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26th May '17 3:32:01 PM Alvin
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-->"You know a movie is not working for you when you sit in the dark inventing new words. ''House of D'' is the kind of movie that particularly makes me cringe, because it has such a shameless desire to please; like Music/UriahHeep, it bows and scrapes and wipes its sweaty palm on its trouser leg, and also like Uriah Heep, it privately thinks it is superior."

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-->"You know a movie is not working for you when you sit in the dark inventing new words. ''House of D'' is the kind of movie that particularly makes me cringe, because it has such a shameless desire to please; like Music/UriahHeep, [[Literature/DavidCopperfield Uriah Heep]], it bows and scrapes and wipes its sweaty palm on its trouser leg, and also like Uriah Heep, it privately thinks it is superior."
20th May '17 8:57:05 AM JamesAustin
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* ''Film/LastManStanding''

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* ''Film/LastManStanding''''Film/LastManStanding1996''



-->"Creator/DennisHopper's ''The Last Movie'' is a wasteland of cinematic wreckage. There are all sorts of things you can say about it, using easy critical words to describe it as undisciplined, incoherent, a structural mess. But mostly it's just plain pitiful. Hopper hasn't even been able to cover his tracks; the failure of his intentions is nakedly obvious. Near the movie's end there's a pathetic scene in which he sits, half-stoned, dazed, confused, and says the hell with it. It feels like he means it."

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-->"Creator/DennisHopper's -->"Dennis Hopper's ''The Last Movie'' is a wasteland of cinematic wreckage. There are all sorts of things you can say about it, using easy critical words to describe it as undisciplined, incoherent, a structural mess. But mostly it's just plain pitiful. Hopper hasn't even been able to cover his tracks; the failure of his intentions is nakedly obvious. Near the movie's end there's a pathetic scene in which he sits, half-stoned, dazed, confused, and says the hell with it. It feels like he means it."
15th May '17 5:27:38 PM Dancedom
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* ''Film/TheManWithOneRedShoe''
-->"''The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe'' was not a very funny movie in the first place. But at least it was somebody's original inspiration. Like the Creator/BurtReynolds remake of Creator/FrancoisTruffaut's ''Film/TheManWhoLovedWomen'', this movie fails to understand that the French originals were about more than plot. They were about attitude. In the French film, the hero had sort of a goofy offbeat charm. Like the hero of all the Creator/JacquesTati films, he was blissfully unaware of the chaos happening all around him. In the ''Red Shoe'' version, [[Creator/TomHanks Hanks]] tries to actually deal with the craziness that surrounds him, and that's a fatal error. Reviewing failed comedies is a thankless task. Rereading the paragraphs above, I see I've tried to use logic in order to explain what went wrong with the movie. My mistake, of course, is to assume that logic has anything to do with comedy. If ''The Man with One Red Shoe'' had been funny, it wouldn't have mattered that it was a witless remake. But it is not funny, and that I guess, is that."
6th May '17 10:34:28 AM Dancedom
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* ''Film/IntoTheNight''
-->"The movie was directed by Creator/JohnLandis, who has filled it with countless cameo appearances. Everybody knows that a lot of Hollywood directors have walk-ons in ''Into the Night'', but that's just the beginning. Everybody and his cousin drifts through this movie. And I have a notion that the set began to resemble a party, with a different guest list every day. As Landis played host and tried to make all of his non-actors feel comfortable, some degree of vital tension was lost. Creating the experience became more important than making the movie."


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* ''Film/TheSweetestThing''
-->"This is not a good movie. It's deep-sixed by a compulsion to catalog every bodily fluids gag in ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary'' and devise a parallel clone-gag. It knows the words but not the music; while the Farrelly brothers got away with murder, ''The Sweetest Thing'' commits suicide.
2nd May '17 10:26:25 PM hordak27
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-->"I think ''The Skulls'' has been inspired by "Skull And Bones", a secret society at Yale. The film is set in New Haven, but it's sneaky and it never quite mentions the name of the college. they is a big "Y" on the wall in some shots, so maybe it's "Yazoo State". The villains are slimy, the hero is conflicted, and the Skulls are impossibly powerful. They hold a duel right there on their clubground. ''The Skulls'' goes so far over the top that this movie may a future at festivals of bad movies." ''Ebert & Roeper'' review

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-->"I think ''The Skulls'' has been inspired by "Skull And Bones", a secret society at Yale. The film is set in New Haven, but it's sneaky and it never quite mentions the name of the college. they is a big "Y" on the wall in some shots, so maybe it's "Yazoo State". The villains are slimy, the hero is conflicted, and the Skulls are impossibly powerful. They hold a duel right there on their clubground. ''The Skulls'' goes so far over the top that this movie may have a future at festivals of bad movies." ''Ebert & Roeper'' review
1st May '17 3:37:51 PM Dancedom
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* ''Film/{{Splash}}''
-->"They should have made [[Creator/JohnCandy Candy]] the lover, and [[Creator/TomHanks Hanks]] the brother. Then we'd be on the side of this big lunk who suddenly has a mermaid drop into his life and has to explain her to his creepy, swinging-singles brother. Plus, there's the sweet touch that this transcendently sexy mermaid has fallen for the tubby loser with the heart of lust, and not for his slick brother. See what I mean? Instead, they go the other way. John Candy is not used much in the movie, Tom Hanks comes across as a standard young male lead, and they have to concoct a meaningless and boring subplot in order to make the movie long enough. Don't they know in Hollywood that once all the geniuses think they've finished with the screenplay, you just gotta rotate everything 180 degrees and you got a movie?"
30th Apr '17 12:06:17 PM Dancedom
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-->"The infuriating thing about ''Agnes of God'' is that it tells a story that makes such questions essential and then ignores them. This is a very badly confused movie. It takes the form of a murder investigation and then uses hints of the supernatural to avoid all the hard-edged questions raised by the murder. Then, just what it seems to be edging close to the fundamental supernatural questions it contains -- it's back to the courtroom. The movies uses each half of its story to avoid dealing with the other.

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-->"The infuriating thing about ''Agnes of God'' is that it tells a story that makes such questions essential and then ignores them. This is a very badly confused movie. It takes the form of a murder investigation and then uses hints of the supernatural to avoid all the hard-edged questions raised by the murder. Then, just what it seems to be edging close to the fundamental supernatural questions it contains -- it's back to the courtroom. The movies uses each half of its story to avoid dealing with the other."


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* ''Film/DeadMan''
-->"Creator/JimJarmusch is trying to get at something here, and I don't have a clue what it is. Are the machines of the East going to destroy the nature of the West? Is the white man doomed, and is the Indian his spiritual guide to the farther shore? Should you avoid any town that can't use another accountant? Watching the film, I was reminded of the original William Blake's visionary drawings and haunting poems. Leaving the theater, I came home and took down my copy of Blake and spent a very pleasant half-hour. So the evening was not a loss."


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* ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh''
-->"Let me make myself clear, I am not against vulgarity as a subject for a movie comedy. Sometimes I treasure it, when it's used with inspiration, as in ''Film/TheProducers'' and ''Film/NationalLampoonsAnimalHouse''. But vulgarity is a very tricky thing to handle in a comedy; tone is everything, and the makers of ''Fast Times at Ridgemont High'' have an absolute gift for taking potentially funny situations and turning them into general embarrassment. They're tone deaf."


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* ''Film/ToraToraTora''
-->"''Tora'', on the other hand, offers no suspense at all because we know the attack on Pearl Harbor is going to happen, and it does, and then the movie ends. We don't even feel sympathy for the officers responsible (if that's the word.) They've been directed as wooden puppets reading security reports, etc."
29th Apr '17 12:00:45 PM Dancedom
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* ''Film/AgnesOfGod''
-->"The infuriating thing about ''Agnes of God'' is that it tells a story that makes such questions essential and then ignores them. This is a very badly confused movie. It takes the form of a murder investigation and then uses hints of the supernatural to avoid all the hard-edged questions raised by the murder. Then, just what it seems to be edging close to the fundamental supernatural questions it contains -- it's back to the courtroom. The movies uses each half of its story to avoid dealing with the other.


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* ''Film/RaisingArizona''
-->"The movie cannot decide if it exists in the real world of trailer parks and 7-Elevens and Pampers, or in a fantasy world of characters from another dimension. It cannot decide if it is about real people, or comic exaggerations. It moves so uneasily from one level of reality to another that finally we're just baffled. Comedy often depends on frustrating the audience's expectations. But how can it work when we don't have a clue about what to expect -- when the movie itself doesn't know what is possible and what is not?"
24th Apr '17 11:41:56 PM Tyoria
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-->"I think I have the message by now. It was contained in ''FilmTheKarateKid1984'', which was a wonderful movie, and then it was recycled in ''The Karate Kid, Part II.'' Now we have ''The Karate Kid Part III,'' and still the message is the same. This material is wearing out its welcome. I have mastered all of the lessons ''The Karate Kid'' movies have to teach and all of the surprises they have to spring. I am also intimately familiar with the plot formula, so that nothing in this third film comes as the faintest surprise. Perhaps it is time, as Mr. Miyagi might say, to study something else."

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-->"I think I have the message by now. It was contained in ''FilmTheKarateKid1984'', ''Film/{{The Karate Kid|1984}}'', which was a wonderful movie, and then it was recycled in ''The Karate Kid, Part II.'' Now we have ''The Karate Kid Part III,'' and still the message is the same. This material is wearing out its welcome. I have mastered all of the lessons ''The Karate Kid'' movies have to teach and all of the surprises they have to spring. I am also intimately familiar with the plot formula, so that nothing in this third film comes as the faintest surprise. Perhaps it is time, as Mr. Miyagi might say, to study something else."
22nd Apr '17 1:18:55 AM jameygamer
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* ''Film/{{Elektra}}''
-->"''Elektra'' plays like a collision between leftover bits and pieces of Marvel superhero stories. It can't decide what tone to strike. It goes for satire by giving its heroine an agent who suggests mutual funds for her murder-for-hire fees, and sends her a fruit basket before her next killing. And then it goes for melancholy by making Elektra a lonely, unfulfilled overachiever who was bullied as a child and suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. It goes for cheap sentiment by having her bond with a 12-year-old girl, and then ... but see for yourself. The movie's a muddle in search of a rationale."
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