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  1. Yep - two white kids lost in the Outback, rescued and saved by the wiser and more capable Native Australian, but more than that. Or something like that. What did you think?
  2. YES WALKABOUT (1971) - Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg, David Gulpilil THE PUMPKIN EATER (1964) - Anne Bancroft, Peter Finch, James Mason CROSSING THE BRIDGE (1992) - Josh Charles, Jason Gedrick, Stephen Baldwin HIGH FIDELITY (2000) - John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Jack Black MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO (1991) - River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo TOMBSTONE (1993) - Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN (1971) - Timothy Bottoms, Jason Robards, Donald Sutherland -------------------- NO TARZAN, THE APE MAN (1981) - Bo Derek, Richard Harris, Miles O'Keefe PURE COUNTRY (1992) - George Strait, Leslie Ann Warren, Isabel Glasser FREEDOMLAND (2006) - Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore, Edie Falco CATWOMAN (2004) - Halle Berry, Benjamin Bratt, Sharon Stone TRUE IDENTITY (1991) - Lenny Henry, Frank Langella, Charles Lane BLACK EAGLE (1988) - Shô Kosugi, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Doran Clark DEATH TO SMOOCHY (2002) - Robin Williams, Edward Norton, Danny DeVito ---------------------- more film facts, information and opinion here: http://www.opinionsoup.com/movies.html
  3. YES 1. The Score (2001) - Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Marlon Brando - De Niro and Norton are great in this "one last caper, then I retire from crime" flick, and Brando waddles along for the ride. 2. The Magnificent Seven (1960) - Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen - Pick of the Week - Best of the Best - adapted from Kurosawa's legendary Japanese film The Seven Samurai. 3. Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas (1998) - Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire - Squares hate this film (Roger Ebert and most other mainstream critics hated it). 4. Bert Rigby You're A Fool (1989) - Robert Lindsay, Cathryn Bradshaw, Anne Bancroft - a Carl Reiner film that is in some ways (most ways) a tribute to the Great Musicals, Gene Kelly, etc. - very good movie. 5. Any Given Sunday (1999) - Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid - I didn't enjoy this so much as I appreciated it. A good flick, even though I hate professional sports, particularly football. 6. Leap of Faith (1992) - Steve Martin, Debra Winger, Lukas Haas - a really good film, perhaps Martin's best ever (because he's not playing "funny") - secondary characters are very well developed - if the ending had been better (it kind of sputters out) this could have been a Best Of The Best. 7. Rounders (1998) - Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Paul Cicero - well-acted (of course; Edward Norton's in it), and I do love poker. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ NO 1. Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex *But Were Afraid To Ask (1972) - Woody Allen, Tony Randall, Gene Wilder - several totally unrelated stories that are sophomoric and boring, cobbled together like pieces of songs that don't stand alone (as in Paul McCartney's style of songwriting). 2. The Legend of Zorro (2005) - Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Adrian Alonso - The Mask of Zorro, with the same lead couple, was better - in this one, Zeta-Jones plays a nag - it's annoying. 3. Yours Mine and Ours (2005) - Dennis Quaid, Rene Russo, Rip Torn - Class C Chick Flick. 4. *The Missing (2003) - Tommy Lee Jones, Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood (* means almost Yes) - parts of this film are very good, and parts of it just don't make sense - it needed another director. 5. Bail Out (1989) - David Hasselhoff, Linda Blair, Tony Brubaker - one of the worst films ever made - truly horrid - somebody should be arrested for making this film. 6. Dream To Believe (aka Flying), 1986 - Olivia d'Abo, Rita Tushingham, Keanu Reeves - as dumb and dippy as Keanu Reeves is, this film is dumber and dippier, because he's younger. 7. Kazaam (1996) - Shaquille O'Neal, Francis Capra, Ally Walker - Shaq can hardly walk and chew gum at the same time, let alone act - This combo blaxploitation/sports-star film was made strictly for the IQ-challenged. ------------------------------------ SPECIAL AWARD: Worst Russian Accent Of All Time - Robert Duvall in Stalin, 1992. If you think Sean Connery's accent was the worst ever in Hunt For Red October, you've gotta see this made-for-TV Stalin. In some ways this is an enjoyable film, as History - a good, educational film for students - but Duvall's accent is so bad you can't appreciate the film for laughing at him. This is even worse than Gregory Peck's fake German accent in The Boys From Brazil.
  4. Dude, you're getting a little crazier every couple of days. I strongly recommend professional help. It's not cool to harrass people on this board.
  5. I did like parts of it - I own a copy of it. But it's too hokey to be a "Yes, Best."
  6. YES and NO Movie Picks for week of 4/18/06: YES: American History X (1996), Edward Norton, Edward Furlong Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter The Dresser (1983), Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980), N!xau, Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo Judgment At Nuremberg (1961), Spencer Tracy, Maximilian Schell, Richard Widmark Prizzi's Honor (1985), Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Anjelica Huston Scent of a Woman (1992), Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell NO: (* = between yes and no) American Psycho II (2002), Mila Kunis, William Shatner *Black Hawk Down (2001), Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Jason Isaacs Bowfinger (1999), Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham *Cry-Baby (1990), Johnny Depp, Amy Locane, Susan Tyrrell Down Among the Z-Men (1952), Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, Michael Bentine *Last Tango In Paris (1972), Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider Urban Legend (1998), Alicia Witt, Jared Leto, Rebecca Gayheart More opinion on Films, Actors, Directors, Musical Directors, Writers: http://www.opinionsoup.com/movies.html
  7. Don't think I'd've told that. Pretty interesting book actually. Yeah, I can see how you'd like it.
  8. Yes, everyone has their own opinions about everything. I'll even go so far as to say that there's no such thing as an opinion that's wrong, as that would be a matter of opinion. But, some people are more firm than others in their attachment to their opinions. Whether this is good or not is a matter of circumstance as much as it's a matter of opinion - it might be good for presidents, but it probably isn't so good for critics. To be honest, I thought I detected a note of jealousy in what you were saying about your friend making more money than you writing about movies, so I put forth my first guess as to why that might be. You are pretty firm in, and vocal about, your opinions. No offense intended. I actually was trying to defend your writing skills. Regards, Verisoph Roger Ebert is not a friend of mine (although I have met him and he was a fan of my folk group), and I certainly am not jealous of him (or of any person on this planet). I was joking, because I thought you were joking with "who is Roger Ebert?". Roger Ebert is, like, the most famous movie critic in the entire world.
  9. There are no reviewers with no preconceived notions or personal prejudices. However, anyone worth his salt can see and say, on occacion, "well, I was wrong about that." My recommendations are not reviews. They are recommendations. My reviews are much longer and can be found at imdb.com, and occasionally at amazon.com and occasionally on my own site. Mostly, I don't do reviews. I'm sorry I pissed you off, somehow.
  10. "It seems to me that a critic should try to approach each new project with as blank a slate as possible if they are to be able to write useful reviews." THAT WAS GREAT! Oh, Stop It! Please, no more...I can't take it!
  11. 1. Correct and double. 2. He's just a guy my age that I know from Chicago...an old fan of my folk group...he gets paid a lot more than I do to write about movies.
  12. I only list seven Yes and seven No each week. A longer list can be found here: http://www.opinionsoup.com/movies.html just below the weekly picks, and under that is a Best Of The Best list. All my opinion, only. You know - it's like, sometimes I agree with Roger Ebert, and sometimes I don't. So you can agree with me or not. The thing about it is, we all love movies. I admit that I don't like most American comedy films very much, especially when they have people from SNL in them.