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Swimming with Sharks (1994)
Brilliant, although many would disagree with me.(***SPOILERS**)
I will not hesitate to recommend this film and all that comes with it, but I warn you that the ending will probably disappoint you, if you're 'that' type of person. I on the other hand loved the ending, (***SPOILER COMING***)because I think it is more plausible on the impulse factor. "I want my life back!" Guy shouted earlier in the film. So what is his life now? Well, you'd have to say it's his love life; his last remaining social connection, which is supposedly real. So when Guy cracks, it's because Dawn agrees to come over to his boss' house for sex. He's probably gotten used to Buddy's antics by now, so when Dawn rolls on through the door, I can understand how Guy is more angry at her than his boss. He shoots her on impulse. I DO NOT SEE WHY SO MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE THE ENDING IS NOT PLAUSIBLE.(***SPOILER ENDS***) The second thing I would like to respond to is the suggestion that we don't know enough about Guy's character when he takes Buddy hostage. I can sympathize with this to a degree, but watching the rest of the movie rewards you(as long as you don't expect the full on comedy that it is marketed as). Hopefully you can apply some of your own experiences to understand Guy's early actions before the film explains it. I think the people who say the second half of the movie falls apart are unable to make the transition at the mid-point and are thus left behind trying to find different parts of the movie which aren't there. You think it has a weak script? Well I think you just don't like Buddy's continuous cursing, which only shows how closed your mind was when you watched this film. Spacey's performance is exemplary to anybody that ever has to play a 'villain'. I'm sure I hear just as much swearing in today's society. And while you may not like the cursing, you should like the script. Some of Buddy's and Guy's monologues are quite thought provoking, staying with you long after the film has ended. And that is the true sign of a strong script. Just before I go I will stop defending 'Swimming with Sharks' and say something I really liked about it. The music. I really liked the music. It plays in perfect tune with the scenes, especially the opening and closing scenes. Which I think is a good quality of many movies that is overlooked.
Just Shoot Me! (1997)
It has its moments
Although it is sometimes dreary and tired with stockpile characters it has some quite good moments. It's about some people who work for a magazine and their adventures with life. Some parts of the show are pretty generic but it's more the composition of it all that shines.
Somebody described it as a 'dairty shame', twice, despite the fact that dairty is not even a word; then somebody quoted him even though he didn't know what it meant. Maybe he meant a darn shame?I don't know but 'shame' seems to imply that it's a good plot with bad actors or good actors with a bad plot, but he doesn't expand on it. Figures.
The Low Life (1995)
Depressing but enjoyable
I saw this film a couple of years ago (at least i think it was this film because i pieced it together from old Sean Astin movies and the basic plot for this movie)and liked it. It is rather depressing so you should no whether that will bring down your opinion of the film before you watch it. The story is mediocre and you might dislike the ending but it fits in with the mood of the movie. The characters are interesting which is important considering the plot revolves around the protagonist and the people around him. If you see this film while your in the right mood you'll probably like it.
The Frank Skinner Show (1995)
This English talkshow is actually quite funny. Of course i was watching this at 2am so i hope i wasn't drunk or just plain out of it. Though there are a lot of references to British pop culture and such i understood pretty much everything they talked about. The guests are interesting people (which makes this show unique), as opposed to most of the annoying celebrities found on David Letterman or Jay Leno. Frank Skinner is a really funny guy. If you get the chance take a look at it.