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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
Way Better than the Votes
Look at the cast and acknowledge this movie's influence. It is way better than the accumulated voting may indicate.
Sutherland, Swank, Root, Reubens, Arquette, Hauer, and Perry. Fantastic.
No matter how you feel about the subject matter or the execution, the legacy of this movie and its author extend far beyond 1992. Hooray for Wesleyan Graduates.
This is a must see for anyone interested in the evolution of the supernatural in Movies and TV.
Don't nitpick, this movie was a sea change in its approach to the vampire.
Down with Love (2003)
Sorry, John, you didn't get the point
Sorry, John. "Down with Love" is a spoof of the Doris Day/Rock Hudson films. As such, it is great! I guess you just didn't get it. This film parodies the atmosphere and bare male chauvinism of the time with uncanny accuracy, including all the fashions, decor, and architecture. For those who were living back them, it is a true, if embarrassing, reminder of the way it was. Only the "In like Flint" movies with James Coburn actually parodied this scene as it was happening.
For those seeking the modern version of this type of madcap romantic comedy, see "Intolerable Cruelty" with Clooney and Zeta-Jones. The tradition is alive and well in the 21st Century.
The spirit of the trilogy is captured more excellently than I had hoped. The Ring Wraiths are truly terrifying, as are the Orcs. True to the book, Orcs are easily killed, but always numerous.
The better-known actors, Liv Tyler, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchet, are used in less prominent roles to make their characters more memorable, while the acting of the main characters is first-rate.
The balance between action, suspense, and dialogue is full of care and steady. The visual look is breath-taking and true to the imagination of the books. Go see this film, but be sure to read the books first!