Demolition Man

Demolition Man

Demolition Man” was on TV yesterday.  It’s an old movie and I’ve seen it a few times before, but it’s good to watch some films from the past once in a while to see how well they age.  This one is actually still looking pretty good.  There is an engaging story, plenty of shooting, and lots of comedy.  Plus, the fact that it’s all about the future (as seen in 1993), and the future that we can see quite clear from today, makes it even funnier.

Overall, pretty good entertainment – 4 stars.

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005)I miss movies. Lately I haven’t watched many. Either I was too busy, or there wasn’t anything worth the while. But I got desperate. So I grabbed the first one available. It was “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo“.

Directed by: Mike Bigelow
Genres: Comedy
Cast: Rob Schneider, Eddie Griffin, Jeroen Krabbé, Til Schweiger, Douglas Sills, Carlos Ponce, Charles Keating, Hanna Verboom, Kostas Sommer, Bastiaan Ragas, Zoe Telford, Miranda Raison, Federico Dordei, Elisabetta Canalis, Johnny Vaughan
IMDB raintg: 4.1
My rating: 6.5 ******½

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The Animal

The Animal (2001)Since there was nothing else for me to rent, I had to revert to old films that I’ve missed. “The Animal” is one of them.

Directed by: Luke Greenfield
Genres: Comedy
Cast: Rob Schneider, Colleen Haskell, John C. McGinley, Edward Asner, Michael Caton, Louis Lombardi, Guy Torry, Bob Rubin, Pilar Schneider, Scott Wilson, Raymond Ma, Michael Papajohn, Ron Roggé, Holly Maples, Henriette Mantel
IMDB raintg: 4.8
My rating: 6.0 ******

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Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999)Since I dumped Ben Stiller from the list of actors I like, I was looking for the replacement to restore the balance. Rob Shneider seems like a good alternative. I’ve enjoyed him in a number of movies and think that he actually deserves more attention that he gets. “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” is one of his older movies that I decided to watch to “study” him a bit more.

Directed by: Mike Mitchell
Genres: Comedy
Cast: Rob Schneider, William Forsythe, Eddie Griffin, Arija Bareikis, Oded Fehr, Gail O’Grady, Richard Riehle, Jacqueline Obradors, Big Boy, Amy Poehler, Dina Platias, Torsten Voges, Deborah Lemen, Bree Turner, Andrew Shaifer
IMDB raintg: 5.6
My rating: 6.0 ******

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Around the World in 80 Days

I was waiting to see “Around the World in 80 Days” for some time now. I thought it had a potential to be one of very good movies. It turned out I was right. It is an excellent movie for both kids and adults. There is an interesting and well-known story behind it, which has everything – adventures, action, love, friendship, humor, and whatever else you want. But not only the story is great. The realization of that story in this film is great. It is almost perfect (except for a bit longish ending, but who counts?). And it is way better then I expected.

There are so many stars in this movie that you will not beleive it when you see them coming. Jackie Chan (“Rush Hour”,”Shanghai Noon”), playing Passepartout brings in lots of action. All his regular fighting tricks taken to yet another extreme. Arnold Schwarzenegger (“Terminator”,”The Running Man”) reminds everyone what a “great” actor he is. Rob Schneider (“The Animal”,”The Hot Chick”) is there too with some cheap humour. Luke Wilson (“Charlie’s Angels”, “Old School”) and Owen Wilson (“Behind Enemy Lines”, “Shanghai Noon”), who are actually brothers, appear in a small episode as Wright brothers. Even John Cleese of Monty Python’s fame shows up. These are just a few…

Computer graphics and decorations design deserve a special mention. They bring back the magic of Disney animations from back when those guys did something fascinating. Mutation waves between movie and animation are mostly used to glue days together and they look really nice, causing a “Wow!” from the somewhat younger audience in the cinema.

Overall, I would easily give this movie a 8.5 (closer to 9) out of 10. DVD with this film should be a nice addition to a home collection and nice family time passing.