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Little Black Book (2004)
My Wallet has Been Raided, Again
This was a terrible waste of money and time. There was only one likable character (Derek's girlfriend Joyce). Everyone else was either evil or juvenile. I was wanting all of these people, except one, to fall over dead and end this horrible film. Brittany Murphy overacts beyond description and is completely irritating. Holly Hunter's tough, world-wise character was repulsive...she looked awful and tired throughout. Kathy Bates cashed the paycheck she received and ran...she looked like she hated this film as much as I did. Hollywood shows by this movie how much contempt they have for the moviegoer...they put out this garbage and know at least some will fall for it (shame on me). To sum up...read a book, call a friend, do anything but see this movie!
The Object of My Affection (1998)
The acting was fine, but this was one of the most brazenly political pro-gay films ever made. Gay characters are fine...Rupert Everett, for example, in "My Best Friend's Wedding" was very funny and very likable. This was politically correct nonsense without a hint of nuance or subtlety.
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
A Real British Film
A very well-made, though perhaps predictable story about a girl of Indian descent, living in London, trying to deal with her very traditional Indian parents and her obvious talent and love of football (aka in the US as soccer). Some have likened this to "My Big Fat Indian Wedding". There are perhaps many similarities, though I found "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" unwatchable. The characters are very likable and one wants them to succeed. No harsh, contrived conflicts; just decent people trying to work through things. The setting was interesting in that you really get a feel of what suburban London family life is like. The actress in the lead role of Jess is exotic and stunningly beautiful. Very good film; you won't be disappointed.
Down with Love (2003)
Rent 'Pillow Talk'; Down with this Movie!
I ran to my computer to write this review, having just returned from the theater. Fifteen dollars and two hours later, I can say without doubt this is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. While 'Pillow Talk', its theoretical inspiration, is excellent, sophisticated, and funny, this movie is none of those. The characters, although intended perhaps as parody, were so silly and childish, it made the film painful to watch. DO NOT waste your money!
Davis Rules (1991)
A shame it was cancelled!
One of my most prized homemade VHS tapes is a compilation of 7 or 8 Davis Rules episodes from 1991-1992. What a great show! Set in the Seattle area, the stories incorporated aspects of Northwest life that made the area seem very attractive to someone from West Tennessee!
The chemistry among the characters seemed so relaxed, understated and, therefore, real. Having Bonnie Hunt and Jonathan Winters in the same show is just too good to miss. Unfortunately, it was perhaps off beat enough that not enough people appreciated it. You can keep "Friends" and "Seinfeld"..."Davis Rules" was much better!
The Best Horror Film America Has Produced
This film is exactly what so many new horror movies are not. There is little blood, little violence, no gore. The settings, acting, etc. are so well done and so creepy, there's no need for the kind of shock value blood and gore provide. Every other Dracula film, with the exception of the Jack Palance version from 1973, might as well not have been done. Skip all of the new stuff and go to the classic!
My All-time Favourite Film
Perhaps I love this film because of the friend who introduced me to it years ago. Perhaps I count this film as my favourite because it influenced me in high school to value film as I would a great literary work. Great films are indeed like great books. This is one. The superb acting and interplay between two screen giants, O'Toole and Burton, is fascinating to watch, even if only from a technical standpoint. The accent is on realism, even down to the pale, somewhat emaciated appearance of Peter O'Toole's King Henry II. Becket (Richard Burton) struggles to find the one thing in life that can truly satisfy above all others. He finds that honour in serving God to the point of alienating his dear friend and king, Henry. There's biting, dark humour. There's political intrigue. Everything's here. If you like historical epics, find this one and buy it!
A Film Produced by Adults for Adults
There's no doubt this is light romantic fare, but it is exceptional for its type. All of the characters behave with a certain air of class, and are, on the whole, quite pleasant. It's a real escapist film for those who want to see well-behaved WASP characters interacting amongst beautiful surroundings (North Shore, Paris, etc.). It has the charm, humour, and sophistication one might see in a great Cary Grant film. This refreshingly-PG film is worth seeing again and again.