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Sling Blade (1996)
One Great Movie
Having just watched 'Sling Blade' years after it was produced, I can honestly state it is one of the best films I have seen. The story, acting, lighting etc. were all great and made a deep impression on me.
I must admit that when I watched this movie I did not know that 'Karl' was being played by BBThornton and when the cast was shown I was amazed. BBThornton must be one of the most talented people in movies and to find that he also wrote and produced this film was a revelation.
It was underplayed beautifully and the scene where Karl put his arm about the boy Frank I found very moving.
Granted you can't please all the people all the time, but I feel sorry for those negative people that find pleasure in criticizing something that they could not replicate in a fit.
A wonderful film.
Awfully funny ....... and I enjoyed it!
I enjoyed the weird tales of the ageing rock-star, his beautiful third wife, 'gormless' son and sophisticated yet mercenary butler. Played with tongue in cheek ribaldry. (some people who commented on this series do seem to take life very seriously) Purely for fun this series gives us a run of situations that occur to the millionaire and his household. The household is a palace or 'Great House' somewhere in the English countryside, and seems to have been purchased fully furnished completely at odds to the personalities now residing therein. 'Bloke's' main interests seem to be alcohol and his past fame, pretty much the usual for this ever-growing society of geriatric rock-stars (those that actually lived through the years of debauchery that is).
It's just fun and not for the serious minded or pedantic pseudo-critics.
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
The Poor Relation
Years ago I saw The Godfather and it made a lasting impression on me, the atmosphere of the movie was first class, the acting memorable and the storyline a classic. Recently I bought the Trilogy and after watching Part 1 again I looked eagerly to viewing Part 2...... I was so pleased to realize early on into Part 2 that here was a fitting follow on to the great Godfather movie, again everything was just about perfect and I could not wait to see Godfather III ........ WRONG!, I wish I'd stopped at II. The storyline was not good, it seemed to me like a story made up just to have a story, the characters were weak especially the daughter. Pacino's protege was a weak character that would have been eaten alive in Godfather 1 or 2. Then scenes such as, Corleone being invested with all the trappings of the Catholic Church with full choir, the assassin on horseback riding away into the sunset, the unseen helicopter machine gunning of the meeting (where the 'goodies' get away and everyone else is shot),daughter and 1st cousin rolling bits of pasta across a board, the pathetic shooting on the steps ..... Corleone stuffing sweets down him with orange juice for diabetes (a man of his intelligence and guile isn't ready for an emergency?)... NO it was not good and with the best will in the world I wont be able to watch it again. But I'll watch 1 & 2 many times down the years.
Tremendous Film, Tremendous Film Making!
"Master and Commander" is the way films should be made. Everything about this film is first class..... acting, storyline, music, sound, special effects, visual beauty, etc. etc. but what really makes this film by far and away the best seafaring film (maybe the best film) ever is 'AUTHENTICITY'. Brian Lavery, Curator of Naval History at the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich was the Naval Adviser for this work of art, and it shows. You only have to read Lavery's "Nelson's Fleet at Trafalgar" published by the National Maritime Museum, to see how realistic this movie is, and how well a film can be made. I cannot think of one fault, neither can I think of any way it could have been improved. This is Film making at it's best!
Don't Look Now (1973)
Don't bother to look
I was very disappointed with this movie. Usually I enjoy the work of both Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland, but this movie was just not up to scratch. Venice was made to look even worse than it is in real life and the lonely locations had more of a feel of 'Omega Man' in a New York slum then the bustling Venice I know. Sutherland managed to partake in another high profile love-making scene similar to his effort in "The Eye of the Needle" where he was lucky enough to be involved with Kate Nelligan, but at least the sex scene made more sense in "The Eye..." than it did in this movie, obviously the movie was so dull and lacked any relief from its grim Gothic like atmosphere that a 'romp in the hay' might lighten it ..... it didn't, except for Donald Sutherland.
I have just seen a 'Parky' show with the delightful Lesley Garrett. Apart from her marvelous voice, I was amazed at her vivacity and sense of humour. It was entertainment at it's best. Lesley was introduced as styling herself more like Gracie Fields than Maria Callas ... I'm sure she is truly loved for being herself.
If it wasn't for this type of show (and Parkinson show is the best of this genre) One would never see the other side of some of these celebrities, and we would be poorer for it.
It seems some people don't like the Parkinson show, these few people shouldn't watch it, especially when their jealousy for Parkinson's popularity shows so much.
A Majority of One (1961)
Gentle and enjoyable
This is a gentle little film that may have it's faults with the hindsight of 40 years, but is enjoyable, especially I feel to those that remember the post WW11 days.
Alec Guinness plays the part beautifully, with his usual master of the character, Rosalind Russel plays a good stereotyped Jewish Mother .... the other characters just fill in between the lines. The only character that I find fault with is 'Eddy' the No. 1 boy of the family in Tokyo. He is obnoxious and completely out of character with a real 'House Boy' of the times that was lucky enough to get a 'cushy number' working for an American Diplomat.
In these days of virtual reality with sex, blood and car chases being the three main criteria of movie making, this movie is like going to a stage production from the 50's...... gentle and enjoyable.
The Sopranos (1999)
The Best Series EVER!
I've been watching TV since 1948, and in that time have watched a lot of series........ Sopranos is the best. The acting is first class, storyline interesting and is continually surprising, there is no deviation into the heroic unreality of so many series and the music is marvellous, from Frank Sinatra to Heavy Rock. Some narrow minded people or people with hidden agendas may not like this series but thank goodness we are not all alike and......... Nobody has to watch it if they don't like it!!!!!!!
A Simple Plan (1998)
Great movie but will not leave you happy!
This movie has a great story, is beautifully filmed and full of atmosphere, but it is about a sad group of people in a nightmare situation. Some critics have picked on the films lack of humour, but in some situations there is not a lot of humour to be had, this is one of those situations. Everything in this movie is well done, the casting is terrific and the pervading feeling of helplessness as fate deals it's dreadful course is numbing. The music is ideal as are the episodes of silence in a snow blown wilderness. I watched this movie sat cosily in front of an open fire and it gave me goosepimples. Billy Bob Thornton plays a wonderful part as a simple man on the edge of suicide, Bill Paxton's role gives him a great chance to play the part of a man pushed into crime and then murder while attempting to stay good and thoughtful.... he does it well. Not a happy film but a damn good one.
The Winter Guest (1997)
A little film that draws great comment
This 'Day in the life of' film seems to have drawn more pretentious gobbledegook comments since 'Citizen Kane'. 'The Winter Guest' is a quiet little film that weaves a group of ordinary people's lives through a cold wintry atmosphere. The acting is as to be expected from this type of British Film, in other words, good. It is to be enjoyed as a diversion from reality, not as some hidden, cryptic wonderland as some would put forward. Films are for entertainment, let us stop trying to make some sort of scientific religion out of every film that is not purely a vehicle for sex or violence.