I liked the script and the way that the movie was paced, although at times seemed like the scenes were stretched further than they should be. The sets were good and the lighting and cinematography is good also. I don't really have any major gripes about this film, it's just that, there are better movies in Kevin Smith's series.
It's delightfully sick and twisted - but in a good way. A comedy of the black kind, with great editing - each of the main characters gets their chance to narrate, giving us an insight into the characters and making them more than just made-up people on a screen) and the acting is brilliant. Witherspoon's Tracey is award-winning. She's obsessive, cute, a bit neurotic and Reese does all of this - and moore - with seeming ease. Broderick, Klein (American Pie) and Campbell are also perfectly cast. All in all, this is a very good film that puts a completely different spin of 'teen high-school flick'.
To be honest, I wasn't even going to bother with the big-screen experience of this film simply because Spider-Man was never a favourite superhero of mine (I liked the Batman phenomena much more!) but I'm glad I did! The visual effects are nothing but spectacular - each shot of Spiderman swinging from building to building from his silk-web-rope stuff is superbly choreographed and executed. The fight sequences and stunts are amazing to watch, while the hopeless romantics who view this will love the storyline between Parker, Mary Jane, Harry and Spider-Man. Also, the scenes in which Peter is trying out his new-found powers are extremely charming and funny.
Now, onto the performances. The not-so-obvious casting of Tobey Maguire in the lead role was an inspired idea. The fact that he's not a conventional Hollywood leading man works to his advantage. Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin is great both in and out of costume while his son Harry, played by Freaks And Geeks star James Franco is good as Peter's best friend, although his character is a little stereotypical. Kirsten Dunst (who is just getting better and better) is wonderful as Spidey's love interest Mary Jane, despite the fact that for the 2 hours the film runs for we see her have strong feelings for a milestone four guys (OK, so 2 are the same person, but she didn't know this!). The charismatic high-school couple share great chemistry and hot up the screen in a particularly memorable scene where he rescues her from 5 thugs in the pouring rain.
Overall, this is a truly inspired comic-book to silver screen movie. Not since the first two Batman movies has a superhero film come as close to perfection as this (although admittedly, X-Men wasn't far off!). No doubt there is a sequel already planned and scripted - but that's definetely OK by me! 8.5/10.
Sean Bean stars as kidnap leader Patrick Koster, while X-Men's Famke Jansen is Norman's physically-challenged wife, Aggie. Spin City's Jennifer Esposito is great as Detective Sandra Cassidy, while Oliver Platt is also good. Michael Douglas does a strong and steady job, but it's Brittany Murphy as Elisabeth Burrows who is the most brilliant in this film. Her haunting venaqular and jarring movements will linger in your mind long after the credits roll.
The suspense is edge-of-your-seat genius and the plot, setting and storyline are all well-planned and extremely well executed. One of the few thrillers lately that have been genuinely scary. Open your mouth and tell everyone (to) don't say a word. 8/10
Of course, luck would have it, that the phone line inside the Panic Room has been disconnected and even after Ms Foster bravely exits the room to grab her cellphone they find that there is no reception. Even later we find out that the girl is a diabetic and her insulin level is dropping faster than Oprah would should she be jumping off a diving board. The robbers now enter the panic room with the girl still trapped inside and the mother just manages to throw her insulin injections into the room before the robbers close the door.
It all comes down to an edge-of-your-seat climax as the courageous mother fights for her daughter's life and all hell breaks loose. Jodie Foster is brilliant as the mother and Forest Whittaker and Jared Leto play their stereotypical bad guy characters well. The suspense is built up nicely throughout the film and overall, is a great thriller worth seeing more than once. Even the opening credits are interesting!
The Hawke/Washington pairing is well selected - the unlikely duo share great chemistry and bounce off eachother covincingly (despite half of Denzel's lines being ad-libbed). Their performances are extremely strong, as are 'Collateral Damage' terrorist Cliff Curtis and also recording superstars Macy Gray, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. This movie never drags along at a slow pace - it's fast, furious and ultimately viewer-hooking with a believable storyline, plot and characters. The DVD also features an alternate ending - so for all of you out there who were disappointed at the climax (I'm not one of them) you can take comfort in the extra scenes. An inevitable sequel is probably being planned already - and that's more than O.K. by me!
Strong performances by Clooney (Jack) and Lopez (Karen), as well as George's Ocean's 11 co-star Don Cheadle. Witty script and likeable characters with a satisfying and plot-twisting ending. What more can you want? Did I hear you say Jennifer Lopez naked? Yeah well, you won't get that here... but it's good all the same!
The multi-octave song-bird's film vehicle (originally titled 'All That Glitters... a much better name I think) opens with in the early 1960's, in an all-black bar with a woman (Valarie Pettiford) singing a jazz/blues number before introducing her young daughter, Billie Frank (Isobel Gomes), to the semi-interested audience and the two launch into a duet which wows the crowd. Cut to the next few shots where Billie's mother tries to get money from Billie's father, before giving her up to an adoption agency.
Fast-foward to the bright and bouncy 1980's where all-grown-up Billie (the aforementioned Carey) is dancing in a club with her two best friends Louise and Roxy (Da Brat and Tia Texada), who are soon offered as back-up singing gig for no-talent, good-looking up-and-comer Sylk. Needing the money, the 3 take the job, and the producer finds Mariah's... er... Billie's voice completely spellbinding - and chooses to use her voice instead of the God-awful voice that the main singer is belting out.
A recording of a song entitled "All My Life" is handed to a Club DJ - DJ Dice to be exact (British actor Max Beesley who puts on a 'wigga' accent - sometimes really good, other times really bad) who plays it and instantly falls in love with the vocals. Upon discovering that the vocal used is in fact Billie's he instantly wants to be her producer (of course her beautiful looks have nothing to do with it!). So, makes a deal with her old producer Timothy (Terrence Howard) to take the gorgeous Billie and her back-up singing, loud-mouthed friends and take them under his wing - for the reasonable (!) price of ONLY $100,000! So the Dice & Billie end up becoming good friends and record a song, "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On", and it is played for music executives, and before you can change the butt groove in your seat, Billie is signed to a major record label.
Of course, the road to musical superstardom is not an easy one and Billie has several troubles - the video director for her first single "Loverboy" wants her to parade around in nothing but a piece of string (Billie minds, Mariah wouldn't) and there's also the little problem of her undeniable attraction to Dice. The two become an item and she even moves into Dice's modern, typically New York apartment. Billie's first single unsurprisingly tops the U.S. chart - for ten weeks, at which point the record company are eager to release her first album which they want full control over - p***ing off both Billie and Dice.
Our star-crossed 80's lovers start fighting as her career begins to blossom. She's invited to all the right parties and invited to guest on all the right talk shows - a dream she's had for many years, but amist all of the amazing goings-on, her two best friends are seeing less and less of her and Dice is becoming a drag - she even has to bail him out of jail before an appearance on a show. The two have a massive fight, leading Billie to move out (and Girl Power-ly slap his face). Her attempts at tracking down her addicted biological mother fail as the adoption agency have lost contact with her. Also during this time, she records a single with pop singer Rafael (Halle Berry's musician hubby Eric Benét). The duet, titled "Want You" is another number one for Billie, and her biggest dream is about to come true - she's about to play at Madison Square Garden.
The day of the concert arrives and Billie returns to Dice's apartment to find him not there. Unfortunately Billie's day won't exactly go as planned - it seems, achieving your dreams sometimes means that you'll lose the ones you love. And with that, I won't go into the final minutes' in detail, but I'll just say that is very emotional.
So that's the story, but were the performances any good? Well yes and no. Mariah Carey (although despite what you've no doubt heard) is a promising actress. Her acting isn't brilliant (yet) - there are times when you feel she goes overboard (especially in the emotional bits). I've found that her most convincing scenes (and therefore best ones) are where she gets angry. Her stereotypical best friends are good too and add a needed comical element. Beesley as DJ Dice is good, although he sometimes seems very fake. Anyone else worth noticing is probably OK.
The soundtrack is brilliant. Carey's 9th studio album is a pop/r&b LP with great recordings. From the pumping 80's tracks (Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, Didn't Mean To Turn You On, All My Life) to the gorgeous Mariah-like ballads (Lead The Way, Reflections and especially Never Too Far) plus the Eric duet 'Want You' and the Ja Rule infected 'If We' - it's just as good as her previous efforts.
Overall, 'Glitter' IS a film that the troubled songbird should be proud of. It is a drama, though - and watch that, don't think it'll be laugh-a-minute. It's emotional, passionate and with Carey in the lead - it's one rollercoaster ride you'll like at the time and will leave you wanting more. Recommended definetely... Go Mariah!
NO scary moments. NO budget. No murders. No fun!
Although it was critically panned right from the opening credits (which themselves are amusing anyway), Corky Romano features the normal slapstick humour one would expect to see in a Jim Carrey film. Granted, Jim Carrey is undeniably more talented and effective in his roles, but Chris Kattan shows promise as a physical comic. The situations are also pretty mediocre and unoriginal, but if you're in the right mood and viewing it with the right people, it's still funny and very watchable.
It made more than double it's production cost in U.S. grossings alone, so you need not worry about not seeing Kattan on the big screen again (a sequel is probably already in the works), and if you take along a bunch of immature friends you're bound to have a good (not great) time! 5.5/10
The movie does a good job of capturing the club's no-holds-barred feel and the set is very impressive, but it just seems like the producers could have come up with something more - after all, Studio 54 is the most famous and mysterious club of all time!
Wahlberg throws in a performance worthy of a Golden Globe nomination - he's a charismatic lead that can hold humour and tragedy with one hand, and is backed up by awesome performances by Julianne Moore (The Lost Word, Hannibal), William H. Macy, Burt Reynolds, John C. Rielly (Never Been Kissed) and Dan Cheadle (Ocean's Eleven). One of the more memorable characters is that of Rollergirl, portrayed by the uninhibited and highly under-rated Heather Graham.
As the film progresses, you get caught up in all the characters and wonder how each one will end up (at 2½ hours there's definetely enough time to change your mind). The club scenes where Wahlberg, Moore and Graham get down with their bad selves and "boogie" are particularly entertaining, and whether you like porn or not (there's plenty of it here) there is something undeniably attracting about "Boogie Nights" - something even the most prudish can't deny. 9/10