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Film Reviews (in chronological order)






Bright Lights, Big City
Director: James Bridges
Screenwriter: Jay McInerney, based on his novel
Release Date: April 1, 1988
Cast:
Jamie Michael J. Fox
Tad Kiefer Sutherland
Amanda Phoebe Cates
Megan Swoosie Kurtz
Clara Frances Sternhagen
Vicky Tracy Pollan
Mr. Vogel John Houseman
Michael Charlie Schlatter
Alex Hardy Jason Robards
Mother Dianne Wiest
My Comments:
What can I say about this movie but to say, "The horror, the horror!" I haven't seen this movie since it opened, but the memories of it still linger. At the time, I was an enormous fan of Michael J. Fox who was the star of this atrocity, but even my adulation for him couldn't make me enjoy this abomination that they called a movie. MJF was horrible and so were his costars Phoebe Cates and Kiefer Sutherland. There were many famous actors who made brief cameos. They were the only saving grace in the film. I can't say I really remember DHP from the movie as it was only one line and it was over a decade ago. I would like to see his segment, but if it means having to sit through this movie again, I'll pass.
Other Critics: TV Guide Movie Database, Siskel gave it "Thumbs Down" and Ebert gave it "Thumbs Up."

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Crossing Delancey
Director: Joan Micklin Silver
Screenwriter: Susan Sandler, based on her original play
Release Date: August 24, 1988 in NY; September 16, 1988 in SF
Cast:
Isabelle Grossman Amy Irving
Bubbie Kantor Reisl Bozyk
Sam Posner Peter Riegert
Anton Maes Jeroen Krabbe
Hannah Mandelbaum Sylvia Miles
Marilyn Suzzy Roche
Lionel George Martin
Nick John Bedford Lloyd
Cecilia Monk Claudia Silver
Mark David Pierce
My Comments:
A tad on the slow side, but nonetheless, an interesting tale of how a thirtysomething, attractive, successful, intelligent and unmarried woman finds a mate she can be happy with. I wouldn't say that this is a "Must-See", but it is worth renting.
Other Critics: TV Guide Movie Database, Siskel gave it "Thumbs Up" and Ebert gave it "Thumbs Down."

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Rocket Gibraltar
Director: Daniel Petrie
Screenwriter: Amos Poe
Release Date: September 2, 1988 in NY; January 4, 1989 in SF
Cast:
Levi Rockwell Burt Lancaster
Aggie Rockwell Suzy Amis
Rose Black Patricia Clarkson
Ruby Hanson Frances Conroy
Amanda (Billi) Rockwell Sinead Cusack
Rolo Rockwell John Glover
Crow Black Bill Pullman
Dwayne Hanson Kevin Spacey
Cy Blue Black Macaulay Culkin
My Comments:
Other Critics: TV Guide Movie Database, Too many contrivances, too much that is familiar and too few engaging guests at this Long Island family reunion, but Burt Lancaster is predictably charming as the upper-middle-class liberal patriarch feted on his 77th birthday (Film Journal); Rather a thin domestic drama about three generations of an affluent east coast family (Variety)

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Vampire's Kiss
Director: Robert Bierman
Screenwriter: Joseph Minion
Release Date: June 2, 1989
Cast:
Peter Loew Nicolas Cage
Alva Restrepo Maria Conchita Alonso
Rachel Jennifer Beals
Dr. Dorothy Glaser Elizabeth Ashley
Jackie Kasi Lemmons
Emilio Bob Lujan
Sharon Jessica Lundy
Donald John Walker
My Comments:
Other Critics: TV Guide Movie Database, Glossy black comedy features bravura performance by Nicolas Cage as yuppie who turns into self-destructive vampire (Film Journal); Other than as a cult item at midnight, confused pic has limited commercial possibilities, due to muddled script and another eccentric performance from Nicolas Cage (Variety)

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The Fisher King
Director: Terry Gilliam
Screenwriter: Richard LaGravenese
Release Date: September 27, 1991
Cast:
Jack Jeff Bridges
Parry Robin Williams
Anne Mercedes Ruehl
Lydia Amanda Plummer
Homeless Singer Michael Jeter
Lou Rosen David Pierce
My Comments:
Other Critics: TV Guide Movie Database, Siskel and Ebert gave it "Two Thumbs Down."

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Little Man Tate
Director: Jodie Foster
Screenwriter: Scott Frank
Release Date: October 18, 1991
Cast:
Dede Tate Jodie Foster
Jane Grierson Dianne Wiest
Eddie Harry Conick, Jr.
Garth David Pierce
Gina Debi Mazar
Damon Wells P.J. Ochlan
Fred Tate Adam Hann-Byrd
My Comments:
It is the story of an eight year old genius named Fred Tate. The film was good on some levels and lacking in others. It had an excellent premise and I enjoyed everyones performance in the film but I thought some of the points should have been expanded especially near the ending. The movie just rushed the ending in a typical happy Hollywood fashion without any real sort of closure for the plot.
Other Critics: TV Guide Movie Database, Siskel and Ebert gave it "Two Thumbs Up."

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Sleepless in Seattle
Director: Nora Ephron
Screenwriter: Nora Ephron, David S. Ward, and Jeff Arch, from Arch's story
Release Date: June 25, 1993
Cast:
Sam Baldwin Tom Hanks
Annie Reed Meg Ryan
Walter Bill Pullman
Jonah Baldwin Ross Malinger
Becky Rosie O'Donnell
Jessica Gaby Hoffmann
Greg Victor Garber
Suzy Rita Wilson
Victoria Barbara Garrick
Maggie Baldwin Carey Lowell
Jay Rob Reiner
Dennis Reed David Hyde Pierce
My Comments:
A light romantic comedy about a boy who calls into a radio station to find a match for his father whose a widower and the woman who seeks him out. This movie is enjoyable for what it's worth with a great soundtrack. A great date movie. Personally, I was never much of a fan of "An Affair to Remember," but I did enjoy how this story took some of that movie's plot and wrote a sweet romantic story around it.
Other Critics: TV Guide Movie Database, Siskel gave it "Thumbs Down" and Ebert gave it "Thumbs Up."

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Addam's Family Values
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Release Date: November 20, 1993
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My Comments:
Other Critics: TV Guide Movie Database, Siskel gave it "Thumbs Down" and Ebert gave it "Thumbs Up."

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Wolf
Director: Mike Nichols
Screenwriter:
Release Date: June 18, 1994
Cast:
My Comments:
I thought that both Michelle Pfeiffer and Jack Nicholson were totally miscast in this movie and they had absolutely no chemistry together, which was rather strange considering their previous work together, "The Witches of Eastwick." The story was interesting but the Michelle Pfeiffer character seemed to have just been thrown in there for the sake of having a relationship and serves no real purpose. James Spader, as always, plays the weasel as only he could. The side characters are really what makes this movie. In the usual Mike Nichols style, he brings out the most of his side characters, making them just as, if not more, interesting than the main characters. Although it is a small role, DHP is wonderful in it and shows his usual perfect timing.
Other Critics: TV Guide Movie Database, deseretnews, Siskel and Ebert gave it "Two Thumps Up."

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Nixon
Director: Oliver Stone
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My Comments:
An all-star cast film about President Richard M. Nixon during the watergate scandal with flashbacks of his earlier life. I must say, I was rather pleasantly surprised by this movie. I usually despise Oliver Stone's films but this movie was actually good. As with much of Stone's work, I wouldn't take the depiction of real life people as fact (more like, artistic licence :)), but nontheless, it makes for an interesting story. And although DHP is only in the movie for about 15 minutes in total (mostly near the end), he plays an integral role in the movie and says those famous lines "there is a cancer on the presidency and it's growing."
Other Critics: TV Guide Movie Database, Siskel and Ebert gave the movie "Two Thumps Up."

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A Bug's Life
Director: John Lassiter/Andrew Stenton
Screenwriter:
Release Date: November 25, 1998
Cast: Flik Dave Foley
Hopper Kevin Spacey
Princess Atta Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Slim David Hyde Pierce
Gypsy Madeline Kahn
Rosie Bonnie Hunt
Francis Denis Leary
Molt Richard Kind
Manny Jonathan Harris
Mr. Soil Roddy McDowall
The Queen Phyllis Diller
P.T. Flea John Ratzenburger
Cornelius David Ossman
Dim Brad Garret
Tuck/Roll Michael McShane
Heimlich Joe Ranft
Princess Dot Hayden Panettiere
Dr. Flora Edie McClurg
Thorny Alex Rocco
My Comments:
An all-star cast of voices are assembled in this film about an ant colony's insurrection against the grasshoppers who steal their food. I loved this film! The computer animation is incredible but the film is much more than that. It emcompasses a universal theme of rising against oppression with humor and heart. Just the end credits alone are worth the price of admission.
Other Critics: TV Guide Movie Database, Siskel and Ebert gave it "Two Thumps Up."

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The Mating Habits of Earthbound Humans
Director: Jeff Abugov
Screenwriter: Jeff Abugov
Release Date: October 8, 1999 in selected citites
Cast: The Female Carmen Electra
The Male MacKenzie Austin
Alien Narrator David Hyde Pierce
Lucy Liu
My Comments:
Other Critics: TV Guide Movie Database,

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Isn't She Great
Director: Andrew Bergman
Screenwriter: Paul Rudnick based on Michael Korda's story
Release Date: January 28, 2000
Cast: Jacqueline Susann Bette Midler
Irving Mansfield Nathan Lane
Florence Maybelle Stockard Channing
Michael Hastings David Hyde Pierce
Henry Marcus John Cleese
Tira Gropman Sarah Jessica Parker
Maury Manning John Larroquette
Mr. Gladrey Richard McConomy
Young Jackie Hayden Panettiere
Debbie Klausman Amanda Peet
Bambi Madison Dina Spybey
Aristotle Onassis Frank Vincent
My Comments:
Other Critics:Collection of Reviews

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Osmosis Jones
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Release Date: November 2000
Cast: Osmosis Jones Chris Rock
Drixoral David Hyde Pierce
Osmosis's girlfriend Brandy
Mayor William Shatner
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