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9 is important, with a few small flaws. Watch these films many times, and find something new every time.
8 is your standard good movie.
7 is watchable for certain scenes, but keep yourself occupied with something more interesting.
6 is strictly background noise.
5 is irritating.
4 is annoying.
3 is offensive.
2 is extremely offensive.
1 is avoid for peril of your soul.
The Doctor's Dilemma (1958)
An Extremely Intelligent Film
It's rare to come upon such clever and witty dialogue and such an admirable rogue. While this film turns the medical profession onto its hat (not a difficult trick) it does it in a delightful way that captivates and entertains. The twists and turns of the various attitudes is a pleasure to behold. Sure, Caron is a crappy actress who is way over her head among these great actors, but her stilted acting does suit her role. In any case, her acting is overshadowed by the brilliant play and the wonderful performances around her. This is a movie that must be listened to. It wasn't until I devoted my entire attention to it that I really began to appreciate it.
Man Alive (1945)
What a Magnificent Mess!
Sure It's A Stretch! But it's still funny. It even has a pratfall.
Adolphe Menjou plays a mischievous rogue and Pat O'Brien plays himself as always. They meet after Pat's supposed death and Adolphe takes control of the situation with wacky results.
As Menjou says, "What a Magnificent Mess!" It starts out slow but it picks up with increasing momentum until you wish it could slow down. But it can't.
It's a house of card built upon shifting sands. Situations are extremely contrived but it makes for a delightfully wild ride.
I wanted to write this review because there were only 2 reviews, both somewhat negative. Pat O'Brien does not always have to play a cop. He may always be Pat O'Brien, but he fits into this role very plausibly. He is, after all, pulling a fast one, and no one can pull a fast one like Pat O'Brien.
In any case, Adolphe Menjou steals this movie away from him. Adolphe is a very versatile actor and he is one of the few that could pull of his role with any kind of believability.
Falling from Grace (1992)
The Most Under-Rated Movie Ever Made
This is more than a "hidden gem", this is The Most Under-Rated Movie Ever Made. In fact, it's a perfect film. The story is deep. The acting is real. Real accents, too! The scenes are authentic. There is drama and violence and you can't predict what's going to happen. The star/director does not portray himself as a brilliant misunderstood genius, and instead drags us step by step through a magnificent meltdown. A real fall from grace. There is nothing wrong with this movie. It cannot be improved upon. It is a movie that will touch the heart of anyone who has watched someone self-destruct, or has experienced self-destructive episodes. In short, this is a movie for all young men or anyone who knows one. I do not give 10/10 to many films (just 32 films out of the 4797 I have rated) but this one deserves it. It's a great movie! It's The Most Under-Rated Movie Ever Made.
Good Acting, Bad Screenplay
If you are looking for a dark superhero drama, this is not it. Better to see Watchmen (2009). This is more of a soap opera about Broadway. It's not funny like Twentieth Century (1934); it's incoherent and boring. It's emotionally shallow. It's a depressing slow motion descent into madness, the effect being that of a lousy French art film. The acting is good; the camera work is amazing; but none that that can ransom the terrible screenplay.
I think the Birdman is a character that has great comedic potential, especially in a dark comedy. I think maybe this movie began its life as a dark comedy and was transformed by a pretentious little mind into a cynical, forgettable drama about a Broadway play that is so uninteresting we get to see almost none of it.
Great Movie! Great Counterpoint to Little Big Man
This is a great movie. Great acting, great story, and a lot of fun. Errol Flynn is at his best, and he faces some really slimy bad guys. This kind of hero worshiping movie is usually badly done, which sets this movie head and shoulders above its type. Pay no attention to the chronic obsessives who notice that the muskets are not exactly correct to the period. This movie takes us through the Civil War and through the Indian Wars, and you feel like it's real enough. There are no plot holes. Everything hangs together nicely. The Black Hills gold backstory is a very interesting wrinkle that I had never heard before. It also holds up after further inquiry. This movie is a great counterpoint to another great movie: Little Big Man.
Bonnie & Clyde (2013)
Worst Thing I Have Ever Watched
I just woke up, and it's on. The remote is nowhere to be seen and I don't want to disturb my wife. I am twisting with embarrassment for the writers of this trash. This is what a ten-year-old might think that era was like: gathering clichés from a wide variety of bad movies, awkwardly mixing the Roaring Twenties with the Great Depression, stitching together hackneyed and improbable plots. It gracelessly combines that fashionable shaky camera work with the worst lighting I have ever seen. To cap it off, the acting is terrible! It's as if the spoiled brats of some wealthy producer were working through some sick fantasy. Soap Operas have much higher caliber actors. This fiasco is a complete amateur hour that drags on and on.
A Walk with Love and Death (1969)
Brilliant Film About Life In The Late Middle Ages
Never dull, always alive with authentic and rich scenes; unpredictable and interesting. The wooden acting of the leads is appropriate for two young people who are fresh out into the world. They are surrounded by an extravagant variety of characters of the late Middle Ages, all well portrayed and decently acted. The scenery is picturesque, the music is lilting and fair, and the plot veers between barbarisms and nobility. It has been beautifully filmed and the direction keeps the plot moving briskly. There is no fat, no wasted scenes, no stupidity. The story is believable and moving, a story of sensitive youths trying to survive in a world suddenly gone mad. The creatures who seek such chaos are trying to turn the world upside down; they seek their own order through chaos. They seek to rearrange the world into their own hideous image. This is a story of how civilized people deal with the carnage of progress.
The Italian Job (1969)
Little more than an ad for mini cooper
This film embodies the worst of the sixties. It seems like Britain gets a pass when they make bad movies, and this highly rated crap is a classic example. I assumed that since Michael Caine and Noel Coward were in the movie that it would be tolerable. I was sadly disappointed. It's a waste of talent that can be compared to the junk churned out by Peter O'Toole and Peter Sellers in that same era. The plot is weak, the caper is boring, and the opportunities for acting limited. There's a lot of rushing around beautiful European vistas, and very little else. Very little comedy in fact. It's high spirited, like the 60's, but sadly lacking in value(like the 60's).
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Great Special Effects! Bad Acting. Scenes of Exaggerated Carnage.
Saving Private Ryan is awash with wildly exaggerated scenes of carnage. Seems like every member of the GRRREATEST Generation wants to be remembered for the kind of over-the-top violence that has graced Vietnam War films. "Oh yeah, that's just how it was!" Right. Looks like Omaha Beach lost every other guy. Nope. One in ten.
We have pictures of the Normandy Landing. Look at them. Does the beach look anything like Spielberg's beach? Spielberg's beach looks like a video game. Bullets streaking through the water and killing the soldiers as they swim up from the bottom of sea. This is how history gets rewritten.
Suppose there was one landing boat that landed right in front of a pill box (good thinking) and got hell shot out of it. Why is Spielberg showing that one unfortunate boat? Feel manipulated? Get used to it. This whole soap opera is chock full of Bridges-of-Madison-County drawn- out boring melodramatic scenes designed to pluck at your heart strings.
Oliver Stone complains that Spielberg is playing into the "Good War" mantra that is currently being used to finance the War on Terror. I saw no signs of that. I saw US soldiers shooting down unarmed POWs and beating prisoners. A touch of Vietnam to thrill our taste for revenge? Or is it just part of the arms race between chicken-hawk war directors trying to stimulate our jaded tastes?
The acting is atrocious. It's hard to blame the actors, really, since we don't get to know them at all. They are simply red-shirts waiting their turn to get shot down or get into hissy fits. Tom Hanks is Tom Hanks (as always). There's no tension. We know what's going to happen, we're just waiting for it. And it all unfolds so slowly. It's boring. The scenes that could contain some excitement are spent in a quick and confused blur. It's a mess. There's no more artistry in this movie than is contained in your typical music video. Halftracks and Rangers pop up out of nowhere as our heroes cross an open field. Endless streams of machine gun fire pour out from nowhere in particular. It's just ludicrous.
There are few scenes in Saving Private Ryan that aren't replete with unnaturally sentimental dialog, unrealistic dissension in the ranks, haunted stares, tears, and Hollywood's rendition of jaunty, chummy talk. They might as well have been a bunch of teenage girls. One Star, for the CGI.
Einer spielt falsch (1965)
Low Budget, Weak Propaganda
It's amazing that George Sanders lowered himself to this. Things must have gotten bad for him. He is still a great screen presence, but he seems out of place among the crude voice-overs, TV drama scenery, and awkward direction. This is truly an awful film.
The plot centers around an Arab plot to murder Germans and cast the blame upon Israelis. Surprise surprise, it's an Israeli-West German co-production -- in other words Mossad-CIA propaganda. Childish and poorly made, this film illustrates the crude methods of the "intelligence" community.
It's got the feel of a Cheech and Chong spy thriller. It would be funny if it was clever - but it's not. It's pathetic and tiresome.