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I've recently been reading WW2 histories. .. and have watched many documentaries on same. This movie fails on every level, it's not technically actuate, morally accurate, human nature accurate, or historically accurate.
It is nothing but a cliche fest. Starting with the opening scene it's just cliche after cliche after cliche. .. delivered with sophomoric dialogue. Others have detailed it's many failings in regard to weaponry and tactics and simple logic. Norman's question to his team when he first arrives says it all... Almost the first thing out o his mouth is... "Where's the front?" what kind of idiot would write such trite dialog? The whole movie is like that.
I won't go farther with this because there are already plenty of other reviews covering the same failings. I did want to get my 1 star rating in just for the record. This movie is a POS.
Possibly the worst ST ever
TOS and TNG showed how to make watchable SF. DS9 and Voyager showed how to coast on the past. Enterprise shows how to ruin it all. Hackneyed, formulaic, predictable, unwatchable.
possibly the worst of the worst for ST:TNG MST3K could use this
First, Beverly Crusher is a MEDICAL doctor, not a theoretical physicist. That she would be following and organizing research on Metaphasic Shields is ludicrous. But let that slide. She thinks a Ferengi has developed his theory into a working shield but all the other mean scientists except a small handful won't even look at his work. So what's Beverly to do... Oh, she'll organize a mini-conference to showcase the shield. So 4 disparate world scientist come on board to see this shield in action. A scientist by definition bases their thinking on Seeing and Verifying and since this is the far future they surely are even better at this then we 21st century folks are. But even though the Ferengi has developed a working shield 2 of the four are prepared to dismiss it out of hand and the other two don't seem to have much confidence in it either.
So what would scientists logically do? They would outfit a REMOTELY operated shuttle with the shield and see if it worked. They would not put one of the scientists, who's never used the field before, and who's never flown this particular shuttle before, on the shuttle simply to operate the steering wheel, brakes and accelerator. But no, they argue about who should go on what presumably half of them think is a suicide mission. Just plain stupid.
Of course things go wrong and we get a Sherlock Holmes version of Beverly Crusher who's convinced it was murder, that the shield was sabotaged. And to show her high regard for Captain Picard she disobeys his direct order and performs an autopsy that goes against Ferengi Cultural norms. Meanwhile everyone acts like a shield that performed almost perfectly, except for letting some tachyons thru that killed the pilot, is a TOTAL FAILURE and the whole thing should just be abandoned. Really, you give up that easily??? Just plain stupid.
But she's out to prove the shield DOES work.. yet the obvious way to prove it would be to simply test it again, this time without letting anyone near it to sabotage it. And to remotely pilot it. As we saw the first time, all the sensor readings are able to be remotely read, programing the shuttle to execute a series of automatic turns and return would be child's play.
But no, this time Beverly takes the shuttle to prove it works. But the dastardly villain has snuck on board. Somehow he's escaped from the murphy bed medical chamber he's been held in, no one noticed him busting out and now he's hidden in the shuttle. And at just the right moment he springs out like a Bond Villain to confront Beverly and spill his guts about his motives and plans. Giving Beverley time to get the drop on him and phaser him in the gut.
Beverly returns triumphant and Jean-Luc welcomes back one of his senior officers who has been a very bad girl disobeying him. Figurative high fives all around... Board of Inquiry cancelled.
Just a really really bad episode.
Seems like a poor episode of the original series
I saw this several years ago. Lately I've been reading several books about Star Trek origins and behind the scenes. Solow, Justman, Roddenberry, Shatner, Nimoy and also some interviews. Most recently was Nimoy's "I Am Spock". He talks about this movie at length and the care that went into it, how great he thought the script was, how great the acting was and on and on.
What I recalled from my prior viewing of the movie was that at best it was mediocre yet from Nimoy's accounts I got the feeling I must have missed something. So I watched it again.
From almost the opening sequence it was plodding and dull. As it unfolded I was struck with the contrast of TOS uniforms to the winged-monkey uniforms that were designed for III. The original uniforms just seemed right, these new ones seem like something one would only wear to a state dinner, not while operating a Starship.
This incongruity of tone seems endemic to almost every aspect of the movie. With the exception of Shatner (Kirk) no one seems particularly good at delivering their lines, it seems more like they are rehearsing then filming the actual movie. The whole story seems like a series of scenes mashed together rather than an organic flow. For example, Uhura seems to appear out of nowhere in the late middle of the movie to advance a plot point.. how'd she get there, who sent her?
And the sets... Cheesy X10, often little better than the sets used for various planet surfaces in TOS, but there it was understandable, a weekly show on a shoestring budget, this was a multimillion dollar movie! Even the inside the Spaceship's sets seem claustrophobic in many scenes.
Then there is Kruge, played by Reverend Jim. Not the slightest bit believable, none of the Klingon stuff was particularly believable. I know, it's just a movie, but you don't conquer worlds and lead crews by shooting crew members for idiotic reasons. Is this an epic movie or a cartoon?
In the end the difference that made TOS so good was it was believable, one of Roddenberry's primary goals..Almost nothing about STIII is believable and to make matters worse much of it isn't even well done. Poorly choreographed actions, poorly thought out set designs, poorly light, poorly acted, poorly edited... Yet I did give it a 4 because the underlying story had merit and potential and occasionally became engrossing... if only that potential had been better developed.
One of the best episodes, almost like a movie of the week rather than TV show
This episode plays out like a movie of the week much more than a TV show. Burr in particular is far more animated and engaged in this episode than he has been for several seasons. Rather than the lumbering and often disinterested delivery of his lines that he fell into around season 7 he seems actually interested in being part of the show.
Also unlike most episodes the courtroom portion doesn't play out in a preliminary hearing but as an actual trial with a jury.. A jury which Mason addresses with a significant amount of dialog.
While the guy who plays the accused cop delivers an over the top performance as he chews on the scenery the eventual guilty party, played by David Macklin, delivers an "I did it" that's far more extensive and nuanced (in the characterization of how he tried to help while others did nothing) than the usual way the guilty party just blurts out "I did it" and buries their head.
In my view this was one of the very best episodes of the series if for no other reason than it departs, in a good way, from the established routine and rhythm that by the last couple seasons made the show too predictable.
The Beyond (2017)
Every bad review here is accurate. Slow and stupid does NOT win this race.
The premise sounded interesting. 15 minutes in I'm wondering "should I keep watching this? " I checked out the reviews here and saw I was not alone. I kept watching to about the hour point. Still dull and plodding. One of the questions I asked myself was .. a transhuman that relies on a human brain with already formed neural pathways allowing it to "do things" would obviously be needed if you didn't want to teach the transhuman everything starting with how to crawl and then walk. So how in the world would you possibly pick as the source of the doner brain someone who has near ZERO neural pathways for walking??? Obviously it's a feel good thing, pick the guy in the wheelchair but scientifically it's the dumbest thing you can do.
So after the hour mark I resorted to fast forwarding... The whole ending is just so silly.. The nations of the world can come together to do "whatever is needed" to make the new earth work... yet they could not come together to make the old earth work by telling people to stop having so many kids? Again, just dumb. If a child has a tantrum and breaks his toy do you reward them with a new toy?
Another thing this movie does, and it's not alone, is it postulates people/aliens doing "things" that clearly would require nearly inconceivable amounts of energy to actually do, like shoot a beam with enough power to blow up a planet, or in this case transport/create the mass of a whole second earth. Yet somehow they do that without even the tiniest tiniest heating of adjacent "stuff" or any blinding emissions of electromagnetic energy. They literally move gabazillions and gabazillions to the 500th power of joules of energy with no outside effect of the movement of that energy.
The only reason I didn't give this a 1 is because the underlying premise was a decent starting point... to bad no one involved in this turkey knew how to develop it into a compelling movie.
The English Patient (1996)
A tedious and pretentious mess.
Perhaps worse than Water for Chocolate. Elaine Benes pegged this dog in the Seinfeld epi.
Fate Is the Hunter (1964)
A character study of caricatures
Started out with a bit of promise.. plane crash, not sure of cause, who/what to blame. Then quickly degenerated into the standard silly overwrought melodrama so typical of these 60's movies. Not the slightest bit believable. I gave up about 2/3 rds thru. Not worth wasting any more time on such predictable drivel. The drunk, the straight shooter, the string of gals, the hard charging news reporter.. It's like they have a checklist for making big yet bad movies.
The Lobster (2015)
Super Disappointing. Pointless and absurd take on an alternate society
From the other reviews I expected something fresh, different, clever and insightful. What I got was something different but different but that's all. The movie posits a world organized to promote couples but populated by idiots. By age 40 you must be coupled and apparently it matters not if you had been coupled but no longer are, all that matters is whether you are coupled AT 40. From that follows the setup and setting of the movie, a hotel where you have a month to find your matched partner or else you suffer the penalty.
This absurd world is, for some unfathomable reason, tolerated by the inhabitants. Well, there is a reason of sorts I suppose, it's because these are no ordinary inhabitants, no, the inhabitants are a cross between the Stepford descendants and barely functional morons. We are to believe people meekly line up for their "stay" at the hotel, question almost nothing and if they do escape go on to be just as foolish and meek and stupid in their new environment.
The acting is wooden but that is on purpose and in keeping with what apparently was the vision for this movie, a world full of wooden idiots meekly and blindly accepting their fate. Oh how clever..
I might accept that premise if it was not taking place in the bigger setting of our current world with cars and well engineered highways, etc, etc. But it is just not believable that a world of people as meek and stupid and compliant and almost utterly lacking in self-awareness would have the smarts to create our current world yet be such moronic idiots by the age of 40. The movie Idiocracy seems far more realistic an alternative world than this waste of almost 2 hours.
I gave it a 3 instead of a 1 because it's somewhat more engrossing than Plan 9 From Outer Space.
Terrible Leads, like a high school remake of an actual motion picture
The leads were awful, especially Dane. A one note wonder sometimes rising to the level of a sharp or more often a flat.
The first half of the movie goes almost nowhere and if I rated it separately it would get a 2. The second half saved it from being recommended as don't waste your time. Still in all the dialog was stale and predictable 90% of the time.
Overall the basic story and plot were OK and with decent casting of the leads it might have gone somewhere far more engaging. Instead it seemed like hollywood high got access to the sets and let the drama club remake a real movie with one of the kids industry insider Dads having his studio's special effects department help out the kiddies on weekends.
The alternate possibility is that Disney was secretly behind this and used it as vehicle to get more life out of a couple of Mouseketeers that were aging out of the Mickey Mouse club.
Gave up 22 minutes in..
A real snooze fest. I gave up 22 minutes in. The movie was going nowhere, literally... we were trapped in the "lab" building so to speak with endless scenes of vials with automatic squirting fillers doing something but who knows what, it was never explained. In fact, pretty much nothing was ever explained, it was all just mysterious "we can do this that and the other thing just by saying it". The brother, who presumably has been in a vegetative state for a while, looks like he just stepped off the cover of GQ and laid down in a hospital bed for a quick nap before going to his next model shoot. The Main girl scientist? programmer? savant? went around looking all pouty while her boyfriend was forced to party without her yet of course the boyfriend was not moving on. And in this world of presumably micro this and that since we are dealing with literally molecular level adjustments in the brain the girl can just intuit the "numbers" as if being "close enough" for brain surgery (by chemicals) is plenty good enough. There was not even a pretense of "science" presented, it's all just wave your hand and "make it so" movie science. Really, it's just boring boring boring. How anyone found this turkey compelling is beyond me.
Jurassic World (2015)
A 3 is generous. Dull, cliche ridden, hackneyed, predictable, stupid
Dull, cliche ridden, hackneyed, predictable, stupid and those are the reasons I give it a 3 instead of lower. The characters do predictable stupid things over and over.. Is there danger? Yes so RUN OUT IN THE OPEN instead of going inside. As the dino's are attacking we see people running OUT of buildings right into the path of the toothy dinos.
And of course there is ALWAYS an SUV, or Quad right at hand when our hero's need one... keys in it of course... yet all the screaming people have been running right by them rather then jumping in and driving the hell away.
Yes, it's a movie but can't we keep at least some reality of physics in dino stories. It is NOT possible for ANY flesh and blood animal to swing it's arms and tails around and smash thru huge concrete columns and turn them to dust without doing massive damage to their own body. Yet time and again the arms and tails go swinging and knocking down multiple foot thick concrete stuff.
And really, you are going to take out these dinos with assault rifles? Of course the assault rifles are worthless but someone did have the sense to bring ONE grenade launcher with them which blows up dino's just in the nick of time. And of course we wouldn't want to give away our position although we do shine laser gun sights right at the dino which would lead them straight back to where the gun holder is.
How on god's green earth this movie gets 10's is beyond me. Even if you ignore the stupidity, etc it is SO predictable that there is not a moment of suspense in the whole thing.
inane, hackneyed, predictable, stupid, grossly inaccurate scientifically
Certainly this is in competition for the world film of all time. Entirely predictable, cartoon characters, grossly distorts anything related to scientific accuracy, could easily be cut by one-third and that would make it better but still horrible but at least the pain would end sooner.
I could list all the stupidities, such as shooting a shotgun on a drill rig, or how it would literally be impossible to drill 800 feet WITHOUT any drilling fluid, in a few hours, or how, after 800 feet of drilling there is ZERO material brought up to the surface. Or how the shuttle and the armadillo can take massive impacts and escape essentially intact. To list all the inanities would exceed the allowed 1000 words.
Basic plot is as old as the hills. Asteroid heading for earth, reluctant heros sent to destroy it, several crisis averted with mere seconds to spare, all interspersed with insipid dialogue that would surely get you a D- in Screenplay 101.
If you want your IQ lowered 20 points buy the DVD.
Horrible, turgid, plodding, morose, dull excuse for science fiction
It's hard to overstate how horribly bad this movie is. There is no reason to like the cardboard characters (or to dislike them). I won't repeat what others who saw thru this pretentious pile have already said but did want to go on record as one more voice to warn people.
If you are not easily manipulated, if you don't have a very good grasp of science, and if you don't care if there is any logic to your Sci Fi, than perhaps you will connect with this film.
The Odd Couple (2015)
Utter Drek - how can these people look in a mirror
My God, what a horrible rendition of a great old comedy. Matthew Perry cannot act, he has all the range of a hamster on a wheel. And he doesn't look like a disheveled sports writer, he looks literally like a dissipated bum dragged in off the street. When he was younger his youth covered up for his not very good looks but now that he's aged he just doesn't have the look for this part and the hair and wardrobe people are really just making it worse. Lennon still thinks he's doing Reno 911 but compared to Perry he's doing Shakespeare. There might be one or two funny lines in a show but that's about it. If this train wreck is getting good ratings it's only because there are simply no good shows on competing with it and the bonanza it gets from the Big Bang lead in.
Dull, wooden, illogical
I see a lot of people liked this movie but I have no idea why. The acting of the two leads is wooden. ALL the problems would have been solved early on by certain people who have no reason to not move to simply move to another state. Then people just beg to be killed by thinking (apparently) that if you are "tough acting" no one else might think to shoot you and be done with it. I don't mind a bad movie if it's entertaining but this was simply dull for most of the first 60% of it and then silly violence for the rest. I think they were going for "stylized" but to me it failed, all it was was formula that went nowhere slowly.
Gunga Din (1939)
This movie tips it's hat to the Three Stooges
I know this is supposed to be a "Great Movie". And it's not awful. But the only reason I can see that people think it's "great" is because it's old and it has some "stars" in it. Most of the acting is abysmal caricature. The brits practically strut around saying "Pip pip pip, cheerio, spot of tea, say what?" throughout. Watching the three main characters, the Sergeants, all I could think of was that whoever wrote this must also be moonlighting writing Three Stooges scripts. It *is* an interesting movie in a historical context, both as an expression of movie making of that day and of the underlying story of the Thuggs. But being interesting isn't the same as being "good". Plan Nine from Outer Space is also interesting.... So if you haven't seen it, it's worth watching, but it's no great movie. I would never watch it a second time in a decade.
If you've ever seen any other movie you know how this starts, proceeds, and ends
ALL of this review is spoilers..... I saw this in the TV listings with 3 stars so thought it must be worth watching. What a mistake. There is 20 minutes of tedium at the start that makes you wonder if you are watching the right movie. Twenty minutes of talking about, setting up, going to the going away party for some guy who's just been promoted to VP of some Japanese company. We don't, and never will, have any idea of what he does and there is nothing about his demeanor or personality that suggests he's VP material. He and his friends appear to be only one step removed from their frat house vibe/bar every night vibe. Then the "monster" appears, sort of. It's never clear where the monster comes from or why, not that it matters to this film. The rest of the film is people doing stupid things like all rushing to the Brooklyn bridge, presumably so they can all be smashed together in one place unable to escape. Apparently the idea that it's better to stay spread out never occurs to anyone. Certainly one wonders why, after the monster has already smashed his way thru your area without killing you, you would then want to go to some other area and give him another chance to stomp you. And of course our "hero's" have to go into the subway - again, why stay where you can run when you can pre-trap yourself. Then, out of nowhere, little baby monsters show up to attack them in the tunnels. The connection between the big monster and the little ones?? not at all clear. Our hero's trudge on to rescue their friend, who the VP belatedly realized he loved now that he's about to leave for the airport and fly to his new VP job overseas. After rescuing her (from her nearly destroyed building that still manages to have electric) they wind up running into the military who are ready to load them onto helicopters. The rest is a silly blur, most likely several of them died, I really didn't care who did or didn't, there was never any connection to any of the characters established. I can't believe so many people liked this movie. I must be out of step. The only thing making it better then plan 9 from Outer Space was that it's in color and the actors/actresses are prettier.
Employee of the Month (2006)
I was pleasantly surprised to find this movie was way better then I expected. Some of the humor is a little subtle for what you might expect. One scene I liked was toward the end when the box boy gang is coming down the main aisle with Zack next to the Andy Dick character who can barely see thru his coke bottle glasses. Dick starts veering off to the side and Zack puts his arm out and pulls him back and they continue on as if realigning someones walk is a normal event. The movie isn't intended to reinvent Shakespeare but some of the harsher reviewers seem to judge it in that light. I thought Jessica Simpson was a good choice for her part. Any lack of acting ability fit the part just fine and works. It was a pleasant and funny movie to watch and never resorted to throwing in four letter words just to do it like so many movies will do.
OK but disappointing
I was expecting something that captured the time of Dickens and that was well acted. This turned out to be a sentimental look at the times thru rose-colored glasses and most of the actors were chewing the scenery. Almost everyone in the movie was a caricature.
During an ocean rescue scene there is no logic at all for anyone to go swimming out to rescue someone, with the wind and surf it would have been impossible to even swim out. Then when they do swim out there seems to be no reason for having done so other then to set up the melodrama. Pretty much everything in the movie is telegraphed so don't expect any surprises.
While it has its moments it seems vastly over-rated to me. Not having read the book, perhaps the book is the same way, in which case it's hardly the fault of the movie if it's just following the book. But either way, it was a disappointment. I would never watch it a second time.
The Invisible (2007)
Like clichés? You'll love this movie.
I am marking this as having spoilers because it is so filled with cliché's that it's hard to imagine any discussion of it not giving away the plot. There is not a single surprise anywhere in the movie. Will the son and mother come to understand each other at the end? Of course! Will the girl, who almost killed him, and the main character wind up understanding and loving each other at the end? You betcha! Will the police overlook pretty much every sort of standard operating procedure to miss getting their gal or guy? Of course!
And the plot holes. Why in the world would the almost dead guy's buddy, who was taken to the killing site at gunpoint, be afraid to go to the police. Supposedly because "he was there". Right, that makes sense, just like a bank teller at a bank robbery would be afraid to call 911 because "they were there". And when the bad girl, who wears a knit cap or hoody almost the entire movie does take it off her hair, which has probably not seen the light of day in days, is just gorgeous. And her makeup is always perfect also, even when she is killing people or on the run for days. And the cops... Even though the site of the "almost killing" consists of a car crash into a sign and tire marks in soft ground followed by 4 people tromping thru the woods carrying a bleeding victim they can't follow that trail nor can their bloodhound pick up the scent. And who puts a storm drain grate in the middle of a forest outside of town??? And when the Dam gates at a hydro-electric facility are supposed to open and flood the river at a critical juncture the police don't have the sense to call the dam operator and ask them to delay the opening. And when it does open it only stays open for about 3 minutes!! What dam system would go thru the trouble to open it's floodgates for 3 minutes???!!! And how come that up until that time the almost dead guy can't physically move anything but just this *one* time he's able to pull his own body to higher ground? Heck, if he can do that why didn't he just go get his own body and haul it to the hospital days earlier!
And when the killer girl gets shot in the gut by at least a 9mm by her bad-news boyfriend she clutches the wound and holds on for several more hours including having the strength to drive his car many miles and then engage in a high speed chase with police (with both hands on the wheel, no more clutching her wound), then crash broadside into a cop car, and still get out and limp away without the police who are 50 feet away being able to run and catch her. Toward the end, in the hospital with the almost dead guy in the ICU, there is no one around but the mother and killer gal for minute after minute. I'd hate to be cared for in that hospital, they must have a single ICU room on a separate floor that's off limits to staff.
This was one of the most absurd movies I've seen in ages, it's practically a MST3K movie even without adding commentary. Still, the characters are all so pretty that there is at least that to recommend it. The cable guide gave it 1.5 stars, that was generous.
Much funnier then most comedies in this class - might be a classic
I just watched this movie after having it on the shelf for months and months. I figured it would be just another sophomoric teen movie (nothing necessarily wrong with that) but found it had a lot more nuance then I would have ever expected. Some of the scenes are mini classics - the mime contest, the Amsterdam Sex club, the stampede at the nude beach, the weird guy on the train who seemingly makes love, or at least passion, to the characters while going thru tunnels. The actors are fit their parts perfectly if a bit generically. I rarely watch movies more then once but this might be one of the few, like Airplane, that bears repeating whenever I'm in the mood to laugh out loud.
Old Joy (2006)
A beautiful and rare film
I had no idea what this film was about other then the short description in the Cable Guide. I anticipated smaller version of the buddy-film genre and figured if it wasn't worth watching it would get erased after 10 minutes. But I was drawn in within that first 10 minutes. Perhaps not everyone will understand the film, as some of the other comments posted here suggest. But if you have ever had a good friend and lost them to time this is a bittersweet retelling of that tale. It's true the dialog is sparse but that is because to make it more specific and verbose would not let the viewer blend what's happening in the film with what has happened in their own life, it would just be another impersonal film about others. To those of us who have been there, we are part of this film.
very entertaining, fast paced
I watch movies to be entertained. This is an entertaining movie. It moves along right from the start and doesn't spend 30 minutes having us get to know the characters. We learn about them as the movie goes along and sufficiently to be invested in them. It also doesn't waste a lot of time on the "romantic interest" development that bogs down so many otherwise good movies. The focus is on the right characters at the right time. It's never be a classic but if they were all classics it would be pretty boring.
The basic story is pretty simple revolving around a phone call that winds up ringing up the hero, Ryan, who then winds up involved in something he has no idea where it will lead. There is some subtle miss-direction, or else I just guessed wrong, but the basic plot is as believable as in any movies of this type. Certainly none of the gaping plot holes you sometimes see. If you want to be entertained you can't go wrong with this movie.
Perry Mason (1957)
Still watchable after all these years
Just watched an episode. As with many of them, part of the fun today is spotting the young almost unknown actors. Today it was Bert Convy in only his fourth role as listed here on IMDb.COM.
One of the things that strikes me now when I watch Perry Mason and compare it to modern shows of similar type is how respectful all the regular characters are toward each other. It didn't seem so when I was a kid watching it when it was first run, but Perry and Lt. Tragg, and Hamilton Burger generally are pretty civil to each other and understand that the others are doing their job. Sure, Perry occasionally hides someone but it's before it would be a crime to do so, once he knows the person has a warrant he sticks to the law. On todays shows both the good and bad guys often break the law if it suits their purpose and in fact often seem to revel in it.
As far as I can recall, all the vehicles for the show were supplied by Ford Motor Company and usually you saw Perry driving a Ford, Mercury, or Lincoln and Paul Drake was also in a Ford and often a T-Bird to keep to his rakish image. One thing I noticed in tonight's episode was that as usual they all drove Ford products EXCEPT for the guy who had be set up as a suicide in his garage. For the suicide car they used what appeared to be a 59 or 60 Buick or Oldsmobiled. Guess Ford didn't want people dying in their cars!!