Reviews by robbo
Mann not at his best at all
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Herbie Mann has made some excellent and awesome jazz, but none of it is on this record. These covers of mostly soul songs from the 1960s sound like elevator music. They do justice to neither the originals from which they came or to Mann's own long career or terrific, dynamic jazz.
Cool!
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It really appealed to the 12 year old boy in me. Jeepers it was fun! I'm not 12, though.
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.