Stepmum

Name: Stepmum
Year: 1998
Rating: PG-13
Running Time (minutes): 124
Description: Anna and Ben, the two children of Jackie and Luke, have to cope with the fact that their parents divorced and that there is a new woman in their father’s life: Isabel, a successful photographer. She does her best to treat the kids in a way that makes them still feel at home when being with their dad, but also loves her work and does not plan to give it up. But Jackie, a full-time mother, regards Isabel’s efforts as offensively insufficient. She can’t understand that work can be important to her as well as the kids. The conflict between them is deepened by the sudden diagnose of cancer, which might may be deadly for Jackie. They all have to learn a little in order to grow together.
Stars: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris
Genres: Comedy, Drama

Not bad, although the relationship between Jackie and Isabelle really wasn’t written that well. First she hates her, then she dislikes her, then she likes her, then she suddenly doesn’t like her again and then she does like her… Oh well. Touching story and Julia Roberts was great, but the kids are a little too okay with their mum dying.

The score was all right, although the main theme on oboe gets lots of bad and weird variations. One thing I don’t like about John Williams is that he’s always trying to accompany his themes with the strangest chords. The oboe theme could have been harmonious and emotional, yet he only gives it natural harmony once.

Saving Private Ryan

Name: Saving Private Ryan
Year: 1998
Rating: R
Running Time (minutes): 112
Description: Opening with the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, members of the 2nd Ranger Battalion under Cpt. Miller fight ashore to secure a beachhead. Amidst the fighting, two brothers are killed in action. Earlier in New Guinea, a third brother is KIA. Their mother, Mrs. Ryan, is to receive all three of the grave telegrams on the same day. The United States Army Chief of Staff, George C. Marshall, is given an opportunity to alleviate some of her grief when he learns of a fourth brother, Private James Ryan, and decides to send out 8 men (Cpt. Miller and select members from 2nd Rangers) to find him and bring him back home to his mother…
Stars Tom Hanks, Matt Damon and Tom Sizemore
Genres: Action, Drama, History, War

I don’t really know what to say. Overall I found it slow and even boring at times. The beginning and ending were extremely touching and there were some good moments, but the fighting just lasted too long. I was told that those scenes looked pretty repulsive, but just being told that someone is bleeding like crazy doesn’t really do the trick for me, though the description of the man picking up his arm was, well… that did work. Great score, though way too short.

City of Angels

Name: City Of Angels
Year: 1998
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 101
Description: Seth is an angel who accompanies the spirits of the recently dead to the ever after. Seth has never been human and so has has never experienced touch or taste. When in the hospital however he comes across Dr. Maggie Rice, a brilliant young heart surgeon who is devoted to her profession and her patients. Seth has the power to let himself be seen but Maggie finds him far too mysterious. Seth also meets a patient, Nathaniel Messinger, who has news for him – he too was once an angel like Seth but chose to fall to Earth and become human. Seth makes a decision on his future, which does not turn out as he had expected.
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan and Andre Braugher
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance

CRAP, except for Meg Ryan. Nicolas Cage playing Nicolas Cage isn’t really original either.