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Life
Life (1999)
4 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

If you go to the movies to be entertained, it doesn't get much better than this. It certainly is no serious take on a subject that would be all-too serious elsewhere, but the double entendre of the title belies the reason, besides all the talent present, why this film works so well. While on the surface, Claude and Ray are sentenced to life in prison for a crime they didn't commit, the real story here is about life-the ups and downs, the choices you make, and the friends you sometimes can't stand but ultimately depend upon along the way.

Both Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence became known for, along with being very funny, the characters they create. Murphy with the Nutty Professor characters, demonstrates serious acting ability while creating laughs. They don't do that so much here, but these guys age from mid-20s to 90s convincingly. Their love-hate "old married couple" bickering will leave you in stitches.

The rest of the cast is as underappreciated as this movie is in general. They're hilarious and memorable. I've been repeating Bernie Mac's lines and the "cornbread" scene for years. Casting R. Lee Ermey as the racist bad guy was genius too.

Watch this movie please, and if you've seen it watch it again. I was prompted to write this review having just seen it uncut for the first time. While the edited version delivers the plot well enough, you'll laugh along with the theatrical version much more. They're "keepin it real!"

Pretty When You Cry
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Seduced: Pretty When You Cry is an entertaining film in the erotic thriller genre, though not too original and not without other flaws as well. As you may have heard before though, if you're going to ape-ape from the best. Seduced is very reminiscent of Body Double, with a little Basic Instinct thrown in too. I bought it on a whim, not having heard of this 2001 film, because I collect erotic thrillers and I'm a big Sam Elliott fan. This one delivers on both counts.
The box advertised female lead Carlton Elizabeth as the British Angelina Jolie. While I do not completely agree with that perception, she possesses a smoking hot body and is seductive in a twisted psychotic sort of way.
Male lead Jamie Kennedy is miscast. He is believable as a kind-of nerd caught up in a dangerous love triangle above his head, but there are plenty of actors who could have played it better. He was better cast as a wanna-be white rapper in Malibu's Most Wanted.
Seduced has a good surprise ending that I won't reveal. For the rest of you Sam Elliott fans, I recommend this. It's good to see him in vehicles like this film and We Were Soldiers, not playing a cowboy. I'm sure that's how he will always be remembered though.

Johnny Handsome
12 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I somehow missed this Walter hill-directed earlier-career Mickey Rourke film back in its day, and that's too bad because it's got plenty of great qualities. The noir-ish story is excellent, from the director of 48hrs and The Warriors; if you liked those, this will appeal to you also. Rourke's acting chops are great here, superior in performance to Angel Heart, though maybe not on par with The Wrestler. The grimy New Orleans setting is perfect, although I could have done without the phony Louisiana accents.
The supporting characters are also memorable. Morgan Freeman and Forrest Whittaker are convincing in telling the story of the doomed, ill-fated Johnny. Ellen Barkin is magnificent as well. It's a great evil role, and she's the toughest, sexiest broad from this era. It's easy to see why she was cast as the cougar in Ocean's 13. With such star power, this modern noir should have amassed longer-lasting popularity. The oddest irony regarding this film now is Rourke's facial disfigurement. In the film, he transform from disfigured to "handsome," but in reality, shortly after this film, his boxing career and subsequent surgeries render him unrecognizable as the 80s matinee idol.

The Magic of Belle Isle
15 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

This is a hidden gem from director Rob Reiner, reconnecting him with Morgan Freeman from The Bucket List. If you enjoyed that film, you'll probably like this one as well. This concerns a journey through life's turmoil, although without the presence of Nicholson-much less acerbic. Belle Isle is a beautiful, tender story about characters you really care about. Like Bucket List, this movie is about second chances in life, making the best of what time you have left. I appreciated that it had a theme for every stage of life, although it centered on Monte Wildhorn (Freeman). The intersection of his life with the newly-divorced mother and children of varying ages next door was the perfect complement and foil for Wildhorn. The film does venture into schmaltzy, Hallmark territory, but just go with it. Allowing yourself simply to be inspired and entertained won't hurt.

One criticism: The sort-of romantic angle between Monte Wildhorn and Charlotte O'Neil (Virginia Madsen) seemed forced, not plausible or realistic to me. Madsen was quoted as saying that her on-screen relationship with Freeman (albeit brief) was the first on-screen romance in his long, storied career. Kudos to Reiner, then for thinking outside the box.

You Don't Mess With the Zohan
16 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Adam Sandler's films progressed from purely sophomoric antics to social consciousness mixed into the hijinks. "You Don't Mess with the Zohan" may be the comedian's greatest contribution to the pairing of slapstick comedy with a message. Sandler's brand of humor routinely goes for the most obvious joke, yet its still funny, and this film operates as more of a satire than his earlier work. Inserted into the absurd jokes and ridiculous plot devices (Scrappy's satisfying the salon's aged female clientele) is an attempt at reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians. Whether or not you want to hear the message, the gags involving humus, incompetent terrorists, discount electronics, and a goat will have you laughing out loud. Just the sight of Zohan's 80s hairstyle evokes laughter. Sandler has made a career out of being a childish anti-hero, and this film, in the same vein as Mr. Deeds and Big Daddy, is him at his funniest.
Bonus: Love-interest Emmanuelle Chiriquí is beautiful and perfectly cast.