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Say Anything... (1989)
a great goddamn movie
You look back at the eighties and you think of Molly Ringwald
putting on lipstick with her breasts and Rob Lowe as a badass.
Say Anything is kind of left behind, like a diamond in the rough. It is
the best romantic comedy of all time. John Cusack is so
charming, so purrrfect. Girls see Lloyd Dobler and they say "man,
if his name was something other then Lloyd Dobler, he would be
the perfect boyfriend. the ultimate man". He's that great a
character. Guys are like, "that Diane, she's a fox". This movie has
the memorable dialogue, a wicked soundtrack and a story that
keeps you going. So what if I was seven when the eighties ended,
I still know what I'm talking about. Say Anything is a necessity. So
eat that, John Hughes.
You Can Count on Me (2000)
Kenneth Lonergan's masterpiece about the relationship between a brother and sister is quite possibly one of the best films of last year. Laura Linney, Rory Culkin, Matthew Broderick and especially Mark Ruffalo give amazing performances that seem believable and inspriring. Lonergan's script is tip-top and never misses a beat.
A Time to Kill (1996)
Very well done
I'm not sure why I didn't see this film when it came out, but I watched it for the first time last week and was blown away. "A time to kill" is not only very well done, but it shows the way racism is dealt with in an intertesting way. Every character is not only well developed, but the actors playing them make it totally believable.
Kevin Spacey and Samuel L. Jackson, who remain two of the finest American actors are definetly one of the best parts of the film. I'm not really sure how this film was received when it was released, but I consider it to be one of the most well done films I've seen recently.
Lucky Numbers (2000)
My god, that was bad...
When I rent movies like this, I expect them to be mediocre at best. I wasn't really expecting Lucky Numbers to be incredible or brilliant, but perhaps, decent-maybe.
It wasn't. This movie was so bad that I kept on wondering how it got made in the first place. What the hell were they thinking?
Forget John Travolta. Pulp Fiction and Face off were his only two great movies. But Lisa Kudrow and Tim Roth? They're, like, great. Seriously. They both make good films and the do good jobs, too. I just don't get why they would ever see anything in a film like this one. It's pointless garbage that never really knows when to end. Everytime the film looks like it's over, it keeps on going.
Lucky numbers gets my vote for worst film of 2000.
Dr. T & the Women (2000)
When I first heard about Dr. T and the Women, I thought it sounded very intriguing. While I haven't always loved Altman's films, I still had a repsect for his ideas and the way he makes a film. Richard Gere is usually alright, but I thought that the cast of women in this film would really make it great.
Alas, I was wrong.
It may star Helen Hunt and Laura Dern and Kate Hudson and dozens of others, but Dr. T. is quite possibly one of the worst films I've ever watched. Not only is it long and boring, but it's not even enjoyable. I spent of the film feeling bad for the actors and hoping that they wouldn't make stuff like this again.
It's hard to imagine how a film could be so bad, but a lot of it lies in the writing and the boring direction. Nobody does anything. Ever. Everyone just...It's...whatever...
don't see it.
Yes, it may be long. Yes, it may be a tad boring, but for most of this film, I was completely enthralled. The acting, in addition to set design and direction were superb. Every single actor brings a lot originality and charisma to their respective roles. Brian Cox is astounding as the villain, so much so, that you miss him when he's offscreen.
Because this is "court movie", you have to enjoy the parameters that the director sets. With much of the film talking place inside one room, it's somewhat hard to really get a feel for what's going on elsewhere. Nevertheless, being in the courtroom the whole time gives a very closed-up feeling that doesn't allow the viewer to turn away.
All in all, this is very good miniseries, and while there are flaws that sometimes hurt the story, by the end, all is forgotten. Educational, thought-provoking and real.
The Mexican (2001)
Brad Pitt is cool. Julia Roberts is cool. James Gandolfini is cool. In general, this movie is pretty cool. Why is it cool? That is hard to say.
Intriguing premise, nice cinematography, great writing, good direction, fantastic actors. These are all the ingredients needed to make a good film. It's hard to, you know, make a good film and I, as regular movie-goer was really impressed with this particular film.
Usually, it's really easy to say why you enjoyed or didn't enjoy a movie. But in the case of "The Mexican", you kinda can't. It's just really good and really fun. You never really feel like this film is gonna change you forever, but that's really not the point. It's just really good. Simple as that.
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
A bit of a letdown
It's so terrible to have high hopes for movies. X-men, The patriot, Hollow Man...movies that you wish wouldn't suck. But they do, and you feel really stupid.
Now here's The Virgin Suicides. Cool! It was a sundance hit! Cool, It's got James Woods! Cool! It's a original idea! But, no...no, it kinda sucks.
It starts out cool and, you know, keeps you for awhile, but then, it kinda goes nowhere and it ends up being all weird and stuff. Now granted, there are some beautiful scenes and the cinematography is stunning, but other than that...it just kinda leaves a sour taste in your mouth. Kirsten Dunst is really quite good as are all her sisters and parents, and even Josh Hartnett and all the other boys. I don't think it's the acting, I mean, the acting is pretty good.
You really gotta look at this film as a whole. As a viewer, I just felt so letdown and so confused. Check it out for yourself.
A genuine head-scratcher
So...here's the story. As a montrealer and as a Canadian, I'm constantly pushing myself to see some Canadian films. Problem is, there aren't any. Sure, you've got Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter and and The Red Violin, but..uh...other than that, not so much.
Ahhhh....but wait! Here's Stardom. And Gosh, it stars just about every montreal actor there is! And Gee! It's directed by Denys Arcand-why he's just fantastic. Perhaps I should see it.
So I did. About a week ago. And I'm still scratching my head. What the heck is this movie? I can't figure it out for the life of me. Jessica Pare is pretty good as Tina. She embodies the role, and does it gracefully. Dan Ackroyd and Frank Langella are also pretty good too. I've never seen Ackroyd like this before, he's very impressive. The overall film is not easy to classify or understand. I guess it's a satire of the media and I guess it's all about fame and celebrities, but gosh darn...I just don't know...
Listen: Go check it out. It's at least cool to see Montreal double for practically every other city in the world.
It was neat...
So yeah, last spring, a bunch of movies came out that no one saw. This is stuff like The Skulls, Ready To Rumble and Rules of Engagement. And while some of these films made some money, no one said that they were brilliant movies. This is the thing though-a really brilliant movie did come out last spring...Frequency.
Frequency is the kind of movie that keeps me going. Just when you think you've given up on filmakers, this movie comes out. It tells the story of a father and son who have a second chance at...
You know what? I'm not gonna do that! This movie is so good that I don't wanna say anything about it. Just take it from me. This is by far, one of the smartest, most thought-provoking films that I have seen in a long time.