All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
Charlie and Raymond. They Are Strangers. They Are Brothers. Thye Have Just Met.
Charles Sanford "Charlie" Babbit is a self-centered Los Angeles-based automobile dealer/hustler/bookie who is at war with his own life. Charlie, as a young teenager, used his father's 1948 Buick convertible without permission and as a result, he went to jail for two days on account that his father reported it stolen. It is then that Charlie learns that his estranged father died and left him from his last will and testament a huge bed of roses and the car while the remainder will of $3 Million goes into a trust fund to be distributed to someone. Charlie seemed pretty angry by this and decides to look into this matter. It seems as if that "someone" is Raymond, Charlie's unknown brother, an autistic savant who lives in a world of his own, resides at the Walbrook Institute. Charlie then kidnaps Raymond and decides to take him on a lust for life trip to the west coast as a threat to get the $3 Million inheritance...
God-DAMN it Cruise! You had a golden ticket! You had a golden chance to make your way! And you fucked it up! YOU FUCKED IT UP! You could have been the next Redford but instead you decided you were going to devote your life to believing in an evil space overlord that trapped a bunch of alien souls in a prehistoric volcano. And thetans. Next thing you know, you're jumping up and down on the Oprah show, denouncing the entire mental health profession. Now you're a one-man definition of irony. Good job there Maverick!
It's an incredible feat when a recognizable actor completely engrosses you in a performance so much that you forget you're watching him. Dustin Hoffman does just that in this film. Otherwise, it's a very solid, albeit somewhat contrived, film that's an enjoyable watch. However, worst Hans Zimmer score ever. Jeesh.
Raymond: Uh oh fart. Uh oh fart.
Charlie: Did you fart, Ray? Did you fucking fart?
Charlie: [Trying unsuccessfully to open the door] How can you stand that?
Raymond: I don't mind it.
Charlie: How can you stand it?
Raymond: Ten minutes to Wapner. We're definitely locked in this box with no TV.
I wanna start by saying this film in no way accurately portrays a person with autism, but I'll give it a pass on that because considering when this film was released we didn't know near as much about autism as we do now. With that being said I felt the performances were excellent especially Hoffman who really became the character he was giving to play…
Purely coincidentally, Rain Man happens to be the second Levinson film I've watched today and the two couldn't be more different. Going from a cheap (in a good way) found-footage flick to a drama featuring two of the most well-known actors of their time is quite jarring when they're both made by the same person. Levinson's highly acclaimed film thematically deals with two festival-favourites at the same time, a mentally handicapped protagonist and a dysfunctional family. On paper it sounds exactly like something I'd hate considering previous Hollywood treatments of either of those, but I'm pleased to report that for once they not only got it right, I actually thoroughly enjoyed it.
Tom Cruise does the usual Cruise performance and…
This gave me a new appreciation for Rita and Runt. They're still the worst part of Animaniacs, though. Makes me wonder what other rich cinematic references were hidden in my childhood cartoons.
It is a safe movie, with a familiar plot: X person doesn't like Y, but they take a road trip and he starts understanding him and at the end, liking him. But it has just about enough amount of heart and soul to forgive the flaws.
What makes this work is ultimately the humour, the acting and the connection between our two leads, thus not being your average "Disney" cheesy road trip. Dustin Hoffman is funny in his role and pretty convincing. Tom Cruise is excellent. Many people hate on him because they think he's just a pretty face but most of the time he is pretty good in whatever role you give him. If you don't like him as…
It hasn't aged well, but the performances and script are very sharp.
Hoffman's great. Cruise's great. Hans Zimmer's score is great. I don't know if you know this but this movie's pretty great.
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Rain Man. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1988.
"What difference does it make where you buy underwear?! What difference does it make?! Underwear is underwear!"
It's a question everyone asks, after they've been exposed and spent time with autistic people. What difference does it make? To us, it doesn't. But to those afflicted with autism, it's the difference is paramount. A lot of times, and like the character Tom Cruise plays, Charles 'Charlie' Babbitt, we still don't really get it. All we can do is try to find a way to separate ourselves from our anger and just be there for them.
A film that was made in a time when…
Ich habe Rain Man vor ganz langer Zeit gesehen und hatte nur eine zwar sehr vage aber recht positive Erinnerung daran. Dass er gut ist hat sich bestätigt, allerdings war er zu seiner Zeit noch ein ganzes Stück beeindruckender. Hätte ich ihn heute zum ersten Mal gesehen, hätte er vermutlich ein wenig schlechter abgeschnitten, aber da ich weiß, dass ich ihn schon auch schon großartig fand, ließ ich auch diese Erinnerung in die Bewertung einfließen. Alles in allem muss man ihn gesehen haben, denn es handelt sich hier um ein schönes Stück Filmgeschichte. Ein großartiger Dustin Hoffman, ein noch unverbrauchter Tom Cruise und ein Hans Zimmer der 80er – Grund genug den Film zu mögen.
The last time I saw this I was probably 12, and the scenes I remembered were the "strange noises from the bedroom" and the "wet" elevator kiss.
This time, fully aware that Levinson, Cruise, and Hoffman were playing me like a fiddle, I gave in and was overcome by emotion in all the places designed precisely for that purpose. The mental illness and autism talk all seems VERY 1988 (hey, what do you know!), and the portrayal of small-town America is laughably stereotypical (I guess this is what happens when Barry "Baltimore" Levinson ventures out on the road)... but what the film lacks in nuance it makes up for in the clarity those broad brush strokes provide to the stark…
"I just realized I'm not pissed off anymore. My father cut me out of his will. You probably knew he tried to contact me over the years. I never called him back. I was a prick. If he was my son and didn't return my calls, I'd have written him out. But it's not about the money anymore. You know, I just don't understand. Why didn't he tell me I had a brother? Why didn't anyone ever tell me that I had a brother? Because it'd have been nice to know him for more than just the past six days."
Dont take this the wrong way, I liked the movie, but I was expecting something more. Dustin Hoffman is very good as anything he did before meet the fockers 2, but that act kind of gets on your nerve sometime. Tom Cruise is as bad as normal and probably just casted as nice face to catch some girls in the theaters...
In the end mostly due to Tom everything looks way too fake...
ton cruise week #5. gooood.
Dustin Hoffman does not do the best job playing an authistic man but overall the story is nice and Tom Cruise get's really annoying, which is good because that's what his character is supposed to be.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- The Broadway Melody
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