News Movie Reviews
More Pages: News Page 1 2 3
i am a huge NewsRadio fan (just like many here) and i woke up this morning and got an email saying "Releasae date for NewsRadio"
anyways, February 3, 2004 is the day.
This video is from a German television broadcast that aired on October 13, 1984, right around the time that the Sports album was released. In order to fully capture a live performance, it is necessary to put mics on the audience so the viewer can hear their reaction. Unfortunately, that is missing here. Also, the audience clips look like stock footage of German teenagers thrash-bobbing their heads and gesturing at the camera, seemingly detached from the performance on stage. This makes the whole concert video seem a bit contrived. But all in all, it's a good performance with a nice selection of tunes. It sure brings back a lot of memories. --David Martins
The video quality is quite good on this dvd, the sound is good, but not like concerts recorded in this era. Huey plays an excellent harmonica for quite a bit in a few songs. He's fun to watch on stage, in the prime of his life, and the band is flawless. Camera angles and shots on stage were done well.
If you enjoy Huey Lewis and the News, this is a must for your collection.
Based on the Broadway play and 1930s musical, Good News is an enthusiastic, good-hearted romp through late-'20s college life. Broadway actress Joan McCracken as Connie's roommate Babe Doolittle exudes energy as she leads nearly all the musical numbers, particularly shining in "Good News" and "Pass the Peace Pipe." A young Mel Tormé sings a lovely reprise of "The Best Things in Life Are Free," and one of the signature songs, "The Varsity Drag," is led by Allyson and Lawford showcasing their dancing and singing talents (Lawford is a better hoofer than vocalist). Though the movie seems mainly constructed around the musical numbers, the writing is sharp and the cast members seems to be enjoying themselves. Director Charles Walters went on to direct Easter Parade and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green would make their mark with, among others, On the Town and Singin' in the Rain. --Dana Van Nest
It is a simple yet intelligent romantic comedy, held up by crisp witty dialogue and topnotch performances by Holly Hunter and William Hurt both at the top of their game. Albert Brooks was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of a TV reporter who wants to be an anchor (even Jack Nicholson and John Cusack in little know roles turn in a surprise guest performance).
One could speculate that this movie didn't walk away with any statuettes depite being nominated in several Oscar categories -- and this is my main gripe with the movie -- because the very interesting build-up did not really culminate into a very satisfying ending. Sort of leaves me wanting for something more everytime.
Nevertless, the bustle of the entire movie is definitely worth a ride, if only due to its convincing examination of the atavistic social obsession with physical appearance and its ultimate triumph over intellect as a valued human attribute (personified by the meteoric career success of William Hurt's character in contrast to Brookes relative decline). I have seen this movie about 11 times now, and I can still take it -- that is saying something.
But, at the end, I liked where the team that beat the Bears apologized for being mean to the Bears throughout the season. That is the reason that I gave the movie two stars.
Put another way, he was ABSOLUTELY GREAT, and I wish to heck I'd been friends with a dude like that when I was a young baseball-playing kid!!
I am returning this DVD for replacement because it is defective, and the last 1/3 of the DVD is unviewable. Perhaps the replacement DVD won't have these faults.
Then there was Kevin Spacey, physically unlike Annie Proulx's hero. What a performance, though! I disliked Mr. Spacey's Oscar-winning turn in the over-rated American Beauty, but his work in this film was beautiful and sincere.
A lovely, deeply moving film version of a very memorable book.
(And, pace another reviewer, it's best to finish a book before you criticize it.)
That being said, I really enjoyed this movie. It is certainly not perfect, but Kevin Spacey turns in a really strong performance. I didn't enjoy Judy Dench's performance as much as I usuaally do. The story is engrossing, and this is one of the few movies that I have seen multiple times; fact is, my wife and I watch it almost every month.