Free Range/Ballad on Approving of the World
The story of a promising young man with exciting career opportunities and a looming marital bliss.
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Pratheepan T (ru) wrote: mm....Not Much More nice....What we expected is Not in the Movie
Michael C (it) wrote: This movie is worse than junk science. As a microbiologist, I try to allow movies a little license to make interesting what I know would otherwise be a pretty boring story to lay people. But this movie's gross disregard for anything factual at all is irresponsible and the risk is that some who watch it may think that it reflects some sort of reality. If they bothered to consult any microbiologists, physicians or epidemiologists about technical details, they certainly didn't listen to them.I can't give this show even one star.
Markus S (kr) wrote: Decent story about a married couple. Henson and Lewis give solid performances.
bill s (us) wrote: A bit of a letdown after seeing the doc but not without it's very modest charm.
Harry W (ag) wrote: Based on the real life story of Eminem and serving as the origin of the song "Lose Yourself", 8 Mile sounded like an exciting hip hop movie.Following the traditional underdog sports movie formula, 8 Mile is essentially a hip hop remake of Rocky. The parallels are interesting because the film embraces not just the sport-related narrative but also the gritty edge of what it is to be living on the 8 Mile road. In that sense, there is elements of familiarity in the story. The underdog tale was established long ago with the release of Rocky, but so many films that attempt to mimic it make the mistake of forgetting to bring along the gritty edge of Rocky Balboa's personal life. In 8 Mile, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. is given his own story of failure and regret which leads him to being condemned to a life at 8 Mile Road. Though it feels familiar and is perhaps a bit slow at times, the setup is inspired by Eminem's real life experiences which makes the reality of the already gritty atmosphere all the more powerful, therefore ensuring that the tale has greater inspiration and dramatic heft than the average film. 8 Mile is definitely a modern day Rocky, and the use of hip-hop music and rap battles instead of training montage music and boxing matches, therefore making an appeal for modern audiences really well. The scenery itself is very dry thanks to on-location footage, with a grey colour scheme and all kinds of dilapidated derelict buildings. This ensures that viewers get a really good sense of the harsh reality of living on the 8 Mile Road which effectively keeps a grim atmosphere consistent over the course of the film. Curtis Hanson has a strong eye for imagery and it works to the benefit of 8 Mile without the man having to emphasize too much, but it ultimately plays second fiddle to his genuine passion for telling Eminem's life story through the medium of B-Rabbit's.The first time I watched 8 Mile, the film left me loving rap music so much that I decided to release a single of my own. And years later when returning to work on an EP, I turned to 8 Mile to try and feel the same inspiration again. Admittedly the film lost some of its impact the second time around as most films do, but as the film progressively got closer to the final rap battles I tried to keep up with them by delivering rhymes of my own in the privacy of my own room. And frankly, I came up with the best lyrics in a long time, so the inspirational power of 8 Mile is impossible to ignore. Of course not everyone is going to have the improvised freestyle session that I had, the inspiring message that anyone can be a rapper and that the music is a path for both free expression and out of a life that condemns one to be another rusty cog in a machine is full of undeniable spirit.8 Mile is a film which commercializes hip-hop music on a Hollywood level without overdoing it, ensuring that the story maintains a strong depiction of just what it takes to craft the form of music with all the genuine inspiration to keep moving forward, the conflicting rap battles to really challenge the artists and the long periods of waiting around and just writing down thoughts in an attempt to make them rhyme and fit the beat. This what it really takes to be a musician, so 8 Mile's reality comes from so many angles. And its soundtrack is just great, with everything from the rap battles to the song "8 Mile" itself. But of course, nothing transcends the power of the Academy Award winning credits song "Lose Yourself" which has become arguably Eminem's most definitive song.Eminem is the heart of everything in 8 Mile, and in his leading debut as an actor he proves to capture his role perfectly. Eminem plays himself so naturally like he is reliving everything he has suffered through, everything he talks about in his songs. As a result, the performance is nothing short of biographical. He never seems artificial, he is never short on charisma, but best of all it is impossible not to root for him. With all his human error and mistakes, B-Rabbit remains a realistic portrait of Eminem's real life self for better and for worse. He has a real edge to him which proves to show how well he can maintain himself in harsh situations, but he also has an attitude which is not always friendly. He is very real, faults and all. And since the character is an aspiring hip-hop artist, Eminem is able to put his natural musical talents into the role. The rap battle sequences are the best in the film. Even though Eminem nails the cinematic drama and shares powerful chemistry with every surrounding actor, the man is a rap artist first and he makes that clear in 8 Mile. His words flow so organically with swift brute strength and speed, and the spirit of it all is impossible not to embrace. Eminem's rap skills are made into cinematic performance art for 8 Mile, and it is truly a magnificent thing to witness as he ties the entire film together.Mekhi Phifer adds a strong supporting effort to the story. His character is not exactly the most challenging one, but as the best friend of B-Rabbit he provides a natural sense of support for the man in a world which leaves him to walk alone. The two share some strong interactions which maintain a dramatic edge that boasts a strong underlying relationship, and it proves to supply Eminem scenes where he can truly delve into the character and express his vulnerability among other things. So Mekhi Phifer is very likable and helps to bring out the best in Eminem.Kim Basinger is also great. In her first role in many years, Kim Basinger easily manages to capture the sense of hopeless self-indulgence of Stephanie easily. Living without any meaning or hope for herself, Kim Basinger is able to easily achieve a sense of lifelessness in the role without it being on any sort of shallow level. There are restrained elements about her which prove more emotional and therefore that she does have feeling in her, so the balance between emotional life and death in the character is effective. Kim Basinger pulls a really good effort in 8 Mile, and her chemistry with Eminem really boasts a strong sense of conflict.So 8 Mile is predictable and a bit slow, but the inspiring rap music story boasts a gritty atmosphere, awesome soundtrack and excellent leading performance from Eminem.
Masi A (nl) wrote: Great slapstick with one of the greatest comedians of all time plus an uninteresting family thrown onto.
Harry W (nl) wrote: Despite Love Story sounding predictable, contrived and generic, considering it's many Academy Award nominations I decided to check it out.I can summarise the film simply by putting it this way. The most iconic line of the film is when Ali McGraw says the line "Love means never having to say you're sorry." This means either two things: love means never having to be sorry which means you can strike your partner physically or cheat on them all you want and not feel bad about it so long as you are in love with them, or love means you can be sorry but you simply aren't allowed to say it. Either way, the line is nothing if not dumb enough to make Eric Cartman laugh even more than when he could not stop laughing uncontrollably at the sight of a man with dwarfism. This is deemed as the 13th best movie quotes of all time by the American Film Institute. This is ridiculous. Towards the end of the pilot episode of The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby's character Cliff Huxtable listens to his son Theo deliver a monologue about giving up on college to become a bus driver to which Cliff responds "That's the dumbest thing I've heard in my life." Clearly Cliff Huxtable has not seen Love Story. This proves that Love Story has no idea what love means, as love entails acknowledging making a bad decision in a relationship and sometimes simply apologising because you love somebody. But Love Story has a belief that is like saying "Being a vegetarian means eating twice as much meat as usual" or "Being lost means you know exactly where you are and where you are going." Love is about be willing to do what is right and apologising for doing something that upsets another. Since Love Story doesn't understand love, it can more appropriately only be called Story. But it's story is no better. The script in Love Story is fairly decent because it has a lot of realistic language that the actors deliver naturally, but it contains a few bumps and two uses of the line "Love means never having to say you're sorry" which is one of the worst lines I have heard in the history of cinema. And I'm not the only one who would think that.Love Story wants to be like Romeo and Juliet if only Juliet died and Romeo was left to wallow in pity. Instead it's like a bad version of Burn After Reading, because there are some jokes, the characters have a few laughs tragedy strikes out of nowhere and then the film ends on a somewhat sad note while nobody learns anything at all. The love theme is too weak for its own good and it's overpacked with pathetic melodrama which prevents any potential from ever coming to life, instead living it to rot in a sewer full of all of William Shakespeare's abortions.Love Story is overloaded with scattered dynamics. For one thing it reveals the ending at the start so there is no point waiting around for it to finish. Secondly, the pacing at the start is ridiculously fast and skips a lot of important details from in between each scene which makes it unrealistic and jumpy. Third, everything is more pathetically melodramatic than a soap opera and is all crammed into a 99 minute time period. It doesn't feel at all like the characters have been through school, marriage and tragedy altogether because it goes by too damned quick to be the slightest bit real. Love Story does not have good storytelling, it's just wrong.And the motives behind protagonist Oliver Barrett IV's father Oliver Barrett III are senseless because they are barely touched upon at all and the performance of Ray Milland enforces the idea that his character's son marrying a poor Baker's daughter doesn't actually bother him. Its written that way but not acted that way, and so the story detracts further from being convincing at all.And the final scene in the movie completely ignores the ending of the novel. In the end of the novel Love Story, Oliver falls and cries in his father's arms after his beloved Jenny has died whereas in the film he learns nothing from her death, isn't in grief and essentially acts annoyed. He walks right past his father and doesn't even realise that he should appreciate the people still in his life. He learns nothing from the events Love Story, and so there is no reason that we should either since it sucks as a film and removes minor yet key elements from its adaptation which leave it to result in a downfall.Love Story is one of the most well received films of director Arthur Hiller's career, but it is streets behind the quality of his later critically derided comedy See No Evil, Hear No Evil even though that was a hilarious and underrated comedy. I don't get what Arthur Hiller's deal is, but I can knowingly say that Love Story was an abysmal film. And if direction that terrible can get you an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, then he should have won that exact award for See No Evil, Hear No Evil. He gives nothing to Love Story which had barely anything to begin with, so if anything he just detracts from the already poor story and does nothing for it.If you look closely, you can see that the film is cheap. It required the actors to remember all their lines so that they could get the filming done quickly, and a lot of time is taken up by random scenery shots and musically dubbed sequences that required no effort. The locations were all repetitive and weren't all that convincing, because it seems like the budget of the film rented some exterior shots and then the rest was filmed just at somebody's apartment in a much different place. It's easy to tell that the film is cheap, and it makes the quality feel weaker.The quality of the musical score was fairly poor as well since it all sounded rough and repetitive. Unfortunately the music is one of the better qualities of the film because it ties into the emotional mood of the atmosphere well and almost makes it come to life. Of all the Academy Award nominated qualities in the film, the musical score is the best, so I guess if a terrible film like Love Story had to be nominated for so many Academy Awards and win one then it's the musical score that deserves it. The cinematography is the next best in line, and then the performance of Ryan O'Neal.Ryan O'Neal's performance, like the rest of the film isn't really up to Academy Award calibre standards as it falls short of his entertaining performance in Paper Moon and his excellent lead performance in Barry Lyndon, but as far as the standards set by the film go Ryan O'Neal has standout talent to him. Love Story's terrible direction and lacklustre script leave him with little to work with and so a lot of the time his performance feels our of place with the mood of the story, but since Love Story did give him a great career for the 1970's it does enough justice for him. His performance as Oliver Barrett III feels mostly genuine and has a touch of charm and heart without having much, and so he makes a good lead for a poor quality film. Ryan O'Neal's performance has bumps but I would characterise it as a good if not decent one.John Marley receives little screen time and dialogue, but his friendly appeal and chemistry with Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw are fairly effective. His best moment is at the end of the film where he mourns for his daughter with Oliver Barrett III mourns for the same woman, his wife.And Love Story even features the debut of Tommy Lee Jones, so that's a nice touch.Ali McGraw has her moments, but I can't really say that I enjoyed her performance. Love Story is supposed to be a melodramatic film which is almost like a soap opera, but her ability to engage with other actors feels so wooden that you'd think she had no idea there was any other actors in the film. Her soppy delivery of the line "Love means never having to say you're sorry" makes the line even more senseless, and while she is attractive without being clearly the product of Hollywood touch-ups and excessive makeup, she still just isn't that good. She has her moments, but overall she lacks charisma.So although it's a lot easier to see the poor quality of the film now than it was back in the day, Love Story is a pathetic story bereft of love which is overrated and features a memorably ridiculous iconic line. Love Story means Arthur Hiller having to say he's sorry for bringing such sh*t to the cinematic screen.
David S (fr) wrote: Solid Wertmuller film that has her typical manic energy that subtly weaves in genuine emotion so that by the climax we're genuinely invested in the outcome.
Rachel J (ca) wrote: I sort of thought this movie would never end. There's barely a plot, and the acting is - well, it's ok.
Grant S (de) wrote: The only reason to watch this is that it features John Wayne early on in in his acting career. Hardly his first movie, it was only six years into his career and three years since he got his first movie credit. Wayne is hardly recognisable: much thinner than most of us remember him, and didn't have the trademark confidence and swagger yet. The voice is unmistakable, however.Fittingly for a John Wayne movie, Haunted Gold is a western. However it is a far cry from the epic westerns he would later star in. Fairly basic, sometimes silly, plot. Flows well though - doesn't get bogged down at any time. Wayne gives a solid performance in the lead role, and is well supported by Sheila Terry. Interestingly, his horse - Duke (of course) - gets second billing!Most of the other performances are so bad they're comical. The other embarrassing thing is the script for Wayne's African-American sidekick, Clarence (played by Blue Washington). The writer and director go out of their way to stereotype his character and make him appear simple. Many of his jokes are meant to make you laugh at him, rather than with him. Sad, and an indicator of much less enlightened times.
MF J (nl) wrote: The film of a generation, this incredibly violent but superb piece of cinema has managed to stand out for over 30 years and remain one of the most popular film around, still enjoyed by countless fans around the world.