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Dead Pet (1999)
Worst acting ever!!!
I always have to give credit to anyone who actually makes a film, especially a small indy film. There is an intro to the film on the DVD where the writer/lead actor comes on and speaks briefly only to be interrupted by the producer, who goes on to say how he put thousands of dollars on his credit cards to produce the film. Well, that's the way you have to do it sometimes, but this was an abysmal first attempt. The truth is, the writer wrote a screenplay that has no meat. It's a boring premise, and I wonder what he was thinking as he was writing it. I can't believe he chuckled as he wrote down the dialogue or scenes. It reeks of a bad high school play. The WORST part is the acting. Everyone, including the guy who wrote it, act like they are in an appliance commercial. I'm waiting for anyone to scream, "I'll knock 20% off that Trinitron!" Another words, subtlety never enters the picture, with all the actors going way over the top. The only reason I kept watching was because of an actress named Gina Doctor. She has amazing screen appeal, and her acting may go further. By the way, I picked up this DVD in the bargain bin at a video store that was going out of business and thought that the cover looked interesting. It is; however, it's misleading. That scene lasted about 3 seconds and had nothing to do with the rest of the film. The writer of this film should take some more writing classes and perhaps stay out of the way of the lens.
Anger Management (2003)
This is a great movie! Give it a chance.
I stayed away from this movie when it came out, because there'e so much to see, and the reviews of this one were lukewarm. However, there's no better opinion like your own. This is one of those films that makes me wonder why it didn't get better reviews. When a loathsome character makes you angry, that means one thing - good acting. We all love Jack, but I hated his character most of the way through. And how can you hate Jack? Sandler plays his usual meek, soft-spoken schtick, but in this film, it's appropriate. Okay, so it's fluff, but it's funny. The jokes work. It deserves the price of a rental, and at least 7/10. I gave it an 8, just for the leading lady and the great supporting actors.
I'll bet there are a lot of people, like me, who loathed this movie, but just don't take the time to comment on it. That's why the comments index is full of praises and sparse with negative feedback. As always, I didn't know what this film was about before I sat down to watch it. I just knew that everyone seemed to adore it. When the picture first came on, and the caption read prologue, and the scene looked like rehearsals for a major motion picture, I thought, What the hell is this? Did I press a "behind-the-scenes featurette" instead? I just hated it, the whole way through. I give credit to the director for being innovative, but it's not my cup of tea. I'm the only kid on the block who despised "Crouching Tiger" too. Give me a real movie with superb acting and a runaway script any day; I'll fall hook, line, and sinker every time. And what's with the shaky hand-held camera all the way through? My advice to the world: if you want to see a great recent Nicole Kidman film, see "Cold Mountain." I'm still thinking about that one.
Haiku Tunnel (2001)
If I had 10 thumbs, they'd all be down
Have you ever been around a guy who thinks he's so funny, and you just keep thinking to yourself, "I hope I'm at least smiling, because I'm looking right in his face?" There's a great Woody Allen scene like this, and Woody Allen this guy isn't. In fact he's more like Gummo Marx, or perhaps the one-man comedy team of Abbott and Abbott. You get the picture. I'm just wondering how he got all the actors in the movie the day off from their day job at the mortuary. If your looking for a great office comedy, then rent the grand-daddy of them all, OFFICE SPACE. It's already a cult classic. If you howled with laughter at this one, like I've read some of you have, then rent Caddyshack 2 - it's right up your alley.
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000)
Now I know where George Costanza and Jerry's character come from
Like many SEINFELD die-hards, I knew the name Larry David, and heard that he was the heart of the SEINFELD show, but now I know from where George Costanza and Jerry's character originate. Larry's way of speaking reminds me of Jerry raising his voice on SEINFELD - "But I don't want to be a pirate!" And his attention to little things, whether it's "he's a close talker" or "holding the elevator" are still intact, reminding me of George Costanza's neurosis. I can't believe how much CURB is like SEINFELD, not that there's anything wrong with that. That's a good thing! Except, in CURB, there's no wacky Kramer or neurotic George, however, I love seeing Richard Lewis again! I give this a 10/10, and by the way, although Larry retains acting like a doormat for other people, like Jerry Seinfeld used to do, I love seeing Larry stick it to his back-stabbing manager and his self-absorbed wife. Good job, Larry!!!