January 26, 1996

Twelve Monkeys

twelveI love time-travel stories; this one is excellent. (Maine Mall Cinema)

January 20, 1996

Othello

othelloNice work from Lawrence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh. (Kendall Square Cinema)

January 13, 1996

TiVo's Humorous Movie Synopses

Some movies, TiVo's descriptions of them, and some lame commentary from me in italics, from Jason Kottke:
  • Hellraiser: Bloodline
    Man in space battles Pinhead, as did ancestors. (Ancestors don't do anything in space.)
  • Cyborg Cop
    Drug agent's brother could be a cyborg. (Wasn't that an episode of Leave It To Beaver?)
  • Sense and Sensibility
    Men romance and abandon sisters in 1900 England. ("Romance and Abandon" was Austen's first title)
  • The Gunfighter
    Upstarts dare the fastest gun in the West. (And then what?!)
  • Showgirls
    Dancer stoops low to rise in Las Vegas. (Hey, that's kinda clever.)
  • Saturday Night Fever
    Brooklyn nobody becomes disco king to Bee Gees music. (Shoulda stuck with this same plot for Battlefield Earth.)
  • The Usual Suspects
    A detective questions a con man about associates. (Wake me up when that one's over.)
  • Wonder Boys
    A writer and his student collide with life. (What does that mean, collide with life?)

Sense and Sensibility

senseThis is not a chick flick- it is sharp, romantic, and funny all the way through. Once shooting was completed, Hugh Grant flew directly to Los Angeles and was arrested with Divine Brown. Emma would meet her future husband Greg Wise (Mr. Willoughby) on this set. I have the Academy Award-winning adapted screenplay (by Emma Thompson), and it included a hilarious Set Diary written by Emma.

2011 UPDATE: I just rewatched this (November 2011) I didn't plan on it. In fact, my wife suggested it and I rolled my eyes. I saw it on the big screen in 1995 and loved it, but this week I wasn't in the mood. So I sat down with the newspaper, ready to mostly ignore it playing in the background. Then I was totally sucked in! Man, what a good movie. Not only did it deserve all the awards, but it's just one of the great movies, period.

This is one of those English movies where you suspect there's only 40 actors on the whole island, living in a dorm together. I count six actors who'd appear in Harry Potter movies: Professor Snape, Professor Trelawney, Dolores Umbridge, Cornelius Fudge, Madam Pomfrey, and The original Fat Lady!

Nixon

nixonIf you want to see the real Richard Nixon, rent Dick, starring Dan Hedaya as Nixon! For some reason, this is one of the movies my father likes to cite as a "good movie". I think this is a symptom of the true rarity of quality movies for adults. Too many films are geared towards 17-year-old boys, so when a quality drama is made for adults, my father takes notice.

January 5, 1996

Sabrina

sabrinaDear Sidney Pollack: Why would you remake this movie? Harrison Ford really is not cut out for this kind of comedy. Julia Ormond, the "It Girl" of 1996, is given the thankless job of filling Audrey Hepburn's little black dress. Ford takes the crochety Humphrey Bogart part, and the underrated Greg Kinnear plays the William Holden role. (Maine Mall Cinema)

January 1, 1996

35: The Politics of Dancing

"Serious Songs about Serious Issues...Recorded Jan '96, re-recorded May '96." 90 minutes