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Favourite movie is 'American Beauty', other favourites (order changes around)...
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are dead
L. A. Confidential
Grosse Pointe Blank
The Usual Suspects
The Thin Red Line
Singing in the Rain
Natural Born Killers
The Pirates of Penzance
Field Of Dreams
Leon (The Professional)
The Princess Bride
Hear my Song
The Sound of Music
Ma Vie en Rose
Born on the 4th of July
Final Destination 3 (2006)
Disaster and deja vu...
True to the form of the Final Destination series this film is all about disaster and deja vu. Unfortunately that's because this whole film is a disaster, and we've seen it ALL before.
The first Final Destination film was so well made it works every time you watch it. -This one is so old hat it seems like one too many repeat viewings even watching it for the first time. Plus unlike Final Destination 2 this third installment doesn't even have the benefit of a really show stopping crash to set the scene.
Rollercoasters are innately exciting and scary but here the only exciting thing about the theme park is the set up shots over the opening credits.
The other strength of the 'plot' should be the inventive way each identikit teenager meets his maker, but here each death scene is so hackneyed even death himself seems to have phoned in his performance this time.
I went in with very low expectations, but this film failed to meet even those. If there's a Final Destination 4 only Alan Smithee would dare put his name to it.
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Background jangles and thuds so loud I needed the subtitles on!
Plenty of other people have commented on the film and the type of comedy it contains, so I just want to mention that the soundtrack. Anybody with even the slightest hearing problem (and mine is very, very mild) may well find it difficult to follow some of the dialogue, due to an incessant jangling and thumping precussion on the soundtrack. Obviously meant to denote the character's confusion and jangled nerves, it instead only jangled mine, as I couldn't really hear any of the 'telephone conversations in the film' -and the plot hinges on many of them. Fortunately I had rented the DVD, and in the end had to put on the subtitles. The other option was just to give up on the film. I acknowledge I do have a problem picking up all speech in a noisy, crowded room, but I don't normally have any trouble with films on TV or at the cinema, so feel sure this particular film was to blame.
Crucible of Terror (1971)
Frightening -to think even in the days of no budget quickies this got made...
I caught this on late night TV yesterday, and if nothing else, it served as a timely reminder that dreadful films are nothing new.
We may shake our heads in wonder at the awfulness of some of the films that get made today -but Crucible of Terror attests to the fact that in amongst the classics of the '70's, they were also making stuff like this.
The Ring (2002)
Horses for courses...
* * * Contains spoilers * * *
Okay, so the American remake is a bit different to the Japanese original, -it's bound to be, -different cultures expect different things from their films. Both are good, and complement one another, and maybe this will prompt more people to risk the subtitles and seek out the original.
* * * * * * * * * Spoiler alert * * * * * * I thought this film made great viewing, -and at times was genuinely scary, -or at least very creepy. However, I did feel the horse scene was overdone, -almost like finding yourself watching a real car accident, and it really churned my stomach. I enjoyed all the rest so much, it's a shame I'll maybe avoid seeing the film again because of this one scene. The crack of the horses' leg against the ship rail, and it screaming as it was sucked under and into the propeller, is unfortunately the main image I've brought home from the film. I like horror movies and I don't scare easily, but however much I know it 'isn't real', I just don't enjoy seeing an animal getting hurt. I think the point would have come across just as well if the horse had leaped over the rail, and just disappeared into the sea. Gratuitous cruelty, -even represented by cgi effects- lost the film a few points from me.