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Okay, I'm not real sure why this was rated NC-17, it probably has something to do with the tub scene but I think that's really stupid.
Kind of like this movie. The tub scene is the perfect example of what this movie is. It's a bunch of a worthless stuff made into an hour and 50 min long movie. Victoria Abril & Antonio Banderas are good as the leads and the overall direction and such is decent.
But the movie is boring. A guy screws a porn star and then he goes mental. Now he's out of the nuthouse and he is going to force the porn star to be his wife via kidnapping.
This is nothing more than your basic inane romantic comedy, just with more nudity.
5 out of 10.
I didn't see it.
Why is this a classic?
It was an interesting view mainly because of seeing life in another era and getting to see how it was. In ways it's like looking into a different race of people.
And of course the idea that just in a few years this city would fail into turmoil adds to the interest of it.
But in the end that's all it really is, is interesting. I think it's fairly easy to tell some of it is staged (the fight and the bulging eyes woman on the bridge, if not all of the people on the bridge) and it doesn't show anything important. As someone here pointed out.
It's a good historical piece with a good score but I don't think it is much more than that.
6 out of 10
Beyond the Mat (1999)
I think this filmed showed truth. It was made by a life long wrestling fan and at the end he still has his passion for it all.
I enjoyed wrestling as a kid. I of course remember Jake the Snake Roberts and recall Mankind from a brief stint back into the scene in the late 90's.
But if anything, I think this movie made me exactly what the maker of this film didn't want. A person who detests the "sport" now more than ever.
Before I thought it was just soap-ish melodrama with immature humor, planned outcomes, and senseless violence.
Now I think it is run by an anti Christ like mad man who lies, cheats, steals, and destroys lives for his sake.
Then I get the joy of seeing the underground wrestling circles run by people who don't pay what they promise.
Oh yeah, and I get to see Jake the Snake and how wrestling basically destroyed him, along with his senseless need to prove something to his Dad. I guess we can only pray he has gotten better over time.
Then Terry Funk, a lovable old man who doesn't know when to stop and is determined to make were he can't walk before he really retires, even though his family watches in horror every time.
And Mick Foley, a really likable person and great father. We get to see him push it all to the extreme in one of the most violent matches in WWF history and then say "I think we really touched some people with this. Some will say it was too violent but I think we really touched some people." Yeah, you really moved people by getting your head beat in with a chair while your children are traumatized and your wife is in great emotional anguish.
Question, why are the kids even watching it?
But on his defense when shown how his family reacted he did see the nonsense of it all.
Is it a sport? No, sport is a going against someone for victory. The victory here is planned before.
Is it like football, people just playing for the love? Showcasing their athletic ability? No, look at what Vince said about Jake the Snake. He didn't have hardly any ability but he had stunning presence. And the same goes for Hulk Hogan. His two famous moves are a drop kick that my grandma could do just as good and the body slam, which everyone does. He became the most popular ever because of his presence, not ability.
At best wrestling is entertainment with some athletic display. It should really be call a stunt show or something.
Even though the filmmaker, a fan who wanted to make us fans made me anything but one. He did show it to me without hiding behind anything. So it gets a 7 out of 10 from me.
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Realistic but not profound
Sorry to all the people who think this movie is like a holy piece of cinema. The "question" it asks about God is not profound but just one that is really common and proves a lack in understanding of the beliefs of God.
First, about the movie. It is done really great. The cinematography is wonderful, the script was really interesting, and the editing in and out of stories, and forwards and backwards, was absolutely perfect.
Okay, now let's look at the point. We have a supposed expert on the Bible in this movie even though he has no understanding of it. Doesn't surprise since the filmmaker probably has none either.
The Bible (just the OT or both OT & NT) never state the wicked will surely be punished on Earth. In fact in places it states the exact opposite. Please read Psalms or if you'd care to go into the Christian part, read most of the NT.
So, this movie showed me really great filmmaking skills, even with the symbolism. But it also proved (even more so after reading the comments here) that people have no idea what they are talking about when they are speaking of the meanings of the Jewish or Christian faiths.
The only thing the Bible tells us about "the wicked" is that at the heart of man is wickedness and through God we can be saved from that. And that if we choose not to we will have chosen a fate that is horrible. See, Hell is the only "punishment" that the "wicked" will surely face according to the Bible. Of course if you follow the Bible Hell really isn't punishment, but a chosen destination, unless of course you're a Calvinist.
Anyway, back to the movie. The acting here, although not Oscar worthy, was perfect for the roles themselves.
So, on a scale of filmmaking I give it a 5 out of 5. On scale of knowing what the crap it is talking about, I give a 1 out of 5, add one point for entertainment level and "Crimes and Misdemeanors" gets a 7 out of 10.
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Almost a masterpiece
Almost, it was close.
The story is extremely interesting to say the least. By far the weirdest of love stories. We follow a man who has a goal of drinking himself to death and a woman who for some reason feels a need to be a hooker, despite her apparent distaste for it.
But they come together because they get it. They have both chosen to destroy themselves for whatever reasons. We aren't told but we don't need to be, the movie isn't about that.
Ben just wants someone to talk to who won't mind his choice. Sera just wants someone she can be herself with, something she hasn't been with anyone, perhaps ever.
In each other they find these holes filled. But we see both wish the other would change but knowing they won't.
The acting is really good. Cage does a career job. Although Cage has the ability to screw up a movie he also has the ability to make one. Here he is amazing. Mix this with "Bringing Out the Dead" and you can tell he plays depressed people well.
Shue's performance was good and worthy of an Oscar nod but in truth there are probably other actress who could have done just as good a job. But I'm not sure a lot could exude sexuality and fragility as effortless as she does.
The thing this is missing though is a really gripping script. There are some great lines here but on avg. the dialogue is just avg. and never really grabbed me.
Okay, so you've heard the stories of old about the hooker and drunk with the hearts of gold. Well, this is their real story. 8.5 out of 10
The funniest but not the best Vacation
Okay, "Christmas Vacation" is a lot of funnier than "European Vacation" or the dreadful "Vegas Vacation." "Christmas Vacation" makes me laugh more than "Vacation" but I think on technical standards "Vacation" is the better movie.
Anyway, "Christmas Vacation" has no real plot. It is just about Clark Griswold again and his family enduring another one of his over the top family gathering ideas. This involves all the usual prat falls and slapstick humor you've come to expect. The only difference is, here it is actually funny if you allow it to be.
But like the other two vacation movies he is in, Randy Quaid steals the movie as Cousin Eddie. An inbred sort of character who is as is said of Homer in the first season of the Simpsons "Either a below avg. human or a brilliant beast."
The movie also has a subplot of Clark needing his Christmas bonus check to come in so he can cover the check he wrote for a swimming pool.
The thing that makes this movie work is that it never even tries to take itself seriously. For the most part it avoids sappy moments and trying to have a moral at the end.
The knocks are, some of the jokes are just stupid and they could have used a little more high brow humor (bodily function jokes can only be at laughed so much).
This is by no means a great comedy but it is a staple for me at Christmas time. It allows me to remember my family Christmas' (to an exaggerated extent of course) and to just relax and have fun for an hour and a half. 6 out of 10. (remember to click your brain off before pushing play and enjoy)
Ed Wood (1994)
Tim Burton is largely known for his borderline family films, "Batman" and "Edward Scissorhands." And even his "okay for a younger than usual R movie audience" horror/dark comedy film "Sleepy Hollow."
But this is by far and away his greatest achievement.
The more I watch "Ed Wood" the more I notice all the small details. How he slightly hints at Wood's alcohol abuse, the way he effortlessly shows you Wood's exploitation of Bela and his love for Bela.
Most of all is that he shows Wood's love for film. His passion for the cinema. Wood knows good films, he can tell and know what a good movie is. I also think in an unsaid manner he allows us to see through Wood's seemingly sunny personality and that he realizes what his movies are.
Now a lot of this of course is greatly helped by Depp's wonderful performance as Edward D. Wood Jr.
Of course the movie has it's liberties, like Wood didn't dress in full drag in real life, Bela lived in an apartment, not a house, and a few other small things. But these liberties help the movie.
Martin Landau gives probably his career performance, very deserving of his Oscar. Bill Murray, Jeffery Combs, and so on and so on all give perfect performances.
The movies Ed Wood created may all be in running for some of the worst ever produced, but the movie Burton and company created about him is one of the best movies to come out of the 90's.
Do yourself a favor and rent this underrated gem. 9 out of 10.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
I believe this movie is fairly overrated. Not saying it is bad but it isn't a classic.
"Shadow of a Doubt" is a good movie, one I'll probably watch a few more times but it isn't a great film. Acting wise Patricia Collinge and Teresa Wright steal the show. They are both great. Not to mention Wright is amazingly beautiful.
I felt Joseph Cotten, although decent overall was the acting weakness. I just didn't feel any suspense from his performance. Then again I felt very little at all.
Hitchcock is a great director and knows how to tell a story. But here he seemed to get lazy. He didn't seem to add in any Hitch-ness to the movie. The movie even plays out like a drama since we already know about Uncle Charlie's secret at the start of the movie.
So, basically any tension is eliminated. I also thought the climatic scene of the movie was poorly edited or whatever. Just came across scrambled and forced.
Now, this is still a really good movie. As a drama and psychological showcase it is a really good drama. But it doesn't deserved to be mentioned as Hitchcock's best or in the top 250 of all time. 7 out of 10.
Henry & June (1990)
"Jules et Jim?"
"Henry & June" follows the love triangle of Henry, June, and Anais. The catch is they are all having sex with each other. Not threesomes, but they all get around to it. Anais, like a good wife also allows her husband, Hugo to have sex with her. Such a nice girl.
This is supposed to be a biopic about how Anais helped bring out the talent in Henry Miller's writings and how these three people all had a deep love for each other and blah, blah, blah.
I think "Henry & June" was trying to be an American version of "Jules et Jim." With it's very causal treatment of sex and affairs. But this movie fails to capture any depth in it's characters at all.
Henry and June just come across as horny people and Anais seems to be very confused about love. Hugo is just a moron running around trying to get Anais to stop putting other men's anatomy into her.
Kaufman doesn't sink into Henry's artistic mind or even try to understand who these characters are. We are simply put on a fairly tame, supposedly intellectual sexual journey of Anais Nin.
Not real sure why it got the NC-17, I'm guess it was the homosexual scenes (fairly new to movies in 1990) and the causal treatment of it all.
The bright points are the cinematography and the acting. Fred Ward delivers a performance I didn't know he had in him. The very underrated Uma Thurman is perfect, and Maria de Medeiros plays Anais in a way that is really too wonderful to explain.
But the movie squashes these performances with a fairly boring and unmoving film. 5 out of 10.
Forget Paris (1995)
Forget When Harry Met Sally
I like this one more.
"Forget Paris" until the mildly sappy climax, is founded in reality, which is what makes it so charming.
We follow the love story of Mickey and Ellen. Only it is told by their friends, as they each arrive at a restaurant. They meet and spend an amazing week together in Paris. This of course leads to marriage. And then we get reality. Mickey and Ellen both love each other more than anyone in the world, only they are selfish and allow their career status to provide their happiness. Like many people today. And when one is up the other is miserable.
Of course there are moments when the couple is happy in marriage. But the path keeps getting rough around each corner.
But this movie never forgets what it is and that is a comedy. So it features a great moment, involving a bird, glue, and Ellen in an SUV. Absolutely priceless scene.
But in between the laughter we really are waiting to see the make up, the happily ever after. But this movie never settles for the easy way out. It never allows us to buy that it is just this one thing that is causing these problems.
But knows it is just that in life and in every turn we have to conform to it or just abandon the path. Whether or not Mickey and Ellen both learn and mature you'll have to rent it to see.
But this one of the best romantic comedies I have ever seen. It isn't a perfect movie and not every joke works, but it'll keep you laughing and keep you hoping realistic love can prevail. 8 out of 10.