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I watched this after watching Election several times and listening to Alexander Payne's commentary for that film. He keeps promoting his own work (this film) throughout so I thought "Why not?" I like to see good directors' early works. This is well made and well acted but I just didn't connect with the story. I think maybe it's because I'm from Britain where abortion is a non-issue and the main theme of this film is abortion v.s. essentially religion and pro-life. Since this is not a conflict where I'm from, I found it difficult to care. It's a bit like the original Alfie; a British film that came out 30 years earlier and tells the same story but with more weight. Just watch Election again and save yourself the hassle.
This is not just scraps of rehearsal footage as it has been promoted, there is enough material to get a genuine idea how the show would have gone, including brand new music video sections for Thriller and Smooth Criminal. The latter especially was ingenious and has some unexpected cameos. If you have ever liked MJ at all, go and see this, it will not disappoint. It is a little bit indulgent as you might expect but when you see the talent on display that is completely forgivable. Michael is incredible for a 50 year old man on death's door. There is something other worldly about him. We get to see him being very professional and very much a director or his own show. You get the idea that all or at least most of the crazy surprises have come out of his head. The interviews with emotional dancers overwhelmed by getting to work with MJ are welcome to and do not crowd the film or let it deteriorate into sentimental rubbish. This is pure entertainment, I bet nobody can sit still or resist the urge to mouth the lyrics all the way through.
I recently got to see this film as part of a film festival in Guadalajara, Mexico. I was going to write a review straight after but the film wasn't even listed on IMDb then. The film is about a man and his relationships with many different women called Maria. One of them affected him more than most in his past and in the film we see how this affects his life and other relationships. The narrative is actually a little bit messed up in a Sex and Lucia kind of way but the film is very enjoyable and laugh out loud funny throughout. The director and principle actors also came to the screening, though sadly with the exception of the gorgeous Ana Serradilla who is another good reason for men in particular to see this film. The acting is solid, and the film is another fine example of why we should all be paying attention to Mexican cinema. I would recommend this film to everyone looking to have a couple of hours fun in the cinema, not the best comedy I've ever seen, but it's above average.
I must start by pointing out that I'm from Doncaster, as such my accent
is almost identical to that found in Sheffield (20 mins away by road).
I first saw this film when at 13, I illegally snook in to watch the
15-rated movie. Despite the average bloke decides to strip plot line,
this remains one of the most realistic films I have ever seen and also
one of the funniest. The characters are all very realistic and the
problems they have were and are genuine problems that Yorkshire people
have, the personalities are spot on too. The accents of the characters
are good too, many of them are from Yorkshire but scot Robert Carlyle
has a convincing Yorkshire accent, well done to him. I'm not going to
go on about the film's plot, just know that this film is hilarious and
very human. As soon as the video came out we bought it and watched the
film 5 nights in a row.
I recommend that Americans search for a DVD copy with the original audio, It's annoying that the studios decided to change the English used in the film for the USA though, we are quite accustomed to watching American films with unfamiliar slang, so it hardly seems fair that this and Trainspotting had to suffer in this way.
If you have seen any of the Rocky series (as I'm sure anybody reading this has) you will have a fair idea what to expect. I went to see this film with a friend who pointed out that she grew up with Rocky, this is true for many of us. I was never a HUGE fan of the series but I had seen them all on television and yes I always did enjoy tuning into a Rocky film. The familiarity of the character lends the film an emotional weight, we know Rocky going into the film and we have seen him (and Sly) mature over the years, and now it's time for us to find out where life has lead him. The writing is excellent with some very human and touching moments and some great inspiring speeches; I was at the point of crying at several moments throughout the film. Yes, the plot may be a little far fetched but it is all handled in a very realistic manner. Sly may be 60, but when you see him get into that ring you will have no question about his physical condition (I'm 22 and have never been in a shape anywhere near that good). I defy anyone to see this film without feeling seriously inspired when they leave the cinema. This is by far the best of the sequels and for my money THE BEST Rocky film ever. This is what we, and Sylvester Stallone - who writes, directs and acts all with superior skill, needed most.
I watched this movie dubbed in Spanish on a DVD that came free with a Spanish magazine, so I obviously wasn't expecting much. What I found though is one of the most heartwarming children's films I've ever seen. There are some great songs (in Spanish anyway) and the DVD I have even has a karaoke feature should you decide you like them so much (yes, I've done it). The story does pretty much what the title says. A seagull dies and leaves a cat to look after her egg. The film follows the adventures of the baby seagull and her cat friends. There are moments of sorrow and others of happiness. I'm sorry for not being more articulate but my point is that I was emotionally touched and I think you will be too. Watch it if ever you get the chance.
Back when I was about 14 (21 now) i used to tape this thing everyday so I could watch it when i went home for lunch and every day a couple of my mates would come watch it too. We loved the Ben / Derek plot sooo much (I may have even made a tape where edited those bits together n cut all the rest- i'm usually quite normal, honest). A funny thing I noticed recently is that on one of my other favourite shows, British sit com Game On they used to mention watching sunset beach like they were taking the mess out of how rubbish it was- but this was 2 years before SB existed so I have my suspicions that someone saw game on and decided to make said crappy soap. Anyway I did prefer the original theme tune (the one used at the end of later episodes written by one Tim Truman, which I notice happens to be the name of one of the characters, in case you forget it was the guy who had a flashback where he shouted noooooo for about 3 months when he was in a coma. For addictive crappy TV SB is far and away the best. Its so bad that its brilliant!!! its also a load of fun when you see the stars in other stuff. Paula was in mulholland drive and the punisher! and Meg was in.. Wild Things 3 or was it 2?- use the search if you are interested. Alas Ben, once tipped as 007 is in general hospital!
I am a big Tim Burton fan. I have watched all of his films and have
even written academic essays about him so I had a fair idea of what to
expect from this latest offering. The Animation is an absolute joy to
behold. Visually stunning in all respects and there are some good
visual jokes, my favourite being a characters jaw literally dropping
off when he is surprised by some news. The lighting is fantastic and
thoroughly realistic too. Storywise this film has Burton's "unique"
edge. A young man, Victor (unrecognisably voiced by Depp) is set to
marry Victoria although the pair have never met. At first both are a
bit wary of the idea but warm to it after they meet. Problems soon
arise as Victor accidentally marries Emily, a corpse (it will become
clear when you see it). I did enjoy this strange set up and there are
some good jokes that play on common figures of speech, my favourite one
being "I'll keep an eye on him". Throughout the film you do wonder how
they are going to manage to comfortably tie up the story and in
fairness it doesn't do too bad a job. Its good to see (or hear at
least) Burton regular Michael Gough back in the cinema playing an elder
among the dead.
There are songs that aren't immediate classics like some from "A Nightmare Before Christmas" but I'm sure they may grow on me with repeat viewing. There is also some beautiful piano music. Danny Elfman fully deserves the credit he gets for writing good scores.
I have given a lot of praise to the film so far and I did enjoy the movie a lot but it seems a little bit empty somehow. I'm not entirely sure why perhaps other reviews may help to explain that. Overall then, the movie is definitely worth a watch though perhaps there's no need to rush to the cinema to see it now.
This film is one of my all time favourites yet for some reason it has
received some very harsh reviews. I first saw the film when it was
released in the cinema and loved it so much I went to see it again and
have watched it on VHS and DVD countless times since. Firstly many
thanks to Writer/Director Randall Wallace (the bloke who wrote
Braveheart)for crafting such a compelling tale. In the film Leonardo
DiCaprio (a fine actor who frequently suffers criticism for being
pretty) plays King Louis XIV of France and his imprisoned twin brother
Philipe. King Louis is a cruel tyrant who cares only for himself and
not for his people. Retired Musketeers Athos, Aramis and Porthos hatch
a plan to replace the King and try to enlist the help of their friend
(and Captain of the King's Musketeers) D'Artagnan for their scheme.
Unfortunately for them D'Artagnan feels it his duty to remain loyal to
the King even though he recognises his failures and so he tries to
prevent the Musketeers plan from coming to fruition. There are many
interesting twists and turns as well as a clever revelation that I will
not spoil here. The acting in the film is great. This being the best
bunch of Musketeers ever assembled for a film in my opinion (Yes I've
seen the Michael York/ Oliver Reed etc ones). Jeremy Irons has great
presence as Aramis here leading the Musketeers. John Malkovich is good
in the most sympathetic role I've seen him do as Athos. Gerard
Depardieu seems born to play Porthos and lastly Gabriel Byrne fits the
bill perfectly as a more mature D'Artagnan. I don't really have
anything bad to say about this film, my only minor niggle is that there
are some scenes I feel may have benefited from a larger budget. I
always enjoy watching a good sword fight on screen and to be honest
here you may not find anything in that way as thrilling as say,
Gladiator but in my opinion this is the superior film of the two. If
you haven't already seen The Man in the Iron Mask I suggest you rent it
All for one..
When I first saw this film 5 years ago at the cinema I was a little
disappointed. I enjoyed the film a lot but I was a big fan of Mission
Impossible 1 and had seen the TV series on occasion. The first movie
was a great spy film, with all its clever twists and turns and Ethan
Hunt a sympathetic human character, here he is recast as action man or
to put it another way the American version of James Bond, which would
have been fine if not for Tom Cruise essentially being a completely
different character than he was in MI1. But thats where the negative
points end. This movie is, on the surface a big cheesy action film, the
kind of thing Dolph Lundgren or Steven Segal would be in, only its
good. There is a good plot despite many comments although you do get
the sense that the plot was put in afterwards to facilitate the action.
Essentially its about villains peddling a super virus and its cure so
they can make money from making people ill and then selling the cure.
Its really not that important, this movie shines in the action scenes
and has some excellent cheesy dialogue "This isn't mission difficult
Mr.Hunt, this is mission impossible"
Overall this is the movie equivalent of eating an entire box of quality street to yourself in one sitting- you love it but feel a bit guilty afterwards.
If you have the DVD be sure to watch "Mission Improbable" an excellent behind the scenes parody from MTV with Ben Stiller.
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