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Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
Excellent film.SOME SPOILERS****** Dated because of the 70s coke & disco scene & women more newly experienced free sexuality, but still relevant. It's an emotional wallop of a film. I don't understand those who castigate it as a moralistic tale- it's the telling of a true story so this is non- fiction, people. This is mostly what happened. If you are a heroin addict, you might OD. If a woman takes home strangers, she may pay the consequence. Just fact, no fiction. And those who see it as a woman's punishment for her sexual freedom I think missed the boat here- Theresa THINKS she is being free to be herself by her going against everything her parents taught her, but in fact, she is just desperate, isolated and self- destructive. Deluding herself into believing that she is exercising individuality but embarking on a descent that's deeper and deeper with each humiliation, each meaningless, lonely night. Her work can't fulfill the void left by her physical and emotional scars. Just like her sister, she couldn't stand a man who actually really liked her or loved her. She needed rejection, humiliation, and abuse to validate her own feelings of not being worthy of it. She was not a strong heroine who used her sexuality for pleasure for herself and left a wake of men in the dust- she was the dust. The book is clearer on that than the movie. Keaton is spot on- can't imagine anyone else embodying the qualities of fragility and vulnerability yet making us feel contempt for her often at the same time. She's a top caliber actor. Everyone is wonderful in this film. And the ending- well, you just can't shake it. It's heart-stopping, literally. Berenger I believe said he had nightmares after himself. It is absolutely one of the most unforgettable endings in film. Leaves you slack- jawed in its horror.And the fact that its a true story, all the more.
Hall Pass (2011)
It's not Woody Allen, but ridiculous for this to get only a 5.9. It's laugh out loud funny. Not perfect but really good. We were laughing the whole movie and everyone I know really liked it. if you like Farrelly Bros, you will like this. And even if you don't, you will. To me, it's like Wedding Crashers, Bridesmaids (which to me wasn't as funny as this except for Melissa McCarthy), etc. Get off your high horses and just laugh! Wilson & Sadeikis are really good. I don't know why they want such lengthy reviews here. You can review it without droning in for days! OK, movie is cute but Also has heart. I love New England so it was nice to see that as the back-drop. Everyone is good in this.
Boardwalk Empire: Ourselves Alone (2011)
Wow! Holy crap balls! A little bit of spoilers
Hang on because this episode just flies at 150 mph from start to finish. Wow! This episode to me just made this show go from really good to as good as the Sopranos! I just loved every minute of it. Ely's Judas to Nucky is unreal. The jail scene with Chalky (brilliantly acted), the scene with Jimmy getting his bad-ass on, and the end- I don't know how Nucky didn't propose to Margaret right there! Who wouldn't want that woman on your side! The story lines this season rock! AMAZING show. Amazing. Thank you Marty and Mark from those of us still in mourning that the Sopranos are gone! I can't wait to see what happens next.
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Just watched this again. Hadn't seen it in a while. This movie really hits even more with Iraq. The hell these brave people go through, and then, if they're lucky enough to make it back, trying to assimilate with society again. How can anyone ever come back the same? Superb movie. DeNiro is perfection, and should have won an Oscar for this. I think Voight won this year, but I'm not sure. I don't think this won Best Picture, and I can't understand why. Everyone was marvelous, as always, including Meryl STreep. Her ex-boyfriend, Cazel, was wonderful. What a great actor he was. Seeing him reminds me of how great he was in Dog Day. Everyone was pitch perfect in this. Christopher Walken was brilliant. He will take your breath away in this. You'll never look at your watch in this movie, despite its length. It just hits in the gut from start to finish.