Monday, July 21, 2014

Cinema Cycle - Cadillac Man


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE: 07/21/2014

TITLE: Cadillac Man

FORMAT: LaserDisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 38 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 22.9 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 349.6

SYNOPSIS: A philandering used car salesman and his co-workers are held hostage by the jealous husband of one of the woman that works at the car dealership.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: I am not quite sure what the concept was in this film.  Fast talking salesman saves the day?

PROS AND CONS: I have a system that picks these Laserdiscs for me at random off of a large Excel spreadsheet database.  So I never know if it will be viewing a good film or a bad one.  This was a bad one.  I would not recommend it.

I will start with the good parts of this film.  Robin Williams demonstrates that he is a competent actor in this film in the lead of role of Joey O’Brien, reining in his manic comic talent to be a believable serious character.  Also, there are some nice scenes of New York in the movie.  That is about it.  

Now for the bad.  This film really has no direction.  The viewer cannot empathize with any of the characters and many of the scenes are just not believable.  They just don’t work.  The writing and direction are terrible in this film.  The casting is not very good either.  Joey’s love interests are not women that any sane man would want to be around.  A young Tim Robbins plays Larry, who is not at all believable as the irrationally jealous husband.  Fran Drescher’s character (Joy Manchunck) is, well Fran Drescsher (she is a one dimensional actress).

In the end, you don’t know if this is supposed to be a comedy or a drama and the tacked on happy ending where Joey and his ex-wife get back together with their teenage daughter in tow just puts the icing on a very bad movie.  

Oh, and the title has no reference to the film, with the exception that it is the license plate on Joey’s car.  

To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.

The summary of the project and a glimpse of what is coming up next can be found on my public Google LaserDisc spreadsheet.