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No. 3 ~ Favorite Films of 1993

#3 ~ Jurrasic Park

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I know, the plot is predictable, the acting, for the exception of Sam Neil, was not the best, but the cinematography and special effects were the best that film had ever seen to that point. The first scene where they are in the open field and all of a sudden you see these huge dinosaurs, it actually was awesome, especially in the theater.  Based on Michael Creighton’s book of the same name, this sci-fi adventure had it all. Drama, a little bit of romance, warm-hearted story, of course adventure and above all, yes I will say it again, special effects!  A lot of them. Directed by Steven Spielberg, it won three Oscars, of course for special effects, sound editing and sound mixing. But for 1993, this was the film to beat in the box office, and for years to come.  Plus a huge dinosaur chasing Jeff Goldblum was worth going to see!

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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in 1993, 90's, Action, Adventure, Fav Films of 1993, Sci-Fi

 

10,000 B.C.

Suprisingly, I liked this film.  I was under the assumption it was a remake of the Raquel Welch film in 1966, One Million Years B.C., just brought a little closer in time. Thankfully it wasn’t.

The plot was somewhat predictible, and the acting was not Oscar caliber, and the cinematography was kind of dark then light.  The CGI was pretty good, but with all of that said, I really enjoyed this film.  Maybe it was because I didn’t have to think too much, just sit back and watch it.

It would be a good addition to your DVD collevtion, just do not expect to watch it more than once or twice. B-

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2008 in 2008, Adventure, Reviews

 

Charlie’s Angels ~ 2000 / Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle ~ 2003

Personally I preferred the second film in this reamke of the famous TV show of the same name.  Both films were action packed and full of the same corny storylines that made the 70’s TV show enduring.

I absolutely love Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore, they are both outstanding in these two films, as always.  Not a big fan of Cameron Diaz (highly over-rated as an actress) I think someone else could have done a much better believeable job in the role of Natalie.  Bill Murray was exceptional as Bosley, but unfortunately was replaced in the second one by Bernie Mac, as Jimmy Bosley.  His humour grew on me and by the end of the film I had forgotten that Bill Murray had played the role in the first film.

If you like slapstick humore, and great moves by beautiful female detectives then you should love both these films, but to really enjoy either of these movies, go buy the TV show series on DVD, now that was some good TV! C

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2008 in 2000, 2003, Action, Adventure

 

9~ Tarzan, The Ape Man 1932

This movie introduced not only Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan the Ape Man, and Cheetah as his trusty chimpanzee sidekick, this film was also the first Tarzan movie with sound. Now you can hear the sounds of the jungle, Cheetah’s grunts and groans but also the famous Tarzan yell! (Which actually was MGM’s sound department, not Weissmuller),

This movie was also the first collaboration of Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan, who played Jane. O’Sullivan and Weissmuller would star together in six more Tarzan movies. Weissmuller was perfect for the part of the legendary Tarzan, created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, as he was a gold medal Olympic swimmer in 1924 and 1928. Even though Tarzan would be played by many before and after Weissmuller, he is the most memorable.
 
 

10 ~ KING KONG (1933)

And the Prophet said, ‘And lo, the beast looked upon the face of beauty. And it stayed its hand from killing. And from that day, it was as one dead.’

These were the words that began the epic story of the great Beast from the jungle and his beauty, played by the star that would be forever immortalized as Kong’s Beauty, Fay Wray.

America was in the midst of the depression, people were lined up along the streets to get food from the soup kitchens; families were living in villages made up of cardboard and wooden shacks called “hoovervilles” and theaters were facing bankruptcy. Yet in 1933 when King Kong was released it became the savior of the famous RKO Studios. Facing bankruptcy RKO had directors and producers; Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack put together a low budget story of a beautiful fair haired virginal young women and a frightening, gigantic, 50 foot ape-monster as a metaphoric re-telling of the archetypal Beauty and the Beast fable. With it became the largest money maker to date. Making RKO in the black again, and Fay Wray a household name for generations and also launched a new kind of movie monster.

Even though this film won no Academy Awards, it began to use techniques in filming that would last for ages and some of the most phenomenal stop-motion animation sequences and special effects ever filmed. If there were awards given out for Special Effects in those days, King Kong would have walked away with it. Watching the film today you may chuckle at the special effects, but in 1933 they were innovative to say the least.

The ultimate love story set with the backdrop of the depression and oppression, King Kong was filmed to become a classic.
 

Pirates at 1 Billion$

I must be one of the eight people left on the planet that has not seen this movie yet.

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2006 in Adventure, Current Movie News, Fantasy

 

#5 ~ Mr. & Mrs. Smith

I know what you have got to be saying…Mr. & Mrs. Smith?? One of the best of the year?
Hey, what can I say, this movie made me laugh and also made me sit on the edge of my seat. A mixture of Prizzi’s Honor/War of the Roses and True Lies, I thought this movie ROCKED!
It didn’t hurt that two of the most beautiful people in the world, Brad and Angelina, starred in it. But you know what, these two CAN act. I could watch this movie over and over and never tire of it. Not only did I enjoy Brad and Jolie, Vince Vaughn was fantastic.
The actions scenes were great, the music was fun and lively, and the cinematography was wonderful. And the chemistry between Pitt and Jolie? Well we all know how THAT turned out. All in all I would say this was a very good film. Great? Not that good, but then again were there any really great movies in 2005? B+