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Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
Excellent documentary that really hits home for many Americans who have lost loved ones...
I am no American citizen, but here in Canada, we are well aware of the current status of the United States. Being both a Liberal and a Conscientious Objector, I am completely and utterly repulsed at Bush and his entire propaganda. What I don't understand is how the public can accept some bumbling fool, and where are these hidden, almost mythical supporters that he has? Michael Moore is very much a ray of light in the darkness of stupidity that exists in this world. His documentaries have always been amusing and informative and this one does not disappoint. After reading his books that lead up to this film, (i.e. Stupid White Men, and Dude, Where's my Country?), I knew that this movie would be great. Mike really can stick it to the man, or in this case, a stupid, cowardly hick. I really do hope that Canada does not duplicate the mistake our neighbours to the South have done. Please don't elect Stephen Harper, if you want reasons, see this movie.
The Baby-Sitters Club (1995)
I hated the books and I hated the movie
Okay? Did anyone else find this movie a little sugary? I mean you take these annoying, overachieving PREteens and make them leaders of a camp? Jerry Springer seems less predictable! I hated them all and it's not like they have any real issues. I mean, "OMG! A guy likes me! I like him back but I'll never let on cause I'm a tease!" Seriously, this movie is riddled with cliches,(I mean friends 4-ever, come on!), has a boring, dumb cast, (let's get some diversity people!) and a pointless message. I mean, c'mon, do people really expect that if it's in a colourful package we'll just eat it up? This brings back the idea, MORE SPACE, LESS FILLING. I don't think it should have a cutesy little ending. I also don't think that those snobs would have gone so far! :P
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
wildly confusing and lacking a deeper meaning
This movie was supposed to have an ocean of depth, instead I found it shallower than a kiddie pool. Recently, we have been getting these types of movies, abstract, dark, "deep" movies that are supposed to lead all the intellects to the theaters, this one was one of them and it was a flop. The characters and the situations are different and interesting, the videotaping wasn't bad, it wasn't the actors either it was the story. The story lacked something that a script needs and deserves, sense. This isn't bloody Alice in Wonderland! This was portrayed in a real place and since we're not all hooked on opiates we can't all understand it's deeper meaning! I found it's biggest problem was it was generally confusing. I spent half the film trying to understand what was going on, and then, they decide to change everyone's names, which made it worse. It's just another example of Hollywood trying to create a dark, uber-foreign type movie and it didn't work.
Well done remake of a classic
These days, I find it extremely rare to find a movie worth seeing. You have all these stupid teen movies, shallow deep movies starring has beens like Tom Cruise, and then there comes a movie like Chicago, a movie that deserved its awards. It really impressed me how they put it together. Now, on IMDb, I've heard complaints that there was no jazz music in the film. (I've been listening to jazz since I was small), I must admit, it isn't exactly "jazz", but keep in mind they had to have a visual component, which they chose vaudevil. The plot goes as follows. A lonely wife named Roxy desperately wants to be a club singer. In Chicago, her dream is muffled by others climbing to the top. She becomes so desperate, she chooses to believe a con-artist who claims to be her ticket to the top. When Roxy discovers his true intentions, (sex), she indulges in shooting his brains out, resulting her being sent to Cooks County for murder. There, she meets one of her idols, Jazz singer, Velma Kelly, who is doing time for killing her two timing husband and house breaking sis. They don't become friends, instead they become fierce rivals competing for their lawyer's attention. With good make up, good costumes, well done music, great acting and all that jazz, Chicago proves that in a sea of sand there is a diamond in the rough.
Does Disney proud (for once)
This was a product of an amazing book which deserves most of the credit for it's success. Yes, it's Disney, and they did format for a Disney audience, so, it is not living up to it's FULL POTENTIAL. But, there are some amazing performances by Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight and Shia LaBoeuf. The story is about a wildly unlucky boy, who gets sentenced to sixteen months of hard labour for a crime he didn't commit. The place where he is sent to is called Camp Green Lake, a place where young criminals serve out their sentences instead of jail time. Out of all the friends the boy makes, he creates the strongest ties with his tent's runt, Zero, who not only talks to no one, but is also illiterate. It is a story about injustice, racism and discovering yourself, even in the worst situations. I know that this could have been a better movie, but I'm also satisfied with it's encouragement to kids to read the novel. Good movie!
Annie Hall (1977)
Witty and Charming, one of Allen's greatest achievements.
Annie Hall is a movie about life. In recent films, there are fairly predictable endings. (i.e. guy gets girl after chase scene in Manhattan). Annie Hall goes against the grain of movies. There is definite chemistry between Allen and Keaton. That is one of the main reasons this movie is successful. Alvy and Annie do not have high wage jobs, they do not go clubbing, nor are they incredibly attractive. Why does a movie character relationship have to be so extreme it's unconvincing? These days movie producers create plots that are unbelievable. They don't have any depth and usually have shallow intentions. You can sense that the two leads care for each other. The situations in this movie resemble real life and that is why it is so critically acclaimed and remembered. Sure Woody talked into the camera, but that, in a sense is real life as well. It reminds me of my usual thought process and how when I think; I feel as though I'm presenting my thoughts to myself. Only he is, presenting it to us. This movie is clever and thought provoking. If you're looking for the opposite of a yearly run of the mill movie, this is for you.
This movie sets a darker tone from Allen's usual humourous films. I must admit, I love the music choices, and the idea of filming it black and white, but I find this movie lacking. In the beginning of the film you get the impression that Allen's Isaac does not love Tracy, and wants to end their relationship. Things pick up when he is matched with Keaton's Mary but that relationship goes sour. Instead of dating Mary, he ends up hating his best friend. Then after all that turmoil, he decides that he really did love Tracy and that he wants to be with her again. if you like Allen's usual movies, I expect you'll enjoy this one. I enjoyed parts of it but could still not grasp it as a whole. It is simple, casual and similar to Allen's usual films.
A Woody Allen Must See
This is a wildly hilarious comedy about sex and nothing less. One of the very under rated skits is Gene Wilder's love affair with a lamb. Of course, the one that can't be missed is the all famous medievil one with the fool. It has some very low points, (let's face it, the giant tit was awful), but overall a ten! Most people think that this movie appeals to guys, but I'm a girl and this is one of my favourite of Woody's films. If you're anxious about talking about sex, or highly religious perhaps this movie will not strike your fancy. However, if you like romance stories, alot of shagging from different points of the world, and above all, Woody himself then this is your movie! ****/****
The Shining (1980)
Danny's not here Mrs. Torrence
I am an only child, and I've noticed that only children grow very attached to their parents, mostly because they are the only family ties they have made. Such is the same for Danny, he, on the other hand is special. Danny doesn't need siblings, he has a friend in his mouth, Tony. This is a very different kind of friend, Tony can reach Danny's mind and show him things. Danny has the gift of shining. His parents, Wendy and Jack, both have their sets of problems. Jack is a recovering alcoholic, and has problems with child abuse. After being fired from a teaching position in Vermont, he applies for the job of caretaker at the elegant Overlook Hotel, which has its share of stories as well. The Overlook people just want the family to watch their hotel during the winter time and come spring the family will get their pay and leave. The only problem, they say, is the severe isolation. They mention that a few years ago, there was a man Grady and his family that came to care take the hotel and ended up murdering his family. The scary thing is that the spirit of Grady isn't dead and coming back for the kill.
Eerily rings true
When people see horror movies that really effect them, they lock themselves away. Now someone can pick the lock. This is a fairly good movie that really hits home. I admit it is extremely similar to "Fatal Attraction" but I like this movie better. This time it seems Peyton is a little more evil than Alex and she has a better motive. Peyton is a nanny, she is to take care of Emily and Joe, she has different plans in mind. The acting is pretty good, the characters are well developed and it is a nice, cozy little horror you care rely on when nothing is on TV. I have to say in a way, it reminds me of "Rosemary's Baby". This time though, it is the one who rocks the cradle that is corrupt.