ACTOR - John Goodman
Doing "Roseanne" (1988) made me famous. To this day, people will call me "Dan Arnold". They'll shout out, 'Where's Roseanne?'
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Jailbait Babysitter 1978, R)
Eddie Macon's Run 1983, PG)
The Survivors 1983, R)
Revenge of the Nerds 1984, R)
C.H.U.D. (Chud) 1984, R)
Maria's Lovers 1984, R)
Sweet Dreams 1985, PG-13)
True Stories 1986, PG)
The Big Easy 1987, R)
AKA The Big Cheesy. The synopsis says that The Big Easy is 'A film that captures the steamy, colourful essence of New Orleans'. I'm not sure I totally agree, I can think of loads of other, better films set in New Orleans. If you want an 80's Cop drama with bad accents and an unconvincing romantic back story then this is the film for your. Again, because it's an 80's film it's almost forgiven but even for 1986 it looks really dated.
Raising Arizona 1987, PG-13)
Burglar 1987, R)
Murder Ordained 1987, Unrated)
The Wrong Guys 1988, PG)
Punchline 1988, R)
Everybody's All-American 1988, R)
Sea of Love 1989, R)
Always 1989, PG)
You can see where Spielberg got his inspiration from, classics like A Guy named Joe and A Matter Of Life And Death spring to mind. Great films probably ready for a reprisal at that point but unfortunately it is Spielberg's heavy handedness that really takes away a lot of the enjoyment. It's so sentimental and sickly sweet that you actually give up caring. It's as if the aim to entertain was forgotten in the ambition to pull at the heartstrings, I wonder if this was intended as Oscar fodder following The Color Purple and Empire of the Sun missing out both times. The effects are good and the characters are likable but the script and story are just pap. Spielberg hasn't quite learn't his lesson I feel.
Stella 1990, PG-13)
Arachnophobia 1990, PG-13)
King Ralph 1991, PG)
Barton Fink 1991, R)
The Babe 1992, PG)
Matinee 1992, PG)
Born Yesterday 1993, PG)
The Hudsucker Proxy 1994, PG)
The Flintstones 1994, PG)
Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long 1995, Unrated)
A Streetcar Named Desire 1995, Unrated)
Pie in the Sky 1996, R)
Mother Night 1996, R)
The Borrowers 1998, PG)
I've always quite liked the idea and the story of The Borrowers and as much as I liked the cast and performances of this film, I was constantly confused and distracted by the mix of English and American. Where is this Anglo-American land? Do American kids not watch a film unless at least one cast member is from the United States? Do all English people drive Morris Minors? I wish. Style, if you can call it that, over substance. You can spot late 90's kids films a mile away.
Fallen 1997, R)
Blues Brothers 2000 1997, PG-13)
Of all the pointless sequels that have been made, Blues Brothers 2000 is probably the most pointless. It's incredibly misguided, did it make any money? I've never heard a good word said about it anyway, everyone involved should be ashamed. Even the array of amazing musicians couldn't save it. Just awful, especially when you compare it to the fantastic original.
The Big Lebowski 1998, R)
Only the Coen brothers (and Bridges of coarse) could make an unemployed, scruffy, old hippie type of 'dude', the coolest film character of all time, whom every man on this planet aspires to be like. Another great comedy from the Brother Coen, possibly their funniest and definitely their coolest! Brilliant!
Dirty Work 1998, PG-13)
The Real Macaw 1998, PG)
The Jack Bull 1999, R)
The Runner 1999, R)
Bringing Out the Dead 1999, R)
A very underrated film from Scorsese, who picks an excellent cast who he'd yet to work with. The result is quite refreshing. It's very similar to Taxi driver in a way with the great cinematography and the theme of spiralling into madness. I remember it had a poor reception from critics and audiences alike, maybe its a future classic, either way, I love it.
What Planet Are You From? 2000, R)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000, PG-13)
I remember at the time, the decision to cast Clooney seemed an odd one as there were plenty of Coen regulars who seemed quite suited to the part. How wrong, Clooney steals the show in what I believe is his best work to date. Based loosely on Homer's odyssey, O' Brother is an instant classic that I never tire of watching.
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle 2000, PG)
Coyote Ugly 2000, PG-13)
The Emperor's New Groove 2000, G)
My First Mister 2002, R)
One Night at McCool's 2001, R)
Storytelling 2002, R)
Happy Birthday 2002, Unrated)
Monsters, Inc. 2001, G)
Mike's New Car 2002, G)
Dirty Deeds 2002, R)
Masked And Anonymous 2003, PG-13)
The Jungle Book 2 2003, G)
Freshman Orientation 2007, R)
Clifford's Really Big Movie 2004, G)
Beyond the Sea 2004, PG-13)
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School 2006, PG-13)
Kronk's New Groove 2005, G)
Cars 2006, G)
The Year Without a Santa Claus 2006, Unrated)
Evan Almighty 2007, PG)
It made no sense what so ever. Everything in this film was rubbish, I hope Carell, Freeman and Goodman got paid well for this (I'm sure they did) because I have not seen a bigger pile of crap like this for a long time. Everything is stolen from other films, esp. Steve Carell's. Tom Shadyac must be laughing!
Death Sentence 2007, R)
Bee Movie 2007, PG)
This film is very underrated. It?s going to entertain adults more than kids but at last eh! It?s what Antz or Bugs wanted to be but Bee Movie is far funnier and a lot less preachy. It?s actually quite educational! Seinfeld fans will also enjoy it, although you shouldn't expect a George, Elaine or Kramer Bee!
Speed Racer 2008, PG)
Gigantic 2009, R)
Confessions of a Shopaholic 2009, PG)
I don't like the term 'Chick-flick' so I'm not going to use it. I suggest those who both use the term and like this film are as brain dead as the writers behind it. The message here is completely lost as addiction (which is a serious issue), debt (which is a serious issue) and being stupid (which is a serious issue) are all laughed at and handled irresponsibly. Seriously though, this is quite bad taste considering the times we live in, there is nothing 'cute' or 'adorable' about consumerism, addiction or selfishness. The fact that our protagonist is then rewarded for her bad behaviour only helps dilute what was left of any kind of moral. Truly awful stuff and insulting towards women (although puzzling as it is I never seem to hear Women complain about it - which only makes me hate it more).
In the Electric Mist 2009, R)
A Ghostly and somewhat surreal tale that I can see probably worked well as a novel but maybe not so much as a film. There are plenty of elements that I enjoyed but each scene, as good as they were, never really seemed to gel together in telling the same story. It's this lack of structure, or directional guidance, that misleads the viewer into a false sense of understanding. This isn't in order to be original either, I'm fine with a film being genre free, I just find it hard to watch a film that incorporates a hundred different genres without executing one adequately. I think pretty much everyone in the film is miscast too but I did genuinely love the idea, the mystery and the script. I'll just have to read the book Dave Robicheaux books.
Alabama Moon 2011, PG)
Pope Joan 2009, Unrated)
The Princess and the Frog 2009, G)
A re-imagining or a re-telling of the original story rather than a 'Disney's' version. I swear most people think Walt Disney wrote most fairytales, so it's nice to see them bucking that trend. There is also a level of maturity to this story, I'm generally anti-Disney but I thought this one was quite good.
You Don't Know Jack 2010, PG-13)
Drunkboat 2012, PG)
Red State 2011, R)
Red State is a strange one and a hard film to rate, it certainly isn't Dogma 2 - which I was kind of expecting. Kevin Smith has said that what he was trying to achieve with this film was a level of uncomfortableness. He has said that it's like 'Going to sit on a chair and just as you are about to sit, I turn it over and you sit on one of the legs, then I turn it over again and the process continues' - unfortunately, he misses the point that after a while, the fact that you know not to expect a predictable storyline, makes it predictable. Anyway, it is unpredictable, original and interesting. It switches from one genres to the next, which I have to say I found refreshing, why do films/stories have to stick to one genres? OK, so QT and Rodriguez did it in From Dusk till Dawn long before, as have other directors but Red State is still pretty individual. It certainly wasn't what I was expecting from a Kevin Smith film. His heart, and more importantly, his head is in the right place. I prefer Lars Von Triers school of thought though, 'A film should be like a stone in your shoe' bit I think they are essentially saying the same thing, Kevin Smith is just a little more brash. I like the way they send up Fred Phelps, a character far more frightening than Freddy Kruger or Micheal Myers - Michael Parks's performance is terrifyingly good, he leads a really good cast who are all on top form. The Westboro Baptist Church actually toured with the film and picketed at every screening, you can't buy publicity like that, which was lucky for Smith as it was pretty much a 99.9% independant movie that only made money as it toured the contry so he was welcoming of any publisity he could get. I liked Red State, I think the independant film making aspect of it, the genres twisting and the religoues and political issues it raises make it very original and interesting, at times it's more 'interesting' than entertaining but credit where it's due, this film deserves recognition. It does depend on your train of thought as to wether you like this film though, middle America scares the hell out of me and it's always easy to see things when your looking from the outside, but I get it but then will the people it's aimed at?
The Artist 2011, PG-13)
The Artist has received so much hype in such a short time which isn't always a good thing for a film. Luckily though, you can believe the hype! It's a clever idea, although I'm sure it raised a few eyebrows when first shown to the producers. Those familiar with director Michel Hazanavicius will know to trust him though, OSS 117 looked like a horrible idea on paper but in reality the combination of Hazanavicius's quirky humour and Jean Dujardin's physical comedic abilities made it something special and now they've taken that great chemistry and have made something wonderful. An ode to the silent era, a love letter to the often forgotten stars such as Douglas Fairbanks and Lillian Gish and the golden age of cinema. This isn't just a silent black & white film though, it is filmed beautifully and with some very clever tricks up its sleeve. I think the biggest surprise for me was that it was so funny, the OSS 117 films cracked me up so I'm not sure why I'm surprised but I can't think of the last Oscar bound film that was funny or in fact essentially a comedy. I really can't fault it, it's really quite wonderful!
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close 2012, PG-13)
I can see hints or should I say remnants of Jonathan Safran Foer in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close but I'm not sure anyone can claim this is a pure visualisation of the story he wrote. Apart from the fact that it's main character is hugely annoying (not sure if it's Oskar or Thomas Horn that is annoying) and that it, excuse my cynicism, blatantly pulls at the heartstrings for Oscar glory - those I can live with, its biggest flaw is its anticlimax. I'm sorry, but I want to know what's in the box - I know that it isn't what the film is about but break it down in to its simple form (and it is a simple film), the viewer has had their expectations built up, you have to deliver. The book is a very clever idea that is entirely about the aftermath of 9/11 as far as New Yorkers are concerned. The film version is something a little less tasteful than that. There are certain things you can say in books that you can say in film and vice-versa, this film crossed that line. It's not offensive, it's just a little bit pathetic. Max von Sydow's performance makes up for this films failures but only ever-so slightly.
ParaNorman 2012, PG)
I love the way LAIKA are giving the world of computer 3D animation a run for their money. ParaNorman is a great little film. The detail is as good as the story, both are of a high quality. It's a bit scary for kids though but as an adult (and if I was a kid still) this would definitely be the one I'd go for. Stop motion all the way baby, it's sad how you don't seem to see many good story and good animation films, it seems to be either one of the other. More please.
The Campaign 2012, R)
When it comes to producing knowing and quite clever jokes about the Democrats and Republicans, The Campaign gets it right and is quite funny. Everything else is overdone. The suggestion that someone punched a baby is always going to get a better effect than actually showing someone punching a baby. Better still, do something funnier than punch a baby, which really isn't all that funny. Zach Galifianakis is a one trick pony, that said, I don't mind him so much. Will Ferrell is more love or hate, I'm on the hate side I'm afraid but he's not too bad in this one I suppose. I idea is fine, different comedy actors would have made a huge difference, change the leads and the film could have been much better.
Argo 2012, R)
Argo lives up to the hype. It is a thriller that does what films in the genres are supposed to do, it really was edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting stuff. I love the story because it's so ridiculous and it's all true. I also have a soft spot for sci-fi and who doesn't like a good thriller. Ben Affleck deserves the praise he received, he has come leaps and bounds and I always thought his recognition for Good Will Hunting came a little bit too early in his career and wasn't really deserved. He picked a pretty good cast too, with Alan Arkin and John Goodman adding light relief when needed. Was that really Clea DuVall? Well I never.
Trouble with the Curve 2012, PG-13)
Isn't Clint Eastwood getting too old for the 'Isn't Clint Eastwood getting too old for this' genres? Moneyball proved that you could make a baseball film that non-Baseball fans can enjoy and Trouble with the Curve follows suit but it as far from being as good as. Clint Eastwood plays a cliched angry old man/father, Amy Adams works too hard at her job and wants to get close to her father, Justin Timberlake is the funny/good looking suitor, John Goodman is friend with concerns, Matthew Lillard is competitive youngster who don't know jack about real Baseball, Robert Patrick is man with big ears (listens but doesn't say anything), George Wyner, Bob Gunton and Jack Gilpin play very busy sexist short-term memory important golf playing partner types and so on and so on. Every character here has been played before, many times by the same actors. It's a nice looking film from many time assistant director/first time director Robert Lorenz but it's schmaltzy, predictable, forgettable and for want of a better word, meh!
Flight 2012, R)
A good film but some would argue that it was the wrong way round. Essentially the film is about addiction and so rightly it is filmed the way it is but this means the film suffers from having a thrilling start and then a rather slow and monotonous second half. The seriousness of alcoholism is again slightly ruined by a misguided attempt at humour from a comedy drug dealer in the form of John Goodman (complete with Rastafarian hat, but of course). The real problem is that right from the beginning it is easy to see that the film can only end in one of two ways, you hope that you're wrong and that there is a clever twist but there isn't, it ends in one of the only two ways it could - which is nice but ultimately dull. Not that you'd want to glorify alcoholism in any way, of course not, except, they kinda do. Seriously, why would you want to give up when it looks so much fun, especially when you can obviously still function fully! It's entertaining enough, the Hospital stairwell scene was brilliantly scripted, and the thrilling Airplane scenes were great, but the big message is lost which really damages it overall.
It's a SpongeBob Christmas! 2012, Unrated)
Spring Break '83 2009, Unrated)
Inside Llewyn Davis 2013, R)
The Hangover Part III 2013, R)
Where is the Hangover? Seriously, well done for not going with the tired formula of the first two films but you really should have a Hangover in a film based on Hangovers right? The actors look tired, the script is tired and this viewer/reviewer is tired. Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong have had their time I feel, I'm not sure they have anything else to give us so I hope they and everyone else involved got paid handsomely for their trouble. If that's not enough, the female equivalent to Zach Galifianakis, Melissa McCarthy, puts in yet another 'Why the hell are you famous?' performance. Real Hangovers are more fun than this.
The Internship 2013, PG-13)
It's fair to say I'm not Shawn Levy's biggest fan, Date Night being the only of his films I enjoyed. I loved Vince Vaughn in his Swingers years but ever since then he's played the same character and Owen Wilson has also lost his way somewhat and is only really good in Wes Anderson movies these days. So, it was nice to see that actually everyone was on good form. Vaughn and Wilson play off each other so much more naturally since the painfully overrated Wedding Crashers and I think this is due to their continuing off camera friendship. The idea is great, even though it verges between being charmless Google advertising to 'Are you sure google want to be associated with this?' territory. When it's good it's good, when it's bad, it's awful. Some of the characters are dreadful and the story-line is up and down like a cookie on a porn site (or so I've heard). Everything good about the message is ruined by either a pointless strip club scene, a man with sexual OAP tendencies or by a Will Ferrell cameo. It started so well, then sank back into the sort of garbage I first feared it would be.
Monsters University 2013, G)
I wasn't a huge fan of the original Monsters Inc, or any of the other new wave of Computer animated 3D type films of the l;ate 90's. This was down to them all being preachy and telling the same story over and over again. It's like every American cartoon has to teach values on acceptance and individuality. It's tiresome, yeah it looks good and the people who made it are very clever etc but the story should be key. I'm a firm believer that cartoons of this ilk should just play for laughs and I really thought this one would, it's what the trailer suggested anyway. Overall I'm disappointed, it's better than the first but I certainly didn't love it.
The Monuments Men 2014, PG-13)
Bunyan and Babe 2011, Unrated)