The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Silly and substantial.
Most of it is strained and unfunny, with some generous nudity for nudity's sake and a hip sprinkling of four-letter words.
What holds the film together is not its plot (there isn't one) but its attitude, its general instinct for what is funny in our society.
It's all served up with good humor, self-indulgence, a touch of wit, and once in a while a fine satirical relish.
With the mission statement of setting out to make something akin to Jean-Luc Godard's '60s work, De Palma's third feature, Greetings, still feels surprisingly his own.
Director Brian De Palma has infused Greetings with an excessively freewheeling sensibility that immediately grates...
This modest film by the young Brian De Palma, starring the young Robert De Niro, is one of the first features that dealt with Vietnam.
Brian De Palma's breezy, Godardian first feature distills the heady atmosphere of Greenwich Village in an era of countercultural experimentation and anti-war protest.
Messy, but lively and surprisingly funny.
Prickly comedy of alienation
Greetings, and salutations to a career destined to be pockmarked by provocation.
What happened to a vivacious, talented director who could in 1968 co-write, direct and edit this movie for $40,000 yet 30 years later made Mission: Impossible?
Sometimes clever and funny, but DePalma's Greetings presents a lot of unfunny, unecessary and boring scenes; very dumb and no prespective to make somebody laugh with the poor screenplay. De Niro, however, show a nice acting. Greetings it's in my list of the most disappoint films that I ever saw. Rotten.
Almost too relevant for its own good, this is a hauntingly realistic interpretation of life in the 60s. It consists of draft dodging techniques, clues to the Kennedy assassination and making low budget porn. Following three friends, you really get a sense of what it was like to be a guy in his 20s at the brink of the Vietnam War. Itâ€™s a subject that you donâ€™t often see that much in film, but this does it so well that I donâ€™t see the need to do it anywhere else. Brian De Palma presents a very experimental looking film that takes the camera places it doesnâ€™t usually go. With a series of jump cuts, odd focus changes and panning, youâ€™re being given a lens that wasnâ€™t typical of the time period. It also happens to be Robert De Niroâ€™s first starring role and an amazing one at that. Jon Rubin is an intellectual peeping tom that uses his manipulation skills to lure girls and film them stripping nude.
A quirky early film for De Niro, where it doesn?t really give his acting skills chance to shine through and yet, it is strangely intriguing. It feels like the type of movie which could have developed a Cult following, being an either love it or hate it type of film and yet I?m guessing as a lesser known title, this didn?t seem to be the case.
A fascinating time-capsule from Brian De Palma, featuring Robert De Niro. The pair had previously worked together in 1963 on a film called "The Wedding Party", which still hadn't been released theatrically by the time "Greetings" came out in 1968. You can tell how dated this film is by listing its primary interests: draft-dodging, the Vietnam War in general and conspiracy theories surrounding President Kennedy's assassination. In fact, just about the only topic the film deals with which hasn't dated is that ageless concern of young people the world over, getting laid. There's no discernible plot or a particular point being made here; it's just an irreverent, episodic, freewheeling, ballsy poke in the eye to the prevailing sacred cows of the time. De Palma's thematic interest in voyeurism can be traced back to De Niro's character in "Greetings", Jon Rubin, who would be further developed in the superior sequel, "Hi, Mom!" a couple of years later. Gerrit Graham is very funny as an obsessive critic of the Warren Commission, and there's a great scene where he meets a paranoid eyewitness to the JFK assassination in a bookstore: "There's a plaster cast of the pillow that was used to smother my aunt!"
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