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As odd as this may sound, I first saw this movie in a class I'm taking in college called Bob Dylan: The Man and His Music. It was the first time the class was ever offered--at least where I go to school. I had been unfamiliar with Dylan up until this point, other than hearing his name now and then. Now that I'm taking the class, I have so much more knowledge, appreciation, and respect for who he is and what he does. "No Direction Home" is a major contributor to this class, and while we only watched clips every now and then, we saw a good portion of the entire film. It's possibly one of the (if not THE) greatest documentaries of all time. Scorsese does an incredible job at getting into Dylan's head to show us exactly what he has experienced throughout his extensive career. The interviews with his colleagues along with the combination of concert footage, and a present-day interview with Bob himself makes this an amazing film. We see his evolution from folk to rock and roll, and all the trials and tribulations along the way. ****SPOILERS FOLLOW*** As with any movie, I had my favorite parts. His 1965 interviews were absolutely hilarious. He has such a wit about him that makes you kind of think, 'wow, what a bastard', but then you say, 'wow, what a genius' at the same time. It's kind of hard to explain if you haven't seen it. Also, I believe it's the last performance on the film, where he plays "Like A Rolling Stone" and fans are booing him--one goes so far as to yell out "Judas!" His reaction is incredible. "I don't believe you." "You're liars!" And then he turns to his band and says the greatest thing he could have possibly said at that moment: "Play it f---ing loud!" Genius. Pure genius.
Hannibal Rising (2007)
Undoubtedly the worst of the series, but still a good movie in its own rights.
Being a fan of the Hannibal series ever since seeing Silence of the Lambs at a young age, my curiosity led me to view this film. The plot is very well laid out, and carries along very well. It was very easy, for me at least, to follow the progression of the story, and it did a very good job of keeping me interested.
***SPOILERS FOLLOW*** While I enjoyed the film, it was very predictable at times. Mischa's death and manner of stuck with the canniballism theme. Also, in the fight scenes, we knew Hannibal was going to live, so there was not really any suspense as to who the winner would be.
I found it very interesting to learn about Hannibal's educational background--not only the schooling he had, but his self-defense training by Lady Murisaki Shikibu. The movie does a very good job of explaining why and how Hannibal became the person that he did, and that impressed me most of all.
Overall, I saw this more as a story of a child of war that became deranged due to all the events that he had encountered. Of course, that's what the film probably intended it to be, so they succeeded in that department. However, I feel that it lacked the "Hannibalistic" theme that we've all become familiar with. The absence of Anthony Hopkins didn't help matters either.
All in all, the movie was very entertaining, but if you're expecting another Red Dragon or Silence of the Lambs, you'll probably be let down.
Hard Candy (2005)
My interpretation of the movie, criticizing it in my own way.
This movie is kind of hard to watch, beginning to end. If you haven't been warned of its content, the first disturbing image you see makes you not want to continue watching, and change it to something else. It does get a good point across, which I always like to see in any movie. However, even after getting it's point across, it beats a dead horse with the continuation of torture tactics by Hayley, and, as awful as this is to say, you start to sympathize with Jeff. Then again, that may have been the director's motive, which, if so, he did a good job. You have to have a very open mind while watching this, and if you do, you should be able to at least get all the way through it. It's worth renting, not buying.