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XMen 2 seemed to take for granted that people were content to go along for any ride it wanted to take. As to hardcore fans, this assumption was probably right. As to the curious rest of us, it was a horrible miscalculation and an insult. Slow, boring, uninspired, meaningless, and shallow. I gladly walked out before the climax, after sitting through a pointless hour and a half. If we are supposed to feel so sorry for mutants, develop their characters. Give us a reason to like them. Tell a story, at least. Do not assume that we have seen the first movie or that we have read the comic book. I am a man, and I played sports and read about sports when I was a kid. I did not read silly, nerdy comic books. That is why I can satisfy women. This movie can't satisfy anyone with a brain and guts.
The Innocents is one of the most overrated horror movies of all time, maybe the most overrated. It just never gets scary or interesting. The Others, a very similar movie, while merely o.k., is much better than this. That, at least, is my opinion. But go ahead, see it and make up your own mind. I want you to have to sit through this like I did. In fact, make it a double feature and rent The Changeling as well. Can't you just feel the excitement and the anticipation of viewing these amazing classics for the first time? (I will admit, The Changeling starts out promisingly, but boy does it ever drag and go downhill. The Innocents doesn't even start out promisingly).
For some reason, I always remember that line. It kind of rings true sometimes, actually. Great comedy, one of the best of the eighties. Dangerfield is terrific, as is the entire cast. Looking at the few negative reviews, they kind of remind me of Phillip in the movie, the boring, jealous business prof. This is a feel-good, funny movie that holds its own against just about any of its kind.
I have not seen Spoorloos and I liked The Vanishing. For the critics here,
I suspect it is sort of like the effect where you read a book before seeing
a movie--it is hard for the movie to measure up. It must be like that when
you see a movie remade in America. I have seen Point of No Return bashed
here, too, and it was pretty good. Maybe it is just Anti-Americanism gone
rampant. Anyway, The Vanishing definitely had strong performances,
suspense, emotion and terror. Those are hardly the ingredients of an awful
movie. If they made a few changes to appeal to American audiences, well, it
was the same director, so how bad could the changes be? I will see the
original, but it better be good, or I will bash it.
"...And folks who put me in a passion may find me pipe after another fashion." --The Pied Piper of Hamelin, by Robert Browning
I remember when I used to do work around the house for my Mom when I was fourteen or so, I enjoyed it because I thought it was getting me in shape. I wonder whether this movie caused me to think like that. Probably. This is a very good coming of age movie, a good friendship movie and a good love story. If you were pre-teen when you saw it, like I was, it made you look forward to how cool things could be for you in couple of years (once you got out of sorry middle school). There really is nothing bad to say about this movie.
There are people who like this kind of movie. Many of them have written reviews here, and one of them works at the rental store where he convinced me to check it out. I, however, did not like this movie. It is way too far out for its own sake, scattered, and, ultimately, incredibly dull. It would probably be better in a theater, where you are forced to watch it all the way through (although I am sure lots of people just walked out). Just descends into the mouth of terrible and boring as it goes. Watch it if you want to waste your time.
"The Fog" is on many top ten lists of classic horror movies. I have tried to rent lots of those movies (the ones I can find). Frankly, many of them, from The Innocents to The Changeling to The Burning to even Don't Look Now, are disappointing. The Fog is not. It will please modern audiences just as much as it pleases fans of "classic horror." It has excellent suspense, plenty of scares, and a very interesting atmosphere. It is actually quite amazing that fog can be made quite so scary. But it isn't exactly just fog, is it? Classic revenge, getting one's come-uppance stuff, here, too.
The first time I saw this, I think I was tired or distracted or something. For whatever reason, it didn't make much of an impression on me. Or rather, I didn't pay enough attention to appreciate it. I'm glad I watched it again, and I don't know what I was thinking before. "Almost Famous" is one of the best-written, most fun, most touching movies I have ever seen. It gets better the more you see it. McDormand is excellent and right on as the Mom. Hell, the whole cast is excellent and right on. This movie is a gift to our culture. We are richer and fuller because it was made. That is rare praise, but this is a rare movie.
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This movie gets better the more I see it. Some of the acting, particularly
from Nicholson, is so good that it actually makes me giggle. (My friend
told me he had a similar response to Nicholson's mannerisms in About
The only thing not to like about this movie is the intentionally unsatisfying ending, but that is probably part of its genius, too.
***End of spoiler***
There is a sense of intelligence and wit that comes though in Penn's direction. Little details, like the way moving cars and trucks are filmed and the mannerisms and appearances of the characters, just tell you that you are witnessing flawless execution. Not to mention the scenery and the great writing. "The Pledge" is even better than lots of people think.
There is an incredible amount of energy, intelligence and life in this movie. I suspect that most of its critics here got caught up and turned off by some of the superficials--the drug use, sexual talk, etc.--and ignored the humanity of the characters. That is a huge mistake, and they missed a great movie. If I were going to make the argument that Sean Penn is a great actor, Hurlyburly is the movie I would cite. His complex portrayal of Eddie, a funny, sad, frenetic, depressed, passionate, brilliant, childish, pathetic, loving, authentic individual is incredible. Spacey is up to his usual high standards here, too. This is the best I have ever seen Palmentieri. His angry, funny, lost, violent, sad character is almost as complex as Penn's. Shandling is even good, and so is Meg Ryan. Actors should really study this film to see what great acting is all about, and writers should study it, too. See this movie.
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