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Jackie Brown (1997)
One of my favorite movies
My love of this movie is almost inexplicable. There are no moments of cinematic exhilaration. There are some holes in the caper that the movie is centered on, but there is an amazing love of story and cinema by the man who brings us this tale, and I think it is a genius who happened to be at his peek at this particular moment.
As well as Tarantino's genius, we get some great performances by some gifted actors. Among the great performances was Robert De Niro's brilliant performance as a pathetic man totally beaten up by life and prison. I suspect that many movie goers had difficulty with De Niro's performance at the time because it was so opposite of the confident character we came to know from his portrayals in his films prior to this one. Samuel Jackson's great performance owes quite a bit to De Niro. These characters just seem to naturally belong to and deserve each other.
I have to ultimately judge this movie on the fact that I keep returning to it. I've watched it a dozen times and I'll watch it another dozen times or more before I'm done.
The Dark Knight (2008)
Very good movie. Not Nolan's masterpiece
The Presitge was more interesting and better. Memento was more interesting...and probably better. Although I'm not as much of a Batman aficionado as some, this is my favorite Batman, and I've seen them all.
This is a very long movie without a wasted second. When you start to think a second is wasted in a Nolan movie, your mind might think "what is it I missed during that second". It's likely that you will discover a new perspective of that second in subsequent viewings.
Enunciation. I've watched this movie 4 times now and I still don't understand more than 60% of Oldman's words. It's a strange contrast with the guy who played the Joker who was apparently an Australian and he played his character with extreme American-English enunciation as if that was a conscious trait that the character was supposed to have. Much of Batman's words ( but not Wayne's ) were similarly malenunciated like Oldman's words. Maybe it was just me, not sure.
The Joker was the best character in this movie. I'm glad it won an award for the dead actor, he deserved it.
The action and fight sequences were sometimes too hyper-edited for my taste. That is a problem I have with many movies these days. I wish they would consider the perspective of the viewer and give that viewer a perch from which to take in the action instead of making a chaotic mess where they hope to disguise the seams. The viewing public is close to becoming too sophisticated for this sort of thing and lots of movies that have used the tactic will be archaic and unwatchable in the near future.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Some good scenes.
This movie has a funny bit with a police lineup and a really great scene with an ambush of some dirty cops, but I think the stuff that most of the big fans of this movie finds awesome is really pretty much crap.
Even if you buy into the cheap tricks that give the ending a certain "oh damn wow" feeling for some simpletons, I can't imagine it's worth a second viewing, even to them. The Director makes his mischief too obvious and it's embarrassing for him when you watch the movie for a second time.
The movie is certainly worth watching once though.
Immortal Beloved (1994)
It wouldn't have occurred to me that it was possible to make a boring uninteresting movie based on the greatest artistic genius ever, but they managed.
It does well to put us in the period and Oldman's portrayal doesn't annoy, that is where the compliments end.
Did the whole "love letter" thing interest anyone? I'd expect there is a large audience for Beethoven who could do without the half-assed mystery nonsense.
I saw a movie called "dmub and dumber" but I've never seen a movie about Newton or Einstein or Haydn or Tesla or Socrates or .... maybe I shouldn't be critical of those who have the heart to bring us Beethoven.