Broad Street Blitz!

I’m a sports fan and as such like to read up as much as I can about the other teams. Since the news media is so limited in quality and honesty, the best places to find out about the other side are fan websites or fansites. One such fansite, and one of the very best out there, is Broad Street Blitz which is the very best Philadelphia Eagles fansite.

Words fail me when attempting to describe the wonder that is BSB. If you’re really into the NFL, then BSB is well worth your time.

My Review of Nate and Hayes

There are some movies that are meant only to be both hightly enjoyable escapist watching and great to eat popcorn while watching it. Nate and Hayes is one of those movies.
Nate and Hayes is about pirates in the South Pacific. Tommy Lee Jones plays Captain Nate “Bully” Hayes while Michael O’Keefe plays the starchy minister, Jenny Seagrove plays O’Keefe’s wife and Australian actor Max Phipps is the evil Captain Ben Pease.

The action starts when Captain Pease raids the island right after the marriage ceremony for the minister and his wife. The minister is struck unconscious and his wife is taken prisoner by the evil Pease. The minister then joins forces with Captain Hayes who has his own score to settle with Pease and that’s when the fun begins!

Nate and Hayes is a much underappreciated family film classic. Thrills and chills abound in this wild and wacky fun fest. This is a great film for all ages and for families in general.

Heartily recommended.

My Review of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? is an awful film. It is about as interesting as watching water boil. It is also unhistorical in that the 1930’s are depicted as a time of prosperity even though in real life that was the decade of the Great Depression.
There is no real depth to the plot. Nor is there anything exceptional about either the direction, photography or the soundtrack. Jane Fonda is badly miscast in this role and she delivers her lines poorly. None of the performances in this movie are especially good.

In sum, this is a movie to avoid.

My Review of Klute

Klute is a movie that aspires to the cult status of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation but where The Conversation is compelling, Klute is vapid. It simply lacks inventiveness and originality.
Klute is a second-rate thriller. The plot eventually takes on predictability and is short on logic and terror. Klute is one of those movies that looks great but has no real substance. You don’t care about the characters.

Klute does not offer any surprises whatsoever and the ending became quite predictable before it was half over. What good is a mystery if everything is pretty obvious and you can guess everything that’s about to take place? This attempt at a psychological thriller is mindless. The plot is thin. Guy kills for no apparent reason.

In sum, Klute is a movie to avoid.

My Review of Evil Roy Slade

Evil Roy Slade is a decent parody of Westerns. Evil Roy is literally a truly evil villain so much so that as a baby he was spurned by both Indians and wolves alike and wound up being raised by vultures.
Evil Roy Slade ranks 4 out of 5 stars because while the movie is funny, it is also overly goofy and quite implausible overall. It is also predictable.

My Review of The Affair of the Necklace

This is one of the most historically accurate movies that I have ever seen. This movie is about the scandal that rocked the French monarchy during the late 1780’s and helped set the stage for the French Revolution that overthrew the monarchy.
Hilary Swank delivers a superb performance as the scheming Jeanne de la Motte-Valois. Jonathan Pryce and Christopher Walken also shine in this well executed movie.

The Affair of the Necklace is a movie that combines greed, lust, corruption and sexuality in a most beguiling mix. This movie is the end result of a rare combination of quality acting, distinguished directing, skillful script writing, a large budget and careful attention to historical accuracy in every detail.

The Affair of the Necklace is a masterpiece.

My Review of Bubba Ho-Tep

Bubba Ho-Tep is a hilarious movie featuring a still alive Elvis Presley who teams up with a lunatic who believes that he is John F. Kennedy to fight an insane Egyptian mummy. One of the more interesting aspects of this movie is the fact that Elvis feels guilty for having exchanged places with an Elvis impersonator so that he could live a normal life.
This is a really funny movie. Led by veteran B-movie actor Bruce Campbell as Elvis, the cast as a whole delivers a consistently strong performance. Of all the horror parodies that I have seen, this is one of the very best.

My Review of Antwone Fisher

Antwone Fisher is a surprisingly good movie in light of its unlikely subject matter. Most movies centering around psychologically troubled persons that are not crime dramas are just simply not very good. Antwone Fisher rises above the rest and is a very good movie.
The reason for this is that the movie is an autobigraphy of a real life person. Antwone Fisher served in the U.S. Navy and had a productive relationship with a Navy shrink played by Denzel Washington.

This movie boasts an excellent script and cast to match.

My Review of Zulu

Zulu is basically more of an antiwar movie than an action adventure flick. War is not glamorized in Zulu and it is shown in all its horrific repulsiveness. Nor for that matter are there any heroes in Zulu for nobody acts heroically. The officers and soldiers know that its likely that they will die defending their isolated frontier outpost against the Zulu hordes and they are bitterly resentful of that fact.
This makes Zulu an original and different movie. However, the quality of the acting is generally low, although Michael Caine delivers a splendid performance. The script, direction and special effects are also deficient. Zulu was made on a low budget and it shows.

Zulu is an example of how a great idea does not necessarily result in a great movie.

My Review of Young Guns

This is an utterly unhistorical movie. The real Billy the Kid was basically a loner who shunned gangs such as the “Regulators” bunch in this movie. One of the characters is a deputy marshal who throws away his badge and utters the usual lines about how the law is really on the side of evil. In this case, the ex-deputy joins the rest in a revelry of mindless violence all of which is committed in the name of a good cause, although it is hard to see how the violence did anything constructive.
Basically, this is just another empty action flick of mindless violence and mayhem with characters who have deluded themselves into thinking that they are the good guys. Worst of all, the movie basically portrays these juvenile delinquents as being on the right side. The idea that violence is an acceptable thing to engage in if you believe that you are in the right is just simply not the kind of message that Hollywood should be conveying to young people.

In summation, this is an awful movie.

My Review of The Rocketeer

The Rocketeer is an excellent science fiction film. It begins when a pilot played by the underrated actor Bill Campbell finds a rocket suit. Turns out that the suit was created by scientists working for Howard Hughes who is working with J. Edgar Hoover on a project to combat the Nazi threat. Timothy Dalton shines as the evil Nazi spy and Paul Sorvino plays a most convincing Mafia boss. The action is fast and furious and is never dull. The music and acting are great too.

My rating: 5 out of 5

My Review of Tora! Tora! Tora!

Tora! Tora! Tora! is the single best movie ever made about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It features excellent performances from such actors as James Whitmore, E.G. Marshall, Jason Robards and Martin Balsam. The special effects are far more convincing than what’s in modern movies. It also has some of the best movie music of all time. Best of all, the movie shows the sheer complacency on the U.S. side that enabled the Japanese to successfully mount the surprise attack.

Tora! Tora! Tora! is far superior to any other movie ever made about Pearl Harbor. In fact, it is one of the absolute best movies ever made about World War II. It is a classic motion picture in its own right.

On a scale of 1 to 5, it really merits a 10.

My Review of Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love is a lot of fun to watch. However, it is also flawed. There are major inaccuracies in it. For instance, if a troop of players did a play for Queen Elizabeth I of England, it was a special performance at the palace only for the queen and her entourage. This movie would have you believe that the queen would actually sit with the common folk at the Globe Theater.

I give it 4 stars out of 5 possible. There really was no reason why the filmmakers could not have both made a historically accurate film that was also a lot of fun.

My Review of A Bridge Too Far (Movie)

The movie version of Cornelius Ryan’s book A Bridge Too Far is a fully faithful adaptation of a war classic. As such, it is a classic in its own right. The movie includes the planning and execution of the flawed Operation Market Garden, the largest Allied airborne operation of World War II. It also includes several of the human interest vignettes from Ryan’s book. The movie is consistently interesting throughout and is never boring.

A true classic.

My Review of Wild Wild West

Wild Wild West is one of those movies that make you wonder just what were they thinking when this movie was being made. One thing that is absolutely essential for enjoying a movie is the suspension of disbelief. That is, you have to be able to believe that what’s on the screen could really happen the way that things on the screen are happening. The things that go on in this movie make that impossible. Example: there is a gigantic steam-powered spider. Even with today’s advanced technology, such a contraption would be just about impossible to build and get to operate properly, let alone in 1869.

Once again: What were they thinking?

My Review of A&E’s The Scarlet Pimpernel Boxed Set

While the movies in this boxed set are not the best Scarlet Pimpernel movies ever made, this is still a very good series of made for TV movies in its own right. Richard E. Grant is well cast as the Pimpernel while Elizabeth McGovern dazzles as Marguerite. The acting and direction is just short of excellent. The problem I have is that the scripts do not have too many good lines and they appear to have been written by hacks. This is a shame since the Pimpernel series was a most well-written series of novels. Still, the movies in this boxed DVD set are better than most of what you will find on TV these days.

My Review of Wyatt Earp Special Edition DVD

This 2-disc Special Edition DVD has some of the best features that I have ever seen on a DVD. This is most fitting given the fact that this is one of the very best Westerns that I have ever seen. The performances are excellent as are the direction and script. Best of all, unlike most movies about western legends like Wyatt Earp, this movie was made with a strict reliance on historical fact as it really is and not some tall tale. This is important because the likes of Wyatt Earp did all they can to create a mythology about how brave and noble they were to cover up for the fact that the real life Earp and friends were not all that much different from the bad guys that they fought against.

My Review of Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

There are some movies that are not meant to be great art. They aim to be nothing more than a fun way to pass time and eat popcorn at the same time. Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger is one of those movies.

Patrick Wayne is great as the stalwart sailor Sinbad as he fights on behalf of the lovely Princess Farah. Sinbad ventures forth on an epic voyage to find the cure for the spell cast upon Farah’s brother, Prince Kassim by the wicked witch Zenobia. This is a most thrilling movie and is well suited for viewing by the entire family.

If you just want to relax and have fun while eating popcorn, then this is a great movie for you.

My Review of Fort Apache, The Bronx

This is a classic film that hardly anyone that I know have ever heard of. This is a shame since this is a movie that has hardly any of the cliches that clog up so many police dramas. Paul Newman stars as a cop who tries to enforce the law without engaging in violence against suspects. This sets him at odds with other officers including the new precinct captain played by Ed Asner. This is the heart of the movie and it leads to a surprising conclusion.

A script, acting and directing job that adds up to an excellent movie.

My Review of The Adventures of Pluto Nash

There are some movies that are not meant to be great art. They aim to be nothing more than a fun way to pass time and eat popcorn at the same time. The Adventures of Pluto Nash is one of those movies.

Eddie Murphy is great as the intrepid hero Pluto Nash as he fights the sinister space mafia. Originally, Nash was a small businessman who the mafia tries to shake down. However, Nash decides to fight the mafia in what turns out to be one of the most slapsticky sci-fi adventure flicks of all time. Thrills and spills abound in this wild and wacky funfest. Pluto Nash is a well-plotted futuristic sci-fi adventure story with a comedic bent.

It also features a great cast with Rosario Dawson, Pam Grier, John Cleese, Randy Quaid, Peter Boyle and Jay Mohr.

If you just want to relax and have fun while eating popcorn, then this is a great movie for you.