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Friday, November 30, 2007

Pete and Pete: The Reunion?

Over at Misinterpreted.org, I was reading a post on The Genius of Pete and Pete, when it occurred to me that maybe they could do a "Pete and Pete" movie reunion!

Wouldn't that be neat? All the adults would be a little older, and Pete and his brother would finally be grown up. All the kids in town would be! And if they truly were able to reprise their old roles, things would be insanely wacky.

Maybe they could even reveal some essential mysteries, like who the Ice Cream Man really is, and whatever happened to Endless Mike? Did he just go on and on? Or did he stop at some point...

I'd watch it!

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

American Dreamz

This was a goofy film spoofing George W. Bush (represented by the always likable Dennis Quaid), American Idol, and terrorists. The shallow feeling of Pop Idol shows, hosts, and contestants was made fun of to a great extent. One thing I enjoyed was how the President seemed to become enlightened through the film. He begins to realize how he's been misled, and that he needs to study things on his own and make up his mind one way or another, as an individual. It was fun to see hope in that regard.

There were a lot of recognizable people in this film, most notably: Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Mandy Moore, Willem Dafoe, and Chris Klein. Dafoe was great as the President's Chief of Staff. Nearly unrecognizable.

Part of the plot involved a reluctant terrorist who makes it onto the show, only to be manipulated by his sinister brethren into a plan of violence. Luckily, things work out ok (to some degree). The film made fun of terrorists, but not in an offensive way. It was light and humorous. A nice break from other emotions inspired by bad guys.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Cry Baby

This is an early movie in Johnny Depp's career, but it's no less wacky than his usual films. He plays a greaser called Cry Baby who wins over a non-greaser girl. And it's a musical.

The movie is good if you enjoy off-the-wall humor. It basically sends up the greaser vs. socialite genre, and spoofs the character types throughout. But the plot is solid, the scenes are memorable, and the action is real. It's a hoot.

Even while being crazy, "Cry Baby" is quite a different film from the others Depp's been in. It's almost like a cross between "Edward Scissorhands" and "Grease." IMDb even shows that it's a spoof of "Grease" and "Jailhouse Rock," with references to "Hairspray." Definitely worth a watch.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Charlie Brown's Christmas

A couple of the "Charlie Brown Christmas" programs were on tonight. They've always felt more like movies to me, so I figured it wouldn't be too inappropriate to write about them. What a great Holiday Special.

It seems like Charlie Brown has always been a childhood friend who managed to visit each holiday with as much sincerity as anybody in the real world. I recently watched a PBS documentary on Charles M. Schulz, and it mentioned how he was set on having real children voice the characters on the specials, as opposed to older actors pretending to be children.

Even before I learned of his intentions, his decision impacted me. The Charlie Brown cartoons always made an impression with the specific animation, music, and voices used. And morality and quality were ever-present.

Tonight I saw a commercial for some dance show. It's another one of those contests for who can get voted the best dancer, I think. It was shouting out and blaring music in an attempt to convey the idea that "THIS IS IT!" and "IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS!", like it's the #1 show on television. At that moment, it struck me that a lot of shows are like that. Then Charlie Brown came back on, with it's low-key classy music. A step above.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

This is one of my favorite movies. I enjoy the music and sci-fi details, and the cast is terrific. I also like the idea of a hero adept in everything. And it's like he was created from nowhere, and they just picked up in the middle of a story that had never been told before. Awesome!

At first I wasn't too keen on the film, because I didn't like the gross vibe I got from the villains. But when you pay more attention, there are fine details that add humor and make them tolerable, and even likable.

I really wanted to see a sequel made, and I heard they did write the script, but they turned it into "Big Trouble in Little China." That was cool too.

I also heard there are similarities between "Banzai" and "Back to the Future." Christopher Lloyd has a role in both, and John Lithgow, the villain in "Banzai," was considered for the part of Doc! There's also the whole duality with the cars, both requiring a specific technological component in order to breach the laws of physics.

I find "Banzai" fun and inspiring. If only there were more heroes in the world like Buckaroo Banzai!

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Guarding Tess

Nicolas Cage as Secret Service to former First Lady Shirley MacLaine. She likes getting her way, and tries to break Secret Service rules left and right. Cage keeps her in line, and she likes him because of it. I guess none of the other guys had a will of their own.

This movie seems like it would appeal to someone who enjoys things like "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." It gives a fictional behind-the-scenes glance at the workings of a Presidential household. It's neat to see how someone that far up lives.

To be honest, I've never seen the ending, but judging by the overall tone of the film, I'd guess it's a happy one.

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Princess Bride

This movie has got to be a favorite of girls everywhere, and even so, it's not unappealing to guys. There's humor, action, adventure, and some ingeniously-crafted characters.

This movie was based on the 1973 novel by William Goldman. He presented his work as an abridgment of an earlier fairytale by "S. Morgenstern", but Morgenstern and the earlier edition are both fictitious. I thought that was pretty funny.

I've never read the novel, but if it's anything like the movie, it must be brilliant. Most movies that are adapted from novels tend to lose something, so if anything, I'll bet the book is even cleverer than the film.

There are so many details in the movie, and I think the more detailed a film is, the better. Plus it's positive, uplifting, and inspiring. I love films that give viewers hope. "The Princess Bride" is simply great.

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Tomorrow Never Dies

Bond takes on a media mogul who seems quite a bit lamer than you'd expect. It's like the villain's constantly on the verge of having a fit from being upset that he's not taken seriously. This is most evident after Bond botches one of the villain's plans in front of the world. The guy complains that failures like that shouldn't happen -- "Not to me!"

I think it was really a trick of direction, since first we're shown the villain's face, and he coolly, calmly says, "Not to me." Then we see him from behind, where he turns his head to his female assistant and shouts, "Not to me!" It's like he was bullied as a youngster, and never got over the need to rise above his perceived inadequacies.

I enjoyed the play between Bond and the agent from the East as they tried to thwart the war-hungry plans of Captain Television. This was a good film.

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Thursday, November 22, 2007


I haven't seen this whole film, but from what I can tell it's great. It kept me guessing all the way, and maintained the mystery that is sometimes lost with old movies.

During one scene, James Stewart is tailing a blonde woman in his car. He follows her pretty closely. I was surprised that she never caught on, or mentioned how she was aware he had been following her. Maybe it came up at the end.

The blonde woman is either being possessed by the spirit of her dead look-alike grandmother, or has a split personality (or maybe there's another option or two presented later). She finds herself walking down a hall toward a dark area, but that takes place all in her mind. In reality, she's taking actions and going places, and sometimes making attempts at dying. That's strange, since while apparently channeling the mystery personality she had remarked how she didn't enjoy dying.

What struck me was how the "grandmother" version of her didn't look at the bright side of things. "Oh, I lived and died and this huge tree hardly noticed." Why not, "I'm back! Yes! In my granddaughter's body I can live the life I was meant to live!" But even without the ambition, she was still mega-mysterious.

I enjoyed Stewart's role in this, too. He's a great actor. It's nice not having to worry about picking up on affectations that seem unnatural.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Scary Movie 4 Extended

I just watched the version of Scary Movie 4 with a bunch of deleted scenes added in. It was great. There was so much I didn't see the first time around!

I really enjoy how Scary Movies can keep coming out, and they all live up to the standards of a decent film. Not like a B-movie. All the spoofs are done so well, it's unclear whether they will ever stop making them.

I wasn't sure if Scary Movie 5 was due out anytime soon, but sure enough, it's set for release around 2008. After Scary Movie 3 came out, I was hoping they'd do a fourth. I checked the web, and saw rumors that they were hastily working on a script. It's neat they can keep cranking out quality humor. I can't wait to see Scary Movie 5.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Recently I was able to watch this Bond film, and I noticed a few things. I enjoyed how 007 was able to make his way through the jungle with shooters on his heels, all the while triumphing over the various forms of wildlife that wanted to take advantage of his presence. He was in super multitask mode, and yet seemed supremely nonchalant.

At one point, Bond was getting better acquainted with a beautiful woman. The music reminded me a lot of "Somewhere In Time." For that film, the music seemed perfect for classy scenes of romance. But it somehow felt wrong in "Octopussy," as it was used predominantly during sex scenes. Not that they were explicit. They just seemed slightly more crude than what took place in "Somewhere In Time."

And there also seemed to be a few parallels with "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." There were foreign soldiers and men of Arabic persuasion who came up against our hero in both films. And Jones even dressed like Bond at the beginning of "Temple of Doom." Was this all done on purpose? Maybe. Does it lessen the quality of the films involved? I'd say no. Cheers all around!

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Never Say Never Again

This movie was on today, and I was able to watch parts of it again. What stuck out for me was how arcade games were being played by adults in tuxedos and elegant gowns. It seemed like, at the time, arcade games were a luxury only the rich could afford. Or maybe they were a new novelty, and their appeal hadn't yet worn off for adults.

At one point, Bond sat down with a villain and played a game that would deliver an increasing electric shock through the hands of the losing opponent. Without that, the game looked somewhat interesting.

I found it amusing how children of today might see a game like that and wish to play. Whereas at the time, Bond was just taking up whatever challenges arose. An expert in everything, he was even adept at a newfangled video game. Still, it's neat to think of how much more experienced the average "youth of the future" is with technology and video games.


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Sunday, November 18, 2007

How The West Was Won

This was on TV the other day. I didn't see all of it, but if I could have watched the whole thing start to finish, I would have. I'd never seen it before, and it looks like a fantastic film. It has multiple storylines encompassing various people as they make their way through life in the Old West.

There's a guy who joins the military to fight in the Civil War. There's a gambler who seeks the heart of an energetic blonde, who herself battles to participate in the California gold rush. There's a wealthy rancher who also wishes to make a life with the blonde. And there's some fighting with Native Americans.

I don't watch too many westerns, but this seems to be well-made to the point where it's enjoyable to practically anyone. Plus, it's got Jimmy Stewart.

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Saturday, November 17, 2007


I never really noticed this film, but the other day I got around to watching it. It's a hoot. Although I couldn't help wondering if it was just a rip-off of "Beverly Hills Cop."

Here's what I mean. Eddie Murphy did "Beverly Hills" in 1984. Murphy had been on SNL. So had Chevy Chase, who did "Fletch" in 1985. Both movies revolve around the investigation of illegal activities, and humor. The two soundtracks even sound similar. And since "Fletch" came after "Cop," it must have been a copy, right?

Well, maybe not. Hollywood goes with what works. I'd say it was just another experiment in what seemed like a new 80's genre that had emerged with "Cop."

"Fletch" is a cult classic, and is definitely enjoyable. It's also unique in enough ways as to separate itself from "Cop." And get this. Another film in each of the two franchises is in the works!

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Ruthless People

One of my favorite movies is, "Ruthless People," starring Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater, and Bill Pullman. I've always loved Helen Slater. Did you know she recently starred in a couple episodes of "Smallville?" It was great seeing the original SuperGirl portray Kal El's birth mother.

Anyway, in "Ruthless People," Reinhold and Slater kidnap Midler, the wife of DeVito. The kidnappers and Midler form a bond, which is strengthened by Midler's will to persevere (and lose weight). She was in a failing relationship with the wealthy DeVito, and decides to get in on the hustle and take him for all he's worth. Bill Pullman has a small role as a common crook (and dummy), and is hilarious when put into the context of his other roles.

This movie is an upbeat 80's film that emphasizes the corruption in society and the value of true friendship. I really liked it.

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Days of Thunder

A coworker of mine once remarked that "Days of Thunder" is essentially "'Top Gun' on wheels." How true, how true. But I like "Top Gun," and I also enjoy "Days of Thunder."

In "Top Guy," Tom Cruise confronts a competitor, has an accident, loses his confidence, and then regains it to save the day. In "Days of Thunder," he does the exact same thing. The only difference is that the action takes place on a race track, and not in the air.

Another similarity is the "secret weapon" part, where Cruise explains or demonstrates a methodology that will come into play during the movie's climax. In "Top Gun," Cruise uses the "old" trick of, "I'll hit the breaks, he'll fly right by," early on, and then uses it in battle near the end. In "Days of Thunder," Cruise demonstrates with sugar packets how a driver can draft an opponent and then slingshot past to win the race. At Daytona, he does just that.

Cary Elwes in "Days of Thunder" portrayed Cruise's rival. Then in "Hot Shots," a spoof of "Top Gun," Elwes starred as the joke version of Val Kilmer, who played Cruise's rival in "Top Gun." Spoof or non-spoof, it's Elwes vs. Cruise!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Flash Gordon

When I first saw this movie, I had no major knowledge of the exploits of the character, "Flash Gordon." I had heard that the film was great, but had never gotten around to watching it. When I finally did, I found that although some of the acting didn't seem as realistic as it could have, the music, scenery and plot made up for it. That's pretty much how I would feel about the TV show, if the set and props didn't look slightly more lame than I'd like.

The movie was cool. I liked the idea of a heroic human being confronted with vastly superior technology and foreign societies of malevolent intent, and yet still maintaining confidence and triumph in the face of adversity. The fact that I never expected him to stand a chance made it all the more impressive when he made sport of his captors. And his romantic exploits were entertaining as well.

I think the "Queen" song really added to the film, and seems to provide a great amount of support to the show. It's like an anthem to a living god, and that's a concept that is highly appealing. In a world of confusion, the idea of someone out there who is thoroughly dependable, pure-hearted, and will always save the day is quite a comfort.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

What an amazing movie. It's easy to take things for granted, but Spielberg is able to brilliantly communicate the weight, wonder, and impact of something as incredible as meeting otherworldly beings.

One of the most memorable scenes, for me, is when the people out in the desert are shown and heard chanting. It's like the aliens made such an impact on them in such a short amount of time that they created a whole new religion. To hear those people chanting the tune of the ship was like experiencing an attempt to interact with a higher level of reality. It was incredible.

I wonder if "Close Encounters" made an impact on civilization as a whole? Are people more open to extraterrestrial life because of it? Or did it come about only after people began to believe in the possibility that we are not alone?

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Money Talks

I never saw this film in theaters. When it came out on HBO and other movie channels, I avoided it. I didn't think it was for me. Recently, I watched it on cable. It was hilarious. I couldn't believe how far removed my concept of it had been from reality.

Chris Tucker is very similar in "Money Talks" as he is in "The Fifth Element," and I thought he was good in "Element." So, naturally, I enjoyed seeing him in a different role. I think the reason I didn't think "Money Talks" was going to be good was because of the advertising.

I vaguely recall being told via movie ads that Chris Tucker would be playing the fast and loose guy, while Charlie Sheen would be an uptight conservative rich snob. Those descriptions were accurate, but only to an extremely limited extent.

For some reason, I find that if I take an advertisement at face value, I'll often end up hating the idea of a movie that is later revealed to be much better than how it was depicted in a commercial.

I think it's because movie ads have reached the point where they try to sell people on the best stereotypical category a unique, individual film can fit into. If one kind of film worked before, they say, "Hey, this is just like that!" even and especially when it's not.

It's weird. Sometimes I feel deceived, especially when I finally get around to watching a movie and see that the ads were all wrong. And, especially when I enjoy a film that a faulty ad had convinced me wasn't worth watching.

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Not Another Teen Movie

This movie is hilarious, if you don't mind potty humor every once in a while. It's got references to most of the major teen flicks of the past 20 years. Maybe even more. And the cast is fantastic. Randy Quaid is brilliant. The coach, the wise janitor -- just classic.

The main reason I bring this movie up is that it stars Eric Christian Olsen. I first saw him in this, and then saw that he was in the "Dumb and Dumber" prequel. I saw "Jim Carrey" in an interview saying how he thought everybody involved in the prequel were just like a bunch of scavengers, each with a sponge to soak up the gravy the original movie had left behind. And I really enjoyed the original, so I've actually never seen the prequel.

Anyway, a few days ago I watched an old episode of Smallville, in which an old man becomes young again. Lo and behold, his youthful self was played by Eric Christian Olsen. I had seen the episode before, but this was another one of those, "Hey, it's you! I never realized before..." moments. Fun stuff.

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Killer Clowns From Outer Space

Hilarious 80's horror featuring deadly space clowns. One of the most memorable scenes involves a clown perusing a room filled with giant cotton candy. Aww, funny. Then he takes out a huge silly straw and sticks it into one of the pieces of cotton candy. Ooh, yummy. Then he slurps what might be red sugar water. Ooh, wish they'd make that!

The twist? It was blood! Every cotton candy wad was really a cocooned human!! AAAHHHH!!!!

The movie was a little freaky and funny at the same time. Mostly funny. And the music is a hoot. It's pretty much exactly what you'd expect from a movie called, "Killer Clowns From Outer Space."

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Friday, November 9, 2007


Pretty freakin' awesome film. Parts of it are gross, but that just heightens the triumph of the good guys in the end, when they dominate all the gross beings.

The film is based on a novel that was written 20 years prior.

The music is my favorite part. The setting is breathtaking, and the fact that it all takes place in the year 10,191 is amazing. It seems possible that things could become as depicted in the film, given the benefit of 8,000 years' worth of advancement. Although some things seemed like they were a little primitive for such a date.

I really enjoyed the concept of "There's a plan to everything" and the heroic actions of the main character. He achieved all he set out to do.

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Thursday, November 8, 2007

The Gate

I saw this movie on TV a few years back, when there was no "info" available to narrow down the title to a movie that had already started. It was good for a scary movie, but I only saw part of it, and only once.

For years I wondered about it, and what it was called. For some reason, I connected one part of the film with a part at the end of "Scrooged," starring "Bill Murray," when the ghost of Christmas future reveals gremlins living in his ribcage. I think that's because "The Gate" features miniature demons that looked similar. For all I know, they may have looked identical!

"The Gate" is about kids and a gate to Hell or some similar place in their backyard. It's definitely worth a watch, because it's fairly unique for a horror film. It's not the best movie in the world, but for me it was one of those things I wondered about for a long time. When I finally saw it on TV again, it was great. Mystery solved!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Back To The Future II

Future Biff travels from 2015 to 1955, giving young Biff knowledge of the next half-century's sports wins. Future Biff returns to Hell-2015. Assumes the life of a very rich man.

Meanwhile, back in 1955, Young Biff gets rich. Hell-1985 is born.

Doc and Marty leave former-2015 and return to Hell-1985.

Doc and Marty leave Hell-1985 and return to normal-1955.

They fix things.

Return to normal-1985.

What of Old Man Biff? He left 1955 for 2015 a little before Doc and Marty arrived.

Time travel seems like a computer program. It's like there's an If-Then statement in between Biff's leaving 1955 and arriving at 2015.

If {Old Man Biff's efforts in 1955 paid off}
Then {Old Man Biff returns to Hell-2015, and is widely acknowledged as the richest man on earth}
Else If {Doc and Marty undo the damage in 1955 }
Then {Old Man Biff returns to his old, boring 2015 where kids fly around on hover boards }

I'll bet as soon as he got back to 2015, he wondered what in the world went wrong. He may have even made another trip...

But in the movie, they showed him returning to normal-2015. So does that mean that the 2015 Doc and Marty visited had already taken into account the trip they were about to make to fix things in 1955??


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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Robin Hood: Men In Tights

I saw this movie before I saw "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." I thought it was funny then. Recently I watched the "Prince" version. A few days ago, "Tights" was on, and I hadn't seen it in a while. There's so much more to a parody film when you are familiar with the work it is lampooning. It was great fun watching "Tights" with a new frame of reference.

Most of the jokes, though, didn't necessarily center just on the other "Robin Hood." But they were all great. This was the film that introduced me to Dave Chappelle. I didn't realize it had been him until a few years ago when "Chappelle Show" was being aired on Comedy Central. When I recognized him, I realized I hadn't seen him in anything in between "Tights" and "Chappelle Show." I wonder why? He's a pretty funny guy.

Like the story of Robin Hood, I think "Men In Tights" will remain timeless. Not too many jokes are limited to within one era, and the film is really well-made. Good job!

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Monday, November 5, 2007

Independence Day - ID4

I was just thinking about something that I never would have guessed at before. In ID4, Randy Quaid plays a drunken pilot who has claimed to have been abducted and experimented upon by aliens. Up until today, I had assumed that even while most people doubted him, he really had been abducted, because of his righteous moment at the end of the movie. I figured the moment would have been weaker if he hadn't really been abducted.

But today it occurred to me that that just might be the case. One of his "buddies" who made fun of him and his wild allegations was seen on the news in the movie as describing how Quaid had been abducted by aliens and abused, sexually.

Up to now, I never thought much of that short clip, but recently I wondered, could Quaid's "buddies" have been the "aliens?" Did they kidnap him, mess him up, and then laugh when he kept saying aliens did it? And then did the one guy go on the news and take the opportunity to pin his own transgressions on extraterrestrials?

It was a deeper and sadder thought than I would have previously connected with Quaid's sidekick, because he's such a comic genius. I wonder if they threw in that vague possibility thinking no one would probably think much of it...?

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Sunday, November 4, 2007


I've always loved this film. Tom Hanks plays a 13-year-old kid who finds a Zoltar machine at a carnival, wishes to be Big, and the next morning wakes up in an adult body. Then he gets a job, and his youthful style gets him a huge promotion. At that point, he gets paid to be a kid, and just has the time of his life. He invites his young buddy along, has a fling with a coworker, and then decides to be a kid again.

What I like most about the film is Hanks' sense of wonder and enjoyment of the things a kid would find interesting. He looks like he's having so much fun, it's like reliving your childhood vicariously through him. And what kid wouldn't enjoy getting paid to think up cool new toys?

When I first saw the movie, I had originally thought that when Hanks' female costar picked up his wish card at the end (the one he got for wishing to be a kid again) that she would actually turn into a kid, and he would stay an adult. What a twist! But it wasn't meant to be.

Wow, I just realized something. Hanks' character had started out wanting to be an adult, but his ensuing adventure made us all want to be kids again!

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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Are You Afraid Of The Dark: The Tale of the Silver Sight

Ok, this isn't your normal movie, but since it was a 3-part episode of the "Are You Afraid of the Dark" series, I'll count it as such. I believe when it first came out, it was marketed and aired as if it were a movie. And boy did it live up to the hype!

One of the guys from the original cast of AYAOTD came back and helped save the world from an evil demon, who took the form of a kid at a carnival. I think my favorite part about the demon was his attitude. He was shorter than everybody else, but acted like he was all-powerful, and fooled them time and again.

I enjoyed this movie because it was basically a cumulation of 4 years of scary storytelling. I had enjoyed the series previously, and then when it went away, I was disappointed. The movie was a great sort of reunion, and I liked having the chance to see some old characters one last time.

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Friday, November 2, 2007

Once Bitten, Starring Jim Carrey

Made in 1985, "Once Bitten" centers around an aging vampire woman who needs to drink the blood of a virgin to regain her youth. The vampire is played by Lauren Hutton, and the youth is Jim Carrey.

This movie only got 1 star, but I think it's priceless. The comedy alone is great, and the music really adds. Karen Kopins is fantastic as Carrey's main love interest. Did you know she was Miss Connecticut 1977? She's married with children now.

I saw Once Bitten on T.V. recently, and when I noticed it only had 1 star, I got to wondering. What if this movie came out, and people in 1985 berated everyone connected with it. The director, writers, and producers all quietly retreated from what critics called "a dismal failure." (Mind you, I imagined all this. I don't know if any of it's true) One man with the strength and vision to endure, John Connor, I mean Jim Carrey, lived on, and became a star.

Meanwhile, in the future, "Once Bitten" is rediscovered and celebrated as both an interesting and humorous movie in and of itself, and a neat throwback to the early stages of Jim Carrey's movie career. So the critics were wrong after all. The movie is good!

The moral of the story? Don't listen to your critics, and don't take harsh words too seriously. You never know. Twenty years later, people might just say exactly the opposite!

How much did JC get paid for his role in "Once Bitten?" $1,212,601!!

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Is Your Life A Movie?

I used to wonder if it was possible that each person was starring in a movie or T.V. show without knowing it. This was before I saw, "The Truman Show." I had read science fiction stories, and I remember one in which "animals" at the zoo were really aliens being treated to a tour of earth. They thought humans were the animals, and regarded the bars on their cage as protective implements.

I wondered if someone was watching each of us...not God...not Santa...maybe aliens? Or some higher intelligence? Could all human activity just be a haphazard attempt at entertainment?

"South Park" did an episode called "Cancelled" in which earth was a T.V. show. I guess others have had the same idea...

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