Twister (1996)


Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes. (IMDb)
The tornado chasing is exciting enough–the sudden get up and go (Hoffman’s wacky Dustin is fun), the dance with danger, the destruction (flying cows!)–but it gets a little tiresome by its fourth time around, and the rival chaser is a terrible cliche (see his all black convoy). Bill’s new fiancé vs. old life + ex-wife sub-plot, meanwhile, is so predictable that you find yourself rooting for the new girl to defy the script’s trajectory and overcome the ex-couple’s witty banter and shared passion.
6/10 (Mediocre)

The Princess Bride (1987)

While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (IMDb)
A hammed-up fairy tale with all the fixings: Giant rats and madcap magicians, true love and impassioned revenge, kisses and torture, quicksand and castles, and at the core, a romantic tale of a fair and tragic princess kidnapped and her fearless lover (played brilliantly by Elwes) overcoming all odds to fetch her back. Slathered on top of it all is a thick layer of uninhibited silliness that produces a plethora of hilarious quips and mirthful moments throughout. It’s a story for the ages!
8/10 (Great)