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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Whilst I'm sure this film will appeal to teenagers who know nothing of the original, I found it so disappointing. I was always suspicious of how they would attempt to remake a film that was so brilliant the way it was, but then I thought it might be like the Psycho remake where they tried to keep true to the original. Unfortunately this was not the case. They've changed every aspect of the film, so it is beyond recognition. They've cheapened the experience, taking the scariness out of it by replacing psychological irony with gore. Hollywood horror cliches are rife, and when the film opens with a Blair Witch Project rip-off, its obvious that this film is going to be rubbish.
If you're going to remake a film, improve it. Otherwise just leave it well alone.
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
A beautiful portrait of truth
Boys Don't Cry is one of the most touching and daring films in cinema history. Detailing the true story of Brandon Teena, a youth with a sexual identity disorder, this film touches its viewers in a way that most films aren't brave enough to. Hilary Swank's performance is brilliant, bringing Brandon to life, and giving a poignant insight into the character's troubled life. A brilliant film showing the true story of one individual with the courage to be their self.
A beautiful insight into reality's ironies
Magnolia is a beautiful and unique film that captures everyone of the emotions real people feel. Its amazing to see a film that summarizes reality so well when one is so used to unrealistic love stories and ridiculous action adventures. Julianne Moore's performance as Linda Partridge is stunning, however, all of the actors make brilliant portrayals of their characters. This film is very moving, perhaps because it is so down to earth, with each character holding traits that viewers can relate to. Don't get me wrong, this film is no soap opera, but rather an artistic and hypnotic portrayal of human relationships and reactions, that touches every one of our emotions and ties together as a brilliant film. Definitely 10 out of 10.