Jane Got a Gun

Posted in Drama, Movie Reviews, Westerns with tags , , , , , on August 24, 2016 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Jane Hammond has built a new life with her husband Bill “Ham” Hammond after being tormented by the Bishop Boys gang. She finds herself in the gang’s crosshairs once again when Ham stumbles home riddled with bullets after dueling with the Boys and their relentless leader, John Bishop. With the vengeful crew hot on Ham’s trail, Jane has nowhere to turn but to her former fiancé Dan Frost for help in defending her family against certain death. Haunted by old memories, Jane’s past meets the present in a heart-stopping battle for survival.

What people are saying:

“A silly movie with a poor cast–Natalie Portman is not good in this “Western.” She and a former beau are able to hold off a dozen outlaws? Don’t waste your time.” 2 stars

“Hollywood has forgotten how to do a decent western. Sub par acting with a lame, contrived story.” 1 1/2 stars

“The movie had a lot of trouble being made from changing multiple directors, delays, and shifting around roles. Which becomes apparent throughout the movie. All the actors do a very good job to keep the movie relevant though. Even with good performances the movie never able to overcome its troubled past. ” 2 1/2 stars

“Not just confusing, predictable and mis-sold as a feminist film, the calamity that is Jane Got A Gun is hobbled by the dullest of plots.” 2 stars

“Slow and tedious with the worst sound editing I can ever recall. An hour and thirty-eight minutes that seems like a lifetime. Those shot in this western suffered less than we who watched it.” 1 star

Robinson Crusoe on Mars

Posted in Classics, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , on August 24, 2016 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

When his spaceship crash-lands on Mars, astronaut Kit Draper must figure out how to survive on the barren, lifeless planet with only a monkey to keep him company. Eventually, he discovers that the dead planet may actually harbor life.

What people are saying:

“It’s exactly what the title says it is. So if you’re a fan of sci fi films shot in glorious technicolor, you should enjoy this throwback to a time when movies went to mars.” 3 stars

“I lasted about 30 minutes and had to shut it off. The monkey element was lame and the astronaut sucking air from rocks ended it for me. Maybe if I was 10 when this came out it might have had some appeal. Stick with Planet of the Vampires…” 2 stars

“Classic 1960’s sci-fi B movie, yes its low budget and the special effects aren’t that great but the this movie is 50 years old (not 40 years old as one review who cant count thinks) so what do you expect. Sit back and watch a slice of movie history.” 4 stars

“A space version of the movie “Castaway”. Imagine being on another planet by yourself or are you? A great movie to escape into, especially a space movie made in 1964.” 4 1/2 stars

“A film made by small children in a sand pit . Maybe one of them was luck enough to own a pet monkey which they brought along for kicks. Who knows or cares? Perhaps one day when the human race is no more and all that we achieved is buried and gone. Perhaps then… this film may be unearthed by some future beings or visitors from an alien world, and serve as the only reminder of a once noble race. Even then, i doubt, even if they had some sort of pay to view streamlining service, would they deign to offer this for public consumption.” 1 star

Trailer Thursday 8/18

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on August 18, 2016 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

Down here in Baton Rouge, most of the city is still reeling from the massive rains and flooding that we were privy to this weekend. I count my blessings that I was unaffected by this, especially when I see that my previous addresses in the city were underwater by Saturday morning!

With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to find a film about flooding. So, let’s take a look at the trailer for the 1976 film, Flood!

Trailer Thursday 8/11

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on August 11, 2016 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

Remember how in almost every episode of MTV Cribs there would be someone who would have a room dedicated to a certain movie that they swore up and down was the greatest in the world, Scarface? Sometimes they would have multiple copies of the movie on DVD.

Well, how about we take a look at the trailer for this overrated film

Sahara

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on August 10, 2016 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

While investigating a deadly water-borne epidemic along the Nile River, adventurer Dirk Pitt uncovers a secret dating back to the U.S. Civil War and battles an evil industrialist bent on killing every living thing in the world’s oceans.

What people are saying:

“Sahara was a surprise find by my wife at a garage sale. Expecting the worst, it turned out to be about the best knock-off of a James Bond film that we have seen, so well done, and with its own plot (though with a few scenes right out of actual Bond films), that if someone had told us that it was put out by the Bond people to inject new blood into the mix, or to rejuvenate “the Franchise”, we might have believed them for a few moments.” 3 stars

“Despite the vast beauty of location settings in Morocco and Spain, the vast lack of chemistry between the two stars is appalling.” 2 1/2 stars

“This is a silly fun movie with a world class cast. Look it’s not a drama, so lighten up. McConaughey and Zahn are well matched. And in Wilson, Macy and the lovely Miss Cruz and you have fun. Good sound track beautiful locations. Give it a try. ” 4 stars

“Sahara was just like sex with a cactus, a terribly painful and scarring experience, but for some reason, I just couldn’t stop.” 1 1/2 stars

“Road to Morocco meets James Bond. A movie with fun written all over it. While an iron clad taking down a modern assault helicopter is a bit of a stretch (even for this movie), Sahara is a personal favorite that delivers on many levels: star power, love story and a happy ending. Two adventurers and a WHO doctor battle an evil warlord and corrupt solar power corporation on their way to finding an ancient civil war ironclad and source of a mysterious illness. Good cinematography, music and clever writing. Stand out performance by William Macy.” 3 1/2 stars

The River’s Edge

Posted in Drama, Movie Reviews with tags , , , on August 9, 2016 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Ben Cameron (Anthony Quinn) and wife Meg (Debra Paget) struggle to build their small ranch in New Mexico desert. Bad guy bank robber Nardo Denning (Ray Milland) arrives in New Mexico looking for his girlfriend and her husband. At gunpoint, Nardo forces the couple to guide him safely to Mexico with the stolen money. Meg has a past with Nardo which her husband does not know.

What people are saying:

“This melodrama is a bit campy, but the high production values and a good cast make it entertaining. There are plenty of dramatic scenarios.” 3 stars

“A simple production (mainly just a cast of three throughout in the western wilderness) turns out to be an entertaining chase movie, although the emphasis is more on the character relationships than the pursuit. Anthony Quinn is the only stand-out performance though.” 3 stars

“A somewhat pulpy crime classic featuring a very bad ass Ray Milland, a suitcase filled with cash, and quite an interesting – if quite well worn plot. This is as vibrantly shot as it is entertaining, with a decent level of pacing. And once the opening sequence begins you’d assume this is a full-on romantic flick, but it’s not. In fact this quite a surprisingly violent film at times, with real flashes of sharp bite that still hold up even today. There may not be a whole lot here in terms of depth, but as far as relatively tough, censor pushing Hollywood pictures go that passers the time without ever really dragging its feet then look no further.”

“Good thriller with a dark edge and reasonably datk for 1957.Milland is trying to get over the border with a case full of loot. He hijacks a wilderness guide and his wife with whom he has ad a fling. The rest of the story is an exciting but modest tale. Great perfomance from the psychopathic Milland with equally effective perfomances from Quinn and Paget. ” 3 1/2 stars

“Not a western but a well shot and performed drama set in the West. The story is rather ordinary but benefits from the role reversal of Milland, usually the hero and Quinn, often the heavy but in opposite roles here. Even at the relatively brief running time the script could have been tightened a bit but overall a good film. One caveat-it would take a great deal to make a woman as stunning as Debra Paget was in her prime look bad but the filmmakers almost achieve that feat. Saddled with unflattering makeup and frightening Lucille Ball red hair that never moves no matter what travail she is enduring her beauty is almost completely obscured.” 2 1/2 stars

Trailer Thursday 8/4

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on August 4, 2016 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

First and foremost, it needs to be noted that today is Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong’s birthday!!! Whether you’re a jazz fan or not, this man has influenced every artist past, present, and future, so taking a moment to honor his legacy is the least we can do.

That being said, here is a trailer for a French documentary on the life of “Pops”, Mr. Jazz: The Louis Armstrong Story. Watch and enjoy!

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