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Dreamgirls (2006)
0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Entertaining but confusing, 26 January 2007

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I enjoyed this musical, and I now understand that it is the film version of an old Broadway musical based on the career of Diana Ross and the Supremes. Now that I know that, it's obvious that Deena Jones is based on Ross and Curtis Taylor is Berry Gordy, and Rainbow Records is Motown Records. But my main reason for seeing this was to check out Eddie Murphy's first Oscar-nominated performance.

However, knowing a little bit about Motown, I'm confused about some things. Why would they have Curtis prohibit "message songs?" Some of Motown's biggest successes were highly socially conscious albums by Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. One of Wonder's earliest hits in the sixties was a cover of Dylan's "Blowin' In the Wind." It seems that the writers really needed a villain and picked Curtis. It just seems unfair to Berry Gordy. It places the deterioration of the Supremes completely on Gordy's lap, and Ross comes off completely clean.

I'm also puzzled as to who Murphy's character is supposed to be. At first I thought it might be Little Richard or Wilson Pickett. Then, later on, he's singing a message song and wearing the same hat Marvin Gaye wore on the cover of What's Going On. Then he becomes James Brown. Murphy did do a great job. Both he and Hudson deserve their nominations. The music and presentation are very good. The story? Not so much, but that's like a lot of musicals.

Iris (2001/I)
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Beautiful, 12 February 2002
10/10

This may be the most beautiful and moving portrayal of love I've ever seen in a movie. All the actors are excellent and I can't imagine the film being more perfectly cast. It takes a special film to restore one's faith in love these days, but this is one of them.

22 out of 26 people found the following review useful:
The best stand-up comedy I have ever seen, 3 July 2001
10/10

I haven't seen this since it first aired. Jim Carrey was still the white guy from In Living Color, and I thought he was funny so I tuned in. It turned out that In Living Color only allowed a small glimpse into his talent. I have never laughed harder at a stand-up comedy routine before or since. Whenever I find myself frustrated with a Jim Carrey movie, I only have to think back to this TV special to remind myself of the wealth of his talent. I only wish this was available on video.

Cast Away (2000)
Too much Memphis, 3 January 2001
7/10

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If they had started the story in the plane, with all the courier packages (which company did Chuck Noland work for again?) that would have been fine. Noland could look at the watch his girlfriend gave him, but then something goes wrong and the plane goes down.

***SPOILER AHEAD*** From this moment on the movie could play out exactly as it did until the moment the ship passes by his raft. Why couldn't the movie end there and simply be about what drove this guy to survive for four years? It's the meat of the movie, and it's wonderful. By hiring a big star like Helen Hunt, Zemeckis and company forced themselves to supply her with a big role, and a satisfactory ending became an impossibility.

2 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
An insult, 15 December 2000

Those who say things like "the animation was pretty bad by today's standards," have to realize that the animation on this show, and all of Marvel's 60s shows, was awful even then. Disney, Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera were all producing far superior work decades before this Spider-Man series. Everytime I see an episode, I try to figure out how they could have done it with less effort, and I can't. The fact that they used the same backgrounds from Rocket Robin Hood, another awful show, just shows open contempt for their audience. The only good thing about the show was the theme song.

The TV show from the 80s is far superior.

10 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
A feel-good, light-headed pleasure, 5 December 2000
7/10

This is not a great film by any means, but there are some really hilarious, unforgettable sketches in this movie. There's the Playboy bunny who goes grocery shopping naked, goes to church naked and everyone else acts like its normal. The Amazon Women on the Moon sketch is a scream. David Alan Grier is fantastic as the man without soul. There's the Siskel and Ebert-style critique of a man's life. There's also Andrew Dice Clay's finest moment (not like he's had any others) as he screams from a TV set at someone watching his girlfriend's porn video. A very silly movie, but with lots of great moments.

8 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Quite good, 1 December 2000
8/10

I've never really been that wild about this Terry kid, or this new costume. He seems to rely more on his Iron Man-like costume than his intellect and deductive skills, as the original Batman did. Having said that, my favourite part of Return of the Joker was when Barbara Gordon flashed back and remembered the last time Batman fought the Joker. That is an absolutely marvelous scene. You feel the concern and horror thunder through Batman as he's confronted with the atrocities Robin has endured, as well as his hatred and fury towards the Joker. The people in Warner Brothers animation have thankfully returned to drawing the Joker with the detail they had when Batman the Animated Series started. And as much as I don't really like him, Terry's climactic fight with the Joker is definitely worth checking out. As a previous comment said, it's a pleasant surprise.

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Perfect family film, 13 November 2000
10/10

I saw this movie for the first time when I was 11. I saw it again when I was 14. I'm now 28 and have recently seen it a third time, and my eyes began tearing up on two different occasions. It's amazing that a movie about a boy and an alien can trigger such emotions. A beautiful film.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Drugs are bad? Tell me more..., 8 November 2000
6/10

Darren Aronofsky deserves kudos for his ability to create such a jolting movie, and Ellen Burstyn has given the year's most heartbreaking performance. But I have never, ever had a harder time watching a film, and have never felt so bombarded by such disturbing images in my life. After I left the theatre, I felt like I had been through a war, and I was at a loss to figure out what I was supposed to get out of it other than, "Drugs are bad." That's something most of us realize, and for those that don't, I don't think Aronofsky's sledgehammer is going to do the trick. Aronofsky has one of the bleakest visions of any director working today, and if his next project is indeed Batman, I'm worried. He's loaded with talent, but I would like to see him inject a dose of humanity for the first time into his next film.

Near Dark (1987)
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Not scary, 1 November 2000
7/10

I expected this to be a lot scarier. Apart from Bill Paxton's talk of tearing people's faces off, this wasn't really that unsettling. Entertainment Weekly rated this among the top 25 scariest movies of all time. It's a solid film, but how it can be placed alongside Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Shining and The Omen is beyond me.


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