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50. Speed 2 : Cruise Control (1997)

 
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The director of Speed, who was really a cinematographer, decided to try his hand at writing and this was the result. Needless to say, it was his first and last screen writing credit.
I like Sandra Bullock and Willem Dafoe, but you can’t just throw them on a boat with a horrible plot and hope things work out. In this movie instead of hijacking a bus the bad guy has hijacked a cruise ship. The passengers on the boat weren’t the only one trapped; for 121 minutes we were trapped in this disaster too.
Roger was in a good mood when he saw this movie. He said in his review : “Movies like this embrace goofiness with an almost sensual pleasure. And so, on a warm summer evening, do I.” Is it possible that Roger fell asleep during this movie?
Roger gave it 3 stars but others didn’t like it as much. It has a 3.4 rating on IMDB and a 2% (that’s right – 2%) rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Out of the 50 reviews on RT there was only one that was positive – Roger’s.

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Posted by on February 25, 2010 in Roger's Worst

 

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44. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

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Roger gave this great movie 3 stars in his review, but I don’t think that was good enough. In his At The Movies review Roger said that “I’m recommending it but not necessarily at the high levels of praise that you’re (Gene) giving it”. In his written review Roger says “The Last of the Mohicans is not as authentic and uncompromised as it claims to be — more of a matinee fantasy than it wants to admit — but it is probably more entertaining as a result.” He compares it unfavorably with the “visual picture” presented by Black Robe, which he had given a thumbs down to the year before.
Roger, you can’t have it both ways. Black Robe is too realistic and this movie is not real enough. They were actually, both in their own way, great movies. They both accomplished what they set out to do and they both did it very well.
The Last of the Mohicans is one of my favorite movies of all time and I think it is a great, not just a good, movie. This version of the movie is made all the more interesting by Wes Studi’s great role as Magua, where he can viewed as a tragic heroic figure.
It has a 7.8 rating on IMDB and a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes
 
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Posted by on February 15, 2010 in Ebert's worst

 

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33. Blue Velvet (1986)


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I can understand someone not liking this movie. It is crazy and bizarre but it is still a movie that demands to be seen. Roger, in his 1 star review, said “And yet those very scenes of stark sexual despair are the tipoff to what’s wrong with the movie. They’re so strong that they deserve to be in a movie that is sincere, honest and true. But Blue Velvet surrounds them with a story that’s marred by sophomoric satire and cheap shots. The director is either denying the strength of his material or trying to defuse it by pretending it’s all part of a campy in-joke.”
I think he is saying that some of the scenes are so powerful that they deserve to be surrounded by a more serious overall plot, instead of what he feels is camp.
I understand where he is coming from but this is a movie that should be seen. It is not for all tastes but is a fascinating movie nonetheless.
On IMDB it has a 7.9 rating and on Rotten Tomatoes it has a 90% rating.

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Posted by on February 5, 2010 in Ebert's worst

 

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