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James Gunn's wholly original, action-packed, inventive and immensely entertaining blockbuster space adventure, which has magnificent visual effects and is generously embellished with laughter and downright fun. It concerns a quirky group of misfits who band together to save the galaxy from the evil alien Korath, well-played by Djimon Hounsou and Ronan, nicely played by Lee Pace who both want an powerful orb and will stop at nothing to get it. The group includes a self-proclained legendary "outlaw" who calls himself Star-Lord, played by Chris Pratt in an amazing charismatic breakout performance who was kidnapped from Earth when he was a 11 year old kid, but now possess the orb the villains seek, Gamora, played superbly by Zoe Saldana a green-skinned female alien who was adducted by the villainous Thanos and trained to be a living weapon along with her sister Nebula, Drax the Destroyer, played compellingly by professor wrestler David Bautista a powerful warrior who is out for vengeance after his family was murdered by Rona, a Kree alien madman in league with Thanos, and two wonderfully animated CGI thugs, beginning with the scene-stealing, gun-toting Rocket Raccoon, voiced terrifically by Bradley Cooper who is a bounty hunter and a mercenary with a bad attitude due to the fact he's a product of genetic experiments by some unknown madman, and then there is Rocket Raccoon's faithful muscle Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel who is a sentient, tree-like creature that can stretch to incredible limits, he only saids one sentence " I am Groot." An exceeding well-crafted motion picture with astute direction by James Gunn who gives his visually stunning film enough thrills, laughs and supercharged action sequences for two movies. Solid supporting performances by Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, and Sean Gunn. Another winner for Marvel Studios who has delivered the biggest crowd-pleasing film of the year. Highly Recommended.
A sharp, funny highly entertaining homage to the 1950s monster B-movies, smartly written with fine direction by Ron Underwood. Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward deliver superlative down-to-earth performances as two amiable handymen from Perfection, a small isolated desert town in Nevada who discover that their town is about to be attacked by giant subterranean carnivorous mutant worms with snake-tongues, that borrow through the earth and suck their prey under to their doom, after finding half-eaten victims from these huge predators. But instead of waiting for the authorities, they team-up with a survivalist couple, wonderfully played by Michael Gross and country singing star Reba McEntire, to do battle and defend the town against these monstrous invaders. Solid suspense throughout with outstanding special effects. A rollicking good time! Highly Recommended.
One of the most important cinematic achievements of the 20th century, a visually sumptuous and dramatically charged movie masterpiece. Francis Ford Coppola 's brilliant and controversial Vietnam war epic, about a intelligence assassin Captain Willard, played by Martin Sheen in a haunting tour-de-force performance who is given a hazardous mission upriver into Cambodia to track down and terminate with " extreme prejudice," a renegade officer who has gone insane Colonel Kurtz, played by Marlon Brando in a superbly effective performance who leads his legion of Montaghard tribesmen on random genocide missions, the trip up river becomes a mesmerizing odyssey full of surreal encounters, this classic film has some of the most remarkable scenes ever filmed, one of them being the famous Huey helicopter gunship attack on a Vietcong village, led by Robert Duvall in a monumental Oscar-nominated performance, as Lt.. Col. Kilgore who loves to play Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" as his fleet of helicopter gunships bombards the villagers, Kilgore's line that he "loves the smell of napalm in the morning" is one of the most oft-quoted lines in the annals of the cinema. Impeccable performances from the supporting cast that includes Frederic Forrest, Dennis Hopper, Samuel Bottoms, Albert Hall, Lawrence Fishburne, Harrison Ford and G.D. Spradlin, staggering Oscar winning cinematography by Vittorio Storaro, with a perfectly eerie and insidious score by Carmine Coppola & Francis Ford Coppola, and a magnificent production design by Dean Tavoularis. Francis Ford Coppola masterful direction captures the true hellishness and insanity of the Vietnam war, a truly unforgettable and stunning hallucinogenic movie experience, that earned 8 Academy Awards nominations including Best Picture and Best Director: Francis Ford Coppola "Apocalypse Now" is number 28, on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest films ever made. Highly Recommended.
Director Don Siegel's landmark, trend-setting classic police thriller which is one of the most defining films of the 1970s. Clint Eastwood delivers a bold, charismatic performance in the iconic role that made him an international superstar as the laconic, hard-boiled, uncompromising San Francisco police inspector from the homicide division "Dirty" Harry Callahan, who's cocky cynicism and inset sense of self-justice makes his character realistic and likable despite his flaws, from the very first scene we get the impression that Callahan is the kind of guy who will go against the rules and do things his way to get the bad guys, often at the exasperation of his superiors. "I shoot the bastard, that's my policy" he tells the mayor and it sticks throughout the film, his dialogue with criminals is delivered behind the barrel of a devastatingly lethal foot-long Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum pistol, the most powerful handgun in the world, he taunts one wounded bank robber with the film's most famous line, "Do you feel lucky?," Well, do ya, punk?" Callahan is out to stop a psychopathic sniper and sadist named Scorpio, one of the most heinous villains in cinematic history, he is brilliantly played by Andy Robinson in a unforgettably chilling performance who has murdered a young women and has threatens to continue shooting innocent people, killing one a day until the city pays him the ransom of a $100,000, Callahan will stop at nothing to put an end to Scorpio murderous spree. Superlative supporting performances by Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni, John Vernon and John Larch. Brilliantly filmed on location in San Francisco, with energetic and stylish direction by Don Siegel, gritty and haunting cinematography by Bruce Surtees and a wonderful jazzy score by Lalo Schifrin. This is the original rogue cop movie and a milestone in its genre, but it is the powerful macho mystique conveyed by Eastwood's superb performance that makes this film so memorable. Highly Recommended.