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 Posted:   Jul 9, 2003 - 8:26 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

Brewster McCloud - 8
Too tired to watch till the end, but I'll definitely catch it again somehow.

I agree with the person who said that there's something wrong with films these days.

I can't really watch films less than 10 years old. There's something sickening about them. I may have a problem here. Does anyone else feel ill when they see the name 'Russell Crowe' or 'Sam Mendes' et cetera?

 Posted:   Jul 9, 2003 - 10:04 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I agree with the person who said that there's something wrong with films these days.

Does anyone else feel ill when they see the name 'Russell Crowe' or 'Sam Mendes' et cetera?

No, but "Ben Affleck" or "Jennifer Lopez" make me want to heave and splash everytime they star in a movie. Now the two have joined forces!
(My mini-rant for the month...)

 Posted:   Jul 9, 2003 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   LRobHubbard   (Member)


Silly movie, but a pretty funny parody of disaster films, pre-AIRPLANE!


A mystery that incorporates elements of "Spoon River Anthology" - nice little indie film that's worth searching for.



 Posted:   Jul 9, 2003 - 5:20 PM   
 By:   bondo321   (Member)

Pirates of the Caribbean - 9

Three things make this film great entertainment:

1. Johnny Depp - Probably one of his best (and funniest) performances. He reminded me of his wacked-out character in "Fear & Loathing".

2. Special Effects - ILM provided the cursed pirate effects (which are more realistic looking than the Hulk) which adds a funny/creepy edge to the fight scenes.

3. Klaus Badelt's score - Remember the disappointment of the Pearl Harbor soundtrack when all of the good action music (mostly composed by Klaud Badelt and Steve Jablonsky) was left out? It's all here, and works very well with the on-screen heroics.

 Posted:   Jul 9, 2003 - 10:54 PM   
 By:   CAT   (Member)


Typical stuff up until about the last 20 minutes. From the restaurant scene on was total hilarity and I loved it! (Also am a sucker for Hugh Grant wink)


 Posted:   Jul 10, 2003 - 12:22 AM   
 By:   Michael Ware   (Member)


 Posted:   Jul 10, 2003 - 2:59 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Annie Hall Written by Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman, Directed by Woody Allen.

I own this on dvd and I must say it never wears out its welcome. Quotable lines abound, great camera shots, use of animation, fantastic comedic timing by all involved, deservedly(IMO) won Best Picture over (gasp!) Star Wars and I give the whole damned thing a 10...
My fave scene: Alvy walking up to the couple (the girl being Shelley Hack) and asking how their relationship works so well. She responds:
"I'm shallow and empty and don't have any ideas." And her beau chimes in: "And I'm exactly the same way" Alvy: "Oh, so you've managed to work something out."
A magnificent film that always manages to sooth my soul when "down looks like up to me."

 Posted:   Jul 10, 2003 - 3:45 AM   
 By:   DavidOC   (Member)

Black Sunday - 6.
Mario Bava's first film I think, and pretty good. Even that early in his career, you could see his stylistic talent shining through - clever set ups, neat camera moves. Most of the acting is mediocre at best, but clearly this guy had a major impact on De Palma in applying a showy technique to filmmaking that allowed his work to be appreciated and admired even if the substance of the storytelling is seriously lacking.

 Posted:   Jul 10, 2003 - 9:29 AM   
 By:   JohnSWalsh   (Member)

I fell completely asleep watching About Schmidt; when I woke up it was like, that's it?! Lonely dumbass drives around being depressed and makes an ass of himself then gets to cry "poignantly" or something when he gets a happy letter? Zzzzzzzzzzz.
I liked The Lonely Guy with Steve Martin though. The music was better too.

I thought it was a near-perfect film, spoiled only by a score that seemed to think the movie was too "tough" for the audience. A man who never had much of a life tries and fails to live--and in the end finds some happiness, indirectly.

Maybe it's a case of being in a certain place in one's life. I weren't so old (late thirties) maybe it wouldn't mean so much to me. But I think it's one of the very, very few modern American middle-class dramas to work--far superior to the wretched American Beauty, for example.

 Posted:   Jul 11, 2003 - 3:19 AM   
 By:   Michael Ware   (Member)

Pirates of the caribbean-- 0

 Posted:   Jul 11, 2003 - 5:30 AM   
 By:   JohnSWalsh   (Member)

Wow, that bad, huh? When you feel you've recovered, let us know why.

 Posted:   Jul 11, 2003 - 6:48 PM   
 By:   Michael Ware   (Member)

"Wow, that bad, huh? When you feel you've recovered, let us know why."

Well, it would just be like awarding points to a Sprint commercial or something.

 Posted:   Jul 11, 2003 - 7:07 PM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

Ok, but 0??? I mean, it seems like anything would arguably earn at least a 1 just for being in focus and remembering to keep all the characters' names straight. Is there truly no redeeming thing about this film whatsoever in your view, Mr. Ware?

By the same token, of course, I have to ask bondo if it's really a 9 - does it really approach, say, Citizen Kane (or whatever other movie one holds in the regard in which Kane usually is, for those of you who think it's overrated)?? I mean, 9 is pretty damn strong...

 Posted:   Jul 12, 2003 - 2:46 AM   
 By:   Michael Ware   (Member)

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen-- 8.8

sue me pal.

 Posted:   Jul 12, 2003 - 10:36 AM   
 By:   JohnSWalsh   (Member)

Finding Forrester--6

Good performances by the leads and Busta Rhymes. The script was a mess--the central romance just kind of disappears, lots of cliched Evil White Guy characters, and an incredible howler where the lead meets Connery, a secretive Salinger-esque writer,then visits a school where they're starting a discussion of the one book written by Connery's character!

Sloppy screenplay that never really amounts to much, but a great line that gives hope to all aspiring writers: "Women will sleep with you if you write a book. Women will sleep with you if you write a BAD book!"

Also, another use of the Orff piece used in Badlands and copied by Zimmer in True Romance.

 Posted:   Jul 12, 2003 - 12:14 PM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

Finding Nemo - ah, hm... an 8, perhaps?

Pixar's artisans are certainly developing a solid track record for animated family movies...

 Posted:   Jul 12, 2003 - 1:35 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Thirteen Days Directed by Roger Donaldson, Written by David Self. 9.0/10

This has fast become one of my favorite movies.
Although its about the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, the story, direction and performances makes one forget its a docu-drama. It was nice of Kevin Costner to take a non-showy role and let the magnificent character actors (Len Cariou, Bill Smitrovitch, Steven Culp, Bruce Greenwood, Kevin Conway, etc.,) have the spotlight and make this movie shine. One of my favorite movies of the last 5 years.

 Posted:   Jul 13, 2003 - 6:12 PM   
 By:   JohnSWalsh   (Member)

Black Hawk Down- 9

Again--my girlfriend bought me the 3 DVD set.

A masterpiece. Should have won Best Picture.

 Posted:   Jul 13, 2003 - 7:54 PM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

Just finished watching for the first time:

Frida - hmm... I need more time to digest and appraise it, but... a 7, perhaps?

It feels so unfair of me to assign a numerical value to something that clearly reflected a lot of passion and labor on the part of its creators. I must say, after seeing some relatively lukewarm reviews, my expectations were lowered, so perhaps it's just that. Hayek's definitely good, though, as is Goldenthal. The thing does feel a bit "Hollywoodized," but less than I'd expected.

I wish it had been in Spanish, though!

 Posted:   Jul 14, 2003 - 2:47 AM   
 By:   SPQR   (Member)

Pirates of the Caribbean 4/10

Man, was that a chore. Even Depp wasn't worth the hemorroids. Still, I'll give it a 4 cuz Mr. Bloom looked mighty fine under that Cavalier, and Geoffery Rush can "ARRRRGH" convincingly.

NP: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

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