once, okay, three or four times) and sometimes want to tear up. As always however, Mel is Mel. He brings his own flavor and this is his!

Recommended for people who like adventure, and deeper mature story and Epic film-style. The cast was smashing in the execution of this event. **** Thanks


Mayans can be a lot of fun, huh?!
I had seen the previews, believing that this epic film was going to set the rules and rock like a barge full of bricks...and it did!! Wow, victorious! Yeah, right. I remember a time when I was in the made for cable T.V. program Young Indiana Jones Chronicles in California in 1994 working with John's Brother Bill Cusack. That was a lot of fun, to be with a professional man who has a family of talent. I have always liked John's delivery. It always seems to run similar from movie to film. Whether good, great or bad, he just has a mode about him, that is indeed John. I was truly, well let me say that even in disappointment there can be hope, but not for this. Let me see, and I am very much not alone here, when I say count the movies, epics and bombs about saving the world, or the ending thereof. Even if it was ending my lawyer would still want to collect on the bill! At any rate, by and large we've seen Armagedden, which I liked, Independence Day, which I thought was a 2 hour movie built around a gigantic explosion accompanied by a few more, and recycling and organics and coke and John Lennon, with some holes that were the size of the grand canyon, but not to stray here. There was also Deep Impact-good and on and on many to list. The situation was that there were far more 'holes' in this, that made it far, and above too unbelievable even at the 'suspended belief' portion. The biggest thing amongst all the poorly executed 'Special Effects' first was the airplane taking the slip-thru the falling buildings and the shakiness of the plane on the screen!! I laughed, because it looked so ridiculous, the falling embers that were striking everything except the pro-tags in the movie, was flat-out unreal. It looks and is, Phony! It did not even have the ability to make me believe that it was happening, even with the millions of dollars that was spent on the making of this faking the world's end movie. Then, amongst all the other stuff I won't waste time on, there was John's character, at the air field, after they refueled the plane, and he took, Woody Harrelson's R.V., and the ground opened up to HELL, he, as the airplane is leaving in a much needed get away for the 'newer' husband of the ever hot Amanda (baby-love)Peet, John climbs out from the pit which probably had enough HEAT to skewer him like a pig-on-a-spit!! Literally. He made it out from the R.V. dropping and onto the side of the whatever-opening and climbed out. Ho-boy. I got up and walked out at this point, mind you I love John Cusack's ability. The other point of default for this over done world-ending disaster picture was the bad-dialog, of foreigners and even at the market within that conversation standing by the fruit Loops cereal and he says there is always something getting between us and then the earth opens up in the supermarket isle. Please! I can't take it anymore, the formulated 'Hollywood Formula' crap factor that most movies have these days and it is only getting worse. I have an idea, just get rid of most of these over the top, Hollywood exec.s and their 'out of touch' ideas and go to more a purist formatting. Not the over lighted, MTV music played out music over-score, hair, make-up always seeming a little too perfect, no acne, clothing never really getting dirty, that goes on and the stupid, obnoxious one-liner poop, that they totally rely on to catch people's attention during the fifty-seven movie pre-views that they show before your movie starts. And in all of this... why can't kids just be kids? They don't have to be super heroes, super- smart or always have a 'snappy' script written 'come-back' that sounds more adult than their own age group. Ah, hell, we need some fresh good ideas. Not just more over sexed and over-done liner movies that rely on cool images and dialog than story and gradual building to a coherent climax that satisfies, not lets you down in the aftermath.

*Not recommended by me anyway. It truly is a disaster movie. Huge disaster. Thanks, it's not the end of the world yet. Revelation.


Something is watching from the shadows....
Gentlemen, let's broaden our minds. Lawrence!! And the music plays!! I don't know but I didn't see this one coming after years of the comic books and the 1960's series on television, in which I loved. I tell you, I didn't think about this, until they (the studio) released the 'Pre-views' for this in I think it was late 1988. I believe every potential ticket buyer stood up for this one. And ah, let's take a moment... Nicholson: "You can call me Joker!" If you don't think this cat can play a criminal master-mind in the most degenerate way and yet with a flair for the dramatic, and still dressed like a well tailored comic-book character, then you-don't-know-Jack!! The right idea for casting this, in both arena's. Who would have thought that Michael Keaton, would be the Man! He shined as a hero multi-millionaire in reclusion. He fought crime, convincingly with crushing strength and in style. People were griping about Keaton as Batman, when word had gotten out in the shooting process and the studio was ready to pull-it, I heard until Tim Burton the director told them they need to see him in action first and he gave them the pre-view reel of this. That made believers of them all! Funny thing was that Bill Murray of SNL was the almost original pick for this comic caper. Think on that one for a moment, I mean Bill is great, but whoa, I don't know here! The Joker was given a gold plated deal of a contract on this one. He received a guaranteed 10 million, or a percentage of the 'Gross' whichever was highest. He ended up with over 60 million for himself! Jack Palance another giant in character cinema. And as Jack's boss that was perfect. There are not many, that can be the criminal empire boss like Palance could play it, as he did so well.

Then the others who played in this putting the rest together for a fun feast of the senses in regard to a crime fighting blockbuster.

Kim Basinger in what was quite a Hey!-day. She was lovely and soft as silk to look upon. "Well, miss vale." The joker exclaimed upon seeing her for the first time. Then there is Robert Wuhl, the ever smart-alack type reporter who carried it off as if it was nothing but him. In love with Vicky too, but would lose out to the Batman. Of course.

I was glad to see this come to the theater and do as well as it did. I can't believe that it was now over 20 years ago. W

Where does the time go?


Quantum of Solace

Bond in Solace
It's lithium -like on screen appearance, I was caught up and deeply involved, there was a sort of flashing, that catches your senses, James profile and you are trying to make it all out as fast as it is happening! This almost leaving you behind in the first moments.

A nameless, unknown and very important man in an interrogatory situation who exclaims in an eerie undertone "We've got people everywhere.." And just then, one of the new world order members, the man's allie, pulls his pistol rapid fires it and kills one of MI-6.

A flurry of action explodes as the criminal elements tail James sweeping through the road in and out of traffic and ultimately ripping the door off Bond's beautiful Astin-lovely-Martin! So sad I almost cried! That's no way to treat a car of that stature. Then pulling onto a rock filled side road connecting them to a Corry, James getting hammered by gunfire, finally (driving solo) takes hold of his weapon and fires back!!! Then onto two big doors opening he is able to head down that little pathway to a spot and parks. I won't tell you what happens next, I want you to be able to watch this and enjoy it. Not everyone will, but there is enough 'shock-value' for the want-on oo7 fan. James Bond no more. What you're seeing when you watch this is a splendid and necessary departure, from the predecessors of the past. Withstanding, only recently Casino Royale (2006). A box office blast, that started a new and more grown up Bond. Scaithing and gritty. A harder hitting and more real effecting Bond than has been previously seen.

Brosnan, whom I have loved from the on-set has been more 'hit and miss' for me. Goldeneye (1995) was with mass appeal for me and millions of 'Bondies', made me glad Bond was back. By the end however, with 2002's Die Another Day, that episode of Bond was less then stellar in performance and by all standards I hate to admit, I was both sorry that Brosnan had left and happy that a significant change could take course...bring the New era of James Bond.

I enjoyed his Frenchman buddy that always acts with his very own flavor and seasoned style. I was not happy for the last situation he ended up with.

Quantum is 'manic' speed in part and massive in style and beauty of surrounding scenery. It's powerful with slick one- liners. Instead just iron gripping strength brought out by Daniel Craig's Spy hero-007. The out dated double o, as an irratant to Judy Dench's M. But Cromagnun has never been soo good, aye Miss Judi? After breaking a killer, almost in half in Haiti's Port A Prince, I was stunned , amazed at how real it felt. Simple and yet brilliant directing for me. Honest and definitely hard (smash-cut) calculated blows, I could feel the pain of every 'hit'.

Even with the locking the dead bad guy in the bathroom at the party, Bond takes the handle (snaps it) off of the door and does with such calculated brute force, that it just makes you laugh because of his control. The end sequence is very serene and for me satisfied, the story ending, bringing it all - in-all. It was like a snowy cold Christmas send off without the fan-fare, just muffled and quiet, bringing it to the end. Whew! All that, and I am hungry for more, yet satisfied in the mean time. Wondering, will Craig be back or...who would be next???

I was thoroughly impressed with 'Quantum' and even though not all will, I say, Recommended Highly for the Bond fanatic. (*****)


Basic Brilliance
From the start, there is a strange and combing feeling of the story unfolding. The military, a hard core training tool for those about to go to war or even make it in peace-time. It is hard, it is cold, it is calculated, of course. If it weren't we would have been over taken by some foreign government long ago. Not to say that, that isn't what is slowly happening now...don't get me started. I watched in slow amazement as Samuel's character took flight after the interview with the young soldier, started. John reminds me a little of his role in The General's Daughter, but then it clears a sort of different pathway. I enjoyed watching the elements of the story take place and then seemingly change direction, to a certain extent. Definitely a good paced action and thought provoking military story that leads you and keeps you from any stretch of 'Boredom'.

This was one of those "I watched it but I could enjoy it again." Type features where, just once is not all. You can learn something new if your mind is in a 'discovery' mode.

Some films... once you know what has happened, people tend to think "I've already seen it." But yet, there are stories like this that just take you by surprise.

And for me that is what it is all about. Good actors of course can do, but it is all involved with the writing and direction and I love this director's brain. I met Samuel L Jackson in L.A. gassing up his Lincoln Navigator, he was dressed in black leather attire very impressive man. I enjoyed that.

Another great John McTeirnan directed piece, that has brilliant performances and a smart script.

Recommended (****) Highly.

On Deadly Ground

Nanuk the bore...
I was out at the video store and payed $3.99 for this, not to rent... to buy. I am sitting here watching this thinking back to the time I saw it years ago in the theater. This is another prime example of a film that has not aged well. At one point a well known military man (now retired) who consults other film makers on military situations and action, etc, was given I believe one of the most overly lengthy lines to deliver, in one of those film moments that is supposed to give information to the audience about the pro-tag.

Here is one mercenary to his boss "This doesn't seem like one man, it's as if there is a whole fire team out there!" And the Merc captain, the well known retired man: "My guy in D.C. tells me we are not dealing with a student here...we are dealing with a professor. Any time the military has an operation that cannot fail, they send in this guy to train the troops okay?" Now that sounds all good in an action sort of way, alright, now here's where it goes further, then too far. "He's the kind of guy that would drink a gallon of gasoline, just so he could take a leak on your camp fire!! You could drop this guy off at the Artic Circle in a pair of bikini underwear, without his tooth brush and tomorrow afternoon he'll show up at your poolside with a million dollar smile and a fist full of pesos. This guy's a professional...ya got me?!" Whew!! I can tell you that this is not in league with other stuff he has done. His brilliant fight scenes are not enough to carry this to a solid rating victory. The director should have been pulled first, which was, Segal. Not to mention some of the acting was incredibly lost in spots. Michael Caine is on board with massive experience, and his character (probably with what he brought) in addition to Steven directing him, just barely makes the final mark. Then on the top, of that if they would have just edited out the whole part in between the saving Forrest after the explosion to the spirit filled, fantasy vision and the naked girl on the bed with the old lady standing next to the bed with the baby rattle and the washing in the river and Steven rising up and down for the spirit director of the vision thing. From that next scene where John McGinley's character the Aegis-One security guard comes in and is looking to track down Forrest Taft and shoots the little native man. That would have been ideal to pick-up at after the confession that Forrest gives the villagers, right before the little native man lies to the Aegis-One security force in the helicopter. The whole button pushing thing at the end of the story at that control console, just seemed so juvenile, even though it was there to help bring the end. I do have to say though, that I loved John C's character as the security fool. He is the guy that should be at the mall issuing those sticker tags on your driver's side window that read 'You can't park here'. That's good for the environment too. If you like John C. McGinley and most do.. and you haven't already seen 'Stealing Harvard' don't miss John in that too.

Not highly recommended, unless you are John Denver or just plain... high.(*)

Thanks >>Go Green Baby. Just not in your complexion.

The Proposal

An unexpected pleasure...Ooh Ms. Sandra
Hey now! I picked this for my wife tonight. Though, it seemed that the pre-views somehow, didn't look that appetizing. I couldn't have be more wrong. And what a sweet surprise! This Sandra Bullock produced little diddy had her in what I say is one of her smartest roles/characters I have seen so far. Aside from the dancing with Gammie over mother earth, even with that she still was hot as can be, all the while shaking' her groove thing. I didn't quite get it other than comic relief I'm sure, but it didn't seem to fit the story, although it was kinda cute anyhow. I never payed attention to anything other than Sandra's acting before now. She played this rich witch executive to the edge. I was proud of her performance, she is amazing like never before. She had a rigid sexy grace about her that just makes you CrAzY!! She, not to get off on a 'rabbit trail' here, but she seems to have nice aging process. Some people get older, some look more and more wonderful as they age, thus Sandra.

She is stunning...I am shocked that I am writing this, because I have never felt this way about Ms. Bullock. Ryan her secretary assistant is quite the right man for the job. He brings with himself an ability for on the line delivery. He is totally believable. He was the perfect opposite to her sexy, steely eyed lady boss. The story takes Sandra's character by surprise to Alaska, to get her out of trouble, she doesn't want to take the trip at second thought, but has to end up following through, or she could lose everything. While on this little adventure and cover-up mission to save her ass, they take in a few different situations that teach them some different things about themselves and some life lessons that they won't soon forget.

I have to admit that amongst the beautiful Alaskan backdrop, this family of Ryan's character are sort of like the Kennedy's of Sitka, Alaska. They were very outgoing and happy and totally engrossing to this duo. They really didn't have a chance when it came to trying to pull off what they were trying.

I must say though, through the laughs and all else I was shocked at seeing Sandra in just a wash cloth covering her tan bod. She is fit, she's hot. No debate there. I saw more of her than I ever have, or though I would and what was more, the pre-views don't do the bedroom crossing scene any justice, at all. When the two crossed paths naked and basically met sticking together standing up before they hit the floor, like that, it was not something that you are gonna soon forget either. I was dumb-founded. I never knew that Sandra was that way. Jeez Louise!!

Well this one with the astute Madison avenue frigid queen of cold had me at the proposal on the street corner.

They made this one with love you can see, some lust too just to keep the guys on the edge of the seat so to speak and a fun story about a couple that were not supposed to fall in love, but did anyway. Betty White was a wonderful addition to this by the way, here's to you Betty for putting something smart and comedic into this feature of love from New York to Alaska.

I recommend to the girl and guy date night type stuff it's a winner.(****)

Transporter 2

Driven to tears...
In time, many a studio attempts to capture the 'magic' of the Original. From the sexy little beast girl, that was long and lean that took out the doctor and even with the hallway shoot-em'-up and the exploding tank that sends her to the floor, with incinerator power scorching almost everything in that front office way, yet with her doctor's coat burned by her neck and head, she and her platinum blond locks, unscathed! On top of this, with the police baring down on her in the street as she has lost sight of the 'transporter' she has enough silence after the police give her a command to drop her weapons, she takes a call on her headset and takes an order, hangs up then proceeds to, in one sweeping motion drop the empty clips, not just one but both and re-load then turn with two non verbal police officers, apparently they didn't have anything else to say to a half naked woman in the street, that has fired at least 150 rounds. She is holding two automatic weapons that could cut them in half and they have had tactical training, from the academy...but she is simply too much for them and in a second guns down two officers standing with the squad car doors as Shields. Talk about escape from reality. There seem to me to be too many things that would not work out ...unless your 007. Maybe this is just a poor attempt at making a professional driver Bond film. Who knows? In addition, it has a look similar to an episode of C.S.I: Miami, which I am a fan, but it has definitely departed from the first film and it's feel. And the situation with the marina, and the goofball he's chasing? What in the heck was that?? Too much unguarded stuff, to be a place that I can jump into and simply believe. and of course the phone call at the end, while he is sitting in his Audi to summon yet another adventure.

The first in 2002, was an escape surely, but this was that now, pushing the envelope way too much for me.

I would recommend if you are looking for a real Hollywood action flick, to check this feature out...if not well. Sometimes a sequel just is not the answer. (**)

National Security

Mar-In and SsTeve Z
Sure many people that didn't like this are vocal about it, but for me I like Steve Zahn and Lawrence proved himself in Blue Streak. I like the wit of director Dennis Dugan, ever since I saw him in "can't Buy Me Love" back in 1987. I haven't forgotten the personality he has. Although he didn't direct that one, but he has done plenty of other great pictures's. So with that I will explain, as the screw-ups that these two partners are, they try to be cool and make it happened while being inattentive boobs, they get demoted, and dropped done to a sub-level in their careers, the place that they don't want to be, so now they're a little scared about being trapped in one place. Plus there is a bigger event that is pushing them to act in a more serious and calculated manner. These two have to get to some seriousness...amongst all the craziness.

Zahn, has a really good flavor for this part and he does have a talented ability that he brings to many other roles, I like his style. If he bulked up, which might not be too healthy, but never the less he might be another Chris Farley!! Martin Lawrence is just great at bringing the crazy-civilized guy to the part. He seems to have that go back and forth ability that allows him to be either way and seemingly always a little of both. I enjoyed this even if others complained about it. For me I can recommend it to others, mostly I will say, get this on an edited film purchasing site, so that you don't have to worry about the kids, if you have any, seeing and hearing stuff that ain't appropriate. I liked the soundtrack as well, for an urban sort of feeling. I would still get the edited version for me anyway.

At any rate I recommend, although nutty and a little corny, it's still up there on the fun scale. (**)

Blue Streak

Mar-In Streakin' Lawrence
Generally speaking, I'm not a Lawrence Fan, and was not that familiar with him or his show. At this time when this came to town I went because of the pre-views and thought it couldn't be that bad, right? In actuality, it was a lot of fun!! Martin was a great character that played the their turned sueto cop. This was a pleasure for me to watch. There are so many different things to choose from that it makes the competition tough. I'm thinking to myself, wow, I'm checking out Martin in the middle of everything else, so this must be strong enough. I was right. His dilemma after robbery, stealing expensive diamonds and then getting chased by the fuzz, makes things a little more complicated than he could handle. So, presto-stash-O. The diamond is stowed away, in a building that is going up. Good idea and 'quick' thinking for him. Although he gets busted anyway for breaking into the jewelry store. He does two years in the pen. He gets set free. Now he is feeling fine! He goes back to check out his girl and she has gone from a size petite, to Esther Role. This does not sit well with her either when he lets her know about the obvious change in girth. The rock of Gibraltar diamond that he stole, in his hiding place is not quite what he remembers it to be. He is a con that is free, standing in front of the new police building, where his little stolen article is awaiting his return. Now, complications play out bigger. He has what looks like a torette's syndrome break-down in front of the building and some officers out on break, while cars pass by and on lookers see him, freaking. He has to come up with a plan to get this job done. And considering where this is all taking place, it had better be brilliant. I won't give away what happens next, but this is a slick well crafted comedy with the likes of Luke Wilson and William Forsythe who has been in a number of outstanding films, both comedy and action and dramatic roles. There is always a bunch of stuff going on and it is a lot of crazy-half planned out funky Martin on the loose fun. He can't speak Spanish very well either, but that really won't hurt him in the end by the way.

This is a Martin Lawrence casted good piece of now classic entertainment, that I can say, "Yes I recommend it." See it if you haven't. It isn't going to win an Oscar, but it will be worth the time to watch. (***)

Meet the Parents

My former in-laws-oye
This has to be the most uncomfortably hilarious comedy I have seen or I should say felt involved with in years. The whole family and their friends VS Mr.Gaylord Focker (Ben Stiller). A father-in-law to be is not just an overly literal and abundantly-overbearing wall in the way of the progress of asking with the best intentions for the man's daughters hand in marriage. Every time he turns around someone in that family of Pam's is verbally being cold blooded or condescending toward Greg Focker aka Gaylord, and then laughing about it. Or even accusing him of doing things that he hasn't done. With a case of nerves as it is it doesn't help to be even more nervous and doing something by mistake that will be under a finer micro-scope by the parents and friend of the wedding party. From the supposed pot smoking that they accused him of to lying about his taking the 'M Cats' test to anything else that they feel like saying to him, or about him. This reminded me of my past in-laws. What a freaking mess.The breakfast scene where he enters their kitchen in pjs and the grooms mother quips, "looks like someone had a visit from the hair fairy." Then on Greg's way out of the kitchen to go shower, he jokes and sez, "Well I guess it's time for me to visit the shower fairy." And everyone just looks at him as if to say 'Oh Greg grow up'. I can identify with most of this whole feature. The director was brilliant in making an awkwardly close to the bone for me, movie about unwed bliss. DeNiro is masterful in this role. He is simply the one that fits it to a tee. Well scripted and maintained through out the entire story, this one with Owen Wilson was a spectacle to look and laugh and cringe at all at the same time while feeling awkward and gawky and nervously smiling with the rest of the nervous fiancée's out there.

This was a one of a kind fun-filled slightly bend out of shape picture with an original feel, that makes it not equal to all the other cinema fare out there that 'comes and goes' with little staying power.

Jay Roach is a cool and talented director. Keep up the great work. Recommended (****) See it with a buddy.

Out for Justice

The price of our blood on the streets
Walking into the movie theater in 1991, on this one was fun and because Seagal was still fairly new to audiences, it was a 'fresh' star as well, so the excitement and newness were great factors in the enjoyment and nostalgia of all of this. Finding your seat and carrying the popcorn and big gulp, then just getting ready for the feature that you had anticipated. It's great to be young. This is a story of the fast streets and crime in the city of darkness and light. It's also one of the handful of films that Seagal has been in that are just outstanding. His character and portrayal of in this story is on the mark as you would think and feel that they would be dealing daily in this type of life and situations that accompany such a life. Gino is the type of friend who, is not just a bad-ass on the streets, he authentic, he is alert and sharp and reads between the lines. Thats' a sense that you could not survive a day on the force without having. That would be the sense working for you like an on-board computer would.

He is also loyal, he believes in family and true friends and will obviously fight for that which he believes in and values most. If you are gonna mess with his family, you had best kill him first.

S.S is the best and most real man to put into this street-smart/violent rush of a cops and robbers drama. It was really a feast for the senses when you see the place that he lives and works and what it would take to just continue on in that arena without slipping or going crazy.

This place is tough and that doesn't even really do it justice as a description. Hard as the concrete that you would hit when someone thoughts you out of a ten story window! Murder, mayhem all bought and sold on the street, right here, everyday. Day in and day out. The people like Gino are the ones that need a parade and a healthy pay raise for, they stick their necks out everyday, to some crack-head low life that would take aim and kill them in a second and then not even have a thought about it after-wards. Cold. Death. That is this place and it needs to be cleaned up. And fast. Enter Gino, a no-nonsense officer, who looks like a criminal, but brings em to justice with a vengeance!!!

For Bobby Lupo who just happened to be a good cop, maybe, he was playing with the blind spots of the job. Ultimately, that's what got the drop on him in the mid-day life, that he should have been playing out with his family,spending time and shopping, joking around etc. Not when Richie gets in town and is told a story by the little girl that Bobby is doing. She puts Richie in a spot because she is mad at Bobby and Richie has a thing going with her as well. So it becomes easy for a cracked-out crazed killer like him to target and assassinate Bobby in broad daylight.

A whole lot of trouble over who's having sex with who. That's where it starts and ends, on this caper. But the action and conversations are explosive in the between time. This is a grade A feature for the action/drama enthusiast. Making it a top-hit in my book of favorites. This is well written and acted with expert direction. A fury of faced paced pursuit that would have Bruce Lee interested, I do believe. There is quite a bit of cursing and swearing and of course on the street it's just that way, but I would love this without if possible, because I have already heard all the profanity in life that I will ever need to hear.

Way to go Steven Seagal and company. I recommend this film because it isn't just another action movie.(***)


Mis-fire >>> Face Off! Showin' your ...
For a moment, picture yourself going to a movie, to relax and feeling good and just escape. Now you get through the double doors after getting your tickets and you sit down. You see fifty-seven movie pre-views before your movie starts, then the movie 'Face off' starts to play. You're happy and getting comfortable. Now, if you have seen this feature, you need to be completely honest. Even when you wanted escapism, say pure escapism, this Travolta Cage and WOo picture starts to pick up speed, way too fast and far, far too unbelievably. I know there are people who will disagree, I could really care less. There are too many movies out there that can fit the bill without pretty much slapping you in the face. This was not like a cold water rushing thrill ride as much as it is a full on frontal assault on your sense of creative intelligence. Face-Off is go, go, go but no, no show! I mean with a great cast, a poorly written action-drama, that falls flat. It made a good amount of money in the theaters no doubt about that. But then look at the voting public at large, look at some of the presidents 'voted' in by the public and think 'Okay, well just because there is a lot of money in something or with someone, it doesn't mean that it's good, or right.

Alright, take for example, so many John WoO movies feature the ballet dance numbers for that wondrous 'flowing' effect. In large part in many of his features that has played out this case it just got played, 'Off'. Honestly now, Olivia Newton John? In the middle of a 100-200 round per minute fire fight?? This isn't escape anymore it might as well be Barney the purple dinosaur, in action. There could be so many other tracks that they could have scored to this intense section of the movie, but they decided that Ms. John was the one. The truth is, I love Olivia, I always have. In this case for me and many others it was just wrong.

The rest of this was a parade of mindless, ballet flowing dance move poorly scripted over commercialized crap, in a cinema setting. The camera shots were over done as well as the acting and thus the believability was swapped out for a heavy on image and nodda on intelligent film making. Although I have to ad that the color and camera lens filters were outstanding!! Outstanding. No lying there.

And with all of WoO's talents he couldn't have set this up and executed the story without literally executing this story? The concept is interesting, it has a heart beat, and that makes that escapism is the story line, but how it was done lacked, and lacked big time. I wish I could have helped rewrite and direct this film. Oh well. (*)

Not recommended for the real discriminating action film buff.

The Untouchables

Before there were Good Fellas...
From the get go, I was amazed at the gangster-hold that Capone had on the Chicago land area, in this DePalma Mob masterpiece, I took notice for the first time of the talents that Robert Deniro uses. What a pulse-pounding, and astounding big-gulper. I sat in amazement realizing, that again every movie is not of equal standing. The moment that it started I was into this, moving all the way into the story, following everything. The night of the dinner that Al put on, and began to talk about baseball. I was enthralled, he took and spun the bat around in one flowing movement, changed the 'destiny' of one of his own, that had employment with him, as the bat fell across his skull I felt it through me, like shock-waves!!! I was very alert and on edge at that place in this classic picture. Then later on I heard some 'critics' talking about how Connery was the worst accent, and bad acting etc. Then I saw that he not only won an "Oscar" for the roll, he won four more awards as well. The critics, weren't all right, because one of the awards came from the Kansas City Critic's circle.

Enough said.

The directing and camera angles and the score for this film made it all happened in the perfect order. The acting performances were stellar and through it all, there was Sean. A quintessential actor bringing a larger than life character to the front. The Story of Alphonse Capone and company played out for the rest to see. I really enjoyed all that went into the production of this drama.

The mafia and all the crime drama and violence has never been an interest of mine, but this was different and it was a big part of History.

This is a mile stone in organized crime drama, that every American should see and understand.(****)

Diamonds Are Forever

Diamonds and gems and a bottle of fine wine
Sean is a grand view. He makes his career as a spy, and becomes the highest paid actor ,at that time, in the world. That's quite an accomplishment. Diamonds was a thriller, in short order. It had a wondrous 007 feel, but to me was still different that all the others. It wasn't the highest flying Bond adventure, or the most exciting, but it was fun. This has the great nostalgia, of past 00' films. The Vegas strip, while still in it's youth. Connery, looking older as a commander, but of course not as old as 1983's Never Say Never Again.

Sean, a huge presence. Sorry for those who don't appreciate him, he is still just huge. And as Roger, said in a 2000' interview, Sean's bond could get away with more that Moore's Bond could with certain things that were risqué' or risky as a subject matter. For instance he could tie something around a woman's neck and start strangling her, whereas Moore stated, that his 007 could not go to that extreme. There is just a solid and large way that Sean Connery appears and plays out his parts.

I enjoyed the desert scenery and all the foreign county visits that he takes while maneuvering through this farewell espionage tour De farce.

I always have a great time when I am engrossed in an Ian Flemming novel-turned-adventure spy film. I also received a small but affective education in regard to fine wines from this film. As I purchased a nice 'Claret', because of what I had learned in the final scenes of the film.

Sean and the rest of the troupe, Jimmy Dean and Jill St.John, etc. were the essential element for this final Connery Bond adventure. Long live the 00' style and persona. I think we all need from time to time a real escapist activity and I can't think of too much of a better one while enjoying a break and or popcorn too. (*****)

The Terminator

The Beginning of the end. The Terminator
Here is the real thing. This is the reason I went to see a sci-fi movie when I usually don't...The Terminator starring a young Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was mean and he was huge. He seamed unstoppable!! He was frightening, at very least. As I watched a low-budgeted extravaganza film, I had an altogether different emotional connection with a movie by the ending credits. The feeling of actually being in this, while I sat in a dark theater. The pounding score set the feel of the story. I swear my heart was in my throat. Horror and terror films should take note as to the effect that the Terminator had on my central nervous system. No 'pretty people' like newer movies and Television, just a concrete in your scared-face, movie event of the summer type of deal. That doesn't come from teenagers and early twenties with perfect hair and designer wardrobes, and the new MTV song-score of the most popular group or individual. I saw the terminator coming and destroying almost everything in his path. He did not feel pain, or remorse and he was 'Programmed' for just one thing ...kill john Connor. Sending a much smaller, even though he was strong, soldier back through time to protect Sarah, was interesting too. Michael Beihn, the military man that volunteered for the job was a cool and kind of guy, with a sort of numbness in his mode of operation. He was trained,smarter and faster, and still, he seemed like he was nothing for this mighty emotionless, murdering cyborg, that had a mission to bring down the entire human race.

I was astounded, in high school when I first saw this film. I was very impressed as to the quality in a story from a low budgeted film. The special effects man Stan Winston was part of the saving grace of this feature. By him the story really became more three dimensional by his expert eye and ability to make real that which is not. I believe that low budget miracle films are amazing to the whole spectrum of the entertainment world. It's that freedom that allows the film makers to get something off-of-the-ground that might be stalled out in a big production studio, otherwise. So I say three cheers for the very mechanical and powerfully mastered Terminator. James Cameron has done a magnificent work with this sci-fi wild ride, that ends with many thoughts and emotions. (****) A MOVIE SIDE NOTE: The original choice for this movie to play the terminator was Not was set to be 'Shot' with O.J. Simpson, he was gonna take a 'stab' at Action -drama film, but that changed before production.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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This as I remember back in 91' as I watched the first few minutes of the movie take flight, was a vastly different feeling from the original.

In 1984 when I sat through the first Terminator, it seems now in retrospect, a lower budget movie, however a 'gigantic' story feel. It was brand new and it was different than other sci-fi stuff that was out then. I was gripped by the feeling of an almost unstoppable machine. Schwarzennegger had captured the very element of a futuristic killer that was bigger than life. And scarier than HELL. It was an emotional thriller, with bigger than dollars outcome on how you felt when you left the theater after the ending was over. Now it seems to be traded for an over M-TV commercialized slicker packaged new Terminator. This one now is not un-conversational. He can look sideways at you and learn a joke or two. As I watched the new one I enjoyed it but realized later that, this was more like a 'drug' that would fade, than the preamble that left you squirming in your seat and thought provoked by the end.

This was a new-digitally mastered machine that was not going to kill, just act as a body guard for John. Understandably. I can see the point in it and the logic behind that concept for this story. It just was not as bold and fresh as the first. It was quite a thrill-rush...but just seemed to dissolve for me after a while. I liked T-2, truly. This just is though for me not as strong and pure as the first bum-rush the conscious feeling as you watch it, best casted futuristic story, made even better by Stan 'The Wizard' Winston. I had fun with a new friend of mine that I saw this with, but in the end I didn't end up wanting to have or know more. It just thinned out for me too much.(**)

Gran Torino

Forget retirement...
With silence and then, shock. Clint is still making the grade. Even for his critic's out in the back that think he is a dinosaur, that has passed away from the next generation of important subjects and left the arena of solid ideas, again he has in fact not left, he has never left the place of importance in cinema. This heart felt all-banging climactic box-office success has shown that the 'clatter' from the cynic's, believing that he is too old to continue bring to the forefront new and exciting material for the mass audience to experience, enjoy and even learn from. I had seen the Dirty Harry dynasty years ago and watched it again. It is for a certain generation, that will really enjoy it. However, the 'justice' part of the series, is for everyone that hates crime and injustice. Gran Torino, Though, I hate Clint for naming it that, because I have been trying to find one since the eighties to buy. In addition to this, the recent resurgence of interest for the auto from the Starsky & Hutch movie with Ben Stiller, hasn't helped me find or buy one, even yet. So with that aside, Torino, was an old school dive into the modern day updated 'jungle' of the hood. Where things are scary Walt here, is angry about that. He wants justice, but they think he is too old and in effective to make a difference...they were wrong too. This story warms the heart and stirs the mind. Walt got an education in this after all was said and done. It surely was not what he expected either. I know that Walt the old iron-man was shocked and changed as well. I was deeply satisfied by the close of the story, with the exception of the car going to the kid. I mean don't get me wrong, I'm glad he enjoys it but I'd love one or two, too.

Enjoy this one makes sense. For those who like Eastwood, or not, there is something interesting and deep here. 4 stars (****)

The Dark Knight

'Number two of all-time' for a reason.
It all started with the entrance of 1989's BATMAN directed by Tim Burton. I was an instant fan and lover of the story of the night city dweller, Batman. And justice for all that he fought for. I read the 'USA Today' newspaper box back then with the headlines popping Nicholson's 'Joker' steals the show! It made something like 240 million in the theater, domestic! I saw it on a huge screen, it was phenomenal. Saw bumper stickers and tee-shirts and everything Batman in 89, that's how you knew it was great.

When the fourth installment of Batman had surfaced with the 1997 "Batman & Robin" I had lost all hope in the enjoyment of another episode on the big screen for a returning Batman. So did a lot of other fans from what I had heard, even from a friend who had been an 'extra' in Batman & Robin. The beginning of The Dark Knight was perfect, simply put... perfect. The overall good news is that the film continues to sore.

From the onset the Joker sets foot inside the Gotham arena and all Hell breaks loose. This gives new meaning to the word 'bank job'. There is a battle between the crusader for justice and the lunatic fringe. I was or should I say we collectively, my wife and I were both not only shocked at the performances but mesmerized. Let's face it, it would be hard not to be very impressed at the hard work put into this comic hero piece. The audio score seems to go from pulse pounding good background music to a spine tingling hissing scream. It was one of those additional characters (the music) that drove you to the edge of your seat and propelled the scenes farther, from curiosity to an utterly enthralled state of being. It is intense. Hans Zimmer,is again right in place for this big and sometimes scary story of Gothic proportions.

From the change of the make-up style and attitude, Nicholson's joker was a lot of fun, and crazed, but Heath's was played to a menacing height. He was Jack's joker-in high definition, on 'Crack'. POW!! He just hits with a G-force that doesn't stop! Heath Ledger, I did not realize was so versatile. He powered through and just when you think he's down and ready to go out, he is back out on the street again in full array. Bale's Batman was strong as ever and gritty when on the prowl. He was growlingly low-voiced and driven, with a more serious performance than others that had preceded, but with fun lines here and there too. Not campy however, but kick-ass! Batman has grown up and should be taken seriously. The cast including Gary Oldman as 'commissioner Gordon' and Arron Eckhart as 'Harvey Dent' the roundly known 'White Knight'of Gotham city are a perfect match and brilliant performances. They shined in this follow up to the 'Begins' chapter and I am so thankful that Christopher Nolan had brought the dark knight to the serious forefront again. This needed to happened for the series to 'survive'.

I was or rather 'we' were blown away by the rock solid job of casting, shooting, acting, directing and the writing that made this a real epic film, not just another Batman movie. I look forward to buying this one on DVD and the next adventure beginning in the (hopefully) not too distant future for the Batman dynasty. These last two films in the series make it all worth while to any discriminating action /adventure comic book fanatic and or the regular film buffs looking for a film to get some real satisfaction.

The Dark Knight delivers powerful performances from all aspects...even my wife who doesn't have a tendency to reminisce about pop film and cult films was amazed at how much she enjoyed as did I this scorcher. The grand entrance at the mob meeting was superb! Then, his pencil 'trick' set the stage for the rest of the story. -

The Dark Knight is a highly recommended watch it again and again super hero epic, that shines like gold! ****

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Live Free or Die Hard

The Fourth One Cometh!!!!
'One' 'two' 'three', and finally four. I waited a long time for four too!

Bruce Willis, well what can you say about Bruce that hasn't already been said? You're fired? Maybe although you know that no right minded director is most-likely going to have such a huge creative difference with an icon like Bruce that he would fire him from a project.

This was a fun chapter back into the life of John McClane, again. More than I can say for other movies that have done four it's tough to keep bringing pure magic to the game like this though. Bruce has energy to burn it seems like. He just rolls and you want to follow him through the whole thing wherever he leads. He definitely has more cool than even a lot of the younger actors that are coming up today or have been around for a while even. He's like old school cool with a steely-edged and unpolished finish. I enjoyed the story, it was faster paced then even the preceding chapters, although the first for me will always be the ground-breaking best. The characters in 'Live Free' seemed pretty polished, all except for McClane of course. He just is, what he is...on the job, rough, ready to fight and committed. There was enough to keep you on the edge of the seat, more than enough. The only bone that I had to pick with this high rated action extravaganza is the fact that it didn't need all the special effects that it contained. That's the only reason that I didn't rate it a perfect '10'.

I liked the added new talent (as of lately) Cliff Curtis as Deputy Director Bowman. He is really outstanding as a straight-good guy role as well. I admit he is a savory villain, a fun to hate type, or a bad guy that you want to blast! Curtis is a great cast member.

Truly, Die Hard the first and third to me were the essence of what a tough and well-mapped out story is all about. The original changed the way that I looked at cinema from that point out.

McClane was deep, even with his quick witted come-backs and snappy retorts. He was still, cool as one could be in that situation. It was gritty. It was brutal, and sophisticated, yet funny and simple. It really had it all. So when two came out I saw it and said, "I liked it but not as much as one." Then three arrived and I felt good again. Four made me cheer for John McClane all over again...and for that I can't complain!

You can't beat the feeling of exhilaration that comes from the 'Die Hard experience'!!!! Bruce Willis is John McClane. I am so glad that it was Willis that got the part and not Burt Reynolds as they had written the original script for the first film, with him in mind as John McClane.

Try it for yourself, if you haven't seen it already. It was best on the big screen. "Live Free Or Die Hard" >>>> Recommended for a great time.(***)

The Bucket List

Kickin' it has never been this much fun!
I wasn't especially looking forward to seeing this movie. I wanted to talk my wife into 'Vantage Point' but none the less she wanted to see Nicholson. I was shocked. My first wife didn't even like Jack. Well, we set the baby up at the sitter and went out and of all things, I was pleasantly surprised. This had a building quality about it that allowed the story and friendship to take place and develop, even in spite of terminal illness. I thought that the two personalities, even with cancer looming might have taken a little longer to develop. But as it goes these two paired up, the odd couple that they are, and made a heart warming and truly touching story, that is one of those long standing films that are good for years to come. Freeman is such a talent of familiar quality. He aways seems to be someone that you could trust, and count on no matter what the problem was. Jack, is wild...rockus and sometimes predictably unpredictable. He will always shock though. Rob Reiner (meathead) delivered a great pairing in these two of ego, attitude and a good sense of humor. The adventures are something that everyone who can should go and see the world and discuss God and country. Morgan's man was a solid friend for Nicholson's 'mogal'.

Many different cultures are very interesting to see and feel, some folks will never even get out of a small town in their whole life, that is a shame. There is so much to take in and in some cases more than others so little time to do just that. I'm talking of course for those that have money, budget and plan, without that many won't be going on even Grey-hound. Always plan ahead, especially with eternity.

Recommended (**)

American Gangster

Harlem Harlequin...almost
Denzel Washington and Russell Crow. What a seemingly odd coupled-arrangement for a casting, yet they soared together. I sat and watched the story wind-up as the power Lucas (Washington) had learned and then collected, taking 'Bumpy's' place in the middle of Harlem. He practically lived a sort of gangster's romance novel. Seeing the woman, (Miss Cuba)that drove him wild inside, he had to have her...and he did, for a time. This being a true story, was a real American crime family saga, from a black man that learned from the Italian mob and his former boss. There was a killer cast of characters from Brolin what a superb hard ass cop, to John Ortiz (The Job- 2001, Miami Vice- 2006) who, as his partner was fantastic as a seventies Latino cop. His problems grew and eventually when Crow's character confronted him, he cut and ran and eventually paid...with his life. Sad, you like Ortiz's police officer and rooted for him, yet you knew, that he was going down, almost midway through as new information about him surfaced. It made me angry and ashamed to see him like that. There is an officer that is good and smart and couldn't stay on the outside of trouble.

Crow's character, was on a mission plain and simple, he is dedicated to his work and doing it efficiently and as directly honest as possible. He is hard driving, but someone you could count on if you were an officer needing back-up. I really enjoyed his portrayal as that officer. I also had it in my heart for the casting of Clarence Williams III as 'Bumpy' the Harlem gentleman gangster, who ran Harlem. The rest of the cast shined, right along with Crow and Washington. You could feel the authenticity and purity of their characters playing out their respective roles in this fast climbing and ever faster descending rise to power drama of a drug lord in Harlem. Crow's cop puts his own task-force together, with a handful of hard street wise and very savvy undercover officers. They were not perfect, but they did their job and performed it to the letter, not letting up, until the case was completed. He (Lucas)had a style that led him into the spot that he would fill until his ultimate demise. Denzel was a wonder. Crow was a strong and concrete, believable force in American Gangster. They were a marvel as the mob-man and the motivated cop. Ted Levine, I can't get by without mentioning his brilliant addition to this spectacle in New York blue. Ted played the Commanding Captain to a 'T'. Levine at one point or maybe two looked and seemed to have 'Martin Landau' down cold. Ted looked like him and sounded very close to Landau as well, I laughed out loud, it was smashing, I couldn't help but be amazed by Ted in this. What a positive casting pick for this True Story drama. The final Church scene that came following the 'raids' was haunting, the gospel singing with the police in the streets outside of the church, as the cold burrowed through and the rain fell the gospel singing in the midst of a criminal finally, was something I had not quite seen and felt before-gripping, chills down the spine. The two sitting in the interrogation room, taking information from Frank the gangster, was quite a heart-enthralling event. What I mean in this is that he or rather 'they' Crow and Washington's character had a definite connection to each other that worked and encompassed.

I didn't quite know what I would take away with me, upon viewing the trailer, but I watched a classic story unfold with hammer hitting conviction and concrete reality. There was different events that Lucas attended with boxers like Ali and seeing Sammy along with the celebrity spectators, he saw a lot and as Sammy often sang to a packed audience... "If you can't do the time,then don't do the crime." The ending was a perfect one for an ex-gangster with absolutely nothing left, no wife, no money, no family, no friends, no business....not even a ride home...that is if he had one.

That's that....Recommended Highly (****)

Hart's War

Has heart, loses the battle, fortunately not the war...
Typically Bruce Willis brings a bunch to any movie part and this is no exception, however from the director that brought NYPD Blue (1994-2005), 'Fallen'(1998) w/Denzel Washington and 'Frequency'(2000) w/Dennis Quaid two well set movies and a 'Hit' T.V. series, that are great additions to any entertainment library, I felt that this director, had one or two things missing from "Hart's War".

I would have been more interested if it would have been 'Hart Bochner's War' where Hart could have played the arrogant 'Ellis' and then the least end we could have had a few good laughs. Please don't take me wrong, I love and I mean love a good drama any day, but Hart's was just one of those maybe fall by the wayside in the movie arena type films. I enjoyed the activity and confinement, the trial and court drama that was the main push in this WWII story. but something didn't seem to draw me into a place that I could feel that I was sold all the way, as many Willis films are for me. I don't balk at much that Bruce Willis has made because he exudes that charm, style, strength and aloof that makes his character an essential part of American cinema. Hart's War, was almost there for me but I remember walking out, thinking about the story and the scenes therein, but not fully making that real connection that I have come to expect in a well done Willis Drama. I will watch it again at some point probably at a holiday, as some movies age better that others, some don't age at all. That is the test I have used most effectively for my final judgments on it. Worth a look, yeah, why not, but going out of your way to see this, may not be what you're looking for. See for yourself anyway. (**)

The Sixth Sense

And all nine lives...Willis delivers again
By far this is my favorite Haley Joel Osment role that I have seen him play. M.Night is sensational directing this onion-skin of a thriller story, but who doesn't realize that? The bedroom scene with the doctor and his wife was what a shocking good thriller is made of. Donny Wahlberg is a terrifying short detour in this right-made enthraller that packs a whopping cast that has authentic developed personalities with an eerie undertone. Bruce again shows that he is the right choice for a major story that captivates from the start to the end. You feel for Malcom Crow, as he seems to be searching for truth and help for this young boy. The mother has a real appeal in that (Toni Colette is superb)the actress is a well crossed role player that seems like there is just no-acting there. She is on it. All the while, there are scenes that are not 'shot' impatiently. I think that so much of Hollywood is cutting, cutting, cutting to make the scheduled time box that the formula fits into. The visual chemistry woven is done almost with a cinematic respect for the classic film noir, they are held in the length that makes them perfect grippers, you see what's happening and it gives enough 'pause' then makes you feel the chill across the back of your neck. When the story captives and the performances are cut to fit as right as this is, you know that not all movies are even. Not by a long shot. Bruce Willis has a definite old world quality of acting, in a new world format. This movie unfolds with precision in story telling and character development with the good Doctor and the boy and then when it goes to the end, it twists and you are left feeling that cold chill once again. I only had one question that I would like to ask 'M' about the plot. Other than this, I am well pleased with "The Sixth Sense".

For what a superb thriller should be, this one is a top pick. It's 'incredible' the success that The Sixth Sense has had, it is no wonder to me and millions of fans, and in that, Willis with his contract and profit agreement took away with him One Hundred Million Dollars. Some might say that he isn't one hundred million good. Some might say, the Razzies gave him three awards for worst actor just the year before, I say, none of that 'banter' will change a wit about Bruce in this film.

Recommended for M.Night Shyamalan and Willis fans, even if you aren't it really makes no difference in the end you will know why. (*****)


Not Quite The End of The World...
I'll be the first to tell you, special FX are not what I look for when I am hitting the movies, I love intelligence and acting, story, story, story, good directing at least. But from the opening scenes, 'ARMAGEDDON' explodes into emergency action. This sci-fi comedy-drama was a solid hit!! I have to fully disagree with critics who will praise a horrible movie and then say that a story like this is not bigger than life. This is a blockbuster entertainment giant, with a striking sense of humor, which 'Rockhound' (Bucsemi) provided many laughs, along with the rest of the multi-talented and troubled 'troup' of civilized maniacs. I truly think that the plot of the story is fun to think about, the world needs to be saved by a bunch of motley-ruff necks that can hardly obey the regular laws in their own city and now, they are going to work with the laws of gravity, science and all else to keep the planet from becoming a memory. Every movie mogul wants a block buster that is going to in essence save the world from total oblation and hit the box office with a vengeance. This one does it with he-man style and a wise-crack or two. They all ride together though, Harry Stamper, Grace the young in love daughter of Harry, Charles Chapple er, I mean 'Chick', A.J. also in love with Grace much to Harry's uneasiness, 'Rockhound' who just wants to have girls' who 'just want to have fun' the man who is a sky-scraper if anything else, Jayotis 'Bear' who is strong and a bit on the sensitive side, just to give us equilibrium, when they landed on the surface of the huge rock and he looks up and emotional and exclaims Thank you Jesus! The theater roared! He was right though. Then there is 'Oscar' who is a fun having not so fearless worker, and the comically sarcastic, but easy going Max, all under N.A.S.A Administrator Dan Truman who can't fly anymore. But he gets to watch these birds-of-a-feather, working together. With everyone up and going plus Lev Andropov the Russian Cosmonaut who works hard and gets a little too rowdy! They are able even with the adversity of Col. William Sharp they come together and pull it off and even with the last few moments when Harry Gives his life for A.J. in a very touching moment the story comes together and sets it right, the screw balls have a mature moment and a sobering lesson. But this crew is great!! They all mix together like a great drink. Bruce has the Juice, along with the rest of the motley crew, making this adventure a blast, even by today's standards it still comes across with strength, style, and comedic punch!

Recommended for action/adventure sci-fi junkies as well as regular Joe's' like me. (****)

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