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 Posted:   Sep 12, 2010 - 8:03 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Street Smart (1987) -- 7/10

Very cool! Never knew Morgan Freeman could embody evil so completely (the scene with the scissors!!!). So incredibly sad to see Reeve's life and career cut way too short; this movie proves (way beyond Superman) that he had "leading man/movie star" written all over him. frown

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2010 - 9:09 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Street Smart (1987) -- 7/10

Very cool! Never knew Morgan Freeman could embody evil so completely (the scene with the scissors!!!). So incredibly sad to see Reeve's life and career cut way too short; this movie proves (way beyond Superman) that he had "leading man/movie star" written all over him. frown


I'll have to check it out. A couple years ago I caught a Reeve movie called The Aviator (1985) on cable, about a 1920s US Air Mail pilot who crashes in the wilderness with a young woman he's escorting home. I'd never heard of it before but really enjoyed it, and Reeve was excellent. Probably one of the best things I've seen him in.

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2010 - 9:27 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

I'll have to check it out. A couple years ago I caught a Reeve movie called The Aviator (1985) on cable, about a 1920s US Air Mail pilot who crashes in the wilderness with a young woman he's escorting home. I'd never heard of it before but really enjoyed it, and Reeve was excellent. Probably one of the best things I've seen him in.

Reeve further proved his versatility by being just plain goofy hilarious in 1988's Switching Channels (one of my favorite 80's comedies -- with Burt Reynolds no less!).

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2010 - 9:39 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

I'll have to check it out. A couple years ago I caught a Reeve movie called The Aviator (1985) on cable, about a 1920s US Air Mail pilot who crashes in the wilderness with a young woman he's escorting home. I'd never heard of it before but really enjoyed it, and Reeve was excellent. Probably one of the best things I've seen him in.

Reeve further proved his versatility by being just plain goofy hilarious in 1988's Switching Channels (one of my favorite 80's comedies -- with Burt Reynolds no less!).



Then there is the awesome Death Trap Reeves did with Michael Caine. Now that was a performance.

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2010 - 10:53 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Sherlock Holmes (2009) -- 5/10

Well, I'm at a loss. A measured 50% of me enjoyed the movie (Downey Jr., Jude Law, Holmes and Watson's repartee, Zimmer's awesome music, great visuals and period details) but 50% of me couldn't connect with the film. I can't really say why my rating doesn't exceed a 5/10, I guess I really admire the skill and artistry put into the production of the film, but storywise I simply wasn't that impressed or engaged. Rachel McAdams, as appealing as she most certainly is, didn't enhance much as the female lead, and Mark Strong as the villain was exceedingly dull. I guess it all boils down to this: the movie was exciting, but not very exciting, the movie was amusing but not very amusing, the movie was original...well, it was very original, but its prominent originality wasn't appealing enough to win me over. I'll have to rewatch this film a few months from now...perhaps then I'll gain a bit more perspective on my appreciation (or lack thereof) regarding the film.

Side note: what's the name of the actor who portrayed the main police officer with the red hair and mustache? The one that jokes that his wife is a chambermaid? He was quite good.

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2010 - 10:57 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Then there is the awesome Death Trap Reeves did with Michael Caine. Now that was a performance.

Yes this was a fine film.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2010 - 11:28 PM   
 By:   Ken S   (Member)

Hi Deputy,
I hope you're well. It would be terribly nice to get the e-mail reply that I've been waiting for.

smile KEN

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2010 - 6:37 AM   
 By:   Castile   (Member)

Looks like the Deputy had a movie-thon over the weekend. Interesting reviews. smile

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2010 - 7:26 AM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

Sherlock Holmes (2009) -- 5/10

Well, I'm at a loss. A measured 50% of me enjoyed the movie (Downey Jr., Jude Law, Holmes and Watson's repartee, Zimmer's awesome music, great visuals and period details) but 50% of me couldn't connect with the film. I can't really say why my rating doesn't exceed a 5/10, I guess I really admire the skill and artistry put into the production of the film, but storywise I simply wasn't that impressed or engaged. Rachel McAdams, as appealing as she most certainly is, didn't enhance much as the female lead, and Mark Strong as the villain was exceedingly dull. I guess it all boils down to this: the movie was exciting, but not very exciting, the movie was amusing but not very amusing, the movie was original...well, it was very original, but its prominent originality wasn't appealing enough to win me over. I'll have to rewatch this film a few months from now...perhaps then I'll gain a bit more perspective on my appreciation (or lack thereof) regarding the film.

Side note: what's the name of the actor who portrayed the main police officer with the red hair and mustache? The one that jokes that his wife is a chambermaid? He was quite good.




Being a ridiculously obsessed Holmes fan in general I couldn't wait for this film. But I also found it lacking. My first issue is the pacing of the film. It just moves too quick with little to no time for us to really get to know these characters. Second, this is one of the rare scores I enjoyed by Zimmer. However, I was sick of it by the half way point as it repeated itself far too often. Storywise, the scene where Holmes performs a satanic ritual just didn't make any sense. I wasn't offended because I knew Holmes wasn't doing this to worship satan or anything, but the idea of why he was doing it just wasn't sound enough.

It's an enjoyable movie, just not a great one. I would give it 6/10 for the amazing performances.

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2010 - 8:55 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Looks like the Deputy had a movie-thon over the weekend. Interesting reviews. smile


Thank you good sir! I've been having a heavily extended movie-thon for awhile now -- the place I'm currently living recently got a cable TV package for ridiculously cheap (HBO, Starz, Encore, Showtime, Cinemax, etc.). I'm catching up on a lot of movies I've always wanted to see and I'm getting ready to move in a few weeks -- trying to soak up all the movies my TiVo has room to record before I can no longer afford this buffet of movie channels! Truth be told, I'm in heaven...

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2010 - 3:06 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Very curious about this next film...

To be continued in approximately 3 hours...

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2010 - 6:42 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Watchmen (2009) -- 2/10

Eh, no good. I really tried to make it through the whole thing, I made it to the 131-minute mark, but life is just too short to watch a 3 hour movie that you aren't liking. Very self-indulgent, I didn't care for any of the characters, I was turned off by the gratuitous violence (and a laughable sex scene)...granted I haven't read the graphic novel but that doesn't really matter, I just couldn't get into this one...

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2010 - 7:07 PM   
 By:   Odlicno   (Member)

Harry Brown - 7.5/10 - Satisfying English Death Wish. Michael Caine is very good. There's an excellently cast gun-dealing junkie who looks almost exactly like satan might look or at least one of satan's mates. It all goes a bit mad as it goes along and is totally ludicrous but Caine is very good. Emily Mortimer has an unforgiving role as a bizarrely wimpy copper. Her character is really wet. Not sure whether it's the writing or her or both. And it's all wrapped up very neatly. And there's rubbish-looking cgi blood all the way through the film.

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2010 - 7:12 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Yeah, Snyder may be a "visionary," as the poster suggests, but his vision is of cartoons. He did a commendable job transferring comic panels to the screen, but without the subtext and context of the comics that was just an exercise in who the hell cares? To justly transfer Alan Moore's work to the screen we'd need a truly visionary director, with an actual vision, willing to adapt the material rather than simply transfer it from one medium to another.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2010 - 7:12 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Watchmen (2009) -- 2/10

Eh, no good. I really tried to make it through the whole thing, I made it to the 131-minute mark, but life is just too short to watch a 3 hour movie that you aren't liking. Very self-indulgent, I didn't care for any of the characters, I was turned off by the gratuitous violence (and a laughable sex scene)...granted I haven't read the graphic novel but that doesn't really matter, I just couldn't get into this one...


Though the violence didn't bother me, I otherwise felt the same way. Though I felt Jackie Earl Haley was great as Rorshach.

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2010 - 8:50 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Watchmen (2009) -- 2/10

Eh, no good. I really tried to make it through the whole thing, I made it to the 131-minute mark, but life is just too short to watch a 3 hour movie that you aren't liking. Very self-indulgent, I didn't care for any of the characters, I was turned off by the gratuitous violence (and a laughable sex scene)...granted I haven't read the graphic novel but that doesn't really matter, I just couldn't get into this one...


Though the violence didn't bother me, I otherwise felt the same way. Though I felt Jackie Earl Haley was great as Rorshach.


Yes, Jackie Earl Haley was great. For another great Jackie Earl Haley/Patrick Wilson pairing (although much darker) check out Little Children, a very fine film.

I really want to give a shout out to Jeffrey Dean Morgan, too, although his talents were wasted in Watchmen. I was in love with his performance as John Winchester on Supernatural (one of the coolest shows ever btw).

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2010 - 8:53 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

without the subtext and context of the comics that was just an exercise in who the hell cares?

My sentiments exactly. It was a soulless, joyless production to me.

I liked Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake (think I'm alone on that one) -- but otherwise I don't give a flip about his movies.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2010 - 9:32 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I liked Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake (think I'm alone on that one) -- but otherwise I don't give a flip about his movies.

Love that one as well. smile

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2010 - 9:38 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Well I disagree with you about Watchmen, at least when I watched it in theaters I really enjoyed it and gave it a 9/10. I would have rated it higher if the score tracks weren't so distracting. I had read the graphic novel first though and actually preferred the ending of the movie to the ending of the graphic novel because it made more sense to me. I should read Watchmen again sometime.

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2010 - 10:20 PM   
 By:   Michaelware   (Member)

I didn't like Watchmen either. Cheesy nihilism. It says, you deserve this. I liked the book, but it seemed more like a warning against insane beliefs and people willing to carry them out like in Dr Strangelove. I really don't think the movie is sophisticated enough to catch the feeling, or it deliberately turns it on it's head and gives us the opposite meaning by endorsing negativity. Um, yeah, I know all people in the world do not agree with this statement. The movie had it's moments though.

About the violence - it just seemed trendy to me. Like porn. In the days of classic filmmakers like Peckinpah and De Palma, Carpenter etc, such acts were seen as horrific and painful and were terrible things that happened to people we identified with, and those who used them had consequences. The type of film popular now (Death Proof, Inlglourious Basterds, Hostel, Saw) uses cheap violence and sadism as the point in itself, we laugh and invite those values inside and then movies change their normal values. On another level we're attracted because it's in us too. Or not. Just typing.

 
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