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Sid and Nancy (1986)
Jaw dropping intensity
I just managed to see this movie on tv last nite, 17 years after it came out! I was drawn into the plot immediately. Can't remember having seem a movie as 'raw', with such jaw dropping intensity, since Trainspotting. Fabulous performances by Oldman and Webb. His rendition of "My Way" totally unforgettable; her portrayal of Spungen hugely annoying, which is what is was meant to be!
House of Sand and Fog (2003)
Gut wrenching, jaw dropping performance
Ben Kingsley, in a gut wrenching, jaw dropping performance as the Colonel, has seldom been better. And I mean my jaw *was* dropping in the last 10 minutes. A bit slow moving, nevertheless the cast is excellent and could it be that only 1 Golden Globe nomination was given? This is on par with Cold Mountain and Mystic River to take on Lord of the Rings at Oscar time. Just home the Academy sees it my way!
Angels in America (2003)
To be taken in small doses
While trying to watch Angels via 2, 3 hour segments, I found it to be just too much. Too odd, too weird. And believe me, I *like* unusual movies, arthouse movies, etc. Then I found that if I watched the re-runs, an hour at a time, I found it thoroughly riveting. So this is a production which is best viewed in smaller doses. Though I think the production might've been more relevant 20 years ago, the performances were stellar nonetheless, especially Pacino, Wright, Parker. And the others, too! So, for those of you who might say this program isn't for you, give it another try -- in small doses, like the doctor ordered. You won't be sorry!
The Ring (2002)
I've been watching and reading horror for more years than I care to remember. I don't scare easily. No nightmares from Silence of the Lambs, none of that (okay, the book Red Dragon, same author, was verry scary). I found The Ring to be deliciously creepy, dark, moody, plot twists and turns and quite impossible to forget. A true horror flick!
21 Grams (2003)
Too much of the old 'back and forth'
A terrific cast and well acted but too much of the old back and forth. Ala Memento, which I did not like at all. You will view scenes at the beginning that won't begin to make sense til the end. That's the way the whole movie went. At one point (and I go to the movies a lot!) I began to wonder 'who' Sean Penn's wife was! Generally, I love the 'smaller' movie, the indies, the arthouse type. And 21 Grams generated much buzz. But I didn't leave the theatre feeling like I'd seen a great one. Note to myself:Stop seeing Sean Penn movies for awhile. After this one, and Mystic River, I need a bit less intensity:)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Who could resist this movie?
Who could possibly resist this movie? Although the ending is a bit of a stretch, Richard Curtis has written a brilliantly charming script and the cast is wonderful. My favorite scene is the richly textured, Scottish wedding. As far as wedding movies go...and wedding flicks are the only 'fluff' movies I like...this is far, far superior to My Best Friend's Wedding. It's a feel good movie with intelligence, a rarity today.
Edgy, raw flick
I, nearly a senior who loves arthouse movies, saw this last night with my 25 year old niece. We both loved it, if you can love a movie so raw and edgy...like an open wound. While the concept sounds like it a made for tv, movie of the week sort of presentation, it was far from it. The only flaw? Shouldn't be written about the teen's descent into drugs *and* sex...because there was very little of the latter. Never mind, though. Seems like I didn't exhale until it was over. Very intense and well worth seeing. Not for the faint of heart.
28 Days Later... (2002)
28 Days Later is the kind of movie where you simultaneously think it's brilliant and yet not. The beginning was way too slow in setting the scene, which I disliked. In the first 5 minutes I figured what was happening and have seen those 'wandering the streets' scenes before in On The Beach. Then it did borrow heavily from Omega Man whereas I thought it'd be more Night of the Living Dead. There were many disturbing scenes. When the group I was with left the theater, it was, like, "what the heck was that?" Yet, undeniably thought provoking, nightmarish, and quite well done.