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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.