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There are many reasons to watch a movie, entertainment being primary. One might also merely appreciate the art of acting in much the same way that one might appreciate a painting, beautiful but one wouldn't call that entertaining. "Monster" is this kind of art as it displays flawless acting, directing, and editing. Its two hours always retains the viewer's interest. Most notable of all is the portrayal of Aileen Wuonos, the notorious serial-killer of Florida. This demanding role was performed by Charlize Theron, and was done to perfection. Not since Crissy Rock's performance in "Ladybird Ladybird" have I seen anyone portray so well a personality type that (thank goodness) is foreign to most of us.
It is surprising that this movie didn't win at least one academy award for Ben Kingsley who played a very persuasive role of an exiled Iranian shortly after the 1979 Iranian revolution when the Ayatollah Khomeini came to power after overthrowing the Shah. Ben Kingsley, an officer in the Shah's army, fled to the U.S. with his wife and son.There,the family bought a home that was being auctioned by the city after a woman failed to pay her property taxes. This house,the one in the title, evolves into a curse to all that want to own it. The script is well edited and the characters well developed. The movie evolves unexpectedly, very much the way life does.This is definitely one of the best movies of 2003, and one of the best acted ever.
Anyone that expects Gods and Generals to be of the same quality as the 1993 production of "Gettysburg", will be disappointed. The first thing to object to is the very poor titling throughout the movie. The letters are much to small, and there isn't enough time to read the small print before its taken off of the screen. Also, there is far too much effort to put various messages into the dialog. Perhaps Ted Turner wanted to make a movie that delivered a message to the viewer. If so, the attempt is far too obvious and clumsy. The only saving graces to the movie are its battle scenes and close conformity to historic accuracy.
Anyone that expects Gods and Generals to be of the same quality as the 1993 production of "Gettysburg", will be disappointed. The first thing to object to is the very poor sub-titling throughout the movie. The letters are much to small, and there isn't enough time to read the small print before its taken off of the screen. Also, there is far too much effort to put various messages into the dialog. Perhaps Ted Turner wanted to make a movie that delivered a message to the viewer. If so, the attempt is far too obvious and clumsy. The only saving graces to the movie are its battle scenes and close conformity to historic accuracy.
This is a movie that should not be overlooked by anyone that wants to see great acting. The main role is performed by Iceland's Bjork. Her performance is as excellent as will ever be seen. There are many excellent actors and actresses that aren't recognized because they aren't cast into demanding roles. This role of a girl, that is going blind, is very demanding,and Bjork fills the need to over flowing. The movie is done with great sensitivity and should evoke all the emotions that a viewer should want. Great acting throughout and obviously great directing.The movie is very disturbing, and should not be watched just before trying to go to sleep.
One of 2002's best acting performances is in this movie about two young women pursuing their dreams but only finding emptiness. One will never be disappointed by the always great acting of Gena Rowlands and Juliette Lewis. The surprise is in the acting of Uma Thurman. Her character has to be one of the most difficult roles I've ever seen, and she is so convincing that it's hard to believe that she doesn't live a life off-stage as she did here. The movie is excellently directed and edited. The subject is somewhat discomforting, as is much of today's culture.
This movie is as well done as is possible. Casting, directing, acting,editing, and script (for what it dealt with),could not be improved upon. Though the movie is long, it doesn't seem that way because of the excellent editing. If there is a fault with the movie, since it is supposed to follow America's path into that war, it would be in ignoring the "Gulf of Tonkin Incident" that was a major factor in getting public support for our initial entry into to Vietnam with combat troops. Since there is much suspicion as to whether this was a trumped-up event, it should have been explored in some depth instead of making only casual mention of it, even if it meant making this movie into a mini-series.
This is a movie that I almost didn't watch because it was to be about a fat pizza cook. After watching for thirty minutes, it was obvious that the movie was about the very sensitive feelings of someone who is over weight. The performance by Pruitt Taylor Vince was very impressive, and I felt if not winning an Academy Award, should have at least been nominated. Few actors can express as much without saying a word, as he did in this very powerful and touching movie.
This movie is worth seeing if only for the purpose of understanding the mind-set of those who have greatly suffered from prejudice. Robert DiNiro is a red-neck who is transformed into a semi-rational individual by the character of the role played by Cuba Gooding. The movie's greatest weakness is by DiNiro who over-acts as he has been doing in recent movies. It is as though the directors are over-awed by his excellent early performances, and choose to not rein-in his exaggerated and unbelievable portrayals.
This movie deals with the incestual relationship between a father and his daughter, and how it impacts the son when he discovers this. I could not find the slightest fault with the movie. Casting, acting, editing, film-sets, photography, and costumes were all perfect. The portrayal of the daughter by Lara Belmont should have received some award for such an excellent acting job in a very difficult role. I wish that Tim Roth would put his acting and directing talent in more movies.
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