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It's bad, but it's so good!!!!
I don't know if he'd thank me for this, but I reckon this is my favourite Billy Zane movie. He was brilliant in Dead Calm, impressive in Titanic and marvellous in I woke Up Early..., but The Collector is just a fabulous character and I seriously doubt which other actor could have pulled off the inspired sadistc humour he gives the role. It's the lines alongside those unique facial expressions that make the Demon, and then the film, a treat!
Yes, it's Tales From the Crypt which are always hammy and cheese-ridden, but hey you watch them for what they are, and they don't get much better than this.
When you don't want a film to stretch your grey matter, and you don't want a film to give you a life-changing message; you just want a film to watch as a witty piece of daft fun - this is it!
This is Sadler's best Crypt role too and Mrs Will Smith shines as the female star. I could watch this over and over. Just for the hell of it!!!
Ed Wood (1994)
This has become one of my favourite films...the ingenius Tim Burton creates a unique, enchanting masterpiece. To me, this may well be Depp's best role and it is a pleasure to see him in a comedic role. Ed Wood may have been voted worst director of all time, but his life and movies could never be described as dull to us now. He was so bad, he was good! Being in black and white creates an atmosphere that fits the film faultlessly and each and every performance was a treat. Bill Murray surprised and Martin Landau couldn't have been better. In all, a film you can never be bored with and can find new gems in each time.
Great first effort from Kenneth Hope
Had quite high hopes for this film after I'd read the synopsis. I think I was pleased with the end product though it did have it's occasional flaws. I wasn't sure about the lead female at first (Julie) as I wasn't warming to her character in those opening scenes with the baby. Still, to her credit, I grew to believe in her character more and liked the way her story developed through the film. The 'parents' I found a bit shallow and despite their tragedy I didn't really care much about what had happened to them. Charlotte Rampling was a joy to
watch (as ever) and I loved the warmth she brought and the credibility she gave to the defence case! Mark Strong was perfect as Gabreli. The relationship built between him Julie and even Mother Frances kept you watching; while his screen presence was enjoyable and strong (no pun intended! lol).
I gave it 8/10........for being a film that kept my intrigue from seeing the trailer, and didn't end up being a typical "let's get the witch, oh no, she a cute kid really" type film.