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Trading Places meets Wall St.
Of course the writers of those two movies would sue for slander. Given the amount of money spent on production the amateurishness and downright incompetence of everyone associated with this movie is mind boggling. The idea seems to be that women can be as greedy, power driven and corrupt as men ... a shocking proposition. The end.
For Marjorie Main lovers only
With this cast and Vincent Minelli directing you might reasonably expect a professional product but you are not going to get one. Hepburn is said to have accused Mitchum of getting the part solely because of his looks because he could not act. If so she was right but beware you who live in glass houses. Hepburn was equally awful and Robert Taylor was decidedly mediocre. Marjorie Main is the one highlight and she is gone after the first 15 minutes or so. The biggest problem however is the totally unbelievable plot. Edmund Gwenn is a scientist living with daughter/assistant (Hepburn) in a home, with adjoining laboratory, run by Marjorie Main. Robert Taylor plays an Elon Musk type, a 40 year old multi-millionaire bachelor, who is trying to win the rights to one of Gwenn's products. He comes to the Gwenn home and is immediately smitten with Hepburn and they marry shortly thereafter and then it gets bad, really bad. Horrible dialogue combined with a preposterous plot, miscast actors and obvious foreshadowing make for one long and tedious movie. There is a reason you have never heard of this one. It is awful.
The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)
Dancing is good
It isn't many westerns where the high point of the movie is the dancing but Russ Tamblyn put on an excellent exhibition of dancing, tumbling and acrobatics. Unfortunately the rest of the movie was way below par and even Jeanne Crain's beauty can not distract you from the utter nonsense going on all around her. Glenn Ford is once again the stoic hero shrouded in mystery and Crain is his steadfast wife. Broderick Crawford is woefully miscast as the crazed outlaw determined to best any man ever described in his presence as the fastest gun in the West. Watch it just to see if it would have been more interesting if you had written it yourself. I'm betting on you.
Here Comes the Groom (1951)
Pretty bad but worth watching for one musical performance
If you were told that a movie was produced and directed by Frank Capra and starred Jane Wyman, Bing Crosby, Franchot Tone and Alexis Smith you might be forgiven for having great expectations. Sadly there is only one thing great about it and that is an operatic performance by a teenage Anna Maria Alberghetti. AMA plays a teenage war orphan in Paris who was up for adoption and when Bing Crosby, playing a journalist involved with the placement of orphans, fails in his first attempt at placing a child with prospective parents and discovers that the husband is a conductor of a major orchestra, he strongarms the couple into listening to AMA. They are transfixed as they should be and when they discover she is blind they are hooked, since she will be a great concert performer. Ugh! The rest of the movie is almost that bad, save for the operatic performance, though many of the stars are adequate. The absolute low point for me was a series of cameos taking place on the airplane bringing Bing and some prospective adoptees to the States. During the flight he breaks out into song and low and behold Louis Armstrong, Dorothy Lamour, Phil Harris and the insufferable Frank Fontaine were all on the plane with him and ready to perform. How anyone could ever have laughed at Fontaine (and his Crazy Guggenheim character) is a mystery for the ages.
This is a glitzy tale of Robert Miller (Gere) one of the "biggest swinging d****" on Wall Street. Though in late middle age he still has the obligatory mistress, beautiful family and an investment fund that he is trying to sell to another "bsd." The plot seems so pedestrian that I was just about to walk out when the plot took a slight change of direction. To tell you more would ruin it for anyone intending to see this flick, but even though I decided to tough it out, I cannot honestly recommend seeing this in the theater. It can easily be put off until cable or the video store gets it. Gere as usual is great. Sarandon is nothing special in a very pedestrian role. Brit Marling seems above average as Gere's daughter and co-worker and Stuart Margolin who I have not seen since The Rockford Files is very good as Gere's attorney. If you would like to see another movie about how the other half live and why they don't deserve it, this is your opportunity.
Who Do You Love (2008)
a few good nostalgic recreations
This is the abridged version of the founding of Chess records, with the emphasis on Leonard Chess and his first big star, Muddy Waters. I just watched this movie at a film festival, having not previously been aware of it. It is rather amateurish though some of the recreations of performances, like that of Bo Diddley in particular, and some of the music is really excellent. My two big complaints involve first, the story line, which emphasizes the life of Leonard Chess and about which there is very little to maintain a plot and second, the character of Ivy Mills, who seems to be a composite. She sings Etta James songs, for example, but her story line does not parallel the life of Etta James, so this is also annoying to me. Though this is the story of the two men who arguably provided the basis for the creation of rock and roll, there is precious little rock and roll music or history.
Off Beat (1986)
I just wonder what movie David Dein was watching. David have you ever heard of the suspension of disbelief? It was not a true story. Meg Tilly who (not whom)is usually wonderful was just as wonderful here, as was Judge Reinhold, John Turturro, Harvey Keitel (and his partner) and Penn Gillette. Cleavant Derricks was outstanding and worth the price of admission all by himself. the only criticism i can muster is for the usually reliable Joe Mantegna. It seems that comedy is not his forte. He seemed to be overacting in the extreme. All in all this is a very amusing movie, with some clever plot twists and some interesting characters. It is not "The Godfather" but it is very pleasant, clever and amusing and well worth your time.
worst high budget movie I have ever seen
the music and cinematography are both outstanding. giancarlo gianini's performance is average or better for him, which is basically pretty darn good. The plot however is extremely predictable and the acting of the stars is mediocre in the case of hopkins to atrocious in the case of moore. in spite of the absolutely disgusting subject matter and the extremely graphic depiction of it, I was half hoping Hannibal would eat Starling just to see if she would actually show some emotion, but my guess is she would not. spoiler beyond this point - although it would be impossible to spoil this film any more than the director, writers and actors already have done. the final scene is easily the most vile and perverted ever put on film. hannibal has once again escaped starling's clutches (by axing his own hand off, to escape the handcuffs starling used to bind him to her - instead of axing off her hand.) prior to that he had made a dinner which included portions of ray liotta's brain. apparently he had some left over and had it included in the meal he secured for himself to eat aboard an airplane while escaping. he then offers a portion of the brain dish to an 8 year old who had not liked the food served to him by the airline. Hannibal says "my mother always said you should try new things." That is absolutely sick.
i know it's unlikely that anyone will read this review given the other 123 pages but please avoid this movie.
Blume in Love (1973)
very enjoyable film
i disagree with those who were so put off by the rape scene that they cannot give the movie a positive review. remember this movie was made over 30 years ago at the height of the sexual revolution (i'm not excusing it). mazursky is a very interesting and unique writer/director who is responsible for some really excellent films, to wit: moscow on the hudson, down and out in beverly hills, an unfinished woman and next stop greenwich village. to me this movie has it all, great music, excellent acting and one of the funniest scenes i have ever seen in a movie when george segal, as a divorce attorney tries to calm his client, shelly winters. you'll enjoy it, trust me. p.s. the key word in some of those other reviews is "self-indulgent."
Where the Money Is (2000)
this is a great film if you like caper flicks and/or paul newman. for those of you who have not yet seen this movie do not read further. but for those of you who have seen it but don't understand why carol was suspicious of henry consider the sex scene between her and her husband and how she placed henry's wheelchair so that he could not see what was occurring. after they finished and she returned to the bathroom area where henry was, she noticed that the bathroom mirror seemed to be in a different position, one which probably gave henry a clear view of the lovers. how could this have happened? next, when the old lady is choking on the nuts and there is no staff member around there is a sudden noise which brings everyone running. after the old lady is rescued carol notices that a lamp inexplicably had crashed which brought everyone running, and it had crashed right at henry's wheelchair. how could this have happened? but still, she is not certain that he is faking since she was readying herself to jump in the reservoir and rescue him when he climbed out of the water on his own.
as to why two such upright citizens would suddenly become bank robbers, the opening scene of the movie shows carol's rebellious streak and wayne's willingness to go along with whatever she wants to do.
by the way, carol is played by linda fiorentino, not florentino, and she starred in "the last seduction" not "the last deception" and it was great, if you haven't seen it.