The reason is that there are two drifter characters in it that bothered me the first couple of times, and I think it was just their performances rather than the material that did it. I can now say that I have accepted them in some way and it no longer detracts from an otherwise very special movie. The movie hits so many emotional buttons for me, more with each viewing. The last time I watched it, the last 40 minutes was through the blur of tears. There is also a scene, that for any musician who appreciates the visual and audio synergy, will absolutely blow you away.]]>
When a movie cherry-picks the way this one did and removes most of the characters in favor of some odd romp through the desert, I begin to take offense at the fact that the producers have no respect for either the original work or the audience. What is even more hard to take is that when I enjoy previous works from the producers of the movie, Clooney in particular, I let my guard down. Sure, he was Batman in the worst of all Batman movies, but it wasn't him calling the shots. Here he has no excuse. To me, he fell in love with a single character and that is what the story ultimately was written about.
If they honored the book, the audience would have been both amused and repulsed at the same time at the notion of how a simple and innocent idea can be so horribly perverted. Instead, we got on goofy quirk after another. I'd write more but suffice it to say that it is really a shame to let such good original journalism go to waste.]]>
I can find room to watch this movie no matter what I am doing. I can identify with all the characters in different ways. The problem here, and this is why it has taken so long to put this one up on my list is simply, I can't explain exactly what it is about this movie that I like. I just like everything. It must be the little things that add up to one big enjoyable movie without exactly having a lot of takeaways after seeing it. I love the little banter back and forth between characters. I love the way the Michael character can turn good situations into incredibly horrible ones. The humor is rich and the relationships even richer. Even the little scene playing NHL Hockey on Sega Genesis is classic. Do me a favor, if you haven't see this, go get it and then when you are done, let me know what exactly made you like it. Its just that hard to put into words.]]>
I honestly believe that he destroyed the Batman franchise that Tim Burton brought to life out of a limp slapsticky jokey TV show image. Joel has pretty much killed the entire idea of Gotham City (hmm… does the word Gotham mean anything to him? Apparently not). He changed it to a neon, prancing goon, dumb good guy, irksome bad guy, gratuitous piece of pop-culture drivel with less value than a two day old unrefrigerated hot dog that has fallen on a dirty floor. Gratuitous? Lets talk codpieces and butt shots, shall we? What the hell Joel? Did you ever read a Batman comic in your life? Is this about helping George Clooney get a sexiest man of the year award or making Batman the brooding, bad mo-fo that we all know him to be. Clooney didn’t look like he had any inner demons, instead he smiled through his lines (something that I thought was his acting ability until I saw him in Out of Sight and The Perfect Storm. Again, the Director’s fault. I can go on, but he just ain’t worth it. One more thing, I just made a reference to the great one liners of Arnold in another movie (Predator), but you live by the cheese, you die by the cheese and his lines in this movie were just dumb. Reason to see it: I can’t think of one.]]>
This is the first movie that has been added based on lobbying. My friend Steve told me that it changed his life, at least from a moviegoer's perspective, though I must say that based on a simple Wiffleball "batting out of order" error, this movie simply can't appear in my Pantheon.
The mistake that I made was this. Growing up I heard all about Dirty Harry and his one liners but was rather sheltered from seeing any violent movie. When I became a teen, there was a new Dirty Harry movie that came out called Sudden Impact. I went to see it, not really understanding that I should have waited and perhaps seen the first couple of movies before seeing this latest installment. It never occurred to me because I saw Moonraker without any trouble or needing to go back and watch Goldfinger. Well, I liked Sudden Impact, but didn't love it. Later I rented Dirty Harry and it was really awesome, but based on my mistake of timing, the movie didn't strike me the way it apparently strikes others. For this I am sorry, but sometimes this kind of thing happens. So with that in mind, this movie belongs in that grey zone between the Nearly Perfect and the Pantheon, for me at least.]]>