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The Hustler (1961)
I guess I just don't get it...
because this movie was a yawn-er. The character development was excellent and the interaction between Scott and Newman was good as well. Gleason was perfect as Fats. But the movie just dragged and dragged and dragged and dragged...
I know, I'll be shot down, criticized for having some type of myopic view, lacking "true artistic appreciation" etc. but if this ever comes on TV, I'll turn the channel.
In this case, the outstanding character development was not enough for me. To each his/her own. Quite a disappointment though
The Color of Money (1986)
Well, go figure, I liked this one, and didn't like the original
I saw Color of Money before i saw the Hustler. I didn't particularly care for the "original masterpiece" in the least, at least as far as entertainment value goes. Guess this makes me a neanderthal lacking in style or something, dunno.
Color of Money was humorous, enjoyable, Tom Cruise did an excellent job of playing Vincent. He was supposed to be obnoxious, annoying, and mostly immature. He was. It was supposed to bug Paul Newman to the ends of the earth, and it did. Vincent was cocky, young and talented, just like Fast Eddie, but Eddie had wits and was beguiling, whereas Vincent is simply in your face brash.
The end result is that Eddie wants Vincent to "become" a reborn Fast Eddie Felson, but he simply isn't, and this provides quite a bit of excellent interaction between Cruise and Newman.
A thoroughly enjoyable picture, in my opinion. As always, to each his own.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
a 10, except....
...they had to mangle Roxanne.
Their copious use of modern pop songs sometimes works, and sometimes doesn't. Roxanne was one of those times when it definitely did NOT.
I think if perhaps a slightly more original score were used, and the pop songs used a bit more sparingly, I could've given it a 10.
Unfortunately, I just can't shake that horrid gravel-throated groaning narcoleptic grunting "Roxanne".
As I said, there were times when the song selection worked perfectly (atop the elephant, "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend") times when it fit in a humorous manner ("Like A Virgin") and then...the putrid rendition of Roxanne.
Anyway, Obi-Wan shows some darn fine diversity here and Nicole Kidman, well...that was easily an Oscar-winning performance. I like Halle Berry, but Nicole Kidman's performance was outstanding, I thought, and clearly overshadowed Halle Berry
Overall, a fantastically creative and enjoyable ride. Incidentally, you probably won't find this on TBS' "Movies for Guys who Like Movies" marathon list.