Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound (1990)

ROGER CORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1990.  The Mount Company.  Screenplay by Roger Corman, F.X. Feeney, based on the novel by Brian Aldiss.  Cinematography by Armando Nannuzzi, Michael Scott.  Produced by Roger Corman, Kobi Jaeger, Thom Mount.  Music by Carl Davis.  Production Design by Enrico Tovaglieri.  Costume Design by Franca Zucchelli.  Film Editing by Mary Bauer, Jay Cassidy.   Roger Corman returns…

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Bodies, Rest & Motion

BB.5 (out of 5) Living in the barren landscape of Arizona, Bridget Fonda and boyfriend Tim Roth have decided to leave their life behind and make a new start in Montana.  Over the course of the next two days, they will come into contact with characters that will alter the outcome of their plans, with Roth wandering…

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What Maisie Knew

BB (out of 5) Henry James’s novel, about a couple’s divorce seen through the eyes of their precocious little girl, is updated to modern day with an opaque Onata Aprile playing the tot who is torn between bickering parents Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan.  The upper class origins of the novel’s couple have been turned into the…

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Monkeybone

BB (out of 5) Painfully unfunny comedy about a disenchanted cartoon artist (Brendan Fraser) who goes into a coma following a car accident and descends into an animated world of his own brain’s design. While down there, his precociously vulgar character Monkeybone steals his coma-exit visa and takes over Fraser’s human body, living his human…

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A Simple Plan

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Superb thriller that takes an examination of human greed to its most terrifying extreme.  Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton are brothers who, along with pal Brent Briscoe, discover a few million dollars stashed away in a stranded plane that crashed in the woods near their small town. They decide to hide the…

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Kiss Of The Dragon

BBBB (out of 5) Exciting action adventure that brings Hong Kong superstar Jet Li over to mainstream American audiences.  Set in Paris, this tale of warring thugs, thieves and crooked cops all surrounding the one superhero is a tired one, but beautiful cinematography and some real chemistry between Li and a lovely Bridget Fonda make it…

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Camilla

BBB (out of 5) It’s a bit like Thelma and Ole Louise: A retired violinist (Jessica Tandy) decides to head to Toronto to take care of some personal business that she has left unattended for too long, and decides to take her young tenant (Bridget Fonda) along with her. The adventures they encounter on the…

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The Road To Wellville

B (out of 5) Matthew Broderick stays at a nineteenth-century health resort led by Dr. Kellogg (Anthony Hopkins), whose methods are unorthodox at best (and who became famous later for his breakfast cereals). Broderick meets an assortment of characters, including socialite Bridget Fonda and wilting maiden Lara Flynn Boyle, both of whom spark his fancy. Dr. Kellogg…

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Single White Female

BB (out of 5) Deliver us from evil roommates–and this movie, while you’re at it. Bridget Fonda decides to take in a roommate to help ease the rent after she shucks her unfaithful boyfriend. After a series of possibilities she settles on shy, weird Jennifer Jason Leigh (at her creepiest). At first it seems that Leigh’s…

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The Godfather Part III

BBBB (out of 5) Sixteen years after we last heard about the Corleone family, they’re back with more mafia drama. Al Pacino continues his role as Michael Corleone, now an aging businessman who has left the mob behind in order to go legitimate.  When he is required to go to Italy to put the vast…

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Doc Hollywood

BBB.5 (out of 5) While on his way to Los Angeles to begin his new job as a plastic surgeon in a swanky clinic, a young doctor (Michael J. Fox) takes a wrong turn off the highway and ends smashing his car into a fence in a small, dusty town. Sentenced to community service in the…

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Little Buddha

BB (out of 5) With this film and The Sheltering Sky, Bernardo Bertolucci has practically made boredom a genre. Little Buddha tells two stories, one of a modern-day Seattle family whose young son has been pointed out by Tibetan holy men as the possible reincarnation of one of their wisest teachers, and the other an…

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