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Mystic River (2003)
I cannot believe this movie received so many favorable reviews. It was excessively long and very boring. This is not a complicated movie, but it took over 2 hours to meander through the plot. You may think I just have a short attention span - I loved Schindler's List - Dances With Wolves - Gone with the Wind - and many others with a longer running time than this drivel. I read the review by Roger Ebert, who I usually respect, and he gave this yawner 4 stars! I wonder if we saw the same movie! I didn't give a flip about one single character, not even Dave (Tim Robbin's character). I love Tim Robbin's work, but here he has little to do but look bewildered. I also had a very hard time hearing the movie. I kept having to turn the volume up to hear the whispered dialogue, and then it would immediately change to traffic or helicopter noise and it would just about blow my eardrums out! Don't bother with this one. If you want to see great acting and troubled characters, go see "Monster" with Charlize Theron. Riveting!
I laughed till I hurt!
This is a must-see for anyone who loves good stand-up comedy. Strangely, I've never seen King of Queens, for which he stars, but I saw his Sweat the Small Stuff on Comedy Central and laughed until I was out of breath! Watch his facial expressions when he's asked by airport personnel, "Do you know what's in your suitcase?" His response is hysterical. Also, his skit involving women picking out greeting cards is dead-on. The number rhythm bit is also great! Get hold of a copy of this ASAP. It can be viewed by anyone in your family. No smut or cursing - very clean, and incredibly funny! Another great comic is Eddie Izzard. He's uses the *f* word frequently, but he's British, so he scales it down a bit. He's also an action-transvestite. Keep an open mind and see his Dress to Kill DVD.
The Thing (1982)
I won't go into the plot of this movie because everyone before me has commented on it (and much better than me). Hopefully you already know something about it. My sister and I went to see this movie when it came debuted in 1982. We sat in the theater, the lights dimmed, and we sat there and got absolutely freaked out by the music. We left before anything happened and went next door to see "Bladerunner" instead. It took us two weeks to get up the courage to go BACK to the theater and try it again. We did and I was not disappointed. My sister, who is a little more sensitive than me, didn't like it and thought it was gross. I loved it, however and recently bought the DVD. I STILL love this movie. I must have a male gene in me somehwere because most women don't like these kinds of movies (nor the Three Stooges, which I also love). Perhaps it's because I grew up with an older brother who loved horror and scifi movies. Anyway, this remake is far superior to the original, but the original has a nostalgic quality I love too. Rent it today!
A Boy's Life (2003)
Watching this documentary a few days ago, I was absolutely appalled and horrified by the behavior of the grandmother toward her 7-year old grandson, Robert. Robert was conceived out of wedlock to an underaged woman and gave her son (and later his little brother conceived while the mother was still underage and still out of wedlock) over to the custody of his half-witted, insane grandmother. The old saying "sticks and stones . . . . " is totally wrong when compared to mental abuse. This documentary should be required viewing for anyone thinking of having children or adopting children. It will show you how NOT to raise a child. I would like to see an update on Robert's progress.