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Sometimes, remaking a great foreign film just does not work. This is one case. With such a GREAT, GREAT cast the film had a few fun moments but mostly just sat there and did nothing but have quick witted dialog. When I saw it was directed, written and produced by the same person (never heard of him), I knew that was probably the main problem. It did not matter how charming the actors were - this is a turkey. Some of the sub-plots were just plain stupid. Also agree with the message boards that in this day & age it was very strange not to hire a Mexican to play a Mexican/Latin. The actor was fine & like the others had some charm, but right away, I thought "he doesn't look Mexican".
Rock of Ages was not what I was expecting. It took me a bit to "get into it", but after I did I was really enjoying it. It is one of those movies that the more I think about it..I will most likely enjoy even more a second time. The writing is hysterical with several laugh out loud lines. It also has some outrageously funny dance numbers that go with the classic 80's tunes. Like another reviewer, I found the weakest part were the acting performances of the two younger leads. There was just something not quite believable between them. All the rest of the cast was at their best (as most of them usually are!). Tom, Paul, and Catherine being my personal favorites. Overall - I cannot wait to see it again!
I agree much with another reviewer and had the same reaction. I wanted it to be a great movie so could recommend it everyone & maybe it would win the Oscar which would shed even more publicity/light on this very important subject. I can't and it probably won't even get nominated. While it had many emotional moments, as a whole it was kind of flat and jumped all over the place without any seeming purpose for the moves that made it difficult to follow. Very disappointed - but kudos for trying and for what was accomplished. To be fair, I do not see many documentaries, usually Michael Moore or nominated films. I guess my expectations were too high.
Wow - this movie really blew me away. It managed to tackle an extremely difficult subject with Honor, Love, and Respect for both sides of the issue. I agree with another reviewer that Judith Light was overlooked for an Oscar Nomination that year. What an incredible performance.Cad Allen, too I think gave one of his best performances to date. Can you believe that this is the writer's only work, so far? I hope he is working on other things, as a writer. If anyone who worked on this film reads this....a big CONGRATULATIONS & THANKS! This is what film making should be about. A film that can help to bridge gaps with honesty, understanding, and self awareness.
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Thank goodness for 4X fast forward, as it contains several minutes of just the principal actor driving, showing his profile, then getting out to pump gas, then getting back in the car, and driving again. The movie goes on like this (just him driving across the country) for 75% of the film. Very little dialog or other actors. The only reason, I give it 2 stars is for the beautiful photography and for the "idea", which COULD have been a good 10 minute short. The sex scene was totally gratuitous and simply meant to shock us. It could have been edited properly and still had the impact with only a quick shot or two of her "performing the deed" without focusing in on the act as long as it did. It REALLY did cheapen the film to a porno, and I am so surprised ANYONE would rate the film higher than myself. But, I guess...to each his/her own.
I was 20 when Phyllis was filmed - and had the absolute pleasure of attending every single episode filmed, as part of the live audience for the two season run. What a thrill. I was (still am) an avid Cloris Leachman fan and following Phyllis from MTM was so exciting. It had a great start - and I especially loved Barbara Colby. So sad for the world that she did not get the chance to fulfill her talent longer due to the untimely death. Looking back though, I must say that the highlight of the whole Phyllis experience was the Mother Dexter character. She just stole EVERY scene (the way Phyllis used to on the MTM show). If I want to smile - all I have to do is think about Judith Lowry (Mother Dexter) chasing Billy Barty (guest starring as Bess' potential new in-law) around the living room saying..."you're so cute" - as if he was a baby. As much as I love Cloris (always will) - Judith was the highlight. The second season absolutely declined, but still contained many classic Judith Lowry & Cloris moments. Mother Dexter's Wedding stands out. So funny & moving at the same time to see these two old people (Judith & Burt Mustin) getting married. Burt was also perfectly cast. And then...as fate would have it...Judith died a week before the airing of the show and Burt died about six weeks later. This was the last piece of work they would do. (What a way for an actor to go!). HOPE THE WHOLE SHOW GOES TO DVD SOON! While I do have an unedited version of the "wedding" - the rest of what I have is so heavily edited. IF anyone from MTM reads this...THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!!
This film can change your life! It did mine. The film dares to point out the possibility that we are eating ourselves into ill health as well as tiredness/depression. All the while, we care succumbing to advertising showing & telling us how much "fun" we will have if we eat these foods. Linking fun with food - good way to hook people. Not to mention the addictive qualities of many of the foods themselves. It was extremely fascinating (& quite horrifying) to watch what he went through. The film is quite timely with the recent changes being made in the school systems regarding food. Maybe this film will help. One of the best lines was a when a school cafeteria worker held up her "box cutter" and said we don't need a spoon in this kitchen, just one of these. Hmm.