DreamMachineTeen Movie Critic - II is a Dream Machine Site
The Dream Machine --- The Imagination of the World Wide Web
Google
Teen Movie Critic

Home This Week's Reviews TV Reviews Radio Audio Clips Alphabetic Index Celebrity Interviews Hall of Flame Other Film Sites Feedback

Review of the day for the week of April 19, 1998.

Monday:
The Fisher King

The Fisher King
Buy this poster at
MovieGoods
The Fisher King is a weird movie.

Robin Williams costars as a deranged homeless man who thinks he's a knight of King Arthur's court and that it's his mission to find the Holy Grail. (We later learn that he witnessed his wife senseless death by a mad gunman.) The gunman shot six other people as well because of comments made by a radio host named Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges). He had been calling Jack and asking for advice, and apparently misconstrued some of Jack's remarks.

Three years later, Jack and Williams' character meet for the first time, and Jack decides to help him to ease his guilt over the incident. With his girlfriend's help, they set Jack up with a woman he's apparently been watching for a year and has fallen in love with. Williams thinks that helping Jack will help him get his own life back together (his career pretty much when down the drain after the shooting incident, naturally).

Williams' acting is incredible - this is a very serious role for him, much like Good Will Hunting, although he certainly wasn't such a mental case in that. Similarly, he is also very funny at times too.

My Rating = Three Stars

Rent


Tuesday:
Straight Talk

Straight Talk
Buy this poster at
MovieGoods
Straight Talk is a film about the capriciousness of radio talk show hosts.

Dolly Parton plays "Dr". Shirlee Kenyon, a recently fired dance instructor whose live-in boyfriend doesn't work and doesn't appreciate her. Consequently, she leaves him and moves to Chicago, where she has difficulty finding a job.

Finally, she manages to secure a job as a switchboard operator at a radio station. While taking a coffee break, she is accidentally mistaken for a psychologist scheduled to begin a new advice show and winds up on the air! The radio station receives so many favorable calls that they decide to keep her "on the air" although she definitely isn't a physician - and her show becomes quite the big hit! But she's lying to her audience - and her new boyfriend, a reporter out to get a story, is lying to her. Will he stab her in the back and tell everyone who she really is? Or will he decide he loves her too much?

Straight Talk was charming, as Shirlee is refreshingly direct and honest with her opinions - which lead to numerous hilarious scenes.

My Rating = Three Stars

Rent


Wednesday:
Turner and Hooch

Turner and Hooch
Buy this poster at
MovieGoods
If you like dog movies, Turner and Hooch is amusingly adequate. It's not terribly original or fascinating, but if you want to spend an hour and a half watching a dog annoy a person it's a good pick.

Tom Hanks is Scott Turner, a punctual police officer - actually I think his behavior borders on obsessive-compulsive - who likes neatness and order. He is training another officer David Sutton (Reginald VelJohnson) to take his place when he leaves for a new job. When they're called to a murder investigation, they both want to prove they can solve the case - it's a small town and Hanks hasn't had much experience in murder investigations.

It appears that the only witness to the murder is a big dog that belonged to the victim. Hanks had known the victim and hadn't been crazy about the dog, but is forced to keep it, at least temporarily. Apparently he thinks the dog will lead him to the criminal.

Naturally the dog starts to grate on his nerves, making a huge mess of his house, etc. This proves entertaining for most of the movie, just not hysterically funny.

My Rating = Two Stars

Rent


Thursday:
Three Wishes

Three Wishes
Buy this poster at
MovieGoods
Three Wishes is a totally unrealistic movie that gives the impression that picking up hitchhikers is "safe". In the 1950's a preteen boy named Tom (Joseph Mazzelo) lives with his mother, Jeanne Holman (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), and his much younger brother, Gunny (Seth Mumy). (It's briefly mentioned that his father is missing-in-action in the Korean War.) After striking a hitchhiker with her car one fateful day, Jeanne takes him home to live temporarily with her (and her children!) all because he sustained a leg injury.

So the unknown hitchhiker named Jack (Patrick Swayze) becomes part of their family -until his broken leg heals. (No woman would be that stupid, even in the 1950's. Picking up hitchhikers is a dangerous business made romantic in this movie.) And the worst insult to the moviegoer's intelligence is when Jeanne leaves Jack home alone to babysit Gunny.

As the movie progresses, Gunny is diagnosed with cancer. Jeanne gets a marriage proposal from a hometown friend, yet she seems to be falling for the strange hitchhiker who has become like a father to young Tom. What will happen to the boys' real father? Will he ever return home safely?

I've heard this movie called "a safe family movie" yet I wonder about the irresponsible mother named Jeanne.

My Rating = Two Stars

Rent


Friday:
Liar, Liar

Liar, Liar
Buy this poster at
MovieGoods
Of all the unrealistic movies I've seen, Liar, Liar has to be the pinnacle of unrealism. It's also the pinnacle of hilarious.

Here's the plot: Jim Carrey portays Fletcher Reed, a lawyer who is a good father, but just can't find enough time for his son, Max. When he misses Max's birthday party, Max wishes on his birthday cake that for just one day, his dad couldn't tell a lie. Careful what you wish for - Reed begins telling nothing but the truth. Not to mention that he really needs his lying abilities to appear in court, as he represents a client that no other lawyer would take on for moral reasons. She wants half her husband's money when they divorce, even though she signed a prenuptual agreement that stated she wouldn't get anything if she cheated on him - which she did.

How will Fletcher make it through a day in court? Will he find a way to worm out of it? Will he become a better father? Rent this extremely funny family comedy to find out.

My Rating = Four Stars

Rent


Back to Home Page
The Dream Machine --- Network Services
Gypsy's Photo Gallery

Cerzan

...the best independent ISP in the Twin Cities