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The Iron Giant (1999)
A gem of a movie!
The newest animated classic for audiences of all ages, this movie belongs in everyone's video library. Funny, uplifting, touching, exciting...this is a wonderful film which, for reasons I cannot fathom, never got the commercial audience it deserved. Rent it, buy it, but by any means you MUST see The Iron Giant. This gets an enthusiastic 10 out of 10! <> <> I first posted my comments on Sept 11, 2000. Once the movie was out on video, I purchased several as gifts. I accosted strangers with kids in the checkout at grocery stores .."have you and your kids seen 'The Iron Giant'?" My sister (a kid in her 40s, mind you) absolutely loved this movie -- bought the soundtrack even -- after I told her she MUST see it. And here it is, almost five years later, and how am I spending the last hour? Reading over the members' comments on the movie, relishing the praise IG has received from all over the world, like some surrogate proud parent. My all-time favorite animated movie; I wish everyone could experience it. I think I'll go pop it in...
Meet Joe Black (1998)
"Death" nearly did me in...
Good heavens, this film needed an hour trimmed from it. Brad was obviously cast because the studio wanted the Stud-du-jour for box office bottom-line assurance, Anthony Hopkins to give it credibility, and Claire Forlani (who has successfully completed The Ally McBeal School of Nervous Vulnerability, Demur Gestures and Limited Eye Contact: was I the ONLY person to make the connection?) to utterly annoy us. I wish Death had taken her and left her father; at least he had personality AND acting ability. The supporting stars shown far more brightly than our two boring lovebirds. And frankly, I'd take Anthony Hopkins over Brad in a heartbeat.
Too bad; with appropriate editing, I would have given this film three and a half stars out of four. As it plays (and plays and plays and plays), it sadly warrants a measly two and a half.
Nice try, but we deserved better.
Thoroughly enjoyable - for a dark comedy
This movie is one of those off-beat, hidden treasures you're lucky to run into. In the same sort of macabre way as The Last Supper, it's both terribly funny and terribly frightening. I found the first 20 minutes or so very difficult to watch - these are lowlife characters NOBODY would want to know - but once Vanessa Lutz takes control in Bob Wolverton's vehicle, it never turns back. Reese Witherspoon was a tour-de-force as the luckless Vanessa. I've recommended this movie to anyone who can stomach the rough patches.