1. "The Big Lebowski" is a mom flick now?!
2. Thomas Pynchon is still out there? Tell him to say hi to D.B. Cooper for me.
Hi Patrick...I guess it's about tone for me when it comes to Sweeney. I just feel like Burton got it. I wasn't offended by the voices, although Angela Lansbury was sorely missed.
Bob, I think your take on ITW is spot-on, and totally credible coming from somebody who's seen the lovely 91 video, which is a true gem and probably still the best artifact of how to stage and sing and act the show. But. But. Your praise for Sweeney floored me! I thought the Burton version of Sweeney Todd was a real fart buger. I mean, nobody was up for the vocal demands of what is essentially an opera, especially not Helena Bonham Carter, who sounded like a dying flute whenever she opened her mouth. Johnny Depp was just a scowl and a hairdo. The whole thing felt like a lot of fake blood and bad lip syncing -- case in point here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuYQrXBKARE
Elaine...not angry...just doing my job.
Dean...you are totally wrong. I watched the Bernadette Peters version AFTER watching the movie. I had never seen any version of Into the Woods before. I just knew something had to be off when I was watching the movie because I was bored to death.
Good call on Blue Ruin. I thought I was the only person in Tucson who saw it! It's on Netflix, BTW.
Grimm fits the reviewer of the film. Why is he so angry?
This reviewer knew what he was writing even before he saw it. Very very obvious.
I finally did see Left Behind. It was gloriously bad.
Solidarity, St. Ends! Solidarity!
This review is, down to the letter, exactly how this movie was to me. I was looking forward to this film, having seen Into the Woods in 1987 as a child and falling for its dark and charming humor. My children and I have enjoyed watching the production with Bernadette Peters over the years and were hopeful it might be half as good, which was in our minds still quite grand. I was impressed with the opening scene but it soon fell terribly flat. It dragged, feeling unusually long, and for us didn't pick up pace until well near the end. The singing often felt like a mirror production, voice wise, but lacked personality. There was maybe 2 light chuckles in the packed cinema that we watched it in on Christmas day. We walked out feeling like it was a mild disappointment, not horrible, but it really did lack so much. I was most shocked at the depressing performance of Tracy Ullman, normally an enormously funny and witty persona. I felt like Jack's mom needed serious clinical help for her depression, and that tone seemed to carry on throughout the entire show.
The critique about Depp doesn't make sense because his song/scene is rife with innuendo.
It seems like I viewed a different movie than this reviewer. Some comments are a bit valid (Depps performance of Hello Little Girl) but others comments just seem like a bitter person who was ready to hate the film no matter what he saw on the screen. In my opinion that is not way a reviewer should do. Review the movie not what you WANTED it to be. My review of you is: you suck as a movie critic.
I buy my hiking boots at Summit Hut. Very knowledgeable folks down there! Read the book, it was outstanding will see the movie soon.
Hope you like it, Ricardo.
"The Babadook" started out creepy and atmospheric enough, but by the midpoint, it telegraphed its punches so clearly that I knew both (a) what was going to happen in the second half, and (b) not to worry too much. Maybe the "child in peril" angle scares parents more than it does those of us who have opted to remain childless. It's a *good* movie all right, mostly thanks to Essie Davis's performance, but I was expecting more based on the critical hype it received.
Just finished reading the book, Wild. Excellent entertainment and sure to be an American classic decades from now ... similar to The Man Who Walked Through Time ... although Wild is written by a better author, a wordsmith. Good job, Cheryl Strayed. I am looking forward to the movie tonight at El Con. Seeing Wild is my 68th birthday present from my wife. We're taking my adult granddaughter.
This movie is probably bad (haven't seen it yet), but some of the comments in this review are as stupid as the movie.
So one of the gripes is that a caveman kills a mammoth because it's an "endangered species" - even though it obviously was not in the era this movie takes place in (not to mention that CAVEMEN had no concept of endangered species - they hadn't even invented the wheel yet). And killing an animal is "murder" now? Seriously.
It sounds like this review was written by a member of PETA.
I want to review the Reviewer: I'm just guessing, but it sounds like a black college kid in their senior year, and using a little too much " inside golf " lingo trying to inform us of the "scoop." I won't see it. As MLK once said, " everything is about race." Ah well, we plunge on. Uninformed as I am as a white guy, having endured the "race riots" in north Philly of the late 60's, the brutality of the high school gang banging in the rest rooms (can you say, .....zip guns?......I knew you could), I am a man from the mid 20th century, not this one. I look at the White House and see a black president surrounded by a largely black staff, appointees, ditto, and a country where the south is more integrated than the north.
Yet, the Reviewer paints this picture of black people bemoaning a culture deep within their souls crying out " Freedom........freedom"? I need to know from what? there is a black middle class in this country far exceeding an insulated down trodden poor white middle class. Statistically, whole towns are falling into dirt poor poverty, yet, still the cry of Freedom......Trillions of dollars have been consumed by the war on poverty, yet, it still grows. The tide forever grows.
I saw it and thought it was really good. I think everyone will see something in this film that resonates with them. i thought the cast was great. Dennis Haysbert's performance as the dean was awesome. Good stuff!
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