After the modest comedy I Wanna Hold Your Hand Zemeckis tries to branch out further in filmmaking while still working with a comedy backbone. The result is a little messy. Used Cars' plot is overly large and complicated and doesn't match well with its relatively simple premise. Also the tone is pretty inconsistent here, getting pretty dark and a little morbid for seemingly no reason. After awhile Kurt Russell's natural Kurt Russell charm fades away as his character comes out…
Has a couple interesting parallels with the Godfather and all the stage performances are great to watch, but it overall has trouble managing its two storylines. The white mobsters get considerably more screen time than the more interesting stories of the black performers. Still definitely one of Coppola's better post-70's films.
With The People vs. Larry Flynt being my third film into Milos Forman's so far excellent filmography I've found a similar threads throughout his works, primarily in his protagonists' desire to question and change and push the envelope of the worlds around them. With Jack McMurphy in Cuckoo's Nest he was pushing the insane asylum to its limit, and in Man on the Moon Andy Kaufman was taking comedy and entertainment above and beyond where people thought it could go.…
Men in Black stands out as a great franchise starting film that does it all with such simplicity. The world-building here is just fantastically done as you're never questioning the film's lineup of aliens or the methods that go about tracking them. This is all thanks to the 1990's answer to the 1980's Tom Hanks, Will Smith, who gives you plenty of charisma as you learn about the world of Men in Black as he does.
While just from the…