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The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
Great movie, ignore the book worms
This is a great movie. No question about it. It has great casting, direction, cinematography and the screenplay is excellent. The people comparing this to a book need to grow up. A movie is never going to be a book, and since it is a movie it is a different version than the book. You have to expect that, it is like two different bands covering the same tune, they are going to perform it differently. This movie is a stand-alone work and should be viewed that way. It has drama, comedy, action and suspense. Reading a book is a waste of time when there is an excellent movie like this. The book Fight Club was weak and without that great movie, you would have never heard of the book. This is no exception, it has a wonderful plot and the Bruce Willis character adds just the right touch to the film.
The name Deadpool itself sounds pretty stupid, and it doesn't get much better than this. The name means nothing, like some inside joke that no one gets. It comes across in the movie trail like this is a hip character, but in the movie he comes across more like some unemployed loser who you'd expect living in his mother's basement geeking-out practicing fighting sequences and sewing his silly costume.
It is hard to imagine something with such a big budget and hype turned out to be a complete and utter waste of time. It had zero entertainment value. The character Deadpool appears to be intended to be a sort of R-rated version of a hero, when it is more of a poorly created watered down version of Agent 86 but with unfunny lines. Not sure who the intended audience for this is, but simply having a superhero use profanity isn't funny or interesting. His motives make no sense and this movie is filled with overly long fighting/action sequences that are boring.
First Blood (1982)
More of a wilderness survival movie than anything else
There is a lot of patriotic drum beating about the character of Rambo, but in reality he is suffering from a mental illness which the movie doesn't address. He kills innocent people for no good reason. It is a perfect example of people who continue to tell young people to join the military should be made aware of and that is, that they won't acquire all these great skills useful to employers, only to return to the US not able to function in normal society. The killing is pointless and proves nothing. Rambo needs mental health care, not a group of part-time weekend soldiers in a small town to slaughter. There are some mildly interesting scenes with Rambo hiding and camping out, but it isn't worth watching this movie to see them. Better off watching a real one, like Survivor man.
What Happens in Vegas (2008)
Complete waste of time. void of the ability suspend belief
This is a movie that was written in a board room. Get two stars who have a "buzz" about them, and stick them in a movie where they are romantic for no good reason. The entire premise of the movie was not only impossible, but it was totally void of the ability to suspend belief. There is no reason to go into the details point by point why this couldn't happen, the real crime here is that each character in the movie is a caricature of the character. No one and nothing seems real including the court room scene. This movie has no depth, no message, no insight into meaningful dialogue to reveal something about people. If it weren't for the stars attached to this movie, no one would have seen it, no one would have heard it, and it is highly unlikely it would have ever gotten made.
Indian Summers (2015)
It's no Downton Abbey
I had high hopes for this since it's a Masterpiece brand production, but it was painful to get through the first episode. The trailer on the PBS website for this shows this woman singing within a party of guests. Must have been watching it for 20 minutes before she even had some kind of screen time because we completely forgot about her. A total disconnect in the marketing of this. Then she had almost nothing to do within the story, if you could call the constant unfolding of people and places a story. This comes across like it was adapted from a book that was rich with detail and descriptions of the people and situations, but the screenwriter left out those details in their writing. Why should people have to work so hard to watch something where they need an episode guide of everyone's names and all that just to follow what is going on. It's not Wanger's Ring Cycle being sung in another language that you should need a road map to what you are seeing just to make sense out of it. You see couples together and you don't know if they are brother and sister or not, or if they are married or not, or if they are just friends. You see people together and you don't know if they are master and servant or friends. A guy rushes off the train to aid a sick child and we don't know if he's a doctor or not, we don't know if the woman with him is a nurse or not.
This is just an example of the compounding of exposition that takes place where by the end of episode 1, you don't have a clue what you watched except it has nice cinematographer which might be the only reason to see this and that's with the sound off while munching on a bag of chips talking with friends or listening to music. But I'm sure you have far better things to do with your time than watch this pointless drivel.
This brings the art of music down to the level of sports
Throwing a chair, slapping a music student repeatedly in front of his class in rehearsal simply because the teacher doesn't know how to teach rhythm. This movie brings the art of music down to the level of sports sadly. There are already enough bad teachers out there, we don't need a training film for them. The guy isn't a "hard teacher", he's just an asshole. Anyone knows that a good teacher can solve simple problems like this very quickly and knows that hitting a student isn't the answer. But this screenplay is an amateur work and sought out this method to evoke drama than showing someone who was a real teacher who was passionate about the craft and found a better way to work with students. But hey, showing a kid get slapped around gets you off, then this hazing film is for you. It's sure to play on your Picure-in-Picture along side wresting with you and your buddies pausing to say, "Wait...watch this..." and the kid gets slapped and they all say, "awesome!" and have another beer. Too bad IMDb doesn't allow zero stars. Who green-lighted this project, someone's family have a lot of money to fund it? Who's paying for all this over the top reviews of this piece of trash?