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Not sure whether I have ever asked about this one before but has anyone seen this Steve Martin comedy from 1994 which is directed by Nora Ephron and I believe set around the Xmas holidays at a crisis hotline business?

Here's a few of of Martin's films I've yet to see -

Novocaine
Grand Canyon
The Spanish Prisoner
A Simple Twist Of Fate
Leap Of Faith
Pennies From Heaven
Movers & Shakers
Mixed Nuts
Pink Panther 1 & 2
The Big Year
It's Complicated

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Mixed Nuts--bad, misfire from Nora Ephron

Novocaine--weird, funny black comedy. I liked it.

Grand Canyon--serious Lawrence "The Big Chill" Kasdan film. Very good.

The Spanish Prison--brilliant David Mamet mindbender. Steve Martin in a completely straight part--Ed O'Neil in one too--is exceptionally good. I love this film.

A Simple Twist of Fate--one of Martin's serious forays, based on Silas Marner. It's okay for what it is, and it does tug the heartstrings.

Leap of Faith--Martin as a phony faith healer. He's good, as you'd expect, but the film is kind of a fizzle.

Pennies from Heaven--You'll either love it or hate it. There's no in-between. Based on an acclaimed BBC TV series by Dennis Potter, it's a truly depressing musical. It looks great, cast is great--brilliant Christopher Walken song-and-dance number--and I can admire the craftsmanship. But it's really depressing. Really. The way Martin degrades Jessica Harper as his wife will have you just cringe.

Movers & Shakers--not bad film about the industry with a lot of inside jokes. Decent.

Pink Panther films--a lot of folks slag on Martin and these films, but he was the perfect choice to redo Clouseau. And while they aren't close to the Peter Sellers films, they do generate some good laughs. Kevin Kline is good as Martin's boss.

I have not seen The Big Year and It's Complicated.

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It's Complicated was not bad. Worth one watch.
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Cheers Crash and Helen I'll gradually check a few of these out!
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I've just not long ordered a cheap Blu Ray copy of the fantasy film krull,never seen it before and I was planning to watch it with my 9 year old son when it arrives,i watched The Last Starfighter,Big Trouble in Little China, The Gate and The Monster Squad with him throughout the year and he loved them all!

What should I expect from Krull is it pretty good fun and something that will make for a good family viewing?

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Here´s another one who´s never seen it. Maybe it´s time to finally pick it up from the shelf.
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I saw Krull for the first time when i was still a kid. It's a likable fantasy adventure, for sure.
I don't have the blu-ray, but do own the older dvd version.

Warrior, make it a double-feature with The Neverending Story for maximum impact !

I wish i could experience these movies just as intense as i did when i was young.. Good memories ! [Smile]

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I've not seen The Never Ending Story either but I know my son's got it on DVD so I will check it out.


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Has anyone watched the sci-fi flick The Ice Pirates before and if so is that pretty good fun?

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The Ice Pirates is an okay time killer. It has a few funny bits, and Robert Urich, always a likeable lead, is good. The cast seemed like they were having a good time. It's a shame that Urich never had a movie career. He was a solid actor with good screen presence.

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It also stars Mary Crosby, the chick who shot J.R. Ewing.
As it happens, i just started watching Dallas season 4 where the shooter is revealed [Smile]

Anyway, Crash is right. I recall that it´s a decent time waster and another one i should rewatch.

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I'll check it out though I'll probably rent it first,sort of reminds me a bit of Space Hunter Adventures In The Forbidden Zone which I found to be quite imaginative and a blast to watch when I watched it for the first time the other year!

I reckon J.R had it coming to him he always was a nasty bit of work! [Big Grin]

Can you remember Dynasty Atomik and the spin off called the Colby's where there was a crazy Alien abduction scene involving the beautiful Emma Samms - https://youtu.be/ju8YH6ewoqQ

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I know Dynasty very well and also own few season sets but i´ve never seen The Colbys.
Now that was pretty OTT stuff there, thanks for sharing [Big Grin]

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Oh thanx aTomik. I hadn't made it to the episode of who shot JR yet. Completely ruined it for me
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Just yanking your chain aTomik
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No problems Terd, so you didn´t notice that it was on the cover of People mag yesterday [Wink]

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One could argue with the line "he career takes off like a speeding bullet"...

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"Takes off like a slow moving horse and cart?"

Krull has a good cast, and all the ingredients to be a great action movie, but the plot flaws just weaken the film too much. Think of it as a series of good set pieces but not a great movie. Lysette Anthony looked great but for some reason they chose to dub her voice with an American actress.

Ice Pirates is a low-budget blast. Everyone is having fun and clearly not taking the film too seriously. I agree with Crash; Robert Urich was always likeable and seemed permanently on the cusp of being a bigger star. He'll always be 'Spenser for Hire' to me.

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I, too, loved Robert Urich as Spenser. Having read almost all of the Robert B. Parker Spenser books, I have to say that he was perfectly cast, as was Avery Brooks as Hawk and the female leads. I thought that the show really captured the feel of the books, the later made-in-Canada TV movies perhaps not as much, but Urich as Spenser has always been a favorite with me.

One more thing about The Ice Pirates. It was directed by Stewart Raffill, who also did cool films like High Risk and The Philadelphia Experiment, along with junk like Tammy and the T-Rex and Mac and Me. He was a very underrated director with a good eye for action and shot composition. It's a pity that while he flirted with becoming a big-budget, studio-film guy, he just didn't quite make it.

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"I'm going to sue Spielberg! When I saw ET I could tell that he'd ripped off a story I wrote about a young boy who befriends a lost alien and they both build a special bond before the alien has to go home!"
"Wow. That does sound the same. What was it called?"
"Mac and Me."


He does seem to have had a patchy career. I really like Ice Pirates and the Philidelphia Experiment. Never seen High Risk but it sounds good to me.

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The Philadelphia Experiment is clearly Raffill's best film. I believe that for a while John Carpenter was going to direct it. He's listed as an Executive Producer in the credits. The Ice Pirates is indeed very entertaining. High Risk is ridiculous--four ordinary guys, all good actors like Ernest Borgnine, decide to rip off a Colombian drug lord--but it's a lot of B-movie fun. When I lived in Philadelphia in the early 80s, local newspaper critic Joe Baltake was a huge Raffill fan (probably the only one), going so far as to praising his earlier family films like The Sea Gypsies. I think Baltake still works for some syndication service. I used to love reading his stuff. He was the rare critic who wasn't a snob and really appreciated films on their merits, despite the budget or genre. For example, he also liked Albert Pyun's The Sword and the Sorcerer and raved about Abel Ferrara's Ms. 45 My kind of critic!
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High risk is a blast and certainly worth hunting down Logan and it's a pity that it has been so neglected over the years despite it having a very solid cast.

I have a budget Dvd of it but the picture quality is attrocious and more like a VHS rip and a bad one at that!


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The Philadelphia Experiment is also a really fun movie,never seen Mac and Me but from the trailer alone and the gif image above it looks hilariously bad!

Joe Baltake sounds like my kind of film critic Crash!

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One of the coolest gif images ever!

Too bad my Mac and Me tape was damaged but i believe there´s another one lying around somewhere. I need to investigate.

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That's just about the best thing I've heard all week: that you actually have an extra copy of Mac and Me. LOL
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quote:
Too bad my Mac and Me tape was damaged
File under 'phrases you never thought you'd hear'...

Found High Risk on Youtube... that poster makes it look like a comedy, but it's playing more like a thriller!

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Found High Risk on Youtube... that poster makes it look like a comedy, but it's playing more like a thriller!

Your right Logan from what I remember it's more of an action/thriller with the odd comedic moment,i looked at the picture quality on YouTube and like my DVD it leaves a lot to be desired and I think the only time I have watched this with a half decent picture clarity is when it aired on the box from time to time late at night on BBC 1 here back in the day.

Certainly needs a re-release on either Dvd or Blu-ray and I'd imagine someone sooner or later will pick it up!

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Leo Logan has just posted on 80s Blu Ray's coming soon thread that the 1985 action adventure King Solomon's Mines is coming to Blu Ray from Olive Films in February 2017 and I was wondering is it worth checking out?

I've seen the sequel Allan Quartermain And The Lost City Of Gold which I thought was pretty bad but I have read that the original is easily the better out of the two and unlike the sequel I can actually remember this doing the rounds at the theatres and was an altogether bigger budgeted affair plus it was also directed by the talented J Lee Thompson!

Anyone seen it?

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