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Yes, there's been a lot of hype for Paranormal Activity, and that
brought me in too. The movie is best watched in a theater, and at
night, and with an audience that knows to shut up.
And then go home to try and resist imagining the same things happening in your house. Oh you will imagine - just about the time you turn off the lights before trying to sleep. And then you'll turn them on again. It's very very difficult to shake off PA when home.
That said, I recommend this, and save prospective viewers a lot of time: 1.- Go into the theater an hour after the show starts. Until then, pretty much nothing happens(Now that everyone kinda knows about the story,the couple and the presence in their house - catching up is no problem) 2.- Take a few minutes to get a feel for the situation on screen, and 3.-Focus from the time she wakes up, goes over to his side of the bed, and stares at him for a couple hours. This is like 2 minutes before the film ends.
That's all there is in this movie. The last 2.5 minutes of PA will make the impact that everyone's raving about. Save the first hour for anything else you have planned, outside the theater.
Trust me. :)
Yet another example of hype obscuring reality. Why, why is this movie
acclaimed so? It's dishonest, it's disgusting, it's not believable, and
it panders to the needs of a western audience. They see what they want
to see and believe.
And there are so many people celebrating, and in India? An Indian/Indian origin cast, staff, viewers in India, Indian show hosts, news anchors .... do they know what just happened? A horrible stereotype was reinforced - again. That with a shoddy story, and nonsensical situations - many of which have been mentioned by other viewers.
Dump this by the other piece of garbage by Danny Boyle - 'Trainspotting'.
This film is an abomination. An absolute shame.
- God-awful artificial picturization, comic book scenery, extreme dramatization, exaggerated battle victories. - Xerxes was hardly the tyrant as depicted in the film. He was a magnanimous and great king who stood for citizens' rights, per historians. - The film has offended Zorastrians, and people of Persian descent to the extreme. - The people shown as Persians do not look even remotely from that region. Get your facts straight. There aren't Africans in the Caspian region. - Per 300 - all that's white's right. Everything that's brown/black is not.
I watched United 93 on opening day Friday. Not many people in the
theater, despite all the controversy and the media talking about the
movie non-stop. There are countless 'Is it too soon?' discussions on TV
all the time.
Anyway, the film was well made - focused only on the flight, against the background of the events of 9/11. It was a like a camera happened to be observing the incidents as they happened. No flag waving patriotism, no jihadist anti-American rhetoric from terrorist organizations - just a re-enactment of what happened that day.
Many of us watched NYC, The Pentagon that day. I kept thinking back to how it was that morning. The jammed phone lines, the incoming calls, the images, the chaos.... My roommate had left from Logan airport just that morning, from the gate next to one of the hijacked planes.
And the theories, the rumors, the controversies... days and months after. Especially about flights 93 and 77. Were they shot down? Did the passengers really save the White House/ US Capitol by bringing United 93 down? 'Let's Roll' is barely heard. I recall particularly how people stopped being sympathetic to Lisa Beamer, after she became a media princess.
The film has none of this. It shows what happens on the plane right from boarding/taxi among passengers, and hijackers on this particular flight. It shows events on the ground among air traffic controllers, and NORAD in response to the attacks. That's it. It ends in abrupt fashion, because there can't be any more to show.
I first watched this show as a kid in the late '80s and laughed my head
off. I watched it on DVD again today - 2 decades later, and it's as
funny as I recalled it.
I remember all the actors' lines, and wonder what they're up to. I know Barry Evans was found dead in 1997. The rest? So what if the show's about national stereotypes? I find that in almost every country, MYL was hugely popular. People can laugh at themselves.
A word on the theme music - unforgettable, and an instant way recollect the show.
Some amazing lines: 'You not want second Hungarian mojik?' 'Minks are bred for differ' 'I have lost my rittle led book' 'I cannot mally Ali' 'I want the plenty money job'
...but not a George W Bush fan. In 2000 I was outraged at how he took
office in blatant violation of democracy. Yes, democracy - recall
Florida? The first ten minutes of the film showed what I already knew
and believed to be true. For me, a Republican politically, this man
could not, should not be have been president. What was America
Fahrenheit 9/11 is of course contrived in parts, sometimes a mockumentary. But there are some already known facts regardless:
- Dubya and daddy Bush were/are buddies of the Saudis - corrupt and human rights abusing Arab rulers. There were several favors traded - no kidding.
- Dubya isn't the smartest, true to popular belief and this is constantly reinforced by his actions. Do we need examples?! How can we be OK on this guy's watch?!
- Dubya certainly still can't account for his time in the Texas Air National Guard.
- Lastly, and most shocking, HOW on earth were the Bin Laden family allowed to leave the country 2 days after Sept 11 2001? How could anyone in the administration think that they may not know something, how could it be OK to allow them passage?!
- The US and Saddam were buddies. Oh lookit Rumsfeld and Saddam together!
- Iraq may be ruled by a bastard that needed to be taken out. Sure. But this war reeked of personal vendetta. There could have been more thought toward an internal coup, look how many Iraqi officials became turncoats so quickly! Instead we have a fast mounting American death toll, in addition to that of Iraqi civilians.
Now if someone in the GOP would challenge this president and show him for what he is. Bush-II should NOT be re-elected. Well, just elected - remember he stole the 2000 election.
Given all this, Fahrenheit 9/11 was eminently satisfying to watch. Yes, it was contrived, so what - the Prez isn't exactly honorable by me.
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I go to watch a superhero film to see a superhero - a being that has
extraordinary powers, that can perform amazing feats and importantly be
a WINNER. I don't want to watch him be a loser, be ordinary, and keep
getting hammered, beaten up, and ridiculed.
This movie...jeez, where's the superhero? Tobey MacGuire looks like a loser throughout, and is unconvincing overall. He (true to his usual roles) shows no steel or a desire to win. If the idea was to portray a mortal mushy goof, then don't call the film 'Spider-man'. 'Loser-Man' would be appropriate as he's in frustratingly (to viewers) loser situations all through this film.
I believe most people don't give a hoot about their superhero wrestling with his goddamned personal issues and his desire to be a normal human. Just acknowledge your powers, beat the cr*p hard outta the villain, and be done with it. Then the audience goes out satisfied, having seen feats they aren't capable of. For them, to have such abilities is divine - why would they care to understand his desire to be ordinary?
In this case, the humanized Spidey comes out a mortal sap, he is a loser - always humiliated. He never ever retaliates immediately or convincingly. There's NO sting, no quick strike-back that makes us go, 'Yea! Git the Bastard!'.
Spoiler: I was overcome with irritation at the # of times Spidey's web shooting wouldn't work. Suddenly, for no reason.
Bring back IL' Supe.... Superman anyday. He always came back quickly after his 'self-discoveries', and rammed 'em all to kingdom come.
Time for the trilogy to end... and it did slowly. The characters kept
talking and talking - the film dragged on, until each member of the audience
was colossally bored.
Tolkien is an overrated author, and anyone can create gooks and goblins - and create oddball characters, cheesy names and kingdoms. It's a crock. Anyone can make up fantasy - and hence I guess I'm not a fan of the genre.
I liked this film; it was never boring despite the 2+ hrs length. DiCaprio,
Hanks, and Walken gave standout performances, and were thoroughly
believable. Hanks had a great Boston accent. The movie was fast paced and
there were a lot of laughs throughout.
Watch for the schoolteacher impersonation and stewardess recruiting scenes! This plot would have been absurd if it wasn't a true story. Sure, they dramatized the story for the film.
I saw in the closing credits that a Frank Abagnale was listed as 'French policeman'!
'24' is an excellent show that keeps the viewers attention throughout. The
plot and subplots are well written and everything runs smoothly
simultaneously. The hour to hour episode concept is awesome!
I think the II season that began end Oct 2002 is even better.
The interactions between the characters - Jack Bauer, The President - Palmer, the CTU team, the family characters along with the machinations of the people against them (within the team and outside) - are just amazing.
If you have not watched this show yet, it's worth going to Fox's 24 show web page for a primer, and then catching the next episode on a Tuesday night. Good stuff!
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