Exorcist II: The Heretic


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The Golden Child


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Cutthroat Island

cutthroat island.revCutthroat Island  (1995)    MGM/Action-Adventure-Comedy    RT: 124 minutes    Rated PG-13 (some strong pirate action/violence and brief sensuality)    Director: Renny Harlin    Screenplay: Robert King and Marc Norman    Music: John Debney    Cinematography: Peter Levy    Release date: December 22, 1995 (US)    Cast: Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank Langella, Stan Shaw, Maury Chaykin, Patrick Malahide, Harris Yulin, Rex Linn, Paul Dillon, Chris Masterson, Jimmie F. Skaggs, Harris Yulin, Angus Wright, Ken Bones, George Murcell.    Box Office: $10 million (US)


 Contrary to what you’ve undoubtedly heard about the pirate adventure Cutthroat Island, it really isn’t all that bad. It’s actually pretty good if you like pirate movies. However, it will likely forever be known as the movie that sunk Carolco Pictures. Fact, it’s one of the biggest box office flops of all time, grossing only $10 million against a $98 million price tag. Reports of a troubled and chaotic production- rewrites, casting issues, going over budget and falling behind schedule- certainly didn’t help its chances at the box office that holiday season. It quickly sank, taking Carolco down with the ship. At least that’s what everybody seems to think.

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Big Bully

big-bully-movie-revBig Bully  (1996)    Warner Bros./Comedy-Drama    RT: 90 minutes    Rated PG (language, some crude humor, bullying, comic violence and mean-spirited pranks)    Director: Steve Miner    Screenplay: Mark Steven Johnson    Music: David Newman    Cinematography: Daryn Okada    Release date: January 26, 1996 (US)    Cast: Rick Moranis, Tom Arnold, Julianne Phillips, Carol Kane, Jeffrey Tambor, Faith Prince, Curtis Armstrong, Don Knotts, Blake Bashoff, Cody McMains, Tony Pierce, Harry Waters Jr., Stuart Pankin, Justin Jon Ross, Michael Zwiener, Norma MacMillan, Bill Dow, Susan Bain.    Box Office: $2 million (US)


 Most, if not all, of us had a bully growing up. You know, the bigger kid that made your life a living hell by calling you names, chasing you home from school, breaking your favorite toys and pounding you- all for no good reason. Now what would happen if you ran into your childhood bully as an adult? The most likely scenario would be an awkward exchange of pleasantries followed by a few minutes of attempted casual conversation. That is, provided both parties have become mature adults. That label does not apply to the main characters in Big Bully, an uneven blend of comedy and drama in which the bully and his victim pick up where they left off some 25 years earlier. I hated it the first time I saw it, but I knew it would be bad going in. All the signs of a dud were there.

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swordfish-movie-revSwordfish  (2001)    Warner Bros./Action    RT: 99 minutes    Rated R (language, violence, brief nudity, sexuality)    Director: Dominic Sena    Screenplay: Skip Woods    Music: Christopher Young and Paul Oakenfold    Cinematography: Paul Cameron    Release date: June 4, 2001 (US)    Cast: John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Sam Shepard, Vinnie Jones,  William Mapother, Drea de Matteo, Tate Donovan, Rudolf Martin, Zach Grenier, Camryn Grimes, Angelo Pagan, Kirk B.R. Woller, Carmen Argenziano.    Box Office: $69.7 million (US)/$147 million (World)


 Remember the scene in Speed (1994) where the bus jumps over a large gap in the freeway? That’s what I like to call a “yeah right scene” meaning that I’m sitting there saying “Yeah, right!” the moment after it happens because there’s no way something like this could ever happen in real life. Swordfish is full of such scenes, including one with a bus being air-lifted by a helicopter during a chase. Movies like these require a great deal of suspension of disbelief; sometimes it’s even worth the effort like in the case of Swordfish. It’s one of those big, dumb summer action movies that take great delight in playing a game of misdirection with the audience, a concept explained by Travolta’s character about midway through. The makers cause the viewers to focus on the wild action scenes in hopes that they won’t notice that the plot doesn’t make a lot of sense. It’s one of those deals where the story is so hopelessly convoluted that the makers hope the viewer will give up trying to make sense of it and just enjoy the ride.

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