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The Others (2001)
A Big Disappointment!!
I had heard good things about this movie and arrived full of expectation but unfortunately left thinking what a complete waste of 2 hours. The film is very slow and I was constantly waiting for something to happen but it just never does. Despite valiant efforts the film failed to create any sort of atmosphere, despite the fact it commences in almost total darkness I was very rarely on edge. To me the film appears to be a feeble attempt to recreate the affect of the sixth sense but it fails miserably. The 'twist' at the end is rather predictable and even if you do not see it coming it does not fill you with any shock, you will just be anxious to escape the cinema by that time. The only glimmer of light in this dismal production was the performance of Nicole Kidman who does carry the lead role very well, although talk of an Oscar may be a little optimistic. The film is entitled 'The Others' and I would recommend you see any of the other films available before this one.
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
The Coen Brothers Strike Again!!!
The Coen Brothers once again treat us to a fascinating insight into the world of the 'ordinary man'. Once again extra-ordinary things happen to the common folk and this film does not fail to disappoint. Being in black and white adds atmosphere and the cast, as usual, is first rate with superb performances from Billy Bob and Frances McDormand. The plot is a thick and tasty as you would expect from the Coen Brothers revolving around affairs, murder, ransom demands and a amusing wigs. The film could hardly be described as fast, but its slow and methodical build up is its undoubted forte and this is a film you would not want to miss. The acting is fantastic, the script as original as ever, with the usual dry humour, and the directing quite superb. The atmosphere created in some scenes was just brilliant and it sure beats the lame attempts that "Hollywood blockbusters" have to offer. This is another classic to be added to the Coen collection and a must see film!