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I loved, loved this movie!!
Before I rented this on On Demand, I watched a free preview. It turned out to be the first 5-10 minutes of the movie itself. Before long, I became so enthralled that I canceled the preview so as not to spoil the movie!
T.J. Thyne does a marvelous job with this mystery/drama/sci-fi mash up, and holds your attention all the way to the satisfying "Ahhhh...." ending. It did remind me a little bit of "The Time Traveler's Wife", but was different enough to be interesting. I actually enjoyed this more, because the ending was happier and more hopeful. The acting was superb, and I would not have known it was lower budget.
I definitely recommend this! And if you are a fan of the show "Bones," as I am, you'll love seeing a few familiar faces!
The Double Born (2008)
People who likes this "movie" must be:
A) Involved with this film student quality mishmash; i.e. friends/relatives of its director.
B) Serial killers/psychos in training.
C) Pseudo intellectual posers who think anything grainy, disjointed and deeply disturbing is "art."
It's no wonder we never saw this in theaters. We had hoped for more, since it was based on a story by Bram Stoker. Instead, what we got is a series of badly executed jump shots, irrelevant plot points, gratuitous nudity, poorly conceived "artistic" lighting, dizzy camera angles that are supposed to be "gritty", boring, meaningless still life shots, ridiculously bad acting, and accents that sound straight out of a faux coal mine. Wth?? An utterly nauseating waste of film. Just my opinion, of course!
Yes, folks, the emperor really IS naked!
Talk of Angels (1998)
Should have been a miniseries
This movie badly wanted to be of the "Thornbirds" variety, but they tried to cram it all into 2 hours. Unfortunately, this means that all the different plot elements are so rushed as to become nonsensical. You never see the development of the relationship between her and the children, or even much of her and the son. The movie focuses on so much meaningful interaction between her and the father that at first I kept thinking they were going to fall in love. It certainly seemed that way on his part, and the two definitely had a lot of chemistry. Perhaps it was jealousy you see when he finds the postcard?
One thing that bothered me is that her governess friends keep endlessly harping on how "young, beautiful, naive and innocent" Mary is. Polly was 32 when she played this role, and although she is strikingly beautiful, she is hardly what I would call a girl. Even more so considering the time period of the film. I think a much younger, authentically Irish unknown would have suited the part better.
The accents are a little mystifying for me. I don't know much about Spain, but only some of the characters spoke the proper "lisping" Castilian Spanish. Everyone else did not. Am I missing something here?
The ending was horribly rushed, in my opinion. I understand her choice to leave, but some followup would have been nice. On the whole, this movie left me wanting a few hours more, and it was ultimately disappointing.