Change Your Image
Upload An Image
Crop And Save
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Disappointing all the way around
After having seen how "Pulp Fiction" has infiltrated its way into current pop culutre (the dance contest, Royale with cheese, etc.), I finally got a chance to see the movie from the beginning and couldn't believe what a huge letdown it was. There was nothing for me to grasp to make me care about what the characters were doing and why they were doing it, and the overly gratuitous use of the f-bombs put me off completely. It's almost as if swearing was substituted for wit and clever dialogue. I felt like Tarantino was trying to impress me with how much of a movie geek he is, but if he tried to make a movie with an engaging story, I might have liked it more. The only person he's impressing is himself, and it isn't working.
I would have given this a 1, but the most of the Monkees' performances saved it.
What they did with "33 1/3 Revolutions" was done better in "Head". While "33 1/3 Revolutions" had some great music (most notably Peter's keyboard solo and "Listen to the Band"), the story was muddled and less comprehensible. I fast-forwarded through much of this, usually whenever "the wizard" came on and started babbling about whatever. Even the 50's medley was a bit painful to watch.
I understood what they were trying to get at but it just felt like it had "contractual obligation" written all over it, nobody really putting in any effort to make it a better program. Considering the Monkees' history, however, they were probably glad when the entire ordeal was over.
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Most of the "good" bits are in the trailers
I honestly didn't know what to expect when I finally watched this. I'd heard so many good things about it and was completely disappointed. Everybody seemed to be acting in a really bad school play, just reciting their lines at each other; nobody closed their mouths - they just stood there, slack-jawed and staring at each other; and above all, I just couldn't connect with anybody. I've heard people going on and on about "oh, it's a great character piece" but what happens when I don't like any of the characters on the screen? And the dialog seemed designed to be on t-shirts, greeting cards, and posters. Which is where it all ended up. What a surprise: it's an MTV movie. Marketing for marketing's sake.
Little Voice (1998)
Little voice, big disappointment
*POSSIBLE SPOILERS* After all the glowing reviews, I finally had the chance to watch the DVD. Jane Horrocks' performance was stunning, but the rest of the movie didn't keep up with her. The "free bird" metaphor wasn't presented as much as it was beat over the audience's heads at least four times. Okay, we get it: find your own voice, break out, take a chance, blah blah blah. Unfortunately, the heavy-handed nature of the metaphor broadcast the ending so it was incredibly unsatisfying. I found myself following the dots, pretty much predicting the high points before they happened. Overall, it didn't live up to what I was expecting.
Like a few others, I was disappointed with the series. I was hoping it would live up to "Bewitched" but there really wasn't anything to set it apart from the other bland sitcoms surrounding it. Aunt Minerva really seemed like a tired retread of Endora with a smattering of Aunt Clara or Esmerelda, and Adam substituting for Durweed...Dogwood...Darrin seemed pointless (apparently, continuity wasn't considered. Maybe they thought the younger audience they were shooting for wouldn't have noticed or watched the original series?) The only thing it had going for it was the theme song. While Lisa Hartman was a decent choice for the role physically, it looked like her main direction was "pretend you're Elizabeth Montgomery playing Samantha". Overall, the show didn't feel very original.
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005)
Needs a lot of work
It might have been (over) familiarity with the subject matter, but I'm another who felt this could have been a lot better. Ashanti didn't really seem to "connect" with the Muppets in a way other performers have accomplished in the past; on their show and in their movies, you thought Steve Martin or Ruth Buzzi were actually talking to other actors. Here, Ashanti seemed to be talking to decorated lumps of felt and feathers. The Quentin Tarantino bit seemed like it was dropped in as an afterthought, only because he really likes the Muppets and wanted to tell his friends he made an appearance in a Muppet production. Overall, it just seemed to lack the character and spark I've come to expect from the Muppets.
The Evil Dead (1981)
When does it get interesting?
About the only thing that separates it from the rest of the
friends-get-stranded-and-killed movies is the Book of the Dead plot. Otherwise, I got the idea of it, even though I fast forwarded through the majority. I'm not sure if I'm going to move on to the sequels; nothing about this movie compels me to do so. The ending, trying not to give away any spoilers, just leaves it hanging open with no resolution and makes it too obvious that it wants a sequel. I'm not even sure if I can qualify it for its perceived "camp" value; dull, flat acting from four of the five cast members, weak special effects (yeah, yeah, yeah. I know: it was made in 1981! What did you expect? "The Matrix"), a storyline that was new at the time, but I've seen at least 100 times before and 1000 times
better. * of ****
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
While the movie certainly looked (okay, okay, "New York City" obviously isn't) and sounded good, the story and characters left me flat. Nobody really hooked me or made me care about them, which is important when telling a story. It just seemed to be more interested in spouting faux mysticism of the era, rather than trying to tie it all together and telling me a cohesive story.
Elvira's Haunted Hills (2001)
How's she do it?
Most of the jokes are older than the Carpathian hills, but they're delivered with such verve and glee, I couldn't help but laugh! Cassandra Peterson continues to deliver with one of the more unique characters in TV and film history, this time in a heart-felt tribute to the horror movies of the 50's and 60's that helped launch her career. The entire cast really got into their parts, delivering worthy performances and adding to the atmosphere of fun. Too bad this didn't get more wide-spread distribution; hopefully, the word of mouth from pay-per-view and home video will help.
Chuck & Buck (2000)
Unpleasant. Unnerving. Unnecessary.
After hearing so many glowing reviews, I was surprised how unpleasant this movie was. Unpleasant in a bad way. I did NOT find Buck to be all that endearing; I found him to be a really creepy jerk. I was not charmed by his arrested adolescence. I did not feel sorry for him because his affection for Chuck was not returned in kind. Yes, I've been in his situation, but I've never stalked anybody or insinuated myself into their lives. I found nothing to like about this movie.