Carpool

Carpool. Monarchy Enterprises 1996.

Before watching the movie:

Sometimes it is still possible to find something random among streaming options. The 90s are about as far back as that goes anymore, but it’s not impossible.

A bank robber hijacks a family in a minivan, and hijinks ensue. It’s going to be fun to see where this goes.

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House Arrest

House Arrest. Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer 1996.
House Arrest. Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer 1996.

Before watching the movie:

I’m not sure how I feel about the premise of this movie. Parents get trapped in a locked room by their children so they won’t get divorced. Kids turning the tables on adults, family funtime hijinks, that sort of thing. I believe that divorce should be a last resort after attempts at saving what was once a happy, healthy relationship have failed, but forcing people to find a way to stay together really depends on how it’s handled.

There are a lot of good actors I’m looking forward to seeing, even if they’re presenting material I disagree with.

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The Cable Guy

The Cable Guy Columbia Pictures 1996.
The Cable Guy. Columbia Pictures 1996.

Before watching the movie:

The poster shown here is overwhelmingly the image associated with this movie, but for the longest time I took it at face value, as if it was telling me Carrey’s character is really a sinister, murderous psycho. However, in light of the descriptions usually attached, I think this is a joke that’s lost its context. From the descriptions, I think I see a story about a needy character who has more of an exasperating effect than a worrying one. Less Fatal Attraction, more What About Bob? But then looking at IMDB just now I’m thinking I’ve underestimated the darkness again.

I expect good things from Matthew Broderick in a beleaguered straight man role, and Jim Carrey’s proved himself in pretty much any kind of role.

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Multiplicity

Multiplicity. Columbia Pictures 1996.
Multiplicity. Columbia Pictures 1996.

Before watching the movie:

I had some other options for this week that rose to the top due to impending expiration. Then Harold Ramis died, and the internet was covered in Ghostbusters. But he wasn’t just Egon Spengler, and as the week went on, I was a bit disappointed that I wasn’t seeing anybody that seemed to remember even that he was one of the leads in Stripes, and I only saw an indirect mention of SCTV. None of the classic and cult movies he wrote or directed were at all mentioned, which is perhaps understandable, since writers and directors are less visible.

However, Ramis was a guiding hand behind the camera for many more beloved movies than he acted in, and so many of them are so prominent that there are hardly any left I haven’t seen. So here we have Multiplicity, a Ramis-directed film about a man who clones himself to keep up with all his commitments. Perhaps appropriate to honor a man wore so many hats to make movies people loved.

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Down Periscope

Down Periscope. 20th Century Fox 1996.
Down Periscope. 20th Century Fox 1996.

Before watching the movie:

I first heard of this movie when I saw pieces of it on TV. Not enough to get more idea of what it was than a trailer could have told me, but Kelsey Grammer caught my attention. It’s been years, so I’ve forgotten much more than “Kelsey Grammer, submarine, ragtag misfits, wargame”, but this finally rose to the top of my list.

On the other hand, that limits what I can say about my expectations. It’s clearly an underdog submarine comedy, and I’m not sure what else I can expect. What little I’ve heard about it otherwise suggests it’s not very good, but I’d hardly call it infamous.

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Mars Attacks!

Mars Attacks!. Warner Bros. Pictures 1996.

Before watching the movie:

I’ve always expected this film to be modern camp. A film with modern sensibilities and humor that’s unashamed to be cut from the same cloth as old-fashioned B-movies. That’s the story sold by the advertising anyway, which isn’t always the most trustworthy.

This is definitely offbeat, but it doesn’t seem like Tim Burton’s style of offbeat. For one thing, it appears to have a distinct lack of Johnny Depp. This must have been one of his last films before he started making the same movie every time.

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Spy Hard

Spy Hard. Hollywood Pictures 1996.

Before watching the movie:

Remember a few years months ago, when Leslie Nielsen died? At first, I didn’t think anything of it in connection to this blog, but then it was suggested to me that I should make some recognition of it in a selection.

I have two methods of obtaining my movies. One can be fast or slow, and one is medium in speed. I expected the first to be slower, so I went to the second one. The reason this is a month after the fact is because “medium” was actually “slowest.” Then I tried to use the first in a fast mode, but I didn’t quite think it through and ended up delaying another week.

Anyway, this looks like a good late Leslie Nielsen film, which probably means it’s mediocre. As far as I know, that’s the best one can say about his movies after the second Naked Gun movie. Or perhaps anything other than Airplane and The Naked Gun series. More to the point, he’s playing a dimwitted Bond spoof instead of a dimwitted police officer. Also Weird Al Yankovic wrote the theme song.

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