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"eXistenZ" really IS a wild ride...
I have read some of the reviews here and many people say that "eXistenZ" and "The Matrix" should not be compared. I disagree with that. Although the simularities aren't as big as you might think before you see them, they both deal with the "what's real?" question.
I have seen "the Matrix" twice, and it was pretty good the first time I saw it. However after a second viewing it wasn't at all impressing anymore. I discovered some major plot holes and flaws. "eXistenZ", however, didn't have that problem. I have seen it three times already and it just gets better for each viewing.
It's not at all as predictable as "the Matrix" and the acting is superior. I especially like how "eXistenZ" criticizes modern society. You get this weird feeling, kind of like "could this really happen with the world?" or "is this where we're headed?".
Compared to "eXistenZ", "the Matrix" is just an empty shell, all stylish and about looks only. If you want something inside the shell, see "eXistenZ".
I give this movie 9/10.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
The best film in 1999.
I am a big fan of Kubrick, and I love all his films. Therefor my expectations were huge when I entered the theatre the first time (I went to see it twice). It's not often that a movie actually measures up to expectations like this. However this was not the case with "Eyes Wide Shut".
Everything in the movie is so perfectly done. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are wonderful in their roles. You can tell that they are a couple in real life, because chemistry like that cannot come from just acting. The music creates a skin crawling suspense, and even after I left the movie it was still playing in my head. The cinematography, the costume designs, the make-up, it's all just perfect.
And on top of everything you have a master's direction. Stanley Kubrick was one of the best directors (if not THE best) who have ever walked the earth. After films like "2001: A Space Odyssey", "Dr Strangelove", "A Clockwork Orange" and "Barry Lyndon" (just to name a few master pieces) you have to be chocked that he NEVER won an Oscar for Best Direction, nor has any of his films won the Best Film category. Even though I don't like the Academy Awards (and rarely agrees with any of the choices they make) very much, I am still amazed that they could let anything like this happen.
And even though I think "Eyes Wide Shut" was the best film in 1999, it will not win any of these categories. It will probably not even be nominated (I mean it got ONE stinking Golden Globe nomination, and that was for best original score). It's upsetting!
We live in a tragic world, and last year it became even more tragic. A truly brilliant director has left us, but I hope that the greatness of his work will be with us 'til the end of time. He deserves nothing less...
This movie really touched me. It made me feel so much, and it moved me in so many ways, I can't even put a name on all the emotions it awoke within me. It contains some great music from Lou Reed, Van Morrison and Elvis Costello just to name a few.
But the movie belongs to Jennifer Jason Leigh, whose performance as singer Sadie Flood, the sister of a another - but famous - singer, Georgia (Mare Winningham), was the best in 1995. She should've got the Academy Award (OK, Susan, Sharon, Elizabeth, Meryl and Emma were all good, but really... the characters they played were not nearly as complex as Jennifer's, except maybe for Elizabeth's). Jennifer Jason Leigh always give great performances, and I'm pretty sure she'll get an Oscar eventually too. She deserves it.
Anyway, this movie is a definite 10-pointer. Go rent it. It's money well-placed, I assure you!
The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
"The Matrix" with a twist of "eXistenZ", and some "Dark City" on the side.
If this movie had been made few years ago I think it would have become a bigger hit. But now that the titles above have already been released the theme of "The Thirteenth Floor" doesn't seem that original anymore.
However, I have to admit that I quite liked it, although it was more interesting than good. The plot was allright, perhaps a bit predictable, and the visuals were outstanding. But you can't help thinking that you've seen it all before.
The acting could've been better, Gretchen Mol was OK as Jane Fuller but Craig Bierko didn't bring much life into his character. And the co-stars didn't do any memorable portrayals either.
I rank this movie as the worst of the ones in my "One line Summary", but still pretty entertaining, especially for Sci-fi and computer freaks.
You've Got Mail (1998)
Not that romantic, not funny at all, and absolutely NOT good
*Warning: May contain some spoilers*
I rented this movie yesterday and I have to say I expected something as charming and funny as "Sleepless In Seattle". Guess if I was surprised! The movie lacks everything "Sleepless In Seattle" had, except for Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan of course. The story was extremely mediocre with flaws bigger than the Atlantic Ocean.
I didn't laugh once during the entire film, I just smiled a few times. And the romance? Did anyone really buy that? Fall in love on the net, even though they didn't know ANYTHING about each other? I mean, come on. And why wasn't Meg Ryan's character angry when she found out who her love from the net was? Her behaviour was so irrational. The ending of "You've Got Mail" is one of THE worst endings I have ever seen in a romantic comedy.
The only thing who saved this movie from total humiliation was the performances by Hanks and Ryan.
If you were planning on seeing this movie, I can only advice you not to. If you would like to see a good romantic comedy, see "The Brothers McMullen", "Four Weddings and a Funeral" or the very underrated "Kissing a Fool". Anything but this.
I give "You've got Mail" *1/2 / ****
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
A little (but just a little) overrated.
This is a very intelligent and original movie. It doesn't rely on music or special-effects to make you scared, just sounds and a creepy surroundings. It is a winning concept, although I think they could have made it even better.
Instead the movie turned out a little uneven. There were times when you sat at the edge of the seat, and your stomach seemed to be turned inside out, and there were times when the movie was slow-moving and even close to boring. There were also a few flaws in the movie, which I think could've been easily avoided.
I think the acting was superb, especially from Heather and the people who was interviewed about the Blair Witch "Legend". The ending was also great, one of the best ever in the horror genre.
So basically I liked "The Blair Witch Project", I just think they could have made it even better. But because of those slow-moving parts in the movie I can't give it more than **1/2 (maybe ***) /****.
A Wonderful Piece of Comedy/Drama
This movie is director Todd Solondz's follow-up to "Welcome to the Dollhouse"(1995), a movie which won the Grand Jury Prize of the Sundance Film Festival. It can't be easy to have the pressure of a critically successful movie behind you when you make another one. Todd Solondz seems to have handled that pressure very good though, because with "Happiness" he has created one of the most intelligent and touching movies ever made.
A movie with a story, actors and dialogue like this does not come along often. A movie that's not shallow or dishonest in any way. This is a movie that wakes so many different feelings in you that it actually makes it hard to identify them all.
Happiness is different, provocative, disturbing - and absolutely brilliant! A definite 10-pointer.
The Brothers McMullen (1995)
The banana-scene is unforgettable
I think Edward Burns is a brilliant man - a genius. He has the ability to make great, touching movies about REAL characters, and the humor is never far away. This is a very funny movie, with some unforgettable scenes (e g: see the "Summary"). The actors do their jobs with a presence rarely seen on film. They never once overact, and everything they say or do seems natural.
There is one major flaw in the movie though, but I'm not going to give it away. I can say this though: It has something to do with the time.
I saw this one after I saw "She's the One" and there are some similarities. However, this doesn't effect either movie in a negative way. In fact; I love both of them equally. I just wish I could get hold of "No Looking Back". It hasn't been released here in Sweden yet (not even on video).
Well... anyway, if you for some reason haven't seen "The Brothers McMullen" - or "She's the One" for that matter - I suggest you run the the nearest video store right now and rent it (preferably both), or better yet: buy them!
One of the funniest ever...
This movie is the perfect example that you don't need $100 million to make a good movie. This one easily beats movies like "Independence Day", "Waterworld", "Twister", "Jurassic Park" and all of the other action-packed-super-specialeffects-braindead movies. I laughed through the entire film. The actors did a remarkable job and the dialogue was absolutely brilliant. I can't wait for "Dogma" to be released. By the way... you should check out "Mallrats" and "Chasing Amy" too (if you haven't already). They are not as good as "Clerks", but they do have that special Kevin Smith quality to them.
The Last Seduction (1994)
Film-noir at it's best.
I saw this film on TV a few months ago and my expectations weren't exactly high. I sat down in my couch - eating some chips, drinking some Coke - and I turned on the TV. I started watching the movie... a couple of minutes later I realized I was witnessing something extraordinary. This movie is VERY good - it has everything. The script is brilliant and so is the weird black humor. Linda Fiorentino plays her femme fatale character so well it's actually Oscar-class and Bill Pullman gives the best performance of his career - so far. What can I say? If you haven't seen this movie, go rent it - or get it another way... just make sure you DO see it. I can guarantee you... you don't want to miss this one!