Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The Cider House Rules
A story about how far we must travel to find the place where we belong.
Homer is an orphan who was never adopted, becoming the favorite of orphanage director Dr. Larch. Dr. Larch imparts his full medical knowledge on Homer, who becomes a skilled, albeit unlicensed, physician. But Homer yearns for a self-chosen life outside the orphanage. What will Homer learn about life and love in the cider house? What of the destiny that Dr. Larch has planned for him?
I wanted to see this just because I wanted to see how Caine was in the film since he won the best supporting actor oscar in 2000 beating some people who I think deserved it. Its a pretty good film. The acting (besides Caine's great performance) is ok, not anything special. The film has a good script and some fine filming. Its score is so beautiful and for a film like this, it makes it even better to hear. However, I think the film is trying to make the orphange scenes serious (it does work) but the other scenes not so much which if it were that way this would be higher. Caine I think didn't deserve it but him and the score is what makes this film pretty good.
I saw this for the first time about a week ago. I found myself struggling to make it to the end of this, there were so many things right about the movie: michael caine's brilliance, charlize theron's naked body...
I never read the book but it seems like they did a good job adapting it? The most irritating part of the movie was definitely the score, that classic score of every dramatic film of the time, and I just loathed every note. I'm also pretty opposed to almost all things Tobey Maguire.
Overall the movie is watchable, but barely.
It's really redeemed by getting to watch Michael Caine sink into an amazing ether high every 20 minutes and some solid cameos, most notably a young Paul Rudd playing a pilot in WWII and Charlize Theron's husband.
What do you get when one of today's most sentimental authors, John Irving, teams up with one of today's most sentimental directors, Lasse Hallström?
Sentimentality. This should come as no surprise, either.
I found myself thinking of the film as a cross between Forrest Gump and Fried Green Tomatoes, at least that should give you a hint of how it plays out. Happy orphans? Come on. Oscar for best writing? Oh, please...
Michael Caine gets my two stars.
The Cider House sucks.
The Cider House Rules Review
A some what passable film only if the director and the crew knew what the hell they were doing.
A film that truly tries its hardest to be a sophisticated piece of work based of the novel of the same name. But only comes out as the incoherent piece of work that fails greatly is so many levels such as simple things such as theme and focus to its performance and plot.
The film shifts several times from being a coming of age story, a love story, a story about where home truly is but it never does fully focus on one of those themes but rather pass each other rather quickly and briefly. Filling…
There's an orphanage run by an abortionist who raises a pro-lifer who rejects his ways and winds up an apple-picker. There are characters named Candy Kendall, Wally Worthington, and--worst of all--Rose Rose. Oscar bait comes no glossier or fluffier than The Cider House Rules, but the caliber of the cast means it works more often than it should. Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, and Paul Rudd are all likable, while Michael Caine gives an honest-to-God performance this movie doesn't really deserve. I'll admit I misted up at some of the orphanage stuff, but I didn't feel good about it.
It doesn't resonate with me on any deep level, but it does have beautiful cinematography and has a topic that is controversial. Homer has his ideals of the world and the actions he wants to put into the world,but has to witness someone's else's plight in order to understand why he is needed. Still though the film leaves a bland taste on my intellectual palate and doesn't fully explore the characters or the subject material deep enough.
Quite the sentimental piece of drama and I loved it!
Just can't believe it took me this long to see this movie... I just loved it!
Felt very meandering and not really sure who learned what about anything. Then a person got cut. What's your business? Spiderman gives abortions.
Excellent performance by Michael Caine :) weak third act, awkward moments and TobeyMaguire cant act. Had all to be much better. :(
Un poco lenta, pero me ha gustado. Aunque se me ha quedado un poco la sensación de que la he visto en Antena 3 un domingo por la tarde.
Period drama with a rambling plot (including a rote, lifeless romance) and plain cinematography. For a movie that includes abortion and incest as major story elements, it's surprisingly devoid of any edge. It's still a compelling enough story to maintain interest, though.
I love the book so much that I cannot adequately distance myself enough to honestly evaluate the film. I do think it includes Caine's best work, though.
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