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June 04, 2007

Music and Lyrics (2007)

IMDB: Music and Lyrics (2007)

Plot Outline:
A washed up singer is given a couple days to compose a chart-topping hit for an aspiring teen sensation. Though he's never written a decent lyric in his life, he sparks with an offbeat younger woman with a flair for words.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 06/04/07]

Cute, but no cigar. Grant and Barrymore could have mailed this in.

Posted by mark at 08:17 AM | Comments (0)

June 01, 2007

Edmond (2005)

IMDB: Edmond (2005)

Plot Outline:
A fortune-tellers teasing rumination sends Edmond Burke lurching into New York City's hellish underworld.

Rating: 6/7

[Viewing Date: 05/31/07]

I rated this as a 6/7 because although intriguing and disturbing wrighting by Mamet, I don't know if it engenders repeat viewing.

Consider it Falling Down 'lite' painted with a coarser brush.

Posted by mark at 09:35 PM | Comments (1)

The Sniper (1952)

IMDB: The Sniper (1952)

Plot Summary:
Apparently rejected by women all his life, a loner with a high-power rifle starts on a trail of murder.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 05/31/07]

Arthur Franz's portrayal as the serial killer begging for the police to stop him is quite poignant, especially given this was written in 1952, where similar film noir and crime tales were literally and figuratively black and white presentations of characters.

Much emphasis was made on the need for early mental health care when those with psychopathic or sociopathic characteristics as a preventative to numbers of victims.

Posted by mark at 09:31 PM | Comments (0)

Goodbye Charlie (1964)

IMDB: Goodbye Charlie (1964)

Plot Summary:
Shot by a jealous husband, Charley falls out a porthole and is lost at sea only to find himself returned as an attractive blond woman.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 05/30/07]

I really enjoyed this film as a kid, and this re-watching of it didn't give me the same thrill -- somewhat perhaps because the I believe in this rare case that the remake "Switch" with Ellen Barkin and Jimmy Smits is a better telling of the story.

Put it this way - I probably won't have the desire to re-watch Goodbye Charlie anytime soon, but could watch "Switch" repeatedly.

Posted by mark at 09:28 PM | Comments (0)

To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

IMDB: To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

Plot Outline:
A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 05/27/07]

Posted by mark at 09:26 PM | Comments (0)

The Battle of Britain (1969)

IMDB: The Battle of Britain (1969)

Plot Outline:
In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle vs. the Nazi Germany Air Force for control of British air space to prevent a Nazi invasion of Britain.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 05/29/07]

Posted by mark at 09:21 PM | Comments (0)