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The future looks bleak and dull...
It's always hard with movies based on books. Reading the books, each person creates their own internal images of what they're reading. It's an impossible task for a director to recreate something that is identifiable by everyone. But wait... Dredd is based on a comic book, with pretty darn good drawings of everything. There's even another movie that got it right with the uniforms and the Lawmaster bikes. Was the director unaware of this when choosing how to portray Dredd's world? Just add water! The visuals are given and only needed a bit of polish. Guess they filmed it in the projects down the block? What could have been added was some true dilemma and depth. The director missed on so many count, this movie should have been judged!
Public Enemies (2009)
The theme of this movie has been seen so many times before. The (almost heroic) criminal is chased by the dedicated (almost obsessive) law officer, eventually leading to the slaying of the criminal. Nothing of interest is added to the theme in this movie, actually this movie doesn't even make the bar set by previous movies in the genre.
It's long-winded, shallow, boring and seems to have been directed without any real sense of direction. It looks as if the camera crew got progressively more drunk/stoned - to such an extent that they obviously trashed the camera and had to buy a new one at Wal-Mart (as mentioned in another review). Seemingly the the director had a spell of schizophrenia, not being able to decide whether to make a dogme movie or not.
As my summary suggests, I find Public Enemies as entertaining as having an enema in public.
The Spirit (2008)
Pro & Contra
I don't recall reading (or leafing through) the Spirit comics, but left the theater with a feeling that they had been skillfullly and respectfully transposed to the big screen (or DVD in my case). While this movie is visually very impressive and right in line with Sin City, the same cannot be said for the plot nor the acting. The plot is mediocre and linear - no surprises, and hardly any twist and turns. The acting was nonmemorable, or perhaps it's the characters depicted that were uninteresting. Actually, I don't think it cold have been done any better. Perhaps, it just shouldn't have been - at least not that long - one season with ½ hour a week would have squeezed the best out of it.
I was shocked at what this movie revealed. (Although I feel the softer Moore is losing his edge.)
I'm pretty indifferent to the fact that Americans (with or without healthcare) are getting screwed. The US claims to be the world's greatest democracy, so I guess the Americans are getting what they asked for?!?!
What really shocked me was that the France is light years ahead of Denmark.
In Denmark we're constantly pommeled with claims that we have the world's greatest health service, and social services in general. (This is probably symptomatic of a minute country's inferiority complexes...) Lately these services have greatly eroded, making us look like a socially underdeveloped country (like the US).
Run of the mill...
On the brighter side, this movie contains many of the little odds and ends you would expect having read the book or having listened to the radio show - so far so good. Actually that's part of the problem, it's only what you would expect. No surprises, no exceptional experience. A lot of water (read:films) has passed under the bridge (read:across the screen) since the world first met Douglas Admas' creation - probably a lot "inspired" by Douglas Adams. If you haven't seen Brazil, The Young Ones, Fifth Element etc. etc., just go for it. If you have, poor acting and run of the mill effect make for a dull experience. (You fall asleep faster than you would with the book though... :-) ) Even though I went in with an open mind I was not impressed, and hardly entertained. This just is not a brilliant film!
La cité des enfants perdus (1995)
While this movie is a visual treat, some of the characters don't quite cut it...
A lot of time and energy has obviously been put (successfully) into pampering the visual experience in this movie. The plot is suitably surreal to match the visual setting.
The multilayered story also helps to create an engaging atmosphere.
However, the acting leaves a bit to be desired. Some of the characters are clearly actors trying to act surreal, not surreal characters.
I will see this movie again, not for the acting or the story, but for the visual treat.
Well, isn't that special...
Not! This video isn't here to pump you up!
If this is the best Dana Carvey did on Saturday Night Live, I am no longer a Dana Carvey fan! I have obviously imagined several hilarious sketches, that are far better than what is on this video.
This is a broad presentation of Dana Carvey's characters on SNL - not a select collection the best!
How in the world could they ever think of cutting the most of "Fantasy Dinner Date with Hans & Franz" out? This has obviously been edited with someone with no knowledge of Dana Carvey's work and absolutely no sense of humor!
Life with Tom (1953)
Jerry writes a best-seller about his experiences with Tom. This sets the scene for flashbacks to three cartoons: The Little Orphan, Cat Fishin' and Kitty Foiled.
***Spoiler*** Jerry is of course upset (being made the laughing stock) and let's Jerry have it. However, Jerry has a card up his sleeve. He's received a check for the book - half of which goes to Jerry.
Landing Stripling (1962)
Cartooning 101: F-
Gene Deitch does it again! Well, actually he doesn't (as usual).
Deitch and his team must have gotten straight F's at cartoon school. Their cartoons have only the slightest red line. Worst of all cause and effect are jumbled up, badly.
Deitch and his team should have been expelled!
By Word of Mouse (1954)
As a family cartoon - this flops! This is quite the political cartoon though. The political message is quite correct and still very relevant. The message on mass production and consumption is still relevant, almost 50 years after this cartoon was made.
The Ninth Gate (1999)
Cats plays with mouse...
Does Polanski take on the role of the cat, leaving the audience to be the mouse? He leaves us guessing who the characters really are, and what their motives may be. Does he want to lead us down paths of frustration, constantly suspect a mix-up, leading to the lead characters demise.
The reckless and haphazard manner of handling precious, essential items seems intentional.
Is it all obvious or all too obvious? Either way, this movie will leave you thinking.
Mouse Into Space (1962)
One of Deitch's best...
...which doesn't say much! Two dimensional style and shallow pranks are Deitch's trademark. This Tom & Jerry cartoon is no exception.
On the (somewhat) bright side, the theme for this cartoon is somewhat original. Some new ideas are tried out. However, they are unable to pull in this second rate cartoon.
Sorry Safari (1962)
Sure is sorry...
The title says it all - this is a sorry cartoon. Story and animation match each other, they're equally bad.
The style of the 1960's cartoons does not please me in general. However this is one of the worst.
This cartoon is well made and excellently orchestrated. Music and gags go well hand in hand. This being said, I found the cartoon extremely boring. It is short on good gags and laughs.
Muscle Beach Tom (1956)
Predictable and then some
This is based on the theme of Tom wanting to impress one of the girls. Tom creates most of the trouble for himself, with only some interference from Jerry. Not a typical Tom & Jerry cartoon, but very predictable.
This cartoon is one of the series of somewhat crudely done cartoons. I prefer the 1940's Tom & Jerry animation style.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Get over it and take care of today!
Dwelling on the past and its horrors won't make the horrors of today go away. Why is it that if movies like this really show that war is horror, people still go to war? This movie still promotes shallow minded heroism, taunting the shallow minded to make a hero of themselves.
But, now I gives "Saving Private Ryan" too much credit.
Them portrayal of the characters doesn't help you "connect" with them or their situation. All the macho bulls**t that we've seen i hundreds of war movies is so tiring. The character are shallow, as are the points made by the movie (if any).
Phantom of the Opera (1943)
Too much Opera, too little Phantom
A lot was obviously put into the operatic scenes, which were probably spectacular back in 1943. However, more effort could have been put into displaying the motives and madness of the phantom. The light hearted comedy attempts of the two courters of Christine Dubois seems out of place and takes the final edge of any suspense in the film.
The Invisible Man (1933)
A classic classic
Having sat through a lot of "classic" monster and horror movies, my expectations for "The Invisible Man" were not high. To my surprise the effects as well as the acting matched those of today (somewhat...). The use of special effects were interesting and (mostly) fit well into the storyline (not many effects for the sake of effects). This is definitely worth watching.
One thing though... Why did the inn keeper throw out the invisible man? I would have thrown out the screaming, hag of a wife instead!
Bad Nazis, bad!
This is yet another pseudo-intellectual "let's make the Nazis look real bad" movie. The Nazis were pretty bad, no doubt - most of already know that. However, that does not necessarily make every movie on the theme good. A Discovery Channel presentation of "The Wannsee Conference" would have been much more interesting.
"Conspiracy" falls on its ass between two categories: documentary and drama. It doesn't cut it as a documentary, the movie is too "staged" and the presentation too "common". It doesn't cut it as a drama, the characters are too shallow and conflicts too easily "solved".
Another thing is the tagline: "One Of The Greatest Crimes Against Humanity Was Perpetrated In Just Over An Hour." As the movie shows the Wannsee Conference the meeting had nothing to do with reaching a consensus on the final solution. The decision on the solution had already been taken by the SS. The sole purpose of the meeting was to make all significant stakeholders commit themselves to an already established plan. There were no decisions or plans made at the Wannsee Conference. There was only threats and coercion (some needed less than others).
Finally: One thing the movie does show (although in no exceptional manner) is, man has a tendency to turn to culture and aesthetics in an attempt to hide for himself the fact that he is committing appalling atrocities. This is seen in most powermongering "leaders" and politicians.
Karius og Baktus (1955)
Brush your teeth!
Considering it's age the puppeteering technique is still mediocre.
However, the classic story is entertaining and educational (??).
It's made my kids want to brush their teeth!
Dumb and Dumber (1994)
The title says it all, these guys are really dumb (and it's portrayed brilliantly). Again and again I pull out this film, knowing I've got a real good laugh in store. I have no count on how many times I've seen it. The tears are rolling every time and I almost loose control of other bodily functions!
A Christmas tradition
This is by far the best of the 'Vacation' series. I doubt that I will ever grow tired of watching this movie. Watching it has been a Christmas tradition for since the early 90's.
Chevy Chase is Griswold!
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
Cutting up several classic movies and putting them in a newly filmed framework works brilliantly.
Steve Martin actually gives a really good acting performance - not his typical 1980's role.
Effective sound track
The sound track is the best part of this long, long movie. The use of the simple theme again and again works very well. However, in my opinion, it does not justify 2½ grueling hours!
My Favorite Martian (1999)
Good old fashioned fun!
This movie gets a lot of bad lip, what do people expect. This is a Disney movie (with a PG??) rating.
Doesn't score high on originality nor depth of plot. It's just good clean fun for the whole family. And it does have a couple of good laughs.
The Martian character has been transposed into our time, not the well-mannered 1960's Martian.
On the absolute downside... Elizabeth Hurley obviously has neither shame nor acting abilities (at least they are well hidden).