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brief movie reviews: now with synchronicity! [Jul. 22nd, 2003|12:48 am]
Just me.
Thursday saw Red Dragon, aka Manhunter Reloaded. Good solid B-picture, worth renting. Better than Hannibal. Harvey Keitel's pants stay on. But ultimately, as Ami would say, It was no Nude for Satan.

Sunday saw Punch-Drunk Love. Disappointing, and not only because Adam Sandler was the dramatic lead. The overlapped music distracted from the dialogue (Ivan cited a similar technique in Magnolia, but neither of us remembered it being so blatant that you noticed it so clearly), and I couldn't relate to any of the characters, nor figure out their motivation for any of their actions. The whole pudding subplot might be interesting if I didn't already know the story from real life, but its inclusion seemed as pointless as anything else in this film. I wonder if people just liked it because like The Wedding Singer, it proved Adam Sandler capable of something more than silly voices and Beavis humor. I found it ultimately just frustrating and empty. (I liked both Magnolia and Boogie Nights, for the record)

Weird synchronicity: Unknown to me at each moment of film selection, both films had Philip Seymour Hoffman and Emily Watson in supporting roles, and in both films, they have no scenes together. Whoa, like, Plate of Shrimp, man.
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[User Picture]From: repoman
2003-07-22 07:30 am (UTC)
It's too bad you didn't like Punch-Drunk Love. I could write a novella on how much I loved it (yes, even the soundtrack). Not as good as Boogie Nights or Magnolia but still much superior to most of the fare out there...

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[User Picture]From: lara7
2003-07-22 09:21 am (UTC)

its all relative..

I'll agree it's probably better than 90% of the films out there, but ultimately, that's faint praise. What was the major thing you liked about it? I just couldn't understand the Sandler character's motivation(s), and the whole phonesex subplot seemed rather pointless (I'd have just gone to the police- wouldn't anybody?). If I didn't know better, I'd think lots of the dialogue was improvised.

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[User Picture]From: repoman
2003-07-22 09:40 am (UTC)

Re: its all relative..

He was a guy completely scared of the world. He couldn't stand up to his family or anyone. He lives in a shell and when things go wrong, he goes along. He lives in fear of his sisters. The only release he has is hurting himself and breaking things.

I loved seeing a very strange love story with good charactor progression. The look of the film alone would win me over. The soundtrack is hetic but so is the guys life.
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