May 29, 1996
May 26, 1996
|One of my favorite Tom Cruise haircuts.|
Also On Memorial Day, Through The Years
I have been to the movies on Memorial Day Monday 13 times in 24 years, but it's not a great track record.
- 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 12, 1996
Not to be confused with Mulholland Drive, Mulholland Falls is a Chinatown-style noir whose plot doesn't make much more sense than the Lynch movie. Nineteen years after seeing it in the theater, I checked it out again on Amazon Instant Video. Nick Nolte surprised me with his depth and subtlety as the troubled, weary detective who once indulged in an affair with Connelly - I found their romance cold and boring, my wife just found it creepy. Nolte had much stronger chemistry with Melanie Griffith as his wife. Besides being tortured with remorse over the death of his onetime mistress, and guilt over breaking his wife's heart, Nolte also wows me with his hearty ass-kicking of a trio of FBI agents (led by supercilious Daniel Baldwin) who underestimated him. Thanks to his trusty blackjack, and a surprise ambush in a parking garage, the G-men didn't put up much of a fight, and Nolte got to tear into them, then drag Baldwin into the gutter before delivering his message:
"This is L.A. This is my town. Out here you're a trespasser. Out here I can pick you up, burn your house, fuck your wife, and kill your dog. And the only thing that'll protect you is if I can't find you. And I already found you."The whole script isn't as good as this scene- it's strange to make an LA noir where the subject of the mystery is set at an Army base, and the conclusion is just generic 90s action: Nolte and Palminteri fight Treat Williams and Kyle Chandler aboard an Air Force paratrooper plane, then throw Williams and Chandler off, then barely crash land the plane in the desert when the pilot is shot. Hardly the conclusion of a LA detective movie?
I find glossy all-star Hollywood genre movies very relaxing, even if they don't really work. My Stub Hubby grade: C-minus
May 11, 1996
Starring future Academy Award winner Helen Hunt, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman mesmerizes! I haven't seen this film in a long time, I wonder how the CGI tornadoes and the flying cow hold up? (at Maine Mall Cinema; also May 19)