Great talents in the cast, but very broad British sit-com that just didn’t get us past the first episode.
Wonderful, early del Toro. Much as watching early Rami or Jackson, you can see the seeds of all that was to follow as his vision as a director came together. Perfect, no, but fun and worth the time. The Criterion also has a commentary from del Toro–and he is one of those directors that can really talk about his craft and intentions.
We’re suckers for Jenuet, what can I say… since Delicatessen he’s managed to keep us enthralled (and, yes, I know that includes Alien 4, but even that had its moments if not a great flick). His sense of humor and whimsy, which surfaces no matter how dark the subject, keeps you laughing and, ultimately, acknowledging the enjoyment of life. Yes, very French, but only if gene-spliced with Monty Python’s demon child.
Second verse, better than the first. The detail, if needed: The first season of Skins was intriguing and unique, but not great. The second season riffs on the foundation they built but builds more then just windows on the charater’s lives, which was how the first season mostly progressed. Or perhaps better put, the first season was primarily about Why and the second about Choices and Consequences. But that kind of analysis robs the show of its power, which relies on the visceral, electric charge of youth in a modern world.
Easily the best film you didn’t see this year. Fabulous performances by both the young and established (Tucci and Clarkson rock as our heroine’s parents) but really sold by Stone’s wry, and often sweetly baffled, delivery. It is all at once an homage, a riff, a satire, and an update of John Hughes’ films and right up there with Joss Whedon on dialogue.
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And this is a light 3 stars at that. Poor Nick Cage. He isn’t a bad actor, but this was just not something that he could deliver. This is a difficult movie to start off with as it is a remake. And worse yet, a story that is essentially one-way. Once you understand it, it loses its power. It doesn’t have to be that way with “secret” movies, but that is how this works out. There are no believable relationships or characters to hang your hat on in this production despite the loads of talent and visual richness. And with no believable relationships and characters, you ain’t got nothin’ to pull you along or to pull you back.
While there are interesting twists to the original flick, that starred a younger Edward Woodward, it is essentially the same tale. And, yes, I’ve seen the original and recommend it over this version, if nothing else as it is such a product of its time that it has huge kitsch value.