January 12, 1991 • The Prince Of Tides|
I have no idea why I went to see this Best Picture nominee. It does not seem to be the kind of movie that I would want to see? I don't recall ever seeing another Barbra Streisand movie.
January 1992 • Freejack • Cinema 57, Boston|
A race-car driver (Emilio Estevez) is snatched by time travel, a split-second before he would have died in a fatal crash, by Mick Jagger's 21st-century team of techies, who plan to sell his healthy body to an ailing, wealthy Anthony Hopkins, for a mind transfer. Estevez escapes and attempts to revive his relationship with his fiancée Renee Russo, now 15 years older, who's one of Hopkins's executives. Just imagine Anthony Hopkins brain in Emilio Estevez's body, and you'd think this was a horror movie!
February 1992 • Shining Through|
Melanie Griffith in a World War II drama? Playing some kind of pseudo-secret U.S. agent in Nazi Germany? Who thought this was a good idea? Check out this dialogue, which sounds swell coming from Ingrid Bergman, but no so much from squeaky Melanie:
"This is all so civilized, Edward. That's what you like, isn't it? Civilized people, polite ladies with pedigrees who look good at the opera, and never make you laugh too hard, and never make you feel too much. I've had a lot of time to think about this, and don't tell me it's the war, when I've been waiting for six months to hear whether you're dead or alive and you waltz into a nightclub."
The Ballad Of Issur Danielovitch • Issur Danielovitch was born December 9, 1916, to Jacob and Channa Danielovitch, who emigrated from Russia to America in 1912. Danielovitch became an actor and changed his name to Kirk Douglas. His son Michael Kirk Douglas was born September 25, 1944.
Michael John Douglas was born September 5, 1951. When he became an actor, he had to change his stage name, as Michael Douglas was already in the Screen Actors Guild (there cannot be two actors with the same screen name in the Guild). I don't know if he considered it, but he couldn't shorten his name to Mike Douglas, because of the TV talk show host Mike Douglas. Of course, Mike Douglas the TV star was born Michael Dowd. On a whim, Michael John Douglas saw a picture of actress Diane Keaton and chose the name Michael Keaton.
Diane Keaton was born Diane Hall. Diane Hall changed her last name to her mother's maiden name Keaton as a result of a Diane Hall already being in the Screen Actors Guild. Diane Hall has one screen credit to her name- Jethro's Daughter in Cecil B. Demille's The Ten Commandments.
What does this teach us? Issur Danielovitch should have renamed himself Kirk Daniels!
March 5, 1992 • Memoirs Of An Invisible Man|
The best invisible man movie until Hollow Man comes along.
April 11, 1992 • Basic Instinct|
Delicious and provocative. Director Paul Verhoeven enjoys making bold, visceral, unexpected choices.
May 22, 1992 • Alien3|
Some interesting ideas, but killing off Newt and Hicks before the credits are done alienated (pun intended) everyone in the crowd. I have rented the director's cut DVD, which included many scenes which were refilmed by the studio to be included in the theatrical release.
June 6, 1992 • Patriot Games|
They took my favorite Tom Clancy novel and ruined it. Any film that ends with the bad guy being impaled to death on something is a recipe for disaster (Sean Bean is impaled on an anchor, I think). While Sean Bean is wonderful, his character is less interesting than in the novel. The actor playing the balding bookstore owner isn't balding- you can see where he shaved a bald patch (which always looks phony). Also, since they could not put the real Prince Charles & Lady Diana in the movie (as they are in the novel), they had to substitute some anonymous royals, which lessens the dramatic impact.
Batman Returns • July 19, 1992, and twice more in July 1992.|
Did we really need three bad guys? It would have been sooo much better with just Batman and Catwoman. Not that Christopher Walken isn't entertaining! But bring on more Michelle Pfeiffer! Me-ow!
August 1992 • Raising Cain|
Director Brian DePalma could crank out uninspired ripoffs of Hitchcock movies every week if necessary. This was the middle episode in John Lithgow's Evil Antagonist Trilogy (Ricochet, Raising Cain, and Cliffhanger).
August 1992 • Unforgiven • Old Charles theater on Cambridge St.|
I am not a big fan of Westerns. At the time, I hadn't really seen any Westerns, as the 1980s were a low valley for the genre. However, despite not having seen any of Clint's Westerns, I loved this movie. I think I went a second time, with a date, but maybe I just went this one time.
August 22, 1992 • Death Becomes Her|
Academy Award nominee Bruce Willis, with Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn, all acting very silly. Zemeckis's fetish-ization of special effects continues.
September 1992 • Singles|
Steve[in a phonebooth at a club]: Linda, uh, it's me. I had to call you. It's about midnight. I was just having many beers. And, uh, I just wanted to say what I should have said at the dock. I f---ing chickened out when I acted casual, like Mr. Casual. I should have said it. You... belong... with... ME! We belong together. And what really pisses me off is that, now that we're really talking, you thought I proposed to you only because you were pregnant. What's that about?! I mean... [aside] hey, this is not the bathroom! And you know maybe if I had said some of these things at the dock it would have made a difference because, but I think we made a big mistake because, we had good times and we had bad times, but we had times. And I would like to start over. I would like to be new to you. I want to be new to you. I want to be Mr. New. So call me back if you want to. But this is the last time I'll call. And, if you really needed to know how I feel, how I really feel, that's how I feel. I love you. And that's something you should know, so I won't bother you again. So, good night. And good bye. And call me back. Good bye.[answering machine eats tape]
September 1992 • Bob Roberts • Loews Janus Cinema, Harvard Square|
I went with a date, and I can only assume she picked this movie? At age 20 I was not very political, and I did not get any of the Beltway jokes.
October 1992 • Mr. Saturday Night|
I heard this movie was a pet project of Billy Crystal. It had potential to be really good, but too much of the movie was rooted in the "framing device": Buddy Young and his brother (Crystal and David Paymer) as old men. All that bad latex was a real distraction, when the scenes set in Young's good old days were quite effective. David Paymer was nominated for an Oscar for his role. Costarring Helen Hunt, right before she broke out into stardom on Mad About You.
October 1992 • Wind • Old Cambridge Street theater, Boston|
My girlfriend snuck me into a screening at the Cambridge St theater where she worked. I may not have seen the whole movie.
October 14, 1992 • Sneakers|
I like this movie against all reason. All the silly gadgets, lots of fun scenes with a eclectic group of actors.
October 16, 1992 • The Public Eye|
I didn't know anything about the photographer Weegee (on whom this film was based). I believe this was one of Barbara Hershey's early post-collagen-lip-injection roles.
October 23, 1992 • Husbands & Wives|
An incredibly dark Woody Allen film- I don't think I could see it a second time!
November 1992 • The Crying Game • Church St, Harvard Sq, on a date|
I saw this pretty soon after it came out, so the "secret twist" was not public knowledge yet. Remember this was before the Internet, so you had to buy People or Premiere to read about this stuff. I knew "she" was a he right away, though. He has man-hands, and too-thick wrists.
November 13, 1992 • Jennifer Eight|
I remember very little about this movie. Andy Garcia is wrongly accused of murder? Uma Thurman as a blind woman, and John Malkovich as some kind of federal agent?
December 3, 1992 • Aladdin|
Funny and action-packed.
December 12, 1992 • Muppet Christmas Carol|
I really enjoyed this movie. Their choice to adapt classic books (see also Muppet Treasure Island) really pays off.