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The Heat (2013)
Fat + obscene does not equal funny
We watched this last night and it was easily the worst movie we have watched for a long time.
We watched Identity Thief recently and struggled with it because Melissa McCarthy's character was completely unlikable, and the character in this is just an amplified version. It's like someone seems to think that if you have a character that's short and fat and constantly swearing it's funny. I don't have a problem with swearing, but it needs to be intelligently written and well timed. This could have been written by a 13 year old.
It was embarrassing to watch, like watching a slow car crash (that bar scene.... Jesus, that really was bad). What Bullock must have thought when she watched the finished movie. She'll never be an Oscar winner, but she's better than this rubbish.
And McCarthy... well, that's three things we've seen her in (her short spot in This Is 40 was terrible as well - does someone think she's a female Ricky Gervais or something?) and I'll not be bothering with anything else she's in for a while.
One out of ten - it stunk the place out.
Bakersfield P.D. (1993)
Please release this on dvd!
This was a great series!
Really subtle but intelligent police comedy, a black cop trying to fit into a white police force assigned to a partner who was white but believed he was black.
Sounds a cliché if sorts but it really worked so well!
Both Ron Eldard and Giancarlo Esposito layed the leads superbly.
To the company who owns the rights... ....please release this on DVD asap! If this never gets released it will be an injustice!
Unbelievable pap, but watchable pap all the same.
The idea is pretty interesting, but the way it's portrayed in this film is completely unbelieveable. How can anyone possibly con a whole country that this person exists. It just wouldn't happen. Not one person met Simone (obviously because it was not possible) and, although I suppose part of the point is the way full-o-s****e actors and actresses blag about who they know, who they've been with, etc to big themselves up, it just seems part to ridiculous to believe a con such as this is possible on such a scale. She had no real name, no tax records, bank accounts, finger prints. Even when she 'died' what proof did they have that she existed? Surely the police would make some sort of checks to verify her existance.
Perhaps I'm just overestimating people's intelligence, but I would sincerely hope not!
All good fun though, I suppose.
Ai no korîda (1976)
A quite beautiful film
I find it a shame that so many people do not have open minds to be able to differentiate such a beautiful, passionate and powerful film from pornography. It is very graphic and explicit, but not 'for the purpose of sexual enjoyment' (the definition of pornography given in my dictionary). In this film, the sex between the two main characters is vital in showing the deeply passionate but ultimately destructive feelings they have for each other - he just wants to please her, and will do anything to do so, even if it means him losing his life.
I watched this a few days ago, and it has stayed with me since. It was beautifully filmed. One of the scenes that really stuck in my mind was when the couple were outside in the courtyard, intertwined with her sitting on his lap. The whole courtyard was grey and dour, but she was wearing a rich red robe, which I felt emphasised their passion.
I would urge anyone with an interest in cinema to watch this, though obviously you need to be rather open minded to see beyond what most of the people who have posted on here with limited minds were able to see. Why should all sex be smutty or filthy? Sex is a wonderful thing, and this film shows it in a beautiful, powerful and moving way. Although it was ultimately a destructive relationship, the passion between the couple is what most people would only wish to experience in their lives. It was superbly acted, and I really felt like there was something rather special between them.
The Replacements (2000)
Entertaining enough, but for American sports fans.....
Not bad, I suppose.....at least the Americans like their bastardised version of football. Can't see the attraction myself....all strength and ego, but no real apparent skill.
Oh well, at least the idea of getting ex-lapdancers as cheerleaders was a novel idea!
Resident Evil (2002)
Great action zombie movie.....
As a fan of the Resi Evil games, I was really looking forward to the movie, and I wasn't disappointed.
I read a real mixed bag of reviews before I saw the movie, and can't really understand how anyone can criticise a movie that ultimately stays faithful to its videogame origin, but without the cheesiness that most other videogame/movie crossover end up being. If you're looking for something with intelligence and real substance, you shouldn't be watching a zombie movie.....
The story, obviously, is very true to the videogames, but there are also many subtle camera shots and angles that bring back memories of playing the games, such as one moment when the lovely Milla shoots an ex-security guard. He falls back to the ground, slumped against the wall. As she notices the gun in his pouch, the camera angle changes to above both Milla and the inanimate zombie looking down from above, and you just know that as soon as she touches the gun, he'll grab her! (He doesn't, incidently.....!) It also has the claustrophobic feel of a classic zombie movie, with the constantly increasing flow of relentless walking dead refusing to stop trying to munch their way through the cast.
The soundtrack is pretty pumping and does carry the movie, though, to be honest, I think it would have been more atmospheric with no music, just the audio and effects, like the Romero movies of old. Movie companies seem to think they're neccessary for some reason. Not neccessarily a criticism, just a personal preference. Mind you, these zombies are rather more aggressive looking that Romero's....!
All in all, a very entertaining movie, doing exactly what it says on the tin. Not really sure what else people expected....!
And it's left it very nicely open for Mr Nemesis to take main stage.....!
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
films tend to show their age, but this is just as good as I remember, if not funnier.....
I hadn't seen this film since I was about 16 (I'm now 30!). Most films tend to show their age, but this is just as good as I remember, if not funnier; I was grinning and laughing all the way through. It has the style of an independent, and a great subtle sense of humuor. All the cast are great, but the poor hapless head teacher Ed Rooney is superb; an American Inspector Clueso!
I think some of the writers of the current US High School movies should take a look at this film before churning out the same all garbage that seems to be all the rage.
An Mia Sara is also just as I remember.....! ;)