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The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
As a film it is a Triumph and a Tragedy
I am of two minds on this film. It impressed me immensely one moment then had me swearing under my breath at what they ruined. I understand a film is not a theatrical musical and changes must be made. Some are for the best and could never be done on the stage. The beginning flashback is beyond perfect. Then there are the things they ruined...and they did a REALLY big mistake in this one. I recommend you see it, but if you are a complete Phantom purist be prepared to grit your teeth to get through some of the "liberties" they took with the original production.
As for the performances...Emmy is an angel. Gerard is Good. As for Miss Minne Driver...well look closely at the credits and you will see one for Carlotta's singing voice. So Minnie didn't even do her own singing!? I expect Carlotta to be fat but I got over that, but I was surprised they hired Minnie when she didn't sing. It took awhile to get comfortable with younger characters in this version (the stage version has the characters about 10 years older then in this film). In all other aspects from the sets, props(I will work till I die to get an actual monkey music box from this film),costumes, all the little touches are spot on. I would dearly love to give this film a 10, but because of what I consider rather large and important changes or omissions I must go with 8/10
We're No Angels (1989)
Angels are in the title...but it was like being in Hell
People talk about seeing a film and never being able to get that time back. This is one of those movies. If I didn't know better I would say that DeNiro and Penn were deliberately doing bad acting. DeNiro's face is frozen in a mock grimace the whole film is seems like. Demi Moore's character has no decernable character. It is half developed at best. If I had to guess I would say that the actors lost a bet and had to appear in this film. Then I learn that DeNiro produced it. I don't know how these can be the two Oscar winners I know and love (DeNiro for Godfather 2 and Penn for Mystic River) So what kind of film is this really? Is it a comedy? No...it's not funny. Is it a drama...No! It has no suspense. Is it a waste of time for who ever sees it....YES!!!!
As Disturbing as the Exorcist
I gave this movie an 8, but I advise you not to see it. Above all do not let children under 16 see it. I would also pay special attention to the religious and Metal state of the person viewing this film, because it will affect you. I would not be surprised if in the coming weeks we will see copycat crimes. I wish I had never seen it, and I've seen them all Halloween, Scream, Friday the 13th, American Psycho, Nightmare on Elm Street. The poster and title for this film gave nothing away, very much like the poster for the Exorcist, but be not fooled. Read up on this film before seeing it. Talk to people who have seen it. Get their opinions. And above all do what I should have done, don't be afraid to turn it off or walk out of the theater. It is not worth it to live with these thoughts and images for the rest of your life.
Kiss of the Dragon (2001)
THEY KILLED KATO! YOU **S**R*S!
I saw this film for two bucks and just got my money's worth. The film suffers from a identity crisis. It wants to have kick ass fighting along with real heart tugging emotion. It is near impossible to have both ,CTHD withstanding. I was bored during the weepy scenes and almost walked out...The ending is the best part. My advice is to rent it while doing chores and stop and watch it during the good parts. AND I DIDN'T LIKE IT "CAUSE THEY KILLED KATO. Bert Kwouk who plays uncle Tai was Kato in the Pink Panther films. Hasn't the poor man taken enough punisment.
One of the better films of this genre
No matter what they say. I really liked this film. It should be put in league with classics like Bikini Carwash. The theme of the broken down business has been done to death (Bikini....Hotel, Drive-in, and Bistro, as well as the Erotic house of Wax) but this one does it with style. The use of the diver was brilliant. I just hope the next generation can come up with some new ideas because the Bikini ****** idea mill is running short. They made a film called Bikini Traffic school for pete's sake. What is next...Bikini Mining Camp. Just wait if they get desperate they just might do it. Maybe I should copywrite it. :
The Haunting (1999)
One part Poltergeist, One part Amityville, Not as bad as they say
All praise and honor be to Phil Tippet and ILM. A lot of the critics bashed this film, and on a certain level I can see why, but I thought it was cool. I think it helps to see the original to compare them. The 1963 version was great on some areas and short in others, much like this film. In '68 they emphasized on the psychological, because they didn't have the technology to show the ghosts. Today we have the technology but the film lost the edge and depended too much on the visual. If you could take both movies and make one out of all the good parts and throw out some the not so good parts, you would have a story that scared visually and psychologically
An insult to Werewolves everywhere
I will be brief....I am a film student so I know what goes in to making a film and therefore not inclined to giving ones to any picture....this one got a one. The only way to forgive this picture is for the film makers to come out and say it was directed by the rich kid of an investor who took a film appreciation class at a community college. The make up (AT TIMES AT TIMES) was good. The special cover may get your attention at the video store but stay away...please let werewolves have some respect
While the film version of this Vonndegut Jr. classic is well done considering the bizarre material. I would suggest that before you see the film you read the book. It is short enough and will make the movie much more enjoyable, if now more understandable, when you see it.
not as bad as it looks
I disagree with himikey. Any film that has Shauna Sands running has my vote. This is not a great piece of film, but it is better than some of Troma's previous work. If you like Carmen or Shauna then see it.
Thelma & Louise (1991)
This movie rocks!
As I said...This film rocks! While wildly being touted as the chick movie of all chick movies...as a man I can say that I haven't had so much fun with a movie in a long time. It was funny, poignant, well written, and just plain good. The camera work was beautiful, the two actresses Gina Davis and Susan Surandon did a wonderful job. Their supporting players, Harvy Keitel, Brad Pitt, Michael Madsen and Chris McDonald also were great. It is a rare movie that makes you root for both the cops and the robbers. It was one of the few 10's I have give to a film here at IMDB. Girl or Guy you should see this movie.
I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore.
As a child educated by movies I have become jaded and I nearly forgot what a quality movie was. This is one of them. I actually went outside and shouted "I'M AS MAD AS HELL AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!" If you have ever watched TV you must see this film.