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All Mine to Give (1957)
This is a tissue tugger if there ever was one!
This is a tissue-tugger if there ever was one! I haven't seen this movie in several years but growing up, I always made a point of seeing this movie. It is one of the few movies that as a young man and an adult that I have watched multiple times. I always found it very moving and an emotional experience. I don't normally cry at movies but this one always made me misty. I looked for it for several years, telling my wife what a great movie it was to see and how I wanted to share it with her. I finally wrote to several of the TV networks and got one to respond with the next time it was going to be on television. It was a big night in our household, popcorn popped, tissues handy, and kids to bed as we watched the movie. As the finally credits start rolling and I'm holding back from getting misty, I look to my wife, ask her what she thought and she answered with, "Is that all there is to it?" I was crushed to say the least.
At any rate, it still moved me, though I hadn't seen it in years. You feel for the struggles of the family, the harshness of the wilderness and the era for growing family. You see how adversity makes the family more close-knit and the bond between one another grows. No TV, no Nintendo, none of the amenities of today but the love and understanding that builds in a large family that relies on each other.
Not the best nor the worst boxing movie
This movie has gotten more bad press and reviews than it deserves. I've definitely seen much worse movies,either prison, boxing or a combination of both. Now it's not Rocky but enjoyable. It has a fair plot, decent acting and average fight scenes. I was most disappointed with Peter Falk's character. Not enough background to appreciate the power he wields while in prison. Using an obscenity every other word was totally unnecessary and took away from the movie. The fight scenes would have been much better without looking through the bars of the cage for so much of the fight. It was decently choreographed but it was pretty antiseptic. You don't feel the pain like when you're watching any of the Rocky movies or any other notable boxing movies like Raging Bull. Bottom line, it was decent entertainment, but I'm glad it was rented and I didn't pay the exorbitant prices of going to the movie theater.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Don't waste your time
I am shocked that this movie has received such glowing reviews. I am more shocked that I watched the entire movie. I am shocked that Jeff Bridges and John Goodman, who have had such exceptional roles in movies and TV would lend themselves to this movie. Acting was so over the top in the pursuit of lampooning stereotypes, that I failed to see the humor. I suppose some of the action was meant to be slapstick but only seemed stupid. The movie was so gratuitously laced with obscenities throughout that it seemed to serve no purpose and lost its shock value after the first couple of minutes. The only redeeming value of this movie are some of the interesting camera shots like the bowling ball cam and some of the hallucinatory dream sequences (and the soundtrack). The Coen brothers have been asked if they came up with this storyline while under the influence. Perhaps but I think you would have to be under the influence to find any enjoyment out of this waste of time.
Taking Lives (2004)
Pretty enjoyable especially for Angelina Jolie Fans
I'm surprised reading other viewer's comments that we actually watched the same movie. I rent enough movies that I wonder why many were ever filmed. I found Taking Lives pretty enjoyable. I found the action/violence enjoyable. I liked the twists. Perhaps I just watched the movie and enjoyed what happened vs trying to figure out what is going to happen.
I like Angelina and Ethan Hawkes performance. The love scene was hot, though slightly gratuitous(and not nearly long enough).
The Canadian characters and their attitudes were more annoying than they should be. Some of their dialogue was difficult to understand, though if you played it back, you realize you didn't miss much.
****** Possible Spoiler********* Kiefer Sutherland was a wasted role for what little screen time that he was given and what minimal development his character was given. Gena Rowlands performance was mediocre and another character hardly worth having in the film.
Overall, I would recommend the film
One of the few movies that I would've walked out on.
I am amazed at the praise being put upon this movie not only here on this web site but reviews in the newspapers. Jim Carrey does a decent performance allowing us to see a serious and dark side to him. Some of the special effects were pretty cool. Overall, I got bored with the movie and that was when I wasn't irritated by the timeline jumping back and forth, the hard to follow sequence of events and a general lack of interest in the characters. The biggest question might be why in the world did Carrey and Winslet's characters get involved in the first place. There wasn't enough chemistry between them nor enough background to make us care about them.
A good couple hours of mindless action.
Hey, what were you expecting, a timeless classic? SWAT was a fun, action-packed, escapist movie. Loosely based on the TV show of the same name, it's on par with a made for TV movie but with more action and better special effects. Some of the dialogue was hokey and the plot took some implausible as well as totally predictable and stereotypical turns. Overall, a fun movie and good rental.
New Alcatraz (2001)
For Die-hard Dean Cain fans only...maybe
Poor film even by made for TV standards. Mediocre acting, lousy effects and ludicrous plot. Give to a friend that you don't like as a gift. Another losing cinematic adventure for Dean Cain. Don't waste your time watching it, thinking that it will get better as it goes.
A feel good romantic comedy
Enjoyed this movie thoroughly. Had everything that one would want in a movie. Action, romance, comedy. A great cast that really made you feel for the characters. Dreyfuss as the romantic, swashbuckling lead was very enjoyable and the comedic relationship with John Goodman was delightful. Holly Hunter showed a great range with her character.
Don't watch because you are a Sandra Bullock Fan!!!
I bought the movie on VHS for $2.99. Figured that would be the same as a rental price so why not. I overpaid. I've always liked Sandra Bullock. (Miss Congenialty is a great, funny film). There wasn't much Sandra in it but it must have been done before she had any acting lessons. Overall, the movie was dull, poorly written, poor camera work and even worse dialogue. I've seen better filmwork and dialogue on old Starsky and Hutch reruns.