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Will be creating films over the summer... if anyone needs music for their films, get at me, pro bono.
"Zobu" will be complete soon. (LOL - 8/22/05)
[size=2]| wrote this long ago when I thought I had to explain my ratings
How come I have so many fresh reviews? Well...let's just say I watch very few bad films...or as little as possible. Plus, it is quite hard to hate any film, when you think about the amount of work that was put into it. I also go with the higher hand on most of my ratings.[/size][/color]
My rating (out of 10) scale converted to stars (****)
1/2 [color=magenta]-- 1-2[/color]
* [color=magenta]-- 2-3[/color]
*1/2 [color=magenta]-- 2-4[/color]
** [color=magenta]-- 5[/color]
**1/2 [color=magenta]-- 6-7[/color]
*** [color=magenta]-- 7-8[/color]
***1/2 [color=magenta]-- 8-9[/color]
**** [color=magenta]-- 10[/color]
"I guess there is some justice in the world. You suffer, you go through hell... but then happiness comes along for everyone."
- Nights of Cabiria
(1957, Giulietta Masina)
[left]7/10 :fresh: Warriors (2002)[/left]
[left]^the damn rating system doesn't work for this film![/left]
[left]Guerreros, meaning Warriors in Spanish, is a gruesome depiction of post-war Kosovo in 1999. The subject matter is very recent, making this a daring foray into a world that still exists today. The only problem is the fact that the film actually feels like several other American-made war films we have seen in recent years, mainly Black Hawk Dawn. The reason the film rises above the cliches is because of the realistic way the battle scenes are portrayed. The cinematography is stunning and the choreography is chilling. The film over chills to the bone in the final thirty-minutes. I really recommend the film to anyone interested in the term, "War is hell."[/left]
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[left]:fresh: 8/10 Movie: Da Ali G Show - The Complete First Season (2003)[/left]
[left]Sacha Baren Cohen uses stereotypes, racist remarks, and hasty generalizations to create humor. Does it work? There's absolutely no doubt about that, but it's not for everyone. I watched the season with my brother and my dad, my dad thought it was awful and very unfunny, me and my brother thought it was hilarious. The way people take him so seriously in his skits is unbelievable. It had me rolling on the floor laughing my ass of. It's satire at its finest, but far too "rude" (pokes fun at Kazakhistan people and Austrians). Cohen's character, Ali G, is one hell of a character that will probably remain entertaining for years to come. I am anticipating the second season starting tonight. Watch this if you can, it's worth it.[/left]
[left]The DVD messed up at 1 hour and 29 minutes, with 11 minutes left. I gotta get another copy. I'd say its an 8.5 as of now, Kar wai is wonderful.[/left]
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The Wendell Baker Story [color=red]:rotten: 4/10[/color]
The Wendell Baker Story starts off extremely slow, and goes downhill from there. I realized Luke Wilson had written and directed the feature, so I anticipated a lot, since The Royal Tenenbaums is one of my all-time favorites. Instead, what I saw was a horrible attempt at a comedy. All I can say is that Owen Wilson can't write without Anderson standing beside him, although primarily, Luke is the person to blame.
The performance from Luke Wilson was weak. I am extremely fond of him in most of his films, but I actually found it hard to watch him this time. He had his moments, but didn't achieve anything special through the terrible character of Baker. Furthermore, Eva Mendes was a poor addition to the cast. She has the looks, and showed a ton of potential in Training Day and some in Stuck on You, but she is definitely bad in The Wendell Baker Story. Moreover, Owen Wilson didn't annoy me for once, thanks to the always amusing, Eddie Griffin. However, the shining star of the film, who is only in about two scenes, with a total screen time of about three minutes, is Will Ferrel. He is absolutely hilarious. For once, he doesn't exaggerate his role and takes it on more of a subtle level, until he reaches a boiling point in a certain scene. Also, the only performances that had a lot of screen time and I absolutely loved were from the elders of the film, including the hilarious Seymour Cassel and the lovable Harry Dean Stanton.
The screenplay is the main problem of this film, and obviously, the most important aspect of it. It is filled with loopholes and some weak dialogue. Furthermore, the character development is simply heart wrenching. Wendell goes from being a stupefying convict, to a passionate athlete, which leads him to become a moron, progressing him to later regret his mistake of being a moron, leading him to try and rectify himself, which further develops him to shape into a loving human being who cares for humanity, then becoming extremely intelligent, then going all the way back to being a convict in order to save his relationship that he lost somewhere along the way. It is so poorly written that even that summary of his development won't do it justice. Additionally, almost every single character in the film is weakly developed. For example, Eva Mendes, playing Wendell's girlfriend, is so unbelievable that she is actually hard to watch. Then, there is the god-awful character of Kris Kristofferson. He is only in the film for about three minutes total, akin to Ferrel, and doesn't even remotely develop. We find out absolutely nothing about this man that is eventually becomes the main influence for Baker's final actions. That basically sums up the horrifying results of a script written by Wilson without a genius atop his shoulders. Also, the plot develops in ways that are unbelievably stupid. Nothing seems to connect clearly, which is a result of diluted editing.
Luke and Owen Wilson (who helped his brother out with the script) wrote an extremely weak screenplay. Luke basically directed the film with sheer stupidity. I can't point out specifics since I don't want to give away the entire plot, but I can see no future for Wilson as a director. For starters, he can't direct actors, reminding me of George Lucas, but unlike Lucas, he offers nothing to save the horrific results of the performances. There are also various sequential choices he made that make the film drag at times, causing instability.
Essentially, The Wendell Baker Story is the horrific result of a great screenwriter/actor trying to go on his own. Unlike what I expected, the film was a hit-and-miss comedy with a few scenes that had me, and the rest of the audience, laughing. Don't even think about wasting your money to see this in the theaters. I suggest to those who are anticipating this film to be good to wait for it to hit the shelves, and then witness a poor attempt at filmmaking. Technically speaking, I think Wes Anderson should have been involved in this to have somehow provided Luke Wilson with a professional hand at both directing and writing.