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The Godfather (1972)
I read someone's comment saying that the movie lacked emotion. Now, I don't agree at all, I love the movie and wouldn't dare to criticise it like that. But after giving it some good thought, I can see what he or she meant with that comment. And it can be easily helped! Watch the other two as well! If you watch the three movies, preferably with no more than a day between them, you WILL feel emotion. It's a long story about people and if you allow yourself to feel for these people, when you get to know them, than you can't be left untouched. At least I personally can't imagine anyone not being touched. The story's so good, the acting is amazing, the movie is incredibly well made and the music is beautiful. So please, people, if you hated the first one, give it another try! Watch it again and watch the others as well. You'll thank me later :) ...
The Linda McCartney Story (2000)
Linda McCartney Story?
I didn't like this movie. First of all, I don't know what everyone likes about Elizabeth Mitchell. She annoyed me and she looks like an American TV film actress, not like Linda McCartney. Linda had a certain class about her that Mitchell doesn't have, she's just an over-acting actress while Linda was a personality. Second of all, I really disliked the way John and Yoko are being portrayed in this movie. They were people, a couple, just like Paul and Linda, not devils. And than there's this... Why is it called the Linda McCartney Story, when according to the movie, after she meets Paul, it's not her story at all anymore? Like people have said before, everything Linda did for animal rights and her veggie actions and all that, gets mentioned once. Once! In one sentence! Now excuse me, but that seems to me to be a huge part of the Linda McCartney story. After Linda meets Paul, it's his story that seems to matter the most in this movie. Like when he gets arrested in Japan. When they get back, Paul says to Linda "I know it was harder on you". And we, as viewers, should know that as well, since it's Linda's story. But we don't! We see more of Paul as he's in prison, we only get one brief shot of Linda and the kids in the hotel. I thought this was a badly told story that doesn't do any of the people involved just. I hope Paul never had to see it.
The Four Feathers (2002)
You know what really bothered me about this movie? It's giving out totally the wrong message! Let me summarize the story the way I saw it: "Young man is in the army cause dad wanted him to be. Young man is about to get married and start a family. Young man has to go and fight far, far away from home. Young man is scared. Friends of young man call him coward. Fiancee of young man calls him coward. Young man spends the rest of the movie risking his life and going through hell to prove that he is not a coward and that he should have gone to war when his friends did. Cause that's why young men fight wars, for their friends." Let me say it again people: war is bad, war is terrible, war is killing, war is something every young man should have the right to be scared to death of! Of course it was different in those days, a hundred years ago and all, but the message of the movie is very clear and it should not be given out right now. You are not a coward when you won't fight, because going to war means having to kill people and watching your friends or yourself die. (Beside that, it was a terrible movie with a terrible story that never seemed to end and actors that were playing flat out bad at some times. Only highlight was Wes Bently, as some said before.)
...With Neil Innes!
Generally I thought the movie was great. There were some very funny moments in it. My favorites; the Bath In and when George Harrison is interviewing Micheal Palin and behind them the strangest things get stolen. Recognizing all the famous (and less famous) Beatle moments and footage was a lot of fun.
But the best thing about the movie was Neil Innes. Not only did he write those great songs in the movie, but he also gives an incredibly accurate performance of John/Nasty. Every move he makes, every word he says, the way he looks, the way he sings, the way he talks... He IS John there. Wonderful, even in all the serious movies that featured someone portraying John, I have never seen anyone do so very well.
Yellow Submarine (1968)
"It's the university of Whales..."
And many more of those make the movie worth watching! ("those" being jokes. But to get the joke, you'll have the watch the movie... Mwuahahahaha!) I loved the humor and wordplay in the film, very dry and sarcastic, but very funny. That with the amusing characters and the great music with the psychedelic videoclips makes this movie a very, very enjoyable one.
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
I thought this movie definitely had moments when it was really, really scary and I too thought that there were some (in a sick way) funny moments in it. But. But what is it with those movies that they ALWAYS seem to melt down at the ending?! They start of great, setting the mood, genuinely creepy... but after the first half, the writers seem to run out of steam. And I really dislike to see brothers and sisters in a movie like this. First of all, they always seem to argue, even when their lives are at stake or when one of them is about to get into really big trouble. I have a brother and I've been a teenage girl, but if something like this would have happened to us, I wouldn't have been arguing with him! I would take a hold of his arm and not let him go until we were both safely at home. I would NEVER let him go of on his own and if he would fall into a scary dark pit, I'd jump in after him without a doubt. Second of all... Well, I don't really want to give away the ending, but...
Alright: SPOILER AHEAD!!!!!!!!!
Though the ending of this movie is (for American-movie standards)pretty daring, I didn't like to watch it one bit. Being a big sister meself I mean. It made me feel miserable.
Overall, for the kind of movie it was, it was scary enough. But it could've been better.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Of course the story is easy!
I was reading some comments and I just couldn't believe there are still people out there saying: "Lots of show, no substance... The story is worthless... Why does Satine fall in love with Christian after just one song... Unrealistic..." Aaargh! I'm gonna direct this comment to those people: What are you, stupid?! When you heard the story of Romeo and Juliette for the first time, did you think "How unrealistic, they only know each other for two seconds and already they're in love."? It's supposed to be unrealistic, it's one of those dramatic love stories!Of course the story is simple, of course it's a corny, over the top musical with silly love songs in it and a predictable ending. That was the whole point! It's supposed to play on the human emotion in the easiest way there is; with music, dance and simple but beautiful lines. You have to enjoy the singing and the dancing, you have to smile when they get each other, you have to cry when she dies, you have to get goosebumps during the final of the tango/Roxanne, you have to be dazzled by the colours and costumes. It's a show, a wonderful, cheerful, uplifting, easy for the eye and ear show! If you want to see a good story, go see Memento or something like that, this movie you go and see to have an exciting time and nothing more. So stop whining about the story!
Okay, I'm a Beatle-fan and I'm not gonna lie about it: I probably wouldn't have liked it this much if I wasn't. But come on, it's a very funny movie! Some people say they see a hint of Monty Python in it, well, I see A LOT of Monty Python in it. Wasn't it the Holy Grail that had this part in it when the screen got funny colors and the voice over says: "Intermission."? I'd yell out "rip of!" if I didn't have so much respect for Monty Python. And maybe the Beatles were high most of the time, but I think it only makes their lines come out more natural. The Beatles don't have to act, they're interesting and funny enough just the way they are. In A Hard Day's Night I got the feeling all four of them were trying just a bit too hard, in Help! they are a lot more relaxed and they're being themselves more than that they're really acting. And that's just the way I like it. Anyway, like some one else already said, I maybe even like this movie better than A Hard Day's Night, because this movie really made me laugh out loud at some parts. I still have to smile when I think about the laughing-joke. You know, every time the Beatles laugh they go "ho... ho... ho... ho". Very dry, very British and very funny. Hey, did anyone notice George robbing the jeweler? When the man's trying to get the Famous Ring of, George is seen in the back putting all sorts of things in his pockets and I doubt he's just keeping them there to pay for them in the end.
I'm a big Kevin Spacey fan, and was planning to take a day to rent and watch as many movies as I could, starring or directed by him. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was the last one, because the story did not sound very appealing and I have always had a certain dislike against John Cusack. But what a pleasant surprise! The movie was great: nice story, beautiful music and a smooth, but classy way of filming. Hell, even Cusack played good. I am definitely planning on seeing it again.