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Top 10 Films
1) Five Easy Pieces
5) Midnight Cowboy
6) The King of Marvin Gardens
7) Electra Glide in Blue
8) Fat City
9) The Last Detail
10) Day of the Locust
Sin City (2005)
This movie is total crap. Sure -visually, it's stunning. But any movie can be stunning with a ton of money, and people who know how to do their job. Other than that, this is an over-the-top, too slick for its own good, wannabe film noir, but it misses the mark by a mile. Some of it was passable, for example the Mickey Rourke sequence I thought was well done, well acted, and the dialog was clever. But I felt that the acting by most of the woman character's was weak, almost sounded like line readings. Perhaps these women ( Gugino, Murphy,Alba, Dawson) are just nice to look at, and not much else. I have never fancied Rodriquez, he's a bit of a schmuck. His films are terrible, his writing is terrible, and he's an obnoxious creep, much like his pal Tarantino. I got an idea for a film, Tarantino & Rodriquez should hold a big love fest, where they do nothing but compliment each other, then at the very end, they blow each others brains out. I think that would be a great movie, and it would get rid of some waste in the business. Now if they'd only toss in Affleck, Damon, Edward Burns and Kevin Smith, I'd pay to see the sequel. If you have any taste in cinema, avoid this lame duck at all costs.
Perhaps the last reviewer simply didn't get this deep emotional film. This won top awards at Cannes. Simply a great piece of art, with incredible acting, beautifully detailed direction, and glorious photography. Shame on shallow reviewers who need to school themselves in the fine art of filmmaking.
The Pledge (2001)
BETTER than average!
This was an excellent character study about an aging cop, who can't seem to let go of his job. Nicholson has rarely been better, and Sean Penn's eye for detail adds to this somber yet meaningful film. The film is deliberately paced, and lacks your typical Hollywood ending (Thank God!), and this is probably why your typical dumb movie going audience won't take to it. It is an intelligent, well thought out film, with many familiar faces. A gem of a film, and lets hope we see Penn behind the camera more often.
Too long, and not very good
Soderbergh's self-indulgent opus to the drug war. Big deal. Overrated, tries to be too slick, and a cliche'-ridden joke. Sure, the acting is good. With over 100 people in the cast, you're bound to have some good acting somewhere. Poorly written, and the grainy look Soderbergh was going for with the scenes in Mexico, look silly and cheap. Yea...yea, it's going to win some awards, because like they say, "There's a sucker born every minute". Not this one folks, I snuck in.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
One of the years best films
This film absolutely blew me away. Don't get me wrong, I was no fan of "PI", but this flick is a whole other story. This director may be a wunderkind, or he may flop after this. Who knows. Ellen Burstyn plays the pill-addicted Mother perfectly, and Jared Leto steps out from his normal prettyboy roles. The jaw-dropping digital effects are the real reason behind the success of this film however. This is an important, disturbing film, that should not be missed. Ellen Burstyn deserves the Oscar now!!
The Opportunists (2000)
decent little character study
Christopher Walken plays a loser auto mechanic in Queens, New York whose life is hitting rock bottom. His checks are bouncing all over the place, and his relationship with his girl friend, nicely played by Cyndi Lauper is heading nowhere fast. He becomes involved in a heist, with some bumbling locals. The film works well enough, but the writing is a bit weak, and it could have been directed a little better. But well worth a look. By the way, Walken is excellent.
Coming Apart (1969)
Good experimental filmmaking
Rip Torn is very good as Bill, a Psychiatrist whose life is literally "coming apart". And what's worse, he's filming it. Shot mostly from one static vantage point, the entire film takes place in a New York City high rise. We watch as Bill's life unfolds in front of us. His dysfunctional marriage, his trysts with women patients, and so on. Truly a fascinating little film, perhaps way before it's time, and unjustly ignored.
20 Dates (1998)
This movie is about as interesting as a used piece of toilet tissue
One big horrible waste of time. This annoying Jew wanders around LA, supposedly filming himself on 20 dates. It turns out to be an unfunny, thoughtless waste of time. The best thing that could possibly come of this, would be if this loser never makes another movie again.
slight but fascinating little film
Nicely directed character study by Mike Hodges, about a young British writer suffering from a case of writer's block, and dealing somewhat with an identity crisis. He takes a job at a London casino as a table dealer (see: "Croupier"). The job takes over his life, but he is somehow able to turn it into a brilliant novel.
Get Carter (1971)
Gritty, excellent little gem
I don't know if it's the best British film ever made, I can think of a few that may top it, but it's a good little film about a hitman (played brilliantly by Michael Caine) , who comes back to his home town in search of his brother's killers. Gritty, well shot, nicely directed. A real keeper of a film.