The melodrama of this 1956 film could easily date the film, but instead it just makes it more delightfully wicked fun. Patty McCormack is sickeningly sweet as the titular sociopath but it is the performance of Eileen Heckart as the grief-stricken mother of one of Rhoda's victims that makes The Bad Seed terrifying and touching at the same time.
Wasted talent from surprisingly capable actors. Zombie muddles through a pop psychology backstory before he gets to the killing, but even then, the damage was done.
It's nothing special, but it's a cute waste of time. Its soundtrack is the strongest, but its not nearly as "indie" as it prides itself on being.
Visually stimulating and well acted, this is a must see for Wong Kar Wai fans, but for casual movie-goers, you won't feel cheated if you miss this one. Still, it's worth a look, but not a must see.
I understand Jonze's intentions of making a movie ABOUT children, but not necessarily FOR children, but it comes across as pretentious and self congratulatory. It's beautifully imagined and the puppetry is breathtaking, but other than the visual, it doesn't offer much else.
I probably wouldn't have liked this as much if I hadn't taken a class where we screened Gidget and the like. What's even better about this film is it's break from the genre. Lauren Ambrose is deliciously camp in this send-up of surfer flicks.
Katie Holmes proves that getting into the biz wasn't a total mistake with this film. Patricia Clarkson outshines her as the cancer ridden mother of this dysfunctional family, but it is the inclusion of all these characters and their relationships that makes Pieces of April work.
This movie is a mess that doesn't go about trying to answer some of the questions it poses. Too pretentious and self-satisfied for my taste, but it had potential to be something more. It almost drowns in its sense of self importance, so if that's your kind of movie, go for it, but I'll pass.
This is one of those movies that took me by surprise when i first saw it. I've always been a fan of Rudd and Weisz, but I'd never seen them in roles like this. It was a refreshing change of pace even if it is hard to watch these characters self destruct. The soundtrack by Elvis Costello was a great touch.
This is the very definition of a performance piece. More often than not it's uncomfortable, but it's also terrifyingly real in its exploration of the dysfunctional family dynamic. Adam Scott gives a breathtaking performance that's so painful to watch, but also completely mesmerizing. J.K. Simmons proves his worth in the scenes he's in as the patriarch, but it is Brittany Snow, all grown up, who steals the show.
One of the funniest and most exciting send-ups of the film noir. Both leads are pitch perfect in their delivery and comedic timing. There's a moment or two where the pace slows down, but there's more than enough to keep folks entertained.
Alice in Wonderland is one of those forgotten Disney gems. Then again, Disney would like to have it that way. Considering the animated masterpiece is quite subversive for its time, it seems tame by today's standards. Still, it's a good time and an important piece of film history.
House of Sand and Fog features some great performances from it's cast, but unfortunately, that isn't always enough. The story itself is simple, but emotionally engaging. However, there are moments where the movie would benefit from the whole "less is more" mentality. Still, it's a noble effort featuring some truly accomplished acting from Connelly and most notably Ben Kingsley.
Just remember, every time you think "oh God, they wouldn't be stupid enough to do that... would they?" The answer is yes, they would.
It's a good enough time for one of those forgettable PG-13 movies, but it could use some improvement. nevertheless, Naomi Watts proves herself to be one of the quintessential scream queens of our time.
I know it's the cool thing to hate M. Night Shyamalan, but with movies like Signs, it's no wonder. Mel Gibson's worst offense (aside from being a drunken anti-semite) is his acting in this movie. There are some scenes where you think that Joaquin Phoenix just might be the best part of the movie, but then you see the aliens and it becomes pretty obvious that the only thing that could save it might be a thorazine drip.
Never before have I seen such a blatantly self-congratulatory movie. Seriously, it's a system of music videos strung together with a couple flashing lights and some choreography thrown in. I turned it off after 20 minutes, but I still want those 20 minutes of my life back.
I hate that I enjoy this movie, but what can I say? I let my freak flag wave
The Iron Giant is one of those movies that still makes me tear up even thinking about it. It's a touching movie about a boy and his unusual friendship with, you guessed it, an iron giant. Still, that description makes it sound corny, but it really does have a lot to offer, especially for animation fans. Brad Bird is at the top of his game with this one.
A solid effort, but far from perfect. I know a lot of people were disappointed that he spent so much time focusing on "Alice" and not enough time in "wonderland" but I appreciated how the movie took me offguard. I don't think it should be confined to the genre of fantasy because this movie has much more to say. heads up to those who haven't seen it already, the hype can ruin it, so don't let it get to you.
Against better reason, I will always love this movie. The character of Hellboy is Mike Mignola's creation, but Del Toro works with Mignola to make it as true to the comic book as possible. It's true that the Hellboy comics rely heavily on the stylized art, but Mignola captures the characters and the essential themes of the comics pitch perfectly.
At first glance a simple ghost story, but The Devil's Backbone offers up a tale of innocence lost set in the political unrest of Spain. Del Toro considers this his male companion piece to Pan's Labyrinth so it's interesting to see how he's evolved since The Devil's Backbone, but in terms of story, The Devil's Backbone is a stronger film for me. It's not for everyone, but emotionally engaging and visually mesmerizing.
By no means perfect, it's chilling in all the right moments, but knows when to play with the viewer's emotions. More than it is a horror story, it's a character study of a woman coming to terms with an unimaginable loss with frightening consequences.
Katharine Hepburn is stunning as the strong-willed woman who finds herself torn between two men. Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart complement each other perfectly as the men in her life. The hilarity of The Philadelphia Story still holds up after all these years when the rom-com seems to be circling the drain.
Excellent beginning for the dark comedy sub-genre. Frank Capra does the morbid and the madcap beautifully with the help of Cary Grant and company.
Is it perfect? God no, but Don Roos creates delightfully dysfunctional characters that I was more than happy to spend some 100 odd minutes with. Christina Ricci is equal parts trashy and wise beyond her years in the role. Lisa Kudrow shows she's much more than Phoebe with her bitterness and biting wit. All in all, fun characters makes The Opposite of Sex worth looking into.
Ofen dismissed as overly preachy, Munich is what I've always known Spielberg was capable of, but never really tried before. It's nice to see a movie where he doesn't feel the need to tie things up so neatly in the end. Instead what Munich offers is messy, much like life. Solid performances from the cast and an engrossing and deeply personal story make Munich a standout film.
Pure unadulterated fun that doesn't pretend to be much else. It's certainly not the best depiction of Sherlock Holmes, but the fight scenes were well choreographed and Downey Jr. was enjoyable in the role. Those who aren't fans of Ritchie's highly stylized form may not be too happy with this, while die-hard Ritchie fans may feel let down by his cleaned up, studio efforts. Either way, it's fun for what it is.
For anyone's who ever been dumped (or even done the dumping for that matter) this is the soundtrack to our lives. Blending the inseparable emotion of personal relationships and music with humor and heart, High Fidelity is unforgettable.
The second Iron man proves that people talk about the terrible twos, they aren't just talking about babies. iron man 2 tries to do too much and seems too self conscious at times to really be anything note worthy. Still, Robert Downey Jr. is great as Tony Stark yet again and it has its moments, but there's nothing too stand out about this sequel.