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Hard Candy (2005)
this movie sucked
the acting was bad. i saw that in the first 10 minutes, but its the effin plot holes that got me. bungie cords? why could he only try and stretch his hands up and down? "ok," i thought, (and you should never have to tell yourself DURING a movie), "this requires a major sense of disbelief." but then the unbelievable 14 year old dialogue, the rip off from tales from the crypt castration scene, the "i can escape but instead i'll go looking around the house," and the weird feminist "i am all around you pedophiles" super-hero ending just made me want to punch someone in the throat. how didactic can you get? for a cool concept, this movie is like a college film project that would get a C, only because it was turned in on time. i rented this after i got a dollar coupon, but they can keep the money, i want my time back.
Crazy Love (1987)
bukowski who? not in this movie
this movie really has nothing to do with bukowski. there is the terrible acne, the yearning for love, and the alcoholism. other than that, when writer has made everything his own, and the people releasing this film should have billed it as "inspired by charles bukowski" not based of the poems of.
it is told in 3 sections, and while the fist two sections are beautifully acted by the two boys/men playing "henry voss" (must not have gotten the rights to play henry chinaski), the 3rd and worst section is played by an actor trying to recreate Mickey Rourke in "Barlfy," only the make-up artists made him up to look even greasier. throw in masturbation with a 12 year old boy, a direct "elephant man" allusion, and an ending that makes one want to throw up, and you have a combination of ingredients that would make bukowski punch someone in the jaw. only i didn't even get that: i felt deflated and cheated. as a fan of bukowski's work, at arm's length, this is purely garbage.
but i did get a kick out of thinking that it is possibly johnny depp playing guitar in the prom scene (which in bukowski's poem, he only looks through the window and observes, why the director decided to fictionalize this, i don't understand).
rent this if you're a huge bukowski fan ready to be let down hard. it's in the same category of fante's "ask the dust" adaptation, about a struggling Italian writer in his teens, played by collin farrel.