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Radio Free Albemuth (2010)
If this is a faithful adaptation of a Philip K Dick book, then I guess I'm glad not to be a Philip K Dick fan. The acting was flat, the script incomprehensible, and the story line simply ludicrous.
Alanis Morrisette, bless her heart, can't act any better than she can sing -- thankfully she only attempts one of those in this project. The other actors, unfortunately, aren't much better, though they do try. And try. And try.
There is WAY too much dialog and, again, most of it make no sense (or sound issues make it too difficult to hear). While acknowledging that the film is set in "an alternate America" in the late 1980's, it doesn't look 80's at all.
Bottom line, this is a terrible movie. Hardcore Philip Dick fans may enjoy it, but I'd advise viewers who appreciate a good *movie* to look elsewhere.
Bye Bye Birdie (1995)
A Charming Adaptation
I found this to be a charming adaptation, very lively and full of fun. With the exception of a couple of major errors, the cast is wonderful. I have to echo some of the earlier comments -- Chynna Phillips is horribly miscast as a teenager. At 27, she's just too old (and, yes, it DOES show), and lacks the singing "chops" for Broadway-style music. Vanessa Williams is a decent-enough singer and, for a non-dancer, she's adequate. However, she is NOT Latina, and her character definitely is. She's also very STRIDENT throughout, which gets tiresome.
The girls of Sweet Apple's Conrad Birdie fan club really sparkle -- with special kudos to Brigitta Dau and Chiara Zanni. I also enjoyed Tyne Daly's performance, though I'm not generally a fan of her work. Finally, the dancing Shriners are a riot, especially the dorky three in the bar.
The movie is suitable for the whole family, and I highly recommend it.