FIRE IN PARADISE (The Hamptons International Film Festival Long Island New York, New York USA 2019)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.8|5.0 Starsìììì

Fire in Paradise—39-minute short film—documents the gross reality of forest fire. Eye-opening reality film details the devastating effects of fire on the loose. A WOW! film that is an easy watch for persons on heavy work schedules due to its short film time. Eye opening. Great work for Directors Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper.

Storyline

A fire breaks out near Paradise, California, escalates in under two hours, and becomes one of California’s worst fires in 100 years.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Directors Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper, and Ariane Wu for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Herself (Joy Beeson), Herself (Abbie Davis), Herself (Beth Bowersox), Herself (Jennifer Johnson), Herself (Madeline Johnson), Himself (Noah Johnson), Himself (Ray Johnson), Herself (Mary Ludwig), Himself (Rob Nichols), Himself (Sean Norman), and Herself (Dacia Williams).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. One of the best short films for 2019. Good job for compiling a film in such short time and releasing it for watch.

Ben Meyers

‘NEATH THE ARIZONA SKIES (Theatrical Release USA 1934)


Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.1|5.0 Starsììì

‘Neath the Arizona Skies—excellent academic study—shows the progression of writers, editors, cinematographers, and film-making technique if compared to a film of today’s 2019 standards. It also serves as a great study of acting skill development over years of work within the industry. Watch this 1934 John Wayne movie and then follow it up with John Wayne’s The Shootist. The innocence of culture and the way movies were preserving that innocence shows nicely in this film. Good work for Director Harry L. Fraser for this 1930s film.

Storyline

A young heiress is kidnapped.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Harry L. Fraser for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Paul Malvern for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Chris Morrell (John Wayne), Clara Moore (Sheila Terry), Nina (Shirley Jean Rickert), Vic Byrd (Jack Rockwell), Sam Black (Yakima Canutt), Matt Downing (George Hayes), Jim Moore (Jay Wilsey), Jameson Hodges (Philip Kieffer), and Henchman (Harry L. Fraser).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?


Maybe. Archaic filming techniques may not appeal to a more sophisticated audience, but the innocence in the storyline make it a clean, good watch for the younger set. Mostly, it now serves as an excellent academic study for film classes.

Ben Meyers

PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF (Theatrical Release USA 2010)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsììì

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief anticipates the entertainment needs of the younger teen audience. This movie nicely introduces the younger audience to such fanciful creatures as fauns, centaurs, gods, and demigods of ancient Greece. It seems that films that deal with ancient god legends have difficulty pulling their story off well. Because this story did not try to aim for the adult audience, it did a little better than others. Interesting special effects and costuming may interest the younger audience. Watch for the surprising performance of Pierce Brosnan (007 James Bond) as the centaur Chiron, the centaur known for wisdom, justice, and a desire to help and protect young men.

Storyline

Percy Jackson discovers that he is not ordinary.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Chris Columbus for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Thomas M. Hammel, Greg Mooradian, Mark Mooradian, and Guy Oseary for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), Grover (Brandon T. Jackson), Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario), Luke (Jake Abel), Zeus (Sean Bean), Mr. Brunner (Pierce Brosnan), Hades (Steve Coogan), Persephone (Rosario Dawson), Athena (Melina Kanakaredes), Sally Jackson (Catherine Keener), Poseidon (Kevin McKidd), Gabe Ugliano (Joe Pantoliano), Medusa (Uma Thurman), Ferryman (Julian Richings), Hysterical Woman (Bonita Friedericy), Aphrodite Girl (Annie Ilonzeh/Luisa d’Oliveira/Elisa King/Tania Saulnier/Marielle Jaffe/Christie Laing/Crystal Tisiga/Marie Avgeropoulos/Marielle Jaffe/Alexis Knapp) Lotus Land Bellhop (Charlie Gallant), and Lotus Land Waitress (Chelan Simmons/Natassia Malthe/Andrea Brooks/Jocelyn Panton).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. This first film in the series presents an interesting concept overall.

Ben Meyers

VERTICAL LIMIT (Theatrical Release USA 2000)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

Vertical Limit—interesting concept—is not the best mountaineering movie within the disaster mountain climbing and rescue films. It is, however, worth viewing and provides a thought provoking look at mountaineering. Watch for Chris O’Donnell and Robert Taylor. It will be interesting to see how Director Martin Campbell, known for The Mask of Zorro and GoldenEye, succeeds in his next film, Beyond Borders.

Storyline

A sister, stranded on one of the world’s tallest mountains, needs rescuing. Her brother comes to the rescue.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Martin Campbell for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Mike Medavoy, Marcia Nasatir, and Lloyd Phillips for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Peter Garrett (Chris O’Donnell), Annie Garrett (Robin Tunney), Royce Garrett (Stuart Wilson), Aziz (Augie Davis), Major Rasul (Temuera Morrison), Colonel Amir Salim (Roshan Seth), Sergeant Asim (Alejandro Valdes-Rochin), Tom McLaren (Nicholas Lea), Ali Hasan (Rod Brown), Montgomery Wick (Scott Glenn), Cyril Bench (Steve Le Marquand), Malcolm Bench (Ben Mendelsohn), Monique Aubertine (Izabella Scorupco), Elliot Vaughn (Bill Paxton), Himself (Viesturs), Skip Taylor (Robert Taylor), and Kareem Nazir (Alexander Siddig).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It is what it is.

Ben Meyers

POPEYE (Theatrical Release USA 1980)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.6|5.0 Starsììì

Popeye—high potential—lost its way from its beginning scenes. This is a classic example of not understanding the original intent of a story and being able to replicate the subtle nuances that made the story great. In this case, the essence of Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Bluto was not captured. The fault lies in the written script, the dialogue, and the over-the-top emotions that dominate the film. The portrayal came from a poorly established foundation and not enough film time given to some of the secondary characters (like Wimpy). Because of the more serious tone placed on the Popeye character, Director Robert Altman fails to catch the playfulness, heart, and lovability of Popeye. While casting did a terrific job of choosing people who look like the three main characters, the audience will be left with a terrific desire to see this film remade and the next time, remade rightly.

Storyline

Popeye and Olive Oyl find Swee’Pea and follow the pattern of their small town lives.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Robert Altman for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer C.O. Erickson for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Popeye (Robin Williams), Olive Oyl (Shelley Duvall), Poopdeck Pappy (Ray Walston), Wimpy (Paul Dooley), Bluto (Paul L. Smith), Geezil (Richard Libertini), The Taxman (Donald Moffat), Cole Oyl (MacIntyre Dixon), Nana Oyl (Roberta Maxwell), Castor Oyl (Donovan Scott), Rough House (Allan F. Nicholls), Swee’pea (Wesley Ivan Hurt), Ham Gravy (Bill Irwin), Bill Barnacle (Robert Fortier), Harry Hotcash (David McCharen), Cherry (Sharon Kinney), and Oxblood Oxheart (Peter Bray).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. If one is studying the film for a complete remake, then it is worth watching. If one wants to see a good Popeye movie, wait until it has been remade.

Ben Meyers

LAST ACTION HERO (Theatrical Release USA 1993)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì

Last Action Hero—likable, one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s better performances—has a fresh, creative twist to its story that is welcome. This movie makes a good older child/adult share. Great job by Director John McTiernan.

Storyline

A young boy, while watching an action movie, finds himself in the actual movie rather than watching it from a theater seat.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director John McTiernan for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Arnold Schwarzenegger for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Jack Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger), John Practice (F. Murray Abraham), Frank (Art Carney), Benedict (Charles Dance), Dekker (Frank McRae), Ripper (Tom Noonan), Nick (Robert Prosky), Vivaldi (Anthony Quinn), Mom (Mercedes Ruehl), Danny (Austin O’Brien), Death (Ian McKellen), Tough Asian Man (Professor Toru Tanaka), Teacher (Joan Plowright), Keith Barish (Keith Barish), James Belushi (Jim Belushi), and Chevy Chase (Chevy Chase).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The film has future potential for classic sci-fi status and is well worth time and money expenditure.

Ben Meyers

A KNIGHT’S TALE (Theatrical Release USA 2001)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì

A Knight’s Tale—rags to riches story—tells its story with the help of Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, and Alan Tudyk. Despite the over-used story theme, the film, surprisingly, becomes a good watch partially due to the introduction of jousting scenes for action, simple and straightforward class rivalry, and reliance on the acting skills of Heath Ledger. Over the years, the film has re-watch value. Good work for Director Brian Helgeland for nice transitioning between scenes.

Storyline

A young peasant, through the art of jousting, attempts to upgrade his life position to royal status.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Brian Helgeland for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Todd Black, Brian Helgeland, and Tim Van Rellim for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: William Thatcher (Heath Ledger), Count Adhemar (Rufus Sewell), Jocelyn (Shannyn Sossamon), Geoffrey Chaucer (Paul Bettany), Kate (Laura Fraser), Roland (Mark Addy), Wat (Alan Tudyk), Christiana (Berenice Bejo), Germaine (Scott Handy), Colville (James Purefoy), Young William Thatcher (Leagh Conwell), John Thatcher (Christopher Cazenove), Simon the Summoner (Steven O’Donnell), Peter the Pardoner (Jonathan Slinger), Sir Ector (Nick Brimble), Flanders King of Arms (Karel Dobry), and Rouen King of Arms (Philip Lenkowsky).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. If one has not watched a good medieval knight tale recently, this one fits the need by intermingling a little comedy with action and some romance. It’s a guy and chick flick share that works.

Ben Meyers

A DOG’S PURPOSE (Theatrical Release USA 2017)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.5|5.0 Starsìììì

A Dog’s Purpose—unforgettable—presents a WOW! concept in easily digestible format. Watch for the performance of K.J. Apa as the teen-aged Ethan. He has great onscreen charisma.

Storyline

A dog keeps coming back to earth in several different breeds and serves as a positive force in helping humans.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Lasse Holström for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Alan C. Blomquist, Lauren Pfieffer, and Mark Sourian for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Bailey/Ellie/Tino/Buddy (voice of Josh Gad), Adult Ethan (Dennis Quiad), Adult Hannah (Peggy Lipton), 8-year-old Ethan (Bryce Gheisar), Teen Ethan (K.J. Apa), Ethan’s Mom(Juliet Rylance), Ethan’s Dad (Luke Kirby), Grandma Fran (Gabrielle Rose), Grandpa Bill (Michael Bofshever), Teen Hannah (Britt Robertson), Todd (Logan Miller), Maya (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), Al (Pooch Hall), Carlos (John Ortiz), Wendi (Nicole LaPlaca), and Victor (Primo Allon).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. A good film for a child/adult share. Discuss the concept of reincarnation with the family before going so that younger children can follow the storyline. Good work for Director Lasse Holström
.
Ben Meyers

ROCK-A-DOODLE (Theatrical Release USA 1992)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.6|5.0 Starsììì

Rock-A-Doodle—middle-of-the-road children’s flick—uses animated and live action scenes to tell its story. It uses the very good voice of Glenn Campbell for the singing rooster. The film does not work for the adult audience, but it serves up a clean watch for children.

Storyline

A young boy, transformed into a kitten, attempts to save the farm from darkness by finding the missing farm rooster who always raised the sun.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Directors Don Bluth, Gary Goldman,, and Dan Kuenster for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., John Quested, and Morris F. Sullivan for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Narrator/Patou (voice of Phil Harris), Chanticleer/The King (voice of Glen Campbell), Snipes (voice of Eddie Deezen), Dory (Kathryn Holcomb), Edmond (Toby Scott Ganger), Frank (Stan Ivar), Scott (Christian Hoff), Mark (Jason Marin), Grand Duke (voice of Christopher Plummer), Peepers (voice of Sandy Duncan), Stuey (voice of Will Ryan), and Hunch (voice of Charles Nelson Reilly).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The music is great; but the story, acting, and portrayal of story seem below par.

Ben Meyers

HONDO (Theatrical Release USA 1953)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì

Hondo does that thing that westerns always have done…it appeals to the most basic of human instincts and works its mystique to involve audiences from around the world. John Wayne epitomizes the style and, if for no other reason, makes this movie a very good watch for the western movie fan. The name Hondo captures the imagination and the plain, simple, and overdone storyline just seems to vanish as the audience identifies with the characters while hoping there will be a happy ending, but not completely sure there will be one. You expect a Blockbuster and you don’t get it…it’s a B-grade movie, but somehow one doesn’t care and walks away satisfied that everything turned out just exactly as it should have. It’s a pleasure to revisit Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, and James Arness in this reasonably good western. Watch for a cameo appearance of Leonard Nimoy as a horseback-riding native. Good work for late Director John Farrow.

Storyline

A drifter finds love and romance on an isolated ranch.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director John Farrow for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Robert Fellows and John Wayne for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Hondo Lane (John Wayne), Angie Lowe (Geraldine Page), Buffalo Baker (Ward Bond), Vittorio (Michael Pate), Lennie (James Arness), Silva (Rodolfo Acosta), Ed Lowe (Leo Gordon), Lieutenant McKay (Tom Irish), Johnny Lowe (Lee Aaker), Major Sherry (Paul Fix), and Pete (Rayford Barnes).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Typical John Wayne western that is what it is and will completely satisfy the John Wayne western movie fan.

Ben Meyers

BLINKY BILL: THE MOVIE * (Theatrical Release USA 2015)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 2.8|5.0 Starsìì

Blinky Bill: The Movie despite the sweet introduction of the Koala Bear does not quite manage the good entertainment rating due to likeness to other stories, weak characterization, and shortness of storyline. It needs ‘fleshing out’ and addition of ‘something new added’ in order to be a really good watch.

Storyline

An inexperienced and unsophisticated Koala Bear travels to find his father.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Deane Taylor for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Jim Ballantine, Hans Bourton, Paul Cummins, A.K. Madhavan, Emily Price, Brian Rosen, and Gert Verhulst for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Richie/Tony (voice of Billy Birmingham), Beryl/Cheryl (voice of Toni Collette), Marcia Mouse (voice of Charlotte Rose Hamlyn), Wombo (voice of Barry Humphries), Blinky Bill (voice of Ryan Kwanten), Betty (Deborah Mailman), Nutsy (voice of Robin McLeavy), Mayor Cranklepot (voice of Barry Otto), Jorge (voice of Tin Pang), William (voice of Richard Roxburgh), Robert and Splodge (voice of Cam Ralph), Sir Claude (voice of Rufus Sewell), Jacko (voice of David Wenham), Additional Voices (voices of Tracy Lenon, Steve Cooper, Fin Edquist, Gabrielle Joosten, and Ben Wanders).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. A better watch is A Good Dinosaur.

*Also known as Blinky Bill

Ben Meyers

HOLIDAY IN THE WILD * (Television Release USA 2019)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì

Holiday in the Wild—light romance—gives another close up view of Actor Rob Lowe’s acting skills in this simple film that takes a look at life after marriage while telling a second tale that educates its audience about the life habits of elephants. The movie follows the format of a television movie release, but satisfies if an audience is looking for an easy-on-the-mind and easy-to-follow entertainment piece. Director Ernie Barbarash produces a good, light drama.

Storyline

A woman, abandoned by her husband, takes a vacation break in Africa.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Ernie Barbarash for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Neal H. Dobrofsky, Tippy Dobrofsky, David Fleming, Eric Jarboe, Rob Lowe, and Amanda Phillips Atkins, Jimmy Townsend, and Kristin Davis for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Derek (Rob Lowe), Kate (Kristin Davis), Jonathan (Fezile Mpela), Luke (John Owen Lowe), Drew (Colin Moss), Doorman (Keeno Lee Hector), Trish (Thandi Puren), Dr. Fowler (Waldemar Schultz), Tabitha (Renate Stuurman), Leslie (Hayley Owen), Mrs. Burns (Lynita Crofford), Lulu (Kgahliso Solomon), and Rafi (Tapiwa Musvosvi).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s not hard to watch.

* Also known as: Christmas in the Wild

Ben Meyers

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (Theatrical Release USA 1956)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.7|5.0 Starsìììì

The Ten Commandments—one of the best of the golden age films—serves up the WOW factor and overflows the entertainment cup. Choose this film for a watch and you get complete entertainment satiation. Casting uses Charlton Heston and Yul Brenner for main protagonist and antagonist roles to compliment the Bravo! performances by the rest of the cast members. Big props, big scenery without the harder CGI enhancements mark the film with that human factor that softens and enhances the story. This grand scale entertainment piece serves the whole family, not just select members of the family and thus serves to unite a family through entertainment rather than divide it…cuts the bread loaf in equal, equitable portions and satisfies.

Storyline

The Exodus from the beginning of Moses to include the magnificence of the parting of the Red Sea is told in epic fashion.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Cecil B. DeMille for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Cecil B. DeMille for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Moses (Charlton Heston), Rameses (Yul Brynner), Nefretiri (Anne Baxter), Dathan (Edward G. Robinson), Sephora (Yvonne De Carlo), Lilia (Debra Paget), Joshua (John Derek), Sethi (Cedric Hardwicke), Bithiah (Nina Foch), Yochabel (Martha Scott), Memnet (Judith Anderson), Baka (Vincent Price), Aaron (John Carradine), Miriam (Olive Deering) Jannes (Douglass Dumbrille), and Abiram (Frank DeKova).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This Grande Dame of a movie paces through the decades and manages to retain splendor and beauty. Excellent choice for the family home video library. A classic story, told well. Great work for all involved. Thank you.

Ben Meyers

THE LAST WHISTLE (Fort Worth, Lone Star Film Festival, Fort Worth, Texas USA 2019)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

The Last Whistle—good sports story—works like a reenactment of a documentary one might see on the History channel. Interesting filming and storytelling technique give this film its own spot in entertainment. The film dramatizes itself into a fair to middling sports film.

Storyline

A coach walks through the denigration of a community after his star player dies.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Rob Smat for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Eric Nelsen and Sainty Nelsen for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Victor Trenton (Brad Leland), Ted (Jim O’Heir), Theresa Robinson (Deanne Lauvin), Billy (Les Miles), Greg Reid (Eric Nelsen), Benny Robinson (Fred Tolliver, Jr.), Mark Smith (Tyler Perez), Sarah Trenton (Sainty Nelsen), and Ford (Chelly).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s an interesting story that provides insight into the life of an accused coach after an unwarranted team member’s death. A good sports film for the sports fan.

Ben Meyers

THE LITTLEST REINDEER * (Theatrical Release USA 2018)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

The Littlest Reindeer—charming—works as sweet holiday fare for children. It’s not a child/adult share but will satisfy the younger child audience. The voicing cast completely works and the simple story is easy to follow. Good work for Director Jennifer Westcott.

Storyline

A small horse applies for an open position as one of Santa’s reindeer.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Jennifer Westcott for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Michael Emerson, Dan Krech, Jackie Lynette, Jason Moring, Mike Sears, and Victoria Westcott for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Cookie (voice of Morena Baccarin), Donner (voice of John Cleese), Elliot (voice of Josh Hutcherson), Lemondrop/Ludzinka/Blitzen (voice of Martin Short), DJ/Ignacio/Kitchen Elf (voice of Christopher Jacot), Clyde/Peanutbutter (voice of Jeff Dunham), Jolene/Reindeer 5 (voice of Jean Yoon), Hazel (voice of Samantha Bee), Santa (voice of George Buza), Walter/Russian Coach (voice of Rob Tinkler), Henrik/Elf Reporter/Polish Coach/Reindeer 3/Crowd Member 2 (voice of Scott Farley), Dancer/Reporter Elf/Reindeer 8 (voice of Steph Lynn Robinson), Olga/Computer Translator/Swedish Coach/Reindeer 1/Moshennika/Blueberry (voice of Julie Lemieux), Dasher (voice of Carlos Bustamente), Sasha/Reindeer 4 (voice of Carly Heffernan), Vixen (voice of Quancetia Hamilton), Bouncer Elf/Reindeer 2/Coach (voice of Darren Frost), and Mrs. Claus (voice of Angela Fusco).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The story has been fashioned for the young child and serves as good fill-in time while a parent engages in other activities.

*Also known as Elliot the Littlest Reindeer

Ben Meyers

CHARLIE’S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE (Theatrical Release USA 2003)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì

Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle—better than its prequel—establishes itself with better fighting action and more camaraderie/comfortableness in the roles among the three angels. Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu reprise their roles as Charlie’s angels and are supported well by Bernie Mac and Shia LaBeouf. Great work for Director McG.

Storyline

A stolen witness protection database results in multiple murders.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director McG for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Patrick Crowley and Jenno Topping for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Natalie Cook (Cameron Diaz), Dylan Sanders (Drew Barrymore), Alex Munday (Lucy Liu), Jimmy Bosley (Bernie Mac), Thin Man (Crispin Glover), Seamus O’Grady (Justin Theroux), Ray Carter (Robert Patrick), Madison Lee (Demi Moore), Randy Emmers (Rodrigo Santoro), Max (Shia LaBeouf), Jason (Matt LeBlanc), Pete (Luke Wilson), Mr. Munday (John Cleese), Momma Bosley (Ja’net DuBois), Deranged Mongol (Cheung-Yan Yuen), Demented Mongol (Daxing Zhang), and Eager Mongol (John Chow).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. For Charlie’s angel fans, this film will satisfy.

Ben Meyers

THE TUXEDO (Theatrical Release USA 2002)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì

The Tuxedo—defines Jackie Chan—intertwines comedy with action while basing itself on a well-written and entertaining script. Fight scenes follow that distinctive Jackie Chan style…quick, unique, surprising, and well-timed. Great work for Director Kevin Donovan.

Storyline

A chauffer wears the tuxedo of a special agent and despite lack of training works as the agent.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Kevin Donaldson for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers William S. Beasley, Laurie MacDonald, and Walter F. Parkes for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Jimmy Tong (Jackie Chang), Del Blaine (Jennifer Love Hewitt), Clark Devlin (Jason Isaacs), Steena (Debi Mazar), Dietrich Banning (Ritchie Coster), Dr. Simms (Peter Stormare), Cheryl (Mia Cottet), Mitch (Romany Malco), Rogers (Daniel Kash), Kells (Jody Racicot), Vic (Boyd Banks), CSA Agent Wallace (Scott Wickware), CSA Agent Joel (Christian Potenza), and CSA Agent Randa (Karen Glave).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. For Jackie Chan fans, this film works. Acting and portrayal is classic Jackie Chan.

Ben Meyers

MICKEY’S TWICE UPON A CHRISTMAS (Video Release USA 2004)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì

Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas—good sequel to Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas—entertains with more of the classic Disney characters from the 1920s and 1930s. Great work for Directors Carole Holliday, Matthew O’Callaghan, and Theresa Cullen.

Storyline

Five vignettes show the spirit of Christmas via Disney characters.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Directors Carole Holliday, Matthew O’Callaghan, and Theresa Cullen for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Pam Marsden for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Mickey Mouse (voice of Wayne Allwine), Donald Duck (voice of Tony Anselmo), Elf Number 1/Elf Number 2/Grouchy Man/Donner (voice of Jeff Bennett), Blitzen (voice of Jim Cummings), Goofy/Pluto (voice of Bill Farmer), Daisy Duck (voice of Tress MacNeille), Max Goof (voice of Jason Marsden), Santa Claus (voice of Chuck McCann), Narrator (voice of Clive Revill), Minnie Mouse/Huey/Dewey/Louie (voice of Russi Taylor), Uncle Scrooge McDuck (voice of Alan Young), Additional Voices (voice of Gregg Berger, Rob Paulsen, Peter Sirragusa, Gene Weygandt, April Winchell, and Cork Hubbert), and Mona (voice of Santa’s Workshop Announcer (voice of Edie McClurg).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?


Yes. Terrific entertainment fare for children deserves a place in the family home video library.

Ben Meyers

CONSPIRACY THEORY: DID WE LAND ON THE MOON? (Television Release USA 2001)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì

Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?—a short 45-minute exploration—puts its proposal on the table for examination.

Storyline

The proposition is advanced that the United States Moon landing did not occur.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director John Moffet for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Bruce Nash for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Himself (Mitch Pileggi), Himself (Bill Kaysing), Himself (Brian Welch), Himself (Brian O’Leary), Himself (Howard McCurdy), Himself (Julian Scheer), Himself (Ralph René), Himself (Paul N. Lazarus III), Himself (Paul Fjeld), Himself (David S. Percy), Himself (Bart Sibrel), Himself (Jan Lundberg), Himself (Scott Grissom), Herself (Betty Grissom), Himself (Thomas Ronald Baron), Himself (Geoffrey Reeves), and Himself (Boris Valentinovich Volinov).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s a good watch to make oneself aware of this developing theory’s foundational assumptions.

Ben Meyers

GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN (Theatrical Release USA 2018)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.6|5.0 Starsììì

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween—run of the mill children’s horror flick—does not improve on the first Goosebumps movie and does not capture the ‘this is kind of cool’ that the first film caught. Some scenes, such as the growling pumpkin head, completely miss the definition of ‘scary’. The movie seems to randomly run into the desert after Slappy ends up in the river. A sequel does not seem to be warranted, but will undoubtedly happen if for no other reason than R. L. Stine horror flicks can be watched by children as they contain just the correct touch of scariness to cause that little shiver down the spine desired by the younger set.

Storyline

A ventriloquist’s dummy comes to life and terrorizes a family.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Ari Sandel for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Timothy M. Bourne and Tania Landau for directing effort. Thank you for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Kathy (Wendi McLendon-Covey), Sarah (Madison Iseman), Sonny (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Sam (Caleel Harris), Mr. Chu (Ken Jeong), Walter (Chris Parnell), Tyler (Bryce Cass), Tommy Madigan (Peyton Wich), Mrs. Carter (Shari Headley), Cooper (Christian Finlayson), Derek (Matthew J. Vasquez), Tyler’s Crew (Courtney Lauren Cummings), and Tyler’s Crew (Jessi Goei).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?


Maybe. The storyline is bearable. It’s good to see Jack Black in another film. 

Ben Meyers

GREEN DRAGON (Theatrical Release USA 2001)


Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.5|5.0 Starsìììì

Green Dragon—exceptionally realistic and thought provoking—pulls the universally appealing chord as it uniquely captures the plight of the refugee and the courage necessary to make a new life in a completely new country as well as the trust necessary to move forward. The acting makes this movie stand out. Terrific storyline as directed by Timothy Linh Bui deserves kudos for a great job well done.

Storyline

After the Vietnam War draws to a close, Vietnamese refugees’ leave Vietnam and seek asylum in the United States where they are temporarily quartered at Camp Pendleton until they can be processed for integration into United States’ neighborhoods.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Timothy Linh Bui for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Alison Semenza for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Gunnery Sergeant Jim Lance (Patrick Swayze), Addie (Forest Whitaker), Tai Tran (Duong Don), Thuy Hoa (Hiep Thi Le), Duc (Billinjer C. Tran), Second Wife (Kathleen Luong), Loi (Phuoc Quan Nguyen), Quang Hai (Long Nguyen), Hien (Catherine Ai), Old Man (Phu Cuong), Kieu (Kieu Chinh), Minh (Trung Nguyen), Anh (Jennifer Tran), Thuy Hoa’s Sister (Linda Tran), Tuan (Tuan Tran), Uncle Tien (Le Van Tuoi), Binh (Joe Ho), and Red Cross Volunteer (Elyse Dinh).

  
Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It is an unusually worthy movie to watch. Don’t miss it. It provides some good, after viewing discussion.

Ben Meyers