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Listen to music all day on the Hi-Fi, hit up 3 different grocery stores to get supplies because thats just how it is. Sometimes we take to the open road with the camera to see what kind of decrepitude I can find.. Other times you cant find me deep into the pages of some thing literary or digesting the subtitles of a film.
As Cheeseball as they get
I hadn't seen this film in a great many years and thought it would be fun to watch it again. The version I watched was the Expanded Edition. I had no problem with the effects being outdated as I usually prefer bluescreen to the one dimensional CGI crap they use now. However this movie was ridiculous, the writing, the acting (Ned Beatty) were geared at the mindless. This version is way too long and by the time things actually get rolling the film is three quarters of the way through. Maybe children around the ages of 5-9 might be able to enjoy this but anyone else should steer clear. Also, Margot Kidders teeth gave me nightmares.
The Getaway (1972)
how is this superior to the remake?
Let me start by saying that I am a fan of Peckinpah. I like Steve McQueen. But this movie is just plain bad. The delivery of the dialog is flat. McGraw is an awful actress, and McQueen's acting here...well, he didn't have much of a script to work with. I have so many problems with this film....OK; after stealing $750,000, they just cross into Mexico in the front seat of the truck?? Faces plastered all over TV? Like the borders wouldn't have reward info on them?? The remake has a great cast, for this type of film, James Woods shows what this character should be like? His dialog delivery makes you feel hate, the other version makes you feel nothing. Jennifer Tilly was even better in her role! Alec Baldwin is perfect for this, Kim Bassinger is 10 times the actress of McGraw...I'm sorry, the '72 version is junk. Just because Steve McQueen was cool, and is dead, doesn't make everything he did "the Best" Peckinpah made a few good film, but the more i watch them the more I realize that Straw Dogs and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia are his only solid work. Wild Bunch? How many times do I have to be forced to watch a bunch of guys laugh together to imply a sense of camaraderie? Great shoot out scenes but come on?! Be honest with yourself folks.
All I have to comment on is in the first 10 minutes of the film. If Steve McQueen knew the hotel room they were keeping Ross in was vulnerable and unsafe, and he was taking this case as serious as he was expected to (with his great rep.) then why didn't he move Ross to another (safer) room? Then, once Ross is in the hospital, and McQueen knew the killer was there, why was he hanging out 200 yards from Ross's room which was right next to the stairwell? Am I supposed to believe a celebrated and intelligent cop would act in this way? Give me a break. Why do people feel it necessary to defend these absurd plot holes just because they are considered Classics. There must be a little more realism if you expect these films to hold up today, with audiences that may be a little more sophisticated (some of us at least).
Body Double (1984)
open your eyes
I hadn't seen this movie in about 5 years. I remember it being pretty good.....LOL. I was shocked by how horrible this really was. The plot was unbelievably absurd, how many people were in on this murder? The entire cast? How bad was the music? How pathetic was the acting? Where is any sense of realism ? Brian DePalma is very hit and miss. He has made more misses than hits and I can only hope that he doesn't butcher Black Dahlia the way he has most of his other projects. This movie sucked. The fact that anyone tries to defend this junk is comical. We all have out directors that we admire, but when they make a piece of junk there is no need to defend it against what it really is. I love David Fincher. But Panic room was garbage. No need to try and pretend it was anything less.