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The Simpsons Movie (2007)
This came out about seven years too late.
The Simpsons was a great sitcom that held its own for almost a decade. This show put the fledgling Fox network on the map. It was a symbol of the 90s. That time came to close in about 2000. The show started to become a shell of what it once was. Now imagine that shell hanging on for another seven years. That is what the movie is. When you have a show on for 18 years and then make a movie out of it, there is not much available for a plot in the movie. I agree with what many other reviewers have said, it is a recent season episode that was dragged out for an hour and a half. There was little real development and not much of an emphasis on secondary characters. To top it all off, Dr. Nick Riviera dies in this movie!
The Simpsons (1989)
Way past its prime
The Simpsons was a wonderful show. In its heyday in the 90s, it was probably the best show on TV. To call it a defining show of the 90s is an understatement. The Simpsons is probably one of the most obvious examples of 90s pop culture. The show has the distinction of being the one with the most guest appearances. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine TV without The Simpsons. However, the show has been dead for the last ten years. It started to decline, appropriately enough, at the end of the 90s. Here are the reasons for its decline.
1) It tried to be like South Park and Family Guy. The Simpsons was a novelty for many years. It was a prime time cartoon. However, in 1997 South Park premiered. This was a cartoon that used violence and profanity for shock value. In 1999, Family Guy premiered and was also much racier. In 1999, The Simpsons began experimenting with this on their shows. This was never a staple of them before.
2) The character of Maude Flanders was killed. She was a major character that was killed off about 1999 or 2000. Having her die completely changed the tone of the show and especially the Flanders family, who are major characters.
3) Plots became wacky. The original charm of the show was the fact that it was somewhat realistic. The show soon started having ridiculous plots like Homer and Ned marrying floozies in Las Vegas.
4) Phil Hartman died. The loss of Phil Hartman was devastating to the show. His characters provided much depth into the show and interesting plots.
The Simpsons was a great show and it is sad to see it go downhill so much.
Great Time Capsule!
Hackers creates a wonderful picture of life in the mid-90s. This was the time period in which the World Wide Web was becoming such a huge deal. It was when people had this in their homes and were open to all sorts of ideas and people soon learned they could exploit it.
The characters in this movie were the hackers that were so prevalent in the 90s. This movie showed the world the underground culture of this group of people. The action that was involved in the movie as well as the dynamics between the characters is fun to watch. All of them do a wonderful job, including a young Angelina Jolie, shown before she became a part of Brangelina. This movie is out of date, but that is part of the beauty of it now. Think of it as a 90s version of War Games.
Why did this win so many awards?
This is not to say that this movie is terrible. It does have a good story line and it is a good romantic movie. As a guy, I do refer to it as a chick flick, but that does not necessarily mean something bad.
The problems with this movie.
1) Too long. It could have had at least an hour taken out of it with creative editing.
2) The boat sinking. That scene did not need to be dragged out for so long.
3) The Celine Dion song. Too much!
This movie was mediocre. I do not think it deserved the amount of press it received. This is especially true when you look at how often people then had to throw the word "Titanic" around the following year.
The Thin Red Line (1998)
If you can stay awake
This movie feels like it is about six hours long. The action is so sporadic and mood just dull in general. I managed to stay awake and finish this one, but it was bad. This is the kind of garbage that gets nominated for Oscars and it is sad. It seems like the criteria for nomination be that the movie is long and has little action.
My biggest complaint to this one is the cameo appearances by different actors. When it was released people made it look like some star-studded picture. In reality, the famous actors made very brief and unnecessary cameos. They might as well have just walked on screen, said a line, and walked off with a bag with a dollar sign on it.
This might possibly be the worst movie I have ever seen. I had high hopes for this one. It detailed such a tragic time in the history of the Olympics. I had originally thought it would be all about the hostage situation. Wrong! The athletes barely survived the opening credits. So then the movie is about a manhunt. Okay, that could make for a good action movie. I thought that it would have some good action scenes, maybe a little suspense. Boy was I wrong again! I can sum up this movie pretty simply, using dialog the characters might as well have used:
"We found this guy, now let's go kill him. We can't shoot him let's set a bomb. The bomb didn't work. Now we have to go in and shoot him. We shot him. He's dead, let's go find another one."
Repeat scenario above. For what feels like four hours. What an incredible waste of time.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Big Lebowski has some of the best dialogue in any movie I have ever seen. There are so many one-liners in here it is hard to keep up. The dialogue is very crude, which of course makes this a movie that truly deserves its R rating. The dynamics between the characters all work out wonderfully. It is fun to watch all of them interact with each other and their opposing viewpoints. An example of this is the pacifism exhibited by the Dude that contradicts the war hawk attitude of Walter. It is hard to say who stands out more than anyone else.The plot of the movie is so simplistic, but yet it somehow works. I recommend this to anyone who wants to watch a good comedy that also has some good action in it.
Wonderful Adaptation to Book
This movie does one of the best jobs of following a book I have ever read. The best character in there was Edmund, played by Skandar Keynes. He portrayed the character exactly as I pictured him being in the book. His development was right on the mark. The other kids were great as well and I hope all four end up with wonderful acting careers. His dynamics with Tilda Swinton were commendable, especially coming from such a young actor. I would love to see Skandar Keynes and Tilda Swinton in a project together. Tilda Swinton was another wonderful actress in this movie. She gave the White Witch more dimensions than what appeared in the book. The scene where she gives Edmund the Turkinsh delight was one of the best in the movie. Tilda Swinton steals that scene when she welcomes Edmund onto the sleigh and really makes him believe she will make him king. Her scene in the castle throne room where she looses her temper with him makes us see her true wickedness in a startling way, as does the scene where she slaps him. Like previous posters have said, her icy stare is such a good touch. James McAvoy is another standout in this movie. He demonstrates his versatility as an actor. To see him perform as a faun in this and then watch him in "The Last King of Scotland" in one of the most powerful roles I've ever seen is amazing. He is another one I hope to see more often. The changes made to the were great for the movie. The subplot with Maugrim and his pack of wolves was a wonderful addition, especially with the dynamics between him and Peter. Changing the character of Susan into a much stronger young woman was also appreciated. In the book she was a much weaker character.