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Anybody who didn't find this movie at least a little funny is probably too old, has never known characters like Hoch's 'wigger', or simply has no sense of humor. Come on, guys, Ali G plays a less sincere 'wigger' and no one says that he's not funny. I believe that since everyone picks up on the fact that Ali G is really a joke pretty quickly, they enjoy the impression, but I think that Hoch's dead-on impression probably makes many feel uncomfortable. Even funnier, a friend of mine from the Quad Cities walked by as I was watching this and said that it reminded her of her cousins in Iowa. So you can imagine my surprise when I learned in the closing credits that a lot of the movie was actually filmed in Davenport, Iowa.
Casino Has to Rate a 10 if you like the genre -- no other way
A more realistic gangster film, more subdued than other greats, but this is also what makes it a great film. And excellent use of voice-over narration by the different characters. When you add in the fact that, in addition to being great film-making / storytelling, that this film also serves as an engaging reference to the historical and contemporary phenomenon that is Las Vegas, the ultimate metaphorical caricature of the United States, how can this film not be a 10? And the performances? How about the killer soundtrack?? As unintelligent as it may sound, the only knock I can imagine on this film from the aficionados would have to be the lack of violence when compared to say, Pulp Fiction, but I definitely think that there is ample blood and guts, but the gratuitous violence is actually (and this is rare) overshadowed by the depth of the art going on here, and this is the mark of greatness within this genre. Also, the editorial-stype commentary in the last 3 minutes was a bit heavy-handed, but nothing that would detract from a deserved 10/10 rating. Thoughts??
The Big Lebowski (1998)
How is This Movie Barely in the Top#250???? How???!!!!
Seriously, Seeing 'Lebowski' so near the bottom of the Top 250 is pretty damn unsettling to say the least. This is certainly beyond the shadow of a doubt one of the funniest movies ever made, and I'm really holding back when I say that.
And seeing this ignoble rating certainly begs the unpleasant question, 'Could this film actually ever fall off of what should be a coveted 250 list?' The sheer vastness of this error in taste makes me question seriously the movie viewing competence of those here, and I'm not even elitist! Can someone help me out here?? Please explain!!!! Thanks in advance. -JB