The Goonies

January 30, 2010

One line review: A fantastic tale that is only entertaining for children.

Movie Title: The Goonies

Actors: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Jonathan Ke Quan, John Matuszak, Robert Davi

Director: Richard Donner

Year: 1985

Genre: Comedy / Adventure

Method of Viewing: TV

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 64% – The Goonies is a smooth mixture of the usual ingredients from Steven Spielberg action movies, made special because of the high-energy performances of the kids who have the adventures.

My rating: ***

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): This movie works only as a movie for young children (despite the random cursing thrown in). Kids will be thrilled by the constant challenges and adventures the Goonies go through, however there is little else to be enjoyed. It’s actually quite disappointing, since so many of the great children’s movies that I’ve watched seem to have at least something for adults to enjoy. However, this movie barely has a central plot, and instead simply has a series of crazy, scary, and fantastic events. Still, I can strongly recommend this movie for any child, they’ll absolutely be entertained from start to finish.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

January 22, 2010

One line review: A fantastic movie for kids who are fans of the Ninja Turtles, and little else.

Movie Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Actors: Josh Pais, Michelan Sisti, Leif Tilden, David Forman, Robbie Rist, Corey Feldman, Brian Tochi, Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Michael Turney, Kevin Clash, James Saito, Toshirô Obata, David McCharen, Michael McConnohie

Director: Steve Barron

Year: 1990

Genre: Action / Comedy

Method of Viewing: TV

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 46% – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is exactly as advertised: one-liners, brawls, and general silliness. Good for the young at heart, irritating for everyone else.

My rating: ***

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): I was a huge fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a kid, however I have no real memory of watching the cartoon, reading comics, or seeing the movies. I put this movie on the list to see if I could recall any bit of the movie. While it appears I either didn’t see it (or don’t remember it) it was a wave of nostalgia that I couldn’t help but enjoy. This movie is too silly and corny to ever be considered a fantastic movie, but it’s just a fun movie that I’m glad I remembered to include on my list.

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