These are the films I've amassed in my hoarding-levels of collecting movies. As I watch them, I'll delete them as…
The Truth Is Hiding Where No One Dares To Look.
A black police detective must solve a strange case of a kidnapped boy and deal with a big racial protest.
The power that drives the first two-thirds of "Freedomland" is something author Stephen King describes as "the gotta." Screenwriter Richard Price sets a fascinating plot in motion and you just gotta keep watching because you just gotta find out what happens next and you just gotta know how it ends.
The mystery is absorbing, but unfortunately, the big reveal is botched and a lot less dramatic than it should be. The film is based in part on the real-life case of Susan Smith, and the writing is quite good as it not only focuses on the crime drama aspect but also deals directly with the racial tension caused by these accusations. Price has written some fine films over the years,…
it had too much style.
and a little of everything.
Why take what should have been a perfectly good one-hour TV drama and turn it into a full-length movie? The characters are shallow. There is no plot. It’s just hide-and-go-seek with some bad cultural baggage tossed in. Apologies to Jackson and Moore, but this was beneath their acting abilities. Disappointing.
It had good intentions but it wasn't very good.
If the bad, racially pummeling Spike Lee took on the aesthetic of a Dark Castle production - washed out gray tones, flickering lights, fluorescent light sources, arbitrary shadows - but with a plot dumber than either of those sources could concoct.
Many have found "Freedomland" as a showcase for overacting and bad direction. I think the fault lies with the novelist/screenwriter. Like "Clockers" (also based on a Richard Price novel set in the same New Jersey housing project), "Freedomland" suffers from trying to cram a complex, masterful story onto film. Price adapted both films -- and comes up short each time. A writer with a fresh eye toward the material might have approached it with greater success. We haven't see enough of Samuel L. Jackson in meaty dramatic roles lately. He's bold and compassionate here. Jackson is the glue that holds the film together despite its many flaws.
Distracting, abrasive direction results in muddled story-telling. Yes we know she's supposed to be having some sort of mental break-down, but did you really have to use that many jump cuts?
Freedomland is just plain boring and the result of incredibly poor filmmaking. The performances were unconvincing, the direction was pathetic and the writing was thoroughly lame. Author Richard Price wrote the screenplay which is an adaptation of his own novel (which I won't ever read), and I don't even want to imagine how awful it would have been had it been written by someone else since its own author did such a horrible job.
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- 100 Million BC
- The 10th Victim
- 13 Ghosts
- 13 Moons
- 13 Seconds
- King of the Mountain
- Smokey Bites the Dust
- The Man Who Wasn't There
- Once Upon a Time in America
- Cloak & Dagger
A new ongoing series that will spotlight character actors from the 20s through today. Studios used to have stables of…
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Kid
- Sherlock, Jr.
- Battleship Potemkin
- The Gold Rush
This is the list of all the movies I have seen in my lifetime. I have been keeping this list…