The term 'hooligan', derived from Houlihan, the name of an Irish family in Southwark, London, is slang for 'a hoodlum, esp. a young one.' Okay, turning now to hoodlum (derived from German dialect, especially Swiss - hudilump - wretch, miserable fellow) meaning 1) a wild, lawless person, often a member of a gang of criminals and 2) a tough-looking young ruffian. With 'ruffian' we find the path at an end: a ruffian is a brutal, violent, lawless person; tough or hoodlum. (Webster's)
Anyway, as long as I'm dubbing myself the 'Movie Hooligan' I figure it's probably time to start living up to my name. Although I'm not as young as I used to be, and not particularly violent. At least, not physically, but there's always the possibility of inflicting emotional violence if you differ in opinion with someone about a particular movie. (See Mr. Cranky's site) This is in part stemming from the fact that I feel it's time for me to take charge of my movie-viewing life. All too often I've plugged into the cable and just sat there and vegged, wiling away the minutes, minutes turning to hours, helping me to forget all the stuff I wanted to do today. Well, no more, I say! ...at least, not as much.
(5/11/2004) - Well, we're slowly but surely coming along with some bona fide movie reviews here. And you'd be crazy not to stop off and see Movies In Brief: 2004 - all the movie news that matters; no more, and no less, so cancel that subscription to Daily Variety! Also, I must confess that I'm still beaming with pride at the Top 20 One-Hit Wonders of the Film Director World.
Rating system: The old reliable 4-star system. This is approximately what each respective rating means:
**** - A classic film which I will watch forever and ever, amen, and which may have permanently altered my personal philosophy on life.
***1/2 - A classic except for one major flaw, will watch maybe once a year.
*** - Probably a slick Hollywood feature, just not my cup of tea, but might have a couple good scenes worth seeing over again.
**1/2 - Has one scene worth seeing over again, and that's it.
** - Average. Not worth seeing one time.
*1/2 - Not worth seeing more than half of the film.
* - Well, do we need a rating any lower?
Thank you, all ye who've stopped by.
Another Day In Paradise
A Better Way To Die
Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential (not easy! :)
The Devil's Own
A Family Thing
The Fly (1986)
The Flying Deuces
Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns
The Karate Kid Part III
The Ladykillers (2004)
Lethal Weapon 1-4
The Long Kiss Goodnight
"Monty Python's Flying Circus"
My Boss's Daughter
National Security (Not National Treasure!!)
The Polar Express
Robocop 1 & 2
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
"Windy City Heat"
The Wrong Guys
MOVIES IN BRIEF 2004
Movies In Brief - Winter 2003
Movies In Brief - Summer 2003
Movies In Brief - Spring 2003
Movies In Brief 2002
The Top 20 One-Hit Wonders of the Film Director World
The News Hooligan
Okay, the question of the day: Can you name 10 black directors? Answer's here...
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