Archive for 1990s

Wish Upon A Star

Posted in Reviews with tags , , on January 6, 2012 by bluehawaii19

Release Date: January 1st, 1996

Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hr. 30 min.

Directed By: Blair Treu

Cast: Katherine Heigl, Danielle Harris, Donnie Jeffcoat, Scott Wilkinson, Lois Chiles

FILM INFORMATION

Hayley and her sister Alexia couldn’t be more opposite. Hayley is the straight-A student who wishes she were apart of the popular crowd and was dating her sister’s boyfriend. Alexia is one of the most popular girls at school, has an amazing boyfriend, but is barely passing high school.

One night, while Hayley is stargazing, she makes a wish on a shooting star to be her sister. When the girls wake up in the morning, Hayley’s wish has come true and the sister’s have switched bodies.

THOUGHTS

This is one of those movies I remember watching shortly after it came out on television and really enjoying it. The movie often aired on Family Channel here (Canada’s version of Disney Channel). The movie is very much like a modern day Freaky Friday. Hayley truly wants to be her sister and is in love with Kyle, while Alexia tries everything to switch them back.

After a while though, Alex kind of enjoys being in her sister’s body and finds it has its advantages, like getting better grades and not having to worry about being popular.

The movie has a slight twist that you can see coming from a mile away but the movie is still enjoyable to watch.

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Die Hard 2

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on December 14, 2011 by bluehawaii19

Release Date: July 2nd, 1990

Rating: R

Running Time: 2 hr. 4 min.

Directed By: Renny Harlin

Cast: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Atherton, William Sadler, Art Evans, Dennis Franz, John Amos

FILM INFORMATION

This time around, John McClane must defend the Dulles International Airport against a group of terrorists, lead by Col. Stuart. McClane has more at stake when Stuart’s team takes control of the airplanes, one of which has McClane’s wife, Holly, aboard.

THOUGHTS

Just like Die Hard , this movie does feature Christmas but of course, doesn’t focus on it. The action and comedy is here, like the first movie, but this one isn’t nearly as good. A few of the actors return, including Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson (for a very brief appearance), and William Atherton.

Out of the new characters introduced, I enjoyed Art Evans as Barnes the best. He is almost like Al from Die Hard. He believes in John from the beginning and teams up with him to help stop the terrorists.

Dennis Franz as Carmine Lorenzo, the leader of the airport police, is a jerk to McClane throughout the entire film but does redeem himself at the end.

William Atherton plays a larger role this time around. He just happens to be on the same plane as Holly (he has filed a restraining order against her) but learns of what is happening at the airport and just makes things worse.

John Amos is one of those actors you see in all sorts of movies and television. He plays Capt. Grant here and his character is kind of a jerk to McClane but also redeems himself.

William Sadler did a good job as the leader of the terrorists. He wasn’t nearly as enjoyable as Hans Gruber was from Die Hard but they are two completely different characters. There is a brief shot at the beginning of his characters nude backside which is completely random and has nothing to do with the story.

Die Hard 2 is a good watch but not nearly as enjoyable or has as much replayability factor as Die Hard. There is a twist near the end of the movie that I had forgotten about from watching it a couple of years ago and the movie does provide a few laughs and some good action sequences. However, it just isn’t as good as Die Hard and even seems almost too goofy at times.

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I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on December 7, 2011 by bluehawaii19

Release Date: November 13th, 1998

Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hr. 25 min.

Directed By: Arlene Sanford

Cast: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel, Adam LaVorgna, Gary Cole, Eve Gordon, Lauren Maltby

FILM INFORMATION

Jake is a young college student who gets through life scamming and scheming others. After making up lies to miss going home for Christmas, Jake’s father offers him his classic red Porsche if Jake makes it home at 6 P.M. on Christmas. The only hitch is that Jake is left in the middle of the desert in a Santa suit after a prank is pulled and he has to figure out a way to make it home in time.

THOUGHTS

I was able to get the DVD for a cheap price and watched it as part of the movies I watch every year for the holidays. The movie is a decent Disney live-action film starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas in the day of his Home Improvement time. The best thing I can compare it to is Planes, Trains, and Automobiles but not nearly as good or funny.

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Home Alone

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on December 3, 2011 by bluehawaii19

Release Date: November 16th, 1990

Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hr. 45 min.

Directed By: Chris Columbus

Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Catherine O’Hara, John Heard, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Candy

FILM INFORMATION

I always find time to watch Home Alone every year for the holidays. I was five when this came out in theatres and it has been a tradition to watch it on television once a year. I recently bought the DVD (own the original VHS) so now I can watch it whenever I like.

This movie is such a classic. What kid doesn’t want to have the situation Kevin does? Being home alone to do whatever you want is just what most kids wish could happen. Of course, that can be a dangerous thing, but still…

Kevin is left behind when his family go on vacation to Paris. When he wakes up and realizes this, he believes it is because of a wish he made the night before after being fed up with always getting dumped on. Kevin is in complete heaven and discovers he can do anything he wants but soon starts to miss his family. At the same time, his mother is trying everything to make it home to Kevin and a couple of thieves (Marv and Harry) have cased the house out. It is up to Kevin to be the man of the house and defend it against “The Wet Bandits” while at the same time, trying to keep a good household.

THOUGHTS

This movie is a classic. I grew up with it and still love it to this day. The traps Kevin sets up are nothing short of awesome and you can almost believe he is able to rig up his house the way he does. I even enjoyed the subplot with Kevin’s neighbour. It wasn’t a huge part of the movie but Kevin freaks out everytime he sees Marley but learns not to judge a book by its cover. I enjoy John Candy in everything I have seen him in and even though his part is small in this, I still really enjoyed his character.

The movie does have a few sequels but only the second one matters and in my opinion, almost as good as this one.

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