Tuesday, 30 July 2013

The Wolverine Review (Updated)

The Wolverine

Release Date: 25th July 2013 - Australia

Production Companies
20th Century Fox
Marvel Entertainment (in association with)
Dune Entertainment (in association with)
Donners' Company
Ingenious Media (produced in
association with)
Big Screen Productions
(made in association with)
Ingenious Film Partners
(made in association with)
Seed Productions

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 126 minutes

Budget: $120,000,000

Box Office Gross: $414,828,246

Plot Summary
Out of his depth in modern
day Japan, Wolverine will
face a host of unexpected
and deadly opponents in a
life-or-death battle that will
leave him forever changed.
Vulnerable for the first time
and pushed to his physical
and emotional limits, he
confronts not only lethal
samurai steel but also his
inner struggle against his
own immortality.

Hugh Jackman - Logan/
Famke Janssen - Jean Grey
Tao Okamoto - Mariko Yashida
Rila Fukushima - Yukio
Hiroyuki Sanada - Shingen Yashida
Will Yun Lee - Kenuichio Harada
Brian Tee - Noburo Mori
Svetlana Knodchenkova - Viper
Hal Yamanouchi - Yashida
Ken Wamamura - Young Yashida
Ian McKellen - Magneto (Cameo)
Patrick Stewart - Charles Xavier/
Professor X (Cameo)

Director - James Mangold
Based on Graphic Novel "
The Wolverine" - Frank Miller
and Chris Claremont
Screenplay - Mark Bomback,
and Scott Frank
Producers - Hutch Parker,
Lauren Shuler Donner and
Hugh Jackman (Uncredited)
Production Designer - Francois
Costume Designer - Isis Mussenden
Director of Photography - Ross Emery
Stunt Coordinator - Allan Poppleton
Stunt Coordinator: Sydney - Kyle Gardiner
Fight Coordinator - Jonathan Eusebio
Special Effects Supervisor - Brian Cox
Visual Effects Supervisors - Phil Brennan,
Viktor Muller and Nick Pill
Visual Effects Supervisor: Weta Digital - Martin Hall
Film Editor - Michael McCusker
Music - Marco Beltrami

This film met exceeded expectations and made a lot of money. I was expecting to see only PACIFIC RIM in the late morning and once again... inconvenient session times stood in the way, so I ended up with the X-MEN spin-off THE WOLVERINE. Very less it seems in most excitement that I would be into an another standalone of the series than to prefer watching mechs beating up gigantic monsters like an anime aficionado would see in their imagination. The whole movie was great but the final part of the climax was weak and made the film a lesser quality. The mood and the intensive action were brilliant, even better was Hugh Jackman as the title character without any mediocre acting. He's still playing the character after a whopping thirteen years. I felt that Charlize Theron would have fit really good as portraying one of the villains, because of her likeness, it's nor her and it's just a Russian actress that I have not heard of.

Well, I feel happier and reassured that they finally got Wolverine to succeed in his own movie and not like X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE which was omitted and not as watchable as its predecessor. However, THE WOLVERINE is good and very likely that it's the only one enjoyable for the character's fans.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Film Guru Lad's Top Spoiled Brats

Film Guru Lad's Top Spoiled Brats

So remember blog-viewers, if any of you people are spoiled or not or is your child the same, you know what greediness can indulge them and waste everyone lives of money and been bankrupted, you know that's the quickest lesson that they deserve better. Not the ones from the films.

#4. Rachel Bitterman (It's a Very 
Merry Muppet Christmas)

Not technically a spoiled child but
more of an evil greedily person,
Rachel Bitterman is the owner of
the Bitterman bank was introduced
as a very sweet person is instead
actually an ungrateful and greedy
woman who wants the Muppets
Christmas to be ruined by planning
to foreclose the Muppet theatre
down, demolish it and replace it
with a new nightclub called Club
Dot. Thankfully, one of the muppets
Pepe who was dating her, discovers
her plans and manages to betray
Rachel at the film's end.

#3. Dudley Dursley (Harry Potter)

That's probably the other reason
that Harry never had a happy
family is his spoiled cousin
Dudley. Raised by his Muggle
parents, the Dursleys to bully
his magical cousin Harry and
too bad they didn't make him
to be a good person and it
seems upsetting that he didn't
get punished for his actions.
First thing that Dudley did
selfishly was snatching a
letter that was meant to be
Harry's and the other thing was pushing him off two times. Thankfully, he happened to be a butt joke of misfortune two times like when Harry makes the glass disappear and Dudley to fall off in the snake exhibit before finding out that he has magic within him and has his bum zapped off by Hagrid and added with a curly pig tail. Serves you right, Dudley-do-wrong!

#2. Angelica Pickles (Rugrats Movies)

I never actually watch the 'Rugrats'
because the animated cartoon had
focused on babies and I used to
watch it when I was very little,
but now that I'm older, I find
that this show was extremely
overrated and so does the movies
except for the spin-off 'All Grown
Up'. Do you know that there is
only one character in the show
that I really like, Angelica Pickles,
of course she is so mean-spirited,
selfish, obnoxious and a bratty girl
who torments the Rugrats especially
her infant cousins Tommy and Dil
of everything the toddlers can't
do and yet, she is a bully to them
and makes their lives a living hell.
Sadly, instead of being the main villain in the movies like in the TV series, she plays the anti-hero role and that is why I'm giving her second place, Sorry, Angelica.

#1. Veruca Salt (Willy Wonka 
The Chocolate Factory)

There is one more overindulged
child that I want to list about is
Veruca Salt who actually
looked alike to one of my
sisters except she has a
different hairstyle and she's
never that spoiled. Veruca is
the daughter of a owner of the
peanut shelling factory Salt's
Peanuts which is temporarily
turned into an unwrapping
factory and used as an
advantage by her father to
find the golden ticket for her
girl. Sadly, her unchanged and insolent nature leads to her downfall and when trying to have one of the geese that lay the golden eggs and being told that it's not for sale. Veruca does a musical number that she wants it now and meets her fate down at the garbage chute. Oh yes, she was a bad egg.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Superman III Review

Superman III

Release Date: 26th December 1983 - Australia

Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures
Dovemead Films
Cantharus Productions

Genre: Action

Rating: PG

Runtime: 120 minutes

Budget: $39,000,000

Box Office Gross: $70,656,090

Plot Summary
Wealthy businessman
Ross Webster discovers
the hidden talents of Gus
Gorman, a mischievous
computer genius. Ross
decides to abuse his talents,
in a way to help Webster
with his plans for economic
control. When the man of
steel interferes, something
must be done about Supes.
When Gus' synthetic
Kryptonite fails to kill
Superman, it turns him in
an evil incarnation of his
former self. The tar-laced
Kryptonite pits man against
himself, setting up the
Clark vs. Superman battle.

Christopher Reeve - Clark Kent/
Richard Pyror - Gus Gorman
Annette O'Toole - Lana Lang
Robert Vaughn - Ross Webster
Margot Kidder - Lois Lane
Jackie Cooper - Perry White
Marc McClure - Jimmy Olson
Annie Ross - Vera Webster
Pamela Stephenson - Lorelei
Gavan O'Herihy - Brad Wilson

Director - Richard Lester
Creators "Superman" -
Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster
Screenplay - David and
Leslie Newman
Producer - Pierre Spengler
Production Designer - Peter Murton
Costume Designer - Evangeline
Director of Photography - Robert
Stunt Coordinator - Paul Weston
Director of Special Effects and
Miniatures - Colin Chilvers
Supervisor of Optical & Visual
Effects - Roy Field
Front Projection Consultant -
Zoran Perisic
Film Editor - John Victor-Smith
Superman Themes - John Williams
Music - Ken Thorne

After finishing SUPERMAN II from Richard Donner that hit the theatres in 1980, his so-called replacement director Richard Lester was approached by the Salkinds to make another film of the series. For sure it could have been a flop luckily proved itself to the average quality and has the feeling of a comedic flavour. Richard Pyror co-starring only made things go in dis-impact and the other actor of the name Robert Vaughn portrays a villain that's far sillier and more poor than Gene Hackman's Lex Luthor. The mesmerizing good points that helped the transcript a lot more is plot points of Superman returning to Smallville and the main hero turning dark are indeed very interesting. More great things that include the few funnier parts of Superman ruining the Tower of Pisa.

SUPERMAN III nearly convinced everybody of what a bad movie this is and there's a lot more to say including that it needed to have complexity, stronger character development and a better story to tell. This film is nowhere as bad as SUPERMAN IV and I'm going to delay this review marathon permanently because I'm deeply focused on seeing the new X-Men movie THE WOLVERINE and I'll get the review written someday and return to finalise the Superman marathon.

Star rating: (3/5) Average

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut Review

Superman II: The Richard Donner 

Release Date: 28th November 2006 - USA

Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures

Genre: Action

Rating: PG

Runtime: 115 minutes

Plot Summary
Unwittingly released from
Phantom Zone imprisonment,
three super-powered
Kryptonian criminals plan
to enslave Earth - just when
Superman decides to show
a more romantic side to
Lois Lane.

Christopher Reeve - Clark Kent/
Kal El/Superman
Margot Kidder - Lois Lane
Terence Stamp - General Zod
Gene Hackman - Lex Luthor
Marlon Brando - Jor-El
Sarah Douglas - Ursa
Jack O'Halloran - Non
Jackie Cooper - Perry White
Marc McClure - Jimmy Olsen
E.G. Marshall - The President
Valerie Perrine - Eve Teschmacher
Ned Beatty - Otis

Directors - Richard Donner and
Richard Lester (Uncredited)
Based on Characters - Jerry
Siegel and Joe Shuster
Screenplay - Mario Puzo and
David & Leslie Newman
Producer - Pierre Spengler
Film Editor/Producer - Michael
Thau (2006 Reconstruction)
Creative Consultant/Screenplay
(Uncredited) - Tom Mankewicz
Production Designer - John Barry
Additional Production Design -
Peter Murton
Costume Designer - Yvonne
Blake & Sue Yelland
Cinematography - Robert Paytner &
Geoffrey Unsworth
Stunt Coordinators - Vic Armstrong,
Alf Joint & Paul Weston
Visual Effects Supervisor - Anthony Max Irvins
(2006 Reconstruction)
Director of Special Effects - Colin Chilvers
Director of Miniature Effects & Additional
Flying Sequences - Derek Meddings
Supervisor of Optical & Visual Effects -
Roy Field
Film Editors - Stuart Baird &
John Victor-Smith
Music - John Williams
Additional Music - Ken Thorne

A troubled production but a turbulent old year that in the middle of its operation of SUPERMAN II we fans of the Man of Steel we'll never forget, a fight with the original director Richard Donner and two producers had began with who's style they began choose over and so Donner left the film incomplete ironically and was replaced by an inexperienced director named Richard Lester who finished SUPERMAN II, re-filmed it and stoned it into a less satisfying product that in the past, I once watched the sequel a long time ago. Fortunately, years later for now, I finally went and began seeing the director's cut available on free online that contained extra footage and in a confound way it proceeds to improve the second instalment of its quality. Restoring more to Donner's vision are lost scenes that featured Marlon Brando as Superman's dad and builds up the father/son arc that needs to be done up from scratch to finish. Perhaps even more untimely that some of Lester's proportions that were presented on the second instalment were no longer in the film as it is to say they are removed.

I don't know what am I finish about the Donner Cut of SUPERMAN II, then again... the new ending was never new and a bit desperate. I finally recognised that this recent cut helped to persuade some audiences that it will be the only great director's cut anyone ever saw.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Superman Review (Updated)


Release Date: 21st December 1978 - Australia

Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures
Dovemead Films
Film Export A.G.
International Film Production

Genre: Action

Rating: PG

Runtime: 143 minutes
                 146 minutes

Budget: $55,000,000

Box Office Gross: $300,218,018

Plot Summary
Unable to convince the
ruling council of Krypton
that their world will destroy
itself soon, scientist Jor-El
takes drastic measures to
preserve the Kryptonian
race: He sends his infant
son Kal-El to Earth. There,
gaining great powers under
Earth's yellow sun, he will
become a champion of
truth and justice. Raised
by the Kents, an elderly
farm couple, Clark Kent
learns that his abilities
must be used for good.

The adult Clark travels to
Metropolis, where he
becomes a mild-mannered
reporter to the Daily
Planet...and a caped wonder
whose amazing feats stun
the city: Superman!
Meanwhile, Lex Luthor,
the world's greatest criminal
mind, is plotting the greatest
evil plan of all time. Can
even the Man of Steel stop
this nefarious scheme?

Christopher Reeve - Clark Kent/
Gene Hackman - Lex Luthor
Marlon Brando - Jor-El
Margot Kidder - Lois Lane
Jackie Cooper - Perry White
Marc McClure - Jimmy Olsen
Valerie Perrine - Eve Teschmacher
Ned Beatty - Otis
Glenn Ford - Jonathan Kent
Phyllis Thaxter - Martha Kent
Jeff East - Teenage Clark Kent
Susannah York - Lara
Terence Stamp - General Zod
Jack O'Halloran - Non
Sarah Douglas - Ursa

Director - Richard Donner
Based on Comic Book
"Superman" - Joe Shuster
and Jerry Siegel
Story/Screenplay - Mario Puzo
Screenplay - David & Leslie
Newman and Robert Benton
Creative Consultant/Screenplay
(Uncredited) - Tom Mankiewicz
Executive Producers - Alexander (Uncredited) &
Ilya Salkind
Producer - Pierre Spengler
Production Designer/Second Unit Director - John Barry
Creative Supervisor of Makeup and Special Visuals - 
Stuart Freeborn
Costume Designer - Yvonne Blake
Director of Photography - Geoffrey Unsworth
Stunt Coordinators - Vic Armstrong &
Alf Joint
Creative Supervisor & Director of Special Effects -
Colin Chilvers
Creative Supervisor of Mattes & Composites -
Les Bowie
Creative Director of Process Photography -
Denys N. Coop
Creative Supervisor of Optical Visual Effects -
Roy Field
Model Effects Director & Creator - Derek Meddings
Zoptic Special Effects - Zoran Perisic
Film Editor - Stuart Baird
Music - John Williams


1979 Academy Awards
Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects -
Les Bowie (Posthumously), Colin Chilvers, Denys N. Coop,
Derek Meddings and Zoran Perisic (Won)
Best Sound - Gordon K. McCallum,
Graham V. Hartstone, Nicolas Le Messurier
and Roy Charman (Nominated)
Best Film Editing - Stuart Baird (Nominated)
Best Original Score - John Williams (Nominated)

Film Guru Lad here and now continuing the Superman marathon, it's time to travel back in time to the first movie that gave birth to the superhero genre during the late 70s and brought the Man of Steel to an extremely important era of Hollywood. It has been many years since the first Superman movie was released, it has never met the standards set by the series of more recent films and few of the special effects are now outdated.

Christopher Reeve is well-matched for the lead role as Superman giving warmth and outspoken traits to the main hero and proves to the audience that he is the best and the original Man of Steel. I'm also biased with the portrayal of the villainous Lex Luthor who is altogether not very menacing or threatening and only being greedy for his real-estate obsession. I really deplore the performance by actor Gene Hackman for the interpretation of the character he plays as I feel he is guilty of overacting and is not suited to this character. The other actors Margot Kidder and Marlon Brando are to be congratulated for the decent portrayal of the other characters Lois Lane and Jor-El.

The music synchronisation is done yet again by John Williams and it's here that he makes another of his best film scores, he is now at the top of his game.

Also, big bonus for the crystal landscapes of Krypton and the actor Terence Stamp for a another stand out role as General Zod, KNEEL BEFORE ZOD! In fair recommendation, I give SUPERMAN a 4 out of 5 stars, even though it has much cheesiness inside. It's still a good-natured and fantastic film that people and fanboys will remember for being mostly fun and entertaining.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Man of Steel Review (Updated)

Man of Steel 

Release Date: 27th June 2013 - Australia

Production Companies
Warner Bros, Pictures
DC Comics
DC Entertainment
Legendary Pictures

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 148 minutes

Budget: $225,000,000

Box Office Gross: $668,045,518

Plot Summary
Clark Kent/Kal-El is a
young 20-year old journalist
who feels alienated from
others because he has
powers beyond anyone's
imagination. Clark, who
was transported to Earth
years ago from Krypton,
an advanced alien planet,
struggles with the ultimate
question - "Why am I here?"
Raised by his adoptive
parents Martha and Jonathan
Kent, Clark is shaped by
their values and soon
discovers that having super
abilities means making very
difficult decisions. When the
world comes under attack,
can Clark's abilities be used
to maintain peace or will
they ultimately be used to
divide or conquer? Clark
has to become the hero
known as "Superman,"
not only to protect his
loved ones but to take his
place as the world's last
beacon of hope.

Henry Cavill - Clark Kent/
Amy Adams - Lois Lane
Michael Shannon - General Zod
Russell Crowe - Jor-El
Laurence Fishburne - Perry White
Kevin Costner - Jonathan Kent
Diane Lane - Martha Kent
Antje Traue - Faora-Ul
Ayelet Zurer - Lara Lor-Van
Christopher Meloni - Col.
Nathan Hardy
Richard Schiff - Dr. Emil
Harry Lennix - General Swanwick
Cooper Timberline - 9 Year Old Clark Kent
Dylan Sprayberry - 13 Year Old Clark Kent
Carla Gugino - Kelor (Voice)
Christina Wren - Major Carrie Farris

Director - Zack Synder
Superman Creators - Jerry
Siegel and Joe Shuster
Story/Screenplay - David S. Goyer
Story/Producer - Christopher Nolan
Producers - Charles Roven, Deborah Synder
and Emma Thomas
Co-Producer - Wesley Coller
Production Designer - Alex McDowell
Costume Designers - James Acheson and
Michael Wilkinson
Director of Photography - Amir Mokri
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Damon Caro 
Stunt Coordinator - Tim Rigby
Special Effects Supervisor: Illinos - Allen Hall
Visual Effects Supervisors: Weta Digital -
Joe Letteri and Keith Miller
Visual Effects Supervisors - John 'D.J.' Des Jardin
and Ged Wright
Film Editor - David Brenner
Music - Hans Zimmer

I must admit, I was waiting in anticipation for MAN OF STEEL and was expecting the film to be highly amazing and unfortunately, it has gone into the serious overtones and it was a letdown. I would advise now that MAN OF STEEL is not as good as the other Superman films. I am very displeased with the ending as it shows that Superman was unlike I've ever seen and he has betrayed all the goodness in the personality of the hero we trust and the fans have come to expect. I find this film to have a poorly-executed story-line and ending; The actors Henry Cavill did a good job for playing the Man of Steel with only charisma but lacking the compassion from the late Christopher Reeve and tried to deconstruct the hero, Amy Adams for Lois Lane whom she did a very solid portrayal with a sharp eye and sadly, her character didn't have any development at all.

I cannot give the same praise to Michael Shannon as General Zod, the character that he plays is lacking the lifelike ferocity which would have strengthened this fearsome foe and I'll have to accept Terence Stamp as the superior actor for this character and cementing his place in film history with the powerful quote "KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!" The other cast that performed well are Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner for both playing Superman's dads. I must acknowledge the jaw-dropping wide environment of Krypton that astounded me and Hans Zimmer's scoring, building the wonderful compositions and never in the same majesty as John Williams' music.

In saying that MAN OF STEEL was supposed to be in a glimmer of a dramatic view only, mostly of where his life begins and how he challenges with his inner battle with the world. The action spectacles will amaze - but the shortcomings and the controversial scene of the film left me in mixed feelings.

Star rating: (3/5) Average

Monday, 8 July 2013

Gladiator Review (Updated)


Release Date: 4th May 2000 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures (presents)
DreamWorks SKG (presents)
Scott Free Productions (in association

Universal Studios Australia

Genre: Drama

Rating: M

Runtime: 155 minutes

Budget: $103,000,000

Box Office Gross: $457,640,427

Plot Summary
When Emperor Marcus
Aurelius chooses the Roman
general Maximus to be his
heir instead of his treacherous
son Commundus, the result is
murder. When his rival seizes
his power and massacres
his family, Maximus is
enslaved and thrown into
the gladiatorial ring to
fight his way to death or

Russell Crowe - Maximus
Decimus Meridius
Joaquin Phoenix - Commodus
Connie Nielsen - Lucilla
Oliver Reed - Antonius Proximo
Derek Jacobi - Senator Gracchus
Djimon Hounsou - Juba
David Schofield - Senator Falco
John Shrapnel - Senator Gaius
Ralf Moller - Hagen
Richard Harris - Marcus Aurelius
Tomas Arana - General Quintus
Spencer Treat Clark - Lucius
Tommy Flanagan - Cicero
David Hemmings - Cassius
Sven-Ole Thorsen - Tigris
Giannina Facio-Scott - Maximus' Wife
Giorgio Cantarini - Maximus' Son

Executive Producer
(Uncredited)/Director - Ridley Scott
Story/Screenplay/Producer -
David Franzoni
Screenplay - John Logan and
William Nicholson
Executive Producers - Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald
Producers - Branko Lustig
and Douglas Wick
Production Designer - Arthur
Costume Designer - Janty Yates
Director of Photography - John Mathieson
Stunt Coordinator - Phil Neilson
Special and Prosthetics Effects Supervisor - Neil Corbould
Visual Effects Supervisor - John Nelson
Visual Effects Supervisors: Mill Film Ltd. - Tim Burke
and Rob Harvey
Film Editor - Pietro Scalia
Music - Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard


2001 Academy Awards
Best Picture - Douglas Wick, David Franzoni
and Branko Lustig (Won)
Best Actor in a Leading Role - Russell Crowe (Won)
Best Costume Design - Janty Yates (Won)
Best Sound - Scott Millan, Bob Beemer and
Ken Weston (Won)
Best Visual Effects - John Nelson, Neil Corbould,
Tim Burke and Rob Harvey (Won)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Joaquin
Phoenix (Nominated)
Best Director - Ridley Scott (Nominated)
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly
for the Screen - David Franzoni, John Logan
and William Nicholson (Nominated)
Best Cinematography - John Mathieson
Best Film Editing - Pietro Scalia (Nominated)
Best Music, Original Score - Hans Zimmer
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration - Arthur
Max and Crispian Sallis (Nominated)

As I'm very slightly awkward and noted that there hasn't been a gladiator film since I don't know about in a century. Ridley Scott's masterpiece GLADIATOR has contemplated the new age of cinema into the millennium with a expertise of CGI visuals all over and has unique fight coordination sequences that it gets viciously excessive on its jabs. Humongous is the term for a big movie and with be-siding the computer effects and the action they put on an expensive amount, it stalls in with a huge of talented warriors of acting with abnormality unknown but the two main stars that are actually enjoying their time are Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix. For example, Russell who puts pressure on his character and took the stages for a sweet plausible performance in worth's night memorable and how about the music by Hans Zimmer? It is a genius that he's doing the cues of an epic score and what a fella that has talent, real AMAZING!

Perhaps this isn't the movie I would expect in the first scene to be the best job of having me excited of giving round applause, GLADIATOR is somehow a bit overrated and that's how it's ending was tragic and sadder. Probably not give it as my favourite but still a watchable picture of a historical epic drama that might be entirely smooth to people who watch it better and to learn history about this old Roman tale.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

The Wiz Review (Updated)

The Wiz

Release Date: 23rd August 1979 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Motown Productions

Genre: Musical

Rating: G

Runtime: 129 minutes

Budget $24,000,000

Box Office Gross: $13,600,000

Plot Summary
Dorothy, a twenty-four-
year-old kindergarten
teacher born, raised, and
still working in Harlem,
is celebrating Thanksgiving
with her extended family,
but she doesn't seem
thankful for much in life.
She lives a self-imposed
sheltered life; she is shy
and unfulfilled. Things change
for her when she is caught
in a snowstorm while
chasing after her dog,
Toto. They are transported
to the mysterious Land of
Oz, where she is informed
that the only possible way
to find her way back home
is through the assistance
of the powerful wizard in
the Emerald City. As she
goes searching for him,
she befriends some creatures
who are facing problems
in life just like her. In their
quest to find and get help
from the wizard, they also
face Evilenne, the equally
evil sister of Evermean,
the wicked witch whom
Dorothy inadvertently
killed when she arrived in
Oz, and who may be their
biggest obstacle in achieving
their goals.

Diana Ross - Dorothy
Michael Jackson - Scarecrow
Nipsey Russell - Tin Man
Ted Ross - Cowardly Lion
Lena Horne - Glinda the Good
Richard Pyror - The Wiz
Theresa Merritt - Aunt Em
Thelma Carpenter - Addaperle/
Miss One, the Good Witch of
the North
Mabel King - Evilene, the
Wicked Witch of the West

Director - Sidney Lumet
Based on Novel "The Wonderful
Wizard of Oz" - L. Frank Baum
Based on Book of Play -
William F. Brown
Screenplay - Joel Schumacher
Produced on the New York
Stage - Ken Harper
Producer - Rob Cohen
Production/Costume Designer - Tony Walton
Choreographer - Louis Johnson
Special Make-Up Effects - Stan Winston
Director of Photography - Oswald Morris
Special Visual Effects - Albert Whitlock
Music Adapter and Supervisor - Quincy Jones
Music & Lyrics - Charlie Smalls
Film Editor - Dede Allen

Meaningless but a tad joke, it's very a common disgrace that THE WIZ was unexpectedly a cult movie that it doesn't seem like it's underappreciated. It was the second movie to be adapted from THE WIZARD OF OZ and though I disrespect the film's bleak nature as opposed to the fantasy and lighthearted tone of the original. THE WIZ happened to be based on a black musical, with Joel Schumacher writing the screenplay and has an inexperienced movie director like Sidney Lumet. Young kids of all ages will succumb to the film's cheesiness and blatantly suggestive clothing. The only reason I wanted to see it was because of the film's only cornerstone part of not Diana Ross, but only the legendary singer Michael Jackson when doing his good performance as The Scarecrow. It's so upsetting that this was his only feature film role (apart from his cameo in MIB II and short films) when portraying as an original character than himself. Hardly anything else that he had a few of roles and films that he turned them down or were evidently cancelled.

Altogether with so many songs that were implausibly forgettable, I cannot deter myself from watching this horrible musical picture and I must simply watch THE WIZARD OF OZ instead than to re-watch the other film of its poor qualities.

Star rating: (2/5) Bad Movie