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Dated and predictable
**warning may contain spoiler** As another reviewer already stated: This material isn't enough for a half hour episode. But that's mainly because we've grown up with movies and TV and have trained eyes and minds. Even if I hadn't seen it before, I'd seen versions of it, with similar twists. This story would've been better if it was 5-10 minutes long, since it looses its audience during that half hour. After about 5-10 minutes you notice something strange about the way the movie is shot, then you start wondering if it's deliberate and the longer the story goes on the more you start wondering why it's shot that way. Soon you come up with a theory and the last 15 minutes you just sit there and wishes you are mistaken since there is nothing more sad than to watch an ending you've already figured out. This happened to me with another movie as well - secret window with Johnny Depp. Only in that case it was even worse because there I had to sit through 96 minutes. I've got no doubts at all that this episode was dynamite when it came out, and I envy those fortunate people who were young 1960 and saw this with a less experienced and critical mind. Surprise ruined.
Uneven but astonishing and very gripping at times
Vastly Underrated, unnoticed (at least internationally) and forgotten Swedish drama.
**warning might contain spoilers** Story: A Reporters son is suspected of child molestation, and he is forced to do something he's never done: getting to know him.
The acting is top-notch of all the important characters in this movie. That's why you get somewhat disturbed of the bad acting in some of the minor parts, which is easily detected when it's put next to the other performances in this superb drama. But those small flaws are easily forgiven given the overall psychologically and humanly insightful material.
This picture is a frustrating, gripping portrait of human suffering of practically all characters involved. It is frustrating because the well intentioned, intelligent people get ignored, mocked, isolated and driven to solitude, early retirement from work, and even suicide or attempted suicide. (there is a haunting realistic scene in this movie where one of the studio executives coldly speaks about one of his employees of how she has to take tranquilizers just to cope with her daily life, and how they plan to get rid of her and ruin her life. The evil and cruelty in that conversation is so sickening that it's in a way equally scary or even more so than child molestation, because it's harder to detect, stop and deal with.
The most realistically disturbing portrait of abuse in this movie is not about pedophilia. It's how it all starts, in schools and at work. With evil gossip by people playing God, and punks in school that no one dare to stop.
The bad guy in this movie isn't, as you might expect if you'd read the storyline on the cover, the child molester himself. The truly bad guys are the network executives who instead of embracing, and bringing people together stab the weakest in the back. Their protégés who instead of taking a moral stand decide to kiss their superiors behinds no matter what they say or do, and the perversely narcissistic, egocentric father of the abuser, who is so wrapped up in his own career that he's developed a disgusting attitude towards his fellow human beings, his coworkers and even his own son and daughter-in-law.
Crap, sickness and cruelty runs downwards, it starts at the very top of society (power-wise not intellectually), for every carrier it grows bigger, and when it finally reaches its final destination in the last link in the chain a helpless child the evil has grown to unspeakable proportions. This movie focuses on all the steps of the way, how evil starts by the bullies in school and the Nazi-like executives and how everybody are victims. That the people who can stop it don't want to, and the people who can't - suffer in silence.
I applaud that few or no images are shown of the rapes or molestations themselves. That is not what this movie is about and it would've confused the viewer. Movies like "the woodsman" that many people think deals with the same thing seem ridiculous and shallow next to a movie like this.
I give this a 9 or 10 despite some of its shortcomings by the acting of the extras or non-actors. A very important movie that I recommend to everybody, if you manage to find it.
Beautitul production. Good work.
WARNING MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
About a Colombian "Travis Bickle" wandering around the streets of Bogotá and getting more and more upset about how people treat him and the "filth" he sees everywhere. Both "taxi driver" and "falling down" comes to mind, although this is loosely based on real events. It is portrayed almost as though the director feels some kind of sympathy for the killer. I enjoyed it a lot. This is a good Colombian movie on par with European and American ones. The actor who plays the leading role is very good, and most of the acting is good. (except the guy who plays the raping cabdriver, what an over-actor!) It's beautifully shot and it's a stylish production. I would have liked it to be longer and with more characters. On the cover it said 132 minutes, it ended up being 1 hour and 32 minutes which is not the same thing. I found some of the scenes accidentally humorous, like when he threatens his neighbor for bugging him about the collection. And the story about the priest. As a swede living in Colombia I find this country often overly religious. People can't talk about ordinary things without having to drag God into it. I guess I'm a believer myself but I would never mention God as excessively as they do over here. Everything is "Gods will", even the most trivial things. It was a bit refreshing to see a Colombian movie that dared to criticize priests or people claiming to be religious. You CAN actually be a believer without being a fanatic. Anyway that was maybe a bit off topic but all in all it was an entertaining movie. I give it 6 out of 10. (for being Colombian I could give it 8 out of 10). I hope Colombians will keep up the good work and make more quality productions like this.
Consenting Adults (1992)
Dumb entertainment, spoilers
*** Warning spoilers ahead*** don't read this unless you've seen the movie ***
I thought this movie had an interesting start but as it went on it just got more and more stupid and illogical. Mastrantonios character is a disgusting and selfish person. Imagine being married to a woman who worries more about gossip and her own reputation than you being innocently thrown in jail for murder! She knows Spaceys alibi is fake, therefore she must also know he is the real killer. Why else would he lie to the police? There's no other reason. I can't understand why Kline tries to win her back in the last half of the movie, nor how they could have been married for years. She is a woman who doesn't give a damn about him, when he's thrown in jail she turns her back on him, she is more loyal to a complete stranger and she leaves him for the closest guy around. Why would you want such a woman back? And what exactly is the "evidence" that proves kline killed that woman? That he had had sex with her? That is another thing I don't understand about this movie. If they could see that he had had sex with her before the killing that must mean that he slept with the real wife, the wife he never got to know since spacey introduced him to "olivia kamen" instead. So then either he is so stupid that he doesn't notice that he is having sex with a woman he never met + the woman is equally stupid for not being surprised by a total stranger surprising her in bed. I guess I have to watch the movie again to find that out or maybe someone here have written something intelligent about that. Anyway I don't hate the movie but it's really hard to just ignore the facts that I've been commenting here.
Nothing to Hide (1981)
A pornografic drama
I think this is the closest thing to an ordinary movie a porno ever will get. The acting is pretty good actually by porno-standards. Al pacinos look alike John leslie does a fine job among others. I actually managed to watch the entire movie without fast-forwarding. It's like a drama with some porn in it. See it if you would like to see a different porno. Otherwise avoid it because the sex-scenes are average compared to the movies that are made today.
Poison Ivy (1992)
Interesting movie, disappointing ending
I started watching this movie without knowing anything about it. I got pleasantly surprised. I had no idea what genre this movie was, it started out as a comedy but later it changed to drama and thriller. To me this movie was totally unpredictable and fascinating. I loved the fact that you had no idea where the story would take you. Actually I think that this movie would have been even better if it hadn't ended as a thriller. It would actually have worked better as a dark comedy. I think it's wrong to rate this movie as a thriller. I don't necesarily see the murder as something calculating and evil, I actually got the impression that Drew Barrymores character actually liked her friends mother and that she, in her own naive way wanted to help her put an end to her misery. I think she took the decision to do it right there and then and that it was nothing she had planned. I think it's a bit sad that this movie had such an ordinary mainstream ending. From the car accident to the end the movie looses a lot. I often confuse Drew Barrymore with Alicia Silverstone and this movie reminded me a bit about "the crush" (with silverstone) but "the crush" had no potential to be more than a thriller, this movie is superior since it's more psychologically interesting and it's "not just a thriller". The ending makes this movie look dumber than it is. Good acting and worth watching.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Pretentious and overrated
I really can't see what's so great about this movie. It was a big disappointment to me. I really tried to like it but I just couldn't. I think after seeing the reviews on here my expectations of the movie was way too high. The first 20-30 minutes of this movie was incredibly boring, I thought that maybe it was just to make us get to know the characters so I gave it some more time. Then after an hour had passed I realized that this wasn't going to get any better. (somehow the same feeling the characters have about their own lives in the movie) It seems like the moviemakers didn't want to make a movie, they wanted to make a masterpiece. It's like the movie is saying "hey look at me, have u seen anything better?!? Look at these cool camera-angles and these amazing close-ups. And I don't only look good I'm deep too." Anyway I don't buy it. Just because you show close-ups of an eye and pills thrown into mouths it's not automatically a great movie. I'm not impressed. Anyway I've noticed that with IMDB the newer the movie is the higher ratings it gets. If you want to see a movie about drugadiction watch "panic in needle park" or the german movie "christiane f" both those movies are far better than this one (and rated lower). I don't hate this movie but I can't for my life understand how so many people can love it. I'm giving this a 1. That might be unfair but it's just as unfair as the 8.5 that it has on here. If I see it again I sure hope I discover something new since it feels like I'm the only one in the world who's not impressed with this. Over 40% voted a 10 for this.
Doing the Harlem Shuffle (1986)
God I love Taija Rae, my teen fantasy!!
Some really nice scenes in this movie. Taija Rae is gorgous. It takes place in the 30's or something. I love it, I saw it when I was a teen and I inmidiately fell in love with taija rae. I wish I could find this movie somewhere I haven't seen it since it was new. Pornos were better in the 80's. At least if you talk real movie-pornos and not amateur flicks. It's a classic. I think I actually could watch this entire porno without fast forwarding half the movie. That's a very good grade in my book. :)
Star 80 (1983)
Eric Roberts is fantastic
** warning possible spoilers don't read this unless you've seen the movie ** This is one of my favorite movies of the eighties. Eric Roberts should have won an academy award for his role in this movie. He is totally believable as paul snider. Never have I seen someone portray someone broken hearted so well. He is proud and confident but he just won't accept that he lost his love dorothy stratten. So he tries to win her back and in doing so he starts hating himself and the whole world. He wants to be able to turn his back on her but he can't and that makes him hate himself and become a dangerous violent madman. I really felt sorry for Roberts character, it's not often where u see people commit terrible crimes and at the same time you feel sorry for them. Mariel Hemmingway was also a perfect choice playing innocent and shy before getting more confident. I don't know the real story behind this movie so I can't and won't talk about wether it was true to the reality of these events. But as an independent movie it's great. I think the scene where snider asks the actor "bad scripts huh?" is something that eric roberts could ask himself about some of the rest of the movies that he's been in. In this fine movie he's brilliant. Overall it's an excellent drama.
L.A. Takedown (1989)
Nothing wrong with this movie
This movie is basically the same movie as HEAT. To say that this movie is garbage and that HEAT is a masterpiece is plain stupid, but that's almost how the IMDB users voted. Last time I checked this movie had an average rating of 5.7 while HEAT had 7.8. Anyway I don't need any Pacino or De Niro to recognize a good movie. HEAT might be a little better but it's not THAT much better. Had I seen this movie first I don't know if I had bothered seing HEAT, but sadly the big remakes get all the attention. Soon the remake of another excellent movie "manhunter" will come up in the theatres, and it will probably make people forget about how good the original is and if there are people that still haven't seen it, they will only see the remake. I don't think you should do remakes of movies that are less than 20 or 30 years old. I think I'm against almost any remake. If the original is good then why do a remake? and if it's bad well even less reason to do it...Anyway both movies are good and I like them both even if I don't like the remake phenomenon.