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106 results for 'DLFerguson'

Sunshine: Movie Review

By DLFerguson, published on Aug 15, 2007

My wife Patricia got turned onto to Danny Boyle when she insisted on seeing “28 Days Later” when we were on vacation in Florida. She loved the movie, mainly because she’s a big fan of Doomsday Movies anyway. Give her a movie where the world is going to hell and she’s sitting in the theater with a big ol’ grin on her face. Sometimes I worry about her. But I digress. She would give me no peace until we saw “28 Weeks Later” which she also loved but I think she may have cooled on Danny Boyle with SUNSHINE. Not that it’s a bad movie. Not at all. It’s extremely well made,... (more)

Tags: manhattan, global warming, movie, batman

Mad Max: Movie Review

By DLFerguson, published on Aug 13, 2007

In the “Lethal Weapon” movies Mel Gibson played L.A. police detective Martin Riggs who undergoes such a severe psychological trauma when his wife is killed that the common held belief is that he’s gone straight flat out crazy. Insane. Mad, even. That’s the main trait shared with an earlier Mel Gibson character: Australian highway cop Max Rockatansky who undergoes such a severe psychological trauma when his wife and son are killed that the common held belief is that he’s gone straight flat out crazy. Insane. Mad, even. In fact, he’s even called MAD MAX. The movie is set in... (more)

Tags: australia, movie, police

Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow: Movie Review

By DLFerguson, published on Aug 7, 2007

In doing my research prior to writing this review I discovered that Kerry Conran originally wanted to do this movie with unknown actors and break it up into ‘chapters’ and present it as if it were a lost serial from the 1930’s that had recently been discovered. I would really have liked to see that version of SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW since I think he could have pulled it off. As anybody who’s read my work knows, I’m a full out geek when it comes to the blood and thunder pulps of the 1930’s and 1940’s and Saturday morning serials and 90% of my work is written in the tradition... (more)

Tags: new york, movie, batman, japan

300 Movie Review

By DLFerguson, published on Aug 6, 2007

They started with “Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow” and came closer with “Sin City”. But now with 300 I think that filmmakers have actually done it: they’ve presented us with as close to a comic book (or graphic novel if you please) on film as we’re likely to get for the next couple of years. And make no mistake, 300 is exactly that: a graphic novel on film. The heroes are impossibly muscled like superheroes while the women are wonderfully endowed. The villains are hideously deformed in strangely attractive ways while the violence is so artistically choreographed and stylized... (more)

Tags: movie, fashion

Paint Your Wagon: Movie Review

By DLFerguson, published on Jul 26, 2007

In the late 1960’s Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood were at the top of the heap based on the tough action movies and westerns they both had great success with. It seemed to be a no-brainer to put them in the same movie. So for their first (and only) film together what did they make? A gritty, bloody western full of gunsmoke and dead bodies all over the place? No. A suspenseful modern day urban crime thriller? No. A stirringly glorious war epic with them heroically slaughtering Nazis by the hundreds? No. They made a musical comedy set in the days of The California Gold Rush called PAINT YOUR... (more)

Tags: movie, california, music, fashion

The Pursuit Of Happyness: Movie Review

By DLFerguson, published on Jul 26, 2007

Most of us got to know Will Smith first as a light-hearted rapper and wildly talented comedic actor thanks to his hit records like "Parents Just Don't Understand" and "Summertime" as well as the TV show "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" He then moved smoothly and effortlessly into high action movies like the two "Bad Boys" as well as "Independence Day" the "Men In Black" movies and "I, Robot." Will Smith quickly proved himself to be one of the most likeable and charming actors of our time. Even when he's in a turkey like "Wild Wild West" or "Hitch" he never fails to deliver a solid performance full... (more)

Tags: homelessness, movie reviews, pursuit of happyness, will smith

Ghost Rider: Movie Review

By DLFerguson, published on Jul 6, 2007

When it comes to visuals, The Ghost Rider has just about every other superhero beat. He’s a leather wearing demon biker with a flaming skull riding a supernatural motorcycle on wheels of hellfire. There’s just absolutely no way you can not look at Ghost Rider and go ‘Whoa’. He’s just that cool. And the character has enjoyed a long and healthy life in comic books having first appeared back in the 1970’s. He’s been reinvented several times but the hellishly striking visual look of the character has remained fairly constant. I imagine that when the idea of a GHOST RIDER movie... (more)

Tags: movie

Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea: Movie Review

By DLFerguson, published on Jun 30, 2007

Not too long ago I was in a discussion with some friends who asked me why I thought the Peter Jackson remake of ‘King Kong’ was such a success and my reply was that my first sign that it would be a great movie was that Jackson had the good sense to film it in period. The concept of a giant ape living on a lost island along with dinosaurs and giant insects seems ridiculous when it’s set in modern times as with the disastrous 1976 version (which I was in, BTW…no lie) but back in the 1930’s when much of the world was still relatively unexplored, you can buy the idea. During the discussion... (more)

Tags: new york, global warming, movie

King Kong Movie Review

By DLFerguson, published on Jun 25, 2007

Friends of mine will often ask me how I feel about remakes of movies. They’re actually surprised when I say that I honestly don’t mind when movies are remade. Broadway does remakes all the time. Except they call them revivals and they’re usually greeted with open arms and much love. They expose a whole new generation of theatergoers to the experience of seeing classic musicals performed live on stage. So why not do new versions of classic movies? Either people will go see it or they won’t. And if the writers, producers, actors and crew treat the source material with respect and stay... (more)

Tags: new york, movie, shooting

Blues Brothers 2000: Movie Review

By DLFerguson, published on Jun 24, 2007

"The Blues Brothers" is one of those movies that I wish to God I had written. When I first saw it in a theatre during it's original theatrical run I laughed so hard I nearly gave myself a hernia. And the concluding car chase is a classic. In fact, most of what happens in that movie is a classic.

I only wish that BLUES BROTHERS 2000 had been a worthy sequel to that movie. There's a whole lot in this movie I like but there's a whole lot that's wrong with it as well and the major thing is that there's no John Belushi. And The Blues Brothers without John Belushi is like' well; it's... (more)

Tags: blues brothers 2000, john goodman, blues brothers review, movies with great music

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