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Full Frontal (2002)
Not my cup of tea, but greatly appreciated
This is not by any means a great movie, but I can at least appreciate what is being attempted in this film. This is one of the only movies where actors actually act. With an encouragement to improv, the actors are actually getting into the characters, and not just one line at a time like most features today. I love how this movie makes you really understand and think about the fact that you are watching a movie. Like Igmar Bergman's Persona and Goddard's Week End you really analyze the situation you are in. We get so used to seeing the beautifully lit, actors in makeup being shot on a set. Every movie today is made up of scene after scene of these perfect looking shots to convey the narrative. It is so refreshing to see Soderberg attempt a movie and tell a story with this Dogme technique. It takes some adjusting but an open-minded audience can become involved with this story. It is as if this movie is telling the story of 'real life' without beautiful Hollywood cinematography. And then in the end when we have finally adujusted to this 'real life' being presented to us, we are pulled back out again is the DV Cam pulls out to reveal the set being shot on. These kind of movies aren't typically my cup of tea, but I can definitly appreciate what was accomplished.
Greatest Screenplay Ever Written
This has got to be the best movie I'd seen since Traffic. With it's linear, yet reversed plot, it is so cleverly written. But the best part was the dark humour of different situations after you start figuring out what is going on. I don't want to give out any of the plot, I just urge everyone to go out and see it, especially with all this garbage in the theaters today(Joe Dirt, Freddy Got Fingered). MUST SEE! 10
Any Given Sunday (1999)
Not your cliché football movie
What a film! I was so impressed with this film. Aside from having a phenomenal cast of about 15 well recognizable, some reknowned actors, this was the most unique sports film I've ever seen, as well as the best sports film ever. Oliver Stone did an awesome job of taking a cliché plot and theme and making it appear as something totally unique. The plot about about a young big-headed individual that has learn about teamwork has been so overdone. But the wth a genius like Oliver Stone behind the camera, you actually feel the action and emotions of the characters. With Stone's unique cinematagrahpy (sorry, can't spell) and out-of-the-blue camera shots of a football fan in a gorilla suit picking a fight w/ someone in the stands, we feel as if you are watching a film that has no resemblance to any other movie. Anyway, I'm rambling on here. Definatly check out this flick. Rimz----9
Deep Blue Sea (1999)
Worst Movie of the Summer
This was by far, the worst movie I had seen this summer. First of all, this was the most predictable movie I had ever seen. You start out with 8 actors, and you know most of them will die. But it is so obvious, who will survive. In these kinds of movie, the comic relief never gets killed, and neither does the main character. The comedian always comes very close to dying and somehow, always narrowly escapes. Besides being very predictable, this movie was a plain rip-off of Jurassic Park. Just change the dinosaurs to smart sharks. Just think about it.
Jurassic Park: Genetically created dinosaurs are being safely contained (yeah right) in their cages. Then, after a small crew is left on the island, a hurricane hits, leading to a chain of events to the dinosaurs escaping and hunting the remaining people on the island.
Deep Blue Sea: Genetically engineered sharks are being safely contained (yeah right) in their cages. Then, after a small crew is left on the submarine pin - turned Aquatic base, a hurricane hits, leading to a chain of events to the sharks escaping and hunting the remaining people on Aquatic. Sound a bit familiar?
Well, this movie might be entertaining to some people. If you are looking for a no brainer popcorn movie this summer, then I guess you would go see it. But for me, it was a complete waste of time. Save your $9 and go see Eyes Wide Shut. Deep Blue Sea.............2