Reviews by robbo
Awful, But Required
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This is really horrible. It was made for British television and it was a complete failure. Oh, the music is good, but the accompanying visuals are terrible, as they are throughout the show. But, if you're a Beatle fan, you have to see it at least once. One good thing about it is it has the Bonzo Dog Band with Vivian Stanshall, the male lead singer doing their song Death Cab for Cutie. This is where the band, Death Cab for Cutie took its name from.
Wretched
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Invaders From Mars a corny, terribly made film. It is padded -overstuffed, really - with stock footage of tanks coming, but they never seem to arrive anywhere. The dialogue is excruciating. The kid is obnoxious. The color and stage-bound sets are awful. This has a cult-following (I have no idea why), but it cannot compare the classic science-fiction films of the era - Invasion of the Body Snatchers, This Island Earth, Forbidden Planet and the Day the Earth Stood Still.
Love Happy Is Underrated
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Love Happy is often thought of as the worst Marx Brothers movie. It's not, Room Service is. This was originally to be a vehicle for Harpo alone, but the producers wouldn't stand for it, so Chico was written in. Both Chico and especially Harpo do pretty well. The ending chase scene with Harpo is hilarious. Groucho makes a few short appearances and narrates in a few places, and he must have been just doing his brothers a favor, because his presence is pretty lame. Marilyn Monroe appears in a walk-on that lasts about 45 seconds. Overall, Love Happy is definitely worth watching.
Dumb
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I'm a guy and I don't know any guys like Nick. To say that guys don't know what women want is no more true than women don't know what guys want. (It's not just *that*). So the movie, the premise, and the characters were a put-off for me. Would have been better if it had been a more average guy and woman and they both had the power to read each other's minds, so they could not help but be honest with each other. As it is, it's just a cheesy, superfluous movie…I didn't laugh once.
Stay with it past ten minutes, and Wow! :D
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Suffer through the painfully pretentious video preamble, which lasts about ten minutes, and then you'll get into a wonderful, marvelous and truly illuminating history of jazz. If you know nothing about it, as I did, it's ok, the video will slide you into jazz and its history effortlessly and painlessly. You'll be captivated, as I was, You don't even have to like jazz to enjoy this, but at least you'll have some knowledge about it! :D