December 31, 1997
December 20, 1997
It screened in US theaters for a ridiculous 39 weeks, the theaters played their prints to tatters with repeat business, and the final US box office totaled over 600 million dollars, a total unrivaled, even as ticket prices have increased 43% in the following decade. All this for a 3 hour movie, which by definition only received half as many screenings per day as a 90 minute movie. (Flagship Falmouth Cinemas)
November 8, 1997
2013 Update: Saw a half hour of Troopers on IFC last night. The 1997 alien effects are still terrific, and the movie's internet propaganda framing device aptly predicts our cultural migration to the Web. Casper Van Dien is perfect, Denise Richards is totally vacant (I forgot she was once married to Charlie Sheen!) and Patrick Muldoon is hilarious- he's the only officer who never puts his cap on- don't want to mess up his hair!
|Jake Busey can't seem to close his mouth over those giant Chiclet teeth|
November 1, 1997
- "Come To California" Matthew Sweet
- "Navy Bean" Tracy Bonham
- "Downtown Venus" PM Dawn
- "Show Me" Pretenders
- "Here's Where The Story Ends" The Sundays
- "Rhiannon" (live) Fleetwood Mac
- "C'mon Billy" PJ Harvey
- "Outta Mind (Outta Site)" Wilco
- "Lawyers In Love" Jackson Browne
- "King Of Pain" The Police
- "Hell" Squirrel Nut Zippers
- "So Quero Um Xodo" Gilberto Gil
- "It Is Time" World Party
- "I'm Not Your Mother" Blake Babies
- "Fuck And Run" Liz Phair
- "Criminal" Fiona Apple
- "All At Once" Bonnie Raitt
- "Joy Of My Life" John Fogerty
October 10, 1997
I do have one small problem with the ending: they bring back the Bud White character from the dead! At the end of the Victory Motel gun battle, Captain Smith shoots Bud two or three times before finally shooting him in the face. He should have remained dead, but he gets to ride off into the sunset, in the back of Lynn Bracken's seafoam green sedan, jaw wired shut, and a disgusting tube taped to his cheek. Bracken and White escape to Bisbee, Arizona, where we would find Russell Crowe ten years later, in the film 3:10 to Yuma.
September 19, 1997
August 31, 1997
- Blade Runner
- Citizen Kane
- A Fish Called Wanda
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Rear Window
- Silence of the Lambs
- Singin' in the Rain
- Young Frankenstein
August 15, 1997
August 8, 1997
July 30, 1997
July 25, 1997
ALSO by Gary Oldman on STUB HUBBY:
July 11, 1997
Rewatching the movie in 2017, I appreciated that the movie realistically depicts men steamrolling over Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) at every opportunity, especially Tom Skerritt's character. What was truly galling was when her would-be boyfriend Matthew McConaughey deliberately torpedoes her chance to visit the aliens - literally a once-in-a-humanity opportunity - because he loves her and doesn't want her to go.
(Hoyt's Cinemas South Portland)
July 8, 1997
As you can see from the selection below, I only went eight times in three years: after six visits in 1997, I only attended twice more, in 1999. I moved out of town in 2001, and the Keystone closed sometime in the early 00's. As of 2007, the space on Congress Street is now a sports bar.
- My 25th Birthday • Star Trek: First Contact • An exciting Borg adventure and my third favorite Star Trek movie, after numbers 2 and 6.
- April 13, 1997 • The English Patient • A little slow on the second viewing, but an impressive adaptation of a dense novel.
- May 2, 1997 • Smilla's Sense of Snow • A very odd detective story, from a far superior book, as Emily is fond of pointing out.
- September 6, 1997 • Citizen Kane • One of my Top Ten all time movies.
- October 24, 1997 • The Edge • Hopkins and Baldwin elevate this standard genre piece slightly above what it deserves.
- November 30, 1997 • The Ice Storm • Growing up in identical Boston suburbs makes the movie resound for me. I hope my parents didn't behave like this!
- February 12, 1999 • Elizabeth • If I had paid attention in my History Of England course, perhaps I would have appreciated this movie more.
- New Year's Eve, 1999 • Being John Malkovich • Bizarrely fantastic.
July 5, 1997
July 2, 1997
June 28, 1997
June 20, 1997
(Flagship Falmouth Cinemas)
May 26, 1997
- "Weird Al" Yankovic: "Polkas on 45"
- "Hooked On Polkas"
- "Polka Party!"
- "Polka Your Eyes Out"
- "The Alternative Polka"
- "I Should've Known" Aimee Mann
- "You Got Lucky" Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
- "The Impression I Get" The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
- "Modern Woman" Billy Joel
- "Elvis Is Dead" Living Colour
- "Swingtown" Steve Miller Band
- "Galileo" Indigo Girls
- "Daughter" Pearl Jam
- "How?" John Lennon
- "Lost In The Supermarket" The Clash
- "Atlantic City" Bruce Springsteen
- "Cure for Pain" Morphine
- "Something Ain't Right" David Byrne
- "Semi-Charmed Life" Third Eye Blind
- "Close To Me" The Cure
- "My City Was Gone" Pretenders
May 24, 1997
|Until I heard Vince Vaughn talk about it on the WTF podcast,|
I had completely forgotten that he was in this movie.
Also On Memorial Day, Through The Years
- 2014: Godzilla
- 2008: Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
- 2007: Pirates Of The Carribean: At World's End (the third one)
- 2006: X-Men: The Last Stand
- 2005: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith
- 2002: Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones
- 2001: Pearl Harbor
- 1998: Godzilla (yes I saw two different Godzillas on Memorial Day 16 years apart)
- 1997: The Lost World: Jurassic Park
- 1996: Mission: Impossible
- 1995: Braveheart! I actually saw a Best Picture winner on Memorial Day!
- 1992: Alien3
- 1991: Hudson Hawk; perhaps ironically, the three Memorial Day movies with original screenplays were an Oscar winner, Pearl Harbor, and Hudson Hawk.
May 9, 1997
April 26, 1997
April 12, 1997
It's obvious to me that this is a sequel in all but name to Say Anything...
It's very easy for me to believe that after Say Anything, Lloyd Dobler breaks up with Diane, or maybe just disappears on their trip to England, and ten years later he just shows up at the reunion as an assassin. All you have to do is change the names (Jeremy Piven is in both movies as an old school friend!), and tweak a few plot points and it works perfectly.
(April 12 and July 3, Maine Mall Cinema)
March 29, 1997
March 23, 1997
March 22, 1997
March 14, 1997
The Rebels Are The Bad Guys - To The Ewoks
Yes, the destruction of the Death Star and the collapse of the Empire is a good thing for the galaxy as a whole, but it has no effect on the Ewoks and their way of life in particular, and it's certain that the Ewoks paid too high a price for a victory compared to the possible extinction of their species.
I have heard some speculation about the Imperial-Ewok relationship on the Star Wars Minute podcast: did the Forest Troopers even know the Ewoks were there? Did they treat the Ewoks like troublesome raccoons? To bolster the Ewoks motivation for enter the conflict, they could have shown the Empire clear-cutting the forest to make space for their deflector shield, or maybe an AT-AT crushing their habitat? As it is in the movie, C-3PO tells stories of the Rebellion, and the Ewok leader spontaneously volunteers his people to fight.
FUN FACT: I saw this Special Edition in March 1997 - The Phantom Menace was coming in 26 months!
March 9, 1997
March 8, 1997
March 1, 1997
- "All Mixed Up" 311
- "Looking For A Song" Big Audio (aka the third iteration of Mick Jones' Big Audio Dynamite)
- "Eggman" Beastie Boys
- "Annie Get Your Gun" Squeeze
- "Possession" Sarah McLachlan
- "God" Tori Amos
- "Empty" The Cranberries
- "You And The Mona Lisa" Shawn Colvin
- "Something So Right" Paul Simon
- "Philadelphia" Neil Young
- "Believe What You're Saying" Sugar
- "Without You" Bruce Springsteen
- "Paper In Fire" John Cougar Mellencamp
- "We've Arrived (And To Prove It We're Here)" The Rutles
- "There Goes The Neighborhood" Sheryl Crow
- "Baby, Now That I've Found You" The Foundations
- "Stranger Than Fiction" Joe Jackson
- "Running On Ice" Billy Joel
- "When Love Comes To Town" U2 with B.B. King
- "Electrolite" R.E.M.
- "Behind Every Good Woman" Tracy Bonham
- "Monkey Gone To Heaven" The Pixies
- "Nearly Lost You" Screaming Trees
- "Little Bird" Annie Lennox
- "Peg" Steely Dan
February 21, 1997
February 20, 1997
February 1, 1997
January 31, 1997
When this scene originally played out in May 1977, movieogers knew very little about lightsabers and how they work. At that point in the Star Wars saga, we had only seen a lightsaber used once- when Kenobi defends Luke in the cantina in Mos Eisley. When Vader swipes at Kenobi and an empty cloak falls to the deck, I assumed that Vader's lightsaber had cut Kenobi in half and vaporized him.
In the episodes that followed, Lucas revealed more about the Jedi and their lightsabers:
- You cannot vaporize someone by cutting them in half (see Darth Maul, Episode 1).
- Jedi's bodies can disappear when they die (see Yoda, Episode 6).
- Jedi's bodies don't necessarily disappear when they die (see Qui-Gonn Jinn, Episode 1).
My problem is that none of this is obvious from the way Lucas staged it in the movie. I would have staged it like this:
The old Jedi Knight looks over his shoulder at Luke, lifts his sword from Vader's, then closes his eyes with a serene look on his face. Vader brings his sword down, mortally wounding Kenobi. Ben falls to the deck. Vader looks down on Kenobi's dead body as his form fades away to nothingness, leaving only his cloak and lightsaber behind. Vader is puzzled at Ben's disappearance and pokes at the empty cloak.Not only would this effect have been easier to create with optical effects, but it would have conveyed the idea better: Vader kills Kenobi with his lightsaber, and then Kenobi passes on to the afterlife.
In January 1997 I drove from Portland, Maine, all the way to Burlington, MA, to see this Special Edition, because my friend Chet was obsessed with seeing Episode 4 on a THX-certified screen. We ended up seeing the movie from seats all the way on the right-hand side of the theater, so the picture was still great, but the stereo surround sound was a little crooked: When the Millennium Falcon enters the Alderaan system, and is buffeted by the remains of the destroyed planet, I thought the sound effects from the right surround speakers were gonna knock my head off! Nearly nineteen years later I would see The Force Awakens on the very same screen (with a major overhaul in picture, sound, and seating!) January 31st, General Cinemas Burlington, MA; February 8th, Flagship Falmouth, ME
January 25, 1997
January 15, 1997
- "1984/Jump" Van Halen
- "Oh Sherrie" Steve Perry
- "Separate Ways (World Apart)" Journey
- "Love is a Battlefield" Pat Benatar
- "Infatuation" Rod Stewart
- "Say It Isn't So" Hall & Oates
- "Cuts Like a Knife" Bryan Adams
- "Be Good Johnny" Men At Work
- "Hungry Like The Wolf" Duran Duran
- "Stay The Night" Chicago
- "Footloose" Kenny Loggins
- "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" Cyndi Lauper
- "Borderline" Madonna
- "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" Elton John
- "You Take Me Up" Thompson Twins
- "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)" Phil Collins
- "Heart & Soul" Huey Lewis & The News
- "All Night Long (All Night)" Lionel Richie
- "Billy Jean" Michael Jackson
- "Say Say Say" Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
- "Let's Hear it For The Boy" Denice Williams