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Beautiful and Intriguing -- Spoilers
As with so many other movies, I watched this because there was nothing else on. After the first 10-15 minutes, I fell victim to incredible storytelling and an absolutely amazing performance by Emma Thompson. I laughed at her wit. I cried at her trials. I felt her fear.
I've never gone through the ordeal of cancer, and I pray that I never will. But this movie made it seem so real. Many movies about cancer victims in the past have been feel-good movies. It mysteriously goes into remission and they live a long healthy life. This movie is harsh, cold, and unrelenting. You watch her pain, her fear, her realization of her own mortality. You see her regret that she was never "nice." You see her change. In the period of about 10 seconds, she becomes beautiful on the inside.
I highly recommend this movie. Prepare to realize your fears and your mortality. This beautiful movie is worth every tear.
I went out to rent a "horror flick," and since Mothman Prophecies wasn't in, I rented Strangeland. I think that decision will haunt me for the rest of my life. Ovaltine commercials are better! Someone here mentioned that this movie "sucked harder than a Swedish pornstar." I couldn't have said it better myself.
The plot is clear as glass. So clear you can see right through it. Someone here called it "unpredictable." I HAVE to disagree with that one. If you're braindead--or perhaps deaf and blind--you may find this movie unpredictable. The acting is terrible. As I mentioned, Ovaltine commercials have better acting.
Bottom line is this: If you're looking to waste 90 minutes of your life, rent this flick. If you've seen Silence of the Lambs, Hellraiser, a Twisted Sister video, and an Ovaltine commercial, just imagine how terrible they would be if you put them all together. Put ALL THOSE together, and you have Strangeland.
I thought this movie was great. Nice coming of age flick with a bit of a twist. We're used to watching the typical male/female relationship grow. This time, we're watching a circle of gay men grow. It's really good. I agree with other commenters that the scene with Andrew Keegan and the birthday cake is the best. 9/10
I was channel surfing earlier because it's hard to find quality entertainment at 2 am. I ran onto this, and decided it was the only thing I was going to find.
I was absolutely blown away.
I was glued to the TV for the entire duration (of the unrated version). At first, I thought, "Oh great. Another movie filled with gratuitious sex." If you stick with it, it's much more than that. It's emotion, passion, fear, suspense, and real life all rolled into one. I got very attached to the characters and began to respect their cause. By the end, I had forgotten it was based on a true story. It really brings the story to life when you realize that. You're thinking "this could never happen in the 'real' world." Then you get the stark reminder that yes, it can... And it has. And it will again.
Incredible movie. Incredible acting. 10/10 most definitely.
I watched Manhunter last night expecting to see something based on the Thomas Harris novel. What I found was a movie loosely based on some of the events in the Thomas Harris novel. If they had changed the names, they probably wouldn't have even had to get permission from the author to do the screenplay.
Perhaps it's the lack of the divine Sir Anthony. Perhaps it's that DeLaurentis was just having a bad few months while directing it... Perhaps it was the bad acting. I can't put my finger on ONE thing that made me think it was terrible, but I can say that it isn't worthy of bearing Thomas Harris's name. The book was beautifully written. It was suspensful, yet slow-moving. He let the suspense build on itself, and to do this in a screenplay, the movie would be hours longer. I was very disappointed with the lack of flashbacks. In the book, Dolarhyde spends much of his time remembering the time he spent with his grandmother. That was an integral part of the story line. Also, Dolarhyde lived in his grandmothers old house in the book. In Manhunter, it's a very art-deco new looking thing.
As I said, if they had only changed the names in the screenplay, perhaps they could have gotten away with a movie that was based on nothing but imagination.... But as a portrayal of Red Dragon, it doesn't stand a fighting chance. I give it no stars. Perhaps even negative stars.