“Wild Wild West” Movie Details
Wild Wild West tagline: It’s a whole new west. July ‘99.
“Wild Wild West” Movie Review
“Wild Wild West” Plot Summary
The two best hired guns in the West must save President Grant from the clutches of a 19th century inventor-villain. add synopsis
Funny and entertaining!
I see that a lot of people just absolutely HATED this movie. I thought that this was a very funny, slick, and entertaining movie. Will Smith gave another one of his smooth performances and Kevin Kline was great as Artemus Gordon. I agree that Salma Hayek had little to do except look hot, but that was no problem with me. The best performance was by the character Arliss Loveless, I loved the evil delight that Ken Branaugh brought to this role. The special effects were top notch, and the verbal sparring that Jim West engages in with Arliss(in particular the racial and legless jokes), were very funny. So I guess that I’m in the minority when I say give this one 9 stars out of 10!
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“Appaloosa” Movie Details
Appaloosa tagline: Feelings get you killed.
|Directors: Ed Harris|
|IMDB Rating: 6.9/10 out of 20,220 votes|
“Appaloosa” Movie Review
“Appaloosa” Plot Summary
Two friends hired to police a small town that is suffering under the rule of a rancher find their job complicated by the arrival of a young widow.
Good, solid, old-fashioned western.
Appaloosa is a very old-fashioned western. It does not fit in line with the more recent flux of modern-day westerns such as Assassination of Jesse James, There Will Be Blood, and (to some extent) No Country For Old Men. The most recent comparison that I can think of is 2004’s Open Range, which in my mind, was the superior of the two. This is not to say that I did not enjoy the film. Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen have great on-screen chemistry and there are plenty of humorous moments between the two characters. The film also delivers on the expected quota of shoot-outs that any western fan would appreciate. When they happen they happen fast, a fact that is amusingly observed by the two leads during one devastating gun battle. The problem with this film is that everything seems overly familiar. Though I cannot always pinpoint where I have seen particular scenes before, I still feel that I have seen them, and you are never in any doubt as to where the film is heading. I went in to this film not knowing that it was an adaptation of a novel. After also hearing that it is a very ‘faithful’ adaptation I am led to believe that any narrative familiarity is most likely the fault of the source material and not that of Ed Harris, who of course co-wrote the the screenplay. As it stands, Harris’ direction is handled very nicely, and the film certainly looks beautiful enough. The only other gripe I have is the casting of Renee Zellweger. I have nothing against her personally. She’s a fine actress who has proved herself many times with the likes of Cold Mountain, Bridget Jones, and Chicago. But she does not fit in the role she is given here and I spent most of her screen time wishing someone else in the part. Despite these grumbles Appaloosa is a well made example of the genre that probably deserves more recognition than the average Friday night pop-corn trash that Hollywood has a tendency to put out.
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“Dances with Wolves” Movie Details
Dances with Wolves tagline: Inside everyone is a frontier waiting to be discovered.
“Dances with Wolves” Movie Review
“Dances with Wolves” Plot Summary
Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.
The best film of all time
Many people regard a lot of films as ‘top class’ but I always keep a little shelf in my mind for the films that I regard as the best films of all time – films that are simply timeless masterpieces. Welcome to the top of that shelf! There are certain criteria by which films are judged and greatness is only obtained when all the criteria are satisfied in full. Dances with Wolves is the greatest timeless masterpiece of cinema to date because it satisfies all these criteria: 1) Cinematography: the sweeping landscape photography of the Frontier combined with the subtle night-time photography earns top marks. Aside from Oscars for Cinematography and editing, it also won the ASC award for Outstanding achievement in Cinematography – as well as a host of other industry recognition awards. In short – the cinematography is breathtaking.2) Sound/Score: the score is one of the best ever written. Again, awards rained from the sky for magical and moving score that combined seamlessly with the film/story.3) Screenplay: The dialogue and plot is magnificent. The film does not fall into the common plot formulas found in other films that attempt to pass themselves off as epics. The story combines as both of celebration of life and a somber rumination of the history of mankind
There are comical moments, dramatic moments and tear-jerking moments – that all make their entry (and exit) into the story with flawless timing.4) The Acting: for all that has been said about Kevin Costner, this was the peak of his career and he played the role of John Dunbar to perfection. A relatively unknown band of actors gave magnificent, heart-felt and down-to-earth performances in support. It was actually refreshing to see an ‘EPIC’ where the producers didn’t feel the need to throw famous actors in with cameo roles to improve it marketability. As far as I was concerned, there were no weak links in the chain on the acting side of things. Kevin Costner certainly proved his worthiness as a director by getting the best out of the cast.5) The ONLY film in history to…. Have an extended (director’s cut) version that was better than the original. Due to concerns about the length of the film, Dances with Wolves was stripped back to three hours. Some complained that it was still too long, but I thought that the film was patient – it included good relevant detail but managed to keep the story moving at a good pace. The director’s cut added an hour to the cinematic release and was, without a doubt, better than the original. It somehow added more intrigue to the story and included many sobering insights into the destruction of the American Indian race
Over all, I regard it as the greatest most masterful epic of all time.
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“Unforgiven” Movie Details
|Crow Creek Kate|
“Unforgiven” Movie Review
“Unforgiven” Plot Summary
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.
Best Western ever made
‘-I’m not worth it, to die like this… I was building a house…-Deserve’s got nothing to do with it.-I’ll see you in hell, William Munny…-Yeah…’Little Bill (a fabulous Gene Hackman) -almost- cries for his life. William Munny (best Clint Eastwood ever) shows no mercy. Now, who’s the good and who’s the bad guy? The whole western filmography in one single film. The whole film in one single dialogue. A real MASTERPIECE… 10/10
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“Maverick” Movie Details
Maverick tagline: The greatest gambler in the West has finally met his match.
“Maverick” Movie Review
“Maverick” Plot Summary
Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief.
Good cinematography & Very friendly movie set
I had the privilege of being both an extra and a stand in. Which of course let me see and add to the inside goings on of this movie. I found in particular James garner was very congenial and friendly to the extras. Richard Donner was very purposeful and dedicated putting in overtime each day that i observed him. Along with James garner i found denver pyle and James coburn very friendly to me as i had pictures of me taken with all 3 individually. The photography is great due to the fact that we were on a real riverboat the stern wheeler ‘Lauren belle’ we were returned twice a day to the locks by tugboats and floated back to the fishery. This was all during the 2nd week of sept 1993 30 miles east of Portland,Oregon
My thanks to the other cast members and Extras.
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“Brokeback Mountain” Movie Details
Brokeback Mountain tagline: Love Is A Force Of Nature
“Brokeback Mountain” Movie Review
“Brokeback Mountain” Plot Summary
Based on the ‘E. Annie Proulx’ story about a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years.
An amazing piece of cinema..
I was fortunate enough to see the North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. That was two days ago, and this film just wont leave my mind. Not that I’m complaining because this is what good cinema is all about
Ennis and Jack, two cowboys who fall in love. As others have touched on, Brokeback Mountain is so much more than merely a ‘gay cowboy movie’. It perfectly captures what true, unbridled love is all about and this love transcends any issues of sexuality or gender. ‘Love is a force of nature’. Unfortunately for many people and indeed the protagonists of our story, society doesn’t always view it that way. Kudos to Ang Lee who has not shied away from the material at all. This adaptation stays true to the original short story and the two lead actors fit the roles perfectly. Ledger and Gyllenhaal give incredibly strong performances but the supporting cast shouldn’t be overlooked either, particularly a somewhat unrecognizable Michelle Williams. Solid work all around and with Mr Ang Lee’s vision they have created an amazing piece of cinema that should not be missed by anybody. Without giving anything away, you are going to be moved by this one.
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“Dead Man” Movie Details
Dead Man tagline: No one can survive becoming a legend.
|Johnny ‘The Kid’ Pickett|
“Dead Man” Movie Review
“Dead Man” Plot Summary
On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange Indian named “Nobody” who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world. add synopsis
A perfect full stop to a great genre
This is what I call ‘first class’. Music, picture, dialogues, atmosphere, the actors’ play I like it all. What I do no like is that at least one scene could be easily moved to ‘deleted scenes’ section, while all the deleted scenes should be put into the film. You don’t have to be a fortune-teller to understand what ‘one scene’ I mean
It is always enjoyable when the film is opened wide for interpretations. This is the case. When does Blake die? Where is he travelling? Is it reality? Who is that cannibal? Why is he being hit by an arrow? Who is that ‘Nobody’? Where is Blake heading? Being myself a bit of a guitar player I really enjoy the score. It adds a lot to the freaky pace of the film and creates the bizarre atmosphere
Great job, Mr Jim Jarmusch. But 9 out of 10 because of the existence of something extra and the absence of something vital and important. Thank you for attention.
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“The Legend of Zorro” Movie Details
The Legend of Zorro tagline: This Fall, adventure begins with a Z.
“The Legend of Zorro” Movie Review
“Zorro” Plot Summary
Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California’s pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Alejandro de la Vega (Banderas) — and his wife, Elena (Zeta-Jones) — to take action. add synopsis
Worth the 7-year wait
Someone needs to defend ‘the legend of Zorro’. I am reading all kinds of reviews which criticize this movie for very minor details, when, in fact, this movie is really just trying to have fun
First – ‘Legend of Zorro’ is nothing at all like the ‘Spy Kids’ junk, which critics claim to see remarkable similarities. Yes, we know Antonio Banderas was in both films, and in both films his kids come to save the day…but the similarities stop there. The young actor they found to play Joaquin isn’t there to be scenery, but is involved in the story like any other character, and even better – he’s not painful to watch act (and he’s got some great dialogue, too).
Second – I enjoyed the fact that the storyline did not become a predictable, routine sequel. If we waited seven years to just watch Zorro fight another bad guy while mom & son stayed home…I would be angry. But the story used Elena and Joaquin in very creative ways. The only way its predictable is that Zorro saves the day – but just as to how he gets there, I never saw it coming
Third – I will admit, this is nowhere near the same level-of-quality that we saw in ‘Mask of Zorro’. They set the bar far too high (and they let two other jerks BESIDES Ted Elliot & Terry Rossario write the movie). The comic relief was at times excessive, there were a few unnecessary Zorro backflips, leaps, and jumps in the fight scenes…but how can you absolutely dismiss a sequel for not being perfect? ‘The Legend of Zorro’ met my expectations for a sequel, though did not surpass them. I still consider ‘the Mask of Zorro’ to be THE BEST action/adventure film of the last 20 years. But to say ‘Legend’ was outright horrible is just not fair. This is meant to be fun escapism, set in a beautiful 1850’s California, starring actors who clearly are having a fun time, filled with sword fights, evil villains, great chases, and a clever story
Its only unforgivable sin was not finding one ‘in’ – any ‘in’ – that allowed Anthony Hopkins a cameo (like a flashback or a dream or something).
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