P.S. why are so many Philadelphians always talking about how great it is when we are 'put on the map.' I mean look at Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod. Great places. You know why? They're not afraid to tell commercialism and tourism to f*%k off! We must keep Philly unmarred by the mark of 'approval' that is the unrelenting, inflation-inducing tourism industry. Most people don't want to visit us, and I for one like it that way. You think I want to see you and your fanny pack and overpriced gift-shop binoculars strutting around when I'm busy struggling with my love/hate relationship with my hometown? No way, mister. This place is confusing enough.
movies you could really compare it to - you could only loosely
juxtapose it with more family-friendly fare like Home Alone or The
Ref, but that's just not doing it justice. I walked out on it after 15
minutes in the movie theater, thinking to myself that a guy cursing
and drinking in a Santa suit does not make a movie funny. I saw it
again on DVD and realized what I had missed out on the first time.
You just have to ride the bad taste. It's only as deep as the surface
of the film. There is real social subtext here - it's about American
life and the consumer ideology. All the raunchiness is in there to
keep the low-brow enthusiasts watching. See if it holds its own in
ten years. It may or may not be a classic. For now, and this is
amenable, I'm giving it a 7/10.
the U.S. The screenwriters clearly thought that they had cleverly
guised their lame exploitation flick as a genre-bender in the vein of
Donnie Darko, and some people actually fell for it. The cheese
quotient here is about as high as a Fox TV special, and it feels like
every time the writers get bored of Kutcher living one life, they just
abandon it and give him a new one. Sorry, but you just can't
sympathize with a character whose entire world changes and
whose problems all disappear every time things don't go as he
planned. Overall, I'd say this movie is about as satisfying as
fat-free ranch dressing. 0.5/10, .5 because Tara Reid is hot.
period. This wild, messy mosaic urban-opus perfectly captures the
tension, division and unity in America's city streets. You don't have
to be a black New Yorker to love this move. I'm a white guy from
Philly and I would venture to say that 'Do the Right Thing' is just
about perfect in every single way. It's full of dynamic performances
by all, great cinematography, complexly drawn characters and a
commanding and vivified script, with a satisfying conclusion that
stops JUST SHORT of spelling out the message for you - just
short enough to make it entirely ambiguous and open-text. Go see
it. It's one of the most important movie of the LATTER HALF of the
twentieth century, and I mean that whole-heartedly.
19, but I remember 1988, the year in which Donnie Darko takes
place, and let me tell you it is eerie how accurately depicted the
post-reganomics world is. The film is really ambitious, and I could
tell that it was Richard Kelly's brainchild, probably from the time he
was a teenager, within the first fifteen minutes. I am currently a film
major at Temple University, and although I would never attempt to
tackle the metaphysical and supernatural themes that Donnie
Darko deals with, I must say I greatly admire Kelly's convictions as
a filmmaker. More movies like this one, please.
humor relies on the audience being aware of this. If you don't buy
that the movie is SUPPOSED to be ridiculous and nonsensical,
then you're not going to like it. Otherwise, it is a great Chris
Farley/Christopher Guest vehicle with abundant laughs, often at
the absurd crudity of its humor. There are scenes and dialogue
that come off as cheap attempts at lowbrow humor, when in fact
the real punchline is that you, the viewer, even acknowleged the
humor when it is so utterly tasteless. I, for one, laughed my @$$
off and got overdue fees at my video store because I couldn't stop
muddled mess of a movie? The editing is frenetic, the dialogue is
so stupid it seems extemporaneous, Sandler tries too hard,
Watson is annoying as usual and the cinematography strives for
an unattainable scope, or at least a scope that this retarded movie
does not deserve.