It was a pure spectacle of bad lands of North India. The characters and acting was just top notch. Too abusive and violent, but serves the purpose of the story. It becomes a bit predictable towards the end, but still I am waiting for next season for what drama unfolds for Kaleen bhaiya.
Dogma (1999) - 7/10
I am not much aware of the Christian mythology, but seemed good parody movie and there was a message too. I think the issue was it got stuck between being sarcastic and giving the message. Jay and Silent Bob rocks!!!
Any suggestions for good sci-fi, horror, or thriller titles?
Obscure titles only (I have either seen, or chosen not to see, all the well-known ones.)
English-language post-2000 releases only.
Nostalgia!! I don't know why people didn't like it, it was as good a live action remake as it could have been.
Frozen 2 (2019) - 7/10
Good sequel. It was quite the same as first one. Good musical, standard disney movie. I think the past story could have been explored in a better way than a dam!!
A bug's life (1998) - 7/10
Another fool, saving the world. Only the difference was an Ant doing this. The idea has been explored a lot. Maybe beacuse I have seen this now instead of seeing this before a dozen animation movies like this.
Black Cat White Cat (1998) - 9/10
Watch this movie too see how music can fit and lift a movie without characters singing. Great movie, it was a hilarious ride. Underground was groundbreaking and this is nothing less.
“My Cousin Vinny” is a great courtroom comedy movie, in fact a great courtroom movie tout court. (9/10)
Two students are accused of murdering a store clerk in a small Alabama town. Being from New York, they react with all the worst clichés about the South, fearing KKK lynching, inbred sons and ancestral hatred against the Yankees, making them even more stereotypical. One of them (Ralph Macchio) calls his Brooklyn lawyer cousin Vincent Gambini aka Vinny for help. Vinny (Joe Pesci) comes to the rescue along with his sexy and beautiful fiancée, Mona Lisa Vito (Marisa Tomei).
So we get the flashy New York born-and-raised couple dealing with the humbler but no less peculiar mentalities of a small Southern town. There’s more, Vinny’s also a small-time lawyer who passed the bar exam in extremis after a sixth attempt and kept chasing ambulances after. Vinny must make his bones and learn from scratch in a case where his cousin’s life is at stakes, the judge doesn’t seem to like him, so the pressure is big... and as patient and helpful as Lisa tries to be, she doesn’t help when she kindly reminds him that she’s also submitted to pressures of her own (on a biological level).
A new viewer might get the feeling that the botched investigation and the trial are just excuses to generate stereotype-ridden laughs based on the fish-out-the-water element. But as you let the film grow on you, you realize it’s actually the other way round.
I actually believe the comedy is the starting point of a rigorous and insightful exploration of the subtleties of the legal system in general and Alabama in particular. It might be an open-and-shut case for an experienced lawyer but then there would be no movie; no, it’s crucial to have a lawyer who still has to learn the ropes so we learn with him. When Mona Lisa tells him that he’s got nothing to brag about getting files from the prosecutor since it’s the latter’s job, there would be a vice of form otherwise. It’s funny but at least that won’t be forgotten, not by Vinny, not by us. And that’s one example.
“My Cousin Vinny” shows how to deal with an expert witness, how to make a cross examination, how to create a reasonable doubt, how to psychologically handle witnesses and experts, but you know that comes rather late in the film and I guess watching the first part fills the first-time viewer with an urge to see Vinny taking off his amateur clothes and Mona Lisa Vito eventually shine and outshine everyone. But before, we’ve got to come through the two kids indirectly confessing their crime, thinking they’ve been caught for a non-paid tuna can, we get a series of running gags involving Vinny’s impossibility to get a good nightsleep, his procedural interplays with Judge Chamberlain Haller (Fred Gwynne) who takes his job so seriously he holds him in contempt because he can’t even say “guilty” or “not guilty” and many other subplots.
So what we get in the first part is pure comedy routine. Yes, it’s funny but in a predictable way. But director Jonathan Lynn who had a law degree insisted that the film would be the most accurate in its depiction of trial strategy, with its share of attacks and counter-attacks. He knows what he’s doing and prepares us for a big finale. So we laugh with Joe Pesci being his usual loud and annoyingly raucous guy, Gwynne the ‘straight man’ whose facial reactions make for one good third of the laughs and we even get the lousy yet hilarious gag of a stuttering lawyer, (which still serves to make a point: never ask a witness a question if you’re not prepared for the answer).
By the time we get to the climax, the film at least reassures us that it didn’t care much for stereotypes, they’re downplayed to nihil, Vinny stops being a clown and accomplishes his job fairly decently, with growing confidence, using his street smarts and proving that he has the makings of a great lawyer. Pesci is truly given one of his best roles for three reasons: he’s the lead for once, he’s as loud and foul-mouthed as his usual roles, but he’s smart and he’s a good guy who wants to do his job. And yet, that’s not even the film’s secret weapon, in a nutshell, it’s a bombshell.
Anyone who didn’t see the film knows it earned Marisa Tomei an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, and “supporting” is the word considering her man. But the way she saves the day at the end through her car expertise (pointed out early enough so it doesn’t come down as a Deus Ex Machina) is brilliant, intelligent, insightful, funny and even romantic (Pesci and Tomei had quite a chemistry). And it’s beautiful acting from Marisa Tomei whose reaction shots were already gold during the trial but look at her after she answers the trick question leaving the prosecutor, as deflated as a tire, the look she gives the judge was enough for the Oscar.
The film was the third of 25 legal films voted the best by the American Bar Association, which says a lot about its accuracy. According to experts, it not only shows what they teach you in school but what they don’t, which is where Vinny is the best, being wise, charming, funny but sharp and cutting when it comes to counterattack feeble testimonies, using mathematical precision and pure logic to turn eyewitnesses’ own arguments against them, and teach the jury not to judge on appearances.
And if there’s anything to learn from that movie is not to judge on appearances. Indeed, behind seemingly hostile Southerners, there are decents folks doing their jobs and eager to cooperate, behind a loudmouthed crook-like New Yorker, there can be a great lawyer, behind a sexy gal dressed like Fran Fine, there’s a car expert. And maybe behind a great courtoom comedy, there is one of the best films about... cars.
Avalanche (1978), Rewatch. 1/10. 10/10 MST3k Return episode.
How in the HELL did Starcrash (1978) get nominated for a Saturn nomination for Best Foreign Feature? Easily one of the worst Christopher Plummer movies ever. Rewatch. 1/10 for the crappy Star Wars knockoff. 10/10 MST3k Return episode.
I haven't seen the original, so no comparisons. This was quite good, quite similar to Christopher Robin live action. The music and story were good.
Man On The Moon (1999) - 8/10
I keep on asking question whether it was really happening or just an act put on by Andy there. No one could possibly play the character than Jim Carrey.
Elizabeth (1998) - 7/10
The movie started with a great promise, but then it was hit and miss for everything. The costumes, choreography and cinematography were a better part of movie.
Short review: Not a bad movie, I consider it as average, you have some great performances, but the story gets redundant and boring. The director or the writer wasn't doing is job properly, because it is hard to find what I call "The Thin Red Line" which means that I don't believe that each shot is coherent to the previous one and necessary to the following one. For me, when your movie doesn't contain "The Thin Red Line", it means that each situation in the movies is not enough elaborated, that is a recurrent problem in Western especially when your movie doesn't contain enough good dialog.
On a more technical aspect, the shots in the desert are amazing, but the costume designs are horrible, it looks bland in comparison with other movies of the same era, and the production design is very cliché.
Dream Hunter Rem (Video 1985), short-lived anime series that clearly never got a US release. Canceled after 3 episodes, it appears that the first two episodes have English subtitles (fan-produced) and recently been uploaded to (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldqUNnyz9og) YouTube.
8/10 for the first two episodes.
It's pretty bonkers and definitely not a kid-friendly magical girl genre of anime like Sailor Moon. Pretty gory (including several decapitations).
The protagonist's hero costume is a seemingly obvious Princess Leia Return of the Jedi slave ripoff/homage. I don't think it's 1990 remake/reboot, New Dream Hunter Rem, of the series has an IMDb page.
The animation, of course, is crap and I can't stand the fugly character design that's synonymous with this generation of anime. Pretty fascinating and enjoyable for what it is.
The casting of Richard Moll was a couple of nouches above Razzie territory. The Vietnam War sections of the film were difficult to accept because it was so obviously a sound stage. The practical makeup and costumes were dreadful (when movies with lesser budgets at least weren't so obviously latex, etc...).
The out of the blue, 'babysit my kid' scene? Was that just an 80s thing? Dropping your kid off with a complete stranger? Unbelievable. And finally, the other dimension/ocean cliff? Where the hell did that come from? That was never established.
I'm being generous with a 5/10 rating.
At least George Wendt played a good kind of nosy neighbor, a rare trait in any 80s or 90s comedy. Someone who actually is likable and caring.
This overall what I consider "High Average",
First, The villains are excellent, their motivations aren't obvious which obviously is not usually a good point, but in this case, you can assume that their only goal is to cause pain. This makes them only more despicable, and that is a good point for an action movie. The movie contains some pretty innovative concepts in terms of car chases that would later be developed to their full potential in Mad Max: Fury Road. However, even with all those good aspects and the pretty entertaining story, you can't deny that the screenplay of this movie is pure garbage, it contains only a few bad lines of dialog and the story while as I said entertaining is simply a pretext for a revenge plot.
To conclude, I recommend this movie for the entertaining aspect and the cultural impact that it had especially in Australia, but avoid it if you expect a movie with a strongly coherent plot.
This is one of the best episodes I have ever seen in a tv serie, the tension, drama, emotions and epicity overflow in this show, it is the most crucial episode of the whole series so far, show the differences between the beginning of the character and its evolution and how it has reached its breaking point, exactly where everything started.