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Party Monster (2003)
I was really looking forward to this movie as something would be representative of Gays in the 1980's. Instead what I got was a movie about Gay people that is homophobic! That's right a movie about Gay people where no affection is shown between boyfriends or anyone at all except a heterosexual relationship. The Alig character and the "love of his life" go to kiss and the screen goes black! Get real. It is 2004 and we have Philadelphia all over again when Tom Hanks gives his long term boyfriend a hug in the whole movie. Also what is with those stupid accents!
Les invasions barbares (2003)
A fine film
Les Invasions Barbares is a fine film. It is superbly acted, directed and edited as well as very well written and the characters are 3 dimensional and believable. I understand there is a movie that documents the separation or divorce of Remy and his wife but this film certainly stands alone. I was troubled by the representations of the Canadian or Quebec health care system and the alleged corruption of the union movement. I have to say I very skeptical of a film that preferences the disaster that is the laiser-faire system of health care system in th US. Unless Canada is a lot more different than Australia than I had previously thought I also find the instances of public officials taking bribes pretty unbelievable. As to the debate of is this a Canadian film or a Quebecois one I don't really know enough about the political of the situation.
Great, movie but I don't really get.
*SPOILERS* This is a very beautiful movie which I guess is a strange thing to say about a film that is about a shooting massacre in a High School. But it really is beautifully filmed. The use of hand held cameras and POV shoots is interesting and involving. The way the film is sort of "washed out" in regards to its use of colour is also good. Unlike a lot of people in the discussion boards and reviews I had not no problem with the acting. For non-professionals I thought they did a good job. However Gus Van Sant but has done the casting himself and he certainly has an eye for good looking youth. It is amazing how many schools in TV and Cinema are filled with models. I did not really really get the lack of motivation the killers seemed to have or the end or when the guy shot his co-killer got but I guess thats the point really. As for the people describing the pair as gay murderers that is so not the point.
Great movie, great acting.
The story of Aileen Wournes is an horrific one. Brutilised and abused from the time she was born she never really had a chance - Beaten by her father by reporting sexual abuse at the hands of a family friend. A prostitute from age 13. This doese not excuse the murders she committed (Except,possibly, the first one which was clearly self defense). What is does do is inspire compassion for her and the disasters of life choices she made, or were really made for by a sexist and classist society. The film is a also very clear about the enormous problems of American society. The lack of a genuine social welfare system helped to create her and the situation whereby she felt sex work and robbery were her only choices. A brilliant movie.
Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
I was captured
This is a very good documentary. I've the postings on the various message boards about it and am a little suprised that so many people have a concrete view as the innocence or guilt of Arnold and Jessie. The main thing I was left with was a sense of doubt - I doubt they did all the things they were convicted of and I doubt they were totally innocent.
The interviews with the police,prosecutors and victims clearly show major flaws in the way evidence was gathered and presented whilst Arnold's stash of child porn and Jessie's statement when he is on his way to the court house for sentencing that nothing happened "only that one person, and they did not complain anyway" is telling. The best thing about this doco is the way that is suspenseful like a good piece of fiction and all the more horrible because it is true (No matter what the guilt or innocence of Arnold and Jessie).
Amores perros (2000)
Love maybe a bitch but this movie is not
We saw this film after seeing 21 grams and thinking it was an amazing movie and were interested in seeing the directors earlier work. I can see the similarities between the two, both having a motor vehicle accident as a plot linking device, and I have to say it is really difficult to say which is better. They are both great but I think I would vote for the this one as it is even more hard edged than 21 grams. Maybe because it is Mexican and not American it was a little more convincing. The scenes involving the dog fights are a bit gross but the cuteness of the guy who plays Octavio is a bonus.My one major criticism would be the thing with the dog trapped under the floor goes on a little too long, I get it was a symbol of their 'lost' relationship but enough already.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Awful and not good awful
This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I don't object to the violence or the gore or anything like it. I object to the stupid barely there plot the bad acting and stupid storyline. The people in the cinema seemed to agree with me with at least 20 people walking out and lots of laughter at supposedly scary or gory bits. It is usually possible to find something that a movie has going for it but this one leaves me completely blank as to any positives. A truly bad movie.
Life as a House (2001)
Life as a boring, conservative and sickly sweet movie
I thought this movie was pretty terrible really. Firstly the Son's acting sticks just as badly as it did in AOTC and the teenage neighbour was so unbelievable as a character it was ridiculous. As well did it really take just a couple of conversations for the Son to stop using drugs? They should lend Kevin Kline out to drug treatment centres. I was also very releived when the kid took out his piercings, as we all know there is no worse social problem than teenagers with piercings. The storyline about the kids flirtation with prostution was also unbelievable but I was, of course, very relieved he turned out to be heterosexual because there is nothing worse than Gay teenagers. (Sarcasm) Did the kid really have to give away the house? I think the point of the "wonderful" transformation had already been hammered home by that point.
Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
What is all the fuss about?
I thought this movie was OK. From all the hype maybe I was expecting too much. I thought the ideas of the film were interesting but more could have been done with them. I don't really get the stuff that people are going on about on the discussion boards about the film making out that Communism being evil or something. To me it seemed like the text was nostalgic for the era of the GDR and, I think rightly, showed some areas of society that were better organised in the GDR than they are in the West. Back to the film itself, I thought there were some pretty good laughs but the good idea of re-creating the GDR was not really worked through. It also did not feel like he had that much of a connection with his mother that he would do that for her. The guy who played "Denis" was very cute though!
Love Actually (2003)
Feel good if you're straight
Firstly let me say this is a good movie. There are some great actors like Laura Linney, Andrew Lincoln and Alan Rickman who put in good performances. I don't know how believable Hugh Grant is as the Prime Minister but I can deal with it. Although if I am going to start faulting the movie on points of realism I would never stop. What is dissapointing though is that out of the 9 couples there isn't a Gay or Lesibian couple or, heaven forbid,both! It is 2004 after all. Still a good movie though.