MONDAY MOVIE MEME
Toys (1992) Starring Robin Williams. Michael Gambon, Joan Cusack, LL Cool J etc.. A military general inherits a toy making company and uses it to make war toys and to train children to wage war through videogames. The plot is thin at best, and the focus of the movie is all over the place. The director, Barry Levinson, was nominated for a Razzie Award for worst director!
I went to this movie with a friend when we were in the midst of studying for law school final exams. We thought going to see this movie would be a good way to relax and take a break from the studying especially since my friend had movie passes. The theater was so crowded we couldn't sit together. This became a problem for me 40 minutes into the movie when I wanted to leave, badly! I waited another 10 minutes and decided I'd rather wait in the lobby for my friend then sit through this movie. Well, she was already in the lobby waiting for me! And we were far from the only people walking out of the theater. By the time we left, it was half empty!
Independence Day (1996) This is my husband's most hated movie. It's a sci-fi movie about an unfriendly alien invasion of earth. A group of people converge in the Nevada desert and attempt a last-chance retaliation on July 4th. It stars Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman among others and was directed by Roland Emmerich. This was the highest grossing film of 1996 and then some.
My husband found it formulaic, cheesy and felt it took itself too seriously. He would have preferred it was done with a tongue-in-cheek attitude. He also felt it didn't live up to all the hype. I've never seen this movie so I can't say what I think of it. But I haven't felt a need to see it & I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything not seeing it!
Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) is another movie I intensely dislike. I learned a tough lesson with this movie. I loved Tom Wolfe's book so when I heard a movie was being made of the book, which is an interesting, entertaining story, filled with wonderfully satirical references hence lots of material for a great movie, I was very excited. Not to mention the cast is pretty top notch with Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith and Kim Cattrall directed by Brian DePalma.(unfortunately, although the actors are good, the casting for the characters was not!) It didn't seem that the movie could be anything but great and funny. Boy was I wrong! The making of the movie was apparently a nightmare with all kinds of problems and controversy and it shows in the final product. It was a critical and commercial flop! And I learned that a great book does not a good movie make!
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) This movie, starring Mike Myers as Austen Powers, is a parody of James Bond films and 60's pop-culture movies. It generally relies on "bathroom humor" for laughs. One of the early scenes in the movie is one in which Austen Powers wakes up after years in suspended animation and relieves himself for a ridiculously long time. Ha....Ha. It doesn't get much better. My husband and I both hated this movie and never bothered to see installments 2 and 3.