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Screw Titanic, and as much as I hate to say it, my previous choice for best
picture, Good Will Hunting. L.A. Confidential is the best film I've seen in
at least the last 2 years. The fact that this movie didn't win best picture
at the 1998 Oscars is a crime. Everything in this movie was Oscar worthy
except, rather ironically, Kim Basinger. While she turns in a good
performance, it certainly wasn't Oscar worthy. As is always the way with
Basinger, she was playing the same character she always plays. She was no
better here than she was in Batman. If anything her performance in the
rather awful Blind Date was more Oscar worthy.
That aside this is a gripping movie with more than a few twists along the way. Guy Pearce was the standout for me. He does a fantastic job as Exley, and unless you knew (like I did) you'd have no idea he's Australian. Of course, to single out one actor is rather unfair as everyone is terrific in this movie, even Danny DeVito who I usually find annoying as hell. He is perfect as the sleazy magazine publisher.
If you haven't seen this movie, turn off your computer, and head to the video store RIGHT NOW! Don`t walk, RUN, and grab yourself one of the best movies ever made, and for sure the best movie of the last 2 years. As I said above, the fact that Cameron's incubus of a movie won Oscars over this just shows how totally screwed the whole Oscar voting system is. This movie should have beaten... no, CRUSHED AND UTTERLY DESTROYED the opposition.
My only regret is I waited this long to see it.
This is a wonderful movie. Typical Lynch. I spent the first 45 minutes in
awe. The movie losts it`s way a little at the mid part, but came back at the
end. Yes, this movie doesn't make sense if you look at it straight on. On a
diet of fluff that Hollywood feed us, a movie like Lost Highway will seem
like weirdness as there is nobody out there making movies with any brains
anymore. I'm a Lynch fan and he is my favourite director. While Blue Velvet
is undoubtedly his best movie, Lost Highway easily ranks next to my second
favourite, Fire Walk With Me. (For the record, I hated Wild at Heart.)
Subtle visual metaphors, wonderful direction, pacing that works to
perfection... This movie is terrific.
This movie will of course be slaughtered by a lot of people, due to the fact that most people like their movies to be tied up in a nice little bundle at the end. Life is not like that, and neither is this movie. Sure, the movie leaves you with more questions than answers, but what questions! A film to challenge you, a film to confuse you, a film to shock you, but more importantly, a film to show you what REAL direction and film making are about. In any other directors hands this movie would have either been way shorter, or boring as hell. (For an horrendous movie which is also long, check out The Horse Whisperer. HORRIBLE!) While there are long periods of silence, camera shots that last way longer than they would ordinarily, it all adds up to a film which creates a creepy, disturbing atmosphere which just doesn't let up until the end.
One footnote about the movie, it was fantastic to see Richard Pryor after all these years.
Way to go Lynch. Never surrender to the corporate masses. All the time directors like you around, there is hope for the movie industry.
Given the level of negative criticism fired at this movie, I have to wonder how many people just don't get it. People say Stone is a hypocrite, and i`m intrigued to know how they come to that conclusion. Stone never set out to condemn the media for their portrayal of serial killers and the like, he made a movie to show up how sick and perverse society has become, and how the media panders to it. The whole tone of the movie is exaggerated, but the point still comes across. The media will make anyone a hero, regardless of the consequences. You can't look at the scene outside the court without thinking of the whole OJ Simpson fiasco. The media codemn with one hand, while clutching at killers with the other, since they know it is their life blood.
This movie was passable at best. The makers seemed to be going for a dark
suspense thriller, and ended up with an uninspired mess of a movie. Whether
this is due to the final editing, or the actual directing i`m not sure. With
a better script and better direction this movie could have been an original,
inspired movie. As it is, it pulls stock tricks out of the bag for scares,
which inexplicably made a lot of the audience jump (the IQ levels of preview
audiences must be dropping severely) when I and who I was with saw them
coming a mile away. The film was also ruined by the fact that for some
reason, the people in front of us wouldn't quit laughing. This would have
blown the atmosphere of the movie... Had the movie created any. Annette
Benning overacts horribly, and though he`s shown a lot in the trailers,
Robert Downey Jr. is barely in it. Downey does his best with a pedestrian
and formulaic script, but he doesn't seem to have the usual fire. All I can
hope is it was the script, and not a post-drugs Downey that was the problem.
(I am not advocating drug use, but I sincerely hope the drugs are not what
fuelled his acting ability.)
This movie may be worth renting on video when it gets there, but I would NOT recommend paying to see it on the big screen. You will more than likely leave the theatre disappointed.
This movie is terrific, but it's let down by some horrendous directing. Give
the script to someone who knows how to direct, and it would be infinitely
superior to this version. On saying that, given the choice of this or not at
all, I`d choose this.
An intriguing movie.
"Let's ruin a really good book and play with our new computer."
Jurassic Park is horrid. While on first watching it is suspenseful in places (barely), it is so full of goofs and errors, some of which are blindingly obvious (did they not hire anyone for continuity on this movie?), that the movie is just ridiculous. The best part of this movie is Laura Dern's ass. I'd rather stare at that for 2 hours than this horrible rendition of what is a terrific book.
Okay, so microphones can do interesting things to your voice, but the plot of this movie is just a little far fetched. Don`t get me wrong though, it's a great movie. It's a nice romantic comedy. Definite date movie.
I don`t know what people expected from this movie. High drama, perhaps Shakespearean dialog. This is an all out action movie that deserves way better reviews than it got. This movie could have been horrible, but the characters were pretty well fleshed for a movie of this type, and the makers actually went for the pathos angle with the creature. Rather than make Godzilla a giant monster, they gave the creature a personality with its behaviour, a personality that can best be seen at the Madison Square Garden explosion. For anyone to not find that scene poignant, they must be heartless. Add to this the great acting, and the "scientific" explanations (which was more than Independence Day ever managed) and this is a grossly under-rated movie.