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A River Runs Through It (1992)
I thought I knew what I was in for with this movie. I expected lots of beautiful scenery and a slow pace. What I did not expect was that nothing at all would ever happen on screen. Why were all the major plot points narrated instead of filmed? The actors were fabulous; it's a shame they didn't have much of a chance to act. By the end I had given up caring what was going to happen. I felt very detached from this movie, because it felt like someone else telling me about a movie they saw. It was like listening to the book on tape. This, coupled with the glacial pace made the movie completely unbearable. Also predictable -
- was there anyone who didn't know that Brad Pitt's character was going to die at the end of this? Was there anyone who didn't know that Norman wouldn't ever actually leave Montana? What could have been a great movie turned into nothing more than a fly fishing tutorial.
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Good movie, but read the book too!
This was a powerful movie. The anti drug message isn't preached, as if by teachers, but screamed, by a junkie. This is based on the diary of Jim Carroll, a former high school basketball star shot his future right up his arm. It's disgusting, frightening, depressing, desperate, and a little hopeful.
This movie came out before Leo was an international superstar, when he was just another rising young actor. At this time he was starting his rise to the top because, as is showcased in this movie, he possesses unrelenting talent. (Too bad about that big boat movie). This is also an early glimpse of Mark Wahlberg's acting talent.
The movie doesn't stick entirely to the book, and that's a shame - it loses power at the end because of that. So, see this movie, and read the book also.
Noises Off... (1992)
Great play, great adaptation
I saw this movie when it first came out, never having seen the play. I loved it! But no one else I knew ever saw the movie - only the play. So I set out to find the play. To date I've seen three versions - a college production, a community theater production, and the recent Broadway revival. I loved all three, and still think the movie is great. Do yourself a favor and see this movie.
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
So much fun!
Okay, so this movie is not breaking any ground; it's a remake of a movie that was mediocre to begin with; it has huge plot holes (where did all those flyers come from anyway?). But it was so much fun! If you're looking to laugh, and don't want to think too much, get a bunch of friends, a bunch of snacks, and rent this. Of course it helps if you're a fan of Brad Pitt and George Clooney. If you don't care for them you probably won't care for this movie. If you are fans of theirs, don't expect to see their best acting, just go along for the ride. The dialogue is snappy and quick, and the locations are great. I really enjoyed it.