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Independence Day

Action, Sci Fi 2 Comments »

independenceday.jpgIndependence Day came out before I had acquired a love of summer blockbusters so it took me a while to see it. I was watching on Sunday and I was trying to remember if it followed the Michael Bay formula. I had missed the beginning so I searched for the script online. It didn’t have the formula, but then I realized it had been directed by Roland Emmerich and not Michael Bay. Anyway, I read the ending along with the script and I found this gem in the script after Will Smith (Steve) and Jeff Goldblum save the world and are reunited with their ladies:

		You scared the hell out of me.

		Yeah, but what an entrance!



Surprisingly, they didn’t actually go with this ending. Instead there were a lot of handshakes and hugs. Sometimes it is funny to see what the actual script said.
Rotten tomatoes rating: 66% (Imagine how low it would be with the original dialog)

The Presidio

Action, Thriller 2 Comments »

The PresidioI like watching The Presidio and seeing Mark Harmon shine. He hasn’t been in too many movies because he is mainly a tv guy, but I like seeing him in action. In movies like Freaky Friday and Chasing Liberty, he is just the good looking older guy. In The Presidio, Mark Harmon is the hero. He chases down a bad guy through Chinatown and kicks the ass of the guy who hits on his girl (Meg Ryan).

Mark Harmon co-stars in the movie with Sean Connery another good looking tough guy. In one scene, he beats up a man using only his thumb. Well at one point he trips the guy, but otherwise it is just the thumb. Sean Connery plays a lieutenant colonel in the military who is investigating a murder. He gets to appear in an array of military uniforms and always looks great. In fact, I turned to James during the movie and said, “Sean Connery looks so good in uniforms it makes me feel like there is a uniform out there perfect for me.” I’m thinking something with a jaunty hat and a wool skirt.

Rotten tomatoes rating: 46% (hey everyone’s a critic)

(Image from http://flickr.com/photos/julessilver/87723196/)

Return of the Jedi

Action, Sci Fi No Comments »

NabooI forgot, when I turned on Return of the Jedi the other day, about George Lucas’s little “improvements” to the original Star Wars trilogy. None of the changes are all that noticeable until the end of the movie when the second Death Star is destroyed. All of these random characters from the ships appear dancing with the ewoks like the fish looking asian guy and General Calrissian. Then super CGI scenes from all different planets flash past with the people rejoicing the end of the emperor. If you listen carefully, you can hear them signing Auld Lang Syne (not really). If I was in the rebel alliance, I would be more than a little bit resentful of those rejoicing folk.  Where were they when we the deflector shields were still up?  And how do they get their news so fast?  I don’t trust them.

The movie ends, of course, with the appearance of the jedi ghosts where Anakin’s ghost is now Hayden Christensen instead of that dude with the egg-shaped head (Sebastian Shaw).  Like when I am reliving my  childhood (I was 6 when it came out, Hayden was 2), I want to be reminded of those other three movies.  That George Lucas really burns me up sometimes.

(Image from http://www.dvdactive.com/editorial/articles/star-wars-the-changes-part-three.html)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 76% (what a bunch of grumps)