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A downhill ride
The movie starts off well really really well. Two great (and good looking) actors meeting at work and smoking pot - the implausibility of the scene makes you wonder if this film is going to be full of treats like this. As the plot unfolds you wonder in good but not great scenes you wonder if this is film is going to a pull a Woody Allen off dealing with a subsection of NY society. The you hope it least has a decent statement on sexuality and casual sex or at least "high" society. By the time the thriller part starts you hope at least it makes a decent thriller. However it fails at even this and if you are still interested in the film you finally give all hope of it ever becoming anything other than a promising but poorly directed forgettable film.
Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)
Fun with Jim
Jim Carrey does it again. Slapstick comedy but not the pie throwing variety. it's a lot more subtle than the Ace Ventura movies but it's no dark comedy either.
The movie is an extremely exaggerated view of Dick, Jane and kid coping with loss of job, income, car, nanny, TV, grass (the lawn type not the other grass), electricity, and even citizenship.
Suspend your logic and have fun. There are escapes, car crashes, robberies, illegal immigrants, job hunts, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Bush ... if this doesn't perk your interest nothing will.
The best gag in the film is at the end just before the titles start... don't miss the "Our Special Thanks To" part!
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
When I saw the movie I was strangely untouched and I couldn't understand why. The film is near perfect: excellent acting, a daring storyline but quite surprisingly based on real incidents (real life can be more dramatic than drama at times). It seems to have everything going for it ... but for some reason I wasn't as affected by the movie as I was when watching say something like "Dog Day Afternoon" or "Girl, Interrupted" to refer to some similar movies. My brain keeps saying it's a great movie but the heart doesn't responds "well yeah ...guess it isn't bad". It must be one of those unexplained phenomena that I keep hearing about:) Maybe just maybe a little bit more of "soul" in the film would help or maybe I should see it again to get another perspective.It could be a movie you get used to ! There's something missing and I can't put my finger on it.
What the heck is LOTR doing on the list?
I asked myself "What the heck (actually ***k) this movie is doing here in the list of Top 250 movies of all time?". But hey this is a list decided on votes and popularity nothing to do with the quality of the film I bet as time continues its inexorable march and the movie isn't that fresh in viewers' minds it wouldn't be rated this high...but then you never know popular taste is so unpredictable.
An average movie with nothing deep or thought-provoking about it. Nice special effects and scenery though. A movie of the time a blockbuster but certainly not a great one. I was very bored when I saw this movie.
What the movie has going for it is the LOTR enthusiasts like Trekkies they watch/buy anything that has to to with the movie and the cult around it. I know a guy who works in the California branch of my office who has the entire set of LOTR characters as small figurines on his desk ---Insert Rolling of Eyes icon here---!!!
My rating is 4 of 10
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
One of the best ever made
I first saw "Silence of The Lambs" soon after it was released, as a schoolboy. It was one of the first "mature" films I saw and to this day the movie is kind of a benchmark against which I measure films. The creepy feeling it leave you without trying any of the cheap tricks (sudden loud noises, shots of copious amounts of blood ) that other thrillers do. I saw it years later in 2005 and still loved it.
The movie's strong point is Jodie Foster and Anthiny Hopkins' acting skills ,again the benchmark against which I measure acting. The two make a great team and that was missing in the sequel "Hannibal".
This is a movie of many skins its a thriller, a detective movie, a horror movie an entertainer and it deals with the nature of the human psyche too. Not an easy feat to be so many things at once but the director and cast pull it off.
Certainly one of the best movies ever made.
Whats all the fuss about
Whats the fuss about the movie anyways? I guess in it's it may have been a hit but when i saw it last year (2004) I was not impressed. The much talked about scary shower scene didn't even mildly startle me. Its a good movie but not sure why its considered a "timeless classic".
My Dad was full of praise before we even started watching it. There was this last scene where it was meant to be "all revealed". I kind of guessed that Norman's mom was dead earlier and again it wasn't scary. I don't find skeletons and corpses on screen scary but then maybe its me coz I never am scared at the movies.
The movie is basically good. Well directed, well acted and for its time it must have been technically sound too. But a classic? This seems a case of nostalgia and faddishness taking over in judging a movie than the movie itself. People seem to be rating ti based on what it meant to them than on if they like watching it NOW. If i have to see an old movie I would choose Streetcar Named Desire .