Dante’s Peak 7 February 1997 rated PG-13, From the minute the screen opens you have action, adventure, blood, and guts. I have seen a lot of terminal movies, but nothing compares to Dante’s Peak. Action, adventure,
Starring Jeremy Foley as Graham Wando, Jamie Renee Smith as Lauren Wando, Pierce Brosnan as a vulcanologist as Harry Dalton, (without pointed ears he points out,) and Linda Hamilton as Rachel Wando.
While on vacation Harry Dalton is called and his boss wants him to report to Dante’s Peak to do an assessment. This happens all the time, and most volcanoes do not erupt. Meet Rachel, the mayor of Dante’s Peak. You also meet Graham a natural boy and his little sister Lauren, her children.
Now meet a volcano. Harry finds more than enough evidence to put the town on alert. However, the powers that be shut the idea down. What happens next is catastrophic. There are more deaths in this 1: 48-minute movie that a Quentin Tarantino film, and a lot more ghastly.
We hear about volcanoes all the time. This is the first time I have seen one blow. I now have respect for any pimple on the landscape. Yes, I said pimple. One of these pimples makes a pimple on your face seem innocent. Now just imagine that little pimple the size of a mountain.
I rate this 5 stars out of 5 and hope you enjoy the death and devastation as much as I did. This should be a realistic movie for Halloween, for those of you that want a horror movie that makes sense.
The science fiction movie Independence Day was released on July 3, 1996. Aliens invade Earth and the President (Bill Pullman) calls upon the services of Captain Steve Hiller (Will Smith). When he is assigned to area 51, Hiller meets a theoreticist (Jeff Goldblum) and a scientist (Brent Spiner) who believes he can communicate with the aliens.
I admit I enjoy a good sci-fi movie and this was very well done. There was plenty of action and some decent acting. The choice of Will Smith, however, as the main character was not exactly the best, but he was considered hot at the time of the film. Brent Spiner was an interesting choice for a nutty scientist since he had just come from StarTrek:The Next Generation television series. I’m a fan of Jeff Goldblum and thought he was very good. Randy Quaid as an eccentric cropduster was also memorable.
The story line flowed very well and the directing was excellent. The CGI was also outstanding. I give this 4.5 stars out of 5.
In my opinion,
the best vampire movie has got to be the 1987 released The Lost Boys. It has
just the right amount of scary bits but has lots of humour throughout, making
it an enjoyable film. Fast forward to December 18th, 2015, when He
Never Died (18) was released and we have a completely different vampire-ish
type movie that has great action and lots of black humour to make it an
enjoyable 1h 49 minutes that takes it into my top 10 of scary type movies.
follows Jack (Henry Rollins) a social outcast who spends his days sleeping, watching
TV or visiting a diner. When thugs come calling, his past life starts to re-emerge,
and you soon discover why he has decided to keep himself to himself.
Rollins plays his part extremely well and you can watch him fight against allowing his past to return. The supporting cast are also good even if there are only a few of them. There is lots of blood, obviously, and plenty of fight scenes that may make you squirm. This is not quite worth a 5, but an easy high 4 from 5 from me.
The comedy film Beetlejuice was released on March 30, 1988. Adam (Alex Baldwin) and Barbara (Geena Davis) are ghosts who are not crazy about the new inhabitants of their former home. After finding a book called A Handbook of the Recently Deceased, they enlist the aid of a mischievous spirit named Betelgeuse to help get rid of them.
When I first saw this movie, I was laughing like crazy. Michael Keaton played Betelgeuse to perfection. The comedy was excellent, the actors were fantastic and Tim Burton, as the director, made his mark with this film. Granted, some of the CGI was cheesy but it just added to the spirit (no pun intended) of the movie. Winona Ryder played Lydia as a typical goth-type teenager who thinks the spirit world is cool.
The story line may have been unbelievable but Mr. Burton’s dark humor made this a favorite of mine. The sound track was great, especially with Lydia dancing with a deceased football team to a Harry Belafonte tune. I give this 5 stars out of 5.
The Mummy Returns, 4 May 2001, rated PG-13. The original The Mummy! was written by a Science fiction writer (at the time there was no such word as science fiction 1827). Imagine a modern horror classic written in 1827. The writer was a woman by the name of Jane C. Loudon, 1807-1858.
To me, Freddie Boath (Alex) is the star of this film. Like so many children who make movies, over the top Freddie makes The Mummy Returns light, realistic, funny, serious as a cucumber and fun. Not before or since has the franchise done so well. Oddly Hollywood forgets these kids way too soon. A forerunner to Ty Simkins in Jurassic World, who did the same thing in that movie.
Since I did not live in that age of Pharaohs, I have to assume this was well thought out, and it seems very realistic from what *I* know, which isn’t a lot. I do have my doubts about the princess and the Pharoah’s wife being guards in a tomb for twelve hours a day… nope not happening.
Other than that I found no problems with the film and I enjoyed it. 5 out of 5 stars from me.
Avatar, 18 December 2009, rated PG-13. When I first saw the 2 hours and 42-minute playtime of the movie, I thought for sure that Kevin Coster was in it. It was very long for any movie. I have heard several opinions of this movie, some saying it was a Custers Last Stand remake and other such nonsense.
It was not. I suppose if you take the movie out of context you can come up with different things, like the United States attacking Japan in World War Two, or the Romans descending on Gaul (we call it France now.) Those heathens right? Nope. Although the Gaul did attack many Roman villages until the Romans got fed up with the murder and theft.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle 22 September 2017, Rated R, is the sequel to the original 2015 Kingsman movie that I gave a very high 4/5 score when I reviewed it. Yet again we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) take on the bad guys after becoming an official member of Kingsman. Most of the surviving members from the last movie also return for this outing as they take on a world’s largest drug cartel.
once again is very good, and I particularly liked how Elton John was used
throughout the movie, even though at first, I really did think it was a lookalike
playing the part. The two-hour movie is also fast paced and full of action
throughout. The CGI is, in the most part, very well done but the car chase just
didn’t look believable – I’m assuming it was CGI, if not then it was good
When I watched this movie, I could not help thinking that following the success of the first one, with a British storyline, this one was made more for the American market. This is not a bad thing, but I would have preferred it more like the original. I don’t want to spoil the plot by saying any more though 😊
I would rate this a very high 4/5 and it is definitely a well-written sequel.
There be Dragons, March 25th, 2011, PG-13 Let me start off first with, THERE ARE NO DRAGONS. The title refers to the hate and innocence in each of us. This movie has two themes, one of those is the Spanish Civil War and the other is the ‘sainthood’ of a Catholic Priest. Actually the movie didn’t cover most of the sainthood part, it was a secondary theme that I am sure Catholics will want to watch.
The war, not bloody although thousands died, just not very realistically. I point out here that this is a Spanish film, but dubbed every well in English. It is also available in Spanish. A journalist is picked to cover the Canonization ‘sainthood’ of a boy his father grew up with. The war was prior to the sainthood part.
What the boy doesn’t realize is that his own father and this soon to be saint are intertwined. I rate the movie 4 out of 5 stars. I prefer realistic war, so people know how horrible war really is, this film let me down on that. I am sure most will really get into it, and you will see some Spanish war wagons and planes from the time period in the movie. Every enlightening!
I have the usual trailer here, but also a link so you can watch the movie free, at least in the United States. That link may stop working at any time, so I suggest you watch it now.
The horror movie Darkness Rising was released on June 30, 2017. Maddy (Tara Holt) goes back to her abandoned family home with her boyfriend Jake (Bryce Johnson) and her cousin Izzy (Katrina Law). The house was abandoned when Maddy’s mother went insane and murdered her infant daughter.
There was plenty of blood, some jump scares and gore. The only decent actors were a dog, a baby, and a little boy who didn’t have any lines. The storyline was affected by poor editing and the main characters were far from sympathetic. The CGI wasn’t too bad. Despite all of this, the movie had potential that was never realized. The producers seemed to have made some bad decisions as far as actors and editors were concerned.
As much as I really wanted to enjoy this film, I was sorely disappointed. I have to give this a 2 stars out of 5.
A Knight’s Tale (May 11th 2001 – rated PG) stars Heath Ledger as squire William Thatcher, who is an assistant to a champion jouster who sadly dies during a competition. As nobody has eaten for days, William decides to take his place and after winning decides that he wants to carry on with the competitions. Add in a chance meeting with Geoffrey Chaucer (Paul Bettany) and a love interest for Will and you can imagine the outcome is going to be a mix of comedy and upset.
The soundtrack of popular rock music was a really weird
choice but works extremely well and I have to admit that the movie definitely
brought a few tears to my eyes. This movie flies along for its two and a bit
hours and one you need to watch and I can recommend adding to your collection.