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Rambling and unfocused
Mr Rush was phenomenal in this film. He managed to not only convincingly play Peter Sellers, but also some of Sellers' most memorable roles. I cannot stress enough how amazing Geoffrey Rush was in this film, and it is a veritable crime against humanity that HBO would disqualify him for the Oscar he would most likely win.
However, even Rush's stellar performance could not save this movie. The film focuses entirely on Sellers' faults and makes great strides to villainize him. The filmmaker seems to want you to view Sellers as a watered-down Hitler or a tame Charles Manson. Yet the object of the film seems to be a vain attempt to invoke the audiences sympathy for the man. How can you spend two hours showing me that a man is pure evil and then expect me to sympathize with him?
The film is rambling and unfocused, coming across as more of a series of unconnected anecdotes than a true biographical story. Where is Sellers' comedic genius? Where is the kind and sensitive man that we've read about in numerous interviews? What's the point?
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
The single most important film ever made
I don't believe in God. But if I'm wrong, and there IS a God, then I can say with confidence that "Fahrenheit 9/11" is the reason that He invented movies.
Even if you disagree with Michael Moore, and adore Bush, you still have to admit that this is an emotionally powerful and stirring film.
As both a film student and a disabled veteran of the war in Iraq, this movie was very close to my heart.
I urge everyone in America to go see this movie right now. And I do mean right now. What are you doing this exact second? Well, drop it and go see this movie.
Hunting Humans (2002)
Good plot, and that's about all.
OK, let me get my criticisms out of the way first:
Bad acting. No, not bad. Horrendous acting. The main character (Rick Ganz) wasn't unwatchable, but he is a few drama classes away from being called a good actor. The rest of the cast on the other hand, showed all the talent of a kindergarten ballet recital, with the charm and charisma of that kid sitting behind you in a movie theater that keep kicking the back of your chair.
Bad camera work. Flat out just bad. The camera shakes like it's being handled by an elderly man who hasn't eaten or slept in a week. I understand that low budget movies can't always afford a steadi-cam, but for crying out loud, invest $5 in a tripod willya?
Bad writing. The dialogue is stilted and pretentious. You can really tell that the writer is trying a little too hard to come up with classic lines and witty repartee. And for the record, he fails miserably at this task.
Bad editing. The worst. I've seen smoother transitions and jumps on "Jackass". Oh, and Mr. Editor, it might interest you to know that a four minute long series of cross-dissolves and fades is neither an artistic vision, nor is it pleasant to watch.
Now for the good:
Great premise. It really is. Granted it wasn't pulled off quite as well as it could have been, but it is a great idea. Kudos Mr. Writer, it seems you can do something right.
Good suspense. As hard as I found it to like this movie, I found it equally as hard to tear my eyes away from the screen. They do a pretty good job of keeping you guessing and building suspense.
Overall it wasn't a bad movie. If you can get past the poor audio quality, and stomach the acting you'll have a pretty good time. I'd recommend this as a late night guilty pleasure.
Oh, and if anyone can figure out why the hell the voice-over narration (from the main character) didn't sound a damn thing like the main character's voice let me know.
OK, I'll start with the "story". It starts off very episodic. Garfield sets up a joke. Then Garfield delivers a joke. Then Jon reacts.
Jon sets up a joke. Then Garfield delivers a joke. Then Jon reacts.
It's like they were trying to make the movie into a series of three-panel comics. Only none of the jokes are funny, and frankly, Bill Murray sounds like he would rather be somewhere else. It goes on like this until the plot starts, which is seriously about halfway through the movie.
Once the plot starts, "Garfield" becomes a sweet family film, but completely forgets that it's supposed to be a comedy. Seriously. I mean, the first half isn't funny, but at least you can tell where the jokes are supposed to be. The second half; however, I'm not even sure if there WERE any jokes.
Then there's the acting. Like I said, Murray sounds bored as hell. But there's still the question of Breckin and Jennifer, who play Jon and Liz. Did they give good performances? I don't know. I'd tell you but I blinked and missed them.
Seriously, I think Jennifer Love Hewitt has maybe 15 lines in the entire movie, and while Breckin Meyer gets a lot of screentime, he doesn't say much. By the time he does say something, you're shocked because you've forgotten he was actually in the movie.
And don't even get me started on the CGI. For starters, I'm against the use of CGI for anything other than special effects, but that's just me. They did a CGI cat... OK. I guess I can live with that. But for crying out loud, at least do a good job of it! The CGI looks so fake that it's jarring. I mean, they could have done an old fashioned cartoon animated Garfield and had it look just as realistic.
Howling: New Moon Rising (1995)
Make the hurting stop!
Ok, let's ignore the fact that this movie is basically a vehicle for 'Ted' the unfunny Australian. Let's ignore the fact that there are no actors in this movie, only a ton of extras that play themselves, and frankly, even fail at that. Let's ignore the fact this is a werewolf movie where the werewolf is portrayed by a red lens on a camera. While we're at it, let's ignore the crappy jokes ("Who are you waiting for, Godot?"), and let's also ignore the misplaced, and ungodly long dance sequences.
If you ignore all of that, this is still a really crappy movie. The dialogue is stilted, the directing is practically non-existent (there's actually a part around the campfire where 'Ted' turns his back to the cast and speaks directly into the camera). The storyline is inane, and the only nudity is an old fat woman in a see-through nightgown. Don't get me wrong, I don't usually judge a movie based on the amount of nudity, but for crying out loud, if you're going to force feed us this insipid crap, at least give us some eye-candy to wash it down with!
My old roommate and I absolutely love bad movies. We used to rent bad movies every weekend and watch them, laughing our butts off. This movie, however, was unlaughable. It was so bad, that you can't even make fun of it, all you can do is try to refrain from crying, and wonder what moron would greenlight the script. I have successfully sat through this movie, from beginning to end, 5 times now, and actually own a copy of it... I think I deserve some kind of medal for that.