Here is a truly romantic film that tries a little too hard to score its laughs. It is a good romantic comedy, but it is no masterpiece.
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As with every year, all remakes and modern horror films should be left neglected. There is only one true way to honor the holiday through film, and that is to view Halloween, the breakout of John Carpenter and the â€œscream queen.â€
Check out ‘Winterâ€™s Bone’ and the Millennium trilogy if you havenâ€™t yet and think you can stomach them. Sci-fi and Kubrick make for decent blu-ray purchases.
‘Apocalypse Now’ is spectacular in any addition, check out the latest edition if you have a blu-ray or are a hardcore fan. ‘Please Give’ is the best of the new releases, all in all, a weak week.
‘Made in Dagenham’ is a wildly entertaining film with a wonderful cast. Unfortunately, it misses a few vital dramatic notes.
‘Boogie Nights’ remains my favorite film that Anderson has yet produced and quite honestly I canâ€™t imagine him producing a better picture. To me it offers the charm and eloquence of ‘Punch-Drunk Love’ and ‘Magnolia’ combined with the epic scope of ‘There Will Be Blood.’
‘Darjeeling Limited’ on Criterion and ‘How to Train your Dragon’ make for great mainstream releases, while ‘Leaves of Grass’ and ‘I am Love’ will satisfy the arthouse fans.
The original title for the film was ‘Betty Anne Waters’. I wish they had kept that title. ‘Conviction’ is too conventional. ‘Betty Anne Waters’ sounds more like the film itself: simple, honest, and sweet.
‘Iâ€™m Still Here’ is a very difficult film to review and an even harder one to assign a grade. I give the film a â€˜Bâ€™ because that grade seems as good as any. The great stuff is truly great, but it is not a fun experience in the traditional sense of the word.
Check out ‘Agora’ and ‘Splice’, keep your expectations low and be entertained, theyâ€™re worth a rent. ‘The Karate Kid’ has its audience; if you are part of it, go for it. Otherwise avoid this weekâ€™s new stuff and catch up on ‘The Exorcist’ as crisp and clear as you will ever see it.
With the release of ‘The Social Network,’ I conclude my series on his filmography with an analyzation of his first film and his entire career.
Many DVDs between this week and last week have surfaced. ‘The Thin Red Line’ is certainly the most notable.
‘The Game’ is certainly not Fincherâ€™s strongest film, but it was a solid follow-up to his great debut, Se7en. It is a relatively simple-minded story that goes a few steps beyond the typical blockbuster.
Nicholson has through the ages provided several classic performances, each in their own right worthy of recognition. He can play it soft, he can be a hardass, and he is an expert at drifting in between.
“I want you to hit me as hard as you can.” – The seminal film is culturally and cinematically brilliant.
Collider provided an article summarizing the potential future of Emma Stone’s career, a follow-up to this week’s earlier article.
‘Being John Malkovich’ brought one of the most intriguing writers in the industry to considerable success. Film Misery has 1000 posts!
‘Panic Room’ is basically a hitchcockian B-movie on steroids.
‘The King’s Speech’ takes TIFF highest honor and gets a strong push towards this year’s awards circuit.
Jacob’s Ladder gets a new release, ‘Prince of Persia’ and ‘Letters from Juliet’ are the mainstream releases. DVDs, like the box office are pretty low right now.