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somewhat confused by some ratings
Ye gads! Some people must have seen a different movie than I did. I found Enchanted to be a great deal of fun, the music captivating, the actors sublime....yet a number of voters chose to rate it a 1. It's understandable that someone may not have loved it as much as I did but to rate it that poorly? All I can say is that if you are trying to decide if you want to see this movie, you are in for a treat. The movie pokes gentle fun at the princess looking for her prince while a man who has been wounded in love is willing to settle for steady and stable. Of course they find that things are not always as they seem on the surface. The blending of animation and live action with a wink to setting the animated characters in reality was perfect due in part to the excellent casting. Kudos to all who made this work so well.
Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000)
I liked this movie a lot - the characters were engrossing & the music wonderful. But.. and it's a big one, the DVD version that I saw is horribly subtitled. The sentence structure is garbled, words are misspelled and worst of all the subtitles flash by on the screen and sometimes cannot be read even with the speed set at slow plus often times they are way behind the action on the screen. It's really a shame because it is a contemporary & culturally interesting adaptation of Sense & Sensibilty if you can see your way clear of the subtitles. This is actually one time I would have preferred a dubbed version. Perhaps with the success of Bride and Prejudice someone will see fit to release this movie with the subtitles it deserves.
The Pallbearer (1996)
i liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect about this movie. I remembered that it was a "bomb" when it appeared in theatres so I kept passing it by at the video store. It's often out but I'm glad that I took the time to watch it. I thought the characters were appealing & the situations they found themselves in rang true. A 25 year old floundering around, messing up with his friends was fitting. David Schwimmer isn't my favorite but the movie played to his strengths, and you can see that Gwyneth is due to break out as a star plus the rest of the cast is solid. I am especially glad that I didn't read the comments until I saw the movie. I see the negative points but if you approach the movie as a quirky romantic comedy with a dark twist you will be entertained & laugh & smile some too.
When Brendan Met Trudy (2000)
I saw this movie a while back and was thinking about it again the other day. It took me a minute to remember the title - I had forgotten that the great,witty Irish writer Roddy Doyle penned the script. It was a clever, well-acted romance with a wonderful score. What's the problem? Well, you can't rent it in the US & it's not for sale anywhere around here (except Amazon-Germany). The soundtrack never was for sale. All of this is too bad because this movie was one-up on a number of the romantic comedies around now. So should the opportunity arise that you can view this delightful movie, by all means, do so.
what did they do?
It was a lovely movie, but many of the voices seemed jarringly out of place. This seemed to be reinforced by the dialogue that sounded too contemporary. To me, this is a strong case against dubbed movies. I also didn't realize until after I read some other comments that the spirit of the story was better served by the English (not hearing impaired) captions. I had tried to watch part of the movie with those but it was too distracting that the spoken & written didn't match - a problem I don't have when the spoken language is not English. I still would highly recommend it - it does merit viewing even with the negative dialogue factor.
This was an amusing, witty film with great acting. Sure it's pretentious and presents the perfect view of NYC as does Woody Allen but it's certainly worth a rental & 1 1/2 hour of your time. So just relax and go for it.
Birthday Girl (2001)
why so critical
I rented this movie with some apprehension because of the number of negative comments. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The acting was great and the story was entertaining. If you go into the movie expecting to be amused and not totally swept away you will enjoy this movie. Be sure and watch the music video of Nicole and Robbie Williams singing "Something Stupid"-it's fun.
I was certainly not overwhelmed by this movie. I rented the video without knowing anything about Gabriela, and honestly wish I had waited until it was on the favorites shelf. In its defense I did find the actors very appealing, and the story line was decent but I thought the lighting was terrible & distracting. Also as there were no subtitles for the Spanish dialogue (even when they were in Mexico) I can only guess what the mother? said to Gabriela. All in all it was only a step above fair at best.
Death to Smoochy (2002)
I liked it.
Saw this movie in spite of the bad reviews because of some of the comments here. The humor was certainly dark but mostly funny. The songs written for the movie were hilarious as were Robin Williams and Edward Norton. It's not the best movie ever but I'm glad I threw caution to wind - it was certainly worth the cost of a matinee. Go see it.