Speed(1994)

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Speed(1994)

Director:

Jan De Bont

Writer:

Graham Yost

Starring:

Keanu Reeves

Dennis Hopper

Sandra Bullock

Jeff Daniels

Blurb:

A young police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.

Thoughts:

Speed is an obvious movie that I would own. I honestly remember where I was the first time I watched it. I was thirteen or fourteen and I watched a TV recording of it on my grandmother’s little 19 inch TV/VCR. The rest of the summer I went around telling people they were crazy, freakin crazy. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I found out that is not exactly what was said there.

At the time I loved the movie because Keanu Reeves was freaking hot. Now I love it because he’s freaking hot and it’s a legitimately good action movie. It’s the first 90s action movie I’ve watched, that I own, that has that 90s action movie feel. If that makes sense.

You’ve got the explosions and the need to not slow down. You’ve got a pretty boy that isn’t too muscular. You’ve got an attractive and capable woman, who does become a damsel in distress at some point. You’ve also got an unsaturated/filtered look at LA. Putting on my old lady hat for a second, but movies nowadays are all about that blue/brown/green filter and I’m over it.

Speed has a psych-out ending, where it comes to what you’d think is the logical conclusion, but nope there’s even more. You get automobiles and trains, maybe we’ll get an airplane in the sequel (you do not, it’s not worth owning, but I still occasionally watch it).

In conclusion, Speed is a great 90s action movie.

Groundhog Day (1993)

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Groundhog Day (1993)

Director:

Harold Ramis

Writers:

Danny Rubin

Harold Ramis

Starring:

Bill Murray

Andie MacDowell

Chris Elliot

Stephen Tobolowsky

Blurb:

A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.

Thoughts:

I didn’t realize until my recent re-watch that I have this entire movie memorized. It would be one of the easier movies to memorize since so much is repeated, but I hadn’t known I could do it before.

Groundhog Day is a fun movie and I can easily see myself doing just about everything he did, although, having this happen while single and with kids is clearly the way to do it. I don’t even want to think about what this could be like with kids.

The humor in the movie is dark, understandably so, and Bill Murray’s sarcastic humor adds to it. I could do without the “romance” in the plot. Rita is boring on so many levels and him trying to be a better person to deserve her rubs me the wrong way. I like to think that she’s the catalyst that gets him on the path but that he ultimately does it for himself and not her.

This is a film I can come back to over and over and I enjoy it each time I do. Groundhog Day is definitely a classic and most years I’m not content to watch it just once. Obviously, not getting rid of this one, and highly recommend it.

Jurassic Park (1993)

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Jurassic Park (1993)

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Michael Crichton

David Koepp

Starring:

Sam Neill

Laura Dern

Jeff Goldblum

Richard Attenborough

Blurb:

A pragmatic paleontologist visiting an almost complete theme park is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park’s cloned dinosaurs to run loose.

Thoughts:

Jurassic Park is a fun movie, but I think John Williams’s score pushes it to be a good movie. I like Steven Spielberg as much as the next person and he’s a really good director, but the music in Jurassic Park is iconic.

There are so many good quotes in this film. My family frequently quotes, “Hold on to your butts.” Because of course, we do.

Nothing really problematic jumped out to me during this re-watch, though, admittedly it’s been a few days since I watched. Well, I do think they put the young girl through hell just for the stereotypical reactions. Still, considering everything else I’ve watched that barely registered.

Jurassic Park is a classic and definitely worth keeping and re-watching.

The Suicide Squad (2021)

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The Suicide Squad (2021)

Director:

James Gunn

Writer:

James Gunn

Starring:

Viola Davis

Joel Kinnaman

Margot Robbie

Idris Elba

John Cena

Daniela Melchoir

David Dastmalchian

Sylvester Stallone

Blurb:

Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

Review:

At this point, I’m not sure if DC deserves to have their movies reviewed. Unless I’m angry at them.

This is the second Suicide Squad movie and it has nothing to do with the previous one, only it does? This one has a ‘the’ in the title, which is the only different thing. This one is a much better story, but personally, I think the music in the previous one was better. That was the only good thing about the first one, though.

The Suicide Squad was the best DC movie hands down, but the bar was really low. It’s also the best movie to come out in 2021, but again, the bar was low. It was not, however, James Gunn’s best. Still, if he’s at the helm for the first time in a long, long time I have some hope in DCs future offerings.

4/5

Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

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Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

Director:

Navot Papushado

Writers:

Navot Papsuhado

Ehud Lavski

Starring:

Karen Gillan

Joanna Bobin

Lena Headey

Paul Giamatti

Carla Gugino

Angela Bassett

Michelle Yeoh

Chloe Coleman

Blurb:

Three generations of women fight back against those who could take everything from them.

Review:

It’s been a couple of weeks since I watched Gunpowder Milkshake. I needed time to let it percolate. I know that I enjoyed the movie, but I’m not sure how much. In parts, it reminded me of John Wick, but Sam was a little off. I’m not sure why and I’m trying to pinpoint it. She’s very good at being an assassin. She’s damaged because her mother left her at a young age. She’s capable, but still learning. She’s been doing her job for quite some time and is feared by her coworkers because of how good she is, however she still flounders in places. She’s not perfect and John Wick is, for the most part. Maybe that’s it?

Michelle Yeoh is amazing and I love her in everything. I was so happy to see her in this. I loved each of the matriarchs, with the exception of Sam’s mom, Scarlet. The lore was interesting and similar to John Wick, but female-led, which I liked.

I think what I disliked the most was that Sam ends up “killing” a person, but not really, and I didn’t like that. She’s supposed to be a “good guy” and even though she didn’t technically kill the person, she still kind of did. If she was the caliber of professional she was supposed to be I feel like she could have avoided the issue, but I could be expecting too much.

I always enjoy a child sidekick, so I had no issues with Emily. I do know that some people don’t like that, so be forewarned. Chloe Coleman plays a similar character to the one she played in My Spy, though, somehow more innocent.

I’m going to need to watch Gunpowder Milkshake again before I can come to a final opinion. It’s at least 3.5 stars, but it could be more.