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I (finally) saw this flick for the first time a couple days ago, and really enjoyed it. When it came out so many years ago, I shrugged it off as another stupid comedy, but now that I saw it, I found it quite enjoyable...and I'm just a white guy from the suburbs who's never smoked weed in his life.
Sure, it had its share of gross humor, but it was also very smart and was shot very well. My only gripe is that they cut the final scene where Craig's dad calls him into the bathroom one more time (which can be seen on the DVD version). It seems a little unresolved without that scene.
That aside, it's a great movie, and I'm going to have to wait for Next Friday to come out on video now (though everyone seems to hate it).
I just had to make a comment...
Reading everyone's reviews of Magnolia, I've noticed quite a pattern: you love it or you hate it. The ones who love it are the ones who seem to understand it. The ones who hate it are A.) the ones who don't get it or B.)The ones who blame P.T. Anderson for being young.
I loved it. I understood it. "It isn't dangerous to confuse children with angels." "Exodus 34:7." "Love is a rebellious bird." "Exodus 8:2". It makes perfect sense.
Film folks claim that the symbolism is too blatant, Anderson is too greedy, and it's far too melodramatic. Well, obviously a whole bunch of people missed the blatant symbolism, because they b***h and moan about how nothing in the movie made sense. They say it was too long. I say if it was any shorter, it would get pretty confusing (which people also claim that it was...which I didn't see). Overacted? I think it was acted perfectly (with exception of Julianne Moore's scene in the pharmacy). I can't say that I've ever lost a loved one, but I came very close, and I had the same rage as everyone in Magnolia seemed to have. It wasn't overacted at all. (Shame on the Golden Globes, by the way, for nominating Tom Cruise instead of Jason Robards for supporting actor).
If you think it was P.T. Andersons self-indulgent over-dramatic piece of 3 hour melodrama, I can't help you out much. We'll agree to disagree. If you complain because you didn't understand it, try to pay a little better attention next time. If you thought the frog scene was in there for nothing more than comic relief, maybe this movie just wasn't for you.
Different strokes for different folks, I guess.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
This movie is one of the strangest (but funniest) movies I've ever seen. The chase scene through Malkovich's subconscience, the chimpanzee's flashback to the jungle, and of course, Mr. Malkovich's trip to his own mind (I couldn't breathe, I laughed so hard)--all some of the most odd scenes I've ever seen.
And yet, as novel as the story of becoming John Malkovich for 15 minutes at a time sounds, it really plays well--not just as a gimick, but as a vehicle to tell a love story (a very very odd love story). Never once did I mutter "This is stupid--that can't be done." The writer and director (I can't believe it was Spike Jonze!) simply make us accept the fact that these people can enter the mind of John Malkovich...the rest just unfolds around that.
(Best Original Screenplay?)
Oh yeah, and the puppetry was beautiful, too.
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
I really enjoyed some of the scenes (in the club and on the roof), and Ving Rames was hilarious, but I never really got the sense of any storyline...it seemed empty. (And Nicholas Cage's voice gives me the creeps).
Oh well, can't win 'em all.
American Beauty (1999)
It's the perfect movie. Words can't explain. It's bound to be a new classic. Easily the best movie of 1999, most likely in the top 5 movies of the 90's. It's so funny, yet so tragic, and so beautifully made.
"It all goes downhill from here."
The Butcher Boy (1997)
I expected better.
I think the problem with the movie is that they tried to fit WAY too much into the 111 minutes. I never read the book that it is based on, but I'm sure it's pretty good. The premise, scenes, and narration of the movie were all good, but it's just a matter of fitting it all in. In a novel (however long it is), I'm sure it flows much more easily...I'll have to read it.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Did I miss something?
Call me crazy, but I didn't like it. Everyone I went with and everyone else I know who have seen it said it was the scariest thing they'd ever seen.
I'm not saying it was a horrible movie, but I just kind of sat through it, and it was done. I never jumped, never held my breath, nothing. I actually found it to be funnier than it was scary, because of some of the one-liners thrown in there every once in a while.
It was predictable.
I guess if I went into the theater blind, not knowing anything about the movie, it might've been a little scarier...but alas, I saw some clips from the commercials and read about HOW the movie was made, so the whole experience didn't seem as real as everyone makes it out to be.
Oh yeah...I felt like slapping that girl after about ten minutes. She tried way too hard.