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She's Crafty (2007)
I'm a big believer in touting one's views
That being said, there's no call for the kinds of ignorant sniping masquerading itself as reviews. It's not, it's school yard penny-ante bullying, nothing more. If this show is SOOOO easy, SOOOO boring and SOOOO not worth watching, then why bore me telling me so? My suggestion to you is to make a show yourself, but I'm guessing that's not an option for you, even though you know it all. And let's be honest, who would really want to watch your shows anyway? I really liked She's Crafty, and Wendy Russell is the kind of person that came off as relatable and that's a whole helluva lot more than I can say for Martha Stewart. Man, you talk about making something out of nothing and turning it into a project for the sheer sake of it. She's not recycling, she's just bored. Wendy made real world projects, things the neophytes like me would have a hard time even starting out of fear. Some projects were incredibly easy but that only made me feel like I could do it and I have performed some of her projects with success. I feel so good about this beginning, it's spurred me on to doing my own projects and I have her to thank for it. If anyone can do better, by all means do it and more power to ya. Maybe then when people judge you in a totally uncalled for way, you'll finally be grown up enough to appreciate the irony. JMO.
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
I didn't watch the whole thing but I don't think I missed much
I came into the movie at the halfway mark and watched the rest from there, something entirely out of character for me but I knew Peter Jackson had directed this and I wanted to see what it was about. (I didn't know anything about the back story or that it was real.) I haven't seen everything he's done but it looked like he was diving into a completely different kind of subject matter than some of his movies, so I gave it a shot. In all honesty, I hate movies like this. Head trippy, psychological thrillers do nothing for me. In fact, I was going in a completely different direction for a while. I kept laughing, inappropriately as it turns out. The main girl's expression was so ridiculous and funny, and that hair...lumbering around like Bigfoot...she looked like a female version of Peter lol. But I was soon to find out all these tidbits of levity were not important to the story. Predictably, it turns into a love story because that's what a lot of teenagers do, they experiment and fall in love at the drop of a hat. So now that we're supposed to believe that they're in love, of which I never do (it doesn't come across as anything other than horny teenagers having sex), their desperation combined with their insanity turns deadly. Now I've gone from laughing at some silly scenes to somehow believing these girls are capable of bludgeoning someone to death and not just someone, her own mother. I'm sorry, but nothing in this movie convinced me of the events that could lead up to this. It almost seems like the filmmakers were glorifying this event rather than chronicling it. I just don't see real hate. I don't see real love. I don't see real anguish, except by Kate Winslet who seems to be upset by the littlest of things. Perhaps watching the entire movie would shed more light but having seen what I've seen I don't think it would change my opinion of it. Frankly, I'm glad I didn't pay any money for this. I'm not saying it's wholly bad, if you like psychological thrillers, go for it. Psych. thrillers in general don't make any sense but you're supposed to allow yourself to go along with the ride, no matter how silly or unbelievable it gets, so if that's what you like, you should be good here. I applaud Peter for attempting such a subject matter, especially since it's a true story. But I really don't think we need any more first-person accounts of real-life murders anymore. There wasn't anything beautiful about this story. That would be like saying the Lizzie Borden murders were beautiful. No, this is just sad and should have been portrayed in an appropriate way, if nothing else, for the families. Plus, it would have been great for those of us who weren't rooting for them to see those witches for what they really are and not try to get us to feel sorry for them.
Broken Flowers (2005)
What a terd of a movie (SPOILERS, SPOILERS, SPOILERS)
I guess this sort of thing would appeal to some and I hesitate to speculate about the mental faculties of anyone who likes this, but the title says it, what a piece of shyt!!!
It was so painfully obvious it was trying to be something. It was trying to be thought provoking, it was trying to be funny, it was trying to show life as life is sometimes and it was even trying to show that sometimes the ending you get isn't always the ending you want if you manage to get one at all.
Now, with all that said, why bother even making a movie? Why bother? There was little to no storyline, the idea that this guy goes around to all these past loves is ridiculous because he clearly doesn't give a shyt and why should he? Right from the get-go you understand him to be 100% fine with being incomplete. He likes it, so why change things? Why go through everything he went through only to have nothing in the end, which is in essence the very thing he knew in the beginning would happen and was fine with it? OK, so now that the character's woken up about some of the possibilities of life, now what happens? Nothing, not a GD-thing. This is where the steaming pile of shyt comes in btw.
Total waste of my life. The movie told nothing, you see nothing, it reveals nothing, he discovers nothing, you feel nothing. I honestly believe if you watched the dark screen of the t.v. when it's turned off you would get more out of that than you would this movie.
Save yourself, save your marriage, save your precious precious time and run, don't walk, RUN from this movie. You've been warned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Read for a latecomer's straightforward, unprejudiced review...
TV vs. Movie--You Decide
POINT 1: The romantic aspects. The potential romance between Simon and Kaylee is so palpable you're almost ready to reach into the screen, grab their heads and make them kiss! But although it's frustrating, it's endearing to see Simon take an old- fashioned approach to courting and considering that's where it left off in the series I thought there would be some resolution there but they completely skipped over the entire romance with only a small mention of it only once near the end and the next scene is of them hittin the sheets! Wow. I mean, yeah we get it, they're gonna hook up but you know, that's hardly the point. Theirs was a romance, it was sweet, it was the only thing in this series that was relatable and they just threw it up on screen almost as an afterthought. They do get together finally, but it was unsatisfying.
POINT 2: The Reavers. OK, in the series it's understood that although the Reavers are horrible, menacing and a constant thorn in everyone's side (to put it nicely) they were never ever seen in the series as a major plot point. It was explained in the show that Reavers are made, they were people once but they are essentially "made", just like the kid who witnessed and survived and turned into a Reaver himself. I was fine with that explanation, I really was. I didn't need a whole movie going back over all that and essentially re-inventing the whole Reavers story. I'm sorry but-Who Cares? And you know what, Mal wouldn't care either. Mal from the series would be wondering why he should get involved because frankly it has nothing to do with him and Jayne from the series would be asking what his percentage is, and he'd be right. The Reavers plot was no more than a deus ex machina for me, creating a back-story for them was really unnecessary, especially since there were so many other plot lines that the series didn't have a chance to explore. And going by the series' original premise of it being a post-war space western, nobody would care about the Alliance doing something like that. Nobody would care. That's what the Alliance does, that's the kind of mindset these frontier people would have. This sort of mentality would not be new, in fact it would be old news to them. They're too busy just trying to get by to care about what the Alliance is doing.
POINT 3: I never understood Shepherd Book's role. There's apparently a graphic novel now, which I'll get one day in spite of the reviews, but for those of us who haven't read it, his role is never explained. It's alluded to right from the get-go that there's more to him than meets the eye, and-they-never-go-over-what-that-is. Not one time in the movie. That was disappointing. I was really hoping that would come to light and it not only doesn't explain anything about him - He up and dies. Dammit!
POINT 4: River. I just don't know what they were thinking. So much of the story could have been about everything we didn't know and couldn't figure out from the series. So, the Alliance made River into an assassin. OK. And? We kind of already knew that from the series. I guess we're just suppose to come up with our own ideas. Thanks Joss, what do we need you for? Again, no big revelations here, but the fight scenes were bad-azz I have to say even if they were just choreographed dance moves. It was very well done. Too, I was hoping she'd be a little less broken than before. As it is, it seems like all they did was point this unstable gun in the right direction. She's-still-broken. *sighs* Great.
POINT 5: The rating. Joss is quoted as saying how he always felt restricted by Fox etc, well this could have been his chance to let loose and do it right. Why, oh why Joss, would you now limit yourself to PG-13 content?
POINT 6: And probably the most important point missing from the movie, it's just not funny. It's mildly amusing at best. Some of the gags worked, some didn't, it was pretty hit and miss. Frankly, if I didn't already care about this as much as I did, I wouldn't have cared about it at all. Kaylee does have the best lines of the show but I still miss the humor.
Please let me reiterate, this was not a bad show, but it wasn't what I hoped for. It's truly sad, but I don't even mind that Wash died, or Book even. In this world, it's bound to happen and makes their peril real. This is a great addition to any Firefly fan's library, I just wish it was more.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
The best of the 3 and I'll tell you why * Spoiler alert!*
This was my favorite book of the series and thankfully they really made an effort with the movie, too. You should know, I am Team Jacob but I was able to hold my prejudices at bay for the sake of the movie. It's not perfect by any means, there's of course a few things I would've changed but nothing too major or dramatic, just a minor change or two to add for the fans.
Too, something that book fans need to realize and consider is this is a different medium. Things have to be sacrificed when making a book into a movie so inevitably some scenes end up looking sorta choppy or pushed together in an unlikely way but that's the price you pay when you condense things.
So with that said, let's review.
The actingso many ppl don't like her as Bella but I think Kristen is perfect as Bella. She acts just the way Bella does in the book so when ppl say they don't like her, I think it's really Bella they don't like, and I agree, Bella is a ridiculous character but it's not fair to condemn Kristen for that. Rob wasn't and isn't my first pick for Edward but he does stiff and boring really well which is what Edward is so for that reason he's a good pick. He actually is kinda cute, another reason he's a good Edward. One thing to note too is that it's too easy to forget that Edward is a snarling vicious vampire, you don't see much evidence of this in the first 2 books/movies but here you do, particularly the fight in the forest. He let's go and allows himself to be what he truly is even if it means scaring Bella. Good for him! Taylor is an awesome Jacob, I honestly can't see anyone else in this part. Due to his size and what-not I think people forget how young he really is both him and his character. He's got his work cut out for him in BD though, I hope he can reach into his character more.
The storyMelissa R. actually did a good job of condensing the book into a script. I definitely enjoyed it more this time as opposed to the other two. All relevant points were in there and she even made it funny at times. Objectively speaking I've found that ppl who have a problem with the movie are actually criticizing the book and the writing, so to speak of the movie by itself I really feel it was well-written. The tent scene coulda been funnier and the Jacob/Bella farewell scene coulda been heavier (it was really sad in the book and should've made me cry in the theater too but it didn't). I really wish she had pumped those up more.
The directing Mr. David Slade you saved this movie, ur my hero! Thank you for bringing your genius to this, you really gave it the edge this series needed. You made it okay for guys to watch what is largely a chick flick.
Ambiance The music this time around was awesome. It really seemed to fit in with the theme of not only the moment but the movie itself and it's place in the series at the same time. The scenery/setting was right out of my imagination, even more so. The campfire tribal meeting scene was so beautifully shot and added so much, even better than the book.
I thought they ended the movie well, with B & E in their meadow. And unlike the book where I'm never truly convinced of Bella's motives and convictions on marriage/being turned into a vampire, in the movie I left with knowing her a little better. Melissa R convinced me (Remember I'm Team Jacob now) that Bella is ready for the next step and things are as they should be, in the movie at least. So with that said, they of course leave it open for the next movies, Breaking Dawn 1 & 2, I however refuse to see them, well the first one anyway. I thought the book sucked beyond all things that suck hard. JMHO.
If you can be objective and have an open mind I wholeheartedly recommend this movie. Why anyone goes to see this movie if they don't like the series is beyond me and makes no sense, but a-holes are determined to hate it no matter what. How weird is that?