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A 1959 "epic" directed by one of Americas finest directors, William Wilder. Cecil B.De. Mille had been the great religious epic director, but with Ben Hur, Wilder showed that you need not part the Red Sea...to make a wonderfully epic movie. The main difference between De Mille and Wilder was....De Mille always loved to show over the top scenes....with maximum effect. Some of them worked really well......others flopped badly. Wilder was a superior operator....holding key ...important moments for many extra vital seconds. He also understood his actors better than Cecil. Wilders body of work (Some Like it Hot....Sunset Boulevard Etc.) is vastly superior to De Milles. However, De Mille was a pioneer and should be regarded as a brave front runner. This is one of those old films that everyone should see....if only to demonstrate to-days movies are ....all about CGI...and poor scripts.
I highly recommend this funny movie. (it is 104 minutes...wish it had been longer). The two main players, Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan simply revel in a movie that deals with things as strange as those in Groundhog Day. The premise made it almost easy to have the audience rolling around the floor. It is a real shame that (although the funny moments are very funny)....there should have been many more. The interesting change comes along after about 80 minutes, when things become surprisingly serious. It is a movie I had heard little about, so it was a great surprise to see it. The supporting cast give wonderful performances, and I shall certainly watch this again.
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The Proposition... a 2005 Australian / U.K. collaboration is a really
very good movie . It is unforgiving in its relentless negative
assertions of the human being.. It washes away the clean suppositions
of the American "wild west", as told by great American movie directors
over many decades. This is the real...TRUE GRIT... , a film that dares
you to assume this couldn't have happened. O.K....its in the Australian
Outback, but men are men...and when they are free to behave like
savages...they will.(It is about survival too) It requires more than
one viewing (all great movies do),if you can stand to see again--- the
horror that lurks in all of the human psyche... its here for all to
Ray Winstone (Captain Stanley is brought from England to "clean up" a particularly nasty family of murderous thugs...the Burns Family. He is a tactical policeman who puts a daring operation into motion. He expects Charlie (Guy Pearce) to kill his brother Arthur (Danny Huston). The scheme is put into jeopardy by the poor judgement of the Judiciary. From that point...anything can (and does) happen. There are violent scenes here...But this is a small town in the Australian Outback in 1890. Violence was not.....un-common. This an above average Australian ("Western")..........Watch IT....!!!
Provoke the audience...be controversial...Then, hope it works. This does not work. The premise here is actually...THE MOVIE..!!!...And, If you are into the usual Australian soft porn....you may enjoy this usual Australian...nonsense. I do like the Sergio Leone close ups, but the actors (poor things)-- have a terrible script to work with. I am sure they did not like those revealing close ups. It is a mystery to me why ageing movie reviewers here in Australia MUST..give this type of garbage great reviews. Where is the honesty.? The actors Naomi Watts the most "famous"....and the others....try too hard with an awful script. Result ?.....Funny , in the reverse sense of that word. There are those times when you watch a movie.....completely.....so fascinated by its mediocrity......you MUST watch it all. Every terrible minute. This is one of those.....
This is one of those movies.....when you have watched it and you are
walking from the Cinema.....you want to ask for your money back. You do
not..............Only psychos do that. So you go home.....in a bad
Australian TV reviewers (David & Margaret)......Both in there dinosaur period ....Give it 3 out of 5............and 3 and a half out of 5. Reason......There is an important Australian (playing Diana)....... Yes MS Naomi Watts is an above average actress. But David & Margaret ---should just......tell the truth. The whole movie is ......bad. Particularly Ms. Watts (playing Diana). And Ms. Watts.......has a lot of......acting......lessons......to have
if she ever wants takes on a role like this again.........
This was..NOT....like the easy roles ...... . she got in...King Kong. (and other movies).
Australian.....movie ......reviewers ....should just be honest. We know Australians have an inferiority complex.
This required good acting..........and she could not do it.
John Hawkes plays the extroverted Mark O Brien who is totally crippled by polio, and has to spend several hours every day ...in an iron lung. Based on a true story, O Brien died in 1999..aged 49. This movie deals with his life in 1938, when the bold Mark decides he wants to lose his virginity. He eventually gets lucky...when he meets an attractive and caring professional sex surrogate ...played by Helen Hunt. The relationship between Hunt and Hawkes is basically what the movie is all about. Its very well made, and the supporting players are all very good. O Brien had a reputation as a real character ...with an exceptional sense of humour. Hawkes does a great job in a difficult role, but I feel he was let down a little by the script. Sure he is mildly amusing at times, but he needed to be more sharply realized....a few great one liners would have lightened the load...for the viewer. It is still a movie I would recommend...for its high degree of sensitivity...in a controversial area. Hunt is wonderful here...in her greatest ever acting role.
A movie for young adults....between the ages of 14 and 23. Lots of un-coordinated action and a script that is worse than I can possibly describe. The acting is abysmal (and what was Anthony Hopkins doing in this terrible film?) I suppose its an easy pay check for him. Still, he must be a little embarrassed. Super Hero trash , like this is strictly for air-heads. Watching things burst into flames and dumb "heroes" pretending to be heroic is idiotic. These awful movies are for the brain dead. Or should I say the living dead. If you are above 25 years old, and you go to see flicks like this---you need treatment....of a psychiatric nature. (3 points)
I read the reviews about The Hangover.....and I thought, at last a comedy motion picture...made in the U.S.A., THAT IS ACTUALLY FUNNY !!!! Great. I watched it last night. Its humour is very American. Which means it is not really funny for people with I.Q.s over 99. Bringing a brain dead X World Champion boxer---who owns a Tiger-- into a woeful film that relies heavily on crass humour....was the ace they had to play. Would it work,,,?? No, it only brings this down to another level. There followed The Hangover 2......Then, surprise surprise....Hangover 3. (Both much worse than the first pile of rubbish) I am a huge fan of American comedy flicks. Like Duck Soup...for example..This utter non--sense would have Groucho...turning in his grave. (These days....rubbish like The Hangover....makes A LOT ..of money !!!!!!!) So Sad.
A movie with a profound...yet simple message. This is the first feature film directed by Duncan Jones (the son of David Bowie). When we "get" the rather obvious story line....we need to have a sharp script to push it along. Alas the script is ordinary----so we wait patiently to see how this is going to end. I think the end was rushed (this---remember is a low budget flick). Sam Rockwell was not an inspired choice to have the lead role here. He is in 98% of scenes, and he fails to have the magic quality that great actors have. Call it the..X..factor...call it anything. Jude Law may have been the best choice. It is a highly regarded movie...But as a science fiction film...it is a million light years behind Kubriks 2001..A Space Odyssey. Made in 1968.
When the leading actor is totally un-convincing, then any movie has huge problems. John Waters is just plain wooden as successful writer Tom Garfield. The boring story plods along....with no surprises along the tortuous way. The use of music is almost unbelievably awful. The script is terrible. The B grade Australian actors try....but television is where they belong. It feels like a 1975 film, and I was amazed to find out it was made in 1988. SO---Who should watch this trash ?? Young actors, directors, writers etc. etc. etc. They should see how bad a movie can be, and try hard not to forget it. I am completely sure John Waters never watches this...and never speaks about it
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