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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
A loser never wins, 26 June 2003
10/10

This is one of my favorite films of all-time, so it's easy for me to

point to the reasons why. First off, what we have here is Paul

Newman. His performance is a thing of beauty. He wields his

charm and charisma like the battered son you wish you had. The

film is brilliantly photographed, loosely scored and all of the

performances are strong. But it is Newman, very simply, who

carries this film.

0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
This is a man who would not take it. This is..., 26 June 2003
10/10

DeNiro is at the top of his methodology in this masterpiece of american cinema. The exquisite cinematography blending with the rough, New York streets, create a buffer to what's coming.

Scorsese's best work. Paul Schrader gets a lot of credit for a charged up script. And Brenard Herman's score boils below the surface, leveling out a grueling montage of realism. F***in' brilliant! Hasn't lost any of it's relevence nearly 30 years later.

This is a man who would not take it. This is..., 26 June 2003
10/10

DeNiro is at the top of his methodology in this masterpiece of american cinema. The exquisite cinematography blending with the rough, New York streets, create a buffer to what's coming.

Scorsese's best work. Paul Schrader gets a lot of credit for a charged up script. And Bernard Herman's score boils below the surface, leveling out a grueling montage of realism. F***in' brilliant! Hasn't lost any of it's relevence nearly 30 years later.

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Brilliant, 23 August 2002
10/10

Kubrick is behind the wheel of Jack Nicholson, in this mesmerizing thriller about a man who loses his mind and terrifies his wife and son in a mountain hotel in Colorado. Nicholson is the star, no question, and, he eats up every delicious piece of it, frothing at the mouth at one point. But, the hidden magic is courtesey of Ligetti, a masterful composer that haunts and chills it's wy through some brilliant technical work. This is a fim for Kubrick fans not to miss.

He who makes a beast of himself, gets rid of the pain of being a man, 23 August 2002
9/10

This is classic Hunter. The dialog crackles like the laugh of a wheezing hooker. A hooker with a head full of acid, and a pair of left handed gloves. Depp and Del Toro step straight out of the book, and rip a long trail of drooling agony up and down the Vegas strip. Genius stuff that'll make you laugh out loud, while thinking about what you just laughed at. Gilliam at his wildest. Classic.

He who makes a beast of himself, gets rid of the pain of being a man, 23 August 2002
9/10

This is classic Hunter. The dialog crackles like the laugh of a wheezing hooker. A hooker with a head full of acid, and a pair of left handed gloves. Depp and Del Toro step straight out of the book, and rip a long trail of drooling agony up and down the Vegas strip. Genius stuff that'll make you laugh out loud, while thinking about what you just laughed at. Gilliam at his wildest. Classic.

2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Keitel rips through the screen, 15 August 2002
9/10

Abel Ferrara is the most un-compromising filmmaker you will find. This is his film, but, Keitel is right there with him. This is an un-flinching look at drug addiction, depression ,and, corruption, all played out in unglamorous master shots allowing Keitel the freedom to sear the edges of the celluloid. Highly recommended to those who have a high tolerance to realism.

1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Intricate filmmaking, a masterpiece, 15 August 2002
10/10

Down by Law is a film that has mesmerized me for years. The first time I saw it, it sunk into me like the smile from a homeless person. It told me something I should've already known.

I've heard people use the word "quirky", when drawing comparisons to a Jarmusch character, but, I like the phrase: "Spot On". He has captured man's fear within himself, and, the ability to hide that fear. It takes a director of great courage and knowledge of self to pull that one off without boring you.

If you're a fan of Joel Schumaucher or James Cameron, this is not the film for you. But if your a fan of people, and, the human condition, the mirror reflects back, 2 hours at a time, and Jarmusch is right behind it.

40 out of 79 people found the following review useful:
Intricate filmmaking, a masterpiece, 15 August 2002
10/10

Down by Law is a film that has mesmerized me for years. The first time I saw it, it sunk into me like the smile from a homeless person. It told me something I should've already known.

I've heard people use the word "quirky", when drawing comparisons to a Jarmusch character, but, I like the phrase: "Spot On". He has captured man's fear within himself, and, the ability to hide that fear. It takes a director of great courage and knowledge of self to pull that one off without boring you.

If you're a fan of Joel Schumaucher or James Cameron, this is not the film for you. But if your a fan of people, and, the human condition, the mirror reflects back, 2 hours at a time, and Jarmusch is right behind it.

Happiness (1998)
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Leave it to Beaver on acid, 15 August 2002
10/10

Deeply disturbing, provacative and complex. Solondz is a unique voice who refreshes us with his inability to compromise. This is a groundbreaking film, a film that tests the limits of the audience and achieves because it gives us credit where so many other films don't. A must see. The best film in recent years. Makes American Beauty look like American Pie.


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