Pointless and slow version of the legend/poem that adds nothing. Each segment seems to have little meaning or to be attached to the previous one. One or two good speeches here and there and beautiful cinematography and sets. Dev Patel looks bemused and frightened the whole time which well he might. Needs Boorman, Powell or Cocteau to make it work.
A modern classic, one of Lynch's greatest. Stand outs from most of the actors including MacLachlan, Rossellini, Hopper and Dern. A nasty story told with nods to other greats including Hitchcock and Powell, but also with strong originality. But through all the nastiness innocence and humour also appear. Although the last shot suggests a send up of the innocence? Who knows. Great score and lensing too. What can I say? Lynch had already emerged as a new master before this but this puts the seal on it.
Another good Bond with some great action sequences although some of them are a bit long and repetitive. Some good performances from Bond and some of the support, others are a little wooden. Generally good story straying from the psychopathy of the original into more romantic territory with nods to Her Majesty's Secret Service. Occasionally the sets look simply like improved sets of previous Bond films - any originality is more in the subtexts of love and family. So lots of pluses and a few minuses but watchable and enjoyable throughout and a suitable exit for Craig who still looks like he could really punch you in the head.
Typical Schrader movie it explores his usual theme of degradation and redemption through love. This is not one of the best but it is very much worth reviewing. Gere as always can carry a film and the visuals are compelling. The story is somewhat unlikely to say the least, not just in the thriller elements but also the love interest - yes it does happen. However, the theme is powerful if repetitive throughout Schrader's movies and indeed is a core concept of Abrahamic religion. Strangely this was not understood at the time and movie was seen as depraved when it is clearly not selling prostitution and really the activities depicted are not so out of the ordinary. Gere manages to work with portraying the characters increasing discomfort with his life and profession so the ending comes as a great relief for him despite the obvious downside (no plot spoiler).
Hugely entertaining play adaptation which avoids the pitfalls of filming plays. Vibrant throughout with its energy and humour. Stand-outs from F. Murray Abraham and Hulce. Worth seeing even if you saw the play on stage. Even at this length it doesn't really drag. Shows what Forman is capable of in bringing it all together and sustaining it.