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I love the avaunt garde, the bizarre, and movies that succeed in making you `feel' something. They need to be recognised, and viewed. `Donnie Darko' and `Welcome To Woop Woop' for instance. Superb obscure films can be overlooked. Bruce Willis is my hero (okay, come on. Bruce is BRUCE)
I also write. Have written several humorous fantasies, and a modern fantasy about the heir to the Fisher King's Throne. None published, but got close with Warner Books (Wayne Chang was my editor).
Even better...I am Farley Mowat's great nephew on my mother's side (Mowat Clan, so I connect right away with Mel Gibson's `Braveheart').
Someday, I hope, you will see MY books on the screen, and critique me.
I am simply trying to update reviews from 10 years ago. Pappillion is one of the greatest films ever made. It is the BEST of Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. The cinematography, the soundtrack, the pure vista... this film was done when they did `on locations'. You've all seen the film or read the reviews, but I need to point out the realism. McQueen and Hoffman play their roles with blackened teeth to recreate the realisom of a convicts life on a secluded prison island in French Guinea. THAT is realism, and not CG.
I am updating the reviews for the generation that has lost themselves in CG and special effects. This film was done real. For that generation, I say, PLEASE watch this film. Please. Again, the cinetography will amaze you. THIS is what movies were meant to be.
First off, I really hate critiquing bad flicks. I just don't see the reason to do it. But I have to this....
Carell, Wilde, Buscemi, Arkin, and Carrey...how did the writers screw up a film with stellar cast?????
First, Carrey is the brightest spot in this flick as a shock street performer, and does a great job as a supporting actor. He actually plays his moronic self (drilling into his skull), and he works as a street idiot magician that is a blatant slam to Criss Angel. From there, I cannot believe the rest of this A-List cast signed for this Formula Hollywood fiasco. I like Carell movies (brilliant in Seeking a Friend for The End of The World), I think Buscemi is one of the most underrated actors of our age (but he looks like this role is phoned in), and who doesn't love Arkin? BTW, somebody had to have something on Wilde to get her to do this film.
With THIS kind of talent, the story of a jaded self centered fallen magician could have been hilarious. Instead, it was simply a formula film that you KNEW the soggy script in the first five minutes. I kept waiting for this to take the road to insanity funny, but it kept sinking into a new version of a lame kids show.
Here are the highlights...Arkin is really funny in his role as a retired magician in an old folks home, especially in his `I had a stroke' bit, and then the last 3 minutes. That's it. I have a feeling the original script may have been more bizarre, and Hollywood made it cream toast.
Oh, the OTHER best performance in this film is Jay Mohr's spot shots as the magician Rick the Implausible. He NAILS the role with his spoof on Vegas lounge performers with his comb-over and inability to tell a single joke properly. And I mean he nails it. If they had shown him blowing it on stage, instead of just the bar spots, this would have been funnier.
I gave this 2 stars simply for Carrey, Mohr, and Arkin. I won't give you a synopsis of the movie, because I am sure you can guess it it from the other comments.I would recommend you have many many drinkies before watching the dvd. Might make it funnier. Okay, I mean you REALLY need to be hammered to find the humor in this Hollywood formula dog. I mean tequila hammered. Or unconscious. That would be better.
Every once in a while, great stars join together to do an Indie film. THIS, is one of those films. And after watching this, I see why they did this movie.
So the movie starts with a 40 year old Carell and his wife sitting in a car, listening to a newscast that the shuttle mission sent to destroy asteroid Mathilda, has failed, and that the world will end in 3 weeks. Carell's wife looks at him like he wasted her life, and runs from the car. That simple 60 seconds sets the tone for the rest of the film. After wasting a week moping, Carell meets Knightly, his downstairs neighbor who has a `long sleep' disorder. From the start, they seem to be total opposites. She is flighty, and he is a calm, suppressed man mired in a suppressed job selling insurance. If I give you ANY details, it ruins the desire to see this film. Let's just say, they find they fill holes in each other, and as they road trip to see people before the end, they discover they fill those holes. Watching them grow is like a fine wine....it just gets better.
I am having a hard time reviewing this movie because I loved it (telling everything ruins it), and the viewer really needs to experience for themselves, how you get totally drawn into Carell and Kightly. The even pace of Carell and the oddness of Khightly (and trust me, she is odd) is like a goulash that finally comes together, but only with days left before the asteroid strike.
One of the best scenes is the party where Carell's friends try to set him up with an easy chick after his wife leaves, and he won' go for it because he `isn't ready'. The other is when Carell and Knightly go to an ex-boyfriend's of Knightly's who has a titanium bomb shelter believes he and his friends will repopulate the world after the strike. The irony being, they are all men, and the world be be scoured. This movie is filled with irony of how people try to cope with the end of all things.
I give the writers big kudos for not having the `Hollywood Ending'. Trust me, the last 60 seconds of this movie, will bring you to tears, even if you are a strong person. It's worth it for the message it brings. Life is too short. If you find what brings you happiness, keep it, and keep it until all things end.
Again, it's hard for me to do a review and give away all the nuances of a movie. Part of watching a good film, is allowing it to unfold and discover. If you want action, this is the wrong movie. If you enjoy characters who grow, and you care about them, this is a perfect movie.
I know you have read all the reviews. This is just my two cents on a fun movie.
Yes, this NOT your vintage Peter Pan movie. That is the whole point. It was filmed to be an update. That's why the Lost Boys play basketball and ride skateboards. To me, that was a small price to pay for a fun flick. By now, you all know the premise is a grown up Peter Pan `lost' in the world of grown-ups. A-HA! See the correlation? One of Robin William's best roles (he is better in serious roles than slappy stuff...see Bicentennial Man). He has lost sight of his true self, and it takes the kidnapping of his children by Hook (Hoffman is excellent) to recapture what we all lose as we get older....the ability to let us loose our inner child.
Spielberg makes a very obvious point in this film. If we lose the ability to enjoy our lives as children do, we become stiff, stolid, and joyless. We become destined to discuss the weather, politics, and banal crap.
So that's all I wanted to post here. Enjoy this film, with whatever flaws it may have, as a piece filled with Spielberg magic. I know I did. nother thng to point out, this was made before CG graphics took over. So most of the film was made on real sets.
By the way, I still wish I could fly........
These cheese and green chili tamales are as good as my local Mexican Deli, but also twice the size! Other reviewer is right that they are best when steamed. I run water over the husk, and micro for 60 seconds. Kinda like micro-steaming? Anyway, I've enjoyed them with green sauce, mole, and my homemade salsa. All work well. FYI - I buy these at Costco. $14.99 for a 15 pack. And yes, they freeze well. I do recommend you thaw them, or wrap the frozen tamales in wet (not damp...wet) paper toweling if you microwave out the freezer. Tamales comes out nice and moist. I forgot to mention, these taste awesome. I also highly recommend the Del Real chicken and pork tamales (also at Costco for the same price/count). Stuffed with filling and sauce and taste great. Muy Bueno!...Read more
You've all read the prior reviews, and the detailed descriptions, so I won't go into the amazing graphics, the great soundtrack, and fantastic voice-overs. And the voice-overs are superb. I can't say enough about the beauty of this game (other than it gets extremely repetitious after a few hours). BUT.....here' my beef. I played it. It's an 8 hour game for $60. There will be 3-4 DLC's you can buy with the Season Pass for another $25, but that makes the game $85. And the word I got from a GameStop friend, is the DLC's may add 2 hours each. When I finished the game (in less than 2 days), the great ending aside, I was like WTF? Is that it? I was allowed to return the game for full credit.
2K has made absolutely fantastic games. Borderlands, Borderlands 2, the original Bioshock (made #4 in G4's greatest games of all time which is no slacker). Both Borderlands games were easily 100+ hours BEFORE the 4 DLC's for each game which added another 100+ hours to each game And the last B2 DLC has yet to be released. Well worth every penny. The original Bioshock was a 20+ hour game. More if you took your time to explore.
So maybe I was spoiled because of long great games like The Elder Scrolls Oblivion and Skyrim, the Borderlands games, and the Fallout series, all long great games that make you think you stole them. I bought all of those games new for $60 and the DLC's for another $25, and I did not feel cheated. So to end this, I would rent the game from Redbox ($1.20 a day) and keep it for 3 days. $3.60 to finish a great game seems like a steal to me. When Infinite comes available as a Game of the Year version (all DLC's added) for $20, I will buy it again.
Just my opinion. By the way, I have a boatload of games.....
Superb cast. Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, and Jack Black at some of their best performances. The scenery is amazing. From the bayous, to the tundra and snow of the Alaskan Islands.
This is a movie about the competition between three `birders', people who value sighting bird species over their own personal lives. The thing is, it's not. It's about how their passion of `birding' affects their personal lives...cementing them, and losing them.
I know you have read all the reviews already. All I can say, is this small film, is a big movie. Please watch it.
...but I have to make this post.
After watching this movie 100+ times, I am still entanced. For me, this film stands in the trifecta of Baseball films. For the Love of the Game, Bull Burham, and The Natural. It is also my favorite Robert Redford film.
This is not just a baseball movie, It is a great fantasy about good vs evil. The evil being the owners, who are in it for the money, and a man who loves the game for the purety it embodies. The symbolism throuout this film is bold. The last 5 minutes is as riveting as any intense thriller.
What it says, is that just once, your one final swing, can lead to redemption.
I knowwe have all ween this film over and over, but it is suoerb...isn't it?