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I wish this was a better review, but I have to say I was a little
disappointed with this movie.
Like the newspapers said, it had MOMENTS that rocked, but they were few and far between. Jason Segal was good, the girls were all hot, but the supporting players took me out of the film. I know, they are all "Apatow regulars", but every time they came on the screen I thought "Hey, there's that guy from _____, that other Apatow movie". Normally that doesn't bug me, as they are usually well cast.
But Paul Rudd as a surfing instructor? I didn't buy that at all. Jonah Hill as the waiter? Took me right out of the story.
I like the nudity, and some of the jokes, but this film was LONG and I wish I'd waited for the DVD.
I just saw this on i-tunes, and that's about as interesting as the show
gets- the fact that it's available for free, and without commercials,
As a LAW AND ORDER fan, mainly SVU, I had high hopes for this one. But I'm sad to report that it's not very interesting at all.
The plot could be taken out of a screen writing 101 class, and I won't go into it here except to say that (what a shocker!) there's a newbie, a cynic, a 'playa', and several gorgeous women who all act so dumb that you would'nt want them anywhere near you in a courtroom.
The masterminds at Dick Wolf productions also cast an actor named Elias Koteas to play a small role. Why do I point this out? Because Mr. Koteas, while being a fine actor, looks sounds and acts almost exactly like Christopher Meloni in SVU. Right down to the odd fitting toupee. In fact, several cast members from various LAW AND ORDER shows make appearances, but none can find any way of whipping up any interest in this soggy pile.
Someone needs to tell Dick Wolf- what worked 15 years ago is stale and boring now. All the same writers, directors, producers who were once able to bring something new to the game, are all now formulaic and dull. They try to spice it up with some sex, but even that is tame and predictable.
And apparently there are no gay characters in New York City! And the black men are either drug dealers or cowards! Okay, what did I like? I'm sure there was something. Let me wrack my brain. They actually use songs in this show, not that God awful beginning music class 'bump bump!' made famous for the last few decades. And it was beautifully filmed. And some of the acting wasn't bad, I particularly like Julianne Nicholson and the judge in her courtroom.
But other than that it's cliché after cliché after cliché followed by cliché. Hey, let's use a fat cop. And let's have him eating a donut! And that 'out of control' DA? How about he wolfs down aspirin with a red-bull. And that naive young dope who gave up his high paying job to 'do the right thing'- let's have him... ah, hell, it's not even worth recounting.
Like McDonalds, the Law and Order enterprise goes down easy, offers no nutrition, and makes you feel lousy after wards.
Stick with SVU.
This is a powerful beautiful film about love, in whatever form it
takes. The acting is all superlative, but the film making itself is
what sets this apart.
Here is a film maker who is not afraid to take time, to show you images with music, it's not fast paced (that's not to say it's slow) and it loves itself in a good way, if that makes any sense at all.
Ang Lee is truly a gifted film maker, he crafts this film from a simple story into a deeply thoughtful and moving testament to love, and a political comment on our world as well.
Yes, it features some of the worst wigs seen on film since Everybodys All American, but no matter. It's a beautiful piece of work, and one of the few films that you should actually see on a big screen- it's vast.
Okay, I can see how this film got lost in the shuffle- it's a quiet odd
smart film that deals with quiet odd smart people. But it's worth
The acting is wonderful, the children and Juliette Binoche are magnificent. And Richard Gear was lovely too, although I thought miscast. Not having read the book, though, perhaps he was perfectly cast, but I found him so handsome that I couldn't believe he had these problems! Shallow on my part, I know, but there it is.
The children and the complex rich story carry this film, and they do it well. It was photographed lovingly, and the music was great too.
But as a Juliette Binoche fan, she remains the main reason to see this gem.
Even though I didn't entirely believe him in this role, he's such an
outstanding actor that it held my attention.
This film is clearly an 'indy' film, and has many wonderful qualities. The photography, some of the acting, the scenery. Unfortunately, the script I found cloying and weak and entirely unbelievable, it sidestepped the creepy incestuous moments that it evoked, and felt a little like watching a scene from a writers workshop at times.
That being said- Daniel Day Lewis. He makes it all worthwhile.
It's worth a rent, and I do look forward to whatever Ms. Miller does next, and I hope she has a long career. It's wonderful to find a woman filmmaker who is willing to explore difficult themes, I just wish this film had been better.
With all that's going on in the world, why they chose this particular
war to examine is beyond me. The story goes nowhere, which is the
point, but the actors are wonderful, particularly Jake Gylenhaal.
The camera work is fluid and showy, but I felt it was often trying to tart up a story that needed some pizazz- and the music is, well, reminiscent to American Beauty.
I was disappointed with Peter Skarrsgard, I felt he coasted through the role that could have infused the film with a little energy.
All in all a very macho film with no place to go, perhaps this would have been brilliant ten years ago, but in this day and age it felt like I was watching a very well produced antique.
Sam Mendes, however, remains a director to watch.
I'm not usually a 'sci-fi' kind of fan, I came to this quite frankly
because there was nothing else on, and I was taken with it. It's
haunted and very funny, I think in an intentional way (one line,
describing a billionaire- 'he's the anti-Trump, no publicist, no
parties, no public profile').
The actors rise considerably far above the material. Particularly Sam Neill, Eric Stoltz, and Bruce Davison, who all infuse their potentially one-dimensional roles with plenty of good stuff. My main gripe was with the plot, which is pretty convoluted, and didn't really become much more focused over the course of the next two episodes.
It was wonderful to see such fine Independent film actors tear up a script. They added depth and feeling to parts that normally would have none, and it became more noticeable as the mini-series went on and other actors came in and did not add that depth.
The director had a sure hand, and did a wonderful job not only with the actors but in creating a world that looks familiar, but can't possibly exist.
The music wasn't to my taste, but the photography was expertly done, there was clearly a great deal of thought and production value put into this film.
I'm hoping they'll make another one, perhaps turn this into a series, I think it may work even better as a one hour weekly adventure story.
All in all, worth a watch.
I could not stop watching this odd little movie, even when I wanted to!
The performances- or are they?- are all believable and painful and
funny, just like the family. It is an odd mix of documentary and
fiction, but compelling and fun and awful.
The plot is as simple as can be- a family drives across the country- but the characters are like none seen in films in a very long time. The father and mother, in particular, steal the show- they are hurting and raw and hungry and brutal and real. The daughters are actresses, so that's when it falls a little into clichés that I have seen before, but whenever it gets back to the two parents, I was entranced.
Director Andrew Wagner does a fantastic job, I'm very curious to see what he does with a film his family does not act in!
I loved this movie, and ALL the performances. Sure, S. Epatha was
stunning, but how about Terrance Howard and Jeffrey Wright and even odd
little Macy Gray? They were all wonderful, as was the child, never an
easy role to pull off.
George C. Wolfe directed this from the play he directed in New York, and by all accounts he is an incredible director, visual and great with the actors. The story held me and I truly cared not just about the people in it, but also about how the times have changed so- a point brought home simply and tenderly by the ending.
This is absolutely worth viewing!
I enjoyed this film, up to a point- and that point was almost exactly
the half way mark, where the writer director chose to go the maudlin
implausible route instead of sticking with what he had, which was
To have three characters in conflict and resolve it without any fancy plot device would have been truly courageous, but sadly what started out so lovely descended into melodrama and tedium.
That being said, Craig Lucas is clearly a talent to watch, he did a marvelous job with the actors- particularly Peter Skaarsgard, who does wonderful work, and the script is smart and even touching in places.
Campbell Scott seemed miscast to me, wooden and distant at places but oddly brazen in others. I can't imagine a married studio executive actually touching and almost kissing a writer ON THE LOT. I found myself imagining what other actors would have done with the role, never a good sign. But then again, he was one of the producers, so Mr. Lucas had his hands tied.
All in all, the first act was so promising that I was angered by the way Lucas decided to end it.
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