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What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Heartwarming and Real
I saw this movie when it first came out. Here it is 10 years later (nearly 11) and scenes from this movie are still in my mind. Leonardo DiCaprio does an excellent job as the retarded brother of Gilbert, played by Johnny Depp. Depp's portrayal of the young man stuck in his own life is passionate and real. Juliette Lewis' charm brings a bright light to the darkness that is Gilbert's life.
I read the book prior to seeing the movie. The movie captures the beauty and power of that book without compromising its quality and heart.
Dead Man (1995)
Probably the best, most bizarre movie I've seen
Existential western? Huh? I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but this movie was bizarre enough to be interesting. All the characters do a fantastic job of pulling off these strange scenes and the philosophical plot. Johnny Depp was terrific in his role as the accountant from Cleveland who finds himself on the run for murder. Don't expect to understand it all, but watch it with a sense of humor. If philosophical outlooks aren't your thing, don't bother. Truly a movie for those who enjoy a completely left-field look at a typically worn-out subject.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
I didn't get it
Maybe Owen Wilson's idea was to present a "cocaine dream" instead of a tangible story line. The Royal Tennenbaums left me wondering what just happened. Nowhere in the story's weaving in and out of Royal Tennenbaum's life did I find a character that I actually cared for, which was the first flaw. And Royal's revelation that he's dying makes me wonder why I should care. His character has done nothing to make the audience feel endeared to him, so the news is met with more of a "hmmm" instead of an "oh no!". I left the theater laughing, but only because it was the most ridiculous thing I'd seen in a long time. And I was laughing at myself for plunking down 8 bucks to see it.
You'll Never Look at the Arctic in the Same Way
I'll admit--I had my doubts about this one. How can anyone make a movie in a frozen wasteland, where the entire backdrop is ice and snow? How can anyone make that intriguing?
I found out how. This was one of the most masterfully written, directed and filmed pictures I've ever seen. The director presents a common thread immediately--a love triangle--and gives us a glimpse of mankind's liknesses despite the venue. The movie was rich in plot, heavy in intrigue and thick with character. By far a terrific movie, one of my favorites.
Life at its Most Real
They say that life gives us the best plots. This movie is proof of that notion. Spellbound takes the lives of "ordinary" students and shows us how a bit of friendly competition can consume even the most levelheaded person. You'll love some kids, despise others. Through their own words and actions, each person's true character comes out. It's well worth watching, especially if you've ever prompted your child to compete. It makes one think twice about the pressures we put on our children to be the best.