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Cage, what were you thinking?
I am a big fan of Nicolas Cage. I loved "Face/Off," loved "Con Air," and loved "Snake Eyes," but he had to go and make this awful film. I don't know what people think are intense about a film which has 20% of time in a room searching papers about a missing girl and another 20% with Cage and the girl's mom talking in an unbelievably boring tone and pace. This movie was hyped up as a thrill ride, it was not. It is a murder/mystery, but of course you have no idea if the girl was actually murdered or not till the end. Joaquin Phoenix was pretty decent in this as the porn pro. There is no interesting points in this movie, that is, I don't find snuff films interesting, but hey that's just me. This movie, because of its writer is compared to "Se7en," a really good film, but "8mm" has no surprise ending, which is what I expected and the soundtrack to this film, the background music and score, made me want to throw up. Thankfully, Cage will be in an upcoming movie with Scorsese, that should be a winner.
The Matrix (1999)
Whoa, was this a feast for your eyes or what? A cinematic delight. I generally think Keanu Reeves is the work actor out there, but he delivers nicely in this film. The plot is a based on a concept that is so unbelievable that I couldn't believe the directors would die write it, let alone try it. It caught my eye right away and my eye just grew wider and wider per shot. The epic battle between good and evil has reached a new pinnacle with this film. The fighting scenes are done with great cinematography and the whole movie is just completely beautiful to look at.
Citizen Kane (1941)
I know it was great, but I can't honestly say it was the best ever.
Don't get me wrong, I have seen "Citizen Kane" about 20 times, and I love it each and ever time, but I have liked so many other movies better. Maybe it is the fact that I was born 40 years after its original release, but whatever it is, I never fell in love with this film. Orsen Welles did it all in this movie, not bad for a 25 year-old. He wrote, directed and starred. He was great and I love James Cotton also. They were also great in "The Third Man," a movie I think is equally as great as "Citizen Kane." I give this movie 3.67 out of 4 when I rate and a 9.25 out of 10. I do only wish more kids my age could enjoy this movie and at least experience, even though they probably won't.
Noises Off... (1992)
People actually like this movie
WOW, was this bad. For some insane reason myself and my fellow class mates were forced into watching this movie in film class. A waste of a week. The movie wastes the talents of Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, and Carol Burnett. Why, oh why, did anyone say "yes, I'll do this movie" after they read the most boring screenplay ever written. I think I laughed once in this movie and I think it was because I was becoming delirious. This movie was not funny, not smart, and by no means, good. THUMBS DOWN, WAY DOWN.
"Good Will Hunting" and "L.A. Confidential" got robbed
O.K., don't get misled by the one-line summary, I thought "Titanic" was a descent movie, but in no way was it the best film of the year, not even close. Let's face it, if DiCaprio isn't in the cast, this movie doesn't break the records. The performances were all half-way decent at best (I could have played Jack, it was that difficult of a part). But the special effects were nice. The plot was textbook romance and there was nothing surprising, even when Jack died. All in all, this movie was ok. I give it a 6 out of 10. If you want to see a real Cameron movie see "True Lies". That's a movie that has got it all. Fun, action, comedy, and a surprise here and there. Finally the main reason this movie could have been better is if the screenplay was better. "Good Will Hunting" won for best screenplay in '97 and they deserved it a lot more. A good movie, but ladies, lets just leave it at that.
I love the combination of Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, but when you throw Joe Pesci in the mix, you have what I call cinematic magic. It is one of, if not the best movie of the decade and the performances are simply unforgettable. Joe Pesci earned the Oscar by playing a role only he could play. The direction of Martin Scorsese, is simply wonderful making this movie one of my ten best. Only in "The Godfather" made me want to join the mob more. Its by far a 10 of 10 and a brilliant movie.
Its so money you don't even know!
I have to say, before I saw this movie, I had no clue who Vince Vaughn was, no idea who Jon Favreau was, and whose Doug Liman. After "Swingers" I became a big fan of all three. Other then the terrible remake of "Pycho" Vince Vaughn has been up and coming. He was very good in "Return to Paradise" and I loved his character in "Clay Pigeons". Doug Liman has been able to back up "Swingers" with another movie, highly underrated, "Go". Jon Favreau has yet to find that good movie role because "Very Bad Things" was very bad. I did like his cameos in "Friends" so lets hope that his movie "Marciano" does well for Shotime. As for "Swingers" I got three words "Get a nightlife." What a tagline, perfect for the movie. Doug Liman does a great job directing this group of talent. And the movie really does show how most guys think. Whether you are more like Trent (Vaughn) or more like Mike (Favreau). Overall this movie gets a 10, "It was money". I really loved it, I thought the characters were unforgettable and found myself wanting to hang out with these guys.
Taxi Driver (1976)
Do you think DeNiro scares himself?
Wow! This movie is great. It is probably the best movie ever made about city paranoia. I really love the tag team of Robert DeNiro and Martin Scorsese. If you add that to a completely mind-blowing screen play by Paul Schrader you got yourself a movie that you cannot forget about when you leave the theater. Robert DeNiro IS Travis Bickle, a veteran who lives what many consider to be a greatly disturbing life, but it seems very normal to him. And, of course, how could you possibly forget the line, one of the most famous lines of all time "Are you talking to me" I can relate to that part and I think that most other people can to. I think everybody at least once in their life talked to themselves in the mirror asking yourself questions. This is a great film and Travis Bickle will never be forgotten.
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Donner knows what he is doing.
This might be on of the greatest action movies of all time. I am not just saying that because Mel Gibson and Danny Glover were perfectly casted. And I am not saying that because Gary Busey was truly terrific in his role, although both of them don't hurt. But I am saying this because of the great scenes that were displayed by Director, Richard Donner. The comic timing is just right between Gibson and Glover. But it was some of the scenes that really blew me away. For example when the chase is on between a car and a helicopter, that was extraordinarily done. Bar none, these are two (Gibson and Glover) of the most memorable characters of all time. Their relationship in the movie is so perfect that everything they say can make you laugh. I give this movie a 9.5 only missing a ten because I have only said a movie was a ten about 10-12 times in my life. But without a doubt in my mind, this and Die Hard are the two best action movies of all time.
Die Hard (1988)
One of the two best action movies of all time
When I think of great action movies, two movies come to my mind, Lethal Weapon and Die Hard. Die Hard is an unbelievably well-acted, slam-bam, thank you mam, thriller. Every second of this movie was better then the next. Bruce Willis WAS John MacLane and Alan Rickman was truly insane. The scenes on the roof of the 40 floor building were amazing and the fight between Bruce Willis and the late Alexander Godunov was truly magnificent. Every scene kept me on the edge of my seat and I wanted more. I didn't want the movie to end. In a way, it didn't, Die Hard 2: Die Harder was almost as good as the original and Die Hard 3: Die Hard with a Vengeance was almost as good as the first sequel. I give the original film a 9.5, the second a 9.0, and the third a 8.5. But I don't want to see a Die Hard movie drop below 8 so stop while you're ahead.