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Queen of the Damned (2002)
A homophobic mess...
This movie sucked on many levels (screenplay, casting, direction, etc. -- just keep reading the other IMDb reviews) but what I personally found most galling was how the filmmakers went out of their way to eliminate the homo-eroticism that permeates the original story lines, i.e., Lestat's relationships with Marius, Louis and Nicky the violinist (who BTW was Lestat's first and biggest love) just to name a few.
Hello - it's a f**k'g vampire film. The BEST vampires films have always featured renegade sexuality, dark desires and secret longings. That's why we watch them -- for their underlying notions of forbidden sexuality. I'm guessing the filmmakers thought they had to pander to middle America and delete the gay subtext, cuz it might be too offensive (and thus less marketable?). Who the 'bleep' cares...They should have kept the exquisite gay eroticism in and let middle America be shocked.
Happy Accidents (2000)
What a surprise!
Last night, a friend pick up this DVD at our locale rental place. I had never heard of it before (which is saying something because I'm a MAJOR movie junkie). So that was kinda odd, and then I didn't read the dvd cover. Therefore I went into this viewing with NO cluttering preconceived notions of "who, what, where, why and how" of this movie. Which in the end proved to be the perfect mindset to see it -- not knowing is part of the fun.
Often films are soooo formulaic that I can see where a film is ultimately going. Not the case here; the twists and turns kept me enthralled, exhilarated and delighted!!!
I LOVED IT, funny and smart, intelligent character/plot development and great acting. This film has a wonderful 'snap' to it. Kudos to the actors (Holland Taylor is perfect), to it's storytelling and to the director.
For me "Happy Accidents" was just that, a happy accident. I'd never heard of it, but I'm very happy I have now. Do yourself a favor and see this film for yourself.
The Way of the Gun (2000)
Derivative, not much of a movie
Guys with lots o' guns, shooting and that's about it. At first, I was intrigued by it's interesting premise -- the kidnapping of a mobster's hired surrogate birth mother. But alas this film doesn't take it anywhere. The impressive talents of Del Toro, Caan, Lewis wasted. Ultimately suffers from poor, flat direction.
Overall a disappointing experience.
A widower's search for the perfect mate goes very, very bad. This film starts off slow, at best tepid romance... Guy meets girl, guy loses girl, blah blah blah. All the while gradually building to the much ballyhooed torture scene. It's these last 20 minutes that have IMDB reviewers rushing praising it. But it left me and my date wondering...
WARNING -- WARNING -- SPOILER!!!
Was the whole torture scene a dream? Was the brutally gruesome scenes a nightmare imagined by his misogynistic subconscious mind? To me its the only way that the film makes any sense; the montage scene during the "torture" only makes any sense if it was part of the dream. I've read thru most of the comments and haven't read any reviewer analyzing it as a dream scene. Any comments? Thank you.