DOM’S MOVIE FILES VOLUME 2: “Tape 122 and Tape 124”

2 Nov

(As promised, I am skipping the explanation for this. Refer to the last entry for an explanation)

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Matt Damon is a street smart punk who is smarter than everyone at Harvard, including the professors. He solves math problems and then  Robin Williams tells him it is not his fault.  (It’s not your fault. It’s not your fault. It’s not your fault.) Ben Affleck is super Ben Afflecky.  Also there is some conversation about apples with a guy who looks like Eric Stoltz but apparently isn’t.

I have to admit this movie never fails to make me tear up a little.

8/10

The Postman (1997)

Kevin Costner delivers mail and Tom Petty used to be famous.  Mad Max is nowhere to be found, but would have fit right in. This movie was panned relentlessly on release and failed to make any money, much like the ill fated Waterworld. However, it’s really not that bad of a movie. The end gets a little contrived and preachy, but I still find it an enjoyable watch.

6/10

Storyville (1992)

James Spader is some sort of hillbilly lawyer or something.  While trying to get out of some blackmail issues he discovers his entire family is pretty much a bunch of scumbags. (Especially good ole Uncle Jason Robards) This is as good a time to mention that throughout my childhood I thought James Spader and Judge Reinhold were the same person. I think I dozed off during parts of this, so maybe I’m not giving it a fair shake, but I thought it was pretty dull.

5/10

Dumb and Dumber (1994)

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels do a bunch of really dumb but hilarious stuff.  I have to admit, even after 26 years this move still made me crack up quite a few times. Silly, pointless and fun, exactly what a comedy should be. To this day I still haven’t seen the sequel. Someday I may remedy that.

7/10

Armageddon (1998)

This movie contains so much bad acting, horrible script writing, and crappy editing that you end up rooting for the giant meteor that is on its way to crash into the Earth.  Unfortunately John McClain and a couple relatively unknown actors are the only ones to bite the dust.  (You might wish you had if you actually sit through all 9 hours of this atrocity. Ok it’s not really 9 hours long but it seems like it)  So do yourself a favor and find the “Just The Scenes With Steve Buscemi” edition.   If it wasn’t for him I would give this movie ZERO stars.

3/10

Small Soldiers (1998)

A bunch of toys come to life and wage war on each other.  Watching it made me sad about Phil Hartman all over again. I remember seeing this in the theater and loving it. It still holds up. Tons of great cameos make this movie even more fun. Some of the later Toy Story movies borrowed a few beats from this I think.

7/10

Big Top Pee Wee (1988)

Pee Wee allows a bunch of circus people to stay on his farm.   This movie just is not anywhere near as good as Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.  That being said, anything with Paul Reubens in it has at least some mild entertainment value, and it’s a must for any Pee Wee Herman fans. Look for a hard to spot FIRST theatrical appearance by Benicio Del Toro and an even harder to spot cameo by none other than the great Chris Christofferson!!!

5/10

(In case you were wondering, Tape 123 is missing. Most likely it broke and I threw it away. Odds are I will never know what was on it, as my card catalogue isn’t cross referenced. I would have to go through every card looking for the ones for Tape 123.)

One Response to “DOM’S MOVIE FILES VOLUME 2: “Tape 122 and Tape 124””

  1. heb23 November 4, 2020 at 2:52 am #

    I agree Big Top Pee Wee did not compare to the original, which is one of my absolute favorite movies of all time. I saw Good Will Hunting at one of those newfangled theaters at the time and was disenheartened to see Ben Affleck’s and Matt Damon’s skin flaws in such detail. Still, I thought that movie was good, just haven’t seen it again since then. Dumb and Dumber is still a guilty pleasure, haven’t seen any of these other movies you mentioned, though I have become more of a Kevin Costner fangirl in recent years (love Yellowstone).

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