ACTOR - Kevin Bacon

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National Lampoon's Animal House 1978,  R)
National Lampoon's Animal House
It's good, it made me laugh but I think its hype probably spoilt it for me as I don't really understand all the fuss. I love John Belushi but I'd rather watch Blues Brothers or 1941 than this. Will I go to hell for preferring Porky's?
Starting Over 1979,  R)
Hero at Large 1980,  PG)
Friday the 13th 1980,  R)
Friday the 13th
Definitely a horror classic but ultimately not a great film. Sean S. Cunningham likes to think of himself as a master of horror but this film is really just a rip off of Halloween. The ending is also a rip off of Carrie and the whole twist at the end is quite Hitchcockian. It is a tired scenario but to be fair, this was one of the first. Still, none of that really matters because it?s a horror film and you either love them or hate them. Tom Savini's SFX are still first class and this will always be one of the greats, even though it?s not that great! You know what I mean!
Only When I Laugh 1981,  R)
Diner 1982,  R)
The Demon Murder Case 1983,  Unrated)
Enormous Changes 1982,  Unrated)
Footloose 1984,  PG)
Makes me want to dance around in an abandoned warehouse! In fact, I think I might do tomorrow!
Mister Roberts 2008,  Unrated)
Quicksilver 1986,  PG)
White Water Summer 1987,  PG)
End of the Line 2006,  Unrated)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987,  R)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
A huge favourite of mine and certainly Hughes?s best film I believe.
She's Having a Baby 1988,  PG-13)
Criminal Law 1989,  R)
The Big Picture 2012,  PG-13)
Tremors 1990,  R)
Tremors is basically Jaws on land set in a one horse town. A fun favourite!
Flatliners 1990,  R)
Another film that?s not as great as I remember it. Has a great script though which is very quotable.
Queens Logic 1991,  R)
He Said, She Said 1991,  PG-13)
Pyrates 1991,  R)
JFK 1991,  R)
The only real problem with making a film about JFK's assassination and the conspiracies involved is that there isn't a conclusion. Everything learnt in this film has at some point since its release been denied as fiction, or has no evidence. So as interesting as it was, and as brilliant the all star cast were, I just couldn't enjoy this film as much as I?d hoped.
A Few Good Men 1992,  R)
A Few Good Men
Well I finally got round to watching this and I have to say I was quite surprised as I really thought I'd hate it. It's a cheesy drama though, you have to admit, very typical of Hollywood in the early 90's. The story was interesting I suppose and the direction was good but it was the key performances from the impressive cast that really makes the film. Tom Cruise had a tendency to be really annoying around this time and a little bit of overacting aside, he does a pretty good job. Kevin Bacon also does a great job in a supporting role but it is Jack Nicholson who steals the show, each line he delivers is convincingly venomous and it's a fantastic performance. The script is very 50/50 though, it's funny how all the worst lines seem to be the best remembered and admired. The 'Lunch by the Sea' scene is fantastic but no one ever talks about it!
The Air Up There 1994,  PG)
The River Wild 1994,  PG-13)
The River Wild
Hated it. I wanted everyone to drown.
Murder in the First 1994,  R)
Apollo 13 1995,  PG)
Apollo 13
Typically over sentimentality from Howard but it was an OK film! I might not have enjoyed it so much though if it wasn't for my interest in space travel and its history!
Balto 1995,  G)
Sleepers 1996,  R)
Good film about a tricky subject. Dealt with very well with good acting. Watch De Niro as he is told about what really happened to the kids in the detention centre, puts a lump in my throat every time!
Picture Perfect 1997,  PG-13)
Picture Perfect
I saw this in the cinema. I would hasten to add, I was forced!
Destination Anywhere 1997,  Unrated)
Digging To China 1998,  PG)
Telling Lies In America 1997,  PG-13)
Wild Things 1998,  R)
Wild Things
Was overhyped at the time but it had a good cast and kept me entertained. I liked the naughty bits ;o)
Stir of Echoes 1999,  R)
Stir of Echoes
I've been wanting to see this film for ages and it didn't disappoint. I don't think the second half of the film was as strong as the first but I did find it to be very creepy and full of suspense. The cinematography was ace too, the scene in the cinema were he floats about in his armchair, brilliant!
My Dog Skip 2000,  PG)
Hollow Man 2000,  R)
Hollow Man
A real wasted opportunity. The story was sound enough but instead of exploring the possibilities of megalomania a person could experience after invisibility they just decided that an egotistical version of Jason would be just as good and no real reason needs to be given as to why a change in character would occur at such a quick rate. Also, everyone runs in a funny way, watch it again and tell me there isn't something odd about the way they all run. Their running was better than their acting though, it would have been cheaper and probably more worth while getting in some cardboard cut-outs. A stupid film that is only worth watching if you like Bacon bits (although there are are many other films out there if you like that kind of thing). One star for, although outdated, still pretty cool effects.
Novocaine 2001,  R)
Trapped 2002,  R)
Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni Update 2003,  Unrated)
Mystic River 2003,  R)
Mystic River
The conclusion is uneasy and doesn?t sit well. This is an overrated film with a puzzling message.
In the Cut 2003,  R)
The Woodsman 2004,  R)
Cavedweller 2004,  R)
Loverboy 2006,  R)
Beauty Shop 2005,  PG-13)
Where the Truth Lies 2005,  NC-17)
The Air I Breathe 2008,  R)
Death Sentence 2007,  R)
Rails & Ties 2007,  PG-13)
Frost/Nixon 2008,  R)
I'm generally not a big fan of Ron Howard unless I'm watching a repeat of happy Days but I'm pleased to say he has made an outstanding film. The cast are brilliant but Langella and Sheen are in a class of their own. I thought that while for the most part the characters are handled well but I did find Frost was portrayed to be unfairly naive but that and the 5% fabrication for a bit of 'Hollywood magic' ultimately forgivable. The best thing about this film is the fact you know what?s going to happen but your still on the edge of your seat in anticipation. Great film, highly recommended!
Taking Chance 2009,  PG)
My One and Only 2009,  PG-13)
Super 2011,  R)
I've only just realised that it was that James Gunn of Troma fame that directed it and now it all makes a little bit more sense. I still didn't really like it though. Never before has a really wonderful scene been followed by such an horrific one. For me, Super misses the mark spectacularly - never quite being a comedy, never quite being a serious drama. I'm not sure it wanted to be taken too seriously but then again, it really wasn't very funny. There is a lot I love about it but equally there is a lot I hate about it. It's somewhere between Kick-ass and Defendor but not as good as either with Defendor coming out on top by a clear mile in my opinion. I'm right down the middle on this one.
Elephant White 2011,  R)
X-Men: First Class 2011,  PG-13)
X-Men: First Class
As an origin movie X-Men: First Class is pretty impressive. Apart from a couple of factual errors regarding dates, it's pretty solid. I liked the fact that they didn't get ahead of time with their technology, it was very fitting with the classic comics of the time. There was also an element of tongue in cheek about it that I think only an Englishmen could deliver, I think it worked rather well here when more than often it doesn't. The cast is ace, McAvoy and Fassbender are brilliant, the only bit of re-casting I would do would be to replace January Jones but only because I can't stand her and the character of Emma Frost deserved better. Twenty something Beast was a bit of a let down too, he looked like one of the monsters that would always be in the back ground in The Muppet Show. Also, and I'm a full on comic nerd so bare with me, if Magneto and Mystique know where the X-Men base is having trained there, how do they spend the best part of the first and second films looking for it? I'm sure all will become clear in the many sequels this films deserves. If you really have to re-boot a franchise, this is how you do it!
Crazy, Stupid, Love. 2011,  PG-13)
Crazy, Stupid, Love.
At long last, a Rom-Com that isn't horrible. This is down to the fact that it has a good cast, nothing is over done, it has genuine tender moments, it doesn't contain artificial sweeteners and nothing stupidly out of the ordinary happens. It could have done without the 'Graduation speech' scene but it's forgivable. All in all, it was one of the more pleasant surprises of 2011. I really liked I love you Phillip Morris too, so I'm looking forward to seeing more from directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.
Jayne Mansfield's Car 2013,  R)
R.I.P.D. 2013,  PG-13)
I'm not sure how but the comic Rest in Peace Department totally passed me by. It sounds great and indeed the idea behind the story is pretty cool. I haven't read the comics though, so I have no idea if they are any good or if the film is a worthy adaptation. Firstly, I didn't think it was as bad as I'd heard. It is a bit like a cross between Men in Black and Ghostbusters but that really didn't bother me. Unlike those two first though, they totally forgot to add back story or build up. It is a great premise, they should have taken their time with the idea and also focused on some of the characters. Robert Schwentke was a good choice thanks to his work on RED and the direction here is sound, it's just the badly designed Ghosts that let the film down. This is a film running before it can walk and thus tripping over in the process. This had franchise potential but I can't see it happening now. It's hard to imagine messing up such a great story really but I would argue that it is a few teaks short of being great. A huge wasted opportunity but really not all that bad. I loved the counter-characters played by James Hong and Marisa Miller, Jeff Bridges was great but not given enough to work with and the wonderful Mary-Louise Parker suffers similarly. Ryan Reynolds appeal is a mystery to me and Kevin Bacon is fast becoming 'that annoying guy who sells mobile phones' but I'm going to give it a generous 3 out of 5 because of the unjustified hate for this film.

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