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Lady in the Water (2006)
To MNS - More, Please!
Dear Mr. Shyamalan, Please keep making more films like Lady in the Water. As a new screenwriter I was utterly astounded at your feat of coming up with a new and original plot and making it work. The old writer in the film is the demon on the shoulder of all writers who says "there are no new ideas" and this film will be the angel on my other shoulder. I was happy to see his demise.
If I could ever write something nearly as original as this screenplay I would consider calling myself a writer.
Wonderful story, great acting, inventive plot.
Those who did not see what this film was about have lost touch with their childhood. Let them go back to their Xbox games and blow 'em up shoot 'em up movies. Their childhood is long gone.
Fight Club (1999)
What about Helena?
A woman needs to speak up for Helena Bonham Carter's incredible acting performance in this movie. Because it's guys who post for the film she's been overlooked because no man can relate to how anti-female this woman is and how far from the real Helena. Women who can treat random sex and despicable grunge as a natural and casual form of life have gone off the path somewhere and this girl isn't looking for redemption. She embraces the strange as normal and rejects the comfortable and pretty as the aberrations. Few other actresses could have achieved the level of intense hyperactivity and abandon Helena captures here. So much so that she sinks into the movie like a dead body into a sewer and has been ignored on these boards thus far.
Match Point (2005)
The first time I watched Match Point I found Jonathan Rhys-Meyers too cool, too unemotional, but the second and third times I watched the film the grand subtleties of his performance became more evident. He does appear aloof, too smooth, always spot on with the correct response...but the cracks in his polish show through more and more until the climax of the film where he reveals his inner life before smoothing it over again. He shows great promise for the future as a top actor. He is, of course, stunningly attractive, is everyone else in the film. The visual control and setting are masterful and surprisingly different from Allen's previous work. He displays an astounding degree of departure from his familiar style in a highly successful way. There were traces of comedy throughout but they were displayed through the characters' English humor rather than by situation or dialog. The story line if fantastic as well - the script is as polished as a diamond bracelet. Quite the powerhouse.