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Disturbed by Disturbia....and not in a good way
I'm kind in forgetting Disturbia isn't original because it's just another drawback in a list of bad things this soulless, predictable, poorly directed film has going for it.
Is it unfair of me to mention Rear Window - Alfred Hitchcock's (the maestro of suspense) perfect thriller about a man who believes his neighbor killed somebody - the film Disturbia tries to update for the 21st Century, mobile phone-using, Ipod-listening, internet-using audience that craves, believe it of not, American Pie turned into a Silence of The Lambs meets The 'Burbs. I'd say it isn't unfair because the filmmakers should have watched Rear Window over and over and over again to find out just exactly how to make a thriller work.
The film itself is poor from execution right through the actors to the script. It takes 40 minutes for anything to happen and then the finale is rushed and predictable. The other problem is how the themes of loss and the protagonist's psychological struggle after his father's death is an afterthought to the house arrest set-up and his infatuation with the beautiful neighbor.
It's all just badly judged and makes the much better remake of The Hills Have Eyes, The Saw sequels, and Wrong Turn look like bona fide modern day classics.
My advice: watch for free, or don't watch at all.
Night on Earth (1991)
Original, bold, poignant, very funny
It's at times a little telegraphed, even heavy handed; the links between the five stories being arbitrary, almost tenuous introductions to another morality tale, but there's lots to like regardless. Roberto Benigni is excellent as the offbeat cab driver who likes the company of pumpkins and sheep, and his funny segment is juxtaposed quite beautifully with the more heartfelt and raw finale. My favourite segment, however, is the equally funny New York section starring Giancarlo Esposito, which is basically a culture clash between a working-class New Yorker and a foreign immigrant's first night driving a taxi. It balances both the humour and drama perfectly, a harmony which isn't met so successfully in the rest of the film. Yet, Jim Jarmusch's tale about disparate lives intermingling during one night is both original, bold (filming across the world and in native languages has to be applauded), poignant, and very funny.
A perfect example of how not to write a screenplay.
Mr Tidy Beard can throw as much money into a film as he wants, and he clearly does do, but it won't help mask his lack of ability as a writer or director.
American Graffiti was his best film, and I admire him for that. Star Wars was a great idea, a great story and he did exceptionally well with the first film, but apart from that Lucas hasn't done anything that well.
The Phantom Menace was bad, but this is worse.
The 'Burbs (1989)
Joe Dante's best film! Tom Hanks' best film!
I'm very surprised at the low rating The 'Burbs receives on the main page, as it is one of my all time favourite films. In fact, it is my 7th favourite film.
The comedy is great, as is the satire on mid-american suburbia. Tom Hanks is at his manic best, and the rest of the cast shine especially Rick Duccommun and Bruce Dern.
Joe Dante is at his best behind the camera and Goldsmith's score is simply wonderful. Dana Olsen's script is spot on perfection.
There isn't anything not to like in this brilliant, brilliant film.
Big Bully (1996)
One of the top 10 worst comedies ever made!
It totally baffles me how anyone can give this film 5/10, let alone 10/10. It doesn't deserve 1. What films have some people being watching? Rick Moranis and Tom Arnold should, and are obviously ashamed of being in this horrible movie, that some one mentioned, 'goes nowhere'. Tom Arnold is awful throughout, and clearly has trouble with some of the bad dialogue he gets. It is less his fault more of a fault of director Steve Miner who has done a lot, lot better films in his time. Rick Moranis is bland, and totally unfunny. In fact, was there a funny line in the entire film. The times I chuckled were the badly scripted bits, or how badly a scene was put together, or how awkward Arnold was looking. Okay, okay, some would say this is a children's film but it's message is totally confused. Bully reconciles with the bullied - well, I doubt most kids would ever want to see those that bullied them again, let alone get re-bullied by them in adulthood. The film would simply depress kids. Overall, an awful movie. Bad script, bad direction and bad acting. Suffice to say, I give this 1/10.
One of the Greatest Films Ever made!
I can watch James Cameron's masterpiece over and over without it ever losing its effect on the senses. It represents a director at the peak of his powers and is simply wall to wall brilliance throughout. The fact I can quote ever line might not be something to be proud of but it does give an indication of how much I love the film. This isn't just one of the best sequels ever made, it is one of the best films ever made, and deserves to go down in cinematic history as the 'classic' it so definitely is.