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I have anticipated this film for sometime now as a Ledger fan since I found him with BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, a role he certainly deserved the Oscar for. Not the sad imitation of Truman Capote by Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I still doubt the Academy's choices for awards and think the size of the studio has a lot to do with the number of votes, etc. So, although Heath earned, to me, another Oscar for THE DARK KNIGHT, the studio system will probably give it to the likes of Robert Downey Jor for playing a black man. Ledger's Joker was original, dark, twisted with that evil sense of humor that makes it a distinguished performance. I couldn't take my eyes off him. In every scene he held the reins in his hands. You could see the tension between he and Christian Bale, also a terrific actor, and the joy they had in working together. I should also like to thank director, Christopher Nolan, for his inspired casting. Unlike BATMAN BEGINS, which I thoroughly enjoyed and turned me on to the Batman series, this one had depth and incredible genius connected with it. Now you take these two powerhouse actors, Heath and Bale, and you spice them up with some of the most distinguished supporting actors you can dream up. With the likes of Liam Neeson, Aaron Eckhart, veteran Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, (terrific), Morgan Freeman, Anthony Michal Hall (far from those teeny boppers), Eric Roberts, Nestor Cabonell, from Brooke Shields TV sitcom, and Maggie Gyllenhaal, so much better than one level acting of Kate Holmes. When you look at Heath's work of the past, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, the gay man caught up in the guilt of his feelings, KNIGHT'S TALE, beautifully played as a simple man with dreams of glory, MONSTERS BALL, as the young rookie idealistic cop, TWO HANDS, a young man who attempts to find a better life yet falls into bad hands, CANDY, a disturbing look at the world of drugs and a guy who is fighting to survive, NED KELLY, a young rebel who is only fighting for his existence and defending his home against a corrupt militia, THE ORDER, a modern day priest who must find truth in a dark world of terror in the clergy, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, a gem of a sweet movie about love and giving Heath a chance to sing and dance which he loves. When you look at all this work in the short number of years he has been on earth, you think how much more we have missed by his early death. I can only imagine what heights he could have gone to. For he certainly was on his way. Life sometimes is cruel and unthinkable at times. I only hope they will honor this young actor this year with the Oscar he certainly deserves and for those roles we all will never see him play. Heath Ledger, you are a star in Heaven now.
This movie belongs to the photographer and director, Greory Holbit. My problem is that it was miscast. Sir Anthony Hopkis always comes off as the English Gentleman. Perfect speech and diction but not much else. After a while you get tired of hearing and watching him. Other than SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and LEGENDS OF THE FALL, he is boring. Add to this Ryan Gosling and his James Dean impersonation. Sometimes hard to hear and understand his diction. He scratches he grunts and most of the time seems totally wrong for the part of anyone who could pass the bar exam. Put these two together and there's no chemistry. There was more between Hopkins and Pitt in JOE BLACK. Then you have Rosamund Pike as the rich one on the make for the kid. Looking like his mother, the best line is when someone says with her hair down she's on the make. when it's up she's the boss. The sex scenes were embarrassing but thank heavens they were short and mostly shot in the dark. That fine actor David Strathairn has a small role and is wasted. He was wonderful in THE FIRM. Embeth Davidtz and Billy Burke, not Billie Burke, were the star crossed lovers and both did very well, although not enough of them. Too much Hopkins and Gosling who also reminds me of Edward Norton and John Cusack.
Can someone tell me why all these supposedly heroines of LMN are
blonde? Are there no brunettes? Lovely redheads in the acting world?
Must they all look like they came out of a factory of bleached blonde
hair, too long for their age, and stringy hanging over their eyes. It
seems that todays look is just that. Actress Nicolette Sheridan is no
different. I know I reviewed her before and there is still no change.
She is too old for the likes of her leading men, all who could pass for
her sons. She roams about in skin tight jeans and too tight sweaters.
Even with a hat on, her stringy hair is protruding in her face. Is this
hair in the face and over the eyes meant to distract us from her real
age? The director must have a crush on her as she seems to be in almost
all the shots. The supporting cast, all of whom are so much better
actors than she, consists of Andrew Jackson, the lover, Robert
Seeliger, the husband, Leni Parker, the friend and Amanda Tilson, the
daughter. Mom looks like she's competing with her daughter most of the
The plot is dumb and story weak. The ending is very disappointing and most unbelievable. Don't waste your time with this.
For in this silly movie the wife was most unattractive and looked like
the husband's mother. Played by Shannon Sturges (saw her in another
dis-likable movie) who goes around acting like a witch most of the
time. Would make any husband want to leave her. Dylan Neal, a very
handsome young looking husband does a good job. He favors a much
younger girl, played by the pretty Natalie Brown. You don't blame him
for going to her. Won't tell you the plot, but the wrong people win in
Watch our leading lady, Sturges, in the last scene. She doesn't even know how to hold the infant. Very clumsy. And you can also tell she and leading man, Neal, did not work well together. In their supposedly hot love scenes, it was all flat as bad champagne gone sour. No chemistry between them. She was cold as ice throughout the movie. Also the dimwit that played the detective, Martin Roach, wearing much too expensive clothes for a plain detective, always going around like he knew all about life. A boring actor attempting to be another Eddie Murphy in his black leather coats.
Don't waste your time on this clinker.
With the likes of a bad actress, Allison Lange, in the lead, what else
can you expect? Straight hair hanging in her face and wearing tight
tight dresses cut up to her kazoo, she does little to add suspense to
this dull movie. She's that bad. I spent the entire movie laughing at
her. At her, mind you. Amazing how through two thirds of the film she
plays this helpless bimbo. Then suddenly in the last reel she becomes
The Hulk, wiping everybody out. Who wrote this dribble? To my surprise,
there is the presence of veteran actor John Savage. Far from his roles
in the likes of DEER HUNTER and ONION FIELDS, he is so wasted in this.
It's sacrilege to see him appear opposite the likes of Lange, who can't
act her way out of a paper bag. Brendan Fehr is wasted as is Brad Rowe
and Jerry Wasserman. The kid brother Lorne Stewart and the demented
mom, Chilton Crane, were okay.
I think the director had a thing for the leading lady with all the footage that went to her. A waste.
I certainly don't agree with the raving reviews others gave this piece
of crap. First of all director Mark Lester cast it poorly. In the likes
of Julie Du Page (that's a real name?) playing a so called sex pot.
Wrong. She's not that attractive to seduce a blind man. And she's so
phony on her come ons. Obvious. In her Fredericks of Hollywood bra and
panties (a mistake in costumes) she was all skin and bones with no bust
at all. Most of the time she's squeezed in, pumped up and pushed
together to give her a cleavage at all. Her back bone protruded her
bony body. Yuk. Don't tell me those idiots that fell for her charm
didn't notice. They must have been hard up. Also with too much lip
gloss on her bot-ox lips. Funny scene is when she supposedly goes into
the train station inconspicuously, wearing a skin tight, low cut,
flaming red dress, with her mop hair and sun glasses - too funny. What
she didn't have, Erika Elenkiak, as the tough mother, had too much of.
Wearing too tight sweaters throughout the film making her breasts look
over sized, she didn't do too much acting. Only looking forlorn and
confused. Did she not know what was happening? Adam Baldwin plays a
small role, thank goodness. With his usual non expressive face he
wanders through this trite movie aimlessly. Then we have the son,
played by Jeremy Lellliott, who spends most of the film crying. If he's
not ogling our hit whore, he's sobbing "woe is me and my mom". He also
must have had his hair dyed along with his mom to that brassy blond. It
looked so fake.
It was late at night when I watched this so most others were spared the pain I went through watching.
Due mostly to the casting and the boring script. Rick King, the director, must have been in a coma to hire some of these non actor types. Namely Chelsea Field and Scott Bakula. Both to this viewer should get out of the business. Bakula goes around with a lame less expression of stupidity most of the time. Whats the big deal about this actor? And his other half, Field, does not come off as any beauty to fight over. A rather overweight bit of fluff that at times is embarrassing to watch. Shelia Kelley is good, but wasted in this as are Rex Smith (wonderful in PIRATES OF PENZANCE) John Getz and France Nuyen (good to see her again). As I said they all were wasted with most of the shots and scenes were of Bakula and Field. Mr. King, you should be ashamed of yourself. To cast those two losers.
Who the hell is Brooke Nevin? Never heard of her and hope to not hear
of her again. She's just awful in this boring film. I guessed the
killer early on in the film. Obvious. But this Nevin chick goes around
in attempts to find the killer in the most unrealistic way. I guess she
knows in the script she can go around and attack anyone she wants. In
real life she's be eliminated right off the bat. Although I loved it
when she got knocked out on the head for snooping. She walks into the
seediest places and pries. Then her clothes, tight jeans of course, and
he makeup are ridiculous. For someone who's intent to save her Mom to
take the time to pluck her eyebrows and apply eye liner so perfect and
curl her hair, you wonder just what is real and is not. Otheres in this
cast are Kate Jackson, looking older and more realistic for a woman in
prison; Keegan Tracy, our heroine's best friend, again with the hair
color, eye liner and lip gloss; John Tench as one of the villains and
turning in the best performance; Sean Rogerson was good and aware of
our phony leading lady and John Furey as the detective who was getting
sick of her intrusions with the law.
It's a shame that Kate Jackson has been reduced to this kind of dribble. Come on Kate, pick better vehicles.
This is a great film about a subject that still goes on in this country
whether you be African American or gay or a Jew. There are still people
that feel there's a difference and continue to be bigots and racists.
The setting for this subject is a well to do prep school that is run by
the honor code. However, it's easily broken by some students that have
been raised to hate. I studied in a private boarding school and know
how difficult it can be for the "undesirables" who are treated by
others as though they were lepers.
In this drama the subject rallies around a well liked student that keeps his Jewish identity to himself. When it is revealed the other students turn their backs on him. However, truth abides and he does get retribution and goes on to Harvard. Playing the young student is a young Brendan Fraser right out of GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE. It is easy to see the versatility of this actor and you know he'll go on from here. He does an excellent underrated sensitive performance. I also loved him in GODS AND MONSTERS.
With many of his fellow actors you can see why they went on to become stars.
Matt Damon plays a dis-likable guy before GOOD WILL HUNTING brought him to fame. His fellow writer, Ben Affleck, also appears in a minor role. Chris O'Donnell, prior BATMAN AND ROBIN, is Fraser's roommate and does well in a featured role. Old timers, Ed Lauter and Michael Higgins play the adults in this very good movie.
I usually like Patty Duke's performances, but for some reason I felt
she was held back in this one. Reminded me of that other film she made
about her son disappearing and having married a horrible creature of a
woman. But in that she was feisty and out to get the truth. In this one
she sort of leans back and with less fire goes after the truth. I hated
the girl Kelly Rowan. I guess she did a good job, for I wanted to slap
her face whenever she appeared on the screen. Robert Floyd was
wonderful as the son, although I couldn't understand why he took so
long in figuring the witch out.
Rosemary Dunsmore and Barry Flatman played the girls parents. These are people you hope one day never to meet. I agree with other comments that the ending was awful. That these people didn't get the maximum sentences for their crimes of murder, yes murder, shows the lack of justice in this country. Their crime was heinous. They were unfeeling in carrying out their acts.
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