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5 thoughts on “The Man Without a Face, Wilder Napalm, King of the Hill, Hard Target, And the Band Played On, 1993

  • Nick Stahl if anything showed great acting ability in that film The Man without a Face especially at that time as a child actor. I feel Siskel was kind of hard on the film especially because the story surrounding the picture was fine the way it was. Yeah, could it have been better? Sure it could have but if anything that film was probably one of Mel Gibson’s best work well dramatically anyway especially when he’s more or less an action hero in the movies.

    Wilder Napalm if anything was stupid as a film.

    King of the Hill definitely is a classic and I can see why Siskel & Ebert loved this film so much. The story more or less was original but also because you had damn good talent in there acting wise.

    They were definitely hard on Hard Target. If anything Van Damme was great in it and not to mention action movie wise the stunts were a thing of beauty and well for the most part Hard Target is/was a martial arts film. Yeah sure some parts of the story could have been better but it is like they expect all action movies to be a masterpiece.

  • And the Band Played on was great. Notice when Gene said it would start playing-Sept. 11th? What foreshadowing!!!!!

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  • They reviewed And the Band Played On as if it were a legitimate film, not a TV product, no qualifications: it’s a movie, we’re movie reviewers, we’re reviewing it, period. HBO was the first cable entity to try this, and now obviously the floodgates are open, and until now I’ve been very much in the camp that cable and streaming material should be judged as television, not movies, and should not be in the running for Oscars….. but you know what? If Gene and Roger take them as movies, then they’re movies. End of story, for me.

    • I think it probably has to be one or the other. The same movie shouldn’t be eligible for both the Emmys and the Oscars. The studio basically gets to pick which to compete in by whether they add on a limited theatrical release or not, which seems fair. I remember the biggest controversy that came up was with The Last Seduction, where it wasn’t eligible for Oscars because it played on HBO before it went to theaters. Well, they probably don’t need that rule. Playing in theaters should count whether it happened first or not. But then the Emmys should also have to say, any play in theaters would disqualify it for an Emmy. So you begin to see how where it played “first” became the deciding factor.

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