Lake Placid (1999) – Film Review

There’s a really big crocodile in a lake. There’s a city-dwelling scientist (Bridget Fonda), a folksy cop (Bill Pullman) and an eccentric millionaire (Oliver Platt).  And a strange lakeside resident (Betty White). And there’s your plot.

I thought this would be terrible, but it’s awesome. I would wear almost every line from Bridget Fonda on a t-shirt. And Pullman… look, I’ve always had a soft spot for those smiling eyes. But it’s really great, heaps of fun, plus a super-ridiculously big crocodile. What more could you want?

Jackie Brown (1997) Film Review


Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is a flight attendant who does some casual smuggling of cash for dodgy dude Ordell Robbie (Samuel L Jackson). Then she gets stopped by the feds, and ends up working with Ray Nicolette (Michael Keaton) for the big bust. Along the way, she ends up being bailed out of jail by bail bondsman Max Cherry (Robert Forster), a man contemplating his future. And there’s also recently released from prison dodgy dude Louis Gara (Robert De Niro) and Robbie’s white girlfriend (to differentiate her from the others), Melanie (Bridget Fonda).

It’s okay. No, it is far better than okay, but it’s not super amazing. It has many of the things we expect from Tarantino – playing with time, a kick-arse soundtrack, a bunch of great actors and violence. But it just didn’t quite do it for me. It seemed… shallow. I think it was that, apart from Max Cherry, we don’t really see more than a façade for any of the characters; we don’t really get what they are about. Even Jackie Brown just comes across as a stylish woman who wants more.

Jackie Brown was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Robert Forster)