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The comments are just off the cuff reactions made after the fact, but attempting to recall initial impressions upon viewing or reviewing the film.
Time Will Tell (1992)
Bob in context and in his own words
Of the Bob Marley documentaries I've seen, I still find this one the best. It relies less on gossip and hearsay and provides an historical background to his life with news footage of contemporary events relevant to his story. Pretty much, if not all, of the interviews are with Bob Marley himself and though some of the music is not chronologically accurate, it is used to tell the story well. The director doesn't shy away from treating the viewer with quite lengthy performances either. You, perhaps won't get every detail about why and who, but the combination of historical context and entertainment make this a candidate for repeated viewing, while other Bob Marley films sit on the shelf.
The Crow (1994)
Not dead, just too embarrassed to go out in public again
While watching this I decided that Brandon Lee's death must be a hoax. He isn't really dead, just too embarrassed to out in public again. This whole movie is just awful. Though, I suppose the two dimensional nature of everything about the film can be traced back to its comic origins, but what's the point of making a live action film if it's going to be thinner than the paper the original story was printed on? I'd like to see a prequel detailing the rise to power of the Hell Night leader despite his position as leader seeming completely arbitrary. I got the feeling that the soundtrack sold the movie. Grunge heads went to see it because their heroes' music was in it and must have loved it because of that. Can't recommend even for a casual view, really. Total waste of time IMO.
The Rose (1979)
While watching this film about an excessive and compulsive rock star, I had to wonder if Bette Midler had ever been drunk in her life, or even gotten laid, much less experimented with drugs. It seemed she had no personal experience to draw from to create the mannerisms and expressions required of her character. Has she ever even seen a rock concert? It was all melodrama barely fit for a TV series. She certainly gave it the old college try. Her effort, at least, can't faulted while she's in front of the camera, but it seemed to me that there was an appalling lack of research done for her role and even less for the other minor characters. I just found the whole thing painful and tedious and most of all, way too long. I couldn't wait for it to be over. I am totally blown away that she was nominated for an Academy award and that there are so many gushing reviews. I didn't think it was possible to have such a completely opposite reaction to a film, but that is the beauty of individuality, I suppose. Perhaps the attraction is just seeing Midler so out of character, but to me it is totally unconvincing and no other aspect of the film steps in to fill that void. If I never have to sit through this again, it'll be too soon.
The A-Team (2010)
This movie is dumb. It's supposed to be dumb. If you came into this "film" thinking it was a serious movie, then you were pretty dumb too. I mean, c'mon, you couldn't get any dumber than the original series aimed at and popular with the elementary school age boy between 4th and 6th grade. It was written like a hero action series for kids and the film is aimed at those same people who spent those three years watching it, but who are now grown and probably with children of their own. It gives the grown-ups the kick they always wished it had when they were a kid while leaving it sanitized enough for them to not be embarrassed by taking their own kids. It's silly. It's totally unbelievable. It's exactly the way the A-Team movie should be. You laugh with it and at it. They toss in just enough of the modern day political pastiche and just enough of the nostalgia and, of course, left themselves a mile to make as many sequels as demand will allow. One was probably enough, though.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Intense and Uncomfortable
You squirm at amateurism of some of the characters because the film draws you in so successfully. Al Pacino typically does a lot of screaming. He also defies the viewer to think he's acting. You find yourself feeling a little sick, knowing that something has to go wrong, but not knowing when or how. Being based on a true story it comes off as a period piece, but actually the film does not post date the actual events so much. There is no sense of dated film-making or performances. The question for the potential viewer is just what kind of film experience they want to have. Sure, there are times you mentally cheer or laugh or find some victory, but this hopeless situation takes a poke at society from a number of angles. It's not light viewing by any means, but is an example of film-making that one rarely sees these days. A must for anyone who watches films for more than just an entertaining way to kill time.
I think this is a great story with excellent locations, sets and props, but ruined by Richard Donner's horrible direction.
There are a few excellent performances by actors who can stand on their own. Rutger Haur is quite good most of the time. Michelle Pfeiffer has some stunning moments, Leo McKern is perfect and John Wood offers as all that is possible to a symbolic villain. Much of the film, however, is rendered painful by a completely unprepared and poorly directed Matthew Broderick who, along with the director, is clearly out of his element in this story. Even the better overall performances are at times pulled out of character leaving the viewer to wonder if that could possibly have been the best take available, or why there wasn't another, or in some cases, why that shot was even necessary.
There was a lot of animal wrangling involved here, if I'm to give the director an excuse for why too little time was spent on the human characters, but basically my disappointment comes down to Donner's cheap sensibilities and distance from the material.
The choice of music is entirely incongruous to the the story and setting, consistently pulling the viewer out of the experience and reminding them that they are watching a film from the mid-80s that someone had hoped would be a big hit with the then new MTV generation.
I'm just left feeling Ladyhawke could have been so much better and I wish it were. I really want to like this film, but find myself squirming and muttering, "this is so bad".