A terrific idea for a Twilight Zone episode, dragged out to 90 minutes.
Farrow is lovely, and Jeff Daniels is trying hard. Plus you can count on Woody's scripts to make with the quotables.
But at least Last Action Hero had explosions and stuff to help pad its running time. . .
Through points 1 & 2 - I ramble about personal pap. Point 3 is where i get to the film itself. Skip there if need be.
1/ Last year, I went camping with friends for a weekend. Whilst there, I asked them to film whatever they could, take photos, capture moments. A month or so later, I collated the material, edited it together, added some music and for Christmas 2014 I gave them all a DVD. Our weekend condensed into a…
Daughter 1: Daddy, can we watch Frozen.
Me: Sure thing, honey. Does your brother want to watch as well?
Son: What's it about?
Daughter 1: Oh it's about princesses and true love!
Son - blank stare-
Daughter: and there's a snow monster.
Son: Let's roll.
-movie finishes, Daughter 1 is blaring Let it Go at the top of her lungs-
Me: What'd you think, buddy?
-Son gives me a look-
Me: C'mon, wasn't that bad was it?
Son (these are…
Saulnier's visual storytelling and wonderful cinematography, along with a superb, soul-destroyed, ordinary man, performance from Macon Blair, elevates this relatively simple tale of revenge. Theres minimal dialogue, so, its highly dependant on Blair's expressive and emotive performance; the eyes being the window to the soul was never more true. Its extremely tense throughout and quite unpredictable (thanks, in part, to the barest of backstory), and when violence does occur, its sharp and brutal. I admit to wincing a number of times!
"Alfred, could you come here for a sec?"
"Yes, Master Bruce?"
"Did you let Vicki Vale in the Batcave?"
"Y'know I'm trying to maintain a secret identity here, right?"
"Yes, Master Bruce."
"Kinda hard to do that when YOU LET RANDOM WOMEN IN HERE."
"Yes, Master Bruce."
"And this was AFTER I told her we had to go out of town and YOU immediately told her we weren't going out of town! HOW DUMB DO YOU HAVE TO BE…
Graham J's Dictionary Corner
henkelbomb - pronounced hen-kul-bom is a bad film, remake or sequel directed or produced by a key collaborator on its original masterpiece, thus mocking its legacy in the process, - eg. The Vanishing (1993) is such a henkelbomb - or 2013's Evil Dead henkelbombed my entire life.
Thanks Kim, the one thing I got from your shitty movie is a new word. Awesome!!
PADDINGTON is better than 5 of the 8 movies currently nominated for Best Picture.
also, while we're playing that game, i'll add that it's a better (and more nuanced) immigrant story than THE IMMIGRANT. and it would be even better if sprinkled with Werner Herzog's narration from GRIZZLY MAN.
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I got all the way into this movie. Leaning forward in my seat, chuckling, gasping in horror, jaw on the floor, wish they played the movie again as soon as it was over into it. First and foremost, I appreciate just how engrossing this story is, and how unpredictable it is as well. Even knowing a fair amount about the plot, I could not have guessed the final scenes, even a few minutes before they happened.