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Monster's Ball (2001)
An example of Transformation and the Reason for Optimism
Its difficult to label this movie as good or bad. Some parts worked for us and some maybe not. We enjoyed the performances of Halle, Billy Bob, Peter Boyle and Heath. The story took a long time to develop. Up to the time Leticia met Hank, one wondered yawningly what was the point of everything that had slowly unfolded thus far.
Then our interest was aroused with the development of a relationship (finally) in the movie. Up to this point there was only destruction and avoidance of relationships between people. The mumbling of Billy Bob and a few other actors and the lack of subtitles on the DVD made it very difficult to fathom what was going verbally on especially in the opening 3/4 hour. Consequently we missed the point of what the "Monsters Ball" was. I'd be grateful if someone could explain it to us.
I thoroughly enjoyed the sex scene as a highly erotic one particularly on Leticia's part and a suitably stilted attempt from Hank. His performance was as limited, loveless and mechanical as his experience allowed - with prostitutes. I found the transformation of his performance in this scene as Leticia gave him the opportunity to express himself through sex, very stimulating and real. We were not embarrassed by the scene at all and watched it with our 13-year old daughter and 17-year old son. It was a statement of sex transformed into making love, a good lesson for us all.
The other transformation of Hank from would-be racist to lover of a black woman in a seemingly short time asked a lot from the audience, though I know it to be possible. particularly if you consider that Hank may not have been a true racist and rather only stirred up by his father.
The rest of the movie was fine and engrossing and it ended appropriately, I thought. I'm glad I saw it.
If you can endure the slow build-up its worth watching as an example of transformation and the reason for optimism. 7/10.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
Wonderful adaptation of the Novel to the screen
De Niro is great as the monster, Branagh excellent as the obsessed doctor, Helena Bonham Carter and John Cleese all add to the enjoyment with superb performances. The effects are awesome and all of this with a magnificent story brilliantly adapted for the screen make it a splendid spectacle. We really enjoyed it.
A faultless production only leaves me panting for the next 2.
i was completely blown away by this fantastic faultless production. Everything was perfect, location, acting, atmosphere, effects, editing, music, casting - I couldn't get enough of it and can hardly wait for the next two releases as long as the producers can maintain the continuity of excellence.