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Wow! I don't know why, but it does somehow comfort me to know that the
major TV networks can still crank out mind numbingly stupid and
horrible TV movies. But just like eating TV dinners, watching TV movies
hold a perverse charm for me. This one was as stupid as they come. And
that treacly - sweet piano music that welled up behind every emotion
laden scene ("I'll never leave you kids without saying goodbye"; "your
mother and I will always be looking out for you" - Oh my god grandpa,
don't die!; "I'm pregnant").
One note of interest: the main character is Alex Kittner. Obviously an homage to one of the greatest disaster/suspense flicks ever - Jaws. Alex Kittner is the boy who is eaten at the beach, the one whose mother slaps Chief Brody in the face for keeping the beaches open. Thank god Alex was resurrected to save the Earth from a killer great white...moon!!!
Moving, insightful, believable, wonderfully acted...The are some of the things this movie is NOT. I'm sorry, but anyone who bought into this bile-fest doesn't know the first thing about what makes a movie good! Nuff said....won't waste [any more of] my time....yechhhh.....
While this picture may be minor Anthony Mann, it's a very off-beat, well acted, western. Mature is the anti-thesis of Mann's uber-hero, the driven, edgy loner played to perfection by Jimmy Stewart. Mann plays to Mature's strengths by casting him as the uncivilized, passion driven scout given to bouts of raucous drunkenness. Robert Preston is very good as the obsessed, kill-crazy Colonel whose wife (Anne Bancroft) Mature covets He also slugs her! Wow! Savage Mature!
My favorite movie genre is the sweet-natured-serial-killer flick, and this
movie is, to the best of my knowledge...the only one! I liked this movie
alot. Very slow-paced, charcter driven films where nothing much happens can
only succeed when supplied with an exceptional script and a talented cast.
This movie has both. The dialogue is crisp, thoughtful, and never
and the story and its themes are thought-provoking.I found myself
both intellectually (maybe not saying much!) and movie-wise. Nothing is
overtly spelled. The story is open to interpretation, yet still manages to
The casting and performances are are dead-on. I can't think of anyone who can convey the personality of a sweet-natured yet near-dangerous sociopath as well as Owen Wilson. The most disturbing scene in the film escalates from a romantic, edgy evening enjoyed by Vann and Ferrin (compellingly and delightfully played by Jeannine Fiorella LaGuardia, or whatever her name is) to an uncomfortable, abusive display of mental illness.
Brian Cox and Mercedes-Benz-Rules excell in well written supporting roles. Brian Cox is an amazing actor, with such diverse performance in resume as Hannibal the Cannibal in Manhunter, to the IRA kingpin in the Boxer, to the frustrated headmaster in Rushmore. Add this portrait to the gallery of his many quiet, forceful performances.
The Coen brothers, for me, have always been hit or miss. The
over-excesses of Miller's Crossing, which brought to mind the much
superior The Glass Key, being balanced with the genius and beauty of a
film like Fargo. But I've always admired their creativity and refusal
to adhere to a specific genre. This film is certainly original, with
beautiful cinematography, a great score, and fine performances (where
has Tim Blake Nelson been all my life? His performance, right down to
the goofy facial expressions, is phenomenal). What it lacks is dramatic
tension and cohesiveness. The vignettes follow one after another with
not enough thread to bind them together as a whole. The Baby Faced
Nelson story is wholly superfluous.
I found myself mildly amused throughout, but certainly not exhilarated. George Clooney once again proved himself to be a solid, charismatic actor with genuine star appeal, but for laugh out loud zaniness, give me Jeff Bridges as the Dude any day of the week.
This is an uncommon, stark western starring the versatile Robert Ryan in
tough guy mode, as a ruthless cattleman at odds with homesteaders in a
bleak western town. As he is about to settle a feud with a local farmer,
Burl Ives and his band of sadistic thugs ride into town and hold the
citizens hostage. As Ives tries to keep his men from raping the women, Ryan
must find a way to save the town, and redeem himself in the
Beautiful outdoor photography and solid acting combine with an unusual story line to make this a very interesting, tense flick. The movie eschews the usual western cliches in favor of maintaining a somber, moral tone. Ives excels as an internally conflicted villain. And Ryan, as always, is the man.