Plot: Vada (Anna Chlumsky) is a bit of a strange child. Her father Harry (Dan Aykroyd) runs a funeral parlor from their home, her grandmother (Ann Nelson) has dementia, and her mother tried when Vada was born. This has given Vada an obsession with death, constantly thinking that she will be dying soon. She spends her summer cycling around town with her best friend Thomas J (Macaulay Culkin), trying to impress her teacher Mr Bixler (Griffin Dunne) with whom she is in love, and also watching her father fall in love with the new make-up artist he hired, Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis). After this summer, life will never be the same again for her.
My Girl is a sweet – maybe at times too sweet – film that carries quite an emotional punch. But despite the difficult things, it’s a warm film that seems to insist that despite everything, life is good and full of beauty.
Plot: Mike (River Phoenix) and Scottie (Keanu Reeves) are hustlers, living in the streets of Portland. Scottie has been living this way for longer than Mike and shows Mike the ropes a little, introducing him to Bob Pigeon (William Richert) who is something between a pimp and a father figure for a lot of more or less homeless hustlers in the city. Scottie also takes care of Mike when he has one of his narcoleptic spells. Despite their closeness, there’s a chasm between Mike and Scottie as Mike doesn’t have many choices to live the way he does, while Scottie comes from a rich family and chose to hustle to embarrass them.
I saw My Own Private Idaho around 20 years ago and I understood very little of it back then. Seeing it now, opened up the film to me much more. That in itself is already a beautiful experience, but even without that part of the experience, the film is wonderful.
It is the beginning of the 20th century and the still rather new abolishment of slavery tempts the Peazant family to leave the islands they have been living on and to attempt their luck on the USAmerican mainland. The islands and their isolation gave them the possibility to preserve some of their African ancestral traditions – the Gullah culture. So not everybody is willing to actually leave, while others can hardly wait. In any case, it’s time to make decisions.
Daughters of the Dust is an in the best sense unusual film in many ways. It is absolutely stunning in so many ways. It’s a film you should definitely watch – and then re-watch.
Andy (Justin Whalin) has grown into a teenager, despite all attempts from Chucky (Brad Dourif). As Andy starts military school, it seems a new chapter in his life starts. But Chucky also starts a new chapter in his existence – and he wants to begin by getting rid of Andy once and for all. He befriends a young boy, Tyler (Jeremy Sylvers) who stays at the same school as Andy and starts plotting.
Child’s Play 3 quite literally lost the plot that was just way too riddled with holes and was therefore the weakest of the film series so far.
Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) just aced his FBI training and is ready to go into the field. He is assigned to long-served, cranky Pappas (Gary Busey) who is less than happy about having to take care of this newbie. But in Johnny, Pappas finds somebody not only willing to listen to his theory that a string of successful bank robberies is committed by a group of surfers, but to do something about it. Johnny starts to learn to surf with the help of Tyler (Lori Petti) and gets closer with the charismatic Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) who soon becomes their prime suspect.
Point Break has many strengths, though it isn’t a perfect film. But both Swayze and Reeves are perfectly cast (which, especially in Reeves’ case is important). Their chemistry together make the film as worthwhile as it is.
A hairdresser (Bruce La Bruce) stumbles on a skinhead (Klaus von Buecker) in a park. The skin obivously isn’t doing too well and the hairdresser has a thing for skinheads (their style and look, not their political stance), so it’s in both their interest when the hairdresser invites the skin home. But the question is whether there will become more of their relationship.
No Skin Off My Ass is a charming and frankly just extremely funny film. Pretty much all of it is very tongue in cheek, with a little provocation thrown into the mix. I enjoyed it a lot.
In a post apocalyptic world with very scarce food supplies, a butcher Clapet (Jean-Claude Dreyfus) has resorted to cannibalism. He usually posts an ad for a job and whoever takes it up, soon ends up on the plates of all the tenants in the house. Former clown Stan (Dominique Pinon) is the newest hire. But he’s lucky enough that Clapet’s daughter Julie (Marie-Laure Dougnac) takes a shine to him and tries the best to save him.
Delicatessen is an extremely weird film. It’s the kind of crackpot you usually only get in Japanese films and it’s a whole lot of fun.
Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte) is a successful lawyer with a nice family. But when Max Cady (Robert De Niro) – who Sam defended for raping a young girl, but not very well – is released from prison, Max starts to threaten Sam’s entire life and family. He stalks all of them, but particularly Sam’s daughter Danielle (Juliette Lewis), but always just within the law – until he forces Sam to resort to desperate measures.
Since I wasn’t that into the original, I didn’t expect much from this film. But this film has three things the original didn’t have: Scorsese, a modern feel and some idea of feminism. I liked it a lot.