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Four Rooms (1995)
Fun, But Sometimes Slow
This movie was pretty good. I, of course, will have to grade this segment by segment: The first segment wasn't very good. It was dumb and raunchy (with an bizarre amount of nudity.) Does Madonna seek out bad roles? Nothing really seemed serious or funny enough for you to really care about what was going on, and the conflict is resolved with so little effort, that you wonder why they even bothered creating it, and why Madonna would waste her time. Lily Taylor is completely wasted in it. Still, it's moderately entertaining mostly because of all the gimicky wipes, bad humor, and a dumb, feel-good attitude. 4/10 The second segment tried a little harder to creating an interesting situation, but, alas, it was a big dull dud. Nothing else to say. 2/10 The third segment was really good. It was packed full of good humor and some funny (and disturbing) surprises. I can't say much more about it, except to say that it was really, really good. 9/10 The final segment ended the movie well. The long takes got kind of annoying and distracting, but overall it was pretty good. The first half of the segment was kind of dull, but the second half was pretty interesting, and it ended the movie on the perfect note. 8/10 Overall, despite some dull parts, this movie was good enough to recommend. However, I wouldn't watch it again. 7/10
Ordinary People (1980)
A Classic Character Study
This is one of those movies that everyone probably forgot about a few years after it was made (I bet Shakespeare in Love and Forrest Gump will soon follow.) It's great, and doesn't deserve to be forgotten. It should be in the top 50 on this list. This is probably the best movie I've ever seen that has such a slow moving plot. People compare it to American Beauty, though they're really quite different. Ordinary People has a much better message and is less plot-driven than American Beauty. The characters are excellent. Everyone in this movie deserved an Oscar, especially Mary Tyler Moore, in what is, by far, her strongest performance (and pretty much what is her only major serious performance.) Mary Tyler Moore and Timothy Hutton's few scenes are the highlights of the movie, although the rest of the movie is also wonderful. If you want to see an emotionally manipulative movie that uses simple, unoriginal Hollywood ideas that have been used a billion times, go see a movie like "Pay It Forward," but if you want genuine emotion and a good message, go see this movie. I hope I've made the point I was trying to make. 10/10
Cruel Intentions (1999)
Good Movie Destroyed By Bad Ending
This movie was really good. It was so close to being classic. I read Ebert's review, and I totally agree when he said that: "It crash-lands with an ending of soppy moralizing, but until the end, it's smart and merciless in the tradition of the original story." The ending was just awful. It just didn't fit with the tone of the story at all. But before that, it was compelling, often hillarious, and wonderfully twisted. I especially loved Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair's performances. They were cast well. If it'd had a twisted ending that didn't try too hard to prove that "no, you should not be like Katheryn", I would give it an A, but the ending is always extremely important in how you view a movie (and this had an awful ending), so I give it a C+.
The Jezebels (1975)
A Group Film
I don't know how anyone could even watch this entire movie without a big group of people. It'd be like watching Manos: Hands of Fate without the MST3K commentaries. This is a BAD movie. It's, of course, not to be taken seriously, but it's still a bad movie. You can't expect much from this film, and you won't get it. There's some laughable outfits and some bad acting, but nothing that would make it especially better than any other exploitation flick. It's just a bad movie. The only reason, I'm sure, that anyone would see this movie is because of Quentin Tarrintino, but, trust me, his introduction to the movie is more interesting than the movie itself. 2/10
This was a pretty good show. Kind of like an updated I Love Lucy. It wasn't one of the best, but I can say that it's four year run, and was funny in a Just Shoot Me kind of way. The show started mediocre in it's first season. The second season was probably it's best, and the third was almost as good. The last season wasn't very good only because they sacrificed humor for the sake of sending their message, but I think ABC should've let Ellen on for another season to see if it shaped back up into a funny show, although, if it had stayed on and continued to not be funny, it may have lost a lot of it's supporters. It's amazing what this show was able what this show was able to do, and Will & Grace, which is one of the best shows on the air now, would obviously never even exist if it wasn't for it.
Un indien dans la ville (1994)
What is Up With This Movie?
What is up with this movie? It's awful. Why of all the foreign language films, did THIS one get a major U.S. release? Why did they remake it (Jungle 2 Jungle)? Did they think that making it in english would make it better? Roger Ebert gave it his rare Zero Stars, and, I can assure you, it deserves every star it didn't get. 1/10
Death Becomes Her (1992)
A Comedy For People Who Like Black Comedies
This is a bizarre movie. If you can't enjoy a comedy whose main characters have pathetic, sad lives, or if you can't laugh at black comedies, don't rent this. I, for one, love black comedies, and this is a pretty good one. It's not the best movie, ever, but it's all around fun (in a sick kind of way). It kind of stumbles during the last quarter, but fortunately it ended perfectly, which made the last quarter of the movie worth watching. I thought it was the absolute perfect ending for this movie, and I love when a movie knows how it should end without going overboard. 8/10
A Ridiculous Concept Makes For A Really Fun Show
This show was fun. I'd completely forgotten about it until I looked up the profile for that girl from "Dark Angel." I think she was that girl that Alex hated because she was dating the guy Alex liked. Something like that. I remember specifically watching the last episode. Although, I didn't know, then, it was the last episode since they marketed it as the season finale, but it was a pretty good finale (which you could expect considering the gimicky concept.) Shows like this, "Clarissa", and "Salute Your Shorts" make me wonder whatever will happen with these shows. They seem like too much fun to just never show again, but there aren't really nearly enough of them to fill a network. Home video, maybe? I think they should show them on TV Land weekly as part of their regular schedual because it seems weird just to let some of these shows which are filled with rising stars just to sit on some shelf.
I've never been to a midnight showing or anything like that, but this is the second strangest (close behind Being John Malkovich) movie I've ever seen. It's funny. It's trash. It's the kind of movie that in 20 years, people will wake up in the middle of the night, turn on the tv, and see, and think..."What the...?" It's good. This is an enjoyably bad movie, but it's not really bad at all. This is the kind of movie that deserves a place on some top 100 list.
This is a really good that definitely deserved its Best Picture Oscar. It's almost bizarre when you think that this is a movie made by James Cameron, considering his other work. I was really surprised that I liked this movie, since normally I would hate a romance movie, but this one blew me away. It's a 10. It's a lot like American Beauty, in that, if you completely ignore it's message, it's a masterpiece. Just as American Beauty glorified pedophiles and drug dealers, this movie glorifies the idea that it's quite all right to completely ignore the fact that you're getting married and have a fling with some guy you barely even know. I have no idea why the MPAA thinks it's all right to make a movie like this PG-13 (with the message that is definitely not teen-friendly and the nudity), but makes a movie like Almost Famous R (considering doesn't have any more nudity than Titanic, and it has a message that's great for teens.) Nonetheless, it's a really, really good movie.