Here’s Jack Blogathon 2017: A Few Good Men

Gill, from Realweegiemidget Reviews, is a huge fan of Jack Nicholson. To celebrate, she has invited bloggers to review as many Nicholson films as possible. A Few Good Men is my entry into her three-day celebration. Click on the banner below to head over to her site to see the rest of the blogathon entries for today.

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Navy defense attorney Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise), along with JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore) and Sam Weinberg (Kevin Pollack), are assigned to prove that Harold Dawson (Wolfgang Bodison) and Louden Downey (James Marshall), two marines accused of murder, are innocent and were merely acting under orders.

Review
I will begin by saying courtroom dramas aren’t really my type of movie. I don’t find them very exciting and think more often than not they are fairly predicable. A Few Good Men is a perfect example of this. Story-wise, I didn’t feel invested in the case that the three attorneys were working on. And honestly, I didn’t care for Tom Cruise’s character, Daniel Kaffee. He is the skilled-but-arrogant character that Cruise played often earlier in his career but it doesn’t feel like he grows very much by the end of the film. His biggest step is actually taking the case instead of trying to make a deal and that happens fairly early. Which brings me to my next point: this movie feels too long. Although, that might be because I just wanted to get through the movie quicker since I wasn’t very interested.

The only thing that really kept me invested in this film was the cast. The main three, Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and Kevin Pollak, had such great chemistry. Despite my lack of interest in Cruise’s character, I enjoyed his performance. He brought a lot of energy and emotion to the part. The same goes for Moore. Her performance was so emotionally driven that she made for a good counterpart to Cruise. The dialogue between Cruise, Moore, and Pollak felt very real and genuine. Kudos to Aaron Sorkin for writing such believable, and not too ridiculous banter, between the leads. Despite not being in the film for much time, Jack Nicholson is the standout of this movie. The final scene with Nicholson and Cruise battling it out in the courtroom was absolutely riveting and almost made up for the dullness of the rest of the film.

I thought A Few Good Men was OK 😐 My lack of interest in courtroom dramas aside, I found this to be somewhat enjoyable. Although I didn’t much care for Cruise’s character and felt it ran a little longer than necessary, the performances from all of the actors, especially from the main three and Jack Nicholson, kept my attention long enough to finish watching.

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Cast & Crew
Rob Reiner – Director
Aaron Sorkin – Writer
Marc Shaiman – Composer

Tom Cruise – Lt. Daniel Kaffee
Demi Moore – Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway
Kevin Pollak – Lt. (J.G.) Sam Weinberg
Kevin Bacon – Capt. Jack Ross
Jack Nicholson – Col. Nathan R. Jessup
Kiefer Sutherland – 2nd Lt. Jonathan Kendrick
JT Walsh – Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson
Wolfgang Bodison – Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson
James Marshall – Pfc. Louden Downey
JA Preston – Judge Julius Alexander Randolph

Ultimate 90s Blogathon Conclusion

Hey, readers!  It’s been a fun three weeks but we all knew this day would come. As they say, all good things must come to an end. Here are all the entries of the Ultimate 90s Blogathon in case you missed any of them:

Drew’s Movie Reviews – Encino Man

Tranquil Dreams – Robin Williams Triple Feature

OC Movie ReviewsPump Up the Volume

Charlene’s (Mostly) Classic Movie ReviewsThe Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

MovierobGoodfellas

Plain, Simple Tom ReviewsTotal Recall

DB Movies BlogBatman Returns

OC Movie Reviews – Life is Beautiful

Charlene’s (Mostly) Classic Movie Reviews – The Sweet Hereafter

Thoughts All SortsThe Last of the Mohicans

Rhyme and ReasonLiar Liar

Film and TV 101Reservoir Dogs

Life of this City GirlSleepless in Seattle

OC Movie Reviews – Leon

Starry Traveler’s RoadAnastasia

Often Off TopicLiar Liar

In the Depths of DVD HellMovie Year: The 90’s

Realweegiemidget ReviewsStar Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Drew’s Movie Reviews – Wild Wild West

Tranquil Dream – Top 3 Disney Animated Films

My fantastic co-host, Kim, and I have had a wonderful time revisiting a decade that is very special to us. There were a wide variety of films reviewed. Action, comedy, science-fiction, and animation. Although there were some surprising omissions as well. Besides Kim, no other Disney movies were reviewed. Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs was reviewed but his other big movie, Pulp Fiction, was not. Neither was any of Stephen Spielberg’s work, such as Jurassic Park or Schindler’s List, nor was IMDb’s number one movie, The Shawshank Redemption, reviewed.  I guess that just goes to show the eclectic tastes we all have!

Before I go on, Kim has a few words she would like to share.

2017 is passing us by incredibly fast! Our three weeks of visiting one of my favorite decades filled with a ton of nostalgia is has officially ended today. Just because the blogathon has ended, doesn’t mean that there are no lingering effects of having a heightened desire to watch more 90’s movies, especially with all of the fantastic entries we got and more than a handful that I haven’t seen. 90’s no doubt had a ton of outstanding choices and we had a wonderfully mixed bag of everything which was absolutely awesome and really shows off the variety that the 90’s brought. I’m known for rambling so I’ll get straight to the point and give a gigantic virtual hug to all the participants for joining in and making this blogathon such a success. I’ve met some new bloggers that I can’t wait to see more reviews from in the near future. Thank you so SO SO MUCH to all the readers, participants and of course, my fantastically amazing co-host! Stay awesome everyone! 🙂

Well said, Kim! To echo her words: thank you! Thank you to all of the participants for submitting entries to us. Thank you to everyone who read them and liked and commented. And finally, thank you to my blogathon better half, Kim! It was fun to take this adventure with all of you and I look forward to doing it again. 🙂

Until next time, cheers!

Announcing the Ultimate 90s Blogathon

 

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Hey, readers!

I am delighted to announce that the marvelous Kim over at Tranquil Dreams and I are once again teaming up to host a blogathon.  Last year, our theme was Ultimate 80s and we wanted to stay with the decade motif. So this year, we are hosting the Ultimate 90s Blogathon!  The premise is simple: What do you consider to be the ultimate 90s movie? Does it involve a cross dresser? A Lion prince or Chinese warrior? Dinosaurs on the loose?  Maybe it’s about a socially clueless matchmaker or the return of a robot from the future. The 90s has an eclectic bunch of films and everyone has their favorite. Whatever it may be, we want to hear it. Us 90s kids are notoriously nostalgic of our childhood so let’s put that attitude to good use!

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Or, uh, don’t. I don’t care.

If you are interested in participating, tell us in a comment down below or email Kim, kim.tranquildreams@gmail.com, or me, drewt510@gmail.com.  Then email us your submission once you are finished and we will post the entries on our sites during the blogathon. Boom! Easy, peasy. Submissions are due before Monday, February 13. However, if you need more time, please let us know so we can plan accordingly. Kim and I will then kick off the blogathon on Monday, February 20. If you leave a comment below, keep your choice a secret. We want to be just as surprised when you send them to us as our readers by which film is your Ultimate 90s movie. You can add the banner that is at the top of this page to your site to show your participation. Big thanks to my pal Roland for making the banner.

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MRW I get an Ultimate 90s entry in my inbox.

Spread the word! If there is someone you think would like to participate, please feel free to invite them to join. We can’t wait to read everyone’s submissions! 🙂

Cheers!

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Announcing the Christmas In July 2016 Blogathon

Hey, my dear readers!

How are you this fine Monday? As we trudge through the week, we move closer towards July. There are a lot of great things happening in July but what has become one of my favorite July traditions here at Drew’s Movie Reviews is the annual Christmas in July Blogathon. That’s right, bust out the Santa hats, elf ears, and eggnog because we are celebrating all things jolly.

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To participate in the blogathon, all you have to do is submit a Christmas-themed article. That’s it.  It can be a review of a Christmas movie, some sort of list, or anything else you can think of. This year’s entries need so be submitted on or before July 17th. If you think you will need more time, let me know so we can work it out.  Once I get an idea of how many participants there will be, I can get a more concrete schedule worked out. Write in the comments or email me at drewt510@gmail.com if would like to participate and what you are doing. Last year saw a wide variety of entries, so check out last year’s summary for some ideas.

To make our party more exciting, let’s invite our favorite celebrities! In your submission (either in the article or the email containing your article), include someone you would like to meet under the mistletoe at our Christmas in July party. For example, here’s my choice:

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra

Some of you might want to invite this gentleman

Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston

Again, submissions are due by Sunday, July 17th and can be sent to drewt510@gmail.com. I can’t wait to read everyone’s submissions!

Cheers.

 

Ultimate 80s Blogathon Conclusion

Hey there, dear readers!

Here we are at last, the end of our cinematic journey through the 1980s.  My lovely co-host, Kim, and I didn’t know what kind of participation to expect when we were organizing this blogathon.  The number of bloggers who joined in was astounding and blew away our expectations. In case you missed any of the entries, here they all are in one convenient location:

Serendipitous AnachronismsPretty in Pink

Movie Movie Blog BlogBeetlejuice

Wolffians Classics Movie DigestSplash

Michelle, Books and Movies AddictPretty in Pink

Steve Says…Stand By Me

Tranquil Dreams – The Breakfast Club (Kickoff)

Drew’s Movie Reviews – Top Gun (Kickoff)

Prime Six Blogs80s War Film Series

Movie Reviews 101Child’s Play

Confessions of a Geek MindTrading Places

That Moment InKrull

Ramblings of a CinephileMad Max 2: The Road Warrior

Slip/Through MoviesBill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Movie Reviews 101Critters

Starry Traveler’s RoadAn American Tail

Elena Square EyesCrocodile Dundee

MovieRobLabyrinth

The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner BloggerLethal Weapon

Back to the ViewerFerris Bueller’s Day Off

Flick Chicks National Lampoon’s Vacation and Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Carly Hearts MoviesThe Hunger

Pfeiffer Pfilms and Meg MoviesInnerspace and Tequila Sunrise

Life of This City GirlWhen Harry Met Sally

Cinema SchminemaReturn to Oz

Tranquil Dreams – 80s Dance Movies Triple Feature (Wrap-Up)

Drew’s Movie Reviews – Airplane! (Wrap-Up)

Film and TV 101Ten 1980s Faves (Encore)

Look at that list! So many awesome bloggers joined in.  And such a wide range of films chosen, too.  We were expecting some of the big action stars, like Schwarzenegger, Stallone or Bruce Willis, maybe some Back to the Future or Indiana Jones or Blade Runner. But all of you reached to far corners of the 80s for your selections and it couldn’t be more exciting.  However, one thing is for certain: John Hughes was a big part of the 80s. Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off all got some love, with Pretty in Pink being reviewed twice.  Now before I go on, here are a few words from Kim:

Wow! Four weeks went by like a blink of an eye.  Ultimate 80s blogathon was a mega success. Its definitely a great way to start my first blogathon.  There is no doubt that the best part of this blogathon was all the incredible participants that joined up and contributed their choices and pieces.  The turnout took our breath away.  The choices were truly surprising to us, especially when a lot of the popular choices didn’t seem to make the cut.  Everyone had very unique choices and now, I have a ton of 80s movie I know I need to catch up with.   This could get all sappy and emotional on my end (although I’m probably getting all sentimental and missing it) so I’m going to cut straight to the chase and say THANK YOU! A HUGE THANK YOU to all the participants, everyone who dropped by liked and/or shared their thoughts and of course, my fantastic co-host! 😉

Aww, Kim, you’re gonna make blush.  😛 To echo Kim: Thank you!  Thank you to all the participants, thank you to all the commenters and likers, and thank you anyone who read the entries.  One of my favorite things about being a blogger is interacting with other bloggers.  As I said before, the amount of bloggers who sent in reviews was almost overwhelming, so I had such a blast working with everyone. And I can’t say enough about my co-host.  She is laid back and so much fun to work with.  Thank you Kim for joining me on this odyssey. 🙂

One last time, thank you to all the participants and readers! You’ve made all the time spent putting this together well worth it.

Cheers!

Critters (1986) by Movie Reviews 101 – Ultimate 80s Blogathon

Happy hump day, everybody! For your Wednesday entry of the Ultimate 80s Blogathon, Darren from Movie Reviews 101 returns to the Ultimate 80s fold with a review of the creature feature, Critters.  This weekend, he will be reviewing the entire Critters franchise so this is just a preview of what’s to come on his site.  Darren reviews all genres of movies and hosts the Opinion Battles, which both Kim and I participate in.  He recently created a podcast called the Fantasy Film Casting Podcast.  Be sure to go check his sites out. But in the mean time, here is is review of Critters.


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Director: Stephen Herek
Writer: Domonic Muir, Stephen Herek (Screenplay) Domonic Muir (Story)
Starring: Dee Wallace, M Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush, Scott Grimes, Nadine Van Der Velde, Don Keith Opper, Billy Zane, Terrence Mann, Lin Shaye

Plot: A race of small, furry aliens make lunch out of the locals in a farming town.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun Creature Feature Comedy

Story: Critters starts when the Crits escape from their intergalactic prison, bounty hunters are set to follow them across the galaxy. The planet they are heading for is Earth as we meet a family Helen (Wallace), Jay (Bush), Brad (Grimes) and April (Velde) along with their worker Charlie (Opper) all in a small town.

When the Critters crash land near the small farm it is up to the family to fend them off because their apatite just never stops as they will eat anything and everything. The bounty hunters including Ug (Mann) arrive to help but can they stop them in time?

Critters is a classic 80s creature feature taking advantage of what Gremlins created a few years before. It has all the fun needed and creatures that come off harmless but are in fact deadly. We don’t have the biggest body count which helps because with a body count we end up setting up pointless characters just to create a kill. This isn’t going to be a true classic but a fun film with a very simple story.

Actor Review

Dee Wallace: Helen is the mother of the house who has to look after her kids when the Critters are attacking their family farm. She is very patient with her children being the soft one compared to the stricter father. Dee does a good job without doing too much in a spell where she shone in horror.

M Emmet Walsh: Harv is the sheriff of the small town who has to deal with the Critter invasion, he has to step up when his deputy fails to solve the problem. M Emmet makes for a fun character through the film.

Billy Green Bush: Jay is husband and father in the household who has to do the most part of the investigation of the creatures, he gets attacked the most but will do anything to protect his family. Billy is good in this role without doing too much.

Scott Grimes: Brad is the youngest member of the family who likes using fireworks and a slingshot, he uses his skills to fight off the Critters to protect his family. Scott does a good job in this role as the kid with extra fight in him.

Don Keith Opper: Charlie is the town drunk and believer in something coming from out of space using him to communicate, he works for the family but could be the answer to all the problems. Don is good in what turns into two roles through this film.

Support Cast: Critters has your typical supporting cast, dumb deputy, damsel in distress sister, flashy boyfriend etc they all work for the film.

Director Review: Stephen HerekStephen gives us a fun creature feature that isn’t the strongest but an easy watch.

Comedy: Critters has good comedy moments mostly from the Critters themselves.

Horror: Critters isn’t the scariest film because the comical look for the creatures doesn’t help.

Sci-Fi: Critters has creatures from out of space, bounty hunters from out of space coming to our world which ticks all the sci-fi angles.

Thriller: Critters does keep you wondering where the creatures will attack next.

Settings: Critters uses the farm as the setting giving the character’s isolation as they wait for help.

Special Effects: Critters has the right level of effects needed for the comic side of the film.

Suggestion: Critters is one for the all the creature features fans to enjoy. (Creature Feature Fans)

Best Part: Creatures are fun.
Worst Part: Slightly short.
Action Scene Of The Film: Final showdown.
Funniest Scene: Crit meets ET.
Kill Of The Film: Firework eating Crit.

Believability: No
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: Part one of 4
Post Credits Scene: No
Similar Too: Gremlins

Oscar Chances: No
Box Office: $13 Million
Budget: $2 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes
Tagline: The original tasty entree!

Overall: Fun creature feature that will make you laughing throughout.

Rating

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