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American Splendor (2003)
Giamatti is Magnificent
I had the pleasure of watching this film recently, and while the script is solid, and the directing is teriffic, I believe that Paul Giamatti has truly given the acting performance of the year, alongside Bill Murray for 'Lost in Translation'.
Giamatti as Harvey Pekar is ridiculously accurate. A great portrayal of an interesting man living an 'ordinary life'. With great supporting performances in other movies like 'Man on the Moon' and 'The Truman Show,' it was only a matter of time before Paul took the big leap to leading actor status. And he did it flawlessly.
Hope Davis also gives a terific performance in this movie, playing the perfect opposite of Giamatti's Pekar. While I am not completely knowlegable on her career as an actress, this role certainly will make me take notice of her past, present, and future works.
An excellently acted movie that I think anyone can enjoy.
Cabin Fever (2002)
What a movie!
Cabin Fever is AWESOME!! Without a shadow of a doubt, one of the premier horror films ive seen in quite a while. Ryder Strong is perfect for his character, and James DeBello is amaizingly hilarious. Great acting jobs by everyone involved - a definate 4 out of 4 stars on this one.
Basic is one of those films that looks great on paper, then is put to the ultimate big screen test, and forces the film makers to realize that there are one too many conclusions in a film that swerves more times than Nick Nolte on a highway. John Travolta does a great job, Connie Neilsen is sub par, and Sammie Jackson is awesome as he always is in any film (excluding Formula 51, that awful piece of crap). But the film tries too hard to play up to the "anything less than 3 endings is a bad suspense film" hype, by throwing swerves at the audience, using bit dialogue and odd symbolism from early in the film. I won't give anything away, but 'Basic' is anything but it's title... keep your ears open, or else you'll leave saying "Huh?" as you're leaving the theater.