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Everything posted by NickAndNora34

  1. THE RESCUERS (1977) *Score: 3.5 I grew up with this one as well, and I must say it still hits the spot for me. Miss Bianca's and Bernard's mission to save young Penny from the claws of the evil Madame Medusa is filled with adventure, comedy, and drama. I have come to realize that I am an avid supporter of hand-drawn/2D animated movies, so that's probably a large factor into why I continue to enjoy this one so much (yes, I know it's currently at a 3.5; I am not one to give out 4's and 5's willy-nilly). I think both Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor are very vocally well-suited to their respective characters, as is the fabulous Geraldine Page as the villainous Madame Medusa. I appreciate the casting choices for sure.
  2. THE LOVE BUG (1968) *Score: high 2.5, low 3* Starring: Dean Jones, Michele Lee, Buddy Hackett, David Tomlinson. This is one I had seen countless times as a child, and though I never loved it, I always remember it being fun. I like Dean Jones a lot; he did several films for Disney that I enjoy (my favorite of his being "The Ugly Dachshund"). Re-watching this as an adult, I feel like the original charm is still there, but this seems like an odd choice of a movie for my parents to show me. I honestly don't know how it managed to keep my attention when I was younger... Overall, though, I don't dislike this movie, but there really isn't all that much substance to it.
  3. NIGHT ON EARTH (1991) *Score: 2/5* Vignette-driven film that deals with several different taxi drivers and their fares across the globe. I got recommended this one for a special event we do in my film club; I didn't really enjoy it all that much. The Winona Ryder/Gena Rowlands story was my favorite one, though. DEAD MAN (1995) *Score: 2/5* Another Jim Jarmusch vehicle; I don't think I'm a fan of his work. I wanted to try something new, so I put this on one day. I do like Johnny Depp though. I think what threw me off with this one, is the fact that the entire score was made up of the sound of an electric guitar being tuned. It started to get on my nerves about 5 minutes in.
  4. INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL (2008) *Score: 2/5* Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, John Hurt. Yeah, this one is bad. I'm trying to finish Cate Blanchett's filmography. This makes number 19.
  5. BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS (1971) *Score: 3.5/5* Starring: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson Sometimes I get the feeling that if Julie Andrews hadn't been available, the role of Mary Poppins would have gone to Angela Lansbury. I feel like this movie was Angela's "Poppins" in a way. It's difficult not to compare the two; they're both brilliant British "Grand Dames" (if you will). The urge to compare the two may also stem from the fact that the music for both Mary Poppins and this one was written by Disney's token songwriting team "The Sherman Brothers." Lansbury plays an English witch-in-training who is saddled with 3 children during WW2, all while attempting to learn more about magic so she can do her part for the war effort (she wants to come up with some sort of plan to help defend her country). Lansbury is great as always, and Tomlinson is a welcome addition to the film as well. I appreciated the mixture of 2D animation and live action.
  6. STRANGE AFFAIR (1944) *Score: 3/5* Starring: Allyn Joslyn, Evelyn Keyes, Nina Foch. This is an enjoyable little murder mystery comedy; I'd never heard of it but I found it while browsing YouTube. I already was familiar with Allyn Joslyn (from "It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog," with Carole Landis), and I knew Evelyn Keyes was in Gone with the Wind, but I'd never seen her in a more comedic role before. She was quite likable and charming. I think of them as the "poor man's Nick and Nora Charles" (although they are wonderful in their own way). I found another they did together entitled "Dangerous Blondes" (1943). I am intrigued, to say the least.
  7. THE WORLD'S END (2013) *Score: 4/5 Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine. Yet another Edgar Wright film I enjoyed immensely. I seriously had such a fun time watching this. Now for Baby Driver and Hot Fuzz.
  8. THE HAUNTED MANSION (2003) *Score: 1/5* Disneyland's "Haunted Mansion" attraction is one of my all-time favorites, and I assumed that some of the magic would be carried over to this movie, but, boy, was I wrong. Eddie Murphy is very funny (in my opinion), but I don't think being in a Disney movie allowed him to be his true self (they have to keep a PG rating, after all). I just found his character annoying, and all the other characters annoying. There was not a single likable character in the entire cast. I appreciated the inclusion of Madame Leota, the fortune teller, but other than that, I have no idea why I thought this would be an enjoyable way to spend my time.
  9. KILL BILL VOL. 1 (2003)/KILL BILL VOL. 2 (2004) *Score: 4/5 and 4/5* I watched both of these in succession back in April, and I was honestly quite impressed with both of them. I think I prefer the plot to the second one a little more than the first one, although there were definitely some stand-out scenes in both. The first one relies pretty heavily on martial arts sequences, while the second one has a little bit of a different feel to it. I had been putting these off for years, but I am glad I finally got around to seeing them (I am currently in the process of finishing Tarantino's filmography). My favorite of his that I've seen is still "Hateful Eight" (which puts me in the minority, I believe).
  10. I don't know if anyone would be interested in this or not, but I was thinking it might be nice for me to share my highest rated "first watches" with all of you. Highest rated meaning at least 4 stars (out of five total).
  11. BULL DURHAM (1988) *Score: 3.5/5* Starring: Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon I don't like Costner. I have come to the conclusion that he seems pretty wooden in his line delivery. Mind you, I find him handsome, just not a good actor. Sarandon and Robbins were both good, though. GLORIA (1980) *Score: 3/5* Starring: Gena Rowlands This is my first Cassavetes. I was drawn in by the premise, although I will say it seemed to drag on in some scenes. I would like to peruse more of his work also. SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004) *Score: 4/5 I enjoyed this a lot more than I initially thought I would. I have been trying to see more of Edgar Wright's work (have seen this, Scott Pilgrim, and Hot Fuzz thus far). Usually I'm iffy on British humor, but this one worked quite well for me.
  12. It is a group of actors who are putting on a play, but are having difficulties due to their having more drama offstage than on. Yes, a slapstick
  13. SAFE (1995; DIR. TODD HAYNES) A housewife (Julianne Moore) suddenly starts to display mysterious symptoms, and is diagnosed with a rare illness.
  14. THE JUNGLE BOOK (1967) *Score: 3/5/5* I grew up watching this movie, and have enjoyed it ever since. I really dig the hand-drawn animation style, and the music. I like how the main theme is used throughout the film; I tend to be a pretty big thematic person. The voice actors for the characters are all pretty rad too. I especially enjoy George Sanders as the voice of the tiger, Shere Khan. Although the elephants are probably my favorites of the entire movie. "Colonel Hathi's March" is my favorite song in this. Just a little update: I haven't been watching these in order, so I decided to stop watching chronologically, and just watch whatever I'm in the mood for (so, brace yourselves, because I have about 15 of these to catch up on).
  15. This is still happening, although I have decided not to go in order anymore lol
  16. NOISES OFF (1992) Starring: Carol Burnett, Christopher Reeve, Michael Caine, Marilu Henner, Nicollette Sheridan, Julie Hagerty, John Ritter. My friend George from my film club recommended this movie to me, and I watched it 5 times in 4 days... So fill in the blank on whether I liked it or not. I have become quite a fan of Peter Bogdanovich lately, and am excited to see more of his work (I have seen Targets, What's Up Doc, Paper Moon in addition to this one).
  17. Liza Minnelli comes to mind-
  18. REPULSION (1965) I've been trying to get into more of Catherine Deneuve's work, so I gave this one a try. I didn't care for it.
  19. #73: LT. ROBIN CRUSOE, U.S.N. (1966) *Score: 3/5* Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Nancy Kwan, Akim Tamiroff, Arthur Malet, Tyler McVey. This was a zany and ridiculous tale about a Naval man who was shipwrecked on an island, and his interactions with the natives of the island. Dick Van Dyke is always quite funny, and he definitely made me chuckle while watching this. Along for the ride is Nancy Kwan, as an island girl who meets DVD, and falls for him, thus incurring the wrath of her father, the leader of the group of Islanders. I would say more about this, but I don't have a lot of time, so enjoy the two sentences I did manage to write.
  20. I've really been digging both Cate Blanchett's and Julianne Moore's work lately... I think they are both fabulous.
  21. On Sunday, I caught the 1 pm showing of "The Color Purple" (presented by TCM and Fathom Events). I've read the book before a few times, so I didn't go into it completely blind. I will admit that the film really spoke to me/touched me. I rated it 4.5/5 stars.
  22. It's all good. If you like it, you like it. Film taste is extremely subjective. It just didn't do anything for me this second time around.
  23. I've seen "Lady Vanishes" before, but it was a long while ago, and I hope upon rewatch, it fares better than 39 Steps.
  24. INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978) *Score: 3.5/5 Starring: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright. Not as enjoyable as the original '56 version, but it was nice to have a little Kevin McCarthy cameo in the first half. THE 39 STEPS (1935) *Score: 2.5/5 Starring: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft, John Laurie, Helen Haye. I really didn't enjoy this upon rewatching it. I remember liking it back in high school, but I was terribly bored this second time.
  25. FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF (1986) *Score: 3.5/5 Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jennifer Grey, Jeffrey Jones, Charlie Sheen. I just watched this yesterday for the first time. I'm glad I finally sat down and watched it, because it was quite entertaining. I understand why so many people my age and older like this. LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (1962) *Score: 2.5/5 Starring: Olivia de Havilland, Yvette Mimieux, George Hamilton, Rossano Brazzi. This one was okay. I didn't really enjoy it, although I do like Olivia de Havilland. THE FIGHTER (2010) *Score: 3.5/5 Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo. Real powerhouse cast here. Everyone turned in solid performances. I don't consider myself a fan of boxing in any way, shape, or form, but I was able to stay invested in the film through the performances, despite the subject matter. THE FUGITIVE (1993) *Score: 3.5/5 Starring: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Jane Lynch, Julianne Moore. I was thoroughly entertained by this one, holy cow. I've started getting into Ford's action movies from the 90s, and I'm glad to say this one didn't disappoint.
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